My name is Phil Poirrier. I can’t honestly tell you the motivation behind this web site because I’m not sure that I really know what it is. I can however, honestly say that I am fearful of the potential consequences of this site, my posts, and your responses (if any). I’m not fearful of the recompense of man, but of God.
It is one thing to offend man, and an entirely much graver thing to misrepresent or offend God. The potential judgment that will fall upon me, if I intentionally or perhaps even unintentionally misrepresent God and his Word (the Bible) are very grave. The Bible clearly states “Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment.”
I do not claim to be a teacher, however the principal provided in the scripture is the same. If I portray something of God or the Bible that is not true, God will judge me more harshly than one who does not speak at all.
I am also fearful that I may potentially say something that may cause some in the Christian faith to wrongly question their faith, church body, or teachings. Graver still is the potential that I would contribute to, or be the catalyst for, one of God’s children to stumble or fall. My greatest fear is to cause one who is in the Christian faith, or a seeker near to faith, to turn away from God.
My intent is not to harm those in the Christian community of faith but to encourage the family. However, there is within me (whether of God or me I know not) this impulse to bring to awareness issues within the Christian community that are portrayed as truth or generally accepted, but clearly are in opposition to the teachings of the Bible. I want the Church to turn back to God and His word and to be strong, not weak. I want this for myself as well; I am not immune from the influence and entrapment of this “cultural Christianity”.
A perplexing issue is that I find myself truly sinful, arrogant, selfish, and often doing and saying things that I am sure are more offensive to God than those things that I might criticize or find fault with. Many could look at my life and say “sweep around your own back door” or “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone..” and you would be totally justified in doing so.
So why am I continuing with the site, I don’t know. All I can say is that for now, I feel that I should. Perhaps God will use if for His Glory in some way. I sincerely pray that if this is not of God, or if this site is an offense to Him or His children, that it would shut down before it does harm and that no one would visit the site at all; I truly mean this.
I grew up in the southern United States. My parents were followers of Christ Jesus and would take me to church almost every Sunday. From my early childhood, I heard of the stories and events from the Bible. Even though I knew and understood the teachings of the Bible, I didn’t really “know” if God was real of fantasy. I also, thought that if He were real, that God surely had a pair of balance scales in which he would evaluate my good against the bad, and if my good over-compensated my bad then I would go to heaven when I died. And naturally, I thought I was a pretty good guy.
At the age of thirty, I believe that God revealed to me my condition of separation from Him due to my sin (disobedience to God). At that time, It also became clear to me that my ability to know God was not based of my doing a sufficient amount of good to overcome my bad. Because of my sin I was totally alienated from God and destined for eternal separation and punishment upon my death. In a way I can’t adequately convey, I believe that God revealed to me, that there was nothing that I could do to effect by situation and eventual outcome. Similar to one becoming suddenly aware of a “truth”, I finally understood the Bible’s teaching that Jesus Christ (God in-flesh: fully man and fully God) was sent to die on account of my sins. In Christ’s death, He (Christ) paid the full price (penalty) that satisfied God the Father for my sin and in doing so, removed the barrier of sin that separate me from God to be removed. At that moment when I believed God (exercised faith) in what He revealed to me about my sin and Christ’s payment for my sin, I was “Born Again” and I became His child.
Whether a current believer in God, or one seeking truth about the possibility about God, the Bible says that one can only approach God and please him by believing (exercising faith) in and towards Him. “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6, New American Standard Bible (©1995)
God is a “God of Faith”, not that God has faith, but that anyone who attempts to approach God, must do so by the gateway (or grounds, or basis) of faith through the blood of Christ. “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand;…” Romans 5:1-2a, New American Standard Bible (©1995)
My prayer for you as well as myself is summed up in the Bible in Ephesians 3: 17-19, “so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God” New American Standard Bible (©1995).