Integrity


On the E-Sword module website is a man who is a Campbellite/Church of Christ. He routinely publishes his cult’s writings on the E-Sword module website in the form of modules. No problem. go right ahead and publish your non-biblical hoo-rah.

however, he chooses to add the tag “baptist” to the module, with the express purpose of trying to indoctrinate and proseletyze for his cult. Campbellites are not Baptists. He knows that unwary Baptists will simply click the “Baptist” tag, and that way they can be caught, snagged without warning into reading materials that not only oppose correct biblical doctrine, but also “preach another gospel”, one where one must do works to be saved (Baptism). This places the “Church of (Another) Christ” into the category of being under the curse of Galatians 1, and this author under the Biblical classification of being a wolf in sheeps clothing. A False teacher.

I cannot come to any other conclusion. His very tactics show him to be without integrity. If he was using integrity, he would simply tag the module “Church of Christ” – and stop lying To say it is “Baptist” when it is not, is like saying you are something you are not, or you did something you did not. it is lying.

This is typical of cultish behavior, not Christian. Christians engage in dialogue with christians who go to churches with incorrect doctrine, and try to educate and edify them. they do not lie. Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons obscure the truth and lie when proseletyzing. Apparently. so does Church of (False) Christ.

The moderators at the E-Sword forum should warn him to remove the “baptist” tag, and any other dishonest labeling he may be using. If he does not comply, they should warn him once more. If he remains non-compliant or argumentative, then they, according to Romans 16:17 and many other verses on the subject, should promptly ban him, and remove his cultish materials from their server.

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Blessed Assurance 1


He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; 21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. 22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness. Romans 4:20-22 (KJV)

The more I read the book of Romans, the more impressed I get. Because I spent several years studying Rabbinic writings and the Talmud, I’m very familiar with how Rabbis express themselves.

But two books in the New Testament stand out as thinking more brilliant than any Rabbinic writing. Hebrews and Romans. Paul is writing a very detailed explanation in Romans 3 and 4 – and it goes on for a couple more chapters – to explain the switch from “salvation by works” to “Salvation through faith”. It’s Paul’s contention that the Rabbis – who didn’t really make their appearance until the Maccabean kingdom – had their understanding completely wrong. This may shock some of you, but salvation was never through works. This is what Paul is explaining.

Salvation was by faith. Was Abraham saved by his works, or his Faith? Everyone’s muttering “Faith, faith” and thinking “works, but i’m not going to say it out loud…”. Yes, you could be saved by perfectly keeping all 613 commandments as listed in Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. Paul will state later that NOBODY could perfectly do that except Jesus Christ. And, when you explain in detail what a person would have to do to perfectly keep the Law, the usual protest you get is, “You’d have to be God to do that!”

Ta-da. You just got an A in Salvation 101 – the realization you cannot save yourself, and only God can save you. You now understand the main lesson of Romans. $15.95, please.

Now, someone who’s actually read the Bible may ask, “Well, what about all those sacrifices in the Bible? You know, cattle and sheep and birds and aardvarks and what have you?” Well, I think you’re confusing Noah’s Ark with Leviticus, but let’s combine the arguments of two books of the Bible. Let’s combine Hebrews and Romans.

For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. 2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. 3 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. 4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. 5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: 6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. Heb 10:1-6 (KJV)

Explain to me exactly how killing some bull and sprinkling the blood upon the altar, burning perfectly good beef, can take away my sins? I’ll take ANY explanation. Now, the mature Christian will start saying, “It’s a type…” Correct answer. Exactly. The blood and death of the bull is completely powerless. It served two things – it conditioned the person to look towards a future sacrifice – you can find that in Hebrews, by the way. You don’t even have to search, it says it in nice Biblical English! – And somehow, in ways we don’t understand – blood has something in it, its very nature, that blood perhaps calls to blood. The blood of the bull is charged by the future sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Or perhaps as a type, it calls God to bring to mind that He, before the foundation of the world, willingly offered His Son as the offering for our sins. I think this second view is the more biblical. I’ve heard both, but the second one seems to me more what Paul is explaining.

