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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Issues with the Faithlife Company


I’m going to take the time to discuss my wife’s conclusion about Logos, that it is not a Christian company. I do have to agree with her. It’s a business. The prices they charge, and the tactics they use to force people to constantly give them money may be sound business practice, but it’s not Christian principles. Christian principles is that the laborer is worthy of his hire, and to pay your people fairly, and charge an honest price for your software. Bibleworks was an honest contender until I found out that they really didn’t give you much in the way of Bible dictionaries, grammars, etc. At least with that software, you pay one price… and you get everything.

But let’s not forget Logos was started by a Christian employee of Microsoft, who went on his own. He turned it into a major software business, eventually creating the greatest Bible software package.

And then recently, he began offering packages for cults and unSaved people, as if lending legitimacy to them. You can buy Verbum, for Roman Catholics. He must have hired some Roman Catholics for the Content teams, because now you get Roman Catholic materials in almost every base package of Logos. What, pray tell, am I going to do with the Roman Catholic lectionary, or the Confessions of “St.” Augustine? The Standard Silver package has a devotional to Mary!!! Are they offering Baptist materials in Verbum, I wonder? Hmmm… let’s see… no.

So, sadly, Logos will probably after the Rapture be instrumental in building a one world religion. I’m not saying that Christians do not work at Logos. I am not saying that there’s something wrong with the software, or the materials they offer (except the RCC stuff). But if you’ve learned to spot agendas (something I taught my readers to do two years ago) – these facts should be setting off alarm bells.

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


http://www.sermonaudio.com/new_details.asp?ID=46571

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?

Time to Leave the SBC


 

If you too are still attending a SBC church, or one closely affiliated, it’s time. The convention is really making it clear that Fundamentalists are no longer welcome in the SBC.

It’s time to write your letter of resignation to your SBC church and go Independent Baptist. And if there’s no non-Ruckmanite, non-Hyles, non-Brider Independent Fundamental Baptist church in your town… it’s time to start praying about getting with likeminded believers and looking for a Pastor to help you start a church.

CS Lewis and New Evangelicalism

Evangelicals and Cintemplative Mysticism

New Evanegelicalism

Steering Clear of New Evangelicalism

Baptist Music Wars

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.