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This……..is Vatican Idol (Humor)


This........is Vatican Idol (Humor)

 
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Posted by on March 4, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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The Truthinator Interviews: Interview #5


As you know by now, we at Truthinator’s Blog are conducting interviews with notable people around the world for the purpose of gaining insight from their knowledge and experience. The names are kept secret because we are not trying to impress you with our list of notable friends & acquaintances. This is about the information only.

We must also say that the opinions and/or beliefs of this or any other interviewee do not necessarily represent the views of Truthinator’s Blog, its employees, or volunteers. Please be edified…

Truthinator: Tell me about your background. How long have you been a Christian, how long have you been in ministry, and so forth.

Guest: I trusted in Christ 43 years ago. I graduated with a BA in the Bible from a small Baptist college. I have pastored churches for over 15 years. I am also a small business accountant and tax professional.

T: What has changed most in the world around you over the last 30 years? Do you see these changes as being good or bad?

G: The greatest change I have seen in the world is a clear departure from Bible doctrine and practices. In today’s time it is becoming more difficult to find churches that are standing for the doctrinal truths of God’s Word . There is also a great decrease in teaching the importance of leading holy lives of separation from the sinful world. There seems to be even fewer churches that are using Scriptural methods of evangelism and worship. All of these things are causing churches of the day to become carnal and filled with those who profess Christianity but live sinful lives. 

T: Is the world’s perception of Christians changing? Why or why not?

G: Absolutely, the world is continuing to loose respect for Christians and their teachings. Much of this is taking place because of the carnal condition of our churches that I just talked about. We have no one to blame but ourselves for the world loosing respect for us and our message. Why should they desire to follow our message and example when we have become just as they are and, in some ways, even worse? 

T: What approach should ministry take in reaching out to the postmodern, post church world?

G: From my perspective, by holding fast to the truth of God’s Word and then proclaiming it to God’s people, we will strengthen our members and enable them to live Godly lives of service to Him. I believe the Lord will bless those who simply keep teaching His truth and doing things in His way. When the Lord told us “My sheep hear my voice, I know them, and they follow me” He meant it. His people will respond to the truth of His Word and they will come to Him and be taught of Him. It is a natural part of becoming a new creature in Christ. 

T: Do you shoot people from cannons or drive motorcycles onto the stage at your church? Why or why not?

G:  I think every church should strive to keep as much entertainment and carnal methods out of them as humanly possible. Why? “The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God”. Need I say more?

T: Excellent point. I apologize for being facetious.  How important is the Bible to ministry today considering that most people do not know nor care to know much about it?

G: I think I have already answered this question basically. It is very important to teach His Word in EVERY service. I do have to say I disagree slightly when you say “considering that most people do not know nor care to know much about it” I have found that those who are truly saved do care about it and they do exhibit a hunger for the Word. The problem is that we have many churches today filled with unbelievers. Of course, they will not desire the Word. Our problem is we have appealed to their flesh to get them to come into our assemblies and, therefore, we must continue to appeal to their flesh to keep them. 

We all need to be content with allowing the Lord to save those that are His and then bring them into our assemblies. If more did this, things would be much different. We would have smaller churches filled with people who desired His Word and desired to serve Him. Speaking from experience, it is a tremendous blessing to pastor and teach in a church that loves the Lord and desires His Word to be proclaimed. It is the closest thing to heaven that we can experience on earth.

T: Very well said. Thank you for taking the time to be a part of this interview series.

 
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Posted by on June 18, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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He is Risen! Happy Resurrection Day


God sent His son, they called Him Jesus. He came to love, heal, and forgive. He lived and died to buy my pardon, An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives.

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow. Because He lives, All fear is gone. Because I know He holds the future, And life is worth the living just because He lives.

Bill & Gloria Gaither

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Who Killed Jesus? (Commentary)


Each year at this time, there is a discussion on network & cable news programs about exactly whom is responsible for the death of Jesus.

Each year I am increasingly more amazed at the lack of insight & understanding of the self-professing experts. Some make their case that it was the Romans while others assert that it was the Jews. Others try to walk a tightrope so they will not offend anyone.

So much obfuscatorial eloquence yet so little understanding. The correct answer is that no one took Jesus’ life but He laid it down voluntarily in obedience to the Father’s will (John 10:18).

