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

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Random Aberrations, Apostasies, and Heresies



Beware of Bethel Redding and Bill Johnson.  Nothing less than an unbiblical cult.

The Southern Baptist Convention is indeed involved in supporting Islam’s building of mosques in the USA.  This is nothing less than blasphemy.

More on SBC President Steve Gaines’ theological ideology.

Is the SBC now becoming Word of Faith with Steve Gaines in the lead?


Paula White is telling more lies about God.

The PCUSA again proves it is totally apostate!

This is a cult, plain and simple.  This is also common behavior among cults.  Unfortunately, the media presents such places as Christian.  See this collection of links about this cult, including some history behind it.

Rick Warren apparently hasn’t been in the media enough recently, so now he has to hold a “Purpose Driven” conference.  Since the whole “Purpose Driven” ideology is anti-Biblical, and designed to make church staff nothing but corporate CEOs and administrators. all he will accomplish is to lead more people astray for a price!  (Of course, as usual with false teachers, the claim is that GOD will be doing things as well as that God is telling them what to do.)

Interesting article about discernment ministries.  I think I fall into both categories, but I also think “John” is wrong in a lot of his assessments, and “Michelle” has excellent counterpoints.

Another CCM song critiqued — “Exhale.”  I really like these critiques!


More examination of the NAR’s cultic Bible.

More aberrant and heretical teachings from Brian McLaren.

The “She Rises” conference — a bastion of false teaching where Beth Moore and her ilk were speakers, and Hillsong was the worshiptainment.  WOW!  Just WOW!  These people have no clue about the real Faith.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Miscellaneous Items of Interest




I’ve always said that the millennial was a literal 1000-year-reign of Christ on earth, because that is what the Bible actually teaches if you read it as it was intended.  The proof is in the pudding.

Why Biblical inerrancy is IMPORTANT!  Serf the site for some more important information.


We will not rewrite the Bible for the homosexual community.


Monday, June 27, 2016

Do Not Tolerate False Teaching


If we would hold fast that which is good, we must never tolerate or support any doctrine which is not the pure doctrine of Christ’s Gospel.

There is a hatred which is downright charity – that is the hatred of erroneous doctrine. There is an intolerance which is downright praiseworthy – that is the intolerance of false teaching in the pulpit. Who would ever think of tolerating a little poison given to them day by day? If men come among you who do not preach “all the counsel of God,” who do not preach of Christ, sin, holiness, of ruin, redemption, and regeneration, and do not preach of these things in a Scriptural way, you ought to cease to hear them.


J.C. Ryle

Friday, June 24, 2016

Worldliness


Everything in this world has been given to us by God, and is meant for our use.  Indeed, everything is meant for our enjoyment.  Everything is made and created by God, therefore obviously all such things are not only good but are perfectly legitimate for the Christian man.  The use of these things becomes worldliness when we allow things that are perfectly right and legitimate in themselves to take too much of our time, to much of our attention, too much of our interest, too much of our enthusiasm.

This applies to literature, art, music, games — anything you like to think of. … But it becomes worldliness if it absorbs us too much.  If my interest in these things becomes central in my life, and takes the first place, or drives out the spiritual and my concentration on the eternal, then I am guilty of worldliness.

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, “The Christian Warfare: An Exposition of Ephesians 6:10-13,” pg. 364

Thursday, June 23, 2016

REAL Healing vs FAKE Healing


There are two striking facts in the Book of the Acts of the Apostles concerning the healing worked by them.  First, they never announced beforehand that they were going to heal!  The modern faith-healers do so.  They announce, “On Wednesday there will be a healing service in the afternoon.”  The Apostles never spoke in this fashion.  I believe the explanation is that they never knew beforehand when the Lord would heal men by their means.  They did not possess a kind of permanent power so that all the had to do at any given moment was as it were to press a button.  This is what you find. …

Secondly, when the Apostles set out to heal they never failed.  I am talking about the Book of the Acts of the Apostles after Pentecost, not about the Gospels.  They never tried and failed.  Your modern healers try and fail very often because they hold wrong teaching.  They do not have the particular command, they have never had the particular commission.

