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      My Thoughts on Post-Modernism

      Friday, May 30, 2008

      The philosophy of post-modernism is one of complete ignorance that one would have to be extremely dense, diluted, and deceived to give credence to. The essence of the philosophy of post-modernism can be broken down to this one statement:

      "There is no such thing as absolute truth, and we can't be absolutely sure about anything."

      The problem with the argument lies here: In order for this statement to have merit, the statement above would have to be absolutely true, and the person that is making it would have to be absolutely sure that the statement is true. Do you see the problem with it? It's a self-refuting argument. In other words, the premise of the argument defeats what it sets to establish. The statement itself is a lie. Don't take that lightly. A person who is a proponent of a statement that is a lie is a liar by definition regardless of who the person is. Truth is not a respecter of persons. If Rob Bell is promoting this philosophy, he is a liar. If James White is promoting it, he is a liar. If Paul the Apostle promoted it, he is a liar. If I am promoting it, I am a liar. There is no way to get around this fact.

      With that said, think of all these carnal, unbelieving professing believers that have infiltrated Christianity with this lie. Unless you have such an affinity for man's praise that you could not possibly bring yourself to discern an argument to see if it were true because it would ruin your reputation among liars, you can now realize every time some liar comes up to you and says, "Ah, but we can't know if anything is absolutely true..." You could ask, "...so is what you're saying absolutely true?" and watch the whining commence.

      Waalah... for all the wasted effort involved in trying to converse with post-modernism in hopes to build some common ground with it (ie. try to get a philosophy that's basically a lie to be truth somehow) it has been debunked and shown to be utterly useless with nothing more needing to be done to it than throw it away like you would any other kind of garbage here in three short paragraphs. Think about all the headache this will save you now. I know how much it's saved me when someone explained this to me a while ago and how grateful I've been as a result. You can simply call the people who promote this falsehood "liars" because you'd be telling the truth in doing so. It's so much easier to just do what Jesus would do... since we're all concerned about "W.W.J.D?" and all... right... I mean aren't we...?



      The Issues Etc. Crew is Back!

      Thursday, May 29, 2008

      The driving force behind Issues Etc. has returned. Todd Wilken and Jeff Schwarz are back with a new podcast. It will be starting soon, Lord willing. In the meantime, you can find out about everything here. It will be independent and funded by listener support so there's no chance of a certain Missouri "Synod" pulling the plug on it again. Stay tuned to this link for details:

      HT: Riddleblog



      A Dictionary of Arminian Terms
      (Tribalogue Link)

      Last week sometime, an Arminian decided to "have a little fun" and make a "dictionary for Calvinists." Paul Mantana of the amazing Tribalogue team decided to make one for Arminians since it was "just in good fun, and all..."

      Here's the dictionary. To get the point of this, it may help to first look at the Arminian's dictionary that was posted last week before you read this.

      All (1): All always means all. Yup, Jesus died for every single human, including those already dead and in hell, and even including himself.

      All (2): (as to sin) If its related to sin, "all" doesn't include babies.

      Amazing Grace: Horrible song composed by a Calvinist. Teaches wretched "doctrines of grace."

      Argument (1): The mean things Calvinists do, means: a group of propositions wherein the truth of one is asserted on the basis of the evidence furnished by the others.

      Argument (2): An unfortunate term for how Arminians lovingly discuss the glorious truth of Scripture, means: if it feels good, it probably is.

      Arminius, Jacob: The first church father.

      Assurance: Keep trying, hopefully you'll make it, but since you have libertarian free will, you could just flip sides one day. Never can tell.

      Barney: Purple dinosaur currently being sued over rights to the “I love you, you love me, we’re a happy fam-il-ly” song.

      Bible: Cool book with stories that can be used as springboards into inspiring sermons about nothing to do with the text whatsoever. (See exegesis.)

      Big Meany: Use this term when losing a debate with a Calvinist.

      Brach Davidians: A Christian cult that believes in libertarian free will.

      Calvinism: We love everyone, because God is love. Calvinists are devil worshipers, their God is the devil, and Calvinism is a devil worshiping doctrine. We love them.

      Calvin, John: Satan incarnated.

      Caner, Ergun: You don’t mess with.

      Clause, Sanata: Cool story about a nice old man who loves all the children of the world and gives them what they want. Great way to teach Children about God. (See: Jesus loves the little children.)

      Christian: Someone with fish bumper sticker on car who repeated a prayer after a pastor with a head-mic on.

      Context: Another text that I can put together with the text at hand to render the meaning satisfactory to my philosophical preconceptions. Example: John 6:44 and John 12:32 (no surrounding verses allowed, please).

