Monday, June 18, 2018

Many Will Say "Lord, Lord"

Sunday at church, we went through Matt. 7:21-28. Some things I noticed about this passage:

Mat 7:15  "Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.

Mat 7:18  "A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit.

Mat 7:21  "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven.
Mat 7:22  "Many will say to Me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?'
Mat 7:23  "And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.'

Notice that these are religious people doing religious works and using the name of Jesus as if He sanctioned them.

These people try to justify themselves before Jesus Christ Himself--to His face, recalling their many deeds done in His name. Notice they have no fear of the Holy One of Israel, even in His presence; no humility before Him either, but an arrogance.

Things I noticed:

They  believe they are entitled, that they've earned their way into HIS kingdom by their own works, and they remind the Self Existent One of them.

They believe using His name sanctified their works. To them His name is like a rabbit's foot, a lucky charm; the thing that will get them approved by the masses and by God Himself. This is taking HIS name in vain.

They recommend themselves to Christ Jesus.

They use the name of Christ because it's lucrative for them, but He did not save nor send them.

Their religious works are sin to Christ because it's not in obedience to Christ, starting with loving God with all their hearts, believing and trusting in Christ and HIS cross work, repenting of their sin.

Rom 5:1  Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.....Rom 5:5  and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

They redefine what is "good". God says what is good is obeying HIM from the heart--doing what He says and doing it IN Him. Religious works aren't good by nature. It's about the foundation, the source by which one does things.

These people are self-justified, not justified by God.

They are lawless because they work on their own terms and standards, not God's.

Rom 10: 3  For not knowing about God's righteousness, and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God.For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. 

Their works aren't good. God gets to define what is good.

Their's is a superficial artifice built on sand which will be utterly destroyed along with them.

They seem to think they did Jesus a favor by doing all their works--miracles even--in His name--with an attitude of "how dare you question us? We did all these things in YOUR name and you stand there judging US?" Think: Pharisees. It's the same spirit, same religious elitism & hypocrisy.

They are arguing with Christ to enter Heaven even though it's HIS kingdom and HIS authority and HIS choice.

They believe that the Perfect, thrice Holy God should accept their lawlessness because it was't really lawlessness--they were "good" works, done in His name, after all. They redefine what is "good" and "bad".

They deny the lordship and kingship of Christ Himself--TO HIS FACE.

The numbers of people/leaders, followers, works, and trials doesn't legitimize these false leaders' ministry. Jesus Himself said they were lawless and their deeds were lawless.

They wanted to reverse the roads--make the narrow road broad, and the broad road narrow. This would allow these "many" into the kingdom. This is against His standard and authority. Jesus is the God of precision. HE alone is the ONLY way, truth, and life--no one can go to the Father except by HIM.

We can know who is of Christ and who isn't. We can by vigorously testing them by the Scriptures through the HOLY Spirit, NOT by appearance (numbers who follow them, years of "service", numbers of books and speaking engagements, numbers of famous men who approve of them, verbiage, seminary degrees, etc.):

Mat 7:15  "Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.
Mat 7:16  "You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes, nor figs from thistles, are they?
Mat 7:17  "Even so, every good tree bears good fruit; but the bad tree bears bad fruit.
Mat 7:18  "A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit.
Mat 7:19  "Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
Mat 7:20  "So then, you will know them by their fruits.

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.

Mat 7:5  "You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.

Discernment is wisdom in judging what is right from what is almost right. It demands going beyond the immediate appearance.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

David Platt Claims Isa Is The Messiah And Has Visited Muslims Through Dreams

Elizabeth Prata posted this on Facebook, but here is an excerpt (the link to the entire article is posted below):

Excerpts:

"Below is a transcription of David Platt’s 2018 report of the International Mission Board to the Southern Baptist Convention, June 2018. I transcribed the report from a video recorded by Robin Self, who was present and personally video-recorded the 6 minute speech....."


"We’re seeing thousands of Persian, Iranian, and Afghan refugees coming to
know Christ across Europe....We’re seeing refugees come to Christ, become disciple makers, and return to their war-torn homeland to rebuild the foundations of
their lives and communities on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. "

The man said, ‘You don’t understand. I’ve had several dreams over the last three

nights. And in each dream a man wearing white has told me he had the way to
salvation for my family and me…[interrupted by applause, Platt raises his voice]
“Last night, a man, that man, appeared to me again, and told me a man dressed in
white would come to my home the next day telling me the way of salvation.
When we saw you standing outside we knew we needed to invite you in and
hear whatever you had to say to us.” [rising applause].
“This formerly Muslim couple is now a follower of Isa the Messiah.”" https://www.facebook.com/robin.s.self/videos/10214424869714556/ v
ideo link at Facebook page of Robin Self, who was present and video-recorded t
he 6-min speech. Transcription is by Elizabeth Prata.
~End quote
These aren't refugees, they're invaders for allah--it's called hijrah. As for these dreams (which are all pretty similar which is therefore suspect in itself and I have written about them here), "Jesus" doesn't identify Himself, doesn't tell them to repent of their sin,
does't tell them to reject Islam and the satanic allah & all their works, doesn't tell
them of the Triune God. In other words, a fake Jesus, fake conversions, fake gospel.
Isa is not Jewish, is not the Son of God, is not part of the Triune God, and did not die
on the cross & rise from the dead three days later according to the Scriptures.
Also, asking someone if they want to believe and be baptized shows a false gospel.
We see in Acts, it's a command to believe & the result is baptism. Platt's works righteousness (which goes back several years---he's good at trying to guilt people
by attaching them to his conscience),falsifying Isa, and justifying these Jesuses that
show up is NOT of Christ at all. He's a Western tool for Islam.

