How Old Is The Earth?

How Old Is The Earth? I answered that question on this episode of Real Truth. Real Quick.

Show Notes:

Principles
1. The question regarding the age of the earth is one that exposes our assumptions of and understanding about design and the creation process.

2. Darwinistic theory is a theory.

3. The more we examine what the data suggests happened, the closer we get to answering the question, “Are you a creationist?”.

4. Judging things based on appearance alone is never a good idea. The assumption that natural processes alone are the only kind of operative process is also a mistake.

5. We often rule out the fact that there are some unnatural things that happen in this natural earth.

6. The Bible is not a science book, which is a good thing because science books change continually.

7. The opposite of faith is not science or reason, the opposite of faith is disbelief. The opposite of reason is irrationality.

8. The Scientific Method requires observation of events that can be repeated. We cannot go back and repeat a one-time historical event.

9. The Scriptures rebuke the idea that nothing exists outside of natural processes in history.

10. Some natural processes once thought to require a very long period of time have actually proved to require less time.

11. The Bible deals with and addresses practical atheism, which is people living as if there is no God.

12. God has intervened supernaturally before, and He is going to intervene again.

13. Don’t be intimidated by the idea that the earth looks old, and don’t be intimidated by the fact that the Bible is not a science book.

14. The hard sciences are there to test repeatable events, not to judge whether or not something in history is true.

15. The God who created us is willing to make us new again.

Scripture:

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8

“God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Genesis 1:27

“God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also.” Genesis 1:16

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,” Romans 1:18

“Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts,” 2 Peter 3:3

“and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.” 2 Peter 3:4

“For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water,” 2 Peter 3:5

“through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with water.” 2 Peter 3:6

“But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.” 2 Peter 3:7

“But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.” 2 Peter 3:7

“The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made…” Romans 1:20

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

Other Resources:

The Scientific Method:
1. Make an observation
2. Ask a question
3. Formulate a hypothesis
4. Conduct an experiment
5. Analyze data and draw a conclusion.

Article on Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design in Public Schools

Why Does God Allow Hurricanes, Earthquakes, and Other Natural Disasters?

How Do I Become A Christian?

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Why Does God Seek to Kill Moses in Exodus 4:24?

Why Does God Seek to Kill Moses in Exodus 4:24? I answered that question on this episode of Real Truth. Real Quick.

Principles

  1. Human position, privilege, or education are not what qualify a person to be useful to the Lord. Humility and relationship to God do.
  2. The Creator God is the one who knows what is best for us. Listen to Him!
  3. The Lord was letting Moses know that He only uses holy and
    righteous people.
  4. Unrighteous people will not be used to represent a righteous God to others.
  5. God is not going to use unrighteous people who do not do what He says to judge other people.
  6. God loves us enough to keep us focused on righteousness instead of retaining us as a leader.
  7. Moses had lost his zeal for obedience to God, and the Lord was not going to use a leader like that to deliver others.
  8. When we are not serious about the righteousness of God, it’s not just God who is upset, it also hurts other people.

Scripture:
To read the full story of Moses, check out: Exodus 2-4

“Now it came about at the lodging place on the way that the Lord met
him and sought to put him to death.” Exodus 4:24

“And every male among you who is eight days old shall be circumcised
throughout your generations,…” Genesis 17:12

“…as it is written, “There is none righteous, not even one; there is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God;…” Romans 3:10-11

“What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?” Romans 6:1-2

“Then Zipporah took a flint and cut off her son’s foreskin and threw it at Moses’ feet, and she said, “You are indeed a bridegroom of blood to me.” Exodus 4:25

To read the story of Achan, go to: Joshua 7.

Please read the account of Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5:1-11

Recommended Resources:
What Does It Mean To Have A Relationship With God?

What Is A Fully Devoted Follower Of Christ?

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What Is The Meaning of Jesus’ Exception Clause in Matthew 19:9?

What Is The Meaning of Jesus’ Exception Clause in Matthew 19:9? I answered that question on this episode of Real Truth. Real Quick.

