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, January 31, 2019

Homosexuality and the Catholic Church

The sexual abuse of boys by Catholic clergy is now a mushroom cloud hanging over the Church. … But the Church invited this scandal when it began allowing homosexuals to enter its seminaries in the 1960s. They did so because of the difficulty of recruiting young men into the priesthood who quite naturally wanted to marry and have families. As more and more homosexuals flooded seminaries and then went into the priesthood, a culture of homosexuality was fostered in the church with all its attendant pathologies.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Objectively Test Belief

There must be an objective test for what we believe. Experience is not a test; a many may become very happy and live a much better life than he did before, though he believes something that is not true. Things with are not true in and of themselves may appear at first to do us good because, of course, the devil can turn himself into an angel of light; it is pathetic to notice the way in which some people forget that teaching. We must never base our doctrines upon experience, but upon truth.

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Monday, January 28, 2019

Orthodoxy and Orthopraxy

One’s theology will inevitably affect Christian living. Right worship and right service flow from right thoughts about God. One whose theology is impoverished or distorted will be hindered in his relationship with, service to, and worship of the Living God.

James K.A. Smith, “Theological Preaching: ‘Congregation Repellent?’” The Emmaus Journal, Vol.2/No.3, pg.196

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Interesting Articles for Your Edification

Origin of the Christmas tree?

John 6:51-55 and transubstantiation. Twisting of Scripture by Rome.

Did Ignatius teach transubstantiation, as Rome claims he did? No, he did not. What about Justin Martyr? Again, nope. Clement of Alexandria? Huh, uh.  Perhaps Tertullian? Sorry, Rome, but he didn’t teach it either!  Rome has been lying for way too long so as to keep their congregants bound to rituals.

Interesting study of the Nativity stories.

Five Biblical Reasons Homosexuality is Worse than Most Other Sins.

A good history lesson about Pentecostalism.

The Trinity in the Old Testament, Part 1. Part 2. Part 3.

How Sunday schools are raising the next generation of secular humanists.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Personal Bible Notes: Luke

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

1:44: What Elizabeth is carrying is a baby—not a blob of tissue.

2:6: “While they were there…”  They did not just arrive!
2:7: “at the inn.” Actually a guest room, probably with relatives.
2:15: “Let’s go”: in the Greek urgency is implied.
2:36:  Anna was about 105 years old.
2:39: Takes place after returning from Egypt.

3:14: Notice that he didn’t say to leave the Army.
3:23: Joseph was the legal son of Hell, who died childless and his brother married his wife.

4:7: Satan’s offer is a lie. See Mat. 28:18

7:49: “began to say among themselves.” : “among” means “in themselves,” i.e, talking to themselves.

8:19-20: Jesus’ literal brothers from the same mother.
8:22-25: Did they recognize this is God in Ps.107?

9:1-2, 54:  Shows the power and authority of the apostles.
9:58: “nests”: should read “roosts” — roosts are not always nests.
9:61: “say good-bye”: Take leave of, to explain why leaving.

10:16:  Rejecting Christ is rejecting God.
10:33: “compassion.” A gut-level reaction.

11:45: Jesus didn’t care that the truth insulted.

13:34: “not willing.”  Notice Jesus did not say “not able.”

Chapter 15: three parables of something lost being searched for and eventually found.

15:8-10: Hebrew for this coin is “zuzim,” which also means “those who have moved away, departed.” Jesus’ play on words? 
15:12: By asking for inheritance now, he essentially desire’s his father’s death.
15:12: “to them.” The second son also take his inheritance.
15:14: Old Syriac adds: “He scattered his property in foods that are not fitting because he was living wastefully with harlots.”
15:19: “hired hands”: he was not ready to make himself a slave.
15:21: Because he was not ready to take care of his father in his old age.
15:30: “this son of yours”: The remaining son did not want to recognize the other as his brother.
15:11-32: the remaining brother never searched for his lost brother nor rejoiced when he was found. The end left the Pharisees hanging—what decision should the older son make? Accept sinners when returning from sin?

16:13: “money”: “anything of value.”
16:16: “strongly urged to enter it.” Notice God does not force them.

