For the last two decades, Christianity has come under increasing fire from those who would like to see it torn from our country’s DNA. In this war, opponents have spread much misinformation about God, the Bible and faith itself. Over a period of time, these half truths and lies become so ingrained in our culture, that even those who profess to follow Jesus often say things that sound great to American ears, but betray the message of the Gospel. I ran across an example recently. (more…)
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We have never lived in an age with so much information readily accessible. At the same time, we remain so ignorant and misinformed of much. Despite this wealth of information, so easily accessed on a myriad of devices, we still run with presuppositions and conclusions based on half truths and emotions. Along those lines, I have asked several people to describe to me what they think the Gospel message means, or what a Christian is. Most answers were not even close. I want to take a moment to clarify both, as succinctly as possible.
- Revelation 3:14-16 “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.
I have numerous brothers who come to me with heavy hearts. They have placed their faith in Jesus for their justification. However, they cannot seem to shake the issue of sin in their lives. With verses like Galatians 5:16-25 and John 8:36, it would seem we should live with a life free from sin and filled with love, kindness and other characteristics of the Spirit. However, as they dig deeper, they find instruction from their leaders saying either that we cannot be free from sin, or that we simply need to take steps to try harder.
The Bible is not an end in itself, but a means to bring men to an intimate and satisfying knowledge of God, that they may enter into Him, that they may delight in His Presence, may taste and know the inner sweetness of the very God Himself in the core and center of their hearts.
Over the next few weeks, I shall write a series of posts about what I learned from from A.W. Tozer’s book, The Pursuit of God. You can find the book relatively inexpensively (my Kindle version was $0.99) on Amazon and other book outlets.
This is a follow up to my last post.
Recently, I contacted a local pastor to discuss evangelicalism and challenges in the Salt Lake Valley area. The time we spent together over a meal went rather well. We lost track of time talking about numerous topics, despite our dramatically different backgrounds. Later, I sent a follow up email asking him if we could get together again, as brothers, and discuss the Word of God further and become friends.
The letter, politely worded, indicated that while he did not question my heart (for God?), he could not consider me a brother. (more…)
For the most part, I plan to avoid lengthy studies into the finer details of theology. They not only do little to move a post modern mindset so prevalent in our world today, but I believe scripture teaches us that God desires we focus our time and energy serving Him faithfully, primarily by loving one another. With that said, occasionally I receive a question, or concern, which I do like to address. (more…)