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Pseudo-scientists in the Church

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"How can they ignore these verses?"
"Don't they know this is how The Apostles did things?"
"Can't Brother ______ see this scripture?"

If you are like me, you have encountered individuals which provoke these kinds of questions. People who have what the writer of Hebrews called "divers and strange doctrines" (Heb. 13:9). Men & women whose beliefs about The Bible defy reason and basic Theological probing. They often perplex us, and decline even rudimentary examination of their odd views.

Persons with such weird and mystifying beliefs are the subject of this post.




Outlier beliefs

Throughout my ministerial life, I have fellowshipped with a wide range of preachers with disparate views and approaches. But there was always a bedrock of truth among these men of God. They approached The Bible seriously, and took great care to understand and apply its precepts.

There is, however, a different group. Existing in Christianity are numbers of individuals w…

Unreasonable Voices

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Who do I listen to? Whose counsel do I seek? What voices speak into me?

These questions are at the core of common ministerial advice. Through the years, I have received numerous sentences of counsel and wisdom from others. Such counsel has both shaped me and at times rescued me from wrong decisions.

I begin with an explanation of words.




"Reasonable People"

There are those around us who are stalwarts of stability. They are the co-workers who always arrive at work at a regular time, and leave each day at the same hour of departure.

They are the ones around you who seemingly have their lives neatly packaged together. All their loose ends are tied. They are tidy. They are predictable.

I have a question: would The Apostles have been in that category?

They lived UNREASONABLE lives! They accepted abnormal conditions. Their existence, according to outside observance, would have looked inherently unstable.

They traveled to faraway lands, and were told by Jesus NOT to financially plan for the…

Dreams & Reality

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Every so often I have bad dreams. Dangers all around me. Dinosaurs in the back yard. Robbers bursting through the front door. Loved ones gone and I'm unable to locate them.
When I awake, I realize these images and events were not real. They are unrestricted fears manifesting in my sleeping hours. Scary illusions from my own mind.

In this blog post, I explore a situation like these nightmares. Something jarring, but ultimately not to be feared.





Your Nightmarish Condition God is a Spirit, and so are we. However, our spirit is encased in a body of flesh. We interact with the world around us through the 5 senses. We feel with our bodies and think with our minds.

But there are those of us who have a disconnect between the 2 - the mind and the body. We call these individuals mental patients. Psychological case studies. The insane.


I have a personal question about the mentally troubled - do they know they are not right? That they are in need of psychiatric or psychological care?

Do they believ…

Repentance is Mandatory

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I am a Pentecostal, and proud of it. I believe the best statement of the Bible plan of salvation is found in The Book of Acts:


"Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." Acts 2:38
This salvation plan boils down into 3 steps: (1) repentance, (2) water baptism in Jesus name (by full immersion - which means 'your whole body goes into the water'), and (3) receiving the gift of The Holy Ghost (which is evidenced again and again in the Book of Acts by the act of speaking in tongues).

However, I have noticed a marked change in modern revival services. At the end of a several-day or multi-week revival, the local church will report how many "received the Holy Ghost" (with the evidence of speaking in tongues) as well as how many "were Baptized in Jesus name". But absent from that number is the very first step of salvation. Before ba…

The Ministry of the Blue Fairy

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You want to be taller.
You want to lose some weight.
You want a million dollars.
You want the girl of your dreams to start looking your way.

Are these the normal prayer requests you hear in a Pentecostal church? No, but they are the common desires of almost every fairy tale protagonist I've ever read.

A child's wildest dream coming true with the wave of a magic wand. ... A man's entire life course being transformed via mystical means. ... A young woman's desire to marry the prince made possible through supernatural intervention.

They are not the types of miracles contained in scripture, but they are the subject of this blog post today.




Acceptable prayer requests

The LORD answers individual prayers. Yet it is possible to believe that God answers prayers, while all the time calling on Him in a manner that limits His ability to fulfill them.


"Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, a…

Where are all the good evangelists?

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We have a situation in Pentecostal ministry. Seemingly, the number of Biblically-grounded traveling preachers has dwindled.

Replacing them is a growing list of theologically-unsound pulpit performers. The key word here is performer, because performance is the decider nowadays. ... "What were his revival totals?" ... "I hear he baptized 20 in a church 3 hours away." ... "Bro. ______ is a poet with sermons, an excellent speaker".

Numbers & showmanship. Is this the measuring line of modern ministries? It shouldn't be this way, nor do I imagine The Apostles ever intended such an outcome for The Church.

Let's explore why this has happened, and describe how it can be reversed.





One-and-Done

"You have one shot - just ONE - to impress a Pastor." This is very common advice told to full-time evangelists as they begin their ministries.

When a traveling preacher is scheduled for a Sunday service, he knows that if he does not "blow the doors off th…

Brother woe-be-gone

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Service was tremendous! The worship was great. Musicians played and sang with their whole hearts. The Word was preached enthusiastically and uncompromisingly. The altar call saw numerous souls crying out to God. All throughout this, you could feel the STRONG pull of The Holy Ghost. God's spirit was pouring out on Sunday! You felt proud to be Pentecostal that day.

But somewhere in the back of the church, a soul was upset. They even appeared ANGRY at the overflow of worship today. After church, they quickly whisked themselves into the foyer, where they spoke words of discouragement to whomever dared address them.

This could have been the best service of the year, but they would find issues with it. You may have watched multiple souls speak with new tongues for the very first time, but they still believe "we didn't do enough tonight". The preaching could've put the best ministers of Pentecost to shame, but they would pick out ONE sentence in the 35-minute sermon with …