18:15: “infants” - i.e. babies
18:15: “rebuked them” — rebuked the mothers and children.
18:16: “children” — i.e. followers.
18:20: Jesus did not mention the commandment against coveting because that was the issue he was going to address.
18:23-25: Being rich wasn’t the problem — not willing to part with it was. The rich generally tend to be self-sufficient and aren’t interested in the things of God.

22:36: Arm yourself for defense.
22:42: “this cup”: Cup of wrath. See Psalm 11:6; Isaiah 51:17; Jeremiah 25:15; Ezekiel 23:33-34.

22:61: “looked at”: Looked at with perception.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Personal Bible Notes: Mark

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

Most notes made for Matthew about parallel passages in Mark aren’t repeated. Otherwise, these are my margin notes for Mark.

3:14-15: Shows the authority of the apostles.
3:31:-31: Jesus has REAL brothers and sisters from the same mother.

4: 24: The measure of how you hear and use the Word.
4:35-41: Did they recognize this is God in Ps.107?

6:3: “son of Mary” vs son of Joseph, recognizing that Joseph wasn’t Jesus’ father. Also notes Jesus had REAL brothers and sisters from the same mother.
6:7: Again shows the authority of the apostles.

9:33:  “Satan” means “adversary.” So is he calling Peter “Satan” or “adversary”?
9:29: the need to be humble before God.
9:38-39: A “dig” against the apostles because their lack of success in 9:29; be humble!

10: 7: “joined”— literally “cemented.”
10:14: Heaven is for children—they are innocent.

13:30: “This generation”: The generation who sees the signs.

14: 36: “this cup”: Cup of wrath. See Psalm 11:6; Isaiah 51:17; Jeremiah 25:15; Ezekiel 23:33-34. [note also to be added at Matt.26:39; newly added on 1/20/19]

16:18: The Greek has conditional clauses, i.e., “If they be compelled to pick up snakes…to drink poison.” Not a voluntary thing!

16:20: Signs confirmed the apostles!

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Politics and Morality

Political action will not change people spiritually. Moralistic preaching did not help Sodom. The only thing that will change a Sodomite is repentance and faith.

David J. MacLeod, “The Judgment of Sodom,” The Emmaus Journal, Vol.2/No.3, pg.163

Friday, January 18, 2019

God Is Spirit, Light, and Love

God is spirit as to His essence; He is not flesh and blood. To be sure, Jesus Christ now has a glorified body in heaven, and one day we shall have bodies like His body. But being by nature spirit, Go is not limited by time and space the way His creatures are.

God is light. This refers to His holy nature. In the Bible, light is a symbol of holiness and darkness is a symbol of sin (1 John 1:5-10; John 3:18-21)Go cannot sin because He is holy. Because we have been born into His family, we have received His holy nature (2 Peter 1:4; 1 Peter 1:14-16).

God is love. This does not mean that “love is God.” And the fact that two people “love each other” does not mean that their love is necessarily holy. It has accurately been said that “love does not define God, but God defines love.” God is love and God is light; therefore, His love is a holy love, and His holiness is expressed in love. All that God does expresses all that God is. Even His judgments are measured out in love and mercy (Lam. 3:22, 23).

Much that is called “love” in modern society bears no resemblance or relationship to the holy, spiritual love of God. Yet we see banners saying “God is love!” displayed at many festivals, particularly where young people are “doing their own thing”—as if one could dignify immorality by calling it “love.”

Warren W. Wiersbe, Be Real [commentary on 1 John], pg.138-139

Wednesday, January 16, 2019


You should discern in the Bible what God says to different people at different times; there are passages that apply specifically to the Jews, or to the Gentiles, or to the Church (1 Cor.10:32). You must be careful to distinguish between them. Though all of the Bible was written for you, not all of it was written to you.

Warren W. Wiersbe, Be Real [commentary on 1 John], pg.96

Monday, January 14, 2019

Bad and Ugly Stuff in the Church

Hillsong’s Brain Houston wins the False Teacher of the Year Award.

More proof that the Pope is a pawn of Satan.

First it was the priests who sexually molested children, now it’s the nuns.  This is what happens when you force your people to abstain from sex — they do it secretly!

