Time to Leave the SBC


 

If you too are still attending a SBC church, or one closely affiliated, it’s time. The convention is really making it clear that Fundamentalists are no longer welcome in the SBC.

It’s time to write your letter of resignation to your SBC church and go Independent Baptist. And if there’s no non-Ruckmanite, non-Hyles, non-Brider Independent Fundamental Baptist church in your town… it’s time to start praying about getting with likeminded believers and looking for a Pastor to help you start a church.

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The State of Christianity


Today, let’s briefly detour from the two subjects we’re dealing with… Judaism and Roman Catholicism.

I’d like to talk about the state of Christianity today.

I’m going through in the Sunday school class I’m in a book series published by Lifeway. the only word I can use for this series is “Manuals on heresy.”

There’s no major, blatant heresies I’m reading right now. I can’t point my finger at any major issues, but I’m going to tell you that if you saw this from a cult, you’d be shouting “Aha!”

Okay, the current book is on Hebrews. It started by them bringing up the issue of the author of Paul. It concluded nothing – yet the class was left with the impression that they were saying Paul didn’t write Hebrews.

Okay, I’m Jewish. I think that’s been obvious from the word “Go”. I was a chassid (no, I’m not claiming I was FFB, before anyone decides to question interity, which fortunately only happens about once or twice a day from angry commenters…). I’m used to reading Gemara, and rabbinic writings. And I know Rabbinic arguments when I see them.

Hebrews is one long, eloquent argument written in Rabbinic style. Not from someone affecting it – it betrays Rabbinic writings. That means it was written by a Pharisee.

Okay, I just disqualified every applicant for authorship besides Paul, in case you didn’t know. Luke? Gentile, supposedly a convert. But not rabbinically trained. Some say that Clement or some other early christian author wrote it – again, same objection. Bartholomew? No rabbinic training.

The only early Christians who were a Pharisee was Paul and Nicodemus. Now, I’ll show you the argument I used. My class, not understanding the argument, didn’t believe me, but hey, that’s because I’m just me, and they’re used to some of my quirky arguments.

6 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. Hebrews 8:6 (KJV)

14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? Hebrews 9:14 (KJV)

Did you spot it?

No?

If you’ve got any Rabbinic training, or have read a LOT of writings by the Rebbe or the Gemara, you’re used to this phrasse… K’al v’chomer… if (condition A) then K’al V’chomer (condition B).

Hint…. look for the “if” statements.

K’al V’chomer roughly translates to “how much more”.

see it yet? It’s not conclusive proof? Oh, yes it is…. they’re just words to you, but to a Rabbi or someone with training, it’s a thought process. It’s one of the primary arguments Rabbis use.

Okay, next issue… by the time I’m done with these two, there’ll be no doubt who wrote Hebrews.

The Book of Romans is unique in that it is written in such a way that chapter one starts a thought, which is continued over the next several chapters. This segues into another thought, which is carried for several chapters, which segues into a third topic, which ties back into the first topic after several chapters. It outlays the sinfulness of man, the need for a saviour, the role of the Jews within Christianity, the return of the Jews, and then ties it all together.

The Book of Hebrews uses different topics, but follows the same flowcharting. So, we can completely forget any modern theory that Paul didn’t write Hebrews. This kind of speculating REALLY took over back in the 19th century, when “rationalism” – read, wolves in sheep’s clothing – began rising like an epidemic.

What it really amounts to is a subtle questioning of the word of God.

This is what happened to the church of England, to Methodism and to Presbyterianism starting in the 19th century. Pastors and “Theologians” began subtly planting doubt in the minds of the congregation as to the authenticity of the Bible. They then found little or no problem in introducing outright denials. “That’s not true.” “the Bible says it, but we know better…” “The Bible is wrong here when it says..”

And of course, “christian” theologians today are constantly doing this in “a better translation would be…” or “In the older Greek texts it says…” or “a variant reading is…”

Now, in the SBC, they’re moving back to the outright heresy point they were at back in the 70’s. The SBC fought long and hard to rid themselves of the heretics, and finally forced them out by the mid ’80’s. Or so they thought. It seems the wolves merely learned to keep their mouths shut for a while, and then the idea hit them… let’s write the Sunday School materials. That way we can affect change from within.

