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Blood Moons? Shemitah? No.

If you haven’t been privy to the latest evangelical fantastical craze, well, good for you. It’s out there, though. People are talking about it, immersing their small group Bible studies in it, and (unfortunately) funding the perpetual pipeline of prophecy prognosticators by subscribing to their “secret” insight, duping Christians again with their obstreperous fanfare. Can I just say something? This isn’t new.

Many false teachers have come and gone in the twentieth century (remember this?), and apparently those in the twenty-first century continue to pick up the mantle. “We’re living in the last days!” Of course we are. We have been for the past 2000 years. “But you don’t understand! All of the signs are pointing to our lifetime!” Respectfully, of course, “No.”

So what about the latest predictions? Apparently something huge is supposed to happen this month.* Then again, the elusiveness of the snake-oil salesmen is always tricky. He’s like trying to nail Jello to the wall. Blindfolded. If nothing bad happens this month, well, “Rest assured,” they say, “It will be the start of something huge!” Huge. Now there’s a non-obscure word. So what do they mean? Economic collapse (nothing new–it’s happened a lot in history); political upheaval (really? That’s like predicting that tomorrow we’ll have oxygen to breathe); One World Religion and Government (Chapter and verse, please?); and the apparent destruction of the United States because hey, America isn’t mentioned in the Bible, therefore we’re not around to see the end. (Sigh–apparently since Ford, Toyota, GMC and Chevy, to name a few, aren’t mentioned in the Bible, they won’t be around either.)

Here’s the problem: None of it is Biblical. When you have to piece some obscure verses together to try and prove your point and no one in history has discovered this but you, you’re probably a heretic. That’s why we have creeds and confessions–to keep us from crashing into the ocean of heresy. And that’s why the Bible issues warnings–to keep us from being stupid.

For those who wish to get some insight on this, I point you to a few resources:

Final comment: Here’s the deal. I’m a pastor, and this is my opinion and understanding. (I have very good friends who will not agree with me on this. That’s fine.) I believe that I am to fight for sound doctrine (), and I do believe you can be a Christian and get wrapped up into this stuff. Also, I’m writing because I’m being asked about this a lot.

Ultimately, I’m also concerned because not only does it distract from the gospel, the entire premise is built upon a faulty Christology. Jesus came to fulfill all of this stuff () and it would be a return to the shadow to obsess about things Christ has come to fulfill and abrogate as The Substance. And that concerns me.

If you’re looking for an alternative to the stress-inducing, hard-to-keep-up-with evangelical prophecy pundit du jour check out these teachings and resources.


*The first seconds of this video demonstrate the absurdity. The man states, “A lot of things pointing [sic] something big popping off at this point in time, and if it’s not nothing [sic] massive…” Um, what? Which is it? smh.

He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it. (ESV)

16 Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. 17 These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ. (ESV)

Series Recap: The Assembly

This past Sunday we finished up our short 4-week series on the Church, called The Assembly. It was a quick look at some of the non-negotiable, biblical, and crucial elements of a sound ecclesiology (the doctrine of the Church). The point of the series was to answer the question, “What is a Church?” For me, it was one of the most important series I’ve preached to date because 1) there’s a lot of unhealthy stuff out there, thus causing confusion, 2) the “modern church” is busy trying to be “cool” (while simultaneously sacrificing their ecclesiology), and 3) let’s face it: things in this nation are changing, and rather than burying our proverbial heads in the sand, we need to attack it with the Bible.  Continue reading

A Must Watch Video

Take four minutes to watch this video. And I pray it leads you to repentance, as it did me.


12 hour service? No Bible? A 2-hour sermon too short?

Christian in America: What is your excuse for a lack of commitment to the local church? To the Word? To Jesus?

Today is the day!!

I’m excited to share with you that as of today, you can purchase my latest book Be Holy: Learning the Path of Sanctification!

This has been an incredible journey, and a humbling one at that. The book has been something I’ve dreamt about for a long time, and it is hard to believe that we have come this far. I pray that you find it to be challenging, both biblically and practically, as well as refreshing. Sanctification can be a tricky thing, but the call to be holy as God is holy is a serious one we must consider.

Two quick acknowledgements: I am grateful for Mathew B. Sims for not only helping get this project finished, but also writing the foreword. I am also thankful for my brother and Red Bag Media for the incredible design work. (Go check out their stuff!)

From the back cover:

Whether we admit it or not, sanctification is often misunderstood, misapplied, or ignored altogether. There is a danger in attempting to follow Jesus apart from His commands, provisions, and promises. Without a coherent, biblically informed understanding of God—His holiness, His attributes, His character—any grace driven efforts of Christian growth will be truncated at best. Now that Christ has saved us, how does that work itself out in love? What are some of the things we should know as a follower of The Way? What if I just don’t feel like growing in the Lord?

