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, November 19, 2019

About Beth Moore

Too much has come to my attention this past week in regards to Beth Moore that I decided to just do a short post on her, and hope that those who follow her teachings might see this and wake up to the truth that Moore is a narcissistic false teacher. 

Not only is Moore a horrid teacher, she’s also not too smart/lacking common sense to be hanging around with heretics and apostates.

And if you were just dying to see Beth’s morning workout….

How can any Christian justify supporting this apostate person?!?

Lifestyles of the mega-rich pastors with estates and private jets: You’ll be shocked to see who is among them (OK it’s Beth Moore)

She has raised a straw man when told that women are not to be leaders in the church nor teaching over men in the assembly
If this (below) is the sort of praise and support Moore gets -- from a rank heretic-- you just KNOW she should be avoided:
Search this blog for articles about Beth Moore and you will not be able to logically come to any other conclusion but that she and her teachings should be avoided as one would avoid any other false teacher.

Monday, November 11, 2019

A Report on Early Christians


They dwell in their own countries simply as sojourners…. They are in the flesh, but they do not live after the flesh. They pass their days on earth, but they are citizens of heaven. They obey the prescribed laws, and at the same time, they surpass the las by their lives. Hey love all men but are persecuted by all. They are unknown and condemned. They are put to death, but [will be] restored to life. They are poor, yet they make many rich. They possess few things; yet, they abound in all. They are dishonored, but in their very dishonor are glorified…. And those who hate them are unable to give any reason for their hatred.

Unknown author, written about 130 A.D., describing Christians to Romans. Cited by David W. Bercot, in Will the Real Heretics Please Stand Up: A New Look at Today’s Evangelical Church in the Light of Early Christianity, pg.16-17

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Does God Create People to Send to Hell?

The title question has been addressed by Calvinists ad nauseam but never really satisfactorily.  They always claim that such a question impeaches God’s name, dishonors him, etc, but such assertions really ignore the teachings of Calvinism.  I know Calvinists who read my blog will chastise me for this post, but they can’t deny the logic. 

I am writing this post because a fellow blogger posted an article last week titled; “Does the God of Love Create People for Eternal Suffering?” and then included as the post the writings which supposedly “proved” the answer to be in the negative.

According to Calvinism, God pre-selected, pre-ordained some of his created people to be the elect, to be saved in Christ, and only those people will be with God in the end.  The rest of mankind, therefore, have been pre-selected to not be pre-ordained to salvation.

Now simple logic says that if you are choosing random people to be the elect while leaving the rest to end up in the created hell for non-believers, then you are defacto creating people simply to send to hell with no chance of learning the gospel or learning anything of God.

One point to make: God created only two people and the rest of mankind came about by procreation. So technically God didn’t create people to go to Hell.  But he allows the procreation of people who will never have a chance to know Christ because God didn’t pre-ordain them. And that really is just as bad as creating people to send to hell.

The Calvinist God is not the God of the Bible, because all through Scripture we see that WE have a choice to accept salvation or refuse it. God in his sovereignty can do that.

Unlike the vast majority of the things I post on this blog, I will not post comments of arguments, denials, railings, etc -- they will be moderated out. I do not argue Calvinism because it is futile and therefore wastes time better used elsewhere.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

The Church’s One Foundation

(My bold, italics) 

The church's one Foundation
is Jesus Christ her Lord;
she is His new creation,
by water and the Word;
from heav'n He came and sought her
to be His holy bride;
with His own blood He bought her,
and for her life He died.

Elect from ev'ry nation,
yet one o'er all the earth,
her charter of salvation,
one Lord, one faith, one birth;
one holy Name she blesses,
partakes one holy food,
and to one hope she presses,
with ev'ry grace endued.

Tho' with a scornful wonder,
men see her sore oppressed,
by schisms rent asunder,
by heresies distressed,
yet saints their watch are keeping,
their cry goes up, "How long?"
And soon the night of weeping
shall be the morn of song.

The church shall never perish!
Her dear Lord, to defend,
to guide, sustain, and cherish,
is with her to the end;
tho' there be those that hate her
and false sons in her pale,
against the foe or traitor
she ever shall prevail.

'Mid toil and tribulation,
and tumult of her war,
she waits the consummation
of peace for evermore;
till with the vision glorious
her longing eyes are blest,
and the great church victorious
shall be the church at rest.

Yet she on earth hath union
with God the Three in One,
and mystic sweet communion
with those whose rest is won.
O happy ones and holy!
Lord, give us grace that we,
like them, the meek and lowly,
on high may dwell with Thee.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Agglomeration

I haven’t had much of a chance to actually write a post; I’ve been recuperating from surgery to repair a rotator cuff injury so sitting down at the computer for more than 20 minutes at a time was too difficult. I’m on the road to recovery; although I am still limited in moving my arm, and there is still a steady ache, I am getting to do more. During the short times spent on the computer have been responding to e-mails and I have also been collecting links for this post. So, hold on to your hats because this is going to be a long one!

The Good - For Education and/or Edification

The importance of complementarianism.  And the danger of the ideology of Beth Moore.

