Things I Miss


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I was thinking this morning about things I miss.

One thing I miss was I used to have a Hebrew word processor. It let me write in Yiddish and Hebrew. I can’t remember if it was DavkaWriter or Dagesh (I think it was Dagesh, which you can’t even get anymore).
I kept thinking the whole time I had it was that it was a $19.95 program for $109.00, which is common with a lot of Jewish software. The Bavli Talmud CD Rom was the finest $39.95 program for $295.99. No kidding, minimal search capabilities. Minimal tools. Terrible.
But I do miss Dagesh.

I miss my calendars from Chabad, with its weird little indecipherable codes on it! So I’d call my Rabbi up and ask him, “What’s today?” He’d usually answer me fairly impatiently, because a nice person he wasn’t. (that’s normal sentencing structure by the way, if you speak Yiddish).

I sometimes miss speaking Yiddish. Someone saw me yesterday and asked me how I was, and my answer was “Ich bin Ein bissele krenk” without thinking. If you speak German, you’ll kind of understand that. Hint – Bischen and Bissele mean the same thing.
Among Chassids, the answer to “how are you today?” was “Baruch Hashem” (praise God). Which meant I usually had to ask them a second time to find out how they were, and they’d get uncomfortable when I did it! “Gut, gut, shayne dank.”

I miss my little pocket Tehillas Hashem prayer book that I kept in my long black coat pocket. Had the psalms in it, too. My Rabbi gave me that. The prayer book, not the coat.

I kind of miss having the Kitzer Shulchan Aruch. I’d use that and the Chofetz Chayim’s list of commandments you could keep today.

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Fortunately, I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour, and don’t need any of that anymore. I just get nostalgic for memories.

I sometimes miss the days when Bible study meant dragging out a 27 lb. Volume of Strongs’ a King James Bible, and a notebook. And of course, everyone would tell me I needed to get Jay Greene’s Interlinear. But those were $50 and I couldn’t afford one.

I sometimes miss when I got my first modern PC, which was a Compaq Presario, which had the oddest programs on it – some kind of program with Microsoft Works, but it had a feature where you could include things in a binder. To this day, I have no idea what that means.

And I had Quickverse 3 on it. And I got an extra $25 one day, and I trotted out to Eggheads, and I bought a mouse pad or something, and I saw “LOGOS 2.0” there, so I bought it. I know that the Bible programs I have today are much better, but I get nostalgic for that.

I sometimes miss these things. Would I go back to them? No. But sometimes the happiness in life is remembering when times were bone crushingly hard, and you had a little luxury here and there, and being thankful for those things.

That’s when we see the hand of God in our lives, guiding us, taking care of us, driving us.

Baruch Hashem.

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Every Thought into Captivity


“Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you: But I beseech you, that I may not be bold when I am present with that confidence, wherewith I think to be bold against some, which think of us as if we walked according to the flesh. For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” (2 Corinthians 10:1–5, KJV)

What do we key in here in this passage?

Paul begins this by contrasting his boldness among the Corinthians with the meekness and Gentleness of Jesus Christ. He’s almost apologizing for this.

Why?

The object lesson he’s trying to teach us is that we should be base among the peoples. Base means mean, of lowly stature, of little importance. We should me meek, humble.

That doesn’t translate well in American culture. Meekness in your demeanor is perceived by most people as weakness. But the man who first boldly witnessed to me about Jesus Christ used to growl at people, “Don’t mistake my meekness for weakness.” I’d have to make the same statement!

Let’s key in on the next part, and then we’ll get to the very lesson I want to impart today.

We do not walk according to the flesh. Seriously, this chapter needs to be discussed from every Evangelical pulpit in the US, because I can honestly tell you that the vast majority of false teachers out there are telling Christians they MUST walk according to the flesh, in direct contradiction to the Bible.

For though we walk in the flesh…. Yes, I’m a man living in a fleshly body. And I know that in my flesh dwelleth no good thing.

“For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.” (Romans 7:18, KJV)

So, obviously, the Bible tells us that walking in the flesh is a BAD thing. Christians can tell when they’re walking in the flesh – things blow up around us. We backslide at an amazing rate. You start thinking of the things of your former life in the flesh. You argue with people. But because you’re a Christian, you’re held to a different standard.

So, how to avoid that?

Do not war after the flesh. Do not walk in the flesh. Walk in the spirit.

“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” (Galatians 6:7, KJV)

If you sew to the flesh, you shall reap of the flesh. That ALWAYS backfires to Christians.

Sew to the spirit. Spend time listening to sermons. Spend time watching Godly videos, like David Cloud’s video series on Bible study (I link to them on this web site). Listen to Alexander Scourby reading the Bible. Faith comes by hearing the word of God.

Where’s the primary battle fought?

Right in the verse I wanted to teach on today.

Bringing into captivity every thought…

Every thought.

Your battle is fought and won or lost in your thoughts foremost. This is something the Lord taught the Pharisees, and it’s funny that some of the Rabbi’s in the Talmud later on taught this. Gee, wonder where they got it?
When a fleshly thought comes into your mind, immediately recite a Bible verse in your head. The thoughts you’re battling may be your own evil inclination, or they may be from external sources. I’ve heard

Fundamentalist preachers like Danny Castle preach this, so it’s not just a Charismatic teaching. It’s Biblical.

Think a Bible verse. Is this hocus pocus? Nope.

“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, That I might not sin against thee.” (Psalm 119:11, KJV)

Do this. Get your thoughts right. Yes, it seems like every trap that Satan can raise against you when you decide to do this seems to happen. But be grimly dedicated to this.

Walk after the spirit. Bring into captivity every thought. Sew to your spirit, and your spirit shall get stronger. But sew to your flesh, and you lose the battle, time and again.

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!

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.