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The Bible speaks constantly about learning, teaching others, and studying and many pastors do that but sometimes they stop at only reading their own denominational material. Unfortunately that is not enough.

To teach your people each week you must be educated in more areas than your denominational ideology. You need to know about science, history, geography and many other subjects in order to understand and apply the Bible better. You do not have to be experts in each field of study nor do you ave to know more than some of the basics, but what you have to do is follow the Holy Spirit so you can get to the truth of an issue and not be led astray by unbelievers who sound like they know what they are talking about.

For example, for science the best way to protect yourselves and your congregations is against evolutionary thinking to have a good starting point. That beginning is simply: fallible, sinful men and women do not know more than God does about what he did in the beginning. You cannot say that the biblical authors got our origins wrong for they got their information from God himself.

Another example would be archaeology. a good starting point there to help guide you in your study of God’s word is that archaeology is limited and only looks at maybe 2-5% of the total information from the past. archaeologists do not have any secret information nor any smoking gun that contradicts the Bible or proves it untrue. They know very little about the past and what they do know they often distort and alter in order to paint a picture they want the past to look like. They do not present a picture to show how the past actually was.

These examples should help you in knowing what you need to know from fields of study other than theology. For theology, and other subjects,you need to make sure you are following the Holy Spirit to the truth because Jesus taught that. he did not teach anyone to go for the interpretation they want or the best explanation.

Do a word study on the words ‘truth’ and ‘interpretation’ and see what God actually teaches about both topics. To lead your people correctly you need to know the information first. You need to first ask God the tough questions and get his answers before facing the questions from your church members.

Education is not limited to theology or evangelism for not every person studies theology and you need to be prepared to answer their questions and you can’t answer them if you do not know God’s answers first. I remember having a friend many years ago, who was a youth pastor at the time, continually say ‘I don’t know’ to his young charges. That is not good nor is it being a good pastor. You need to know so you can train your people correctly and help protect them from the attacks of evil.

You need to educate correctly so the people can defend their faith without problems or stumbling in their faith.

 

Bits And Pieces2

#1. http://www.christianpost.com/news/toni-the-tampon-coloring-book-that-teaches-men-get-periods-amounts-to-child-abuse-says-expert-177040/

The Adventures of Toni the Tampon: A Period Coloring Book that teaches children men get periods too is causing a stir, with one critic calling it “child abuse.”

No it is not child abuse. Le’s stop abusing the word ‘abuse’. This is called lying to children and lying is a sin. The Bible reminds us that liars do not go to heaven. Let’s not sin in exposing sin.

#2. http://www.christianpost.com/news/justin-trudeau-donates-650-million-fund-abortions-worldwide-pro-lifers-horrified-177143/

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged to donate $650 million for abortions worldwide on International Women’s Day, with “horrified” pro-lifers calling it a “sick” decision.

We call it misusing ones authority and power.

“It is important that as a world we recognize that empowering women, that respecting their rights, is fundamental to building a world in which everyone has a real and fair chance to succeed,” he added.

Women do not have the right to hurt or kill the child or its body developing in their womb.

 

#3. http://www.christianpost.com/news/i-was-a-skeptic-of-the-shack-then-i-spoke-with-the-author-177146/

People had warned me not to read the book. And when I heard that God, who is called Papa, was portrayed as a large black woman, I really wasn’t inspired to read it.

The author of the book and the producers of the movie seem to have forgotten that God does not show himself to humans. If he did the person seeing him would die. Why would God appear as a black woman? There is NO logic to maintain that idea. Then when God has met people the person is told to remove their shoes for they are standing on holy ground. We do not see that vital act used anywhere in this movie. At least it i not mentioned taking place anywhere we have read about the movie.

People may like this film but it is theologically and biblically wrong

#4. http://www.christianpost.com/news/isis-radicals-disguised-as-doctors-massacre-over-30-sick-and-wounded-in-hospital-177142/

Islamic State militants have killed over 30 patients and staff at an Afghan hospital and wounded twice as many others after managing to disguise themselves as doctors in what some have called an “abhorrent new low.”

