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

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Church and Abuse of Music for Worship

I really wish churches would quit using “radio songs” — songs that are performed for CDs and broadcast and not meant for congregational singing.

A problem is that the congregation has no song book with the music, so we have to try to figure it out while the lyrics are posted.  Of course those who buy the CDs and listen to “Christian” radio know the song, but the rest of us normal people have no clue.

Another problem is that the music is not designed for congregational singing and so can be complex.  One song we did this week is Sovereign Over Us, and the tune for the lyrics was quite like a dirge.  And of course there is the obligatory repetition of what the performing artist (in this case Michael W. Smith) decided needed repeating ad nauseam.

So, how do we learn the tune?  Well, during the offertory the “worship” band (I despise calling a band a “worship band”) played the tune until we thought it would never end.  Then after the offertory we were told of the new song as the lyrics were projected, and were informed that it was what the band had been playing.  Then, after the sermon we sang it again for good measure!

The other “radio” song we sang was Rock of Ages (Jesus is the Rock), which needed the obligatory LOUD band.  Between the volume of the band and the volume of the song-leader’s microphone, you really couldn’t hear the congregation singing — but perhaps that was because only the people who listen to the radio knew it!

At least, for the most part, the lyrics of these songs were okay, but, especially with Rock of Ages…, there was the incessant emotion-manufacturing repetition—exactly what you can expect from a Baloche song.  I had one irritant with the lyrics to Sovereign Over Us: “Your plans are still to prosper.”  Just where does Scripture say that God has ever had plans to prosper us?  That sounds like one of two things:  1) the “prosperity gospel or 2) abusing Jeremiah 29:11. I’m guessing it is an allusion to the latter.

The whole point is that NEITHER of these songs should be used for corporate worship.  They were written for performing and for private listening and should be kept there.

The second thing about abusing music in church is the ideology of singing “karaoke,” either with solo performances or with choirs.  The worst thing about this is that the volume of the recording is always way too loud, making it difficult to hear the singers.  This Sunday I couldn’t understand the vast majority of what the choir was singing because of the loud music.  There have been times when the children sing in front of the congregation and the recorded music is so loud you can’t even hear the children at all!

What is it with the loud volume all the time in churches nowadays?  The assembly we attend has the volume problem about 30% of the time, while others we’ve visited have the problem almost 100% of the time. 

Please, church leaders, stop all this abuse of music!!! It gets to be very wearing.  (We left right after the sermon so as not to be put through the torture of that repeat performance, and an elderly couple came out behind us complaining about how loud it was.)

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Good, Bad, and Ugly

The Good:
A good review of Francis Chan’s book, CrazyLove.  A virtually worthless book.

Does the O.T. law require a woman to marry her rapist?

The apostle Paul was probably a widower.

The Bad and/or Ugly
The Pope idolizes Mary — for real.  Mike Gendron’s comment: Once again the pope is attributing divine attributes to "another Mary" implying that she is omnipresent in her protection of Catholics from the devil. He robs Christ of His honor and power as the Good Shepherd who promises to protect the sheep that He gave His life to save (John 10:1-30). Tragically, many Catholics listen to the voice of the most influential false prophet in the world, "a hired hand and a thief who comes to steal and kill and destroy" (John 1010:10). Not until they hear and believe the voice of the Good Shepherd will they find eternal life and divine protection.
He idolizers her so much that he has created a new feast day to honor her.

DANGER!!  A new movie-based “Bible Study” is heading for your church.

Another movie—and book—to avoid:  A Wrinkle in Time.

Cindy Jacobs and Chuck Pierce — why does anyone listen to these crackpot heretics?!?!?

How bad does Hillsong have to be before our churches quit using their songs?!?

An example of all that is wrong with Hillsong.

Billy Graham’s funeral was by invitation only, and I think it says a lot about his organization when you learn how many false teachers and heretics were invited.

Among other problems with Billy Graham, I just learned that he was for abortion for rape!  As if the child was responsible for the crime and should be punished!  Go to the 11:35 on the video.

Two heretical, lying peas in a pod: Bill Hamon and Sid Roth.  Roth supports such fakery as a direct revelation to Kevin Zadai which says praying in tongues will enrich you!  This last one Jesus plays a soprano saxophone, and other nonsense—such as Jesus played himself out of hell on the saxophone.

Michael Brown promotes heretic Sid Roth, as well as joining him in his false teachings and Word of Faith heresy as he lies about direct revelation from God.

Black Hebrew Israelites” —  a very ugly cult.

The humorous 

Monday, March 12, 2018

A Bit of a Break

I'm a wee bit busy these days, a lot with piping; a few funerals and now St. Patty's day stuff.  But aside from that, I'm going through my library again to clear out some more things that have become redundant. You may have noticed that I've recently given away three DVDs and four books.  I currently have four more books pulled to go through before offering them up.

