The godless preachers have crept into God’s churches

Jude 1:3-4 (ESV) 3 Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. 4 For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.

Jude wrote an amazing discourse about warning Christians to contend for their faith because of godless teachers that crept into the church in the disguise of savvy teachers. Jude says these guys have crept in unnoticed (v3-4). This is big. They didn’t come in through the front door with big signs, “False teachers”. No, they have crept in. My question is how did they creep in? They have to be almost like us to be able to do that. I mean they can’t come as wolves, but they come as wolves with sheep skin so to speak. But how? Look at what they have done? They pervert the grace of our God into sensuality (v4) and deny our Lord Jesus Christ. How? These are huge major strike at Christianity. No Mickey Mouse stuff! If we look at v7

Jude 1: 7 just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.

This is not light, its eternal fire punishment, a fire that will never extinguish, a very severe judgement of God, a torment of soul. That’s how they turn the grace of our God into sensuality which is defined as the enjoyment, expression, or pursuit of physical, especially sexual, pleasure, or Dictionary defines as the enjoyment, expression, or pursuit of physical, especially sexual, pleasure. That ties in v7 that talks about the sexual immorality and unnatural desire. So if you look around the churches today, just how many of them have degraded into accepting gay marriage and homosexuality? From PCA to Anglicans, United Methodists, and even Baptists and the list goes on long, but may I add that the Pentecostal churches seem to be able rise above this sensuality, amazingly, this does tell you something about the Holy Spirit gifts emphasis kind of churches over theology heavy churches.

How do they do it? In here I would just say that this takes theology debate, smooth talks, and these godless folks that crept into churches unnoticed are theologians that produces books, preach on pulpits, argue from hermeneutics, and mixing with social justice. Its always a mixed bag, mixing some form of good with the evil. (Thats how Satan did it with Eve in Genesis ). They teach that you don’t hate the sins, but hate the system, referring to the social injustice that’s such a big topic these days. Everyone is wooed and awed by their compassion for the poor, marginalized, and the minorities, that they creep right into our doctrines, even to the extent of denying our only Master & Lord Jesus Christ. How do they defy Christ? By calling him to be an exceptionally good guru, but not the Son of God, a skill tactic that’s widely used by the progressive theologians in the name of science and and reality. Many non-scholars but nonetheless preachers are catching on fast, I mean real fast, to the detriment and destruction of these liberal revisionist bible kind of churches, in a way that we are all afraid to call out, what Jude calls “blaspheming the glorious one”. People think you blaspheme with only foul language and curse at the Mighty One, which is already happening rampantly among Americans by cursing by the name of Jesus, innocently or conveniently even among Christians and definitely traditional churches. (A sad saga that causes every Christ lover, Christ beloved ones to well up in tears. But this beyond that simplicity. This is denying Christ as the Son of God, a good man like Buddha or other gurus, who exemplify kindness and love.) But no, it more subtle and dangerous that cursing which is upfront, but a relabelling, and a revision of who Jesus is. Calling gay marriage right, cohabitation and formication right, any way thats suitable and convenient to them.

Jude v12-13 (ESV) 12 These are hidden reefs at your love feasts, as they feast with you without fear, shepherds feeding themselves; waterless clouds, swept along by winds; fruitless trees in late autumn, twice dead, uprooted; 13 wild waves of the sea, casting up the foam of their own shame; wandering stars, for whom the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved forever.

The description of these ones as hidden reefs at love feasts, shepherds feeding themselves, waterless cloud, fruitless trees, twice dead, uprooted, wild waves of the sea, casting up the foam of their own shame, wondering stars, for whom the gloom of utter darkness been reserved forever (v12-13). With such dire dark warnings by Jude, no Christian should ever miss reading the book of Jude as it speaks directly to the soul of modern western churches in particular, and in Asia, Europe, Africa, S America too. We are right in the midst of it, and the saddest thing is many Christians are unaware but being deceived and formed by them in the way culture defines the church, rather than the other way around often times in many churches.

