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Should We Just Ignore The Devil?

Should We Just Ignore The Devil?

There seems to be an increasing number of believers who are taking an approach to the devil that is totally foreign to the New Testament. The thought process goes something like this: Since Jesus defeated Satan through His death and resurrection, we can pretty much ignore him now. While the premise is true, the conclusion is very false. This mindset of ignoring the devil sounds nice, but it has one major problem: the New Testament paints a...

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How Isolating a Truth from Other Truths Causes Error

How Isolating a Truth from Other Truths Causes Error

In a recent article, I mentioned that one of the ways that error gets into the church is when a genuine truth from the Bible gets isolated from out of its context or from the whole counsel of God’s Word. There are concepts, teachings, and truths that are true and good. But if they become isolated from other concepts, teachings, and truths they can easily become error. This is a deceptive way that the enemy draws people and churches into...

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3 Ways that Error Gets Into the Church

3 Ways that Error Gets Into the Church

The New Testament is full of exhortations to guard against error. There are warnings about false doctrine, false prophets/teachers, lying signs, and other types of destructive influences. The devil is always at work trying to get inroads into the church. I have noticed that he is multi-faceted in his approach. Just like he tried multiple ways of tempting Jesus, he will try various methods of getting error into God’s people. Below are some...

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3 Wrong Responses to the Supreme Court Ruling on Gay Marriage

3 Wrong Responses to the Supreme Court Ruling on Gay Marriage

With last Friday’s Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage throughout the United States, the social media and blog world have been blowing up non-stop over the last week. I very rarely address political issues on my blog, and I was not planning on writing anything on this topic. But this past Sunday while in worship and prayer, I felt like the Holy Spirit gave me a prompting to write, and an outline for an article. (That is not to...

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Heresy Hunters and Pharisee Hunters

Heresy Hunters and Pharisee Hunters

There are many ministries out there today that are dedicated to exposing false teaching, pointing out false prophets, and making the church aware of aberrant movements. These ministries have been sometimes called “heresy hunters” and with the rise of the internet, heresy hunter websites and ministries are becoming more common. It is true that we must be on guard against false teaching and false prophets. Jesus warned about being...

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When the Church Becomes a Business

When the Church Becomes a Business

I have a strong aversion to the church being run like a business. Perhaps it has something to do with Jesus flipping tables over in the temple: And He found in the temple those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. And He made a scourge of cords, and drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen; and He poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables;...

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Balaam and Jezebel: Two types of False Prophets

Balaam and Jezebel: Two types of False Prophets

If you are familiar with my ministry, you probably know that I believe fully in the nine manifestation gifts of the Spirit that are listed in 1 Corinthians 12, one of which is the gift of prophecy. I also believe that all five of the ministry gifts listed in Ephesians 4—often called the fivefold gifts—are active in today’s church, including apostles and prophets. While the Bible is clear about the importance of genuine prophecy, it is...

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Avoiding Prophetic Manipulation

Avoiding Prophetic Manipulation

I recently had a humorous conversation with my three-year-old son that reminded me of the need to avoid prophetic manipulation. I had asked him to do something and he responded by saying, “Well, God said it is time to play with my toys.” I have no doubt that God speaks to young children. But in this case, my son was simply trying to get his way. We have talked to him about how we have to obey God and His word, and he cleverly realized...

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The Connection between Grace and Holiness

The Connection between Grace and Holiness

Grace seems to be a hot topic these days. This is not surprising, as grace is a major theme in the New Testament. However, I am seeing a back and forth argument between those of the “grace camp” and those who are warning the body of Christ about the dangers of “hyper-grace.” My goal is not to address this topic from either of these sides, but to present what I believe the New Testament teaches about the connection between grace and...

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Are We Building the House of God or the Tower of Babel?

Are We Building the House of God or the Tower of Babel?

I was struck by this thought recently: are we building the house of God or the tower of Babel? The story of the tower of Babel is found in Genesis: Now the whole earth had one language and one speech. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they dwelt there. Then they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They had brick for stone, and...

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