My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD, Nor detest His correction; For whom the LORD loves He corrects, Just as a father the son in whom he delights.

Proverbs 3:11-12

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Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

2 Corinthians 5:17

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My Advocate… - Tue, 29 Jul 2014
Advocate:”one that pleads the cause of another; specifically one that pleads the cause of another before a tribunal or judicial court.” Have you ever wished that someone would stand up up in your defense? I certainly have and I imagine most people have at one time or another. For the better part of my life […]

We Are Not in Darkness! - Sat, 26 Jul 2014
Like a lot of Christians I have been watching with great interest the events unfolding in Israel the past few weeks. I guess where I differ from most is that I don’t see the beginning of Armageddon or the final war in every battle that Israel is involved in. There are some very specific things […]

Whatever Happened To John 3:17? - Mon, 21 Jul 2014
I get it. Nearly everyone in church can quote John 3:16,and that’s a great verse to memorize.The world surely does need to hear that God loved them so much that He sent his only Son to die as payment for their sins.There is no greater news than this IMO. But what happened to John 3:17? […]

Defending Contending

Wrong Motives Produce No Lasting Joy - Wed, 30 Jul 2014
Recently, I have been reading through the wonderful allegory by John Bunyan, The Pilgrim’s Progress. We were also blessed to obtain an audio dramatization from Master Books that we would highly recommend to anybody who loves this story. One scenario stands out in my mind and I have been pondering for some time now. The […]

In Praise of The Pope, Amnesty, and Environmentalism: Meet the ERLC’s Russell Moore - Sat, 26 Jul 2014
Originally posted on Pulpit & Pen:
Russell Moore was inaugurated as the eighth president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of The Southern Baptist Convention on September 10, 2013 and has quickly transformed the agency into a champion for social justice.  Indeed, Moore’s public statements on a host of issues, such as illegal immigration,…

Ever Learning - Wed, 23 Jul 2014
Today is an easy day to praise the Lord. The sun is shining, I can see God’s hand at every turn while feeling His love and protection. There are days it is not so easy though, yet praise is not an option. It is a necessity. I wish I were better at consistently praising Him, […]

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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

God is Faithful, Are We? - Tue, 15 Jul 2014
A little more Q and A from that previous comment found here, a question that has been posed many times - I also have difficulty believing that a Christian, regardless of their personal area of growth, can easily lose their … Continue reading

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Moriel South Africa Mission Report July 2014 - Wed, 30 Jul 2014
Please click here for Moriel SA Missions Report for March 2014.

Don Richardson’s Paradigm – God Embedded in the World’s Cultures - Thu, 24 Jul 2014
by Mike Oppenheimer Let Us Reason Ministries July 24, 2014 Is the ancient world filled with worship of the true god? Did God plant the seeds of Himself in all the cultures for them to know Him? Is His knowledge found in culture after culture throughout the various tribes in Africa, Asia and China as Don Richardson claims? [...]

New Polish Sermon Added - Mon, 21 Jul 2014
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The Spirit glorifies the Son - Thu, 31 Jul 2014

by Dan Phillips

From 2006 to 2012, PyroManiacs turned out almost-daily updates from the Post-Evangelical wasteland -- usually to the fear and loathing of more-polite and more-irenic bloggers and readers. The results lurk in the archives of this blog in spite of the hope of many that Google will "accidentally" swallow these words and pictures whole.

This feature enters the murky depths of the archives to fish out the classic hits from the golden age of internet drubbings.

The following excerpt was written by Dan back inDecember 2006. Dan pointed out that the Holy Spirit's primary focus is drawing attention to Jesus, not to Himself.

As usual, the comments are closed.
Most of our readers are old enough to rememberEd McMahon, the genial MC forThe Tonight Show, with Johnny Carson. His job was to announce the show, and introduce Johnny Carson. Then he sat out there, played straight man to Johnny, laughed at his jokes, made Carson look good.

Through the years, Carson had various guest hosts including, I think, Seinfeld, Leno, Letterman, and Brenner. Never, as far as I know, Ed McMahon.

