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Monday, October 15, 2018

How a Forgotten Movement Undermined Christianity

Book Review by Jocelyn Andersen
Do you ever wonder why you or someone you know may be disillusioned in the faith? Or why some Christians seem to be totally unprepared [and their distress so acute] when things happen that they cannot persuade themselves are positive or "good?"
 
L.L. Martin answers these and other questions in her excellent book, Positively Powerless.




I found this book to be so incredibly affirming, even as she exposed the unbiblical and occult roots of the Positive Thinking Movement. Martin provides data that explains how and why such a positive sounding movement actually sets adherents up for disappointment, failure, and distress.

All believers can benefit from reading, Positively Powerless. Every Pastor, Bible  Teacher, and Christian leader of any kind (even children's and teen leaders) will benefit personally and become even better leaders and influencers when they read and apply the wisdom and practical knowledge contained in this book.

It is a fascinating read, and I was  blown away by the depth and perception of Martin's insights.  I know it defeats the purpose of highlighting when every word is underscored or highlighted, but I could not stop. Every page of my copy is marred with color and notes. In my own writing, I will be quoting from this book for years to come.

Martin takes us through an eye-opening history of the Positive Thinking Movement and its effects on Christians today. Her penetrating and practical discernment will answer questions about "why"  Christians who embrace this movement often fail to achieve the results they are so positively convinced  will come.

She offers solutions, and the foundations of our faith are strengthened, as we learn to walk in the footsteps of our Savior.

Buying this book, is an investment in yourself, an investment in your personal and spiritual growth--and in those you may influence along the way--as you make this life's journey. 







 Laura Martin is Married to Bob since 1992. She is a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. A saint and sinner. Avid reader. Lifelong learner. Currently a seminary graduate with a preaching/teaching ministry. Formerly a nurse. Companion to beloved cats, rabbit, and a Newfoundland dog. World wide traveler. Host of international students since 1997. Learn more  about L. L. Martin  HERE

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Mindless Christian Automatons & Pied Piper Shepherds

   Jesus said a house divided cannot stand, and the enemy of our souls has launched some fantastically successful schemes to divide and bring down the "House of God." 
   He will not succeed in the bringing down part of course, but popular doctrines have become so divisive, and the thought police have become so fearsome, that it has become just about impossible for Christians to talk about anything with other professing Christians without adding numerous qualifying statements, so others will not tune us out and end the conversation before anything of significance is really said.
   I used the term, "professing" Christians, because some may only be that. That is a personal matter with each individual, but salvation is always worth making sure of, and especially so if antagonism towards Bible Study is present.

Below are a few topics that Christians are sharply divided on

  • Salvation? Are you Reformed Calvinist or something else?
  • Creation? Are you old earth or young earth?
  • Marriage and Culture? Are you complementarian or egalitarian (feminist!)
  These are hot topics. And I mean HOT
  Many Christians cannot discuss these topics (and many others) with those who do not see eye to eye with them, without resorting to name calling, libeling and labeling, and outright demeaning and condemning the other side to hell. 
   This is not right. Truth has nothing to fear from study or discussion. 
  To prevent productive conversations from taking place, leaders have become expert at programming trusting sheep to chant mantras and slogans that suspend critical thought and signal the end of any productive conversation. Disagreement and unity are compatible, except when mantras and slogans relay the message of, "Our minds are made up. If you disagree with me, you are unworthy of my attention or respect. Speak to the hand."
   Ask yourself the questions, "Does my side demonize all who take a different position? Is my position defended with thought suspending mantras and slogans, terms that cannot be found in scripture, or fear that I may not be saved if I do not completely embrace a certain doctrine? If the answer is "Yes" to any of these questions, what would be the harm in taking Bible in hand, and at least exploring other theological positions.
   Professing Christians, trusting sheep, are following Pied Piper shepherds en mass, and to an alarming degree, have become automatons, with little to no ability [or desire] to "search the scriptures and see if these things are so."
   Christians never learned such mindlessness and herd mentality from God or the Bible. The Word of God instructs us to study to show ourselves approved, and to test all things. Even God himself, challenged his people to test him. That's in Malachi. If the majority of Christians were doing that, the Christian community, as a whole, would look and behave very differently than it does at present. 
   This is not a gentle admonition, I know. My heart is vexed and grieved with what I see going on within the professing Body of Christ. it is time to open our Bibles daily and gain a working knowledge of the Bible for ourselves--rather than parroting what we hear our pastors say.
   It is time to fall to our knees and repent from exalting favorite teachers and pet doctrines above the Word of God and above the Spirit of God.
   God's House will not fall, but if we do not prayerfully seek the Lord and receive a love of the truth, our house might.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Christians Sickness and Healing