Show Notes:

Principles:

  1. The exception clause is NOT an expectation clause.
  2. Expectation of Scripture is reconciliation and a fulfillmentof the covenant view of marriage.
  3. Marriage is permanent on earth. Exclusive between male and female. Illustrative of Christ’s love for the Church.
  4. If you end a marriage relationship for any reason other than your spouse already having committed adultery, your divorce will likely cause them to commit adultery.
  5. What God has oned, we should not unone.
  6. You can’t make someone “become” what they already are.
  7. Kingdom people with a kingdom ethic, live how the King wants them to.
  8. Moses commanded them to explain why they are divorcing their spouse, not to divorce their spouse.
  9. The goal or expectation is that kingdom people will always desire and work for reconciliation.

Scripture:
“And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery.” Matthew 19:9

“If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.” 2 Timothy 2:13

“And Pharisees came up to him and tested him…” Matthew 19: 3

“Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?” Matthew 19: 3

“Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” Matthew 19: 4-6

“You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY’; but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Matthew 5:27-28

See Deuteronomy 24:1-4

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3

“He said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses permitted you to divorce your wives; but from the beginning it has not been this way.” Matthew 19:8

“When a man takes a wife and marries her, and it happens that she finds no favor in his eyes because he has found some indecency in her, and he writes her a certificate of divorce and puts it in her hand and sends her out from his house…” Deuteronomy 24:1

“But He said to them, “Not all men can accept this statement, but only those to whom it has been given.” Matthew 19:11

Other Resources:

  1. Can Believers Remarry After A Divorce?
  2. Is It Ever Okay To Get A Divorce?
  3. Watermark’s Statement on Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage
  4. MESSAGE – What Jesus Says About Divorce in Matthew 5:31-32 

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Should We Sing Worship Songs by Bethel?

Over the last months we have received more than a few questions asking how we are thinking about the use of Bethel songs in our worship services in light of increasing and appropriate concern over Bethel’s theology, practices, leadership, and teachings.

These questions are deeply encouraging. It’s signal that many in our body are living out the exhortation in 1 Thessalonians 5:21 to“examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good.”

To begin the conversation, let’s acknowledge that for generations, Christ-followers have sung hymns that are grounded in solid, biblical truth, yet have been composed by authors who have held errant views in other writings and/or have fallen away from the faith. Some famous examples include:

  • A Mighty Fortress Is Our God, penned by reformer Martin Luther, who not only wrote Ninety-Five Theses, which rightly protested corruption in the Catholic Church and set off the Protestant Reformation, but also troublesomely wrote The Jews and Their Lies and On the Ineffable Name– works that are rooted in hostility and unsupportable viewpoints toward God’s chosen people. 
  • Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing, written in 1757 by Methodist preacher Robert Robinson, who later fulfilled the “prone to wander” lyric by drifting away from the faith. 
  • It Is Well With My Soul, by Horatio Gates Spafford, who wrote the lyrics after losing his four children in the sinking of the SS Ville du Havre in November 1873. While his most famous work is an anthem to the truth of God’s sovereignty, his teachings on eternal punishment and the Holy Spirit were at best ill-informed, and at worst clearly heretical.

Should songs strongly proclaiming the truth of God’s Word no longer be used by churches in light of other errant beliefs or practices by the authors or their associated churches?

Here are four questions to ask when assessing whether a song, book, or any form of communication is biblical. 

4 Questions We Use When Evaluating Media:

  • Are you examining everything you consume (sermons, books, music, movies) through the lens of God’s Word? It is important that all believers are equipped with Scripture so that they may accurately discern (1 John 4:1-3) whether a sermon, song, book, website, or other media is in alignment with Scripture and of the Spirit. Every believer should be equipped individually to discern truth from error and live in fellowship with mature believers who hold them accountable in their discerning (Proverbs 15:22). Bring your community, along with your Bible, into your listening and reading habits in your efforts toward “rightly handling the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15) and guarding your heart from error. Just because something feels right doesn’t mean it stands the test of the light of God’s Word.
  • Does the song stand on its own, proclaiming the truth of God’s Word without explanation? Every song the Church sings should be grounded in Scripture and sound doctrine and be helpful for the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:29). If it doesn’t make much of Jesus, it’s not worth making much of in His Church. Right worship is a form of equipping, and if the song is leading the saints to ideas that are unbiblical, then those songs are not to be welcomed in the assembly of God’s people. Every song that is sung is the responsibility of the shepherds, and shepherds are to be on guard so that “savage wolves” (Acts 20:28) with snappy melodies don’t come in among the flock. 

