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

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Church Planting – The Coming Exodus


Today’s going to seem a little odd, as I am going to talk about something that’s really mentioned only once in Scripture.

Doctrinal rules say we do not use a ἅπαξ Hapax (Greek for once) to derive doctrine from. And I’ll even explain further and say that this verse already has a fulfillment.

But I’m going to join together two seemingly unrelated verses and explain them, and say this is going to happen VERY soon.

1 These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. 2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. 3 And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me. John 16:1-3 (KJV)

This has already had one fulfillment. Once Gentiles outnumbered Jews in one branch of Judaism, the Rabbis boldly declared it to no longer be part of Judaism. Meekly, the followers of that brand of Judaism obeyed, and began calling it a separate religion.

Christianity. In reality, they left US by rejecting their messiah. And we somehow got this idea that Judaism was only for Jews, and that it was the teachings of the Rabbis. Well, I could write entire articles on that. Most Fundamentalists read the Bible and see the connection that the faith of Abraham and Moses found its ultimate fulfillment in Jesus Christ.

1 Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; 2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: 3 And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. 4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. 5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. Revelation 2:1-5 (KJV)

I think we all agree that Revelation 2:5 and John 16:2 are talking about two completely different things. But I’m going to share one of my pet beliefs (not a docrine – we get our doctrines from the Bible).

I think that the apostate churches will begin throwing Fundamentalists out. I think the Fundamentalists will declare “Ichabod” first (you should know the meaning of that!!! – “The Glory is Departed, Gone”) and begin leaving churches left and right. Shortly after that, the Purpose Driven churches will begin casting Christians out, because we’re ruining their good time by speaking about sin, damnation, hell, and… that’s really negative!

I think its coming, and very soon in the United States. To my readers in AFrica, we’ve got a problem in the United States that the churches are so wealthy and corrupt, that they don’t even like to preach the Bible! It makes their “good time” attitude seem, well, unBiblical. Which it is.

The biggest, most important decision a Christian can make is what church to attend. If you’re in one, and considering leaving, you need to be on your faces in prayer before you make a move. If you can’t point to doctrinal decisions for wanting to leave, then the answer is “No”. Stay. Do not leave.

But if youhave noticed you’re not being taught, if you’ve noticed their presenting unBiblical teachnigs, you need to be praying.

And I think the Lord will, knowing Christians and comfort zones, will indeed make those churches throw you out. No sense in a church of the unSaved being brightened by the presence of saved Christians – it might convict them, lead them to repentence, and get them saved!

There are three things and probably a fourth that the experts are saying will lead to the one-world church that puts the Antichrist in power…

  1. The Purpose Driven Church & the Ecumenism that propelled it
  2. Charismaticism
  3. CCM
  4. Modern bible Translations

One thing that doesn’t work is a King James only in the midst of people preaching and teaching from modern translations. You hear them making proper conclusions and doctrines base on that text using Biblical Hermeneutics principles – and they’re doing it right! – and the doctrines they’re coming up with are heretical. Well, right. You can’t derive good doctrine from a bad translation.

The experts are saying that CCM unites churches. And there’s MANY quotes from those musicians about trying to build bridges. Well, I can tell you from living in an area with bridges, that bridges go from one place to another. They connect things. By building bridges, they mean to Rome. And it wasn’t too long ago that Rome was burning, hanging and drowning Christians. They’d be still doing it, but they’ve lost political influence. In some countries they are starting to make that threatening posture again, such as Central and South America.

Charismaticism teaches that the sign of the sealing of the Holy Spirit is speaking in glossolalia. They call it tongues, but what they call tongues is not Biblical tongues. And the biggest issue for Charismatics is that Mormons and Roman Catholics are now both pseaking in tongues – so that must mean they’re Christians!!!

And trust me, I know this from experience, that Charismatics when you push them to look in the Bible and defend their faith, stop, drag their heels, and refuse to do it. That was proved to me again recently. They WILL NOT go to the Bible to defend their doctrine!

The issue is, if they speak in glossolalia, and listen to CCM of their personal taste, they must be Christian. That’s not even remotely how the Bible defines it.

As far as the Purpose Driven Church movement, Rick Warren has openly accepted the Pope, only declared his intentions is to bring the “church” back to Rome – and people still sing his praises.

Well, not the readers of this blog. They’re pretty unanimous that Rick Warren is a heretic. Well, his poison is infecting almost every church, like an open sore. Like some kind of communicable disease.