   Paul wrote to the Christians at Philippi about Epaphroditus, his brother and companion in labor and fellow-soldier in the gospel. He said, “For he longed after you all and was full of heaviness because that you had heard that he had been sick For indeed he was sick nigh unto death  but God had mercy on him and not on him only but on me also lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.”
   Christians have great and precious promises in the Bible, one of which is the promise of healing. It is given many times over to those who love the Lord. But God’s people are never instructed to deny the reality or possibility of sickness—and when it does strike, pray for the sick, have compassion on the sick, and trust God to watch over his Word to perform it (I am the God that healeth thee…My words are life to thee and health to all your flesh…the number of thy day days I will fulfill...I will take all sickness from the midst of thee….I will put none of these diseases…).
   Whose report will we believe?

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

How Could God Steal His Own Identity?



   The Bible says, “…Look not everyone to themselves [only] but each also [to] the others [and] Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who existing in the [physical] form of God deemed it not ill-gotten-gain to be equal with God.” 
   Paul wrote that All the fullness of the Godhead (every bit of it) dwelled in Jesus in physical form. One cannot steal what one already owns. One’s own identity, cannot be considered stolen property. 
   The Greek word, translated as “robbery,” [in Colossians chapter two] is the noun harpagmos. A noun is a person, place, or “thing.” Curiously, though, in Philippians chapter two, translators consistently render, harpagmos, as a verb—an action word: e.g., something “to be grasped at” (action), or “robbery” (action) rather than the already existing thing (noun) that it is. 
   Jesus, rightly, does not consider his intrinsic equality and existence as himself [Yahweh] to be ill-gotten-gain, because there is no hierarchy within the Eternal Godhead.
   So, equality as God and with God is, and always has been, intrinsically his. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. This is not something Jesus acquired at some point in his existence. It is simply who he is. Paul wrote that all the fullness (the absolute entirety) of the Godhead resides in Jesus in physical form.
   Jesus is God, and God never changes. The Godhead never changes. And, at no time, did the WORD, Jesus, ever give up his eternal existence and identity as Yahweh, the I AM of the Burning Bush—not even when he entered the kosmos in human flesh.

Jocelyn Andersen is founder and Pastor of 

She is author of several Christian books, including the short but powerful booklet entitled, Jesus, God of the Burning Bush: Eternal Father & Beloved Son.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

The Godhead



   Paul wrote to the Christians at Philippi, that his desire was that they be filled with the fruits of righteousness, which come only by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.

  I would like to focus for a few moments on the last part of that statement where Paul wrote that the fruits of righteousness are by Christ Jesus unto the praise of God.

   A cursory glance at this statement would imply that God is greater than Jesus, but since John 1:1 explicitly states that Jesus is God, New Testament statements, such as the one Paul wrote to the Philippians, can only be properly understood within the context of the Eternal Godhead Colossians 2:9

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   The Eternal Godhead is a composite unity—three in ONE. Hear O Israel, Yahweh our Elohiym is ONE Yahweh. All the fullness of the Godhead resides in Christ Jesus in physical form.

