Pure Cambridge Edition


Going back through entries from 5 years ago, I can see that I was using the Pure Cambridge Edition exclusively. It was made possible by the fact originally I was using E-Sword.

Now, of course, I’m using Logos. Oddly enough, although Logos doesn’t boast about it, they’re using the PCE King James as well.

It’s funny, but at this point, I’m siding with David Cloud that, yes, it really doesn’t matter if you’re using the regular Cambridge edition or the Pure Cambridge edition. Indeed, some old-time KJV purists have actually found one spot where the PCE is actually in error (a lower case s instead of an upper case in Holy spirit. It should be Holy Spirit). It’s been so long since I looked at that, I really can’t remember where. The King James has I believe only seven instances of Holy Spirit instead of Holy Ghost.

Shouldn’t be hard to find and compare.

Cloud’s attitude is, “it’s typos and capital letters.”
The important part is that you’re reading the King James. If you really want to get picky about it, make sure it’s a Cambridge Edition.

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7 Ways to Backslide


Most Christians want to stay true to the Lord, and avoid backsliding into sin. The rest really aren’t Christians, so they’re not worried about it.
But did you know Evangelicalism has you programmed to backslide? A lot of people struggle with daily disappointments and besetting sins, and try to find a way to avoid sliding back. Let’s look at what Evangelicalism is doing to keep you in sin, and ineffective for the Lord right now.

  1. Devotionals, instead of the Bible. Single biggest thing, right there. Our Daily Bread starts with ONE Bible verse, a pithy story that usually isn’t well connected to the Bible verse at all, a call to inaction, and a sample prayer to pray. Throw the things away, and never read them again. This hits you on so many levels I could write an entire blog post on this alone! Not to mention that someone else is interpreting the Bible verse for you, and you have no idea who they are, their theological standing, etc.
  2. Refusal to separate from error. No kidding. This is another big one. I’ve heard Evangelicals praise the writings of modernists who denied the deity of Christ and the virgin birth, and are suffering right now in eternal torment. I’ve read so many times the “In Essentials, unity, in all else, tolerance” nonsense too many times. If you study and devour the writings of non-Christians, it will not help you to maintain a holy, sin free lifestyle. If you’re spending a lot of time reading C. S. Lewis, how will that help you to live a Godly life? He thought salvation was by works, and believed in Universalism. C. S. Lewis had problems with the idea of Hell (I wonder if he still does? If he;s in heaven, then no. If he’s in Hell, then… no). People who teach error – and I could spend a full time job exposing them – lead you into error. That’s a bottom line statement. My purchase of Logos came with so many modernistic materials I had to issue warnings about soe of them on this blog.
  3. Lack of prayer. Prayer is not just asking God for whatever you want… prayer is about praising God, speaking to God, giving glory to God,and asking for intercession, healing, etc. Tim Laheye used the ACTS acronym – adoration, confession, thanks, supplication. Try that, If you spend one minute a day on each, you’ve only prayed four minutes, but it’s four minutes more than you’ve been praying!
  4. Lack of Fasting. There are times that Christians need to fast. That’s obvious from the Bible. When you’re seeking God’s will for your life, BINGO – fast time. All Americans could use a fast. Biblically, a fast includes no water as well as no food. You have to start slow, and build your way up. By the way, unless God is strengthening you, it is impossible to fast 40 days with no water. Day number 4, someone is calling an ambulance to take away your cold, cold remains. For most people, I would not recommend a fast with no liquids.
  5. Lack of church. If you’re not attending a Bible believing Narrow is the Way Fundamentalist King James only fried chicken eatin’ Baptist Church, you’re backsliding already. It takes like-minded believers to keep you strong.
  6. Television. Yup, I know them’s fightin’ words. And you only watch Godly programming, but there’s TV commercials. And I’ve seen Godly TV programs throw something in there that never should be shown on a Christian’s TV. I remember dialogue on “Seventh Heaven” that really should never have been said EVER on a Christian TV show (that should bring you to some conclusions…). Better to not have a TV.
  7. Foul Language. Taking the Lord’s Name in vain and cursing are two of the quickest ways to backslide. Evil communication corrupts good manners!
How do you fix this?

