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, June 28, 2012

Random Apostasies and Heresies

It’s that time again to hear the false teachers and their followers say, 
Richard J. Mouw has announced he’s stepping down as president of Fuller Theological Seminary.  Such good news, since he doesn’t seem to understand Biblical truth.  He can’t understand why Mormons and Christians just can’t get along.  Of course, Fuller happens to be a very liberal and aberrant institution, so it’s a wonder anyone there understands the Bible.
Ed Young, Jr has made a rift in the space-time continuum this past week by making many foolish statements against Calvinism/Calvinists.  I am a non-calvinist, but if I was to make a case against that system it would be using factual data rather than stuff made up out of whole cloth the way Young did.  But when you look at Young’s past actions and teachings, it really isn’t surprising that he made such a fool of himself.  After all, this is a man who slobbers all over himself talking about, and to, T.D. Jakes and Joel Osteen - two manifest heretics who he is enamored with!  I don’t understand why anyone follows this goatherd!  (the video in the main body of this post has been removed by Young, but look at the comment string and you’ll find a new one with some good photo accompaniment of the audio).
Following up on last week’s post about Rick Warren’s “swine twitter,” a target of that twitter has responded.
If there is anyone out there who still doubts as to whether Joel Osteen is a rank heretic and that his “church” is a home of false teaching, perhaps you will be swayed knowing that Word of Faith heretic Christine Caine will be speaking at their youth conference.  Nothing like poisoning the minds of our youth.
Speaking of Word of Faith and similar belief systems, when a church decides an 11-year-old is worthy to be a “pastor,” that church has serious theological issues.  This article includes a video of a 6-year-old T.D. Jakes wannabe who is also teaching in the assembly.  People, if you are in these sorts of assemblies, you really need to run like the wind out the door!  You will learn nothing of God in these places.
Rick Warren looks to be seeking more cash from his “Purpose Driven Life” false teachings as he celebrates its 10th anniversary.  He is redesigning it and adding some chapters.  Perhaps he might consider making it biblical (“biblical” includes not using “The Message” for his reference)
Speaking of Rick Warren, the man continues demonstrating his lack of discernment by giving endorsements to “books by Meditation-Promoting Authors.”
I have many times reported on the various “entertainment” Bibles, but it just keeps getting worse and the publishers seek more ways to rake in the cash off of God’s Word.
“The Voice” is one version I’ve reported on a couple times already - a “Bible” for the emergent cult - but I found this article interesting in that the author not only addresses “The Voice,” but also comments on the genre as a whole.  A good follow-up article about such entertainment versions was at Apprising Ministries this week.
I came across this horrific video this week:  “Pastor Rap - Back to Church Sunday.” All I see here are several goatherds making fools of themselves.  If any of these guys “pastored” my church, I’d be out the door in a big hurry.
More on Eric Dykstra and “The Crossing Church” he goatherds (and another person Ed Young, Jr slobbers over).  You’d better swear allegiance to this false prophet because God gave him a vision!
Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry (CARM) has posted short exposures of three false teachers: Steven Furtick, Joyce Meyer, and Beth Moore.  Worth your while.
Roman Catholicism has long ago left any semblance of believing the truth of the Bible, so when Australia’s Cardinal George Pell says Adam and Eve are just a myth, it shouldn’t be surprising.  But if Adam isn’t real, how can Paul compare Christ to him - doesn’t that make Christ also a myth? 
Two more reviews of “The Harbinger” for those who are not convinced it is almost as much junk as “The Shack” was.  The first is a pdf by David James, while the second is from Sola Sisters blog.
That’s it for this report.  People who follow these false teachers certainly need prayer.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Evangelism and Apologetics

Evangelism and apologetics are twin pillars upon which the outreach of the church is built.  The two may be and must be distinguished, but they ought never be separated.  They form a two-pronged attack against the fortress of hell and a double-front of defense against the onslaught of paganism... In history the task of apologetics has progressed to include both the defense of the Gospel against the attacks of alien philosophies and religions, and the positive construction of full-fledged Christian philosophy.  In this regard apologetics serves the church not only in pre-evangelism, but in post-evangelism as well.  It helps the believer counter the objections that are faced in a myriad of settings.  It arms and equips the saints for the task of ministry.  God has ordained both evangelism and apologetics, and the obedient church is faithful to both tasks.
R.C. Sproul, Tabletalk.  Cited in Worldviews, the Newsletter of the Apologetics Resource Center, May/June 2004

