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, November 17, 2018

Does Your Church Have a Sense of Threshold?


Church architecture varies. Every church building communicates some kind of nonverbal message. In the past, the Gothic cathedral was designed to focus attention on God’s transcendence. The use of high ceilings, vaulted space, towers, and spires all served to communicate that in this building, people met with the holy. While some contemporary church buildings still use spires and vaulted ceilings to suggest God’s awesome holiness, other church buildings have been designed to create a fellowship facility. These churches can look more like town meeting halls or even theaters. In some of these churches, the sanctuary becomes a stage, and the congregation becomes an audience. The trend may be seen as a profanation of sacred space to remove any discomfort suggested by the presence and the terror of our holy God. In these settings people are comfortable with other people as they enjoy fellowship with one another. What is often lost in these functional church designs is the profound sense of threshold. A threshold is a place of transition. It signals a change from one realm to another.

R.C. Sproul, The Holiness of God, pg.212

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Holiness vs. Purity


We are so accustomed to equating holiness with purity or ethical perfection that we look for the idea when the word holy appears. When things are made holy, when they are consecrated, they are set apart unto purity. They are to be used in a pure way. They are to reflect purity as well as simple apartness. Purity is not excluded from the idea of the holy; it is contained within it. But the point we must remember is that the idea of the holy is never exhausted by the idea of purity. It includes purity but is much more than that. It is purity and transcendence. It is a transcendent purity.

R.C. Sproul, The Holiness of God, pg.39

Monday, November 12, 2018

And Another DVD Give Away!


This DVD is essentially “Mormonism 101.” It has some historical background of Mormonism and compares Joseph Smith’s teachings with the teachings of Jesus Christ, examining many Mormon doctrines. I used to have many of these and now have only two left.  (There is a book by the same title which includes this DVD if you like hard copy, and is available from the mission noted on the back of the DVD cover. Essentially, this is a video version of the book.)


As with previous materials I’ve given away, this offer is only for those in the U.S.A. — due to postage costs elsewhere!  You can comment on this post requesting it with your address (comments are moderated and your address will not be posted) or you can email me your address at jude3.gctwm@yahoo.com.  As always, I determine the “winner” by what comes in my inbox first, and I will notify you either by return email or by a comment on the post. (Be patient for a response; I’m not on the computer all the time.)

Saturday, November 10, 2018

What Does “Holy” Mean?


The primary meaning of holy is “separate.” It comes from an ancient word that means “to cut,” or “to separate.” To translate this basic meaning into contemporary language would be to use the phrase “a cut apart.” Perhaps even more accurate would be the phrase “a cut above something.” When we find a garment or another piece of merchandise that is outstanding, that has a superior excellence, we use the expression that it is “a cut above the rest.”

God’s holiness is more than just separateness. His holiness is also transcendent. The word transcendence means literally “to climb across.” it is defined as “exceeding usual limits.” To transcend is to rise above something, to go above and beyond a certain limit. When we speak of the transcendence of God, we are talking about that sense in which God is above and beyond us. Transcendence describes His supreme and absolute greatness. The word is used to describe God’s relationship to the world. He is higher than the world. He has absolute power over the world. The world has no power over Him. Transcendence describes God in His consuming majesty, His exalted loftiness. It points to the infinite distance that separates Him from every creature. He is an infinite cut above everything else. 

When the Bible calls God holy, it means primarily that God is transcendentally separate. He is so far above and beyond us that He seems almost totally foreign to us. To be holy is to be “other,” to be different is a special way.

R.C. Sproul, The Holiness of God, pg.37-38

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Another DVD Give Away!


This DVD is a good examination comparing the Bible to Joseph Smith’s teachings, testing each by the same standards. I have given away many in the past and still have four copies.


As with previous materials I’ve given away, this offer is only for those in the U.S.A. — due to postage costs elsewhere!  You can comment on this post requesting it with your address (comments are moderated and your address will not be posted) or you can email me your address at jude3.gctwm@yahoo.com.  As always, I determine the “winner” by what comes in my inbox first, and I will notify you either by return email or by a comment on the post. (Be patient for a response; I’m not on the computer all the time.)

