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

Friday, May 24, 2019

Don't Eat Poisoned Food

If I have a joint of meat on my table of which the smell and the taste at once convince me that it is putrid and unwholesome, should I show discretion by eating the whole of it before giving my judgment that it is not fit for food?

One mouthful is quite enough, and one sentence of some books ought to suffice for a sensible man to reject the whole mass. Let those who can relish such meat feed on it, but I have a taste for better food.

Keep to the study of the Word of God. If it be your duty to expose those evils, encounter them bravely, with prayer to God to help you. But if not, as a humble believer in Jesus, what business have you to taste and best such noxious fare when it is exposed in the market?

Charles Spurgeon

H/T Marsha West

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Personal Bible Notes: 1st Corinthians

(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:  Paul was directly called by Christ.
1:2b: This letter is applicable to ALL Christians, not just those in Corinth and not just those in the 1st century.

Chapter 2 seems to be referring to Paul and the Apostles.
2:10: Divinely inspired.
2:12 and 13: "we" is the apostles.
2:15: Spiritual person is to judge everything.

3:6: Add nothing to God's Word.
4:17b: Paul teaches the same things in every church.

5:9-13: Discipline for public sin.
5:12: Judge believers, not unbelievers.

6:9: "male prostitutes." actually means the receptors.
6:18: Sexual sins are the only sins that are against the body.

7:17b: Paul's instructions are for ALL the churches, including us.
7:21: Slaves should seek freedom if possible.
7:39: Marry only a Christian.

9:1: Seen Jesus is a qualification to be an Apostle.
9:14: Paid clergy is okay.

10:8: "23,000." Numbers 25:9 says 24,000. 10:8 specifies one day, while Numbers says total; another 1,000 died after the first day.
10:9: "Christ." Numbers 21:5 says it was God; i.e. Christ is God.
10:15: Judge what is said.

11:2-16: Headship order is not cultural! Creative order is given as reason, and that is not culturally bound.
11:23: Paul received the teaching from Jesus.
12:31: "greater gifts" are for church body, not individually.

13:1: Angels always spoke in the language of the listener.
13:7: "bears all things" -- also "covers all things."

14:4: all about self vs the body.
14:13: "pray that he can interpret" is better "that someone"
14:14: "my understanding" is better "other people's understanding of me."
14:37: What Paul writes is God's command.

15:3: Paul was personally taught by Jesus.
15:22-24: Only those in Christ--not universal. This does not hint of two "raptures," --No "pre-trib."
15:29: Paul says "they" vs "you" or "us."
15:39: Speaks against evolution.
15:46: No spiritual pre-existence (e.g. LDS)

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Links to Good, Thought-Provoking Articles

Here are links to some good articles I’ve read over the past month.  I hope you find them thought-provoking as well as edifying.

Don’t be Shocked When Many “Christians” Cheer the Criminalization of Christianity.

Differences between performance music and worship music.  Interesting.

Sacred space and the trivialization of God.  A thought-provoking commentary.

Why the Lazarus narrative does NOT support Calvinism.

Why Christian Children Don’t Belong in Public Schools. For over two decades I’ve been saying that Christians need to abandon these government indoctrination centers.

Liberal “Christianity” is another religion entirely.

Dissecting another anti-discernment hit-piece. Too many Christians think it is wrong to expose false teachers and their false teachings, and they attack those who do so.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Catholic Good-Luck Charms

Recently I was with other members of the band performing in front of a Catholic Church. During a break I was inside in their foyer and found these two items, which I couldn’t resist taking (there were many for the taking) to write about! (They are both 2-sided but I couldn't get the sides to be next to each other.)
The item with the picture of “Jesus” is a card 2 inches by 3.5 inches.  It’s like a good-luck card to keep in your pocket!  Let’s examine the teachings: 


Really? Where do we find such promises in the Bible?  Now look at the unbiblical prayers. First there is a prayer to the blood and water which “gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus…”. Where in the Bible are we ever instructed to pray to Jesus’ blood?!?! And this card tells you to pray this three times!!!!!!

