Herod and James


Very long and complicated article today.

I read recently where a “scholar” claimed they had no proof that Herod killed James the brother of John.

“Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church. And he killed James the brother of John with the sword.” (Acts 12:1–2, KJV)

Proof found!

You can sleep easy tonight.

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Christians Created the Bible? Andy Stanley continues his propaganda


Genuine Quote from Andy Stanley, who appears not to know that the Old Testament predates Christianity…

This was on Zondervan’s Twitter feed a few weeks ago. If this doesn’t convince you Andy Stanley is not a Christian, I don’t know what will.

It seems my readers for the most part agree with me about Andy Stanley.

Andy Stanley seems to have a completely skewed and antisemitic view of the Bible. He apparently does not consider the Old Testament as part of the Bible.

If you assume that only the New Testament is the Bible, and you assume it’s written by men and holds good, moral instruction, and that Jesus Christ is just a man but somehow he atoned for the sins of everyone on earth whether they believe in him or not, you could understand Andy Stanley’s position.

If, on the other hand, you believe the Bible is the inerrant, unchanging, preserved and pure words of God, written by God placing the very words in the mouths and hands of the writers of the Bible, then you understand my position – and you quickly have a problem with Andy Stanley.

If you have a problem with the Bible, you have a problem with Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ clearly saw the Bible as inerrant and inspired in every letter – He even told us that.

How can the death of Jesus Christ atone for anyone, unless He is sinless? How can the death of Jesus Christ atone for anyone if He is merely man?

The truth is, Jesus Christ is more than a man. He is God in human flesh, Immanu-El. If you question the Virgin Birth as Andy Stanley does, you deny the very divinity of Christ – and thus you cannot be saved. Stanley is very clever in how he states the truth, then backs off of it, circles around it, states it again, then denies he said it, and finally affirms a Christian belief he does not possess.

Here’s the real point – if you accept that the Old Testament is part of the Bible, you immediately deny Stanley’s contention that Christians wrote the Bible hundreds of years after the ascension of Christ.

History alone shows Stanley is completely wrong – and knowingly wrong. I’ve stated time and again that we have fragments of Matthew written in Hebrew dating to 38 AD. Conservative scholars place the writings of the New Testament books by 95 AD. Not sure where the “over 300 years” Stanley keeps talking about comes from. And considering we have a listing of the books of the New Testament Canon dating to 138 AD, I’m assuming Stanley thinks that this list is a “to be written sometime in the next couple of Centuries” list.

Andy Stanley is not saved. He is not a Christian. He is stealing a pulpit, and he is deliberately affirming beliefs in his sermons that he does not believe, and he questions your faith and tries to get you to doubt.

Fortunately, most of my readers (if not all!) recognize heresy when they hear it.

Reclaiming Christianity IV


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

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

Um… no.

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

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

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

Why Buy Swordsearcher?


Why did I buy Swordsearcher? I already own Logos. I already own Accordance. I own Quickverse. I own WordSearch.

I have Bible Analyzer, King James Pure Bible Search, E-Sword, and theWord. I had Davar on my computer until I took it off. Bible by Olive Tree, and Xiphos.

So, why did I spend $60 to buy Swordsearcher?

The issue is fairly simple. I wanted a premium Bible software written by a Fundamentalist, a Bible Believer. Brandon Staggs doesn’t write a great deal on his blog about Fundamentalism – he doesn’t even speak on King James Only-ism. The only public stand he takes on the issue is a single comment on the frequently asked questions for Swordsearcher.

But the fact remains, it’s a Fundamentalist program written for Fundamentalists by a Fundamentalist.

Logos is written by Faithlife, an exceptionally Ecumenical program written by Evangelicals. Most of the tutorials and materials they have are theological liberals who deny the sufficiency, inerrancy and inspiration of the Bible. The fact the founder of Faithlife has no qualms about offering that shows that this is probably his viewpoint as well – a New Calvinist theological liberal mindset that makes Karl Barth look like a Fundamentalist. If you’d like to fix this, a letter writing campaign to get me installed as Resident Fundamentalist would go a long way!

Accordance would be my other option for premium software, but they too have a theological liberal mindset. The materials they offer reflect this, although not as bad as over at Faithlife.

