Per Fidem Intrepidus means "Fearless Through Faith". My courage isn't my own, it comes from the Holy Spirit, it's my faith in God and my personal savior Christ Jesus that calms my fears and allows me to move forward in this fallen world. Personally I'm afraid of a lot of stuff, but having the faith that Jesus adopted me as his little, sin filled, brother keeps me going.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Random Bits

"I walk through this sinful world as a 
pilgrim in a foreign country" - CH Spurgeon
I was able to get away last weekend with Granddaughter #1 to view the turning leaves. Colorado is an interesting place and if you love autumn like I do, it's the perfect place to be. Down here at home (at 5000') the leaves haven't turned, but as you travel up the mountains the leaves are turning and are in their full glory at 9,000'. Up at 11,000' it was snowing - not enough to make a snowball (to Granddaughter #1's disappointment) but enough to be a harbinger of things to come.

To someone raised in the north east autumn here is a bit disappointing - there's no reds. Maple trees don't seem to enjoy the mountains, they only appear in very well manicured neighborhoods near the zoo. The intense golds of the Aspen trees are truly spectacular, but I miss the reds. Soon autumn will move down the mountains to us on the flat lands but until that time I have a couple more weekends to do what Grandfathers do best; teach their young charges about the mountains, woods, and interesting collectible critters (like crayfish) that God gave us as reminders of His Majesty, that He could make something so incredible as man, and something so simple like a drowse garter snake (and how much fun it is to show that garter snake to mom and grandma)

New Apostolic Reformation founder and self appointed Prophet/Apostle C. Peter Wagner is in the hospital. Can the faith healer heal himself? It looks like the prophet didn't see this coming

Speaking of the New Apostolic Reformation - I've mentioned in the past that the NAR is a hotbed of False Teachers and False Prophets, but also False Doctors too. Here's another new False Doctor: David Barton

It just keeps getting worse and worse...

Having an Atheist minister is like Alcoholics Anonymous hosting a pub crawl

Lesbian Lutheran Bishop Antje JackelĂ©n  the leader of the Lutheran Church in Sweden is colluding with Islamists to cover up radical Islamic barbarity

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Spurgeon Thursday - Heaven

Thy head may be crowned with thorny troubles now, but it shall wear a starry crown ere long; thy hand may be filled with cares—it shall sweep the strings of the harp of heaven soon. 

In heaven they marry not, but are as the angels of God; yet there is this one marvellous exception to the rule, for in heaven Christ and His Church shall celebrate their joyous nuptials. This affinity as it is more lasting, so it is more near than earthly wedlock. Let the love of husband be never so pure and fervent, it is but a faint picture of the flame which burns in the heart of Jesus. 

The damnation of sinners shall not mar the happiness of saints.

In the beatific vision it is Christ whom they see; and further, it is his face which they behold. They shall not see the skirts of his robe as Moses saw the back parts of Jehovah; they shall not be satisfied to touch the hem of his garment, or to sit far down at his feet where they can only see his sandals, but they “shall see his face;” by which I understand two things: first, that they shall literally and physically, with their risen bodies, actually look into the face of Jesus; and secondly, that spiritually their mental faculties shall be enlarged, so that they shall be enabled to look into the very heart, and soul, and character of Christ, so as to understand him, his work, his love, his all in all, as they never understood him before. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

WWUTT Wednesday - Don't Slap the Heretic

Nicholas of Myra smacks Arius
During the First Ecumenical Council in Nicaea, Bishop Nicholas of Myra got a little upset with a fellow named Arius. Arius was a Christian presbyter from Alexandria Egypt and was teaching at the Nicaean council that Jesus the Son was not equal to God the Father. Arius claimed that Jesus was created by the Father, is distinct from the Father, and is therefore subordinate to the Father, This belief is called Arianism and it undermines the orthodox doctrine of the Trinity. 

Angered with Arius' heretical teaching, Nicholas got up, walked across the room and slapped Arius in the face. Shocked that someone would commit violence in his presence, Constantine had Nicholas locked up in prison and allowed the Bishops to choose the appropriate punishment. The Bishops banished Nicholas to the North Pole, forced him to change his name to Santa and required him to raise reindeer and distribute toys for all eternity. And that's why on St. Nicholas day we're allowed to slap heretics.

