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

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Bill Johnson and Gandalf's Staff?!?

False apostles, who are also objectively false teachers, love gimmicks. This short video from Bethel shows just how irrational and unbiblical these false teachers/false churches can get when they take their teachings from secular movies.


So, ask yourself -- Has racism ceased? it was supposed have ceased in the church the moment they declared it here with their "Apostolic Authority."


Thursday, November 11, 2021

Items For Giving Away

Not books this time, but printed matter nevertheless!


Three items are looking for new homes:


Sects of the Latter-day Saints, by Gordon H.Fraser.  Photocopy of the whole book; it was before I was on the 'net and I couldn't find a copy, so I borrowed the copy from the church I was attending at the time and copied it so I would have it for reference. It covers the RLDS (now known as the Community of Christ) and the polygamous sects.


John Whitmer's History, 1831 to 1838. Whitmer's own story; he was a "witness" to the Book of Mormon. Photocopy acquired through the Utah Lighthouse Ministry. Very interesting.


Behold, I Stand at the Door and Knock: What to say to Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses when they knock on your door, by Michael Licona. 52-page Pdf downloaded from the internet.



Also as always, this offer is only for those in the U.S.A. — due to postage costs elsewhere!  You can comment on this post requesting it with your address (comments are moderated and your address will not be posted) or you can email me your address at jude3.gctwm@yahoo.com.  As always, I determine the “winner” by what comes in my inbox first, and I will notify you either by return email or by a comment on the post. (Be patient for a response; I’m not on the computer all the time.)


Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Did He Really Say That?!?

As a reformed Christian, the  writer [author] believes that counselors must not tell any unsaved counselee that Christ died for him, for they cannot say that. No man knows except Christ himself who are his elect for whom he died.

Jay Adams, Competent to Counsel, pg.70

This is one of the major problems of Calvinist/Reformed ideology. The Bible says Christ died for ALL mankind but it is only efficacious for those who accept salvation through Christ.

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Children of the Cult


The following article was posted today at Midwest Christian Outreach apologetics site. I received it in my weekly email from this ministry and decided this one really needed to be shared here. So I asked Don if I could post the entire article on my blog and he graciously gave me permission to do so.


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Children of the Cult

by Don and Joy Veinot | Nov 4, 2021

Children of the Corn was a short story written by Stephen King and first published in 1977. It has since been adapted for film and television. It is a simple tale of a small town inhabited by a cult of children, all under the age of nineteen. The Christian church and Bible were deemed evil and therefore vandalized by the cult. A core doctrine was that before the children turned nineteen, they must commit suicide or be killed. This rule was mandated by an entity the cult refers to as, “He Who Walks Behind the Rows.” Even those members who do not like this rule submit out of fear of “He Who Walks Behind the Rows.” This is of course a fictional tale but is never-the-less a pretty accurate representation of children who are raised in cults and/or authoritarian religious groups. The powerful being they have been taught to believe in is an evil distortion of the God of Scripture. The young people today who leave authoritarian groups and/or cults, or are kicked out of their group, very often reject the “god” of the cult, but they do not realize Scripture too rejects the false god they were taught to believe in. They have realized they cannot possibly live up to the rigid standards imposed upon them, and so often they wander through life feeling as though God Himself has rejected them.


In 2002 our book, A Matter of Basic Principles: Bill Gothard and the Christian Life, was released. Although Gothardism is not theologically a cult – meaning that it does not reject essential tenets of the faith, such as the Trinity or the Deity of Christ – it is a patriocentric authoritarian group and can certainly be considered sociologically to be cultic. Authority is the key feature of Bill Gothard’s teaching. It is structured in such a way that the wife and children are essentially the property of the father. Authority, according to Bill Gothard, is an “umbrella of protection.” To get out from under the umbrella of protection is rebellion – and here Gothard sets a biblical hook with 1 Samuel 15:23 and quotes, “rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft.”


