Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Who Are Your Closest Friends?

               

Reformation Is Not Regeneration

       
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EVIDENCES OF ‘SAVING FAITH’

A.W. Pink

"The great majority of those who read this will, doubtless, be they who profess to be in possession of a saving faith. To all such we would put the questions. Where is your proof? What effects has it produced in you? A tree is known by its fruits, and a fountain by the waters which issue from it; so the nature of your faith may be ascertained by a careful examination of what it is bringing forth. We say "A CAREFUL EXAMINATION," for as all fruit is not fit for eating nor all water for drinking, so all works are not the effects of a faith which saves.

Reformation is not regeneration, and a changed life does not always indicate a changed heart.

Have you been saved from a dislike of God’s commandments and a disrelish of His holiness? Have you been saved from pride, covetousness, murmuring? Have you been delivered from the love of this world, from the fear of man, from the reigning power of every sin?

The heart of fallen man is thoroughly depraved, its thoughts and imaginations being only evil continually (Gen. 6:5). It is full of corrupt desires and affections, which exert themselves and influence man in all he does. Now the Gospel comes into direct opposition with these selfish lusts and corrupt affections, both in the root and in the fruit of them (Titus 2:11, 12). There is no greater duty that the Gospel urges upon our souls than the mortifying and destroying of them, and this indispensably, if we intend to be made partakers of its promises (Romans 8:13; Col. 3:5, 8). Hence the first real work of faith is to cleanse the soul from these pollutions, and therefore we read, "They that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts" (Gal. 5:24). Mark well, it is not that they "ought to" do so, but that they have ACTUALLY, in some measure or degree.

It is one thing really to THINK we believe a thing, it is quite another actually to do so. So fickle is the human heart that even in natural things men know not their own minds. In temporal affairs what a man really believes is best ascertained by his practice. Suppose I meet a traveller in a narrow gorge and tell him that just ahead is an impassable river, and that the bridge across it is rotten: if he declines to turn back, am I not warranted in concluding that he does not believe me? Or if a physician tells me a certain disease holds me in its grip, and that in a short time it will prove fatal if I do not use a prescribed remedy which is sure to heal, would he not be justified in inferring that I did not trust his judgment were he to see me not only ignoring his directions but following a contrary course?

Likewise, to believe there is a hell and yet run unto it; to believe that sin continued in will damn and yet live in it—to what purpose is it to boast of SUCH a faith?"


~Arthur Pink

Read full chapter  here.


This is why I believe that the Reformation of the Roman Catholic Church was a failure, and frankly inconsistent with Total Depravity. Reformation presumes true life, but the RCC never had true life because it was never built by Christ Jesus. Reformation is NOT regeneration. You can no sooner reform a false, dead church than you can a false dead sinner.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Facing Difficult Situations or Sore Trials

        
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“Are you faced with some difficult situation, some pressing emergency, some sore trial? Then place it not between yourself and God, but rather put God between it and you. Meditate afresh on His wondrous perfections and infinite sufficiency: ponder His precious promises which exactly suit your case: beg the Holy Spirit to strengthen your faith and call it into action."

(“The Life of Elijah” A.W. Pink).

Holy Living Is Not An Option

1Th 4:1  Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more.
1Th 4:2  For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus.
1Th 4:3  For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality;
1Th 4:4  that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor,
1Th 4:5  not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God;
1Th 4:6  that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you. 
1Th 4:7  For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness. 
1Th 4:8  Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you. 

The will of God is shown in His commands, namely here, to walk in obedience of a holy life. This truth is knowable and is a command. It is not optional. God  does not allow for the excuse of imperfection, being human, He doesn't not say to merely try if you can, He does not allow for an excuse for not obeying. Rather, what God demands is holy living from the heart, having self control, honor, and thinking of others so as not to defraud your brother. To disregard this command of holy living is to disregard God. It is NOT optional.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Giving Your Heart to Christ

         
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If you claim to be a child of God, be prepared to prove it

      
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Joh 15:8  By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.

1Pe 1:14  As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, 15  but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16  since it is written, "You shall be holy, for I am holy."
1Pe 1:17  And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one's deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile,

Jas 2:14  What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? 

Jas 2:17  So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is DEAD. 

