Let Your Light Shine

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“If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:11

Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.” 2 Corinthians 3:3

 

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Saved from Sin to Good Works

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We’re not saved from Hell by good works. We’re saved from sin to good works. Good works are a gift from God. Righteousness is part of our salvation.

Faith isn’t make-believe. It comes when we hear the Word of God. (Ro. 10:17) Looking into the original Greek, it comes when we hear the rhema of God. “Rhema” means “utterance.”

Faith gives access to grace. The free gift of righteousness flows from God through us. (Ro. 5:17) Our part is to receive it and yield the members of our bodies to His righteousness.

(Ro. 6:13) When we try to self-generate righteousness, knowledge, wisdom, understanding, peace, joy, or anything else, we frustrate the grace of God. (Gal. 2:21)

 

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Receiving Revelation

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The human mind is capable of receiving or rejecting revelation. God is capable of imparting it. God asks us not to add to it or diminish it.

There’s a philosophy, known as “Rationalism,” that claims that the human mind (at least certain minds of people who are labeled “intellectuals”) are capable of self-generating knowledge without the benefit of either Divine revelation or observation. There is no evidence for this philosophy. Some Christians also accept this philosophy, at least in practice. These are the ones who lean on their own understandings and divide the Church.

 

The human mind can’t self-generate knowledge. Even the Atheists and Skeptics know that, but they then say that nothing can be known–or that, since nothing can be known, basing everything on assumptions is just OK and can somehow yield a proximate knowledge–which is nonsense. That’s why discussions with them are so frustrating unless you realize that they’re just making the whole thing up.

When the human mind tries to pull knowledge out of itself, it has to make things up. When communicating this vapor, fallacies are the vehicle to give the illusion that the made-up stuff has substance. Everywhere you see a theological argument, you will find made-up stuff presented as if it had substance. However, Faith is the substance of things hoped for. It’s the evidence, absolute certainty, of things not seen. And it only comes by hearing, that is, hearing the rhema (Utterance) of God. In other words, we need Divine leading, teaching, and guiding.

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Forgive one another

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Forgiveness is a miracle. It takes the Christ living in you and working through you. The carnal mind isn’t capable of it. The benefits are wonderful. Failing to forgive is wearing a weight that will slow or stop your spiritual progress.

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Why Christians Lean on Human Understanding

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Someone may think that he or she can reason without Divine revelation. In fact, such claims are the norm. No one seems to want to think that human beings are dependent on God. This is a topic of great importance. It should be approached without emotion and with the covering of the Holy Spirit.

Not only Atheists, but Christians sometimes think that they can reason without Divine revelation. One such Christian tried to give the scripture by which he thinks that God gave is the ability to discern truth: “Sure, when the Bible tells us to give a defense, test prophecies, and, perhaps, follow the lead of Paul who debated with Greek thinkers on their turf in their terms.”

There’s no evidence of an absence of God’s leading in giving a defense, especially looking at the original language meaning of defense and the context of the verse. In fact, it seems as if we are to speak Christ Himself, the One Who lives within us. There’s no leaning on our own understanding when testing prophecies. There’s no implication that this is done with the fallen natural mind and the assumptions that it dreams up. There’s nothing that says that Paul wasn’t led by the Spirit and speaking by the power and authority of the Holy Spirit.

This particular conversation was centered on speculative theology. The main reason that any Christian would lean on his or her own understanding is defense of doctrines that are contrary to what God is saying. They find it beneficial to add to what God is saying or diminish what God is saying. So, they add assumptions and stories. They reason using speculation and conjecture. They divide brother against brother and sister against sister.

If you think that you can riddle out understanding with the human mind, can you give the Scripture by which you think that God gave us the ability to discern truth without receiving discernment from Him?

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The Ad Ignorantiam Question

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One of the most common debate tactics from both sides of the Creation-evolution debate is the fallacy of the ad ignorantiam question. For an Atheist who is depending on his or her own mind and knowledge of everything, the inability to answer a question is answered by, “science will find a way one day.” The inability to answer doesn’t disprove “evolutionism” or “no-Godism.” However, the inability to answer does mean that the Atheist ought to be a bit less dogmatic and open-minded to God. The Atheist who isn’t ready to come to Christ already knows that God exists and has made great effort to create a worldview the filters out God’s Voice because of the love for darkness rather than light.

For the person following Christ, it’s another matter. A person following Christ can say, “I don’t know.” The person following Christ hasn’t rationalized a reason to believe that the Bible is the Word of God. The Holy Spirit has revealed that the books of the Bible were selected by God the Holy Spirit moving through God’s people long ago. The Holy Spirit has been speaking to the Christ-follower through those Scriptures, and the Christ-follower isn’t reading dead letter. The Christ-follower is having an intimate, moment-by-moment experience with Christ.

I’ll add that the Christ-follower’s experience with Christ can’t be used to arm-wrestle the Atheist into submission, of course. However, apologetics is actually the flow of Jesus Christ through the follower of Christ to the unbeliever—or to the believer. When the follower of Christ is living and speaking, the testimony of Jesus Christ is the Spirit of prophecy. The unbeliever can receive this Spirit or not. If the Holy Spirit is rejected, Jesus Christ and the Father are being rejected. This is not a rejection of the Christ-follower.

Yet, all of this can be tested by the unbeliever if the unbeliever doesn’t refuse to look at the evidence. Whoever seeks Christ finds Christ. The believer can instruct the unbeliever in how to come to Christ. If the person is truly open-minded, that person will easily find Christ, and then they will know.

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Understanding Faith

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Faith is largely misunderstood. It’s thought to be a concept rather than reality. In fact, many Christians spend more time in make-believe faith than in real faith. Real faith is always initiated by God. The Holy Spirit reveals and teaches. If we are listening, God imparts His faith. God imparts His Divine certainty. This Divine certainty is absolute proof of the thing that God said.

Given the problem of the Münchausen trilemma, faith is the only way that anything can be known. Without faith, everything is opinion. If everything is opinion, then whoever has power is able to force others to bow to their opinions. Might makes right. This is why Secularists want control of educating other people’s children. They want to use power to enforce their opinions.

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