31 December 2007

It Begins with This

Paris Reidhead said “If I had my way, I would declare a moratorium on public preaching of ‘the plan of salvation’ in America for one to two years. Then I would call on everyone who has use of the airways and the pulpits to preach the holiness of God, the righteousness of God and the law of God, until sinners would cry out, ‘What must we do to be saved?’ Then I would take them off in a corner and whisper the gospel to them. Such drastic action is needed because we have gospel-hardened a generation of sinners by telling them how to be saved before they have any understanding why they need to be saved.”

So Very True

John MacArthur says "If church history teaches us anything, it teaches us that the most devastating assaults on the faith have always begun as subtle errors arising from inside the body itself. Living in an unstable age, the church cannot afford to be vacillating. We minister to people desperate for answers, and we cannot soft-pedal the truth or extenuate the gospel. If we make friends with the world, we set ourselves at enmity with God. If we trust worldly devices, we automatically relinquish the power of the Holy Spirit".

Joel needs the Gospel himself

I found this from Christian Research. Net

Joel Osteen Closes Out 2007
Published December 31st, 2007 by Editor in Word Faith, Mormonism, Joel Osteen

A reminder from FIDE-O, a fine work in the Lord, that Joel Osteen has given his blessing to the non-Christian cult of the Mormon Church by saying that they are indeed Christians. This in spite of their blasphemous view of Jesus Christ which says He was the first born spirit child of God through His polygamous sex with one of His goddess wives and that Christ Jesus is the literal brother of the Devil.
See also: Mormon Church: Mike Huckabee Not Alone In Ignorance
Joel Osteen Helping Mormons Become A Better You


25 December 2007

It's by Faith and Faith Alone

Why Did God Decide to Save Us Through Faith?
Published December 24th, 2007
by Editor in General, Gospel, God's Grace

From christianreasearchnetwork.com

For this reason Christ was born and in the video clip below John Piper tells us salvation is easy to receive if we just let God be God:
one reason that faith is the way God saves us is that faith gives glory to God. That is, faith calls attention to and magnifies the glory of God. Faith puts us in the position of weak and dependent and puts God in the position of strong and independent and merciful. So faith is essential to displaying the glory of God.


23 December 2007

Our Christmas Miracle (Luke 1:39-48)

What does the virgin birth mean to you this Christmas Season?
By Mike Andrews

Think about for a moment

When we read in scripture about the coming Messiah.
That He will come in the form of a man through a virgin woman (young lady), by the holy Spirit

What comes to mind!

We look at these passages in our casual reading

But do we really sit down and ponder what is about to happen

We really need to stop and understand the significance
About this blessed event in History

This event is so vital and important that its mentioned
Throughout scripture

Moses said the Lord “.....will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel." (Gen 3:15)

Isaiah said “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” (Isa 7:14)

Jeremiah said “How long will you gad about, O you backsliding daughter? For the LORD has created a new thing in the earth— A woman shall encompass a man”. (Jer 31:22)
Then we see in the New Testament

Matthew said to Joseph " and she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus..." (Matt 1:21)

Paul says “God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, (Gal 4:4)
Why do I say that!

Ever since Moses proclaimed this truth

It s been our hope
Our peace
Our restoration
Most of all our Joy of salvation

Oswald Chambers said Jesus Christ became Incarnate for one purpose, to make a way back to God that man might stand before Him as He was created to do, the friend and lover of God Himself.

"Blessed are you among women" (v42)

A woman chosen by God

In the Hebrew this statement means

"You’re the most blessed of all woman"

(Luke 1:28) And having come in, the angel said to her, "Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!"

The angel said “highly favored one”

Literally means full of grace

This is the same meaning
for anyone that calls upon the name
Jesus and believes by faith

Paul says we are favored, make accepted by the Lord,
full of grace

(Eph 1:6) to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.
We are accepted

Full of Grace
Found favour in the Beloved (Jesus Christ)

Elizabeth was praising the LORD

Not only for being with child
herself at such a late age

But praising the Lord in the Holy Spirit

Elizabeth was telling Mary that she was most blessed

She was going to give birth to the greatest child ever

Our Lord Jesus

So great! people noticed
when they were in Jesus’ presence

(Luke 11:27) And it happened, as He spoke these things, that a certain woman from the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, "Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts which nursed You!"
This virgin birth is so much more than a miracle

Its our Life!

Without it I am doomed and so are you!

Faith is a must in order to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ

Nothing else matters
but this One thing

Remember what Jesus said to Peter

Do you love me" (John 21:15-17)

Trust me by faith

Put your hand here Thomas
Trust me by faith

Elizabeth is going to have child in your late age

"Blessed is she who believed..." (v45)

Mary you are going to have a Child

"Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word." (v38)


A faith that beginnings by
believing in the virgin birth

Mary understood this blessing that
Elizabeth was speaking in the Holy Spirit (v41)

Why do I say that? Mary speaks of this great blessing she has inside of her

“My soul magnifies the Lord (v46)
My soul is saturated with the Lord

“My spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior” (v47)

This is showing her need for a Savior

Mary also goes on to say

He is Love “regarded the lowly..” ( me a maidservant) (v48)

He is Mighty “has done great things for me” (v49)

He is Holy “holy is His name” (v49)

He is Mercy “to those who fear Him” (v50)

He is Sovereign “strength with His arm” (v51)

He is Righteous Judge “He has scattered... He has put down... He has exalted the lowly” (v52)

He is Provider “filled the hungry with good things” (v53)

He is the Finisher of our Salvation “He has helped His servant Israel... “ (v54)

That’s why John leaped in the womb!

Redemption is here

Prophecy has been fulfilled

The Seed has come to crush Satan and his fallen angels

Immanuel (God is with Us) has finally come to deliver Us!

The virgin birth is essential to the Christian Faith

1. If this revelation is rejected, then any other Biblical fact may be rejected
2. If the virgin birth is rejected, the deity or humanity (or both) of the Savior must also be discarded.
3. If the virgin birth is not true there is no valid salvation
4. If the virgin birth is not fact, then the doctrine of the incarnation, as revealed in scripture, cannot be accepted
5. If the virgin birth is not valid, man is without hope in time and eternity
6. If the virgin birth is error, other doctrines lose meaning and purpose

But we know through scripture
how important this virgin birth is


Elizabeth said to Mary "as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ear, the babe leaped in my womb for joy..."

Are you leaping for Joy this morning?
Does you soul magnify the Lord this morning?

Are you praising Him for finding favour in you ?

Are you thankful for that wonderful Christmas gift?

That gift is?

Salvation in the One true King

John MacArthur says "If we could condense all the truths of Christmas into only three words, these would be the words: "God with us." We tend to focus our attention at Christmas on the infancy of Christ. The greater truth of the holiday is His deity. More astonishing than a baby in the manger is the truth that this promised baby is the omnipotent Creator of the heavens and the earth!
Merry Christmas from the Andrews Family
My hopes and prayers is that
He is your joy and gift this Christmas Season!

22 December 2007

A Wonderful Poem. The question is are you ready?

Twas The Night Before Jesus Came
Twas the night before Jesus came and all through the houseNot a creature was praying, not one in the house.Their Bibles were lain on the shelf without careIn hopes that Jesus would not come there.
The children were dressing to crawl into bed,Not once ever kneeling or bowing a head.And Mom in her rocker with baby on her lapWas watching the Late Show while I took a nap.
When out of the East there arose such a clatter,I sprang to my feet to see what was the matter.Away to the window I flew like a flashTore open the shutters and threw up the sash!
When what to my wondering eyes should appearBut angels proclaiming that Jesus was here.With a light like the sun sending forth a bright rayI knew in a moment this must be THE DAY!
The light of His face made me cover my headIt was Jesus returning just like He saidAnd though I possessed worldly wisdom and wealth,I cried when I saw Him in spite of myself.
In the Book of Life which He held in his hand,Was written the name of every saved man.He spoke not a word as he searched for my name;When He said, “It’s not here” my head hung in shame.
The people whose names had been written with love,He gathered to take to His Father above.With those who were ready He rose without a soundWhile all the rest of us were left standing around.
I fell to my knees, but it was too late;I had waited too long and thus sealed my fate.I stood and I cried as they rose out of sight;Oh, if only I had been ready tonight.
In the words of this poem the meaning is clear;The coming of Jesus is drawing near.There’s only one life and when comes the last call,We’ll find that the Bible was true after all!
Copyright 1984, Bethany Farms

19 December 2007

I'AM the Way the Truth and the Life, No one....