      Dead (1): (as to Christ) Really, complete dead. Unable to see, hear, or respond to stimuli.

      Dead (2): (as to Adam's posterity) Somewhat sick. It's hard to see, hear, or respond to the Gospel.

      Determinism: False Calvinist teaching that God makes sure that his plan will come about.

      Devil Worship: What Calvinism leads to.

      Don’t drink, smoke, chew, or go out with girls who do: Sanctification.

      Drawing: Wooing. Usage example: "Drawing doesn't mean God will surely bring men to himself, he (now, pooch lips out, making a small opening, and, in a low voice say) woooos them."

      Dude: Term used in sermon at least 15 times, makes us interesting to non-Christians (See missions.)

      Edwards, Jonathon (1): A devil.

      Edwards, Jonathon (2): He's some kind of TV celebrity, right?

      Election: God's "choosing" of people who chose him first. Kind of like me "voting" for the president after November 4th, 2008.

      Esau: A nation, that‘s it.

      Evil: Something God cannot decree (except in the case of Jesus since God decreed his death at the purposeful hands of humans, and the only way an innocent man could be purposefully put to death is by murder. Hence, God decreed murder. Murder is evil. God decreed evil.).

      Exegesis: What?

      Exegesis: What?

      Exegesis: How dare you X out Jesus. First they Xed out Christmas, now they want to X out Jesus. What's this world coming to.

      Fall: An unintended accident. A hiccup in God's plan. (See redemption.)

      Fatalist: Something Calvinists are, no matter what they say. (See synergist.)

      Faux Pas (1): Going to church without: Sandals, Hawaiian shirt, shorts, and Starbucks coffee in hand; bible optional.

      Faux Pas (2): No "Prayer of Jabez" on your bookshelf.

      Federalism: Something to do with the U.S. government?

      Foreknow: God's infallible knowledge of what a creature will do . . . even though he might do otherwise.

      Geisler, Norman: A "moderate" Calvinist.

      Gospel of John: Anything by John Wesley.

      Grace: God's being nice.

      Heaven: Place we will be unable to do otherwise than love God, but we will freely love him anyway. This is only a problem if you are a Calvinist. Because we said so. It is debatable if we will have wings in heaven. It is probably more loving that we did.

      Hebrews, book of: Too bad it made it into the canon, teaches Jesus’ sacrifice was that of a high priest for his people. Teaches that if Jesus is your high priest he intercedes for you. Teaches that Jesus does not intercede for everyone. Teaches that he didn’t die for everyone. Note: Cling to the warning passages to win perseverance of the saints debate, this way Hebrews becomes a wash.

      Hell: A place more horrible than anything you could imagine, made by a wuving God, and filled with people God knew, before he created them, would go there. (See libertarian free will 4.)

      Hermeneutics: Whose menu ticks?

      Hodge, Charles: A devil.

      Hypostatic Union: God can do this but it can’t make it that he decrees all things yet man is responsible.

      Inerrancy: The only time God determined and controlled free actions of men in order to produce exactly the propositions he wanted to convey to humans. That the dictation theory is false and the concursive theory is true remains a mystery.

      Instigate: The fights Calvinists try to start with Arminians. (See teach.)

      Intelligence: Something I had extra of such that I would believe and not my neighbor, who had the same grace and the same wooing. (See also: spiritual insight, moral superiority, and third eye).

      International Churches of Christ: Christian cult that believes in libertarian free will.

      Irresistible Grace: Calvinist wishful thinking that God actually could make sure that those he wanted to save would be saved.

      Jacob: A nation, that’s it.

      Jehovah’s Witnesses: A Christian cult that believes in libertarian free will.

      Jesus: My homeboy.

      Jesus Loves the Little Children: Theological version of "Santa Clause is coming to town." Usually sung with great gusto, forgetting the covenantal context in which Jesus said the words that inspired Herbert Woolston to write this song. (See Clause, Santa.)

      John 3:16: Great verse to be read in isolation from others, especially John 10:22-30. Possibly God's biggest mistake was including all that stuff around John 3:16 (like Genesis 1:1 - John 3:15 and John 3:17 – Revelation). Man at football game had it right.

      Kitty cat: More loving pet than a dog.

      Knowledge: Don’t think, feeeeeel.

      Knox, John: A devil.

      Libertarian Free Will (1): Our choices and actions just randomly "pop" into existence. Rewind the tape and, given all the exact same reasons, causal history, etc., a different choice could have been made. What explains that? Must be luck that we went one way rather than another.

      Libertarian Free Will (2): That great gift, so great it justifies the rape, torture, and mutilation of millions of children throughout our world's history.

