How to find a Biblical Church


How to find a Biblical church.

In today’s world, finding a Biblical church sooner or later is going to become a necessity. The church you’re in right now probably has plans to turn into something that’s not a church, if they haven’t already.

The first thing you should ALWAYS do is ask to see the statement of faith. If they don’t have one on the website, be worried. A statement of faith nowadays has to be incredibly long, not a short little three paragraph thing.

  • What’s their stand on the Bible? Any Bible? The Message? Do they believe the Bible was inerrant and Inspired ONLY in the original manuscripts, or do they believe the one in your hands is inerrant and inspired?
  • What’s their stand on Salvation? I ask this becase literally, the most popular and famous Christian writer today – N. T. Wright – is preaching heresy, and so many Christians are dazzled by his writings that they’re not stopping to say “wait a minute…” Does this church believe salvation is a free gift of God and not of works, in accord with Eph. 2:8-9? Don’t assume they believe a Biblical message of salvation. If their altar call doesn’t mention Repentance… worry about it.
  • Do they baptize by immersion? If they teach baptism is not for today, avoid that church. I mentioned Jason Cooley a couple of times on this blog until I realized that was his stance, and now I reccommend people avoid him. If they offer you a choice, or baptize infants, leave that church.
  • Does it feel like a house of God, or a rock concert? I strongly feel that churches should play doctrinally strong hymns and not rock music for the service. While there are strong arguments for and against Christian contemprary music, there’s one thing you cannot deny – once a church makes a move for including modern music in its service, the doctrinal positions soon change. That’s not even a 70% type of statistic from what I’ve seen, that’s a 100% statistic. That alnoe should make you nervous. find me one church with a drummer, a bass player, and guitar solos that preaches the wrath of God against sinners and a literal eternity in burning fire and torment for anyone who is not born again. You can’t play half the service of universalist man-centered music and then preach a God centered message – it won’t last that way for long.
  • Do they preach a literal eternity in a fiery Hell for any who are not saved?
  • Do they accept EVERYONE who names the name of Christ as saved, despite evidence to the contrary?
  • Are the Deacons saved? Big question.
  • Are the walls painted black in the sanctuary? Really. I’m not kidding. There are several churches in my town whose walls are painted black, so that the light show works better.
  • Do they preach the whole word of God?
  • Do they make their doctrines based upon emotions, feelings, and what’s pleasing to the flesh – or do they base their doctrinal stand upon the Bible? THat’s a strong question nowadays. Believe it or not, David Cloud’s latest book makes the charge that Southern Baptists respond institutionally more by emotions than the word of God – and I can’t refute that.
  • Do they join hands with those who take unBiblical doctrines, or do they advocate Biblical separation from those in error?
  • Do they preach a Biblical pre-tribulation rapture, or do they assume somehow that there won’t be a rapture, or that “The Church” must go through part of or all of the Rapture? This is a big issue. Like the contemporary music issue, it’s the tip of the iceberg that something is wrong.

Okay, now let’s examine the other side of the issue.

  • Does the congregation look like they’re afraid to raise their eyes to look at the pastor?
  • If you try talking to someone before the service, do they cast a fearful eye at the pastor first before answering you?
  • Do the congregation member’s eyes pass by you as if you don’t exist? I learned in seminary that “As the congregation is, so is the Pastor first.” If the congregation ignores you, so wil the pastor.
  • Do they kick the homeless and needy out of the church – or does the Deacon pull them aside and give them money so they can get some real food? Big issue for me. I saw the Deacon in my old church pull a homeless man who was begging during the service out of the sancutary – and then empty his wallet into the man’s hands. That deacon remains my hero, dsepite my leaving that church. By the way, that Deacon was a military retiree, on a fixed income.
  • Is there a constant theme of, “you’re not getting this kind of Biblical truth anywhere else!”
  • Does the church have pictures of Jack Hyles or Peter Ruckman prominantly displayed?

As we get farther and farther into the age of apostasy, it’s getting harder and harder to look for a Biblical church. So many churches are starting to remove denominational names from their church name (Baptist is not a denomination, but you know what I mean). And some are even removing the word “Church” from the name.

If they’re taking the word Church from the name… it’s a hint.

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)

Apostasy Pt. 3


Hopefully, I’ve scared everyone yesterday. I’m sure I lost a couple of readers. UPDATE: To my immense surprise and gratification, I lost only two. My faith in my fellow Christians is restored. Praise God!

