Gospel

Response to Zeitgeist (Movie)

The Zeitgeist (spirit of the age or spirit of the time) is the intellectual fashion or dominant school of thought that typifies and influences the culture of a particular period in time. (from Wiki)

Zeitgeist-themovieA friend mentioned having seen the movie Zeitgeist. I would not recommend it. (Read the film synopsis here! Excerpt from Wiki: The Zeitgeist film, according to writer Paul Constant, is “based solely on anecdotal evidence, it’s probably drawing more people into the Truth movement than anything else”. Jay Kinney questioned the accuracy of its claims and the quality of its arguments, describing it as agitprop and propaganda.)

My friend said he watched it with a few others that were interested and they would stop the movie every so often to discuss what was wrong with the movies logic and conclusions. I realized it was probably one of those movies that serve as a little raven that comes and snatched the Word from your heart:

“Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seeds. As he scattered them across his field, some seeds fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate them.” – Jesus (Matthew 13:3 NLT)

I was curious what it was all about having never heard of it before so I watched it – but before I did, I asked the Lord Jesus to watch it with me. Sometimes when I ask this, he says, “I don’t want you to watch this!” Like he did when I rented Kingsman Secret Service.

This time, I felt the go ahead. Sure enough, I was right. The first thing this movie does is to overtly try to wrestle faith in the Lord Jesus Christ from you. It goes after this hard and fast – no other faith is attacked, just Christianity.

I guess that you expect people to be good journalists and actually do their research… wait… I guess I am the only person who is foolish enough to expect people to attempt good journalism? Doesn’t anyone care about their reputation as a truth teller anymore? If you want to unpack and unravel the spiders web of lies in your mind  if you have already seen this film (totally just thought of the spiders in the elvish forest in The Hobbit) then this is a must read: http://www.gotquestions.org/zeitgeist-movie.html

But seriously, first read the above article before moving on if this topic is of any interest to you. It is actually researched. Mine is just shooting from the hip response… ok? (And it has been about a month since I watched it.)

Sadly, I had read online that this movie was part of someone’s “spiritual awakening”.

While I watched it, I not only saw through their arguments, but I also learned SO much about the ways the devil works and about Jesus. For instance, I learned about how the signs in the heavens relate to the Lord Jesus.

“Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years”” Genesis 1:14 NASB

Regarding the time of Christ’s coming:

“There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken…” – Jesus (Luke 21:25-26)

So, the stars, according to the Scriptures are for signs, and as Jesus points out, the signs relate to who he is – Yeshua – out of whom all creation sprang forth. It all speaks of him!

The movie points out (perhaps accurately?) that at the time of Moses the earth was passing into a new sign, from Taurus (the bull) to that of Aries (the ram). Jesus introduced the age of Pisces (the fish) and we are about to transition into Aquarius (the water bearer) in about a hundred or so years?

I also learned more about how Jesus relates to the sun and how astrological symbols and some sacred geometry point to and exalt Jesus. I also came to understand how many of the prophecies about Christ made so much more sense in light of all this. It was fascinating to think about! I’m sure the producers of Zeitgeist would be loathed to discover that their attempt at taking my faith from me only got me more interested in how fascinating and all encompassing Jesus really is!

Here is a prophecy that made more sense (if Jesus was indeed incorporating the religious understandings of his day as suggested by the movie – the movie is SO off base and clearly deceptive and God hating so it is hard to know what, if anything, they say is true! I am curious as to what form Jewish Kabballah (spiritual understandings and esoteric studies) was in the time of Christ that no doubt Jesus would have been speaking to (ie. the mindset/worlview of the first century Jew). Here is the Scripture:

“Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up… And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.” – Jesus (John 3:14, 12:32)

The makers of the movie Zeitgeist belabor the point of astrological signs and how Christ related. Their position was, “See! Jesus was just a metaphor for Sun worship! It is likely that Jesus Christ never even existed! But that “his” disciples were just reviving ancient Egyptian sun worship and astrology.”

