How to Read the Bible

Here is a short Presentation by Dr. Michael Horton of the White Horse Inn  on how to read and Interpret the Bible correctly. Be Edified  and blessed.

Soli Deo Gloria.

Source:The White Horse Inn Youtube Channel

Is There Power In Our Words?

Here is a Video from WWUTT(When We Understand the Text youtube channel) biblically refuting the preaching of John Gray in this year’s Code Orange revival. For those of you who don’t know, this is an event that has been organized by Steven Furtick the lead pastor of Elevation Church. Steven Furtick is notorious for narcigeting Biblical texts(this is the combination of the words Narcissim i.e self love and eisegesis which is reading something into the biblical text. combine the two and will have the technique of reading yourself into the Biblical text). We will go into detail of his teachings in a future blog post but this clearly shows that Steven Furtick endorses the false teachings of the Word-faith movement   This is Positive confession at its finest

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imagesThe greatest enemy to human souls is the self-righteous spirit which makes men look to themselves for salvation.
Charles H. Spurgeon

 

 

 

 

 

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ABIDE WITH ME

The third hymn I would like to blog about in this series Is Abide with me. The words were written by Henry Francis  Lyte (1793 – 1847) and the music written by William H. monk (1823 – 1899)Abide with me

Henry Lyte was an Anglican pastor in Devonshire at Lower Brixgham in England which was a coastal town on the south western side of England. This side of England is known for having the toughest seafaring men  specially suited to endure the harshest winds and weather.  Sadly, pastor lyte did not share those quality for throughout his life, he had been plagued with ill health and it was suggested to him that a change of weather would help his condition by moving to the shores of sunny Europe.

It was during a visit to the doctor that he was given the grim news, he was diagnosed with “Consumption”(this is an old English word for Tuberculosis) and had200px-HenryLute a few months or years to live as there was no treatment or cure for tuberculosis at that time, he was advised to take advantage of the Sunlight while he still can. It was with a heavy heart that Pastor Lyte prepared for his journey. Pastors in those days became attached to their pulpits as they do today and Rev. Lyte was no exception. On 4th September 1847, he stood in his pulpit for the last time and delivered his farewell message urging his congregation to put their trust in Christ as they prepare for their last days in this world.

On the same evening after walking on the beach, he retired to his room and penned the hymn “Abide with me”. He left soon after for Italy to avoid the cold weather, while en route, he mailed a revised copy of the hymn to his wife Ann.

Pastor Lyte left this world to be with the Lord while on holiday in Nice in the French Riviera, his last words were “peace , joy” as they were reported by a fellow clergyman who was with him during his final moments. abide with me was put into music by William Monk and made its debut in Rev. Lyte’s memorial service.

This hymn has been popular throughout the ages from being sung in both weddings of King George VI and his daughter, the current Queen of England, Elizabeth II to being performed in the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony. it is a prayer to God to remain present with us through life, tough trials and in death.

Lyrics

Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide.
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.

Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day;
Earth’s joys grow dim; its glories pass away;
Change and decay in all around I see;
O Thou who changest not, abide with me.

I need Thy presence every passing hour.
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter’s power?
Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.

I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless;
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.
Where is death’s sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.

Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies.
Heaven’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.

 

Pictures

1. Christian Inspiration Wordart Facebook Page

2. Henry Lyte Wikipedia Page

Source

  1. Wikipedia
  2. Cyber Hymnal
  3. ShareFaith.com
  4. SermonAudio Hymnal

 

Popular NARismatic Worship Artist, Kari Jobe, Teaching Dangerous Theology

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Pulpit and Pen writes,

Popular Charismatic Worship Artist, Kari Jobe, Teaching Dangerous Theology

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It’s never-ending. The apostasy, the lack of discernment, the gullibility. How can anyone who proclaims the name of Jesus Christ not recognize the dismal state of the professing church? Words cannot even begin to describe the how far away the church is from Christ in these days. The attractions, the concerts, the conferences. People joining hands with those teaching for shameful gain things they ought not to teach. This is not revival, but the falling away in it’s most deceptive and extreme form–a form of godliness that denies its power.

Tickets go on sale in May for Outcry Tour 2016. The music festival will be held in several cities around the nation, and features some of the most lauded names in “worship.” The groups include Hillsong, Kari Jobe, Rend Collective, Housefires, Urban Rescue, Chad Veach, and none…

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IS MORMONISM CHRISTIAN?

Hello everyone and happy New Year to you.  I would like to post a video that summarizes the doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, most commonly known as the Mormons.

