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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Molecular Machines – Chaperonin

Beloved brethren, this particular molecular machine is very exciting! Why? Because scientists still do not understand how it works. There are still so many discoveries to be made, so many design features to unravel in Gods creation. Today we’re going to review the Chaperonin, an essential machine involved in the translation of DNA. Although no one is yet sure how, the Chaperonin is involved in accurately folding protein chains as you’ll see in the following clip…

Wonderfully, God has placed in each DNA strand the information needed for complex machines like the Chaperonin. This molecular machine uses ATP, another fascinating creation from the Creator. Without proper folding of the protein, each strand will not fit into place where it can bind to other proteins or sugars. This is why the Chaperonin is essential for life. Each unique machine involved in keeping cells alive compounds the issue of evolution at an overwhelming rate. Recall, dear friends, that according to secularists we all came from the simplest life form. Yet, even the simplest cell is more complex than any machinery mankind has concocted.

We were, as God’s Word has spoken, fearfully and wonderfully made. This, dear ones, ties into much more than just Genesis. Each baby growing in the womb has cells just as complex, full of DNA, ATP, Helicase, Flagellum, and much more. It’s a life! Praise God, the evidence for life is within the cell, at the first day of conception. Isn’t it beautiful? One more reason to stand up for the precious little lives being murdered in the thousands on a daily basis. I pray these short posts are a blessing to you all, beloved brethren, and as always be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

*if you haven’t yet seen, and shared, 180Movie I highly recommend it dear friends*

https://www.livingwaters.com/movie/180movie/

Putting God on Trial

Beloved, today I want to discuss with you something that I see happening a lot. I wish I could say it only comes from atheists or agnostics, but even professing Christians, leaders and elders in churches, have done this. They put God on trial. I mentioned before that this week I’m reading through Job chapters 38-42 and every morning it strikes me anew…

Isn’t this exactly what man is still doing today, all these years later? I heard a well known televangelist explain that he no longer believed God was sovereign because one of his congregants had lost a child, and when she asked him why he didn’t know what to say. Will we really annul God’s judgements, condemn Him to justify ourselves? This particular leader wanted to be liked more than he desired to tell the truth. God is sovereign. Death is apart of this fallen world. New life is granted to those who place their faith in Christ alone, eternity is attainable.

If we break an earthly law, let’s say we commit murder, we wouldn’t go before an earthly judge and demand his record be looked at. We wouldn’t question that judge in a haughty and arrogant manner. “What gives you the right the judge me, Judge?” No. This judge has the power to end our lives, he has the power to lock us up and throw away the key. We would arguably beg him for mercy. Yet our sin against God is far more atrocious than any lawbreaking we can do here on earth. How is it we so confidently put Him on trial? As Paul said, “Does the thing molded demand of the molder why it was made this way?”

When we see God through the truth of His Word we respond the same way Job does here. We no longer seek to place God on trail, but instead we repent and ask His forgiveness. Why is this so prevalent in the church? Man no longer fears God, and since the fear of God is the beginning of all wisdom, the leaders and elders speak increasingly without it. Beloved brethren, let me make clear that there is a difference between seeking to know God, to better understand His will and purpose for our lives, and placing Him on trial. As in most things, it comes back to the heart of man.

Are you seeking to condemn God to justify yourselves? Do you place your own knowledge and wisdom above the Most High? Repent! Work through your salvation through fear and trembling, examine yourself to see if you’re in the faith. As always, dearest friends, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

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- Separated From Gods Love

Beloved, there seems to be a pattern of folks using half a sentence to twist scripture into fitting their errant beliefs. This twisted Tuesday is no different. I watched a video the other day of ‘church leaders’ explaining that abortion was ok because nothing could separate you from Gods love.

This goes right along with the unbiblical belief that hell does not exist, or the false doctrine of universalism. The idea that God is Love, He sent His Son to die for everyone’s sins, so everyone has been forgiven and will go to heaven. Take this to its logical conclusion, that means Hitler, Stalin, Moa, and Bin Laden are kicking it on the golden streets with the likes of Calvin, Luther, Spurgeon, and Sproul. That’s utter nonsense, God is a God of love, and with His love comes justice. You and I love our spouses and children, and if someone came in to our houses and brutally murdered them we would expect justice from the judge. Shouldn’t the judge of all the earth judge with at least the righteousness we seek from our local judges? So why the disconnect? Why the insistence on taking this beautiful verse, with it’s unbelievably amazing implications for the believer, twisting it out of context and promising it to lost sinners?

If this verse can be applied to all of humanity then sin does not matter, responsibility is abandoned, and repentance is made useless. Mankind has been attempting to avoid responsibility for their sins since the very beginning of the fall. Adam blamed not only Eve, but God who gave him Eve, for his sins. Eve blamed the serpent. Salvation comes when we humble ourselves, take responsibility for our sins, repent, and trust in Christ alone. Once we are in Christ, then and only then can we say, nothing will separate us from the love of God. Beloved, we must be cautious to never misuse Gods Words, as they are needed for instruction and understanding. Let’s not soft peddle sin, but show the sinner the truth of the Good News through the light of the bad news. Yes, you are lost in your sins, and if you die in them you will be cast into eternal damnation on judgement day. But you need not lose hope, for Christ Himself died for our sins, so that you and I can be forgiven! Not by our works, lest any man should boast, but by the free grace provided by God! As always, dear friends, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Twisted Scripture – Proverbs 23:7

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It’s amazing to me, brethren, how often a scripture is twisted simply by not reading the entire sentence. We’ve talked in a previous post about how the chapters and verse numbers are not inspired, but were added much later. The Word of God is inspired, we should make it our aim not to take it out of context, regardless of where a verse number sits.

Proverbs 23:7 is one of those verses which interrupts a sentence. So when the Word of Faith teachers quote it they never read the full context, they just take the scripture and twist it to fit their new age beliefs. This is one I heard constantly before I was saved. You have to think right thoughts to get right results. The weird thing is that I had heard the exact same concept from my mom when she was a practicing Wiccan. Convinced that she had caused her fiancé to cheat on her by thinking he would, she spent two years in a deep depression before coming to salvation.

Thinking positive thoughts to somehow get God to do what you want Him to is not a biblical principle. New ageism has leaked into the church at such an alarming rate its almost dizzying. This verse is actually an important warning, truly good advice when it’s read in its fullness.

You see the actual text saying to be careful of a selfish man. It warns against covetousness as well. Nothing in there is even referencing the ‘power of thought’ or any such nonsense. I found this WWUTT clip here to be very helpful in hashing this out.

How would we feel if someone took apart our sentence and used a fragment of it to twist the meaning? I’d be frustrated, and offended, to say the least. How dare we think so lowly of God and His Word, and so highly of ourselves, that we would do this to His Words! Let it be our goal, beloved friends, to rightly divide Gods Word, with care, and respect, treating the Bible as the treasured work of the Holy Spirit that it is. We’ve been given a gift, Gods Words written down, preserved throughout the ages, upheld by the blood of martyrs who died to see it translated into a readable language. Therefore, dear brethren, my genuinely beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, let us 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.