Also, this idea of exporting seminaries to other countries continues to grow,
as Platt stated: "God is raising up biblically grounded leaders for the church in east Asia
thru theological education that is now being conducted completely in their
local language.
Leaders are being trained in seminaries in the Americas, Europe, East Asia,
South East Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. One theological seminary has grown
from 50 to 550 students in the last 4 years. This year we are training 100 pastors,
40 church planters, and 40 international missionaries, all of them just having
enrolled in this one seminary."
Seminaries are not biblical. They are extra-biblical and they are replacing
the biblical authority and role of the local church among professing Christians.
They are also taking a lot of money as well. Seminaries are a problem because
they appeal to a wider base in order to bring in more people and funds. From
the top, down, they teach, practice, then export doctrinal triage. This in turn is
taught to the churches. The result is an arrogance of judging what Jesus has
commanded to teach, as of less importance if it's seen as divisive (while at the
same time these men will indeed divide on their self-labeled "secondary" or
even "tertiary" issues), and causes the people to stay immature and ungodly.
Scripture repeatedly states that sound doctrine leads to sound living; that one
is sanctified and grows in maturity precisely because one is taught, believes,
and practices by His Holy Spirit, the sound doctrines in Scripture (I deal with
it multiple times--here's a list). 
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;
1Ti 1:3  As I urged you upon my departure for Macedonia, remain on at 
Ephesus so that you may instruct certain men not to teach strange 
doctrines, 4  nor to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies,
which give rise to mere speculation rather than furthering the 
administration of God which is by faith.
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, 
I noticed that Platt is evaluating according to the flesh quite literally: ethnicities
and numbers. Neither of which should be a focus, especially numbers. This isn't
biblical, this is more Evangelical Machinery, making people think they're religious
while on the broad road. The spirit of the Pharisees is alive and well.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Black & White Child Poverty Isn't Due To Race, But To Whether They Live In A Two Parent Home

The Heritage Foundation's report on the issue of black versus white child poverty--and it has nothing to do with skin color.

Quote:

This CDA Report attempts to identify the primary causes of child poverty in the United States, using the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, a representative sample of Americans produced by the U.S. Department of Labor.2 We also examine the differences in black and white child poverty and seek to uncover the causes of those differences. This analysis reveals the following:
  • The major underlying factors producing child poverty in the United States are welfare dependence and single parenthood.
  • Race per se is not a factor in producing child poverty; race alone does not directly increase or decrease the probability that a child will be poor.
  • When a black child is compared with a white child raised in identical circumstances, both children will have the same probability of living in poverty.
  • Similarly, when whites with high levels of single parenthood and welfare dependence (matching those typical in the black community) are compared to blacks, the poverty rates for both groups are nearly identical.
  • Black American children are more likely to live in poverty than are white children, primarily because black children are far more likely to live in single-parent families and to be on welfare.
Black and white Americans differ dramatically in marriage patterns and welfare dependence. In 1999, 68.8 percent of black American children were born out of wedlock. By contrast, the out-of-wedlock birth rate for white Americans was 26.7 percent.3 Similarly, black children were five times more likely to be dependent on welfare from the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program4 than white children. Since single parenthood and welfare dependence are the primary factors producing child poverty in the United States, any meaningful strategy to reduce the disparities in black and white child poverty must focus on increasing marriage and reducing welfare dependence among blacks.
End quote.
For the full article, go here. For more recent info on how the marriage penalty is hurting low income communities, go here.
Larry Elder, Dr. Walter Williams, and Dr. Thomas Sowell have all spoken on this numerous times. It's too bad that the social justice warriors of Evangelicalism haven't done their research nor do they look at things biblically (the men above and the report I quote is from the world's standpoint, which condemns the Evangelicals all the more because they should see that sin is the underlying problem--that is to say, sin always has consequences. And I'm not talking about those true Christians who do live in actual poverty (sorry, American poverty really isn't poverty) as God is sovereign over everything). 
Also, Jesus said the poor we'd always have with us. It's not the Christian's focus to try to get rid of poverty or slavery or what have you. There is no call nor any example of social justice (as defined by modern Evangelicalism) and/or to over turn the government in Scripture (ironically today's Evangelicals' idea of justice is actually unjust as their presupposition is that white Christians are racist and are to blame for slavery (see TGC's Ron Burns/Thabiti Anyabwile's  and Matt Chandler's views spewed at MLK50). The Christian's call is to submit to King Jesus and be obedient to Him and all His commands throughout all of Scripture. The world is growing worse as He said it would. He will deal with these things when He returns to Earth again. 

