Monthly Archives: June 2013

Accumulated Debt

Much of the enormous credit card debt that many Christians have accumulated is the direct result of sowing hundreds and thousands of dollars to prosperity preachers who gave them empty and false promises of becoming extremely rich. These Christians, who are longing to be rich, are the ones the Bible speaks about that fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. It is no wonder that is says that the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil and some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows. (See 1. Timothy 6:9-10 ) We have been warned that this would happen especially in the last days, that, “people will love only themselves and their money.” 2. Timothy 3:2 NLT But, “God blesses the one who reads the words of this prophecy to the church, and he blesses all who listen to its message and obey what it says, for the time is near.” Revelation 1:3 NLT

A friend of mine gave me some great feedback the other day on the subject of the Narcissistic Personality Disorder when he said that narcissism, which is the same as people who only love themselves (2. Timothy 3:2), is one of the signs of these last difficult days we are living in. We see it especially among this young generation who thinks they are entitled to anything that pleases or pleasures them, and so brazenly, without any sense of shame. They are constantly complaining about being treated unfairly and not having what they so-called righteously deserve. These people are like the Bible says, grumblers and complainers, living only to satisfy their desires. They brag loudly about themselves, and they flatter others to get what they want. (See Jude 1:16) It interesting to see how a narcissistic person always uses defense mechanisms to idealize self so that he doesn’t have to face his own mistakes. Narcissists are very prideful people and even though they might call themselves Christians, they don’t really think they need a savior or forgiveness for anything. [...]

Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Scores of Christians are in one way or another connected to someone who has a Narcissistic Personality Disorder either through marriage, church fellowship, withing the circle of friends, or at their workplace, causing them much sorrow, turmoil, and headache in life. Narcissists are characterized by their feelings of self-importance. They have a sense of entitlement, and demonstrate grandiosity in their beliefs and behavior. They have a strong need for admiration, but lack feelings of empathy for others. These qualities are usually defenses against a deep feeling of inferiority and of being unloved. It is especially their inability to empathize with others that is so striking. You will never hear a narcissist say things like; “How are you feeling?”, “Is there anything that I might have done that hurt you?”, “How can I help you or be a blessing to you?”, “I am very sorry for causing you pain, please forgive me”, “You are wonderful and special to me”, “I would love to have your input in my life.” On the contrary, a narcissistic person is always busy pushing blame [...]

Pearls For Pigs

Jesus said; “Don’t waste what is holy on people who are unholy. Don’t throw your pearls to pigs! They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you.” Matthew 7:6 NLT In other words, you should not offer God’s valuable Biblical doctrine to those who do not want it or appreciate it. We must learn to discern who we sacrifice our pearls of energy, time, and wisdom to. We need to find out whether the ones we want to help are truly humble, teachable, and willing to learn and change. Otherwise that person – (pig or also called swine) will end up draining and ruining us spiritually, physically, emotionally, and financially. That is how many Christians get burned by their own desire to be “loving,” “caring,” and “nice.” They keep giving themselves over and over again, and yet the person never changes. They don’t understand that Satan often sets people in our path in order to destroy us, because he knows that we will sacrifice the things we should be doing, since we will be eager and willing to [...]

Let’s Pray Together

Let’s pray together: Father in Heaven “give us today the food we need, and forgive us our sins,
 as we have forgiven those who sin against us.” Matthew 6:11-12 NLT Give us neither poverty nor riches!
 Give us just enough to satisfy our needs. For if we grow rich, we may deny you and say, “Who is the Lord?” 
And if we are too poor, we may steal and thus insult God’s Holy name. (See Proverbs 30:8-9) We want to learn how to be content with whatever we have and how to live on almost nothing or with everything. We want to learn the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For we can do everything through Christ, who gives us strength. (See Philippians 4:10-13) We know that true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and [...]

America, More “Loving”?

President Barack Obama declared that the nation has reached a “turning point” regarding homosexual marriage:
“We’ve become not just more accepting; we’ve become more loving, as a country, and as a people. Hearts and minds change with time. Laws do, too. Change like that isn’t something that starts here in Washington, but it’s something that has the power that Washington has a great deal of difficulty resisting over time.”
Really, Mr. Obama? But you still have to deal with God, whom you are insulting, and who specifically told you;
“Do not practice homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman. It is a detestable sin.” Leviticus 18:22 NLT
“If a man practices homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman, both men have committed a detestable act.” Leviticus 20:13 NLT
“Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as [...]

Grace Deception

A travesty that we hear about more and more, is that ungodly people are worming their way into churches, twisting the Word, saying that God’s marvelous grace allows us to live immoral lives. (See Jude 1:4) In doing so, these false teachers keep the people from becoming effective and productive Christians that will enter the Kingdom of God. What a deception! The plain truth is that if you are a born-again Christian, you are commanded to “work hard to show the results of your salvation by obeying God with deep reverence and fear.” Philippians 2:12 NLT In fact, “you have to make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from [...]

Gospel of Positivity

By Sophia Christiaan

As I wrote in the previous post, many Christians seem to have embraced a Gospel of Positivity, which I explained is a deviation of the sound doctrine of the Word of God. It has its roots in New Age philosophies, teaching that the Law of Cause of Effect will make sure you receive back any blessing you put out into the universe. It has become normal for Christian ministers to teach this karma-like teaching, dressing it in a coat of Faith teaching. But just because you are confessing “I am rich” like a mantra all day, doesn’t mean you are getting rich! Anyone who knows their Bible and have been taught a sound Biblical foundation, knows that positivity is not something the Bible really speaks about or elaborates on. As a matter of fact, the Bible admonishes us to live in the truth, receive the truth, accept the truth, search for truth, worship in truth, as so on. Bottom line is, many will have to choose between being positive and being truthful. Many don’t want to hear [...]

Pastors Who Fall In Sin

Pastors who fall in (sexual) sin and repent for what they have done, often have a very hard time with the unloving, unforgiving, and sometimes even vindictive attitude of their parishioners. Many of these pastors end up becoming overwhelmed with discouragement. The apostle Paul had to address a similar issue in the Corinthian Church where he said; “I am not overstating it when I say that the man who caused all the trouble hurt all of you more than he hurt me. Most of you opposed him, and that was punishment enough. Now, however, it is time to forgive and comfort him. Otherwise he may be overcome by discouragement. So I urge you now to reaffirm your love for him. When you forgive this man, I forgive him, too. And when I forgive whatever needs to be forgiven, I do so with Christ’s authority for your benefit, so that Satan will not outsmart us. For we are familiar with his evil schemes.” 2. Corinthians 2:5-11 NLT

It is unfortunate that many in the body of Christ lack the Biblical knowledge [...]

Being Comforted

You can never give what don’t have! It is impossible to give someone godly comfort in their troubles and sufferings, if you personally never experienced God’s comfort in your own troubles. It is precisely for this reason the Bible says that God is the source of all comfort. and that He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. It even goes further to say that the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with His comfort through Christ. In this way, you are going to be able to give great comfort to others! (See 2. Corinthians 1:3-7) If you, as a believer, have never experienced God’s comforting love, I pray that “our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who loved us and by His grace gave us eternal comfort and a wonderful hope, comfort you and strengthen you in every good thing you do and say.” 2. Thessalonians 2:16-17 NLT