Instead of allowing this day to remain a day of evil, redeem this day. Dedicate this day to a day of Bible study and prayer. Let’s win every day back for the Lord, and not let any belong to the enemy.
Ready? There’s two ways to do this. One is the Sid Roth way, and the other is the Rodney Howard-Browne way.
This is ugly. My apologies.
Let me explain balance. Stand in the middle of your room. Place your feet together, close your eyes. Don’t think anything. Open your hands and turn them up towards the ceiling. Stand there for a few seconds.
You almost unbalanced, didn’t you? Some of you will have fallen backwards after a couple of seconds.
Now, resume the pose, nad have someone lean in towards your center mass. Get them to bring their face in to the point of violating your space (it’s usually within a foot in the US) and begin shouting at you while you’re in the pose above.
Slain in the spirit. you may remain disoriented long enough to stay down on the flloor three to four seconds. If you’re convinced it was the power of God that did this, and not a disruption of equilibrium… you’ll be on the floor, unable to rise for minutes.
Why? You hypnotized yourself into thinking this.
Now, let’s get FLASHY. Ever studied wrestling? I watched back when Andre the Giant was still alive, because I was a teenager and pretty stupid sometimes. Most of the time, actually.
Notice when they hit one another, they stamp on the floor? It creates a SOUND. If you want to elevate someone’s stress in a situation, you add noise. That’s why Sid Roth shouts at you while he’s trying to unbalance you.
Okay, now, when someone’s in that pose, hit at them and STAMP hard on the floor. you don’t even really have to touch them. And if you do, it can be a light grazing. The stamp is what does it. You jump slightly, in an off balanced position, and tumble backwards. This even works if your eyes are open.
Well, you can’t do this at the beginning of the service. It’s going to take a minute or two of shouting and stamping to get people down.
So let’s play loud music in a minor key. it’s got to be Aeolian or Dorian mode, to create the sad, sweet sound. I’d recommend mostly Fender guitars, becuase the lack the powerful sound of other electric guitars which would ruin the effect. Play some song for a long time. Ten minutes or so. Get everyone to put their hands up, waving them in time to the music.
What are you doing? Putting EVERYONE there in a state of hypnotic suggestion. NOW, after ten minutes of this, start bringing people up onto the platform. If you hear everyone start cheering, you got it.
Ready to make millions? The rest is up to you.
It’s simple, really. i learned from a doctor that eyes closed, feet together, hands open causes people to fall. it’s how they check for brain damage. Everyone gets a little weak in that position. The disruption through sound causes a distraction. The human mind can hold one thought at a time, so interrupting you while you’re in a weakened position can make you fall. The self hypnosis leaves you open to suggestion.
The other way is the interruption of force at an angle. If you’re standing, the force goes straight down to the floor. If i interrupt that line of force, you fall. That simple. That’s why some of the “faith healers” actually grab you by the head, pull you forward, then shove you backward.
A third method supposedly is when they put their hand on your forehead, they press back and down. This trips out the signals from the brain to the spine telling you to stand. With those signals cut, you’re down.
Okay, lets’ talk about Rodney Howard-Browne.
How he does it is terrifying. you just need to study Hinduism for a while. look into energy channeling. I can’t remember all the buzzwords, but its called Kundalini. Supposedly, Kundalini is a “serpent energy”, and it coils at the base of your spine. Frequent jerking motions are one visible sign of it, sometimes exhibiting itself as violent head shaking. Laughter, a feeling of a rush of heat, and sometimes severe jolts of elctricity shooting through your extremities based upon the energy at the base of your spine.
So, how do you do it? Get possessed. Let your devil call other devils.
This isn’t Godly! This isn’t some kind of anointing! It’s not the sign of any kind of added holiness at ALL.
So, RHB zaps you, and you shake for HOURS. You’re giddy, you’re laughing, you’re smiling, you feel REALLY GOOD.
Um… did your Bible comprehension increase at all? Did it inspire you to more of a holier lifestyle? Feed the poor? Volunteer to work at a hospital to help the sick? Free work for the community? visit retirement centers to spend time with lonely seniors?
What’s the fruit of it?
It’s the flesh. You pleased your flesh, not your spirit. You felt good. But there was nothing that benefited your MIND.
“I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.” (Romans 7:25, KJV)
Grasp that yet?
