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      Love is an Angel, and Lust is a Devil.

      Sunday, September 30, 2007

      Counterfeited love is one of the vilest things under heaven. That heavenly word, love, has been trailed in the mire of unclean passion and filthy desire. The licentiousness, which comes of the worship of Venus, has dared to take to itself a name which belongs only to the pure worship of Jehovah. Now, the works which counterfeit love are these: “adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness.” To talk of “love” when a man covets his neighbour’s wife, or when a woman violates the command, “Thou shalt not commit adultery,” is little less than sheer blasphemy against the holiness of love. It is not love, but lust; love is an angel, and lust a devil. The purities of domestic life are defiled, and its honors are disgraced when once the marriage bond is disregarded. When men or women talk of religion, and are unfaithful to their marriage covenant, they are base hypocrites. Even the heathen condemned this infamy, let not Christians tolerate it. The next fleshly work is “fornication,” which was scarcely censured among the heathen, but is most sternly condemned by Christianity. It is a wretched sign of the times that in these corrupt days, some have arisen who treat this crime as a slight offense, and even attempt to provide for its safer indulgence by legislative enactments. Has it come to this? Has the civil ruler become a panderer to the lusts of corrupt minds? Let it not be once named among you, as it becometh saints. “Uncleanness“ is a third work of the flesh, and it includes those many forms of foul offense which defile the body and deprive it of its true honor; while to bring up the rear we have “lasciviousness,” which is the cord which draws on uncleanness, and includes all conversation which excites the passions, all songs which suggest lewdness, all gestures and thoughts which lead up to unlawful gratification. We have sadly much of these too evils in these days, not only openly in our streets, but in more secret ways. I loathe the subject. All works of art which are contrary to modesty are here condemned, and the most pleasing poetry if it creates impure imaginations. These unclean things are the works of the flesh in the stage of putridity — the very maggots which swarm within a corrupt soul. Bury these rotten things out of our sight! I do but uncover them for an instant that a holy disgust may be caused in every Christian soul; and that we may flee therefrom as from the breath of pestilence. Yet remember, O you that think yourselves pure, and imagine you would never transgress so badly, that even into these loathsome and abominable criminalities high professors have fallen; ay, and sincere believers trusting in themselves have slipped into this ditch, from whence they have escaped with infinite sorrow, to go with broken bones the rest of their pilgrimage. Alas, how many who seemed to be clean escaped from pollution have so fallen that they have had to be saved so as by fire! Oh, may we keep our garments unspotted by the flesh; and this we cannot do unless it be in the power and energy of the Spirit of holiness. He must purge these evils from us, and cause his fruit so to abound in us that the deeds of the flesh shall be excluded for ever.


      The "Fruits" of Arminian/Semi-Palagian Theology

      This is an episode of the Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends show from BBC2 England. Louis (an unbeliever) goes to televangelists and various "evangelicals" around the land to investigate what it's like to be "born again". This episode shows how damaging the "repeat this prayer" mentality and man-centered theology is to those who do not believe as well as those who profess to. In this show, Louis meets the Children of God group who Francis Schaeffer speaks of in his book The New Super Spirituality. Schaeffer talks in this book about how he feels sorry for the people who are ignorantly involved in this movement because of the strict legalism found in their sect. He made this comment in 1972, but the legalism displayed in this video is here offset by such things as the "flirty fishing" (the girls use their virtue as bait for the lost) technique used by the group.

      This show displays the many things to do wrong in "witnessing" and "believing". Notice how the whole basis for this being "born again" (as explained by the various people) is based on a decision the individual makes which is blatantly Semi-Palagian and is a theology that is very widely preached in the modern church. Also notice at one point in the segment when the "Pastor" is urging the audience to repeat "the sinner's prayer", the people who brought Louis pressure him into saying it. Louis' says, "Even though I didn't believe, I wanted to please Ann Lee so much that a few words spilled out..." Think about that for a second. Louis prayed that prayer even though he didn't believe and walked out of there as an unbeliever. Was your "conversion experience" the same? Were you pressured into saying some prayer even though you didn't believe the words you repeated? Were there honest questions you had or still have that you have been pressured into laying aside to please the people that surround you? It's sad to say but I've lived the majority of my life in this mentality, and it is one of the most abusive mentalities a person can have.

      Also, notice at the end of this video "the altar call". Does it sound like anything familiar? The Charismatic experience may not be the same that you've had (I haven't had one similar), but is something like the "pray this prayer" then later in the service "if you prayed this prayer, let me see your hands" experience familiar? If it is, you need to search the Scriptures and not be afraid to be honest that you have questions about what words like justification, God's propitiation, and the Holy Spirit's sanctification truly mean. Don't be oppressed by Spiritual bullies who would rather you keep silent about your questions rather than coming to the truth and light to have these things revealed. Verily I say to you, they will have their reward.

      To the "pastor's" wife's credit (or rather God's) she did inform Louie that she doesn't believe that he has received Jesus even after he informs her that he prayed the prayer and asked Jesus in his heart but didn't think he was converted. However, towards the end, Louis asks the "Pastor", "Is it possible that it's just the power of suggestion; that it's people who need to feel healed and need to believe and that you help them to that and that it's basically cathartic, that it's human centered and not God centered?" Notice the shallowness of the Pastor's response. Francis Schaeffer boldly declared that believers should always be ready to give "honest answers to honest questions" and to profess that Christianity is an objective faith (that there are true facts that one can believe in and one doesn't have to give up their intellect to believe in Jesus Christ). Peter speaks of always being prepared to give an answer to the hope that lies within us. Maybe you aren't always ready because you don't truly have this hope. This video should provide a wake-up call to all those involved who feel pressured to be in the painful, monotonous routine of pretending to believe when all the while being slaves to sin and unrighteousness and knowing it but are not sure of the way out of it. My prayer is this allows for those who experience this Spiritual abuse know that it is alright to expect honest answers to honest questions instead of the gibberish given by those who cannot give honest answers themselves because they haven't denied themselves and come to the light. When the Gospel is trivialized in the way these people do it, it's no wonder that men like Loius walk away considering Christianity a joke. If this is what Christianity actually is, and it was the only experience I had with it, I would as well.


      Is There Anything Practical About Being Pragmatic?

      Saturday, September 29, 2007


      1. A method in philosophy where value is determined by practical results.
      2. Philosophy A movement consisting of varying but associated theories, originally developed by Charles S. Peirce and William James and distinguished by the doctrine that the meaning of an idea or a proposition lies in its observable practical consequences.
      3. A practical, matter-of-fact way of approaching or assessing situations or of solving problems.

      "I remember talking to a 'Christian' businessman one day. I was trying to have a conversation with him about some heavy matters of theology, and he really wasn't interested. He said (condescendingly), 'R.C., that's fine to talk about all this doctrine and everything, but give me some news I can use.'

      I said, 'You want news you can use...(sigh)'

      What was he saying to me? He was saying, 'R.C., I don't feel the need to know anything about the holiness of God. What I need to know is how to solve the problems within my marriage, with my kids, or with whatever...'

