Archive for March, 2012

Unqualified Ministers

// March 21st, 2012 // No Comments » // Random Thoughts

The only thing that qualifies someone to lead someone else to Christ, and do the task of evangelism, is salvation! Even lost people can give someone else the Gospel and see someone else get saved, however, because the saving-power isn’t inveterate to the Believer but the Gospel message itself. Salvation is an act of God. It’s not incumbent upon any evangelist to save anyone — salvation is solely determined and brought about by the prerogative of God alone. (It’s the Shepherd that finds the sheep, the sheep are lost.)

However, if someone wants to run a ministry, they need more qualifications than just salvation alone. The New Testament speaks of someone who’s qualified to be a leader of ministry as having a specific character and disposition, a certain lifestyle, and a certain reputation. (See 1 Timothy 3:2-13.)

In this video, Judge Judy of the People’s Court televsion show confronts three evangelists that appear to be unqualified for their ministry. Let’s never let what is shown in this video happen to the people of God. Let’s make ourselves ready and qualified for our ministry. “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” 2 Tim 2:15

I must say, this needs to happen to a lot of the false, corrupt televangelists on corrupt TV networks who have no other qualification beyond the number of massive stadiums of people they’re deceiving and extorting. Joel Osteen, T.D. Jakes, Mike Murdock, Juanita Bynum, just to name a few known heretics… Having a poor bible education or an incorrigable seminary that teaches unorthodox or heterodox doctrine, or no seminary training at all — and yet still trying to be a teacher and head a ministry — is detrimental to the faiths of true believers and discourages or turns away would-be-believers (though God is sovereign to bring about the salvation of would-be-believers regardless of corrupt or poor teaching).

One could argue for these corrupt teachers that it’s the message alone that edifies believers. This is true. However, they don’t have the right message. Of course, there are very sound ministers and bible teachers of God that don’t have formal training. Ray Comfort of Living Waters ministries is such a sound teacher. So is Mark Kielar of Cross TV, though he had sound training as a former Calvary Chapel pastor. Ray Comfort’s qualification is that personal study of the Bible and Christian theologians and writers within his ministerial duties has led him to such a sound message as he has. It is also the case with Mark Kielar, who has a long list of sound Christian authors and pastors throughout the ages that have left abundant reading material that Mr. Kielar has studied. They have qualified themselves in that they have probably studied what they would have studied in seminary. They are also certainly ministers that have been ordained to their ministry by their affiliated denominations who recognized this feature as well as all the other biblical qualifications for being a minister in their lifestyles.

The afore mentioned false teachers have not shown forth the evidence that they have studied such material. Even if they have, their present message shows that sound doctrine went unheaded.

Interesting thoughts, eh? 🙂 -ID

My First Fruit Smoothie!

// March 13th, 2012 // No Comments » // Cooking

I’m constantly looking to see how I can get the best out of myself and increase my fitness and health within the amount the same time that I’ve been given to get everything done. I’m planning to start supplementing my protein using powdered whey and blending it into fruit smoothies or milkshakes. I just recently bought a blender. I’m still researching the benefits and deficits of supplementing protein. However, I wanted to start the smoothie-making off early and add it to my morning routine.

Here’s how I’m doing it for my first time:

How to Make a Fruit Smoothie

Some text-based directions:

I actually tried this myself. Here’s a picture of what it looked like at the beginning.

When I went to sample my first fruit smoothie, sadly it spilt all across the stove to the right of the blender. 🙁 I was still able to get enough to have a cup-full. I made this smoothie without honey for sweetner and yogurt for thickening. I think those two ingredients are necessary for longevity — they make it taste a lot better. I’m going to try Yoplait Greek yogurt because it has between 8 and 12 grams of protein per container.

There you have it! Well, I’m going to try to post on this again once I’ve figured out the protein supplementing part. 🙂

Until next time! Soli Deo Gloria