Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 3/31/2019 by Pastor Steve Shields
It’s both a blessing and a curse. We live in a world where anyone can present anything that’s on their mind in text, audio, or video. Whether it’s accurate or not, people have great power to publish whatever they want. It’s a blessing because you can get good biblical teaching like never before. It’s a curse because not all teaching that calls itself biblical is genuinely biblical.
This is dangerous in many areas, but perhaps it’s most dangerous in the area of Christian faith.
For example, I know a woman who is leading a campus ministry at a major university who doesn’t really understand the gospel. What she does understand about the gospel, she doesn’t believe. She’s feeding pluralism to young minds, suggesting that the death and resurrection of Christ are superfluous. That’s false teaching. It’s empowered by a false anointing.
How do you discern a genuine anointing from a counterfeit one?
How do you discern a trustworthy ministry from one that is filled with deception?
Presented at Curwensville Alliance by Pastor Steve Shields on 3/17/2019
One of my many embarrassing moments came my freshman year in college.
I am a fan of Beatles music. I have been since my childhood. I was ruining my brother’s vinyl LPs when I was barely tall enough to see where to place the needle on the record.
So my freshman year, I was sitting in one of the townhouse apartments listening to the Beatles with an upperclassman we called Monk, when he pointed to one of them and said, “John is my favorite Beatle.”
I laughed and said, “That’s George!” I went on, as freshmen sometimes do, and named each Beatle pictured on each of his albums. Showing him that he was wrong.
Then he got out a book on the Beatles — and it was I who was mistaken.
Being wrong wasn’t the problem. Laughing at him because I thought he was wrong…. that was embarrassing.
Getting the names of a couple pop musicians wrong is trivial. But there are other areas of life where, if we get it wrong, the consequences can be staggering.
This podcast addresses counterfeit knowledge and genuine knowledge, and speaks of how to tell them apart.
Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 3/3/2019 by Pastor Steve Shields
A few decades ago, a Christian author proposed that people have two basic needs — beyond the physical. Security and Significance. He went on to say these are often gender specific. Okay. Maybe. But we all know that, whatever your gender, you want to be secure. And whatever your gender, you want your life to have meaning.
And often, as we work to make our lives secure, we grab some counterfeits — things we think make us secure, but don’t really.
This podcast speaks of counterfeit security and shows us how to find genuine security.