Why, As a Pastor, I Can’t Counsel Christians

I have found over the years that there are many Christians who desperately need counselling.
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They are facing depression, drug abuse (including Alcohol), marriage problems, anger problems and all sorts of issues. These are all serious problems and if left to them selves, they can result in devastating consequences.

Unfortunately, I can’t counsel many of these people and there are four main reasons why this is the case.
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Why I Overreact All the Time and What to Do About It

Thank you for spending time reading this article. It is our prayer that it will be helpful in your Christian life and help you learn how to deal with overreacting. Our greatest desire is that you would be encouraged in the Lord today!

Dear Friend-Overreacting is the Mark of Spiritual Immaturity
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Do you think you are an over-reactor? After a situation comes up, do you wish you had responded differently? In the church and home today many serious problems happen because of people overreacting. It is epidemic today! When we Biblically counsel people for marriage issues they are well down the road of the super over-reactor! Let’s face it, we are all prone to overreacting at times. However, that is not the way God wants us to live. Sadly, the church today is filled with people who overreact and the Holy Spirit is grieved by this behaviour.
Overreacting can lead to anger, bittiness, and clamouring (public quarrelling)

Ephesians 4:29-31, Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. (30) And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. (31) Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:

When “let” is used at the start of a verse it means someone has to make a decision. One of the signs you can tell if a person is overreacting is how much and the way they talk. They will talk about a situation, person, or event incessantly. The more they talk the more they are going to overreact! They blow it up and way out of proportion. When you find yourself talking too much or excessively negatively, remember who is controlling you-Satan, not the Holy Spirit.

Many couples work each other up because they…
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“Practicing” Church

Without a saving relationship with Jesus Christ all information about the church is lost. But we must not mistakenly reason that one’s relationship with Christ minimises the importance of His Local Church. Yet this is precisely what multitudes of Christians assume and act out. Church attendance is infected with
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a dissatisfaction of conditional loyalty, which has produced an army of church hitchhikers. The hitchhiker’s thumb says, “You buy the car, pay for repairs and upkeep and insurance, fill the car with petrol — and I’ll ride with you. But if you have an accident, you are on your own! And I’ll probably sue you.” So it is with the statement of belief of so many of today’s church attenders: “You go to the meetings and serve on the committees, you clean, you grapple with the issues and do the work of the church, the ministering to others, witnessing, and pay the bills and I’ll come along for the ride. But if things do not suit me, I’ll criticise and complain and probably bail out — my thumb is always out for a better lift.”

This supposed loyalty is fuelled by a “consumer philosophy” — a “Burger King – Have It Your Way” – Or a McDonalds “McChristianity—I’m Lovin’ It” mentality — which picks and chooses here and there to fill one’s religious shopping list. There are hitchhikers who…
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Did Early Christians Worship On Sunday, Or Was That Made Up By The Catholic Church?

I When posting a Sunday welcome message on gab.com/ancarraigbaptistchurch, a lad confronted me about the legitimacy of a Sunday Sabbath.
The lad told me that it was not Biblical and the Catholic church invented it. I told the lad that I did not believe in Sunday Sabbath (that the sabbath restrictions on Sunday bound the Christian). I said to him that Christians in the Bible and the first century worshipped the Lord on Sundays (the first day of the week). The argument ended when the lad ran out of ideas. The final straw was when… Read the rest of the article…

Legalism: a Smokescreen


(The following is from a booklet written by DR. MIKE ALLISON)

Is the term
"LEGALISM" used as an excuse to circumvent the Bible doctrines of separation?

Is the term
"LEGALISM" used to intimidate those who preach and practice a valid scriptural principle?
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Many sincere Christians feel the matter of holy living is strictly between the individual believer and God, and no one should set standards of dress and conduct.

Other equally sincere Christians believe it is right and necessary to maintain definite standards.

One group calls the other "compromising", while the other group answers with the tag of "legalist".

In this booklet, Dr. Mike Allison discusses the problems. He clarifies the issue of Biblical definitions and gives guidelines for proper Christian attitudes.

