He’s The Almighty!

I helped some behind the stage of this project and know all the main faces behind the music and the acting you see above. Through various stages, I’ve been a doubter. I wondered secretly if this would come out as another cheesy Christian music gig. I couldn’t have been more wrong.

WOW guys. I am supper impressed with what God has done. He put together all these people who each were gifted in different ways, and this is what they did. The video leaves me spell-bound every time.

What do y’all think? Do you agree that this is a great mix of quality and message? Sure, it’s not perfect; it’s better than perfect in my opinion. It’s beautiful. It’s… God-breathed. If you are impressed and God puts it on your heart, please share this.

For more information, check out the website: Almighty Music Video [dot] com

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He's in the Whisper

1 Kings 19: (NASB)

11So He said, “Go forth and stand on the mountain before the LORD ” And behold, the LORD was passing by! And a great and strong wind was rending the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake.

12After the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound [whisper] of a gentle blowing.

13When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave And behold, a voice came to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

Where are you?

Are you in a place were you could hear God if he came in a whisper? Or will he have to bring an earthquake into your life to get your attention? Maybe if you’re waiting for the booming voice of God, you should start listening for a gentle blowing.

I know I haven’t reached that place. Lord Jesus, give me the power to listen, not just talk.

Something to think about.

Sorry, There's No Middle Ground Here

Background: There’s a lot of debate around the “charismatic gifts.” Some argue that these spiritual gifts are extinct (“kata-rgeō” as it’s stated in 1 Cor 13). The other side argues that they’re an integral part of interacting with God.

I’m not going to answer that question here, but I do what to share a revelation God has given me: there isn’t an easy answer, and there’s no middle ground. There’s just truth.

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Claim: Sure, some people can prophesy, see visions, and speak in tongues. That’s cool. But it’s not for me. Those gifts aren’t for everyone. We’re all different.

This is the easy answer. It avoids the awkwardness of saying strange things you have no control over while not completely alienating charismatics. And on face value, it seems Biblical. Romans 12:4-8:

4For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function,5so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.

6Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith…

The Problem: Imagine that you are a mouth and you say something like this:

“I’m really glad God made me a mouth. He has a very important purpose for me and that’s why he made me so good at talking. I need to work really hard on what I’m good at and let the other body parts do their jobs. So I’m going to focus on my gift and stop eating.”

The body would die, wouldn’t it? See, nowhere does it say that you only get one gift or that once you’ve gotten a gift you should be content just with that. In fact, Paul tells the exact opposite to another church.

“Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy.”
1 Cor 14:1

The moderate philosophy on prophesy stands in sinking sand; not on the rock. It’s just like those who say they’re “Christians inside” but “just
don’t like to talk about it.”

Let’s look at a little greek. That word “eagerly” could be translated “jealousy.” This translation of “za-loō” is actually a little weak. It’s the same kind of jealousy God has for our love (2 Cor 11:2).

The Corinthians were commanded to zealously seek prophesy, and if we can prophesy today, we should do the same.

The Conclusion: So, what do I take from this quick study? You can’t have it both ways. Either prophesy is an extinct gift OR I am commanded to seek prophesy with a jealousy.

So, those are your two choices. There is no Biblical middle ground. Taking the easy answer doesn’t mean I’m not saved, just that I’ve missed out on one of God’s commands.

When God gives me conviction on whether or not I can prophesy, I’ll post my reasons. In the mean time, I’m interested in your opinions. What do you think? I hope you have also been convicted to not seek easy answers to the question, but seek the Truth.

Christian Perversion

Sometimes, I can get more truth from atheist Richard Dawkins than from my christian brothers. Recently, a specific “christian” group was brought to my attention.

The Lie: SoJourners

This “christian” group tries to tackling tough political issues like Gay Rights, War, or Social Inequality. As usual, I decided to do a little research, and found this simple question:

What is your position on gay marriage and same-sex relationships in general? They began all their answers by quoting scripture. Good. I thought this was a simple enough to answer straight from Paul. Here’s a great verse to answer this question:

“…Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)

Homosexuality is a straightforward issue for me. But SoJourners didn’t choose my verse. Hummm… well, they at least got the same book.

“As it is, there are many members, yet one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I have no need of you,’ nor can the head say to the feet, ‘I have no need of you.'”–1 Corinthians 12:20-21

Somehow, this was the best verse to talk about homosexuality. (Maybe I missed it – where does 1 Cor 12 mention gays?) Based on this strong scriptural evidence (this is the only verse he quotes), Jim Willis, the head of SoJourners, concludes we should:

  • “Pass anti-hate-crime legislation that prosecutes attacks on gays and lesbians
  • “Ensure that long-term gay and lesbian partnerships are afforded legitimate legal protections…”

You have got to be kidding me! Is it just me, or is skipping 1 Cor 6 (which talks about homosexuality) and instead referencing 1 Cor 12 (which talks about spiritual gifts) a Scriptural misinterpretation? No… it’s a perversion!

