Archive for January, 2010

Are we better than Jesus?

Posted in Uncategorized on January 24, 2010 by mike pollie

First off I just want to say that this is just a question and if offends you then so be it.

Here goes. There is a toss up among believers (and non-believers) about non-profit organizations and why they do or don’t benefit those involved. One thing is that the 501c3 thing demands proof of many things and sometimes you need to be within certain guidelines and do certain things to stay “non-profit”. I have seen a  lot of waste in the “non-profit” realm firsthand from both believers and non-believers so thats neither here nor there.

Heres the question I really want to ask here. Would Jesus be ok with us ducking out on taxes while the rest of the world pays them. Well lets ask Jesus.”Hey Jesus these guys are trying to get some tax money from us, what do we tell them” (this is my paraphrase of the biblical narrative where they ask Jesus about taxes). “Give to ceaser what’s ceaser’s, and give to God what’s God’s”. Then again when asked how they will pay taxes Jesus sends them to go fishing and get the money from a fish mouth.

Ok lets stay on track though here. So as not to get too much into the theological ramifications of these biblical stories im going to get right to the point and be blunt about it because thats how I do things. I’m not good at seducing my listeners into believing what i say. I just kind of say it and if they have questions I give more insight as needed. So, here is the point. Jesus paid taxes. Now just today i heard a person say they think it’s great that they are 501c3 status because half of all tax money goes to weapons (thats what they tell us but i bet its way less than that because the government needs to get there pockets lined somehow and their cars and houses and jets and and and and, but that’s a different topic of which I don’t like to dwell too much on =D). But, check it out, Jesus didn’t find a contradiction in His morals because of what the government (just as much corrupt if not more back then) was doing with HIS money. Even though Jesus said to give to ceaser what’s ceaser’s doesn’t mean that takes away from the fact that God owns it ALL. It’s not ceaser’s money really but Jesus knows something we don’t know sometimes (myself included so don’t get  too offended). Money is worthless. Wow that’ll set you free right there. Jesus, the maker of heaven and earth and all that is in them, told us to give to a man what is  a man’s. And, furthermore, Jesus, not to be outdone by His creation, did exactly as He told us to do. Just like Jesus came and fulfilled the Word and Law given to the Jews for a guide to point to Himself, He also showed us that what He told us to do He Himself was going to do and ultimately fulfill.

Please don’t get me confused with some legalistic fanatic that is saying that if you are 501c3 status that you are evil and damned to hell because you are sinning agianst Christ. I do believe that God has given us grace to make our own choice on this matter. But, I do think we should ask ourselves that cliché question, “what would Jesus do”.

Like i said I’m not going to go into all the theological implications and ramifications of what I believe Jesus is saying here because I just want to take it straight forward. The government makes the money so in a way it is theirs and if they want it then let them have it. Jesus didn’t fight to keep it but rather He showed how God would provide for us (Jehovah Jireh) to pay taxes. Jesus also wasn’t concerned that the romans were going to use HIS money to fund their evil ways.

Ok I will go a little bit onto the more important spiritual implications here only because I want to combat what I believe to be false teaching regarding the whole “give to ceaser what’s ceaser’s and give to God what’s God’s” thing. Many people use this to say we should “tithe” (most people don’t even know what the tithe really is and yet the put people in bondage to it in their religious facilities and promote it as a burden or as a magic formula to gain money or lose money and that’s why I put it in quotes). The funniest thing about this is that most of those people who preach to get out “tithe” don’t pay taxes. So they pervert the latter (“give to God”) and forsake the former (“give to ceaser”). By now you might be saying, “what do you mean pervert the latter mike”? I’ll tell you exactly what I mean but not using my own words because my words are as worthless as money. God tells us what He wants us to give Him. Present yourselves a living sacrifice. Present yourselves a living sacrifice. Present yourselves a living sacrifice. Sorry but I had to do that. Paying taxes is worthless to God. What I mean by that is it’s really of not worth to God to care if all your money is taxed. He doesn’t want or even need your money. I heard a “preacher” say one time that God needs our money and i thought my brain was going to fall out trying to believe them. I say that because i couldn’t wrap my head around how that was possible when God can create everything out of nothing just by saying the word. Jesus was NEVER concerned about what He had as much as what He had to give.

In conclusion I would like to put a modern day twist on what I think Jesus would say if we asked Him about paying taxes these days. Here is it.