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, “The Christian Warfare: An Exposition of Ephesians 6:10-13,” pg. 327-328

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Random Aberrations, Apostasies, and Heresies


The Southern Baptist Convention certainly no longer represents Biblical Christianity.  Look at this post also.

I mean, just what is it with SBC “pastors?!?!  Or the SBC in general?

I don’t know about you, but I consider this to be apostasy.  Especially since SBC President Steve Gaines sanctions the Seventh-Day Adventist cult!  But then you have to remember that this guy twists Scripture like Benny Hinn, claiming that Christians are obligated to tithe or suffer the consequences.

C.Peter Wagner desperately holds on to his “7 Mountain Mandate” for the NAR.

Jen Hatmaker continues to prove what a horrid false teacher she is; she panders to liberal claims and causes.

Theonomists/Restorationists have really gone out of their way time to misrepresent Biblical teachings.  Gee, what’s new for this ilk?

WOW - another false prophetess—Vonda Brewer.  What is wrong with people who refuse to use their brain while they follow this tripe!!!


The POPE has decreed that most marriages are “religiously null.”  Hmm.  I’d say he’s in disagreement with God.  Of course being in disagreement with God is normal for Popes.

Christian “gag rags” — I heartily agree.

The “Serpent Seed of Satan” is one of the worst teachings to come down the pike, and it has been spread for a long time.


The Christian Missionary Alliance has a false teacher coddling to Islam.  Can you just see Paul telling the Romans to be sure to give the pagans a “beautiful evening” while hosting their dinner celebrating the worship of their own gods just to “build bridges”? I can’t.

I covered the issue of this Bible in a previous “RAAH” post a while back.  However, I think this article will remind people of just how cultic the NAR is.

Beth Moore complains about being exposed as a false teacher.  Hey Beth — if it is true, it isn’t “slander.”

Charismatic Bullying From the Pulpit.  I’ve been on the receiving end of this stuff.



Monday, June 20, 2016

Is this the Jesus of the Bible? NO!


This meme is going around Facebook with lies about Jesus and the Christian faith.  Let’s set the record straight:

Was Jesus a “radical”? Depends on one’s definition, but certainly not as people see “radical” in this culture.  He was “radical” in that he was correcting the Jews in their many errors about God and His laws.

Was Jesus a “non-violent revolutionary”?  Um, no.  Was he violent?  Yes, he was violent at those who corrupted the faith.  Read about his whip in the temple as he chased the money-changers out (Matt. 21:12)  Look at His destruction of His enemies in Revelation.  Read what he said about those who contradicted God and other false teachers (Matt. 23:13-36)

Did Jesus “hang around” with “lepers, hookers and crooks”?  To hang around with someone implies being pals with them and doing things with them.  Jesus never hung around with such people, rather he met with them and taught them their need for repentance of their sin, and their need for a savior.

Jesus “wasn’t American and never spoke English.”  This is a very foolish statement, but it is directed at conservatives who think immigrants should learn English.  It has noting to do with the Christian faith, and has absolutely nothing to do with Jesus.

Was Jesus anti-wealth?  Absolutely not.  In fact, God sometimes used wealth to bless people.  Jesus was against greed and the worship of money.

Was Jesus anti-death penalty?  NO.  People twist the scripture about the woman caught in adultery as Jesus being against the death penalty.  What he was against was the hypocrisy; the woman was supposedly caught “in the very act,” which means both the man and woman are to be stoned, but where was the man? Also, they were trying to trip Jesus up, because only Rome had the authority to impose the death penalty, and if he said to stone her He would have been in trouble with Rome.

