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THE NEW-FANGLED GARBAGE “THEOLOGY” ABOUT PROPHETS – PART 2

I’ve been told by people that John the Baptist was the last of the OT prophets, and therefore NT prophets shouldn’t be strong or forthright, AKA “judgmental” by people who don’t want to hear the truth.  So, I decided to study it all out, because you know, I like to study like the Bereans in Acts to “see if these things be true”.  I wrote out some similarities and differences of Jesus and John the Baptist:

Jesus and JtB similarities:

1. Developed in the wilderness. (Matthew 3:1; Matthew 4:1)

2.  Preached repentance. (Matthew 3:2; Matthew 4:17, plus more in the other Gospels)

3.  Baptized.  John w/water (Matthew 3:6)  Jesus with Holy Spirit and fire. (Matthew 3:11)

4.  Confronted religious leaders of their day (Matthew 3:17; Matthew 12:31, plus more in the other Gospels)

5.  Exposed sin. (Matthew 14:4; Matthew 21:11 & John 14:17)

6.  People came to them to listen. (Matthew 3:1 &5; Matthew 4:25, plus more… )

 

Jesus and JtB differences:

1.  Wore different clothes. (Matthew 3:4) (John 19:23; Matthew 3:11: Matthew 9:20)

2.  Eating Habits (Matthew 11:18-19; Matthew 3:4)

3.  John didn’t do miracles, and Jesus did.  (John 10:41; Matthew 4:23-24)

I was struck by the importance of Mark 6:14-16.  A lot of people look at this Scripture as being about John the Baptist, because it was.  However, it is also about Jesus.:

14 Now King Herod heard of Him, for His name had become well known. And he said, “John the Baptist is risen from the dead, and therefore these powers are at work in him.”

15 Others said, “It is Elijah.”

And others said, “It is [c]the Prophet, or like one of the prophets.”

16 But when Herod heard, he said, “This is John, whom I beheaded; he has been raised from the dead!” 17 For Herod himself had sent and laid hold of John, and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife; for he had married her. 18 Because John had said to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.”

Something about both of their their ministries were similar, because Herod thought that Jesus was John the Baptist raised from the dead.  It wasn’t how they dressed, ate, or acted.  They didn’t look the same, not even close!   It wasn’t even their ministries, because John baptized with water and Jesus didn’t.  His disciples did.  John didn’t do miracles, but Jesus did.  It was their words-  the message of the Gospel, spoken with authority!  Both of their ministries made people uncomfortable because of the truth.  The love didn’t make them uncomfortable, did it?

So, with all of this in mind, if John the Baptist was the “last” prophet of the old way, and nowadays prophets sound and look completely different, as some claim, then how come Jesus was compared to John the Baptist by the people of His day?

Just a Lil’ Chat about Simplicity

We once went to a church where they gave the members a quiz about what their ministries should be.  To the pastor’s surprise, the second on my list and the third on Eric’s list was “voluntary poverty”.  He had never had anyone get that on the quiz, let alone a couple.  At the time, we didn’t have much, and still we didn’t really care about “things”.  We tried to live simply, but comfortably.

My husband has a pretty good job, at the moment.  As humans, we don’t know how long this will last.  We have some creature comforts, but about 6 months back, I was getting annoyed with all of the clutter and “extras” that we had.  So, I went through and got rid of some stuff.  Once I did, I was able to think clearer and it was easier to clean house.

At one point in our marriage, my husband and I went through a process of spiritual elimination, as it were.  All of the “extra” theologies that people often argue about weren’t something that we wanted to delve into.  We’d ask ourselves, “Do we really care about such-and-such happening in a church service?” or “Do we want to take time to discuss about….?”  Most of the time, we didn’t.  We had a bad church experience where we were indoctrinated with some foul theology.  We needed to reset.

We decluttered our spiritual temples of all of the opinions of the leaders that we had previously had.  It wasn’t that all of their theologies were bad, but that we had to learn to think for ourselves.  Another thing we did was study the Bible while listening the voice of the Lord, as opposed to how we thought whatever popular preacher would study it or how our former pastors would preach about it.  We discovered that we needed to strip down to the essentials.  We got it down to the following:

  1. God is Creator of all things, plus a bunch of other awesome attributes that the human languages don’t have words for.
  2. Jesus Christ is the Son of God who died for us, because He loves us, to cleanse us from sin. 
  3. The Holy Spirit was sent to help us and comfort us, as well as convict us.
  4. Love all of the above, plus everyone else.  

(If we were ever to add another one that we feel is important, it’s this:  We are not gods.  I won’t get into that discussion right now.)

Since that time of getting down to the basics, we’ve added back some things, a little at a time.

What are those things?, you might ask.

Does it really matter on the whole? I’d reply.

 

Anyone Else Have a Lot of Questions?

I DO!

questions

 

  • What is the most effective way for me to reach people?
  • How can I get the church motivated to get outside the walls of their local buildings in the name of Christ?
  • What does God want me to do in order to accomplish these things?
  • I am a singer-songwriter.  I have a somewhat flourishing business in the non-Christian market, where I “sneak” in songs about faith and God.  Should I give that up?
  • I have Christian songs that I write.  Should I do that instead?
  • I see the body of Christ fumbling and bumbling in their methods to get people to attend regularly, but church attendance has been declining for decades. Should I do music to get THEIR attention?
  • Am I that effective of a person at all?  I mean, I mess up… A LOT.
  • Because I mess up a lot, and admit it, does that mean that I am relatable or just ridiculous?
  • The church seems to ignore me a lot.  Is this because I speak truth and I should keep going doing what is difficult?  Or…
  • Should I just leave them to whatever messes they are up to until they listen to someone, and “preach” where I’m wanted?

Yep.  I’ve got lots of questions.