A Reader's Beliefs and Questions
Beliefs and Questions from a Reader
God led me with a miracle to believe in Christ as my Lord and Savior in 1989 after I prayed. I began
studying the Bible and church doctrines, but by 1995 I discerned that
all the "religious establishment" churches
are apostate, deeply ignorant, and involved in all kinds of false
teachings and activities. So I settled on self-baptism.
Since 1995, I've visited many supposedly independent churches and ministers, mainly around
Pittsburgh. I've also considered thousands of others on TV, radio, shortwave, and the
Internet, but have contacted only a minority that seemed possibly genuine (less
than 5%). These also have all turned out to be apostate.
only tell which (if any) of my beliefs you disagree with, and exactly why:
Biblical deliverance of Christians concerns liberation from external,
not internal, circumstances (read my Bible Reviews #1 and #2 [follow below]).
A generational curse originates with God, and can never consist of sin,
a "spirit of rebellion," or originate with Satan, demons, or witches, who also
never have any ability to block prayers to God, or issue any valid
"prophecies" or "predictions," but only lies and threats
which need to be prayerfully resisted, not "reversed" (Eph 6:11; Ja 4:7; 1Pe 5:8-9).
Demons or "evil spirits" can not indwell true Christians, or be the
"root" of true medical diseases of the body (1Co 3:9,16-17; 6:19; 2Co
6:14-16; Eph 2:19-22; 1Pe 2:5). See also the Bible citations in 4).
Pentecostalism and Pentecostal/Charismatic churches are founded upon
false beliefs about and manifestations of the Holy Spirit ("speaking in
tongues" as primary evidence of Holy Spirit baptism; fixating on
letting the Spirit "inside" of you [the Spirit is already within all true
Christians: Ro 8:9b; 1Co 12:3; 2Co 1:21-22; Eph 1:13-14]; calling upon,
praying to, worshiping, and being "controlled" by the Spirit; so-called
"slain" or "drunk in the Spirit" behavior [falling to the
floor, convulsive spasms, etc.]; materializations [feathers, gold,
gems, cash, vegetable oil, blood, etc.]).
Christians are not exempt from all problems, illnesses, pain,
generational curses, persecution, suffering, sorrows, negative or unpleasant
emotions, adversity, tragedies, etc.; and these are not necessarily sins, Satanic
lies, misconceptions, and/or demonic indwellings, nor are they "blessings."
All Christians are still personally responsible and accountable to God
for dutifully, conscientiously, and faithfully obeying the moral Law (read
my Bible Review #3 [follows below]).
7) It's foolish and sinful to divide Biblical truths into "essentials"
and "nonessentials" ("minors," "secondary issues"), since all are essential. False teachings and ideas create
disunity or false unity, and must not be "tolerated," "appreciated," or argued over, but rather discerned, criticized, and
rejected (Mt 5:18-22; 15:19b-20a; Jn 10:35b; Ac 2:42*; 17:29-30; Ro 14:1 [cf.
14:2,5,10,13-14]; 1Co 1:10; Eph 4:25; 5:11-14; Phs 2:1-2b*; Col 1:28; 3:9,16;
1Ti 4:13-16; 6:3-7; 2Ti 2:15,23-26; 3:16-17; 4:2-5; 2Pe 3:14-18; 1Jn 2:21b; 2Jn 9-11).
Discernment of others and excluding them from fellowship is not evil, bile,
hate, toxic, wrong, poison, destructive, joylessness, self-righteousness,
unresolved anger, or an offense to God; or equivalent to gossiping
about, abusing, blaming, or condemning them; or having grudges, woundedness, a
hardened heart, or a root of bitterness; or being paranoid, prideful,
haughty, resentful, faultfinding, judgmental, unforgiving, unmerciful, unloving,
or divisive; or living in the past, covering your sins, losing your peace,
producing bad fruit, putting yourself in bondage, or closing a door to God.
Unrepentant Christians should not be forgiven (Mt 18:15-17; Lk 17:3-4;
1Co 5:9-11; Ttus 3:10-11; 2Jn 10-11). Presumed, pretended, or imagined
repentance on anyone's behalf is inadequate and has no validity.
There is no "purgatory."
11) There is no "past lives" or reincarnation.
It's impossible to save the dead who rejected Christ, change past
history, travel back in time, or communicate with the past or future (Mt
11:20-24; 24:21; Mk 13:19; Lk 10:10-15; Heb 9:27-28a). See also 13) and 14).
Hell is an eternal, material reality for those rejecting Jesus (Mt
5:22; 8:11-12 [cf. Mt 22:13; 2Pe 2:17*; Jd 13]; 18:8; 23:33; 25:41,46; Mk
9:43-44*-45*-48; Lk 3:17* [cf. Mt 3:12]; 12:4-5; 13:23-29; 16:22-28;
1Co 6:9-10; 2Pe 2:4; Jd 7; Rv 14:9-11; 20:10,14-15). Heaven, angels, and
demons are also eternal, material realities. Angels and demons can have a physical
appearance and influence on earth (Mt 8:30-32; 12:43-45; 28:1-8; Mk
5:11-13; Lk 1:11-19,26-38; 2:9-15; 8:2b,32-33; 11:42-26; Jn 5:4*; Ac 5:19; 10:3-7
[cf. 11:13]; 12:7-10; 19:13-16*-17; Rv 22:8-9).
A Christian can willfully forsake salvation (Ro 11:22; 1Co 15:1-2* [cf.
3:11-15]; Col 1:21-23; 1Ti 3:2-6; Heb 6:4-6*-8* [cf. Ac 2:38; 26:20];
10:23-29; 2Pe 2:15,20-22; Jd 20-21).
15) Those who reject Christ are not God's children, and not brothers and
sisters with Christians.
16) Although Jesus is united with God the Father as part of the divine
Trinity (Mt 3:16-17; 28:19; Mk 1:10-11; Jn 1:1-3,14 [cf. Ge 1:26a]; 14:11-17,21,23-26;
15:26; 16:7-16; Ac 2:32-33,36,38-39; 5:30-32; 10:36-48; 1Co 12:3-6; 2Co
13:14; 1Jn 5:1-7), and therefore is "equal" in some ways with Him (Isa 9:6b;
44:6; 48:12 [cf. Ge 35:10-12; Rv 22:13]; Jn 5:18,23; 14:9; Heb 1:3a),
the Bible emphasizes he is not "coequal" with Him, but rather is always
subordinate in terms of status, sovereignty, power, initiative,
knowledge, privilege, and praise (Mt 6:6-13b*; 11:25; 20:21-23; 24:36*; 26:39; Mk
14:36; Jn 2:16; 3:16; 5:19; 6:27,37-40,57; 7:16; 8:54; 10:32; 11:41-42;
12:49-50; 14:2*,10,16,24,26,28; 17:1-4,6-9,11-12,15,21-26; Ac 3:18,20-22,25-26;
10:37-40; 13:16-23,26,32-35; Ro 1:8-10; 2Co 1:3-4; Gal 4:4; Eph 1:17-22;
2:4-10,18-20; 3:2-3,7,9*-11,14b*; 5:20; 1Ti 2:3-5; 6:13,15-17; Heb 1:6; 2:7-10;
5:7-8; 7:23-25; 8:1; 1Jn 4:7-16; Rv 3:21).
Prayers should not be made to Jesus, or anyone or anything else, but
only to God in Jesus' name (Mt 6:6-13; Lk 11:1-4; Jn 16:22-28; Ac 4:24-30;
12:5; 16:25; Ro 10:1-2; 15:30-33; Col 1:9-14; Phm 4-5; 1Jn 3:21-23). Certain pleas
may be made directly to Jesus if he appears in a vision, however (Ac 7:55-60;
Rv 1:10-11a*-18; 22:20).
18) Predestination, determinism, fatalism, fatalistic providence,
Augustinianism, Calvinism, total depravity, unconditional election, limited atonement,
irresistible (sovereign) grace, "perseverance" (eternal security),
foreordination, foreknowledge, omniscience, and Arminianism are all
false, condemnatory doctrines as far as election is concerned. These doctrines
misinterpret, overgeneralize, or take out of context a minority of
passages to mean that everyone's salvation or damnation was "set in stone"
beforehand, which is the only way it could have either been foreknown
or predestined. Nobody is predestined for damnation. Even the most crucial
of these passages are actually inconclusive (Ge 25:23; 27:39-40;
49:4,7-8,10-20; Ex 4:21; 7:2-4; 9:12,16*; 10:1,20,27; 11:3,9-10; 14:3-4a,8,17; 33:19b;
Nu 23:19; Dt 2:30a; 30:1-3,6,20b*; Josh 11:18-20; 1Sm 15:29; 16:1b; 1Kg
8:58; 12:15; 19:18; 2Kg 8:12-13 [cf. 10:32; 13:3,22]; 19:25; 1Ch 28:9a*; 2Ch
10:15; 25:20; Job 14:5-6; 23:10,13-14; 33:29; 36:7; Ps 22:9-10; 33:11-15;
37:18,39a; 40:5; 49:13-14; 51:5*; 57:2*; 58:3; 65:4*; 138:8*; 139:4,15-16; 147:5;
Pr 16:1*,4,9; 19:21; 20:24; 21:1; Ecc 1:9-10; 3:1-15; 7:13-14; Isa
14:26-27; 19:22; 22:11; 25:1; 37:26; 44:2b; 45:7,11-12; 46:9-11; 48:4-5; 49:1;
63:17; Jer 1:4-5; 7:27; 10:23; 15:2; 19:9 [cf. Lv 26:27-29; Eze 5:9-10]; 29:11;
31:31,33; 43:11; La 2:17; Eze 14:9; Da 4:34-35; 5:25-26; 11:36; Jnah 2:9b*; Hg
2:23; Zc 4:6; 13:8-9; Mt 1:21; 10:29b* [cf. Lk 12:6b]; 11:27; 22:14; 25:34; Mk
13:20; Lk 2:14*; 10:22; 19:5-10; Jn 1:12-13; 3:3*,5-7*-8; 5:21; 6:39,44 [see also
17:12b], 63-65; 8:36; 10:8; 11:52; 12:37-40; 15:5,16a,19; 17:2,6,9,20*;
20:23; Ac 2:39,47b; 3:17-18; 4:24-28; 5:31b; 10:40-41a; 11:18b; 13:22,48;
15:18; 16:14b; 17:26; 22:14,18; 28:28b; Ro 1:7,16*; 8:7*,28-30,33,35-39;
9:11-24; 11:2a,4-8,28-29 [cf. 12:6], 32,36a; 16:13a; 1Co 1:1,8,21-30; 2:7;
15:10; 2Co 1:1; 3:3a,5; 5:5*; 5:14; Gal 1:15a-16a; Eph 1:4-11; 2:1-10; 3:10-11;
Phs 1:6,28b-29; 2:13; Col 1:1,12,16-17; 1Th 1:4-5†; 3:2-3; 2Th
2:11-13; 1Ti 1:16; 2Ti 1:1,8-10; 2:10 [cf. 2:5], 25; Ttus 1:1-2; 3:5; Heb 1:14; 4:3;
9:15,27-28a; 10:9-10; 12:2a; Ja 1:17-18a; 1Pe 1:1-2; 2:8-9; 2Pe 1:3-4; 1Jn 3:20;
4:19; 2Jn 1,13; Jd 4*; Rv 13:8*,10; 17:8b; 21:6a). An overwhelming majority of
conclusive passages refutes these doctrines (Ge 6:5-7; 22:12b; Ex 4:10-17,24-26a;
8:15,32; 9:16*,34; 10:1-2a*; 13:3-5,11 [cf. Nu 14:21-32; 20:12], 17; 19:5;
32:9-14; Lv 26:3-45; Nu 14:10-20; 22:32-33; 35:26-28*; Dt 1:19-2:1; 2:30b [cf.
2:30a]; 5:29; 8:2; 9:13-29 [cf. 10:10]; 11:13-17,22-23,26-28; 28:1-68;
30:4-20b*; 32:20,26-27; Jdg 2:20-3:4; 1Sm 2:30-33; 12:14-15; 13:13;
15:10-11†,35; 2Sm 12:8; 1Kg 3:14 [cf. 3:7; 11:6,42]; 19:18; 20:42; 2Kg 13:18-19;
17:13-23; 20:1-7; 1Ch 21:15; 28:9a*; 2Ch 25:14-16; 32:31; 36:15-19; Ne 9:29-31;
Est 4:12-16; Ps 32:8-9; 69:22*; 78:39a; 81:8,10-16; 106:23,32-45; Pr
1:23-24,30,33; 3:1-2a; 6:20-21; 7:1-3; 9:10-11; 16:1*; 19:3a; Ecc 9:11b; Isa 1:19-20;
5:1-7; 26:10; 28:16b; 30:15; 38:1-5; 42:24-25; 45:22; 48:18-19; 49:6b; 65:2;
Jer 2:30a; 3:6-7,18-20; 4:1-4; 6:8,16-19; 7:3-7,13-15,23-26,31; 11:7-8;
12:16-17; 15:6-7; 17:21-27; 18:1-12; 19:5; 22:4-5; 23:21-22; 26:2-6,12-19;
32:33,35; 36:3; 48:10; Eze 2:3,7; 11:19-21; 13:19; 18:23,31-32; 22:30; 24:13;
33:5,11; Hsa 11:2a*; Jo 2:13-14,31-32; Am 4:6-5:15; 7:1-6; Jnah 4:2b; Zph 3:7;
Zc 7:11-13; Mt 5:19; 10:28b,32-42; 11:15-23,28-29 [cf. 11:7]; 12:31;
13:15,43b; 16:24-26; 18:4-6,12-14; 19:29; 22:9,14; 23:23,37; 25:27; 26:39;
28:18-19; Mk 2:17; 3:28-29; 4:23; 6:12; 8:34-38; 9:41-42; 10:15,29-30; 11:23; Lk
7:30; 8:8; 9:23-26,48-50; 10:13; 11:42 [see also Mt 12:41-42; Lk 11:31-32];
12:5,8-10; 13:3,5,34; 14:25-35; 17:1-3a*; 22:41-42; 24:46-47; Jn 1:6-7,11-12,29;
3:15-21,36; 4:14,42; 5:23-24,46-47; 6:35-37,40,51,54,56; 7:17,37-38;
8:12,51; 10:9; 11:25-26; 12:25-26,32,44-47; 13:20; 14:12; 17:20*-21; 20:23,31;
Ac 2:20-21,38-40,47b; 3:19a,22-23; 7:51; 10:34-35,43; 11:18 [cf. 11:1,17];
13:46-47; 17:27; 18:6; 26:20,29; 27:21 [cf. 27:10-11]; 28:28a; Ro
1:16*,18-21; 2:4b-5; 3:22-24; 5:18; 6:10; 9:11a [see also Dt 1:39; Isa 7:16];
10:8-18; 11:5-12,15,19-22,32; 1Co 7:37; 9:27; 15:1-2* [cf. 3:11-15]; 2Co 5:19a;
6:1; 7:11b; Gal 1:15a-16a; Eph 1:14*; 3:8-12; 5:17; Phs 2:12b; Col 1:21-23;
4:12; 1Th 4:3-4*-8; 1Ti 1:15; 2:1-6; 3:2-6; 4:10; 2Ti 2:20-21,25; Ttus
2:11-14; Heb 2:17b; 3:8,12-19; 5:3,9b; 6:4-6*-8*; 7:27; 9:12,26,28;
10:10,26-29,35-36; 11:6; 12:15-17a*; 13:12b; Ja 1:13-14; 1Pe 3:18; 2Pe 2:15,20-22; 3:5-9*-10;
1Jn 2:2,5,24; 4:14-15; Jd 20-21; Rv 2:5,16,22; 3:3,20-22; 14:9-11; 22:17).
All Biblical gifts of the Spirit are still in effect, and none has ever
20) None of God's promises to Israel was ever revoked or transferred to
21) Jesus' mother Mary did not remain a virgin (read my Bible Review #4
[follows below]). Therefore, it's sinful to refer to her as "the Virgin Mary,"
and she shouldn't be worshiped as officially endorsed by Roman
Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy.
22) The Christian faith does not allow pastors to be women (Eph 5:22-28;
Col 3:18; 1Ti 2:11-3:13; Ttus 1:5-9; 1Pe 3:1-7), children, or gay. It also
excludes the titles "Reverend" and "Father"; posts of "pope," "lay pastor," "worship pastor," or "worship
leader"; and gay marriage, sexual relations, and acceptance of such in
23) Earthquakes, storms, and natural disasters are God's work not Satan's
(Ge 6:17; Ex 9-12:30; Nu 16:28-33; Josh 10:11; Job 1:16; 36:27-37:18; Ps 11:6;
Eze 38:18-20; Hsa 13:15; Jnah 1:1-16; Mt 27:51-54; Ac 16:25-26).
Premillennialism and a pre-Trib Rapture are the only correct
interpretations (read my Bible Review #5 [follows below]).
The new covenant doesn't forbid unclean foods (Mk 7:18-19; Ac 10:9-16;
Ro 14:2-3; 1Co 8:8; Col 2:16), or alcoholic drinks.
It's sinful to pronounce unsubstantiated deliverance, healing, or
purported blessings or benedictions of conferral/bestowal/impartation upon people
(e.g., Abrahamic, Aaronic/Levitical [cf Nu 6:22-27; Dt 10:8; 21:5; 1Ch 23:13],
father's/parental, generational, "prophetic" [beatitude], favor/grace),
or to assess anyone's faith or spirituality by how much affinity pets
or animals show towards him or her, or to pronounce deliverance,
unsubstantiated healing, or purported blessings or benedictions of
conferral/bestowal/impartation upon pets or animals (cf. Dt 7:12-15).
Existing Bibles and ancient manuscripts have discrepancies and
inaccuracies (e.g., Ex 13:18*; 15:4* ["Red Sea" should be "Sea of
Reeds"]; Mt 17:21*; Mk 16:9-20† [handling snakes, drinking
poison]; Jn 7:53-8:11†; etc.).
Apocryphal books, gnostic gospels, the Book of Mormon, etc. are
erroneous and incompatible with the Christian faith.
Polygamy isn't sinful per se, but isn't God's ideal, and tends to
become sinful like hoarding wealth. The Bible discourages polygamy (Dt 17:16-17; Mt
19:4-6; Ro 7:3; 1Co 7:2,29-40; Eph 5:31-33; 1Ti 3:2; Ttus 1:6).
Sexual infidelity or desertion by the other spouse gives a Christian
the spiritual right to divorce and find another mate (Dt 24:1; Mt 5:32;
19:9; 1Co 7:15,39 [cf. Ro 7:1-3]).
31) There is nothing misleading or wrong with using the term "Christians"
for believers in Jesus.
32) Christianity is not a religion of pacifism (Lk 22:36-38; Ac 10:1-8; Ro
33) The Christian faith does not hinge on the creationist interpretation of
Genesis 1-11, which might be a poetic mix of fact and metaphorical lore.
Certain simple facts and evidence pose insurmountable problems for creation science
enthusiasts, who tend to be preoccupied with and overstate unclear bits
of evidence as if they were revelations which irrefutably prove
creationism. They have no adequate explanations for: a) how neither saltwater nor
freshwater animals went extinct in a global Flood, as thoroughly mixed water seems
indicated by widespread fossils of ocean animals far inland, and high
in the Alps, Andes, Rockies, etc.; b) why none of the 200 species of
marsupials managed to leave any offspring to inhabit any part of Asia, Africa, or
Europe along any presumed return route from the mountains of Ararat to
Australia; c) apparent fossils of the primitive-looking, seemingly transitional
species Archaeopteryx (7+ specimens), "Microraptor" (30+ specimens),
"Ida," and hominid skulls of "Taung," "WT 15000," "AL 333," "Flores Hobbit," "Selam," and
34) Astrology, and communication or other interaction with the dead are
If you don't disagree about Biblical deliverance of Christians, then would you agree to
intercessory prayer for my deliverance and healing? Also, what are your other past and
present affiliations, communion, and participation with churches,
denominations, fellowships, religious and parachurch groups, organizations,
institutions, ministerial associations, conferences, councils, fraternal societies,
"leaders," ministers, evangelists, prophets, advocates, speakers,
"mystics," ecumenical worship or prayer events, etc.?
Review #1: Rediscovering Biblical Deliverance
The churches are claiming that all
problems, illnesses, pain, generational curses, persecution, suffering,
sorrows, unpleasant emotions, adversity, tragedies, etc. are actually sins,
psychosomatic illnesses, lies from Satan, misconceptions, and/or
demonic indwellings, which are rooted in spiritual disobedience, emotional
"disorders," a rebellious mindset, and/or a deficient relationship
with God. They view deliverance and healing as "promotions,"
"advancements," or "paychecks" (cf. Mt 6:2-4*; 16:27;
18:1-4; 20:25-28; 23:6-12; Mk 9:33-37; 10:42-45; Lk 9:46-48; 22:24-27;
Ro 2:6-7; 1Co 3:13-14; Eph 3:8; Col 3:23-24; Rv 22:12) earned by
performing a laundry list of required works, particular systematic procedures,
techniques, plans, protocols, checklists, processes, supposedly rediscovered Bible
interpretations, "revelations," willpower, etc. These amount to
legalism and trusting in men instead of God, and practically all are
presumptuous and contrary to the Bible, including:
focus on having perfect, or enough enjoyable and "positive"
consciousness, attitudes, thoughts, possibilities, memories, desires,
feelings, moods, perceptions, impressions, opinions, sensations, and emotions
(pleasure, delight, upbeat, happy, glad, joy, cheerful, jovial, elated,
lighthearted, fun, laughter, merry, celebratory, glee, exuberant, wonderful, marvelous,
jubilant, hilarity, ecstatic, exhilarated, euphoric, perky, chipper, excited,
zest, eager, enthusiastic, passionate, fervent, boisterous, comfortable,
relaxed, peaceful, placid, serene, tranquil, blissful, satisfied, content,
carefree, easygo-, fun lov-ing. mellow, effortless, uninhibit-, unconcern-,
liberat-ed. nonjudgmental, un-critical, -discern-, accept-ing. flexible, recept-,
submiss-ive. acquiescent, nonresistance, conform-, belong-ing. united,
communal, ecumenical, equal-, commun-ity. camaraderie, brotherly,
harmonious, friendly, peaceful, pacifist, sociable, sweet, nice, cordial,
convivial, gregarious, accept-, respect-, approv-, honor-, recogniz-ed. special,
important, worthy, brilliant, bless-, talent-, lov-, favor-, privileg-,
anoint-ed; grateful, spiritual, glorious, beautiful, charm-, illumin-,
entranc-ed. divine, healthy, whole, vibrant, lively, energized,
invigorated, vivacious, effervescent, capable, empowered, busy, successful, winning,
prosperous, thriving, purposeful, engrossed, fulfilled, confident,
optimistic, anticipation, expectant, fearless, courage, valor, strong, mighty,
invulnerable, invincible, dominant, masterful, authoritative, royal,
regal, kingly, queenly, reigning, supreme, victorious, triumphant,
"Jesus-focused," etc.); while simultaneously focusing on suppressing,
stifling, erasing, and eradicating all unpleasant, "negative," subtly
imperfect, vague, or low-key ones, which are supposedly induced by,
controlled by, agreements with, or indwellings of Satan or demons; sinful and
inappropriate "garbage," the hidden cause of all your problems,
barriers that overwhelm, oppress, dominate, damage, deprive, and
condemn you; and prevent or block all miracles, deliverance, healing, mercy, love,
forgiveness, grace, growth, and victory (lack of joy, unhappy, upset,
distraught, loss, sad, grief, sorrow, mourning, despair, angry, sour, bitter,
pride, embarrassed, shame, guilt, regret, repentant, contrite, stress,
anxiety, nervous, tense, worry, fear, endangered, suffering, distress, misery,
pain, anguish, unhealthy, fatigue, weak, frail, humble, mild, meek, timid,
effort, striving, difficulty, temptation, sin, error, problems, evil, Law,
demands, rules, self-focused, -hatred, -pity, -denial, -aware. struggles,
failure, frustrated, exasperated, patient, endurance, circumspect, astute,
shrewd, reluctant, reserved, concern, skeptical, suspicious, leery, distrust,
reservations, misgivings, caution, wary, vigilant, uncertainty, doubt,
inquiring, introspective, serious, analytical, precise, accurate,
unsettled, alarmed, dis-may, -appointed, -pleased, -like, -agreement. detest,
revulsion, annoyed, offended, indignant, lament, complaint, objection, correct-,
rebuk-, uncompromis-, unbend-ing. dissent, opposed, inferiority, unworthy,
condemne, pessimistic, hope-, help-less. empty, lonely, unwanted, isolation,
shunned, ostracized, hated, persecuted, "rejected," "emotional
B) cease from all self-effort to be righteous or think about or deal with
your own problems, needs, pain, or sins so as to make it possible to get right
with God, give Him "total control," make the decision to just go out and do
evangelism and charity work, and focus only on: faith, love, grace,
healing, deliverance, volunteering, living by the Spirit, beholding the cross,
having enough love, donning a praise garment, serving other people enough,
letting your heart be renewed, being dependable and altruistic, Jesus'
righteousness, your spirit's righteousness in Christ, declaring "Jesus is my
righteousness," smiling and having a pleasant demeanor, brightening
everyone's day while overlooking sins and false teachings;
complimenting, "blessing," encouraging, and cheering everyone up; discovering your
spiritual gifts, "destiny," and God's plan for your intended life
accomplishments; and meeting in fellowship and doing enough gestural
acts of "praise and worship" (taking communion, rejoicing, celebrating,
laughing, shouting, singing, dancing, clapping, listening to
"anointed" music of "supernatural frequency," thanking God,
"praising Jesus," "speaking in tongues," etc.)
focus on removing, "laying aside," and receiving counseling for your
presumed bad attitudes, mindset, habits, selfishness, hangups,
obsessions, compulsions, troubled heart, dwelling on your past, fear of deliverance
(or healing, etc.), "negativity," "perfectionism," "controlling," "being controlled," "depression,"
"addictions," "besetting sins," "codependence," bondage, strongholds, enslavement, blockages, roadblocks, baggage,
hindrances, limit[ation]s, weights, chains, prison walls, captivity, barriers,
walls, boundaries," and "borders"
release your "critical spirit"; bind or cast down your "spirit
of heaviness," "evil spirits" and/or demons, or allow them to be
exorcised; and break your presumed "yokes," detrimental "soul
ties," and generational curses put on you by Satan, demons, or witches
pronounce or "release" blessings, and realize you were grafted into
Israel's blessings (Ge 12:1-3; 49:28; Ro 11:17-18)
accept that the churches have improved upon the Bible to figure out a
better, more effective, "do-for-yourself" way of deliverance and healing,
which teaches that the only real problem is needing to realize,
believe, and become aware that as Christians they should already have enough
solitary faith, and be thanking God that He and Jesus love them enough already and
never need any persuading; and that no deliverance, healing, prayer, provision,
victory, answers, solutions, blessings, favor, or help of any kind at all is
ever actually needed; since "by his stripes," "it is finished,"
etc., God has already redeemed them, and faithfully done everything for
them; and fully given, entitled, granted, supplied, equipped, promised,
authorized, provisioned, bequeathed, and made it all freely available to them by
grace as a "title [purchased] deed," and as their birthright deposited both in
their spirits and in "heaven's supply house"; and enabled them to
enact stop living under the Law, start living under grace and the
gospel, "stand on the Word," "take refuge in Jesus blood," and use
their inner faith, ability, power, and authority to "draw it out from
within their spirit," and thereby own, take, reap, allow, seize,
inherit, initiate, decide, accept, access, choose, release, declare, receive,
activate, possess, overcome, appropriate, sow and reap, step or tap into, take
advantage of, or consent, submit, respond positively, or say "yes and amen to"
it for themselves; otherwise it will "never" manifest externally, and
they shouldn't pray for it since God doesn't want them to have it
assume that belief is totally separate from faith and therefore
unbelief can not reduce faith; admit you have a "problem" with doubt, unbelief, or
both, and that all your problems are your own fault; solve things
yourself by doing enough speaking, claiming, confessing, affirming, repeating,
proclaiming, declaring, commanding, decreeing, cursing evil, and "planting seed"
with "certainty" that Jesus is your righteousness and holiness, that
God loves you, that your deliverance and healing are guaranteed, and
behaving so (ignoring pain, discarding medication, etc.)
