Before You Bash Quiboloy, Ask Yourself These Questions First

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Apollo Quiboloy is all over the place. This religious teacher, who hails from Davao is making the headlines because of the recent scandal his church had committed in the US. You might know him with his infamous proclamation as the appointed “Son of God” or his friendship with President Rodrigo Duterte. However he became a household name (and tons of memes) because of his claims of stopping an earthquake.

This popular leader have lots of questionable beliefs and practices that obviously raises questions. It’s easy for us believers to dismiss Quiboloy as a false teacher. We might not be a leading apologist but with a simple reading of the Scriptures we can easily detect what is wrong with Quiboloy. But how about these warning signs of unbiblical beliefs that we might find inside our churches and its leadership? How about blind spots that go unchecked? What if these are not grounded in biblical soils but on shaky man made traditions? What if these undermines what is a healthy church? What if your are trapped in a cult?

This article aims not to promote, side step or justify Quiboloy. Nor create a sort of hypocrite fallacy that will turn the spotlight to our very own flawed leaders. We ought to submit ourselves (including Quiboloy) over the Word of God. Also we ought to expose biblical errors from cults to the church that we belong to. That is the duty of every believer and to people who are seeking the truth. Our very aim as we search and submit to the authority of the Bible is, by the power of the Holy Spirit, convict us from our errors ,repent and do what is right.

Some of the questions here are obvious red flags and some are not. The point of these question is for us to go examine ourselves first and prayerfully ask our church leaders about it.  Before you call a church a cult or someone a false teacher,  through these questions, better do some research first. And I mean do lots of research. Calling a church a cult or it’s leadership false teachers is a very sensitive issue. There is no perfect church nor flawless church leaders.  However, if the Scripture says the opposite of what we deemed to believe as biblical specially on major doctrines then we should comply to what has been delivered once to the saints. If these questions gives you some hint, then its time to pray, examine and talk with your leaders.

If you did a quick scan of this article, you’ll find that it provides no apologetics to the beliefs of Apollo Quiboloy and his church,  Kingdom of Jesus Christ, the Name Above Every Name. If you need that kind of article, let me refer you to this post by Got Questions.

Sothe next time you bash Quiboloy, look at your own church and go through these questions:

Do they exalt themselves above or equal to Jesus?

How do they view the Bible?

Do they teach things that are unbiblical?

Do they claim titles that are not prescribed to church leaders?

Do they had claims or prophesies that didn’t came about?

When it comes to issues that are gray areas,do they show grace or are dogmatic about it? 

What are the determining factors they employ when dealing with gray matters in church and ministry?

Do they use the pulpit to attack personally  people in and out the church? 

Are they parroting teachings from questionable teachers and pastors?

What are the distinguishing factors between the leadership and lay members of the church?

Do they exhibit humbleness and servant like leadership through their positions?

How do they react when given special treatment because of their position?

How do members view and treat the immediate relatives of the church leaders? 

Do they emphasize more on being loyal rather than following what the Bible says?

Do they emphasize more on the well being of the leaders rather the welfare of the church members? 

Are they transparent in their ministry specifically in financial aspect of the church?

Do they fellowship with other churches that doesn’t belong to their group?

How do they react and treat members who disagree with their views?

How do fellow members treat you when you have disagreement or airing your opinions with your church leaders?

How do they view people who are in different churches, fellowships or denominations?

Do they encourage you to ask questions especially  uncomfortable ones?

Do you feel intimidated or loaded with inhibitions when asking questions pertaining the leaders of the church?

Are you discourage to read books or listen to sermons that are not from your group?

May these questions give us digilent to our spiritual well being and uphold the Word of God.

 

 

How To Create A Digital Rack Full of Christian Magazines on Zero Budget

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You might think that this blog is all about books. With all of those book reviews, book quotes post and freebie round ups, you’ll conclude that it’s all books. But actually this blog is not all about books. If you ask me it’s all about reading. I love reading and writing about what I read. I’m not bound to books. I read  (and collect) comic books and children’s books. I read and follow blogs.  I advocate reading to people whenever I’m given an opportunity. So this blog is all about reading and not all about books.

