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”

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”

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”