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      Bitterness Ain't Bittersweet

      Wednesday, December 7, 2011

      One of the sins I've struggled with a lot during my life has been bitterness (especially in my early 20's).  It always seems to creep up in the weirdest of circumstances, and whether we realize it or not, it's always detrimental.  Like any sin, it gives a certain amount of satisfaction for a time, but that satisfaction is always selfish.  In many ways and in my opinion, it can almost be deemed a "gateway drug" to selfishness.  I'm pretty sure we've all experienced it at one time or another.

      I'm not familiar with the following site so I can't speak on everything that it may contain, but I did find a chart where the person went on to explain some of the results of harboring bitterness.  Though some of their page appears to give some self-serving advice (note the self esteem portion below), I think that overall these are helpful. They gave the following:

      • Bitterness is antisocial. A bitter person is selfish, inconsiderate of others, withdrawn from society, indifferent or adverse to conformity with conventional standards of social behavior. Even strangers avoid bitter people, Prov. 14:10. No one is happy around bitter people.
      • Bitterness is a sign of the fragmented life, Jer. 2:19.
      • A bitter person rejects Bible teaching. James 3:14, "But if you have bitter jealousy and strife, stop being arrogant and lying against the truth."
      • Bitterness shows total lack of grace orientation. A bitter person does not understand the Plan of God, let alone how it affects individuals. In Job. 9:17-18, Job's complaint against God. "Why does God let this happen to me", is a statement of bitterness.
      • Bitterness accompanies the sin unto death, Job. 21:25.
      • Bitterness motivates complaining, Job 7:11, 10:1. People who habitually complain are bitter people; they have no self esteem.
      • Bitterness motivates gossip, Psalm 64:3
      • Bitterness fragments other peoples lives. Heb 12:15, "See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God and that no root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by it many be defiled.
      • Bitterness is self induced misery, and it produces chain sinning. Bitterness is misery to others in the periphery. But two wrongs never make a right. You cannot build your happiness on someone else's unhappiness.
      In summary, "Bitterness ain't bittersweet."  It's downright detrimental regardless of what "good" may come out of it.

      What does God say to do with bitterness?  In short, "Get Rid of It!" (Eph. 4:31)  The older I get, the more I realize why God is so adamant about putting off this sin.  It really does paralyze you in ways that you can't even realize without the Holy Spirit giving you knowledge of it.  Instead of working for the good of others, it causes you to focus your work on what you believe is good for yourself.

      The good news is that Jesus Christ died for even this sin.  He was on the Cross to atone for this sin for everyone who believes.  It's not about ceasing to struggle against this sin in this life because you've overcome it.  It's about struggling against it because you love your Savior more than you love your temporal bitterness against others.  Christ isn't bitter towards me even though I sin against Him.  He gave His life for mine.  The least we can do is make every effort to cast off bitterness against others for His sake.

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      The Problem of Career Calvinists (and Advantage)

      Monday, December 5, 2011

      Career Calvinist (n):  An individual who affirms the five points of Calvinism who also rely on other Christians for their financial and social well being.


      That's the definition of what I'm calling a "Career Calvinist."  The point of this post, though, might not be what you're expecting.  I'm not going to bash people who fit in the definition above because, frankly, some of my good friends fit into this category, and there is nothing inherently wrong with this.  The problem doesn't arise when Calvinists rely on other Christians for their financial and social well being.  It arises when a Calvinist's financial and social well being outweighs their devotion to the doctrines of grace and ultimately Christ.  The point of this post, then, is to weigh the pros and cons of being a Career Calvinist and give warning signs we can all seek to avoid when falling into the trap of loving what Francis Schaeffer called "The Idol of Personal Peace and Affluence" instead of Christ Himself.

      First the pros:


      • Being a Career Calvinist certainly has its advantages.  Your constituency is usually like minded believers who affirm all the points.  As a result, there is less conflict when discussing certain things that are critical to the Body's edification.  This, in turn, helps ideas and doctrine flourish where it would not flourish otherwise.

