Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?


2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: Revelation 2:2 (KJV)

Every now and then, my wife is good for finding a story to get ol’ Philip worked up. Doing a search on Christianity, she ran across an article called “7 Reasons why Christians celebrate Halloween”. You’ll see in the blockquote mode some quotations from that article

The article eventually got pulled quite recently, due to the fact that wise Christians quickly began responding to his article. He responded to their comments with, “Well, Christmas and Easter are pagan, so it’s okay to celebrate Halloween.” (I was able to find a Google Cache’d copy)

First, let me point out that I was unable to find a statement of faith on this “pastor’s” blog. The first, MAJOR issue you should recognize is – no statement of faith. Now, if Pastor R wants to come on here and set me straight, he can start with that. No statement of faith equals no Christian faith. It’s the hallmark of a false teacher to distort one to hide their beliefs. You’re an ACCOMPLISHED false teacher if you see no need for one all together!

Pastor R makes a big deal about “Christians” routinely adopted Pagan holidays, and then “Christianized” them. I don’t have enough time in the year to correct every wrong thing I’ve seen on “Pastor” R’s blog. The first post on his current blog “Reasons why Pope Francis is good for christianity” told me a LOT about this man. Pastor R is making his first, major mistake in assuming that Roman Catholicism is Christian, and that we all came from that. In this, both his doctrine, his church history and his knowledge of facts all are faulty. Indeed, elsewhere he makes a reference to Baptists as “protestants”, showing how completely faulty his knowledge of church history and facts are. WE never came OUT of Roman Catholicism, they separated from US. Those early churches were Baptist, not Catholic.

Roman Catholicism is not Christianity. It is an occult, pagan religion which disguises itself by adopting Jesus Christ, God and the Bible – and then turns it all inside out in a gory Pagan mix, complete with a pantheon of demi-gods we are to pray to, and a goddess, the queen of heaven.

Christianity did not adopt pagan holdiays and make Christian ones out of them – the Roman Catholic “church” did that. The very nomenclature of “All Saints Day” for November 1 should give you a hint… it’s not Christian. If by “St.” Francis, you mean a born again Christian in Dartmouth, Mass, okay, great. In that case, I’m Saint Philip. And you’re Saint so-and-so. But all saints day does not celebrate Christians – it celebrates a “few extra-holy Christians who performed miracles and were Beatified”. Can we find that in the Bible? Try looking in 3 Corinthians. Because it can’t be found anywhere else.

33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. 1 Corinthians 15:33 (KJV)

The point is, celbrating Halloween is a celebration of evil. I know “Pastor” R believes the devil cannot stand to be mocked. And he says by Christians doing Halloween, we are mocking Satan. I dunno, I think I could make a good case it would just tickle Lucifer no end to see Christians dressing up as devils. I mean, you can, with commercially available products, a week of work and Youtube, make a completely Satanic, evil representation of yourself (a Christian) to appear to be a devil. Not the red, cartoony devil, but a foul thing of Hell. I mean, wouldn’t take much. I probably could do it with $50. Maybe a little more if I had to get something over the top.

I could outfit my yard with things that – for another $50 – would terrify you at night.

How is this pleasing to God??? We should not be concerned with mocking the devil, but with pleasing God! So… what does God have to say on this???

7 Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates. 2 Corinthians 13:7 (KJV)

Hm. That’s pretty much cut and dried to me. Now, I remember when I was in first grade, my mom got me a halloween costume of an astronaut suit, complete with a little light on the mask that lit up. It was cool, when you’re six years old. Well, actually, it was hot and sweaty, but that’s beside the point. Would that be okay, if I put that on right now? Celebration of the moon walk, etc…

What would that look like? An endorsement of an evil day, an evil repackaging by an evil “church” from an evil day practiced by pagans who burned people alive inside wicker baskets, cut open the chests of living people and pulled their hearts out so the blood of the living would freshen the ground and allow crops to grow, and invite “the dead” (devils, really) to possess the living in a celebration known as Sowwen (spelled Samhain, but pronounced sowwen – I did that on purpose to educate people, something Pastor R is not doing).

22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. 1 Thessalonians 5:22 (KJV)

“Gregory III (731–741) and Gregory IV (827–844) moved the Christian holiday All Saints’ Day from May 13 to November 1 to replace the pagan rituals on October 31 and November 1. Gregory III instructed people to dress up as saints . Let the occult have Samhain, we are taking All Hallows Eve back.”

No, “all Saints Day” is not Christian. It is not holy. It is JUST as evil as Halloween. It is pagan, to believe that men may become demi-gods. There’s really no other way to justify giving men the abilities that the Bible specifically says belongs rightfully to Jesus Christ, the ONLY mediator between man and God. The only “saints” are you and I and every other born again believer. Many of the peoples that the Roman Catholic “church” worships as “Saints” were indeed not even born again. Good luck getting them to pray for you, when their own cries for mercy are unheeded!

10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, 11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. 12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee. 13 Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God. 14 For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the LORD thy God hath not suffered thee so to do. Deuteronomy 18:10-14 (KJV)

3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil. 2 Thessalonians 3:3 (KJV)

The establishment of Christmas and Easter in Europe had pagan connections but we do not abandon these holidays. Neither should we abandon All Hallows Eve.

This is a completely disproven theory. Christians celebrate the ressurection of Jesus Christ, and not the day. Yes, we refer to it as Easter, and should not. I prefer to call it Ressurection Sunday. The Bible uses the word Easter once, and it is a smearing of the name of a pagan goddess, just like saying Esther, which is not how it was pronounced. Esther and Mordecai smeared the pronouncing of the name Ishtar, and everybody probably thought it was the Israeli accent. As for Christmas, it’s like the Baptists who hear the origin of the name Christmas, and flip out, and renounce any celebration of Dec. 25th.

19 And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead? 20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. Isaiah 8:19-20 (KJV)

Experts are now beginning to believe that much of what we hear about Saturnalia is actually incorrect – it was actually celebrated the day after the solstice, which would be Dec. 22. If we were going to be more specific about when we celebrate Ressurection Sunday and Christmas, Ressurection Sunday should technically be the sunday after Passover. Why do we follow the traditional dating for it? Because it provides a witness to the rest of the world, He is Risen!