This brings us to Separationism. It’s one of the least taught doctrines in Christianity, yet it’s mentioned in almost every book of the Bible.

Without meaning to allegorize, what did the Lord tell my ancestors when they killed off the Hivites the Jebusites, the Canaanites and the other nations living in the land of Israel?

28 Observe and hear all these words which I command thee, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee for ever, when thou doest that which is good and right in the sight of the LORD thy God. 29 When the LORD thy God shall cut off the nations from before thee, whither thou goest to possess them, and thou succeedest them, and dwellest in their land; 30 Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise. 31 Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the LORD, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods. 32 What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it. Deuteronomy 12:28-32 (KJV)

This teaching would be repeated over and over again. DO NOT DO AS THEY DID. Separate from them. Touch not the accursed thing.

As a matter of fact, it was to be taken so seriously, that if anyone living in Israel did it, the rest of Israel was to kill him immediately, lest it corrupt them.

They did not, and it did. Hence the book of Jeremiah. Hence the captivity in Babylon.

If you study your Bible, the thing that should be jumping out at you is this concept – Do not do as they do. And separate from those who do.

There used to be a phrase when I was growing up, where they said “I don’t drink smoke or chew, or run with those who do.” Why? If they do it, you will too.

There was a pastor who warned “That which we tolerate, eventually we capitulate, then we emulate.”

If you accept as Christian those who light candles to idols, eventually – you will too.

If you accept as Christian those who were sprinkled as a baby, then eventually their doctrines will affect you as well.

If you accept those as Christians those who think they can become gods, then guess what? their doctrines will affect you too. It’s inevitable.

That which we tolerate, we eventually emulate.

I have in the past listed many, many verses teaching separation. Is it harsh? Yes. Is it judgmental? No. I’m doing it for my own sake. And that’s why God warned Israel not to do it. It’s why He’s warned Christianity not to do it. That which we tolerate, we eventually emulate.

Do not listen to those who teach apostasy. That includes Warrren Wiersbe. James Dobson. Billy Graham. Franklin Graham. Joel Osteen. Almost every preacher on TV.

And nowadays, we’re getting to a point where almost every pulpit is occupied by apostates.

You have to jealously guard your doctrinal stances. The Bible says to do so. “Keep your doctrine without spot.” A spot’s a little thing. A single ink spot, no matter how small, will ruin a white necktie. A single compromise, no matter how small, will compromise your Christian walk.

Here’s the question to consider – would the Apostle Paul accept the Evangelical leaders of today, or rebuke them?

I can honestly tell you, they would not have been accepted into the churches at that time. Or they would have been placed under discipline, and “delivered unto Satan” until they repented. I guarantee that. I’ve read the bible enough, STUDIED it enough to guarantee that. Today’s great Christian teachers would mostly be rejected by the apostles!

Bottom line, you CANNOT rely upon any Bible teacher to teach you the word of God. You need to read the Bible for yourself, and understand. I will teach you how to do it, but you have to do it for yourself.

Because if every Christian has to give an account for themselves, what will you say when the Lord asks you why you believed such?

Book Review Breaking the Discipleship Code Becoming a Missional Follower of Jesus by David Putman


I think I must say every year – Christianity is really starting to scare me.

I mean, terrify me.

It used to be I worried about if Christians knew their Bibles, because they were constantly saying and doing things that were the direct opposite of the Bible.

Now, reading one of the recent free books from Wordsearch, I am terrified that not only is most of Christianity Biblically ignorant, but actually anti-Christian.

I’ll say that again so that you can follow my thought.

Today’s Christianity seems to be anti-Christian.

It really scares me. I can quote chapter and verse of the Bible, and Christians – CHRISTIANS – get upset. I thought it was rare.

I’m finding out it’s common.

And I no longer suspect that most Christians will miss the Rapture. I’m convinced that most will not even NOTICE they were left behind!

This book is praised for being “Missional living” and a “missional mindset”. I was excited. It sounded great. I told myself I wouldn’t tear the book to pieces. Until I began reading it. Then immediately all bets were off.

Book 1. What Is a Follower of Jesus?

Jesus did not come to form a religion

David Putman, Breaking the Discipleship Code: Becoming a Missional Follower of Jesus, (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman, 2008), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 10.