This is so simple yet impossible to be understood by unregenerate man. God’s sovereign will providing the supreme sacrifice so that believers are redeemed from the penalty of their sin just does not compute for those who are trusting in themselves instead of God’s grace.

God made Jesus who knew no sin to become sin for us so that we might become the righteousness of God in Christ (2Cor5:21).

The answer is so clearly laid out in scripture yet that is the last place unregenerate man will ever look. Look to God for the only answer: Jesus.

 
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Posted by on April 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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The Great Bridge (to nowhere) Builder


How’s that “Doctrinal & Sound” pretense working?

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Don’t Monkey Around with the Faith (Humor & Truth)


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All that is needed for Reformation Christianity to reunite with Rome is for discerning, believing people to be silent…

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Rome if you want to… (Opinion)


Has anyone else noticed how much popular protestantism has turned toward Rome? Everywhere you turn you see examples of ecumenism, inclusiveness, tolerance, and even promotion of the Roman Catholic faith.

I know I am preaching to the choir so to speak but, in case you are not convinced, look around for examples of popular preachers, authors, and speakers who deem Roman Catholicism as just another denomination of Christianity. Look at how many of the same quote Roman Catholic mystics in their books and sermons. Look at how popular the “new (and incorrect) perspective on Paul” is and how people can’t help but follow after anything that seems “relevant” and/or “tolerant” of falsehood.

Next there is the practice of denominational and nondenominational churches pronouncing who is and is not saved based upon their own personal preferences.  Some evangelicals pronounce everyone saved despite the fact that many are adherents of other faiths. Since when do we have the authority to pronounce anyone as being in or out of the faith? We can observe and be wary but only God knows even though the Bible does give clues. Believers persevere, love God, are being sanctified over time, and produce fruit for example.

Yet another clue of America’s fascination with Rome lies in the way people accept and promote books written by men in place of the Bible. One mutli-gazillion selling preacher/author bragged about the fact that people would read his book that would not read the Bible. In my opinion, that doesn’t say much for your book! To claim that a man’s writings are “as good as the Bible” in its communication of the message of scripture is very similar to the catholic church claiming the edicts of the pope are the same as being from God…

Much more could be written but the point has hopefully been made. America is much too close to Rome.

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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The Truthinator Interviews: Just the Facts


The Truthinator is beginning a series of interviews that will run throughout 2012. Every so often, we will post another interview with a person of depth & tenure. The goal is not to promote the person but to gain insight from the information they provide. The identities of the interviewees will remain secret so as not to distract from the information being shared.

If you are interested in being interviewed, please let us know via comment or email. All decisions made by the Truthinator’s Blog are final unless we change our minds… But seriously, please enjoy and learn from these. The truth is what we are interested in here.

So let’s begin. The opinions of the interviewees are not necessarily those of the Truthinator’s Blog or employees or volunteers of the same. Statements made are not to be considered as endorsements by Truthinator’s Blog. Thank you for your understanding.

 

First of all, thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to answer some questions. I hope the information you share will be valuable in helping others grow. I attract many believers with different perspectives and others who may not be believers but who respond because I have touched on a sensitive topic for them.

Truthinator: Please begin by giving us a few lines of biographical information.  

Guest: I have a technical and business background and live in a major metropolitan city in the US. I have been a Christian for close to 30 years and have been doing discernment work on the internet for 5. I run a blog site and visit other sites regularly where I try to leave edifying comments from time to time.

T: What do you think has changed most in evangelical Christianity since you became a Christian? Why do you think this has happened?

 G: I think the change of greatest magnitude is the concern for peace & unity among church attenders and the general public to the detriment of truth and the willingness of people to compromise the truth in order to get there. I have seen and been told of situations where even traditionally strong churches have caved in to the notion that the most important thing to do is to achieve unity. Where does the Bible teach this? Nowhere. The most important thing is to honor God, submit to His truth, spread the Gospel, care for the truly needy, and be conformed to the image of Christ. When you subvert everything to the idol of “unity at any cost” you are no longer Biblical. I use the entire Bible as my proof text.

Why has this happened? Because people are no longer living in fear of God nor studying His word. America is a pagan nation. When God’s people are faithful to God, there will be unity of believers. That is the only time there will be unity.