Was Jesus anti-public prayer? NO.  The O.T. gives many examples of public prayer on behalf of the nation of Israel.  What Jesus condemned was the hypocrisy of praying where everyone could see and hear while the prayer was self-justification - all about self.

Jesus was…never anti-gay.”  First, Jesus didn’t address the issue because in that culture homosexuality was a death-penalty offense and never sanctified.  The Biblical teaching is that Jesus is God (one of the Trinity), so anything God the Father condemns is also condemned by Jesus.  In the O.T. God says homosexual behavior is an abomination to Him.  In the N.T. Paul (who got his teachings directly from Jesus — Acts 26:16; Gal. 1:11-12, 1 Cor. 14:37) also condemned homosexual behavior as “unnatural,” “indecent,” and “perversion.”  Every passage in the Bible mentioning homosexuality condemns it.  So, yes, Jesus was/is “anti-gay.”

Jesus never mentioned…abortion.”   Well, he mentioned murder, and abortion is the murder of the unborn.  Murder is definitely a sin.  All through Scripture the unborn are referred to as children (the pregnant woman is said to be “with child.”)

Jesus never mentioned…birth control.” Agreed, but anyone who condemns birth control that isn’t causing abortion, is doing so out of personal beliefs rather than from the Bible.

Jesus never mentioned…” is poor logic arguing from silence.  Jesus never mentioned rape — does that mean rape is okay?  Jesus never mentioned bestiality — does that mean bestiality is okay?  Actually, both these are mentioned by God in the O.T. and the culture of the time KNEW what God thought about such things.  Just to say that something is okay because Jesus didn’t mention it is totally illogical.

Jesus… never justified torture.”  And I know of no one who claims otherwise or claims Christian are okay with it.  This is what we call a straw man logic fallacy.

Jesus…never fought for tax cuts for the wealthiest Nazarenes.”  This is also ludicrous, since no citizen of the Roman empire had a say-so about taxes.  Most Christians I know of seek only equal taxes for everyone - equal percentage of income or else a flat tax. 

Jesus…never asked a leper for a copay.”  Since there was no such thing as health insurance, this is a straw man again (as well as another dig at conservatives who are against “free” healthcare).

Jesus was a long-haired brown-skinned homeless community-organizing anti-slut-shaming middle eastern Jew.”  Well how long his hair was is unknown, but Paul pointed out that a man with long hair disgraces his head; the question is how long is “long,” but the real point was that hair length was part of the way to distinguish the sexes, so it would not be so long as to be feminine-looking.  Nor was Jesus homeless; he had a home in Nazareth, but chose to live on the road to facilitate his teachings.  He was most likely olive-skinned, since that is normal for that region.  He was not a community organizer — he did no organizing for any community.  He selected some people to spread his teachings but did nothing for any community.  Jesus was not “anti-slut-shaming” any more than he was anti- any shaming of people.  Why the meme author chose that specific thing to point out is only to promote an agenda, implying that Christians “slut-shame,” which they don’t.

This meme is obviously addressed at social issues where conservatives hold views differently than do liberals, and to the liberals if it is "conservative" then it is obviously "Christian" and therefore they feel the need to show how Jesus wasn't "conservative."  All they do is fail due to poor logic.

We as Christians need to be able to recognize this sort of nonsense for what it is, and correct the false teaching behind it.


Sunday, June 19, 2016

Voting for the Lesser of Two Evils?


One of my followers posted this video on Facebook:

It didn’t take me long to see logic fallacies and abuse of Scripture being used to make the narrator’s point.  In a discussion, I was asked if I could explain the problems I saw a bit more in depth, so this is my analysis.

From the very beginning of the video (less than two minutes into it) he says the problem is situational ethics (“SE”).  This really demonstrates that he doesn’t understand what SE is, because SE rarely comes into play in voting.

