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Monday, March 23, 2009

Spot O' Spurgeon

Before we get into the God's of the New Age Documentary, here's a little Spurgeon.

-Chris

Friday, March 20, 2009

Seeing is believing Pt. 4 (Violence and Cursing for church announcements?...no really)

Okay, I'm almost done making my point that well intentioned or not, the seeker church has a low view of God. Believe me there are thousands more where these came from. But here are the last two (for now anyway) that demonstrate how these churches are little more than entertainment for the masses. As Spurgeon once said, they're "Amusing the Goats". These two resort to violence and actually beeping out words during the church announcements. Yes....you have to see it to believe it. And we wonder why God is taking His hand of protection away from America.

Please bear with me, I am trying to be systematic in my approach exposing issues with in the church. I will run a series of videos from a documentary called God's of the New Age, that show the history of the New Age spirituality and how it came from Eastern mysticism and the occult and how it's planned deception of Western Christianity came about. Lisa and I are watching it now and it will blow you away. Some of my Christian friends wonder why I get so uptight about "Christian Yoga", and certain types of mystical or centering prayers that are promoted within the church, this documentary will give an explanation. I'll give you a hint...it's NOT from God.

-Chris






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Why Post these videos? From Slice of Laodicea.

I think most concerned Bible-believers today would agree that there has been an incredible escalation of mockery and filth coming into evangelical churches in the past couple of years. Public behavior and speech that would have been unacceptable among civilized non-believers not that many years ago are now routinely engaged in by supposedly Christian pastors and their flocks. Day after day, I have documented the spiritual and moral decline—posting just a few of the examples daily that come my way. I do not have to look for it.

Click here to link for the entire article, by Ingrid Schlueter, it is well done.
-Chris

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Seeing is believing Pt. 3 (Plagiarising Pastors?)

Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write
unto you of the common salvation, it was
needful for me to write unto you, and
exhort you that ye should earnestly contend
for the faith which was once
delivered unto the saints.
—Jude 3

My point of showing these things are to ring the warning bell on what is going on in today's churches. Many pastors are now not studying God's Word like they should and instead are going to websites like Sermon Central and using prewritten sermons as their own. If this weren't bad enough and it is. These two inserted themselves into the story, which makes it a lie. Simply unbelievable. -Chris

For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. (Acts 20:29-30)



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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Seeing is believing Pt. 2 (Youth Leaders Gone Wild)

From Slice of Laodicea here is a prime example of the 2nd generation fruit produced by our man-centered, low view of God, have fun instead of teaching our youth the things of God. It's little more than a cleaned up version of an MTV show. Now PLEASE don't get me wrong, it's okay to have fun in youth groups. But, do we really want these guys leading our young men and women in understanding salvation and a serving God? It's time to get serious again. There is a battle for your child's mind and this junk does nothing to prepare it for our enemy. I'd like to stick these two jokers in a room with Paul Washer for 48 hours.

-Chris



NO...they are not naked. But I wouldn't put it past them in the future.








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Monday, March 16, 2009

Seeing is believing. Pt. 1 (Sex Starved Church?)

There is so much absurdity going on in our so called churches today. The only way to believe it is to see it. I follow several blogs daily that keep up with these atrocities and before I started blogging about what's going on around the country, my friends would not believe me.

I am working on several comprehensive posts that will show what's going on in our supposed evangelical churches that embrace the pragmatic approach to church growth. Some of the things going on may seem benign compared to the moral free fall the world is in. But think back just 5-10 years ago and the things you'll see below were unheard of in a Bible believing church.

This is the result of years of "Seeker sensitivity", "Easy Believism" and the idea of "Carnal Christianity", instead of preaching of the whole Gospel, and proper biblical discipleship.

Pastors like Rick Warren, Robert Schuller and Bill Hybells chose to take surveys from the unregenerate to see what it would take to get them to church. Well naturally, they would want church to be more like the world. Now some twenty years later we have this and other entertainment. So, since the world is so "sex starved" and much of the church wants to appear like the world, I will start here.

-Chris

A special thanks to A Little Leaven.com for compiling these videos. If you haven't been to this site, check it out, you won't believe your eyes when taking a tour of the Museum of Idolatry.


Here's another ad from Wisconsin.
ThankgodforsexGreat Lakes Church in Kenosha, Wisconsin has replaced the offense of the cross and the Gospel message that Christ died for our sins with the offense of sex and porn talk and the elementary school where they were meeting threw them out. (How sad is it when unbelievers 'get it' but these seeker-driven goat herders don't?)
Is this a case of Christian persecution? Absolutely NOT! But if you're concerned that Great Lakes Church will not have a venue to preach their gospel of 'great sex', don't worry. GLC found a movie theater that will allow them to worship their sex god. That's appropriate since Great Lakes Church is rated R.


