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

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

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

See People As Sinners In Need of Salvation

If we examine ourselves, we shall see at a glance that one of the most tragic things about us is that our lives re so much governed by other people and by what they do to us and think about us.  Try to recall a single day in your own life.  Think of the unkind and cruel thoughts that have come into your mind and heart.  What produced them?  Somebody else!  How much of our thinking and acting and behaviour is entirely governed by other people.  It is one of the things that make life so wretched.  You see a particular person and your spirit is upset.  If you had not seen that person you would not have felt like that.  Other people are controlling you.  “Now,” says Christ in effect, “you must get out of that condition.  Your love must become such that you will no longer be governed and controlled by what people say.  Your life must be governed by a new principle in yourself, a new principle of love.”

The moment we have that, we are enabled to see people in a different way.  God looks down upon this world and sees all the sin and shame, but He sees it as something that results from the activity of Satan.  There is a sense in which he sees the unjust man in a different way.  He is concerned about him and about his good and welfare, and He therefore causes the sun to shine upon him and sends the rain upon him.  Now we must learn to do that.  We must learn to look at other people and say: “Yes, they are doing this, that and the other to me.  Why?  They are doing it because they are dupes of Satan; because they are governed by the god of this world and are his helpless victims.  I must not be annoyed.  I see them as hell-bound sinners.  I must do everything I can to save them.”

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, “Studies in the Sermon on the Mount,” volume 1, p.304-305

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Make No Provision For the Flesh

“Make not provision of the flesh,” says Paul, “to fulfill the lusts thereof.”  There is a fire within you; never bring any oil anywhere near it, because if you do there will be a flame, and there will be trouble.  Do not give it too much food; which being interpreted means this, among other things: never read anything that you know will do you harm. … Do not read those reports in the newspapers which are suggestive and insinuating and which you know always do you harm.  Don’t read them; “pluck out your eye.”  They are of no value to anybody; but alas, there they are in the paper and they pander to the public taste. … The same is true of books, especially novels, radio programmes, television and also the cinema.  We must come down to these details.  These things are generally a source of temptation, and when you give time and attention to them you are making provision for the flesh, you are adding a little fuel to the flame, you are feeding the thing you know is wrong.  And we must not do so.  “But,” you say, “it is educational.  Some of those books are written by marvelous people, and if I do not know these things I shall be considered an ignoramus.”  Our Lord’s reply is that, for the sake of your soul, you had better be an ignoramus, if you know it does harm to know these things.  Even the most valued thing must be sacrificed.

It also means avoidance of what the Bible calls “foolish talking and jesting” — stories and jokes thought to be clever but which are insinuating and polluting.  You will often get that kind of thing with its cleverness, subtlety and wit, from highly intelligent men.  The natural man admires it all; but it leaves a nasty taste in the mouth.  Reject it; say you do not want it, that you are not interested.  You may offend people by saying so.  Well, offend them, I say, for the sake of your soul.  Again, we must be careful in the company that we keep.  Let me put it like this.  We must avoid everything that tends to tarnish and hinder our holiness.  “Abstain from all appearance of evil,” which means, “avoid every form of evil.”  It does not matter what form it takes.  Anything that I know does me harm, anything that arouses, and disturbs, and shakes my composure, no matter what it is, I must avoid it.  I must “keep under my body,” I must “mortify my members.”  That is what it means; and we must be strictly honest with ourselves.

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, “Studies in the Sermon on the Mount,” volume 1, p.249-250

Friday, August 19, 2016

Busy, Busy, Busy

I’m still trying to get a chance to do something besides posting some quotations and the weekly “RAAH” articles, but I’m pretty tied up.  

Virtually every day we are out of the house for hours, including various doctor appointments (including specialists and lab test) for both of us — nothing really serious, just frustrating and annoying.  When we are home, the yard work is really taking lots of time, since we’ve had so much rainy the grass has decided that it wants to be a foot tall and all the weeds have decided to cover the gardens.   Then the rain has also prevented lots of the yard work!

And with the trip, a wedding of the daughter of dear friends, and other things I am still editing photos at every spare chance with about 500-600 to go.  Add in band practice 77 miles away, band performances, etc, I’m sure glad I don’t have to fit in gainful employment!  Who said being retired gave you leisure time!?!?!

Oh, I’m still responding to requests for information — I put that on a priority when they pop up in my email.  Other than that, hang in with me and I’ll try to keep this blog interesting.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Random Aberrations, Apostasies, and Heresies

Global Leadership Summit 2016 is not for teaching men to be shepherds in an assembly, rather it is there to lead more into apostasy.  Continue reading more here.

Bethel Redding and “glory clouds.”  The nonsense there never ceases.

Another false apostle and his nonsensical, unbiblical teachings to stay away from.

The false teaching coming out of SBC teachers is becoming the norm, unfortunately.

Interesting reviews of some popular church music.  I agree with what the author has said about all of them.  I think he is fair and objective.

As a follow-up to that one, here are some more interesting thoughts by the same author, responding to some charges against his reviews.  He also has some some explanations of popular charismatic false and occultic teachings which are practice by Bethel Redding.  I particularly liked this statement: If a doctrinally sound minister -- John Piper, let's say -- were to favorably quote Rob Bell, Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyer, Joseph Prince, or T.D. Jakes in his sermon just because one of those false teachers can manage a theologically salvageable thought every once in a while, Piper would not go unchallenged. But for whatever reason we don't hold worship leaders to the same standard. If Bill Johnson is a grave-sucking false teacher, why is Jeremy Riddle not?