“Why, we need a good pastor to go in there, someone respected, and let them serve as editor! That will fix everything!”

Yeah. About that. The editor of this book is someone respected by the SBC. And he either hasn’t noticed it, isn’t really the editor but just skimming the lesson and finding a quote for it… I don’t know. But the editor is David Jeremiah.

That’s a long preamble, but we look at the apostasy in Christianity going completely open and unchallenged by people in the 19th century and Harry Fosdick in the early 20th century, and we think, “wow, we sure bounced back from that!”

Not at all. It’s like the person that’s drowning. Most apparently slide a little under the water before getting one last gasp of air, to slide into the depths forever.

We just went underwater in my opinion.

Apostasy has ballooned. Instead of a few persons, or it being confined to a particular denomination, it’s widespread. So widespread, you don’t even notice it anymore. It’s commonplace.

Fosdick was a noticeable target because he was so public and so vocal. But who targets some of the most vocal heretics today? If I write about Osteen, people nod. “Yes, he’s peddling a false gospel.” But if I mention the heresies of Rick Warren, so many Baptists get annoyed because his book made you feel so GOOD!!!! And it was written as a day by day devotional, so you really didn’t read it objectively, and say, “wait… that’s a heresy.”

If I were to write out the list of pastors who were heretics, it would be huge. Heresy is pure and simple, the denying of a cardinal Christian doctrine, or the substituting of a different opinion in the place of a cardinal Christian doctrine.

An example would be the deity of Christ. Absolutely, one of the cardinal doctrines. To suggest He is not God, or he was just a human being, the same as you or I except maybe a little more devout – like, if you worked a little bit harder – YOU could have been the Christ!!! To suggest that is a heresy. And yes, Victoria Osteen said that.

Rick Warren comes pretty close to hinting at it.

A large number of Messianics believe it.

Many Word Faith teachers taught it.

Mormons believe it.

That’s a heresy.

Well, some of the other cardinal doctrines are under attack all the time, such as Bibliology – the Bible is God’s word, infallible, without error, dictated by God to man. Okay, if you were to place that one sentence on a piece of paper and ask all the pastors who believe it to sign it, you’d suddenly find the list very short.

Bottom line, if you don’t believe it, that’s a heresy. That’s an established Christian doctrine, a cardinal doctrine. It should be the second or third item in a statement of faith. I am overjoyed that my statement of faith is read on a regular basis. If before you followed my blog you read that page, good on ya! If on the other hand, you clicked “follow” and didn’t read it… shame on you. you should KNOW what a person believes before you follow them. I am VERY careful about what blogs I follow. The advocating of heresy causes me to unFollow someone in a heartbeat, as you all saw recently when I made my opinion of the Mormon ministry I recently unFollowed.

This is also why it’s important – if you find a blog you like – to go back and read the archives. I’ve written on how to read a statement of faith, and what it means when it says something. One doctrine I exposed is that when they say “…in the original” or “the original manuscripts” is they are literally saying, “I think the first manuscripts of the Bible are without error, but I think the ones we have today have mistakes.”

Okay, if you believe that, say it publicly! This way you are not misleading anyone!

Christianity is awash in pastors who do not believe in God, do not believe in the deity of Christ, and do not believe in the inspiration and preservation of the bible. We have a word for pastors like this.

“lost”

“doomed”

“cursed”

“destined for an eternity in Hell.”

I keep reading about these pastors everywhere. Interviews in Christian magazines where a Pastor is quoted anonymously as saying, “I don’t believe in God” or “I preach about God, but never let my congregation know I don’t think he exists…”

Okay, if you’re the editor of a Christian magazine, you have a DUTY to publish the name of that pastor. See Romans 16:17.

Worried you’re going to lose your job? Listen buddy, you’ve got WORSE worries, because trust me, you’re preaching the word of God, and you do not believe!!! You’re going to face punishment FAR WORSE for all eternity because you KNOW and TEACH the truth. You’re going to have no excuse. There are degrees of punishment in Hell, and yes… you’re gonna suffer FAR WORSE than some random atheist.

