Jesus said it, that settles it


What I love about my readers is that there’s no real problem with the Bible. The mindset among all of you is “Jesus said it, that settles it.”

It used to be “Jesus said it, I believe it, that settles it.” But then somebody addressed that in a pulpit and said, “Listen, Jesus says it, that settles it whether you believe it or not.”

We feel besieged at all times by the unbelieving outside world.

We finally understand the mindset that when the Lord asked, “will there be faith on the earth when I return?”

It sure seems like the answer is “No.”

But when Elijah besought the Lord to let him die, the Lord answered him and said, “I have reserved to Myself seven thousand who have not bent the knee to Baal.”

Reserved to myself.

That’s you God’s talking about.

The Fundamentalists of today labor in the most difficult of circumstances. We’re surrounded by people of highly questionable salvation testimonies who claim to be Christians – and their actions belie their claim.

We are few in number, it seems. Every day fewer of us.

Be faithful. Keep on keepin’ on, even when it seems like the road is obscured in darkness. Be faithful to the Lord, when nobody else is.

If you have to shut the doors and pull the curtains to shut out the unbelieving outside world, do it. Close your family and household in with God.

But don’t hide your light under a bushel, Be open about your belief. They may sue us. They may ultimately arrest and imprison us simply for faith in Jesus Christ.

Stay faithful in this life. A crown awaits you in the next.

And that life is going to last you a long, long time.

Forever.

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Rob Bell


I don’t get around much. I work a lot, and write these articles on weekends. Did Mr. Bell re-appear again all of a sudden? How did this happen?

I’m hearing a lot of talk about Rob Bell, and I thought we were rid of him years ago. I guess his TV career and his punk rock band didn’t pan out.

The last person – the LAST – Christians should be listening to is Rob Bell.

Confusingly, there’s another Christian, recently departed, named Rod Bell, who is a famous Baptist church planter, teacher, and even started a seminary. He’s not the one I’m talking about. Rod Bell has gone on to rewards, and will be struggling at the believers’ judgment to find places to put all of the rewards the Lord Jesus Christ will give him.

Rob Bell, on the other hand, will find out at the Great White Throne that he was completely in error on his teachings that there is no Hell.

If you’re making your defense at the Great White Throne judgment, it’s not going well for you. Your fate is sealed there – it’s just a matter of “how bad will eternity be?”

Rob Bell is not a believer in Jesus Christ. He believes in a universal hippie Jesus. Bell’s Jesus apparently looks a lot like Bono, because Bell writes that the closest he was with God was at a U2 concert.

Wow. Theologically, that’s deep. I think John MacArthur would sit down and mop his face with a handkerchief hearing that expounded from the pulpit.

Do not follow Rob Bell. If you have kids, check their bookshelves to see if they have any Rob Bell books. If they do, study them with them, and ask them carefully if they really believe this stuff. Read the Bible to them. Ask your kids if everyone is automatically saved (see “love Wins” and “velvet Elvis”), why is there a Great White Throne judgment? Explain to them there’s three judgments – believer’s, Nations, and Great White Throne.

If everyone believes and everyone is automatically saved, why is there a Great White Throne judgment?

Where does the Antichrist go to? Heaven or Hell?

Where does Satan go to?

Where does the fallen angels go to?

Where does the false prophet go to?

Once you’re done going through all of this with your kids, encourage them to take the books, and burn them. If they have any of Bell’s Nooma DVD series, smash them to pieces and throw them away.

How this man still manages to be quoted, to allowed to teach, is beyond me.

Israel belongs to who?


Who does the land of Israel belong to?

Genesis 12:7 (KJV) And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him.

This is repeated in the Scriptures time and again.

Those who’ve undertaken to try the time consuming Precept Ministries “Inductive” Bible approach and highlighted the word “Land” every time it has appeared come to the same conclusion – the land belongs to the people of Israel.

The question is, who is the people of Israel?

The sons of Jacob.

Does The Church replace Israel?

If you make that mistake, you’ve made TWO mistakes. Carefully note in your Bible every use of the word Church. Every time it is in a singular tense, write an S above the word church. Every time it is in a plural sense, write a P. Every time you are unsure, write U.

You’re going to find out that the S’s far outnumber the P’s, and when you see that, the U’s will become S’s.

Literally, there is only six or less verses where the word Church can be seen as either plural or singular. If you’ve used the word Church to refer to the worldwide body of Christ, you’re using the wrong word.

The correct word is Kingdom.

Oh, wow. That changes everything, doesn’t it? A Kingdom has subjects (believers in Christ), a physical location (Israel), and a King.

NOW re-read all the verses about the coming Kingdom, and who will reign in that kingdom.