Direct link to the full page of examples of this kind of stuff in our churches.

Sex sells...at church? This is one of the biggest churches in America that operates under the Purpose driven/Willow Creek model. Thanks guys, for being so much like the world that no one will know the difference. Aren't we supposed to be a peculiar people?

Youth group Sexed series? Granted this particular sermon was warning teens to stay away from Cosmo and the like, but do we really need this kind teaser to get kids to listen? It's defeating the point.

Seeing is believing. Stay tuned later this week to see the childish pastors and youth leaders who act more like Johnny Knoxville instead of one who is called to shepherd our children.



-Chris

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Friday, March 13, 2009

Reminder for the men out there.........

Yep, the black screen background may have won the vote, but Mama just doesn't like it (see post from 2-25-09 for details). And if Mama ain't happy ain't nobody happy....so the old saying goes. So I am re-posting the "Don't" song for the new reader's enjoyment and a reminder to the men out there of what not to do in a given situation with your wife. We are going to "play around" with the color scheme of this template and come up with something we both agree on.........hopefully. : )

By the way the article from yesterday is a re-post from December that I thought captured the real issues of the deception that is current in America. Please read it if you haven't.

Without further ado, Here is the "Don't song".

-Chris





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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Something Evil This Way Comes – Again

This article by Ron Graham sums up why the Emergent church and Contemplative Spirituality are so dangerous as well as any article in a limited amount of space. Note particularly the state of the church that he talks about near the end of the article. -Chris

"God’s word tells us that the true believing Church will become quite weak in the end times, almost pathetic in its existence. Jesus told His Apostle John to write, “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write... I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name,” Revelation 3:7a, & 8. Jesus says the Church at the end just before His return will have a little strength, not that they would be some huge worldwide conglomeration of believers eliminating evil from the world."




Something Evil This Way Comes – Again


By Ron Graham
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come, For men shall be lovers of their own selves...Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God...Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof...Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth,” 2 Timothy 3:1, 2, 4, 5, & 7.



“And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you,” Matthew 24:4. Jesus was very concerned about His future Church becoming deceived. With so many statements made by the writers of the Bible under God’s inspiration that speak of being deceived, why are so many not taking heed?



Ask your pastor or Bible teachers about the Emerging Church and you will probably get a host of different answers concerning that movement. Some say “it’s not yet definable” or “let’s wait to see just where they are going”, (currently 40 million strong just here in America). Some say it’s the young people who want something different; they don’t want to follow the old Christianity of their parents (which has been quite sufficient for the last two-thousand years). They want much more than just to attend a Church service on Sunday mornings. Others say it’s a short term movement and it will run its course and fall by the wayside. To those individuals I say, “Look again”.



The proponents of the Emergent Church movement claim Christianity must be re-defined to adapt it to the post modern crowd. It’s Satan’s business to disrupt the fellowship of believers any way he can. Doctrinal differences are wide and in many cases satanic in origin. That’s how the enemy works. Division among God’s saints is his greatest achievement. The Emergent Church movement is just one more in a long line of divisions initiated by God’s greatest enemy. “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;” 1 Corinthians 15:1. When we exchange the truth of the Gospel of Christ for a lie and a perversion we will certainly reap what we sow.



The Emergent Churches precepts are certainly not anything new to the Church of God. In the Apostle John’s three epistles he gives us a look at the heresy known as Gnosticism. Gnosticism takes a different and deceptive path than that of true Christian doctrine. The Gnostics didn’t believe Jesus’ death on the cross was a true event. They promoted the idea that a substitute was placed on the cross while Jesus made his escape. The Gnostics believed that we must obtain knowledge, a special secret knowledge to achieve Heaven’s reward. The Gnostics also denied the deity of Jesus Christ. Today there are many who deny that Jesus Christ is God Almighty, sadly, they are all totally deceived.


The Emerging Church movement has become most popular with the younger crowd, but it’s also making huge inroads into our established Christian Churches. I’m including some of the most popular names connected with this movement as well as some who are connected to the New Age movement: Brian McLaren, Dan Merchant, Dan Kimball, Tony Campolo, J.P. Moreland, Brennan Manning, William Shannon, Henri Nouwen, Rob Bell, Ken Weber. These names should be posted on our refrigerators as people to stay away from at all cost. There are many others who have signed on to this heresy; www.lighthousetrails.com is a great resource for information giving the warning signs about the Emergent Church/Contemplative Spirituality (EC/CS), as well as a host of other perversions. Here’s a small sample of a warning that came through my email recently from Lighthouse Trails.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

That's My King

I wish I could describe Him to ya!

