Never Confuse Knowing Theology With Knowing Christ

Very insightful and a great reminder what studying God’s word is all about.

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Jesus rebuked the Pharisees by pointing out that they studied the Scriptures but missed Him.  John 5:39 reads, “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me.”

These were men who studied the Scriptures.  They were regarded as experts in the Law of God.  Yet Jesus said that they missed God in the process.  He didn’t rebuke them for studying the Scriptures but for missing Him while doing so.

I pray that is not me.  I met a man a while back who has a deep knowledge of the Word.  He has studied at some of the finest universities in the United States and his goal in life is to teach theology and Greek at a seminary level (which he is now doing).  Yet as I talked with this man, I realized that his whole view…

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Doctrines of Demons – Pastor Anton Bosch

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Doctrines of Demons

By Pastor Anton Bosch

Paul writes about the devil that “we are not ignorant of his devices” 2 Corinthians 2:11, yet it seems that many of us are ignorant of the tricks and devices the evil one uses in his attempts to thwart the plan of God. Satan knows that many cannot be persuaded or intimidated to give up the good fight, so he uses schemes that serve his purpose just as well. One of those is diversion from the central issue.

Some people speak of “chasing rabbits” when we lose sight of the real goal and begin to follow red herrings and other things that are designed to get us off course.

Our ultimate goal should be to know, glorify, and be conformed to the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul said:

“Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence

of the knowledge of Christ…

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IHOP’S Sozo the Foundations

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     Headed by Annie Schumacher of IHOP who’s ministry team includes staff from IHOP and local churches, Annie Schumacher claims to have over 30 years of experience and professional training in counseling, spiritual parenting, and personal and group deliverance. Although “spiritual parenting” has many different philosophies such as “Holistic Healing, global Oneness, and Enlightenment,” spiritual parenting has its roots in the Eastern Mystical Cults and New Age thought. In other words, its allot of positive thinking mumbo jumbo. According to Mimi Doe, a spiritual parenting guru and bestselling author on parenting, spiritual parenting is tied to the idea that spirituality is the consciousness that relates us directly to God, or whatever we name as the source of our being. To Mimi, Spirituality is a connection with a power greater than ourselves and with all creation. The idea behind “spiritual parenting” is the process we follow…

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We’ve been seeing this coming for a long time.

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Holding On to Wholeness!

1 Thessalonians 5:23

“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

That’s an interesting verse isn’t it?  Just what is Paul trying to tell the church in Thessalonica? 

Two great heresies plagued the early church as it was trying to go forth with the gospel as Jesus had commanded.  The two heresies I speak of were the teaching of the Judaizers, live according to Jewish customs, and then there were the Gnostics.  Gnosticism teaches that the realization of Gnosis (esoteric or intuitive knowledge) is the way to salvation of the soul from the material world. 

Here is a video which goes into more detail to let you know just how evil this heresy is.

Satan has introduced and reintroduced these two teachings in one form or another throughout history, yet man keeps falling for them because they appeal to the flesh.  He is slick in his approach in that he continuously repackages them with different leaders, different names and different catch phrases.  However, they are both some form of proving one’s self worthy of salvation by some means other than Jesus’ free gift that He paid for on the cross.

I want to focus on the second heresy in this article, the heresy of Gnosticism.  Many today do not realize that this heresy is alive and well within the Charismatic and Pentecostal churches today.  If you read the writings of the early Pentecostals, you will see that their beliefs were much different from what is being promoted across most television “ministries.”  Many of the popular preachers on TV today boast of having greater knowledge about faith than the Apostle Paul had and that if Paul had only known what they know, he wouldn’t have had to live in persecution all of the time.

How can anyone who calls themselves a believer in God’s word make such a claim?  An elementary reading of the book of Acts will show that it was actually in God’s plan that Paul would suffer persecution, even telling him on several occasions that beatings and chains awaited him.  However, because he was completely sold out to God and trusted Him no matter what came his way, Paul counted it all joy to suffer physically for the cause of Christ.

What does this have to do with the verse in 1 Thessalonians?  The Gnostics were teaching that it didn’t matter what you did in the body, it was your spirit that God was concerned about.  They thought that upon receiving this special knowledge of Who Jesus was, they would have a saved spirit but that one day, they would be free from their evil body that kept them tied to this world.  No need to live holy before God because your body didn’t matter any more.

In this verse, Paul was emphasizing that not only did they have to think and believe correctly, they also needed to live for God in their body.  However, He was also emphasizing the fact that it is God Who alone sanctifies us as we put our faith in Him and what Christ did on the cross, not any works that we do.  When God sanctifies us, He sanctifies us spirit, soul and body. 

The Word of Faith movement tries to separate these three aspects of humanity and this causes many of their teachings to not only be bad interpretations of scripture, but some of it actually goes completely against scripture.  Not only does God want to minister to the whole person and sanctify us as a whole being, His word is the only thing which can separate the three and work on each aspect of us as we need it.

Hebrews 4:12 

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow(the body), and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Many Word of Faith preachers, will not speak against sin because they don’t want to “put a negative thought” into the person’s mind and cause them to have thoughts about sin or they may end up sinning.  However, if you look at the lives of many of them, they have had affairs, extorted money, etc., rather than living a holy life before God. 

How does this happen?  They have fallen for the lie that when you are born again that your spirit is completely perfect and that it must teach your soul and your body to fall in line with God’s word.  They completely throw out the biblical idea that we still must contend with the old fallen nature.  Yes, we are a new creation, but we must keep our eyes on Jesus, allowing Him to live through us so that we no longer fulfill the lusts of the flesh. 

I’m not trying to pick on any segment of the church, but the Gnostic heresy is pervasive in a lot of their theology which cannot be found in scripture.  I used to follow many of their doctrines, but when it was pointed out to me that this is where they were based, I turned my back on those teachings and back to the pure and simple message of the cross of Jesus Christ and what He accomplished there.

Not only did Paul address this age old heresy, but so did the Apostle John in his three epistles to the church.

3 John 1:2 

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.”

The group that John was addressing, was only concentrating on their soul since they thought that the ultimate salvation was freedom from the material world.  What Jesus promised was that He would live through us and keep us until the final day if we would but put our trust in Him and Him alone.

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There is a tendency among us human beings to think that we can help God in the process of salvation.  We like to think in terms of God doing His part and we doing our part.  It’s like the old altar calls where the evangelist would say, “If you’ll take one step toward God, He’ll take two steps toward you.”  Salvation then becomes mostly God but some of us as well.

Yet Scripture affirms that salvation is not the work of humans.  Ephesians 2:8-9 (NKJV) is clear when it says,

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.

That bothers people.  To think that salvation is by the grace of God and not by works bothers us.  To some of us, that sounds too much like “easy believe-ism.”  Salvation surely has…

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The Harbinger, the Inverted Tree, and Why Christians need to Discriminate very carefully between Prophecy and Speculation

by Jeremy James

Trinity Root : sculpture of an inverted tree outside Trinity Church on Wall Street

“The Sephirothic tree of the Qabbalah was therefore inverted…”- Manly P Hall,  The Secret Teachings of All Ages

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The Harbinger

is a best-selling book by Messianic Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, published in January 2012. The publisher’s blurb on the back cover includes the following: Is it possible…That there exists an ancient mystery that holds the secretof America’s future? That this mystery is behind everything from 9/11 to the collapse of the global economy? That God is now sending aprophetic message on which America’s future hangs? Before its end as a nation, there appeared in ancient Israel a series of specific omens and signs warning of destruction – these same Nine Harbingers are now manifesting in America…

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