`The Rejection of Medicine Error

Jul05,Gavel, striking wood blockAlong with a lot of spiritual error, charismatic preachers and cults teach physically harmful doctrines. One of the worst in this class is the rejection of medicine. Believers are taught to build up their faith so that God will be obliged to heal them.

One badly-abused scripture is Matthew 8:16 (KJV) which reads, “When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:”

What many charismatic teachers do is conflate this with believers today. If somebody suffering from a demon or illness has enough faith, ministers standing in Christ’s stead can heal or deliver that victim. What those preachers forget, or choose to ignore, is that God is sovereign.jul05a,pill bottle

As I wrote earlier about John 9:2, the man born blind wasn’t being punished for his sins. How could he do anything worthy of blindness in any case.

And how could his parents be to blame? The Pharisees and Christ’s disciples should have remembered Deuteronomy 24:16 (KJV) which plainly says, “The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin.”

But there was Jul05b,Jesus on the crossone man who was put to death for the sins of whoever would follow him. Thanks to Jesus’ work on the cross, we are freed from the judgement of God on all sinful humanity.

I’ll be writing more about this in my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? The most important decision we can ever make is to believe in Christ. But some folks think they’re good enough without “religion” and will be horrified on Judgement Day when they’re sentenced to eternal torment in hell.

Switching gears, my next post will be about a style of music which captivated my young heart back in 1967. It still thrills me today.

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The Error of Suffering Meaning Divine Punishment

Jul02,lightning boltThis month, I want to explode some more of the erroneous doctrines preached by charismatic preachers. These false servants of Christ are prevalent on TV and radio where they receive much of their funding.

In Luke 13:1 to 5, Jesus was told about some worshipers who were murdered as they sacrificed to God. Did that mean that they were being punished for some sort of sin? This is how Jesus answered that question.

1 Now some people who were there at that time, gave him an account of how the blood of some Galilaeans had been mixed by Pilate with their offerings.
2 And he, in answer, said to them, Are you of the opinion that these Galilaeans were worse than all other Galilaeans, because these things were done to them?
3 I say to you, It is not so: but if your hearts are not changed, you will all come to the same end.jul02,lightning in the desert
4 Or those eighteen men who were crushed by the fall of the tower of Siloam, were they worse than all the other men living in Jerusalem?
5 I say to you, It is not so: but if your hearts are not changed, you will all come to an end in the same way.

Just because some misfortune happens, it doesn’t mean that one is being punished by God. The entire story of Job is about a righteous man whom God tested by letting Satan unleash horrendous events upon him. In the end, Job ended up with double the riches he had and the same number of children he fathered before. The Lord also rebuked Job’s friends for speaking falsely about him. They certainly were “miserable comforters.”

Hebrews chapter eleven is called the saints hall of fame and for good reason, From Abel onward, the writer listed all those who sought the city of God and the Messiah. Not all were rich either. In fact, some preferred to die a martyr’s death rather than give into the pleasures of this world by forsaking God.

And who do those judgemental people think they are? Do they know what only God knows? Job never knew that God let Satan test him with trials. Neither did those self-righteous friends know why Job was suffering so many tragedies.

jul02I’ll be writing about this in greater detail in my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? Many people make the mistake of believing their lives of ease prove their goodness. What a shock they’ll get when Christ says, “I never knew you.”

On Thursday, I’ll post about how some folks believe that taking medicine is a breach of faith. Again, it’s a case of people assuming things rather than trusting God’s wisdom.

Saturday Song: Harry Chapin, “Taxi”

Was this your first experience of Harry Chapin’s wonderful songs? It was for me. I felt deeply moved by the story of two old friends meeting by chance one rainy night. The song taught me that life doesn’t always work out the way we dreamt.

Hear Harry Chapin’s “Taxi” here.

When I first heard this song in the spring of 1972, I felt determined that I was going to be a television repair man. In spite of my poor vision, I felt convinced I could earn my living fixing electronics. And all the adults telling me I couldn’t do such a job just made me more determined to prove them wrong.

After considerable arguing with the electronics class teacher, I enrolled and did well on the theory. The practical aspect was another matter. Though I tried hard to reconcile the schematic diagrams with the radios and other electronic gadgets, I failed miserably.

In December of 1974, the teacher gave me the bad news that I couldn’t continue in his class. Televisions had extremely high voltages in them and he feared I’d get electrocuted.

Instead of fixing people’s TVs, I’m a writer. I never drempt I’d be one either. And as for TV repair, nobody fixes electronics anymore.

Romans 11:33 (KJV) says, “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!” All I can say to that is “Amen!”

So, what are your memories of this song? Did you become what you’d hoped to be as an adult? Please leave me a comment in the box below. And if you don’t feel like it, have a nice weekend anyway.

My next post will be about how some people mistreat folks who suffer tragedies. Hang in for that one.

The End Times Error


jun28,exit button, blue print on greyMany Christians obsess over when the end times will begin. Others believe we’re already in the end times. But when will the last days be or have they started yet?

According to the Bible, we already are in the last days and have been so since Christ’s incarnation. Hebrews 1:2 (KJV) says that God communicated with humanity in many ways in the past but, “Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;”

Peter also believed that the last days were in his time. Look at what he said in Acts 2:17 (KJV). “And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:”

This all happened in the first century, not some time in our future. Some preajun28a,explosion3chers assume the promise in Joel is for today but it happened at Pentecost.

Of course the last days didn’t end in the first century but will continue until Christ returns in his glory. Isaiah 2:2 (KJV) predicts, “And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.”

