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Imitating the Idolatry of NT Jews: All Scripture is God-Breathed

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Why do Christians today say that the entire Bible is God-breathed or Divinely inspired?  Where do we get that idea from?  We get it from the apostle Paul.  Paul once said to Timothy:

All Scripture is Divinely inspired and is useful for teaching, for showing people what is wrong in their lives, for correcting faults, and for teaching how to live right. (2 Tim. 3:16)

Of course when Paul said this, he was only talking about the Old Testament, because that was the only “Scripture” that he knew.  But today when we quote Paul’s words, we pretend that he was referring to both the Old and New Testaments, even though the New Testament that you know today wasn’t compiled until long after Paul’s death.  It simply doesn’t matter to you that the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, Hebrews, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John and Revelation were all written after Paul had died.  You still insist that when Paul said all Scripture was Divinely inspired, he was including documents that he’d never personally heard of.  Are you starting to get a feel for how ludicrous the modern day application of Paul’s words is? Read more of this post

Problematic Worship Songs: THIS I BELIEVE (The Creed) by Hillsong

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In an attempt to steer souls away from lies and to educate them about what the most essential doctrines of Christianity are, human leaders in the early Church got together and invented a set of creeds which could be passed down from generation to generation.  Some of those creeds became forgotten over time, but the Apostles’ Creed  became extremely popular.  Making a song out of something is a good way to remember it, and over the years, different Christian songwriters have taken a stab at turning the main sentiments of the Apostles’ Creed  into a set of catchy lyrics.  Of course adjustments get made here and there, and songwriters sometimes tack on some extra concepts that the original creed doesn’t cover.  But the point is that all of these songs are trying to answer the question: “What does a true Christian believe?”  Read more of this post

How the NT Epistles Define Christ: Not God, Just Another Flawed Human

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Our Gods are obsessed with variation, and because of this, we find Them relating to us in different ways.  Today the Holy Spirit relates to you in a different way than He does with your neighbors, friends, and family members. But why?  Why does God talk to some people in dreams but not others?  Why do some people see God while others never see Him?  And of all the people who have seen God at one time or another, why aren’t they all seeing the same image?  To some, Jesus shows up wearing a tunic and sandals, but to others He looks very different.  To some, Jesus never shows up in any visual form, but instead He communicates to them in non-visual ways.  Some people say they talk to God all the time, while others feel God never speaks to them.  Everywhere we look, we see endless variation in the way that our Creators interact with us, and this has been true from the very beginning. Read more of this post

It’s Biblical: God Talks to People Without Using the Bible

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If you want to know God’s will for your life, then you need to read the Bible.  If you want God to talk to you, then crack open the book because, hello, it’s the Living Word of God.  Every word in the Bible is inerrant and God-breathed, so if you want God breathing on you, you need to part His lips for Him, and that means opening up those sacred Scriptures.  If you don’t do this—if you slack off and don’t read the Word every single day of your life—then how do you expect God to take your interest in Him seriously?  You’re obviously not serious if you aren’t doing those daily devotions. Read more of this post

Hymns That Lead Us Astray: There is Power in the Blood

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The Church has a long and rich musical history.  Over the centuries, Christians have produced countless hymns which discuss many aspects of our relationship with God.  And while many songs are fun to sing, we rarely stop to appreciate the enormous impact our music has on our theology.  Whatever you keep rehearsing is what you end up accepting as solid truth.  And since prayer and worship are the two main ways that we communicate with God, it is critical for the maturing Christian to start giving serious thought as to the language he uses when doing these things.  In this post, we’re going to take a critical look at an old classic: There’s Power in the Blood.  Dating back to 1899, this hymn promotes theology about sin and salvation that is, well, totally wrong.  But when wrong is also biblical, things get confusing. Read more of this post

