Reclaiming Christianity IV


Should be allow unbelievers to tell us what to read, believe, teach, preach?

Should we buy books by atheists and stack them in our homes, eagerly devoouring the writings of men and women hostile to the Gospel, and allowing those to shape our Biblical worldview?

Um… no.

You mean, you really wouldn’t read the writings of Richard Dawkins on the worldwide flood of Noah, and accept it as fact? Why not? It makes no sense not to!

Because you’re reading the writings of a great number of unbelievers when you open most books on Christianity. Study Bibles, etc.

So why should you accept the writings of a heretic like Andy Stanley? Bruce Metzger? Carlo Martini? Kurt and Barbara Aland? Julius Wellhausen? Eugene Nida? Robert Bratcher? C. H. Dodd? Karl Barth?

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Reclaiming Christianity III


What is a Christian?

It’s pretty simple. All of you will agree with this. it’s someone who has repented of their sinful life and turned to Jesus Christ for salvation and been born again. We can make that more or less wordy. You have to have had a change of life, change of heart. Spiritual rebirth. Born Again.

Can you be saved by chanting “Om mane padme Om” three hundred times a day?

Nope.

Can you be saved by lighting a candle every day?

Nope.

You’re saved by faith through grace. You’re saved by the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. But you have to make a conscious desire to change (from your sinful nature and ways), beg Jesus Christ to save you. Maybe it was a moment where you realized God was real, and you were in violation of His laws.

Doesn’t matter. I’m not digging deep into this. The Gospel is simple enough that a drowning man can understand it and be saved.

Easy!

So, can you be saved by someone dropping drops of water on your forehead as an adult?

No.

So… why do we accept as Christians people who claim to be saved when this happened as a baby? Does it mean that if you missed out on this by the tenth day of life, that now you’ve got to use option B?

No. It means they’re not saved.

This is an issue. Because it rules out the overwhelming majority of people worldwide who claim to be Christians.

Think about that. Lutherans. Episcopals. Methodists. Presbyterians. Catholics.

Backup plans are of course Confirmation. You study a catechism, and have to pass a test of “Who is God?” etc. If you’ve memorized the Catechism, that’s salvation as a backup.

I know people who’ve memorized baseball stats and football player stats. That’s more complicated – is that salvation? No. Because salvation is not about works.

So, getting sprinkled or something drawn on your little infant forehead doesn’t save you.

So why do we call people who’s salvation testimony is just this… “Christians”?

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!

The Trojan Horse of Christianity Pt. 1


Christianity has been betrayed from within.

By people pretending to be Christian.

We’re afraid to call it what it is, but it doesn’t change things. False teachers abound. We accept blindly false teachers, Seventh Day Adventists, Roman Catholics and Mormons, because our Christian leaders vouchsafe them.

I will tell you instead we’ve been betrayed.

The Trojan horse, as you remember, is  a fable about soldiers hiding inside the statue of a horse, left at the gates of Troy. The Trojans took the horse inside the city, and when they all were asleep, the Greeks jumped out of the horse, opened the gates, and let the Greek army in, who slew the city.

I can’t think of a more apropos description of what’s happened in Christianity today.

  • We never censured Billy Graham for cooperating with theological liberals and Roman Catholics, so now we accept them.
  • We never censured Chuck Swindoll for his oft-repeated statements against Fundamentalism, so now most Christians are manipulated in their opinions. And many of these Christians think of themselves as Fundamentalists!
  • We never struck down books by Karl Barth, so his poison still infects, saps, and kills tissues within the body of Christianity.
  • We never cried foul about Rick Warren and the huge danger he presents within Christianity today.
  • Our Christian book stores refused to take out Rob Bell’s books after it became apparent he was a false teacher, and denied Hell. When you deny hell and espouse Universalism, then you’re calling Jesus Christ a liar. And I’d like to stay far away from you at the Great White Throne judgment. The excuse of the book stores is, “Well, we don’t carry that book, because it’s unBiblical.” Yes, and so is his Nooma videos and his “Velvet Elvis”. But they make money still. The book stores will continue to sell Velvet Elvis as long as it makes them money, whether it’s unBiblical or not. And it is most definitely unBiblical.
  • We accept C. S. Lewis as Christian, and somehow never see his Universalist heresies written in his writings. Our eyes pass over the pages, somehow not seeing where he states, plain as day, that he doubts the veracity of the doctrine of Christ’s substitutional atonement. That doctrine is FOUNDATIONAL to the Christian faith.
  • We accept the idea that Christianity can be practiced in different ways – after all, Methodists do things differently from Presbyterians who do things different from Episcopalians, who do things similar to Roman Catholics, and Seventh Day Adventists do things oddly, and much different from us, and why, a Mormon ran for President as a Republican and spoke about God, so he must be a Christian!

