*Post was originally published on March 17, 2017. Relevant still for such a time as this one.*
What is pharisaism? Pharisaism is adhering to the principles and practices of the Pharisees—men who were fierce (self-righteous) hypocrites, as we see in the Bible.
The Pharisees’ belief was that everyone should live by their rules, their man-made traditions (even when they themselves didn’t). When people didn’t, they unmercifully criticized them, and Jesus wasn’t excluded. Let’s look at one example. Continue reading
Not too long ago, I learned that a Me Too movement was trending on Twitter (via an article); on Saturday, I learned that a Church Too movement had also been started. I’m not one to get involved in the online trends and debates (however true/factual they may be); nevertheless, this latest movement really saddened and bothered me, and I felt that I should speak (briefly) on it.
Let me start by saying that I can relate to both the Me Too and Church Too hashtags. However, that doesn’t make the Church Too hashtag any less bothersome for me. Continue reading
In many churches today, there’s a myth floating about, which says that salvation and tongue-speaking go hand-in-hand. This myth has been alive and well in churches for a long time now, and it will likely be so until Jesus returns. My mission today is to expose this myth for the lie that is (especially for the newcomers to Christianity), and to give you a quick background on why it is a lie. Continue reading
Racism is prevalent in the society we live in today… Actually, it has been around for quite some time, dating back to the biblical days. We find it in our schools, we see it on our jobs, we see it by way of our neighbors’ reactions, and for some, it is heard in the home, or some familial environment. These things don’t, or shouldn’t, come as a surprise to us from those of the outer world, those who aren’t believers in Christ. But it is a surprise, and very disheartening, to see such hatred expressed by those who profess to be of the church of Christ. Continue reading
In Isaiah 53:5, we find these words: “But He was pierced for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities; upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with His wounds we are healed” (ESV). The King James Version ends with, “By His stripes we are healed.” Continue reading
Over the past weeks, in light of some very interesting things going on within the “Christian community,” I’ve been reminiscing on two events that occurred in my life some years back. During the first instance, I was around 15 years old, and my sisters and I were taken out for the evening by our then pastor (a friendly gesture, as our dad had died some time before). Continue reading
Last week, while reading in Philippians, chapters 1 and 2, a repeated phrase by Paul brought one word to mind—unity. In a few verses, he mentions (or implies) being of the same spirit and of one mind. Let’s have a look at these verses. Continue reading
In 2 Samuel, chapter 12, God sent the prophet Nathan to King David with a rebuke. Every time I read this chapter, or hear someone speak on it, I am reminded of the time God sent my “Nathan” to me. Continue reading
In the church today, there is a widely-known concept floating around known as the generational curse. The generational curse is defined, by those of the church who teach this, as God’s judgment/punishment for an ancestor’s sin, passed down from generation to generation. In simple terms, it’s seen as “inherited punishment.” But, is this concept biblical? Many people will read passages like Exodus 20:5; Numbers 14:18; and Deuteronomy 5:9 and yell out, “Yes!” However, when these passages are looked at within their proper contexts, we get a resounding, “No!” Continue reading
When God first revealed His plan for me—ministry—I felt a flood of emotions, ranging from sheer surprise and excitement to sheer confusion. Feelings and thoughts of Me (with my past)? Really? Will I have my own church? flooded me.
Now, by this time, I was familiar with 1 Timothy 2:11-14, which is where a lot of the confusion stemmed from. How would I be a teacher in ministry if I wasn’t permitted to speak or exercise authority in the church? Continue reading