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 30, 2020

A follow-up on John Piper’s tirade against President Trump


You really have to read this article about John Piper's tirade. In fact, this is a good article for demonstrating that those Christians who have some of the same claims against President Trump are being abjectly foolish.  Remember people, we are voting for a President and not a pastor. 

Just a sample from the article:

Consider the sins Piper highlights as being biblically deadly: “unrepentant sexual immorality (porneia), unrepentant boastfulness (alazoneia), unrepentant vulgarity (aischrologia), unrepentant factiousness (dichostasiai).” Now, Trump, a presumably unregenerate man, does display these qualities, among admirable traits. But is Biden above them?

We’re talking about a man who was also accused of sexual assault (porneia), who has spent an entire campaign boasting about his political accomplishments of the last 47 years (alazoneia), who told a voter he was “full of sh-t” and insulted others (aischrologia), and who repeatedly divides people into factions, specifically stoking racial strife (dichostasiai). This is just from the list Piper provided, and is to say nothing of Biden’s character as it relates to habitual lying, exploiting his positions of influence for personal gain, undermining God’s design for marriage and families, attacking people of faith, and instilling fear to obtain power, just to name a few of the many more obvious strikes against Biden’s character. For an example of “bad company [that] corrupts good character,” look no further than the woman he chose as his running mate.

It is conceivable that a Christian could say that she could not in good conscience vote for Trump because of his character. But what is truly baffling, to use Piper’s word, is that a Christian could, with intellectual honesty, say that Biden’s character is better.


Thursday, October 29, 2020

The Watchman of Our Conscience


For God sees and hears everything, and when the wicked doer tries to hide what he has done, then God wakes up a little watchman that He places inside us all when we are born and who sleeps on quietly till we do something wrong. And the little watchman has a small goad in his hand, and when he wakes up he keeps on pricking us with it, so that we have not a moment’s peace. And the watchman torments us still further, for he keeps on calling out, “Now you will be found out! Now they will drag you off to punishment!”


Grandmamma in Heidi, by Johnna Spyri

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Ends and ODDS!

Let’s start this post with an article from Answers In Genesis.  A Cultural and Spiritual Crisis Based on Fake Science!


The Roman Catholic Church is really showing its true colors lately.  First, we have the Pope promoting legalized same-sex unions, i.e. “marriage.” Then he goes and appoints pro-LGBT men to the College of Cardinals. The Cripplegate says we shouldn’t be surprised.


With the current culture and election fever we need to understand “Dogma Fights.”


Of course sometimes “dogma fights” lead to changing God’s Word to suit personal ideologies. And other times they lead to really silly arguments.


Now I need to alert you to what’s going on with some false teachers:


Todd Smith. I never heard of this guy before, but he is sly but dangerous.


Another I’ve not heard of is Sean Feucht. He’s connected with the blasphemous and apostate Bethel Redding goat-pen.


Greg Laurie likes the endorsement of false teachers.


John Piper continues his descent into support of the LEFT. Gary DeMar has a rebuttal for Piper.


Beth Moore.  This lady just keeps getting worse. Elizabeth Prata believes Beth is demon-possessed. I’m not sure I can go that far, but Moore is certainly demonically influenced.


Be DISCERNING, people!

Monday, October 26, 2020

More stuff to give away

Sort of reposting my last offer but adding a lot!


Part of my cleaning out my library of apologetics material is also cleaning out my files of material on cults, false teachings, false teachers, etc. I’m passing on books and research materials because I am no longer going to be doing lots of research.  SOOOO, below is a list of files (some larger than others) which I want to pass on to other apologists or those otherwise interested. Each file contains many articles from numerous apologetics sources and/or from those who teach such stuff so you can have original sources.


Anyway, what doesn’t get taken by the end of the month will be recycled.


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Psychology (information about its false teachings)


Creationism


Progressive Creationism


Great Commission Ministries


Gwen Shamblin/Weigh Down Workshop


Promise Keepers






Friday, October 23, 2020

Don't Trust Psychology


Seven reasons to not trust psychology.

It is not a genuine science.

It is relatively ineffective.

It is motivated more by money than compassion.

Labels produce dysfunction rather than healing.

Psychology is incompetent in dealing with the inner person.

It cannot produce healing from the past.

It is incompatible with Christianity; it is a competing faith.  Psychology is by definition the study of the soul. Without Christ, one cannot solve the problem.


This typed-up list surely was copied from a book in the past but I never noted from where it came. However, as I just found this in a file, I thought it was worth posting.


Thursday, October 22, 2020

Husbands!


Wives should be shielded by their husbands from all unnecessary embarrassment. Whether it be disrespectful expressions by the children, or insulting comments from friends and associates, or your own careless public criticisms or jokes about her idiosyncrasies, you must protect her from all such pejorative remarks. Be mindful also of the clothing you ask her to wear, that it doesn’t dishonor her, and of the responsibilities you request of her, that they are befitting her as the weaker vessel.

Lou Priolo, The Complete Husband, pg.196

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Forgiveness


Forgiveness, therefore, is first and foremost a promise. As God promises not to hold the sins of repentant and believing sinners against them, so we also must promise not to hold the sins of those we’ve forgiven against them. You may demonstrate this promise by not doing at least three things to the person you’ve forgiven. First, you may not bring up the forgiven offense to the forgiven person so as to use it against him/her. Second, you may not discuss the forgiven offense with others. Finally, you may not dwell on the forgive offense yourself  but rather remind yourself that you have forgiven your offender, “just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.”

Lou Priolo, The Complete Husband, pg. 75

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Study YOUR History


He who forgets his own history is condemned to repeat it. If we don’t know our own history, we will simply have to endure all the same mistakes, sacrifices, and absurdities all over again.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn, “Why Study Church History?” Christian History, 25 (1990), pg.41

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

The Church Is NOT There to Preach the Gospel


Nowhere in the New Testament is there any indication that the church met to preach the gospel. Rather the church met to worship, to teach the word, to pray, to have fellowship. The meeting of the church was to edify believers and to glorify God. But it was not to preach the gospel to unbelievers. Rather the saints went out into the world to preach the gospel. … there is no biblical mandate for an “evangelistic service” when the church comes together. There is a  mandate to equip the saints to preach the gospel. The work of Christians is not to invite unbelievers to church so that they might hear the gospel. It is to preach the gospel themselves.

Understanding the Church, by Joseph M. Vogl and John H. Fish III, pg.132

Monday, October 5, 2020

Are You Part of a Sect?


If your church associates with a group of churches that requires exclusive allegiance to itself, you are part of a sect. Despite their boastful claims, sects do not understand the New Testament doctrine of the Church. They are in error. All sects are based on half-truths, faulty reasoning, doctrinal oddities, deceptions, guilt-manipulation, and fear, which are not of the Spirit of truth and liberty. If your church denies you your Spirit-given right sand privilege to fellowship with all Christ-loving, Bible-loving Christians and churches, you need to obey God rather than man and free yourself and family from these unbiblical chains.

Understanding the Church, by Joseph M. Vogl and John H. Fish III, pg.206-207