The reality is, there’s only one right way to do a Baptism. It’s by immersion. There’s only one right meaning. It’s to show obedience in an outward sign. If you say, “Well, my denomination does things differently, and here’s why….” I can tell you why.

You’re wrong.

Things that are not how the Bible teaches it is error. If you know it to be error, but do it anyway, it’s heresy.

Go ahead. Tweet that or Facebook that or… whatever you call that.

If it’s a serious enough denial of the Christian faith, it’s apostasy.

There’s only one right way to be saved – salvation by grace through faith. If your denomination teaches that any practices of Christianity impart additional grace, you’re a heretic, an apostate. That Denomination is teaching lies straight from the pit of Hell. You’re denying the Cross of Christ. You’re saying His sacrifice is insufficient.

And I’ve read this in Presbyterian web sites.

There’s only one meaning of the Lord’s supper – it is in remembrance of the Lord, a memorial.

Nothing mystic happens to the bread and wine. Doesn’t matter how high you lift it, what words you say, what gestures you do, whether or not you ring a bell or not. It’s bread. It’s grape juice. It’s not somehow the mystic transformation or transubstantiation of the bread into flesh, or the substance of flesh. It’s bread. We do this to remind ourselves of the price paid for salvation.

“My denomination believes differently.”

Then your denomination has it wrong.

“There should be room at the table for denominational differences.”

Do we understand that our understanding of some parts of Christianity are not graded on a curve?

Your view of Jesus Christ is pass/fail. If you believe anything other than He is God in human flesh, eternally co-existing with the father, then – fail.
If you believe in anything other than salvation by faith through grace – fail.

Failure in that area of the test leaves one writhing in unending torment forever.

If you believe anything other than salvation being a recognition that you are a sinner condemned to Hell and cannot save yourself, and that you must repent and call upon Jesus Christ to save you – fail.

Fail in this case is a synonym for “hell”. Because that’s your final destination..

That’s the Trojan Horse of Christianity. We’ve seen too many false Christians and did not immediately reject them. Billy Graham should have lost his fame, his support, and Christians should have rejected his ministry by 1950, when he began to embrace the worst theological liberals and heretics, and turn his back upon Fundamentalists.

Christians should have recognized years ago that Chuck Swindoll is opposed to those who literally believe the Bible, which brings up questions. By the way, has anyone noticed Swindoll literally has nothing to say, and says it well and prolifically?

I’ve literally heard him pass off a sermon illustration as a true story he got from reading Readers’ Digest. I’ve read entire books by him that pass from one sermon illustration to another, without actually saying something! Don’t believe me? Tell me what his call to action is. When you write a non-fiction Christian book, you inform, then request a call to action. Tell me what Swindoll’s call to action is. Go ahead.

See what I mean? He has nothing to say, lots of it, and says it well. Because apparently nobody else seems to notice he has nothing to say!

How about this quote? In light of what I’ve said about the Bible and having it right or wrong, read this – “There are too many shades of theological opinion in a large denomination to lump them all off as liberal, neo-orthodox, conservative, fundamentalist, or what have you!”

No. You either have it right, or you have it damnably wrong.

And the speaker is Billy Graham. Here’s the question. I’ll answer it the right way, myself.

“Do you think that churches such as The United Church of Canada and the great liberal churches of the United States that are active in the ecumenical movement and whose ministers study and respect the work of Paul Tillich and other great modern teachers are ‘apostate’?”

I don’t know what you mean – I don’t know about the United Church of Canada. I don’t know Paul Tillich. I do know theological liberals, and they are indeed apostate, if they were even saved to begin with – and the Bible teaches that if you apostate, you never were saved.

