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

Monday, June 1, 2020

Children, Honor Your Parents


Yet another reason why honoring parents and long enduring civilization are connected is strong families form a major bulwark against totalitarian regimes. A standard feature of totalitarian regimes is the shifting of children’s loyalty and obedience from their parents to the state. One of the first things totalitarian regimes seek to do is weaken parental authority and replace it with the party or state. In such countries, children are encouraged to inform on their parents if they make critical comments—or even tell jokes—about government leaders or about the dominant ideology (in the modern period, that would almost always refer to communism, Nazism, or radical Islamism). Consequently, parents would often fear to speak openly in front of their children.

Dennis Prager, The Rational Bible, Exodus: God, Slavery, and Freedom, pg.258

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Agglomeration


The Good - For Education and/or Edification

Admonishing with tears — the job of apologists. And it SHOULD be the job of pastors and elders.


Formerly known as male and female.  Thought-provoking article.


Good review of Rick Warren’s “The Purpose Driven Life.” One of my problems not noted here is his hard-line Calvinist predetermines. Warren said that God created everyone specifically (rather than allowing undirected procreation) so that every thing about you was predetermined, e.g. eye color, vision, hearing, deformations, etc. This would be a horrible God.

Clint has another review; this time it is of Jerry Falwell’s Building Dynamic Faith.


Christians and slavery: Many got it wrong and embraced it.

HMMMM


More Wolves and False Teachings
If someone is interested in learning more about the Amish, I have a couple books about them that need to go to someone else and make room on my book shelf!

Here’s a group I haven’t mentioned for a while: World Race.  Very cultic with false teachings.

I’ve never heard of Doreen Virtue, but I sure learned a lot about this false teacher at Mary Dalke’s blog.  Very “New Age.”

Beth Moore — Again!  She’s a flaming hypocrite.


Catholics and their absurd superstitions. There is no such thing as “holy water” to begin with!


For all its claims, Zondervan is no longer (and hasn’t been for a long time) a “Christian-based” publisher, as evidenced by their latest Enneagram movie.

Lou Giglio has been on my “RADAR” for a long time, but looking back through my articles I see most of the links I had to articles about him were on a site since taken down—which is actually the old side of Clint Adams. To help you see that Giglio is a false teacher, Clint Adams has an excellent review of one of Giglio’s books.

This is what apostasy looks like. Muslims are taught to eradicate Christians, Jews, and anyone not accepting the Muslim faith.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

A Bit of History Regarding Roman Catholicism


Access to the Bible, whether in the original or in any tongue, had never been an issue in the East. In the West, the clergy had begun to assert an exclusive interpretive, indeed custodial, right to the Bible as early as the ninth century; and from about 1080 there had been frequent instances of the Pope, councils and bishops forbidding not only the vernacular translations but any reading at all, by laymen, of the Bible taken as a whole. In some ways this was the most scandalous aspect of the medieval Latin Church. From the Waldensians onwards, attempts to scrutinize the Bible became proof presumptive of heresy — a man or woman might burn for it alone — and, conversely, the heterodox were increasingly convinced that the Bible was incompatible with papal and clerical claims.

Paul Johnson, A History of Christianity, pg. 273

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Christians and Cathedrals


Indeed, it is hared to see the cathedrals serving Christians as a whole. They were built essentially for the clergy and upper classes, and to some extent for well-to-do townsmen.  The choir-arm was a chapel reserved exclusively for the canons in a secular cathedral, or the convent in a monastic one. The laity had not part in the services, and indeed when they stood in the nave (which had not benches or chairs), the high altar would be obscured by the screen or pulpitum. Sometimes no eve was built at all, as at Beauvais. Usually, it formed a vast vestibule for the choir, used for professional purposes. It was not intended for lay worship except where, as in a few cathedrals, buildings it had involved knocking down a parish church. Then an altar would be set up and function. But most naves were big, empty and dirty places, not elaborately decorated like the "clerical" part of the building. Often they were used for trade. In 1554, under "Bloody" Mary, the City of London corporation forbade anyone house the nave of St. Paul's as a short cut to carry casks of beer, or loads of fruit and fish, from the river to the markets.

Paul Johnson, A History of Christianity, pg. 227

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Agglomeration

The Good - For Education and/or Edification

Why is sex so complicated? Good discussion of love vs sex.

Why modern-day prophets never saw this pandemic coming. Simple answer: because they are false prophets! Good analysis of all that is wrong with the prophetic movement, including how false teacher Michael Brown supports them.


