Signs of the Times


Evangelicals have begun to oppose the Bible.

Evangelicals have begun to link arms with the unsaved.

Evangelicals are beginning to reject Fundamentalists, in favor of the unSaved, such as those who sprinkle babies and call it salvation. Such as Mormons. Such as Catholics.

We hear that over a billion people are Christians, and we assume that means people who understant “ye must be born again”.

While in Seminary, my teacher asked the rhetorical question of how many people were saved? He guessed 5%, and everyone in the class was scandalized.

I took the Operation World manual, and took their statistics. It was very simple. I took out all the denominations that assume you are predestined to be saved. Why? Because by the second generation, they are relying on their infant baptism as a sign of their “election”.

I took out all the Protestant denominations that believe that being baptized saves you.

I took out the Mormons.

I took out the Roman Catholics.

It left Charismatics and Baptists. I didn’t take out any of those numbers, because I was estimating a “fudge factor” of, “Some of those Protestants must have gotten saved despite their denominations’ stand”.

I ended up with 1.67%, if I recall correctly.

Right around 85 million people.

I did the statistics in reverse, and ended up with the same number. And now I’m thinking I was optimistic.

With that in mind, let’s look at the problem – Evangelicals prefer the company of all those people the Bible rules out as being saved.

15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 1 John 2:15 (KJV)

1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. 1 John 3:1 (KJV)

19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. John 15:19 (KJV)

The last verse is the bottom line. If you’re an Evangelical Christian, and you reject Fundamentalist as “pharisees”, and use phrases like “I don’t view the Bible as the fourth member of the Trinity”…

The Bible is saying you many not be saved.

Just saying.

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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!

Phrases Christians Use I Absolutely Hate!


You know how it is… you’re in a bad mood, you stop off somewhere and step out of your car into a big puddle you didn’t see. Now you’re feet are wet. You run into the store and drop something. As you’re paying for the stuff you had to hunt for because the way they stock store shelves, the clerk says…

“have a nice day.”

Ugh.

Okay, now for the phrases Christians use that absolutely drive me absolutely off the wall. I try not to be contentious. I try not to correct everyone. But these are not just “I hate when people say this” but actually, these are genuine barometers that show how far off from the Bible you are.

We all want to be biblical. We all want to line up our lives to the word of God.

So, let’s look at these.

“Just walk around with a smile on your face and sooner or later people will ask why you’re so happy”.

ANSWER… Sooner or later, people will think you need medication. I’ve never heard of any saved Christian who has continued to bear fruit whose testimony was… “I saw someone smiling all the time.” There’s no case of anyone doing this in the Bible. There’s no instruction of this in any epistle. Instead, we have “how will they know unless someone preach?”

When we get to heaven we won’t be suprirsed whose there, we’ll be surprised we are.” ANSWER – the genesis of this was, “When we get to heaven, we’ll be suprised who made it.”

read that a couple of times. What does that mean, and where does it come from?

This phrase originated in Universalism. Universalism was crushed in debates in the 1880’s, defeated in the 1930’s, and smashed in the 1960’s – and STILL popping up its ugly head. It has learned to go in hiding, having been soundly defeated in every debate.

It has learned to keep its mouth shut, except to infect an unaware Christianity who is otherwise immune to its rhetoric except for the pervasive impact of this commonly repeated phrase. Christians who would reject an out and out heretic saying, “Why, EVERYONE will be saved” have been drastically influenced by this evil saying.

WHY would we possibly be surprised who is saved??? If you walked around heaven and asked, “how were you saved” the answer would be, “I was saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ by being born again.”

Now, are you saying that today’s plastic Christianity would be surprised that some person who simply repeated the sinners prayer, and never darkened the door of a church ever again would end up in heeaven? No, that wouldn’t surprise today’s christians at all. It would astound me – but I’m not the Judge in heaven. But no, today’s Christians would not find that amazing at all.

So…. where’s the surprise? Why, it would be a surprise to see Roman Catholics in heaven, right? or… Hindu’s, right? That’s what this phrase means. I’ve heard it before, and despise it.

Another phrase I hear a lot is, “I believe everyone that truly loves God will go to heaven.” Is that what the Bible says?

“Unless you truly, sincerely love God, ye will in no wise enter into the kingdom of God?” No, it says “Ye must be born again.”

Guess what this is? You guessed it – Universalism.

Try this… when some worldly person who thinks overall they’re a good person besides their blasphemous, lying, cheating, stealing adulterous nature tells you they’re pretty sure they’ll go to heaven, try this…

“The Bible tells us something different. It says in Isaiah, “6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. Isaiah 64:6 (KJV)”

Don’t lie to them! EXPLAIN it doesn’t matter what we do – our very sin nature enough is enough to cast ourselves into hell. You know what this is, right? Witnessing! The LORD just gave you a primo opportunity to share the Gospel, and here you are, willing to let them go into Hell forever just because you’re worried about offending them for a day! Worry rather about offending them for eternity!

