Personally I Believe

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on December 7, 2011 by mike pollie

We all have ways of believing that are different from what others or orthodoxy say we should believe. This is a big problem for me (and maybe others) because I always seem to be stuck somewhere between pharisee and heretic. I don’t want to be either but that just seems to be what happens. I want to be able to uphold sound doctrine from the bible while also not being so set in my interpretations and beliefs that I deny others their rights as believers to have interpretations and beliefs. One person believes its ok to casually use slang words while another (like myself) feels any vain word is sinful. One person believes divorce can be justified while another (like myself) believes that apart from adultery it is never justified. I did not say those things to argue about them but as examples of how we may tend to think that our way is the only right way.

Here’s where it gets muddy =D

Some people believe there are many ways to God but Jesus said He is the way. Can we reconcile that. The bible says there is none righteous, not one. But, then the bible goes on to say that a nonbeliever in Jesus (cornelius) was a righteous man. We as believers in Christ may say “well there is no righteousness outside of Christ”. And that might be true. But God called a nonbeliever righteous. How do we reconcile this.

More mud.

Many see revelation as fully literal. Others see it as totally metaphorical. I see it as both and that is hard cause those that see it as both like I do have a hard time sorting out the two especially when speaking with each other of the same mindset. As for having conversations between the fully literal and the fully metaphoric, that seems to be something that may never happen. When I say conversations please understand I don’t mean arguments =D. Now we should know that the apostles and early church also had many problems and in my opinion it all comes down to this. Jesus is Lord God and Savior. Do you believe it? That’s salvation. I know many also will not agree with that either saying its not that easy of easier but ima stand firm and let others do as they will and try to be more gracious about it. I think that’s where I lack the most.

“Wisdom is the principle thing. Therefore get wisdom and with all your getting get understanding”~solomon

Knowing Christ

Posted in Uncategorized on December 6, 2011 by mike pollie

I have taken a break from social networking recently because I just needed a hiatus and wanted to start blogging more. I think I may also start to undertake my chronological contemporary translation of the bible.

Here’s something I’ve been thinking about though (and I plan to blog on it after I’ve collected more thoughts on it). Personally I believe………..

This seems to be a problem for us as believers and I want to address it in a blog. This blog will be my first post back on facebook and I am going to try to focus more of my attention on the blog as I hope it brings me more opportunity to expand my networking to other bloggers and spend less time facebooking one liners so as to let people see what I’m saying more in context as opposed to just instantly doing what we all do and saying “you’re wrong”.

Just Around the Corner

Posted in Uncategorized on December 6, 2011 by mike pollie

Didn’t know what to call this so I just randomly picked this name because……well you’ll see.

So my wife and I just moved to NY (schenectady to be exact) and we didn’t have many options for fellowship since we don’t go to traditional pulpit to pew church. But, last night we went to a place called the distillery and we had a nice experience. Sure we will go back there. Hopefully its not another obligatory “church done differently”. Time will only tell. And who knows what’s “just around the corner”.

Contextually Speaking…….blah blah blah

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 3, 2011 by mike pollie

There is a very big problem with christianity today. Its called lack of context. People quote one verse and use it as their default it seems. When you point out sin in a “believer” they instantly seem to spout “don’t judge lest you be judged” or “he who is without sin cast the first stone”. The even sadder part is that verses like these are used so out of context that people just think they are being rightly used. I am going to look at a few verses that are used out of context just to provoke thought about this issue. Then next time we might think before we just say a verse.

Before I begin I want to encourage people to start reading the bible as one collectively account of Gods revelation to us as opposed to books chapters and verses. While books chapters and verses are great for reference they tend to get in the way of the big picture and then people just start quoting something they have no contextually understanding of.

Since I have already used them as an example I will first speak of the two verses I have used (out of context) above.

The first is, in my opinion, the most used by both christians and non-christians so we will start there with. Good ol matthew chapter 7. “Judge not lest ye be judged”. I thank God that that wasn’t the end of this statement from Jesus. If it was we would all be confused and nobody would have any grounds to say one way or another what Jesus meant. But, lo, Jesus proceeded. And here is where the “do not judge” bomb should lose its effect on those who have understanding. I remember when it happened to me it was a smack in my own face for using it out of context and unjustly. So without further delay here are the verses in their immediate context (like I said I suggest reading the bible as one whole revelation but for sake of argument, and time of course, I have limited this point to one chapter )

Matthew 7 (NIV)

1 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. 6 “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.

Please first note that I don’t subscribe to any one “version” of the bible so if you do then this blog will always disappoint you. Now I only used the first 6 verses of this chapter because that’s the most immediate context and Jesus seems to turn His attention elsewhere after this little admonition. Let’s look at what this says though. First off it indeed says to not judge and that if you judge others then you too will be judged in that same manner. Ok so let’s ask a biblical question here. Is calling someone a murderer “judging”? Of course not if its a fact. If they admittedly have killed someone then they are a murderer and most would say they themselves are worthy of death or at least a hard life sentence in a maximum security prison. This is judgment. You will be judged the same way. If you are not a murderer though then you have nothing to worry about (please note that God calls hate murder).

Ok the murder example is extreme but that was just to get you thinking. Here comes the real point though. Jesus says something in this passage that most miss. He says to “first take the plank out of your own eye and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your own eye.” 