To demonstrate how this works, Gothard has an actual drawing of God holding a hammer which represents the father, beating on a chisel which represents the wife, who fractures the diamonds which represents the children. Somehow the love of God is lacking here.


Gothard claims his mandates are “non-optional principles,” though thankfully, not all his followers buy into his teachings as deeply or as consistently as others. Those who dive deeply into his authoritarian theorem, however, often become spiritually abusive, using God as the big stick to keep the wife and children “in line.” Of course, children should be taught to respect and obey both their parents, but they must also be shown real love and taught throughout their childhood how to live so they might face life as fully functioning God-honoring adults, who have the ability to deeply love others.


A few years ago, we got a call from a counselor who was dealing with a woman in her early forties who had grown up in Gothardism. Her “authority” (father) never let her court a potential spouse. Since she wasn’t married and had not thus been “transferred” to another authority, she was not given permission, even as an adult, to move out of the family home or even to hold a job. Her parents had recently passed away, and she was completely unprepared to live on her own. She was also terrified that she had somehow offended God and so deserved the awful fix she found herself in. She only knew of a God who represented cold authoritarianism and no grace at all.


A state senator who had been involved in a Gothard-influenced church for over 20 years called and ordered two cases of our book shortly after he had read it. He was concerned that many of his volunteers were young people who had grown up in Gothard’s ATI homeschooling with parents that had been quite involved in attending Gothard’s seminars. When the kids were old enough to legally leave their childhood homes, many left Gothardism and rejected God in favor of atheism or agnosticism. The senator wanted to help these young people realize they weren’t rejecting the true God of Scripture, but a god of Gothard’s invention. We often say that just because God and Gothard both begin with “Go” and end in “d,” they are not the same thing. Since those days we have met with many people who had been raised in that system to help them unknot the false beliefs they had developed either by his direct teaching or peer pressure. The goal is to help them better understand Who God is, what grace is, and how it works in their lives.


Another group, the late Gwen Shamblin’s Remnant Fellowship, is theologically and sociologically a cult. In addition to denying the deity of Christ, the doctrine of the Trinity, and salvation by grace alone, through faith alone in Christ alone, Remnant Fellowship is also extremely authoritarian. A recent note we received from someone who grew up in the group begins:


What lies ahead is years of emotional and developmental stunting… years of feeling alienated from secular peers because nobody taught you how to express emotions in a healthy way…Conflict and strife in your life will overwhelm you and feel foreign. You won’t know how to handle it and so you will forever fear the world around you, perceiving any imperfect person as suspicious because of the sin they could be living in. You have seen numerous people in your life disappear because sin took them away from you. You don’t want that to happen to you and so you stay…This works until you hit puberty. Suddenly your brain is going a mile a minute with questions, desires, passion, and empathy that you don’t understand. Are you being possessed? Are you being punished?


You start to ask questions of those [in the group] around you and they brush you away and tell you that they miss the version of you before you questioned everything…All anyone can tell you is that you simply aren’t good enough for God and that it’s your fault.


Note the similarities of this individual with the woman raised in Gothardism – “years of emotional and developmental stunting,” “nobody taught you how to express emotions in a healthy way,” “feeling alienated from secular peers,” “perceiving any imperfect person as suspicious.” This last one would include pretty much everyone since we are all imperfect, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) And to the child raised in Gothardism or Remnant Fellowship, so-called “secular peers” would include anyone outside of the tightly controlled group, whether or not they are Christian. They would think it obvious that no one is truly serving God if they are not “one of us.”


