Category: Martin Luther

Finding a Christian Church

Amid the noise and haste

In this first part of a two part discussion on what is a church, Pastor Gary and I start with a problem that we discussed last week about people not knowing what church is, or even if it’s Christian or not. It’s interesting that people would equate the word “church” with anything other than Christian, and it’s even more interesting that people, rather than actually find out or ask what church is, make up a definition on the fly. But what if one day you suddenly find that you need a church? How would you recognize a church? Is it where they sing songs? And listen to a guy “preach” about living a so called Christian life by giving you pointers about morals and such?
What if it’s not about that at all? What about a place where God has promised to be for you?

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Also, we discovered something interesting about people these days. The word “church” does not, in people’s minds, automatically mean it’s about Christian anything. In the minds of many people, Church could be Muslim or Christian, or any given sect of any religion. Strange, of course, since the word used to be exclusively Christian.


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Be Believe it’s Magic!

Bedknobs and Broomsticks and Bibles, Oh My!

Do Christians sometimes Practice Magic in God’s name? Here’s the deal. Martin Luther, in his Small Catechism, said concerning the second commandment:

We should fear and love God that we may not curse, swear, use witchcraft, lie, or deceive by His name, but call upon it in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks.

Now, think about this for a second. How many ways are there to “Use Witchcraft” in God’s name? What if the “witchcraft” is cleverly cloaked in evangelical rituals like word/faith prayers that call upon power to manifest changes in reality? What if it were people cursing each other by misusing Jesus’ teaching on “cursing the fig tree” in Matthew 21:18? How about swearing by God’s name while telling a lie? How about when people try to buy power with their tithes? How about when people call upon “Prophets” of our age to divine the future for us like King Saul did with the witch of Endor in 1st Samuel 28? These seem crass, but they are happening in Churches all around Florida and the Space Coast.


I Believe it’s Magic!

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