Let’s say a Christian sins. (“No!”) and it was back in those days. And you brought your offering. And it effected forgiveness because God recalls the sacrifice to Jesus which will happen in the Future. Don’t get weirded out because I’m using past tense and future tense in the same sentence. The Bible does it too. Remember, God stands outside of time. At least that’s how the Bible seems to portray it.

Now, as you can see, we got all caught up in the offerings. Hebrews explains the rationale that the offerings were made every day, and every year the person has to come back and offer the same sacrifices. With Jesus Christ, the offerings were made once and for all. Not just for one person, but for ALL people. All you had to do was accept it.

Now we come back to Romans 4, and you’ll see how it all fits together. Was Abraham saved before he sacrificed the lamb instead of Isaac? Yes. Was he saved before he was circumcised? To Jews, that’s a big question. The answer again is, yes. Abraham was saved because God spoke to Abraham and told him “Go to a land that I will bring you.” And Abraham walked from Iraq, near Mosul… all the way to Israel, down to Egypt, and back to Israel. In Israel, God showed Abraham all the land you see will belong to you. And Abraham believed. He had faith, and believed.

Abraham wanted a son, and didn’t have one. God promised, all this land you see, and all the land you just walked on, will belong to your descendents forever. And Abraham believed. Why? Because he knew God was able to fulfill what He promised.

In that moment – he was saved. When I confront you on the street, or wherever, and show you in the Bible that while we were yet sinners God commendeth his love toward us in that Christ died for us… and you believe that. I tell you Jesus saves. And you believe that. Are you saved then?

When you believe that Jesus WILL save you, that He not only has the power but WILL save you – you are indeed saved. Was that the same way Abraham was saved? Yes. Did Abraham keep kosher? Did he observe the Sabbath? Did he wear a prayer shawl, hang a mezuzah on his door frame, etc? All those other Jewish things? Jews say yes, I don’t know. I doubt it, now.

The issue is that Abraham was saved by believing that God will save him, and do all the things that God had promised. Job was saved by acknowledging that “I know my redeemer liveth, yet in my flesh will I see him.” He knew of the Resurrection of the dead, and believed that he, Job, would be saved.

Isn’t this the same way you’re saved? Believing in Jesus Christ? Believing He will save you? That He has the power, and WILL?

There you go. That’s the lesson of Romans.

Ecumenism II


“The New Evangelicalism advocates TOLERATION of error. It is following the downward path of ACCOMMODATION to error, COOPERATION with error, CONTAMINATION by error, and ultimate CAPITULATION to error!” (Charles Woodbridge, The New Evangelicalism, 1969).

We examined yesterday what is Ecumenism, what is Separation, and what the Bible had to say about it. It was probably a surprise how MUCH the bible has to say about it. I know how surprised I was! all those years, the verses in front of me… and nobody ever taught me on this subject.

The Bible calls for us to continue in the Apostles doctrine (Acts 2:42). although we’ve talked about Church successionism before, we’ll discuss it more later in detail connected with this subject. suffice it to say that (as we showed yesterday) any deviation from the apostles doctrine requires separation.

Roman Catholicism and Protestantism arte not the only issues. We also see a broad movement of Bible denying and increasing worldliness among Christians, fed by modernists who (to put it bluntly) are not saved.

The World has put up a subtle battle, moving modernists and bible deniers into pastorates, Bible colleges, and seminaries. They began questioning the inerrancy of the Bible, the existence of hell. Then as they got bolder, seeing as how the church did nothing, they began questioning the virgin birth. Then they began to deny the godhood of Jesus Christ. And the church did nothing.

The Unitarian church arose, and nobody protested. The Presbyterian church went through a split, over pastors who did not believe in Bible doctrine and who had accepted ordination despite disagreeing with the statement of faith of the denomination. Then the Methodists.

Baptists are not untouched. The Northen Baptist have split and re-split. Southern Baptists had to wrest control back of the convention from modernists and liberals. Yet nobody has cast the liberals and modernists out of the SBC. This MUST be done.

