A new reformation within the Charismatic Movement

This week we celebrated the 500th anniversary of the reformation. On 31st October 500 years ago, a German monk by the name of Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses on the door of the All Saints Church. He also sent the theses with a letter to Albert of Brandenburg the Archbishop of Mainz. His one act sparked religious, intellectual, political, and cultural change that completely altered the Church and the then world. What took place was earth shattering to say the least. The Catholic Church splintered and the protestant movement was formed and the after effects are still being felt to this day

In his 95 theses, he argued that faith in Jesus alone and not selling of indulgences or good works was the only way to obtain pardon for sin (sola fide). He also argued for the sole reliance on scriptures (sola scriptura) as the foundation for the beliefs in the Church. Let me not get you tangled up in the weeds. Basically, his action was summed up in this – Salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. Period!

Salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. 

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The gospel void in our generation is real

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Judges 2:10-11 (NKJV)

When all that generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation arose after them who did not know the Lord nor the work which He had done for Israel. Then the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and served the Baals.

So, Joshua dies. His generation follows suit. The text seems to suggest that they simply inherited the land and just died. They simply got their inheritance, enjoyed the benefits and just died.

A new generation rises. Here’s the indictment against the new generation – they did not know the Lord nor the work which he had done for Israel.

This is so evident in our times. My generation does not know Jesus or what he has done for us. There is a huge gospel void in our generation. I meet and see young people who really don’t know who Jesus is and what He did for them. Even if they grew up in church, they rarely heard the gospel being preached. All they heard was emphasis spiritual activities, duty, legalism, moralism, motivational, deliverance, prosperity, faith, spiritual warfare, and evangelistic teachings and hype.

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Read the Bible for yourself! Not so easy as it sounds

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After years of listening to gospel and grace preachers the worst advice I’ve heard them give Christians is this – “go read the Bible for yourself”. Grace preachers keep telling their audiences to read the Bible for themselves and not allow “theologians” to misconstrue the Bible. I think this is highly simplistic and misleading.
To a degree I kinda get where they are coming from when they advice us to read the Bible for ourselves. It’s because most Christians are ignorant of what is in the Bible. Most Christians simply don’t know what is in the Bible. And even if they do, they don’t have the right skills in terms of properly interpreting the Bible. They do not know how to study the Bible.

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Your tender and delicate wife

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Listen bro,

Your tender and delicate wife will defy, disrespect, dislike you and many times submit to you with gritted teeth and a clenched fist – If you hadn’t noticed yet. It’s not her fault. It’s not even her parent’s fault. Her parents were just as defiant, disrespectful and insubordinate just as she is.

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What’s your worth?

banknote-business-cash-currency-41526There is this fascinating account in Leviticus 27 about how the priest would place a determinate value on people, animals, houses, and fields. The whole chapter describes how the valuation process took place.

If it were a man 20-60 years old, their value would be 50 shekels of silver. If it were a woman of the same age, it would be 30 shekels (Vs. 3 -4) For the male 5-20 years old, their value would be 20 shekels. For the female of the same age it would be 10 shekels (Vs. 5) If the baby were male, then his value would be 5 shekels. If she were a girl, her value would be 3 shekels. (Vs.6) For the male 60 years old and above, their value would be 15 shekels. For a female of the same age, it would be 10 shekels. (Vs.7)

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“Church, let’s lift our hands in surrender”. Worship leader, here’s why that is not in view of the New Covenant.

 

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Photo By Chad Kirchoff

 

For many years as a worship leader I encouraged people during worship to lift their hands as a sign of surrender. During worship, I made it a priority to make sure that there will be a session where the whole church would lift up their hands. I actually loved the sight of it. Seeing lifted hands in worship is a sight to behold. It really is. I think the significance of that action is tremendous because we are doing it to our God.

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