Get Back to the Bible


Pretty much ending my series for now on revival and getting back to a Biblical Christianity, lets… get back to a Biblical Christianity.
It’s not hard.There’s nothing controversial about it. I plan on resuming posting on sound doctrine soon, I’ve just been so busy lately that it’s been difficult trying to get time to write in my blog!
We as Christians simply need to repent. If it’s a doctrine that can’t be found in a Bible, it needs to be tossed. Centering prayer, contemplative prayer, Joel Osteen visualizing, reincarnation, karma, universalism, evangelicalism, cooperating with the unsaved, accepting all religions as teaching the same truths, mantra chanting, reiki healing, chakras, auras, healing touch, blab it and grab it, salvation by baptism, salvation by predestination, these are all UNBIBLICAL and PAGAN.
We need to separate from these teachings. If you have books that advocate them, throw them away, donate them, or burn them (unless you are collecting them for apologetics purposes for research – it’s a little known fact David Cloud has a huge library of false Christian teachings which he uses to look up sources).
All that old, boring stuff that the older generations call Christianity – yup, that was Christianity, and we need to get back to it.
When I got saved, I turned to looking for, “what part of Christianity is known for sticking to the Bible?” I found it was the Baptists. So I searched for a Bible believing Baptist church. I’ve told that story before, but here’s my point – we need to toss anything out of the churches that is not Biblical.
Bottom line – let’s get back to God.

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New Age Christians


Okay, so yesterday we talked pretty strongly about adding paganism to Christianity. I know I’ve stepped on a lot of toes in the last few days. My advice is toughen up or get steel toed boots. i’m not done.

Central to the issue is the love a lot of Christians show for others. It’s good! Good on ya, as the Aussies say. But you need to temper that love with the knowledge that only those that are born again will enter heaven, Everyone else goes to Hell.

“how can you say that???”

Well, it took 20 letter E’s, 5 H’s… you get the picture. The Bible says it, so I’m saying it too. You should be saying it as well.

When we understand Christian love, and we temper it with that knowledge that only Born Again Christians go to heaven, it should motivate us all to rush out there and pass out tracts, give away Bibles, sponsor Revivals, have tent meetings, invite friends to church or sunday school or Bible studies…

In other words, it makes us functioning Christians.

But when we believe la-de-da that just EVERYONE goes to heaven, we become ineffective Christians. Bottom line. Why witness to them when they are going to heaven anyway?

They’re just worshipping Jesus by another name!

No, they’re worshipping another Jesus, not the Jesus Christ of the Bible.

Let’s talk about the attempt to sneak Hinduism into Christianity – or rather, it’s American counter-part, New Age. That is most definitely a different Jesus than the one preached of in the Bible. And I’m most definitely going to name names, as that is what the Bible tells me to do with false teachers. I dealt with a lot of this back on my series on Word Faith, but i’m going to briefly deal with it again, because there’s Episcopals, Presbyterians and… Baptists who seem to think it can’t apply to them.

Let’s explain prayer here. I can’t believe I have to do this, as obviously any five year old knows how to do this. You open your mouth and speak to God, thenking Him for things, praising Him, and then finally making any requests known to Him. You speak. God does hear silent prayer – witness Hannah’s prayer for a son, which was answered in Samuel. However, the vast majority of prayer in the Bible was done audibly – so we by example are taught that almost all of our prayer needs to be done in the same manner.
So what is Centering Prayer? Centering prayer is a silent prayer with God, in which one begins by greeting God, then emptying ones mind of thoughts, and allowing some kind of mental meeting or exchange that is silent between yourself and “God”. I can honestly tell you, I’ve read the Bible, and that’s not in there. At all. When Elijah met God, there were verbal words. When Moses spent time in God’s presence, there were verbal words.
It’s lie this! If you really sat in the presence of the God of the Universe, He’d usually be telling you, “get up, go do this.” That’s how we see it in EVERY example of anyone talking to God. The only exception being Moses, who was receiving the Law, and being taught for many days by God. The other example was Paul in the wilderness being taught by Christ.
In both cases, they were learning vast amounts of Bible doctrine. So, what doctrines are people being educated in by sitting at the feet of “God” in centering Prayer?

“uh, it’s not about doctrine…”

Then it’s not the God of the universe. You’re either having a nice fellowship time with Satan, or with an imaginary god inside your head. Yes, those tears, that closeness you feel, that wonderful feeling of love and acceptance – are either worship of Satan, or worship of yourself.

