CONCERNING PROPHETS

We have no shortage of prophets; at least no shortage of those who wanting to play prophet.

The problem with many of those who want to play around like they have God’s Word for others is that all too often, they themselves have not spiritually matured and are not grounded in the written Word of God.

The apostle Paul instructed Timothy not to put a novice in a position of leadership because one who is not firmly grounded in Christ can be ruined by pride.

There is a big difference in having the calling of a prophet and being actually set in the office of a prophet.

In Acts 9, God told Ananias to go and pray for Paul, who had just had an encounter with Christ on the road to Damascus. God said, “He is A CHOSEN VESSEL OF MINE” (v.15).

Almost immediately (after his conversion) Paul began to preach the gospel. Yet it wasn’t until later that Paul was set in the office of apostle (see Acts 13;1-4).

Too many people are playing prophet, while others have no real understanding of the ministry of a prophet and this opens the door to sorcery. Unsespecting people unknowingly think prophets have a direct line of communication with God to tell them about their future or secret things that God wants them to know.

Seeking a word from God through a prophet is nothing different than seeking counsel from a fortune teller.

If you are a child of God you have the Spirit of God in you and He will lead you and guide you into all truth. God may use a prophet occasionally to confirm things, but generally speaking, the prophet’s ministry is expressed through his preaching and/or teaching ministry.

A prophet’s preaching and/or teaching ministry prepares people for things in a way the other ministry gifts may not. For example, a prophet may sense that persecution, or maybe lean times are coming and will be urged by the Lord to preach on that topic in advance.

The prophet will seek God and scripturally prepare the people, even if they don’t recognize that he is a prophet and God is preparing them through his teachings.

A true prophet doesn’t need to be called “prophet.” A true prophet ministers to the people by the gift of God to edify God’s people and to equip them with the Word of God. In this vein (or setting) God will sometimes speak directly through the prophet to an individual to confirm things regarding their personal life.

A new testament prophet doesn’t hold the same status as an old testament prophet because every believer can hear God’s voice under the new.

There is an old saying; the fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree, and when it comes to prophecy many folks carry the same kind of thinking about prophecy as they do about the prophet’s ministry.

They tend to elevate prophecy as the pinnacle of ‘hearing God’ so that prophecy even trumps the clear teaching of the Bible. They think that through prophecy God is talking directly esteeming prophecy above sound Biblical teaching, This sort of ideology leads many into spiritual error.

The sound doctrine of scripture must always come first and anyone who thinks he is a prophet should be very cautious to grow in understanding the scriptures and in true humility and grace.

Prophets must walk circumspectly as they too can get off into error just as any other minister can.

If a person truly is a prophet, his top priority should be prayfully ministering the written Word of God accurately, otherwise he may lead people into error by ministering out of his own pride and the deception of occult spirits, rather than the Spirit of the Lord.

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JESUS, PAUL, AND THE LAW

Among the arguments made by those who claim that Paul contradicted Jesus, is the argument that Paul contradicted Jesus with regards to the Law.

Is this so? To begin, let’s consider the following:

Throughout scripture, the Law is referred to as the Law of Moses some 23 times by the following witnesses:

  • Joshua (Joshua 8:31, 32 and 23:6)
  • Daniel (Daniel 9:11, 13)
  • Luke (Luke2:22 and 24:44)
  • Paul(Acts 13:39 and 28:23; 1 Corinthians 9:9)
  • The Pharisees (Acts 15:5)
  • John(John 7:23)
  • The author of the book of Hebrews(Hebrews 10:28)
  • The author of the book of 1 Kings (1Kings 2:3)
  • The author of the book of 2 Kings(2 Kings 14:6 23:25)
  • The author of the book of 2 Chronicles (2 Chronicles 23:18 and 30:16)
  • The author of the book of Ezra(Ezra 3:2 and 7:6)
  • The author of the book of Nehemiah (Nehemiah 8:1)
  • Jesus and God, I saved the best for last (John 7:23, Malachi 4:4).

Moses was the one through whom God gave the law to the children of Israel to govern them as a nation. Time and time again the scripture says, “Moses commanded” or “Moses said” or “Moses gave.”

For example, in Matthew 19 the Pharisees asked Jesus, “Why did Moses command to give a writing of divorcement?” Jesus answered, “Moses because of the hardness of your hearts allowed you to put away your wives: but in the beginning it was not so” (v. 7-8).

