Bible Bite: Faith to Move Mountains…

There are a bunch of passages in scripture that I used to ignore, mostly because I didn’t know what to do with them.  I’m guessing that you’re possibly like me; you know that certain passages are there but you’ve never really tackled them satisfactorily.  In a discussion I had with a noted prosperity preacher (who shall remain anonymous), one specific passage came up and I got thinking about how he twisted it.  He seemed to be making a fairly simple observation, but it was a text that I knew I had never sorted through and now I was forced to deal with it.

The text was Matthew 17:20.

What does a person do with Jesus teaching on faith in Matthew 17:20?

“…if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”

It seems to be suggesting something rather extreme.

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Rick Joyner, Interpretive Keys, and General Insanity.

So I’m clearly not blogging much, but I read an article recently on Charisma Magazine.  It was shared in this tweet:

As is typical of my ways, got a little bothered.  I took a shot off the port bow on Twitter:

One thing led to another and I ended up writing a summary and critique.

Here’s the Charisma article.

I thought I would share my response with you, my readers.  It’s hopefully a little helpful and practical example of sorting through a deceptive argument and recognizing how a deceptive person can say true things in the construction of a lie.

Here’s my summary and critique:
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Happy Anthony Diehl Day! Are you ready to sing?

Today is October 28th, Anthony Diehl day!  It’s a Canadian holiday, not celebrated by most, that revolves around…dispensationalism.

I’m confused too, since it’s a brand new holiday (it’s about an hour old…we’re still working out the kinks).

But have you ever read someone’s talking about the scripture and basically made this face?

Maary-Poppins hears bad exegesis

Well, bad interpretation of scripture is all over the place.  So here’s a little ditty that you can sing while studying the scripture, to help prevent others from looking at you with a similar face:

In every text that has been bent,
There is authorial intent
Find the intent, and snap!
It’s understood!

And as you start to understand
All the things that the Lord has planned
OT! NT!
It’s very clear to see…

That a…
Spoonful of Dispy makes the metaphors go down
The metaphors go dow-own
The metaphors go down
Just a spoonful of Dispy makes the metaphors go down
In a most insightful way!

A scarlet thread on Rahab’s sill
is not misunderstood until
The New Testament was here
In complete form

Though one sounds spiritual at first
Confusion goes from bad to worse
When words don’t mean
What context would convene…

And a…
Spoonful of Dispy makes the metaphors go down
The metaphors go dow-own
The metaphors go down
Just a spoonful of Dispy makes the metaphors go down
In a most insightful way!

Happy Anthony Diehl day, and remember:

Darby Poppins

Until Next Time,

Lyndon “This is what I did while my wife was at Bible Study” Unger

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So what DOES it take to be labelled a heretic in Charismatic Circles?

Okay, I’ve been doing more research (as is often the case) and I came across the answer to questions that have been asked frequently:

– Why don’t the Charismatics police their own movement?

– How bad does someone’s doctrine need to be in order to be labelled a heretic?

Heretic nametag

We’ve heard from some people that they do police the movement, but the only examples that I recall are things like impropriety among women in church, or personality worship, or something general like that.  I don’t recall too many people actually naming names and calling people out for actual heresy.  I have seen one or two examples, but they’re extremely rare. Continue reading

Quick Thought – Should Christians have no teachers except the Holy Spirit?

Thinking-ManSeeing that this idea has come up in a comment thread, based on a common misunderstanding of 1 John 2:27 (that utterly ignores the immediately preceding verse and the seven verses before that one…which some might suggest is the context…), I thought I’d share a just one passage of scripture relevant to the idea so that the conversation can move to this thread and not clog up other posts.  Read and consider the following:

Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is a desert place. And he rose and went. And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. He had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah.  And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.” So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. Now the passage of the Scripture that he was reading was this: Continue reading