What is going on…? October 17, 2013Posted by Streim in Living in the Real World, One True Gospel, Seeking Truth?.
Tags: Bible, Christianity, disciples, error, God's Faithfulness, Gospel, life, Living in the Real World, Obedience, pastors and church leaders, Salvation, Serving God, Truth
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Where do we draw the line between “right and wrong”;
How do we distinguish between “good and evil”?
How do we know we are following “the Truth–according to God” or “distorted man-made traditions”?
When will today’s pastors, teachers, authors stop resorting to “techniques of modern culture to share the Gospel” message and start “preaching the Gospel from God’s Word“?
What are Christians required to conform to? The “morality of our society” or the “standards of God’s Word”?
How do we know when hot IS “hot”? Or cold IS “cold”? Is it our perception?
When I studied in the Word for the doctrinal series I began (but after much prayer ‘knew’ I was not to continue), I started reading from Jeremiah the prophet. I must say, I see a spiritual parallel between the “overt disobedience” of God’s chosen people during Jeremiah’s time and the “overt lies” being taught (and much to my dismay–believed!) by many Christian churches today.
When the LORD God spoke to His people through Jeremiah, the LORD’S love was expressed in His continued patience (v12); but He did require repentance–turning away from their sin and towards Him. (vs 13-15)
Jeremiah 3: 12-15 “ Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say: ‘Return, backsliding Israel,’ says the Lord; ‘I will not cause My anger to fall on you. For I am merciful,’ says the Lord; ‘ I will not remain angry forever. 13 Only acknowledge your iniquity, That you have transgressed against the Lord your God, And have scattered your charms To alien deities under every green tree, And you have not obeyed My voice,’ says the Lord. 14 “Return, O backsliding children,” says the Lord; “for I am married to you. I will take you, one from a city and two from a family, and I will bring you to Zion. 15 And I will give you shepherds according to My heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.
We hear so much today about perspective and moral relativism in the world. It’s quite obvious there are many of our Christian teachers, pastors, leaders, authors, etc that are grasping and using these ideas. WHY? Because as many say “How do we get people into the church today?” when they should be saying “How do we reach lost souls with the Gospel of Christ and disciple them as commanded in the Word?” You might wonder what the difference in these two questions is.
It’s the difference between the BLACK AND WHITE truths of the Word and the many shades of grey found in the perceptions of men.
BLACK AND WHITE: God’s Word
“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard , which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full . This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another , and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned , we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” 1 John 1
Post-modern Christianity (here’s just ONE shade of gray!)
(Taken from “Roots of Church Growth Movement” at standupforthetruth.com)
In the early days of the church, Christians gathered to equip one another to do that, and the purpose of the church became about praying with one another, worshiping God, breaking bread and learning from the apostles teachings about Jesus. Our Lord instructed us through the ages to go forth and proclaim the Gospel to all nations, baptizing them and making disciples of Jesus Christ.
But these days, the leaders of the modern church in the West seem to be focused elsewhere. Countless conferences equip us not to share the Gospel but to be good leaders. For example, this year’s largest conference, Catalyst, had as its theme: Go and Make. But nowhere was the word Disciples ever attached to that message, and leaders once again gathered by the hundreds of thousands to learn about how to grow membership, meet their felt needs and get them connected in church programs. (Catalyst, by the way, is the largest in the seeker/growth movement.)
Today’s popular model is nowhere to be found in Scriptures, and in fact might be opposite of how churches are to grow.
Remember as forgiven, blood bought children of Almighty God we must know the deceitful ways in which the enemy is working in today’s world–especially in the Church! Getting people into churches is NOT what will change their eternal destiny. We are to go into all the world, wherever that may be, and preach/teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, making disciples (those who will live according the Word) in truth and love. If there is no making of disciples— there is error. Jesus teaching at the feast said this to the unbelieving “Jesus answered them and said, ‘My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me. If anyone wants to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority. He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who seeks the glory of the One who sent Him is true, and no unrighteousness is in Him” John 7:16-18
May the get into the Word of God daily and dig deep into the bounty of His truth! ♥ Streim
Sound Biblical Doctrine vs. Man-Made Doctrine: Part 1 (the “S” word) September 7, 2013Posted by Streim in Bible Study, Life Lessons From the Word, One True Gospel, Seeking Truth?.
Tags: Bible, Christian bloggers, christian yoga, creation, Creflo Dollar, Da Vinci Code, Daniel Plan, God Almighty, Gospel, Obedience, pastors and church leaders, purpose driven, seeker friendly church, sin, spiritual death, Study, The Shack, The Truth
Before we begin this study, doctrine is a principle or body of principles presented for acceptance or belief; that is taught or advocated. We are studying Biblical vs man-made doctrines strictly within the confines of 21st century (post-modern) Christianity. The purpose of this study is to aid Christians in awareness of what they’re being taught. In this age, we need spiritual discernment more than ever. As I wrote initially 1 John 4 to “test the spirits” Acts 17:11 tells us “… they examined the Scriptures daily…” I suggest you put everything you’re learning or being taught through the “tester of God’s Word”. Even in my study here, I suggest you look at them in their context. This portion of the study will look at points 1-3 from my post “the TRUTH be known:introduction http://learning2bestill.com/2013/08/31/the-truth-be-known-introduction/
1. Sinfulness of man (total depravity of man)
2. What does sin to our relationship with God? (separation)
3. What are the results of sin? (wages of sin–eternal death)
The “S” word: SIN
According to the Word of God, the Holy Bible, the LORD God gives us the truth regarding sin and man’s inborn nature to commit sin. This Christian doctrine ” total depravity of man”. It all began in the Garden of Eden. In this perfect garden, the Creator God gave man and woman everything they needed… even the majesty of His physical presence. All of creation was done for man. The LORD God made one exception ” And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” (Genesis 2:16-17) Man knew only good and in his perfected state, he had no need to for anything more; especially evil! However, we know even that one restriction was too much. Genesis 3:4-8 “But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil. So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings. And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.” They hid from God– separated themselves from Him. The remainder of Genesis 3 tells us the consequences of sin— complete imperfection, sadness, distress and more significantly the removal from the presence of the Holy Creator.
