Biblical Christianity vs. Traditional Christianity – part 4

Biblical Christianity vs. Traditional Christianitypart 4

This is our fourth and final installment in this series: Biblical Christianity vs. Traditional Christianity.  In order to understand this episode in this series, you will need to have read and digested the first three.  Here the links to the previous 3 parts to this series: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

During the first three installments of this series, there is a group of highly devoted religious folks that have been cheering me on in exposing the pagan-rooted, Roman Catholic traditions and practices so many, so-called Protestant Evangelical Bible-Believing churches have embraced and upheld for the last 80 years or so (but prior to that, they were ardent protesters of such things).  There is a group that has been saying – “Way to Go, Andy, you tell them … !” … but, like the commercial on TV says: but, wait, there is more.

God doesn’t want us to forget that He worked, in Christ (in the Messiah), via the Holy Spirit, through the Apostles to expose another fallacyThe Judaizers.  During the time of Paul, the apostle, there was a group of Jewish believers in Yeshua, of the background of the Pharisees, that followed Paul’s church planting routes, and attempting to corrupt those new, mostly Gentile, churches that were recently planted by Paul and/or Paul’s team, etc.  Those Judaizers attempted to intimidate, with highly persuasive speech, those Gentiles to convert to Judaism in all facets of their lives – either in order to be saved – or – after they were saved by Jesus (born again).  They wanted those Gentiles to “follow the Law of Moses” along with “following Jesus” (or Yeshua).  They would say that these Gentiles “must OBEY the LAW of Moses” in order to be saved – and/or – “they must OBEY all of the Law of Moses” in order to follow Jesus Christ (Yeshua h’Mashiach), etc. And, in some cases, as with many of the Gentile churches of the region of Galatia – they were successful, in some degree. And that is why Paul wrote the Book of Galatians, to combat that false teaching that corrupted the Gospel (read the book of Galatians).

Thankfully, we have the record of this in Acts 15:1-35.  The Council of Elders, Apostles and church leaders met in Jerusalem to examine these claims – that Gentiles coming to faith in Jesus Christ – “must be circumcised and OBEY all the LAW of Moses” in order to be saved or to maintain their salvational relationship with God in Christ Jesus, etc.  Please, read Acts 15:1-35 in its entirety, and notice the verbiage of the Letter that was sent to the Gentile churches in Acts 15:23-39 – you’ll see there is nothing laid upon the new Gentile believers that would seem, in any way, force Gentiles to observe anything within the Law of Moses, at all.  You must understand, that those Gentile churches in Galatia (region – see the book of Galatians) and in region around Antioch, only had that Letter to read – the text of the letter is in Acts 15:23-39. You would be hard-pressed to find anything in the text of that Letter that would even give a hint that Gentiles, in Christ, needed to follow any of the Law of Moses – observe the Sabbath, Tithe, Circumcision, etc.  They were free to follow Jesus Christ, within the context of the New Covenant, while being sensitive to the Jews still living around them (the restrictions regarding “things strangled, eating things with blood”, etc.). While it is clear, beyond any shadow of any doubt, the new Gentile believers in Jesus Christ were to avoid, reject, and renounce all idolatry and paganism, they were also NOT being forced to become Jews (e.g.: observe the Sabbath, pay tithes, give offerings or sacrifices in the Temple, and if you are male – get circumcised, etc. – or to observe any of the other 613 Laws of Moses to Israel, by God in that specific Covenant), etc.  That Letter put the nail in the coffin of the Judaizers’ False Doctrine that corrupted the Gospel of Christ (again, please, read the book of Galatians).

In today’s world – The Judaizers are ALIVE and WELL – repackaged in the various Hebrew Roots Movements and/or Messianic Judaism Movements, and the like, that you can find on the internet, today.  Again, as I’ve said from the pulpit many times, we, as Biblical Christians must and should know our Hebrew Rootsthere would be no Biblical Christianity without the Old TestamentBut to go head-long into any of these Movements and then become a legalist – is no different than the heresy and false doctrines that the apostle Paul (Rabbi Shaul) faced in his day with the Judaizers (again, read the book of Galatians).  It is the same set of false doctrines repackaged for “today’s world” with no difference in essential essence, etc.

Today, the scenario plays out like this – a born again Christian, finds out that many of the non-Biblical, post-Biblical, so-called Christian traditions, celebrations, practices, rituals, and yearly “holidays”, etc. are Roman Catholic. And, then, he or she finds out that all those traditions, celebrations, practices, rituals, and yearly “holidays” all have pagan roots. They were all fully idolatrous and pagan in their origin and the Roman Catholic church “Christianized” those pagan things, etc.  Then, that born again Christian stops participating in those things – or at least attempts to.  In the process he or she finds out  or “stumbles upon” some new Hebrew Roots ministry and, “coincidentally” that ministry is also exposing those pagan things of Roman Catholicism.  With very slick, highly persuasive speech he or she is convinced to follow this Hebrew Roots Messianic Judaism as a Replacement of those things he or she used to participate in.  Then, as time goes by, he or she is convinced that other born again Christians MUST or SHOULD follow all the Law of Moses, as he or she is doing, now … thus, he or she has become a Judaizer, a Hebrew Roots Movement Legalist – just exactly as those that Paul faced during his day.  Thus, the full Pendulum Swing of Extremes occurs and seems to be the normal tendency and pattern of folks realizing the pagan-roots of the many Roman Catholic traditions, etc. They go from one extreme to the other – from Roman Catholicism or Roman Catholic-Lite – to Hebrew Roots Legalism / Messianic Judaism Legalism.  And they think they are correct in their new-found religious logic.  This was also similar to what happened within the few churches in the region of Galatia during Paul’s time (read the book of Galatians).  Those churches in Galatia – for a different reason and motivation came to the same conclusion after listening to some slick, highly persuasive speech about their need to OBEY the Law of Moses in order to become good Christians or good Followers of Yeshua, etc.

