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

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Exposing Error


Exposing error is most unpopular work. But from every true standpoint it is worthwhile work. To our Savior, it means that He receives from us, His blood-bought ones, the loyalty that is His due. To ourselves, if we consider "the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt," it ensures future reward, a thousand-fold. And to souls "caught in the snare of the fowler" – how many of them God only knows – it may mean light and life, abundant and everlasting.

Harry Ironside.


Monday, October 14, 2019

Don't Walk, RUN!!


If your church uses material like this for sermon ideas, run out the door as quickly as you can.

H/T to Amy Spreeman

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Error of Calvinism?


Galatians 3:2,3 substantiate the fact that no person is regenerated or indwelt by the Spirit of God without having believed; that is, faith in the message of Christ is accompanied by the initial entrance of the Holy Spirit into that person’s life. Without faith, there is no Spirit of God. Verse 3 emphasizes that the Galatian believers had “begun” that way. This is devastating to the Calvinist doctrine (presupposition) that one is regenerated by God’s Spirit BEFORE he/she believes.

Ronald C. Merryman, Galations: God’s Antidote to Legalism, pg.38

Monday, October 7, 2019

What Is Justification?


Justification is the act of God whereby He declare believing sinners to be righteous in His sight due to the merits and work of Christ. This act of God brings with it regeneration or the new birth for the believing sinner, so that he consciously becomes aware that he is “alive unto God.”

Ronald C. Merryman, Galations: God’s Antidote to Legalism, pg.28

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Agglomeration

The Good - For Education and/or Edification

The Source of Adventism’s  Physical God.  Reminds one of Mormonism.

Why the Gospel of Thomas is not in the Bible.


Although somewhat lengthy for those who don’t like to read much, Gary Gilley has written an excellent article about the state of the Church and how we got here.

Some interesting history, if you take the time to read it all.

Are there really “ten lost tribes” of Israel?


What are demons? A thought-provoking follow-up on the article “Angels Unawares” which I linked to on August 29th.

HMMMM

Good summation of the teachings of Ravi Zacharias. He’s not really a wolf, but there are some questionable things about his teachings.

Bible Study Fellowship now using “vision casting

Wolves and False Teachings
The Gospel Coalition is about a false gospel.

Another reason why Campus Crusade for Christ, a.k.a. CRU, needs to be avoided: they are promoting the occultic false teaching of Enneagram.  The Enneagram has absolutely NO Christian origins. And if that isn’t enough reason to disassociate with CRU, perhaps this isOr thisOr even this!

Rick Joyner: Not only is he  false teacher deluxe, but he is also grossly ignorant of history when it comes to his “vision.”

Just when you thought Bill Johnson couldn’t get any more ridiculous.

This man’s total lack of discernment proves he should not be a pastor. It looks like he’s been “off base” for a very long time, and yet he’s accepted as a Southern Baptist Pastor?!?

Net Church, led by a wolf who does interviews at his “church.” It appears that this takes place before whatever “worship” services they have. This article is focused on his interview of lesbians—who certainly are NOT Christians (at about 28 minute mark), but I thought his blather about a horrid child’s book demonstrated what sort of “pastor” he is. The couple he first interviewed talked about how THEY pastored a church — yes, a woman “pastor.”  They seemed to think heretic Rob Bell is great, but they also have no clue about what a church is for and totally misrepresent Scripture. The whole video (if you have time to spend listening while doing something else) goes to show what sort of wolves pass for “pastors” and what passes for “churches” today. Beware!

The United Methodist Church continues to demonstrate their apostasy and rebellion against God.

A Bible version I just learned about, and it is one to be avoided: One New Man Bible.  Part of the charismatic, Hebrew Roots Movement nonsense.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

“The Message” is a Mess


To purposely ignore the proper translation of a passage and insert one that has no basis in the original languages in order to undergird a particular point of view is about the most dangerous thing that I can imagine. The only thing more concerning would be to discover large segments of  the evangelical community being incapable of discerning this kind of problem -- and not caring.

Gary E. Gilley, This Little Church Stayed Home: A faithful church in deceptive times, Pg.99-100 discussing “The Message” “translation.”