A time will come when the Lord destroys this old universe and all the wicked works of humanity. 2 Peter 3:10 (KJV) warns us against assuming that this world will keep on going. “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.”

We who trust in Christjun28b,QUILL will rejoice when Jesus returns as conquering king but it will be a terrible day for his enemies. That’s why I’m writing a book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? God cut humanity a break in the past but a time will come when all people will answer for why they haven’t surrendered their souls to Christ.

Next month, I’ll be dealing with some ridiculous ideas preached by believers in the Charismatic and Pentecostal movements. I’m bound to anger adhearants to those unbiblical ideas but I must speak the truth.

 

The Prosperity Gospel Error

jun25,money bag1In my opinion, the worst tragedy to hit Africa wasn’t colonialism or the many Ebola outbreaks but the prosperity gospel. Africans flock to charismatic preachers promising “breakthroughs” of wealth and marital partners. All the victims are coaxed to part with what little money they have so they can “sow a seed” in the preacher’s ministry.

How I wish those victims could realize that these false teachers are robbing them. I wish the Lord would do what he did in John 2:15 (KJV). “And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables;”

The Pharisees were of the same mind as today’s prosperity gospel hucksters. They use the gullibility of the people to rob them of money. And when the “breakthrough” doesn’t happen, they blame the victims for lacking faith or not sowing a large enough seed into the ministry.

If only those Africans could understand what Paul wrote in Romans 16:18 (KJV) about false teachers. “For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.”

Sadly, this movement has swept through other parts of the globe, including North jun25a,money in handAmerica. But robbing the poor is one thing God hates and doing it in his name is an abomination. They shall finish up like the folks Paul warned about in Philippians 3:19 (KJV). “Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)”

The truth is that many of God’s followers were and are poor. Read Hebrews chapter eleven and you’ll find out about many people who weren’t living their best lives now. They looked forward to Christ and the city of heaven, caring not for the pleasures of this world.

jun25b,Bruce working in office 1The prosperity gospel is no gospel at all. That’s why I’m writing a book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? People need to read and heed the real gospel, not one geared to their lusts. As I’ve warned before, many professing Christians will end up on the left side of Christ on the day of judgement and will be to go to hell.

I’ll be writing in my next post about how people obsess over the end times. We need to be watchful but we also need to mind today’s needs.

Saturday Song: Devo, “Peek-a-boo”

jun23,eyesThis is one of many songs from a New Wave band called Devo, short for de-evolution. I enjoy the sound of the song but the lyrics have a point which people need to heed.

The band members might not know this but there’s a spiritual war going on for the minds of humanity. God has set things up so that we have a choice to obey or disobey him. Though the Lord has predestinated us, he somehow has allowed us the privilege of choosing who we’re going to follow.

Hear the song here:

C. S. Lewis wrote in “The Screwtape Letters” that people make two basic mistakes about demons. Either they don’t exist or they’re everywhere and we have to keep chasing them.

All through scripture, we see how Satan sows seeds of doubt and rebellion in people’s minds. Genesis 3:1 (KJV) shows how he influenced the first two people to rebel against God’s authority. “Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, ‘Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?'”

We all know what happened after that idea was planted in Eve’s head and her dufus husband went along with it. My point is that there are spirit beings who fight one another through us. My hope is that all my friends are on the side of the angels rather than the demons.

So, what do you think of this song and what I’ve written? Please leave me a reply below.

Next time, I’ll be writing about how some poor souls are being misled by thinking God owes them prosperity. How absolutely wrong that is!

The Error of Not Planning for the Future

jun21,lamb, blue, cartoonBack in the seventies, I made a huge mistake. Since I was told that Christ could return any day soon, I decided not to save for my retirement. End times pundits kept claiming that the Soviet Union would invade Israel and the invaders would be destroyed, leading to Armageddon. We’d be raptured out and God’s wrath would be poured out on the earth for seven years. I figured it was stupid to save up when I’d just lose it all at Christ’s return.

Forty years later, Christ hasn’t returned and I’m almost at retirement age. What if I had started saving for my retirement when I began to work? I’d have more money earning compound interest by now.

God has plenty to say about prudent use of money. Proverbs 6:6 (KJV) says, “Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:”

Ants store up food for the winter. Had I been ant-like, the winter of retirement wouldjun21a,pigbank1 be more comfortable for me.

But shouldn’t we be watching for the Lord’s return? Of course we should but we shouldn’t be like the servant who assumed his master would be away a long time and start beating on other servants. Nobody knows the hour when Christ will return. Every date which so-called prophets set for it proved false.

As Jesus said in Matthew 24:36 (KJV), “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” Even so, people set dates and deceive their followers.

I’ve heard that some people sold all they had when they heard of their leader’s prophecy and gave the money to his organization. What does God think of that? Paul, through the Holy Spirit, wrote in 1 Timothy 5:8 (KJV), “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.”

jun21b,bunny, female, harvesting carotsGod will provide for us but we need to work also. I fell for the nonsense that I had but to wait on God and he’d dump every blessing on me. Now I know better.

Ensuring our eternity with God is also something many folks don’t do. That’s why I’m writing my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? The biggest failure to plan is when people put off turning to God and surrendering their lives to the Lord. The trouble is that “someday” never comes and we’re left with regrets. Regretting in hell is the worst sort of torture.

I’ll be blogging next time about how people have illogical ideas regarding spiritual things. What can’t be seen still is real.