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Is the Bible Your Idol? 0

Posted on June 22, 2017 by Alexander
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Do you substitute the Bible for God?

I first proposed this thought in a forum. I should not have been surprised at the out cry of some responses but I was also delighted by those who understood my intention: that is, not to diminish the wonder of the Bible but to point out how it can become an idol that replaces God.

That the Bible can become an idol should not surprise anyone who walks with Christ. Consider the Jews. They prance the scroll of the Torah around their synagogue service no different than Hindus carrying carved idols of Krishna. Even some of the Messianic Jews, who know the truth of Jesus, prance the scroll of the Torah around their congregation in like fashion. This is also true of some Protestants. One of the forum readers made this comment:

“Some of us are old enough to remember when the expectation was that the Bible be treated as sacred and holy. You washed your hands before you handled it. It was to be on the top of any stack of books. It was to be displayed and not hidden away in a drawer or cabinet. The pages were not to be soiled or smudged.”

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All Denominations are Heresy 4

Posted on March 19, 2017 by Alexander
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Heresy Divides the Body of Christ

I have been called a heretic (by Catholics twice) with the implication that I have spoken in error. That is the generally accepted meaning of the term, but it is not the etymological meaning.  Strong’s definition of the Greek word translated as heresy in the New Testament is, hairesis (G139), meaning “a choice” as in a group, thus implying “disunion”. It is derived from aihreomai (G138) which means to take for one’s self or prefer. It is also translated as “sect”. It does not mean error or being wrong.  Thayer’s definition includes the idea of  capturing or forcing others to a group.  Biblical heresy means one thing: creating division in the body of Christ so that separate camps are set up and the unity of love towards all believers is undermined. Read the rest of this entry →

Whatever Happened to Conscientious Objection? 2

Posted on February 15, 2015 by Alexander
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Where is the moral conscience of the Church today?

When I was a youth the Vietnam War was winding down. When I was of draft age, Nixon had begun the lottery and my number was too high, so I never went. But I remember that many had either fled to Canada or had filed CO, Conscientious Objector. That was a strange concept to me since I did not come to Christ until I was an adult of 32.  The C.O. is a basic right of American freedom that had been used by men of faith who refused to violate the teachings of Jesus Christ in harming others.

Since the Vietnam war we have had a  multitude of military police actions and wars around the world:  Grenada and Panama in 1989;   Desert Shield in 1990 then Desert Storm in 1991;  Somalia in 1993; Bosnia mid 1990’s; Afghanistan 2001 and on; and Iraq 2003 and on – all called police actions, not wars; World War II being the last war declared by congress.

I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and observed the Vietnam War protests and the emergence of alternative lifestyles of Berkeley, California. The influence of that era had a stronghold on me that I was unaware.  As a new believer in 1985  a friend made it her mission to get me to vote and be patriotic.  Her mission was supported by worship music and preaching in the pulpit, so as a new ignorant believer I assumed that  she was acting on behalf of the Lord.

During that time I joined the ranks of Christians who believed that supporting the government  was patriotic and what “good” Christians do. I discovered that many Christians were police officers who attended my various congregations, many were combat veterans, many were government officials.  In short people of the church populate every aspect of the government and the military and are the biggest supporters of the military. Yet, it has not always been so.  Many American Christians at one time refused military service. Read the rest of this entry →

The Kingdom Means Personal Responsibility 0

Posted on May 24, 2014 by Alexander
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We are all called to personal responsibility to God and life.

Living according to the will of God in His Kingdom has never changed. It began with Adam and Eve, was lived by the patriarchs, exemplified in the book of Judges, was codified in the Mosaic Covenant, and revealed in the heart of God through the cross of Calvary.  In short it is taking personal responsibility for our lives and others.

In the garden of Eden, instead of taking personal responsibility for their actions, our parents, Adam and Eve tried to pass the buck. I wonder what would have happened if they both admitted their error and accepted responsibility for their unbelief and disobedience?  Knowing Jesus Christ I believe He would have forgiven them, even though they would still suffer the consequence of their actions.  Is it possible that consequence would have stopped with them and the rest of the world been spared?  Only God knows.  Ezekiel declared that the sins of the fathers would not be passed onto the sons.

(Eze 18:20)  The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.

I knew a messianic Jew who once speculated that if Adam had not participated in eating the forbidden fruit, he would have remained sinless and could have laid his life down for Eve as Christ has done for the Church. Of course, if he had the sense not to eat the fruit, you would think he would have stopped Eve from eating the fruit in the first place. Regardless of the speculation, we know that they avoided their personal responsibility and played the blame game, passing the buck ultimately to God Himself since it was He who gave Adam the woman (Gen. 3:13). Read the rest of this entry →

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