“Dangerous Indulgence” :: Versions of Christianity You Should Reject (According to Jesus)

Jesus commends His followers in the church of Thyatira not only for the depth of their concern for one another, readiness to trust the trustworthy, generous acts of service, and patience in the face of hardship—but also for their progress in all of these areas! They weren’t resting on their laurels, but actively pursuing personal and … Continue reading “Dangerous Indulgence” :: Versions of Christianity You Should Reject (According to Jesus)

“Minimizing” – Versions of Christianity You Should Reject (According to Jesus)

While commending the believers in Pergamum for their faithfulness in the face of hardship, Jesus called their attention to two things they needed to address (Revelation 2:12-17). For one, He mentions Balaam, who was a corrupt prophet in the Old Testament who was hired by an enemy of Israel to curse God’s people. Instead, he … Continue reading “Minimizing” – Versions of Christianity You Should Reject (According to Jesus)

Versions of Christianity You Should Reject (According to Jesus): “Faded Love”

[To the Church of Ephesus: “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” (Revelation 2:1-7)] The church at Ephesus had it all: fantastic programs, belief-system integrity, an intolerance for abusive behavior, and endurance in the face of hardship (all important things). But their love had dried up.  “Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love … Continue reading Versions of Christianity You Should Reject (According to Jesus): “Faded Love”

Versions of Christianity You Should Reject (According to Jesus): Misrepresentation

A few years ago, I saw a portrayal of the wilderness temptation of Christ that resonated with me. Satan took the form of a coifed executive who led Jesus through multiple future scenarios of all the horrifying things that would be done in His name if He went through with the crucifixion … Catholics and … Continue reading Versions of Christianity You Should Reject (According to Jesus): Misrepresentation