Common Misconceptions About Fundamentalism


One of the biggest reasons most Christians are not Fundamentalists is they’ve been fed too much rhetoric over the years by theological liberals who are trying to keep their jobs. If most Christians read their Bibles and believed them, then there’d be quite a few famous Christian teachers who’d be out of a job.

One of my favorite teachers has slipped in his firm belief in the Bible being inspired, and it was a horrible blow to me. I noticed that his statement of faith had nothing about an inerrant, inspired Bible, and I emailed him and told him so. There was no response, and his statement of faith is unchanged. That can only mean that he no longer believes the Bible to be the word of God. I’ve had to stop going to his website. So, let me explain what Fundamentalism really is, how to get there, and WHY you should get there.

Fundamentalism is a belief that the Bible is complete and without error in whole or part, written by God – and a desire to conform our lives to it.

There you go.

“But I believe that!”

If you believe that, you’re a Fundamentalist. But here’s where I’m going to get you – every Christian insists they believe in the Bible, but there’s a disconnect. When you read something in there you don’t like, a lot of you justify your lack of belief by saying, “Well, that part’s not in the original manuscripts.” Or, “Well, that’s not for today.” “That was just Paul.”

If you’ve said that, you do not believe the Bible is without error in whole and part, inspired and preserved, the word of God.

You’re fairly close to being what the Bible describes as an “unbeliever.”

“WHAT???”

It’s true. You either believe the Bible is correct, inerrant, inspired, written by God and preserved – or you don’t. One of the biggest inconsistencies among Messianics that firmly drive me nuts is that often they hold themselves to be the guardians of the word of God, yet a majority of them do not believe the canon is sealed, do not believe the Bible is without error, and do not believe it is preserved.

Fundamentalists believe with perfect faith there is no errors. No “this was not in the oldest and best manuscripts” – we even challenge that whenever we hear it, because most of us have done the research, and found the oldest and best manuscripts to be not so old, and heavily edited – therefore unreliable.

We especially get suspicious when we look at the verses that are always in question – any verse supporting the doctrine of Jesus Christ being pre-existent, Jesus Christ being God in human flesh, any evidence for the Trinity, any evidence for the resurrection. Every reference to prayer and fasting is reduced to “prayer”. Funny that THESE should always be the ones in question.

Most of the references to the shed blood of Jesus Christ is removed from the “oldest and best” manuscripts. Some of the experts believe Vaticanus and Sinaiticus were written by Origen, an Arianist Gnostic who interpreted the Bible allegorically, and did not believe Jesus Christ is God in human flesh. You won’t be meeting Origen in heaven, I’m sure.

I personally do not believe Origen wrote Sinaiticus – because Sinaiticus was written by Constantinus Simonides in the early 19th century. It was a forgery. I do agree it was either Origen or Eusebius who wrote Vaticanus – or possibly Origen wrote it, and Eusebius was the first of many editors (unlike the Textus Receptus, which wasn’t edited).

So one of the “Oldest and best” manuscripts is a clumsy forgery, and the other was written by a Christ-denying heretic who did not believe the Bible literally, and simply took out of the manuscript what he didn’t like.

Most of what you’ve learned about the Bible was written by heretics who don’t believe it. Textual critics, who denied Christ, wrote all of the incomprehensible rules about the Bible – not the ones you’ve heard, but the ones saying “The Bible is to be treated like any other book.” That’s the first commandment of Textual Critics. That statement should shock you.

Everything changes when you believe the Bible has no errors. I have to say it that way, because so many people say with a straight face that “The Bible is inerrant” but later on you hear them say “Well, that was added in by a pious Scribe”. If they can say both with a straight face, they’re lying about one or the other.

When they tell you that none of the disputed verses concern any of the cardinal truths and doctrines of Christianity, they’re lying.

When they tell you that the disputed verses run to only a handful, they’re lying. The total number of verses in Revelation are less than the number of disputed verses. They literally amount to 1 and 2 Peter, the Epistles of John plus Jude.

That’s… um… a lot.