An example of SE would be this:  I am totally against stealing because it is wrong, but taking home office supplies from work I justify because it “isn’t really theft” or “they just pass the cost along,” etc.  Or perhaps I copy someone’s video so I don’t have to buy one because “no one is hurt.”  Or perhaps I have a friend who practices homosexual behavior, and because he’s my friend I decide it’s okay because, after all, he’s in “love” with his partner, unlike those homosexuals who habit the bathhouses.   These are examples of situational ethics: I’ve decided which situations allow me to violate God’s rules.

Before we continue about the video, let me make the point that voting for politicians is not like selecting pastors:  probably a majority of politicians aren’t even believers, and many who claim to be violate God’s laws to please most of their constituents or to advance their own careers, etc.  Also, when voting we select the politician who will be the best for the country, not just for Christianity.  Some times these will overlap but this isn’t necessary.

Another thing to think about before continuing is that this nation has two primary political parties, and any other party has never garnered enough support to win.  Even if every true Christian voted for a 3rd party, it wouldn’t be enough because true Christians are the minority in this nation (and probably in every other nation). The Democrat party platform calls for same-sex fake marriage and the rest of the homosexual agenda (and the “transgender agenda), abortion, sexual immorality in general, promoting atheism, sanctioning theft (redistribution of the wealth) and violation of all personal rights, etc.  This means that every Democrat candidate supports this party platform and therefore any vote for them is furthering an ungodly and anti-God ideology (remember when God was mentioned at a convention and the audience booed?).  The Republican platform is against all these things that the Democrat platform is for.  Of course candidates from either party often don’t follow their whole party platform, but any vote for any Republican should be a better political choice for Christians than voting for Democrats only because of their party platforms.  All being human, we can expect sin in both ranks.

Our only time to choose the very best candidates for promoting a godly society is during the primaries when many candidates are presented to us, and it would be the time to vote for a 3rd party if you find that person to be the most godly candidate as to his ideology.  But once the party candidates have been selected our choices as to who to vote for are severely limited.  IF the third party candidate has a very strong showing throughout the campaign season, he might just be the best choice for a possible win, but that has never happened in history.

Choosing which candidate to vote for is never a matter of situational ethics.  We never decide that a candidate’s behavior is okay just because he’s our candidate, nor do we decide any of his bad political ideas are okay just because he’s our candidate.  We make our selection as to which candidate will be best overall for the nation, and hopefully also be the most godly candidate in general.  This may often be seen as “voting for the lesser of two evils,” but it may also be seen as voting for any Republican so as to be voting against the Democrat party (and/or any other party running).  Votes never have to just be “for” someone; they can also be “against” someone.  So the reverse idea is really voting for the better of two sinning candidates.

Now let’s continue in the video, and we can immediately disregard his whole claims about SE, because most of what he says applying SE to politics in general is erroneous.  “Voting for the lesser of two evils” is not SE.  When you see that this charge is erroneous then it’s easier to dismantle the argument.  “If you listen carefully and think critically” during this video, you will see that “voting for the lesser of two evils” is actually a misnomer, but Gordon insists that this is actually the only thing we are doing.  I think most voters who say that are really thinking, which of the two candidates will do a better job of obeying the constitution, providing for the defense of the nation, supporting our rights and slowing down the cultural decay?  And since we cannot impose Christian values on the candidates, we aren’t necessarily selecting in regards to God’s laws as opposed to selecting the one who will be the best in obeying the law of the land.

Gordon brings in a total logic fallacy as an example of voting between people like Pol Pot and Adolf Hitler.  No candidate in the American system of government would ever be on this level, so he is making an absurd suggestion to begin with.  Again, we are selecting candidates who will best uphold U.S. Law.  So what he gives us is just a red herring to distract us from what is really happening in the political process.  His whole argument is based on the idea that we are voting for people who are following GOD’s laws rather than our Country’s laws (and, as noted above, these may overlap but do not have to — this is NOT a Christian nation and we are not voting for a theocracy.)