Do the opposite of these seven errors! Throw away your daily Bread. Separate from error and false teachers! Pray daily, the more the better! Fast when the Lord leads you to, be faithful in church attendance. Abstain from Television, and be exceedingly careful what videos you watch, and finally avoid taking the Lord’s name in vain and cursing! This includes watching movies where people DO curse!

5 Misconceptions About fundamentalism pt. 2


Yesterday, we examined two common misconceptions or misrepresentations that are made about Fundamentalists. Let’s look at a few more!

3. Redneck. This is a common misconception or misrepresentation. I think I’ve made it clear I hail from New England, and that’s about as Yankee as you get! In reality, if you represent conservatives and Christians as “rednecks”, you’re a bigot. Many Fundamentalist churches can be found north of the border. Let’s not forget that Frank Norris pastored a church in Michigan. And even if you do hail from North Carolina, so what? Being born and raised in a state south of the mason-dixon line does not mean you are any less intelligent, so this is merely an attempt to misrepresentation through bigotry.
4. Unintelligent. There’s an unspoken competition among theological liberals, it’s the same one that Agnostics love to play (most atheists, on the other hand, don’t worry about this). The game is IQ Score as Sport, as if somehow you won a game by having a high IQ. I truly irritated a group of agnostics once, and merrily amused the watching Atheists when one of them implied I was stupid, and my response was, “My IQ is 174.” Game, set and match. Really, it doesn’t matter how smart you are. A High IQ often serves as a barrier to the Gospel because you’re so SURE you’re smarter than God. Probably why one of the books of the Bible the Lord led me to when I was trying to find out if God existed was Job. The series of questions God asked Job served to take my intellectual snobbiness down about fifty notches. If you can understand that A). You’re a sinner B). God despises sin C). You have condemned yourself to an eternity in Hell because of your sins D). You cannot redeem yourself from Hell by your own efforts E). Jesus Christ paid the price for you, so that you don’t HAVE to suffer forever and F). The forgiveness of sins is yours for the taking, if you just repent and ask the Lord to save you.. If you have the brains to understand all that (and it doesn’t take much), then you’ve got enough brains to get saved. Something many opponents of Fundamentalism don’t seem to grasp!
5. Bible Worshipping. This phrase struck me as the most patently ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard of in my life. Christians are a). Saved b). Belong to Jesus Christ C). Read the Bible and believe it and D). Conform their lives to the commands of the Bible. There’s nothing in that list about worshiping the Bible! Yet Theological liberals try to excuse their unbelief in the word of God by claiming those who do believe it literally are “committing the sin of Bibliolatry”. One theological liberal on this blog made a sarcastic comment they don’t “worship the Bible like a 4th member of the Trinity.” So… you don’t believe the Bible then, I guess, is what you’re saying? Here’s how it works! Christians believe their Bible, and believe it literally. If you don’t believe it literally, re-read that sentence. It’s telling you something!

Conclusion

Ask yourself what’s the downside? There isn’t any; you have zero risk! Think about it! You have NOTHING to lose by being a Fundamentalist!
But if you stay an Evangelical, you may have to answer some upsetting questions at the Believer’s judgment!

5 Misconceptions About Fundamentalism


Yesterday, we talked about how Fundamentalism is misrepresented by Theological Modernists and Liberals. For easy identification, they’ve begun to use the title of “theological progressive” lately.
Today, let’s look at some ways Fundamentalism is misrepresented!

Judgmental

Yes, we can be. But you know what? The Bible tells us to. I knew a Charismatic growing up who was just very serious about one thing. He would tell me that if I didn’t get born again, I’d burn in Hell forever. He didn’t apologize about it. He just was very serious. And we could go on after that talking about war movies and John Wayne and related stuff after that, but he was serious about it. And he was an Evangelical, not a Fundamentalist! The truth is, the Bible commands us over and over again to identify those who have wrong beliefs, are false teachers, teach things that aren’t biblical, live in open rebellion to God, etc. The Bible COMMANDS us to to do it!