If you need a modern example of why God destroyed the world with a flood… Now all the people of the pre-flood world were not this bad but they did think of evil all the time. Sin is evil, God set the boundaries for sin not humans. be careful.

#5. http://www.christianpost.com/news/when-should-elderly-pastors-retire-ten-diagnostic-questions-176314/

There are a lot of us Baby Boomer pastors and Christian leaders around. And it’s cliché, but we aren’t getting any younger. It’s a quiet question that many are asking, but they are asking it nonetheless: What age should I retire?

People like Ranier need to go away. They are sticking their noses in where they do not belong. They are what was once called busybodies. They are minding everyone else’s business but their own. They also think they are in charge of the church and Christians, placing themselves over God with their views. We have never liked Ranier, his articles or the book he wrote. We find him treading in areas where he does not belong and uses the wrong standards to make his judgments.

 

A Word Or Two On Scholars

http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-topics/bible-interpretation/first-person-misogyny-in-the-bible/

It is an interesting article on a topic we are fully aware. We do not agree with Mr. Shanks or Dr. Rollston as neither person has the spirit of truth guiding them to the truth. This is the confusing thing about scholarship. Many people claim to be Christian, who are scholars, yet they throw out God’s rules that would guide them to the truth of a topic and embrace the rules of man. Rarely do scholars come to the truth using that formula. They try to please men, not God.

Christopher Rollston is one of the world’s leading paleographers of ancient Near Eastern inscriptions. I have been harshly critical of some of his views, principally regarding unprovenanced inscriptions—inscriptions that have surfaced only from the antiquities market, not from a professional archaeological excavation. They may be forgeries, he argues. Although my criticism of Chris’s position is intense,1 we remain good friends and regularly share a meal.

Yes he is a leading scholar but we find his answer wanting and lacking in anything that is helpful to the believer. We know this as he refused to provide a direct answer to some our questions when we asked him point-blank, when does a Hebrew script mean a Hebrew script? Scholarship should be dedicated to finding the truth and informing the people of that truth. Sadly, too many Christians opt for constructing new theories for discussion and avoid the truth like the plague. This is why we used the word ‘confusing’ earlier. Even Christian scholars bring confusion to the church and confusion is not of God. These men and women are trained  in ancient languages and other disciplines thus they are in a unique position to help the church…unfortunately, this rarely happens.

Rollston finds the marginalization of women obvious and “clear” in the Ten Commandments: “The wife is classified as her husband’s property, and she’s listed with the slaves and work animals. There is also a striking omission in this commandment: Never does it say, ‘You shall not covet your neighbor’s husband.’”

People like Rollston tend to read too much of their own or some other secular person’s views into scripture and make a mole hill into a mountain.  When the word woman is or wife is used in the 10 commandments she is not being listed as property. That is an idea that is read into the passage of scripture. The idea that women were ancient men’s property is more of a secular cultural idea than a spiritual one for we never read any passage of scripture instructing men to make women their property. But when a couple marries and becomes one they do belong to each other and no one else. it is a different concept than the one proposed by Dr. Rollston.

Men have specific instructions from God on how to treat women and none of them tell the man to make a woman their property.But these passages are ignored when scholars, like Dr. Rollston, publish their views on scripture.

Rollston continues with other examples:

An unmarried woman could be compelled to marry her rapist, as long as the rapist could pay the standard bride price and the woman’s father was comfortable with the marriage (Deuteronomy 22:28–29). Polygyny (a man having multiple wives at the same time) was not condemned, but was an accepted and legal custom (Deuteronomy 21:15–17; Genesis 4:19–24; and 2 Samuel 3:2–5). A woman’s religious vow could be nullified by her father or her husband (Numbers 30:3–15). And the assumption of the text is that the priesthood is all male (Leviticus 21). In short, within the legal literature of the Bible, women were not accorded the same status as men.

