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.

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. 

Monday, May 1, 2017

Feeling Good at the Church of Holy Karaoke

You've had It happen to you, I know you did. Maybe you're afraid to talk about It, maybe you're like me and still trying to figure out what It was that just happened, or maybe you're in shock that It happened at all and you're trying to deal with It using the tried and true method of denial.

What it It that I'm alluding to? It is hard to describe It and not insult someone, but It happens quite often and I'm trying to figure out a loving, Christian way of dealing with It. Let me give you an example - you have a friend that attends a large Karaoke bar Church whose pastor wears tight jeans and a perma-smile and seems to find himself in every bible verse that he uses. You mention to this friend "That Oprah Winfrey lady talks like a Christian but she sells new-age false teaching to millions of people and claims that Jesus didn't come to die on the cross but..."

Your voice drifts off because your friend is looking at you like you just grew a third eye in the middle of your forehead. So you shift gears and come at this new-age sentimentalism from a different direction. "She does this in the same way that Joel Osteen tends to..." and you've lost them before you get to the first adjective. Then all of a sudden It happens. This person you knew as a bible loving Christian starts defending Oprah and Joel; 

How can you attack someone who's just telling us how great it is to be a Christian?

Of course it's in the bible, she wouldn't have said it if it wasn't!

How can you be so judgmental? The bible says you're not supposed to judge

You're wrong because I don't hear the love in your voice

Friday, April 28, 2017

Random Bits

"I walk through this sinful world as a 
pilgrim in a foreign country" - CH Spurgeon
As you may have noticed, I've been "off the air" quite a bit lately. I've had some back issues and recently I had surgery on my spine to alleviate some of the pain (And if you want to ask how the operation went I can only say that I was unconscious at the time so I really can't say) Ok, so I'm in Recovery Mode and I have plenty of time to write, right? Time I have, brain cells not so much. LOTS of great ideas come to me, the Holy Spirit is shouting great things but the pain killers are making the connection between thought and keyboard Oh wow! is that a squirrel? Cranberry

BREAKING NEWS! IRS agents have raided the office of Benny Hinn. No one really knows what they were looking for, some claim it has something to do with an unregistered lightsabre, others claim is involves a friendly fire incident involving dozens of military members, while others insist the blame lies with his Jacket of Smite. Personally I'd like to see him investigated for turning the worship of Jesus Christ into a circus

This is both Awesome and Horrible. Awesome because if this catches on we're going to see some big name folks whose fortunes were built on false teaching switch to prison ministry the hard way. (I personally am ready to testify in US v. Furtick - I have documented evidence that Steven Furtick is NOT in the bible). Our ranks are going to be cleaned of chaff and the goats are going to set loose and will have to look for some other social club to fill their time (I suggest a bowling league, there's no annoying karaoke at a bowling alley)

However it's going to be Horrible because for one thing, many of these goats that were cut loose probably won't find a suitable bowling alley and many will infest legitimate churches with their selfish desire for signs and wonders and corrupt those once Christ centered congregations with their sinful desires.. But mainly because these former preachers/current felons are going to become the face of Christianity in the US. There's a real potential for a future that when America thinks of Jesus they think of Mark Driscoll being frog-marched into a prison bus, Creflo Dollar hiding his face coming out of a court room enroute to an extended stay in Attica, Joel Osteen wearing an orange jumpsuit picking up trash on the side of the road with a stick and a nail and an armed guard

As delightful as these mental images are, these thieves are going to be the image of Christianity. We are going to be treated as pariah, outcast from society because of the image of these wolves. And the more that I think of society rejecting us and the bandwagon followers leaving our fellowship the more I'm looking forward to it

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Happy Earth Day

On this Earth Day, rather than worshiping an inanimate rock that doesn't know or doesn't care about you, let us praise and worship God, who gave us the earth because He loves us

Saturday, April 15, 2017

To Deceive, if Possible, Even the Elect.

There is a ton of videos on YouTube that show the similarities between Easter and pagan rituals, beliefs, and fables. The saddest part is I have only paid attention to the videos that are from Christian sources and they concentrate on those similarities. Many of these videos concentrate on rabbits, eggs, hot cross buns and crossing oneself, and tie them to ancient Babylonian beliefs and much of that is unrelated to modern silliness regarding rabbits, eggs, hot cross buns and crossing oneself.