be still, wait, sit with Jesus, "let go and let God," and rest at
ease in God's grace
I) receive remedial instruction in Christian basics; know that God has
already forgiven you; refuse to continue listening to and believing Satan's
lies and deceptions that you have any problem or illness, and correct all your
delusional beliefs to this effect; change your perceptions; and correct
and improve your supposedly faulty self-image and "image of God" (cf. Dt
4:15-18; 1Ti 6:16)
J) open up your eyes to reach whole new understandings and realizations,
expand your consciousness, obtain new "revelations" ("downloads");
and learn who you "really" are in Christ, how to "hear God's
voice," and interpret dreams and visions
K) be "spiritual" enough, "put your spirit in charge," and "bypass your mind"
refuse to continue to "let" or "permit" anyone or anything
hold you back from being delivered or healed
M) "let go" of your past and refuse to "blame" anyone for
N) "forgive" everyone for everything; and trust, "have faith
in," join in "spiritual unity" with, and participate in
fellowship activities with everyone
overcome your presumed "spiritual abuse," "spiritual
damage," and "spiritual defeat" by "spiritual ('inner')
healing," "spiritual resurrection," etc.
practice the "laws" of tithing and sowing enough "seed
faith" (money), "obey" requests for "love gifts" and
"first fruits" (more money) and "investments" (money
again), learn the "anointed" teachings and "secrets" of
abundant life and prosperity, train for a "wealth transfer," and
constantly nurture your expectation to "receive"
command and rebuke Satan
"be blessed," "live healed," "live delivered,"
"forget your cares," "operate in grace," "maintain the
correct balance of faith and grace," "call upon God's mercy,"
"use God's faith which is already in you," "realize you are more
than a conqueror," "return to Jesus," "release Jesus,"
"expose yourself to Jesus," "keep repeating, 'I am the
righteousness of God in Christ,'" "feed on God's love,"
"align with God's will," "use your access to God,"
"just plug into God's power," "open your hands to receive,"
"set your mind to it," "get into God's presence,"
"touch the anointing," "step out and walk in freedom, peace, and
victory under an open heaven," "take dominion," "enter the
glory cloud," "live near God," "move into God's
mansion," "remind God of His promises," "attract angels,"
"release angels," "use your legal right to ascend into heaven to
slay your oppressing dragons with swords and retrieve your blessings,"
"change your spiritual DNA," "win the key back from Satan,"
"travel back in time to undo and escape your circumstances,"
"see yourself as victor, delivered, healed," etc.
speak and pray in the "more spiritual" language of Hebrew; observe
old covenant ceremonial laws for keeping kosher, Sabbaths, holidays,
doorpost mezuzahs, wearing talliths and tefillin (prayer shawls and
T) establish communal, working relationships and partnerships with angels
and Jesus in person
U) "get yourself back on track," "focus on what's really
important," "press in," "move forward," and "move
to the next level"
V) make up for all your foolish choices and bad decisions
make promises and "covenants" with God and churches, become
"God's friend," and develop a fiery, passionate intimacy with Him
"submit" to church and pastoral "authority," and bow,
prostrate, or kneel before altars, or go to or build them
fasts, "mandatory daily Bible reading and oral prayer recitations,"
"devotionals," referrals to get "help" from deliverance
specialists, exorcists, mentors, "life coaches,"
"resources," self-help publications, seminars, classes, 12-step
programs, "workshops," "healing rooms," etc.
fixate on letting the Spirit "inside" of you (the Spirit is already
within all true Christians: Ro 8:9b; 1Co 12:3; 2Co 1:21-22; Eph
1:13-14); call upon, pray to, and worship the Spirit; be "controlled" by,
"slain," or "drunk" in the Spirit, attain "spiritual
empowerment"; and receive "impartations"
call this "doing deliverance" or "deliverance ministry," but Christians in the
New Testament never practiced or advocated such rigmarole, and only
claimed to minister the word of God, the new covenant, and the Spirit. 1
Corinthians 12:1-31 shows that deliverance is not one of the spiritual gifts,
administrations, or operations. Moreover, any spiritual, physical,
emotional, or mental "disorders" that are sinful actually require repentance, not
deliverance. The reason is that deliverance from sinfulness is already
available through choosing not to sin (1Co 10:13). In other words,
unrepentant Christians do not need deliverance, but repentance. Their true bondage
is actually sinning (despite misinterpretations of Ps 10:2-6; Isa
49:24*-25 [KJV]; Jer 12:1-2; etc.), but the churches are coming up with every
conceivable way to not realistically address and deal with sinning (breaking God's Law).
Bondage to sinning is always a free will choice. Any problems or illnesses that
remain after repenting of sins can no longer be claimed to be rooted in past
sins. God will not remove the sinful nature until Christ's return (1Co 15:42-50).
to popular false teachings that misinterpret certain passages (Ps 16:11; Ro 5:2-5; 1Th 5:16*-18),
Jesus and the apostles never criticized or admonished people for merely
unpleasant thoughts or feelings, but only for sinful ones. They also did not make
any stipulations against having or expressing merely unpleasant thoughts or
feelings, or teach people to focus and work on always being happy or
pleased about everything. They did not teach or imply that nobody ever has a
right to focus on or experience any unpleasant, imperfect, or negative
consciousness, attitude, thought, possibility, memory, desire, feeling, mood,
perception, impression, opinion, sensation, or emotion. In fact, these typically
are not sinful, "toxic," inappropriate, or backward-facing, but instead are
actually virtuous, and just a normal part of Christian life and
suffering. In some cases, they are even required when addressing or dealing with
adversity, persecution, or unrepentance. They can not be eradicated at will, and
are not barriers to obtaining God's miracles, deliverance, healing, love,
forgiveness, grace, or victory (Mt 5:3-4,22a*; 10:35-38; 14:26-31; 16:11-12,24;
18:17; 28:8; Mk 3:5; 4:40-41; 8:34; 9:24; Lk 1:28-30; 6:21; 7:6-10; 9:23; 14:26-27;
18:9-14; Jn 6:19-21; 11:33-44; 20:19; Ac 10:3-4; 12:9-12; 16:17-18; 17:16*;
20:30-31; Ro 11:20-22; 12:9,15; 1Co 2:3,15; 3:11-15; 5:11-13; 15:1-2*; 2Co 1:8-11;
2:4,13-14; 4:8; 6:4-10,14-17; 7:5-8,11; 11:28-29; 12:8-10; Gal 4:20;
Eph 3:8-9; 4:26; 5:11-17; Phs 2:12-13,25-27; 3:8; 1Ti 1:15; 3:2-6; 5:20; 6:20-21;
2Ti 4:1-8; Ttus 3:10-11; Heb 10:26-29; 12:1,4-13; Ja 1:19; 3:1-2a; 4:4,8-9;
5:16a; 1Pe 1:3-6; 2Pe 2:7*-9,15,20-22; 1Jn 1:8-2:1; 3:18-20*; 2Jn 10-11; Rv
6:10; 21:4 [cf. 1Sm 1:2,6-27; Ps 4:4*; 6:6-9; 31:21-22; 56:3; 61:2; 116:3-4; Pr
8:13; 16:32; 25:12; 28:23; 29:11*; Jer 17:9*]).
For example, Peter's doubt and
uncertainty about being rescued by an angel (Ac 12:9-12) did not block
it from happening. His doubt spontaneously resolved afterwards, which usually
occurs when it is caused by an unpleasant emotion or perception, but requires
truth and facts in case of mistaken beliefs or confusion (Jn 20:24-27; Ac
12:13-16; 17:23; Gal 4:20), or repentance in case of rebellious unbelief (Ro
14:23; Gal 1:6-9).
Christians do have an ability to
willfully resist, influence, or generate thoughts, feelings, or
physical conditions, which are either sinful or virtuous (Mt 5:22*; Jn 16:33; Ro
6:12; 12:9-12; 13:14; 1Co 13:4-5; Eph 4:32; Phs 2:17-18; 4:4-6; 1Th 5:16; 1Ti
6:9-11; 2Ti 2:22; Ja 1:19-20; 1Pe 4:12-13). However, in the aforementioned case
of Peter, as well as the cases of mistaken beliefs or confusion, this
clearly was not any issue at all. Their thoughts and feelings were unpleasant, but
not sinful. Therefore, what is actually needed is not to try to control or
prevent the unpleasant thoughts and feelings, but rather to recover from them,
or deal with their root cause (persecution, mistreatment, generational curses,
poor diet, poverty, mistaken beliefs, stress, surprise, sleepiness,
insomnia, fever, pain, illness, prescription drugs, injury, concussion, trauma, etc.).
If this is not humanly possible, then supernatural healing or deliverance is
There is no necessary cause-effect relationship, "root," "being controlled," or other
connection between Satan or demons ("lying spirits"; 1Kg 22:21-23; Eze 13:7-9; 22:28; Jn 8:44; 1Ti 4:1), and spiritual, physical,
emotional, or mental problems, or true diseases of the body known to medical science.
There is also no Biblical possibility of Satan or demons indwelling or
controlling true Christians. It is true that demonic indwelling of non-Christians
can produce certain physical afflictions that mimic true disease (Mk 9:25;
Lk 9:39; 13:11), and that some people were said to be "healed" of demonic or
Satanic influences as their "illness" (Mt 4:24; 15:22-28; Lk 6:18;
7:21; 8:2,36; 9:38-42; Ac 5:16; 10:38). However, true disease and
demonic affliction are clearly distinct and independent from each other (Mt
8:16-17†; 10:8; Mk 1:34; Lk 4:40-41; 6:18; 9:1; Ac 5:16; 8:7; 19:12; 1Ti 5:23),
even though they sometimes coincided (Mt 8:16-17†; 12:22; 17:14-18;
Mk 9:17-29; Lk 4:40-41; 9:38-42; 13:11-16).
In some cases of illness, God's
generational curse is a possible cause, since it is in the Ten
Commandments (Ex 20:5), which remain in effect for Christians as moral Law. The entire
New Testament is full of criticisms and warnings to obey the Ten
Commandments and other Old Testament moral laws, and supports that generational curses
still occur in the new covenant era (Lk 19:44; 21:22-23*-24 [cf. Mt 24:19*;
Mk 13:17*-19]; 23:28-29; Jn 9:2-3; Rv 2:20-23). While it is true that
Jesus has provided Christians freedom from the laws of death and curses (Ro 8:2;
Gal 3:13), the teaching that it is unlimited or automatic freedom is
clearly false (Heb 9:27; Rv 2:20-23).
Other popular false teachings about
generational curses do not hold up to scrutiny either. James 1:5b*,16*-17 does
not say that God only blesses, never curses. In context, it actually
says He does not dispense blessings together with chastisements. It also
encourages to keep trusting in His goodness and gift of salvation, in order not to
make the mistake of becoming dismayed and doubting them when undergoing many
trials and temptations (cf. 1:2-4,12-14,17-18).
of self-liability (self-responsibility) for generational curses (ascribing them to
personal sins, unforgiveness, self-righteousness, feeling guilty or unloved, etc.) are
contrary to their occurrence in children too young to sin, or even know
right from wrong (Dt 1:39; Isa 7:16; Ro 9:11; 1Co 14:20). Self-liability
relies on some passages that are actually inconclusive, either due to imprecise
meaning (Ex 20:5b; Dt 5:9b), or rival translations being possible (Lv 26:39b*;
Ps 51:5*; Pr 26:2*; 2Ti 3:15*).
Self-liability also misinterprets,
overgeneralizes, or takes out of context many other passages (Ex 20:6;
Lv 26:39a-b*-42; Nu 23:19-21*; Dt 5:10; 24:16; 1Sm 2:27-36 [cf. 1:3b;
2:12-17,22a-b*-25; 3:12-14]; 2Kg 14:5-6; Job 21:19 [cf. 21:20-21]; 2Ch
25:3-4; Ps 58:3 [cf. fig. embellishments in 57:4; 58:4-7]; 100:5; 109:18 [cf.
109:17,19]; Pr 12:21a*; Isa 49:24a* [KJV]; 65:6-7; Jer 16:10-13;
31:29-30,34 [cf. Mt 27:48; Mk 15:36; Lk 23:36; Jn 19:29]; Eze 18:1-3*-20; Mt 8:17
[see also Isa 53:4-5]; Jn 9:2; Gal 3:10; Heb 8:12; 10:17; Ja 3:10).
context of Jeremiah 31:29-30 and Ezekiel 18:1-3*-20 shows that they are not actually revoking
generational curses, or saying it is impossible to suffer from one. Instead, they
are specifically ridiculing a presumption by the people of Israel that
God's punishments upon them (famine, slaughter, desolation, oppression, the
Exile, etc. [Jer 11-33; Eze 7-24]) were due to generational curses rather than
their own sinning. Also, Ezekiel 18:19-20 confirms the principle that a
person who suffers from a generational curse is not the one at fault for it, and
that if he chooses to live righteously, he will not die from it (see also Dt
24:16). Yet Jeremiah 31:30 and Ezekiel 18:20 are not saying that a person can
only die due to his own sinning.
In 1 Samuel 2:27-36, although God
did pronounce a generational curse upon the unrepentant sinners Hophni
and Phinehas, the context shows that their father Eli actually had primary
liability, and that it was upon all of his descendants, not just the
sinful ones (cf. Jer 16:10-13). Jeremiah 22:30 clearly demonstrates that
generational curses afflict all descendants, without any exceptions (Hg 2:23 does
not actually show a reversal of a generational curse for Zerubbabel).
all passages that distinctly deal with generational curses utterly exclude any notion of
self-liability (Ex 34:7; Nu 14:18,29-35; Dt 23:2-8 [cf. Ne 13:1-2];
28:18,32,41,53-63; Josh 6:26 [cf. 1Kg 16:34]; 2Sm 3:27-30 [cf. 1Kg
2:31-33a]; 12:13-18; 24:17; 1Kg 14:9-17; 21:18-28 [cf. 2Kg 9:24-26]; 2Kg 5:20-27;
Ps 37:28; 79:2-8*; 109:1-20; Isa 14:20-21; 24:6-23; 65:23*; Jer 9:19-21;
16:3-11; 19:9; 22:30 [cf. 1Ch 3:17-19; 2Kg 24:8-12; Hg 2:23]; 32:18; 49:8-10
[cf. Ob 9-10,18]; Hsa 9:16; Mal 2:3a*; Lk 19:44; 21:22-23*-24 [cf. Mt 24:19*;
Mk 13:17*-19]; 23:28-29; Rv 2:20-23). They also show that generational
curses only consist of demotion, or physical illness, defects, suffering, or death
originated by God (not by Satan, demons, or witches). Although it is
true that any illness or suffering can be considered a predisposition to sin, a
generational curse can not consist of:
a) a curse, blockage, or hindrance of a person's spirit
a "spirit of rebellion" that transfers from parent to child
any alleged sins (trespasses, "spiritual issues," "legacy of
sinning," "iniquity" [cf. Ex 20:5; KJV])
d) any bondage to, or strongholds or "cycles" of sin, ignorance,
unforgiveness, fear, anger, pride, legalism, drug abuse, sexual sins,
divorce, idleness, suicide, witchcraft, gossip, condemning others, using any
negative or critical words (as in discernment), etc.
Such notions misinterpret certain
passages (Ex 20:5; Ps 106:15*; Isa 58:6; 65:6*-7; Jer 32:18*; Ro
9:11-24). There is no indication in the Isaiah or Jeremiah passages, nor in any
other of the approximately 40 Biblical occurrences of the Hebrew word hēyq ("bosom";
KJV), of God actually putting any curse within anyone's spirit, will,
or volition. God never makes innocent people sin or rebel (1Co 10:13; Ja
1:13-14), "transfers" sin or rebellion from parents to children (Dt 24:16; Eze
18:4,19-20), or puts "evil spirits" into them. For the same reasons,
the notion of generational (ancestral) sins is also false.
a generational curse originates with God, and only consists of demotion, or physical
illness, defects, suffering, or death, nobody can ever "break," "defeat,"
"destroy," or "be delivered" from one. This would be trying
to overpower God. Nor is there any using "tools" to remove one, or
doing "inner healing," or pronouncing blessings or benedictions of
conferral/bestowal/impartation (e.g., Abrahamic, Aaronic/Levitical,
father's/parental, generational, "prophetic" [beatitude],
favor/grace). Such pronouncements and teachings are not Biblical (the
right way to bless people is by doing good to or praying for them [Lk 6:27-28,35;
Gal 6:10; Heb 13:16]). A generational curse is not "special," and does
not require special prayers and protocols. Instead, it calls for
admitting the father's liability (Lv 26:40; Ne 1:6; 9:2), confessing and repenting of
any personal sins, and prayers for healing.
If it were true that God has
already granted all deliverance, healing, power, and miracles, and
therefore it is entirely up to the individual Christian to just use their
"authority" to receive them by grace, or pray and believe for
themselves they have already received them (Mk 11:23-24†) as
promises and legal entitlements, or "command" them into reality, then there would never
really be any need to petition or persuade God by joined prayers of
agreement. The Bible shows this not to be the reality (Mt 7:7-11; 9:27; 15:22-28;
17:15; 18:19; 20:30-33; 21:21-22†; Mk 10:46-51; Lk 9:38; 11:9-13; Jn
4:47-49; 15:16; 16:23-24†; 1Co 12:12-31; Eph 6:18; Phs 4:6; 1Ti 2:1; Ja 1:5-8;
1Jn 3:21-22). Also, the specialized gift of healing (1Co 12:9 [cf. 12:7-30]) would be
regressive, and a hindrance to spiritual development. In fact it would be sinful,
as would any intercessory prayer for other Christians, since either one would
essentially mean acting as an accomplice and abetting them in their
lack of faith to receive their own miracles. It would be more appropriate to
shame and rebuke them instead. This is a teaching of hatred, not love. The
Biblical way is always to pray for their deliverance, healing, etc.
of petition or intercession are not less effective than spoken commands. Silent prayers are less
susceptible to being made faithlessly than commands, but are not less
effective. Faith is the crucial factor in effective prayer, not
speaking out loud (1Sm 1:12-16; Mt 6:6-8; Ro 14:23b). Additional passages further
refute these and other similar notions, which are largely ways of feigning
hope and faith, and avoiding truly addressing and dealing with problems and
a) solitary or singlehanded faith is all that is ever necessary (cf. Eze
34:2-4; Mt 10:1; 17:20*; 18:19; Mk 5:30; Lk 5:17b; 6:19; 9:1-2; Ac 4:29-30;
10:38; 20:9-10; 1Co 12:7-30*; 2Co 1:10-11; Ja 5:13-16; 1Jn 5:14-16)
deliverance, healing, or any other miracles already belong to and are
within all Christians as entitlements (cf. Mt 18:19; Mk 5:30; Lk 5:17b; 6:19;
9:1-2; Ac 4:29-30; 9:36-40; 10:38; 14:8-11; 1Co 4:11; 12:7-30*; 2Co 1:8-11;
Phs 2:27; 4:5-6; 1Ti 4:1-7,16; Heb 12:1-13; Ja 4:7-10,14-15; 5:13-16; 1Pe
4:16-19; 1Jn 5:14-16)
c) faith is merely belief that can be whipped or perked up by thinking and
speaking only "positively," "optimistically," or according
to popular misconceptions about having a "good attitude" (cf. Pr
27:1; Mk 9:24; Ac 4:29-30; 10:1-4; Ro 12:3; 1Co 2:4*-5; 4:11,20;
11:28-34; 2Co 1:8-11; 12:9-10; Phs 4:5-6; 1Th 1:5; 1Ti 4:1-7,16; Heb 12:1-13; Ja
2:14-26; 3:2a; 4:7-10,14-15; 5:13-16; 1Pe 4:16-19; 1Jn 1:8-2:1a; 3:18-20*-24)
Christians can "never" obtain deliverance, healing, or miracles
without having blustery or melodramatic confidence, or supreme
certainty that they are inevitable (cf. Ps 146:7-8; Pr 27:1; Mk 9:24; Lk 5:12-14;
9:1-2; 17:6*; Ac 9:36-40; 10:1-4; Ro 8:26; 12:3; 1Co 2:4*-5; 4:20; 11:28-34;
12:7-30*; 2Co 1:8-11; Gal 5:22-23; Eph 4:1-3; Phs 4:5-6; Col 3:12; 1Th 1:5; Heb
12:1-13; Ja 2:14-26; 3:2a; 4:7-10,14-15; 5:13-16; 1Pe 3:15b; 4:16-19)
the actual preconditions for faithfulness (individual righteousness,
hope, prayers, knowing truth and the Word), are legalistic, unimportant,
unnecessary, outmoded, or foolish (cf. Ps 146:7-8; Mt 13:15a-b*; Jn 15:7-8; Ac
10:1-4; 1Co 11:28-34; 1Ti 4:1-7,16; Heb 12:1-13; Ja 2:14-26; 5:13-16; 1Pe 4:16-19;
1Jn 1:8-2:1a; 3:18-20*-24)
Such notions are not part of true
(living) faith, and are based on misinterpreting, overgeneralizing, or
taking many passages out of context (Ge 32:24-29; 1Kg 17:1 [see also 18:41;
cf. Jas 5:17-18]; 1Ch 4:9-10; Ps 5:12; 30:1-2; 34:10*,19; 37:4-5,25; 41:1-3;
91:1-10*; 103:2-3; 105:37; 107:20; 118:17; Pr 3:5-8; 4:20-22; 6:2; 11:6; 14:30;
18:20-21; 22:9; 23:7*; 26:2; Ecc 5:3*; Isa 45:3; 53:4-5; 54:17; 60:1-3; 61:1; Jer
30:17; Mi 3:8a; Mt 7:7-8; 8:17 [cf. 8:16]; 9:21-22,29; 10:1,7-8; 17:20*;
21:21-22†; Mk 5:28,34; 9:23b*; 10:52; 11:23-24†; Lk 4:18-19; 6:38; 8:48,50;
9:1-2; 10:19; 11:9-10; 17:6*,19; Jn 4:50; 8:36; 10:10b; 14:12; 15:7*; 19:30; Ac 1:8;
Ro 1:16; 4:17; 5:17; 6:11; 8:11,32b*,37; 10:13,17; 12:2,3b*; 15:18-19; 1Co 2:2;
3:21; 10:13; 2Co 1:18-21; 2:14; 3:7-10 [cf. Dt 7:15-24; 28:12-13; Ps 105:37];
4:8-9,13-14†,18; 5:17; 9:8; Gal 3:5*,29; 4:7; Eph 1:3,6***,19;
4:24; Phs 4:13* [cf. 4:11-12], 19; Col 1:13-14,27b; 2:6,10*-12,15; 1Th 5:23-24; Ttus
2:11; Phm 6; Heb 2:8a; 11:1*; 13:20-21†; Ja 1:5b*; 5:13a; 1Pe 2:24; 2Pe
1:3-4; 3:9; 1Jn 3:21-22; 4:4,16-17; 5:4b*; 3Jn 2*; etc.).
passages supposedly support the mystical belief that being spiritual, or having faith for
deliverance or healing requires being "illogical," or overriding or bypassing the
mind, reasoning, and analytical thought (Pr 3:5; Mt 6:25*,34*; 10:19*;
11:25*; Mk 13:11*; Lk 10:21*; 12:11*,22*,29*; Jn 5:39-40; 7:24; Ac 4:32*;
18:24-28†; Ro 1:21-22; 8:6*,26*; 10:8-10; 12:16*; 1Co 1:19-26; 2:1-2,4*-5,12-16;
3:19-20; 4:3-5,10 [cf. 8,18-19], 20; 8:1-3; 13:8-12; 14:14-15†;
15:34*-36; 2Co 4:2*,6,18; 5:7,13; 10:4-5; 11:3-6*; Eph 1:17-18†; 3:19;
4:17-18†,23*; Phs 3:13; 4:8*; Col 2:18b; 1Ti 1:3*-5; 4:13-16†; 6:20; 2Ti
2:23-26†; Ttus 3:9; Heb 3:1*; 5:12-14†; 11:1*; Ja 1:5-6*-8; 3:13; 1Jn 2:27; 3:18; 2Jn 1-2;
etc.). In reality, this view misinterprets, takes out of context, or overgeneralizes some
of the passages without rival manuscripts or translations, while the rest are
inconclusive (Ro 1:21-22; 10:8-10; 1Co 2:12-16; Ttus 3:9; 1Jn 2:27). As
for the passages that do have rival translations, it takes some out of context
(Ro 12:16*; 1Co 2:4*-5; 15:34*-36; 2Co 4:2*; Phs 4:8*; Heb 11:1*
[contextual citations in next paragraph]), while the rest are inconclusive.
New Testament clearly refutes this mystical belief with an abundance of logical expressions (using
"because," "for," "if [then]," "reason," "since," "so," "then," "therefore"), and references to the "mind,"
"thought," "knowledge," etc. as being intrinsic to spirituality (Mt 10:16; 13:23; 15:10-11; 16:5-12; 22:29,37; Mk 7:14-15;
12:30; Lk 1:3*-4; 10:27; 12:47-48; 24:45-48; Jn 7:21-24; 8:31-32; 10:38;
14:11,26; 16:13; Ac 1:3; 2:42; 4:32*; 6:9-10; 10:19; 12:9-12; 15:38*; 17:2-4,11;
18:24-28†; 19:8; 20:35; 26:24-25; Ro 1:21-22; 2:14-15;
8:6*,26*,38-39; 12:2-3,16* [cf. 12:10-15,18]; 14:5; 15:4,14; 16:25-26*; 1Co 1:10,19-26;
2:12-16; 4:6 [cf. 4:3-5], 9*; 5:6-12; 6:1-5,9-10; 8:1-4; 10:1-15;
11:13-15; 13:8-12; 14:14-15†,20; 15:33-34*-36; 2Co 1:13*-14*-15; 2:11;
4:2*-4; 8:7; 9:5; 10:4-5; 11:3-6*,16 [cf. 12:6]; 13:11; Gal 3:7; Eph 1:17-18†;
4:11-14,17-18†,23*,25; 5:5-17; Phs 1:9-10; 3:13-15; 4:7-8*-9;
Col 1:28-29; 2:2-3; 3:2*,16; 1Th 3:1; 2Th 2:3-6; 1Ti 1:3*-5; 3:2,14-15 [cf. 3:2-12];
4:1-11,13-16†; 6:3; 2Ti 1:7*,12; 2:11-15*-18,23-26†;
3:14-17; 4:2-5; Titus 1:8-15; 2:2,5*-8,12; 3:1,9-11; Heb 2:1; 5:12-14†; 11:1* [cf.
