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Modern Day Apologetics (Satire)


Modern Day Apologetics: “Friends, I apologize for what the Bible says about sin and wrath and judgement… I prefer to think happy thoughts.”

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Higher Criticism


“You are balding, you don’t speak well in public, you’re not very charismatic, and your taste in ties leaves something to be desired…”

John was especially gifted at ‘higher criticism’…

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Welcome to the Hotel California…


In early 1977, the rock&roll group The Eagles released what is recognized as the greatest recording effort of their career. The album titled “Hotel California” contained a single by the same name and it was a monster hit to say the least. Written in a minor key, it has a somewhat eery feel to it with lyrics that are fittingly dark and mysterious. Some people claim that the lyrics talk about the band selling their souls to the devil for fame and fortune ala Robert Johnson.

As is usually the case, the truth is nowhere near as dark and sinister. The band did indeed have a secret, a big secret. They were known as a Southern California band but actually none of them lived there! Don Felder, then lead guitarist, tells about how they would all drive into LA very early in the morning to avoid being discovered as non-locals whenever they were rehearsing or recording. During these early morning drives, several ideas for songs were hatched.

In too many churches today there is also a big secret being kept. That secret is that God is just and sovereign. He can and will punish wickedness. He will cast everything evil into the lake of fire one day. Everyone whose name is not found in the Lamb’s Book of Life will be cast into it along with the devil, antiChrist, the false prophet and all demons.

Today, this is a well-kept secret. When is the last time you heard hell, punishment, damnation, justice, or the lake of fire talked about in your church? Believe me, Jesus spoke of these items often. The Bible deals with these sufficiently so that we can know that no metaphor or hyperbole is intended. Hell is real and you do not want to go there.

How can it be avoided? Jesus Christ set aside His position in Heaven temporarily and came to earth via a virgin birth. He lived on earth for 33 years. He ministered, taught, laughed, cried, and lived among friends and enemies. He was crucified by His own choice and by His own design in order to pay the price for the sins of all who would be redeemed. He gave up His life; no one took it from Him. He was buried in a donated tomb. He rose on the third day as He had said he would do. He then visited with His followers for a short while and ascended into Heaven assuming His rightful place at the right hand of the Father and sent the Holy Spirit to indwell all believers.

Truth is truth. Anything less is not…

Call upon Him today. He is your only hope.

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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A Play on Words (Something to Think About)


I don’t care how much you care until I know how much you know.

You are probably saying, “Huh?” Let me explain. I am sick and beyond sick of hearing  limp-wristed Christians apologize for the fact that there is black & white truth called scripture and some of it isn’t pretty.

They say, “people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” I say that it doesn’t matter how much you care unless you know enough to be able to help them find the truth!

Wake up people. You were never told to hold a popularity contest to gain favor with sinners showing them how awesome your tolerance of their wickedness is. You were told to take God’s message of redemption to the world. This message includes sin, hell, penalty, and damnation just as much as it does grace, mercy, love, and peace.

Tell the whole story or you ain’t tellin’ God’s story. God doesn’t need you to spiff up His image in order to make him marketable! God doesn’t need an image consultant and if He did, it wouldn’t be you! Have the courage to face the truth.

Comment if you dare… 😉

Thoughts?

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Thinking About Moving to the Middle? Think Again…


The Truthinator has been thinking about this thing about being in the middle of the road when it comes to Theological issues. Too often, in my opinion, we see the idea that the best way to operate is to move toward the middle of a discussion to look for common ground with your discussion counterpart(s) being deployed. This approach may work well in a Rotary Club meeting but is it the best way to conduct Theological debate? Let’s look at what happens to people who move to the middle in other aspects of life…

A tennis player who plays in the middle of the court will get caught in the net.

A golfer who shoots ‘par’ will miss the cut at most tournaments.

A football player who stands in the middle of a scrimmage setup will be penalized for being offsides.

A hockey player who plays the middle of the ice will miss 99% of the action of the game.

A rodeo clown who stands in the middle of the ring will get stuck by a bull.

An ice-skater who stays in the middle of the pond will risk falling through the ice.

A fowl hunter who stands in the middle of the hunting field will be shot.

A mailman who stays in the middle of the road will never be able to deliver the mail.

