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Posted 12/17/13 at 6:43 PM | Duke Taber |
This article was first published on Spirit Filled Christian Living
I have been a Spirit filled Christian for 34 years now. Over the years I have seen different practices that in all honesty are a little quirky. I know that some of these practices started in the infancy of the Charismatic and Pentecostal movements and that they might have taken hold just because people didn’t work through their implications due to their immaturity. However I think it might be time that we grow up a little and think through these things and lay them aside for the greater good of people and the gospel. Here are 9 of them that we should really examine a little more closely.
I hate being pushed around. I especially hate being pushed in the “name of God”. I remember one instance where I was asked to come forward for a “word from the Lord”. Once the word was given, the evangelist that was speaking decided that I needed to be “slayed in the Spirit”, since their word was so profound I guess. They tried to push me down 3 times. Each time I resisted since I knew it was flesh and not the Spirit. On the 4th try, I had had enough. I looked them straight in the eyes and said “If you try that again, it will be you that goes down with a bloody nose.” FULL POST
Posted 11/5/13 at 12:41 PM | Duke Taber
Last night I found myself watching a Christian TV program. Yeah, you got it right. The guy who never watches Christian TV was watching a church service or conference from the Netherlands. I got caught by listening to the worship service being sung in English with strong Dutch accents. It was something I hadn’t heard before.
Well, only later did I realize that a fairly famous American pastor was going to be the guest speaker. He is famous in some parts of the Charismatic movement. I am not going to name who it was just because in all honesty this has nothing to do with him. It has to do with a hyper-spiritualized culture within parts of the Charismatic movement that feels the need for “new revelation”. Along with the need to have a new revelation comes the long and lengthy explanations of how they came to the revelation that they believe they have gotten.
Honestly, I am tired of hyper-spirituality. Don’t get me wrong. I believe in the supernatural. I believe in the miraculous. I even believe that God does reveal things to us that we have not seen before. I just don’t believe in hype. I don’t believe that God made things hard to understand. I don’t believe that our focus should be on minutiae. FULL POST
Posted 10/17/13 at 1:52 PM | Duke Taber |
John MacArthur has just started his so called "Strange Fire" conference. Ignoring appeals from traditional Pentecostal leaders and those within the Charismatic movement, he has chosen to go along with his inflamatory rhetoric and diatribe. However this is nothing new. I am old enough to remember the last time MacArthur went on this rant back in the 90's with Charismatic Chaos. At the time I was just starting out in ministry and did not feel it was my place to get involved in the fray. This time is another story.
MacArthur continues to use the worldly tactic of using extremes to prove a point. He takes the opinions of a few on the fringes of the Pentecostal/Charismatic movement and claims falsely that ALL fall into that category. Does he remember the 9th commandment?
However the question remains whether or not MacArthur is even credible about this subject. Apart from the fact that He takes the extremes and makes a point, his real intent and focus is to prove that the theory of cessationism is true. He has said more than once that there is no evidence of spiritual gifts being used in history after the last Apostle died.
Is this true?
If it is true, then MacArthur is credible. If not, then he is just as much of a false prophet as those he claims he is exposing. FULL POST
Posted 10/9/13 at 12:17 PM | Duke Taber |
This article was first published on Taber's Truths Christian Living Magazine
There has been a lot of speculation about what the Apostle Paul meant when he said that a thorn in the flesh was given to him. Most of those speculations come from people who already have a preconceived idea about sickness, the supernatural, and thus read into this passage things that are not there.
So let’s take a look at Paul’s thorn in the flesh and really see what he was talking about apart from preconceived ideas of God sending sickness and the lack of the supernatural in people’s lives.
Posted 10/7/13 at 12:12 PM | Duke Taber |
This article was first published on Taber's Truths Christian Living Magazine
The other day I had something interesting happen. I was on the phone to my friend Chris Michaels. We were talking about the struggles his church was facing in finding a pastor and how to support him once they do. In the midst of that conversation we started talking about crowdfunding. Now for those of you that do not know what crowd funding is, it is the collective effort of individuals who network and pool their money, usually via the Internet, to support efforts initiated by other people or organizations.