With all these, Jude exhorts all the beloved in Christ to build ourselves up in the most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit, keeping ourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesu Christ that leads to eternal life. Have mercy on those who doubt and save them by snatching them out of the fire; and show mercy to others with fear, hating even the garments disdained by the flesh. That means we are to evangelize, snatch them for hell fire, show them mercy with fear, because they can too stain us if we don’t watch out. Also, hating even the garment stained by the flesh which means hate their sins, don’t tolerate them and sit quiet because of the cultural forces that tame you and shuts you down. (v20-23).

Jude 1:20-23 (ESV) 20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. 22 And have mercy on those who doubt; 23 save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh.

Contend for your faith in Christ.

Jude 1:3 (ESV) 3 Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.

Arise O God and fight for America

June 1, 2020.   New York

Great article by @LigonDuncan on lament mourn confess pray and love neighbors as Christians as our response to the tragedy of racism and being used as a vehicle for violence and looting. https://rts.edu/news/news-institutional/a-letter-to-the-rts-family-in-light-of-our-current-national-situation/

Dark forces is unleashed. Arise O God and fight for America

Dark Forces is unleashed

-Against cosmic powers of darkness and spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm

Racism is deeply embedded in America for centuries from the slavery days in the deep south especially, and even today’s America is still riddled with the tension between cops and the blacks as numerous incidents that have resulted the anguish and deep anger among the African American community, and not only them, but also many minorities communities like Asians, especially the millennial generation, and also the whites too. In one word, this can be summarized as ‘injustice’. Injustice has been done to the communities, and it’s a complex web of financial, family without father figures, and other social related problems. But recently the forces that have ravished America, first and foremost is the Corona Virus that had killed 100,000 American over a period of few months. The scale of destruction is unprecedented, and the jobs that were lost into millions, the deaths incurred all added up to devastation. And now the just killing of George Floyd a black America at the hands of a white cop and video recorded, has just inflamed America. The deep-seated anger towards racism, hatred towards police forces treating the blacks over the years in some specific incidents unfortunately, have all erupted. What’s worse, outside forces added to the looting and violence that ravished America big cities. My point is that we can’t just try to figure all this out with human reasoning and forgetting the hands behind at a higher level is the forces of darkness. The cosmic powers of darkness. The devil’s undermining the social stability of our society. The forces of evil marching against humanity. It’s the call of churches to arise and pray unto our God and push them back.

Ephesians 6

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,

Repent, Lament, and Pray; Love One Another; Love our Neighbors; Proclaim the Gospel—all these are so very important and form the heartbeat of the word of God.

Need to add one more-Spiritual Warfare

The war that we fight is a cosmic warfare. There is no way we just deal with it at a human level. It has to be elevated to the higher cosmic level. We will pray and wrestle. The word used is wrestle, not even fight. Wrestling is a tense word. Jacob wrestled with God. Jesus wrestled with the temptations of darkness at Garden of Gethsemane where he dropped sweats of blood in his struggle against the temptations of passing over the cup of sufferings, humiliations, and eventual death. That was the ultimate highest cosmic battle, and frankly that battle’s determined our human destiny. The outcome of that wrestling is so huge that the entire universe wellbeing depended on it, or the complete destruction of it to hell fire.

2 Chronicles 20:17 You will not need to fight in this battle. Stand firm, hold your position, and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.’ Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed. Tomorrow go out against them, and the Lord will be with you.” The battle is the Lord’s.