December 19, 2007
Rick Warren Councils Jewish Leaders On How to Recruit Congregants

This story from the Christian Post is just mind boggling.

It says: "Megachurch pastor Rick Warren attended a large Reform Jewish gathering last week to share tips on how to build a community....
The “Purpose-Driven” pastor spoke to thousands of Jewish leaders Thursday night at the Union for Reform Judaism’s biennial convention in San Diego.
With the holiday season in mind, Warren urged clergy to take advantage of crowded events to publicize other programs so people can get involved in the community through smaller groups.
“There are some principles that apply regardless of our faith, if it’s Jewish or Christian,” he said at the convention....
After Warren spoke a few minutes at the podium, he sat alongside two popular Southern California rabbis for a casual talk about strengthening congregational life."
Are we missing something here? We've been working from the notion that Jesus Christ is the ONLY way of salvation and that we as the church are called to make disciples through the preaching of Christ Crucified for sinners. With that being the case, we don't see any freedom given by God in His Word for a Christian pastor to help Jewish synagogues recruit people.
Have we completely missed the boat here? Are non-Christians now saved? Is the only thing that matters to God is that people go to "A" house of worship regardless of whether it is Christian, Jewish, Muslim or 'other'?
How is what Rick Warren did NOT a complete betrayal of Jesus Christ?

HT: Watcher's Lamp
Posted at 04:44 AM in Abominations, Purpose Driven Madness
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01 December 2007

K. P. Yohannan a great man of God

One of the most impressive blessings in America is religious liberty. Not only do Christians have access to radio and television, unheard of in most nations of Asia, but they are also free to hold meetings, evangelize, and print literature. How different this is from many Asian nations in which government persecution of Christians is common and often legal. . . . Coming from India, where I was beaten and stoned for my faith, I know what it is to be a persecuted minority in my own country. When I set foot on Western soil, I could sense a spirit of religious liberty. Americans have never known the fear of persecution. . . . From India, I always looked to the United States as a fortress of Christianity. With the abundance of both spiritual and material things, affluence unsurpassed by any nation on earth, and a totally unfettered church, I expected to see a bold witness. God’s grace obviously has been poured out on this nation and Church in a way no other people ever have experienced. Instead I found a Church in spiritual decline. . . . These people, I knew, were capable of so much more. They were dying spiritually, but I knew God wanted to give them life again. He wanted His Church to recover its moral mandate and sense of mission. . . . God did not shower such great blessing on this nation for the Christians to live in extravagance, in self-indulgence, and in spiritual weakness.

30 November 2007

Are the Heathen Lost?

Do You Care About the Lost?
By Mike Andrews

Every time I think about the events that took place when Noah was commanded to build the ark, this event really grieves my spirit. Why? Because God poured His wrath on the whole world due to their wickedness, and ignorance of His holiness and grace. The Bible says " And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth..." (Gen 6:6). Sorry! What a sad statement by a holy and perfect God to say that He was sorry for creating human life. How tragic to have to make the statement "The world is so wicked and terrible I must destroy it". Imagine the screaming of voices and the clawing of the people as they tried to get in to the ark. That must have been an unimaginably horrible event in history. Sadly, He is going to do that again. There is going to come a day when God is going to pour His wrath on sinful man once again, but in the meantime He sent His Son to fulfill His wrath by putting Him on the cross to please Yahweh (Isa 53:10) for the sin of mankind. He has given us His son so that we can receive salvation through His shedding blood on the cross and He has written a book so that we can share it with a world that is going to face this wrath one day.
The LORD has called His Christian to go and proclaim to others the wonderful gift of salvation before He comes to judge the earth again. The question we need to ask ourselves is: Do we care about the lost? Most people ask the question: How will they know if they are not told? This is a question that is on the mind of most professing believers. What happens to those who have not heard the word of God? What happens to the unsaved world? We live a world that is full of evil, hatred, murder, and total wickedness due to sin (Rom 3:9-18). All have sinned against a holy God. What will happen to those who have not heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ? God has given each and every person a conscience to understand there is a God, but believing that there is "a god" does not get you redeemed or saved in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Many people today are going to Hell where they will spend a Christ-less eternity. We are just as the people in Noah’s day, ignorant to the Gospel of Christ, a nation of unbelief in the one true God. This is something that should grieve each and every Christian. Many Christians assume that’s all people need; God has given them a conscience and they will find God on their own. That's a false understanding of the Gospel. The Bible says "So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God" (Rom 10:17). The people in Noah’s time had a conscience and they chose to disobey a holy and sovereign God. Salvation and faith in the Lord only comes by hearing the Word of God, the Gospel. Paul’s main point of the Gospel message is the revealed Word of God, salvation comes to those who hear and believe the facts of the gospel.
The people in our world are dying in their sins. It doesn’t matter whether you are black, white, purple, or green; whether you are Canadian or Japanese, or a person from some remote unreached tribe. All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. He has given us a message and it is a message of eternal life. The only way for a person to attain salvation is through His Word. There is no other name in which we must be saved (Acts 4:12). There are no mistakes with God. If a person denies Christ and His message they will not be saved but spend eternity separated from His holy presence. If a person has not heard the Gospel, God in His omniscience and loving grace will know and He will send someone to share His message. Has He sent you yet? Will they hear before He once again says I’m SORRY.....!

Rob Bell needs to read the Bible

Rob Bell and the “Bullwhip Guy”
Published November 30th, 2007 by Editor in Emerging Church, Rob Bell, Seeker Sensitive, New Evangelicalism

This post over at Pyromaniacs
features Todd Friel’s video clip responses to Rob Bell’s "Bulhorn" and also includes this dead on target parody below:


23 November 2007

Rob Bell needs to get SAVED

Rob Bell: The gods Should Be AngryPublished November 23rd, 2007
by Ken Silva in Emerging Church, False Teachers, Rob Bell, Apostasy, Liberalism
Over at GalatiansC4V16, concerning Rob Bell, Christian Research Net contributor Tony Rose writes:
One of the contributors of pulpit.com (Pulpit Magazine), attended Rob Bell’s The Gods are Not Angry tour stop in Hollywood. His review is pretty interesting. Here are some excerpts:
"I am convinced that the emerging church is largely early 20th century liberalism, with cooler hair…The entire night was an illustration of style-over substance… But Bell went from there into what can only be described as careful and planned ambiguity. It was obvious that he is a smart person…"
"So when he ended the night without explaining why the sacrifice of Christ appeased God’s anger, without explaining atonement, without even touching substitution, I can’t help but note the effort that took. He spoke for over 90 minutes on the sacrifice of Christ without explaining sin, or the resurrection—which is the same as not speaking about the sacrifice of Christ…"
"[Bell] did not tell them ‘Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.’ Instead he said, ‘The gods are not angry anymore.’”
"And this is the fundamental problem with Bell’s message. The Bible says that the wrath of God is continually being revealed against ungodliness. In other words, God is still angry. And Bell did an enormous disservice because the people did not hear the gospel, and they were not told to flee the wrath to come."
See also: Rob Bell: Sounding More and More Like “Progressive” Christian Marcus Borg Who Denies the Deity of Jesus Christ and His Bodily Ressurection
Rob Bell In A Nutshell: The Bible
Rob Bell: “Trampolinianity” and the Virgin Birth

Rick needs to read his Bible

**Rick Warren, Evangelicals, Invite Muslims to Love God Together**

Published November 23rd, 2007 by Editor in Rick Warren, Emerging Church, General News, Ecumenism, A Slice of Laodicea, New Evangelicalism
Ingrid Schlueter writes at Slice of Laodicea:

A Slice alert today as the Christian Post reports this morning that Rick Warren, Leith Anderson, the head of the National Association of Evangelicals, Bill Hybels and other evangelicals have signed a document urging Muslims to “love God” together with them and to find peace between the two religions. This is where it has all been heading, folks. You’ve been warned for a long time now that this new spirituality is coming.


