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

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Current offers


Looking for homes for the following (please specify which book, etc, you are wanting):

BOOKS:


Making War in the Heavenlies: A Different Look. (about false and aberrant spiritual warfare)



NON-BOOK Items available:

One copy left of PFO Journal with articles about Todd Bentley and Beth Moore.

Cassette tape of an apologetics conference plenary session, Islam Exposed, taught by Dave Hunt.

Cassette tape of an apologetics conference class: Are the RLDS Christian or Mormon? Taught by Colleen Ralson.

Cassette tape of an apologetics conference class: What Shall We Do with the RLDS church? Taught by Jason R. Smith.

Cassette tape of an apologetics conference class: Witnessing to Masons, taught by Jim Valentine.

Cassette tape of an apologetics conference class: Reasoning From the Scriptures With the Masons, taught by Ron Rhodes.

VHS tape with about 11-13 minute clips showing the demonic nonsense of the old Pensacola/Brownsville Rival, and the false prophecies against Hank Hanegraaff by John Kilpatrick.


As with previous books 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.)

Another Freebie


I found this one at a used book sale back in June 1994, and paid a whole 50 cents for it!

This paperback is just another interesting commentary, among so many I’ve had over the years. It is 308 pages of reading!

As with previous books 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.)

Personal Bible Notes: Acts


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

1:1-2: Jesus personally taught the apostles.
1:11: Jesus will not return secretly.
1:14: Jesus has real brothers.
1:21-22: Requirements for selection as apostles.

2:1: “Pentecost.” The day Moses received the 10 Commandments, 50 days after Passover (7 weeks).
2:11: Tongues are REAL languages, not esoteric angelic languages.
2:38-39: Reflects what comes before: repentance and faith in Christ.

5:12: Signs of the apostles.
5:32: Believers HAVE the Spirit.

8:27: eunuch:  Not permitted in the temple.
8:38-39: Went into the water, i.e. immersion is true baptism.

10:1-6: Notice there was no condemnation for him being a soldier.
10:15: compare with Mark 7:19.

14:3:  Signs authenticated the apostles.
14:17: Unbelievers have no excuse.

16: 4: Jerusalem leadership is authoritative.
16:30-31: Message is to all, accepted by faith, baptism followed salvation.

17: 27: God wants and allows all people to seek Him.
17: 30: God commands all to repent, contrary to Calvinism saying man is unable to do so. Command to means able.

20:29: Wolves will be in the assembly.



Monday, March 18, 2019

Bible Studies?


Churches have gradually shifted away from offering basic Bible study in favor of studies that are topical or devotional, adopting formats that more closely resemble a book club discussion than a class that teaches Scripture.

Jen Wilkin, “Let Bible Studies Be Bible Studies,” Christianity Today, March 2017, pg.26

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Rub in the Salt


In such a [Romans 1] world we are to share the gospel, including its severe warnings and admonitions. We must not shy away from rubbing salt into the wounds, denouncing what is wrong and sinful. We are to stand up for what is true, good and decent, whether in our neighborhood, in our schools, in our profession, or in our business.

David J. MacLeod, “The Function of the Christian in the World: An Exposition of Matthew 5:13-16.” The Emmaus Journal, Vol. 5/No.2, pg.128

Friday, March 15, 2019

Spiritual Warfare book to pass


I bought this book in 1997, shortly after meeting Bill Randles and reading his book about the Toronto Revival, “Weighed and Found Wanting.”  This book is about false and aberrant spiritual warfare teachings.

Paperback, 201 easy-reading pages.

As with previous books 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.)

Another book to pass


Heavy, 580 page reference book, picked up used five years ago, but never actually used it! Just not the type of reference I have much use for.

So, if you need an interesting reference book, this one is for you.

As with previous books 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.)

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Some More Good, Edifying Reading

We are NOT “spiritual Israel.”  I really get tired of being told that we are.  Find it in the Bible, please.  Part 2.

