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Hey guys! I am honored that you would take the time to read this blog. I hope that what I have to share will be worth your time. You may ask yourself, "What's up with the title of this blog?" The title Siloam's Pool comes from John 9:7. There was a man who came to Jesus who was born blind. As Jesus and the disciples passed by the man, Jesus used this man's condition to teach an important spiritual lesson to his followers. Jesus affirmed that the man had been born blind in order that God might be honored through this man's life. Then Jesus said in a dramatic statement, "We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world." (John 9:4-5). He then told the man to go and wash in the Pool of Siloam. The name "Siloam" means "sent." The man went and washed and came back seeing. It is my hope that through this blog, that perhaps someone might see as a result of the truth that is shared here. I will do my best to honor your time. God bless!

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Holy Laughter
October 23, 2008

Holy Laughter

     My family and I recently went on vacation to Daytona Beach, FL and one evening while we were watching TV, we flipped to a worship channel that had a guy on the stage that was calling people up to the front. At first glace, it appeared to be an ordinary charismatic type of service (caution should be taken in grouping normal charismatic groups with Benny Hinn and the like). However, as we watched a little longer we began to see the a show unfold as people were called on by the speaker to laugh in the Holy Ghost.

     Have you ever heard of the Holy Laughter movement? There are people out there who are taken captive by this movement. Proponents quote Proverbs 17:22, "A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up soul." This is a proverb, or wise saying, and indeed, science has proven that it is very healthy to laugh and laugh often. However, that is not what the holy laughter movement seeks to do. They are attempting to use laughter, not humor, as a means of growing spiritually. Laughter is never mentioned as a fruit of the spirit. As a matter of fact, it make one look drunk to be standing around on a stage laughing for no reason. I mean, does a person diagnosed with cancer get through it by laughing it out? Does a person who is struggling with the separation of their parents just laugh and make things better? Does a person who has lost a child or a loved one find comfort in laughing? I doubt it. We as a church need to get back to the doctrine of Scripture. We need to let these rogue theologians who have no knowledge of the Bible stop influencing us.

      The mission of the church is clear. Fulfill the Great Commission and the Great Commandment. Souls are at stake and are perishing, yet we are standing around laughing on a stage! Whether you follow the movement or not, caution should be taken when fads and movements move into the church. We need to go back to the Bible for our source of information and guidance. Jonathan Edwards wrote about the need for Christians to get on fire for God in The Religious Affections, but he was quick to devote a whole section on the fact that just because a person may be enthusiastic, it doesn't mean that they possess true religion. By religion he mean relationship with Christ. We need to get on fire for God and seek those that are lost. How valuable are souls to you?

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