Resistless Logic

Mention the doctrine of double predestination and the gloves come off.

What is it about this doctrine that causes such ardent resistance? Could it be a confusion on what one means when they mention these dirty little theological terms? Or is it a doctrine where one picks his side based on emotions rather than the clear teaching of scripture? I do not plan on dissecting the nuances of double predestination, rather shed some light on the logic behind it and the remaining views we are left to choose from without it. I posit that there are ultimately four possible kinds of consistent single predestination views that can only be maintained within the framework of universalism or Arminianism.

When I refer to the doctrine of double predestination I am referring to the fact that God predestines some, not all, to eternal salvation and so he also predestines some to damnation which we call the reprobate. However this is not a parallel mode of divine operation, R.C. Sproul puts it like this: “It has also been used as a synonym for a symmetrical view of predestination which sees election and reprobation being worked out in a parallel mode of divine operation. Both usages involve a serious distortion of the Reformed view of double predestination.” In other words God does not elect the reprobate in the same way he elects some unto salvation for that would charge God with being the author of sin and we all know that only heretics think like that, not Calvinist. However, God does harden hearts and He does turn sinful, rebellious men over to their depravity (think Pharaoh and see the entire chapter of Romans 9). God damned Esau before the kid was born. 1 Peter 2:4-8 tells us there were two reasons Jesus came 1) to be precious to those who believe in order that we may be built up, and 2) to act as a stumbling block to the disobedient “to which they also were appointed.” God has made some vessels for glory and some for wrath. I fail to see, scripturally, how this doctrine could be any clearer. Yet we have some eisegesiticians that will rant over “nations” and try to murder what the original language says; “καθὼς γέγραπται· τὸν Ἰακὼβ ἠγάπησα, τὸν δὲ Ἠσαῦ ἐμίσησα.” Aorist means to hate or detest, and that hate has no distinction of a beginning or ending. I know there are some out there that will scream, “God is love! How dare you!” But just remember what Paul said, ” But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, ‘Why have you made me like this?’ Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use? What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory.” That’s what we call crystal. Thanks, Paul.

Emotions are important, and messy. I remember when my brother, Josh, introduced the doctrines of grace to me and the only thing my mind kept returning to was the babies. What about the babies? Poor little innocent things. Surely God can not damn babies to eternal torment and hell-fire. I suppose that’s an entirely different conversation we can have one day but for the time being you get my point. Emotions are stirred up when we talk of God doing anything less than what we deem good and just, but I would refer the reader back to Romans 9. God does what He wants and it will always be for His glory. It will always be just and good and perfect and holy. Our emotional position has no bearing whatsoever on who God is and how He has revealed Himself to us through the scriptures. We must accept these truths and understand that God has the only thing that He is concerned about in His mind: His glory. This is why I have to consistently remind myself of the worm that I am. The wretch that I am. How unworthy of the grace that I have received. Thank you Jesus! Emotions are good for us because God has given them to us. But emotions do not dictate the meaning of scripture, and if they do you might be a charismatic.

God has also blessed us with logic. Logic is a fundamental means of operating in society and, more importantly, how we deduce our doctrinal beliefs. This is how we interpret things and whether the premise of those things, the “starting points”, are jointly plausible; and whether what is said to follow from them does so. Let’s take a look at the logic of some reformed folk who deny double predestination. They maintain that:

1) There is a divine decree of election that is eternal.

2) That divine decree is particular in efficacy.

3) There is no decree of reprobation.

I want you to think on this. Let it resonate. Does this make logical sense? If God, who knows all and decrees all, elects some and not others then what were the reprobate created for? Does He not know where they go once He has passed over them for election? Has He not, like Esau, judged them before they have committed a single act of disobedience? Does God create vessels of wrath for His glory? Of course He does. The very implication that God elects some and not others means that God has elected the non-elect for damnation. This is what Luther called “resistless logic”. What we have in the reprobate is an eternal choice of non-election. The doctrine could not be clearer.

What are we left with if we reject double predestination? I will borrow from R.C. Sproul once more in listing these four categories and they are: (1) Universal predestination to election (universalism); (2) universal predestination to reprobation (which nobody holds); (3) particular predestination to election with the option of salvation by self-initiative to those not elect (a qualified Arminianism); (4) particular predestination to reprobation with the option of salvation by self-initiative to those not reprobate (which nobody holds). When the argument gets down to the core of things on this doctrine of double predestination you will either hold Gods’ sovereignty in the highest esteem or you will succumb to the perils of Arminianism or fall into the heresy of universialism.

