Series on Feminism in The Church – Part I

Beloved, I’ve been hoping to write about this for several weeks and was unable to give it the proper attention it needs. I wish I didn’t have to address this, it’s actually one of my least favorite subjects. I grew up in a house with no men, it was very feminist minded. So I’ve seen first hand the damage that comes when you abandon Gods perfect plan for families. I couldn’t express how grieved I am, now, as a young believer to see that same abandonment within so many churches. So, with that being said, I just want this first part of the series to be an introduction into what we’re going to be discussing.

Feminism, as it relates to the body of Christ, is our focus. We’re going to go over it’s attack on Christianity, marriage, and it’s connections to witchcraft and new ageism. My goal is to warn born again women of the dangers in locking arms with this movement, and to encourage born again men (particularly the shepherd’s of Gods sheep) to protect the flock against these wolves. I pray that, by the end of this series, more brothers and sisters will be watchful that these heresies do not find their way into your church, or pulpit.

This is a very contentious issue, so I ask you all the bare with me in love as we destroy these speculations, these lofty ideas, that have set themselves up against the truth of Christ. It’s going to be painful, especially for my discerning brothers and sisters who grieve along side me at the infiltration of a God hating ideology in the ‘church’. As the body of Christ I pray we can stand together against this, and as born again women I ask that we pray together for the men in our churches, pulpits, and homes, who are the main target of this movement. Next week we’ll look specifically at the roots of feminism, it’s history of attacking the body of Christ, and it’s hatred for Christianity. Until then, please pray for me dear ones, as my heart can hardly bare the pain when seeing the multitudes of lost women full of hatred for the very Man, the very Christ, who would save them. As always, my beloved friends, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

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Twisted Tuesday – Cosmic Child Abuse

This is one of those Twisted Tuesdays that turns my stomach. When the topic of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross comes up it brings joy to our hearts and tears to our eyes. Unfortunately there are some who say this never happened, because if it had it would have been cosmic child abuse. Have you heard this, dear ones? I have certainly, though phrased slightly differently, however I heard it from an agnostic. I was shocked to learn it was first suggested by those who claim to be Christians themselves.

This twist in Scripture revolves around the doctrine of penal substitution. Rather than twisting one verse in the Bible, liberal theologians challenge the very veracity of it. Some have suggested that it would be too harsh for God to punish Jesus Christ for sins someone else committed. They say, instead, that God forgives us simply because He is loving. Some even go so far as to say that Christ never existed, that the Bible can’t be trusted, yet they still call themselves Christians. Their heresy has become an argument used against Christians by the lost to this very day.

When we examine this reasonably we see that any judge who does not pass a sentence for a crime is not loving, but criminal himself. If someone were to brutally kill someone you loved, then stood before a judge and said ‘I’m really sorry judge, I won’t do it again’ should the judge let him go? Would it be loving for that judge to set this murderer free? Of course not! God has set Laws for mankind, we have broken those Laws, so to forgive us our trespasses without payment for said crimes would be unjust. God is just, He is a good judge, He is not slack nor is He criminal. Whether by Christ on that Roman cross, or in hell, sin must be paid for. God is not harsh, cruel, or unjust to have poured out the wrath due us on Christ. It’s the most merciful thing that has ever been done.

Men who suggest that God would never punish Christ for our sins have made the same mistake we see so often. They’ve lowered God to our level, and raised mankind to His. Sin, in their eyes, is really no worse than white lies. God, in their theology, is not the Righteous, Holy, Sovereign King of Kings, He’s just like you and me, a pal, a buddy that’s far too busy to notice all our secret sins of thought and deed. The idol they’ve created doesn’t match the God of the Bible, but they found a solution for that, they simply threw out the Bible. God is good, He is Just, one day He will sit in judgement over the world. How will you answer Him on that day? Do you foolishly imagine that you will shake your fist at Him? My dear friend, when your sins are laid bare before Him you will search out hell just to hide yourself from His holiness.

Penal substitution is a doctrine we can not afford to let slip, not even in the slightest. God is good, you and I are not. We have sinned against a Holy God, we are without hope in this world, depraved wretch’s unable to save ourselves or stop the very sin that condemns us. Christ as our substitutionary sacrifice, dying in our place, paying our debt, is the only hope we have. It’s a grand hope! Faith in Christ Jesus alone saves the wicked sinner! Any who preach a Gospel other then that are heretics, preaching a Christless, crossless, Gospel that can not save. Beloved brethren, this is why we must pray and study Gods Word, so that we will know how to give an answer for this hope within us. So, as always, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Twisted Tuesday – The Abundant Life

Beloved, todays twisted Tuesday is one that I’ve been considering for weeks. There’s sadly more Scriptures being taken out of context today than I can keep up with. This one is actually connected with something I’ve been wanting to address, this man-centered focus that has invaded every part of life. Whether it’s the Me Too movement, or the prosperity Gospel, from secular to religious, we’ve made man the idol we worship in the West. So the verse we’re going to untwist today is John 10:10.