Through researching the story of St. Patrick I was interested to discover that Patrick (among many others) tied his understanding  of Christ to the sun referring to the Christ as “Helios” (Greek “Sun”). I came to learn that for many early Christians, the sun itself became a powerful daily reminder of Christ (just as God always intended the sun to be). It would be awesome to reclaim this understanding and dive even deeper into understanding these things.

Ultimately God has always been the God of all humans. I wrote a little “poem” about this many years ago:

The Human God

He is not the Muslim God
He is not the Hindu God
He is not the Buddist God
But He is the human God

He is not the Morman God
He is not the Krishna God
He is not the Pagan God
But He is the human God

He is not the Jewish God
He is not the Catholic God
He is not the Christian God
But He is the human God

He is the God for every human creature
who became a human creature
to save the human creature
He is the human God

—–

I have had this feeling for some time that God is so much bigger than even the best and most pure belief system (Christianity) could possibly convey. And also this idea that Jesus Christ was the only human being who ever lived. What I mean by that is that while all of us are created in God’s image, only Jesus has ever perfectly bore that image, lived that image. Now He has become the One New Man in whom we all find our salvation, identity, and existence… no, not simply existence. He is our life.

I wrote that because my awareness was expanding. God is bigger than any of our Christian constructs. All truth is God’s truth. Everone knows something of him. There are many ‘true’ things even in other religions in the world. He is everywhere – in everyone and all things  because he is the source and sustainer of all creation. All creation is, essentially, Christ. The earth really is full of his glory just as Scripture says. It’s not his fault that we have frustrated and dulled our vision by sin of how glorious this world could be through sin yet he continues to work tirelessly for redemption for every last one of us. It’s awesome to be part of that… part of him.

Back to the movie… It was revealed (in the cross examination in the link above) that mostly the legends of a “Savior born of a virgin who did miracles” the movie put forward were largely fabricated by the makers of Zeitgeist (or others?). But, even if it were true and these legends had flooded the worlds religions and psyche prior to Christ coming on the scene, I could see two reasons for this.

The first reason is the one that the movie makers mockingly dismiss, that the devil has counterfeited the truth in a game of smoke and mirrors to inoculate people from the Truth when it did arrive. To think that the enemy wouldn’t try something like this would be a grave underestimation of the enemy. All he can do is imitate and copycat and counterfeit the real and the true because that is all he ever had to work with. Remember, all creation sprang from the One who is real and true… the Truth.

Secondly, I believe God in his Sovereignty allowed/allows the devil to counterfeit and God then uses all of these metaphors in culture (the counterfeits) for building a bridge and a common language for those who know the truth to communicate the Truth in a way the hearers will grasp. Missionaries today look for these metaphors when approaching any new culture and have great success when utilizing them. What the devil meant for evil the Lord uses for good… again.

Once you know this it is amazing how you can pick up on fascinating details about and regarding the true faith by observing the counterfeits. But, as we all know, you won’t be able to know what is counterfeit or not if you aren’t intimately familiar with the real thing – Jesus. FBI money counterfeit investigators study the real thing so well that they can spot a counterfeit. We must do the same or suffer the profound loss of believing the lie.

One thought I had while watching this movie was to ask myself, “What sort of person would entrust their everlasting soul into the care of these faithless movie makers?”

Answer: Someone who is already a God hater? Someone who has little connection to Christ and could be swayed? (I think of those who would be duped by Dan Brown’s Davinci Code and his impeccable historical and journalistic “research” years ago… not!).

It is a terrifying and sad thing to lose faith as some of you reading this know first hand. But what joy to finally arrive at and land on the Truth – Jesus. You really come to appreciate the island of Reality that is Christ in this ocean of diarrhea that is ‘the world’ after experiencing that!