The silliness about rabbits, and eggs comes to us via German Lutheranism and has it's roots more in Christmas and Santa Claus than in ancient Babylonian myth that Europeans had completely no idea of until the 18th century. The word Easter doesn't come from Ishtar - it comes from the word Eostre which is the early Anglo-Saxon word for the Spring Equinox 

Ishtar the Mesopotamian goddess has nothing to do with Easter and everything to do with Isis the Egyptian goddess and Aphrodite the Greek goddess. Each of these "mothers of Heaven" had a lover that was slain and was restored in some form thanks to Ishtar/Isis/Aphrodite. Ishtar restored Tammuz, Isis restored her brother/lover/husband Osirus, and Aphrodite restored her lover Adonis. 

All of this has nothing to do with Jesus, the true Son of God, brutally tortured and executed as a sacrifice for our sins and risen in glory from the dead. If anything these fairy tails prove only that when Satan comes up with a good lie that's pleasing to ears desiring a good tickle he likes to tell it over and over to distract us from the truth and to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 

I'm sure we can all agree that there is no queen of heaven even if one is being worshiped by the neo-pagans and has crept into LDS teachings, and that to worship one is purely blasphemy as loudly proclaimed in Jeremiah 7:18. At first glance (and second and third glances) these Christian sourced videos appear to connect Easter with these pagan rituals. Rather than properly showing the difference between these fables and the pure truth of God many of these videos instead concentrate on the similarities between the truth and the lies. 

I believe that this is a plot crafted by Satan. A 'baby christian' still trying to grow in their faith sees this or someone who is still considering the possibility of God's truth sees this and their reaction is that Christianity is all a lie. Satan wins. 

We should be concentrating on Jesus' victory over sin, not the lies of Satan. and if your 3 year old finds a colored egg behind the couch, so what? We are commanded NOT to quarrel about holidays which includes how we like our eggs after Easter service - hard boiled and colored or over easy 
5 One person regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Each person must be fully convinced in his own mind. 6 He who observes the day, observes it for the Lord, and he who eats, does so for the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who eats not, for the Lord he does not eat, and gives thanks to God. (Romans 14:5-6)

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Spurgeon Thursday - I'm Sick of Being Sick

My personal health has been waning these past few weeks, but some things will get better soon, but still, I'm sick of being sick. 

Charles Spurgeon on the other hand actually saw the Holy Spirit at work in his maladies. Spurgeon suffered from chronic nephritis, a kidney inflammation similar to Lupus. At the age of 35 he was diagnosed with gout, a painful inflammation of the joints. In 1886 he said, “When I am suffering very greatly from gout, if anybody walks heavily and noisily across the room, it gives me pain” 

But worse, he Spurgeon also suffered from depression. “I do not suppose there is any person in this assembly who ever has stronger fits of depression of spirits than I have myself personally” Early in his career he witnessed seven people trampled to death during one of his services. After that he said “The very sight of the Bible made me cry” and later  “I think it would have been less painful to have been burned alive at the stake than to have passed through those horrors and depressions of spirit”

But he came through the fire, and was aptly named the Prince of Preachers. Here's several of his quotes regarding how the pain of illness is one of God's strongest tools

“Perhaps at this very moment, down in some cabin, or amidst the noise and tumult, and the raging of the ocean, when many are alarmed, there are Christians with calm faces, patiently waiting their Father’s will, whether it shall be to reach the port of heaven, or to be spared to come again to land, into the midst of life’s trials and struggles once more. They feel that they are well-cared for, they know that the storm has a bit in its mouth, and that God holds it in, and nothing can hurt them; nothing can happen to them but what God permits.” “Safe Shelter” (MTP 15, Sermon 902, p. 650).

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

WWUTT Wednesday - The One Unforgivable Sin

What does the Holy Spirit not do for you? If you're an NAR kind of charismatic that's a silly question. According to the NAR the Holy Spirit will do anything for you, from teaching you a language that no one (possibly including God) understands to killing you when someone waves a jacket at you. (Don't believe me? Watch Benny Hill Hinn in action)  To them the Holy Spirit can do anything and everything, all you have to do is name it and claim it. (See what I did there? 😊)

In the real world there is quite a bit that the Holy Spirit does not do for you. The Holy Spirit does not change your oil, fill your checkbook, or update your wardrobe. He is here to guide and comfort. He doesn't leave clouds, glitter, or feathers in his wake, He leaves encouragement and knowledge. Is claiming that the Holy Spirit does all the things that the New Age and NAR claims Him to do blasphemy? Blasphemy is the act or offense of speaking sacrilegiously about God or sacred things, so I supposed that if you're intentionally claiming that the Holy Spirit is doing your will to entertain and misinform other people then yeah it just might be blasphemy.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

