Monday, February 25, 2019

Goldilocks, Hotel California, and the Dangers of Liberal Theology

I recently charged myself to be able to answer the questions, “What is your blog about, what is the target audience, and what is the goal of the blog?” When I first started blogging in November I had already answered them for myself but I needed to be able to put them in words and I couldn’t. Ironic right? A writer who can’t put his thoughts into words! I began to pray and search for the words that described the questions at hand.

2 Timothy 4:2-4
Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; rebuke, correct, and encourage with great patience and teaching. For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, will multiply teachers for themselves because they have an itch to hear what they want to hear. They will turn away from hearing the truth and will turn aside to myths.

This small piece of scripture sums up exactly what my mission for this blog is. I believe we have entire generations who have gone without biblical discipleship, I mean the real deal, down and dirty, in the trenches, Paul and Timothy style discipleship. We have an abundance of Pastors, Elders, Deacons, Teachers, and Preachers sure but how rare is it to see true discipleship? I am talking about the biblical model to follow me, follow Him discipleship, transparent, raw, and uncut.

Our congregations are filled with lukewarm Christians; it is an epidemic. Baby Christians are born again on fire for Christ, we celebrate their salvation, and we make a big deal on Sunday morning when they get baptized… then what? We allow that fire to dwindle only producing enough light to be seen when the entire congregation is gathered together. We have leaders who live their lives in seclusion in fear of their sheep realizing that the shepherds are real people with real struggles. This, in turn, leaves the flock doubting their worthiness to lead. We allow the world to dictate our beliefs because we don’t want to come across as intolerant thus our good intentions quite literally pave the road to hell. We fail to recognize that true love does not hide the truth to spare feelings but rather reveals the truth accepting the cost.

Growing up we hear the story of Goldilocks and the three bears and the porridge that was not too hot and not too cold. A few years back my wife and I were blessed with a trip to San Diego California. We stayed at the beautiful Hotel Del Coronado and even though it was early February the temperature was in the 70s and the sun was out with a perfect blue sky. Asking around we were surprised to hear that this was not only the normal weather for February but that this was the year-round norm! What a perfect climate, just like Goldilocks porridge it was not too hot and not too cold! Although this lukewarm porridge may be suitable for young Goldilocks and this tropical climate perfect for tourists and locals alike it is not a suitable way for us to live out our faith.

Revelation 3: 15-16
I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I am going to vomit you out of my mouth.

God calls us to be on fire for Him. He calls us to be a light unto the world. We are called to make disciples, and this includes the uncomfortable transparency that goes hand in hand with discipleship. We must once again learn how to lovingly rebuke one another, to correct each other becoming the iron that sharpens iron. We need leaders who are willing and able to step on our toes often. We must get back to the understanding that the Word of God is infallible and inerrant. As believers, we must be ready in season and out to defend our faith, and we must train up our young to do the same. We have to stop worrying so much about how full our pews are and be focused on how healthy our congregation is.

A.W. Tozer said, “It is better to have a small church that is real than to have a large church this is artificial.” What a true statement! We need to get back to being an authentic body of believers who genuinely believe in the Word of God. From Genesis to Revelation, cover to cover, each and every word. We need to get back to church discipline and recognize the fact that it is biblical to separate ourselves from those who do not believe God’s teachings. We need to get back to preaching and teaching truth even when it is uncomfortable rather than spreading sweet tasting myths that bear no fruit. The church of Acts flourished because they were authentic and they were on fire for God. They recognized the harvest was plentiful and that they did not need to spread manure over the fields because there was an abundance of the crop to gather all the while sewing seed for future harvesting. All these things we must do with the sole purpose of Glorifying God not pleasing the people.

In this blog, I have been tackling some biblical principles that culture frowns upon. My goal is to reach those who are already believers and reinforce those biblical principles, to reignite the fires of those believers who have become lukewarm, and to disciple those who feel inadequately prepared for the ministry. If there is a topic you would like me to consider, feedback on any posts, or general questions, please feel free to reach out via email:

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

50 Shades of Sin & the True Winner of the Game of Thrones

Hypocrisy has no place in the church, that being said we are all broken and will continue to struggle with our sin nature. We are called to hold each other accountable as brothers and sisters in Christ because of this very real truth that we are born again heathen.