      I said, 'Don't you see that how you understand the character of God is the single most important thing you can learn that will change for the long-haul your relationship to your wife and your relationship to your children?'

      See, people need to know who God is, but they don't feel the pressure of it now. There's some other 'symptom' that is bothering them and pressing upon them so deeply that, at the moment, they want the short-term 'cure', and, if the 'cure works', then it 'proves the truth of the value or the goodness' of the decision."

      - R.C. Sproul


      10 Ways For a Youth Leader to Hinder the Church

      Friday, September 28, 2007

      More tounge-in-cheek commentary from Doug Eaton. In this video, Doug address the ways a youth leader can hinder the Church.


      Who Are You Calling a Pharisee and Why?

      (Originally posted 12/1/05) - JC Ryle warned that if you dare to say of one doctrine that 'it is true' and of another 'it is false', you can expect to be called narrow-minded and uncharitable. And as Paul Crouch from TBN demonstrates, you can often expect to be called a 'Pharisee' as well: "I'm tired of Scribes, Pharisees, hypocrites blocking God's bridges when the harvest is perishing out there and God's calling the body to come together. Let Him sort out all this doctrinal doo-doo, I don't care about it!". But before you call someone a Pharisee, consider this advice.

      Here's an excerpt from John MacArthur, as he explains
      a common misuse of the term 'Pharisee'. From his book:
      Reckless Faith: When the Church Loses its Will to Discern

      Sometimes the Pharisees are accused of having been overly concerned with orthodoxy. But that was not at all where they went astray. Their error was that they became so wrapped up in their own traditions that they downplayed the truth of Scripture and distorted sound doctrine. Far from being theologically orthodox, they had simply invented their own traditions and used a man-made system to nullify the truth of divinely inspired Scripture
      (Matt. 15:3-6).

      It is fashionable today to characterize anyone who is concerned with biblical doctrine as Pharisaical. The biblical condemnation of the Pharisees' legalism has been misread as a denunciation of doctrinal precision. And love of the truth has often been judged inherently legalistic.

      But love for truth is not the same as legalism. The fact that it has been portrayed that way has sabotaged the very thing the church so desperately needs today. Too many Christians are content to gaze nonchalantly at the surface of scriptural truth without plunging any deeper. They often justify their shallow indifference as a refusal to be legalistic. Conversely, they dismiss as pharisaical narrow-mindedness, any attempt to declare the truth authoritatively.

      Doctrine divides; therefore any concern for doctrinal matters is commonly seen as unchristian. People concerned with discernment and sound doctrine are often accused of fostering a pharisaical, divisive attitude. But that is exactly backwards! True unity is rooted in truth.

      Jesus prayed: "Sanctify them in the truth; Thy word is truth... For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth. I do not ask in behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one" (John 17:17-21). The unity for which He prayed is preceded by and grows out of sanctification in the truth. Fellowship that ignores or glosses over the crucial doctrines of the faith is not Christian unity; it is ungodly compromise.

      As doctrine has been deemphasized, the church has moved from preaching the Word to other activities: drama, music, entertainment - things designed to evoke an emotional response rather than enlighten the mind. The charismatic movement has supplanted doctrine with experience. Psychology has elevated "felt" needs over real needs and behavioral theory over revealed truth. All this has accelerated the move away from doctrine and focused the pulpit message on everything but the objective truth of Scripture. Preachers have become comedians, storytellers, therapists, showmen, and entertainers rather than powerful envoys of divine truth. . . .

      [One] reason for the low level of discernment in the church today is the reluctance to take a definitive stand on any issue. Those with any convictions at all are supposed to hold those beliefs with as much slack as possible. Dogmatism is not permitted. To pronounce anything true and call its antithesis error is to challenge society's only remaining dogma. Refuse to equivocate on any point of principle or doctrine, and you will be labeled too narrow. Zeal for the truth has become politically incorrect.


      Mohammed Was NOT Prophesied in the Bible.

      Islam tries to pursuade gullible people that the "prophet" Muhammed was the one Jesus talked about who would be sent to be the Comforter. ("And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees him not, neither knows him: but you know him; for he dwells with you, and shall be in you."(Joh 14:16-17)

      James White (Dr. O) pulls this ridiculous argument apart in the following video:


      Living For "Personal Peace and Affluence" is NOT the Same As Living In Christ.

      Thursday, September 27, 2007

      It became obvious to students in the early sixties that we were living in a post-Christian world. As students in Berkeley shouted in 1964, we are living in a plastic culture. The beat generation befrore them had been saying that, and now an entire student generation had become convinced of it. Students would return home from the university and ask their parents questions and would get only superficial answers: You must work like mad to get into the university. Why? So you can make money. But why should I want to make money? So you can send your children to the university. All too often personal peace and affluence were the only values that these young people saw in their parents, and they rightly were turned off.

      Christians should have been glad for what these students were saying. In fact, they should have been saying it themselves, for these young poeple had put their finger on the situation as it really was. On the one side, most of the church bodies were controlled by liberal theology which isn't Christianity at all. And on the other side, culture in general had become totally secularized. Not many years before, one could have said that, while most individuals were not Christians, at least there was a "Christian" consensus based on the memory of true Christianity. Men still believed that a truth existed, and, even if the non-Christians had no real base for it, at least it was an ideal toward which to aspire. But by the sixties, this had largely been lost: we were in the post-Christian world; and now the present generation (for the most part) no longer believes that absolute truth exists at all. Yet the older generation didn't recognize it until suddenly their youngsters looked up and declared that the king didn't have any clothes on, or, as they put it, "We live in a plastic culture."

      One reason I felt close to those who were saying this is that I wished the Bible-believing church had been saying it long before. But our evangelical churches, too, had all too often become plastic and no voice was raised.

      A second factor to take into consideration as we look at recent changes is the silent majority. That silent majority, we must understand, can still elect to office anyone it wants to elect. As I have pointed out elsewhere, the silent majority is divided into two parts - a minority and a majority. Today's politician who wants to get elected has to appeal to both.

      The minority of the silent majority either are Christians (and therefore have absolutes on which to base their actions and judgments) or at least a Christian memory and still believe in absolutes, even if their basis for those absolutes is inadequate. The majority of the silent majority are those who really live in a post-Christian world. They may go to a church, but they have no real absolutes in mind and they have only two values - personal peace and affluence. Personal peace is not to be equated with pacifism. Rather, it is the attitude: "Let me alone; don't let trouble at home or abroad come near my door. Just give me peace, personal peace." And then there is affluence: "Let me have my Cadillac. Then, it would be nice to have more chrome on my Cadillac, and a second car, and maybe three, and then a boat, or better yet two boats. Oh, and then let's throw in a summer house and a swimming pool, or maybe two. The more of everything, the better."

      So with the majority of the silent majority what we have is not a theoretcial materialism but a practical materialism. When those who are younger yell, "This is plastic, this is ugly," let us as Christians say, "You are absolutely right. Your positive response may be inadequate, you may have no solutions at all, but unhappily your critique is correct."