Just because a doctrine is hard to wrap your brain around does not make it wrong. Emotions can be deceiving and we as Christians should know this more than anyone. We rely on scripture alone to instruct us. We rely on the faculties that our God has given us to digest and understand His word. Logic is not the end all be all to discerning scripture, but it is crucial and we would be remiss to dismiss such clear teachings such as double predestination. I write this because I feel it is important. If you say that you hold Gods’ sovereignty above all else and admit that he controls each molecule that moves then to deny this doctrine is to deny the meaning of sovereign. I implore you to study this resistless logic.

Battle for the Mind

We are losing the battle of the mind with our children in the church, and as a result, they are leaving in droves.

Before I go any further let me just state, emphatically, that the only way unto salvation is the gospel. There is no secret formula that, when applied correctly, brings sinners to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. We must preach law and gospel to our kids and pray God would deliver them. This should go without saying, but unfortunately many youth ministers miss this approach in lieu of pizza parties and skinny jeans, hyped up laser shows and super rad music, with no depth to understanding what the gospel is, how sad.

We should consider Paul and his methodology, ” As was his custom, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and proving that the Messiah had to suffer and rise from the dead. ‘This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Messiah’, he said.” Do we do this with the youngsters? Do we reason with them? Engage their minds? Challenge them to critical thinking? Or do we try and adopt their language, whip up their emotions with totally cool music, and ask them to say a prayer to be saved? The latter seems to be the mantra in most evangelical churches today.

21st century kids are being inundated with information. With the advances in technology everyone has a forum to promote ideas and those ideas are the trenches where the battle for eternity is being fought. Why, then, would the church resort to shallow tactics when the scope of ideas being touted are deep and nuanced? My answer? Because it’s easy. Apathy and an unwillingness to engage the tough questions our children have regarding the most important subjects of our lives is dwindling their interest and leaving the pews empty moving forward. Theology is not important anymore, a focus on the meat has disappeared and this has left our youth seeking answers to life through post modern self exploratory and self help mediums. No wonder Joel Osteen is such a smashing success. If our children are not being taught that Christianity is the only viable explanation for the origins of the universe and the meaning to life then they will, inevitably, seek these answers from the secular realm. We shy away from subjects like philosophy and epistemology. These are vital areas of study. Why is it that we believe in God? Why is it that I know something rather than nothing and that there is existence rather than non-existence? These issues need to be prompted and explained. These are the issues of today.

The biggest mark we miss when ministering to our youth is this: God is sovereign. How do we tell a young person that our God, the God of the bible, controls every molecule that moves? Can this be explained in a hip new method by a thirty-something hipster sipping a mocha from Starbucks and talking about the latest sitcom on T.V.? Of course it can, but it’s not.

The doctrine of God takes a back seat to more fashionable and aesthetic means that deliver us a Jesus that is our homeboy rather then the Creator and sustainer of the cosmos. Our focus needs to be brought back to the God who controls and has foreordained whatsoever may come to pass. When we engage the minds with these doctrines then it begs the questions that need to be answered. Why do bad things happen? What about natural disasters? Why is there evil? We trigger a domino effect of deep and critical thinking when we present God properly to our children (or anyone for that matter). Conversations shift from the mundane to the extraordinary. This is where we bring our youth. We bring them to the point of realizing the majesty of God, to the point of understanding they are wretched sinners in need of a savior. This is what will keep our children faithfully committed; the gospel.

In the final analysis we will be judged on how we cared for the young people that God has brought into our lives. We will be held accountable on whether or not we presented the gospel accurately and unashamed. My answer to the the youth issue in this country is not flannel shirts and summer getaways centered around feel good self esteem enhancement. It is the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified. It is through engaging the minds of tomorrow in deep and constructive dialogue about the truths of our world and our lives. Challenge them. Show them that without God there is no truth. Encourage them to, oh I don’t know, read! Help them explore science, sociology, archaeology, medicine. We are not at war with science, we own it. Ready their minds for battle in an ever increasing intellectual society. Give them the confidence to stand against the tides of western culture and the so called progressives. Show them the the only truth in the world is the truth of the cross. Christianity is not a religion for the simple minded. We stand on the confidence of the cross. We stand for ultimate truth. Now get out there and act like it.

Take off the Cut-off’s

Christian theology drips from the secular music scene. Wonder if they know it…

My wife and I love this song from John Legend. The production value of the music and the ensuing video leave no wonder to how artist these days get over 70 million hits on YouTube. 