T: Is the evangelical church in America on track according to the Bible? If so, what must it do to stay there. If not, what is its greatest failure and what will it take to get back on track?

G: Not on track. Christians must humble themselves and cry out to God in repentance. We need God’s mercy. I think there are signs that God is abandoning America. We have long since abandoned Him so we are suffering the just punishment for our actions.

Please bear with me for a minute. I have heard preachers stand before their congregations and tell them that America’s best days are still ahead of us. Are you kidding me? Read the survey results. Confessing Christians in America live lives that are statistically identical to folks who do not claim to know Christ as Savior. How could America’s best days be ahead of us? This is nonsense. Unless we repent, our nation could be only a few years away from bondage to another country or, worse yet, we could become like Europe and be spiritually dead with only a form of religious activity with no power or presence of God found.

T: What is “relevance” in light of the Bible’s teaching about the relationship of God’s people (the body of Christ) to the world. Is the modern day church getting it right by seeking to be like the world in order to reach it? How relevant to the world must one be to be effective in ministry? How relevant to God must one be to be effective in ministry?

G: I see relevance as being anything and everything that honors God and has His approval. I do not think the concept of relevance has anything to do with the preferences of man. Whether or not we are successful in ministry depends upon what God decides to do through your ministry. It has nothing to do with how appealing you are to worldly people. If you want nothing more than to be appealing to people, all you have to do is affirm them in their current state. This is not rocket science…  

T: What do you think about the Emergent Church and its impact on American youth? Where will the EC lead America? What does the impact of the EC do to those involved in missions? What impact will it likely have on the unreached people of the world?

G: I have not seen every EC type of church and/or service but I have seen many. Some are totally off the wall and in outer space while others are loud & proud but still preach from the Bible albeit from a man-centered perspective. A common element however is rebellion in my opinion. I see some rebellion in all of what I have studied. “We are more righteous because we are not traditional” is a common theme. This is nothing but neo-self righteousness. It is man rebelling against God repackaged.

There may be some groups who do not do this but I am afraid that most do. I am not trying to defend any type or sense of traditionalism. Much of it had its own problems. But, you cannot correct problems with the proper worship and honoring of God by detouring farther into man-centered philosophy. Puffing man up will never get you into God’s presence. It happened nowhere in scripture and it is forbidden in scripture.

The EC will lead America astray. No doubt about it. So will New Calvinism if it follows the same rut as the EC. If they adopt most of the world’s philosophy, it won’t matter if they mouth the words of Calvin, Luther, Henry, et al. Don’t get me wrong. I am not talking so much about style of worship. Style is a symptom of an inward condition. No regard for God’s holiness will manifest itself in a certain style of behavior just like having a high regard for God’s holiness will manifest itself in a certain style of behavior.

Missions will be led astray as well by the EC’s influence if missionaries adopt its philosophy. Encouraging stuff, no? Unfortunately, I fear that everything I am saying is the absolute truth or I wouldn’t be saying it.

The impact upon the lost is the most horrifying reality of all. Much of the EC is not even sure if there is a concept called “lost”. With this mindset, missions become nothing more than life enhancement programs. Feeding the hungry is a great and noble work but the eternal ramifications of giving folks the gospel cannot be ignored.

T: Do you think the church in America is in danger of reuniting with Roman Catholicism? Why or why not?

G: I think the church in America has already reunited with RC. Not officially but we have adopted many troublesome characteristics similar to the RC church. We pronounce who is and is not in the faith based upon our denominational or non-denominational preferences for one thing. This is not done in scripture. The only outward indication given in scripture that a person is saved is the evidence of their changed life.

We also are adept at adding to and modifying the Bible as desired by the current culture. We “legislate from the bench” so to speak. This is found nowhere is scripture. Bear with me for a moment and I will try to give an example.

It is popular today to reach out to those who are of different faiths in an ecumenical way in order to accomplish feel-good works. The idea of “finding something we CAN agree on and ignoring what we do not agree on” is big. It is almost as if we view ourselves as deal brokers instead of as representing God. We were never asked to do this in scripture. I’m not saying we are to be unkind or even isolationist in our attitude toward other faiths but what we believe (Christianity) is not only different from other faiths, it is exclusive. There is no wiggle room in the Bible for making unbelief equal to belief on any level.