If sermonaudio had existed over 200 years ago, we’d have been a lot better off. You could listen to almost any pastor, and be able to say, wow! ten thousand pastors I can listen to! Over a million sermons preaching the word of God!

YEAH!!!!

Today, I’m terrified to listen to one, for fear I’ll have to dismiss yet ANOTHER pastor as a heretic. Okay, there’s a lot I’ve listened to, but they just don’t have the animated delivery needed for audio only presentation. I liked several, who I differ with on a few issues. But there’s been a lot that I start listening, and then Calvinism creeps in, or they make some comment about something not being in the “original Greek…” and I have to stop listening.

We’re so awash in apostasy it’s overwhelming. I can’t listen to “Christian” radio anymore, because the sermons are making me ill. The current trend is to tell us we should embrace things the word of God forbids in no uncertain terms.

Almost nobody is standing up to complain.

We had a lone woman stop a service in which another religion, COMPLETELY hostile to Christianity at its core, was going to have a prayer service – in which that would utter a phrase that denies the deity of Christ. She was thrown out of the chapel. But she had the courage to stand up and say, “this is WRONG! This is a blasphemy!!!”

ONE person. Where were the rest of us?

Pastors are telling us we don’t need to be fearful of a small group of people. We’re not. Don’t you worry. But their very lifestyle is forbidden in the Bible. Yet if I speak against it, I can go to jail. Yup. Laws have been passed that have removed my constitutional right to freedom of speech.

We’re drowning. The water has closed over our heads. Apostasy reigns. False teachers proliferate. Heresy is expounded on Christian magazines, christian blogs, from pulpits, in church newsletters.

Lord, forgive us.

What can you do??? You have a WordPress blog, right? GET BUSY!!!

Stand in the gap. Be the watchman. Protest heresy. If you don’t have the time to make your own statement of faith right now, copy mine and use that until you can change the wording to make it you.

Some teachers believe there’ll be a worldwide revival just before the Rapture – most insist that no, it won’t happen.

Let’s make it happen. Purify your hearts and your hands. Seek the Lord. Be on your face in prayer.

And quit writing about poetry and puppies on your blog, and start standing up for your faith. Or better yet, keep writing the poetry and puppies, but start writing some bold articles against heresy, apostasy, false teachers, false doctrines.

If you don’t know what true doctrine is, start learning. There are now free Bible colleges on the internet. Choose a fundamentalist, King James only one, because you know the amount of compromise and apostasy is going to be minimal there.

Hurry, we’re running out of time.

Pulpit Committees… please read


I read this in a Pastor’s email today. It seems that the latest trend in Pastor Search committee’s is to research the applicant’s online social media presence.

A point was raised that one search committee member carefully read the applicant’s blog going back 4 years, including how the pastoral applicant spoke in response to comments from visitors.

I had some immediate thoughts about my own blog, and how it would be received. And then I began to think about likeminded men who are called to the ministry, and how prospective churches would see them.

Right now, the Lord is not leading me to actively seek a congregation. Right now, I’m a little busy.

However, my blog, and those of men like me, are not your typical Christian blog about how to find God in sunbeams, complete with the obligatory quotes from C. S. Lewis. So, how WE respond to visitors is not quite how the average pastor would.

32 And David said to Saul, Let no man’s heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine. 33 And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth. 34 And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock: 35 And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him. 36 Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God. 1 Samuel 17:32-36 (KJV)

29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. 30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Acts 20:29-30 (KJV)

We are in the days of the Great Apostasy. Let me explain and defend these others, and perhaps you’ll see why some of the other like-minded blogs defending Christianity may indeed be what you need as a Pastor.

The Apostasy has to be combated, otherwise it’ll draw your church in. it’ll draw your congregation in. It’s at the very doors of your church, and I guarantee if you’re not vigilant against it, it’s already worming its way inside.

The Apostasy is being done by professing (but not possessing) Christians. They profess Christ, but do not possess Christ. They indeed are the same ones  who will cry, “Lord, Lord, did we not many works in your name??”

