Thursday, 31 May 2018

The Spiritual Warfare Error

 Among all the errors I've pointed out so far, this is one of the most ridiculous doctrines preached by charismatic ministers. But had they studied the subject correctly, they'd have noticed it isn't about chasing demons.

So what is spiritual warfare? Simply put, it's preaching the truth from scripture. Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 10:4 (KJV), "(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;"

The context of this chapter shows plainly that we battle lies and faulty human reasoning with God's Word. It isn't done by binding and rebuking Satan. Matthew 18:18 clearly is in the context of church discipline, not, as charismatics claim, sending demons to the abyss. They preach utter nonsense and are deluded into thinking they're serving Christ.

And as Paul admonished in 2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV), "Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."

The sixth chapter of Ephesians lists the spiritual Armour which we must wear at all times. Each part is needed for the destruction of Satan's lies, one of those being that demon-chasing doctrine. As C. S. Lewis noted in his book, The Screwtape Letters, people have two equal and opposite errors about demons. Either they don't believe there are any or they're obsessed by them to the point where they aren't preaching the gospel.

I need to write my book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? Satan has millions of lies, all designed to pull people off the narrow way. My intent and mission is to pull people onto that straight way.

Stay tuned for more excellent Bible teaching. I have many more errors to comment on next month.

Monday, 28 May 2018

The Flip Wilson Error

Viewers my age will remember Flip Wilson as a black, American comedian who made up a character named Geraldine Jones. Her favourite excuse for any mistake was, "The Devil made me do it." Though it was funny coming from her, this is a serious problem with certain followers of charismatic preachers.

The truth is that we can't be made to sin. James exploded that idea when he wrote in the first chapter of his epistle, verses thirteen to fifteen (BBE), "Let no man say when he is tested, 'I am tested by God;' for it is not possible for God to be tested by evil, and he himself puts no man to such a test: But every man is tested when he is turned out of the right way by the attraction of his desire. Then when its time comes, desire gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is of full growth, gives birth to death."

The Apostle Paul showed how our heavenly Father actually helps us by limiting Satan's temptations. He wrote in 1 Corinthians 10:13 (KJV) that, "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it."
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Some folks also believe that merely being tempted is a sin. That can't be because of what is written in Mark 1:13 (KJV) which says, "And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him."

Jesus likewise understands how we feel when we're tempted. Hebrews 2:18 (KJV) reads, "For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted."

And we must also extend the same grace to each other. Galatians 6:1 (KJV) admonishes, "Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted."

This is one of many topics I'll be dealing with in my next book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? So much nonsense has been preached to naive believers but I want to present Christ's siblings with the truth from the Word of God. Like a broken calculator, human opinions don't count.

My next post will be about the idiotic idea some people have about spiritual warfare. Non Christians and demons must be laughing their heads off as such naive and stupid antics by these gullible fools.

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Saturday Song: Strawberry Alarm Clock, "Desiree"

Did you ever hear a song and not realize who sang it? That happened to me in June of 1970. To me, Strawberry Alarm Clock was a psychedelic band which had the hit "Incense Peppermints back in 1967. This new song didn't sound at all like it was from the same band.

Hear Strawberry Alarm Clock's "Desiree"

Twenty-four years later, I found out that this song was sung by Strawberry Alarm Clock. On the CD of their best hits, I could hear the change in the band's sound. Even so, it was the same group of musicians who recorded all those great songs.

So too is God the same throughout history. Look at what Malachi 3:6 (KJV) says. "For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed."

Though we now are in the New Testiment age, God is still consistant in his character. Cults like Islam and the Mormons say our relationship with him has changed but it hasn't. Old Testament and New Testament believers are saved the same way, no matter who they are or where they came from.

So, what do you think of the song and what I've written? Please leave me a comment in the box below. If you don't feel like it, have a lovely weekend anyway.

Stay tuned for my next blog post. It's in reference to a certain American comedian and his famous phrase.

Thursday, 24 May 2018

The Servant Lord Error

Though Jesus said he came not to be served but to serve, people think he must give them whatsoever they ask. They doubtless won't say so but they're using Jesus as an unlimited credit card to get what they desire.

Those folks who preach the bogus name-it-and-claim-it doctrine use verses such as John 16:24 (KJV) to prove their point. "Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full."

These bogus preachers also cite  John 16:23 (KJV) which says, "And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you."

What they neglect to do is to read the entire Scripture as one unit rather than slicing up the book into the bits they like and ignoring the rest. Jesus likened the Father to an earthly dad who gives only good things to his children. But he also showed in Matthew 6:33 (KJV) the priority in which we must base our requests. "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."