Word search is… in need of a massive overhaul, and the mindset there is Southern Baptist. Not too bad, but still they use words like “Church” when they mean “Kingdom”, and obviously consider Catholics as Christians (as does Logos and Accordance). I have a lot of time invested into Word search, but I switched to Logos a few years back from Word search and I’m not looking back.

But mostly (and some of my old readers will understand this), I did it to protect myself. If you sit in the midst of scorners, you will end up scorning too. It’s possible I could end up reading the NASB and quoting John Calvin, and wondering endlessly whatever happened to “Q”. It’s far more possible I could sprout wings and lay eggs, but still, it’s a possibility.

So I wanted a Bible program that I could use 50% of the time that would protect me, and help me to stay Fundamentalist, and stay true to the Bible.

And of course, I wanted to make sure that I had software where the text of the King James Bible remained unaltered. Recently, the ESV on all my other software was updated without my permission (and since I don’t read it, I didn’t much care). If they could do that to the ESV without my say-so, then they can alter the Bible also.

Keep this in mind when choosing your Bible program. If worst comes to worst, I’ve also got a defunct Bible program that will be getting ZERO updates – Quickverse. Once upon a time, it was the gold standard of Bible programs – and Findex ran it into the ground.

Conclusion

I would recommend to all of my readers who are looking into buying premium Bible software and $60 is a stretch to buy it, consider Swordsearcher. It’s actually a fantastic piece of Bible software, very usable and configurable. There’s just one package for $60. Add ons are all third party, and of course, David Cloud offers for $30 an add on package for Swordsearcher –  the “Way of Life Encyclopedia” and “Things Hard to Be Understood”, a work I’d love to see expanded into a 5 volume set!

The Trojan Horse of Christianity Pt. 3


In Christianity, the last refuge of Scoundrels is Bible colleges.

No kidding, I’ve written to a Christian University that had just fired most of their teachers, and offered to take one of the teaching positions. It would have meant moving to Massachusetts, but hey, I’d have done it.

No answer.

Well, you know, that’s why you’ve got the problems you do. Christian colleges shouldn’t be looking at credentials, they should be looking to see what you believe first and foremost.

THEN they should look at credentials.

Christian Universities, colleges and Seminaries should “Chop at the top”. Find everyone who refuses to sign the most detailed statement of faith whatsoever. Fire them. Don’t give them 30 days to find a new position. They quite simply have no place in Christian schools.

It should be a yes or no answer. “Do you believe the Bible is perfect, without error, inerrant, inspired, and preserved, utterly sufficient for faith and practice?”

The answer must be yes. Or you’re fired.

Now ask the question the other way. “Do you believe the Bible has errors or omissions?” If they say yes, you’re fired.

Put them on a twelve month probationary period.

If they say or write anything that questions or denies the word of God in that time, fire them.

One or two colleges have begun doing this.

This needs to be across the board.

If you’re a theological liberal making 120+K a year at a seminary, Christian college or Bible Institute, you need to lose your job today. You’ve committed fraud by lying about your beliefs. You’ve stolen a position that should be held by Bible believing Fundamentalists. Literally, you should probably be sued by the institution for recovery of your wages, because you appropriated them under false pretenses.

You can read that as “Fraud” if you’d like.

There is no “5 views of Biblical inerrancy” – there’s only two. You either believe it or you don’t.

Now start going through your student body. Begin asking them the same question. No kidding.

If they do not believe, give them the left foot of fellowship.

Christian schools are for Christians. If you’re not a Christian, then you are very, very welcome to attend elsewhere.

We encourage it.

Why?

Because any unsaved skeptic Johnny or whatever is going to spread his unsaved skepticism to the other students. Good kids from Christian homes, who are very probably some day going to finally get saved are being led astray right before it happens and turned into Atheists by theological liberal professors and wolf in sheeps’ clothing unsaved kids who’ve been turned to atheism and an actively evil outlook by their parents’ hypocrisy. Don’t be surprised that I say that – every Christian backslides at some point. Every Christian parent tries their best, but sometimes sin gets the better of you and you find yourself acting like you did before you got saved. Do that enough in front of your kids at the wrong times, and they now have labeled you a hypocrite.

That’s why you should be saying to your kids at a much earlier age, “Mommy and Daddy are saved – we’re children of God. But we all struggle with sin, and sometimes Mommy and Daddy do things we don’t mean to do, and don’t want to do.” Explain that two or three times to your kids, and they’ll understand that as they grow older.

