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Preacher With Bad Theology

I read the following quote yesterday from a memorial service.

“… was a good person and God would not judge him on one act,… “

The person he is talking about really isn’t the important issue so I won’t share the link.  But why would a pastor say something like that?  That is just ear tickling to try and relieve the grief of the family and friends.  But worst of all it is a lie.  Remember the post just from Sunday?

For One Sin …

For one sin God banished our first parents from Eden. For one sin all the posterity of Ham fell under a curse which remains over them to this day (Gen 9:21-22). For one sin Moses was excluded from Canaan, Elisha’s servant smitten with leprosy, Ananias and Sapphira cut off out of the land of the living.

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Attributes of God – AW Pink

This is a short list of people judged for one act. There are many more in the Bible.

What about Achan? Joshua 7:1-26

What about Achan’s family?

Joshua 7:24-25 (ESV)
24 And Joshua and all Israel with him took Achan the son of Zerah, and the silver and the cloak and the bar of gold, and his sons and daughters and his oxen and donkeys and sheep and his tent and all that he had. And they brought them up to the Valley of Achor.
25 And Joshua said, “Why did you bring trouble on us? The Lord brings trouble on you today.” And all Israel stoned him with stones. They burned them with fire and stoned them with stones.


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The Law and the Believer

I must admit this wasn’t something that I was particularly interested in beyond the general interest I have in all of God’s Word.  But the Lord desired me to really study His Word concerning the Law.  I have had several people email me asking questions about it.  I also got a comment on a previous post about the OT dietary laws.  Beyond that I had been noticing more and more over the last few years an increase in the interest of believers following the OT dietary laws, feast and other regulations.  I’m not talking about Jews who have become believers but Gentile believers whom are turning to follow the Law.

It was clear to me in the NT that believers are not bound by the Law and are even warned to not return to the Law.  However, when I ran across this teaching essentially I ignored it as a wrong teaching and something to pity those who fell into it.  But the Lord has convicted me that this isn’t just some wrong teaching but is a false Gospel.  We are not talking about the differences between denominations but the differences between being a Christian and a Mormon or Jehovah’s Witness.

There is so much of the NT that deals with this return to the Law.  The whole books of Galatians and Hebrews are full of warning about returning to the Law.  All through the NT you can find references to the Law, Covenants and returning to the OT Law.  Paul warns the Galatians of this False Gospel with dire warnings of having “fallen from Grace” or being “under a curse”.  That is downright serious and thus I’m convicted by the Lord that I should not have let that slide without confronting it.

Galatians 5:4 You are severed from Christ, you who would be justified by the law; you have fallen away from grace. ESV

Galatians 3:10-12

10 For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.”

11 Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.”

12 But the law is not of faith, rather “The one who does them shall live by them.” ESV

Also as Terry and I discussed those who are teaching this return to the Law also tend to focus on what name they use to refer to Jesus and God.  I don’t know if that is consistent or not just something we’ve noticed.  Many of the differences in interpretation are furthermore blamed upon the differences in Bible translations with of course the KJV being the preferred translation.  I don’t know what significance those features all have with each other though.

So let us examine the Scriptures and see what they say about the Law and specific portions of it such as Dietary Laws, Circumcision, Sabbath observance, etc.

Because this subject can get so convoluted with different topics and verses I’m going to try to stick with one idea at a time.



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Medicine Man Doesn’t Cure the Bad Balance

Last night on the way home from church we noticed that the traffic was very heavy going in the opposite direction. Then I remembered why. Talladega Racing. We don’t pay any attention to racing, actually it seems pretty silly and boring to watch cars go around and around in circles.

But we had read in the local newspaper a very interesting article just this week.

Medicine man blesses speedway

There have long been rumors of Talladega Superspeedway being haunted, but speedway officials took steps to “restore balance” at the track on Thursday.

Robert Thrower, a medicine man from the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, performed a traditional Native American blessing ceremony at the start-finish line of the 2.66-mile speedway on Thursday.

Then the article goes on to quote the Talladega Raceway President:

“It was a very moving ceremony,” Humphrey said. “It’s like Mr. Thrower said, sometimes things just need to be brought back into balance. With the controversy that surrounded Talladega when we first opened, it’s a possibility that there has always been some unbalance here. I’m confident in saying that after this ceremony however, we don’t have to worry about that anymore and we are looking forward to a great AMP Energy 500 race weekend.”

