Saturday, December 16, 2017
Good, Bad, and Ugly
Just last week I had a discussion about this topic with Pulpit & Pen on Facebook. I came to the very same conclusion as does Michelle! No, a nativity scene is NOT idolatry.
A fellow blogger pointed me to this excellent resource for responding to skeptics. I skimmed a lot of areas and there are a few places where I disagree with the author (such as the Sabbath and whether it was ever for Christians), but overall I think it is beneficial.
Another excellent resource is “Answering Catholic Claims.” This blogger does excellent work exposing the false teachings of Roman Catholicism.
Alexander Hislop’s book, The Two Babylons, published in 1858, is a favorite text of KJV Onlyers and other legalists, who very often use Hislop’s material to “prove” that Easter and Christmas — and all the associated decorations, etc — are from pagan origin. As well, the book is a rant against Roman Catholicism but misrepresents a lot about that organization. I used to have my own copy but finally tossed it as being worthless. A good, but short, examination of Hislop is by Ralph Woodrow. I recommend you order his book, about which you can find information at the bottom of the page of this article.
Christmas time also brings out the myths of pagan origin from many sources. Here’s one helpful source to counter some of the nonsensical claims.
Is Jesus Simply a Retelling of the Horus Mythology?
Wayne Grudem has an excellent article about angels. (even though, as a charismatic, he has many bad teachings)
James White has long been a good apologist (even if he is a 5-point Calvinist), but lately he’s been doing some weird things. Something really surprising is his unqualified support for Michael Brown’s false teachings.
Charismatic Tarot cards and “Christalignment”. This is about as occult and heretical it gets.
A “Top Twenty” list of “Christians” to follow on social media is predominantly a list of false teachers and heretics.
More warnings about Michael Brown, Todd White, et al.
Bethel Redding is really a very ugly institution pretending to be a Christian assembly. And if this isn’t enough information for proof, try this one. Then the plot thickens. And thickens again.