15 November 2007

Rick need some Theology Lessons

Rick Warren’s Denial of Sola Fide

Published November 14th, 2007 by Editor in Rick Warren, Bible Study
Pay close attention. This video shows Rick Warren denying the doctrines of Sola Fide, Solo Christo & Sola Deo Gloria.

If you’re not sure what that all means, here is a link to a lecture given by Chris Rosebrough of Extreme Theology that Biblically refutes Warren’s teaching. Click Here to Listen You can view the powerpoint slides for this lecture by clicking here.

I Must Have. NOT!

The Gay & Lesbian Bible?

Published November 15th, 2007 by Editor in Abominations
A Little Leaven is reporting on a new Bible written for gays and lesbians that completely removes all references to homosexuality as being a sin. We’re taking bets that this new translation will become the Bible of choice for Brian McLaren and the Emergent Church.

Heresy of Campolo

Colleges, Contemplative and Campolo
Published November 14th, 2007 by Editor in Emerging Church, General News, Catholicism, Ecumenism, New Age, Buddhism, New Evangelicalism

Watcher’s Lamp takes a look at the growing contemplative movement on college campuses such as Emory (Methodist) and Georgetown (Catholic).
The movement grows with the help of advocates such as the Dalai Lama and Tony Campolo.
In the video below, Tony Campolo ( of Eastern University) explains how St. Ignatius coined the term "centering prayer". Campolo describes how he practices centering prayer…" push everything out of your mind …allow Christ to invade you". Campolo gets "full of the Holy Spirit that way"…
Listen to Campolo describe how the Holy Spirit "is in you before you became a Christian" (unlike being dead in your trespasses) and "Christ indwells all, saved and unsaved."


10 November 2007

Nice to see the Love of Christ Everywhere

China Bans Bibles for Olympic Athletes 10 comments Permalink

The New York Sun reports that "The organizers of the 2008 Olympic Games in China have put the Bible on the list of items that athletes are banned from bringing with them to Beijing. . . ."(HT: STR)Update: Tim Ellsworth writes:"Apparently there are some conflicting reports out there. The information I found indicates that Bibles are not banned entirely, but that visitors to Beijing are being told to bring only one Bible.

Here's a story I wrote for Baptist Press about it. Here's a link to the official policy."

Why Leaders are Important in the Church

Each of Us have a Different Job to Do
By Mike Andrews

When it comes to leadership and responsibility in Christianity, many think of how ‘strong’ a person is: how much money you have, your level of education, your speaking abilities, or even your marketing knowledge. These may seem to be good qualities for leadership but these are not true biblical qualities for leadership. Ezra and Nehemiah were men chosen by God to do a certain task by getting Jerusalem restored to their former days. They were men who had love and compassion for those around them. John Stott says "Indignation and compassion form a powerful combination. They are indispensable to vision, and therefore to leadership."
Ezra was a preacher who had a concern for the people of Israel. He was a man who prepared his heart by studying, practising and teaching God’s Word (Ezra 7:6-10) to the nation of Israel. He was a man who committed his life to do what the Lord called him to do. Because of their immoral behaviour, God used Ezra to ignite a great revival among the Israelites. (Ezra 10:11-12) "Now therefore, make confession to the LORD God of your fathers, and do His will; separate yourselves from the peoples of the land, and from the pagan wives." Then all the assembly answered and said with a loud voice, "Yes! As you have said, so we must do." The nation of Israel was restored through the repentance for their crime against a Holy God. Ezra was used to restore the souls of the Israelites. As the chief spiritual leader, and having been given divine authority, Ezra had a great responsibility. He lived up to his responsibility and also had a deep desire to please a holy God.
Nehemiah was a man of natural-born leadership qualities, who wanted the nation to get busy and rebuild the walls that had been destroyed. He was a man of integrity who wanted to accomplish a common goal. Nehemiah also had a concern for the nation, and desired that everyone do their part and help in the reconstruction. Amazingly, Nehemiah first went to the Lord in prayer "remember, I pray the word that You commanded Your servant Moses..(Neh 1:8-11). Nehemiah had a huge task at hand, organizing and delegating to others their part in this long and hard task. His responsibility had great resistance and he faced great criticism. They questioned his authority (Neh 2:19), they challenged his ability (Neh 4:3), and they challenged his character or authenticity. But again, he was a strong-willed leader who had one vision to rebuild the wall and praise the Lord through it all.
Every one of God’s people have a different job to do. Some are pastors, some are evangelists, some are missionaries; but He has called all of us to do service unto Him. Ezra and Nehemiah are men of great importance, one restored the people through the word of God. The other saw a concern for the nation and found a way through prayer to get the nation to work together and do what was required of each and every person as children of the Living God. Paul couldn’t have said it any clearer to the believers at Colosse "And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; (Col 3:23).

Parents must Read

Explaining the Gospel to a Child
November 6th, 2007

How can parents explain the gospel to their children without toning down the commands of Scripture?
Certainly children are limited in their ability to understand spiritual truth, but so are adults. Very few people intellectually understand all the gospel truth at the moment of salvation. Fortunately, the essential truths are basic enough that even a child can understand. Jesus Himself characterized saving faith as childlikeness (Mark 10:15). True belief is not a function of advanced intellect, sophisticated theological understanding, or complex doctrinal knowledge.
Children old enough to be saved can grasp the concept of coming to Christ with an obedient heart, and letting Him be the Lord of their lives.
When sharing the gospel with a child, keep these points in mind:
1. Remember that repetition and restatement are especially helpful. Give the gospel simply and briefly, but don’t assume the first positive response means they got all the truth they need to know. Continue explaining and expanding your explanations. Too many ministries to children equate every positive response with a real conversion.
2. Use Scripture and explain it clearly. Even with children, God’s Word is the seed that produces life (1 Peter 1:23). Don’t use approaches that give gospel outlines with no Scripture. Only the Bible can speak with authority to the human heart—including a child’s heart.
3. Understand the inherent danger in any outline or prefabricated presentation: they tend to follow a predetermined agenda that may bypass the child’s real needs or fail to answer his or her most important questions.
4. Finally, remember that the issues in salvation are the same for a child as for an adult. The gospel is the same message for every age group. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones wrote,
We must be careful that we do not modify the gospel to suit various age groups. There is no such thing as a special gospel for the young, a special gospel for the middle-aged, and a special gospel for the aged. There is only one gospel, and we must always be careful not to tamper and tinker with the gospel as a result of recognizing these age distinctions. At the same time, there is a difference in applying this one and only gospel to the different age groups; but it is a difference which has reference only to method and procedure. (Knowing the Times [Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 1989], 2.)
Children must be able to understand that sin is an offense to God’s holiness and that they are personally guilty (though because of their limited experiences, most kids obviously won’t have as deep a sense of personal guilt as adults). There’s nothing wrong with telling children about hell and God’s wrath. Children do not have a difficult time grasping such concepts. They understand punishment for wrongdoing and are capable of understanding that Jesus died to take the punishment for the sins of others. They need to be told that Jesus expects to be obeyed, and they will understand even better than some adults that trusting Jesus means obeying Him. The importance of obedience needs to be emphasized repeatedly, even after the child makes a profession of faith.
(Today’s post was adapted from a GTY Issues & Answers article.)

05 November 2007

Heresy of Osteen

Paul Washer on Osteen, the Purpose Driven Movement

The Blood Tipped Ears blog has posted video of Paul Washer on Joel Osteen’s prosperity gospel and the Purpose Driven movement. I am delighted to tell you that Paul Washer is scheduled to speak at the February 9th, VCY America Rally at the Waukesha Exposition Center. The emphasis will be youth and purity, and the message will underscore the importance of truly knowing Christ.

