Narrow is Godly?

The internet is buzzing about Rob Bell's new book, "Love Wins" and a young pastor in North Carolina lost his job over the issues raised by Bell.

DURHAM, N.C. -- When Chad Holtz lost his old belief in hell, he also lost his job.

The pastor of a rural United Methodist church in North Carolina wrote a note on his Facebook page supporting a new book by Rob Bell, a prominent young evangelical pastor and critic of the traditional view of hell as a place of eternal torment for billions of damned souls.

Two days later, Holtz was told complaints from church members prompted his dismissal from Marrow's Chapel in Henderson.

"I think justice comes and judgment will happen, but I don't think that means an eternity of torment," Holtz said. "But I can understand why people in my church aren't ready to leave that behind. 

Okay, it's too bad Pastor Holtz lost his job, but in my opinion, he is just a little too naive to think Bell has a point. Bell, like so many of his contemporaries in the Emergent Church movement are re-engineeing a Christianity that isn't Biblical. They want a God who can fit into tight little blue jeans and wears t-shirts that supports global warming.  Come on, who cares what Rob Bell thinks. He and his publisher got what they wanted, a whole lot of book sales based upon a stupid idea. Doesn't it occur to anyone that if Bell was right in His spiritual assessment, where is his evidence?  It isn't found in the Bible. Hell, and the broad way is what most people choose, it's not assigned, but chosen and that's what Jesus taught.

Matthew 7:13-14

 13“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.  14For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.

When we try to change the message of the gospel in order to appeal to the masses it only dilutes the truth, not enforces it. What Rob Bell thinks  will not happen. His accomplishments will only be a short run like all those before him in history who tried to change the scriptures to support their theories. 

Dr Norm Gesiler speaks to this issue if you're interested in furthering your understanding on how evil penetrates the Church.




Is The Kingdom of God a Kingdom Now? 

In a small group of pastors I asked the question, "how do you define the Kingdom of God?'

I was amazed at the response. 

There are Christian teachers who say, that we have been given the authority to set up the Kingdom of God here on earth, and we, 'the Church' will usher in His return by accomplishing this goal.  Once again, we have inserted our own theology into the scriptures.  Jesus gave His followers one mandate prior to His departure, and it's found in:

Matthew 28:18-19

18And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Now the authority was given to Him, and His commission to us was to go and make disciples based upon what Jesus taught, and what He did upon the cross.  

The Kingdom of God can be defined as who Jesus is, what Jesus has done, and what Jesus will do when He returns. In Luke 17 Jesus was asked about this the Kingdom of God, look how he answered:

 20Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed,  21nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.”

Notice, no outward signs, no taking dominion, and no theology that says "we are going to take dominion over the earth" and pave the way for the return of Jesus. 

The only sign will be the presence of Jesus when we gather in His name, notice what Jesus said in Matthew 18:20

 "For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”

The Kingdom of God is seen in Jesus Christ, and He becomes our kingdom.  Why do we need to invent new theologies to inspire His followers?  Isn't the cross sufficient in it's power to bring His kingdom into our lives by the Holy Spirit, and the Word of God? 

What more do we need?  Prosperity preachers want us to have it all now, claim it all now, and dominion preachers think we can conquer it all now, and prepare the earth for God. Sorry, to be honest, I don't see that in the scriptures.  Our purpose as His followers is to go into the world and make disciples who will give up their lives in following Him. To what purpose do these crazy theologies do to make disciples?  They only get people all hyped up over things Jesus did not commission us to do. 

Dr John Piper has a great word for you on the prosperity message, I think it will challenge you.


Author and radio talk host Brannon Howse looks at Dominion Theology, and it's ramifications in our world today.


Until next time, keep it honest and truthful......K


Keeping God Away From Areas of My Life

Tennis anyone?

This picture is a reminder of how crazy it is to play with God. Why does anyone think keeping God away from areas of our lives where He could really transform us is of any value?  Much like volleying a tennis ball on the wings of a plane, it just doesn't make sense. In my experience as a believer in Yeshua/Jesus, I have found Christians who say they are followers of Christ, but demonstrate little to no fruit of Him in their lives.  Some of the biggest offenders of this are Christian leaders who teach others about Christ, but either are narcissistic or passive aggressive in their behavior toward others. What part of this verse doesn't make sense to us?

Mark 8

 34And he called to him the crowd with his disciples and said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.


