Why Buy Swordsearcher?


Why did I buy Swordsearcher? I already own Logos. I already own Accordance. I own Quickverse. I own WordSearch.

I have Bible Analyzer, King James Pure Bible Search, E-Sword, and theWord. I had Davar on my computer until I took it off. Bible by Olive Tree, and Xiphos.

So, why did I spend $60 to buy Swordsearcher?

The issue is fairly simple. I wanted a premium Bible software written by a Fundamentalist, a Bible Believer. Brandon Staggs doesn’t write a great deal on his blog about Fundamentalism – he doesn’t even speak on King James Only-ism. The only public stand he takes on the issue is a single comment on the frequently asked questions for Swordsearcher.

But the fact remains, it’s a Fundamentalist program written for Fundamentalists by a Fundamentalist.

Logos is written by Faithlife, an exceptionally Ecumenical program written by Evangelicals. Most of the tutorials and materials they have are theological liberals who deny the sufficiency, inerrancy and inspiration of the Bible. The fact the founder of Faithlife has no qualms about offering that shows that this is probably his viewpoint as well – a New Calvinist theological liberal mindset that makes Karl Barth look like a Fundamentalist. If you’d like to fix this, a letter writing campaign to get me installed as Resident Fundamentalist would go a long way!

Accordance would be my other option for premium software, but they too have a theological liberal mindset. The materials they offer reflect this, although not as bad as over at Faithlife.

Word search is… in need of a massive overhaul, and the mindset there is Southern Baptist. Not too bad, but still they use words like “Church” when they mean “Kingdom”, and obviously consider Catholics as Christians (as does Logos and Accordance). I have a lot of time invested into Word search, but I switched to Logos a few years back from Word search and I’m not looking back.

But mostly (and some of my old readers will understand this), I did it to protect myself. If you sit in the midst of scorners, you will end up scorning too. It’s possible I could end up reading the NASB and quoting John Calvin, and wondering endlessly whatever happened to “Q”. It’s far more possible I could sprout wings and lay eggs, but still, it’s a possibility.

So I wanted a Bible program that I could use 50% of the time that would protect me, and help me to stay Fundamentalist, and stay true to the Bible.

And of course, I wanted to make sure that I had software where the text of the King James Bible remained unaltered. Recently, the ESV on all my other software was updated without my permission (and since I don’t read it, I didn’t much care). If they could do that to the ESV without my say-so, then they can alter the Bible also.

Keep this in mind when choosing your Bible program. If worst comes to worst, I’ve also got a defunct Bible program that will be getting ZERO updates – Quickverse. Once upon a time, it was the gold standard of Bible programs – and Findex ran it into the ground.

Conclusion

I would recommend to all of my readers who are looking into buying premium Bible software and $60 is a stretch to buy it, consider Swordsearcher. It’s actually a fantastic piece of Bible software, very usable and configurable. There’s just one package for $60. Add ons are all third party, and of course, David Cloud offers for $30 an add on package for Swordsearcher –  the “Way of Life Encyclopedia” and “Things Hard to Be Understood”, a work I’d love to see expanded into a 5 volume set!

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Sons of Jacob


Jerusalem

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I’m going to ask specific questions, because some people read their Bibles and they’ve got tinted glasses that color what they’re reading. My intent by asking these pointed questions is to shock you awake, and make you begin to read the Bible with what is called the normal literal dispensational thinking.

Who is Abraham?
This is first year Sunday School kind of questions. You shouldn’t have any problems. Abraham, known as Avraham Avinu (”Our Father Abraham”) among Jews, left Ur in response to God’s command, and lived a nomadic life in the land of Israel, briefly living in Egypt from time to time, but returning to a land promised him.

Who is Isaac?
Isaac, son of Abraham.

Who is Jacob?
You should know who Jacob is.The Son of Isaac, correct? Isaac, son of Abraham.

Who are the sons of Jacob?
It’s not a trivia question, but a serious question. The sons of Jacob are Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Gad, Asher, Judah, Joseph, Benjamin, Issachar, Dan, Zebulun, Naphtali, and extended to Ephraim and Manassah. When the Bible speaks of the “Sons of Jacob”, it is always referring to physical descendants of Jacob.