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Entertaining the Goats

This by A.W. Tozer; you'd think he was seeing today's seeker-sensitive, market-driven and emergent movements.
Without biblical authority, or any other right under the sun, carnal religious leaders have introduced a host of attractions that serve no purpose except to provide entertainment for the retarded saints
It is now common practice in most evangelical churches to offer the people, especially the young people, a maximum of entertainment and a minimum of serious instruction.  It is scarcely possible in most places to get anyone to attend a meeting where the only attraction is God.  One can only conclude that God’s professed children are bored with Him, for they must be wooed to meeting with a stick of striped candy in the form of religious movies, games and refreshments. ...
Any objection to the carryings on of our present gold-calf Christianity is met with the triumphant reply, “But we are winning them!”  And winning them to what?  To true discipleship? To cross-carrying? To self-denial? To separation from the world?  To crucifixion of the flesh?  To holy living?  To nobility of character?  To a despising of the world’s treasures?  To hard self-discipline?  To love for God?  To total committal to Christ?  Of course the answer to all these questions is no.
(Man: The Dwelling Place of God, p.136)

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Movie Guide is Dishonest

When I am interested in seeing a movie, one of the first things I do is check out what Plugged In has to say about it.  I also like to check Debbie Schlussel’s reviews because they are from a conservative, yet non-Christian viewpoint.

Another review site I learned about a long time ago is Movie Guide, founded by Dr. Ted Baehr.  I don’t know how I got on his e-mail list, but now and then I get something from him which 99% of the time I just delete without looking at.  So I’ve never gone to Movie Guide for reviews in the past.
Movie Guide is ostensibly a Christian review site, so I would expect it to be accurate and not misrepresent movies it reviews.  But I learned yesterday that this isn’t the case.
I took my wife to watch the movie, “Brave.”  It was a fun movie, but like virtually all movies there was ideology presented which would be contradictory to Christianity.  (But so is just about everything in the world!)  However, in regards to marriage it was just fine.  The story began with the princess being subjected to having local men vie for her hand in betrothal by a engaging in a contest.  She is not happy with the idea of this type of marriage arrangement and actually contrives to win her own hand in the contest.   The girl is just not interested in this sort of marriage!  At the end of the movie we learn that love will be the new way of choosing one’s mate, and that if someone wants to win a woman’s hand, they must first win her heart.  Sounded like a good idea to me.
However, when I arrived home I had an email from Mr. Baehr linking to a “review” of the movie, and the review had the headline, “BRAVE Attacks Marriage Hastening Demographic Winter.”  This, of course, piqued my interest.  Here is how the article began:
The movie BRAVE tells the story of a young princess in Scotland who will do anything not to get married, including go to a witch to cast a heinous spell on her own mother who is the Queen. This self-defeating and unnatural message is being pushed by Pixar and the Walt Disney Company at a time when Europe is facing demographic winter. This is very irresponsible.
Several of us have just returned from speaking and teaching in Europe. In many countries, marriage is dismissed and demeaned. As a result, the very survival of these people groups is in question.
The review then went on to cite an article about the lack of births in Europe and the problem of declining marriage and families.  It had absolutely nothing to do with the subject of the movie.  The “review” then ended thusly:
