Friday, May 19, 2017

On John Piper's "Sacred Schizophrenia"


Piper is doing the usual 'brilliant' contextualization of scripture. He found something he could use and I believe he got it from here.
Piper is a fake. He is inventing new terms for what is already sufficient and explained perfectly in God's Word. Add those up and you have a man who does not believe in the sufficiency of scripture and uses his own means to pervert it and tickle ears. Also what is horrid is that in his talk at Boyce there was not one mention of our great Savior, no mention of our sin (which IS our old man/nature/Adam), and no peace and joy in the reality that IN Christ we are JUSTIFIED. (new man/new nature/new Adam). In Piper we have an agonized Christianity where we strive and strive for Piper's nirvana of "christian hedonism" where "normal man", per Piper's ranting, will never achieve it, which makes it works. He then creates a Sacred Schizophrenia that no man on earth can attain, yet toward the end of his talk, he speaks of what glory it will be to be with in eternity. (note: no talk of Jesus). It is not only psychological but 1960 hippie-ish language demeaning the redeemed listener.

One concludes with an, "Oh to be like Piper" instead of, "Oh to be like Jesus".
Piper believes in a 'here and now' glorification (evidently Piper has acquired this). Piper should never speak of eternity because he misses justification completely. It means NOTHING to him. Piper makes the cross of Christ unattainable. Jesus' sacrifice for our sins is negligible while he places full focus on some kind of mystical experience with 'god' that is psychologically based and mentally and physically 'sensed' DURING Piper's 'speeches' or at "Passion" (note that word) conferences!
- DMG

Justice Before Grace

"God will not wink at sin or gloss over evil doing. Whether He be dealing in judgment with an individual or with a nation, that which has displeased Him must be rectified before there can be a return of His favour. It is useless to pray for His blessing while we refuse to put away that which has called down His curse. It is vain to talk about exercising faith in God’s promises until we have exercised repentance for our sins. Our idols must be destroyed before He will accept our worship."

~ Arthur Pink, "The Life of Elijah"

Piper Claims Allah Is God

"Without a crucified Savior bearing all the wrath of Allah, Allah will not be sung to. He will be trembled over and maybe you’ll kill yourself while killing others in order — possibly — to get into some paradisaical relationships. Oh, how sad is that religion?" 

Allah isn't God. Allah is not Triune, has no Son, is not the Holy One of Israel. Allah is a deceiver, schemer, and crafty, is mutable, had to add and perfect light to himself, approves of murdering Christians and who's way is full of violence (of the flesh). Allah demanded angels to worship Adam, had to ordain mercy on himself, and denies that Jesus Christ the risen Lord is God the Son; he devalues women to mere property and approves of wife beating. Allah is the moon god of ancient Babylon and "Allah" is his personal name as the Shahada demonstrates (“La ilaha illallah” (“There is no god but Allah”)).
 
This is NOT Yahweh! For Piper to claim allah is God, is to blaspheme God, His name, and His nature. Piper is either too lazy to do a little research on allah, or he's so wicked that he thinks allah of Islam IS the God of the Bible and that the mere difference is that the Muslims reject Jesus as the Messiah. Either way, this dooms Piper again (he tweeted on this a few years ago). Trying to blur the line between Yahweh and allah is nothing short of demonic. There is absolutely no room for ignorance on this issue as it has everything to do with the truth regarding who God is versus who the demon called Allah is. This highly matters.

Allah's name:


Many believe the word “Allah” was derived from the mid- eastern word “el” which in Ugaritic, Caananite and Hebrew can mean a true or false God. This is not the case, “The source of this (Allah) goes back to pre-Muslim times. Allah is not a common name meaning “God” (or a “god”), and the Muslim must use another word or form if he wishes to indicate any other than his own peculiar deity.” (Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics (ed. Hastings), I:326.)
According to the Encyclopedia of Religion, Allah corresponded to the Babylonian god Baal, and Arabs knew of him long before Mohammed worshipped him as the supreme God. Before Islam the Arabs recognized many gods and goddesses, each tribe had their own deity. There were also nature deities. Allah was the god of the local Quarish tribe, which was Mohammed's tribe before he invented Islam to lead his people out of their polytheism. Allah was then known as the Moon God, who had 3 daughters who were viewed as intercessors for the people into Allah. Their names were Al-at, Al-uzza, and Al-Manat, which were three goddesses; the first two daughters of Allah had names which were feminine forms of Allah. Hubal was the chief God of the Kaaba among the other 360 deities. Hubal was the chief God of the Kaaba among the other 360 deities. Hubal was a statue likeness of a man whose body was made of red precious stones whose arms were made of gold. (Reference Islam George Braswell Jr.)

Mohammed used the name Allah which was formerly the name of a specific idol without ever distinguishing it from the idol the Meccan’s were already worshipping. This was a modification of their former worship but never a complete break. He never did say for the people to stop their worship of the wrong Allah, for the right one. It can still be monotheism and not be the God of the Bible

The literal name of Mohammed's father in Arabic is Abd Allah. His uncle's name Obred Allah. These names show the devotion of Mohammed's families pagan roots, and also prove that Allah was part of a polytheistic system of worship before Allah was made the supreme and only god from the other God's.

End quote.

2Jn 1:3  Grace, mercy and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.
2Jn 1:7  For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist. 8  Watch yourselves, that you do not lose what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward. 9  Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son. 

1Jn 2:22  Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son. 23  Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; the one who confesses the Son has the Father also. 24  As for you, let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Demanding Michael Brown To Act Upon Convictions He Doesn't Have.

According to Pirate Christian Radio:

"Recently, in an exchange on his Facebook page, Dr. Michael Brown was challenged (by Steven Kozar, Chris Rice, Amy Spreeman and others) to call out these false teachers in order to protect his listeners from their very bad doctrine. False teachers like Jennifer LeClaire, Heidi Baker, Bill Johnson and Benny Hinn. Nobody suggested that Dr. Brown personally attack these people, but simply compare their teachings to Scripture. He repeatedly refused. Strangely,  he did not fully endorse them; instead he used vague generalizations like "as far as I know these are fine Christians."  Dr. Brown wants to be respected as a very knowledgeable scholar and expert, but he continually expresses ignorance about the people and teachings from within his very own movement. Dr. Brown promotes these people on his own radio show, and he's been a guest on Benny Hinn's TV show."


There's an underlying problem with these people who are demanding Brown reject these NAR leaders as heretics: he's a Charismatic and therefore has doctrines of demons himself. It was Michael Brown who came out slamming against John MacArthur and the Strange Fire conference. It's no wonder he won't touch them, for his own movement says to do so would be to "touch God's anointed" and do "His prophets" "harm". Brown isn't ignorant; he's deceived and a deceiver himself. That's why these others can't understand Brown's hesitation in calling them out for their error. It's like Republican scratching their heads wondering why the GOP leaders don't reject the DNC's bills like Obamacare and supporting Planned Parenthood and big government. It's not that they haven't communicated the conservative stance well enough, but it's because they agree with it and they aren't conservative. You can't fight for something you don't believe in, nor can you fight against something you don't think is absolute error--whether in politics or "Christianity".


People need to wake up to the reality that these leaders (political and religious) aren't ignoramuses--they are liberal. If they get that, then it will all make sense. One can't demand a liberal to act like a conservative and then get upset when they don't--which is what they are doing of Brown. In other words, they are demanding Brown to act upon convictions he doesn't have.