You just look at everything with love, seeing the world through pure eyes. That’s great – the Bible says, “To the pure, all things are pure (Titus 1:15a). But the Bible also says,

12 There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness. Proverbs 30:12 (KJV)

Here’s the bad news – there’s a lot of this people who are going to go to Hell. The numbers are staggering. I’ve repeated them time and again. I said in a sermon once the number of people who went into Hell, going from the moment of my first seminary class to the graduation moment. It’s millions of people. It’s staggering.

Buddhists are going to go to Hell. They don’t believe in a god. Shinto practitioners are going to go to Hell. They believe in many gods. Hindus are going to Hell. They have so many gods and goddesses, that you can say, “Well, I believe they truly love God!” Okay, sure… which one? They kind of have a lot of them. None of them are the God of the bible, so, in a way, by your own mouth are they condemned! WITNESS TO THEM!!!

I mean, we’ve all heard the response from Penn Gillette, the magician to Ray Comfort – “If you really believe in a Hell, then you should be running from person to person trying to warn them!” Comfort’s answer was.. “I am!”

Are you???

Okay, let’s deal with my people. If I died, before I was born again, would I have gone to heaven? Look me in the eyes and tell me. Tell me you really believe I would have gone to heaven. I’ll tell you that you are wrong. If I had died before I’d become born again, I would have been in Hell for 8 years now, suffering in agony. And guess what? just a drop in the bucket… eight years is nothing. I’d still be there a billion years from now.

God is merciful. God is loving. God came to earth and died so I did not have to. God personally paid the price for me, so I could go into heaven.

Tell people about that, before you get to heaven and find out that all those people you misinformed are cursing your name for all eternity as they writhe in torment.

The Emergent Church Pt. 10


Wrapping up, what do we have to do?

Be aware that Brain McLaren called for Emergents to infiltrate Bible believing churches, and slowly begin to affect the churches from within, by stealing away the youth. The older people in the church will die off, the youth will take over, and soon idols will be trucked inside, with a rock band standing in the middle of them.

Musically, Contemporary Christian music is slowly insinuating Emergent beliefs into your consciousness. Nobody’s really doctrinally analyzing the words in CCM to see if it lines up with the Bible. If it sounds good, it makes its way up the charts. Let me explain music for a minute, and very few of you will undertand this. There’s seven notes in the western scale – I iim iiim IV V vim and viidim. The chord progressions usually involve I IV V in Western music, because the major chords are strong chords. They resolve. The diminishing of the 3rd in a chord makes it minor. The minor chords, depending on their voice in the scale (iim,iiim and vim) are darker. They create undertones. So, what musicians do to write a song is to use I, IV and V to make the song, and add a minor tone to it to give it richness. iim is brighter than vim, and iiim is the darkest note of all. So if you take C, F, Dm and G, it’s a rich song, and it resolves. Here’s where it gets complicated.

I wants to go to IV, which wants to go to V, which immediately makes you think of I again. Play C, F, G C and it’s done. Resolved! Contemporary Christian music is starting to have a lot of songs that go I, iiim, IV, V IV I IV. Or… C Em F G C F.

It doesn’t resolve. There’s no completing. it raises a feeling that everything’s relative. You know, that Emergent buzzword. Incidentally, when jazz began to change from Big Band jazz (based on Tchaikovsky, believe it or not) to modern Jazz in the ’50’s, Jazz began to feature a lot of movement towards IV as well. “Everything’s relative, man.” By listening to songs that do not resolve, it subtly changes you and prepares you for “Maybe there’s no absolute truth.”

Once you start thinking like that… the Emergent church has you.

How to fix this? Get a proper understanding of God. Get yourself DEEP in the word of God. I’m constantly recommending the One Year Discipleship course by David Cloud, as well as the Way of Life Encyclopedia and Things Hard to Be Understood book. You can get all three ebooks for $25, I think it is.

Make sure you’re going through those, with your Bible open. Get deep into Bible study. Don’t let me determine your doctrine, let the Bible develop your doctrine for you!

A good rule of thumb is, if the world says swim downstream, start swimming upstream, because what the world says is usually the opposite of the Bible.

Remember, Jesus Christ is not difficult to follow. He loves you and gave His life for you. Accept his atoning sacrifice for you.

There is absolute truth. You CAN know it. it’s in the Bible.

6 For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. Malachi 3:6 (KJV)

The Emergent Church Pt. 9


“It’s not a sin to change your beliefs.”