      The "Big-Bible-Word-Glossary" Post Part 1

      When I started reading and listening to the Bible, I got so frustrated at times because I would come across one of those "big words" that everyone who has read at least some of the Bible knows about, and I would get stuck on a certain verse without getting understanding. When I learned the definitions of some of those big words, though, I realized why certain theologians make such a big deal out of their usage. In this post (and, Lord willing, future ones), I am going to share some of the more obscure words (to present day Christians) that are found in Scripture that have helped me grow in the faith and love for Christ that has been once delievered to all the Saints. With each word, I will give the original Greek word, a definition of the Greek word from either Thayer's or Strong's, the English dictionary definition of the english word we use now (which doesn't differ from the Greek), and a verse or two of how it is used in Scripture. Use the definitions of each of these words when you read them in the Scripture verses. I pray that it helps you grow in your understanding of what exactly God has done for all those who believe.

      1) Propitiation

      Greek word and defn: hilastērion - a) an atoning victim, relating to an appeasing or expiating; b) used of the cover of the ark of the covenant in the Holy of Holies, which was sprinkled with the blood of the expiatory victim on the annual day of atonement (this rite signifying that the life of the people, the loss of which they had merited by their sins, was offered to God in the blood as the life of the victim, and that God by this ceremony was appeased and their sins expiated); hence the lid of expiation, the propitiatory

      English defn: to gain or regain the favor or goodwill of; appease; conciliate

      Used in Scripture:

      Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God has set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
      (Rom 3:24-25)

      In this is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our (those who believe) sins.
      (1Jn 4:10)

      2) Justification

      Greek word and defn: dikaiōsis - a) the act of God declaring men free from guilt and acceptable to him; b) abjuring (formally rejecting or disavowing a formerly held belief, usually under pressure) to be righteous; c) acquittal

      English defn: being pronounced or made righteous; the act of God, through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, bringing about reconciliation between God and human beings.

      Used in Scripture:

      Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed (attributed or credited) to him; But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offenses, and was raised again for our justification.
      (Rom 4:23-25)

      For if by one man's (Adam's) offense death reigned by one; much more they who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ. Therefore as by the offense of one (Adam) judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one (Jesus Christ) the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
      (Rom 5:17-18)

      3) Sanctification

      Greek word and defn: hagiasmos - a) purification; b) consecration (The act of separating from a common to a sacred use)

      English defn: "to set apart" or "to make holy" from the world and sin.

      Used in Scripture:

      And base things of the world, and things which are despised, has God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nothing things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence. And of him are you in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glories, let him glory in the Lord.
      (1Co 1:28-31)

      Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the exiles scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.
      (1Pe 1:1-2)


      I'm Not Troubled in My Heart About Your Self-Esteem.

      Wednesday, September 26, 2007


      Charles Grandison Finney: Heretic?

      Tuesday, September 25, 2007

      (The following is from the blog, Pheonix Preacher.)

      Just for the record…I believe that Charles Finney was a heretic along the lines of a Rutherford, Russell, or Smith, the founders of the Jehovahs Witnesses and Mormonism.

      While he should be condemned as a heretic for many of his aberrant doctrines, the most damnable one he espoused was the denial of the work of our Lord Jesus Christ on the Cross.
      The fact that he is held up as anything other than an apostate is testimony to the shallowness and ignorance of sound doctrine in the church today.

      Let's do a quick synopsis of his heresies in hopes that it will provoke you to further study.

      1. He was a "Pelagian".
      This term refers to a man, Pelagias, who denied original sin or the doctrine that men are born with a sin nature. The matter was debated vigorously by Pelagias and Augustine and the doctrine was declared heretical in the 5th century.

      Here is a good definition of the heresy.

      "It is the belief that original sin did not taint human nature (which, being created from God, was divine), and that mortal will is still capable of choosing good or evil without Divine aid. Thus, Adam's sin was "to set a bad example" for his progeny, but his actions did not have the other consequences imputed to Original Sin. Pelagianism views the role of Jesus as "setting a good example" for the rest of humanity (thus counteracting Adam's bad example). In short, humanity has full control, and thus full responsibility, for its own salvation in addition to full responsibility for every sin (the latter insisted upon by both proponents and opponents of Pelagianism). According to Pelagian doctrine, since humanity is no longer in need of any of God's graces beyond the creation of will,[1] Jesus' sacrifice is devoid of its redemptive quality."

      - Wikipedia

      What sayeth the Scriptures?

      "And the free gift is not like the result of that one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ. Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.”(Romans 5:16-19 ESV)

      Because Adam only set a "bad example", Christ death was only for the purpose of setting a "good example".

      In other words, He died for no one, His death bought the salvation of no one, and His blood was of no effect.

      I shudder to even write such heinous blasphemy.

      Michael Horton commented on Finney's doctrine:

      The purpose of that death was to reassert God’s moral government and to lead us to eternal life by example, as Adam’s example excited us to sin. Why did Christ die? God knew that "The atonement would present to creatures the highest possible motives to virtue. Example is the highest moral influence that can be exerted … If the benevolence manifested in the atonement does not subdue the selfishness of sinners, their case is hopeless" (p.209). Therefore, we are not helpless sinners who need to,’ be redeemed, but wayward sinners who need a demonstration of selflessness so moving that we will be excited to leave off selfishness. Not only did Finney believe that the "moral influence" theory of the atonement was the chief way of understanding the cross; he explicitly denied the substitutionary atonement, which "assumes that the atonement was a literal payment of a debt, which we have seen does not consist with the nature of the atonement … It is true, that the atonement, of itself, does not secure the salvation of any one" (p.217).

      3. He denied justification by faith alone in Christ alone.
      Horton again:

      "The Reformers insisted, on the basis of clear biblical texts, that justification (in the Greek, "to declare righteous," rather than "to make righteous") was a forensic (i.e., legal) verdict. In other words, whereas Rome maintained that justification was a process of making a bad person better, the Reformers argued that it was a declaration or pronouncement that had someone else’s righteousness (i.e., Christ’s) as its basis. Therefore, it was a perfect, once and-for-all verdict of right standing.

      This declaration was to be pronounced at the beginning of the Christian life, not in the middle or at the end. The key words in the evangelical doctrine are "forensic" (legal) and "imputation" (crediting one’s account, as opposed to the idea of "infusion" of a righteousness within a person’s soul). Knowing all of this, Finney declares,

      "But for sinners to be forensically pronounced just, is impossible and absurd… As we shall see, there are many conditions, while there is but one ground, of the justification of sinners … As has already been said, there can be no justification in a legal or forensic sense, but upon the ground of universal, perfect, and uninterrupted obedience to law. This is of course denied by those who hold that gospel justification, or the justification of penitent sinners, is of the nature of a forensic or judicial justification. They hold to the legal maxim that what a man does by another he does by himself, and therefore the law regards Christ’s obedience as ours, on the ground that he obeyed for us."

      To this, Finney replies: "The doctrine of imputed righteousness, or that Christ’s obedience to the law was accounted as our obedience, is founded on a most false and nonsensical assumption." After all, Christ’s righteousness "could do no more than justify himself. It can never be imputed to us … it was naturally impossible, then, for him to obey in our behalf " This "representing of the atonement as the ground of the sinner’s justification has been a sad occasion of stumbling to many" (pp.320-2).