Why do we celebrate the birth of Christ on Dec. 25th? The original celebration was Jan. 6, but it was moved back to the 25th, which a lot of people claim was because of Saturnalia. If it was a re-working of Saturnalia, it would be on… the same day. So, why Dec. 25th? Pastor Marc Monte did some simple math using what he learned following 2 Chronicles, Matthew and Luke, and is able to state with some certaintly that… Christ’s birth was pretty much conclusively between Dec. 23rd & 26th.

Hm. What day is in the middle there?

Understanding that early Christians contextualized early pagan holidays into Christian holidays helps us to see that we do not have to compromise our beliefs with pagan ones.

13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. 2 Timothy 3:13 (KJV)

Well, the Bible sure sums that argument up. He’s saying that Pope Francis is good for Christianity, but we do not have to compromise our Christian beliefs with pagan ones? Again, Roman Catholicism is not Christianity.

11 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. 1 Peter 3:11 (KJV)

“Evil” themes in our current secular Halloween observances were not always present. Thus, we can recapture the spiritual with the innocent.

So, by putting on a (slightly biggerversion of) my astronaut costume, nobody will think I’m lending creedence to Halloween by going door to door and saying, “trick or treat!!!” or worse, “God bless you!!!!”

I really think by putting on a hobo or pirate costume like the author suggests, I will be giving legitimacy to Halloween, and I will NOT be abstaining from the appearance of evil. By the way, have you all ever researched what pirates were like? I cannot understand the current fascination with pirates as if they’re heroes – they were cruel, evil and I will not repeat many of their deeds on this blog. Dressing little children like them is inappropriate.

12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. 1 Peter 3:12 (KJV)

Christians should focus and teach the concept of celebrating All Saint’s Day, November 1st in churches.

No, we should NOT. There is nothing Christian about “All Saints Day”. It cannot be found in the Bible. What am I to teach about “All Saint’s Day” other than… it’s pagan? It’s unBiblical???

Think on this… this is not the only article this “pastor” has written on halloween. I can’t find much celebrating Jesus Christ on his blog. But… almost every year since 2010 he’s written something about why we should celebrate Halloween. And… I found a simlar article by someone else in Charisma magazine.

Have we lost our minds??? Why are we defending these things by logic, and not the word of God??? I’ll tell you why… Because you can’t defend this stance by the word of God.

So…. who’s the real hero of this article??? the thirty or so Christians who went on there and gave Scripture and defended Christianity against this kind of drivel and false teaching. Comment after comment by believers who quoted the WORD OF GOD at this “pastor”, who responded to their quotations of the Bible with… logic.

Well, we know who his god is. I have never been so proud of Christians, standing up for the truth by the use of THE BIBLE. Wow. good on ya!

11 Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God. 3 John 1:11 (KJV)

Should Christians go to Seminary?


Recently, I’ve gone through the comments on my blog, and I’ve noticed some people expressing an opinion that Christians should not go to Bible College, or Seminary. I never really answered it before, because (as usually happens) people make compound comments, and I was trying to answer the most pressing ones first.

I am going to start by listing some Bible teachers, and whether they went to Bible college or not. And let’s get this out of the way, a Seminary is just a Bible college.

  • Marc Monte – Bible College
  • David Cloud – Bible College
  • John R. Rice – Bible College
  • Frank Norris – Bible College
  • Adoniram Judson – Bible College
  • Jonathan Goforth – Bible College
  • David Livingstone – Bible College
  • C. T. Studd – Bible College

how about those that did not go to Bible College, or finish it…

  • Frank Sandford – started the Charismatic movement
  • Charles Parham – started the Topeka Kansas Bible School, where Agnes Ozman was the “…first woman to speak in tongues”.
  • John Alexander Dowie – Started Zion City, which became the Assemblies of God denomination. Was unable to heal his daughter after a fire, nor permit her any medical attention. She died in agony.
  • E. W. Kenyon – started Word Faith
  • John G. Lake – started “Healing rooms” in washington state, and wrote several books on divine healing.
  • Aimee Semple McPherson – healing ministry and many live performances. Later became a liberal theologian based upon a single comment by bible students that they didn’t believe the Bible literally.
  • Finis Dake – miracles and healings, and quite a bit of controversy when imprisoned for pedophilia
  • William Seymour – only training at Charles’ Parham’s Bible Institute (who was not qualified to teach), but was not permitted to sit in the classroom because he was black. Later started the Azuza Street Revival, which is not the panacea of miracles that Pentacostals today claim it was, but rather, a place where witches attended and debauchery reigned in the sanctuary.

Lest anyone say that the twelve apostles never attended Bible college, I’m going to point out they accompanied Jesus Christ everywhere. They were in the finest Bible College in history. Their classrooms was the hills of Judea, the shores of Galilee, laying beside a fire. But they were with Jesus Christ, the living word of God. The Apostle Paul spent three years in the wilderness, getting intensive training from the Lord.

Today, we do not have Jesus Christ sitting with me personally, having me open my Bible and telling me, “go to this verse… this is a prophecy of me which I gave to David in 1000 BC…”. What I have is the holy Spirit, making a single verse at a time alive to me.

Is that a replacement for Bible College?

Make sure you’re sitting down… no. Devotional reading does not replace study.

15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)

Break down that verse for me. What’s it teach? Does it teach that the study of the Bible takes a while? Does it teach that even after training, you must continue to study? No? You all saw “workman”, right? What did you think that means?

You have to study. You have to rightly divide, It is possible to wrongly divide. God demands that the workman, a pastor or preacher, must study. That they will be approved by God if they do so. They cannot rest on their laurels, but must continue to study. That it takes a while, and does not come right away. The Bible is the word of truth. That we will be shamed if we do not study. That YOU have to do the study yourself, and not just rely on commentaries.