Yes, and no. Jesus Christ came to die for Jew and Gentile alike. He did not worry about religion – He was communicating truth. To say “Jesus did not come to form a religon” is true… He didn’t. Christianity is not a new religion, but an extension of Judaism, where Gentiles and Jews are called out of their respective societies, and formed together into one called out community called a Church. AFTER the rapture… AFTER it… then it will return to being the emphasis on Israel. Gentiles will still form a large portion of this group.

This part’s kind of misleading. Again, it looks like another semi-Emergent book.

Chapter 1. Live as Jesus Lived

I was attending a church conference in Mission Viejo, California, and I witnessed the ministry of a young man named Rick Warren who was in the process of breaking the missional code in his community…

David Putman, Breaking the Discipleship Code: Becoming a Missional Follower of Jesus, (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman, 2008), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 10-11.

Okay, that explains everything. Now I have to wade through the purpose driven stuff.

12I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. 13Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. 14I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back. Philippians 3:12-14(TMSG)

12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. 13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:12-14 (KJV)

I really can do without heretical Bibles like the Message! Can you, as a Pastor, REALLY read the Message and assume it’s saying the EXACT SAME THING that the Bible is saying??? Compare the two verses above – one is the Holy Bible. The other is the Message. What’s listed in the Message bears little resemblance to the Bible.

In Jesus’s time, the “yoke” was a certain teaching, what a teacher taught his disciples

David Putman, Breaking the Discipleship Code: Becoming a Missional Follower of Jesus, (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman, 2008), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 12.

No… it was not. Thanks. I now have it pinned down that you’re a Rob “no Hell” Bell supporter. It wasn’t true when he said it, and it’s just as untrue as when you say it. Can you cite that from Talmud Bavli, the Soncino edition, or from one of Adin Steinsaltz’s? Steinsaltz was a fellow Lubavitcher, so I respect his work (although my Rabbi kept making snotty comments about “where does he get off thinking he has the right to work on the Gemara by himself??”)

5Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,6who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Philippians 2:5-8 (NASB)

5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Philippians 2:5-8 (KJV)

And again, the heresy of those who read mulitple Bible versions is expressed. Hasn’t he ever noticed that what he reads is the complete opposite of what the Bible really says? Really – look at verse 6! One says that Jesus thought it robbery to be equal… the Bible says He thought it NOT robbery to be thought equal!!!

Instead of adjusting our lives to emulate His, we create a Jesus that accommodates our own choices and lifestyles. We will do nearly anything to justify our choices and our way of life.

David Putman, Breaking the Discipleship Code: Becoming a Missional Follower of Jesus, (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman, 2008), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 17.

Has it ever occurred to the author that this is exactly what he’s doing, in this whole process? This is not some hippie dude named “Jesus”. This is the Lord Jesus Christ we are talking about. God in Human Flesh, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, who will rule the world with a rod of iron in the future. He will judge all mankind. He will personally condemn BILLIONS to Hell, including a GREAT MANY who think they are Christian.

11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. Revelation 19:11 (KJV)

You really should keep that in mind – the nonjudgmental christ you follow is not the Christ of the Bible! Jesus Christ will KILL His enemies at Armageddon. Litterally, hundreds of thousands will die between His appearance at Bozrah, up North to the vally of Meggido, and then landing on the Mount of Olives. And if they’re fighting against the Christ of the Bible, then they literally are being sentenced to Hell.

We have to remember that Jesus Christ is indeed the loving forgiving, humble and meek God, Jesus of Nazareth, lowly in spirit. But He is also the Righteous Judge. And eventually He will cease to show pity or patience to this world.

The author asked if we’d recognize Jesus if He was walking on the street. It’s again, a moment of re-shaping what you think, by implying the way the Bible portrays Him as wrong. Would you recognize Him walking on the street? If you had ANY doubts about that, I put it to you that… you may not know the Lord Jesus Christ!!!

You won’t find this ideology in a lot of leadership or self-help books.

David Putman, Breaking the Discipleship Code: Becoming a Missional Follower of Jesus, (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman, 2008), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 17.

Joel Osteen, take note!

What we learn by living like Jesus is that He considered others at the center of the world, and He knew how big the world truly was.

David Putman, Breaking the Discipleship Code: Becoming a Missional Follower of Jesus, (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman, 2008), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 18.

Well….. yes, and no!

Jesus Christ is at the center of all things. The Gospel of John makes that abundantly clear!!! 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. John 1:3-4 (KJV)

He did not put others in the center of the world. Instead, He had mercy, and abundant love. I can think of NO other way to put that. None. This is the King of Kings, Lord of Lords, ruler of the earth and the universe, “Melech Ha’olam” מלכ העלם . And He saw us sinning, and trampling Him and His word underfoot, and blaspheming, and caught up in idolatry.