Going to see Rodney Howard-Browne will not give you an “anointing”. If you want that, get saved. Like Justin Peters said, there’s no super christians. The foot of the cross is level ground.
Going to see rodney howard Browne will require prayer and an exorcism.
The Kundalini thing cannot happen to saved people.If it’s happened to you, seek God with all your heart, fervently, to get rid of your devil. quickly.
i’m not kidding at all. This is not sarcasm or a joke.
I was watching the Strange Fire conference this week, trying vainly to get caught up on my Master’s Thesisesises. One of the video clips defied explaination.
A church in California had a film of gold dust flying up from the floor to the ceiling, as everyone in the church cheered frantically.
That’s going to require some explanation. I’m going to teach you all how to do a little “magic” as we do this. Really, it’s special effects. I got interested in this when I was a kid because I found a book on Harry Houdini, one of the more famous Jews of the 20th century. Any famous Jew was cause for interest, obviously! I used to know the name of the world’s strongest man, a Jewish man who’d studied leverage, and was able to lift thousands of pounds by using only his own weight. He started it as a boy in the Synagogue, hearing the story of Samson, and wanting to be Samson, he braced himself against a wall, and lifted the synagogue off its foundations.
He wasn’t a big man by any stretch of the imagination.
Not everything is what it looks like.
Okay, let’s say your theology is that we’re gods. And God is like daddy God, who made us all to be little gods, or “demi-gods” is the official designation, yet none of the adherents of this philosophy have really looked it up to see what its called.
Well, if you’re a god, you can’t be sick, right? You’re a god! The power of creation is in your mouth! God wants you well! And if you’re a god, well, you’ve got to have blessings! What’s a blessing?
Um… wealth! So send me a faith seed of five thousand dollars, and you’ll get your miracle breakthrough today! Etc.
That’s what they teach. Don’t sent me any money. Give it to your church or a missionary.
So, a woman from South America came up with a good one. If being a little god is about walth, how could she show she’s holier than everyone else, and we should give her money?
Ah. Gold. Gold dust.
So she made the rounds at Charismatic churches, making appearances, where gold dust fell from her hair every Sunday or Wednesday.
You know, Aqua Net is amazing. Simply style your hair, sprinkle gold glitter in your hair, layer on Aqua Net on your head to the point your hair is crunchy, and there you go.
Wow. Easy. Impress your friends. The gold glitter stays stuck to your hair and scalp until you run your fingers through your hair, and dislodge it.
Everyone after that was exhibiting gold glitter on their cheeks, lips, eyes, nose, and or elbows after that.
Um.. anything sticky. like lip gloss smeared on a hankerchief. Apply glitter and keep in left pocket. Have your regular hankercheif in your right. Wipe your forehead and face several times with the clean hankerchief to accustom people to it, then at a strategic point in the service… WHAMMO! “I”ve been anointed by the LORD!!!”
I feel like I could make a fortune going through these churches, selling oceanfront property in Kansas.
Gold glitter, flying up into the air. What is this supposed to be? The glory of God.
Um… no. Let’s start with all the reasons why this is wrong.
First, I’ll tell you how to do it. There’s all kinds of remote control mechanisms now, for airplanes, and even robot building. THere’s a hobby shop five miles from me that sells parts to build a robot. I’m sure my sisters are still amazed I’ve never built one.
Boxes that open by remove control – you just need a reciever mounted to a servo, and attach that to a box that opens. Easy. I could buiuld you a dozen for $200.
Fill them with gold glitter and hide them in the ventilation system, and have a bunch of fans pointed up to the ceiling.
At the strategic point in your service, hit the switch and open the boxes. THe glitter comes out, and is kept dancing in the air by the fans.
Here’s where you really missed out. Should have gotten a Mist maker. Really easy. It’s a detergent poured into it, and it would create a cloud of translucent mist in the air. Now you’d have had dancing glitter and a wall of something heavy looking. There you go, $10,000 in tithes and offerings for $300 of parts, maybe $200 more for the mist maker.
THe people in the church were cheering the same way they’d do if Devo reunited, flower pot hats and all. “It’s the Glory of God!!!”
John MacArthur summed it up with some impatience, explaining the Biblical Ignorance of the congregation who saw it. “If that really was the Glory of God, all of the people in that building would be dead.”
