Theological Musings

April 10, 2017

An Endemic Problem in Pentecostalism

1. When I was 6 years old my parents experienced deep personal conversions to Pentecostalism. I sojourned in that tradition for many years and have reflected on those experiences, both good and bad. Because of the prevalence of sexual misconduct among the ministers in the Pentecostal clergy, I began to think about the reasons for this phenomenon. I have come to believe that Pentecostalism has some endemic troubles built into it. It has a distinctive ethos. Its adherents elevate themselves to a higher plane or higher life than ordinary Christians.
April 10, 2017

Killing and War in the Old Testament

Question: The Sixth Commandment reads, “You shall not kill” yet in other places in the Old Testament we read where God commanded the Israelites to wage war and sometimes to even exterminate their enemies. How can we understand this?
April 10, 2017

Shall we pray for world peace?

Question: When I pray for world peace, what exactly am I praying for? There won’t be peace until the New Heaven and New Earth become reality. The clockwork of the world is going to run its course as foretold in the Bible. How does prayer fit in? Truly perplexed.
April 10, 2017

The Use and Abuse of Prophecy

Prophecy has great potential for misunderstanding. This gift suffers abuse to an enormous extent in some churches. The abuse has given it a bad name and muddied the waters for others. The New Testament understanding of prophecy meant spontaneous speaking on behalf of God to another person for his or her good. Prophecy does not necessarily mean predicting the future, although a few instances occur in the New Testament where we find predictive words (e.g. Agabus to Paul Acts 21:11)