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.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Is N.T. Wright a Christian?

This is an excerpt of John MacArthurs address to the 2017 Lingonier National Conference

Maybe more subtle and certainly more pervasive is what is currently being called the new perspective on Paul. It’s been propagated by a man by the name of N.T. Wright. You could kind of shift that a little and make it New Testament wrong, and you’d be closer to reality.

But N.T. Wright has written hundreds and hundreds of pages on the gospel, and the more you read of it, the less you understand what he affirms. It is confusing, it is ambiguous, it is contradictory, it is obfuscation of the highest level. Academic slight of hand. But while I cannot figure out what it is that he does believe, even after hundreds of pages, it is crystal clear what he does not believe.

More recently, he has written a book ‘The Day the Revolution Began’ and in that book he says this, “We have paganized our understanding of salvation, substituting the idea of God killing Jesus to satisfy his wrath for the genuinely biblical notion we are about to explore.” So, all of us who believe in the substitutionary death of Christ on the cross have been worshiping a paganized perversion of biblical truth now to be clarified by him.

Another quote, “That Christ died in the place of sinners is closer to the pagan idea of an angry deity being pacified by a human death than it is to anything in either Israel’s Scriptures or the New Testament,” end quote. He’s clear on what he rejects; he rejects substitutionary atonement of Christ, he rejects imputation, he rejects the gospel. He says, “To worship God as one who justifies through sacrifice and by imputation is nonsense.”

Friday, August 11, 2017

Random Bits

"I walk through this sinful world as a 
pilgrim in a foreign country" - CH Spurgeon
Moon Madness Special!

Sometimes putting this blog together is too easy. On Monday the moon will come between the Sun and Cheyenne Wyoming which makes a full eclipse the second coolest thing to happen in Cheyenne. With a regularity that makes waterfowl migration look impromptu, the eclipse forces the wolves and weirdos come out of the woodwork to spread their own Gospel inspired by a normal. natural occurrence. Gone is the atoning sacrifice of Jesus to be replaced by charts, numbers, calculations, and talk about apocalypse, tribulation, and end times.

I just want to shout from the rooftops "It's Just A Shadow!" and foaming multitudes reply "It's a sign!" So What? Everything is a sign! Every breath you take, every smile on every child, every drop of rain is a sign of God's love, Look around you at what society is doing, it's a sign of God's wrath! You need a shadow? And Jesus' words ring in my head: Do you know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but cannot discern the signs of the times? (Matthew 16:3) Oh well, here's 10 of my favorites

Moon Madness 1 - Eight "Christian Leaders" tell us exactly what to think of the eclipse

Moon Madness 2 - Can "America's Eclipse" truly be a prophetic sign if John Hagee didn't write a book about it?

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

WWUTT Wednesday - Return Traffic

Once upon a time our computers actually used a wire (shocking as it may seem) to speak to another computer. When your computer tried to communicate with another computer the sound it made was akin to someone throwing a tomcat into a room full of ducks. 

This was the modem, which is short for Modulator - Demodulator. two devices built into one box. The demodulator converts signal to something your computer understands, the modulator converts your computers signal to something other computers understand. In the outside world, the mod and the demod may not be in the same device, or even on the same network, but they work together to provide two way communication between device A and device B. When device A talks to device B it sends the info out of the modulator, B replies which A receives with its demodulator. We call this reply "Return Traffic"

We have two way communication with God too. He has many devices which He can use to speak to us, primary being His word; the bible. Return traffic from us is prayer, our modulator is the Holy Spirit;
26 In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; 27 and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. (Romans 8:26-27)

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Guilt By Association

Not long ago I was rebuked by a reader for implying that Steven Furtick was less than a legitimate teacher because he associated with TD Jakes and handed $35,000 to Jakes, which is the average annual income of a member of Jakes' church. The reader was a bit upset because in his thinking Furtick's association with TD Jakes didn't make Furtick a heretical false teacher too, and I was just being judgmental. 

When I see false teachers like Mark Driscoll and Perry Noble team up with Steven Furtick what am I to think about Steven Furtick? And when there's another name on the program, do you think Pastor XYZ is going to be any different? Speakers are not invited to a conference to contradict what the other speakers are saying. When I look at conference announcements and I look at the lineup of speakers I may see known wolf after known wolf after known wolf on the 'bill'. What then am I to expected to think when I see names I don't recognize? Am I being  uncharitable if I label them "Wolf" also? 