Your Bible has no errors.

Your Bible has no mistakes.

Every word is there for a reason.

Every verse in the King James Bible was present in the original manuscripts.

Paul did not add things because they were cultural.

Paul wrote things because God told him to.

There are no errors, no mistakes, no contradictions.

Once you grasp on to the fact that when you hold the King James Bible you’re holding the word of God in your hand, your entire outlook changes.

The changes in my Christian life were immense after that.

Once you realize that God said, “Pray without ceasing”, and not just nice words written by some guy named Paul, you begin to think – “Gee, I should pray without ceasing!”

You’re going to forget to do it, but see – your attitude has gone from “Paul says…” to “God says” or “It is written in the Bible…”. That places a LOT more authority on that. That’s why Andy Stanley is an unbelieving heretic. He says we need to stop saying “The Bible says” and instead say, “Paul writes in Romans…”

That’s only because Andy Stanley is a Barthian heretic and unbeliever.

When you grasp this mindset, that the Bible is the inspired, inerrant, authoritative word of God and our only rule of faith and practice… everything changes.

You begin to look at people you always thought were Fundamentalists – and with a shock you realize that either they don’t believe or are misguided.

And then you begin to notice the Bible says authoritatively, “Come out of her, and touch not the unclean thing” when talking about the world.

You notice that you are commanded to be “Not unequally yoked”, and suddenly you realize that verse isn’t talking just about marriage. You notice the verse in Romans 16 where it tells you to mark and avoid false teachers.

And you think, “God must have a reason to tell us that.”

Now you’re a Fundamentalist.

It’s that simple. That’s really all it is. You believe the Bible, and try to conform your life to it.

The things that people don’t like about Fundamentalism are Fundamentalist because that’s what the Bible commands! Should you associate with people who’s idea of salvation is works?

The Bible says no.

Should you associate with people who’s idea of salvation is to be sprinkled with water as a baby?

The Bible says no.

Fundamentalists see things as black and white because that’s how the Bible presents it. You’re saved or you’re not. Your doctrine is right or it’s not. If your doctrine is wrong a little bit, it’s still wrong. Just delete the “little bit” part, because you can’t find that concept in the Bible.

“We need to have dialog with people that have a different faith tradition!”

No, the people with a different faith tradition have the same Bible you do. They know that salvation requires repentance. They know that salvation is a spiritual, one time event and that it’s forever. They know that baptism is by bodily immersion. They know that being sprinkled with water as an infant is not salvation.

So they’re wrong. They teach error. Timothy was told to keep his doctrine without spot.

There’s nothing in the Bible about dialog with people who labor in error. The Bible calls it false teaching.

We’re told to mark them and avoid them. We’re told to rebuke a heretic once or twice, then avoid.

Don’t like it? Your argument then is with God. And then that reveals a spiritual condition that needs to be addressed.

The reason so few are Fundamentalist is because so few are saved. Are there Evangelicals who are truly saved? Yes, but you can’t be a Fundamentalist for very long in an Evangelical church.

Believe the Bible, and conform your life to it. It’s that simple.

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4 Reasons to be a Fundamentalist


Why should you be a Fundamentalist? Now, from everything I’ve been studying about blogging lately, I’m supposed to have a short 25 word lead in here. Let’s assume I did this!
Now I’m supposed to have a short personal story that shows me as getting this wrong. Okay. I was an Evangelical when I got saved. I thought that was the same thing as being a Fundamentalist. I was wrong. I fixed that.
Wow, that’s almost blog post over! I could just end this with…” why haven’t you?”

But I won’t.

The Bible tells you to. The Bible actually assumes that you’re a Fundamentalist. This really should solve the issue right here!

“People walk either in the flesh or in the Spirit, leading to death or to life. The carnal person is hostile to God, unable to please God (Rom. 8:1–11)” Chad Brand et al., eds., “Carnal,” Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 2003), 270.

Carnal—Unconverted men are so called (1 Cor. 3:3). They are represented as of a “carnal mind, which is enmity against God” (Rom. 8:6, 7).