But after getting home and seeing the news headlines, I think that maybe the Talladega Raceway needs to look into something else other than Indian Medicine Men!

Another Talladega, another scary wreck-filled race

Might I suggest turning to the Scriptures and God.


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The Blood of Jesus or Koolaid

Sunday night the pastor was talking about the fact that preachers need to preach the full gospel and not a water downed “Koolaid” version. That sent my mind to whirling. So below is what I scribbled down during church. We had to explain to the children what is meant by “Koolaid” because they are too young to know. For others who are too young to know where the phrase “Don’t drink the Koolaid!” came from, it is from Jim Jones who started the Jonestown Community in Guyana by the Peoples Temple, a cult.

“Everyone, including the children, was told to line up. As we passed through the line, we were given a small glass of red liquid to drink. We were told that the liquid contained poison and that we would die within 45 minutes. We all did as we were told. When the time came when we should have dropped dead, Rev. Jones explained that the poison was not real and that we had just been through a loyalty test. He warned us that the time was not far off when it would become necessary for us to die by our own hands.” Jonestown

One time it was not a test but the real thing.

Many churches today and many pastors have busily been turning the teaching of the blood of Jesus Christ into watered-down, weak Koolaid. No longer is there anything lasting offered just a initial sweet taste.

 

 

Jesus Blood Gospel Koolaid
Repulsive to sinners Looks Good
Expensive Cheap
Bitter Sweet
Offensive To sinners Appealing
Eternal Temporary
Effectual Worthless
Filling Empty Calories
Life Death
God Given Man Made
Cleansing Staining
Turns things White Turns things Red
Transforms Entertains

Life of Trials

Life of Ease

Foolishness Promising
Convicting Encouraging
Faith Works
 … … 

The blue ones were added due to the suggestion of others.

You are welcome to add more.


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The Lost Symbol – Dan Brown’s New Book & Freemasonry

Dan Brown is the author of the Da Vinci Code that was so popular a few years ago. His newest book is called The Lost Symbol. With the Da Vinci Code Dan Brown misrepresented the Bible and Jesus throughout his book. While claiming the Da Vinci Code is fiction, the down right lies about Jesus have been accepted as fact by many who would rather believe a fictitious story than the Bible.

Now Dan Brown’s newest book is due out. The fictional book The Lost Symbol is based in Washington, D.C. and involves the search for a masonic pyramid and a hidden code. While in the Da Vinci Code Catholics and Jesus are portrayed in a negative light, the newest book portrays Freemasonry in a more positive light.

Anything that encourages Freemasonry is dangerous. Many people may not even be familiar with Freemasonry (Masons, Masonic Lodges, Masonic Temples, etc.) but it is deeply ingrained here in the southern US. The Order of the Eastern Star is the women’s portion of Freemasonry. There are Freemasons that are upstanding members in many of the local churches and there are also pastors of churches that are members. This is something I grew up knowing about and never did really understand. I had an uncle who was a deacon of a SBC church and yet he was a Freemason. He would not discuss it. He also had a Freemason Funeral upon his death. So I have seen the Freemasons bizarre practices in person.

Even Dan Brown himself thinks the book will encourage others to check out the Masons: “I think there will be an enormous number of people who will be interested in the Masons after this book (comes out).”

Brown goes out of his way in “The Lost Symbol” to present the lodge as essentially benign and misunderstood. Masons are praised for their religious tolerance and their elaborate rituals are seen as no more unusual than those of formal religions. The plot centers in part on an “unfair” anti-Masonic video that “conspiracy theorists would feed on … like sharks,” Langdon says.

Freemasons await Dan Brown novel `The Lost Symbol’

(link no longer works)

Ex Masons For Jesus is a website that is dedicated to revealing the false teachings of Freemasons. Here is some information from their site.

How can you quickly know that the foundational teachings of Freemasonry are false?