      • I can't say this for all Christians, but, from my experience, Calvinists are usually the most honest and dependable people I know.  For example, I have a brother who I've never actually met in person, but I've known him for several years.  I can speak with him about pretty much anything because I know that his convictions and devotion to Christ runs deep.  This same quality is true for many of my brothers and sisters, although I only have a few that I confide in to that extent.  The reason this is a perk for the Career Calvinist is because when problems arise, you don't generally have to worry about your friends leaving your side even if you're involved in some terrible sin.  They will pray for you, keep you honest, and possibly even help you financially should the desire exist.
      There are other pros, but these are the two main ones that come to mind.


      Now the cons:

      • If we're honest with ourselves, we usually seek to please the boss above all others because, ultimately, the boss has a lot of determination on whether our financial needs are met.  This, in turn, causes us to put up with things that we normally would not in other situations because 1) the happiness of the boss and 2) seeking to avoid confrontation whenever possible are what keeps us in this situation of personal peace and affluence.  My argument is that, instead of the majority of us, the Career Calvinist's boss is the general public.  It's you and me.  We're the ones who pay their bills.  If it wasn't for book sales, DVD sales, and conference ticket sales, they'd have a boss much more like the ones the rest of us have.  Because of this, discernment can be frowned upon, if the boss would frown upon it as well.  Here's an example:  A popular evangelical leader with heretical doctrine also has the praise and support of millions of evangelicals worldwide.  Because of this, the public supports his ministry financially which allows for a wider range of influence from this individual.  Let's say you're John Doevin.  You have a book that you really want people to read because you want it to sell well and not do the alternative like work a 9 to 5.  If your desire to stay "on the job" outweighs your desire to "beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves" (Matt. 7:15), you're going to seek to appease your boss by either staying in the financial and social state you're in or entering into it.  Who is your boss in this situation?  It's the general public who can possibly provide your income.  The problems with this get even deeper, but you have the general gist.

      • The Career Calvinist will always be forced to eventually keep up with the latest trends, but it may not be in the same sense you are thinking of.  We are all familiar with our seeker-sensitive friends doing things like playing Hell's Bells for Easter or giving away XBox's because they know what they provide by way of substance won't draw anyone, but we seldom think of this aspect:  The latest trends I'm speaking of have to do with popularity.  If X speaker/author is getting popular with certain people, the Career Calvinist will certainly take note as this will affect his well being both financially and socially.  In short, this still makes the Career Calvinist one of relevance, but it's not the same type of relevance the seeker-crowd concerns itself with.  The problem with this is evident:  Keeping up with trends and allowing them to dictate who or what you speak about or against is allowing for the "lord of relevance" to dictate the Christian life instead of Christ and the Scriptures.  The Career Calvinist knows that it's wrong to ask someone to try Jesus for 30 days or your money back?  Well, he first has to check the general public consensus to see if he can speak out about it.  He'll get back to you in a bit.

      • There are many more issues that could be evoked from this issue, but the last is one that has already been alluded to but must be expressly stated:  Career Calvinism becomes nothing more than politics at some point.  When the general public is your boss, your goal is going to be keeping your name high in the public polls.  If a popular leader endorses a corrupt leader, no problem!  The general public holds the endorser in high esteem, therefore, the corrupt leader can be brought into the fold (and you into both of their billfolds).  I personally enjoy American Politics, but politics in general have no place in the church.  If sinner's salvation and believer's edification are your main concerns, your socio-economic status won't be.  Your decisions then won't be affected by "double minded men who are tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine."  It will be affected by the true meat of God's Word.

      As I finish, let me stress again that I don't think being a Career Calvinist is wrong in and of itself. In fact, I know some Career Calvinists who are able to do this quite well.  They are unashamed to talk about almost anything when it comes to protecting the sound doctrine that our Lord gave His life for.  They also don't have another means of income other than what they make from book sales, DVD sales, etc.  These, however, in my limited experience, are few and far between. Instead, I see a disturbing general trend where politics determine what is considered worth defending, where people are much more satisfied with their personal peace and affluence than they are with supporting the Christ in whose name they have these things, and where people who do speak up against the errors they see are called "Angry Calvinists" and other pejorative (and sometimes ad hominem) terms.  We should strive not to let our personal peace and affluence affect our devotion to Christ.  If we do, we are no different than the world many of us Calvinists make it our duty to preach against.  

      These are just some things to think about if you are thinking of becoming a Career Calvinist, already are one, and/or are trying to determine just where your loyalties lie when it's all said and done.