My allusion to McMahon hasonepoint, and one only:
McMahon's job was go makeanother personlook good, to draw attention to him. It was to produce anticipation, and then, with his famous "Heeeeere's Johnny!", to bring on the star of the show.

If the camera had remained on McMahon, if the spotlight had been trained on him, immediately we'd have known something was very wrong. Ed wasn't the focus. Nor have I ever heard that McMahon resented his role. In fact, when he wrote a book, it was titledHere's Johnny!, notHey, Look at Me!McMahon's job was defined, he embraced it, and he did it well.

So, where am I going with this? Am I suggesting that the Holy Spirit, then, is like Ed McMahon?In virtuallynoway.The august Person of God the Holy Spirit produced Scripture (2 Peter 1:21), was involved in Creation (Genesis 1:2), empowered Jesus' ministry (Luke 4:14), is the mode of believers' immersion into Christ (1 Corinthians 12:13), seals us until the day of redemption (Ephesians 4:30), and a great deal more. He is God.

But there isone pointof analogy, and one only: the delight and joy of the Holy Spirit isnotto train attention upon Himself.The Holy Spirit's great love, fascination, and focus, isthe Lord Jesus Christ.

Before the Incarnation, the Spirit moved in the prophets. And of what did He speak through them? Among other things, He spoke of the sufferings ofChrist, and of His glories to follow (1 Peter 1:11).

The Holy Spirit performed the miracle by which the virgin, Mary, became mother to the human nature of theMessiah(Matthew 1:18,20;Luke 1:35). He appeared atJesus' baptism, not to flutter in mid-air until everyone noticed and admired Him, but to rest onChrist, to markHimout as Yahweh's anointed (Matthew 3:16; cf.Luke 4:18).

And so the power of the Spirit continued in the ministry of Jesus, to guide Him in what He did (Matthew 4:1), and to bring glory and honor toJesus, marking Him as God's Son (Matthew 12:28;Acts 10:38). This He did preeminently in Jesus' resurrection from the dead (Romans 1:4).

And what would the Spirit do after Christ's resurrection and ascension? More of the same. "He will glorify me," Jesus says of the Spirit, "for he will take what is mine and declare it to you" (John 16:14). It is worth repetition:"He will glorify me."In fact, the Greek is a bit more emphatic: "That one, Mewill He glorify." The Spirit will come to bring glory, and it is toJesusthat He will bring this glory.

Imagine that. God though He is, personal though He is, the Spirit's aim is not to glorify Himself. It is to glorifyJesus. And how does the Holy Spirit do that? By imparting inerrant revelation to the apostles, revelation which we have today in the Bible alone. He did this by granting them inerrant memory ofJesus' words (John 14:26), by bearing witness to them aboutJesus(John 15:26), by convicting the world of truths related in each case toJesus(John 16:8-11), and by continuing to tell them the "many things" thatJesusstill had to say to them (John 16:12-13). Jesus emphasizes this last point, assuring the apostles that the Spirit would not speakaph' heautou, from Himself, but rather fromJesus.

Slaughter of the Sheep

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

Sola Dei Gloria

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

Bachelor to the rapture - Thu, 31 Jul 2014
I came to faith in Christ when I was eighteen-years-old. I knew that the previous way I had handled dating relationships was sinful, and I also knew that I was not spiritually mature in any real way—and thus I was not ready for marriage. So instead of finding a wife, I set out to find […]

Battalogeo and a Heavenly Prayer Language - Wed, 30 Jul 2014
I remember the first few times hearing about a heavenly prayer language. Some called it praying, or speaking, in tongues. Not long after coming to faith in Christ, a group of friends took me to a few meetings where this would be happening. We gathered in homes, the forest, and a local church to experience these supposed, […]

Cold Case Christianity: A Review - Tue, 29 Jul 2014
I tend to read a fair bit, though not as much as I used to (ever since I’ve been fighting Hepatitis, my low energy levels have made reading far more difficult), but I definitely don’t write many book reviews these days.  One of the last reviews I wrote was also the most positively received review […]

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