The Trojan Horse of Christianity Pt. 3


In Christianity, the last refuge of Scoundrels is Bible colleges.

No kidding, I’ve written to a Christian University that had just fired most of their teachers, and offered to take one of the teaching positions. It would have meant moving to Massachusetts, but hey, I’d have done it.

No answer.

Well, you know, that’s why you’ve got the problems you do. Christian colleges shouldn’t be looking at credentials, they should be looking to see what you believe first and foremost.

THEN they should look at credentials.

Christian Universities, colleges and Seminaries should “Chop at the top”. Find everyone who refuses to sign the most detailed statement of faith whatsoever. Fire them. Don’t give them 30 days to find a new position. They quite simply have no place in Christian schools.

It should be a yes or no answer. “Do you believe the Bible is perfect, without error, inerrant, inspired, and preserved, utterly sufficient for faith and practice?”

The answer must be yes. Or you’re fired.

Now ask the question the other way. “Do you believe the Bible has errors or omissions?” If they say yes, you’re fired.

Put them on a twelve month probationary period.

If they say or write anything that questions or denies the word of God in that time, fire them.

One or two colleges have begun doing this.

This needs to be across the board.

If you’re a theological liberal making 120+K a year at a seminary, Christian college or Bible Institute, you need to lose your job today. You’ve committed fraud by lying about your beliefs. You’ve stolen a position that should be held by Bible believing Fundamentalists. Literally, you should probably be sued by the institution for recovery of your wages, because you appropriated them under false pretenses.

You can read that as “Fraud” if you’d like.

There is no “5 views of Biblical inerrancy” – there’s only two. You either believe it or you don’t.

Now start going through your student body. Begin asking them the same question. No kidding.

If they do not believe, give them the left foot of fellowship.

Christian schools are for Christians. If you’re not a Christian, then you are very, very welcome to attend elsewhere.

We encourage it.

Why?

Because any unsaved skeptic Johnny or whatever is going to spread his unsaved skepticism to the other students. Good kids from Christian homes, who are very probably some day going to finally get saved are being led astray right before it happens and turned into Atheists by theological liberal professors and wolf in sheeps’ clothing unsaved kids who’ve been turned to atheism and an actively evil outlook by their parents’ hypocrisy. Don’t be surprised that I say that – every Christian backslides at some point. Every Christian parent tries their best, but sometimes sin gets the better of you and you find yourself acting like you did before you got saved. Do that enough in front of your kids at the wrong times, and they now have labeled you a hypocrite.

That’s why you should be saying to your kids at a much earlier age, “Mommy and Daddy are saved – we’re children of God. But we all struggle with sin, and sometimes Mommy and Daddy do things we don’t mean to do, and don’t want to do.” Explain that two or three times to your kids, and they’ll understand that as they grow older.

This ends our series on the Trojan Horses of Christianity. For now.

But it doesn’t end our fight.

I can think of some Christian bloggers who should be being approached by Christian colleges about teaching there. Good grasp of Biblical doctrine, an urge to fight, and the ability to communicate.

Who would you rather have teaching your kids, Mr. “I translate clay tablets from Babylon but I don’t believe the Bible literally”? Or Mr. “I write a Christian blog, read through the Bible 22 times so far and believe the Bible literally?”

I can tell you who it should be.

Mr. Clay Tablets can move on to some secular college.

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The Trojan Horse of Christianity Pt. 2


The second issue of the Trojan Horse of Christianity is Scholars.

We bow to scholars who are not saved.

My edition of Logos (Logos Bronze) came with writings by Kirsopp Lake, who is a theological liberal.

Let’s deal with this. I asked my readers to tackle a post on Faithlife TV (the video reports produced by Logos) where Michael Heiser gave a straw man definition of Theological Liberalism, and defended it. Nobody was able to, so I’ll have to finally answer it, over a year later.

If you do not believe the Bible literally, you’re not saved. There may be degrees of ‘understanding’ and ‘belief’. But it won’t matter at all in the lake of Fire whether you believed everything else, but denied the Deity of Jesus Christ. Different degrees of belief and understanding are meaningless. You believe the Bible or you do not. And that’s how God sees it. Try reading Ezekiel some time and see how God views those who question Him or call Him a liar.

