7 Ways to Backslide


Most Christians want to stay true to the Lord, and avoid backsliding into sin. The rest really aren’t Christians, so they’re not worried about it.
But did you know Evangelicalism has you programmed to backslide? A lot of people struggle with daily disappointments and besetting sins, and try to find a way to avoid sliding back. Let’s look at what Evangelicalism is doing to keep you in sin, and ineffective for the Lord right now.

  1. Devotionals, instead of the Bible. Single biggest thing, right there. Our Daily Bread starts with ONE Bible verse, a pithy story that usually isn’t well connected to the Bible verse at all, a call to inaction, and a sample prayer to pray. Throw the things away, and never read them again. This hits you on so many levels I could write an entire blog post on this alone! Not to mention that someone else is interpreting the Bible verse for you, and you have no idea who they are, their theological standing, etc.
  2. Refusal to separate from error. No kidding. This is another big one. I’ve heard Evangelicals praise the writings of modernists who denied the deity of Christ and the virgin birth, and are suffering right now in eternal torment. I’ve read so many times the “In Essentials, unity, in all else, tolerance” nonsense too many times. If you study and devour the writings of non-Christians, it will not help you to maintain a holy, sin free lifestyle. If you’re spending a lot of time reading C. S. Lewis, how will that help you to live a Godly life? He thought salvation was by works, and believed in Universalism. C. S. Lewis had problems with the idea of Hell (I wonder if he still does? If he;s in heaven, then no. If he’s in Hell, then… no). People who teach error – and I could spend a full time job exposing them – lead you into error. That’s a bottom line statement. My purchase of Logos came with so many modernistic materials I had to issue warnings about soe of them on this blog.
  3. Lack of prayer. Prayer is not just asking God for whatever you want… prayer is about praising God, speaking to God, giving glory to God,and asking for intercession, healing, etc. Tim Laheye used the ACTS acronym – adoration, confession, thanks, supplication. Try that, If you spend one minute a day on each, you’ve only prayed four minutes, but it’s four minutes more than you’ve been praying!
  4. Lack of Fasting. There are times that Christians need to fast. That’s obvious from the Bible. When you’re seeking God’s will for your life, BINGO – fast time. All Americans could use a fast. Biblically, a fast includes no water as well as no food. You have to start slow, and build your way up. By the way, unless God is strengthening you, it is impossible to fast 40 days with no water. Day number 4, someone is calling an ambulance to take away your cold, cold remains. For most people, I would not recommend a fast with no liquids.
  5. Lack of church. If you’re not attending a Bible believing Narrow is the Way Fundamentalist King James only fried chicken eatin’ Baptist Church, you’re backsliding already. It takes like-minded believers to keep you strong.
  6. Television. Yup, I know them’s fightin’ words. And you only watch Godly programming, but there’s TV commercials. And I’ve seen Godly TV programs throw something in there that never should be shown on a Christian’s TV. I remember dialogue on “Seventh Heaven” that really should never have been said EVER on a Christian TV show (that should bring you to some conclusions…). Better to not have a TV.
  7. Foul Language. Taking the Lord’s Name in vain and cursing are two of the quickest ways to backslide. Evil communication corrupts good manners!
How do you fix this?

Do the opposite of these seven errors! Throw away your daily Bread. Separate from error and false teachers! Pray daily, the more the better! Fast when the Lord leads you to, be faithful in church attendance. Abstain from Television, and be exceedingly careful what videos you watch, and finally avoid taking the Lord’s name in vain and cursing! This includes watching movies where people DO curse!

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Politics Versus The Bible


Let me preface my remarks today with a simple formula. I can’t insert the “is not equal to” symbol you learned in the 5th grade… BUT…

  • Christian is not synonymous with Republican
  • Republican is not synonymous with Christian.

Now, YES… a VAST MAJORITY of American Born Again Christians flock to the Republican party. And politicians are quick to try to either A). support Israel while running for office or b). talk either about God, prayer, or maybe a lame quote from the Bible. note they’ll never quote something like John 3:3!

Most politicians stop the pretense as soon as they’re in office. Um… except the Donald. It seems he’s conducting Bible studies in the White House. right in the Oval Office. Guess what? I could be very wrong, but I think he won the election. And he’s carrying on far past the point where everyone else drops the pretense!

But here’s the flipside – there’s a political party who has seemed to make it a priority to legislate out of existence Christianity within America. And a lot of Christians STILL are part of that Party.

The Republican party pushed a member of a cult as a candidate for President, and suddenly Franklin Graham and countless others are rushing to embrace anyone who’s ever even driven PAST Salt Lake City as a fellow Christian.

No, let’s get our heads clear. We test everything by the word of God. Even political expediency. If your party routinely opposes God, Christianity, and the Bible, and exalts every manner of sin – as a Christian, you have only one response. Leave that party. Vote with your feet.

If your party attempts to push a member of a cult as President, then click on “other” at the ballot station and manually type in the name of another Candidate! The Republicans would have been astounded if they’d pushed a Mormon, only to find that a candidate who’d not gotten the nomination found himself President the following morning!

