The topic of “offenses” is referred to in the Bible and relates to Jesus’ teaching about End Times (Mt 24:10). Paul also discusses the topic in relation to the End Times (2 Tim 3). This is different from leading people into sin (Mt 18:7, Lk 17:1), though it relates on the grander level of the topic.
“Offenses” between Christians is an important topic. It can help to understand some causes and their “flow” or order of the “domino effect”.
Offense, theoretically, should never happen to a mature Christian. If you are offended, that indicates an area you can grow in. Jesus was never “offended”, even when he cleansed the Temple.
Usually, when we are offended, we look at whatever offends us from a perspective of “that person was wrong”, but we don’t categorize their wrong doing properly. To overcome something that offends you, evaluate the nature of the offense right away. · · · →
Note: This is in prep for upcoming changes to my longer Doctrinal Statement and may be revised.
– I had a professor in one of my two Hermeneutics classes and the Gospel of John who was in the Grace Theological Society, Dr. John Hart.
– I grew up under a Lordship Theology -trained pastor. Dr. Gerhard T. deBock, but experienced a nice contrast with the Church of God with my grandmother during my younger childhood years, which my childhood church didn’t really know much about.
– I also visited many other Christian fellowships across the North and Midwest, which I wrote about in my Crossroads series.
– My primary understanding of both comes from studying under their avid evangelists and in life and conversation, not merely through literature nor as a third-hand follower.
– Tenants of “Grace” Proper (not extra teachings spread by fans & followers of Grace Theology who tend to use it as a license to sin) is mainly theoretical: In theory, sin does not remove salvation, which is by faith, not by perfect obedience to works. · · · →
Note: Studies include Daniel cf. Revelation.
In the End Times Great Tribulation season, we see an eschatalogical globalization. The world was not united as such since the Tower of Babel, when there was only one tribe and one tongue. Then, in the GT, we see unity in the world again for the first time, but with a multiplicity of tribes and tongues in concert with unity across a wider-spreading geography. Yet, we also see humanity-wide calamity as not has been seen since even before nations existed, implicating the Tower of Babel and before.
These are easy to verify and see in Scripture.
The observation of this study notes, specifically, that, having already experienced global unity with singularity of tribe and language serving the cause of infrastructure construction (the Tower of Babel) which was disrupted with a “language reset”, once the world reaches unity with multiplicity of tribe and language via new infrastructure, civilization goes through a kind of “infrastructural reset”. · · · →
Dear International House of Prayer in Kansas City:
Critiques come best from friends.
You are rich with potential. You have done so many things that the Church needs. You have kept the flame on the altar. You have not caved to pressure from culture spare one thing.
The Great Commission is not yet complete. The Church is full of corruption and bad teaching, which you yourselves have tried to confront over the past few years. Not every Christian enjoys the convenience of being able to rubber stamp the pulpit. The obligation placed on Christians to “attend anywhere as long as you attend” led them to leaders such as Rob Bell when nothing might have been preferable.
The young preachers, especially over the past few weeks, have been exceptionally sharp-tongued in critiquing so-called “churchless Christians”. Have you not considered that the purpose and the funding of your webstreams depend directly on the idea that there is still more work to be done? · · · →