Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart, And so find favor and high esteem In the sight of God and man.

Proverbs 3:3-4

The Word
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

John 1:14

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"by faith alone"

Romans 3:28

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An Interesting Idea - Sun, 31 Aug 2014
I read a great article today on Linkedin that talks about what we’ve learned after finishing school.The article is about the Harvard class of 1989 and the results of a survey that 435 of those graduates completed. The most compelling insights came from this open-ended question: “If you could travel back to 1989 and explain […]

This One Thing I Know - Mon, 18 Aug 2014
There are a lot of very smart people in this world. So smart that sometimes I wonder how in the world a person can accumulate so much knowledge in a lifetime. You probably know people like this.People who seem to be on an entirely different plane than the rest of us. Politically smart…Mathematically smart…Business smart…Theologically […]

A Day of Deception - Sat, 16 Aug 2014
Like many of you,I often question many of the things taking place in the world today. I mean, how could you not question the rampaging violence in our society,or the staggering numbers of starving and diseased people all over the earth? If we have a conscious at all, and certainly if we have the Spirit […]

Defending Contending

Call Sinners to Respond to the Gospel! - Sun, 31 Aug 2014
CALL SINNERS TO RESPOND TO THE GOSPEL! Geoffrey R. Kirkland, Elder-Shepherd Christ Fellowship Bible Church Someone once said that Christians should learn to plead with sinners to embrace Christ and escape hell. A child of God could faithfully give the gospel, speak of God and His character, man and His desperate need, Christ and His…Read more Call Sinners to Respond to theGospel!

The Impeccability of Christ – Pink - Fri, 22 Aug 2014
This is a good reminder as we move into the weekend that Christ was not only sinless and did no sin, but that He could not have sinned. It was not within His nature. If you get this part of theology incorrect, you will get other parts wrong. We hope you will enjoy this writing…Read more The Impeccability of Christ –Pink

Is Suicide Ever an Option? - Thu, 14 Aug 2014
There is a great deal of words that have been written about the suicide of a recent celebrity. This blog does not intend to readdress this sad loss for his family and friends. The fact is that depression has seen another life go out into eternity. However, before I address the question at hand, I…Read more Is Suicide Ever anOption?

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1 John 4 How Well Are We Learning? – - Sat, 16 Aug 2014
Have you ever read another person’s words and thought to yourself “I could have written that”? Well, here we are… This is all very reminiscent of when I was in the open, honest and upfront titled “new age ‘christian’ church”. … Continue reading

The Truth and The Lie Are Set Up Side by Side - Sun, 27 Jul 2014
I’ve been writing for several years now, exposing the false signs and wonders of Charismania that has taken over the church. This movement has come from many sources, mine were the International Association of Healing Rooms, heavily influenced by Bill … Continue reading

It’s All Been A Set Up - Sat, 26 Jul 2014
2 Thessalonians 2: 9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the … Continue reading

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Jim is a Zionist - Mon, 01 Sep 2014
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The Melchizedek Priest King Factor - Sun, 31 Aug 2014
Part 3 – Eternity in their Hearts – Book Review by Mike Oppenheimer Let Us Reason Ministries Don Richardson calls Melchizedek the “archetype of general revelation”—the kind of revelation that is “just there.” (Don Richardson, Eternity in their Hearts (Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 1981), 10.) “Eternity in Their Hearts is my attempt to trace through [...]


Truth worth dying for? Anyone? Bueller? Today, anyway? - Tue, 02 Sep 2014
by Dan Phillips

Privately and publicly, Phil Johnson and I have marveled at the spirit of some moderns regarding God's truth. We've wondered how Christianity could have survived, had it been animated by this spirit at its inception. We've wondered what the early martyrs would think of today's sofa-sitting latte-sippers.

One breed that apparently considers itself exempt from All That has long been the Academy,on which subject we've offered some thoughts previously. These are scholars; they're a breed apart from, well, from the folks who pay their salaries. That's because they've had the benefit of special training and special discipline, and thus are privy to special knowledge. They're specialists. They know facts and truths that mere garden-working pastors and ditch-digging churchgoers just can't understand.

