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

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Sin Must Be Punished

Any view of the cross and of the death of Christ which does not bring "the blood" to the very centre and make it an absolute necessity is a misrepresentation of the cross.  Christ is our Sin-bearer.  He died on Calvary's hill for our sins, to receive the punishment of our sins.  The just and holy God had to punish sin, and He punished it there.  A preaching of the cross which does not mention the righteousness and the justice of God, and the absolute necessity of punishment, is a complete misrepresentation of the doctrine of the death of Christ.

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, God’s Way of Reconciliation: An Exposition of Ephesians 2, p.262

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Random Aberrations, Apostasies, and Heresies

Today I’m going to start with some links to entries at The Museum of Idolatry.  They come up with some really crazy stuff pretending to be worship.

First, we have false teacher Patricia King introducing us to “Ekstasis Worship.

Then we have another “church” using sex to draw “seekers.”

From Hillsong we have “Sparkle Sisters.”

Hillsong can also give you a whole new worship experience!

But Perry Stone can outdo Hillsong with first class idolatry at his church.

And last, but not least, here is another goatherd entertaining his goats.

Okay, moving right along . . . . What is it with the Pope who thinks he speaks for God.  Now he says that if you aren’t open to having children then you can’t be married.  I knew that Rome was big on not permitting contraception, but to give it as a condition of marriage is just bizarre.  Can someone please show me in the Bible where it says this?

And yet we have Catholic Relief Services helping Planned Parenthood and promoting abortion aside from contraception?!?!?

While on the subject of Romanism, Lighthouse Trails Research Project has a new tract booklet about The Catholic Mary & Her Eucharistic Christ.

Another follow-up about the Perry Noble fiasco.  Then we find a good rebuttal to Christianity Today’s Astray’s defense of Noble.  HT to Erin

Another HT to Erin for this one.  I wonder where false teacher Jesse Duplantis finds this in Scripture?

One of the things I’ve always heard from many legalistic teachers is that the root word for pharmaceutical has to do with sorcery, and therefore it is wrong to use drugs of any sort, and also that is why using recreational drugs can be so evil.  Sola Sisters puts that claim to rest.

Still lots of brouhaha over the one “heaven visitor” recanting his tale.  First there is Tyndale’s justification for not pulling the book. Hip and Thigh has a good article about this “pestilence” of “Heaven Tourism.

A twist from the Cripplegate is how one discusses a real trip to heaven.

I found this old article while skimming this site to check out the teacher.  He has some pretty good teachings, and I can understand why he wants to make sure which Randy White he is!  Paula White is about as heretical as they get.

Until next time, contend for THE Faith.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Do You Know God?

You can be religious and know certain things about God, and believe certain things about God, and be interested in God, and read books about God, and listen to lectures and arguments about God.  Yet you may not be a Christian.  To be a Christian is to know God.

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, God’s Way of Reconciliation: An Exposition of Ephesians 2, p.183

Saturday, January 24, 2015

True Unity

To me one of the major tragedies of the hour, and especially in the realm of the Church, is that most of the time seems to be taken up by the leaders in preaching about unity instead of preaching the gospel that alone can produce unity.  The time is spent in talking and in conferences, endlessly -- conferences in which they "explore their difficulties".  You will never get unity that way.  It is the gospel alone that will produce unity.  And while there is disagreement about the gospel it is a waste of breath and of energy to be talking about any other possible way to unity.

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, God’s Way of Reconciliation: An Exposition of Ephesians 2, p.157

Friday, January 23, 2015

He made himself of no reputation.

“He thought it not robbery to be equal with God.”  He regarded the insignia of His Godhead not as a prize to be held on to, to be clutched.  He deliberately decided that He would for the time being lay them aside.  Not lay the Godhead aside — He could not do that — He did not lay the Godhead aside, but He did lay the signs of the Godhead aside.

Then after that first initial decision the second followed, and of necessity. “He made himself of no reputation.”  How superior the Authorized Version is here to the Revised Version and others, which say here “He emptied himself”!  No, He did not empty Himself, He did not empty himself at all.  He “made himself” — still remaining what He was — “of no reputation.”  There is no “kenosis” in the sense of evacuating Himself of His Godhead, for that is impossible.  It is something much more wonderful than that.  It is that He decided to “make himself of no reputation.”  Though still the eternal Son of God, He came down to earth, and He was born as a babe and He lived as a man.  He was still the same but He made Himself of no reputation.  We read stories of great kings putting on ragged clothing and going to work with their hands; nobody knew them, nobody recognised them.  What had happened?  They king had made himself of no reputation, he pretended to be an ordinary man, he did not take with him the trappings and the insignia of his regal position; in other words, he made himself of no reputation.  Or you can think of it in terms of a king traveling incognito.  That is the very thing that happened in the incarnation.  That is what happened when the Son of God came down on earth to dwell amongst men.  Though He remained exactly what He always was, He came as a Man and took upon Him the form of a servant.

