All posts by Dain Spore

Psalm 22

Chicken Skin means goose bumps! Want to hear about a real chicken skin moment in the Bible? This time, it's Jesus on the cross, crying out, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" The reason is very cool!

Acts 1:1-11

Dain begins his series on the Bible's Book of Acts. Be sure to subscribe; you don't want to miss this! 

We pick up where we left off with “Luke Volume 2”, otherwise known as Acts. Actually, it is better known as the “Acts of the Apostles." But what it really should be called is “The Acts of the Holy Spirit Through the Apostles." Although I suppose you could summarize the whole shebang as “Road Trippin’ with God."

Worship

This time on Chicken Skin Moments: Pastor Dain Spore takes an uplifting look at an essential truth about worship and worship music.

The Bible

What is the Bible anyway? Where did it come from? Why are there so many different versions? What is the best version to read? How do I read it? Why is it such a big deal? We are talking about the Bible.  And not surprisingly, it’s amazing!

Saul Saul

An incredible connection between the story of King Saul and Saul of the New Testament. A true Chicken Skin Moment! It's another Chicken Skin Moment from Pastor Dain Spore.

The Last Supper

Jesus changed EVERYTHING at the Last Supper. A moment that gives us chicken skin! Enjoy this first of Pastor Dain's Chicken Skin Moments devotional videos.

With Moses

Wandering the Desert with Moses (and Dain)

Driving through some of the most beautiful country God has created, I was unfortunately not enjoying it much. Instead, I was dogged by that uneasy feeling that often confronts men when faced with the classic two-pronged dilemma. First, admitting to myself that I was lost and secondly, and of much more concern, admitting it to my wife, who was dozing comfortably next to me.

“How could I have possibly blown this?” I thought to myself. Earlier that morning while studying the map (yes folks, an actual paper map), I calculated that today’s drive from Zion National Park in Utah to the Grand Canyon Visitor Center in Arizona would only consist of making three turns.

Three turns! What could possibly go wrong? But the sign I just passed said “89a north” and I knew for a fact that we were supposed to be heading south. Pulling the rental car over to the shoulder and reaching for the safety of the GPS on my phone, my wife stirred from her sleep, sat up, and looked at me with a curious expression. Suddenly I was aware of the great biblical irony of this moment.

You see, on that very same day we were supposed to be in Israel. In fact, on this actual date I was supposed to be on a bus with a group of 38 people from Kauai Christian Fellowship. I was supposed to be leading them as we headed north from Capernaum, crossing the Jordan at Jericho and heading up the hill to Jerusalem. We quite literally on this day would have crossed the Jordan, passed Jericho, and headed into the Promised Land.

Instead, because of the Coronavirus outbreak, here I was, lost in a desert place. For those of you that have already caught the irony of this situation, now consider that my wife and I had quite literally just that morning driven away from a mountain named Zion.

My wife, groggy from her nap, asked “Where are we?”

“Oh,” I replied, staring at the GPS, “I somehow made a wrong turn and we have to backtrack a little bit.”

“Backtrack how far?” she asked.

Quickly calculating, and then subtracting a few minutes to preserve my honor, I somehow came up with the figure “Forty minutes." Lucky for me she didn’t grumble something along the lines of “Why have you brought us up from Egypt, to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?” Instead she just sighed and closed her eyes, for which I was grateful.

“Forty minutes!” I laughed to myself. “At least it wasn’t forty years!” And I’m such a Bible nerd that I spent the next few miles entertaining myself with all the biblical comparisons from Exodus.

“Let’s see, because there is a pandemic, or a plague, we have found ourselves wandering around the desert instead of going to Israel, or rather, the Promised Land. And after leaving Mount Zion, we get lost and have to inquire of….” Hmmm, well this is where the analogy broke down, because whereas the Israelites consulted Yahweh for direction, I had turned to the GPS. However, this train of thought led me to another memory, regarding a fact I had heard just a few days earlier.

Before we headed north to Utah, we were still in Southern California when a friend offered to take us to go see Joshua Tree National Park. Having never been there before, I was astonished at how much vast wilderness still existed out there, and a mere few hours’ drive from my hometown of San Diego. Even more astonishing was what my friend told us. “See all the warning signs about bringing water and so on? Every year they lose people in this desert, and they will typically die of dehydration in just a day or so. Many times they never even find the bodies.”