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      Review of Shai Linne's "The Attributes of God" Album

      Wednesday, November 2, 2011

      Let me start by saying that Shai Linne is a worldling (and possibly a heretic) because he rhymes lyrics to beats.


      Next let me say that the ridiculous reasoning above is exactly why many are going to not give Shai Linne's latest album a second thought, and that is a shame.

      Every song on The Attributes of God is worship, and I don't use that term lightly.  The lyrics are constantly making me more appreciative for the God who made me, saved me, and is bringing me to glory. 

      Take a moment to read the titles to each of the songs:

      1. The Perfection of Beauty
      2. The Glory of God (Not to Us)
      3. Taste and See
      4. Our God Is In the Heavens
      5. The Holiness of God
      6. Mercy and Grace
      7. Lord of Patience
      8. All-Consuming Fire
      9. Perfect Love
      10. Faithful God
      11. Judge of All the Earth
      12. The Jealous One
      13. The Omnis
      14. Self-Sufficiency
      15. Triune Praise

      Just what the album title says:  "The Attributes of God."

      Maybe you disagree with the use of rap in glorifying Christ.  Maybe you disagree with some of the decisions Shai's made in recent years.  Even Shai and I disagree on some things, but that is natural. I don't know of anyone who I'm in agreement with on everything.  But I can honestly say he's one of the few people who I would not hesitate to have in my "Gospel foxhole" at anytime and in any place.  If you skip on this album because you don't agree with him on every decision he's made, you will surely be robbing yourself of the God glorifying experience this album shares with its audience.

      My demographic is primarily males ages 45-54 (Youtube says so).  This isn't exactly the demographic who is patiently awaiting their pre-order of a rap album, and I can understand that.  I would just encourage this demographic to not dismiss it just because it is a rap album. If you can't get over the fact that Shai rhymes to beats, just read the lyrics to this album and be introduced to one of the most God glorifying poets we have the blessing to have among us.  You will be edified, I promise.

      (Lyrics to the song "The Glory of God")

      The Attributes of God Album:  iTunes, Amazon


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      On a related note, if you want more of an insight to the passion and love of the Lord this brother in Christ has, you can check out the Rightly Divided we did a few months ago.  The subject is Justification.





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      RIGHTLY DIVIDED | Episode 12: Staying Faithful Among Adversity with guest Kirk Cameron

      Saturday, October 29, 2011



      In this shorter than usual Rightly Divided, I sit down with Kirk Cameron to talk with him a little about coming to faith in Hollywood and some upcoming projects he's working on.

      http://www.kirkcameron.com

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      RIGHTLY DIVIDED | Episode 11: A 180 on Abortion with guests Tony Miano and Ray Comfort

      Tuesday, October 18, 2011



      What makes someone go pro-choice to pro-life within a minute? I sit down with Ray Comfort and Tony Miano in this edition of Rightly Divided to discuss the new documentary which is taking the internet by storm: 180 Movie.

      http://www.180movie.com

      http://www.heartchangers.com

      http://www.livingwaters.com


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      RIGHTLY DIVIDED | Episode 10: Christians and the Internet with guest Tim Challies

      Tuesday, October 11, 2011



      The web can be an interesting place to say the least. There are many great things about it: edifying blogs and videos, staying in touch with friends, the ability to communicate at will, etc. But there are also many deterimental things about it that Christians should safeguard themselves from.

      In this episode of Rightly Divided, I sit down with Tim Challies of challies.com to discuss the topic of "Christians and the Internet."

      (Note: The original topic was limited to the blogosphere, but the more we spoke the more I realized that wouldn't cover all the topics we discussed in this video.)

      Here are Tim's books:
      1. The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment
      (http://j.mp/ppG73v)

      2. Sexual Detox: A Guide for Guys Who Are Sick of Porn
      (http://j.mp/qlUcgR)

      3. The Next Story: Life and Faith after the Digital Explosion
      (http://j.mp/qlUcgR)

      http://rightlydividedpodcast.blogspot.com

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      180 Movie (Full Video)

      Monday, September 26, 2011

      Here it is. After months of waiting, here's the 180 Movie from Living Waters. I think it's brilliant, and it will make an impact on those struggling with the issue of abortion. I'll be interviewing Ray Comfort and Tony Miano about this movie in the near future for an upcoming Rightly Divided. Please share this with your friends, and let's make some 180s!