Freemasonry requires its members to believe in the existence of a Supreme Being and also to believe that there is only One God. Freemasonry refers to its god as the Great Architect of the Universe. It teaches that all men, of all the various religions, worship the one God, simply using a variety of different names. It is on that basis that Masons may be Hindus, Moslems, Buddhists, or men who profess to follow Jesus. Freemasonry requires a belief in the existence of A Supreme Being, but does not define that being. …

… Freemasonry teaches that there is one God and men of all religions worship that one God using a variety of different names. In a Masonic Lodge, all join in corporate prayer to the Great Architect of the Universe, (GAOTU). …

… While we were Masons, we sometimes were asked questions about Freemasonry by other church members who were not Masons. Because we had taken an oath to ever conceal and never reveal the secret teaching of Freemasonry, under the penalty of having our throats cut from ear to ear, we were reluctant to respond truthfully. We beg the forgiveness of our brothers and sisters in Christ for the less than honest answers we provided while we were Masons. Since we have repented (embraced God’s viewpoint on the issue) we have been released from the oaths. (Lev 5:4-6.) We came to realize that God did not want us to take the oaths to begin with. (Matthew 5:33-37 & James 5:12) As Christians who walk in the light of Jesus Christ, we are now willing to respond truthfully to the questions we continue to be asked. …

Notice these statements from Masons in the following articles.

Freemasons await Dan Brown novel `The Lost Symbol’ (link no longer works)

… “The emphasis on secrecy is something that disturbs people,” says Joseph Crociata, a burly, deep-voiced man who is a trial attorney by profession but otherwise a Junior Grand Warden at the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the District of Columbia. …

… “I have enormous respect for the Masons,” Brown told The Associated Press during a recent interview. “In the most fundamental terms, with different cultures killing each other over whose version of God is correct, here is a worldwide organization that essentially says, `We don’t care what you call God, or what you think about God, only that you believe in a god and let’s all stand together as brothers and look in the same direction.’…

Freemasons hail Dan Brown’s latest novel as “good fun” (link no longer works)

Levenston said modern Freemasons are not as secretive as their predecessors, but said secret handshakes and special words are still used to help identify members as “men of trust.”

“The secret handshakes certainly do still exist, but we don’t roll up one trouser leg any longer. In the old days it was seen as a symbol of humility not for anything else,” Levenston said.


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The Shack – Still a Top Seller

I posted several times about The Shack over a year ago. Since then I would have thought that The Shack would have become less popular but it still remains one of the most read books, even by Christians.

There are so many problems with The Shack and people continue to read it and base their beliefs about God and Jesus on it.

This is an interesting compilation of several problems with The Shack.

13 Heresies in The Shack

1. God the Father was crucified with Jesus.

Because God’s eyes are pure and cannot look upon sin, the Bible says that God would not look upon His own beloved Son as He hung on the Cross, carrying our sins (Habakkuk 1:13; Matthew 27:45).

2. God is limited by His love and cannot practice justice.

The Bible declares that God’s love and His justice are two sides of the same coin — equally a part of the personality and the character of God (Isaiah 61:8; Hosea 2:19).

3. On the Cross, God forgave all of humanity, whether they repent or not. Some choose a relationship with Him, but He forgives them all regardless.

Jesus explained that only those who come to Him will be saved (John 14:6).

4. Hierarchical structures, whether they are in the Church or in the government, are evil.

Our God is a God of order (Job 25:2).

5. God will never judge people for their sins.

The Word of God repeatedly invites people to escape from the judgment of God by believing in Jesus Christ, His Son (Romans 2:16; 2 Timothy 4:1-3).

Be prepared to explain to others why The Shack is not suitable reading when compared to The Bible and it’s truth.

See also:

“The Shack” – A Warning

“The Shack” for Sunday School?

The Shack – still a best seller with “Christians”

More on the False Teaching of “The Shack”



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Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Nope, we aren’t supposed to.

Matthew 10:34-39
34 “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.
35 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.
36 And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household.
37 Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
38 And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.
39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
ESV

James 2:14-16
14 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?
15 If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food,
16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?
ESV

An Open Letter to Rick Warren by Jan Markell

On July 5 the Washington Times online reported that Pastor Rick Warren told his Islamic audience, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA,) that he envisions “a coalition of faith.” Whether Pastor Warren knows this or not, this is just another term for the coming one-world religion outlined in Revelation 13. It is further outlined in Revelation 17. I have not taken on the issue of Rick Warren all that often, but after reading what the Washington Times has to say about his message to a group of spiritually lost Muslims, I feel I must address this in an open letter to who many say is the most influential pastor in America and some would say the world.

