Christian

They/Them

They say Christianity isn’t about following rules. That’s religion not relationship.

They say Christianity isn’t about attending Church services. That’s religion not relationship.

They say Christianity isn’t about doing good deeds. That’s religion not relationship.

They redefine religion, so millenials and Gen Z can feel more comfortable doing what they desire.

My relationship with Christ is built on things labeled religion. My relationship with Christ is keeping his Commandments. My relationship with Christ is fellowship and worship at a local Church. My relationship with Christ is good deeds and works. My relationship with Jesus is living out my Christianity. It is my religion.

Standard
Christian

Magnified

In Roman’s, Paul once worried that he magnified his office. Some of today’s preachers don’t seem to share his concerns. I have now heard two different television teachers say that the letters to the Angels of the Seven Churches in Revelation were actually letters to the pastors of those churches.

When the King James Version translates the word as angel, it means angel. It does not mean the pastor or preacher of the Church. The errant interpretation does however expose the hubris of those who want to interpret it as such.

What does a correct interpretation mean for us? Many people wonder about the hierarchy of Heaven and the place of angels. In my opinion, it is likely that if individual churches in John’s day had their own angel your local Church even now has it’s own angel.

The Bible doesn’t say anything about everyone having their own guardian angel, but if you attend a Church you may find you have an angel as a friend there, especially if you are a true follower of Jesus and heed Godly warnings such as those addressed to the Revelation Churches.

Standard
Christian

Pickers

Nothing inspires me to write more than hearing bad doctrine. I’ve heard it before and you may have as well, but following are some corrections to errant COC doctrines and beliefs.

The Church of Christ is a denomination, though they claim direct heritage from Christ’s day.  What makes them a denomination? They were created out of the Protestant Revolution, just like any non- Catholic church around today. They have unique doctrine, man picked from the word of God. Additionally, they have schools of preaching where new preachers are indoctrinated with their bad theology.

Singing a capella. They (the Church of Christ denomination) congratulate themselves on a regular basis for not using musical instruments. They site that there are no examples of musical instruments in the New Testament. To me it just shows lack of discernment. Play on Bertha.

There are only 9 Commandments. What? Many denominations including the Church of Christ proclaim we do not need to keep the Sabbath. I would like to respond with; ask the world over, how many Commandments are there? I think most would answer 10, not 9.

Confess your sins, just not to me. They don’t want to hear your specific sin. Just confess you’re a sinner and we’ll pray for you. The Church of Christ denomination even makes a distinction between public and private sin. There is no such distinction in the Holy Bible.

Trust in 1 John 1:9, and don’t let any preacher dissuade you from actually confessing. If you’ve sinned against someone, confess it to them, confess it to your spouse, confess it to the police, confess it on the internet.

Jesus is faithful to forgive, but only if we confess.

Standard
Christian, Inspirational

Try

I really do not care for defining sin as missing the mark. To me it seems to make light of sin. It is not a game or sport.

Yet, I thought of a reason to appreciate this definition more. If you’re aiming for the mark using an archery or weapon example you’re trying to hit the bullseye.

Yoda once said Do or Do Not, There Is No Try. This might work for some, but I’ve always found to accomplish you must first try.

Try. Aim for the mark. Practice not sinning, until it becomes second nature.

Standard
Christian

Scepter

You need to be familiar with the story of Esther in the Book of Esther, but this is what I think of those who mark up and write in their Holy Bible.

Esther is before the King unbidden. The King extends his golden scepter so that she might live. She takes the scepter from his hand, then she spray paints it in neon colors, sprinkles some glitter on it, and ties a few feathers on the end.

Meanwhile. . . I wonder, what the King is thinking?

My final thought: if you like to take notes or want to memorize scripture, invest in a notebook or flash cards.

Standard
Christian, Inspirational

Least

So yesterday I woke up thinking about the Sabbath. I was specifically thinking about a conversation I had via email with a person at Chick-fil-A. I wanted to inform the owner he had the wrong day to be closed. I believe the Sabbath is to be observed from Friday eve to Saturday eve. Leviticus 23:32.

