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

Friday, October 20, 2017

Getting Closer To The Throne

At 7:12 PM EDT last night I officially became a sexagenarian which, if you don't know what the word means, isn't what it sounds like. And like anyone else reaching a milestone in their progress toward the Throne of Mercy I pondered and prayed a prayer of thanks for God's guidance in reaching that point. 

I don't have a problem with reaching 60 but King Solomon wasn’t all that enthusiastic about growing old. In fact he was really upset with his age. In Ecclesiastes 12 he says

1 Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come And the years approach of which you will say, “I have no pleasure in them”; 2 before the sun is darkened and the light and the moon and the stars and the clouds return after the rain;
Then he goes on
6 Before the silver cord is snapped and the golden bowl is broken, And the pitcher is shattered at the spring, and the pulley is broken at the well, And the dust returns to the earth as it once was,  and the life breath returns to God who gave it. Vanity of vanities, says Qoheleth, all things are vanity!
He finally finishes up Ecclesiastes with the words For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil. Solomon was very disheartened. He obviously was looking back on his life and realized where he fell short far too late. He had it all and squandered it all away in his pursuit of power. His selfish ambition lead to the division and fall of Israel, and as he neared the end he realized the folly of his actions.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

WWUTT Wednesday - Does God Cause Hurricanes?

You have to admit that there's been a whole lot of interesting things happening this year. I say 'interesting' instead of 'horrible' because I feel like I'm standing on the sidelines of a game or a stage play that I know how the ending will turn out, as all Christians should.

Houston, Barbuda, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, St. Martin, Naples, Jacksonville, these areas and more were battered by weather systems as hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose, and Maria danced across the Atlantic and slammed in to the Caribbean and mainland United States.

Where do hurricanes come from? Humanists will want you to believe that every time you start your car you're contributing to the next category 5 hurricane, but then if humanists are so sure that CO2 emissions are the cause of hurricanes, why don't they demand more power plants be built based on reactors? Thorium reactors are very safe and they are not based on 1960's technology so the humanists don't have anything to worry about there, and unlike wind power, they don't slaughter bats and birds wholesale. The problem is that hurricanes don't come from your exhaust pipe, they come from God.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Resist We Much

My annual False Teacher Of The Year award is coming up soon and to be honest, there's plenty of candidates out there. The problem is that although a plethora of new false teachers are clamoring for recognition, there appears to be a wealth of old names putting themselves in the running for this prestigious award. We had thought that these graybeards had retired from the limelight and were quietly praying for redemption or making their livings saying things like "you want fries with that?"

It breaks my heart that people I know who are good Christians are falling to the spell of smooth talking "prosperity pimps", pulpit "Weinsteins", and teachers of the word of "If It Feels Good Do It". False teachers are nothing new, Paul warned us about them two millenia ago:
28 "Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. 29 "I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; 30 and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them. 31 "Therefore be on the alert, remembering that night and day for a period of three years I did not cease to admonish each one with tears. (Acts 20:28-31)
And then there's Al Sharpton. "Reverend" Sharpton has always been on the periphery of bad news but there is one question about Al Sharpton that always bothers me: "Just what exactly is the "Reverend" Al Sharpton a revered for?" (I know that ending a sentence with a preposition is wrong, but sometimes you just have to do it)

Alfred Charles Sharpton Jr. was born in Brooklyn NY on October 3, 1954 and he claims to have delivered his first sermon at the age of four, his sermon was titled "Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled" a sermon he delivered before learning to read or write. By age ten Sharpton was "ordained" by Pentecostal minister Bishop F.D. Washington - a man with no training or education himself. After Bishop Washington's death in the late 1980s, Sharpton became a Baptist. He was re-baptized as a member of the Bethany Baptist Church in 1994 by the Reverend William Augustus Jones and became a Baptist minister. 