      180Movie.com

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      "Besides the Bible, what are 5 books that every Christian should read?" (Michael Horton)

      Monday, September 19, 2011



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      "How flawed can one's knowledge of Jesus Christ be and it still be sufficient for saving faith?" (Michael Horton)

      Friday, September 16, 2011

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      Christ Sanctified as Lord in Our Hearts (Dr. James White - 2011 Psalm 119 Conference)

      Thursday, September 15, 2011

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      The Idolatry of Marketability

      Wednesday, September 14, 2011

      Marketability to the masses is generally not a bad thing if it is used in the context of cars, clothing, or toothpaste. When it comes to Christianity, though, it's a different story. It's sad, but the marketability of the individual has become the "standard of truth" for much of Evangelicalism. Instead of being more concerned about what an individual teaches and holds to, mainstream Evangelicalism has become more concerned about whether the individual "will sell." What do I mean by this? What I mean is it doesn't matter to these people what the error is as long as the error doesn't impede upon the marketability of the individual to society at large. For example, "Angry Calvinists" (ie. those who actually hold to Calvinism) are usually not easily marketable to the masses so they seem to be easy for these folk to target and discard. It's why you can see these people write articles about "Angry Calvinists" but none about T.D. Jakes' heretical oneness doctrine. Jakes is generally more marketable.

      This practice is nothing more than run of the mill idolatry. It's generally not spoken about because it is, in fact, such (and it's the same reason why some are hesitant to link to articles like this), but it's true nonetheless.

      Why would someone, even orthodox folk, be concerned about the marketability of an individual, though? It's because it is sin, and it's sin that should be dealt with. It's only dealt with rarely because, let's face it, people are a lot more concerned with their personal status in this life than they are the things eternal.

      There's no doubt that there are some smart businessmen in Evangelicalism abroad. I'm convinced (like my friend, Chris Rosebrough) that some could even be CEOs of very big companies. The problem comes when these people believe that the Church is a business. It is not. Though they are making a lot of money off of it running it like a business, the Church, by definition is the called of God. As such, if we really believe that God has chosen His remnant, we should treat the Church as sacred and not as a Madison Square Avenue marketing demographic. I sometimes wonder if the reason we see these people not going to try their hand at running companies in a secular context is the "Christian Music Principle" - that is, many in Christian music tried their hand at making it in the real world, couldn't, and now they found their place in a sub-par Christian music scene that gives them all the attention they sought in the real world but could never get it because they didn't measure up. Like the "Christian Veggie Tales Watch" or the "Christian Football Scripture Holder" you'll find at a Lifeway Christian Gift Shop, these people are just the "Christian version of someone successful." In other words, they aren't really "Christian" just because someone slaps the name "Christian" on them, they aren't really valuable to the Christian for the same reason, and they aren't really "successful" by the standards of the Church.

      Brothers and sisters, let's not be led by every wind of doctrine of every marketable person that comes our way. Let's actually stand for truth instead of merely flirt with it while protecting our market share. Then we may really see a Reformation instead of a repackaged "Christian" version of what we already saw last year.

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      The Potential Weaker Brother with guest Phil Johnson (Rightly Divided Clips)

      Sunday, September 11, 2011

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      Your Questions Needed! (Event with Dr. Kim Riddlebarger)

      Friday, September 9, 2011

      September 21st at 7:30pm at Christ Reformed in Anaheim, we will be having an event with Dr. Kim Riddlebarger of the White Horse Inn.  Dr. Riddlebarger will be discussing "Christ's Three Roles as Prophet, Priest, and King: the Foundation of Reformed Theology" for display on my Youtube channel at a future date.  After his lecture, we will be having a Q&A, and we want your questions!  Please submit your questions in the comment section of this blog or my Facebook page.  I will compile a list, and we will go through as many as time allows.  The event Sept. 21st is open to the public, too, so if you're in the area, feel free to come by and be a part of the audience!  We plan to open up the floor for audience questions as well.

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      Christian Liberty and Two Sides of Legalism

      Thursday, September 8, 2011

      Is telling to abstain from drink altogether "legalism?"