An interesting apologetics site.

Objective moral standards prove the existence of God.

How many of each type animal did Noah bring onto the ark?


 If you’re a Democrat, you’re probably not saved.  I agree 100%


John MacArthur is an excellent teacher, if you easily “tip-toe through the TULIPs."



God in your own image. Interesting overview of many false gods of cults.


Tuesday, March 12, 2019

And Another Book to Go


This commentary comes from the same series as the one on Acts, and I picked this one up at the same store the same year. It is also a very good one.

This one has some Calvinist teachings to watch for, if that bothers you (I just tiptoe through the TULIPs).  Hardbound, 241 pages including chapter end notes.

As with previous books 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.)

Have You Lost Your Saltiness?


How do Christians lose their saltiness? Let me suggest two ways: First, they stay in the salt shaker. Or they stay in a salt warehouse. This is the approach of monasticism. It is the view that says believers are to cut themselves completely off from society. Second, they lose their distinctiveness. They succumb to pressures to tone down their Christianity, or they become contaminated by the impurities of the world. Salt is different from the medium into which it is placed. The Christian is a person who is different from those around him. He/she should glory in the difference.

David J. MacLeod, “The Function of the Christian in the World: An Exposition of Matthew 5:13-16.” The Emmaus Journal, Vol. 5/No.2, pg.122

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Have Biblical Standards!


I as an individual am salt in the world just by being a Christian man or woman: by having biblical standards of honesty, standards of diligence on my job, standards of conscientiousness, not being lazy. I must have the standard o purity in speech, rejecting smutty humor. I should be the last to return a barbed reply. The believer cannot depart from the standard of strict honesty. He cannot lower his/her moral standards in the entertainment he/she uses. He/she cannot flirt with infidelity to his/her wedding vows.

David J. MacLeod, “The Function of the Christian in the World: An Exposition of Matthew 5:13-16.” The Emmaus Journal, Vol. 5/No.2, pg.119 

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Satan Slithers Through the Church

Don’t listen to “Christian” social justice warriors’ eisegesis of the Bible.  They only want to deceive you into following another gospel.


The Pope says if you criticize the Roman Catholic Church you are “friends of the devil.”  He has it backwards — the Roman Catholic Church is an organization of the devil.

More information about the situation with Harvest Bible Chapel.

What you should know about Angus Buchan.

Real Christians could NEVER support abortion, which is why we know these “religious leaders” are followers of Molech.

Thaddeus Matthews is a wolf, a goat-herd with a congregation of goats who continue to believe he is a pastor.  This man blasphemes Christ by claiming to be a shepherd.

The Gospel Coalition is spiraling into apostasy.

Clayton Jennings has gone from bad to worse!

Jen Hatmaker continues to proves she worships a different Christ and a different God from what you find in the Bible.

Obviously not a real Christian University.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Salt of the Earth


The phrase, “You are the salt of the earth,” is not only a description of the Christian. It is an indictment or incrimination of the world. The teaching of our Lord and His apostles is that the world is in a state of corruption. It manifests constant tendency to deteriorate. It is putrefying. It cannot stop itself from going bad.

David J. MacLeod, “The Function of the Christian in the World: An Exposition of Matthew 5:13-16.” The Emmaus Journal, Vol. 5/No.2, pg.115

Monday, March 4, 2019

Apologetics Journal give away


This particular issue of the Personal Freedom Outreach Quarterly Journal has two primary articles: one exposing false teacher Todd Bently, and the other one exposing false teachings of Beth Moore.  The latter article was co-written by my, and is actually one of five articles PFO has done examining Moore’s teachings. There are also short articles about John Hagee and Tony Alamo.

Because I was a co-author of one of the articles I was given many copies to pass out.  I still have one copy of this journal for the first claimant. You should find this journal to an excellent publication, and I highly recommend you subscribe to it (I have every issue!).  In my opinion, it is the best apologetics journal available.

