Walking The Tightrope


Being a fundamentalist today is like walking a tightrope. You’ve got to make it past Lordship Salvation without getting wrapped up in it.. You’ve got to make sure you’re a dispensationalist. You’ve got to avoid Ruckmanism/Pearlism/Hyles-ism/ Riplinger-ism. You’ve got to avoid THeological liberalism.

Every teaching tool you turn to, you’ve got to be careful. Many commentaries, dictionaries, encyclopedias, harmonies, teaching tools of all kinds, are written by theological liberals.

Logos is the most serious Bible study tool I’ve ever owned. But I’ve got to wade through interviews of people who’ve uncovered “Startling new discoveries on salvation” on the homepage – and what it boils down to is, it’s a heretic with a new book Logos is triyng to sell. Logos runs it by their resident scholars, who are theological liberals, and they see nothing wrong with it, because they don’t believe ether.

Accordance is written by a woman who’s devised a great study tool, but it’s clear from her blog entries on the Accordance web site that she too is caught up in THeological Liberalism.

Bound up in ALL of this is CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien, and Roman Catholicism, because all Christian denominations should be one and united, despite serious doctrinal error and the basic facts that most people who claim to be Christian are not saved.

We need to be TOGETHER, and UNITED! It would be RUDE to tell someone who believes in Salvation by works that they’re hellbound! Why, it might make them feel bad!

“What about the eternity in hellfire part?”

“That’s not my responsibility.”

It IS your responsibility. If you partner with some theological liberal and don’t bother to tell him he’s hellbound, what will you say to him at the Great White Throne judgment when he says, “Why didn’t you say something?” Yes, you’re going into heaven. But he’s going to Hell. I have ABSOLUTELY NO DOUBT that the resident scholar at Logos is not going to be with me in Heaven, but will be screaming in torments forever, in the lake of fire. So much so, that when his materials are free giveaways by Logos, when his classes are avialable, I avoid them like the plague. The same goes for NT Wright, and this new guy that looks so grim when he talks about his new discoveries about salvation being works oriented. The same goes for David Stern, the mis-translator and author of the Jewish New Testament translation. And CS Lewis. Etc.

I can understand why many IFB just lock themselves away with their King James and plug their ears. I’ve been tempted to do that myself. But I’m learning HUGE amounts about the Bible.

THe single hardest thing for me is, staying away from other translations, to stay away from other denominations. Wow, it would be GREAT to stop fighting, to stop swimming against the current. But we’re in the middle of the great falling away, the great apostasy. To give in is to join up, to help establish the wordwide faith that will help the Antichrist move into power. And I don’t want my eternity in heaven to be tainted with the knowledge that because I gave up, because I stopped fighting, I helped establish the Antichrist.

WAAAY too many people are going to have their eternity tempered with that realization. Way too many.

Don’t you be one of them.

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?

Apostasy Pt. 2


What makes one apostate?

That’s a complicate question. I don’t know why they do it.

Oh, what makes ME say someone’s apostate? Anyone who has moved away from Fundamentalism – whether they were ever a Fundamentalist or not – is apostate. Remember the definition I gave of Apostate yesterday – To stand away from a previously held position.

Technically, anyone who is not King James Only would be apostate. But I know that’s going to seem incredibly harsh. Okay, let me COMPROMISE then, and give you a more relaxed definition, so that nobody’s angry with me – because I have some readers who are not King James Only, have not settled that issue in themselves yet, and read the New King James and other “translations”.

Anyone who has compromised, and accepts heretical teachers, and anyone who claims to be Christian and is not. Technically, Evangelical Christianity defines an apostate as anyone who denies Christ. So, we have, if we accept both definitions, the bizarre condition in which Christians can teach and be in apostasy while not yet being apostate.

How can I say Christianity is wallowing in apostasy, as a pig wallows in mud? Need just one example?

I was DUMBFOUNDED 4 years ago when I witnessed supposed Christians apologizing for the sin of “Mormophobia”.