We as Christians need to send warnings to Washington DC – we matter. And we will not stand for any attempt to silence Christians, or to stand against the Bible. Here’s our answer to Pelosi Democrats and their agendas… we pull every Christian voter out of the Democratic party. Which almost happened last November.

If they lose enough elections, they’ll figure it out, and boot the Pelosi-ites out of office. That’s how we answer Washington. We vote. And at this point, you have to vote against things sometimes.

We also send a clear message to the Republican party, which I think they heard loud and clear – no moderate Republicans. No Liberal Republicans. High ye away to the democrats, if that’s ye platforme!

STAND for the Bible. Stand for God. Vote according to those factors, and sooner or later, the politicians get it.

And stop parroting political expediency. Ye are not your own, and ye were bought with a price. Not by politics, but by the Son of Man.

Ballistics


One of the thoughts I’ve long had is – how long does it take for a church begin to slide into apostasy, and how do they do it? Between three and fifty years.

There’s really no way to say. Lee Robertson’s Church, for example, had one small deviation, from what I’ve read. Pastor Robertson wanted to stay away from controversy. He refused to criticize publicly any Pastor, Bishop, Reverend, etc.

He played the safe road. However, when aiming a gun at a target, if you’re only a fraction of an inch off at the front sight… over 25 yards you miss the target. The issues of his church going apostate was inevitable. By not warning about teachers who denied fundamentals, he left his church unable to tell who was a wolf, and whom a pastor. They were defenseless.

It took years, but from his decision to never criticize, he made it inevitable. In fact, men came in while he was there who made decisions and changes that led to the church’s sorry state.

Marc Monte is a good, fundamental, Narrow is The Way (NITW) King James Only (KJO) Pastor. He warns his congregations about false teachings, but rarely names names. It will take his church much longer than Lee Robertson, but unless he begins to openly say names, it is inevitable. His congregation is aware of bad teachers, but unable to identify them So, as a result, they’ll listen to any Bible teacher with strong teachings and strong convictions. Rick Warren has strong convictions, almost all of which are wrong. R. C. Sproul has strong teachings and strong convictions, and they too are completely wrong. Paul Washer, the same thing. How will his church know who to avoid? All Pastor Monte has to do to avoid this is – go ahead and let them know who he’s talking about!

On the other hand, lets look at a different example. The average Southern Baptist church boasts a membership whose age is averaging in the 50’s-60’s. There are pastors who have the very real fear of performing the funeral of the very last member of their church, and then going and locking the doors forever.

So when Wolves come along, like Rick Warren, who have a guaranteed plan of boosting attendance, many of these Pastors grab on to it desperately. They have no idea there is another way. Start moving your church to a Fundamental, Narrow is the Way, King James Only church.

You do admittedly lose a LOT of people this way. Being a Christian is like swimming upstream. Most Christians sadly are not educated as to the evils of wrong Bible translations, worldly living, worldly dress, worldly churches. Instead, they think, “why, this is just like the World I just left!” and they’re happy. Few are reading their Bibles enough to notice a pattern of “come out of the world and be ye separate, and touch not the unclean thing.”

But the Fundamental NITW KJO Baptist church has a specific group that attends. They are hungry for the word of God, ready and willing to do what God says is acceptable, ready to accept any mission you ask of them. You know, saved people/alas, so many of them are open to cultism, because so many cults are wrapping their deceptive poison teachings in the shiny wrapper that is KJO or NITW.

So, you have to educate. I sometimes think of the Christian walk as being more trying to maintain footing as you cross a rushing stream. the water tries to tug you off step. The devil will do anything in his power to get you offstep. If you’re off balance, you’re easier to fight. The devil dislikes trying a head on, touch gloves ring the bell fight. He’d rather weaken you first.

If you can educate a FKJO congregation to beware of cults, errors and traps, you’ve got a rewarding church. Now the issue remains is you’ve got a small congregation, and oddly enough, mostly young people. I think the younger generation sees the hypocrisy of the Purpose Driven movement.

that’s pretty much the rule, not the exception. There are some Fundamental KJO churches with large congregations. A lot of that comes from the “rotating of the saints”, stealing church members from other congregations. There’s good and bad in that. Good, if you’re getting people from apostate churches, and churches that are sliding into apostasy.

Bad, if you’re getting them from other Fundamental KJO churches – that’s bad. I recommend you not allow that. Someone can visit from another Fundamental church as a friendly “welcome to the neighborhood” approach. If they come back, some experts recommend you call that church and let the pastor know. This lets him know you’re not trying to poach off members.

The pastor willing to take this route has the comfort of knowing he’s doing the Lord’s will. As more and more people walk willingly into the “falling away” of Thessalonians, you’ll see Bible Believing churches get smaller and smaller before they disappear. The Pastor who tries to set up a salary with his church may possibly see the church unable to meet it.

Pastors may have to change their focus from “living from the Gospel” to sadly, “augmenting your living from the Gospel”.