His next idea is that selecting a candidate is similar to buying a product.  This is comparing “apples to oranges.”  First, with products one has a multitude of selections, and the only moral element is whether immoral actions produced the product.  He then again states that if you “listen carefully and think critically” you will come to the same conclusion as he does in regards to politics.  The implication is that he has the godly ideas and if you disagree with him, then you are in rebellion against God— “there’s only one way of doing it if you believe in the Bible”.  I’d say this is arrogant as well as presumptuous.

He calls SE a “sin,” which is correct, but then he says the way we vote is SE, which is not true.  He continues to claim we vote as to who is less evil, but that is NOT what we do, no matter how many times he makes this claim.  We vote for who will MOST represent us and protect the laws set up by our Constitution — we cannot vote for who is most moral because the most moral person may be one who has no consideration for the Constitution!  Again, we are not voting for church leadership — we are voting for which pagan will be the best leader for our nation, and good leaders are often immoral people in many other ways and may even be atheists.  Gordon wants to force people to look for candidates that most conform to Christian morality when we are dealing mostly with non-believers!  It’s the same mentality which says that we must make a non-believer moral before we can preach the gospel to him!

In the section “Duverger is Lord,” Gordon says you are either following Duverger’s ideology about voting or God’s ideology, and yet HE is determining what Jesus would say about our voting system.  And, no, not everyone follows Duverger’s philosophy when voting; this may be the way many vote, but not all.  And then Gordon compares our voting system with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego problems or Daniel’s problems.  Or Jesus being afraid of the Pharisees and apologizing for making them upset.  This is a logic fallacy.  These men had to choose between obeying God or obeying the law of the land.  We are not making such choices while voting, but if Gordon makes it appear that way, then he can say our voting methods are ungodly.

Then he says that Republicans with unrepentant sin are not viable to vote for, again holding non-believers to Christian standards!  And if you think otherwise, then you are making Duverger as lord!  Then he says you can do write-in votes even knowing that write-ins may be valid for primaries but will never win a presidential election unless the write-in is supported by the majority of the population!  And if you aren’t agreeing with Gordon, then you are not obeying God!  And also that you are practicing idolatry of party and a hypocrite!

Then Gordon decides that if you are not accepting his ideology, you are doing the same thing as the world.  The problem is that he totally neglects the fact that we are NOT voting for a church leader!!!

Gordon claims he sinned by voting for John McCain in 2008.  I would really like to know what command of God he violated by said vote.  True, the REASON one votes for a particular candidate CAN be sinful, but that is generally not the case (unless one is voting Democrat because of their whole party platform being in violation of many of God’s laws). 

Gordon’s ignorance of the candidates led him to his voting ideas.  Just because he voted via ignorance, that doesn’t mean everyone else is.  Additionally, his reasons why he thinks his voting was sinful, was because he is holding the individual candidates to Christian standards!!!  (What he truly suggests is single-issue voting; if a candidate sanctions euthanasia for an individual but is a staunch supporter of the Constitution, then it is wrong to vote for him — again holding the candidate to Christian moral standards when we are voting for a national leader and NOT a church leader.)

His continual calling the voting ideas we follow are nothing but SE is the only way he can look like he’s correct.  His original premise is erroneous and therefore his conclusions are bad.  And it’s all from the devil if it isn’t Gordon’s way.

In the last section he considers a political party to be like a child, and always rewarded for terrible behavior.  But the party is made up of MANY people and not all of the members of the party behave badly.  However, he makes claims against the Republican party when there are only a few members who do as he charges, so he blames an entire party for the behavior of a few.

Gordon claims we as Christians have made the monster of a political system we have.  He neglects the FACT that this is not a Christian nation, and the majority of voters are not real Christians, and Christians can only do the best we can with what we are given to work with.  This will mean more and more bad choices picked by the majority of the population. But if we think differently, we are following Duverger’s law.  Gordon’s problematic idea is that Christians are the majority of the population and therefore are the ones who really make the choices of candidates rather than the choices being more by the media and other background institutions, which leaves us with choosing which candidate will be best for the country overall (and by extension would be best for Christians overall).

