• Legalism vs Lawlessness

    When the church fails to remain close to God in humility and servanthood, the authority that He has given us soon gets twisted, and His church falls into error. Increasingly, we can see two different extremes within the church, each as damaging as each other, the extremes of legalism and lawlessness. Legalism is the attempt of man to implement God’s rule upon the earth but without His Spirit. It is man establishing by the strength of his own flesh and without God’s grace. It lacks any direct connection to what God is actually doing. Legalism takes the correct roles that God has assigned, such as pastors or teachers, and removes…

  • Faithless Israel vs Unfaithful Judah

    “The LORD said to me, “Faithless Israel is more righteous than unfaithful Judah.” (Jer 3:11.) Throughout history, God has sent prophets to His people calling their hearts back to Him. One of these prophets was Jeremiah. Towards the end of Solomon’s reign, because of his unfaithfulness to God’s command, God declared that He would split Israel into two separate nations, (1 Kings 11:11-13.) Sure enough, during the reign of Solomon’s son Rehoboam there was a rebellion in Israel and it split into two separate nations. Israel in the north was made up of 10 of the tribes of Israel, and Judah in the south consisted of the tribes of Judah…

  • Serving God

    Since man first rebelled in Genesis, we have always had a choice of who it is we will follow. Our hearts are naturally selfish, in fact Jeremiah 17:9 says that “there is nothing as deceitful as the heart…” Outside of God, our heart will naturally desire its own will. Our heart follows what we see as correct, what comforts our flesh and what benefits us. This is a part of our sinful, unchanged character. Even if we have met Jesus and have been filled by His Spirit, that does not mean that everything we think and desire is automatically truth, and to believe so is a great deception. When we…

  • Holiness

    “Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.” (2Cor 7:1.) The concept of holiness, as with many other aspects of what God commands, is sometimes misused within the church to try to force religion upon people legalistically. Just like the teaching of repentance and sin, parts of the church have moved away from teaching about holiness because of the damage that it has been seen to do. Some may no longer teach holiness because of the unpopularity of the message; preaching about setting ourselves aside for God is never going to attract…

  • The Power of the Threshing Floor

    “On that day Gad went to David and said to him, “Go up and build an altar to the Lord on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.” So David went up, as the Lord had commanded through Gad. When Araunah looked and saw the king and his officials coming toward him, he went out and bowed down before the king with his face to the ground. Araunah said, “Why has my lord the king come to his servant?” “To buy your threshing floor,” David answered, “so I can build an altar to the Lord, that the plague on the people may be stopped.” Araunah said to David, “Let my…

  • Broken Cisterns

    “My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.” (Jer 2:13) In this verse in Jeremiah, God rebukes His people for digging their own cisterns which they built them themselves, resulting in them being broken and useless. These cisterns were systems of storing and holding onto water, and this seemingly innocuous act is something that led to God admonishing them. As with anything in the Bible, seemingly trivial passages carry great spiritual truth behind them. God is rebuking His people for trying to hold onto what He has done in the past…

  • Ministry to God

    “My sons, do not neglect your duties any longer! The LORD has chosen you to stand in his presence, to minister to him, and to lead the people in worship and present offerings to him.” (2 Chron 29:11.) I believe that the most important, and yet most neglected function of God’s church is our ministry to Him. In so much of what we do, ministry to God has become an afterthought, if indeed it is a thought at all. Ministry to God is more than singing a song with the word Jesus in it, it is the active pursuit of who He is, to glorify and to know Him above…

  • Understanding Salvation

    “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus [Yeshua, Hebrew for ‘salvation’], because he will save his people from their sins.” (Mat 1:21.) Jesus’ name itself means “salvation.” It is not only what He does, it is who He is. It is both His character and His purpose If we are to understand what it is to follow Him, we must understand Him as a God of salvation. Much of the church currently puts little emphasis on salvation, and where we do we often under-represent it as a one off act in our lives. The Bible does talk about salvation as something…

  • Jesus vs Socialism

    It has often been argued that Jesus’ teachings were effectively communism, and that Jesus Himself is a socialist. This theory is completely untrue, and betrays a misunderstanding of both Christianity and socialism. What is true is that that the apostles in Acts sold everything they had and gave it to the poor, living in community with each other with no personal wealth. However, where this is difference to communism is that the apostles had had their hearts changed by a radical encounter with Jesus, so much so that they sold everything that they had out of love, a love that came from God Himself. Communism and socialism redistributes wealth by…