How Your Powerful Prayers Are Wrecking Your Relationship with God

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Now and then someone asks us for a prayer that will help them deal with some kind of demon issue.  In other words, they want us to recommend a potent spell that they can use to force supernatural beings to submit to their personal agenda.  Now if we had no fear of God’s wrath and no concern for the welfare of the souls who ask us for advice, we could make quite a pretty pile of cash dashing off a bunch of smart sounding baloney for Christians to pray.  Of course, their prayers wouldn’t do bumpkus to send those demons packing, but hey, we don’t have to tell them that.  The internet today is flooded with Christians who are trying to swap spells with each other while at the same time assuring each other that, yes, they are superior to both demons and God.  You see, you have to be claiming superiority over all supernatural beings before you can possibly claim that your prayers will be “effective.” Well, repeating a lie fifty billion times doesn’t make it true.  The truth is that you’re nothing more than an impotent fleck of a being who is totally dependent on God to sustain your existence.  You know, that same God who you’re always acting like you can control with your verbal spell casting.  And while we’re on the subject of tough truths, here’s another bitter pill that your ego is going to have to choke down at some point: demons are not intimidated by you. Read more of this post

Rethinking Your Christmas Theology: Who is Jesus?

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In the Church, the Christmas season is a time when we all focus on the miraculous sequence of events which led up to the birth of Jesus on earth. But who exactly is Jesus? When you look at those pictures of a baby in a manger, who are you seeing? A fragile human being? A human-God hybrid? God Almighty? We rarely stop to think about our Christmas theology. We just get caught up in traditions like Advent and Christmas pageants and familiar songs which we haven’t sung for a year. But if we’re going to be serious about honoring our glorious Lord, then we need to stop basking in the fun of holiday traditions long enough to give some serious thought as to exactly how we’re viewing Him.  Read more of this post

Why We Shouldn’t Make Promises to God

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God controls the future. You do not. This critical difference in abilities is what turns your promises to God into such negative things. You see, when you promise that something will happen in the future to the One who controls the future, what you’re really doing is telling God what to do. God doesn’t like it when His own creatures boss Him about, hence God wants us to stop with the vows and the promises and start acknowledging our limitations.

Picture yourself riding along in a car which someone else is driving. You have no idea where the driver is heading because he hasn’t told you. But he obviously has a plan in mind because the car is in motion and he’s making turns at certain intersections. Now suppose you suddenly announce, “We’re going left at the next corner.” Isn’t that rather rude of you? Since you’re not the one driving, and since the driver already has a destination in mind, shouldn’t you instead ask, “So where are you taking me?” Or, if there is some shop you want to stop at, it would be far more appropriate for you to politely ask, “Would you mind if we turned left at the next corner so that I could pop in to such-and-such?” But instead of doing either of these things you simply command the driver to turn left at the next intersection. Well, when that intersection comes up, the driver turns right instead and gives you an annoyed look for being so disrespectful. Read more of this post

Four Ways to Identify False Teaching in the Church

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The true purpose of life is to develop a strong personal bond with our three glorious Creators: Yahweh, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. We were created by Them for this reason, and until we align our priorities with Theirs, we’re missing the point of everything. But once we do reach the point where we are seriously pursuing God in our hearts, what then? Well, that’s when we get into the vast and thrilling topic of spiritual maturity.

There are two main areas in which we need to mature: knowing God better, and treating Him better. We can’t do either of these things without His help, but when we are responding well to God in our souls, He delights in helping us with these things. It isn’t a negative to God that we start off as such blind, bumbling creatures. He made us this way on purpose because God enjoys maturing us. This is very important to realize, because it’s easy to become very frustrated with your own rate of progress. We often want to grow faster and in a different order than God wants us to. But since we can’t grow without Him, His plan for us always ends up being the one we have to conform to. Read more of this post

Intercession: Exposing the Lies

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Like tithing, intercession is one of those topics in the Church which a majority of teachers are teaching you wrong about. It’s a big problem when your shepherds lie to you, because lies end up creating problems in your personal relationship with God. Bad teaching about tithing inspires Christians to disrespect God and/or fear that His acceptance of them is not something they can count on. Bad teaching about intercession does major damage as well. Read more of this post