      The view that faith is the sole condition of justification is "the antinomian view," Finney asserts. "We shall see that perseverance in obedience to the end of life is also a condition of justification. Some theologians have made justification a condition of sanctification, instead of making sanctification a condition of justification. But this we shall see is an erroneous view of the subject." (pp.326-7)."

      According to Finney, man could only save himself by being intellectually convinced that sin was sin and then deciding to live a completely pure and holy life.

      Finney not only believed that perfection was possible, but that man was damned by any sin following conversion and must be "saved' yet again by his own works.

      "By sanctification being a condition of justification, the following things are intended:(1.) That present, full, and entire consecration of heart and life to God and His service, is an unalterable condition of present pardon of past sin, and of present acceptance with God. (2.) That the penitent soul remains justified no longer than this full-hearted consecration continues. If he falls from his first love into the spirit of self-pleasing, he falls again into bondage to sin and to the law, is condemned, and must repent and do his "first work," must turn to Christ, and renew his faith and love, as a condition of his salvation. . . . Perseverance in faith and obedience, or in consecration to God, is also an unalterable condition of justification, or of pardon and acceptance with God. By this language in this connection, you will of course understand me to mean, that perseverance in faith and obedience is a condition, not of present, but of final or ultimate acceptance and salvation [Systematic Theology, 368-69]."

      To summarize…

      Finney believed that mans will was not tainted by the Fall and thus is able to make choices to both serve God and be saved by his own righteous works. He believed that Christ paid for no ones sins on the cross, bought no one with His blood, but merely set a noble example to follow.
      He denied the imputation of Christ's righteousness as unnecessary as man could be righteous on his own. The altar call was nothing more than getting a person to decide to act right, not a supernatural act of regeneration of the soul. Man was only secure as his last act of righteousness and his only security was in his own good works.

      What sayeth the Scriptures?

      "as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.” “Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive.” “The venom of asps is under their lips.” “Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.” “Their feet are swift to shed blood; in their paths are ruin and misery, and the way of peace they have not known.” “There is no fear of God before their eyes.””(Romans 3:10-18 ESV)

      “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith.”(Romans 3:23-25 ESV)

      “And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”(Ephesians 2:1-9 ESV)

      “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility.”(Ephesians 2:13-16 ESV)

      “That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.” But the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.”(Romans 4:22-25 ESV)

      “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.”(Romans 5:6-11 ESV)

      “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”(Romans 8:1 ESV)

      “For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
      (Romans 8:29-39 ESV)

      Friends, the Scriptures shout and call Finney a liar from Genesis to Revelation. We were all haters of God, born with a sin nature. Our Lord gave His life for our sins on the cross, He paid the penalty for our sin and appeased the wrath of God that was upon us. His righteousness was credited to us when we put our faith in Him and He has promised never to take away what He has given. He was not just our example, but our Savior who came to do for us what we could never do for ourselves. I feel like preaching! ;-)
      I digress…

      Today Finneys heresies about the nature of man and the nature of the atonement have spawned a host of heresies and aberrations from their unholy roots.

      You tell me…how can any man who holds to these doctrines be a hero to anyone who believes in Jesus Christ?


      Do Not Be Unequally Yoked...

      I was reading this morning and came across these verses.  I think I should share because it cleared up a lot for me.  Over and over in the media, we are trying to be pursuaded that "people who don't believe in Christ are alright."  That they "just don't believe in the God, but they're morally good." Also that "Christians are too close-minded" and "atheists can be trusted".

      Well, here is what the Bible has to say about it:

      "Do not heterozugeō (have fellowship with) the apistos (unfaithful, faithless, not to be trusted). For what partnership has dikaiosunē (integrity, virtue, purity of life, correctness of thinking, feeling, and acting) with anomia (the condition of without law; because ignorant of it; because of violating it)? Or what fellowship has phōs (truth and its knowledge, reason) with skotos (of ignorance respecting divine things and human duties, and the accompanying ungodliness and immorality, together with their consequent misery in hell)? What accord has Christ (the Messiah) with Belial (worthless or wicked; the name of Satan)? Or what portion does a pistos (trustworthy, faithful) share with an apistos? What agreement has the temple of God with eidōlon (an image; a false god)? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, "I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore go out from their midst, andaphorizō (mark off from others by boundaries, to limit, to separate; in a good sense: to appoint, set apart for some purpose) from them, says the Lord, and touch no akathartos (in a moral sense: unclean in thought and life) thing; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty." 
      (2Co 6:14-18)

      Why should believers not trust unbelievers?  Because unbelievers are untrustworthy.  It's as simple as that.


      Thought of the Week 9.25.07

      Monday, September 24, 2007

      "If you think, 'Eh, I know I've done a lot of bad things in the past, but I've also done enough good things. I'm good enough to go to heaven...', you're not saved."

      (...not of works. Eph. 2:8-9)


      Is There a Such Person as a "New Testament-Only Christian"?

      "Do not think that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill."

      - Jesus Christ
      (Matthew 5:17)

      Here our Lord speaks of fulfilling the law and the prophets. Well, since they're fulfilled, where do you find this law and these prophets? You find them in the Old Testament.

      There are some that say that "I'm a New Testament Only Christian" implying that they adhere only to what is written in the New Testament, but repeatedly the New Testament alludes back to the Old to bring clarity. They are not two seperate books, but make up one whole.

      In this clip from God's Law and Society by Eric Holmberg and The Apologetics Group, this issue is discussed.

      You can get this full length DVD at The Apologetics Group's Official Website or their eBay store .


      The Idolatry of "Influence"

      Without a doubt, "Evangelical Christianity" has been under attack for as long as it has been around, but more vehemently lately with the rise of groups like the Emergent "Church", the Jesus Seminar, and the Prosperity "Gospel". At the heart of all of this, many Christians have just been altogether confused by the waves of "theology" that spring from these groups and many others that claim the name "Christian". Why does this happen? Why all the confusion? Why can formerly sound orthodox Christians be so blown about with every wind of doctrine that comes about? At the risk of stating the obvious, I submit the answer is simply because of sin, but one sin in particular. It's the sin of idolatry. What is the idol? It's very clear: the idol of esteeming a man's influence over God.

      I have listened to sermons, read articles, etc, from many of the major people in these fields and the one thing that they all seem to be in agreement on no matter what the subject matter is, is the need "to be influential". It may sound strange to call this a sin at first, but take this for example. God specifically says, "If a man also lies with a man, as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them." (Lev 20:13) This is God's word. Homosexuality is an abomination to Him. It is very clear to anyone that reads this and takes it in exegetically. With this said, a man by the name of Brian McLaren says, "Frankly, many of us don't know what we (emergents) should think about homosexuality." My question is, does it really matter what a person opposed to God thinks? Should it even in the smallest sense be consider to be taken as valid? Does it really matter what we think as human beings if we differ from God? If a person's opinion differs with revealed Scriptural truth, is it to be taken seriously or as valid? Will it change God's view of homosexuality being an "abomination" to Him? The optimistic thinking that it will or does is rooted in the liberal "Every person's opinion matters and should be treated as important" way of thinking. That is a flat out lie. When someone's opinion differs from revealed truth, it is of no importance at all. (Period)

      Many people can look at someone of the likes of Joel Osteen and see nothing wrong with what he says (or doesn't say) because "he is winning others that other people might not. Don't you see all of the people who's lives are being changed from hearing his 'message'?" What is that message, though? Is it that "God has a wonderful plan for your life and wants to change it to give you material blessings?" That's not God's message at all, yet a person can see the influence he has on people and write him off as "being okay". Why? Because the majority (definitely not all) of evangelical Christianity has harbored the sin of idolatry for years. "If a person can bring in the numbers, who cares about their theology? It just causes 'division in the body' anyway." That is blatant idolatry. When a person's influence or person is regarded higher than God revealed in Scripture, idolatry is prevalent. Sin prevails, not God.

