Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Lies People Tell Themselves: God can handle your anger, so it's ok to be angry with Him

"He can handle your panic, your fear, your anger, even your crisis of faith. Your exposed grief doesn't repulse him. Your questions don't intimidate him. Your humanity doesn't threaten him. In fact, it can be the very thing that keeps you tethered to him because it helps us to see our desperate need for him.

So when Carrie told CBS she was angry with God and it was broadcast for the world to see, she gave permission for others to be real with God, too. Ultimately we don't need "permission"—Jesus has already made a way for us to approach God as we are—but sometimes it helps to be issued an invitation to be our whole selves. In front of a worldwide audience Carrie did just that. Through being open about her experiences, she helped others to see that their grief experience is valid and that it doesn't have to be the undoing of their faith."
Except for one thing: anger at God is sin and blasphemy. It attacks the very nature of God Himself and it elevates man to a level of deserving something better. It attacks His good will towards those truly saved, and it attacks His justice towards those in rebellion against Him (while at the same time He's extending His mercy b/c he allows them to live and have many blessings anyway). It is to be unjust toward a just God. It is to judge The Judge and no man is in the position to DARE judge Him and HIS will.God is offended at anger towards Him, contrary to these women who say otherwise. It's not a matter of if He can "handle" it. It's a matter of charging sin against His nature. And sin does not "tether us" closer to Him. It gets in the way of fellowshipping with Him for the true Christian and it heaps on more wrath for those outside of Christ (the true Christian must and will repent of the sin of anger towards God). God doesn't ask you to sin against Him more by sanitizing it as "being real". What you need is to confess your sin of unrighteous anger against Him (there is no other kind of anger against Him--it's all wholly unjust) and fall before Him in humble submission to His good will and cry out to Him for forgiveness and help to correctly think through a tragedy. This is the biblical pattern in Scripture.
Jas 1:19 This you know, my beloved brethren. But let everyone be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Many Are Willing For Christ To Be Priest But Not As King

Again; many are willing for Christ to officiate as their Priest, but not for Him to legislate as their King. Ask them, in a general way, if they are ready to do whatsoever Christ requires of them, and they will answer in the affirmative, emphatically and with confidence. But come to particulars: apply to each one of them those specific commandments and precepts of the Lord which they are ignoring, and they will at once cry out "Legalism"! or, "We cannot be perfect in everything." Name nine duties and perhaps they are performing them, but mention a tenth and it at once makes them angry, for you have come too close home to their case. Herod heard John gladly and did "many things" (Mark 6:20), but when he referred to Herodias, he touched him to the quick. Many are willing to give up their theatre-going, and card-parties, who refuse to go forth unto Christ outside the camp. Others are willing to go outside the camp, yet refuse to deny their fleshly and worldly lusts. Reader, if there is a reserve in your obedience, you are on the way to Hell. ~AW Pink on "Saving Faith"

I hear "who's perfect?" or "Legalism" charged to me when holding Evangelicals to the standard of Scripture. This is true especially when it comes to the Reformed circles and their leaders. This is why, when men who believe themselves to be teachers of the foolish, experts in the Bible, leaders of the churches, they deny the King's commands as absolute truth and must be obeyed, are actually in traitorous rebellion against the King of kings and Lord of lords. They teach HIS doctrine as opinions of men that can be "agreed to disagree" upon. Legalism is Phariseeism and it is liberalism. That is to say that "legalism" isn't holding to Scripture but holding to men's doctrines as if they are doctrines of Christ. The Pharisees were not holding to the Scriptures; they were holding to made up traditions and opinions of men. They neglected Scripture's precise judgments on all matters (remember Christ's teaching that if you lust in your heart you are a lawbreaker for you've committed adultery? Same with anger and murder). Legalism is holding to man's opinions. Obedience and love is holding to Scripture and Scripture is precise. So when these celebrity teachers deny a believer's immersion called "baptism" and instead are open to or practice the Roman Catholic dogma of infant sprinkling, they are not bowing to KING Jesus. They are in rebellion. When they greet or share the platform with false teachers, they are in rebellion ( 2John 9-11). When they refuse to call a false teacher as such, they are disobeying Scripture (Rom. 16:17). When they say that a Christian can be a "celibate" homosexual, they lie against Scripture and deny the origin of sodomy (Rom. 1). When the sound doctrine of a six literal day Creation is considered an opinion or personal preference or worse, they disbelieve it, they refuse to bow to the heart and mind to King Jesus. And rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft. Think about that.



