My response? Worship……
February 27, 2010
This is probably the hardest post I have written thus far, for the sole reason that it goes against pretty much everything I have been taught, yet is factual, so I haven’t really processed what I am to do with it. I realize it will step on toes, but again, this my journey and I refuse to hide what I find or where I’m at…. I’ve been digging into Mr. Luther.
I think the most unsettling thing about Mr. Luther that I have read, aside from him suffering from scrupulosity, is the fact that it seems as though he changed scripture to fit his theology when translated the Bible into German. Anyone can check these out, but they really shocked me to say the least, and even tho the changes are ever so slight, they have huge implications. For example:
Romans 3:28 states “Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law. Luther, in his German rendition added the word “allein”… not in the original Greek.
Another change made is found in Romans 4:15 which says “….. because the law brings about wrath; for where there is no law there is no transgression.” In his German translation, Martin added the word “only” before the word “wrath” in an attempt to justify his position, which was to discredit the law. Strange knowing that God’s purpose in sending His Son was fulfilling the law, not discrediting.
Luther was SO anti-Catholic that part of his position was that there was no need to be obedient through repentance. This is evident with his mistranslating Matthew 3:2 which says, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” Luther changed the word repent to “mend” and “do better”… he was extreme in his belief and quoted in “Stoddard” as saying “Be a sinner, and sin boldly, but believe more boldly still. Sin shall not drag us away from Him, even should we commit fornication or murder thousands and thousands of times a day.” Extreme. It seems he forgot about Hebrews 10:26-27 which says “For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries.”
I don’t think I found any of Luther’s writings so far as harsh as what he wrote about the book of Revelation in “Revelation of St. John, 1522)… where he states “About this book of the Revelation of John…I miss more than one thing in this book, and it makes me consider it to be neither apostolic nor prophetic…I can in no way detect that the Holy Spirit produced it. Moreover he seems to me to be going much too far when he commends his own book so highly-indeed, more than any of the other sacred books do, though they are much more important-and threatens that if anyone takes away anything from it, God will take away from him, etc. Again, they are supposed to be blessed who keep what is written in this book; and yet no one knows what that is, to say nothing of keeping it. This is just the same as if we did not have the book at all. And there are many far better books available for us to keep…My spirit cannot accommodate itself to this book. For me this is reason enough not to think highly of it: Christ is neither taught nor known in it” It seems that Luther himself may have disliked Revelation because to me he clearly violated the warning given in Revelation 22:18-19.
There is so much to this, I haven’t even begun to uncover the tip of the iceberg so to speak…
I mentioned scrupulosity earlier… here is a little blurb of how he suffered from it… like I said this is hard stuff for me. But in order to find any ultimate truth, you have to look at both sides. I believe he had this disease, it started with “morbidity” and went on from there….
“Like every victim of scrupulosity, he saw nothing in himself but wickedness and corruption. God was the minister of wrath and vengeance. His sorrow for sin was devoid of humble charity and childlike confidence in the pardoning mercy of God and Jesus Christ.”
There is no way to just ignore this stuff, and keep going as things always have been. This guy was hailed as one of the main reformers…. now I’m thinking he was not at all accurate in his assessment and change in the Word of God. Just thought I’d share a little of what I’ve seen so far…………
February 26, 2010
Just something to make everyone smile today…. it IS Friday…. Have NO idea if this is true, but ugh, the thought of it….. 🙂
“At my recent assault trial, I offered a plea of “Guilty with an
explanation.” The judge asked me what my explanation was, so I told my
story.Your Honor,” I said, “I had a mammogram appointment, which I actually
kept. I was met with: ‘Hi! I’m Belinda!’ This perky clipboard carrier
smiled from ear to ear, tilted her head to one side and crooned, ‘All I
need you to do is step into this room right here, strip to the waist, then slip on this gown. Everything clear?’ I’m thinking, ‘Belinda, try decaf. This ain’t rocket science.’ Belinda skipped away to prepare the chamber of horrors.
With the right side finished, Belinda flipped me (literally) to the
left and said, ‘Hmmmm. Can you stand on your tippy toes and lean in a
tad so we can get everything?’ ‘Fine’, I answered. I was freezing, bruised, and out of air, so why not use the remaining circulation in my legs and neck and finish me off? My body was in a holding pattern that defied gravity (with my other breast wedged between those two 4 inch pieces of square glass) when we heard, then felt a zap!
Complete darkness and the power went off! ‘Oh, maintenance is working.
Bet they hit a snag.’ Belinda said, and headed for the door. ‘Excuse me!
You’re not leaving me in this vise alone are you?’ I shouted. Belinda kept
going and said, ‘Oh, you fussy puppy…the door’s wide open so you’ll
have the emergency hall lights. I’ll be right back.’
