Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Coming Persecution To America - Paul Washer

"This is not silly talk" ~ Paul Washer


Do you believe brother Paul? Here is just a couple of examples of what has gone on in our country in just the last month.

Wretched: Anti-Christian Intolerance

Wretched: Christians Getting Stoned

Chick-Fil-A Controversy (Non-Christian perspective)

Saturday, July 28, 2012

I'm Sick of Works Righteous Legalism! Beware of Joyce Meyer

I feel better now that I've said that. Many immature Christian women are prone to think they can earn points with God. I know this because I was in that trap myself. The Bible says there is none righteous and our works are like filthy rags to God. Joyce Meyer may be an extreme example with her health and wealth teaching, but other teachers such as Beth Moore use the same works righteousness approach with Christianese feminism and extra-biblical fulfillment.

 “Discernment is not simply a matter of telling the difference between what is right and wrong; rather it is the difference between right and almost right.” -Charles Spurgeon.


Joyce Meyer's Self-Centered "Gospel"

Friday, July 27, 2012

Spurgeon's Method

We declare, upon Scriptural authority, that the human will is so desperately set on mischief, so depraved, and so inclined to everything that is evil, and so disinclined to everything that is good, that without the powerful, supernatural, irresistible influence of the Holy Spirit, no human will ever be constrained towards Christ.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Divided the Movie (Repost)

I recommend watching this documentary which brings up the question; why do we have age segregated programs, particularly youth groups?

Just a disclaimer: I'm not against church programs and youth groups. My kids and myself attend and benefit from them. The problem is that more often than not, an extra-biblical ministry like youth groups, Sunday school, etc. is supplanted by a biblical mandate for the parents to teach their own children.  (Deuteronomy 6:6-9, Psalms 127:3-5, Proverbs 1:8-9,  Proverbs 22:6, Proverbs 23:22, Joshua 24:15,  Malachi 4:6, Collosians 3:20, Ephesians 6:1-2) These programs provide an easy alternative for parents to pass off their biblical responsibility to teach their own children.

What this movie did for me was convict me as a parent and as a member of a church. It helped me understand why there maybe a lack of multi-generational connection and discipleship in most churches. (Titus 2)

I wish the movie went further and discussed the separation of other age groups such as college students, young families and much needed senior citizens. Having subcultures within the body of believers is not what was intended in scripture. 

As the documentary closes (A little bitty spoiler), it addresses the need of hospitality with unchurched and fatherless youth rather than bring them in a group of immature teens (Proverbs 13:30). I realized after watching this why there may be a lack of genuine hospitality within many churches. Perhaps since there is always somewhere to go every week, there is no need and time; something to think about.

Make yourself comfortable for one hour. Whether you agree with this movie or not, there is much to glean from it. The young Leclerc Brothers did an outstanding job with this piece.

Official Divided the Movie (HD Version) from NCFIC on Vimeo.

Related Article:

Is the FIC a Rebuke to the American Church?

Voddie Baucham: Danger of Youth Sub-Culture

Saturday, July 21, 2012

The Uncoverted In Churches ~ Surph's Side

"The most persecuted people in the church, in my opinion and observation, are those who are trying to hold the bride of Christ to a true biblical standard. What a shame! Today pastors are centering more on getting people to come and stay in their churches that they forget that God wants His bride holy. The church was never intended to camp unbelievers." - Susan Brackley

 Full article HERE

Related Articles:

Be Not Unequally Yoked ~ ExitChurchianity

The Church is for the Church

Spurgeon ~ Bring True Converts Into the Church

Friday, July 20, 2012

How Bad Are You?

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Concerns with "Created To Be His Help Meet" - Book Review By Tim Challies

I read, reread and reread at least five more times this book when it first came out eight years ago. I loved Debi Pearl's hard hitting tough love approach. I felt convicted at every turn of the page and was motivated like never before to be a better wife. I also gave copies to other women.

After a period of time, I became frustrated that I was not able to do what was commanded, so I put the book away in defeat and shame.

 I recently dug out my my wrinkled, marked, highlighted copy of Created To Be His Help Meet stuffed deep in my drawer. It had been a few years since I read it, and I've grown more in knowledge of Christian doctrine in that time. I was shocked at all of the over use of law, lack of grace and harsh legalism. I immediately closed the book and shared my concerns with a close friend.

Tim Challies (A well known Christian book reviewer) did his own review and my concerns are validated.

