Verses Out of Context #4 : Proverbs 22:6

Train up a child in the way he should go,
Even when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6)

Just this last week, during conversations about teens and young adults who have been raised in Christian homes who have walked away from Christ, I’ve had this verse quoted to me out of context three times. Sadly, I rarely hear it used otherwise.

Usually, what I hear is, “But it’s OK – God’s promised that they will eventually turn back to Him.” followed by Proverbs 22:6.

I know this is going to burst a few bubbles, and probably upset a LOT of you, but this verse is NOT a promise – it is a proverb. There’s a big difference. Continue reading

The Warrior

As I was listening to the big windstorm blow through and tree limbs snapping around the neighborhood, I thought of an old Chuck Girard song about Easter, with an emphasis on the crucifixion. Here’s a link to a video of the song, followed by the lyrics. It’s from his Spirit Wind album; I encourage you to purchase a copy if you can find it.

CHUCK GIRARD
The Warrior
There’s a long, low cry from the heavens
As the wind blows the skin right off the trees
And the thunder splits the sky, as the silent warrior dies
And the Spirit rips the veil, as the wind slows to a breeze

There’s a long, low cry from the heavens
As the wind blows the skin right off the trees
And the heavens filled with rage, as they closed the final page
It was written, now it is finished and it will last throughout the ages

The red drops dripping slowly down as they sink into the earth below
Mixing with the wetness from the rain above,
It was sunny just a moment ago
The precious drops of his lifeblood flow,
Down the brow of his battered face
You’d think you were looking at a nasty dream
From the bottom of the depths of space
Was a moment in time when the world stood still,
As the plan took its final course
All the darkness from the past and the woe to come
Were defeated in the final divorce
As the scripture read, his side was pierced
Still there came no cry of pain
For his spirit was in flight to it’s rightful home
As the last of his lifeblood drained

There’s a long, low cry from the heavens
As the wind blows the skin right off the trees
And the early light of day, shines it’s early morning rays
On two silent figures there, as they roll the stone away

How Shall We Then Vote?

(The official stand of Warrior of Faith is that we are neutral when it comes to political candidates. That is, we neither endorse or oppose any candidate or political party as an organization. Nothing in the following post should be taken as such. — Curly)

Here in the U.S., we are close to the middle of what looks like is going to be a rather nasty and contentious election cycle. Not only that, but who we elect as President and to Congress will, more than any time in recent history, determine the direction our country will take both domestically and in foreign policy.

Quite literally, who we elect this November will decide whether our country continues to run at top speed away from any semblance of a Constitutional Republic based on a Judeo – Christian worldview, or slow that down to a walk and assess the damage such a direction has and will do to the very fabric of our society. Continue reading

A FAITH THE SIZE OF A MUSTARD SEED CAN MOVE MOUNTAINS

“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” Mark 11:22-26

What kind of mountains are you looking at right now? Is it family problems? Maybe it’s emotional or health problems or addictions maybe it’s drugs, alcohol maybe it’s looking at porn and lust or financial problems. How big is your mountain? You have to have faith that God can and will level your mountain of circumstances.

“I will go before you and will level the mountains.” Isaiah 45:2
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A Useful List

(Here’s a useful list of Scripture to meditate upon from Stitch. — Curly)

Twenty one scriptures for hard times that help grow our faith

In our lives we have twists and turns and sometimes we fall and struggle, though the circumstance we are having we have to have faith and trust in the fact that GOD is always faithful. He will hold us in His hand and when we ask, He will help us through the trying times. During times of struggling these Scriptures can and will help and help build your faith. Continue reading

Verses Out of Context #3 – Matthew 7:1

Matthew 7:1 “Do not judge, so that you will not be judged. 2 For by what judgment you judge, you will be judged, and by what measure you measure out, it will be measured out to you.

Luke 6:37 “And do not judge, and you will never be judged. And do not condemn, and you will never be condemned. Pardon, and you will be pardoned.   — Harris, W. H., III, Ritzema, E., Brannan, R., Mangum, D., Dunham, J., Reimer, J. A., & Wierenga, M. (Eds.). (2012). The Lexham English Bible. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

This is another verse that I hear quoted out of context so often that I wonder if the people quoting it ever actually read their Bibles!

I most often hear this verse quoted by people who are either using it to avoid dealing with their own sin (“you can’t say that I should stop ____. After all, Jesus said not to judge, lest you be judged!”) or believers who want to avoid conflict and use it as an excuse to keep silent on contentious issues (“well, we shouldn’t say anything about ___, because we sin too, and we shouldn’t judge others”).

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Verses Out of Context #2 – Luke 2:14

This is the time of the year when the phrase “peace on earth, goodwill toward men” seems to be on almost everyone’s lips, countless t-shirts, cards, snow globes, ornaments and even coffee cups. While the sentiment is quite desirable, if you listen to the message of most TV specials, short stories, and even some sermons (!) you will come away with the impression that the message of this verse is that God intends to shower good things on everyone just because the exist, and that the message of the angels is that it is up to us bring peace to the earth.

And it’s usually coupled with lots of warm fuzzies and the idea that we are all good people, and peace will happen if we only want it to and do a good deed here and there.

Balderdash and poppycock. Continue reading

Verses Out of Context #1: Matt. 18:18-20

As most of the Whatcom chapter knows, one of my pet peeves is the rampant habit (at least in North America) of taking Scripture verses out of context. It isn’t a minor annoyance for me, either; I have seen many, many people turn away from the Gospel, harmful and hellish false doctrines taught as truth, and faithful Christians led astray because of this practice.

So, I’m starting a series about some of the most misused, misquoted, and taken out of context verses I see and hear. My prayer is that these articles will encourage each of us to be better listeners and students of God’s Holy Word, and that we will as warriors following Christ be careful to ‘rightly divide the Word of Truth’ in order to better equip, evangelize, and give evidence of our Lord and Savior to those He brings to us in our daily lives. Continue reading

Refuge in the Lord Equals Joy

(For many of us, this time of year can be especially hard. Here’s some encouragement from a brother who knows what it is like.   —  Curly)

The book of Psalms tells me to find refuge in God. But what does refuge in God look like? I had a tough week full of fear, doubt. So after being beat down again I decided I had to get up, dust myself off again (yes again (grr)) to fight the fight of faith. I started with Psalms (as mum always said go to Psalms). God, my wonderful Father, gave me this:

Psalms 36:7
The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.

As I kept digging deeper into God’s words I came across this, the very next line.

Psalms 36:8
They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights.

Well this seemed interesting to me. But what does that have to do with taking refuge in God?
I just did not get how the two were connected. Refuge? Joy? Continue reading

Pongo on Prayer

(Pongo weighs in on this important topic — Curly)

A man took his small son with him to town one day to run some errands. When lunchtime arrived, the two of them went to a familiar diner for a sandwich. The father sat down on one of the stools at the counter and lifted the boy up to the seat beside him. They ordered lunch, and when the waiter brought the food, The father said, “Son, we’ll just have a silent prayer.” Dad got through praying first and waited for the boy finishes prayer, but he just sat with his prayer, but he just sat with his head bowed for an unusually long time. When he finally looked up, His father asked him, “What in the world were you praying about all that time?” With the innocence and honesty of a child he replied. “How do I know?I was a silent prayer.”

Today we talk about prayer, the topic I hope all of you know a lot about because it’s a very important part of your life. Unfortunately, for too many people, they wonder what all the commotion is about. They feel they have no use for prayer or time to pray for that matter. You might even be one of those persons.

People who don’t trust in the power of prayer usually fall into a couple of different categories. Continue reading