Categories
hell

Hell of a subject

lamentations FBThis past Sunday at our church we started a new sermon series on the book of Lamentations. The title of this series is “Hell of a subject” because Lamentations teaches us about the wrath or “fierce anger” (1:12) of God, of which an eternal hell is the ultimate expression.

We don’t often hear about the wrath or fierce anger of God, let alone about an eternal hell.  Most people would say something like, “My God would never do that!”   Rather than worshipping and serving the God of the Bible, most people worship and serve the God of their own making, who, not-surprisingly, has all the same opinions as themselves.   Lamentations will help us.  Lamentations gives us a small foretaste of the wrath of God. 

Lamentations tells us that the work of evangelism and missions is urgent and crucial, because the fierce anger of God is a reality. There is an eternal hell and the gospel is God’s good news about Jesus and how we can be saved from God’s wrath.

Categories
Demon possession

Lord, deliver us from deliverance ministries

In some Christian circles today there is a huge emphasis on the demonic realm and “deliverance” ministries.

There are books written, sermons preached, conferences attended and spiritual away weekends devoted to the subject.

TB Joshua was a so-called prophet of God in Nigeria.  A large part of his ministry was exorcism.   This “man of God” laid his hands on the faithful and rebuked the demons.  There was the usual vomiting, crying and falling.  He exorcised the demons of alcoholism, depression, poverty, sickness and whatever other bad spirit you may have unknowingly had.

I was in a car accident when I was 10 years old and as a result walk with a bit of a limp.  A few years ago a well-meaning Christian asked if he could pray for me.  I agreed as prayer is always a good thing.  However, in his prayers he attempted to rebuke the Spirit of infirmity in me and demand my healing from God.  I stopped him mid-prayer and said thanks but no thanks.