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Created To Be His Help Meet – Challies’ Review

Tim Challies has reviewed the book Created To Be His Help Meet by Debi Pearl in a two part review.  It is a very interesting review and discussion and worth considering if you have read the book or had it recommended to you.

Created To Be His Help Meet

Created To Be His Help Meet (Part 2)

I have read many of the Pearl’s books (included this one) and they are very interesting.  There are many “pearls” of wisdom that can be found but along with those is much that must be weeded out and sifted through.  Taken 100% at face value there would be many, many problems that could develop by utilizing their methods of parenting and marriage.

Example:  You cannot physically spank some children until they will obey.  That can and will lead to abuse which has happened with devastating consequences based on supposed instructions from the Pearl’s parenting books.

So because of the issues with the Pearl’s books I have a hard time recommending them to others so I don’t.

What is the problem with the Pearl’s books?

Their doctrine.

Remember the series on doctrine I posted earlier?  Renewing the Attitudes of our Heart Series

Here are two quotes from that series:

A.W. Tozer said in The Knowledge of the Holy:

It is impossible to keep our moral practices sound and our inward attitudes right while our idea of God is erroneous or inadequate.”

According to John MacArthur:

Doctrine matters. What you believe about God, the gospel, the nature of man, and every major truth addressed in Scripture filters down to every area of your life. You and I will never rise above our view of God and our understanding of His Word.

That is what happens with the Pearl’s material. Their faulty doctrine shows through and colors their teaching.  A person’s teaching cannot be separated from their doctrine.

Some would say “But the Pearl’s are Biblical and use Scripture to back up their teaching.”  Which is true to an extent.  However, their doctrine is interpreted based on flawed assumptions.

I couldn’t begin to tell all the doctrine issues that occur in their materials but here is a sampling.  Not only that but books will say one thing and then later Micheal Pearl will post a rebuttal to the criticism on their website.  Either they express themselves very poorly or they tone down doctrine at times when confronted.  I could spend time posting quotes from them but that isn’t my point.  Just understand that faulty doctrine can be exhibited in a myriad of ways.

Doctrinal problems with the Pearls:

1)  X + Y = Z  (I only explained this one because it is the most obviously taught but hardest to explain.)

This is a common flaw everyone falls for at times.  If you do X and you do Y the result will be Z, always.  In other words, church plus stay at home mom will lead to saved children.  Or maybe we don’t think life is that simple.  Active church membership plus stay at home mom plus homeschooling plus family devotions plus cutting out TV plus a mission trip will lead to saved children.  Few of us actually think this out but we often unconsciously think that we’ve done all the right things so why isn’t our results working out like we thought.

The Christian Life isn’t a set of hoops we must jump through in order to arrive at the right destination.  Many go through the “hoops” in a different order. Others skipped “hoops” we think are important and achieve better fruit.

The Pearls teach that if  your children are made to be obedient when young that the adult fruit will be good.  Or that if you are the perfect wife your husband won’t divorce you or if he does you can win him back and have an even better marriage.  People do not respond like Pavlov’s dogs.  There are more factors to life than X and Y.  People can choose to sin despite everything.  Other outside influences can affect decisions.  God is Sovereign over all.

2) God’s Sovereignty

3) Christian perfection

4) Gap Theory

5) Infants are born without sin or a sin nature.



Tim Challies has chosen an odd word to describe the movie DividedDestructive.

Divided The Movie

It’s a destructive message wrapped in a poorly-made documentary. The church would do well to ignore it.

The Shack

All this is not to say there is nothing of value in the book. However, it is undeniable to the reader who will look to the Bible, that there is a great deal of error within The Shack. There is too much error.


My suggestion to parents would be to leave this book on the shelf instead of handing it to your teenage girl (and especially your young teenage girl). At the very least, read it yourself and see if your conscience is clear before you hand it to her.


How can the idea of father’s taking back responsibility and families worshiping together be destructive?



Divided The Movie & Challies

Divided, the movie is available to view for free.

Modern Youth Ministry is
Contrary to Scripture

Will you take action to change that?

Divided the Movie Tim Challies’ response:

Your church is heavily influenced by evolutionary thinking. It is founded on principles created by pagans and for pagans. You have succumbed to hellish thinking and imposed it upon your church. At least this is the case if your church has a nursery or a Sunday school or any other kind of program that involves dividing people by age. That is the rather audacious claim of Divided, a documentary that is being heavily promoted by the National Center for Family Integrated Churches (NCFIC). Divided is a film about youth ministry. Kind of. At its heart it is a movie that promotes Family Integrated Church (FIC).

What do you think?

Does it really matter what we think?

Can we back it from Scripture?

Not that I’m a pragmatist but really what does the evidence show?

Is the movie and the response both done in an inflammatory manner which negates the value by causing an emotional response?

Added: Odd, after watching the movie I didn’t find it as inflammatory as I was led to believe it would be from Challies’ initial post and response. 



The Next Story: Life and Faith After the Digital Explosion – Free Audio Book

The Next Story: Life and Faith After the Digital Explosion by Tim Challies – Free Audio Book

Even the least technical among us are being pressed from all sides by advances in digital technology. We rely upon computers, cell phones, and the Internet for communication, commerce, and entertainment. Yet even though we live in this “instant message” culture, many of us feel disconnected, and we question if all this technology is really good for our souls.