Thus, God wants us to understand His Word, which is based upon what Covenant of God is in force, and the 3 P’s.  Each Covenant is a Framework of how we are to follow God and how God will both respond and bless or curse, etc. as the case may be.  The Covenant of God with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacobpreceded the Mosaic Covenant of God to the nation of Israel. It is very important to understand that The Abrahamic Covenant (i.e.: The Covenant of God with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob) is eternal and unconditional. It was partially individualistic and partially generational. It was partially related to Land and partially related to Blessing all Nations through Israel.  The Blessing part – is what we are a part ofin Christ, in the Gospel of Christ.  We see this revealed well in Romans 2 thru 4 and in Galatians 1 thru 5.  That part of the Abrahamic Covenant – has an Extension attached to it -> The New Covenant in the Messiah of Israel, the Savior of the World – Jesus Christ (Yeshua h’Mashiach).  In the New Covenant – we find in the book of Hebrews chapters 5 thru 10 and in Jeremiah 31:31-33 – it is NOT LIKE the Mosaic Covenant – it is a New Covenant – which will include Israelis and Gentiles, alike, in a New Body (see Romans 1:16; Ephesians 2:11-22; Romans 11:1-36).  And this is where the Hebrew Roots Movement Legalists get things wrong – we, Gentiles are NOT Grafted in along side or within Israel – be we are GRAFTED IN at the point of Isaac. We are grafted in as sons or children of Abraham – not great, great, great grandchildren.  Galatians 3 is very precise in its choice of words used.  We are grafted in BEFORE the Mosaic Covenant – at the point of living in the Tents with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob – in a Personal Relationship with God – in Covenant Relationship.  We must understand, now, that we are in the New Covenant in Christ.   Over and over again, we find that this New Covenant in Christ is NOT LIKE the Mosaic Covenant – at all.  It is Brand New – in the Messiah of Israel.  It is NOT a Modified Mosaic Covenant in which we must do certain rituals, fulfill certain obligations, pay tithes and offerings, keep the sabbath, be circumcised, go to the Temple, etc.  That was the way it was under the Law of Moses. But we are NO LONGER under the Law of Moses (again, read the book of Galatians).  Galatians 5:18 is very clear regarding this: “But if you are led by the Spirit, you are NOT under the Law.” Thus, if you are NOT led by the Spirit – you ARE under the Law. Which is it going to be?

Folks balk at this and say that we MUST KEEP the SABBATH – didn’t Jesus Keep the Sabbath?
Well, of course He did. He was a Jew, living during the time of the Old Covenant of the Law of Moses in the Land of Israel. He said that He came to fulfill the LawBUT did Jesus ever say that all His new Disciples in the New Covenant were supposed to fulfill the Law of Moses? Of course not. He said things that relate to the Law of Moses during the time it was in force in the land of Israel, before the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2) – such as when He healed folks and told them to go to the Temple and tell the priests certain things and to offer certain sacrifices.  Remember, the Temple was destroyed in 70 A.D. and the Levitical Priests were disbanded, as well.  Thus, there really is NO Way to fulfill the Law of Moses, since, there is NO Temple/Tabernacle  –  AND – there are NO Levitical Priests – thus all of Leviticus 23 / Numbers 28 & 29 cannot be fulfilled.  That is according to God’s Word, and should not be ignored Jesus is our sacrifice, New High Priest, and we, the Body of Christ are the New Growing, Living Temple (ref. Hebrews chapters 3 thru 10; Ephesians 2:11-22). For more on this – please, go to: The Mosaic Covenant, the Israeli “Sabbath Laws”, and the New Covenant in Messiah, Yeshua (Jesus Christ)

What should we have learned?

  1. We should have learned that God wants us to stick to His Word, alone, as we follow Christ, together, as the Body of Christ, and as local church families. SOLA SCRIPTURA – or Scripture ONLY – was the Loud Cry of the Protestant Reformation.
  2. Along with Embracing God’s Holy Word, alone – it also means that we must REJECT that which is false and Pretends to be “Christian”. We’ve seen that the Roman Catholic Church “Christianized” many idolatrous / pagan practices, beliefs, traditions, and celebrations and they are still embraced, supported, and propagated, today, as if they are really “Christian”.  But the tragedy is, that many of those “churches” that have their origins in the Protestant Reformation are now more than ever, embracing more and more of these Roman Catholic, post-biblical inventions as if they are, indeed, truly, Christian.  Thus, we must Continue to Protest and Reject such pagan-rooted and man-made religious things that pretend to be Christian, but are plainly not.
  3. We are NOT obligated, forced to, nor do we have to follow various rituals, celebrations, feast days, etc. of the Law of Moses in order to follow Jesus or to be saved by Jesus. The Judaizer Heresy of Paul’s day has been repackaged, today, as the Hebrew Roots Movement, the Messianic Judaism Movement, and other names like that. They are still pushing: that unless you are circumcised, keep the sabbath, and follow all the Law of Moses you cannot be saved or you cannot truly be living the Life our Messiah Yeshua wants you to. Anything short of that is sin, to them. We cannot avoid Acts 15, the book of Galatians and the book of Hebrews regarding what those related passage teach about this modern-day Judaizer Heresy. They all warn us about this heresy and tell us this – that we are No Longer under the Law of Moses (or under the Covenant of the Mosaic Law of Israel).  Hebrews 8:13 says, “In that He says, “A New Covenant,” He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.” -> You can’t get any clearer than that, no can you?

In Conclusion:
We must follow God’s Word, following God in a Simply Biblical way
– but it is NOT simpleton. We are to Simply Follow Jesus according to the Word of God, alone – and we cannot avoid some passages, such as those in in Acts 15, Galatians, and Hebrews to justify our modern-day Judaizer heresies we may hold. Neither should we embrace Roman Catholicism nor any pagan, worldly beliefs, traditions, celebrations and/or practices.  Just because some Christian, or so-called Christian Pope “ordained” something, or Christianized some Pagan thing – doesn’t make it a “Christian thing”.   We must, follow Jesus Christ, in the New Covenant, according to the Bible, alone – and not according to some Pope or the Law of MosesWe must be in the Simply Biblical, Sound Doctrinal Middle Ground of Biblical Christianity.


Why I am Convinced that the Bible is the Only True Word of God and that the God of the Bible is the Only Real God and Creator of the Universe – Part 2

Why I am Convinced that the Bible is the Only True Word of God and that the God of the Bible is the Only Real God and Creator of the Universe Part 2


As a former atheist, Bible-rejecter, and God-rejecter … I am now convinced of the truth of the Bible and the God of the Bible. If you have not read the first installment in this series Part 1 … please do so now by clicking here. Then, please come back and continue with this Second Installment … of why I am Fully Convinced.

In this installment, we are going to test the “truth claims” and the multiple premises of “atheism.” I put that word in quotes, as I will need to qualify what I mean by “atheism.” We will look at the general and/or common understanding of atheism as what most people understand it to be: there is no god, no personal creator being (or beings), the universe came into being by random chance with no purpose, nothing exists except for matter, energy, the laws of the universe and the universe and that is all there is, etc.

Atheism’s “truth” claims:

  1. no gods, no goddesses, no deities, no creator(s) exist … never have, do not now, and never will.
  2. materialism: all that exists is the physical universe, subatomic particles, atoms, molecules, chemicals, energy and the laws of nature
  3. the universe came about randomly, with no purpose via some sort of evolution (i.e.: various theories of origins and evolution of the universe, stars, galaxies, planets, life, etc.)
  4. when people die, that is all there is, we just cease to exist … there is no survival of the “soul” or consciousness after physical death.

