Jesus was mistaken yet still is God?

Sometimes I don’t know what to think about the Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) industry. I don’t want to paint the entire industry with a broad brush but lately it’s been difficult for me not to think that a good portion of the industry hasn’t the foggiest idea what the Good Book actually says.

Case in point; there is a “worship band” named Gungor with a lead singer named Michael Gunger who’s floating around the idea that Jesus may have been wrong about Adam and Noah.  Specifically he said the following;

“And even if He was wrong, even if He did believe that Noah was a historical person, or Adam was a historical person, and ended up being wrong, I don’t understand how that even would deny the divinity of Christ. The whole idea of the divinity of Christ being fully human and fully God, that God lowered Himself to become a human being with a human brain, in a human culture with human language and human needs and human limitations,”

Jesus Christ, the God Man, the Son of God, one third of the Trinity, was wrong about Adam and Noah? Here’s one thing Mr. Gunger missed when or even if he’s ever even read the Good Book;

(John 1:1-3)  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.

Jesus is eternally divine and to believe otherwise is a serious mistake to make. To even insinuate that somehow God made a mistake or got His facts wrong denies what the Good Book says about Him.

I can’t believe a Christian would even entertain such a thought let alone say something like this publicly but Gunger also believes in “theistic evolution” as opposed to biblical creation so this really shouldn’t surprise anyone.

The strange bit, at least for me, was claiming that Jesus somehow being wrong wouldn’t be denying his deity. The Good Book has something to say about this as well

(Isaiah 40:28)  Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.

(Psalms 18:30)  This God—his way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.

(Job 12:7-10)  “But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you; or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.

(Num 23:19)  God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?

The Numbers quotation sort of brings this thing home doesn’t it? I can see how standing alone one could run with this and get into trouble because it does say “God is not a man” but when you look a little deeper and add the following to it alongside the John 1:1 reference it all becomes crystal clear.

(Philippians 2:5-11)  Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

I probably just confused you didn’t I? I’ll try and tie this up real nice and put a bow on it for you.

The answer is real simple. Jesus is the same yesterday today and forever. He was with God in the beginning and is the creator of all things now and forever. To even insinuate that Jesus was mistaken about the very thing He created denies what the Good Book says about Him, the Father and the Spirit of God. Anyone teaching such a thing is teaching against the eternal divinity of Christ and that dear friend is blasphemy.

Furthermore; just because Jesus took the form of a man and became man for our sins doesn’t mean he stopped being God. It only means He was being obedient to the Father, even unto death. Denying that denies the entire plan of Salvation which is actually denying Christianity.

Geesh. Mr. Gunger is a mess and I hate to say it but he isn’t alone. The CCM is littered with misinformed people spouting off about things they should just stay silent about. Especially something as grievous an error as what Mr. Gunger has committed.

Finally, today is Wednesday and this is the day we remember Pastor Saeed Abedini by changing our Facebook profile picture to something like the one below. Abedini is the Pastor falsely imprisoned in Iran for being a Christian. If you are unable to do this please pray for him and his family.

 

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Being drawn or dragged?

Now that I’m back in America I’ve been visiting lots of different services looking for that church home the Good Book talks about. It’s definitely been an adventure and while I’m enjoying it to some degree the inconsistency makes me shake my head.

For example; I attended one gathering where the lingo was all about how everything under the sun was “God brought you here” or “God made sure that would happen” but at the end of the service God supposedly needs you to cooperate with him in order to save you for eternity.

Let that one resonate for a minute.

God is in control of everything and everyone in the universe except your salvation. That’s what they seem to be saying. I’ve heard that quite a bit over the past month.

I’m not going to disparage anyone here but sometimes I wonder if the Gideon’s left these preachers the Good Book because it clearly says the following;

 

(Joh 6:44)  No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.

Now on its own and in modern English (this is the ESV from E-Sword.net) that word “draws” could lead folks to believe in cooperation between man and God. It’s an easy mistake to make and one I’ve made before. Now what we need to do in order to figure this thing out is once again go to the Good Book and re-examine that word “draws”.

This is from E-Sword.net and Strongs dictionary.

ἑλκύω, ἕλκω

helkuō    helkō

hel-koo’-o, hel’-ko

Probably akin to G138; to drag (literally or figuratively): – draw. Compare G1667.

Total KJV occurrences: 8

There you have it and it took all of about five minutes to do and it was free compliments of www.e-sword.net.

I don’t know about you but being dragged doesn’t sound like all that much fun and a far cry from “I let God into my life”.

“I cooperated with God” does sound better but I hate to say it but that isn’t the reality of what the Good Book is saying is it? My own personal experience, i.e. my testimony supports the dragging because I know for sure I wasn’t cooperating. Your mileage may vary.

I’m not all that certain I would want to follow, worship or obey anyone that needs me to cooperate with them on something as important as my eternal destiny but to each their own I guess.

There’s obviously much more to this and we’ll get into all that in due time.

Have a great day everyone!