Enjoyments that minister to the wants and desires of man’s animal nature are so called (Rom. 15:27; 1 Cor. 9:11). M. G. Easton, Easton’s Bible Dictionary (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1893).

The Bible strongly speaks against this who are not Fundamentalists. The Corinthian church was not Fundamentalist.Paul spends an entire book of the Bible addressing a church that pretty much looks like any of today’s churches.

Jesus Christ speaks against those who are not Fundamentalist. Ever read the seven letters at the beginning of Revelation? They’re pretty blunt. Ask yourself if you think that God is pleased with Christians rejecting His word, something that He says He has placed above His name?

Loss of rewards if you don’t. You get rewards for Christian service. Being a Evangelical pretty much amounts to spending your life in a backslidden state.

Grumpy ol’ Philip. It’s been a while since I was this grumpy. I’m assuming its sinuses again.

At this point in the fancy new way of successful blogging, I’m supposed to engage in a call to action.

Conclusion
Be a Fundamentalist. God expects it of you.

7 Must Have Books by David Cloud


When assembling your Christian Library, there are certain books and authors one MUST own – and David Cloud’s name pops up a LOT on that list. I’ve assembled a quick and ready list you can use for birthdays, shopping lists and Christmas (There’s NOTHING wrong with celebrating Christmas!!!). I own all of these in eBook format, but for traditionalists he also sells these in Hardcover as well.

When starting a church plant, the church planter should consider buying these in bulk.

  1. Way Of Life Encyclopedia. I bought this to look things up with, and I…ended up READING it. Bible Dictionaries and Encyclopedias are often neglected items in your library, and trust me – if I only had ONE Bible dictionary or Encyclopedia to own, this is IT. It doesn’t just list words and definitions, but this also includes errors in peoples teachings, etc.
  2. Things Hard to Be Understood. I’m waiting impatiently for Vol. 2 – includes several often misinterpreted Bible passages.When you want to check yourself on difficult to understand Bible passages, this is the book to have. If this book had been around 20 years ago, NOBODY would have become involved in the Messianic Judaism/Hebrew Roots cult.
  3. The Effectual Bible Student. I think the eBook of this is FREE.Has much more info than the video series. Since it’s about Bible study, most people don’t own it, but you NEED this.
  4. The One Year Discipleship Course. Every Christian on earth needs this book. Just like the Three above it. After finishing it, I was embarrassed to find out it was intended for teenagers!
  5. Give Attendance To Doctrine. Want to know what the Bible teaches on any subject? Here’s a systematized book telling you what the Bible teaches, cross-referenced with every passage on it! You’ll end up reviewing this book constantly!
  6. The Four Gospels. An Advanced Bible Study book! Detailed, complete entries on many passages on the Gospels. Truly Indispensable for Bible study.
  7. The Bible Version Question and Answer Database. Whenever I get the urge to read any other translation besides the King James, I go right to this book. I’m not King James Only because of David Cloud – it was the result of my own study. But this book gives lots of information on the subject, and will easily convince others (and give you the tools to convince them!) to be King James Only!
Conclusion

There are many more books and materials I could recommend, but these in my opinions are must have items!

Danny Castle Quote


I can’t remember the quote exactly, but it really hit me well. Apparently, people in his congregation spend their time listening to preachers on the radio, or on MP3.

You know, that’s a huge commendation on a congregation! Hungry for preaching.

Danny pointed out, “You better be careful who you listen to on the radio, and on the TV. You know they’re wrong, but you say, ‘they say a lot of good things.’ the next thing you know, you’ll be listening to those not so good things!

And then he hit with the big coffee cup quote.

“If they don’t even know the right Bible to preach and read, then that means the spirit’s off in ’em somewhere, somehow!”

Yeah!

“You don’t want to listen to a Bible that says Joseph was Jesus’s father in Luke 2:33!”

Amen.

Fundamentalists at Logos


Here’s an idea you all can help with…. if all 240 of you were to write to Logos and suggest they add a Fundamentalist to their employees… we might see more Fundamentalist viewpoints in the software.