Loving different reading format makes me think that not all will appreciate one format, specifically books.  I believe people will read something for sure but not my favorite format. For this I know some of you folks out there, books are not your turf. Maybe you just love to read something short, with attractive photos and lots of variety of topics covered. I think you might be into reading magazines. If you’re that kind of person then this post is for you.  And I know you don’t want to pay not a single dime for it, don’t you?  Well this post is really really for you lol.

I wrote already a post on how to create a digital library of free books, so this time I’ll share you on how to create a digital rack with free magazines. I hope this will help you appreciate reading and eventually appreciate reading books.

Like my post on creating an instant digital library free, you’ll need an e-book reader. I’ll post it again here my favorite e-reader apps that, like those digital magazines are also free.

Kindle – Some tablets and phone have this app on default but you can get one for free over the Apple Store or Google Play. After downloading, create an account over Amazon. This is useful not just in opening e-books but also when you stumble upon a free ebook over Amazon (or getting a free e-book alert in your e-mail that I’ll share later) .

UB Reader – Another free app that is so versatile because it reads almost all digital format of a book.

Moon Reader – Basically it’s like the UB Reader and  but if you go for the paid one, its a totally different story. I highly recommend you get the its premium app.

And now the magazines!

But before that, I have to tell you something. You can actually subscribe or request a sample some of the magazine on the list, free of charge. Yes free physical copy delivered in your mailbox! Isnt that awesome?

 So on with the list!

Eternal PerspectivesThe ministry of author and Bible teacher, Randy Alcorn. Aside from it’s ministry updates, it also features encouraging articles that tackles doctrines and the Christian life. You can subscribe to physical copy of this quarterly magazine for free.

The Banner of Sovereign Grace Truth – This periodical is published bi-monthly that provides solid biblical truth for every member of the family. You and your family will surely find something encouraging and enjoyable through its 48 page.

Christian History MagazineLearn about Christianity and Church History through this magazine. Lot’s of well research articles and great photographs you’ll love learning by going back to this time machine of a resource.

9 Marks’ Journal – A quarterly magazine that focuses on church and ministry topics. Every issue contains relevant, insightful and helpful articles. You need an e-mail to receive the files.

The Gospel MagazineThis is probably the oldest and longest running Christian magazine in the planet. It’s been in circulation since 1766 and that’s so so old. Enjoy the latest issue or dive in with it’s massive past issues that will keep you occupied for 100 years or so.

Light Magazine – This magazine is part of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and the roster’s article contributes are superb. You’ll find this magazine a worth while read.

Reformed Perspective – The magazine is a paid subscription but you can get all the contents by free download. The magazine aims to promote reformed theology in every area of the Christian life to help learn and think biblically.

Hope you like reading these magazine over your mobile or tablet. If you know other downloadable and free Christian magazine, please comment it on the section below.

8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “Sacred Endurance” by Trillia J. Newbell

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I’m doing a giveaway tomorrow so stay tuned on this blog. This raffle is exclusive to Philippine residents only. What am I giving away? Watch out my big reveal and enjoy the SPURGE! This giveaway is sponsored by Lifeway.

Anyways, here’s some quotes from the book, Sacred Endurance by Trillia J. Newbell published by InterVarsity Press. If you like these quotes please get the book by clicking here.

” There’s nothing and no one who compares to our God. And this truth provides strength to our hearts. Our flesh may fail, our hearts may fail, but we will endure because God is the strength of our heart.”

“Troubles are part of the Christian life, but we’re instructed to take heart. How do we keep our hearts from being troubled? We believe and trust in God.”

“So how do we fight for truth and love in a world of hurt and rage? One way is to be subversive. We need fighters, but not the kind that burn down the nation. We need people willing to keep doing good. Yes, overthrow the culture with good. We need warriors willing to do good to their neighbors—as Jesus commanded us to love our neighbor.”