As for education, "Reverend" Al attended and graduated from Samuel J. Tilden High School in Brooklyn, but dropped out of Brooklyn College in 1975 failing to complete two years. I dropped out of college around the same time so I can't fault him for that, I had dropped out to go on a 20 year world tour with the United States Air Force. "Reverend" Al dropped out to go on tour with James Brown, the Godfather of Parole Soul. While I did return to college to earn my degree Al never did. It is said that "Reverend" Al received an honorary degree from A.P. Clay Bible College, an educational institution that doesn't seem to exist on the internet.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Random Bits

"I walk through this sinful world as a 
pilgrim in a foreign country" - CH Spurgeon
Fair warning: If you're not a history buff just skip over this part. Today is a dark anniversary in Catholicism - 710 years ago today King Philip IV of France exercised the nuclear option to erase his debt with the Knights Templar: he killed them.

At daybreak on Friday, 13 October 1307, hundreds of Templar's in France were simultaneously arrested by agents of Philip the Fair, tortured into admitting heresy, then slaughtered. After seven years in prison the leaders of the Templars, Jacques de Molay told the French jury that he was tortured into lying so he was dragged out to a small island on the Seine, the Île aux Juifs where the French executed Jews, and very slowly roasted Jacques de Molay to death.

The main crime of the Knights Templar was the sin of being better with a dollar than the King of France and the pope which made them targets. The pope was better with a dollar than King Philip IV which made him a target too, Pope Boniface VIII was arrested by King Philip IV and was replaced by  French archbishop Bertrand de Goth who was elected pope as Clement V which sheds yet another unfavorable light on the claim of an "Unbroken chain of apostolic succession"

Speaking of the Knights Templar, England roasts them slowly to death again

Christians denied service by a gay business owner. Where's the outrage?

I don't do politics here, but this isn't politics, this is satanic crushing of the truth. If you disagree with that assessment, please start a conversation in the comments below ↓

Note to Tim Allen - you used to work for DISNEY, Disney does not like you if you're straight, conservative, or a man of faith

Friday, October 6, 2017

Random Bits

"I walk through this sinful world as a 
pilgrim in a foreign country" - CH Spurgeon
Christian men - have you ever had an issue where your wife or other women in your church start giving a false teacher or false teaching more credence than it deserves? I've actually seen it in action more times than I'd wish to recount. "We decided to use the Message at our woman's bible study because "it's current and fresh and understandable" or you see that the women of the church plan to attend a seminar featuring Paula White or Joyce Meyer.

Men don't fall under the spell of charismatic (and Charismatic) false teachers like women do. When a man realized that a person is a false teacher the man will walk away. Women don't do that, they will knowingly follow a false teacher for reasons that us men cannot begin to fathom. This is the reason why God made men the spiritual leaders of our families and our churches, and precisely why we men need to "Man Up" and protect our families and church families from the ravages of the wolves that are false teachers. This battle goes back to the Garden of Eden where Adam failed to act courageously and look where we are today, Read this fascinating study of the problem and be sure to read the comments too

Speaking of false teachers, here's Mark Driscoll, just in case you forgot

Speaking of false teachers, here's Paula White and her rockstar 3rd husband on the Jim Bakker show. It's like the Grand Slam of false teaching

How to tell if the gospel you are being taught is a false gospel

It's 25 more days until Reformation Day, Here's how some folks celebrate

And here's how other folks "celebrate" Reformation Day

Monday, October 2, 2017

Why Doesn't God Prevent Evil?

Stephen Paddock, 64, opened fire at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas Village early on Monday morning killing more than 50 people, and injuring more than 500 people. The question on any people's minds and on the tongues of many scoffers is:

If God is love, why did he let this happen?

The Bible describes God as holy (Isaiah 6:3), righteous (Psalm 7:11), just (Deuteronomy 32:4), and sovereign (Daniel 4:17-25), so how could He have allowed this to have happened? God clearly despises evil and wants to rid the universe of evil, so how could a madman pack 10 or so rifles into a Las Vegas hotel room and open fire on a crowd 32 floors below him? Does God not care that His people are suffering at the hands of madmen, terrorists, political anarchists. and ruthless dictators? Why does God allow evil? And knowing that these questions are coming from all sides, are we as Christians ready to answer them?

