I trust that this site will be a resource for studies that confirm God's reality and the validity of the Bible; and help in explaining some of the gnatty little questions concerning God, the Bible and Christianity. Straight Talk about God is a non-threatening, friendly place to confirm God and build the confidence to act in trust of His word. Straight Talk is not affiliated with any denomination and generally shuns traditional Christian practices and doctrine. Straight Talk is founded on the teachings of Paul, along with those of Dr. Gene Scott. And MUCH independent study. Straight Talk about God is fulfilling Ephesians 4:12, which says that "the work of the ministry" is "the edifying of the body of Christ." In other words, as C S Lewis says, we're supposed to "show off God to each other." That's what this web site aims to do. Jesus told us that no one can come to God unless the Father "draws" him. If you're reading this, then you were "drawn" here and will most likely find the answer to a question that you have about God.
Faith is a verb.
Here's what I believe: Through the evidence of God's hand on the stage of history, His irrefutable creations and His working in my personal life, I gain the strength I need to overcome daily adversity, know His Word is forever settled in heaven, and that He will stand by me.
Be sure to see Fifty Pieces, a book of essays on the practical side of the faith walk.
I thought it might be convenient to have a central place where additions to Straight Talk could be easily accessed. These pages are also in their respective categories, but this way you won't miss a new page because it's "buried" in a different place on the site. There's a lot of stuff on this site. I hope this "staging area" has been helpful. Thanks for trying it out. I'll rotate in any new pages as they fall out. And I guess the new links will stay for a few months, at least.
Evangelism: Tool of the Devil
Is there a Believer alive who hasn't heard someone say, "I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior?" Is that really what happened? The common "formula" for being saved is to confess one's sins/sinfulness, and ask Jesus or God to forgive them. I've never heard anyone say that they were sitting around at coffee and Jesus showed up and asked if he could be their savior. Do the people who parrot this sentence ever realize how it sounds to the listener? What a grand statement of ego. And I've certainly heard it said when it meant, "I'm better than you."
The Christian's Mission
We've heard that each person in the Body has a unique and irreplaceable function. We know from Ephesians 4 that this function is the building up of the Body, edification. This must mean that we are to focus our efforts on believers. What will reach believers? The Gospel of salvation? They've already heard and accepted that.
God's Objective: The Kingdom
It's All About The Kingdom. All a Believer's time, energy and money that is pointed at God, must go for the edification of the Body of Christ. Twenty-five percent of a Believer's life is to be spent in pursuit of God's Objective. God's Objective has always been to set up a Kingdom here on earth. The angels that fell were part of that process. God is using a certain 7000 years of history to fill the void left by those fallen angels.
The Real Gospel
Have you ever noticed that there seems to be more than one Gospel in the New Testament? Are they all the same? The Bible talks about the gospel of God, the gospel of Jesus, the gospel of hope, the gospel of salvation and more. The gospel of God must take precedence over any other gospels. God sent Jesus to earth to deliver a message(gospel) to humanity. It was God's message, not Jesus' message. This message is easily found by studying all the preaching and teaching that Jesus did.
Who Was Melchizedek?
The encounter by Abram with Melchizedek is obviously the first type of Communion in the Bible. What about the tithes that Abram paid to Melchizedek? It would definitely imply that Melchizidek was Abram's teacher in God things. It would also imply that this was not their first meeting. This conclusion can be reached by only applying these three Principles of God's Walk. God is real, faithing and pay the teacher.
YOU AREN'T REALLY YOU
God is a spirit. The devil is a spirit. The Angels are spirits. And You are a spirit. If You are a spirit, what is your body?
Your Self, your Spirit, You, manipulate energy to form a tool that allows You to experience the physical reality. That tool is your physical body. Your physical body is not You. This idea is nothing new. It's been taught since there were people. The point is not that your body, your brain, your mind is not You. The point is why we have bodies at all. Extending outward, the point is, why is there a physical reality?