Tuesday, July 23, 2013

God's Reaction to the Fall


And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.

And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?

10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

Genesis 3:8-10

The line “God walking in the garden in the cool of the day” gives the impression of a scenario where God habitually visits earth to stroll casually through His newly created Garden for no good reason, other than to periodically catch up for a chat with Adam and Eve. The scenario that this passage paints comes from only a small mistranslation, but ends up creating an entirely false picture of the nature of God.


The most poignant reason why this common understanding has to be false, is that it implicitly implies that God was wholly ignorant of the profound transgression of Man’s sin which has just transpired. Surely God would be immediately storming through the garden to confront Adam and Eve in light of

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Vain is the Wisdom of Man

It is interesting that science -the wisdom which is proudly boasted of by contemporary secular mankind- is utterly incapable of penetrating the mysteries of God. It reminds me of 1 Corinthians 1:20; “Where is the wise man (the philosopher)? Where is the scribe (the scholar)? Where is the investigator (the logician, the debater) of this present time and age? Has not God shown up the nonsense and the folly of this world’s wisdom?


It is like God has purposely orchestrated things that just when man reaches a zenith in scientific understanding, that God makes this understanding to be utterly incapable of probing spiritual things. God is purposely withholding

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

God in the Heart of the Heathen


The fool hath said in his heart there is no God.

Psalm 14:1


God is big. His dominion is so extensive that it is commonly said that He holds the whole world in His hands. Not one sparrow dies without the decree of God, nor is there a hair on our head that is not numbered by Him (Matthew 10:29-30). That is big! 

In fact God is so big that He even directs our very footsteps (Proverbs 16:9). But God doesn’t simply limit His providence to only those who fear and follow Him, rather God is just as active in the heathen’s life too (Psalm 98:2). After all, God loves all His creation and desires that we all become

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Blessed To Suffer For Christ

My time spent in China earlier this year was an amazing time of spiritual discovery for me. My eyes were further opened, and my heart drawn ever closer to my heavenly Father.
My understanding of God and of Christianity has changed in a fundamental way, and has resulted in a profound faith that is set in concrete.

Recently I was given the opportunity to send a letter to the man in China that particularly impacted me. Being a Pastor of the underground church in China, he is living on the run, at perennial risk of being arrested for merely refusing to join the church controlled by the Government. Such persecution gives one a different perspective on what true Christianity is, the kind that was experienced by the Apostolic fathers.

Below is the letter that I wrote to him (he uses a pseudonym). It is a letter that seemed to come directly from my spirit, mostly unaltered by the usual subconscious cogitations of my brain.

The 'Non-Gospel' Vision of Mission Australia

The folk at Mission Australia recently replied to the email that I sent them last week, which I had shared here in my previous Blog post. So I thought I would post their reply here as a bit of follow-up for all to see. Also below is my response to what I thought was their rather poor defense of their 'non-Gospel' vision there at Mission Australia.