Ok, I made bit about the North Pole and reindeer up. And please don't slap anybody, even on a Monday. To a Christian the ending of the actual Nicholas myth is just as weird. And to be honest the whole story is contrived, there's no evidence that Nicholas attended the Council of Nicaea or that Arius did either. The best evidence says that  Arianism was discussed and determined to be a Heresy

What is a heresy? As Amy Spreeman at Berean Research so perfectly says "Heresy is a false teaching about the essential doctrines of our faith" and to understand what a heresy is, we must first understand what those doctrines are first. The good folks at WWUTT have discovered that to remember what those doctrines are, you simply need to remember that DOCTRINE is an acronym for our doctrines. Please watch the video and don't slap any heretics. If they upset you I suppose it's ok to put coal in their stocking

Monday, September 26, 2016

Emergent Monday - Steven Furtick Superstar

I really do not like polluting a worship service with narcissism, manufactured miracles, and secular noise, the primary purpose of a worship service is to praise and worship God, not the pitiful accomplishments of man.
For all of us have become like one who is unclean, And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment; And all of us wither like a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. (Isaiah 64:6)
If Pastor Paratus stood before our congregation of Bereans during a worship service and started reciting the play-by-play of the on-going Denver Broncos game for no other reason than many of us in the congregation like the Denver Broncos, I'm sure that the board would have a meeting to discuss this. The service is to worship and glorify God, not the Denver Broncos. 

How could that possibly be any different than Steven Furtick's Elevation "Church" playing heavy metal secular music during a worship service simply because he likes it? Songs like the drug culture anthem Purple Haze by Jimmy Hendrix, music by the "theologians" Arrowsmith, the God glorifying hymn I Love Rock and Roll, and the center of all things worshipful New York New York must be found worshipful to the goats of Elevation church. Of course if you do not find this edifying it's probably because of your diminished intellectual capacity, or in the words of Steven Furtick:
“A lot of people don't like rock and roll in church because they're STUPID.” -Pastor Steven Furtick
Then again, what kind of explanation do you expect from someone who has publicly stated that they believe that Joel Osteen is "a great man of god"? It's not about what the congregation wants, it's not about what the church board wants, it's not even about what Steven Furtick Superstar wants, it's about what GOD wants.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Random Bits

"I walk through this sinful world as a 
pilgrim in a foreign country" - CH Spurgeon
It's been quite a busy week here in the shadow of My Mountain. Along with lots of visits with my ever expanding circle of doctors, I was on-call this week and I even got paged during the annual church picnic. The only thing I've had a chance to write (besides trouble tickets) is a response over at Alec Satin's While It's Yet Day. (You get extra points if you use "42" as the answer to an improperly worded question too)

That's not to say I didn't receive a lot of inspiration this week., Studying Hebrews with Pastor Paratus brings a lot of inspiration to mind, but so far most of the articles rattling around in my head will all be titled "What To Say To The JW At Your Door". Hebrews has the answer to all their accusations. But yesterday a friend asked my wife "Why doesn't your husband like Steven Furtick?" It's not that I don't like Steven Furtick, I've never met him. If we ever meet I may come to like him, but after Hey Haters! I'm not sure it would be a whole lot. Our friend is one of those souls that love flashing lights, loud secular music, and programs written by emergent, ecumenical authors whose works don't hold up to biblical standards. She's enthusiastic but we may have to talk about discernment. I'll write her a an answer to her question, but my next article will be on Mr. Furtick because I need to get away from the NAR for a while.

Mr. Pope displays even more biblical ignorance. If God wants to use war for His purposes, He will use it for His purposes... like He did throughout the Old Testament, and He did it without Mr. Pope's permission

Recently Andy Stanley has said that the bible should not be the foundation of Christianity. My response is a bit uncharitable, so instead I'll post Michael J, Kruger's response. It's not as humorous but MUCH more charitable

The Andy Stanley Cornucopia of False Teaching, Fast Talking, & Post Modern Ambiguity