The Lord’s response will be, “I never knew ye.”

There’s a few standing against it. And as you can see from some of the comments on my own blog (for instance), the enemies of Christ come in like a flood, raging, hostile and furious. In some cases, professing love – but still advocating heresy. Why? Are they evil? No more than you or I – they’re just not saved.

And sometimes, I find myself speaking harshly to them. I try to be nice at first…

8 Understand, ye brutish among the people: and ye fools, when will ye be wise? Psalm 94:8 (KJV)

12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. 13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: 14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: 15 Their feet are swift to shed blood: 16 Destruction and misery are in their ways: 17 And the way of peace have they not known: 18 There is no fear of God before their eyes. 19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Romans 3:12-19 (KJV)

We cannot be afraid to face against heretics and tell them… “brother, I hate to say it, but I think what you’re saying is heresy.”

If that rules out pastoral applicants, then stop… and read those verses again.

Because that’s how King David and Paul spoke. The Apostle Paul was one of the most loving and kind men ever, but by the guidelines I’m reading about in the Pastor’s newsletter, the Apostle Paul would never be hired by a modern church. Or King David. Or Jeremiah. Or Isaiah. Or Ezekiel. Or the Apostle Peter. Or even the Apostle John.

Or Jesus Christ.

13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. 14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation. 15 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. 16 Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor! 17 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold? 18 And, Whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whosoever sweareth by the gift that is upon it, he is guilty. 19 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift? 20 Whoso therefore shall swear by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all things thereon. 21 And whoso shall swear by the temple, sweareth by it, and by him that dwelleth therein. 22 And he that shall swear by heaven, sweareth by the throne of God, and by him that sitteth thereon. 23 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. 24 Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel. 25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. 26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also. 27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. 28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. 29 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous, 30 And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. 31 Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets. 32 Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. 33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell? 34 Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: 35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. 36 Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation. 37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! 38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. 39 For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord. Matthew 23:13-39 (KJV)

So keep that in mind, when you’re looking at my Baptist brethren, who speak out against heresy and apostasy. Maybe that gentle worded pastor who quotes C. S . Lewis isn’t what you need. For a certainty, as C. S. Lewis apparently was a heretic who believed in Baptismal regeneration and salvation by works.

Maybe what you need is someone who’s ready to fight to defend your congregation.

16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. Matthew 10:16 (KJV)

Spring Cleaning


         33 As I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out, will I rule over you: 34 And I will bring you out from the people, and will gather you out of the countries wherein ye are scattered, with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out. 35 And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and there will I plead with you face to face. 36 Like as I pleaded with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so will I plead with you, saith the Lord GOD. 37 And I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant: 38 And I will purge out from among you the rebels, and them that transgress against me: I will bring them forth out of the country where they sojourn, and they shall not enter into the land of Israel: and ye shall know that I am the LORD. 39 As for you, O house of Israel, thus saith the Lord GOD; Go ye, serve ye every one his idols, and hereafter also, if ye will not hearken unto me: but pollute ye my holy name no more with your gifts, and with your idols. Ezekiel 20:33-39 (KJV)

Sorry if I’m starting to sound like Jeremiah here, but I’m dumbfounded at how quickly the SBC is running into apostasy. It’s isolated right now, but if it begins spreading rank and file throughout the convention, I’ll have to withdraw.

We’ve got Calvinist pastors and deacons in the SBC. Here’s how it’s working: Someone gets out of seminary, goes on the preaching circuit and starts looking for a church. The church invites him to speak,l ikes him, talks to him. He conceals his Calvinist belief, and gets hired. Within a few months, he begins subtly sneaking in the word “Soveriegn” when talking about God, to pre-condition the church to approve of that word. After getting them indoctrinated into approving of the word “Soveriegn”, he then begins tying it to “grace”. About 12 months or so after that, the church finds itself being torn apart over Calvinism.

