Wednesday, March 29, 2017

If....Then

(Rom 1-3) If the lies of man can’t glorify God (as they try to justify one’s sin and saying it helps glorify God’s righteousness; if evil can’t make good come; if all men are equally totally depraved; if man’s mouth is an open grave, if they deceived with their mouths and curse, have bitterness, and murderous (literally and metaphorically –Matt. 6 as well as Rom. 3); if their paths are ruin and misery; if they don’t know the way of peace which is Jesus Christ) and have no fear of God in their eyes; if they refuse to acknowledge God as God and Creator and give thanks,

(Eph 4) if their minds are futile, their understanding is darkened; if they are ignorant and alienated from God; if they have hard hearts and have become callous, given themselves up for sensuality and are greedy to practice every kind of impurity;

(James 3) if their wisdom is earthly, unspiritual and demonic, and produces bitter jealousy, selfish ambition, and they curse men while blessing God;

(Col. 2) and if all the treasure of truth and wisdom is found only in the Lord Jesus Christ and Scripture;

(Eph. 4,Rom. 12) and if we’re to renew the spirit of our minds in Scripture;

(Rom. 12) and not by the world’s wisdom;

(Ps 1) if we are blessed because we are not walking in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers, but instead meditate on the Word day and night;

(2 Cor 6) If there is no combining light with darkness, Christ with Belial, believer with unbeliever,

Then we cannot find wisdom nor truth in psychology or philosophy.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Tim Keller: Scripture twisting


More Scripture twisting. This is against what the Bible says.

1Ti 6:10  For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

Heb 13:5  Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, "I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU

Tim Keller Says That The Old Desires Can Be Reformed. Wrong!


This is more false teaching. Ephesians 4 emphatically states we are to put OFF the old man and it's sinful desires, not get them IN LINE with another one. The old man and its desires have a difference source of origination (of sin and the world) than that of the new man and new will (created in Christ by Christ) This is a Reformer denying the doctrine of mortifying sin. He isn't calling for the death of sin's desires, but a reformation of them. HUGE difference.

Eph 4:17 So this I say, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind, 
Eph 4:18 being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart;
Eph 4:19 and they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness.
Eph 4:20 But you did not learn Christ in this way,
Eph 4:21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus, 
Eph 4:22 that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, 
Eph 4:23 and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind,
Eph 4:24 and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.

Pe 2:24  and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed. 

Rom 8:5  For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 
Rom 8:6  For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, 
Rom 8:7  because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, 
Rom 8:8  and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. 
Rom 8:9  However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. 
Rom 8:10  If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness

Tim Keller - More False Teaching


This is blasphemy as well as heresy.And it's from an "expert" in the Bible and "expert" communicator. Jesus NEVER, EVER lost the love of the Father because Jesus Christ is eternally God the Son, without sin, and never ceased to be God.  Moreover, this is elevating man above Jesus, and love of man above love of God. This is damnable doctrine that Keller is spreading on Twitter.

Joh 15:9  "Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. 

Joh 15:10  "If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love. 

Joh 17:20  "I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; 
Joh 17:21  that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me. 
Joh 17:22  "The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; 
Joh 17:23  I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me. 

Tim Keller And His View On Churches

Of course ex-pastor (or soon to be) Keller is wrong, but then quotes himself from the article. How entirely arrogant can a man be?

"His aim isn’t to take people away from the churches where they already belong but “to welcome and serve those who do not currently profess faith.” New churches, he says (and research backs him up), have a much better chance of attracting unbelievers than older ones do." - The New York Post
As I've said for years, Keller is the Reformed version of Rick Warren, as they both started churches for the unregenerate, seeking out their counsel of what would get them to come to church. This is indeed, regardless of their denial, the notion of a church being a building. Why? Because the church is a group of called out believers assemblying together to worship God, be feed the Word of God, use one's spiritual gifts, enact church discipline, baptize new believers, and partake of the Lord's Table--these ONLY Christians can do. These are what the unregenerate cannot love from a pure heart and a good conscience. But to Tim & Rick, just getting God-haters into church is the goal. However, God says that church discipline is the avenue through which the worldlings are ejected. And Keller's view that "newer churches" are more effective in bringing in the Christ-haters should be a red flag to a true Christian. What are these new churches selling that the Christ-haters would desire?  Besides, there's no such thing as "chance" with God. The elect will hear the biblical Gospel of the biblical Jesus Christ and God will regenerate them--it's all His work. But if one is relying on man to entice the unregenerate (by appealing to felt needs) and hope to get big numbers of them, then "chance" is all they have. That is to say, it's solely of the flesh and not of Christ. It will fail. And souls will be tricked into thinking they're saved when they're lost. 

