Twisted Tuesday – Gods In It

Have you ever heard the argument that God is in something because it’s successful? I surely have. What a heartbreaking, illogical, statement to make, especially when it’s outside of or opposed to Gods Word. What will we say about Islam, the worlds fastest growing religion? What do we say to Mormonism, which has clearly had a level of success? Is God sovereign? Absolutely! That does not mean that Gods blessing is on false religion, or that cults are right in their beliefs simply because they’re successful.

The scripture often twisted to justify this is Acts 5:34-40.

Gamaliel was a Jewish leader, not a believer. We need to be careful what verses we use when defending doctrine. This is not a verse to hang our theological hat on, and to do so is to twist it out of context.

What is success in Gods eyes? Obedience. When Christ ascended, by human measures, His ministry could have been considered a failure. Most of His followers walked away before He was even crucified. However, through His obedience the world was forever changed, salvation came to men from every tribe, tongue, and nation. We’re not Christ, dear friends, but we are His followers, and as such we should measure our success the same as He did. Not in numbers and popularity, as a pragmatist, but in obedience to God. So, my beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

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Twisted Tuesday – Can God Act?

Good morning beloved friends! Today I want to talk about a twist in scripture that’s truly grievous to my heart. There’s a belief that God will not act unless a man prays for Him too. Is this Biblical? What happens when we take the full counsel of Gods Word into consideration?

This twist is really frightening to me, as it is an attempt for man to steal the glory from God. When a man suggests that God acts because he told Him too, who gets the glory? So often we twist Gods Word to demote Him to the level of man, while we promote man to the level of God. With such a low view of God is it really any wonder people have no joy, peace, or contentment?

When we recognize that the sovereign God, Creator of the universe, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, condescended to become man, took on the punishment for our sins, died for our iniquity, rose again for our justification, and now sits at the right hand of the most High, we can proclaim loudly with the other saints ‘Amazing Grace! How sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me? I once was lost, but now I’m found! Was blind, but now I see!’ Praise God!

If you believe you can tell God what to do, might I suggest that you’ve forgotten to take the full counsel of Gods Word? We do not pray to get God to act, He is working even until today! Because He acts, we pray! Because He wrought such a work within us, the act of redemption, salvation, sanctification, and justification, we pray. If the god you worship is not a sovereign god then you’ve created an idol in your own image. You need to work through your salvation with fear and trembling. The Biblical God is the only one and true God. It is His Son, Jesus Christ, which died for our sins, by faith in Him alone can man be saved. Beloved brethren, this is why we must continue to be good Berean’s and study to show ourselves approved.

Twisted Tuesday – Grave Soaking

Today, beloved, we discuss a very dangerous, disturbing, trend in the Charismatic Movement. Grave soaking, also known as grave sucking, is a bizarre behavior spreading through youth groups everywhere. In this twist of scripture leaders like Benny Hinn, Todd Bentley, and Bill Johnson misuse 2 Kings 13:20-21 to suggest laying, sitting, touching, and praying on the graves of deceased charismatic leaders gives more power. It’s believed that those who have died had special giftings of the Holy Spirit which are ‘stuck’ in the grave until someone comes and takes it.

The idea of going to a grave to soak up more power actually didn’t start in the Charismatic Movement, but was something done in ancient Egypt. It’s been a practice in paganism, witchcraft, and superstition for several thousand years. Why has it recently entered the ‘church’? I’ve previously warned about how youth go from religious experience to religious experience like an addiction. This is why the occult is so appealing to them, eventually the church becomes too boring. Clearly the reckless leaders of this movement recognize the need to keep the attention of the young adults by upping the ante.

This is why it’s so very important to take the full counsel of Gods Word, rather than cherry picking specific verses and twisting them out of context. Recall, beloved brethren, the Law of non contradiction. If your theology contradicts the Bible, please don’t search out random verses to try and force a justification for your sinfulness. Dear friends, be watchmen on the tower, protect your children and grand children from these types of dangerous practices.

Why is grave soaking so dangerous? It is appointed unto man once to die and then comes judgement. There’s nothing in those graves but dry bones. The danger comes in inviting ‘spirits’ to come into you and give you power, which is really what these young people are doing. Essentially we see a group of people desperate for experience, emotional highs, and spirituality. However, what we do not see is the desire for holiness, faithfulness, or obedience. We need to pray for these people who are so very lost that they fill their days with the dead. Remember also that but by the grace of God, so goes us. And as always, beloved, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Thursday Book Review – A Wrinkle in Time

Beloved, I was very surprised to see this book being made into a movie. I’m thankful it’s not being called a Christian movie, as it most certainly is not. However, that is precisely how the book series was sold to me. I had finished reading Pilgrims Progress with Kayliegh, and she asked for another adventure book. The Time Quintet is a five part series, starting with A Wrinkle in Time, published in 1962. There are major gaps between when each book was published, and it seems as if the religious beliefs of the writer were changing as she grew older.