I freely admit that when I do this I am being judgmental. That's not just how my mind works, that's how everyone's mind works. I call it the "Birds Of A Feather" reaction. Let's go back to Aesop and his fable of the Farmer and the Mule:

Friday, August 4, 2017

Random Bits

"I walk through this sinful world as a 
pilgrim in a foreign country" - CH Spurgeon
I was blessed to have the opportunity to chat with Rev. Joe the other day, and what a great chat it was! He was helping his son the realtor by placing a sign in front of the house across the street and we went to ask him about the asking price. Rev. Joe is an old school Latino SBC preacher who is semi retired but still has the fire in his belly to share the True Gospel; the birth, the life, the death, and the resurrection of our Lord, Christ Jesus. I invited him to join our little brotherhood of Bereans in worship and his eyes lit up when I told him that we sang actual hymns out of a hymnal and a smile covered his face. 

He told Mrs. WideAwake and I of the early years preaching in the southwest on sometimes as little as $7.15 a week - all that these impoverished communities could give - and he remembered those times with joy. Then the conversation changed to certain modern pastors who demand six figures to "grace" a congregation with their presence for a year and how that love of money is polluting the house that Jesus built. I wish I had read this article before I talked to Rev. Joe, because his words to me echoed the article, and the final quote in the article does a good job of summing up Joe's life.

A recovered transgender agrees with Donald Trump

Christian owned bridal boutique had to close due to death threats from homosexuals and their supporters they received after they declined lesbian business

Monday, July 31, 2017

Taizé Is Worshiped Here

Driving up Colorado Boulevard, a few blocks north of Colfax Avenue, I passed by the Messiah "We take the Bible seriously, not literally" Community Church. (Yes, that is actually part of their statement of faith) 

I enjoy reading their sign out front because it's a great indicator of which direction the Emergent Church is stumbling each week. The Messiah Community Church is a member of the ELCA and is "tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming" which makes them a bellweather of heretical teaching. The sign out front of their building will espouse everything from the worship of Evolution to the sanctity of feminism. I fully expected their church sign to congratulate Bill Nye on his Emmy Nomination for the Gender Spectrum Horror Show, but it simply said "Taizé Style Worship" This,of course, sent me in to a spiral of research to find out what Taizé style worship is and unfortunately, I found out. 

The Taizé Community was founded by a Roman Catholic monk named Brother Roger. Roger was born and raised a protestant but fell ill with tuberculosis in 1940. During his convalescence he began to feel drawn to a monastic way of life and he disliked formal preaching. He grew to love the frippery and idolatry of the catholic church;
I have found my own identity as a Christian by reconciling within myself the faith of my origins with the mystery of the Catholic faith, without breaking fellowship with anyone - Brother Roger, 1980
In 1940 he founded a ecumenical monastic community in Taizé, a village in Burgundy, France, where Roger devoted himself to reconciling the different Christian churches. He did this by targeting Christian youth. He encouraged in them a spiritual quest as a common endeavor  "... to go on searching through silence and prayer, to get in touch with our inner life."

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Spurgeon Thursday - Christ and the Pope

Christ Did Not Die for Pope To Be Glorified: 

Christ did not redeem His Church with His blood that the Pope might come in and steal away the glory! He never came from Heaven to earth and poured out His very heart that He might purchase His people so that a poor sinner, a mere man, should be set upon high to be admired by all the nations and to call himself God’s representative on earth!

The Lord Jesus Christ has always been the Head of His Church

It is not possible for any to be Head in the Church of Christ, but Jesus! Has God exalted Him and made Him to be the Head over all things—and it is usurping the prerogative of Christ for any to suppose they can be Head of the Church of Christ, for Jesus Christ is the Head and He, alone, holds power over ecclesiastical organizations! Over the sacred mystical, blood-bought, redeemed, regenerated Church of Christ there never can, by any possibility, be any other Head but Jesus Christ, the Lord Himself! 

Now mark, God has exalted the Lord Jesus Christ in the government of His Church All authority, all authoritative rules in Zion come through Jesus Christ. All true teaching in Zion comes from His lips. We call no man, master, upon earth, for One is our Master, and that One is Christ. No man is Rabbi in the Church, but He is our Rabboni, our Teacher, and all other teachers are thieves and robbers if they teach on their own authority. They only are accepted as the Lord’s shepherds, who speak Christ’s Truth in Christ’s name—and in the power of His own Spirit. God has made Christ to rule supremely throughout the Church, and in this He has glorified Him!