This sums up the basics of common atheism held by most atheists, world-wide. Of course, there are variations, but this sums up what would commonly be accepted by a super-majority of atheists, world-wide, etc. These “truth claims” of atheism creates a Predictive Model or a set of Predictive Models from which to test. A Predictive Model brings us to this place –> if it is true, what would we expect to see in reality around us? Testing the truth claim of “no gods exist.” At first, on the surface, this supposed truth claim may seem to be something which we would not able to be tested. Well, this is a truth claim of fact. Since, this is a conclusion of proving a negative, one cannot possibly prove that something does not exist. To “prove” that no god, no gods, no goddesses exist, as an absolute claim would mean that a “tester” (a person) would have to investigate every nook and cranny of every part of the universe, just in case he/she missed something. This “truth claim” implies that some human being has gone throughout the whole universe and has fully investigated every part of the universe and found that there is no evidence of any creator god. Again, how can one prove a negative, especially something of this magnitude and import?



On the converse of this, all that a Theist has to do is prove some sort of evidence of the existence of any type of creator deity, even if it so very slight and the “truth claim” there is “no god” flies out the window.



So, if there is no god, no creator, no personal deity then we would expect never to see any hint of “engineering design” in anything we see. And, any time there is any hint of any recognizable DESIGN in Biology, Chemistry, Physics … it must be denied as having any sort of intelligent source (the atheist must defend his/her world-view at all cost). BUT, when we, as humans, see design in anything else that was created by humans, even a small child automatically recognizes and detects such design. In fact, if there is “no god”, the question comes to mind, why do we find recognizable design in nature? Why do we see Design in nature, literally and physically, everywhere we look? This is especially seen within living cells and within the DNA/RNA system. Yes, even using the word / concept “system” implies design and one more concept: Prescriptive Information.


Prescriptive Information ONLY comes from an intelligent source. In our normal, every day experience, all prescriptive information comes from an intelligent agent. The task order you filled the other day, that recipe you used to bake a cake, that Red Light and your turn signal. These are all examples of some sort of prescriptive information per their respective contexts. No one would ever think that any of those “examples” happened by accident, with no purpose. They imply that intelligence was behind all of those examples of Prescriptive Information. With this in mind, when we look inside living cells and within the DNA/RNA genetic systems, design and prescriptive information abounds. This is not denied, but it is dismissed as any evidence of any Creator God. Something that is more complex than anything any human has ever made, is denied that it has an intelligent source in any way. Unbelievable. Yet, I used to believe this way. I had to find some way to excuse this obvious sense of intelligent design in nature.



All there is, is just the Physical Universe, matter, energy and the Laws of Nature. It all happened by accident, of course. It all had some sort of origin, but the atheist cannot give the answer of where or how the universe came about from nothing. Can this premise be tested? This can easily be disproved. All I have to do is find anything that is not just materialistic, such as any metaphysical reality, and this premise goes away. Here are some non-material realities (meta-physical realities):

  1. consciousness
  2. thought
  3. ideas
  4. truth

Some may argue that these things really do not exist. Again, how can a human, that according to “atheism” is just an organized set of biochemical molecules, argue about anything? How can a randomly existing, purposeless, bag of molecules argue, have rational thought, have a sense of morality, have a sense of justice and of any sense of right and wrong about anything? If all we are is an assemblage of molecules without rhyme or reason, why does any of this matter?


If consciousness is just something that is a byproduct of the biochemical processes of the physical brain (and that is all it is), then we can cut open the brain and find it, right? If all there is, is just materialistic reality, then everything, I mean everything, can be reduced down to chemical reactions, etc. We should be able to cut open anyone’s brain and find the “mind”, his/her thoughts, and ideas. They should be measurable, detectable, and quantifiable via some sort of scientific instrument, correct? But, we cannot find those things. Those real things by cutting open the physical brain, cannot be found. What is an idea? What is consciousness? What is ‘self-awareness’? These things are real. We know they are real, because we use them, encounter them in other people, react to them, etc. We take them for granted in our everyday routines without a “thought”, pun intended.

TRUTH. If all that exists are gazillions of atoms, sub-atomic particles, molecules, chemicals, etc… then how can there be a way of determining Truth? How can a randomly, purposeless, accidental set of chemicals determine or discern if something is true or not? How can a materialistic, random set of chemicals know if something is a lie? Remember, in the beginning Nothing accidentally, randomly, with no purpose at all, became the universe as we have it today (if atheism is true). Then, some sort of evolution occurred and somehow chemicals got together for no reason or purpose and became the first living system, randomly (if atheism is true). Would we expect to be able to know what truth is, if atheism is true? No Purpose, Random, Accidental . . . does this seem to suggest a basis for Truth or determining Truth, a sense of justice, morality, etc.? Of course it doesn’t. So, when the atheist says that something is not true, or that is not moral, or that is not just or right … that atheist has no basis, according to his or her worldview. No basis . . . for judging any other belief system. We are just bags of chemicals . . .

Evolution: it is the only game in town left to the atheist. Some sort of materialistic form of evolution had to have happened, if atheism is true. Origins … how did the Universe come to be, out of nothing, from nothing, without purpose or meaning? This is entirely untestable via the scientific method. No human can go back in time and document how everything happened. So, this untestable framework has developed. It is filled with mystery and magic. It is outside of real scientific testing. If it did happen, it happened so long ago and cannot be repeated or observed. Therefore, it is outside the realm of the scientific method. It is beyond the bounds of theory and thus, it is mere speculation. This is the most expensive speculation in all of history, as most of the federal tax dollars used by NASA is to explore the universe to answer the question if there is life “out there”. That search only makes sense if one believes in evolution of life all over the universe. If evolution of life happened on earth, therefore life must have evolved on other planets, as well. Yet, no solid, scientific proof of any type of mechanism or sets of laws that would even cause the first life to have sprung forth from non-living matter have ever been discovered here on earth. Why would they think that it might be discovered on some other planet in the universe? It is NOT testable, not repeatable, not observable, therefore it is NOT scientific. It is just a fantasy, a story.


LAWS: Once a creator is removed from the equation, all that is left is matter and energy. So, where did the Physical Laws of nature come from? Where did the Biochemical and Genetic Laws of livings systems come from? Where did any of the laws of the universe come from? Laws? Yes, Highly Structured, Highly Mathematical Laws. They exist and are NOT the product of the universe. They are NOT a product of the matter of the universe. They exist and govern the various aspects of the physical universe. All of these laws can be explained via mathematical equations. Why? How did that happen? Why are these laws mathematical? How can they be so delicately interwoven with other related laws so that the universe exists and works? How did all of that just happen by random, no purpose, an accident? With everything else we relate to in everyday life, laws always implies law giver. With everything else we are used to, information, design and laws all point to intelligence, all the time we normally draw the conclusion of “someone did this” … NOT – wow this happened by accident.