The action steps that parents need to take is to be careful about letting their daughters and sons be infected by the messages of BRAVE, and to contact Walt Disney Company and Pixar and ask them to be more careful about their productions for children.
It then ended with the people and addresses of Disney and Pixar.
Well, this was a blatant misrepresentation of what the movie presented about marriage.  Did the movie have some other ideological problems?  YES, albeit fairly minor.  Did the “review” address any other issue?  NO.  It just claimed the movie attacked marriage.
So I e-mailed Mr. Baehr the following:
Did you guys even watch the movie?  I just came back from watching it and you are making something up that wasn't there.  The girl was NOT against marriage - she was against forced marriage to someone chosen by family or won in a contest.  Yes, it was revisionist history in that regard, and a subtle feminist slant having her being so "macho," but if you watched the movie to the end the point was made that they should have the right to pick their OWN mates based on love, and the guys were told to win her heart before they could win her hand.  And you have the audacity to say the movie attacked marriage?!?!
I would say this is a good example of bearing false witness.
I agree I was a bit abrupt and frank, but having just come from the movie and knowing this was supposedly a “Christian” review, I felt a bit peeved that they would lie in that fashion.
Mr. Baehr replied as follows:
“I agree to disagree and Thank you so much!”
Okay, I just told him of the blatant error from my personal observation of a movie (by the way, Plugged In agreed with me) and his response was that it was just a disagreement.  That’s sort of like calling someone’s answer for two plus two being “five” a “disagreement”!  There are facts that must be considered, not just an opinion.
So I posted back:
Agree to disagree?!?!?!  You lie about what the movie is saying and call it a disagreement?
The movie NEVER attacked marriage.  The girl didn't want to marry some guy who won her in a contest.  The end of the movie she will wait to marry someone for love.  How in the blazes is that attacking marriage?!?!
His response:
Your accusations are specious and ridiculous
BRAVE is Rousseauian and anthropocentric
& she whines constantly while calling upon a witch to follow her heart - shades of Anton LaVey and Aleister Crowley.
If you want to discuss, civily, Please call me at my office at 805-383-2000  on Monday.
You are in my praise and prayers
The only accusation I made was that the review lied about the movie, and it certainly wasn’t “specious and ridiculous” because I gave the facts.  His other charges against the movie had nothing to do with the “review” or my complaint.
I responded:
I am not calling you, and I am discussing this civily.
I don't care about all those other problems with the movie - that wasn't what your link addressed.  
The point is that you LIED and claimed it attacked marriage.  The girl wants to choose her mate and not have her mate chosen for her, and you call that attacking marriage!
I suggest you change that charge.  Charge the movie with true and accurate problems - don't make up something not in it.  As a Christian you are supposed to set an example for integrity.
The last communication from Baehr was simply:
You are wrong.
Today I watched the video review by Mr. Baehr and he did even more misrepresentation - he said she consorted with a witch to change her mother into a bear; the girl only asked her to change her mother - and the idea was to make her change her mind!  The girl had no idea what the witch had in mind.  Baehr also stated it was “very feminist,” which it wasn’t.  Were there some feminist leanings?  Yes, but mostly subtle - not “very feminist.” 

