About the author: Doug Giles

Doug Giles is the Big Dawg at ClashDaily.com and the Co-Owner of The Safari Cigar Company. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter. And check out his new book, Rise, Kill and Eat: A Theology of Hunting from Genesis to Revelation.

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  • RhondaOR

    Jesus did not preach doctrine he preached love to all mankind and creatures. Paul the apostle is the one who complicated and distorted Jesus’s messages into rules.

    • John Kirkwood

      Dear Rhonda: Doctrine means “teaching” – Jesus was called “Master” or “Rabbi” which means “teacher,” – Jesus had and recruited “disciples” which means “students.” The idea that Christ only taught on “Love” is patently absurd. He taught on Love, righteousness, judgment, truth and all of the Biblical doctrines.

      Then, just before he leaves he promises his “disciples,” that it will be better that he’s leaving because “the comforter” – the Holy Spirit (which would include the teaching of the Apostle Paul) would then come and “teach” them all things about . . . wait for it . . . “Of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment!” D’oh!

      Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.

      (John 16:7-11 KJV)

      • Croco Dile

        “….He taught on Love, righteousness, judgment, truth and all of the Biblical doctrines…”

        Impossible !

        Those doctrines were formulated looooong after the supposed Jesus character “thought” anything to those illiterates.
        He never did, as he is fiction !

        • 19gundog43

          Another mindless bit of dribble from a complete moron trying to be intelligent. What a loser.

          • Croco Dile

            This are your only “facts”, poor dog ?

    • charles

      Jesus taught more on hell then heaven, he taught more on money the he did love. paul many more yrs on earth to teach then Jesus, you are probably not reading the book (letter) of Romans correctly.about 95% of the churches in America are teaching a watered down Gospel message. check out
      AWMI.NET. Andrew wommack ministries. also look up a man named John G. Lake.

      • Ben Name

        Wow. That’s 95% stupidity coming in the form of christians. And people complain about muslims being dumb and brainwashed.

        • Mindy Robinson

          Take it up with God.

          • Croco Dile

            Please introduce Ben to Him !

          • Ben Name

            ahhh. the 95% has spoken…and they still say dumb things.

          • Croco Dile

            No, Ben.
            I’m one of those 5%….. but we are really more than that, or not?

          • Ben Name

            Just because you can say you are something doesn’t actually make you that. Try walking the walk.

          • Ben Name

            I did. He also asked how you managed to get out of your cage.

        • sandraleesmith46

          SO, troll,.I suppose evolution is a “better” answer? Or perhaps you’re following one of the cults? Armstronianism seems to be making a big comeback of late…

          • Ben Name

            If we are comparing dumb people who call themselves christians then yes, evolution is a better answer.

            Hey, why don’t you just make some silly assumptions about me. That’s very Godly.

          • sandraleesmith46

            No, it’s not an assumption, it’s a discernment based on your comment, which this comment serves to confirm, and that actually IS a Christian duty, so in fact Godly behavior. I “labeled” a behavior, without denigrating you personally, unlike both your posts did. But you go on back to your stated religion, and see how far blind faith in it will get you.

          • Ben Name

            I’m sorry how do you know I am part of a cult? I have not said my beliefs one way or another. You assume that because I do not agree with you that I must be something that you deem less than you. that is both an assumption and denigrating. you need an analytical reading course.

          • sandraleesmith46

            Maybe YOU should take your own advice; I said “your stated religion”, nothing about a cult at all!

          • Ben Name

            If you say so…

    • Mindy Robinson

      Jesus also made it clear, he was not here to overturn God’s laws, in fact, he strengthed them. He also taught, discerment. You are not correct in your assesment, understanding the truth comes from devoted study, a lifetime of study will still not suffice, and prayer. I mean no offense, none, you are misguided , if you want to know the truth you will pursue it. I pray you do. Take care, be cautious, to cause one to stumble has a great price.