“Endurance that lasts can come only out of motivation marked by grace, faith, love, and God’s glory. Accompanied by the right motivations, living by grace sounds a lot like freedom, doesn’t it?”

“You and I are going to get this wrong again and again. We’re going to turn our anxious thoughts to inadequate things to give us security. We’re going to be tempted to lean on our own understanding. That’s because we have a battle with sin. But God, being rich in mercy, has given us a way of escape through his Son. And God doesn’t condemn us for our weakness; instead he invites us to come to him.”

“Our motivation comes out of our faith in a God who will never fail us. All others in our life might, but not the Lord. To fail us would go against his very character. So to be motivated by faith is to be motivated by the very character and trust­ worthiness of God.There is no foundation as sure as him.”

“The world tells us to follow the motivations of our hearts—in other words, to do whatever we want. In contrast, Scripture gives us boundaries that aren’t meant to stifle us but instead to help us to walk in the freedom of Christ.”
“The Christian life is a race that will have an end. One day we’ll be complete in glory and with Christ. We’ll receive a prize when this race is finished.But until that time, we must learn to run, endure, persevere, and finish.”

(Review copy of Sacred Endurance was provided by InterVarsity Press)

Audiobook Review: Unashamed by Lecrae Moore

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I opened the new decade with an audiobook from my Christian Audio library. As you know they have the free audiobook of the month and since it’s free I got nothing to lose. So for a couple of years I have accumulated some free audiobooks from Christian Audio. Sweet!

Before you go to the review, I would like to invite you to check some quotes from the audiobook. If you like what you read, you can buy a copy by clicking here.

Now on to the review!

Unashamed chronicles the life of Christian rapper Lecrae Moore or simply Lecrae. But first some clarifications.  If you think that a Christian rapper is an oxymoron well their is a sub culture in the Christian music scene and its doing well. If you think attaching “Christian” with the word “rapper” would make you think Lecrae’s life are all bed of roses well it is not. As you go through the book, the struggles are in and out of the Christian realm.  It is also worth saying that it would be  a cliche that rappers would be associated with a life of drugs, gangs and guns yet in this book, Lecrae confesses how those sort of stereotypes molded him to what he is (and is not) today. So by those clarifications alone you might have a hint of what to expect with this book about Lecrae.

Unashamed presents a vulnerable and honest confession of Lecrae. He takes you in his journey from his fatherless childhood, his teenage rebellion stage, his conversion, backsliding and getting up again. But in the midst of those struggles you can see how God works through (even if its not in a comfortable way). His involvement with drugs, sex and guns is examined as well as some (spoilers) controversial parts like abortion. The book tackles how hip hop music and rap influence his life and eventually the career who took. He didn’t end the book with a “happily ever after” thing. He ends it with a sort of cliffhanger that even if he on the top of his game he still struggles. And that goes to us Christians. Like Lecrae, we struggle too. But its not the end of the story for us and God.

What’s so extra special about this audiobook is not only it was read by the author himself, that is Lecrae but in the every chapter you can listen to some snippets of his songs. Some are with music and some are without, which is so cool. Also I love how Lecrae reads his book. Lecrae reading is like conversing with a friend. Totally enjoyed his voice to beginning to end.

Unashamed is not just a tell all tale of a rapper shooting to stardom but a struggle on how Lecrae fit in the secular and the Christian side. It speaks to creative Christians that doesn’t seem to fit on both sides. So take heart someone is with you with those struggles.

It’s a brief 5.5 hour listen that will take you to the world of Lecrae and shows that your not alone in struggles both the personal and the creative side. Listen to Unashamed presents what it means to be a Christian in the hard places.

My verdict:

5 out of 5

5 Fake News About Jesus Found in the Bible

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Fake news had been a household name in this social media saturated culture. In the past you can get fake ID’s, fake flowers, fake eyelashes etc., But never would we imagine a day there are fake news. This kind of news has only one agenda, that is to deceive people.