The Charismatic Mishandling Of Mark 16:9-20


More Wolves and False Teachings

More heresy from Rome — the Pope wants to unite with other religions in prayer!

An excellent book review of Experiencing God. It is a dangerous book.

Benny Hinn — it’s God’s fault that pastors fornicate.Hi

Andy Stanley continues to prove what a false teacher he has become. He fails to understand that the faith developed BECAUSE of the Bible — the Old Testament. The Bible was assembled in portions in the FIRST century. WE, that is everyone who has lived since the 1st century, DID learn about the resurrection via the Bible. The gospels WERE the Bible for those in the 1st Century.

Fake healers exposed and challenged.

It’s a long video (2+ hours) but many false teachers/false prophets are exposed.  Kenneth Copeland, one of the main targets, is obviously demon-possessed.

Tony Evans says God needs our permission to intervene on earth!

More evidence that the ELCA Lutheran denomination is heretical.

Hillsong, Changing the Bible one Gender at a time. But what else can you expect from a cult.

Monday, May 11, 2020

Satan, the Counterfeiter


For individuals who are caught up in the heady intoxication of profound spiritual experiences, it is easy t slip into error.  Not that there is anything wrong with such experiences per se, but spiritual experience is only one leg of a three-legged stool.  Unless it is balanced by the Word of God through Scripture and through other Christians, as well as the daily living of a life of self-denial, obedience and repentance, the stool will topple.

Satan is a master counterfeiter, who is able to imitate every spiritual experience which a Christian can have, including the "inner voice" of the Holy Spirit.  Time after time we have seen cases of an especially "anointed" personality, who will lead a flock of gullible sheep into the strangest heresies, because the sheep have not yet learned to know their Shepherd's voice, and follow Him.  Not nearly enough has been preached under the title: "Beware the Christless Pentecost.”

Peter Marshall and David Marshall, The Light and the Glory, pp.200-201

Friday, May 8, 2020

Experience -- Satan's Authority


If [Satan] can't take the Word of God away from us by undermining its authority, he will take us away from the Word of God by giving us another basis of authority.  Satan has developed just such a substitute, and it seems to have a great attraction for may people.
It's called “experience."

People become so wrapped up in their spiritual experience that they no longer look to the Word of God for their authority.  Their experience becomes the determining force in their lives.
Two groups, then, are vying for our minds - but with the same end in view.  The liberals would take the Bible away from us, and those who hold to the experiential view would take us away from the Bible.  Whenever experience is placed on the same level as Scripture, the experience group will always overrule biblical interpretation. ... When you go with your feelings, you're on a trip that ends on a dead-end street.

David Jeremiah, God In You, pp.60-61

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Did They Really Say That?!?!

God—the great Creator of all things—upholds, directs, disposes, and governs all creatures, actions, and things, from the greatest even to the least.

Westminster Confession of Faith 5.1

Let’s put ellipses in to get to my point:
God…directs…all actions…

This is my BIG problem with Calvinism. The statement makes God the source of sin and evil if God directs everything. We are no more than puppets as part of a Game that God has already ordained. 

Biblical Christianity says mankind has free will to make his own choices in life, but Calvinism says that all our actions have been pre-ordained—directed—by God. Which is why to a Calvinist man cannot choose to obey God, cannot choose to accept faith in Christ’s work atoning for sin, rather God has to regenerate the man first with the Holy Spirit for him to choose to follow Christ.  This is backwards from Scripture which says the Holy Spirit regenerates the person AFTER he puts his faith in Christ.

If God directs all actions, then it is unjust to hold man accountable for the sin God directs him to commit.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Feelings Come and Go


Feelings come and feelings go
And feelings are deceiving;
My warrant is the Word of God, 
Naught else is worth believing.

Martin Luther

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Emotion Without Knowledge


All the Puritans regarded religious feeling and pious emotion without knowledge as worse than useless.  Only when the truth was being felt was emotion in any way desirable.  When men felt and obeyed the truth they knew, it was the work of the Spirit of God, but when they were swayed by feeling without knowledge, it was a sure sign that the devil was at work, for feeling divorced from knowledge and urgings to action in darkness of mind were both as ruinous to the soul as was knowledge without obedience.  So the teaching of truth was the pastor's first task, as the learning of it was the layman's.

J.I. Packer, Knowing God, p. 70