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Revoice Conference Hosted by the PCA

With the PCA's "Revoice" conference coming up which is pushing the gay agenda (and anyone who dissents on Twitter gets blocked by the pastor who's church is hosting the event and threatened with the police if they show up), we're also seeing the PCA (Tim Keller) go the same way as did the RCA, PCUSA, and Desiring "God" Ministries/Bethlehem Baptist Church.




Monday, June 04, 2018

SCOTUS Finds In Favor Of Colorado Xian Baker

The CO Xian baker's convictions against baking a cake for a sodomite "wedding" revealed the GOVERNMENT'S hatred toward the Xian faith. John MacArthur's unbiblical compromising claim would not have revealed & dealt w/ this. Let that sink in.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

The Deity of Christ Jesus Is Bound To All Sound Biblical Doctrine

Since the Pharisees did not possess the faith of Abraham, they were not true sons of Abraham, nor were they heirs of the covenant, unless they repented of their sins and confessed Jesus Christ as Lord, trusting in Him alone, believing that He died on the cross for their sins.


The Pharisees were near to Christ by proximity, and yet far off from Him in their rejection, which serves as a warning to the cults and modern evangelicalism. The Pharisees of old, like the modern evangelical today, was only consumed with “protecting” the glory of God as long as it was amalgamated with profit. It had become lucrative to counterfeit the truth, while appearing to protect it. Jesus was ‘bad for business’ and rightfully identified them as sons of Satan. Therefore, their whole system needed to be destroyed, which meant that they had to bow the knee in saving allegiance to Christ. Abraham, without the Incarnation of Christ before him, worshipped God for what God would accomplish in Christ, whereas the Pharisees, stood before the Incarnate Christ and cursed the Messiah....

In conclusion, this writer has sought to demonstrate that John 8 is explicit with the consummative and absolutely, essential testimony of the Christian, that is the proclamation that Jesus Christ is God. It is essential, not in the sense that there are “lesser” truths that need to be doctrinally sorted as priorities. It is essential in the sense that the Deity of Christ threads and weaves the unity of sound doctrine together and inseparably constrains every doctrine to the person and perfections of God, which all work together in maximum capacity bearing witness to the very person of God. Therefore, to categorize the truth claims of Scripture, in such a way to suggest that the deity of Christ is a non-essential doctrine is blatant heresy. All such persons must repent or die in their sins. To claim that the deity of Christ is essential, and yet to prioritize or minimize doctrine, reducing doctrine to essentials and non-essentials under the banner of unity in the person of Christ is to also sin against the Triune God. God is One in Being, One Essence, One nature, in three distinct Persons, that is God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, yet One God, not three separate gods. Christ’s teachings are united to His person in perfect Trinitarian fellowship, just as the divine Trinity is unified in purpose, being, and function. Consequently, confession of the Deity of Christ is the absolute will of the Father! Jesus Christ is God, the second Person of the divine Trinity, and by testimony of the Holy Spirit, every knee will bow and confess that He is Lord to the glory of God the Father.


~Doron Gladden, Biblical Christ Research Institute; Biblical Christ Church

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Today's Evangelicals And The Spirit Of The Pharisees

1Pe 4:1  Therefore, since Christ has suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same purpose, because he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, 2  so as to live the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of men, but for the will of God.

lusts:
epithumia
ep-ee-thoo-mee'-ah
From G1937; a longing (especially for what is forbidden): - concupiscence, desire, lust (after)

Rom 13:14  But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts. 

Rom 1:24  Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, that their bodies might be dishonored among them.

Rom 6:11  Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12  Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body that you should obey its lusts,

Col 3:5  Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry. 6  For it is on account of these things that the wrath of God will come,

Today's Evangelicals see action or inaction as righteousness, which is really works righteousness. I particularly am thinking of the issue of homosexuality and their made up "celibate Christian homosexual" category. In other words they are like the Pharisees who thought that because they didn't murder someone or have intercourse with a woman, they were innocent of murder and adultery. However, Jesus rebuked them and showed that He and His law are precise in judgement: it's first a matter of the heart and this is where they were guilty of those sins:

Mat 5:27  "You have heard that it was said, 'YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY';
Mat 5:28  but I say to you, that everyone who looks on a woman to lust for her has committed adultery with her already in his heart.
Mat 5:29  "And if your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out, and throw it from you; for it is better for you that one of the parts of your body perish, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.

If it was the eye that caused one to sin, Jesus said, then remove it because that's how heinous sin is and it's better to be maimed than enter Hell. The problem is that He said it wasn't a body part that was at fault; it was the inner man, the heart of man, where sin begins and therefore in order to deal with sin one must deal with the heart. He showed the necessity of the need of salvation, repentance, faith, and justification. That is, a new heart that only God can give:

Mat 15:19  "For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders. 20  "These are the things which defile the man; but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile the man."

Jas 1:13  Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am being tempted by God"; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone.
Jas 1:14  But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust.
Jas 1:15  Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death.

Eze 36:25  "Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols.
Eze 36:26  "Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
Eze 36:27  "And I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.