What is gnosticism? Gnosticism is literally, “the cult based on special, personal knowledge.” The apostle Paul specifically warned against this kind of division, which has spawned several very large Christian-like religions, dozens of very closed denominations, and hundreds or thousands of small sects. Each of these groups claims some “special personal knowledge,” which they have and you do not, which makes them more acceptable to God than you, and which keeps them separate from you. In the last month, I talked to Continue reading Gnosticism and the altar of special knowledge in the church today
Let’s consider this popular verse. Some will claim this is written to the Jews in exile and does not apply to us today. But, let’s look at this verse and consider the context and see what we can learn about God and his plans for us. Let’s consider these people. God had plans for them. Who were they? Where were they? What does this tell us about the character of God? Does God have plans for us? Are God’s plans good, Continue reading God’s plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11)
If we consider the sum total of all possible knowledge in the entire universe, either God knows everything or he is not God. If God does not know everything, then sometimes he might be wrong. If God does not know everything, then there might be another god who knows more than him. And, that god would be God. If God is God, then he is always right. How about you? Could you be wrong?
When you don’t know what to do, or you are not able do what you think you should do, the right thing to do is wait on the Lord. This isn’t wasting time. This is letting the Lord lead in your life. Examples of waiting on the Lord with good outcomes Joseph was sold into slavery in Egypt by his brothers and then spent at least 2 years in prison on false charges. This was not wasting time. Joseph realized Continue reading Waiting on the Lord is not wasting time
There are many fringe Christian groups who use a misapplication of this verse to justify their own circular reasoning of the scriptures… Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. (1 Corinthians 2:13 KJV) These groups use this verse to teach a strange form of study and teaching that only uses other verses to explain verses. Most of them mistranslate the verse to be Continue reading Bible scripture study comparing spiritual things with spiritual
The teaching of Hebrews 12:15 is much broader than just the emotion of bitterness… Hebrews 12:1 “…let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…” Hebrews 12:14-17 Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root4491 of bitterness4088 springing5453 up causes trouble, Continue reading What is a root of bitterness?
Please consider adding this highly recommended book to your library. This is the closest thing I have ever seen to a behind-the-scenes edition of the Bible. It is a great place to start understanding the Bible. It’s like the Siri or Google Assistant of the Bible. It’s the first place I turn when I wonder random things like what was happening in Ephesus when the Apostle Paul wrote the Letter to the Ephesians.
The goal of the Apostle Paul was for believers to be “filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith.” If your fellowship is filled with this kind of gentle instruction, then thank the Lord for his many blessings. But, if your fellowship is filled with “foolish, ignorant arguments that only start fights,” that is not what God wants. If you cannot “gently instruct those who oppose the truth,” then maybe it’s time to “have nothing more to Continue reading The goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart
This has been a very divisive subject for many years because men have bent and twisted the scriptures to support their personal doctrines. I do not want to bend or twist them any way so I am going to quote passages and leave the teaching to Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. I am writing these things to warn you about those who want to lead you astray. But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, so Continue reading 7 reasons the church will not go through the tribulation