How we wish we could hear that from the Lord in America today, as we suffered tragedies after the other. The nation is badly shaken, but our resolve is stronger. But you see good things don’t come easy. Usually it takes a mighty fight, struggle. It comes at a cost. This may just spell a great harvest and revival we can see in America today. It will not be easy, but not impossible. For God wants us to be strong in the inner man, not weak to be blown by winds of forces easily. Christians must stand and arise to call upon the Lord to arise and fight the battle for America. It will not be apparent, but you think about it, the immorality unleashed by this nation is unprecedented and painful to imagine. This speaks of the depravity of mankind, and for some reason, America seems to epitomize the darkness and light too. We are at a crucial juncture of what could be a great revival we have seen. We long for the day people will gather around to worship God for days and nights and not leaving. Remember in the south of America (I will dig that out), it has been amazing how God brought revival to the land of Wales, the heartland of America, and parts of Asia, Korea etc., and yes, he can and will do it again. We must press on and realize this is a warfare, and not forgetting that we have our duty and calling to rise and seek the Lord to heal this land and protect America from such dark forces. First of all, we must embrace the mentality and theology of the supernatural. Just like the Bible.

Psalm 10

12 Arise, O Lord; O God, lift up your hand;
    forget not the afflicted.
13 Why does the wicked renounce God
    and say in his heart, “You will not call to account”?
14 But you do see, for you note mischief and vexation,
    that you may take it into your hands;
to you the helpless commits himself;
    you have been the helper of the fatherless.
15 Break the arm of the wicked and evildoer;
    call his wickedness to account till you find none.

16 The Lord is king forever and ever;
    the nations perish from his land.
17 O Lord, you hear the desire of the afflicted;
    you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear
18 to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed,
    so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.

Break the arm of the wicked and evil doers. This is an assertive prayer. This is attack and not passive prayer.

Arise o God, forget us not…. this is reminding God. To move us to the next realm. It’s a prayer by faith. Strong man shall take it by force. It’s not a weak prayer. Standing by a strong God, a powerful God, we need strong prayer warriors, that will stand in the gap and call upon the Lord.

Do we need works (apart from faith) to be saved?

The Gospel of Faith that Requires Works

We have all heard that we are saved by grace, and not by works.

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

By grace we are saved. Saved through faith. Not our doing, but it’s the gift of God. Not result of our works, our doing. But James says its not just faith, you need works too!

But James says differently:

James 2:14 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? 17 So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.18 But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. 19 You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! 20 Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; 23 and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God. 24 You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. 25 And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? 26 For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.

James is Gospel in action. It’s primarily talking about real faith that produces actions as opposed to false faith that produces nothing. The proof of the person is the fruit of the Spirit, Jesus said. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? (Matt 7:16)

James 2:14-26 writes that if you see someone poor and lacking in daily foods, and merely comfort them by words without giving them food (actions), then James calls that faith by itself without works is dead. That will be correct and it doesn’t contradict the gospel, or Paul’s theology of gospel saved by faith & grace, not by works. Paul is talking about the way to salvation is by faith. But James is talking about the fruit of such faith for salvation must produce fruits, otherwise its false faith, and never is really saved. There is no contradiction.

V18-19 shows very succinctly that James is a Gospel in action because he says “Show me faith apart from works, and I will show you faith by my works”. That’s the key words here “faith apart from works”, that’s the problem of a gospel faith without the fruit or works. James is arguing that faith workout works is dead, and how true is that? It doesn’t contradict Pauline theology of you shall be saved by faith alone as said before. James is challenging fake faith. He is all about faith with works. One must understand that James is not saying that you are to be saved with faith and works, but he is saying after you are saved by faith , you must show your works, which is in line with Paul’s grace theology too.

James even says that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone quoting the like of Abraham justified by work. He offered up Isaac, Rahab when she acted to send messengers away. What James is saying that true justification is by faith alone for salvation of course, but that faith needs to be validated or proved by the result of that faith which is the fruit or works. That’s why he said you need to be justified by faith and works and not faith alone. This sounds confusing, but the sequence of it all, and in the spirit of what’s he saying, James is a gospel that shows fruit.

Is Rewards biblical in serving God?

By Albert Ngu    May 25, 2020         New York

Problem of misrepresenting Gospel messages

Problem is today we are fearful that we are not motivated by God but by rewards which descends into religion, not relationship, emphasizing that we should serve God because of God, not by what He can bless us with. This sounds spiritual, and not self-seeking, but it’s a lot more nuanced than that. There is truth in it, but rewards is from God, and part of God. So long we take care of that nuance, we should love God, and be motivated by his rewards.