It is important (to these folks) that we respect these folks, that we not malign or criticize them or make them feel or look bad. No matter what they say or write, we mustn't challenge their convictions or character. If they tell us that they fit in with a school's doctrinal position or confession, we must take their word for it. If theytell us thattheir books or lectures or articles are soundand orthodox, well then, they wouldn't lie or dissemble, would they? They're academics.

Their defenders and enablers surely communicate to all that not much is at stake, that it isn't anything to "get het up" about. They'll spill equal amounts of ink lauding the Christian characters of those who depart from anything the great unwashed would recognize as a commitment to inerrancy,andcasting aspersions on less sanguine critics or opponents. Because it isn't as if we should expect someone to commit himself to a position as being binding on his conscience, as being something... oh, I don't know... worthdyingfor, or anything so drastic.

For instance, we recently read this:

Belief in the truthfulness of the Bible, then, like belief in the truthfulness of Christianity or materialism or anything else [!], is provisional—scholars hold to it (or not) on the basis of the evidence they've seen. Affirming the Bible is true, just like affirming the Christian creeds, is a statement of current conviction: “Based on what I know now, I believe that the Nicene Creed/the New Testament is correct, when properly understood.” It doesn't prevent individuals from researching carefully, nor from abandoning or adjusting their commitment if the evidence takes them that way; the changes of conviction, affiliation, and worship practices of many of the “aha” scholars, as well as those who have moved the other way, should be evidence enough. In some cases, no doubt, belief in inerrancy is associated with fearmongering, closed-mindedness, misrepresentation, and rudeness. But the same is true of evangelicalism, and Protestantism, and Christianity as a whole, let alone atheism, Islam, feminism, materialism, and virtually all beliefs held by human beings. I’ve seen a fair bit of it on Pete Enns’s own blog, and I imagine he’d say the same of mine.
Where did I see that? Patheos? BioLogos? Huffington Post? No; in the rarified air ofTGC— which, I remind you, ostensibly stands not for The Great Clubhouse, but The Gospel Coalition; and which, I am sure, is funded and read and has its conferences swell with people who certainly are fiercely committed to the Gospel and the truths that underlie it.

This was a post at that site. And since one of thecommenters dubbed this article "incredibly thoughtful and nuanced," well then,from one perspective, it must be considered a rousing success, a paradigm of carefulness and all that.

I made a comment in the meta; Phil shared this in Twitter:
Which provoked this wounded-sounding, bemused response from the author:
Now, ponder that, for a moment. Here's a scholar, who knows more than we all know. He professes Christian faith, at least "provisionally," according to what he knowsright now. (Well, it's what he knew when he wrote the article; I suppose that may have changed since then.) Yet, speaking of his own fellow-believers ("Christians") in the third person, he professes bewilderment at Phil's eleven-word comment.

Remarkably enough, though, while unable to make sense of Phil's eleven words out there in print, he can read Phil's mood from the unknowable privacy of Phil's heart— and it'sangry. Perhaps Phil is one of those scholarship-despising, progress-slowing fearmongerers lamented in the article? Phil certainly isn't being treated to the paeans of praise that the author heaped on those "thoughtful, insightful Christian brothers and sisters" and "good guys" in the Academy who find fault with the Bible.

So: It's all well and good to tell the unwashed that the fear of Yahweh is thebeginningof knowledge and wisdom (Prov. 1:7; 9:10). For them, maybe it is. Foracademics, however, it is at best a provisional conclusion tentatively reached, perhaps, at the end of investigation. It is held as today's conviction, which may be overridden tomorrow, depending on what ourrealstarting-point dictates tomorrow.

Seriously: where would we be, had DoctorMartin Luther said "Here I stand —provisionally. At the moment. I think. Today. But tomorrow... who knows?"

Regardless, I wasn't going to say anything further about it — knowing the waves of anger and offense and indignation that it will provoke from folks who already haven't much use for me, if the usual "ignore it and it will go away" methodemployed for our posts doesn't serve as well as it usually does for them.