The movie then seeks to underscore that the 9/11 “terrorist” attack was an inside job. They do their “investigative” work well (said ‘tongue in cheek’ considering the source). But, I must say, it is convincing even in spite of the source of the information. After hearing the eyewitness interviews I can’t say I don’t believe that it was. (I watched another 9/11 expose video Loose Change)

The Trojan Horse Effect

I have found that the devil will use a great deal of ‘true’ things to cloak his lies and he hijacks a great many things (well, everything really) that belong to God and are a Christians inheritance in order to then steal the inheritance from the believer. It is an effective tactic and I have seen so many reject true things because of it. I am always so encouraged when I run into believers who are ‘reclaiming Sacred Geometry for Jesus’ or something along those lines. I feel sorry for them though because they are up against some really tough opposition: fearful Christians who will tar and feather them and throw them under the nearest bus.

I guarantee that the results of the content of this movie will play right into the enemies hands. He wants you to distrust God and the government. I am not saying everyone in government are saints and many may well be demonically possessed and part of the illuminati (Ha!). But, over and above all of that, God rules from heaven. The devil and the demons are God’s unwitting servants anyway and so are government officials. We must, as the Bible says, respect our leaders and pay taxes because not to do so only hurts ourselves, our community, and our own families.

You have no idea how uncomfortable I am with at least questioning the possibility that 9/11 was an inside job (by our own government?) to then say, yea, let’s just do what the Bible says and respect and honor them because, of course, they have our best interests at heart. But, as I pointed out in my blog: Respect and Honor Obama, both the apostle Paul and Peter recommend honoring the emperor Nero who tortured Christians for sport and burned Rome (brought down the towers) and blamed it on the Christians (Muslim radicals in this case). Yet, The Scripture still stands. Respect leaders, pay taxes, etc… Research it yourself.

Final Thoughts

Putting aside the conspiracy theories part I wanted to spend the most time  talking about the first part (not part 2 and 3) of Zeitgeist because I think it is most important in a world as corrupt and evil as ours to have an anchor. The LORD Jesus is that Anchor. He knows all the diabolical plans that the “Illuminati” have for us sheep and we need a Good Shepherd watching out for us. Jesus is the Good Shepherd who has laid down his life for his sheep.

The stars, along with everything else, declares the glory of God and the story of God. There were elements in article I pointed you to earlier akin to demonizing alcohol because some abuse it. The author goes after the stargazers and astrologers and to be sure, anything taken apart from or removed from Christ is devilish in nature because that is what the devil does – he removes/ignores/diminishes/rejects Christ. But consider that the Magi were star gazers and it led them to the Christ. Knowing a thing or two about how God has written the Gospel in the stars is very useful. The same goes for Sacred Geometry. Jewish scholars have found it incredibly helpful in understanding things of God.

“Everything is pure to those whose hearts are pure. But nothing is pure to those who are corrupt and unbelieving, because their minds and consciences are corrupted.” Titus 1:15

I am deeply saddened by how some within Christ’s church are corrupted and unbelieving. I’ve been infected for much of my “faith” life myself and am deeply committed to the cure… Jesus, Grace, the Truth, Holy Spirit.

“The Holy Spirit is trapped within unbelieving believers and he wants out.” – Bill Johnson

I want to live pure in heart knowing there is nothing evil in and of itself and that God is all in all and… I could start sharing Scripture with you that would blow your mind and you will find unbelievable… so I won’t.

The Bible and God are true in ways that too many of us just find unacceptable. Like Nicodemus, we really “can’t handle the truth” (as much as I hate that quote as it has been used by arrogant “truth watchdogs”). I want to be able to handle the truth. I was praying about that tonight as I read John 3. I barely can accept the earthly truths and I SO want to start experiencing the heavenly truths Jesus has for us.

“Jesus replied, “You are a respected Jewish teacher, and yet you don’t understand these things? 11 I assure you, we tell you what we know and have seen, and yet you won’t believe our testimony. 12 But if you don’t believe me when I tell you about earthly things, how can you possibly believe if I tell you about heavenly things?” – Jesus

Like what kind of things? (<–Hilarious!!!)

