Category Archives: Fanaticism

Beware of the Leaven of the Pharisees

By John Thiel, mp3

As a Christian church we want to look at Jesus because that is the reason why we are a church. When we look at Jesus, we look at Him coming to this earth with an object. Remember what He said when He came from the wilderness? He began to preach the kingdom of heaven is at hand. He came to launch out the kingdom of heaven on earth. He came to launch out a religion which when I look today has been dreadfully contorted. It is expressed in the words of Jesus to Nicodemus.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Read the rest of this entry

Addressing the Balance of Truth

By John Thiel

As God’s servants in positions of trust we are responsible for keeping the balance of truth within the body of Christ. Jesus announced the characteristics of His disciples in reference to truth.

John 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, [then] are ye my disciples indeed; 32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

He’s talking to His followers and He said do you want to be my disciples? Then you must continue in the word. If you will continue in the word then you shall know the truth and then you will be set free. The skill of a minister in the word is most essential otherwise he will present his own thoughts. The skill is simply conveyed in the Bible. Read the rest of this entry

Understanding Fanaticism

By John Thiel, mp3

We are here to examine an interesting life exercise. As we take hold of Bible truth with all its fascination and high standards, we need to be able to differentiate between a human response to the word of God and the high standards of the word, and a spiritual response; we need to understand the difference between strictness and fanaticism. What kind of an influence do the gospel and the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ have upon us and what is the fruit of that influence? Read the rest of this entry