What in the WORLD are you talking about? Fear of Mormons?

Oh, I get it – you are apologizing for fear of… well, no I don’t get it. You’re not afraid of them – you just recognized they were a cult and not Christians. And now, by apologizing, you’re accepting their unBibllical nonsense as “Christian” when it’s not.

That’s Apostasy. They don’t believe in the Jesus of the Bible – their Jesus is half brother to Satan. I guarantee that’s not a Biblical concept. If you’re struggling with that, I can recommend a good book – it’s called the Bible.

Many, many Evangelical leaders have compromised and accepted a cult as Christians because of political expediency. That’s Apostasy.

Next, any Evangelical who accepts as a Christian anyone whose definition of becoming a Christian is being sprinkled as a baby – is apostasy. There’s nothing in the Bible about being sprinkled as a baby equalling salvation. To take such a position is to compromise, to move away from the position of the Bible. It’s Apostasy.

If you’re going to compromise on the issue of salvation – THE most important subject on earth – what else will you compromise on???

We decided we didn’t like the bible’s version of salvation – so we changed it to our version. “1,2,3 repeat after me!” “There are four spiritual laws…” “There’s a cross shaped hole in your heart…” “God has a wonderful plan for your life….”Let me be blunt and say right now – if your testimony includes someone telling you this, and you repeated a prayer they told you to say… um…. step away from your computer, put down your phone, and get on your face before God. You’ve been lied to, and that’s not salvation.

YOU have to pray. YOU have to repent. YOU have to beg God to save you. A simple, “yeah, I don’t think I can do this on my own…” prayer is kind of like saying, “Oh God, if I don’t throw up, I promise I’ll never drink again.” It’s a lie, because you’re right back out there the following Friday night, drinking again.

It may sound like I’m being picky, but how does God see it? There’s no subject more important than Salvation. Ask everyone whose in Hell right now – they’ll agree.

So, then we say, “Huh. They have a little white church building and a steeple… must be Christian!!!” And when we hear them say, “Yes, I’ve been a Cbristian all my life!!!”

um… okay! “Why, of course they’re Christian!”

Let me shout for a second, and wake everyone up – THERE IS NOTHING IN THE BIBLE ABOUT BEING SPRINKLED AS A BABY. IT IS COMPLETELY UNBIBLICAL. AND IT DOES NOT EQUAL SALVATION.

Thanks. So the next question is, if you’re relying on baby sprinkling to save you, where do you end up?

Oh, yes – that’s the next subject people apostate on. I am dumbfounded that there are so many in the Southern Baptist Convention who deny the subject of Hell.

Let me put it this way – if you’ve compromised THAT much that you don’t believe in Hell, I wonder about your salvation. No, really. You’re already calling the Lord Jesus Christ a liar, and I don’t know if anyone born of the spirit really can do such a thing. It’s just HALF A STEP from denying the Lord.

Hell is not “eternal Separation from God.” Hell is fire, and agony, and torment… it’s terrible. It’s horrible. And when you try to pin someone down who uses the “eternak separation from God” line on “Is Hell fire, or no???” you end up with verbal dancing. It’s a yes or no answer – is Hell fire? The answer I got from one person in an adult Sunday School class while we discussed it was… “I’m sure for some people, it might be.”

NO NO NO NO NO NO NO!!!!

READ Luke 16! STOP listening to Billy Graham and Rob Bell! LIfeway tossed out the “Love Wins” book for denying Hell, but continued to sell “Just As I Am” which does the same thing!

Let’s see, we’ve denied the Bible, denied salvation, and denied Hell. What’s next?

Why, denying the Lord, of course.

There are MYRIADS of evangelical Christians who, from what I’m seeing, have rejected the Jesus Christ of the Bible and adopted a false Jesus, something the Bible warns us of.