      • charles

        the laws were not given for us to live by because we could not keep them. in the OT the laws were meant to constrain. if one person could have kept ALL the laws then the requirement to be found righteous would have been to keep all the laws. but not one person could. besides that Abraham was called righteous apart from the law. simply because he believed GOD. aka faith in GOD. this is before there was any such people called Jews aka Hebrew. the first part of Romans paul proves that those with the law and without the law are guilty. actually those with the law are more guilty. he shows that if you attempt to keep the law or even observe the law you will never be considered righteous. Jesus strengthened the law by making it even harder to keep. thereby driving them even further toward there need for a savoir. the good news of GODS gospel is woven throughout the OT scriptures.the Jews knew that a savoir was coming. they simply misunderstood why he was coming. we still try to keep the laws to be found righteous. then go to GOD in prayer begging GOD to forgive us for the sins we have committed. not that you can remember every sin. Jesus did not pay for just your lying or stealing cheating. he paid the sin debt of the whole world.

    • Winston

      If you read Paul’s letters to the churches, he would make a clarifying distinctive by saying “I Paul say …”, otherwise his words and teachings are led by the Spirit of God.

    • sandraleesmith46

      That notion is of “another Jesus”; a plastic, fake CARICATURE of Jesus as presented in the Bible! And just as He, Himself, warned us would come along, in time, so those fakes have appeared! You need to meet the REAL Jesus, the One actually presented in the WHOLE Bible! And yes, He’s very much present throughout! As John says: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” That Word IS Jesus! He’s also seen and described as “the Angel of the Lord”, as opposed to “an angel of the Lord”; He was the pillar of smoke/fire that led the Hebrews out of Egypt, He met with Abraham before the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrahl; He led.the legions of heaven to do battle for Israel more than once, and so on! He’s NOR that “warm fuzzy”.someone taught you to follow!

    • ezekiel22

      Trolling again?

  • John Kirkwood

    Bravo Doug! I immediately thought of one of my favorite Psalms:

    Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.

    (Psalms 1:1-4 KJV)

    • Croco Dile

      “….historic and eternal verities that have stood the test of time…”

      This is the point !
      There absolutely nothing that “stood the test of time” in any religion !

  • Grant

    ‘Go ye therefore into all nations making disciples’. Reaching lost souls is the priority. Not all lost souls’ will get the teaching. But they will be ‘saved’. Disciples’-follower of Jesus. The apostle Paul spent three years in the desert of Arabia-learning, then he became ‘Apostle Paul’. Apostle-’sent out’ with the message.

    • charles

      actually paul was considered a apostle the very second Jesus said his name. the words (to be) were added to make the English language grammatically correct. to be not in the hebrew or greek manuscripts.someone that does not “get it” aka living in the world is defined as a convert, far from a disciple. which is about 95% of what the church is producing.

    • Winston

      Key word then and now is “GO”.

  • Jinglebob

    Super churches are filled with Tumbleweed Christians. They especially blow in on Easter Sunday.

    • Winston

      Yes, and those churches which send out “Welcome, come to our church on Easter” is inviting the world into the church when Jesus directed his disciples to “go into the world making disciples of me”. When you invite the sinners into the church before they confess their sins and repent, you are inviting all sorts of demonic activity with them. The church is for believers, not unbelievers. It is a San commentary for Christianity when pastors and church leaders play with fire with their soft-selling Biblical Truths just for getting ‘head count’ up.

      • ezekiel22

        I really hope I am misunderstanding what you are saying. I do not elieve that the Gospel should be soft sold in order to fill more pew seats. There are too many preachers willing to do that. However I believe as it has been quoted that Church is a hospital for sinners. We can’t make acceptance of Jesus as Saviour a pre-requisite to coming to church. Another example of my concern is the street missions. They would fold despite the major good they have done.

    • Evan White

      Joel Olsteen comes to mind…

  • ansonheath

    “One cannot understand what one does not believe. Belief comes from hearing; understanding comes from knowledge, which comes by sight.” – (Paraphrased) – Augustine circa 400 AD

    • sandraleesmith46

      Sight isn’t part of the equasion! Understanding comes by the Word of God; Word being another identifier of JESUS! Our natural senses are a hindrance not a help in learning to understand God and His character! Sight, along with the rest, seeks for a visible sign, not faith and full trust in God’s Word, as already presented! Hence so many “visions” (apparitions) allegedly of Mary (LONG since dead and buried) by those of the RCC! Satan, a fallen archangel, still possesses his angelic.powers and can appear even as an angel of light, to deceive the elect. Think he’s NOT using his whole bag of tricks to draw as many as possible away from God’s salvation, to spend eternity in hell with him, think again! That’s the ONLY way he has left to “hurt” God! He already LOST the war at Calvary! He just hasn’t yet conceded that defeat, and wants as many as possible pf those God loves to share hell with him!