So if you don't see any apologetics posts for a while, you will see some for offering books or DVDs.  Stay tuned.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Kenneth Copeland—False Christian and Dangerous Wolf

The following quotations are from Hank Hanegraaff’s book, Christianity in Crisis 21st Century. These aren’t all the quotations of Copeland in the book but are enough to demonstrate the abject heretical nature of Kenneth Copeland’s teachings. 

Heaven, God, and the similarity to Mormonism 

“Heaven has a north and a south and an east and a west. Consequently, it must be a planet.”

“Now God is not some creature that stands twenty-eight feet tall, and He’s got hands, you know, as big as basketballs.  That’s not the kind of creature He is . . . He’s very much like you and me.  Can you conceive that? Not hardly in the mind, but your heart can. Your heart can. A Being, a Being that stands somewhere around six-two to six-three, that weighs somewhere in the neighborhood of a couple hundred pounds, little better, [and] has a [hand] span nine inches across.”

“You don’t think earth was first, do you? Huh? Well, you don’t think God made man in His image, and then made earth in some other image? There is not anything under this whole sun that’s new. Are you hearing what I’m saying? This is all a copy. It’s a copy of home. It’s a copy of the Mother Planet. Where God lives, He made a little one just like His and put us on it.” 

“God’s reason for creating Adam was his desire to reproduce himself. I mean a reproduction of himself, and in the garden of Eden he did just that. He was not a little like God. He was not almost like God. He was not subordinate to God, even . . . Adam is as much like Go as you could get, just the same as Jesus . . . Adam, in the garden of Eden, was God manifested in the flesh.”

“God spoke Adam into existence in authority with words (Gen. 1:26-28). These words struck Adam’s body in the face. His body and God were exactly the same size.”

“Adam was made in the image of God. He was as much female as he was male. He was exactly like God. Then God separated him and removed the female part. Woman means ‘man with the womb.’ Eve had as much authority as Adam did as long as they stayed together.”

The powerlessness of God and the control of Satan
God had no avenue of lasting faith or moving in the earth. He had to have covenant with somebody . . . He had to be invited in, in other words, or He couldn’t come . . . God is on the outside looking in. In order to have any say so in the earth, He’s gonna have to be in agreement with a man here.”

“Adam committed high treason; and at that point, all the dominion and authority God had given to him was handed over to Satan. Suddenly, God was on the outside looking in . . .  After Adam’s fall, God found Himself in a peculiar position . . . God needed an avenue back into the earth . . . God laid out His proposition and Abram accepted it. It gave God access to the earth and gave man access to God . . . Technically, if God ever broke the Covenant, He would have to destroy Himself."

“I was shocked when I found out who the biggest failure in the Bible actually is . . .  The biggest one is God . . . I mean, He lost His top-ranking, most anointed angel; the first man He ever created; the first woman He ever created; the whole earth and all the fullness therein; a third of the angels, at least—that’s a big loss, man . . .  Now, the reason you don’t think of God as a failure is He never said He’s a failure. And you’re not a failure till you say you’re one.”

“The Bible says that God gave this earth to the sons of men . . . and when [Adam] turned and gave that dominion to Satan, look where it left God. It left Him on the outside looking in . . . He had no legal right todo anything about it, did He? . . . He had injected Himself illegally onto the earth—what Satan had intended for Him to do was to fall for it—put off an illegal act and turn the light of in God and subordinate God to himself . . . He intended to get God into such a trap that He couldn’t get out.”

“God’s on the outside looking in. He doesn’t have any legal entree into the earth. The thing don’t belong to Him. You see how sassy the devil was in the presence of God in the book of Job? God said, ‘Where have you been?’ Wasn’t any of God’s business. He [Satan] didn’t even have to answer if he didn’t want to . . .  God didn’t argue with him a bit! You see, this is the position that God’s been in . . . Might say, ‘Well, if God’s running things, He’s doing a lousy job of it.’ He hadn’t been running ‘em, except when He’s just got, you know, a little bit of a chance.”

Words are power that even God needs, and turn into whatever is proclaimed by them
“Faith is a power force. It is a tangible force. It is a conductive force.”

“Once that [Abrahamic] covenant was established, God began to release His Word into the earth. He began to paint a picture of a Redeemer, a man who would be the manifestation of His Word in the earth.”

“So before Jesus came to the earth, God spoke His Word and then spoke His Word again. How many times did He say the Messiah was coming? It was prophesied over hundreds, even thousands, of years. He kept saying, ‘He is coming. He is coming.’ The circumstances in the earth made it look as if there was no way He could accomplish it; but He just kept saying it. He would not be moved by what He saw . . .  God would not relent.”

“The angels spoke the words of the covenant to her [Mary]. She pondered them in her heart, and those words became the seed. And the Spirit of God hovered over her and generated that seed, which was the Word that the angel spoke to her. And there was conceived in her, the Bible says, a holy thing. The Word literally became flesh.”