And as has happened to me, charismatic Christians use James 4:3 (KJV) to accuse people when what they ask for isn't given to them. "Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts."

The name of Jesus isn't a mantra we use to gain his favour and get whatever we want. His name is all he is, not a mere word we use. Sadly, many Christians try to get what they want for themselves by tacking the phrase "in Jesus' name" at the end of their prayers. This is superstitious and blasphemous. Neither is a prayer wasted if it isn't ended with that phrase.

Worse yet, some preachers claim that saying "Thy will be done," is admitting weakness and distrust in God's power. It most certainly isn't the case. When Jesus went to the cross, he didn't lose his faith. Matthew 26:42 (KJV) records, "He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done."

The fact is that God is sovereign and he does whatever he wants. I'll be writing more about how false leaders send people to hell in my next book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? Treating God like a vending machine is blasphemy. Remember that most of the faithful saints throughout history were dirt poor. Anybody who claims we're owed prosperity is of their father, the Devil.

You'll doubtless love my next post if you're into great classic rock. A band I loved changed their sound and I didn't realize they were the same musicians when I heard their 1970 hit.

Monday, 21 May 2018

The Error of Not Preaching Hell

Another error common to various Christian denominations is the fear of preaching about hell. Jesus and his disciples certainly believed in and warned people about that place of punishment. So who are we not to warn the wicked?

God expects us to admonish people about their sins. He spoke in Ezekiel 3:18 (KJV) about what he wants us to do. "When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand."

But God said through Ezekiel 3:19 (KJV) that, "Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul."

Furthermore, the Bible says absolutely nothing about not hurting people's feelings. In fact, hell angers people. Jesus forewarned his disciples in John 15:20 (KJV) when he said, "Remember the word that I said unto you, 'The servant is not greater than his lord.' If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also."

And some readers might be surprised that religious folks often oppose those who dare to preach the full counsel of God. Stephen really tore a strip out of the Pharisees in Acts 7:52 (KJV) when he burst out, "Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which showed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers:"

Though people continue to become angry with me for insisting on what the Bible says, I intend to continue doing that in my next book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? Those who persecute Christians and assume they're going to heaven are in for a rude shock when they die. May the Lord use my work to turn Sauls into Pauls.

My next post will be about treating God like a vending machine. That's a blasphemous way to treat him but many believers make that mistake.

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Saturday Song: Rick Springfield, "Bruce"

Have you ever had people continually call you by the wrong name? That happened to me often and all because I was with my brother Roy. It annoyed me to no end that people kept mixing us up.

Apparently, Rick Springfield had the same problem, and maybe he still does. In this song, he sings about people confusing him with Bruce Springsteen.

Click here to hear Rick Springfield's song.

Roy and I are complete opposites. Roy is stupid while I'm not. Roy loves Satan while I love Christ. Roy does foolishd things, like putting a ton of Brill Cream in his hair until it shone, whereas I try hard to be prudent. Roy seeks approval from everybody whereas I seek only Christ's commendation. Roy also talks slower than I do.

Though Satan is a mere angel, though a powerful one, he isn't God and that's all there is to it. Sadly, people easily fall into the trap of believing his crafty lies. The Apostle Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 11:14 (KJV, "And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light."

How awesome it is that Christ knows us and never gets confused. We're sealed with the Holy Spirit unto that blessed day when our Lord returns!

Stay tuned for my next post which features a huge mistake which many preachers and believers make.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

The Born-Basically-Good Error

Another foolish idea certain Christians have is that people are born basically good. Just watching a two-year-old throwing a tantrum disproves that notion. Even so, here's what the Bible says about us.

King David was called a man after God's own heart, yet he wrote this in Psalms 51:5 (KJV). "Behold, I was shapen in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me."

This doesn't mean his parents weren't married but that he, like the rest of us, have that sin nature pulling us toward wickedness.

The Apostle Paul showed in 1 Corinthians 15:22 (KJV) how our federal head condemned us all to death by his monstrous sin against God. "For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive."

But is there any good at all in humanity? Not according to Ecclesiastes 7:20 (KJV) which says, "For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not."

Psalms 14:3 (KJV) also leaves no doubt of our innate depravity. "They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one."

And 3 John 1:11 (KJV) shows that we can only do good by the Lord's rulership in our lives. "Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God."

I plan on pointing out this fallacy in my next book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? Far too many people who call themselves Christians aren't actually born again. They're churchgoers but they're not saved and will tragically end up in hell. May the Lord use my book to steer them toward repentance.