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

WWUTT Wednesday - What Am I Doing Here

Oh no! I've missed the Rapture AGAIN!!! This is downright discouraging. Ok, I wasn't around when the Jehovah's Witnesses scheduled the rapture for October 1914, but I graduated High School in 1975 so I would have noticed if there were a rapture in 1975 that the JWs promised

In his 1979 book End Times Chuck Smith promised right there on pages 35 & 36: "I believe the Lord could come back for his church anytime before the tribulation starts, which would mean anytime before 1981" I was stationed in North Dakota then, and a nice warm rapture would have come in pretty handy in our -25° temperatures. 

Then of course there was Harold Camping who promised us a Rapture in September 6,1994... I mean May 21, 2011... I mean October 21, 2011...

Friday, September 22, 2017

Random Bits

"I walk through this sinful world as a 
pilgrim in a foreign country" - CH Spurgeon
This past week I was in a political discussion on line where my position was that we need to support our elected officials with our prayers even if the unthinkable happened and Madam Hillary was elected and of course my reasoning was Romans 13:1-7. Another member in the discussion wanted to know how I came to that conclusion from the verses I quoted and he reposed Romans 13 and other verses with a response that literally denied the bible verses that he posted himself.

I didn't get too far into his argument because the Romans 13:1-2 verses he posted looked odd to me. His quote of "the existing authorities stand placed in their relative positions by God" looked very strange and he used that version to say that God didn't establish governments. I searched and searched through my usual bible sites for that quote: Bible Hub, Bible Gateway, Blue Letter Bible, Bible Study Tools, Olive Tree - nothing. It's like that particular translation was completely made up. So I searched in google for the exact text and it came right up, the New World Translation, so in essence I was right about the origin of that quote. I broke off the conversation right there, because in all honesty, you can always tell a Jehovah's Witness, but you can't tell them much

Ahhhhhh HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!! Seriously, the punchline is Matthew 24:36

Molech-worshiping ghouls cheering the free slaughter of infants

English politicians force their sins on the church

The Mennonites now slide into apostasy

Speaking of apostasy

Friday, September 15, 2017

Random Bits

"I walk through this sinful world as a 
pilgrim in a foreign country" - CH Spurgeon
Sally Quinn, writes for the "On Faith" section of the Washington Post, Quinn was a self admitted "angry atheist" but eventually learned to worship Satan although like almost all "spiritualists" has no clue that she is worshiping and advancing the blasphemous agenda of Satan. Following her mother's example she became an adulterous witch casting hexes and speaking to "spirits". She also claims to have murdered three people with her satanic powers.

Her litany of adultery and satanism goes on and on but what bothers me the most is what she did at NBC reporter/commentator Tim Russert's funeral. Tim was a local boy, a hometown hero from my neck of the woods and when he passed (without seeing a superbowl victory for his beloved Buffalo Bills) this God mocking satanic hitman actually took communion. Read 1 Corinthians 11:26 - 32, The Holy Spirit of God, through His servant, the regenerate Saul of Tarsis renamed Paul, clearly, emphatically stated that communion is for believers: "For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes" and contains a warning about unbelievers taking communion.

True, it was communion at a Roman Catholic mass and this was the tradition of Eucharist which is different from communion, but she admits to have taken communion at an Evangelical church which she says left her with a “slightly nauseated sensation after I took it, knowing that in some way it represented the body and blood of Jesus Christ.” I personally feel fully nauseated reading her words. Now you know why Mark Levin calls it the Washington Compost. Is this someone you would want writing about faith? And as you try to hold your own meals down after reading that, on with the show:

Is this the actions of a person who wants to be a Methodist minister?

Hillsong and other cults are using the reformation to give themselves an undeserved air of legitimacy

Hurricanes, floods, fires, earthquakes - business as usual

Delusion on Parade: Word of Faith "Weather Warriors" ignore reality

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

WWUTT Wednesday - A Little Bit of Romans

Bible Study Fellowship International started their 9 month long class on Romans this week. If you missed it or are wanting to join a BSF group and are worried that you missed out, don't worry, the first meeting doesn't advance the curriculum, it's always an evening of introduction. 

