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Simple Faith — July 20, 2018

Simple Faith

What is existentialism, and why does it matter?

Existentialist is a worldly philosophy which believes that each individual can define – on their own terms – what is true, right and real based on their own perceptions and personal sensibilities.

Many “Christians” do this, whether consciously or not.

They often claim to have a “high view” of Scripture, but then discount anything in it which contradicts their own perceptions and sensibilities.

Whether they call themselves “Emergent”, “Progressive”, “Red Letter Christians”, “Beyond Evangelical”, “Neo-orthodox” or whatever …

They set themselves over God’s plenary authority of Scripture by defining truth, reality and morality on their own terms when it suits their own purposes.

Inevitably, this leads them to project their own perceptions and sensibilities onto Jesus Himself …

To then create their own “Christ” after their own likeness and image.

In essence, they end up worshipping themselves by deceiving themselves through their false Christ …

Who is nothing more than a projection of themselves.

Like any idol, this “Jesus” of their own creation then justifies their religion of self …

Both to themselves (whether knowingly or not) and to those they seek to deceive (again, whether knowingly or not).

Unfortunately, our “churches” today are filled with such people …

Because many “churches” find it’s easier to cater to such narcissism than call for true repentance.

Existential deception is a defining issue of our times because the real Jesus didn’t choose to leave everything up to our personal foibles and follies …

But chose to authoritatively define Himself – and what is ultimately true, real and right – through Scripture as His written Word.

Anything less is a lie.

Simple Discipleship — July 17, 2018
Simple Faith — July 16, 2018

Simple Faith

The Bible doesn’t say to believe in yourself …

But to die to self.

Jesus never said to forgive yourself …

But to forgive others and then ask God to forgive you.

The Gospel isn’t about affirming you …

But about repenting and surrendering to Christ’s rule.

Only then will you find yourself, your freedom and your validation …

As defined by Him.

Simple Truth — July 13, 2018

Simple Truth

Reformed Theology says it’s impossible to reject God’s grace when offered …

Based on the philosophic concept that doing so would involve human autonomy against God’s sovereignty.

The flaw is that Reformed Theology does not see that there is a third option, which runs throughout Scripture.

The choice isn’t Calvinism = a Sovereign God …

While Arminianism = Human autonomy.

Rather, Biblical doctrine shows a God who is so sovereign …

He can offer grace to those who have no choice in and of themselves, while also granting them the choice to reject that grace.

Denying God’s sovereign right to delegate that choice is, at it’s core, a denial of His sovereignty.

Simple Faith — July 12, 2018

Simple Faith

We are bound by the limits of our fallen nature, which makes us “dead in our trespasses and sin”.

We are not sick, but dead.

Free will, therefore, is a myth apart from God’s grace giving us the option to choose life.

A dead man has no choice otherwise.

There is no human autonomy to choose anything apart from what God has chosen to delegate and enable.

He allowed Adam to choose sin. He now, through the Cross, enables us to choose life.

That’s what makes grace so amazing.

Simple Church — July 9, 2018

Simple Church

Most of what we call “worship” today …

Is so contrived and manipulative as to be an affront to God.

Most are so unwilling to submit their concept of “worship” to what the New Testament actually says is worship …

That they don’t even care.

Simple Faith — July 8, 2018
Simple Faith — July 7, 2018

Simple Faith

“Christian” existentialists get all wrong:

We don’t believe because we perceive …

But perceive because we believe.

The former is all about us …

As we start with ourselves only to remain trapped in ourselves.

The latter is all about Him …

Who gives faith to believe to those who repent of ourselves so we can become more than ourselves.

Simple Truth — July 4, 2018

Simple Truth

“Christian” nihilists who promote cultural shame and national distain in the name of Christ …

Know not Christ.

True disciples can speak truth to power …

While still giving honor where honor is due.

Simple Church — July 2, 2018

Simple Church

Don’t be deceived by cries of “unity” by those who reject God’s plenary authority of Scripture …

And then have the hubris to expect fellowship around a Jesus of their own creation and perception.

Simple Discipleship — July 1, 2018
Simple Truth — June 30, 2018

Simple Truth

There’s the hard Gospel of Godly repentance and Kingdom surrender.

Then there’s the easy “Gospel” of individual decision and optional lifestyle …

Especially among “churches” that preach cheap grace and easy believism.

Where are the men of God these days, who preach hard truth under the conviction of the Holy Spirit?

May God deliver us from the easy “Gospel” of false hope and deceptive charm …

As we proclaim true salvation and redemption once again.

Simple Faith — June 29, 2018

Simple Faith

What if you actually studied the New Testament and the original, actual meanings of the words it contains?

What if you studied it a second time and then a third time?

And, after all that, what if you discovered that what you call “worship” …

Isn’t?

What if …

Simple Discipleship — June 26, 2018
Simple Truth — June 25, 2018
Simple Faith — June 24, 2017
Simple Truth — June 22, 2017
Simple Faith — June 21, 2017

Simple Faith

Most of what we call “worship” today …

Is so contrived and manipulative as to be an affront to God.

Most are so unwilling to submit their concept of “worship” to what the New Testament actually says is worship …

That they don’t even care.

Simple Church — June 19, 2017

Simple Church

The phrase “simple church” means:

Smaller, intentional fellowships which relate together in their own home towns as the local Body of Christ, with throughout-the-week community.

In those fellowships, people regularly gather together in homes (and other places where life naturally happens) to motivate and encourage each other toward love and good works by ministering one to another in open, participatory meetings.

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Simple Faith — June 18, 2017

Simple Faith

A true encounter with God often invokes intense emotion.

Unfortunately, many “churches” today try to invoke intense emotion and call it a true encounter with God.

It’s not.

It’s just fleshly manipulation masquerading as “worship”.

Simple Discipleship — June 17, 2017
Simple Truth — June 16, 2017

Simple Truth

When the “Gospel” is reduced to a “decision” devoid of repentance and submission to Christ’s Lordship and Kingdom …

It, and anything that promotes it, is a lie.

Including “church”.

Simple Discipleship — June 15, 2017
Simple Discipleship — June 13, 2017
Simple Discipleship — June 2, 2017

Simple Discipleship

Mature disciples, along with those who are lost and know it, understand the inseparability of God’s:

Promises and warnings;

Lordship and judgment;

Mercy and wrath;

Love and truth;

Yeas and nays.

Only fools who elevate themselves above God and His written word of Scripture …

Don’t.