And Rick Warren openly teaches that one of the first things a purpose driven church must do is get rid of the Fundamentalists in the church. “You may have to get rid of some people… they may be pillars of the church, and what does a pillar do? They hold things up…. and every church has a few people that they wouldn’t mind getting rid of.”

That’s a scary quote. Scary.

So when those “fundies” don’t leave – sooner or later, they’ll throw us out.

This church planting series is hopefully timely, so that those of you God is calling, will be ready and inplace with your church plant. You’ll be hopefully squatting behind home plate, saying “hey batta batta batta!!!!” (okay, that’s a baseball thing. I remember that from when I was a kid and they made me play sports in school, which I objected to on religious grounds that I was Jewish…)

Anyway, get ready to receive. Be ready to heal and nurture, because leaving a church is traumatic. It hurts. You’ll need to be ready to heal that pain.

If you think that the Lord may be calling you to church plant and you haven’t started praying about it yet, you’re about 30 days late, because the Lord’s been dropping hints all at once to a lot of people. Get on it today. Start praying. And just in case the answer’s yes, you needed to be working on all the paperwork already.

You’re late. Get busy.

Pastor Chides Christians Who Read Filthy Gossip on Internet and Believe It


Pastor Chides Christians Who Read Filthy Gossip on Internet and Believe It

“Anybody can write on the Internet. And the people who write on the Internet are people who would not have a platform, unless they put my name, or Bill Hybels’ name, or T.D. Jakes’ name in it.”

Well, you know, I’m doing a whole lot more than just writing articles about T. D. Jakes.

The Bible commands me to … 17  Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. 18  For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. 19  For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil. Romans 16:17-19 (KJV)

So, the Bible commands me to mark those who teach false doctrine, who “…cause divisions and offences contrary to doctrine.”

Matter of fact, I’ve listed verse upon verse repeatedly where the Bible tells me to do this. You can be  “Fired up about this” all you want.

Number one… it’s not gossip to warn about a false teacher. If I take an exception to the teachings of a heretic, hey, i’m in good company. This is another case of the “judge not” heresy that today’s Christianity is wallowing in.

Number two… it’s not gossip to quote a false teacher, and give the sources to where they said it. I even have audio files of some of these sayings. There are fellow apologists who don’t use a blog, but use Youtube, and actually give the exact filmclips of the people saying these things.

That’s not gossip, my friend.

You prefaced your comments by saying that Christians believe everything they read on the internet, and that I would have no platform without invoking Rick Warren’s name or your name. I’ve… never heard of you before today, so I have absolutely nobody reading anything about you.

Matter of fact, nobody out there on the internet is saying, “Philip Dean??? Who’s he? Oh, wait, he’s writing about Rick Warren, so I better go read him!!!”

About three quarters of my writings is apologetics work, and not even dealing with Rick Warren, T. D. Jakes, etc.

When T. D Jakes tells his listeners that Jesus became the sin of a pedophile, do you agree with him doctrinally on that? Do you believe when TD Jakes tells his listeners Jesus Christ became so evil God could not look on him? I heard that on a telecast with my own ears. Jesus Christ could not stop being God, or He was never God to begin with. God cannot be evil. Jesus Christ is God, second person of the Trinity, so therefore, the Bible is saying He became the penalty of sin, in the manner of shadows and types (remember that six month course in Seminary on Shadows, types, antitypes?) He made these statements on his tv broadcast “The Darkest Day”. I would give exact quotes, but alas… I cannot find the text of that broadcast.

Now, if I put the quote up there so people could read it… how does it make it gossip?

And you make a statement Christians believe everything they read on the internet… let me tell you, most of my readers probably only accept about 60% of what I say. And hopefully, you all are checking my words against the Bible.

I… whenever possible… give the exact quote and the source, so someone can actually look up what the person said, to confirm it.

Should someone believe it if they read the quote??? And if they can look up the source of it?

It’s not gossip then… it’s a quote.

Paul and John rebuked false teachers by name in the New Testament. I do it too, because that’s the biblical example.

Because your famous, does that make you untouchable? Your entire premise worries me.

Collision with Disobedience


I know I sound like a broken record – but we’re really in big trouble.

Driving by a Purpose Driven Church that’s on my way home, I see the lavish sign, “Beautiful Collision.”

What is it?  A pre-made program a church can buy, complete with roadside banners, suggested preaching plans (with outlines and suggested sermon illustrations as well).  The Pastor’s work is almost entirely done. The church can then be entertained, enlightened, and made to feel satisfied and happy.

The problem with this is – and again, i’m probably boring all of you, but PLEASE bear with me on this…

  • What doctrine is taught?
  • What sin is rebuked?
  • What Scriptures did this “Beautiful collision” come from?