Stay tuned for my post about a man who keeps being confused with somebody else. I know how annoying it is since people confuse me with my brother, Roy. We're as different as Jesus and Satan but people still get confused.

Monday, 14 May 2018

The Sincerity Error

Have you ever met people who chided you for condemning the errors of people's faiths because they're sincere about them? Since when does sincerity make anything right?

The Bible doesn't say either way, yet it appears that Cain was sincere in his offering to God. But, as Genesis 4:5 (KJV) states, "But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell."

We learn from this verse that God expects to receive offerings in the way he prescribes. No matter how sincerely a person does things for the Lord, their efforts won't be accepted by God unless they're done his way.

I'm sure that many first-century Pharisees were sincere believers in their religious rites. But Jesus warned his disciples in John 16:2 (KJV) that, "They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service."

Today, we have zealous Muslims who believe what the Qu'ran says regarding coercing unwilling infidels and killing apostates. Does their sincerity absolve them of the charge of assault or murder?

Furthermore, a zealous Pharisee named Saul thought he was doing God service by persecuting Christians. But in Acts 9:4 (KJV), we read how Jesus himself confronted him about his sincere beliefs. "And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, 'Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?'"

I could provide many more examples but you get the point. I'll also tackle this subject in my next book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? Sincerity doesn't make anything right, as naive believers think. They need reality to mug them in a way that will show how mistaken they are.

In my next post, I'll deal with the notion that people are born basically good. That's as wrong as wrong can be.

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Saturday Song: Phil Harris, The Thing

Thanks to the Doctor Demento Show, I came to love this hilarious song. It's about a man who finds a big box floating in the bay and retrieves it. He becomes excited at his find and races into town with it. But when he shows the contents off, nobody wants anything to do with him and his thing.

Listen to the song here.

Becoming a Christian is something like this song. When a person gives their life to Christ, joy and excitement fills that soul's heart. It was like that with me when I gave the Lord control of my life.

And like the man in the song, new believers excitedly tell their family and friends what happen. In some lands, this is dangerous. Converting from Islam is a death sentence. In many other countries, families reject the new believer and consider that person to be dead.

We in North America and the west are blessed that our family and friends don't take such a violent stand against our new-found faith. Even so, people stop being friends with that person and become distant to them.

This is why churches must make mentoring new believers a top priority. Without discipleship, the adverse reactions of family and friends can coax them back into their familiar old ways.

Mark 10-29-30 (BBE) explains about the new family and friends which the believers receive. "Jesus said, 'Truly I say to you, There is no man who has given up house, or brothers, or sisters, or mother, or father, or children, or land, because of me and the good news, Who will not get a hundred times as much now in this time, houses, and brothers, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and land--though with great troubles; and, in the world to come, eternal life.'"

So, what do you think of this song and what I wrote? Please leve me a comment. And may your weekend be fun and trouble free.

My next post will be about the mistaken idea of sincerity excusing people for their bad theology. Stay tuned!

Thursday, 10 May 2018

The Spiritualizing Error

Similar to allegorizing biblical history, spiritualizing actual events is wrong. Studying the context of various verses shows whether the passages are historical or metaphorical. We don't treat secular history that way so why do that to Holy Scripture?

One verse people have misunderstood is John 21:11 (KJV). "Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land full of great fishes, an hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken."

I heard that some preachers assumed that the hundred-and-fifty-three fish referred to some sort of code which, when deciphered, gave the secret of end times prophecy. The context is clear that the passage was an eyewitness account of the miracle Christ performed to show Peter that his job was no longer fishing for fish but for people.

Another verse which people wrench far out of its context is Isaiah 11:6 (KJV). "The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them."

The first five verses of that chapter for tell the coming of Christ. To suddenly assume that the next few verses mean that we'll have animals in the new world is totally alien to the context. Neither does this verse mean that we'll get our beloved pets resurrected, as some people claim. The animals are analogous to adversaries finding peace with each other in Christ, the stem of Jessie.

People also misunderstood the meaning of that verse in 1 Chronicles 4:10 (KJV). "And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, 'Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me!' And God granted him that which he requested."

A certain author, whose name I won't mention, misled his followers to paste that verse on their bathroom mirror and recite it for twenty-one days so they could get whatever their wicked hearts desired. The meaning of the verse is obvious. God granted Jabez' request because he was more honourable than his siblings. It isn't a formula to get stuff from God.

It's because of  these misunderstandings that I'm writing my next book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? Far too many sincere seekers are led astray by wicked people desiring fame and a following. I know since I was a victim of just such a man. By God's grace, I escaped from error and into truth.