There’s the rich man, tailored clothes wearing Word Faith “first born again man” Jesus, who encourages us gently to be like him, a name it-claim it faith speaking man. That can’t be Jesus Christ – The Jesus of the Bible is GOD, and not a born again man. To them, I’m saying the same thing, because they consider themselves little gods, but since Jesus was the first one, why – he’s like a CEO! HE’s a big G God!

That’s so unBiblical I’m dumbfounded. And if you read my series on Word Faith, you know that the first church I ever went to was Word Faith. I got saved years later, and my first prayer to the LOrd is, “Lord teach me sound doctrine so that I never get involved in a false church or a cult ever again!” And you know what? THe LOrd answered that!

There’s the Evangelical, judge not, love everybody equally Jesus – that’s not the Jesus of the Bible, because (and I urge you to read the Bible and find out!) the Lord Jesus Christ, who is humble and meek, and lowly in heart – is God almighty. And he really will judge the world. He really will ask your Pastor to give an account for his ministry. And He really will haul everyone out of Hell, and step by step judge their works, for the purposes of determining how terrible their punishment will be. Yes, the Jesus of the bible. The one you prayed to forgive you. That’s the one.

There’s the hippie Jesus that most people know from the movies. You’re just waiting for him to say, “Dude”. Or “Cowabunga”. There was a TV movie of Jesus where the actor actually got fairly close in some scenes to a correct portrayal of Jesus Christ, but half the time he wandered around looking half stoned in the movie. Stop watching Hollywood Jesus and open your Bibles.

There’s the Roman Catholic Jesus, who mutters strange and perplexing parables, but is too holy for us to talk to, so we talk to his human mother instead. That’s not the Jesus of the bible.

Doesn’t seem that bad, what i’m talking about? How does it seem to God?

Here’s some powerful questions to consider. If you can deny the Bible, Deny salvation, deny Hell, and deny Jesus Christ…. are you saved?

I’ll be even more blunt. In the average Southern Baptist church, I’ll tell you right now – most of them are probably not saved. There’s got to be some evidence in your life that you’re saved. If you spend more time talking about football with friends than about God, the Bible, Jesus Christ, the Great Commission… danger zone. And I know I just trampled on sacred cows right there.

“Don’t pick on the NFL, man!” Too late. It’s stupid. We memorize statistics on how Joe Bunknaspitz got 200 yards rushing in his career, and how much better the Jets would do if they just got Joe Namath back as a quarterback!

But we can’t open our bibles, and memorizing Bible verses is WAAAAY too difficult!

My question is… are you Christian?

If I were to arrest you, bring you to court, and try you in Circuit Court of being a Christian – would you be convicted or acquitted? i’m telling you right now, that a vast majority would find themselves being acquitted. Not guilty of being a Christian.

“Your honor, my client may have several Bibles, but their just an avid book collector. After all, they never read it, never pray, only go to church a few times a year…”

“Not guilty.”

Feeling better that you’re a Independent Baptist? Guess what? David Cloud even says most Independent Baptists are not saved. It was right there on the “Essential Bible Student” series that I put up, that only one or two of you even bothered to watch!

Christianity should consume you. If you do not have an “us vs. them” feeling about your Christianity, hint hint… you’re not one of “Us” you’re one of “Them”.

If you cannot tell me the names of six of the apostles, that’s scary. “Well, I’ve only been saved 13 years! But this year my resolution is to read my Bible all the way through for the first time!” That’s really scary. And it’s danger zone. A disciple of Jesus Christ continues in His word. Are you?

Take it to the Lord, get it taken care of. That’s what we heard every week in Seminary. “Take care of it. Get it resolved.” And this was pastoral candidates and missionary candidates hearing this!

Make sure you’re saved. Let’s get that one thing taken care of first.

Apostasy


1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 2 Timothy 3:1-7 (KJV)

Don’t skip over that – this is describing the world of right this very moment.

3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, 4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. 2 Peter 3:3-4 (KJV)

1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. 2 Peter 2:1-2 (KJV)

When I first began writing this blog, we were up to our waists in apostasy.