11:2-40], 6; 13:9; Ja 1:5-6*-8; 2:20-24; 3:13; 4:4-5,17; 1Pe 1:13; 4:7*; 5:8; 2Pe
1:5-9,12-13,15,19-20; 3:1-3,15-18; 1Jn 2:3-6,27; 4:2-3; Jd 3-7; etc.).
objective is to obtain deliverance, healing, etc. by prayers and righteousness, not by
tithes. Tithing has the inherent defect of not producing righteousness, and
also the negative potential of being misdirected. It was not involved or
necessary in any Biblical miracle. Money and wealth are supposed to be earned by
working, not tithing (Dt 8:17-18; Ps 37:16; Pr 11:4,28; 13:7*; 15:16; 28:6; Mt
6:19-24*-34; 13:22; 20:1-16; Mk 4:19; Lk 3:14; 12:15-31*-34;
16:9*-11*-13*-15; 19:13*-23; Jn 2:14-16; Ac 3:2-6; 8:18-25; 2Co 2:17; 9:7; Eph 4:28; 1Th
2:9; 4:11-12; 2Th 3:7-12; 1Ti 5:22b; 6:5-11; Heb 13:5; Ja 1:9-11). The New
Testament has just one money miracle (Mt 17:27).
Many passages confirm that whenever
Christians needed or requested intercessory prayers for deliverance, as
Paul and his associates frequently did, it was never due to personal
"disorders" or problems (sins, unpleasant emotions, a lax
relationship with God, lack of faith, misconceptions, evil thoughts,
believing lies, demonic indwelling or oppression, "spiritual damage," financial
deficits, etc.). The bondage, suffering, or jeopardy they faced was not
something they brought upon themselves. Instead, they were innocent
victims who needed rescue from circumstances of persecution (direct or indirect),
mistreatment, or chance adversity beyond their responsibility or
control. The fact that they were victims, and some even martyrs, does not mean they
were not "overcomers," which is a separate issue of personal sin. God did not
always deliver them, but whenever He did it was always in response to
intercessory prayers and personal righteousness (which includes being
hopeful and having faith in God), not interpersonal ministry and relying on
particular systematic procedures (Ac 5:17-25; 12:1-11; 16:19-28; 27:13-44; Ro
15:30-31; 2Co 1:8-11; Eph 6:17-21; Phs 1:12-20; 2Th 3:1-2; 2Ti 4:17; Phm 22; Ja
Their deliverance was never a matter of "deliverance ministry," repenting, asking God to give them
a clean heart, whipping up the right feelings or mood, celebrating,
removing their "boundaries," binding "evil spirits," "breaking
curses," "releasing blessings," counting on their own solitary
faith to be sufficient, choosing, declaring, commanding, learning,
renewing their minds, modifying thoughts and perceptions, having new
realizations, "repairing spiritual damage," tithing, rebuking Satan, reciting
prayers in Hebrew, etc.
Besides urging intercessory prayer
for other Christians, the Bible urges to care for and heal the sick (Mt
25:34-46; Lk 9:6; Ja 5:14-16), feed the hungry (Mt 25:34-46), assist
the needy (Mt 25:34-46; Gal 6:2,10; 1Jn 3:17-18), and comfort the distressed (2Co
1:3-7). It also directs to correct and expel the unrepentant (Ro 16:17-18; 1Co
5:9-13; Ttus 3:9-11). But it is not Christian to tell everyone they are
responsible for causing, creating, or perpetuating their own problems, bondage, or
illness due to their own faithlessness, mistaken feelings, illusions about
themselves, or "damaged spirits"; that God loves them enough, has blessed them, and
met all their needs already (cf. Ja 2:14-16; 1Jn 3:18); and so they
would receive whatever they need if they would just be joyous and
"positive," have love, realize that "God helps those who help
themselves," work on "spiritual healing," etc. Jesus and the
apostles never promoted deliverance or healing by solitary faith. Jesus
used the proverb "Physician, heal thyself" (Lk 4:23) in a different sense.
Christians are persecuted (Jn 15:18-19 [cf. 16:33]; 1Co 12:26a; 2Th 1:4-8; 2Ti 3:12; Heb 10:32-36),
so all Christians need deliverance to at least some degree, and thus prayers
for deliverance. Reasonably then, Christians persecuted to a greater degree
have a greater need for deliverance and intercessory prayer. For example,
Christians tortured in prisons in Saudi Arabia have a greater need than Christian
motorists confronted by profane highway signs in the U.S.
Bible Review #2: Rethinking
The term "spiritual abuse" and related terms and concepts should not be used, as they are
unreasonable and based upon misconceptions. It is impossible to abuse the
spirit (soul, heart, inner self) without also abusing the mind or body.
Therefore, it is mistaken to try to isolate abuse to the spiritual
realm, or define it exclusively that way, just as gnosticism tries to isolate sin
to the physical realm. Terms such as "abuse of the spirit," "soul
scars," etc. also carry the false idea of a degraded, impaired, or
corrupted spirit, as though caused by an external force; and a
resultant need for "spiritual repair," "inner healing," or "healing
the soul." The Bible does not support these ideas.
The soul, heart, and inner self are
not exactly the same as the spirit (Heb 4:12), but overlap with it in
the spiritual realm, and are generally synonymous with it. All four have
a) thought (Mt 9:3-4; Mk 11:23; Lk 5:21-22; Ro 7:22; 1Co 2:11; 1Jn 4:1)
emotion (Mt 5:3; Ro 7:22; Col 3:16; 1Pe 3:4; 2Pe 2:8)
morality (Mt 9:3-4; 15:18; 22:37; Lk 6:45a; 8:15; 10:27; Ro 2:5; 7:22;
10:10; 2Co 4:13; 7:1; 1Th 5:23; 1Pe 3:19; 2Pe 2:8; 1Jn 3:21)
direct influence by God (Ro 8:16; 11:8; 2Co 1:22; 3:14-15; 4:16; Gal
4:6; Eph 3:16-17a; 2Ti 1:7; 4:22)
e) judgment by God (Mt 10:28; 16:26; Ac 7:59; 1Co 5:5; Ja 2:26a; 1Pe 3:4;
1Jn 3:21; Rv 20:4a)
Abuse can never degrade or damage the spirit (1Co 4:11-13; 2Co 1:4; 4:6-14; 7:5-6; Heb 12:3; 1Pe 2:19-23;
5:8-9); starve or drain it (Jn 4:13-15; 6:35; 7:37-38), or impair, incapacitate, or
neutralize it (Mt 12:30; Mk 9:40; Lk 11:23). Breaking spiritual unity with
others can never weaken or create a hole in the spirit of the faithful
(Mt 3:1-10 [cf. Lk 1:80]; 18:15-17; Jn 6:66 [cf. 7:1-10]; Ro 16:17-18; 1Co
5:9-11; 2Th 3:6,14-15; 2Ti 3:1-7; Ttus 3:10-11; 2Jn 9-11). If abuse could
damage the spirit, then all Christians would always have damaged spirits, since
all Christians are persecuted (Jn 15:18-19; 16:33; 1Co 12:26a; 2Th 1:4-8;
2Ti 3:12; Heb 10:32-36).
A Christian's spirit can only be degraded, damaged, or defeated from within by the Christian himself, by
giving in to temptation or deception (Mt 10:28; 15:11; Mk 7:15-23; 1Co 3:14-15;
8:4-13; 2Co 7:1; 11:4; 12:18; Col 2:18; Ja 3:6; 1Jn 4:1-6). Correct figurative terms
for it are "spiritual backsliding" (cf. Jer 3:12-14; 5:6; 1Co 5:1-5*;
Gal 6:1; Rv 2:4-5), "shipwreck" (1Ti 1:19-20), or "twice
dead" (Jd 12). Correct literal terms include "sin," "reprobate," "immoral," "unrepentant," "lose
salvation," "weaken in faith" (1Co 8:4-13), or "beguiled" (Col 2:18). Spiritual backsliding can be a reaction to
abuse, but is never a necessary reaction to it. It calls for correction
and repentance, not clinical notions of damage, healing, doctoring, repair,
etc., which just feed into "learned helplessness" by perpetuating the
misconceptions of "besetting sins" (cf. 1Co 10:13), "passing the
blame," and an unrepentant "victim mentality." Claims to the
contrary rely on passages that are ambiguous or have rival translations
(Jer 3:22; Heb 12:1*).
Christians who do not react to abuse by backsliding just have suffering (distress) of the spirit. The
Bible characterizes this as being troubled (distraught), poor, or grieving in spirit
(Ps 25:15-21 [cf. 25:1-3]; Da 7:15; Mt 5:3; Jn 13:21; Ac 16:17-18; Heb
13:3; 1Pe 1:6); or tormented, bowed down, cast down, or sorrowful of soul
(Job 19:2; Ps 38:6; 42:6; Mt 26:38; 2Pe 2:7-8).
A range of figurative expressions
for spiritual suffering includes having a "broken" or
"crushed" spirit (Job 17:1; Pr 15:4,13; 17:22; 18:14), a
"broken" or "pierced" soul (Ps 119:20*; Lk 2:35), or a
"broken," "stricken," "withered," "wounded," "sick," or "heavy" heart (Ps 34:18*;
102:4; 109:16,22; Pr 12:25; 13:12; 25:20*; Isa 61:1; Lk 4:18*). The
Hebrew word for "sick" essentially means "suffer" (Isa 53:10; NIV) or
"grieve" (Am 6:6; KJV). In the case of a "wounded" heart
and the other figurative cases, the context shows that the key to
dealing with spiritual suffering is changing or escaping from the external
circumstances (Ps 109:1-21,26-31; etc.).
Passages that appear to
substantiate healing of the spirit, soul, heart, or inner self are only
figurative, not literal (Ps 23:3; 41:4*; 42:11*; 43:5*; Pr 15:4a-b*;
17:22; 25:25; Isa 61:1; Lk 4:18a*), and their context shows that they are only
speaking of encouragement, healing the body, or relief from suffering
due to external circumstances. Spiritual suffering is analogous to the
grieving of the Holy Spirit (Eph 4:30), which can not be damaged, and it is
proportional to the degree of adversity or abuse (2Co 1:8-9).
Bible never makes spiritual suffering itself the issue, or identifies it as the root of the
problem, or isolates it as anything that requires a direct focus or solution apart
from the external circumstances. False notions of healing the spirit, or
repairing it, and other common recommendations like being joyful and cheerful singing
are not a solution (Pr 25:20* [but cf. 12:25; "a good word" does benefit]; Ja
5:13b). Instead, the external circumstances (persecution, victimizer
church leaders, etc.) must be addressed and dealt with Biblically, by prayer
(Ja 5:13-18), and by keeping in mind relevant passages (Mt 5:11-12; Jn
15:18-21; Ro 8:35-39; 1Co 4:12-14; 1Pe 4:12-19; etc.).
of modern vernacular, slang, figurative, emotive (especially of the heart), or comedic use,
there is no sensible, valid, Biblical, or Christian basis for describing
spirituality, the spirit, Holy Spirit, soul, heart, or inner self as being the object
or recipient of certain terms, and/or defined or symbolized by certain
other terms; except only in the sense of deceptions, diversions, delusions,
and as noted (slashes separates terms closely related in concept, and a
backslash follows a wrong term or terms that have no legitimate meaning with the
mind [mental] or body):
Wrong terms and ideas:
hijack/kidnap/steal/identity theft, betray, defeat/trounce/overthrow,
wound/pierce (exc. fig. as: suffer; virtue or sin),
alter/mark/bent/dent/scar/deform/degrade, hole(exc. fig. as: unsaved),
trample (exc. fig. as: persecute [virtue]; punish [sin]),
harm/damage/broken/the straw that broke the camel's back (exc. fig. as:
lost salvation [sin; all free will choices];
humbled/distraught/suffer/afflicted [sin or virtue]),
wreck/devastate/despoil/ravage/crush, injure/dislocate/bruise/sprain/fracture, rip/gash, maim/
mayhem/bedlam (right terms: disquiet/
both, or unknown]), kill, murder, assassinate,
(exc. fig.; sin or virtue), suicide (exc. fig.; sin),
nullify, toss/throw (exc. fig.; sin), molest, rape,
discomfit/shake/unhinge/rattle (exc. unbelievers can be),
handle/mishandle, trigger, controlling/
take over/infiltrate/smite (exc. God can),
short-circuit/disarm, block/cork-, clogg-, stopp-, plugg-, damm-,
stupor, coma, shock, trauma, constrict/choke/strangle/suffocate/oxygen,
jump-start, starve/famine/emaciated (exc. fig. as: unsatiated, restrict
poison/venom/bane/cyanide/noxious/toxic/intoxicate/detox (exc. fig. of
sin and/or suffering ["words
full of spiritual venom," "spiritual detox from religious cults"]),
blood (exc. Jesus'
[not still bleeding], or fig. as: communion wine), blood pressure,
tourniquet, ill-, sick-ness/
plague/curse (exc. by God as a curse; it can't be sin, rebellion, or
isolated to the spirit/soul/heart/inner self), generational
curse/unfortunate/misfortune (exc. by God upon the unrepentant and
their descendants; it can't be sin, rebellion, or isolated to the
spirit/soul/heart/inner self), ancestral-, generational- sin\,
contagious/epidemic/outbreak/metastasize (right terms:
immune/immunity (right terms: false sense of security [sin];
sanctified[virtue]), biology, emergency/CPR/paramedic/life
care/treat/regimen/therapy/acupuncture/smelling salts/aroma-, animal-,
paro- therapy/seeing eye dog/service capuchin/horse/dolphin/teddy
sauna/spa/suntan/nutrition/comfort food/creature comforts/baptize/
resurrect/resuscitate (exc. exclusively in the natural to benefit the
and/or body; lit. or fig. ["spiritual cure of arthritis by prayer,"
"Bible study to
cure wrong beliefs," "inoculated as a spiritual act of mercy"]; cf. Ac
Ro 12:2 [per contra Eze 36:26; Heb 4:12]), emporium/bazaar/merchandise,
garments/raiment (exc. by the Word, or of the mind and/or body by faith
lit. ["spiritual teachings"], or fig. ["spiritual armor";
Eph 6:11-17]), proficient, score points (right terms: legalism/self-righteous/sanctimonious [sin];
holy/obedient/righteous [virtue]), discipline (exc. as: shunning,
self-control, moral Law, Biblical
procedure, God's punishment/chastisement),
ignite/kindle (exc. as: inspire [virtue];
agitate [sin or virtue]), firewood, ignition, engine, fuel/refuel,
leak/drain/rupture, oil (exc.
anointing oil), workshop,
Mother- Earth, Nature/Father Time, chiefest-, most eminent-, super-,
conqueror/reign (exc. God, Jesus, or of personal salvation [Ro 5:17;
foundation/rock/source (exc. God,
Jesus, or the Bible), the go-to (exc. God or the Bible), golden
boy/Mr.- Fix-it, Perfect/
(exc. God, Jesus, evil spirits, or evil people; Christians can only be
"church" leaders), king/your
own throne/viceroy/ruler/reign (exc. God, Jesus, evil spirits, or evil
people; and Christians
after Christ's return [Lk 22:29-30; 2Ti 2:12; Rv 1:6*; 2:26-27; 3:21;
5:10; 20:4-6]), scepter/
preeminent/supreme/primacy/provider (exc. of God or Jesus), you already
have the crown
of- glory (cf. 1Pe 5:4), righteousness (cf. 2Ti 4:8),
master/ruler/hero/mighty/creator/world changer/teacher/God (exc. God,
Jesus, or the Holy
Spirit; people can only be "church" teachers), coequal, sainted/patron
/parent/progenitor/beget (exc. God, or Christian discipleship
["fathering," "begotten"; KJV],
or bringing up children ["spiritual parenting"]), birth/spawn (exc. God
can; fig.), egg, reproduce (exc.
as: having children, imitating Jesus), rep-, dup-licate (exc. imitating
species/blood-, pheno-type/pedigree/breed/half-, inter-breed/in-,
(exc. by the Holy Spirit in Jesus' conception), deliver (exc. by God
as: rescue, release),
(deliverance depends on God, and often requires intercessory prayer
[cf. Eze 33:5 (per
contra Pr 11:6)]), self-actualize\, bring forth/bear, labor of
childbirth (cf. Ro 8:21-22*-23;
Gal 4:19*; right terms: labor as in childbirth [fig.]/strive/suffer),
/crib/cradle (exc. of the baby Jesus, or fig. as: immature),
offspring/progeny/handiwork (exc. God's),
love child, brainchild, brain (exc. as: mind),
endow/empower/supply/radiate (exc. God can), propagate (exc. as:
/chisel/architecture/draftsman (exc. God can [fig.]; right terms for
fathering/begotten [KJV]/teaching, sanctification),
husbandman/graft in/pruning (exc. God can; fig.), lineage/bloodline
(exc. as: Levite, Jew,
Christian, Gentile, generational- curse, blessing), headship/covering
(exc. God, Jesus, or
a woman's husband), marriage/groom/bride (exc. fig. of Jesus with the
(right term: character [virtue or sin]), boundaries/borders/edges/skin/membrane/coating/
moral-, relationship- boundaries/guide-, drawn- lines/limits/standards/rules/principles/
hedges/mosquito net [virtue or sin]), community/a commune/tribe (right
terms: cult [sin];
networking/marketing, advancement/graduate/promotion, breadwinner,
money, pauper (right terms: poor [sin or virtue], bankrupt [sin]), orphan (right terms:
reprobate/bastard [KJV]/illegitimate/child of Satan), optimism/optimistic/pessimism/
pessimistic (unrealistic unless based on exclusive circumstances or personal prophecy),
faith in- yourself,
others, country\, fixation, critical/judgmental (connotes sin or virtue; right terms:
accusatory/condemning/hypocritical/legalistic [sin]; alert/discerning [virtue]), liens (exc.
God can have), science, Christian Science, bandwidth, download/revelation (exc. if personal,
and doesn't contradict or add to the Bible), progressive revelation, Rapture,
mission-, non-mission-al/liberation-, prosperity- theology\emergent/new
religion, penance, Marian/Pauline ("Marian spirituality"), slain/drunk/a sheet-, three sheets-
in the wind/St. Vitus' dance/shake and bake, interdenominational, burning in the bosom
(connotes Mormonism; right term: heart burning within [Lk 24:32]), raise Cain (exc. fig.; sin
or virtue), hell has no fury like a woman scorned (exc. fig. as: extreme anger), meditate
(exc. using the mind as: think/study/focus/concentrate), seance/spirit-ism, -ualist/Mass\
requiem\limbo\purgatory\, affirmations/transcendental meditation\mantra/chant/higher-,
expanded- consciousness (right terms: wishful thinking, repetitions, altered consciousness/
brainwashing; of the mind or body [sin]), semi-conscious, guru/ashram, karma\Om\,
Zen\, oracle (exc. as: Bible truth, the Temple sanctuary [KJV]), contemplative/mysticism/
guided imagery/dreamcatcher\centering/re-set, -boot/yoga/vision quest/New Age/sweat lodge/
white witchcraft/ouija board/wizard/shaman/incantation/conjure (exc.
as: occult, altered
consciousness, witchcraft, spirit-, Satan-ism), possession, transfer,
reincarnate\, zombie (exc. fig. as: lost, ignorant, backslidden),
vampire, grim reaper
(exc. fig. as: death), hole/portal/stargate/access
node, matrix, window, triangle, channel/channeling\ley lines/go- into
the light, through the
/crack (right terms: door/doorway/gate/gateway/entrance/entry/entryway
[the only valid
meanings of these 7 terms are: sin, virtue, Jerusalem, the ark of the
or Bethel (Ge 28:16-19)]), travel to-, communicate with- the past\,
attachment/umbilical cord, astrology\horoscope\zodiac/god, -dess\Davy
(exc. fig. as: artistically inspired human)/mermaid\, Styx\,
remora fish/surf/ride the wave/wave rider/joy-, thrill-
ride/adrenaline- rush, junkie/wild wave
(exc. as: wicked [Jd 12])/tidal wave
(tsunami; exc. as: wicked, God's punishment)/heaven's floodgates are
open\wave of the future/wavy/bobb-, careen-ing/seesaw/wavelength/frequency/
undulate/oscillate/brain wave/biorhythm/flood-, monsoon- season/seasonal/
Old Faithful (geyser)/waves----, cycles----, ripples----, rhythms----
of totally--- unmerited--,
unconditional--, free-flowing-- grace, rewards
, blessing, restoration, satisfaction, acceptance, forgiveness,
fulfill-ment\call-, pull- of the sea/salvation--- throws your works
away the sinful nature, drowns all-- sinful-, unpleasant- thoughts and
will always part-; are already parted-; every door--- is--, will--
open- for you\watered-down/water-fall, -
wading- pool/hot tub/bathhouse/spa-,
party-, tourist-, Roman baths-, Japanese macaque- culture,
lifestyle/soak-, dous-, leech-, steep-,
siphon-, marinat-, percolat-, chugalugg-ing/truth--, wisdom--,
should only come by- osmosis, meditation, downloads, revelations, an
voice\waterlogged/flotation-, isolation-, sensory deprivation-
tank/flat-, float- on your back/let---
circumstances mold or carry you as they may, your-- DNA-, habits-,
common sense-, muscle memory- be the guide/go--, swim-- with the- flow,
tide, current, path
of least resistance/adrift/self-propelled/operate 100% under your own-
all professing churches or Christians-- only have intramural disputes,
should stand shoulder
to shoulder, are- family, genuine, in the same boat, on the same team,
only beneficiaries not
laborers (harvesters)\blood is thicker than water (not
/Good Ship Lollipop/galleon (pirate)/galley (uni-, bi-,
ship/pleasure-, show-, tug-,
tow-boat/tow/haul/drag/stevedore/unsinkable\too big to fail\the bigger
the congregation the closer it is to God (not necessarily)/puffed-up/haughty/arrogant/pomp-, offici-,
imperi-ous/elitist/intrusive/grandiose/domineering/bombast/ego-ist, -trip/rolling on the river/the
Christian---- walk---, race--- is actually only a-- pleasure trip, sea-, river-, water-
ride, visit, shunt, transit, commute/the----- river----, stream---- flows in all directions, is--- wider--,
more inclusive-- than the narrow- way, gate, road, door/heaven-; your conquered territory-;
the--- oasis-; fertile--, sweet-- spot- is everywhere\locks (canal)/landlocked/whitewash/
avalanche/snow-coated, -covered/sleigh/shopping cart seat/p
edicab/rickshaw/sedan chair/palanquin/hitchhike your way through
life\you have no control
over steering or propulsion/taxi/limo/self-driving car/GPS
navigator/air bag/trailer/auto transporter
(car carrier)/ride-sharing/chauffeur (cf. Eph 6:5-8; Col
maitre d'/escort/chaperone/major-domo/caddie/girl Friday/butler/Jeeves/retainer/famulus/
(exc. fig. as: Jesus)/ward/proxy/surrogate/stand-in, -by/avatar/personal- orderly, steward,
specialist, problem solver, decision-maker/attendant/underling/wait upon/cater to/nanny
nurse/spoon-feed/bib/diaper/papoose/piggyback/stand on the
escalator/stilts/pogo stick/trampoline/catapult/bungee/ascend to the
any exertion/people mover/cable car/gondola/conveyor belt/assembly
jump a- train/conductor/glide/para-glide, -sail, -chute/skydive/flight
jet- belt, pack/rocket/trapeze/airy/fluff/albatross/crow-,
skylark-ing/head in the clouds/
lucky-, magic-, good luck- charm, touch, carpet, wand, amulet, rabbit's
foot, four-leaf clover,
crystal, idol, paraphernalia, herb, potion, formula\pyramid power\to-
spill salt, break a mirror,
knock on wood/icon, -olatry, -ostasis\silver bullet/capture lightning
in a bottle/wish--
upon a star, ing- cap, well\genie\power-, guaranteed- prayers\life-
an angel's--, the world's-- at your- disposal, summons, command, beck
can ever- go wrong, stop anything you do\mind over matter/you----
control your reality,
create your own world,
only get what you already have in your spirit, are- Jesus, master of
your destiny; own-,
dominate-, can know- everything; have- ultimate power, absolute
freedom, what it takes
already to do anything, dominion (exc. over God-given physical things);
through life, above-, away from- all problems; can---, must---, are
supposed to--- release
perceive everything with total clarity, get into the sewer to find out
it stinks, fold your arms-,
rest on your oars-, kick up your heels- and let God do it all for you;
always-- conform, fraternize,
just do it, slay Goliath, hit your stride, have total liberty, join in
the chorus, come together with
others, be- in the mainstream, free from persecution, receptive to
lose, beware, stand up, make waves, run a tight ship, lock your doors,
precautions, keep spiritually shipshape, feel like you must do anything, try- to
stem the tide, swim against the current, not to make yourself an easy target; look at-,
deal with-, take into account- the cold hard facts\crystal ball/gyroscope/autopilot/auto-,
puppet/to be- the glove on the Holy Spirit's hand, a musical instrument
hands\played like a Stradivarius/set pitch (exc. as: attitude, tone of
remote-controlled/led by the nose/under the thumb of- God, Jesus, the
you---- should never---, never need to---; it is-----
futile----, useless----, fruitless---- to--- try, strive, analyze, apologize, confess sins, say
you're sorry, delay gratification, question authority, roll up your sleeves, sing for your
supper, straighten things out, look before you leap, call a spade a spade, get out of
harm's way, judge right from wrong, stand on your own feet, think about your safety,
get things under control,
use your critical faculties, protect yourself spiritually, put on the
full armor of God,
give anything a second thought, make a big deal about anything, fix-,
improve- yourself or your circumstances; defend-, fend for-, take care
of-, try to make things
go well for- yourself; be-- careful, vigilant, serious, cautious,
proactive, cognizant, on- alert,
God's law is 100% perspiration and 0% inspiration\law-, aim-, reck-,
shame-less/simple-minded/empty-headed/snap judgment/knee-jerk reaction/
lockstep/rubber stamp/yes-man/the Force\vegetate/your------ tree-----,
only needs to gaze at Jesus, should never check with the Bible, has no-
free will of
its own, maturation process, need of intercessors,
responsibilities of its own in bearing fruit, independent effort or
(cf. Mt 22:36-40; 25:14-30; Ja 3:2); can---- only thrive or flourish
(cf. 3Jn 2), never---
rebel, suffer, backslide, wither in faith, do anything to- be broken
off (cf. Ro 11:17-24),
make itself unfruitful (cf. 1Co 14:14-19); be-- attacked, shaded from-,
anything except- God; never has to---- ask,
walk, seek, take action, strain to grow, weather storms, resist
temptation, depend on others,
struggle against evil, address personal faults, put on the full armor
of God, run (cf. 1Co 9:24-27
[per contra Ps 55:22*; 112:6*; 121:3*; Pr 12:3*; Jer 17:8]), strive to
be holy or righteous
(cf. Ac 24:16; 1Co 9:26-27; Heb 4:11; 12:1-13; Ja 1:12), watch out for
itself (cf. Mt 10:17;
Mk 13:9; Ac 20:29-31; 1Co 10:1-13; 1Pe 5:8-9 [per contra 1Pe 5:7-9]),
be- vigilant, conscious
of sin; resist--, respond to-- pests, blight, competition, fleshly
desires, the- elements,
environment\all sins are leaves that just wither and fall off\green
indigenous/aboriginal/biosphere/circle of life\naturalism
/grassroots/ecumenical/inter-faith, -denominational/jump on the
bandwagon/follow the- crowd,
masses/unity--, merge--, friendship--, fellowship--, sisterhood--,
brotherhood--, at one-- through-
diversity, with- mankind, humanity, everyone, everything, civilization,
all professing Christians,
nature (cursed- planet, universe, environment), the- world, people,
, society, multitudes, community\the majority is always right\vox
populi vox Dei
\everyone is-- God's child, good inside, the- same at heart, disciple
loved\I'm OK you're OK\disunity is always wrong/unity-- at all costs,
is always- true,
right, better than disunity/bad company improves good
perfect, stress-free, dead to-,
insulated from- sin; Spirit-permeated, -flooded, -reigned
holiness-, goodness-, righteousness- is foolproof, can only increase
- personal- dignity, identity, character, righteousness, track record;
degrees of-- sin, virtue,
righteous-, unrighteous-ness\infinite-, unlimited- grace, chances,
unconditional- honor, approval, acceptance/locked in God's- trophy
case, cage of
righteousness, irremovable suit of grace\pedestal/ensconced/once saved
eternal security ("perseverance")\unassailable/airtight-, vacuum-,
hermetic- seal, bubble/
unchangeable- fate, circumstances\any event already took place before
sera sera\it's all
over/the race is already won/nothing is-- by chance, left that can be
an- accident, coincidence\law of- attraction, expectation/Murphy's
say-, fear-, think-, visualize-, look at- becomes real, takes you over,
future, you become, you are (cf. Pr 23:7*), befalls you (cf. Job
1:1-2:10; 3:25; 42:1-17
[per contra Pr 10:24])\any---
fear--, insecurity--, uneasiness-- feeds-, draws- sin, Satan, failure,
hardwired for hell, are always in the right place at the right time,
can wash your hands
of-, aren't responsible for- your actions; have no- initiative,
self-control, free will, right of
self-defense; can't- help it, overcome your sins, teach an old dog new
Devil-, your DNA-
made you do it (re sin)\righteous---, unrighteous---ness is-- not
individual, in your- DNA, blood\irresistible/quicksand/vortex/black
use trying/basket case/the only thing you're capable of is rolling with
entirely out of your hands/God's will is always unchangeable\glue of-;
gravity of-; God--
meets all needs through-, can't meet needs
apart from- church fellowship\no man is an island (to himself; connotes
"you should never be separate"; exc. as "you affect and are affected by
others")/every tub rests on its own bottom-, God helps those who help
(connotes "you are responsible for all your problems" or "Christians
should have no
interdependence"; exc. as "you have responsibility to
God [Gal 6:5]")/it's impossible to bite off more than you can chew\all
limitations are only misperceptions, healing---, blessings---,
to prayers--- are always-- one step away, granted and on the way, a
(cf. Ja 5:14-16 [per contra 1Pe 2:24]), in your- hand, spirit\it will
all be OK no matter
what you do\everything in life-- works itself out,
comes up roses, takes care of itself, can only go your way, goes- well,
swimmingly; just- shows up, comes to you; falls right into- place, your
should- be welcomed, never be resisted; only gets- more orderly, better
better; goes smooth as- oil, jazz, grease, ice skating, a fine-tuned
car; is-- fun,
safe, good, fated, settled, perfect, decided, beautiful, harmless,
subjective, ergonomic, convenient, copacacetic, supernatural, up to
fair winds, God's will, set in stone, meant to be, done already, in
smooth sailing, up to God alone, yours for the taking, written in God's
something you walk right into, in the- bag, pipeline; for- the best,
pre-destined, -digested, -pared beforehand; a- breeze, illusion,
miracle, blessing, privilege, done deal, fait accompli, finished work,
experience\view through rose-colored glasses/led down the garden
(connotes: pallid, death, whitewashed, beyond reproach; exc. fig. as:
unworried, uncalculating [Mt 6:25-34; Lk 12:22-31])/lotus (connotes:
drowsy, escapism; exc. perhaps as "lily" [Sg 2:1b***])/
flower power/hemlock/defeat-, pacif-ism/non-resistance,
-chalance/freedom is always
free\unilateral disarmament\resistance is futile/problems all- melt
away, light as a feather
\all's well that ends well/loosen up/chill out/lukewarm/laid-back/have
no cares/not have a
care in the world/devil-may-care/apathy/whimsy/frivolous/flippant/hip/casual (right
merciful)/fair-weather Christian\no- cost, duty, rules, vigor, needs,
tenacity, stamina, learning, teaching, obligation, aspiration,
responsibility, law and order, quid pro quos, marching orders,
white- collar/working class/aristocrat/escapism/escapade/parade/circus/carnival/resort/
go-lucky/gratis/free-bie, -love, -loader, -for-aller/mooch/slouch/slacker/exempt from
serving/unconditional- election, salvation\win the lottery/collect winnings/slot machine/ticket--,
backstage pass-- to- heaven, healing, blessings, deliverance\grace--, health--, blessing--,
salvation--, provision--, protection--, wholeness--, restoration--, righteousness--, God's
favor-- is- on-demand,
unconditional, on tap, a free lunch, in your pocket, as free as gravity
(cf. 1Pe 4:18),
a matter of knowing your true self, getting something for nothing (cf.
