Scribes and Pharisees in Pastors Clothing

The further and further I remove myself from my religious origins the clearer the Word becomes to me. For one with a 3-year degree from Texas Bible College, I humbly realize how little I knew and know of the Word’s real meaning. I’m wise in the dogmas and ambles of the Pentecostal religion but found wanting in the Faith of Jesus Christ.

Yet one thing has become utterly clear; the religious leaders teaching the things I once believed are the wolves in sheep’s clothing Jesus warned about, and the Scribes and Pharisees He told us not to become. So where does that leave me?

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Legislated Christians…might not be Christians

Imagine a church in which the leader decides who you date, what clothes you wear, in some capacities what job you work at, how you do your hair, where you purchase a home, who you can befriend or fellowship, what books you read, what you listen to, so on, and so forth. You might not think this happens, but it does.

Now ask yourself this question, “What does being a Christian mean?” You may encounter thoughts and answers such as “Being freed from Sin by God”, or, “Showing the Love of God to those around you.”, or, “Being led by the Spirit of God in everything you do.”

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Out of Context: Without Holiness, No Man Shall See the Lord (Long Read)

Admittedly, this is going to be focused on my Pentecostal background and how Holiness in Hebrews 12:14 was twisted to equal a dress standard. Holiness is a word and concept found many times in Scripture, which signifies how important it is to God. Yet, so many have taken a word, plopped it into their own mold, and created a doctrine out of it.

So what is Holiness? We know God is Holy, and he wants us to be Holy – what does Holiness mean? Let’s explore the topic and see if we can find just a few of the answers together.

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Video Version: Is Tithing required in the New Testament?

In our video series, we talk briefly about how the New Testament does not command us to give Tithes to the priesthood as was required in the Old Testament taxation on the people of Israel.

This video is NOT to prove we shouldn’t give because we should, but it is a warning that if you are being required to give 10%, 15% or more of your income to a preacher, then you are being coerced and lied to.

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Happy is he that condemneth not himself

One of the most persistent struggles an ex-legalist will have, especially in the early days of leaving the unhealthy church structure, is continuously feeling condemned. This is the way unhealthy church structures ensure conformity, by brainwashing congregants into believing that God will immediately damn them for stepping out of that man-made system.

Yet, Paul, used in the correct context, gave hope to you in saying “Hast thou faith? Have it to thyself. Happy is he that comdemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.

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Video Version: Performance Based Religion Fails People

If you have ever felt that your value to the church, and then intrinsically, to God was based on how well you performed in the church, or how you were rated by the Pastor, then this video and article is for you.

Churches and leaders who create systems of conformity, punishments for failure to do so, and then by proxy, modify your value to God based on your conformity to his rules is an abusive structure. Our hope is that this video will help you see your way through and out of that environment.

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What is a Ministers Example?

As a follow-up to yesterdays post, Should Shepherds have Sheep Servants, I thought I would share a Scripture that makes the position of a minister crystal clear, and yet so obviously not followed. And this might be my shortest post, ever!

What is most astonishing is that the word minister itself describes the reality of what it means, so why is it so misused? We exposed ministers creating Cadet servants, but the very word minister or ministering is the polar opposite of having someone take care of things for you.

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Should Shephards have Sheep Servants?

Too often the children of God, the Saints of His Church are referred to as Sheep (by Pastors) as if they [the Saints] were mindless, dumb, filthy and wayward creatures without the ability to care for themselves. Dumb, Directionless, and Defenseless.

And to give credit where credit is due, this article is inspired by fellow blogger Rebecca Davis @ HeresTheJoy.com. She wrote an article on the good ‘ole Sheep Sermon and it was articulate, intelligent, and absolutely correct. A commentator inspired me to comment in kind, and something that was said sparked this thought within me. Are the Sheep dumb, and only the Shepherd (Pastor) gets Wisdom from God?

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Video Version: Out of Context: Will a Man Rob God?

This is our video production of our Out of Context article on Malachi 3:8, Will a Man Rob God on our YouTube channel. You can read the original Bible study here; Out of Context: Malachi 3:8

This post is just to announce the video version and you can view it here as well! We hope you enjoy, subscribe to our YouTube channel as well, and of course, comment as we are eager to hear your thoughts on our studies.