The Pursuit of God

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Romans 10: Paul’s Racism, His Pride & His Beautiful Feet


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The apostle Paul was an ethnic Jew.  In his day, ethnic Jews—especially Jewish men—were taught from the cradle to believe that they were far superior to everyone else.  Jews referred to non-Jews as Gentiles, and being called a Gentile was not a complimentJews liked to refer to Gentiles as uncircumcised dogs which, in their cultural context, was like a white man calling a black man a nigger today.  It’s critical that you appreciate how deeply racist the Jews in Bible times were.  You need to understand that these folks had completely blown off Yahweh’s command to “love your neighbor as yourself.”  Read more of this post

Offensive Worship Songs: THE MOUNTAIN by Ben Cantelon


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Here’s a question that would be useful for you to ponder: what is your purpose in worshiping Yahweh, Jesus and the Holy Spirit? What’s your point?  What’s your goal?  Are you praising Them just for the sake of pleasing Them or are you trying to coax Them into performing for you?  Is it about Them feeling good or you being entertained?  If it’s really about Them, then you’re going to have to part ways with most of the rot that Christendom calls “worship music” because you’ll realize that there’s nothing worshipful about most of the songs you’re being prodded into singing at church.

Your Creators don’t enjoy you rejecting the truths They have taught you.  They don’t find it pleasing when you gush over one of Them in a way that ends up insulting the other Two.  They don’t like it when you recycle a bunch of superstitious idiocy and demeaning language that you picked up from dingdongs in the Bible.  You’re not an ancient Jew living in the days when the Temple stood on a mountain in Jerusalem.  The Temple has been gone for a very long time now, and that’s a good thing.  Yet when you sing Ben Cantelon’s song The Mountain, suddenly you’re calling on Yahweh to lead you up that sacred hill of Mount Zion to meet with Him where His Presence dwells in the Holy of Holies because…well, apparently you’re some kind of ancient Jewish wannabe.  Read more of this post

False Formulas for Salvation – Romans 10:9


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If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. (Rom. 10:9)

Like John 3:16, Romans 10:9 is a favorite verse among Christians which they like to use as a quick summary for how to obtain salvation.  But like John 3:16, Romans 10:9 doesn’t come close to accurately summarizing God’s salvation requirements.  This isn’t because salvation is complicated—on the contrary, it’s a very simple matter of submitting to the real Gods as the Supreme Authorities that They are.  But this isn’t where Romans 10:9 takes us, because the apostle Paul wrote Romans, and the apostle Paul didn’t personally submit to any God as truly supreme. Read more of this post

Learning from David: The Anointed Life


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David was some grubby little shepherd boy and God made him the king over a prosperous kingdom.  Now there’s a nice “rags to riches” story.  No wonder we like the story of David…well, parts of it, anyhow.  What we actually know about it…which really isn’t much.  We know he wrote Psalm 23.  We know he killed Goliath [gō-LĪ-ŭth].  Some of us have a vague idea that David’s transition to king was a bit rocky, but most of us fluff that off and focus on the fact that David did finally make it to glory in the end.  After David was king, there was the whole Bathsheba [băth-SHĒ-bŭh] mess—but that got cleared up.  So David had a pretty sweet life on earth, right?  It must be nice to be one of God’s favorites.  This is what many Christians think about David, and the rumors of David’s overall cheery life persist today because we are taught to avoid reading the Old Testament for ourselves.  Once we’re not reading for ourselves, we have no way of knowing how consistently our preachers and teachers are avoiding certain passages—passages which would totally shatter the many happy rumors which surround Christendom’s favorite heroes. Read more of this post

Psalm 74: Asaph Flaunts His Contempt for Yahweh


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The book of Psalms is a collection of 150 different songs which don’t come anywhere close to being in chronological order.  Instead, as we read through the book, we find ourselves leaping forward and back by centuries between various psalms.  The collection begins with entries by David.  But when we reach Psalm 90, we find that it was written by Moses who lived and died long before David was even born.  But between David and Moses, we have Psalm 74—a psalm that was penned after the fall of Jerusalem, which occurred many centuries after David’s lifetime.  So when you’re in the book of Psalms, you need to stay sharp and be on the lookout for clues as to when the specific psalm you are reading was written.

