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Understanding Systems of Belief: Doctrines, Theologies, Denominations & Religions

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When Christian leaders and teachers throw around big words like doctrine, theology, and heresy, they can sound both smart and intimidating if you don’t personally understand what those terms mean. Since we don’t want you to feel intimidated by us or by any other human teachers, we’re now going to explain what these big words mean so that the next time you hear them, they’ll make sense to you. Read more of this post

Why You Don’t Need Community Confirmation

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In certain branches of the Christian family tree, it is taught that you must get community confirmation before you accept any insight from the Holy Spirit. This includes insights you get about Scripture, as well as directions you receive in life. In other words, you need to get fallen people at your church to confirm that God spoke to you before you act on what He said. Does this sound right to you? It shouldn’t. Whenever you come across any theory that tries to wedge some other being between you and God, there’s a problem. Under the Covenant that Christ established, there is no need for intercessors or mediators of any kind. Your relationship with God is a personal thing. What is said between the Holy Spirit and your spirit is private, privileged information, and you certainly don’t have to go sharing it with any pompous group at church. Read more of this post

Encouraging Christians in a Way that Honors God

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Read What is humility? to understand the kind of humility we are talking about in this post.

When we have God’s definition of humility, we detest seeing anyone but God get the glory for the things that He has done, which is everything. Godly humility always comes paired with a sincere devotion to God and a deep concern for pleasing Him. Humble Christians know that they are not God’s indispensable assistants who He can’t work without. They are merely His servants and they view serving Him as a great privilege. Read more of this post

Can Christian leaders claim special protection from God?

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There’s a popular rumor floating about in certain sections of the Church that fancy titles can earn men and women special privileges from God. Some leaders like to claim a blanket promise of protection from God and then drop not-so-subtle hints that you’d better treat them extra special or else God will strike you down. If He doesn’t strike you down, He’ll put some kind of curse on your life and bad things will happen to you. So then, is this true? Can pastors, prophets, missionaries, evangelists, healers, and teachers really claim special protection from God?

This theory was clearly started by human ego, and like so many ego-based fantasies, it directly counters what we find in the Word. The Bible is far from perfect, but it does provide us with some very educational records about how God has dealt with His leaders in the past. So let’s see what we can learn. Read more of this post

Can a prophet of God read your mind?

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There are many people running around in the Church today who claim to have the gift of prophecy. They then go on to act like this gift gives them the ability to read your personal mind, know your hidden secrets, and see the status of your heart. So can they? Does the gift of prophecy come with psychic abilities or are these people just playing shady games?

Before you start giving prophets admiration that they don’t deserve, you need to understand a few basic principles. Yes, it is quite possible for God to give one of His legitimate prophets inside information about you which can include your current heart attitude towards God, insights into your background, and even glimpses into your personal future. We find examples of God doing such things in the Bible, and He continues to do them today. Let’s look at a biblical example of this. Read more of this post

Fellowship In Perspective

Fellowship In Perspective

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We claim that the purpose of fellowshipping with other Christians is to strengthen our personal walks with God. Yet in practice, we use the act of fellowshipping to increase our sense of dependency on other Christians. In the Church today, you will be bombarded with the message that it is spiritually dangerous for you to not fellowship with other Christians on a regular basis. This is total rubbish. You only get into spiritual danger when you are depending on something other than God to keep you on the right path. Plenty of fellowshipping Christians are relying on each other way more than they are relying on the Holy Spirit. This is why they end up leading each other astray down an ego petting path of carnality until they’re up to their necks in a stagnating cesspool of self-glorifying compliments. “Wow, I could never make it without my sisters in Christ. I don’t know what I’d do if I didn’t have this church to come to every week. Just knowing I have my brothers in the Lord to keep me accountable brings me peace in life.” These kinds of comments are all flowery ways of saying, “Holy Spirit, You are utterly useless to me. I can’t count on You for anything.” Does He find this insulting? Yes, He does. Read more of this post

Choosing a Church: Which Denomination is Best?

Choosing a Church: Which Denomination is Best?

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God’s Church, aka the Bride of Christ, is a fractured mess. She looks like a crystal figurine that someone has taken a hammer to. We Christians have split into so many denominations that we can’t keep track of them all. Of course every time a new branch of the family tree is formed, there will be those who say that division was necessary in order to protect essential doctrines. We have bickered and split over every subject there is: baptism, Communion, faith, works, tongues, miraculous healings, ministry, worship. We get our noses bent out of joint over the most ridiculous issues: Should we use instruments or worship with just our voices? What kind of songs should we sing? How long should the sermons be? Can women preach? Should we use juice or wine for Communion? Should dancing be allowed? Does God still heal? Should we greet one another with a holy kiss? The list is endless. Today you will not be able to find any branch of the Christian family that doesn’t have its share of petty attitudes and flawed teaching. There is no perfect denomination. So how do you decide where to go? Read more of this post