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, September 7, 2018

Good, Bad, and Ugly

The Good:

Claims of supernatural experience can certainly be harmful!

The Old Testament condemns American slavery.  The New Testament condemns American Slavery.  And what about Philemon — does that book suggest slavery is okay? Absolutely not.  Yet there are still those who claim the Bible supported it!!!

Don’t be “biblically challenged.” Know how to refute claims of contradictions in the Bible.

What did Jesus mean when he said his followers would do “greater things?”

The Bad and/or Ugly

Girl Wash Your Face: Book review by Elizabeth Prata.  Save your money and leave the book in the store.

Don’t dare attack a sacred cow like “social justice.”  John MacArthur is being excoriated for daring to tell the truth about the Gospel vs “social justice” in the Church. Even these critical “Christians” feel the need to pull the “race card” for disagreeing with them.

More on Tim Keller. He really, really needs to be marked and avoided.

The United Methodist Church cares nothing for the life of the unborn.

The Pope, this “man of God,” this representative of Christ, has more important things to be concerned about than the sexual abuse by priests and bishops; there’s fake global warming and other environmental issues, and there is protecting illegal immigrants and invaders of Europe! That man is a disgrace the human race, let alone to the name of Christ! To add fuel to the fire, take a look at this news item.

What is really going on with the RCC sex scandal is pederasty.  And it has been going on for a very long time.

The humorous
Actually, it has long been this.


Anonymous said...

Hi Glenn,

I have always taken Simon the Magician as a mental acknowledgement of the Gospel, without true faith. I still see him as an example of a false convert.

The Social Justice controversy, honestly I'm staying out of it. It's not the Gospel, and never has been. But one thing is confusing me. I see that MacA is addressing the issue, but then MacA's is also participating in a conference with Tim Keller (a major proponent of social justice, and also a teacher with many concerning errors) this month. I just find that confusing.


Glenn E. Chatfield said...


I think the use for Simon being a true believer was made quite well. None of us are perfect in our doctrinal beliefs, and yet we are still saved.

I often wonder why MacArthur doesn't nail Keller like he did Driscoll. Keller is a blight on Calvinists, let alone on Christianity as a whole.

Anonymous said...

Hi Glenn,

From our own observation: most in any particular Christian camp usually will not criticize their own. Baptists will not point out problems in their own camp. Reformed/Calvinists will not point out problems in their own camp. Pentecostals will not point out problems in their own camp. Etc. BUT each camp will always happily criticize the daylights out of problems in *other* camps.

Yes, thankfully MacA called out Driscoll, but that wasn't the common response. MDs offenses were so egregious, yet almost no other Calvinist leaders objected to him.

Unfortunately, as you said, no one in the Calvinist camp will call out Keller, who is a theological disaster.


Anonymous said...

There are 33,000 denominations--which one is correct? Sure, you can say the Holy Spirit leads one to Truth. But what is Truth? Would the Holy Spirit really teach to us contradictory doctrine? Please come home to Rome!

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

Cowardly Anonymous,

I see you keep coming back. Now to prove you are propagating a lie (demonstrating you don't research but just accept nonsense you read). Taking this information from Rational Christian Discernment blog:

Refuting The 30,000 Protestant Denominations Myth:
-This argument is derived off a complete misinterpretation of the World Christian Encyclopedia (David A. Barrett; Oxford University Press, 1982).
-Out of the cited figure of 20,780 denominations, only 8,196 are labeled as being Protestant. According to Barrett's figure, 223 Roman Catholic denominations exist.
-The figure of 8,000 denominations is pretty misleading because David A. Barrett separates "distinct denominations" according to their jurisdiction, rather than differing doctrinal practices and beliefs. In reality, these individual "denominations" only have slightly different beliefs.
-Then, Barrett breaks the Protestant section down into 21 major traditions, and the Church of Rome is subdivided into 16 different traditions. The word "denomination" in this context is best defined to mean "tradition".
-Interestingly, the National Catholic Register agrees with me when I say that the 33,000 Protestant denominations argument is utterly false.
-In conclusion, the argument that Sola Scriptura does not work because it results in a endless cycle of confusion is based on a completely unfair case of intentional intellectual dishonesty.