Twisted Tuesday – Dreamsk

Awhile back I had a certain fellow follow me on Twitter who advertised “Christian Dream Interpretations” as one of his ‘giftings’. I don’t know about you, brothers and sisters, but I’m always curious as to why anyone like that would ‘follow’ me. I get a lot of follows that make me cock my head in curiosity. I’m not sure what I have to offer them. In particular, at least, with this follow I was able to read and research something I’d like to warn you all about. Dream Interpretation goes right along with my post about Grave Soaking. Both of these unbiblical practices find their bases in a belief that Scripture is not sufficient.

This practice, encouraged by the Sis Roth’s of the world, is the idea that God is speaking to you in your dreams every night. God is big enough to speak to you in your dreams, but not big enough to explain Himself, so you need to seek out these Dream Interpreters to help with that. If you dig into these types of practices deep enough you’ll come to the place where NAR leaders have defiantly, boldly, proclaimed that New Age stole all its ‘stuff’ from Christianity, and they want it back. This is why you see Dream Interpretation, Spirit Walking, and Grave Soaking encouraged. There’s not only zero historical facts to back up this claim, but nearly two thousand years of historical documentation to refute it.

They often use Acts 2:17 as their proof text for this teaching. As is so often the case, this verse is taken out of context, and is usually only quoted in part. What’s actually happening in Acts 2? Peter is claiming that an OT prophesy was being fulfilled that day. There’s no indication that a gifting of the Spirit is interpretation of dreams. So why is Dream Interpretation so dangerous? Seems harmless enough, right? Unfortunately this has the same dangers as Jesus Calling, if I have the authority rather than the Bible then I can tell you anything. You’re Dream Interpretation is that God wants you to sow a seed into my ministry of such and such amount. Your Dream Interpretation is that you need to sell your house and move to India. I can literally make up anything I want, and I have no accountability. Beloved brethren we should never seek words from God anywhere other than His holy, divinely inspired, completely sufficient and inerrant Word.

Here’s where I get more frustrated with these wolves, they love to teach our youth. They don’t go to the parents, like any good predator they find the weakest among the pack and pick them off one by one. It makes me sick! You and I must guard our youth from this, we must educate our children and grand children about what the Bible teaches. It might not be in your church, but it’s on their Facebook page, it’s all over YouTube, it’s easier to find than you could imagine. A lot of these teachings are pushed by the bands our Christian teens love to listen to, like Jesus Culture and Hillsong. We have the sense, as adults, to look at nonsense like ‘Dream Interpretation’ and role our eyes, dismissing it as quickly as we found it. Our youth is a generation filled with Harry Potter, Disney’s Magic Kingdom, palm readers, ghost hunters, and anything mystical you could think up. How will they know that none of this is real, unless we teach them? So, dear friends, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

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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.

Noah’s Flood Series – Part V

Let’s continue our Monday series through the flood of Noah, beloved brethren. Part IV was about the rock layers, this time we’re going to discuss my favorite creation science subject; fossils! We’ve talked a lot on previous Monday posts about fossils, creatures that shouldn’t be fossilized, DNA and proteins found in fossils, fossils frozen in the middle of given birth or having lunch, but today I want to look at this from a different angle.

This whole series has been about the inerrancy of Gods Word. We’ve looked at all the areas with which Genesis is attacked accept the fossils, which we’ll tackle today. How would considering fossils to be millions of years old affect the sufficiency of Scripture? What we see in these fossils, the mass majority of which are marine life, death and disease. Scientists have found tumors and varies other sicknesses in these bones. In the beginning, dear friends, the Lord saw everything He created and said it was very good. Death and sickness did not begin until after the fall.

Here’s where the disconnect comes in, beloved. If you try to fit the Bible into secular scientists philosophical beliefs on origins, you have to deny Genesis. Either God created man with the land animals during creation week, or Jesus Christ was not the Messiah. Whew, that’s a leap huh? Let me explain. Jesus quotes Genesis, He speaks specifically about Adam and Eves creation at the very beginning. If dinosaurs evolved first and millions of years of death and disease later man evolved then there was no literal Adam and Eve. If Jesus Christ was there when the Earth began, like the Bible claims He was, then He would have been knowingly lying. If He was lying about Genesis then He was not the perfect, blameless, sacrifice upon whose righteousness we rely. But wait, it gets worse dear ones.