      Before we get to the answer, let's lay out a few things. Christian liberty is spoken about many places in the Bible. Paul says that if he knows of a weaker brother, he will abstain from doing whatever behavior it is that weaker brother is struggling with. He does this out of love. There are many people who believe that if you tell someone not to drink, you are advocating legalism, but not too many people look at the opposite side. Would you agree that telling someone they must drink is wrong? Is it sin? I believe it is. Nowhere in the Bible does it say you absolutely must have a beer with your dinner. So, to say that one must have a drink is adding to the Word of God and is thus legalism. The opposite side holds true, too, though. Nowhere in the Bible does it say it's a sin to have a drink. To say that one must not have a drink is also adding to the Word of God. So in short, is telling someone they must indulge in alcohol legalism? Absolutely. Is telling someone they must completely abstain from alcohol legalism? Absolutely. The word "liberty" implies "freedom." Freedom is not "you're free to do what's in accordance to conscience as long as you drink alcohol," and it is not "you're free to do do what's in accordance to conscience as long as you do not drink alcohol." Both are wrong, but they are both two sides of the same legalistic coin. Interestingly, however, you mainly run into the imperative drinkers in bars and such, and you usually run into the imperative abstainers in church settings. I wonder if they realize how much they have in common and how similar their positions are.

      The weaker brother is something that must be considered. There's no doubt about that. However, many people take it to an unbiblical extreme by having a "weaker brother" around who is no more real than the imaginary friend I tried to have when I was four. These people basically say that you have to not have a drink anywhere because a weaker brother may potentially be around, know you're a Christian, and thus have his faith shattered because he saw you take a sip of a beer. However, if you applied the logic consistently, you could potentially get someone to quit eating, too. How? If you're in public, people see you. Everyone knows that gluttony is a sin. What is the only way to get gluttonous? Food. Couldn't I then get someone to quit eating food if I adopted the previous logic? Look back at the "potential weaker brother advocate (PWBA)" and see how his logic carries out. If this were alcohol and not food, the PWBA would say, "You shouldn't have a drink in public or even talk about a drink in public. A weaker brother may see you and be injured as a result of seeing you take a sip." How does this carry over to food if the objects of both are not sin, but the abuse of both is? Most can eat a Chicken McNugget and not delve into gluttony. Yet, if the PWBA were consistent, everytime you mentioned you were going to McDonald's on a social network, they would be coming after you for potentially harming a weaker brother as well. I don't see that, and I certainly don't see their friends chastising them when they update their status letting us all know they're going to get a Big Mac. I was SBC at one point, and, from my experience there, I can assure you that the consistent, crossover logic rarely exists. In fact, from my experience, I believe there are some in the SBC who would defend their consumption of fried chicken much more than most would defend their consumption of alcohol. I can't say that eating fried chicken is a sin. It's not. (I rather enjoy eating it.) But I can tell you that telling someone they have to eat or they have to not eat fried chicken is open legalism.

      This illustrates why we need to advocate true Christian freedom; true Christian liberty. The extreme of alcohol consumption - from having a drink to too much to drink - is drunkeness (which the Bible condemns as sin). The extreme of abstinence - from personal to applying it to others - is legalism (which the Bible also condemns as sin). Note that I didn't say alcohol consumption nor abstinence from alcohol is sin. I said the extremes of both are.

      The freedom to discuss these things is also a part of Christian liberty. Many who do not want you to discuss alcoholic beverages or food in any public context allude to Paul in Romans speaking about the weaker brother. However, what they fail to realize is that Paul... spoke about these things in the very verses they allude to, and Paul's letters were sent to be read publicly. What they also fail to realize is that by telling you via blog, Facebook, etc. you shouldn't discuss these things in a public forum, they are discussing these things in a public forum. I'd be much more concerned about the weaker brother having a little sense to spot inconsistencies and giving up on the faith altogether than I would him seeing that I affirm my Christian liberty (even though I would put it away for a time if we discussed it, and he was, in fact, a weaker brother and not a weaker Pharisee).


      So, in summary, here it is:

      SINFUL LEGALISM
      - Telling someone they must drink a drink containing alcohol, eat a particular food, etc.
      - Telling someone they must not drink a drink containing alcohol, eat a particular food, etc.