Here is the issue:  A supposed Christian movie review site falsely accuses a movie of attacking marriage and when the accusation was proven to be in error there was no desire to correct the misrepresentation; instead the person in charge stated that I was the one in error.
Since this organization demonstrates a lack of integrity in such a simple matter, I could never recommend it as a source of information about movies.  How do I know every review doesn’t have false representations so as to promote an agenda?
False teachers aren’t just in the realm of theology - they are also in the realm of culture.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

What Kind of God?

Sometimes I have been asked why theism - the idea of one God - is true and other ideas of a god aren’t.  After all, there are only three theistic religions in the world (Jewish, Christian, Islam) and myriads of other types, so why should theism be the correct view?
This can be answered using logic and philosophy to first show that other types of religions have problems with being true, and that, to start with, only a theistic religion can be true - a religion that has a God beyond and within the world, a God that is both creator and sustainer.  Other religions are consider to be “theistic” in that they believe in some sort of god or gods.  Theistic religions can be classified as deism, pantheism, panentheism and, of course, theism.  I will only highlight some of the problems that disprove these first three viewpoints.
Deism:   Says that there is a God who alone is eternal, and who created the world and then walked away from it so that the world operates by natural and self-sustaining laws that He put into existence.  A deist says that the supernatural does not exist, that miracles do not occur.  This position is inadequate and illogical.  If they admit to the miracle of creation, then they have to accept the possibility of other miracles.  And if God was concerned enough to create man, it would follow that He would be concerned enough about man as to intervene personally.
Pantheism:   Says that all is God and God is all; that God is the world, is us, etc.  Hinduism and other Eastern and so-called New Age religions profess this, and this idea is promoted as the “Force“ in Star Wars.  There are actually several types of pantheism, some of which devolve into polytheism.  He is not a personal god and is more “it” than “him.”  
The very quick way to demonstrate the self-defeating aspect of this system is that  if God is unknowable and inexpressible by language or thought, then how do they know and express this about God? 
Another way to demonstrate that it is self-defeating is to point out that, in this view “God is and I am not,” that is, God is all that is.  But one must exist in order to claim they don’t exist!  And if all there is, is God, then there is no I-thou relationships because there is only one entity.  Religious experience then becomes impossible.
This view also claims evil is only an illusion, but if that is the case, what is the source of the illusion?  This makes God the source of evil.
Pantheism’s god is dependent on creation; without creation the god doesn’t exist.  But then they have to explain where the creation came from.
Another problem is, by saying God is all, he must include opposites.  This then says nothing meaningful about him because he is and he isn’t.
Finally, there is a contradiction of God’s nature.  If he is infinite yet shares his being with creation then part of him is finite, which now makes him infinite and finite which is a logical impossibility.  This gets involved in philosophical arguments about contingent and necessary beings, which pantheism tries to make both at the same time.
Panentheism.  This is similar to Pantheism.  God is in the world the way a soul or mind is in a body.  A lot of New Age teachers promote this.  God is finite and limited.  There are two poles of God: an actual temporal pole and a potential eternal pole.  A form of this is also known as process theology because God is in a continual process of change.
A primary proof of falsehood is that the concept of God as an “eternal potential seeking temporal actualization” is self-defeating.  No potential can actualize itself.  And then there is the problem of evil: a finite god cannot guarantee the defeat of evil.
Theism.  Proving the other theistic belief systems false leaves us with theism.  It becomes the only adequate world view.  So once we determine theism is true, how do we prove that Christianity is true instead of Judaism and Islam?  If the Christian faith is true, then no other faith can be valid because Christ said that only through him can we get to the Father (John 14:6) and we are told that there is salvation in no one else (Acts 4:12).
Theism is the only logical system of believing in a god of any sort!
(Note:  I wrote this back in 2005 for use in our book-table ministry.  I used more than one book for reference, but the only one I remember is, “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be An Atheist,” by Norman Geisler and Frank Turek.  Because this was for personal use, I didn’t note what were quotations and what was my own writing and I know there were some quotations.  I have spent some time in a some books and can’t find where I got the information from, so if there are quotations without credit given, it is purely unintentional.)

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Random Apostasies and Heresies

Ah, the farther decline into false teachings by Rick Warren -- and he denigrates those who preach the Cross of Christ.  Apprising Ministries has more about this situation.
While on the subject of Rick Warren, Apprising Ministries has posted the latest arrogant behavior by Warren.  They also posted a followup which I recommend for your perusal.  And just for good measure, take a look at this post about Warren teaching “man-centered mythology.”
Lifeway, the publisher for the Southern Baptists, has no problem whatsoever making tons of money by publishing the false teachings of Beth Moore.  BUT, they have decided to pull the movie, “Blind Side” from their shelves because of coarse language and blasphemy.  Hmm, what about the blasphemy of Beth Moore always claiming direct revelation from God for her false teachings?!?  Not only that, but as Erin demonstrates in this article, there are other things they sell which are much worse spiritually which they sell.  Although they claim the removal of the movie is for its vulgarity, it seems to me there must be something else involved.
Hank Hanegraaff seems to be going farther and farther astray.  First there was his soft-pedaling on Roman Catholicism.  Then there was his support of the Local Church in their lawsuit against Christian apologists who exposed some of their teachings. And don’t forget his preterist teachings on eschatology.  Then there was his joining up with OWS in Iran, of all places!  Now he has a new book, “The Creation Answer Book, in which he promotes the evolutionist’s millions of years for the earth, and a non-literal interpretation of Genesis, as well as claiming that Behemoth and Leviathan - and the serpent in the garden - were just “symbols” and not real.  Hanegraaff may have had some good exposures of charismania and the Word Faith movement, but I wouldn’t recommend him for ANYTHING biblical any more.  He is NOT a “Bible Answer Man.”

