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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It’s Wednesday!!

It’s a crisp clear fall morning here in beautiful Corfu Greece and unlike most Wednesday’s Starbucks isn’t open early enough so I’m sitting in the office of the tennis academy that bears my name.

It’s nice to be employed and even better to be self-employed.

On Monday I received a notice from Amazon that a very kind reader sent me a cache of books compatible with my Kindle for PC. One of those books is Walter Isaacson’s autobiography of Steve Jobs and it is a fascinating look at the life of a man many mourned last month after his untimely death due to cancer. Continue reading

It’s Wednesday!!

It’s a crisp Wednesday morning in beautiful Corfu Greece. I’m sitting in my usual spot at the most beautiful Starbucks in the world staring out at the Ionian Sea sipping on Lipton iced tea.

It doesn’t get any better than that my friends.

For those of us living in Greece today marks the beginning of a 48 hour National Strike which means there will be a LOT of yelling and screaming, maybe a riot or two and possibly a couple of businesses burned.

And what will all of this ruckus accomplish? Continue reading

It’s Wednesday!!

It’s a funny looking Wednesday in beautiful Corfu Greece. It really looks like it’s going to rain today and to be quite honest I really don’t care if it does. This morning’s session was a good one so maybe a little break is in order…

Greece is imploding. Greeks in search of greener pastures are leaving here in droves and I can’t say as I blame them. There really is nothing here for them at the moment and families need to be fed.

Maybe this is my cue to skiddo…..

The other night I watched an ESPN documentary called “Catching Hell”. It is the story about a young man who was in the wrong place at the wrong time and was made the scapegoat for the Chicago Cubs not going to the 2003 World Series. Continue reading

It’s Wednesday!!

It’s a crisp Wednesday morning in beautiful Corfu Greece. Autumn came in with a bang thanks to a two day massive wind and rain storm that basically shut down practically everything on the Island.

I think the guy who invented generators had Corfu in mind and if you ask a Greek they’ll more than likely tell you that the generator was invented in Greece!

You do know that everything, and I do mean EVERYTHING, has its origins in Greece, right?

I know that was a line from the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding but in reality some Greeks actually believe this to be the truth. Continue reading

Ken Silva Has No Discernment

On today’s podcast;


  1. The situation in Greece and Church Team Ministries International

  2. How to destroy your theological career Dr. Ergun Caner style.

  3. Ken Silva has no discernment

https://phillyflash.wordpress.com/2009/03/06/open-blogging-weekend-3/

https://phillyflash.wordpress.com/2009/03/12/its-never-ken-silva-its-always-someone-else/

Right click the link below and select “save as” to download the program to a portable device or simply double click the link to listen from an on site audio player.

https://phillyflash.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/ken-silva-has-no-discernment.mp3