Explaining it more clearly


Yeah but you don’t let comments go through because you’re afraid to show dissenting opinions. People with truth on their side don’t censor the opposition. Truth can stand up to scrutiny.

Okay, let me explain this one more time, and far more clearly, since this is answered on my comment policy. And I get this a lot.

I am under no obligation whatsoever to allow heretics, cult members, atheists or false teachers to use my blog as a platform for their heresies.

That’s why EVERYONE can join WordPress, and get your own blog.

Will you allow me an open, uncensored forum on YOUR blog to tell you what you advocate us unBiblical and Apostasy? I don’t think so.

That’s why wordpress understands you have the right to moderate your own comments. I blocked ALL your comments, sending them straight to the recycle bin, when you began insulting me. I think every real Christian blog out there has a rule about rudeness and insults, so I’m not alone, nor does that qualify me as “afraid.”

I gave you quite a few Scriptures to explain why what you were advocating was wrong, and your responses were out of context Scriptures whose application in most cases had nothing to do with what you were attempting to cite, showing you have only a rudimentary grasp of the Bible as it is. That’s really a warning sign when a Christian cannot understand what their Bible says.

What I AM bound by is the Bible, and the Bible is our sole rule and authority of faith and practice, and it tells me this…

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)
6  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: 9  (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Ephesians 5:6-9 (KJV)
11  And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. Ephesians 5:11 (KJV)
6  Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us. 2 Thessalonians 3:6 (KJV)
6  Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us. 7  For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you; 8  Neither did we eat any man’s bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you: 9  Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us. 10  For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. 11  For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies. 12  Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread. 13  But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing. 14  And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. 15  Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother. 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15 (KJV)
3  If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; 4  He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, 5  Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. 1 Timothy 6:3-5 (KJV)
15  Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 16  But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. 17  And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; 18  Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some. 19  Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. 20  But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. 21  If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work. 22  Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 23  But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes. 24  And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, 25  In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; 26  And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will. 2 Timothy 2:15-26 (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)
6  And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it. 7  For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. 8  Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward. 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 1:6-11 (KJV)
Your position moves away from that in the Bible. Apo ἀπό (away from) & ἵστημι  histemi (to stand) together create apostasy. You are advocating apostasy, and thus I will no longer answer you.
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Apostasy in the Christian Church


Apostasy in the Christian Church

Well thought out article. I skimmed it because I’m ridiculously busy this week.

i’ll try to comment on this next week if I can find time.

Augustine: Jesus did what we cannot do


Jesus did what we cannot do – Sermonaudio

It’s a great sentiment. I agree with it.

But the article starts out quoting a Roman Catholic… and then another.

Agendas.

Ecumenism in action.

Evangelicals define Ecumenism as “All the Church coming together in Christ.”

It’s great, but it’s a misuse of the phrase “church”, in  assuming a universal, invisible body. The Biblical term for that is “Kingdom of God”.

And who came up with the concept of a universal, invisible “Church”?

Augustine. The Roman Catholics.

This is an agenda. They give you a Biblical truth, but then quote Roman Catholics. It’s to get you to first think of them as Christian (which they are not) and then…

….to eventually be reprogrammed and …convert to Roman Catholicism.

Learn to look for agendas. Learn to recognize them.

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.

Issues In Christianity Today #8


willingness to trample the cross of Christ

It’s funny to say this… I’ve written over a thousand blog posts. I’m right now about a week ahead, because I took a few days off to recharge. Last week I had almost two weeks of posts written, and now I’m at about six days ahead. Well, I just wrote one, and this will be another. And my coffee is almost gone, so i’ll have to get up in a minute.

I think the coffee thing runs in my family, seriously. I remember my dad sitting there in his easy chair with a cup of coffee at 9 PM, watching Barney Miller with us. My mom pretty much had given up on the idea of getting him not to drink coffee at night, because he could go upstairs and lay down and fall asleep right away. I knew because we could all hear him. “KHHHHHAAAAAAAAAKKKHHHHHHHH….” all night. My poor dad. His snoring never kept him from getting a deep sleep, because he slept from 11:30 PM and got up again about 4:30 AM, to take the bus to work.

What’s all this got to do with today’s post?

Not a thing. I just felt like writing all that.

Anyway, today we’re seeing a level of rebelliousness against Jesus Christ by professing Christians that I never thought possible.

I separated it from the minor rebellion every Christian usually exhibits (I talked about that yesterday). What I’m talking about is not something Christians exhibit. No saved person could possibly, possibly exhibit the willingness to trample the cross of Christ.