And He had mercy on us.

Now, is the sentiment correct that we should put all others first? Yes, a thousand times yes!!! But you’re going around your elbow to get to your thumb. And you’re trampling the cross of Christ by attempting to minimize Him.

He cares about His world: world hunger, world AIDS, and world peace.

David Putman, Breaking the Discipleship Code: Becoming a Missional Follower of Jesus, (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman, 2008), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 19.

34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. Matthew 10:34 (KJV).

There literally was a statement in this book I will not quote. I will just offer the author a rebuttal from the Bible.

10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? 11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. John 8:10-11 (KJV)

1. What religious baggage needs to be eliminated from your life?

2. If living as Jesus lived involves intentional downward mobility, what does this look like in your life?

3. What does it mean for you to live as Jesus lived?

David Putman, Breaking the Discipleship Code: Becoming a Missional Follower of Jesus, (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman, 2008), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 21.

Let’s answer these. You’ve made a Buddhist contention that we should abandon possessions so that they will not possess us. Where is this in the Bible? Chapter and verse, please!!! So question #2 is a pretext, an example of flawed thinking. And you forced that in using the typical subtle Satanic way that Rick Warren usually does.

The entire premise of your book SEEMS to be, “Jesus was a man. So, how do we live that the way he lived?”

Jesus is not just a man. He is wholly man and Wholly God. Remember this phrase from seminary? “Hypostatic union.” Go look that up. Try reading Phillipians in the King James, and you will see that the Lord thought it not robbery to be EQUAL with God, and not “not equal” as the modern Bible Babble Buffet versions all say.

Chapter 2. Love as Jesus Loved

If you live as Jesus lived without the love, you reduce what it means to be a follower of Jesus to a set of disciplines, rules, and routines. Was this not already done by a certain group called the Pharisees?

David Putman, Breaking the Discipleship Code: Becoming a Missional Follower of Jesus, (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman, 2008), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 22.

No, not at all. You again show the traditional unSaved argument that Fundamentalists are Pharisees, and that again is a fallacious argument. The Pharisees ADDED to the Word of God.

What you’re advocating is nothing new… it’s called antinoimianism – the desire to live without rules. Unfortunately, there are a LOT more rules in the New Testament than in the Old!

So, what are you saying? You want to live free? go out drinking? Do drugs? What? What is it you’re saying, and encouraging, others to do??? Like it or not… the Bible tells us things we are to do… and things we are not to do. This is not living “without love” – this is called being obedient to the word of God. So when God told us to separate from the world.. and we do that… are we living without love somehow because we want to please God? Please explain this part to me, because I’m not getting it.

Recently my daughter came home with a tattoo on her back that displayed the words of Jesus written in Greek: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.

David Putman, Breaking the Discipleship Code: Becoming a Missional Follower of Jesus, (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman, 2008), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 26.

27 Ye shall not round the corners of your heads, neither shalt thou mar the corners of thy beard. 28 Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD. Leviticus 19:27-28 (KJV)

Did he, as a Christian minister, even stop to consider that number one, she had gotten a tattoo, which is something Christians should not do… and two, by exposing it, she was being immodest? In what way was this not the violation of the Bible???

I couldn’t finish this book. You know, Christian book companies publish ONE unsigned author a year. This means some Fundamental Christian who advocated the Bible as the inerrant, inspired, preserved words of God – was rejected, so that this kind of emergent nonsense could be printed.

Am I being mean, unkind? not at all.

9 I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not. 3 John 1:9 (KJV)

The New Testament has Apostles calling men fools, apostate, anti christs, heretik, and other names.

3 Then said Paul unto him, God shall smite thee, thou whited wall: for sittest thou to judge me after the law, and commandest me to be smitten contrary to the law? Acts 23:3 (KJV)

What I am doing is simple… marking those which teach false doctrine. So that you can avoid them.

Kent Hovind


Completely off topic.

But I want to take a moment to say I only showed Kent’s apologetics seminars, the second series without all of the weird conspiracy theory stuff, the “cures” for cancer, etc. Still has the weird “Adam was a giant” stuff, but I think most people can listen to that and think, “okay, that’s a little odd…”

I don’t know what’s going on with Kent – he used to be an Independent Fundamental Baptist.