more blessed to receive than to give (cf. Ac 20:35)/God--- owes you, is
all heart, only
blesses never curses, gives you all the answers, always-- lets you off
the hook, gives
you carte blanche, puts
everything right in- your path, the palm of your hand\every Christian's
runneth over\intercessory prayer is always- redundant, superfluous,
/entitlement/welfare (dole)/dispensary/stockroom/supply- room, depot,
warehouse/customer/the customer's always right/client, -ele/clerk/flattery gets
you everywhere/curry favor/indulgence (fee)/gift-, club-,
ATM-, credit- card/cash cow/money tree\blessings grow on trees\print
diamond- mine/gravy train/guaranteed- wealth, success/all God's people can escape-
being poor (cf. Dt 15:11), needing charity (cf. Ja 2:14-16; 1Jn 3:17)\you can always---
trust others, take a free ride, make concessions, walk on streets of gold, make lemonade
from lemons, pull
yourself up by your bootstraps, depend on the kindness of strangers,
have an easy-,
let favor flood your- life; get- a handout, what you want, a blank
check from God; reach
into God's- wallet, pocket, heavenly bank account; expect-- grace to
solve your problem
for you, a knight in shining armor to come to your aid, to live life
being treated- like a king,
with kid gloves\live---
large, it up, the-- high-, good- life/the life of the party/bon
under an open heaven, in- utopia, God's mansion; has no individual -
sweat, danger, conflict, struggle, mishaps, pressure, suffering,
accidents, deadlines, perspiration, red flags, stop signs, do's or
don't's, should's or
shouldn't's; is--- suburbia,
happy valley, only the cream, heaven on earth, singing Kumbaya, the
Garden of Eden,
Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah, always- cushy, sunny, soothing, predictable;
non-stop- revelry, reverie,
pleasure, indulging; all- work, gravy, supply, leisure, comfort,
demand, about sitting, gain
and no pain, benefits and no costs, green pastures and still waters but
no valley of the shadow of death
(cf. Ps 23:2-4); a-- feast, party, romp, yawn, divan, beach, paradise,
hootenanny, smorgasbord, Shangri-la, jog trot, chair lift, field day,
feather bed, bubble bath,
beaten path, beer garden, bed of roses, rocking chair, chaise longue,
holiday at sea, summer
camp, lavish banquet, bowl of cherries, dinner appointment, palm-lined
battle that God fights for you (cf. 2Co 5:2-4), love-, laugh-fest;
club\vacation (right terms: indulgent [sin]; rest/Sabbath-rest
lives\nirvana\bask in luxury/wallow/the pleasure principle/instant
hedon-, material-, opportun-ism/expediency/full-, self-service (exc.
full-service can mean
)/do-for-yourself/cafeteria/a la carte/everything in life tastes- good,
sugar daddy/candy- man, store/cafe/coffee/served to you on a silver
cake/let them eat cake/have it all your-, where there's a will there's
a- way/the Christian
walk-- comes- naturally, instinctively, by default; is- easy, innate,
a solo act, spontaneous
(exc. God's part in justification or
secret/groove/the God habit\easy---- street, virtue, enough to do- in
your sleep, blindfolded;
as--- pie, gluttony, swinging, doing the hokey-pokey, a-- picnic, walk
in the park, stroll,
promenade, strut, cakewalk, jig, boogie, waltz, ballet, conga line,
car wash, baptism-,
communion- ceremony; to do as it is to--- fall, speak, recline,
breathe, sunbathe, take
a pill, join a club, unwrap a gift, shoo a fly away, build a
sandcastle, toss-, catch- a ball;
click your heels together, form your body into a cruciform position,
light a match, fire a
distress flare, send an SOS, call- 911, the repairman; push a button,
get a good signal,
download a file, enter
a code, withdraw cash from an ATM, cash- a check, in on it; insert a
coin, use a--
microwave, vending-, washing- machine; drop your clothes off at the
push- a lever; reel in a fish, trim a sail, turn- a rudder, on a
faucet; dive--, jump--, plunge--
into- water, a fountain; pump water into a pail, soak up water in-,
squeeze water from- a
sponge; dispense hand
lotion, sprinkle "holy water," spray-- perfume, weedkiller, bug spray,
stain remover, breath
freshener, a- garden hose, shower massage, fire extinguisher; plug in a
power cord, flip a
switch, open a- valve, umbrella, refrigerator, lock with a key; bake a
cake, sit down at the
table, eat to your heart's content, help yourself to- cookies,
servings, an all-you-can-eat
pizza delivery, at a drive-through; pick a- plum, peach; change your-
attitude, latitude; step--
out of the dark, under a pouring waterspout, into- rain, sunlight; on
the- gas, brake
/monkey-see-monkey-do/facile/child's play/nothing to it/you-- don't
have a leg to stand
on, can't-, don't have to- do things to be more righteous\it is more
spiritual to----; you-----
should----, are supposed to---- never make a move, learn how to stay
seated, live like the
Tarahumara (re like doing work is beneath you), always-- sit, rest, let
go, nod off, sleep in,
hang out, quit trying, do nothing, stay in bed, take it easy, hit the
sack, wear flip-flops, cool
your heels, shut out the world, relax your posture, lay down your arms,
put your gear in neutral,
cut everyone some slack, say "only God can do this," find diamonds in
cesspools, curl up
with the Good Book, throw your arms up in frustration, beat your swords
lean on Jesus instead of taking a stand or walking by faith, fight
spiritual battles in silk pajamas
instead of the full armor of God, let it- ride, slide; kick-, lean-
back; feel right-, make yourself-
at home; sit- on the sidelines, down and shut up; skip-, sidestep-
dealing with difficulties; let-
the good times roll, God be the active one; be- still, limp, slow,
docile, listless, retiring, floored,
passive, horizontal, recumbent, loose-lipped, knocked-out, on velvet,
sitting pretty, at Jesus'
bosom, carried on Jesus' shoulders, resigned to your circumstances,
(exc. as: in awe of God); live--- seated, by-- force of habit, taking
a- seat, load off your feet;
plopping yourself-, letting your guard- down\complacent/eat the bread
fence- sitter/don't be a standup but a sit-- up-, down-
chair/highchair/wing chair (right term: mercy seat [God's only; Ex
25:22; Lv 16:2*])/God
always makes your enemies your footstool\"dwell" and "abide" (Ps 91:1;
etc.) can only
mean "sit"\always sitting under a- sukkah (booth), huppah
(canopy)/sit-- back, like a
happy Buddha, in the gap (cf. Eze 22:30; Eph 6:13), on the egg until
hatches/sitz bath/waiting room/spectator sport/eye-service/couch- body,
potato/sack of potatoes
/layabout/do-, know-nothing/bump on a log/stick-in-the-mud/tee (re
(bee)/rest on your- laurels, blessed assurance/beached/run
-action/take things lying down/lying down on the job/the angels sitting
at Jesus' tomb were
setting an example for the Christian lifestyle (cf. Mt 28:2; Mk 16:5;
Jn 20:12)\loaf-, plank-, loung-,
squatt-, sprawl-, goldbrick-, sleepwalk-ing/carpet knight/army of
invertebrate/rug rat/pliant like a rag doll/slugabed/drowsy/supine/day
repose/sedentary/sleep/fetal position/we-- are-, should be- naked
babies cradled in God's
arms\inner child\second childhood\rebirthing\womb of
grace\hibernate/the lion (leopard) has
lain down with the lamb (goat; cf. Isa 11:6)/the most apt prayer is
"Now I lay me down
to sleep"\rest in peace (R.I.P.)/asleep at the wheel/Jesus carries your
cross for you\the
solution's always right under your nose\it's all--- elementary,
self-evident, plain as day,
really-- a- snap, cinch, breeze, no-brainer; so- easy, simple, obvious
(cf. Jn 7:24; 15:7-8;
2Pe 3:16)/solve any need, desire, problem, or adversity if you
simply---- sit, ask, live,
fast, rest, wait, give, tithe, seek, obey, study, laugh, knock, praise,
forgive, believe, worship, connect, respond, socialize, meditate,
dig in, reach out, sow seed, shake it off, help others, act blessed,
heed the call,
connect the dots, doubt your
doubt, confess your sins, memorize Psalm 23, demand satisfaction, win
ground, tear down your walls, refuse to be a victim, deal with your issues, look within
your spirit, listen to spiritual music, break through your fears, believe you are righteous,
spread your wings and fly, practice good stewardship, cooperate with your angels, seek
first the kingdom of God,
settle-, press- in; enjoy-, simplify- your life; rise-, step-, open-,
lighten- up; change your-
tone, words, self-talk, paradigm, emphasis; feel- worthy,
understand the- Word, new covenant's provisions; make a-- pilgrimage-,
with- God, a church; grab-; choose-; call for-; know about-; feed--,
fixate-- on-; move--,
operate-- in- grace; drop-,
weigh- anchor; accept- love, help, the truth; bounce back, move
forward, go-- faster,
slower, for it, to- bed, Israel, church; do- less, more, cartwheels;
get-- up, real, busy,
psyched, involved, informed, empowered, into balance, closer to God,
out of God's way,
a- grip, revelation; think- young, positively; renew-, change-,
unblock-, shut off-, make up-
your mind; switch-
to grace, on your brain; stop- trying, thinking, worrying, living by
remembering the past, dwelling on the present; apply- principles, the Word;
bow at an altar, celebrate victory, shatter your past, speak- in tongues, to your
mountain; wave a- fan, palm branch; reach into heaven, roll away the stone, pray
the right prayer; come- home, to the living water; claim-
sevenfold restoration, God's Bible promises, humble-, rededicate-
convince yourself- you are righteous; discern Satan's lies, fight the
God is good, Satan is defeated, it is- finished, entirely up to you;
you- are highly
favored, can get what you don't deserve; anger-, rebuke-, put in his
the door on- Satan; be- still, calm, joyful,
active, happy, willing, valiant, seated, grateful, positive, yourself,
transparent, lighthearted, transformed, a Good Samaritan, anxious for
peace with yourself,
filled with the Holy Spirit, settled (cf. 2Ti 3:12 [per contra Col
1:21-23a; 1Pe 5:10]); take--- curricula,
authority, communion, your place, up your bed and walk,
advantage of Jesus' sacrifice, a- brisk walk, stand of faith; the--
plunge, initiative, right- path, steps;
follow- your feelings, the Spirit's directions; call on the Spirit,
ask-; use-; glorify-; remind-; put first-;
lean--, depend-- on-; get alone--, spend time-- with-; cry out--, draw
near--, open the door--, give all
control-- to- God, Jesus, the Spirit; walk in-- the Spirit, God's
stir up God's gift, hear God's word, reap God's promises, dwell in
God's presence, see- yourself
God's way, through Jesus' eyes; realize-, discover-, get hold of- the
Word, God's heart; use your
God-given- gift, faith, tools, rights, ability, permit, birthright,
resources, entitlement, free will, inner
power; trust-, thank-, give it to-, agree with-, stop limiting-, depend
cast all your care on-, see yourself blameless before- God; know--
Jesus, it's a free choice,
God's plan for your intended life accomplishments, your- talents,
identity; Jesus- is present,
has his arms around you; the- ropes, right name of God for the problem;
go to the Father's
house, live in-- God's Sabbath-rest, the- now, kingdom, faith zone; put
on faith- glasses,
blinders; close your eyes, take- God's hand, it to God's legal court;
use- mind science,
a point of contact, power of attorney; plead-, put it under- the blood;
fall into Jesus' arms,
touch the hem of Jesus' garment, behold-; sit with-; focus on-; commune
with-; put in the
center-; abide--, learn who you are--, know your position-- in-; run--,
turn--, give your problems--,
bring every thought captive-- to- Christ; look to- heaven, the cross;
wait for- God to
show up, the clouds to part and a sunbeam to guide you; open your-
give-- up, thanks, it some- time, space; admit defeat, throw in the
control, your life; raise the white flag, rest-, sleep- it off; have--
joy, love, mercy, gratitude,
proper honor, solitary-, childlike-,
big- faith (cf. Mt 17:20); correct understanding, the- desire, right
"spiritual father," different perspective, relationship with God,
of grace; let-- go, it be, it manifest, the river flow, grace happen,
down your defenses,
peace into your soul, the Holy Spirit guide you, God make up for you
Jesus- inside you, dominate
your whole self; cry "Grace, grace" (cf. Zc 4:7), say- "go, amen,
Hosanna, yes and
amen, it is well with my soul, the battle is the Lord's, God- loves me,
will solve it; I--
can, believe, receive, shall have it, lack nothing, must succeed, have
the power, can't
do anything myself, am- free, strong, unable, blessed, redeemed,
beloved child, the righteousness
of God in Christ, redeemed from the curse of the Law"; put it in the
consider it a non-issue, deny-; ignore-; disregard-; forget-; bury-;
will-; live-; say-; take-;
allow-; desire-; inherit-; permit-; claim-; expect-; initiate-;
divorce-; decide-; dream-; picture-;
choose-; release-; imagine-; visualize-; conceive-; prophesy-;
experience-; shrug off-;
pull down-; consent
to-; lay hold of-; let God do-; step out of-; plow through-; name and
claim-; set your mind
to-; verbally confront-; snap--, talk yourself-- out of-; actively--,
drop your problem so
you can open your hands to-- receive-; realize God--- loves you,
already-- did-, gave-,
sees you as having- it (cf. Jn 15:7-8)\"Word of Faith"
(word-faith)\miracles are in the
mouth\your words create
reality\words- have no power, matter less than actions/vow of silence
bigger the problem the easier God's solution\just- let God and Jesus
serve you, leave it-
alone, to the Lord; plug into God's power\turn up the
steroid/pill-popping/junkie/bionic/let go and let God/ignore-, give
God-, God solves-
all problems\cease from all self-effort/never- try, follow through, ask
what you can do
for God but only what God can do for you\quitter/weak-willed/always--
look on the
bright side, judge- by appearances, a book by its cover; trust- dreams,
instincts, impulses, gut feelings, your conscience, conventional
media productions, first impressions
(cf. Pr 28:26), your heart (cf. Jer 17:9; Mt 13:15; Mk
7:21-23)\perception is reality/
what you see is always what you get\all that glitters is
gold/accentuate the positive\
don't worry be happy\he laughs best who laughs last (not
always finish last\only the good die young\the cross has made
you need is love/carpe
diem (exc. as: seize the day)/it is more spiritual to---; you-----
should----, are supposed to---- have sympathy for the devil, wash your
all blame or culpability, always--- smile, laugh, dialogue, compromise,
toss confetti, hate nothing, maximize risk, give a thumbs up, show
accept differences, jump right into things,
turn a blind eye to sin, keep your mouth shut, express yourself freely,
like nothing is wrong, feel good about yourself, brush aside any
stay still and let God move, rub shoulders with everyone, speak words of
honey not vinegar, claim to be without sin (cf. 1Jn 1:8-2:1), follow
heart; "see-, hear-, speak- no evil"; love-, embrace-, let go of-,
be cool with- everything; have- no desires, good feelings, statuesque
tranquility; take-- everyone-, everything- at face value; be-- happy,
serene, flexible, positive, uncritical, unfeeling, impulsive,
to pain, relevant to the culture, a- failure, sweetheart, team player;
with-, totally emotionally detached from- your circumstances\turn your
frown upside-down/slaphappy/nothing should ever- bother you,
weigh on your conscience\strength through joy (Nazism)/positive
Christianity (Nazism)\you can--- choose to have only positive--,
empty yourself of all negative-- consciousness, attitudes, thoughts,
possibilities, memories, desires, feelings, moods, percept-, impress-,
opin-, sensat-, emot-ions\no- regrets,
weaknesses, disappointments/too-, over-, hyper-, overly-, excessively-
sensible, discerning, knowledgeable, reasonable, rational, logical,
holy, spiritual, righteous, obedient\light-, lamp- is too bright/color
the lines/little things don't-, dotting your i's and crossing your t's
freethinking/you-- shouldn't-, don't need to- think for yourself\ignorance
is bliss/sins--, circumstances-- are- irrelevant, only a distraction\the----
new---, risky---, easy---, illogical---, exciting---, different---, beautiful---,
unfamiliar---, multicultural---, supernatural--- is always good or superior
and the-- old-, ugly-, safe-, boring-, logical-, natural-, difficult-, familiar-, traditional- is always
evil or inferior\beliefs don't matter\doctrinal differences---, finer points of
doctrine--- all boil down to-- grace, see-, trust-, confess-ing Jesus\God--,
Christ-- is every-where, -thing\all-- faiths-, beliefs-, opinions-, religions-
coexist, are equally valid, worship the same God\many paths-, all roads
lead- to God\liberation-, prosperity- theology\plural-, syncret-ism/cessation-,
monerg-, gnostic-, quiet-, dei-, antinomian-, panthe-, positiv-,
nihil-ism\nothingness/ideal---, healthy---, intrinsic--- conflict--,
opposition-- between- truths, doctrines, members of Christ's body
(cf. Mt 12:25; 1Co 1:10)/irrational/reality is an- illusion, mirage/shades
of gray/nothing's black or white/no- facts, absolutes/love--, grace--
smoothes over all the
doctrinal differences, means- everything you touch turns to gold, your
spirit always bats
1.000 (re baseball)\loophole/indifferent/neutrality/situational
ethics\moral relativism\all sins
are equal\being good is just a fable\spiritual-, doctrinal-,
behavioral- standards should always
be loosened rather than tightened\balance out good with evil\might
makes right\all you ever need to
do is-- receive, hang on, show up, come as you are, leave yourself
chained to the chariot,
talk the talk not walk the- talk, walk\you--- have total sanctuary from
the Law, can only come
out smelling like a rose, are- infallible, self-justified,
Teflon-coated, sinless, intrinsically righteous,
beyond reproach (cf. Ro 3:23; 1Co 3:11-15), above- criticism, the Law;
no wrong, whatever makes you happy, everything at your leisure, as you- please, wish\you
can't go wrong as long as you don't- think, follow any rules\if it feels good do it/whatever------
seems good or lively or enjoyable----; pleases or excites the----- mind----, senses----, emotions----
is--- good--, right-- and whatever doesn't is- bad, wrong, a blessing in disguise
\do your own thing/go your own way/nothing- is ever your fault, depends on what you
do\reck-, heed-less/libertine/softy/let yourself go/anything goes/no holds barred/unregulated
by God\impulsive/suggestible/bite off more than you can chew/wear your heart on your
sleeve/naked (exc. as: shameful)/nudity (exc. as: shameful)/unguarded/vulnerable/take the easy way
out/shortcut/cut corners/whatever works/good and evil all- is in the eye of the beholder,
depends on how you look at it\go along to get along/ends justify the means\do evil that
good may result\rob Peter to pay Paul/if you can't beat them join them/what doesn't kill
you makes you stronger/life's only risk is hurt feelings\always ignore- fear, criticism, warnings,
instructions\throw-- caution-, prudence- to the wind\live- on the edge, with abandon,
like there's no tomorrow/go out on a limb/cast off all restraint (exc. as: negligence,
idleness, laziness, indulgence, or ignorance ["taught to disregard knowledge and
Bible doctrine, and rely on the Holy Spirit as their autopilot through life," "they think
being good is 'no sweat,'" "the truth was
too bright so he 'put the lamp under a bowl'"]; "loosen up," "chill
"do-for-yourself," "tolerance," "permissive," "shortcut," "what doesn't
kill you makes
you stronger" can mean virtue; "repose," "sleep," "rest in peace" can
to the dead in Christ), flow (exc. as: in-; filled--, in fellowship--
with-; led--, live--, moved--,
compelled-- by- the Holy Spirit),
wind/breeze (exc. as: the Holy Spirit), lighter-than-air/helium/in-,
/lifejacket (exc. fig. regarding: indwelling of the Spirit [but not
hot-air balloon or
lifejacket], salvation, freedom, joy)
Right terms and ideas (see also "exc." [exceptions] and "right terms"
mistreat, oppress, dictator/tyrant, legalist, nanny/disciple of- Moses,
Peter (only fig.; sin), lawyer (sin or
arrows, attack/combat/war, torture,
danger/peril, draw-, shrink-
back/retreat, cave in (only fig.; sin or virtue), burden/yoke/take up
your cross/thorn in the
flesh/mountain/giant (usually only fig.),
mirage, blind/myopia (deceived/ignorant), eyes/see/ears/hear/perception, lie/falsely
of/manipulate/mislead, mask/masquerade/disguise, flimflam/bunk,
garbage/dross (only fig.),
(sin or virtue), quench/defy, mean-
-degradation, -defeat, -deception, -absorbed, -
error/blunder/fail, ritualism, idolatry,
foolish/folly/humiliated/defile/defeatist/discouraged/bigot (all free
("sinful" [fig.], or "hell" [lit.]; all free will choices),
(virtue or sin; all free will choices), revival/awaken/alive to God
(all free will choices), clean/wash/dead to
(usually fig.; all free will choices; virtue only),
(not lit.; all free will choices, virtue or sin), backslide/derail/shipwreck/ruin/harlot/adultery/fornicate/
burnout/thin/lean/gluttony/fat/obese (not lit.; all free will choices,
sin only), fasting, temperance,
temperature/thermometer/barometer (only fig.; level of virtue or sin),
lift/uplift/refresh/boost/renovate/overhaul (only fig. as: encourage,
improve, reactivate, inspire, restore;
all free will choices), limit[ation]s ("self-imposed" [sin], or
"impossible without God's help" [not sin]),
mean salvation status;
all free will choices; "lose" can't mean accidental or missing),
lost/wandering/wilderness (virtue [as:
solitude, suffering, trials], or sin [as: wayward, unsaved]),
adversity, scourge/gall (evil or God's punishment; lit. or fig.),
misery, distress/wrench, pain, anguish/affliction/hurt/ache,
sorrow, upset, exasperate, disturbed/cast down/downcast, offend, scandalize, provoke/annoy/violate,
vex/torment, wretched (vexed by the sinful nature), heavy/weighed down (virtue [as: suffer, grieve, mourn,
distress, troubled, anxiety], or sin [as: guilt, worry, punished]), crisis, troubled, disorder, unbalanced,
darkness, ignorance, desire, thirst/pant/hunger/crave/vacuum
(desire or need; only fig.), resist/struggle/contend/wrestle/stand
power, truth, righteous, reborn/born again (only fig.), pray,
breakthrough, improve, perfectionism (virtue or sin),
manner/lifestyle/habit/routine/custom (virtue or sin),
correct/rebuke/exhort/edify/strengthen/build up, enlighten, inspire, repent, renew, reactivate, restore
transform, clay (virtue or sin), plow/sow/plant/cultivate/grow (usually
only fig.; only God can be the doer if
is the object ["church planter"]),
/milk/fisherman/fish/feed/nourish (virtue or sin; usually only fig.),
struggle/wash/purify, overwork, sow (virtue or sin; usually only fig.),
reap (reward or punishment; usually only fig.), boat/train/plane
(virtue or sin ["his train's on the wrong
mature/immature/weak, progress, regress (backslide),
positive/Christ-centered (virtue [as: good], or sin [as:
undiscerning, Pollyanna]), negative (sin [as: bad], or virtue [as:
discerning]), live/life, compass (can also
mean faith or the Bible),
upright, pure, spiritual, glad/joy, rejoice, take away (2Co
12:2)/teletransport (Ac 8:39-40)
Bible Review #3: Faithful Law-Keeping Is Not a Sin
The New Testament relates that the ways of gaining God's favor have changed from the old covenant ways of
high priest rituals, and Law-keeping focused on Law and old covenant terms,
to the new covenant ways of putting faith in Jesus, and Law-keeping focused on
faith and led by the Holy Spirit. In doing this, the New Testament often
appears to warn strongly against the Law, doing works, and physical circumcision.
isolated passages, most written by Paul, seem to assert that Christians are "dead to,"
"set free from," or "redeemed from" the Law itself (Mk
2:23-27; Ro 3:19; 7:4,6a; 8:2-4; 10:4-7; 1Co 9:20; Gal 2:19*;
3:10,12-13,23-25; 4:3-5,9; 5:1-6; Col 2:20; Ja 2:10-13); and that it has been
"abolished" (Jn 1:17; Ro 3:21,27-28; 4:13-15; 6:14-15; 7:6b; 10:4;
2Co 3:6b-11; 5:17,19; Gal 2:15-21†; 3:9-12*-14,19,23*-25;
5:1,18; Eph 2:14-18; Phs 3:6b-9a*-b; Col 2:14-15; 1Ti 1:5*; Heb 7:15-18*-22*; 10:1-2,8-9; Ja
Likewise, many other isolated passages seem to forsake, repudiate, or condemn doing works (Mt
19:16-17b* [per contra Mk 10:17-18; Lk 18:18-19]; Ro 4:4-5; 9:31-32; 11:6; Gal
3:9-12*-14; Heb 4:9-10; 9:13-14*), and physical circumcision (1Co 7:19; Gal
2:3-5,11-14; 5:1-6; 6:12-15; Phs 3:2-9a*-b; Ttus 1:10-14).
closer examination, however, every one of these isolated passages or its context of surrounding
verses makes it clear that Paul was only speaking of the Law, doing works, and
physical circumcision as references either to the old covenant, or to legalism.