I’m dumfounded by all the articles I constantly read on Sermonaudio. If you are unfamiliar with the SermonAudio news page, I’ll just say that they present the first two or three paragraphs of the article and then you have to click on it to read the rest. Tha’ts kind of a problem, so I usually don’t follow the articles. Just put the whole article up there, for crying out loud! And a return link so we can verify if we need to!

The real title of this article is, “Lost people thinking they’re saved.” You can’t be saved and question the Virgin birth (of Jesus Christ, not Mary. Mary was not virgin born nor immaculately conceived).

LIke Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

You can’t be saved and deny the propitiatory sacrifice of Jesus Christ. LIke Wescott and Hort, like C. S . Lewis.

You can’t believe in Baptismal Regeneration. I just don’t get that. That’s salvation by works. What about Billy Graham? I don’t know, what about him? He’s always preaching the Gospel… but he never comes out and says what it is. He has a habit of saying things in the press that we just don’t know if he really means them or not. He said he and Pope John Paul II agreed on nearly everything. Really? That’s salvation by works, Mary, Queen of Heaven, Purgatory, celibate priesthood (which Graham must not believe in, because he has children), etc. Graham also says he believes in the baptism of children giving salvation. I don’t know what Bible he’s reading, but that’s a heresy. If Graham truly believes in everything he says, he’s the most miserable of people. Or will be shortly after he dies. Because some of the things he claims to believe fall under the category of salvation by works, which is twice described as “Another Gospel” in Galatians chapter 1.

6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. Galatians 1:6-9 (KJV)

That’s really scary. Really.

We literally are in an age where churches are profaning everything of God. Even the Lord’s Supper, which is THE most solemn even Christianity has. “Beer and Pizza communion.” “This is my flesh which I give for ye”…

Really.

We drag in quotes in our sermons from sports stars, many of whom today belong to outlaw street gangs that sell drugs, prostitute, steal, torture and kill. I’m not just picking on the Bloods (by the way, there’s a football star whose book is sold in Christian book stores who is a “General” in the bloods, and when he appeared for a private party a couple of years back and some people were hassling him, he simply left.. and the Bloods showed up a few minutes later and started shooting people), but on MS-13 and OMG’s – outlaw motorcycle gangs.

We drag in quotes from contemporary authors – not Christians – because their name has recognition value. Yet the lives of these people are a mess. Should I quote the writings of an atheist novelist who tried to compound as many words in a single sentence as he could sprinkling words like water trickling from the back of a professional matador as he pirouettes in a Spanish bullpen, listening to the cheers of his watchers, who all would cheer as loudly at his own death? (yes, I was copying the writing style of that author for a second). Well, let me tell you, in my search for sermon illustrations, I’ve found quotes from that author. That author rejected God, and became so despondent about it, he shot himself. So… why are we quoting him???

Christians are getting tattoos that say “John 3:16!” Right next to the one I suppose of the Monster Energy Drink logo (hey… really big hint here… the Monster Energy Drink logo should never be tattooed on your body! It’s Hebrew for 666).

Christians are “re-evaluating God”. They’re claiming we “Don’t have the Gospel right yet.”

What is this besides the trampling of the cross of Christ?

Christians are rushing to say what the world says and denying the Bible. I cannot any longer put certain Bible verses on my blog without getting a storm of complaints… some from Christians! LIke…

4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, 5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Matthew 19:4-5 (KJV)

Yet there are Christians today who, in the name of acceptance from the world, are willing to trample on the Bible. If you’re trampling on the Bible, you’re trampling on Jesus Christ.

What is WRONG with us??? If this was my congregation this was happening to, I’d have a “back to the Bible” year long series, and I’d be urging days of fasting and prayer.

Seriously, I think all Christians should be considering exactly that. We’re just as guilty for not raising our voices and protesting the unbridled evil that rages outside our doors like a flood.

Issues In Christianity Today #7


7. Overall rebellious attitude towards God – “Bible or no Bible…” “What this passage means to me…” “that’s your interpretation” “no two people can agree on what the Bible says”

I’ve heard every one of these lately…

As I’ve mentioned before, we are the SERVANTS of Jesus Christ, not His LORD! The Word Faith movement right now thinks they can command God to do things, that God is their obedient Genie. I’m sure we’re going to hear one last, desperate voice from one of them at the Great White Throne Judgment, “God I COMMAND you to let us into Heaven!”