What must be done to save the SBC?

  1. Adopt a stronger statement of faith. Remove the weaker statements, and replace with more precise ones.
  2. “The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man.” Which translation? no mention of 66 books, or 88 books (apocrypha)? no mention of preservation of the Bible. the phrase “true and trustworthy” should be replaced with the clear, unmistakeable “Inerrant”.
  3. Section X needs to have a clear statement on the Rapture, which is completely by-passed in the statement of faith. It speaks only of the Return of Jesus Christ – and no mention of the Rapture or its timing.
  4. Section XIII needs to have a defined statement on the Tithe. “Time, Talents and material possessions” seems to imply anything! While I applaud the “time and talents”, there should be a teaching on the 10% that God is entitled to.
  5. Section XIV is wholly unscriptural, and must be removed, and replaced with a statement on Biblical Separation.
  6. Return to the King James Bible, and an abandonment of all modern mis-translations and perversions..
  7. Require ALL pastors to sign a statemtn affirming their agreement with the new statement of faith – and the immediate requirement of all churches within the SBC to comply with it. Any Pastor that does not agree must resign from the SBC, and any church that wishes to retain a pastor that will not sign must depart from the SBC immediately.
  8. In conjunction with the above, the SBC should politely invite all Calvinist Pastors and teachers to start their own convention. Albert Mohler is incorrect in his belief that Calvinism is a historical concept for Baptists. Baptists have always believed the Bible, and the Bible says, “Whosoever believeth….” You cannot subvert our convention. We politely invite you to create your own. Call it the SBCC! Or CSBC, for Calvinist Southern Baptist Convention. Or SGSBC – sovereign Grace Southern Baptist Convention. Or call it Freddie. Whatever you like. But start your own/
  9. A complete rejection of all Christian Contemporary music from worship services within a year, after educating the congregations as to the perils of that form of music. (There is no denying the fact that all churches that begin adding CCM to their worship style end up changing doctrines, and eventually apostasizing). A simple run-down of history of places like Highland Park Baptist Church and West Coast will awaken congregation to the dangers.in addition, education about the musicians performing this music and their beliefs will help congregations understand.
  10. a ruthless examination of all books sold by Lifeway bookstores will help keep the SBC free of error and controversy. Would we allow books promoting evolution and Hollywood in our bookstore? They’ll be moneymakers too! Then why permit books such as Velvet Elvis which deny the godhood of Jesus Christ, inerrancy of the Bible, and the reality of Hell? Why permit the sales of false Bible translations which promote the same things?
  11. More Godly pastors who is not afraid to be “old fashioned” (meaning, Biblical).

This is the only way to save the SBC. Otherwise, it will be Emerging within ten years.

Ecumenism


11 Take good heed therefore unto yourselves, that ye love the Lord your God. 12 Else if ye do in any wise go back, and cleave unto the remnant of these nations, even these that remain among you, and shall make marriages with them, and go in unto them, and they to you: 13 Know for a certainty that the Lord your God will no more drive out any of these nations from before you; but they shall be snares and traps unto you, and scourges in your sides, and thorns in your eyes, until ye perish from off this good land which the Lord your God hath given you. Josh 23:11-13 (KJV)

It’s another one of those amazing things that makes you wonder. The very thing most churches praise is the very thing that brings them to destruction.

“We must get beyond our denominational differences!” They cry. “There must be no divisions in the body of Christ!”

It sounds WONDERFUL! I agree wholeheartedly!

But let’s first see what the Bible has to say about this. Because I hold reservations on this issue. Not of myself, but as a person who is “not my own” and “bought with a price” I am required to believe, keep and teach to a certain standard.

As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine, 1 Tim 1:3 (KJV)

Timothy was required to teach no other doctrine than what Paul had taught him. There was no lee-way, no wiggle room. He couldn’t come up with some novel interpretation. “Re-thinking God” under those guidelines means a deliberate choice to follow another god, an idol “who cannot save”.

