Are Catholic beliefs and practices biblical?

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The issue concerning any church and its practices should be “Is this biblical?” If a teaching is Biblical (taken in context), it should be embraced. If it is not, it should be rejected. God is more interested in whether a church is doing His will and obeying His Word than whether it can trace a line of succession back to Jesus’ apostles. Jesus was very concerned about abandoning the Word of God to follow the traditions of men (Mark 7:7). Traditions are not inherently invalid…there are some good and valuable traditions. Again, the issue must be whether a doctrine, practice, or tradition is Biblical. How then does the Roman Catholic Church compare with the teachings of the Word of God?

Salvation: The Roman Catholic Church teaches that salvation is by baptismal regeneration and is maintained through the Catholic sacraments unless a willful act of sin is committed that…

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Ministry vs Performance

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Ministry vs Performance
I often get the little monkey performing on a street corner stuck in my head every time I hear a Christian say they going “Perform”.

Being in music ministry I often hear and see Christians using the the word “I’m about to perform, pray God word is heard” or something to the like. It always bothered me to hear the word “Perform” when used as describing a ministry.
There is a HUGE difference between the two. Performing is for the pleasure and approval of the audience. Ministry is for the approval and glory of God! We Christian artists MUST be aware of this difference and make sure we are not performing when we are ministering.

Now, there is a such thing as “Christian Entertainment” that requires performance. But to say “hey we out in club getting ready to perform for Jesus” is an oxymoron. Performance always puts the performer in the spotlight. You can hear it when they speak, rap or sing. Ministering is all about Jesus and bridging the gap. Bringing people to Jesus, singing, rapping, spoken word, dance,etc. The focus should always be about Jesus and bringing the listener to a closer intimate relationship with Him.
God gave musicians, singers,dancers,songwriters a gift. What we do with that gift is our choice. But it was given to us for God’s glory and His glory only.
I do believe we must have a professional attitude when doing our gifts. But not a diva rock/rap star attitude. We develop skills to be used in our ministry but skills should never trump ministry. 
I wrote this encourage my fellow Christian artists to be aware of the line between performance and ministry. It is a fine line because our ministry is a fun one. It is one that people automatically try to be put up on pedestal for. Our culture in this world puts musicians and set them up as “idols” all the time. We as Christian artist must be careful not to allow those people to set us up as idols. 

Justified, Sanctified, Glorified and Baptized

Matthew 3:11 “I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

Acts 2:38 Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

  • Baptism of water The significance of water baptism is that it symbolizes the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ and our identification with Him.
  • Baptism of Spirit You will be baptized in the spirit to go out and perform miracles, speak the gospel, say no to temptation, etc. When ministers get up on the altar there is a”Baptism of the Spirit” that happens. It is the supernatural power to accomplish a task set forth by God. It is not a one time deal and it is done throughout the book of Acts.

1. Acts 2:4 – And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages,as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.

2. Acts 4:31- After this prayer, the meeting place shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. Then they preached the word of God with boldness.

3. Acts 13:52 And the believers were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.

4. Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

  • Just as the scripture says you will receive power. The Greek word  for power here is “Dunamis” it is the power for performing miracles, power to overcome sin. Never forget where this power comes from. John 15:5 Jesus said, “Without me you can do nothing.” In the Greek Jesus was saying, ‘Without me you have no dunamis power.’ Stay connected or you will run out of juice!
    2. Exousia ex-oo-see’-ah means authority Matthew 10:1Jesus summoned His twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every kind of disease and every kind of sickness.

3. ischus’ is-khoos’ meaning abiding power or strength, the strength to continue, to endure to the end, to overcome 1Peter 4:11 Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.

4. kratos 1 krat’-os means dominion, corporate, kingdom dominion,manifested power. From the word kra meaning to perfect or complete. There is grace available to dominate until you complete the will of God.Jude 1:2to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

5. energeia en-erg’-i-ah means energy, working, efficiency.Ephesians 1:19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might

  • Baptism of Fire – also called Sanctification, progressive salvation,we are always in the process of sanctification. We go through this until death.
    1Peter 1:7 So that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ

    Justification is a pronouncement to clear the guilty. When one is justified, he is declared right before the Lord;This is salvation.
    Romans 8:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,
    Sanctification
    is a continual process that conforms us into the image of the Son of God or the Baptism of Fire, how hot the fire has to be? As hot as it needs to get to remove the dross so he can see His reflection in us.
    1Thess 4:7 says, “God has called us not for the purpose of impurity, but in sanctification.”
    Glorification The completion of our Christian life on earth, at the end of the sanctification process and occurs when we get to Heaven

Philippians 3:20 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.

**Justification is instant upon salvation, Sanctification is an ongoing process and Glorification is our future eternal state.

Water, Spirit and Fire

I will touch on the three baptisms found in scripture.