In the Bible, there are somewhat instances that are similar to fake news in our times. They are aim to blur Christ, His identity and works. Isn’t that what fake news are for? Here are five of them that talks about Jesus:

Jesus’ resurrection is a hoax. Disproving the bodily resurrection of Christ is not just a product of modern times. Before the Passover Plot or The Da Vinci Code made such claims, the people who conspire in crucifying the Lord concocted another conspiracy.

“While they were going, behold, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had taken place. And when they had assembled with the elders and taken counsel, they gave a sufficient sum of money to the soldiers and said, “Tell people, His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” So they took the money and did as they were directed. And this story has been spread among the Jews to this day.” – Matthew 28: 11-15

The fake news spread of the alleged resurrection hoax. However, the Christian message caught fire and out spread the lies that the opponents of Christ are trying to assimilate. The resurrection of Christ is where the Christian faith hinges. Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 15: 14:

“…and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is without foundation, and so is your faith.”

Jesus is just another Old Testament prophet. As Jesus ministry gain prominence, people started speculating who He really is.

Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”—Matthew 16: 13-19

As the passage indicates, knowing Christ is not dependent on popular opinion but it’s how God disclose it to someone. God has the last say on the identity of Christ.

False Christ in the end times. Before His second coming, we will hear fake news of a fake Christ and lots of them.

“Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand. So, if they say to you, ‘Look, he is in the wilderness,’ do not go out. If they say, ‘Look, he is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.” – Matthew 24:23- 28

 As you can see, many will claim as Christ and deceive many even the true Christians. As we all know, there are couple of these fakes all throughout history and will continue till the true Christ comes. And that’s no fake news!

Jesus is a drunkard and a glutton. Accusations to deter Christ character abound in those time. Because He meet people in need of the spiritual physician, He often invited to parties that the religious crowd calls sinners.

For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds.”—Matthew 11: 18-19

While the religious group look at the peripherals, Jesus points them to the fruit of their actions which shows the wisdom. The ministry approach of Jesus and John doesn’t fit the box these religious crowd had set up but in truth what they did wise.

Jesus didn’t came in the flesh. If in our modern times some people had a hard time believing in the deity of Jesus, in apostle John time, they had it the opposite. They don’t want to believe that God the Son came to the world as a human being. So before Arius made headlines centuries later, these people are causing quite a stir over the church of God with their fake news.

“For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist.” – 2 John 1: 7

The last apostle, John the Beloved, wants to set the record straight that those who teach these are false teachers. These teachers are into Gnosticism and they are polar opposite with the Christian message.

 

8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “Unashamed” by Lecrae Moore

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I started the year by checking some of the free audiobooks I accumated by subscribing at Christian Audio. I want to listen to something. If I’m enjoying podcasts over Spotify these audiobooks will fill my time with spiritual stuff. So I started with a biography from a prominent Christian and secular rapper, Lecrae.

So here’s some quotes from that bio book, Unashamed by Lecrae Moore. If you like these quotes please get the book in either physical, e-book or audiobook.

“If you live for people’s acceptance, you’ll die from their rejection.”

“If you are a politician, you don’t have a “secular” job. If you are a computer programmer, you don’t have a “secular” job. The term secular is defined as an attitude, activity, or thing that has no religious or spiritual basis. But there is nothing on the planet that God isn’t ruling over. Everything a believer touches and uses in a way that honors God is, in a sense, no longer “secular.”

“Success is not what I’ve done compared with what others have done. Success is what I’ve done compared with what God has called me to do.”

“But before God could change me, He needed to mature me. And before God could mature me, He needed to move me.”

“There is no such thing as Christian rap and secular rap. Only people can become Christians. Music can’t accept Jesus into its heart. So I am not trying to make Christian music or secular music. I’m just making music. Hip-hop, like all music, is a good thing. I could use it for evil by filling it with violence and misogyny and profanity. Or I can use it to glorify God.”

