Saturday Song, David Bowie, God Knows I’m Good

feb03, storeThis song is so convicting for anybody who still has a conscience. The shoplifter hopes God will cut her a break since she’s so poor and the “national concern” has so much money. “God may look the other way today,” she tells herself.

Hear “God Knows I’m Good” here

But God knows what’s going on. Nobody can fool him. Worse yet, people professing to be Christians act just like the woman in this song. They say they never murdered anybody and they never robbed a bank. This is most likely true but the Lord still can’t be fooled.

What many Christians don’t realize is that God judges the thoughts of people. Jesus explained this in his Sermon on the Mount regarding murder. Even anger is akin to murder. Matthew 5:22 (KJV) quotes Christ’s statement, “But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.”

The same goes for inappropriate desires. A man can claim to have never sexually assaulted a woman but look at what Christ said in Matthew 5:28 (KJV). “But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.”

So, what do you think? Are you really a good person or have you wished that some jerk would drop dead? Have you secretly envied those folks with more money? If you wish to, please leave a comment on this subject in the comments box. If not, have a wonderful weekend anyway.

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What Is Openness Theology?

feb01, question mark in talk bubbleAnother wrong and blasphemous doctrine taught by certain denominations is called Openness Theology. It claims that God isn’t omniscient but is as clueless as we are regarding the future.

As far as I know, there is no scriptural basis for this belief. The Bible is quite clear that God knows everything and has history all planned out.

Isaiah 46:9 and 10 (KJV) explains, “Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand,’ and I will do all my pleasure:”

If God were limited to knowing only what had happened, how could he know his coufeb01a, biblical timeline 1nsel would stand to the end? Since he is eternal, he isn’t limited by time and space as we are.

Psalms 90:2 (KJV) shows that the Lord is eternal and not limited to our myopic view of history. It says of him, “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.”

Deuteronomy 33:27 (KJV) also declares God’s eternal state of being. “The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, ‘Destroy them.'”

I’ll be adding this and many more warnifeb01b, biblical timeline 2ngs of deception in my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? Satan loves to distract those whom he can’t destroy. My hope is that those misled people will be led to safety by God through the work of my hands.

Did the Seven Early Church Councils Make up Doctrine?

jan29, church history timelineThis is an easy question to answer. The councils were to affirm, not invent, doctrine.

One example of these doctrinal councils happened at Nicea in 325 A.D. The various church representatives came together to discuss the deity of Christ. Using the scriptures, they showed that Jesus was both human and divine. Some heretics had claimed that Christ couldn’t be human while others were insisting he couldn’t be divine.

These delegates also affirmed the twenty-seven canonical books.wich we have in the New Testament. The importance of this is that we can depend on those books to be the product of the Holy Spirit and not of mere human invention.

Look at what 2 Peter 1:20-21 (KJV) says. “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”

Not only prophecy but the entire Bible is from God Almighty. Paul wrote in 2┬áTimojan29a, Bible translations chartthy 3:16 (BBE) that, “Every holy Writing which comes from God is of profit for teaching, for training, for guiding, for education in righteousness:” Some translations use “God-breathed” to describe the origin of the scriptures.

Furthermore, the scriptures are provided to strengthen our trust in Christ. Look at what 1 John 5:13 (KJV) says. “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”

We can trujan29b, scroll, ancient, openedst that these words came from God through various authors by the power of the Holy Spirit. Acts 1:3 (KJV) reads, “To whom also he showed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:”

I’ll be writing more about the infallibility of Holy Scripture in my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? Eternity is thee most important matter we must ponder. Neither do we have an opportunity to change destinations after death so it’s vital we get it right while we’re here.

Bruce Atchison, seven early church councils, Nicea, A.D. 325, deity of Christ, canonical books, 2 Peter 1:20-21, 2 Timothy 3:16, 1 John 5:13, Acts 1:3, You Think You’re Going to Heaven?

Saturday Song, Soundgarden, “Black Hole Sun”

What a strange song this is. Even so, I enjoyed it back in January of 1996 when it was on the radio. It was the emotion and the contrast between the verses and the chorus which hooked me on the song.

Listen to the song here.

But we don’t need a black hole sun to take our tears away when we have our hope in Christ. Jesus promised in John 16:24 (KJV), “Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.”

He also promised in John 15:11 (KJV) that, “These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.”

We also have a comforting promise when we suffer for the Lord’s sake in Isaiah 66:5 (KJV) which says, “Hear the word of the LORD, ye that tremble at his word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name’s sake, said, Let the LORD be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed.”

So, what do you think of the song and this post? Please let me know in the box below. But if you don’t feel like commenting, have a lovely weekend anyway.

 

Must Believers Speak in Tongues after baptism?

