Spiritual Attacks


You know, a lot of Fundamentalists just seem to ignore this subject. It seems too charismatic for them, so suspiciously they shuffle away and pretend the subject never came up.

The fact is, we have an adversary. He hates Christians. He roams about, seeking whom he may devour. He desires to sift us. His devils are sent to afflict us.
It’s a war, Christian. I know we Fundamentalists don’t like to admit it, but we’re the FIRST ones to make a stand for the Bible being true.

What’s genuinely frightened me was an article by a fellow Fundamentalists (when I had time to read other Fundamentalist blogs) that perhaps “night Terrors” are not what we’re told. We’re constantly told if we awaken while still in dream state, then we’ll experience a visual hallucination while awake, until we rise out of REM. His article challenged that, with the question of, “Yes, that may be true sometimes. But what if it’s not true every time?”

There is a Satan. The Bible says so. He drew away a third of the angels in a rebellion against God. Revelation tells us that they will kill two thirds of mankind in the Tribulation.
Understand this… Satan walks to and fro on the Earth. And he has no love for us. Indeed, the Bible says that when the Antichrist is released, the Devil will come with great wrath.

EVERY persecution of Christians has its origins in Satan.

Attacks on your health. Your finances. Your mind. Your self esteem. Besetting sins you have to struggle against. Things disappearing from your house. He wants you dead, ineffective, defeated. If he can, he’ll weaken and compromise you. If he can, he’ll afflict your health. If he can, he’ll drive you insane, discourage you, send you into depression.
And if he’s allowed, he’ll try to kill you. He’s not released yet, so he can’t act carte blanche.
He would if he could.

Be aware there is a Satan.
And he hates you.

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


Your shopping lists have 200 pages.

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

And when your blog posts are as long as mine!

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

4 Reasons to Invest more time in Preaching


I’ve listened to a lot of Independent Baptist Preachers, trying to find someone GOOD to listen to. There’s remarkably few good Independent Fundamental Baptist preachers.

Now, there may be some with a gentle style, like some of the classic radio preachers. There may be some with a fiery style. There’s quite a few with a folksy style.

None of that matters if your teaching quantity in the sermon equals zilch.

Today’s IFB congregation cries out to be fed. They can go to SermonAudio or Soundfaith and listen to Marc Monte, Dan Botterbrodt, and a few others I’ve heard with good teaching quality. There was an IFB preacher I used to like, but he’s a hyper-dispensationalist, and he came under some kind of absolutely bizarre home church only conviction, where he thinks the father is automatically the preacher spoken of in 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus.

No, Not so much.

You, as a Pastor, need to rapidly re-evaluate your sermon system. I know of one who works three jobs, and writes his sermons at 0130 hours Sunday morning. It’s fresh for him by the time he gets into the pulpit, but unless he’s an exceptional preacher, the teaching content can’t be all that high.

So let’s look at why you should invest some serious time into your preaching.

  1. To prove you are a workman to be approved. All Pastors will have to stand before Christ and give an account. Many, Many IFB pastors are going to be questioned on why their preaching was so slap-dash and haphazard. You want to hear “Well done” and not “I have somewhat against you.” You’re still saved, you just want to be able to stand in front of the Lord and hear that you did a good job!
  2. Your congregation is begging to be taught. You can bellow for 45 minutes every Sunday, but when someone brings you Romans 3:23 and asks you what that means, you better have an answer! To hear well done from the Lord, your congregation needs to be taught. If you’re called to be a preacher but just haven’t learned the Bible well enough to preach it, then cancel the golfing and get to studying.
  3. SermonAudio. Real Christians crave to hear the word of God. If you aren’t filling their ears with sound doctrine, someone is filling it with heresy. Listen to your congregation talk to each other at the next potluck, and listen to what they’re saying. If you hear the names “John MacArthur”, “Paul Washer”, “R. C. Sproul” and “John Piper” more than once, then you’re not feeding your congregation, Calvinists are. If you hear “Benny Hinn” more than once, you’ve got a serious problem.
  4. Up and coming pastors. What if you hear your congregation talking about “Philip Dean” and “Parsonage”? That’s not good – it means your congregation is getting ready to replace you with old grumpy Philip, and the only thing holding them back is trying to find a house for Mr. Dean! And of course, thanks to Faithful Baptist Bible College, theres many people coming out of a seminary with credentials and SERIOUS doctrine and learning.