Besides having the talent to write his own lyrics (and sing them so well), play an actual instrument and produce his own videos, John Legends’ “All of Me” resonates so well with us because of the place in which it hit’s home: the heart and soul. People want this in their marriages. They long for the level of commitment that’s highlighted. They applaud the selfless mentality of loving your spouse despite flaws, and committing to that person with every ounce of their being. This is the epitome of a Christian marriage, and spot on with our theology.  

Not enough can be said how, in our capitalistic society, quality is rewarded. We look for it in everything, from underwear to T.V.’s, movies to sunglasses. This is where the success stories lie. Legends’ video is a prime example of how an artist can promote their message effectively by means of embracing the importance of quality. We gobble up this type of entertainment for the same reason we gobble up good paintings. We see a level of professionalism in the way they market themselves, and this brings a sense of comfort to us. Many of the leading artists today understand this fundamental idea of what the consumer wants and the results can be seen by the millions of people who listen too, and purchase, their product. 

I used to work in banking. When handling peoples finances it is of the utmost importance to make them feel that they are dealing with a professional. People come looking to throw their money at products and, in America, everyone has the right and opportunity to supply that product and capitalize off of their skill. If I were to walk into a meeting with a prospective client wearing a John Deere shirt and cut off khaki shorts, chances are they will not take me seriously and now I have damaged the opportunity to sell my services. Contrarily, if I show up to that same meeting wearing a sharp looking suite the client would feel like they were dealing with a real professional and my chances of success increase. Simple? I know… go figure. So why do we assume that anything less should be applied when selling music? John Legend has over 70 million hit’s because he’s wearing  his suite to the meeting, while so many up-and-coming artist put on their John Deer tees expecting the heavens to open and rain down YouTube manna. If you want to be taken seriously you need to set the customer at ease with quality production of your product. Not cut of khaki’s. 

Don’t get me wrong, one can have the top video equipment in the industry and still fail. People are also looking for substance. We want to connect to our music, to revel in it and live by it. We love music so much because of the inner desires it strokes and the feelings it brings forth. Nothing is more powerful then a good song. This is another reason I believe “All of Me” is so successful. It completely promotes the Christian worldview and the emotions, thoughts and feelings associated with it. Since God has written His laws on our hearts and made Himself known to every living creature, music that falls in line with His word resonate as very real on the most base level of humanity. 

In a culture where traditional marriage is under heavy assault, I find the irony of a song that encapsulates the rich Christian stance on marriage, being so heavily embraced by the secular culture, a tad amusing. 

Throughout the entire song we are reminded of the sacrifices that we ought to make for the benefit of our spouse. How counterculture is this? Today people have adopted a very relative form of love that leaves no room for sacrifice. The mantra of the day is to pursue happiness at all cost. The notion that we should devote all of ourselves to another, and accept that person totally, is foreign… unless you’re a Christian. The Christian understands these principles very intimately, and the pagan agrees with us.

Everyone, whether they study their bible’s or not, understands the need for the Christian worldview. Without it we would know nothing and any assertion of self sacrifice or unconditional love would have no meaning to us at all. Songs which pull at the heartstrings would fall on deaf ears because there could be no accounting for emotions such as love, fear or hate. This song is bursting with good theology about godly love. Christians understand that life is more about other people than themselves, and that, in marriage, elevating our spouse’s feelings and happiness above ours is commanded by Jesus for a successful marriage. I wonder if Mr. Legend understood this while writing a song to such a selfish culture? I wonder if he knows how much of a theologian he is. 

Christian musicians could take a note out of John’s book. They need to understand that they have the only message that people can understand, the only words that will effect the soul, and they need to take of the tee-shirts and cutoffs and focus on producing that message in ways like Legend- with quality and class. 

 

 

 

Still Happy?

You don’t really care about happiness.

You don’t care about your happiness, and more importantly, you don’t care about others happiness.

Topping the billboards this week is Pharell’s “Happy” song, which is very indicative of what the mass want to hear in the secular realm of pop music. Stick with me and allow me to explain why you’re a solipsistic individual who cares for nothing less then self gratification and personal elevation.

Harsh words? I get it… I was there too.

What makes a great song? The lyrics? The beat? A combo of the two? Or a soothing, lulling effect that the combination of the two have on our conscience?

