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Written by The Seeking Disciple

05/12/2016 at 12:21 PM

Short Rant on Devotions, Praying, and Posting

Every since I became a disciple of Jesus, reading my Bible and prayer have been priorities in my life.  I by no means am perfect at them.  I am thankful for the gospel and the fact that I don’t earn my righteousness before God through my works (Romans 10:4; Philippians 3:9; Titus 3:5-7).  There have been good days where I have been in the Word and in prayer and it seemed the Lord was near.  There have been days where I was in the Word and prayer and it seemed the Lord was distant.  Thankfully, I am not saved by my feelings but by faith (Romans 5:1).

Let me rant then just for a moment about devotions, praying, and posting them on social media sites.  I have seen this pattern for a while.  The great satire site, the Babylon Bee, ran a great post on a woman completing her quite time without Instagramming it.  That was pure gold because it is true!  I go on social media sites and people are posting pictures of their Bibles open, a notebook, a cup of coffee.

Even open air preaching posts drive me crazy.  I’m all for preaching the gospel in the open air.  I also understand that some of these guys receive money from people and so they want them to see that they are serving just as they said they would.  I find it ironic that missionaries don’t often feel the need to post them serving to prove they are actually doing what they said they would do if you supported them but I’ll let that go.  Open air preachers are notorious for posting pictures or videos of themselves preaching or asking for prayer as they go to share the gospel.  Again, I understand that for some of them, the prayer requests are real and their posting is simply to encourage people to follow their lead in evangelism.   Yet for some, I fear, they are posting out of pride (“look at me going to share my faith while you read this blog”).  God knows our hearts.

In Matthew 6 Jesus had strong words about doing things for the glory of God and not telling others about them.  There is no doubt that God knows our hearts (1 Chronicles 28:9; Jeremiah 17:10; 23:24; Romans 8:27).  The Lord sees through our posts to know our hearts whether we are truly posting for His glory or for ours.  In Matthew 6 Jesus states that our good works should be done in secret so that we might receive a reward from our Father.  Again, nothing wrong with posting about our devotions, our church, our evangelism but God knows our hearts and whether we want the applause of men or not.  Jesus states that our giving (Matthew 6:2-4), praying (6:5-8), and fasting (6:16-18) should be done in secret and not for the applause of men.  Our Lord states that if do them for men, we receive our rewards (6:2, 5, 16).

Pride is dangerous.  I have battled pride my entire life.  I always will.  We all like for people to pat us on the back and tell us “good job.”  We want others to notice the good we do.  It’s human nature I suppose.  But Jesus tells us to do our good works for our Father.  Ephesians 2:10 even states that our Father has prepared the works for us to do.  This would include our prayer times, our fasting, our evangelism.  Our works should glorify God, however, and not us.  The temptation is to post on social media sites so that our good works glorify us even though we claim it is to the glory of God.

Finally, is it sinful to post our prayer times, our Bible study, our evangelism?  It can be.  It doesn’t have to be.  Again, the Lord God knows our hearts.  We can’t hide from Him.  Like Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5, the Lord knows if we are hypocrites or not.  In Acts 4 we read that Joseph called Barnabas (son of encouragement) sold a field and brought the money to the Apostles’ feet.  This must have impressed Ananias and Sapphira so they did the same but unlike Barnabas, they withheld some money for themselves (which was their right) but they claimed to be giving all to the Lord.  The Lord saw their hypocrisy and He judged them before the church so that fear came upon the saints of God (Acts 5:11).  Ananias and Sapphira wanted the applause of men but were not willing to truly glorify God like Barnabas had done.  They wanted to cheat but the Lord saw their hearts (Acts 5:3).  The Lord knew the heart of Barnabas and He also knew that Ananias and Sapphira were not willing to pay the price that Barnabas had paid though they wanted the applause of the Apostles too.  Their story is for our example.

The Lord knows our hearts.  He knows if I post a picture of me sharing my faith if I’m doing it for me or for His glory.  He knows the same for people who use social media to brag about their devotions or their street preaching.  I have no doubt that the Lord loves us beyond words even in the midst of our hypocrisy and pride but I pray that He would sanctify us so that social media is not our place for our hypocrisy and pride.

Now let me go post this on various social media sites along with some pictures I have of me praying before blogging this.  Prayers appreciated.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

03/31/2016 at 10:32 AM

Why Does God Allow Arminianism?

Time for a little satire so all you Calvinists, please don’t take this too seriously.

The following is from the personal blog of Dr. John Wesley Calvin (not a real person).

Why does God allow Arminianism?  This was posed to me recently at a conference I was attending (you know us Calvinists, always attending various conferences).  If you look around you’ll notice that nearly 98% of the church is Arminian.  They are everywhere.  They have way more Bible teaching programs than we do, more seminaries that are Arminian in theology, and their books fill Christian bookstores.  Arminianism is the dominant theology in the United States and many Western nations.  What are we Calvinists to do?  How do we respond to this?  And why does a sovereign God allow such errors to persist?