      CHRISTIAN LIBERTY
      - Being free to decide among ourselves what you want to do and what you don't want to do. When you start impeding on other people's freedoms, you are only interested in your "Christian Freedom" to take away everyone else's.


      Martin Luther said, "Men can be taken with both women and wine. Shall we then prohibit and abolish women as well?" We shouldn't confuse the object of abuse with the actual abuse of it. That may be the primary way legalism breeds and multiplies.


      For further study, here's an interview I did with Phil Johnson recently on this particular issue. I will be making the portion on the "Potential Weaker Brother" a Rightly Divided Clip here pretty soon.

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      (1) http://homepage.mac.com/shanerosenthal/reformationink/jcchrliberty.htm



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      Rob Bell's "Love Wins" Reviewed by Phil Johnson (Video)

      Monday, September 5, 2011

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      John MacArthur on Piper/Warren, Celebrity Pastors, and the Current Reformation of Reformed Theology (Video)

      Monday, August 29, 2011

      Here is commentary John MacArthur made recently with Christianity.com regarding the Piper/Warren situation, people who are Reformed in profession but Arminian everywhere else, celebrity pastors, and how he really does believe there is a current reformation of Reformed theology that he didn't see 25 years ago.

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      Season Three of Westminster California's "Office Hours" Starting Soon

      Sunday, August 28, 2011

      Being a law student, I have to pick and choose which podcasts I listen to carefully. Over the last few years, Westminster Seminary of California's show, "Office Hours," has been one of those I pick. It's coming up on its third season September 7.  One of my favorite segments from the show is, "Ask the Profs."  They plan to kick of the season with this segment.  Below, you can read the full press release and see a schedule of who will be on the show when.


      re: Season Three of Office Hours, the official audio broadcast of Westminster Seminary California.


      In its first two seasons Office Hours has featured interviews with with WSC faculty members (including Mike Horton, Bob Godfrey, and Hywel Jones) as well as friends of the seminary such as Sinclair Ferguson, Terry Johnson, John Witte, David Hall, and visiting faculty such as Guy Waters and Darryl Hart. We've also introduced listeners to WSC alumni planting Reformed congregations in Turkey, Israel, and Southeast Asia.


      On September 7, we begin the third season of Office Hours and we're approaching 100,000 downloads. To celebrate we begin with another episode of "Ask the Profs" in which the faculty takes phone calls at 760-480-8477 and answers questions about Reformed piety, church planting, why it's important for ministers to learn the biblical languages, whether it's fair for God to expect sinners to keep the law, and the relationship between worship and the culture. In this episode we talk with Mike Horton, Bob Godfrey, Dennis Johnson, Bryan Estelle, and David VanDrunen.


      Over the summer, in preparation for season three, Office Hours sent each member of the faculty to a deserted island for a little R & R. Well, we did not actually send each member to an island but we did get everyone into the Office Hours studio and we did enjoy talking about the five books they would want on a desert island and why. Those episodes are being edited now and will be released throughout the season.


      This season Office Hours also talks with W. Robert Godfrey and David Hall about Reformed worship, with Mike Horton about his new book For Calvinism, and about why some Protestants are attracted to Eastern Orthodoxy, and with W. Robert Godfrey about why some Protestants are attracted to Roman Catholicism. We are scheduled to sit down this year with Carl Trueman, Kevin DeYoung, and Richard Muller as they visit the campus. The full schedule is below.

      Office Hours Season Three

      DATE             EPISODE              GUEST(S)

      9/7/2011 Ask the Profs Mike Horton, Bob Godfrey, David VanDrunen, Dennis Johnson, Bryan Estelle

