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, March 29, 2019

More Wolves and False Teachings

Are these wolves in your church? Most churches have at least one or two of them.

James MacDonald abused his position to enrich himself, as well as abusing people around him.  And so did others.

Another example as to why Thabiti Anyabwile is a wolf. He continues to prove he is a racist and not a pastor.  He also demonstrates unbiblical ideology with his teaching of generational sin.

This Pope is more and more the appearance of an anti-Christ.

Notice the Pope’s official logo for his visit to Morocco -  the symbol of Islam swallows up the cross. His partnership with Islam is anti-God.
Farewell Francis Chan. And yet he defends the indefensible.  A good summation of his apostatizing. Beth Moore and a “Christian” LGBTQXYZ activist are now defending Chan!

Beth Moore just goes from bad to worse.

Homosexual Christianity” is an oxymoron. But it is invading the church.


Where is the discernment?!?! Gloria Copeland, just like her husband Kenneth, is a false teacher and most likely not even a Christian.

Albert Mohler used to be a really good teacher, but over the past few years he seems to be disintegrating into LEFTISM.  He needs to be avoided as he apostatizes into a wolf.

The false gospel of the evangelical reparations movement. Just another LEFTIST “social justice” lie. I wonder why they don’t demand “reparations” from the black Africans who sold them into slavery. Think about it, though; no one living for the past few decades had any immediate family who were slaves or slave owners. How far back should we go to punish any wrong-doing?  And what about the “white” people who never had slaves (the vast majority) and who even fought a war which freed them: why should those families be liable for slavery?  And why should I feel guilty?

Todd White is a dangerous wolf pretending to be a Christian.  Here is a whole collection of information proving just how dangerous he is.

So a woman working for a Catholic institution is surprised when they hold her to their moral standards? Then she makes the asinine comparison of sexual immorality with birth control. Unbelievers want to work in Christian (or quasi-Christian) organizations, yet are continually complaining about the moral requirements. Perhaps they should stick with working for unbelievers.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Church Leadership


There are more instructions given in the New Testament regarding elders than on other important church subjects such as baptism, the Lord’s supper, or the Lord’s day. In the history of the church this instruction concerning church organization has often been ignored and the secular models of monarchy (episcopal), oligarchy (Presbyterian), and democracy (congregational) have been followed. The greatest danger followed when a single elder began to preside and ultimately became the chief authority. One person became the bishop of the church. With the threats to the church it was more efficient for one individual to make decisions, guard the doctrine of the church, and exercise discipline over false teachers or believers causing disturbances. When this kind of authority was combined with an autocratic spirit, it became a great detriment to the church. But the practice of the church in later centuries is not our authority for the practice of church today. When the New Testament gives us a consistent pattern and couples that with specific instructions concerning the qualifications and practices of elders, why should this area of Scripture be less authoritative for us than others?

John H. Fish III, “The Life of the Local Church: The Structure, Ministry, and Functions of the Church,” The Emmaus Journal, Vol.6/No.1,  pg. 12 

Monday, March 25, 2019

Really!


So many are claiming to be hearing directly from God these days that one has to wonder why the Holy Spirit even bothered to inspire the sacred writings to begin with!

Gary E. Gilley, “Why Definitions Matter: The Importance of Using Words That Communicate Biblical Truth,” The Quarterly Journal, April-June 2019, pg.17

Thursday, March 21, 2019

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

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

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

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?