Christ Did Not Die for Pope To Be Glorified by C. H. Spurgeon (1834-1892); an excerpt from Christ Glorified: Sermon No. 3436 delivered at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, on Thursday Evening, February 4, 1869.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

WWUTT Wednesday: Fame, Fortune, and Depression

Depression is an equal opportunity affliction, it affects the rich, the poor, the sickly, the healthy, the godless, the spiritual, the Christian. Spurgeon dealt with crippling depression, many pastors deal with depression, and not always successfully. I myself had been dealing with this a tiny bit, there's a lot of uncertainty in my little corner of the world and I'm dealing with physical pain that at times can be debilitating (and try loosing weight when it's hard to get up and move) But I'll be OK, I got my rock, my foundation:

Those of you with sharp eyes will notice that I did change one word in this stanza, and I believe that the change makes sense, because I don't think that humans were built for unbridled praise and adulation. Jealousy is an attribute of God and He doesn't want to share the spotlight, and nor should He have to. Being mere mortals I don't think we were wired to receive what is due God.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Random Bits

"I walk through this sinful world as a 
pilgrim in a foreign country" - CH Spurgeon
Why do we "watch bloggers" spend so much time and energy on exposing frauds, schemes, and false teachers? Because it is what Christians are called to do.  Our job is to resist those schemes by exposing them, doing everything we can to stand firm by opposing lies with truth. War has been declared on us and our equipment is defensive in nature; the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, from the top of our head (the helmet of salvation) to the tips of our toes (the preparation of the gospel of peace) we are set for the defense, our only weapon is the the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And keep in mind that the sword is used to block thrusts as much as the shield is. We are at war, and everyone is part of the conflict whether they can see it or not.

Afterword: the sad, disturbing case of Eugene Peterson

Why does Ken Ham bother to waste his time with this person?

Ken Ham's Ark Encounter STOLE! the rainbow from the gays

Rev. Dr. William Barber of the NAACP claims that praying for the president is a form of theological malpractice that borders on heresy

It's coming! Don't say you weren't warned, Satan is on the march.

California proposes jail time for using the wrong pronoun for self mutilated transgenders

It is officially illegal to be a person of faith in  Our job is to resist those schemes by exposing them, doing everything we can to stand firm by opposing lies with truthChina's communist party.

Is IHOP hiding millions of dollars of assets?

The end-game of Progressive "Christianity"

Jerry Coyne, a professor in the department of ecology and human evolution at the University of Chicago teaches that infanticide is morally acceptable 

Minnesota city approves a satanic monument in a veterans park

Now, I'm not going to say that this is true, but I did see it on the internet

Monday, July 17, 2017

Random Bits

"I walk through this sinful world as a 
pilgrim in a foreign country" - CH Spurgeon
It's been quite a week here, which explains why my Friday post ended up on a Monday. After giving birth to a beautiful baby boy our daughter succumbed to a mysterious illness (there really is such a thing, they're still trying to figure it out) so a few hours after coming home from the maternity ward, she entered the ICU while Grandma and I watched over her new born and the 2 year old Wonder Imp now known as Big Sister.

We truly love the children and the chance to spoil them non-stop for a few days was delightful, but it's been a quarter of a century since we had to endure the feeding schedule of a new born baby. I'm called The Baby Whisperer and can pacify even the most ravenous of infants but at 11:00 PM, 1:00 AM, 3:00 AM, 5:00 AM... not so much.

To those that have earned the title Later in Life (lets say those that know what the 70's were truly like) and think you can hear a biological clock ticking - that's not a biological clock, that's a time bomb. Unless you're in top physical form and routinely finish full marathons in under 4:00:00, please think again. Pounding out 23 miles through downtown Boston is a cakewalk compared to keeping up with a sugared up 2 year old with a basket full of crayons. The Lord is truly good and we thank Him for the chance to spend days with the babies, and praise Him for bringing our daughter and her husband home, we love Him for the help, support, and prayers from our little family of Bereans, and now we thank and praise Him for the invention of sleep, and the chance to catch up on it.

The "Church" of England has voted to celebrate a person's "gender transition" with a church service and has asked the House of Bishops to " consider whether some nationally commended liturgical materials might be prepared to mark a person’s gender transition.” I suggest starting with Romans 1:22

Not Clickbait! - Here are five "Fake News" stories that people actually believe about early Christianity and love to spread

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Biblically-Anemic Preaching: The Devastating Consequences of a Watered-Down Message

by John MacArthur

Those who are familiar with my ministry know that I am committed to expository preaching. It is my unshakable conviction that the proclamation of God’s Word should always be the heart and the focus of the church’s ministry (2 Timothy 4:2). And proper biblical preaching should be systematic, expositional, theological, and God-centered.