Act 20:28  "Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. 

Act 14:23  When they had appointed elders for them in every church, having prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed. 

Eph 5:25  Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, 
Eph 5:26  so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 
Eph 5:27  that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless. 

Col 1:18  He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. 

Mat 16:18  "I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.

Mat 18:17  "If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.  

1Co 5:11  But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler--not even to eat with such a one. 
1Co 5:12  For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within the church? 
1Co 5:13  But those who are outside, God judges. REMOVE THE WICKED MAN FROM AMONG YOURSELVES. 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

The God of Scripture

"Everything about God is great, vast, incomparable. He never forgets, never fails, never falters, never forfeits His word. To every declaration of promise or prophecy the Lord has exactly adhered, every engagement of covenant or threatening He will make good
~ Arthur Pink, "The Attributes of God"

Monday, March 20, 2017

Mouw and Olsen Claim Mormonism Is Becoming Orthodox

Mouw continues to be a problem as he seeks to reconciles a demonic religion with Christianity. The first problem with Mormonism is that their God is an entirely different God and they reject the sole sufficiency of Scripture. Mouw wants to skip that part and move on with some sort of presumption it seems, that there's common ground somewhere. 2 Cor. 6:14-18 makes it clear that there is no such thing with LDS.

Notice the subtlety of using MUSIC to get people to hear and re-evaluate the demonic LDS--and they will because Evangelicals don't believe in biblical doctrine and are easily enamored with nice-sounding music. Folks, music MATTERS--the lyrics and the spirit from which it came. And just because someone sings a "right" song doesn't make him a "right" Christian.

According to his interview with "The Christian Post": "Mouw noted that there have been developments within Mormon churches that "should be seen as hopeful patterns for evangelicals," such as more sermons and hymns being sung that focus on the Bible rather than the Book of Mormon:


"Whether they mean that Mormons are moving toward Orthodoxy — I don't know. But my extensive contacts with Mormons tell me that many Mormons testify to their deep conviction that their salvation rests on the work of Christ, and that the gift of salvation comes by grace alone," continued Mouw.
"This is confirmed, not in doctrinal pronouncements, but — as I give evidence for in my essay — in the hymns they love to sing and the biblical texts they frequently cite."
Mouw is not alone in this assessment of a possible move by Mormons toward more traditional Christianity. Roger Olson, theology professor at Baylor University, wrote a blog post on Patheos last year arguing that the LDS Church was becoming "more biblical."

End quote.

The problem is that at the very foundation of Mormonism is everything that is false: a false book, a false gospel, a false Jesus, a false God, a false church, a false prophet, a false atonement, a false religion. There is no way to modify Mormonism and have biblical Christianity. Indeed to claim this, one might as well say there can be a more biblical Satanism or Hinduism. It's literally impossible because as 1John says, lies have nothing to do with Truth.  A little leaven leavens the whole loaf; here it's bakery full of leavened bread. No, for Mormonism to become biblical, it would cease to be Mormon and cease to exist, with Mormons REPENTING of their pagan idolatry and deceptive cult and turning to the biblical Christ Jesus and His Gospel.

Here is a video that proves Mouw and some of the leaders he's listened to are lying. Mormon Leaks note: "This internal training video given to the General Authorities instructing them how to powerfully testify of Jesus Christ and other Mormon gospel topics. The video contains many examples of General Authorities past and present speaking in public about these topics and declaring their beliefs with authority."
The LDS leaders are continuing their demonic doctrines. Y
ou can hear the subtle use of truth with error--Moroni called Jesus "the author and finisher of our faith", not the apostle Paul, not the Triune God (as He is the Author of Scripture). They instruct people on the "atonement" and their desire to have Mormons grow in the atonement and in life in order to achieve "exaltation". Now, if you know anything about LDS doctrine, you know that refers to becoming a god. They mention the "saving ordinances" and all of this is just less than 5 minutes into the message.