Lies about Jesus’ teachings

[claiming this “prophecy” was given to him by Jesus] “They crucified Me for claiming that I was God. But I didn’t claim I was God; I just claimed I walked with Him [the Father] and that He was in Me.’

“As a believer, you have a right to make commands in the name of Jesus. Each time you stand on the Word, you are commanding God to a certain extent because of His Word.”

Jesus couldn’t be God, because it wouldn’t have been legal for God to be a redeemer
“It’s got to be a man. He’s got to be all man. He cannot be a God and come storming in here with attributes and dignities that are not common to man. He can’t do that. It’s not legal.”

“Now you see, God is injecting His Word into the earth to produce this Jesus—these faith-filled words that framed the image that’s in Him . . . He can’t just walk onto the earth and say, ‘Let it be!’ because He doesn’t have the right.  He had to sneak it in here around the god of this world that was blockin’ every way that he possibly could.”

Jesus went to Hell and was then born again
“Satan didn’t realize he [Jesus] is in there [hell] illegally . . .  This man had not sinned. This man has not fallen out of the covenant of God, and he had the promise of God for deliverance. And Satan fell into the trap. He took Him into hell illegally. He carried Him in there [when] He did not sin.”

“He [Jesus] is suffering all that there is to suffer. There is no suffering left apart from Him. His emaciated, poured out, little wormy spirit is down in the bottom of that thing [hell]. And the devil thinks he’s got Him destroyed.”

“The Word of the living God went down into that pit of destruction and charged the spirit of Jesus with resurrection power! Suddenly His twisted, death-wracked spirit began to fill out and come back to life. He began to look like something the devil had never seen before.”

“He [Jesus] was literally being reborn before the devil’s very eyes. He began to flex His spiritual muscles . . . Jesus was born again—the firstborn from the dead the Word calls Him—and he whipped the devil in his own backyard. He took everything he had away from him. He took his keys and his authority away from him.”

Even worse blasphemy—Copeland could have died in place of Jesus
“The Spirit of God spoke to me. And He said, ‘Son, realize this’—now follow me in this; don’t let your tradition trip you up—He said, ‘Think this way; a twice-born man whipped Satan in his own domain.’ And I threw my Bible down . . . I said, ‘What?!’ He said, ‘A born-again man defeated Satan. The firstborn many brethren defeated him.’ He said, ‘You are the very image and the very copy of that one.’ I said, ‘Goodness gracious sakes alive.’ I began to see what had gone on in there [hell], and I said, ‘Well, now, You don’t mean, You couldn’t dare mean that I could have done the same thing?’ He said, ‘Oh yeah. If you’d known . . . had the knowledge of the Word of God that He did, you could have done the same thing because you’re a reborn man too!’”

There is no defense for such horridly false teaching — no defense whatsoever.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

The Delusion of “Christian Psychology”

There are subtleties and similarities between certain ideas from psychology and Christianity that increase the vulnerability for one to begin thinking and ministering psychologically rather than biblically. The deceitful heart finds its friendliest friend in a psychologized gospel, where the sinful nature of man is given free reign and where sinful speaking can be expressed without restriction, questioning, or proof. That is why Christians must spend time in the Word and in prayer instead of looking for answers to life’s dilemmas outside Scripture and the church. Again, psychotherapy and its underlying psychologies are not science. They are human speculations about the soul, with a pseudo-scientific facade.

There has been so much searching outside of Scripture to find ways to minister to suffering saints that a whole cadre of psychologically trained (or at least psychologically tainted) professionals and lay counselors are prepared to minister the ways of men and the wisdom of men along with Scriptures that appear to support their practice. This is syncretism. Others guilty of false integration are: (1) Christian schools and seminaries that positively promote the use of counseling psychology and/or prepare individuals to become licensed as psychotherapists, especially Christian schools that have programs accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), (2) pastors or others who promote and affirm those psychological ideas and/or refer congregants to psychotherapists, (3) authors and organizations that promote a psychological understanding of man, (4) professing Christians who are deeply committed to this “integration,” which comes from not believing that Scripture is sufficient for life and godliness (2 Pet:1:3).

The delusion nevertheless continues despite this disclosure by members of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies, a group that includes psychologists and psychological counselors who are professing Christians: “We are often asked if we are ‘Christian psychologists’ and find it difficult to answer since we don’t know what the question implies. We are Christians who are psychologists, but at the present time there is no acceptable Christian psychology that is markedly different from non-Christian psychology. It is difficult to imply that we function in a manner that is fundamentally distinct from our non-Christian colleagues….”

Dr. Martin and Deidre Bobgan and T.A. McMahon, PSYCHOLOGY AND PSYCHOTHERAPY (PART 1).