7 False Teachers in the Church Today

Tim Challies penned a very important article earlier this year and it needs to be shared with the entire church. Please read this, and if you're like me you'll recognize someone who fits each category, and if you're like me you've escaped at least one. It's heat breaking to see Satan's attack on the church Jesus built, but what's worse I've watched people who I thought to be good Christians defend these wolves

7 False Teachers in the Church Today

The history of Christ’s church is inseparable from the history of Satan’s attempts to destroy her. While difficult challenges have arisen from outside the church, the most dangerous have always been from within. For from within arise the false teachers, the peddlers of error who masquerade as teachers of truth. False teachers take on many forms, custom-crafted to times, cultures, and contexts. Here are seven of them you will find carrying out their deceptive, destructive work in the church today. Please note that while I have followed the biblical texts in describing them in masculine terms, each of these false teachers can as easily be female.

The Heretic

The Heretic is the most prominent and perhaps the most dangerous of the false teachers. Peter warned against him in his second letter. “But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction” (2 Peter 2:1). The Heretic is the person who teaches what blatantly contradicts an essential teaching of the Christian faith. He is a gregarious figure, a natural leader teaching just enough truth to mask his deadly error. Yet in denying the faith and celebrating what is false, he leads his followers from the safety of orthodoxy to the peril of heresy.
From the church’s earliest days, she has been afflicted by the Heretic in his various forms. He continues his evil work today, sometimes by contradicting the truth and sometimes by adding to it. He may reframe the doctrine of the Trinity, as Arius did in the third century and as Oneness Pentecostals do today. He may, like Marcus Borg and other prominent scholars, deny the virgin birth or the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Like Jehovah’s Witnesses, he may alter God’s finished word, or like Mormons, he may add to it. Always, he boldly tampers with “the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 1:3).

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Random Bits

"I walk through this sinful world as a 
pilgrim in a foreign country" - CH Spurgeon
Remember Hillary Clinton's complete and utter failure with her childish reset button? Steven Furtick is trying the same thing by resetting Christianity. He's teaming up with the heretics of the New Apostolic Reformation for RESET Charlotte a three day event filled with false teachers, false apostles, pastorix's, and I wouldn't be surprised if there's were also a lot of signs and wonders to entertain the goats.

And as for Steven Furtick - he's not here to save your soul, he's here to empty your wallet. Be sure to watch the Bereans Not Welcome video, it's incredible how Furtick injects himself into the bible (Narcigesis) in the role of Jesus

Here's an incredible article about the December 2, 2016 tragedy that destroyed the “Ghost Ship” club in Oakland, CA, claiming at least 36 victims and the occult ties to the tragedy

Franklin Graham calls for a Christian boycott of Disney's new live action movie Beauty and the Beast

Thousands of children, some as young as 12, are being forced into marriage - right here in the United States

The left has taken over sports to promote Satan's agenda

A Christians religious liberty group strikes back at atheist zealots

... heavenly portals are being created in different cities and God will interconnect them with a network of supernatural highways through which favor, provision, mantles and glory will flow for a coming revival... no, it's not satire, it's not the Babylon Bee, when I want nonsense I turn to Charisma News!

I thought I had tinnitus but that screeching noise I have been constantly hearing is my Heresy Detector imploding with a Preemptive Alert - Rob Bell is publishing a new book

The Case for Christ movie is due out on April 7th

Pray for the babies of Uganda that are being sacrificed to Molach

Here is the Holy Spirit in action, it's happening in Europe too

If your church is doing these five things well, you've got a wonderful church

What’s Your Spiritual Gift? Take The Quiz! It's got to be accurate, I saw it on the internet

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

WWUTT Wednesday - For Lent I'm Giving Up...

Ahhh Lent, when the whole world suddenly becomes Roman Catholic. Back in Colorado the world is more secular about Lent than here in the wilds of New Jersey. I'm dining in restaurants here and I'm always hearing "I can't have XYZ because I gave it up for Lent" from fellow diners. 

I come from a VERY Catholic town - Buffalo NY - and Lent there is almost a celebration. You start with wearing the ashes as a symbol of your intent to Lent. Then the season of fasting kicks off with the HUGE celebration of Mardi Gras. We don't have Mardi Gras officially in Buffalo, but hey - anything for a party. Look at St. Patricks  which falls during Lent. 

