Long Road Out of Babylon (Intro.)
Long Road Out of Babylon (Intro.), by Dr Matt Cawthorn, is a personal "testimony" of my "spiritual faith journey." One of the most difficult things I have ever done on my journey out of performance-based religion was to leave a whole host of loved ones who simply did not get it. My journey out of religious bondage came at a very high price. There are those that believe I have lost my mind. There are others that chalk it up to my having gone through severe trials and difficulties that finally took their toll on an already “burned out” minister. Nevertheless, I do believe I am in great company. I am finding many others who are also tired of performance-based religion and the heavy loads that it has placed upon already tired and weary saints. This is not meant to be a scholarly or academic treatise. My hope is that it will in some small way serve as a catalyst to get the wheels turning in someone’s mind and heart who is struggling to find their way out of Babylon, or religious confusion.
Death by Triangulation Part 2
Death by Triangulation Part 2, by Dr. Cawthorn, deals with "Triangulation" which occurs when a Christian, or any person who has a problem with another person, talks to a “third party” (a friend, a companion, a spouse) instead of or before talking directly to the person in question to bring about restoration. Triangulation is used for everything from stealth weapons in the military, to 3rd party mediators of conflict, as well as "satanic trinities" in churches. It creeps many times unknowingly into marriages, work relationships, communities and yes, churches. The effects are devastating and cruel. In St. Matthew 18, Christ gives us the protocol for properly dealing with the Sin of Triangulation.
Death by Triangulation Part 1
Death by Triangulation Part 1, by Dr. Cawthorn, deals with "Triangulation" which occurs when a Christian, or any person who has a problem with another person, talks to a “third party” (a friend, a companion, a spouse) instead of or before talking directly to the person in question to bring about restoration. Triangulation is used for everything from stealth weapons in the military, to 3rd party mediators of conflict, as well as "satanic trinities" in churches. It creeps many times unknowingly into marriages, work relationships, communities and yes, churches. The effects are devastating and cruel. In St. Matthew 18, Christ gives us the protocol for properly dealing with the Sin of Triangulation.
"Crime Scenes," by Dr. Matt Cawthorn, deals with the fact that "blood speaks" and has "a voice." The fascination that many have with TV shows like CSI, CSI NY, or NCIS tells us something about humankind's curiosity towards tragedy, death, and loss. Under the Old Covenant, the blood of animals could only make an atonement or a covering for sin, but the Blood of Christ has the power to completely eradicate our sins past, present and future. Christ said something very startling in St. Matthew 6:14 concerning forgiving one another. Christ said that "If we forgive men their sins, then our heavenly Father would also forgive us. But in v. 15 Christ tells us, that “If we don’t forgive men their trespasses, then neither would our Father forgive our sins." Therefore, the only sin or sins that Christ won’t forgive us are the sins that we refuse to forgive that others have committed against us! Crime Scenes covers the dangers of unforgiveness in our lives and the consequences of not releasing others who have sinned against us.
Saints and Sinners
Saints and Sinners, is a poem recited by Dr. Cawthorn, which deals with the "attitudes" of many so-called Christians today when judging others who have fallen. We can all think of many who have devoted their lives to ministry to be thrown away, as it were, because of one lost battle. The anonymous poet asks the Lord to deliver from the judgment of Saints who have never been caught! www.matthewcawthorn.org 1-888-530-WLRB
Protestant Reformation: Luther's Toilet Discovered
Protestant Reformation: Luther's toilet - Dr. Cawthorn reads from an article from the Sydney Morning Herald - "Toilet where Luther strained to produce the Reformation." German archaeologists have discovered the lavatory on which Martin Luther wrote the 95 theses that started the Protestant Reformation. Luther frequently alluded to the fact that he suffered from chronic constipation and spent much of his time in contemplation on the lavatory. Experts say they have been certain for years that the 16th-century religious leader wrote the groundbreaking "95 Theses" while on das Klo, as the Germans call it. This is a piece of history you will not want to miss!
Martin Luther's First Mass
Martin Luther's First Mass, covered by Dr. Cawthorn, explores the history of the Protestant Reformer's tension between his Heavenly Father and earthly father as he performed his "First Mass" during his time at the Augustinian Monastery in Erfurt, Germany. The history is taken from Roland H. Bainton's seminal work, "Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther" published by Abingdon-Cokesbury Press.
Breaking The Patient Mentality
Breaking the Patient Mentality - Dr. Cawthorn discusses that a crisis in life can reduce you to being a "patient" until you find a "cure." The cure often means a "cause." You can stay on the "patient side of life" until you are old and too worn out to do anything about it, or you can reach a doctor's commanding view--by finding the "cure." What is going to get you out of the patient mentality and break the cycle of being a patient is finding a cause--something greater than yourself that you can throw everything you are, everything you have, towards it. In doing so, you will find your cure!