      Do you have the uncofessed sin of idolatry? If a pastor of a widely influential, 4,000 member Mega-church comes to you and says, "I believe that the Bible is unclear about God's position on having sex outside of marriage.", would you consider what he has to say even for a moment? If your answer is yes, ask yourself what your reply would be to the same question, but in this case, if you were told this statement by a homeless person on a park bench downtown. Would you consider what he has to say? If your answers differ when asked by each of the two individuals, you're guilty of the sin of idolatry. You regard a man's opinion to be of more worth than God and his commandments as they are revealed in Scripture. You need to repent.


      Judge Not?

      Sunday, September 23, 2007

      "Judge not lest you be judged."
      - Jesus Christ
      (Matthew 7:1)

      It seems that everyone knows this verse, even before John 3:16 in many cases. A person is usually met with this argument when they go to someone they care about and are concerned about their eternal life. However, Jesus Christ also said, "Judge not according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment." (John 7:24) Does the Lord contradict Himself or do the people that use the "Judge not" argument take the verse out of its context. Watch this video, and, well, use righteous judgment to find out.

      This is part of a documentary called Hell's Bells 2 by Eric Holmberg and The Apologetics Group. This DVD can be purchased in its entirety either from their official website http://www.theapologeticsgroup.com or their eBay site http://myworld.ebay.com/the-right-divide

      (I have permission from Mr. Holmberg to post this.)


      Struggling With Pornography? This Will Help.

      Saturday, September 22, 2007

      "She is a common sewer!"

      (Thomas Watson, "The Ten Commandments". Though it particularly addresses adultery, it easily applies to any kind of immorality.)

      "You shall not commit adultery."
      (Exodus 20:14)

      This commandment is set up as a hedge to keep out impurity; and those who break this hedge—a serpent shall bite them! The fountain of this sin is lust. God is a pure, holy being, and has an infinite antipathy against all impurity. We must take heed of running on the rock of impurity, and so making shipwreck of our chastity. The meaning of the commandment is not only that we should not stain our bodies with immorality—but that we should keep our souls pure. To have a chaste body—but an unclean soul, is like a beautiful face with a cancerous heart. "Be holy, for I am holy." 1 Peter 1:16.

      There is a mental adultery. "Whoever looks on a woman to lust after her, has committed adultery with her already in his heart." Matthew 5:28. As a man may die of an inward bleeding—so he may be damned for the inward boilings of lust, if it is not mortified. That I may deter you from the sin of adultery, let me show you the great evil of it.

      (1) Adultery is a thievish sin. It is the highest sort of theft. The adulterer steals from his neighbor, that which is more than his goods and estate; he steals away his wife from him!

      (2) Adultery debases a person. It makes him resemble the beasts; therefore the adulterer is described like a horse neighing. "Everyone neighed after his neighbor's wife." Jeremiah 5:8. It is worse than brutish; for some creatures which are void of reason—yet by the instinct of nature, observe some decorum and chastity. The turtle-dove is a chaste creature, and keeps to its mate. And the stork, wherever he flies, comes into no nest but his own. Naturalists write that if a stork, leaving his own mate, joins with any other, all the rest of the storks fall upon it, and pull its feathers from it. Adultery is worse than brutish, it degrades a person of his honor.

      (3) Adultery pollutes. The devil is called an unclean spirit. Luke 11:24. The adulterer is the devil's first-born; he is unclean; he is a moving quagmire. He is all over ulcerated with sin; his eyes sparkle with lust; his mouth foams out filth; his heart burns like mount Etna, in unclean desires. He is so filthy, that if he dies in this sin, all the flames of hell will never purge away his immorality! And, as for the adulteress, who can paint her black enough? The Scripture calls her a deep ditch. Proverbs 23:27. She is a common sewer! The body of a harlot is a walking dung-hill, and her soul a lesser hell!

      (4) Adultery is destructive to the body. "Afterward you will groan in anguish
      when disease consumes your body." Proverbs 5:11. Immorality turns the body into a hospital, it brings foul diseases, and eats the beauty of the face. As the flame wastes the candle, so the fire of lust consumes the body. The adulterer hastens his own death. "So she seduced him with her pretty speech. With her flattery she enticed him. He followed her at once, like an ox going to the slaughter or like a trapped stag, awaiting the arrow that would pierce its heart. He was like a bird flying into a snare, little knowing it would cost him his life!" Proverbs 7:21-23.

      (5.) Adultery is a drain upon the purse; it wastes not the body only—but the estate. "Keeping you from the immoral woman, from the smooth tongue of the wayward wife. Do not lust in your heart after her beauty or let her captivate you with her eyes, for the prostitute reduces you to a loaf of bread, and the adulteress preys upon your very life!" Proverbs 6:24-26. Whores are the devil's horse-leeches, sponges that suck in money. The prodigal son spent his inheritance, when he fell among harlots. Luke 15:30. The concubine of King Edward III, when he was dying, got all she could from him, and even plucked the rings off his fingers.

      (6) Adultery destroys reputation. "But the man who commits adultery is an utter fool, for he destroys his own soul. Wounds and constant disgrace are his lot. His shame will never be erased!" Proverbs 6:32, 33. Wounds of reputation—no physician can heal. When the adulterer dies, his shame lives. When his body rots underground, his name rots above ground. His bastard children are living monuments of his shame.

      (7) Adultery impairs the mind. It steals away the understanding; it stupefies the heart. "Whoredom and wine take away the heart." Hosea 4:11. It eats all purity out of the heart. Solomon besotted himself with women, and they enticed him to idolatry.

      (8) Adultery incurs temporal judgments. The Mosaic law made the penalty for adultery, to be death. "The adulterer and adulteress shall surely be put to death;" and the usual death was stoning. Lev 20:10; Deut. 22:24. The Salons commanded people guilty of this sin, to be burnt. The Romans caused their heads to be stricken off. Like a scorpion—this sin carries a sting in its tail. "For jealousy arouses a husband's fury, and he will show no mercy when he takes revenge!" Proverbs 6:34. The adulterer is often killed in the act of his sin. "Lust's practice is to make a joyful entrance—but she leaves in misery." I have read of two in London, who, having defiled themselves with adultery, were immediately struck dead with lightening from heaven. If all who are now guilty of this sin were to be punished in this manner, it would rain fire again, as on Sodom.

