Monday, April 30, 2012

Chuck Colson

Chuck Colson, who died recently, was a traitor to Christ Jesus, embracing the false gospel of the Roman Catholic Church and then tried to get Evangelicals to agree to a "common ground" with them (he helped author the "Evangelicals And Catholics Together" document), which, according to 2Cor. 6 :14-18 can't happen. He did  great damage to the cause of Christ and the Gospel.  There's no "balance" here; there's no other way to say it: his treachery was sealed decades ago and he continued in that treachery.  How often people ask for "balance" in dealing with a celebrity "Christian" and yet a "balanced" view always seems to assume truth and error, right and wrong, some sort of middle of the road so as to not seem "too extreme". Well, God is "extreme", black and white. Scripture is too. We're either saved or lost, in the kingdom of darkness or the kingdom of God's Son, born again or dead, in the light or in darkness, in Christ or in Adam, unregenerate or regenerated, justified or unjustified, saved by grace alone or dead in our works and sin, believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ or remain under God's wrath. There's no middle ground here, no "balanced" view. No fence sitting. No "truth in everything" mentality.

One simply cannot claim to be a Christian and yet promote Romanism, its that simple.

For consideration on the various books and Colson's  false gospel go here and here and here.

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. 

Gal 1:6  I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel;
Gal 1:7  which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. 
Gal 1:8  But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! 
Gal 1:9  As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed! 
Gal 1:10  For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ. 

There is but one way of justification which is by faith alone in  Christ alone (Rom. 4), as is salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone (Eph. 2:8-10). Rome has a false gospel of works and idolatry. This is absolutely offensive to God and damnable doctrine.  

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Osteen and Piper Endorsements: so what's the difference?

This week, Joel Osteen has endorsed Mormon Mitt Romney as a Christian.

John Piper endorses Rick Warren as a Christian.

Where's the difference? Both Romney and Warren are unsaved. I wonder if Piper fans will be as accommodating with Osteen as they are with their favorite author/speaker.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Chandler Thinks X-Rated Sexually Explicit "Pastor" Mark Driscoll Has Theologically Spectacular Gifts

"I do think he's deeply theological...At root I think he is theological and doctrinal and sound." 

~ Piper on Warren

"I think culturally and theologically he has some spectacular gifts." 

~ Chandler on Driscoll

Warren is a heretic and a liar  and Driscoll is a false teacher.

Recall this.

Act 20:29  "I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock;30  and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them.31  "Therefore be on the alert, remembering that night and day for a period of three years I did not cease to admonish each one with tears. 

Rom 16:17  Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them.18  For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.

2Jo 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.10  If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, 11  for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works.

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Doctrine Is Essential

2Co 11:3  But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be
led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.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.

Doctrine (teaching) defines beliefs and practice, that's why it matters. Biblical doctrine leads to sound thinking and obedient lives as one grows in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. Unbiblical doctrine, especially anti-biblical doctrine, leads to unsound thinking and rebelliousness.

"Do you see how the new philosophy necessarily undermines sound doctrine? It discards Jesus' own methods---preaching and teaching--as the primary means of ministry. It replaces them with methodologies utterly devoid of substance....In fact it avoids dogma or strong convictions as divisive, unbecoming,, or inappropriate. It dismisses doctrine as academic, abstract, sterile, threatening, or simply impractical. Rather than teaching error or denying truth, it does something far more subtle, but just as effective from the enemy’s point of view. It jettisons content altogether. Instead of attacking orthodoxy head-on, it gives lip service to the truth while quietly undermining the foundations of doctrine. Instead of exalting God, it denigrates the things that are precious to Him. In that regard, pragmatism poses dangers more subtle than the liberalism that threatened the church in the first half of the century."

~ John MacArthur in “Ashamed of the Gospel” 

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, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

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,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,5  and
constant friction between men of depraved mind and deprived of the truth, who suppose that
godliness is a means of gain

Rom 16:17  I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create
obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. 

2Tim. 4:  3 For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit
their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching
ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.

1Tim. 1: 3As I urged you when I went into Macedonia—remain in Ephesus that you may charge
some that they teach no other doctrine

Titus 2: 1 You must teach what is in accord with sound doctrine.

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