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

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Some Things for Edification, Some to Just Think About

Interesting information about the angel Gabriel.

Steve Bricker has an excellent study of the Holy Spirit’s work in Acts, and some lessons about it.

Did Paul pray for the dead?  An excellent article examining one of the “proof” texts used by Roman Catholicism to defend the false doctrine of purgatory.

When Christians Act Like Mormons.  Think about your evangelistic ideology.

The tragedy of Biblical illiteracy and the remedy needed.

A very interesting article about “cross-heresy addiction.”  I’ve known many people like this, who jump from one false teaching to another, and I have learned it isn’t unusual for those leaving one cult to fall in with another.

I can fully empathize with Michelle, and agree with her responses!  (Except that the command against women teaching men is in the context of the assembly, not on blogs, books, etc.  Woman can certainly teach men outside of the assembly.)

The Arian Snare  — prevalent in too many “churches” today.


Anonymous said...

I agree with the article outlining the profanity culture amongst us. It certainly is a toxic shock when we hear these things publicly spoken.

What concerns me as a believer, is the growing sex talk amongst evangelicals, especially men within the church. The growing comments I hear from men regarding female bodies and the sexual comments I hear in small groups and in passing conversations, grieve my soul, for Christians are supposed to be better than those we point out as pagans.

We attended a marriage Bible study for a short time, and I had to quit attending for the unwholesome talk regarding sex issues was way over the top in not honoring our LORD, especially against the wife/women. It was absolutely disgusting, and in a church building no less.

It is no wonder the Mark Driscoll's of the religious world are alive and well within the apostate church. Our LORD must be grieved as well.

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

Good morning anonymous,

Yes, that is a huge problem. These young super-star "pastors" think being like the world is cool. And the real problem is that the younger people agree that it's cool and flock to these goat-pens and never really learn the Gospel or learn discipleship. These "cool" goat-herds are a blight on the Church.

Anonymous said...

Hi Glenn,

Thanks for the Biblical clarification regarding Michelle Lesley's post on discernment. Far too often, the prohibition against women teaching men *in the context of the assembly* is extended to mean exactly the error you refuted.

Also agree fully with Anon's and your comments about the vulgar talk/conduct of hipster "pastors" and believers alike. Both of you are dead on. MD has been a serious problem for many, many years, but I fear he was tolerated because he said enough correct reformed buzz words. That and I've always wondered if the men who promoted and enjoyed Driscoll also secretly enjoyed the filth that he projected. Only the Lord knows their hearts, but I admit, that did cross my mind.

So thankful my husband was repulsed the very first time he was exposed to Driscoll.