The Pharisees specifically asked, “Why did MOSES give a writing of divorcement?” Yet the Law was given by God, through Moses, for the people (Deuteronomy 24:1-3).  Moses’ instructions were authoritative for the people of Israel, for through Moses, God  gave the Law to the children of Israel.

According to Jesus, the bill of divorcement was a law catered for the hard hearted and not God’s intent for marriage. God’s will is for a man to leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife just as Jesus says above. In like manner, Paul says something very similar in Ephesians 5.

Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body.

Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.

Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. (Ephesians 5:22-28)

As we can see from Paul’s words above, Paul was on the same page with Jesus in his view of marriage as a holy institution ordained by God.

Paul’s standard concerning husbands loving their wives actually exceeds the commandment given in Deuteronomy 24:1-3, which was given to regulate the hardhearted. Without question, Paul’s teaching regarding marriage is absolutely is in harmony with the teachings of Jesus.

Those who argue that Paul contradicted Jesus regarding the law think that Jesus taught that the Law would continue while Paul claimed it had been done away with. Yet, this seemingly contradiction is cleared up when the words of Jesus and the teachings of Paul are understood within their context.

First, let’s consider the words of Jesus in Matthew 5:17-18.

Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

When Jesus said these words, he was not intending to imply that he had come as an enforcer of the Law, but rather to the Law it to its fruition through fulfillment.

Jesus was not an opponent to the Law or the message of the prophets. His mission was not to destroy (by discrediting) either one. Instead, his mission was to fulfill both by leading the people of God into the way of righteousness which is faith from a pure heart.

In Matthew 5 Jesus says – “you have heard it said…but I say to you” – referring to what the people had heard from the teachers of the Law.

The Law says, “Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment.” But Jesus says, “whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca (worthless), shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.”

The letter of the Law says “thou shall not kill” but Jesus says keep your heart right towards all men. The law says “thou shall not commit adultery” but Jesus says don’t desire her in your heart. The law says “love your neighbor and hate your enemies” but Jesus says love your enemies.

The letter of the Law could not, and cannot give man a right heart and this is what is at the core of the issue. The letter of the Law merely deals with the outward actions of sinful men and does nothing to change the heart.

Jesus Christ addressed the thoughts and intents of the heart and this amplified the law’s real purpose which was to uncover man’s sin resulting in his awareness of his need for mercy.

When the Pharisees brought the woman caught in adultery to Jesus, they had every right according to the letter of the law to condemn her and to stone her. They had no desire to show mercy or to restore her.

Jesus by the wisdom of God dispersed those who condemned her and set her free to sin no more. Those who condemned her wanted to enforce the law upon her, even though they were guilty of sin as well.

They were self righteous and used the Law as a weapon against others rather than teaching the Law to lead men into truth. If they had done the latter they would have recognized that Jesus is the Messiah and the Law would have then led them to faith in him.

Their fixation with the letter of the Law from their uncircumcised hearts, would not allow them to show mercy or compassion to those who were bound by sin and under the power of darkness.  They missed the weightier matters of the law which according to Jesus is mercy, faith, and justice (Matthew 23:23). Rather than liberating the people they used the Law to put heavy burdens on them (Matthew 23:4).

Jesus never employed the law to ensnare people. Instead, Jesus taught that the law was fulfilled by love (Matthew 7:12; 22:34-40) and demonstrated it by showing mercy and compassion on the people. Paul also taught that it is love which fulfills the law:

Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. (Romans 13:8-10)

For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  (Galatians 5:14)

Paul actually refers to the fulfillment of the law through love as the “law of Christ.”

Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the SPIRIT OF MEEKNESS; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so FULFILL THE LAW OF CHRIST. (Galatians 6:1-2)

Paul’s doctrine regarding love fulfilling the Law is in perfect harmony with Jesus.

Jesus also taught that all the prophets and the Law prophesied UNTIL God sent John the Baptist (Matthew 11:13). The ministry of John the Baptist was the great point of change from the administration of the Law of Moses through the nation of Israel, to the administration of Christ in the hearts of all who believe in him.

Through Christ, the Law of God is written in the mind and the heart of the child of God. Our conscience has been cleansed by the Blood of Jesus and we have been made alive together with Christ. His life abides in us and the righteousness of the Law is fulfilled in us through his love which is poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit.