      • ansonheath

        I think you have misunderstood what Augustine meant. Have you read his books? Do you know who he was? He was basically explaining what Peter wrote in 2Peter 3:18-”But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen”
        How does knowledge come to us? We use our eyes to read, to observe, to be aware – by sight! We have eyes, ears and a mouth – and a brain to think. Why?

  • 4lifeandfreedom

    How do you explain a better than 40 year Christian running for office stating he is pro-life this way: “it is never right to take the life of the unborn, except in cases of rape, incest and the life of the mother?” And when questioned about his statement coming from him as a long time “Christian,” he did not answer, called the questioner “nasty” and did not get in touch at all to explain to the constituent before or after he was elected.

    • sandraleesmith46

      Faux! Follower of “another Jesus” and not well informed about the effects of rape and/or incest beong COMPOUNDED by abortion! Next question?

  • Winston

    True, but the Bible warns believers to NOT be followers of men, but be followers of Christ alone. So, we must be careful of churches as denominations creating doctrines of men as they may be contrary to God’s Word.

  • Phaenius

    It is true that individual Christians be well informed in the Bible, but the foolish attitude of thinking that “religious organizations” or “churches” as many want to call them has been part and parcel of the “evangelical tumbleweed.”
    There is a law in the Bible mouthed by both Moses and Jesus saying that in the mouth of two or three witnesses shall a matter be established. The matter established is DOCTRINE, so get over it.
    2 Peter 1:20 is NOT, however, adament against the “private” interpretor, but is actually the second corollary to the law of two or three witnesses that says “in the mouth of one witness shall no man be put to doeath,” and Jesus mouths it as “If I bear witnesses of myself my witness is not true.” Here is the real translation against the mistranslation even found in the Latin Vulgate, “This first knowing that every prophecy of scripture is NOT of ITS OWN interpretation. In other words you are not looking for one stray verse to base a doctrine on but you must have several verses or even passages that give evidence of what the passage is trying to say.
    I am sorry that the very Christian institutions better called “assemblies” have not developed this DOCTRINE of Biblical interpretatation better, but CHURCHES or ASSEMBLIES are made up of members in part (1 Cor. 12:27) and they in the scriptures were responsibile for the TESTIMONY of the scriptures while they had the various revelatory gifts, tongues, eyewitness testimony enhanced by the Holy Spirit of what Jesus said and did, and prophecy. But these same members in part (EK MEROUS) of verse 27 in chapter 12 had their ministry done away with at the death of the last eyewitness of Jesus, John the Apostle, (1 Cor. 13:8-13) leaving agape or unconditional love as the only credibilitiy giving gift left, though Paul reinforced in 1 Cor. 14 the very practice of the law of two or three witnesses that by course (ANA MEROS – another form of MEROUS) and one at a time was used to develope church doctrine in lieu of the written scriptures, which Paul himself seems to have encouraged to collect. What Jesus did say was in this same pattern of two or three who are gathered in him where he is with them we find the seed assembly or the minimum amount of folk needing to establish doctrine.
    There are few real doctrines in the Bible stated outright, many of them being that tradition from eyewitness testimony of those we know as apostles, and I will accept no other tradition but that FOUND in the Bible, but the Bible is an ARCHIVE of testimony from which doctrine such as the unbiblically named TRINITY and RAPTURE are correctly derived.
    There is no such thing as “doing church” by one’s self communing with nature and its GOD with a fishing pole at your feet. Whatever doctrine you can rightfully and individually assertain from the Bible must be tested by another for it to have any effect, and THAT doctrine itself must be supported by more than one scripture.
    It is a fool who demands ONE VERSE in the Bible to prove a doctrine one either espouses or challenges.
    I myself as an individual have discovered through the law of two or three witnesses a challenge to the churches on many wrong things they teach, but until any church accepts such from their own investigation of my research and then owns it, and gives amen to it in deference to their newly acquired enlightenment from scripture, even a good doctrine cannot be considered established without “two or three who are gathered in my (Jeus’) name.”