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, God’s Way of Reconciliation: An Exposition of Ephesians 2, p.123

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Are You Heavenly-Minded?

Do you know the influence of the heavenly love drawing you and wooing you, and speaking to you?  Heavenly-mindedness!  It is a sad thing, but I have even heard evangelical people joking about this, saying of people, "They have become so heavenly-minded that they are no earthly use."  And that is thought to be a clever statement.  Oh, the tragedy!  You can never be too heavenly-minded.  The trouble with all of us is that we are not sufficiently heavenly-minded, we do not know enough about it, we do not dwell enough there.

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, God’s Way of Reconciliation: An Exposition of Ephesians 2, p.101

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A Difference Between Christians and Unbelievers

One difference between the non-Christian and the Christian is that the non-Christian is overcome by the world, he is absolutely controlled by it.  There is no need to demonstrate this; the way in which people live is an absolute proof of it.  It is all depicted in the newspapers.  Non-Christians are entirely controlled by "the thing to do," and by "what everybody is doing."  Controlled by the world!  The Christian, on the other hand, is a man who has a victory over the world.  What a contrast!  He is taken out of that realm.

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, God’s Way of Reconciliation: An Exposition of Ephesians 2, p.97

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Random Aberrations, Apostasies, and Heresies

Update from my last report about Perry Noble.  A comment on the Hip and Thigh article is eye-opening:   I live in the same state as Noble and his “church” is casting a dark shadow all around us. His goal is to have 100,000 people attending his “church” and to take over the church as we know it. I have met many of his “converts” in doing street evangelism and they know nothing of the biblical gospel. They just think Noble is cool and hip and all and who cares about the Bible stuff anyway? Pray for God to help true disciples here in South Carolina to stand firm despite not seeing the pragmatic results that Noble does.

Noble’s “church” seems to be nothing but a continuous concert of nonsense.

The Beth Moore interchange with a discerning woman has exploded on the Internet.  Beth doesn’t like people questioning her direct revelations from God.  CARM has done a good job of posting a synopsis of Moore’s teachings, and why she can’t be trusted.  What should we think about Moore?  I think Moore needs to confess her false teachings and start over! 

A hat tip to Erin for the next three:

A very sad aspect of the whole Beth Moore situation is that her followers behave as cult members, totally ignoring the fact that Moore has continuously been exposed in regards to her bad teachings.  I can speak from experience in that the most comments I have received over the past 7 years has been in regards to my articles about Beth.  I get some of the most hate-filled vitriol possible, with all sorts of attacks on my person.  And with that, I will leave you with one more article about Beth Moore.

Some more disconcerting information about David Jeremiah.

The pope’s visit to the Philippines demonstrates how much idolatry is in the Roman Catholic religion.  Jack Morrow provides more information.

An example of everything that is wrong about Hillsong Church.

Beware the horrible “but”-monster.   Good stuff.

All over the news this past week.  Meanwhile, this one remains steadfast in his lie.

Lastly, I received an e-mail this week from James Kieferdorf.  He was alerting me to a false teacher I hadn’t heard of — Anna Diehl.  Here is James’ e-mail:

Today I received my Christian Post via email. I see they still have no problem having Anna Diehl's anti-Trinitarian link still on their site.

How on earth can they have this women's articles/link on their page, when she VEHEMENTLY ASSAILS " the Trinity, the Bible and other Christian teachings.

Today I looked over her site, I could not believe what I was reading!

The Pursuit of God
Serious Topics for Serious Christians

Scroll down some and read "Why Did Yahweh Lie About Being The Only God In Existence?”

Her blog for Jan 11 is "BLASPHEMY" Christianity Monotheism Or Polytheism?

She states many disparaging remarks about the Trinity and Christians who believe/teach this cardinal teaching of the Christian faith.

"The Trinity, now there's a pesky little doctrine that has led us totally astray"

"When Jesus came, he changed the rules and said there were actually three Gods..."

"Christians are rebelling against God..."

I am going to voice my concern!

You’ve been warned.

Friday, January 16, 2015

About as Weird as it Gets

I certainly have to agree with what was said at the Museum of Idolatry:
This video is one of the greatest arguments against Roman Catholicism that we've seen.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Believe in God?

You say, I know many people who are not Christians but who say that they believe in God.  No, they do not!  They believe in a figment of their own imagination; they do not believe in God.  If they believed in God they would believe in His Christ, as our Lord Himself argues in John 8:30-45.  But they do not.  They believe simply in what they think and imagine God is, the god that they have manufactured themselves.  That is not God!

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, God’s Way of Reconciliation: An Exposition of Ephesians 2, p.29