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, August 29, 2019

The Good - For Education and/or Edification

I’m looking for my life to settle down eventually so I can start writing articles again vs just sharing links to other articles.  Now, I do think it is important that these links are shared so more people can be educated not only on the bad stuff happening in the church, but also on the good teachings available for edification.

I’m still doing lots of medical tests and within the next two weeks I will be finished with tests and then wait for surgery to fix a torn tendon in my rotator cuff. So it seems as if we are not home much, which can be easily seen in the weeds over-taking the gardens!

Well, with all that intro, here is another collection of links to interesting articles. I hope you will find the articles to be worth the read.

Is the Gospel No Longer Enough for Black Christians?  “Social Justice” has no place in the Christian Church.

Thought-provoking political article — How socialism violates all Ten Commandments. Although I disagree about violating the law of the Sabbath, because Christians don’t have a Sabbath, and Sunday isn’t the Sabbath anyway.

Proper, correct church discipline!

What is a cult?  Signs to look for.

Is the Apocrypha Scripture? NO!  There are errors. There are other good reasons to reject it. Three early church “fathers” had things to say about it.

Psychiatry — told ya so!

“Sexual Orientation” is a psychological concept and not reality. Analogous to “alcoholism” instead of drunkenness.

Was Jesus tempted by homosexuality?  Of course not — but the LEFTISTS defending homosexuality wants you to think so.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, August 23, 2019

More Wolves and False Teachings

Beware of Bible Study Fellowship. From last summer!

The United Methodist Church and its love affair with homosexuality has taken it to virtually total apostasy.  Oh the apostasy of the Methodists!

Preachers N’ Sneakers.  These people are wolves enriching themselves at the expense of the sheep.

About Josh Harris and other apostates. Brian Houston excuses the apostasy of one of his song-writers by claiming that he wasn’t a leader.  I agree with Jeff Maples — writing songs for a group makes you a leader, even a “worship” leader.

How Hillsong and Brian Houston are Destroying Christianity.  I disagree with the headline because no one can destroy Christianity.  I’d say they are totally misrepresenting Christianity which destroys people’s beliefs about what Christianity is. After all, what kind of a church puts on a circus show?!?

The Gospel Coalition is just about totally apostate.

How can the ELCA church continue to call itself Christian, let alone Lutheran?!?!  And it gets worse.

An extensive, yet informative article about Roman Catholicism heresy and the cry for unity with Rome.

The unbiblical, aberrant nonsense of Jennifer LeClaire. Avoid this wolf and everything she says!

These people are really worshipping the devil as they blaspheme God.

So fake miracles are okay?!?!?!  Exactly why the International House of Prayer is a dangerous place.

Did he really say this?!?!

If this doesn’t prove that Bethel Redding is an ungodly apostate and heretical goat-pen, nothing will.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

You Are Responsible

Individual Christians and local churches alike must take responsibility for the styles of leadership they follow. If it is true that Christian leaders are responsible before God for the teaching they provide, the models they display, and the directions they take, it is no less true that Christians and Christian assemblies are responsible for choosing what and whom they will emulate.

D.A. Carson, A Model of Christian Maturity: An Exposition of 2 Corinthians 10:13, pg.40

Friday, August 16, 2019

Lot’s of Good Stuff

As busy as I have been lately with doctor appointments and playing for funerals, I still try to get daily reading taken care of, all the while collecting links to articles I feel need sharing.  So here are the links I’ve been collection since the last time I posted “good stuff.”

Mark’s Gospel and Pentecostal snake-handling.

Are We Called to Literally Eat Christ’s Flesh and Drink His Blood? Excellent examination of the Papist heresy of transubstantiation.

Where Did Jesus Say, “I Am God; Worship Me?  Interesting examination comparing Muslim teachings with the Bible.  However, I do think Jesus’ “I am” statements should have been included in this examination of Scripture.

Perhaps we should agree that reparations should be paid?

From the Mary of the Bible to the Mary of Manifold Devotions. Good examination of Catholic idolatry of Mary.

Really, there is no such thing as a “gay Christian.” Christians do not identify themselves by their sexual desires.

I’ve looked through this site just a bit (recommended to my by another blogger) and it seems to have some good information.

I LOVE this article and how it addresses what I’ve said all along — that infants who die are indeed saved.

Don’t forget about the “pickle juice.”

Some good information about the Christian Science cult.

