How The Mighty Are Fallen

People are out there, searching for deep waters and seeking deeper roots.

And what do they get?

A puddle of water and a broken flower pot.

How do we expect the souls entrusted to us by the Lord to take deep roots in shallow flower pots. We feed milk to grown men and expect them not to stumble by the wayside, like children.

What we have today is more of a user-friendly gospel rather than the pure undiluted truth. We hoard life-saving truths because we don’t want to hurt feelings and sometimes because we fear the powers that be. Not to mention those who are too lazy to actually study and research the word for themselves let alone for others. How would they when they themselves are on the precipice of doubt and unbelief.

So many are falling away from the faith simply because their faith had no deep roots.

5 “Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth.”

6 “But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away.”

20 “But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy;”

21 “yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles.”

Matthew 13:5‭-‬6‭, ‬20‭-‬21 NKJV

When we preach a user-friendly gospel, all we do is feed people with excitement but leave them ill equipped to stand the test of time let alone to defend the faith.

People need to dig deep into their heart questions and plant the answers only the Word can provide in those depths. We cannot scratch the surface of the dirt and expect to plant a cedar tree. And that’s the bulk of what mainstream Christianity is today – answering insignificant questions and dismissing the very cogent ones.

We think that by silencing the questions that come from the deep recesses of people’s heart we have silenced the doubt that it represents. No, all we have succeeded in doing is suppressing the question. With time, the question explodes into a full blown rebellion and a falling away of many who are without roots.

It’s high time we wake up and start leading people into deep waters where they can take roots deep down and bear fruit upwards.

 

Adams Allison.

Between the Light and the Lies

“And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.  For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.  But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”
John 3:19-21 NKJV

If the evidence the opposition threatens to present frightens you, then you have something sinister to hide.

I am sure you are wondering where I am going with this. Well, here it is. A friend sent me a link to a ‘once saved, forever saved’ post seeking my thoughts on the it.

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The Question of ‘Once Saved Forever Saved’ Part 3: What does grace look like in the context of scripture?

Does grace overlook it when we sin? No, it doesn’t. The Scripture says;

“…Whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire.” Matthew 5:22 NKJV

And again, in James it says;

“Whoever keeps the whole Law but stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it”. James 2:10 Berean Study Bible (More on these verses in my next post, because I know how these verses are easily labeled ‘Old Testament in nature’).

With that said, we need to understand the position of grace in relation to sin, so, let’s look at a profound verse in Romans:

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The Question of ‘Once Saved, Forever Saved’ Part 2: Why most people beat about the bush when debating ‘hyper-grace’

In my first post about this doctrine of ‘once saved, forever saved’, I said that many are poorly equipped to fight this error. So, in order for us to be better equipped, I spoke about the fundamentals of their philosophy of ‘grace’, so that we know what we’re up against. In this post, I want to speak about another factor that many lack which makes them ill-equipped to contend for the true gospel of grace – it is the rules of engagement which should govern us in this ‘civil war’ in Christianity.

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On Correcting an Erring Brother

Correcting other people’s error is a very delicate matter and requires a great deal of maturity and experience to handle. It is just like handling uranium, you don’t leave it to everyday people to handle, not even to those who know how dangerous the substance can be. In such a delicate matter, it is best to leave it to those who are better trained, experienced and more importantly, better equipped to handle such hazardous materials.

Handling other people’s error is no different. You must know the ethics involved and the decorum required.

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COMMUNICATION 101: The Soul of a Healthy Debate

COMMUNICATION 101: The Soul of a Healthy Debate

Lessons from a discussion between a five-year-old and his father.

A young boy of 5 asked his father, ‘’Dad, why do we pay tax?’’ The father went on and on about how taxpayer’s money is used to fix roads, fund security and education and he listed so many other uses appealing to logic and reason. He explained why tax should be paid but the young boy was still not persuaded by his father’s reply. Then the father said, “Even Jesus said, ‘Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar'”.

Then the young child jumped at that answer, “Dad! That’s exactly my point. Caesar died over 2000 years ago, why do we still pay taxes to him?”

THE LESSON
From this story, we can clearly see that the effective teacher is not the one who simply ‘knows his onions’ or the one who can merely communicate his points fluently.
On the contrary, the effective teacher understands his audience (not just his onions) and makes a conscious effort to connect with them (not just to communicate).

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Signs Of The Times (Part 2): The Sign Of The Man Child

I have said in the last post that I am persuaded that we are living in the times of the Man Child. Today, what I want to do is point us to the signs of the times we live in.

The Book of Revelation tells us that two signs appeared in heaven before the Man Child was born. One of a woman and another of a dragon (Revelation 12:1-3). When a sign is said to be seen in the heavens, it is indicative of a wide spread sign which is evident to all. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the sign is understood by all who see or know of the sign, it simply means that it is visible to all.

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