   Only by disregarding scriptures like Colossians 2:9, Matthew 1:23, Acts 20:28 and 1 Timothy 3:16 [as contained in all Received Text translations], which explicitly state that Jesus is Yahweh, can conclusions of hierarchal godheads be arrived at. All religious cults, that associate themselves with Christianity, diminish Emmanuel by creating hierarchal godheads. 
   Neither the Hebrew nor Received Text scriptures, teach that there is any such thing as hierarchy within the Eternal Godhead. The New Testament, Received Text, scriptures are witnesses to the Hebrew texts, where the prophets wrote of the Messiah, who would be Immanuel—God himself Isaiah 7:14, 8:8. Isaiah also wrote that Messiah would not only be Immanuel (The God with us), but that the Son of God, the Prince of Peace, would be God Himself [YHWH]—the Everlasting Father (the Father of Eternity) and the Mighty God Isaiah 9:6.    
   Jesus is not “a” god, nor is he subordinate to “the” God, because he is THE God. Jesus is truly…THE GOD with us.

   Jocelyn Andersen, is Founder and Pastor of Hungry Hearts Ministries, since 1992. She strives for obedience to Christ’s command to win souls and make disciples. She teaches biblical truth without the limitations of culture or tradition, through preaching, teaching, writing books, and through her 24/7 Bible Talk Radio station, HungryHeartsRadio.com. She is the author of several Christian books, including the short but powerful booklet entitled, Jesus, God of the Burning Bush: Eternal Father & Beloved Son
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Thursday, November 9, 2017

How Translator Supplements Support the Idea of Hierarchy within the Godhead

  Most Christians know there are translator supplements in Bible translations. The practice is often  unavoidable and necessary. But do we understand the importance of learning how to spot these and of learning how to study the Bible for ourselves?
   God promised that His Word would be available to every generation. That means that somewhere on earth, in every era, every generation has had access to the Word of God, no matter what men have done to twist it, corrupt it, and keep it from them.
   God's Word says that he watches over his Word to perform it, and that He will never allow it to be stolen from us.
   The Bible is not only available to modern Christians, but comes with more access to Hebrew and Greek study resources than at any other time in the history of the world. So, there is no excuse for biblical illiteracy among Christians...or for blindly following Christian leaders, denominations, or organizations, without checking their teaching against the Word of God (and with more than just a cursory surface reading), and holding them accountable for how they choose to influence the Body of Christ.
   Throughout Paul’s ministry, he remained laser-focused on the message of redemption. Virtually every letter he wrote, contained reference to the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. He also maintained a steady focus on who the Messiah really was, that Jesus was Immanuel—The God with us.
   An online Bible commentary edited by this writer, The Hungry Hearts Bible Commentary, is also focused on who Jesus really is, and removes misleading translator supplements. 
   In Philippians 1:2, The King James Bible actually reads, “Grace be unto you and peace from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.” But notice, that when the extraneous words, “from the” are removed, Paul’s greeting can be seen as a clear reference to the Godhead.
    The Hungry Hearts Bible Commentary, uses the Majority Text for the New Testament, and removes the words “from the” which immediately precede the mention of Jesus, in verse two, because these two little words, are translator supplements. That means, they are not substantiated by the Koine Greek that underlies the English translation. 
   These two little words, appear to be added for no other see-able purpose, than to portray a non-existent hierarchy within the Eternal Godhead.
   Any teaching of hierarchy within the Godhead, contradicts the overall message of the scriptures, which portray functional equality within the Godhead. The scriptures say, that all the fullness of the Godhead, dwells in Jesus in physical form, that Jesus—the Word—Is God, that Jesus is the Mighty God, that Jesus is the Everlasting Father. All of these clear references to Jesus as God, refute the idea of hierarchy within the Godhead.
   Jesus is YHWH, and no accurate translation of either the Hebrew or Greek scriptures says otherwise.