In those texts where Paul speaks of the Law being abolished, he is not referring to the necessity of obedience to God or righteous living. He is referring to the Law in the manner in which is made a distinction between the Jew and the Gentile in view of the old covenant administration.

The law given to Israel served as their constitution and rule to govern them as a theocracy. The Kingdom of God was manifested through Israel and one could not be a part of God’s Kingdom without becoming a member of the nation of Israel.

Israel was a theocracy, and the Law separated Israel from all other nations as the people of God. Yet, Israel was often very rebellious against God and did not serve him according to the Law God had given to govern them. Consequently Israel inherited the curse.

This is what Paul is dealing with when he addresses the Law as being annulled. The Kingdom of God is no longer a theocracy demonstrated through a physical nation. God’s Kingdom is in the heart of those who follow Jesus, and God’s people are in every nation.

Being circumcised and taking on Jewish identity through the letter of the law no longer has value with regards to covenant relationship with God. What matters is having a circumcised heart through Jesus Christ who died for his people.

In no way did Paul contradict Jesus regarding the law.

For more teachings regarding Paul please follow the links below:

DID PAUL FAIL TO PREACH REPENTANCE?

https://michaelbattle65.wordpress.com/2016/06/04/did-paul-fail-to-preach-repentance/

DID PAUL TEACH OTHERS TO EAT FOOD OFFERED TO IDOLS?

https://michaelbattle65.wordpress.com/2016/05/31/did-paul-teach-others-to-eat-food-offered-to-idols/

WERE JAMES AND PAUL ON THE SAME PAGE?

https://michaelbattle65.wordpress.com/2016/04/24/were-paul-and-james-on-the-same-page/

PAUL AND THE JEWS RELIGION

https://michaelbattle65.wordpress.com/2016/02/27/paul-and-the-jews-religion/

WAS PAUL A RICH PREACHER?

https://michaelbattle65.wordpress.com/2015/08/09/was-paul-a-rich-preacher/

PAUL’S GOSPEL

https://michaelbattle65.wordpress.com/2015/02/07/pauls-gospel/

PAUL AND HEAVENLY VISIONS

https://michaelbattle65.wordpress.com/2016/01/18/paul-and-heavenly-visions/

DID PAUL FAIL TO PREACH REPENTANCE?

One of the arguments of those who claim that Paul’s teachings contradicted the teachings of Jesus is that Paul taught justification by faith alone without repentance.

Is this true?

To begin, consider Paul’s words to the elders of the church of Ephesus:

18 … Ye know, from the first day that I came into Asia, after what manner I have been with you at all seasons,

19 Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews:

20 And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but HAVE SHOWED you, and have TAUGHT YOU PUBLICLY, and from house to house,

21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, REPENTANCE TOWARD GOD, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. (Acts 20:18-20)

Notice that Paul says that he taught “repentance toward God.”

In Acts 26, Paul testified of Jesus as he stood on trial before King Agrippa, and recounts how he previously lived as a zealous Pharisee who persecuted and put to death some of the followers of Jesus (v.4-11).  Beginning in verse 12 Paul recounts his experience on the road to Damascus where he was confronted by the Lord Jesus Christ (v 12-18). Paul then says the following:

19 Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision:

20 But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should REPENT and turn to God, and do WORKS MEET FOR REPENTANCE. (Acts 26:19-20)

Those who say that Paul did not teach repentance claim that Paul taught justification through faith alone and cite verses like Romans 4:4-5

4. Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.

5. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. (Romans 4:4-5)

The context, to which the verses above belong, actually begins in chapter 1. Throughout Romans, Paul expounds on justification through Christ, in contrast to boasting in the works of the Law which separated the Jews from Gentiles.

To claim that Paul is teaching a salvation with no repentance in Romans 4 is the result of careless proof-texting. Paul has already spoken of the necessity of repentance in chapter 2.

Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.

But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.

And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?

Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to REPENTANCE?

Paul taught that the goodness of God leads ungodly men to repentance.

In Acts 13, Paul preached to the people and reminded them how John the Baptist had first preached repentance to all the people of Israel (v.24)

When Paul was in the city of Athens (Acts 17), he was stirred in his spirit because he saw that the whole city was give over to idolatry. When Paul found that they had made an altar with the inscription  – TO THE UNKNOWN GOD – Paul used it to preach the gospel to them.

Paul’s message can be read beginning in verse 22. In verses 30-31 we read the following:

30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to REPENT:

31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.

