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

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Lord, With Glowing Heart I’d Praise Thee

By Francis Scott Key (1817)

Lord with glowing heart I’d praise Thee,

For the bliss Thy love bestows,

For the pardoning grace that saves me,

And the peace that from it flows:

Help, O God, my weak endeavor;

This dull soul to rapture raise:

Thou must light the flame, or never

Can my love be warmed to praise.

Praise, my soul, the God that sought me,

Wretched wanderer, far astray;

Found me lost, and kindly brought me

From the paths of death away;

Praise, with love’s devoutest feeling,

Him Who saw my guilt-born fear,

And the light of hope revealing,

Bade the blood-stained cross appear.

Praise my Savior God that drew me

To that cross, new life to give,

Held a blood sealed pardon to me,

Bade me look to Him and live.

Praise the grace whose threats alarmed me,

Roused me from my fatal ease;

Praise the grace whose promise warmed me,

Praise the grace that whispered peace.

Lord, this bosom’s ardent feeling

Vainly would my lips express.

Low before Thy footstool kneeling,

Deign Thy suppliant’s prayer to bless:

Let Thy grace, my soul’s chief treasure,

Love’s pure flame within me raise;

And, since words can never measure,

Let my life show forth Thy praise.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Discerning Truth

Discerning truth in what we hear is often difficult. Unfortunately, Satan’s voice can be very soothing and plausible, with just enough “truth” to deceive us.  As we filter what we hear, our own self-serving inner voice can also override our objectivity. We have to remember that God normally speaks to us in a quiet voice that we must diligently seek to hear and to understand through our prayers, Scripture, and Christian friends.

Larkin Spivey, Battlefields & Blessings, pg.164

Sunday, May 8, 2022

The Weaver

This poem was cited in a book I; it is thought-provoking as well as accurate.

The Weaver

by Grant Colfax Tullar (1869-1950)

My life is but a weaving
Between my God and me.
I cannot choose the colours
He weaveth steadily.

Oft’ times He weaveth sorrow;
And I in foolish pride
Forget He sees the upper,
And I the underside.

Not ’til the loom is silent
And the shuttles cease to fly,
Will God unroll the canvas
And reveal the reason why.

The dark threads are as needful
In the weaver’s skillful hand,
As the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern He has planned.

He knows, He loves, He cares;
Nothing this truth can dim.
He gives the very best to those
Who leave the choice to Him.

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Another Thought-Provoking Agglomeration

This article is not about apologetics regarding false teachers but it is about apologetics in regards to human sexuality and God’s reason and meaning for it. This should be heeded by our culture.

Along with this teaching, we see that American Churches are Killing Christianity.

Of course, the next two items shows what happens when “Christian” organizations ignore God’s teaching on sexuality:

When a “Divinity” School proves it is not associated with the God of the Bible by claiming that God approves of sexual deviancy and perversion.

Wheaton College, which is supposedly a Christian institution, first went wrong by having a “School of Psychology Counseling and Family Therapy.” Psychology, after all, is totally unbiblical nonsense, as well as not being founded on anything bordering on science. Along with this “school” they have a subdivision titled “Sexual and Gender Identity Institute Research” which, I’m sure you can guess what this leads to. Nothing like bowing to the culture.

“Wokism” is the new religion of our culture. Those who are “woke” really need to hear the Gospel.

The Children of Men: Understanding the Human Origins of Heresy.

Let’s look at some false teachers and learn how discernment is necessary to avoid their traps.

Emma Stark is a false prophet in the New Apostolic Reformation.

Kat Kerr is about as bizarre as these false prophets come.

Here we have a “pastor” with false teachings about dreams while abusing the story of Joseph. Pay attention to how he twists the Bible to tell his lies.

Pope Francis is again preaching un-Christian clap-trap: he is essentially saying that we are all racists.

Francis Chan should be avoided, period.

Bethel Church continues to prove they are a cult with such ridiculous prophets as the one who claims Jesus came into her bedroom with a ring and asked her to marry him!

Bethel also has some outrageous claims with their false teachings on healing.

Christianity Today Astray has long employed false teachers in their editorial staff. Now they are trying to fit evolutionism with the Bible.

