Does your worship have Joy?

For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. – Romans 14:7, KJV

Just a simple and short observation. I have begun to reflect on my past Church and the worship that was practically mandatory at every service. I don’t mean the singing of hymns, special soloists and songs. The culmination of every service was the altar-call. This was our response to the preaching and in essence was the measuring stick for how good the service was. The more wild it was, the longer it lasted (the altar-call), the more powerful the ‘move of God’ was.

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What is Defiling the Temple?

My Christian Friends…I want your feedback.
In I Corinthians 3:16-18 we hear Paul saying that if you ‘destroy the temple, God will destroy you’.
In I Corinthians 6:19, after Paul commands us to flee sexual immorality, he declares that our Body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.
In II Corinthians 6:16 again Paul references this ‘temple’ as either our body, or ‘the body of Christ’, in that we are the ‘temple of the living God’.
I have heard it taught often that then defiling your body is sin and will bring the judgement of God upon your life. So what then is Defiling the Temple?

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Christians, stop judging each other!

Within the past several months I went to a Church service where the Pastor of the assembly, on a Sunday morning, literally stood before the flock and mocked, pantomimed, made fun of and judged other quote Christians unquote. How?

The joke was, “You know, those quote Christians unquote who pray silently, in their head and you can’t hear anything?” At this point the Pastor made a mimicking sarcastic face, lifted upwards for a few seconds and then shouted That doesn’t work!

He went on, “And those hireling quote preachers unquote that dress in their jeans and sit on bars tools just talking pretty sermons.” Here again he pantomimed sitting on a stool and shouted That doesn’t work!

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The Gospel Transition from Jews to Gentiles – Part 3 – The Gentiles

In part 1 and part 2 of this study we have come to realize that indeed Jesus (God) came for His people, the Israelite/Jewish nation, and through the Apostles his Gospel was preached to the Jews only. But later, due to the final rejection of the Gospel by the Jewish people, lastly when they stoned Stephen in Acts 8 the transition was made clear.

Paul in Acts 13:46 finally declared that his mission and Gospel message would no longer be to the Jews, but to the Gentile Bride of Christ. While the lost sheep of Israel reject Christ as Messiah, the door is open for us as fellow-heirs to be adopted through his message of Grace.

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The Gospel Transition from Jews to Gentiles – Part 1 – Explanation

The primary goal of this blog is to rightly divide the Word of God – meaning to rightly interpret the Word based on the writers context, audience and social/cultural setting. (Hermeneutics) There are an estimated 22,000 – 33,000+ Christian denominations throughout the world right now, some of which share the vision of God’s Grace but practice in slightly different ways – others whom see themselves as the only right heirs of Christ, and set up for themselves mini-kingdoms among the earth and shun all other Christians.

Having graduated from a satellite branch of Texas Bible College with a three year degree in studies and having spent the past 15 years studying and teaching for countless number of hours, I can guiltily associate with what I’m about to say – seminaries teach ‘their version’. The reason there are so many denominations and debates is because we often cherry pick the Word, finding those suitable verses that fit our predetermined mold and run with it. This is defined by the two terms of course study, exegesis and eisegesis.

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The Gospel Transition from Jews to Gentiles – Part 2 – The Jews

In Part 1 of this study, The Gospel Transition from Jews to Gentiles – Part 1 – Explanation we spoke about using Hermeneutics and the difference between pulling the meaning out of Scripture, or attempting to force our views into Scripture. We got an example of using Scripture for our denominations purposes, but in doing so we have to learn (or be taught) to ignore the rest of Scripture.

We also learned how Jesus sent his Apostles only to Jews and that our study is focused on when and how did the Gospel transition from Jews to Gentiles? And did it?

Well, in short, Yes, it did! All throughout the Scripture we know that the Jewish people are God’s chosen, His original people. The entire Old Testament is a history book of all the times the Lord delivered a backslidden and adulteress nation, leading them back into fellowship with Him. Moreover, Christ promised that he would return for the Jews again but because they rejected Christ as Messiah, the New Testament Church of Grace was handed over to the Gentiles.

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What is a Spiritually Abusive Church?

Ask yourself one question…

“If I left my church, would that cause problems with my family, work, friends? Would I be considered an outcast, a ‘backslider’, would I be shunned or avoided, thought less of, considered lost or in Satan’s snare?”

If you can answer yes, read this article!

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Men & Women’s Apparel in Ancient Days and Today

A much contested topic is the difference between men and women’s apparel, or dress styles and how it applies to the New Testament believer. One of the hallmarks of the ‘Holiness‘ movement which began in the early 19th century and has carried many names since, is a strict conformity to laws/codes aimed at perfecting the saint, to remove the potential for sin. The Word of God of course tells us this is quite impossible, removing the ‘sin potential’, but nonetheless we try, and we should.

One of those main laws is a standard of apparel, or outward appearance, and Deuteronomy 22:5 is used to prove in the Holiness movements that God abhors women that wear men’s apparel, and men that wear women’s apparel. (These labels aren’t based on the labels at the fashion stores either!)

“The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.” Deuteronomy 22:5 KJV

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Leaving Pentecostalism/Charismatic Faith & Legalism

Rigid. Legalistic. Strict. Hardcore. Shunning. Members Only. Elitist.

These are words I have heard used to describe the Pentecostal/Charismatic movement, of which I was apart of for 15 years, and I fervently rejected those labels as false while there. We weren’t rigid, we were Holy. We aren’t legalistic, we are keeping ourselves from sin. We didn’t shun people, outsiders, ex-members, backsliders – we avoided the influence of Satan to the saving of our families!

Of course, we had the only saving message, no one else spoke in tongues like we did, or dressed holy, or rejected the orthodox trinity, rolled on the floor, jerked and spasmed in worship, were ‘slain in the Spirit’, etc. We were the True Church, the Body of Christ. Others may have been sincere, but sincerely wrong and most importantly, lost. When Jesus came again for his Bride, we knew we were the only ones who were the ‘Five wise virgins.’ When others prayed, we called it ‘insincere’ or ‘so fake’. Christians that wore crosses were ‘following a false god’. Any preacher that sits on a stool in jeans and talks to his flock is a ‘hireling’ creating ‘two fold children of hell’. At least, that is what our preacher taught us.

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Welcome to Divide The Word

Thank you for finding Divide the Word! As a new cloud-based ministry we are excited to be spreading the Good News with as many world-wide believers as we can.

Our Gospel Mission is to send the Word of the Lord, rightly divided to all corners of the glove, to every nation, every creed, every color and every person, in a judgement-free method of Loving All as Christ did.

This new ministry is just beginning, but we know that if we obey His plan, and trust in His Word, that He (Jesus) will be for us. Look to the posts coming and please participate! If you have biblical insight to anything we share we look forward to your comments and messages.

God Bless,