Who is Israel?
Biblically, it’s Jacob.

“Wait!!!”

Nope. I just maneuvered you into a trap, an admission. Israel is Jacob. Israel is the Jewish people, the sons of Jacob. How can I say that?

“And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the Lord came, saying, Israel shall be thy name:” (1 Kings 18:31, KJV)

“Thou art the God that doest wonders: Thou hast declared thy strength among the people. Thou hast with thine arm redeemed thy people, The sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah.” (Psalm 77:14–15, KJV)

“And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many people As a dew from the Lord, As the showers upon the grass, That tarrieth not for man, Nor waiteth for the sons of men. And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles in the midst of many people As a lion among the beasts of the forest, As a young lion among the flocks of sheep: Who, if he go through, both treadeth down, and teareth in pieces, And none can deliver.” (Micah 5:7–8, KJV)

“For I am the Lord, I change not; Therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.” (Malachi 3:6, KJV)

The phrases sons of Jacob are used in the Bible to denote the physical descendants of Jacob. No Gentile Believer in Jesus Christ can say they are a son of Jacob.

So if you cannot say you are a physical son of Jacob, you are not a son of Jacob.

Children of Israel and sons of Jacob are interchangeable.

“Therefore the children of Israel eat not of the sinew which shrank, which is upon the hollow of the thigh, unto this day: because he touched the hollow of Jacob’s thigh in the sinew that shrank.” (Genesis 32:32, KJV)

So if you are not physically Jewish you are not Israel…

Do you grasp that?

“BUT!!!”

Yes. But. A believer in Jesus Christ is considered a son of Abraham by faith – and thus ingrafted into Israel.

Ingrafted.

Not replacing.

You are PART OF, a wild olive branch, grafted in. You are not the root. Do you grasp that the branch is Jesus Christ? Do you grasp that you are ingrafted into Jesus Christ? Do you grasp that Christians are fellow heirs with the Jewish people?

I’m speaking as a physical son of Abraham.

To my brothers in faith, the Gentile believers in Jesus Christ.

You are grafted in – but that does not mean you replace.

It’s common for many Calvinists to read the Bible through Calvinist tinted glasses, reading and misunderstanding. You read “Covenant”, and think it applies to Calvinists. You backread “Israel” in the prophetic books, and somehow think it applies to Calvinists.

The covenants are with Israel. The Jewish people. You partake in the New Covenant – but that’s it.

You do not inherit the land away from us. You do not replace us.

John MacArthur advocates that Calvinists should be Dispensationalists, and should read the Bible with what is called the Normal-Literal-Dispensational method of understanding. He’s right. You should.
Better yet, you should drop the Calvinism, read your Bible, accept it literally and understand it literally, ensure you’re saved, and grow as a Christian.

And get busy, because the Lord has work for us!

Logos 7 Upgrade


Okay, Logos gave me a credit because I bought version 6 just two days before 7 came out. We knew 6 was afraid of 7, because 7 8 9.

Anyway, the credit was almost completely enough money to get into the Bronze package, meaning I only needed $77 to get all of the features of Logos. Before this, you had to spend thousands to get all of the features in Logos. Now, they’re all available in the Bronze package.

How do you buy this Bible software when it’s so ridiculously expensive? THe pricing is so steep that the average Independent Baptist pastor cannot even dream of affording it. But here’s the trick – the dynamic pricing.

Once you buy something in Logos, they remove the discounted price of that object from the packages. I started out with the free engine, and the $9.99 KIng James. I have only rarely bought anything from Bible companies, because I really believe that the pricing for these things should be much lower. And if Logos ever were to hire me for product innovation or some such job, I would argue vociferously that the King James should be a free download with the engine, because that’s INDUSTRY STANDARD. Logos remains the only company who charges for the KIng James, a royalty free Bible translation.

When I came into a work bonus, and I bought the first package (Baptist Starter), the price of every single Logos package dropped. Their website knew what items I had, and discounted every package to compare to those datasets that I had.

Then of course 7 came out. I upgraded last month. I couldn’t afford much, so I bought the standard package Starter. It was heavily discounted, since I already owned Baptist Starter.