If you do not believe the Bible literally, you’re hell bound for all eternity, with no way to avoid it. There’s nothing you can do to stop it.

But the Jesus Christ of the Bible, God in human flesh, one third of the Trinity provided a way. If you believe these things, and you believe Jesus Christ is eternally God and able to save you, then repent, pray forgiveness from Him, and trust Him to save you.

And you shall be saved.

Common Misconceptions About Fundamentalism


One of the biggest reasons most Christians are not Fundamentalists is they’ve been fed too much rhetoric over the years by theological liberals who are trying to keep their jobs. If most Christians read their Bibles and believed them, then there’d be quite a few famous Christian teachers who’d be out of a job.

One of my favorite teachers has slipped in his firm belief in the Bible being inspired, and it was a horrible blow to me. I noticed that his statement of faith had nothing about an inerrant, inspired Bible, and I emailed him and told him so. There was no response, and his statement of faith is unchanged. That can only mean that he no longer believes the Bible to be the word of God. I’ve had to stop going to his website. So, let me explain what Fundamentalism really is, how to get there, and WHY you should get there.

Fundamentalism is a belief that the Bible is complete and without error in whole or part, written by God – and a desire to conform our lives to it.

There you go.

“But I believe that!”

If you believe that, you’re a Fundamentalist. But here’s where I’m going to get you – every Christian insists they believe in the Bible, but there’s a disconnect. When you read something in there you don’t like, a lot of you justify your lack of belief by saying, “Well, that part’s not in the original manuscripts.” Or, “Well, that’s not for today.” “That was just Paul.”

If you’ve said that, you do not believe the Bible is without error in whole and part, inspired and preserved, the word of God.

You’re fairly close to being what the Bible describes as an “unbeliever.”

“WHAT???”

It’s true. You either believe the Bible is correct, inerrant, inspired, written by God and preserved – or you don’t. One of the biggest inconsistencies among Messianics that firmly drive me nuts is that often they hold themselves to be the guardians of the word of God, yet a majority of them do not believe the canon is sealed, do not believe the Bible is without error, and do not believe it is preserved.

Fundamentalists believe with perfect faith there is no errors. No “this was not in the oldest and best manuscripts” – we even challenge that whenever we hear it, because most of us have done the research, and found the oldest and best manuscripts to be not so old, and heavily edited – therefore unreliable.

We especially get suspicious when we look at the verses that are always in question – any verse supporting the doctrine of Jesus Christ being pre-existent, Jesus Christ being God in human flesh, any evidence for the Trinity, any evidence for the resurrection. Every reference to prayer and fasting is reduced to “prayer”. Funny that THESE should always be the ones in question.

Most of the references to the shed blood of Jesus Christ is removed from the “oldest and best” manuscripts. Some of the experts believe Vaticanus and Sinaiticus were written by Origen, an Arianist Gnostic who interpreted the Bible allegorically, and did not believe Jesus Christ is God in human flesh. You won’t be meeting Origen in heaven, I’m sure.

I personally do not believe Origen wrote Sinaiticus – because Sinaiticus was written by Constantinus Simonides in the early 19th century. It was a forgery. I do agree it was either Origen or Eusebius who wrote Vaticanus – or possibly Origen wrote it, and Eusebius was the first of many editors (unlike the Textus Receptus, which wasn’t edited).

So one of the “Oldest and best” manuscripts is a clumsy forgery, and the other was written by a Christ-denying heretic who did not believe the Bible literally, and simply took out of the manuscript what he didn’t like.

Most of what you’ve learned about the Bible was written by heretics who don’t believe it. Textual critics, who denied Christ, wrote all of the incomprehensible rules about the Bible – not the ones you’ve heard, but the ones saying “The Bible is to be treated like any other book.” That’s the first commandment of Textual Critics. That statement should shock you.

Everything changes when you believe the Bible has no errors. I have to say it that way, because so many people say with a straight face that “The Bible is inerrant” but later on you hear them say “Well, that was added in by a pious Scribe”. If they can say both with a straight face, they’re lying about one or the other.

When they tell you that none of the disputed verses concern any of the cardinal truths and doctrines of Christianity, they’re lying.