The old covenant and legalism were infiltrating and misleading the churches,
which consisted not only of Gentiles who were falling under these old ways
and principles, but also many Jews who had been deeply influenced by and
had strong attachments to them, as Paul had before he became a Christian (Ac 8:1;
9:4-5a; 22:2-5; Gal 1:13-14; Phs 3:4-6).
More specifically, these isolated
passages are actually only:
a) saying the old covenant was imperfect, or has been abolished
refuting the legalistic misconceptions that Law-keeping is a means of
earning or attaining:
1) sufficient righteousness (sanctification), if you do not truly believe
and rest (trust) in the grace of Christ's atonement
3) God's promises to Israel
exposing and rebuking the utter futility, inadequacy, imperfection, and
mercilessness of living by the Law exclusively, or seeing the Law as
being superior to Jesus; and the conceit, egotism, hypocrisy, frustration,
smugness, arrogance, superficiality, self-deception, presumptuosness, and slavery
to sin that this produces; which are expressions of not believing and resting
(trusting) in the grace of Christ's atonement
d) revealing that Christ's atonement is what removes the Law's curse
e) reframing the ceremonial Law (ritual [e.g., circumcision], dietary,
kosher, purification) and civil Law as a nonbinding matter of discretionary
faith (see also Mt 5:38-39; 28:20a; Mk 7:15-23; Lk 6:29; Ac 10:9-16; 15:3-4,12-29;
Ro 7:13; 14:2-3,5-6; 1Co 8:8; Gal 3:15-18; Col 2:16,20-23 [cf. Ex
21:23-25; 31:14-15; 35:2; Lv 7:21,27; 17:13-14; 19:7-8; 24:19-20; Nu 15:32-36; Dt
In fact, the New Testament makes it abundantly clear that all Christians are still subject to the moral Law
and its criteria (standards) of sin and virtue, and that regardless of their
emotions, they must heed their personal duty to obey and keep its commandments,
rules, regulations, and restrictions; and recognize God's authority to judge
them accordingly, and must continue to accept, endorse, quote, and promote
it as vital, useful, and essential to personal Christian faith (Mt 5:17-22;
19:17-21; Mk 10:17-21; Lk 18:18-22; Jn 12:50a*; Ac 5:1-11; 17:29-30; 24:14*; Ro
2:6-11,13*-16; 7:25b*; 11:17-22; 12:17-19; 13:3-4,12-14; 14:10-12; 1Co
3:11-17; 5:9-13; 6:15-16,18-19; 7:10-13,19; 8:12-13; 9:21; 10:1-15; 11:28-34;
15:34; 2Co 5:9-10; 6:14; Gal 6:1; Eph 4:21-32; 5:3-7; 6:1-3; Col 3:8-9; 1Th 4:1-8;
1Ti 5:20,22; 2Ti 2:5; Ja 3:1*; 5:8-9,15-16; 1Pe 1:17; 2:1,11; 4:17-18; 2Pe
3:17; 1Jn 3:4; 5:2-3,21; Rv 20:12-13).
Thus, the new covenant has not
abolished the Law, but rather has retained and "changed" it by making
it part of the "law of Christ" and "law of the Spirit" (Ro
8:2*; 1Co 9:21; Heb 7:11-12,18*-19), as well as by amplifying,
expanding, and emphasizing it (Mt 5:17-48; Jn 13:34). The establishment of a new
dispensation or covenant in the Bible does not negate the truths revealed in
Although salvation can not be
earned by works, it incorporates works. Developing and maintaining
personal righteousness (merit, virtue, ethics, morality, holiness, devotion) by
doing works is not futility or folly. Certain Old and New Testament passages
show most clearly and unequivocally that it is a practical necessity, which
continues under the new covenant (Lv 18:4-5; Nu 14:8-11; Dt 4:1-14;
6:1-3,20-25; 10:12-13; 26:16-18; 30:11-20; Josh 1:7-8; Jdg 2:7-23; 1Sm
12:14-25; 1Kg 2:1-4,32; 2Ch 31:20-21; 34:31-33; Ne 1:7; 9:29; Ps 1:1-2;
2:10-12a*-b; 7:8-9; 11:4b-5; 18:20-26; 19:7-14; 24:3-5; 26:2-6; 32:5; 41:1-3,12;
78:5-7; 112:1-3; 119:1-176; 125:4-5; 139:23-24; 146:7-8; Pr 2:1-8; 3:1*-2;
4:1-4,20-26; 6:20-26; 7:2; 10:8,16; 11:5-6,18; 13:21,24; 15:32; 20:11; 22:15;
23:13-14; 25:12; 27:5-6; 28:4-26; 29:15,18; Isa 32:17; Jer 8:6-12; 17:9-10*-11;
18:7-9; 32:18-19*; 35:1-19; Eze 16:52; 18:23-32; Da 9:9-13; Mi 4:2; 6:8; Mt
3:7-8; 5:18-22; 7:4-5,12,21; 10:38,41; 15:11; 16:11-12,24,27; 20:25-27;
22:36-40; 23:5-12,23,25-26; 25:14-30; 28:20; Mk 8:34; 9:35; 10:42-45;
12:28-34,41-13:2; Lk 1:6; 3:7-8; 6:31,41-42; 7:44-47a; 9:23; 10:27; 11:5-8*; 13:1-9;
14:25-33; 17:1-3a*-4,7-9b*-10b*; 18:1-8,13-14; 19:12-27; 21:1-6; 22:25-26; Jn
5:14,44; 6:27-29; 7:24; 9:31; 14:15*-24; 15:7-8,10,18-19; 16:33; Ac 5:1-11,29;
8:22; 9:16; 10:1-4,22,34-35, 14:22; 17:29-31; 20:28-31; 22:12-15; 23:3-5;
24:16; 26:20; Ro 2:7,9-10,13-15; 3:19b,31; 4:20; 6:16-19; 7:21-25b*; 8:12-14;
11:17-24; 12:1-3,9,16; 14:1 [cf. 14:2,5,10,13-14], 10-12; 1Co 1:10-14
[cf. 3:18-23]; 2:15; 3:11-17; 5:1-13; 6:4-11,18-19; 8:9-12; 9:24-27;
10:1-13; 11:2,28,31-32; 12:26a; 15:34,42-50; 16:13; 2Co 1:6-8,11; 2:5-7; 4:2;
5:9-10; 6:4-17; 7:1; 9:3-4; 10:3*-5b*-6b*; 12:19-21; 13:5; Gal 1:10*; 2:11;
5:7-10,13,17,25-26; 6:1b,3-4,7-10; Eph 4:25-28; 5:5-9,11-17; 6:7-8,18;
Phs 1:28-30; 2:4,17; 3:2-8,12a,13a,16a,17-20; 4:18; Col 1:24,28-29; 2:5b;
3:2-13a,16-17,23-25; 4:12; 1Th 2:4b; 4:1*-8; 5:17,19-23; 2Th 1:4-8,11a;
3:14; 1Ti 1:19-20; 3:9-10; 4:7-8,11-12b*-16; 5:9-15,20; 6:3-5,20-21; 2Ti
1:5-14; 2:14-15 [cf. 2:2], 20-26; 3:12,15-17; 4:2-5; Ttus 2:4-7*,11-12; 3:8
[cf. 3:10,14]; Heb 4:11; 5:12; 6:1,12; 10:23-26a*-29,32-36; 11:8-11*,17-19;
12:1-13; 13:15-16; Ja 1:2-6,10,12-16,21-27; 2:9-10,14-3:1*-2,13; 4:1-4,7-10,17;
5:8-9,14-16a,19-20; 1Pe 1:6-7,17,22*; 2:1*,11-12; 3:10-13,17; 4:12-19*;
5:6; 2Pe 1:5-8; 3:13-14,17; 1Jn 1:8-2:1,3-5a; 3:4,7-10,18-20*-24; 5:2-3,21;
2Jn 5-6,8*-11; 3Jn 11; Jd 20-21; Rv 2:5-6,14-16,20-23; 3:2-3; 9:20-21; 14:13b; 16:11).
Works are expressed as faithful and persistent self-effort, self-awareness, self-appraisal, vigilance,
thought, conscientiousness, consciousness of sin and virtue, making free will
choices, struggling, and striving in order to: be mindful of and heed the moral
Law; learn and recognize right from wrong; identify and face problems and
errors; resist and counteract temptation, intimidation, deception, and the
sinful nature ("the flesh"; KJV); confess and repent of sins; be sanctified
and transformed by renewing your mind; make correct and reasonable
choices, judgments, and decisions; try to be pure, valuable, and acceptable to
God; serve, please, make costly sacrifices for, and maintain a good
relationship with Him; cooperate with His will, petition Him repeatedly in prayer,
endure suffering, set a good example, warn against false beliefs and breaking
the Law, and walk in love.
Hebrews 10:1-2 is not saying that
Christians should never feel guilt or shame for breaking moral laws
(cf. 10:3-10; 1Jn 1:7). Properly understood in context, it is saying that
the old covenant necessity of yearly Temple sacrifices was a reminder of their
insufficiency and short-term effectiveness, in contrast to Jesus'
sacrifice under the new covenant.
Law and grace are not mutually exclusive,
nor is their relationship oppositional. The Law is not incompatible
with or in any way contrary to grace (Ro 7:12-13; Gal 3:21). Grace has not taken
away the Law, but rather the Law and sin remain the reason for grace (Ro 3:31;
5:20; 1Ti 1:13-16). The Law is not incidental to grace, but rather is essential
to it, as grace is grounded in the morality of the Law (Ro 3:31; 5:15-21;
6:14-15; Ttus 2:11-12; Jd 4). The Law does not block grace, or curse, defile, kill,
condemn, or disqualify when it works together with grace within the context of
faith (Ro 5:20; 7:12-13).
Faithful Law-keeping and faithful
works never minimize, counteract, or in any way exclude grace, love,
truth, knowledge, spiritual thinking, spiritual guidance, the Word, the Holy
Spirit, or the spirit of the Law, but rather are always in perfect balance and
harmony with them (Mt 12:25,30; Lk 11:17,23; Ro 3:31).
is not a gift merely to be chosen and received, without actively using it to struggle against
evil, and strive to do works and keep the Law. A passage that supposedly says
grace has freed Christians from these things actually only says it has freed them
from bondage to sin and death (Ro 7:21-8:6b*-9a*-11 [cf. Ro 7:24b; 8:12-13;
1Co 10:12-13; 2Co 1:8-11; 2:4; Ja 1:14-15; 1Pe 2:11]).
other passages also supposedly advocate passive spirituality by instructing simply to sit, rest,
dwell, or be settled. These are not actually instructions on how to live in grace,
but rather descriptions of what it means to be faithful to God: having
God's favor and protection (Ps 91:1-2), being unburdened of worry and legalism (Isa
26:3; Mt 11:28-30), having salvation that is secure in heaven (Eph 2:6), and
needing to keep steadfast in your faith (Col 1:23a).
The churches distort the above passages
and ignore their plain, contextual sense to promote a glut of false
teachings and ideas concerning grace and faithful Law-keeping, including these examples:
1) You must always have a 100% clear and unburdened conscience; and sense
of peace, security, and forgiveness (cf. 1Co 10:1-13; 1Jn 3:18-20 [per
contra Gal 5:22; Heb 10:1-2]).
2) You need an air of royalty (cf. Ps 37:10-11; Mt 5:3-5; 18:4; 20:25-27;
23:5-12; Mk 9:35; 10:42-45; Lk 9:48; 14:7-11; 18:14b; 22:25-26; Eph 4:1-3; Phs
4:5*; Ja 4:6; 1Pe 5:3-6).
3) Replace your identity with Christ's (cf. Gal 6:4; Phs 2:4; Jd 20-21).
Purge your conscience of old sins (cf. Ro 3:23; 1Co 3:11-15; Heb
5) Address God only as "Father (Abba)," not as "God" (cf. Ro
15:6,30; 2Co 1:3; 13:7; Eph 1:3; 5:20; Phs 4:20; Col 1:3; 3:17; 1Th
3:9-10; 2Th 1:11; 1Ti 5:5a; 1Pe 1:3).
6) Don't be transformed by actively renewing your own mind, but only by
passively receiving a new mind, or letting your heart or "spiritual DNA" be
renewed (cf. Ac 24:16; Ro 7:24-8:6b*-9a*; 12:2; Ja 1:5-6).
You must say and proclaim "I am the righteousness of God in Christ"
and "my righteousness is done," rather than "Jesus is my
righteousness" (cf. 1Co 1:30-31; 4:3b-5; 2Co 5:21; 10:17-18; 1Jn 1:8)
and "I'm supposed to do righteous works" (cf. Eph 4:25; 5:11-17; Heb
8) Move past the Bible, which is a lovely book but only brings death, to
embrace the true living Word and enlightened revelations of Jesus (cf. Ro 15:4;
2Ti 3:15-16; Ja 2:8; Jd 3 [per contra 1Co 2:2]).
The unrepentant are your spiritual equals (cf. Gal 6:10).
Don't discern according to the Law or the Bible, but rather by
feelings, radiance, popularity, sensations, the Spirit, good vibes, who God is,
majority opinion, personal magnetism; and visible power, praise, worship, and
success (cf. Jn 7:24; Gal 2:6* [per contra 2Co 5:16*; Ja 4:11-12]).
Discern others only by their hearts, motives, and "who they really
are," not by their beliefs or what they do (cf. 1Co 4:3-5).
You must always trust, greet, thank, cheer, affirm, attract, impact,
include, tolerate, comfort, impress, endorse, encourage, compliment,
accommodate, believe the best about, cut some slack for, put your arm around, defer
to, be loyal to, invest yourself in, bring out the best in, speak well of, put
yourself in the place of, give liberally to, and give the benefit of
the doubt to everyone; and sing, unite, bond, share, honor, debate, partner,
dialogue, fraternize, cooperate, play well, be family, get along, break bread,
shake hands, and stand together with them (cf. 2Jn 10-11 [per contra 1Co
13:4-7; Eph 4:32; Col 3:12-13; 1Jn 4:7-8,16]).
Recognize, sit under, and submit to all those claiming to have
spiritual authority (cf. Ac 4:18-20; 2Co 11:12-15).
Live out your "spiritual kingship" (cf. Eph 4:1-3; 2Ti 2:12; 1Pe
15) Let go of all your pain, hurts, suffering, and moral rules (cf. Ac
16) Forget, discard, unthink, subtract, sacrifice, cast out, put away,
shake off, rise above, cut all ties to, obey the Spirit not, wash your hands of, tear
yourself away from, and build walls between grace and: a) any ABCs of faith
except for grace, so that you can constantly fixate on reminding yourself of the
elementary principles of grace, and reassuring yourself of your
salvation by grace (cf. 1Ti 1:19-20; Heb 6:1-2; 1Jn 3:18-20*-24); b) the Law, your
past, and all your concerns (cf. Dt 4:1-14; Mt 5:17-22; Ac 5:1-11; 17:29-30; Ro
12:17-19; 1Co 5:9-13; 6:15-16,18-19; 7:10-13; 8:12-13; 10:1-15; 15:34; Gal 6:1;
Eph 4:21-32; 5:3-7; 6:1-3; Col 3:8-9; 1Th 4:1*-8; 1Ti 5:20,22; 2Ti 2:5; 1Pe
2:1,11; 2Pe 3:17; 1Jn 3:4; 5:21 [per contra Jn 7:45-52]).
Stop discerning and understanding things by analyzing, reasoning, or
using your critical faculties, and instead do it only by meditating and clearing
your mind (cf. Mt 22:36-40; Mk 12:28-34, Lk 10:27; Ac 17:11 [per contra Pr 3:5-7;
18) Doctrinal agreement is not necessary (cf. 1Co 1:10).
1 John 1:9 only applies to unbelievers (cf. 1:8,10-2:5).
Hagar represents the Law, not the old covenant (cf. Gal 4:23-24).
"The Fiery Furnace" is only about grace, not keeping the Law (cf. Da
22) Titus 1:15 actually deems all acts, not ceremonial things, pure (cf.
23) Eliminating moral rules enables you to live life to the fullest (cf.
Heb 10:16; 2Pe 3:13-14,17).
24) Peter erred by following the letter of the new covenant, rather than
its spirit (cf. 2Co 3:6; Gal 2).
25) Noah's favor from God was not due to his personal holiness (devotion)
and righteousness (cf. Ge 6:5-13).
26) Christian growth means less and less competency and self-confidence
(cf. Ac 4:13; 2Ti 3:15-17; Heb 4:14-16).
27) Hebrews 9:28 says Christians will not be judged for their sins at
Christ's return (cf. Ro 14:10-12; 1Co 3:11-17; 2Co 5:9-10; Ja 3:1-2; 5:8-9).
A little leaven does not leaven the dough (sinning does not affect
holiness [devotion] or righteousness; cf. 1Co 5:6-8 [per contra Ro 11:29*]).
Whenever you sin, you should only perceive and be pleased about being
the righteousness of God in Christ (cf. Ja 4:7-10; 1Jn 1:8-2:1 [per contra
Isa 45:24*; Jer 23:6; Ro 3:21-24]).
30) Being conscious of the Law is the same as eating from the tree of the
knowledge of good and evil, instead of the tree of life (cf. Jn 12:50a*; Ac 7:53;
2Ti 2:9b; Heb 10:16).
31) "Fear and trembling" (Phs 2:12) can only mean awe, not a warning (cf.
Ac 5:11 [has the same Greek word for "fear"]; Phs 2:3-4; 1Pe 1:14-17
[per contra Isa 26:3; Jer 33:9]).
32) 1 Timothy 1:9 actually means the righteous don't need to act or judge
things in cognizance of the Law (cf. 1Co 5:6-12; 6:9-10; 10:1-15; 15:33-34*; Heb
10:16 [per contra Ro 7:24-8:6b*-9a*; 14:4; 1Co 4:5]).
Nothing happens unintentionally or by chance (cf. Lv 4; 5:14-19; Nu 15;
35:11,15,22; Dt 4:42; 19:4; 22:8; Josh 20:3,9; Jdg 5:18; 2Sm 17:17; 1Ch
11:19; Ecc 9:11-12; Eze 45:20; Ac 15:26; 20:9-10; Phs 2:30*).
Job was afflicted for his self-righteousness, not as a test of faith
(cf. 1:1-2:10; 42:1-17; his real sin was discouraged, reckless speech once
afflicted [3:1-10,25; 9:23; 13:24; 19:11; 33:10; 34:5; 35:15-16; 40:2-8;
35) Old covenant blessings were all conditional, but new covenant blessings
are all unconditional (cf. Ne 9:16-35; Ps 116:5-6; 146:7-8; Mt 18:19; Lk 5:17b;
Jn 15:7-8,10; Ac 4:29-30; 10:1-4; 1Co 4:8-13; 11:28-34; 12:7-30*; 1Ti
4:16; Heb 12:1-13; Ja 1:5-8; 5:13-16; 1Pe 4:16-19; 1Jn 3:21-24 [per contra Ro
36) Being "poor in spirit" can not mean suffering for righteousness (cf.
Ps 146:7-8; 1Pe 3:17; 4:16-17).
37) People only think and do opposite as they're told, warned, instructed,
or commanded (cf. Jn 14:15*-24; Ac 17:29-30).
38) Guilt, anger, regret, and feeling convicted of sin are always evil or
Satanic emotions (cf. Ro 6:21; Ja 4:7-10 [per contra Ps 119:165; 2Co 7:10*; Heb
39) Matthew 5:48* says perfection comes by "being" not "doing"
40) Matthew 9:13 actually means that all of Jesus' sheep are sick (cf. Mk
2:17; Lk 5:31-32).
41) Ephesians 1:6*** in Greek says you're already highly blessed (cf.
42) Hearing, speaking, and believing God's word ("faith") bring life, and
have replaced doing God's word ("Law"), which brings death (cf. Lk
8:15; Ja 1:23-25 [per contra Mt 7:22-23*]).
43) Ephesians 1:20-21*; 2:6 means you're seated above the Law's, not
earthly, authority (cf. 6:12).
44) Isaiah 9:6 refers to the Law, not government (cf. 9:7).
Acts 10:28 says nobody is impure or unclean (cf. Mt 15:11).
Philippians 2:3*** doesn't actually say to prioritize others' needs
over yours, but rather not to compete to be righteous (cf. 2:4; Pr 27:17; 1Co
47) Faith is only concerned with seeing and knowing Jesus, not doing works
(cf. Ro 2:7,9-10,13-15; Ja 2:17,22 [per contra Lv 13:12-13; Ecc 1:14; Mt
7:22-23*; Jn 19:30a]).
48) Romans 3:19a says only Jews are subject to the Law (cf. 19b).
Romans 8:15 refers to dread of God, not bondage to sin (cf. 7:21-8:14).
Christians are not supposed to repent to be healed (cf. Heb 12:13; Ja
51) Christians never need to increase their faith in order to build up
their righteousness (cf. Ro 15:1-2; 2Co 12:19-21).
52) Christians only have an unrenewed mind and body to choose to renew, not
a persisting sinful nature and fleshly temptations to deal with (cf. 1Ch 28:9*;
Ro 6:16-22; 7:25; 8:12-13; 13:12-14; 1Co 10:12-13; Gal 6:1b; 2Ti 2:22; Ja
1:14-15; 4:1-4; 1Pe 2:11 [per contra Jn 15:3; Ac 15:9; Ro 6:6-7,18,20-22;
8:10-11; 1Co 1:30; 2Co 5:17; Heb 10:1-2; 1Pe 2:24*]).
Loving others isn't about doing good to them (cf. Lk 6:27).
Righteous people in the Bible always exalted, glorified, and spoke well
of grace, but never the Law or observing it (cf. Ps 119:1-176; Ac
55) Sin and evil are non-issues for Christians (cf. 1Jn 1:8-2:1a,3-5a [per
contra 2Co 5:19]).
56) Repenting only means turning to God not away from sin, and is only
about making a decision for serving God not against doing evil (cf. Mt 3:7-8; Lk
3:7-8; 13:1-9; Ac 8:22; 17:29-31; 26:20; 2Co 12:21; Heb 6:1; Rv 2:21-22;
57) No sin is worse than another sin (cf. Mt 23:14*; Mk 12:40; Lk 12:47-48;
20:47; Jn 19:11).
58) No Christian is responsible for their sins (cf. Ja 3:1-2).
No Christian is more holy or righteous than another (cf. 1Co 3:11-17; Gal
6:1; Ja 5:16; Rv 2-3 [see also 1Kg 2:32; Eze 16:52]).
God's relationship with you is never active (responsive) based on what
you do, but only passive based on being "settled" (Col 1:23a; KJV) in what
Christ already did (cf. Ps 66:17-19; Pr 28:9; Jn 6:27-29; 9:31; Col
4:12; 1Jn 3:22; Rv 2:5,16,22; 3:3 [per contra Jn 6:28-29; Ro 8:32-33*; Eph 2:6;
Phs 2:13; Col 1:21-23a; 2:6-7; 1Pe 5:10; 1Jn 4:17*]).
What should be the only foundation and important thing you need to be
doing in your spiritual life is dedicating yourself to celebrating, enjoying
life, experiencing God, and habitually going off into His presence (cf. 139:7-10; 140:13*; Heb 9:24).
Holiness comes by hearing the Word, not by learning, believing, or
doing it (cf. Pr 4:20 [per contra Mt 7:22-23*]).
Peter often spoke from conceit, egotism, smugness, arrogance, and
self-righteousness; not uneasiness, unsophistication, inept loyalty,
and lack of self-control (cf. Mt 16:22-23; 17:4a-b*-7; 26:33-35; Mk 8:32-33;
9:5-6; 14:29-31; Lk 9:33-34; 22:33-34; Jn 13:8-10,37-38).
Conscientiousness, self-effort, and self-righteousness are the only
true evils, and are always your pretending; and are rooted in your jealousy,
rejection, backsliding, and "spiritual damage"; and are symbolized in the Bible
by working, fig leaves, and hands—which would mean laying on of
hands is evil (cf. Ps 24:3-5; 1Co 4:12; Eph 4:28; 1Th 4:11; 2Ti 1:6).
If you try to preserve your life, you lose it (cf. Mt 10:23; Mk
12:31,33; Ac 9:22-25).
66) If you accept Jesus then you are Jesus, not merely part of him (cf. Mk
13:21-22; Ro 8:1; 1Co 12:12-27 [per contra Gal 2:20]).
Breaking the moral law is never a moral issue, but always only ignorant
or innocent; an illness, weakness, or quirkiness; or merely stupidity,
diversity, or outward appearance; or an accident, addiction, idiosyncracy,
spiritual identity crisis, naive lamb going astray, immaterial insult to the
Spirit of grace, mystery of how God uses people to do His work, or cry for help
or love (cf. Ro 1:18-32; 1Co 5:9-13; 2Pe 2:1-22; Jd 7-15*-19 [per contra Jd
68) John 1:17 actually says that grace and truth exclude the Law, and that
truth is contrary to the Law in principle, and is only on the side of grace not
the Law (cf. Ps 119:29-32; Isa 59:12-15; Da 9:9-13; Ro 2:2-3,6-11; 1Co 5:1-13;
Gal 5:7-10; Eph 4:21-32; 5:5-9; Ja 5:19-20; 1Jn 2:3-5a).
John 12:32 in Greek means Christians can't lose their blessings by
breaking the Law (cf. Ro 11:17-22; 13:4; 1Co 3:11-17; 10:1-13).
John 15:15 means you're not supposed to be Jesus' slave/servant (cf.
1Co 7:22; Phs 1:1 [the same Greek word for slave/servant is in all 3 verses; per
contra Ro 4:4-5]).
71) Nobody is ever to be blamed or judged for committing sins, except Adam
and Satan (cf. Ro 14:10-12; 1Co 3:11-17; 13:5b*; 2Co 5:9-10; Ja 1:14-15; 3:1-2;
5:8-9 [per contra Ro 5:19; Eph 2:1-3]).