WOW

Didn’t see that coming if you’ve never read this whole passage I bet. You see the IS a point and time where we ARE to actually judge each other.

BUT

We must FIRST judge ourselves. And this is not a license to just go around judging people and I know there is the extreme tendency (in myself included) to just go around judging sinful people to condemnation. This too is wrong. We must first attempt to restore (galatians 6). But there is indeed a method and a time for judgment within the Church of God. 1 corinthians 5 gives great insight into this. Also matt 18 (which has another verse people take out of context in it but I will get to that later) has great insight on judging within the Body.

I do hope that you will not only re-read Matthew chapter 7 but also the other passages I have stated and even more on your own to see the out of context manner in which many (maybe even you) use matthew 7:1 in the wrong way.

I think I will end this post and next time write on the “cast the first stone” issue.

Blocked Off

Posted in Uncategorized on August 3, 2011 by mike pollie

I had an interesting experience today. My wife and I were going to go have dinner and fellowship with our friend at her house. Unfortunately the road to her house was blocked off for some festival they were having. Only residents were allowed. Now we weren’t residents but we were going to see a resident and neither us nor them knew about this street blockage. So we tried to explain the situation. Even showed the cops our salad and watermelon we were bringing to her house………….they didn’t care. So we went to the next point where we could turn and yep, you guessed it,it was blocked off. We could actually see our friends house from this road block. We pleaded but again it was in vain. So then as a last ditch effort I drove all the way around to the way far side of the whole thing to see if there might be a back way with some side roads. NOTHING. We were not getting in. We had to cancel because the only parking was way far away and the 35 week pregnant wife and 20 month kid weren’t about walking all over to get to our friends house.

There was only one way to get to our friends house with our vehicle and that was to have a pass. We didn’t have one and the cops said they didn’t even have any left but gave them all out and that some people even got like 10-15 passes????????

Here’s the point.

John 14:6

There is only one way to God and if you don’t go his way then you aren’t getting in. We didn’t have the way to drive to our friendw house today. And one day the way to God will be all gone just like those passes and many will be made that a lot of people got “passes” from God and there are none left. The differences are obvious and this is not an exact illustration but its what I took away from this strange turn of events this day

Schism

Posted in Uncategorized on August 2, 2011 by mike pollie

Its sad but its true. There is division in the “church”. Paul told some saints that he heard there was division among them and since there was division then there must be heresies.

I’m seeing many heresies and false teachings these days in the “church” (organized christianity). The thing is that where I see all the false teachings is where people tend to call me a hater and unscripturally so. Many say we are not to judge anything at all and then proceed to judge me when I judge righteous judgment.

There are many denying Gods judgment for sin (hell and everlasting torment in the lake of fire) and replacing it with annhilation or universalist theosophies.

And while I used to think that being either free will or sovereign grace was ok it seems to becoming more and more clear that this is not the case (at least from the soverign gracers). The problem is not that one believes in sovereign grace as much as they promote it as soverign grace only. I believe in Gods sovereignty 100%. But I believe in a God who emphatically tells His people to choose Him or death. If we have a choice then the burden is on us to make our salvation sure. Jesus Christ has done the work and finkshed it but unless you choose to believe it then you will NOT receive it.

Then there is the faction that is coming out and saying that God is blessing gay “christians”. There is not one shred of evidence to support this heresy. And yet many people (even whole denominational groups) are beginning more and more to confirm and affirm homosexuals and their sinful lifestyles. This is the same as affirming beastiality although supporters highly disagree with this.

Its a hard reality but paul told titus to warn a divisive person twice and then have nothing to do with them. Many don’t accept this and say its not loving. So what we are doing is taking our word for it and not Gods. We are also told not to eat with those who claim Christ and openly sin without any care or repentance. This is to their shame in hopes that in that shame they will turn from their sin abd turn to Christ

For references on scriptural backing for this post please read 1 cor 5 and 11 and titus 3 although there are many other places that are good to support this as well

“Neither do I condemn you. Go your way and sin no more”~Jesus

Just Sayin

Posted in Uncategorized on August 26, 2010 by mike pollie

i believe the Church when it began in the NT didnt have one specific place to meet

they met when and where they could

they didnt meet every sunday at 10:30

now im not against schedules either and i realize that those times and days are just convinient for the majority of people because of our “work six days rest one” mentality even in the “secular” world

but the NT saints didnt think like that

they knew what it meant to have every day sabbath and be free to meet when and where they could

either it was johnnys house or tims house or pauls house or at a conference hall or in the temple courts (which was a marketplace more than a religious place of worship which is why Jesus flipped out there lol)

the point is that we tend to formulate things and i just dont think that the NT saints did that as much as we do

even a vast majority of “house churches” and “organic churches” do this

they even have doctrines that, if you disagree, you are treated as an outcast and/or stupid

some things are blatant but some things are up for interpretation

things like homosexuality

the bible states it as abominable sin

both in the OT and the NT

its just that obvious

stealing lying murder pride hate lust adultery

these things ARE sin and there is no way around it

but other things like eternal security or free will or sovereign grace or satan being and angel or not or any other doctrine that is interpretation and not concrete

just sayin