And nobody is questioning integrity. Nobody is saying, “There is a deliberate attempt to take over and subvert Biblical Baptist churches to Calvinism!” Nobody is commenting over wolves in the pulpits wering wool suits. A few Biblcally aware voices are shouting, but nobody’s listening. Indeed, the SBC last year passed a resolution saying we need to get alnog with unsaved men who are preaching another gospel, and telling people they must be saved before they can be born again. “Huh?”

The Emergents were running amuck in the convention, and nothing was being done about it. Then Rob Bell decided to quit his church and get a job working on TV. Now the emergents are still out there, but adrift. We should be witnessing to them.

Worldly men are teling us we must be “purpose driven” instead of biblically driven, and godly Pastors who should be analyzing the Purpose Driven materials against the Bible and asking hard questions are not – because by adding those principles to their church they’re having membership booms. And now, at the Great White Throne Judgment, pastors will not be recognizing the 3-5% of their congregation they feared were lost… but 50-70% of their congregations. Why? We stopped addressing sin, but rather started addressing self esteem.

And we filled our churches with tares, goats, unsaved people. Because we stopped preaching about sin.

It’s time for the SBC to clean house. Submit your personal statement of faith, written in clear, plain language. If you believe in anything other than what the Bible teaches, you should be elsewhere.

If you believe anything other than John 3:3, you need to be elsewhere.

If you do not accept John 14:6, you need to be elsewhere.

If you think that the Roman Catholic church teaches the Gospel and the plan of salvation, we need to talk about what you think the plan of salvation IS!

What is WRONG with us? Why have we tolerated this nonsense???

Has the SBC Lost Their Minds???


         In one week was the tersely worded news report that two “pastors” at an SBC conference enjoining other pastors to “stop spreading rumors” and “embrace other definitions.”

And then Rick Warren yesterday openly advocated not only “cooperation with Rome” but “returning to Rome”.

Have we lost our minds???

The SBC of 90 years ago would have promptly cast out all three “Pastors”.

two years before I was born, A Roman Catholic ran for President, and the SBC was worried enough that the presidential candidate felt he had to make a public statement about it.

I asked last month, and I ask again… “Why should I cooperate with the unSaved for the sake of the Gospel?”

I know Billy Graham is the beloved of the SBC. But facts are that many people who come forward at his crusades are denied salvation. Mr. Graham is going to have to explain himself to an Almghty God who is going to want to know, “Why, when I awoke the conscience of so many Catholiccs and Jews, did you turn them over to unSaved men who did not explain eternal life to them???”

That’s going to be a very upsetting day for Billy Graham. How many thousands of people will burn forever in an eternal Hell, the very place Mr. Graham whitewashes and tries his best to wish out of existence? Sadly, it’s real. Unsaved people go there.

Hey, you know what??? All those Catholics you sent to Catholics… were told they had to earn their salvation. They were told that “Jesus Christ purchased our redemption and gave it over to the Roman Catholic Church, who dispenses it in the form of Sacraments. We must earn our salvation through works, and any sins that have not been purged in this lifetime will require a period in Purgatory, where they will be purged in flames…. however, a Mass said in the name of the Blessed Virgin will reduce the time spent in there…”

That’s not the Gospel. I don’t know how Graham could possibly believe that to be the Gospel. But he even says that’s what he believes. Graham believes in Baptismal Regeneration as well. If this were a court of law and Graham was being tried for being a Christian, I think he very well might be acquitted.

So, Mr. Rick Warren, I’d like you to defend yourself. Explain what you mean. Explain why we should return to a system that preaches an unBiblical message that CANNOT save, and is under a curse as explained in Galatians 1:8?

The SBC fifty years ago would have given him the left foor of fellowship. And rightly so. We should be demanding an explaination, an examination of his statement of faith, and very possibly look into whether or not we need to start witnessing to Mr. Warren???

Why did two SBC Pastors tell us to “Embrace other definitions”? The bottom line is this: Baptist is Bible, Bible is Baptist. If it’s not Bible, it does not belong in an SBC pulpit. It should not be preached from an SBC pulpit, even at a Pastor’s conference!