Before we slide too much further past that, the Lord will most undoubtedly have Raptured the Church.

SermonAudio.com | New Poll Finds Evangelicals’ Favorite Heresies


I’m reblogging this one, because of Todd Friel’s broadcast on this same poll. I saw this over at the Vine Vigil, and not surprisingly, Friel feels the same way I do.

SermonAudio.com | New Poll Finds Evangelicals’ Favorite Heresies.

Yup. Again, more evidence here that we’re in the midst of the Great Apostasy. Another reason why I suggest the Rapture may go unnoticed, because so many who think they’re saved are not saved.

If only 96% of Evangelicals think Christ rose from the dead… the 4% who do not are not saved. You cannot disbelieve that and be saved.

If you think Jesus Christ is a created being… you are not saved. that’s 27% of Evangelicals polled, for those wondering.

27% is a little over one out of four.

“The Holy Spirit is a force, not a being,” 58% of Evangelicals surveyed are… not saved.

You CAN’T Make mistakes like this, people! These reflect mindsets that show you do not understand the Gospel, do not believe the Bible, and have a complete misunderstanding of EVERYTHING the Bible teaches!

So statistically, if you see two evangelicals standing together, only one of them is saved… I’ve really got to question where this poll was done, because answers like this are horrifying.

Another question revealed instead not the heresy of the poll respondents, but rather… the heresy of the poll takers.

The poll was done by Ligoniers ministry, a very staunch 5 point Calvinist group led by R C Sproul. Most people who were interviewed absolutely I guarantee did not understand the question, or the implication of it.

The problem with the question was, Sproul thinks its a heresy to cry out to the Lord to be saved. He thinks you’re predestined to be saved, and it does not require your repentance or belief – because you’re predetermined to be saved or damned, and there’s not a thing you can do to change it. This is not something the Bible teaches – it is a heresy.

So, Sproul has something in common with the Evangelicals he polled.

SermonAudio.com | New Poll Finds Evangelicals’ Favorite Heresies


SermonAudio.com | New Poll Finds Evangelicals’ Favorite Heresies.

Yup. Again, more evidence here that we’re in the midst of the Great Apostasy. Another reason why I suggest the Rapture may go unnoticed, because so many who think they’re saved are not saved.

If only 96% of Evangelicals think Christ rose from the dead… the 4% who do not are not saved. You cannot disbelieve that and be saved.

If you think Jesus Christ is a created being… you are not saved. that’s 27% of Evangelicals polled, for those wondering.

27% is a little over one out of four.

“The Holy Spirit is a force, not a being,” 58% of Evangelicals surveyed are… not saved.

You CAN’T Make mistakes like this, people! These reflect mindsets that show you do not understand the Gospel, do not believe the Bible, and have a complete misunderstanding of EVERYTHING the Bible teaches!

So statistically, if you see two evangelicals standing together, only one of them is saved… I’ve really got to question where this poll was done, because answers like this are horrifying.

Another question revealed instead not the heresy of the poll respondents, but rather… the heresy of the poll takers.

The poll was done by Ligoniers ministry, a very staunch 5 point calvinist group led by R C Sproul. Most people who were interviewed absolutely I guarantee did not understand the question, or the implication of it.

The problem with the question was, Sproul thinks its a heresy to cry out to the Lord to be saved. He thinks you’re pre-destined to be saved, and it does not require your repentence or belief – because you’re pre-determined to be saved or damned, and there’s not a thing you can do to change it. This is not something the Bible teaches – it is a heresy.

So, Sproul has something in common with the Evangelicals he polled.

Further Case for Fundamentalism


We covered a few fundamentals of Christianity before, namely, inerrancy of the Bible, the deity of Jesus Christ, the trinity, repentance in salvation, and separation from the world and heresy.

Today let’s deal with the rest. Should be very quick, as these a pretty much again well understood doctrines.

The virgin birth. That’s a gimme. If you don’t believe in this, there’s a lot of problems I won’t be able to fix in just one post. I’ll be dealing with proofs for Christianity in August, and trust me, I’ll be dealing with it in detail.

The resurrection. Another gimme. If you don’t believe in this, a physical, bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ from the dead, then brother, let me put it to you gently… you’re going to Hell.

The Holy Spirit. Sure. Another gimme. One third of the trinity. the Bible calls the holy Ghost “God” (Acts 5:4).

Everyone should be reassured right now. “Hey, I guess I was a Fundamentalist all along!”

A few more, and then we’re done! Future judgment of mankind. Believers experience a judgment for the purpose of the giving of rewards, and the unbelievers experience a drastic judgment, where the degree of their punishment for all eternity is decreed. Ugly, but that’s the way it is!

reality of Hell as a place for the punishment of the wicked.

so you can see, most of the beliefs of Evangelicals and Fundamentalists are identical.

What’s the single biggest division between them?

Fundamentalists believe in the Bible, Evangelicals say they do. How can I say they do not believe like they say?

Because I can’t imagine someone saying they believe in the Bible, but then do the exact opposite.