The dismal part of these verses being misused is that their true meaning is missed. In chapter 10 of Johns Gospel Jesus tells us one of the most unbelievable truths in Scripture, that He is our Shepard and will lay down His life for us. He says that we’ll hear His voice and know Him. What happens when you just snatch those two words out of this verse? You get a man-centered gospel that’s all about having an abundant life, healthy and wealthy, here and now.

It goes far deeper, and is much more sinful, than most realize. We expect the world to worship idols, and to hold all the glory for itself. However, when those professing to be followers of Christ make man the center they steal the glory due God. Christ did not die so you and I could have an abundant life, He died in our place to pay the penalty of our sin. He died to save us from the wrath that is to come. Suggesting otherwise is preaching a completely different gospel. Recall, dear friends, that wealth and power were the very things Satan tempted Christ with in the desert. Is it any surprise we see the same tactic being used today by false teachers?

Friends, the fuel behind the man-centered focus in our world today is emotionalism. We no longer ask what the Bible says, rather what does it say to you? Not what was done at the cross, but how does it make you feel? We’ve received this amazing gift by the grace of God, let us spend our time here on Earth glorifying God because of it. As always, brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Twisted Tuesday – First Born

Friends, todays Twisted Tuesday topic is a grievous one as it pertains to our blessed Lord and Savior. How difficult it is for us, as believers, to hear these slanderous words spoken against the one who died in our place! It’s a combination of fear for the one speaking, anger that His name is blasphemed among the nations, and sorrow that He is not being glorified as He ought. All of that is to say, dear ones, that I did not want to write about this today. Every Twisted Tuesday I long more and more for that Celestial City! Can you imagine how beautiful it will be, brethren, when we live together for eternity without sin? I praise God that we are only pilgrims here!

There are teachers and televangelists who suggest that Jesus Christ was not the only begotten son of God. They suggest that He is just the first born, and we are all sons and daughters just like Him. This is another case where God is brought low and man is lifted up in His place. For this they twist the last part of Romans 8:29 which does call Christ the firstborn among many brethren. Why on earth they feel this portion of a verse negates John 3:16 is never explained by them. This is why, dear friends, we must take the full counsel of Gods Word. What does it mean that Christ is firstborn?

Remember, brethren, for good hermeneutics we use exegesis not eisegesis. So, without reading into the Scripture what we want it to say, let’s use context to read what it actually says. This chapter is not, in any way, suggesting that we’re sons and daughters like Christ is. Instead, it explains our adoption! All throughout the Bible Firstborn is used, not to refer to the literal first born son, but as a title of honor and inheritance. We see this with Ephraim and Manasseh, when the title of Firstborn is actually transferred from one to the other in Genesis 48. The Firstborn can be the first male born, but this verse in its proper context is referring to Christ’s inheritance and place of honor.

When we take the other verses of where we stand we actually see more legal language. It’s adoption! We are not like Christ in any way, shape, or form. He is God, He condescended to become man, He did not need to be adopted, grafted in, saved or sanctified, He is the perfect, blameless lamb of God! In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And that Word became flesh! Let’s compare that to what happens to us, beloved.

We are wretched sinners, who daily break Gods Commandments, and are unable to save ourselves from the wrath that is to come. Even the very repentance we have as believers is a gift from God! To become saved we have to humble ourselves, bow our knee to Christ, repent of all our sins, and place our trust completely in His finished work on the cross. At that point we are grafted into the family, allowed into the inheritance of Christ ONLY by His righteousness, His shed blood which covers our sins. See the major difference, brethren, between us and our Lord? He has always been the Son of God, even before time and space were created. You and I, we’re blessed beyond anything we could ever deserve to have even been made in His image, much less to have received forgiveness, salvation, and sanctification because of His sinless life, sacrificial death, and rising from that tomb.

Why is this distinction so important that it not only needed a Twisted Tuesday devoted to it, but the longest one I’ve probably ever written? This teaching is a symptom of a deadly disease. It’s idea that we’re all gods, we’re all on the same level of Christ, we’re sons and daughters just like Him. Friends, if we’re on the same level as Him then we don’t need to be saved by Him. When we see this type of theology the disease itself is unrepentant hearts. No heart that has seen its own wickedness and cried out to God for forgiveness would dare to suggest it’s on the same level with the sinless Lamb of God! These are false converts, they’ve been sold the ‘try Jesus for 60 days’ modern gospel. A false convert is very difficult to win because they believe they’ve already saved themselves. I should know, I spent well over a decade as a false convert. It’s only by the grace of God that I have been saved!