      Libertarian Free Will (3): An a priori philosophical speculation, not found in Scripture, but imposed on Scripture as a valid hermeneutical tool.

      Libertarian Free Will (4): Magic word that gets God off the hook for making people he knew would go to hell. Usually faster to say: abracadabra, though.

      Love (1): Something that you set free, if it returns it is yours forever, if not, it was never meant to be.

      Love (2): Swinging. Since God doesn't show special love or make distinctions, neither should we with our spouses. Showing a different kind of love to your spouse than the general love shown to neighbor is unbiblical.

      Love (3): Wuv.

      Love (4): That warm feeling in your tummy accompanied by the feeling of butterflies darting about in your tummy (technically, "the flutters").

      Luther, Martin: A devil.

      Machen, John Gresham: A devil.

      Missions (1): Abroad: Whipping thousands of people of in third-world countries into an emotional frenzy in order to get them to say, "I believe." They become "saved," for now. The rest is up to them.

      Missions (2): At home: Packing out massive stadiums, whipping people up into an emotional frenzy, having them come down to the stage, say they believe, write their name down, and report the thousands of converts you have made while suppressing the fact that almost all of them have done this rodeo the past 3 times you came to town.

      Missions (3): Spin zone: Hid the fact the "the majority of missionaries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America have been Calvinists" (Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions, Baker, 2,000, p. 156) from fellow Arminians; tell them that Calvinists think it is "a waste of time."

      Moonies: A Christian cult that believes in libertarian free will.

      Moral Responsibility: All men must have been able to actually do otherwise in order to be held morally accountable for their actions, except Judas, Peter, the men who killed Jesus, and God too since he cannot not be loving.

      Moral Superiority: Something I had extra of such that I would believe and not my neighbor, who had the same grace and the same wooing. (See also: intelligence, spiritual insight, and third eye).

      Mormonism: A Christian cult that believes in libertarian free will.

      Mystery (1): A contradiction, if used by Calvinists.

      Mystery (2): Pious, humble, contrite way to answer the Calvinist, brilliantly employed by Wesley: "Whatever that Scripture proves, it never proved this; whatever its true meaning be. This cannot be its true meaning. Do you ask, "What is its true meaning then?" If I say, " I know not," you have gained nothing; for there are many scriptures the true sense whereof neither you nor I shall know till death is swallowed up in victory. But this I know, better it were to say it had no sense, than to say it had such a sense as this."

      Mystery (3): Libertarian Free Will

      Mystery (4): God's foreknowledge of the libertarian free choices an agent makes (see, foreknowledge).

      Mystery (5): See Inerrancy.

      Nation: (See Jacob, Esau, stuff like that.)

      Nee ner nee ner, you don’t have a weener: Probably our best argument.

      Open Theism: A heretical movement that some Calvinists try to say we are logically committed to. Here’s what we say: “As a classical Arminian, I find much more common ground between my theology and Sanders’s than between mine and Helm’s or Ware’s. And I agree with nineteenth century Arminian theologian John Miley who said that dynamic omniscience (John’s term for open theism’s view of God’s foreknowledge) would not undermine any vital Arminian doctrine. In fact, I would go so far as to say that I cannot see how it undermines any Christian doctrine” (Roger Olsen, response to John Sanders’s Divine Providence and the Openness of God, in Perspectives on the Doctrine of God (4 Views), Broadman & Holman, 2008, p248).

      Osteen, Joel: Preach it, brother!

      Owen, John: A devil.

      Paul (aka Saul of Tarsus): Like anyone who studied under Gamaliel can be trusted.

      Pelagius: Misunderstood opponent of that evil Augustine.

      People’s Temple: Christian cult started by Jim Jones, held to libertarian free will.

      Pharaoh: "It says he hardened his heart first!"

      Philosophy: The queen of the sciences.

      Piper, John: A devil.

      Preaching the Gospel: Something that is done with a power point presentation, sound effects, cool, contemporary music, and all delivered by a dapper salesman. Remember, loads of tears and emotion to entice the hearer, since God can't guarantee that those he wants saved will be saved.

      Prevenient Grace: Substance similar to Pixie dust that is sprinkled through the air, if you believe hard enough, then you can fly.

      Pride: Something Calvinists think they don't have, and we are humble enough and discerning enough to point out to them that they have it coming out their ears . . . this is best said in the middle of a debate with them, 'cause it's so relevant to the actual argument.

      Quiche: Food Arminian men eat, more loving than steak.

      Redemption: Whew! God's quick thinking to get as many men back on track as possible. Brilliant chess move. (See fall.)

