Tag Archives: Holy Spirit

How to tell if you are in the throes of Transformation

You’ve perhaps heard that movie line, “You Keep Using That Word, I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means.” It comes from the fictional character Inigo Montoya from the 1987 comedy film The Princess Bride. Well, the term, “Spiritual Transformation” is one of those words that begs for definition. In the visible […]

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"Christian" reality show about snake handlers debuts in September

Oh dear. A new program titled “Snake Salvation” about Christians who worship using venomous snakes, is coming  this September to your cable network. Here is the program description from the National Geographic: “Jamie Coots and Andrew Hamblin struggle to keep an over-100-year-old tradition alive: the practice of handling deadly snakes in church. Jamie and Andrew […]

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Dead in Adam; Alive in Christ

Today we are talking about sharing our faith with others. How does one go from being dead in the spirit to alive in Christ? That’s a really good question we all need to ask as we examine ourselves and as we share the Gospel with those who do not know Jesus. We’re going to spend […]

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The creepy white van of mysticism

Great article via the Aquila Report: “Creepy White Vans” How does God meet us? Through the ordinary means of grace, not through mysticism Mysticism is the belief that you can find God inside yourself through “feeling” or “emotion”. And that God has agreed to meet you “immediately”. (By immediate, I mean without a mediator; A […]

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Stop trying to make Spiritual Formation happen

I’ve been thinking about words lately. Words that we use in the visible no longer mean what they used to mean. Terms like Baptist, Lutheran, Episcopalian, Presbyterian and especially Evangelical have changed. Today, words like Missional, Transformational or Spiritual Formation are now the new cool trending words in the majority of churches these days. I’m […]

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Superman: The Man of Steel

Can't We Just Preach From God's Word?

This morning on Stand Up For the Truth, I made an admittedly provocative statement regarding pastors and preaching.It was regarding the growing groundswell of calls from Hollywood and leading pastors to utilize movie clips from the newly released Superman “Man of Steel” movie released last week as sermon material. Warner Brothers is aggressively marketing the […]

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A conversation with Christians who don’t like Christianity

“Did God really say…?” The truth of God’s Word has been under attack from the very beginning. Those in the world who hate God have always done this. But in recent years the enemy has convinced a growing multitude of Christians (or people who believe they are Christians), to hate God as much as the […]

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Red flags

The Red Flags of Idolatry

What are the red flags of idolatry? Idolatry happens when we fail to test all things in light of the Word, and the ease with which we fall into idolatry when we are not daily grounded in the Word. But if you’re going to be grounded in the Holy Spirit’s breathed-out word, you need to […]

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The problem with man-made labels

The problem with man-made labels

It’s been a while since we did our show and articles on Calvinism vs. Armenianism. I was just thinking today that we ought to revisit that subject, when I spotted this article over at For The Love Of His Truth, a Christian blog from South Africa. I rather enjoyed this. What are your thoughts? Reprinted […]

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New NAR "bible" a dangerous heresy

Have you heard about the latest Bible “translation?” This one comes from the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) camp, from the brain of one man, a human-appointed “Apostle.” It’s called “The Passion Translation,” written by Brian Simmons of Stairway Ministries. READ IT HERE  

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Letter: Elder forced to leave for standing against Spiritual Formation

Would you take a stand against a dangerous practice in your church? John from Ohio wrote to us a few days ago to share that he had to resign his longtime position as elder of his mainline Evangelical church because of the Spiritual Formation/Transformation movement that had not just crept into his church, but had […]

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"Diversity, NOT Jesus, saves" says Episcopal Bishop

"Diversity, NOT Jesus, saves" says Episcopal Bishop

This might seem like an outlandish headline, but we’ve heard this kind of rhetoric before about the Apostle Paul being a sexist or chauvinist. Feminism is alive and well in the Episcopal Church. George Conger over at Anglican Ink reports: The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church has denounced the Apostle Paul as mean-spirited and […]

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The Shack

Will "The Shack" be the next blasphemous blockbuster?

Movies about God are making big bucks at the box office, and the film adaptation of The Shack will more than likely be a top ticket seller when it hits the big screen. I can already imagine The Shack Bible studies and busloads of small groups fellowshipping and praising “Papa” for another opportunity to share […]

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Christians mystically encountering God

  The New Age continues to march boldly into the Church, and is being embraced by many a pastor and elder who maight not understand how it has cleverly been repackaged with a “Christian”-sounding exterior. From spiritual disciplines to meditation and yoga, researcher Marsha West covers the multitude of New Age signs to watch for. […]

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