An antelope in the middle of a pack of lions will be eaten.

So it appears that the best way to go about life is to stay around its edges!

Now for the lesson. Where in the Bible is finding middle ground (compromise) in a Theological discussion talked about as being a good thing? Nowhere. In the Garden of Eden, Satan suggested that Eve compromise the clear and precise command that God had given. She did and the rest is history. All throughout the Old Testament, God’s chosen people continually moved away from the crystal-clear instructions God had given them in order to get closer to the pagan activities of other nations (moving toward the middle). How did this work out? Not well. In the New Testament, how many times did Jesus suggest that the best way to resolve differences with the Pharisees was to find middle ground with them and begin negotiations there? Zero. How many times did Jesus say that He had a guaranteed way to Heaven but there were other options if people desired to take a more ecumenical path? Zero. How many times did the New Testament writers under the guidance of the Holy Spirit say that Theological differences with those who teach a different message than the apostles should be met in the middle to agree on a compromise in order to keep the peace? Zero. And lastly, what does God say about those who are neither hot nor cold (those in the Theological middle)? They make Him sick at His stomach (Rev 3).

Wow! You would think that God must have meant what He said in His book, wouldn’t you? Compromise, moving to the middle, striking a deal, finding something you can agree on when you cannot agree on dogmatic Bible teaching and other such euphemisms for backing off the standard established by God in His word are NEVER mentioned.

Read the Bible, believe the Bible, do what the Bible says.

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Middle of the Road (Satire)


Are you being coerced into “broadening your church’s appeal” to the world? Ever thought about relinquishing your firm stance on doctrine in order to be seen as tolerant by those who do not hold to sound doctrine? Ever been encouraged to “find common ground” with theological combatants? Moving to the middle of the road results in being found squashed! Stand strong. God establishes, maintains, and perfects the faith of His own.
 
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Posted by on February 16, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Daily Truth Bible Study Acts 11:1-30 part 2


Notice in verse 19 how believers had scattered to far away places as a result of the persecution that arose concerning Stephen’s ministry. Notice particularly that despite Stephen being killed by the Jewish religious leaders, the spreading of the good news of Jesus continued and increased! The scattering of some resulted in the Gospel being taught in new and different places. The work of God had not been halted, it had increased!

Notice also in verse 20 how it was the Lord Jesus that was being preached to the locals. It was not felt-needs, pop psychology, how to improve your sex life, prosperity now, or any other such madness. They were preaching the Lord Jesus. The result was that the hand of the Lord was with them and a great number believed and turned to the Lord (verse 21).

This is not the first time we have seen this formula (if we can call it that). The disciples of Jesus took His message to people and the Lord’s hand blessed this activity resulting in many believing and being saved. Wow, so simple yet so profound…why is this so hard to understand? Why do so many today put on entertainment extravaganzas each week to entertain men producing little if any lasting changes in their lives and call it ministry?

The book of Acts makes it amazingly simple and easy to understand. Faithful men preach the Lord Jesus to unbelievers. God blesses this activity. Many believe and are changed. Any questions?

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Daily Truth Bible Study Acts 11:1-30 part 1


After Peter returned to Jerusalem, he was confronted by the other apostles and brothers in Christ. They were probably partially in shock that the Holy Spirit had fallen upon gentiles and that Peter had gone in and stayed with gentiles for fellowship. Traditions and customs run deep. Some of the jewish believers may have understood how a gentile could be saved but equal in Christ with jews…? No way!

The Bible says all men come from Adam. We are all related when to you go back far enough. Still, mankind is ‘determined to segregate based upon myriads of reasons. Peter carefully explained how God had shown him not to call unclean what God had cleansed. Notice verse 18. Once Peter explained what had happened in total, the others said,  “Well, OK then” (my paraphrase).  Actually scripture says that they glorified God and said He had also granted repentance unto life to the gentiles.

I’m sure they were amazed but notice that they dropped their traditions and prejudice. Peter told them what had happened and they adjusted their course accordingly.

We should be ready to do the same. We carry a toolkit full of traditions and prejudices every day. Reading the Bible will disarm these in our lives. When we read what the Bible says, we should drop our traditions and fall in line with scripture. All men come from Adam. God has considered all men cleansed as far the opportunity to be saved in Christ Jesus. Those whom God will save is not known to us. We must reach out to ALL with the Gospel.