Posted on November 2007 by Ingrid

27 October 2007

Wake from the Dead and Christ will give you LIFE

Focus on Family Yokes with Heretic SchullerPublished October 26th, 2007
by Editor in A Slice of Laodicea
From Slice of Laodicea:

Way of Life’s Church News Notes reports that Focus on the Family is scheduled to join the apostasy party at the Crystal Cathedral in January.
“H. B. London of Focus on the Family is scheduled to join hands with heretic Robert Schuller in a “Rethink” conference at the Crystal Cathedral in January 2008. The conference will bring together “30 influential thinkers” to “deliver cutting edge ideas about the ever-changing world.”

Bush Believes in Universalism? New Article Quoting Bush from Berit Kjos
Published October 26th, 2007 by Dwayna in General News, Excellent Articles, Islam, Knowledge of God, Synergism

Excerpts:"I believe that all the world, whether they be Muslim, Christian, or any other religion, prays to the same God. That’s what I believe."
"Americans of many faiths and traditions share a common belief that God hears the prayers of His children and shows grace to those who seek Him. … There is a power in these prayers [to various gods]…. I ask the citizens of our Nation to give thanks, each according to his or her own faith, for the freedoms and blessings we have received and for God’s continued guidance, comfort, and protection."
Does our president really believe what he says he believes, or is he just trying to please his audience at the moment? What else could cause his changing views?
Read full article here .

Blinded by Ignorance

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Todd Friel Interviews Doug Pagitt of the Emergent Church
Not sure what the Emergent Church is all about? Take a moment and listen to this interview with one of its leading pastors, Doug Pagitt of Solomon's Porch in Minnesota. The audio of this interview has been circulating in blogs recently and I spliced out the interview and put it on youtube. The interview originally aired on The Way of the Master Radio on 10/22/07.

07 October 2007

Another Saint has Fallen

Total Abandon?October 1st, 2007

Last evening we sat on the edge of our seats as OM’s Gary Witherall told the story of his wife’s martyrdom.

Bonnie Witherall was working as a nurse in Sidon, Lebanon, when an extremist shot and killed her (you may remember the news reports). You could hear a pin drop as Gary described his rush to the scene on that dark morning to learn of Bonnie’s sacrifice.

Following her death, Greg Kernaghan paid the following tribute. It also serves as a challenge to our ‘cushioned-Christianity’ in the West:
Some people talk about being on the cutting edge; some actually live there. Fewer choose to dwell on the bleeding edge of humanity, where nothing is humanly certain except great need, where risk defies other definitions, where light shines the brighter for the enveloping darkness. Sidon in Lebanon is such a place, and Bonnie and Gary Witherall were some of those few.
I was privileged to stay with them just four days before Bonnie was murdered. They lived close to an area so fanatical and violent that it is off limits even to local police. They knew the risks, the potential cost, but they also knew that God had placed them there. Their daily life was defined by numerous friendships they had made in every level of society. They embraced the Arabic language and culture, yet made no effort as foreigners to hide. They were visible, available, approachable.
I know this, because the short time I spent with them was given to walking the streets and visiting people. It seemed that every few hundred metres a shopkeeper would rush out to greet them with kisses and proffer hospitality. We spent part of one evening in sidewalk cafes where, in retrospect, all of us were easy targets. Yet Gary and Bonnie were focused not on their own security but on embracing and helping others.
In the middle of Ramadan, Gary and I walked through the city until near sunrise. (He had already completed a prayer walk throughout the length of the country that took one week). If we weren’t visiting his friends one after another, he would be telling of other contacts he had come to love and was helping in practical ways. Some of these people had dangerous associations, but again Gary and Bonnie saw them as people in need.
Bonnie was committed to saving and improving lives. Her work at a church-run pre-natal clinic catering to Palestinian women was the joy and drive of her life in Lebanon. She felt honoured to have such an opening into families through this service. Only God knows how many lives of women and their babies have been literally saved through this work (infant mortality among Palestinians is four times that of the USA). Gary and Bonnie came to Lebanon to bring life-not take it.
It is difficult to understand who would despise such loving service enough to fire three bullets point blank into her head. Bonnie was killed for being who she was, for refusing to run from hatred and for bringing dignity to a suffering people that the world has ignored. It would be easy, even natural, for us to draw back from this atrocity; to lash out in hate against whole nations or peoples; to seek revenge; to stereotype one-fifth of mankind. But Bonnie and Gary would, I believe, call us to something perhaps difficult yet supernatural: to be different because God’s way is different. To increase our concern, prayer and action on behalf of all the peoples of the Middle East. To refuse to accept the status quo either in the Middle East or in our own comfort zones. To step forward and stand in the heart-breaking gap Bonnie has left. There will never be a better time.
Greg Kernaghan, November 21,2002.(from OM website)

04 October 2007

Preach it Brother

John MacArthur:Baptizing the Masses with a Watered-Down Gospel

11:03pm Wednesday, Oct 3
From Christian Research Net - Published October 2nd, 2007

When a sinner wanders into the church and sits through skits, mimes, interpretive dances, and the like, and yet never hears a clear, convicting message about his dangerous and tenuous spiritual situation– that he is a depraved sinner headed for an eternal fire because he is a daily offense to a holy God– how can that be called successful? You could achieve the same level of success by sending a cancer patient to receive treatment from a group of children playing doctor.A sinner must understand the imminent danger he is in if he is ever to look to the Savior. What’s worse is when seeker-focused churches baptize the masses with their watered-down gospel, assuring them that positive decisions, feelings, or affirmations about Christ equal genuine conversion. There are now multitudes who are not authentic Christians identifying with the church. As you set your strategy for church ministry, you dare not overlook the primary means of church growth: the straightforward, Christ-centered proclamation of the unadulterated Word of God.

28 September 2007

Faith is an Action

(Matt 14:30) But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, "Lord, save me."
What do we notice from this verse in Peter's life.
1. It was by faith in the power of Christ he was upheld
2. When that faith failed, he began to sink. When Peter began to sink his faith sunk with him.
Ask yourself
1) If you were in the same situation as Peter, Would this have happened to you? "Lord, save me."
2) Could you keep walking to the Lord with boldness and not look down? (Eph 3:12 ) in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in Him.
3) Is your faith unchangeable today? As (1Cor 16:13) says "Watch, standfast in the faith, be brave, be strong".
4) Do you have faith? (Heb 11:6) And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.
5) Are you walking by sight and not faith? (John 12:37 )
Though he had done so many signs before them, they still did not believe in him,So what do we learn from this event in Peter's life
1. Peter was able to walk on water (remember he was in the middle of a storm)
2. Peter looks down and saw the doubt in his life.
3. When fear takes over. Do you start to doubt?
4. The weak flesh gets the better of the willing spirit.
5. When we walk by sight and not by faith we always end up crying out "Lord save me!"
(James 1:6) But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.
A) You must believe that God IS the Creator of the universe
B) You must believe that He is ever ready to convey to His creatures whatever they need.
C) Driven by the wind, and tossed: rising by hope, then sinking by despair as Peter did.D) You can only ask a holy God in full faith in Him alone.
Corrie Ten Boom says "Faith sees the invisible, believes the unbelievable, and receives the impossible."
1. So what must we do?We must walk by faith in the Risen Savior
A. Never doubt like Peter did.
B. Faith is a action that is constantly looking towards the Risen Savior.
C. Faith is our every day strength in the invisible God, the Creator of the universe.
D. We should never take our eyes of the risen Lord as Peter did by looking down
E. Always trust the scriptures for they are our source of food and nurishment

J. C. Ryle summons up this story wonderfully he says " to understand our walk by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ there is encouragement here for all Christians. Let them know that there is nothing created which is not under Christ's control: "All things serve Him". He may allow His people to be tried for a season, and to be tossed to and fro by storms of trouble; He may be later than they wish in coming to their aid, and not draw near till the "fourth watch of the night": but never let them forget that winds, and waves, and storms are all Christ's servants. They cannot move without Christ's permission. "The Lord on high is mightier than the voice of many waters, yea than the mighty waves of the sea."
My Final Thought! 1. May we never doubt the sovereign protection of our Lord Jesus2. May we take this passage of scripture and grow from the mistakes of the disciples, and learn wisdom to strengthen our faith!3. Remember when our feet begin to sink we should be thinking about Christ Why?(Heb 13:5-6) "for He has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." So we can confidently say, "The Lord is my Helper; I will not fear; what can man do to"
by Mike Andrews