Logos, like Accordance, is over-run by theological liberals. And as such, it affects the materials they offer. You’re far more likely to find books and materials by Roman Catholics than you are by Fundamentalists. Indeed, the Fundamentalist category is very small.

And it’s amazing that you can find a plethora of Roman Catholic books criticizing Baptists and Protestants (be advised, both Catholics and Protestants consider Baptists to be Protestants… any attempt to correct them usually results in hostility) – but you can’t find any book by any Baptist or Protestant criticizing the Roman Catholic church. John MacArthur books on his generic subjects are available – but not those against Pentecostalism.

Things I’ve suggested as books still are not available. One of the Bible dictionaries I’ve turned to the most is the King James Dictionary. It’s not available for Logos.

I use Smith’s a lot as well. Not available for Logos for a while, now available. A little high priced, seeing how it’s public domain, but…

Vine’s is now available. That’s good.

But “A Woman rides the Beast” by Dave Hunt I suspect will never be available, since it would offend the Catholics. “What love is this” by Dave Hunt would not be available because it’ll offend the Calvinists. you know, if they’re going to stick to their viewpoint as not being partial, then they need to simply offer all books by all authors they can get contracts for, and tell the others that are offended, “you know, we don’t write these. You might do well to consider writing to Dave Hunt and tell him you’re offended.”

“But he’s dead!”

“Then we suggest you not read his books! Thank you for writing Logos.”

Okay, now I have to work on my Thesis. When you write to Logos, tell them I’ll work out of my living room, and that way I don’t have to move across the country to Washington and irritate all the other employees with my suggestions!

Those Fundamentalist Pharisees by David Cloud


Updated September 24 2014 (first published August 2, 1996)(David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, fbns@wayoflife.org)

Christians who have strong biblical convictions are often labeled “Pharisees.”

The following are a few examples of the probably hundreds of times people have written to called me a Pharisee.

“I wonder what makes Mr. Cloud so sure he’s right and everybody else is wrong? Look at the Pharisees, Mr. Cloud, and then look in the mirror!”

“You’re the best example I think I’ve ever seen of the Pharisee who sits at the front of the synagogue giving thanks for not being a sinner like everyone else.”

“I figured you were a Baptist organization. You are nothing more than modern day Pharisees! Judgmental ignorant people. Get a grip.”

To label a Bible-believing Christian who is passionate to honor Christ and to obey God’s Word a Pharisee is a slander, because the error of Phariseeism was not their zeal to obey the Scripture. They had no such zeal. They were zealous, rather, to create their own religious system and to exalt their own self-righteousness.

A biblical definition of Phariseeism is as follows:

1. Phariseeism is supplanting the Word of God with man-made tradition and thereby making the Word of God of none effect. “Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men” (Mat. 15:7-9).

2. Phariseeism is rejecting Jesus Christ. “Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw. And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David? But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils” (Mat. 12:22-24).

3. Phariseeism is perverting the Gospel of the free grace of Christ into a work’s salvation. “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves” (Mat. 23:15).

4. Phariseeism is self-righteousness. “And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess” (Lk. 18:9-12).

5. Phariseeism is the practice of religious hypocrisy. “In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy” (Lk. 12:1).

The Pharisees were at the forefront of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and of the persecution of the early Christians.

It is a great error to label a Christ-loving, Bible-honoring, grace-preaching, self-debasing, peace-loving Christian a Pharisee.

Jesus did not reject the Pharisees because they loved God’s Word and took it too seriously.

Jesus did not reject the Pharisees because they were careful to honor the details of God’s Word. Never did Jesus reprove them for such a thing.

Jesus did not reject the Pharisees because they judged by God’s Word. They didn’t judge by God’s Word; they judged by their own vain tradition. Jesus warned against hypocritical judgment, but He encouraged judgment based on truth.

