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.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

True Shepherds PROTECT the Flock


Because true shepherds must put the flock first, and view heretics and schismatics as nothing less than wolves who seek to devour the sheep in Christ's "little flock," they must expose and oppose [false teachers] for what they are.  That note of deep concern for the sheep is what is missing in so many churches today.  The feeble note struck instead is, "Let us all learn to live in peace with one another even though we differ;" or "I don't say you're wrong; it's just that we differ." . . .  True shepherds will never allow the sheep to be attacked without attempting to protect them.

Jay E. Adams,  The Use of the Rod & the Staff: A Neglected Aspect of Shepherding, p.27, 28

Monday, July 6, 2015

Do You Want a Quiet Heart?


Thus it comes to pass often that appearances are most deceptive.  People who look as if they are supremely happy and carefree are full of some great grief and carry a tragedy within them.  We put on a bold face very often, and sometimes it is exceptionally bold because of the acuteness of the problem that is within.  So it follows that anyone who is truly Christian will never take people merely as they appear to be but will feel a great sense of sorrow for men and women who are trying vainly to find a quiet heart by refusing to think.  This includes all the people who plunge into a round of pleasure, who give themselves to the cults and commit intellectual suicide, who rush away for treatment to some psychologist or other, who drug themselves or take up certain ancient Eastern religions.  All are simply trying somehow or other to find this peace that ever seems to elude them, this quiet heart that never seems to become an actuality.

But, of course, we do not stop at it negatively like that.  We are concerned to give a positive exposition of what the Bible has to tell us about this vital and all-important subject, and I would remind you again that the bible claims that it and it alone can really show us this quiet heart.  I do not apologize for that.  I state and assert it.

We cannot mix the gospel of Jesus Christ with anything else; it is either this or nothing.  No compromise, no coalition is possible.  Unless we realize that we have to submit and surrender ourselves entirely to God's way, we shall never, as we have seen, experience the blessings that he wants to give us.  Our Lord constantly said that very thing.  he laid it down at the very beginning that this is the way to know his love and his blessing: "If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me" (Matthew 16:24)--that is it.  The two words "follow me" in a sense say it all; what you have to do is to forsake yourself and everything else and go after him.  his claim is for total allegiance.

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled, p.45-46

Sunday, July 5, 2015

God Is In Control


Now I say that God has a plan with regard to the whole world, a plan that he is working out slowly and yet surely.  Things may seem to be taking their own course, and yet that is not the case according to the Bible.  God is over all; he is manipulating everything.  He allows a number of things to happen, but they are not outside his control.  Go back to the Old Testament, and look at the nation of Israel.  In the fullness of time God does what he says he is going to do.  He allows things to go on until a certain fixed point.  He knows the date for that, though nobody else knows; but a day is coming when he will bring an end to the history of this world.  There will be an end of time, and he will finally judge the whole world and all its people, and then he will destroy all evil, and we will have "new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness" (2 Peter 3:13).  God will have fulfilled his old promise of restoring order out of chaos, giving universal blessing to those who belong to him. 

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled, p.39-40


Saturday, July 4, 2015

Pastors, Do Not Fear Opposition


There is too much cowardice in the church disguised as kindness, tolerance, sophistication and objectivity.  The excuses cover up a basic fear of stating hard truths and confronting spiritual wolves. But the elder of Christ need not fear the opposition.

Jay E. Adams,  The Use of the Rod & the Staff: A Neglected Aspect of Shepherding, p.26

Friday, July 3, 2015

It All Works For Our Good


You say, what about war or illness or an accident or the death of a loved one--how can these things possibly work to my good?  Well, I cannot answer that in detail, but I can tell you something that will include every eventuality and possibility.  If you really believe in God, anything that may happen to you will drive you nearer to God, and anything that drives you nearer to him is a "good" thing for you.  I will apply this to your experience as I apply it to my own; let us be frank and honest.  When life is running smoothly and easily, and the sun is shining in the heavens, and everything is going well, how easy it is to forget all about God.  We do not seem to need him, and we forget him, and we are far away from him.  But then something goes wrong--there is an announcement of war, or there is trouble or an accident--and these things drive me back to my knees.  I then get nearer to God, and "It is good for me that I have been afflicted" because "before I was afflicted I went astray" (Psalm 119:71, 67).  Each one of us can echo the sentiment of the psalmist.  God sometimes has to chastise us in order to draw us a little nearer to himself.

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled, p.41

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Random Aberrations, Apostasies, and Heresies

Breaking news yesterday is that the Episcopal Church has finally quit pretending they are Christian and have totally thumbed their collective noses at God by developing a genderless “marriage” ceremony.  If real Christians attend this denomination, explain why you haven’t left the Episcopal denomination years ago.

The “Christian” Left is getting creepier and creepier as Satan feeds them their daily food.  Can you imagine Jesus telling children that they should be glad their siblings were aborted?!?

Sam Storms is one of those false teachers I’ve heard about in the past, but haven’t heard anything about him for years.  I guess I just don’t fly in the right circles.  Well, last week I came across this article examining a book by Storms; I agree with the reviewer that this book can’t be recommended.

Joel Osteen just loves Muslims — as Muslims.  Shouldn’t Christians love Muslims to where they want to teach them the Gospel??  What can you expect from a man who says he worships the same god as do Mormons?

Well, aren’t we lucky; “Of Kings and Prophets” has been pulled from the fall TV schedule.  At least it will be a while before this misrepresentation of the Bible is aired.