      9/21/2011 Reformed Worship Bob Godfrey, David Hall

      10/5/2011 For Calvinism Mike Horton

      10/19/2011 Desert Island Books Steve Baugh

      11/2/2011 Desert Island Books David VanDrunen

      11/16/2011 Desert Island Books Joshua Van Ee

      11/30/2011 The Attraction of Rome Bob Godfrey

      12/14/2011 Desert Island Books Bryan Estelle

      12/28/2011 Desert Island Books Joel Kim

      1/11/2012 Desert Island Books Ryan Glomsrud

      1/25/2012 Desert Island Books Dennis Johnson

      2/8/2012 Desert Island Books Mike Horton

      2/22/2012 Desert Island Books John Fesko

      3/7/2012 Desert Island Books Julius Kim

      3/21/2012 Desert Island Books David VanDrunen

      4/4/2012 Desert Island Books Charles Telfer

      4/18/2012 Desert Island Books Bob Godfrey

      5/9/2012 Desert Island Books John Bales

      5/23/2012 Desert Island Books R. Scott Clark

      6/6/2012 De Young, Restless, and Reformed Kevin DeYoung

      6/20/2012 The Relevance of Reformed Orthodoxy Richard Muller

      7/4/2012 The Attraction of Eastern Orthodoxy Mike Horton

      8/8/2012 Student Life at WSC Graduating Students

      7/18/2012 Histories and Fallacies Carl Trueman

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      Limited Atonement and Target

      Tuesday, August 16, 2011

      There's a billionaire who can buy every single item in Target. He decides to get some deodorant, cleaning supplies, and the new Cosmo. Did he purchase every item in the store? If the unlimited atonement advocate was consistent, he'd have to say yes. Since he has the funds available, he actually purchased everything, the logic would go. The limited atonement advocate, however, says this doesn't make sense. Does he own things he didn't pay for? Of course not. No doubt the limited atonement advocate would admit that the billionaire had sufficient funds available to purchase every item, but they would assert that doesn't mean he actually purchased anything other than the items he paid for.

      That's the crux of the issue when it comes to limited atonement. The limited atonement advocate believes that Christ's payment was sufficient for all, but it was not made for all. He only purchased those who have been Christians, who are currently Christians, and who will eventually be Christians in the future. If he purchased/paid for everyone, no one would be in hell.

      Here's a video from The Apologetics Group's DVD "Amazing Grace: The History and Theology of Calvinism" (which is currently $5 at Monergism) that helps illustrate limited atonement further.


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      "I Get Passionate and Animated When I Talk About Theology... Is that Wrong?" (Dr. James White)

      Friday, July 8, 2011

      We care deeply about the things of God, but is it wrong to get passionate about those things when we are conversing with those who may disagree with us? Dr. James White answers this question in a Q & A from the "Conducting Debate to the Glory of God" lecture sponsored by Trinity Law School.


      Trinity Law School
      Alpha and Omega Ministries

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      Jesus is the Gospel | History of the Modern "Gospel" (Session 7 - Final)

      Thursday, June 30, 2011

      This is the final video in the "History of the Modern Gospel" series.


      Jesus is the Gospel - So far, this series has looked at what the Gospel is not, giving glimpses along the way of what the gospel is. In our final session, we simply look to Jesus to discover the good news.

      http://www.realtruthmatters.org

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      Christ Crucified (RC Sproul)

      Monday, June 27, 2011


      Ligonier Ministries

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      Hangin' with Mr. Piper (Some Observations on the Piper-Warren Interview)

      Thursday, June 23, 2011




           Before I begin, I need to let a few things out.  First, this is probably going to be a little harsher than most of the commentary you've read or heard about the interview.  Certain things need to be said, and I usually trip all over myself when I try to be "PC" instead of forthright.  That said, I really do appreciate the commentary coming from all fronts.  For example, I liked Challies' take on the situation.  Understand, though, Challies and I are different people.  Where he can answer something with a little more grace, I tend to answer a little more candidly.  Secondly, I understand this is a sensitive issue for some.  I have to divulge that I never really took great time listening to Piper's preaching even before all this. Sure I've heard and read my fair share from him in my years, but if he was on my iPod, it was only in the form of a sermon or three.  In other words, I don't have the fondness for Piper that I do for someone like Michael Horton or James White simply because I don't have the time invested in the man that others do so I don't have the same adoration that develops as a result.  The reason I say this is so you have a context to read this.  If my comments seem impersonal, this may be the reason.  There is also benefit in this, though. It allows me to speak more freely and not let my emotional attachment to his past contributions (and they are great contributions) get in the way.  Third, my commentary is primarily directed towards the audience who actually has knowledge of Warren's failures as a Christian minister (ie. him teaching Jews how to grow their synagogues, his affinity for Mother Theresa, his teaching that prayer and preaching doesn't grow a church, etc.).  This post is not written to document Warren's past errors, but comment on Piper's endorsement of Warren with these past errors in mind.  Finally, I must say that I do have somewhat of a respect for Piper based on his past contributions alone.  I must be frank, though, I don't have a respect for him at this present time.  The Piper who wrote all those books and gave all those great sermons is the same Piper who approves of someone who tells others that God loves you when you be you.  I respect people who stand strong for the faith once delivered to all the saints, and just because someone is in ministry for years and even make great contributions, they don't automatically get my "eternal-security-respect."  Like Paul told Timothy to not let others despise him because of his youth, I don't give people automatic respect just because of their experience and age.  I respect the missionary in Asia who is getting their head blown off today and watching his family killed because they won't compromise on the Gospel regardless of how it may benefit them personally to do so in this present life.  I don't respect a pastor who gives softballs to a known Bible-twister and even answer for him from the safety of the camera and the comfort of popular evangelicalism just because the interviewee has a good resume in man's estimation.  Keep all this in mind for context when you read the following.