“A person can be removed from slavery in an instant, but it takes a lifetime for slavery to be removed from a person.”

“Two thousand years ago, the apostle John wrote, “For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world.”17 Not much has changed in two millennia. Achieving what the world calls “success” has taught me that these are still three of the world’s main temptations.”

“Even though He knew all my mistakes, God still died for me. I don’t even like God, and God loves me. Despite everything, God bought me at a price.”

8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “A Week in the Life of A Greco-Roman Woman” by Holly Beers

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After Christmas I’m back with my final reads for 2019 and this decade. I’ll be working on with the review that will be posted soon.

Anyways, here’s some quotes from the book, A Week in the Life of A Greco-Roman Woman by Dr. Holly Beers published by Inter Varsity Press. If you like these quotes, please get yourself a copy of this book by ordering here.

“Paul, you insult me! Surely no educated man in Asia could believe such nonsense! You say that the one true god of the world has appointed this man Jesus as judge over all of us and that his resurrection is proof of this?”
Paul’s response was equally passionate. “Yes! And the appropriate response is repentance, which means giving up our own agendas and priorities and living as this god created us to live!”

“The tone of Paul’s response caught Anthia’s attention, though she missed the end of the sentence because she could no longer hear. “Sometimes our eyes cannot see what is true. The one true god of the world has seated Jesus at his right hand in the heavenly realms. Jesus is lord over . . .” As Eutaxia had explained, Paul didn’t sound angry or superior. He sounded . . . excited. Joyful”

“Iarine just smiled and touched her arm. Iarine smiled, a thoughtful look on her face. “Yes, I’ve heard about all of it, and I know Paul.” She paused. “We have joined the Way,” she said, looking at Anthia directly. “We are now part of
the group of people throughout the world who prepare for and participate in the true god’s rule. Our allegiance is with Jesus, who is this god in human form. Jesus comforts, heals, restores,
and makes it possible for people of different tribes and peoples to come together as brothers and sisters.” She paused again, then added, “He also judges, as the true sovereign should.”

“Wait,” Linus insisted. “This Jesus is the first new human? I thought he was a god. Didn’t Paul say that he is healing only through the name and power of Jesus?”“He is both, apparently,” Zotike answered, and her husband nodded from his place next to her. “We’re not sure if Jesus is like the emperor, or if his ‘man-ness’ and ‘god-ness’ work differently,” she added.”

“When I was finally close enough, I
told him about Euxinus. I begged him to heal our son, and told him that while I couldn’t pay him, I would be willing to trade services at our fullery if he needed anything laundered.” Lampo
shook his head in disbelief. “Paul didn’t want money. He said that he isn’t healing in his own power; he is healing in the name of a man named Jesus, and Jesus heals as a demonstration of the kind of lord he is. He is a ruler who heals and restores; those are the
priorities of his kingdom.”

“The true god of the world,” declared Paul, “is the one who created all things, including humans. That god sent Jesus as the new man to show all of us how to truly live, and those who commit to Jesus and honor him with their lives will be raised into resurrected bodies as he was.”

“Priscilla took advantage of the silence, adding quickly, “Friends, I don’t want us to lose sight of the bigger picture. Jesus
is the true savior, the true lord, and these healings and exorcisms are a demonstration of that. He calls us to respond and commit to his lordship with our lives.”

““How?” Anthia questioned. “How does Jesus create a new humanity and unity among people?” “Paul talked a lot about the peace and reconciliation that Jesus
brings, peace that overcomes hostility between different peoples.” 

Superhero Movies Has (Moral) Issues

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Thanos infamous snap in Infinity War launched people not just to awe to the visuals and narrative, but also questions his motives to wipe out 50 % of all the living beings in the universe. Rarely a film would do that specially a superhero movie.