Such preaching is in short supply these days. There are plenty of gifted communicators in the modern evangelical movement, but today’s sermons tend to be short, shallow, topical homilies that massage people’s egos and focus on fairly insipid subjects like human relationships, "successful" living, emotional issues, and other practical but worldly—and not definitively biblical—themes. These messages are lightweight and without substance, cheap and synthetic, leaving little more than an ephemeral impression on the minds of the hearers.

Some time ago I hosted a discussion at the Expositors’ Institute, an annual small-group colloquium on preaching held at our church. In preparation for that seminar, I took a yellow legal pad and a pen and began listing the negative effects of the superficial brand of preaching that is so rife in modern evangelicalism.

I initially thought I might be able to identify about ten, but in the end I had jotted down a list of sixty-one devastating consequences. I’ve distilled them to fifteen by combining and eliminating all but the most crucial ones. I offer them as a warning against superficial, marginally biblical preaching—both to those who stand behind the pulpit and to those who sit in the pew.

1. It usurps the authority of God over the soul. Whether a preacher boldly proclaims the Word of God or not is ultimately a question of authority. Who has the right to speak to the church? The preacher or God? Whenever anything is substituted for the preaching of the Word, God’s authority is usurped. What a prideful thing to do! In fact, it is hard to conceive of anything more insolent that could be done by a man who is called by God to preach.

2. It removes the lordship of Christ from His church. Who is the Head of the church? Is Christ really the dominant teaching authority in the church? If so, then why are there so many churches where His Word is not being faithfully proclaimed? When we look at contemporary ministry, we see programs and methods that are the fruit of human invention, the offspring of opinion polls and neighborhood surveys, and other pragmatic artifices. Church-growth experts have in essence wrested control of the church’s agenda from her true Head, the Lord Jesus Christ. Our Puritan forefathers resisted the imposition of government-imposed liturgies for precisely this reason: They saw it as a direct attack on the headship of Christ over His own church. Modern preachers who neglect the Word of God have yielded the ground those men fought and sometimes died for. When Jesus Christ is exalted among His people, His power is manifest in the church. When the church is commandeered by compromisers who want to appease the culture, the gospel is minimized, true power is lost, artificial energy must be manufactured, and superficiality takes the place of truth.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Random Bits

"I walk through this sinful world as a 
pilgrim in a foreign country" - CH Spurgeon
It's no surprise that to cripple the new president and thwart the will of the people the Democrats have been dragging their feet on presidential appointments. Foremost among them is moral narcissist Bernie Sanders who was brutally crushed with underhanded skulduggery by his opponent in the presidential election primaries. Nonplussed, Bernie Sanders imposes a religious litmus test on Christians who seek office in violation of the Constitution of the United States.

During an appointment hearing Mr. Sanders took opposition to a blog entry written by Russell Vought who was nominated by President Trump to be deputy director for Office of Management and Budget. Sanders. The blog entry in questions discussed John 3:18 and Muslims. The Attorney General has been asked to investigate the actions of Mr. Sanders. One thing you can say about Mrs. Clinton, she saved us from this man being in the White House - God does indeed move in mysterious ways.

Personally I'm not surprised at Mr. Sanders obvious persecution of a Christian, in this country there has been 76 percent increase in religious freedom violations and a 114 percent surge in documented hostility toward Christian views on marriage and sexuality in the last three years

Kill The Bereans – The Murder of Discernment in Modern Christianity

Vatican police break up a drug fueled gay orgy in an apartment owned by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the office that processes and evaluates all cases of priests accused of raping or molesting minors.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Angels With Different Gospels

But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! (Galatians 1:8)
A couple of years ago we heard a lot about angels, of course it was a fad that we often see tear through the flock and drag away sheep with a lack of discernment. There were (and are) abundant images and talk about angels that promote these wonderful creations above what they truly are. An angel is a messenger, an envoy, a messenger from God, so if an angel preaches to you a gospel that is different from that which the Holy Spirit put forth in the pages of the scriptures, is it truly an angel? Have angels ever preached a gospel contrary to what is set in scripture?

Let's look at some angels and see what they taught;

We have all  heard the angelic doctrine "Every time a bell rights and angel gets  his wings" This of course was penned by the great theologian Frank Capra in his biblical commentary "It's A Wonderful Life". People tell us that when angels get their wings they tend to shed a few feathers. On page 78 of his book Miracles, Signs, and Wonders, Jim Murr tells tells of finding a feather on the floor of the Sunday school room and God told him it was an angel feather, and he was going to show it to his congregation but God made it disappear during the service saying "You will not merchandise my glory!" Believe me, the story gets better, full of suspense and spiritual warfare and demons and the sinners prayer. What it doesn't have is an explanation of why this particular angel had feathers. Feathered angels are a man made construct and not biblical at all.