I've been looking forward to Romans, not because Rome was such an interesting empire, especially (to me) during the reigns of  Justinian I and Constantine XI Palaeologus, but because Pauls letter to the Romans encompasses so much, it's been called the Readers Digest version of the whole bible. Romans is a book I've always had trouble with, it seems to lock up my brain somewhere in Chapter 3 and it's a struggle after that, except Chapter 13, that one is pretty clear to me now. So to celebrate the start of a new year in BSF here's a bit of Romans from WWUTT

By the way -  many people say that the Roman Empire lasted about 400 years, I say it lasted 1,000 years more than that. If you want to discuss that, let's go!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Pray for Hillary

Matthew 5:44
When you are saved, when you have prayed to Christ and told him that you are his servant, that He is your master, and you put your faith and entire life in Him, wonderful things happen in your life. Hebrews 6:9-12 tells us that some of the natural products of salvation are; Fruit of the Spirit, Sanctification, Unselfishness, Evangelical enthusiasm, and Benevolence.

I remember when Jesus adopted me as His brother, the change was nearly mind numbing. I remember thinking then that WWJD setting unattainable goals as Jesus is the Son of God and perfect in every way, that WWPD was more appropriate as Paul is one of us; a sinner lost in his own sins whose life changed in a startling flash and set an example for us to follow. He left us a legacy of instructions on how to follow Jesus and show our love for Him and our fellow man. Paul gave us so much, expounding on the words of Jesus because unlike us, Paul was taught by the Lord Himself, although we have His spirit to help.

I personally thought that after her humiliating defeat maybe Hillary Clinton had a moment like mine. She had it in the bag;  the media fawned over the only Republican hopeful that couldn't mop the floor with her until he became the Republican candidate, the public didn't care about the foul underhanded tricks her team used to destroy Bernie Sanders, and the director of the FBI gave her a preemptive pass on her felonious handling of very highly classified documents. Her world shattered around her on election night, and months later when she mentioned going into preaching I actually thought she may have turned to her savior and pledged herself to His teaching and His commandments.

Sixteen Years

43 You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?  (Matthew 5:43-46)

Friday, September 8, 2017

Random Bits

"I walk through this sinful world as a 
pilgrim in a foreign country" - CH Spurgeon
Irma is on her way and she's packing winds of 150 MPH and headed for a path straight up the Florida peninsula. Like nearly all New Yorkers I have family down there and I am praying for their safety and should something else be in God's will, that He be glorified in whatever happens. I also pray that the Church of Gloom and Doom learns to shut up.

Of course they won't, and I am wondering if they have a significant role to play in the end times. The "Church of Gloom and Doom" that I'm referring to are the branch of Christianity that is aching for the end times to come so bad that they are convinced that everything they see on CNN is a Sign Of The End Times. So what if they are? As far as Christians are concerned, the end times started the moment Jesus stepped out of the tomb. 

I personally believe we are nearing the final stages of this period of time God has allowed us, that Matthew 24 is going to play out soon. We don't know the day or the hour, so why bother trying to calculate it by watching CNN? To begin with, their dishonesty has been displayed for all of us to see, so ignore them and stay true to God's word. Let us spread His word, let us help our neighbor so when He comes we can hear those words that I (for one) am aching to hear: "Well done good and faithful servant"

It's coming, governmental persecution of us because of our faith and our love of Jesus is starting, and guess which party is taking the first steps to make it happen

SOZO - the NAR's occult scam to exorcise demons from those that cannot be possessed by demons

Note to Ken and Gloria Copeland; sorry that whole Harvey thing didn't work out, there's always Irma

The Trump administration is backing a Colorado baker who refused to bake a cake for a homosexual wedding

A North Carolina man aspiring to become a pastor had a dream that he stabbed his wife and woke up to find his wife stabbed to death. He claims it was the cold medicine

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Spurgeon Thursday - What Would Charles Say to a Mormon?