24 September 2007

Do you Feel like Jeremiah Sometimes

Jeremiah the Weeping Prophet
By Mike Andrews

The churches today are full of people who don’t care or don’t want to listen to men preaching God’s Word. 2Tim 4:3 "For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions". The church today is not much different than the times of the prophets who were preaching repentance and pleading for the nation of Israel to return back to God. Jeremiah, also known as the "weeping prophet", was the writer of the two Old Testament books Jeremiah and Lamentations. He was an ambassador sent by God to the house of Israel. Jer 7:3 "Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Amend your ways and your deeds, and I will let you dwell in this place."
Jeremiah didn’t volunteer to become a preacher of the Word. The office for this (being a prophet) was reserved for those who were divinely called. Jeremiah was one of those privileged men; he was divinely given a high calling by God. Jer 1:5 "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations." He was a prophet who had the daunting task of warning the nation Judah of God’s impending judgement. Jeremiah had to preach to a nation that was worshipping other gods, living sinfully and disobediently before God, listening to many false teachings and, as seen in Jeremiah 17:9, their hearts were wicked and deceitful. Jeremiah’s life reflected his preaching. His passion and concern for the nation was always evident at the beginning of the messages that the Lord gave him. Many times Jereimah would cry over Jerusalem Lam 3:48-49 "my eyes flow with rivers of tears because of the destruction of the daughter of my people. "My eyes will flow without ceasing, without respite" This verse emphasizes the greatness of his grief and troubled heart at the afflictions of his people, and shows the vast amount of tears he shed on their account. Here the prophet is speaking his own words (not part of a prophetic message from God), expressing the anguish of he felt in his soul, and the flood of tears he shed. Unfortunately, our churches today are lacking men like Jeremiah who are passionate, showing their love for others through their preaching. They need a deep desire of restoration for the congregation so they can grow spiritually and understand the importance of obedience and reverence before a holy and perfect God. Jeremiah’s tears also serve as a reminder of the utter hopelessness of a person without God.
Preachers today need to follow the example of great Biblical men of the past like Ezekiel, Isaiah, Daniel and Jeremiah when it comes to dealing with people and their salvation. Jeremiah concentrated on the current problems as he labored to turn the nation back from the point of no return. John MacArthur said "Jeremiah’s life, his calling, and his experiences all combine to give a picture of God’s planning and purpose to carry out His will". May the men of God in our churches today consider carefully what Paul said to Timothy in 2Tim 4:-2 I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. Just preach My Word! Richard Baxter says "I preached as never sure to preach again, and as a dying man to dying men."

What's Next

Biblical Propositions, Yoga Positions, and Contextualizing the Christian Message for People Who Work at CNN
Published September 21st, 2007 by Editor in Emerging Church

Over at Pyromaniacs Phil Johnson comments on "Doug Pagitt’s recent performance on CNN [which] was documented last week by several bloggers, including Nathan Busenitz, Fred Butler, Shawn Anthony and Doug Groothuis." We post this here at CRN because there are so many of those in the blogging world who struggle with their comprehension skills and were saying Dr. John MacArthur, one of the best Bible teachers God has given this generation, said Yoga can be practiced by the Christian.
In this piece Johnson goes on to clear up that his pastor:
John MacArthur, of course, believes in the authority of Scripture and the exclusivity of Christ. He said yoga as a spiritual discipline is fundamentally in conflict with authentic Christianity; and that Christians ought to seek spiritual wholeness through the truth of the Bible alone—not in ascetic practices borrowed from the sacraments and soteriology of Hindu mysticism. ("You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free"—John 8:32. The Bible is able to make us "complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work"—2 Timothy 3:17.)


14 September 2007

It's all About Me

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27 August 2007

John MacArthur and the Emerging Movement


This piece below is from an interview on The Way of the Master Radio featuring Dr. John MacArthur reacting to sound clips from Guru Brian McLaren.
Dr. MacArthur covers how the actual Gospel is terribly twisted into a repainted and reimagined social gospel by leaders in the neo-liberal cult of the Emergent Church like Rob Bell and Doug Pagitt and Erwin McManus.

At its rotten root this serpentine movement of the Emergent Church is an attack on the Word of God and the doctrines of grace. And the bottom line here, and someone needs to say this publicly, is either the aforementioned men are Christians or men like myself and Dr. John MacArthur are. Here this clearly: Our messages are diametrically opposed.
What Dr. MacArthur covers here is also contained in an excellent 10 CD set called “Spiritual Terrorism”:
Everywhere in the world, biblical truth is under attack. What may surprise you is that the most devastating assault isn’t coming from outside the church--it’s coming from spiritual terrorists within the church.
On the surface these terrorists look, act, and sound like everyone else. In their comfortable concealment they raise doubts about God’s Word, undermine its authority, and create chaos that, left unchecked, destroys churches (Grace To You).

Apprising Ministries highly recommends this series which is a very indepth exposition of the Book of Jude and forms the basis of Dr. MacArthur’s book The Truth War. I’m pleased to tell you in the Lord that it’s been in my CD player non-stop for a month!

From the Heart of John Piper

John Piper - A Problem with the Infomercial Gospel in New Evangelicalism

Published September 5th, 2007 by Editor in Rick Warren, Megachurches, Purpose Driven, Seeker Sensitive, New Evangelicalism

In this short video clip John Piper uncovers the faulty reasoning behind today’s infomercial gospel preached by new breed pastors like Rick Warren, his disciple Perry Noble and then his disciple Steven Furtick. Piper says this kind of centered on the perceived needs and wants of the unchurched has resulted in false converts who "don’t seem to understand what receiving Christ even means”:


Veggie were did you go wrong?

Rethinking Veggie Tales by Cathy Mickels

My good friend and author Cathy Mickels wrote this piece back in 2002 about the Veggie Tales videos and their message regarding Scripture. She articulates my concerns far better than I have done today with my brief post. Cathy’s book on youth ministry was endorsed by John MacArthur for good reason. She sees Veggie Tales not as an isolated thing, as many of my critics on this issue do. She and I both see these things as part of the larger context of the evangelical meltdown. And contrary to some of those who have defended the sacred vegetables, for many children this is all they ever do get of Bible teaching in their homes. At Elmbrook Church here in the Milwaukee area, they even had the dancing vegetables on “stage”. I only wish we could get Christians as riled up defending the Scriptures as they do defending dancing cartoon veggies.

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Do you abide in Christ

Mother Theresa; We Hardly Knew Ye
Published August 24th, 2007 by Editor in General News, Catholicism, Deception

We know that anytime Mother Thersa gets critiqued there is an outcry, as it is commonly viewed, by some, as the equivilent of killing a baby seal. However we are sorry to say that this is what happens when we "idolize" any person. The RCC practice of living vicariously through the "super-spiritual" is not biblical, which is why it is accepted so readily by the rest of the world.
This from Time/CNN

Preach My Word

A Call for Unfaithful Pastors to Repent!

Published August 20th, 2007 by Editor in General
Enough is enough! There is an plague of pastors in the church who refuse to do their Biblical duty and preach God’s word, preach sound doctrine and make disciples who are grounded in God’s word.
These pastors would rather be relevant, popular, purpose-driven, seeker-sensitive, hip, kewl, or emergent than do their Biblical duty.
It is time to call these men out and call them to repentance.

Here is a link to a web-page written by Chris Rosebrough of Extreme Theology that you can send to those pastors who refuse to do their Biblical duty. Please take the time to pass it on to those pastors who need to repent and get back to preaching God’s Word and Christ Crucified for sinners.


18 August 2007

Who Do You say that I'AM?

