It Is Written

I am writing to you, my precious reader, because the Lord has called my attention to  errors in some of the teachings I have set forth.  He has made these errors known to me through His Word.  If you have noticed that my blog posts have become less frequent, it is because I have been seeking the Lord through prayer and His word.

Often, Bible teachers have to evaluate their teachings.  If they are not scriptural, they must be changed.  During the past few days I have been going through previous posts.  On some posts I completed edits.  Others were deleted altogether.  James 3:1 reminds believers that bible teachers are held to a strict judgment.  I do not want judgment so I choose to make biblical changes.

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The teachings to which I am referring are not salvation issues, but they could be misleading to people who are trying to mature in their walks with the Lord.  I do not want to lead people into error neither deliberately nor unintentionally.  I will be discussing these teachings in future posts and videos, but for now I want to discuss the sufficiency and authority of the scripture.

A Sure Word of Prophecy

While the Lord uses the gifts of other people to encourage and help us, it is the duty of each and every believer to search the scriptures for themselves.  Having a solid knowledge of the Bible is essential, especially in the day and time in which we now live.  Far too often, Christians want a minister or other believer to give him or her a “word”.  The true need is for the word seeker to get in the Word and get a word.

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God makes it clear throughout the Bible that His book is the primary way that He speaks.  I am not suggesting that God does not give us wisdom and knowledge that we need on matters not discussed in scripture such as the following:  What job should I take?  Where should I live?  Who should I marry?

Certainly, He will give wisdom, but if you are not a student of the Bible, you will find yourself confused on every turn.  In 2 Peter 1:19, we are told that we have a more sure word of prophecy.  Peter was speaking of the Word of God which you will see clearly if you continue reading the rest of that chapter.  If you need God to speak, read your Bible.  There are 66 books with loads of scriptures and true stories that will inspire you, challenge you, and correct you.

The Bible is Sufficient

Hebrews 1:1-2 speaks of various ways God spoke to His people in the Old Testament.  The writer of Hebrews (maybe Paul, maybe not), makes it clear that in our time, God is speaking to us through Jesus Christ.  In John 1, it is made clear that Jesus is the Word in flesh.  Now, we have the written word, His words.

I make this clear so you will understand the importance of pouring over the scriptures for yourself and pouring over them prayerfully.  Ask God for wisdom to rightly divide His word. You will find the Word is sufficient.Contending Rawpixel

I heard a lady make a statement that made me sad.  She said she knew she had the Bible, but she needed more.  Wanting more than the scriptures can lead you to dangerous places, and from what I have seen, this lady has plunged headlong into New Age teachings which are opposite of the scriptures.  When people say they need more than the Bible, it is a clear indicator that these same people are not reading and studying the Word on a regular basis or no such statement would escape their lips.

The Bottom Line

Please do not take my words to an extreme.  The bible is clear that we need preachers and teachers as well as assembling with other believers.  I am blessed greatly by the gifts of others.  Just know that what we are told in the words of other people cannot exceed scripture.

Let’s pray for others and ourselves as we study the precious Word of God that we rightly divide it.  Read scriptures in context and avoid making a doctrine from one single verse.  Be a good Berean and study the scriptures to see if these things are so.

 

 

Is Progressive Christianity Biblical?

Progressive Christianity is known as movement that seeks to change Christianity.  When I say Christianity, I mean biblical Christianity.  Attempting to re-write the Word of God or dismiss certain portions of it is dangerous.

For the past several years, I have avoided speaking out on this issue.  Why?  Honestly, I knew it would open a proverbial can of worms.  However, if I refuse to speak truth, I will answer to God.  So will you.  Keep in mind that I am not suggesting that God’s people suddenly start beating people over the head and becoming combative.  I am simply saying that it is time to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15).

Experience Over the Bible

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An alarming trend has been on the horizon for many years now.  I fear that it is becoming more than a trend.  Christians are beginning to trust more in their experiences and emotions than they do in the Word of God.

Once again, I believe we can have spiritual experiences, but they must line up with the Bible.  If your experiences are contrary to scripture, they must be dismissed.  Our emotions are real and should not be ignored, but they should not take priority over God’s word.  For example, I might not feel like walking in love.  The feeling is real, but the Bible says I must walk in love, therefore, I need to deal with my emotions and obey God’s Word.

If visions and other spiritual experiences are contrary to the Word,  God’s holy word must be valued over my experience.  1 John 4:1 states that we are not to believe every spirit, but we must try the spirits to see if they are of God.  We are also told that many false prophets have gone out into the world.  1 Thessalonians 5:21 states that we must test all things and hold to that which is good.

Failing to evaluate experience with the Bible leads to false and heretical teachings.  Both Islam and Mormonism were founded upon dreams and visions.  1 Corinthians 4:6 warns us not to exceed what is written.

The Prosperity Gospel

Too many ministers have fallen into the trap of placing their focus on money and material possessions.  Certainly, God has no objection to us having possessions, but when people are convinced that they have no faith since they have no wealth and health, the gospel has been seriously misrepresented.

In Matthew 10:8, we are reminded that we should freely give of the things of God because we have received freely from God.  While it is fine to give to ministries, it is not appropriate that receiving funds to be the entire focus of a ministry.

The true gospel is the good news of Jesus Christ.  He came to save sinners.  He came to set captives free.  Our wealth, or lack thereof, does not determine our righteousness.  Accepting Christ and placing our faith in Him does.

The Definition of Marriage

I love all people.  More importantly, Jesus does.  However, loving people does not mean that I have to approve of what is sin.  No, I do not sit in judgement on someone in sin, but it is time people realized that speaking the whole counsel of God’s word is not judging.

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When God’s people try to find ways to change the definition of marriage to please people, they are bowing to an idol.  Acts 5:29 reminds us that Christians should be pleasing God rather than man.  While homosexuality is not the only sin, it has to be addressed because many of God’s people have caved to the pressure of the world.  Church by-laws have been changed and attempts to wrongly divide the word of truth have been made.

Please know that if you are involved in homosexual sin, there is deliverance in Jesus Christ.  He came to set the captives free. I have been bound to many sins in my lifetime, but He has proven to be my deliverer.  He can be yours too.

Which Gospel Will You Accept–Jesus Christ or What is False?

The decision to be offended or accept what I have said is yours.  Most of all, Christians need to be searching the Word of God for themselves to see if what I am saying is true. Progressive Christianity has progressed because too many Christians accept the word of others over the Word of God.

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It is not a watered down version of the gospel that draws people to Christ.  I have yet to see someone leaving Islam, Buddhism, etc. to become a Christian when he or she sees such compromise.  Christ said that if He is lifted up, He will draw all men to Himself.  Rather than lift up false teaching, lift up Christ, the true Christ of the Bible.  He loves you, but He loves you too much to leave you in your sin.