I got all of that out of that one verse. 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy and Titus are in themselves a mini Bible College,

Now, the Biblical example is of pastor training pastor training pastor, sending out trainees to plant churches. Paul and Appollos, Timothy, Titus. So, go to your pastor, and tell him you want to sit at his feet for the next four years, eight hours a day of traning. See what he says. He’ll be delighted!

Until the church dismisses him for neglecting them for four years.

21 Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens: 22 And let them judge the people at all seasons: and it shall be, that every great matter they shall bring unto thee, but every small matter they shall judge: so shall it be easier for thyself, and they shall bear the burden with thee. 23 If thou shalt do this thing, and God command thee so, then thou shalt be able to endure, and all this people shall also go to their place in peace. Exodus 18:21-23 (KJV)

Following this pattern, Baptists began to establish training schools, like the Protestants before them (Baptists didn’t usually live in enough peace to be able to be public and have seminaries until about 300 years ago… the Protestants were still burning Baptists in 1611 in England – and they were being tarred and feathered in America up to the Revolution).

At first, yes, it was pastor training pastor. But as the Baptists saw it, there was a dearth of good Bible teachers, and a whole world they suddenly were allowed to go and openly preach and teach.

There is nothing wrong with a Christian going to a Bible College or Seminary to be trained. nothing at all.

I read the Bible for years. But I didn’t know how to study, and when I finally went to Seminary, I was dumbfounded how much I was learning right away. First class was Bible Doctrine. Second class was Church history. They laid a foundation that still serves me today. I would not trade my training for anything!

Yes, you can sit down, arrange the course matter yourself, and train yourself. Great. LIst the ten major areas of doctrine without my prompting you. Without opening a ew browser and searching for it. Just out of your mind. You’ve read the Bible through many times, right? No cheating… you have to tell me out of your recollection.

Go on… .that’s four… how many others you got?

Did you get all ten?

I’ve put them on this blog in the last two weeks. They’re up there. You should have gotten eight of them. They are Theology, Christology, Pneumatology, Eschatology, Soteriology, Anthropology, Hamartiology, Angelology, Bibliology, and Ekklesiology. Get them all???

What’s the difference between doctrine and learning?

Name two missionaries in modern times who both independent of each other, before sailing into the mission field, saw a letter to the editor decrying infant baptism and decided to prove it… and instead both realized they couldn’t – so they changed their denominational affiliation to Baptist? Big hint – they ended up on the same ship together, sailing to their separate destinations….

Hmmmm…

Got it yet? Is that important? Not as important as the Bible… but I’d say it’s important. Because most Protestant denominations still baptise infants. Or sprinkle them, rather, which is not baptism.

Is a study in Greek important? I say it is. Yes, we’ve got the Bible in English. But here’s a thought – can you prove Baptism is by immersion in English? Yes… but a study in Greek gives you ammo against Methodists. Or whoever.

Is a study in Hebrew important? I’d say it is. One article I wrote to prove the KIng James Bible I did by translating Psalm 12 from Hebrew to English, and showing how the verb tenses showed the preservation was for the word of God, and not to the Godly people.

Can you prove to me that Baptists are not protestants? Historically, I can prove it to you by listing all of the various groups through the years that followed Baptist theology, but did not have the Baptist name. And every persecution by Roman Catholics split them, divided them, and the people who spread into France from Rome caused the Vaudois, or the Waldenses. The People who spread from Rome to Germany created the Donatists. One group split off from them thanks to a false teacher, and started the Muenster Rebellion.

Where did the Welsh Baptists come from? Who taught them?

I learned all this in Seminary. I am GROUNDED in the word of Truth. My hope-so salvation is not hope-so anymore but know-so. I know who’s responsible for my salvation, and my study of His nature left me so secure, I have no more fears. I tell ya, the first month of Christology study will make your brain hurt. In Judaism I studied the Kabbalah, and it made my brain hurt. I got saved, and turned instead to studying Jesus Christ, and that was much more complicated, the Kenosis, the Eternal Sonship, The three-in-one Trinity vs. all other interpretations of the Trinity, etc.

A GOOD Bible College makes all the difference. A BAD one is to be despised. To get an accredited degree, without one I cannot get a good Pastoral job, would mean going to Tennessee Temple or to Regent University, or to Liberty College. Even if you paid for me, I would not go to such a place. Even if you PAID me to go, in addition to paying the tuition, I would not go. I will not go somewhere to have my learning corrupted.

But if you can find a sound Independent Baptist college, that teaches Narrow is the Way, King James Only Fundamental Baptist Bible, then sign me up. Well, I already went. It’s your turn.

My prayer is that David Cloud will decide to start one, and will ask us to donate to it. I willingly would, because I know he will not cheapen the training, or make it worldly. That would be the best.

There’s no shame in a good, Godly Bible college.

Note Taking


I do a lot of note taking. I’m always scribbling notes to myself on thoughts for articles for both this blog, and my other site the Surviving the Tribulation site. I just never seem to have enough time to finish that website. And whenever I say on this blog, “I;m taking a week off to work on the other web site…” something always happens.

Anyway, you have to be detailed in your notes! I am going back through notes from July of 2014 (I’ve got a bit of a backlog…) and I found one for the Tribulation website that reads,…

“take everything out of bag and let it dry out.”

Huh.

I have not a clue. None whatsoever.

Here’s another note: “Always have more than one way to do something.”

Great. Like… what? In reference to what???

I guess I can crumple that list of notes up and ping it right in the trash can.

WordPress Stats


Recently, I’ve noticed something odd about the WordPress stats. I went poking through them, trying to see which articles have never been read. It appears that finally, every article has been read at least once.

Then I clicked on one, to see why it was only read once. It had four comments on it.

Hm.

Bottom line… it had to be visited at least twice, for there to be four comments on it. So, don’t trust your Wordpess stats to be 100% accurate.

What’s in my Wordsearch?


Yesterday, i talked again about Wordsearch, which is pretty much my favorite Bible program. I mentioned I had downloaded a few hundred free books from the website, and that from time to time they have giveaways, and every friday night on their blog is Free Friday, where they give away another book. Most of the time, it’s something I’ve already gotten, but every now and then, there’s something new.

