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Exposing error is most unpopular work. But from every true standpoint it is worthwhile work. To our Savior, it means that He receives from us, His blood-bought ones, the loyalty that is His due. To ourselves, if we consider “the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt,” it ensures future reward, a thousand-fold. And to souls “caught in the snare of the fowler”-how many of them God only knows-it may mean light and life, abundant and everlasting.

– Dr. Harry Ironside

1876-1951

Beth Moore – Doctrinally [un]Sound

From one of my personal favorite politco-Christian blogs, “Well-Meaning Gentlemen With Different Ideas“:

Ralph Peterson opines:

I know, some of you nasty, negative discerning types, like The Watchman’s Bagpipes, and Lighthouse Trails Research will continue to warn us that Beth Moore lacks understanding of basic hermeneutical principles; that she often twists Scripture to fit into her own propositions. Or you might remind us that she often claims direct revelation from God. And, yes, admittedly, some of her teachings are very similar to the heresies promoted by the Word of Faith crowd. And she tends to interject and employ a lot of pop-psychology, self-esteem stuff that is reminiscent of Robert Schuller. And you might object that she espouses the unbiblical model of spiritual warfare promoted by some “deliverance” ministries or that she teaches the kind of unbiblical, generational bondage that is promoted by Bill Gothard.

But I say, SO WHAT? Why would any church want to remove her books, videos, and Bible studies from their library shelves? After all, it’s good for people to have sufficient information from all philosophies so that we can make informed decisions about what we believe to be truth. Beth Moore’s material isn’t nearly as heretical as other stuff on the shelves like “The Prayer of Jabez,” or “The Purpose Driven Life,” or the old classic, “God Calling.” And frankly, her teaching is no more problematic than most of the Sunday morning drivel we get from thousands of purpose pastors and seeker soothers each week. And since that is what we have come to tolerate (and love) in our pulpits, there is really no justifiable reason to object to Beth Moore once a year at a seminar. Besides, she is every bit as funny as most pastors and a lot more attractive.

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Sensual Worship — A Sign of Impending Apostasy

By Iain H. Murray

See also:

Music in New Testament Worship – Part 1

Music in New Testament Worship – Part 2

When interest in the churches begins to centre round the visual and the sensual it is commonly a sign of impending apostasy. By ‘sensual’ I mean that which appeals to the senses of man (sight, smell, hearing), as opposed to ‘spirit’, that is, the capacity that belongs to those born of the Spirit of God. Hence the antithesis, ‘sensual, having not the Spirit’ (Jude 19). ‘Sensual’ is also translated ‘natural’ or ‘worldly’; the meaning is the same. It does not take regeneration to give the sensual or the aesthetic a religious appeal to the natural man or woman.

In the Old Testament the people of God were in measure taught by their senses as God imposed the form of worship. As a check against any misuse of that means of teaching no additions to or subtractions from it were allowed. But with the finished work of Christ, and the coming of the Holy Spirit, a momentous change took place. The church was raised to the higher privilege of worship in ‘spirit and truth’ (John 4:24). She belongs to the ‘Jerusalem which is above’ (Gal. 4:26).

In the words of John Owen, ‘the naked simplicity of gospel institutions’ was established in the place of ‘the old, glorious worship of the temple’; Levitical choirs, incense, vestments, etc. — all were gone. Yet not gone permanently; for as church and world gradually came together in the rise of the Papacy, worship that appealed to the senses was reintroduced. Presuming on Old Testament practice, what the gospel had ended in the apostolic age was restored, and the difference brought in by Pentecost disappeared.1 Instead there developed a form of worship in Roman Catholicism which made impressions on the senses at the natural level and which did not need the Holy Spirit.

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Jehovah's Witness Resources

Here are a few quick links to some solid information which, by God’s grace, you may use to share the Gospel of Grace with those JW’s who knock on your door on Saturday morning in order that Christ’s lost sheep who are trapped within the Kingdom of the Cults might be set free by the hearing of His mighty Word of power!

to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. – Jude 1:25

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Jesus is Jehovah – Triablogue

Effective Verses to Show that Jesus IS Jehovah – Department of Christian Defense

The Deity of Jesus Christ – Department of Christian Defense

Are there more gods than one?