This kind of blew my mind. How is it possible that in this day and age, that with GPS technology and modern search and rescue organizations that even possess aerial surveillance, people could still become irretrievably lost in a desert a short distance from a modern metropolis? It seemed ludicrous, and yet I quickly began to see an interesting parallel that speaks to our current global crisis. And not surprisingly, this led to a great biblical analogy for our time.

You see, never in my life can I remember a situation where nobody seems to really know what was going to happen, and what situation we might be in a year from now. Will this be a small blip on the radar, and soon we will have gone back to “normal”? Or is this just the first rumblings of a major catastrophe of (no pun intended) biblical proportions? Are we headed towards a total breakdown of society as we know it? Or should we start planning our vacation for next year already? The thing is, though everybody you talk to will have an opinion about the situation, it is clear that nobody actually knows for sure.

Fortunately for us, because we know God, and we know His Word, we can go to Him and seek His guidance for how we should best conduct ourselves during this time. Allow me to offer up three short biblical principals that I believe can help us be a faithful witness to the world, and give us peace.

Trust God

We can begin by simply trusting God with this day. Most of us already know that Jesus said “Do not worry about tomorrow, each day has enough trouble of its own.” But God has been telling His people this message since the very beginning. He showed this to the Israelites during their time of desert wandering by providing manna every day for them to eat. And they were only to gather as much as they needed for that day. It was an exercise in not worrying about the future, instead having total reliance upon God in that moment. How can we do this in our own lives as we face the situations of the day? Ask God every morning to give you the strength, wisdom, courage and faith to deal with whatever challenges belong to today.

Make a Tent of Meeting

Secondly, in the Book of Exodus we also see that Moses pitched a tent outside the camp and called it the Tent of Meeting. Every day he would go inside the tent and “The pillar of cloud would come down and stay at the entrance, while the LORD spoke with Moses,” Exodus 33:9. This is a great way to start your day when wandering through a desert unsure of your future! How can we do this? Create for yourself your own Tent of Meeting. I’m not talking about pitching a dome tent in your backyard. Instead, create a time and place to meet with the Lord every day. Mornings work best for most people, but you might have to adapt to your own
schedule. Personally, you will find my Tent of Meeting is the Lazyboy chair in my living room between 5 and 6am, a stiff cup of coffee steaming on the end table.

And how does God speak to us, as He did Moses? Your Bible, of course! Think about it. The Bible is God’s specific revelation about Himself to His greatly loved creation…you. As you begin to read scripture, soon enough you will begin to hear Him speaking specifically to you. And like Moses, you can bring to Him all the worries of this day, and if need be, even complain a little about these “stiff-necked people” God has put you together with! Perfect for a time of quarantine.

Fix Your Eyes on Jesus

Lastly, while the Israelites were wandering around in the desert (for 40 years!), we read in Exodus chapter 13 that “By day the LORD went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or by night.” There are a few interesting lessons from this event. The cloud and fire gave them direction. In the New Testament the author of Hebrews puts it into a modern context by telling us to “keep our eyes fixed on Jesus.” If we do so we will avoid pitfalls and distractions, and be able to keep what is really important at the forefront of our thinking.

One thing people forget is that the cloud went behind the Israelites to protect them from their enemies. We can likewise trust that God is actively moving on our behalf to protect us from any dangers or hazards that threaten us. Have you lost your job? Is a loved one sick? Have peace in knowing that God is moving, and acting with His mighty power on your behalf to both protect and provide for you.

Lastly, and for me this is what gives me such peace, is the guiding cloud of Exodus is proof that God has a plan. Everything they were going through in the desert was preparing them for the ultimate victory that would bring them into to the Land of Milk and Honey. Trust in God today, that He has a plan. And His plan won’t be thwarted by world events, whether that be a global pandemic or a economic crisis.

So as we struggle through this bizarre and difficult time, with it’s great “desert of uncertainty”, may I encourage you to take on only what is in front of you this day, create a Tent of Meeting for yourself to speak to God and listen to His voice, and keep your eyes fixed on Jesus. Put your trust in the fact that God has already gone on ahead of us, and He also has our back. He has a plan, and His plan is perfect. He will get us there, whether that is to our final resting place in heaven, a recovered economy, a resumption of work or…as was the case for me last month, simply to the Grand Canyon.

