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

Friday, October 19, 2018

Good, Bad, and Ugly

Much more good educational and edifying stuff this time.

The Good:
What does it mean that “God is the head of Christ”?

The 400 “years of silence” between the O.T. and the N.T.

Responding to the question, “Who Created God?

The number one crime — Naming names.

Colossians 2:8 does not condemn philosophy.  I never thought it did, but obviously there are people out there who think it does.

Annihilationism vs hell — collection of articles proving the former wrong.

The Unification Church, i.e., “Moonies.”  A good introduction to them.

The Bad and/or Ugly
I have previously written why Christians cannot justify voting Demokrat, yet Emergent “pastor” Doug Pagitt is doing his best to get Christians to vote for this ungodly political party. Of course the fact that he is doing this in cahoots with the apostate and heretical United Church of Christ should tell you a lot about his beliefs.

Yes, Tim Keller is a Marxist. Here’s a prime example of his promotion of “social justice.”

AAANNNDDD Matt Chandler.  Sigh. (And Chandler thinks Obama is a great man!!!)

More Beth Moore nonsense.  Guess what—NO one man can ask forgiveness for all men who have behaved badly. Kevin Jones behaved foolishly (obviously has no spine), but it’s all part of Moore’s emotion-driving “ministry.” Read more about this situation and an overall look at Moore’s continued descent into “social justice” nonsense. Then there is this:
Can you say, “BLASPHEMY”?

Thursday, October 18, 2018

More Book Give-Aways

After reading our copy of this book, we decided it was a very good resource. We have two copies left of the dozen extras we purchased.

As the cover notes, this book investigates the difference in lifestyle outcome between cohabitation and marriage, with marriage having the better results. An excellent book to hand to your high school or college students so they might reconsider fornicating or even moving in with a love interest.

Paperback with 146 pages, easy reading.

As with previous books I’ve given away, 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.)

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Personal Bible Notes: Psalms

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

4:4: Eph. 4:26

9:14 “Daughter Zion”: Jerusalem

17:14 “You fill their bellies”: Who is “their”? NIV and Tanakh say those who God cherishes.

19:1: Cosmological and teleological arguments 
19:3: Not audible but plain nevertheless

29:1 “heavenly beings”: Sons of gods

39:6: Vanity of life

40:1 “waited patiently”: literally, “waiting I waited”
40:1 “my cry”: literal my “scream”

41: 9: See John 13:18

Chapter 51: 2 Samuel 12:13 “fleshed out.”
51:7: IAW Lev. 14
51:16: Lev. 4 (for sins of the “high hand”)
51:17: The only sacrifice for sins of the “high hand” it put self at God’s mercy.

58:7b: May they be as arrows with the heads cut off—blunt and harmless.

60: 5-12: Same as 108: 6-13

77:19: The crossing through the Red Sea.

78:25: Manna is “bread of angels”

104:6-9: Refers to the Flood

105:15: See the context vs WOF claims

107:29-30: Reflects Jesus calming the storm

Chapters 113-116: Passover, sung before the meal.

115:16: No other planet inhabited by humans.

Chapters 117 and 118: Passover, sung after the meal.

118:14 “The Lord is my strength and my song”: Music is power.

139:1-6: God’s omniscience.
139:7-12: God’s omnipresence
139:13-16: God’s omnipotence; it is a child even in the womb.

147:19-20: Only Israel has the Law.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Personal Bible Notes: Joshua Through Job

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

7:24-26: Punished IAW Deut. 17:2-7
9:14-15: They did NOT seek God’s counsel.

3:22 “insides”: Literally: dung, excrement
6:11,14: “Angel of the Lord,” “The Lord”:  Angel of the Lord is God (Jesus)

1 Samuel
Chap 2: Possibly a hymn of Israel’s which she applied to herself.
2:15 “fat”: means “choicest” - see Lev. 7:30-34

3:10 “The LORD came, stood there”: Vision? Theophany?

5:4,7,9 “his hands were broken off,” “His hand,” “LORD’s hand.”: Hebrew is word play showing Dagon’s hands cut off, while the hand of God punishes them.

9:6 “Look,” 7 “Suppose,” 8 “Here,” 12 “Yes”: all translate “Behold!” — Pay attention!

10:8: See 13:8

Chap.11: Judges 19-21 Joshua-Gilead refused to help Israel. 400 women given of theirs to 
Benjamin. Saul may be a descendent.