No, there is only One true God.

Unless, of course, you’re a Mormon. The “plurality of Gods” doctrine of Mormonism – which is plainly exhibited in the Pearl of Great Price and Book of Abraham 4~5 – flatly contradicts the claims of the God of the Holy Bible who testifies that He and He alone is the One true and living God, and there is none other.

Deuteronomy 4:35;39 — 35 Unto thee it was shown, that thou mightest know that the LORD he is God; there is none else beside him. 39 Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the LORD he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else.

Deuteronomy 6:4 — Hear, O Israel: The LORD thy God is one LORD.

Deuteronomy32:39 — See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.

2 Samuel 7:22 — Wherefore thou art great, O LORD God; for there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears.

1 Kings 8:60 — That all the people of the earth may know that the LORD is God, and that there is none else.

2 KINGS 5:15 — And he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and came, and stood before him: and he said, Behold, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, but in Israel; now therefore, I pray thee, take a blessing of thy servant.

2 Kings 19:15 — And Hezekiah prayed before the LORD, and said, O LORD God of Israel, which dwellest between the cherubims, thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; thou hast made heaven and earth.

1 Chronicles 17:20 — O LORD, there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears.

Nehemiah 9:6 — Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou has made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee.

Psalm 18:31 — For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God?

Psalm 86:10 — For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone.

Isaiah 37:16;20 — 16 LORD of hosts, God of Israel, that dwellest between the cherubims, thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth: thou has made heaven and earth. 20 Now therefore, O LORD our God, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou art the LORD, even thou only.

Isaiah 43:10-11 — Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no savior.

Isaiah 44:6-8 — Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. Fear ye not, neither be afraid; have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any.

Isaiah 45:21 — Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time: who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Savior; there is none beside me.

Isaiah 46:9 — For I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me.

Hosea 13:4 — Yet I am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know no god but me; for there is no savior beside me.

Joel 2:27 — And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the LORD your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed.

Zechariah 14:9 — And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one.

Mark 12:29-34 —And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he: And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbor as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices. And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question.

John 17:3 — And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

Romans 3:30 — Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.

1 Corinthians 8:4-6 — As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one. For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,) But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

Galatians 3:20 — Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.

Ephesians 4:6One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

1 Timothy 1:17 — Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.

James 2:19 — Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

False Professors Solemnly Warned

“For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.”—Philippians 3:18-19.

PAUL was the very model of what a Christian minister should be. He was a watchful shepherd over the flock; he did not simply preach to them, and consider that he had done all his duty when he had delivered his message; but his eyes were always upon the Churches, marking their spiritual welfare, their growth in grace, or their declension in godliness. He was the unsleeping guardian of their spiritual welfare. When he was called away to other lands to proclaim the everlasting gospel, he seems always to have kept an eye upon those Christian colonies which he had founded in the midst of heathen darkness. While lighting up other lamps with the torch of truth, he did not fail to trim the lamps already burning. Here you observe he was not indifferent to the character of the little church at Philippi, for he speaks to them and warns them.

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BioLogos Contra Inspiration

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As some intrepid readers may already be aware, a group has been assembled that calls itself “BioLogos” whose mission statement is as follows:

“The BioLogos Foundation is a group of Christians, many of whom are professional scientists, biblical scholars, philosophers, theologians, pastors, and educators, who are concerned about the long history of disharmony between the findings of science and large sectors of the Christian faith. We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. We also believe that evolution, properly understood, best describes God’s work of creation.” – Link

Thus these bridge-builders are best described, in their own words and by the copious evidence at their site, as theistic evolutionists. More specifically, however, they present themselves as Christian theistic evolutionists. There’s been no small discussion taking place in various parts of the Christian blogosphere about the actual positions of this group over and against its public relations positions. The bottom line? BioLogos is plainly apostate and tends toward rank unbelief at any and every point of theological importance. Of course this should come as no surprise to true believers since the concept of theistic evolution forces an a priori default position against the historicity of the Genesis account of creation and the fall, both of which are foundational to orthodox Biblical Christianity. To separate a building from its foundations is, of course, to destroy the structure which seems to be BioLogos’ true intent.