Pastor Warren, you pleaded with 8,000 Muslim listeners on Saturday, July 4, to work together to solve the world’s greatest problems by cooperating in a series of interfaith projects. You said, “Muslims and Christians can work together for the common good without compromising my convictions or your convictions.”

Pastor Warren, you needed to compromise the convictions of the Muslims in attendance. To just say that “My deepest faith is in Jesus Christ” was not enough to a thoroughly lost crowd. The hour is too late to withhold a gospel message without which they will face a Christless eternity, and you will be held accountable. The “world’s greatest problems” will always be with us and the Bible says so in Matthew 26:11. Sin is at the root of them. I have to conclude you are more interested in ecumenical unity and solving AIDS, poverty, and other social issues. Last Saturday you were given a golden opportunity that 99.9% of American Christians could never get. ….

Rick Warren is Wrong

… Rick Warren is putting works first and faith second. According to the Bible in James 2:14-26, works should follow a person’s faith. Warren has reversed this and has put works first and faith second.

According to the book of James, true faith is believing the exclusive claims of Christ and not putting faith behind works. Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven according to the Bible. As we share this truth with the world, we should then do good works.

Speaking at interfaith meetings should not be done if a person does not tell the listeners that Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven – period. By not doing this, a person is saying that all ways lead to God by works. Sincere Christian faith is never afraid to tell others that Jesus Christ in the only way to heaven….


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The Foolishness of Man

Did you catch Easter Eggs dropped from a Helicopter this past Easter?

Or did you focus on the Savior who came from Heaven and died a cruel death so that you might have eternal life?


1 Corinthians 1:21-25
21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe.
22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom,
23 but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles,
24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. ESV

Take your pick:

The wisdom of man?

The foolishness of God?


Oh, I’m sure the preaching did cover Christ’s death, burial and Resurrection.

But surely that was overshadowed by the helicopter dropping eggs.

Just ask the children in a few weeks and see which they remember better.

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Your World View Affects How You View The Bible

When we come to Bible interpretation we see where the world view we bring to the Bible reading affects everything we read. Do we trust the Lord to protect His Word and give us His Truth or do we look for the things that we think are contradictions? This is dependent on our world view and our view of God Himself.

Do you believe that God created the world and everything in it or do you believe the latest scientific “findings”?

Isaiah 40:28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. ESV

Do you trust God to preserve His Word as He says He will? Or do you believe man has totally corrupted God’s Word and there is no way to know what God has really said?

Psalms 111:7-8
7 The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy;
8 they are established forever and ever, to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.
ESV

Isaiah 40:8 The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. ESV

Psalms 117:2 For great is his steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord! ESV

Psalms 119:160 The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever. ESV

Do you not know that the Lord is in control of everything, nothing happens that He does not allow? Do you think that the Lord has so little control over His Word that He has let man totally corrupt His Word?

Hebrews 2:6 Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. ESV

1 Peter 1:24-25
24… “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls,
25 but the word of the Lord remains forever.” And this word is the good news that was preached to you.
ESV

Does God not direct every step of man? Or do you think a simple man can thwart God’s purposes?

Jeremiah 10:23 I know, O Lord, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps. ESV

You see what I mean about a man’s world view affecting his every thought about Scripture. Who is in control? God or man?

Al Mohler wrote about a discussion on the validity of the Bible in his post Fighting Words about the Bible? .

…Where we have difficulty understanding how one gospel relates to another we face a basic question — one tied to the presuppositions we bring to our reading of the Bible. We will see the problem as lying either in our inability to understand the Bible or in the Bible’s inability to offer a consistent and consistently truthful message….

So examine your presuppositions and see if you trust your own wisdom more than God’s. There is nothing wrong with admitting that you do not understand everything in the Scriptures. No man knows all there is to know about the Bible. But that does not make a flaw in the Scriptures. The flaw is always man’s because we are depraved and evil in our hearts. (see Genesis 6:5) Nor does any man understand every possible concept in the Bible. Even the angels don’t know all there is to know, they desire to look into the gospel and salvation of man.

1 Peter 1:12 It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look. ESV

Why do so many people argue that the Bible is corrupted by man? What purpose does it serve to argue about verses and imply that Scripture contradicts Scripture and that we can’t possibly know what the Lord said?