Your replies (and challenges) are most welcome as always! Immerse yourself in God’s Word and be childlike in your trust and fully abandoned to your loving heavenly Papa! Shalom!

Related: Read more about the film here… very interesting

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My Immortal Jesus

My Immortal Jesus (Evanescence) performed by Daniel, Ellie and Emma (this is the much cuter version):

Here is another (slightly better) take I did later that night:

(Want to learn how to play it? Lyrics and chords and the story of my interpretation of this song below. HERE is a link to a tutorial on how to play this song!):

My Immortal Jesus – adapted from the Evanescence son “My Immortal”

A C#m
I’m so tired of being here
Suppressed by all of my childish fears
But Jesus never leaves –
Thank you for never leaving me
Your presence still lingers here –
You’ll never leave me alone

PreCH

F#m C#m F#m
Your wounds are here to heal
C#m F#m
Your love is just so real
C#m E Esus E
Your love’s too strong for any to erase

CHORUS:

F#m D E C#m
When we cry you wipe away all of our tears
When we scream you’ll fight away all of our fears
And you’ve held our hand through all of these years
F#m D E
So you still__ have all of me

A C#m
You captivate me by your resonating light
And now I’m bound to your life you gave for mine
Your love will lead me, and intoxicate my dreams
Your voice it chased away all the insanity in me

(PRECH) (CHORUS)

Bridge
D F#m E D
Lord Jesus thank you for your love that’s so near
Bm7 C#m D E
You make me brave just to know that you’re here now w/ me

(CHORUS)

My story and what this song means to me:

Well, it was shortly after I had learned this song that I had a dream themed around the songs idea. It is a song about a haunting. In my dream there was this woman who was seduced by an evil spirit that wanted to live in and through her. All she had to do was ritually offer herself to the spirit and stab herself. I was made aware that it was a vampire spirit and that this spirit had attached itself to me. (I had been very tired for a couple months and the existential angst had grown quite a bit. This revelation explains it. Something from the spirit realm was sucking my energy.)

I awoke to the Lord’s Presence very strong with me. He asked if I would pray the spirit of the vampire away. I prayed something like what Smeagol said to Gollum, “Go away and never come back… in Jesus name.”

The Holy Spirit then asked me if I would surrender fully to him. Why would I hesitate? I mean, think about it.

Jesus created me by himself for himself. Isn’t it right and make complete sense for the thing which was made to offer itself to it’s maker? Besides, God is love… so, I “get to” surrender to love. How awesome is that?

“Yes, I surrender completely to you!”

The LORD’s Presence was so powerful yet so very gentle. There was nothing between us and I knew it. I was completely loved and accepted. The only way I can describe it was that I felt brave in his love. I could face the world when I am submitted to him.

That was where this lyric from the bridge came from: “You make me brave just to know that you’re here now with me”. That’s what this version is about. Jesus will never leave us or forsake us. This is all the grace and strength we need to face anything and overcome all of life’s obstacles. You can get over that addiction. You can heal from that heartache or grief. There is hope to carry on… because Love itself is here with you now. One of God’s names is “I AM with you”. That may seem like a stretch for you to accept. But search it out yourself and you will discover it is true.

“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 NLT

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Hallelujah, New Verses, New Version

Yesterday I shared the song Hallelujah on the piano at a nursing home. I had written some new verses for this song and talked about one of them with the group. As I spoke about the inspiration behind it, I was deeply moved. Here is the verse:

“Those who’ve been forgiven more,
Respond with love to the Lord,
So remember all the grace He’s given to ya,
He pursues you when you go astray,
When you choose wrong and lose your way,
Forgiveness gives you back your Hallelujah!”

The Inspiration:

hallelujah-squirrel.png editedOnce while Jesus was dining at the home of Simon, a religious leader, a woman who had a reputation for living a sinful life walked into Simon’s house. She stood at Jesus feet and sobbed in Christ’s loving presence. She was so moved and grateful for the grace, redemption, and lack of judgement she had found with Jesus that she washed his feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair.