Friel Says Warren Isn't A False Teacher

2Co 11:4  For if one comes and preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted, you bear this beautifully.

Todd Friel says that Rick Warren isn't a heretic (start at time mark 6:40). Why, he talks about the atonement, etc, right? Checks all the marks? But Warren indeed is a false teacher.

Jud 1:4  For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.

Jud 1:11  Woe to them! For they have gone the way of Cain, and for pay they have rushed headlong into the error of Balaam, and perished in the rebellion of Korah.
Jud 1:12  These men are those who are hidden reefs in your love feasts when they feast with you without fear, caring for themselves; clouds without water, carried along by winds; autumn trees without fruit, doubly dead, uprooted;
Jud 1:13  wild waves of the sea, casting up their own shame like foam; wandering stars, for whom the black darkness has been reserved forever.

2Pe 2:1  But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves.
2Pe 2:2  And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned;
2Pe 2:3  and in their greed they will exploit you with false words; their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.

Eph 5:6  Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.
Eph 5:7  Therefore do not be partakers with them;

False teachers are disguised which is how they come in or are raised up "among you". They aren't blatant, they are sneaky, in order to deceived many. Friel is deceived and the enemy has been successful with him.

2Co 11:12  But what I am doing, I will continue to do, that I may cut off opportunity from those who desire an opportunity to be regarded just as we are in the matter about which they are boasting.
2Co 11:13  For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 
2Co 11:14  And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 
2Co 11:15  Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their deeds. 


Discernment is not only the ability by the Spirit and truly knowing and believing the Scriptures to know right from wrong, but more importantly, to discern right from almost right. That's where the most dangerous error lies.

Men like Friel, MacArthur, Phil Johnson, refuse to submit to the absolute and clear Word of God and identify Rick Warren as a false teacher. Doctrinal triage always leads to practice - triage. God calls it spiritual whoring.

Shouldn't we?




Sunday, October 07, 2018

Confronting Evil Men And Deception

There is a time to confront evil men who place their human judgments above the Word of God. Fallen men do not have the right to judge the Word and tell others what it means to them; human opinions and expectations are not revelations from God....

The boldness necessary to confront the many enemies of God and resist their widely varied efforts to undermine and defy the work of Christ does not lie in the human strength of any of us. “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh” (2 Corinthians 10:3). The objective of this spiritual battle (Ephesians 6:12-18) is not to destroy the human instruments of the great Adversary but rather to bring their “thoughts” captive!
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:4-5)
The battle we fight is an intellectual one (2 Corinthians 11:3), just as the transformation we must make to our lifestyle starts in our minds (Romans 12:1-2). If we are to capture “every thought” as we fight against “principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12), then we must “rise up” in the confidence that “[we] are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4).

Friday, October 05, 2018

John MacArthur Partners With Rick Warren, Kay Warren, New Ager Roma Downey At NRB Christian Conference in 2019

There must be enough common ground with all these Evangelical leaders for them to agree to share the platform as "Christians" at the National Religious Broadcasters convention.





As a note to remember, Charles Stanley teaches Once Saved Always Saved, aka Easy Believism--the false gospel MacArthur rightly attacked in his books "The Gospel According to Jesus" and "The Gospel According to the Apostles". Also, Stanley promised his church to stand down from the pulpit if he ever got divorced, then years later his wife divorced him and he stayed in the pulpit. So a false gospel, sanctificationless Christianity, divorce (couldn't manage his own household well), and no integrity. This is a "Christian" conference?