When I was an atheist, it was the following question that got me thinking that “maybe there is something out there but maybe it just created everything and went away or something” ==> “Where did the highly structured mathematical laws of the physical universe come from?” Questions like these have no answers from the atheistic worldview. Why do we find order, laws, consistency, and the ability to send space probes to the edge of our solar system? We could NOT send astronauts to the Moon, probes to Mars, put up “stationary” orbiting satellites, and fly faster than that speed of sound unless we could rely upon the consistency and the universal stability of the laws of physics here on earth and throughout the entire universe. The same highly structured, interwoven, highly mathematical laws of physics exist and are experienced here on earth, just like they are on the moon, on Mars, and wherever we may go within the entire physical universe. This would NOT be expected if atheism is true and if the universe started from nothing randomly with no purpose, and then randomly expanded with no purpose guiding its expansion or creation.

No purpose implies no laws, which implies only random chaos. Why do we have Laws at all? How is it that humans can discover them, quantify them, and articulate them via Mathematical Formulas and Equations? How is that even possible in a randomly evolved universe. Why do we have stars? Why do we have galaxies? Why do planets and their associated satellites have predictable, mathematical orbits like clockwork? What we actually see, test, evaluate, use, etc… all of it points to delicately interwoven, highly structured, and highly mathematical universal physical laws that govern all aspects of the physical universe. This is real reality. This is ONLY expected in a Theistic Model of Reality (and in particular a Biblical Worldview). The atheistic worldview just says, “well, somehow, it all came to be … it exists, doesn’t it?” There is no answer as to how these Laws came to exist in the first place. And, these physical, universal laws had to exist prior to the first physical atom – so, that the atoms, molecules, chemicals would all behave correctly according to those laws … NOT the other way around. The laws come first, then the universe. That is real science. What is the atheist’s answer? –> I know what mine was, “well, maybe there was ‘something’ out there, but I don’t know …” Once, I ruled out that there might even be a personal, creator God who created everything for a purpose, I was left with vain speculations that could not be tested and a worldview that did not line up with reality.

As to “After we DIE, we cease to exist”: if atheism is true, even in this aspect, and all atheists know that they are going to die, then what’s the use of living, even for one second longer? Those are thoughts I wanted to avoid at all costs when I was an atheist. I wanted to be free of those thoughts, because those types of ideas would make me think about ultimate reality. I wanted to avoid such things. For the atheist, there is NO HOPE. Atheism is a very SAD belief system:

The leaders within the realm of atheism actually sing a consistent chorus that is consistent. Some are “evangelistic” about it, especially regarding the amoral and immoral aspects of their so-called “freedom”.  Since, there is no god to answer to, they think that they have Freedom (see Psalm 2) … then we might as well just live the way we want to. But, as to ultimate reality, death is looming and then I cease to exist, no more thoughts, no more dreams, no more living, no more (fill in the blank). Morality, is absent regarding individual behavior, but when judging the God of the Bible, it seems that atheists are the most moral.

How does Hope relate to Morality? Both imply something greater than just mere existence as an assemblage of chemicals (matter and energy, etc.). As a former atheist, I was able to defend my atheism quite well, until I was confronted with these questions of reality, especially ultimate reality … where did the physical laws of the universe come from? and what happens to me after I die? Those types of questions caused me to ponder and think deeply, since my worldview had no answers. Atheism provided me with No Hope! I was Hopeless and Purposeless. Critiquing the world-view and subsequent “expectations” regarding atheism does matter. With this kind of worldview invading every aspect of our society, from education to entertainment to government . . . it does affect all of us.



MORALITY and Atheism’s History? We know what happened when atheism came to its full power in the USSR, in Maoist Communist China (the Cultural Revolution), with the killing fields of Cambodia under Pol Pot, North Korea, etc. multiplied millions upon millions were slaughtered by those regimes that were atheistic in nature. Atheistic Humanism and Atheistic Socialism have the same ideological roots as those of the regimes mentioned. If the root is about an ideal utopia of atheistic beliefs, then anything that opposes it must be eliminated. We’ve seen this movie before. Atheism whenever it is allowed to have full power it is the most destructive evil force in all human history. Because of Atheism, over 250 million people were slaughtered. No other ideology has slaughtered so many people in all of history. Just think about the implications. Today, a nicer version of “atheism” is being put forward, but it borrows its social “ideals” of “equality”, “goodness”, “live and let live”, etc… somewhat from the Judeo-Christian worldview (or least partially). Since, atheism has no basis for morality, no basis for any sense of justice it must pull from some other set of ideologies, such as Christianity. For an atheist to have moral outrage about anything is contrary to his/her worldview.




Atheism is ultimately hopeless, purposeless, moral-less (amoral), and unable to provide any real answers to most of the questions that most humans have about life. It is, ultimately, fully selfish, careless (without any care of others), and self-centered … and may I add, dishonest. It pushes a worldview that is dishonest. It purports to be the answer or the conclusion because no “religion in the world” has the answers … especially the Bible and the God of the Bible. In fact, of all the “religions” of the world, atheists are the most militant against the Bible and the God of the Bible. It amazes me that, even in my own life, as with many other atheists today, most do not care about Buddhism, Shintoism, Daoism, Hinduism, even Islam. Their main “enemy” is the Bible and the God of the Bible. I think this is very interesting indeed.


The Worldview that Matches Reality is NOT Atheism, but Biblical Theism . . . and we will continue this discussion in our next installment

If this is helpful, please spread the word … … so that more folks can benefit and be in encouraged in the LORD … and have more confidence in His Holy Word, the Bible.


🙂 May God Richly Bless you and yours


Pastor Andy Thomas
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Why I am Convinced that the Bible is the Only True Word of God and that the God of the Bible is the Only Real God and Creator of the Universe – Part 1

Why I am Convinced that the Bible is the Only True Word of God and that the God of the Bible is the Only Real God and Creator of the Universe – Part 1

Simply put, I believe the Bible is True and the Only Word of God, and believe that the God of the Bible is the Only, Living and True God … because of Truth and that these beliefs I hold to fully Align with Reality.  I will explain this much deeper as we go along, but we need to address a few assumptions before we get into digging deeper into the set of Reasonable Reasons for Faith in God and His Word. In all discussions of seeking Truth, or seeking to Find the Truth, we must, FIRST, all have a common starting point.  We must all have some “planet-wide”, human, common, base assumptions.  Since, we are all humans (i.e.: we are all related to each other genetically) there must be some sort of common assumptions we all have. Throughout history it has been clearly seen that there is an overwhelmingly simple set of common assumptions that all humans have used and continue to use today to “Find the Truth” about anything they are seeking in normal, everyday living. Again, we are starting with a base assumption that all humans have, even young children.