Is reward a Biblical concept?

Hebrews 11: 6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

God rewards. And it’s very important to remember that, and do not think its carnal to think of that in terms of God. It’s not worldly, its actually godly.

Serve God for He is only?

It is true that the Gospel centered messages has been saying that we should love God, serve God for who he is, and not for what he can do for you. For God is not our vending machine etc. There is a lot of truth in it, and I am grateful, but there must be a balance, and it is much more nuanced to it. And the Reformed circle hardly preaches on the Rewards sermon, why? In Pentecostal circles, I know it’s a valiant topic!

I would argue that for folks to preach that without mentioning the rewards of God in heaven, it will be a truncated gospel message and a disservice to the gospel and the Kingdom of God.  Dr Michael Krueger, my Gospels class professor in Redeemer Theological Seminary published a great article today. He articulated something I have felt for a long time.

The Lord Jesus, the Son of God look for the joy set before Him

Rewards motivation is so very real in the Bible, and repeatedly shown, and Jesus endured the cross as he looked forward to the joy (reward).

“ fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2).

Even Jesus endured the cross for the joy set before him! That’s the glory! Reward of bringing many sons to glory! The purpose.

Moses was looking to the reward

“Choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward.” (Hebrews 11:25-26)

Did Moses forsake Egyptian palace, prince hood, because of who God is only? He looked forward to the reward! That motivated him to endure the reproach of Christ, which he considers worth it, more wealth or better than the treasures of Egypt! Remember he had a lot of wealth and power tied to the palace of Egypt; he was a prince of Egypt!

Abraham looking forward to the city

By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God (Heb 11:9-10).

Abraham was looking forward to the eternal city. Motivation is real, my friends. To say that Abraham’s motivation is solely in Yahweh, is incomplete and misleading.

Rewards is an eschatological living theology

Revelations 22 12 “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.

This is Jesus speaking to us in the book of revelations, and He is the Alpha, Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. There is nothing more transcendent than that. And this is his words: My reward is with me; I will give to each person according to what they have done. It’s what we have done that’s going to be judged by Christ on the end time, for his deciding what reward we are going to receive from him. There you go. It’s from the Lord’s mouth himself. How can we be silent on rewards today in the church pulpit? It’s been lost for a long time. For the third world pulpits, it’s very commonly preached. But the danger, of course, is that people slide into the mode of getting rewards, not living for the Lord as much. How I wish we get both right, and really serving the Lord because of his love for us, and also be motivated by the rewards the Almighty God promised.

I believe this is eschatological, fixing our eyes at the end time.

Heb 12:1-3 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Amen

El temor del Señor es el comienzo de la sabiduría y el conocimiento.

By Albert Ngu, New York    May 22, 2020

Proverbios 1: 7 El temor del Señor: el comienzo del conocimiento;

la sabiduría y la instrucción los necios desprecian.

¿Por qué? El temor al Señor es el comienzo de la sabiduría y el conocimiento porque la vida moral comienza con reverencia y humildad ante el Hacedor y el Redentor. [1]

El fracaso de nuestra vida moral.

La vida moral no comienza con nuestra disciplina humana, resolución de año nuevo, porque nuestros instintos son imperfectos y pecaminosos. Nuestro defecto es inclinarse hacia la parte pecaminosa. No importa cómo decidamos ser morales, nuestro corazón no es eso, y tarde o temprano, se mostrará y se romperá. Por eso un hombre es prisionero de sí mismo. Simplemente no hay salida. Puedes ver cómo las estadísticas te dicen que no importa cuánto espere lograr la reforma de la cárcel, vemos crímenes y males constantemente cometidos por las noticias que leemos a diario. De hecho, quedó peor. La mentira, el engaño, el engaño, la codicia, el encubrimiento, la manipulación, la lujuria, las burlas, la matanza, etc., son todos nuestro idioma nativo. Eso fue lo que les sucedió a los primeros niños globales del mundo, los niños de Adán se mataron unos a otros, bastante increíble, pero esa es la verdad de cómo los seres humanos han caído de Dios desde el pecado original de Adán y Eva en el jardín del Edén. Por supuesto, también hay muchas buenas obras realizadas por la raza humana, los instintos naturales que Dios creó allí en la creación no se han erosionado por completo. Esto se llama la gracia común. Sin embargo, la depravación de la humanidad es abrumadora. Incluso esa bondad de la humanidades no sostenible. La única forma de recurrir a nuestro creador que es el gran Dios, la bondad, la justicia, la santidad, la bondad y el amor de Dios.

