The Pursuit of God

Serious Topics for Serious Christians

Witnessing Realities: Why Your Testimony Is Irrelevant

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Here’s a common stream of logic that is used by Christian leaders when they are discussing the subject of evangelism.

  • There are many people in the world who have never submitted to God, either out of ignorance or because they’re choosing to embrace an attitude of spiritual rebellion.
  • As an individual Christian, it’s your spiritual duty to try and persuade unbelievers to convert to your religion so that God’s Kingdom will grow. Witnessing—the verbal sharing of your faith with others—is a critical way that you do this.
  • There are many ways to approach witnessing. One of the most effective ways is to share your personal testimony.  In other words, you should tell others about why you became a Christian, and what God has done for you.  Since well-stated testimonies are the most convincing, take some time to work out what your testimony is.  Practice saying it until you’ve got a nice, polished story.  Then get out there and start pitching God to unbelievers and see how many new converts you can herd into His Kingdom.

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Shady Shepherd Tactics: Delivering You From Spirit Spouses

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Here’s how it works in the world of Christian deliverance ministries.  First, you pick an issue that a ton of humans struggle with.  The juicier the issue is, the better. You want to go for a problem that frequently results in shame, heartache, or embarrassment.  Once you pick the issue, you then go on to the next step: demonize it.  Here’s where you make up some cockamamie story about how anyone who struggles with this issue only struggles with it because they’ve become some pawn of evil forces which are out to get them.  If you’re not an imaginative person, then borrow from the pagans, because they’ve got spiritually terrorizing people down to an art.  Once you’ve come up with a nice horrifying explanation for why people struggle with the issue you’ve picked, then you set up shop on the internet or in a church and you wait for a nice vulnerable victim to come stumbling into your lair.  You want someone who shows signs of being distressed, broken, or traumatized.  The more wounded they are, the more desperate they are, and the more likely they’ll be to believe whatever you tell them.  Here’s where you unleash your horror story on them about how the problems they are telling you about are sure indicators that they are in some great spiritual crisis.  And once you’ve successfully convinced them that they are helplessly locked in the clutches of some super powerful, super evil entity, you magnanimously offer to deliver them.  Isn’t that nice of you? Read more of this post

Dealing with Ghosts: Essential Facts & Effective Defenses

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In this post, we’re going to teach you about ghosts.  If you think ghosts are cool, realize that you’re seriously lacking in spiritual wisdom.  There’s nothing cool, entertaining or safe about ghosts.  We aren’t discussing this subject to entertain spiritual morons and rebels who think they can flirt with supernatural beings and come out unscathed.  The purpose of this post is to help people who are sincerely interested in making wise spiritual choices.  Read more of this post

Numerology, Gematria & Bible Codes: Being Stupid with Numbers

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Here’s how it works in the world of numerology.  First, you pick a number—any number.  Then you randomly pluck some concept out of the air that you want to associate with that number.  For example, you might decide that the number 4 represents healing.  Once you accept your own baloney as truth, then you start peddling it to other people.  So when your friend Judy finds out that she has a terminal illness and she comes to you for help, you say something like, “Take heart, Judy.  I’m sure you’ll be healed.  Look: four ducks are swimming in the pond, and four is the number of healing.  Clearly those ducks are a sign from God telling you that He’s promising to give you total healing.”  This is the kind of moron you turn into when you go down the road of numerology. Read more of this post

The Gospel of Judas: Fragments of Foolishness

Here’s what you need to know about the Gospel of Judas. The only known copy of it was discovered in a cave in an Egyptian desert during the 1970s. It was a ratty papyrus document bound in leather. When we say ratty, we mean the thing is literally in more than 1,000 pieces due to corrosion and bad handling. So there are a lot of big holes in the paper, which means a lot of the words are missing, and this makes translating the thing a challenge. Plus it’s written in an outdated Coptic language—a version of the Egyptian language that was in use from the 2nd to 17th centuries. The Coptic alphabet is an adaptation of the Greek alphabet, but now we’re getting into details that aren’t all that important. Read more of this post

The Book of Enoch: Let’s All Obsess Over Angels

There are only two men who are mentioned in the Old Testament records as departing from this world without physically dying or leaving behind a corpse.  The prophet Elijah was whisked up to Heaven by God in some kind of fiery tornado. We know a fair amount about Elijah. Then there was Enoch: the great grandfather of Noah of whom we know very little.

Enoch walked with God; then he was not there because God took him. (Gen. 5:24)

To “walk with God” meant to be faithful to God.  So we know that Enoch chose to respond to God well on a soul level.  We know that he disappeared at 365 years of age.  That sums up Enoch. Read more of this post

Suicide Q&A

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Q1. CAN PEOPLE KILL THEMSELVES?

No. People can only attempt to kill themselves. God is the only One with the power to separate body from soul. From His perspective, no one dies early and no one dies late. We are all in this world for as long as He wants us to be. No one can successfully die without God’s permission and cooperation. Read more of this post

Serving God vs. Serving People: Understanding the Difference

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You’re a Christian who claims to be serving God.  But is that what you’re actually doing?  Or is it just what you think you’re doing?  Do you understand what it means to serve God?  Most Christians don’t.  We certainly aren’t taught how to serve God in church.  At church we’re only taught how to serve people—people who tell us that we should trust them to interpret God’s will for us.  But should we?  Read more of this post

Maturity Priorities: How much does God care about swearing?

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Suppose you have an old, rundown house that you want to majorly fix up.  What do you do first?  Do you fill the rooms with nice new furniture before you start tearing down the ratty wallpaper and ripping up the stained carpet?  No, you start with the foundational issues first.  You upgrade the wiring.  Then you paint.  Then you carpet.  Moving in new furniture is the last step that you only get around to after the core issues have been dealt with.

In your relationship with God, your soul’s attitude towards Him and your understanding of who He is are core issues which God feels are far more important than surface niceties.  Classy, inoffensive speech is a surface nicety—it’s something that makes you more attractive to other humans but it really doesn’t have much to do with your relationship with God.  Just as your house guests neither see nor appreciate all of the pipes and wires that you upgraded inside the walls of your home, other humans don’t notice or celebrate when your soul starts improving its attitude towards God or gains some new insight about how He views you.  As is so often the case, God’s priorities for you differ quite a bit from other humans’ priorities.  The challenge then becomes for you to choose the right set of priorities to focus on. Read more of this post

Movie Review: THE SHACK

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The Shack is based on the bestselling book that was published in 2007.  Christians did a lot of griping about the book’s theological problems, and the film version will no doubt be met with a fresh batch of complaints.  And yet for Christians to accuse The Shack of being theologically off base is pretty unfounded considering how well the movie depicts the beliefs of mainstream Christianity.  In fact, the film version—which is the only version this review is discussing—presents a passionate defense of three great lies which are truly central to mainstream Christianity: God has nothing to do with evil, God is emotionally dependent on humans, and God yearns to be our buddy, our friend, and our big, cuddly, teddy bear who we can snuggle up to, knowing that His heart breaks with ours.  Read more of this post