1Th 1:3  remembering before our God and Father your WORK OF FAITH  and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

2Th 1:11  To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and EVERY WORK OF FAITH by his power,

1Jn 1:6  If we SAY  we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7  But if we WALK IN THE LIGHT, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

1Jn 2:4  Whoever says "I know him" but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Victoria Osteen: Just Do Good For Your Own Self, Not For God


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Victoria Osteen, preacher wife of Joel Osteen actually says,


“I just want to encourage every one of us to realize that when we obey God, we’re not doing it for God. I mean that’s one way to look at it- we’re doing it for ourselves. Because God takes pleasure when we’re happy. That’s the thing that gives him the greatest joy this morning. [unintelligeable] So I want you to know this morning, Just do good for your own self. Do good because God wants you to be happy. When you come to Church, when you worship him- You’re not doing it for God, really, you’re doing it for yourself, because that’s what makes God happy. Amen? Let’s open our hearts to him today
~Pulpit and Pen (video also provided)
She then proceeds to lead the congregation in prayer to "the Father". Utterly unholy.

She sounds just like Piper and his hedonistic "Christianity" where his god wants us to find self fulfillment and pleasure too, only Piper tries to sanitize it with some Christianese, but the center is man and the fruit is bad just the same. Driscoll anyone?

She blasphemes God and usurps the pulpit which God says only men are to stand in as His Word is being taught to men and women. Then again, this is a false church, with a false gospel, with a false God, and false teachers.

Pedophilia: the next "civil liberties" issue

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EVIDENCE has emerged that the views of the Paedophile Information Exchange influenced policy-making at the National Council for Civil Liberties when it was run by former Labour Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt.

PIE members were lobbying NCCL officials for the age of consent to be reduced and campaigning for “paedophile love”.
Their view that children were not harmed by having sex with adults appears to have been adopted by those at the top of the civil liberties group.
Today we publish extracts from an NCCL report written for the Criminal Law Revision Committee in 1976 when Mrs Hewitt was general secretary.
It says: “Where both partners are aged 10 or over, but under 14, a consenting sexual act should not be an offence. As the age of consent is arbitrary, we propose an overlap of two years on either side of 14.
“Childhood sexual experiences, willingly engaged in, with an adult result in no identifiable damage.
End quote.
As history has proven, what a bunch of "scientists" (read: propagandists) have approved of as "normal" will in fact be adopted by "Christians" and enter the churches. Case in point: sodomy. Once the APA removed it (by vote) from the DSM in 1973, it "normalized" this heinous sin. Now "Christians" are telling the rest of us to accept sodomy (their sanitized label is "Same Sex Attraction") as any other sin like stealing. They try to equalize the sin by declaring humanity: who's perfect?

As some of us warned years ago, the next step after accepting sodomy and it's claim to legitimacy via unions (it is NOT marriage because by definition marriage is between one man and one woman according to Scripture), the next step would in fact be the acceptance of pedophilia.
Once the perversion and heniousness of such a sin like pedophilia is removed by claiming it's just like any other sin and that no one is perfect (the mantra of "you who is without sin, cast the first stone" will ensue shortly--twisting the very text that would in fact deal with such a heinous sin, btw), the churches will be told to accept pedophiles like any other sinner. Support groups for those who desire to have sex with children will be adopted in Pagan Friendly and Emergent churches, where pedophiles of the heart, can wallow in their identity of sinful perverted desires.
Past articles I wrote in discussing this can be found here.

The Unholy Spirit of Charismatic Churches

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The Charismatic churches (WOF and NAR too), are focused on the Holy Spirit. A friend told us that his NAR church "is all about the Spirit, it's all about the Spirit!". This proves it is NOT about the Spirit because Jesus Himself said:

Joh 16:13  When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.
Joh 16:14  He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

The real Holy Spirit will guide all the elect into all Truth, and He will glorify Christ doing so. The focus of a true church and a true Christian is Jesus Christ. Anything other than HIM, and it's not of the Spirit of Truth whatsoever. These Charismatic churches, then are without the HOLY Spirit because they are being led AWAY from biblical Truth, from Scripture, and from the focus of the biblical Lord Jesus Christ.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

When A Professing Christian Gets In the Way of Evangelizing: today's anti-biblical "evangelism"


I saw this on Facebook and it really struck a chord with me. A very bad chord. A young woman addresses Todd Friel who was preaching the Gospel, on how horrible a thing he was doing. Here are my observations.

What she was proclaiming what phariseeism. Good works = gospel= salvation. This is Roman Catholic Liberation theology which is cursed by God (see Gal. 1:7-9 for one example).

No silent witness

16 times “heard” or “spoken” is used i several NT passages about the Gospel.

Here are some examples:

Act 4:4  But many of those who had  HEARD THE WORD believed, and the number of the men came to about five thousand.

