Archive for April, 2005

Faith, Specualtion and Presumption

Friday, April 22nd, 2005

Where faith ends, speculation begins and its child is called presumption.

the body

Wednesday, April 20th, 2005

Are there really that many in the body of Christ? Are all Roman Catholics part of the body of Christ? Are all Protestants? When a truth comes forward does labeling it make a new body part? In both there is a remnant (large? small?) who belong to God and the rest are ???? Labels are interesting but they do not define the body of Christ. They do, however, define the clubs.

Once upon a time

Tuesday, April 19th, 2005

Many, many years ago I went to church with my wife. We sat in the middle of the sanctuary. I was tired but determined to partake of the meeting. The singing came and went. The announcements came and went. Then the pastor arose and began his sermon. After about ten minutes I heard the sound of someone lightly snoring. Ha, someone is tired I thought. In time the snoring became louder and louder still. I thought someone should give the guy a shake. Still the snoring got louder. I could see the pastor was getting annoyed. People were beginning to grumble. I thought someone should give this person a sharp elbow. Just then my wife elbowed me in the ribs. Suddenly there was a deep silence. The pastor continued and a good time was had by all.

evolution or no evolution; is it important?

Tuesday, April 19th, 2005

Billions of years or thousands of years? Doesn’t matter for me, I can take either date and my faith remains the same. Whether there was a process of evolution or not before 6,000 years ago… does not matter. What does matter is that Adam was the first man and Eve was his wife, taken from his side. That Adam fell and that the Second Adam came to redeem those sons and daughters of Adam and Eve. All life currently on this planet is from that time. All life before that time, if there was life, is nonsequitur to our own genesis timeline. I certainly enjoy the discoveries but I do not necessarily accept their conclusions. When you get down to it, that man (or life)evolved over a long period of time and that timeline is our own, is a faith statement. This is not a contradiction of science but a different view of the “facts”.

Spirit – Baptized and Filled

Monday, April 18th, 2005

From my understanding…

When you receive the seal of the Spirit you are baptized into the body of Christ. As happened when Jesus breathed on the disciples in the upper room the Sunday evening after his resurrection. Being filled is the Pentecost anointing and can also be called the baptism of fire or being baptized with the Spirit. The first example is for salvation. The second is for power to walk and minister in the truth.


Mary not a perpetual virgin.

Thursday, April 14th, 2005

After her period of cleansing I believe Mary did perform all the duties of a wife. That she also had other children by Joseph. Others believe the opposite. Both rest on scripture. Thankfully our salvation is not dependant on the status of Mary’s virginity after the birth of Jesus. Of course there may be some who would argue that point as well.


Can someone explain?

Thursday, April 14th, 2005

1 Corinthians 14:22-25

Tongues, then, are a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers; prophecy, however, is for believers, not for unbelievers. So if the whole church comes together and everyone speaks in tongues, and some who do not understand or some unbelievers come in, will they not say that you are out of your mind? But if an unbeliever or someone who does not understand comes in while everybody is prophesying, he will be convinced by all that he is a sinner and will be judged by all, and the secrets of his hear will be laid bare. So he will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, “God is really among you!”


Go to 1 Cor 14:21 In the context of it being a sign to the unbelieving Jew.

See Isaiah 28.11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. 12To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear. 13But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.

The unbelieving Jew will never understand the rest, the refreshing. They will only hear the law.

Yet go beyond the sign and what follows in 1 Cor 14:23 onward talks of the church service. In another place he said tongues are ok if their is interpretation of the tongue. Add to this a praise language in tongues for the individual and you can see that there are many aspects to the question of tongues and usage.

Saviour – Lord -> Spirit

Wednesday, April 13th, 2005

Saviour: many will accept the free gift and not the responsibility to obey.
Lord: many will accept the responsibility to obey but have a hard time accepting the gift.

Yet he is Saviour. He is Lord.

All that is required is that we walk (in, with, by) the Spirit. However imperfectly the walk… the walking alone is beneficial and will bring life and in time life abundantly. Now if we can just get it through our heads and into our spirits that it is really good to do it. Things would improve very quickly.


church teaching needs modernization?

Tuesday, April 12th, 2005

The church is being challenged with …ism’s. The teachings of the bible do not need to be updated for today’s world. We should teach and preach the word as it is and let the Spirit of God bring about the kingdom of God in the heart of the believer. Our minds should be conformed to the word by renewing… not changing one’s mind because of …19th, 20th and 21st century enlightenment. Use a better translation of the bible by all means but not a politically correct bible. There is a sharp difference between the world and the kingdom. When we confuse, mixed, brew the two together we will become like the children of Israel who made an idol and got up to play.


Allah? The Qu ‘ran? Muhammed!

Monday, April 11th, 2005

The Qu ‘ran is the gospel according to Muhammed.

Here is what the word says…

Gal 1:6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

2 Cor 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 4For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

The enemy beguiles. They preach another gospel. The weak and the foolish will bear with the deceiver. The strong will stand against them. What subtilty, is Allah the same God? It is a different gospel. The weak and the foolish should close their ears, shut their eyes, while the strong defend the faith.

Gal 1:9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.