She even kissed Jesus feet and anointed them with expensive perfume. I was so overwhelmed as I spoke of how Jesus heart must have gone out to her… but then, sadly, this was compromised and soiled by Simon’s judgmental attitude toward the woman.

So Jesus told Simon a story about a king who forgave a man a smaller debt and another man a larger debt. Who do you think loved the king more?

Answer: The one who was forgiven more.

Jesus responds:

“I tell you, her sins–and they are many–have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.” Luke 7:47 NLT

Read more about that story and hear my two year old sing the song Hallelujah!

I suppose the reason I get emotional over that story is because I can so relate to being the prodigal who has been warmly welcomed home by a loving heavenly Papa. This woman’s story is the prodigal son story fleshed out in a real life event in Jesus life. The woman is the prodigal and the religious leader was the older brother. We all ought to celebrate the grace and redemption of Jesus and then, like the Father does, gently and lovingly urge the “older brothers” among us to join the party!

Here is a Ukelele version of this brand new take on the song. It has a new melody and everything!

More Nursing Home Ministry Update:

My ministry concerts just keep getting better and better. My wife asks me how my concert went day after day and my reply has been for a while now, “It was the best one yet”!

A year ago I had a desire to be able to start incorporating piano into my concerts. Now I have enough really nice arrangements of piano songs in my repertoire to fill up an hour or more and have written a few songs on the piano as well. I love it!

I wanted to learn to play Be Thou My Vision on the piano because it is such a beautiful and powerful song. Read the song story here! The first time I decided to try Be Thou My Vision on the piano at a concert I figured that I would just play block chords which I was confident I could do. Instead I was amazed when I played all this arpeggiation and how the song had such flow and feeling. It was a great feeling to have communicated the song so well!

I shared Be Thou My Vision recently in Sheboygan and one lady talked with me afterwords. “That was one of my most favorite hymns. Thank you for sharing that. I am so glad I came down and I almost missed it. I enjoyed it so thoroughly even though I am in such incredible pain!” she said as she gripped my hand.

It blessed my heart so much recently at my concert in Milwaukee when one lady afterwords said, “I just feel so full of God! I just feel so full of God!” And this after I shared with her the “Leonard Nimoy blessing” and talked about what God’s Name, El Shaddai, means. From my studies it indicates that God is the One who fully satisfies our hearts. All our longings, desires, needs, and dreams. God satisfies them all!

It is interesting to think that this is why there is absolutely no reason to sin. To sin is not to trust and to look elsewhere to meet your “needs” or to find your identity in something less than God our Good Shepherd. If Jesus is your Good Shepherd, he takes such good care of his sheep that they lie down in green pastures. You, an ignorant helpless sheep, have all that you need, you are so full of blessing to the point that your lying down at rest with all this lush provision all around you. Your thirst is so satisfied in God and the peace he gives calms your heart and mind, your cup runs over with blessing!

I’d suggest for us all to read and meditate on Psalm 23 NLT:

The Lord is my shepherd;
I have all that I need.
He lets me rest in green meadows;
he leads me beside peaceful streams.
He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths,
bringing honor to his name.
Even when I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will not be afraid,
for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff
protect and comfort me.
You prepare a feast for me
in the presence of my enemies.
You honor me by anointing my head with oil.
My cup overflows with blessings.
Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me
all the days of my life,
and I will live in the house of the Lord
forever.

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Come Lord Jesus, New Worship Song from Reflect Worship

Here is a preview of our song, Come Lord Jesus which will appear on our new album Reflect Love (currently in production):

The inspiration behind Come Lord Jesus came as I was reading a book by C.S. Lewis called the “Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe” to my five year old daughter. C.S. Lewis wrote this book as an allegory for the Gospel. There is a white witch who had kept Narnia under her spell for a hundred long years. It was always winter and never Christmas. Everyone suffered under her rule and everyone who opposed her was turned to stone.