If Adam and Eve never lived, they never fell, and mankind does not need to be saved. The Bible tells us plainly that through Adam death came to all, but through Christ the resurrection of the dead. For in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. It was in the Garden of Eden that the very first Gospel message was preached, the seed of the woman was promised! These two concepts flow seamlessly throughout the Word of God. If you take away one, denying the sufficiency of Scripture, then you negate the need for the other. Do you see, brothers and sisters, how serious the issue of fossils is? Our weapons of warfare are not carnal, we war nor against flesh and blood. Our warfare is in the tearing down of every falsehood that sets itself up against the Truth.

Please don’t misunderstand me, friends, I love all the evidence. It’s such a blessing to believers to hear about soft tissue found in the fossils, or the marine life on the tippy top of the highest mountains. I think we should learn, enjoy, and praise God for all those truths. However, we can not turn this subject into an argument over evidences. It’s far more serious than that, this is the very attack at the forefront of the inerrancy debate. God is the only authority on this Earth who was actually there at the beginning, the Holy Spirit divinely inspired the writing of Gods Word, it is inerrant. So, dear ones, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Twisted Scripture – Exegesis VS Eisegesis

Last week, beloved, we discussed hermeneutics and it’s roll in protecting us from twisting Gods Word. Today I’d like to talk about exegesis in comparison to eisegesis. These are big, fun words to say, like hermeneutics, but they’re actually very simple concepts to understand and apply.

Exegesis is the careful study of the meaning in each verse based on its context, the grammar used, the original language it was written in, and syntax. For proper exegesis of Gods Word we use the whole counsel of the Bible to form our beliefs. When I became a Christian I had to take everything I had been taught, everything I believed and set it aside, pick up the Bible and let God instruct me. How I felt, my experiences, and my previous training were not allowed to overshadow or muddy the scripture. Still today, when I hear something I don’t understand, or haven’t heard before, I take it to Gods Word. Not to bend Gods Word to what I’ve heard, but to be sure it agrees with Gods Word. If it doesn’t, it goes out the window.

Eisegesis, on the other hand, is reading into the text what you think it says. In this way, you come to the Bible with your own belief and seek to prove that belief with scripture. This is where most of the misuse of scripture begins. There are two ways we see Eisegesis, firstly when a Biblical truth is wrongly applied to a verse like Jeremiah 28:11. God does have a wonderful plan for all our lives, although what God deems as wonderful might not be what we had in mind, like Peter who was crucified upside down, or John the Baptist who lost his head. Either way, this verse in its context has nothing to do with you or me, it’s specifically directed to ancient Israel. The second way we see this is erroneous views applied wrongly to verses, making it twice as incorrect. We see this with Proverbs 23:7, where the Charismatic Movement wrongly applies the unbiblical belief that our words have power to a verse used out of context. Eisegesis is usually masked with emotionalism making it popular in a feelings oriented world where truth is relative.

With proper hermeneutics and exegesis you can avoid errant, heretical, or blasphemous views on the Bible. God has blessed us with His holy, inspired, inerrant Word, we have to treat that Word with great care. None of us enjoy being taken out of context, or misquoted in any way. How much more so should we take care not to do this to God, our Creator, or Savior, Lord of Lord and King of Kings? So as always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Twisted Tuesday – Defense Against Twisting Scripture

Beloved every Tuesday we talk about a verse in the Bible that’s been twisted, taken out of context, or misused in one way or another. How do we determine what the context is of a verse? Why can’t we all just interpret like the pragmatists do, like the liberal theologians suggest, reading out of the Bible whatever we want? The greatest defense against twisting scripture is good hermeneutics.

Hermeneutics is how we interpret the Bible, and it is sadly missing from many churches. I would love to see churches gathering together any day of the week to study how to interpret the Bible accurately. Until that day comes, here is a 15 part lecture series by Dr. Rosscup at The Masters Seminary covering hermeneutics.

There are few things as important as this, God has spoken and millions are using His Words to justify their own belief rather than bending their belief to Gods Word. We need to continue to learn and grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. So, as I encourage you all daily, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Noah’s Flood Series – Part IV

Today, dear ones, we’re going to continue our series through the flood of Noah. Last week we talked about the legends found all over the world that reference a global deluge. Today we’re going to discuss the layers of rocks that were laid down by the flood. Like with our previous series on the molecular machines, I hope this information glorifies God in His majesty, while encouraging you all to have confidence in the inerrant Word of God.

This clip summarizes everything I was going to type out in this article. It’s well said, and with a much cooler accent than my Texas twang!