And while BioLogos asserts that its contributors [at some of them ostensibly] believe the Bible is the “inspired Word of God”, one is hard pressed to find any actual evidence of this claim in practice. With this in mind, and as a service to the Body of Christ, I’ve compiled a short list of some recent articles that shed much-needed scriptural light upon the mad-scientists’ laboratory disaster known as BioLogos; a veritable Frankenstein’s Monster consisting of a hodge-podge of fetid, odious, obnoxious, and repellant abominations stitched together with the common thread of hatred for the One True and Living God, the infinite Creator and Judge of the universe.

Trojan Horse – Phil Johnson

Middle of the Road: R.I.P. Kermit – Phil Johnson

A Coda on the Week’s Discussion / Summing Up – Phil Johnson/Dan Phillips

Essential Inerrancy – Kevin DeYoung

BioLogos is not “One of Us” – TurretinFan

Why Does the Universe Look so Old? – Al Mohler

Socinianism in Lab Coats – Phil Johnson

Everyone is an Inerrantist – Dan Phillips

In his piece “Socinianism in Lab Coats” linked above Phil Johnson well observes:

“Incidentally, BioLogos’s notion of “leading evangelical theologians” is revealing. Their theological headliners are men like Peter Enns, Greg Boyd, and N. T. Wright, not one of whom is truly evangelical in the historic sense of that term. Enns was dismissed from Westminster Seminary in August 2008 for his low view of Scripture. He and most of his supporters protested at the time that his views had been misrepresented and that he had been treated unfairly. But his contributions to BioLogos furnish ample proof that he did not, in fact, agree with Westminster’s doctrinal standards. Boyd, of course, is well known as a cheerleader for Open Theism, which denies both the true omniscience and the immutability (not to mention the sovereignty) of God.”

Which thing also explains why Pete Enns can be seen in a video at BioLogos in his “Paul’s Adam” series where he essentially attributes a first century ignorance of the human genome sequencing project to the Apostle Paul’s affirmation of a literal Adam. Poor Paul was simply under misguided first century delusions about the historicity of Adam, and so he went with the flow when he wrote. Mind you, Enns went to painful lengths in the short 2-minute clip I watched to attempt to protect Paul from being portrayed as an outright liar; Enns asserts that the “Apostle to the Gentiles” simply wrote as a baffled first century man who believed certain myths were true facts, but of course at the end of such an argument we still find an overt assault on the inspiration of scripture.

Yet Paul was either writing infallible truth as he was carried along by the Holy Spirit, or he was mixing some analogical/allegorical “truths” with some of his own personal mistaken assumptions, having believed and inscripturated the cleverly devised fables of men contra 2 Peter 1:16. Pete Enns really can’t have it both ways, either God’s Word is true, all of it, or it isn’t. Simply stated, abandoning the historical-grammatical hermeneutic tends towards various forms and degrees of unbelief.

One can put lipstick on a pig, put it in a nice dress, and call it “Sally”, but it’s still just a pig. I personally find militant anti-theists like Richard Dawkins much more consistent in their epistemology (irrational as it is) than professing believers who hold to secular-humanist, rational-material views such as evolution while claiming to believe the “spiritual” parts of the Bible. To me this is the height of folly, and pinnacle of illogical thinking. I say this because the Genesis account is so clear and unambiguous that even a child can easily understand it. Equally clear are the Biblical warnings against double-mindedness; such a man is unstable in all his ways.

Why?

Because man cannot serve two masters. Those who try to keep one eye on heavenly, spiritual things while attempting to maintain one eye on worldly, material things have double vision. They can’t see clearly, and they fall into a pit. The Lord God Almighty, the infinite Creator and Judge of the universe demands wholehearted love and obedience from His creatures. Half-hearted love and obedience is as abominable and damnable to Him as outright hatred and disobedience.

“But you do not believe because you are not of My sheep.” – John 10:26

Ultimate authorities are pesky things, and if one’s ultimate authority is something other than the inspired Word of God, then one is in the wrong epistemological camp.

I’ll close with an excellent quote from Dan Phillips:

The difference between fearing God, and trying to be God:

It only surfaces when God crosses your will, or your preferred way of thinking.

The God-fearer says, “God differs from me; I must be wrong, and I must change.”

The God-wannabe says, “God differs from me; He must be wrong, and I must change Him.”

Amen!