The water has now closed over our heads.

We’re drowning in it.

I’m really frightened. I cannot fathom the depths of outright contempt that false teachers have for the word of God, and those who stand for it.

Those who stand for the Bible are marked, and ridiculed, slandered, and even called a cult.

Let me speak strong words. If you’re new to my blog, look out – I do this pretty regularly.

If you reject the Bible, you are not a Christian. You are not saved.

If I quote arguments for the Bible, and you argue against me… then my assumption is that you are not saved. Why would a saved person argue against the Bible?

The word Apostasy is from the word “απο” which means “Against” or “away from” and “ιστημι” which means to stand, to be in one place.

To stand away from where you stood. To move in opinion. To change from an established doctrine. These are all the translations of αποστησια Apostasia (I think I spelled that right! Is it η or α? We’ll know by lesson 16!).

The Bible has been the Textus Receptus and the Ben Chayyim texts, and the translations from that family for many years uninterrupted.

Christianity apostasized back in 1881 by adopting a Bible from flawed and possibly forged Greek manuscripts that we have NEVER used, and according to an eclectic manuscript put together by two men who were apostate in their doctrine. The Translating committee was told to use no other Greek or Hebrew text. They ignored that, violated the terms of the translation they were to create, and did it in secret.

Today, almost EVERY Bible is made from these flawed and heretical Greek Manuscripts.

Teachers used to be very rare who downplayed the existence of Hell. Then Billy Graham stands up and states in a solemn baritone that “Hell is eternal separation from God” and people chased after him, eager to deny the existence of Hell themselves. Today, to find someone willing to stand up and teach on Hell themselves is a moment to rejoice. “Yes! There are still Bible teachers today!”

The Apologetics Study Bible downplays Hell as well. I guess the editors of it never read Luke 16. That’s not a parable, by the way. It was a literal story about a literal beggar named Lazaras, and a certain rich man. Why don’t we know the rich man’s name? The Lord avoided it for reasons unsaid. It may be that’s part of the punishment, is that their name passes away… but they continue to burn in unending, unbearable torment… forever.

It used to be rare to find teachers who were bold in their rejection of Jesus Christ. It still is rare to find them openly doing it… but it’s not rare to find them inventing a different Jesus for you to follow. for instance, Joel Osteen tells us of Jesus Christ asleep in a rowboat, and the apostles panicking because it was storming. So Jesus wakes up, and speaks the storm out of existence. You see, Jesus wouldn’t let the storm outside of him become the storm inside of him!

Yeah, that’s not… the Jesus Christ of the Bible. The Jesus of the Bible loved His disciples, and couldn’t bear to see them upset and afraid. So He stands up, orders the storm to stop and…. behodl! It stopped, you see, Jesus Christ did this because He was GOD!!!!

Why don’t you get a bigger vision? …of God.

We hear about the hippie Jesus who smokes, who dances, who does a little drugs every now and then. The hipster Jesus with the rooster hair cut and the goatee. The effeminate Jesus who talks in platitudes and refuses to criticize.

These aren’t the Jesus of the Bible.

We’re drowning in apostasy. It’s like walking out of a room where they sell cigars, and your clothes reek of it afterwards. The smell of apostate teachers so fills your nostrils you can’t even TELL anymore that these men are compromisers, false teachers, deniers of God’s word.

And remember this – if you are in a church where apostasy is preached and taught… you alone will answer for it. You alone wll have to give account why you continued to go there.

I could go on and on about how bad the apostasy is. It used to be you could print a list of bad teachers. Now we’re scrambling to put together lists of GOOD teachers!

Something’s Seriously Wrong with Christianity…


I’m sitting down with all my books of sermon illustrations that came with Quickverse 2010, copying them one at a time into my Sermon Illustration Manager in Wordsearch (why??? I prefer Wordsearch, and I’m used to going to that first to look up sermon illustrations).