Scholars try to write long tomes to try to justify their lack of belief. They went so far as to pay another Theological Liberal to try to find the original text of the Bible in Egypt, so they could hopefully justify their disbelief in Jesus Christ.

Never mind they HAD copies of the original texts – they were so firmly convinced that the Bible in their hands was in error, because it condemned them.

So they paid Count Tischendorf to go to Egypt and other parts of the Middle East, and search for the missing texts.

He didn’t find anything. Everything he was finding was agreeing with the King James.

Until – miraculously a week before the money ran out – he found a scroll in a wastebasket, ready to be burned, that said something different finally from the King James. Many of the verses that supported the deity of Christ were edited or removed. So he championed it, returned to Germany to raise more money, He returned triumphantly, bought the manuscript, brought it to Europe, and basked in newfound fame and glory.

Until the man who forged it spoke up and admitted to forging it when he was much younger.

Constantinus Simonides admitted to writing Codex Sinaiticus.

He admitted it. He confessed it.

So Tischendorf waited for the controversy to die down, and then began touting his discovery all over again.

That’s one of the two documents that form the basis of your modern Bible. Forged by a man who denied Christ, and discovered by a man who denied Christ, and championed by the men who denied Christ.

The modern Bibles are the Trojan Horse that heretics have hidden inside, to emerge and destroy Bible believing Christianity. I’ve heard people say “well, that’s not in the original manuscripts”, so they can deny it. The average Christian claims to believe in the deity of Christ, but has trouble finding verses to support it, because they’ve all been edited or removed from the modern versions.

This is how doubt creeps in. When you believe something because you know it’s true, but you can’t find the support. And there’s a LOT of people out there making fun of the King James Bible – including Charles Swindoll – so now you feel foolish looking it up in a Bible where it’s EASY to find proof of the deity of Christ.

Scholars say something, so you believe it.

What Christians aren’t being told is this – the whole textual Criticism thing was dealt a fatal blow in the books “The Fundamentals.”

Like Tischendorf, they waited for the furor to die down, then began to repeat themselves as if it never happened.

It’s all been dealt with – yet they keep spreading their poisons as if they were fact.

I don’t care if you can translate Aramaic – if you do not agree with the Bible, if you deny the Bible or claim to have “…different levels or shades of Biblical understanding” – you need to be fired and find a job doing anything else.

If they are unwilling to fire you, you should resign.

The Trojan Horse of Christianity Pt. 1


Christianity has been betrayed from within.

By people pretending to be Christian.

We’re afraid to call it what it is, but it doesn’t change things. False teachers abound. We accept blindly false teachers, Seventh Day Adventists, Roman Catholics and Mormons, because our Christian leaders vouchsafe them.

I will tell you instead we’ve been betrayed.

The Trojan horse, as you remember, is  a fable about soldiers hiding inside the statue of a horse, left at the gates of Troy. The Trojans took the horse inside the city, and when they all were asleep, the Greeks jumped out of the horse, opened the gates, and let the Greek army in, who slew the city.

I can’t think of a more apropos description of what’s happened in Christianity today.

