We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum. A.W. Tozer
Therefore let God-inspired Scripture decide between us; and on whichever side be found doctrines in harmony with the word of God, in favor of that side will be cast the vote of truth. --Basil of Caesarea
Once you learn to discern, there's no going back. You will begin to spot the lie everywhere it appears.

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service. 1 Timothy 1:12

Friday, May 11, 2018

The King James Version Only Position is Untenable

Multiple translations don’t make a text more or less reliable. But it’s interesting that there’s kind of an underlying assumption when people make that statement and it feels something like this: “well, the Bible has been translated and once it got translated, people have revised the translation without going back to look at those early manuscripts.” And so, I thought that when I was in junior high school but I got past that relatively early. The reality is that the King James Bible, when it was translated in 1611, it was essentially based on seven Greek New Testament manuscripts, the earliest of which went back to the 11th century. We still have those manuscripts and we have almost 6,000 more manuscripts. So, we have almost a thousand times as many manuscripts as the King James New Testament was based on and our earliest don’t go back to the 11th century but so far as what’s been published, they go back to the second century. So they go back almost a thousand years earlier. So as time goes on, we’re not actually getting farther and farther away from the original text, we’re getting closer and closer.

Daniel Wallace

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Book Giveaway!!!!

A couple weeks ago I posted a list of books which I really, really would like to get into the hands of people who will read them rather than dumping them off at Goodwill to sell.  While ten books were taken, there are still many good ones seeking homes, and you will find the listing below, this time with some explanation as to subject matter.  I will delete titles as they are taken. All of these are paperback books, and most are still new condition because they were purchased for ministry (used books will be noted).

As with previous books I’ve given away, this offer is only for those in the U.S.A. — due to postage costs elsewhere!  You can comment on this post requesting it with your address (comments are moderated and your address will not be posted) or you can email me your address at jude3.gctwm@yahoo.com.  As always, I determine the “winner” by what comes in my inbox first, and I will notify you either by return email or by a comment on the post. (Be patient for a response; I’m not on the computer all the time.)

The Bible Book by Book: An Introduction to Bible Synthesis, by G. Coleman Luck. 253 pages, published by Moody.  Essentially an outline synopsis of every book of the Bible. This one was used by both me and my wife and has some markings and highlights.

The Stranger on the Road To Emmaus, by John R. Cross (6 copies). Goodseed International publications. A really good book for teaching the Gospel and the reason for it.  The premise is that the information in the book, the scripture passages examined, are most likely what Jesus was teaching the apostles on the road to Emmaus; teachings about Creation, the Fall, Noah, Abraham and Isaac, etc, all through the highlights of the Old Testament which point to Jesus. 285 pages, including appendices and endnotes.

Unveiling Islam, by Ergun and Emir Caner (5 copies). Kregel Publications, 256 pages including index and appendices. This is an excellent primer on the history, beliefs, and dangers of Islam.

The Case for Christ, by Lee Strobel. Zondervan Publishing, 280 pages including endnotes. A solid, yet easy-to-understand, examination of the Christian faith so as to demonstrate the truthfulness of it.

My Utmost For His Highest, by Oswald Chambers. Classic daily devotional.

More Than A Carpenter, by Josh McDowell. 129 page beginner’s apologetic. Classic

The Calvary Road, by Roy Hession. 131 pages, devotional on Christian living. Classic.

Why Wait? What You Need to Know About the Teen Sexuality Crisis, by Josh McDowell & Dick Day.  444 pages, including bibliography and endnotes.  This one is used, bought in 1992, with lots of highlighting.  I used it for high school Sunday school lessons when studying this particular topic.  It has some really, really good information.

The Case Against Pornography, by Donald E. Wildmon. 204 pages.  I picked this one up in 1995 so it is a wee bit dated when discussing how the advances in technology help the spread of pornography.  Good examination of the philosophy driving porn as well as the harmful effects. Suggestions on how to counter porn and protect against it.

Bad and Ugly Happenings Among Jesus’ Church

The apostasy is just getting worse by the day, as too many places in Scripture predict.  There are a lot of teachers, teachings, and groups which need to be marked and avoided.  This post will link to articles of exposing some of the worst — worst because they are sucking in too many non-discerning people.

Jennifer LeClaire proves how hypocritical false teachers can be.

Oh the stunts some churches will go through to be “relevant.”

Proof that followers of Benny Hinn are biblically ignorant and are nothing more than a cult.

The Pope’s false and demonic teachings.  He also needs to mind his own business and quit preaching gun-control.

You know a song has to be bad for Christianity Today Astray to pan it.

Dangerous false teachers seem to multiply on a daily basis to where I can’t keep up with who’s who!  I just learned of a new whack-a-doodle this week, Ryan LeStrange.  Avoid him like the plague.