Special thanks to S.M. Lockridge for the passionate sermon this was based on.




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Sunday, March 8, 2009

Doctrine Is Practical by John MacArthur


John MacArthurI have in my library a book by the spiritual father of a quasi-Christian cult. He argues that doctrinal statements, systematic theology and propositional truth claims are contrary to the spirit of Jesus' ministry.

That seemed a rather bizarre notion when I first heard it years ago. But the belief that Christ is against doctrine is a notion I seem to be encountering with increasing frequency.

No idea could be much further from the truth. The word doctrine simply means "teaching." And it's ludicrous to say that Christ is anti-teaching. The central imperative of His Great Commission is the command to teach (Matthew 28:18-20).

Yet there's no shortage of church-growth experts, professional pollsters, and even seminary professors nowadays who are cautioning young pastors that doctrine is too divisive, too threatening, too heady and theoretical—and therefore simply impractical.

Impractical? I agree that practical application is vital. I don't want to minimize its importance. But if there is a deficiency in preaching today, it is that there's too much relational, pseudo-psychological, and thinly life-related content, and not enough emphasis on sound doctrine.

Moreover, the distinction between doctrinal and practical truth is completely artificial; doctrine is practical. In fact, nothing is more practical than sound doctrine, because there's ultimately no basis for godly behavior apart from the truth of God's Word.

Practical insights, gimmicks, and illustrations mean little if they are divorced from divine principle. Before the preacher asks anyone to perform a certain duty, he must first deal with doctrine. He must develop his message around theological themes and draw out the principles of the texts. Then the truth can be applied.

Romans provides the clearest example. Paul doesn't give any exhortation until he has given eleven chapters of theology.

He scales incredible heights of truth, culminating in 11:33-36, where he says, "Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who became His counselor? Or who has first given Him that it might be paid back to Him again? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen."

Then in chapter 12, he turns immediately to the practical consequences of the doctrine of the first 11 chapters. No passage in Scripture captures the Christian's responsibility in the face of truth more clearly than Romans 12:1-2. Resting on eleven chapters of profound doctrine, Paul calls each believer to a supreme act of spiritual worship—giving oneself as a living sacrifice.

So doctrine gives rise to devotion to Christ. What could be more practical? And the remainder of the book of Romans goes on to explain still more practical outworkings of one's dedication to Christ.

Paul follows the same pattern in Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and 1 Thessalonians. The doctrinal message comes first. Upon that foundation he builds the practical application, making the logical connection with the word therefore (Romans 12:1; Galatians 5:1; Ephesians 4:1; Philippians 2:1) or then (Colossians 3:1; 1 Thessalonians 4:1).

So we have imposed an artificial meaning on the word doctrine. We've made it something abstract and threatening, unrelated to daily living. That has brought about the disastrous idea that preaching and teaching are unrelated to living.

The scriptural concept of doctrine includes the entire message of the gospel—its teaching about God, salvation, sin, and righteousness. Those concepts are so tightly bound to daily living that the first-century mind did not see them as something separate from practical truth.

The New Testament church was founded on a solid base of doctrine. First Timothy 3:16 contains what many expositors believe is an early church hymn: "God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory." There, in capsule form, is the basis of all Christian teaching. Without that, no practical application matters.

The next few verses of 1 Timothy describe what happens when men depart from the basis of biblical truth: "Some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron, men who forbid marriage and advocate abstaining from foods, which God has created to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth" (4:1-3).

In other words, lying, hypocrisy, a dulled conscience, and false religious practices all have root in wrong doctrine.

No ministry activity is more important than rightly understanding and clearly proclaiming sound doctrine. In 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus, Paul commissions two young men to the ministry. His central theme is the importance of adhering to sound doctrine.

Paul charged Timothy: "In pointing out these things to the brethren, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, constantly nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound doctrine which you have been following" (1 Tim. 4:6). "Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching," Paul adds, "persevere in these things; for as you do this you will insure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you" (v. 16).

Titus 2:10 says we "adorn [or honor] the doctrine of God" by how we live. When it comes to affirming sound doctrine, what we do carries far more significance than what we say. That's why it's disastrous when a pastor, seminary professor, or any kind of Christian leader fails morally. The message he proclaims is that his doctrine is unrelated to life. And for those whose lives he has touched, doctrine becomes merely an intellectual exercise.

True doctrine transforms behavior as it is woven into the fabric of everyday life. But it must be understood if it is to have its impact. The real challenge of the ministry is to dispense the truth clearly and accurately. Practical application comes easily by comparison.

John MacArthur
John MacArthur


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