By Steve McVey
Could many churchgoing Christians be getting a diluted Christianity—one that diminishes the loving, giving, personal God who presents the believer every thing in existence? writer Steve McVey passionately yet unwittingly taught from the pulpit the very lies he now exposes. Forthrightly yet humbly, he exhibits how pastors and church buildings can turn out distorting scriptural truths as a result of their preconceptions. establishing up the Scriptures freshly, Steve examines common difficulties akin to
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Psychologists call it a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you believe you are fundamentally a sinner, your default setting will be to act like a sinner. To behave in any other way would be to act inconsistently with the person you perceive yourself to be. After all, what do you expect a “sinner” to do? Sin. Sinning is simply the normal behavior for a sinner. That’s one of the reasons why many of us have so often fallen woefully short of the possibility of the victorious living the Bible teaches we can enjoy, and it’s why critics of our faith have so often scoffed at our claims of transformed lives.
If you need proof, just cut a branch off a vine or fruit tree, and watch awhile to see how much fruit is produced. However, if a branch is attached to the source with a flow of life, it can bear fruit. The branch is a great “fruit hanger,” but it is incapable of producing fruit on its own. That is a perfect representation of our ability to live the Christian life. We cannot produce it; no matter how hard we try, no matter how “dedicated” we are. But we can bear the characteristics of Christ’s life by remaining dependent on Him and allowing Him access to our humanity through faith.
Com Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data McVey, Steve, 1954- 52 lies heard in church every Sunday / Steve McVey. p. cm. ) 1. Preaching. 2. Bible—Hermeneutics. 3. Discernment (Christian theology) I. Title. II. Title: Fifty-two lies heard in church every Sunday. 01—dc22 2010017387 All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means—electronic, mechanical, digital, photocopy, recording, or any other—except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher.
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