72) Nobody can repent by free will (cf. 1Co 10:13), or do anything to tame
the tongue (cf. Ps 34:12-13; Pr 10:19; 21:23; Ja 3:1-2).
Nobody can keep the Law perfectly, so nobody should try to keep it at all (cf.
Heb 12:1-13; Ja 3:1*-2 [per contra Isa 64:6; Ro 3:23-24; Ja 2:10]).
All who believe Jesus is the Son of God are saved (cf. Ja 2:19).
All suffering and enjoyment is a choice (cf. Ac 9:16).
All anyone can offer God is sin, worry, nothing, and wretchedness; and
all your good works are evil unless you're a Christian (cf. Mt 7:11; Lk 8:15;
11:13; Ac 10:1-4,22,34-35; Ro 2:7,9-10,13-15 [per contra Ecc 1:14; Isa 64:6]).
Faith, integrity, learning, holiness, believing, character, obedience,
justification, sanctification, reconciliation, righteousness, God's
love, living by faith, serving the Lord, doing good deeds, abiding in the
vine, walking in the light, commitment to God, the fruit of the spirit,
relationship with God, cooperating with God, embracing God's word, and spiritual
growth and warfare: a) just happen to you through "spiritual formation," and
only require a reminder of who you are in Christ (cf. 2Th 3:14), and
seeing and getting closer to Jesus (cf. Mt 14:25-31); b) are 100% free, reflexive,
foolproof, automatic, involuntary, spontaneous, a birthright, birthed
into you, a byproduct of faith, the result of your sin not your virtue, and an
unconditional gift (cf. Lk 14:25-33; Ro 11:22; Ja 2:24 [per contra Mt
10:8; Lk 15:3-7; Jn 16:8,10; Ac 15:9; Ro 3:21-24; 5:17; 1Co 1:30; Phs 2:13; 1Jn
4:9-10]); c) are mindless, effortless, and something you allow, permit,
experience, fall into, and to which you awaken (cf. Mt 22:36-40; Mk
12:28-34, Lk 10:27; 2Pe 1:5-8 [per contra Mt 6:26-29; Lk 12:24-27]).
Guilt, logic, works, regret, shame, criticism, self-effort, discretion,
contrition, reasoning, self-discipline, determination, the mind, your
will, trying harder, human striving, personal ability, confessing sins,
assigning blame, awareness of sin, giving of yourself, your performance, or
applying Biblical Law and morality to your life: a) is evil, filth, futile,
death, carnal, idolatry, negative, transient, temporal, judgmental,
insignificant, all for naught, only condemnatory, the mark of a fallen Christian, 100%
your flesh and 0% your spirit, a sure sign that you are in dire lack and need of
grace, or professing yourself to be wise but becoming a fool (cf. 1Ti 6:18-19);
b) ruins, voids, denies, lessens, negates, opposes, and is contrary to and
incompatible with faith, grace, holiness, discernment, selflessness, righteousness,
spiritual gifts, the Christian walk, and Jesus' finished work (cf. Mt
22:37; Ac 24:16; Ro 2:7,9-10,13-15; 8:12-13; 1Co 6:5; 9:24-27; 15:34; Gal 2:11;
2Th 3:14; Ja 2:14-3:1*-2; 1Jn 1:8-2:1 [per contra Ps 73:13-14; 91:1; Pr 3:5; Isa
26:3; Mt 11:28-30; Jn 19:30a; Ro 3:21-24; 6:21; 7:24-8:6b*-9a*-11,28*; 1Co
1:4-8; 2Co 5:21; Eph 1:3; 2:6; Phs 2:13; 3:3; 4:6a*; Col 1:21-23a,29; 2:6-7; 1Th
5:24; 1Pe 4:19*; 5:10; 2Pe 3:18; 1Jn 1:9]).
There is no moral Law in love, faith, training, holiness, character,
believing, sanctification, righteousness, transformation, the gospel, spiritual
discipline, submission to God, or living by faith (cf. Gal 5:6).
It is more blessed to receive than to give (cf. Ac 20:35).
It is only possible to exaggerate, overestimate, make an idol of, and
be Pharisaic (smug, formulaic, preoccupied, self-righteous, presumptuous)
about the Law, not grace (cf. Col 2:18; Ja 2:20-24; 1Jn 1:8-2:1,3-5a; Jd 4).
It is impossible for anyone to: a) willingly live righteously like
Christ by their own ability (cf. Ac 10:1-4,22,34-35); b) grow or weaken in faith
(cf. Lk 22:32 ; Ro 15:1-2; 2Co 12:19-21; Jd 20-21; Rv 3:2-3); c) veer from the
narrow way (cf. 2Pe 2:15).
83) Paul never told any Christians to "do" things in order to be
spiritual, but only to "be" spiritual (cf. Eph 6:5-8; Ttus 3:8,14).
Paul never promoted apologizing, saying you're sorry, asking for
forgiveness, or a lifelong confessing and renouncing of personal sins by Christians
(cf. Ac 23:3-5; 24:16; Ro 7:21-25; 1Co 5:1-2; 2Co 4:2; Phs 3:2-8 [see also Pr
28:13; Lk 17:3-4; Ja 5:16a; 1Jn 1:8-2:1]).
Paul never promoted guilt, shame, or a lifelong repenting of personal
sins by Christians (cf. 1Co 1:10-12 [cf. 3:18-23]; 3:1-3; 5:1-2; 6:5-10; 14:20;
15:34; 2Co 2:5-7; 12:19-21; Gal 2:11-14; Col 3:1-13a; 2Th 3:14; Ttus 3:10 [see
also Mt 11:20-24; Mk 6:12; Lk 13:3,5]).
86) Paul never warned, judged, shamed, rebuked, accused, or excluded others
for their actions or beliefs, but only for their sin-consciousness and
Law-consciousness (cf. 1Co 3:1-3; 4:14; 6:5-10; 14:20; 15:34; 2Co
13:2-3; Gal 2:11-14; 1Th 4:3-6; 2Th 3:14; 1Ti 1:20 [cf. Mt 18:15-17]).
Love, faith, truth, grace, Jesus, fellowship, repentance, Christianity,
and the gospel are all about indulging in life (Lk 9:23), going with the flow
(cf. 1Co 2:15; Eph 4:14; 1Th 5:21), getting something for nothing (cf. Lk
14:25-33), total unconditionality (cf. Ro 11:22; 1Co 1:10; Gal 6:9), and enjoyment
(cf. Mt 10:35-38; Lk 14:26-27; 2Co 1:8-11; 6:4-10; 2Th 1:4-8; 2Ti 4:5; Heb
12:4-11; Ja 4:8-9; 1Pe 3:17; 4:16-17); not about tough love, enduring trials,
informed choices, pursuing holiness, morals and ethics, carrying your cross,
cooperating with God, competing in the race, making improvements, taking strong
moral stands, walking in the steps of the faith, or addressing issues and
88) Your heart is the center of revelation (cf. Ac 17:11-12).
Your sacrifices are not actually your own sacrificial offerings (cf. Mk
12:41-13:2; Lk 21:1-6; Ro 12:1).
90) Your foes, enemies, and adversaries can never be people, but only Satan
and demons (cf. Mt 5:25,44; 10:34-36; Lk 6:27,35; 12:58; 21:15-17; Ro
91) Your relationship with God and Jesus does not depend on your morality
or performance, but only on emptying yourself and losing your own identity
(cf. Mt 5:18-22; 19:17-21; 22:36-40; 28:20; Mk 12:28-34; Jn 14:15*-24; 15:10;
Ac 24:16; Ja 2:14-26; 2Pe 1:5-8; 1Jn 1:8-2:1a; Rv 2:23 [per contra Pr 16:6*; Ro
3:23; 5:8; 6:23; 1Co 15:9-10; Gal 2:6*,21*; Phs 2:13; 3:6b-9a*-b; Col 2:6-7]).
Your faith isn't partly a product of your free will, and is already
irreversibly strong, and perfectly equal with all others' (cf. Ro 4:20;
12:3,6*; 14:1-2; 1Co 12:9; 2Co 10:15b; 1Th 3:10; Ja 3:1*; 5:8-9; 2Pe
93) Your spiritual responsibility is not to do or strive, but only to
receive and experience unconditional grace (cf. Jn 3:27; 14:15*-24; Ac 20:35; 2Co
8:5; 1Th 4:1*-8; 2Ti 2:15,20-22; Heb 10:23-26a*-29; 11:8-11*; Ja 1:5-6; 1Jn
3:22; 2Jn 8* [per contra Jn 1:16; 16:24; 20:22; Ac 1:8; Ro 5:17; 15:7; 1Co 2:12; 2Co
5:21*; Col 2:6-7]).
94) Your holiness, performance, and personal righteousness are "caught,"
but your healing is taught (cf. 1Co 12:28-29; 2Ti 3:14-17; Heb 5:12).
Your true value, worth, identity, blessing, standing, holiness, and
righteousness are only gifts, which you actively take by effortless
rest (cf. Ac 14:22; 3Jn 11).
96) Your spirit can be diseased and damaged (cf. 1Co 4:11-13; 2Co 1:4;
4:6-14; 7:5-6; Heb 12:3; 1Pe 2:19-23; 5:8-9), nevertheless is 100%, totally,
perfectly, absolutely, and thoroughly holy, clean, flawless, spotless, righteous,
discerning, eternally sinless, and identical to Jesus' spirit (cf. 1Ch
28:9*; Mk 7:15-23; Ro 11:17-22; 1Co 3:14-15; 2Co 7:1; 11:4; 12:18b; Col 4:12;
2Ti 2:20-22; 1Jn 1:8-2:1a; 4:1-6 [per contra Ps 103:12; Pr 3:5; Jer 23:6;
Jn 5:39-40; 7:24; 15:3; Ac 15:9; 1Co 1:30; 2Co 5:7,21; Eph 1:4; 2:6; 1Ti
3:2a; Heb 1:3*; 10:1-2,14; 1Pe 2:24*; 1Jn 3:9; 4:17; 2Jn 1-2]).
The Law and self-righteousness, rather than sinfulness, are the only
things separating man from God (cf. Isa 59:2).
The Law leads the unsaved to Christ and salvation, but the saved away
from them to Satan and destruction (cf. Mt 12:25; Lk 11:17).
The Law must be suppressed and kept in the closet (cf. Mt 5:17-22; 2Ti
100) The Law always makes you feel bad about yourself, and gives you a sense
of being condemned (cf. 1Co 4:3-4; 2Co 9:3-4; Gal 6:3-4; 1Jn 3:18-20).
The Law veils, ruins, nixes, voids, blocks, dilutes, erodes, drowns,
distorts, stymies, cancels, hinders, nullifies, disrupts, defaces, restricts,
negates, shatters, reduces, opposes, crucifies, subverts, impedes, replaces,
unravels, prevents, removes, weakens, excludes, obscures, damages, preempts,
frustrates, precludes, enfeebles, undercuts, dissipates, contradicts, adulterates,
suppresses, counteracts, marginalizes, walls off, stops dead, detracts
from, takes a toll on, interferes with, deprives you of, exalts itself over,
gets in the way of, and can't work together with: a) God's grace and glory (cf.
Ro 5:20); b) receiving from God (cf. Dt 28:1-14); c) the Holy Spirit's
power (cf. Ro 8:4; Eph 6:17).
102) The Law has no wisdom for daily life (cf. Dt 4:1-6; Ps 19:7-14; 119:98;
Pr 7:5; 10:8; 29:3; 1Co 10:1-15; Eph 5:11-17).
103) The Law was promoted by angels (Gal 3:19; Ac 7:53), but now is promoted
104) The Law was only a temporary, interim revelation (cf. Heb 10:16 [per
contra Mt 5:18; Jn 19:30a]).
105) The Law was a tutor which no longer abides in your house or heart (cf.
Jn 8:34-35; 2Ti 3:16; Heb 10:16 [per contra Gal 3:25]).
The Law kills, robs, gags, mars, fillets, binds, beats, blinds, taunts,
sullies, harms, drains, blocks, biases, teases, defiles, derails,
injures, judges, diverts, dooms, tempts, inhibits, chokes, divides, entices,
detains, freezes, hinders, defeats, sickens, pollutes, cripples, crushes,
deafens, enrages, corrupts, accuses, destroys, deadens, shackles, sidelines,
weakens, enslaves, deceives, exhausts, strangles, castrates, scourges, ensnares,
damages, degrades, paralyzes, disorients, brutalizes, imprisons,
cheapens, victimizes, squelches, debilitates, misdirects, handicaps, tyrannizes,
condemns, diminishes, subjugates, hamstrings, dehydrates, disqualifies,
demolishes, overpowers, discourages, demoralizes, desensitizes,
brainwashes, overburdens, extinguishes, monopolizes, incapacitates, dehumanizes,
shortchanges, contaminates, disenfranchises, trips up, wears out,
weighs down, eats away at, puts in bondage, makes mincemeat of, oppressess,
suppresses, and overstresses: a) you; b) Christians; c) the world; d) the Church; e)
your core, spirit, heart, identity, humanity, self-esteem, personhood, and
conscience (cf. Ro 7:12-13).
107) The Law makes you impure, but grace makes you pure (cf. Ja 4:7-10).
The Law only commands, operates on, and should be in your flesh and
heart; not in your mind, spirit, or consciousness (cf. Mt 7:14-23; Lk 12:47-48; Ro
2:15; 1Co 5:6-12; 6:9-10; 10:1-15; 15:33-34*; Eph 4:17-18†-19; 5:5-17;
Phs 1:9-10; 1Ti 3:2-3; 2Ti 3:14-17; Ttus 2:12; Heb 5:12-14†; 10:16; Ja
2:20-24; 3:13; 4:4,17; 1Jn 2:3-6; Jd 3-7 [per contra Phm 6*]).
The Law only brings you to despair of keeping the Law, which causes
compelled, irresistible acceptance of Christ (cf. Mk 10:17-23).
The Law is unprofitable (useless, unhelpful, detrimental) for doctrine,
reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness (cf. 2Ti 3:16).
The Law is not connected with grace (cf. Ps 119:29), or mercy (cf. Ex
112) The Law is the Word with no Spirit (cf. Jn 17:17b; 1Jn 5:6).
The Law is only supposed to be kept by God, not people (cf. Ja
2:9-10,14-3:1*-2; 1Jn 2:3-6; 5:2-3).
114) Adam's disobedience (cf. Ro 5:19a) makes you utterly dead and powerless
to: a) repent, better yourself, resist the flesh, do or choose any good; b) do
anything to train your mind, crucify your flesh, clean up your act,
maintain godliness, or position yourself favorably; c) earn any love, value, or
respect; d) fix, help, better, change, sanctify, manage, improve, transform,
straighten out, or keep in check anyone, anything, yourself, or your walk, spirit,
mind, mouth, conduct, behavior, character, or circumstances; e) help, serve,
please, be right with, or keep the favor of God; or stay loyal, close, or
connected to Him (cf. Ac 10:1-4; Ja 3:2).
115) Jesus plus nothing equals the gospel (cf. Ja 2:14-3:1*-2,13).
Jesus used hyperbole, symbolism, and double meanings to imply that the
Law's commands are excessively difficult to obey, and are inferior to his
commands, which have replaced them (cf. Mt 5:29-30; 6:28-34; 7:1-5; Jn 2:7-11;
117) Jesus didn't require Peter to make any effort to receive his money
miracle (cf. Mt 17:27).
118) Jesus was always happy, relaxed, sociable, palsy-walsy, and easy to get
along with (cf. Mt 10:11-16,34-37; 16:24; 18:17; 21:12; Mk 8:34; Lk 3:7;
9:23; 11:29; 14:26-27; Jn 8:59).
119) Jesus isn't a judge (cf. Ac 10:42; Jd 15).
Jesus never stressed doing your faith, not just saying it (cf. Mt 7:21).
Jesus never judged those who rejected the gospel (cf. Mt 10:14-15; Lk
122) Jesus never approved of being regarded as Teacher (Mt 22:36-40;
23:8-10; Jn 13:13-14).
123) Jesus never taught, preached, or commanded: a) to repent (cf. Mt 4:17;
18:6-9; Mk 1:15; 6:12; Lk 5:32; 17:1-4; 24:45-47; Jn 5:14; 8:11*); b) to obey
moral rules, or how to live or behave, but simply how to believe in and see
him, yourself, and the glory (cf. Mt 5:17-22,27-44; 22:29,36-40; 24:45-51;
Lk 6:46-49; 12:16-20; 13:22-27; Jn 7:24; Ac 1:1-2).
God, Jesus, and Paul never gave warnings or negative commands to
believers (cf. Mt 17:9; 23:3b; Mk 9:9; Lk 12:4-7; Jn 7:24; Ac 17:29-30; 20:31; Ro
11:20-22; 1Co 14:20; Eph 4:26-31; 5:11-17).
125) Anger, tough love, discerning faults, preaching on hell, laying down
the law, righteous indignation, warning, judging, shaming, rebuking, criticizing,
correcting, upbraiding, scrutinizing, and admonishing always nags, rejects,
curses, argues, corrupts, schemes, alienates, damages, backfires, dishonors,
sidetracks, misquotes, obfuscates, lashes out, robs dignity, empowers sin,
faces backward, poisons the well, counteracts grace, muddies the water, severs
relationships, boomerangs on you, blows up in your face, grieves the Holy
Spirit, gives place to the devil, means you have an evil spirit, curses the
image of God in others, requires prefacing assurances of non-condemnation and
the gospel, misrepresents God, diverts everyone away from God (cf. Pr 27:5-6;
Gal 2:11; Eph 4:26; 1Th 5:19-22; 1Ti 5:20; 2Ti 4:2-3; Ttus 3:10), and is a
failure to set your mind on things above (cf. Col 3:2-13a).
Grace, the cross, God's love, and Jesus' atonement have: a) solved the
sin problem (cf. Gal 6:1b; 1Pe 2:11); b) mean you should act like you've
never sinned (cf. 1Jn 1:8-2:5); c) had no power under the old covenant just
as the Law has no power under the new covenant (cf. Mt 25:34; Rv 13:8*); d) by
themselves spell out the whole faith and entire gospel (cf. 2Ti
3:15-16); e) make your life go smoothly (cf. Ac 9:15; 27:7-44; 2Co 6:4-5; Ja 3:2
[per contra Ps 27:11*; Isa 26:7*; 42:16b*; 45:2]); f) mean you can't reap your
iniquity, wickedness, or the whirlwind (cf. Gal 6:7-10); g) have put all
Christians on the same level of spiritual maturity (cf. Eph 4:11-13; Heb 5:12-6:3);
h) are as free and universal as gravity (cf. 1Pe 4:18); i) walk your upright
walk, take the plank out of your eye, and do all your perfecting and transforming
for you without any effort on your part (cf. Phs 3:12a; Col 1:28-29); j) have
legally excluded, eliminated, disposed of, and liberated you from any shame
(cf. Ro 6:21) or moral rules including the golden rule (cf. Mt 7:12).
God disapproves of conscientious people (cf. Ac 24:16; Ro 2:7,13-15).
God changed His original plan and replaced kind grace with cruel Law to
punish the Israelites' self-righteousness and condemn them (cf. Ex 16; 19:4-9;
Ro 5:20; 7:12-13).
129) God washed you clean of all your sinning so you don't have to work at
it (cf. 2Ti 2:20-22; Ja 4:8 [per contra Ac 15:9]).
God sees no, forgets all, and has already judged all guilt, sinning,
and falsehood (cf. Ac 5:1-11).
God actually only sees, tests, praises, and rewards His own faith and
righteousness, not yours (cf. Ge 22:12,18; Pr 13:21; Heb 11:17-19 [per
contra Jer 23:6]).
132) God does not regulate the world based on the Law (cf. Ps 2:10-12a*-b;
9:7-8; Ac 17:29-31).
133) God does not examine your heart or mind (cf. 1Sm 16:7; Ps 26:2-6;
139:23-24; Jer 17:10; Lk 16:15).
134) God only approves never disapproves of you (cf. 1Co 10:1-13).
God never changes His good opinion of Christians (cf. Rv 2-3).
God never gave any negative command to Adam and Eve (cf. Ge 2:17).
God never deals with Christians based on works (cf. Ps 7:8-9; 1Co
11:28-34; 1Pe 4:17-18; Rv 2-3).
138) God never rejected or punished people for their sins before He gave the
Law (cf. Ge 6:5-17; 18:20-19:26).
139) God never wanted anyone to think about the Law, or expected them to
keep it successfully (cf. Ex 20:20; Dt 26:16-18; 30:11-20).
God never takes away from people or curses them, only the Law does (cf.
Nu 14:18,26-35; Dt 32:39; 2Sm 12:13-18; Job 1:21-22; Rv 2:20-23).
God never holds Christians in disfavor, or punishes or judges them for
their sins (cf. Ro 11:17-22; 1Co 3:11-17; 11:28-34; 1Th 4:3-6; Heb 12:5-11;
Ja 3:1*; 5:8-9; 1Pe 1:17; 4:17-18 [per contra Isa 54:9; 1Jn 4:8b]).
God never intended for Christians to struggle against their sinful
nature, but only to choose to have faith in grace; and thus let grace, the Word,
the blood, the anointing, God's work, resting and receiving, and the Holy Spirit's
leading take care of it (cf. Ac 24:16; Ro 8:12-13; 1Co 10:12-13; Gal 6:1b; Col
3:5-13a; Ja 4:1-4; 1Pe 2:11; 5:5 [per contra Ps 91:1; Isa 26:3; Mt
11:28-30; Jn 19:30a; Ro 3:21-24; 7:24-8:6b*-9a*-11,28*; 1Co 1:4-8; 2Co 5:21; Eph 1:3; 2:6;
Phs 2:13; 3:3; 4:6a*; Col 1:21-23a,29; 2:6-7; 1Th 5:24; 1Pe 4:19*; 5:10; 2Pe
3:18; 1Jn 1:9]).
143) God only draws a dividing line between grace and faithful Law-keepers.
They are the only ones who He excludes, segregates from the sheep, and loves
less than the righteous. God is not friends with, did not make heaven for, and
does not admit, welcome in, or unite or commune with them; but rather the liars,
guilty, goats, wolves, sinners, pagans, ungodly, evildoers, reprobates,
unrepentant, lawbreakers, transgressors, bad people; spiritual dregs, riffraff,
messes, enemies, weaklings, train wrecks, or deniers of Jesus; wicked or
unrepentant, and anyone else claiming to be a Christian (cf. Mal 2:17; 1Co 6:9-10;
Ja 4:4 [per contra Mt 9:10-13; Mk 2:15-17; Lk 5:29-32; 1Co 1:26-27]).
God has made all faith, healing, blessings, deliverance, spiritual
gifts, and spiritual power freely and equally available by grace to each Christian
(cf. 1Ti 5:23; Ac 4:29-30; 8:14-16; Ro 12:3; 1Co 4:11; 12:28*-31*; 2Co
1:8-11; Eph 6:18; Phs 2:25-27; 4:6; 2Th 3:1-2; 1Ti 2:1; Ja 1:5-8; 4:13-15; 5:13-16;
3Jn 2 [per contra 1Pe 2:24-25b*]).
145) God wants you to love, obey, and dwell in Him and His Word, but not His
Law (Ps 1:1-2; 119:1-176; 1Jn 5:2-3).
146) God only wants there to be rest, grace, praise, festivity, surrender,
submission, relationship, and communion; not Law or obeying it (cf. Nu
14:8-11; 1Sm 12:14-25; Ps 19:7-14; Jer 8:6-12; 18:7-9; Jn 14:15*-24; 1Pe
1:13-17; 1Jn 5:2-3; 2Jn 5-6 [per contra Eph 1:3; 2:6]).
True sinning is actually observing the Law, not breaking it (cf. 1Jn
148) True forgiveness, holiness, righteousness, love, faith, virtue, peace,
morality, character, obedience, repentance, and Biblical knowledge can
only be received, can not be learned or expressed under the Law, and are things
that just come to you; and never come by trying but only unconsciously as a
side benefit by accident and not trying (cf. 2Pe 1:5-8); and are automatic,
inadvertant, and things you already have, and do not need to prove or
demonstrate to God (cf. Lk 5:18-20; Jn 6:27-29; 9:31; 15:10; Col 2:5b;
Ja 1:5-8; 1Jn 3:22; Rv 2:5,16,22 [per contra Ro 3:21-24; 5:17]).
True Christians are never the object of God's evaluation, anger,
curses, chastisement, punishment, or judgment, since these are the same as
wrath, and would mean God isn't good (cf. Ro 13:4).
The Pharisees observed the Law conscientiously and correctly, but this
was their big mistake (cf. Mt 23:1-14*-35; Lk 11:39-52).
The difference between right and wrong is as insignificant as between
clean and unclean food, or fine and shabby apparel (cf. Ja 2:1-6).
The stories of the rich ruler (Lk 18:18-30) and Zacchaeus (Lk 19:1-10)
show that the test of faith is only about choosing Jesus and to let God do
everything for you, not about resolving to do good works (cf. Lk
153) Early Christians had no awareness of sins, and did not expect gentile
Christians to know or keep the Law (cf. Ac 15:13-24b*-31).
The fire, smoke, thunder, and lightning on Mt. Sinai signify that God's
revelation of the Law to the Israelites was actually Him cursing and
putting them in bondage (cf. Ex 19-20; Dt 26:16-18 [per contra Ne 10:29; Heb
155) he New Testament only instructs Christians to believe they are good
Christians, not to do works or keep the Law in order to be good
Christians (cf. 2Ti 2:15).
156) The grand struggles of life are never good vs. evil, flesh vs. spirit,
or right vs. wrong; but instead only grace vs. Law, positive vs. negative,
Jesus' duty vs. individual duty, celebrating victory vs. defeatism, focusing on
Jesus vs. addressing issues, and God's responsibility vs. individual
responsibility (cf. Gal 6:8-9; Heb 12:1-13; Ja 1:12-15).
The only true Laws or commands God gives Christians are not moral ones,
which are impossible to keep, but spiritual ones which they can always obey
perfectly: sit, rest, sow, give, reap, unite, share, submit, believe,
receive, hold on, enjoy life, feel good, don't worry, slay Goliath, go to
church, rejoice always, look like Jesus, study the Bible, praise the Lord,
motivate others, live your dream, stand in the gap, hear God's word, simplify
your life, expect a miracle, forget your cares, indulge your spirit, get right
with God, make a difference, plan your finances, tear down the walls, eliminate
all religion, conquer all problems, reflect God's holiness, stop trying to
be good, live happily ever after, use your spiritual gifts, stay connected to
God, believe you're forgiven, change your self-image, maintain Jesus'
victories, achieve your full potential, remember you're cleansed, cease from your
own effort, pay no mind to your problems, put all others' interests above
yours, fully appreciate how much God loves you, properly follow the rules for
receiving grace by faith, experience the privileged existence of being
God's child, eradicate all consciousness of sin and Law yet recognize that there is
no such thing as a good person, love yourself, love one another, have
revelations, have enough faith, walk in God's power, walk in the light, walk in the
Spirit, give thanks, give yourself away, give your heart to Jesus, know God's love,
know God's plan for your intended life accomplishments, use grace, rely on
grace, have a conviction of grace, run to the throne of grace, let not your
heart be troubled, shift into higher status positions, let the Holy Spirit give
you perfect understanding, let God be God, let God be intimiate with you,
let God make all your decisions, let God empower you to live righteously, never
fail, never doubt, never mix religion and politics, never have any shame or
regrets, never perform any religious works, never try to win, never try to make
things turn out well, never try to better yourself or your circumstances, be
flexible, be positive, be blessed, be confident, be promoted, be energized, be
Christ-centered, be conscious of God, be in God's presence, be anxious for nothing, be
relevant to the culture, be who God created you to be, be more spiritual, be
more liberated, do life, do the work of God, do business with God, do not
keep the Law consciously, do a balancing act between faith and grace, do your
part, do your work, do your utmost for everyone else and nothing for yourself
(cf. Ja 3:2).