  • Psalm 1:1–2 1 Blessed is the man That walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor standeth in the way of sinners, Nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; And in his law doth he meditate day and night.
  • Proverbs 14:15 The simple believeth every word: But the prudent man looketh well to his going.
  • Acts 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
  • 2 Corinthians 6:14–18 14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
  • 2 Corinthians 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
  • 2 Corinthians 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
  • 1 Timothy 6:3–5 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 6:20–21 20 O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: 21 Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.
  • 2 Timothy 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
  • 2 Timothy 4:10 For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.
  • Titus 3:9–11 9 But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain. 10 A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject; 11 Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.
  • Hebrews 5:14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
  • James 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
  • 2 John 7–11 7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. 8 Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward. 9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. 10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: 11 for he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

Close minded

The implication about being a Fundamentalist is that you’re “Close-minded”. What does that mean? Since “Open Minded” is a synonym for “Atheist”, then “Close minded” means that you believe in God. I’ll wear that proudly! Open minded can also mean your brains fell out, and close minded means you still have them! 😉

Tune in tomorrow for more!

3 ways Evangelicals misrepresent Fundamentalists


Fundamentalism is often presented with negative connotations.And it’s deliberate, otherwise the Theological Liberals wouldn’t be able to get and keep lucrative jobs fleecing the sheep,
Fundamentalism is portrayed with the following words: Judgmental, Pharisee, angry, harsh, unloving, strict, narrow-minded, unintelligent. Apparently, it never seemed to matter to the Theological Liberals who have successfully misrepresented Fundamentalism in this manner that all of these keywords apply just as equally to them.

Why Do Evangelicals Portray Fundamentalists so negatively?

It’s a valid question, and I’ll spend only a few sentences on this, to try to avoid the 2013 style blog posts I did with 6,500 words a day!

Reason 1: We brought it on ourselves. Frank Norris pulling a gun on another Pastor kind of gave us a black eye we still haven’t recovered from – and this happened almost a century ago! Certainly, Fundamentalists have not been the most joyful and loving bunch. I’ve written in the past that the one area that Fundamentalists end up light is the “Love One Another” area. Since Christ claimed this was the second greatest commandment, we need to enact action plans in our daily lives to start working on this! And we’re far too quick to point out error in Christianity (by the way, this is a Biblically mandated action we are to take on false teachers and those whose doctrine is misaligned – Rom. 16:17-18) – but very often we don’t bother trying to post articles explaining how to get your doctrine right! In case you missed it in David Cloud’s articles, he usually does post HOW to fix erroneous theology and doctrines shortly after pointing out error! If we all adopted this on our blogs, then we’d begin to reach people, and show people the errors in their beliefs without driving them away – maybe.
Reason 2: If Theological Liberals don’t misrepresent Fundamentalists, EVERYONE would be one, and they’d be out of a job! No kidding, I’m placing this as the first real reason of why they do it. And I can prove my point. A brief, one on one talk with any Christian can convince them to escape Evangelicalism and become Fundamentalist. I could sit down with you at McDonald’s and by the time we’re done with lunch, I can talk you into being a Fundamentalist. HALF of my talk is usually correcting these misrepresentations that Liberals give. Once I correct those, and give a 60 second explanation that a fundamentalist is a Christian who believes the Bible literally and tries to conform their life to it, the person I’m talking to is both done with their french fries and committed to being a Fundamentalist themselves!
Theological liberals do not believe the Bible, because they are not saved. You can’t be saved and believe the things they believe. But if they convince you that Fundamentalism is bad, that leaves compromising Evangelicalism with its “Don’t Judge Heresy” platform, and now they can maintain lucrative teaching positions that allow them speaking fees, tenure, sabbaticals and plush perks. It’s been a long-standing joke among Christians that upon graduating Seminary, your first witnessing assignment is to get your professor saved! They have EVERYTHING to lose by allowing you to stand firm for the word of God!