Inside Be Holy: Learning the Path of Sanctification, Jason Garwood explores the terrain of sanctification in a comprehensive and easy to understand way. It’s saturated in Scripture and rooted in the church’s history of holiness—the ups and downs of growth and change in the Christian life. And at the center of Be Holy sits the reigning King Jesus and the work of the trinitarian God in the gospel. May God stir up your affections as you behold His glory and walk the path of sanctification.

What people are saying about the book:

In Be Holy: Learning the Path of Sanctification, my friend Jason Garwood gives us a crisp and clear treatment of biblical holiness that will rock the illusion of self-righteousness. With biblical precision, Garwood gives us simple, yet profound insights. Be Holy will serve as an indispensable teaching tool for many years to come. You may just have to rethink the way you view holiness altogether. Read it, teach it, preach it…often!

Pastor Doug Logan, Jr., Lead Pastor & Founder of Epiphany Fellowship of Camden, NJ.

We are living in a time (and culture) when great confusion exists in the Church regarding how we are to grow in Christ. While many people rightly teach the biblical balance between grace and effort in the Christian life—some overemphasize grace to the neglect of effort. Understanding the difference between grace and effort is critical. This is why I’m thrilled to recommend the book, Be Holy: Learning the Path of Sanctification by Jason Garwood. Garwood understands firsthand the struggles people face because he deals with them every day in his own life and pastoral ministry. He writes to help Christians and the Church to think through the issue at hand in order to more fully understand what sanctification means. As he does this, he roots the explanation of our new identity in Christ to our growth in Christ. Christians are to live from their new identity in Christ; we are to return to the basics of who we are in Christ, remembering what He has done to transform us. Our union with Him informs our communion with Him, which makes not only repentance possible, but provides the basis for our slaying the “dragon of sin” in our lives. This excellent book follows in the tradition of the Reformers and the Puritans, and contemporary authors like John Piper and Kevin DeYoung, who understand this biblical balance. I highly recommend this book, and pray the Lord will powerfully use it in the life of His people, and for the edification of the Church, for His glory.

Dave Jenkins, Executive Director, Servants of Grace Ministries, Executive Editor, Theology for Life

Pursuing holiness will often hurt but it also helps and heals. In his book Be Holy, Jason Garwood carefully curates a thesis that practically explains why being holy may not be popular but it must be pursued. Taking the fabric of the full gospel, the book connects the theological with the practical. After reading this book, the reader will be inspired to not just hope to live a holy life but rather will be able to experience it—not because of what they do, but because of what Jesus has already done.

In Be Holy, Jason Garwood tackles sanctification, a subject that is often talked about but rarely considered in its entirety, in a fresh and accessible way. A talented writer and able theologian, Garwood makes the doctrine of sanctification relevant without sacrificing robust, biblical depth. Read this and be encouraged in your faith!

Brandon D. Smith, Editor of Make, Mature, Multiply: Becoming Fully-Formed Disciples of Jesus and Associate Editor of the Criswell Theological Review

Holiness is a challenging concept that Jason Garwood has done a great job in breaking down to help us understand it. Let’s not let the challenge of sanctification keep us from engaging in a lifelong pursuit of holy living.

Phil Whipple, Bishop of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, USA.

Be Holy is a timely and modern primer on the doctrine of sanctification. The book takes a clear and direct approach to the issue at hand, expressing deep truths in a concise manner. Jason issues a straightforward and provoking “call to arms” for all followers of Jesus.

Marc Herron, Associate Pastor of First Baptist Church, Caro, MI.

Where you can purchase Be Holy:

Oh, and one more thing… I’m giving away 3 FREE copies of the book! This Saturday evening the contest will be over and I will select three winners, and each will receive a copy of the book. (So be sure to check your email! Winners will also be announced on my Facebook page.)

Enter to win below:

Thanksgiving As A Way To Fight For Joy

I enjoy Thanksgiving Day. Though admittedly I’m not a huge fan of turkey (I like the sweet potato with the caramel/nutty thing on top), I appreciate the opportunity to relax, enjoy my family, and fellowship with others. At the risk of sounding clichéd and redundant, I think we all know that we should be thankful each and every day. But instead of making this a guilt trip, I’d like to point you back to the covenant of grace. Why? Because thanksgiving–the act of the soul in giving thanks and gratitude towards God–is a way to fight for joy in your life. And i Continue reading

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