More on Mark Burnnett and Roma Downey here and here and here. Roman Catholic, New Age mystics. This is "Christian"?

Rick and Kay Warren? This is "Christian"?

Joni Tada's serious problems are mentioned here.

**Please note that I do not endorse Servus Christi, but cannot fault what he said and the evidence he gave**

Truth Is An Entire Corpus or Unit

Teach all biblical doctrine, for all Truth is one unit, one body of Truth:

Mat 28:19  "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,
Mat 28:20  teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

Mat 22:40  "On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets."

Jas 2:9  But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. 10  For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all. 

Act 3:21  whom heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time.
Act 3:22  "Moses said, 'THE LORD GOD SHALL RAISE UP FOR YOU A PROPHET LIKE ME FROM YOUR BRETHREN; TO HIM YOU SHALL GIVE HEED in everything He says to you
Act 3:23  'And it shall be that every soul that does not heed that prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people.'

Act 5:19  But an angel of the Lord during the night opened the gates of the prison, and taking them out he said,
Act 5:20  "Go your way, stand and speak to the people in the temple the whole message of this Life." 

Act 20:20  how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you publicly and from house to house,
Act 20:21  solemnly testifying to both Jews and Greeks of repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Act 20:27  "For I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole purpose of God.

Tit 1:9  holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, that he may be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict.

2Ti 3:16  All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17  that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. 

1Ti 4:13  Until I come, give attention to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation and teaching.

1Ti 6:12  Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

Jud 1:3  Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.

Listen To All That Jesus Christ the Beloved Son of God Says

Jas 1:23  For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; 24  for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. 25  But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man shall be blessed in what he does.

It seems more and more Evangelicals, including Calvinists, are advocating a hyper-Dispensational view of Scripture via their doctrinal triage. I've even seen them go so far as to chop up the "essentials" and "non-essentials" (aka bare minimum one "needs to know") about Christ Himself. This is exactly what the hyper-Dispensationalists do, to the point of dividing Christ and His Words before the Cross (to the Jews only), and after (to the Gentiles only), thus dividing the N.T. into parts only for Jewish believers or Gentile believers. Divorcing Christ and the Word is unbelief in the corpus of Truth and is the height of arrogance to sit in judgment of what one thinks others "need" to know or don't need to know. It is to be in unison the ancient Serpent in the Garden, the great deceiver, when he attacked God and His Word by asking Eve "Did God really say?"

Consider that Christ and all the doctrines pertaining to His Person and work, along with all His commands and doctrines He has given throughout Scripture (including Revelation which necessarily includes the sound doctrine of eschatology and ecclesiology), are united. They cannot be separated for God has joined them. To try to divorce them is to be at war with God and is not from the Spirit of Truth, but rather the spirit of error--that of the Pharisees.

Those in Christ will hear the Master's voice throughout all of Scripture, including the apostolic doctrines.

Mat 17:5  While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and behold, a voice out of the cloud, saying, "This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!"

Mat 28:18  And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 
Mat 28:19  "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,
Mat 28:20  teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

Mat 10:27  "What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in your ear, proclaim upon the housetops.

Mat 10:40  "He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me. 

1Jn 4:6  We are from God; he who knows God listens to us; he who is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. 

Jn 1:6  And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, that you should walk in it.
2Jn 1:7  For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist.
2Jn 1:8  Watch yourselves, that you might not lose what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward.
2Jn 1:9  Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son. 
2Jn 1:10  If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting; 
2Jn 1:11  for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deeds.

1Ti 6:2  And let those who have believers as their masters not be disrespectful to them because they are brethren, but let them serve them all the more, because those who partake of the benefit are believers and beloved. Teach and preach these principles.
1Ti 6:3  If anyone advocates a different doctrine, and does not agree with sound words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to godliness, 
1Ti 6:4  he is conceited and understands nothing; but he has a morbid interest in controversial questions and disputes about words, out of which arise envy, strife, abusive language, evil suspicions,
1Ti 6:5  and constant friction between men of depraved mind and deprived of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain.

