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.

Replacement theology refuted


I doubt I could have said this better myself!

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.

The Case For Fundamentalism


101 I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word. 102 I have not departed from thy judgments: for thou hast taught me. 103 How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth! 104 Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way. 105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:101-105 (KJV)

As I’ve mentioned several times in the past, there’s a difference between fundamentalism and evangelicalism.

Like most Christians, I had considered myself (before joining seminary) that I was both an Evangelical Christian, and a Fundamentalist. I thought that if you believed in spreading the Gospel and winning souls for Christ, you were an Evangelical.

So my assumption was, any author that Evangelicals advocated was good. I should read the people whom Evangelicals quote and advocate. I raised my eyebrows at these author’s statements, and I could happily read Rick Warren and not notice anything wrong with it. John MacArthur was a strong preacher, and he talked a lot about Calvinism, which I didn’t know what in the daylights that was. But Evangelicals talked reverently about him, and I considered myself a fundamentalist, and wasn’t that the same thing?

So I started learning what that was. And quickly backed out of it after meeting a very simple and plain Pastor, who carefully explained the truth to me. See, that’s what’s great about real Pastors. They care what you believe.

Fundamentalism is the position you take when you say, “I accept the Bible as the inspired word of God.” Now, to take any other position is heresy. And a great many heretics and false teachers make the same profession.

Heretics and false teachers? Yes, heretics, and false teachers. The Bible makes it abundantly clear they would arise. Indeed, Paul warned that they would arise immediately after he left, and told the early Christians that he’d warned them many times, weeping, that grievous wolves would arise (Acts 20:29)

So, we’re past the position of thinking that just every Christian teacher out there is good. If you’ve read the Bible cover to cover at least once, that should be abundantly clear. If not, SLOW DOWN on your next read through of the Bible! STOP, take notes. Ask yourself, “What does this verse mean???”

The one thing I’ve advocated the most is deliberate study of your Bible. I dare say, there are 10 Christians who will die for the Bible to every 1 that will read it! Don’t depend on me to tell you what the Bible says. go buy one! Study it! I’ll help, but hey… you need to do the work. And you need to beware any organization, church, denomination, etc that advocates letting THEM interpret the Bible for you! Should you learn Greek? Couldn’t hurt. Can you understand the Bible without it? Absolutely! you don’t need the mindset of a Jew, a Korean, or any other such thing. You just need salvation… and a Bible!

In addition to believing in the Bible as the inspired word of God, inerrant, there’s an additional belief in the preservation of God’s word. We’ll discuss this one more, but let me first finish with the Fundamentals of the faith.

Fundamentalism is, when you break the word down, NOT about anger. NOT about shaking your finger in someone’s face. NOT about judging other people.

And that’s the impression that the unBelieving public has about what a Fundamentalist is.

Some people have categorized Westboro Baptist as being Fundamentalist, when in fact, they are not. The average person going to Westboro Baptist has little or no idea what’s in the Bible. It was interesting whoever made those films on Youtube where a Christian politely asked the Westboro Baptist people what they believed??? The answers to me were quite interesting. They had not a clue what the Fundamentals of Christianity were.

Which tells me the Westboro Baptist people are either a cult (duh) or the invention of a liberal media trying to make Christians look bad. Your choice what you think the truth is.

What is a Fundamentalist? What is Fundamental Christianity? Why one who believes in the Fundamentals of Christianity!

It’s that simple. But you’ll find when you say, “I’m a Fundamentalist” that some things change. You take the Bible seriously, because, well, that’s the rule of our faith and practice. A discussion with a Methodist pastor I used to work with led to a discussion where people wanted to know the difference between his denomination and mine was. He explained, “WE believe in Bible, Reason, and Tradition.” My response was, “Baptists believe in Bible, Bible, Bible.”

The next words that were spoken was very revealing. Someone who was attending a Methodist church then asked me, “You don’t really believe the Bible, do you?” The tone was a skeptical one, like, “That book is full of errors and superstitions! How can you believe that?”

My answer was simple. “Yes, I believe the Bible.” It says a lot. Because it’s NOT full of errors and myths, but EVERY WORD is true.

In many ways, how you see the Bible is almost a barometer of your salvation. If you see the Bible as MOSTLY God’s word, warning bells should be going off. Because if I were your pastor, I’d immediately begin asking you more questions, and chief among them would be, “Tell me your testimony. I’m a little worried.”

If you see the Bible as PRETTY MUCH God’s word, again, same worry.

