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 17, 2018

Are You a “Whatever” Person?


Yet most probably the greatest danger in the coming generations will not be in the extremes but in the soft center of almost-anything-goes, amiable accommodationism of current Evangelicalism. As in the time of the prophet Elijah, the postmodern church has become a breeding ground for the undecided, for fence sitters, for people who want to have their cake and eat it too, and so for syncretists who have forgotten the meaning of the word. There are too many Christians weary of taking a stand because they are so wary of repeating the mistakes of the past.  They have become “whatever” people, those who hedge their bets and watch from the sidelines to see who will win the contest on the Mount Carmels of our day.

Os Guinness, Impossible People, pg.111

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Watch Out for “Brave New Christians”


The greatest scholars of our age, liberal and not only conservative, along with the united voices of the greatest scholars of all the ages, have shown beyond all reasonable doubt that the Bible is plainly opposed to homosexual behavior, just as it is to all heterosexual sexual behavior outside of marriage—and they are confirmed in their conclusion by the majority of homosexual scholars themselves.  Yet our brave new Christians trust in their own brilliant reinterpretations and serve their own interests without a qualm.  Thomas Jefferson trembled when he pondered on slavery and remembered that God was just. It is surely time for some Christians to tremble when we read and hear the casual twisting and discarding of Scripture by those who still claim to be faithful. There is a rottenness in the church that must be addressed. Christians too need to return and stand humbly and obediently with all their fellow believers before the lordship and authority of Jesus Pantocrator, ruler, sustainer and judge of all the world.

Os Guinness, Impossible People, pg.110

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Three Questions to Always Ask


There are always essential questions too ask of anyone we hear or anything we read. What is being said? Is it true? And what of it? All three questions are discounted in our modern age of information, but as Christians we must never allow the truth question to be removed from its central place. To be sure, faithfulness is costly in the short term. It is upstream and against the flow, and the flow that was once politically correct can suddenly become a raging and life-threatening intolerance. But costly though that stand may be, it is never as costly as the long-term price of rejecting the authority of Jesus and abandoning the way of life in the gospel. Our Lord warned of that very danger: “Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Mt10:28). 

Os Guinness, Impossible People, pg.73-74

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Good, Bad, and Ugly

The Good:

Excellent article about the Roman Catholic Eucharist.  If you haven’t read my article on this topic, you might also find it to be of value.


The Bad:
The Gospel Coalition often surprises me with apostate ideas. Now they think church should be a “safe space” for homosexuals.

The Roman Catholic propaganda movie, The Passion of the Christ, is having a sequel made.  I’m sure it won’t be any more of a solid biblical presentation than the original.  I think I’ll save my money and read the book. For another review of “The Passion…”, this one is much more thorough mine.

Uh boy, the nonsensical Enneagram is coming back in style.

Jen Hatmaker and “de-conversion” stories.

A church of the apostate ELCA denomination is assisting an Islamic terrorist organization!! 

The Ugly:
A good history of the Roman Catholic doctrine of indulgences.  It’s a long read, but very informative.


The Episcopal Church continues to demonstrate its totally apostate condition.

At the source of the New Apostolic Reformation is the late Bob Jones — and this short video shows what a false teacher/prophet he was.

Paula White — this woman is spiritually dangerous!!!  And this is who supposedly led President Trump to Christ.  I really doubt that Trump has a true understanding of the Gospel.

This is beyond words — only shock and amazement at such stupidity.  I guess when you have an agenda, anything goes.

Finally, more proof that not only is Perry Noble not qualified to be a pastor, but it’s extremely doubtful that he is even a Christian.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

SIGH!


Why is it that the bands (whether small or large) which perform during the gathering of the saints in the assembly on Sundays (or any day) are called “worship bands,” or “praise bands” (or instead of “bands” they are called “teams,” but with the same prefix)?  They aren’t any of those prefixes —they are just bands or music teams.  “Worship” and “praise” covers more (and should cover all) of the activities in “church.”

Well, that’s just an aside.  This post is about more pap being sung in the assembly.  Here are two we used this week (at least we also sang two old hymns!).

Our God Saves
By Brenton Brown and Paul Baloche.

In the name of the Father, in the name of the Son
In the name of the Spirit, Lord, we come
We're gathered together to lift up Your Name
To call on our Savior to fall on Your grace

In the name of the Father, in the name of the Son
In the name of the Spirit, Lord, we come
We're gathered together to lift up Your Name
To call on our Savior to fall on Your grace
To call on our Savior, to fall on Your grace

Hear the joyful sound of our offering
As Your saints bow down, as Your people sing
We will rise with You, lifted on Your wings
And the world will see that

Our God saves, our God saves
There is hope in Your name
Our God saves, our God saves
There is hope in Your name

[repeat all the above after the obligatory bridge for the band performance]

Mourning turns to songs of praise
Our God saves, our God saves
Our God saves, our God saves.