That’s the essence of New Age. “Thou art god.” was the teaching of Heinlein’s trashy free love science fiction novel, “Stranger in a strange Land”. It’s been repeated by every New Age guru since then. It’s amazing, how many of these “Ascended Masters” as they’re called, seem to be allergic to soap, water, and deodorant! Meeting many of them in person is an assault on the senses, as they’re usually very dynamic individuals, with bad breath, and a distinctive unwashed smell.

Where does New Age come from?

4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. Genesis 3:4-5 (KJV)

There you go, the essence of the New Age straight from the lips of its founder, Satan.

The next thing we need to talk about is… Joel Osteen and his “visualize it” theology. His entire doctrine is based around commanding the Lord God to do things. This is, to put it bluntly, the complete and opposite way of how things work.

Word Faith at least tells us the basis for its poorly conceived doctrine. At least they can point to Bible verses. Joel is blundering in the dark, bereft of the Bible.

“You need to get a new vision!” He tells people over and over again. “Why don’t you get a bigger picture?”

well, maybe because the Bible tells us something different! We are to rely on and trust God. We don’t order God around. There’s no Scriptural proof for any such demands.

There’s no scriptural examples for us “visualizing” anything.

Picturing myself with Joel Osteen’s house and cars will not GET me Joel Osteen’s cars. If this was a Biblical practice, then millions of Asian Christians would be astounding all of their neighbors and co-workers by driving to work in Ferrari’s while the rest of them drove bycicles. Small barely liveable houses and shacks would suddenly be palaces, comparable to that of the president of that country. Chinese Christians would be inspiring jealousy as they get fat and wear nicer clothes than the party elite do.

Christians in Africa would be amazing all their relatives by tooling around on motorcycles, while everyone else walks or drives trucks. The Appalachian mountains in the US would have wealthy people, trying to find the nearest lake to take their new speedboats to.

Friends, this is not Christianity. This is avarice, greed. This is a license to covet. Coveting, for those who just tuned in to find what the Bible is teaching compared to Joel Osteen, is a SIN. To sit there and look at some rich man’s stupid, senseless toys and say, “Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz? My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amens!” is…coveting. It’s sinful. It leads to discontentment.

Doesn’t the Bible advise us to be content with whatever state we are in? Don’t you know that poverty in this life may possibly be rewarded with wealth in the next? Look, what happens in this life is merely a chance to participate in the Lord’s work, and to earn rewards for the future? This life is only perhaps 80-100 years, and then it is over! The next life is FOREVER. Forever is a long, long time, to quote a song lyric.

Christians can have great wealth, don’t get me wrong. But the Lord tells us rather, it is far more profitable to try to invest in heaven. How do you do that? Faithful church attendance. Do something at church. Pass out tracts. That’s a big one! Witness to people. Get a WordPress site, and try witnessing on it! That’s a good way, I wish I’d thought of that one.
Service to the Lord and service to one another are GREAT ways to get wealth in the coming kingdom. Does this mean I’ll have electronic gizmos in heaven? Well, if the Lord allows such things, I’m sure they won’t need batteries!

True Christianity almost always is typified by poverty. Every time I look around at Christians, a few seem to have much – but many many more barely have enough. The Lord has truly blessed me in my life, and I am thankful. But please keep in mind that MILLIONS of Christians live in poverty. How DARE you tell me there’s anything wrong with that!
But this “Imagining myself to be wealthy” is something designed to… get you to send Joel Osteen money, and buy his books. He’s right – everything he’s preaching DOES work for him! But it’s a pyramid scheme. And nobody at his church is being fed any kind of serious food, any kind of serious doctrinal teachings. We’ve already seen such a thing is important to God!

Joel Osteen is a wolf in sheep clothing. Bottom line. He holds millions of Christians in bondage to his false Gospel. They could be learning sound doctrine, and getting involved at a church. Yet he’s got his electronic church of millions, many of whom send him tithes and offerings and gifts.

If Joel is saved, he’s got a lot to explain to God. If he’s not – and I cannot say, because he’s never REALLY talking about the Gospel – then his riches and wealth and nice suits will probably not protect him from the flames of hell.

Visualizing great wealth will do nothing more than cause me to backslide, because I’m dwelling in a place of coveting. Why isn’t anyone pointing that out?

There’s all kinds of neat things I’d love to own. Do I need any of them? Well, I don’t have them now and I’m doing just fine. I have to tell myself that, because it’s human nature to want to have nice stuff. “Wow, I’d love to have all kinds of fishing tackle!” “Philip, you don’t like fishing!” “Yeah, but it looks neat!”

I could have all kinds of Golf equipment! But I’m a terrible golfer – not to mention most country clubs won’t let me join anyway, because I’m Jewish.

