SYNOPSIS: Claims that God will reap a great harvest of souls because of the mighty “signs and wonders” the church will perform do not square with Scripture.
I hear a lot of stress these days on seeking “signs and wonders.” Seemingly, church “leaders” are convinced, or they want to convince you, that it is through mighty supernatural “signs and wonders” that God will reap a final harvest of souls before the return of Jesus, an idea that does not fit comfortably with the gospel accounts of the New Testament. Continue reading →
SYNOPSIS: To follow Jesus means to surrender one’s entire life, past, present, and future, and to walk wherever he leads, no questions asked – Mark 10:17-31.
One day a young rich man ran up to Jesus to ask him what he should do to inherit everlasting life. In this story, the reader is confronted with the cost and meaning of discipleship. Matthew describes this man as “young” and Luke’s version refers to him as a “ruler.” While the young man’s haste and his act of kneeling before Jesus were unusual, they point to his sincerity, which is confirmed by the comment that Jesus loved him (Mark 10:17-31). Continue reading →