Sermon illustrations, by the way, were emphasized by my Seminary as “the windows that let the light into Sermons.” I’m not a fan of them, myself. I prefer a “Thus sayeth God’s Word” sermon, something that itself helps me to understand what God is trying to say in a passage. Those are great. I don’t need the story’s about kids being told at school they can’t say thanks in the bathroom (“Please do not use – thanks”). doesn’t really help me to understand why Uzzah was blown up for steadying the Ark. Tell me instead that Uzzah was a related to King Saul, and David was trying to honor the dead KIng, and that Uzzah had no business being in a procession with the Ark, let alone the idea of trying to carry the Ark on a cart, which was not how God told Israel how to carry it.

But that’s just me. My Seminary insisted I use them, and I guess most people don’t think like me. Or we’d all love toast with warm peanut butter on it.

Anyway.

I’m reading through the Illustrations, and I’m seeing a million by C. S. Lewis, who was not a Christian. Okay, I understand a lot of Christians think J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis were Christian – they’re not.

But I’m seeing a ton of sermon illustrations and quotes from Roman Catholics.

Huh.

And from people who deny the validity of the Bible – but they chose some quote from this same Christ-denying theologian about how we should reverence the Bible.

Well, if the theologian is an openly liberal man who denies the Bible – we shouldn’t be quoting him.

“How dare you make divisions among Christians!!!!”

I’m not – they’re not christians. The Bible says in Romans 16:17,

“Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
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. ”

Next, we’ve got a lot of illustrations from Roman Catholics. THey believe in Salvation by works, not salvation by Faith through grace. THey’re not Christians.

Next. We’ve got a LOT of illustrations about sports guys.

Short answer – God will not share His glory with another. I don’t care about the head coach of whatever. Has nothing to do with the Bible.

Next we’ve got a lot of…. Osteen’isms, I guess. I can’t think of what to call them. Here’s an example.

Theology from a Child

I took my son to Disneyland when he was just a little tyke. As we were leaving, he said, “I want another ride on Space Mountain.”

I said “Wait a minute. I’m out of money, and I’m out of time.”

He said, “Jesus wants me to go.”

I said, “I’m not reading you.”

He said, “When you were in church, you said whatever we feel Jesus feels it. When we cry, he cries. You said Jesus feels every emotion we have.”

I said, “That’s right.”

He said, “If he feels every emotion I have, then when I’m laughing on Space Mountain, he’s having a good time too. I think he would enjoy it if I had another ride on Space Mountain.” Not bad theology.

—Tony Campolo, “If I Should Wake Before I Die,” Preaching Today, Tape No. 124.

Um… It’s VERY bad theology. It’s justifying excess, and self indulgence, and it;s the COMPLETE OPPOSITE of “Deny thyself, take up thy cross, and follow me.”

Yeah, it’s a little kid. We cut them some slack, we instruct them on what Moral standing they should have, a little at a time. We emphasize pleasing God, and not ourselves. We teach them by example of sacrificial giving and living, by demonstrating.

Didn’t seem that bad… but here’s the issue. Some overworked Pastor, run to death by his congregation, is going to be trying to write a sermon at 7 AM on a Sunday Morning. He’s going to skim that sermon illustration, and try to work it into “count it all joy” or something like that.

He’s going to read that sermon illustration from the pulpit, and by the time he’s read it and realized how WRONG it really is…

….the damage is done.

Okay, the next bunch of sermon illustrations are… to put it blunlty – blasphemous. Gently blasphemous.

Here’s an example.

The Childlike Joy of Creation

How did God create daisies? I say, “Like a child.” You throw a child up in the air or bounce him off your knee. When you sit him on the floor, the first thing the kid says is, “Do it again!” Throw him in the air; catch him; bounce him off your knee; set him on the floor. The kid’s going to yell, “Do it again!” Do it fifty times. The fiftieth time, the kid is yelling hysterically, “Do it again! Do it again!” The excitement of a little child.