Give to the government what is theirs and give to God all you have to give whenever He wants it up to and including your life………..everyday not just once or twice a week =D

Whats the difference?

Posted in Uncategorized on January 22, 2010 by mike pollie

What is the difference between sinners and saints?

One thing. Jesus Christ. Thats really all it is. It’s not where I’m from or what denomination I’m a part of or how much “bad” I have or havent done. It’s about Christ point blank. If the only “good thing” i ever did was accept Christ then I am a saint.

What does this mean? This means so much that to explain it would take books and books just try to to unfold the fullness of what it really means to be a saint. But, I will try to just run down some main basics to give a good start.

First off saints are a holy people set apart for God. Now this may tend to make people think this has something to do with who we are or what we do because everyone knows that holy people are those that do holy things. The paradox is that in Christ we are holy and sanctified and blameless even though we are still sinful humans. A lot of people are still stuck in the “I’m just a sinner saved by grace” mentality. And while that may, in a round about kind of way, be correct, we are so much more than just that. We are heirs of God. Now i don’t know how you feel about this but i just don’t think God has any old person as heirs. Even the angels aren’t heirs to God. We are made lower than angels but, are heirs of God and joint heirs of Christ (who is God and actually deserves to be His heir as His beloved Son). We must all be in agreement with the Word when it says “But why are people even important to you? Why do you take care of human beings? 5You made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. 6You put them in charge of everything you made. You put all things under their control: 7all the sheep, the cattle, and the wild animals, 8the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea, and everything that lives under water. 9Lord our Lord, your name is the most wonderful name in all the earth!Ps 8:4-9. So God makes a creation a little lower than the angels but then strangely enough He decides to become a man and die for us. A third of the angels had one chance, it seems, to either side with God or side with satan. They chose satan. And, though the majority of humans choose to side with satan daily and God knows it, He gives us everyday fresh mercy to choose Christ.

So again “what’s the difference?” What does it mean that we are saints who were once sinners? It means that now we actually have power over sin. I will stop here for a brief intermission to say what I don’t mean. I do NOT mean that we are sinless and nowhere in the bible does it give the impression that believers are sinless. However the bible does talk about how we will sin less in Christ. The Word also talks about how we will also be less likely to willfully continually practice the sins that we specifically struggle with. But, the bible also says that if anyone says that they have no sin that they deceive themselves and the Truth is not in them. This is all very hard to comprehend without the Spirit. The unfortunate thing is that people try to take the bible out of context for their own theological perversions and either tell people they are going to hell if they sin or saying that God is a loving forgiving God (which He is) so you can sin all you want. Both extremes are perversions of the teachings of the bible and are not in line with scripture. The truth is that you are a saint. You are holy, set apart, blameless and redeemed eternally in Christ. You are sealed with the Holy Spirit until the day of redemption (which I interpret as the day that God fully reconciles all things to Himself in eternity future.

So what is the difference. Two words. One God-Man. Jesus Christ. Saints are not better than everyone else. Just better off. =D

Shouldn’t that be normal?

Posted in Uncategorized on January 18, 2010 by mike pollie

I keep seeing more and more these days, mostly by the “house church movement” (or “organic church” however you want to call it) people talking about how we need to be the Church daily in our homes. I see this as what the Church always should have believed and am amazed at how unnatural it seems to be to those who claim the name of Christ. I’m not just talking about a little devotional time here and there but i mean real life being lived for Christ daily. Anyone who claims Christ truthfully will also believe that this is the way it should be. The problem is that most are not doing it according to polls of “church-going” families. It is just very shocking that usually the first and foremost “thing to do” for believers in Christ is to get someone to Church on one extreme and/or on the other extreme to just get to know them really well in hopes that they may one day be like, “hey I want what you got”……..”What is it that you have again?”.

But check it out. There is a new generation that is actually doing things the “old way”. What I mean is that people are once again desiring to be the Church seen in the NT. Many people see this a s a “new” thing just as many people in the NT times saw grace by faith as a “new” thing. Fortunately God gave people like Paul the apostle the grace to explain to us that grace by faith was always the point and that Judaism was/is actually the product of faith and was a temporary religious practice to lead the Jewish nation (and those who saw them)  to Christ.