Jesus did not reject the Pharisees because they marked and avoided false teachers. Jesus Himself warned about false teachers and instructed His people to beware of them (Matthew 7:15-23). Jesus commended the church at Ephesus because they had “tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars” and for hating the deeds of the Nicolaitans (Revelation 2:2, 6). Imagine that! Jesus commended the church for hating the deeds of false teachers. Obviously, that type of thing is not Phariseeism.

Zeal for God’s Word is right and godly. The following testimony expresses the very essence of true spirituality and godliness:

“Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way” (Psalms 119:128).

Was the Psalmist speaking here as a Pharisee? Of course not. It is spiritual to esteem all of God’s precepts concerning all things to be right and to hate everything that is contrary to God’s precepts. Note the emphasis on ALL precepts and ALL things and EVERY false way. This is the very strictest sort of Biblicist mindset, and it is encouraged in the pages of God’s Word as the correct mindset and attitude of the man who loves God passionately.

Jesus reproved the Pharisees for turning the law of Moses into a way of salvation, which it was never intended to be, and for their hypocrisy and for their lack of love and grace and compassion. Consider the following reproof:

“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone” (Matthew 23:23).

Jesus didn’t say, “You Pharisees make far too much of tithing and other such things in God’s law. You are much too zealous for God’s Word. Don’t you know that God never intended you to take everything so strictly. Why don’t you lighten up?”

No, Jesus said they did well to take God’s Word strictly by honoring even the details of tithing. What He hated was that they had missed the heart and soul of the law of God, which was judgment, mercy, and faith. Observe that “judgment” is commended by Jesus!

The law was not given as a means to obtain righteousness; rather, it revealed God’s extreme holiness and man’s fallenness and pointed to Christ as the believing sinner’s justification (Rom. 3:19-24; Gal. 3:10-13, 24-25). The Pharisees missed the heart of the law which is to love God with all one’s heart and to love one’s neighbor as oneself. The fact that they were complicit in the death of the Son of God is clear evidence that they did not love God.

Candidly, there are a lot of fundamental Baptist preachers that I have little respect for, but I don’t know of any full-blown fundamentalist Pharisees. In my experience, every fundamental Baptist preacher believes too much in grace and delights too much in God’s free righteousness to be a Pharisee. There has been a lot of hypocrisy, though, and there is an element of true legalism within some aspects of the fundamental Baptist movement. I have warned about this often. (See, for example, my free eBook THE HYLES EFFECT, which is available at http://www.wayoflife.org.)

While I can’t speak for everyone, I can speak for myself. And I don’t preach works for salvation and I don’t preach works for sanctification. Everything is by God’s grace and His grace alone. Everything is Christ in me the hope of glory. The essence of the Christian life is not me doing something for God. It was described by Paul as follows: “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” (Gal. 2:20).

This might not come across in every single sermon, but it is clear in my thinking and in my personal life and in the overall perspective of my ministry.

As for hypocrisy, I don’t always live up to what I preach. Far from it, but I confess my sins to God (and to man when the situation necessitates) and don’t pretend to any self-righteousness. I know at every moment that the only righteousness I have that is acceptable to God is in Christ and in Christ alone. That is not the thinking of a Pharisee.

We see in Matthew 23:23 that Christ did not rebuke the Pharisees for paying attention to the less weighty things in the law. He rebuked them for focusing on the lesser matters to the neglect of the weightier ones.

The Bible-believing “fundamentalists” that I know do not neglect the weightier matters of the New Testament faith. They aim, rather, to follow Paul’s example and to give heed to “the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27). They preach Christ’s virgin birth, blood atonement, resurrection, and ascension. They preach justification by grace alone and the Trinity and the personality of the Holy Spirit and the other “weightier” matters of the faith. They also preach church discipline (1 Cor. 5) and the divine restrictions upon the woman’s ministry (1 Tim. 2:12; 1 Cor. 14:34) and other things that are less weighty.

When a Christian today preaches against pop music and Hollywood’s moral filth and calls for modest dress, he is called a Pharisee, but the Bible demands a very strict separation from the world, and this is not Phariseeism; it is New Testament Christianity.