Lion Witch and the WardrobeThen Aslan, the Creator of Narnia and the Christ figure, returns to Narnia. The white witch loses her power. Everything thaws and Spring comes in a single day. The birds are singing, trees and flowers are blooming. It is beautiful!

As I read that, a thrill came to my heart. I thought about the day when Jesus will come back to this world he created. The devil will lose his power and my prayer is that our hearts, which the devil has kept frozen, untrusting, and suspicious of the true nature of Jesus, will thaw at his return!

love and beautyThis is also what happens to anyone who comes to the Lord. Spring comes into their heart. All your life previous to knowing Christ was the longest, hardest, most brutal winter you’ll ever know and then you meet Jesus. Spring has come at long last!

The first century church had an Aramaic word they used to greet each other: “Maranatha”, which means, “Our Lord is coming” or “Come Oh Lord”.

Jesus is returning soon!

Lyrics:

Come Lord Jesus

The winters passing on and spring has
Come, come, come Lord Jesus
Our hearts are thawing ever drawing
Near to you Lord Jesus

Fill our hearts with love and beauty
Fill our lives now, Holy Sprit

The trees are reaching for Yeshua,
Come, come, come Lord Jesus
The birds are singing Hallelujah,
Come, come, come Lord Jesus

Fill our hearts with love and beauty
Fill our lives now Holy Sprit
Fill our hearts with love and beauty
Fill our lives now, Holy Sprit

Spring rain is falling down,
Spring rain is washing out,

All the filth, all the things we could do without
All the pain all the stains you are cleansing out
All the filth, all the things we could do without
All the shame all the stains you are cleansing out…

(Instrumental)

Come Lord Jesus, Come Lord Jesus
Come Lord Jesus, Come Lord Jesus

The winters passing on and spring has
Come, come, come Lord Jesus
Our hearts are thawing ever drawing
Near to you Lord Jesus

Come, come, come Lord Jesus
Come, come, come Lord Jesus

A few extra details about this song: I wrote the music for the song after a concert one day at a nursing home. It was first recorded on a smart phone the first day of Spring as I played it for Daniel Bettters, a man of God who was on his way to be with Jesus. He passed on into the next life that day and I later played this very song at his funeral. They had called the memorial service a “celebration of life”. And it most certainly was! I was delighted to hear all the amazing stories of this man of profound faith and love for Jesus. I was so excited and glad to have been there to hear of his walk to remember!

Another detail about the song is that is recorded in the Solfeggio key relating to the frequency 528 Hz – the “love frequency”. Why did I do this, well its just a way to remind us to raise our frequency to love… oh yea, and apparently it might just repair our DNA as well! =) Jesus would tell each one of us, “Love the person you are with in the moment.” This is how we will change the world.

ps. Because we love you we are offering our album, I Will Bring You Peace for a free download at our website: www.reflectworship.com

Enjoy!

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Tullian Tchividjian, a man after God’s own heart

 Tullian TchividjianTullian Tchividjian stepped down from his leadership role as senior pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida after he confesses to an immoral relationship. His wife committed adultery, he then followed the same destructive path. His last few tweets as of today were:

“I’m so so sorry. I love you all…fade to black.”

“So grateful that God is a bottom feeder.”

“No vertical condemnation does not mean no horizontal consequences. Surrender early.”

“Welcome to the valley of the shadow of death…thank God grace reigns here.”

“You and I are persistent promise breakers. God alone is a perpetual promise keeper.”
From his twitter page.

His bottom feeder comment reminds me of the song Swing Low, Sweet Chariot. As I like to say whenever I play that song, that chariot will swing as low as it has to in order to rescue the worst of us.

The Bible tells us that when Jesus suffered on the cross, He “swallowed death“. He became sin to make us the righteousness of God. Because of his love for us and for his Papa He voluntarily drunk the dregs of all it means to be separated from Love – His Papa – to rescue us from all that we had become apart from him. The way I like to think about Christ’s atonement is that Jesus has plumbed the very lowest depths of hell to rescue whoever might be there. He came for every last one of us sinners (see Ephesians 4:9-10).

