Monday, October 5, 2015
Frequently Abused Verse: On Whose Door Is Christ Knocking?
Is it really “abuse” if a verse is used inaccurately to make an important point?
The short answer is, “Yes.” We should not be so careless and cavalier with Scripture, or think so highly of ourselves, that we can impose new meaning—even if it is valid—on the inerrant, sufficient Word of God. If the point is worth making, it’s worth making from the appropriate text.
Friday, October 2, 2015
Frequently Abused Verses: Can Believers Manipulate the Power and Presence of Christ?
During my time in the charismatic church, Matthew 18:18–20 was quoted in every prayer meeting and regularly from the pulpit. In fact, I cannot think of any other Scripture passage I heard quoted so frequently without ever hearing a sermon on the passage itself. And yet we would regularly bind demonic forces on earth and loose angelic armies from heaven. And we always reminded ourselves that Jesus was there because at least two or three of us were present.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Frequently Abused Verses: Is It God’s Goodness that Leads to Repentance?
We live in an age that demands short bursts of rapid-fire information. The day is fast approaching—perhaps it’s already here—when the number of Twitter followers will hold the preeminent place on a pastor’s resume. Sermon lengths are going the way of our shrinking attention spans. Modern pastors are tempted to replace exegesis and exposition with sound bite sermons and slogan theology.
Right Thinking in a World Gone Wrong (Softcover)