Charles Haddon Spurgeon did not have a glowing view of the United States of America. For the first half of his life the U.S. was deeply immersed in the slave trade. After our Civil War the slave trade ended and Republicans put many blacks in office in the south, but the Democrats destroyed this with their militant enforcement arms, the KKK, the Red Shirts, and the White League. Once they took control of the southern governments the Democrats crushed the blacks by instituting Jim Crow laws and lynching.

I'm sure Spurgeon despaired of the violence as much as the slavery that preceded it, and in return the people of the United States were not at all happy with his sermons. And he was well aware of the cults and false religions that arose from the Burned Over district of Western New York. Their antics and false beliefs probably didn't help his opinion of the United States as a whole. He sure knew the Mormons, whom he called "the haggard superstition of the West" but what would he say TO them after reading from their Book of Mormon? We know his opinion of the Book of Mormon was low:
“One of the most modern pretenders to inspiration is the Book of Mormon. I could not blame you should you laugh outright while I read aloud a page from that farrago.” –Charles H. Spurgeon
 He also said this about the Book of Mormon and how it's poison is spreading like wildfire:

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

WWUTT Wednesday - Eternal Security

I have probably heard this topic discussed more than any other in Christendom and sometimes quite hotly. I have read several documents on this subject which leads me to believe that if you lay every theologian end to end, they will all point in different directions. Eternal Security is a serious question, and one that should be approached prayerfully and calmly and rest assured, some day you WILL know the answer. 

I've found that there are three terms that get befuddled in this discussion; "Eternal Salvation", the "Perseverance of Saints", and Once Saved Always Saved. Eternal Salvation is the teaching that Salvation is dependent on Christ's faithfulness--not man's. Perseverance of the Saints means that God will cause the Christian to persevere to the end. Once Saved Always Saved is the position that no matter what a person does he will remain saved. None of these are a license to sin, furthermore, anyone who claims to be a Christian and purposely uses God's grace in order to sin is demonstrating that he is not regenerate because he is acting in a manner that contradicts regeneration (1 John 2:4)

Friday, September 1, 2017

Random Bits

"I walk through this sinful world as a 
pilgrim in a foreign country" - CH Spurgeon
Again it's been so busy around here that blogging has had to take a back seat to real life. I have been able to maintain a presence on Facebook and Twitter but that's only because either forum doesn't take too much mental or spiritual horsepower. In the near future I'll reveal what is causing such a mental derailment but for now I don't want to jinx it. (I'm NOT superstitious. it's bad luck to be superstitious)

But wow, seriously wow. Harvey was bad enough but with the mental meltdown exhibited by the Lost Left and the "Christian" Left on the Nashville Statement this was a week to remember! I've had my head down for a couple of weeks, and when I peek out of my foxhole I get run over by the Nashville Statement and people like the Copelands claiming they can hold back the waters. Then there were the Islamic terror attacks popping up in Spain

Obviously there hasn't been enough pain and death in Houston for Satan. His group of minions that names themselves after the embodiment of feminine evil whose origins lie in Babylonian demonology, offer aid to Houston Harvey survivors who want to slaughter their unborn children. Disgusting

Desperation or con-man?

"Pastor" Perry Noble opened his mouth on the Nashville Statement and proved that Proverbs 17:28 is one of the finest examples of truth in the bible

"Pastor" Stan Mitchell opened his mouth on the Nashville Statement and proved the same thing about Proverbs 17:28

"Christian author" Jen Hatmaker opened her mouth on the Nashville Statement and doubled down on Proverbs 17:28

Monday, August 28, 2017

A True Christian Response to Charlottesville

It's been a brutal month and it would take 3 months just to respond to everything I've seen in the past few days, but the majority of it can be summoned up in one word: Charlottesville. 

I probably don't need to go over the actions of that day or the follow-up nonsense provided by the immature children of Aunty Fa other than to say that in Charlottesville two groups of people beat the snot out of each other making a public spectacle of the selfish arrogance by all involved. One young woman died in the violence and at her funeral service her mother gleefully politicized her death and the audience cheered like they were just offered a free slice at a local Pizza Hut. The ONLY person I've seen in the news to act like an adult about this matter is the president of the United States, who has been eviscerated by the left for not being passionate enough in his condemnation of the people they don't like.