  • We never censured Billy Graham for cooperating with theological liberals and Roman Catholics, so now we accept them.
  • We never censured Chuck Swindoll for his oft-repeated statements against Fundamentalism, so now most Christians are manipulated in their opinions. And many of these Christians think of themselves as Fundamentalists!
  • We never struck down books by Karl Barth, so his poison still infects, saps, and kills tissues within the body of Christianity.
  • We never cried foul about Rick Warren and the huge danger he presents within Christianity today.
  • Our Christian book stores refused to take out Rob Bell’s books after it became apparent he was a false teacher, and denied Hell. When you deny hell and espouse Universalism, then you’re calling Jesus Christ a liar. And I’d like to stay far away from you at the Great White Throne judgment. The excuse of the book stores is, “Well, we don’t carry that book, because it’s unBiblical.” Yes, and so is his Nooma videos and his “Velvet Elvis”. But they make money still. The book stores will continue to sell Velvet Elvis as long as it makes them money, whether it’s unBiblical or not. And it is most definitely unBiblical.
  • We accept C. S. Lewis as Christian, and somehow never see his Universalist heresies written in his writings. Our eyes pass over the pages, somehow not seeing where he states, plain as day, that he doubts the veracity of the doctrine of Christ’s substitutional atonement. That doctrine is FOUNDATIONAL to the Christian faith.
  • We accept the idea that Christianity can be practiced in different ways – after all, Methodists do things differently from Presbyterians who do things different from Episcopalians, who do things similar to Roman Catholics, and Seventh Day Adventists do things oddly, and much different from us, and why, a Mormon ran for President as a Republican and spoke about God, so he must be a Christian!

The reality is, there’s only one right way to do a Baptism. It’s by immersion. There’s only one right meaning. It’s to show obedience in an outward sign. If you say, “Well, my denomination does things differently, and here’s why….” I can tell you why.

You’re wrong.

Things that are not how the Bible teaches it is error. If you know it to be error, but do it anyway, it’s heresy.

Go ahead. Tweet that or Facebook that or… whatever you call that.

If it’s a serious enough denial of the Christian faith, it’s apostasy.

There’s only one right way to be saved – salvation by grace through faith. If your denomination teaches that any practices of Christianity impart additional grace, you’re a heretic, an apostate. That Denomination is teaching lies straight from the pit of Hell. You’re denying the Cross of Christ. You’re saying His sacrifice is insufficient.

And I’ve read this in Presbyterian web sites.

There’s only one meaning of the Lord’s supper – it is in remembrance of the Lord, a memorial.

Nothing mystic happens to the bread and wine. Doesn’t matter how high you lift it, what words you say, what gestures you do, whether or not you ring a bell or not. It’s bread. It’s grape juice. It’s not somehow the mystic transformation or transubstantiation of the bread into flesh, or the substance of flesh. It’s bread. We do this to remind ourselves of the price paid for salvation.

“My denomination believes differently.”

Then your denomination has it wrong.

“There should be room at the table for denominational differences.”

Do we understand that our understanding of some parts of Christianity are not graded on a curve?

Your view of Jesus Christ is pass/fail. If you believe anything other than He is God in human flesh, eternally co-existing with the father, then – fail.
If you believe in anything other than salvation by faith through grace – fail.

Failure in that area of the test leaves one writhing in unending torment forever.

If you believe anything other than salvation being a recognition that you are a sinner condemned to Hell and cannot save yourself, and that you must repent and call upon Jesus Christ to save you – fail.

Fail in this case is a synonym for “hell”. Because that’s your final destination..

That’s the Trojan Horse of Christianity. We’ve seen too many false Christians and did not immediately reject them. Billy Graham should have lost his fame, his support, and Christians should have rejected his ministry by 1950, when he began to embrace the worst theological liberals and heretics, and turn his back upon Fundamentalists.

Christians should have recognized years ago that Chuck Swindoll is opposed to those who literally believe the Bible, which brings up questions. By the way, has anyone noticed Swindoll literally has nothing to say, and says it well and prolifically?

I’ve literally heard him pass off a sermon illustration as a true story he got from reading Readers’ Digest. I’ve read entire books by him that pass from one sermon illustration to another, without actually saying something! Don’t believe me? Tell me what his call to action is. When you write a non-fiction Christian book, you inform, then request a call to action. Tell me what Swindoll’s call to action is. Go ahead.

See what I mean? He has nothing to say, lots of it, and says it well. Because apparently nobody else seems to notice he has nothing to say!

How about this quote? In light of what I’ve said about the Bible and having it right or wrong, read this – “There are too many shades of theological opinion in a large denomination to lump them all off as liberal, neo-orthodox, conservative, fundamentalist, or what have you!”

No. You either have it right, or you have it damnably wrong.

And the speaker is Billy Graham. Here’s the question. I’ll answer it the right way, myself.