Reason 3: Money. There’s a lot of money to be made from Christians – this is why there’s so MANY televangelists – but also theologians! Think about it – you hit a difficult passage in the Bible, and what do you do? You… buy a book! There’s books on Christian families, marriages, Bible reading (avoid most of these, please!), Angels, heavenly encounters with Jesus Christ (these never happened, and you should throw the books away if you bought them), trips into Hell by Christians (again, same thing), Christian poetry primers, etc. Every time you buy a book, a Christian book publishing company makes money, and a Theological Liberal just got paid by Christians for denying Christ! Now, here’s something they can try writing a book about: 50 Reasons the Bible is without error. If you’re a Christian author and can’t write a book like that – you’re not saved! And I guarantee Christians would line up to buy those books at the book store! (hmmm… rubs chin, thinking…) This is why David Cloud teaches that the most dangerous place for a Christian is often Christian book stores!
Reason 4: If Theological Liberals mock and belittle Fundamentalists, it helps them sleep at night. No kidding, they make their living in a Bible they don’t believe. And the Bible has only one message for an unsaved person: If you don’t get saved, you will burn in Hell forever. They refuse to get saved, so this haunts them. If they belittle Fundamentalists, then it helps them to get past this terrible fear, which can be crippling once you know the truth. You can squash it down most of the time, but it rears its head constantly. This is a prime mechanism to deal with this fear, to mock those who’ve obeyed the call and gotten saved.

What should you do about it?

Chances are, you already have by coming here… The only way to deal with these people is stop reading them, stop listening to them. If a Teacher, no matter how famous and beloved a Christian teacher they may be, belittles, mocks or misrepresents a viewpoint of believing the Bible literally, then throw away their books, delete their MP3’s, and have nothing to do with them!

You know you’re reading too much David Cloud when…


Your shopping lists have 200 pages.

When a note on “pick up dry cleaning” has a warning against 1 Hour Martinizing.

And when your blog posts are as long as mine!

I’m seriously trying to shorten them, I promise!

3 Big Warnings about Many IFB churches


As an IFB, i’m of course urging you to find an Independent Fundamental Baptist church to join. There’s two common problems with them, and I’ll examine each in turn.

Hyles. There’s still a lot of IFB churches who blindly follow the teachings of Jack Hyles. It’s not TOO bad, but there’s problems with Hyles. Jack Hyles tended to preach sermons with little Biblical insight or content. A common saying of his was, “Just close your Bibles and listen to me.” That should have told everyone in the church to get up, walk out, and never return. Preach from your Bible, and not your vain imaginings! I know I could preach some total heresy if I relied upon my own imagination… so Hyles is no exception.

A further problem with Hyles is this – he believed in Quick Prayerism. He had a congregation of several hundred, but claimed to save over a quarter million souls. If you saved a quarter million, then your church attendance should be about… 250,000 people. If you have 800 there, you’ve saved… 800. Still a sizable number, but Hyles followers preach AGAINST repentance, despite clear references to it in the Bible. Any attempt to soft-sell the Bible leads to eventual apostasy.

Ruckman. A lot of other IFB churches are Ruckmanite. Peter Ruckman had a lot of problems, and like Hyles, preached a lot of things that had no source in the Bible. I don’t need to say too much about this, other than to say, seriously consider avoiding Ruckmanite churches. You’ll find pastors who hold Ruckman allegiance tend to be overly controlling. i accidentally attended one for a few months, and literally heard preached from the pulpit that the 144,000 were virgin born. Um… where did you get that from?

In view of his recent decease, I’ll avoid going into detail on his heresies right now. The members of his church are still going through a lot of suffering over his death.

Gail Riplinger. Usually, Ruckmanite churches and Riplinger go hand in hand. While she’s written many good things in her books I’m sure (just like I’ve heard good teachings from Hyles and Ruckman). However, Riplinger apparently believes her writings are Scripture, and many of the conclusions she reaches are the worst research and botch job journalism I’ve EVER seen! “avoid Strongs’, because Strong was a methodist and…” Yes, there’s a couple of errors in Strong’s concordance. He does allow his Methodism once or twice to corrupt the definition of a word. however, that’s no reason to AVOID his concordance! Be warned… and keep plugging!

I do encourage joining an IFB church, but these three stumbling blocks actually account for a vast majority of Bible Believing Baptist churches from what I’ve seen!

Be wise.