Lent kicks off with the obligatory listing of things you're giving up. Most of my cohorts gave up things like caviar, pate, lemonchello, basically things we'd never touch outside of Lent either. But giving up meat on Friday - that is what makes Lent a celebration rather than a time of repentance and introspection. Instead of meat we would have fish fry on Friday. If you never had a fish fry in Buffalo, you have to head up there next Lent. I suggest fasting all day because you're going to need to. A Buffalo fish fry consists of the following: heroic portions of potato salad, macaroni salad, cole slaw, and the star of the show a piece of haddock (beer battered or breaded) the size of the Pequod. 

This is people being people in action - taking something that was meant to be solemn and turning it into a party. And as you'll see, evolution is the only constant about Lent.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

My First Business Trip in Years

This is my first business trip in ages, at least four years. Travel has been rare since I came down with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension. Now finally I'm taking the plunge. Everything is painful and annoying, and the pile of medications I bring with is staggering not to mention the supplemental oxygen concentrator. 

I think back 2000 years and remember that my Lord and savior was on the go, traveling constantly and never complained. From Phoenecia to the Dead Sea He wandered constantly and ceaselessly on foot, while I whine about dragging my back pack down the hall to my rental car.
I pray for strength and help dear Lord, that I may return to my family in better mental and spiritual shape, and as for physical? That's why you've blessed me with reasons to lean on you every day.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Random Bits

"I walk through this sinful world as a pilgrim
 in a foreign country" - CH Spurgeon
Again I try to write about something, anything and my attempts get preempted by work, family, doctors, and the greatest model train layout in the world. That is unless I try to write about discernment. Then the road blocks, research blocks and mental blocks just fall away and the words come out. Other than this Random Bits post, the only post I've been able to get out in over a week was about discernment, and the last post before that was about discernment, and even the post before that one was about discernment. And looking at what popped up and dared me to put in this Random Bits post - it's all discernment.

I've talked with a few other bloggers on Facebook and they are experiencing the same thing, posts about discernment and suddenly easier to write than any other subject. It has to be The Shack that's doing this. The Shack is a wonderful, delightful tool of Satan to deceive those who can't, don't, or won't put the effort it takes into discern the word of God versus the word of an author who has publicly pronounced god as inadequate and has replaced him with this drivel. More and more people whom I had thought were standing on the solid rock of Christ but instead are standing on the sinking sand of The Shack Is the Holy Spirit using me as his mouth piece? Maybe, it's pretty awesome think that was true, but it's also kind of prideful. If the Holy Spirit is using us as a tool I pray we are well calibrated, if He's using us as a weapon I pray that our edges are sharp, and if He's using us as His keyboard interface to you the internet reader I pray that our keyboards aren't full of crumbs and coffee.

Bookmark this blog post, it's an incredible, and growing, collection of writings that address supposed Bible Contradictions and each post shoots them down with unerring accuracy

The Pope is a fraud? Many Catholics think he is

Because of the content I don't allow Hillsong music in my home, why do you allow it in your church?

If your sermon prep comes from The Shack, just go away. Put your hands up, back away from the pulpit and leave.

New Apostolic Reformation poster child Todd Bentley tells us that his ministry has the anointing from the ghosts of some dead guys

The IRS granted the After School Satan Club 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt status in 10 days while Christian organizations are forced to wait up to 7 years for the same status

Want to make a difference for Israel? First do your homework.

Openly homosexual director of Disney’s live action remake of “Beauty and the Beast” wishes he could publicly deface bibles

The Godly men at Goodfight.org are compelled to inform us that there's Fifty Darker Shades of Sin being thrust upon us

I really have no words for the sickness that is being inflicted upon society, it's even creeping into the Church that Jesus built

False teachers Steven Furtick and Levi Lusko team up to do a promotional tour of a new album of "faith" music. Let the cashflow begin!

Pharisees and False Teachers: A modern day look at the crooks Christ couldn’t stand

Visual proof that modern churches are (much) better (yeah, that intro is sarcastic)

One Mary to rule them all, One Mary to find them, One Mary to bring them all and in the darkness bind them

A new study shows that 79% of Americans that call themselves Christian are comfortable with female pastors. This tells me that only 21% of Americans that call themselves Christians read their bibles.

These articles are all proof that deception is a PROGRESSIVE DISEASE

Eight steps to finding the right church! It's got to be true, I saw it on the internet.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

WWUTT Wednesday - What is Discernment?

I've been writing a lot about discernment lately, and that's really all I've been wanting to write about. Is this the Holy Spirit moving in me? or is it just that I'm shocked at what I see going on about me? I think it's both.

