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 →
I just finished reading and collating into a PDF book, Arthur Koestler’s 1976 manuscript entitled, “The Thirteenth Tribe.” There are many websites that speak of the Khazar Jews and their history, but this book best explains the story. Koestler is a Hungarian Jew, which makes him a Khazar Jew, as well. His work is not a condemnation but an honest look at world wide Jewry, which divides into 10% Sephardic (i.e., Spanish) and 90% Ashkenazi (i.e., Russian), of which those Ashkenazi Jews are Khazars from the gentile tribe descended from Japheth and not Shem. Koestler draws upon original and second hand manuscripts from Arabic, Jewish, Russian, Byzantium, Spanish and English documents. The Khazars come from the Russian steppes of Turkmenistan and settled between the Black and Caspian Seas, which today is Georgia and Ukraine.
1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service. 2 And be not fashioned according to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:1 & 2
We are all influenced by the world and the way of thinking of the world. For many Americans this is the result of government education, corporate advertising, media propaganda and the various disciplines of science that has established themselves as the gods of our age. Therefore our reading of the Bible tends to be influenced by these worldly influences and it takes deliberate effort to discern the truth of Scripture. Reading the Bible alone will not transform your mind. There are thousands of Jehovah Witnesses and Mormons who do not know Christ. Renewing our minds come from reading the Bible by spiritual discernment.
But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.(1Co 2:14 & 15)
Legalism is the heart of natural thinking. Legalism is the means of self-justification. James tells us that if we break one commandment we have broken them all (James 2:10). But legalism tells us that if we do one good thing, we are good in all things. Through our narrow definition of goodness, we judge others according to our own standard. If we see others fail in one thing, we condemn them as utterly worthless. How unlike our King who believes we are worth saving no matter what we have done. Legalism turns us into hypocrites.
Legalism makes right and wrong a game. Lawyers are a prime example of what I mean. They do not care about what is right or wrong, only what is legal. Natural thinking seeks only for the benefit of self. We are awash in our culture in this kind of thinking.
The influence of natural thinking distorts both our reading of Scriptures and affects the way godly men translate the Scriptures. We need to read the Bible through the eyes of Christ. Since He is the King, we assume he is like a worldly king, and he is not. Jesus does not “rule” by force. He rules by example and is the standard we are to compare ourselves by. Jesus changes us just as a good marriage changes both partners. We love one another in marriage, so defer to one another. We love Jesus and defer to his good example because we want to please him and to be like him. Read the rest of this entry →
Recently I was asked to explain what it means in 2 Corinthians 5:21:
“For he has made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
That is a huge question. If you can be patient I will explain to the best of my understanding.
For some reason this is abhorrent to some believers. I remember a brother who refused to accept the plain statement of the verse and declared that it meant Jesus was a sin bearer. I think his difficulty in accepting the statement of the Bible was his misunderstanding of how Jesus was both fully God and fully human.
Mel Gibson is to be commended for his effort to show the horror of the cross. However, there was no way he could show the horror of Jesus becoming sin. When Jesus became sin he experienced all the sicknesses and mental illness of the world. He knew first hand all the discouragement, depression, anger and emotions of the fallen world. Cancer came on him, Alzheimer, and every known disease of life. All because he became sin who knew no sin. Read the rest of this entry →
The singularity is an expression coined by mathematician John Von Neuman in 1958 describing the “ever accelerating progress of technology and changes in the mode of human life”. Ray Kurzweil believes this means that artificial intelligence (AI) of computers will reach a point that the human mind and personality can be programmed completely within it to such a point that a person can have immortality living within a machine. The Borg of Star Trek the Next Generation fantasized this to such a point that people lost their individuality as they became part of the collective consciousness of the Borg machinery.
As I understand Kursweil’s dream, he wants to translate his mind and life into a computer program that would then allow him to live forever in a machine. I am trying to understand this both from a secular point of view and a Christian point of view. From a secular point of view the physics law of entropy is ignored. Everything is in a state of decay. Machines rust out and break down all the time. This dream of his presumes on a perpetual ability to repair and maintain the machinery of his Borg existence. Read the rest of this entry →
For the last 3 months I have read and converted Ferdinand Lundberg’s book, “America’s 60 Families” into a PDF e-book. I found an online copy that had been scanned which contained multiple errors, specifically in scanning the tables. To remedy these problems I purchased the book and went through page by page to make the corrections. The project is now done and available for public reading.
Since the text is in a document format, pages have been marked “[book page #]” to correspond to the printed book pages. This should facilitate quoting and referencing those quotes. It also keeps the index accurate. The only editorial difference is that I did not break up paragraphs by the book page. Thus the reference could be half a paragraph off. I also eliminated the endnotes and moved them to footnotes for reading convenience. His footnotes marked by an * (asterisk) have been left intact.