More on heretic T.D. Jakes.  He promotes the false teachings of generational curses and even casts out their demons!  How do people take this guy seriously?!?!

Many legalistic groups and cults claim baptism is necessary for salvation.  CARM has some good responses to the proof texts these people use.

Bill Randles has a good article about the “false love” Christians are promoting in their support of homosexuality.
Lastly, I have demonstrated several times on this blog that Mark Driscoll has no business being a pastor; he is unfit for the position due to his arrogant attitude and his focus on sex, let alone his trivializing Scripture.  Well, now you can hear just how arrogant this man is - if you do not agree with his “vision,” then you should be in the pile of bodies he throws off his bus.  Sola Sisters and Apprising Ministries have commentaries about the issue, which I highly recommend.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Can All Religions Live in Unity?

All religions living in unity is a farce.  “Can two walk together except they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3)  There is no unity between contradicting beliefs no matter how long the two pretend to agree with their disagreement.  The result of this union only forces Christianity to abdicate principles vital to truth.
The very trap of the enemy is for Christians to lay aside truth in order to negotiate with other religions “on their terms.”  Other religions have no intentions of abdicating their beliefs.
Susan Seymour, Embracing Other Religions.  MCOI Journal, Spring 2012

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Why Apologetics?

If people are sharing their faith, they do not ask this question.  If people are truly encountering people in a meaningful way in friendship, ministry, evangelism, sooner or later they will encounter people’s barriers or objections to faith.
Christians themselves have the same questions as they are growing in the faith, even doubts.  We often suppress or try to deny those doubts because of fear or peer pressure.  So apologetics is for Christians to deepen their faith.
Apologetics has a decided offensive component as well.  We are clearly called to advance the kingdom of God as a fundamental task under the Lordship of Christ.  We are called to be about the process of redemption - of ourselves (sanctification), others (evangelism and ministry), and of the governing ideas of culture and institutions (2 Cor. 10:3-5, Mat. 5:13-16).
Clearly, the culture is in a death spiral and the Church needs to be awakened, equipped, and about the ministry of redemptive engagement.  That’s why this ministry[ARC] is here.  We return to the exhortations of Christian leaders.
Carl F. H. Henry wrote, “A marked deterioration in American society, indeed in Western society generally, has risen at the very time when evangelicals have been emerging from the subculture into the culture.  The implications of this fact are immensely important for Christian communication and apologetics generally and for every evangelical ministry.”
William Lane Craig wrote, “Moreover, it’s not just Christian scholars and pastors who need to be intellectually engaged with the issues.  Christian laymen, too, need to become intellectually engaged.  As Christians, their minds are going to waste.  ONe result of this is an immature, superficial faith.... The results of being in intellectual neutral extend far beyond oneself.  If Christian laymen don’t become intellectually engaged, then we are in serious danger of losing our children.  In high school and college Christian teenagers are intellectually assaulted on every hand by a barrage of anti-Christian philosophies and attitudes.”
Published on the first page of the Apologetics Resource Center May/June 2002 Newsletter.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Thoughts from James Boice

The great hymns of the church are on the way out.  They are not gone entirely, but they are going.  And in their place have come trite jingles that have more in common with contemporary advertising ditties than the psalms.  The problem here is not so much the style of the music, though trite words fit best with trite tunes and harmonies.  Rather it is with the content of the songs.  The old hymns expressed the theology of the Bible in profound and perceptive ways and with winsome memorable language.  Today's songs are focused on ourselves.  They reflect our shallow or nonexistent theology and do almost nothing to elevate our thoughts about God.
Worst of all are songs that merely repeat a trite idea, word, or phrase over and over again.  Songs like this are not worship, though they may give the churchgoer a religious feeling.  They are mantras, which belong more in a gathering of New Agers than among the worshiping people of God.
Dr. James Montgomery Boice, quoted by Elisabeth Elliot Gren, 1998
cited in Cedar Rapids, Iowa Maranatha Bible Church newsletter, 2/98

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Random Apostasies and Heresies

