Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Charismaticism is spiritual harlotry. It's doctrines are from demons, not Christ. At every turn they, by foundation and function, reject Scripture alone as their sole source for all things pertaining to life and godliness. They are mystics. They are feminists. They are gnostics. They are worldly, fleshly, divisive, argumentative. They love money and fame.
And yet John MacArthur took his wife Patricia and some of their grandchildren to a Charismatic megachurch one Sunday. What a waste of the Lord's Day. No food is given in such dens of whoredom. Rather it's poison. The Good Shepherd gives us "green pastures" and "still waters". Fake shepherds give people poison and rotting food. Interestingly it was his grandson who, when the pastor said they could grab a cup of juice and a cracker for the Lord's Supper, who wanted to get up and leave. Not the famous, godly, modern day superhero MacArthur. Oh no. He kept his family there sitting under Charismatic chaos (and yes that's the title of one of his books).
Just goes to show that true and error really is a matter of personal preference for MacArthur.
Also at time mark 36:10 Phil Johnson introduces NT Wright whose NYT article he's about to mention, but he doesn't call him a rank heretic or false teacher, which he is. He holds to works righteousness, but nary a word from Phil. No, he's passed off as a Christian who wrote an article that was a bit off.
Sometimes error isn't what is said; it's what isn't said.
Monday, April 20, 2020
Friday, April 17, 2020
"Theological question: When we get to heaven do you think we’ll really see God in all His glory? Theological question. Many people could debate about that. Where I am in my studies is, I would say no. I don’t think so. I don’t believe any human being can ever behold the essence of God. For angels who are created without even one taint of sin cannot look upon His glory. They don’t even have the taint of sin and can’t look. I think we will see God who is our Lord Jesus Christ in all His glory and His fullness and will not feel any lack at all. We’ll see the glory of God through the filter of Jesus Christ who protects us in that moment and we will see Him for who He is in all His glory and it will be completely sufficient."
This is a foolish, stupid question because it comes out of a heart of unbelief in what God has already said in Scripture. It's just another academic who thinks he's being cute and clever, when in fact he's teaching against clear Scripture. In fact, if you look at the video, he's smirking while introducing this heresy. His commentary and his thoughts are not just useless--no one should care what Mahoney thinks especially when he's supposedly in the middle of "expositing" Scripture (he didn't), but he took the focus off of Scripture and on to him and his opinion. That should be a red flag to all Christians. He turned what should've been about God, into something about Mike and his deep theological musings. What he didn't do was exposite Scripture nor go to Scripture for the answer. Scripture clearly states we will in fact see both the Father and the Son. John did. We will.
Mat 5:8 "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
1Jn 3:1 See how great a love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.
1Jn 3:2 Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we shall be. We know that, when He appears, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him just as He is.
1Jn 3:3 And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.
John sees not just Christ Jesus but the Father, each on their thrones in Heaven:
Rev 21:22 And I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God, the Almighty, and the Lamb, are its temple.
Rev 5:1 And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a book written inside and on the back, sealed up with seven seals.
Rev 5:2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, "Who is worthy to open the book and to break its seals?"
Rev 5:3 And no one in heaven, or on the earth, or under the earth, was able to open the book, or to look into it.
Rev 5:4 And I began to weep greatly, because no one was found worthy to open the book, or to look into it;
Rev 5:5 and one of the elders *said to me, "Stop weeping; behold, the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so as to open the book and its seven seals."
Rev 5:6 And I saw between the throne (with the four living creatures) and the elders a Lamb standing, as if slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, sent out into all the earth.
Rev 5:7 And He came, and He took it out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne.
Rev 5:13 And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all things in them, I heard saying, "To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever."
Rev 22:1 And he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb,
Rev 22:2 in the middle of its street. And on either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
Rev 22:3 And there shall no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His bond-servants shall serve Him;
Rev 22:4 and they shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads.
But even in his speech about angels, he missed that many angels DO see the face of God in Heaven:
Mat 18:10 "See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you, that their angels in heaven continually behold the face of My Father who is in heaven.
Why is this doctrine so important? For many reasons, not the least of which, it's important because God gave us these words. Secondly 1John 3:3 answers it for us: everyone who fixes his hope upon this future fact and it purifies him. Thirdly, it has to do with the doctrines of God (His nature, His Word), man, the new creation, angels, the Fall, and eschatology.
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
~ Arthur Pink, "Spiritual Growth"
Saturday, April 11, 2020
Tuesday, April 07, 2020
Monday, April 06, 2020
Friday, April 03, 2020
Scripture is clear about the necessity "all the more" of assembling together for fellowship with believers in the local church in order to courage one another as we see the day drawing near and keeps us accountable (disobedience calls for warning). This is the function of the local church which by Scripture, is defined as called out ones assembling together, under the leadership of elders and deacons, for the public reading of Scripture, teaching, preaching, use of spiritual gifts, prayer, doctrine, encouragement, laying on of hands of leaders, church discipline (which itself necessitates observing life as well as doctrine of both leaders and non-leaders), partaking of the Lord's Table, and baptisms. Virtual "church" necessitates no accountability at all either for the "pastor" or for the "member". In fact, it allows for great sin and disobedience (by refusing to obey the commands and by sin never seen by others). It also chokes the life out of the believers because by nature we are social beings and need true fellowship (which is based on sound doctrine).
Because of the Wuhan Virus (COVID 19) more Evangelicals are redefining "love", "church", "essential" "non-essential", and pitting Bible versus against each other as they shut down their churches for an indeterminable time as they rely solely upon the government for its commands. Those "sound" churches who previously decried using livestreaming as "church" and reserved its use only for those who are home-bound due to illness or the fragile elderly, are now are justifying this--"temporarily" as they qualify it. But now that they've justified it, they can't unjustify it. Their redefinition of "church" and "worship" is now in line with all the other churches whom they have looked down on as not as sound nor spiritual as they. Some even denounced multi-campus churches. Yet here they are, following the exact model out of pragmatism (same reason as those "lesser" churches). This is a spiritual battle, not a physical one.
1Tim 4:13 public reading of Scripture, exhortation, teaching
Spiritual health includes the Scriptures and fellowship (going back to Heb. 10 in the above passage, as well as other Scriptures like 1 Peter 1-2, Acts, etc). Persecution never stopped the believers from assembling together. In fact the Dispersion from Jerusalem (persecution) caused the creation of new believers and new churches.