Jesus took Tullian’s sin upon himself at the cross. At the cross Jesus became guilty of Tullian and his wife’s adultery and has already suffered the wrath of God on his behalf because of his great love for them. Jesus has done the same for you. He became guilty of all your sin.

Tullian is obviously receiving the forgiveness and restoration that Jesus extends to him. He has confessed his sin and can expect, along with anyone else who confesses their sin, to be completely forgiven and cleansed from all unrighteousness:

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9 NIV)

One of the comments on one of the posts on Tullians Facebook page was this:

“Tullian Tchividjian, hearing the news was heart breaking. I pray God uses this to further his gospel and pray you and your wife find common ground. You said it yourself “I am the biggest sinner I know.” You are upholding that phrase well but you are also upholding a better practice, confession and repentance. What you did makes you no less of a leader to a lot of us. Depending how you handle the situation it could even make you a bigger one. Come out of this a better pastor, father, and husband. Don’t rest and give the devil hell.”

God will and is using this to further the Gospel (The Good News) that Jesus loves and forgives sinners. None of our sin will remain secret for long. All of heaven knows all our stuff already, and the Lord has said, “you may be sure that your sin will find you out” (Num 32:23) and “God cannot be mocked, we reap what we sow”. And again, “But there is nothing covered up that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known.” (Luke 12:2 NASB)

We will all stand before God one day and give an account for our lives. Jesus has assured us we have the opportunity through trust in him and by receiving his gift of righteousness that we can stand before him pure and clean and as white as snow warmly received by cheering crowds of heavenly saints and angels because we trusted and appropriated his gift.

Or, we can hide and cling to our sin and suffer the profound shame and regret in the presence of a Holy God and all the saints and angels.

“People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.” Proverbs 28:13 NLT (NASB says “will find compassion”)

Another quote from Tullian:

“If the depths of everyone’s sin was made public, we would all be much more gracious to each other.” ~ Tullian Tchividjian

He’s very quotable. I also wholeheartedly believe he truly is a man after God’s own heart. This phrase was used by the LORD of King David. His sins were made public too. He suffered some severe horizontal consequences. Many who are reading this have as well. There is grace for you!

The thing about grace that is often overlooked, and even perhaps not stressed enough (even by Tullian) is that grace empowers us to live holy lives. To live a holy life is a New Testament imperative:

“…but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, “YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.” If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth…” 1 Peter 1:15-17 NASB

He means it. He gives us the Holy Spirit to see to it. He expects it, commands it, and demands it. So, what does being “holy” mean? I have come to learn that, just like the commitment we make in marriage, it means essentially that you become 100% God’s… i.e. wholly God’s, surrendered. This is what the Bible also refers to as, “pure in heart”. We get to surrender our all to love! This is why I love the song I Surrender All which appears on our last album:

The result of this complete and absolute and total surrender is living empowered by the Holy Spirit to do and be and live as God would have you to. His Grace (His unmerited favor) works this into our lives:

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.” (Titus 2:11-14 NKJV)

God will change us because he loves us Tullian

I still love Tullian and still think he has a great deal to contribute to the kingdom of love in Jesus Christ… in fact, even more so now. I am reminded of a quote about Johnny Cash after he passed on: “Sinners make the best saints.”

I will still recommend Tullians books and teachings (Here is one not to be missed: Jesus Plus Nothing Equals Everything!). I also suggest you visit his Facebook page and subscribe for grace filled quotes and encouragement. I pray for the healing of his marriage and that God would bless his ministry to all the rest of us sinners made saints by the grace (unmerited, undeserved, unearned favor – and smile – of God upon us) of Jesus (whose Name means “I AM Salvation”). I encourage you to run to Jesus yourself and find his open arms welcoming you back into the sweet loving fellowship of your Papa who loves you intensely and immensely.

Jesus plus nothing equals everything

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