And we did make it across the desert eventually, (forty minutes later than planned) and we were able to enjoy a snowy time viewing all the splendor of God’s creation encapsulated by the grandeur of The Grand Canyon. And a good thing too, because three days later they closed the park!

A blessing from the Lord to the Israelites during their time in the desert:

The LORD bless you and keep you;
the LORD make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
the LORD turn his face toward you
and give you peace.
                        Numbers 6:24-26

Aloha,

Dain

Church History

Pastor Dain's seminar on Church History, given at the annual One-Day Bible School at Kauai Christian Fellowship. 

The Apostle Paul

The Apostle Paul's journey from Judaism to Christianity.

Ken Needham is a world-traveling preacher with a goofy sense of humor. He was Dain's teacher at Capernwray Bible School, England, 22 years ago, and Pastor Rick's 50 years ago! Here he is at our annual One-Day Bible School seminar.

Capernwray:

We Begin Romans!

Romans 1:1-17--The Greatest Letter Ever Penned.       

Note from Admin: I found Dain’s notes from his first two Romans Bible study meetings rolled up and stuffed into the tailpipe of another pastor’s church van. After careful removal I then set about to edit them into a coherent summation of the two studies. Therefore, blame me. At least this makes us all that much more pleased that we now have the equipment needed to film Dain in the act. The Bible studies I mean, not the thing with the tailpipe. Here’s Dain…

WEEK ONE

Imagine you are standing on the goal line of an American football field. One hundred yards away is the opposite goal line. Let’s pretend that far line represents the moment the Earth formed into a planet. According to current scientific thought, the Earth’s ozone layer formed at the 13 yard line, thirteen yards from where you are standing. Fish arrived at the 11 yard line, insects at the 8, dinosaurs at the 5. Apes join at the 1 foot line. Homo Erectus shows up at the ⅛ inch point. Known history is the width of a human hair. And let’s don’t even think about our physical size compared to the unimaginably huge universe God created! The point here? We are minuscule in time and space!

Now with this in mind, ponder these three events that occurred this week in that time and space: Jennifer Anniston made a funny face at Brad Pitt; the US government assassinated an Iranian general; my daughter said she wants to attend Wittenberg University. What is important?

Your answer to the question “What is important?” is your world view. Who are we? Where did we come from? Where are we going? What does it mean? What you think about these things is your “WORLD VIEW”.

The Book of Romans presents a definitive world view. Romans posits that there is a Designer/Creator God, and we are not Him! It lets us know we are not like God in that we are abject sinners, the problem that causes with our relationship to God, and how that problem is solved. The details will unfold as we go through Romans.

The Romans World View Gives Meaning Where Others Can't

During World War II, after the bombing of a concentration camp, the guards made the Jewish prisoners move rubble for weeks. When they finished, they were made to move all the rubble back again. When Jews realized that their work was pointless, many rushed the barbwire, committing suicide. The point is, we can endure all kinds of deprivation if our lives have purpose, but life without purpose causes deep despair. Even people “at the top of the heap” can live in despair. Kurt Cobain is an example.

In the movie Trainspotting, a group of people blow off all of “real life” in pursuit of getting high on heroin. They look at all the pressures of a normal life and see no point in it, so they focus on the one thing that gives them some sort of meaning: heroin. What is interesting is the title. Trainspotting is a hobby in Britain where train enthusiasts wait for trains and them mark the train number, engine type, number of cars and at what time it goes by. What a hobby, right?! The point is that Trainspotting is probably about as meaningless a pastime as heroin.

The Most Incredible Letter of All

I believe that Romans is the most influential letter ever written. A HUGE claim, but consider: the Bible is clearly the most influential book ever, consisting of 66 books that have propelled Christianity to the highest point of Western attitudes about justice and morality.

RC Sproul points out that out of those 66 books, Romans has MOST influenced the greatest Christian thinkers. Saint Augustine, Martin Luther and John Wesley all converted in response to verses contained in Romans. In my case, I’ve taught 22 of those books, and Romans is the one that “changed my life.”

Carrots are considered to be the most “whole” food with a balance of proteins, carbs, etc. You could apparently exist on nothing but carrots for a long time. Point being, Romans is most “whole” book of the Bible with everything you need to know about faith, salvation, and Kingdom living.

