Tag: church

Being Led by the Spirit

For those of us in this walk of Faith, being led by the Spirit of Christ is important. It’s a central point of our spiritual/Christian journey. In fact, it’s a central theme of the New Testament and the highlight of the Gospel message. In His humanity, Christ prayed, “Not my […]

The Juxtaposition of Christ and Christianity Part #3

Kings & Kingdoms
It is by no means a modern phenomenon within Christendom to have puppet leaders in bully pulpits. Indeed, looking back in history, this was a normal modus operandi of Christian leaders, turning ‘oversight’ into ‘control’.

Church Standards vs. Law – Are they really the same thing?

If you church teaches dress and behavior standards that you must abide by in your own personal life, while not at church, they have made new Laws of salvation. This is legalism at its purest and darkest form.

Pastoral Authority: What are the limits?

Does a Pastor have Apostolic Authority? Does he have the right to demand your obedience to his commands, or is the role of a pastor to command obedience to Christ? The real test is this: Is your loyalty to Christ alone, or are you Loyal to Christ through your Pastor?

Video: Charismatic Speaking in Tongues or Gibberish?

Is speaking in tongues, as we saw in Acts 2 fulfilled again by modern Charismatic and other Pentecostal churches, or is it just gibberish?

The Traumatic Damage of Bad Religion, Pentecostalism (Oneness) and Cults, and Healing

Over the weekend I went looking for more books to read. Last week I found the History of Early Christianity and have been enjoying reading through that. This weekend I found the book Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome. This is not a mockery of PTSD, or other trauma-related issues, but seemingly a mirror […]

Did Jesus tell you to be Right, or to be like Him?

Is your Christian Walk all about being right, and proving it to other people? Is your mission to connect with people and develop friendships that could turn to witnessing about Christ, or is your purpose to bash enough people with Jesus until one submits and then, and only then, they can be your friend? Do you have to ‘perform’ to gain approval of your elders and leaders? If so, it might not be Christ’ mission you are following.

When you worship and pray, are you being judged on your performance? If so, you also must perform to

Is disagreeing with a Church Doctrine just being bitter?

It seems that the most common phrase of religious abusers, and those who are bought in to the abusive system, attacking someone who questions their system, is “You are just bitter”. This defense mechanism holds to weight of fact, evidence or Scripture. Ignore it.

Catch and Release, or Catch and Devour Pastors

The role of a pastor is to guide and protect the people of God, but also to create disciples. Some pastors catch men, train them, and then release them. But does your pastor hoard the flock, gaining wealth and power from them?

The Idolatry of Celebrity (Pentecostal) Preachers

Giants Among Us. Larger Than Life. Above Reproach. Super Human. Deserving of the best seating at banquets and church events, the finest food, the best rooms and accommodations. We crave their autograph, two minutes of their time, to sit near them as if, like the Apostle Peter, their shadow might […]