Catching up with things around home, I find it is already time to post a random collection  exposing false teachers and other ways of blaspheming the Church.
Just to demonstrate even the cults have their apostate followers, this short article was in the June 4th Cedar Rapids, IA Gazette:   
SALT LAKE CITY - More than 300 Mormon church members who are not gay drew shouts of approval and tears from spectators while marching in the Utah Gay Pride Parade in downtown Salt Lake City.  The Mormons say they sought to send a message of love to Utah's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community by joining the annual parade Sunday. Their participation marked the first time such a large group of Mormons took part in the parade, organizers said.  The Mormons, dressed in their Sunday best, included fathers carrying their children on their shoulders and mothers pushing strollers.  Nevin Munson, 13, carried a sign that said: 'Love thy neighbor as thyself.' 'I'm very saddened by the amount of hate in the world,' he said. 'I don't believe in that - they're humans.' 
Everyone seems to be joining the homosexualist bandwagon!
Some Roman Catholics keep getting farther and farther away from the truth to where they are even farther away from it than the Church itself!  While the teaching of the “Virgin Mary” as being co-redemptrix and co-mediatrix with Jesus has been unofficially official for many years, now there is a petition to declare this as dogma, with Mary being proclaimed the “spiritual mother” of all people.  And the “Mary” who wants this says if this happens she will intercede for God to send the Holy Spirit for a “second Pentecost.”  I agree with Pastor Ken Silva - it sounds like blackmail on the part of “Mary.”
Steve Bricker has another excellent, thought-provoking post about worship issues.  Are we giving honor only according to our own terms?
Miles McPherson, a goatherd in San Diego is having a porn star speak at his mega-church - and it’s the second time!  The porn star is not a believer, participates in paid debauchery which has ruined the lives of thousands of people who get sucked into the web of pornography, and yet this “church” leader is turning over his pulpit to a porn star!  A promotional poster declares, “Jesus Loves Porn Stars.”  The only problem with that is, yes, the Lord loves all people, but He doesn’t accept them as unrepentant rebels against God, as this poster intimates.  I find it difficult to believe true Christians would be attending this place.  Pastor Ken Silva has more about this subject.
Ed Young and T.D. Jakes are now sharing their heresy together on that wonderful TV bastion of heresy, TBN’s “Praise the Lord.”  These two heretics spend time as a mutual admiration society.  If you are following these guys, you are not learning the truth.
Speaking of Jakes, this man seems to be more narcissistic than President Obama!  He is celebrating 35 years in the “SINistry” with a huge event which includes even a Playboy model!  If you want to attend this show, it will only cost you a minimum of $150. [Links gone by 12/16/16]
Another book of false teachings seems to be the latest fad among the non-discerning.  This one is titled, “The Harbinger,” by Jonathan Cahn.  I was recently asked to view a video by Cahn, about Isaiah 9:10, and how it prophecies against the U.S.A.  It was a 2-DVD series, but after half-way through the first one I had to stop watching because I was so frustrated with the abuse of Scripture and the implication of the USA being under a special covenant with God as was Israel.  This week I first read of his book, which is essentially the same nonsense in a supposed novel form.  The first review I came across was by Pastor Larry DeBruyn on the “Herescope” apologetics blog, and I immediately recognized the plot from the video.  Yesterday I received this month’s issue of the Berean Call with a review by T.A. McMahon.  Both these reviews are fairly lengthy, but if you want something shorter and to the main point, Pastor Gary Gilley has just the ticket.  This book is not worth your time or money if you are looking for proper biblical teaching.
One of the blogs I follow had a link to an article in Christianity Today (more properly titled “Christianity Astray”) which gives a good background as to why the Church is in its current state of “juvenilization.”  Something to think about and seriously work on fixing!
Believe it or not, there are more ways to commercialize God’s Word.  Publishers are so bent on making money off of God that they are making Bibles be more entertainment so you don’t actually have to read them.  Zondervan long ago left any semblance of trying to remain orthodox; now they have the “Playful Puppies Bible,” as well as the “Curious Kittens Bible” to go along with their “Stock Car Racing Bible” and all their other “sports” Bibles, etc.
Many people in homosexual-friendly goat-pens use the line that polygamy is a valid marriage practice in the Bible, which supposedly proves that marriage can be defined any way we want to.  I found this very good article refuting this claim and explaining that polygamy is really a “sordid tale” in Scripture.
Finally, an issue I have addressed in the past is the idea of generational curses.  R.C. Sproul has a good, short article refuting the notion of “familial curses.”