Act 13:46  And Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly, saying, "It was necessary that  THE WORD OF GOD BE SPOKEN first to you. Since you thrust it aside and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the Gentiles. 47  For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, "'I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.'" 44  The next Sabbath almost the whole city gathered to HEAR THE WORD OF THE LORD. 48  And when the Gentiles  HEARD this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the THE WORD OF THE LORD, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed. 49  And  THE WORD OF THE  LORD was spreading throughout the whole region.

Act 19:10  This continued for two years, so that all the residents of Asia HEARD THE WORD OF THE LORD, both Jews and Greeks.

Act 24:24  After some days Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, and he sent for Paul and heard him SPEAK ABOUT FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST. 

Persecution for preaching the Gospel

Persecution came to Christians for preaching the risen Lord Jesus Christ, not for silence or good works, otherwise they would not have been murdered. This false notion of getting the world to like you so they will like Jesus is absolutely untrue.


Joh 15:18  "If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.19  If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.20  Remember the word that I said to you: 'A servant is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours.


Act 5:40  and when they had called in the apostles, they beat them and charged them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. 41  Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name. 42  And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ. 


Act 5:17  But the high priest rose up, and all who were with him (that is, the party of the Sadducees), and filled with jealousy 18  they arrested the apostles and put them in the public prison. 19  But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said, 20  "Go and stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this Life." 

Act 9:28  So he went in and out among them at Jerusalem, preaching boldly in the name of the Lord. 29 And he spoke and disputed against the Hellenists. But they were seeking to kill him. 

Wrong doctrine leads to a wrong Gospel and a wrong Jesus

The point missed by those who seek the world's approval of Jesus is that they don't know the basic doctrine of Total Depravity, which shows how horrific today's "churches" are. In rejecting or ignoring biblical doctrine it directly affects their evangelism efforts.  Romans 3 and Eph. 2 for example, clearly and repeatedly demonstrate that all men are born sinners, hostile toward God, therefore they are not neutral and merely need to be won over. They are in actuality, haters of Christ Jesus.


Rom 8:7  For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God's law; indeed, it cannot. 8  Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. 

What you win a person with is what you win them to. If you win them with a lie about a loving Jesus who doesn't really mind their sin and that they are worthy of His love, and they just need to like Him, then that's what they just might end up believing and trust in for "salvation" and then die on the hill for such an atrocity.

What angers me about this woman's blocking and judging of the preaching of the Gospel is that 1) this IS today's "Christianity" and 2) it's biblical Christians  that end up having to deal with the fruit of this nonsense in our local churches. It's truly a war inside the churches because of this post-modern, satanic lie about not talking about the biblical Jesus, just engage in social justice and if you can get people to like you, why, they might like Jesus. This is truly blasphemy. She was sitting in the seat of scoffers, that of the Ancient Serpent, "Hath God said?" or in her words, "That's not how Jesus did it, I think". Moreover, she was getting in the way of the proclamation of the Gospel, which is exactly what Satan does.

It struck me too, that this professing Christian woman has no idea who the True God of Scripture is. She's ignorant yet claims to speak on HIS behalf and on what He did/would do. She is not acquainted with the Holy One of Israel at all, nor does she bother to read Scripture (hence the bad fruit), which would definitely be a good fruit for those who truly love God. 

Jer 6:14  They have healed the wound of my people lightly, saying, 'Peace, peace,' when there is no peace. 

She wants to proclaim the love of God to the wicked and ignore their wickedness, not telling them the truth of the wrath of God that presently abides upon them as well as awaits them in eternal punishment if they don't repent. 

She wants John 3:16 (as if that's the gospel) without John 3:36:

Joh 3:36  Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him. 

Bad Form

It's horrible that she's rebuking an older Christian man who's been preaching the Gospel (thus, judging, rebuking, and correcting this older man on something she doesn’t even do herself) in front of Christ haters. Really bad form, on top of everything else.


Black Victimhood Fantasy

Angela Graham West addresses two examples of the claim about black victimhood as presented by two women (one is a young black woman and the other is a white mother).

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She somehow believes that it is inevitable that failure will visit the Black boy or man and these events are beyond his/her control. She is certain of the inevitable “victimhood” of Black people -- especially Black men. It is beyond their control to graduate from high school and not engage in activities that will encourage suspension from school, arrest, or incarceration.

This point of view is bolstered by journalists who write things such as “80 percent of the traffic violations in this town are waged against Black people” while neglecting to tell you that 90 percent of the town's population is Black. Or when they report that “2/3 of all suspensions are of Black children” while neglecting to mention that the school might be 78 percent black and 22 percent Hispanic. The reality is that in many of the inner city public schools, there are little to no white children to suspend.

