The Need for a Definition

What does “persecution” mean? An inadequate definition can lead to an inappropriate response, or worse, not being able to recognize the subtle existence of a type of persecution in a person’s own context. Examples of a definition can be found in the Bad Urach Statement (published by the International Institute for Religious Freedom), the writings […]

Suffering and the Mission of God–continued

Theological and missiological Perspectives I want to deal with the reality of persecution and suffering for Christ’s sake from theological and missiological perspectives. Since theology is an intellectual exercise, some feel that it is not related to real life, and therefore is impractical and not something a serious practitioner of ministry need bother with. There […]

Surrendering to the True and Living God

The idea of surrendering our minds and autonomy to God is a contradiction to the Enlightenment mind which sought (and still seeks) to free us from all restraints, especially dogmatic religious restraints or authority. Humanity was placed in a box where only reason reigned and one could not step outside this box to validate truth […]

The Need to Evaluate Truth

Watchman Nee has written some excellent instructions regarding the danger of emptying one’s mind and being passive in receiving truth. He says: “Should anyone allow his heart to cease thinking, searching, and deciding and to no longer check his experience and action against the Bible, he is practically inviting Satan to invade his mind and […]

How do we know what is asserted as truth is true?

Another question raised is how can we judge the validity of the truth we hear from God through the Holy Spirit, since it is in the subjective, spiritual realm?  If the truth comes from God, what standard higher than God can we use to evaluate God? That is an absurd question and it does not […]

The Rational Mind and Spiritual Intuition

Our culture would insist that we must base knowing on gathering objective and concrete facts before we decide to believe or not. That may work in science but not in the spiritual dimension. The scientific methodology puts us in a box and does not allow anything that is outside the box and not provable through […]

The Deity and Lordship of Jesus Christ

When looking at the history of the church and the contemporary situation it is clear that the witness to the deity and lordship of Christ causes resistance, hostility, and persecution. There is no question that the New Testament writers believed Jesus to be the Lord. By this, they meant that Jesus is the Christ, the […]