      (9) Adultery, without repentance, damns the soul. "Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor homosexual offenders . . . will inherit the kingdom of God!" 1 Corinthians 6:9-10. The fire of lust, brings to the fire of hell. "God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral!" Hebrews 13:4. Though men may neglect to judge them—yet God will judge them! He will judge them assuredly; they shall not escape the hand of justice; and He will punish them severely. The harlot's breasts keeps from Abraham's bosom! "The delight lasts a moment—the torment an eternity!" Who for a cup of pleasure—would drink a sea of wrath! "Her guests are in the depths of hell." Proverbs 9:18. The harlot is perfumed with powders, and lovely to look on—but poisonous and damnable to the soul! "She has cast down many wounded, yes, many strong men have been slain by her." Proverbs 7:26.

      (10) The adulterer does all he can, to destroy the soul of another—and so kills two at once! He is worse than the thief; for, suppose a thief robs a man, yes, and also takes away his life— the man's soul may be happy; he may go to heaven as well as if he had died in his bed. But he who commits adultery, endangers the soul of another, and does all he can, to deprive her of salvation. What a fearful thing it is—to be an instrument to draw another to hell!

      (11) The adulterer is abhorred of God. "The mouth of an adulteress is a deep pit; he who is abhorred by the Lord, will fall into it." Proverbs 22:14. What can be worse than to be abhorred by God? God may be angry with His own children; but for God to abhor a man—is the highest degree of hatred! The immoral person stands upon the threshold of hell; and when death gives him a push—he tumbles in! All this should sound a warning in our ears, and call us off from the pursuit of so damnable a sin as immorality. Hear what the Scriptures say: "Her house is the way to hell." Proverbs 7:27.

      I shall give some directions, by way of antidote, to keep from the infection of this sin.

      (1) Do not come into the company of a whorish woman; avoid her house, as a seaman does a rock. "Run from her! Don't go near the door of her house!" Proverbs 5:8. He who would not have the plague, must not come near infected houses; every whore-house has the plague in it. Not to avoid the occasion of sin, and yet pray, "Lead us not into temptation," is, as if one should put his finger into the candle, and yet pray that it may not be burnt!

      (2) Look to your eyes. Much sin comes in by the eye. "Having eyes full of adultery." 2 Pet 2:14. The eye tempts the imagination, and the imagination works upon the heart. A lustful amorous eye, may usher in sin. Eve first saw the tree of knowledge—and then she took. Gen 3:6. First she looked—and then she loved. The eye often sets the heart on fire; therefore Job laid a law upon his eyes. "I made a covenant with my eyes—not to look with lust upon a young woman." Job 31:1.

      (3) Look to your lips. Take heed of any unclean word which may enkindle unclean thoughts in yourselves or others. "Evil communications corrupt good manners." 1 Cor. 15:33. Impure discourse, is the bellows to blow up the fire of lust. Much evil is conveyed to the heart by the tongue. "Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth!" Psalm 141:3.

      (4) Look in a special manner to your heart. "Guard your heart with all diligence." Proverbs 4:23. Every person has a tempter in his own bosom! "Out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, adultery, all other sexual immorality." Matthew 15:19. Thinking of sin, makes way for the act of sin. Suppress the first risings of sin in your heart. As the serpent, when danger is near—guards his head, so keep your heart, which is the spring from whence all lustful motions proceed.

      (5) Look to your attire. We read of the attire of a harlot. Proverbs 7:10. A wanton dress is a provocation to lust. A painted face, and half-naked breasts, are allurements to immorality. Where the sign is hung out—people will go in and taste the liquor. Jerome says, "those who by their lascivious attire endeavor to draw others to lust, though no evil follows—are tempters—and shall be punished, because they offered the poison to others, even though they would not drink."

      (6) Take heed of evil company. Sin is a very contagious disease; one person tempts another to sin, and hardens him in it. There are three cords which draw men to immorality: the inclination of the heart, the persuasion of evil company, and the embraces of the harlot. This threefold cord is not easily broken. "A fire was kindled in their company." Psalm 106:18. The fire of lust is kindled in bad company.

      (7) Beware of going to theaters and plays. A play-house is often a preface to a whorehouse. "Plays furnish the seeds of wickedness." We are bid to avoid all appearance of evil; and are not plays the appearance of evil? Such sights are there, which are not fit to be beheld with chaste eyes. A learned divine observes, that many have on their death-beds confessed, with tears, that the pollution of their bodies has been occasioned by going to plays.

      (8) Take heed of mixed dancing. "Dances are instruments of lust and wantonness." From dancing, people come to dalliance with another, and from dalliance to immorality. "There is," says Calvin, "for the most part, some unchaste behavior in dancing." Dances draw the heart to immorality—by wanton gestures, by unchaste touches, and by lustful looks. Chrysostom inveighed against mixed dancing in his time. "We read," he says, "of a marriage feast—but of dancing there—we read not." Matthew 25:7. Many have been ensnared by dancing. "Dancing is not the conduct of a chaste woman—but of the adulteress," says Ambrose. Chrysostom says, "Where dancing is, there the devil is!"

      (9) Take heed of lascivious books and pictures, which provoke to lust. As the reading of the Scripture stirs up love to God, so reading vile books stirs up the mind to wickedness. To lascivious books I may add lascivious pictures, which bewitch the eye, and are incendiaries to lust! They secretly convey poison to the heart.

      (10) Take heed of excess in diet. When gluttony and drunkenness lead the van, immorality and wantonness bring up the rear. "Wine inflames lust." "Sodom's sins were pride, laziness, and gluttony." Ezekiel 16:49. The foulest weeds grow out of the fattest soil. Immorality proceeds from excess. "When I had fed them to the full, everyone neighed after his neighbor's wife." Jer. 5:8. Get the "golden bridle of temperance." God allows the refreshment of nature, and what may fit us the better for his service; but beware of surfeit. Excess in temporal things—clouds the mind, chokes good affections, and provokes lust. "I discipline my body and bring it under strict control." 1 Cor. 9:27. The flesh pampered—is liable to immorality.

      (11) Take heed of idleness. When a man is idle, he is ready to receive any temptation. The devil sows most of his seeds of temptation in fallow ground. Idleness is the cause of sodomy and immorality. "Sodom's sins were pride, laziness, and gluttony." Ezekiel 16:49. When David was idle on the top of his house, he espied Bathsheba, and committed adultery with her. 2 Samuel 11:4. Jerome gave his friend counsel to be always well employed in God's vineyard, that when the devil came, he might have no leisure to listen to temptation.

      (12) To avoid fornication and adultery, let every man have a chaste, entire love to his own wife. Ezekiel's wife was the desire of his eyes. Ezekiel 24:16. When Solomon had dissuaded from immoral women, he prescribed a remedy against it. "Rejoice with the wife of your youth." Proverbs 5:18. It is not having a wife—but loving a wife— which makes a man live chastely. He who loves his wife, whom Solomon calls his fountain, will not go abroad to drink of muddy, poisoned waters. Pure marital love is a gift of God, and comes from heaven; but, like the vestal fire, it must be nourished, so that it does not go out. He who does not love his wife, is the likeliest person to embrace the bosom of a harlot.