What is the last thing Jesus commanded the apostles to do just before His ascension? Make disciples, baptize them, and teach them ALL He commanded. As Jesus continued to give His final words and commands in the rest of Scripture, we have the completed doctrine of Christ by the end of the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

Consider that people who deny a believer's baptism is in traitorous rebellion against the King who commanded a believer's baptism. A Roman Catholic infant sprinkling, which is the same as the Calvinist/Presbyterian "baptism" is NOT according to the command of Jesus. It is to hold to traditions of men, while sitting aside the doctrine of Christ (Matt. 15:1-9).

Mat 15:3  And He answered and said to them, "And why do you yourselves transgress the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition?

Mat 15:7  "You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying,
Mat 15:8  'THIS PEOPLE HONORS ME WITH THEIR LIPS, BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR AWAY FROM ME.
Mat 15:9  'BUT IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME, TEACHING AS DOCTRINES THE PRECEPTS OF MEN.'"

Moreover, it is to put oneself under the yoke and bondage of men and their laws and traditions, contrary to Scripture:

Gal 4:3  So also we, while we were children, were held in bondage under the elemental things of the world. 
Gal 4:4  But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law,
Gal 4:5  in order that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. 
Gal 4:6  And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!"
Gal 4:7  Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.
Gal 4:8  However at that time, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those which by nature are no gods.
Gal 4:9  But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how is it that you turn back again to the weak and worthless elemental things, to which you desire to be enslaved all over again? 

Other doctrines Christ taught was about His kingdom rule as Messiah, eschatology, ecclesiology, Creation, marriage, divorce, loyalty to Him alone, faithfulness to walk in Truth, source of truth vs error, gender roles, etc. If we're in Him, we will received and continue to abide in all His doctrines, not divorce them and treat them so lightly (which is how blasphemy is defined) as if a strange thing (Hosea 8:12).

This is important because we're to walk in the Truth:

1Jn 1:6  If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth;7  but if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.

2Jn 1:6  And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, that you should walk in it.
2Jn 1:7  For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist.
2Jn 1:8  Watch yourselves, that you might not lose what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward.
2Jn 1:9  Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son. 
2Jn 1:10  If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting; 
2Jn 1:11  for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deeds. 

3Jn 1:3  For I was very glad when brethren came and bore witness to your truth, that is, how you are walking in truth. 4  I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.

Joh 17:17  "Sanctify them in the truth; Thy word is truth.

Psa 1:1  How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! 
Psa 1:2  But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night.
Psa 1:3  And he will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season, And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers.

Psa 86:11  Teach me Thy way, O LORD; I will walk in Thy truth; Unite my heart to fear Thy name.

Monday, October 01, 2018

Unity & Division

Men try to unify what Jesus divides:

Unbelievers from believers
in families
in churches
in agendas and endeavors

And men try to separate what God has joined:

doctrines to each other
doctrines to God
doctrines to demons
sin to man
husband and wife
believer from Christ

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Piper Is Right, But It Shows MacArthur's Increasing Rebellion

Ironic that even Piper at least says that unbelief that fornication is a sin is a disciplinary issue in the church. According to Piper, his friend MacArthur should be disciplined for stating that Christian bakers aren't sinning if they bakes cakes for a homosexual "weddings". 

Piper stated:

"A Bible-believing Christian couple that believes fornication is permissible should be "disciplined" said Piper.
"If the couple that we're talking about here, whose wedding you're going to attend, has only stopped doing the act of fornication, but has not stopped believing that fornication is right, then they probably (if they belong to a Bible-believing church) are in a position where they should be disciplined — because we don't just discipline people for unrepentant actions of sinning, but also for unrepentant belief that sin is right or permissible," he noted."
~Christian Post

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Following Jesus For the Benefits

Following Jesus isn't the same as trusting in and obeying the biblical Jesus and what He has taught and commanded. It certainly isn't loving Him because loving Christ necessarily means we're obeying Him (John 14:21-23, 1John 2:3-5). The crowds followed Jesus only as long as He fed them. They grumbled against Him (v. 41,43), disbelieved and discounted Him (v. 42), demanded He perform signs to meet their standard of whether they would believe Him or now (v. 30), they wanted to work their way to Heaven (v. 28), and they could not accept nor believe His doctrine of faith alone in Him alone (v.60-66).