Continue to follow me. I am not saying that to work on joint projects with other faiths means that we believe they are also valid in God’s sight for eternity but I am saying that when we do decide to “agree to disagree” about vital elements of Christianity, we are dishonoring God. We cannot win the lost by patting them on the back and giving them an implied endorsement. The truth must be told to them if we are to impact them for God’s kingdom. The truth divides. Division is looked upon as the worst cardinal sin of our day by post-modern people. Division is avoided at any or all cost. In order to remove the possibility of division, we must also remove the transmission of the truth. Making inroads in ecumenical ways removes elements of the truth. When you try to become ecumenical with people who are farther and farther away from the core truth of scripture, you have to remove more and more truth to get there! Stop the madness. God is sovereign, we are not. Let’s do what He told us to do and stop trying to slide people into the kingdom through a side door that does not really exist.    

T: Is it beneficial for people like James McDonald to host gatherings such as the Elephant Room where people of very different perspectives laugh, chum it up, and simply ‘agree to disagree’? Does this have the danger of giving a stamp of approval to some people with really bad theological beliefs? Why or why not?

G: I fear that James McDonald, as well-meaning as I am sure he is, has done some harm to America with the Elephant Room stuff. The reason I say this is that the people around the table represented some major-league divergent perspectives. Some of what was discussed was questionable at best. To “agree to disagree” and leave it at that is the same thing as proclaiming to the nation that everything discussed is perfectly fine even though we do not share the same points of view. I do not believe McDonald intended to do this but I am afraid this was the result. 

T: Many people in America claim to be Christian yet reports from Barna and others reveal there is statistically no difference between the way “Christians” behave as compared to nonChristians. What does this reveal about America?

G: I obviously do not make many “friends” by telling the truth. The current way to operate effectively in the church is the same as the way people operate in the world. Schmoozing has taken the place of sincerity. Deal-making and heavy-handed manipulation has replaced respectful discourse and collaboration. Bringing up this subject gets one ridiculed and abandoned. In far too many ways, the church in America is no different than the world. The Barna and FOTF study results prove it! Folks, this is not about music preferences. People in the church act no differently than anyone else in the world in far too many cases. This is not a good sign. America’s best days are ahead? I think not.

The only hope for America is the same as the only hope Israel had in scripture. We must repent and trust God. We have to be extricated from the throne. God is sovereign, we are not.

Truthinator: Let me take the time to thank you for answering these questions.

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Vulgata Non Grata (Satire)


Gentlemen, I have done it. Whereas our primogenitors translated the sacred scriptures from Latin to English so that all could gain access, I have opened a new door of access to the young & disinterested of today for I have translated the scriptures from English into Pig Latin… ets-Lay arty-Pay!

Image borrowed from Calvinistic Cartoons. Caption by Truthinator.
 
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Posted by on October 12, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Dispensational Malaise in America (Opinion)


Today is September 11, 2011 which is the tenth anniversary of what was apparently a quasi-military attack on US soil. This opinion piece is not about whether this day should be memorialized. Read on…

Dispensational churches across America will fly 100 foot flags today and marching bands will play patriotic tunes while people gather to hear inspirational words. Is this wrong? No. Many need comfort. Even though it has been ten years, the people who lost loved ones will always grieve. There is no statute of limitations on pain & loss.

The issue I seek to raise really has nothing to do with 9/11/01 per se. The issue I have a beef with is that many dispensational churches will go through yet another scheme to draw a crowd today and once drawn, a speaker will deliver a message to them about 3 or 4 steps they can employ to make their lives better here on earth.

Self help, investment portfolio enhancement, marriage improvement, Lexus performance maintenance, and other such important matters will get more attention than the message the church is intended to proclaim unless I miss my guess.

While I do not agree with everything my Reformed friends believe, they will come much closer to getting it right today. Dispensationalism has gone the way of the pragmatic broad road in too many cases. Did Jesus set aside His rightful position in Heaven, come to earth, die, and rise again so that we could put a little spark in our marriages & get optimum performance from our beemers?

The Bible is very clear about what we are to do during this life. Of the activities discussed there, I see very little if anything about structuring this life for optimal enjoyment. Draw crowds if you please but for Christ’s sake, tell them the truth once you get them there.

 
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Posted by on September 11, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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