I could have a REALLY NICE sports car! Wow! I’d love a brand new Ferrari, or a Lamborghini, or a Mustang! Yeah! Well.. I’ve got a car. Praise the Lord. I used to have one that the clutch went out yearly. Or the one I had that if it got above 90 degrees, the motor woudn’t start for some reason. Thank God I have a car.

That’s the attitude I should have, not praying, “Oh Lord… give me a Porsche. I’ll die if I don’t have one!”

Compare that attitude to that of a preacher who fervently prayed, “Oh Lord, give me Scotland ere I die!” THAT prayer was for men’s souls – and it was answered.
Osteen is teaching nothing more than Norman Vincent Peale re-heated and re-served. It’s the same New Age nonsense, pretending that your thoughts shape your reality.
Here’s a good key for us to follow – when Oprah endorses something, we know it’s bad. Questions?
Good.

Meditation


13 And in all things that I have said unto you be circumspect: and make no mention of the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth. Exodus 23:13 (KJV)

24 Thou shalt not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, nor do after their works: but thou shalt utterly overthrow them, and quite break down their images. Exodus 23:24 (KJV)

14 Ye shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the people which are round about you; Deuteronomy 6:14 (KJV)

16 Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them; Deuteronomy 11:16 (KJV)

Today, let’s discuss zero tolerance. Those words have been cheapened by constant use, by people whose very application of those words usually means they tolerate a lot.
As you’re probably used to from me, let’s start by putting things in perspective. There’s one God. That God is one God revealed in three persons, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

Worship of anything or anyone else is forbidden. The fact that the Lord Jesus Christ not only allowed worship but encouraged it, was a huge clue to who He was when walking this earth.

Deuteronomy 6:14 tells us not to add worship of other gods to the worship due to God alone. Yet modern Christians not only do this, but actively encourage it.
Universalism is rampant today. That’s the belief that all people go to heaven. But John 14:6 says it plainly – the only way to heaven is through Jesus Christ.

Yes, I know – we want to love all people! And the thought that so many sincere peoples of every faith who reject Christ are going to Hell is painful. So, while some go out and pass out tracts, witness, set up wordpress blogs etc… the rest of Christianity sits around and tries to make excuses. “Well, we believe that ***** is just the name for God in their language.” No, it’s not.

“Well, they worship Isa, and that’s their name for Jesus!” Um… that’s been debated many times – and no, they do not worship Isa. Or Jesus. The Bible says there is salvation in no other name, there is no other way to God than through Jesus Christ. Ye must be born again. Unless a man is born again, he cannot enter into the kingdom of heaven.
“Buddists live by the Golden Rule…” Bully for them. Have they been born again? Have they accepted Jesus Christ? Then they need to abandon false religions like Buddhism. THe Buddha himself abandoned Hinduism, but basically created an atheistic version of it – and billions of followers are blindly accepting the words of a single Indian prince who abandoned his wife and son and left them behind – surely not a very “good karma” producing action.

Billions take the Buddha’s word for it that there is an endless cycle of life, death, reincarnation. What proof do you have? “Uhhhh…” Buddha died. Did he rise again to tell us, “Hey, I was there, I saw for myself! I was right! Yay, me!!!”
Nope. So, abandon any part of Buddhism. It’s pagan. The people of God Almighty should not be doing it.

You should not be sitting cross legged, meditating. It’s a waste of time. Trust me, I learned how to meditate! Depending on the discipline, you either stare at an object for a while, or you close your eyes and focus on the inside of your eyelids. Some discplines advocate the chanting of a Mantra, to “aid in focus”. They say any phrase will do, but then they tell you that saying “Krishna” is the strongest syllables for aid in meditation. You enter a state of self hypnosis. Kind of like opening your front door and leaving the house – anyone can walk in.

Buddhism leads to idolatry. Because sooner or later, you get dissatisfied with just sitting there, and soon you want to get the most out of it. So you find a guru, a mentor, or start reading books by the Dalai Lama – and you start seeing the encouragement to buy Buddha idols, as an “aid to meditation, something to focus your attention on.” If it’s that, then why do they discuss the powers and abilities of the different colored buddhas?

30 Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise. Deuteronomy 12:30 (KJV)

“well, I’m a good Christian! I don’t meditate!”
Good! Do you do contemplative mysticism?
“That’s different…”
How? Aren’t you sitting still, focusing on a spot? Aren’t you chanting a mantra? It’s kind of blasphemous to engage in the practices of other religions while chanting, “Lord Jesus have mercy on me, a sinner…”.

Seriously! Think about it! And… stop it!!!