The New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) loves angels. Bill Johnson of Bethel Redding thought he had angels nesting in the air conditioning ducts as feathers and gold dust fluttered down on his goats congregation. Todd Bentley has a pet angel named Emma which he got from NAR superstar Bob Jones. But it was William Branham who as a youth in 1946 had an angel appear to him in a cave and revealed all kinds of interesting things. The angel promised William the gift of "divine healing to all the nations of the earth" and that "God would use him to start a movement that would “bring on the second coming of Christ”" That movement was called the Latter Rain and it became the NAR.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Random Bits

"I walk through this sinful world as a 
pilgrim in a foreign country" - CH Spurgeon
Being a history nut I know the need to understand what happened before you, I mean after all, how can you tell what direction you're going if you don't know where you've been? I remember my first real brush with history - standing in the Porta Nigra, the ancient Roman city gate in Trier Germany, later that year I was standing in Rome itself. What a blast in the past! It breaks my heart to see society as a whole not only ignoring history but destroying it in acts of selfish ignorance. Christians are not immune to this which is odd since our faith comes from documents written thousands of years ago. this is the scandal of Evangelical Alzheimers 

Children at a Christian preschool in Sweden are no longer allowed to say grace at mealtimes, “Amen”, or talk about the Bible

No one is gay

Bethel Church is now teaching that their members are Gods

Idolatry, Demons, and Ecumenism

Isn't it interesting to note that when the church changes to please the world, it becomes abandoned.

Prosperity gospel charlatan, Todd Coontz, indicted for fraud

Can a Christian be demon posessed?

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

WWUTT Wednesday - OGCJM

The phrase "Only God can judge me" has become a fad inspiring t-shirt and tattoo artists to cash in on the craze. This craze was started by a "song" of the same title performed by Tupak Shakur, the same Tupak Shakur who was involved in multiple shootings including two that were directed at him, assault,  sexual assault, has had nine bullets plucked out of his body from multiple murder attempts, and has served prison time for first degree sexual abuse, bail violation, and three counts of molestation. 

It would be nice to say that Shakur found Jesus in prison and dedicated his life to Christ, and returned to his roots to help those in need in his old neighborhood, but his story doesn't end that way. In September 1996 Tupac Shakur was shot outside of a Las Vegas casino, his last words are unprintable. His "song" Only God Can Judge Me appeared on the last album he released in his life time. He probably knows a lot about judging now

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Modern Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit

A Sermon by John MacArthur
Oct 23, 2011

Well, now that I don’t have to preach on anything but what I want to preach on, since I finished the New Testament, I find myself all over the place, trying to decide what to preach on in sequence.  It’s a new kind of experience for me and I’m working on some kind of sequence that makes sense over the future.  But I am sort of at the liberty point of my life where whatever is on my heart is where I can go, and this is a wonderful opportunity for me.  And there is a subject that has concerned me for a long time, and I have wanted to address this subject, but it hasn’t been a part of the preaching through the gospels in the way that it can be now and that is the subject of the Holy Spirit – the Holy Spirit. 

After all the emphasis of so many years, 25 years of preaching through the four gospels, and much emphasis, of course, on the person of Christ, as it should be, much emphasis on the character of God and the nature of God as manifest in Christ and is seen elsewhere in Scripture, it is time now to give honor to the third member of the Trinity; namely, the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit is the most forgotten, the most misrepresented, the most dishonored, the most grieved, the most abused, and I might even say the most blasphemed of the members of the Trinity.  That’s a sad thing. 

When our Lord cleansed the temple in John 2, He said that He was, in a sense, fulfilling the attitude of David from Psalm 69:  “Zeal for Your house has eaten Me up, the reproaches that fall on you are fallen on Me.”  And what our Lord was saying was, “When God is dishonored, I feel the pain.”  “You have taken My Father’s house, which is to be a house of prayer, and turned it into a den of robbers.  You’ve corrupted My Father’s house.  You’ve blasphemed My Father’s name.  You’ve dishonored My Father.”  And I can say that I have long felt that same thing with regard to the Holy Spirit.  Yes, I grieve when God is dishonored.  It is a constant grief to me.  I grieve when Christ is dishonored. 

But in this contemporary sort of Christian evangelical church world, people are a little less reluctant to bring dishonor on the name of God and the name of Christ, but they think they have a free run at dishonoring and abusing the Holy Spirit, apparently, because so much of that goes on.  I’m not here to defend the Holy Spirit; He can defend Himself.  But I am here to say that reproaches that are falling on His holy name are falling on me as well, and mostly this comes in the professing church from Pentecostals and Charismatics who feel they have free license to abuse the Holy Spirit and even blaspheme His holy name – and they do it constantly. 