Over the years at Watermark, we have examined many songs for clarity – from Away in a Manger to Reckless Love. We constantly ask ourselves questions like, “is it accurate to describe God’s love as ‘overwhelming, never-ending, and reckless,”’ as Reckless Love says in its chorus?[1]It is the responsibility of the spiritual leaders in every local church to make these calls. It is not an overstatement to say that the protection of their people (Acts 20:28-30) and their own future judgment (Hebrews 13:17) depend on it.

  • Is it possible to separate the truth being sung from the error of its associations? The Church is never in more danger than when a false teacher (any evil-doer disguised as an “angel of light,” 2 Corinthians 11:14) is proclaiming the truth. (See also Paul and Silas’ response to the slave girl who had a spirit of divination in Acts 16:16-18.) In addition to false teachers, we must also be aware of the danger of directing others toward ministries of even well-meaning individuals who are consistently associated with false or errant theology and practices. The leadership of Bethel and the teachings and practices embraced by its members, students, and ministry partners would, at a minimum, fall into this category. It must be acknowledged that singing and advancing songs, even though they are theologically accurate, could make others open to additional messages and ideas that are errant in practice and theology. Historically, there is at least one significant example of music and lyrics being a means through which heresy was propagated in the life and practice of Arius.[2]Arius was a third- and fourth-century “church leader” who also happened to be a capable songwriter who happened to also deny Christ’s deity and wrongly assert that Jesus was not eternal, but rather a finite, created being with “some” divine attributes. The popularity of his melodies and songs led to the rapid spread of his heretical ideas. We would do well to acknowledge that a well-written song can quickly lead others to a truth-forsaken place. While it is unlikely that many people will dig up Horatio Spafford sermons if you sing It Is Well today, there undoubtedly will be many people who want to know more of Bethel’s “supernatural school of ministry” because of the excellence around their music. 
  • Would using the song cause us to actively support an errant ministry? Finally, and in my opinion the one that is the most unavoidable in its implication, it has to be acknowledged that using songs from these ministries and artists creates funding which flows to and helps support and sustain them. So, even if we protect our flock from future influence, at some level we unavoidably are strengthening a troublesome one. Weighing the cost-benefit of this truth is a daily conversation. 

Our team examines the content and implications of every song we sing – whether those songs come from our own artists at Watermark, Bethel Music, Hillsong, Passion, or any other collective community or individual artist. While there have been many songs that we have chosen not to sing because we did not believe the content to be theologically accurate or glorifying to God, we have not as of today chosen to commit to never sing songs written or produced by churches we would not want to see others discipled by. We daily stay vigilant so that everything we put before Jesus’ Church will ensure that “we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes” (Ephesians 4:14) while constantly reminding ourselves and others that catchy tunes can cause a lot of trouble. We continue to listen with care and lead with humble, godly conviction. We don’t ever sing a song just because people love it; we sing it because it is true and we believe it will grow you in your faith and love of God and the truth that will set you free.  


[1]Many have asked if it is appropriate to call God’s love reckless while He is also sovereign. While it is right to praise God’s power and sovereignty, it is also right that when a believer considers God giving His only Son so that sinful people could be reconciled with Him, the response might be: “What kind of reckless love is that?” Well, it’s the kind of reckless love that ought to wreck our hearts and make us want more of Jesus.

[2]This gave birth to the term “snarianism.”

Does Acts 2:42-47 Teach Socialism?

Does Acts 2:42-47 Teach Socialism? I answered that question on the this episode of Real Truth. Real Quick.