A week later, we have another in this series of examining worship songs!  Another comment I whole-heartedly agree with (reference “My Chains Are Gone”):  Should the song be sung in your church?  Why should it not? So long as a church is not replacing the Newton classic. As great as Tomlin and Giglio's version is, there are two verses of the classic hymn that are not in My Chains Are Gone. Let them not be forgotten.  The problem is that it HAS replaced Newton’s song;  it has been a long, long time since I’ve heard Amazing Grace.

Robert Hotchkin, another false teacher with unbelievable ideas, and yet people listen to him!!!!

No one should ever send another dime to World VisionDoug Evans makes the succinct point:  Millions of dollars has been embezzled from the Christian charity World Vision and funneled into the terrorist organization Hamas. I know I've mentioned this before, but World Vision is standing by the terrorist in their midst. What part of Stewardship are they misunderstanding?

Cautions About Alan Hirsch.  WOW — this guy is bad news.

Jews have their own apostates and heretics.

“Jesus Calling” radio “worship” hour?

David Barton seems to think God is a patriotic American Christian who dictates who to vote for.  He needs to spend less time with NAR types and more time with Biblical Christians.

Use caution when using Bible Gateway.

You’ve got to be kidding—asking a statue to pray!?!?!

How Hillsong invades and takes over a church.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Evolution or the Bible?

If you believe in the evolutionary theory, you are really saying that God never made man perfect, but is bringing him to perfection.  Therefore there is no true sin.  But the Bible teaching is that man was made perfect and that he fell from that perfection, with the result that this power, this canker, has entered human nature and is there as an evil force within.

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, “Studies in the Sermon on the Mount,” volume 1, p.238

Sunday, August 14, 2016

“Negative” Teaching is Fine

Many, alas, seem to object in these days to negative teaching.  “Let us have positive teaching,” they say.  “You need not criticize other views.”  But our Lord definitely did criticize the teaching of the Pharisees and scribes.

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, “Studies in the Sermon on the Mount,” volume 1, p.181

Friday, August 12, 2016

BE, Then Speak

Whether we like it or not, our lives should always be the first thing to speak; and if our lips speak more than our lives it will avail very little.  So often the tragedy has been that people proclaim the gospel in words, but their whole life and demeanour has been a denial of it.  The world does not pay much attention to them.  Let us never forget this order deliberately chosen by our Lord; “the salt of the earth” before “the light of the world.”  We are something before we begin to act as something.  The two things should always go together, but the order and sequence should be the one which he sets down here. 

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, “Studies in the Sermon on the Mount,” volume 1, p.165

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Non-Christians Hate to Think About Death/Eternity

The non-Christian does everything he can not to think of the world beyond.  That is the whole meaning of the pleasure mania of today.  It is just a great conspiracy and effort to stop thinking, and especially to avoid thinking of death and the world to come.  That is typical of the non-Christian; there is nothing he so hates as talking about death and eternity.

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, “Studies in the Sermon on the Mount,” volume 1, p.140

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Random Aberrations, Apostasies, and Heresies

Well, with my 8-day vacation I’m really behind on the news.  I had a few links collected for stories prior to my departure and I’ve added a few more since yesterday.  One just can’t keep up with all the apostasy and heresy and aberrations within the Church!  But let’s look at what I’ve collected.

Calvary Chapel Association is more and more invaded by false teaching, and one pastor fed up with it has removed his assembly from the association.

Kenneth Copeland instituted Andrew Wommack’s office of prophet!  One false prophet making another; go figure.  More proof that Wommack is a false teacher to be avoided like a plague.  H/T to one of my readers.

No, there are no longer Apostles today.  The NAR are liars.

Boy oh boy — the New Apostolic Reformation’s narcissism examined.

Good advice when dealing with a Jehovah’s Witness.

Robert Morris is a false teacher.  He says that if you don’t tithe, then you open the door to demons.  He calls it stealing from God.  How many times do we have to say that CHRISTIANS DON’T HAVE TO TITHE!!!  The tithe was for Israel ONLY!!

The origin of the name “Jehovah” proves the Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons are false beliefs — as if we need another example!  HT Doug.

Rachel Held Evans thinks voting for Hillary Clinton is “pro-life.”

Excellent examination of Joel Osteen’s teachings!

Andy Stanley just keeps getting worse.

Just what we need, another gathering of false teachers.

Speaking about false teachers — they are not just on the Total Blasphemy Network (aka TBN).

Oprah loves false teacher Steven Furtick.  Go figure.  The man is a rank WOLF!

This is how church should be?!?!?

If anyone still has any doubt that Rick Warren is a false teacher, how about explaining this?

Did you know that a prophet who makes a false prophesy can just say “oopsie”?  Neither did I. I think Vonda Brewer should read Deuteronomy 18:20.

Speaking of false prophets — this is not satire!

Jonathan Cahn — again.  I can hardly wait to read the reviews of this book, which will be guaranteed to be a collection of false teachings.

Monday, August 8, 2016

The Problem is the Heart of Man

The terrible, tragic fallacy of the last hundred years has been to think that all man’s troubles are due to his environment, and that to change the man you have nothing to do but to change his environment.  That is a tragic fallacy.  It overlooks the fact that it was in Paradise that man fell.  It was in a perfect environment that he first went wrong, so to put man in a perfect environment cannot solve his problems.  No, no; it is out of “the heart” that these things arise.  Take any problem in life, anything that leads to wretchedness; find out its cause, and you will always discover that it comes from the heart somewhere, from some unworthy desire in somebody, in an individual, in a group or in a nation.

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, “Studies in the Sermon on the Mount,” volume 1, p.110