False teachers twist the idea of washing away sin with baptism by making sure there is enough soap.

I am currently reading and reviewing a book which I was asked to comment on (I’ll reserve the title and review for another time), and the author really goads me by his continual reference to M. Scott Peck as an authority on biblical matters.  I’ve read about Peck in the past and know he is not to be trusted with the Bible, so this immediately lowers my opinion of the author’s credibility.  For those unfamiliar with his name, I decided to link to an article about him, which is a good primer for more research when necessary.  His teachings certainly are not Christian.

Before we left the assembly we’ve attended for the past 13 years, I made several complaints about the use of Hillsong material, explaining that the organization is aberrant.  Well, someone was kind enough to point me to this article which agreed with my assessment.

When a pastor’s wife has false beliefs, I have to wonder what the pastor is doing to take care of his own household.  But then again, when Bill Hybels is the pastor, I guess the answer is obvious.  His wife’s “God” seems a bit different  from the one I read about in the Bible.

Answers in Genesis has posted a commentary on the final episode of “A.D.: The Bible Continues.”

False teachings are standard fare for the Word of Faith crowd.  Sometimes they can be more bizarre than normal.  Kathi Pelton is a new one for me, and with her “prophecy” I hope I don’t come across her again.

Too many people who call themselves Christians have been praising the latest travesty of justice by the Supreme Court.  Of course these same people have supported same-sex fake marriages or “civil unions” since they began.  Here are 40 questions these people need to answer.

With this finding a right to redefine marriage, the Supreme Court has made it clear that Christians can be persecuted by the homosexualists more than they have been previously.  We can certainly expect the false believers to show themselves more plainly.  So what do we true believers do now?

Bill Gothard still refuses to repent of his sins.  He seems to believe he is above criticism.

From Mike Gendron’s “Proclaiming the Gospel” ministry, we have this interesting item about Roman Catholic leadership in Milwaukee:  “In the spirit of unity and charity, the Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee is encouraging Catholics to pray for their Muslim brothers and sisters during the holy month of Ramadan. They are instructed to pray that the Muslims' fasting and almsgiving will be pleasing to God, and that they may be enriched by their reading of the Qur’an.”  How can Muslims praying to a false god ever please the true God?  And since when are Christians to be in unity with Muslims in regards to religion?!?

Time as we know it is coming to an end.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Gospel Annoys


The gospel commends itself to me because of its truth, because it does not just say, "Well now, let's forget our troubles and think of something beautiful."  It says, "In the world ye shall have tribulation" (John 16:33).  It says that in a world like this, dominated by Satan, there will be "wars and rumours of wars" (Matthew 24:6).  It is psychology and not the gospel that just tries to make us forget our troubles for the time being.  The gospel of Jesus Christ always, therefore, of necessity annoys certain people, people who think that a place of worship is just a place where you listen to beautiful things, and therefore while you are sitting there, your forget your problems and the problems of the world -- these people are certain to be annoyed.

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled, p.24

Monday, June 29, 2015

World Conference of Religions?


We are living in days when people are always saying, "We want a world conference of all the religions, so we can all get together and pick out the best in each."  But you cannot do that with the gospel of Jesus Christ.  It is exclusive, and its challenge is that Christ, and Christ alone, can truly give us peace.

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled, p.18

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Protect the Sheep by Exposing the Wolves

Clearly, if we were to place the truths taught in this passage [1 Timothy 4:1,2,6] into a shepherding context we would be told that a good shepherd advises sheep about false teachers who will turn from Christianity and teach demonic beliefs.  But that is precisely where people hesitate today.  They consider such "advice" heresy hunting!  But to obey Paul's command would mean that some of those who have set forth these teachings would not only be exposed for their  false teachings, but also that they would be shown to be hypocrites and liars who have little or no pangs of conscience about what they are doing to God's sheep.  Doubtless, this advice would also contain powerful scriptural arguments used as a rod to demolish the errors propagated and to establish the sheep in the truth.  The rod would be employed so effectively by a faithful elder that he would "stop their mouths," as Paul told Titus to do (Titus 1:11).


Jay E. Adams,  The Use of the Rod & the Staff: A Neglected Aspect of Shepherding, p.19-20

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Pastors - USE YOUR STAFF!


The problem is, as Paul said, that there will arise from within the church many who would lead sheep astray.  Every day on television and over the radio false teaching of every sort, proclaiming to be Christian and biblical, may be heard.  Elders of truly Bible-believing churches must become aware of the false teaching that is being propagated at any given time, and must instruct their members as to its unbiblical nature.  They should be aware of any members of the congregation who have become so enamored of such error that they have begun to spread it among other members of the flock.  They should preach and teach the truth so clearly that error stands out in stark contrast to it.  Often, they must name names of false teachers as the apostle Paul frequently did in his letters.  Otherwise, the sheep may not know whose teachings they should avoid.  Elders may not be neutral about such matters; they must use the crook to snatch one sheep by the leg in order to keep him from falling over a precipice; another from following "a wolf in sheep's clothing."  They must keep him out of caves where the devil's snakes and scorpions lie in wait, or clear the cave before allowing him to enter it.  When these dangerous creatures have secretly crawled into their midst, they must use their staff to chase them away. . . .

A true shepherd is always intolerant to the nth degree of the wolf or anything else that may harm his flock.

Jay E. Adams,  The Use of the Rod & the Staff: A Neglected Aspect of Shepherding, p.19-20