This is also true of people raised in the Jehovah’s Witnesses or other groups who have very similar stories to tell. Many children of the cults become atheists or agnostics or just walk this earth spiritually alone – shunned by “God’s people” and God Himself. It’s very scary to believe that you have lost God, even though their god is not the true God who loves them. Others turn from authoritarian cults to loosey-goosey New Age beliefs that are not grounded in any truth at all about God. There is a cost to false teaching, sometimes bringing severe consequences in this life, and often bearing eternal consequences as well. During His earthly ministry, Jesus expressed His concern over children:


So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish. (Matthew 18:14)


A little before that He said,


Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea. (Matthew 18:5-6)


One of our favorite passages of Scripture is the story of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15. It is the story of a disrespectful son who demands his share of his inheritance, leaves home, and lives badly, bringing disgrace upon his father. Our favorite part of the passage is what it tells us about the father when his son decides to return to his father’s house:


But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. (Luke 15:20)


Even from a distance, he knew his child’s walk. He didn’t wait for the boy to arrive; he ran to meet him. The father didn’t demand some sort of groveling, but “embraced and kissed him.” Cults and authoritarian groups do not understand that God loves us in spite of our fallen state, not because of our own inherent goodness. We cannot earn His love and Paul comments,


but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)


If you know of a person who is lost in the wilderness because of cult involvement, pray for them, lead them to a Father Who deeply loves them, and as much as possible, show them the love of God yourself.Ω

© 2021, Midwest Christian Outreach, Inc All rights reserved. Excerpts and links may be used if full and clear credit is given with specific direction to the original content.


Saturday, October 30, 2021

The Occult Nature of “Purgatory"

The movie "Purgatory" shows the fate of the soul that leaves the body after death. Mystics such as Fulla Horak, St. Faustina Kowalska and St. Padre Pio — people who have been graced by the visits of souls from purgatory — are only some of the protagonists featured in the movie. "Purgatory," tells the story of souls living both in bodies and those that have already left this world. It is also a reminder — in film form — of the most outstanding theologians and scientists, who have been studying the state of human consciousness upon the death of the body.


"Purgatory" opens today, October 28 in 700 theaters nationwide. To find a theater near you, click here.


Well, I’m not including the link to find the theater near you. This was received in my email on 10/28/21 from the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights; I signed up for this email newsletter because it has some good articles about culture.


This above paragraph alone demonstrates the occult and false nature of the papist doctrine of purgatory. To demonstrate the origin of, the lies about, and the unbiblical nature of purgatory, I’m posting below a section from my article Unbiblical Catholic Sin, Purgatory and Indulgences from June 2010.



Purgatory: Invented by Pope Gregory the Great in 593, this didn’t become dogma until 1439 because of so much reluctance to accept such an unbiblical idea. Catholicism teaches that Christ’s death made it possible to be forgiven of sin, but the sinner must still undergo some pain and torment in order to be purged and made acceptable to enter heaven. This “purging” is of unknown intensity and duration. “While Catholicism says it is theoretically possible to be cleansed through the sufferings of this life and one’s death, no one, not even the pope himself, can know whether that has occurred. Consequently, almost all Catholics expect to spend some unknown length of time in purgatory.” (Dave Hunt, A Woman Rides the Beast, p.475)


The Second Ecumenical Council of the Vatican, which was held from 1962 to 1965, stated this about purgatory: “The doctrine of purgatory clearly demonstrates that even when the guilt of sin has been taken away, punishment for it or the consequences of it may remain to be expiated or cleansed. … [I]n purgatory the souls of those who died in the charity of God and truly repentant but who had not made satisfaction with adequate penance for their sins and omissions are cleansed after death with punishments designed to purge away their debt.”


Paragraphs 1030-1032 of the Catechism say, “All who die in God's grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven. The Church gives the name Purgatory to this final purification of the elect, which is entirely different from the punishment of the damned. The Church formulated her doctrine of faith on Purgatory especially at the Councils of Florence and Trent. The tradition of the Church, by reference to certain texts of Scripture, speaks of a cleansing fire: ‘As for certain lesser faults, we must believe that, before the Final Judgment, there is a purifying fire. He who is truth says that whoever utters blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will be pardoned neither in this age nor in the age to come. From this sentence we understand that certain offenses can be forgiven in this age, but certain others in the age to come.’ This teaching is also based on the practice of prayer for the dead, already mentioned in Sacred Scripture: ‘Therefore [Judas Maccabeus] made atonement for the dead, that they might be delivered from their sin.’… The Church also commends almsgiving, indulgences, and works of penance undertaken on behalf of the dead.”


