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.
So I say this, we are to seek peace with all men. We are to guard our tongues, the most unruly member of our bodies. We are not to slander, or to lie against another. We are, however, commanded to challenge teachers, to learn their motivations, to ensure what they teach is true and not false doctrine. And when we find false doctrine, expose it, mark it, avoid it, and end it.
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.
At its core, legalism is the belief or doctrines that there are standards, rituals, and performances one must do in order to be accepted by God i.e., Saved. As noted in my previous article, “Forcing the Bible to say what it does not say”, I noted the comments of a person who said, “Grace is only applied (Ephesians 2:8) to an individual after they have performed the ritual seen in Acts 2:38.”
Does the Bible teach that a woman cannot cut her hair by any length, and that a man cannot have hair longer than a few inches? In our Vague Dogmas series, we identify Christian beliefs that are not grounded in Scriptural truth or are cherry-picked Scriptures misused and clumped together incorrectly to create a vague dogma.