Saturday, January 24, 2015
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Saturday, January 17, 2015
"When a minister asked a simple countryside woman what was her concept of "growing in grace," she replied, "A Christian’s growth in grace is like the growth of a cow’s tail." Puzzled at her reply, he asked for an explanation. Whereupon she said, "The more a cow’s tail grows, the nearer it comes to the ground; and the more a Christian grows in grace, the more does he take his place in the dust before God." Ah, she had been taught from above something with which many an eminent theologian and commentator is unacquainted. Growth in grace is a growth downward: it is the forming of a lower estimate of ourselves; it is a deepening realization of our nothingness; it is a heartfelt recognition that we are not worthy of the least of God’s mercies."
~Arthur Pink, "Spiritual Growth" & photo source
Friday, January 16, 2015
But here at BCRI, we do not desire to treat the black community, or any other community as they have been treated: victims in need more race-baiting "Christian" jargon. Rather, we desire to identify all races, blacks included as rebels in Adam, who have rebelled against a holy God in need of repentance and faith in Jesus Christ, and the sorrow that has overcome my race and other races is not remedied with marches, empathetic. It is not only time to recognize self-pity as a sin, but to oust "leaders" who continue to use "the Gospel" as an exploitation method of helping you toward a better tomorrow. When, in reality, this psychology method is misleading, there is no better tomorrow for any individual(s), all races included that shake their fists at their Creator. There is only one common ancestor of every man, not found in Christ: Adam. And in him, all die unless they repent. This is the simplicity of solving man's condition upon the earth. Our powerless empathy will do nothing for you when you stand before God in Christ at the judgment seat. Although our empathy will register with temporal society whose minds are fixed on earthly things and utopian progress. Representing a Kingdom not of this world, and the only biblical Jesus Christ of this Kingdom, does not make us escapists, but disciples. It is time that we begin to "preach" the law and the Gospel to save the lost, instead of misusing the term "Gospel" for psychological, sociological, and other means. As sure as this post will incite misguided anger, is equal testimony to how distracted Americanism has become, and how unrecognizable true Christianity is to her.
~Doron Gladden, BCRI
Even while writing this, and doing more research as things came to the forefront, I must update here.
The bewilderment is gone. Now it all makes sense. Thabiti Anyabwile AKA Ron Burns, born and raised in America, became a convert to Islam (Nation of Islam?) in 1991, got saved in 1995. Still to this day he has kept his Muslim name and Malcom X as one of his favorite authors, along with his Black liberation theology. According to another article, Burns was an activist with early childhood education--just rings a lot like Obama---activism, black liberation theology--name change. This is VERY concerning.
Here's his Black Liberation theology defense promoted through The Gospel Coalition:
That seems to be quite a caricature of what biblical Christians believe about Scripture's teaching on issues like politics, slavery, orphans, injustice. To jump to that conclusion when someone seemed to just remark biblically, that the Bible doesn't tell us to protest or march, is a HUGE leap.
Scripture states that the poor we will always have with us. It states slavery is wrong. It tells us in Romans 13 we are to submit to our government and it's leaders, not rebel against them and Acts says we can ONLY IF they command us to disobey God. Last time I checked, our government never commanded anyone to enslave people or insult them, etc. Scripture doesn't tell Christians to fight political causes. It tells us to live righteous lives consistent with Scripture. What Ron Burns advocates IS liberalism and Black Liberation Theology at that. It's fleshly-focused, not Christ-focused. So much so that he's making gross generalizations about police officer both online at at TMC. He is, after all, a student of Malcome X.
God is into social justice?