The conversation ended with the employee asking, can we both agree Sunday is the day most people observe as to the Lord. We left the conversation there, but it’s been gnawing at me. I want to go back and ask him and the owner is the day off for the people or for God? I believe God would want the Sabbath observance on the correct day.

So that being said, how did I proceed to live my Sabbath? I bought lotto tickets, I went to McDonald’s twice for coffee, Taco Bell once for lunch, and then finally I did some shopping at Family Dollar.

Why do I tell you this? I found excuses to do each of the above things I mentioned. While I didn’t work myself other than perhaps driving I did cause the stranger in my gates to work. Exodus 20:10.

There is 1 John 1:9 and I hope I do better. I want to share in the heritage of Jacob. Isaiah 58:13-14.

Standard
Christian

Seek and You Shall Find

Have you ever noticed there can be a negative side to the statement seek and you shall find; People often see what they want to see and hear what they want to hear.

If you admire the rich and/or want to be rich then Jesus was wealthy during his earthly ministry. See Matthew 8:20.

If you’re a woman and you want to speak in Church suddenly women pastors can be found in the Holy Bible. See 1 Corinthians 14:34-37.

The two witnesses of Revelation must be Enoch and Elijah because they never died. Hebrews 9:27 might seem to be a natural law, but it is not a requirement unto God.

If you want something enough you can change scripture to find the answer you are seeking. But ask yourself, are you truly seeking the answer or do you already have the answer in mind?

Standard
Christian, Inspirational

Rebels

Star Wars and other movies have turned the words rebel and rebellion into something good. Meanwhile the words religion and legalism have been transformed by hip preachers into something uncool.

They say we are saved by grace and not by works (acts of religion and legalism) but let me ask you a few questions.

  • Is it work for you not to kill?
  • Is it work for you not to bear false witness?
  • Is it work for you not to commit adultery?
  • Is it work for you to respect the name of God?
  • Is it work for you not to make or worship idols?
  • Is it work to take a day off and not work at all?
  • Is it work to respect your mom and dad?
  • Is it work to not steal?
  • Is it work for you to not covet another’s property?

Is it really laborious to keep the law? I admit I’ve had issues with or broken all of these, but as I’ve given my life to Jesus they’ve become easier to keep. You would think not working or causing others to work would be easy, but I’m still not doing well with Sabbath keeping. However, since truly turning to Christ keeping most of the Ten Commandments has not been work at all.

In Romans in the New Testament we are told to love and that love fulfils the law. Romans 13:8, 13:10.

I guess that’s my final question.

  • Is love work?

Rebel against the mainstream. Make you religion Christianity and make part of your relationship with Jesus the keeping of his law.

Standard
Christian

Crossroads

Two things Jesus’ sacrifice at the cross never did despite what you may have heard:

1. Jesus did not live a perfect sinless life and be crucified so that you wouldn’t have to follow the law. Romans 6:23 tells us the wages of sin is death. This means we must still keep the law of Christ or face eternal damnation (the second death).

2. Jesus did not take your place on the cross so that you would never have to die. While it is unlikely you will be put to death by crucifixion, you or I can still be put to death for our faith. In fact in Revelation Jesus warns us to be faithful unto death. See also John 15:20. This means as Christians that trials, temptations, torture, and even death (physical death) are still real possibilities.

Standard
Christian, Inspirational

A Living Example

Jesus didn’t come to the Earth and live a perfect sinless life to be a dead sacrifice. He came to be a living example! He wants us to keep his law.

Jesus said in Matthew 5:48 KJV Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

Certain men say you cannot be perfect. I don’t believe Jesus would have told us to do something that is impossible. Rather I believe with Jesus all things are possible. He can help us to walk perfectly and sinless before the Heavenly Father.

Remember in Ecclesiastes 12:13 Solomon said, Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

Therefore we strive for perfection with Jesus’ aid.

Standard