The Pursuit of God

Serious Topics for Serious Christians

Tag Archives: ADV Doctrines

What’s holy about holy water? (Understanding Labels in the Church)

114

AUDIO VERSION: YouTube  Podbean

Let’s play a game. If you do everything I say, I’ll give you a million dollars. If you don’t, I’ll kill you. This is a game with high stakes.

Now the game starts with me sitting in a tent that I’ve put up. That tent is special. Why? Because I said so. In this game, I define what special is. Now I want you to bring me special gifts. Outside of my tent there’s a picnic table with ordinary things on it: bowls, cups, cooking utensils, water, food, etc.. I want you to bring me some of those things. You see, the way this game works, you have to bring me something special every 30 minutes. I won’t take just an ordinary object, it has to be special.

So what makes an object special? Well, if you hop up and down on your right leg ten times in a row and then you touch one of the items on that picnic table, that thing will become special. But you can only make one thing special at a time, so you’ll have to do a lot of hopping. The first thing I want you to bring me is a special cup. That means you have to hop up and down on your right leg ten times, touch a cup to make it special, then bring it to me in my special tent. Now you’d better not try to cut any corners because I’m watching you. If you get tired and decide to skip the leg hopping step and just bring an ordinary object into my special tent, I will shoot you. I have a gun in my tent and I won’t allow anything ordinary to come in here. I’m special, my tent is special, and everything you bring to me had better meet with my definition of special. So get hopping.

In this little game of ours, what determined whether something was special or ordinary? You going through some silly ritual. Did the physical properties of the objects that you made “special” ever change? Not at all. When you hopped up and down and then touched a cup, it was still just a cup. I was the only reason the cup was considered “special”, because I had made up these silly rules. This whole game is nothing more than me making you go through a bunch of meaningless motions just because I said so. It’s just a means of me bossing you around. I don’t really need you to bring me things in my tent, I just want to see you submitting to my authority. What’s your motivation for bothering to play such a strange game? In fact, why should you bother with doing anything that I say? Because if you don’t, I will kill you. Read more of this post

Christianity: Monotheism or Polytheism?

88

AUDIO VERSION: YouTube  Podbean

Monotheism is not a religion, but rather a category of religions. If we compile all of the religions in the world, we can divide them into three groups: those that say there is no god (atheism), those that say there is only one god (such as Islam), and those that say there are multiple gods (such as Hinduism). Religions that say there is only one god are classified as monotheism because mono- means one. Religions that say there are multiple gods are classified as polytheism because poly- means many. So then, is Christianity monotheism or polytheism? Well, it’s complicated.

Your pastor is going to tell you that Christianity is a monotheistic religion. He will also tell you that the belief in one God is one of the key doctrines that separates Christianity from other cults. Your pastor says this because this is what he was taught to say by other people who believe in the Trinity. Read more of this post

Generational Curses

205

AUDIO VERSION: YouTube  Podbean

Under the New Covenant, there is no such thing as a generational curse. God does not punish children for the sins of their fathers. Even under the Old Covenant, when God did threaten to use generational curses, you’ll find that they never worked out in the way Satan tries to tell you. Read more of this post

Did Jesus spend three days in Hell?

113

AUDIO VERSION: YouTube  Podbean

After Jesus died on a cross, three days passed before He rose again from the grave. What happened during those three days? One popular theory is that He went to Hell. In fact this has been so widely accepted that we’ve worked it into the Apostle’s Creed:

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried;
He descended into Hell. On the third day He rose again; He ascended into Heaven,
He is seated at the right hand of the Father, and He will come again to judge the living and the dead. Read more of this post

Is getting drunk in the Spirit worth an eternal hangover?

Is getting drunk in the Spirit worth an eternal hangover?

AUDIO VERSION: YouTube  Podbean

It is to the Church’s great shame that we can now say to any Christian who wants to get drunk, anointed, on fire, or slain in the Holy Spirit: “No problem. Just go pull up a local listing of churches and there will be someone who can hook you up.” Thanks to thousands of Christians leaving their Shepherd to go running after demon-led leaders, teachers, prophets and healers, we now have Christian churches all over the world who offer you the chance to experience involuntary physical convulsions in the Name of Jesus.

The term “Christian” means less every day, doesn’t it? Read more of this post