158) The more you are conscious of sin, judgment, the Law, or individual
righteousness, the more like a Pharisee you are, the less faith you
have, and the less holy and spiritual you are (cf. re John the Baptist: Mt
3:7-16; 11:7-14,18; 17:12-13; 21:32; Mk 1:7,9; 6:18,20; Lk 1:15; Lk
3:7-9,12-14,16-17,19; 7:24-28,33; Jn 1:26-27; 5:35; Ac 13:25 [per
contra Heb 10:1-2]).
159) You never need to forgive in order to be forgiven yourself (cf. Mt
160) You have no part in and deserve no credit for your works, holiness,
righteousness, or sanctification (cf. Dt 6:20-25; Gal 6:3-4 [per contra
Ecc 1:14; Isa 64:6; Jer 23:6; Ro 3:23-24; 5:17; Ja 2:10]).
You can never find God, He can only find you (cf. Ac 17:27).
You can never turn away from sin, but only to God (cf. Jn 5:14; Ja
163) You have a crown of glory (cf. 1Pe 5:4), and righteousness (cf. 2Ti
164) You have no independent abilities (cf. Mt 22:36-40; 25:14-30; Ja 3:2
[per contra Ro 7:24-8:6b*-9a*]).
165) You must not do anything except believe that you must not do anything
except believe in Jesus (cf. Ja 2:27).
166) You must believe only in grace, not the Law (cf. Ac 17:29-30; Ro
2:6-11; 1Co 3:11-17; 5:9-13; 6:18-19; 7:10-13,19; 10:1-15; 2Co 5:9-10; Eph 4:21-32;
6:1-3; 1Ti 5:20; 2Ti 2:5; 2Pe 3:17; 1Jn 3:4; 5:2-3,21).
Never allow your discerning to be anything that in any way comes
between you and others, limits your relationships with them, or causes you to
reject, break fellowship with, or establish lines, walls, or fences between you and
them (cf. 1Co 5:9-11; Ttus 3:10-11; 2Jn 10-11).
You are "as Jesus is," thus making you sinless, and above any
reproach or criticism (cf. Heb 4:15; 1Pe 4:17 [per contra 1Jn 4:17*]).
You are already maximally sanctified (cf. 1Th 5:23).
Believe the whole living New Testament, except the dead parts from the
Law (cf. 2Ti 3:14-17).
171) You should bow the knee and submit (be subject) to God, and to Jesus as
your Lord, but must never feel, fear, or think that you have any duty or
obligation to obey or please them (cf. Jn 5:44; Ac 5:29; Eph 6:5-8; Phs 2:17; Col
3:22-24; 1Pe 2:13-15; 5:3-5 [1Pe 2:13; 5:5 have the same Greek word for
"submit" as Lk 2:48-51; Ro 13:1]; 1Jn 2:3-5a; 5:2-3 [per contra Ecc
1:14; Jn 19:30a; 1Pe 5:2*]).
172) You should always agree with your enemy (cf. 1Ti 6:3-7; 2Ti 2:23-26;
4:2-5; Ttus 3:10-11 [per contra Mt 5:25*]).
173) You can always have a clear conscience, even if you don't repent (cf.
174) Faithful Law-keeping only makes Christians want to be Jews, not vice
versa (cf. Ro 11:13-22).
175) You should always think and be confident that you are standing firmly
and can never fall from grace (cf. 1Co 10:1-13; 2Pe 3:17).
You should only set spiritual not moral boundaries (cf. 1Co 5:1-13).
Always trust and live by your heart, not your mind; and never guard
your heart (cf. Pr 4:20-26; Jer 17:9; Mal 2:15b-16; Mt 13:15; Mk 7:21-23; 1Co 4:5;
Ja 4:8; 1Jn 3:19-20).
178) Worship and serve only in your "perfect" spirit, not your
"imperfect" mind, soul, body, or flesh (cf. Mt 22:37; Mk 12:30; Lk
10:27; Jn 4:22-24; 1Co 14:14-19; 2Co 2:13-14; Col 1:28; Ja 3:2b; 1Jn
179) Never separate yourself from others (cf. 2Co 6:15-17).
Never doubt your ability to deal with any problem (cf. Mt 10:23; Ro
181) Never give it your all, or do everything you can (cf. Ac 24:16; Mt
182) Never hate anything consciously (cf. Pr 8:13; Ro 12:9; Rv 2:6 [per
contra Phm 6*]).
183) Never imitate anyone except Jesus as a role model (cf. 1Co 11:1; Phs
3:17-18; 1Th 1:6; 1Ti 4:11-12b*-13; Ttus 2:6-7).
Never hurry or act quickly (cf. Lk 1:39; 15:20,22*; 19:5-6; Ac 12:7;
17:13-15; 20:16; 22:18; 2Ti 4:9 [per contra 1Co 13:4a; 1Ti 5:22]).
Never beseech or plead to God (cf. Mt 9:27; 15:22-28; 17:15; 20:30-34;
Mk 7:25-30; 10:46-51; Lk 9:38-42; 11:1-12; 18:1-8; Jn 4:47-49; Ac 12:1-11;
Ro 15:30; Eph 6:18; Phs 4:6; 1Ti 2:1).
Never love or consider yourself (cf. Mt 19:19; Phs 2:4).
Never correct or rebuke anyone except children, whether in public or
private (cf. 1Ti 5:20).
188) Never strive to enter God's rest (cf. 2Th
1:6-7; Heb 4:11), or for any holiness, approval, or righteousness (cf. 1Co 9:26-27; Heb
4:11; 12:1-13; Ja 1:12 [per contra Eph 1:3; 2:6]).
Never be aware, proud, or boast of works, self-effort, or personal
righteousness (cf. 2Co 9:3-4; Gal 6:3-4 [per contra Ro 3:27; 1Co 1:29*;
190) Never think about if what you do, did, or will do is right or wrong; or
examine yourself (cf. Ro 2:14-15 [per contra Heb 10:1-2]).
Never do anything to resist your flesh, but just choose to have faith
in grace; and thus leave it all up to grace, the Word, the blood, the anointing,
God's work, resting and receiving, and the Holy Spirit's leading (cf. Ro
8:12-13; 1Co 7:5,9; 2Ti 2:22; 1Pe 2:11 [per contra Ps 91:1; Isa 26:3; Mt 11:28-30;
Jn 19:30a; Ro 3:21-24; 7:24-8:6b*-9a*-11,28*; 1Co 1:4-8; 2Co 5:21; Eph
1:3; 2:6; Phs 2:13; 3:3; 4:6a*; Col 1:21-23a,29; 2:6-7; 1Th 5:24; 1Pe 4:19*;
5:10; 2Pe 3:18; 1Jn 1:9]).
192) Never try, pray, want, strive, or work harder to: a) live for God but
only let Him live through you (cf. Mt 22:36-40; Mk 12:28-34; Lk 10:26-28); b) be
careful (cf. Lk 10:41*); c) be a good servant (cf. Mt 20:25-28; Mk 10:43-45);
d) be a doer, but rather only a hearer, speaker, and believer of the Word (cf.
Ro 2:13; Ja 1:21-27 [see also Mt 7:24-27; Lk 6:46-49]).
Never see, focus on, or talk about sins, facts, faults, striving,
yourself, problems, behaving, difficulties, circumstances, or shouldn't's (shall
not's/don't's); but instead only love, God, grace, Jesus, receiving, believing,
fellowship, enjoyment, the spiritual, God's majesty, should's (shall's/do's), and
things of true importance (cf. 1Co 2:15; 2Co 6:4-17; 1Th 5:21).
Keeping the Law is the same as prejudging yourself (cf. 1Co 4:3-5;
11:28-31 [per contra 1Co 4:3]), keeping the old covenant (cf. Mt 22:36-40; Mk
12:28-30b*-34; Lk 10:26-28); or trying to be first or greatest (cf. Mk
9:33-35; Lk 9:46-48; 22:24-27); or being your own potter (cf. Ro 9:21); or being
a city, house, or kingdom divided against itself (cf. Mt 12:24-25); or leaving
your first love (cf. Rv 2:4); or causing divisions contrary to doctrine (cf.
Ro 16:17); or looking into the ark (cf. 1Sm 6:19); or putting new wine
into old wineskins (cf. Mt 9:14-17; Mk 2:18-22; Lk 5:33-39); or making the
commandment of God of none effect by your tradition (cf. Mt 15:4-9; Mk 7:9-13).
Keeping the Law means you put your confidence in the flesh or
legalistic works (cf. Phs 3:2-6), or think God only accepts 100% perfect obedience and
performance (cf. Ro 3:25; 15:1; Gal 6:1-2; Col 3:13; 1Th 5:14).
Keeping the Law is the same as serving two masters (cf. Mt 6:24), or
other gods (cf. Ac 7:37-40), or the creation more than the Creator (cf. Ro
197) If you observe the Law you are just like: Hagar (bondwoman)/Ishmael
(cf. Gal 4:24 [per contra 4:21-23,25-31]), Jacob (pre-Ge 32), Joseph and his
brothers (Ge 43:32 [pre-50:15-21]), Aaron/Miriam (Nu 12), ten of the spies sent
to Canaan (Nu 13-14), the man who worked on the Sabbath (Nu 15:32-36), the
Ephraimites (Jdg 8), Ruth (pre-Ru 2:8), Naomi (pre-Ru 4:9), any of
Israel's kings (usually Saul, Absalom, Solomon, Jeroboam I [1Kg 11-13], Jehu, or
Herod [the Great, or Agrippa I or II]), Mephibosheth (pre-2Sm 9), Naaman
(pre-2Kg 5:14), Nebuchadnezzar/satraps (Da 3; 6), Mary ("handmaid" of the Lord
[pre-Lk 1:48b]), the children of the kingdom (Mt 8:12), the lawyer (Lk
10), the man beaten by robbers (Lk 10), the prodigal's brother (Lk 15), the rich
ruler (Lk 18), the jailer (Ac 16:23-28), Saul/Paul (pre-Ac 9:3), James and
the Jerusalem church (Ac 15:13-24b*-31), the church of Ephesus (Rv 2:1-6);
not like Hezekiah/uncleansed Israelites (2Ch 30:16-20), the Rechabites (Jer 35),
Daniel (Da 6:22), the Samaritan woman (Jn 4), the centurion with the sick
servant (Mt 8; Lk 7), the Good Samaritan (Lk 10), the publican (Lk 18), or the men
of Judea Ac 2:14,37-38,40).
Bible Review #4: The Myth of Mary's
The official Roman Catholic and
Eastern Orthodox belief that Mary never lost her virginity, which is
termed her "perpetual virginity," presumes Jesus' "brothers" and
"sisters" mentioned in the Bible were not Mary's biological children.
This would mean they were her nieces and nephews, adopted children,
parthenogenic (asexual reproduction) children, Joseph's children from a
previous marriage, or Jesus' disciples. The weight of contextual
details in the Old and New Testaments refutes all such alternative explanations. If
any of these explanations were true, then the New Testament's portrayals of
these people would amount to a fraud. The Bible alone is the source of all
spiritual revelations, principles, and wisdom (Ac 17:11; Col 1:25-28; 2Ti
3:14-17; Jd 3).
The Bible's authors did not state,
identify, prophesy, or imply in any way that Mary remained a virgin
after Jesus' birth, but rather left the door wide open to the interpretation
she lost her virginity. Matthew evidently knew Mary and her history particularly
well, but his gospel leaves her totally unprotected against the danger of
such an easy interpretation. Most notably, Matthew 1:25's statement that Joseph
"knew her not till she had brought forth…," (KJV) is easily
understood, even in the Greek text, to mean that she lost her virginity
following Jesus' birth (the same two Greek words for "till" show a
change of state in Mt 17:9; 18:34; Lk 24:49; Ac 23:12,14,21). Likewise,
Luke 2:7's reference to Mary's "firstborn son" is easily understood to
mean she gave birth to other children (see also Mt 1:25b*).
people of Jesus' hometown (Nazareth) and environs (Capernaum, etc.) pointedly remarked to the
effect that he seemed unexpectedly different from his siblings, based on their
familiarity with his family circumstances, which they regarded with ordinariness
(Mt 13:54-57; Mk 6:1-3; Lk 4:16,22; Jn 6:24-25,42). This is compelling
evidence that they believed at least some of Jesus' "brothers" and
"sisters" mentioned in Matthew and Mark were Mary's biological
children. Matthew and Mark must have shared their belief, since they included no
kind of correction or clarification to deter the natural inference that they
were her biological children.
It was customary for an individual
in the New Testament to be identified with his or her father, or a
genealogy (Mt 1:1-17; 10:2-3; 16:17; 23:35; Lk 1:5,27; 3:23-38; 6:15-16; Jn 6:71;
13:2,26; 21:15-16; Ac 1:13; 20:4; Ro 11:1). Therefore, if Jesus'
"brothers" and "sisters" had had other fathers or genealogies
besides Joseph and his genealogy, then there would have been good
reason to identify them, or at least account for them. No such identification or
accounting appears. Joseph is the only possible father with whom they
are linked. Also, if Jesus' siblings had been Joseph's children from a
previous marriage, then the absence of this piece of information would be a
senseless omission by the New Testament's authors.
7:5* says Jesus' "brothers" did not believe in him. This fulfills a prophecy in Psalms
69:8, one of the many prophecies about Jesus in Psalms, which were
fulfilled (cf. Lk 24:44) even if not directly quoted (Ps 16:10* [Ac
2:25-27*-31*]; 22:7-8 [Mt 27:39-44; Mk 15:29,32; Lk 23:36,39], 14-18 [Mt 26:28; 27:35*; Jn
19:34]; 55:22 [Mt 11:29-30]; 68:18* [Eph 4:8]; 69:21 [Mt 27:48*; Mk 15:36*;
etc.]; 72:10-11 [Mt 2:7-11]; etc.). The only reasonable interpretation is that
the "brothers" and "mother's children" of this prophecy had the
same biological mother as Jesus.
Jesus' "brothers," but
not his "disciples," closely accompanied Mary in several instances,
and in other instances were distinctly noted with her if other
disciples were present (Mt 12:46-50; Mk 3:31-34 [cf. 3:21*]; Lk 8:19-21; Jn 2:12; Ac
1:12-14). Their special distinction and conduct is more consistent with them
being Mary's biological children.
Paul wrote that spouses should not
deprive each other's sexual needs, except by agreement for a short time
(1Co 7:5). Hence, if Joseph and Mary had not had a normal fulfillment of
sexual relations, then the Bible's lack of the slightest indication of such an
unusual exception would be all the more careless.
"perpetual virginity" is further undermined by certain details about James, who
leads the list of Jesus' "brothers" (Mt 13:55; Mk 6:3), and who became
prominent in the New Testament as pastor of the Jerusalem church. The
apostle Paul singled him out from all the other apostles as "the Lord's
brother" (Gal 1:19), even though he conceivably could have used the
precise Greek word for "cousin," which he used in Colossians 4:10.
The Bible never refers to James as Jesus' "cousin."
Mary the mother of Jesus did not remain a "perpetual virgin," it is sinful to use designations
like "Virgin Mary," "the Virgin, Mary," "the virgin Mary," (audibly similar), "the Virgin," "the Virgin
Birth," "Mary the Virgin," "ever-virgin," etc., as these distortions endorse (or seem to) the Catholic/Orthodox error.
They contribute to an atmosphere of distortions, and violate the principles
of not causing others to stumble, and not wounding their weak conscience (1Co
8:4-13). Similarly, it is sinful to designate Mary "the Mother of God," or for
Joseph: Father of God
Joseph, Mary, Jesus: Holy Family
Paul: Chosen One, Mediator of the
New Covenant, Church Planter, Director of Faith Formation, Visionary, God's
James: His Eminence, The Most Reverend James, Patriarch of Jerusalem, Father/Papa/Dad
Chosen One, Rock-, Father- of the Church; Holy Father, Father/Papa/Dad
Peter, John: Pillars of the Church, Co-Creators, Spiritual- Leaders, Kings, Royalty
Jesus, Paul, James, Peter: Holy Spirit Fathers
John the Baptist: Greater One,
Heart of Baptism
Theophilus, Felix, Festus: Most Excellent
Jesus, Moses, Elijah: Triune Lords
Lawgiver, Author of the Law, Deliverer, Savior
Solomon: Wise King, King of Wisdom
Father of the Faith, Our Spiritual Father, Ancient of Days
Not even the slightest chance
should be taken on misleading anyone about Mary. So when referring to
Jesus' virgin birth, acceptable designations for her would be "a virgin,
Mary," or "Mary, a virgin."
Bible Review #5: Two Raptures, Not
Bible prophecy reveals two separate Raptures and their timing relative to the 7-year Tribulation. Rapture
#1 is a pre-Tribulation Rapture for the Church (Christians of the Church Age),
and Rapture #2 is a subsequent, post-Tribulation Rapture for believing
Israel and the Tribulation saints. These Raptures are part of a closely
interrelated set of apocalyptic events, others of which have never occurred before in
history either, and are clearly not just figurative or symbolic (Isa 11:9-12;
24:1-23; 60:15-16,18; 65:17-25; Jer 30:1-20; 31:31-34 [cf. Heb 8:8-12]; Eze
11:17-20; 36:15,24-37:14; 38-39; Jo 3:9-17; Am 9:14-15; Zc 12-14; Mt 24:15-21;
25:1-13,31-46; Mk 13:14-19; Lk 21:24b; 1Co 15:51-55; 1Th 4:15-17; Rv
1:7; 5:9-10† [cf. Mt 24:30; see also Mk 13:26; Lk 21:27; Ac 1:9-11];
20:4,12-15 [Dt 4:27-31 also has not been completely fulfilled]).
Bible passages may at first appear to easily confirm a pre-Trib Rapture, but can be forced with
more or less difficulty to support a Rapture that is mid-Trib, pre-Wrath,
post-Trib, or occurs at Revelation 11:15-18 or 14:14-16. Although these passages help
confirm there will be a Rapture, by themselves they are actually inconclusive
as to its timing (Ge 5:21 [cf. Heb 11:5; Jd 14-15]; Lv 23:1-24 [no indication of
Tribulation preceding Feast of Trumpets]; Nu 9:1-11 [cf. Lv 23:5; two 7-day
Passovers a month apart for clean and unclean people corresponding to pre-Trib and
post-Trib Raptures]; Mt 24:36-51; Mk 13:32-37; Lk 12:35-48;
17:26-36*-37; 21:28,34-35†-36; Jn 14:1-3 [cf. Ac 7:55-60; Rv 21:2-3]; Ro 5:9;
1Th 4:17 [cf. Zc 14:4-5; Mt 24:27; Jn 14:3; 1Th 1:10; 3:13; 5:9; Jd 14-15; Rv 19:14];
5:1-9; 2Th 1:4-10; 2:1-8; Ttus 2:12-13; Ja 5:8-9; 2Pe 2:5-9; Rv 3:10***;
Moving on to all the passages that work either alone or together to conclusively establish two Raptures
and their timing, it should first be noted that the phrase "the day of the
Lord," which appears in two of these passages (1Th 5:2-4; 2Pe 3:10),
refers not only to the day of Jesus' return to earth, but also to the
preceding Tribulation (see also Isaiah 2:12-21; 13:9-16; 34:1-8; Eze 30:3-4; Jo
2:28-32; Am 5:18-20; Ob 15-17; Zph 1:7-18; Mal 4:5).
two aforementioned passages and three others show that "the day of the Lord" is an imminent event,
meaning that exactly when it begins remains unknown and unexpected,
even by Christians, coming as a sudden surprise like a thief in the night (Mt
24:42-25:13; Lk 12:35-40; 17:26-36*; 1Th 5:2-4; 2Pe 3:10 [see also Mk
13:32-37; Lk 12:42-48; 21:34-35†]). Of these passages, Matthew and Luke
also show a coming of the Lord that itself happens as a sudden surprise, besides
the Tribulation itself being a sudden surprise.
Matthew 25:1-13 further reveals
that this surprise, imminent coming of the Lord is part of a Rapture.
The Lord Jesus, represented as a bridegroom, suddenly awakens the "wise"
virgin brides, the ones who have prepared themselves spiritually (cf.
5:14-16; 6:22-23). He awakens them from their drowsiness and sleep brought on by
a long preceding time of undisturbed activity and monotonous waiting, and
secludes them away from the careless virgins. This long preceding time can only
be symbolic of life as usual prior to the Tribulation, since there is no
trace of the Tribulation's persecution, upheaval, or cosmic disturbances, which
would be circumstances that would hardly allow for the virgins' untroubled
dispositions and behavior, or be so conducive to their peaceful sleep (Da 7:21,25;
Mt 24:21-29; Mk 13:19-25; Lk 21:10-26; Ac 2:17-20; Rv 13:7,16-17; 14-18).
The wise virgins do not appear to experience any of the Tribulation at all,
indicating they are taken away in a pre-Trib Rapture.
addition, a mid-Trib or post-Trib Rapture could not really be a sudden surprise to virgins who
are "wise," since they would know from Bible prophecy to expect it
exactly 7 years (post-Trib) or 3.5 years (mid-Trib) after the
Antichrist signs a treaty with Israel (Da 9:24-27 [cf. 7:25; 12:6,11; Mt 24:15; Mk
13:14*; Rv 11:2-3; 12:6,14; 13:5]). "Wise" virgins would also be able to fairly
accurately anticipate a post-Trib Rapture in another way, since it
would have to follow soon after other specific, precursor events in the
Tribulation timeline (Da 9:27; Mt 24:15; 2Th 2:4; Rv 6-18; etc.).
pre-Wrath Rapture (cf. 1Th 1:10; 5:9) could not really be a sudden surprise to the wise virgins, either,
since a Rapture that precedes the Wrath (beginning at 2Th 2:3, Mt 24:15, 24:16,
Rv 6:2, 6:4, 6:16, or 15:1) would have to follow soon after one or more of the
same specific, precursor events as a mid-Trib or post-Trib Rapture. The last
of these timing possibilities is situated near the end of the Tribulation
(Rv 15:1), but all the rest are clustered within a relatively short,
approximately 3.5-year period from when the Antichrist is revealed (2Th 2:3) to the
events in Revelation 6.
As a result, the only way the
Rapture in Matthew 25:1-13 could suddenly surprise the wise virgins is
if it is pre-Trib. If it is pre-Trib, then the wise virgins can only represent
the Church, not Israel, since Zechariah 12:1-10 clearly shows that Jesus'
arrival for Israel is post-Trib. Isaiah 26:15-21 and Joel 2:15-17 are not about
a pre-Trib Rapture of Israel, or even about a Rapture, but instead relate
to Israel's crisis during the Tribulation, and God protecting them in the
desert (cf. Mt 24:15-31; Mk 13:14-19; Lk 21:20-28; Rv 12). Therefore, Matthew
25:1-13 can only be referring to the pre-Trib Rapture of the Church, Rapture #1.
passages clearly show that Rapture #2 occurs at the end of the Tribulation (Mt 13:24-30,36-43 [cf.
Da 12:1-3]; 24:29-31; 25:31-34,46; Mk 13:24-27). Tribulation believers and
believing Israel are gathered from earth into heaven at the call of a
trumpet. Angels gather them from "the four winds" (Mt 24:31), representing the
four cardinal directions (Isa 11:12; Jer 49:36; Eze 37:9; Da 8:8-9; Zc
2:6). Although Matthew 13:24-30,36-43 seems to indicate a post-Trib Rapture
of the Church, it does not really do so, nor does it rule out a pre-Trib
Rapture of the Church. Matthew 13:43 echoes Daniel 12:3 regarding Israel's
deliverance at the end of the Tribulation, indicating that Matthew 13:24-30,36-43
actually relates to Israel, not the Church. The other post-Trib Rapture passages
in Matthew and Mark relate to Israel more clearly. Although Matthew
describes Rapture #2 before Rapture #1, this does not mean they must happen
respectively in that order.
Another passage that may seem to
indicate a post-Trib Rapture of the Church (Lk 17:26-36*-37) actually
supports a pre-Trib Rapture equally well, since the phrasing and symbolism of
the parables in it are imprecise. This is similarly true of Jesus' parables
in the apocalyptic discourse (Mt 24:36-51; Mk 13:32-37; Lk 12:35-48), as well
as his analogy of separating the wheat from the chaff (Mt 3:12; Lk 3:17). In
any case, Luke 17:37 does clearly show that it is the wicked who are left behind
(cf. 17:27,29); therefore, it is the righteous who are taken.
trio of passages further establishes Rapture #1 (1Co 15:51-52; 1Th 4:15-17; Rv 15:5-20:6).
Revelation shows the Church in heaven participating in the wedding supper of the
Lamb (19), but during the extended period leading up to this event, does not
mention any Resurrection or Rapture taking place, or even indicate that the
Church is on earth (15:5-19). This is inconsistent with a post-Trib Rapture of
Paul's two passages of the trio explain that the Resurrection immediately precedes the Rapture of the
Church. Around the closing events of the Tribulation, however, Revelation only
shows a resurrection that takes place (Rv 20:4-6) after the Church has already
been raptured to heaven, and participated in the wedding supper of the Lamb.
Therefore, this resurrection can not be the one that immediately
precedes the Rapture of the Church. Instead, verse 4 clearly shows that this is a
resurrection of Christians who are persecuted and martyred during the
Tribulation (cf. 6:9-11; 13:7,10,15; 14:13; 16:6; 18:20; 19:2), without
any indication it includes any Christians who died before the Tribulation.
Evidently, Revelation 20:5b-6 only calls this "the first
resurrection" to distinguish it from a secondary post-Trib resurrection
(20:5a,13), not to identify it as the very first resurrection of
In a similar way, "the last trumpet" in 1 Corinthians 15:52 must only refer to a last trumpet call
for the Church before the Tribulation, not to the last trumpet call in
Revelation 11:15 (despite the notable parallel appearance of the word "mystery"
in 1Co 15:51 and Rv 10:7), or to the very last trumpet call of
apocalyptic events in Matthew 24:31. Thus, the Bible reveals two separate Raptures,
and two separate trumpet calls associated with them.
passages in Revelation confirm Rapture #1. In chapters 1-3, the Church is frequently noted on
earth as the "seven churches" and "seven lampstands"
("candlesticks"; KJV). Then abruptly it seems to be represented in
heaven as the "seven Spirits" and "seven lamps" (4-5), being
closely associated with the Holy Spirit (cf. 2Th 2:7). This marks the
end of the Church Age, and there is no such further mention of the Church as a
distinct entity until the very end of the Tribulation, apparently still
residing in heaven (Rv 19:5-18).
Revelation 2:1-3:10 congratulates
Church members for being obedient and righteous, such that God will
protect them during the Tribulation (cf. Lk 21:36). Then, without exception,
God curses and pronounces multiple "woe[s]" upon all the earth's inhabitants
during the Tribulation (Rv 6-9 [cf. Isa 24]; 8:13; 12:12). Isaiah 24
confirms a few of these curses, mirrored in Revelation 6:12, as earthquakes and
obscuring of the sun and moon (see also Mt 24:29; Mk 13:24; Lk 21:25; Ac 2:20).