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Christian Living

I found this to be an interesting description of Christians
But with us there is no desire of vainglory, nor do we indulge in a variety of opinions. For having renounced the popular and earthly, and obeying the commands of God, and following the law of the Father of immortality, we reject everything which rests upon human opinion. Not only do the rich among us pursue our philosophy, but the poor enjoy instruction gratuitously; for the things which come from God surpass the requital of worldly gifts. Thus we admit all who desire to hear, even old women and striplings; and, in short, persons of every age are treated by us with respect, but every kind of licentiousness is kept at a distance. And in speaking we do not utter falsehood. It would be an excellent thing if your continuance in unbelief should receive a check; but, however that may be, let our cause remain confirmed by the judgment pronounced by God. Laugh, if you please; but you will have to weep hereafter. ...  As for those who wish to learn our philosophy, we do not test them by their looks, nor do we judge of those who come to us by their outward appearance; for we argue that there may be strength of mind in all, though they may be weak in body. 
Address of Tatian the Assyrian (AD 110-172) to the Greeks, chapter 32, from Ante-Nicene Fathers, Volume 2.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Random Apostasies and Heresies

I haven’t had much time to do research and writing this week, and here it is already time for a “Random” post!  As usual, there are things that all you can do is shake your head at with incredulity.  But these are also things which should be exposed for their fraudulent nature so as to alert the sheep to the wolves on the prowl.
One of my favorite sites for leaning about some of the worst of Christianity, is the Museum of Idolatry.” This week they have had some doozies.  Take a look at how various churches blaspheme the Lord: [All links to Museum of Idolatry are gone by 12/16/16 - site was moved.  However, I thought the descriptions in the following paragraphs would give my readers an idea of the topics.]
1.  An example of entertainment mentality of apostate churches has been those who presented some sort of show about the Titanic for their Easter services (I posted some previously).  The Museum found another one that happened.  Do these people know what a Bible is?

2.  The many attempts to woo the world get to be more and more sexualized.  Check out this logo for a women’s fitness class.
3.  And of course when you have an entertainment mentality, your church becomes more of a circus than a place for worshiping together.  I wonder about all the time and money put into these productions - aren’t there ministries in need which would benefit from the money and time wasted on these?
4.  Sex has been big topic of sermons over the past year, and I have reported on many of these sensual sermons and the advertisements for them.  Here’s another example of how sex sells.

5.  But wait!  Ladies now have the opportunity to learn how much God wants them to be self-focused and narcissistic.  This conference took place in St. Louis.  How does this help women to become spiritually mature?
6.  Then there is this Canadian assembly which has found the right way to dance for yourself during the service.  Can anyone tell me what this has to do with the Christian faith?
The subtitle of this site is, appropriately, “Articles of Apostasy.”  The more of this site I see, the more sorrow I feel for those who are lost but are being fed garbage.

Not to be outdone by American “goatherds,” the U.K. has a fire-breathing vicar.  It gets harder and harder to find churches where the Word of God is taught without theatrics.

Dallas Theological Seminary professors have been slowly sliding to the Emergent movement, which has caused much consternation among alumni.   Sadly, a story from Apprising Ministries tells us some of the faculty are now recommending a book by a Romanist mystic.  It just keeps getting worse.
Apprising ministries also reports this week about goatherd Mark Driscoll preaching at heretic Steven Furtick’s church.  Driscoll continues to demonstrate his total lack of discernment, and the reason I say he is not fit to be a pastor.
Meanwhile, Herescope had another episode examining teachings of Chuck Missler.  
And, finally, Steve Bricker had a couple of real thought-provoking articles this week about worship.  First, there was an article about “Worship Innovations,” and the problem with the desire to add new features to our worship.  He has some good questions which should be considered before adding new stuff.  The other article is about whether God would even want such innovations.  Perhaps if “seeker-sensitive,” entertainment-oriented assemblies would consider what Steve has to say, they might just leave their philosophy behind!