In the New Testament, the Book of Romans immediately follows the Gospels and the Book of Acts. The Gospels and Acts explain what happened regarding Jesus during His public ministry and the actions of the early Church after His ascension into heaven. Romans tells us the significance and meaning of the events in the Gospels and Acts. Romans tells us what it all means.

A Quick Outline of the Book of Romans

1. “Hi, I’m Paul. You may not know me, but I’m a messenger of God with a message for you!”

2. The World is lost. Everybody sins. The Gentiles are hopeless, and the Jews are worse because they ought to know better.

3. Because of this we are reaping God’s wrath.

4. But there is hope for forgiveness in the blood of God’s Son Jesus Christ.

5. In that hope we are justified by our faith.

6. We now have freedom from sin’s soul-killing grasp.

7. Sidetrack: God hasn’t forgotten the Jews.

8. How do we now live with this freedom?

9. "Here are my travel plans, say howzit to a few people and…Praise God!"

Let's Jump In....

Romans 1:1: “Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God…” (All verses are from the NIV Bible, 1984 edition. We’ve taken the liberty to capitalize the pronouns for God).

Paul uses the word doulos; slave. Why was it radical for Paul to say this? He was a Roman citizen. He was free. But he says, in essence, “I have given up myself to the will of another.” He had chosen to be dependent on Christ and obedient to Him.

Paul calls himself “set apart.” Paul, a pharisee, had been set apart to study the law. Now he becomes set apart for the gospel (good news) of grace. Paul’s job is to announce the good news. Not Paul’s good news, God’s good news. It is God's gospel. He owns it, God originated it, God designed it, and now God is simply using the apostle Paul to communicate it. Thus this book is not just Paul’s theology, it is Gods message to us.

It’s perfect that Paul starts by talking about the gospel, because the whole book of Romans is really an extended presentation of the gospel. In fact, he uses the term 60x in this letter alone!

Verse 2: “…the gospel He promised beforehand through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures…”

The gospel was not new with Paul. It has precedence all through Scripture. We will see more on this later. Paul’s enemies accused him of preaching something unlike proper Judaism. But he will point out that the gospel has its roots in Adam, Abraham, Moses, David, Isaiah, etc.

Verses 3 and 4: “…regarding His Son, who as to His human nature was a descendant of David, and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by His resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Here we find a quick summary of Jesus as God and man! Jesus, who was born like all humans by flesh (albeit through the line of King David), proving His human nature, also is the Son of God, as evidenced by His resurrection.

Verse 5: “Through Him and for His name’s sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith.

Calling all Gentiles! Through God’s power and for HIS glory (name’s sake). At this point, Paul gives us a big clue about faith, which he will thoroughly cover in his letter to the Romans. He tells us that when we come to Christ through faith, the main result or purpose is obedience. We often get that wrong. We think that happiness is the reward for faith, but it’s obedience that comes through faith. That’s the promise here.

Verse 6: “And you also are among those who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.”

With the same conviction that Paul says he was called (kleytos), he says you, dear reader, have received the (kleytos) or “invite” as well. Pretty big statement.

Verse 7: "To all in Rome are loved and called to be saints: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ."

Who is loved by God? John 3:16 makes it clear that God loves all people, powerfully. Paul declares that we are called to be saints, “set apart ones.”

Applications We Can Take From These Verses

1. Sometimes God frustrates YOUR plans, to do much greater things. This is based on Paul’s statements in the next few verses that he longed to visit Rome, but had been prevented. If he hadn’t been, he would have had no reason to write this incredible letter!

2. Obedience vs. Happiness. Our obedience is more important than our happiness. Unfortunately, modern churches often preach a twist on this: “My happiness is God’s desire”. Also, “My obedience will lead to happiness” (but take a walk through the Old Testament to see this was not always the case).

And this brings us back to the Book of Romans world view. “If obedience doesn’t guarantee my happiness, why bother?” Exactly! This world view takes you away from YOU being the center of reality, and compels you to make HIM the center.

The Bible opens with one of the most bold, provocative and daring statements in the history of the world: “In the beginning God created…everything”. The rest of the Bible tells the story of how a perfect God created men and women in His image, how they rebelled against Him, and His amazing plan to rescue them and bring them back. This is a very specific world view that has altered the course of history. The book of Romans is perhaps the most comprehensive and concise explanation of that world view.