“And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory.” (Exodus 33:18, KJV)
“And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.” (Exodus 33:20, KJV)
God has to protect you, and limit the glimpse of His glory, so that you don’t die. THe apostles saw a hint of the glory of Jesus Christ and they collapsed.
To see God in all His glory would kill everyone in the building, and probably wouldn’t do the building any good either. Think of putting a nail in a 220 volt plug. “BANG!”
Justin Peters is completely right. The Word Faith movement is throwing around Biblical words removed from their Biblical context, without any understanding of it’s meaning whatsoever.
There was a film clip shown of a praise band singing “send down fire” or “Call down fire”, whichever it was. “Lord, send down fire, now…”
Did it occur to anyone that what they werte singing so intently, eyes closed and hands raised, was…” Lord, judge us and kill us… now…”
Honestly. I mean, E-Sword is free. Logos 7 is free with some modern translation, and only $9.99 for the King James. I’m sure there was a Bible or two in that church.
Didn’t anyone pause to look up and see the context of “call down fire” or “Send fire”?
“And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?” (Luke 9:54, KJV)
Yeah. A simple reading of the Gospels show there is no good reference to fire. Fire injures, burns and kills. the only remotely good refernce to fire is for cooking fish… but it’s not really doing the fish any good.
The baptism of fire that John referred to was “baptism of the Holy Ghost and Fire.” A Baptism of fire is not good. You get one or the other. Charismatics teach that too. except they’re missing out it’s one or the other.
You get baptized with the Holy Ghost… or it’s a baptism of fire.
“But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” (Matthew 3:7–12, KJV)
So when rodney Howard-Browne is hitting you in the chest and bellowing “FIRE!!!!!”, he’s essentially shouting, “HELL!!!!”
I wonder if he’d keep doing that, if he knew?
Yes, he would. Rodney Howard-Browne is evil. Knowingly evil. He once chastised a woman who kept oraying, “jesus, Jesus, Jesus…” with a shout of, “Stop praying! If praying could have gotten you what you wanted, you wouldn’t be here!”
Well, yeah, from his viewpoint, he’s right. but his issue was, he didn’t want the name of Jesus Christ being uttered while he was hitting people with his whammy.
Tomorrow I’m going to reveal how to slay someone in the spirit. Yessir, your own Word Faith ministry is about to break free!
Send me money.
(okay, don’t – but it was extremely funny for me to say that, as it sums up all of these wolves)
We all understand what “take Heed” means. Watch out. Look out. Hey buddy, wake up!
“Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.” (Hebrews 3:12–19, KJV)
There’s been quite a few visitors to this blog who I’ve had to tell, “I suspect you aren’t saved.” Hebrews 3:12 makes it clear that departing from Christianity to anything else means you weren’t saved in the first place. Having spent several hours this weekend reviewing the videos of the “Strange Fire” conference, I can say it was mentioned strongly in almost every video that one cannot believe aberrant doctrine and be saved – the Holy Spirit drags you out of that environment fairly quickly.
If we followed Hebrews 3:13, perhaps we wouldn’t be in this situation! We are commanded to exhort one another to hold fast to the Gospel. When a friend comes up to you and tells you they think that blah blah blah and you immediately realize something’s wrong with that… it’s your responsibility to tell that person, “Yeah, uh… that’s wrong! The Bibe says in Ephesians…”
of course, this is another reason why all of you should be studying their Bibles. Today’s lesson is brought to you by… a study techniue I got from listening to Vincent Sawyer, who apparently had a GOOD English Grammar teacher. I have a hatred for English Grammar in all forms, thanks to an unpleasant teacher who apparently had a bugaboo about knowing all the Prepositions. I used to send her into fits of rage whenever I’d end a sentence in “because”, and we’d all be dispatched home with the assignment to memorize every preposition.
Vkincent Sawyer suggested going through and marking every verb in a verse, with the offhand comment of “They’re there for a reason.” So, paying attention to the verbs today, “take heed.” “Departing” “Exhort” “hardened”.
Conditional words, such as “unless” and “if” abound here. If a word is conditional, often a phrase is conditional EXCEPT!!!!
…when the context clearly shows it is not.
THe important phrase is the last one. “Could not enter in because of unbelief.”