Why do I Believe the Bible is the word of God? This is a question that every believer never thought he or she would have to answer. Not only has this topic brought such controversy among non-believers of all generations but it’s also happening today among evangelicals. We can understand the position of the nonbelievers because the truth of the word of God has been blinded to them and the only way to ‘see’ is to come into the light of Jesus Christ (Eph 4:18), but it is particularly saddening to see this doubt among born again Christians.
This fact shouldn’t need defending, or better yet, even be brought up among fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. But, the question remains: Is the Bible the complete living, breathing, word of God? The obvious answer to this question is YES! With the word of God as the base, it will be demonstrated that there are no contradictions or errors in the Bible because Heb 4:12 tells us "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart". This is God’s divine revelation for the whole world to read.
Some liberal, so-called believers, say God’s word is not inspired. D.L. Moody had the right idea when speaking of the possibility of man’s wisdom being the source of the inspiration of the Bible. He said "It is easier for me to have faith in the Bible than to have faith in D.L. Moody, for Moody has fooled me lots of times". Is the word His divine revelation? Yes. We see all through scripture God communicating in many different ways: as He did with Adam (Gen 3:9), through the use of prophets (1 Sam 3:4), in dreams (Gen 20:3), and visions (Isa 6), even through historical events such as creation itself (Gen1:1), and the flood (Gen 7:1-24), and the use of angels (Dan 9:20-21, Luke 2:10-11). These are only a few examples of God’s complete divine revelation. The Bible is a reliable picture of God’s plan which has been revealed to the human race. The word of God is full of history and His truth concerning Himself (Dan 4:35). It’s a book about His holiness and sovereignty (1 Sam 2:2, Job 42:2, Rom 8:28). The Bible is singularly God-centered in focus. It has to do with God and how all things relate back to God. Because it comes from God and speaks with the authority of God, there is a tone of greatness and seriousness in the Book that is unlike anything else. There is another controversy among people over the Bible: Is the Bible the inspired word of God? The answer to this is undoubtedly, YES! 2 Timothy 3:16-17 tells us "All scripture (the key word being all!) is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works". The Bible is fully inspired which means God actually ‘breathed’ all scripture! The Bible itself assumes inspiration and frequently claims inspiration: there are over 3,800 claims of "thus saith the Lord". This should not be a debate among believers. The words on the pages of scripture are the supernatural workings of the Holy Spirit who chose godly men with their individual personalities and writing styles to pen the pages of scripture. The Bible is the final authority of God, not man (Ps 119:160, John 17:17). Even though these men were imperfect, God used them in a mighty way to show God’s glory and majesty (Deut 28:58, Ps 19:1, Hab 2:14). It is our responsibility to humble ourselves and believe. We need to accept by faith the method that God chose to reveal to us His truth. Though inspiration is beyond our finite minds, it is clear that the human authors were not left to their own wisdom, but it was God’s breathing the words through them which was the Source of inspiration (1 Pet 1:20-21). How do we get the Bible to survive all these years through generation after generation without distorting the original transcripts? The answer is simply God’s divine sovereignty. God once again, in His divine plan, chose to preserve His word by using godly men to translate the original manuscripts of the Old and New Testament writers. The seventy two scholars who translated the Old Testament from Hebrew to Greek put together the Septuagint (200 BC), Jerome a man who translated the Bible into Latin from the original Hebrew and Greek (400 AD), and Tyndale who was used by God to translate the Bible into English (1525), are all examples of these godly men. It has even continued into more modern days such as translations commonly used today; versions like the King James (1611), NASB version (1971), and the ESV version (2001). God will continue to preserve His word throughout all ages as we are so firmly reminded in Isaiah 40:8 "The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever".
We serve an amazing God, who will always stand the test of time because He is infinite and holy and will display His glory to all generations from the past, to the present and into eternity. We were created in His image; we were created to display His glory to the lost world who were and continue to be slaves to sin (Eph 4:18, Rom 2:5). We were not created to question His authority or His sovereignty. This is a topic of discussion that should never happen among Christendom. Lord forgive us for our pride and the arrogance of people to debate the validity of Your Holy Word (John 1:1). By calling the Bible into question, we would be thinking ourselves smarter than God and denying that the Bible could be divinely inspired. This would be a clear indication that we don’t believe the Bible, and ultimately don’t believe God or all He represents (Rev 19:13, 1 John 1:1). If a person were to keep this prideful view until his or her death bed, they would be eternally separated from a God who created them, gave them life, and most of all gave them His Word so that they could grow and learn the truths of our Lord and Saviour, the only One who can forgive you of sin (John 14:6).
We need to trust and have faith in the written word of God, to desire the pure milk of the word which is displaying His glory (1 Pet 2:2), love and trust those truths and put them on your heart because it is the heart He sees. (1 Sam 16:7) "But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart". (Rev 22:19) And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city , and from the things which are written in this book. Lord we are thankful for your grace and mercy toward us as Your Word teaches us all we need to know about Christ-likeness. A.W. Tozer couldn’t be any bolder in his statement when he said "The Word of God well understood and religiously obeyed is the shortest route to spiritual perfection. And we must not select a few favorite passages to the exclusion of others. Nothing less than a whole Bible can make a whole Christian." So my question for you is: What are you?

A Must See

http://www.godtube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=c3e67286080500df36a9 I have two words "simply amazing

Prayerful Hymn

A Prayerful Hymn Regarding False Teachers

O Lord, look down from Heaven, beholdAnd let Thy pity waken:How few are we within Thy fold,Thy saints by men forsaken!True faith seems quenched on every hand,Men suffer not Thy Word to stand;Dark times have us o’ertaken.
With fraud which they themselves inventThy truth they have confounded;Their hearts are not with one consentOn Thy pure doctrine grounded.While they parade with outward show,They lead the people to and fro,In error’s maze astounded.
May God root out all heresyAnd of false teachers rid usWho proudly say: “Now, where is heThat shall our speech forbid us?By right or might we shall prevail;What we determine cannot fail;We own no lord and master.”
Therefore saith God, “I must arise,The poor My help are needing;To Me ascend My people’s cries,And I have heard their pleading.For them My saving Word shall fightAnd fearlessly and sharply smite,The poor with might defending.”
As silver tried by fire is pureFrom all adulteration,So through God’s Word shall men endureEach trial and temptation.Its light beams brighter through the cross,And, purified from human dross,It shines through every nation.
Thy truth defend, O God, and stayThis evil generation;And from the error of their wayKeep Thine own congregation.The wicked everywhere aboundAnd would Thy little flock confound;But Thou art our Salvation.
–Dr. Martin Luther - 1524

Entertainment versus Preaching

John MacArthur says . . . " There seems almost no limit to what modern church leaders will do to entice people who aren't interested in worship and preaching. Too many have bought the notion that the church must win people by offering an alternative form of entertainment. Just how far will the church go in competing with Hollywood? A large church in the southwestern United States has installed a half-million dollar special-effects system that can produce smoke, fire, sparks, and laser lights in the auditorium. The church sent staff members to study live special effects at Bally's Casino in Las Vegas. The pastor ended one service by ascending to "heaven" via invisible wires that drew him up out of sight while the choir and orchestra added a musical accompaniment to the smoke, fire, and light show. It was just a typical Sunday show for that pastor: "He packs his church with such special effects as ... cranking up a chain saw and toppling a tree to make a point ... the biggest Fourth of July fireworks display in town and a Christmas service with a rented elephant, kangaroo and zebra. The Christmas show features 100 clowns with gifts for the congregation's children."Shenanigans like that would have been the stuff of Spurgeon's worst nightmares. And even Tozer could not have foreseen the extreme to which evangelicals would go in paying homage to the great god Entertainment. "