Why must we always go around and around repeating the text of the lyrics?  I realize the artists singing these songs on their CDs are doing this, but that doesn’t mean the congregation should be performing these songs as if we are on stage!

Think about this part of the song;
Hear the joyful sound of our offering
As Your saints bow down, as Your people sing
We will rise with You, lifted on Your wings

So our offering gives a joyful sound as we bow down and sing, and this makes us rise with God?!?  Really. And “lifted” on His “wings”?!?  What is this supposed to mean? I wonder about these song writer—do they think about what they are writing or are they just trying some way of making rhymes? Or to make the emotions get all sappy?

Let’s look at the next one:

Give Us Clean Hands
By Charlie Hall

We bow our Hearts
We bend our knees
Oh Spirit come make us humble
We turn our eyes from evil things
Oh Lord we cast down our idols

So give us clean hands
Give us pure hearts
Let us not lift our souls to another
Give us clean hands
Give us pure hearts
Let us not lift our souls to another
And God let us be
A generation that seeks
That seeks your face
Oh God of Jacob
And God let us be
A generation that seeks
That seeks your face
Oh God of Jacob

We bow our Hearts
We bend our knees
Oh Spirit come make us humble
We turn our eyes from evil things
Oh Lord we cast out our idols

So give us clean hands
Give us pure hearts
Let us not lift our souls to another
Give us clean hands
Give us pure hearts
Let us not lift our souls to another
And God let us be
A generation that seeks
That seeks your face
Oh God of Jacob
And God let us be
A generation that seeks
That seeks your face
Oh God of Jacob

So give us clean hands
Give us pure hearts
Let us not lift our souls to another
Give us clean hands
Give us pure hearts
Let us not lift our souls to another
And God let us be
A generation that seeks
That seeks your face
Oh God of Jacob
And God let us be
A generation that seeks
That seeks your face
Oh God of Jacob
Oh God of Jacob

We bow our hearts to you

And we had a wee bit more repetition than shown here! Does it make the song better to have so much repetition?  Does it make a stronger point of what is asked of God?  Or does this sort of fit into “vain repetition” in our prayer?  I think it does!

Again, this is nothing better than pap.  Why can’t the song leaders quit trying to be like every seeker-sensitive/market-driven assembly and give their congregations meat!! Please, you men who are in church leadership and you who lead the music, don’t treat your congregations like spiritual babies!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Another Hillsong Pap Song


This song was used in our assembly a couple weeks ago, and I finally got a chance to examine the lyrics. The author of the lyrics has enough problems as it is, being very ecumenical in her ideology and singing for the Pope.

So let’s dissect this song a wee bit:

Worthy Is The Lamb (Thank You for the Cross)
Hillsong Worship, Songwriter: Darlene Joyce Zschech

Thank you for the cross, Lord
Thank you for the price You paid
Bearing all my sin and shame
In love You came
And gave amazing grace

I’m always amazed at how much Christians virtually worship the cross on which Jesus was crucified.  It wasn’t the cross which brought our salvation!  God could have used any other method of execution, because Jesus didn’t really pay for our sin by the punishment of the cross, but rather the punishment of God and by dying to pay for our sins. 

Thank you for this love, Lord
Thank you for the nail pierced hands
Washed me in Your cleansing flow
Now all I know
Your forgiveness and embrace

Worthy is the Lamb
Seated on the throne
Crown You now with many crowns
You reign victorious

High and lifted up
Jesus Son of God
The Darling of Heaven crucified
Worthy is the Lamb
Worthy is the Lamb

Here we use the KJV “darling,” a word which has a whole different connotation nowadays, as in a word you call your sweetheart! In KJV it means “only one.”  When “darling” is used in a modern song like this, it really slants to the “Jesus is my boyfriend” genre. 

Thank you for the cross, Lord (thank you)
Thank you for the price You paid
Bearing all my sin and shame
In love You came
And gave amazing grace

Thank you for this love, Lord
Thank you for the nail pierced hands
Washed me in Your cleansing flow
Now all I know
Your forgiveness and embrace

Worthy is the Lamb
Seated on the throne
Crown You now with many crowns
You reign victorious

High and lifted up
Jesus Son of God
The Darling of Heaven crucified
Worthy is the Lamb
Worthy is the Lamb
Worthy is the Lamb
Worthy is the Lamb

Worthy is the Lamb
Seated on the throne
Crown You now with many crowns
You reign victorious

High and lifted up
Jesus Son of God
The Darling of Heaven crucified
Worthy is the Lamb
Worthy is the Lamb
Worthy is the Lamb
Worthy is the Lamb
Worthy is the Lamb
Worthy is the Lamb
Worthy is the Lamb
Worthy is the Lamb

Notice the inane repetition!  This may be a fine song for personal listening, but it is NOT for congregational singing!  The intent of the last half of this song is obviously to manufacture emotions.  