Then just a week ago, I got the postcard in my mailbox, telling me I had a credit if I upgraded before the end of the year. So I called, and upgraded to Standard Bronze. You should have heard the sales rep’s voice when he recommended the Baptist Bronze package, and I told him that it was too over-loaded with Calvinist material and had almost no traditional Baptist material! I think it was the first time that anyone working for Faithlife ever heard the words “Too much Calvinism”, or even the suggestion that Calvinism is not Baptist, or that Baptist is not Calvinism.

The good news is that Logos has fixed everyone’s criticism. Now when you buy Logos, yes… you do own your books. Logos 7 is guaranteed to keep working with new operating systems, and you will always own your library. This is a big deal for them. It means they’re cutting off the robbery they used to do to existing customers who just want to upgrade the package they own without being forced to add many books, a tactic that fills the comment section of their blog routinely with nasty comments.

Now I just have to learn how to take advantage of all the new tools.

“Open Fire” by Paige Patterson


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A Southern Baptist seminary president said Nov. 29 that Baptists who adopt Calvinistic theology and practice ought to consider joining another denomination.“I know there are a fair number of you who think you are a Calvinist, but understand there is a denomination which represents that view,” Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, said at the close of Tuesday’s chapel service. “It’s called Presbyterian.”

As a former Southern Baptist, I can say this is “open fire” almost at the very last second before losing the convention forever. There are too many Presbyterians in the SBC holding teaching positions. As I said before, if you’re Calvinist… go get your own convention. There is no such thing as a “Calvinist Baptist”. There is only a Baptist with confused soteriology, or there is Presbyterians.

Other posts on the same topic…

What’s Wrong With Baptists?

Southern Baptists Need Their Sovereign Grace Heritage

Your sermon to listen to courtesy of Marc Monte!

http://www.sermonaudio.com/playpopup.asp?SID=41706211051

Inspiration Inerrancy


What does the word mean when it says the Bible is inspired?

I recently downloaded another free book where the author danced around the subject. It’s ridiculous.

What does inspired mean?

In spired.

Breathed in. The Spriti of God breathed power into the words of the Bible.

The author gives this definition:

DEFINITION: Biblical inspiration refers to the work of the Holy Spirit by which He produced the words of the entire Bible, using the personality and literary skill of its human authors, so that the resultant written text is God’s authoritative Word to mankind.

Kendell Easley, 52 Words Every Christian Should Know, (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman, 2006), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: “8. Inspiration”.

That’s only part of the story. Inspiration means that God literally chose the very letters they would write down. That’s what Jesus Christ says. It’s a doctrine known as “Mechanical dictation”. Differences in the text are done by the design of God, NOT the personalities of the writers.

People say Shakespeare was inspired. Not in that sense.

What does Inerrant mean?

The author of that book – a Calvinist (which the book did not make clear before you bought it, typical of the New Calvinist lack of integrity) danced around that issu e.

One of the best approaches for understanding inerrancy and infallibility is to study the way Jesus treated the Scriptures of His day. He considered Scripture to be historically accurate, prophetically reliable, and a true record of the will of God.

Kendell Easley, 52 Words Every Christian Should Know, (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman, 2006), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: “9. Infallibility”.

That’s only part of the story, again. Notice the author doesn’t come out and say, “There are no errors in the Bible.”

That’s a red flag. You should be able to say, “There are no errors in the Bible.” The author contents himself with saying, “Jesus believed…”

the author (not meaning to put words in his mouth…) could also be saying, “And He was wrong.”

Let’s try saying this…

“God chose the very words and letters that the writers used. These words are perfect, pure, inspired, infallible, inerrant. There are no mistakes in the Bible.”

See? Wasn’t that easy?

Pastor’s Emails


A week ago, I unsubscribed from the Tom Ranier emails.

Today was really the first Monday i didn’t have one of the emails.

I came to the decision because there was a constant push to “Change” your congregations.

Constantly.

There was the one with “Seven ways to sneak change into your church.”

uh… why?

“Six kinds of churches that resist change (and how to deal with them)”.

If the Bible hasn’t changed, why should I get my church to change?