But then I came on this from Spurgeon. As so often, once Spurgeon says a thing, it can't be much improved on. So I'll give him the closing word, and he speaks for me:
I have often wondered whether, according to the notions of some people, there is any truth for which it would be worth while for a man to go to the stake. I should say not; for we are not sure of anything, according to the modern notion. Would it be worth while dying for a doctrine which may not be true next week? Fresh discoveries may show that we have been the victims of an antiquated opinion: had we not better wait and see what will turn up? It will be a pity to be burned too soon, or to lie in prison for a dogma which will, in a few years, be superseded. Brethren, we cannot endure this shifty theology. May God send us a race of men who have backbones! Men who believe something, and would die for what they believe. This Book deserves the sacrifice of our all for the maintenance of every line of it.
[C. H. Spurgeon, The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Sermons, vol. 35 (London: Passmore & Alabaster, 1889), 264.]
Aha, indeed.

And amen.

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Mark Driscoll: Plagiarism – Thou Shalt Not Steal! - Thu, 05 Dec 2013
Recently, Janet Mefferd, host of the syndicated radio show, The Janet Mefferd Show, interviewed Mark Driscoll on her broadcast.  On the November 21st show, she expressed deep concern that parts of Driscoll’s new book, A Call to Resurgence (14 pages to be … Continue reading

Paul Crouch, Founder of TBN, Dies - Sat, 30 Nov 2013
Paul Crouch, founder of Trinity Broadcasting Network, has passed away.  Remember the Crouch family in your prayers, more specifically, that they would come to repentance. It’s still too soon to tell, but all indications are that Matt Crouch will be … Continue reading

Spin Control: Sorry for the Hassle - Wed, 30 Oct 2013
In responding to the news article exposing his new mansion, Steven Furtick, pastor of Elevation Church in Charlotte, NC, apologized to his congregation for all the hassle they have gone through because of his taste for fine things. It sounds … Continue reading

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Three American friends hospitalised after Playing Ouija board game - Tue, 24 Jun 2014
Though we can’t claim to know if this story is true or not, we do know the bible warns about seeking to communicate with the dead, ‘familiar spirits’, or the spirit world in general. God would not warn against it, if there was no danger in doing so. Let no one be found among you […]

Jerome, Augustine, and the Fall of Rome: An Object Lesson for American Christians - Tue, 24 Jun 2014
An excellent message from Kim Riddlebarger. I encourage you to follow the link at the end of the intro…  When an alien spaceship destroyed the White House in the 1993 science fiction film Independence Day, I’m told that pre-9/11 moviegoers were not horrified at the possibility and that some even cheered (perhaps because they were […]

An Examination of Dispensationalism by William E. Cox – Conclusion/Summary - Mon, 23 Jun 2014
My hope is those interested in Church History have gained or benefited from this series. If like me, you are interested in knowing where (and when) many of the doctrines we have been taught originated from and if they are really based upon the Word of God or came from the mind or imagination of […]

The Cripplegate

The Death of History’s Worst Heretic - Tue, 02 Sep 2014
Who is church history’s most notorious false teacher? It might not be possible to answer that question definitively. But if we were to create a top-ten “most wanted” list, the name Arius would undoubtedly be near the top. In ancient times, Arius’s teachings presented the foremost threat to orthodox Christianity — which is why historians […]

Labor Daze: 4 truths not covered in job orientation - Mon, 01 Sep 2014
In honor of Labor Day here are four truths your HR department probably didn’t cover in your orientation package… 1. Work is a gift God created the man with a purpose: to enjoy fellowship with God and offer worship to God through work.  Genesis 1:26Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. […]

Defining “Forgiveness” - Fri, 29 Aug 2014
Have you ever used a term for a while and one day come to realize that you may have been using the term incorrectly? Being in the church and using “Christan language” as much as I do, I have used the term “forgiveness” for decades and a little while ago, I realized that I wasn’t […]

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