Matthew 3:11 “I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

Acts 2:38 Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

  • Baptism of water The significance of water baptism is that it symbolizes the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ and our identification with Him in them.
  • Baptism of Spirit You will be baptized in the spirit to go out and perform miracles,speak the gospel,say no to temptation,etc. When ministers get up on the altar there is a”Baptism of the Spirit” that happens. It is the supernatural power to accomplish a task set forth by God. It is not a one time deal and it is done throughout the book of Acts
    1. Acts 2:4 – And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages,as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.

2. Acts 4:31- After this prayer, the meeting place shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. Then they preached the word of God with boldness.

3. Acts 13:52 And the believers were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.

4. Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

  • Just as the scripture says you will receive power. The Greek word  for power here is “Dunamis” it is the power for performing miracles, moral power and excellence of soul, power to overcome sin.
  • Baptism of Fire – also called Sanctification, we are always in the process of sanctification. We go through this until death.
    1Peter 1:7 So that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ

    Justification is a pronouncement to clear the guilty. When one is justified, he is declared right before the Lord;This is salvation.
    Romans 8:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,
    Sanctification
    is a continual process that conforms us into the image of the Son of God or the Baptism of Fire, how hot the fire has to be? As hot as it needs to get to remove the dross so he can see His reflection in us.
    1Thess 4:7 says, “God has called us not for the purpose of impurity, but in sanctification.”
    Glorification The completion of our Christian life on earth, at the end of the sanctification process and occurs when we get to Heaven

Philippians 3:20 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.

Justification is instant upon salvation, Sanctification is an ongoing process and Glorification is our future eternal state.

Worship is never ending for the believer

When God is truly worshipped He will show up, when he shows up, darkness has to flee, any ailments has to flee, demons flee, people are saved, people enter into a deeper love and intimacy for Him, people are healed and bondages are broken. The majority of healings and salvations happen during a worship service.

Other Greek words translated “worship” are prokeneuo meaning “paying homage” (1 Corinthians 14:25), sebazomai, meaning “to render religious honor” (Romans 1:25), and sebomai meaning “to revere or adore” (Acts 16:14). We see this same word used by Jesus to describe the vain, hypocritical worship of God (Matthew 15:9), leading us to the conclusion that not all “worship” is acceptable to God.

But true biblical worship is to be first and foremost reverent (Hebrews 12:28). This means it is to be done with the understanding of who it is being worshiped. God is holy, just, righteous, perfect, powerful, loving, wrathful etc.

Those who wish to worship biblically must worship God as He is revealed in Scripture. Second, we must worship in truth (John 4:24). This means that it needs to line up according to the truths in Scripture. Adding our own version of worship and “expressing ourselves” is not true worship if it does not accord with the Word of God. Personal expressions of worship are not indicated anywhere in Scripture and can lead to activities that are not God-honoring. Third, true worship is worship in Spirit. Because God is Spirit, true worship is a pure, holy, spiritual worship, the offering of the soul and the homage of the heart rather than merely that of the lips. Finally, true worship will always produce a change in the heart of the worshipper, causing a greater desire to love and obey the God we worship.

If worship does not propel us into greater obedience, it isn’t worship. Unless we come out of it with a greater commitment to obedience, it isn’t worship. Jesus said those who love Him will keep His commandments. If we say we love and worship Him, but do not obey Him, our worship is worthless. 



Worship is a lifestyle. People don’t have sin problems they have worship problems. People continue in their sin because they fail to worship the God of scripture.  The highest we take people most of the time is into sin management.

True biblical worship of the one true and living God is to be a lifestyle, not a moment in time (1 Corinthians 10:31). Just as they will be in eternity, our lives now are to be lives of total worship of God. When we eat, sleep, work, serve, and live from sunup to sundown, all that we do is to be in a spirit of worship of God. We are not to offer temporary, experience-oriented worship on Sunday, and then lead a secular life the rest of the week. True worship is offered to God from the depths of our inner being in praise and prayer, in song, in giving, and in living, but always based upon His revealed truth.

Worship is a lifestyle, and our manual to this lifestyle is the Bible. God wants an intimate relationship with us. Worship is everything we do, Love people,love our spouse,take care of our family, shine Christ’s light unto the world, help people, etc. It is not just the musical portion of our weekly gatherings. It is supposed to be encapsulated into our whole life. We must lead a life of Worship.

