We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum. A.W. Tozer
Therefore let God-inspired Scripture decide between us; and on whichever side be found doctrines in harmony with the word of God, in favor of that side will be cast the vote of truth. --Basil of Caesarea
Once you learn to discern, there's no going back. You will begin to spot the lie everywhere it appears.

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service. 1 Timothy 1:12

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Another book give-way

No photo this time because it’s just a red cover.
The Book of Concord: The Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church [1580].  I.e., the doctrinal book for Lutheran denominations. It is translated and edited by Theodore G. Tappert. I got this book after I borrowed a copy from a Lutheran pastor when I was studying about joining the Lutheran Church (LCMS), which was my wife’s family church. I agree with about 80% of the book, but disagree in regards to consubstantiation and infant baptism.

Contents are:
The Three Chief Symbols [the three creeds]
The Augsburg Confession (1530)
Apology to the Augsburg Confession (1531)
The Smalcald Articles (1531)
Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope (1537)
The Small Catechism (1529)
The Large Catechism (1529)
Formula of Concord (1577)

I’d prefer this book would be taken by a Lutheran or by someone doing a study on Lutheranism. It’s a hefty hardbound book of 717 pages including index.

As always, this offer is only for those in the U.S.A. — due to postage costs elsewhere!  You can comment on this post requesting it with your address (comments are moderated and your address will not be posted) or you can email me your address at jude3.gctwm@yahoo.com.  As always, I determine the “winner” by what comes in my inbox first, and I will notify you either by return email or by a comment on the post. (Be patient for a response; I’m not on the computer all the time.)

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Perpetuation of Church Leadership

Although the New Testament provides no example of elders appointing elders, perpetuation of eldership is implied in the elders’ role as congregational shepherds, stewards, and overseers. Perpetuating the eldership is a major aspect of church leadership responsibility. It is absolutely vital to the ongoing life of a church that the elders recognize the Spirit-given desire of others to shepherd the flock. If a brother desires to shepherd the church and truly exhibits that desire through appropriate action, and if he is morally qualified, then the elders are obligated to see that such a person is not frustrated in his desire. Such a brother needs to be officially made a member of the church eldership team.

Alexander Strauch, Biblical Eldership, pg.278

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Elders Must Be Spiritually Fit

Much of the weakness and waywardness of our churches today is due directly to our failure to require that church shepherds meet God’s standards for office. If we want our local churches to be spiritually fit, then we must require our shepherds to be spiritually fit.

Alexander Strauch, Biblical Eldership, pg.71

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Church Shepherds Must Protect the Flock

Guarding sheep from danger is clearly a significant aspect of the shepherding task. The same is true for church shepherds. They must continually guard the congregation from false teachers. Although the guarding ministry is a negative aspect of shepherding, it is indispensable to the flock’s survival.

Alexander Strauch, Biblical Eldership, pg.18

Saturday, July 18, 2020

About the Book Offers

I’ve gotten a couple new people requesting books I offer to takers, and I thought I might update any and all readers as to why I’m giving away books.

I have had an apologetics ministry for over 40 years now, and at 68 years old I’m getting a bit worn out with researching and writing articles, and everything else that goes along with the ministry. So I’m really cutting back and mainly just being available to people who need help.

At one time I had almost 1000 volumes in my library but over the past few years I’ve been passing them on. I started by giving them to church libraries but I have discovered that the average church member rarely uses them, so I began giving a lot to friends and other ministries. 

THEN I decided to start offering them on my blog. This way those who are interested will be able to get books without having to come up with cash. I consider this to be really part of my ministry, and I hope some younger Christians may become interested in apologetics and take up the slack of us older guys who are now kicking back.

In 2016 I began keeping a record of how many books and other materials I’ve given out, so for those who may find it interesting, from 2016 to 2019 I’ve given away 445 books, 58 magazines and journals, 40 miscellaneous publications, 34 DVDs, 1 VHS, and 30 CDs I forgot to record cassette tapes until this year. This year I’ve already given away 63 books, 14 booklets, 3 articles, 2 CDs and 16 cassettes.

A lot of what I’m passing on is redundant to many other books, or, when it comes to counseling material, it’s because we are no longer involved in Christian counseling.

One thing to note: I cannot read without a highlighter. And if I come across an error during reading I will write a note about the problem. So most of my books with have at least some highlighting.

SO keep watching this blog for book offers.

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Good Leadership

Good leaders always distinguishes themselves by their ability to skillfully confront troublesome issues and to be decisive. In fact, confronting problems is a major part of leadership responsibility. Fearful leaders who refuse to confront problems have demoralized many churches and organizations. Running away from problems creates worse problems.

Alexander Strauch, The New Testament Deacon, pg.18

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Personal Bible Notes - Thessalonians and Timothy

(Refer to my 9/25/18 post about the margin notes in my Bible, and why I decided to share them on this blog.)

1 Thessalonians:

2:13: Paul’s message is from the Lord.
5:9: Regarding salvation vs damnation — not regarding rapture.

2 Thessalonians

1:8-9:  Hell is real.
2:9-10:  False signs & wonders—people don’t accept truth.
3:9:  Teachers have a right to getting support.
3:14-15: Church discipline.

1 Timothy:
1:3-4: Teach no other doctrine.

2:4-6: Only one mediator.
2:8: Men lead in prayer
2:12-14: No women teachers, not church leaders.

3:8: “hypocritical” — “double-tongued”
3:9:  Sound in doctrine.

4:1-3: Later times and false teachers.
4:4-5: All food is good.
4:6: Point out error!
4:16: Watch life & doctrine.

5:17-18: Paid elders.
5:20:  Publicly rebuke leaders.

6:3-5: False teachers do it especially for money.

2 Timothy:

2:17:  Paul names names!
2:23: Reject foolish arguments.
4:1-4: Teach sound doctrine even though people want fluff
4:14: Paul names his opponent.

Friday, June 26, 2020

Work vs. Family

No matter how much a man may be concerned with his work in the world, he cannot normally care about it as much as he cares for his family. This is because we have, in the life of the family, a bigger stake than most of us can ever have in our employment. We can change business associates…we can leave a poor job…but we cannot change sons. If we lose the struggle in our occupational interests, we can try again, but if we lose with our children our loss is terribly and frighteningly final.

Elton Trueblood. Quoted by Alexander Strauch, The New Testament Deacon, pg. 142

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

The Gospel Coalition Proves Its Apostasy

TGC now has an article by a homosexual Episcopalian “priest” which says that the rainbow flag of the narcissistic LGBT agenda has the same symbolism as the rainbow God showed Noah.  And of course he abuses Scripture to “prove” his point.  Read the article yourself and see just how wicked this is.