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. Continue reading Understanding God’s Definition of Success: Encouragement for Chronic Sinners
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. Continue reading Understanding 1 Kings 13: Why Yahweh Fed His Prophet to a Lion
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. Continue reading Understanding Jesus: Hate Your Family & Count the Cost
Sadism is a dysfunctional mindset in which a person takes delight in inflicting suffering on others. We are all born with the necessary components to turn into vicious little sadists. When someone wrongs you, and you secretly delight in seeing them suffer later on, you feel like your joy is justified because they wronged you first. Among humans, it’s very common to pretend that sadism is not sadism as long as we’re calling it by the labels of revenge or justice. But justice is supposed to be about keeping morals alive in your society so that order can be preserved. The point of executing certain criminals is to protect society from their poisonous influence. There are many ways of quickly executing a man so that he ceases to be a threat to others. And yet in real life, human societies often refuse to use the most efficient methods of exterminating threats to social order. Instead, we seem to take delight in coming up with ways to prolong the suffering of our victims as long as possible. We also like to turn executions into public shows that everyone can watch. In America, the absurdly complicated electric chair is just one big sadism fest. Instead of instantly killing a man with a bullet to the brain, we film him being electrocuted to death and then we invite others to watch the whole thing live. Or we go for lethal injection, in which we use toxic chemicals to make a body shutdown in stages. We could just use one drug that works instantaneously, but instead we put together a ridiculously complicated cocktail of hard to get chemicals just to drag the whole show out longer. It’s sadistic, and sadism is sick. Promoting sadism also has a very detrimental effect on human societies by encouraging citizens to celebrate and wallow in their basest instincts. Continue reading Understanding Jesus: Take Up Your Cross
God says that He is the Supreme Authority over all created things, and you’re not going to get far with Him by treating Him like this isn’t true. And yet once you acknowledge that God is the Supreme Authority, that demands a certain response. Here’s where we come to the soul attitude of submission. Continue reading Cultivating Submission: The Impact of Reverence, Dependency & Trust
The fact that someone is quoted by other people doesn’t mean their statement is true or profound. As a Chinese proverb says: “Paper lets anything be written on it”—meaning that you can write something stupid or something wise and your paper will just sit there and take it. So will the internet. But what about your soul? Is your soul just going to sit there bobbing its head and automatically amening every statement that it comes across about the Christian faith? You are not a brainless idiot, so don’t act like one. Instead, make use of the fact that the God of all Wisdom is generously making Himself available to you and ask Him what He thinks of authoritative statements others make about Him.
In our material, we pepper you with authoritative statements, but since you’re not an undiscerning piece of paper, you should not be accepting anything we say as true until you ask God what He thinks about the things we say. After all, we could be putting out a bunch of useless malarkey. Sure, we claim that God is the Source of our teaching, but what is that even worth? A ton of people claim to be passing on pearls from God while they totally contradict each other. Titles, degrees, and claims of authenticity are utterly worthless. God is the only Teacher you can trust, so you need to be asking Him directly for wisdom in life. Continue reading The Resurrection of Christ: Why It Really Isn’t Critical for Christians
Jason’s father is the pastor of a mega church and a very dominant personality who has most of the Bible memorized. When Pastor Jack declares that God disapproves of something or someone, Jason feels like God Himself has spoken. The problem is that Jack is a hard man to please—impossible, in fact. Jason has spent his whole life trying to earn his father’s approval, only to have Jack constantly find fault with him. Today Jason is convinced that he’ll never succeed at pleasing God unless he manages to please his demanding father, because he’s convinced that the two beings think alike. Continue reading Recognizing Your Spiritual Dependency On Humans