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Simple Faith — August 10, 2018
Simple Faith — August 8, 2018

Simple Faith

Jesus never told people they were saved by asking him into their heart …

But by repenting and submitting to his Father’s will and Kingdom.

If Jesus is truly in your heart, it’s because of the latter, not the former.

Those who proclaim otherwise …

Are preaching a lie.

Simple Discipleship — August 6, 2018

Simple Discipleship

The me-centered, overly subjective, need-a-high addiction to contrived intensity that many call “worship” these days …

Is an affront to God and His true holiness.

Fortunately, God is calling out those who want to serve Him on His terms, which is true worship …

Rather than feed their insecurities.

Simple Truth — August 4, 2018
Simple Faith — August 3, 2018
Simple Faith — August 2, 2018

Simple Faith

A purely subjective Jesus without the plenary authority of Scripture as His written Word …

Leads to an inauthentic Jesus who is just Being and relationship but not Word and truth.

Likewise, the plenary authority of Scripture without Jesus alive in us …

Leads to an inauthentic Jesus who is just Word and truth but not Being and relationship.

Each extreme – born of an endless cycle of reaction to the other – chronicles two tragic trends of Church history.

Unfortunately, we still see these extremes all too evident today.

Maturity embraces the fulness of Christ – both His Person and what He has revealed in His written Word of Scripture.

Yet where my subjective perception of Him parts with His written self-disclosure and objective precepts, my perception must yield to Scripture.

There can be no maturity in Christ apart from these essentials of the faith.

Simple Faith — August 1, 2018

Simple Faith

Salvation isn’t about “asking Jesus into your heart”.

There’s nothing in the New Testament which says that.

Rather, it’s about repenting and submitting to His Kingdom …

On His terms, not ours.

In the final day …

That’s the only Gospel that counts.

Simple Church — July 29, 2018

Simple Church

Someone asked if I believe in women clergy.

No way, no how!

But then again, I don’t believe in men clergy either. 😉

Seriously, there is no clergy/laity divide in the New Testament.

Instead, we are ALL commanded to submit one to another as we minister to each other …

No matter the level of grace, differing function or diverse gifts we’ve been given.

Simple Faith — July 28, 2018

Simple Faith

The true Gospel doesn’t appeal to our vanities through the compromising enticements of men …

But convicts us of our sin through the uncompromised power of the Holy Spirit.

Simple Church — July 23, 2018
Simple Discipleship — July 22, 2018
Simple Virtue — July 21, 2018
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 Faith — July 15, 2018
Simple Faith — July 14, 2018
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 Truth — July 11, 2018

Simple Truth

The irony of hard core “Calvinism” is that it diminishes God’s sovereignty …

By claiming He can’t delegate to others the option to reject Him.

Can a God who is so limited truly be considered to have absolute sovereignty?

This is the inherent contradiction in their systematic reformed theology.

They have great insight on many things, but can not reconcile their philosophic concept of God’s “sovereignty” …

With His right to delegate, as He chooses, the option to reject His sovereignty.

They are thus trapped in a fundamental internal contradiction …

Of defining God as so sovereign, He can’t actually be sovereign.

Simple Church — July 10, 2018

Simple Church

There are four verses in the New Testament which admonish Christians to sing together when we gather …

And the ONLY reason given is to encourage one another.

The idea of worship in the church as a way to experience, encounter or invoke God’s presence is not found in the New Testament.

Rather, it is from the Old Testament idea of the temple, where you went to encounter God.

In contrast, under the New Covenant, we have become God’s temple because He now dwells in us.

Thus, we sing to express God’s presence already in us, not to bring His presence to us.

And we are to do it congregationally for the purpose of encouraging one another …

Not as a staged performance to manipulate intense reactions which we then call “God”.

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 6, 2018

Simple Truth

God’s raw, unmitigated written Word bears stark witness against those promoting existentialism, relativism, “progressive” liberalism …

Or any other competing post-modern “ism” of our day.

Which is why they all hate both the totality of Scripture …

And the God of Scripture.

Simple Faith — July 3, 2018

Simple Faith

In the Trinity, God is perfectly one and complete in and of Himself.

But unlike Islam or other “Oneness” heresies, His complete internal unity also includes internal diversity.

Because of His intrinsic diversity, He can internally relate, love and speak …

And thus do so externally as well.

Which explains the main difference between the true God of the Bible …

And the detached, uncaring and mute “God” of Islam.