Why I won’t be watching “Heaven is For Real”

On my flight back from Baltimore! It's kind of like Heaven, maybe?
On my flight back from Baltimore!

Today marks an infinitely important day in history. Jesus was raised from the dead. My faith is not futile. Jesus is the Christ and is able to pay the price for my sins.

Sunday also marks the release of “Heaven is For Real” the fictitious account of a four year old boy who went to Heaven and back.

To my brothers and sisters, be careful. It’s an awfully cute story. A toddler growing up in a dinky little rural town recovers from a burst appendix to testify he went to Heaven and back. But let’s recuperate through the clouds of emotionalism and ask the all-important question: Is Burpo’s account consistent with God’s Word?

No.

There is simply no Biblical basis for someone–today–to return to Heaven and back.

Scripture is sufficient. If you want to know that Heaven is for real, then look no further than the historical, logical, archaeological, and prophetically credible words of the Old and New Testament. Just FYI, the cult that is the “church” of Latter-Day-Saints was inaugurated on the testimony of a 12-year-old boy named Joseph Smith.

Scripture testifies of four people who got a glimpse of Heaven: Ezekiel, Isaiah, Paul, and John. Glimpses! Not all-inclusive trips like the one the Burpo’s testify of. These were prophetic visions–not near death experiences. And these prophets didn’t speak of cute features like sitting on Jesus’ lap; they were utterly awestruck by the Glory of God, which is the supreme reality of Heaven.

Who has ascended to heaven and come down? Who has gathered the wind in his fists? Who has wrapped up the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is his son’s name? Surely you know! (Proverbs 30:4)

No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. (John 3:13)

Because here is the issue: If what Todd Burpo says is true, then he is claiming divine authority that has been granted to him. Since it is a new revelation of God! This is much more than a heart-warming story, friends! This involves the credibility of the Bible! Putting words into God’s mouth that he didn’t say.

Heaven is For Real is representative of a dangerous sway in the American church toward subjective, esoteric, mystical experience. Emotions are important–essential to human expression, but any narrative that stimulates emotionalism-based decision-making rather than standing upon the objective truth of God’s Word, should be avoided.

Personally, I find the book of Revelation much more fascinating. It’s so much better than having wings and seeing old relatives. No more death. No more darkness. No more ferry disasters in my home country. Satan defeated. Martyrs redeemed. And best of all: I will see Jesus face-to-face.

Have discernment, my friends. There is a terrible amount of false teaching out there.

Your friend, D.Kim
Acts 20:24
FTM

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Echoes of Eternity

I stumbled across a wonderful surprise while downloading iOS7 to my iPhone.

Buried within the bog of my Camera Roll, were videos from Passion 2013 that I had failed to upload to YouTube!

So here they are. Be encouraged by the echoes of 60,000 worshiping the one true God!

The Georgia Dome at full capacity is but an iota compared to the forthcoming praises of the elect in Heaven. Indeed, as C.S Lewis said, for the believer, there are far greater things ahead than any we leave behind.

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession  that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who you out of darkness into his marvelous light. – 1 Peter 2:9

Your Friend, D.Kim
Acts 20:24
FTM

The lifeline of my quest to become an author

The desire to change the world is not evil; the desire to be known for it is.

For where jealously and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. – James 3:16

This has been a struggle for me.

As many of you know, I have been writing a book since I graduated from high school – an encouragement to high school saints to “take the narrow road” and be uncommon for Christ (Matthew 7:13-14). My project is almost finished. I am in the editing process, and the manuscript will soon be sent to publishers and literary agents (tentatively, the end of September). The journey has been grueling, mainly because a novel’s process is obscure amidst the legion of edits and late nights. You put so much time, so much effort, and sacrifice into something, yet the finish line is unseen. Thus, my flesh has been tempted to latch onto other masquerades of motivation: the prospect of fame, money, a new identity. Hence, delighting in Jesus as the cornerstone of my endeavor has sustained me. He’s so stable, so firm, so unshakeable, and so reliable while the cancers of the world give way.

I have asked myself, “Would I be content if I didn’t sell a single novel?” “Would I still have joy if my name wasn’t on the cover?” Is Jesus truly the sole fuel behind the engine of my thoughts?

I must accredit John Piper’s works, which have been so uplifting in this journey. Piper teaches that God is the only being in the universe whose self-exaltation is loving. God is the gospel. For us to exalt ourselves is hateful. If the odor from our actions reeks, “Look at me! Look at me! Me! Me!” we are being evil. However, for God to exalt Himself is love, because God is love. He is our joy! Not his love, kindness, grace, or mercy! HIM! Scripture is dominated by the idea that the greatest gift God could give us is Himself.

Jesus is wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. (1 Corinthians 1:30)

Jesus is truth. (John 14:6)

Jesus is love. (1 John 4:8)

Jesus is glory. (Colossians 3:4)

Jesus is Lord. (Romans 10:9, Philippians 3:20)

So with every word, every paragraph, every click of the keyboard, my aim is to see Jesus a bit more clearly through my Christian hedonism.

And fortunately, delighting – being happy – in Jesus is not a suggestion, but a command.

Your friend, D.Kim
Acts 20:24
FTM

“One of the most breathtaking instances of my life.” (God’s Great Dance Floor)

If you follow me on Twitter, chances are you have seen a tweet about a conference I attended this past Christmas break. I would write about Passion 2013, however words cannot accurately describe the mind-boggling, history-shaping events that occurred in the Georgia Dome. Today I want to share a 7 minute, 11 second snippet of not only the climax of my week but of my entire fall semester. Through this experience with Chris Tomlin and 60,000 of my brothers and sisters, I began to experience God’s love in a way I was never able to before. I want to share with you the incomprehensible joy I discovered on God’s Great Dance Floor.

Fall semester of my sophomore year was incredibly difficult. For the first time in my life, I collectively struggled in every probable area; academically, athletically, and even spiritually. Do I really want to be a journalist? Am I supposed to be at Michigan State? I quickly became confused about the direction my life was heading.On top of everything, the Lord revealed it was time to address significant emotional and generational wounds that I had neglected throughout my adolescence. He used everything, from testimonies to even the feelings I had for a girl, to reveal it was time to experience healing like I never have before.

I began to lose confidence. Like a startled sheep, I took my eyes off the shepherd. Did I make a mistake in the college process? Is God mad at me? Is He truly enough for me?

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My (Heavenly) Father’s Birthday Present

During the last week of 2012, I celebrated the birthday of both my earthly and Heavenly fathers. For those who know me well, you know that my relationship with my father has shaped me more than any other relationship in my life. It has been far from perfect, but the word of God has reconciled our relationship

I have decided to share the letter I wrote to my dad for his 47th birthday. Some may ask why I am sharing something so personal. My response is simple. Galatians 5:1 says that Christ has set us free to set others free. I firmly believe that everything we experience is not only for our benefit, but also for the benefit of others (Philippians 2:4). I have my dad’s permission to share this, all for the sole purpose of magnifying Christ and his faithfulness to his children.

No other relationship will influence your view of the Heavenly Father as much as your relationship with your earthly father. I pray that through my father’s birthday present, you would grow closer to your Heavenly father.

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