Legalism: a Smokescreen
We have an interesting but sad thing that has happened among evangelical churches these days. An exodus from standards for living has taken place. Preachers now preach that standards are a matter of "personal conviction." "If you think something is wrong for you, it is wrong. If you think it is all right, then it is all right."

It has become a common occurrence to hear preachers denounce those who preach standards by calling them 'legalists." A preacher from California recently cried out, while preaching on Galatians 5:1-5; "I hate legalism" (referring to those who preach about standards for living). Another chided preachers for making such a big deal over "regional convictions."

If I am against something they are not against, I am branded a legalist. If I am against something they are also against, we are "separatists."

Legalism has become the compromiser's excuse to circumvent the Word of God. This is a phrase often used by those who think right and wrong is simply a matter of personal choice. "I'm not convicted about it yet." Statements like this sound spiritual; they please the ears of those who have been wanting to indulge in things Christians have stood against for years, but demonstrate a lack of Bible knowledge concerning the law and its importance to the child of God.

Webster's New World Dictionary defines legalism as a "strict adherence to the law." However, theological legalism would have a different definition. Theological legalism is a strict adherence to the law as a means to be saved or keep salvation. Simply, any addition of works by man to the finished work of Christ to bring or keep salvation is legalism.

I. THE PROBLEM WITH THE LAW

The book of Galatians was written to combat theological legalism. Following Paul from place to place were groups of men who taught that simple faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ was not enough to be saved. They taught that circumcision and strict adherence to the law were essential to salvation. Many in the Galatian churches had…

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Questions for Bible Believers (updated, clarified & revised)

Ephesians 5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
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In this verse, the Bible tells us clearly that Christians are to "be not drunk with wine". I have several questions to ask ourselves.

1. If this means it is OK to drink so long as we don't get intoxicated, how can we follow this command without actually breaking it? Would we not have to first get intoxicated to find out where the line was?

2. Who would be more strict about drink? God or the government?
http://www.askaboutalcohol.ie/alcohol-and-driving/
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3. Since this verse specifically says "wine", Does that mean it is OK to be drunk with hard liquor or beer? Would this apply to marijuana, cocaine, and other drugs or not?

4. According to this verse, can a Christian be "filled with the Holy Spirit" while they are drunk?

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Will We Repeat History?

I have had people tell me that history is not reliable because it is distorted,
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therefore they throw out all history. Personally, I think this is a foolish mistake. All history is indeed written, to some degree, from a biased point of view. We should never accept history as being infallible like the Bible, but by studying it and knowing history, we can see where the world is heading. We can avoid the mistakes of the past. If we do not know history, we will be bound to repeat it. Read the rest of the article…

Is a “Little Anger” OK?

(Below is an excerpt of an email from Dr. S. M. Davis who has brilliant, helpful sermon counselling videos)

I had given my message on “
ANGER THE DESTROYER” at a church and was standi
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ng at my table in the church’s foyer. A man came walking up to me and with an Angry Spirit (that he didn’t know he had) said, “Well, I heard everything you just said and I still think a little anger is alright! The difference in you and me is that you raised all girls and I had a houseful of boys and if you don’t get angry with boys sometime they won’t do what you want them to do! You have to have anger if you’re going to raise boys!”
Wow! Where do I start in answering that?!
I assured him that I knew what it was like to use anger when…
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Jesus Did, or Didn't, Do Enough On The Cross?

Recently I received a question about a verse in Colossians 1. If the verse is read alone, one would perceive it to say that the Apostle Paul had to sacrifice to add to Jesus’ work on the cross.
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This fact would mean that His sacrifice for our sins was not enough. The verse to which I am referring to in Colossians 1:24 in which the Apostle Paul states "Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church:”

When approaching a verse like this, one must first realise that there are difficult verses in the Bible. The Apostle Peter stated in
2 Peter 3:16, "As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.” So there are going to be… Read the rest of the article…

Is the Septuagint a Corrupted Text? Answer: Yes

What is the Septuagint?

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Read more about the Septuagint here)
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The Septuagint is a Greek version of the Hebrew Old Testament text, translated between 250-160 B.C. Modern scholars believe that this is a superior text and used by Jesus and the Apostles, but these are all assumptions. What do the facts truly say? Read the rest of the article…