Are most of these works heretical? No. most are full of ecumenism and Evangelical error. If you’re studied to shew thyself approved, a workman rightly dividing the word of God, you’re ready to use that as fodder for your writings on cults, doctrinal erros and etc.

So, what books do I have? I sincerely doubt anyone will read the entire list, but it’ll make the search engines and help get Wordsearch Bible software sold, which is my goal, because it really has a lot of features I don’t see in other Bible programs. And remember, almost all of these were free…

Ready??? here we go! (I bet you scrool down maybe… twice…)

Summary info: Your library contains 343 books, made up of 358 total volumes. You have 343 books unlocked.

Bibles

  • American Standard Version
  • Bible In Basic English
  • Biographical Bible, The
  • Centenary Translation of the New Testament
  • Darby’s Translation
  • English Standard Version
  • God’s Word
  • Greek New Testament (Scrivener 1894)
  • Greek New Testament (Stephanus 1550)
  • Greek New Testament (Tischendorf)
  • Greek New Testament (Westcott-Hort)
  • Holman Christian Standard Bible – Holman Christian Standard Bible – NT
  • Holman Christian Standard Bible – Holman Christian Standard Bible – OT
  • King James Version
  • KJV Apocrypha
  • Mace New Testament
  • Moffatt’s New Testament
  • New Living Translation, Second Edition
  • Reina Valera (1909)
  • Sagradas Escrituras
  • Vulgate
  • Wesley New Testament
  • Weymouth New Testament
  • Young’s Literal Translation

Commentaries

  • Acts of the Apostles
  • Adam Clarke’s Commentary
  • Apocalypse, The
  • Barnes’ Notes on the New Testament
  • Bible History: Old Testament
  • Bible Reader’s Companion
  • Christ-Centered Exposition – Exalting Jesus in 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus
  • Commentary on 1 Corinthians, A
  • Commentary on 2 Corinthians, A
  • Commentary on Ephesians, A
  • Commentary on Matthew and Mark
  • Commentary on Revelation
  • Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans
  • Ephesian Studies
  • Exposition of the Epistle of James, An
  • Exposition of the Epistle to the Romans
  • Exposition on the First Ten Chapters of Genesis
  • Four-Fold Gospel
  • Gospel in Leviticus, The
  • Holiest of All, The
  • Holman Concise Bible Commentary
  • Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary
  • Luther’s Commentary on Galatians
  • Matthew Henry Concise
  • People’s New Testament, The
  • Romans Verse-by-Verse
  • Simplified Harmony of the Gospels, A
  • Thessalonians, Corinthians, Galatians, and Romans
  • Trailblazin Ministries Devotional Commentary – James
  • Treasury of David, The
  • Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
  • Wesley’s Commentary
  • Commentaries – New Testament
  • Commentary on Peter and Jude

Cross References

  • ESV Xrefs
  • HCSB Xrefs

Devotionals

  • Ancient Wisdom
  • Be Perfect
  • Daily Help
  • Daily Light on the Daily Path
  • Daily Strength for Daily Needs
  • Every Day with Jesus
  • Facts of the Matter
  • Faith’s Checkbook
  • Joy and Strength for the Pilgrim’s Day
  • Morning and Evening
  • Streams in the Desert
  • Thoughts for the Quiet Hour
  • Two Thousand and Ten Choice Quotations
  • Waiting on God

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

  • AMG’s Encyclopedia of Bible Facts
  • Boyd’s Bible Dictionary
  • Easton’s Illustrated Dictionary
  • Hitchcock’s Dictionary of Bible Names
  • King James Dictionary
  • Smith’s Bible Dictionary

Handbooks

  • Complete Book of Everyday Christianity, The
  • How to Apply the Bible
  • Scripture Alphabet of Animals, The
  • History & Culture
  • Complete Works of Flavius Josephus
  • Dictionary of Christian Biography
  • Didache, The
  • Foxe’s Book of Martyrs
  • History of Israel, A
  • History of the Christian Church, The
  • History Of The Jewish Nation
  • Letters to the Seven Churches of Asia, The
  • Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah, The
  • Luke the Physician
  • Manners and Customs of Bible Lands
  • New Testament History
  • Prophecy and History
  • Sketches of Jewish Social Life
  • St. Paul the Traveler and Roman Citizen
  • Tabernacle of Israel
  • Tabernacle, the Priesthood, and the Offerings, The
  • The Temple – Its Ministry and Services
  • Types of the Tabernacle
  • Was Christ Born in Bethlehem?

Lessons

  • LESSONmaker Adult Questions Gospel of John

Literature – Biographies

  • Bible Characters
  • Confession of St. Patrick, The
  • Heroes of the Bible – Abraham
  • Heroes of the Bible – David
  • Heroes of the Bible – Elijah
  • Heroes of the Bible – Israel
  • Heroes of the Bible – Jeremiah
  • Heroes of the Bible – John the Baptist
  • Heroes of the Bible – Joseph
  • Heroes of the Bible – Joshua
  • Heroes of the Bible – Moses
  • Heroes of the Bible – Samuel
  • In the Footsteps of Arminius
  • Journal of John Wesley
  • Life of Jesus Christ, The
  • Life of St. Paul, The
  • Paul of Tarsus
  • Scenes and Incidents in the Life of the Apostle Paul