It also reveals that all these people demanding Brown reject the NAR folks, themselves are ok with his Charismaticism (as is Grace To You which I addressed here, where I said, " the problem with Charismatics is that first they dismiss Scripture as being the fully sole authority for the Christians' doctrine and practice, they rely on experiences, which then leads to  their "epic failure" to warn about false teachers. It is precisely because of a low view of Scripture and a high view of man that the Charismatics refuse to rebuke and reject false teachers. And that's exactly what you have in New Calvinism and its refuse to rebuke and reject false teachers like Piper, Warren, and Driscoll.") They are themselves ignoring absolute biblical Truth and instead are quite Post-Modern (my truth versus Brown's truth), as if God hasn't already spoken clearly in the Bible on these doctrines which these "more solid" Evangelicals seem to think are matters of opinion. In fact, it probably says a lot more about those folks than Brown himself. They presume his Charismaticism is nebulous. That's a demonic tactic right there. Back in 2014 I said,

A Charismatic is a Charismatic (especially someone like Brown or John Piper for that matter) and is fundamentally flawed in his or her view of Scripture, God, authority, gifts, ecclessiology, the Gospel, etc. Its a fundamental problem. That's why they easily embrace false teachers because their own low view of Scripture dictates anything is up for grabs---especially if  they think God "could be" working in such circles. They will always give room to them as if they are brothers; to do otherwise would invite the judgment of God upon them  for touching God's anointed (that's how they think).
By trying to give credibility and wide tolerance for the likes of what some imagine to be "moderate" Charismatics, you end up not only surprised when such a person embraces a heretic (why?) but worse have handed him a platform, time, and cover to do more damage.  That's why we can't call such men "moderate" Charismatics because these men (learned men, at that), go and embrace damnable doctrine and teachers. I don't find that honorable, respectable or acceptable. If the tree is bearing bad fruit, then the tree is bad. Get it? You gave Brown and Piper cover--now look at what they are doing: defiantly defending and sharing the pulpit with false teachers, violating 2 John 9-10 and falling into condemnation of v. 11.
Btw, the fact that Michael Brown didn't get thrown out of the TBN studio after the first taping, but stayed for five proves he did not address with holy wrath the utter blasphemy of Benny Hinn.


End quote.

That still remains for this new round of demands by Evangelicals like Amy Spreeman and others. 

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Hank Hanegraaff Seeks Experiences, Not Truth

This is not what the Bible itself says and it shows why he went apostate: he wanted an experience, not Truth. As the "Christian Post" reported:
The "Bible Answer Man" promised supporters that he will keep them updated on his condition, and also about the path he is on, revealing that his next book will be titled Truth Matters; Life Matters More.
"The map is not the territory. The menu is not the meal. The Bible has given me great strength and courage for leading my life. It is what I call the infallible repository for redemptive revelation. I trust the Bible," he said, speaking of some of the topics the book will touch upon.
"But the Bible is pointing me to something far more significant, it is pointing me toward an experience in Christ. And that is something that has become ever more precious to me," he added, and concluded the video by asking for prayers.
~Article
Interestingly the entire Bible is Truth, Jesus IS Truth.The Spirit is the Spirit of Truth. God is the God of Truth. Entire books and chapters in Scripture are devoted to Truth. Without Truth, there is no life that pleases the King. The title of his book posits a false dichotomy--one which is absolutely contrary to Scripture, for all doctrine (whether false or true) indeed impacts one's life.
Joh 4:23 "But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers
Joh 4:24 "God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."
1Ti 6:3 If anyone advocates a different doctrine and does not agree with sound words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to godliness, 
1Ti 6:4 he is conceited and understands nothing; but he has a morbid interest in controversial questions and disputes about words, out of which arise envy, strife, abusive language, evil suspicions, 
1Ti 6:5 and constant friction between men of depraved mind and deprived of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain.

Mat 4:4  But he answered, "It is written, "'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'"

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

CDC Acknowledges That Many Kids Abstain From Sexual Intercourse

When mothers of young girls tell their pediatrician or other pro-HPV vaccine people that they will not allow their daughters to get the vaccine because their daughters aren't allowed to be sexually active, they're usually countered with the attitude of "you're dreaming if you think your kid won't have sex". But isn't it interesting--and useful the next time you run into this attitude--that this CDC study actually acknowledges it IS possible and many teens DO hold to abstinence.