WEEK TWO

Let's recap. We have been and will keep covering grace extensively because our sinful nature never stops dragging us back to works righteousness and performance-based salvation. I use the illustration of a car with faulty alignment. If I don’t constantly keep my hand on the wheel (metaphorically leading me along a faithful, grace-centered life in Christ) then the car drives off the road into a ditch of works righteousness, guilt and despair.

Last time we talked about various world views. National Public Radio ran a story on a new “Secular Bible” and how to be “spiritually secular.” Total ridiculousness, but it is a “world view” that wants to incorporate all benefits of so-called spirituality without actually having any fundamental spiritual world view, or even an acknowledgement of a spiritual realm.

(Click HERE to jump down to the article's footnote on the Moralistic Therapeutic Deism world view.) 

The world views of many fall into one of two extremes. The straight Materialist struggles to find reasons for love, justice, morality or even meaning. The Spiritualist, on the other hand, says nothing material even matters and thus struggles with injustice, pain and suffering. But Christ perfectly united material and spiritual when He came to earth and taught us how to live a material life in view of the spiritual.

OK, let's get into Romans 1:8-17!

Paul's Encouragement

Verse 1:8: “First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world.”

Paul begins with encouragement. Encouragement is so heartening! Todd and Yvonne Gumbrecht who attended KCF back in the Rainbow Plaza days had an outsized gift of encouragement. They constantly told me encouraging things and sent me encouraging cards. I STILL get cards from them ten years later telling me how much I blessed them! 

Encouraging words were a common start for Paul, in fact. But can you guess his only letter not to start with any form of encouragement? Galatians! See Galatians 1:6,9 and 3:1-2; Paul nails them. And the reason he does, as he makes clear, is that they were deserting the gospel of grace to return to good works to build their own righteousness.

But you know what? The church over in Corinth was sinning terribly, and Paul wrote to them about it. But as in Romans, he greeted the Corinthians warmly. So why did he fry the ones turning from grace to works more than the body of believers in Corinth that allowed horrible sexual sins? Maybe it’s because, while all sin leads to death for the sinner, abandoning grace kills the Church, the hope of life and the seat of the Bible’s world view.

Paul's Prayerful Concern

Verses 9-10: “God, whom I serve with my whole heart in preaching the gospel of His Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you in my prayers at all times; and I pray that now at last by God’s will the way may be opened for me to come to you.”

Here we see Paul’s genuine pastoral concern for the Roman believers. His primary concern was to preach the gospel, yet he took the time to pray for them constantly. Based on various Scriptures we know that Paul prayed these things for people: That they would draw nearer to God; walk more righteously; practice repentance; bear fruit; increase in knowledge; be rooted and grounded in love; filled with the fullness of God and to first and foremost give glory to God. Remember! God’s glory is our primary purpose in the Christian world view.

Paul's Humility

Verses 11-12: “I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong--that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.”

Here we see Paul’s humility. He longs to give them strength. The early Church was small, poor, threatened by false teachings and living in the shadow of the most powerful nation in the world, one that wasn’t exactly pro-Christian. Paul seeks to strengthen their individual faith, which will of course strengthen the body of Christ in a large way. At the same time Paul, perhaps the greatest theologian ever, was humble enough to be eager to be spiritually helped by all the believers in the church at Rome.

The Church today tends to promote “A” types who are naturally self-disciplined, can speak the lingo articulately and live the Christian life “successfully”. This becomes a rather sketchy definition of Christian maturity and success. “B” types see this and just wanna give up. I’m an anomaly because I am a “B” type personality. But by being transparent with my failings, I am able to encourage others to keep trying. Paul’s humility was encouraging to the Romans.

Paul's Plans

Verse 13: “I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that I planned many times to come to you (but have been prevented from doing so until now) in order that I might have a harvest among you, just as I have had among the other Gentiles.”

As we said before, God denied Paul’s good intention and we thus reap the benefits of this marvelous portion of Scripture, the Book of Romans!

There is also a subtle hint at his successful ministry among Gentiles. This sets up the next verse....

Barbarians at the Gate (of Heaven)

Verse 14: "I am obligated both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and foolish."