If you see the Bible as full of old myths and superstitions, i’m going to take you through a study of salvation, and ask you repeatedly, “Are you sure you’re saved?” Because i’m telling you right now, you can’t see the Bible that way and be saved.

Next is the deity of Christ. Fundamentalists believe Jesus Christ was fully God and fully man. The Trinity is next. Fundamentalists believe in the Trinity.

so far so good? you’re probably a little surprised if you’ve never thought of yourself as a Fundamentalist.

Salvation by grace through faith is the next one. How’re you doing so far? Hopefully pretty good. If not, leave comments below what doctrines you’re having problems with, and we’ll help explain it.

Here’s where we may lose a person or two – Repentance is required for salvation. Repentance is a change of mind leading to a change of actions. Does this mean you never sin again once you’re saved? Hah hah hah!!! Sorry, that’s more a laugh of regret than anything. No, you’re still going to sin. Does this mean you have to change your actions in order to be saved? No, because that’s salvation by works.

The important thing is that you understand that sin is rebellion against God, and that by engaging in sin, you are rebelling against God. That mindset makes the awareness of sin reprehensible to you. Good, that’s a Godly mindset. It’s a good indicator that you’re saved.

But someone who lives like the devil day in day out and sees nothing wrong with it is deluding themselves. Anyone who can say, “I believe I can be a (insert sin here) and still be a Christian” is probably deluded about their salvation.

The problem arose back in the 60’s with Bill Bright’s Campus Crusade for Christ, when he invented his “four spiritual laws”. it basically whitewashed the Gospel, and Bill Bright himself later rejected the approach. Don’t believe me? It’s in the last book he wrote before his death. It’s a public statement, and not some “Deathbed rejection”.

Another problem is Jack Hyles. David Cloud made a joke in one of his sermons that he hoped that Hyles’s church would hire another Pastor to replace Jack Schaap, also named Jack. That way, Cloud’s book could have been called “Three Jacks” instead of “The Hyles Effect”.

Jack Hyles basically bypassed the Gospel in his attempt to save time, and get more “yes” answers to his altar call. Hyles taught the only sin there was was the sin of unbelief. The approach was to ask in a positive manner questions you wanted a “Yes” to. “You want to go to heaven, don’t you?” Well, of course, everyone’s going to answer “Yes” to that. “You don’t want to be rejected by God, and not spend eternity in heaven, don’t you?” That answer is always going to be “no” because of the way it’s asked.

The problem is, between Bill Bright’s approach and Jack Hyles’s “one two three, repeat after me” approach, millions think of themselves as saved, who are not saved. I’m not kidding about the numbers, because Hyles bypassed the issue of sin altogether, and over 750,000 people supposedly accepted Christ through Jack Hyles alone! Yet First Baptist of Hammond, Indiana had a membership of only a couple thousand.

Wait. If 750,000 people all claimed to be born again, shouldn’t your church membership be at least, I don’t know, 100,000??? Let’s just say 1 in 10 were really born again out of that number – that would be fair, right? Then the attendance at First Baptist should be 75,000 and not 2 or 3 thousand!

AS a result, we have at least a couple of million people out there – I really want you to picture that in your mind – who have walked an aisle or maybe just put a hand up in their seat, thought a quick “Yes” at an invitation, and think they are saved.

Previous to Bill Bright and Jack Hyles, the Gospel invitation was always centered around presenting to the person that “Do you understand you are a sinner, and that your sins have separated you from God? If you died today, you would not be going to heaven, but are doomed to spend eternity in Hell.”

Yup. That’s the old approach. We need a new approach, one right with the new times, right?

No.

The old approach is right. Because if you are not saved, and you died tonight, would you be in Heaven… or Hell?

If there is no repentance, there is no salvation. now, I’ve written a blog article or three in the past, totally blown away by a blog article I saw someone write once, saying “repentance is not even in the Bible!”

Uh… are you KIDDING????

Okay, if you really want to see my coffee-fueled rant, it’s somewhere in my archives. It was pretty amusing, to watch my brain promptly explode over that!!!

Listen, if repentance was not important, then why was it the very first thing the Lord taught after His baptism and his time in the wilderness???

so repentance is an important part of the Fundamentalist.

What’s next? A holy life. you should start working to being less worldly. A few steps at a time! this was why, in my pages on the Jehovah’s Witnesses, my advice to anyone who came out of the JW world was simple – cut back. They were used to spending sometime 30 to 40 hours a week at the Kingdom Hall, or in meetings, Bible studies, evangelizing, etc.

