Attacks on religious liberty in U.S. doubled in past 3 years


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Attacks on religious freedom in the United States have doubled in the past three years, according to the latest report by the First Liberty Institute in Texas.The “Undeniable: The Survey to Hostility in America” documents the rise in attacks on religion. The first edition documented over 600 incidents where religious liberty was threatened or suppressed.

This year, the institute has identified 1,285 attacks on religious liberty in the U.S., doubling the number of cases in the last three years.

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Understanding the purpose of the Rapture


Okay, we are firmly in the last days. Guarantee it. Not in the beginning of them.

Not in the middle.

At the end.

Next stop, the Rapture.

So… why?

It finally occurred to me why.

Much of what calls themselves Christian today, and what passes for Christianity today, is not Christian. I don’t know what you call it. But it bears no resemblance to what Christianity is to be according to the Bible.

So that means, huge numbers are caught up in this. Only a small minority of people who think of themselves as Christians are really Christians.

That means most people who consider themselves Christians have no clue. None. Clueless. If they’re saved – and I’m having a lot of doubts about people who refuse to pray, read their Bibles, tithe, and want to justify their behaviour and wordly beliefs, instead of conforming themselves to God’s word – they’re going to have zero for rewards except a showing up prize.

If they’re not saved – and I’m getting that impression of far too many – then the first clue they’ll get that something is wrong is that suddenly all those annoying pharisaic Fundamentalists will disappear – and strangely, they’ll be left behind.

“Huh! I thought the partial rapture was a heresy! I don’t get it!”

Well, you’re part right… it’s erroneous doctrine.

“Well, how come I got left behind? I’m saved, aren’t I???”

“…uh….aren’t I????”

That’s the purpose of the Rapture, I think. Not just to remove the faithful from the earth prior to the punishment…

…but a wakeup call.

Augustine: Jesus did what we cannot do


Jesus did what we cannot do – Sermonaudio

It’s a great sentiment. I agree with it.

But the article starts out quoting a Roman Catholic… and then another.

Agendas.

Ecumenism in action.

Evangelicals define Ecumenism as “All the Church coming together in Christ.”

It’s great, but it’s a misuse of the phrase “church”, in  assuming a universal, invisible body. The Biblical term for that is “Kingdom of God”.

And who came up with the concept of a universal, invisible “Church”?

Augustine. The Roman Catholics.

This is an agenda. They give you a Biblical truth, but then quote Roman Catholics. It’s to get you to first think of them as Christian (which they are not) and then…

….to eventually be reprogrammed and …convert to Roman Catholicism.

Learn to look for agendas. Learn to recognize them.

Signs of the Times


Evangelicals have begun to oppose the Bible.

Evangelicals have begun to link arms with the unsaved.

Evangelicals are beginning to reject Fundamentalists, in favor of the unSaved, such as those who sprinkle babies and call it salvation. Such as Mormons. Such as Catholics.

We hear that over a billion people are Christians, and we assume that means people who understant “ye must be born again”.

While in Seminary, my teacher asked the rhetorical question of how many people were saved? He guessed 5%, and everyone in the class was scandalized.

I took the Operation World manual, and took their statistics. It was very simple. I took out all the denominations that assume you are predestined to be saved. Why? Because by the second generation, they are relying on their infant baptism as a sign of their “election”.

I took out all the Protestant denominations that believe that being baptized saves you.

I took out the Mormons.

I took out the Roman Catholics.

It left Charismatics and Baptists. I didn’t take out any of those numbers, because I was estimating a “fudge factor” of, “Some of those Protestants must have gotten saved despite their denominations’ stand”.

I ended up with 1.67%, if I recall correctly.

Right around 85 million people.

I did the statistics in reverse, and ended up with the same number. And now I’m thinking I was optimistic.

With that in mind, let’s look at the problem – Evangelicals prefer the company of all those people the Bible rules out as being saved.

15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 1 John 2:15 (KJV)

1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. 1 John 3:1 (KJV)

19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. John 15:19 (KJV)

The last verse is the bottom line. If you’re an Evangelical Christian, and you reject Fundamentalist as “pharisees”, and use phrases like “I don’t view the Bible as the fourth member of the Trinity”…

The Bible is saying you many not be saved.

Just saying.

Fundamentalism – Or Heretic


If you read yesterday’s article, let me take some time and deal with something.

I’ve been calling for three years for Christians to leave Evangelicalism and become Fundamentalist.

