This is in response to some questions I’ve received on Facebook concerning why I am willing to post somethings from Charisma Magazine (which I’ve only done once or twice, by the way) and what denomination do I belong to or what is my basis of belief.
On my blog, For The Love of God, I have an About Us page that describes the purpose of my ministry and the beliefs that I share and why.
First, as to why I read or post some things from Charisma Magazine, (an assumed Pentecostal-styled magazine), it is because when I find an article that is informative, uplifting or edifying, or instructive and educational, it deserves to be shared with as many who will take the time to read it. I don’t just put anything on my Blog especially, but I seek guidance from the Holy Spirit and follow what I believe He is speaking to my heart!
By the way, I also post articles from Crosswalk, Christianity Today and many others, IF, I perceive and believe the Holy Spirit is leading me to not just share but accentuate the article. I can’t believe I’m being asked to explain why I post certain things, but there it is.
As to my denomination, let me put it this way; I was born and raised until I was 16 in the Catholic Church, had Communion and Confirmation, was an altar boy as is the tradition of the Catholic Church. When I was 16 (almost 17) I was invited to a small Pentecostal church where I felt (heard?) the call upon my heart to publicly give my heart and life to Jesus Christ and accept His free gift of Salvation. I was in that “vernacular,” saved, or born-again! It was the beginning of my REAL life!
I had ups and downs in church just like most people do and I made serious mistakes (sinned) and learned from them, all the while trusting the Holy Spirit to lead myself (and eventually my wife and kids, with me) to go where ever He wanted to lead us for whatever He wanted us to do in service to Him! He definitely took me at my word!
I became involved in various ministries and various denominations, all the while learning and studying the Word of God, comparing the teachings with the Bible, and my prayer was continually, “Lord help me be as the Bereans.”
“These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.” – Acts 17:11.
What made the Bereans noble wasn’t the fact that they didn’t TRUST the teachings they received, but rather they understood the concept that they themselves were responsible according to the Word of God, with what they received and therefore lived by. Their motive was not to see if Paul or Silas were wrong in their teaching, but rather that they accepted the teaching as truth if backed up by the Word of God and then acted on it! It is a far cry from what goes on in many, many churches today, where the pews are filled with people willing to accept “carte-blanche” what the charismatic and charming teacher is feeding at any particular time with no thought as to whether what is being taught is totally Scriptural!
Through the years of ministry and the years of study as well as teaching I no longer identify with any denomination and therefore am free to worship with any congregation that I feel is trying to teach the truth of the Word of God.
(Years ago when I first started getting into ministry, (and especially online) I created this logo from scratch to help show on my letterhead and such, that I consider myself Full-Gospel and Fundamental. It has served the ministry well.)
I consider myself to be a Full-Gospel, Fundamental Christian, who is a spiritual Berean! (How’s that for a mouthful!). I question teaching from time to time, I don’t swallow “hook, line and sinker” every new religious fad that pops up before going to the WHOLE counsel of Scripture and weighing new teachings not just against a few Scriptures here and there, but against the context with which the Scriptures were written and the SPIRITUAL principles in which the Scriptures were written. Sad to say, we have a LOT of religious fads permeated the mainstream churches today that don’t line up with any but a few Scriptures taken out of context!! Yet, as sad as that is, sadder still is the fact that our church pews are filled with people who accept these fads, these teachings without even knowing or realizing how they take the focus off of Christ Jesus and thus our Heavenly Father!
I believe that the Bible in its entirety was given to mankind, inspired by the Holy Spirit to lead mankind BACK into a spiritual relationship with God Almighty, our Heavenly Father, THROUGH Jesus (The) Christ, AND empowered by the Holy Spirit, Who IS the Spirit of God and Christ in the function of Guide, Teacher and Counselor, AND Who takes up residence in our “hearts” when we accept the free gift of redemption that Christ Jesus paid for us!
The Bible cannot be any clearer in that goal, for it teaches us, not just how we were created but WHY we were created, how we strayed from a perfect relationship with our Creator and God’s plan from the very beginning, because of His Omniscience, on the PERFECT way to bring us back into a relationship with Him, without sacrificing His perfect love for us or our ability to choose whether we are willing to love Him for Who He is, or go about our lives, selfishly in our fallen state. His Character, His Attributes, His very Nature is spelled out from page one in Genesis of the Holy Book to the very last page in the Book of Revelation! Mankind, has the ability to choose, God, our Father will never take that away, and yet whatever mankind chooses he will forever be without excuse for which direction or which path he chooses to follow. All the while, having a Heavenly Father Who only wants and desires the best for EACH individual of His Creation!
Everything you need to know is in the Word of God. Mankind will never be able to fathom all of its depths for there will ALWAYS be something new that comes to light in the individual heart that only desires to seek the truth. BUT — and this is a big BUT, are you willing to take someone else’s words for the “truth” or are you willing to take the little bit of time, in the scheme of eternity, to make sure that what you are hearing and being taught, is in line with the Word of God?? The choice as always, is yours and yours alone.
Do you want to remain a spiritual Thessalonian, or a spiritual Berean? Only YOU can answer that!