That’s how God created daisies. He created one daisy. I’m sure of this. In the childlike heart of God, he clapped and said; “Do it again!” He created daisy number two. Something within God said, “Do it again!” He created daisy number three and four and five. Fifty billion, trillion daisies later, the great God of the universe is still creating with childlike excitement and joy and yelling, “Do it again!”

—Tony Campolo, “If I Should Wake Before I Die,” Preaching Today, Tape No. 124.

See: Genesis 1:1; Nehemiah 9:8; Luke 10:21; Luke 18:16.

See any issues? I’m sure you did.

The God of the Universe is not a five year old boy. God does not have a childlike heart.

God wants US to be childlike in regards to FAITH.

God is infinitely wise. Infinitely powerful. God is omniscient, Omnipotent, and Omnipresent.

There’s no “Make one flower, ‘do it again!!!'”

God created ALL the flowers ALL at once, and does it daily, renewing them, replanting them. Why? He loves us. And they’re important for the planet He designed for His purposes, for His delight, and He put us on it as His caretakers.

Am I picking on Tony Campolo? Nope. These were just the two that immediately popped in my head as being examples of bad theology passed off as sermon illustrations. Should you beware of Tony Campolo? Absolutely you should.

My point is this… someone assembled all of these. And the same sermon illustration software module has four volumes, so they sold a lot of them.

That means nobody stopped and said, “Wait… that’s blasphemous.” Nobody stopped and said, “uh… that doesn’t sound like the God of the Bible to me.”

The Christian that thinks that because he’s enjoying something Jesus Christ, Lord of the Universe is enjoying that too vicariously… may well find out at the Great White Throne Judgment he never was a Christian after all. Because certainly he’s not worshiping the Lord Jesus Christ. He’s worshiping a different Jesus. A different Jesus is a different Gospel, and a different Gospel cannot save.

Someone out there please tell me I’m not the only one that sees the sickness spreading in Christianity!

If these came out years ago and I’m the FIRST person to complain… then we seriously need to be on our faces in repentence.

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.

Prevailing Attitudes


At the turn of the 20th Century, Christianity was in a much better, stronger position than now. Over a century ago, Christians everywhere understood – for the most part – that if your soteriology is wrong, you’re going to Hell.

Soteriology, for those who do not know, is the doctrines of salvation. It’s simple ,really. If you don’t teach people how to get saved, they won’t know. Most people won’t open their Bible, although I’ll say a century ago more people were conversant with the Bible than anywhere else. Over a century ago, if you wanted your children saved, you simply could open the family Bible to John chapter three, and walk away. Sooner or later, they’d see it and read, and get saved, I’ve read of exactly one occasion where a future foreign missionary was saved in exactly that way.

14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; 15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. 17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: 18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. 21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. 22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. Revelation 3:14-22 (KJV)

The point here being, as this dispensation entered its last era, for the most part, Christianity was adept at at least one thing – they understood how to be saved.

They were blind to one thing, though – the doctrine of separation. Oh, sure, they understood once they got saved to avoid entangling themselves in the things of the world – but they simply trusted blindly all those who name the name of Christ. Methodists trusted Presbyterians, who trusted Baptists, who trusted Lutherans, who trusted….

The one thing they were GOOD at, was noticing when a new group popped up, if they had aberrant doctrine. They WOULD practice separation from those. When Mormons popped up 72 years before that, they immediately understood this was a cult, and that Joseph Smith was a false teacher. Ever read Sherlock Holmes? If you had the collections, you should remember the story where Holmes dismissed the Mormons as a cult, and referred to them as “Jack Mormons from Utah.” Certainly the creator of Sherlock Holmes was not in any way saved, as he was so caught up in Theosophy, witchcraft and every mystic practice he could get his hands on – but even he recognized that Mormons were a cult.

Today, we rush to embrace them.

When the Jehovah’s Witnesses emerged as the Bible Students, Christians everywhere dismissed them as a cult.