As we’re going to learn in this post, historical context plays a huge role in determining whether a psalm writer was honoring God with his sentiments, or being a mouthy little twerp.  Today the Church teaches you that the entire book of Psalms is Divinely inspired.  In doing this, she is encouraging you to embrace soul attitudes which God says He hates and celebrate those attitudes as God-honoring.  But wait—aren’t we being a bit extreme?  Do the psalms really go so far as to model attitudes which God hates?  Yes, they certainly do, and that’s not something we should be fluffing off as no big deal.    Read more of this post

Ezekiel 20-21: The Sword of Yahweh


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As he compiles a collection of prophetic messages from Yahweh, the prophet Ezekiel occasionally slips in a clue as to what year it is.  Just as prisoners often mark time by how long they’ve been incarcerated, Ezekiel often dates his messages by referring to how much time has passed since he was personally dragged out of his homeland by the fearsome Babylonian army and forced to relocate to the capital city of the empire that is slowly destroying what’s left of his beloved Israel. Read more of this post

Ezekiel 19: Yahweh Laments Two Lions & A Vine


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When people think of Old Testament prophecy, they often think of Yahweh predicting the coming of Christ.  And yet Messianic prophecies in the Old Testament are far outnumbered by political prophecies—ones in which Yahweh is predicting how individual nations and politicians will do in the future.  Will they thrive or tank?  Will they conquer or be conquered?  Will they be exalted among their fellow humans or utterly humiliated? Read more of this post

Psalm 35: Bratty David Bosses Yahweh


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“Why do bad things happen to good people?”  This is a very important question, and how you personally answer it will greatly affect how you respond to the hardships in your life.  There are right and wrong ways to respond to trials.  The right ways will help you mature and grow closer to God.  The wrong ways will cause you to stagnate and regress.  So it becomes very important to respond the right ways, but to do that, you first need to understand what is the right answer to that famous question. Read more of this post

Bible Study Help: Which translation should you use?


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By now you’ve probably noticed that there are many English translations of the Bible.  In fact, you could easily say that there are too many.  Having all of these choices becomes overwhelming and confusing to Christians who are wanting to do some serious Scripture study. So what do you do?  How can you—a Christian without any special training in biblical study—study the Bible all on your own and actually get something out of it?

Well, let’s start with the basics.

You don’t have any formal training on how to study the Bible—congratulations!  This is actually a huge advantage.  You see, when you go to some expensive Christian school and pay people to tell you how to study the Bible, all you get out of it is a bunch of denominational brainwashing.  Formal Christian Bible study courses and Bible helps actually teach you to read the Bible through a mental filter—and that means they teach you to ignore much of what the Bible actually says.  So if you want to do it right, don’t pay.  If you’re shelling out a bunch of money for Bible study materials, you’re buying the wrong things.  In this post, we’re going to teach you a method of Bible study which won’t cost you a dime and it will help you actually learn the right things—the things that God wants you to learn.  After all, the whole purpose in studying the Bible is supposed to be to get to know God better so that you can treat Him better.  We don’t study the Bible to become show offs and braggarts. Read more of this post

Ezekiel 14: Yahweh Stands Alone


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In our lesson Ezekiel 13-14: Yahweh Condemns False Prophets, we made our way through all of Ezekiel 13 and the first half of Ezekiel 14.  In that passage, Yahweh was focused on the issue of Jewish false prophets and the folks who were keeping them in business.  As we learned in our previous lesson, it’s a very dangerous thing to turn the concept of Divine prophecy into a game.  When we misuse Yahweh’s Name and Authority, we end up on the wrong side of His wrath. Read more of this post