I said this the other day on Facebook, and someone asked what deliverance was.

Deliverance is when you’re truly free: when what had you bound has no power over you, when it does not move you and cannot tempt you.

How then, do we get free and stay free? yes, someone can come and cast the devil but unless we deal with the root causes of bondage, we will just end up worse than before (Luke 11:24-26). We do have some measure of responsibility in staying free. I don’t believe this has to be complicated.

The short answer on staying free is… not necessarily in this order…

1. When tempted, pray, and pray hard.
2. Separate yourself from the source of temptation.
3. Stay in the word
4. When tempted, and prayer seems hard, go into worship.
5. Fast.
6. verbally renounce the thing tempting you
7. Deal with the underlying tendencies, circumstances, and experiences which left you susceptible.
8. Take responsibility for your own role in becoming bound.

This isn’t so much about trying to do it in your own strength but rather about running straight to God when temptation comes.

Think you’re not traditional?

For the first 300 years of the church, there were no church buildings, no professional class of clergy, no Sunday worship, no Easter… these things came into play when Constantine hijacked the religion, blended it with the pagan Roman religion, of which he was Pontifex Maximus. Does that title sound familiar?

Yet today, we place so much emphasis on these traditions, to the extent that we will actually refuse to fellowship with people who don’t conform to them…

Thoughts on Valentine’s Day

“Therefore concerning the eating of things sacrificed to idols, we know that there is no such thing as an idol in the world, and that there is no God but one.” (1 Corinthians 8:4)

In today’s church, many┬ápeople twist scripture to justify conforming to the world. Taking one verse out of the context of the whole of scripture might satisfy someone’s need to rationalize conforming to this world, but it’s not truthful. Paul spoke concerning food, and in particular eating out of necessity. For example, some of the early saints lived in households which were unsaved and ate food dedicated to various gods. In such cases, the idol was nothing. How can we come to this conclusion? In Acts 15:29, the new gentile converts were told NOT to eat thing sacrificed to idols, so it is clear from context that the permission given in 1 Cor. 8:4 is situation-specific, and not a green light to go and willfully participate in the worship of other gods.

Thus we must understand that when one believes that 1 Cor. 8:4 can be used to justify celebrating Valentine’s day or other pagan holidays, one has been deceived by the enemy.

You may not want to hear this, but then the Bible did warn that a time would come when people could not endure sound doctrine…