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why I write

 

Dear Reader,

Thank you for visiting my blog, and for taking the time to get to know me a bit better by reading “Why I write.”

I’ve been writing since I could write. As soon as I could shape letters on a page and form sentences (whether fragments, run-ons or otherwise), I wrote. Over time I’ve honed this skill, from the creative writing class in high school, to my English classes in college, from essay after essay, to my Master’s thesis in seminary, and finally a published short story. It has been a constructive and interesting journey.

I have a B.A. in Bible and History, an M.A. in Biblical Literature, have a published story, have worked for years in ministry and am at present a chaplain.

My heart is that of ministering to the Body of Christ. As a chaplain I do this as a profession. As a volunteer I do this with my spare time. As a writer I do this with my knowledge and heart wrapped into one. My writing is all about edifying the Church, and though the edifying is sometimes like pruning, it is always constructive. After all, pruning to a plant is important or else it will get all tangled, have smaller fruit/flowers, and be generally unsightly. Even so, the Body of Christ needs the edification of pruning in order to produce better fruit.

Thus, I write because I love it. I write also because the knowledge within me demands to be let out! I write to inform, to edify by reproving (showing where we might be wrong in our beliefs/conduct), correcting (showing forth the Biblical way of belief/conduct), and by instructing in righteousness (analyzing how we ought to live Scripture in every day life). (2 Timothy 3:16)

Furthermore, I write to expose some deceptions sweeping over the Church. Indeed, over the years I have come to a shocking realization that some of those I’ve grown up highly respecting have been teaching heresy. One such person I grew up wanting to be like. At age 13 and up, I idolized this person. I went to his meetings, bought his books, wanted to talk like, look like, and act like him. I even wanted to gray early because he did! He was anointed, a man of God being used mightily, and I longed to be anointed and be used mightily by God too! I wanted to see the sick healed, the dead raised, the demons cast out, and have the powerful manifestations that he did in his miracle crusades.

However, what I did not realize, is that the minister I idolized was openly teaching unbiblical things not as a theory but as a fact, while at the same time telling everyone that the Bible was the standard to be followed in all doctrine and practice. My heart is grieved now by this powerful truth, and I pray for the minister that I esteemed and looked up to in every way. He is in grave error.

You see, when I write what I write on this website, I will not write simply to expose for the sake of exposing. Though I may get passionate about repentance and the truth, my heart is broken over what is happening to the Church. I am grieved for the Body of Christ that is falling prey to this horrific deception. People, who love Jesus, who are hungry for God, who long for the manifestations of the Holy Spirit, are being led astray to the subtle beat of another gospel and they don’t even know it! This is not about naming names. Rather, it is about false teaching and false prophecy and lying signs and wonders. There will be names mentioned at times, however, because people are being led astray by leaders who are deceived, and by leaders who are deceivers. It is hard to tell the difference between these two types of leaders. But whether deceived or deceivers, they are still propagating deception and that deception must be exposed….that we might better know how to pray….that the Church and its leaders might come to repentance.

After all, “many will say… ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness,’” (Matthew 7:22-23).

Indeed we are living in the Last Days. We must be vigilant. We must be sober. We must watch and pray (1 Thessalonians 5, Luke 21:34-36).

These are some of the reasons why I write. Thank you for your time and consideration and prayers. Blessings to you all!

 

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