"We see her graceless, legalistic God in words like these, taken from the book’s final pages: “God is awesome and terrible in his judgments. He is also full of mercy, and of grace. His strong desire is to bless his people, but too often by our ‘carelessness,’ we force him to judge. I believe he wearies of judgment.” Pearl presents a God who offers mercy and grace only to those who please him. To the rest there is judgment. This is a God who reacts to our every careless or thoughtful deed with anger and judgment. He is gracious only when we do what he demands, only when we earn his favor. And this means, of course, he is not a good of mercy and grace at all, not when his favor must be merited."

 Full reviews:

Created To Be His Help Meet

Created To Be His Help Meet (Part 2)

Alternate Books:

The Excellent Wife: A Biblical Perspective by Martha Peace

Helper by Design: God's Perfect Plan for Women in Marriage by Elyse Fitzpatrick

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Call for Discernment: Beth Moore's Dangerous Bible Twisting

I listened to this a while back when I kept hearing how wonderful Beth Moore was. I was grateful to hear this radio program from "Fighting for the Faith".


Related Link: Call To Discernment: Justin Peters, Paul Washer and Frank Turk (Mention of Beth Moore on Session 1, part 2 at about the 3:00 minute mark)

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Biblical Perspective on Food and Eating ~ Elise Fitzpatrick

"Get to the end of the day, and be free from all the way that you measure yourself and rest in the work of Jesus Christ"

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A Shepherd Guards His Flock - Sola Sisters

"And you've heard the rumor, that Pastor Jim killed the Beth Moore trip. Let me clarify that rumor: I killed the Beth Moore trip." -Pastor Jim Murphy
" I thank God for pastors today, like Jim Murphy, who are boldly taking a stand and, lovingly and with great graciousness, and yet firmly, warning their flocks of false teaching. I am also thankful for pastors who recognize that the church is not "theirs" but belongs to God, and was purchased by the blood of Christ. It is an institution wholly unlike anything else on earth. It is not a business or a social club, and should always be dealt with with the utmost care." Full article from Sola Sisters with sermon from Jim Murphy  HERE

Related articles:

Subtlety of Satan (First Baptist Church - Johnson City, NY)

Beth Moore and John Piper lead Lectio Divina-Lite at Passion 2012 ~ Apprising Ministries

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Journal of Medical Ethics: Abortion and After-Birth Abortion

My pastor read this morning part of the "Journal of Medical Ethics: Abortion and After-Birth Abortion" and I could barely contain my grief and anger.

"Both a fetus and a newborn certainly are human beings and potential persons, but neither is a ‘person’ in the sense of ‘subject of a moral right to life’. We take ‘person’ to mean an individual who is capable of attributing to her own existence some (at least) basic value such that being deprived of this existence represents a loss to her. This means that many non-human animals and mentally retarded human individuals are persons, but that all the individuals who are not in the condition of attributing any value to their own existence are not persons. Merely being human is not in itself a reason for ascribing someone a right to life. Indeed, many humans are not considered subjects of a right to life: spare embryos where research on embryo stem cells is permitted, fetuses where abortion is permitted, criminals where capital punishment is legal."

Full article here.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Problems With Friendship Evangelism

And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” Romans 10:15 This is a wonderful testimony of a woman who was saved from nominal Christianity.

 Dena's full interview http://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_166069&v=I76D2bb_zYA&src_vid=q9NEdbYkpa8&feature=iv

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Closing the Deal: An Unbiblical Component of Modern Evangelism by Tony Miano

"The question itself is a tragic and unbiblical byproduct of one of American Evangelicalism's most cherished traditions--the "sinner's prayer." And let's be honest. That's all the sinner's prayer is: a tradition--a tradition created by sincere Christians who want lost people to come to genuine faith in Jesus Christ." Full article HERE

Related blogs:

The Sinner's Prayer: Biblical or Extra-Biblical

Are You Giving Them Law? (Romans 10) by Stephen Bratton

Romans 10:9 "...if you confess with your mouth..."

The Unbiblical and Superstitious "Sinner's Prayer"

Born Againism by Richard Ochs

On The Box: Jesus Said, "It is Finished" And He Meant It

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Resolved 2012 : The Church | Session 1 - John Macarthur

Any kind of non-biblical ministry, non-expository preaching, non-doctrinal teaching, usurps Christ's headship, silences His voice to the Church, gives honor to proud independence and autonomy. That is a very, very serious act against the Head of the church.