Fought the Good Fight

Hello, My Father Just Died By Pastor John Piper

The big hospital clock in room 4326 of Greenville Memorial Hospital said, with both hands straight up, midnight. Daddy had just taken his last breath. My watch said 12:01, March 6, 2007. I had slept a little since his last morphine shot at ten. One ear sleeping, one on the breathing. At 11:45, I awoke. The breaths were coming more frequently and were very shallow. I will not sleep again, I thought. For ten minutes, I prayed aloud into his left ear with Bible texts and pleadings to Jesus to come and take him. I had made this case before, and this time felt an unusual sense of partnership with Daddy as I pressed on the Lord to relieve this warrior of his burden. I finished and lay down. Good. Thank you, Lord. It will not be long. And, grace upon grace, hundreds of prayers are being answered: He is not choking. The gurgling that threatened to spill over and drown him in the afternoon had sunk deep, and now there was simple clear air, shorter and shorter. I listened from where I lay next to him on a foldout chair. That's it. I rose and waited. Will he breathe again? Nothing. Fifteen or twenty seconds, and then a gasp. I was told to expect these false endings. But it was not false. The gasp was the first of two. But no more breaths. I waited, watching. No facial expressions. His face had frozen in place hours before. One more jerk. That was all. Perhaps an eyebrow twitch a moment later. Nothing more. I stroked his forehead and sang, My gracious Master and My God Assist me to proclaim To spread through all the earth abroad The honors of thy name. Daddy, how many thousands awaited you because of your proclamation of the great gospel. You were faithful. You kept the faith, finished the race, fought the fight. "Make friends for yourselves with unrighteous mammon that they might receive you into eternal habitations." I watched, wondering if there could be other reflexes. I combed his hair. He always wore a tie. The indignities of death are many, but we tried to minimize them. Keep the covers straight. Pull the gown up around his neck so it looks like a sharp turtleneck. Tuck the gappy shoulder slits down behind so they don't show. Use a wet washcloth to keep the secretions from crusting in the eyelashes. And by all means, keep his hair combed. So now I straightened his bedding and combed his hair and wiped his eyes and put the mouth moisturizer on his lips and tried to close his mouth. His mouth would not stay closed. It had been set in that position from hours and hours of strained breathing. But he was neat. A strong, dignified face. I called my sister Beverly first, then Noël. Tearfully we gave thanks. Get a good night's rest. I will take care of things here with the doctor and the nurses and the mortuary arrangements. I will gather all our things and take them back to the motel. "I wish I had been there," Beverly lamented. Yes. That is good. But don't let that feeling dominate now. In the days to come, you will look back with enormous gratitude for the hundreds of hours you gave serving Daddy. It is my turn to be blessed. The nurse came to give him his scheduled morphine shot. As she walked toward me I said, "He won't need that any more." "Is he gone?" "Yes. And thank you so much for your ministry to him." "I will notify the doctor so he can come and verify. I will leave you alone." "Yes, thank you." The doctor in his green frock came at 12:40 and listened with his stethoscope to four different places on Daddy's chest. Then he pulled back the sheet and said, "I must apply some pain stimuli to his nail base to see if he reacts. Then he used his flashlight to test Daddy's eyes. "The nurse supervisor will come and get the information we need about the mortuary." Thank you. Alone again, I felt his cheeks. Finally cool after the fevered and flushed fight. I felt his nose, as though I were blind. Then I felt mine. I thought, very soon my nose will be like your nose. It is already like your nose. The nurse came. No thank you, an autopsy will not be necessary. Mackey Mortuary on Century Drive. My name is John, his son. My cell phone is . . . . "You may stay as long as you like." Thank you. I will be leaving soon. Now I just look at him. Nothing has changed in his face here in the darkness of this dim light. Just no movement. But I have watched his chest so long—even now, was that a slight rise and fall? No, surely not. It's like sailing on the sea for days. On the land the waves still roll. He has four-day's beard and dark eyes. I lift an eyelid to see him eye to eye. They are dilated. Thank you, Daddy. Thank you for sixty-one years of faithfulness to me. I am simply looking into his face now. Thank you. You were a good father. You never put me down. Discipline, yes. Spankings, yes. But you never scorned me. You never treated me with contempt. You never spoke of my future with hopelessness in your voice. You believed God's hand was on me. You approved of my ministry. You prayed for me. Everyday. That may be the biggest change in these new days: Daddy is no longer praying for me. I look you in the face and promise you with all my heart: Never will I forsake your gospel. O how you believed in hell and heaven and Christ and cross and blood and righteousness and faith and salvation and the Holy Spirit and the life of holiness and love. I rededicate myself, Daddy, to serve your great and glorious Lord Jesus with all my heart and with all my strength. You have not lived in vain. Your life goes on in thousands. I am glad to be one. I kissed him on his cold cheek and on his forehead. I love you, Daddy. Thank you. It was 12:55 as I walked out of room 4326. Just before the elevators on the fourth floor in the lounge, a young man in his twenties was sitting alone listening to his iPod with headphones. I paused. Then I walked toward him. He stopped his music. Hello, my father just died. One of the greatest tributes I could pay to him is to ask you, Are you ready to meet God? "Yes, Sir." That would make my father very happy. You know Jesus is the only way? "Yes, Sir." Good. Thank you for letting me talk to you. As I drove out of the parking lot, I stopped. The moon was a day past full. It was cold—for Greenville. I looked at this great hospital. Thank you, Lord, for this hospital. I will probably never lay eyes on it again.

Preach the Word in Season and out of Season

Jeremiah the Weeping Prophet
By Mike Andrews

The churches today are full of people who don’t care or don’t want to listen to men preaching God’s Word. 2Tim 4:3 "For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions". The church today is not much different than the times of the prophets who were preaching repentance and pleading for the nation of Israel to return back to God. Jeremiah, also known as the "weeping prophet", was the writer of the two Old Testament books Jeremiah and Lamentations. He was an ambassador sent by God to the house of Israel. Jer 7:3 "Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Amend your ways and your deeds, and I will let you dwell in this place."
Jeremiah didn’t volunteer to become a preacher of the Word. The office for this (being a prophet) was reserved for those who were divinely called. Jeremiah was one of those privileged men; he was divinely given a high calling by God. Jer 1:5 "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations." He was a prophet who had the daunting task of warning the nation Judah of God’s impending judgement. Jeremiah had to preach to a nation that was worshipping other gods, living sinfully and disobediently before God, listening to many false teachings and, as seen in Jeremiah 17:9, their hearts were wicked and deceitful. Jeremiah’s life reflected his preaching. His passion and concern for the nation was always evident at the beginning of the messages that the Lord gave him. Many times Jereimah would cry over Jerusalem Lam 3:48-49 "my eyes flow with rivers of tears because of the destruction of the daughter of my people. "My eyes will flow without ceasing, without respite" This verse emphasizes the greatness of his grief and troubled heart at the afflictions of his people, and shows the vast amount of tears he shed on their account. Here the prophet is speaking his own words (not part of a prophetic message from God), expressing the anguish of he felt in his soul, and the flood of tears he shed. Unfortunately, our churches today are lacking men like Jeremiah who are passionate, showing their love for others through their preaching. They need a deep desire of restoration for the congregation so they can grow spiritually and understand the importance of obedience and reverence before a holy and perfect God. Jeremiah’s tears also serve as a reminder of the utter hopelessness of a person without God.
Preachers today need to follow the example of great Biblical men of the past like Ezekiel, Isaiah, Daniel and Jeremiah when it comes to dealing with people and their salvation. Jeremiah concentrated on the current problems as he labored to turn the nation back from the point of no return. John MacArthur said "Jeremiah’s life, his calling, and his experiences all combine to give a picture of God’s planning and purpose to carry out His will". May the men of God in our churches today consider carefully what Paul said to Timothy in 2Tim 4:-2 I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. Just preach My Word! Richard Baxter says "I preached as never sure to preach again, and as a dying man to dying men."

Pilgrim's Progress Movie

New Pilgrim’s Progress Movie

Published August 9th, 2007 by Mike Ratliff in Pilgrim's Progress
There is a new movie based on John Bunyan’s great allegory, The Pilgrim’s Progress, that is nearing the end of post production. It is called "Pilgrim’s Progress - The Journey to Heaven." Here is a link to the movie website. Watch the trailer. I don’t know how well it will portray our spiritual journey, but I intend to see it when it is released and will post a review.