¿Cómo obtenemos verdadera sabiduría y conocimiento?

Reverencia y humildad

La sabiduría es sobre cómo aplicar el conocimiento. El conocimiento es genial, pero por sí solo, puede ser un arma de doble filo, bueno y demonio. Necesitamos sabiduría sobre cómo usar el conocimiento.

Como se describió anteriormente, el hombre ha caído y siempre nos alejaremos de los caminos de la sabiduría si nos dejamos a nuestro paso. Pero la forma de obtener vida moral es reverencia y humildad ante Dios y nuestro Redentor. La reverencia es un respeto profundo, asombrado por Dios. Una profunda admiración de quién es Dios. No tiene sentido acumular y reunir toneladas de conocimiento, pero no tiene temor ni reverencia hacia Aquel de quien proviene toda la sabiduría y el conocimiento.

Es el asombro de Dios lo que pincha nuestros corazones cuando cometemos errores. Verás, cuando David pecó, clamó: “A ti, oh Señor, he pecado”.

David, después de cometer adulterio con Betsabé, al ser confrontado por Nathan el Profeta, se derrumbó y lloró ante el Señor, reconociendo que había pecado contra el Señor. Él pecó contra Betsabé y su esposo, pero dijo contra el Señor que solo él pecó, lo que quiere decir es que el abrumador pecador contra el que pecó. Esto es cuánto asombro, reverencia y humildad hacia el Señor. Eso es lo que Dios está buscando.

Salmo 5 1Ten piedad de mí, oh Dios,

    según tu amor inagotable;

según tu gran compasión,

    borra mis transgresiones.

2 Lava toda mi iniquidad

    y límpiame de mi pecado.

3 Porque yo sé mis transgresiones,

    y mi pecado siempre está delante de mí.

4 Contra ti, solo tú, he pecado

    e hecho lo que es malo ante tus ojos;

entonces tiene razón en su veredicto

    y está justificado cuando juzga.

No se trata de cuán legalmente te mantienes moral, como los fariseos, sino de cuánto lleva tu corazón esa reverencia y humildad hacia Dios. Calvino dice que sin piedad, nadie podrá acercarse a Dios. La piedad es la devoción a Dios.

¿Cómo cultivamos un sentido de asombro, reverencia y humildad hacia Dios?

La adoración es la mejor manera. Expresa tu corazón a Dios y canta tus corazones a él en adoración, adoración.

Medita en salmos y proverbios, un libro poderoso. Agregará todo esto a tu vida.

La oración es un absoluto. No solo por pedir tings. Butyl, un tiempo de arrepentimiento, confesión y derramar su corazón a él todos los días, y rezar los salmos y proverbios de regreso a Dios. Esto te cambiará.


[1] ESV Crossway Comentario Proverbios 1

The Fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom & Knowledge

Proverbs 1: 7 The fear of the Lord: the beginning of knowledge; wisdom and instruction fools despise.