Show Notes:

Principles:
  1. Acts 2:42-47 is a description of the very first gathering of believers who understood what the finished work of Christ had accomplished.
  2. This is the first time a group of believers had been assembled together, led by the Spirit of God, and lived with a kingdom ethic in their love for one another.
  3. The first church was not responding to imposed law from a ruling elite but was voluntarily loving and providing for one another under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
  4. Acts 2:42-47 tells the story of a kingdom people, living with a kingdom ethic to the glory of their King, and following the sacrificial example of their leader, who is Jesus.
  5. The fact that our government has to care for the poor, the widow, and the orphan is a judgment on the Church…or it is a judgment on people who choose to live irresponsible lives and do not want to work.
  6. It is not loving to fund an irresponsible lifestyle.
  7. Socialism and communism compel individuals to share wealth through government-enforced demands and control.
  8. People who are able to work but who will not work should be left to their hunger so their stomach can “work” for them by compelling them to work so they don’t hunger.
  9. We should not force people to be generous, celebrate greed or enable irresponsibility.
  10.  Acts 2:42-47 does not support socialism. Scripture does support generous, selfless, others-centered living.
Scripture:

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” John 14:6

“They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles.” Acts 2:42-43

And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common… Acts 2:44

and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. Acts 2:45

at this present time your abundance being a supply for their need, so that their abundance also may become a supply for your need, that there may be equality; as it is written, “He who gathered much did not have too much, and he who gathered little had no lack.” 2 Corinthians 8:14-15

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich. 2 Corinthians 8:9

Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right. 1 Peter 2:13-14

Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7

Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from every brother who leads an unruly life and not according to the tradition which you received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example, because we did not act in an undisciplined manner among you, nor did we eat anyone’s bread without paying for it, but with labor and hardship we kept working night and day so that we would not be a burden to any of you; not because we do not have the right to this, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you, so that you would follow our example. For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either. 2 Thessalonians 3:6-10

Other Resources:

What Does It Mean to Be in Biblical Community?

Should A Christian Give Money To The Man On The Corner?

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Can You Be a Christian and Not Be Part of a Local Church?

Can You Be a Christian and Not Be Part of a Local Church? I answered that question on this episode of Real Truth. Real Quick.

Shownotes:

Principles:

  1. You can be a Christian and not be part of a local church, but you will not become like Christ in the way God intends through the means of grace that God intends until you are part of a local body.
  2. You do not go to church: you become a part of a church.
  3. The Church is a source of sanctification, protection, and a source of glory to Him.

Verses:

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16

“…not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:25

“Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor…” Romans 12:10

“We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone.” 1 Thessalonians 5:14

 “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35

“…for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ…” Ephesians 4:12

“…for God is not a God of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.” 1 Corinthians 14:33

“Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you.” Hebrews 13:17

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;” 1 Peter 2:9

 “He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.” Colossians 1:18

“…being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:3

Other Resources:

How Do I Become a Christian?

Why Did Todd Wagner Write the Book “Come & See”?

What Does the Bible Say About Covenant Membership And Church Discipline?

Is it Okay to Be Angry at God?

Is it Okay to Be Angry at God? I answered that question on this week’s episode of Real Truth. Real Quick.

Show Notes:

Other Resources:

1. Where Did Evil Originate From If Everything God Created, Including Satan, Is Good?

2. What Do I Do When I Don’t Feel Close To God?

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How Do I Become a Christian?

How Do I Become a Christian? I answered that question on this episode of Real Truth. Real Quick.