I am required by God to preach what the Bible says. God demands it of me. And although most Christians don’t have to go through a detailed explaination of their lives at the believer’s judgment, Pastor’s will. We alone will have to explain why we did or did not do something, or why we taught something. Our rewards are great… but the standards by which we are judged are much greater. It’s probably a lot harder for a Pastor to earn rewards in heaven than the average Christian.

So, I am required to preach the Bible. The Bible takes a very dim view of some things. My response at that conference, if I were to get up and preach after hearing that, would have been to read aloud Romans 1-3, and explain the sinful condition of unrepentant mankind. That would have been my entire message. And it’s a shame I’d have to be doing this to other Pastors.

It’s not about what I think, or my desire to please men. I saw a blog where a good Christian had posted something very liberating when you think about it… “As long as you worry about the opinions of other men, you remain their prisoner.”

The SBC needs to turn from this man-pleasing, worldly approval seeking, bow down to the Pope-ishness foolish behaviour. Because I’m telling you, if we continue to flaunt our rebelliousness before an Almighty, Thrice Holy God, our house will be left desolate. Do you think the World will mourn our destruction? No, they’re going to laugh, and scorn, and wag their beards. “Ah, the SBC!!! Foolish men, why did they deny their God?”

Will we have an answer?

Answering Calvinism 2


Yesterday, we examined the tenents of Calvinism, and TULIIP theology. One of the contentions we made is that the Total Depravity doctrine should be written Total inability.

Another contention I made is that it is nearly impossible to derive from solely a reading of the Bible Calvinist doctrines. Plain sense readings of the Bible lead one to believe that man is a sinner, in need of salvation – but that all he has to do is repent and call on the Lord, believing in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation. Why do I say this? Because that’s what the Bible says.

The first thing a Calvinist needs to understand is – there is a huge difference between a Baptist and an Armenian. That’s a contradictory thought to Calvinists. The standard Calvinist belief is that one is a Calvinist, or an Armenianist.

The recent poll at Lifeway was clearly written by a Calvinist. The two choices were: “My church is theologically Reformed or Calvinist” or “My church is theologically Armenian or Wesleyan.”

That’s a trap. You’re falling into the trap of the Calvinist of defining one as Calvinist or Armenian. Baptists are Baptists. That’s why more than half answered they were not Calvinist (52% strongly disagree, 14% somewhat disagreed – total of 66%), and half answered strongly disagreed they were not Armenian. Why? Baptists are Baptists, not Armenian or Calvinist. And 61% said they were concerned about the impact of Calvinists in the Southern Baptist convention. I think whoever conducted the poll at Lifeway was a little perplexed by the results.

I’ll point out a Methodist minister I know had trouble with this point, when I said I was neither Calvinist nor Armenian. The look on his face was priceless. “What are you then???” was the obvious question he wanted to ask. Knowing me well, he decided to let it alone.

One of the major problems in the Southern Baptist convention is that Baptists are left with no name to call their belief system. Al Mohler claims it is offensive to Calvinists for Baptists to define their doctrine as “baptist doctrine”.

Uh, okay. It IS Baptist doctrine. You’re not Baptists, you’re Calvinists. Baptist doctrine defines salvation as “whosoever believeth.” Calvinism claims “The elect…” If you believe “The elect…” you are a Calvinist – not a Baptist.

However, since Calvinists moved into Baptist congregations once it ceased being illegal to be one (in other words, once Calvinists stopped burning Baptists at the stake, they began calling themselves Baptists), we’ve had to differentiate between Calvinist “Baptists” and Baptist Baptists.

British and American Baptists at first differentiated by calling them “General” baptists and “particular” Baptists. A “Particular Baptist” was one who was a Calvinist. You believed salvation was only for particular people – i. e., the Elect. Baptists were called “General” Baptists – we believe Salvation is for all persons, if they repent and come to Christ.

However, today we use terms like “traditional Baptist”, “historic” Baptist, and “Biblical” Baptists. All three are synonymous. And all three offend Al Mohler.

Uh, okay. Sorry. You’re leaving Baptists without a name to call ourselves. Because we’re Baptists, not Calvinists. You’re a Calvinist, not a Baptist.

“So you’re saying that Charles Spurgeon was not a Baptist!”