Joh 6:26  Jesus answered them and said, "Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate of the loaves, and were filled.

Joh 6:27  "Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man shall give to you, for on Him the Father, even God, has set His seal."
Joh 6:28  They said therefore to Him, "What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?"
Joh 6:29  Jesus answered and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent." 
Joh 6:30  They said therefore to Him, "What then do You do for a sign, that we may see, and believe You? What work do You perform?
Joh 6:31  "Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, 'HE GAVE THEM BREAD OUT OF HEAVEN TO EAT.'"
Joh 6:32  Jesus therefore said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread out of heaven, but it is My Father who gives you the true bread out of heaven.
Joh 6:33  "For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world."
Joh 6:34  They said therefore to Him, "Lord, evermore give us this bread."
Joh 6:35  Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me shall not hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.
Joh 6:36  "But I said to you, that you have seen Me, and yet do not believe.

Joh 6:40  "For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him, may have eternal life; and I Myself will raise him up on the last day."
Joh 6:41  The Jews therefore were grumbling about Him, because He said, "I am the bread that came down out of heaven." 
Joh 6:42  And they were saying, "Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does He now say, 'I have come down out of heaven'?"
Joh 6:43  Jesus answered and said to them, "Do not grumble among yourselves. 

Joh 6:44  "No one can come to Me, unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day.
Joh 6:45  "It is written in the prophets, 'AND THEY SHALL ALL BE TAUGHT OF GOD.' Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father, comes to Me. 
Joh 6:46  "Not that any man has seen the Father, except the One who is from God; He has seen the Father.
Joh 6:47  "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life.
Joh 6:48  "I am the bread of life.

Joh 6:52  The Jews therefore began to argue with one another, saying, "How can this man give us His flesh to eat?"
Joh 6:53  Jesus therefore said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves.
Joh 6:54  "He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.
Joh 6:55  "For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink.

Joh 6:60  Many therefore of His disciples, when they heard this said, "This is a difficult statement; who can listen to it?"
Joh 6:61  But Jesus, conscious that His disciples grumbled at this, said to them, "Does this cause you to stumble? 
Joh 6:62  "What then if you should behold the Son of Man ascending where He was before?
Joh 6:63  "It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life. 
Joh 6:64  "But there are some of you who do not believe." For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who it was that would betray Him.
Joh 6:65  And He was saying, "For this reason I have said to you, that no one can come to Me, unless it has been granted him from the Father."
Joh 6:66  As a result of this many of His disciples withdrew, and were not walking with Him anymore. 

No, many might follow Christ Jesus for the benefits (true of Evangelical leaders--selling Jesus and the Bible is VERY lucrative --it can bring in millions of dollars annually and I'm talking about within the conservative circles, not including WOF Charismatics--they of course do the same). Many might admire Him. Many might think He has some good things to say. But this is merely the kiss of an enemy. Their hearts are still at war with Him. They will now bow to King Jesus. They think doing things (going to church, giving to ministries, building houses, going on mission trips, going to conferences, listening to "Christian" music) means they're saved and love Jesus. It doesn't. Because when the sound doctrines of Christ are taught faithfully, it's war. The Scripture's sound doctrine, through the Holy Spirit crushes pride and all arguments that sets themselves up against Him, His standard, His word, His way of Salvation, His means of and reason for sanctification (which includes tribulation, insults, and persecution John 16, Matt. 10).

2Co 10:4  for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.
2Co 10:5  We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,
2Co 10:6  and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete.

1Co 2:1  And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God.
1Co 2:2  For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.
1Co 2:3  And I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling.
1Co 2:4  And my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 
1Co 2:5  that your faith should not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God. 

1Co 1:21  For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. 