Bill Hybels and Willow Creek.  Mega Churches seem to often lead to star mentality by the pastor, which leads to all sorts of sins.  But Willow Creek has never been a place real Christians should attend.  You’ll notice in the list of elders who signed the statement that there are women, violating the command against women in authority in the Church. Just one of many false and aberrant teachings from Willow Creek over past few decades.  But as for Mega Church star teachers falling, Hybels isn’t alone. (H/T to Doug Evans)

Andy Stanley continues to prove why he is not qualified to be a pastor.

The Episcopal Church continues their spiral to hell.

Beth Moore whines about her treatment by men, but it appears to me it is not about misogyny as she claims, rather, those who snub her are probably sick of her false teachings and putting herself up as a “leader in the conservative Evangelical world.”  She is not only a false teacher, but she continues to put herself in a position of teaching authority over men. Perhaps she feels all her “direct revelations from God” allows her to disregard what the Bible actually teaches.  This response to her is right on track.

The humorous 
Joel Osteen would probably do this!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Christians MUST Be Intolerant of False Teaching

Three incidents recently have led me to write this post.  First, I was accused of being “self-righteous” for exposing David Jeremiah’s support of false teachers.  Secondly, I was told I lacked compassion when I pointed out a problem with Hillsong’s  “Oceans.”  Thirdly, I was told that it is charging “guilt by association” to point out a teacher’s error of promoting false teachers.

Let me make this perfectly clear: It is not lacking compassion, nor is it self-righteousness, nor is it “heresy hunting,” etc, to expose false teachings and false teachers.  It is what every single Christian should be doing.  It’s called DISCERNMENT. 

No matter how minor the false teaching may be, it must not be glossed over. We cannot tolerate even the most minor false teaching because “A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.” A glass of lemonade with a couple drops of cyanide may taste sweet, but it is deadly nevertheless. Tolerating false teaching ends up hurting people spiritually as well as emotionally, and leads them astray deeper into even worse false teaching.

I’ve been told, “That’s just your opinion” when perspicuous truth is proven from Scripture; No, it’s not my opinion!  I’ve been told that “God is compassion” or “God is Love” but they forget that God is also TRUTH.

I’ve been told that emotion-driving songs from Hillsong, Bethel Redding, Elevation Church, et al, give the person comfort.  I’m sorry, but there is absolutely NO excuse for not seeking comfort from the Lord and His WORD rather than from emotion-driving songs full of false teaching from places rife with heresy.

Let me give an example of what is NOT claiming guilt by association: Matt Chandler.  Chandler has praised false teacher Ann Voskamp. His church has promoted LEFTIST, Femi-nazi, pro-abortion Karen Swallow Prior. He has also praised false teacher Beth Moore. Promoting such teachers is going against the Christian faith, and until he recants his support for these people, he should not be given an audience.

Let me give another example of what is not claiming guilt by association: David Jeremiah.  He has promoted the contemplative movement, and he has favorably cited false teachers Phillip Yancey, Watchman nee, Henri Nouwen, Beth Moore, Eugene Peterson, Sarah Young and Erwin McManus, and he regularly promotes Word of Faith heretic Paul Crouch. (He is also guilty of association with by consistently appearing with many Word of Faith heretics, which is indeed promotion of them.) He promotes way more false teachers than does Matt Chandler and, again, he should not be given any sort of audience until he repents and recants promoting false teachers.

Do you think Jesus, or Paul, or any apostle would have countenanced even minor errors without rebuking and correcting them?  Absolutely not.  

So don’t shoot the messenger; listen to the truth the messenger brings and act on it.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Some Educational and Edifying Articles

I have been reading some excellent articles this past couple weeks, which I think need to be promoted; they have information which I believe is necessary for Christians to know for defending the Faith.  So, here are the links:

I don’t have enough faith to be an atheist.  Even with their non-scientific ideologies, they need more faith for their beliefs than a Christian ever would need.

Refuting Paul Young’s false teaching in his book, Lies We Believe About God.

Is the KJV Only position correct in maintaining that the doxology in Matthew 6:13 is original? What about John 7:52-8:11? Short answer to both: NO.

The myth of 33,000 denominations.

The Jesus of the Seventh-day Adventists is not the Jesus of the Bible.

God has something to say about the way we approach worship.

Freemasonry is indeed a religion. 9:47-minute video.

Paul was indeed married, as this article thoroughly examines.

I agree with this article when it comes to biblical reasons for divorce.

The Word of Faith teachings are heretical and spiritually dangerous.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

More Hillsong Theo-eroticism

One of the more popular songs invading churches during worship is Hillsong’s Oceans.  The trouble with this song, as with so many, it that there are some good (well, okay) lyrics which become subtly undermined by what is becoming known as “theo-eroticism” (i.e., “Jesus/God is my boyfriend/lover” theology).  That is what we have with this song. 