Before I could shout ‘NOOOO!’ she disappeared. And that’s exactly how Bubba and Earl, maintenance men extraordinaire, found me … half-naked with part of me dangling from the Jaws of Life, and the other part smashed between glass! After exchanging a polite ‘Hi, how’s it going’ type greeting, Bubba (or possibly Earl) asked, to my utter disbelief, if I knew the power was off. Trying to disguise my hysteria, I replied with as much calmness as possible ‘Uh, yes, yes I did thanks.’ ‘You bet, take care’ Bubba replied and waved good-bye as though I’d been standing in the line at the grocery store.
Two hours later, Belinda breezes in wearing a sheepish grin. Making no
attempt to suppress her amusement, she said, ‘Oh I am sooo sorry!’ The
power came back on and I totally forgot about you! And silly me, I went to lunch. Are we upset?’
And that, Your Honor, is exactly how her head ended up between the
The judge could hardly contain her laughter as she said
February 23, 2010
There is alot more to the previous conversation below concerning doctrine, denomination etc. that needs to be discussed, and I know that I for one am getting tired of the flipping up and down, so I’m continuing it here. I’ll begin it with a comment I made last night, as to defining what a Christian is, and pointing out the fact that religious “denominations” that do not have this belief are NOT who I am discussing when I say denomination. If there is scripturally anything to add, feel free, or if you don’t agree that it is accurate, we can discuss that as well. But I said “I think we need to go back to defining denominations that are actually Christ followers, and those that are not. When speaking of denominations I am only speaking of those which are actually following Christ. A Christian is “a person professing belief in Jesus as the Christ or in the religion based on the teachings of Jesus.” Followers of Christ were first called “Christians” in Acts 11:26, for the simple fact the their behavior, activity, and speech were like Christ. It means literally, “follower of Christ”. A true Christian is a person who has put faith and trust in the person and work of Christ. It is a belief that Jesus Christ is indeed fully God and fully man and the second person of a triune God. I do not believe, nor anyone who does any amount of study in their belief systems, that Mormons or Jehovah Witnesses fall into that category. So for the sake of “denominational” talk, I think we need to stick to those which operate on the correct belief system, aka, Jesus is Lord. The only reason that unity can not exist in ALL denominations is because all denominations are not Christ centered. The ones that are, should have unity. The scripture Carlus gave says “I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.” It’s an important thing to strive for, just don’t know how to get there… meanwhile, the enemy sits back and laughs….
To which Carlus replied: “So here is the rub. You make a pretty clear definition of what you believe a Christian is. How do we know that your definition is correct? What I mean to say is, I am sure that there are some Mormons and JW’s on some blog somewhere else on the internet, that is having a very similar discussion. One of them has defined what it means to be a Christian. “St. Michael the Arch-Angel is Jesus….we become gods in the after-life….blah, blah, blah”. What do they base their opinion on…..pretty much the same Bible that we base our belief system.
If a non-Christian group can use the same text, (I understand that they use books in addition to the Bible, however, they also use the Bible as well) that we Christians use in order to defend and explain what we consider to be non-Christian beliefs, how can we be sure that we understand what it means to be a Christian? How do we know that we have the most clear definition of what a Christian is?
Then let’s bring it back to the original topic. How much was Joseph Smith justified to add new revelation to what we consider to be the Canon of Scripture? Not at all. In the same breath, how much was Luther justified to removing books from the Canon of Scripture? In all fairness, we have to say he was not justified at all.
God’s word, spoken and unspoken, is not something that we should just pick and choose and make conform to our lives. As Christians, we are not to bend God’s revelation…..God’s revelation is to bend us. God’s revelation should be conforming and changing our lives.”
So there we go…..
February 22, 2010
James 4:8 “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”
Every space and time is filled with the presence of God. I think it is a mistake to think that prayer is some heroic effort, certain lifestyle, or a min that is clear and unconfused. Aside from the times when we are so overcome that all we can squeak out is “Help”, we can not have a regular prayer life because we think God has certain criteria that may be impossible for us to meet. So, we continue in our days and nights struggling with our trials and temptations, hurts and questions… but there are no criteria. No expectations. We do not have to be perfect to pray. It takes just one intention of the heart, one little liver of desire, and you will see that the gap that seemed as deep as the Grand Canyon is no wider than a whisper, God has come near. Leave your prayer requests and praise reports… they will be lifted up and celebrated.
February 21, 2010
I imagine that for alot of people, faith and belief are synonymous. In the dictionary, faith is defined as a belief that something is true without evidence. In the Bible, it is the complete opposite.
Hebrews 11 says the “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” So words like “substance” and “evidence” suggest to me something tangible; and something in which even though it is not seen with the naked eye can be proven. Our faith as believers is not without evidence. We have indeed received revelation of the person of Jesus, some saw Him in His glory, so we have the knowledge of Him, not just a belief in His existence. We experience everyday of our lives His supernatural influence in our lives, changes in our character and circumstances etc…
The demons “believe” in Christ… it is not enough. The Bible also says that without faith it is impossible to please God. By faith, we believe His word and all that is contained within it…. even when we come across scriptures such as John 21:25 “Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” Makes me wonder exactly what I am missing…. I want to know ALL of my God.