The report, titled "Sexual Identity, Sexual Contacts, and Health-Related Behaviors Among Students in Grades 9-12, United States and Selected Sites," showcased the results from a 2015 survey that monitored several categories of health-related behaviors like tobacco usage, drug and alcohol use, sexual habits, unhealthy dietary behaviors, and behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence.
The report concludes "that students who had no sexual contact have a much lower prevalance of most health-risk behaviors compared with students" who had sexual contact....
The CDC report also included findings from 25 state surveys, and 19 large, urban school district surveys conducted among students in grades 9–12 which took place between December of 2014 and September of 2015.
~The Christian Post

The report went to to say:
"With regard to smoking, teenage virgins are 3,300 percent less likely to smoke daily than their peers who are sexually involved with someone of the opposite sex, Stanton computed from the report's data. Teen virgins are 9,500 percent less likely to smoke daily than their peers who are sexually involved with someone of the same sex or in a bisexual relationship, he added. Chaste young people are also extremely less likely to use indoor tanning beds, binge drink, smoke marijuana, ride in cars as passengers with a drunk driver, and get into physical fights than their sexually active peers. Abstinent youth are also more likely to get a solid eight hours of sleep every night and eat breakfast daily."

This indicates good principles, values, and self control, with critical thinking skills (long term picture--how will this behavior or choice affect one later on--type of thinking) overall. Self control regarding sex will also be used in other areas in one's life.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Bill Nye Is Manipulating Science To Convince His Audience of His Worldview, NOT Science

Nye's new show occasionally references science and scientific language with the purpose of promoting left-wing causes.
Michelle Cretella, president of the Florida-based American College of Pediatricians, was not amused.
"These sad videos prove that atheistic Darwinians are so committed to blind faith that they very well may be invincibly ignorant," Cretella said in an interview with The Christian Post on Thursday.
"At least eight of the largest and best studies of identical twins in Australia, the U.S., and Scandinavia during the last two decades prove that no one is born homosexual. Identical twins have the same DNA at conception. They are nurtured in equal prenatal conditions. If homosexuality is caused solely by genetics or prenatal conditions and one twin is homosexual, the co-twin should also be homosexual 100 percent of the time," she explained.
"Instead, the studies reveal that this happens only about 11 percent of the time for male identical twins and 14 percent of the time for female identical twins. The predominant things that create homosexuality in one identical twin and not in the other have to be post-birth factors."
"The largest twin study to examine transsexualism was conducted by Dr. Milton Diamond in 2013 and found that identical twins were both transsexual only 20 percent of the time. This means that post-birth factors account for 80 percent of what caused their transgender feelings," Cretella said.
Cretella further noted that British anthropologist and author of Sex and Culture, J.D. Unwin, studied 86 societies spanning 5,000 years of history and found "a distinct correlation between increasing sexual freedom and social decline."
The bottom line, she maintained, is that the "'born that way sexual spectrum and gender fluidity claim' is not only unscientific; evolutionarily speaking, it is an unfit trait."

~Excerpts from The Christian Post

Monday, April 24, 2017

Marxism Is Infiltrating Evangelicalism

When I read Mohler's interview with Dreher, I wondered who MacIntyre was, as they both were huge fans of his. Well, as you can see, it turns out he's another Marxist that another Evangelical (Mohler) read in college, was greatly influenced by, and still reads today. That's exactly the problem with Tim Keller, who also was influenced by Marxism in college. Rick Warren uses Marxism in his argumentation and promotion of socialism. MLK Jr , whom The "Gospel" Coalition is rallying around in their MLK50 celebration, also was heavily influenced by Marxism, as are the Black Liberation theologians James Cone, Cornell West, who like to mix Marxism with religion. 
This is a pattern. As A.W. Pink said, "Take heed of what you hear, and read!". What are your kids reading in college? What did your pastor read in seminary? What sits on his bookshelves now? What authors impacted him? This is huge, because if they are not of Christ, they are poisoning not only your leaders and your kids, but YOU.
Going from bad to worse, Dreher openly acknowledged on Mohler’s program that his book was founded upon Alasdair MacIntyre, a Marxist philosopher and Post Liberal Theologian. MacIntyre wrote his most notable work After Virtue during the Reagan years when the U.S. was involved in the Cold War. Providence had it that the U.S. soundly defeated the Soviet Union as was indicated by the fall of the Berlin Wall. While the U.S. won the war abroad, it was also fighting a battle at home in the minds of some of its brightest students at Notre Dame under the tutelage of MacIntyre.
It is also interesting to note that Mohler likewise acknowledged, “I was assigned Alasdair MacIntyre’sAfter Virtue when I was a graduate student, and I think it’s probably one of the two or three books to which I return most often.” MacIntyre’s book embraced the same philosophy that the Apostle Paul warned the church against.  Paul wrote in the book of Colossians,
See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ (2:8). 
- Pulpit & Pen, "Error and Apostasy: The Albert Mohler and Hank Hanegraaff Controversy"

