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What lens do you wear?

By Ess-Jee Rautenbach       We are living in very interesting times. And the way we perceive the Bible and Christ is key to how we construct our lives and make decisions. The way we view the Gospel is also a great prediction of how we perceive marriage, divorce, re-marriage and separation. In this article, I will try to show you that in our generation we can get three types of Gospels. Most Christians fall in one of them.   The Analogy of three Gospels can also be seen as what type of lens you are looking through. Your lens is the filter you look through -- at the Bible, Jesus, etc. This lens also determines the way you experience other believers and how you will act in certain situations. It is also the core of your belief system. Frank Viola names the three Gospels in His book, “Reimaging Church,” and he discusses them in detail. For this article’s purpose, I only touch on them shortly, just to give you an idea of why we do what we do.   “A man

Deliver us from eve

by Ess-Jee Rautenbach Matthew Henry wrote: “The woman was made out of Adam’s side. She was not made out of his head to rule over him, nor out of his feet to be trampled upon by him, but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected, and near his heart to be loved.” It seems like, in our generation, we have everything mixed up. It seems that husbands are taking the roles of wives and wives are taking on the role of husbands. Wherever you go, you see this phenomenon. In many cases it seems that the wife misconstrues her calling to be conformed to Christ -- she is called to be conformed to Jesus in character , not in authority . In fact, the Bible tells her specifically that she is not to be like Christ in the exercise of authority, but to be like the Church who submits to Christ's authority (Eph 5:24). Ephesians 5:22 Amplified Bible (AMP) 22  Wives, be subject (be submissive and adapt yourselves) to your own