Literature – Christian Living

  • A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life
  • Children for Christ, The
  • Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life, The
  • Clue of the Maze, The
  • Communicant’s Companion, The
  • Divine Healing
  • Essentials of Life, The
  • Holiness
  • Holiness and the Human Element
  • How to Obtain Fullness of Power
  • Humility
  • Imago Christi
  • Imitation of Christ, The
  • In His Image
  • Incredible Power of Kingdom Authority, The
  • Kept for the Master’s Use
  • Law and the Saint, The
  • Master’s Indwelling, The
  • Mind of Christ, The
  • New Life in Christ Jesus, The
  • New Life, The
  • Old Man, The
  • On the Incarnation
  • Popular Christianity
  • Power From on High
  • Practical Christianity
  • Quiet Talks about Jesus
  • Quiet Talks About Our Lord’s Return
  • Quiet Talks about the Crowned Christ of Revelation
  • Quiet Talks about the Healing Christ
  • Quiet Talks about the Tempter
  • Quiet Talks on Following the Christ
  • Quiet Talks on Home Ideals
  • Quiet Talks on Power
  • Quiet Talks on Service
  • Read.Pray.Worship.Live.
  • School of Obedience, The
  • Secret of Communion with God, The
  • Secret of Guidance, The
  • Secret Power
  • Soul Help
  • Spiritual Exercises, The
  • Stones Rolled Away
  • Thy Will be Done
  • Words of Counsel for Christian Workers

Literature – Church & Ministry

  • Church Administration
  • Revitalizing the Sunday Morning Dinosaur
  • Star Book for Ministers, The
  • Literature – Counseling
  • 24-Hour Counselor
  • Great Commandment Principle

Literature – Evangelism & Church Growth

  • Great Commission of Jesus Christ to His Twelve Apostles, The
  • Handbook of Personal Evangelism
  • How to Bring Men to Christ
  • Quiet Talks with World Winners

Literature – Fiction

  • In His Steps
  • Paradise Lost
  • Paradise Regained

Literature – General

  • Absolute Surrender
  • All of Grace
  • Ascent of Mount Carmel
  • Come Ye Children
  • Confessions of St. Augustine
  • Dark Night of the Soul
  • Deeper Christian Life, The
  • Enchiridion on Faith, Hope, and Love
  • God of All Comfort
  • Grace Abounding
  • Holy War, The
  • Jesus of Nazareth
  • Life of Christ, The
  • Lord’s Table, The
  • Orthodoxy
  • Our Own Hymn-Book
  • Pilgrim’s Progress, The
  • Pleasure and Profit
  • Practice of the Presence of God, The
  • Sovereign Grace: Its Source, Its Nature, and Its Effects
  • The Two Covenants and the Second Blessing
  • True Vine, The
  • Types In Hebrews
  • Why Four Gospels?

Literature – Leadership

  • Training of the Twelve

Literature – Prayer

  • Anecdotes Illustrative of New Testament Texts
  • Anecdotes Illustrative of Old Testament Texts
  • Complete Works of E. M. Bounds, The
  • Expository Sermons and Outlines on the Old Testament
  • Guide to Fervent Prayer, A
  • How To Pray
  • Ministry of Intercession, The
  • Outline of Sermons on the New Testament
  • Outline of Sermons on the Old Testament
  • Outline of Sermons to Children

Platform and Pulpit Aids

  • Prayer Availeth Much
  • Prayer Life, The
  • Prevailing Prayer
  • Pulpit Prayers
  • Quiet Talks on Prayer
  • With Christ in the School of Prayer

Maps & Atlases

  • Holman Bible Atlas
  • Holman Quicksource Bible Atlas
  • Maps
  • Photographs & Art
  • Dore’s Woodcuts
  • Photographs of Israel

Salvation Army – Salvation Army Publications

  • Books that Bless

Sermon Helps

  • A Treasury of Great Preaching
  • Alliterated Sermon Outlines
  • Beatitudes, The
  • Christ’s Glorious Achievements
  • Eccentric Preachers
  • Heart Talks to Ministers and Christian Workers
  • How to Prepare Sermons and Gospel Addresses
  • Lectionary
  • Lectures to Professing Christians
  • Letters to Timothy
  • Preaching with Bold Assurance
  • Revival Addresses
  • Revival Lectures
  • Revival Sermons
  • Sermon Seeds
  • Sermon Seeds on the Seven Words
  • Sermons on Gospel Themes
  • Toolbox for [Busy] Pastors

Sermon Helps – Homiletics

  • Art of Alliterated Sermons, The
  • Chapters on Preaching
  • Lay Preacher’s Guide, The
  • Principle Preaching
  • Sermon Helps – Illustrations

Anecdotes, Incidents and Illustrations

  • Gospel Extracts
  • Moody’s Anecdotes and Illustrations
  • New Testament Illustrations

Sermon Helps – Sermon Outlines

  • Sermon Outlines for Busy Pastors – Easter Sermons

Sermon Helps – Sermons

  • 25 Sunday Mornings and Evenings with Samuel Chadwick – 25 Sunday Evenings with Samuel Chadwick
  • 25 Sunday Mornings and Evenings with Samuel Chadwick – 25 Sunday Mornings with Samuel Chadwick
  • Cantrell’s Splendid Sermon Starters
  • Full Assurance
  • Gathered Gems
  • Great Promises of the Bible, The
  • McGarvey’s Sermons
  • Messages on Prayer
  • New Tabernacle Sermons
  • Prophet Priest, The
  • Sermons for All Seasons
  • Sermons of Robert Murray M’Cheyne
  • Thirsting for the Springs
  • Walking Before God
  • Way to God, The
  • Where Art Thou?

Study Helps

  • 1000 Bible Study Outlines
  • Acts of the Holy Spirit, The
  • Christ in Isaiah
  • Explore Biblical Genealogies
  • Four Psalms
  • Grace and Godliness
  • Guide to Bible Study, A
  • Law of the Offerings, The
  • Life of Elijah, The
  • Methods of Bible Study
  • Names and Titles of Jesus Christ – His Glorious Name
  • Names and Titles of Jesus Christ – The Indescribable Christ
  • Names and Titles of Jesus Christ – The Name Above Every Name
  • Names and Titles of Jesus Christ – The World’s Greatest Name
  • Names and Titles of Jesus Christ – Time’s Noblest Name
  • Psalms
  • Quiet Talks on John’s Gospel
  • Some Lessons from the Book of Exodus
  • Union and Communion
  • Way Into the Holiest, The

