Tag: CENI

  • Biblical Principle #161: God Accepts Certain Deviations

    Biblical Principles List Principle In certain circumstances, God accepts deviations from His instructions, when the person’s motive is to honor God. Explanation This principle is tricky to articulate. I want to be careful not to mislead anyone by misrepresenting GOD’s character and mindset. We previously established that, when GOD gives specific instructions, He expects those…

  • Biblical Principle #160: When God Specifies (Do Exactly That)

    Biblical Principles List Principle When God specifies something, He expects and demands exactly what He said. Explanation We previously covered GOD’s miraculous consumption of the sacrifice offered by Aaron and his sons as their first priestly actions on behalf of the people of Israel. Unfortunately, tragedy immediately followed this miracle. 9:22 Then Aaron lifted his…

  • Five Problems with Command, Example, Necessary Inference and Silence of the Scriptures Doctrines (CENI+SoS)

    The following is an excerpt from my book House Church Reflections. Download it free. … In our particular “fellowship,” the favorite topic to teach and preach on (based on how frequently it was discussed) was what we referred to as “Bible authority.” With regard to biblical authority, there were two fundamental doctrines emphasized dealing with the…

  • Download House Church Reflections E-Book

    In April 2010, my wife Holly and I helped start a church that meets in our home in Montgomery, Alabama. For several reasons that decision was, by far, the most difficult one I had made in my life and has, to this point, been among the most fulfilling. As that church’s fourth anniversary was approaching,…

  • The Vicious Cycle of Traditionalism (What Prevents Christians from Growing)

    Over the years, I have observed a certain cycle which exists among many Christians and churches which seriously inhibits spiritual growth, robs people of joy and keeps people from experiencing the abundant life which Jesus promised (at least, this side of heaven). Let me show you. … In northwest India there is a place called…

  • What Does the Bible Say about Giving (Tithes and Offerings)?

    What does the Bible really teach about the subject of giving—supporting the poor, tithes and offerings? You might be surprised to learn that common church practice is often far from what we read of in the New Testament. In this post, I’ll take you through the entire Bible to show you what the Scriptures really…

  • July 6 – Meaningless Worship

    Reading Isa. 28:1-15; 29:13; 28:16-29; 22:1-14; 29:1-8; 33:1; 29:9-21 Devotional As Isaiah continues to write GOD’s condemnation of the pitiful state of affairs in Israel and the coming spiritual relapse in Judah, we find a very insightful statement in Isa. 29:13: 13 Therefore the Lord said: “Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths…

  • July 4 – One Life to Live; Make it Count

    Reading 2 Chron. 29:3-36; 30:1-27; 31:1-21 Devotional Each of us has only one life to live. It’s one of the first lessons we learn—that people are born, they grow up, grow old and eventually they die—but it’s also one of the easiest lessons to forget. We easily get wrapped up in life’s little moments and,…

  • Singing and Instruments in Worship (What the Bible really says)

    In this article, I examine what the Bible really says about the subject of singing and using musical instruments in worship. This is an emotional topic for many people. To help ensure we consider the subject honestly and without predetermined conclusion, let’s pause and pray for GOD’s blessing. What is worship, exactly? Before we dive in,…

  • How Should I Interpret the Bible? (Without Worrying about “Hermeneutics”)

    People often ask, “How should I interpret the Bible?” It’s an important question. If we approach the Bible effectively, we’ll be pointed in the right direction toward knowing GOD. If not, we’re likely to become confused or trapped in religious tradition. Keep it Simple I prefer to think in simple terms. GOD worded the Bible in…