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Only the Word Can Build Christians


We can tell inspiring stories, sing beautiful or peppy music, fill our calendars full of social events, professionalize our program and provide small groups for every conceivable interest, but if the Scripture is not diligently, systematically and correctly taught, Christ’s people will not be equipped and the body will not be built up, period.  There are no exceptions to this mandate. The church must proclaim the word of truth -- it must be the utmost priority.  Congregations which focus on techniques, programs and entertainment, at the expense of the centrality of the Word, may build large followings but they will not build the church of God. Programs, drama and entertainment may amuse, soothe, inspire and stir the emotions, but they will not build Christians. Only the Word can do that.

Gary E. Gilley, This Little Church Stayed Home: A faithful church in deceptive times, pg.58

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Personal Bible Notes: 2nd Corinthians and Galatians


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

2nd Corinthians

1:1: Paul was an apostle by God’s will, not his own.

1:22:  The Christian HAS the Holy Spirit.
2:17: The words of the Apostles are as from God.

3:7: “chiseled in letters on stones” — the Ten Commandments.
3:11: The Ten Commandments (i.e. the Law) are fading away. Seventh-day Adventists think the Law is still in place.

4:2: If they are unable to come to God (i.e. as Calvinism states), then why must they be blinded?
4:6: Notice that Paul cites Genesis 1 as fact.

5:5: The Spirit is our downpayment for our new body.
5:8: Absent from the body, i.e. at death, is at home with the Lord.

10:1: Speaking of his time on earth.
10:8 Apostolic authority given by God.

11:3: “serpent deceived Eve” — Paul treats this as factual history.

12:1-5: If this is Paul, then why vs 5? To whom is he referring?
12:14: Parents are obligated to save up for their children? Is this a command? For what purpose?

13:11: “be restored” - i.e, “mend your ways.”
13:13: This is a trinitarian benediction!

Galatians

1:1: “quickly turning away… See cf Exodus 32:8
1:8: Notice that Paul does not say an “angel from God,” for God would not send an angel with a false gospel.
1:12: Paul received his teaching directly from Christ.
1:19: James is the bonafide brother of Jesus, meaning he was born of Joseph and Mary.

2:14: quotations stop at 15, but quite possibly should include all the way to vs.21.
2:21: “I do not set aside…” i.e., nullify, neglect.

4:4: “born of woman” implies Mary’s virginity in that Jesus was not born of man.

5:15: “bite” — as a snake.
5:22-26: One’s fruit if controlled by the Spirit.

6:6: Demonstrates approval of paid clergy, contrary to the teaching of some cults.
6:8: “sows to his flesh.” i.e. spending on self.
6:16: “Israel of God” — i.e. Christians.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

More Wolves and False Teachings

Todd Bentley — typical behavior of a cult leader.  The man has proven over and over that he is not a Christian.

Michael Brown — sigh. AND, here is also a good exposure of this dangerous wolf’s history of supporting numerous wolves and false teachings.

This is what passes for “worship” in apostate churches.

Steven Furtick — again.  And again.

An example of why Jackie Hill Perry should be avoided like the plague. Good open letter to her — she should heed it.

This is what passes for “tongues” and “interpretation” on heretic Jim Bakker’s show.

This woman is not a Christian, but she is a priest — a priest of Satan.

Another Christian school capitulates to the homosexualists.

Kenneth Copeland is of his father, the devil. He is about as big of a fraud as it gets.

When you see this sort of nonsensical, aberrant, unbiblical teaching, you KNOW you’ve found a false teacher (and probably not even a Christian)!

The Road Away From Him — Enneagram.

The ELCA has proven again that it is NOT a Christian church.

No, Benny Hinn has not repented.  As long as his books aren’t pulled and as long as he stays filthy rich from false teachings, he isn’t repenting. After all, he’s “repented” twice before!

Bethel Church’s Jesus Culture sings blasphemy and heresy.  Go figure.

An example of how Roman Catholics behave as brainwashed cult members.

This is what happens when satan is allowed to take part in your church.

What is it with church leaders who feel the necessity to kow-tow to the practitioners of sexual perversion — sexual behaviors which God in no ambiguous terms hotly condemned?!?!