God warns us throughout Scripture about idolatry. Idols are repulsive to God and since he never does anything without a reason, we must be clear why they’re a danger.
With the Lord, everything is about authority and truth and he must always be the source of them. He says, “You shall have no other gods before Me” (Exodus 20:3; cf. Hebrews 11:6). Continue reading “The problem with idolatry”
A small window into what lies within the heart. Continue reading Cookies — revealer of hearts
The Bible is the determining factor for all that we do. Continue reading What was the alternative?
In his book Jesus and Power, David Prior saw little use in a distinction between the terms “power” and “authority.” The importance of that distinction can be seen in Micah 2:1 where evil people carry out their plans to sin “because they have the power to do so.” Certainly, no authority inheres in their plans or activities. Continue reading Jesus Is Lord
On January 27th in a graduate class entitled Ethnotheology, a professor explained the relationship of the church to its surrounding cultural influences. Echoing Paul’s sentiments that Christians are to be in the world but not of the world, his steady hand drew two circles, a smaller circle representing the church inside of a larger circle labeled culture. Continue reading “Culture and the Cross”
What kind of worship does God desire? We must know what Scripture says so we can be pleasing to God (John 14:15).
We must have Scriptural authority for all that we do in worship (Colossians 3:17). Jesus said that we “must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:24, NKJV). Therefore, our worship must seek to make a spiritual connection with God and be as he has authorized.
Scripture is explicit in its warnings not to tamper with the purity of the word of God. Paul wrote that we must not “think beyond what is written” (1 Corinthians 4:6). Likewise, we are warned not to take away from or add to the word of God (Deuteronomy 4:2; Deuteronomy 12:32; Proverbs 30:6; Revelation 22:18-19). Continue reading “What is Our Authority in Worship?”