This ends our series on the Trojan Horses of Christianity. For now.

But it doesn’t end our fight.

I can think of some Christian bloggers who should be being approached by Christian colleges about teaching there. Good grasp of Biblical doctrine, an urge to fight, and the ability to communicate.

Who would you rather have teaching your kids, Mr. “I translate clay tablets from Babylon but I don’t believe the Bible literally”? Or Mr. “I write a Christian blog, read through the Bible 22 times so far and believe the Bible literally?”

I can tell you who it should be.

Mr. Clay Tablets can move on to some secular college.

The Trojan Horse of Christianity Pt. 2


The second issue of the Trojan Horse of Christianity is Scholars.

We bow to scholars who are not saved.

My edition of Logos (Logos Bronze) came with writings by Kirsopp Lake, who is a theological liberal.

Let’s deal with this. I asked my readers to tackle a post on Faithlife TV (the video reports produced by Logos) where Michael Heiser gave a straw man definition of Theological Liberalism, and defended it. Nobody was able to, so I’ll have to finally answer it, over a year later.

If you do not believe the Bible literally, you’re not saved. There may be degrees of ‘understanding’ and ‘belief’. But it won’t matter at all in the lake of Fire whether you believed everything else, but denied the Deity of Jesus Christ. Different degrees of belief and understanding are meaningless. You believe the Bible or you do not. And that’s how God sees it. Try reading Ezekiel some time and see how God views those who question Him or call Him a liar.

Scholars try to write long tomes to try to justify their lack of belief. They went so far as to pay another Theological Liberal to try to find the original text of the Bible in Egypt, so they could hopefully justify their disbelief in Jesus Christ.

Never mind they HAD copies of the original texts – they were so firmly convinced that the Bible in their hands was in error, because it condemned them.

So they paid Count Tischendorf to go to Egypt and other parts of the Middle East, and search for the missing texts.

He didn’t find anything. Everything he was finding was agreeing with the King James.

Until – miraculously a week before the money ran out – he found a scroll in a wastebasket, ready to be burned, that said something different finally from the King James. Many of the verses that supported the deity of Christ were edited or removed. So he championed it, returned to Germany to raise more money, He returned triumphantly, bought the manuscript, brought it to Europe, and basked in newfound fame and glory.

Until the man who forged it spoke up and admitted to forging it when he was much younger.

Constantinus Simonides admitted to writing Codex Sinaiticus.

He admitted it. He confessed it.

So Tischendorf waited for the controversy to die down, and then began touting his discovery all over again.

That’s one of the two documents that form the basis of your modern Bible. Forged by a man who denied Christ, and discovered by a man who denied Christ, and championed by the men who denied Christ.

The modern Bibles are the Trojan Horse that heretics have hidden inside, to emerge and destroy Bible believing Christianity. I’ve heard people say “well, that’s not in the original manuscripts”, so they can deny it. The average Christian claims to believe in the deity of Christ, but has trouble finding verses to support it, because they’ve all been edited or removed from the modern versions.

This is how doubt creeps in. When you believe something because you know it’s true, but you can’t find the support. And there’s a LOT of people out there making fun of the King James Bible – including Charles Swindoll – so now you feel foolish looking it up in a Bible where it’s EASY to find proof of the deity of Christ.

Scholars say something, so you believe it.

What Christians aren’t being told is this – the whole textual Criticism thing was dealt a fatal blow in the books “The Fundamentals.”

Like Tischendorf, they waited for the furor to die down, then began to repeat themselves as if it never happened.

It’s all been dealt with – yet they keep spreading their poisons as if they were fact.

I don’t care if you can translate Aramaic – if you do not agree with the Bible, if you deny the Bible or claim to have “…different levels or shades of Biblical understanding” – you need to be fired and find a job doing anything else.

If they are unwilling to fire you, you should resign.

The Trojan Horse of Christianity Pt. 1


Christianity has been betrayed from within.

By people pretending to be Christian.

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

I will tell you instead we’ve been betrayed.

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

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

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

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

You’re wrong.

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

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

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

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

And I’ve read this in Presbyterian web sites.

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

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

“My denomination believes differently.”

Then your denomination has it wrong.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And you shall be saved.