12:15: “your ancestors” doesn’t make sense. Alternative “your king” does.
12:22: God won’t abandon Israel.
13:8: see 10:8

13:11 “you didn’t come”: “It’s your fault!”

14:3: In Chap.2 Ahijah’s line was removed from the priesthood—he shouldn’t be wearing the ephod.
14:18: Ahijah was not authorized by God! Saul was wrong to consult him, and Ahijah did not have right to the ark.
14:37: Ahijah had not right to audience.

Chap. 15: See Exodus 17:8ff
15:29: God is not a man, does not change his mind.

16:1: “selected a king [for myself]” Translators left that phrase out. This was now God’s king vs Israel’s; God’s king is from Judah.

22:3-4: David’s grandmother Ruth was a Moabite; may be related to this king.

23:6: reflects 22:20-23.

Chap. 26: Results of 23:19ff
26:6: Abishai is David’s nephew.
26:12 “deep sleep”: same word as Gen. 2:21.

28:2: Story ends here, picks up at Chap.29
28:18 “did not obey”: literally means did not “listen to the voice of”

2 Samuel
12:23:  Shows that babies are saved.
16:15 Ahithophel: Bathsheba’s grandfather. See 2 Sam.11:3 and 23:34
24:1: the reason God was angry was because it was a census of military strength to set himself up.

2 Kings
2:23 “small boys”:  the Hebrew refers to young men  from 12 to 30 years old, and here the were most likely at least in their teens.

1 Chronicles
16:21-22: The context is Israel.

9:14: Sabbath revealed ONLY to Israel.

2:1 “Some time later”: Most likely after his attempt to conquer Greece, i.e. about 4 years.
4:3 “fasted and lamented”: As per Joel 2:12-14 (Joel was written first).
4:10 “Hathach”: the name means “truth”
5:14 “hang”: literally, “impale.”

1:4 “in turn”: Possibly on their birthdays
1:6, 2:1 “sons of God”: Angels

2:10 “Curse God”: meaning to bless ironically

3:3,16: The unborn are children.

26:7-11: Astronomy; the earth floats in space and is round.

Chapter 31 discusses various sins
31:1-4: Lust
31:5-6: Falsehood
31:7-8: Covetousness
31:9-12: Adultery
31:13-15: Treatment of servants
31:16-18: Concern for the poor
31:19-20: Robbing the poor
31:21-23: Justice for weak
31:24-25: Trusting in wealth
31:26-28: Worship of heavens

38:7: Angels witnessed creation

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

When Worship Becomes Entertainment

The ubiquitous culture of consumerism and materialism has seduced many evangelicals into a ministry mode driven by marketing rather than mission. To an ever greater extent, evangelicals are accommodating themselves to moral compromise in the name of lifestyle and choice. Authentic biblical worship is often supplanted by the entertainment culture as issues of performance and taste displace the simplicity and God-centeredness of true worship. Our churches are worldly in lifestyle, worship, and piety. We have seen the worship of God too often made into a human-centered entertainment event.

Al Mohler, Jr. (1996). Cited by Dan Lucarini, Why I Left the Contemporary Christian Music Movement, pg.63

Monday, October 8, 2018

He Hideth My Soul

A wonderful Savior is Jesus my Lord,
A wonderful Savior to me;
He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock,
Where rivers of pleasure I see.

He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock,
That shadows a dry, thirsty land;
He hideth my life in the depths of His love,
And covers me there with His hand,
And covers me there with His hand.

A wonderful Savior is Jesus my Lord,
He taketh my burden away,
He holdeth me up and I shall not be moved,
He giveth me strength as my day.

With numberless blessings each moment He crowns,
And filled with His fullness divine,
I sing in my rapture, oh, glory to God!
For such a Redeemer as mine.

When clothed with His brightness transported I rise
To meet Him in clouds of the sky,
His perfect salvation, His wonderful love,
I’ll shout with the millions on high.

Fanny Crosby

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Come As You Are?

The “Come as you are, God accepts you where you are at” doctrine is closely aligned with the tolerance movement that is popular in our secular society. … this is laying the foundations for some serious religious disillusionment down the road. The real test of any Christian teaching, however, is not either its short-term or long-term consequences, but whether or not it is found in the Word of Go.  How does this doctrine stand tup to that test?

Is there any biblical truth behind “come as you are”? It certainly reflects the biblical principle that to God “all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6). There is nothing we can do to earn our salvation; we cannot make ourselves clean enough to be acceptable to God. But does that also mean we can stay as we are?