“Re-thinking church” under those guidelines means “sitting in the seat of the scornful” (Psalm 1:1). There is one Body of Christ, given one doctrine, taught in local churches.

This changes everything, then. Calvinism teaches Electionism, which says many are predestined to Hell. Nobody is predestined to Hell, except the office of those who refuse to come to Salvation. If you persist in that refusal until death – you will go to Hell. The number of those choosing that office (Sorry, I’m having to deliberately choose words that will illuminate the meaning of all those passages Calvinists read and get confused on…) numbers at 143,000 people a day on average. In a week, about a million people on average enter into Hell. It’s a staggering thought. They were not predestined to hell… they chose it. I personally was not predestined to be saved. God knew I would accept the Gospel of Jesus Christ, repent, and accept the salvation of Jesus Christ. God pre-ordained the office of those who would believe. By believing in Jesus Christ to save me and not of my own actions whatsoever, I entered that office, the office of those predestined to salvation.

Calvinism teaches a different doctrine than what is Biblical.

I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession; 14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: 1 Tim 6:13-14 (KJV)

Paul commanded Timothy to keep his doctrine “without spot”. Peter makes reference to being “without spot” in each one of his Epistles. To quote David Cloud, “A spot is a little thing.” So, we see that Calvinists teach a different doctrine.

Roman Catholics cannot be considered Christian. They believe in Jesus Christ – but they practice salvation by works, which is so far removed from Christian doctrine that they cannot truly be considered Christian. They also elevate Church Tradition far above and beyond the Bible that they must be considered a cult. Roman Catholicism should be considered the very opposite of Christianity. Anti-Christianity, if you will.

Armenianists teach that one can lose their salvation. Salvation is a gift of God. It is not ours to lose. Woe is all of us if it were possible to lose it, as Heb. 6:4 points out, because there is no further sacrifice for sins. We are sealed unto the day of redemption, which means we cannot possibly lose our salvation.

Armenianism teaches a different doctrine than what is Biblical.

Presbyterians teach baptismal regeneration. As does Lutherans, Methodists, Church of Christ, Episcopals, Anglicans and almost all other Protestants. The Bible does not show a single infant being baptised ever, only adult believers. And Jewish practice at the time was full body immersion, as commanded by God. So almost every Protestant denomination teaches a different doctrine than what is Biblical.

“What? How can you say that???” Uh… it was easy. I just showed you the minor (well, in some cases extremely major) errors of Protestantism. There’s no argument with what I showed – it was the conclusion I drew, wasn’t it?

But in the light of what the Bible teaches versus what the denominations teach – what other conclusion can you draw?

“Without spot.” “No other doctrine.” This is what the Bible COMMANDS. This is the New Testament, not some command under the law. You cannot dismiss it as Legalism if it is taught in the New Testament.

These commands are given as safeguards, as we see in Joshua 23. The people of Israel ignored this command over and over again, each time getting more mired in idolatry. By the carrying away to Babylon, even the nations around them couldn’t believe Israel & Judah’s exesses.

What does the bible command us, who hold to true Biblical doctrine, to do, concerning Christians who hold to different doctrines?

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 1:10-11 (KJV)

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. Eph 5:11 (KJV)

But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain. 10 A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject; 11 Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself. Titus 3:9-11 (KJV)

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. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. 1 John 2:15-17 (KJV)

Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 2 Tim 3:5 (KJV)

 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. 7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them. 8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: Eph 5:6-8 (KJV)

Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. James 4:4 (KJV)

If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. 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 15:18-19 (KJV)

I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. John 17:14-16 (KJV)

beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:1-2 (KJV)

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)

Ecumenism is friendship with the world. It encourages friendship and co-operation with Rome. The only Co-operation Rome requires is that a). we do not try to save Roman Catholics, so that they can keep their doomed flocks on the road to Hell and under their control and B). we co-operate our way back into Rome’s control, and begin surrendering control back to the Pope. Rome does not want cooperation – They want capitulation. they want you to come back to Rome. The word Ecumenism to them means “Protestants returning to Rome.” Since Baptists were never part of Rome, I have no idea what their opinion of that is. Probably back to the Inquisition, again. No doubt they will be placing Baptists back on the rack, the gallows, and drowning – and burning at the stake as they have always done. Much is made about Islam’s “convert or die” approach – nobody ever mentions Roman Catholicism’s historical approach to this.