If youre a Marvel fan and followed the MCU over the decade it seems that we just go to the norm in watching a movie. We go to the movies, buy the ticket, sit down, munch our popcorn,leave feeling great and anticipating the next movie of this saga. We admire Captain America and Ironman. We got divided on which side we will go to (in the movie Civil War). And how about the sacrifice of Ironman as he takes the gauntlet and snaps back everything Thanos took away in the finale of the saga that is Avengers: Endgame.

We don’t just leave our movie houses and forget what we have watched. We bring it to our homes, to our life and to our family. We talk about it over dinner or in our coffee breaks at the office. We talk how the good story is and stunning visual effects. But there is something that we should ponder beyond that. The moral aspects of the movie. Thanos came not just to bring terror to the big screen. He came to make us think of morality. Pondering the moral issues of our superhero movies is pondering our very depth of our being. The one that has an eternal imprint.

Superhero movies matter because it shows us what reality is. Of course, it’s impossible to see aliens crashing on earth saved by his parents from the destruction of their planet. Nor we can find a Norse god who wields a hammer. The moral essence of these movies shows the reality we live in. It goes beyond the creators, the screen writers, directors and to the movie geeks. We might not admit it, it’s one of the reason why we watch it. The heroism and it’s an inescapable fact that we live on that reality. Any other way will plunge you to absurdity. These are more than some plot holes in the movie. We share something in ourselves with this movies.

Years ago I enjoyed reading this website that list down superheroes and their respective believes. You can read some of our beloved heroes are pagan, nominal Catholics and atheist.  Superman is a Christian, according to this website and it’s no brainer that his convictions shaped him. What shaped him is what affects what he’s decisions and actions are when engaging the world. Whether you’re a Christian, Buddhist or atheist, you have this lens that you use to look at the world. We call that a worldview. However, there lots of worldview out there but we should ask,what’s is the worldview that is compatible to the reality we are into? Moreover, the worldview that is compatible to this world would eventually answer ultimate questions about life.

As I ‘m writing this, the teaser trailer for the Black Widow and Wonder Woman’s 1984 dropped. Both female superhero movies that will grace the silver screens on 2020. One is a former Russian spy who left to side with good. Another is a goddess who want to use her powers for humanity. Again we are facing isssues of morality. Why would Black Widow leave her former organization to do what’s right? Should we be concern if Wonder Woman will just be indifferent with the issues of humanity and stay in her island? That would’nt be a good movie. It will be a recipe for a blockbuster flop. More than that, we won’t consider them SUPERHEROES if they do the contrary. Should superheroes be good or do selfish acts? Of course, but why? This is more than what society, culture, media or values we hold on. It’s were we anchor the very beliefs we have. How do we justify these fictional characters behavior without anchoring it to a standard beyond ourselves?

3 Things To Consider To Have A Balanced View of the Holidays

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Time and time again, we Christians go into a dispute over how we consider the holidays and everything that goes along with it. So I’ll address three issues here for I consider them as the most common that spills over social media. In this way we can give a balanced view of the holidays and enjoy it for God’s glory.

Ground it with facts and real history.  What does a history lesson got to do in celebrating with the holidays? It is to save faces and our testimony as a Christian that is. Whenever the holiday  comes, there are Christians that have some objections to some holidays. They will post their rant over Facebook for everyone to read. Whether it’s the use of the word Xmas or the practice of having Easter eggs, to the date of December 25, all seems to be a big pagan conspiracy that will keep Christians and unbelievers blinded by Satan. 

Sadly some so-called pagan origins of different holidays and traditions that comes with it are standing on faulty speculations, conspiracies and a whole lot of sensationalism. Although some believers meant it with all honesty, well being honest is not enough, even if your pastor told it . Honesty AND a healthy dose of facts with a well researched history will do the work.  Let’s throw in the hat some logic to add sense and dispel conspiracies. Do you love truth and want to please God? Get the facts straight! 

Have a biblical view of drinking and eating. You cannot separate holidays without sharing a hearty meal with your love ones.  That completes our holiday experience of being together. So how can we have a biblical view of drinking and eating? One common thing to do is to do it for the Lord.