      Regeneration: Coming to spiritual life after you came to spiritual life.

      Reprobate: Those who God knew would never choose him and instead spend eternity in hell, but he created them anyway. Tell people that this is better than the Calvinist position.

      Robot: How we lovingly represent our Calvinist brother's position. It's always them who are mean and nasty, not us.

      Salvation: Something God starts but can't finish.

      Sovereignty: God's control over laws of nature.

      Spiritual Insight: Something I had extra of such that I would believe and not my neighbor, who had the same grace and the same wooing. (See also: intelligence, moral superiority, and third eye).

      Stryper: Best band ever. If Calvinists would only listen to “Free” on the album “To Hell with the Devil,” then they’d see:

      Free to turn away - say goodbye

      Free to walk away - and deny

      The gift waiting for you

      Whispers a still small voice

      It's your choice - you're..


      Free - Free to do what you want to

      Choose your own destiny

      Free to do what you want to

      Free to open up - and believe

      Free to simply ask - and receive

      There's no better time than now

      You've got the right to choose

      You can't lose - you're...

      Repeat Chorus

      Supralapsarian: Pure evil (unless fellow Arminian and libertarian free willist, Alvin Plantinga, espouses it).

      Synergist: Something we are not, no matter what Calvinists say (see Fatalist).

      Teach: What we try to do to help out Calvinist, until they instigate a fight with us. (See instigate.)

      TBN: Broadcasting the truth around the world, 24 hours a day.

      Theodicy: If your little girl gets murdered, say: But God gave us libertarian freedom, that makes it all better.

      The Way International: Christian cult that believes in libertarian free will.

      Third Eye: Something I had extra of such that I would believe and not my neighbor, who had the same grace and the same wooing. (See also: intelligence, spiritual insight, and moral superiority).

      Turretin, Francis: A devil.

      Unitarian Universalists: A Christain cult that believes in libertarian free will.

      Universalism: Why didn’t we think of that? Wait, some of us did.

      Ursinus, Zacharias: A devil.

      Venom: What Calvinists spew.

      Vermigli, Pietro Martire: A devil.

      Virgin Birth: God can do this, but he can’t make it that he decrees all things yet man is responsible.

      Warfield, Benjamin Breckenridge: A devil.

      Warning Passages (1): Proves the ability to lose salvation. If a warning deterred everyone it was given to, it wouldn’t be a good warning. It must have a failure rate of at least 10% to be a true warning.

      Warning Passages (2): Calvinists say they can be meaningful since hypothetical statements have truth values, and telling the truth is meaningful. This we deny. We still have yet to figure out what truth grounds the counterfactual actions of men appealed to in our theory of free will. This is a mystery, but that is okay (see mystery 2).

      White, James: Greek speaking devil.

      World: Every single person whoever, except when the same author says not to love the world or the things in it, or when he says the whole world is under the control of the evil one, or when it says that the gospel had been preached throughout the whole world, or when it says . . .

      Witsius, Herman: A devil.

      X-rated: The Institutes, Triablogue, etc.

      Zwingli, Huldrych: A devil.

      HT: Tribalogue



      Man's Ruin and God's Remedy
      (C.H. Spurgeon)

      Wednesday, May 28, 2008

      I listened to this sermon for the first time earlier tonight. It is an encouragement. I am probably going to put this to Youtube video in the near future, but I wanted to go ahead and post this here because it is that great. God used Spurgeon in a mighty way during his lifetime and continues to now long after he has gone to glory.



      Things Are A-Changin'...

      Tuesday, May 27, 2008

      I just want to take a quick moment to thank Ben Davis of Symphony of Scripture and Philip @ Reformed Voices for their contributions to my blog and Youtube page. Ben made the Spurgeon banner that you now see on each video on Youtube after Youtube asked me to be a partner a couple months ago, and Philip took the lettering of "Lane's Blog" that Ben had made to make a new banner for both my blog and my Youtube page. They look great, in my opinion. Philip is still trying to work out a few kinks with the Youtube page header, but it should be worked out soon. In the meantime, you can visit this test blog he made for me and vote on which header you think looks the best. There are 12 in all. Thanks again for your contribution and your friendship, Ben and Philip.



      Encouragement, Endurance, and Patience [UPDATED 5/28/07]
      (James White)

      HT: AOMin.org

      UPDATE 5/28/07:

      My friend, Susan Yenser, has some great commentary to along with these two videos.