Monday, November 5, 2018

Define Your Terms — God


It is theologically fallacious to believe that those who reject the biblical Christ and call God by some other designation are worshipping the God of the Bible, the true and living God. God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Thus any person’s definition of God that excludes the Son (and the Spirit) as God in the biblical sense results in that person’s denial of the true and living God.

Steven Tsoukalas, Knowing Christ in the Challenge of Heresy, pg. xxiii, footnote 29

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Good, Bad, and Ugly

The Good:
Did Jesus Approve of Homosexuality? The answer is, of course, no he did not. Be sure to read the 5 sermons by Pastor Don Green to which this article links.

A great article debunking the whole Mariolatry of the Roman Catholic Church.

Good, concise analysis of “The Message.”


I’ve known that “Holy Ghost” in old English (e.g., KJV) wasn’t as accurate as “Holy Spirit,” but I never knew why.  Now I know!


Great reference source to articles about the KJV Only movement.

The Bad and/or Ugly
The Pope really, really needs to butt out of politics/social gospel and stick to his RCC, which needs a whole lot of correction and cleaning up! The “migrants” are an invading army — PERIOD!

Roman Catholic colleges need to be held accountable by the Roman Catholic Church. Having perversions as entertainment SHOULD go against Catholic teachings.


You can’t make this stuff up!

And you can’t make this stuff up, either!

Nor can you make this stuff up.

The previous three examples are what the apostate “church” looks like. They are not Christian assemblies, and their leaders are satanic wolves.

Then there are the many “churches” who decide to be part of the world for Halloween. Instead of just ignoring the day they have to behave as everyone else!  While reading this article, take a look at what the Church by the Glades has been preaching on— proving again that it is not a church of Christ, but rather a goat-pen for the ignorant. (A closer look at Church by the Glades and their satanic celebration can be found here.)

The abject heresy of the Anglican Church; an Imam preaching a sermon.


Please educate yourself in God’s Word, and use discernment.  The devil is certainly prowling for your loyalty.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Education That is Christian


An article with this post’s headline, by Daniel H. Smith (at the time he was President of Emmaus Bible College), was in The Emmaus Journal, Vol. 1/No.2, Summer 1992.  I thought just the paragraph headlines (and a wee bit of citations) of factors which make education Christian would be enough to provoke thinking about how Christians should be educating their children.

Since I will only be posting the paragraph titles, with a short citation from some of them, I will not use ellipses.  I trust you’ll find them as interesting as did I.

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IT IS BASED ON THE FEAR OF THE LORD: PROVERBS 1:7; 9:10.
An academic world without God is declared to be foolish by Him.

IT IS CHRIST-CENTERED: COLOSSIANS 3:16-17.

IT IS FUNDAMENTALLY AND THOROUGHLY BIBLICAL: 2 TIMOTHY 3:16.

IT IS EXEMPLARY: LUKE 6:39-40.
[E]ducation that is truly Christian will require those in places of leadership to examine the lifestyle of the teacher as well as the content of what is taught. Unsaved people may teach unsaved people Bible content, but in Christian education the teacher must be committed to biblical obedience in his or her life. The Christian teacher must prayerfully desire that the inevitable influence of one’s life will be for the glory of Christ.

IT DEALS WITH BOTH CONTENT AND LIFESTYLE: TITUS 2:12.

IT INVOLVES MORE THAN HUMAN WISDOM: 1 CORINTHIANS 2:13. 

IT INVOLVES THE WHOLE COUNSEL OF GOD: ACTS 20:25-35.

IT STRIVES FOR STANDARDS OF EXCELLENCE: 2 TIMOTHY 1:1,2.
Education that is worthy of the name of Christ is not careless or slipshod!

IT’S GOAL IS ETERNAL: 1 JOHN 2:15-17.