The rest are prayers on the rosary, which in itself is a nothing but a good-luck charm, including heretical prayers to Mary.  And notice that you really should try to say these prayers at “3:00 pm” - as if that is the only time God listens to prayers?!?

This next item is a piece of paper cut to 2 3/4 inches by 5 1/4 inches (I cropped some of the blank parts for posting) and was in a baggie with a home-made blue plastic rosary; these were in a basket by the door (I edited out the contact).

Look at what the quote from St. Therese of Lisieux says: The rosary links heaven and earth, with one end in the hands of Mary!!! More unbiblical teaching of praying to Mary, as if she is omniscient and omni-present. The mission of the group providing these rosaries is unbiblical idolatry of Mary. Jesus is never the focus of these Mary worshippers.

These are sad examples of what false teachings and burdens are put on Catholics.

Friday, May 17, 2019

A Thought About the Psalms

The English word “psalms” is a transliteration of the Greek title of the book. That is, this is the Greek word simply spelled in English or Roman letters. The Greek word psalmoi was first translated into Latin as Psalmi, and then into English as “Psalms.” The Greek word originally meant a striking or twitching of the fingers on a string. The related verb was used by classical writers for the “pulling of a bowstring.” From that came the idea of “pulling or playing a stringed musical instrument.” When the word took ons the extended meaning of a song, there was always the latent background of the stringed instrumental accompaniment tied to the singing. So the meaning of the Greek title of the book is “sacred songs sung to musical accompaniment. 

Ronald B. Allen, And I Will Praise Him: A Guide to Worship in the Psalms, pg.21

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

The Importance of Doctrine

The necessity of the doctrine of the apostles for effective and fruitful evangelism is insisted upon by our Lord Himself. And, sad to say, modern evangelicalism has neglected this pathetically with its courtship of modern psychology, emotionalism, and shallow theological thinking as food substitutes for the milk and meat of the Word of God.

“We want life, not doctrine,” is a cry of enough Bible teachers to destroy the heart and life of the church of Jesus Christ, were He not determined that the gates of hell should not prevail against her. There can be no true life without Christian doctrine. A great Christian [B.B. Warfield] of the earlier part of this [20th] century put it well when he said, “To be indifferent to doctrine is thus but another way of saying we re indifferent to Christianity.” What is peculiar to Christianity is not its religious sentiment, its provoked feelings, but its messaged of salvation, that is, its doctrine.

We preach not just any “Jesus,” such as the one given us by the Mormons, the Witnesses, and the many liberals in mainline denominations, but the Jesus Christ given to us in the inspired Scriptures of His apostles. We are not free to preach any Jesus that comes to our mushy fancy. We are free only to preach Him whom they preached,—“Jesus Christ, and him as crucified (the original text of 1 Cor. 2:2 lays stress on the participle denoting the character in which Paul preached Christ).

S. Lewis Johnson, Jr, “Jesus Praying for the Whole Family: An Exposition of John 17:20-26,” The Emmaus Journal, Vol.9/No.1, pg.75

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Don’t Forget the Wrath of God

One of the missing themes in modern preaching is the wrath of God. The mainline Christian churches have skipped right over it. In many evangelical churches the message is,”God is love, and we are accepted just as we are.” What this has given people is a dull gospel with no urgency. What need is there for a gospel if lives are in no ultimate danger? Listening to the preaching of John the Baptist will restore the needed message of God’s judgment to our churches. . . .

It is almost axiomatic in churches today that “God is love and will not condemn anyone.” John the Baptist disagreed. We are in danger, in our time, of losing half the biblical message: the justice, holiness, and moral seriousness of God are being lost, and the gospel is in danger of sinking, and His love is turning insipid.

Some preachers will say that “God does not frighten us into heaven” or that hellfire’s not a legitimate motive in true Christian preaching. Let us ask such preachers to study the sermons in Matthew and see if they can prove their thesis. The biblical God does frighten, does threaten, does talk straight, and we must accustom ourselves to hear Him talk in that way. The love of God is a tough love that does not wink at our sins.