Paul announced the good news to the Greeks (symbolic of the educated and affluent) as well as the Barbarians (the uneducated and uncultured).

The NIV translates it as “non-Greeks” but it is actually the word for Barbarians. The word is said to come from the Greeks mocking them, saying that their speech sounded like they were mumbling “bar-bar-bar.” Ha!

Historical importance: Rome lost militarily to the Barbarians, but as the new crowd learned about the Kingdom of God and joined it, they took the gospel everywhere, eventually around the entire world!

Verse 15: “That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are at Rome.”

It seems as though Paul here is implying the Roman church was full of a deep cultural mix: Jews, Gentiles, wise, foolish, cultured, uncouth. He was eager to get there and preach to them all…but ironically his letter would accomplish way more throughout history!

The Good News: Salvation

Verse 16: “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.”

Are we unashamed? Do we pretend at church that God is real, and then go back to “reality”? More likely, how we are at church is reality, but we pretend to the world.

Tomorrowland, in Disneyland, painted for me as a child an idealistic future where mankind has solved all our problems through technology. Humanity can save the planet. But Paul knew the truth: God saves, and the gospel is His powerful way to make His salvation known to us. Paul knew power, not shame. The word for power is dunamis, from which we take the word dynamite.

My moment of shame came at a wedding dinner. I allowed a smart guy to completely dis my faith in Christ and had no answer. I could not adequately defend the gospel with power. Instead I was ashamed. I learned my lesson!

It’s so important for us to know what we believe. When my nephew was about 14 he announced that he was an atheist. This was right when 9/11 happened. I then asked him to explain to me why it wasn’t an act of evil, based on the “survival of the fittest” theory. His new world view didn’t give him the answer.

Concerning salvation, the word is soteria, meaning “rescue.” What are we rescued from? God’s wrath! Romans 5:9 says, “Since we have now been justified by His blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through Him!”

Now, why does Paul say that salvation was to the Jew first? Well, Abraham, the founder of the Jewish nation, was perhaps the first person in the world to learn of God’s grace. Genesis 15:6 says, “Abram believed the Lord, and He credited it to him as righteousness.” And this is a great lead-in to our final verse…

The Failure of the "Doing Good" World View

Verse 17: “For in the gospel a righteousness is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from the first to last, just as it is written, ‘The righteous shall live by faith.’”

Boom! God is holy, holy, HOLY. We are NOT. No amount of “doing good” could ever satisfy His justice for our transgression. So He sends His Son to die for our sins. We gain His righteousness by believing and trusting.

It is so important that we Christians understand this concept, many don’t. The world has no clue, and it’s up to us to make the gospel of salvation clear to them.

Martin Luther is a classic example of a man who desperately needed to get his understanding of grace versus works straightened out. He was a monk living under extremely heavy conviction of sin. He would literally be in the confessional hours every day. It was driving the other monks nuts! But when he finally opened his eyes to the words of Paul in the Book of Romans, Luther was saved by grace and filled with overflowing joy. Our world is dying for this joy.

Next Week: WRATH!!

If you hate that word you especially need to watch next time's video 🙂


Addendum: Moralistic Therapeutic Deism

A look at a humanistic world view shared by many. Based on a book by Christian Smith and Melinda Denton called “Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers”.

1. A god exists who created and ordered the world and watches over human life on earth.

2. God wants people to be good, nice, and fair to each other, as taught in the Bible and by most world religions.

3. The central goal of life is to be happy and to feel good about oneself.

4. God does not need to be particularly involved in one's life except when God is needed to resolve a problem.

5. Good people go to heaven when they die.

Moralistic = Gotta be good.

Therapeutic = God/Christianity can help you “heal.”

Deism = “Belief in a God who created the world but has since remained indifferent to it.” In this sense God is around, but not overly concerned with you and your life unless…you need Him.

It views God as "Something like a combination Divine Butler and Cosmic Therapist: he's always on call, takes care of any problems that arise, professionally helps his people to feel better about themselves, and does not become too personally involved in the process."

(Click HERE to return to your place in the article)

About Dain Spore

Dain is pastor of Kauai Christian Fellowship in Hawaii.

When I read the great truths of God's Word, I get chicken skin: Goosebumps! Join me each week and maybe you'll get chicken skin too 🙂

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