“Do you think that churches such as The United Church of Canada and the great liberal churches of the United States that are active in the ecumenical movement and whose ministers study and respect the work of Paul Tillich and other great modern teachers are ‘apostate’?”

I don’t know what you mean – I don’t know about the United Church of Canada. I don’t know Paul Tillich. I do know theological liberals, and they are indeed apostate, if they were even saved to begin with – and the Bible teaches that if you apostate, you never were saved.

If you do not believe the Bible literally, you’re hell bound for all eternity, with no way to avoid it. There’s nothing you can do to stop it.

But the Jesus Christ of the Bible, God in human flesh, one third of the Trinity provided a way. If you believe these things, and you believe Jesus Christ is eternally God and able to save you, then repent, pray forgiveness from Him, and trust Him to save you.

And you shall be saved.

What are tongues Biblically


5  By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations. Genesis 10:5 (KJV)

20  These are the sons of Ham, after their families, after their tongues, in their countries, and in their nations. Genesis 10:20 (KJV)

The Law of First Reference is a handy tool to allow us to understand Biblically the meaning of the Biblical word tongues. The Bible serves as its own dictionary. Indeed, it was the knowledge of this that led Noah Webster to write a dictionary of the English Language – and to define words, he turned to the King James Bible.

As you can see, the Hebrew word לָשׁוֹן Lashon means languages, Biblically. It is synonymous with γλῶσσα Glossa.

Speaking in tongues is speaking in languages.

If I were to stand up in my church and begin to speak in French – and had never learned it – that would be glossolalia, the speaking in an unknown language.

I’ve defined the word Glossa (glow-sah) using the Bible.  I’ve defined it in English, Greek and Hebrew. I even was able to do it in two minutes using Logos, not relying upon my year of Greek and my year of Hebrew in Seminary.

So, with that in mind, let us look at the phenomenon of glossolalia, speaking in tongues.

First of all, I can pretty much tell if you’ve ever had Greek in a classroom setting by how you say that word. And one of my first points is, every tongue speaker I’ve ever heard say the word is saying it wrong.

Wow, right out of the gate you’re getting shot down.

Omega is pronounced “o”, not “Ahh”. Glossa is pronounced Glow-sah. Glossolalia is Glow-sa-lay-lee-ah.

NOT glah-sah-lay-lee-ah.

If you can’t even get that word right, and you say you have the gift of tongues, I’m sorry – I think you just shot that claim in the foot.

In a big way.

Because mis-pronouncing a word – in many languages – gives it a different meaning. You’re now speaking incorrectly.

How can the Holy Spirit give you the ability to speak a foreign language with the quality of a student getting a C- grade average? If this is really from the Holy Sprit – shouldn’t you be speaking it perfectly?

The Charismatic will well protest, “But we don’t speak in that form of tongues anymore.”

But you still tell those stories of you heard it from someone who heard it from someone who was there about the guy who stood up and spoke in tongues, and somebody who happened to be from India who was there started crying and said that prophecy was for him, right?

Relax. That stories’ about 20 years old. I heard it in 1992. And I suspect it goes all the way back to either Zion city or to Frank Sandford and Shiloh, which would probably make it now about 120 years old.

Find me the name of the man from India. Which language did he speak? Don’t assume it’s Farsi. Find me the name of the church. What church? Remember, I heard the story in 1992 – so if you give me the name of a church that started in 2011, I can tell you that it’s not true.

Who’s the name of the man who spoke in tongues? What experience does he have in foreign languages? I can do a monstrous job of faking tongues, because I’ve got a knack for learning languages.

What year did this happen? Give me the name of the pastor, and three witnesses. I need specific, “I was there, it was Jimmy so and so, he spoke in tongues, and Prabdashadah was the man from India on Feb. 31, 1986 in Cleveland Ohio at the Faith Temple of….”

Whenever you hear these stories, notice it’s never from an eyewitness. it’s always hearsay, I know a guy who knows a guy who was there. And when you ask that guy, it turns out that he knows a guy who knows a guy.