The days are past where each preacher llives in a bubble. no kidding, it’s too easy to spot when you’re staling someone else’s work. Frank Norris admitted to one of his two congregations that every sermon he preached he stole from somebody – that’s going to be an awkward moment at the Believer’s judgment! My wife and I have literally spotted when someone has preached a message someone else wrote. -your congregation will too.

your congregation is crying out to be TAUGHT. Teach them! If they don’t like the teaching, then their pew spots will be taken up quickly by people who do. And trust me, if they’re going to leave because they’re offended that you taught from the Bible, then they weren’t going to stay long anyway!

3 Big Warnings about Many IFB churches


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Be wise.

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.

How to find a Biblical Church


How to find a Biblical church.

In today’s world, finding a Biblical church sooner or later is going to become a necessity. The church you’re in right now probably has plans to turn into something that’s not a church, if they haven’t already.

The first thing you should ALWAYS do is ask to see the statement of faith. If they don’t have one on the website, be worried. A statement of faith nowadays has to be incredibly long, not a short little three paragraph thing.

  • What’s their stand on the Bible? Any Bible? The Message? Do they believe the Bible was inerrant and Inspired ONLY in the original manuscripts, or do they believe the one in your hands is inerrant and inspired?
  • What’s their stand on Salvation? I ask this becase literally, the most popular and famous Christian writer today – N. T. Wright – is preaching heresy, and so many Christians are dazzled by his writings that they’re not stopping to say “wait a minute…” Does this church believe salvation is a free gift of God and not of works, in accord with Eph. 2:8-9? Don’t assume they believe a Biblical message of salvation. If their altar call doesn’t mention Repentance… worry about it.
  • Do they baptize by immersion? If they teach baptism is not for today, avoid that church. I mentioned Jason Cooley a couple of times on this blog until I realized that was his stance, and now I reccommend people avoid him. If they offer you a choice, or baptize infants, leave that church.
  • Does it feel like a house of God, or a rock concert? I strongly feel that churches should play doctrinally strong hymns and not rock music for the service. While there are strong arguments for and against Christian contemprary music, there’s one thing you cannot deny – once a church makes a move for including modern music in its service, the doctrinal positions soon change. That’s not even a 70% type of statistic from what I’ve seen, that’s a 100% statistic. That alnoe should make you nervous. find me one church with a drummer, a bass player, and guitar solos that preaches the wrath of God against sinners and a literal eternity in burning fire and torment for anyone who is not born again. You can’t play half the service of universalist man-centered music and then preach a God centered message – it won’t last that way for long.
  • Do they preach a literal eternity in a fiery Hell for any who are not saved?
  • Do they accept EVERYONE who names the name of Christ as saved, despite evidence to the contrary?
  • Are the Deacons saved? Big question.
  • Are the walls painted black in the sanctuary? Really. I’m not kidding. There are several churches in my town whose walls are painted black, so that the light show works better.
  • Do they preach the whole word of God?
  • Do they make their doctrines based upon emotions, feelings, and what’s pleasing to the flesh – or do they base their doctrinal stand upon the Bible? THat’s a strong question nowadays. Believe it or not, David Cloud’s latest book makes the charge that Southern Baptists respond institutionally more by emotions than the word of God – and I can’t refute that.
  • Do they join hands with those who take unBiblical doctrines, or do they advocate Biblical separation from those in error?
  • Do they preach a Biblical pre-tribulation rapture, or do they assume somehow that there won’t be a rapture, or that “The Church” must go through part of or all of the Rapture? This is a big issue. Like the contemporary music issue, it’s the tip of the iceberg that something is wrong.

Okay, now let’s examine the other side of the issue.