With this in mind, should there be divisions within the body of Christ? The answer biblically is no. But those that adhere to other doctrines we practice a form ofChurch Discipline with. We do not fellowship with them until they repent and adhere to true Biblical doctrine. This is called Separation.

We are not dividing the body of Christ – we are separating from those who, by their false doctrines, are the ones who themselves cause divisions in the body of Christ.

So, with this in mind, all Christians are to separate from those who preach and teach false doctrine. That’s what the Bible teaches.

What are you practicing?

Prayer by R. A. Torrey


Today finished “Prayer” by R. A. Torrey. Some very good meat in there… but by the same token, apparently he planted the seeds for the Pentecostal movement with his comments about the Holy Ghost. I did add some comments in the book.

Prayer. To be persistent in prayer. to strive in prayer. I will probably go ahead and do the E. M. Bounds books next.

it’s been obvious to me that God is moving on me about this issue. I don’t know if I really have the time to spend an hour a day in prayer. That would be a luxury. Should God move me into some kind of full-time ministry, then yes, I could see that. But right now… It’s not a reality working this job.

Working With Bible Explorer 4.0


My latest bible program was a free gift. Since it was given to me, I thought I’d spend some time working with it.

My first impressions is that it’s not as powerful or as useful as E-Sword, still the reigning champ of Bible programs. There does not appear to be any way to create your own content, which immediately robs you of the ability to customize it. Let’s say I wanted to focus on Fundamental Baptist writings, people like J.R. Graves, B. H. Carroll and J. T. Christian. Unless someone has created a hassle-free third-party program to manufactur user content for BE4, there is no way. You’re limited to what content the manufacturer creates.

There remains a second option. The Word Processor window function allows you to write sermons, and with a click of a button, you can publish it to the BE4 user forums. Not a bad little addition! It’s one of the two strong ponts of the program. One could possibly copy and paste writings from Godly Baptist men, and upload hundreds of sermons by clicking a button.

The good part is that thousands of BE4 users would now have access to your sermons. Presumably they can leave comments, and possibly rate your sermons – I haven’t been to the user forums to check that out.

The downside to that of course is that as we get closer to the Rapture, churches and Christians will begin falling away from the truth faster and faster. To keep our garments unspotted will take more and more work. Thus, any work which expouses good Biblical truths will meet more and more rejection as we get closer to the End Times.

I’m tempted to write a hundred sermons and publish them! I’ll start on getting people biblically saved, move to the Inspiration/preservation of the Bible, and then get to Biblical Separation and Strict Biblicism…

Bible Explorer 4 pt. 2


The Bible Notes function: This is not as strong a function in BE4 as it is in E-Sword or The Word. I think The Word has the distinct edge in this area, even over E-Sword. I know it’s easy in E-Sword, but there’s something about the ease of it in The Word that makes that program win.

In BE4, it works roughly the same as the other two programs – you can make your own notes on Bible verses, separated by a bar with the exact address of the verse. It’s good in that you can quickly scroll up or down to see what you wrote in a related verse subject. To my mind, this means it’s better for writing commentary than it is for “scribbled notes in Bible Margins” kind of thing. However, choosing ctrl+A selects only the verse in question, as opposed to just all your verse notes.

Were the manufacturers to have a way to export your verse notes into Commentary format, and then to publish that to the user forums, i think it would give the program an edge in sales.

Certainly, BE4 the standard version is a lot more affordably priced than Quickverse or Logos. for $50 you can get the standard version. Or if you buy the BE4 limited for $10, you can upgrade to the standard version for $39.95, which is a lot more doable. And they advertise it with, “Has the NASB and NIV!”

I suppose I would like that, just for proving to people about the superiority of the KJV Bible. However, it’s going to have to wait…