All of a sudden the Holy Spirit started to speak to Chris and he got excited. Not only was there a way for him to help his church but there was a way that he could help others in the same situation. He could help people who had a vision to do something for God but didn’t have the way to generate the income to accomplish their vision. Because of our conversation, Fund My Mission was born. FULL POST
Posted 9/26/13 at 2:48 AM | Duke Taber |
Recently on the Anderson Cooper show, self proclaimed Exorcist, Bob Larson was interviewed. This brought up questions in many people’s minds and I was asked to post a study on whether or not exorcisms are real. Deliverance ministry, not unlike healing ministry, is one of those areas that naturally attract attention. Sometimes that attention is not healthy and it attracts those that would use these aspects for their own gain.
But does that mean that all exorcisms are phony? In order to give you an understanding of biblical deliverance ministry, some foundations have to be made. Biblical teaching on the existence of Satan and demons has to be established. Whether or not people can be possessed by demons and to what degree needs to be discussed and finally whether or not the Bible shows how to “exorcise” a demon and how that may be different than what we are seeing with modern day exorcists. FULL POST
Posted 8/21/13 at 8:08 PM | Duke Taber |
One of the Taber’s Truths readers sent in a question that goes like this. “ I have 2 friends who married late in life, 1 was 39 and the other was 55, waiting for their perfect Christian man. Both lost out on motherhood. I don’t want to do that too my children. I praying that I am not too off.”
When dealing with dating and relationships, we must understand that there is God’s side and the individual’s side. The short answer to this question is that we should wait as long as it takes. However the length of time that it takes many times rests upon us more than it rests upon God. The key to this question is the term “their perfect Christian man.” Many people believe that the concept of “soul mates” or their “one and only” is a Christian concept. It is not. It started with the greek philosophers and became popular with Plato. FULL POST
Posted 8/16/13 at 2:28 PM | Duke Taber
I think we have all heard the saying that when God closes a door, He opens a window. It is usually spoken to encourage someone who has had something not work out in their life. However we do not hear much about God opening doors. Today I want to share a little about what I have learned about God opening doors. You see, although encouraging people is important, I think people need to understand how to tell if God is opening a door or not in the first place.
So let’s take a look at the heart of God towards you, the way He opens doors, how He prepares you to enter into that door, and the confidence you can have about those open doors.
8 “I know all the things you do, and I have opened a door for you that no one can close. You have little strength, yet you obeyed my word and did not deny me.
The first thing you have to realize and allow to minister to your heart is that God is all knowing and all powerful. That is called omniscient and omnipotent. He knows everything you have done both the good and the bad. Don’t get concerned. That means that He knows your strengths and weaknesses and can plan ahead so that you can walk into a new season in your life that you are uniquely prepared for. So when God brings you an open door, one of the signs is that you recognize that what you have done in your path, your works, have prepared you for this new adventure that is being opened up for you. FULL POST
Posted 8/8/13 at 5:58 PM | Duke Taber |
Have you ever had this happen? You are minding your own business and just doing the duties that come with your day and all of a sudden you realize that you need to stop what you are doing and satisfy this strange need that has arisen in your life. You are feeling a rumbling in your stomach and a craving has come upon you. You have to stop what you are doing and satisfy this urge. You have to eat. It is called hunger.
Now consider this. Have you been going along in your spiritual life and the duties that go along with it; church attendance, Bible study, prayer, ect. and all of a sudden you are no longer satisfied with the status quo? 20 minute worship on Sunday feels canned. 30 minute sermons have no life in them. Your morning devotions are a ritual and not an encounter. Bible study seems to produce no fruit. You are dissatisfied with your Christian experience and you want more. You my friend, are spiritually hungry.
The dead do not need to eat. When you are spiritually hungry then it means that you still have life left in you. Bill Johnson writes, “Hunger for God is one of the greatest signs of life a person can have. It reveals an inner awareness of a greater destiny”. The fact that you are dissatisfied shows that God has greater things in mind for you than you are experiencing now. FULL POST
Posted 8/7/13 at 12:44 PM | Duke Taber
Do you remember the feelings of joy you had when you first gave your life to Jesus? That is called the joy of salvation. Most of us experienced that joy but as time has gone on, that joy has waned. The Bible teaches that the joy of salvation is something that we can walk in daily. In this article I hope to teach you how you can walk in the joy of your salvation on a daily basis. When you learn how to walk in that joy, it will change your life. It will change your whole demeanor. You will live with a bounce in your step and a song on your breath. I don’t know about you, but for me, that type of life is something worth living. So let’s take a look at what it takes to live daily with the joy of salvation.