When they tell you that the disputed verses run to only a handful, they’re lying. The total number of verses in Revelation are less than the number of disputed verses. They literally amount to 1 and 2 Peter, the Epistles of John plus Jude.

That’s… um… a lot.

Your Bible has no errors.

Your Bible has no mistakes.

Every word is there for a reason.

Every verse in the King James Bible was present in the original manuscripts.

Paul did not add things because they were cultural.

Paul wrote things because God told him to.

There are no errors, no mistakes, no contradictions.

Once you grasp on to the fact that when you hold the King James Bible you’re holding the word of God in your hand, your entire outlook changes.

The changes in my Christian life were immense after that.

Once you realize that God said, “Pray without ceasing”, and not just nice words written by some guy named Paul, you begin to think – “Gee, I should pray without ceasing!”

You’re going to forget to do it, but see – your attitude has gone from “Paul says…” to “God says” or “It is written in the Bible…”. That places a LOT more authority on that. That’s why Andy Stanley is an unbelieving heretic. He says we need to stop saying “The Bible says” and instead say, “Paul writes in Romans…”

That’s only because Andy Stanley is a Barthian heretic and unbeliever.

When you grasp this mindset, that the Bible is the inspired, inerrant, authoritative word of God and our only rule of faith and practice… everything changes.

You begin to look at people you always thought were Fundamentalists – and with a shock you realize that either they don’t believe or are misguided.

And then you begin to notice the Bible says authoritatively, “Come out of her, and touch not the unclean thing” when talking about the world.

You notice that you are commanded to be “Not unequally yoked”, and suddenly you realize that verse isn’t talking just about marriage. You notice the verse in Romans 16 where it tells you to mark and avoid false teachers.

And you think, “God must have a reason to tell us that.”

Now you’re a Fundamentalist.

It’s that simple. That’s really all it is. You believe the Bible, and try to conform your life to it.

The things that people don’t like about Fundamentalism are Fundamentalist because that’s what the Bible commands! Should you associate with people who’s idea of salvation is works?

The Bible says no.

Should you associate with people who’s idea of salvation is to be sprinkled with water as a baby?

The Bible says no.

Fundamentalists see things as black and white because that’s how the Bible presents it. You’re saved or you’re not. Your doctrine is right or it’s not. If your doctrine is wrong a little bit, it’s still wrong. Just delete the “little bit” part, because you can’t find that concept in the Bible.

“We need to have dialog with people that have a different faith tradition!”

No, the people with a different faith tradition have the same Bible you do. They know that salvation requires repentance. They know that salvation is a spiritual, one time event and that it’s forever. They know that baptism is by bodily immersion. They know that being sprinkled with water as an infant is not salvation.

So they’re wrong. They teach error. Timothy was told to keep his doctrine without spot.

There’s nothing in the Bible about dialog with people who labor in error. The Bible calls it false teaching.

We’re told to mark them and avoid them. We’re told to rebuke a heretic once or twice, then avoid.

Don’t like it? Your argument then is with God. And then that reveals a spiritual condition that needs to be addressed.

The reason so few are Fundamentalist is because so few are saved. Are there Evangelicals who are truly saved? Yes, but you can’t be a Fundamentalist for very long in an Evangelical church.

Believe the Bible, and conform your life to it. It’s that simple.

Ecumenism


cumenism is out of control.

ec•u•men•i•cal \ˌe-kyə-ˈme-ni-kəl, -kyü-\ adjective

[Late Latin oecumenicus, from Late Greek oikoumenikos, from Greek oikoumenē the inhabited world, from feminine of oikoumenos, present passive participle of oikein to inhabit, from oikos house—more at VICINITY] circa 1587

1: worldwide or general in extent, influence, or application

2 a: of, relating to, or representing the whole of a body of churches

b: promoting or tending toward worldwide Christian unity or cooperation—ec•u•men•i•cal•ly \-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

ec•u•men•i•cal•ism \-ˈme-ni-kə-ˌli-zəm\ noun

1888: ECUMENISM

Inc Merriam-Webster, Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary. (Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster, Inc., 2003).

