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Bad Theology is Bad No Matter Where it Comes From!

The other day in the midst of a Facebook discussion I was told that the way I thought about the issue was wrong as many theologians and famous ministers of the past thought opposite of me.  My response to the person, another minister by the way, was, "I just read the Bible and focus on that!" 

I'm not against education!  My lands I have two Masters degrees and one doctorate so I've done my share of study.  However, it does seem to me that there is a lot of emphasis on theology these days and all that is coming forth isn't really spot on!  There are a couple of popular doctrines racing through the Church these days that I just cannot embrace.  My only take on them is that Scripture has to be stretched a lot for them to make any sense.  By the way....I do believe the Bible is still relevant!!  As I'm teaching my church, "I never question the Bible, only man's interpretation of it!" God is helping us there as well,  we are learning some important rules on interpretation. 

Saying that, I find that so many preachers, teachers, ministers today only teach what they have been taught.  Instead of fresh, open minded, revelation from the Holy Spirit they instead rely on the books, conferences, denominational doctrine, Bible Colleges and Seminaries and what is learned there is parroted to the people they themselves teach.  This is no problem as long as what is learned is correct, if not,  well then it's not the best deal going, I would say!

We've all heard the saying, and probably have used it ourselves, maybe thousands of times..."Practice makes perfect!"  I'm told that Vince Lombardi, the famous past head coach of the Green Bay Packers used to take exception to that saying.  He said that if you practice bad things, all you will ever achieve is the bad things you have practiced.  His thought, and this is what he continually drummed into his championship teams, "PERFECT PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT!" 

OK, now relate Coach Lombardi's thought into theology; wrong theology is still wrong no matter how old it is or no matter who brought it forth!

My thinking is we have the Bible.  It is God's word; one day I'll share more on the Bible being the word of God...it's amazing!  And, added to that, and yes, even more importantly we have the Holy Spirit!  Friends... we live in a win/win situation, when we begin to practice perfectly what God is currently showing the Church we live in a realm that Coach Lombardi, he was a Believer by the way, would be very proud of!

Grace and peace!


The Law Has Ended!

One of the areas I get challenged on about as much as any other is the subject of the Law. I hear things like: "God didn't end the Law He only fulfilled it." Or, "God only ended the ceremonial Law." So much of today's American Christianity is positioned on the Law of Moses, in one form or another. It amazes me how ignorant we really are when it comes to this subject.

Here are a few thoughts for the morning.....#1. If you were not a Jew of Moses' day the Law had no bearing on you! That's right, the Gentiles were NEVER UNDER THE LAW. So, bring that thought forward to today.....If you are now a Jew then the Law has no bearing on you either! Get it....Even the Ten Commandments are not for you!!!! (Now I'm sure I'll hear about that statement!)

#2. Yes, God, through Christ fulfilled the Law! But what does that word "fulfill" mean? If a person has paid off their house, made the last payment due, their mortgage is considered "fulfilled!" After a house has been paid off, does the owner continue to make house payments? No! Why? Because a "fulfilled" mortgage is a completed mortgage and it simply means that it is no longer in existence!

#3. Please show me just one verse of Scripture that states that God only ended the "ceremonial Law." You can't because it just doesn't exist, except in the minds of people who cannot accept the fact that Christ ended all of the Law!

Look at Paul's writings in 2 Corinthians 3:

The Glory of the New Covenant

"7 The old way, with laws etched in stone, led to death, though it began with such glory that the people of Israel could not bear to look at Moses’ face. For his face shone with the glory of God, even though the brightness was already fading away. 8 Shouldn’t we expect far greater glory under the new way, now that the Holy Spirit is giving life? 9 If the old way, which brings condemnation, was glorious, how much more glorious is the new way, which makes us right with God! 10 In fact, that first glory was not glorious at all compared with the overwhelming glory of the new way. 11 So if the old way, which has been replaced, was glorious, how much more glorious is the new, which remains forever!"

By the way, Even the New Covenant was meant for the Jews. But all of us who are in Christ have inherited it's blessings and enriched life!

So, how about you Friend....Are you holding onto the fact that the Law has never ended or are you going to believe the Bible, and understand what Paul is saying....That you, through Christ have been made right with God! It's all because of the finished works of the cross! Glory!!!!! What a Savior!


It's Time For The Apostles To Come Forth!

Over the past several years there has been a lot of interest generated in some of the churches I've been involved  in over the issue of apostles.  I recall a season when it seemed like just about every church leader was claiming the title "Apostle." I sometimes wondered if any one was a pastor anymore!  I have to admit, I was in the middle of all of that.  I used to laugh a lot at the title lingo going on; like at a restaurant with a group of ministers: "Apostle Smith, would you please pass the salt?" The reply, "Sure Prophetess Jones, gladly!"  Oh boy!

In spite of my kidding around here, I do feel that it is high time for true apostolic ministry to come forth!  One of the things the apostles of the early church did was to bring forth sound doctrine and implement it into the Church.  I'm sensing today that there is a lot of what I call, "Goofy Doctrine" running loose in today's Church.  We really need some clear direction these days from God on much of this stuff!

Now, I'm not talking about creating any new doctrine, instead I'm thinking about some clarity of existing doctrine.  It is really needed! However, the problem is that most likely no one will listen to any truth as minds have already been made up and nothing will change that! 

I'm feeling that in our church, that I have a mandate from God to establish clear, clean and pure doctrine.  I also realize that I can be accused of doing so based on only as I see things.  Of course, that is the way it is!  I guess I'm trusting that what I teach our people is right on the mark.  However, I've been known to tell our people that some of the things I taught them in the past was wrong.  I think I'm open to change and correction by the Holy Spirit and if that comes, I'm not opposed to let people know!

Just some thoughts for today!  Glory!

Grace and peace!