It’s getting to a point where Christians are eager to research on other pagan religions, to see what they can add to their religions!

“some religions dance in circles! We should do that too to the glory of God!!!”

18 That they teach you not to do after all their abominations, which they have done unto their gods; so should ye sin against the LORD your God. Deuteronomy 20:18 (KJV)

“some religions that pass themsevles off as Christianity burn incense to their idols! We should too!”

10 And they set them up images and groves in every high hill, and under every green tree: 11 And there they burnt incense in all the high places, as did the heathen whom the LORD carried away before them; and wrought wicked things to provoke the LORD to anger: 12 For they served idols, whereof the LORD had said unto them, Ye shall not do this thing. 2 Kings 17:10-12 (KJV)

Some religions blah blah blah…
It doesn’t matter what the other religions do! Do what the Lord God commanded you to do, and no more! We are in the age of Grace, where we are not required to offer sacrifices or incense… all God wants from you is prayer, from time to time, to spend time in your Bible, to attend church, to share the Gospel. It’s not much!
But instead of that, you can find time to study Chakras, auras, kundalini, meditation, buddhism, sikhism, and a million other “isms”?

12 And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, Deuteronomy 10:12 (KJV)

What is Fundamentalism?


We’ve dealt with repentance, truly getting saved, withdrawing from the world, and no longer cooperating with the unsaved for “the sake of the Gospel”. I need to deviate for a moment and address some misconceptions – because I believe that the current “sleepwalking” state of most Christians is that – they simply have not been taught better.

I believe that if the things I’ve talked about the last few days had been taught to most Christians, they’d have rushed to do them! Or not do them, as the case may be.
We talked recently about Evangelicalism, how many famous pastors and evangelists – you know those guys like Charles Swindoll and David Jeremiah – who use the words Evangelical and Fundamentalist – as if their interchangeable. Unless Swindoll is trying to ridicule someone who has a stand for the Bible, in which case he uses the word “Fundamentalist” as if it’s pejorative. In other words, he can’t use the word as if it’s something to inspire and something derogatory at the same time.

So, are you an Evangelical, or a Fundamentalist? Here’s the definitions, and you tell me what you think describes you best.

Fundamentalist – stands for the inerrant truth of the Bible. Believes the Bible literally, believes in a literal six day creation, believes Jesus Christ literally is one third of the Trinity, rose from the dead and ascended physically to heaven. Believes in a literal bodily return of the Lord Jesus Christ in an event called the Rapture, believes in a literal seven year tribulation, believes in the eventual return of the Lord Jesus Christ at the end of that seven years to judge the world, believes in a millennium, in other words – takes the Bible seriously and believes it. Wants to do what God has asked of you.

Evangelical – not so worried about sound doctrine – the most important thing is that you have good fuzzy feelings. We should all love one another, as long as it doesn’t cost anything, and doesn’t require too much. Whether the Bible is without error or not is not so important! We just need to have happy feelings. We like strong sermons, as long as they don’t require us to do anything! WE should accept everyone who names the name of Christ as fellow Christians, and judge not – the most important thing is unity! We’ll not worry about if they’re saved or not – if they’re not, they’ll find out eventually. no big deal, because most of us think Hell is just sitting in a big empty room facing a corner in a time out! And hey, God’s a loving God – He’ll probably let them out someday! Our definition of saved is walking down an aisle, and repeating after the Pastor. You know you’re saved after that if you have a big emotional reaction, maybe laughing, maybe crying, maybe a rash or a warm feeling. What do you mean, that’s not in the Bible? I don’t worry too much about that, Brother! Our church has 10,000 people, so God HAS to be with us!
Which are you? Here’s the important question – which one do you think God wants you to be?

16 Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. 17 Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken. Jeremiah 6:16-17 (KJV)