What part of denying my narcissism isn't covered by this verse?  What part of my selfish, self serving nature is not covered by this verse?  Why would Jesus say such a thing anyway?  Doesn't He know I like to be me, and in my world, I am the center of attention, and I always get my way.

Yes, I guess that's why He said it.  He knows what is in all of us, and its not about serving, it's about getting our way and to be served.  That is the nature of mankind, "get what I want and get out" without anything costing me a thing. Well, this is how the world we live in operates, it will not change until Jesus Christ comes back to rule this world.  However, in the meantime, the world may not change, but you can.  You can surrender your life to Christ, and allow Him access to the areas of your life that are self serving, and narcissistic. 

narcissism: excessive or erotic interest in oneself and one's physical appearance.• Psychology extreme selfishness, with a grandiose view of one's own talents and a craving for admirationas characterizing a personality type.


Who Can You Really Trust? 


As believers we all have our favorite preachers.  If you have been reading this blog for the past week you will notice that I have used a lot of web links to David Wilkerson.  Yes, I like David, because as a preacher he is not persuaded by money, denomination, powerful people, nor is he trying to sell his latest book.  I am personally tired of all the personal words Christians say they get from God. All I can say is most of it is a spiritual scam.  You may disagree, but here is a clip you need to watch before you read on.

Personally I have known believers who have gone crazy over preachers, or prophets who give prophecies that are not in line with the Spirit of God.  Does God still speak to us today? Yes, He does, but knowing His voice is a part of knowing Him. His Word is His voice, a revelation to us about who He is, what He has done, and what He plans to do.    

The example of Benny Hinn is not new. In Jeremiah's day he was facing the same kind of leadership, pastors who have no clue who God is, preaching things not based upon the truth of God's word. Leaders who lead people to an unknown spiritual destination, and prophets who give prophecies based upon a concept of manipulation rather than the instruction of God's Word.  

Jeremiah 2:8

 8The priests did not say, ‘Where is the LORD?’
Those who handle the law did not know me;
the shepherds transgressed against me;
the prophets prophesied by Baal
and went after things that do not profit.

Don't be fooled by leaders who don't formulate their ministry around the truth of God's Word. There are many theologies that are preached today, even in good churches that are not following the dictates of God's word.  More on this next week, until then, keep it honest and truthful........k


World Without End Begins With His Return

Last fall in South Africa there was a gathering of the global church to discuss world evangelization. Here is a description from the website of the Lausanne Congress on World Evangelism.

Over 4,000 leaders from 198 countries were together in Cape Town, South Africa, to confront the critical issues of our time as they relate to the future of the Church and world evangelization.


I am sure that most of the presentations given had to do with the strategy of meeting the physical needs of people in places of the world who live from day to day without the necessities of life. Who would argue with this?  Of course we feed the poor, clothe the naked, give drink to those who thirst.  As a result of our showing compassion and love, our hope is that people will respond to the message that God loves them, and that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. However, as I interviewed a participant who went to Cape Town about the event, he was glowing with reports of how social justice was being lived out throughout the world, and Christians were leading the way. Now, don't get me wrong, I think these kind of reports shows that God is at work through His Church.  What I was stunned by was the lack of preaching on the return of Jesus Christ. 

We live in a day when the news from around the world is living out the prophetic words of scripture, and the gathering of the worlds leading Christians never focus on it, not even once?   I don't want to be critical but let's be honest and truthful.  The blessed hope of the Church, global and otherwise, is the return of Jesus Christ. The conditions in our world read like Matthew 24, and we don't notice?  How can we be a prophetic voice in our world without giving people the hope of His return?  We are closer today than ever to a one world government with one global financial system.  We are experiencing more devastating earthquakes in varying places in our world, and yet we are silent about these signs?  Then there is the issue of deception in the church, as the new evangelical voices of the emergent church are leading people away from Christ, not toward Him. All these signs and more are in our faces everyday. So how is it that when we gather 4,000 global Christians together to inspire them about evangelism, we say nothing about these signs as forewarnings of His return? How can that be? 

This is not a critique on what was said in Cape Town, it is an observation of what was missed. Most Christians don't want to engage in prophetic discussion, they don't care, and it doesn't matter to them. However the news headlines continue to remind us that we are living like those in Noah's day before the flood, unaware of the pending disaster about to come upon us.  

Here is a link that I think keeps it honest and truthful!  Until next time.....K

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