What is the answer to this? Sola Scriptura: Scripture only. Obey the voice of the King of kings, for He has already commanded by way of the apostle Paul:

Col 2:8  See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. 

2Co 10:5  We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,

This necessarily means guarding your mind against such things by not spending time in such foolish empty garbage--the trap set by the enemy to seduce minds by appealing to the intellect. It is nothing more than standing there and considering the ancient serpent's claims he made to Eve, "Hath God said?" as he appealed to knowledge OUTSIDE of God's Word.

Christology Is Inseparably Bound To Several Doctrines

Col. 1-2 The Doctrine of Christ (Christology)
Deity of Christ
Preeminence of Christ
His omniscience
His omnipotence
His eternality
Creator
Sustainer
Redeemer
Victor
is bound to the doctrines of:
Creation (physical and spiritual)
Ecclesiology
Resurrection
Reconciliation
Eschatology
Propitiation
Total depravity
Sanctification
Gospel
Suffering
Redemption
Forgiveness of sin
Truth
Endurance
Regeneration
Atonement
Separation from world’s wisdom


Solo Scriptura vs Sola Scriptura

"Evangelical Christians in North America sometimes misunderstand the Reformation doctrine of sola Scriptura to mean that the Bible is the Christian’s only theological resource, that it can and should be denuded of its churchly context (hence nuda Scriptura). Such an understanding is altogether incorrect…. Calvin believed that holy Scripture as the only infallible rule of faith and practice should serve as the final authority by which to judge Christian doctrine and practice, but it was not his only resource for theology…He recognized the strategic importance of demonstrating the continuity of Protestant teaching with the core convictions of the early Church.

While believers should be Bereans and search the Scriptures for themselves, we don’t do it in a vacuum. Our study of the Word is not disconnected from what has transpired in church history. Even the means by which and the theological grid through which we interpret the Word are influenced by those who have gone before us.

~The Aquila Report


That's the problem. Sola Scriptura means Scripture plus other resources for theology  and practice (is that not traditions of men, by definition?). 


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." Sola Scripture violates this verse. Reformers then, are no different than Rick Warren who also holds to Sola Scriptura, as he said "I do accept the Bible as a standard of authority and I judge my experience by it not vice versa."


Christ Jesus is to have First Place in everything (Col. 1:17-18) which demands therefore that there is no competition for His rightful place, His Word, or His Word. Doctrinal triage and having other authorities other than Scripture is not giving Jesus Christ the King of kings First Place or preeminence in everything, especially regarding His Word.



The Bible stands alone, unattached to history or science. We don't need another source to know the wisdom and truth of God, for that alone comes from God. For some to say that the Bible is attached to history (that is, we must know history if we are to know biblical truth), one must ask: Who's version of history? Rome's? Evolutionists? The Gnostics? And if one must have history to *really* understand Scripture and know how to practice it, then it doesn't stop there. One must also have science to *really* understand biblical doctrine. You see the problem, don't you?  It becomes history (or science) as the interpreter of Scripture versus Scripture as the interpreter of history.

Scripture stands alone, on it's own. It has God's record of history. And might I also say that The End is just as historical as The Beginning? If one rejects the historical Beginning, what's the point of attaching the Bible to history anyway? Ah, because when we talk of history, we MUST talk of history according to God and that seems to be the problem.