    • Psychodad

      I think the writers point is Jesus wasn’t the girly man Evangelicals see him as . Jesus forgave those who would repent and put his foot to the ass of those who would not . ( Money changers )

      • Phaenius

        Giles comments were sound, I should have put my remark under the one I intended to in answer to such as Winston below. Especially of those I am aware of thinking they have God’s revelatory powers in themselves today, basically giving scripture on the hoof.

  • ezekiel22

    Doug I may understand some of what you are saying and even why. Tossing stones at peope does nothing to change them except make them hostile and deaf. On that note set an example. Sell your cigar company. Here are the reasons why; 1. Smoking has been proven to be unhealthful. 2. Since most people view smoking as a vice should a Christian and especially a leader be selling or involved in the tobacco trade? 3. There are those weaker Christians that would look at this as a sin being committed and it could cause them to fall. Paul did admonish us to not cause a weaker brother to fall.
    I am a Christian very involved in the church and ministry. I also have learned a bit of the Bible as well. I am also evangelical and fundamental. You should be building up he church and not tearing it down seemingly building yourself up.

    • Brian

      Well Ezekiel22, I’m not so sure that having a cigar company is all that sinful, or even scandalous (in the technical sense). There is a valid backlash against the false strictures of society, where it is considered immoral to smoke a pipe once in a while or enjoy a cigar in moderation, but it’s OK to abort your baby or express a moral opinion in free speech. I think that sometimes it makes a point to society for us to stand up and identify the inconsistencies in moral behavior. All this isn’t to say that you don’t have a point, that tobacco in any form is a good, or anything like that. You’re right. But on the scale of offenses, our society certainly self-righteously gets it all wrong, and demonizes relatively innocent “sinners” while giving monstrous evil a pass, if not a good behavior medal. In fact, demonizing the relatively innocuous is HOW they give their true monstrous evil a pass; it’s their self-justification.

      • ezekiel22

        The point I was making was one that stated that you need to make sure your house is completely in order before you begin to judge others. I am by no means perfect. It is just that Doug if he desires to judge or lead others then he needs to be sure he is above reproach.

  • ort

    You lost me at “R.C. Sproul”.

  • fedup

    John 1:3, all things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made. Most sheeple would want to keep it simple. If the Word of God was simple, the earth would be flat and we would simply fall off the face of the earth. The universe and everything in it is complex. 2Peter 3:16..,there are some things in those (epistles of Paul) that are difficult to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist and misconstrue to their own utter destruction, just as they distort and misinterpret the rest of the scriptures. George Washington Carver asked God for a revelation, and God rewarded him with the doctrine of a peanut. Doug Giles is right, we are trees of righteousness, if we get off our lazy ass and get to know the Fathers heart for ourselves, instead of depending on our pastors mountain top expierence.

  • Ajean72

    Following the ten commandments is the easiest way to be a good Christian.

    • michael

      If salvation was possible through the Law, the new covenant would not have been necessary..

      Psalm 53.3:
      They have all fallen away, they are all alike perverse;
      there is no one who does good,
      no, not one.
      also psalm 14:3

      and Romans 3.10:
      as it is written:
      ‘There is no one who is righteous, not even one;

      The people who thought they are justified by their following of the Law.(Pharisees) were rebuked soundly be Jesus

  • craigmayberry

    Believe first, then Knowing YHWH (studying his ways), conversing with YHWH (Prayer) and following what he has told you and shown you is a 24/7/365 proposition. It can become your way of life and I have seen the spiritual other dimensional world open up to view. Not totally, but enough to know that what YHWH says is true and that there is a whole new existence waiting for all of us who believe.

  • Libertarian Tom

    Question for everyone: How many people here actually believe that the Bible is 100% factually accurate and contains no mistakes whatsoever?

  • Fresh Mountain Air

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