If you cannot trust God’s Word then your belief in Christ is flawed at best. When you start ruling out God’s Word as unbelievable there is no stopping. Then you soon get to the position that God didn’t create the earth in six days. That marriage does not have to be between a man and a woman. That women are allowed to be preachers. The list can go on…. Once you step on the slippery slope of you choosing what is true and what isn’t, you’ve created your own religion. Instead of following God’s Word you are following your own words.

Often when someone starts throwing out comments like:

You can’t trust the Bible….

The Bible is full of contradictions….

We don’t have all the books of the Bible….

You will find they have been reading many of the books that have been written lately to disprove or at least question the Bible. Books such as The DaVinci Code and the writings of The Jesus Seminarhave both encouraged the belief that we have a flawed Bible that cannot be trusted. If anyone starts up with “Well, the Council of Nicea did …” when arguing that Bible is flawed, you can probably count on them having gotten their information from one of these false teachings that are written to contradict the Bible.

Fighting Words about the Bible? by Al Mohler

… The agenda of the biblical revisionists is clear. If the Bible is a collection of merely human documents that are internally contradictory, indicating an underlying diversity of conflicting interpretations of Christ and the Gospel, we are left with no authority for knowing what Christianity is. Accordingly, we can now make it in our own image. …

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Silly, Weak Willed Women Swayed by Strangers

2 Tim 3:6-7
6 For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions,
7 always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth.
ESV

This verse seems to be explained very well by the following little story.

The Stranger

A few years after I was born, my Dad met a stranger who was new to our small Texas town. From the beginning, Dad was fascinated with this enchanting newcomer and soon invited him to live with our family. The stranger was quickly accepted and was around from then on.

As I grew up, I never questioned his place in my family. In my young mind,he had a special niche. My parents were complementary instructors: Mom taught me good from evil, and Dad taught me to obey. But the stranger…he was our storyteller. He would keep us spellbound for hours on end with Adventures, mysteries and comedies.

If I wanted to know anything about politics, history or science, he always knew the answers about the past, understood the present and even seemed able to predict the future! He took my family to the first major league ball game. He made me laugh, and he made me cry. The stranger never stopped talking, but Dad didn’t seem to mind.

Sometimes, Mom would get up quietly while the rest of us were shushing each other to listen to what he had to say, and she would go to the kitchen for peace and quiet. (I wonder now if she ever prayed for the stranger to leave.)

Dad ruled our household with certain moral convictions, but the stranger never felt obligated to honor them. Profanity,for example, was not allowed in our home… Not from us, our friends or any visitors. Our longtime visitor, however, got away with four-letter words that burned my ears and made my dad squirm and my mother blush. My Dad didn’t permit the liberal use of alcohol. But the stranger encouraged us to try it on a regular basis. He made cigarettes look cool, cigars manly and pipes distinguished.

He talked freely (much too freely!) about sex. His comments were sometimes blatant, sometimes suggestive, and generally embarrassing.

I now know that my early concepts about relationships were influenced strongly by the stranger. Time after time, he opposed the values of my parents, yet he was seldom rebuked… And NEVER asked to leave.

More than fifty years have passed since the stranger moved in with our family. He has blended right in and is not nearly as fascinating as he was at first. Still, if you could walk into my parents’ den today, you would still find him sitting over in his corner, waiting for someone to listen to him talk and watch him draw his pictures.

His name?…. .. .

We just call him ‘TV.’

He has a wife now….We call her ‘Computer.’

This is how people like Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Phil share their false teaching with weak, willing, gullible, and silly women.

2 Tim 3:6-7
6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth
. KJV

2 Tim 3:6-7
6 For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts,
7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
NKJV

2 Tim 3:6-7
6 They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over weak-willed women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires,
7 always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth
. NIV

2 Tim 3:6-7
6 For among them are those who worm their way into homes and captivate silly and weak-natured and spiritually dwarfed women, loaded down with [the burden of their] sins [and easily] swayed and led away by various evil desires and seductive impulses.
7 [These weak women will listen to anybody who will teach them]; they are forever inquiring and getting information, but are never able to arrive at a recognition and knowledge of the Truth.
AMP

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