Share on Google Plus Share on Twitter Share on Facebook 5 Share on LinkedIn Share on PInterest Share on Fark! Share on Reddit 4 Share on StumbleUpon Tell A Friend 1 (10 Shares)  

Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites   1 comment
Devotionals

Climbing Seven Mountains On The Road to Emmaus

By       Message        (Page 3 of 4 pages) Become a premium member to see this article and all articles as one long page.     Permalink

Related Topic(s): ; , Add Tags  Add to My Group(s)

View Ratings | Rate It

828ministries.com Headlined to H3 3/5/19

Author 1

"Religion. Jesus turned the religious world on its head when He challenged the dark powers of the false deities, worshipped in Roman-Greco culture. As we see in Matthew 16:16-19, Jesus said He was building His church upon the rock that was next to the goat god, Pan, which was connected to the cave or pit called the gates of hell (into which people were alleged to be thrown alive if they did not appease the goat god Pan in their immoral rituals and worship).

We also see Paul challenging polytheism and witchcraft in Acts chapters 14 and 19 in his gospel messages." -- Joseph Mattera

That's odd. The cited Matthew verses make no mention of Pan. That aside, the times Paul challenged false religion was always in the context of the Gospel. This is the point Mattera and the NAR keep missing. It is not about this world beloved. It is about saving people out from this world.

'Art. Paul recharacterized art and poetry by renaming and reframing their statue to the unknown God and giving meaning to popular Greek poetry (see Acts 17). A new genre of music was created for the Gentile world. Ephesians 5:18-19 says: "Do not be drunk with wine, for that is reckless living. But be filled with the Spirit. Speak to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord." "Music. Paul taught the church to make use of the Hebrew Psalms, as well as the creation of new hymns and spontaneous spiritual songs of the heart, which created a new genre of music for the Gentile world." -- Joseph Mattera

Ugh. Paul did not "reframe and rename" the statue to the unknown god. He presented the true God through the Gospel. Even his reference to new music is unfounded as Psalms were used by the Jewish people for songs long before the New Testament. Remember these are the reasons given for a Christian responsibility to change culture. That because the bible implores believers to speak to believers using Psalms and hymns that this must mean we should conquer the cultural mountain of entertainment. When we really think about it, what has the NAR attempts at conquering this mountain wrought? Jesus Culture, Hillsong, and a me-centric form of self-worship. In a matter of years we have gone from How Great Thou Art to Oh How He Loves Me. You cannot dabble in the world and not be polluted by it. We have created a new genre of music for the world that teaches a false christ and theology that will not save anyone. Consider Healer was written by someone hiding a pornography addiction by faking cancer. Consider that I am a Friend of God was written while Israel Houghton was having an affair on is wife. Consider the Gungors and all the "Christian" artists who have left the church to pursue the wealth and fame of that mountain.

"All of the above demonstrated that the church--as a new nation--was not focused merely on going to heaven but rather introduced a new vision for life on the earth related to family, politics, business, music, art and philosophy as the "new man" (see Eph. 2). The church was called to envision and walk out a new creation (see 2 Cor. 5:21) that began at the resurrection and ascension of the true King of kings and Lord of all--Jesus Christ. As they modeled the kingdom of God in their own subculture, they were able to export it to every aspect of the communal life of the city they were immersed in." -- Joseph Mattera

This conclusion is factually ridiculous. Mattera has proven nothing. He has made assertion after assertion that seem to come from only his deceitfully wicked heart and certainly not from scripture. First of all the church is not a "new nation." That is made to fit the NAR narrative. Don't you just love the downplaying of heaven? Beloved THAT is the NAR. This world over heaven. This world needs revival. The notion that the church was not "merely" focused on heaven is blasphemous. It was entirely focused on heaven and the mechanism for getting people there -- the Gospel. The new man referred to in Ephesians 2 has to do with salvation and reconciling us back to God through Christ and His work on the cross! 2Corinthians 5:21 summarizes our new roles as ambassadors for Christ in bringing the Gospel. Are you sensing a theme yet Joseph? The notion that the early church exported their subculture to affect every aspect of communal life is asinine. The church was largely persecuted in the early going. They were not trying to influence culture as much as they were trying to survive it.

"In light of this article, we need to ask ourselves some questions: Do we embody and celebrate biblical values or the values of the secular humanistic worldview? Are we a disciple of Christ who integrates our faith in the workplace, or merely a Sunday church attender? Should churches empower disciples for the workplace, or only the church place?" -- Joseph Mattera

Next Page  1  |  2  |  3  |  4

 

View Ratings | Rate It

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon Share Author on Social Media   Go To Commenting

The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Related Topic(s): ; , Add Tags

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Joel Osteen Blasphemes "I Am" (52239 views)

Why I Have Left the Assemblies of God (21536 views)

Joyce Meyer Teaching the "Relationship over Religion" Heresy (16256 views)

Joyce Meyer -- A Prisoner of Heresy (15350 views)

Bethel Teaches to Declare God is in a Good Mood and Other Insanities (11121 views)

Francis Chan Stands With Outright Heresy, Again (10582 views)

Total Views: 127084

Comments Image Post Article Comment

These discussions are not moderated. We rely on users to police themselves, and flag inappropriate comments and behavior. In accordance with our Guidelines and Policies, we reserve the right to remove any post at any time for any reason, and will restrict access of registered users who repeatedly violate our terms.

  • 828 Ministries welcomes lively, CIVIL discourse. Personal attacks and/or hate speech are not tolerated and may result in banning.
  • Comments should relate to the content above. Irrelevant, off-topic comments are a distraction, and will be removed.
  • By submitting this comment, you agree to all 828 Ministries rules, guidelines and policies.
Connect with Facebook     Connect with Twitter            Register with Facebook     Register with Twitter

Comment:   

You can enter 2000 characters.

Please login or register. Afterwards, your comment will be published.
 
Username
Password

Forgot your password? Click here and we will send an email to the address you used when you registered.
First Name
Last Name

I am at least 16 years of age
(make sure username & password are filled in. Note that username must be an email address.)

1 people are discussing this page, with 1 comments  Post Comment

Anthony Wade

Become a Fan
2 fans, 900 articles, 11 quicklinks, 543 comments, 539 diaries
Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in


Add this Page to Facebook! Submit to Twitter Share on LinkedIn Submit to Reddit


Please Comment

Submitted on Tuesday, Mar 5, 2019 at 9:10:52 PM

Author 0
Add New Comment
Share Comment
Reply To This   Recommend  (0+)
Help
 

 
Want to post your own comment on this Article? Post Comment