There is no reason why God would congratulate the Church for their obedience and
righteousness, and then pronounce curses and woes upon them. In the
approximately 100 instances elsewhere in the Bible that God pronounces
woe/s, He never pronounces them upon His obedient and righteous servants, but
only upon those who have been unfaithful or rebellious. The Rapture of the
Church must therefore happen prior to the onset of curses and woes in
Revelation 6:12 and 8:13. This rules out a Rapture of the Church that is post-Trib, or
happens after 6:12 (some pre-Wrath scenarios), or happens at 11:15-18 or
Revelation uses much symbolism, and some Biblical and historical evidence supports the possibility that two
basic Greek words appearing in this book are symbolic distinctions. One of them would
strongly indicate a pre-Trib Rapture of the Church, and the other would not be
inconsistent with it. Before Revelation begins describing the Tribulation, it
says the Church receives white "garments" or "raiment" (Rv 3:4,5,18; 4:4; KJV), which are translated from the Greek words himatia
himatiois (pl. forms of himation). Martyrs who die during the
Tribulation, however, receive white "robes" (Rv 6:11; 7:9,13,14; KJV [see also 22:14a*]). "Robes" is translated from the Greek words stolē
(s.), and stolas (pl.).
Revelation might use himatia to
signify higher status, which stolas or a few other possible
words would not signify, in order to indicate that the Church will be raptured
before the Tribulation as a reward for their greater faithfulness (regardless of
might signify in chapters 6-7). Greek culture often
depicted a god or godlike person wearing a himation. It possibly can represent
higher status, since the New Testament often notes that it, but never a stolē,
was worn by priests, royalty, Paul, or Jesus (Mt 17:2; 23:5; 26:65;
27:35a; Mk 5:30; Lk 7:25; Jn 13:12; 19:5; Ac 18:6; Rv 19:13). Revelation 16:15
might be a literary aside advising the Church before the Tribulation, rather than
believers during the Tribulation, to keep their himatia.
about the time of Christ, the Roman poet Ovid mentioned the practice of wearing a white robe (stolē),
representing ripe grain, for the feast of Ceres, the popular Roman
goddess of the harvest (Fasti and The Story of Orpheus and Eurydice).
In a sense, harvesting grain involves an act of "violence" to
"kill" it, so widespread familiarity with this practice may have
contributed to Revelation using the word stolē to signify
martyrdom of Tribulation believers, which himation or a few other possible
words would not signify. Revelation clearly does use other harvest symbolism
in reference to killing, God's wrath, and possibly martyrdom (14:14-20).
Another possibility, but in the same vein, is that there may have been a
well-known, but now historically unknown tradition of being martyred, executed, or
sacrificed in clothing like a stolē.
these details in Revelation strongly support pre-Trib Rapture #1, showing that the
Church will not experience any of the Tribulation events prophesied in the
intervening chapters 6-18, and that these events are not very significant or
relevant to it. In contrast, Israel is the focus of 7:1-8, and all of chapter 12,
which shows them taking refuge in the desert. Unquestionably, the Church is
distinct from Israel (Ac 2:36-41; Ro 9-11; 15:25-27; etc.), and the details of
God's prophetic plans differ for each.
Israel (Jacob) is also prominent in
the other New and Old Testament prophecies about the Tribulation, which
repeatedly, unequivocally state that it is the focus of the testing and
trials (Dt 4:27-31; Jer 30; Eze 20:32-44; 38-39; Da 7:7-27; 9:24-27; 12:1-11;
Jo 3; Am 9:8-15; Zc 12-14; Mt 24:16,20; Mk 13:14; Lk 21:20-21). There is no such
passage regarding the Church. Remarkably, Daniel 9:24-27 specifically defines
the purpose of the entire 7-year Tribulation, not just the final Wrath
portion of it, as a resumption of God's purification of rebellious Israel. There
is no corresponding passage that specifically states or implies the Church
will go through any of the Tribulation, or that clearly suggests a need for the
Church to go through any of it. These details help rule out anything but a
pre-Trib Rapture of the Church.
* (verse) or † (verses specified by
preceding hyphen) denotes some degree of rivalry in translations or
manuscripts concerning the given view, from among the KJV, and editions of the NKJV
(1982) and NIV (1984) with both the alternate and variant translation
footnotes; *** or ††† denotes it from among these and other
Response From Christian Data Resources
Thank you for your questions and for your sharing—both your
biblical knowledge and your personal situation.
I apologize for my delayed response, but it took
much time to study your e-mail and prepare my reply. I learned a
lot from considering your apologetics of the Scriptures.
I agree with you about biblical deliverance of Christians, and I
want you to know that I prayed for you today, and I plan to continue to do so. I pray for
your physical healing, for your comfort from Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirt, and for
your increased understanding of Bible doctrine.
I do not say these things lightly. Although
I continue to struggle with my understanding of prayer and answers to prayer, I truly believe that God
has taught me one thing in my experience with prayer: Intercessory
prayer is the most power kind of prayer, perhaps because of its unselfish nature. You
and I will probably never meet in person, and I have nothing to gain personally from your healing (other than a
strengthening of my faith), so I believe that God hears this prayer
(James 5:13-18) and He will answer (Matthew 7-8) according to His perfect will (1 Peter 3:12).
I praise God that you became a believer in 1989 and for your
fervent Bible study. I share your
concern that most churches are ignorant, apostate and involved in false
teachings. Please see my related article at http://www.christiandataresources.com/whyidontgotochurch.htm.
You asked about my past and present participation with churches
and organizations. I am an active member of Gideon’s International, distributing copies of the Scriptures
throughout the world. I learned much Bible doctrine from Dr. John E. Danish, former pastor at Berean Memorial Church, a
very small autonomous church in Irving TX, and I include some information from him
on my website. I learned much about prayer from Pastor V.J.H.S Nelson, pastor of the Gethsemane Evangelical Free
Church in Hyderabad, India. I have also learned much Bible doctrine through many thousands of hours of personal Bible
study and prayer.
I was raised in the First Baptist Church (Southern Baptist) in
Okeene, OK, a very small town. My mother led me to Christ as a young child. After
marrying and having young children, my wife and I decided to leave the
Baptist church because of false and legalistic teachings. We visited many area churches, searching for
those that taught the truth, and we joined Bent Tree Bible Fellowship, a
non-denomination Bible church in Carrollton, TX when it was still quite
new and small. Before long however, it also seemed to turn from the truth in favor of
“growth”—seeking more money, increased staff salaries, bigger buildings, and larger crowds of either
unbelievers, apostates, or indifferent believers who were more interested in
making business contacts than they were in Jesus Christ—hardly
any different from the atmosphere one might find in any secular organization. As a result, we stopped going to any specific
church on a regular basis. Although I have struggled with my critical assessment of today’s churches,
and my inability to be comfortable in them, I believe it is best both for
those churches and for myself that I do not attend. I supposed that I consider those who visit my
website to be my church.
In your e-mail, I see an understandable pattern of emphasis upon
this apostasy and also upon healing and obedience. You asked me to tell you only which of your
beliefs I disagree with, and exactly why, and I have attempted to do so
below. I agree with most of your beliefs whole-heartedly. As a result, since most
of my response deals only with areas of disagreements, they may seem
numerous. However, please remember that with respect to
the total content of your original e-mail, my disagreements are minimal. For example (if you will allow me the
liberty), here are some things about which I adamantly agree with you:
The churches are claiming that all problems, illnesses, pain,
generational curses, persecution, suffering, sorrows, unpleasant
emotions, adversity, tragedies, etc. are actually sins, psychosomatic illnesses,
lies from Satan, misconceptions, and/or demonic indwellings, which are
rooted in spiritual disobedience, emotional "disorders," a rebellious mindset,
and/or a deficient relationship with God. They view deliverance and
healing as "promotions," "advancements," or "paychecks"
earned by performing a laundry list of required works, particular
systematic procedures, techniques, plans, protocols, checklists, processes,
supposedly rediscovered Bible interpretations, "revelations," willpower, etc.
These amount to legalism and trusting in men instead of God, and
practically all are presumptuous and contrary to the Bible...
I agree that many churches teach false doctrine regarding
problems, illnesses, deliverance, healing, etc. I am particularly put off by:
- Their methods of
collection money (tithing, pressure on giving, etc.).
- The way they spend
their money—mostly to sustain their own existence—salaries, buildings, etc.
- Recommending counseling for everything.
- Justifying one’s physical healing based on Isaiah 53:5.
- Justifying any action by putting the word “Christian” in front
of it. I’ve even heard terms such as “Christian lying.”
You might enjoy my article on healing at http://www.christiandataresources.com/giftofhealing.htm.
3) Demons or "evil spirits" cannot indwell true
Christians, or be the "root" of true medical diseases of the body.
I strongly agree that demons cannot indwell believers, but perhaps they
can influence believers. Also, I wouldn’t rule out that they can cause sickness in some people.
4) Pentecostalism and Pentecostal/Charismatic churches are
founded upon false beliefs about and manifestations of the Holy Spirit…
I express my agreement with you in my related articles on Spiritual Gifts on my
Basic Bible Doctrine page at http://www.christiandataresources.com/basicbibledoctrine.htm.
10) There is no "purgatory."
The myth of Mary’s Perpetual Virginity… and she shouldn't be
worshiped as officially endorsed by Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy.
I agree and stand firm against much of Catholic doctrine.
11) There is no "past lives" or reincarnation.
Yes, I stand firm against most of Hindu and Buddhist beliefs.
12) It's impossible to save the dead…
Yes, I stand firm against most Mormon doctrine.
17) Prayers should not be made to Jesus, or anyone or anything
else, but only to God in Jesus' name…
Well said: This is often misunderstood and falsely taught to children.
22) The Christian faith does not allow pastors to be women (Eph.
5:22-28; Col 3:18; 1Ti 2:11-3:13; Titus 1:5-9; 1Pet. 3:1-7), children, or gay. It also excludes the titles "Reverend" and "Father"; posts
of "pope," "lay pastor," "worship pastor," or "worship leader"; and gay marriage, sexual relations, and acceptance
of such in Christian congregations.
I agree completely
that pastors are not to be women, children, or gay. I am opposed to the titles of “Father”,
“Pope”, and “lay pastor”, but not so much to “worship leader.”
However, perhaps you can enlighten me on this.
I am adamantly
opposed to gay marriage as I believe that God has gone to the trouble
to spell out His particularly contempt for homosexuality (Romans 1:24-27),
and gay marriage violates His institution of marriage.
Premillennialism and a pre-Tribulation Rapture are the only correct interpretations.
Yes, I oppose amillennialism and post-millennialism.
29) Polygamy isn't sinful per se, but isn't God's ideal, and
tends to become sinful like hoarding wealth. The Bible discourages.
I totally agree, and
you have summarized this subject in a concise way that I’ve never been able to. Thank you.
It simply was too
prevalent and accepted in the Old Testament to argue otherwise. However, I believe that it would tend to
arouse jealousy and stability in the household.
However, perhaps as a
future topic of conversation, can you apply the same arguments to slavery?
32) Christianity is not a religion of pacifism (Lk 22:36-38; Ac
10:1-8; Ro 13:1-4).
Definitely, and you can read my related article at http://www.christiandataresources.com/killing.htm.
34) Astrology, and communication or other interaction with the dead are forbidden.
Yes, the only time that communication with the dead really happened was when King Saul
called up Samuel, and that was a fiasco. Please see my related articles on Speaking with the Dead at
19) (Some churches falsely teach that) 1 John 1:9 only applies
to unbelievers (cf. 1:8, 10-2:5).
I not only agree, but I believe that 1 John 1:9 only applies to believers.
52) (Some churches falsely teach that) Christians … (do not
have) a persisting sinful nature and fleshly temptations to deal with.
I agree. Sometimes we forget to tell new Christians
that God doesn’t remove their flesh (old sin nature) at salvation.
88) (Some churches falsely teach that) your heart is the center of revelation (cf. Ac 17:11-12).
Yes, and, along with their misunderstanding of their “heart” (their mind), this
leads them to being led by their emotions instead of by their thinking.
137) (Some churches falsely teach that) God never deals with
Christians based on works (cf. Ps 7:8-9; 1Co 11:28-34; 1Pe 4:17-18; Rev 2-3).
If you have not already done so, please refer to my Basic Bible
Doctrine web page at http://www.christiandataresources.com/basicbibledoctrine.htm
for more detailed understanding of my beliefs. Also, if you look through index on my web site, you
should find many other articles related to the issues you cited. Incidentally, my passion is promoting life and
condemning abortion. For example, you will find many of my articles like this one: http://christiandataresources.com/bibleblog/unborn-black-lives-matter.
Please see my specific responses below.
Love in Christ,
My points of disagreement (along with some additional commentary):
9) Unrepentant Christians should not be forgiven. Presumed,
pretended, or imagined repentance on anyone's behalf is inadequate and has no validity.
Although your proof passages of 1Corinthians 5:9-11, Titus
3:10-11, and 2 John 10-11 are valid, I tend to err on the side of Matthew
6:14-15: 1) I try to consider the imperfections of others because I have imperfections of my own. I try to be forgiving just as I would hope
that I could receive forgiveness from.
2) I do not know (and am not overly concerned with) someone else’s heart
regarding their repentance. As long as it is not harmful to others, that is between him and God.
13) Hell is an eternal, material reality for those rejecting
Jesus. Heaven, angels, and demons are also eternal, material realities. Angels
and demons can have a physical appearance and influence on earth.
I fully agree that hell, heaven, angels, and demons are all
eternal material realities, and that angels and demons can and do have
a physical appearance and influence on earth. However, perhaps you can help me with one issue
about which I seem to have more questions than most people. I have struggled in recent years to confirm my belief that unbelievers
will spend eternity in the lake of fire. My conflict here has to do with the word “destruction”
(“olethron” in the Greek), as found in 2 Thessalonians 1:9, 2 Peter 3:7, and Revelation 17:11. 2 Thessalonians 1:9
says, “These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and
from the glory of His power…” I am torn about the true meaning of this word “olethron.” It
seems that this word can indicate destruction, ruin, or death. It would seem here to indicate death
(separation), as it goes on to connote separation (“away”)
from God which could support the belief of eternal suffering. However, it seems to me that it could also mean that
one is “destroyed”—as in the more contemporary meaning of
“extinguishes,” as meaning that something no longer exists. This
could support the notion that such a person no longer exists (rather
than eternal suffering), and still be consistent with the notion of death
(separation from God).
Consider some passages for the end times: Revelation
19:20 and Revelation 20:10 tell us that the beast, the false prophet, and the devil are thrown into
“the lake of fire and brimstone.” Revelation 19:20
notes that the beast and the false prophet were thrown “alive” into the lake of
fire, and Revelation 20:10 notes that “they will be tormented day
and night forever and ever.” Revelation 20:14 says
that death and Hades were also thrown into the lake of fire, and it
notes, “This is the second death, the lake of fire.”
Then comes Revelation 20:15, which says, “And if anyone’s name
was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake
of fire.” It says nothing here of being thrown “alive” into it, or being “tormented day and
night forever and ever.” Could it be that these unbelievers
are destroyed (extinguished out of existence), still suffering death
(eternal separation from God), but leaving the “day and night torment
forever” only for Satan, the beast, the false prophet, death, and Hades?
14) A Christian can willfully forsake salvation.
Unless I misunderstand what you mean here, I disagree with you
on this one because I believe in eternal security. If one becomes a believer, he is always a
believer (John 10:28-29), and he will always have eternal fellowship
with God. However, as believers, we all still sin and drift away from God. John 1:9
tells us that confession of our sins to God restores our temporal
fellowship with God. Furthermore, Galatians 5:3-6 talks about those who fall from grace; i.e., drifting back into
legalism, or salvation by works. Again, confession and repentance is the answer.
In order to understand the part that works play in Christianity,
I like to use the analogy of concentric circles. The outer circle is eternal fellowship with
God, and the inner circle is temporal fellowship with Him. When we believe the gospel message, God moves
us into the inner circle, with both eternal and temporal fellowship
with Him. When we sin, we fall out of the inner circle of temporal fellowship, but by His power (not by our
works) we never fall out of the outer circle of eternal fellowship. He has given us a method for entering back
into the inner circle of temporal fellowship; namely, by confession of
sin according to 1 John 1:9. Only God can save us, and the Holy Spirit seals us in His salvation forever (2
Corinthians 1:22, Ephesians 1:13, 4:30). Our works
can neither save us nor cause us to become lost again. For a more detailed explanation of my views
here, please see the section on Eternal Security in my article at http://www.christiandataresources.com/bd24-02_backgroundofchristianservice.htm.
18) Predestination, determinism, fatalism, fatalistic
providence, Augustinianism, Calvinism, total depravity, unconditional
election, limited atonement, irresistible (sovereign) grace, "perseverance"
(eternal security), foreordination, foreknowledge, omniscience, and
Arminianism are all false, condemnatory doctrines as far as election is concerned.
These doctrines misinterpret, overgeneralize, or take out of context a
minority of passages to mean that everyone's salvation or damnation was "set in
stone" beforehand, which is the only way it could have either been
foreknown or predestined. Nobody is predestined for damnation. Even the
most crucial of these passages are actually inconclusive.
I disagree. Please see my article at http://www.christiandataresources.com/predestination.htm.
19) All Biblical gifts of the Spirit are still in effect, and none has ever "ceased."
I disagree. Please see related articles at
and my articles on Spiritual Gifts at http://www.christiandataresources.com/basicbibledoctrine.htm.
23) Earthquakes, storms, and natural disasters are God's work not.
I believe your statement here is incomplete, right? Otherwise, I don’t understand what you
27) Existing Bibles and ancient manuscripts have discrepancies
and inaccuracies (e.g., Ex 13:18*; 15:4* ["Red Sea" should be "Sea of Reeds"]; Mt 17:21*; Mk 16:9-20† [handling snakes,
drinking poison]; Jn. 7:53-8:11†; etc.).
I agree, but I believe that the original manuscripts were inerrant.
28) Apocryphal books, gnostic gospels, the Book of Mormon, etc.
are erroneous and incompatible with the Christian faith.
I totally agree that the Book of Mormon is a fraud. Regarding
the Canon of Scripture, I believe that God has given us the Scriptures that we should have in the 66
books of the Bible. Regarding the apocryphal books, there are some (especially among the New Testament apocryphal books)
that are simply silly and should obviously be disregarded. However, with all intellectual honesty, some
could be considered to be canonical if we applied the criteria fairly. Please see my related article at http://www.christiandataresources.com/canon.htm. Also on this topic, you might enjoy my
article on the book of James at http://www.christiandataresources.com/jamescanon.htm.
33) The Christian faith does not hinge on the creationist interpretation of Genesis 1-11, which
might be a poetic mix of fact and metaphorical lore…
I agree that the Christian faith doesn’t hinge on creationism. However, I believe in
creationism. Please see my related article at http://www.christiandataresources.com/uniquecreationtheory.htm
where I attempt to reconcile science with the Bible on this topic.
Bible Review #1: Rediscovering Biblical Deliverance
X) (Some churches falsely teach that we should)
"Submit" to church and pastoral "authority," and bow, prostrate, or kneel
before altars, or go to or build them.
I agree that altars are forbidden. Their
purpose was for animal sacrifices. Submitting to pastoral authority would be OK
if you could find a decent pastor. Even if you could, he is ultimately subject to the authority of the
congregation anyway. Unfortunately, I believe that the right action is sometimes to stop going to church, thereby removing
any pastor as an authority. Too many people seem to think of their pastor as a priest—an intermediary between them
and God, removing their own responsibility and accountability for Bible study. I’ve often wondered if many people will
find themselves separated from God throughout eternity and blaming their pastor because he misled them.
Y) (Some churches falsely teach) fasts, "mandatory daily
Bible reading and oral prayer recitations," "devotionals," referrals to get "help" from deliverance specialists, exorcists,
mentors, "life coaches," "resources," self-help publications, seminars, classes, 12-step programs, "workshops," "healing rooms," etc.
I agree except that I do believe that fasting can be justified in some cases.
Bible Review #2: Rethinking "Spiritual Abuse"
I have no major disagreements here, but some which may only be a
matter of terminology. I see us made up of body, soul, and spirit (spirit for believers only). The soul is made up of a mind (or the
biblical term for heart—“kardia”), of emotions, and of a will. The goal of the Christian life is that God
should possess each of these—that He should control and He should direct
it. Now what is the way this is achieved? How does God control my
mind? By learning doctrine. How does God control my emotions? By
learning doctrine so that my emotions can be guided. How does God control my will,
in the decisions I make? Through learning doctrine so that consequently I’m phased in with His will.
Furthermore, we all here have three factors that deal with our being:
1) A temperament consists of certain qualities we are born
with. We inherit these genetically from our parents. They’re determined by
various factors on that level, of race, physical structure, and other
backgrounds. We have these qualities of strengths and of weaknesses. These
remain with us of our life. Everybody here has a certain basic temperament. There are about four basic temperaments, and usually
we’re a combination of some of these.
2) Out of the temperament comes a character. Our
character is the result of how our temperament factors have been influenced by our education, by our
family background, by the influence of the society in which we live, and the
factors to which we respond or to which we refuse to respond in that society. The character is the “you,”
consisting of your mind, your will, and your emotions, so it is the area of your soul. It is the expression of your total being.
3) My character is the real me, but one’s character is
always expressed in a personality. The personality is what other people see (sometimes called our
“mask”). Basically, in most people, the personality is
an image which is not the same as our character. Now when you’re a Christian, the ideal is to
come to a point where your personality is the same as your character.
Bible Review #3: Faithful Law-Keeping Is Not a Sin
The New Testament relates that the ways of gaining God's favor
have changed from the old covenant ways of high priest rituals, and
Law-keeping focused on Law and old covenant terms, to the new covenant ways of
putting faith in Jesus, and Law-keeping focused on faith and led by the Holy
Spirit. In doing this, the New Testament often appears to warn strongly against
the Law, doing works, and physical circumcision.
We must be careful about speaking of “gaining God’s
favor.” I proclaim that Christianity is not a religion. The various religions of the
world do seek to find ways of gaining God’s favor through works, including the
securing of eternal fellowship with Him (salvation) through one’s works. As opposed to all other faiths,
Christianity is a relationship with Jesus Christ by grace through faith I Him. Grace is the precept that sets Christianity
apart from all other faiths; i.e. all religions.
It is within this context that we can understand the very
important part of works on the part of the believer. We are saved eternally by grace through faith
in Christ, and we are kept there by the same (the sealing of the Holy
Spirit). Once saved, our divine good works (those performed under the power of the Holy Spirit) are of eternal value to
us as well because it is on the basis of those works what we will receive heavenly
rewards at the Judgment Seat of Christ. So, works have nothing to do with gaining or
securing salvation, but everything to do with heavenly rewards.
So, when Paul speaks of Christians being "dead to the
Law," "set free from the Law," or "redeemed from the Law," he is simply saying that obeying the works of the Law cannot save
us. Likewise with other passages that seem to forsake, repudiate, or condemn doing works, I take all of these
to mean that such works have no saving power, although they do have virtue in
obedience to Christ that results in heavenly rewards.
In fact, the New Testament makes it abundantly clear that all
Christians are still subject to the moral Law and its criteria
(standards) of sin and virtue, and that regardless of their emotions, they must heed
their personal duty to obey and keep its commandments, rules, regulations,
and restrictions; and recognize God's authority to judge them accordingly, and must
continue to accept, endorse, quote, and promote it as vital, useful, and essential to personal Christian faith.
Of course, Christians are still subject to God’s moral law. Insofar as the Law of Moses represents
God’s moral law, we are subject to it as well, with some exceptions that were
specifically ceremonial law for the Israelites, although a principle
may still be at work even with these. We must take great care not to take liberty with the latter, and this represents one
of many great challenges for the biblical scholar. I’ll give a couple of examples of my views on this:
1) Of the ten laws of Ten Commandments, nine of them are
reinforced in the New Testament. The exception is “Remember the Sabbath, to keep it holy.” Not only is this commandment not reiterated
in the New Testament, but Colossians 2:16 warns us of elevating any day above another, including “a Sabbath day.” Now,
for the Christian, there still may be a principle here concerning one day of rest each week.
2) Are we subject to the dietary laws of the Old Testament? I would argue that we are not, although maybe
it’s not healthy to eat pork and shrimp every night.
Law and grace are not mutually exclusive, nor is their relationship oppositional…
I agree that the Law and grace are not mutually exclusive in
terms of the obedience of the Christian life and earning heavenly rewards. Again, however, the Law and grace
are indeed mutually exclusive in terms of somehow meriting salvation by works of the Law. For the latter, I offer Romans
4:4-5 and Romans 11:6 as proof passages.
The churches distort the above passages and ignore their plain,
contextual sense to promote a glut of false teachings and ideas
concerning grace and faithful Law-keeping, including these examples:
4) Purge your conscience of old sins (cf. Ro 3:23; 1Co 3:11-15; Heb. 9:13-14b*-15).
I believe that when God forgives sin, He also forgets it, and so should we.
27) Hebrews 9:28 says Christians will not be judged for their
sins at Christ's return (cf. Ro 14:10-12; 1Co 3:11-17; 2Co 5:9-10; Ja. 3:1-2; 5:8-9).
I disagree that this is false teaching. Christ has already died for all of our
sins. What we will be judged upon is our works, good or bad.
Now, this may be a little tricky. Nothing good
comes from our corrupted flesh, including both sins and human good works. The only good works that we can do are those that
are divine good works, inspired by the Holy Spirit—not by the flesh. For example, any unbeliever can do a good work such
as giving to charity or helping someone in need. However,
being an unbeliever, such works will be fruitless. They have no saving merit, and thus no merit
for heavenly rewards because the unbeliever is disqualified for such rewards.
Here’s my understanding of what will occur for the unbeliever at
the Great White Throne judgment according to Romans 20:11-15: The unbeliever will be judged from his deeds
“which were written in the books, according to their deeds.” All of his deeds, whether good or bad, will
be found lacking (because of lack of faith in Christ). As a result, his name will not be found in
the book of life, and he will be eternally separated from God.
57) No sin is worse than another sin (cf. Mt 23:14*; Mk 12:40;
Lk 12:47-48; 20:47; Jn. 19:11).
I believe this statement has some validity. All
sin misses the mark of God’s righteousness. Any sin is big enough to
separate us from God. I believe this is a good approach when a Christian is witnessing to a gay person. The believer has sin in his life—maybe
greed or lust, etc., and the homosexual unbeliever has sin in his life as
well, including the homosexual lifestyle. Both are wrong, and both can be forsaken through faith in Christ, but the
important thing is to acknowledge that they’re both wrong (Romans 3:23).
115) Jesus plus nothing equals the gospel (cf. Ja. 2:14-3:1*-2, 13).
Well, almost, but I might say it a little differently: As
I have previously indicated, Romans 4:4-5 and Romans 11:6 tell us that adding anything to grace nullifies the
grace. This is one of my big problems with Roman Catholicism. Many Catholics believe that
salvation is equal to faith in Christ plus certain works such as infant baptism;
i.e., God does some of it and we do the rest, where I believe that God does it all.
161) You can never find God, He can only find you (cf. Ac 17:27).
I believe this to be a true statement. Again, please refer to my article on election.
Bible Review #5: Two Raptures, Not Just One
Bible prophecy reveals two separate Raptures and their timing
relative to the 7-year Tribulation. Rapture #1 is a pre-Tribulation
Rapture for the Church (Christians of the Church Age), and Rapture #2 is a
subsequent, post-Tribulation Rapture for believing Israel and the Tribulation saints…
I believe in premillennialism and a pre-tribulation
rapture. There may well be a second post-tribulation rapture for believing Israel and the tribulation
saints. However, after having spent much time trying to understand this in the past, I have decided that my time is better
warranted in studying how to live the Christian life. I base this on several observations:
- Scriptural arguments on these various positions seems inconclusive and sometimes
result in circular reason.
- This seems to have limited bearing for we Christians who will be raptured at the beginning
of the tribulation.
- The significance of a post-tribulation seems quite limited since it would parallel the
beginning of the Millennial Kingdom on the earth.
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