Study Notes

  • Classical Study Bible, The
  • Scofield’s Study Notes

Surveys

  • Post-Biblical Hebrew Literature

Teaching Helps

  • Called to Teach

Theology

  • A Plain Account of Christian Perfection
  • Antichrist, The
  • Application of Scriptures, The
  • Beauty of Holiness, The
  • Belgic Confession, The
  • Canons of Dordt, The
  • Christian Theology
  • Christian View of God and the World, The
  • Christianity Is Christ
  • Coming Prince, The
  • Complete Works of Arminius
  • Creeds of Christendom
  • Doctrine of Justification, The
  • Early Creeds, The
  • Faith
  • Finney’s Systematic Theology
  • Five Points of Calvinism, The
  • Fundamentals, The
  • Godhood of God, The
  • Gospel of the Cross, The
  • Grace: An Exposition of God’s Marvelous Gift
  • Great Doctrines of the Bible, The
  • Heaven
  • Heidelberg Catechism, The
  • Heretics
  • Hodge’s Systematic Theology
  • Institutes of the Christian Religion
  • Luther’s 95 Theses
  • Luther’s Larger Catechism
  • Luther’s Smaller Catechism
  • On the Bondage of the Will
  • Redeemers Return, The
  • Redemption Accomplished and Applied
  • Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth
  • Second Crisis in Christian Experience, The
  • Second Helvetic Confession, The
  • Secure Forever
  • Silence of God, The
  • Sovereignty Of God, The
  • Studies on Saving Faith
  • Table Talk
  • Way of Life, The
  • Westminster Confession of Faith (1646)

Theology –

  • Saved by Grace

Theology – Apologetics

  • Around the Wicket Gate
  • Christ’s Words from the Cross
  • Divine Inspiration of the Bible, The
  • Many Infallible Proofs
  • Ryrie’s Practical Guide to Communicating Bible Doctrine

Theology – Creeds & Confessions

  • Augsberg Confession, The

Topics

  • Explore Prophecies Fulfilled by Jesus
  • Explore the Laws of the Bible
  • Explore the Life of Jesus
  • God’s Word Application Index
  • Hitchcock’s Complete Analysis of the Holy Bible
  • Index to A Treasury of Great Preaching
  • Nave’s Topics
  • New Topical Textbook
  • NLTse Bible Verse Finder

Topics –

  • Scofield’s Topics
  • Word Studies
  • Reference Guide to the Greek New Testament, A
  • Strong’s Concordance
  • Strong’s Talking Greek & Hebrew Dictionary
  • Vincent’s Word Studies in the New Testament

Last One For The New Guys


Last one… Wordsearch.

I’ve told you all about the David Cloud books – The One Year Dsicpleship course, Things Hard to be Understood, and Way of Life Encyclopedia. I’ll add to that the new series he’s got for free on studying the Bible.

Charlie Campbell – I’d get all of his audio lectures that are free. The one on answerting cultists is the best. It’s so good that one of Charlie’s listeners ordered a dozen copies on CD, and mailed them to family members who were Jehovah’s Witnesses… and they all left. Wow.

Josh McDowell – Evidence that Demands a Verdict. It answers a lot of old objections to Jesus Christ, and a lot of proofs for His existence. These things have a habit of popping up again and again, so it’s worth the cash to get it. I got the first edition, because it was marked down to about $6 on Christian Books.

Tim LaHeye – all his Rapture stuff.

The Kent Hovind video series, 2nd edition. The first edition ones made me a little nervous, so when he took the conspiracy stuff out in the second editions, I got those. They’re available online for free.

Wordsearch is the last big tip I have for you. Wordsearch 11 is worth it. If you’re doing online apologetics, spring for the paid edition. I think I had the free edition of WS10 for a month, before I sprang for the full $50 for the full version. Everyone whose read my writings on Bible software knows I have about five Bible programs. And everyone by now knows there’s only one I really use – Wordsearch.

It has verse lists you can highlight and copy. You’ll want to make up verse lists for every verse that speaks on topics cultists and activists routinely challenge. The Trinity, Pre-Trib Rapture proofs, Deity of Jesus Christ, Salvation by Faith alone, Inspiration and preservation of the Bible.

You can also use Torrey’s Topical Bible, Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge and Nave’s Topical Bible to help you assemble the verse lists. They can be organized by headings as well, and subsections. All three are free, and come with it.

WS11 now introduces Notestacks, which I thought were a waste of time until I made some. You can add bits of dialogue that you often have to say between verses to them!!!

When you download the Wordsearch 11 and install it, you’ll want to go to the Wordsearch website and go to the Free Books and download everything. Most of thise will be fodder for your articles. When I’m running low on ideas, I just open some book, start reading and making my notes on it, and behold… I have an article. So when you’re reading my blog and spot me on a rant about something Arthur Pink wrote.. you know why. I have almost 400 books, most of which were free. I think i’ve paid for perhaps 5 of them? And never more than a few dollars.

So, I’m cheap. I REALLY need to get the NIV for use in the King James Only articles, I just don’t want to spend the $10! Besides, I hate the thought of supporting Rupert Murdoch financially. I really should also get the Compleat Jewish Bible by David Stern. Same issues.

Almost everything on this page is free. Those things I’ve told you you should purchase, it should come to about $100. That’s far less than buying Logos, or the really terrible Quickverse 2010 which I have.

Get busy. At this point, I really doubt you’ll be able to finish a blog with all the topics I’ve discussed. The longer you procrastinate, the less time you have. You should have started studying already.

Reflections on a Hundred Debates


Let me state, I’m sure that’s hyperbole. I have no idea how many online debate attempts were started on my blog. I don’t know how many attempts at debates were started, it’s just a good way to express the frustration with the “comment policy” that nobody reads. Today’s a little long…

The new people I talked to yesterday should read this one with some interest, because I’m going to discuss what I’ve learned with exchanges.

First, write out your blogs ahead of time. I’m running about 11 days out at this point. I write them in Thingamablog, and then later on I can copy and paste them to the internet. This summer I was just writing them online to save time, but now when I want to go back and look for something, it’s harder. So, to be prepared for online nonsense… write them out in advance, so you can answer people without it slowing down what you’re writing. I wish I’d been doing this, because the Mormons and Roman Catholics were so good at tying up my time that I wasn’t able to get blog articles up every day.