  • Does the congregation look like they’re afraid to raise their eyes to look at the pastor?
  • If you try talking to someone before the service, do they cast a fearful eye at the pastor first before answering you?
  • Do the congregation member’s eyes pass by you as if you don’t exist? I learned in seminary that “As the congregation is, so is the Pastor first.” If the congregation ignores you, so wil the pastor.
  • Do they kick the homeless and needy out of the church – or does the Deacon pull them aside and give them money so they can get some real food? Big issue for me. I saw the Deacon in my old church pull a homeless man who was begging during the service out of the sancutary – and then empty his wallet into the man’s hands. That deacon remains my hero, dsepite my leaving that church. By the way, that Deacon was a military retiree, on a fixed income.
  • Is there a constant theme of, “you’re not getting this kind of Biblical truth anywhere else!”
  • Does the church have pictures of Jack Hyles or Peter Ruckman prominantly displayed?

As we get farther and farther into the age of apostasy, it’s getting harder and harder to look for a Biblical church. So many churches are starting to remove denominational names from their church name (Baptist is not a denomination, but you know what I mean). And some are even removing the word “Church” from the name.

If they’re taking the word Church from the name… it’s a hint.

Use of the word Pharisee


I constantly encounter the word Pharisee by Christians, mostly Evangelicals. Recently, I encountered a hyper-grace believer on this blog, who was quick to try to subtly worm her way in by asking questions, subtly finding a way to slam Fundamentalists, and seized on that as a chance to argue with me that I was a Pharisee, full of works, because I wrote about… repentance and prayer.

Okay, Let me translate the word Pharisee for my Gentile readers, and let’s see if you understand how that word sits in my ears.

“Fundamentalist narrow minded Pharisee!”

In my ears means, “You Bible believing Jew!”

Jew.

You know, It’s been many years since I was called “Jew Boy” in school. Anti-Semitism still reigns in today’s society. Obama’s America in the last years of the reign of his regime had institutionalized Jew Hating. Schools of higher education were encouraged to be racist – against Jews. They used phrases to disguise it – “Divestiture”, “Censure”, “Israel”.

What it amounted to is that America has become increasingly intolerant, in the name of tolerance.

It’s bad enough I have to endure that from the unsaved, but to have my Christian brothers and sisters routinely engage in antisemitism is too much.

When you call someone Pharisee, understand this – you are being a racist. You are being a bigot. You are being an anti-Semite. You’re being a Jew Hater.

in 2008, one night late at night, while reading a book by John MacArthur and searching for the truth, I broke under the weight of my guilt over sin, and I cried out to God to save me from Hell. I called upon Jesus Christ in desperate need, and He answered. At that moment, my heritage ceased to be of importance. yet it’s thrown in my face over and over again.

We as Christians should not be racist. You should not say hurtful words. Don’t you think, if you call someone a Pharisee, you might have to explain that to Jesus Christ? When God says Israel is the apple of His eye, don’t you think you might want to be cautious about that?

When God says those who bless the seed of Abraham shall be blessed and those who curse Abraham’s seed will be cursed… you might want to be more careful?

You Gentiles reading this, understand this – you are a wild olive branch, grafted onto the vine of Israel. You’re joined into the vine along with me. We’re together. You have to live in the same place I do – forever, and ever, and ever.

Christians as a whole have examined their racism, realized its a sin, and repented of it. Except where the Jew is concerned. You look at someone who embraces the Bible as God’s instructions, and you snarl, “Jew!”

You say “Pharisee”, but I hear “Jew.” And it’s right back to 6th grade, and people shouting Jew Boy, and doing the Sieg Heil salute in my face, and shouting “Heil Hitler” as they spit on me.

I’ve gotten over that – certainly 6th Grade was a long time ago. But that feeling comes back when I hear Christians say, “Pharisee”.

To explain it, the Sadducee party disappeared in AD 70 with the destruction of the Temple. The only group to survive was the Pharisees. Jews today are the heirs of the Pharisees, and certainly it took a long time to break free of the mindset of the Chassidic teachings I’d learned, the Orthodox lifestyle. Seriously, it took a long time for me to be able to cut my fingernails without water nearby (if you don’t understand that, it’ll take too long to explain).

If you want to call me Fundamentalist, that’s fine. If you want to call me a literalist, someone who believes the Bible literally, that’s great! If you think I’m self-righteous, say that!

But anti-Semitism should NEVER be in the mouths of Christians. NEVER. If you harbor any anti-Semitic thoughts, pray about them. It’s like all sins we struggle with.

Don’t ever call anyone a Pharisee ever again.