David MacLeod, “Herald of the King: The Mission of John the Baptist (Matthew 3:1-12),” The Emmaus Journal, Vol.9/No.1, pg.25, 28

Friday, May 10, 2019

Check EVERY Teacher Against the Word

Would there be any Christians in the congregation who would search the Scriptures to see if what Dr. [Billy] Graham was preaching was biblical? I have no doctrinal problems with the ministry of the world-famous evangelist, but is it not a symptom of our celebrity-obsessed society that few if any Christians would expend the effort to biblically evaluate what they were hearing, even from such a godly man?

Is it not true that we let the experts do our thinking for us? Our society seems to reject any existence of truth, yet Christians seem inclined to believe anyone who says he has truth. But the biblical position is to test those who claim to have truth by they clear teachings of Scripture. And if that included the Apostle Paul in the First Century, it certainly ought to include teachers like Graham, Swindoll, Dobson, and Dixon (!) in the Twentieth Century.

Larry Dixon, “Learning to Listen: The Absolute Need for An Absolute Authority,” The Emmaus Journal, Vol.8/No.1, pg.82

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Mary Was NOT a Perpetual Virgin

“Mary is not degraded by her relations with Joseph.” Rather, she is degraded and the institution of marriage is degraded “if the principal mother in history is left physically isolated from her husband.” Mary’s full marriage may seem to make her less godlike to some, but it actually dignifies her by recognizing her to be a real woman rather than a plastic saint, and therefore a model mother.

David J. MacLeod, “The Virginal Conception of Our Lord in Matthew 1:18-25,” (citing F.D. Bruner’s The Christbook), The Emmaus Journal, Vol.8/No.1, pg.27.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Satan’s Vast Experience

By his very longevity Satan has acquired a breadth and depth of experience which he matches against the limited knowledge of man. He has observed other believers in every conceivable situation, thus enabling him to predict with accuracy how we will respond to circumstances. Although Satan is not omniscient, his wide experience and observation of man throughout his entire history on earth give him knowledge which is far superior to anything any man could have.

Charles Ryrie, Balancing the Christian Life, pg.124

Saturday, May 4, 2019

We Are A Garrison In Enemy Territory

It is urgently needful that the Christian people of our charge should come to understand that they are not a company of invalids, to be wheeled about, or fed by hand, nursed, and comforted, the minister being the Head Physician and Nurse; but a garrison in an enemy’s country, every soldier of which should have some post or duty, at which he should be prepared to make any sacrifice rather than quitting.

Dr. F.B. Meyer, Bible Illustrations, cited by Ron Rhodes in Christianity According to the Bible, pg.189.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Be Forewarned — More Wolves and False Teachings

Heresy Hiding in Plain Sight. 2 hrs/24 min radio program exposing Hillsong’s “worship music.” The first 10-15 minutes waiting to get into the actual program is tedious, and even a few minutes after as they explain what they they are reporting. Have something to do while you’re listening. If this doesn’t wake you to the horrid problems of Hillsong, then you aren’t paying attention.

If the “church” you attend has to do this to get an audience, then it is a goat-pen led by wolves. Imagine the good that money could do in helping Christians in need.

When Christian pastors charge money to attend a Good Friday service, you know they’ve sold out to the devil. And the plot thickens.

Catholics really need to clean their own house.

Beth Moore continues to spiral deeper into false teachings. She doesn’t care WHO she joins with in destroying the church.

A good exposure of the false nature of the Eastern Orthodox religion. I also wrote about that organization nine years ago.

Beware of Darren Wilson’s horrid false teachings and movies.

The new “churches” are designed for self-glorification.  The idea is to appeal to non-believers, but that is NOT what church is for!

The Pope is now funding those who are trying to immigrate illegally to the USA. Gee, I wonder what Christ would say about helping those who disobey laws?

Claiming to be a Christian seminary or a Christian person doesn’t make it so.  The Christian faith has been abandoned.

More blasphemers supporting homosexual behavior as being okay with God.