Catholics are taught that the living can help those in purgatory by saying prayers, giving alms and doing good works, which merits are then offered on the behalf of those in purgatory. Requesting a Mass on the behalf of the dead is supposedly the most effective means (usually money is provided to the priest for this service).


What does the Bible say?


[Christ] being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high. (Hebrews 1:3, NKJV)


But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. (2 Peter 1:9, KJV)


Since Christ died to purge our sins, there is no need for a purgatory. Additionally, Scripture says that when we die, we go to be immediately with the Lord and not in a place of purging (Luke 23:43; Philippians 1:23-24; 2 Corinthians 5:8).

Friday, October 29, 2021

More False Teaching From Bethel


This quote from the official Bethel Prophetic Instagram page is blatant heresy, but will be met with the usual cries from their bamboozled followers - "soooo good." This fascination with angels and the notion that we should discern their presence in order to "raise our faith" and "partner with them," is a gateway to further deception - forms of Mysticism and Gnosticism. Bethel is not a "church" that is "slightly off" in a few areas, they are a false church, taking many with them on a path of destruction. Mark and avoid! 

Famine in the Land Facebook post, 10/6/21.

Bethel Music supports this false teaching and is nothing but bait to get you hooked into Bethel.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Abortion: Advancing Women’s Rights?!?


Humanity sees abortion as an advancement of women’s rights, but in actuality, it ultimately leads to the devaluation of both women and human life by eliminating the true philosophical foundation of where our equality comes from Scripture, specifically, the Trinity. While men, women, and children may not be positionally equal they are by nature equal.  Just as the Father occupies a greater position than the Son, and the Father and Son occupy a greater position than the Holy Spirit, they possess the same nature and are co-equal, co-eternal and co-powerful by nature. Humanity’s attempt at creating an egalitarian society ­– as now defined by progressives ­– will only lead to tyranny. Again, if our rights and laws are not determined by God they will be arbitrarily determined by man.

Stephanie A. Potts, “How Do We Enslave Ourselves to the Law?”

Monday, September 27, 2021

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Demonic Mutilation

I have seen many young people with all sorts of body piercings and tattoos and always wonder what possesses them to do such things to their bodies. Piercings and tattoos are painful to get!


I understand piercing the ear lobes for post earrings, but how many holes does one ear need? I’ve even read and heard of piercings in the most intimate of places and can’t understand the reasons behind them unless they are from some evil suggestions.


A small tattoo here or there is bad enough (especially with women) but when tattoos cover huge areas of the body, I have to wonder how much pain was endured and for what purpose?


Aside from piercings and tattoos, there are the huge rings some put in their ears which make the person look absurd!


When I saw the photo above my first thought was “demon possession.”  I can think of no other reason or cause. Then I wondered how much demonic influence is leading our young people to mutilate the bodies that God has given them. 


Leviticus 19:28 tells the Jews/Israelites to not do such things “for the dead,” which I always take to mean in honor of the dead in some fashion. So if one is not doing it “for the dead,” does that make it okay?  I would suggest the answer is, “no, it is not okay.”


Mutilation of one’s body, whether for the nonsensical and unscientific ideology of “trans” persons or for any other reason, has to be based on sinful desires to begin with. 


The human body is the home of our spirit, and for Christians it is also the temple of the Holy Spirit.  Desecrating God’s temple is sin. Which is why Satan would probably like it when people do as the person in the photo has done.

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Muslims vs Christians in Politics


From The August 2021 Berean Call newsletter. Educate yourself.

Freedom for all Muslim?