Pedophilia and homosexuality are rampant in the Catholic Church, not just in the USA but all over the world. This paragraph is very telling: But the Church invited this scandal when it began allowing homosexuals to enter its seminaries in the 1960s. They did so because of the difficulty of recruiting young men into the priesthood who quite naturally wanted to marry and have families. As more and more homosexuals flooded seminaries and then went into the priesthood, a culture of homosexuality was fostered in the church with all its attendant pathologies.

Beth Moore.  I really wish this narcissist would go away so we’d never again hear from her with her horrid teachings.  Just what do we do with her?!?!

Rank heretic and vicious wolf Kenneth Copeland is again claiming God tells him things; God has told him he will live to be 120 years old so he can continue to preach the “gospel.”  All Copeland ever taught were the lies of Satan.

More proof that Jimmy Carter worships a different God and different Christ than who we find in Scripture. This is nothing less than pure blasphemy. His ideology is the reason he was the worst President in history—that is, until Obama.

Todd White is a dangerous, demon-lead wolf.  I just don’t understand why anyone would listen to him.

Francis Chan is another dangerous wolf.

A closure to the Harvest Bible Chapel/James MacDonald lawsuit situation. He needs “to confess, repent, and resign.”

Christine Caine: her teachings are straight from hell.

For once, I agree with Andy Stanley, although not for the same reason.  The 10Cs were never meant for anyone but Israel, as I demonstrated in this article about the Sabbath. However, as I note in my article, nine of the ten are what Paul says are planted in the heart of everyone, and are all noted as binding in the New Testament. As for erecting 10C monuments, Stanley doesn’t seem to understand that they memorialize the moral laws which are the foundation of the Church as well as society as a whole.

Thabiti Anyabwile continues to demonstrate that he is not qualified to be a pastor. He promotes illegal activities.

Friday, January 11, 2019

The Subtle Advance of Worldliness

It is important to note that no Christian becomes worldly all of a sudden. Worldliness creeps up on a believer; it is a gradual process. First is the friendship of the world (James 4:4). By nature, the world and the Christian are enemies (“Marvel not, my brethren, it the world hate you,” 1 John 3:13). A Christian who is a friend of the world is an enemy of God. 

Next, the Christian becomes “spotted by the world” (James 1:27). The world leave its dirty marks on one or two areas of his life. This means that gradually the believer accepts and adopts the ways of the world.

When this happens, the world ceases to hate the Christian and starts to love him! So John warns us, “Love not the world!”—but too often our friendship with the world leads to love. As a result, the believer becomes conformed to the world (Rom. 12:2) and you can hardly tell the two apart.

Warren W. Wiersbe, Be Real [commentary on 1 John], pg. 73-74

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Love and Hate

In more than one area of life, love and hate go hand in hand. A husband who loves his wife is certainly going to exercise a hatred for what would harm her.

Warren W. Wiersbe, Be Real [commentary on 1 John], pg.65

Monday, January 7, 2019

The Trouble With Lying

One problem with dishonesty is that just keeping a record of our lies and pretenses is a full-time job! Abraham Lincoln used to say that if a man is going to be a liar, he had better have a good memory! When a person uses up all his energy in pretending, he has nothing left for living; and life becomes shallow and tasteless. A person who pretends not only robs himself of reality, but he keeps himself from growing: his true self is smothered under the false self.

Warren W. Wiersbe, Be Real [commentary on 1 John], pg.35

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Sin Has Unchangeable Consequences

God can and will cleanse the record, but He does not change the results. No one can unscramble an egg.

Warren W. Wiersbe, Be Real [commentary on 1 John], pg. 30

Thursday, January 3, 2019

The Need to Distinguish Error

As never before, Christians today need ability to distinguish between right and wrong, between truth and error. The notion is widespread, in our generation, that there are no “absolutes”—that nothing is always wrong and that nothing is always right. False doctrines, therefore, are more prevalent than at any time in history--and most men and women seem to be willing to accept almost any teaching except the truths of the Bible.

Warren W. Wiersbe, Be Real [commentary on 1 John], pg.23