The Christian Response to the Contemporary View of Man

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John 15:5

Without Me you can do nothing.

Contemporary Doctrine:

Proverbs 23:7

For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. “Eat and drink!” he says to you, But his heart is not with you.

The next doctrinal error we want to discuss is that man has been created with great potential and only needs to find the keys to unlock that potential in order to live a happy and productive life. Of course this teaching did not originate within Christianity but has been adopted into much contemporary teaching. The Christian form of this false teaching says that the Bible teaches us the keys we need to be able to live the abundant and productive life we were created for.

It is assumed that one of the biggest things keeping the Christian from living up to his God-given abilities is his bad self-esteem. He doesn’t realize how much potential resides within him, so he doesn’t live up to it. His thoughts about himself are too low. And since he undervalues himself in his heart, his heart overflows with negative words and confessions about himself, which in turn make his situation even worse. He is unaware that his words have power to create reality because he is unaware of his inherent potential. So the greatest key to changing his life is to change how he views himself. Continue reading “The Christian Response to the Contemporary View of Man”

The Christian Response to the Contemporary View of Jesus

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Revelation 1:14-17

His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last.”

Contemporary Doctrine:

Matthew 11:29

Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Jesus Christ Himself declared, “He who has seen me, has seen the Father” (John 14:9). For this reason many contemporary Christian teachers teach that God is not angry and vengeful as old-school preachers used to imply, but instead He is tolerant, meek and merciful. Such teachers proclaim that Jesus Christ is perfect theology. By saying this they mean that Jesus, as presented in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John is a perfect and complete picture of who God is. Continue reading “The Christian Response to the Contemporary View of Jesus”

The Christian Response to the Contemporary View of God

Hebrews 10:30-31

For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. And again, “The Lord will judge His people.” It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Contemporary Doctrine:

1 John 4:8

He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

If we had to use one verse to describe how God is portrayed in our day it would be 1 John 4:8, which proclaims, “God is love.” God is portrayed as patient, merciful, forgiving and gracious in the majority of contemporary Christian sermons, songs and movies. A lot of time is spent trying to help people shake off the old fashioned notion that God is angry with sinners and threatens them with eternal hell if they refuse to turn from sin and rebellion. Instead they are urged to realize that God actually wants to help them in every area of their life, but since He is a divine Gentleman He is waiting for them to open their hearts and let Him help them.
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Hebraic Roots Movement

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I have been getting some comments from a person in the Hebraic Roots Movement so i decided to put up some videos I did on the topic a couple years ago. If you are unfamiliar with the topic i encourage you to watch these 3 videos. This is an aggressive error that can sweep people away from the Gospel very quickly, so those of us that are involved in shepherding the flock should be aware of this ancient heresy in the modern church.
Gbu!

 

The series of videos can be found at:

Exposing the Hebrew Roots Movement! #1: https://youtu.be/pSFUM-V-avg

Exposing the Hebrew Roots Movement #2: https://youtu.be/ZbcdTRGXEBQ

Exposing the hebrew roots movement #3: https://youtu.be/c6aUwe8XTok

 

A Godly Woman’s Wardrobe

I did not write this article, but I am grateful for the pastor who did. I believe it will be helpful for godly women. The Bible emphasizes the modesty of women & thus the emphasis of this article is directed towards women. But the sad fact is that our society has devolved to such levels that even men show off their bodies. So this article should be read by men as well. All Christians are held to the biblical standards of “modesty, propriety & moderation.” We don’t hear those words often in our day, so if you need to Google their definition, have at it;-) 

I’m sure that some people feel that such an article shouldn’t be written by a man. But I would like to defend the author by pointing to the example of the Apostles Paul and Peter. In 1 Tim. 2:9-10 and 1 Peter 3:3-5 both Apostles, by the Spirit of God, were not shy about addressing the apparel and adornments of women. And though some might call it unfair that the author didn’t also address how men adorn themselves, I must note that that neither Peter nor Paul felt compelled to address men on this point.

Others might feel the author is blaming Bathsheba for David’s sin. I disagree; I believe he means that David had his sin and Bathsheba had hers. Whatever might have been the situation in David and Bathsheba’s case, I believe the author’s point is that men have their responsibility and women have theirs. I believe this is a valid point.

Lastly. I have been in Asia for close to 2 decades now. So my sensibilities are a bit different than Americans. The mention of body parts makes me blush. But I believe the author mentions such details so that reader will know exactly what he is referring to. He is not being crude in my opinion; he is being clear. 

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The Godly Woman’s Wardrobe

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What Does Hell Teach Us About God

It is common in our day to try and apologize on God’s behalf for the existence of eternal hell. Orthodox Christians are not bold enough to play around with the heresies that say lost souls will stop existing after death or that everyone in hell will eventually go to heaven anyways. But they still feel compelled to help God’s public relations campaign by softening the blow of eternal conscious punishment.

Since many Christians nowadays have basically accepted the idea that love is God’s primary trait, they find it difficult to say God is first and foremost motivated by love towards all, but he created an eternal fire for his enemies. Usually the argument goes something like this:

“God is so loving that he gives us free will. he will not violate this free will by making us live with him in heaven forever. So actually he doesn’t throw anyone into hell, he just lets them go there if they choose.”

Though this almost, though not very convincingly in my opinion, shows how a loving God could allow people to go to hell, it doesn’t deal faithfully with what the Bible teaches. Jesus said that we should fear him who can cast both body and soul into hell. And elsewhere we are told that Jesus will come like a flame of fire to bring vengeance on God’s enemies who do not obey the gospel. Continue reading “What Does Hell Teach Us About God”

Exposing the Errors of the Hebraic Roots Movement (Video #3)

In this short video we discuss:
What does Paul mean when he says we are justified by faith?
What does James mean when he says we are justified by works?
And what do either of these things have to do with the Hebraic Roots Movement?

The spirit Behind the Hebraic Roots Movement (Video)

Here is a link to an excellent video exposing the spiritual pride at the root of the hebraic roots movement. this is a dangerous heresy that is tearing churches apart and causing many to make a shipwreck of their faith.

 

Exposing the Errors of the Hebraic Roots Movement (Video #2)

This is a second video in a series of videos that expose the errors of the Hebraic Roots Movement. In this episode we look at the Sermon on the Mount, especially Matthew 5:17-20. These are key passages that the Devil uses to cause people to stumble into the Judaizing heresy.

 

Exposing the Errors of the Hebraic Roots Movement (Video #1)

The heresy of Judaizing that was so prevalent in the days of the Apostles has been reborn in the modern Hebraic Roots Movement. It is hard to imagine that what Paul wrote so clearly against in the epistles of Romans, Galatians and Ephesians could ever become popular among Christians, but it has happened. With a few tweaks the ancient heresy of Judaizing has become an accepted movement within Christian churches. To be sure not everything in the movement is heretical, but we must be aware about the dangers of this movement. This is the first in a series of videos in which its dangers are exposed.