We must have a base assumption or idea of what we mean by “Truth” or if something is “True”. That concept or idea relates to the concepts of consistency, integrity, faithfulness, and something that can be tested in some way (i.e. can be verified) in most cases.  The best definition I have found regarding telling the “TRUTH” is: “the accurate reporting of reality and/or of the actual facts”.  Truth is always about REPORTING something, about some event or about someone. If I tell you a LIE, I am either “twisting the facts”, “holding back some of the facts”, “suppressing some of the facts”, “not telling you the ‘whole story’”, or “I am making up something entirely NOT aligned with the facts or reality of the situation, etc.” I am not talking about making a mistake about forgetting some of the facts, in this case, but being intentional about misleading someone about what happened, etc.  Thus, I would be “reporting to you NOT what really happened” – I would, intentionally, NOT tell you the Truth about what happened, about the character of a person, or about something. We would all agree, a LIE –> is Telling or Reporting something that is NOT Aligned with Reality, NOT Aligned with the Facts as they Really happened, etc.  Once the “Facts” of the “situation” are “found out”, people can determine if the “story” or the “reporting” lines up with Reality or the Facts.  That is when folks find out that what was told to them was a LIE.  Therefore, from this base, common assumption regarding “Truth” … we can see that TRUTH is the Opposite of LIES. Yes, it is “Black and White”, always.  Again, we are not talking about shoe style preference here, but Truth compared to Lies.  “IT” is either TRUE or FALSE.  There are no GREY areas regarding TRUTH.  This is why the Judicial Courts of most countries in the World want witnesses to Tell the Truth.  Have you ever wondered why Judges do not just ask the witnesses, “please, make up a believable story about ‘such and such’, we are not really concerned about ‘The Truth’”?  I know that sounds ridiculous, but I think you see my point, here.  When “push comes to shove” we demand the truth, especially from other people.

Thus, in everyday life, we are confronted with and deal with a myriad of choices and situations in which we must DISCERN Truth compared to Lies or that which is False.  In most cases, within those situations, the Truth is obvious and the FALSE or LIES are also obvious.  The base sense we have of “does this match with reality or of the facts presented?” … “Truth” therefore is Discover-able, Observable, and Experiential, in most cases.


The next “concept” is: PREDICTIVE MODEL.  A Predictive Model tends to be a Principle, a Premise, a Statement, a Conceptual Framework, and/or a Report of a Historical Event that “says” that it is TRUE and REAL.  A PREDICTIVE MODEL typically produces an Expectation or a Set of Expectations.  Here is an Example that I hope will illustrate this concept of “PREDICTIVE MODEL” ==> “If you put your unprotected hand in the fire or in a flame (not quickly) it WILL get burned to some extent.” OK, so we see that this is a Principle or a Premise that is “spoken” or “written” and can be understood. It is TESTABLE. It gives us the Expectation that if I disobey this WARNING … ==> If I actually stick my unprotected hand in the flame of fire then I should get burnt by the fire. So, I can test this. If I put my hand in the fire, very, very quickly, only my hair gets singed. But, upon a deeper, microscopic view, I do see some of a few skin cells did get slightly damaged. So, this PREMISE, this PREDICTIVE MODEL is correct and lines up with Truth. The Expectations it presented are testable and we can see by verification that it is true. So, I can explain that predictive model this way … “I expect to see my hand to get burned in some way if I put my hand in the flame”. In the same way, the Bible is a PREDICTIVE MODEL or presents many PREDICTIVE MODELS within its text, from Genesis 1:1 through Revelation 22:21. Not everything can be “Scientifically Tested” within a laboratory, but many of its PREDICTIVE MODELS it presents, their sets of Expectations can be tested in some way… the TRUTH can be Discovered.


Let me give you an example of what I mean when I say that the Bible presents Predictive Models. Let’s look specifically at the case study of the Flood during the time of Noah. We can read about this purported historical account in the book of Genesis, in chapters 6 through 9. Parts of Chapters 8 and 9, also, contain the accounts of what happened after the Boat (i.e.: Noah’s Ark) landed and the 8 people (survivors) and all the animals aboard the Ark came out, etc.  The focus we are going to look at right now is the contents of information that relates to the actual Global Flood.  Genesis 6 – 9 makes the claim that God flooded the whole world with a World-Wide, Global Flood of Water. Genesis 7:11-12 records: “In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on the same day all the fountains of the great deep burst open, and the floodgates of the sky were opened. The rain fell upon the earth for forty days and forty nights.” In this passage it seems to point to an exact Calendar day in which certain events occurred. It mentions “all the fountains of the great deep burst open” and the “floodgates of the sky were opened”.  It wasn’t just rain, it was “fountains of the deep” What are fountains of the deep?  We still have them today, deep on the ocean floor.  They pour out subterranean super-heated water, gases, and lava (or other materials that make up normal “soil”, etc.).  When the passage mentions “all the fountains of the deep burst open” … this expresses violence and explosive power.  We can study, today, rain causes massive erosion of mountains and hills.  This action can be seen today. We watch news stories all the time on TV regarding massive flooding in various areas of the world because of hurricanes bringing in massive rains for several days.  We can see the devastating effects.  Multiply this millions of times more massive, just the rain aspect of Noah’s flood. Now add to this the effective of all the millions of ocean floor volcanoes (and maybe those above the water line, on land) all exploding at the same time all over the world.  This would be a massive, chaotic, watery, muddy mess.


So, what would I expect to see today, IF the “story” of Noah’s Flood is true, as recorded in Genesis 6-9?