Unlike the way I normally do citations in blue, I’m going to leave this one without colors except for the theo-eroticism (red) and the obligatory mindless repetition (blue).

Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)
Hillsong United, Songwriters: Joel Houston / Matt Crocker / Salomon Lighthelm

You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand

And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise, 
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand
Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You've never failed and You won't start now

So I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise, 
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior

I will call upon Your name
Keep my eyes above the waves
My soul will rest in Your embrace
I am Yours and You are mine

Neither Jesus nor God are YOURS.  That is the big problem with this song. I understand poetic ideas of being in God’s embrace, but when they add in “I am Yours and You are mine” it now sounds like you are talking to a lover.

I realize this is a minor issue, but remember, “A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.” People who listen to this song and find succor in it really need to realize that they should never place emotions about truth.

We should NEVER use Hillsong material either for congregational worship or even private listening because Hillsong is the home of false teaching. If you need an explanation as to why it is necessary to avoid ALL of Hillsong material, I suggest you read my article here.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Here We Go Again!

Sunday, as the Pastor ended his teaching, he said we would now sing a great hymn, A Mighty Fortress Is Our God. I noticed on the bulletin for the day that it was the closing hymn, but I wondered why there was no hymn number as usual; after all, it is in our hymnal. I soon found out!

The band started a musical introduction that had nothing to do with the hymn, which had me really confused until the overhead noted that Matt Boswell was listed as one of the authors.  Oh brother! Another person without much imagination stole a song and added a bridge/chorus with a whole different tune, which was added after verses three and four, with that last time repeated. And don’t forget the obligatory instrumental bridges between verses.

Since you know the real song, let me show you the bridge/chorus, and you can listen to it here.

A mighty fortress, a rock unfailing
The King of Glory forever amen
For endless ages enthroned in praises
The King of Glory forever amen

For this tiny addition Matt is probably earning thousands of dollars with his theft.  The whole point is to get excitement going — manufactured enthusiasm — with increase in octave and band action.

This piece was meant for recording and selling — what I call a “radio song.” It should not have been brought into the assembly.  No one, who hadn’t heard the recording previously, would have any idea of the tune and lyrics of the fraudulent addition to the stolen song. 

Were the added lyrics okay? Yes. Was the added tune fairly easy to learn? Yes. However, I’m really tired of the Church pandering to these lazy artists who steal to enrich themselves, and pandering to the younger generations who can’t handle a hymn sung with dignity.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Good, Bad, and Ugly

Today I’ve got a back log of links to share with all sorts of articles.  Also, I’m still looking for homes for lots of books, as listed on this post. I’ve already sent out 15 books from the list (I deleted those no longer available)!

The Good:
Some good articles discussing transubstantiation have been published by Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry:

Who were the Pharisees? Looks like they had four good doctrinal positions. 

Contrary to the claims of Jehovah’s Witnesses and Seventh-day Adventist, the archangel Michael is NOT Jesus.  And for the Mormons, he isn’t Adam either!

Biblical prophets vs modern prophets — some good thoughts.

A great list of scientists who disagree with Darwinism.

Rational Christian Discernment blog posts a lot of good articles exposing Roman Catholicism; I highly recommend it. (Jesse also posts about other subjects.)

The Bad and/or Ugly
Discerning people KNEW the claim about a trip to heaven was a lie, but Tyndale was more interested in making more money than protecting the flock from false teachings.

Run from Bethel Redding as fast as you can!

Brian Houston of Hillsong is downright heretical.

The “Jesus is my boyfriend” ideology just keeps spreading.  Mark and beware of the authors noted in this article.

Matt Chandler is now giving prophecies.

More proof that Steven Furtick is not qualified to be a pastor.

More proof that the Roman Catholic Church is anti-God; the Vatican and other Catholic sources are spending millions of dollars to support illegal immigrants. I thought Christians were supposed to obey the laws of the land! Even worse, the Pope is teaching heresy!

Another article proving the Episcopal Church no longer has a right to consider itself Christian.

The humorous 

Friday, April 20, 2018

The Best Safeguard Against False Doctrine

If anyone asks me, “What is the best safeguard against false doctrine?” I answer in one word: “The Bible—the Bible regularly read, regularly prayed over, regularly studied.” We must go back to the old prescription of our Master: “Search the Scriptures” (John 5:39, AV). If we want a weapon to wield against the devious schemes of Satan, there is nothing like “the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God.” But to wield it successfully, we must read it habitually, diligently, intelligently, and prayerfully. This is a point on which, I fear, many fail. In an age of hurry and frenzied activity, few read their Bibles as much as they should. More books perhaps are read than ever, but less of the one book which makes men wise to salvation. Roman Catholicism and liberal theology could never have made such havoc in the church if there had not been a most superficial knowledge of the Scriptures throughout the land. A Bible-reading congregation is the strength of a church.

J.C. Ryle, Churches Beware! Pg.84-85