From that day until today, every human being born into this world has the sin DNA gene! ( Romans 3:23) There is nothing we, as humans, can do to please God! SIN=DISOBEDIENCE to our LORD God’s Word. Everyone does it! “The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9 Read the full chapter of Jeremiah 17 for yourself.
When God instructed man not to eat of that tree, He also said “in the day that you eat of it, you shall surely die”. That death didn’t mean immediate bodily death— it is spiritual death! And spiritual death is eternal. Romans 6:23 says “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
1 John 1:10 “If we say that we have not sinned , we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us”
Post-Modern Christianity: Man is basically good
What—man is basically good? Who, as a Christian would even think of such heresy. The Bible doesn’t teach us that. Well, here’s some news for you— there are more and more “Christians” following these teachings. You won’t hear the pastors/teachers/authors calling it ‘new-age Christianity’, but it is. Ever hear of Christian yoga? Oxymoron to say the least— pure heresy and a teaching that will lead right to the broad path of destruction. There is also danger in reading ‘christian fiction’. when your focus must be The Bible. The “Da Vinci Code” or ‘The Shack’– may be fiction, but filled with lies and false doctrine regarding sin, the Trinity, etc.
‘The purpose driven church model‘ has their Daniel Plan— a health plan for Christians, however, much of it (if not all) comes from Eastern medicine, founded in Hinduism and Buddhism. (FYI: before I became ill (in 1994)– I studied to be a naturopathic doctor–I know!) Then we have what’s called the ‘seeker friendly‘ christian churches. Bring people in, lure them in with promises of ‘fluffy puffy happy stuff’. No mention of that “s” word! Just happy, happy, happy!
As one teacher Creflo Dollar says ” we are gods”. Well if we are gods– then we’re not sinners.
You take the sinfulness of man out of the Gospel message and there is no Gospel message!!!
The last words I will leave you with in this portion of our study is this. “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” Colossians 2:8
Where you spend eternity is important to me. I do not desire for anyone to be ‘led astray’ by the false teachings of the day. Honestly, it saddens me when I watch so many Christians be unwittingly diverted from the Truth of the glorious Gospel of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. Please study the Word, test the spirits. Blessings ♥ Streim
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Sound Christian websites that teach the True Gospel and have much more information for you:
http://standupforthetruth.com/ http://www.ericbarger.com/ http://www.olivetreeviews.org/ http://www.testthespirit.com/ Great blogs with sound doctrine: www.pastormikesays.wordpress.com www.meetingintheclouds.wordpress.com www.mtsweat.com www.settledinheaven.wordpress.com
What Do Cheerios and 21st Century Christianity Have In Common? August 20, 2013Posted by Streim in Life Lessons From the Word, Living in the Real World, One True Gospel, Seeking Truth?.
Tags: Apostle Paul, cheerios, Christianity, church, Gospel, Jeremiah, Jesus Christ, knowing the truth, man-made gospel, Mike Le May, pastors and church leaders, The Truth
What do Cheerios and today’s Christianity have in common?
You can choose whichever gospel suits your taste.
When my children where young (many decades ago)… Cheerios was one of approximately five brands of cold cereal. Almost every Sunday I filled two small Tupperware containers with Cheerios. They served as a perfect snack to keep my young ones (toddlers) quiet during morning church service.
Today, when I went shopping for Multi-grain Cheerios (I’m an old fogie who has to lower my cholesterol). I was literally amazed at how many different flavors Cheerios now has. I counted thirteen, including caramel flavored, peanut butter, chocolate, banana nut, fruity, frosted and more. My amazement with the 13 plus varieties of Cheerios led to me thinking of the times we are in.
When I stated above “You can choose whichever gospel suits your taste.” I was not in any way making reference to denominations. If you note, I said “whichever gospel “. I do believe there are only two gospels. The Gospel of Jesus Christ according to the Word of God and the gospel of man (this one has all the varieties) and each comes from the word of certain men. The Word tells us in the last days, as I believe (according to Scripture) this is what we’ll see. 1 John chapter 4 says:
“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesses not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come ; and even now already is it in the world. Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world hears them. We are of God: he that knows God hears us; he that is not of God hears not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error. Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loves is born of God, and knows God. He that loves not knows not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwells in us, and his love is perfected in us. Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwells in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwells in love dwells in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is , so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear: because fear hath torment . He that fears is not made perfect in love. We love him, because he first loved us. If a man say, I love God, and hates his brother, he is a liar: for he that loves not his brother whom he hath seen , how can he love God whom he hath not seen ? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loves God love his brother also.
Jesus said in Matthew 7:15
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves
Paul in Colossians 2:8
Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
Peter (the disciple) wrote in 2 Peter 3:17
Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before , beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness
Titus wrote in his short letter in 1:10
For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision
Jeremiah, in the Old Testament prophesied in 9:5 “And they will deceive every one his neighbor, and will not speak the truth: they have taught their tongue to speak lies, and weary themselves to commit iniquity“
And again in Jeremiah 29:8 “For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Let not your prophets and your diviners , that be in the midst of you, deceive you, neither hearken to your dreams which ye cause to be dreamed”
Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus in 4:14
“That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;” and again in chapter 5:6 “Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things comes the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.”
And this statement that Paul wrote to the Thessalonians in his second letter to them
“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed , the son of perdition;” (2:3)