When we (Americans) see TV images of people in Haiti, Africa, American poverty areas, third-world countries, and etc, how do we react? Hopefully with compassion. What did we do to deserve God’s blessing of prosperity? Nothing. God bestowed it. Let’s use what God has given us for His glory. How much do we really need that fancy dinner and movie this weekend? Could we donate the money we would have spent to a worthy cause?  You answer this question…

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Daily Truth Bible Study Acts 10:24-48 part 1


Daily Truth Bible Study Acts 10:24-48

Last time, we saw the messengers of Cornelius arrive in Joppa to find Peter. Cornelius had seen a vision where an angel told him to send for Peter and where to find him. Much is happening here. A Roman Centurion and a gentile is being saved. This is huge! God is saving a man who is functioning inside a corrupt political/military government and a pagan gentile culture. And not only that, God is teaching Jewish Christians an unbelievable truth about God’s plan: Gentiles will be saved and will be equal to Jews in God’s kingdom! Unheard of and unbelievable!

I am using John MacArthur’s commentary on Acts for guidance in this study. MacArthur notes that a milestone in the Church’s history is reached when the two worlds collide. Peter and six of his fellow Jewish believers are going to see the unseeable, learn the unknowable and experience the unbelievable.

Cornelius had not been sitting around buffing his nails while his servants were gone to fetch Peter. He had prepared a gathering of  friends and relatives. Why? To hear what Peter would tell them.

Cornelius obviously valued what Peter would tell him and his relatives upon arrival. After all, Peter was the leader of the Church. He was the top guy in God’s blossoming group of believers in Jesus Christ. Jesus Himself had announced to Peter his responsibility for leadership of the group. And this guy was coming to see Cornelius!

This was not a political power display however. Cornelius was not trying to impress his friends. He had called everyone together because he expected Peter to tell them something important from God. Afterall, an angel had told him to send for Peter. Cornelius wanted his family and friends to benefit from knowing God. Anyone who knows God should have the desire for others to know as well.  Cornelius was in the process of moving from death to life. His concern for others is a proof of this occurence.

God was doing the work of transformation in Cornelius. This conversion would likely cost Cornelius his life as the Romans were not charitable toward the Jews and certainly not toward the Christians. Roman soldiers were killed if they ever got out of line with the rules and regs of military operation. Cornelius would either have to leave the Roman territory or die. However, this is apparently not a concern for him. It is not even mentioned in the text! The important thing to keep in mind is that God is saving his soul! This is far more important than preserving his temporary condition.

This truth must have entered his mind prior to inviting his friends and relatives over to hear Peter speak. He was caught in a paradox that many would experience and still face today. He chose to expose the others to eternal salvation even though it could cost them their lives. Cornelius had everything in proper perspective.

In Mark 8, Jesus addresses this very issue. He compares to outcomes of preserving one’s life now versus giving one’s life away for the sake of Christ and the Gospel. Cornelius made the correct choice. What choice will you make?  

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Posted by on March 19, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Decisionalism vs. Regeneration What does your church teach?


It is a modern-day epidemic. You will hear a preacher say something like,  “If you want to know you can have Heaven as your home, then ask Jesus into your heart” or “Raise your hand if you have made a decision to allow Jesus to be Lord of your life” or something similar but is this true? Sometimes, you will not even hear mention of the need for salvation. Instead you will hear a preacher say something like, ” We would love to have you as a part of our loving and thriving congregation, please sign the tear-out in your welcome kit and become a member today” or ” Your wonderful life could be made much more fulfilling by having Jesus in it; send a text to 2125LOVE and you will be assured of eternity in Heaven” but is this true?

In the clip of the Paul Washer sermon, you will hear Paul challenge some of the inaccurate and eternally damning assumptions made by too many people. Paul shares with us what the Bible really teaches about regeneration.

Who is a Christian? The one who confidently proclaims Christ but lives like the world or the one whose life changes 180 degrees for a Godly instead of worldly existence? God is the judge. Make sure on which side of the aisle you are standing.         (Thanks to www.illbehonest.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5bc8QU4h2w&feature=channel

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Posted by on March 17, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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