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Simple Virtue — April 18, 2022

Simple Virtue

THE HARD PATH

I will continue to speak, work and stand for real solutions to real problems …

Rather than take the easy out of conspiracy paranoia.

The Sovereign God of Heaven and Earth …

Expects no less.

Simple Truth — April 2, 2022

Simple Truth

STANDING FIRM

The fight these days is not between conservative verses liberal or Republican verses Democrat, but between:

Truth verses deception;

Reality verses destruction; and

Virtue verses depravity.

Fortunately, when it comes to what’s true, real and right …

Biblical Christians have the home court advantage.

So don’t give in or grow weary of standing firm for what is eternal and good …

Even if the heathen rage in response.

They’re only protesting their own failures and frustrations …

Born of their own irrational incoherence.

Simple Church — March 28, 2022
Simple Discipleship — January 29, 2022

Simple Discipleship

TRUE WORSHIP

“Worship” today …

Has become an industry that exploits, for fame and fortune, the pursuit of fleeting intensity among a broken generation.

It is the new addiction.

The sole antidote is true worship, which is a life of humble submission and faithful obedience to God’s sovereignty, on His terms.

Only there can we find real joy and authentic wholeness.

Simple Faith — January 4, 2022

Simple Faith

SONGS AND WORSHIP

Singing and music are important for our gatherings, but please don’t call that “worship”.

Rather, the New Testament says that living lives of reverent submission and faithful obedience to God and His sovereignty …

Is true worship.

When we say that singing and music are “worship”, however, rather than teach what worship truly is …

We end up with carnal churches and carnal people.

So let’s joyfully sing God’s praises to encourage one another when we gather, as the New Testament commands …

While also learning to walk in true worship the rest of the week through humble submission and steadfast fidelity to Him.

Simple Truth — December 18, 2021

Simple Truth

GOD OR EXISTENTIALISM?

The prevailing characteristics of postmodern existentialism are relativism and narcissism, rooted in individual autonomy.

Is it any wonder, then, that we see an emphasis on new “doctrines” which:

Define Christ and our relationship to Him by our own subjective perceptions;

Redefine grace to destroy all concepts of objective standards; and

Dismiss the plenary authority of Scripture?

Yet God is raising up a people who want to truly know Him on His terms …

And to worship Him once again in spirit and in truth.

Simple Faith — November 8, 2021

Simple Faith

MORE THAN A FEELING

Many know God as only a feeling …

And love the feeling more than God.

Which is unfortunate.

Although the authentic knowledge and love of God often invoke feelings …

They don’t depend on how we feel.

Simple Virtue — July 18, 2021
Simple Truth — July 11, 2021

Simple Truth

UNCANCELED

What good are Constitutional protections against governments restricting our:

Freedom of speech;

Freedom of self protection;

Freedom of religion;

Freedom of association; and

Freedom of commerce … 

If we allow companies with monopoly powers to restrict our rights instead?

Simple Church — July 9, 2021

Simple Church

PAGAN “WORSHIP”?

“Worship” these days is more pagan than Christian.

It is no longer about reverent obedience to a Sovereign God, but about the pagan practice of stirring up intense feelings which in turn conjure up some man-made god or deity.

It does this by creating the expectation that the more we surrender to the intense, manipulated emotions generated by some band, song, or charismatic “worship leader”, the more God will be present.

It has become the new idolatry, by equating manipulated feelings with God Himself.

It is an addictive distraction from who God is, and how He wants to dwell among us and in us as the Sovereign Lord over all creation.

It also is a doctrine borne of carnal men, and is nowhere found in the New Testament.

It has become big business, with mega churches and mega recording deals …

While supplanting the simple New Testament commands to congregationally sing God’s praises together for the sole purpose of simply encouraging one another.

Unfortunately, though, it will continue to thrive …

Because just like the pagans, people still want a God who appeals to their carnality and is easy to control.

Simple Virtue — April 23, 2021

Simple Virtue

DECLARE OR DO?

The clamorous “declare” and “proclaim” crowd seems more driven by the anxiety of their own fears and insecurities …

Than by authentic faith.

Authentic faith, in contrast, quietly goes forth in the power of Godly confidence and assurance …

To actually redeem lives and the world around them.