 

Shellfish,Football,haircuts,tattoos and Duck Dynasty

In past few weeks I have had a couple conversations that went like this.”I’m confused. You are a Christian and you look like that?”
” every Christian I talked to said I’m going to hell for my tattoos”
My response to one person online about tattoos was this.
I am sorry that the Christians you talk to didn’t have a full understanding of what the Bible meant when it talks about tattoos in Leviticus. This scripture was pertaining to the marks on the body in honor of the pagan gods. God doesn’t look at the outside of a person he looks at the heart and the motive of a person in what they’re doing. The same book in the Bible Leviticus also talks about not cutting your hair shaving your beard eating shellfish or wearing two different types of linen, like wool and cotton blends. So if tattoos get you to hell and so does wearing blended clothes, cutting your hair, shaving your face and eating shrimp and crabs. Most Christians or should I say most people who call themselves Christians aren’t students of the word and pull a lot of scripture out of context to pacify their own beliefs and what they think people should look like or do or say. Not all Christians pull scripture out of context there are Christians who study the Bible,read the Bible and don’t pull scripture out of context. Yes there are a lot of judgmental Christians out there who don’t fully have a grasp or understanding of who God is and how he loves us. Remember God looks at the heart he doesn’t look at the outside exterior Jesus talks to the Pharisees and tells them on the outside you like whitewashed tombs but inside you full of dead men’s bones. Please don’t judge every Christian by the few ignorant ones you have to talk to you.
So I thought it’d be a good time to find a bunch of stuff that the Bible bans… stuff that’s a lot LESS convenient. Don’t worry, though… just because I’m pointing it out, that doesn’t mean you now have to follow it. It’s a lot easier to keep discriminating against gay or tattooed people for no particular reason than to stop eating bacon, after all. 
Should Christians get haircuts?
Leviticus 19:27 “‘Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard.
This butt cut is a guaranteed one-way ticket to sin.
Round haircuts. See you in Hell, Beatles… and/or kids with bowl cuts, undercuts,skater cuts or butt cuts. 
Well it looks like those “Duck Dynasty” guys got this right. 
Can’t eat shrimp, crabs,clams,oyster or lobster.
Leviticus talks about not eating any shellfish. Leviticus 11:10 reads, “But whatever is in the seas and in the rivers that does not have fins and scales among all the teeming life of the water, and among all the living creatures that are in the water, they are detestable things to you.” And shellfish is right in that wheelhouse.
Leviticus 11 bans a TON of animals from being eaten (it’s THE basis for Kosher law); beyond shellfish and pig, it also says you can’t eat camel, rock badger, rabbit, eagle, vulture, buzzard, falcon, raven, crow, ostrich, owl, seagull, hawk, pelican, stork, heron, bat, winged insects that walk on four legs unless they have joints to jump with like grasshoppers (?), bear, mole, mouse, lizard, gecko, crocodile, chameleon and snail.
And it also talks about fabric.Polyester, or any other fabric blends. The Bible doesn’t want you to wear polyester. Not just because it looks cheap. It’s sinfully unnatural.
Leviticus 19:19 reads, “You are to keep My statutes. You shall not breed together two kinds of your cattle; you shall not sow your field with two kinds of seed, nor wear a garment upon you of two kinds of material mixed together.”
Check the tag on your shirt right now. Didn’t realize you were mid-sin at this exact second, did you?
And for you married guys and gals.Pulling out. The Bible doesn’t get too much into birth control… it’s clearly pro-populating but, back when it was written, no one really anticipated the condom or the sponge, so those don’t get specific bans.
But… pulling out does. One of the most famous sexual-oriented Bible verses… the one that’s used as anti-masturbation rhetoric… is actually anti-pulling out.
It’s Genesis 38:9-10: “Onan knew that the offspring would not be his; so when he went in to his brother’s wife, he wasted his seed on the ground in order not to give offspring to his brother. But what he did was displeasing in the sight of the Lord; so He took his life also.”
Yep — pull out and get smote. That’s harsh.
What about Fortune telling? Before you read your horoscope or crack open a fortune cookie, realize you’re in huge trouble if you do.
Leviticus 19:31 reads “Do not turn to mediums or spiritists; do not seek them out to be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God.” The penalty for that? Check Leviticus 20:6: “As for the person who turns to mediums and to spiritists, to play the harlot after them, I will also set My face against that person and will cut him off from among his people.”
Also Football. At least, the pure version of football, where you play with a pigskin. The modern synthetic footballs are ugly and slippery anyways. Leviticus 11:8, which is discussing pigs, reads “You shall not eat of their flesh nor touch their carcasses; they are unclean to you.”
And you’re doubly breaking that if you wake up, eat some sausage then go throw around the football. Or eat some bacon in the morning!
After reading those lines it puts this: You shall not make any cuts on your body for the dead or tattoo yourselves: I am the Lord. (Leviticus 19:28 ESV) into a better perspective. 
Context means everything the context of what they were writing in Leviticus was for Levitical priest and it was not a moral sin, you were ceremonially unclean by doing those things.
I can go on and on I think this is a good place to stop. In summary of this post, don’t pull scripture out of context to satisfy yourself in not liking or agreeing with something.