There is no mention of personal responsibility, familial responsibility or objectivity. Such is the culture of victim-hood....

The press will seize upon an iconic symbol such as the hoodie or the throwing of the hands in the air because every good story needs a symbol, every good riot a rally cry. And then we are off to the Jackson/Sharpton races with one side against the other. Black against White/rich against poor. When a situation arises that does not match this script, it is forgotten. For example, when a black police officer shot and killed a reportedly unarmed white man named Dillon Taylor in South Salt Lake, Utah earlier this month, there was no outcry. In fact, there was very little news about this at all.

The “real story” is this: Every society needs a level of behavioral restraint. The police by definition provide this service. They serve and protect. Also, society also has standards. When you operate outside of those standards, life will be difficult. For example, if you do not graduate from high school, you might not “make out” very well in this society. You might find yourself short on money and long on time, both of these conditions just might lead you to do things that you might otherwise not have the time or want to give the effort to. The responsibility is yours. No one wants to talk about the young Black children growing up in single-parent households, no one wants to speak about the fact that a disproportionate amount of criminal acts -- violent or not -- consists of Black people preying on other Black people.

Certainly, there are instances of prejudice and bigotry, and some are certainly egregious.  We cannot control for that behavior, however, the bullet flying over any Black boy's head is more likely to be fired from a firearm brandished by another Black person than by a cop.

~Excerpts from Angela Graham West, American Thinker 

Please read the whole article.

Drs. Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams  (both grew up poor and by way of good morals and personal responsibility and high expectations, these men went on to become doctors in their fields of higher education)  as well as Larry Elder have also addressed these same issues for years as well. None of these black men see themselves or others as victims.

The Professing Christian

If the professing Christian supposes that no matter what the character of his walk may be, he has but to plead the name of Christ and his petitions are assured of an answer, he is sadly deluded. God is ineffably holy and His Word expressly declares, “If I regard iniquity I my heart, the Lord will not hear me” (Psa. 66:18).
It is not sufficient to believe in Christ, or plead His name, in order to ensure answers to prayer: there must be a practical subjection to and daily fellowship with Him: “If ye abide in Me and My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you” (John 15:7).
It is not sufficient to be a child of God and call upon his heavenly Father: there must be an ordering of our lives according to His revealed will: “Whatsoever we ask we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight” (1John 3:22).
It is not sufficient to come boldly unto the Throne of Grace: we must “draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water” (Heb. 10:22) – that which defiles being removed by the cleansing precepts of the Word (see Psa. 119:9).” 

-“The Life of Elijah” A.W. Pink


The Lordship of Christ

Christ's lordship is a blessed hope for some & a terrifying nightmare for others. Regardless of our response, it is an unalterable reality.

~Paul Washer

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Doctrinal Preaching Is Necessary

             

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"Doctrinal preaching is designed to enlighten the understanding, to instruct the mind, to inform the judgment. It is that which supplies motives to gratitude and furnishes incentives unto good works. There can be no soundness in the Faith if the fundamental articles of the Faith be not known and, in some measure at least, understood."

~ Arthur Pink, "Practical Christianity"

These are more reasons why biblical doctrine is never an option to believe or not believe like a mere theory.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Trivializing "Homosexuality" As "Just Another Sin"

“Many believers, fearful of being called ‘haters,’ are trivializing the threat by calling homosexuality ‘just another sin,’” it says.
“But from Genesis to Revelation, the Bible teaches that homosexuality is NOT ‘just another sin.’ It is a symbol of extreme rebellion against God and harbinger of His wrath.”
Listed are multiple biblical condemnations of homosexual behavior.

~WND


Most "Christians" today use humanity as the sin-equalizer, rejecting the particular sins God has set forth as especially egregious. This itself is sinful, and ignores the severe warning of those who either commit sodomy or defend it. It treats such a sin and desire as a medical issue just like the lie of "alcoholism", claiming it's genetic (it is not). Therefore such a view by "Christians" makes the sodomite of the heart, a person who is enslaved to that unnatural, perverted sin. It denies God's judicial verdict of such a heinous crime against HIS holiness and HIS law. And it rejects true agape love that tells the sodomite of his enslavement to sin and it's just wage of death, as well as the only hope OUT of it which is by salvation in Christ alone (this means abandoning that sin altogether, which is what we do in Christ--we are, after all, more than victorious in HIM).