This is, at worse, awful hermeneutics; and, at best, a complete perversion. This is not the only time they put words in God’s mouth. Go read the entire FAQ if you are still in doubt.

Reverend Jim Willis

Willis is the GEO of SoJourners. He’s “a bestselling author, public theologian, speaker, and international commentator on ethics and public life.” But the best way to paint his ministry is by where he lives – Washington D.C. He may be a Christian, and may even have a relationship with Jesus Christ, but he is so soaked by Washington that the Truth of Scriptures apparently has little meaning for him.

I hope you are now informed enough to be ware. He is a wolf is sheep’s clothing. His view of Scriptures? It’s basically just like the Sunday funnies: cut it to pieces so you can hang it on your wall.

The Christian Response

Willis is obviously wrong. But we should not treat him like an unbeliever. He isn’t the enemy. We should love him like a brother. An immoral enemy, you should love on and try to save (Matthew 5:44); a immoral brother, you should abandon and even excommunicate (Romans 16:17). Yes, you heard that right. We shouldn’t even associate with him.

This is why I found this blog from Donald Miller completely on the wrong track. Miller takes the other side of the coin: that Glen Beck was being un-Christian by attacking his friend, Jim Willis. His posted on Pastor Wallis’ response; to “turn the other cheek.” He is wrong. We should love our enemies when they wrong us, but that is not the right response to a believer who does not accept the truth (2 John 1:10).

You would literally be better to spend your time listening to Richard Dawkin’s “The God Delusion” than supporting the ministry of Jim Willis. I know this is counter-intuitive. If this stuff was natural, we wouldn’t need Jesus. So, get used to it.

Scripture: Remove the Evil!

Excommunication is mentioned several times, but let me just quote this one passage to remove any doubt that this is the Biblical response:

1 Corinthians 5:9-13 (NASB)

9I wrote you in my letter not to associate with immoral people;

10I did not at all mean with the immoral people of this world, or with the covetous and swindlers, or with idolaters, for then you would have to go out of the world.

11But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler–not even to eat with such a one.

12For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within the church?

13But those who are outside, God judges. REMOVE THE WICKED MAN FROM AMONG YOURSELVES.

I should post something…

But I won’t… because I’m not feeling inspired.

“Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows.”
~Isaiah 1:17 (NLT)

Sorry, that’s all I got… But the words of God are sufficient, no?

Mark 13:11 Conviction: A Short Story

“When they arrest you and hand you over, do not worry beforehand about what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour; for it is not you who speak, but it is the Holy Spirit.

Mark 13:11 contains some very profound words of wisdom for me. My ability to reason, understand and engage in apologetics, (which, if anyone was wondering, has nothing to do with apologizing) should not revolve around me! They should be based upon what God plans to do.

I, personally, being an analytically-prone person, have a tendency not to give God the glory He desires. I prepare almost everything. I want to have all the research down, be ready for whatever questions will be thrown at me, and say things in just the right way. I don’t want to let Him down. This is not a bad thing in itself. The problem arises when my preparation eclipses God’s rightful glory as the originator of all reason.

I was really convicted of this tendency at my first Christmas Evangelism Boot Camp (CEBC) last year. I was there on the last day and, while praying and walking up to the Trail of Lights, God was really telling me, “No! Don’t prepare your speech for the unsaved world. I have the best speech in mind. If you can relax and let my man on the ground work (the Holy Spirit), He’ll take care of the rest.” Maybe that was a paraphrase. It was kinda scary not knowing what to expect, not having control, but I kept reassuring myself that God has been in the business of saving people a whole lot longer than I have.

So, when there was a lull, I knew it was time to stand up on our stool and literally preach like Jesus did; right on the street. Yes, it was scary. I stood up and managed to get out the first few words. (These were the only words I had prepared, so I had prepared them to near perfection. They were astounding.) “Well, I want to welcome everyone to the trail of lights.” At least I get to take credit for that. That was it; God took over from there on. Praise be to him, for it was not me, “but the Holy Spirit.”

This session of preaching turned out rather well, I think. There was no resistance to the good news as I spoke. People really seemed to be open. After breaking the ice with some trivia, explaining to everyone the predicament of sin, and finally telling them the best news EVER!, I stood down, took a deep breath and thought: Not too bad for the first time. Then again, it really wasn’t the first time; God had done it a million times before, he just hadn’t used this particular vessel in this particular way.

“…do not worry beforehand about what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour…”