Music penetrates the soul, it reaches into us and pulls out the hidden affections, passions and desires we have for our life. Simply put, music shapes us, and we determine our music on how we think we want to be shaped. We bend our knee to the ever shifting culture trends and apply the assertions of that trend to our life. How sick is this? How does a man like Pharell top the charts with a song that talks about happiness, and, in my opinion, turns it venomous? Answer? Very, very simply. He appeases to the mentality of the masses of our day.

People crave happiness. They desire it simply to tell other people that they are, in fact , happy. They do this without understanding what true happiness is. Which breaks my heart, and should break yours.

The lyrics of the song are extremely important to understand. The opening line reminds us that “happiness” is a crazy notion in today’s world and that we should all “take a break” to grasp this foreign concept. The only issue is, it’s not foreign. It reigns. It is supreme, and touted as the mantra we are expected to adopt should we truly want to be happy, and that is, happiness for the sake of happiness. Get it? Yeah, neither do I.

But what is happiness? He goes on to tell us what happiness is, and apparently, that is feeling like a “room without a roof” whatever that means. I’m sure the new age gang would jump in and say a lot of words about a “free spirit” or some other non-sense, that, in all actuality, makes no sense whatsoever.  The hook goes on to tell us that happiness is the truth. What truth might that be oh wise rapper? Unfortunately this “truth” is never expounded on and leaves one to invent what their happiness is. After all, everyone should be happy, right? This is where this song appeals to the most fundamental desire of this generation. This is why you see so many young people on social networks telling people that they should live their life as they see fit and pursue happiness without worrying about those pesky naysayers because, “ain’t nobody got time for that”! If I could sum this train of thought up in one word it would be: crap.

People who hold to this line of thinking obviously haven’t considered the ramifications of their assertion. Take for example a child molester. This person finds happiness in the most perverse manner that one’s mind can conjure. Or how about the necrophiliac? The truth of his happiness is defiling corpse. Should we encourage him to purse the truth of his happiness? Why, no! Of course not! we shout. But how can we limit this behavior with such an obscure and ambiguous definition of happiness? How do we differentiate who should be allowed to claim happiness as their truth? The progressive movement runs into issues with this, what shall we call it, common sense? Go figure.

This is why most of the people bouncing their head to this type of music care only for themselves and couldn’t care less for the person who’s happiness resides in something other then their definition of happiness.

This is solipsism.

This is hypocrisy.

This is “Merica!

These type of songs are appealing because they exalt our personal desires. They, by popular demand, elevate our deep seated longing for feel goodness to the forefront of society, and therefore pacify our conscience. After all, if this guys rapping about it then happiness must be the truth, right?  Only if that happiness is what I say it should be… duh.

The mainline hip hop music today drives itself into the most self-centered aspect of our personality, which is why they sell records, top charts and influence the culture so much.

Christian music penetrates the soul in a completely different manner, which is why the world, for the most part, hates it. There’s actual substance, an eternal message and a call for self denial. This is the foreign message of today. This is courageous. This is honorable. This is happiness. What a novel idea it is to make music that, ya’ know, edifies, builds, encourages, teaches and influences positive behavior. Weird.

This is no surprise to the Christian. We are told that the world will hate us. Imagine if we had record labels that had the courage to promote our message with the same tenacity that they push the relative happiness message. Unfortunately God isn’t hip, and grace doesn’t sell. How backwards it is. There are many talented people on the hip hop plane who have unparalleled skill. Take IV Connerly for example, or Andy Mineo. These men, by any standard, kill it! The beats, lyrics and message are superb. Why don’t we hear of them more? Simple… they talk about Christ and Christ is offensive (not like having sex on a surfboard or shooting your enemy is offensive, those things are honky dory).

At the end of the day it behooves us to closely examine what we listen to because our music shapes us. This isn’t a new thought, but one that needs to be brought into the light these days. Please refrain from telling people you wish them happiness when you really mean that they should be happy according to what you deem happiness is. Understand the ludicrous notion you have to embrace when a moral and objective foundation is tossed to the wayside to pacify your selfishness.

You don’t want happiness.

You hate happiness.

Still happy?

There’s more clubs than just your 7 iron

What happens when we narrow our focus, as Christians, down to the errors of other professing Christians? 

I suppose I should start this off by stating, unequivocally, that discernment of heretical teachings within Christianity is vital. We are told throughout scripture to examine everything carefully, (1 Thessalonians 5:21-22, 1 John 4:1) therefore, this falls as a responsibility to every Christian. We should always be alert to what the bible teaches and where other believers deviate from those truths. We need to be able to identify the wolves, point them out, and call them to repentance. This edifies the Body and helps us in our spiritual growth. 