Albert Mohler’s 10 points on Complementarianism.

Are you really a Christian? Do you walk the talk?

Good responses for those who say believing in God is the same as believing in the “Flying spaghetti monster.”

Here’s an excellent article about many false teachings invading the Church.

Does God really have BIG plans for you?



If you missed the “dust up” regarding comment John MacArthur said about false teacher Beth Moore, this article is an excellent examination.  And, here’s a good summation of the sins of Beth Moore.

A very interesting part 3 of Midwest Christian Outreach’s series on angels and demons.

Hey, how do you feel? Alistair Begg: Top ten things I wish worship leaders would stop saying.

HMMMM
Hey KJV Onlyers — how do explain this false teaching?

The “social justice” Christians and their abuse of the word, “prophetic.


Charles Stanley is going off the deep end.

More Wolves and False Teachings
Last week I was asked what I knew about Jen Wilkin. So I Googled her, and the most I could find was that overall her teachings were good but that she was hanging around false teachers.  Well, now I find something which shows she’s much like Beth Moore — an egalitarian who says the Bible has just been misunderstood. AVOID HER!

Is there anything in Scripture that Hillsong won’t pervert?

Cru seriously needs to stop calling themselves a Christian organization and be honest about their anti-Christian, socialist agenda.  What a surprise that former Cru employees describe working for Cru like working for a cult.

Another review of Sarah Young’s horrible Jesus Calling book.


Beth Moore gets worse almost daily. If THIS doesn’t convince you that she’s a false teacher, then nothing will.

Four reasons to NOT be a Catholic.

Too many Christian leaders lack discernment, like those noted in this article, supporting, encouraging, and promoting a rank heretic.

Midwest Christian Outreach’s e-mail for 10/24/19 has this: Currently less than 2% of Western civilization is acting as the thought police for the other 98%. Approximately 1.5-2% of the population is Gay or Gay inclined but substantially less are activists but very engaged activists in changing and enforcing the thoughts of others. A guidance booklet was recently issued to schools in the UK by Stonewall, a LGBT advocacy and rights group. To what purpose? To guide school curriculum in promoting acceptance of LGBT values and behaviors. Not just some but all. English, math, geography, even religious instruction. LGBT activists have even created a 2.5 minutes video for 5 years olds on religion titled, GOD LOVES LGBT+ (A Response to 'One Man, One Woman')
This is insidious, demonic propaganda by those who hate God.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Calvinist Gyrations


Westminster Confession of Faith, Chapter 2, paragraph 1:
He is most loving, gracious, merciful, long-suffering, abundant in goodness and truth, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin, and he is the rewarder of those who diligently seek hm.

Now, that last phrase, which I italicized, is 100% correct by the Bible, but to make it correct for the Calvinists who subscribe to this confession, they need to add: “after God regenerates them because they can’t seek him on their own, regardless of what you THINK the Bible says.”

After all, they add a lot of words to Scripture that they claim is implicit, e.g. John 3:16 really means “that whoever of the elect believes…” or 2 Pet 3:9, “… not wishing for any of the elect to perish…” or Rom.1:16 “everyone of the elect who believes…  And so forth.

They wouldn’t need all these gyrations if they just took the Bible for what it says.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Exposing Error


Exposing error is most unpopular work. But from every true standpoint it is worthwhile work. To our Savior, it means that He receives from us, His blood-bought ones, the loyalty that is His due. To ourselves, if we consider "the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt," it ensures future reward, a thousand-fold. And to souls "caught in the snare of the fowler" – how many of them God only knows – it may mean light and life, abundant and everlasting.

Harry Ironside.


Monday, October 14, 2019

Don't Walk, RUN!!


If your church uses material like this for sermon ideas, run out the door as quickly as you can.

H/T to Amy Spreeman

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Error of Calvinism?


Galatians 3:2,3 substantiate the fact that no person is regenerated or indwelt by the Spirit of God without having believed; that is, faith in the message of Christ is accompanied by the initial entrance of the Holy Spirit into that person’s life. Without faith, there is no Spirit of God. Verse 3 emphasizes that the Galatian believers had “begun” that way. This is devastating to the Calvinist doctrine (presupposition) that one is regenerated by God’s Spirit BEFORE he/she believes.

Ronald C. Merryman, Galations: God’s Antidote to Legalism, pg.38

Monday, October 7, 2019

What Is Justification?


Justification is the act of God whereby He declare believing sinners to be righteous in His sight due to the merits and work of Christ. This act of God brings with it regeneration or the new birth for the believing sinner, so that he consciously becomes aware that he is “alive unto God.”

Ronald C. Merryman, Galations: God’s Antidote to Legalism, pg.28

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Agglomeration

The Good - For Education and/or Edification

The Source of Adventism’s  Physical God.  Reminds one of Mormonism.

Why the Gospel of Thomas is not in the Bible.


Although somewhat lengthy for those who don’t like to read much, Gary Gilley has written an excellent article about the state of the Church and how we got here.

Some interesting history, if you take the time to read it all.