Maybe I should I say I've been writing about our lack of discernment lately. And by 'our' I truly mean Our, Our Christian family, Our brothers and sisters in Christ, Our Church which was built by Our messiah Jesus Christ who shed His precious blood for Our salvation. And this leads to the question are we lacking in discernment or are we just terrified of the accusation of being judgmental?

If we're lacking in discernment, why are we lacking? We have been given the all the tools we need to discern properly and lovingly, we have the Scriptures which are the word of God and our top tool (Hebrews 4:12), we have the Holy Spirit (Ezekiel 36:26-27), and we have each other - brother and sisters in Christ and sharers in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. In 1 Corinthians 12:8-10 Paul lists some of the gifts of the Holy Spirit
8 For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit; 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues. 
Wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, prophecy, the distinguishing of spirits, tongues, interpretation of tongues. These are all such incredible, beautiful gifts, and I wish everyone was gifted equally but we're a family and that's not how families work. Think of the older sibling who is the football star while his sister is the math wiz and the younger boy who couldn't catch a wiffle ball to save his life or do math with out counting on his fingers but can train any dog to obey any command. That's how the gifts of the Holy Spirit work - all different gifts given to different brothers and sisters at different levels and we as a family need to figure out how to work together. If we can't do the math we need to ask our sister to help us with our homework. If we can't catch the football we need to ask our brother to play catch with us, and if our dog keeps biting the mailman we depend on our younger brother to help train our dog to stop biting that poor mailman.

The Distinguishing of Spirits is an awesome gift, it's what we call Discernment, and it would be so wonderful if we all had that gift in megadoses. But we don't all have the same level of discernment so we who have discernment need to share that gift with our family, and we who don't have it need to listen to our brothers that do and follow their lead.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

We've Been Warned

Scripture is filled with warnings about liars. God hates liars. God hates those who tell lies. God cannot lie, the Bible says. He always speaks the truth. He is truth. Satan is a liar. He is the father of lies. They all sort of generate out of his spiritual mind set. We then have to be able to discern between the truth and the lie with regard to everything that God has revealed to us. 

We are warned in Scripture about ear-tickling teachers who just want to give the feel-good message to us no matter whether it's truth or not. We're warned about doctrines of demons, demonic lies, destructive heresies, myths, perverse teachings, commandments of men rather than God. We're warned about speculations that lofty ideas raised up against the knowledge of God. We're warned about deceitful spirits. We're warned about worldly fables. We're warned about false knowledge, empty philosophy, science falsely so-called, traditions of men, worldly wisdom, corrupters and adulterers of the Word of God. 

We're warned about all of that. We're warned about the wolves in sheep's clothing who come along to devour us. They come as if they are prophets, they turn out to be destructive agents of Satan. I mean, we have these warnings all over the place in the New Testament. They're also everywhere in the Old Testament.

And to put it simply, there is a world of chaos and confusion out there and Satan is very adept and very clever and very powerful and very systematic in the structure of evil that is wrapped up in the system in which we live. Against that is pitted the truth of God. We have to be able to discern the difference.

If you understand the warnings of the Bible and you understand how critical it is that you know the truth, that you have discernment. You cannot be gullible. You cannot be sucked off into error without dishonoring God. God is truth. He is revealed truth. He loves truth. He has given you the Holy Spirit to lead you into all truth. He's given you His Word which is truth. How terrible it is to think you might drift into lies. But people do it all the time, even people who sit in churches under very often weak teaching.

- John MacArthur

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Spurgeon Thursday - Discernment and The Shack

Those who know anything of Charles Spurgeon know one of his. That quote is beautiful in it's simplicity and its accuracy. Here it is in its Victorian beauty:
Discernment is not a matter of simply telling the difference between right and wrong; rather it is telling the difference between right and almost right. ~ C. H. Spurgeon
The reason why I bring this up can be summed up in two words:
The Shack
During a discussion at my Tuesday night bible study (Tuesdays we're studying John) the subject of false gospels came up and I mentioned two very popular false gospels "Love Wins" by Rob Bell, and "The Shack" by Paul Young. One member of the discussion disagreed with me and called the book a good novel. He said it was sweet and kind but "nothing anyone could take seriously." I was incredibly shocked because here was a man, raised on the bible and student of God's words for over 6 decades, leader of many bible study groups, and a Godly Christian calling this heap of distortions "a nice novel". I pray he was looking at it through a filter of over half a century of discernment and was now immune to the fact that people other than himself can fall prey to the lies of The Shack.
It has been well remarked by a great writer, that he never knew a man who held any great theological error, who did not also hold a doctrine which diminished the depravity of man. ~ C. H. Spurgeon