In a manner that’s accessible, thoughtful, and biblical, author Tim Challies addresses questions such as:

• How has life—and faith—changed now that everyone is available all the time through mobile phones?

• How does our constant connection to these digital devices affect our families and our church communities?

• What does it mean that almost two billion humans are connected by the Internet … with hundreds of millions more coming online each year?


Handel’s Messiah Comfort for God’s People

Handel’s Messiah Comfort for God’s People – Free Audio Book

Handel’s oratorio Messiah is a phenomenon with no parallel in music history. No other work of music has been so popular for so long. Yet familiarity can sometimes breed contempt — and also misunderstanding.

This book by music expert Calvin Stapert will greatly increase understanding and appreciation of Handel’s majestic Messiah, whether readers are old friends of this remarkable work or have only just discovered its magnificence.

Stapert provides fascinating historical background, tracing not only Messiah’s unlikely inception but also its amazing reception throughout history. The bulk of the book offers scene-by-scene musical and theological commentary on the whole work, focusing on the way Handel’s music beautifully interprets and illuminates the biblical text.

Tim Challies’ Review of Handel’s Messiah Comfort for God’s People


Social Media and Digital Discernment – MacArthur

Although I do have this website, I’m really very illiterate when it comes to social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.  I don’t have accounts so most of facebook is unavailable to me.  I have at times contemplated getting accounts since often I will find out about something after the fact, like a prayer request, but by the time I find out the need is past. 🙁  However, the advantages have yet to outweigh the disadvantages in my mind.  I’m honestly not interested in what someone ate for supper or the great shirt they just bought. (Granted everyone doesn’t include such mundane details, but I’d only be interested in that kind of detail from very, very few people; husband or son.)  Of course, I could do what my oldest son does.  He has an account with minimal info available and he never posts.  But that allows him access and “friend” status enough to know what is going on with others.  He has been accused of “lurking”.  🙂

There are portions of social media that just set wrong with me and honestly the only way I can explain it is it is like high school popularity all over again.  See you can strive to be friends with lots and lots of people but to what purpose?  You can’t truly be friends with that many people.  Then of course you can un-friend people and relatives when you get mad at them.  The ultimate insult. {sarcasm}  Social media can give a false sense of intimacy.  There is no way to be truly intimate friends when just passing sound bites back and forth.  True intimacy is a lost art, even in the physical sense.  Social media doesn’t seem to be helping.

But granted I may be wrong and might at some point change my mind.  But for now the benefits don’t outweigh the time investment.  But MacArthur has a post about being discerning with social media.

Social Media and Digital Discernment

On the one hand, social networking websites provide numerous benefits and opportunities. Many of the ministries with which I am involved (like Grace to You and The Master’s College & Seminary) utilize social networking to dispense resources and keep people updated with ministry news.3 Social networking can be a useful tool when used to communicate the right things—messages that honor Christ, exalt His Word, and direct people to profitable tools for spiritual growth.

But social networking can also be abused. When it consists of nothing more than random babblings and personal monologues, it can become self-centered, unrestrained and narcissistic. When it consumes our lives, it can be addictive and controlling. Used unwisely, it is filled with potential pitfalls and temptations. For those who follow Christ, we are called to submit every area of our lives to His lordship—including how we use social media. With that in mind, let’s look at the following five areas of caution:

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This article is referred to in MacArthur’s post – Solomon on Social Media

…  Count to ten before posting, sharing, sending, submitting. “Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him (29:20).” How many arguments could be avoided and how many relationships saved if people were only a little less hasty with their words? Before posting an article or before replying to a Facebook status, it is always (always!) a good idea to re-read what you have written and consider if your words accurately express your feelings and if expressing such feelings is necessary and edifying. And while I’m on the topic, a spell-check doesn’t hurt either. …


Tim Challis’s Review of “Burning Down ‘The Shack'”

The book The Shack by William P. Young has been record breaking for a multitude of reasons not the least of being on the bestseller lists for almost two years.  You would think the book’s popularity would have decreased by now but it hasn’t.

Tim Challis  has reviewed a new book that points out the fallacies in The Shack, written by James De Young called Burning Down ‘The Shack’: How the ‘Christian’ Bestseller is Deceiving Millions.

De Young believes that Young’s belief in universal reconciliation is absolutely crucial to anyone who would truly wish to understand The Shack. It is the key that makes sense of the book and the theology it contains. Though far from the only theological problem with the book, it is the one that makes sense of the others.


Sunday Christians – Tim Challies

Here is one perspective on why believers today choose to worship on Sunday.

It’s no wonder that Christians worship on Sunday. Muslims worship on Friday, Jews worship on Saturday, but Christians worship on Sunday because that is the day when Christ proved that he had conquered death. This is why we are Sunday Christians. We are not Friday Christians who serve a dead Savior, not Saturday Christians still waiting and wondering, but Sunday Christians who serve a living, breathing Savior–one who is alive and one who reigns. He died because he had to die. Our sin demanded blood and death. And yet he rose because he had to rise. He was the Son of God; how could death hold him? How could the Creator of all that exists be held down by death? It cannot happen and it did not happen. Christ is risen.


Tim Challies