Although the Bible condemns excessive drinking or drunkenness, it doesn’t prohibit drinking in itself. Many will object with this (and get bashed) however the Bible made it clear and we shouldn’t teach what is beyond what is already revealed.  Let us not put our own teachings against those already been instructed in God’s Word. So Christians go ahead drink, if you can handle alcohol and be moderate in drinking.

Some good Christians I know view drinking as evil, but resorts to eating to make up for not indulging to it. So they turn to eating as a way of consolation over something they consider prohibited by the Bible. Like excessive drinking, excessive eating is prohibited in the Bible. Both falls to the word, gluttony. The Bible declares it sinful. So we should have a moderate way of feasting that will connect us with our family, have fun and glorify God.

It’s an opportunity to get some rest and honor God through it. Although some holidays here in the Philippines are not geared for Christians like fiestas or Ramadan, it is not something for Christians to be guilty of if it feels like those non working holiday are like making us observing those events. Rather drag ourselves to still go to the office (if possible) and seek consolation of having a double pay, we should rest and don’t feel bad about it. It’s beneficial to the physical and spiritual well-being. And God will be honored with your rest. That goes also to churches and ministries that have employees or workers. Don’t let your workers get caught in traffic because of the religious parade just because you don’t want to observe the holiday.

Another thing, churches and ministries should consider not grabbing the opportunity for holding some activities and programs during holidays. Rather that to rest and be with the family as a blessing, churches will likely have an event for believers that could have been set on other time or day. Let us keep in mind in those family gatherings, God might use your members to reach out his loved ones.

I hope this article brought some clarity on what we should do with the holidays. Believers should be reminded that these are not doctrinal errors but a matter of preference that Christians has as freedom to agree or disagree without being legalistic. In these non essential things, may we show grace to one another as Christ showed grace to us sinners. Isn’t that what a popular holiday in December is all about?

Book Review: Carpe Diem Redeemed by Os Guinness

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Before you dig in with this review, I would like to invite you to read my favorite quotes from this book by clicking this link just in case you missed it.

Carpe Diem Redeemed is a book of kaleidoscopic convergence of different topics pertaining to time. From history, atheism, purpose, salvation, significance, truth to culture, wars, philosophy, anti-intellectualism, chronological snobbery, nostalgia, destiny all came together under one book and was handled with superb care by Guinness setting a path to the God of the Bible who has superior clarity of what it means of making much of our moment. Sure this is one endeavor that is monumental however Guinness gave us the lenses of an intellect and another is for the average Joe.

The Introduction is a bit intimidating because of the multiple quotes from prominent persons which has something to do book. Then again it serves as some appetizer of sort for the reader. It gives you the thought that whoever you are, time is essential to you. Another is that it lets you know that this small volume is filled to the brim of biblical insights on time.

As you step into the ever first chapter, you’ll find how old school Os Guinness in writing (and I think that’s why the book cover looks like something from the 80’s or 90’s cover design). The chapters are large even in this small book and the insights from Os feels like your reading an editorial.  There are lots of going on as he unravels his thoughts in the subject matter that are one point engaging then in another you’ll get overwhelm you’ll get lost along the way. In those places I suggest to keep on reading till you get back to the path. Also it will be beneficial if you’ll read this in a slow pace and consider re-reading if you miss out something from this book.

Don’t expect Os Guinness to throw bullet points about time management that easy. He did give some ways to redeem the moment but it’s sandwiched in between. Those takeaways are at “the eye of the storm” of the book, as Guinness unfolds what it really means for a Christian to seize the moment.

I like the way he incorporate his life with his family as Christians in China in this book. You won’t put down this book without being moved or into tears with his story. It’s a fascinating read as you near the end of this book.

Carpe Diem Redeemed is a short read but be prepare as Guinness shares his intellectual and biblical insights that will floor you. Redeeming the time never had this intellectually satisfying taste. So dig in and feast on this great book.

My verdict:

4.5 out of 5

(InterVarsity Press provided the digital copy for this review)