Stop Using Personality Tests to Justify Your Sin.

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This topic has been on my mind for a while and it has really bothered me. On social media many people like to use use different types of tests, including myself, to explain who they are to the world. Recently I have been convicted by the Holy Spirit, that as a Christian, I should not be playing these types of games. Why? Because the Bible tells me who I am and how I should be conducting myself. Many times these personality tests either stroke our egos or they explain away our sinful nature.

For example, I played the Name Test Game to prove my point, the title says, “Everyone has a brutally honest motto. Tap on a Christmas Ornament to see yours!

My motto said, “She runs on caffeine, sarcasm, and inappropriate thoughts.” I could post this and laugh it off, because it is true, I do drink coffee, and I can be sarcastic, and sometimes I do have inappropriate thoughts. But are these things Christ like? Are these things “funny” to God? No, they are not in any way part of the fruit of the Spirit! Which is love, joy, peace, patients, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. The Bible says, I am to cast down all imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. And a man can not live off of coffee (I mean bread) alone but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. So why do we play these silly games? I know why I did. I wanted to stroke my ego or explain away my sin.

Then there is the problem that sometimes when you take the personality test, you do not like what it says or you disagree with it, so you keep playing until you get what you want. You are trying to stroke your ego and your pride. We all have personalities but it should always be compared in light of scripture.

In her article Kelly Givens says,

And so we must see our personalities through the lens of the fruit of the Spirit. In other words, it’s okay to be an introvert until we use our introverted tendencies as an excuse to back out of obligations (unfaithful) or ignore/snub others (unkind). (Full disclosure, this is me. I struggle with this, big time).

It’s okay for to be an extrovert until we use our extroverted tendencies as an excuse to mindlessly talk someone’s ear off (lacking self-control) or steamroll others in decisions (lacking gentleness).

It’s okay to have a sarcastic sense of humor until we use it to cut others down (lacking love). It’s okay to be wired a little more cynically than others until we disparage them for their cheerfulness (lacking joy).

To whatever degree I use my personality as an excuse for a lack of the fruit of the Spirit should indicate to me that I’m being driven by selfishness and ego and not transformed and walking in the Spirit.

If we are comparing ourselves to what Facebook says instead of what scripture says then we have got it backwards. We need to repent and change, to be more Christ like.

The Unrefined Preacher Part 2

Unprepared' is a myth – Trevor Timbeck

Today we are going to continue on this topic of the unfined preacher, addressing the “vision.”

“Is your palette so unrefined because of your preaching you have to entertain them or get them occupied with your vision?” (Pastor Adrian Rogers)

First let’s look at what it actually means to have “vision” according to the Bible. In Proverbs 29:18 it says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” Some may think this applies to leadership, but a closer look shows it to mean something completely different.

It is true that having a direction to go can be helpful to getting you to where you would like to be, but Proverbs 29:18 is not about having a business or a ministry vision. It is about God’s revelation, dream, or prophecy. Lack of vision therefor is the lack of God’s revelatory word.

I have been in many false churches and the biggest thing they have in common is their visions and plans. The pastor’s preaching is so unrefined they have “visions” for their Sunday Sermons, rather than expository preaching of God’s Word. They mishandle God’s word in order to fit their vision and imaginations. Or the leadership “castes a vision” onto their congregation, you can read about it here:

Some examples of these visions are; feeding the poor, capital campaigns, community meals, potlucks and fellowship after the services are emphasised over the preaching of God’s Word, emphasis on experiences over sound doctrine, getting rid of church language, such as “testimonies” or “being born again,” getting rid of the language of church services into “worship gatherings,” instead of sanctuary you have the “worship center,” preaching on slogans such as, “Love Jesus the Most,” “Jesus is More,” “Imagine,” small group meetings are highly encouraged not for educational purposes but for relational purposes, vision casting, purpose driven, social justice, liturgy, or traditions.

An unrefined preacher’s mission is to just except anyone and everyone for who ever they are, without biblical unity or true biblical reconciliation. Unrefined preachers never preach about false teachers or false movements in Christianity, or they ignore passages of the Bible because they think they are irrelevant for today.