God is in charge. God is in control. I wrote a blog post back in 2012 about a movie theater shooting, where my wife had heard two Christian DJ’s talking about it and saying, “Well, there is no verse that says God is in control.” She told me about it, I had a fit and wrote an ill tempered blog post. Well, that’s about half of mine, anyway. God’s working on my temper, please have patience.

In that post, I pointed out that by the very deifinition, God is God. God is absoultely in control of everything. He allows things to happen, because He wants to reward us for obedience. I’m afraid many of today’s Christians go to the head of the line for rewards, which of course means, you get just about diddly except a “you showed up prize” of the believer’s crown.

However, He will not reward disobedience. Some teach that you lose rewards for disobedience – I’m really not seeing it in the Scriptures. I do see the same references you do, but that could be read “ya didn’t get nuttin'” just as well as “You got a lot and we took it back”.

Here’s how this relationship works… God tells us what He wants to do, we’re supposed to do it. How well’s that working?

19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Matthew 28:19-20 (KJV)

How long would it have taken us to go out into all the world and preach the Gospel to every nation?

Well, if we told a bunch at once… it could have been done by the Apostles. Did they do it, I wonder?

6 And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also; Acts 17:6 (KJV)

8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. Romans 1:8 (KJV)

Looks to me like they did. How are WE doing? Well, at last I heard, there are “200 people groups who have not heard the Gospel yet”. Well, the Bible says they did, but obviously they rejected it. What we’re meaning is, WE still haven’t reached 200 people groups.

How many people are in the missions team in your church? 8??? 12??? out of what, 200? Really, they should be having to take turns!!! So, what’s the number?

Oh, zero???

That’s how well we’re doing.

How many people have you told about Jesus Christ in the last five years? How many tracts have you passed out?

See, there’s another question from the Bible answered. Why is God going to send out the 144,000? Answer: Because the Gentile age of the Churches bombed miserably on the whole Gospel thing. The 144,000 will do it in seven years.

We’ve had 2,000 years… the 144,000 will have seven. They’ll do it. We did nothin’.

God tells us to read His word. We fail miserably on that. Witness my exchange with my Sunday School class where I made a comment about the color of Jesus’s hair, and someone looked puzzled. I told him what chapter in Revelation to look it up, and he read the whole chapter and said,

“I’m missing it…”

14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; Revelation 1:14 (KJV)

Strange, because every Rastafarian I’ve ever met had that memorized. You just expect Him to look like the actor from Jesus of Nazareth. Odds are good Jesus Christ never had long hair, and even if He did, it’s not brown now. And NO… His eyes are not “every possible eye color and shade all at once”.

We don’t read our Bibles. At best, many of us open them and let our eyes move down the page. When we get reluctantly to the end of our four chapters, we think “Done!” and have acquired ZERO knowledge. I’m speaking of us as a whole (like the universal church everyone keeps talking about). I’ve seen there are a few readers of this blog who read their bibles and actually learn! Good on ya, mate!

Now, let’s get to the next part. When the Bible says something, it means it. I can defeat the whole “The Bible means different things to different people”. When challenged with that, I quoted, 15 Thou shalt not steal. Exodus 20:15 (KJV)

How many different meanings does that have? I’m not talking applications, I’m talking meanings. Could that mean, “you shall not buy a Golden Retriever”? No. Does that mean “you shall not eat Sealtest Ice Cream?”

Nope. It means, “you shall not steal.” If God wanted it to mean something else, He’d have said something else.

The “Bible or no Bible” attitude I can’t change. There’s nothing I can say, except…

11 An evil man seeketh only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him. Proverbs 17:11 (KJV)

If you hear the Bible says you need to do something, and you protest, then… it’s on you. I’ve been nice about it, because it’s cropped up on this very blog, and my response has been a polite “That’s between you and the LORD.” My answer changes at this point to, “That’s on you.”

It’s funny that most people are willing (in words anyway) to do as the Bible commands, until it mentions money. Like give to charity or to tithe. coincidence, I guess.

Bottom line – God is in charge. He commands, we should obey. The Bible says what it means.

We don’t tell God what to do, He’s supposed to tell us, and we, out of a glad and obedient heart, should RUSH to do as God has commanded!

I mean, we’re not talking cult-ism, like “no blood transfusions, no meat on Friday nights, wear this holy underwear and no caffeine…” but rather, Christianity. You know, witness, go to church, pray, read your Bible, pay your tithe, givev to charity.

If the Jehovah’s Witnesses can command their cult members to go and work many many hours a day, Can’t God command us to dedicate a couple hours a week, spread up over seven days???