As with previous books 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.)

Sunday, March 3, 2019

The World Hates Non-Conformity


The world is a society of rebels. It finds it hard to tolerate those who are in joyful fellowship with Christ. There is a sense in which believers are aliens. They do not belong. They are different, and the world hates the difference. … Says [William] Barclay, “To put it at its widest—the world always suspects nonconformity. It likes a pattern; it likes to be able to label a person and to put him in a pigeonhole. Anyone who does not conform to the pattern will certainly meet trouble. It is even said that if a hen with different markings is put among hens that are all alike, the others will peck her to death.

David J. MacLeod, “Destroying Our Illusions: What the Bible Says About the World: A Meditation on John 12:31," The Emmaus Journal, Vol.5/No.1, pg.16-17

Friday, March 1, 2019

Two Church Assemblies


I am familiar with two different church assemblies, both of which have good leadership and solid teachings.  There are other issues which should be looked at to decide just which one would be the better to attend. So let’s just look first at their Sunday liturgies.

Church #1 has communion every first Sunday of the month, church #2 has communion every Sunday.

Church #1 standard liturgy:
Welcome and announcements
Song/Songs of Celebration 
Communion or ministry through music (choir, special guest, etc)
Song of Celebration
Prayer from Pulpit
Worship through Giving (offering)
Scripture reading
Song of Affirmation/Consecration/Preparation (depending on week)
Message from God’s Word (sermon)
Song of Affirmation/Consecration
Benediction.

Church #2 standard liturgy:
Happenings (announcements)
Prayer for time of Worship
Call to Worship (Scripture reading
Singing unto the Lord
Invocation 
Congregational confession
Readings from Scripture
Assurance of forgiveness
Prayer requests and prayers for the people
Offering
Song
Sermon
Communion
Song 
Benediction

Now, you can see the similarity between these services and how they are conducted.  But let’s add some more information about their services.

Church #1: Communion Sunday usually makes use of traditional hymns, as well as some more contemporary hymns.  Other Sundays make much use of contemporary songs with a rather loud band. While most songs used have proper lyrics, too often the songs use vacuous, emotion-driving lyrics, and infrequently make the use of songs from Hillsong.

Church #2: All hymns/songs are solid theologically, usually accompanied by piano but often include guitars, violin, cello, flute. Contemporary songs are usually from Getty/Townend.

Both Churches have Sunday schools.  Church #1 often uses questionable sources for one of their adult classes, such as Tim Keller, Max Lucado, Jim Cymbala,  I have not seen questionable sources used by Church #2.

Church #1 has a very large congregation, while Church #2 is relatively small.  Both have solid believers who are generally friendly to new people, etc. Church #1 has many programs, church #2 has few.


So, which church would you rather attend?

Monday, February 25, 2019

Why the Book Give Aways?


I don’t remember if I ever explained why I passing along books, etc, from my library, so I’ll do it now for those curious.

My apologetics/theology library has over 1000 volumes of books and journals in six, 7-foot bookshelves and boxes.  I  also had a couple hundred other books which were left over from our old book table ministry.

We are anticipating moving in a few years at the most and I would like to not have to move all these publications!  Aside for the leftovers from the book table ministry, I have been slowly going through my shelves to see what is redundant — i.e., what books have been later replaced by others with more information or revised editions, etc.  Also, what books have I not used for reference in years.  Essentially, I want to divest myself of any material for which I do not see a future need!

Since I started offering them on my blog in 2016, I have given away over 250 books, 25 videos, numerous journals and magazines, and other booklets and small publications.

I find it worth spending the postage to be able to pass along this material to the younger generation (I’m going to be 67 in April), especially since many health issues are slowing me down in my "research and development” for articles and studies, etc.  After all, it costs me much less in media mail postage than it would for any of the recipients to purchase the book!  And many of the books I have sent out were acquired from unusual sources.

