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Love His Appearing

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Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” (II Timothy 4:8)

When the Lord comes for us, will we “love his appearing“?

I believe the answer to that is based on our daily relationship to the Lord. Which, like any close relationship, involves our daily transparency and communion with Christ.

But how can we look forward, with joy, to seeing someone that we don’t know? Or, of whom we are afraid?

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Seeking Clarity: Conclusion — The Simple Words of God

Bible and Pen

God will not reveal truth to whomever seeks it.

A man must seek God “in Spirit and in truth” in order to discover what God has said in His word.

This means, that even a highly-educated Christian, with a doctorate in Biblical studies, who has served as a pastor and preached countless sermons, and written many Christian classics, is not guaranteed to understand the truth whenever he chooses to know it.

It also means, that a Christian, trained in Old Testament Hebrew and New Testament Greek, with a scientific background and a keen mind for technical studies, will be able to properly understand the meaning of Genesis.

Because mental ability, educational prowess, high academic pedigree, scientific training, and 10 doctorates in Divinity studies cannot open the meanings of the word of God to someone who is unwilling to accept the clear meaning of the scriptures.

The scriptures that God will reveal to a small child who has simple faith.

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What is “Lent” Anyway: Conclusion — The Worship of the Will

 

Monk Meditation under Tree

The Carnal Disciplines

The techniques of spiritual discipline are very common among religions. For the most part, one has merely to change the deity of preference into the method used.

Even if that deity is simply the Higher Self !

Christians often fail to properly discern between good and bad religious practices. They make assumptions about the value of these disciplines for managing the flesh. And will casually apply a combination of spiritual techniques that are not biblical. 

Believers assume that if they will dedicate themselves fully to do the Lord’s will, He will then change them. And that He will then help them to make changes in their lives.  

It is not an error to trust in the Lord’s ability and promise to change us as we trust Him to do so; the error is in the confidence we have in our own will power, our own sincerity, and even our own devotion toward God.

The error is in our self confidence, our self determination and trusting in the value of our own will and devotion.

Or in the level of the pain, the level of sacrifice, or in the level of self denial we are willing to endure in order to please God.

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What is “Lent” Anyway?: Part 3 – The Spiritual Disciplines

Eastern Statue w Beads

Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of he world, why as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,                                                             (Touch not; taste not; handle not;                                                                                                Which are all to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?                                                                                                                                                         Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.” (Colossians 2:16-23)

While discussing the practice of Lent, along with other traditions of Catholicism, it is alarming to see how these traditions have affected the Evangelical church.

It is sobering how susceptible we are to traditions, regardless of their origin, which encourage us to apply a form of self discipline to our lives. Or that encourage us to deny ourselves something in order to gain a spiritual benefit.

Yes. I am actually questioning the validity of self discipline and self denial.

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What is “Lent” Anyway?: Part 2 – The Religious-Traditions Buffet

Buffet Vertical

When choosing to observe Lent, Christians exhibit a very popular, Chinese-buffet mentality — which is to cherry-pick their favorite traditions from various religious systems. Giving very little thought to the spiritual wickedness that often follows such practices. 

Lent is merely one small facet of the Catholic system of rituals and sacraments that must be followed in order for the faithful Catholic to gain forgiveness of sins and merit the joys of heaven.

Most people think that Catholicism offers some guarantee of heaven. But this is not really the case — even for the faithful Catholic. Because, when a Catholic dies, he must still face the punishments of Purgatory.

All because of sins that have not been forgiven in this life.

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What is “Lent” Anyway?

Goddess Worship

The promotion of the Spiritual Disciplines is a big fad within Evangelicalism today. Many believe that these disciplines or techniques will help to draw them closer to God.

The teaching of the spiritual disciplines is based on the assumption that we are even able to change ourselves spiritually by the devoted application of techniques or practices in our lives. (Which is a topic worthy of discussion by itself.)

Many Contemplative Spirituality groups teach that this change accomplished through forms of meditation, chants, burning of incense, listening to spiritual music, looking at spiritual images or icons, special fasting, creating a place of silence, repeating a bible verse or phrase as one would a mantra, walking a labyrinth, confessing our sins to one another, and many other practices.

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Sick of Love: Conclusion – The Great Excuse

Cat Window Birds

Under the Banner of Love

I am sick of “love” being used as an excuse for the church to do whatever new things they decide to do.

Or using “love” to justify whatever changes they want to make. Or to justify their association with unbiblical religious or secular organizations . Or to justify their obsession with being “relevant” to whomever.

“Love” has become the great excuse of the modern Evangelical church.

It is the banner under which all manner of questionable things are marched into the church.

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Sick of Love

Love Statue Cleve Art Museum

I am sick of hearing about love.

Yep, pretty much fed up with it.

It’s not that I don’t love people; I just don’t always like them. Which are two different things.

But to really love someone is the Lord’s doing. Which is what His Spirit creates within us as He reaches out to those that we come in contact with. But that love is not about some gooey, mushy feeling of creamy mellowness toward other people.

It’s about caring for the eternal well-being of those around us.

Now, I know, as I get older and crankier, I have less patience with people. And sometimes I can be irritating to those around me. As my wife, my family, and my friends will confirm. As I gradually become the curmudgeon I never wanted to be.

However, the real problem is that “love” has become cheap.

Or, to put it another way, it has been cheapened by being so commonly used as the reason or the justification for every cause under the sun. Being used so often that it’s in danger of meaning nothing.

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The Creator of Spiritual Fruit: Conclusion

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False Identification

In concluding this discussion of good works, there is a very dangerous deception having increasing influence in the Evangelical world.

It involves the confusion created when Evangelical leaders praise deeply religious people who have given their lives to help the poor, to fight for social justice, or to work with orphans, the sick, or the outcasts of society.

Just to be clear, the problem is not about giving credit to those whose work has been of great benefit to others. Nor about praising them for work they have done at great cost to themselves.

All of us can certainly recognize and be grateful to those who have helped other people.

However, this specifically relates to the identification of deeply religious people as great Christian examples based upon their good works; while these same people continue to hold to a spiritual belief that denies salvation by Christ alone, by faith alone, according to the scriptures alone.

For all practical purposes, these people are commonly being embraced as Christians based upon their outward show of good works rather than the specific truths they claim to believe about Jesus Christ and the word of God.

In doing this, we send a confused message to false religious leaders, to those who follow them, to the watching world, and to undiscerning believers. 

And we communicate a gospel that is in direct contradiction to the true gospel of faith alone in Christ alone.

And we give a false hope of salvation to those who are not trusting in the finished work of Jesus Christ as their only basis of eternal life.

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