Were that we were so wise today.

They, a century ago, were willing to engage in open debates – which people flocked to – with the Church of Christ, who they dubbed “Campbellites”.

Today we can buy t-shirts with the bearded faces of a family of Campbellites, simply because they’re tv stars who publicly stand for the name of Jesus.

It’s a different Jesus, but we don’t care. Hey, I’ve met someone who’s name is Jesus. It’s pronounced Hey-soos in his language, but hey, he’s a Jesus! He’s not the Jesus of the bible. But neither is the Jesus of the Mormons, the Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Roman Catholics, or the Campbellites.

Where did they fail a hundred years ago? Simple. They trusted everyone who named the name of Christ.

Point one: We must recognize that not everyone who names the name of Christ is a Christian. If their doctrine does not conform to the Bible in the aspects of salvation, the deity of Christ and the Trinity, then they’re not Christians. They’re probably not saved.

Point Two: We must understand that in the last days heretics and false teachers would DOMINATE Christianity. If you haven’t been paying attention, we’re pretty close to the time of the Rapture. That means of course we’re in the seventh age of Grace, the Laodecian era. That means that obviously then, Christianity is FLOODED with false teachers.

Point Three: If any denomination teaches any other method of salvation other than what is presented in the Bible, they are to be dismissed as a heretic. I don’t care how much you may like them. I can think of some Atheists who are pretty nice guys. But I think we all agree that “ye must be born again”. If anyone teaches any other method for salvation than “ye must be born again”, they’re a heretic.

Why is my blog only one of a very few decrying Messianic Jews? Why is my blog only one of a few calling the Duck Dynasty show a group of heretics?

One Century ago, most Christians understood that Roman Catholics needed to be saved. Lo and behold some Baptist preachers arose who called Catholics “Christians” out of some form of sentimentality, and we fell apart.

Point four: It doesn’t matter what I think. It doesn’t matter what I want to believe or what I choose to believe. If I am saved, then Jesus Christ is my Lord. He says, I do. Bottom line.

20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. 1 Corinthians 6:20 (KJV)

23 Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men. 1 Corinthians 7:23 (KJV)

1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 2 Peter 2:1 (KJV)

It’s hard, I know. I would love to be a lovey-dovey-accept everyone Christian. I would love to wallow in Ecumenism, just accept everyone who writes a book or has a tv show about Christianity. But the Bible tells me otherwise. Paul admonishes us otherwise. Peter and John teach us differently. Jesus Christ commands us otherwise.

It’s a fact, that the Lord chooses to reward us for obedience – when we don’t even deserve to be saved in the first place. Rewards ONLY come when you’re doing what the Lord requires.

13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. 14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; 2 Timothy 3:13-14 (KJV)

1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 2 Timothy 3:1-5 (KJV)

If anyone teaches any manner besides “ye must be born again”, they are a heretic. Reject them. “From such, turn away.” If they deny the deity of Christ, Reject them. “From such, turn away.” If they claim to believe in the deity of Christ but deny the virgin birth, they’re liars. You cannot say you believe Jesus is God and yet deny the virgin birth. Reject them. “From such, turn away.” If they preach salvation by works, they deny the cross of Christ. Reject them. “From such, turn away.” If they deny the Trinity, they are heretics. Reject them. “From such, turn away.” If they deny salvation by faith through grace, they deny the cross of Christ. Reject them. “From such, turn away.”

If you agree with the above, then you must reject:

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

C. S . Lewis

the “duck Dynasty”

Sid Roth

Kenneth Copeland

Kenneth Hagin

Benny Hinn

Charles Taze Russell

E. W. Kenyon

Joyce Meyers

James Trimm

Batya Wooten

David Stern of the Jewish New Testament

Angus Wooten

Joseph Smith

William Branham

Ellen G. White

F. F. Bosworth

Frederick K. C. Price

Avi Ben Mordecai

and many many others.