Gordon says to let the Republicans lose until they obey God’s laws, regardless of the fact that they are mostly non-believers!!!  And this is supposed to make the nation better off!  He says if the candidates can’t meet the following “purity tests” then they are too dangerous to have political power:

First is a combination of the 5th and 7th Commandments:  Honor father and mother and do not commit adultery.  Stop threatening the institution of family, hold homosexuality as wrong.

Second, is from the 2nd commandment - don’t murder.  Outlaw abortion.

Third is not to steal or covet.  Ergo, no redistribution of wealth.  He then claims that God only required 10% taxes of His people and if a government take more it is setting itself above God. The problem is that the tithe was the support for the priesthood, and the Jews had a lot more mandatory offerings that that tithe, and God gave Christians NO tax other than what they felt compelled to give.

Four is from the 9th commandment — Thou shalt not lie.  Actually it is about bearing false witness and not lying in general.  The issue of lying is a whole other topic but suffice it to say that deception is not always sinful.  For more on this issue, see my article.

While the candidates we select for lower offices can be held to higher standards in regard to this list because they are responsible for making laws, a president does not have the ability to change laws — that right is assigned to the legislature by the Constitution.

Gordon ends by saying that we have to get back to the law of God to save the nation.  I agree.  However, our culture no longer has a Judeo-Christian base and we can’t force anyone to accept Christian morality.  Since that is a fact, then we can’t expect any candidate to follow God’s laws.

Incidentally, in the “purity test” we find that the Republican party platform calls for all of them, while the Democratic platform is against all of them!  And yet Gordon rails against the Republican party as much as he does the Democratic party. 

Gordon ends by saying the 10 Commandments is what we need for the nation.  But the 10 Commandments were never for anyone but Israel.

When we examine “Reverend” Gordon’s belief system, as found on his Church’s sitewe find some questionable issues in regards to the teachings of his church, not the least of which is that three of the pastors appear to be brothers or other close family members:

*  They are “neo-Pentecostal/Charismatic” who teach the gifts of the Spirit are active today.

*  They have female “associate” pastors, with the claim that women can be pastors as long as they aren’t the lead pastor.

*  They believe in “Total independence from civil government interference, yet maintaining an interposing authority upon the civil government. Individual Christian citizens understand the proper use of civil authority according to God’s laws, which are fundamentally set-forth in the Ten Commandments. In short, when civil authorities violate the immutable principles of the Ten Commandments, a true Christian congregation will confront defiance and rebellion against God for the sake of the gospel and the common good.” (my bold and underling emphasis)

Scripture nowhere says we are to have an “imposing authority upon civil government,” nor does it tell us to “confront defiance and rebellion against God.” It only  says that governments are established by God and that we are to obey the government and its laws so long as they don’t conflict with God’s laws (Romans 13:1-7; 1 Peter 2:13-17: Acts 5:29).  No nation besides Israel was commanded to obey the 10 commandments.

This information, together with articles on the site, tends to make me believe they are “reconstructionist” or “theonomist” in their beliefs, which explains the ideology behind the video.

You're Kidding, Right?


Look what This Church is doing on Father’s Day.

Now look at what sort of person Muhammed Ali was.


Now think about what that church is worshipping.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Temptation Is Not Sin


A temptation only becomes sin when we accept it, when we fondle it, when we enjoy it.  The suggestion itself, the temptation, the feeling of desire is not sin.  But to accept it and to enjoy it and to fondle it is sin.  That is the vital point at which we must ever draw this distinction.  The thing itself is not sin, but the acceptance of it and the enjoyment of it is definitely sin. 

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, “The Christian Warfare: An Exposition of Ephesians 6:10-13,” pg. 294