As you watch this video, ask yourself this question: Is Mormonism Christian? As you will find out, Mormonism is neither Biblical nor Christian.

HT: Fighting for the faith

Bobbie: If you don’t give money to Hillsong you’re robbing God’s “heart for the earth”

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“Hillsong doesn’t force us to give money. We give it freely.’

That is the protest of faithful Hillsong cult apologists and it’s members.

Of course Hillsong members give their money freely. Wouldn’t you give Hillsong your money “freely” if they accused you of robbing God if you withheld your cash?

Hillsong, after the recent A Current Affair report, made the mistake of letting Bobbie Houston do the offering talk. Here is Bobbie talking about why Hillsong members should give:

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“… I want to encourage you with your giving this morning, because that’s what it’s about. Malachi 3 says, bring the tithe and offering, bring it into the house of God that there might be food in my house. And in context it’s saying when you withhold or draw back you actually rob God, well we don’t rob God because we can’t rob God, but we rob…

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MISINTERPRETED BIBLE VERSES

Hello everyone, I would like to start a new series called “Misinterpreted Bible verses”. The reasons why I decided to write on this topic is twofold: Firstly, we as Christians have an obligation to rightly divide God’s word as stated in 2 Timothy 2:15 “Do you best to present yourself to God, as a worker who has no need to be ashamed rightly handling the word of truth.” This is especially true for pastors who want to enter into pastoral ministry as they must have already been to Bible College or seminary in order to learn how to do proper Bible interpretation and teach it to their congregations, this therefore concludes that they must have done hermeneutics – this is the study and science of doing proper Bible interpretation as well as learning and understanding the original languages the Bible was written in i.e. Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic.

Secondly, I’ve coPTSBICme across trinkets being sold in “Christian bookshops” with Bible verses attached on them, this could be mugs, wall hangings, calendars e.t.c . I would like to make something clear that I’m not against memorizing bible verses, provided that you understand the context of that verse within the passage where it is quoted from. Saints, this is where the problem arises as many people pick a verse from the Bible in the aim of having a “life verse” which appeals to them in a subjective manner in the term “what does this verse mean to me? “. Also to fan the flames, there are false teachers who make the same error by engaging in bible twisting in their sermons by quoting bible verse out of their original context in order to base their entire theology on that particular verse, this, therefore leads to people with a false understanding on what the Bible says than what it actually says thus leading them to be more ignorant of the Bible.

Friends, we need to understand what the Bible verses actually says and what the authors inspired by God intended to say in scripture. If you ignore the context, you can make the Bible say what you want it say rather than what is actually say. The aim of this series is to help you understand the most popular Bible verses in their proper context in order to find what the authors inspired by the Holy Spirit originally intended to say and how their original audience received the scriptures.

Prov 23 7

PROVERBS 23: 7

Let us begin with this verse from the Bible from the Book of proverbs (pictured on the left). I have heard this verse misquoted many times mainly from the Word – Faith preachers. This is because is supports the word faith doctrine of positive confession where they teach that if you think and speak positive things into your life, you will get what you heart desires be it material blessings e.t.c. On the surface, it looks like Proverbs 23:7 seems to support this doctrine, but we notice two things wrong: First, these preachers quote this verse from the King James Version of the Bible, this is a common tactic whenever a false teacher quotes (misquotes) a verse, they would either use a modern paraphrase (Amplified and the Message Paraphrases) of the Bible or an old translation like the King James to make the verse say what they want it to say . Secondly, they quote half a sentence of the verse as they intentionally leave out the rest of the verse which says “eat and drink saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee”.

With that in mind, lets us look at what the verse actually says. As Pastor Chris Rosebrough  always says in his radio show Fighting for The Faith, “The three rules for Bible interpretation are 1. Context,2. Context and 3. Context”. So let’s do that, here is what the context of Proverbs 23: 7 says in the English Standard Version Bible: a modern word – for – word translation

	When you sit down to eat with a ruler,
		observe carefully what is before you,
	and put a knife to your throat
		if you are given to appetite.
	Do not desire his delicacies,
		for they are deceptive food.
	Do not toil to acquire wealth;
		be discerning enough to desist.
	When your eyes light on it, it is gone,
		for suddenly it sprouts wings,
		flying like an eagle toward heaven.
	Do not eat the bread of a man who is stingy;
		do not desire his delicacies,
	for he is like one who is inwardly calculating.
		“Eat and drink!” he says to you,
		but his heart is not with you.
	You will vomit up the morsels that you have eaten,
		and waste your pleasant words.
	