Comment Sweat

The whole first year, when you see that orange circle with the “4” next to comments on your WordPress admin panel, it’s going to make you sick with worry. I’m past that now. It’s not the fear you can’t answer something, it’s mostly just stress. I understand champion shooters like Todd Jarrett and Jerry Miiculek still get a little tense at shooting competitions. Same thing.

Comment Policies

For starters, you can forget putting a rule up online that says, “I don’t do online comment debates. I don’t have the time.” I got that rule from Kent Hovind (I’ve never met him or talked with him personally, but from watching his videos where he mentioned that was his rule).

That rule simply doesn’t work. Activists follow the WordPress blog reader right to your page. They don’t care if you have a comment policy, they have no intention of following it, because in their mind, you opened the door to it, so here they come. Nobody cares, nobody is going to follow it, so don’t worry about getting angry about it – answer and deal.

I think one rule I have (and now I express it right from the beginning) is that I have a limit of two responses. Why?

10 A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject; Titus 3:10 (KJV)

I’ve lifted that rule in the past and regretted it both times.

Stick to that rule. You can waive it in the case of Atheists (I chose to) because unless they are apostate, they aren’t heretics, they’re just fools. Your choice.

They Won’t Follow the Rules

I found very quickly that any insistence of, “you’ve got to read all the articles in the series, because the chances are good I’ve already answered this…” goes nowhere. They’re not going to read them. They’re not interested in the truth, just in proving you wrong. And yes… almost every question or objection someone’s raised, I had just answered a day or two before – and about 50% of the time it was answered in the very article they were commenting on, they just didn’t like the answer!

Helpers

One thing that helps is a helper – in the right way. When you are emotionally drained – because a blog like this is a ministry, and you put a lot of love and effort into what you’re trying to do (I don’t love my blog – but rather it is a labor of love, the same way a real Pastor writes a sermon) – NOTHING is better, absolutely nothing… than someone jumping in to help.

In the right way.

What doesn’t help me is to be in a conversation with an Atheist and have someone jump in and yell, “YER GONNA BURN IN HELL FOREVER, YOU SPAGHETTIO-EATING, ILL DRESSED, BAD BREATH MORON!!!!”

That’s not really going to reach anyone. Atomic Mutant, who has a great sense of humor, would probably have loved that if done in the right spirit and timing. I once found myself in a debate not just with a gang of Atheists who I was actually scoring very well against… and a Christian who came on heretic guns blazing. I got wore out just from trying not to hurt any feelings and say… “you’re not helping right now.”

I’m trying to save these people. If you can see someone is being ganged up on by multiple assailants, jump in there and start answering their points. A fact is, most people can only answer one or two points at a time, and so if you write giant book sized comments, 99% of it is wasted. Help them out, and start answering things.

When done in the right way, it;s always appreciated.

Flamers

I have a usual rule – I take profanity out of comments. If someone writes something that I think will make them look bad, I don’t let it go through. I had an exchange with a Catholic once where I scored a major blow on something, and he hit back in rage, with some offense in his next comment. I deleted it.

It would have made him look bad. Should I have let it go through? If I was trying to be mean, sure. But I stopped it. He apologized in the next comment, and I explained I didn’t let it go through.

If someone is just coming on and trying to slam… you have the choice whether you want it to go through or not.

Tactics

You have to be ready. I’d never dealt with Mormons before and had no idea what tactics they were going to try, and I quickly found out. I let that exchange go past my usual rule, and discovered that they’ve learned well from the usual JW method of question, question, question but don’t answer. I quickly found the bunion on the toe of their argument and grabbed it and squeezed.

At the time, I thought the series on Mormons was not one of my best – but my comment exchanges were the best. I was careful to utilize rule number one – concede nothing. You have no idea what concession you’re about to make in haste just to get to the point of their argument, may indeed BE their argument. Or in the case of the Mormon missionary (who at first would not tell me she was a Mormon – VERY poor integrity), the concession was that Mormons were Christians.. and that was a concession I was not going to make, because they’re not. I might as well concede a Buffalo is a goldfish. It’s not. With Roman Catholics, to call them “catholics” in your articles is itself a concession. It sounds like a lot of typing, but make sure that each time you are calling them specifically Roman Catholics. They will try to use the word Catholic in response. If you reply with the same word, you’ve conceded it. Don’t. I do not believe in the concept of a Universal Church, because I don’t see the Bible using that terminology. So where do we get this concept? Why, from the Roman Catholics, of course!

If someone is trying their best to get their proof text accepted… assume that IS their argument. Like Roman Catholics, no matter what text you use, they’re going to try to sneak in Matthew 16 immediately. Why? Because in their minds if they can get you to accept that there’s possibly a chance that Matthew 16 is talking about the Vatican, why then… your whole argument (in their veiled minds) will fall apart like a house of cards.

A way to stop proof texts, is simply say, “Uh… we’re talking about Psalm 12:6-7. Why did you suddenly jump to Matthew 16? We’re not done with the topic at hand – please answer the question.” Or whatever verse you’re trying to talk about.

I had no idea that Revelation 2:17 was going to be a favorite for some Mormon apologists. One thing I actually did do (and the attacks promptly got weak after that) was to hit in the Doubt button. “You guys really believe that? With no shred of proof??? Really? The white stone of Revelation is not talking about a seer stone!!! It’s a historically demonstrated symbol of guilt or innocence!” I hit them in the doubt button, and that’s the hard thing for anyone in cults. Every cult member doubts the cult, but is afraid to be proven wrong. Hit them in the doubt, and you’re one step closer to liberating them.

I wasn’t able to liberate the Mormon, but I hit her (I think she is a her) in weak areas that I pray ultimately will shake her loose. The Mormon missionary usually is about as well acquainted with Jews as most Gentiles (I could not get her to concede that Mormons call Jews “Gentiles”). To hear that Jews will NOT write Scripture in any other language than Hebrew was devastating. Once I found that, I kept applying pressure on her until she gave up for her own sake.

