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Motley CRU (Humor)


Yo, dudes, God loves you & has a wonderful plan for your lives…

 
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Posted by on May 13, 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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Has John Piper Lost His Mind?


What? Uh, what? Is John Piper crazy or is he bowing to the idol of inclusivism? Allah is a demon and the Jews try to get to God without His son, Jesus. The Bible teaches there is one God and one way to get to Him. Like it or lump it, that is the way it is… it sounds like Rick Warren’s influence is having an effect.

 
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Posted by on January 19, 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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It Happens Every Time (Opinion)


Each time there is a death of a well-known person, the discussion of what happens after death begins again. As the years pass by, the supposed answers to this question become more and more convoluted.

In 2011, we find that many people in the supposed Christian faith are less sure than ever. The reasons for this uncertainty are many but I will address one.

Many people in America and possibly most people in America worship a god they have created not the God who created them. This leaves them creating their own personal doctrinal statements which are always WAY more inclusive of flesh-pleasing ideas and dogma.

This personal doctrine may even allow folks of other faiths to be welcome in “Heaven”. After all, this would only be fair…right? The leadership of the rudderless evangelical ship offer little help since they do not appear to be anchored in truth either.

The Bible is clear. Jesus is the exclusive way to Heaven. God made Him who was without sin to become sin that we who are saved could become the righteous of God (my paraphrase). No one who is depending upon anything but God’s redemptive plan via Jesus can be even remotely assured of eternal life. As a matter of fact, anyone not found belonging to Jesus as one of His will be ultimately cast into hell.

Sobering words? Yes. Truthful words? Yes.

 
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Posted by on October 7, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Supralapsarian & Son (Humor)


You big dummy, just because God knew about man’s impending fall does not make Him responsible for it. I ‘ve told you about watching those TV preachers with your Aunt Esther…

 
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Posted by on September 2, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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How Much Cultural Contextualization is Too Much?


You hear it said all around you these days. “We have to broaden our appeal if we are to reach our culture.” ” We have to be relevant if we are to reach our community.” Ok, so far so good. However, the devil is in the details (so to speak). How far can you go in broadening your appeal or being relevant without going too far?

I studied for and received an MBA degree several years ago. I had been studying the seeker and emergent programs for about 8 years prior. I was surprised to find that the methods used in marketing & advertising of consumer goods are the EXACT SAME ONES being used by many of the new-fangled church growth programs.

Let me count the problems with this.

1) God and His word is not a consumer good that can be judged on the basis of the presumed merit in the mind of a shopper. The church attenders assume the posture of consumers and they demand to be entertained or they will simply move on to the next supplier.

2) People cannot be influenced to ‘accept’ God or to ‘make a decision’ for God. Examples where people were manipulated into joining a church instead of being saved show that simply joining a church results in a falling away very soon afterwards. Often, the people are disillusioned and bitter for having been ‘sold a bill of goods’ by a religious system. Contrast this to people who hear God’s word and cry out to Jesus for salvation. They persevere in the faith.

3) Worldly people who are lured into a church because of world-mimicking gimmicks do not last very long in that church. Statistics tell us this fact. The reason for this is that the church is a poor substitute for the flesh-satisfying lies of the world. A flesh-lite substitute will soon be replaced by a fully flesh-satisfying vice provided by the world.

There are more items but this should suffice for this discussion.

So, when the church promotes gimmicks in order to increase their attendance, exactly whom is being fooled? I am afraid the church is the one being fooled. God builds His Church. His sovereign gift of salvation by grace through faith in His Son Jesus is the only “process” that is valid. God directs, we respond. God transforms, we conform to the image of Christ (slowly over time).

So how much cultural contextualization is too much? The amount that confuses the issue of sovereignty.

Never give people the wrong impression of who is God and who is not. Expound upon the greatness of God. Tell God’s WHOLE story. Some people’s lives will be changed. We were never called by God to sharpen His brand. He needs no spiffing up to be marketable in 2011. God is as Relevant now as when He created everything.

 
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Posted by on May 5, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Proof There are No Southern Baptists in Heaven (Humor)


” As your pastor, I must report that I fear there may not be any Southern Baptists in Heaven. In Rev 7, John sees a multitude standing before the Lamb that no one could count; therefore, since Southern Baptists can and will count anything that moves and record it as attendance, I have to submit that there may not be any Southern Baptists in Heaven…”

 
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Posted by on April 30, 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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