Here’s where I get a little controversial – I have a few questions about any professing Christian who is completely unconcerned about God’s will for their life. Because let me tell you, that anyone who after getting saved starts worrying about “What does God want me to do???” becomes a Fundamentalist if they look for the answers to that question.
I’d love feedback on this article. I’d like an evangelical to explain to me why they aren’t worried about God’s will for their life. I’m the only person that I can see inside their head. I’m the only person I can hear the thoughts of, and understand the reasonings.
Am I confusing my own call to ministry with that of a concerned Christian’s desire to do God’s will? Do those not called to ministry have the same concern?
I’ll tell you the truth – I think they do. That’s why there’s countless books and sermons that proclaim, “How to find God’s will for your life!!!”
Ray Comfort answers that question with – look, God puts His own desires in you at Salvation. Your thoughts begin to conform to His, slowly. So if you get a desire to do something for God, that’s His will. Do it! Don’t just sit there!
Okay, saved you a lot of money.
The essential difference between a Fundamentalist and an Evangelical is how they regard the Bible. And I’m telling you, once you really understand this issue, you’ll suddenly be concerned about what Bible you read!
That’s why Evangelicals loudly complain about the King James issue – they don’t regard the Bible as inerrant. It’s inspired, they say, but it may have a few errors. No big deal.
To me, it’s a huge deal. You’re saying God is not God. Because a Holy, just and perfect God would write a holy, just and perfect Bible.
I’m always dumbfounded when I read famous Christians say they believe in a literal, inspired, perfect Bible – but then they admit they no longer believe in a word for word inspiration.
Debunk the caricatures liberal Christians often have regarding evangelicals. As a case in point, some liberal Christians think typical evangelicals believe in the dictation theory of inspiration (the view that God literally dictated the Bible word for word to the biblical writers). Emphasize that typical evangelicals reject this view. At the same time, however, be ready to explain and defend the correct view of inspiration… (Ron Rhodes, http://www.ronrhodes.addr.com/articles/witnessing-to-liberals.html).
Uhhh… Mr. Rhodes, that IS the correct view! I will state that Mr. Rhodes defends the Bible as without error in the same article. But the Greek compound words for “Inspired” in 2 Timothy is means “God Breathed”. In other words, dictated. The Lord Jesus Christ even said in the Sermon on the Mount that the Bible was not only letter for letter inspired, but even the very parts of the letters were inspired! Now, how can it be letter for letter inspired without being dictated???
I’m a little reluctant to take Mr. Rhodes to task. I think his article was poorly worded. At the same time… there’s only one correct view of this. Stating that “typical evangelicals reject this view” should have been followed by a strong rebuke for that action!
Do YOU reject the view that God literally chose the words of the Bible?
If a fundamentalist is someone who believes the Bible literally, and an Evangelical does not – which are you? Do you believe the Bible literally?
Why not? And if you don’t believe the Bible literally… are you saved? That’s an important question, because if you don’t believe 2 Timothy 3:16, then how can you believe John 3:16 and John 14:6?
If you don’t believe John 14:6… which Jesus are you believing in?

4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him. 2 Corinthians 11:4 (KJV)
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6 (KJV)

Don’t team up with the unsaved – save them!


continuing on with our getting right with God/Repentance/Revival series…

9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. 10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. 11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. 12 But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. 13 The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. John 10:9-13 (KJV)

I suppose I’m relieved I haven’t received the storm of protests I expected when I  explained the difference between an Evangelical and a Fundamentalist.

The most amazing thing is that an Evangelical clicked “like” on the very next post!

Anyway…

Let’s talk about reality. I’ve talked about saved. I’ve discussed what it is and isnt. Let me briefly recap a couple of points, and we’ll move on from there.

And let me explain, I really don’t care what your denomination teaches is how your saved. I am responsible to teach the Bible. I am charged by God the following:

1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; 2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 2 Timothy 4:1-2 (KJV)

Once I accepted that “Woe is me if I preach not the Gospel!” something happened inside me – the charge laid out in 2 Tim. 4:1-2 became personal. It ceased to be just words on the page.

But let’s pay attention to the next two verses, because although they’ve been true since the days they were written… they have become a picture of common men everywhere.

3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. 2 Timothy 4:3-4 (KJV)

That’s as of a few years ago, in case you weren’t paying attention. Men no longer endure sound doctrine. Think about that word: endure. To put up with, to allow to continue, to not resist.

That means Christians – believing, blood washed, saved Christians… will not put up with sound doctrine today! They will not allow it to be any longer! Indeed, they resist it!

Which is why I got a blog. I can’t be silent any more. I won’t be silent any more! God has charged me to preach the Gospel and sound doctrine, to be diligent and ready at any moment, to reprove, rebuke and exhort.

So… who isn’t saved?

  • If you believe you’re predestined to salvation and don’t need to be born again – you’re not saved.
  • If you’re trusting in small droplets of water sprinkled on your forehead, rubbed on your nose or belly button or what have you to save you… you’re not saved.
  • If you’re resting on the fact that your great grandfather is saved, your grandfather is saved, and your father is saved… guess what? that doesn’t matter. NOBODY was “always a Christian”!
  • If you’re depending on your baptism to save you… you’re not saved.
  • If you’re depending on a confirmation, a catechism, belonging to X church to make you saved… you’re not saved.
  • If you’re depending on circumcision to save you, you’re not saved.
  • If’ you believe you have to combine any kind of good works plus Jesus… you’re not saved.

