False Security

Here in the America, we live with a sense of false security. I think that other countries mock us and make fun because we feel like we are untouchable. After events such as 9/11 we realize that we are a little vulnerable, then we hear of “progress” in the retaliation and think, “No one will dare do that again.” We are self proclaimed as untouchable, but it just isn’t true. I don’t pretend to understand all that goes in to this, but the truth is that anyone can attack the U.S. at any time. In history, yes, we have been blessed and guarded by God. Is that the case today? I guess we really can’t know, but a brief look through the scriptures might give us a little insight. Though this be true, the reason for this post isn’t to discuss our national pride or security, but to warn the American Church of the same. Much like the American people, the Church has been given a false sense of security. Continue reading “False Security”

Turn Back to God

Running a nation is probably more difficult than anybody, other than those who’ve done it, can really even imagine. So much so when Solomon came into his throne the one thing he asked of God was to be given wisdom to know how to do it. Along with its challenges, the position comes with many temptations. Given any amount of power, the person whose heart is not in line with God will find it difficult, if not impossible, to manage the office without giving into said temptations. Think about your everyday life and all of the temptations that you face, chances are you do not have the kind of power and responsibility as one who is leading an entire nation.  Continue reading “Turn Back to God”

Vain Worship

Hands held high, music sung loudly, and the swaying back and forth of the people in the seats and on stage is what we know as worship. Perhaps it’s a bit more conservative and the hands are in the pocket or down by their sides at attention, instead of an electric guitar there is a piano, instead of drums an organ, and in place of a band there is a choir. The event is the same, and the goal is expressed as an act of worship. Is it? Perhaps for some, and maybe, just maybe there are the majority of the people who are singing praises to God. My question, though, is does He hear or delight in them?  Continue reading “Vain Worship”

An Intellectual Dilemma

Earlier today I was browsing through my social media and stumbled upon an article about the “dangers” of reading the works of Watchman Nee. Watchman Nee was a pastor and Martyr for the gospel of Jesus Christ in China. If you are interested in Watchman, I suggest you look him up and read some of his works. My favorite is his book “The Normal Christian Life”. Either way, the article very much bashed Brother Nee in the most respectful and kind way possible. They used words to describe him like, “a confused Christian mystic.” Their claims were that his writings were at best difficult to understand because he never came to a solid conclusion as to what he believed in his writings.  Continue reading “An Intellectual Dilemma”

Malnourished Spirituality

The health implications of malnourishment are obvious to the onlooker. When one sees a person who is malnourished it becomes abundantly clear based on the signs seen when watching. The person who is malnourished becomes week, frail, and seemingly ill. The body does not work properly and fatigue sets in quickly. I am not a physician, but I have in my profession encountered people who are purposely malnourished due to an eating disorder. The side-affects are obvious to others, but no so obvious to the one experiencing them, nay, they are in denial as to the reality of their condition. Given the current status of our nation, it is easy to see that we are malnourished. It is obvious to the rest of the world that our malnourishment does not come in a physical form, as we eat better than most people around the world (and it shows). Our malnourishment comes from a spiritual dimension and our disconnection from our Creator in a contemplative reality. Continue reading “Malnourished Spirituality”

The OTHER Prosperity Gospel

I have heard a great deal spoken about the “Prosperity Gospel” and its heresy. I agree with this statement to the fullest degree. However, I believe that there is another “prosperity gospel” that is not as visible and openly preached, but more accepted in the evangelical church in the west. One may not believe that it is a gospel of prosperity, and essentially it truly is not, however, it has taken the gospel of Jesus Christ and at the very least tarnished it. I believe that I written in a little more depth about this in a previous post. Part of what I call the “other prosperity gospel” is the capitalization on God given wisdom and knowledge with the intention of getting wealthy. More and more people in the evangelical Christian churches in the west are standing with one foot in the Kingdom of God and the other in the world of business and wealth.  Continue reading “The OTHER Prosperity Gospel”

The Direction In Which We Are Headed

There has been a lot of “chatter” on my social media news feeds about the current condition of our country and the church, and how we as followers of Christ are to feel or even act in light of the obvious turning away from the foundational principals that our country was built on. I intentionally stay away from such conversations due to my unwillingness to engage in meaningless debate about issues that neither party is willing to consider in terms of opposing views. Also, I have never really considered myself a very patriotic person. Don’t get me wrong, I love my country, because of what it stood for, but not necessarily proud of what it currently stands for. I am very much in love with what our founding fathers built this country on, and believe that the Lord of all had a part in the development of our great nation. I do not believe that any nation, especially such a young one, can become such a world power without the hand of the All Might. Herein lies my concern, and the whole point of this post. The current condition of this nation (which I believe), having been formed by God for His purpose, brings me both distress and anticipation.  Continue reading “The Direction In Which We Are Headed”

A Lie to the Church

There is a group of people out there who have made a lot of money through what is called “motivational speaking.” These people have gotten wealthy by telling people they are able to accomplish all that they themselves have accomplished by believing. Not by believing in God, but by believing in themselves and their own willpower. They instruct people to invest more in themselves than in anything else, put together “dream boards”, find people to look up to and adopt their behaviors. They instruct you to put aside the “trash” of the world and only take in information that motivates you to gain more. It is even common to hear them instruct you to get rid of relationships that are not bringing you towards your goals for more. Some of these things aren’t bad ideas and might even be good things for everyone to adopt, however a lot of this is contrary to the word of God and the teachings of Jesus. The biggest problem with all of this is not that these people exist (we expect the world to act like that and value these things), but that it has crept its way into the church.  Continue reading “A Lie to the Church”

Independence Day

Happy 4th! I chose today to launch this blog because of the significance of the hour. In 1776 a group of men, leaders, tired of serving a tyrannical government decided to stand up for the rights that they believed were given to them and all mankind by the Creator of the universe. We celebrate this day when those brave men decided they would stand up against injustice and right the wrong in the name of God. Oh to be in that room on that day! I wonder the emotions and tension in the air. I don’t envision an immediate roar of applauds, but a moment of silence as the reality of what was to come set in. Then, after all is said and done, the celebration commences. John Adams writes to his wife the following: Continue reading “Independence Day”