This pap does NOT belong in the assembly for worship—NOTHING associated with Hillsong should ever be used in the assembly.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Pope is Defiant in His Coronation of Mary


The following article is by Mike Gendron, from the February 2018 email Proclaiming the Gospel news:

One of the purposes of this ministry is to expose any religious doctrines, practices, or traditions that oppose or nullify the Word of God, so that people can discern truth from error and not be deceived. We seek to be obedient to the apostle Paul's exhortation: "Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them" (Eph. 5:11). That being said, we must expose the ongoing idolatry that takes place within Roman Catholicism.

The "infallible" head of the apostate church of Rome has taken another defiant step in his rebellion against God and His Word. Ignoring the commandments of God, Pope Francis placed a golden crown on the head of a statue of Mary during his visit to Chile last month. The commandment is clearly stated, "You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God" (Exodus 20:4-5). 

The coronation took place during the sacrifice of a Eucharistic Christ in Santiago, where tens of thousands watched. The pope placed a crown on the head of the Christ child, and then also on the head of Mary. The statue is known as "Our Lady of Mount Carmel," and the patron saint and Queen of Chile. In his address, the pope called Mary the true mother of all the living who intercedes for all men as an advocate of grace and queen of mercy, Then he prayed, "Lord, look kindly upon these your servants, who by adorning with a visible crown the image of the mother of Your Son, recognize Your Son as King of the universe and invoke the virgin as queen."  The pope "blessed" the crowns and then stood before the statue, swinging a smoking censer of incense. Watch the video here.

The Roman Catholic leader also spoke to Chilean youth telling them that the "Our Lady of Carmel waits for you and welcomes you with an open heart."

Prior to his departure from Italy, the pope visited the Basilica of Saint Mary Major, where he prayed before the image of Maria Salus Populi Romani to entrust his endeavor to Mary. Vatican News reports that he additionally placed a bouquet of flowers on the altar below the icon. Francis had also observed the annual feast day called "The Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God" on Jan. 1, claiming that "devotion to Mary is not spiritual etiquette; it is a requirement of the Christian life." 

When asked by the Christian News Network to comment on the pope's latest acts of idolatry and blasphemy, I responded with the following observations to warn people of this grave deception:

Catholics place an inordinate amount of emphasis on Mary, and wrongly ascribe attributes to her that only belong to God.
The pope's crowning of the statue of Mary continues Roman Catholicism's fascination with 'another' Mary that has been given the title Queen of Heaven. The only reference to the "Queen of Heaven" in the Bible occurred when the Jews were offering sacrifices to a pagan goddess and, in doing so, mocked the goodness of God (Jeremiah 44:15-23).The pope crowned a statue of Mary because she is said to be the queen over all things. Mary holds a very exalted position in the Roman Catholic Church, so much so that she is venerated as a goddess. This is blasphemy because the Catholic Mary has been given divine attributes that only God possesses. The emphasis on Mary by Catholics not only robs Christ of His glory, honor and praise but diverts them from worshipping God in truth.

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) Mary is 'the all-holy ever-virgin Mother of God' (CCC, 721), the 'Queen over all things' (CCC, 966), our 'Advocate, Helper, Benefactress, and Mediatrix' (CCC, 969), who is 'full of grace' (CCC, 722), the 'Mother of God and our mother' (CCC, 2677), the 'new Eve' (CCC, 726), and the 'seat of wisdom' (CCC, 721). Catholic doctrine also teaches that Mary "had no original sin (CCC, 508), and never committed sin (CCC, 493). She is second only to her Son (Vatican II, Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, par. 66) and sits 'on the right hand of the majesty on high' (Pope Pius X, Ad Diem Illum Laetissimum, 14). In fact, 'no man can go to Christ but by His Mother' (Pope Leo 13th, Octobri Mense). The Catechism also teaches that Mary "delivers our souls from death" (CCC, 966) and "continues to bring us the gifts of eternal salvation" (CCC, 969) through her intercession.

It is no wonder Catholics exalt Mary so highly based on their religious tradition. It is my prayer that Catholics will submit to the supreme authority of the Bible and test every teaching and tradition with God's Word. The Bible exhorts all of us 'not to exceed what is written" (1 Cor. 4:6). Read the complete interview here.