Why Should Christians Read this Book?
Because the book of Revelations makes it clear that the one world government will be formed by financial means.
And it causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark on their right hand, or in their foreheads, even that not any might buy or sell except those having the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of its name. (Rev. 13:16 & 17)
This is how Satan through the rich has been forming his one world government. The United States was not formed to protect the people. All the states were sovereign and independent already. They agreed to come under a federal government for economic benefits, just as the European Union has attempted to do the same. Read the rest of this entry →
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.
It is a complete misunderstanding to think that Christianity is a religion. It is not. It is biology and physics. Preachers warp it into a religion through thoughtlessness and the needs of running a business. They are ignorant of how Adam and Eve broke the laws of physics and what God did through Jesus Christ to restore those broken laws.
Instead they water it down to mere “personal relationship” with God. I do not say that lightly! Personal relationship with God is the reason we were created. But it diminishes the magnitude of what happened with Adam and Eve and the cosmic work of Jesus Christ Himself.
Adam and Eve Knew Yahweh Their Whole Lives
Sin and judgment are clearly attributes of the the fall and redemption, but they, too, diminish the Truth. Adam and Eve did not just “sin” and lose relationship with God. In fact Genesis 3:21 implies more than it says in that Adam and Eve were given a means to retain their relationship with God all their lives.
The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. (Gen 3:21 NIV)
An animal had to die for the “garment of skin” to be made for Adam and his wife. In Jewish custom the Paschal lamb was kept in the house for three days before it was butchered for the Sedar. The head of the house slit the lamb’s throat. This created a great sorrow in the whole house as they watched the innocent animal die. I have no doubt that Adam had to kill the animal, perhaps a lamb, himself. They saw the horror and felt the grief for the loss of the animal life that was used to make their garments. The implication is clear: this was a blood sacrifice that pointed the way to Christ, which they knew of from earlier in Genesis 3:15. They understood that blood was shed for their sins. The blood sacrifice began with Adam and Eve and has been practiced by cultures throughout all of the world’s history. Read the rest of this entry →
Getting my athletes to believe in their ability to perform a gymnastics skill is most of my job. The technical mechanics of how the skill is performed is usually taught in just a few lessons. But it can take months and years for some skills to be repeated through drills, spotting and other training practices before they become convinced that they can do it on their own.
Confidence means “with faith”. There are two roads to faith, and both are necessary.
Our thought life is the core of discipleship. What we think determines what we feel. Emotions are the expression of our thoughts. The film industry knows this well. They deliberately craft stories to create an emotional viewing ride for the audience. They know what they need to put in a scene to bring us to tears, or to burst out with laughter. Fear in an athlete is an emotion resulting from the of thoughts about the possibility of accidental injury. Fear is important because it creates caution and carefulness. No athlete will survive long with reckless abandon. However, panic is an extreme fear that causes loss of control of the body and is more deadly than the reckless abandon.
Getting an athlete to control fear begins with the path of discipleship: controlling their thoughts. We are told in 2 Corinthians 10:
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Cor 10:5 NIV)
While many believers tend to see this passage in context of spiritual warfare, they may misunderstand what “spiritual warfare,” truly is. They may imagine that they are physically wrestling with demons. Thoughts are not demons, and demons may plant those thoughts, but as thoughts, they belong to us. Our natural view of life will bring in thoughts that should be rejected that are contrary to the way of Christ. Read the rest of this entry →
Editor’s Note: This post was written for the Stunt Gym blog, but I felt that it would be appreciated by a wider audience, therefore has been reprinted here, too.
I recently had a conversation from a dancer in California who found the school site and was surprised that I call my school a “Christian Gymnastics School.” She wanted to know how I could consider it a Christian school since she had been told that dancing was carnal. She desperately wants to dance before the Lord, but has been discouraged by her congregation.
For the sake of her privacy, I am going to call her, Sydnee. Sydnee seems to be a new believer and was very confused. The congregation she attends seems to be legalistic. She had questions about the Sabbath and other matters which hindered me from explaining how physical activity can be an expression of the spirit.
God has no interest or joy in religion. Religion did not come from God. It came from Adam and Eve who tried to cover their sin with fig leaves. That was the first religious act of mankind. Religion is inherent in our carnal nature, which is why most of the world is religious. The books of Romans and Hebrews explains God’s take on religion. He gave Moses the law to show the world that it was impossible to please God through religious effort. Through Jesus Christ He took away religion completely. But mankind hangs onto religion because the carnal nature wants to justify itself through religion, not to please God. Read the rest of this entry →