Unrefined preachers have only a few messages. They preach the same topics over and over, because they have no idea how to handle God’s Word. They focus on their own preferences and their own ideas. They usually do not communicate the full Gospel and try really hard not to offend people with God’s Word.

An unrefined preacher will scoff at Bible prophecy and not find the Word of God sufficient for a Christian’s life. They will put the Bible aside to preach on a man made book. The unrefined preacher will say things like; the Bible is just allegory, or that certain doctrine is not for today, we are progressing as a society, so that doctrine does not apply. They may twist God’s Word into a pretzel to accommodate anything they want to promote.

The unrefined preacher does not have a biblical perspective to what it really means to have a Proverbs 29:18 ministry. When it says that “the people perish” where their is not vision means almost exactly what it says. It means “to loosen” and thus to “to expose or uncover.” The people start to live with out restraint. The unrefined preacher will lead their congregation into sin by ignoring or avoiding certain parts of God’s Word. When people are not constrained by the Word of God, they will start to go their own way and ignore God’s directives. Eventually, an unrestrained church will be loosed, and ignore the way of life, of Romans 6:23, for the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus or Lord.

If you are in a church that has an unrefined pastor, run as quickly as you can, far away! It has been my experience that these men do not care to take correction or they explain away the Word of God. They are to be marked and avoided.

Romans 16:17-18 

Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

What does it mean that without vision the people perish?

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Part One of the Unrefined Preacher

The Unrefined Preacher Part 1

Listening to Adrian Rogers the other day, I was convicted to write this post about the unrefined preacher because it is something I see all the time.

Pastor Rogers said, “Is your palette so unrefined because of your preaching you have to entertain them or get them occupied with your vision?”

I thought to myself, that is a great point! Today I’m going to focus on the Entainment Preacher. Does your church spend lots of money on stage back drops, lighting, or band equipment? How about a roller coaster!? Or a sermon series on Harry Potter, or even a movie sermon series with movie clips, despite the rating of the movie?! Has your church ever drove cars on the stage as a sermon prop? What about a circus? A sports event? How about glitter and smoke? Does your church use repetitive music with hypnotising sounds? Or any other thing that is strictly for entertainment? What about labyrinths or a big library full of books with false teachers? Coffee bar or in some cases a alcohol bar? If so you are in a messed up church! Your pastor is an unrefined preacher that does not know how to rightly handle God’s Holy Word.

15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

2 Timothy 2:15

There is nothing wrong with using an illustration or telling a joke, but if you are spending all your time and energy wasting the Lord’s money and time on entertaining people and making church into an experience rather than studying God”s Word to teach people about God and how they should live a holy life as a Christian, you my friend are in the wrong “profession.” In fact, if you treat your job as a pastor as your business endeavor you better get out to the pulpit, because you are not called to be a pastor. You are a charleton, a wolf in sheep’s clothing. I say this as a warning to you because the Bible says,

My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.

James 3:1

If, as a teacher of God’s Word, you are miss handling it by saying things like, this is outdated, this is not for today, we don’t need the Old Testament, or everyone can have their own private interpretation of scripture, you are in a gross error! And God’s Word has something to say to you! It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of a living God!

20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

2 Peter 1:20-21

31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Hebrews 10″31

Ask yourself if their is anything in God’s Word that states we should be conducting our churches in this way? Did the apostles show any example in the Bible of making your church into an entertainment driven church? Who is church for? What is the churches job? The church,s budget should go mostly to missions not to buying a bunch of stage drops and lights. It’s okay to decorate your church for Christmas or other things, but your money should not be spent on these things over sharing the gospel.

For those of you who are in a church like this, the Bible also has something to say to you.

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth and shall be turned unto fables.

2 Timothy 4:3

If you are going to a church to have your ears tickled, meaning wanting your ego stroked, and you will not endure or put up with sound teaching….well you are not a Christian at all, repent and believe!! The reason I personally can say this is because I was this person going to these types of churches. Voddie Baucham once said, “If you can’t say Amen you ought to say ouch!” In other words, be sanctified by the preaching of God’s Word!

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