September 05, 2014 by
The danger of self righteousness.
(Mat 23:15) A curse is on you, scribes and Pharisees, false ones! for you go about land and sea to get one disciple and, having him, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves.
A reader of an old article written by another author that I posted had been trying to get me to remove the article. He has a website of his own dedicated to discrediting the author of the article. My initial response pointed out that even if the messenger had faults, the message was still valid. You can read the comments posted back and forth there so I will not repeat them here. In my final comment to him I shared the verse where God hates those who sow discord amongst the brethren (Prov. 6:16) and as an American I found his attempt to censor free speech to be repugnant. His last comment which I did not post stated that the author had admitted to fraudulent credentials and that he found my refusal to remove the article to be repugnant.
This post is not intended as an attack on the reader. He has the right to his views, and I allowed him to share his views on my forum. I say my forum because I pay for this website and do not solicit any money from anyone. That gives me the right to choose who I allow to post comments. He has his own website on which he voices his opinions, so the free market of ideas flourishes. Instead I am using this as a launchpad to discuss how self righteousness is encouraged by organized religion. In reviewing past posts, I am see that this is an issue I have not addressed. Read the rest of this entry →
August 03, 2014 by
Feelings are not the same thing as spirituality.
In my last post, I said, “Love is an act of our will, not an emotion. Emotions are expressions of that act.” It seems to me that further explanation is merited. It took many years for me to understand the differences between soul and spirit – emotions are considered part of the soul – and to see how the two worked together is not easy.
The author of Hebrews said,
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Heb 4:12
The implication being that only the Word can tell the difference. How, then, can we tell the difference? The Scriptures gives us several clues. Consider what Jesus said about his own words. Read the rest of this entry →
July 14, 2014 by
Christians have lost sight of the truth through shallow living.
My marriage was an arranged marriage. I was too shallow to recognize an appropriate spouse. My arrangement was not made by my parents, however. I was 38 when I met my wife. The arrangement was by God. The Lord needed to break through my shallow thinking. Before I met my wife I either looked at how beautiful the girl was or whether she could be a business partner in marriage. A few months before meeting my wife I was sitting at a Christ for the Nations Marriage Conference. While listening, God dropped into my spirit the realization that Adam was being tested to see into the spirit when he named the animals. The Lord was testing Adam to see if he could see beyond the flesh. The names he spoke were not names he made up, but were the names spoken by God Himself. Because Adam passed the test, the Lord put him to sleep and created Eve from his side. She looked nothing like him, yet he saw in the spirit and said “bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh” (Gen. 2:23).
The second day after meeting my wife, the Lord spoke to me and said, “This is it.” And I knew that she was bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh. I knew she was my soul mate and had a peace and comfort in her presence that I never had with any other person in my life. When the Lord spoke to me, I thought to myself, “But I don’t love her.” The Lord responded to my spirit and told me that I would learn to love her as Isaac had learned to love Rebecca. I love my wife now more than I have ever experienced a love for someone, even though it did not happen automatically and I had a major disappointment in not being able to have children that almost ruined my marriage. That disappointment was overcome by my knowing that she was God’s will for me, therefore I chose to love her through the trial. Love is an act of our will, not an emotion. Emotions are expressions of that act. Read the rest of this entry →
July 04, 2014 by
Being a patriot is not equal to being a Christian.
On this 4th of July we are all called to rally around the flag. I love the flag in that I believe that it is a beautiful banner, and I hang mine up outside my home. I also love the virtues of American past and present that is found in many of its people.
Before I experienced the new birth I had an upbringing disdaining authorities rooted in the 1960’s hippie movement. At the age of 32 Christ revealed Himself to me and began a process of reversing my thinking. I became a Republican and sought to influence the political process through my votes and activism. But after closely following the Clinton and Bush administrations I saw that there was no difference between the parties, and that voting was a sham. I questioned the church being such a big sponsor of the Republican party, and after 20 years of following the church party line, I realized that it is still the same world system. American Christians have lost sight of the gospel because of conservative talk radio. Read the rest of this entry →
May 24, 2014 by
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 →
April 30, 2014 by
Salvador Dali painted Jesus on a hypercube cross to show that as the God-Man, Jesus came from outside the box of time and space.
Persistence of Memory
In my youth I loved the paintings of Salvador Dali as being “trippy” and cool. Now that I am in the Autumn of my life, I understand that Dali was a very deep thinker who kept abreast of physics. He understood the theories, at least to a limited extent, of particle physics. Those famous paintings of watches dripping like they are melting are making the statement that time is relative and fluid.
Dali is called a surrealist painter. Surrealism means above or beyond realism. Dali’s paintings illustrate the world beyond our 5 senses that science was discovering through new instruments. As a Spaniard I believe he was a Catholic and the painting of Christ on the cross above shows he thought deeply about God. I have added a hypercube which is a 2 dimensional drawing of a 4 dimensional concept. The comparison shows that the cross Dali painted is the hypercube in cross form with Jesus suspended in space. The statement Dali is making is that Jesus, as God who became a man, left eternity which is without time or space and entered the space time continuum so that we through the cross can also join God in eternity leaving the space time continuum. Dali in this painting is making a profound theological statement! Read the rest of this entry →
March 18, 2014 by
When Jesus said, “when two or more are gathered in his name”, he did not mean having church.
Many believers have become discouraged with the traditional Sunday morning church meetings and have opted out for small gatherings in coffee shops, homes, and elsewhere. You will hear them often say, “Jesus said, ‘Where two or more are gathered there will I be in the midst of them'”. In truth, I used to say that, too. Read the rest of this entry →
February 02, 2014 by
All the governments of the world belong to Satan.
Mat 4:8 – 11
Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.
The Governments of the World
The usual understanding of this verse is that we are to worship God. What is overlooked is that when Satan offered Jesus all the kingdoms of the world, Jesus did not refute Satan in his authority to give him the kingdoms of the world. In other words, all governments belong to to Satan.
This creates a contradiction in doctrine. We are routinely told to “obey all governments” based upon Romans 13:1 & 2 which says
Rom 13:1 – 2 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
If Satan owns all the kingdoms of the world, are we being told by Paul to obey Satan because God has ordained Satan to rule the world? Any thinking person will realize that would be utter nonsense to think that way.
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December 16, 2013 by
Truant officers are not as common today, but Americans are still compelled to send their children to school, if by no other means than property taxes.
“No Christian parent should send their child to public school!” I said this at a church picnic many years ago when talking to a home school parent. To my surprise the home school parent started defending those parents who sent their kids to government schools, which began a hostile debate against me. At that time I had become involved in teaching home school children gymnastics. Since it was a daytime market, that used an otherwise empty gym when classes are usually taught after school and evening, it was a sensible business decision. That led me to research and read online information on home school curriculm and their reasons for leaving the government school system. So you can imagine my surprise at this home school parent defending those parents who kept their children in the government schools. Read the rest of this entry →
September 02, 2013 by
How are we in the image of God?
One of the great mysteries of creation is the question, “How is man in the image of God?” Even though God became the man Jesus the Christ, and Jesus is fully man, He is a created being made from the eternal God. Read the rest of this entry →