The first three in the series are chalk full of universalism, and the mixture of Christianity with many other world religions. It was a cute little science fiction book, although not at all the theologically sound type of series I was searching for, up until the fourth book. The series then leaves the two younger kids and follows the teenage brothers. I couldn’t read that book to Kayliegh, we never finished the series. It was a ridiculous twist on the story of Noah filled with sexually charged language and behavior.

Also, and this is important if you’re reading to young ones, there are some seriously dark moments in the first three books. I read ahead when I’m reading this type of book with Kayliegh, so I was able to summarize and move past them without inflicting any nightmares. My real issue with this series is that I had been told it was a Christian series for small children, and I was extremely disappointed. Had I been wise enough to simply read some reviews I would have had a better understanding, it’s science fiction through and through. Imagine Star Wars mixed with Astro Boy.

I can’t actually recommend this book series to children, although it’s supposed to be a young adult series. The fourth book is absolutely inappropriate for children or teenagers, not to mention it’s twisting of Gods Word. To make it worse, in the fourth book, the writer makes God and the Bible out to be abusive towards women, essentially claiming that Gods Word has been filled with error by men. The blasphemy in that fourth book is enough for me to strongly recommend against this book series and the movie.

I hope this review was helpful to you, beloved brethren. If you know of any books you’d like to recommend for me, or Kayliegh, that are Biblical, I’m always happy to hear suggestions. As always, dear ones, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Twisted Scripture- Just a Nice Guy

We hear this a lot, don’t we beloved? Jesus wasn’t the Son of God, He was just a prophet, or worse, just a ‘nice guy’. Very few people can ignore the massive historical evidence for Christ’s life, death, and resurrection. With all this evidence what is the sinful mind to do? The light has entered the world, but men loved the darkness.

Enter the ‘nice guy’ delusion, which allows the lost to accept Christ’s life without having to accept Christ’s truth. Delusion might sound like a strong word for this twist in scripture, but let’s look at this viewpoint logically. If Jesus of Nazareth was not who He claimed to be how could anyone say He was a ‘nice guy’ or even just a prophet? You’d really have to twist the entirety of the New Testament along with the many prophetic verses in the Old Testament to manage this falsehood.

If anyone else made the claims that Christ made we would think they were insane. When Jesus made the claim to be the Son of God there were prophecies fulfilled and signs preformed to vindicate the message. Then, as a stamp of approval, God raised Him from the grave for the justification of the saints.

There are many twists of scripture, and generally I think the subtle ones are more dangerous, however this massive reworking of Biblical truth is prevalent in today’s western culture. It’s difficult, to be sure, to see our savior belittled in such a fashion. Man is forever lifting themselves up to be like God, and bringing God down to be like them. The truth could not be further from this twist.

Was Jesus just a prophet? Just a ‘ nice guy’? No. He was God’s only begotten Son, both man and God, who left His heavenly glory to enter His creation, saving all who believe on Him. I often wonder why God would want to redeem such a people as us. However, before salvation came, before I saw my righteousness as filthy rags, before repentance, I felt like God saved because we deserved it. How foolish is the heart of man, it’s the most wicked of all his members!

Liberal theology has spread this ‘nice guy’ nonsense like a cancer from church to church. The secularists might enjoy joining in, but this twist of scripture was born in the ‘church’. Any denial of Gods Word makes the entirety of it errant. When you start with the belief that some of the Bible can not be believed it’s easy to eventually make your way to believing non of it. Which is what we see here, with the idea that Christ didn’t come as the sacrificial Lamb to redeem His chosen people from every tribe, tongue, and nation.

This is why I frequently refute evolution, beloved brethren. When you’re theology begins with Genesis being errant story telling, Adam and Eve being fictional characters, the rest of the Bible falls at the wayside. Why? If Adam never fell, mankind has no need for a savior. Christ Jesus was prophesied that day in the Garden as the seed of the woman. He was prophesied in hundreds of other ways all throughout the Old Testament. If the Jesus Christ you profess as your Lord and Savior is just a prophet or a ‘nice guy’ then you will die in your sins and rightfully be deemed guilty on judgement day. There is only one way to the Father, and that is through the Son.

Beloved brethren, we must be aware that within our midst are sheep and goats, wheat and tares, converts and false converts. We’ve all met them, some say they believe is Jesus but just not that He lived a perfect life. They believe in Jesus, just not that He was born of a virgin. They believe in Jesus, just not the Jesus of the Bible. Lovingly correct them when you are able, pray for them ceaselessly, because for those who believe they are already saved yet remain lost in their sin, salvation does not seem needful. I should know, I speak from experience, it took over a decade for me to see my need! That I saw was only by the grace of God! As always, dear friends, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Twisted Tuesday – Gods Not Perfect

Hello, beloved! I think I’ve previously discussed Gods sovereignty, but this is something I heard over the holiday and wanted to address. It’s the idea that Gods not sovereign because He listened to Abraham and Moses tell Him to change His plans.