Essentially, if you are writing a sermon series, and then trying to find the verses to hang them on… you are not preaching a text, you are preaching a PRE-text.

Sermons are to be about the teaching of doctrine, the reproval of sin, and the glorification of God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost.

Today’s Christianity is not about the reproval of sin, it is about being happy. “Don’t worry, be happy” went from being a novelty song of the ’80’s to indeed, becoming the new Bible for Christians. “My ears must be tickled!” Demands today’s churchgoers.

3  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4  And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. 2 Timothy 4:3-4 (KJV)

Everyone is now after happiness, self esteem and prosperity teaching. Nobody is reproved of sin, because, “Why, that would be negative!”

How then can you read the Bible? I have to preach the Bible! If you do not read your Bible, you will not know that what is being preached in today’s pulpits is NOT CHRISTIANITY!!! It is apostasy, heresy.

29  For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: 30  They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. 31  Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. 32  For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them. Proverbs 1:29-32 (KJV)

If I do not reprove sin, I am in violation of the Bible.

16  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17  That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (KJV)

We are supposed to:

  • teach doctrine
  • reprove sin
  • correct error
  • and instruct in righteousness.

I don’t care about “How WONDERFUL it is we meet all kinds of people in today’s life!”

Yeah, and literally 95% of the people you meet will not enter the kingdom of Heaven! How beautiful is THAT??? the sad answer is, not very.

So, okay, enough of my ranting. Let’s get back to the series on “How to study the Bible.”

Because I’m not sure how you can preach some kind of ear tickling sermon, completely neglect the responsibility laid upon you as a preacher of the Gospel, and still claim to study your Bible?

Certainly not if you’re buying your sermon series from LIfeway.

What Ecumenism is


Recently I did an article on  “Why are we still listening to Rick Warren?” I made mention of his desire to create a one world church.

Yesterday I described how the Antichrist will ride the one-world church into power – it will be a forum he will be able to take advantage of to help consolidate power – before he eventually destroys that apostate church.

I’m not really seeing how we can separate a desire to create a one-world church and the one the Antichrist uses. From where I’m sitting, you have a very wealthy and influential pastor bent on creating the one-world church that will put the Antichrist in power.

“I see absolutely zero reason in separating my fellowship from anybody” – Rick Warren

3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed? Amos 3:3 (KJV)

Rick Warren sees no harm in joining with everybody. Look, even the most evangelical and ecumenical Christian out there, completely blind to discernment and seeing the world through candy twizzler glasses, can tell you that not everybody is right.

Zero reason for separating my fellowship? How about the Bible? Isn’t that our rule of faith and practice?

But the problem remains is that Warren is a Bible agnostic.

The Bible is God’s word to all men. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error. — Saddleback Church Statement of Faith

um… the Bible was written DOWN by human WRITERS… but the Bible did not have human authors, but God as the Author.

Rick Warren cannot point to any Bible as God’s perfect, inerrant, preserved, inspired word of God. He quotes from the Message as well as the Living Bible as Roman Catholic translations. But if you attempt to pin him down on the Bible, he really can’t tell you which one is God’s word. Indeed, Warren’s approach to the Bible is to decide the meaning of a text, and search for a scripture in various translations that support his interpretation of it.

This is the man guiding you back to Rome. He triumphantly celebrates the choosing of new popes, conveniently forgetting that the Roman Catholic church used to burn or drown Baptists.

“I am talking about the fact that about a hundred years ago, Christianity split into two wings…”Rick Warren

Still trying to figure out what happened around 1815 or so that rick Warren is referencing. If he’s referring to the Reformation and Martin Luther… I have to worry a little.

“Most readers will be surprised to learn that the largest international network is…the Christian Church. The Church, in all its expressions—Catholic, Evangelical, Pentecostal, Protestant and many others—has 2.3 billion followers.” Rick Warren

Rick Warren wants to return you to Rome. He’s enthusiastic about doing it. He’s excited to do it.

Separate from him. Reject his teachings. Throw away his DVD’s, get rid of his books.

Read your Bible and ask yourself if you agree with everything that the Roman church teaches? Do you believe in Mary, Queen of Heaven? Do you believe the wafer becomes the literal flesh of Jesus Christ? Do you believe in salvation by works?

6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. Galatians 1:6-9 (KJV)

17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. 18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. Romans 16:17-18 (KJV)

6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. 7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them. 8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: 9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) 10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. Ephesians 5:6-11 (KJV)

3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; 4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, 5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. 1 Timothy 6:3-5 (KJV)

Rick Warren – why do people still follow him?