Mind you, every single book in my library, including those I’m passing along, have been read by me.  I will not pass along something with which I’m not familiar, and I’ve destroyed probably another 100 books published by cults or false teachers and which were used by me for researching them.  I didn’t want these to get into the wrong hands and mislead people.

So just keep your eyes out for when I post books for give-aways—the first comment or email I receive (based on time stamps, since I might not see them until the next day) requesting the book is who will get it.  

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Personal Bible Notes: John


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

1:18: “revealed”, i.e., “exegeted.”
1:51: “you” is plural, not spoken just to Nathanael.

2:  Wedding In Cana.  Bride or groom most likely related to Mary, else why her concern?  Maybe a child.
2:12:  “brothers”.  These are literal half-brothers, sons of Mary.

3:3: “born again”.  Born from above.
3:5: "of water and the spirit” is parallel with 3:3, i.e., born again means born of water and the spirit. See Isa.44:3. The Holy Spirt in the O.T. is often depicted as water: Prov.1:23; Joel 2:28-29; Zech.12:10.  Jesus was saying “an outpouring of God’s Spirit.”

6: One year before crucifixion.
6:14: see Deut. 18:15-19.
6:35 is NOT literal.
6:37-40: Those who put their faith in Christ are given to him by God.
6:40 and 6:54 are parallels, so they mean the same, proving the eating and drinking is not literal.
6:44 is contingent on 12:32.
6:59: His audience was Jewish.

7:3, 5, 10 all refer to brothers as literal brothers, i.e. sons of Joseph and Mary.
7:16-17: Jesus’ doctrine vs man’s
7:37: this is about 6 months before the crucifixion.
7:38: Jesus is the water. Isa.55:1; Zech 13:1; Ezek.47.
7:39: Believers have the Spirit.

8:4: “caught in the act”. Then where is the man because he is also guilty!
8:6b-8: What was he writing? Could it have been the law that both needed to be charged?
8:12: This is actually picking up from 7:39. During this festival lights were important. Lighting ceremony at the festival of the booths is at Zech 14:5b-9, Isa. 49:6 which is read at the festival.
8:41: They knew that Joseph wasn’t Jesus’ father.
8:44: Satan “killed’ Adam and Eve when he seduced them into losing life.
8:58-59: Jesus claimed to be God, proven by their desire to stone him IAW Lev.24:15.

10: 3 months prior to crucifixion.
10:10: “life”, i.e. union with God vs “death” as separation.
10:30: “The Father and I are one” is literally “I and the Father we are one.”

11:35: “Jesus wept.” Over the results of sin in addition to friendship.
11:38: Angry at sin, death, unbelief.
11:44: He was restored to life, not resurrected.

12:3: Nard is from India.
12:23: Probably time wise right after Mark 11:15-17.
12:40: They hardened their own hearts by rejecting God—because of God their hearts were hardened.

13:2: Better rendering: “his heart (the devil’s) to use Judas”
13:10: “You are clean” is plural.
13:18: Refer to vs.10

14:6: Only one way of salvation.
14:26: The Holy Spirit to teach the apostles.
14:30: This refutes the Word of Faith heresy.

15:16: He chose them as disciples/apostles, not for salvation.

17: 3: Defines eternal life.
17:7-8, 14, 26: Jesus personally taught them.

18:12-13, 19: Annas was deposed by Romans in 15 AD; Jews were upset and considered him still the authority.
18:31b-32: John 12:32-33. Crucify vs stoning was Roman execution.

19: The crucifixion seems to be dated at April 3, 33 AD. 

20:11-17: Why didn’t she recognize Him? Distance? Turned away and saw in peripheral, and that’s why when she turned around she recognized Him?
20:25: “nails in his hands” - “nails” plural rather than nail singular, meaning both were separately nailed, destroying JW “torture stake” claim.
20:28: Literally “The Lord of me and the God of me”

21:4: Due to distance?