Pentejan25, map, Act, 2costal and charismatic denominations are inordinately fixated on the gift of speaking in tongues. Those immature believers have become so exercised by the tongues of fire on the apostles’ heads and their speaking in different languages that they miss the much greater miracle of three-thousand people coming to faith in the Messiah.

So, must newly-baptized people always “manifest” the gift of speaking in tongues? I find only one mention in Scripture which says they did. Acts 19:6 (KJV), after some believers were baptized, relates, “And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.”

But Acts 10:42 shows that some spoke in tongues before they were baptized. That incident certainly contradicts the Pentecostal notion of tongues always “manifesting” in the baptismal tank.

The word “tongues” actually means languages. Acts 2:7-11 (BBE) shows that these were actual languages which the apostles spoke. “And they were full of wonder and said, ‘Are not all these men Galilaeans? And how is it that every one of us is hearing their words in the language which was ours from our birth? Men of Parthia, Media, and Elam, and those living in Mesopotamia, in Judaea and Cappadocia, in Pontus and Asia, In Phrygia and Pamphylia, in Egypt and the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and those who have come from Rome, Jews by birth and others who have become Jews, Men of Crete and Arabia, to all of us they are talking in our different languages, of the great works of God.'”jan25a, map, Paul's second missionary journey

Since it’s painfully obvious that nobody today speaks in human languages which they had never learned, Pentecostals claim that the jabbering they do is an angelic language. They get this notion from 1 Corinthians 13:1 (KJV) which says, “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.”

Paul was using hyperbole to show that deeds without godly love are worthless. And why would angels need different tongues, a.k.a. languages, in the first place? We have our own variety due to the tower of Babel but they never had that happen in heaven.

I could write sjan25b, Bruce sitting in writing officeo much more on this subject but I’ll save that for my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? Performing signs and wonders doesn’t prove one’s salvation. Most folks just can’t understand that we are only saved by grace through faith in Jesus alone.

Must Former Jesus Only Adherents be Rebaptized?

Jan22, baptismTo answer this question, I need to explain that baptism was a public acknowledgement of one’s commitment to follow Christ. The first-century Christians risked their lives doing this because they were willing to follow the Lord no matter what it cost. Even today, being baptized is a death sentence for Christ’s followers in most lands.

When we are baptized, we don’t risk our lives here in North America. Even so, the “Jesus Only” folks believe you’re not saved fully if you’re baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Is this really true? And must people “manifest” the Spirit through speaking in tongues as well?

There’s only one time in the Bible where people were rebaptized. In The Acts of The Apostles, Paul encountered some folks who knew only about the Baptism which John did. Acts 19:4 (BBE) says, “And Paul said, ‘John gave a baptism which goes with a change of heart, saying to the people that they were to have faith in him who was coming after him, that is, in Jesus.'”

But this doesn’t prove that we must be baptized only in Christ’s name as tjan22a, churchhese Pentecostal offshoots claim. Jesus himself said in Matthew 28:19 (KJV) to, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:” That alone should make “Jesus Only” adherents pause and think.

So, should people joining a new church be rebaptized? I believe it’s a matter of conscience. If the person meant their decision to follow the Master, they don’t need to be rebaptized. But if they were christened or baptized without desiring to surrender their wills to the Lord, they should submit to believer’s baptism.

Though I was bajan22b, church with field and treesptized at a cultic house church on December 6th, 1971, I meant it. I also made my commitment to follow Christ a few years previously. And though I didn’t “manifest” tongues, I feel I made my public statement in being lowered beneath the water’s surface and rising out of it.

 

This, and other spiritual matters, will be explained in my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? Too many people falsely assume they’re going there. They need to know the peril they face by not entering through the door of Christ’s atonement on the cross.

Saturday Song: The Human League, “The Things That Dreams Are Made Of”

jan20, Bruce Red SquareThis song was one of many which I used to psych myself up when I was an Amway Distributor. Whenever people rejected my offer to join, I would take out the cassette with all my motivational songs on it and listen to each song.

But dreams don’t always come true, as I discovered the hard way. Only two of my dreams came to pass. I have my own house and I visited an electronic music aficionado in Moscow, Russia. I never thought I’d set foot in Red Square but here’s a photo of me there in January of 1997.

Click here to listen to the song.

Though we don’t get everything we want, God does give us those things which will benefit us spiritually and temporally. Psalm 37:4 (KJV) explains, “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”

If we love the Lord, we’ll automatically ask for things which will glorify him and help others. We know that he provides us our daily bread and he wants the best for us. So when we pray for him to be glorified and others to become citizens in Christ’s kingdom, we naturally ask for only beneficial things.

Well, what do you think of this song and what I wrote? Please leave a comment. But if you can’t or don’t want to, have a nice weekend anyway.