Monday, December 19, 2011

"YOU TAKE THE BIBLE LITERALLY PREACHER!”




Oh how often I’ve been accused of such. I personally don’t know of anyone that takes the Bible literally and it’s easy to debunk that claim, buy using the Bible itself. Here are just a few verses as I’m sure the Lord will led you into many others.

Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me”






Can I really do ‘All Things’ in Christ?’ Can I make a nuclear bomb with whatever products I have under my kitchen sink or rebuild an engine with duct tape and bubble gum? No. Now if I took that verse literal, I could jump up and touch the moon or speed on the highway in route to Church on Sunday, right? No. But why not, that’s ‘All Things’ and all thing mean all things!! I mean if we take that verse as precise as it reads, we should be able to jump to the moon. How about a college student who does not study at all, then goes out and gets drunk the whole weekend before finals. Comes back to the dorm and repents of his sin, cries out to God and is forgiven. Is he not in Christ and does this mean he will now ACE those finals because he can do all things? NO.
DO NOT TAKE THAT VERSE LITERAL

John 10:9 reads; “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture”






Is this verse realistic, can Jesus really be a ‘door?’ Does He have a hinge, a knob and maybe a peep hole or is that verse to be taken symbolically? When we enter from this door do we hear a creak and does Jesus have a keyhole?
DO NOT TAKE THAT VERSE LITERAL

John 1:29 reads; “The next day John sees Jesus coming to him, and said, Behold the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world”






If we are to take that verse literal, than Jesus was a ‘lamb’ and perhaps had wool on His body and not hair. Not to mention He sounded like this “Repent….Bahhh….for the….bahhhh….kingdom of God…..bah, bah, bah…is at hand…bah, bah, bahhhhh” Is that not taking that verse in John literal? We know he was born in a manger but come on.
DO NOT TAKE THAT VERSE LITERAL

John 3:3 records Jesus saying “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God”





Now the strict reading of this verse would conclude that we need to come out from our mother again? That would be literal? Remember Nicodemus asked that very question. “Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born” As a Pharisee I think we could understand why he would ask such, as they seem to take everything to the letter. Answer, No.
DO NOT TAKE THAT VERSE LITERAL

When Jesus called a woman a ‘dog’ was she really? When Jesus called Herod a ‘fox’ was he really? When Jesus called the Pharisees ‘vipers’ were they really? When He says the blind were leading the blind, were they literally without vision?












He said, that we need to eat His flesh and drink His blood for eternal life, how literal should we do that? Only cannibals and Catholics do that. He said, if we drink of the water that He gives us will never be thirsty again, should we not drink any liquids now? He said that He was the bread of life and whoever comes to Him shall not hunger, is this ultimate diet? The example are endless.

The Old Testament is filed with metaphors, for example in Psalms 17:8 we read; “Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings” Does God have ‘wings’ or is the verse clearly speaking of His protection? Context can define those words, rather than looking for another translation or knowing Hebrew.





To answer that question, I say show me the verse in question and we will read the context to find out if that verse or verses are to be taken symbolically, or it might have a spiritual rendering, and maybe it was written in a poetic state, or perhaps metaphorically speaking. Lastly, the verse in question just might be taken literal, as context will dictate such.





“Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”
2Timoythy 2:15


DID YOU KNOW THAT BILLY GRAHAM HAD A HOLLYWOOD STAR?




THIS MIGHT BE WHOLE NEW DEFINATION TO THE WORD ‘STREET PREACHER’

Hollywood honors its own by giving those in the big screen, television, music, radio and theater a ‘star’ on Hollywood Bvld, which is known as the world famous ‘Walk of fame.’ Is this an honor or a warning from Luke 6:26?
“Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets”

God himself never gets any credit in Hollywood, as they use His Name often (in vain) and the Name “Jesus Christ!” is used frequently without recognition nor paying royalty fees. Almost every year while preaching at these Hollywood awards I remind them of such, in fact I have volunteered myself to walk on stage and take that award on behalf of God coupled with a speech. ….to date, no takers…..yet.



PRAY FOR US AS NEXT YEAR WE WILL BE PREACHING AT MANY OF HOLLYWOOD AWARD SHOWS FOR YET ANOTHER YEAR.





Peoples choice awards January 11 Nokia Theater, Los Angeles
Golden Globe Awards January 15 Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills
Grammies Feb 8th Staples Center
EMusic awards Saturday Feb 11th Hollywood
NAACP Awards February 12th Downtown Los Angeles
ACE Eddie Awards February 15th Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills
PGA Awards January 24 Beverly Hills
SAG awards January 29th Shrine, Los Angeles
Academy awards Kodak Theater Feb 22nd, Hollywood


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