I have found that in the modern day church we often refer to salvation as believing in Jesus as our Lord and Savior; however we hardly ever talk about the other side of the coin. We must also TRUST in Jesus as our Lord and Savior; I believe that it was simplified in church language because in days past we had and understanding of what the words Lord and Lordship meant. In today’s culture and from what I have witnessed I do not believe we have an honest understanding of these words.

My Wife and I both grew up in church, and both had been convinced that we had our salvation experience in our teenage years. As we grew older, we drifted away from the church and every aspect of Christian living. It was not until our mid-twenties that we found our way back to church and what we believe to be our true salvation experience. So why do we believe that we had not had our salvation experience in our teenage years? There are many reasons, but the most prominent for myself is the fact that my heart had not changed on how I viewed sin personal or otherwise. I was quite comfortable justifying and making excuses for sin and sinners. I didn’t think twice about sinning or the cost of my sins. In short, I had not let Jesus be the Lord in my life; rather I had put myself on that throne.

About the time that we found our way back into the church, we had a leader in our church who held multiple roles who told a story of how her young daughter had written down the book title, “50 Shades of Grey” on her elementary reading list after seeing it on her coffee table. Let me be clear; she told this story as if we should find it humorous. Looking back at this I can’t help but wonder if she or the other women who laughed at this story would have found it just as hilarious if I had told them that my son had found a copy of, “Playboy” and drew a picture for art class using the magazine for inspiration?

My point to retelling this event is to bring light to a growing epidemic in our church. We have grown soft on sin… at least as long as it is our sin. This is not the only person that I know who has fallen lax in this area we have a growing number of leaders both men and women who find the 50 Shades series or Game of Thrones to be acceptable material to subject our eyes and ears to. So many verses of scripture warn us to guard our eyes, ears, and heart to such immoral behaviors with Jesus even going so far as to tell us to cut off our hand if it is causing us to sin as to spare the rest of our body. We sing songs to our children telling their ears, eyes, and mouth to be careful what they hear, see, and say.

The confession of sin is healthy, but we have become a church which tends to brag about our sin without a single ounce of repentance. I have heard women leaders in the church congratulate sisters in Christ on a divorce, older youth discussing the latest episode of, “Game of Thrones” and men of the church telling filthy jokes chock-full of profanity. Looking at the letter, Paul wrote to the church in Ephesus leaves me worried as to how many of my professing brothers and sisters in Christ have been convinced, as I was, of their salvation when they are still their own Lords.

Ephesians 5:1-5

Therefore, be imitators of God, as dearly loved children, and walk in love, as Christ also loved us and gave himself for us, a sacrificial and fragrant offering to God. But sexual immorality and any impurity or greed should not even be heard of among you, as is proper for saints. Obscene and foolish talking or crude joking are not suitable, but rather giving thanks. For know and recognize this: Every sexually immoral or impure or greedy person, who is an idolater, does not have an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

The church and her leaders must return to a standard of holding each other and the congregation accountable. We must return to the fundamental truth that Iron sharpens Iron and get away from this Aluminum Foil accountability that bends so easily to the cultural norms. I fear we are sending more to hell with clear consciences than we are leading to actual relationships with Christ. Our failure to hold each other accountable and properly disciple has led us to a place where the blind are leading the blind, and then we wonder why we have come to a place where entire denominations are normalizing clear sin as ordained by God Himself.

When we justify and embrace our sin, we have made an idol of ourselves and placed ourselves upon the Throne which was created by the creator Himself for the true winner of the Game of Thrones, the Lord of Lords and the King of Kings, Son of God and Son of man, Jesus Christ.

Goldilocks, Hotel California, and the Dangers of Liberal Theology

I recently charged myself to be able to answer the questions, “What is your blog about, what is the target audience, and what is the goal...