There’s an easy answer to this, the obvious one that God already knew they would question Him. Some call these points in the Bible a test for Abraham and Moses, and for them it probably was. But for me, as a believer in shock that the God of the universe, who upholds all things, looked down on a wretched sinner like myself, and saved me, here in these two verses I see mercy.

Abraham questioned the Lord about whether or not He would destroy Sodom and Gomorrah if there were a certain amount of righteous people in it. Moses asked God not to destroy the Israelites after they made the golden caff. Both times, to those who want to believe God is fallible like man, it can appear that God took counsel from man and changed His mind. This contradicts so many scriptures that I could do a full two month series on just this subject. Instead I’ll just remind you, dear brethren, of the law of noncontradiction. If the scripture and your interpretation of it is in conflict the issue is with your interpretation not Gods Word.

How was this an act of mercy? God could have destroyed both Abraham and Moses on the spot for questioning Him. Instead He not only allowed them to live, He allowed them to speak. This is encouraging to me, as I never feel as though I have the right to come before the King of Kings throne. It’s always an honor and a privilege to talk to Him in prayer. Although what I deserve is eternal damnation, He has had mercy on me, a wretched sinner.

Beloved friends, I need not tell you that a God who is imperfect is not a god at all. If your god makes mistakes than he is not the God of the Bible. We love to make gods in our own imagine. But there is only one true, trustworthy, God! The rock of ages! And only this God can save. Work through your salvation through fear and trembling, examine yourselves to see if you are in the faith. And as always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Twisted Tuesday – Just Another Deity

Beloved brethren, this Twisted Tuesday might be better known as twisting history rather then twisting scripture. Although the idea I want to address here is a clear attack on God’s sovereign Word, it’s definitely refuted by historical facts as well as Biblical truth and good old fashion logic. We’ll take it in three parts.

There is this idea, usually proliferated within the atheistic community, that Jesus Christ was just another deity of legend. That his virgin birth was just like other legends, where virgins give birth to gods. Many will even claim that Jesus never lived, that he’s a myth. They’ll list all the legends and false gods with stories that are similar to Christ’s. Ordinarily these lists are filled with factual errors, and I know there are scholars out there who have done a tremendous job detailing those. I’m just going to write a basic overview to encourage you, beloved, in case you come across this attack.

Let’s deal with the Biblical truth first, as everything else makes more since when looked at through the lens of truth. Most of you know I am a young earth creationist, which means I believe in a literal 6 day creation somewhere from 6 thousand to 10 thousand years ago. I take what the Bible says very seriously, and believe when God says there was a morning and an evening on day one that He means just that. We don’t suggest that Israelites walked around Jericho for thousands of years, we know the word day means day. Those are the same Hebrew words, which means to twist Genesis to mean large periods of time, we would have to twist a lot of other portions of Gods Word just to be consistent. That’s a different Twisted Tuesday, sorry friends, all that is to say that I believe ‘In the beginning’ was the actual beginning.

Why is that important? In the garden, when Adam and Eve fell, God laid out His plan for a virgin birth. When God said ‘her seed’ He was letting them know He wouldn’t be a man born with an earthly father. This means that from the very start of humanity stories of a virgin birth would have been told, passed down, and yes eventually made their way into varies cultures after Babel.

Historically, the idea that Jesus was just a legend is laughable. There’s more evidence for Christ living than the Caesar who ruled while Christ died on the cross for our sins. The fact that Jesus of Nazareth really lived the life the Bible depicts is verified by all respected secular historians. I think this twist in history was really just a lie started and spread by folks who hate God, and don’t want to do their research. They want Christ to not exist, they see the light He brought into the world, but love the darkness more.

The last thing I want to say is that logic can really clear many twists up, whether they be in scripture or in history. Logically, the first lesson the first parents on earth would have taught their kiddos is that they were disobedient and all mankind fell. They would have told their children of Gods plan, of the seed of the woman that will bruise the head of the serpent. They would have told their kids and so forth and so on. We can follow the line of the Godly men and women who kept the truth, and we can see historically the ones who took that truth and twisted.

The most important thing, dear ones, for you to take from this post is that the issue for the nonbelievers is not whether or not Christ lived. It’s not whether or not Christ was the only virgin birth ‘legend’. The issue is that they love their sin, and they don’t want to be accountable to God. It’s so easy to get caught up in endless arguments with atheists about these types of things, I know, it happens to me all the time, but it’s important that we bring it back to the Gospel. If we can remember what it was like before we were saved by the grace of God, we might be able to look at the lost as they truly are, blind. I pray for you all, I hope that you will all be encouraged and emboldened today to share the Gospel with the lost. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.