      (13) Labor to get the fear of God into your hearts. "By the fear of the Lord, men depart from evil." Proverbs 16:6. As the embankment keeps out the water, so the fear of the Lord keeps out immorality. Such as lack the fear of God, lack the bridle which should check them from sin! How did Joseph keep from his mistress' temptation? The fear of God pulled him back! "How can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God!" Genesis 39:9. Bernard calls holy fear, "the door-keeper of the soul." As a nobleman's porter stands at the door, and keeps out vagrants, so the fear of God stands and keeps out all sinful temptations from entering.

      (14) Take delight in the Word of God. "How sweet are your words unto my taste." Psalm 119:103. Chrysostom compares God's Word to a garden. If we walk in this garden, and suck sweetness from the flowers of the promises, we shall never care to pluck the "forbidden fruit." "Let the Scriptures be my pure pleasure," says Augustine. The reason why people seek after unchaste, sinful pleasures—is because they have nothing better. Caesar riding through a city, and seeing the women play with dogs and parrots, said, "Surely, they have no children." So those who sport with harlots, have no better pleasures. He who has once tasted Christ in a promise, is ravished with delight; and he would scorn a temptation to sin! Job said, that the Word was his "appointed food." Job 23:12. No wonder then, that he made a "covenant with his eyes."

      (15) If you would abstain from adultery, use serious consideration.

      [1] Consider that God sees you in the act of sin! He sees all your curtain wickedness. He is totus oculus—"all eye." The clouds are no canopy, the night is no curtain—to hide you from God's eye! Whenever you sin—your Judge looks on! "I have seen your detestable acts—your adulteries and your neighings." Jer. 13:27. "They have committed adultery with their neighbors' wives. I know it and am a witness to it! declares the Lord." Jer. 29:23.

      [2] Consider that few who are entangled in the sin of adultery, ever recover from the snare. "None that go to her return again." Proverbs 2:19. This made some of the ancients conclude that adultery was an unpardonable sin; but it is not so. David repented. Mary Magdalene was a weeping penitent; upon her amorous eyes which sparkled with lust, she sought to be revenged, by washing Christ's feet with her tears! Some, therefore have recovered from this snare. "None that go to her return," that is, "very few." It is rare to hear of any who are enchanted and bewitched with the sin of immorality, who recover from it. "I find more bitter than death the woman who is a snare, whose heart is a trap and whose hands are chains. The man who pleases God will escape her, but the sinner she will ensnare." Eccl. 7:26. Her "heart is a trap," that is, she is subtle to deceive those who come to her; and "her hands are chains," that is her embraces are powerful to hold and entangle her lovers. This consideration should make all fearful of this sin. Soft pleasures, harden the heart.

      [3] Consider what Scripture says, which may lay a barricade in the way to this sin. "I will be a swift witness against the adulterers." Malachi 3:5. It is good when God is a witness "for us", when He witnesses to our sincerity, as He did to Job's; but it is sad to have God as a "witness against us." "I," says God, "will be a swift witness against the adulterer." And who shall disprove God's witness? He is both witness and judge! "God will surely judge people who are immoral and those who commit adultery." Hebrews 13:4.

      [4] Consider the sad farewell, which the sin of adultery leaves. It leaves a hell in the conscience. "The lips of an immoral woman are as sweet as honey, and
      her mouth is smoother than oil. But the result is as bitter as poison, sharp as a double-edged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to hell." Proverbs 5:3-5. The goddess Diana was so artfully drawn, that she seemed to smile upon those who came into her temple—but frown on those who went out. So the harlot smiles on her lovers as they come to her—but at last, they come to the frown and the sting! "Until an arrow pierces his liver." Proverbs 7:23. "Her end is bitter."

      When a man has been virtuous, the labor is gone—but the comfort remains; but when he has been wicked and immoral, the pleasure is gone—but the sting remains. "He gains momentary pleasure—but after that, eternal torment," says Jerome. When the senses have been feasted with unchaste pleasures, the soul is left to pay the reckoning. Stolen waters are sweet; but, as poison, though sweet in the mouth, it torments the conscience. Sin always ends in tragedy! Sad is that which Fincelius reports of a priest in Flanders, who enticed a young girl to immorality. When she objected how vile a sin it was, he told her that by authority from the Pope, he could commit any sin; so at last he drew her to his wicked purpose. But when they had been together a while, in came the devil, and took away the harlot from the priest's side, and, notwithstanding all her crying out, carried her away! If the devil should come and carry away all who are guilty of immorality in this nation—I fear more would be carried away, than would be left behind!

      (16) Pray against this sin. Luther gave a lady this advice, that when any lust began to rise in her heart, she should go to prayer. Prayer is the best armor against sin; it quenches the wild fire of lust. If prayer will "cast out the devil," it will certainly cast out those lusts which come from the devil.

      O let us labor for soul purity! To keep the soul pure—have recourse to the blood of Christ, which is the "fountain open, to cleanse from sin and impurity." Zech. 13:1. A soul steeped in the briny tears of repentance, and bathed in the blood of Christ—is made pure! Say, "Lord, my soul is defiled! I pollute all I touch! O purge me with hyssop—let Christ's blood sprinkle me, let the Holy Spirit anoint me. O make me pure, that I may be taken to heaven—where I shall be as holy as You would have me to be—and as happy as I can desire to be!"

      - Thomas Watson

      (..."Dead White Guy")


      Beware of Those Who Claim "Irreconcilable Paradox".


      "Why Is There A New Testament?"

      Friday, September 21, 2007

      Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such a high priest, who sat down on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man. For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: therefore it is of necessity that this man have something also to offer. For if he were on earth, he would not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law: Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, says he, that you make all things according to the pattern showed to you in the mount. But now has he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. For finding fault with them, he says, Behold, the days come, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, says the Lord. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: And they shall not teach every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. In that he says, A new covenant, he has made the first old. Now that which decays and grows old is ready to vanish away. Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and an earthly sanctuary. For there was a tabernacle made; the first, in which was the lampstand, and the table, and the showbread; which is called the sanctuary. And behind the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all; Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, in which was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tablets of the covenant; And over it the cherubim of glory shadowing the mercy seat; of which we cannot now speak particularly. Now when these things were thus prepared, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God. But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people: The Holy Spirit this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while the first tabernacle was yet standing: Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience; Which stood only in foods and drinks, and various washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation. But Christ being come a high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? And for this cause he is the mediator of the new covenant, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first covenant, they who are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator or covenant maker. For a testament is in force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator or covenant maker lives. Hence neither the first covenant was dedicated without blood. For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people, Saying, This is the blood of the covenant which God has commanded unto you. Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry. And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission (or forgiveness of sins). It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ has not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest enters into the holy place every year with blood of others; For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the age has he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation. For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the ones approaching perfect. For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because the worshipers once purged should have had no more consciousness of sins. But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. Therefore when he comes into the world, he says, Sacrifice and offering you desired not, but a body have you prepared me: In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin you have had no pleasure. Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do your will, O God. Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin you desired not, neither had pleasure in them; which are offered by the law; Then said he, Lo, I come to do your will, O God. He takes away the first, that he may establish the second. By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest stands daily ministering and offering frequently the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God; From then on waiting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he has perfected forever them that are sanctified. The Holy Spirit also is a witness to us: for after this he had said before, This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remission of these (sins) is, there is no more offering for sin. Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he has consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; And having a high priest over the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:

      (Heb 8:1-13; 9:1-28; 10:1-23)


      The Best Thing I Heard All Day!