I’ve been calling for Christians to return to their Bibles, to repent, to make your calling and election sure.

What does that mean, “Sure”?

Secure. Tightened down.

The Bible only offers one specific way – Fundamentalism.

Do you know what happens if you’re a worldly Christian at the Believer’s judgment? It’s going to be a big line. When your works are tried as by fire, what is left?

The crown of salvation. That’s it.

15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. 1 Corinthians 3:15 (KJV)

You have eternal life. And that’s it.

Many of you will be poverty stricken throughout the Millennium.

Rule 1 – Stop with the “what does this verse say to you?”

Stop that. From this second on, the question to ask is, “What does this verse mean?” Never ask that question again. You’ve programmed yourselves into thinking that Scripture is relative. It’s not. The Bible has fixed meaning. If it says the whale swallowed Jonah, it means the whale swallowed Jonah. And if it said Jonah swallowed the whale, you better believe Jonah swallolwed the whale!

Rule 2: The Bible means what it says

The Bible means what it says. The Bible means what it says. The Bible means what it says. And the Bible says what it means.

Rule 3: The Bible is our sole authority for faith and practice.

There’s no room for anything else. If God wanted us to know anything else, then he’d have told us… in the Bible.

Rule 4: Stop following your heart, stop trusting your feelings.

ANYONE who says, like in Yesterday’s article, that “they need a relationship with God and not the Bible” reveals such a woeful lack of spiritual discernment I despair of them being saved. Your feelings told you so-and-so was the one, right? You were going to marry that person and be happy forever! Remember the pain when they didn’t respond? Or worse, remember the disappointment when they turned out not to be the person you thought they were?

So… why rely on those same feelings to guide you in the matter of salvation?

17 But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them; Deuteronomy 30:17 (KJV)

2 A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself. Proverbs 18:2 (KJV)

12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility. Proverbs 18:12 (KJV)

17 At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the LORD; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the LORD, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart. Jeremiah 3:17 (KJV)

23 But this people hath a revolting and a rebellious heart; they are revolted and gone. Jeremiah 5:23 (KJV) 9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? Jeremiah 17:9 (KJV)

Trust me – the Bible says that the heart will decieve you, lead you astray, conspire against God.

Rule 5: Commit your ways unto the LORD, and hold back nothing

5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV)

104 Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way. Psalm 119:104 (KJV)

130 The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple. Psalm 119:130 (KJV)

144 The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: give me understanding, and I shall live. Psalm 119:144 (KJV)

6 Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding. Proverbs 9:6 (KJV)

10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. Proverbs 9:10 (KJV)

Rule 6: Lean on, Depend on, Rely upon – the Bible.

Evangelicals pay lip service to Sola Scriptura. I mean, all Christians have to, or be called heretics. But the bottom line is, most Christians will not heed the Bible. Point in fact – the Bible says to separate from heretic, false teachers, unstable men, divisive men, anyone whose doctrine is in question, and not even to bid them god speed.

yet Christians ignore that advice, and proudly build “all church organizations”, and extend the hand of friendship to those who sprinkle water on babies and think that constitutes salvation.

Christians listen to questionable music by questionable men and women, not stopping to check their statements of faith. “It’s on Christian radio, so it must be okay.” And when Fundamentalists warn that every Christian who listens to it, their doctrinal stand weakens, when that music comes into the sanctuary, that church stumbles and falls… they turn the volume up to drown out the protests.

The bottom line today – if you are not a Fundamentalist – one of those “narrow minded pharisees” – you are in opposition to the Bible. I’ve tried to say this gently in the last three years, but here’s the point…

…you may well be questioned on why you did not obey the word of God. And the questioner may well be the Word of God, the lamb who taketh away the sins of the world.

“Why did you not heed my Bible? Scripture cannot be broken. Can you explain why I said not to do that, and you did anyway?”

I’m trying to spare you all that.

Progressive Christians love Jesus, but not the Bible


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Progressive Christians Love Jesus, not the Bible

Not getting what you need from the Bible? Well, just listen for God’s voice elsewhere, we’re told. But here’s a fair warning, we often do a convincing impersonation.

A page torn from an inspirational daily calendar of Bible verses is making rounds these days on social media. It features a pretty purple flower and a quote from Luke 4:7: “If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.”

It’s meant to inspire — until you realize who said it: Satan.

Now whether this was an oversight by the calendar designer, or a clever Photoshop job, the takeaway is the same: Context matters when it comes to Scripture. But today, there’s an even deeper problem with how we use Bible verses, and a recent article in the Huffington Post offers a sad example of why.