2Co 6:14 Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? 15 Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? 16 Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, "I WILL DWELL IN THEM AND WALK AMONG THEM; AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE. 17 "Therefore, COME OUT FROM THEIR MIDST AND BE SEPARATE," says the Lord. "AND DO NOT TOUCH WHAT IS UNCLEAN; And I will welcome you. 18 "And I will be a father to you, And you shall be sons and daughters to Me," Says the Lord Almighty. 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

God Absolute, Unbounded, Unfettered, Unchanging

On the sovereignty of God in salvation:

And we say to all of you who gnash your teeth at this doctrine, whether you know it or not, you have a vast deal of enmity towards God in your hearts; for until you can be brought to know this doctrine, there is something which you have not yet discovered, which makes you opposed to the idea of God absolute, God unbounded, God unfettered, God unchanging, and God having a free will, which you are so fond of proving that the creature possesses. I am persuaded that the Sovereignty of God must be held by us if we would be in a healthy state of mind. "Salvation is of the Lord alone." Then give all the glory to his holy name, to whom all glory belongs.

~Spurgeon, "Divine Sovereignty"

Not All People Are Children of God

Suppose a father should have a certain number of children, and he should give to one all his favors, and consign the others to misery—should we not say that he was a very unkind and cruel father? I answer, yes. But the cases are not the same. You have not a father to deal with, but a judge. You say all men are God's children; I demand of you to prove that. I never read it in my Bible. I dare not say, "Our father which art in heaven," till I am regenerated. I cannot rejoice in the fatherhood of God towards me till I know that I am one with him, and a joint heir with Christ. I dare not claim the fatherhood of God as an unregenerated man. It is not father and child—for the child has a claim upon its father—but it is King and subject; and not even so high a relation as that, for there is a claim between subject and King.

~Spurgeon, "Divine Sovereignty"

1Jn 3:1  See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. 

Eph 1:4  just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love 5  He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, 6  to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. 7  In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace 8  which He lavished on us. I

Rom 8:8  and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. 
Rom 8:9  However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. 
Rom 8:10  If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. 
Rom 8:11  But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. 

Rom 8:13  for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 
Rom 8:14  For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 
Rom 8:15  For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, "Abba! Father!" 
Rom 8:16  The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, 
Rom 8:17  and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him. 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Al Mohler and Carl Truman: Reformers Obey Rome's Siren Call

2Co 11:3 But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ. 4 For if one comes and preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted, you bear this beautifully.

Al Mohler had an interview with Rod Dreher, author of "The Benedict Option". Dreher is a Romanist in the guise of EO:
" I came to Christ as an adult through the Roman Catholic Church in my mid-20s...I’m no longer Catholic; I’m an Eastern Orthodox Christian, and our churches are not necessarily any better. But I think it’s a temptation for intellectuals who love to talk about ideas and read books of theology and philosophy to think that this is what we’re going to encounter at the local church, and it’s just not so. That’s not to say that everybody needs to sit around and, you know, be at the Diet of Worms, you know, talking about theology and arguing about heresy and things like that. That’s not real life. But our pastors and teachers and we ourselves have starved ourselves for generations, and now we have given our kids stones when they need bread." - Dreher
Theology and arguing about heresy isn't real life? This IS the very heart of the problem with men like this. Doctrine is connected inseparably to life--if it's sound doctrine, one will have a sound life; if it's unsound doctrine, one will have an unsound life. What Dreher said is nothing but a satanic attack on the Truth.
The problem is that intellectuals might sit around and talk about doctrine but they don't believe the true biblical doctrine as absolute truth--to them it's a matter of personal opinion, not something that convicts them to the point of a changed heart, mind, and behavior, and a willingness to die on the hill for it. They treat doctrine trivially, blaspheming it as a result. It's the modern day version of phariseeism.