I read this blog post back in 2013, and I’d meant obviously to address this. It was a poorly slanted article, and the author used emotionally laden buzzwords to slant readers’ opinions towards his Emergent liberal bent.

I’m guessing it was his attempt to be relevant.

I’m not going to discuss the author or the blog, because I have no way of knowing if he ever got saved – that’s right, I said got saved – and repented of his thoughts and beliefs.

Early on in the post, he makes the statement:

Indoctrination is preferred over critical thinking, certainty is favored over doubt, and we expect our leaders to offer black-and-white answers. A change of theology is viewed as weakness, poor exegesis, and a sign of insecurity. “If they change their views now, how can I believe anything they say in the future?

Indoctrination is preferred over critical thinking, he says. If you read John 3:16, and ask me what it means, and I repeat it word for word, and you agree with me that it means exactly what it says… how is this indoctrination?

I’ve said it many times… the Bible says what it means.

Theologies are often considered too “valuable,” “right,” and “holy” to change or question.

um… well if by that you mean, the literal interpretation of John 3:16 cannot be changed – uh, yeah, you’re right! See, GOD wrote it, not me. I have no right to change the Bible, to say, “Well, I don’t like that!!!” and insist that we reject or cut out those verses. Certainly, that’s what Wescott and Hort did.

If I change my mind about the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ, that does not mean I’m weak – it means I am a heretic. Heresy is to say and teach something other than what the Bible teaches. If I decide that I’m right and the Bible is wrong then… I’m wrong. I’m a man. I make mistakes.

God is not a man. God makes no mistakes. God wrote the Bible. If you question that, or if you decide that society’s issues and being politically correct over-rules God, then… you can explain that at the Great White Throne.

Additionally, Christian communities often reinforce the idea that any variations from sanctioned teachings about God are dangerous and destructive. If pastors change their views — they’re forced to resign. If professors sway beyond a college’s strict theological statement — they’re fired.

As they should be. What does the Bible teach us to do when a pastor denies the deity of Christ?

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. 2 John 1:9-11 (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)

A pastor that questions the Virgin Birth should be fired or asked to resign. You’re denying the deity of Christ if you do. And we shouldn’t read their works, books, or quote them from the pulpit. Should I allow them to continue?

It is a sin to change your beliefs, if they do not line up with the word of God.

But theology — our study and beliefs about God — should be a natural process involving change instead of avoiding it. Our God is too big and too wonderful to completely understand by the time we graduate high school, or college, or get married, or have children, or retire.

What are you talking about??? It’s pretty simple. God revealed Himself in this world as Jesus Christ. He gave us His words in the Bible.

You make the statement that our theology should naturally involve change. And you give no reason for your heresy. Why should I suddenly decide that God is different from the way He’s presented Himself in His word???

Oh, yes – it’s the “You put your God in a box” theology. Here’s my answer to that – I stand upon the unchanging word of God. Jesus Christ, yesterday, today, tomorrow, forever world without end Amen!

I’ve experienced God by reading my Bible. I see a loving, forgiving God. But He also has a vengeful side, and He explains that in His word.

19 And when the LORD saw it, he abhorred them, because of the provoking of his sons, and of his daughters. 20 And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a very froward generation, children in whom is no faith. 21 They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God; they have provoked me to anger with their vanities: and I will move them to jealousy with those which are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation. 22 For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains. 23 I will heap mischiefs upon them; I will spend mine arrows upon them. 24 They shall be burnt with hunger, and devoured with burning heat, and with bitter destruction: I will also send the teeth of beasts upon them, with the poison of serpents of the dust. 25 The sword without, and terror within, shall destroy both the young man and the virgin, the suckling also with the man of gray hairs. Deuteronomy 32:19-25 (KJV)

God offers you everything. God offers it freely! And to think, He came and suffered, and poured out His own sweat, blood, tears. He suffered for us. If you despise that, His wrath will fall upon you at the Great White Throne Judgment.

This article I’m talking about was not just written by some Emergent guy, one of those willowy guys with the rooster comb haircut and the little square glasses… this was written by a Moody Bible College graduate.

He knows better. But he’s a wolf in Sheeps clothing, or was at the time of this writing. If he is of the same opinions still, and is occupying a pulpit, his congregation needs to do the very thing the Bible commands us to do… mark him and avoid him. Separate from him. Do not even bid him God speed.

I pray he’s repented. I pray he’s gotten saved, because no pastor from God could write these things. I really pray he puts a comment on here, saying “I wrote those words two years ago, and I truly repent of them. I wish I’d never written them. I’ve gotten right with God since then.”

Because the alternative is too horrible to contemplate.