      Pursuing Faith in a "Follow Your Heart" Culture
      (White Horse Inn)

      Saturday, May 24, 2008



      Please Lift Steven Curtis Chapman and His Family in Prayer (UPDATED 5/26/08)

      Thursday, May 22, 2008

      Please keep Steven Curtis Chapman and his family in your prayers. I'm sure most of you know the details with the tragic accident regarding his daughter, Maria Sue, but for those of you that don't, you may go to this link to find out.

      Here's a video blog Steven made about a month with her in it. From what I've seen she was one of the cutest children and precious. It is a grievous time. Please keep her brother in your prayers as I've heard this is especially hard on him.

      UPDATE 5/26/08:

      A memorial blog has been setup in Maria Sue's memory.



      Why Do We Need Apologetics?

      Monday, May 19, 2008

      Growing up in a SBC that eventually brought in the "40 Days of Purpose", the following video, lame joking, and flattery is basically what I thought "defending the faith" was for the first 20 years or so of my life (at least the latter part):

      Here's a sermon by James White that deals with the need for apologetics concerning current trends facing the church:



      Selling Jesus
      (White Horse Inn)

      Sunday, May 18, 2008



      Happy Are the Hated!
      (Mark Kielar)

      "Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. "Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you."

      - Jesus the Christ
      (Mat 5:10-12)

      Continuing with the great series on Matthew, here is another installment by Mark Kielar, "Happy are the Hated!"



      What is Christianity?
      (J. Gresham Machen)

      Thursday, May 15, 2008

      If you decipher what the premise is and follow the propositions through in this mp3, this may be the best thirteen and a half minutes that you've spent in a while. As Machen always did, he clarified what exactly Christianity is, but here, he did it in less than fifteen minutes.



      Rick Warren Twisting Scripture on Way of the Master Radio with Todd Friel

      Wednesday, May 14, 2008

      Here we learn that Rick Warren doesn't believe that sermons will produce spiritual maturity, Bill Hybels of Willow Creek is one of the greatest pastors in history, Ecclesiastes was actually talking about strategies for the church growth movement in certain sections, and prayer and preaching doesn't grow a church. Sheesh.



      How Much Has Christianity Cost You?
      (Paul Washer)

      Monday, May 12, 2008



      One of the Best Closing Statements Ever
      (James White)

      Saturday, May 10, 2008

      Earlier this week, my friend, Susan, and I listened to James White's debate with George Bryson from a few years ago. This clip is James' closing statement from that debate. I highly recommend listening to the entire debate. It is very encouraging to those who now hold to Reformed theology and it provides a great contrast between the two views. After listening to this portion of it, I wanted to share it with others so I asked James last night if he would mind clipping that section of it for Youtube to share with others. Of course, he didn't have a problem with that as he is always happy and eager to get the message of the Gospel out being the humble doulos (slave) of God that he is. This is one of the best closing statements I've ever heard in any debate. The claims that Calvinism causes people to lose zeal for the proclamation of the Gospel is refuted by the content of this video alone not to mention the abundance of other Calvinistic teachers and preachers who become more concerned with the proclamation as a result of their adherence to Reformed doctrine. The link to get this debate by mp3 for less than five dollars is under the video.


      First Boynton (Mark Kielar) - A Ministry You Should Be Familiar With

      Friday, May 9, 2008

      It's no secret that I'm an advocate of Mark Kielar and the ministries he's involved in. Perhaps over 50% of the videos I post on Youtube have to do with CrossTV or his church ministry in one way or another which is why I was delighted when Keith Baker, the associate pastor of First Boynton, asked me if I knew anyone who did web design because they were looking to redo the website for their church. Of course, my friend Ben Davis of Symphony of Scripture came to mind. I've been impressed with all the web design work I've seen him do and knew he would be an asset to making a new template design for them. He didn't disappoint. Pastor Keith showed me the progress he was making on it about a month ago, and I was taken back as to how professionally it was done even then. Recently Ben released the template to be the new website for First Baptist of Boynton Beach so, without further adieu, here is the new site:

      I'm sure that most of you are familiar with the sermons coming from the pulpit there because I've posted so many of them here, but for those who are not, here is one that I've never posted here before. It is one of the greatest sermons I have ever heard. I do not exaggerate when I say that. It is truly a blessing to those who are peace-makers and not peace-keepers and to those who are peace-keepers but, after hearing this, are convicted that they must become peace-makers. I highly recommend listening to all the sermons he's given as expositions of Matthew.



      Hyper Calvinism vs. Historic Calvinism
      (Tom Ascol with Chris Arnzen on ISI)

      Wednesday, May 7, 2008



      Do Atheists Even Exist?
      (White Horse Inn)

      Tuesday, May 6, 2008



      Precious Blood
      (R.C. Sproul)

      Friday, May 2, 2008



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