I am not saying that history doesn't confirm God's sovereign hand; indeed it has as I said, His record of history. What I am saying though, is that for the "Sola Scriptura" crowd to suggest we must have other authority other than the Bible for faith and practice as Calvin and others have claimed, is in serious error. To go to anywhere but the Master and Creator of all things first, then eventually, maybe go to Scripture is dangerous as well as not putting Christ in First Place. Consider Calvin used the Roman Catholic teaching and practice of infant sprinkling which is anti-biblical. Sources outside of the Bible are not fallible and as Eph. 4 17-20 and 1 Cor. 1-2 show, we cannot learn Christ by way of the world.

A friend of mine, Debi, posted this in relation to this issue of using history and traditions of the "early church" to dictate faith and practice instead of Scripture alone and it is well stated:

"John Gill even recognized the problem in this issue.....In his commentary on Proverbs 22:28 [Pro 22:28 Do not move the ancient boundary Which your fathers have set.]

he said, "Some apply this, in a political sense, to laws of long standing, and customs of long prescription; and others interpret it, in a theological sense, of doctrines and practices settled by the fathers of the church; which, if understood of Christ and his apostles only, will be allowed; but if of the ancient fathers of the church that followed them, it should not be received; since they were but fallible men, and guilty of many errors and mistakes, both in doctrine and practice." The old landmarks we are not to move are those of Scripture and the examples of the apostles, none other."

Col 1:17  He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. 

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

Scripture states that it alone is the resource for theology, or that is to say, "everything pertaining to life and godliness" (2Peter 1:2-4). Only Scripture alone is God's revelation of Himself and His doctrine. Sola Scriptura is why most Evangelicals are open to Evolution, Psychology, Hyper-Preterism, Amillennialism, Feminism, Emergent Church Movement, Charismaticism, etc. Once Scripture must compete with other ways, it ceases to be one's SOLE AUTHORITY. I hold to Solo Scriptura.

Psa 1:1  How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! 

Psa 1:2  But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. 

Psa 1:3  He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers. 

Ps. 138:2… You have exalted above all things Your name and Your word.


Mat 4:4  But he answered, "It is written, "'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'"

Col 3:16  Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 

1Pe 1:23  for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God. 
1Pe 1:24  For, "ALL FLESH IS LIKE GRASS, AND ALL ITS GLORY LIKE THE FLOWER OF GRASS. THE GRASS WITHERS, AND THE FLOWER FALLS OFF, 
1Pe 1:25  BUT THE WORD OF THE LORD ENDURES FOREVER." And this is the word which was preached to you. 

1Pe 2:2  like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, 3  if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord. 

Heb 4:12  For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 
Heb 4:13  And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do. 

2Ti 3:15  and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 
2Ti 3:16  All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 
2Ti 3:17  so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. 


Sunday, April 23, 2017

AA Articles

Excellent articles on Alcoholics Anonymous can be found here.

Gospel-Centered or Christ-Centered?

Being gospel-centered isn't the same as being Christ-centered. We are to move on from elementary truths of milk to meat. The Gospel, while the good news of salvation, is not what we feed on for the rest of our lives. We feed on the whole counsel of the Word and that necessarily means all the doctrines that mature us. That means hard, deep truths of Scripture. And all of them are knowable which is why they are powerful to equip us for every good work (2 Tim. 3:16-17). I suspect that the popular notion of "gospel centered" is a way to keep Christians immature. We are to grow up in all things in Christ. A great book on this is Ephesians. It teaches a treasure trove of deep doctrine and how it helps in our sanctification. We cannot be sanctified without biblical doctrine (anyone who tells you that, who makes a false dichotomy between doctrine and practice isn't being honest to the Word).
Heb 5:11 Concerning him we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.
Heb 5:12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food.
Heb 5:13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. 

Heb 5:14 But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.
Heb 6:1 Therefore leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God,
Eph 4:1 Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, 
Eph 4:2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love,
Eph 4:3 being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
 Eph 4:4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling;
Eph 4:5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
Eph 4:6 one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.
Eph 4:11 And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers,
Eph 4:12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;
Eph 4:13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.