Thursday, October 29, 2009

The world doesn't need fixing, they need to be found!

Remember the parable of the prodigal son? In this story Jesus explains the root of sin to be selfishness and the primary result of sin is broken relationships.

Similarly, new age psychological theories describe psychopathology as self preservation ultimately resulting in broken relationships. But know that emotional and spiritual healings come from opening yourself up with others.

Sin and psychopathology can be gruesome. The cure for both is not to fix people as seems the way for many psychologists today, rather to help lost souls find their way home. The prodigal son didn't need fixing, simply pointed in the right direction.

If I look at the parable of the prodigal son in psychologist eyes I see sin and psychopathology as the same thing. Its self preservation at all cost resulting in separation of things most important.

You see a lost soul doesn't need to be fixed, they need to be found!

This steams off all those people who have been told they need psychological treatment, when really I’ve seen Jesus heal them with His extended arm in invitation to be found.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

So who's right?

You ever get sick and tired of being relevant?
-Relevant means that someone else got there first and your trying to connect. We as a church need to stop being relevant and start leading the way.

2000 years of church makes me think, what is biblical and what's been created simply by opinion, supposed revelation, and conviction?

Notice how Peter had to clarify the theology of baptism.

Acts 2:38, "Peter said to them, repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins; and you will recieve the gift Holy Spirit" 61AD. (You could imagine that people thought they needed to be baptized to be saved).

1Peter 3:21, "corresponding to that, baptism now saves you-not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience- through the resurection of Jesus Christ" 63AD. (You could imagine what they thought when they found out baptism doesn't save you).

Things change, so what's right? Feel free to answer this subjectively or objectively if you have a thought!

Friday, October 16, 2009

the unpardonable sin!

Some have trouble with the Unpardonable Sin, “which is blasphemy of the Holy Spirit”. Many think that it still applies today. When you look at the context of scripture there’s hard evidence that it doe’s not.

In Matthew 12:22-24 Jesus was accused for casting out demons through Beelzebub instead of using the Holy Spirit, which is what He claimed. When you look at the blasphemy that’s when the Pharisees ignorantly suggest that the Holy Spirit is rather a demon in Jesus and not a pure and righteous part of God. Look at the specific words.

Mark 3:30 explains what the Pharisees did to specifically commit this. Notice the personal word there “He”. “So because they were saying He had an unclean spirit” It’s a personal attack in the there and now. Jesus is no longer on the earth, which means it cannot apply in the context it did in the 1st century AD.

Jesus + Holy Spirit + blasphemy (Pharisees) = Unpardonable sin. You take Jesus away and Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is no more.

Jesus is at the right hand of the Father, not here with us.

Hope that’s insightful with the things of God.

set apart!

Matthew 18:21-35
Rabbinical theology suggest you forgive someone 3x if they do wrong. Peter thought he might please Jesus by stepping it up and forgiving 7x. Jesus says none of those are sufficient, but 70x7 which is 490x you should forgive. That's not the point though.

490 is merely an example. What Jesus meant was you should forgive unumerable times. Jesus points out if you could forgive that much that it might just become part of you; therefore becoming more like Him.

The man in this story was forgiven his debt of what would amount to in our day as millions of dollars. He turned around and pointed out a man in debt to him demanding he be paid back immidiately.

If Jesus made you pay back your debt you'd be dead. He has forgiven us of all our our debt, why can't we forgive others?

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Limitations are Godless!

Limiting God is not a new concept, but it is a dangerous one.

The rich young ruler had a great calling to give everything to the poor and follow Jesus. Man would suggest that this is impossible. We can't see a minute into the future. God says whats impossible with man is possible with God.

Impossible is a word presented to the limitations of man in Matthew19:26.

Notice He uses the words hard and easy when it comes to His illustrations. he never says impossible with Him, just a bit challenging. Maybe He presents the hard so we ask for His mighty power

The second you start limiting God is the second Satan starts targeting you.