Theology & Biblical Decernment

Who doesn’t love Paul Harvey, the sound of his voice, time travels me back to my childhood. He’s a master story teller, Christian, married 68 years, everyone loves Paul Harvey! We all waited for his famous “Good day!” or “that’s the rest of the story” on his radio show, so this blog over all is very positive about the man known as Paul Harvey. I’m  not judging him as either being a christian or not. As far as I can tell he was a true believer.

Made up stories are fun and for the most part harmless, Paul could tell a story like no one else, but he wasn’t a theologian, a good story masterfully told that didn’t line up with scripture can misrepresent God.

Parables are difficult to write, each character must match perfectly to the intended person or deity we are to learn about.  So without telling you the short comings of this story, listen carefully, pay attention to the positions applied and see if they line up with the biblical positions we find in God’s word.  Listen also for any applications and see if they match scripture. Then post your corrections here, and may-be we’ll call you a theologian.

Don’t go ask Alice, she’s left the Church.

Meet Alice Spicer, Wife, mother of two, and a self proclaimed Minister of Reconciliation. I mention self proclaimed, because she has left the church. This is an on going trend in our culture, if you don’t like what your Elders are teaching in your church, create a blog, so your opinion is heard.

“I lost my job because I chose to proclaim the truth about the Victorious Gospel of Jesus Christ on my personal blog. Here’s the kicker – I worked in a church office and the pastor fired me because he didn’t want me to represent the church when I held such views “publicly.” So the only way to keep my job was to hide my candle. No thanks! I am now a full time student – multimedia design.” – Alice Spicer

Most likely due to the teachings from the new universalist found on the Internet Alice has left the Church….the Church? the Bride of Christ as it is called in the Bible.

Be very discerning about what you read, watch, or listen to online. This is the information generation, information over load. We must either learn how to apply the laws of logic to what we take in or know fellow believers who know how to break down the information for us. It is key to belong to a local church. Get to know the pastor, the elders, deacons, and other members. In a Church you’ll find that the members are on different levels of maturity, this is a good thing. The Church is a community where the wiser lead the fools…so to speak, Foolishness is how we start out, we are not born wise.

Proverbs 22:15
15 Folly is bound up in the heart of a child,
but the rod of discipline will drive it far from him.

It is with great humility and patience that we pursue God. Always be feeding on the word of God, join a bible study, join a home group, host a home group, do everything to learn about God. The key is knowing what God has already said. The Church has 2000 years of forefathers that have laid down teachings that can be trusted. The Reformers covered many issues, from many different sides, so read their work, because many online teachers who claim they has some new angle on scripture have already been proven wrong 500 years ago.

Ecclesiastes 1:9
9 What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun.

I’ve enjoyed learning on the Internet. I have had my faith shaken more then once, by some convincing presentations. In time, I held firm to the scriptures that so clearly showed that no matter how well the information was delivered, didn’t make it true. Truth can only be found in God’s word the Bible, trust it, for it has stood the test of time.

Closing thought, in the video Alice posted, she compared the Internet to the printing press during the time of the reformation. The big differance is anyone with a computer can get published….that’s all the more reason to know your bible…Peace