(Proverbs 23:1-8 ESV)

       Notice that in verse 7 the sentence which is underlined is what in the King James says “As a man thinketh in his heart”. So let’s ask ourselves this question, is Proverbs 23:7 telling us that if we think and speak positive things, we will get what we want? The answer is of course NOT!!. We can see that by reading the verse in context, it is telling us that we should not desire to acquire the wealth of the rich host and be weary of the food that he is offering you as the host has no desire to share his meal and is using it to ensnare you. I find it rather ironic that the preachers who twist this verse to make it say that we need to think right to be rich all the while if you put the verse back in its context, it is telling us not to desire to be weathly.

We are warned in scripture not to be desirous of wealth and riches. With that thought in mind, let us employ the Hermeneutical principle of “scripture interprets scripture”. Here are few examples of verses dealing with  dangers of the pursuit of wealth:

  1. Matt 6:19-21

 

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But lay for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Our Lord Jesus, during the sermon on the mount from chapters Five to seven begins to teach his disciples and the large crowd that followed them beginning with the beatitudes as they served as the description of the Christian life. In chapter six, his audience remained the same and here, he teaches us that we should not store up treasures on earth but store up treasures in heaven. We are not to seek what is temporary and perishing but that which is eternal i.e what is to come, this same truth is also echoed by the Apostle Paul in 2 Cor 4:16 – 18

 

” So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal (emphasis added)

2.  1 Timothy 6:6-10

Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment for we brought nothing into this world and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into may sensless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pieced themselves with many pangs.

Speaking of the Apostle Paul, in his letter to Timothy , a young pastor in the Church of Ephesus and his spiritual son in the faith, warns him of the danger of the desire to be rich fall into temptation. The apostle here states that people who are truly godly are content and happy the world to come. You’ve probably heard the phrase “Money is the root of all evil” which has its origins in verse 10 of the passage. I would like to clarify that it is the love of money that is the root of all kinds of evil which therefore leads us that being covetous which leads to other sins. It is in this passage that Paul warns timothy to guard himself and his flock against the desire for wealth.

3. Hebrews 13:5-6

Keep your life free from the love of money and be content with what you have, for he has said “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say “The Lord is my helper;  I will not fear; what can man do to me? ”.(Emphasis added)

Lastly, Hebrews 13:5 read in its context tells us that we should show hospitality to strangers, remember those in prison  and keeping ourselves free from the love of money where we are to be content with what we have as we trust God to provide for our needs.

Conclusion

The Bible is a doubled edged sword, it can cut the human heart in pieces but when not used properly i.e being stripped out of its original context and twisted to apply to a particular person, it therefore becomes dull and ineffective

It’s my prayer that we all learn to read God’s word correctly. In the coming blogs, I shall address other popular verses that have also been misinterpreted and misapplied today

Picture source

  1. Reformed Memes Daily Facebook page
  2. Screen capture of the WWUTT video of Proverbs 23:7. here is the you tube channel

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Hello everyone, Id thought I do something different today, normally I when I do  blog posts on quotes it usually consists of the quote itself accompanied by the picture of the author of that quote. today this will be a video quote from none other than the great puritan thinker, writer and theologian of his day Dr. John Owen (1616-1683).  In the coming blogs, we will learn more about him and the influence of his writings, but for today we will focus on his Quotes on Temptation and mortification of sin as he wrote a lengthy treatise on both subjects with a good understanding on the sinful nature of man. Be blessed and edified.

Soli Deo Gloria

source: Christian Praise and worship in Songs, Sermons and Audio books youtube channel

“Soaking”: An Old Unbiblical Game with a New Name

Repent Bethel Redding

Beni Johnson "soaking" with young people in Switzerland. Beni Johnson “soaking” with young people in Switzerland.

I came across this photo on Beni Johnson’s Facebook page. Beni included the following description with the photo:

“Oh you know just a little soaking with the youth today. Berne, Switzerland conference. That was fun.”

In this article, I will provide a definition of “soaking,” its roots, and how Bethel Redding’s engagement and promotion of the practice serve as yet more evidence that it is not the Holy Spirit at work in this cult.

“Soaking” or “Soaking Prayer” is defined as follows:

“Since the 1990s there has been an increased focus on mysticism within various segments of Christianity. Bordering on the esoteric, these mystical experiences broaden the division between a ‘factual faith’ and a ‘felt faith,’ and threaten to replace sound biblical teaching with emotion-driven response. Soaking prayer is one such mystical activity. It is described as resting in God’s presence…

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