Notice that Paul says that God has commanded “all men, everywhere to repent” and Paul says this within the context of the coming Day of Judgment, wherein God is going to judge men through Jesus Christ.

While at Lystra (Acts 14) Paul and Barnabas preached the gospel to the people and a man who had been crippled all his life was healed. This caused quite a stirring among the idolatrous people at Lystra who then attempted to worship Barnabas and Paul.

11 And when the people saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in the speech of Lycaonia, The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men.

12 And they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercurius, because he was the chief speaker.

13 Then the priest of Jupiter, which was before their city, brought oxen and garlands unto the gates, and would have done sacrifice with the people.

14 Which when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out,

15 And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should TURN FROM THE VANTIES UNTO THE LIVING GOD, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein…(Acts 14:11-15).

Notice that Barnabas and Paul preached to the people to TURN from their idolatrous practices and serve the living God. Turning from idolatry to serve the Living God is repentance.

In Acts 15, the Jerusalem counsel (of which Paul and Barnabas were a part) concluded that the Gentiles in Antioch were brethren in Christ because they had “turned to God.”

18 Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.

19 Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are TURNED TO GOD:

20 But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood. (Acts 15:18-20)

When Jesus appeared to Paul on the road to Damascus, Jesus said the following to Paul:

16 … I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee;

17 Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee,

18 To open their eyes, and TO TURN THEM from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. (Acts 26:16-18)

Paul interprets this commission by Jesus as preaching repentance and that is why he says:

19 Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision:

20 But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should REPENT AND TURN to God, and do works meet for repentance. (Acts 26:19-20)

Turning from sin and idols to serve the Living God is core to Paul’s doctrine regarding salvation through Jesus Christ. In Romans 11:26 Paul refers to Jesus as the deliverer who shall come out of Zion and shall TURN ungodliness from Jacob.

Paul also says the following to the Thessalonians:

For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak anything.

For they themselves show of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how YE TURNED TO GOD FROM IDOLS TO SERVE THE LIVING AND TRUE GOD;

10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come. (1 Thessalonians 1:8-10).

Paul’s preaching and teaching  repentance is well documented throughout the New Testament.

For more teachings regarding Paul please follow the links below:

DID PAUL TEACH OTHERS TO EAT FOOD OFFERED TO IDOLS?

https://michaelbattle65.wordpress.com/2016/05/31/did-paul-teach-others-to-eat-food-offered-to-idols/

WERE JAMES AND PAUL ON THE SAME PAGE?

https://michaelbattle65.wordpress.com/2016/04/24/were-paul-and-james-on-the-same-page/

PAUL AND THE JEWS RELIGION

https://michaelbattle65.wordpress.com/2016/02/27/paul-and-the-jews-religion/

WAS PAUL A RICH PREACHER?

https://michaelbattle65.wordpress.com/2015/08/09/was-paul-a-rich-preacher/

PAUL’S GOSPEL

https://michaelbattle65.wordpress.com/2015/02/07/pauls-gospel/

PAUL AND HEAVENLY VISIONS

https://michaelbattle65.wordpress.com/2016/01/18/paul-and-heavenly-visions/

 

 

 

 

DID JESUS DENY BEING DEITY?

Once, there was a rich young ruler who called Jesus “good master.” Jesus responded by saying “Why callest thou me good? there is none is good, except one, that is, God.” ~ See Luke 18:18-25

Did Jesus deny being divine when he said this? If we extract these words from the context and from the whole of the revelation of Christ in the New Testament we might come to such a conclusion. However, Jesus’ words were a response to a rich young ruler whose heart was set on his possessions rather than following Jesus whom God had sent.

Jesus’ question wasn’t a denial of his deity. Instead, Jesus’ question was a challenge to this rich young ruler concerning his motives. Jesus often challenged people with thought provoking questions and throughout the New Testament, Jesus’ true identity was withheld from those whose hearts were not truly seeking after God.

When the rich young ruler boasted that he had kept all the commandments since his youth, Jesus told him that he lacked one thing.

Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.  ~ Luke 18:22

Matthew gives us a little more insight and tells us that the rich young rulers said: “All these things (the commandments) have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?” ~ Matthew 19:20

Jesus’ response to “what do I lack?” was this:  “If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.” ~  Matthew 19:21

The rich young ruler went away sorrowful because he loved his possessions. By challenging this man, Jesus brought out his true motives which wasn’t to follow Jesus at all costs. Jesus’ true identity as God in the flesh was withheld because the man did not truly have a heart to follow God.