Mark Driscoll and the North Pond Hermit

While I was away I didn’t pay much attention to the world of Churchianity. I ignored the TV Preachers. I didn’t pay attention to the various cults that we’ve highlighted here. Basically I did what I said I was going to do. I took a break, worked on syndicating my sports and other radio shows and spent time freelance sports writing.

It was important for me to do this. I needed it and now that I’m refreshed and mostly refocused I’m ready to get back after it.

One thing I did follow was the Mark Driscoll Mars Hill saga. Mainly I followed it through Michael’s blog the Phoenix Preacher. If you’ve never been to his site I suggest you do.

Anyhow, what a mess of a situation they have on their hands. They being the Board of Elders or as they call themselves The Mars Hill Church Board of Advisors and Accountability. I think they should call it the Thrown under the Bus Club because there have been plenty of Elders over the years who have found themselves right underneath the bus.

If you would like to read further you can visit here and I’m sure if you use Google you will find plenty more.

I can’t help thinking about all the people claiming to have been abused by some within that ministry. The Good Book instructs us to feed his sheep not to eat them alive.

I also can’t help but wonder if Driscoll showed the community Jesus. I know he talked about Jesus a LOT but did he show them Jesus? Doesn’t look like it as far as I can tell.

At the end of the day, regardless of how many public relations firms are hired, how many excuses are made or even how this all plays out Mark Driscoll knows what he did and what he didn’t do. More importantly so does the God he claims to serve.

Let’s hope Driscoll does what he’s supposed to do before God decides to makes him do it.

Did any of you catch the story of “The North Pond Hermit”? It’s an incredible tale and something I thought about doing years ago. Not because I was angry or disillusioned or for any other reason but to simply disappear.

Christopher Knight lasted 27 years out in the wilds of Maine by his own choice. He only spoke to one living soul during that entire time and all he said to that person was “hi”.

No heat no light no motor cars and not a single luxury. Plus the guy claims he never once was ill. He says you need other humans for that.

Oh the places I could go with this.

I enjoyed this bit in the article;

 One book Chris never stole was the Bible. “I can’t claim a belief system,” he said. He celebrated no holidays. He meditated now and then but did not pray. With one exception. When the worst of a Maine winter struck, all rules were suspended. “Once you get below negative twenty, you purposely don’t think,” he told me. His eyes went wide and fearful from the memory. “That’s when you do have religion. You do pray. You pray for warmth.”

It’s always that way isn’t it? Only praying when something bad happens or when we want something. Chris Knight gets a pass but The Good Book says we believers are to “pray without ceasing”.

I’m certainly not there yet.

Free Pastor Saeed Abedini

Today’s Wednesday and this is the day when we change our Facebook profile pictures to that of Pastor Saeed Abedini, the Iranian born American Pastor imprisoned in Iran for crimes against the state……IOW being a Christian.

It would be nice if the Obama Government would get involved but to the best of my knowledge they haven’t and if they have it hasn’t done any good because Abedini is still locked up.

Allegedly Abedini is being threatened by ISIS. This is the same crew that beheaded American Journalist James Foley. The video I linked to is graphic so viewer discretion is advised.

So, please change your profile picture today to one of Pastor Abedini and please pray for him and his family that God’s will be done in this matter and hopefully that will is for him to return home to his family.

Yes dear friends. After a two and a half year hiatus, the blog and I are back.

Book Review: Make Your Own Application (Volume One) by Michael R. Newnham

What started out as a weekly blog post called “TGIF” has turned into a brand new book, Make Your Own Application Volume 1. In a world where authors tend to force ideas upon their readers Pastor and Author Michael R. Newnham actually wants his readers to make their own application.

A writer who wants his readers to think for themselves?

Yep, that’s right sports fans. Newnham wants you to read each of his real life experiences and then make your own application. And that’s just what makes this book so appealing.

Newnham easily and fluidly takes the reader through his daily grind on a search to see if God still speaks to his people and you’ll find his stories about skateboard parks and cats as well as his online encounters both enlightening as well as refreshing.

There’s plenty more I could add to this review but rather then read my high praise I invite you to listen to an interview I conducted with Mr. Newnham that aired on my secular sports radio show. You can access that interview here.

Make Your Own Application can be purchased here.

Disclaimer: Michael R. Newnham gave me this book for free for review purposes and in no way was that free gift given in order to get a favorable review.

Understanding New Testament Eschatology Part 5: The Olivet Discourse

Tonight Mrs. Dee Dee Warren concludes her series on eschatology with a brief overview of Matthew 24.

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Mrs. Warrens commentary on Matthew 24 can be read in its entirety at the link below;

http://www.preteristsite.com/plain/warrenend.html

The archives for the entire series can be found at the link below;

https://phillyflash.wordpress.com/understanding-new-testament-eschatology-audio-series-archives/

Thoughts About The Justice Conference

Tonight Pastor Michael Newnham and I discuss what he experienced by attending The Justice Conference 2012.

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