I Think Therefore

The Church of Christ, at least where I attend, teaches it preachers to not say “in my opinion” or “I think”. However, these phrases may save a preachers soul. If you say something is the word of God and it isn’t or if you are just plain wrong these phrases could save you from God’s eternal judgement.

If you let the people know your thought isn’t necessarily the word of God you cover yourself and you give them a chance to consider the issue or thought on their own. You give them the opportunity to form their own opinion.

Opinions aren’t bad, but serving up doctrines of men as the word of God could prove deadly both to the preacher and the listeners.


Is Skepticism Healthy?

I don’t have a quick answer.

I want to believe in the word of God. I want to believe prophets exist today. I want to believe in modern day miracles.

But honestly I’m a skeptic. When I hear someone on television say “God told me” or “God said”, my immediate inner response is bs or bullsh*t. Sorry for the curse word, but I don’t know a better way to express that inner feeling. It’s that strong and usually that immediate.

Let’s take a moment and look at God’s word.

What about prophets today?

Acts 2:17 KJV
And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:

So we know that there was no end to the time of prophets. There will be prophets in the future. I hope if I encounter one I will believe. Unfortunately I have a preset notion. I don’t believe the ones I see on tv. I haven’t heard one yet, where I said yes it happened and it happened when and how you said it would.

I’ve seen some on tv who say stuff like there’s someone in the audience who has this condition. And they can guess their name, maybe their address or other bits of information. I’m sorry but these guys remind me of magician acts which have a basis in evil spirits. They do not strike me as true prophets of God.

What about modern day miracles? I cannot limit God. He can heal however he likes, but in my opinion he would most likely heal people according to his word.

James 5:14-15 KJV
Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: [15] And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

I think skepticism is healthy. I hope with the fear of the Lord and biblical knowledge my spirit will recognize a true man or woman of God. I hope the same for you.

Iron may sharpen iron, but all I see is rust. If you think you are iron or want to be like iron, follow me on Twitter, I will follow you back, and perhaps we can start a friendship strengthening and encouraging one another in the Lord. @DeanNelsonHoff. Or you can just use the link at the top. DM me and introduce yourself.



1 Corinthians 3:2 KJV
I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.

My favorite cut of steak is Ribeye. Each cut however is not always the same. If undercooked it can be tough or it might have too much fat or grizzle. The ideal cut in my opinion is tender and best grilled around medium rare to medium. It needs to have a little fat marbled in and a little pink is just right.

The main problem with the word of God is not taste. The truth is palatable enough. The problem is digestion.

I’ve heard the word of God. Can I do and keep it? If I’m a woman can I remain silent in church? If I’m a man can I pray with my head uncovered.

When we face tradition or honor tradition too much it can create problems with us actually doing. Will  I cover my head with a talit or beenie or will I assume I have rights I never possessed?

Sometimes doing is the crux of the word of God. The doing or digesting is the problem.

Truly the word is sweet. But will we follow it or will we puke up or reject the word.

Strive to do. May the Bible be like your favorite cut of meat and may it be pleasant to your stomach.