Now he’s really starting to sound like Chuck Swindoll, and it’s scaring me.

I have never advocated we follow Kent’s doctrines, because  it was obvious to me his doctrinal stands were a little off, such as saying Genesis was written by multiple men, and pyramidology, and etc.

Now i’m distancing myself even further. Kent, now that you’re out of prison and have some freedom and time, you MIGHT want to start reading this blog. Follow the calendar pages all the way back to when I first started, and get caught up to, well, daily.

In addition, you might want to get some David Cloud materials. Doctrinally, you’re really scaring me right now, by advocating easy believism, salvation without repentance,  and… the Shack??? Really??? The Shack???

Listen, people, if you’ve ever read the Bible, it really shouldn’t be too hard to read the Shack and realize it’s a very dangerous book.

When Kent is saying that’s the best representation of the Trinity (Oprah as God the Father and an Asian woman with the name of the Hindu river of death as the Holy spirit) he’s ever read…. that’s really scary. I’d say avoid Kent right now while he tries to make sense of his life, and gets his doctrine right, because right now he’s sounding more like a Methodist than a Bible Believing Baptist.

Kent, get your nose back in the King James Bible.

Phrases Christians Use I Absolutely Hate!


You know how it is… you’re in a bad mood, you stop off somewhere and step out of your car into a big puddle you didn’t see. Now you’re feet are wet. You run into the store and drop something. As you’re paying for the stuff you had to hunt for because the way they stock store shelves, the clerk says…

“have a nice day.”

Ugh.

Okay, now for the phrases Christians use that absolutely drive me absolutely off the wall. I try not to be contentious. I try not to correct everyone. But these are not just “I hate when people say this” but actually, these are genuine barometers that show how far off from the Bible you are.

We all want to be biblical. We all want to line up our lives to the word of God.

So, let’s look at these.

“Just walk around with a smile on your face and sooner or later people will ask why you’re so happy”.

ANSWER… Sooner or later, people will think you need medication. I’ve never heard of any saved Christian who has continued to bear fruit whose testimony was… “I saw someone smiling all the time.” There’s no case of anyone doing this in the Bible. There’s no instruction of this in any epistle. Instead, we have “how will they know unless someone preach?”

When we get to heaven we won’t be suprirsed whose there, we’ll be surprised we are.” ANSWER – the genesis of this was, “When we get to heaven, we’ll be suprised who made it.”

read that a couple of times. What does that mean, and where does it come from?

This phrase originated in Universalism. Universalism was crushed in debates in the 1880’s, defeated in the 1930’s, and smashed in the 1960’s – and STILL popping up its ugly head. It has learned to go in hiding, having been soundly defeated in every debate.

It has learned to keep its mouth shut, except to infect an unaware Christianity who is otherwise immune to its rhetoric except for the pervasive impact of this commonly repeated phrase. Christians who would reject an out and out heretic saying, “Why, EVERYONE will be saved” have been drastically influenced by this evil saying.

WHY would we possibly be surprised who is saved??? If you walked around heaven and asked, “how were you saved” the answer would be, “I was saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ by being born again.”

Now, are you saying that today’s plastic Christianity would be surprised that some person who simply repeated the sinners prayer, and never darkened the door of a church ever again would end up in heeaven? No, that wouldn’t surprise today’s christians at all. It would astound me – but I’m not the Judge in heaven. But no, today’s Christians would not find that amazing at all.

So…. where’s the surprise? Why, it would be a surprise to see Roman Catholics in heaven, right? or… Hindu’s, right? That’s what this phrase means. I’ve heard it before, and despise it.

Another phrase I hear a lot is, “I believe everyone that truly loves God will go to heaven.” Is that what the Bible says?

“Unless you truly, sincerely love God, ye will in no wise enter into the kingdom of God?” No, it says “Ye must be born again.”

Guess what this is? You guessed it – Universalism.

Try this… when some worldly person who thinks overall they’re a good person besides their blasphemous, lying, cheating, stealing adulterous nature tells you they’re pretty sure they’ll go to heaven, try this…

“The Bible tells us something different. It says in Isaiah, “6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. Isaiah 64:6 (KJV)”

Don’t lie to them! EXPLAIN it doesn’t matter what we do – our very sin nature enough is enough to cast ourselves into hell. You know what this is, right? Witnessing! The LORD just gave you a primo opportunity to share the Gospel, and here you are, willing to let them go into Hell forever just because you’re worried about offending them for a day! Worry rather about offending them for eternity!

