The Pursuit of God

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Eclipsing False Christian Prophets: Unsealing the Idiocy

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In the first lesson of this miniseries, we explained how false prophets allude to Scriptures in order to con you into thinking their prophecies are credible (see Eclipsing False Christian Prophets: The Biblical Allusion Con). We ended that lesson by debunking an absurd claim that the appearance of a double rainbow over the American White House was a message from God.  It’s now time for us to shred the lunacy surrounding a second celestial event: the much ballyhooed solar eclipse that is due to occur on August 21.  Read more of this post

Eclipsing False Christian Prophets: The Biblical Allusion Con

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A solar eclipse is on its way, and that means there are a bunch of false prophets out there just hankering for a way to get their greedy mitts on your money.  To help woo you and your wallet in their direction, they are cranking out a fresh pile of malarkey about celestial signs, the end of the world, Israel, someone nuking America—you know, all the standard stuff.  And while you could certainly choose to hop aboard the merry-go-round for yet another ride up and down the fear pole, we encourage you to take this opportunity to get educated instead.  Educated, that is, on how people with no fear of God are intentionally jerking you around for their own carnal gain.  It’s really quite despicable, the way these arrogant windbags get off on spiritually deluding you just so they can sell more books and rake in more offerings.  But God will take care of them.  Meanwhile, you really need to stop acting like a sponge by just soaking up whatever ludicrous theory the prophetic posers come up with.  Read more of this post

Real Help for Sex-Starved Christians

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If you skip a meal, your stomach will start grumbling and you’ll probably get rather cranky.  If you keep skipping meals, you’re going to start obsessing over food.  The hungrier you become, the less you will care about the quality of what you eat and the more delicious garbage foods will taste to you.

We can find this same pattern applying to another major appetite that the human body has: its appetite for sex.  Humans vary quite a bit in their desire for sex.  Some of us never want it.  Others of us want it all the time.  Some of us can take or leave it.  Some of us are feeling so starved that we’re obsessing.  Just as being starved for food will cause you to readily ingest foods that are bad for your physical health, being starved for sex will cause you to readily participate in sexually arousing activities which are bad for your physical and psychological health.  Watching porn, for example, has a very detrimental effect on humans. The same is true for many forms of sexual activities, such as BDSM, orgies, rape, and molestation.  But the fact remains that once we become overwhelmed by the need for sexual release, our fear of being harmed drops out of the equation, and we find ourselves charging into all kinds of self-harming activities. Read more of this post

Comparing Consequences: Why do some people get away with sin?

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Sam and Wendy succumb to the temptation to have sex and it ruins their relationship.  Grieving the loss of the man she had hoped to marry, Wendy doesn’t understand why her friend Amy landed such a good marriage.  After all, Amy and Bill also had sex while dating, so why didn’t Bill lose respect for her and dump her the way Sam did with Wendy?  Why isn’t Amy suffering the same consequences as Wendy when they both made the same mistakes?  Read more of this post

Putting Zion in Perspective: Dirt Is Not Divine

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As a Christian, you might have noticed that there are a lot of Christian ministries, churches, and individuals who are associating themselves with the name Zion. You might also have noticed that a lot of modern day Christians are referring to Yahweh as the Light of Zion or the God of Zion or the something else of Zion.  So what’s with all the talk about Zion?  What exactly is Zion anyway?  Most importantly, is God a fan of our ongoing obsession with this term?  Or is this just one more misguided Christian tradition that we need to move past?  The purpose of this post is to help you get Zion in proper perspective. Read more of this post

Understanding God’s Definition of Success: Encouragement for Chronic Sinners

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Among Christians, the folks who practice constant repentance tend to be those who shouldn’t be repenting at all.  In other words, they’re overdoing it.  They’re claiming responsibility for soul attitudes that they don’t even have and they are striving to appease a God who isn’t even upset with them.  As harmless as this might sound, it’s actually very damaging to your relationship with God for you to be constantly assuming that He’s irritated with you when He’s not. You simply can’t develop the kind of relaxed confidence that God wants you to have when you’re always projecting anger onto Him that He’s not even feeling towards you.  The purpose of this post is to help you get better at recognizing when you are in a good place with God. Read more of this post

Why We Shouldn’t Be Trying To Draw People Closer to God

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How do we draw other people closer to God?  We don’t.  He does.  This is one of those simple truths that has a profound impact on how we will attempt to relate to both God and humans.

Now at first, it’s easy to shrug and say, “Well, of course God is the One actually drawing people closer to Him—that’s obvious.”  Christians are quick to agree with statements that sound God honoring, but they rarely stop to really absorb those statements into their theologies.  Take the idea of putting God first in life.  We all know that He’s supposed to be our First Love—the One who we’re living to please.  “Put God first” is a common Sunday School mantra, but saying the words and understanding what they mean are two very different things. Read more of this post

You Love God But You Crave Revenge: Why You’re Not a Spiritual Failure

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If someone kicks you in the leg, you will immediately feel two things: anger, and a desire to hurt the person back.  You won’t want to just hurt them back a little—you’ll want to hurt them back to the same degree or more.  This is how functional humans are supposed to feel.  This is actually a sign of good mental health.  Read more of this post

Understanding 1 Kings 13: Why Yahweh Fed His Prophet to a Lion

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If you record the phrase, “Always check with God before you accept a message as being from Him,” and then play that recording out loud on a continual loop, you’ll get a good sense of what we teach you in our material.  God is the Supreme Authority.  God is the One you’re supposed to be serving, obeying, and following, not humans. Humans lie—both intentionally and unintentionally. Humans don’t begin to have a complete grasp of truth.  Humans are very limited, foolish creatures who possess no spiritual wisdom of their own.  This means that when a human says to you “I have a message from God for you,” your immediate response should be to say to God in the privacy of your own soul, “Hey, God, this person is claiming to have a message from You.  Are they legit or not?”  You always need to ask God.  Always, always, always.  It doesn’t matter if the person talking has given you 1,000 messages before that were all legitimate.  For all you know, their next message could be pure hooey.  Humans will never be reliable sources of truth, which is why giving them your blind trust is guaranteed to lead you spiritually astray.  So no matter who is talking, no matter what titles they’re using, what degrees they’re waving, or how nice their website looks, you must check with God.  Read more of this post

Understanding Jesus: Hate Your Family & Count the Cost

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In the second half of Luke 14, we find Jesus making many extreme statements which can easily be misinterpreted to mean that He is impossible to please.  And yet when you know that you sincerely care about pleasing God, and something you read in the Bible makes you feel like a spiritual failure, that’s your cue that you’re letting demons guide your application.  Demons always lie, and when it comes to souls who sincerely care about pleasing God, their top goal is to beat such souls down into hopeless despair.  The basic strategy of demons is to constantly push a reversal truth.  When they see a soul is pleasing God, then they heap on the condemnation.  When they see that a soul is being rebellious, they heap on the encouragement.  So which group are you currently in?  You know whether you care about pleasing God or not.  If you do care, and all you’re hearing in your head is an unending refrain of how displeased God is with you, is that message really coming from Him?  Nope, it’s demons trying to sell you a reversal of truth.  Demons are very good at accurately assessing your soul’s attitude towards God.  They know who He’s pleased with and who He is displeased with.  So if you want to know the truth about how God feels about you, just listen to what demons are telling you and reverse it.  If they’re telling you that you’re a total spiritual zero, then you’re probably doing very well.  If they’re telling you that you are a spiritual superstar, then you’re probably neck deep in rebellion.  Demons always lie, and we can use their consistency to our advantage. Read more of this post