What we find when scholars make these type of points is that it is not God who is in error. Rather, it is the scholar who does not understand scripture properly and attack the passage from their own understanding not using God’s wisdom or spirit of truth to help them grasp what God is saying. Dr. Rollston, there, is pulling passages out of context and without proper exegetical work to understand why God said what he said. Scholars cherry pick as well. They also ignore passages that would clarify what God is saying for those passages stop the scholar from writing what they do.

But there’s more: “Let a woman learn in silence and full submission. I permit no woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she is to be silent” (vv. 11–12). The author’s rationale: “For Adam was formed first, then Eve, and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor” (vv. 13–14). According to this text, women were to be silent in worship gatherings (and men were certainly not told to be silent)

Another example of cherry picking a verse to support a bad agenda and another example of understanding what God is saying. Does the word silent mean that women cannot worship or pray? We do not think so. Most likely the women was not to teach or preach to men but as you can read it looks like Dr. Rollston is importing his own ideas to the text and not taking out exactly what God means. We get a clue when men are not told to be silent. Dr. Rollston seems to forget that if men are to be silent then there is no teaching, preaching or worship going on in the service, everyone just sits around watching each other grow. This is the problem with scholars and scholarship. They leave God out of the process and think their conclusions trump what God wants for his church. God owns the church thus he gets the say how it will operate.

Rollston recently told us in writing what we already knew. This criticism of the Bible led to his “forced ouster” from Emmanuel Christian Seminary.

We know this story and yes there was nothing wrong with his ouster. He was teaching contrary to the ideology of the institution that employed him and he taught things that were not of God.This is the result of scholarship when you leave the spirit of truth out of helping–you leave God and speak something God did not teach or say. Dr. Rollston, then, becomes a false teacher and those people have no place in God’s academic institutions or churches. He has no business teaching young Christians nor do those pastors who do not believe God’s word any more. The Bible warns us against false teachers and the church and academic institution must obey God and get rid of those who do not teach what God wants or commanded. There is no alternative to that position.

If you cannot believe, preach or teach what God wants, then you have no right to teach or preach in what is God’s. Christian scholars are to be servants of God and they must present what God wants– the truth in love– not contrary theories or lead people to false teaching. They are to obey God in all areas of life and cannot adopt secular ideas to guide them in their work. Christian scholars need to bring the truth for they have a great responsibility given to them by God and they fail God and the people when they allow themselves to be led astray by those who reject God, Jesus and the aid of the Holy Spirit.

 

Abortion & Rape…

There are many anti-abortionists who allow abortion in times of rape or incest and to us that is an inconsistent point of view as well as a sinful compromise. The problem with that viewpoint is that it look sat the crime, the supposed feelings of the mother to be and ignores what scriptures tells us

20 The person who sins will die. The son will not bear the punishment for the father’s iniquity, nor will the father bear the punishment for the son’s iniquity; the righteousness of the righteous will be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked will be upon himself. Ez. 18 NASB

This is but one passage that reminds us that the unborn child, as a result of rape or incest, shall not be punished for the sins committed by their fathers.  The child did not do anything wrong and should not be deprived of life because of the sexual sins of others.We say this because of the following article

http://www.christianpost.com/news/a-child-conceived-by-rape-is-still-a-human-being-176324/

Which would have been a lot better if the author had relied upon a spiritual support for her argument. What is missing from most pro-life arguments, and articles like the one linked to, is that they ignore what God instructs or commands. They base their arguments more on logic than spiritual direction. While that author makes some good points, her punch is missing because she makes it more of a subjective point of view instead of a divine objective instruction. Allowing a baby conceived by rape or incest is not legitimizing or condoning the crime. It is acknowledging the innocence of the child,something we can never forget.

Then when rape or incest occurs, we must set aside the emotional part of the crime and deal with the violation with clear heads, following God’s rules on justice and we must be just. Getting justice for the victim does not mean we throw justice out the window or ignore God’s instructions on being just. Emotion is not part of the process and that is one reason why we do not like these victim impact statements or statements by relatives. Those pervert justice not aid it by allowing emotion to alter what is just.people may not agree with this but we must do what God wants even when our women are attacked and victimized.

