Archive for August, 2017

Understanding

August 16, 2017

The difference between rightly and wrongly understanding the Bible is the difference between right and wrong motives or desires.

New wine, again

August 16, 2017

The fact that God won’t pour new wine into old wine-skins means He does not bring  “revivals”, “outpourings”  or “blessings” where there is no genuine repentance and transformation, you know that “wine” is NOT the Holy Spirit.

Something greater

August 16, 2017

In the New Testament there is the principle of replacement, the old is replaced by the new, the greater displaces the lesser, sin is conquered because it is replaced with something far greater, the holiness of God imparted to us in Christ Jesus.

Humbling

August 16, 2017

How humbling for a Christian to realize they own nothing, it all belongs to Jesus Christ?

Nationalism

August 16, 2017

Pray for your nation, but identify as a Citizen of Heaven, because the wrath of God is coming on the whole earth, and nationalism won’t help then.

Getting the “right” narrative

August 16, 2017

What about this for a narrative?

“Barack Obama is personally responsible for all the race riots which occurred under his administration.”

Could we take that little narrative for a spin?

“Obama is not responsible for race riots!!!”

Exactly my point, then how does Trump suddenly become responsible for race riots?

 

Do I HAVE TO go to church?

August 16, 2017

Someone told me, “There’s nowhere the Bible commands us we HAVE TO go to church!”

It’s not a question of “HAVE TO” go to church, or having to do anything. Wrong question. It’s like asking, “Do I HAVE TO love God?” I’m looking for a way to avoid Him so I ask, “Do I have to?”

A person wants to avoid real commitment to other Christians, so goes searching in the Bible (of all places) for a loophole to justify their carnal desire. And they find it! “Ah, hah! The Bible does not say you HAVE TO go to church!” That’s right, it doesn’t exactly say that, it doesn’t need to because the question itself is so ignorant. The Bible is full of right assumptions. In the first century Christians didn’t need to be told they HAVE TO go to church, you could not keep them away from fellowship and real, sacrificial, life-time commitment friendship.

But now, in a time of spiritual meltdown and backsliding do people ask, Do I have to go to church?

The New Testament is FULL of exhortations for Christians to love one another. Not posting little love heart emojis or smilies, but in “real life” (face to face) getting together to pray and build one another up.

So, the command to love one another, what does it look like in real life? Lot’s of smilies and love hearts with people we don’t even know, or more in the “real life” department, getting off our butts and going for fellowship?

No message to the world

August 15, 2017

A comment i made on FB: There is almost a whole generation of Christians now who can only react to things they hear or read, they don’t actually have a message from God. Unless there’s something controversial to comment on, apart from that they have no message to the world.

Weird coincidences

August 15, 2017

Some very weird coincidences:

https://www.charismanews.com/politics/opinion/66682-did-a-novelist-from-the-1800s-warn-us-donald-trump-would-be-the-last-president

New wine

August 15, 2017

If no man puts new wine into old wine-skins then we can be certain God will not.

Seriously

August 14, 2017

The measure in which we take worldly things seriously is the measure in which we don’t take Jesus Christ seriously.

De-mythologization by reading the Bible

August 14, 2017

A comment i made on FB: The fact that Christendom has thousands of “doctrines” stems from the fact that the religious system has always shied away from exegetical Bible reading and teaching. If the main focus of churches was to read through whole books of the Bible together, discussing as they go, this itself solves most of the problem.

Religious leaders know that if they did this then their religious organization, and their position, would dissolve before their eyes, the mythology, of which it is built on, being deconstructed by reading the word of God.

Attraction

August 13, 2017

I heard it said once, “The bride of Christ is attracted by the word of Christ, nothing else.”

It’s just people

August 13, 2017

This may sound very basic, but consider that what the New Testament calls a “church” is a group of people, just like you, no better, no worse, who come together because they love Jesus and love each other. It’s not a show, not a performance, not gathered around a man, not defined by the building where you meet. It’s just people. And most people aren’t interested in that anymore.

What God can do

August 12, 2017

When we pray for others we are expecting God to touch them, we are putting faith in what God can do, and not trusting in whatever ability we think we have to convince them or change their life.

The worthlessness of man

August 12, 2017

If we think that in any way, shape or form we deserve to be loved by God we have not begun to understand the love of Christ.

So, why did Jesus die for worthless people? Because through His death He could change them into priceless jewels, evening partaking of His divine nature.

 

So, the value or preciousness of a person’s life is not intrinsic, it is solely because he is loved by God.

Sharing the same Teacher

August 12, 2017
“But the anointing which you have received of him abides in you, and you need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teaches you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it has taught you, you shall abide in him” (1 John 2:27)
 
So, if the one and only Holy Spirit is teaching every member of the body of Christ then you would expect a high degree of uniformity in what the body of Christ believes, right?
 
We all have the same Teacher, and this Teacher only recognizes Scripture as truth, so you would expect a high degree of uniformity in understanding of God’s word, and yet still a diversity of spiritual gifts.
 
And you would also expect this uniformity, which is the mark of sharing the same teacher, to manifest over the whole church age, at every time and in every nation.
 
Conformity to the one and only Christ has to manifest the oneness of God throughout His people.
 
Considering also that there are differing measures of faith among the members of the body.
 
Considering also that there are many TARES (weeds) sown in among the wheat, and, if the TARES are all being taught by the devil (and not the Holy Spirit) you would also expect a fair degree of uniformity among them.

Maintaining unity

August 11, 2017

When we Christians speak the truth in love then we “maintain the unity of the Spirit”, but when we bend the truth for the sake of unity we actually divide by causing a fake unity.

Cessationism

August 9, 2017

Cessationism assumes that if God were to do a miracle today it would somehow detract from the Gospel, undermining the authority of the original Apostles, therefore undermining the Gospel and the word of God. But this is total assumption.

See,  just because God used signs and wonders as just one of the validations (not the only one) of the original Apostles   it doesn’t follow that if He does a miracle today it then somehow negates that original validation, it could not mean that now God is stuck, He can’t do anything miraculous lest He invalidate the original Apostles.

If a total heathen is healed of a deadly disease when someone prays for them in Jesus name, and God touches his heart and he believes, and the miracle being the means by which God got his attention, then how does this, by itself, cause him to embrace a false gospel? How is the gospel changed?

Of course, people are prone to misunderstand such things, they may go chasing miracles, they may worship the man who prayed for them, …….or they may follow Jesus, realizing it is He who had mercy on them.

Time

August 8, 2017

Time doesn’t change things, but it records the change in us.

How precious is time, and what value do you place on it?