I wrote this the other night in response to many of the people that I follow. A lot of them will quote theologians and pastors way more than scripture. And then it got me thinking about how many of them quote their confessions as well. Though these men, theologians and confessions all are in response to scripture it is not scripture. 

People need to hear the word of God more. I’m not saying these men and these confessions are wrong. I’m not saying quoting them is bad, but we need to hear the word of God. His infallible, refreshing,  and living words. 

Again I’m not saying that if you quote a theologian, Professor, a pastor or even another Christian, is bad. I’m just saying we need to get back to God’s word, teaching God’s word, speaking God’s word, confessing God’s word, studying God word. 

Not that we aren’t doing all these things when reading commentaries of people. But, man is so imperfect and his own flesh can get in the way. Look at how many Cults there are that have sprung up out of the Christian religion. Because man’s flesh has Twisted scripture. 

My other point is when we put so much emphasis on a man and all his quotes, we seem to idolize him. We put his word above God it seems. And I know many of the theologians, pastors, even fellow Christians that we have quoted are imperfect and have fallen so many times and have done things that would be shameful to talk about since they are a Christian. 

Many times their own theology is off but because we idolize them so much we Overlook the Blasphemous things that they have said, heretical things that they have said, or their Misinterpretations of scripture Etc. We get defensive and upset when people call out the sins of the saint we idolized. Our flesh wells up and we defend them blindly. All the while attacking another saint for their sins. Friends this is putting that theologian on a pedestal, in a place that only God should be. And it’s being a hypocrite, to defend that mans sin because you idolized him, when you called out anothers.

The world needs to hear God’s words. Someone said, “Bible, Jesus and me” as a subtweet to me. Yes! What is wrong with that? Jesus is our personal Savior. We have the Holy Spirit that guides us, comforts us, moves through us and speaks to us. As well, He speaks through others to us. 

This applies to our confessions and creeds. Why can’t we spend time memorizing God word first? After all these confessions and creeds came from the scriptures. I know they were used to unite. But in many cases they have divided. The theologians that we seem to quote all the time, have caused us to be further divided too. 

Lets get back to quoting and memorizing Gods word. His word unites the the family if God…if we are walking in the spirit.  
In conclusion, we need to be careful that we don’t put too much emphasis on the man of God but on God first. Yes, the man of God is our Shepherd to guide us and help us in disciple us. And it’s okay to quote your favorite saint, but we shouldnt promote the man over the scripture.

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Division

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1 Corinthians 3:2-4 (I changed the names to make a point)

And even now you are not yet ready, for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way? For when one says, “I follow CALVIN,” and another, “I follow LUTHER,” are you not being merely human?

Is my point made here? I am not trying to be disrespectful to Gods word. I am merely pointing out what I have seen displayed on social media lately. People of different denominations saying “their way” is “THE RIGHT WAY.”In their arrogance and pride they raise their founder up. But is this a fleshly thing?Obviously this is not a new concept.They follow one and feelthat their teaching is sound doctrine and only way. And all others are not true Christians. How arrogant is that? How blasphemous even.


1 Corinthians 1:11-13

11 For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers. 12 What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow LUTHER,” or “I follow WESLEY,” or “I follow CALVIN,” or “I follow Christ.” 13 Is Christ divided? Was LUTHER crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of CALVIN?

YET,  there are quarreling all the time. It is NEVER over Jesus being the only way. It is NEVER over the gospel..of which we all agree. BUT it is over things like predestination, election, gifts of the spirit, the Eucharist, Baptism, eschatology…etc.

These issues that are discussed over social media would be confusing to a new covert. I understand we want to “get our point across”. Is it “our point” or Gods point? Are we teaching ________way  or Gods way? Is it the gospel of _____________ or the Gospel of Jesus?  When one is trying to instruct another on biblical teaching it should not be done with such anger and/or name calling, or saying they are less of a Christian. This will never win someone over either into right thinking or the faith!

We are to life another up. I have a charismatic/Pentecostal upbringing, so when I see someone in disagreement with me I don’t lash out at them..or make fun of their thinking. I try to see their point, and then dig into scripture to see if it is sound. As all true Christ followers should do.

Why? Because in the last days their will be those who will deceive even the believer(OR ELECT). Many will be teaching as if they are of sound doctrine. Even Paul warns of this. Evidently some people are troubling you and trying to distort the gospel of Christ. 8But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be under a divine curse! 9As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you embraced, let him be under a divine curse!…Galatians 1:8

I believe this is why we see the bereaners studying the scriptures. If we do not study Gods word to see the accuracy of the teaching then we will be led astray.Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.” Acts 17:11

According to multiple sources there are between 30,000 -40,000 different denominations. all varying from independent sects to your traditional structured churches. All varying, depending on where they are in the world. Divisions on tenants, to how often communion should be taken, to trivial quarrels and disagreements on minor issues just to name a few.

In conclusion, it is our flesh that causes the divisions. It is our own selfish pride, arrogance, UN-willingness, to submit entirely to the Lord and the Spirits leading. Meanwhile, putting our own ideas into the mix and our won fleshly desires to justify, compromise, or just inaccurately translate what scripture says.

The questions that many ask, “which one is accurate?” “who has the correct and sound doctrine?”

Answer: The only way to truly find out is to Seek the Lord and study scripture. Then and only then will you know. “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman who needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 When you feel He has revealed His truths to you, then you can see which church or denomination better lines up with what you know is true.

Though it is Good to still seek those who have better knowledge on godly things as well.“Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.
“Proverbs 19:20

The point is don’t just take one persons interpretation as the truth or sound doctrine. Especially in these last days. For many will come to deceive. “For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.” Matthew 24:24. Be on guard. Study and Seek the Lord for truth and wisdom.

for further reading:

Why are there so many denominations. Turning Point Ministries