On the contrary, those who sought to know the one true God came to the understanding that Jesus is the Son of God and God revealed in the flesh.

Jesus said: no man knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”  ~ Matthew 11:27; Luke 10:22

We know from scripture that Jesus, was a teacher and a pastor (the good shepherd). He is also called a prophet. Yet this makes .” him no less divine. He is fully divine and fully perfect in his humanity with no discrepancies.

John the Baptist said, This was he of whom I spoke, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. ~ John 1:30

When Thomas (one of the original 12 apostles) saw the resurrected Christ, he cried out:  “My Lord and my God.”  ~ John 20:26-28 

The author of Hebrews says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8) and tells us that God calls Jesus both Lord by God. ~ Hebrews 1:8, 10.

Being deity, Jesus clothed himself with humanity and took the form or position of a servant though he was Lord of all. The King of glory came to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many. He did not come to be served though he was worthy of this privilege.

Jesus is as much divine as his Father who sent him is divine, for he came from the Father. Yet in his humanity, he is subordinate to the Father and when he walked among men he was completely dependent on the Father setting the example for us.

In his humanity, he is our example of how we ought to serve God, and in his deity he is the revelation of God to us all.

JESUS MADE CLAIMS WHICH TESTIFY OF HIS DEITY:

• Before Abraham was, I AM ~  John 8:58
• I AM the bread of life ~ John 6:35
• I AM the living bread ~ John 6:51
• I AM from above ~ John 8:23
• I AM the light of the world ~ John 8:12
• I AM the door of the sheep ~ John 10:9
• I AM the good shepherd ~ John 10:11
• I AM the Son of God ~ John 10:36
• I AM the resurrection and the Life ~ John 11:25
• I AM the way, the truth, and the life ~ John 14:6
• I AM the true vine ~ John 15:1
• I AM Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.” ~ Revelation 21:6

JESUS WAS WORSHIPPED:

• By Kings, when he was a babe  ~ Matthew 2:11
• By a leper whom He healed ~ Matthew 8:2
• By Jairus, a ruler of the synagogue ~ Matthew 9:18
• By His disciples after He had walked on the water  ~ Matthew 14:33
• By a woman from Canaan, whose daughter Jesus delivered from demonic oppression ~ Matthew 15:25
• By Mary Magdalene and the other Mary after Jesus had risen from the dead ~ Matthew 28:9
• By the man whom Jesus delivered from a legion of demons ~ Mark 5:6
• By His disciples after he ascended into Heaven after His resurrection ~ Luke 24:52
• By the man whom Jesus healed of blindness ~ John 9:38
• By those in Heaven around God’s throne ~ Revelation 5:11-13

Through his Son, Jesus Christ, God has revealed himself to us all.

And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. ~ 1 John 5:20

BAD THEOLOGY AND MEAN CHRISTIANS

Bad theology doesn’t make a person a false teacher, or a deceiver, or a wicked person. Over the years, I have had to change my theology on various subjects because I am in continuous pursuit of the truth in every area.

If you had heard some of my teachings in the late 90’s, you would have recognize that it was straight out of the “prosperity gospel” playbook.

Though I had bad theology regarding prosperity, I had good theology in other areas. I was seeking Jesus and seeking the truth in all areas of my life. Therefore, I wasn’t a false teacher; I simply had bad theology concerning prosperity.

Eventually (in the late 90’s – early 2000’s) my theology regarding prosperity begin to change. The Spirit of Christ lead me more fully into the truth as Jesus promised he would.

Even now, I have some bad theology that I am not even aware of. Eventually, I will see that I have it wrong in that area as well, and when I do, I will change. Yet for now I look to Jesus to guide me into all truth just as he always has.

We are all a work in progress and we need to be careful not to condemn others who may have some bad theology in a particular area. If the truth be known, a critical and judgmental attitude towards our fellow Christians is FAR more offensive to God than bad theology about things such as money. If a person is seeking God, God will lead them into all truth in due time.

The Bible goes to great lenghts to teach us to be kind, patient, and loving towards our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Don’t become a MEAN christian over another believer’s bad theology. Instead, yield to the Spirit of Christ and be patient and gentle towards them.

A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people. Gently instruct those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will learn the truth. (2 Timothy 2:24-25)

…the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness. (James 3:17-18)

Blessings…