  1. I would expect to find billions, if not trillions, of dead things, in sedimentary layers of rock all over the world. Massive amounts of fossils created quickly because of the layers of mud flowed quickly and covered many animals before they had a chance to decay or be eaten by other creatures, etc.  I would also expect to see more aquatic creatures than land animals in these layers of mud that turned into sedimentary layers of rock.  I would expect to find fossils of ocean creature on the top of the highest mountains (do some research regarding the amount of and the kind of fossils found on the top of Mt. Everest and other very high mountains, you’ll be amazed).
    FossilsWithOriginalTissues  FossilsWithSoftTissueList
    Also, I would expect to find “fossils” that would still be “young” enough to have remnants of collagen, blood cells, blood vessels, bone, Carbon-14 and other remnants of living material. This would be expected. And guess what? This is what has been found, over and over again. see the following links for more on this: , , , . Collagen can only last around 30,000 years (best case scenario):
    DNA and bone cells found in dinosaur bone
  2. I would expect to find Mountain Ranges that have not had much erosion on them (i.e.: new mountain ranges) and some remnants of “older” Mountain Ranges that have had a lot of erosion
  3. I would expect to see massive Inland Seas, or remnants of them (think: the Great Lakes; think: of the “Great Basin” and parts of Utah that were clearly “ancient” inland seas)
  4. I would expect to see massive Canyons carved out of soft sedimentary rock beds, but have now hardened into sedimentary rock (think: the Grand Canyon. The river did not form that canyon over millions of years… the Canyon was formed while it was still moist and massive water drained out of the inland sea like a damn bursting, that action caused the canyon to be gouged out in one or a few events, quickly. This same type of event was recorded on film in the Mt. Saint Helens area, etc.)
  5. I would expect to see sedimentary rock layers that have bends in them, unexplained bends … because they were bent and reshaped while they were all still fresh and moist (i.e. bendable)
    (ref.: )
  6. Polystrate Fossils: I would expect to see upright and upside-down Trees in many layers of sedimentary rock, since those trees were stripped by the flood and then re-deposited in new locations. Some with roots in tact, other with no roots (such as what we find in “petrified forests” all over the world) [ many images: ]
  7. I would expect to find more water deep under the ocean floor. I would expect to find all the water necessary to have a world-wide global flood as described in Genesis 6 through 9. (see for proof of more than enough water necessary)
  8. I would expect to find Genetic issues regarding humans. Thus, if some skeletons of people are discovered that are from the time period of before the Flood, they would be people who did not make it onto the Ark. Their descendants didn’t continue on after the Flood. So, their Genetic lines, Genetic nuances and Genetic differences would NOT make it into the present Human Race. The present human race, according to the Bible, is descended from the 3 sons of Noah and their wives.  We are their genetic descendants.  We are NOT the Genetic descendants of those that did NOT make it onto the Ark. Thus, if some skeletons of people are found in some caves, hunkered down, large and old looking, etc…, and they are found as if they are hiding from something, they could be those that were fleeing from the Flood but died in the Flood.  We might find some skeletons with some testable DNA in them. If scientist do find such skeletons, they would test positive as humans, but might have Genetic nuances, Genetic markers that no human today has. That would be expected if the Bible’s Account of the Flood of Noah is true. If certain skeletons are found that have no relationship with the 8 survivors of the Ark (i.e. Noah and his family), they quite possibly could have many Genetic nuances that just are NOT seen in our Human Genome, today. Yes, this would be completely expected.
    (although this link points to a study by atheistic, evolutionary scientists… this article exposes the truth regarding missing DNA from modern humans compared to this recently discovered skeleton found in Russia that is “Neaderthal-like” … proves that some “ancient” human DNA sequences from these “ancient” skeletons cannot be found in any human alive today … , again this is fully expected if the Flood during Noah’s time actually took place as described in the Bible)

Some of the expectations that we just discussed above, Atheistic Evolutionists have no explanation for, based upon their worldview, using their theories or Predictive Models. Just to let you know, I also used to be an atheist. So, I know what I am talking about. I know their arguments for proving “atheism”, very well. The findings discussed, above, Evolutionists would simply call them ‘anomalies’. But, the Biblical Expectations regarding the world-wide flood of Noah’s time fit perfectly with what we actually do find, in reality. Regarding the rest of the Bible, what would be expect to find, if it is really true? Regarding the various Theories of Evolution, if any one of them are true, what would we expect to find? Remember, each (i.e.: The Bible or “Evolution”) presents its own set of PREDICTIVE MODELS from which we can test to see if their respective Expectations line up with reality. They are TESTABLE.

In our next few installments, in this series, I will enumerate and explain my reasonable reasons regarding why I believe the Bible is the true and only Word of God, and that the God of the Bible is the Only True and Living God, the Creator of the Universe, etc.

If this article was helpful, please spread the word
… so that more folks can benefit and be in encouraged in the LORD
… and have more confidence in His Holy Word, the Bible.


May God Richly Bless you and yours

Pastor Andy Thomas
   (843) 814-1110

Our “Greater Joshua” is Conquering …

Our Greater “Joshua” …

Just like Joshua, son of Nun, who was Moses’ assistant, who then became the leader of the nation of Israel to lead them into the conquering of the land of Canaan … so it is with our Greater “Joshua” –> Yeshua or Yahshua (Jesus Christ), the Messiah of Israel, our LORD and Savior – we must allow Him to CONQUER our land, our LIVES … He Must Become our King, our God, our Master, our LORD, our Redeemer, our Savior, our Satisfaction, our LIFE. Is He the Reason for you LIFE, the very REASON you LIVE. Is JESUS your LIFE?

Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, WHO IS OUR LIFE, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory. (Colossians 3:1-4)

There are amazing parallels between the nation of Israel, Jesus Christ our LORD and Savior, and the Church, the Body of Christ. When Joshua conquered the land, of course as just a human, he was a leader of a team of tribes and each tribe was to conquer various areas of the land. In our case, being in Christ as Born Again disciples of Jesus Christ, we are not conquering our “land”, but we are “allowing” Christ to do this SANCTIFICATION OPERATION. It is cooperative, in the sense, the we must Submit and Surrender and Desire Christ to make us like Himself (that is goal – see Romans 8:29-30).  Thus, the parallel of Joshua and the nation of Israel, with their various tribes, conquering the land of Canaan so that it would become their OWN LAND … that process is a PARALLEL, symbolically, of what CHRIST is AIMING at for our lives: so that we would be COMPLETELY OWNED BY HIM in every way in every area of our lives.  AND … that HE, JESUS CHRIST, would become OUR LIFE, in every way and in every area of our lives.

Yes, this is a Burden of Love on the Part of our Savior.  He went to the Cross to Secure this in our Lives.  So, we echo that promise that the apostle Paul said to a very faithful, “on-fire for Jesus” local church family in Philippi  —

Philippians 1:6
For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.

 (also see 1 Corinthians 10:1-22)


Until Christ returns… keep the faith (Jude 1:3) …
In Christ’s Love and Truth,
Pastor Andy Thomas


The Importance of having a Biblical World-View – Part 4

The Importance of having a Biblical World-View – Part 4

Purpose and Motivation

Purpose has everything to do with aims, goals, objective, doing things with an end in mind. The thrust of one’s life that has definite goals in mind, spring from one’s sense of “purpose” (maybe even the sense of destiny). It is sometimes hard to define the word “purpose” without using “purpose” in the definition. It has everything to do with the “reasoning” behind why you are doing what you are doing.

Motivation, on the other hand is the “reasoning” behind the “reasoning” behind why you are doing what you are doing. WHAT? The question of “what is your motivation for why you are doing what you are doing?” is the key to this installment in this series of “The Importance of having a Biblical World-View”. The WHY behind it all. The ROOT of the “Whys” in our lives is our motivation, the motivating factors.