The Emerging Apostasy

Brian McLaren of the Emerging Church is an Apostate and a Liar
Published August 9th, 2007 by Ken Silva
in Emerging Church, Brian McLaren, Apostasy

…guard what has been entrusted to you, avoiding worldly and empty chatter and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called "knowledge" – which some have professed and thus gone astray from the faith… (1 Timothy 6:20-21)
From a "May/June 2007" interview with Brian McLaren at The Wittenburg Door:
DOOR: Could you elaborate on the spiritual breakdown you had in the early ’90s, which led to the A New Kind of Christian trilogy?
MCLAREN: In the early and mid-’90s, I starting doubting the systematic theologies I’d inherited. I didn’t know you were allowed to believe in God outside of a prescribed systematic theology. So, I had to go through kind of a deconstruction and reconstruction. The process was really scary, because I had no guarantees. I remember reaching a very low point and thinking, "I’m either going to have to be dishonest and pretend that I still believe in a theological system that doesn’t work for me anymore or I’m going to be honest about my doubts and questions." I kept thinking, "I might lose my whole faith," but I couldn’t squelch the honest questions that kept arising. I think this is one of the agonies of these things, you don’t know how they’re going to turn out. It’s a very high-risk thing but you don’t have any choice if you’re trying to be honest. I think you have to do it—doubting and questioning as an act of faith, as strange as that may seem.
DOOR: How did you get through this?
MCLAREN: It sounds trite, but I kept praying. I stayed close to God. I didn’t let my doubts about ideas pertaining to God drive me away from the God who was always far above and beyond my best ideas of God, not to mention my worst ones.
Well Brian, I have a couple of questions for you: I have also "kept praying," and I have "stayed close to God"; and the one true and living God of the Bible, "Who was always far above" has led me to believe that you are an apostate and a liar. So where do we go now Brian? Which of our existential and subjective experience is actually from God? How would we know?
But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good. (1 Thessalonians 5:21)


The Lesser Known

It All Began with Men Who Fought for the Truth!

When we think of the Reformation today, we think of the separation between born again evangelicals and the Roman Catholic church. We think of saved by grace through faith and the Catholic's view of saved by works and the church of Rome. But there was so much more to it. We had Martin Luther nailing his 95 Theses of Contention to the church of Rome which began a major turn for the church of Jesus Christ. People started reading the Bible for themselves. The people began to turn to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ instead of the Pope. Luther, Zwingli, and Calvin were great men who took a stand for the truth, even if it meant losing their lives for that truth. However, if we look back, even before Luther, we get a glimpse of a man who we would call a 'lesser known' proponent of the Reformation because he wasn't there to see the separation of the Catholics and the beginning of the Protestant church; his name is John Huss.John died for doing what he thought was best for the church - standing for the Word of God (Matt 10:22) "and you will be hated by all for My name's sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved". He was a man who knew the truth and was willing to die for it. I think what stands out the most to me about John and his faith in Christ, is that he studied the scriptures and became aware of the unbiblical rules and traditions of the Catholic church. (Act 17:11) "Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so". He started to question the authority of the papal rule and the church of Rome which, at this time, was causing commotion among the bishops of Rome. He continued to preach in the Bethlehem chapel with boldness, and became bolder and bolder in his accusations against the Church. He was a man who knew the importance of conveying the truth to all people. After all books and valuable manuscripts of Wycliffe were burned, and Huss and his followers were put under the ban, the church of Rome was still very upset with John's voice claiming salvation by faith alone. The church of Rome called him a heretic and he was to face persecution for his interpretation of the Scriptures. On June 5, 1415, John Huss was tried for the first time, and for that purpose was transferred to the Franciscan monastery, where he spent the last weeks of his life. After his time there, he was sentenced to die by burning. Huss was led into the church where he was called a heretic. He protested loudly several times, and when his appeal to Christ was rejected as heresy, John said, "O God and Lord, now the council condemns even thine own act and thine own law as heresy, since thou thyself didst lay thy cause before thy Father as the just judge, as an example for us, whenever we are sorely oppressed." After his cry to God, he was sent into the courtyard to face his death. It was a death for standing firm for the Word of God (2Tim 4:5-7) "As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." John was asked to recant, but he would not for he had done nothing wrong, and went on to say to his executioner "God is my witness that I have never taught that of which I have been accused by false witnesses. In the truth of the Gospel which I have written, taught, and preached I will die to-day with gladness." John Huss died for his faith a slow and painful death by fire. This is something I hope I will never go through, but also something for which I should be prepared. As George Whitefield says "We must all have the spirit of martyrdom, though we may not all die martyrs". We need to stop and thank men like John Huss and Wycliffe for their determination to expound the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. As a result of their perseverance, one hundred years later, a man named Martin Luther would be born to continue the legacy that John Huss had begun - the Reformation.By Mike Andrews

Spiritual Joy Begins Here

6 main ingredients to having spiritual joy
1. Joy is a gift from God (Ps 16:11) You make known to me the path of life; in Your presence there is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
2. God grants Joy to those who believe the Gospel (John 15:11) These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.
3. Joy is produced by God the Holy Spirit (Rom 14:17) For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
4. Joy is experienced most fully as believers receive and obey God's Word (Jer 15:16) Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by Your name, O LORD, God of hosts.
5. Joy is deepened through trials (1 Thess 1:6) And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit,6.
Believer's joy is made complete when they set their hope on the glory of Heaven. (Rom 12:12) Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.Joy in Christian life has a :A. Thankful heartB. Prayerful heartC. Desiring heartD. Joyful heart
Andrew Murray says "Our love to God is measured by our everyday fellowship with others and the love it displays." And when your heart is joyful, your confidence grows in the knowledge of Jesus Christ and your fellowship with one another.So Ask yourself?
1. Is your heart full of the Lord?
2. Are you completely satisfied in Him?
3. Does He being you reason to rejoice?

Proclaiming the Truth

Persecution Among Christians
By Mike Andrews

We live in a world that is so full of sin and unrighteousness that they have become blinded to what is going on around them because of their selfishness. We are a world of people who accept all types of religions but hate Christianity and anything that deals with Christ Jesus. If you say to someone who is lost in sin or who is a worshipper of a false god, that the Jesus is the only way to attain eternal life (John 14:6), those people would look at you with hate and resentment and say "you are so narrow-minded".If today's world could only see past their blindness and see the lives of people who stand for the Gospel of Christ. They need to know about those who die and are persecuted in so many ways each year for their faith in China and around the world in areas that are heavily populated with Muslims or other false faiths.Its one thing to say you are a Christian, but it is a serious matter when you are willing to die or take the punishment for Christ. The world hates righteousness and will fight against it. There has been and will be persecution against Christians. For example, Jim Elliot and his co-workers, Stephen in Acts 7, James in Acts 12, Peter and Paul everywhere they went, and most of all our Lord and Savior at the cross of Calvary. All these events may be tragic, but they all happened under the control of a sovereign God. Isaiah says in the 41st chapter "Fear not for I am with you; be not dismayed for I am your God...." (verse 10). John Piper writes "that suffering lies at the heart of what it means to be a Christian and do missions". John is telling us that this is the heart of the Gospel; we need to be a people who’s faith sustains them through persecution (1Cor 1:27). When persecution comes our way, it usually has a way of weeding out the false believer and leaving only the true Christian, because most false believers will leave the faith when persecution sets in. The importance of trusting only God and not yourself is one thing that every true believer can learn during trying times. We must have an attitude like Christ. The Bible teaches that persecution is inevitable for every single believer. 2 Tim 3:12 tells us that we must be humble and Christ-like when being persecuted. We must stand strong as the great men and women of times past have. Persecuted believers should use the occasion to witness to people as Paul and Silas did with the Philippian Jailer while they were in prison as told in the book of Acts. The wonderful outcome of that great story of salvation affected not only the guard but his whole family.We are Christians who were saved by grace by a holy and perfect God who saw fit to send His Son to die, not only for my sins, but also for the sins of those who persecute us. We need to always remember what Paul said in the book of Romans in the eighth chapter "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose". He died a horrible death and rose on the third day so that we could have eternal life and be spared the eternal torment we all deserve. The least we could do as believers, for our LORD, when we are faced with persecution is to "...all have the spirit of martyrdom, though we may not all die martyrs". George Whitefield
by Pastor Mike Andrews