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Random Bits

"I walk through this sinful world as a 
pilgrim in a foreign country" - CH Spurgeon
Bernie Sanders is running a one slacker war against Christianity

Catholics reach out to Satan to have Pope Francis removed... There's so much I could do with this in the way of snarky comments but I'm not going to go there. However you can if you want, please feel free to leave comments (maybe I should run a contest)

Swedish Prime Minister compares gay marriage to abortion and forces all priests in the Swedish church to perform them (the gay marriages, not the abortions)

Leftists have named groups like the Family Research Council, the American Family Association, Liberty Counsel, the American Freedom Defense Initiative, the American College of Pediatricians and over 40 more as Hate Groups

Does the LGBTQRSXYZ community really want to put the idea out there that they’re fine with tolerating and accepting all things unless Christianity is involved? 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

WWUTT Wednesday - Who Condemns People To Hell?

I hear a lot of people claim that "God is Love so there's no way He will condemn me to hell." To me it appears that this sort of feeling seems to be found quite often in the emergent churches. To many it appears to make sense that if God is Love then He scoop me out of the fires of hell. Of course a thinking like that ignores OUR part in this whole Heaven/Hell dichotomy and ignores the huge array of God's other attributes, not the least of which is being JUST. 

Martin Bashir once asked Rob Bell "Is it irrelevant about how one responds to Christ in this life in terms of determining one's eternal destiny?" Bell responded "It is terribly relevant and terribly important. Now, how exactly that works out and how exactly that works in the future, we are now firmly in the realm of speculation," What kind of speculation is Mr. Bell talking about? God made it abundantly clear what to expect from a faithless life

Friday, June 16, 2017

Random Bits

"I walk through this sinful world as a 
pilgrim in a foreign country" - CH Spurgeon
No, I have not been on vacation, I've been diligently assisting a surgeon with his country club dues (or maybe yacht payments - who knows?). Contrary to what my political detractors shout, I have no problem with this, I've always footed my bill for healthcare so if my pain goes away, my surgeon has earned that teak helipad for his version of the SS Minnow. I'm dealing with Scoliosis of the lumbar spine, degenerative disc disease, bilateral sciatica, Radiculopathy of lumbar region, and idiopathic kyphoscoliosis. In other words, my back hurts a lot. I'm not going to say that I didn't earn it, in fact I worked very hard for it and my doctor is going t have to work very hard to get rid of it.

The pain makes it pretty hard to concentrate at times, and I've found that it helps if I have fewer things on which to concentrate, which sometimes puts this blog on the back burner. I don't know how real heroes like Neil can put up with their constant pain, as for me, I whine a lot. But I also pray a lot. I'm not ignoring my promise to myself and my savior to chart my walk with Him on this blog, however it takes time to recover from mowing the lawn and taking the garbage out.

I love much of Greg Laurie's teaching, but his score keeping and dependency on numbers smacks to me of Greg jumping up and down with a bull horn screaming "Hey look at me being humble!"

I loved the TV show Psych because the star Dule Hill, a Christian, talks about the 'bad guy' in the episode would quite often say the line "He needs some Jesus in his life" We need to realize how true that is

There are no words. Let's just say that if this is anything more than a stunt, the Reformation is dead on it's 500th anniversary

On the eve of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Mark Driscoll is trying to undo what freed us from the bonds of slavery to a false gospel

Thursday, June 1, 2017

WWUTT Wednesday - Introduction To Mormonism

Members of the Latter Day Saints really really love genealogy, in fact it's tied very tightly to one of their practices
3 As I urged you upon my departure for Macedonia, remain on at Ephesus so that you may instruct certain men not to teach strange doctrines, 4 nor to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies, which give rise to mere speculation rather than furthering the administration of God which is by faith. (1 Timothy 1:3-4)
This love of genealogy is tied to their practice of "Baptism of the Dead" where they baptize a living person and that baptism gets transferred to a dead person and voilà! that dead person is saved.
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment (Hebrews 9:27)
The doctrine of baptism for the dead was first given to the Mormon church by Joseph Smith in 1836 and is found in his Doctrine and Covenants but not in the Book of Mormon., and I'm not sure if it's covered in The Pearl of Great Price
5 Every word of God is tested; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him. 6  Do not add to His words Or He will reprove you, and you will be proved a liar. (Proverbs 30:5-6)

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

No, Jesus didn’t ‘hang out’ with sinners

No, Jesus didn’t ‘hang out’ with sinners

by Matt Walsh May 11, 2017

I was recently informed by a fellow Christian that it’s perfectly OK for a follower of Christ to march in a gay pride parade because, as he explained it, “Jesus hung out with sinners.” It was far from the first time that I’ve heard a clearly objectionable act justified on these grounds. This is just one of the many dubious slogans that has overwhelmed and suffocated the faith in our country. For many of us, our faith is really nothing more than a collection of these empty mantras, which we confidently shout over and over again, hoping repetition will make them true.