The ONLY THING that saves you is repentance, and putting your FAITH in Jesus Christ to save you. That’s it! If God asked you “Why should I let you into heaven?” and you responded, “You shouldn’t! But I believe Jesus Christ shed His blood to save me…” Ta-da! You’re IN. It’s the JESUS CHRIST part that saves you!

So… why then are SAVED men partnering with people who believe any of the above? “well, they name the name of Christ…”

Yeah, sure… a different christ. Another Jesus, as the Bible puts it. The Bible says that there are three kinds of Pastors…

  1. Shepherds
  2. hirelings
  3. wolves

Hirelings abandon the flock at the first sign of the wolf. The Wolf removes his sheep skin and begins feasting on the flock. The Shepherd steps in the gap and faces the wolf, the lion and the bear.

33 And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth. 34 And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock: 35 And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him. 36 Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God. 37 David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee. 1 Samuel 17:33-37 (KJV)

So I ask again… why do we partner with the unsaved “for the sake of the Gospel”? I don’t understand that!

Let’s say that I was given the opportunity to preach the Gospel to thousands at a Revival (God help us all! I’d probably scare all but a dozen away!). And let’s say ten Roman Catholics came forward, hearts wrung and ready to receive Christ.

Should I turn them over to a Roman Catholic Priest at that point? According to the official position of the Roman Catholic Church, “If any man denies salvation by works… let him be anathema. If any main claims Salvation is by Faith alone, let him be Anathema.”

I’m sorry, I’m not turning ANYONE over to any man ordained in that system! But if those priests happen to be there and want to know what they must do to be saved, i’ll be glad to talk with them too!

So… why do we partner with these men “for the sake of the Gospel”? They don’t even know what the Gospel is!!!!

Should I turn them over to Mormons? They seek a sign as proof they’re saved! There’s no salvation by faith in Jesus Christ, it’s a “Burning in the bosom” and “you must join the Mormon church and accept Joseph Smith as a prophet.

Shall I turn them over to any denomination that teaches salvation by baby sprinkling? No, but again, I’ll be glad to share the Gospel with those “Clergymen” as well.

Same for all the other denominations or movements that teach all of the other false doctrines I listed above!

So… someone tell me again why we partner with baby sprinklers, salvation by baptizers, salvation by works believers and salvation by true church-ism believers? We should be witnessing to them, not partnering with them!

God forgive us – what is wrong with us??? We so urgently need to fall on our faces in repentance before God for our foolishness, and our wholesale abandonment of the Great Commission!

God, forgive me please.

The High Places of Christianity


2 Only the people sacrificed in high places, because there was no house built unto the name of the LORD, until those days. 3 And Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of David his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places. 4 And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there; for that was the great high place: a thousand burnt offerings did Solomon offer upon that altar. 1 Kings 3:2-4 (KJV)

11 And Asa did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD, as did David his father. 12 And he took away the sodomites out of the land, and removed all the idols that his fathers had made. 13 And also Maachah his mother, even her he removed from being queen, because she had made an idol in a grove; and Asa destroyed her idol, and burnt it by the brook Kidron. 14 But the high places were not removed: nevertheless Asa’s heart was perfect with the LORD all his days. 1 Kings 15:11-14 (KJV)

Since we’re talking about repentance and revival, we need to move on to the next part.

Revival in the Old Testament usually occurred because the people began turning to other gods, and sacrificing to those gods.

In Christianity, it happens because the outside world begins creeping in and we forget the Lord Jesus Christ.

Sometimes, it gets to the point where we look almost no different from the world – pierced noses and a million tattoos – and that’s just the Deacons!

I see church planters who are involved in the third year of their church plant – willowy guys in blue jeans and Rooster Comb hairstyles. Uh… you’re in the ministry, buddy- at least try to look like it!

Some person’s going to come to your church – his life is in shambles. He may be facing jail, or losing his home, or just can’t seem to shake the addiction to crack.

And he walks in your church, a glimmer of hope in his eyes… which fades when he looks at you, because you look exactly like the crack dealer who just took all his food and rent money, and sold him a drug that’s all gone now, and he’s stuck with no home, no food, it’s cold and wet out, and has the craving. How you gonna help him when you look just like the crack dealer? Or the crack user himself?

I understand what some people are advocating – “you need to look like the world, because you’ll reach more that way.”

But deep down inside, kids know they’re rebelling. And when Pastor Walt looks like he’s rebelling too – he’s in many ways lost all credibility.

