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.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Work of Pastors Is To Build Up the Church

The work of the ministry is to build up the body of Christ.  It is the business of the ministers to build up the Church, not to build up themselves!  Alas! they have far too often built up themselves, and we read of princes of the Church living in positions of great wealth and pomp.  What an utter travesty that is of Paul’s teaching!  Let us note also that ministers are called to build up; not to please and to entertain.  The way in which they are to do this is summed up perfectly in that most lyrical passage in Acts 20.  The Apostle Paul was bidding farewell to the elders of the church at Ephesus, at the seaside, and this is what he said: “And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified” (v.32).

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, “Christian Unity: An Exposition of Ephesians 4:1-16,” pg.202

Monday, November 23, 2015

Watch for False Prophets

False prophets can be very convincing.  However, while claiming to represent God, they misrepresent His Word.  Some may deliberately distort the truth.  Others are instruments of Satan because of their ignorance of the truth.  They present a form of religion but not the true faith; they bring people into bondage, not liberty; they exalt their ministry and not Christ; they smite the sheep rather than bring healing and still expect preferential treatment.  Their teaching does not exalt God, giving Him all honor, glory and praise.  Their message does not lead to reverent, joyous worship of God, who alone is worthy.  To one extent or another, they direct attention away from God as the very Source of Living Water.  False prophets obscure the clear distinction between the holiness of God and human sinfulness; the righteousness of God and human self-righteousness; the unconditional love of God and human conditional love; the One Mediator, Jesus Christ, and human mediators.

Gene & Grace Luxon, “Has the Truth Set You Free?,” pg. 273

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Random Aberrations, Apostasies, and Heresies

When we wonder why Christians are so uneducated about their faith in just about every subject, all we have to do is look at our church libraries.  Every church I’ve been to has a huge section of novels (including too many “romance” novels) but relatively few books on theological matters.  Those books with meat instead of junk food are also rarely checked out.  Perhaps the churches should get rid of the novels and let their members go to the public libraries for those, and use the church library as a repository of knowledge about theological matters — and THEN promote it for learning!

Midwest Christian Outreach has an excellent article exposing the false teachings of Neil Anderson.  Anderson has put so many people into the bondage of fear.

An interesting incident with Beth Moore leads to more questions about her qualifications for teaching, let alone the unbiblical nature of her marital relationship when it comes to leadership and spiritual matters.  Yet hundreds of churches ardently promote her.

Do Christians have the authority to rebuke the devil?  Too many, especially in the charismatic churches, think they can rebuke the devil — and they are in grave error.

10 Questions about Adventism;  Good information about the SDA and why they are indeed a cult.

Awana is getting in to more and more dangerous ground.

What does the Bible say about false prophets?  Notice how much of this applies to Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Moonies, et al.

A scary cult to be on the lookout for:  Eastern Lightning.

SBC’s Ronnie Floyd is playing with the fire of IHOP, as well as seeming to be aberrant on some issues.  Meanwhile, Mike Bickle continues to prove how horrendous IHOP really is!

Speaking of IHOP, here is a very good video exposing some of their false teachings.

I agree — the “Sinner’s Prayer” is unbiblical nonsense.

Proper understanding and translation of Exodus 21:22-25 refutes pro-abortion advocates’ misuse of the passage to support abortion.

A “Leadership Conference” headlined by some horrid false teachers is one no-one should attend.

Finally, here is some blasphemy of great proportions.  There is no fear of God here.

Methods Must Be Congruent With Message

Christians can be infected by secular worldviews not only in their beliefs but also in their practices.  For example, a Christian church or ministry may be biblical in its message and yet fail to be biblical in its methods.  Hudson Taylor, the great missionary to China, said that the Lord’s work must be done in the Lord’s way, if it is to have the Lord’s blessing.  We must express the truth not only in what we preach but also in how we preach it.  A Christian organization may be doing the Lord’s work—but if it is acting on human zeal and willpower, using secular methods of promotion and publicity, without visible love among staff and coworkers, then it is merely another form of human achievement, accomplishing little for the Kingdom of God.

