To me, it has become abundantly clear, that the use of Malachi 3 to teach and propel a message of Tithing into the New Testament church is a misappropriation of Scripture. While Paul taught clearly in II Corinthians 9:6-7 that God loves a cheerful giver, and that our reaping will be commensurate with our sowing, he equally taught that our giving was no longer obligatory (tax, tithe) and that we were to give as we felt led to in our heart.
A great charismatic marketeer Benny Hinn swings his signature white jacket at a person or a crowd of people and in waves, they crumble under the ‘power’ of the spirit. At least, that is the claim.
These events are usually then marked with subsequent and equally un-biblical traits such as convulsions, twitching, trances or being rendered unconscious.
Context is everything. Systematic studies in theologies and doctrines, proper hermeneutics and correct understanding of Biblical or any other ancient/historical writings require it. Context is a way for us to determine a few important purposes that surround writings. Who was it written by, who was it written to, and what […]
To some, Holiness is a person, or a position, the Pope. To others, Holiness is a dress standard and a laundry list of abstinence to certain things and behavior. To others, it is penance, ritual and practice. But what if Holiness is none of that?
If you are like me – you are probably tiring of the hearing people calling Christmas ‘pagan’, as if the other things they do in life are any more non-pagan. Just celebrate Christmas, be close to family, share cheer, love, charity and hope!
I hear that phrase, a lot. Just move on. Let it go. Stop letting it control you. Forget. Forgive. Erase. Ignore. Stop focusing on it. Turn around. Find a new focus. More importantly, the organization I am most familiar with, being the Oneness Pentecostal Church, which is rife with spiritual […]
The longer I have been removed from organized religion the starker the contrast between the message of Christianity and the visible church (application) of Christianity has become to me. As I study the history of fundamentalism, evangelicalism and the later rise of the charismatic movement (more on that to come in […]
The conclusion is that the ‘Gift of the Spirit’ is not the supposed initial evidence of speaking in tongues. In fact, Scripture makes it clear that the gift of the spirit is the eternal promise (Ephesians 1:13) seal we receive upon believing in Christ. That the fruits of the spirit are the evidence of that Gift, and finally, that the promise and hope of Glory (Colossians 1:27) is the result of that gift.