I’ve written about Rick Warren before.

He calls for unity in the “church”. If he means unity among churches, I agree. That would be wonderful.

But the Bible forbids me, a Bible believing Christian, from associating with someone who teaches error.

17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. 18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. Romans 16:17-18 (KJV)

If someone is teaching doctrine that is contrary to the Bible, such as Baptismal Regeneration, or Infant Baptism (which… is essentially Baptismal Regeneration)… I must mark and avoid them. That’s what the Bible teaches.

8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. Galatians 1:8-9 (KJV)

If anyone teaches Salvation by works… I cannot associate with them. It is a false Gospel.

So, for the REST of the churches out there, Unity among them would be a wonderful thing. I agree.

But Warren includes people who teach salvation by baptism, and those who teach you must do works to be saved, and those who teach universalism, and those who do not believe you must be born again (but rather that anyone who just starts attending a church no matter what you believe) and those who think that God was once a man and that as God now is, they may become…

Warren includes everybody. Why?

The Bible says that all religions will be united together in Brotherhood. They will all be of one mind, one heart, one soul. Bound together in brotherhood under one man.

The Antichrist.

Warren’s trying desperately to build that one-world “Church”.

It’s elementary that when you’re a “Bridge builder”, those bridges go somewhere.

1 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: 2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. 3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. 4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: 5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. 6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration. 7 And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns. 8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. 9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. Revelation 17:1-9 (KJV)

That’s the one-world “Church” that Rick Warren is trying to build. It’s headquartered on a city of seven hills. Do a quick search, and tell me if you can spot what city on this earth is made of Seven Hills and has a religious system based in it? Whose priests wear scarlet and red? Who lift up a golden cup as part of their worship service?

There was a priest known as Father Richard Bennett who realized that one day, while he stood in that city, and it drove him after several sleepless nights to renounce that “church” and open his Bible, reading it for himself, and got saved. You can read his story here.

Why do we follow a man, buy his books, read his blogs and “tweets”, who so openly is trying to build the Antichrist’s false religion?

Why has the Southern Baptist Convention never rebuked him?

If you own any books by this man, you need to store them in your trash can.

Really Really Creepy


Apparently, back in the 1960’s, there was a book called “666”. this book was a novel written to depict what the tribulation would be like.

MY friend, who is reading it, was reading part of it to me where the Antichrist (!) orders that recreation centers be built in churches. Workout rooms, basketball courts, etc.

That churches must now accept all faiths and religions as authentic, and that there is more than one way to God.

That all churches must hire Christian rock bands to perform updated music at churches, and that the churches should purchase psychedelic lights to flash in time to that music.

Tv screens in the churches.

I promptly asked him, “was the Antichrist named Rick Warren, by any chance?”

I was joking – no, Rick Warren is not the antichrist – but it’s CREEPY that this book was describing what goes on today in most churches. True, only the megachurches have the workout rooms. But all the churches have the rest.

I recall going to a pastor’s convention where the church looked amazingly like a mini-shopping mall. Pastors wandered through the four auditoriums, looking around with envy and coveting. I was looking for the men’s room. Had to decide which of the three men’s rooms I’d use.

Friends, even the Temple in Jerusalem will not be that extravagant. I mean, if you’re preaching the Gospel, and REALLY doing God’s work, then, yeah, that’s something!

But the drummer in that church had a bigger pulpit area than most American pastors do.

I’m not decrying success… but I have to ask, with these megachurches…

What kind of discipling goes on there? Can the members of that church answer simple questions on, “quote me a single verse to prove salvation by faith” (that should be a no-brainer… Eph. 2:8-9), or “once saved always saved” (John 3:16), or even “show me a verse that proves the Trinity” (1 John 5:7).

If they can… good! You’re doing your job.

If you’re caring for the needy.

If you’re preaching the Gospel.

if you’re edifying the Saints.

If you’re concerned with pleasing, worshiping and honoring the God of the Bible. (an aside note, I seem to have some mental block that keeps me from spelling “worshiping’ correctly!!!)

16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (KJV)

27 For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. Acts 20:27 (KJV)

But if your megachurch is all about entertainment, skits, loud music, light shows, and occasionally is interrupted by some guy talking in the middle about the Bible for 15 to 20 minutes (I mean, what is THAT about, dude?)… then… doesn’t it scare you that that’s exactly what was predicted to be a description of the End Times churches in a novel about the Antichrist???