Simple Church — March 24, 2021

Simple Church

TRUE WORSHIP

Successful New Testament church and discipleship requires that we re-align our concept of “worship”.

That’s because what most people call “worship” …

Isn’t.

At least, not according to the New Testament.

“Worship” in the New Testament means a life of reverent obedience.

That’s it, pure and simple.

It’s not a Sunday service …

It’s not a song …

It’s an ongoing lifestyle, 24/7.

Yes, we’re encouraged to congregationally sing praises together when we meet, but only in four passages in the New Testament.

Two of those passages say why:

It’s to encourage one another.

That’s it. Nothing more.

That destroys the modern narrative of “worship” as pursuing intense experiences, often invoked through manipulative “worship” bands …

Which supposedly conjure up God’s presence.

Where do you even find that in the New Testament?

You don’t.

In fact, that’s more pagan than Biblical.

Although a genuine encounter with God certainly generates emotional intensity …

These days, we pursue emotional intensity and call it God.

Instead, let’s congregationally express God’s presence already in us …

Through songs that encourage one another towards true worship by living lives of reverent obedience.

Otherwise, we’ll remain trapped in pagan carnality …

Rather than find authentic church, authentic worship and authentic discipleship as defined in the New Testament.

Simple Truth — January 9, 2021
Simple Faith — January 8, 2021

Simple Faith

PROPHETIC RUBBISH

It’s gotta be said: 

If you got caught up in all the “prophetic words” about Trump being re-elected from the Elijah List of for-profit non-prophets and other self-appointed, unaccountable and attention grabbing “prophetic” crazies … 

Or you got caught up in the bizarre world of Q-Anon delusions … 

You need to humbly examine yourself, return to the Sovereign God of Scripture, embrace the simple – yet comprehensive – power and authority of His Word, and commit to healthy Christian community where you can begin to find balance in your life. 

When you do, there will be no need or desire to pursue counterfeit realities or distracting, drama laden “solutions”. 

Yes, there are real issues, and yes there are those who are authentically prophetic … 

But God is not a freak show and what you gave yourselves over to was not of Him. 

True disciples, who put their trust wholly in Him and His Word and are committed to healthy Christian community, will learn to discern the difference. 

Those who don’t, won’t. 

Repent, and get about the hard work of rebuilding the foundations in your own life and in our nation … 

Before it’s too late.

Simple Virtue — October 2, 2020

Simple Virtue

“PROGRESSIVE” RACISM

These days, if you oppose the Leftist political views held by many (but certainly not all) black organizations, it is called racism – even if you oppose those views because you want the best for the black community.

Thus, according to how oppressive “progressives” have redefined the word, you are “racist” based on legitimate political differences even if you care deeply about what’s happening in the black community.

This twisting of language by the Left is insidious, and is used by the Left to stifle honest debate over their political policies that are actually doing great harm to the black community.

Don’t let the rhetoric of hate from the Left silence you:

Renounce their oppressive policies that are destroying Black lives, Black families and Black communities;

Proclaim with confidence those Godly principles – like worth, dignity and responsibility, in the context of faith, family and community – which offer true hope for all as we seek to heal our broken nation; and

Stand for virtue.

Only then will the true racists be unmasked.

Simple Truth — September 20, 2018
Simple Faith — September 19, 2018
Simple Faith — September 18, 2018
Simple Truth — September 17, 2018

Simple Truth

GODLY CITIZENS 

Some “Christians” have embraced identity politics, leading them to support candidates who promote:

Abortion, gender confusion, marriage malaise, religious intolerance, and the like.

They’ve become reprobate, having traded the God of Scripture …

For the lies of Satan.

Simple Discipleship — September 16, 2018
Simple Faith — September 15, 2018
Simple Church — September 14, 2018
Simple Discipleship — September 13, 2018

Simple Discipleship

What’s the ultimate standard for truth, reality and morality?

Our perceptions and sensibilities …

Or God’s written revelation and sovereign will?

Herein lies the difference between popular existential ideologies that have deceived many “Christians” …

And authentic Biblical Christianity as God Himself defines it.

Simple Virtue — September 12, 2018
Simple Truth — September 11, 2018