Shownotes:

Principles:

1. Christianity is not a propositional statement that you agree with. It is a personal relationship you enter into.

2. Many people miss heaven by the 18 inches between the head and the heart.

3. There must be a moment in which we personally embrace and trust in the provision of Jesus’ death on the cross for us.

4. The person who says Jesus is the Good Shepherd begins to follow Him.

5. Jesus did not die for 70 or 80 percent of our sins so that we might try to complete His finished work.

6. Christ alone is the means for salvation. You become more Christ-like by abiding with Him and yielding to His Spirit.

Scripture:

“…that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;…” Romans 10:9

“…for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.” Romans 10:10

“The reward of humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, honor and life.” Proverbs 22:4

“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that
no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,…” Romans 5:1

“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment,
but has passed out of death into life.” John 5:24

“…and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures…” 1 Corinthians 15:4

“…who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ
our Lord,…” Romans 1:4

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” Psalm 23:1

“We are saved by grace through faith alone, but the faith which saves is never alone.” – Martin Luther

“Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.” James 2:17

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5

“Therefore bear fruits in keeping with repentance,…” Luke 3:6

“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6

“I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4

“Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.” Matthew 5:5

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” Matthew 5:6

Additional Resources:
How Do I Know If I Am Saved?

Can I Lose My Salvation?

What Is A Fully Devoted Follower of Christ?

Diagnostic Question #1:
“Are you at a point in your spiritual life that if you were to die today you know you would go to heaven?”

Diagnostic Question #2:
“On a scale of 1 to 10 how sure are you?”

What Does It Mean in Ephesians 6:18 to Pray at All Times in the Spirit?

What Does It Mean in Ephesians 6:18 to Pray at All Times in the Spirit? I answered that question on this week’s episode of Real Truth. Real Quick.

Show Notes:

Principles:

  1. When you live out of a heart to know and apply God’s word, you are, in a sense, praying at all times in the spirit.
  2. Remain (abide) with Jesus.
  3. In addition to being on your knees prayerfully, you’re also to be walking on your feet prayerfully every day.
  4. You don’t need to be in the activity of prayer 24/7, but when awake each day, live a life fully devoted to Jesus, always yielding to the Spirit and in humble submission to and dependence on the Lord.

Scripture:

“pray without ceasing;…” 1 Thessalonians 5:17

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14

“Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.” Acts 17:11

“Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.” Proverbs 4:23

“I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

“If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.” 1 Corinthians 13:1

“How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers!” Psalm 1:1

“But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.” Psalm 1:2

“Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” James 4:7

“This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it…” Joshua 1:8

“And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit,…” Ephesians 5:18

“Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving;…” Colossians 4:2

“Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8

“Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.” 1 Corinthians 16:13

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5

“In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:6

“And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.” Luke 9:23

“We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ…” 2 Corinthians 10:5

“…For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.” Psalm 127:2

“Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.” Psalm 121:4

“The Armor of God” For more detail please read Ephesians 6:10-17

Other Resources:

What Is The Gift Of Tongues?

Are Tongues A Private Prayer Language?

What Is A Fully Devoted Follower Of Christ?

What Does Jesus Mean When He Says to Hate Your Family in Luke 14:26?

What Does Jesus Mean When He Says to Hate Your Family in Luke 14:26? I answered that question on this week’s episode of Real Truth. Real Quick.

Show Notes:

Principles:

  1. We should never hide behind our love for God as an intentional means to dishonor our parents.
  2. Our ultimate devotion should be to Jesus, but we are not to stop honoring our father and mother.
  3. If our parents’ counsel isn’t informed by God’s Word, it might look like we hate their counsel. You should always follow the counsel of Jesus.
  4. Never sacrifice your devotion to Jesus.
  5. If your parents are not in the Lord, honor them and don’t speak evil of them, but serve your King.

Scripture:

“If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:26


“If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:26

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” John 14:6

“Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation,…” 2 Corinthians 5:18

“If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:26

“Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.” Luke 14:27

“You shall have no other gods before Me.” Exodus 20:3

“You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.” Exodus 20:4

“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain,…” Exodus 20:7

“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.” Exodus 20:8

“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you.” Exodus 20:12

“He who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death.” Exodus 21:17

“And He answered and said to them, “Why do you yourselves transgress the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition?’” Matthew 15:3

“But you say, ‘Whoever says to his father or mother, “Whatever I have that would help you has been given to God, he is not to honor his father or his mother…” Matthew 15:5-6

“He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.” Matthew 10:37

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.” Ephesians 6:1

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  3. What Is A Fully Devoted Follower of Christ?

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