Dreher is promoting the original Benedict Monk and that is promotion of Roman Catholic's mysticism, despite Mohler trying to white wash it. Dreher went on with his goal of inter-faith: "What I call the Benedict Option is sort of a blanket term referring to Christians, the choice that we all have to make now to be countercultural, to quit trying to shore up the imperium and instead focus on building new forms of local community, churches, Christian schools, things like that that will thicken our relationship to each other and make our roots go deeper in the gospel, in the Christian tradition, so we can survive these dark ages to come...What I hope happens with the publication of this book is that serious Christians who can read the signs of the times, again Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox, will come together within their own communities and even across denominational lines and say, “Hey, we’re in a bad situation. How can we build the structures now that will enable us to live out the faith even under persecution and not lose it, keep it alive until such time as the dark age we’re entering now is over?”"

The problem of course is that the RCC and EOC are not Christian at all, they are of the devil with a works-righteousness that can't save. Dreher looks to the flesh to save his religion. But for the true Christian, we know that Christ Himself preserves HIS church and it's not through a collaboration with other religions until the "dark age is over". The days are indeed growing darker because the end of all things is near. Christ is about to return to gather His own to Himself and then He will return as King and Judge. Things won't get better. They are getting worse as Scripture says they will. Revelation talks about this very thing.

Carl Trueman, another Reformer also embraces Dreher as a Christian:

"
I have been accused of defeatist and separatist views myself, within my small Reformed subculture. Certainly Rod and I share a number of convictions. We both believe that the culture war is over and that “our side” has lost. We both believe that it is pointless simply to shout Bible verses louder, or to base arguments on the private religious convictions of the Founding Fathers, or to huff and puff that we must be taken seriously because Christianity was important way back when. And we both believe that the language of exile is appropriate for the imminent condition of Christians in the USA. But these beliefs do not logically demand that we withdraw into the mountains, dress in animal skins, and live on locusts and wild honey. Rod and I both still believe that Christians should be involved in their communities, cast votes in elections, and be “in the world but not of it.” '

Roman Catholicism and it's daughter, Eastern Orthodox are not Christian. Why can't these intellectuals understand that? These are different religions entirely, antithetical to the one Gospel and one Christ Jesus and all His doctrine. What I said about Mohler goes for Trueman too. Considering Dreher's claims and statements in the Mohler interview, his desire for inter-faith cooperation--should be enough to realize that Truman (who purports to have read about Dreher and what he's written) has no discernment and is a traitor to Christ and HIS sheep.
2Co 6:14  Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? 
2Co 6:15  Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? 
2Co 6:16  Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, "I WILL DWELL IN THEM AND WALK AMONG THEM; AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE. 
2Co 6:17  "Therefore, COME OUT FROM THEIR MIDST AND BE SEPARATE," says the Lord. "AND DO NOT TOUCH WHAT IS UNCLEAN; And I will welcome you. 


Creation Versus Evolution

The sound doctrine of Creation is directly bound to God's attributes and His revealing of himself through Creation--His eternal power and divine nature., in a clear, plain way so that it is clearly perceived by all men and therefore without excuse. Evolution attacks these things and at the very least, makes these things about God unclear and not plainly perceptible by men so they are then without excuse. Evolution in all it's forms, even it's "integration" with the Bible (it can't be done but Evangelicals attempt it) is bound to: not honoring God as God and Creator, futile speculations, of foolish hearts/minds, and such people who hold to and teach these things claim to be wise but are fools.
Rom 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 
Rom 1:19 because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. 
Rom 1:20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. 
Rom 1:21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 
Rom 1:22 Professing to be wise, they became fools,

Evangelical's "God"

The philosophic "Christian world" knows an effeminate, indiscriminate fatherhood, but not “the righteous Father.” It will not bow before the majesty of His justice. According to the tenor of its teaching, sin is a misfortune, transgression a mere trifle, and the souls that suffer for willful guilt are objects to be pitied, rather than to be blamed. 

~ CH Spurgeon

Friday, March 10, 2017

The Church And The World

"There are some, in these apostate days, who think that the church cannot do better than to come down to the world to learn her ways, follow her maxims, and acquire her "culture." In fact, the notion is that the world is to be conquered by our conforming to it. This is as contrary to Scripture as the light is to the darkness. The more distinct the line between him that feareth God and him that feareth him not, the better all round. It will be a black day when the sun itself is turned into darkness. When the salt has lost its savor, and no longer opposes putrefaction, the world will rot with a vengeance." 


~ CH Spurgeon John 17:17