The feminist lies to discern and avoid.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Be Careful What You Do With Genesis

I agree with [old earth creationists] that people can believe the Gospel without reference to Genesis. The problem is that the Bible doesn’t present our sin problem as a mere existential crisis untethered to the history of humanity and the world (The good news without the bad news is no news at all!). History grounds theology; that’s not true just in the New Testament, but also in the Old, from which the New Testament got its concern for history (Redemptive history and evolution don’t mix and Remembering God’s mighty acts: The Bible calls us to read its narrative in ways that contradict ‘deep time’). The issue isn’t that Genesis is a part of the gospel; the issue is that playing fast and loose with the history of Genesis can lead people to distort or disregard the gospel. Why? The Gospel is not so easily removed from its redemptive-historical context as long-agers would like (for a book-length treatment of this, see Creation, Fall, Restoration).

Shaun Doyle (Creation Ministries International), The Berean Call email “Update,” 7/30/19.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The Way of the Heretic

The heretics were never dishonest men; they were mistaken men. They should not be thought of as men who were deliberately setting out to go wrong and to teach something that is wrong; they have been some of the most sincere men that the Church has ever known. What was the matter with them? Their trouble was this: they evolved a theory and they were rather pleased with it; then they went back with this theory to the Bible, and they seemed to find it everywhere.

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Studies in the Sermon on the Mount

Saturday, August 10, 2019

More Wolves and False Teachings

The only thing I have trouble with in reporting these things is which things are more important in the huge line-up of wolves and false teaching popping up all over the place.  Sadly, here are the choices for this week.

Beth Moore, again.  So if an adulterer chooses to not practice the sin (beyond thinking about it), does that mean he is “sacrificing” himself for that cause?

Well, now CRU is teaching the false idea “Christian homosexual” — joining the PC bandwagon so many Christians have apostatized to. CRU is teaching this to YOUNG people!!

The Gospel Coalition continues its spiral in apostasy.
And concerning that author, Rachel Gilson.  Wow! And posting at John Piper’s ministry!

An excellent commentary about Josh Harris and his denouncing his faith.  Is this perhaps a reason he denounced?  More photos of the “rainbow” issue.

Stupid Pastor Tricks.  Don’t be fooled.

Matt Chandler has joined the “white privilege” preachers.  No, there is no such thing as “white privilege.” This ideology was developed by anti-caucasian racists.

What’s Wrong With The Bible Project?  I’d never heard of this project prior to this excellent article exposing it. I guess I just don’t get around on the ‘net.

Beware of church leadership having friendships with celebrities who teach falsely.

Dangerous homeschooling curriculum to be alert to.

Todd White proves again why he is a dangerous false teacher.

Beware of Lisa Bevere.

Catholics fail to remember how Jesus whipped the money-changers out of the temple.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Qualifications for Marriage?

Today is the 43rd anniversary of the day I married my wonderful wife, as well as the 45th anniversary of the day we first met.  So marriage is my topic today.

There is a Christian blogger who I think is probably about 40 years old, who has yet to marry, and, with his demands for his spouse to be he will probably NEVER marry.  Yet he often spews out requirements for spouses. I doubt if many Christian marriages would ever have taken place if we followed what he demands for a qualified mate. Let me give you some examples of his diatribes (unfortunately, too many Christians have the same ideas): 

How does a marriage happen? Basically, a marriage-minded man prepares himself for marriage by denying himself “fun” in order to position himself to be a husband and father. He studies hard STEM subjects in order to get good jobs. His resume is gap-free. He started working early, and didn’t take summers off. He saves his money. He understands beliefs that are incompatible with marriage, such as pro-abortion, pro-divorce, etc. and he is able to argue against them. When he meets a woman, he presents his preparations to her, and tries to get her to focus on behaviors that will put her on a path to becoming a wife and mother. If she follows his lead, then she becomes safe for him to marry.
Okay, this leaves me out — I was just plain un-marriageable according to him.  I enlisted in the Army before I finished high school so that I went active duty two weeks after graduation. I trained as a combat engineer and as a paratrooper and served for 4 years 8 months. During this time my goal was to eventually leave the service and get a job flying. To that end I joined the flying club and acquired a commercial pilot license with a multi-engine rating, and started on an instrument rating which I finished after leaving service. I also acquired a helicopter rating. All this time I saved virtually no money because it was mostly spent on flying lessons (not that the Army paid that much either in the early 1970s). When I left the Army at the end of February 1975 I had virtually no cash and a paid-for 1972 VW Super Beetle. Oh, and I had become a Christian just 13 months earlier! 