“He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: But whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.” (Proverbs 28:26, KJV)
“He feedeth on ashes: A deceived heart hath turned him aside, That he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, Is there not a lie in my right hand?” (Isaiah 44:20, KJV)
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9, KJV)
“For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.” (Romans 7:11, KJV)
“Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.” (Matthew 13:18–23, KJV)
It is possible to recieve the word of God with joy, and think you are born again. It is possible to decieve yourself into thinking you are saved when you are not.
What do we learn from Hebrews 19? You have to enter in the narrow way. If you do not, it is because of unbelief.
This is why, many times, I’ve had someone want to argue aberrant theology with me, and after I begin to see they simply do not understand Scripture as I relay it, I finally give the warning…” You may not be saved.”
It usually has a bad effect… people explode on me when I say it, and the standard response is to accuse me of saying anyone who disagrees with me is not saved. Well, no. Anyone who disagrees with the Bible is either not saved or in serious rebellion.
“Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)” (Hebrews 3:7–11, KJV)
“For he is our God; And we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, And as in the day of temptation in the wilderness: When your fathers tempted me, Proved me, and saw my work. Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, And said, It is a people that do err in their heart, And they have not known my ways: Unto whom I sware in my wrath That they should not enter into my rest.” (Psalm 95:7–11, KJV)
Why is Paul writing this? Because some Christians were thinking about going back to Judaism. It was obvious they were the third kind of seed, who fell away because of persecution. Paul is telling them, “you can’t go back.”
I remember my rabbi telling me when he gave me a Tehillas Hashem prayerbook, “The Hlalakhah (Jewish law) says, Once you start praying Tehillas Hashem, you can’t switch to any other siddur.” Well, I guess i’m not in violation of halakhah, because I never went to another siddur after that. I searched for which religion was the truth, and of course, I found it was Judaism – Biblical Judaism.
We call it Christianity today.
Anyway (I’ll tell the whole story sometime), the issue was that the Jewish believers of that day were experiencing persecution on all sides, and some were thinking, “This isn’t right – if He’s the Messiah, then this would be working!” So, some began to theorize things we’re still dealing with today, for the same reason. “IF Jesus Christ is just an angel, I can be on better ground for leaving Him or rationalizing what parts I don’t like.” “If Jesus Christ is just a man, then His words are not binding on me.”
You’re right! And so, Paul began to write this letter, and the Lord began to move him to write the words the Lord wanted in the letter. And so we have Hebrews.
EVery Jew would know about the tempting at Meribah. It’s part of the yearly Torah readings. Paul here contrasts the temptation at Meribah and Kadesh-Barnea, and the current temptation to leave and go back to Judaism.
The issue is, if they leave, they never were saved in the first place. Hence the parable of the tares, which the Lord declared a foundational parable. There are four kinds of “Christians”. Three leave, and prove they were never saved. One stays. Are they saved because they stayed? No. They stayed because they were saved.
Paul is delicately telling them, “If you leave, you’re not saved.”
So, what does staying do? Paul uses phrases like “…to the end” (Hebrews 3:6, 3:14, 6:8, 6:11). It’s a truism that when you look into a commentary to see what the difficult part means, they always skip right over it! This verse is no exeption. But I believe this is saying, “If you leave and you’re not saved, there’s no hope for you. You won’t listen again. If you stay and aren’t saved, the hope for you is that eventually you’ll listen to the Gospel.”
Hebrews makes dire predictions of what happens if you are not saved. It’s one reason it’s not a popular book. Nobody likes to be reminded they’re going to suffer horribly forever. That’s why in many ways, the result of a study of Hebrews leaves many christians on their knees, weeping and begging God to save them. If you were already saved, good remembrance of why you got saved. If you’re NOT SAVED… guess what just happened???
Good thing you didn’t leave, huh?
“Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.” (Hebrews 2:17–18, KJV)
Finishing up hebrews 2, We now draw things to the parallel of the High Priest.
the High Priest performed the sin atonements and offerings for the people. As Hebrews will point out, first the High Priest has to take care of himself… then everyone else. And every day, he repeats this.
Our High Priest took care of everyone else first. And was done.
In some way we’ll never understand, the Lord was tempted. I’m not going to go into this, as there’s really books upon books of speculation on this. Whole oceans of ink have been spilled, speculating on how this took place. I say again, we sometimes have to throw up our hands and just admit, “I don’t understand.”