Of course, “Jesus hung out with sinners” is a loaded statement. There’s always some erroneous insinuation or conclusion attached to it. “Jesus hung out with sinners, therefore [xyz].” Jesus hung out with sinners, therefore it’s OK for me to do whatever it is I’m doing right now. Jesus hung out with sinners, therefore I need not follow whatever commandment or moral teaching we’re currently discussing. Jesus hung out with sinners, therefore this sin that we’re discussing isn’t as bad as you suggest.

I’ve heard “Jesus hung out with sinners” as a sincere justification for going to strip clubs and gay bars. I’ve seen “Jesus hung out with sinners” trotted out during debates about pornography. Somehow “Jesus hung out with sinners” tends even to enter discussions of abortion. “Jesus hung out with sinners, therefore killing babies is alright.” Generally, whatever the application, the argument is always that Jesus “hung out with” such and such a sinner, which means He didn’t mind such and such a sin.

Last week I wrote a piece about misconceptions around the idea of Christian compassion, and many of the critical responses hinged on this theme. One example:

“Matt, this was nothing but a badly disguised anti-gay diatribe. Jesus would have hung out with the people you are judging. Jesus wasn’t judgmental and in your face like you. He didn’t shove religion down people’s throats. Jesus hung out with sinners….” Etc. and so forth.

Leaving aside the bizarre contention that any discussion of Christian morality is automatically “anti-gay” (I didn’t mention gays in the post at all), what we have here is just your standard “Jesus hung out with sinners” formulation. Jesus “hung out” with people who sinned, ipso facto Jesus had no problem with the sins they committed. And if it were true that Christ merely “hung out” with people, this line of logic would hold a little water. 

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Random Bits

"I walk through this sinful world as a 
pilgrim in a foreign country" - CH Spurgeo
An 18 year old girl attending a Christian academy finds out she is pregnant, chooses life, and is not being allowed to participate in graduation. At first I was a bit outraged at this, but after prayer and considering all sides of the argument I'm going to have to side with the school's decision. 

No, they're not denying her the diploma, she will be a high school graduate come June. She did sign an agreement signifying that she would follow guidelines of behavior and the school is holding up their end of that agreement. Yes there were some students that committed some vandalism, but to compare the life of a baby with some minor property damage is beyond the pale. 

Hooray that she chooses life for that baby, and that shows character, but so does standing up for your agreement and admitting your transgressions and taking the consequences for those actions. If this was a public school this would be a different story, but this was a Christian covenant school which holds to higher standards. 

Yes, teens make mistakes, and in 16 years she's going to find that out the hard way. Heck, when that baby turns two that young mother is going to learn all about the Doctrine of Total Depravity. I say this in love Maddi; take your lumps and praise the Lord every time that baby takes a healthy breath, this will be a huge blessing. (The responses to this article are worth reading too)

Brothers and sisters - how secure is your church? I suggest your greeters make sure they have 911 on speed dial

False Teacher of the Day I think we all need to review Titus 1:1-16 and practice what Paul preached

Runner up False Teacher of the Day. He may be the runner up, but his audience may be the goats of the decade

Is exposing false teaching an ad hominem attack? Not if you do it biblically 

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.  

Friday, May 12, 2017

Random Bits

"I walk through this sinful world as a 
pilgrim in a foreign country" - CH Spurgeon
With all the mud slinging and fingerpointing going on I've been doing a lot of thinking and praying about our government lately. Going back to my civics class (yes, I'm old enough to have been in school when they taught civics) I know that this country is governed by law, not by people. The true leader of our country is The United States Constitution. Mr. Trump leads leads the executive branch, Mr. Pense and Mr Ryan lead the legislative branch, and Justice Roberts is the head of the judicial branch. Each man has immense responsibility, but each one gets their "marching orders" and their political power from The United States Constitution. 