What KIND of change?

What exactly are we talking about, here?

an email, asking those kind of questions got no response.

The final straw was when I got an offer to participate in a seminar – which I’d have to pay for – to learn how to subtly sneak change into my church.

Really?

Is this anything we should be doing with any kind of Christian integrity? I mean, if I’m going to pastor a church, if God so called me to, then I would explain my position of Fundamentalism, give them a whole series of sermon teachings on why, and then let them know this was conditional on my accepting the Pulpit. No Fundamentalism, get someone else.

That’s the way you do it. Go in there, explain your position so that your hearers can describe it back to you, then put it to them that they either agree to go along, or find someone else.

Don’t take the job of Pastor at a Baptist church, then find some way to sneak in Oneness Pentecostalism, or Calvinism, or try to change the worship style by slowly sneaking in specials that feature a drum, and then start moving in contemporary pieces that are toned down, with the intent of getting people within five years into accepting a praise band with pyrotechnics, lasers, dry ice and colored lights.

Don’t write books about being driven by purpose, and then fail to mention the purpose that’s driving you is trying to get Baptists to become Roman Catholics.

These are bottom line arguments. I think that anything you should do in the Pulpit needs to be done in a manner that can be done in front of Jesus Christ. If you have to be underhanded and use trickery to accomplish your goal, is that something the Lord would do???

No,

I doubt I’ll miss the emails.

Roman Catholicism Answered – Grace


Grace.

When you’re talking with Roman Catholics, the first thing you have to do is make sure you’re speaking the same languages. Roman Catholics tend to give the word Grace a different meaning – kind of like Calvinists. When you mention the “doctrines of Grace” to a Baptist, he thinks you’re talking of Eph. 2:8-9

8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 (KJV)

The Calvinist often thinks you’re talking about TULIP, the doctrine of John Calvin, Total Inability, Unconditional Salvation, Limited Atonement, Irresistible Grace, and Perseverance of the Saints.

The Roman Catholic thinks you’re talking about points. You have to have this many Points to get into Heaven. Let’s see, Baptism gets the points to wipe out the inherited sin of Adam, Confirmation gets you a spot in Heaven, and the sacraments gives you points towards less time in Purgatory.

If we substitute the word “grace” instead of “points”, it all makes sense when you hear Roman Catholics talk.

To hear a Roman Catholic mention “graces” it is startling. Do you really understand what Grace IS????

Grace

Kindness; favor.

But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by GRACE ye are saved;) and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: that in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his GRACE in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by GRACE are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast. (Ephesians 2:4-9) , “Grace,” in King James Version Dictionary, WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: “Grace”.

Grace is unmerited favor and mercy from God. Mercy is an act where you were about to be killed, and someone relents and spares you. In the case of God, it is the Hell we so richly deserve, but God in His infinite love, shed His own blood to redeem and save us. Once for all, the Bible specifies in Hebrews.

The Bible NEVER mentions Grace as a plural. But Roman Catholics often speak of “graces”, as if there’s more than one.

Christians understand Grace is unmerited favor, and dispensed once for all at the Cross. THe Bible says so.

Roman Catholics see it as multiple points, to be redeemed for less time in purgatory. Rome says so.

Who do you believe? Rome, or the Bible? In essence, if you follow Roman Catholicism, you are choosing Rome, not the Bible, because Rome is not teaching the Bible, they teach their own doctrines and allegorically attribute their doctrines to out of context, isolated verses of the Bible. That’s like shooting at a target, and drawing the bullseye around the arrows. Baptists call this Isogesis, and decry it as fallacious reasoning. Protestants decry it too. Rome embraces it as standard operating procedure.

Rome teaches salvation by works, and ruthlessly condemns people to Hell for believing in Salvation by Grace alone, without works.

Yet that’s exactly what the Bible teaches.

Tell me, Mr. Roman Catholic apologist… do you own a King James Bible? Do you read it? I’m going to repeat the same dare I’ve dared members of other cults – try reading the King James Bible for ONE YEAR without resorting to Roman Catholic Magisterium. One year, just the Bible.

Like other cults, you’ll find that you no longer follow that cult.