Nu, and you’re so smart you can explain God?
The important thing “The Author” (read: Paul) was trying to tell us is that when we are tempted to sin, the Lord understands, because He’s been there, and he can help us. The point is, when you’re tempted to sin, so rarely do we call upon him at the beginning of the temptation! Instead, we’re often at the point where it’s gripped us, and we’re begging for help. If you’re a smoker, it’s when you’re putting the cigarette to your lips that you start begging the Lord. It’s when you’re driving to that place where you know you can buy Crystal Meth on the street that you start crying out for help. It’s when you’ve been cussing out other drivers for 5 miles that you begin to call out for help.
Try this – when the first thought crosses your mind, call out for help then. Don’t wait until you’re neck deep in the sin to start calling out.
We’ll go into this at more depth in Hebrews chapter 5.
“For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted. Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house. For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house. For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God. And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after; But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.” (Hebrews 2:18–3:6, KJV)
This really is a huge section. There’s nothing I can teach you you haven’t heard before, because the same Holy Spirit teaches all men. But if you spend time studying the Bible, you really begin to grasp a lot of things you gloss over before. In other words, the Holy Spirit will give you as much as you show yourself willing to learn. You may SAY you really want to learn your Bible, but the Holy Spirit only gives while you actually are studying God’s word. If you’re just going to read, then all you do is read. If you’re going to start breaking it down, well then… that’s different.
“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:” (1 Peter 2:9, KJV)
Contrastive thought – from Peter! This shows that the contrastive thought so common in Paul’s Epistles is not just Paul’s choices of words, but rather, how God thinks. And again, we have proof of Mechanical Inspiration, something so often argued against by men who don’t want to be bound by God’s word.
Here’s a Bible truth. The Levites support the work of the kohenim, the priesthood, who acts as surrogates for the High Priest in many duties. But there are some duties appointed only to the High Priest.
Jesus Christ is the High Priest of the heavenly priesthood, not of the earthly. So, who’s his Levites?
“I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:14, KJV)
“Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,” (2 Timothy 1:9, KJV)
It stands to reason that a High Priest who is merely installed in the office due to birthright and through being chosen to do so, working in a Temple others built, gets honor. But if the one who built the Temple, who the Temple is meant to worship, is the high Priest – then we really get a glimpse of who Jesus Christ really is.
The Temple in many ways is a type of Jesus. We offend God by our sins. Where do we go to relieve that offense? The Temple. We are lost in our sins. Who is the only one who can bridge that? Jesus Christ. We go to Him for forgiveness.
Who alone can forgive sins? THe one who is sinned against. We know we sin against God. And Jesus Christ stands in the gap for us… because He is God, the offended party.
It’s not just a man forgiving you – it’s God.
When I was in school, I literally was the only Jewish kid in my school. Surprisingly, my nickname was NOT Jew boy except on random occasions. Where I grew up, nicknames were given to those you liked. Considering that I grew up in an area with a large Mafia presence, that might explain it.
Anyway, there was a funny habit in my school. The entire class was a single grade (I understand that’s not always the case in big cities). In my class, any deviation from the accepted status was met with instant derision and opposition. In other words, if you were explaining your case in school, and everyone disagreed with you, you were shouted down, instantly. They would not let you finish a sentence. The group seemed to feel they could determine what TV shows you liked, what music you listened to, etc.
Things have gotten worse – and it’s in professing Christianity.
But this time, it;s over things that Christians used to fight and die for.
Salvation by grace through faith alone – you’re shouted down if you say you believe only these people whose salvation testimony includes this concept. “it’s a different Faith Tradition!” you hear now. “We can’t upset the Mormons, SEventh Day Adventists and Roman Catholics!” Funny, they left out all the people who believe in salvation by election. “Well, they’re a different faith tradition also!”
And they’re all going to Hell, unless they have been born again, unless their testimony can show they had one specific moment in time where they realized they were hellbound, and only the saving mercy of Jesus Christ can prevent that.
But Christianity today doesn’t believe in Hell, apparently. There’s been books that were released with titles like, “Saved by what???”… only to end up in the cutout bins, and finally in the dumpster. But “Love Wins” sells millions, and probably in its 6th printing. Or 666th printing, perhaps.
