The battle for godliness is won or lost within. The outward acts subsequently show what has already conquered our hearts and minds.
Author: David Kowalski
David has worked as an English teacher (Abeka), high school administrator (ACE), in-school-suspension teacher (public school), Associate Pastor (two Assemblies of God churches), Senior Pastor (two Assemblies of God churches), and Bible College Professor (Global University).
Lust for a feeling of spiritual superiority can be exploited by dishonest or abusive leaders.
When we encounter tribulation and distress, the promise contained in Romans 8;28 is by no means defeated because it is not a promise to keep us from those things. We take heart and rejoice in these tribulations because we know that God is using all things to bring about our eternal welfare as we become increasingly conformed to the image of Christ on our way to heavenly glory.
Using the straw man fallacy is irresponsible at best and dishonest at worst. Yet I find that this fallacy is used with alarming frequency in religious and theological debates.
Having been recently asked about what I may have written on the subject of the Word-Faith movement, I replied largely by giving what I consider the best resources for understanding and responding to the movement. I have reproduced that reply in this article.
Both relativists and Antinomians will specifically speak against some things as wrong. It seems they only object when issues related to sexual morality are openly addressed.
Misrepresenting the meaning of the original languages of Scripture is one of the easiest ways to mislead those with little if any training in those languages.Even if one Is not a scholar trained in biblical languages, however, there are simple ways to test what is being alleged about the Greek or Hebrew.
Submission to leadership is conditional. If a leader is leading well we should follow. Even if they diverge from the path just a bit we should be respectful, but we must always reserve the right to respectfully disagree if they say or do things we think are not in harmony with Scripture.
The absurdities we see in the avant garde will eventually lead to serious social and religious consequences.
Not everything that looks like revival is revival. A group of people can learn to act in the manner they think revival looks like and then claim to be "in revival."
Christians should be aware of the growing phenomenon of affinity fraud, through which Christians are being swindled out of exponentially growing amounts of money each year.
Let's not forget what we are here for. People such as the millions at the Maha Kumbh festival need to hear the good news of the blood that cleanses us from sin.
It is not sinful to use the mind in understanding the Bible's contents. God created our minds and expects us to use them.
When we evangelize, we convert individuals from the world. When we secularize, we let ourselves become converted to the ways of the world.
A "Jesus" who is not Lord is a different Jesus than the one spoken of in the Bible.