Nancy Pearcey, “Total Truth: Liberating Christianity From Its Cultural Captivity,” pg.361

Friday, November 20, 2015

Apologetics Involves Much

Apologetics involves not only defending the Christian faith but also critiquing other faiths or worldviews.  Part of the task of evangelism is to free people from the power of false worldviews by diagnosing the points where they fail to stack up against reality.  Just as Isaiah had to argue against the wooden idols of Old Testament times, showing how silly it was to bow down to the work of one’s own hands (Isa. 44:6ff), so today we have to deconstruct the conceptual idols that hold so many people captive.

Nancy Pearcey, “Total Truth: Liberating Christianity From Its Cultural Captivity,” pg.134

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Where Is the Discernment?

I was surprised this song was used in our service this week:

Holy Spirit Breathe On Me, by Jeff Nelson and Eddie Smith

Holy Spirit breathe on me 
Holy Spirit let me see 
All the things You are 
All the things You want me to be 
Holy Spirit breathe on me 

Can anyone find in Scripture where the Holy Spirit breathes on us?  The Spirit LIVES in the believer—He doesn’t breathe on us.  And just how does the Spirit let us see “all the things You are”?

The Spirit’s role in the Christian's life is to be our counselor and guide in our living.  And He always points to Jesus—not to Himself.

So I’d say this song’s lyrics really don’t make sense, are unbiblical, and should not be used in any worship service, let alone for personal devotion.

Where is the discernment?!?

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Evangelism Must Start With Creation

If we start with a message of sin, without giving the context of Creation, then we will come across to nonbelievers as merely negative and judgmental.

Nancy Pearcey, “Total Truth: Liberating Christianity From Its Cultural Captivity,” pg. 88

Monday, November 16, 2015

Hammer In Truth to the Point of Death

A man who knows that the earth is round but lives among men who believe it to be flat ought to hammer in his doctrine of the earth’s roundness up to the point of arrest, imprisonment, or even death.  Reality will confirm him, and he is not so much testifying to the world as it is—which is worth nothing—as to Him who made the world, and Who is worth more than all things.

Hilaire Belloc,  cited by George Grant, "Grand Illusions: The Legacy of Planned Parenthood," pg.291

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Random Aberrations, Apostasies, and Heresies

They are nice while they send you to hell.

Speaking of sending you to hell nicely, Matt Walsh tells it like it is in regards to Joel Osteen’s theology and why Americans feed on it.

Mysticism is spreading like wild fire in the Church, promising “close encounters” with God.  However, such mysticism is nothing less than regurgitated practices from pagan Eastern religions and have nothing to do with the Christian faith, let alone communicating with God.  Beware.

Another glaring example of the apostate condition of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Popular false teachers who are women.

Willow Creek is getting more and more apostate.

Part two review of Beth Moore’s Simulcast.

The teachings of Paul (David) Yonggi Cho are aberrant and sometimes dangerous.

Yes, Seventh-day Adventism is still a cult.

More false teaching from Steven Furtick.  And this is a guy who has become very wealthy on the backs of his goats.

Another Roman Catholic honcho who should be excommunicated due to his promotion of homosexuality.  Yet Rome continues to ignore this type of apostasy.

Albert Mohler has a good commentary as to why we real Christians can’t accept the world’s modern view of human sexuality.

Gothard’s ATI education is twisted Scripture and legalistic nonsense.  Recovering grace has a series exposing ATI:  Introduction, chapter 1, chapter 2.  Looking for more in the future.

Another new heretical Bible, this time endorsed by the Hebrew Roots Movement.  SIGH!  (To read more about Hebrew Root, Marsha gives some good links at the bottom of the article.)

Finally, Joyce Meyer reads too much Joel Osteen.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Avoid Compromising Situations

It is important that we direct our thoughts toward God and keep them focused on Him.  And it is equally important how we choose the people with whom we relate.  People affect our thoughts.  We should surround ourselves with people who are focused on God and want to grow in the Lord as much as we do.  We have to be selective and sometimes says no to relationships with certain people—even if they seem exciting and interesting.  True excitement and friendship come through sharing our lives in Jesus Christ.  We cannot always choose whom we will spend our time with daily.  But we can focus on sharing our lives—and our struggles—with those who are also seeking a closer relationship with God.  . . . 

We must avoid putting ourselves in situations that compromise our moral convictions.  While we must be in the world, we do not have to let the world be in us.

James P. Gills, M.D., Imaginations: More Than You Think, ppg. 142-143