Eph 4:17  This I say therefore, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind, 
Eph 4:18  being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart; 
Eph 4:19  and they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality, for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness.
Eph 4:20  But you did not learn Christ in this way,
Eph 4:21  if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus, 
Eph 4:22  that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit,
Eph 4:23  and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind,

Eph 4:24  and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.



Good Resources

Good, solid, biblical teaching here. You won't get quips from Piper,TGC, or The Shepherd's Conference in these messages. No jokes, cute stories, or personal anecdotes, either. Just treating and preaching the Word as it is: the Word of God in sober-mindedness and conviction of the Spirit.

Good articles here.


The Thief

Joh 10:1  "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up some other way, he is a thief and a robber.
Joh 10:2  "But he who enters by the door is a shepherd of the sheep.

Joh 10:7  Jesus therefore said to them again, "Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.
Joh 10:8  "All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them.

Joh 10:10  "The thief comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy; I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly.

This isn't about the devil as I've heard so many people claim, but rather this is about illegitimate shepherds, who see themselves as the gatekeepers, those who aren't in Christ and demand others to come to the "truth" through their leadership and their opinions. False teachers seek to destroy the sheep of Christ. The only way to to discern, mark, and then reject such fake leaders is to know, believe, trust, and obey the Word of God, which the Holy Spirit will use  to protect and nurture your spirit and mind.

Isa 8:20  To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn. 

1Jn 4:1  Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 

2Co 11:3  But I am afraid, lest as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds should be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ. 
2Co 11:4  For if one comes and preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted, you bear this beautifully.

2Ti 3:13  But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 
2Ti 3:14  You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them;
2Ti 3:15  and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
2Ti 3:16  All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 
2Ti 3:17  that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.

2Co 11:13  For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 
2Co 11:14  And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 
2Co 11:15  Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their deeds. 

It's Not Complicated

If Bible "experts" can't believer nor get correct even a couple of the clearest doctrines in Scripture right, then they have nothing worth hearing because they are still blind, deaf, and in darkness. In other words they have a spirit of unbelief and rebellion.

A few of  those doctrines I'm referring to are:

Creation
Millennial Kingdom of Christ the King
Women teaching men

And if they don't get those right, they won't be right on:

homosexuality
foul/crude language
the world's philosophies including psychology, evolution, and pragmatism
mysticism
Roman Catholicism
divorce/marriage

Such "experts" have the voice of a stranger, not of Christ the King.

They offer poisoned, rotten food, not the healthy, pure milk and meat of Scripture.
They have another spirit which God commands I not tolerate.
They don't believe that Scripture really is powerful and living, nor do they treat it as the Word of God but merely of man.

They keep people in bondage, making them think they need their expertise, but in reality they are keeping the very tools to test them from the people, along with using fear or intimidation.

Joh 8:36  "If therefore the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.

Gal 5:1  It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.

2Pe 2:17  These are springs without water, and mists driven by a storm, for whom the black darkness has been reserved.
2Pe 2:18  For speaking out arrogant words of vanity they entice by fleshly desires, by sensuality, those who barely escape from the ones who live in error,
2Pe 2:19  promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved.

Joh 10:1  "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up some other way, he is a thief and a robber.
Joh 10:2  "But he who enters by the door is a shepherd of the sheep.
Joh 10:3  "To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name, and leads them out.
Joh 10:4  "When he puts forth all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.
Joh 10:5  "And a stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers."

Joh 10:7  Jesus therefore said to them again, "Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.
Joh 10:8  "All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them.
Joh 10:9  "I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
Joh 10:10  "The thief comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy; I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly.
Joh 10:11  "I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.
Joh 10:12  "He who is a hireling, and not a shepherd, who is not the owner of the sheep, beholds the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep, and flees, and the wolf snatches them, and scatters them.
Joh 10:13  "He flees because he is a hireling, and is not concerned about the sheep.
Joh 10:14  "I am the good shepherd; and I know My own, and My own know Me, 
Joh 10:15  even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.

Heb 4:12  For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Heb 4:13  And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.