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Nothing 'Jesus Centered' About 'Jesus Centered Music'

This is the kind of spiritual poison masquerading as "God's Word" in my local community here in Buffalo, NY. It's from a "Christian" band that called themselves "Jesus Centered Music" and it is simply heartbreaking...

Testimony time.. 
JCM lead worship at Caz park with rain down worship and others yesterday. After that, we went into the community to Be Love. 
While on Seneca street, I saw a young man not on our map. 
"Tell him I Love him." I do. "Appreciated" was his response. 
Then, we carried on evangelizing... After an awesome time, we headed back to worship at Caz Park. Right near the end, guess who comes walking through. "Do you remember what I said?" I asked "Indeed" He responds. He's now with his girlfriend and her friend. 
One of the girls asks, "Can I have a dollar?" 😂 Kids now a days... "I'll give you a dollar if you allow me to tell you what Jesus has to say to you." 
I tell them that Psychics are able to tell people things about them, yet they take your money. Yet Jesus does the opposite. He can tell you your purpose for living plus He paid the cost to Save their souls. I then tell her what I see. She's stunned I know the dreams in her heart. The other Girl says, give me a word too. 😂😂😂 
Innocence only knows that there's no difference between us. 
I actually had absolutely nothing for her. But, my trust is in the one who knows all things. 5 seconds later.... "I See you crying tears asking God, Why aren't you listening to me?" 
She asks if we can step aside and have a private conversation. I then hear the word "Parents" I ask her if they are involved in her crying to God. She says they just got a divorce. 
Bingo. "DIVORCE" was a word of knowledge I got a few hours earlier. I show her that "Clue" on our map, time stamped on my phone 3 hours previously. 
She then tells me her questions to God go deeper than the divorce. She explains of being raped 2 weeks earlier. I ask Gila to join me. We tell her that the things happening in her life are not the works of our Loving God. 
She shares she frequented church 3 days a week before being raped, but hasn't been back since. We lead her through a prayer of repentance. She rededicates her life back to Jesus. 
"I give you my life again." She declares. All of heaven rejoices! 
Take the risk to Let Abba use you and I promise you He will blow your mind. 
#❤💣's #BeLove 

As always, these are self-proclaimed believers in Christ who I'm sure mean well and are sincere, but as we've tried to point out (and warn!) a millions times before, sincerity does not equal truth!

Anyone else have a problem with this like I do? I'm glad they led her in a "prayer of repentance" right after the poor rape victim tells them she hasn't been back to church since. But that's "#BeLove" right?

I know, I know! "Jeff, you weren't there and so you have no idea what you're talking about!" True. Then again, someone shared this entire "testimony" on Facebook for all 685 Followers to read so there must be some reason for that. Besides, I'm simply responding to what is already public knowledge and in type word-for-word.

In a Lutheran layman's terms, this is why we need to keep writing and talking about the dangers of "Charismania" within Christianity today and counter it with a pure and unadulterated confession of "the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints" (Jude 1:3).

NOTE: Please understand that I'm not a called and ordained minister of God's Word and Sacraments. I'm a layman or just a regular Christian, Candy-Making, Husband, Father, Friend who lives in the "City of Good Neighbors" here on the East Coast. To be more specific, and relevant to the point I want to make with this disclaimer/note, please understand that I'm also a newly converted Confessional Lutheran who recently escaped American Evangelicalism almost 2 years ago now. That being said, please contact me ASAP if you believe that any of my "old beliefs" seem to have crept their way into any of the material you see published here, and especially if any of the content is inconsistent with our Confessions and Lutheran doctrine (in other words, if it's not consistent with God's Word, which our Confessions merely summarize and repeatedly point us back to over and over again) so that I can correct those errors immediately and not lead any of His little ones astray (James 3:1). Also, please be aware that you might also discover that some of the earlier pieces I wrote for this blog back in 2013 definitely fall into that "Old Evangelical Adam" category since I was a "Lutheran-In-Name-Only" at the time and was completely oblivious to the fact that a Christian "Book of Concord" even existed (Small/Large Catechism? What's that!?!). This knowledge of the Lutheran basics was completely foreign to me even though I was baptized, confirmed, and married in an LCMS church! So, there are some entries that are a little "out there" so-to-speak since the subject matter was also heavy influenced by those old beliefs of mine. I know that now and I'm still learning. Anyway, I decided to leave those published posts up on this website and in cyberspace only because they are not blasphemous/heretical, because we now have this disclaimer, and only to demonstrate the continuing work of Christ and the Holy Spirit in my life (Hebrews 12:2; Philippians 1:6). Most importantly, please know that any time I engage in commenting on and/or interpreting a specific portion of the holy Scriptures, it will always closely follow the verse-by-verse notes from my Lutheran Study Bible and/or include references to the Book of Concord unless otherwise noted. Typically, I defer to what other Lutheran Pastors both past and present have already preached and taught about such passages since they are the called and ordained shepherds of our souls here on earth. Finally, I'm going to apologize ahead of time for the length of most entries (this disclaimer/note is a perfect example of what I mean! haha!). I'm well aware that blogs should be short, sweet, and to the point, but I've never been one to follow the rules when it comes to writing. Besides, this website is more like a "Christian Dude's Diary" in the sense that everything I write about and share publicly isn't always what's "popular" or "#trending" at the time, but is instead all the things that I'm experiencing and/or studying myself at the moment. For better or for worse, these posts tend to be much longer than most blog entries you'll find elsewhere only because I try to pack as much info as possible into a single piece so that I can refer to it again and again over time if I need to (and so that it can be a valuable resource for others -- if possible, a "One-Stop-Shop" of sorts). Thank you for stopping by and thank you in advance for your time, help, and understanding. Feel free to comment/email me at any time. Grace and peace to you and yours!


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