In crimes, when something is a horrific crime, we are left asking “what was the criminal’s motivation?” The criminal may have had a purpose or purposes, or did this crime “on purpose” … but his/her motivation is the root key of what detectives seek to investigate. Once the motivation question is found, the purpose, the aims, the goals, the objectives of that criminal seem to make more sense (of course some crime just never makes any sense, ever).

Purpose and Motivation are in the realms of the following questions:
– Why am I living?
– Why am I here on planet earth?
– What is my purpose in life?
– Do I even have a purpose or is life just aimless?

For most of us, at various times in our lives, we have asked similar questions, especially during times of reflection during life’s tragedies, or while we were young and becoming adults. It is at those times in our lives when we have these golden opportunities of pondering and reflecting  … those times are becoming rarer and rarer … in our fast-paced, information-filled, noise-filled lives. This may have been the reason, that even Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, “stole away” to a quiet place to pray. Getting away and focusing on God and His Word are so vital to our lives … times in which we can gain Perspective, reflect on our Motivations and Purposes in Life as followers of God, according to His Word.

Purpose and Motivation – if those concepts are FOUNDED and ROOTED deeply in a Biblical World-View, then life makes perfect sense. It may not make sense in the midst of some circumstance we find ourselves in, but in our OVERALL view of life, we find solace … peace and joy.

Just in case you missed some of my previous posts in this series and the previous series. The teachings found there may help you, as well.

The Importance of having a Biblical World-View:
Part 1 (
Part 2 (
Part 3 (

Biblical Discernment – Missing in Action?:
Part 1 (
Part 2 (
Part 3 (

Purpose and Motivation must be based upon something, otherwise life has no meaning and no use for the living. It may seem obvious, but true, tie in the real experiential concepts of “Hope” (or the lack, thereof: “Hopelessness”) along with Joy and Peace and you have the basic core relational fruits of deep intimacy with the God of the Bible (or the fruit of lack thereof, depending on one’s situation).

We all know of cases of people we have known or have heard about whose lives are chaotic, aimless, hopeless, purposeless, lacking any real motivation or ambition to live life wholesomely … etc. We have seen the FRUIT of those kinds of lives. In fact, we might have been some of those “kinds” of people. Lacking motivation, no hope, no joy, no peace, no purpose in life brings chaos, laziness, filthiness, tremendous relational dysfunction and even death. Yes, such lives are deadly. Many criminals are bearing much of this fruit.

But there is Hope:
Based upon God’s Word the Bible, we all, as humans have some common purposes beyond just normal physical survival, safety, and comfort. We have higher, and prior purposes.

In Genesis 2 we find God creating Adam and Eve to “cultivate”, “till”, or “take care” of God’s Garden. Of course, God was speaking of the Garden of Eden (see Genesis 2:15-17). From the very beginning of human creation, we have had a purpose, and that is to obey God. Our purpose is to please God, obey Him, and serve Him. We were created to serve, obey, and to PLEASE God.  We are to live to PLEASE God – that is our overall, over-arching Purpose in life, according to God’s Word, the Bible.  We are NOT to live to please ourselves, or to live to please others around us, but ONLY to Please God.  This may seem crazy, in today’s world, but let me give you a few verses that illustrate this concept of Living to Please God:

Romans 8:8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
(i.e.: “of the flesh” – unrepentant sinners, living in sin, cannot please God)

1 Corinthians 7:32 But I want you to be without care. He who is unmarried cares for the things of the Lord – how he may please the Lord.

2 Corinthians 5:9 Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to God. (see also: 2 Corinthians 5:14-15)

Galatians 1:10 For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.

Colossians 1:10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of

Ephesians 5:10 Try to learn what pleases the Lord. (Good News translation)

Ephesians 6:6 not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart

Colossians 3:20 Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 2:4 But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but pleasing God who tests our hearts.

1 Thessalonians 4:1 Now then, brothers and sisters, because of the Lord Jesus we ask and encourage you to excel in living a God-pleasing life
even more than you already do. Do this the way we taught you. (God’s Word translation)

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of
those who diligently seek Him. (yes, our Faith in God has as its aim (purpose) – to Please God).

This is just the tip of the ice-berg, so to speak, of the weight of Holy Scripture from the Old and New Testaments. If you remember some of the Old Testament accounts of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, David and others who actually pleased God. What did they eventually find out in life? Their Purpose was to live for, to obey, to have deep intimacy with, to worship, and to PLEASE God. Their purpose is our purpose, still today.

Motivations – what would motivate a person to live for, to obey, to have deep intimacy with, to worship, and to PLEASE God?

What motivates people, even today, to do certain things, even very organized, well though-out, well-planned things?

1.  Fear
       a. Fear of losing one’s own, personal life
       b. Fear of losing status
       c. Fear of losing money and/or possessions
       d. Fear of losing people you love or want
             (think of hostage situations, etc…)

2. Pride – Fame – Social Status and Respect
      —   gaining, keeping, and/or growing it
     —   (can include competition of all sorts [good or evil])

3. Possessions
      —  gaining, keeping, and/or growing it

4. Revenge, Vengeance
      —  getting even with those that have harmed me …

5. Love:  Thankful and Loyal Loving response to the personal experience of Love from someone.
             (this represents the highest motivation known to humans, by the way…)

These five areas are the core of what motivates humans to do what they do, and pretty much sums up our human experience and history. We need only reflect a few minutes to think about the horrible, selfish legacy we have throughout history from Adam and Eve unto our present time. We can think quickly of empires, kingdoms, religious fanatics, and every kind of human institution abusing and slaughtering multiplied millions for some “motivation” or another of the first 4 above.  Yet, we have a very hard time trying to find that same kind of result from #5 above. It is #5, Love, as a motivating factor, that seems to be the “new kid on the block”. When did he move in?  This is the RARE Motivation, that we are not as familiar with, but it is at the very CORE of our relationship with our God and Savior.

Jesus said, “… if you love Me, keep My commandments …” (i.e.: Obey Me) (see John 14:15,21; John 15:10)
In the Great Commission, Jesus told His apostles to make disciples of Jesus from all nations, “… teaching them to OBEY everything I taught you
…” – which means to teach these new believers in Jesus Christ, to OBEY Him (see Matthew 28:18-20).

Since Jesus touched upon every Old Testament book of the Bible and commissioned His disciples to write what we now call “the New Testament” …  teaching them everything from God’s Word, the Bible, from Genesis through Revelation, all of it, and teaching His disciples to obey all that applies to New Testament disciples of Jesus Christ.  Obedience to Christ, Pleases Him.  We are not talking about obedience that earns us salvation.  We are talking about what genuinely “saved” people are to do in life … and that is to OBEY Jesus Christ, our Master, our King, our Lord, our Savior.  Jesus is not commanding us to OBEY Him as if we are non-thinking robots, either.  He wants us to be engaged with Him as we obey Him.