Why do I consider this a problem? Aren’t we supposed to be united as Christians, Christian brotherhood, you know, the Church?

Um… believe it or not, this doctrine – as we interpret it today – cannot be found in the Bible.

Before everyone starts opening their slower than molasses in January E-Sword program, let me explain.

There is indeed supposed to be unity within the church.

Define Church, first.

A visible, local assembly of born again believers.

Are the unsaved part of that?

No.

The definition of “Christianity” today is no longer “all the born again believers”, but “Everyone who calls themselves Christians, except for Jehovah’s Witnesses.”

20 years ago, the average Christian knew and understood that Roman Catholicism was a false religion, a cult – but today mention that, and it’s like you declared yourself to be a… wow, I have just run out of things to compare that to! Fifteen years ago, I’d have said “communist” there, but now Americans see nothing wrong with Communism.

Today, Christians link arms with Mormons, who are just GIDDY over the acceptance. They were a cult 15 years ago, they’re a cult today.

People who love God but have never been born again? “Christians.” And today’s Christians are offended at the thought of passing someone a tract who calls themselves Christian and love God, but have never been born again.

“We should major on the majors, and not on the minors!”

Sounds great! What are you talking about? Dcotrines? Sure! Show me in the Bible which doctrines are major, and which are minor. You must consider salvation a minor doctrine we should ignore, because you’re accepting people whose definition of “saved” is sprinkled with water as a baby, or immersed as an adult being REQUIRED for salvation. Church of Christ followers are in a cult, with damnable heresies. Lutherans who are not born again are not entering heaven. Baptists who have not been born again are not going into heaven. Methodists who have not been born again are not going to heaven.

None of these people can be called “Christian.”

“But I go to a Baptist church!” Yes, and ask your pastor! He’ll be the FIRST to tell you that if you are not born again, you are NOT going to heaven.

When I was a teenager, I heard ALL about being Born Again, and I knew what it meant. We have no excuse. And even more frightening, the Bible hints you can share in their punishment for even bidding someone Godspeed that you’re kicking out of your house for being a heretic! How much more will you face the music for embracing the unSaved as Christians?

It’s going to be a very uncomfortable time to say the least for a lot of today’s Christians at the Judgment seat of Christ.

The Biggest Dangers to Christianity


No, no fancy shmancy format today. I’m just speaking from my heart.

Photo by Joey Banks on Unsplash

There are several dangers facing Christianity today. I’ve got to say, in every time in history when Christians were in danger, they always got much more dedicated and LIVED for the Lord! Today, not so much.

Today, you run a real risk of being fired and going to jail for your beliefs (California and New York are trying to pass legislature that will put anyone in prison for using “the wrong pronoun” to describe a person).

I’m going to list the dangers facing Christianity not in any particular order, because I just don’t know which is the biggest danger – but it seems to me the dangers from within are the most dangerous.

