A elderly man and his wife were sitting in the lounge one day watching TV. The man turned to his wife and said, “Honey, I think I’m dead.”
“What?!” She replied, “But you’re sitting there talking to me right now.”
“No, no, I’m definitely dead. I just know it.”
There was an excellent movie released recently called, “Hacksaw Ridge”. Based on the true story of a medic during World War 2, who refused to carry or fire a gun, but ended up saving the lives of over 70 men in a single battle. It really is an amazing movie and I highly recommend watching it.
The medic acted in love of his fellow man, as well as in love for God. He kept wanting to carry out the will of God through His job as a soldier, going so far as to save wounded men on the enemy’s side. What kind of love is this? Well, it’s a love that only God can give.
As we come out into the new year, and out of the Christmas season, I’ve noticed a rising trend among the Church that states that to celebrate Christmas is sinful or wrong.
Now I’ve celebrated Christmas my whole life as the birth of Jesus Christ, never once bringing worship to Santa Claus or to the tree we’ve set up and decorated, so this idea of Christmas being a sin came as a surprise to me.
But what does the Bible say about it? Let’s have a look
I’d like to just add a disclaimer here that if you are of the conviction that you and your family will not celebrate Christmas and you have biblical basis for your conviction, all blessings to you! There is nothing wrong with that and in fact is quite biblical. This post is meant for those who intend to look down on the Christians who do celebrate Christmas, or try to impose their beliefs on other people.
The Bible is an amazing miracle of God. 66 different books, 40 different authors, but a single coherant theme – Jesus.
But humanity seems to have a major issue with the bible. More and more pastors and preachers are taking the scriptures and twisting them. We’re seeing so many leaders in the church using the Bible for their own means, or using it to mislead the people, and we’re also seeing many people in church simply accepting what the pastors say as Gospel, and not challenging them as we ought to.
This is a big interest of mine, seeing the misguided teachings of famous pastors and preachers, and matching them up to what the Bible teaches.
The first one I’d like to tackle is a teaching by many of the word of faith ministers, namely people like Joyce Meyer, Kenneth Copeland, Kenneth Hagin, etc.
The teaching is that when Jesus died, His spirit went to hell where He was tortured by Satan and His demons for three days and three nights, and was the first man to be born again. I will place references at the bottom of this post.
In my last post, I said that we are living in very uncertain times. And then the United States had their election, and things became only more uncertain. Not many people predicted what would happen, and nobody really knows how the outcome is going to affect the world.
Again I ask, what is the church to do?
To quote Kyle Idleman, “A lot of people are looking right, others are looking left, but we as the church should be looking up.”
So what is our mission as the church?
- Souls saved
- Saints sanctified
- The church strengthened.
As shown in part 1, the primary goal of every believer is to show the lost the way to Jesus. But we also have a biblical responsibility to stay close to Jesus and walk with Him. We have to “work out our salvation with fear and trembling”. (Phillipians 2:12)
We are living in very uncertain times. An age where good is seen as evil, evil is seen as good, war is waged over the smallest of grievances, and a man was given an award for being woman of the year.
In this sort of environment, what are we as the church to do? Is there anything we can do? How are we to react to things that happen around us?
Well, I believe in a three fold mission that the church has in this time. We need to remember that we are at war:
“And the dragon was angry at the woman and declared war against the rest of her children – all those who keep God’s commandments and maintain their testimony for Jesus.” – Revelation 12:17
An old couple were lying in bed one day when the husband turned to his wife and said, “Honey, I think I’m dead.”
“Don’t be silly. How can you be dead? You’re speaking to me right now!” She replied.
“No, no, no I’m definitely dead. I’m absolutely convinced”.
So naturally she took her husband to some psychologists to try and convince him that he was wrong. They spent hours upon hours trying to convince him, but with no success.
So they instead took him to a group of medical doctors to try and convince him of one thing; that only living people bleed. They brought out graphs, medical papers and professors. They brought every bit of evidence they could find to convince this man that only living people bleed.
Finally he raises his hands and says, “Fine. Yes I believe you. I am absolutely convinced that only living people bleed.”, at which point one of the doctors pulled out a pin and plunged into the man’s arm, causing the blood to come out.
The man looks at his arm and proclaims, “Great Scott!! It looks like dead people bleed too!”
The problem people have with God is not with their intelligence or with the lack of evidence, the problem people have with God is a moral one.
At the pearly gates, St. Peter greeted a minister and politician and gave them their room assignments.
“Pastor, here are the keys to one of our nicest efficiency units. And for you, Mr. Politician, the keys to our finest penthouse suite.”
“This is unfair!” cried the minister.
“Listen,” St. Peter said, “ministers are a dime a dozen up here, but this is the first politician we’ve ever seen.”
The world is in desperate need of good leaders, and the church is no different. Church leaders these days are leading so many souls astray instead of pointing them to Jesus, and down the narrow way to eternal life.
So how do we know what a good leader should be like? Do we, as the church, have any sort of guidelines for what we should look out for?
The topic of repentence in the modern church falls into one of three categories:
- Churches will brush it aside, sweep it under the rug and simply not preach it out of fear of offending people and losing the numbers.
- The pastor may even over emphasize repentence and preach it in a legalistic fashion, causing the members to become so bound to the law that they forget their relationship with Christ.
- The church will preach true, biblical repentence.
Hopefully this post will show the third category, and will parallel what Jesus taught.
How does one become saved?
Is it by believing in God?
Is it by accepting Jesus?
Is it by saying a specific prayer?
Throughout the years, all these things have been preached as the way to salvation, and it’s not as if they’re entirely WRONG, but they’re not 100% biblically correct either.
Hi there folks! As many of you may have seen over on the Facebook closed group, Val posted an update announcing me as the pastor of the internet church. I’d first like to thank all of those who welcomed me, as well as Val for giving me this opportunity. But my main thanks goes to (more…)