Following are just some of the commandments on this issue, and they are indeed commandments and not suggestions.

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Romans 12:2).

“Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God” (2 Corinthians 7:1).

“But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world” (Galatians 6:14).

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

“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world” (Titus 2:11-12).

“Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world” (James 1:27).

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

“Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul” (1 Peter 2:11).

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

“And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness” (1 John 5:19).

Separation from the world by a born again, blood-washed, saved-by-grace-alone believer is not Phariseeism. It is obedience to God and conformity to His character and will.

The Pharisees were at the forefront of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and of the persecution of the early Christians.

It is a great slander to label a Christ-loving, Bible-honoring, grace-gospel-preaching, self-debasing, peace-loving Christian a Pharisee.

The modern Pharisee would be more akin to the Roman Catholic priest with his sacramental gospel and his traditions exalted to the place of Scripture and his long history of persecuting the saints. The ecumenical crowd doesn’t call Catholic priests Pharisees, though. They don’t seem to be concerned about all of the souls who have been led astray by these contemporary Pharisees.

The only men they seem to be concerned about are those dreadful old “fundamentalists” with their strong Bible convictions and their refusal to smile at error.

Oh, those dreadful fundamentalist Pharisees!

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A Plea for Pastoral Literacy 2


I recently addressed that most Independent Baptist pastors have not studied to shew themselves approved. No harm, no foul – but get yourself approved.

Why?

Pastors receive the greater condemnation. We will have to answer for how we teach our congregations. If you have not studied to shew thyself approved, you may be struggling for answers at the believer’s judgment on “Why did you go in advance of my will when I called you? I told you to prepare, and you did not. You assumed a pulpit when you were not ready. Why?”

That’s a bad moment as a pastor. It’s why I’ve answered the call, studied, studied, and did not assume a pulpit to preach until I had three years of Seminary done. It wasn’t until I had the Homiletics assignment, and ask my pastor if I could preach the sermons to him, and thus fulfill my requirements?

His answer was, no. You’re preaching the first one to me, then you’re preaching one Wednesday Evening every other week.

Yeah. That’s how it works. Sometimes, in Seminary, churches begin asking the seminaries, “Who do you have that’s ready?” In one drastic case in history, a Seminary in Bowdoin, Maine named one student named Frank Sandford who’d been there TWO MONTHS.

Was that a problem? Turn on TBN. Everything you’re seeing there is the result of that one faulty decision.

Incidentally, if the church in Shiloh, Maine wants to get their doctrine right, yes, I’d take the job. I have absolutely no problem trying to right the mistakes of 120 years ago. How bad was that decision? Everyone that died because they threw away their medication, it can eventually be traced back to Frank Sandford.. The three people that died in Shiloh, and the ones who died on the yacht that was taking Sandford around the world. All his fault.

Huge mistake.

Here’s another huge mistake – worship of the King James Bible. I am King James only. I only use the King James, and have written extensively against modern translations.

But one very odd man has written some truly bizarre and unScriptural things about it, claiming it is inspired above and beyond the Greek and Hebrew manuscripts, and it’s a sin to read the Bible in any language but English.

What’s the consequences of that? Some of you reading this blog have made comments that their doctrinal conviction is that we should only be reading the King James… and not looking into the GReek. There’s suspicion when you open the Textus Receptus – even though a lot of lip service is paid to it!

By the way, I have freely shared over the last four years all my learning. I haven’t addressed EVERYTHING I learned, but when I could work it in, I did. I truly hope I have taught all of you who’ve stuck with me some things about the Bible.

Pastors, get teaching. Get learning. Open some Bible dictionaries. Don’t be one of those pastors with a large library on your shelf and a large library in your software, and you never use any of the materials! Some tools, like the King James Dictionary is indispensable. Are you using it? Webster’s 1827. Are you using it? Bible knowledge commentary. Do you use it? Vine’s greek. Do you use it?

Your job is to teach the Bible. You can’t do it if you don’t know it yourselves.