Let me try to answer you my dear Calvinist friends and family.

1.  Satan.

God gives Satan a certain amount of freedom and as the father of lies (John 8:44), Satan is always seeking to deceive people from the truth (2 Corinthians 4:4).  Satan blinds Arminians eyes to the truths of the doctrines of grace.

2.  To Strengthen the Saints.

God allows Arminianism to persist so that the testimony of the saints will be stronger.  This affliction (2 Corinthians 4:17) is used by God to help us know the truths of Calvinism.  Further, when you debate an Arminian, you see how ignorant they are and how they don’t use the Bible to defend their views.  They are lovers of self, prideful, lovers of so-called “free will” and they despise God’s sovereignty.  God uses these debates to show us true saints how correct we are and how the doctrines of grace truly exalt our God.

3.  To Show Who The Reprobate Are.

I have no doubt that many Arminians are reprobate.  They will be cast into hell for their denial of God’s grace, God’s sovereignty, and God’s glory.  These reprobates bring shame to the truth of God.  God allows Arminians to persist to show us who are truly the elect or not (1 John 2:19).

4.  Mystery.

Deuteronomy 29:29.

So my dear Calvinist friends, let us continue in the doctrines of grace till the end.  We will win this war because truth is on our side.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

09/11/2014 at 6:01 PM

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I am ESV Only!

The following is a satire of the modern King James Only movement and shows its weaknesses.

I am ESV only!  I believe that the men of God who gave us the English Standard Version were commissioned by God to do this work.  For many years the KJV has served the Lord for His purposes in the English language but now, by the providence of God, we have a new translation that corrects the errors that have been appearing in the KJV through various publishers such as the liberal Zondervan or Cambridge.  The Lord has given us renown scholars who love the Word of God, believe in the inerrancy and infallibility of the Word, and who believe that the work of translation should be free from errors.  The men of God who have given us the ESV will no doubt receive their rewards for their good work.

I believe the ESV to be the pure Word of God based on the promise of God in Psalm 12:6-7 (ESV).  The Lord promised in Psalm 12:7 (ESV) that He would keep His Word and He had preserved His Word in the ESV.  I believe this because:

  • The vastly superior manuscripts used by the ESV scholars to translate both the Old and New Testaments.
  • The superior usage of the English language in the ESV as compared to other English “translations.”
  • The blessing of God upon the ESV as seen by many prominent ministries around the world.
  • The sound doctrine that the ESV produces such as the deity of Christ and the blood of Christ.
  • The fact that so many souls have been saved by reading from the ESV.

There is no doubt that other Bible “translations” are not inspired by God.  The NIV attacks the blood of Christ and omits many verses.  The NASB likewise is too wooden to read, is used by liberal preachers and teachers, and does not contain the superior doctrine as found in the ESV.  The KJV is too archaic, has many errors in translation and is not based on the best Hebrew and Greek texts.  The NKJV is similar to the KJV in terms of its Hebrew and Greek texts.  The ESV alone stands as the pure Word of God for us in English.

The very name, English Standard Version, shows how great the ESV is.  It is THE English standard for all Bible translations to be compared by.  If you are using a corrupt bible such as the NIV or the NKJV, the ESV should be the final authority by which you judge all other “bibles” by.  The Bible for us in English today is the ESV and the ESV alone.

So why did God give us the ESV?  God has always had a language that He spoke through.  In the Old Testament, God spoke to the world through Hebrew.  In the New Testament, Greek was the dominant language and so God gave us the Greek Old Testament (the Septuagint) and the New Testament authors wrote in Greek as well as read from the Old Testament in Greek.  Over the centuries other languages have seen God’s hand upon them such as Latin and German.  Today, the language that dominates the world is English.  English remains the international business language and though Chinese is the largest spoken language on Earth, English remains the dominant business language.  Therefore, God has given us the ESV as THE standard by which we judge all other Bibles.  The ESV should be the standard to judge even Spanish, Chinese, or other languages and their Bibles.

And how do I know that the ESV is the standard?  Because of its name and because of the promise of God in Psalm 12:7 (ESV)!

One final question: Can you be saved and not use the ESV?  I answer perhaps.  There is no denying that salvation is the gracious work of God (Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV!).  But it is true that other “bibles” may lead the new Christian astray.  Jesus warned us in Matthew 24:5 (ESV!) that false christs would come.  Jesus also said that His sheep hear His voice in John 10:27 (ESV).  What voice would that be if not the ESV?  The ESV faithfully teaches sound doctrine (1 Timothy 4:16 ESV) and we learn about Jesus in truth from the ESV (John 20:31 ESV).  The ESV doesn’t attack the precious blood of Christ nor His deity as other false translations do.  The ESV faithfully has been used by many street preachers and this shows that God is using the ESV for His glory.  Furthermore, the ESV translation committee give all glory to God right there in the opening of the ESV!  How much more proof do you need?