Are there really “ten lost tribes” of Israel?


What are demons? A thought-provoking follow-up on the article “Angels Unawares” which I linked to on August 29th.

HMMMM

Good summation of the teachings of Ravi Zacharias. He’s not really a wolf, but there are some questionable things about his teachings.

Bible Study Fellowship now using “vision casting

Wolves and False Teachings
The Gospel Coalition is about a false gospel.

Another reason why Campus Crusade for Christ, a.k.a. CRU, needs to be avoided: they are promoting the occultic false teaching of Enneagram.  The Enneagram has absolutely NO Christian origins. And if that isn’t enough reason to disassociate with CRU, perhaps this isOr thisOr even this!

Rick Joyner: Not only is he  false teacher deluxe, but he is also grossly ignorant of history when it comes to his “vision.”

Just when you thought Bill Johnson couldn’t get any more ridiculous.

This man’s total lack of discernment proves he should not be a pastor. It looks like he’s been “off base” for a very long time, and yet he’s accepted as a Southern Baptist Pastor?!?

Net Church, led by a wolf who does interviews at his “church.” It appears that this takes place before whatever “worship” services they have. This article is focused on his interview of lesbians—who certainly are NOT Christians (at about 28 minute mark), but I thought his blather about a horrid child’s book demonstrated what sort of “pastor” he is. The couple he first interviewed talked about how THEY pastored a church — yes, a woman “pastor.”  They seemed to think heretic Rob Bell is great, but they also have no clue about what a church is for and totally misrepresent Scripture. The whole video (if you have time to spend listening while doing something else) goes to show what sort of wolves pass for “pastors” and what passes for “churches” today. Beware!

The United Methodist Church continues to demonstrate their apostasy and rebellion against God.

A Bible version I just learned about, and it is one to be avoided: One New Man Bible.  Part of the charismatic, Hebrew Roots Movement nonsense.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

“The Message” is a Mess


To purposely ignore the proper translation of a passage and insert one that has no basis in the original languages in order to undergird a particular point of view is about the most dangerous thing that I can imagine. The only thing more concerning would be to discover large segments of  the evangelical community being incapable of discerning this kind of problem -- and not caring.

Gary E. Gilley, This Little Church Stayed Home: A faithful church in deceptive times, Pg.99-100 discussing “The Message” “translation.”

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Only the Word Can Build Christians


We can tell inspiring stories, sing beautiful or peppy music, fill our calendars full of social events, professionalize our program and provide small groups for every conceivable interest, but if the Scripture is not diligently, systematically and correctly taught, Christ’s people will not be equipped and the body will not be built up, period.  There are no exceptions to this mandate. The church must proclaim the word of truth -- it must be the utmost priority.  Congregations which focus on techniques, programs and entertainment, at the expense of the centrality of the Word, may build large followings but they will not build the church of God. Programs, drama and entertainment may amuse, soothe, inspire and stir the emotions, but they will not build Christians. Only the Word can do that.

Gary E. Gilley, This Little Church Stayed Home: A faithful church in deceptive times, pg.58

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Personal Bible Notes: 2nd Corinthians and Galatians


(Refer to my 9/25/18 post about the margin notes in my Bible, and why I decided to share them on this blog.)

2nd Corinthians

1:1: Paul was an apostle by God’s will, not his own.

1:22:  The Christian HAS the Holy Spirit.
2:17: The words of the Apostles are as from God.

3:7: “chiseled in letters on stones” — the Ten Commandments.
3:11: The Ten Commandments (i.e. the Law) are fading away. Seventh-day Adventists think the Law is still in place.

4:2: If they are unable to come to God (i.e. as Calvinism states), then why must they be blinded?
4:6: Notice that Paul cites Genesis 1 as fact.

5:5: The Spirit is our downpayment for our new body.
5:8: Absent from the body, i.e. at death, is at home with the Lord.

10:1: Speaking of his time on earth.
10:8 Apostolic authority given by God.

11:3: “serpent deceived Eve” — Paul treats this as factual history.

12:1-5: If this is Paul, then why vs 5? To whom is he referring?
12:14: Parents are obligated to save up for their children? Is this a command? For what purpose?

13:11: “be restored” - i.e, “mend your ways.”
13:13: This is a trinitarian benediction!

Galatians

1:1: “quickly turning away… See cf Exodus 32:8
1:8: Notice that Paul does not say an “angel from God,” for God would not send an angel with a false gospel.
1:12: Paul received his teaching directly from Christ.
1:19: James is the bonafide brother of Jesus, meaning he was born of Joseph and Mary.

2:14: quotations stop at 15, but quite possibly should include all the way to vs.21.
2:21: “I do not set aside…” i.e., nullify, neglect.

4:4: “born of woman” implies Mary’s virginity in that Jesus was not born of man.

5:15: “bite” — as a snake.
5:22-26: One’s fruit if controlled by the Spirit.

6:6: Demonstrates approval of paid clergy, contrary to the teaching of some cults.
6:8: “sows to his flesh.” i.e. spending on self.
6:16: “Israel of God” — i.e. Christians.