That being said, what happens when this is our only focus? 

I have grown up playing golf. My father would take me as an adolescent, and I continued playing into my adult life. When I began to play the game I had a favorite club (the 7 iron) which I would pull out to use in situations that didn’t necessarily call for it. I couldn’t help myself, I felt the most comfortable using that particular club. As I began studying the game, growing in my knowledge of the various strategies, and learning how, and when, the other clubs should be used, I inevitably got better. If my focus never oscillated to the other, and very important, aspects of the game, then I would of never learned how to improve. This is not to say that once I learned how to utilize the other clubs in my bag I neglected the 7 iron, quite the contrary, my knowledge of the other clubs complimented the use of my 7 iron. There should be a natural tendency to grow in all areas of the game, the same can be said of our spiritual lives.

As Christians we are told to be students of the bible, and our natural tendency should be to consume as much theology and doctrine as we can. We run a huge risk when our focus is on the latest false teachings of Pastor McHeretic, instead of growing in our knowledge of the precious, and abundant, teachings of our faith. Once we whittle our attention down to a single aspect of Christianity in order to claim expertise, we fail in that pursuit. After all, the various doctrines in the bible explain, and compliment, one another. 

We all have favorite Pastors, bloggers and radio programs, but we can get so focused on the latest topic that we neglect growing in the unpopular doctrines of our day. That is why I enjoy Systematic Theology so much. It covers the wide variety of Christian doctrine comprehensively. Furthermore, having a good foundation of all things biblical makes for a sharper, and more discerning, mind. We can not simply follow the trends within our circles, while leaving other aspects of our faith unattended, we are responsible for our growth. We cannot simply say that the Roman Catholic church is heretical because I heard whats-his-face say it. We need to dig into the doctrine of justification to spot the error and prove it wrong using scripture. It’s easy to get caught up into adopting someone else’s stance on a particular teaching without putting in the leg work to understand where, why, and how they came to their position. Christians need to be able to explain why they’re using a different club, instead of using it because the golf pro is using it. There is nothing wrong with becoming an expert on the Word of Faith heresy, but we need to be educated on how the other doctrines within our bibles compliment that view. If one feels they are being called into a discernment focused ministry, it would behoove them to understand more about the bible than what it says regarding false teachers. 

We should all be in constant prayer as to what the Lord is teaching us in the various seasons of our life. After learning what our 7 iron does it’s important to constantly improve on how we use it, and that comes with the knowledge about the other clubs in our bag. Learning theology is a lifetime’s worth of study, and to dismiss certain teachings the bible has to offer, due to a narrow focus, is a great disservice to the Holy Spirit’s work. Don’t take a stance on certain heretical teachings unless you have done the research and validated it, biblically, first. This is an unsettling trend within evangelical Christianity today and I would hate for my brothers and sisters to be stuck on the 1st hole of the game with only their trusty 7 iron. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Defense of Defending

Like any of you, I have found the social media world to be intriguing, informative, alarming, and entertaining. It provides a forum to share the silly things in life to the more substance based ideas that find root in, mainly, politics, religion and social issues. I love a lively debate where ideas are discussed, points are made, and new information is gained.

I try to spend my time  debating doctrinal and theologically based posts so as to be sharpened, and use my social media binges for some level of edification (not that cute pictures of cats isn’t edifying, but you get my point). I have a very strong passion to glorify God in all that I do, and to defend the faith against the wolves that seem to be circling the flock with vigor these days. The heresies are abundant, the false teachers are vocal, the poor theology pervasive, so when I can, I issue warnings for my brothers and sisters in Christ about these false teachers and their rank heresy (c.f. Romans 16:17, Galatians 1:6-10, 2 Peter 2:1-3). As a Bible believing Christian I feel as if this is one of the most loving things we can do for each other. Unfortunately the tables have been turned on the discerning believers on the net who are being touted as “sin sniffers” that are divisive and judgmental.