(Stop, I know they spell it Antifa. But my spelling, Aunty Fa, is more descriptive and easier to type than "Stalinist Thugs")

Just yesterday Aunty Fa attacked an anti Marxist protest, but the anti-Marxist protest never happened, it was cancelled before the "warriors" of Aunty Fa could exit their mother's basements. So Aunty Fa decided to attack anyone what was strolling the streets, including police officers and a small  group of people who were standing in support of the president of the United States, all the while screaming demands for the destruction of the United States. 

This is a foreshadowing of what Jesus prophesied in Matthew 24:7 and Mark 13:8, and is summed up brilliantly by John MacArthur:

Friday, August 18, 2017

Random Bits

"I walk through this sinful world as a 
pilgrim in a foreign country" - CH Spurgeon
Ignore the Revelation 12 Sign, it's a red herring, pay intention to the Romans 1 Sign. You don't need the sun to hide behind the moon to figure out what Romans 1 18-32 is talking about. These verses are pretty telling: 
22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures (Romans 1:22-23)
What greater sin is there in today's society than to be branded a racist? Or an enemy of the environment? We're seeing the self absorbed run a muck in the streets, and one could argue that Charlottesville was a meeting of two opposing denominations of the same religion. I am tempted to identify their religion as secular humanism but secular humanism demands a lot more intellectual horsepower than has been displayed by the alt-right, alt-left and every alt in between. Cling to the Lord because the days are getting darker brothers and sisters, and it's not just the moon. READ the bible, then go read 1984.

Remember the "Skokie Principal"? not too many people do

Joyce Meyer suddenly realizes something that God has never said - that the thief of John 10:10 is the religion that God created. So wrong

Slain in the Spirit, or laid out by a wolf? Costi Hinn tells all about Uncle Benny''s favorite parlor trick

Christians in Kentucky are using the eclipse to share the gospel

Russia's 'Anti-Missionary' law leads to prosecution of Christians

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Revelation 12 Sign

I'm starting to see the term "Revelation 12 Sign" all over the fringes of the Christian "blogosphere" and I just had to look it up. And for my sins God let me see what the hubbub was about. I was innocently looking for more drooling hyperventilation over the American Eclipse and started to see a number of articles claiming that the eclipse was a precursor to the Revelation 12 sign. For you fans of hyperventilation and desperate straw grasping the Revelation 12 sign is right up your alley. 

The Revelation 12 sign is scheduled to occur on September 23, 2017. This is exactly 33 days following the American Eclipse. The eclipse is biblically significant because there's mentions in the bible about the sun going dark... >>BUT<<  an eclipse is not the sun going dark in the biblical sense because the sun is still glowing away just like God made it, the moon just gets in the way and casts a shadow. A fairly narrow shadow at that. So I'm guessing that the biblical significance is that it looks cool?

The 33 days does have a biblical significance, The number 33 is connected to a promise or the promises of God. The 33rd time Noah's name is used in Scripture is when God makes a special covenant or promise with him. The God promises to not destroy the entire world again with a flood and seals His pledge with the sign of the rainbow (Genesis 9:12-16). The 33rd time Abraham's name is used in the Bible is when Isaac, the child of promise, is born to him when he is ninety-nine years old (3 X 33) (Genesis 21:1-2). It is assumed that Jesus died at the age of 33. I only found the number 33 itself once in the bible, it's found in Leviticus 12:
1 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Speak to the sons of Israel, saying: ‘When a woman gives birth and bears a male child, then she shall be unclean for seven days, as in the days of her menstruation she shall be unclean. 3 On the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised. 4 Then she shall remain in the blood of her purification for thirty-three days; she shall not touch any consecrated thing, nor enter the sanctuary until the days of her purification are completed. (Leviticus 12:1-4)

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.