Well, the kids in my school were wrong when they shouted me down, and they figured that out by the end of the year. The people who don’t believe in salvation by faith through grace – and Hell – will find out they were wrong about both.
A literal six day Creation – that was standard. STANDARD. Christians used to loudly decry anyone who believed in Evolution as a compromiser. Yet, John Hagee still has a TV show. Last I checked, John Ankerberg has one too. Pat Robertson still is talking widows on fixed incomes into mailing him their social security checks, so, yes, he too still has a job. Hm.
But if you announce your belief in this today, you’re decried as a “wooden Fundamentalist”. I’m sorry, I may walk a little stiffly when I first get up in the morning, but I’m not made of wood.
Belief in God? Apparently optional – there are pastors who defend their right to keep their job while professing a belief in nothing at all. “I don’t teach my congregation anything to do with God.” One woman boasts. And the congregation nods approvingly. Hey, if you’re in a church where the pastor openly proclaims their atheism, and you don’t leave that church or attempt to call for a business meeting for their dismissal – you are an atheist too. You must be, not to be fearful of having to explain to Jesus Christ why you attended a church like that?
Belief in the Bible? No, Christianity doesn’t do that anymore. Statements of faith now all read, “…inerrant in the original manuscripts”. And they DEFEND that! Any attempt to proclaim a belief in the Bible as without error is met with arrogance and pattronising speech. And it’s a great way to get free books by D. A. Carson, by James WHite, and by an Independent Fundamental Baptist preacher who lives just an hour away from me, who even teaches in an IFB Seminary. Yup. Belief in an inerrant Bible is out. No big loss – how can you believe in something you never even read?
Belief in Jesus of the Bible? Well, no. Christianity is unsatisfied wtih the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. They’ve invented a Jesus Christ of their own image, an effeminate, love everyone Jesus who doesn’t really care or have standards, and doesn’t really care how you act or believe.
“But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you.” (Matthew 11:22, KJV)
“And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted to heaven, shalt be thrust down to hell.” (Luke 10:15, KJV)
“I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.” (Revelation 1:18, KJV)
In case anyone missed it, all three verses are spoken by Jesus Christ. He is literally condemning people to Hell. “I have the keys of Hell and death.” Jesus Christ will be presiding as Judge at the Great White Throne judgment. And guess what? A HUGE number of people who deny all of the things above are going to find themselves at the Great White Throne judgment, standing in the huge group at the left.
I’m trying to get as many of you as possible standing on the RIGHT hand side at that judgment.
If you believe Jesus Christ would never judge or condemn anyone, guess what? You’re not worshipping the real Jesus Christ. That’s a bottom line statement.
I can remember my Christian friend of the 80’s, who – although a Pentecostal – had a VERY fundamentalist view of Jesus Christ and the Bible. He wouldn’t listen to wordly music, read his Bible avidly, was constantly witnessing, very patient (can you imagine what I was like as an atheist? He HAD to be patient!) – but sure fire steady on his witness for God.
During my research of Christian seminaries and Bible colleges, trying to find a good one for my son in the faith to go to besides the theoligical nightmare of Regent University… I encountered something that almost felt like the nail in the coffin for modern Christianity.
There’s an IFB seminary – dorm rooms, financial aid, day and night classes, has daily chapel meetings… that forbids the students discussing the Bible issue. Now, I know how to read between lines. I’ve worked for organizations with bylaws and guidelines and employee contracts and etc. I know how to read the wording.
The wording says that students are prohibited from discussing the Bible issue amongst themselves. What it really means is, “the King James only students are required to shut up or be expelled.”
Because I don’t think anyone claiming the NASB to be the most “literal translation” will be officially warned. I don’t think anyone will have official warnings placed in their student jacket for saying they’re upset about the ESV re-translation iissue. I can state with confidence it only means the KIng James believers.
I’ve been warning all my readers for some time, it’s rapidly getting to a point where all of you are going to have to start separating from your churches, and hold house meetings until you can organize churches. The Bible does not permit you to compromise with error.
And the mainline churches are running amok with error, compromise, and outright heresy.
Very shortly – if we have not already reached this point – you are going to have to withdraw from your church. Pray about this, because this is not something you should do lightly. If you do this for the wrong reasons, you’ll have explaining to do. But trust me – if you stay past when you should have left, you’ll have even more explaining to do.