A Christian foster and adoption agency has cowardly bent to the fascists and has decided to give children to perverted couples, thereby endangering their lives. They have thereby become wolves to these children.

The double standard of Michael Brown: he is a wolf defending wolves.

Pat Robertson and his “700 Club” need to disappear and quit pretending to be Christian. The man is a false prophet and heretic.

A fellow blogger sent me this link about Seventh-day Adventist teaching. Lots to look at, but more proof that they are indeed a heretical cult.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

The Church’s One Foundation?

This satirical hymn, sung to the tune of The Church’s One Foundation, was written by Barbara Goodin. It was published at the back of the book, 12 Steps to Destruction: Codependency Recovery Heresies, by Martin and Deidre Bobgan. It pretty much sums up how the Church has come to rely on secular psychology for its problems.

The church’s one foundation
Is co-dependency;
Relationships are in
As is psychotherapy.
We do not read our Bibles
For God is out of date; 
Our self-help books and magazines
Well keep us feeling great.

We each have our addictions,
Like infidelity;
We use our twelve-step programs
To help us feel so free.
We do not follow Jesus,
For narrow is His way;
His rules are much too negative
For Christians to obey.

Our families were dysfunctional
There’s so much help we need;
Like years and years of counseling
Our self-esteem to feed.
We’ve heard the blood of Jesus
Our sins will wash away; 
This doesn’t feel right to us.
The World doesn’t talk this way.

The church is getting better,
More social and more fun;
There’s lots and lots of seminars
To keep us on the run.
The radicals are leaving
And we think that’s just swell;
There’s no more boring preaching
On heaven and on hell.

Oh, yes, it’s getting better
Our image is so nice;
No talk now of a Savior
Or God’s Own Sacrifice.
With warm and fuzzy feelings,
We strive for unity;
And Jesus, our good buddy,
Brings peace and harmony.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Was Mary Magdalene a Prostitute?

There is no evidence that the early church tried to tarnish Mary Magdalene’s reputation by making her out to be a prostitute. Any reference to her as a prostitute does not come from the Bible. Here is what we do know of Mary from the biblical record: Seven demons were cast out of her by Jesus (Luke 8:2); she witnessed the horror of the crucifixion (Matthew 27:32-56); she was present at the burial of Jesus (Matthew 27:57-61); she, along with two other women, went to anoint the body of Jesus (Mark 16:1), and she was the first person to see Jesus in his resurrected body (John 20:10-18).

Some have surmised that since her name and story appear immediately following the account of a prostitute, the two are one and the same woman (see Luke 7:36-8:2). But there is no biblical support for this conclusion. (Most historians agree that the reference to Mary Magdalene as a prostitute was started in the sixth century by Pope Gregory I). Still others have conjectured that she is the anonymous woman caught in adultery. There is no evidence to support that assumption, either. Some have guessed that she might have been a prostitute simply because she came from Magdala, which was often associated with prostitution. Once again, the Bible says no such thing. Any association of Mary of Magdala with either of the above-mentioned anonymous women would have been merely a result of conjecture--or very careless scholarship--probably dating to the Middle Ages, as opposed to a smear campaign.

James L. Garlow and Peter Jones, Cracking Da Vinci’s Code, pg.59-60

Friday, April 26, 2019

The Catholic Eucharist is Unbiblical

Not a single miracle in the Bible exists where all outward evidences reveal that nothing happened. Biblical miracles are always tangible and practical. … And at the Last Supper, the Lord took bread and wine at a table, not an altar. In the Bible, sacrifices were made on an altar, and God commanded the Jews that there was to be only one altar. 

[T]he consecrated wafer has been known to become moldy, corrupted, and rot if not ingested in a reasonable time. Of course, if the consecrated elements were truly Jesus’ body, this would be impossible. Repeatedly the Bible states that Jesus’ body would NOT experience corruption.

Roger Oakland with Jim Tetlow, Another Jesus? The Eucharistic Christ and the New Evangelization, pg. 59, 60, 96