Step by step. it’s like exercise. Too much at once is too much. You get hurt. Should you get rid of your TV? Up to you. I recognize that addiction to TV is too much for a lot of people. I recommend it, but hey… I want to make it clear I’m not thinking for you. You do what you’re comfortable with, right now. And let the Lord lead you, a step at a time, out of Egypt.

Worldliness. That’s a big difference between Evangelical and Fundamentalist. The Evangelical position is like walking halfway out of the ocean, still waist deep in water, and claiming you’re bone dry. The Fundamentalist position is to keep walking towards the beach. You know you’re just gonna be cold once you’re out of the water, but go ahead and do it anyway, because you know it’s holding you back.

Get out of the world. leave their mindset behind. Get a godly mindset.

Lastly, separation. That’s a HUGE issue. Evangelicalism rejects it. The Bible makes it clear, it is not optional, but mandatory.

Evangelicalism says, “We’re going to cooperate with other Christians for the sake of the Gospel, and ignore the small things.”

Sounds nice. What’s the small things? find me one doctrine in the Bible that God says, “This is a small thing, don’t divide over it.”

Because what Evangelicalism calls a small thing is to me a big thing. They cooperate with the unSaved for the sake of the Gospel. now, i’ve blogged on this time and again. We should not be partnering with those to whom salvation is determined by if a baby is sprinkled with water. If you think you’re saved because you got your forehead clean as a baby, I got really bad news for you. You’re not saved.

If you think you have to do good works in order to be saved, you’re not saved.

But Evangelicals partner with both groups. Willingly. And call them “Christians”.

That goes right back to position number one. the Bible, and a lack of knowledge or even accepting what the Bible says! “Well, they have a cross on their church steeple.”

It’s nowhere in the Bible that we are Christians if we wear a cross. It says we’re disciples if we carry it, not wear it. Remember, don’t confuse “disciple” with “saved”. if the Bible wanted to tell you “saved”, it would use that word. “disciple” is a step you take AFTER you are saved. You can be saved and not be a disciple. OK? Good.

I’m going to tell you right now, it’s not like in the “Left Behind” movie where the entire church goes in the Rapture, and the youth pastor is left behind. (I’m tempted to joke and say, “The deacons will be there too”…)

There will be entire denominations who will see the vast majority of them enter the Tribulation. That’s not my words, that’s the Bible. If you do not believe Salvation by grace through faith, that salvation is the gift of God and not of works (Eph. 2:8-9)… uh… you’re getting left behind. Why? You’re not saved.

I do not partner with so called Christians who believe that because they were sprinkled, or a geometric shape of some kind was traced on their forehead as a baby, that they’re saved. Why? They’re not saved. If I partner with that, I’m giving credence to their false Gospel. I’m lending it my legitimacy. So, I separate from it.

If you personally do not believe in the Trinity, I separate from you. Why? You’re not saved. I’m not lending my name to a blasphemy that dooms all adherents to Hell.

I’m not going to partner up with a Roman Catholic or a Seventh Day Adventist, because they believe in salvation by works. I will not lend any stamp of approval to heresy. How can I expect you to help me further the gospel when you don’t understand what it is? If you think you must do ANYTHING to earn or maintain your salvation, you’re a heretic, and not saved.

So why should I partner with you? I say, “You go evangelize this neighborhood, and i’ll get this one…” and you go off and tell them they need to join your church to be saved, and you must do all six of the seven “sacraments” to be saved, and minimize your time in a mythical purgatory… and what did I do? I went and saved one neighborhood, and trusted you to deliver another one straight to Hell.

so, Fundamentalists separate from the unsaved.

I know, there’s that wonderful saying, “in essentials, unity, in all things charity.” or some other nonsense. So… if salvation is not an essential doctrine, what is???

out of political expediency, Christians across the US suddenly reversed their position about whether Mormons were Christians or not. Spineless “pastors” apologized to Mormons for the sin of “Mormophobia”.

Okay, I’m not afraid of Mormons. But in no way am I deluded into thinking they’re Christians. They don’t have the Gospel. the whole Mormon love affair started with Glenn Beck and his moderate conservative politics. Christians love to hear him rant against democrats, so they began softening their attitude about Mormons. Operation World suddenly changed their statistics to include Mormons as “Christians” and Franklin Graham just about passed out when he found that the BGEA had an entry describing Mormonism as a cult.

Okay, well, it is a cult. No issues there. Cult or false religion, your choice. They preach universalism. If they’re saved, so are the Unitarians. If Unitarians are save,d so is everyone else, because that’s about as blasphemous a position as you can get!

See the error of the Evangelical position? Are you sure you agree with that?

The Bible position is Fundamentalism.