Brandon Robertson, a young Bible institute graduate, recounts how his faith was shaken when he couldn’t find what he thought he needed in the pages of Scripture.

“Every time I found myself in turmoil,” he wrote, “I would reach for the Bible … [but] I was most often coming back empty handed.” That disappointment, he explained, left him “radically disinterested” in God’s word.

Describing a moment of a particular personal crisis, Brandon looked to the Bible looking for comfort.

“With tears in my eyes,” he writes, “I opened up the Scriptures and landed on Isaiah 3 — a chapter about God judging and destroying his enemies … not exactly the encouragement I was looking for,” he said. “I turned to the typical ‘encouragement’ passages like Romans 8 and Philippians 3, but they didn’t seem to be working.”

Brandon recounts that his disappointment continued into college, until, during a lecture by biblical critic Peter Enns, he had an epiphany: “We need to be training our children to cultivate a relationship with God, not a relationship with the Bible.”

Now at face value, of course, this statement is true. The purpose of the Bible is to reveal God. But for a growing number of progressive Christians, the God they want can’t be found in the pages of Scripture. So they look for Him elsewhere — in personal experience, through relationships with other people, and through private interpretations of when they say God “speaks into” their life.

Effectively, this approach untethers God from the Bible. For example, the United Church of Christ recently insisted that “God is still speaking.” Another true-at-face-value statement, until you realize they’re actually suggesting that God’s changed His mind on issues like morality and marriage, and that their ideas of who God should be trumps the God His Word reveals.

Many point to Jesus Himself as their alternative to Scripture. For example, Enns, in his book “The Bible Tells Me So,” writes that “for Christians, Jesus, not the Bible, has the final word.”

But in response, Christian blogger Derek Rishmawy asked a very important question: to which “Jesus” are these folks referring? “… [T]he only real Jesus we have intellectual access to,” observes Derek, “is the Jesus revealed to us in the Bible.” That Jesus reaffirmed the exclusivity of natural marriage, endorsed every “jot and tittle” of the Old Testament, and talked as much about hell and judgement as He did the Kingdom of Heaven.

The Jesus that progressive Christians claim has no source other than, well, themselves, their own feelings, beliefs, and preferences.

J. Gresham Machen wrote back in 1924, “The real authority, for liberalism, can only be … individual experience; truth can only be that which ‘helps’ the individual man. Such an authority is obviously no authority at all.”

Our approach to the Bible is vitally important. God’s inspired word is not a calendar of inspirational, therapeutic quotes. When we open the Bible, we are stepping into God’s story, understanding our place in His design, and encountering Him on His terms. When we don’t find what we’re looking for, we should ask whether we’re looking for the real God — or remaking a god in our image.

Originally posted at Breakpoint.

Christians who don’t want the Bible


I read yesterday on Sermon audio about Christians who were circulating a picture of a page of the Bible, with a verse highlighted with a purple flower.

9And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” Matthew 4:9 (NKJV)

Um…

People…

Christianity has officially gone from “you’re really starting to scare me” into the “rending my garments and casting dust on my head” phase.

If you haven’t spotted what’s wrong with that, then I’m hitting you with a basic truth… you are utterly ignorant of your Bible.

Who is speaking in that verse???

Satan.

And they’re doing it. I tell you right now, if you are calling yourself a Christian and you do not read your Bible… wow. You’re either seriously backslidden, or you’re not saved.

In most cases, i’m telling it to you straight, not caring who I offend… the Rapture’s coming. If you do not read your Bible, if your attitude is “I love Jesus, but I don’t love the Bible. I want nothing to do with the Bible!”…. then you will be left behind.

And you’re not going to bat an eyelash when mainline Christians start talking about a charismatic, powerful ruler who is the Messiah. And to prove your loyalty to him, you’re going to willingly get his image tattoed on you, along with your iPhone skin chip that lets you access all your favorite websites, and has all your financial information on it. And probably connects to your Fitbit, so it can monitor your vitals more effectively.

And when Jesus Christ returns, He’s going to look you in the eyes and say… “I never knew ye…”

Plausible? Oh, yeah. 99% certain, I would say.

Because apparently according to sermonaudio, those so called Christians have been hitting the like button on that Bible verse.

And we’re spotting the sheep from the goats, the wheat from the tares.

Repent, I say. Repent.

Do it quickly.

8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 2 Thessalonians 2:8-12 (KJV)