God did use the Jewish religion to lead many people to faith in Him by displaying His mercy and holiness to and through the physical and spiritual nation of Israel. In that same way (though a different not “God-ordained” way) God has used that religion of “christianity” to point people to Christ. A few quick points that I have to make to shed some light on things is this. First is that God will ALWAYS get the glory no matter what we do. When we mess up or just straight do wrong purposely God WILL still get the glory somehow. I like when the people ask Jesus why Bartimeus was born blind and everyone is like was it because of his sin or his parents sin. Jesus said that it because of neither but that God would get the glory. I know that is a stretch but I just wanted to show that God glorifies Himself regardless of what we think. Another point is that God never wanted Israel to have a king. It was NOT His idea. It was the peoples idea. But, God allowed it to glorify Himself. Not only did He glorify Himself but He used the lineage of king David to incarnate Himself in the Flesh as the physical descendant we know as Jesus. One more example real quick to wrap up my illustration. The temple. That was Gods idea right?  NO. The temple was actually Davids idea and God ordained it. David, seeing that God “lived” outside in a sense. God actually kind of rebukes David in 2 Samuel 7.

Here comes the turning point that really isn’t a turning point at all but actually the point from the beginning. God doesn’t dwell in buildings made with human hands but rather God dwells in humans He “built” with His holy hands. If you don’t believe me then read the NT. All over it talks of how we are God’s building. We are built on Christ first, and then other pieces are built on top of that foundation. Those other pieces are not physical as we tend to think or see (not in theory as shown by the institution of christianity seen in a lot of the worlds developed societies today). Those pieces are spiritual and spiritually discerned. Jesus is the cornerstone of HIS Church. I’m really sick of hearing “my church” or “their church” or “that church”. There is one Church universally and then that one universal Church meets together locally in different locations. There is no such thing (in Gods eyes as this church or that church. In fact I would venture to guess that that kind of teaching is close to damnable. I believe that is what Paul was addressing in 1 Corinthians 1 and 3 when He talks about in 1 Cor 1:13 when he specifically asks the question “is Christ divided”. We must ask ourselves that daily. We know the answer but most people do nothing about it.

Here is the point to all this. Christ is not divided and one of the big points of 1 Corinthians is that Truth. There is one  Body fit jointly together in Christ. Now what does this Body normally look like? It appears to me from scripture and from normal human living and from speaking to God that the way the Body of Christ should function is just like a healthy “normal” family. For sake of argument we will call a normal healthy functioning family one that loves each other and communicates daily and eats together and speaks to each other and lives  in harmony to the best of our human ability. This is what a lot of the “organic” and “house-church” “movements” are doing these days and to most “christians” it seems anything but normal. If 1st century believers in Christ saw all the religious things we do today and our big “edifice complex” then they would think us abnormal. A lot of “christians” think this way of doing things (the organic or house-church way) is ok but only in the confines of the institution. Unfortunately for those trying to straddle the fence like this it will never work. The reason is that the institution is too insecure that their denominational doctrines will be compromised  (non-denominational is a denomination too usually with their own set of rules lol). “Churches” are more concerned with their own agendas being endangered than the gospel of Christ being spread in the spirit of Acts 2:42-47.

In conclusion I would just like to say that we need to be asking ourselves, “what is normal?”