You just look at everything with love, seeing the world through pure eyes. That’s great – the Bible says, “To the pure, all things are pure (Titus 1:15a). But the Bible also says,

12 There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness. Proverbs 30:12 (KJV)

Here’s the bad news – there’s a lot of this people who are going to go to Hell. The numbers are staggering. I’ve repeated them time and again. I said in a sermon once the number of people who went into Hell, going from the moment of my first seminary class to the graduation moment. It’s millions of people. It’s staggering.

Buddhists are going to go to Hell. They don’t believe in a god. Shinto practitioners are going to go to Hell. They believe in many gods. Hindus are going to Hell. They have so many gods and goddesses, that you can say, “Well, I believe they truly love God!” Okay, sure… which one? They kind of have a lot of them. None of them are the God of the bible, so, in a way, by your own mouth are they condemned! WITNESS TO THEM!!!

I mean, we’ve all heard the response from Penn Gillette, the magician to Ray Comfort – “If you really believe in a Hell, then you should be running from person to person trying to warn them!” Comfort’s answer was.. “I am!”

Are you???

Okay, let’s deal with my people. If I died, before I was born again, would I have gone to heaven? Look me in the eyes and tell me. Tell me you really believe I would have gone to heaven. I’ll tell you that you are wrong. If I had died before I’d become born again, I would have been in Hell for 8 years now, suffering in agony. And guess what? just a drop in the bucket… eight years is nothing. I’d still be there a billion years from now.

God is merciful. God is loving. God came to earth and died so I did not have to. God personally paid the price for me, so I could go into heaven.

Tell people about that, before you get to heaven and find out that all those people you misinformed are cursing your name for all eternity as they writhe in torment.

The Emergent Church Pt. 10


Wrapping up, what do we have to do?

Be aware that Brain McLaren called for Emergents to infiltrate Bible believing churches, and slowly begin to affect the churches from within, by stealing away the youth. The older people in the church will die off, the youth will take over, and soon idols will be trucked inside, with a rock band standing in the middle of them.

Musically, Contemporary Christian music is slowly insinuating Emergent beliefs into your consciousness. Nobody’s really doctrinally analyzing the words in CCM to see if it lines up with the Bible. If it sounds good, it makes its way up the charts. Let me explain music for a minute, and very few of you will undertand this. There’s seven notes in the western scale – I iim iiim IV V vim and viidim. The chord progressions usually involve I IV V in Western music, because the major chords are strong chords. They resolve. The diminishing of the 3rd in a chord makes it minor. The minor chords, depending on their voice in the scale (iim,iiim and vim) are darker. They create undertones. So, what musicians do to write a song is to use I, IV and V to make the song, and add a minor tone to it to give it richness. iim is brighter than vim, and iiim is the darkest note of all. So if you take C, F, Dm and G, it’s a rich song, and it resolves. Here’s where it gets complicated.

I wants to go to IV, which wants to go to V, which immediately makes you think of I again. Play C, F, G C and it’s done. Resolved! Contemporary Christian music is starting to have a lot of songs that go I, iiim, IV, V IV I IV. Or… C Em F G C F.

It doesn’t resolve. There’s no completing. it raises a feeling that everything’s relative. You know, that Emergent buzzword. Incidentally, when jazz began to change from Big Band jazz (based on Tchaikovsky, believe it or not) to modern Jazz in the ’50’s, Jazz began to feature a lot of movement towards IV as well. “Everything’s relative, man.” By listening to songs that do not resolve, it subtly changes you and prepares you for “Maybe there’s no absolute truth.”

Once you start thinking like that… the Emergent church has you.

How to fix this? Get a proper understanding of God. Get yourself DEEP in the word of God. I’m constantly recommending the One Year Discipleship course by David Cloud, as well as the Way of Life Encyclopedia and Things Hard to Be Understood book. You can get all three ebooks for $25, I think it is.

Make sure you’re going through those, with your Bible open. Get deep into Bible study. Don’t let me determine your doctrine, let the Bible develop your doctrine for you!

A good rule of thumb is, if the world says swim downstream, start swimming upstream, because what the world says is usually the opposite of the Bible.

Remember, Jesus Christ is not difficult to follow. He loves you and gave His life for you. Accept his atoning sacrifice for you.

There is absolute truth. You CAN know it. it’s in the Bible.

6 For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. Malachi 3:6 (KJV)