Lastly, how about we learn Unwinding False Teaching?

Thursday, April 28, 2022

The Descent of William Lane Craig

The following is from Haven Ministries’ “The Haven Newsletter,” April 2022. I think the author is Bill Honsberger. 


Non-Prophet Section

So many bad guys—so little time…

Again, the problem with this item is that there is always way too many bad guys.

New Apostolic Reformation heretics, Hillsong and Bethel false teachers.

Filipino heretics like Quiboloy (who proclaims himself to be Jesus—but is now wanted by the US FBI for sex trafficking!) and others. However, someones I have long respected has started the long painful path towards full apostasy I fear. William Lane Craig has been one of the most solid Christian philosophers/theologians in the US for decades. Sadly, he has recently come out and declare the Genesis account to be a mere myth and that no thinking person could take it seriously. I kept watching the video hoping that this time he would just laugh and say that he was just representing the bad guys, but no. In fact, when you watch he is literally mocking the historic position of accuracy of the Lord’s word through Moses. You know, the one that Jesus and Paul quoted from! Please pray for him. I hope that someone else of good repute can reach out to him and that he would repent from this.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Did They Really Say That?!?

so no man goeth to Christ but by His Mother 

(Vatican Website: Encyclical of Pope Leo 13th on the Rosary, Octobri Mense, Pope Leo 13th, 1903-1914, https://www.vatican.va/content/leo-xiii/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_l-xiii_enc_22091891_octobri-mense.html).

Roman Catholics: Please show me from Scripture where this is said by Jesus or the Apostles!

This is heresy, plain and simple.

Friday, April 15, 2022

Another Agglomeration

I really want to write separate posts on the things I come across, so as to do a bit of my own commentary, but so many things keep coming up lately that I just can’t keep on top of them! So here is the latest collection of things which need discernment warnings!

Beth Allison Barr’s Distortion of Biblical Womanhood.  A woman experienced troubles in the church and therefore decided the church is wrong.

Roman Catholic idolatry of Mary.

Good information exposing “The Chosen” for the trash that it is. And the lies used to get more people to watch it!

Bill Johnson and Bethel—Sigh.

Aimee Byrd—another false teacher to be aware of.

Francis Chan is still a false teacher.

Jackie Hill Perry thinks she’s a prophet of God. Just another false teacher who refuses correction.

First Baptist Church, Orlando, has dangerous teaching.

I live just NW of Iowa City - it takes me only 20 minutes to get downtown. It is one of the most LEFTIST cities in the USA and the University of Iowa with its LEFTIST professors is in the heart of town. We had a weekly street ministry there for 11 years and encountered much of the horrors of LEFTIST ideology. But just when you think you’ve heard it all you get shocked with what is taught at the First Presbyterian Church of Iowa City. I guess it being a PCUSA assembly I shouldn’t really be surprised.

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Racism for Lent?

You can always tell a false church with false teachers when they introduce racism as part of their Lenten celebration.

First United Church of Oak Park, IL, has decided to eliminate any vestige of “whiteness” in order to celebrate a mostly “African” (as if all blacks have African heritage and as if black or “Native American” Christians don’t want anything to do with hymns or liturgy by “whites.”)

But when you look at their web page you will see that the ‘story of Noah is an origin myth” — an origin MYTH?!?  You’ll also see that two women are on their pastoral staff, in violation of the teaching of the Bible. And they support the “LGBTQ community” (We welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people into the full life and ministry of the church, including ordination, expecting and encouraging them to share their talents and gifts in the life, liturgy, leadership, and employment positions of our congregation, as our ministers, teachers, members, visitors, and friends.)

Well, what else can you expect from the apostate United Church of Christ denomination which is also affiliated with the apostate Presbyterian Church (USA) denomination? Both are LEFTIST church groups who long ago left Biblical Christianity behind, so having a racist Lenten celebration is just “par for the course” for them.

I think it is proper to say that there are no real Christians there.

Monday, April 11, 2022

The Pope Denies Christ

Islam has been the enemy of Christians for 1500 years and yet the Pope, who claims to represent Christ and God the Father, hides the cross so as not to offend Muslims. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. More proof that the Pope is a fraud.

