Tag: Jesus

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.

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My Response to an Apostoloc Pentecostal on John 3:8

Have you ever been told ‘You must Speak in Tongues in order to be saved’? Have you had the same Scriptures shot-gunned at you about the topic, like John 3:8 where Jesus told Nicodemus, “Everyone that is born of the spirit will speak in tongues!” Only problem – that isn’t what Jesus told Nicodemus…

Baptism: Does how you are Baptized Matter?

Some say the method of how you are baptized, and the words spoke at your baptism determines whether or not God honors it. Is Baptism like a magic spell that must be incanted perfectly or it will be rejected? Or is it a matter of faith and dependence on Christ? Let’s discover the truth!

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?

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 […]

Sacrifice or Sacrament? When Grace isn’t Enough. Introduction to Galatians

Are you trusting in the sacrifice of Jesus upon the cross for your redemption, or the self work of sacraments, ordinances, laws, formulas and rituals to get and stay saved? Does your pastor demand obedience to His Commandments, or only Christ’ commandments? Paul tells us exactly what we should trust in in the Book of Galatians.

Could Legalism be Satan’s most powerful tool?

There is that word again!¬†Legalism. Give it a rest will you? Nope. It’s just too important. Probably as important as Christian Liberalism – anything goes – no holds barred. But since I was freed from legalism, I write a lot about it. Being free of Legalism is being grounded in […]

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.

How to spot Pastor Worship

Is your faith and trust in God or your Pastor? When you seek wisdom, do you seek God or your Pastor? If you felt the Lord led you in a direction but your pastor said go a different way, did you obey the spirit or your pastor?

Will God Curse You For Leaving a Bad Church? NO!

Too many legalistic and oppressive leaders teach this concept that God’s curse is lurking around every corner waiting for you to slip up, especially if you leave THEIR church. This isn’t true – you need to be set free from this lie!