John Makujina, a scholar who assiduously researched the CCM movement, has stated that, 
Whereas many conservatives preached what amounts to “Clean yourself up before you receive Christ,” the Jesus movement [where CCM began] said more biblical, “Come as you are.’ The problem however was that come as you are more often meant “remain as you are,” at least as far as music, language, clothing, and social habits are concerned. 

The only biblical justification I have heard for this doctrine is the story in John 8 concerning the woman caught in adultery. But we cannot forget that after the Pharisees left, Jesus said to the woman, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” Jesus did not accept her as she was—he commanded her to change. Neither does Jesus accept us as we are. When we become his disciples, he expects us to sin no more, to show a change in our affections from idols to him, and for us to turn from the loss of the world and love him.

There is no biblical proof of a God who accepts anyone for “who he is.” God is not interested in our self-esteem or our filthy rags. Examine the evidence and judge for yourself. … Jesus did not accept a sinner’s sin.  He preached repentance from sin to everyone, not just to the Pharisees. …

The New Testament clearly teaches that genuine conversion produces a changed—and changing—life. … The honest “seeker” must conclude that this “come as you are” teaching of God’s unconditional acceptance is at best misleading. We cannot come to God just as we are, with our sin unconfessed or ignored or draped all over us, and still expect his acceptance. We cannot drag our favourite worldly music, dress and language into the church, and expect a blessing! That is wishful thinking with no basis in Scripture. Nor would we want “unchurched seekers” to believe they can hang on to their sins and still be accepted by God. …

Acceptance doctrine is so pervasive in some fellowships that Christians are no longer allowed to question another Christian’s behaviour or personal preferences. If you confront another in love, you will be accused of judging them. If you dare quote chapter and verse from the Bible, you will be called a Pharisee. If a church has any practices that step on the toes anyone’s personal preferences, then it is considered to be a legalistic church. …

In this new Church of Acceptance, showing tolerance for worldly affections and behaviours is far more important than exercising biblical discernment. A person is simply not allowed to question another’s personal preference, and if he does, then he must produce a specific Bible verse to back it up.

Dan Lucarini, Why I Left the Contemporary Christian Music Movement, pg.38-41

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Why Contemporary Christian Music for Worship?

I also believe the real motive for adopting CCM for praise and worship was not, as we were often told, to evangelize those from outside the church, but was rooted in a need to satisfy our own desires for our favourite music.

Dan Lucarini, Why I Left the Contemporary Christian Music Movement, pg.18

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Good, Bad, and Ugly

The Good:
The slow killing of congregational singing.  Yes, I’ve witnessed this so much over the years.

A Christian can not be pro-abortion and adhere the Christian faith.

Good article explaining the cult of Scientology.

The Gospel is described throughout the New Testament, moreso than you’d think.

An interesting history lesson.

The Bad and/or Ugly
Hillsong is now a denomination.  Just what we need, another cult.

When are Catholics going to wake up and see how demonic their pope is!?! Oh, he really knows how to abuse Scripture to demand governments commit suicide.

Bethel and Bill Johnson: about as aberrant and occultic as it gets.  Good examination of what is wrong with this movement.

Oh, the depths of depravity in the Anglican Church; nothing Christian here!

The social gospel is heresy, plain and simple.

This is the Episcopal Church.  It is not a Christian church; the Episcopal Church long, long ago turned its back on Christ and joined the world against God.

When it comes to sexual abuse in the church, the Mormon church is much like the Roman Catholic Church.

Why is it that Christian colleges have difficulty with standing by God’s teachings on homosexuality? Would they react the same to students who commit adultery or bestiality? Christians should leave these colleges because the colleges are more interested in pleasing man than pleasing God. They have betrayed Christ.

If you want to see just how bad Rachel Held Evans is, read the review of her book, “Inspired.” This page is of chapter four, but it has links to all the previous chapter reviews.  The woman is no more a Christian than was Adolf Hitler. H/T Neil Simpson

And of course there is the current “Christian” media idol, Jen Hatmaker. She is also no more Christian than was Adolf Hitler!

More about Beth Moore — as if you haven’t read enough about her on this blog proving what a horrid teacher she is.

This is an example of what apostasy looks like.

More evidence against Tim Keller; he preaches a Marxist social gospel. Cameron Beuttel explains a lot about Keller’s false ideology.