Before I go any further, I think it wise to state a few things about the intent I have in writing this. Above all, my intentions are to always exalt Christ Jesus and bring glory to God. I am also demonstrating the amount of love and concern I have for the Body of Christ when I address false teachers and to clarify why I think it is the biblical position to do so. My intentions are not to prove my superiority in intellect or bible doctrine, or to degrade someone else’s. My intentions for writing this come from a deep love and respect for the visible Church. Here we go…

A couple days ago I was sent a blog written by a Calvary Chapel home group leader entitled, “Those Eagle Eggs were a Lie Stephen“.  This lady is friends with my brother on Facebook and, apparently, is upset with post’s calling false teachers and heretics out ” EVERYTHINGposted by this friend is negative – slamming someone – showing how everyone is wrong – how this pastor and that pastor are failures – how this Christian is a liar and that Christian is no good – UMMMMMMMMM – why would ANYONE want to serve your God and why on earth are you serving Him if everyone that does is so horrible?????”. The initial question that came to mind was; which god are you referring too?

Now I understand, on some minuscule level, where she is coming from in regards to someone only focusing on the discernment type of post’s, and constant negative comments, but surely she doesn’t have issue with people stating the truth about such heretics like Joel Osteen, or T.D. Jakes, right? Or does she? ” I hear about the “sins” of Joel Osteen, TD Jakes, Paula White, Jimmy Swaggart, Jim Baker, Benny Hinn – ALL DAY LONG!!!!  How they’ve failed or are failing – how they are fake because they have mega churches – how there’s no way they are true and going to heaven – – – here’s what I have to say about that – Matthew 7:1-6″.

Now besides the authors complete lack of understanding about that particular passage, she also destroys most of what Paul and Jesus taught about this subject of false teachers. The “Pastors” she mentions in the above quote fit perfectly into this passage from the 1st chapter of Galatians, vv 8-10:

“But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.  As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.”

The approval of men is of no importance when it comes to the proclamation of the Gospel. This is the type of, offend-no one, mentality that is so dangerous in the contemporary church. We are being told that we need to change our methods and stop being so confrontational in order to reach the unbelieving world. That we need to change our delivery of the Gospel to make it more accommodating to the unregenerate. I wonder what Jesus would of said, ” “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.” Obviously quite the contrary. There is no secret formula in which, when applied correctly, will strengthen evangelicals. The Gospel saves, and the Gospel is offensive.

I wonder when we, as Christians, can call anyone out for teaching blasphemous messages against our Lord and Savior? At what point is it okay to take a stand for our beliefs? In what way would it be appropriate to address these blatant heretics? Was Paul’s tone too harsh, or his language too strong? These are things we are left to answer on our own when people simply make statements about tolerance but give no examples of when and how we should address said heretics. I digress…

Unfortunately the face of Christendom in North America today is the Osteen’s,  Jakes and Hinns. They deny the Trinity, make promises of health and wealth, insult the Holy Spirit and teach humanism. These are atrocities that the pagan world is exposed to more than the bible believing, doctrinally sound Pastors, so these are the people me must openly rebuke. To stay silent about them would be just as bad as affirming them. We provide cover for the false teachers by turning a blind eye in the name of “love”. True love is warning people of the dangers that lie ahead, the devil luring them in with smooth words and false hope. I contend that true love is the exact opposite of what the author is preaching. To allow these wolves to operate without opposition would be a form of hate. If you love someone please tell them when they are being duped by these spiritual con men, anything less would be unbiblical.

In conclusion I have a few things to leave you with. First, please, please God over men. This is such a fundamental ideal we, as the Church, must cling to with dogmatic intensity. We must never, ever compromise on the Gospel of our risen Savior for the sake of men’s feelings. This, in my opinion, is a tragic mistake that Paul said would bring about a curse. We do not alter The Message or the method of delivery in order to “reach” more people! God saves who He saves. He is the Potter and we are the clay, does He not have the liberty to save some and not others? Of course, that is what a Sovereign being does. I appeal to you my friends, please preach the Gospel of the Bible! Please preach it with boldness! Please seek to glorify God! Please stay true to His Word! Please defend your Lord and Savior!

Soli Deo Gloria!!!

What Love is this?

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Love.  What a loaded and nuanced concept that the world keeps getting wrong.  American culture and the slowly fading post-modern movement are in the process of redefining love.  Liberal theologians, rock star mega-church pastors and their undiscerning followers are guzzling the liberal love kool-aid by the bucket full and the visible church in America is suffering because of it.  Their bankrupt view of love is not derived from or defined by Scripture any longer, instead it is defined by what society deems lovely.  It’s being redefined by our culture and adopted by professing believers in Christ.  This is to say that in our modern culture love isn’t supposed to offend.  Love must be universally accepting no matter if one engages in a lifestyle of sin.  Love is dependent on human emotion so it changes like a chameleon.  Love, as defined by society, affirms sin to avoid making someone feel bad…

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