“Contemporary Christian” CONFUSION

I write again to address some issues that are destroying the Christian Church in the 21st Century.

MUSICAL MADNESS….. “Total lack of DISCERNMENT” has resulted in EXTREME POSITIONS…… on the one hand, we have people like DAVID CLOUD and RANDY CORNELIUS who say that everything “contemporary” is of the Devil…… and somehow believe that 17th Century “chamber music” is inherently “Holy and Sanctified”, these men would have you believe that using portamento in music is tantamount to “the sliding slope of sin”, unresolved chords destroy brain cells and “backbeats” conjure up demons…….. on the other hand we have supposedly well-meaning pastors bringing bands like Petra or Stryper into the church to “minister” to the young and gullible.

Where is the DISCERNMENT that the Bible talks about and which comes from the Holy Spirit’s ministry as we live “close to the heart of God” ???

Lumping songs like “As the deer” (Martin Nystrom) and “Shine, Jesus Shine” (Graham Kendrick) and “There is a Redeemer” (Melody Green) into the same “category” (CCM) as the music of Stryper , Petra, P.O.D. or Switchfoot …. very clearly reveals…. LACK OF SPIRITUAL DISCERNMENT.

WORKS versus GRACE…… You think the Apostles did a good job of explaining the relationship in the Bible ? …… apparently not….. or else the people just cannot understand what they are reading…. on the one hand we have the “once saved, always saved” position (which leads to licentious living among the carnal) and on the other hand we have the “saved today, lost tomorrow….and hopefully saved sometime again before death” position (which leads to works salvation… where God “owes” us big-time for what we have done…. even the CULTS love their WORKS “salvation”)

SIN and SANCTIFICATION…… on the one hand we have the “holier than thou” crowd who are SINLESS in their own eyes……. and on the other hand we have the “daily sinners” who aren’t too bothered about it ….. a quick prayer to Jesus for forgiveness and get right back to “sinning as usual”……. BOTH POSITIONS ARE WRONG !

TOTAL LACK OF DISCERNMENT …… among people who should know better…….. shamefull…… but why ?

Perhaps one reason is that people CONFUSE “salvation” with “discipleship” and they are two distinctly different concepts.

Perhaps another reason is that people really don’t want “too much of God” in their lives….. He is useful, to be sure, but better to know Him “afar off” (on Sunday morning) so we can get ahead with our own lives and our plans on Monday morning without His “meddling in our affairs”

There is a book “Enjoying Intimacy With God” by J. Oswald Sanders

It’s a good book….. IF you REALLY want to know God on intimate terms…… and think you can meet the REQUIREMENTS ….. by all means READ IT…

Possible outcomes….. either you will decide it’s better NOT to be too intimate with God after all…… OR the book could change your life….. why not read it today.

Divisive Doctrines

Facing Facts about Divisive Doctrines

Before I continue with my Word Wizardry series….. I need to address the view that I have become a Fundamentalist Fanatic preaching damnation to everybody else but those who subscribe to my “narrow minded” viewpoint.

Nothing could be further from the truth !

In this article I seek to clearly differentiate between the differing points of view on various issues …. so as to isolate the ones that are critical from the ones that are inconsequential.

Doctrine absolutely CRITICAL for salvation:

1. Salvation is a gift of GOD and no amount of self-effort, “good” works, penance or repentance can “earn” it…. NOBODY “deserves” to be saved…. it is a free gift of GOD.

2. Salvation is ONLY through Jesus Christ …. there is no other name by which we might be saved…. we enter the company of the “redeemed” when we ACCEPT and really believe the TOTAL RECORD of the historic Jesus Christ ….. His supernatural birth, miraculous life, “unnatural” death and bodily resurrection…. and the awesome nature of this revelation causes a massive change in our life.

3. If we truly comprehend the magnitude of what GOD through Jesus Christ has done for us then this WILL change our lives…… mere intellectual acceptance is therefore not salvation although it could be a first stage on the path towards salvation….. SAVING FAITH transforms a life like nothing in this world can do and it is a miracle of God.

Doctrines that Divide people but have nothing to do with salvation

1. Music – CCM versus classical versus no music at all (a red herring causing needless division)

2. Worship Day – Everyday is a “good day” to worship God… it is particularly pathetic that sabbath keepers have allowed this to separate them from other bretheren

3. Baptism – whether baptized as an infant or an adult… WHAT is the state of your heart before GOD ?…. neither “side” in this divisive argument will “win”…. because baptism as a ritual cannot save anybody

4. Tongues and Gifts – whether genuine of not actually have NOTHING to do with salvation and those that are preoccupied with them stir up strife between the bretheren

I could go on and on….. about the “small things” over which Christians argue incessantly…… and each individual will eventually assume one “position” or the other according to their “enlightenment”…… but the SAD PART is when these matters WRECK the commandment of Christ to “love one another” in the body of Christ (He specifically said “by this shall all men know that ye are my disciples if ye have love one for another”)….. the bickering that has gone on over many of these issues has made Christians the laughing stock of the “world”…… and it has been Satan’s most effective strategy in undermining the Great Commission…. “go into all the world and preach the gospel to everyone”

I trust the foregoing has been sufficient to dispel the MYTH that I “exclude” all who do not subscribe to the viewpoints that I may advance on my Facebook…..

When I rebuke the Roman Catholic Church for encouraging people to pray to Mary or other saints….. a thing which is CLEARLY FORBIDDEN in the Bible ….. and is classified as spiritual IDOLATRY…. everyone had better TAKE HEED

But understand that I am not condemning individual Catholics to hell….. GOD who knows the heart of every human decides on that…. but I am perfectly correct in condemning an EVIL SYSTEM that subverts the gospel of Christ and makes it extremely hard for those persons involved with them to ever come to a knowledge of the TRUTH.