FrontPageMag.com, 5/18/21, “Biden: ‘We Will Speak Out for Religious Freedom for All [Muslim] People’”]: In a world where religious persecution runs rampant, President Joe Biden has come out and forcefully condemned it. On May 16, he issued a brief video from the White House. Standing by the first lady, he said: “This administration will speak out for religious freedom for all people, including Uighurs in China and Rohingya in Burma. We also believe Palestinians and Israelis equally deserve to live in safety and security and enjoy equal measures of freedom, prosperity, and democracy.  My administration is going to continue to engage Palestinians and Israelis and other regional partners to work toward sustained calm.”


Biden always emphasizes the word “all”—as in “All people should be able to practice their faith with dignity”;....“this administration will speak out for religious freedom for all people.”


And yet, as the speech develops...it becomes clear who these “all” are: Muslims. Indeed, to anyone listening to the president who doesn’t know any better, it would seem that Muslims are being persecuted by non-Muslims—Israelis, Burmese, and Chinese—in an unprecedented manner.  Once again, and as usual, the opposite is closer to reality.


A study published in January 2021 found, for example, that 13 Christians are killed for their faith every day around the world; 12 are illegally arrested or imprisoned; 5 are abducted, and 12 churches or other Christian buildings are attacked daily. Overall, 340 million Christians “suffer very high or extreme levels” of persecution—meaning they are harassed, beaten, raped, imprisoned, and/or slaughtered on sight.


The study also relayed another interesting fact: of the 50 worst persecuting nations, 39 were Muslim—meaning that nearly 80 percent of the persecution that hundreds of millions of Christians around the world experience is being committee by Muslims.

Monday, September 6, 2021

What’s the Difference Between Soul and Spirit?


I often have to explain to people the difference between the soul and the spirit. The August 2021 issue of The Berean Call gave this excellent teaching on the subject.


Question: Could you please explain to me whether the soul and spirit are the same? If they are, why does the Word make a distinction between the two?


Response: First Thessalonians 5:23 clearly states, “I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless…. How might one differentiate between the soul and spirit? Hebrews: 4:12 tells us that the Word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the “dividing asunder of soul and spirit. There is a distinction between soul and spirit and it takes an extremely sharp (i.e., supernatural) instrument to discern it. Consequently, any attempt at human definition must fall short. The soul is said to include the mind, the will, and the emotions. Jesus, in His humanity, said that His soul was exceedingly sorrowful, even unto death…(Matthew 26:38, see also Job:10:1, Psalm:119:28, Zechariah: 11:8).


Some might point out that Jesus was also troubled in His spirit:When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you that one of you shall betray me(John:13:21). It is clear that the spirit addresses issues beyond the mind, the will, and the emotions.


When He was dying on the Cross, Jesus committed His “spirit” into His Father’s hands (Luke:23:46).  As for the human spirit, we know that at death it returns to the Lord who gave it (Ecclesiastes: 12:7; 2 Corinthians: 5:8: Philippians: 1:23). It was “souls” that stood before God.And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the Word of God(Revelation:20:4). Although Scripture gives us no exact definitions of soul and spirit, from the verses quoted and many others, we are assured that they are different parts of the makeup of humans.

Friday, September 3, 2021

Blog Ministry Winding Down


My life has become so complicated in recent months that I have found it difficult to get time to write articles which need much research, let alone posting the “Agglomeration” type articles. We seem to be away from home 3-4 days a week whether for only a couple hours or the whole day (which leads to a lot of eating out!!!).


What I want to do is have more time to focus on my “Anti-Mormon Blog,” since reaching Mormons with the truth was my introduction to apologetics back in 1974. I also want to keep my email ministry active where I receive many communications seeking information reference false teachers and cults as well as carrying on lengthy conversations with various cult members. I will also continue teaching classes about discernment in general and cults, etc, specifically (I have an upcoming class to teach about Mormons in adult Sunday school). So I am NOT stopping my ministry, just winding down the blog.