But People will not want to follow and obey Jesus Christ UNLESS…  unless they are IN LOVE with Jesus Christ.

People will have
no interest
no desire
no passion
no motivation
                to OBEY Jesus – unless they have

  1. First, Experienced His SALVATION – the POWER of His SALVATION – the tranformational power of His Salvation…
  2. Have SURRENDERED unto Jesus Christ – so that Jesus is their Lord, King, Master, God, and Savior.

Has the sinner recognized that he or she is a sinner, indeed, fully a sinner, standing before a Holy, Wrathful and Just God?  Has the sinner repented of his or her sin and TRUSTED in Jesus Christ and His Finished work of redemption as his/her only way of salvation from sin’s just judgment from God? Does that person fully trust that what Jesus did for that person:  His crucifixion, death, burial and resurrection, His Finished Redemptive Work of Salvation – does he/she believe that was ENOUGH for that repentant sinner’s SALVATION? If so, that repentant sinner is, now, a born-again, new creations in Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17)

I know of many that I have sought to encourage to read their Bible, to pray, to follow Christ after they were “supposedly” saved. Yet it was like pulling teeth. Each found an excuse in their busy lives that somehow they could not find the time to get away and pray to God, to study His word, even once during the week. They had NO MOTIVATION to fulfill part of their PURPOSE of living and following God. Their interests waned and faded away. But a true, genuine, born again, disciple of Jesus Christ is IN LOVE with Jesus Christ. This does not mean perfection, but it does go to MOTIVATION. There is a a motivating factor, a power, an energy of motivation that fuels the fires of purpose for the genuine, born again disciple of Jesus Christ. They will WANT to, have a Desire to, have a Motivation to Read God’s Word, to pray to God on a regular basis.  Godly encouragement actually does help those kinds of folks, to help reinvigorate their fire of motivation to continue onward, enduring and persevering in their purposeful life.

Without the energy and fire of biblically-based, Holy Spirit-empowered motivation, God’s purposes in our lives will tend to fade away.

If you find yourself in that weird in-between area of life and God just seems to be distant, please go back to His Word, study His Word, and spend more time seeking His face. Please seek His face in prayer, NOT for stuff and things, etc… but for more of Him in your life. Seek Him for your relationship with Him to be deeper and all that He wants your relationship with Him to be. Fuel the fires of motivation with God and His Word … this will clarify your Life Purposes.

Have you ever seen or heard those interviews by news reporters in which the interviewer asks people – “what do you live for?”
It is interesting to read some of their “life-purposes”:
– my children
– my husband
– my wife
– to party and have a good time
– to help people in need
– to learn all I can about ________
– to get as much out of life as possible
– to see the world
… and many others . . ..

I rarely, if ever, heard anyone ever say – “I live for God, to obey and please Him. That is my highest goal in life.”
Yes it is very rare indeed.

Understanding, embracing, and owning: “I live for God, to obey and please Him. That is my highest goal in life.” that is what makes the
“Biblical World-View” biblically, God’s Perspective.
God wants us to have this perspective … or really for us to have HIS PERSPECTIVE on things in life and regarding life itself.

Yes, without these truths, one cannot have a “Biblical World-View”.

My hope is that every person reading these blog posts will gain God’s Perspective, and live life to the fullest of His Highest Calling in your
life for His Glory.

Live like you mean it, for Yahweh’s Sake,

God Bless,

Pastor Andy Thomas
New LIFE Fellowship

Are you Royalty? Proverbs 25:2

Are you Royalty? Proverbs 25:2

Proverbs 25:2 states a fact about God.  It is the normal, every-day duty and passion of Royalty to search out the hidden treasures of God.  Are you Royalty?

Most folks who read God’s Holy Word, casually, miss the valuable nuggets God has strategically hidden within His Word.

Proverbs 25:2 states the following:
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but it is the glory of kings to search out a matter.

What is God saying here?  Well, it seems that there is more than meets the eye, or mind, than just the words on the paper or online (depending on how you read and study God’s Word).  I am not talking of “secret” knowledge that is not already resident within God’s Word, overall, but I am hinting at the deeper meanings, the deeper connections, the networking of God’s Word interpreting God’s Word as led by God’s Spirit.

Is God hinting at something here?  Does this mean that He intentionally HIDES some things, so that just the surface reading or some traditional understanding of various passages of Scripture just do not get to the bottom of what God wants us to understand?  I believe God is saying something to encourage us, to challenge us to RISE to the occasion and act like Royalty (e.g.: kings and queens… we being born-again, we are King’s kids, of  God, who is our KING)

Could it be that God has all we need for our walk and relationship with Him in His Word?  The concept of the Sufficiency of Scripture is not as much in vogue today, but it was the CRY of the Reformation, especially in parts of Northwest Europe.  In particular the Scots and other nearby tribes, as they loudly and yet faithfully clung to the concept of SOLA SCRIPTURE (i.e.: Scripture ONLY)!

Could it also be that God wants us to passionately study His Word, and understand His Word as He intended it when it was written through His Spirit moving through Holy men of old (please read 2 Peter 1:19-21 and 2 Timothy 3:16-4:4)?

If you remember or have read the Parables section within the Gospels within Matthew 13, Mark 4, and Luke  8 (i.e.: “the Synoptic Gospels”), you will notice that Jesus taught the people in parables by sea shore of  the Sea of Galilee.  It seemed that the crowds who gathered were in awe of this new Messiah.  They loved what He had to say.  To many He was kind of like a magician and maybe even a revolutionary.  Many Israelis were looking for someone to free them from the oppression of the Roman Empire.  It seemed like Jesus fit the bill.  But Jesus sounded more like a philosopher or a seminary professor instead of some military or political leader.  Yet, when Jesus was finished with His teaching with Parables, there were some in the crowd, namely His disciples, that stayed with Him and did not quickly disperse and go home.  Jesus mentions their “seeking for more” and encourages and compliments them on their deeper search —

Mark 4:11 – Jesus said to His disciples, “To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables”


Jesus continued to encourage His disciples with the following:

Matthew 13:

16  But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear;
17  for assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men
desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear,
and did not hear it.


Those who are outside only receive God’s Word as if it is just a collection of nice sayings or Parables… but to you, to the seeker, to the passionate student of God’s Holy Word, to the one in-love with God and His Holy Word… the Mysteries of God’s Kingdom are revealed.

Please PUSH-ON and discover all that God wants you to know of His Word so that you might live for Him more effectively and fruitfully for His Kingdom Purpose He has for you life.

Live like you mean it, for Yahweh’s Sake,

God Bless,

Pastor Andy Thomas