Um…

Israel belongs to the Jewish people. Jewish believers in Christ will have some kind of authority. But ingrafted Gentiles will as well!

So, here’s the correct answer – the land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people – but you get to live there and rule there too.

Probably some of you reading theses words will be in authority over me.

I like to have a three day weekend every now and then, so remember that when you’re in office and ruling over me.

Thanks.

Already Answered


You know, a lot of the battles Christians fight have already been answered. People who don’t believe the Bible have been answered time and time again. An oil magnate (yes, a wealthy capitalist who made a fortune out of oil) was so sickened by what he considered rampant theological liberalism in 1900 that he sought out RA Torrey and gave the money to write and publish a set of books that would not only answer theological liberalism once and for all, but would set out to list the correct understandings of the Christian Faith, and it’s doctrines.

Those books were widely sold and distributed in the early 20th century. It’s a 4 volume set called “The Fundamentals”, and today you can get it for free for most Bible Software (Logos charges you for it).

Literally, volume one of the set completely answers and demolishes the arguments, teachings, methods and conclusions that most scholars use.

Today’s Christianity sits and nods as their faith is murdered before their eyes in every Christian magazine, pulpit, and book on the market. Theological liberalism is no longer rampant.

It’s mainstream.

It’s status quo.

Read volume one of “The Fundamentals.” Read it on weekends while eating your Saturday pizza. (My family had a weird tradition of Spaghetti on Wednesday nights, and pizza on Saturdays. If you know the Wednesday night tradition, you pretty much know within six or seven states where I grew up).

Use a Bible software package that allows you to highlight books within it. I need to get a suggestion in to Swordsearcher that the program allow one to highlight books (currently you can only highlight the Bible in Swordsearcher).

You’re going to find, by the time you’re done with it, you have nothing but contempt for what passes for scholarship in Christianity today. You’ll find you have no sympathy for people who talk endlessly about “Q” and “Julian rescensionism” and “Original manuscripts”, “Oldest and best Manuscripts”, etc.

They’re wrong, They’re heretics. They’re not saved. They’re hell bound. They’re false teachers, wolves in sheep’s clothing, serpents, wells without water.

They Question the Bible. They deny the Bible. They edit the Bible and argue which reading THEY prefer – and that makes them gods in their own eyes.

Psalm 82:6-7 (KJV) I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.

Theological Liberal means Unsaved


Michael Heiser posts a few times a year explaining his theological position on the Logos start page. The start page article leads you to a video on line, where he tries to present in a comforting voice the fact he literally doesn’t believe the Bible.

His contention is that he used to attend a Fundamentalist church as a youth (explained with a sort of embarrassment, as if this is a bad thing), and that the term “Theological liberal” was a pejorative. That means it’s name calling, for those of you who don’t recognize the term. See Thouless’ 31 examples of flawed arguments for a definition of both arguments.

Heiser explains that ones theological tradition (I could analyze this phrase all by itself as an example of the argument he’s making, and the psychology behind it!) may have a “different view of God and doctrine.” I’m paraphrasing out of memory here. I have one of my sinus headaches right now and it would really hurt my head to listen to him. And one of my cats is caterwauling right now, and that’s not helping at all.

For those who don’t understand Christianity, here’s the short and simple – there’s two ways to see doctrine and theology. I don’t think I need to define them – they’re self evident

  1. There’s a right way to view doctrine.
  2. There’s a wrong way to view doctrine.

Those are the two choices. My hint is, view doctrine as option number one.

Heiser sees it as option two.

I know Heiser has learned the ancient Aramaic. Bully for him. I’m not really motivated, because I have bad memories of reading Aramaic, and being shouted at by a shochet who was helping me to study the Gemara. He was getting really angry that I was having trouble pronouncing some of the words.

So Heiser was shown in college Cuneiform clay tablets by Hittites and Babylonians.  His faith was destroyed to find they considered themselves the people of God, that God had created their culture and given them their laws.

Here’s the correct Biblical answer – God is indeed the Father of the Babylonians, and every last person on the earth. The Babylonians were incorrect that God gave them their laws and culture – or they’d have survived with their books, laws and culture to this day.

Isaiah 30:31-33 (KJV) For through the voice of the LORD shall the Assyrian be beaten down, which smote with a rod. And in every place where the grounded staff shall pass, which the LORD shall lay upon him, it shall be with tabrets and harps: and in battles of shaking will he fight with it. For Tophet is ordained of old; yea, for the king it is prepared; he hath made it deep and large: the pile thereof is fire and much wood; the breath of the LORD, like a stream of brimstone, doth kindle it.