One Roman Catholic tactic you may experience is the “talking with my friends” apologist. They sit and talk amongst themselves, dropping the coded talk, and come up with what they think is a devastating argument to use. One of them tried it on me. “Can you tell me where in Scripture you have the right to interpret Scripture for yourself?”

I had two choices. I could present EVERY verse where the Lord asked someone “Have ye not read…” or I could respond with 1 John.

20 But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. 1 John 2:20 (KJV)

I hit him with 1 John, and the response was amazing. He changed the subject. It sounds like a weak response, but remember what the word “Unction” means to a Catholic. “Unction” is a dispensing of grace, usually connected to the Last Rights, in which one is possibly too ill to make a knowing confession. The actual word means “Anointing”. John is telling us we have the Holy Spirit, who helps us to understand Scripture for ourselves. If you’re going to respond with the list of verses, make sure 1 John 2:20 is on the top of it.

The rule with Atheists is this – they can use logic arguments, but you’re a Christian – you’re not allowed. I learned a lot from my exchanges with them, and in some fatigue made some errors. I should have answered the comments the next day, relaxed and ready. But my Atheists series was done early on, and we’d just got done viewing the Hovind videos in Seminary. I was still studying for the tests, and it would help to do the articles. Alas, I ended up getting myself stressed out on the tests, and lost some points making stupid mistakes, because I was still concentrating more on what Atomic Mutant and a couple of the others said. Don’t answer comments while you have a test in 48 hours or less.

I used the mathematical formula of “Anything to the zero power equals one.” One Atheist immediately came on and made fun of it. I responded with their kind of terminology, and it was a mistake. I should have answered – “Uh, you have a scientific calculator, right? Put in any number at all to the zero power. What answer are YOU getting????” When they make a bone headed mistake, and are being mean about it… grab that toe with the corn on it, and squeeze. They’ll stop being mean.

Atheists love to answer with logical arguments. If you’re going to take on Athiests, first, spend a month studying Thouless. He’s the master of bad arguments, and wrote a mind-blowing, often copied analysis of bad arguments. He did so well on it, that it crushed his own reasoning on one issue. A long time ago, when I first found it, I was analyzing a book by Brian McLaren. I was dumbfounded that McLaren seemed to have the same book, but was using it instead on a “How to lie to Christians” primer instead of a tool to analyze poor arguments.

The oft-repeated “flying spaghetti monster” analogy, by the way, is an argument by bad or forced analogy.

Another thing that will drive you nuts is the attempt to re-define words. Atheists love to say, “an atheist is not someone who does not believe in God, we just don’t know.” In that case, you’re using the wrong word – it’s Agnostic. “Well, I prefer Atheist.” Then you’re a dummy. I already told you that you’re using the wrong word, and you’re insisting on getting it wrong.

Roman Catholics also like to redefine EVERY Christian word. You’ll go nuts trying to understand what they’re talking about. They’ll claim to have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ – they mean they’ve gone to Mass. They’ll claim to be born again – they mean being sprinkled as a baby. They’ll try to tell you that the Roman Catholic church does not teach salvation by works – you can dig into the council of Trent, Vatican II, the current Catechism, and lo and behold, they’ll say, “…but that’s not what we believe.” HUH????? Make sure you’ve studied up on what you’re talking about. That way you can ask them the loaded question, Either you disagree with what the RCC is teaching, or you’re lying… which is it???”

Messianics. Here’s the doozy. You are going to be called an anti-Semite when you’re arguing with some Gentile who bought a tallis, a yarmulke, and now thinks he’s Jewish. My answer to that is usually, “*cough* I’m Jewish.” I actually had a Roman Catholic who (I suspect) was using the Replacement Theology mindset to tell me HE was Jewish, and I was somehow offending HIM!!! I answered him in Yiddish, and he changed the subject. Oy, viz mir.

(If you’re not Jewish, don’t try that tactic. Make it clear you’re a Gentile, and the whole “I’m Jewish now” thing is weird.)

Do NOT take on Messianics without knowing Hebrew and Greek. Don’t rely on the same Strong’s Greek the Messy’s rely on – get the instruction. They opened the door to it by claiming we’re deliberately mistranslating the Bible. If you’re going to get messy with the messy’s, you’d better know Hebrew at least, and some Greek. Set ground rules – they can only bring in the Greek if they’ve learned it. Ask them in what classroom setting they had their Greek. I had one say “in Seminary”, but never would tell me which one. I was nice and shouldn’t have been, and let it slide. He was lying. He never learned Greek, or he’d have never been making the elementary mistakes he was making.

JW’s. to debate the Jehovah’s Witnesses, learn to be STUBBORN. Park on a spot, and don’t give up. What’s a good spot? Oh, Hell… that’s the spot. That’s what they’re afraid of. What are they feeling laying in bed at night before they go to sleep? Fear. Fear of hell.

Don’t let JW’s lead the argument. They’ll try to lead you on their merry way, leading you from one Scripture to another. They’ve practiced it. They want to get you to a point where you cannot answer a question. Two audio lectures here are priceless. The “how to answer a cultist” teaching from Charlie Campbell is priceless – it’s better than the “Jehovah’s Witness” lecture, and on the same topic. I’d spend some time listening to a lot of Charlie Campbell before you start your blog, anyway. Remain on a subject, and don’t give up. JW’s are not used to being questioned where their faith is the weakest. Start asking them about the Governing Body, and why “The Finished Mystery” is not present in every Kingdom Hall?

Taking on the cults is frustrating, and very tiring – but rewarding. I STILL get people coming to my Jehovah’s Witnesses pages. nobody has told me that they came out of the JW’s from reading my blog, but all this work may have brought someone ONE STEP CLOSER to leaving. It will be worth it to have someone in Heaven say to me, “your writings helped me to realize something was wrong with what I was being taught. I began to question it, and finally left.”

It will all have been worth it, to hear ONE PERSON say that. And even if not… this work has been a labor of love for the Lord, who Saved me.