Beloved, I hope you’ll forgive me for this long post. And friends, if you’re reading this and you’ve held the belief that you are just like Christ, repent. Please, fall down on your face and ask God to change your opinion about Him, to correct it, ask forgiveness for daring to assume God is just like us. Brethren, take the full counsel of Gods Word, continue to be good Berean’s studying to show yourselves approved.

Twisted Tuesday – Anointed

Hello, beloved brethren, I hope you are all doing well today! I want to address a verse that has been taken and twisted in a really frustrating way. It’s always upsetting when the inspired, inerrant, and sufficient Word of God is misused whether by being taken out of context or misinterpreted. This time it’s actually worse then that, this verse isn’t misinterpreted or taken out of context. It’s actually ignored completely, while one portion of a phrase is used incorrectly to give unbiblical advice.

The twist in scripture I want to talk about today occurs in three separate places in the Bible, none of which have context or interpretation which match its most common use, ‘touch not the Lord’s anointed’. This phrase is taken from 1 Samual 26:9 and Psalms 105:15. That particular Psalm is repeated in 1 Chronicles, however in both cases of the Psalm written by David, Israel and her prophets are the context and the interpretation is clear. For the verse in 1 Samual David is once again speaking, referring this time to King Saul who he had the opportunity to kill but didn’t.

How are these verses twisted? When someone calls out a false teacher the all too often response is ‘touch not the Lord’s anointed’. This is not just an unfortunate twisting of scripture, but also unwise advice that does not apply to the situation. First of all, we are called as believers to be good Berean’s, search those scriptures friends and see if the things these televangelists say are so! Secondly, dear ones, the touch not is clearly referring to physical altercations. There is no biblical grounds for suggesting we should not, or can not, hold teachers to the Word. The very opposite is found in scripture, we have a responsibility to do so.

The reason this twist of scripture is so dangerous is that when a mistake in teaching isn’t corrected the issue tends to worsen. If you want a prime example, see how the Charismatic Movement has morphed into the New Apostolic Reformation. One bad theology led to an even worse theology. Iron sharpens iron, we need one another’s corrections. This reaction, however, to open rebuke against unbiblical behavior is its own condemnation. Those who would rather not be corrected for their bad theology show their lack of biblical understanding by misusing these verses. This is why I plead with you daily, beloved brethren, to be those good Berean’s, and study to show yourselves approved.

Twisted Tuesday – Division

Beloved, today I want to address something that’s genuinely grievous to me. The twisting of scripture to fit someone’s false doctrine is often done by either taking verses out of context, or only using part of the verse, this Twisted Tuesday is no different. When you attempt to refute the Word of Faith movement things heat up quickly, you’re not just discussing someone’s beliefs, but their experiences. Rather then logically talk through the doctrines, often times those you are loving attempting to correct resort to insults and intimidation.

I have actually spoken with atheists who were more respectful than religious people. That’s heartbreaking on many levels, not the least of which is how it drags the name of our Lord down for those professing Him to behave in such shameful ways. One accusation often leveled against anyone who refutes the doctrines of the WoF movement is that ‘you’re causing division!’ They misquote Romans 16:17, leaving out both the entirety of the verse and the context, to back up their accusation, hoping to shut down their opponent. Let’s be honest, dear friends, there are many ways to shut opposing opinions down, such as manipulation, hyper-emotionalism, and mockery, however none are so grievous as the twisting of scripture.

When we, as believers, discuss issues within certain groups we find to be in error, this is not at all what Paul is speaking of. Paul is referring to some who cause division by teaching contrary to what he had taught them. A good example of this would be works based Salvation taught by groups like the Roman Catholic Church, or Mormonism. These teachings are contrary to what the Bible teaches about salvation, and that difference causes division in the Church.

We do need to be careful what we say, and how we say it. Our doctrines must be rooted in the whole counsel of Gods Word, and our motives must be that of love. Regardless of what we’re doing, or who we’re talking to, we must never refute someone else for the sheer purpose of being right. Any truth we have has been given to us by God, the glory should always be His, not ours. Our goal has to be His glory, and the salvation of the lost. If those who had addressed the false doctrines I was in had listened to accusers wrongly handling Gods Word, they might never had corrected me, I might never have seen the error of my beliefs and been saved. Correction came first, I had to see I could not save myself, and that I was hopelessly lost in depravity. We need to be careful, brethren, to never mishandle Gods Word. So, as always, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

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.