I urge you to get an ESV today!  In God’s providence, the ESV is protected by Crossway Books.  This enables the ESV from falling into wicked hands like the KJV has with Zondervan and Cambridge.  While it is true that Cambridge (and a few others) are publishing editions of the ESV now, those are protected by Crossway Books overseeing that only the ESV text they produced is used.  This again is proof of Psalm 12:7.

While certain wicked Arminians and Calvinists have claimed the ESV as their own, the ESV belongs to the people of God.  I pray that many fundamentalist Baptist will repent of using false “bible” translations and begin to use the wonderful ESV.  The ESV, perhaps, will be the Bible that God uses to bring in the end of the world!

Written by The Seeking Disciple

07/24/2014 at 6:36 PM

Seven Signs of a Caged Stage Calvinist

Let me give you seven signs that you have just encountered a cage stage Calvinist.  For those who don’t know, a cage stage Calvinist actually comes from Calvinists who are being humorous about young Calvinists who are zealous for Calvinism but lack knowledge.  They often are quick to seek to “evangelize” those outside of Calvinism and are consumed with Calvinism.  Oddly, I listened to a Calvinistic podcast the other day and a “seasoned” Calvinist was making cage stage Calvinism statements (such as saying he was lost when he was an Arminian but saved after he became a Calvinist).

So I sat down and decided to just jot down seven signs of a cage stage Calvinist.  And yes, this is satire mixed with truth.

1.  They want to know if you are a Calvinist before finding out if you a disciple of Jesus.

2.  They speak of Calvinism in terms of regeneration such as “When God opened my eyes to the doctrines of grace.”

3.  They may or may not share their faith (depending on where they are at on their studies of predestination) but they are convinced that Calvinism equals the gospel and the gospel equals Calvinism.

4.  All they read is Calvinistic works.

5.  They sum up every theological conversation with Deuteronomy 29:29.

6.  They read and re-read  and then read some more from John 6, John 10, Romans 9, and Ephesians 1.

7.  They refer to Arminians in terms of being lost such as “We are all born Arminians but born again as Calvinists.”  They will seek to convert you if you are not a Calvinist.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

06/27/2014 at 11:02 AM

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A Day in the Life of a Pentecostal-Charismatic

Let me give you a look into the day in the life of a Pentecostal.  This will be approached two ways, the first will be the way that many from the Strange Fire Conference believe a Pentecostal is like and then the truth.

A Day in the Life of a Pentecostal

8 AM – Rise and get down on your knees to receive direct revelation from God.

8:30 AM – Get up and obey the voice of God that directly spoke to you.

10 AM – Open your Bible and find a verse out of context to support what God said to you.

11 AM – While at work, you see an angel who tells you what to eat for lunch.

12 PM – Obey the angel and eat at the local deli.

12:30 PM – While at deli you see a sick woman come in, you go over and pray for her but she is not healed.

1 PM – You blog about praying for this sick woman because you were told to do so by an angel.

2 PM – You get an e-mail on your work computer from the Holy Spirit.  You read and obey.

3 PM – You send in your seed offering to the pastor who sent you the e-mail from the Spirit.

5 PM – On the drive home you listen to crazy rock music that talks a bit about God.  You call this worship.

6 PM – Your children arrive home from soccer practice and you speak blessings over them.

7 PM – Time to watch TBN and grow in the Lord.

9 PM – Shower and shave with Jesus sitting there talking to you about your day.

10 PM – You go to sleep by ending it with hearing from God yet again.  Sometimes God talks too much.

Overnight – You dream dreams from God.

Now let me give you the truth.

My Life

9 AM – I like to sleep in.  I get up and read my Bible while eating cereal.

10 AM – Check my e-mail.  Respond if necessary.

12:30 PM – Lunch with the family.

1:30 PM – Maybe take a nap?

3 PM – Play outside with the boys.

5 PM – Eat dinner with the family.

6 PM – Read.  Read.  And more reading.

8 PM – Blog if I have time but spend time with my wife and more reading mostly on my Kindle.

10 PM – Go to bed.  Dream crazy dreams from time to time but have not thought about whether they were from God or not.  Most come from what I have been reading which lately has been Westerns.

Now all of this changes from day-to-day because of my type of work (I drive a truck).  But you can see what is said about Pentecostals and the reality.  In reality, my family and I do not watch any TV and we spend much of our day together.  I help my wife homeschool our boys and we enjoy being together.  Our church family is also important to our lives.  My fun is reading.  When I am on a roll, I can read several books a month.  I have never heard the voice of God apart from hearing His voice daily in His Word (John 8:47; 10:27; Hebrews 12:25).  I have had some strange experiences and I can’t explain it all but my life is not marked by strange fire nor strange occurrences.  But I do long for my life to be marked by the presence and power of God.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

11/02/2013 at 5:53 PM

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