February 18, 2010
This year during lent, I will fast. It is something I do throughout the year, and if you are seeking a closer walk, I highly recommend it. All through Scripture, fasting refers to abstaining from food, or food and drink for spiritual purposes. It is way beyond just a diet adjustment, it involves spiritual intensity and intercession. I believe it should be accompanied by prayer, meditation and Bible study.
Fasting is not a way to move God to do what we want. He is not one to be manipulated, rather it is to move us closer to God and seek His will in our lives. You can read about fasting in the stories of Moses, David, Elijah, Esther, Daniel, Paul, and Christ Himself.
Here are some key passages that have helped me dig and understand about Biblical fasting… matthew 6:16-18 “16“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. 17But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” I don’t talk much about fasting because of this scripture… it’s not a “look at me” thing, this is a “try it and see how God moves in your life” thing…
Matthew 9:14-15 “14Then John’s disciples came and asked him, “How is it that we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?”15Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast.”
Isaiah 58 :3-10″3 ‘Why have we fasted,’ they say, ‘and you have not seen it? Why have we humbled ourselves, and you have not noticed?’ “Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please and exploit all your workers.4 Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife, and in striking each other with wicked fists. You cannot fast as you do today and expect your voice to be heard on high.5 Is this the kind of fast I have chosen, only a day for a man to humble himself? Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed and for lying on sackcloth and ashes? Is that what you call a fast, a day acceptable to the LORD ?6 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness [a] will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.9 Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I. “If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk,10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.”
This has to be one of my all time favorite passages in the Bible. It tells s which kind of fast God wants, and that it not necessarily has to be food. Remember, that Fasting reminds us that we are sustained by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4) Food does not sustain us, God does. Fasting invites God into your problems and is a means by which we can worship the Lord and submit ourselves in humility to Him.
I have prayerfully chosen my “fast items” for the next 40 days… and wanted to encourage you to try it. Very excited to see what God will do.
February 16, 2010
The word devotion means “ardent attachment or loyalty.” To me it is a word that should describe every Christ followers relationship to God through Christ. A life should change when we obey the gospel and become more and more God centered, less of the world and self.
I don’t take lightly the fact that God knows about everything of which my life consists. When Christ teaches, commands, requires, demands, expects and leads me to more difficult things in my life, it is ALWAYS because He never puts His Father’s desire for us to inherit heaven out of is mind. I forget at times my ultimate goal of Heaven as my eternal home. This is what causes me at times to function and make decisions by a changing priority list. When I stop and think, my choices are in harmony with putting God first. But then the activities of living, and the world enter in, causing me to change priorities, even if for a little while. Jesus demands full devotion always, which does not allow for priority lists with Him other than first.
Devotion to Christ is attitude, and attitude is a matter of the heart. A Biblical heart consists of our will, emotions and intellect. We need to learn the mind of Christ as it has been revealed, be stirred up in our spirit by what we learn and ultimately give our will up in favor of His. It’s just not an easy assignment, but it is an obtainable goal.
Our devotion to God is why we were created. Mistaking the busyness of activity for the purpose of God is often what happens. The things we do, the assignments He gives, will result in the reflected glory of God, when they are HIS assignments. The last thing I want is to be like the Pharisees who publicly made a show of devotion serving their own selfish interests, and in turn missed the Messiah when He came. Today I consciously want to be aware of God at work all around me, and join Him in that work, not work by my own agenda. Today my prayer is that God would reveal His kingdom purpose for my life on earth, as it is in Heaven.
February 15, 2010
Time to pray. Any requests or praise reports, feel free to leave them here. Have a blessed Monday.
Matthew 21:22 “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”
It just doesn’t get much plainer than that.
February 13, 2010
Where could I go, that You are not beside me Lord Giving me the strength, that carries me through,
How can it be, that You would never leave me, Loving for forever, You guide me in Your truth
So shine Your light, and walk me through this valley Guide my feet on a closer walk with You
In my praise, I’ll give You all the glory I’ve given my heart to you Jesus, and I surrender it all to You Lord
My One True Love
Take me to that place, where Your presence surrounds me Seal me the Love, that only You can give
Teach me how to be, all that You’ve created Show me what it means to live, just being wholly devoted to You
Just shine Your light, and walk me through this valley Guide my feet, on a closer walk with You
In my praise, I’ll give you all the glory I’ve given my heart to You Jesus, and I surrender it all to You Lord
My One True Love
“For God so loVed the world thAt he gave his one and onLy Son, that whoEver believes iN him shall noT perIsh but have eterNal lifE.” John 3:16
Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone! 😀