457 years after the Great Siege of Malta, Pope Francis surrenders to Islam

By Andrea Widburg

Pope Francis, despite being the head of worldwide Catholicism, always seems to be apologizing for the faith.  In Malta, that apology extended to hiding the cross from illegal Muslim aliens.  This act of Christian cowardice was more poignant than usual, given that Malta, in the mid-16th century, was the site of one of the Catholic world's bravest and most successful stands against Islam's push to take over Europe.

The Republic of Malta is a tiny island located southwest of both the toe of the Italian boot and the island of Sicily.  Travel farther west from Malta, and you will find yourself heading to Tunisia, in North Africa.  Alternatively, if you head east from Malta, after passing from the Mediterranean Sea into the Aegean Sea, you will find yourself at the Bosporus, and the country known as Turkey today, but that was once home to the powerful Ottoman Empire.

In the mid-15th century, the Ottoman Turks emerged from the east to conquer Constantinople, the last remnant of the great Roman empire.  They converted the magnificent Church of Hagia Sophia into the Grand Mosque of Hagia Sophia and renamed the city Istanbul.  From Istanbul, they continued their conquests.

The Ottoman Empire didn't stop there.  It gradually conquered most of the Balkans (and helped give rise to the story of Dracula, since Vlad the Impaler fought the Turks) and acquired large swaths of the Middle East, including Egypt and other parts of North Africa, the Holy Land, Baghdad, Mesopotamia, parts of the Caucasus region (which eventually were incorporated into the Soviet Union), some of the former Venetian empire, and more.  The Ottomans seemed unstoppable.

However, by the mid-16th century, Europeans began to fight back.  One of the most famous battles between Catholic Europe and the Muslim Ottomans occurred at the Great Siege of Malta.  The Knights Hospitaller, whom the Ottomans had driven from Rhodes, had their headquarters there, and when the Ottomans attacked, they refused to yield.  Instead, they and the citizens of Malta withstood a devastating siege that lasted nearly four months.

Nobody knows how many Maltese residents died, but it's accepted that the Turks lost between 25,000 and 35,000 troops from combat and disease.  The day before they started the siege marked the apex of the Ottoman Empire's power.  After that, its military invincibility ended, and the sultanate become increasingly corrupt, as weaker and weaker men ruled it.  Nevertheless, the Ottoman Empire lingered for almost 300 more years, finally ending with WWI.

The point I'm trying to make is that when it comes to Europe's survival as a Christian community, the Knights Hospitallers' defense of Malta was one of the most important events in European history.  That's why it was so disturbing to read that Pope Francis, when he appeared in Malta, hid the crosses so he wouldn't offend illegal Muslim migrants on that tiny island:

Organizers canceled the crucifix from the papal podium because Pope Francis did not want to offend illegal Muslim migrants during the climax of his Malta trip.

Instead, recycled plastic bottles with red blobs were used to design the backdrop for the pope's address to migrants at the John XXIII Peace Lab in ─Žal-Far on Saturday, a voluntary organization run by leftist Franciscan friar Fr. Dionysius Mintoff. 

[Artistic director Carlos] Schembri, who was commissioned to design the key backdrops for the papal visit to Malta, insisted he was being faithful to Francis' primary reason for visiting the island — to defend migrants and the ecology.

"The podium will not be adorned with a crucifix, given that the majority of migrants are Muslim," the Malta archdiocese noted,  in an article published on its website, adding that "the pontiff's visit is expected to draw attention to the brutal situation of Malta's migrant community."

You can read more at the link about the way Christianity and traditional values barely factored into the Pope's presentation.  Although he did make the point that the current Western worldview "goes against the right to life from the moment it is conceived," he managed to avoid entirely words such as "Jesus," "sin," and "repentance," and he seemed more concerned with church politics and the rights of illegal aliens.

The past is in the past, of course.  Still, I find it highly ironic that Malta, a place at which Paul preached and those Knights Hospitallers battled to the death in defense of their faith, should host a visit from the pope who seems embarrassed by that same faith and ready to give way to the ideological descendants of the island's one-time enemies.