Trump, Pense, Ryan, and Roberts can all be legally replaced but The United States Constitution cannot The Constitution is what they and military men swear a sacred oath to defend and uphold. I firmly believe that when Romans 13 tells us to obey our leader, in the Untied States God is talking about The United States Constitution,. yes we are to respect these elected and lawfully appointed officials as they carry out the requirements of The United States Constitution, but to blindly follow them in a cult of personality is political idolatry, and God our Father told us quite clearly  “You shall have no other gods before me"

No one in the bible talked more about hell than Jesus

Mr. Furtick promises to commit to teaching and not engage in hollering or wild stuff during his sermon. Yeah, right. While watching the video why not play the Steven Furtick Sermon Game - count how many times he says I, Me, or My.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

5 Signs Your Church Might Be heading Toward Progressive Christianity

Article by Alisa Childers

Several years ago, my husband and I began attending a local Evangelical, non-denominational church, and we loved it. We cherished the sense of community we found among the loving and authentic people we met there, and the intelligent, "outside the box" pastor who led our flock with thought-provoking and insightful sermons. Sadly, the church started going off the rails theologically, and after about a year and a half, we made the difficult decision to leave. Today that church is a self-titled "Progressive Christian Community." 

Back then I had never heard of "Progressive Christianity," and even now it is difficult to pin down what actually qualifies someone as a Progressive Christian, due to the diversity of beliefs that fall under that designation.  However, there are signs—certain phrases and ideas—that seem to be consistent in Progressive circles. Here are 5 danger signs to watch for in your church:

 1. There is a lowered view of the Bible 

One of the main differences between Progressive Christianity and Historic Christianity is its view of the Bible. Historically, Christians have viewed the Bible as the Word of God and authoritative for our lives. Progressive Christianity generally abandons these terms, emphasizing personal belief over biblical mandate.

Comments you might hear:
  • ​The Bible is a human book...
  • I disagree with the Apostle Paul on that issue...
  • The Bible condones immorality, so we are obligated to reject what it says in certain places...
  • ​The Bible "contains" the word of God...

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Random Bits

"I walk through this sinful world as a 
pilgrim in a foreign country" - CH Spurgeon
On the first Thursday of May, the national day of prayer, Mr. Trump signed an executive order which protects our religious freedom... but isn't that what the first amendment of the Bill of Rights supposed to do the same thing? Actually all the Trump executive order really does is tell the IRS not to enforce the Johnson Amendment. In case you're wondering, the Johnson Amendment prohibits registered 501(c)(3) organizations from endorsing political candidates and participating in political campaigns. Doing so would put them at risk of losing their nonprofit status.

The executive order does nothing about Christian business owners being harassed by the gaystapo for not participating in their revelry, It does nothing to end the IRS targeting of conservative Christian organizations, it does nothing about atheist harassment of Christians in schools, colleges and the military. Since the Johnson amendment is rarely enforced this executive order is primarily symbolic. It does release the pressure a pastor would feel if his sermon strays toward politics, on both the left and the right (although I haven't seen a lot of restraint coming from the left side of the spectrum).

Genoa Township, Michigan is using zoning laws to exclude a Christian school from operating on a church’s property. In other words they won't allow a Christian institution to place a Christian institution at a Christian institution.

God - is He a criminal, or is He gangsta? 'Cause He broke the law! This is the kind of thing that our buddy Steven Furtick spews at his goats every Sunday

A college professor at Northern Arizona University has barred a student from reading the bible before her class

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

WWUTT Wednesday - Yet another Christian Flavored Fad

Vegetables love Jesus too
Remember the WWJD bracelet? That was a pretty big Christian fad, and I'm going to go out on a limb and say that Jesus would not wear a rubber bracelet that said "What Would I Do" or even WWGD. Then there was the Mend Mark bracelet "a distinctive wristband that is designed to resemble the nail scar of Christ" emblazoned with the words REMEMBER and LOVE.

Welcome to the Fad Driven Church. I don't know why but many Christians seem drawn to fads like moths to a candle, and it's not just trinkets and baubles that would make any Roman Catholic proud, it's trappings that Christians use to 'enhance' their experience as a Christian. Take testimonies, our Christian autobiographies. Not sure why they are important to people, but Pastor Paratus once mentioned this and I'm going to use it forever. Here is my testimony, and you're all welcome to use it too:
I was saved 2000 years ago when Christ died for my sins
Anything else would be self aggrandizing. Other fads we enjoy are things like body counts; both the "meat in the seats" oneupmanship of the mega churches and the conversion counter where a church proudly announces that they had X number of conversions at some event while their weekly attendance doesn't change. There's also the Church Growth movement, the purpose driven (fill in the blank), the seeker sensitive church, tribulationism, alter calls, and bone spitting. The problem with these is that they're focused on people, not on God and not on God's word. And speaking of Christian fads that are focused on Christians and not on Christ, here's the Christian Diet fad.