Since all my “Agglomeration” type posts are continual exposure of those false teachers and cults which are always in some sort of news for their latest antics, I am going to discontinue these — after all, you can end up beating a dead horse into the ground!


One person I would like to have time to really do a big report on is Timothy Keller; I’ve collected dozens of links to articles about his apostasy and false teachings but I’ve decided I just don’t have the time/desire any more. If anyone is interested in writing an article about him, I’ll be happy to send what I have and will even be happy to post the finished product on this blog!


Of course whenever I come across come good quotations I feel need to be shared, you will be seeing them. And as I have often done, if I come across a hymn which strikes me as something to share, that will also be posted.


I will still write smaller articles, or even bigger ones about topics I feel are important to share, but it won’t be often.


Lastly, for now anyway, I still have ten copies of the Personal Freedom Outreach Quarterly Journal which has the article I wrote about Hillsong. I can tell you that was a whole lot of work!  I’ll send them out to anyone requesting them until I run out.

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Are You a Parade Ground Christian?


A lot of Christians I know are parade-ground soldiers in the army of Christ. They need and enjoy a lot of comfort and security in life.


But the battles for life are fought in the Devil's territory beyond the security of our foxholes. And those who would walk with Christ must share His concern for the lost and dying people who cannot help themselves.


When we are called to pass in review, what will our service record look like?


Paul B. Long, Citizen Soldiers of World War II, pg.23

Monday, August 30, 2021

Don’t Say You Will do Something, Just Do It!


Today’s “worshipers” seem content to sing, over and over, or example, “I will sing of your love forever,” or “I love to praise you, Lord,” or “We have come into your house to worship you,” or similar empty phrases. Why are they “empty?” The answer is obvious to anyone who stops to think for a moment.


To repeat the phrase, “I will sing of your love forever,” is not singing of His love at all. You are only saying you are going to sing of His love. If you are sincere, then stop promising to sing of His love and get to it! Sing of His love! Recite what He has done in love, how much He has loved you, and tell Him how much you love Him and why. This should be obvious.


The same is true of “I love to praise you, Lord,” or “We’ve come to worship you.” This is neither praise nor worship but merely saying that you love to praise Him or are going to worship Him. If so, then let’s praise and worship Him! Praise is not saying that you love to praise, nor is worship promising to worship. Let’s really do it!


The Berean Call, June 2021, “Questions & Answers.”

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Agglomeration

Well, ladies and gents, it time for another trip through interesting articles and some that will get you really shaking your heads. The first two articles linked to are to get you thinking while the rest are to continue warning my readers about the horrible false teaching wolves who prey of the naive and gullible. So let’s get started.


The End of Comfortable Christianity?


How Difficult was the Book of Revelation’s Journey into the Canon?


I can never understand how anyone can accept the nonsense spewed by Kenneth Copeland! The man is a pawn of Satan.


Steven Furtick — one of the most vicious wolves out there.  He even claims to be God.


This “professor of theology” is a 100% racist


Disgusting: this man is no pastor.


Beth Moore abuses Scripture to become part of the COVID cult.


Kris Vallotton is one vicious wolf.


Hillsong continues its dance with Papism.


Rick Warren gets worse as time goes by.


Todd White — how can anyone calling themselves a Christian take this guy seriously? He looks and acts like a tool of Satan.


Jesse Duplantis is an evil deceiver enriching himself off gullible people.


Bethel continues to have some of the most bizarre teachings. This “pastor” also says that God doesn’t know the future.


Here’s a false prophet I've noted once before— Kat Kerr. I will never understand why anyone would follow weirdos like this. Then there is NAR “prophet” George Karl who claims Jesus told him they are “always drunk in heaven.”


The state of the Church today. This is what happens when Hillsong, Bethel, Elevation Church, and their ilk not only breed their own false Christians but spread their evil into gullible assemblies who accept their horrendous music into their congregations. This cited 60% cannot be true believers in the atonement of Christ - the are false brethren.