A Baptist by definition believes in Biblical doctrines. If you adhere to solely Biblical doctrines, and believe in the Baptism of adult believers, you’re a Baptist. Calvinism is not Biblical (as I’m going to spend all January proving) – thus Spurgeon was mixing Baptist doctrine with unBiblical and partially Roman Catholic doctrine. As such, he could really be called something other than Baptist. A Roman Anabaptist, perhaps.

However, this is me speaking. you may not (and probably don’t) agree. So we’ll move on. I’ll just use the terms “historic Baptist”, “traditional Baptist” or “Biblical Baptist” to avoid confusing anyone. Mr. Mohler is recommended to avoid my blog so that he is not offended.

Because of the TULIP theology, I’m going to have to spend some time analyzing whether or not man is “totally depraved”. As I said yesterday, Calvinism really teaches “Total inability” rather than total depravity.

We’ll start that tomorrow.

The Year in Review, and the upcoming year


Okay, it’s been a busy year. I’ve written a lot, including answering atheism, evolution, Word Faith, and Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Mind you, these were not detailed, in depth answerings. I’m busy with a myriad of other things. And to answer these topics (very needful) also meant putting some things off. My indignation button was leaned on quite heavily this year, but I didn’t want to interrupt what I was doing to comment at length on any of the issues.

We’ll just say a defense of the Bible is high in order in 2014. I’m going to defend it, prove it’s authenticity and inspiration, and I’m also going to ask some very pointed questions of its critics.

The one thing that caught me a lot of protests this year was when I began analyzing motivations behind why a person took a certain viewpoint. So, there’ll be some of that as well this year!

Another high priority is – although I’m staying out of politics, because (although I have strong beliefs) I think there’s been far too much confusion between Christianity and certain politicla parties. This was evidenced when a Mormon ran for president, and a large number of evangelicals fell all over themsevles in their haste to “Beg forgiveness for the ‘sin’ of Mormon-phobia”. Friends, its a false religion and a cult. And the horror of it set in when Franklin Graham (a man I used to respect) had all references to Mormonism being a cult removed from the BGEA website.

So, mormonism will be dealt with pretty thoroughly. Expect that one around February or so.

Calvinism is a big one, as it is treatening to swallow up the Southern Baptist Convention. And instead of doing the biblical thing and asking Calvinists to correct their errant doctrine, the SBC is instead attempting to find room on the chair for both beliefs to sit. What the SBC is unaware of, or ignoring it every time someone explains it, is that the Calvinists intend on stealing the chair. And then they will not hesitate to order us to change our beliefs – or be forced out of the convention. The very thing we’re refusing to do to them, they will do to us. Trust me. Because I predict that nobody will listen to me, and over the next 18 months you’ll see the SBC forced into Calvinism, and the rest of us will be forced out.

Church of Christ – they’re in the minority, but I have some plans to deal with them this coming year if time permits.

I need to finish the correct doctrine series, so I’ll be running that concurrent with other series’. Remember, the categories’ links on the right will help you to read everything I’ve written on a particular subject.

One of the big ways people get suckered into cults like Torah Observant Messianic Judaism, is a lack of understanding on how to use a Strong’s Concordance. Well, here’s the secret. You’ve got to learn some Greek and Hebrew to really grasp it. So I most definitely need to put up lessons in Biblical Greek and Hebrew. I need to really deal with T.O.M., as it ensnares quite a few people. And the fruit of it is usually the denial of Christ, which shows that if it is not Satanic, Satan has most definitely over-run it with wolves in sheep’s clothing.

I plan to finish up Buddhism, and deal with Hinduism. The rampant Hinduism in the US faltered once the Beatles broke up, so it’s not a priority – and I don’t think a reuniting of the Beatles is now a possibility!

Theres a lot coming in 2014, and I’m rushing to get it all done as fast as possible, because I believe the Rapture is imminent, and I have a lot to do. I also need to finish a lot of unfinished work on the Surviving the Tribulation website, as that will help people stay alive long after I’ve disappeared from this earth.

Stay tuned! Your support is critical. Just hitting a like button from time to time helps me to know my work is not in vain!