Reality. Let’s try facing this. You show someone a guy wearing a big yellow and black suit carrying an axe (or red and black) and they all say “fireman!”

You show someone a guy dressed in blue and wearing a badge, and they say, “Law Enforcement!”

A man in a white coat? “Doctor!”

So when your life is falling apart, and you walk into the church hoping for help and answers, and you see a guy with a rooster comb haircut and sneakers, you’re gonna say, “Where’s the Pastor?”

“I’m the pastor.”

“Uh… is there another pastor here?”

sorry, got off topic there. Or maybe, that should be the topic.

We need to start separating from the world.

If the Bible spoke so well of Solomon (at first), and mentions his love for the high places… and speaks so very highly of Asa, but mentions he did not get rid of the high places… shouldn’t we be thinking about that, at least a little bit?

Yes, all sin is forgiven us, and the penalty for it removed. But what ever happened to wanting to please God???

We WERE in the world before we were saved. The Bible says we were saved OUT of it. Should we as Christians be out clubbing, dancing on weekends? Out drinking? Smoking marijuana in places where it’s legal?

No. We’re held to a different standard. Haven’t you noticed when a Christian is publicly exposed as being in a sinful condition, the world immediately says, “Why, those hypocrites!!!”

They don’t seem to acknowledge that they’re in the middle of the same thing, and that if its bad for the Christian, it’s bad for the worldly person too. It’s okay for them, they rationalize, but when the Christian does it, they suddenly consider it bad.

Revival comes when we hew down the idols, burn the groves, kick out the pagan priests. Should we be having Superbowl parties at churches? Churches are the pillar and ground of the truth! When we allow worldly entertainment to it, we are implying there is an air of legitimacy there.

“Hey, buddy, don’t go picking on the Superbowl now!”

why? Can you tell me with an honest face that everything that will be shown on the tv at the church will be something pleasing to God? Really?

Then… should we have it in churches?

do you want it said about you…

But the high places were not removed: nevertheless Asa’s heart was perfect with the LORD all his days. 1 Kings 15:14 (KJV)

I don’t know what’s happening in your life or your church right now that keeps you all sitting in your pews, smiling vacantly. Maybe it’s the attitude of some churches today… “Pastor, entertain me!!!”

Or maybe it’s the turning the blind eye to the suffering of the poor people in your church. You know, the ones who can barely sit there holding the bread and the cup and not wolf it down out of hunger? The ones who are coming in the middle of winter wearing light jackets because that’s all they have?

Hew down the groves. Smash the idols. And suffer not the high places.

Churches, we need to wake up. We’ve been given work to do, deadly serious work. People are dying in their sins all around you because you’re too complacent to pass out a tract. And people are dying in the pews because they’re starving to death, but too proud to ask for help.

“somebody should do something!!!”

I agree! Aren’t you “Somebody”?

Should we all just get along for the sake of the Gospel??


Okay, we’ve talked about Salvation and withdrawing from the world, as well as Revival, and wordliness.

Let’s talk about the next thing that’s sabotaging Christianity.

How many of you believe this, or agree with this statement?

“We should cooperate with all denominations of Christianity! There shouldn’t be any division in the body!” “We have to accept our doctrinal differences, as they are what makes the Church so great!”

I had a comment on my blog a month and a half ago on my series on Calvinism, where a well meaning Christian advocated exactly that – “we shouldn’t be dividing the Church.”

I know I’ve written on this before, but until Christians begin to understand this, I’m going to keep on writing on it!

My oft-repeated question is… “What does the word of God say about this? Did you look it up before you advocated this doctrine?”

The answer to that has got to be no. Why do I say it’s got to be no? Because it violates so many Scriptures, that you’d see it immediately if you:

  • searched the Scriptures like a Berean or…
  • actually read your Bible from time to time.

I’ve come to the conclusion that most people do not read their Bibles. I know when I’ve had the blessing to preach to a congregation, it’s one of the things I advocate the most. It seems like every Christian owns several, but reads none of them!

Let me deal briefly with three often quoted sayings over the next few days, and I’m going to explode some common myths about them.

“The early church had a saying, “In essentials unity; in non-essentials liberty; in all things charity”. That was from a writing by Calvinist Mark Deever, who also writes information on how to subvert the Southern Baptist Convention to Calvinism. Don’t worry, after a Southern Baptist Pastor blew the whistle on him, Deever took that information down… for now.

Did the early church really say this? Nope. That’s a saying that comes from Rupertus Meldenius. I’ll give you a hint, he’s got both a first and last name, so that tells you it’s not all that ancient! And he was a Lutheran, so that narrows it down even more… the 17th century.