Out of the Army I worked six weeks as a carpenter’s apprentice at minimum wage while looking for better occupations. I left that job for twice the pay as a letter-sorting machine operator with the main Post Office in Columbus, OH, all the while seeking an aviation job. In 1976 I was laid off and had to work another part-time job just to make my rent payment, so when I got married that year I was living by the skin of my teeth — my new in-laws even paid for my tuxedo as well as the one for my best man (an Army friend).  As time went by I was finally back to full-time at the P.O. until September 1978 when I was picked up by the FAA to begin my 30-year career as an air traffic controller. 

Well, I did indeed understand the Christian faith and had already begun studying apologetics when I met my wife, so I had ONE qualification.

Women [need to] switch from non-STEM to STEM degrees. To quit easy jobs like waitress and teacher and get hard jobs like IT Project Manager or Software Engineer. To stop wasting money on thrill-seeking and instead pay off loans, then invest. To stop watching TV and movies, and start reading good non-fiction books about marriage, parenting, apologetics, economics, etc. And [be informed] about marriage related topics, e.g. – divorce, infertility, child development, homeschooling, daycare, school choice.
What about my lovely lady? Well, she only finished her second year of college towards a degree in horticulture the spring of 1976, dropping out because she wanted to “just” be a wife and mother. She had “easy” jobs working at a steak house, McDonald's, and even working for “Manpower” - an employment agency which sent people to temporary jobs. She didn’t waste money but she also didn’t have much of a savings.  She never really liked reading books, and only reads for entertainment for the most part. She was raised a Christian but had no clue about apologetics, and her education about marriage and parenting was from her own parents. Homeschooling was unknown. So with no STEM degree, I just don’t know how she was marriageable material!

So, I guess now I’ll issue my advice to women in their 20s on how to avoid being single and childless at 35.
Money gives men confidence to pull the trigger on marriage, so you should focus your efforts on men with a solid balance sheet and a gap-less resume. 
Wow, Jill was 20 when she married me and I was broke! I guess she blew it there.

Beware of men who paint a rosy picture of their finances in the future that makes you feel good, but who have not demonstrated their ability to earn or save. 
I never painted a rosy picture, but she knew my goals were in aviation, and that I would take care of her no matter what our financial situation would be.

It’s much better to focus your time on a man who can marry you right now. The best way to tell if a man is capable of marriage is not by listening to confident words, it’s by looking to see how he has prepared to perform his roles, one of which is provider.
Well, as far as she was concerned, my wife knew I could marry her when she was ready. It had nothing to do with my balance sheet, but everything to do with my character.

Be debt free. Study STEM in school, update your resume, and get a job that pays well. Jobs are not meant to be fun or fulfilling. You need to be preparing financially for marriage, and that means a normal 8-4:30 job in an office with 3% annual raises and 401K matching. 
Well, she was debt free, but there goes that STEM requirement again. She really didn’t prepare financially for marriage because when I met her she was only 18. 

Having a rationally-grounded Christian worldview is essential to the roles of wife and mother. A Christian man cannot be confident about the trustworthiness of a Christian woman’s convictions unless she demonstrates her ability to defend those convictions to non-Christians in the ordinary way that she can surely defend other truth claims in areas where she does have the knowledge. If I ask a Christian nurse to defend the claim that germs are real, she will appeal to logic and evidence. I expect her to have put in as much work into defending the claims of Christianity, and to use the same methods: logic and evidence.
Well, Jill’s state was with a very simple faith when I met her, so she failed this guy’s qualifications.  But guess what, she matured in the faith during our marriage and does a good job of defending it!

So to sum up, in this guy's ideology, to be marriageable you need a STEM degree and lots of money saved up, with a 401K, a super-mature Christian faith which can lead to apologetics battles with the best of them. Never work a low-skilled job — that’s for losers!

Okay, now let me tell you what one really needs to have as qualifications for Christian marriage:
Solid Christian faith with reliance on God to lead your life.
Good character.

Yep, that’s it. With good character both will do their best to make a good marriage, to work together providing for a family financially as well as raising children.

My wife may not have a STEM degree, but she is the most caring, compassionate, loving person I have ever known. Her character shines and she has been loved by the many elderly women she has ministered to, the younger women she has mentored, and the hundreds of children she has encountered working part-time in public schools, Sunday schools, and VBSs, as well as the many children of friends over the years.

The point of this article is to encourage you to worry more about seeking a person with good character and a strong faith than to seek a person with a huge bank account and STEM degrees.