  1. The Democratic party. I’m aware that most Christians in the United States are Republicans. There are many who are Democrats because they say things like, “Well, my heritage has always voted Democrat.” Well, stop the madness… Democrats are fiercely dedicated to making sure that their agendas are legalized, and any disagreements with the Democratic party are punishable by lengthy jail terms and whopping fines. They want to legalize mind altering drugs and every form of immoral and sinful behavior (trust me, they’re not content with what they’ve got now – they’re going to make participation in immorality MANDATORY), but they want to penalize Christians. For things they don’t penalize other Middle Eastern religions for refusing to do.
  2. Ecumenism. I used to aim the writings of this blog at Evangelicals. I’ve pretty much stopped that, because I became aware a couple of years ago that a). They weren’t listening and b). They weren’t listening. You CANNOT tell an Evangelical that Mormons are not Christians anymore. You can’t. They won’t hear it. They accepted Seventh Day Adventism, Messianics and Roman Catholics as well – and those are not Christian either. Ecumenism – the unBiblical mindset that all churches should work together despite doctrinal stands – threatens Christianity to its core. What are you going to say at the Great White Throne to all those Roman Catholics you befriended and never shared the Gospel with? How does that help them if you don’t witness to them, and just buddy buddy with them – and then you see their terrified faces on the Left on Judgment Day? You know what’s coming – and so do they. You failed to warn them. Evangelical Christianity and Ecumenism has failed Christianity.
  3. Textual Criticism. Do you think this is just a matter of Bible preference? It’s not, and here’s why. Listen to a hundred sermons on SermonAudio, and you’re literally going to hear 99 of them question or deny the word of God. “That’s not in the original Greek manuscripts.” “The Original Greek omits that verse/word/phrase.” “That was added by some pious scribe.” What you’re saying to me is, “I don’t believe the word of God, and I’m going to use textual criticism to justify my unbelief, and whatever agenda I want to push.” And believe you me, they do! If we were more Biblically grounded, Kenneth Copeland would have abandoned the ministry and gone on to cargo piloting as a career. There are many men in stolen pulpits around the world who are not called by God, not gifted by God, and not ordained of God. And they’re going to have to answer to God, the same way that someone who was called of God would. It’s going to be an ugly day for them.
  4. Theological Liberalism. Theological Liberalism is rampant today, far more than during the past. We’re talking the vast majority of pastors in the United Methodist, Lutheran and Presbyterian denominations are all to one extent or another Theological Liberals. The Presbyterians have had to divide time and time again over this issue. My visit to a Pastor’s Conference a few years back showed me the Southern Baptist convention is flooded with them as well. I’m going out on a limb here and say that 89% of Pastors in any denomination are to a greater or lesser degree theological liberals. Today they call this “progressive” – the same code word the Soviet Union used to describe communist propaganda. Odd that it should be the same word. Who’s the most famous theological liberal today? Andy Stanley. Ask him his opinion of the Bible. He doesn’t accept the Bible, because he doesn’t believe in it. People have heard him speak, and were shocked at how he dances around the truth on this issue.
  5. Neo-Barthianism. RAMPANT. Barthianism is rampant. Essentially, it is Theological Liberalism disguised with a whitewash of Post Modernism and a clever shell game of words and definitions. MOST of the materials advocated by Faithlife (the company who produces Logos) absolutely are Neo-Barthian – and the spokesmen and teachers Faithlife hired are all theological liberals or Neo-Barthians as well. To my knowledge, there are NO Fundamentalists working for the greatest Bible software company in the world. I’ve written about Neo-Barthianism, which is essentially the modern rush to follow the writings of a man named Karl Barth, who was a theological liberal who disguised his unbelief by mentally redefining words. Francis Schaeffer was a Barthian at first, but apparently Schaeffer radically changed at the end of his life, and decried Evangelicalism and Theological Liberalism at the end of his life. I lack the time to go over it again, but STAY AWAY from the writings of Karl Barth.
  6. Charismatic/Pentecostalism. Here’s the hugest Trojan Horse out there. Pentecostalism is the results of several untaught men who made huge theological errors – and of the group, all of them were trying to keep up with Frank Sandford, a man who was so deluded he very possibly had a nervous breakdown early in his ministry, and thought he was somehow Elijah the Prophet, King David, and one of the Two Witnesses who was to die in Jerusalem. The poor terrified man thought each time he sailed to Jerusalem he was about to die. He was the first to push Pentecostalism, and it was quickly taken up by Charles Parham (one of Sandford’s Students) and John Dowie (one of Sandford’s rivals, who also thought he was one of the two witnesses to die in Jerusalem – and also thought he was Elijah). This is the roots of Pentecostalism, and it is not creeping into every church today – it IS in every church today! No kidding, in the Southern Baptist church I preached at for a while, I was offered Dodie Osteen’s book and also a book by Joyce Meyers. The Southern Baptist church adopted ten years ago a statement they would no longer oppose “a private prayer language”. The Freewill Baptists are struggling with it right now, and losing that battle as well. If you stop struggling against Pentecostalism and embrace it, sooner or later you embrace Kenneth Copeland and the Charismatic word faith heresy. It’s inevitable. You say your church takes a firm stand against speaking in tongues? You’re already losing the battle against this stuff if you adopt any of the Vacation Bible School stuff sold by Lifeway. I literally heard code words for Word Faith disguised in the song lyrics, and nobody was checking this stuff. You are against it, but thanks to the VBS materials, your kids are already indoctrinated, and your church has lost the battle.

When the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8b, KJV)