Halloween Thoughts–Demons and You

Exorcisms seem to be big in the news this year. It’s probably due to the Exorcism of Emily Rose movie out now and the Vatican’s new push to train priests to be exorcists. Demons are running all over doing horrible things in the Gospels and Acts. But a change came. We don’t hear anything about exorcisms, how to do them, how to know if someone is possessed or anything else in the rest of the NT.

Colossians 2:15 says that Christ’s work on the cross disarmed the demons, changed their abilities. When demons or spirits are brought up in the NT (after Gospels and Acts) it is always in relation to doctrine (1 Timothy 4:1,2; James 3:15; 1 John 4:1).

Demons are not making people do freaky things now. Now they are focusing on distorting teaching and doctrine. 1 Corinthians 1:22 says Jews require a sign, Gentiles seek wisdom. When Christ was here He did signs and the demons put on a show too. When the program shifts to the Gentiles (Acts 28:28) you don’t hear anything more about exorcism or weird demon possession. Gentiles want wisdom–demons are working to distort it.

Demons are real but they aren’t doing what they did in the Gospels. Now they are attacking the foundations of biblical truth and teaching, which is why the Church is confused over blatant teachings of scripture, such as what demons are doing now. Know your enemy. Respond accordingly.

Halloween Thoughts–Witch of Endor

An appropriate passage of Scripture for Halloween is 1 Samuel 28 where Saul visits a spirit medium to talk to Samuel. There is much confusion out there about talking to the dead and what power future-seers really have. I think several hilariously appropriate points can be made from this one chapter.

1) 1 Samuel 28:7 has Saul asking his servants if they know of any spirit mediums. His servant says “Oh yeah, I know this one chic.” This is funny because back in verse 3 it says that Saul had put away all these people yet his own servants know exactly where to find one! Demonstrates what happens when government tries to enforce a religious obligation.

2) 1 Samuel 28:8–Saul disguises himself when he goes to visit the seer. How did Saul think a disguise would actually work with someone who has powers?! This shows the true belief that Saul exercised here. If the king can fool her with a disguise, she must not be that good of a seer.

3) 1 Samuel 28:11,12–When dead Samuel actually shows up, the only one freaked out was the one who supposedly talked to dead people all the time. She was shocked it actually worked this time!

God has no use for this kind of garbage. It doesn’t work. It’s fake. It’s ridiculous, even people who use them don’t really believe their powers. It’s garbage, stay away from it.

Christian Football Picks: Week 8 Update

All three picks this week were wrong. But as we all know, God and His people are never wrong, we’re just “growing.” We grew this weekend. We now know some more insights into better judgmentalism, which is what it’s all about. Plus, we’re still 15-6, which isn’t bad.

Lessons Learned:

Denver stomps Philadelphia showing that just because your name is in the Bible doesn’t mean things will go well for you. All you homeschool parents can stop naming your kids Hezekiah and Obadiah now, it doesn’t matter.

Houston beats Cleveland, which apparently means God would rather have Joel Osteen than Ohio. Wow, I was not aware of the depths of God’s negative feeling toward Ohio. I knew it had to be bad, but wow.

New England beats Buffalo. Perhaps it wasn’t really Jesus on the tree in Rochester. Or maybe Ted Bruschi gives credit to God in his heart, God judges the heart, even if we don’t.

Happy Birthday Jesus!

Dr. Hank Lindstrom coordinates Bibleline Ministries, is pastor of Calvary Community Church in Tampa, FL, and has been a Moody Bible Institute instructor. He has a new study showing that October 31 is actually the day when Jesus was born.

Through a study of various passages in the Bible, a timeline can be calculated, which begins with the date of priestly service of Zacharias during the Jewish two-week “course of Abia.” The timeline continues through the conception of Zacharias’ son, John the Baptist, on July 31st, and on to the birth of Jesus Christ, indicating October 31st as the birthday of Christ.

You can go to this link to find the link to listen to his study. Hmm, this throws an interesting wrinkle into the Halloween business. It only makes sense that Satan would have his holiday on Jesus’. Guess I’ll skip Christmas this year.

You Deserve a Break

Thank you, I do.

Pastors get tired. One of the weirder aspects of pastoring is figuring out when you’re “not working.” Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining, I’m just saying. Even when I’m on vacation I still check in with the church, if anything “Big” happens, vacation is off.

I know many other jobs are like this as well. You deal with it as best you can. If you love what you’re doing it’s usually not that bad anyway. The Lilly Endowment was started in 2000 and gives churches money so that their pastors can take extended breaks. Sounds cool. Wonder if it actually works for regular pastors or if you have to be a woman pastor from the Episcopal church to get it.

Church Gives You Gas

A new contemporary church is handing out free $10 gas cards for every new attender in the month of November. “We are so confident that our worship gathering will be the best hour of your week,” said pastor Brent Birch, “that we are willing to pay for your gas to get here and back.”

The new church is called The Well. “The service is a blend of contemporary music, dynamic media and inspirational messages.” Even though their name is deep, it sounds like their services are rather shallow. Should draw a crowd.