      Thursday, September 20, 2007

      "The 'Uber-Librarian' sent me a some articles this morning on the subject of (Christ's) atonement, and I just think a lot of people are not aware of how far out of the quote-unquote "mainstream" most of us are when it comes to what we believe. When they're exposed to the other viewpoints, they're really rocked because they just don't know of the other viewpoints that are out there. We... have to struggle with the term quote-unquote "evangelical" today because many of the people who are writing against the concept of substitutionary atonement, many people who do not believe in substitutionary atonement and identify it as "child abuse" and things like this, are viewed as "evangelicals".

      I said to an evangelical leader recently, "I don't consider myself an evangelical anymore."

      "OH! You shouldn't say that!!" (the leader said).

      Well, you know, if T.D. Jakes is an evangelical leader, I am not a part of any movement of which he is a part so how can this word any longer have much in the way of meaning?"

      - James R. White
      (Sept. 18, 2007)

      While I do not agree that the likes of T.D. Jakes and Joel Osteen are in fact Evangelical, they are regarded around this nation as evangelical Christians. I don't think the answer is to say that we are no longer evangelicals as defined by the true sense of the term, but definitely deny that we are this new definition of the word that has sprung up over the past few decades. What is calling itself "evangelical Christianity" today has little to no resemblance of what the term actually means. We need to start fighting for clarity and stability in definitions again!


      A Warning Against Anxiety

      "Be anxious for nothing..."

      (Phil. 4:6)

      Worring is as definitely forbidden as theft. This needs to be carefully pondered and definitely realized by us, so that we do not excuse it as an innocent "infirmity." The more we are convicted of the sinfulness of anxiety, the sooner are we likely to perceive that it is most dishonoring to God, and "strive against" it (Heb. 12:4). But how are we to "strive against" it? First, by begging the Holy Spirit to grant us a deeper conviction of its enormity. Second, by making it a subject of special and earnest prayer, that we may be delivered from this evil. Third, by watching its beginning, and as soon as we are conscious of harassment of mind, as soon as we detect the unbelieving thought, lift up our heart to God and ask Him for deliverance from it.

      The best antidote for anxiety is frequent meditation upon God's goodness, power and sufficiency. When the saint can confidently realize "The Lord is My Shepherd," he must draw the conclusion, "I shall not want!" Immediately following our exhortation is, "but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your request be made known unto God." Nothing is too big and nothing is too little to spread before and cast upon the Lord. The "with thanksgiving" is most important, yet it is the point at which we most fail. It means that before we receive God's answer, we thank Him for the same: it is the confidence of the child expecting his Father to be gracious.

      "Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought (anxious concern) for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?" "But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." (Matt. 6:25,33)

      - Arthur W. Pink


      Why Modern Humanists Have the Inherent Need to Manipulate

      Modern humanism has an inherent need to manipulate and tinker with the natural processes, including human nature [through genetics], because humanism:

      1. Rejects the doctrine of Creation.

      2. Therefore rejects the idea that there is anything stable or "given" about human nature.

      3. Sees human nature as part of a long, unfolding process of development in which everything is changing.

      4. Casts around for some solution to the problem of despair that this determinist-evolutionist vision induces.

      5. Can only find a solution in the activity of the human will, which -- in opposition to its own system -- it hopes can transcend the inexorable flow of nature and act upon nature.

      6. Therefore encourages manipulation of nature, including tinkering with people, as the only way of escaping from nature's bondage. But this manipulation cannot have any certain criteria to guide it because, with God abolished, the only remaining criterion is nature (which is precisely what humanist man wants to escape from) and nature is both noncruel and cruel.

      (Francis A. Schaeffer and C. Everette Koop, Whatever Happened to the Human Race?, Ch. 1)


      Beware of the Leaven of the SADDUCEES, Too!

      Wednesday, September 19, 2007

      Then Jesus said unto them, "Take heed and beware of the yeast of the Pharisees AND of the Sadducees."
      (Matt 16:6)

      For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit:
      (Acts 23:8)

      There shall not be found among you any one that makes his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that uses divination, or sorcery, or interprets omens, or is a witch, Or casts spells, or is a medium, or a wizard, or CONSULTS THE DEAD. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD your God does drive them out from before you.
      (Deu 18:10-12)

      The Spirit world is real. Many remember the Lord's plea to stay clear of the Pharisees, but many seem to forget Him giving equal warning about the Sadducees. The Sadducees deny the existence of angels, spirits, and the resurrection. How many Sadducees do we have even in churches these days?

      This is part of the documentary Shadows of the Supernatural. You can get this video either at this video at The Apologetics Group's official website , or their ebay store


      The SINGULAR Origin of a Christian

      "Of all Christians, whether Jews or Gentiles— of all Christians, even if they are the highest Apostles, like Paul, or the least of all the family of love, such as we may be—as many as are truly saved and brought into union with Christ, they are the workmanship of God!

      No Christian in the world is a chance production of Nature, or the outcome of evolution, or the result of special circumstances. By the Grace of God I am what I am,” may be said by every man who is saved. To nothing can we ascribe the fact that we are in Christ except this—that we are God’s workmanship. Of regeneration, we must say, once and for all, “This is the finger of God.”...

      As to any of you who hear me at this time and feel forced to say, “Ah, me! I do not see how I am to be a Christian”— let me speak with you. I am thinking of the matter very differently. I see very plainly how you can become Christians— for all of us who are Believers are God’s workmanship and that God who has made us His workmanship can make you to be the same.

      “Oh, but I cannot do anything!” Who said you could? Who asked you to do any part of God’s work? We are God’s workmanship! There is, in your fallen nature, no power or will towards good and if the question were about your workmanship, the answer would be full of despair! But while God works, there is hope.

      “Oh, but I have a withered hand!” When Jesus bids you stretch it out, do not enquire about your own power, but look to His power who gives the command! Do you say, “I cannot save myself. I cannot make myself holy”? Look, then, to Him who is a Savior, able to save to the uttermost, who was born for this end that He might save His people from their sins. “We are His workmanship,” cry all the saints! Do you want to be your own workmanship? He that can work upon one can work upon another. Oh, that you would lie at His feet! Oh, that you would put off all idea of what you can do for yourself and draw comfort from these few words of my text—“We are His workmanship”! What is there that God cannot do for you? Rough material as you are, He can make you what you should be! He can make you what it will delight you to be! God grant that we may learn to look to the Strong for strength and no longer waste our time in enquiring for it where there is nothing but perfect weakness!

      Here, then, is the origin of a Christian—he comes out of the workshop of God."


      10 Ways For "Worship Leaders" to Hinder the Church

      Tuesday, September 18, 2007

      Doug Eaton gives tounge-in-cheek commentary on the current state of "Evanglicalism".


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