You know, if you’re going to Seminary, you have an OBLIGATION to read the Bible, to STUDY it, and to know simple things. Tophet is the pagan name for Ge Hinnom (gehenna), and it means “Drumming”. Literally Tophet is a symbolic reference to Hell.

If the Babylonians were truly the people of God, that their beliefs were just as right as the Jews, then… God wouldn’t be fighting against them! And sending them to Hell!

I write this not to criticize Heiser, but rather to warn. And perhaps, if he sees me so openly state the fact he is 1). in error and 2). unsaved he might indeed examine his soul and realize…

“I’m not saved. I’m condemned to Hell forever and ever, eternal suffering that will not end.”

Nobody, NOBODY is too far gone to be reached with the Gospel while they have life. I’ve whispered the Gospel in the ear of a man who was dying, and when I was done, a tear ran down out of his eyes. And he took his last breath then.

I believe I’ll see him in Heaven. I believe that tear was the only answer he could give as he died. That’s as close as you come to “last chance”. you cannot get any closer than that.

You cannot believe the Bible is errant, edited, full of additions, etc. and still be saved. Heiser’s latest video is “don’t be quick to call something theologically liberal”.

you either believe or you don’t.

Matthew 23:15 (KJV) Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

Teachers who Do Not Believe


Titus 3:10-11 (KJV) A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject; Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.

Christianity today is plagued by unbelief. And the rank and file Christians seem largely unconcerned.

The so-called “scholars” have again launched an assault on the Bible with the release of a book “Authorized?” Logos of course is hyping the book – anything that criticizes the Bible, supports Ecumenism and supports an unbelieving heart is immediately pushed on the startup page of Logos when you open it. It was largely because of this that recently I purchased Swordsearcher – I began to worry that by seeing this kind of thing over and over again would begin to affect me.

And Michael Heiser (resident scholar) at Logos continues at least once a month to push Theological Liberalism – last month with a quote from Ezekiel that he claims supports his unbelieving contention that Ezekiel was “Edited” by unseen hands. Apparently, he thinks he’s smarter than Wellhausen and many of the classic Textural Critics who concluded that Ezekiel as a whole was “Untouched”, and considered a “pure” book, free of “Recensionism”.

In other words, Wellhausen and the others prior to him concluded that Ezekiel was never edited. My point is, none of the books of the Bible were edited.

A curious fact – Logos gives away as free the works of Shakespeare. But it’s not the recognized works, but ones that appear to be defective or edited.

Why?

Because the scholars at Logos believe you’ll become an unbelieving theological liberal like they are if you read them.

But you’re not going to. You know why?

You’re saved – they’re not.

You start from an understanding that the Bible is the inerrant, inspired, preserved, correct and perfect word of God. Coming pure from God, you conclude that it is perfect since God made it.

They start from an assumption that the Bible we have is errant. That it is flawed. That it holds the fingerprints of ADDING verses by some “pious scribe” they’ve taken to naming him “Julian”. They’re so convinced of the truth of their theory that they’ve given someone there is no proof of a name! You know, my sister had an imaginary friend too when she was 5. She gave that up. You might want to think about the same thing.

You understand the Bible is from God.

They assume the Bible is like any other book.

That’s a frightening assumption. You can’t assume that and be saved. You literally cannot believe the Bible is to be treated like any other book and be saved. What’s written by Shakespeare is the words (and sometimes the coarse filthy words) of man.

What’s written in the Bible is the pure words of God.

Michael Heiser may protest I’m picturing things in a dichotomy of black and white thinking. Well, I learned that from the Bible, because that’s how the Bible shows it – you believe or you don’t.

Matthew 23:13 (KJV) But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.

What is wrong with Christianity?


This is a poorly worded question. Let me answer by saying nothing and everything.

Christianity as it’s supposed to be, according to the Bible, is correct. There’s nothing wrong with it.

What’s wrong with modern Christianity?

Oh, everything. I’m hard pressed to find anything right with it.

Everything in the epistle to the Laodecians applies to modern Christianity.

The early Christians searched the scriptures daily. Modern Christians barely open their Bibles.

Early Christians knew error, rebuked it, hated it. Modern Christianity tolerates it.

Early Christians avoided worldliness in all its forms, and clung to other like-minded believers. Modern Christians have become so worldly that you can’t tell the difference between churches and nightclubs.

Make a stand. Take a stand. Who is on the Lord’s side?

I am not your judge. I see things that are wrong, and I speak up, because that’s my ministry. That’s the job of EVERYONE in ministry. Are you in ministry? It’s your job.

But I tell you this – we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. And we shall all have to give account. You’re saved, and nothing takes that away.

But if you’ve capitulated to error, I guarantee this – that gets no rewards. The Lord will not reward believers for something He hates.

1 John 2:15-17 (KJV) Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.