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”

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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”

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”

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”