The fact you recognize the story and it probably was told to you that “About five years ago…” should tip you off – it’s not true. it’s like the 20 or so people that Todd Bentley supposedly raised from the dead.

History records that people who were at Azuza felt they were called to be missionaries – and no kidding, they were sent overseas with no language training because they had the gift of tongues. They came home disappointed, because nobody could understand what they were saying.

I think we are all agreed that the form of speaking in tongues where you know instantly and can speak every language on earth has passed.

If you believe you know how to speak it, here’s your challenge – go to a Chinese restaurant and order your meal in Mandarin.

“Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.” (1 Corinthians 13:8, KJV)

The Charismatic movement–prophecy


One major feature of the Charismatic movement is prophecy – the uttering of future things.

Prophecy takes place in certain forms:

  • utterances of things to come
  • functioning as the mouthpiece of God
  • warnings of dangers to come
  • The call to repentance
  • preaching

Much of what is referred to in the New Testament about prophecy actually falls under the last category. But Charismatic prophets NEVER refer to the function of preaching as “prophecy”.

To the charismatic, Prophecy functions only in the first 4 offices. In practice, Charismatic prophets almost never do the last two. They just seem to go into trances, and then utter one of the first two.

Here is where the prophet needs to exercise extreme caution. Speaking as the mouthpiece of God is an extreme thing. God does not take kindly to anyone speaking in His name who He has not commanded to do so.

In your “read the Bible in a year” program, you should have finished Ezekiel recently, and apparently quite a few so-called prophets in Israel were speaking from their own imagination, and God literally decreed death sentences on some of them, and others He forced to suffer indignities to make them a laughingstock and a shame on Israel.

God does not willingly endure someone speaking in His name presumptuously. I have repeatedly asked people, “Are you 100% SURE that it is God speaking through you?”

If you have .01% doubt, keep silent. Repent of it. Pray for God’s forgiveness. Beg Him to forgive and forget.

Here’s a way I routinely caution so-called prophets how to determine that it is of God.

  • it points you back to God’s word.
  • It points to Jesus Christ and not to man.
  • It is not man centered but God centered.
  • It does not specifically call attention to the Holy Spirit, but God the Father or Jesus Christ.

The last one will take Charismatics by surprise, but the Holy Ghost literally does not seek nor command attention. The Holy Spirit ALWAYS calls attention to Jesus Christ and the word of God.

Period.

Look it up.

Is there ANYWHERE in the Bible, ANYWHERE, where the Holy Spirit calls attention to itself?

Now, usually, prophecy is used as exhortation, or in the prescient sense. Exhortation usually has the word “New” in it somewhere. Prescient usually is man centered.

Witness Benny Hinn’s prophecy that TBN would become a conduit from Heaven to Earth, and that dead bodies would be placed by the TV’s so that the dead could be raised by the TBN broadcasts. That’s a man centered prophecy.

Prophecies are rarely of something good. “Your ministry will prosper, etc.” can’t be found in the Bible. Prophecies are usually of impending doom.

Indeed, Scripture usually shows those who make positive prophecies as being false prophets.

John MacArthur relates a story about how a nearby Charismatic church hired a new pastor, and they assembled everyone who was everyone in the Charismatic movement to lay hands on him. One of the Kansas City Prophets lay hands on him, and prophesied how he would be the new center and moving force behind the Charismatic movement, and how millions would be saved under that Pastor’s preaching.

At that moment, the pastor died of a cerebral hemorrhage. The shocked Charismatics later decided that the prophecy was so strong that Satan killed the pastor.

It would seem to me that if you’re making things up with a 5 second deadline, that you’d be 50% correct. Longer deadline, longer the odds.

The Kansas City Prophets tend to have a 60% accuracy ratio, and all kinds of excuses are made.

But the Bible says plainly a prophet is correct 100% of the time. If you say something will come to pass and it does not, you are not a prophet.

Benny Hinn makes prophecies – time specific, and he’s been wrong almost 100% of the time. The Bible tells us therefore he is a false prophet.

The Spirit of Prophecy has passed up until Moses and Elijah return.

“Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.” (1 Corinthians 13:8, KJV)

The World Tomorrow–Herbert W. Armstrong


Herbert W. Armstrong was a false prophet.

It’s of course many years now after he died. I watch my film on the Worldwide Church of God at least once a year. To me, that’s a huge miracle, a miracle of God what happened – that Joseph Tkatch Jr and two others within the WCG should all begin examining their Bible to see if Armstrong’s teachings were true.

That’s the kind of thing that people much lower down, with nothing to risk or lose, usually do. These were men who stood to lose everything – and nearly did.

I’ve tried looking for a copy of the Dec. 25, 1994 video sermon where Joseph Tkatch Sr gave the infamous sermon where he told everyone watching that the Sabbath was no longer binding on Christians, but I can’t find it. I would love to see it in its entirety.

I wouldn’t even bother with Armstrong – he knows quite well by now that he was a false prophet and an antichrist. It’s too late to do anything for him – he’s quite aware. I’m sorry.

But there’s still many thousands – from what I can see – who left the WCG in splinter groups because they chose Armstrong over the Bible. And they still follow him.

So, here it is – You are not Israelites. Even if he was right, what about all of the WCG members of Japan, the Philippines, Africa? There was WCG churches there too. Since they weren’t American or British, they wouldn’t be Israelites under Armstrong’s teachings ANYWAY.

You are not required to keep the law. Examine the Bible. Read Romans, Galatians, Colossians, Hebrews. It’s addressed in detail in all four books, but most especially Galatians. One WCG pastor described his reaction to Galatians as breaking out in dance, because such an incredible burden  of keeping the law was now lifted.

You are not required to keep the Sabbath. You can meet on the 7th day of the week for services if you wish – but be aware that every time Jesus Christ met with the disciples after He rose from the dead was on a Sunday. The Resurrection was on a Sunday. Read Colossians, which deals briefly with Sabbath keeping. Find me ONE verse in the New Testament requiring Sabbath Observance.

You are not the one true church – one of the hallmarks of cultism is always the insistence upon true church-ism.

You are not the true Christians. Armstrongism is not even Christianity. Christianity believes in salvation through grace by faith. Christ alone, faith alone, grace alone, Bible alone.

You are not gods. There is only one God, revealed in three persons, God the Father, Jesus Christ, Holy Ghost. Brother, that’s it. If Herbert W. Armstrong is now a god, ask him to prove it. Ask him to appear to you bodily, so that you can touch his palms and his side. Give him some fish to eat. Gods don’t do that? Jesus Christ sure did!

Here’s the simple truth – open your Bible and read it. Read it for yourself. Start with John, then go back and read the Gospels for yourself, then read the rest of the New Testament. Take notes. Take a lot.

If Herbert W. Armstrong were of God, then everything he said should line up with the Bible. If what he said cannot be found in the Bible, or if it contradicts the Bible, then you must reject him.

Or you will spend eternity with him. You do not want to go there. It’s horrible. The burning will never end. I’m trying to warn you.

That’s why I started this blog.

Simple Truth–Seventh Day Adventists are not Christians


Simple truth – Seventh Day Adventists are not Christians.

It’s been addressed in detail in the past, and I’m really thinking about re-doing all of those! – but Seventh Day Adventism teaches that their Jesus Christ is the angel Michael.

That right there is enough to disqualify them.

Sorry. No.

It’s heresy.

If you do not believe that Jesus Christ is eternally God the Son, pre-existent with God the Father, then you are not saved.

If you deny that Jesus Christ is the sin-bearer of humanity, you are not saved.

If you believe that the sins of mankind are laid upon Satan, you are not a Christian, but in effect, a quasi-Satanist.

Ellen G. White is a false prophet. She prophesied things that never happened, and prophesied things that were wrong. She contradiction the Bible, and plagiarized countless books. The SDA church has never answered the challenge to prove that even 20% of her supposed inspired writings were even her own – because they’re afraid of public examination on this issue.

Seventh Day Adventists do not believe in Hell while they are alive. Their beliefs change rapidly a second after death. That’s way too late to reach them.

That’s why I started this blog.