Divine Revelation or God Told Me…..

I spent twelve years living in Greece and while I encountered many cultural differences that made life interesting one thing that NEVER happened to me was someone telling me “God told me” or “God told me to tell you”.

Divine revelation is a beautiful thing isn’t it?

I’m of the belief that God can do whatever He likes so I usually listen without trying to laugh because you never know, right?

My usual audible response to the “God told me to tell you” is to ask them “why doesn’t He just tell me himself rather than tell you”?

It’s reasonable, right?

Their response is always the same; “It’s because you aren’t listening”.

Hmmmmm. Now that is like a punch in the gut isn’t it?

So, it’s all about testing time for me (1John 4:1). As the text says plainly not all spirits are actually from God no matter what people think or say.

I had one guy always telling me “God told me” and how he “knew” things about, for example, my time in Greece that he couldn’t possibly know because “God told him”.

He never got around to actually telling me so not only did this fella have “divine revelation” but he and God were actually gossiping about me?

His “god” sounds more like Allah than the God of the Bible.

So one day I’m talking with this fella about the Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters and I speculated he might be suffering from appendicitis. He immediately informed me that he “knew that” because “the Lord told me”.

Turns out Waiters was suffering from food poisoning. So either “god didn’t know” or “god lied”. No matter which is of no matter to me because nothing is hidden from the God of the Bible (Hebrews 4:16).

Whether these folks think they are speaking for God or not the moment they claim they received their instructions directly from God Himself, and the instruction, revelation or secret or whatever they’ve conjured up in their mind turns out false they become false prophets.

 Jeremiah 23:16

This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Do not listen to what the prophets are prophesying to you; they fill you with false hopes. They speak visions from their own minds, not from the mouth of the LORD.

And there you go. No diagnosis of their mental state necessary. No name calling or calling him out by name on a blog. Stop listening and keep it moving.

Pray too.

We didn’t talk about any of this on this weeks Calvin’s Corner. We did talk about “Deflate Gate”, “Sinners Prayers”, “Altar Calls” and whether either tradition is harmful or whatever. We also talked about the father of such traditions Charles Finney. I’ll leave the player below or you can download the program via the link underneath the player.

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Does God Hate The Philadelphia Phillies?

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Early Saturday morning I listened as the Saint Louis Cardinals defeated the Philadelphia Sillies Phillies and moved on to face the Milwaukee Brewers. I don’t think it’s any surprise as to how I feel about the Sillies and the majority of their fans but if you don’t know have a listen to the first eight minutes of this show right here and you’ll get the idea.

Just as the game was finishing I decided to cruise on over to some of the Sillies fan blogs and see how their fans were taking this defeat. Unfortunately for me the power went out due to a major storm and I was unable to check for a few hours but when I did it was just as I have come to expect from the Sillies fans….and then I saw the following comment that had me laughing all day long…. Continue reading

Thank God For Baseball and True Baseball Fans!!!

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Thank God for baseball!!

True baseball fans can be very passionate about their teams. They wear the caps, jerseys, wave the pennants and can be and are very vocal about their team of choice. True baseball fans blog, do podcasts and many fans participate on forums where they disagree with each other on everything from who is the best ballplayer of all time right down to who serves the best mustard at the ballpark. Continue reading

Why Hasn’t God Moved In The Dr. Ergun Caner Situation?

One of the readers here at Theology Today asked me the following question via email.

Why hasn’t God moved in the Ergun Caner situation?

Dear Reader,

Sometimes He moves and we don’t recognize it.

Isaiah 55:8-9

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

I believe He has moved in the following ways….. Continue reading

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I’ve been thinking an awful lot about the various subjects of this blog. Not about why certain people behave the way they do or teach errant theology. That answer is simple……they don’t know God and more importantly God doesn’t know them. My thoughts have been drifting in this direction these days and I’d like to get your input. Continue reading