An astute TMC student noted after this disaster of a message at "Truth and Life":
What I'm still trying to understand is how in two cases where the perps were clearly guilty of a crime and dealt with in such a way that was proven not to be racially motivated has now turned into a discussion on how the "white Church" needs to fix its problems. First off, Mike Brown wasn't a Christian, and for all we know neither is Darren Wilson. Forensics as well as the APB put out on Brown proved two things: 1. He robbed a store and was being sought after by police. 2. When found, he charged after a police officer and was shot at close range. This has no ecclesiastical connection, but people will exploit such for the sake of their own credibility and relevancy. As for the Eric Garner case, likewise, Garner was no Christian, at least it can be observed by the fruit of both he and Brown that neither claimed Christ as Lord. The police officers who wrestled him to the ground were all under the supervision of a black, female police officer, who also was under the supervision of a black police officer. These officers were told to patrol this particular area more thoroughly because of illegal sales and what do ya know? There was the repeat offender Eric Garner. The rest is history, but do you see the disconnect? Only a fool and a subtle racist would stand behind a pulpit to make these two cases connect to the Church at large. It seems to me that people should be taking heed to more Voddie Baucham and less Thabiti Anyabwile.
The evangelical church is increasingly aware of the need to witness to Christ in acts of mercy, especially since some evangelicals in the past spoke almost exclusively of individualistic and future salvation. In reaction, some today are adopting “orthopraxy” (right action) as their main emphasis, downplaying or even abandoning “orthodoxy” (right belief). But good works and sound belief cannot be separated. Alas, instead of a biblical balance, we face the serious danger of a new form of the old “social gospel,” which turns the Christian faith into a system of salvation by works, Jesus into a mere example, like the Buddha, Socrates or Lao Tzu, and Christianity into one variant of interfaith good will. But orthopraxy alone cannot preach the gospel. We as redeemed sinners must “confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord.”
Howard-Browne also heads Revival Ministries International and presents “Global Awakening” conferences throughout the world. In the summer of 2014, he organized and headlined a much ballyhooed two-week “Celebrate America” event that was held in Washington D.C. In asking for financial support for the event on his revival.com website, Howard-Browne asked people to “invest in the Great Awakening” that he believes he has been ordained by God to lead. Some of those who spoke alongside him included Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Senate Chaplain Barry Black, Retired Colonel Oliver North, Lieutenant General William “Jerry” Boykin, author/columnist Dr. Ben Carson, and best-selling author Jonathan Cahn (author of The Harbinger)....
Here are some of the 14 warnings against Howard-Browne/Third Wave Pentecostal "Laughing" Revival Smith gives (I suggest reading all of them):
~Go here for the entire list with Scripture.
This is why no matter what politician claims as his religion, we MUST examine it severely. I will not stand behind men who are deceived spiritually, especially who claim HIS name.
2Jn 1:9 Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching 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 or give him any greeting,
2Jn 1:11 for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works.
2Co 6:14 Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?
2Co 6:15 What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever?
2Co 6:16 What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, "I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
2Co 6:17 Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you,
2Co 6:18 and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty
Isa 56:11 The dogs have a mighty appetite; they never have enough. But they are shepherds who have no understanding; they have all turned to their own way, each to his own gain, one and all.
Isa 56:12 "Come," they say, "let me get wine; let us fill ourselves with strong drink; and tomorrow will be like this day, great beyond measure."
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
~Arthur Pink, "Gospel of John"
#1 – I am imperfect. I make mistakes and fall way short of who I should be each and every day.
That's ALWAYS the first go-to excuse--as if anyone IS perfect or has stated that someone IS perfect. Since Christ is the ONLY perfect One, perfection is not on the table for any consideration save striving to be like Him...but in doing so it is always with the world-wide, world-accepted, time-immemorial understanding that none IS or has been perfect (thus our NEED for striving to be like Christ).
Additionally Noble stated:
"In way more research than I have ever done I realized that statement was not correct. (The original Hebrew is “metzaveh”.) In no way was I deliberately trying to mislead or deceive anyone. I simply recalled a conversation I had (which I now see I did not fully understand), looked back at my notes and taught the message. I now realize I should have put way more time into doing research before making that statement. "
"This set my heart on fire and I put the message together, believing it was from the Lord, and we saw over 200 people come to Christ as a result."