It is not easy but there are no escape clauses allowing us to pervert justice when our wives, daughters or mothers are raped or made victims of rape. Women need to learn what true justice is just like the men do.

 

Women…

The following does not make you empowered, look intelligent, have you make a statement or anything else the unbelieving world feeds you as a reason to bare your assets in public

https://www.yahoo.com/news/nicki-minajs-bares-her-breast-for-fashion-in-paris-and-shes-not-alone-184251319.html

For a while, Nicki Minaj has had a comparatively reserved sense of style compared with some of her older, flashy tactics. But following a bit of industry drama recently, the female MC took to Paris Fashion Week in a series of gag inducing looks. The latest? A breast exposing top from Mugler at Haider Ackermann.

What it does do is make you look immodest, disrespectful, that you cannot dress yourselves. All going nude or partially nude does is open yourself up to negative disrespectful comments and perverts who lust after you and have no concern nor care for you. Going nude makes you an object and you receive nothing  in return. Dressing in that fashion or even with no clothes is not of God for he told his people to dress modestly, respectfully for our bodies are a temple unto him and not for a porn peep show. You do not get any prizes or rewards for disobeying God even in your dress.

I will say the same thing to men as well. You are not to be exposing yourself to anyone or everyone for your bodies are the temple of God as well and not meant to make other people sin against God. Believers are not to follow the unbelieving world in anything, including fashion. They are to be real witnesses to God for his glory.  But with that said, we are allowed a little common sense and not wear burkas in 100 degree heat, just be modest and pleasing to God in what you wear.

 

Our View Of God

An actress, Octavia Spencer, from the movie The Shack, said the following:

“The Shack” hits theaters Friday and Oscar-nominated actress Octavia Spencer, who plays the role of God, describes why she likes that “The Shack” does away with the conventional portrayals of God despite the controversy surrounding it.

http://www.christianpost.com/news/octavia-spencer-addresses-the-shack-controversy-i-like-that-it-dispenses-with-conventional-images-of-god-interview-176204/

If you change the view of God from the biblical description of him, then you change God and are not representing the biblical God but a god of your own making. As believers in the God of the Bible we have to represent him as he represents himself or we are not being good stewards of the record we are given. This means we have to learn how to deal with the difficult passages of scripture which show God in a supposed bad light and learn how those passages actually show God as who he is. We do not get to skip those lessons if we want to represent God correctly

This means we have to look at God’s actions in questionable circumstances and see the situation from his point of view and apply certain scriptures correctly to help guide our thoughts. When God says his ways are higher than ours, etc., then we must realize that God is not looking at situations from our point of view , or even from a secular point of view,  but from his holy viewpoint which is greater, wiser,smarter than ours. The better we understand God the better we can represent him.

 

Unfair??

http://www.christianheadlines.com/blog/church-of-england-s-stance-on-gay-marriage-is-untenable-say-mps.html

A number of MPs responded to the crisis, calling the Church’s stance on gay marriage “untenable,” “unfair,” and “hard to justify,” according to Christian Today.

It seems that those MPs have a very different definition f the word ‘unfair’ than the rest of the world. How is it unfair to make people who want to be part of the church, follow the rules of the church and by extension the God they claim to serve? One would think that, by any normal definition of the term, it would be unfair to those who follow the rules to allow rulebreakers in without discipline, correction and a warning to follow the rules.

“Is it not increasingly untenable for our Church, which enjoys significant privileges in this country because of its established status, to continue to discriminate against its own members simply because they happen to be gay?” asked Ben Bradshaw, Labour MP for Exeter who is himself in a gay relationship and belongs to the Anglican Church

Making people follow the rules is NOT discrimination but telling people that there is a line between good and evil and that line should not be crossed. What good is having rules if no one abides by them or are told to abide by them?

Dame Caroline Spelman, Second Church Estates Commissioner, added that “Changes have taken place and more need to happen.”

The changes that need to be made are that churches should get back to the word of God and not alter it because some people want to practice and bring evil into the church.

 
 
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