Why? The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge because moral life begins with reverence and humility before the Maker and Redeemer. [1]

The failure of our Moral Life

Moral life doesn’t begin with our human discipline, new year resolution, because our instincts are flawed and sinful in nature. Our default is leaning towards the sinful part. No matter how we decide to be moral, our heart is not that, and sooner or later, it will show up and we will crack. That’s why a man is a prisoner of himself. There is just no way out. You can see how statistics tell you that no matter how much jail reform hopes to achieve, we see crimes and evils are constantly committed from the news we read on a daily basis. In fact it got worse. Lying, deceit, cheating, greed, cover up, manipulative, lust, mocks, kill, etc., are all our native language. That’s what happened to the first global children in the world, the kids of Adam killed one another, quite unbelievable, but that’s the truth of how human beings have fallen from God since the original sin by Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. Of course, there are also a lot of good deeds done by human race, the natural instincts put there by God in creation hasn’t completely eroded. This is called the common grace. However, the depravity of mankind is overwhelming. Even that goodness of mankind is not sustainable. The only way to turn to our creator who is the big God, the God goodness, righteousness, holiness, kindness, and love.

How do we get real wisdom & knowledge ?

Reverence & Humility

Wisdom is to how to apply knowledge. Knowledge is great, but on its own, it can be a double edged sword, good and devil. We need wisdom on how to use knowledge.

As described above, man has fallen and we will always shun away from the ways of wisdom if we are left to our ow. But the way to get moral life is reverence and humility before God and our Redeemer. Reverence is deep respect, awed by God. A deep admiration of who God is. There is no point to accumulate and gather ton of knowledge, but with carries no awe or reverence towards the One from whom all wisdom & knowledge come.

It is the awe of God that pricks our hearts when we do wrongs. You see when David sinned, he cries out “To you O Lord have I sinned”.

David, after committed adultery with Bathsheba, being confronted by Nathan the Prophet, he broke down and wept before the Lord, recognizing he’s sinned against the Lord. He sinned against Bathsheba & her husband, but he said against the Lord only he has sinned, what he means that’s the overwhelming top person he’s sinned against. This is how much his awe, reverence, and humility towards the Lord is. That’s what God is looking for.

Psalm 5 1Have mercy on me, O God,
    according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
    blot out my transgressions.
Wash away all my iniquity
    and cleanse me from my sin.

For I know my transgressions,
    and my sin is always before me.
Against you, you only, have I sinned
    and done what is evil in your sight;
so you are right in your verdict
    and justified when you judge.

Not about how legalistically you keep yourself moral, like the Pharisees, but rather how much does your heart carry that reverence and humility towards God. Calvin says without piety, no one will be able to come to God. Piety is  is devotion to God.

How do we cultivate a sense of awe, reverence and humility towards God?

Worship is the best way. Pour out your heart to God and sing your hearts out to him in adoration, worship.

Meditate on psalms & proverbs a powerful book. It will add all these to your life.

Prayer is an absolute. No just about asking for things. But a time of repenting, confessing, and pouring your heart to him daily, and pray back the psalms & proverbs back to God. This will change you.


[1] ESV Crossway Commentary Proverbs 1

让我的人民思考-为什么许多基督徒,特别是超凡魅力的人忽视神学?

作者Albert Ngu 2020年5月19日纽约

我从这个话题开始:为什么许多基督徒,尤其是五旬节派教徒,我们的超凡魅力忽略了神学?但是,在阅读了拉维·扎卡里亚(Ravi Zachariah)今天的新闻之后,他开始播放名为“让我的人们思考”的广播,我认为这是一个恰当的话题。

我来自五旬节派,作为牧师已有数十年的历史,在亚洲乃至现在在美国都建立了无数的教堂,我想说的是,神学是由牧师自己承担的,但是一个明显的事实是牧师本身也没有经过神学训练,那就是最令人震惊和最可悲的事情。我们所需要的只是热情和热情来传播这个词,我们将在工作中接受培训,我们被派去传福音和作门徒。

如今,大多数基督徒都不愿或不愿意接受圣经中的神学知识,这是可悲的事实,因为他们对自己的基督徒生活方式感到自在,这几乎不需要对圣经进行深入研究。但是,另一方面,您会看到教堂每周都在进行实践教学,而羊群也随之效仿。这告诉我,人们渴望学习,但没有走向神学的方向。