In my next post, I'll deal with the error of not expecting rejection from non-believing friends.

Monday, 7 May 2018

The Allegory Error

Another mistake liberal  scholars make is o allegorize stories in the Bible. These folks regard biblical accounts as not being literal historical events but stories which make a moral point. For example, some scholars believe that Genesis chapter three is an allegory of how humanity lost its innocence as time went by.

Treating historical accounts as mere allegory is wrong. For many decades, liberal scholars believed the destruction of Jericho by the Israelites was a mere legend. Around a hundred years ago, archeologists found Jericho just as it had been described in the scriptures.

Just recently, the pool of Bethesda was uncovered by archeologists, proving the account in John 5:2 (KJV) correct. "Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches."

Additionally, many Sunday school teachers incorrectly use historical accounts as moral lessons to their students. For example, the fight between David and Goliath is often told to teach children that we can tackle the "goliaths" in our lives.

Likewise, Daniel and his three companions are used as examples of how we must resist temptation to go along with the crowd. While those examples do show these traits, they are actual historical events rather than mere moral lessons.

Even the stories of Christ's miracles are trivialized through the allegorizing of them. But these are real events which happened to real people in real time, as we can read in Luke 1:2 (KJV). "Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word;"

Additionally, 2 Peter 1:16 (KJV) affirms the factual nature of Christ's ministry. "For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty."

John 12:16 (KJV) also points out the historicity of Scripture. "These things understood not his disciples at the first: but when Jesus was glorified, then remembered they that these things were written of him, and that they had done these things unto him."

Furthermore, Romans 15:4 (KJV) shows that the Old Testament was no mere collection of Jewish tales. "For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope."

And since these people were bearing witness of what happened, rather than glorifying themselves, we know the writings are true. As Jesus explained in John 7:18 (KJV), "He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him."

Because we can believe the accuracy of the Bible, we can place full confidence in what it says. That's why I'm writing my book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? Far too many readers treat Holy Scriptures like a buffet where they can pick and choose what they like out of it. This is most certainly not correct.

In my next post, I'll be writing about the error of spiritualizing the scriptures. Watch this space.

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Saturday Song: Lenny Kravitz, "Life Ain't Ever Been Better Than It Is Now"

As I promised, here's a great song by Lenny Kravitz. We who know Christ and follow him usually don't have a good life in this world. Even so, we can praise the Lord for what we have. Salvation is a wonderful treasure and it won't suffer from the uncertainties of life in this world.

Hear Lenny Kravitz' praise song here.

Many Christians around the world suffer persecution, yet they have the Lord whom persecutors can't remove from them. Hebrews 13:5 (KJV) reminds us to, "Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, 'I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.'"

Neither should we become fixated on obtaining more and more material blessings. Jesus said in John 12:25 (KJV)that,  "He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal."

Even so, we must be thankful for what we have, no matter how little it might seem. As Jesus also reminds us in Luke 12:23 (KJV), "The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment."

Let's therefore give thanks for what we have, like Lenny sang in this song. May you all have a good weekend too.

My next post will deal with the error of allegorizing the Bible. Watch this space.

Thursday, 3 May 2018

The Confessional Error

Continuing on with my error-debunking series of blog posts, one big mistake people make is believing that priests can grant absolution of sins. This is obviously not true.

We receive forgiveness through Christ alone. Like when telephone companies introduced Direct Distance Dialing in the nineteen-sixties, we need no spiritual operator to be our mediator. As the Apostle Paul wrote about Jesus in Ephesians 1:7 (KJV) "In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;"

Some people might quote James 5:16 (KJV) in defense of confessing sins to a priest. "Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much."

This doesn't mean that the righteous man needs to be a priest. Rather, no one is righteous of themselves. We need Christ's righteousness to have a proper relationship with God.

The whole mistaken notion of a priest being our mediator came from the Old Testament. Consecrated men sacrificed blemish-free male lambs and went into the Holy of Holies once a year to present the blood of atonement for the Israelite nation.

But God graphically demonstrated  in Mark 15:38 (KJV) how Jesus' sacrifice on the cross fulfilled the law. "And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom."

This opened the way to God through Christ for all who believed in him. We need nobody to take our prayers to God or no one else but him to dispense forgiveness to us.

Students of Holy Scripture will realize how wrong and foolish these traditions which people have invented actually are. Even so, I'm hoping to educate novice believers with my next book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? Far too many people leave spiritual matters to priests and pastors, rather than studying the Bible for themselves, and end up believing lies.

In my next post, I'll be writing about a beautiful song by Lenny Kravitz.