Either Deever was misrepresenting this, or didn’t research it to find out how old this statement really is.

So, it’s not a statement by the Early Christians. And let’s not forget, it’s a misleading argument in many ways. The churches in the 3rd century had ascribed to salvation by baptism, infant baptism, division between clergy and laity, interpreting Scripture by analogy, and many other errors. should we appeal to them for support of our doctrines? That’s the way back to Rome, my friends, and the one world religion of the Anti-Christ. Hold that thought, because the one world religion of the Antichrist is going to be very important in a few minutes.

Ffirends, the facts are, the churches fell into apostasy very quickly. Error had started creeping in even in the days of the apostles, hence the writings of Colossians and Galatians. Most of those so-called Christians were the Gnostics and Coptic “Christians”, who originated from Alexandria in Egypt. Hint: beware of anything from Alexandria when it comes to the Bible or Christianity.

I also haven’t dealt with another issue, that probably snuck by you without noticing. Deever had said “the early church”. Which one? Oh, I see, you mean churchES. Because you’ve got a singular word “church” when I know for a fact that by AD 40 or so, there were several churches. By the way, I’m not a Baptist Brider – don’t stop reading because you assume I am one. I’ll explain shortly what I believe, and why – and why belief in a universal church under the name “Church” is a dangerous thing.

Deever is also advocating the universal church. What’s the latin for universal? “catholic.” Whether he means it or not, he’s advocating a return to Rome. Not too surprising, because Calvinism is Roman Catholic doctrine, just slightly watered and separated from the idolatry of Rome. In other words, John Calvin set himself up as a Scandinavian Pope, of a new kind of Catholic. See my writings on Calvinism for a full length treatment of that.

An essential understanding of Ekklesiology has to come when one studies all uses of the words “Kingdom of God”, “Body of Christ”, “The body” and every incidence of “church”.

Why is this important? Because one realizes very quickly that at no time does the Scripture speak of The Church, but rather, the churches. It’s very interesting to me that one of the essential rules of doctrine is that we NEVER base a doctrine upon a single verse, but rather, the rules of doctrine say that we take ALL of the verses on a subject, and examine them carefully. If one verse seems to say one thing, and all the other verses say something different, we then understand our view of that one verse must then be flawed, and we re-read it in context.

Now, there IS verses that speak of the Body of Christ… which mostly seem to point to a local body of believers. The phrases “body” tend to mean both a local body and a term for all the saved. I’m not very firm on an interpretation of it at this time.

Lastly, the Kingdom of God is… all the saved. That’s what apparently most people mean when they say “The Church”. But I have a strong belief that if the Bible is careful to speak of a church as a local thing, and the Kingdom of God as a universal thing… then we should do the same.

It’s a small difference, but with huge implications. A church has an overshephard, a Pastor. If the church is a universal thing, then we must have a universal Pastor over the whole body.

“Uhhhh….”

Yeah, that’s an uncomfortable conclusion – especially since we see no reference ANYWHERE in Scripture advocating this.

But who is over the Kingdom of God? Why, the King of course! The Lord Jesus Christ.

“Oh. That IS a big difference.”

now before someone asks the question, “Who then is the bride of Christ?”, I’m going to answer this – “All the saved.” I do not accept church successionism, so I’m not a Baptist Brider. If anything, I’m a doctrinal successionist. That means any church holding to correct doctrine is a true church of the Lord Jesus Christ. And I believe that a church can get so far from true doctrine that the Lord can remove their position as a church. Why do I believe such a thing? Because the Bible says it at least three times in the Book of Revelation that the Lord can cause a church to not be a church any more. Hint – look for the words “Candlestick”, and any reference to anything being expelled from the body.

Finally, where did Deever get such a philosophy? Herold Ockinga, an influential man who came up with the phrase “Neo-Evangelical” or “New Evangelical.” When I first got saved a few years ago, I thought of myself as an Evangelical Christian, because I believed in Evangelizing and passing out tracts. It took only a little education to stop calling myself an Evangelical, as I realized very quickly that a Fundamentalist was someone who took the attitude of “The Bible is the inerrant word of God and we need to conform to it”, and an Evangelical was the opposite of it.

My belief is that the Southern Baptist Convention can be jump started into revival, and into returning to what it was, with only a LITTLE education. And that requires educating (just like I’m doing right now…). If we reject Ockinga’s Evangelicalism and instead return to Fundamentalism… we’ll return the SBC to what it was prior to World War 2.

Now that that is dealt with, let’s look at the other tomorrow. And we’ll be looking the day after that on what the Bible teaches.