I’m sick of it and so is God

Posted in Uncategorized on January 16, 2010 by mike pollie

There are plenty of “christians” in the world these days but not enough people following Christ. Christians say its ok to sin and sometimes say that they do the things sinners do so as to relate to them. You know what God calls those “christians”? God calls them pretenders. God says we should not continue in sin so that grace can be that much greater. Granted we all sin whether we are in Christ or not. But, there is a difference whether people want to admit it or not. I’m not afraid to call out the fakers out there that make Christ look like another religion to follow. Jesus didn’t say follow my teachings or follow my ways or follow my example. Jesus said follow me. This isn’t a half-hearted following like religion presents.  “Aristotle says to his disciples, “Follow my teachings.” Socrates says to his disciples, “Follow my teachings.” Buddha says to his disciples, “Follow my meditations.” Confucius says to his disciples, “Follow my sayings.” Muhammad says to his disciples, “Follow my noble pillars.” Jesus says to his disciples, “Follow me.”’ (http://frankviola.wordpress.com/2009/06/22/a-jesus-manifesto-by-leonard-sweet-and-frank-viola/) please go to this website to see the full article that I got this from. This is a great point though. And when we follow Christ and not religion or teachings or ways then righteousness will manifest itself. Not to mention that when we sin we will be convicted by the Holy Spirit to turn from sin even if we struggle with it and not try to play it off as not sinful. This is the biggest problem I have with many “christians” and one of the reasons i reject “christianity” (for a great article blog post go to http://miltrodriguez.wordpress.com/2009/10/06/christianity-or-christ/ ) In the letter to the romans paul talks so straight forward to the romans that I just cant resist the God-given insight in chapters 6 and 7. This is the main reason. Paul isn’t stupid or naive and just tells it like it is without beating around lovey dovey bushes. Sin is sin is sin is sin. No matter what way you color it sin is never going to be less or greater in Gods eyes. Paul says this in romans 6 [should we continue to sin so that grace will look that much greater, not at all]. What Paul is saying here is that God didnt save us to show off our salvation as some kind of “look at me i can do what i want because im saved” thing. God saved us to show the world what HE can do through us. Jesus told us we would know a tree by its fruit. People use the excuse that they keep doing some of the things they do so as to relate to those who dont know Christ. Celebrity “christians” use this lie so much it sickens me. I love it when a celebrity actually stands up for Christ and starts to change their life for Him instead of just being a “cultural christian”. How do I know this? Well first of all it happened to all of the true converts of Christ in the early Church (pre-constantinian “christianity” for the most part is what im talking). It seems that around 200-300AD that following Christ just became another religion with rules and rituals to follow. But that is a lie. We were never meant to follow rules or rituals and when we reduce ourselves, and Christ for that matter, to a set of religious ideologies (man made at that) then we lose focus on who Christ is and those who claim to follow Him either never change or even worse think they are saved because of external (religious piety and all that religious ritualistic balogney).

What I’m trying to say in a nutshell is what Paul was trying to say to the romans in his letter to them (which by the way is God breathed meaning it is Gods Word speaking through Paul). Paul was saying that in Christ we are not sinless but at the same time should not use the grace He has so mercifully given us in Christ to excuse our sinful lifestyles and even though we all have an innate desire to sin the Holy Spirit will help us to sin less and when we do sin to not accept it as “OK”. In Gods eyes ALL sin is sin and an abomination then is an abomination now.

Do not use grace. If you want to be a religious pretender then do your thing but don’t drag Christs name down with you.

This isn’t really good news

Posted in Uncategorized on January 14, 2010 by mike pollie

So I’m not really too happy with what i see in “christianity” these days. It really looks no different from the world. What with people fighting in wars and chasing after money and houses and cars and better jobs. Now first off I would like to state that neither money, houses, or cars are inherently bad. But, when we teach that this is what God wants for us then I believe we tread on very sandy ground. We are to be first and foremost founded on the solid Rock of Christ and that Rock even more so being Jesus as the Christ as told in the bible. Now what does this really mean for the believer and the non-believer. I’m not going to beat around the bush or try to pretty it up like a lot of people these days are doing. Even people I highly agree with sometimes play down the first most important part of the gospel (good news) about Christ. This is the good news. We are sinners by nature. We arent sinners because we sin as much as we sin because we are sinners (this only applies to those who dont know Christ as those who do know Christ are sinful but not sinners because in Christ you are a new creation and now a saint, holy and perfect in the sight of God because of Jesus’ sacrifice for you). Now if you don’t know Christ than you are still a sinner stuck in your sins and are, unfortunately for you and God, destined to dwell in eternal death in the lake of fire. I say unfortunately for you and God because as for you that will stink to be in the lake of fire forever and as for God it grieves Him that the people He created would choose eternal death over the free eternal life He offers in Christ. And that is the good news right there. Though we all deserve this eternal death because of our sin and disobedience against God we all have the chance to be redeemed. Now in the worlds view (religion) you must redeem yourself. But God is so perfect and holy that we could never do that because He demands holiness and perfection just due to His very nature. But, fortunate for us, God has made a way for us and that way is Jesus the Christ. God became a man for us and that man He became lived the perfect, holy, sinless  life that we never could live and died our shameful sinful death on a cross just so we could live in perfection with God forever.

Now this is the good news.

Sinners from birth can become holy and blameless in Christ if they except His perfect holy sacrifice on the cross and believe that God raised Jesus from the dead.

If it sounds too good to be true then it is. It is too good to be true and that’s what makes it utterly amazing and that’s why it’s not only “good news” but it’s the best news you will ever accept in your life.