We see rock layers laid down all over the world, with two clashing world views disputing how they got there. Both groups of scientists, secular and creation, are looking at the same information but coming to vastly different conclusions. A secularist looks at rock layers and repeats what was suggested a couple hundred years ago, that the layers take deep time to build up to what we see today. Creation scientists suggest that these layers we see today were laid down by a global flood. Now, for full disclosure, many secular geologists have come to the conclusion that rock layers do not need deep time, while some Old Earth Creationists still suggest they do. This is not a black and white issue, but it’s very encouraging to see so many scientists across the board re-examining all the evidence, particularly in light of Mt. Saint Helens. While it’s clear, and obvious, that many of these layers which span continents were laid down by water based on their makeup, old beliefs die hard. Many who are not geologists, but we’re taught rock layers take long periods of time in school, continue to hold to their faulty belief simply for lack of research into the subject.

We need to remember that science is always changing, but Gods Word never will. When we lean on the truth of God’s Word, we know that we have built our house on the rock. We often forget how many times secular scientists have set themselves up against the Bible, and been wrong. From astronomy to geology, and even archeology, Gods Word stand the test of time. If you’re reading this and it’s the first time you’ve heard that science has not proven Gods Word wrong, then please feel free to ask any questions you might have.

Understand, friend, that Gods Word is inerrant, and it tells each and everyone of us that we’ve sinned against a very real God. You should know that God counts lust as adultery, and hatred as murder. Liars will have their place in the lake of fire, and no idolator will inherit the kingdom of God. God was not willing that any should parish, so He condescended to become man. God the Creator entered His creation, sending His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to die in our place. He paid a debt He didn’t owe, because we owed a debt we couldn’t pay. After living a sinless life He went to the cross of Calvary, and had the wrath of God stored up from our sins poured out on Him. Now, if we will humble ourselves, repent of our sins turning away from them, ask God to forgive us for those sins, put our faith in Jesus Christ, then God will input Christ’s righteousness, from His sinless life, to us. That means when we face God on Judgment Day He can declare the sin debt we owe ‘Paid In Full’. This truly is Good News, and Amazing Grace!

If you want more technical details on this subject I recommend this Lecture. Next Monday we’ll talk about the fossils and what they mean for the flood. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Twisted Tuesday – The Parable of the Sower

Hello friends, today I want to talk about scripture I recently heard taken out of context. It’s actually such a clear passage that I had never heard it misused in this way. It’s the parable of the sower Luke 8:4-15, Mark 4:3-20, and Matthew 14:4-23. In this parable Jesus describes four types of hearers of the Word. The person who took this verse out of context suggested that all four types are believers who will go to heaven. In her opinion, this parable just meant that there were some who would be more fruitful than others, not that three fourths were unbelievers.

Luckily Jesus Christ explained His parable, and in that explanation the full context can be seen. In this parable Jesus was going from place to place ‘proclaiming and preaching the kingdom of God’. This parable is so important that when His disciples come to Him and ask what it meant he asked them how they would understand any parable if they didn’t understand this one. Anytime we see Christ saying ‘all who have ears to hear, let them hear’ we need to listen carefully. Why, then, would someone twist this passage to say all those who heard the Word were saved? I can only think of one reason, that they did not want to preach on false conversion, or eternal damnation.

Understand, beloved, that when Christians refuse to talk about hell its not because they have love for the lost. That might be the excuse they tell themselves, that we’re unloving to warn the world to flee from the wrath to come, but an excuse is not the same thing as a reason. The real reason is that they love the praise of man, they’d rather the world be damned then they be rejected. So they twist the Word of God to candy coat the truth in hopes that they’ll make friends. We’re not called to make friends, we’re called to make disciples. We’re called to pick up our cross, to count the cost. If they rejected the Master how much more so will they reject His servants? We have to be willing to be rejected, to be mocked, to be ridiculed, to be persecuted, to get the Gospel out at all cost.

The idea of false conversion is something that upsets many in the church and outside of it. No one wants the straight and narrow way to be hard to find, or for few to find it. Everyone wants the way to be wide, soft, and easy to find. This parable details the hard hearts that won’t listen, the happy hearts that love to listen but never bow their knee, and those who even spend time in the church before the thorns of the world choke them out. They went out from us because they never were of us. No one who puts their hands on the plow and looks back is worthy of the kingdom. If we come up against someone speaking on any subject we have to compare their beliefs not others but to Gods Word. This is why, beloved brethren, I implore you daily to be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.