当我说神学时,我主要是说对神或有神论的研究。我们可以学习男人或女人或人类学的研究,新约书籍,诗篇等,但最重要的是有神论,这是对世界神学的研究,它激发了我们的想象力。最后一个是我的最爱。我记得过去7年间,无数次听到蒂姆·凯勒(Tim Keller)的讲道,他的教,、思想和神学抓住了我的想象力,以及我对主的渴望。我以为他提出了所有这些很酷的神学和精神,但是现在我在神学院里做我自己的MABS或MDiv,我意识到他说的许多实际上并不新鲜,但是在教会的父亲中就曾出现过。几个世纪以来,这个改革的世界引述了奥古斯丁,加尔文等人。

我是在与教会建立者,牧师,实际上是许多教会成员,特别是领袖交谈。教会遭受了如此多的无知,被所有落后的思想家如卡尔文,奥古斯丁,巴特,巴文克等抛在脑后。  

1.他们只想要应用程序

由于我们的背景,除一些长老会和浸信会教堂之外,大多数福音派教堂都使我们很快适应了快速直枪射击者对布道的应用。在具有超凡魅力的背景下进行讲道已有十年之久,我可以告诉你,我们很幸运甚至能够讲解博览会讲道,更不用说清理简短的解释性讲道了。原因是我们需要应用程序。部分原因是传教士本身并没有真正经历过良好的讲道,因此神学的范围很广,认为神学是无关紧要的。

2.他们认为神学是枯燥的,不适合平民甚至牧师

神学是干的。这使他们阅读的书籍不是神学类型或改革类型,而是应用类型和体验类型。我要说的是,具有大学学历或同等甚至高中水平的人们可以并且应该阅读良好的神学书籍,或者听一些良好的教义MP3。我要说的是,如果牧师不开始学习神学,那么不管他的心有多好,他过一会儿都不会喂羊。

3.他们认为神学主要是道歉的,我们不需要

那是可悲的部分。但这与牧师学习神学无关。神学远比辩护法重要。道歉学基本上是在捍卫您的信仰,神学从上帝的不变性开始,到人类的破碎,以及介于两者之间的一切。由于碎片很小而缺少神学是可悲的。

4.他们想要迹象和奇迹,而不是更多的阅读和学习

尤其是发展中国家的人们喜欢神迹和奇观事工,我也喜欢它们。但是,我们不能仅仅停留在神迹奇事的模式上,因为我们将通过更新来改变自己 思维 (罗马书1)。我们需要圣灵的能力  话语,谁是主耶稣本人(约1)的功率。顺便说一句,我认为发达的西方存在相反的问题,通过归化一切来抛弃标志和络筒机。不同的世界,不同的文化。西方最大的威胁是自由主义,将一切归化,并消除超自然现象。 (FYI)

5.五旬节教徒不相信神学称之为头知识

他们希望人们能有能力并直接申请。但是应用程序来自适当的解释学和释经技巧,评论,书籍阅读,神学学习。这听起来像牧师在寻找捷径,猜猜谁在受苦?教堂!

6.哪些神学院和费用?

我知道这是一个巨大的推动力。我想参加20多年前的神学院课程,但无济于事,因为我不知道从哪里开始。我很高兴自己进入改革神学学院,这是一个伟大的改革思想,我建议所有人都接受改革的教义。

费用?我认为在整个教会得到神学珍视的态度之后;我们将看到更多的教堂将人们送到神学院。

结论

错过了早期教会父亲的丰富传统。我要说的是,不知道神学和我们丰富的神学是从早期的父亲(如亚撒那修斯,奥古斯丁,加尔文,乔纳森·爱德华兹,马丁·路德)发展到今天,仅提及一些较大的名字,我们会错过很多神已经在神所做的事他们的生活,思想,教堂等。要使他们脱离我们羊群的思想世界,是一种自我毁灭的模式。

让我的人民思考!