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.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Spurgeon Thursday - Christian Soldiers

The Church of Christ is continually represented under the figure of an army; yet its Captain is the Prince of Peace; its object is the establishment of peace, and its soldiers are men of a peaceful disposition.

The spirit of war is at the extremely opposite point to the spirit of the gospel. Yet nevertheless, the church on earth has, and until the second advent must be, the church militant, the church armed, the church warring, the church conquering. And how is this?

It is the very order of things that so it must be. Truth could not be truth in this world if it were not a warring thing, and we should at once suspect that it were not true if error were friends with it. The spotless purity of truth must always be at war with the blackness of heresy and lies. ~ Charles H. Spurgeon

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

WWUTT Wednesday - Look At Me Being Humble!!!

I've always been very skeptical of those who profess to have the gift of healing and the gift of tongues. Not to be picking on Benny Hinn (I'll let the IRS do that) but where are these people he is said to have healed? In fact there is no documented evidence that a single one of these miraculous healings ever occurred. Mr. Hinn should be leaving a swath of perfect health in his wake as he jets around the globe.

And what verse in the bible covers "being slain in the spirit" anyhow?

Then there's glossolalia, the phenomenon of speaking in an unknown language, especially in religious worship. "Unknown language" is not what the bible says speaking in tongues is all about. If a visitor from Central Mongolia walked into your church and desperately wanted to hear the word of God but doesn't speak English, and the person sitting next to him who only speaks English suddenly begins translating the sermon in flawless Buryat so that the visitor understands, that's the gift of tongues. Suddenly babbling in something no one in the room understands is not. If I was in one of these churches that I've heard about that locks the door until someone starts speaking in tongues, after a long enough pause I'd break out in tongues:

Iyay eed-nay a andwich-say. Otty-pay Ake-bray!

Monday, May 22, 2017

There's Nothing 'Compassionate' About Helping People Get To Hell

Dear Christians, there’s nothing ‘compassionate’ about helping people get to Hell

By Matt Walsh, May 2, 2017

I received this email yesterday. The subject line, as you could guess, was “Compassion”:

Matt, you call yourself a Christian but you have no compassion. The Jesus I believe in just wants people to be compassionate towards each other. We are not told to be judgmental to others because of who they love or what lifestyle they choose to have or what gender they identify as. Who are you to say what is wrong or right? We shouldn’t be focused on talking about “sin” or telling other people that they might be going to Hell. You have no right to say what a “sin” is. Our job is to be compassionate to all! Compassionate isn’t when you’re judging or telling other people about their sins. I pray that you realize the error of your ways.

This is a good example of the bland salad of empty feeling and meaningless sentiment that often passes for “Christianity” in this country. You’ll notice that the adherents to this false version of the faith — and they certainly outnumber Christ’s true disciples by a large margin in our culture — have kidnapped, tortured, and destroyed many words that were previously very useful to Christians. A word like “judge,” for instance, has been so often misapplied and misconstrued by the Sentimental Christians that the rest of us almost have to leave off using it.

No word or concept, though, has been more thoroughly ruined by the Sentamentalists than “compassion.” They have settled on “compassion” as the most noble euphemism for their self-centered and lackadaisical theology, and now they can’t seem to talk about their faith for 2 minutes without tossing it out a dozen times. Unfortunately, there is no indication that they actually know what the word means.

The word compassion comes from the Latin for “co-suffering.” When we are “compassionate” towards another, we take on their suffering in the hopes of helping them towards some good end. This is what Christ did in the most perfect way when He came to Earth to suffer and die for the sins of Man. It was the greatest act of compassion in the history of the universe. The key point in Christ’s compassion is that it was a saving act. He didn’t just come down and give us a hug and say, “Hey, you guys are super. No need to change anything! Good job! Well, anyway, see ya later!” Rather, He shed light on the darkness and corruption of the world and then did something about it. He sacrificed Himself. He suffered with us and for us so that we can go to Heaven. 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Random Bits

"I walk through this sinful world as a 
pilgrim in a foreign country" - CH Spurgeon
I'm not sure if you noticed it, but the world is getting weird. And guess what - it's going to get worse. Accusations, incriminations, and lies are flying faster and faster. Are you dizzy yet? I have survived the days of student riots, civil uprising, presidential assassination and resignation, and personally I think it's worse now than it has been since the days of the civil war.

What as Christians do we do? We step back. We take a deep breath and try to calm the spinning heads of those that are caught up in the maelstrom of nonsense this world is becoming. We Do Not Do This! This is a time for Christians to stand apart from the crowd. We do not withdraw from society, we play our role as citizens, we obey the law and live on a level that transcends the law. We pass these days of turmoil reminding ourselves and our brothers and sisters that we are citizens of heaven.

As followers of the One who is the Truth (John 14:6), we are commanded to “speak the truth to one another” (Zechariah 8:16). As followers of the One who is love (1 John 4:8), we are commanded to do so “in love” (Ephesians 4:15). As followers of the “King of kings and Lord of lords” (Revelation 19:16), we are commanded to respect those in authority (Romans 13:1) while serving our highest authority (1 Corinthians 15:58). Our Lord, Master, and Savior is coming soon, let's be ready for Him.

Steven Furtick officially comes out of the closet and admits he's one of the New Apostolic Revelation. I can't wait for some Furtickated prophesy

This is the best reason I've seen in a while for homeschooling. This is what is teaching your children

The United Fellowship Center, a church whose doctrine solely centered on love and nothing else, closed it's doors a full year ago and said they were selling their building. When Nashville codes inspectors visited the building they found the congregation in full swing... so to speak

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Do Women Bloggers Create an Evangelical ‘Crisis of Authority’?

In a recent story at Christian Headlines.com Emily McFarlan Miller posited this accusation: Women Bloggers Spawn an Evangelical ‘Crisis of Authority’. The article quotes the Anglican priest Rev. Harrison Warren who wrote an article a few months ago and remarked 
... a lot of women are going outside their congregations to the internet for discipleship, is that they don’t have women in their congregations who can come to them, not just as buddies but with pastoral authority
The good reverend Harrison-Warren wrote an article entitled Who's In Charge Of The Christian Blogosphere? in  Christianity Today. The Reverend asks that Christian bloggers (and the article is primarily directed toward women bloggers) "have oversight and accountability that matches the weight of their authority and influence."

Oh, and by the way, this is Reverend Tish Harrison Warren. Her complaint is people, especially women type people, are *gasp!* writing about Christianity without any training or structure of authority.