      Several things I've noticed are:

      1. Surprisingly, I've heard a lot of leaders in evangelicalism abroad not buying the interview with Warren.  I fully expected Piper's rubber stamp to get the nod from most people, but just the opposite has happened.  Sure there are still some I see who are praising Piper and Warren for coming together (mostly Southern Baptist types), but for the most part the response has not been favorable.

      2.  There has been a lot of talk of what John Piper's motives are for trying to convince us that Rick Warren is sound despite all the evidence contrary. In other words, many people are now suspicious of John Piper who were not otherwise before all this happened.  Being suspicious of a pastor is usually reserved for the likes of Creflo Dollar and Kenneth Copeland, but alas, we've seen the day where people are now suspicious of John Piper albeit for different motives than the previously mentioned two individuals.

      3.  People who are fans of Piper have been speaking of Piper in a past tense.  I'm not sure if you've picked up on this much, but in the reviews, critiques, and general comments I've been hearing and reading, "fans" have spoken of Piper regarding his good work in a past tense instead of a present tense a good bit.  In other words, people are saying, "Piper has contributed a lot in the past." but not really saying, "He's contributing a lot now with this interview."  There's no doubt this interview has divided people and some are thinking that we may have to take Piper like some people do certain bands:  "Yes, I loved their music and it was good until they signed with a major label and sold out.  I guess I'm just left admiring their old stuff now."

      4.  I also realize that there has been a lot of talk with Warren being called a chameleon, and I certainly appreciate this commentary.  There is abundant evidence for this conclusion.  However, make no mistake, "chameleon" is just a nicer way of saying, "hypocrite" or "deceiver."  The interesting part is that the "chameleon" label is not just being applied by wing-nut discernment folk who also believe aliens give them Smucker's for their toast every morning.  It is also being applied by significant leaders in evangelicalism abroad to characterize Warren. I find this encouraging.  A true leader stands up in the face of adversity, and it's refreshing to see so many leaders not capitulating to Piper's endorsement even though it may, no doubt, cost them something temporal whether that be status, income from books, advertising, etc. 

      5.  There has been a lot of talk about "separation." Even Piper in his initial Desiring God Conference video speaks of what we should do with him now that he's decided to "hang out" with Rick Warren (his words).  He even goes on to call it "secondary separation issues."  I've meant to comment on this for a while.  This is one of the things that I truly find to be disrespectful and somewhat condescending because I believe it assumes we are just mindless and don't think things through.  If Piper wants to go see the next Twilight with Warren and get a cheeseburger, that's called "Hanging out."  When Piper asks Rick Warren to come and instruct the sheep of God at a conference then endorses the man wholeheartedly as "sound," that's called "Ministry."  If Piper wants to go "hang out" with Warren, I have no problem with that.  I have friends I hang out with who are "questionable" at best.  However, in no way would I allow one of them to start putting videos on my Youtube channel instructing you all about spiritual things in the name of "hanging out," and yet this is primarily what Piper has done in trying to sell this bill of goods to us.  I find it disrespectful and even to an extent an example of taking advantage of a position. 

           In conclusion, one of the primary things this whole situation can teach us is how we make decisions regarding what is sound.  In paying attention to comments on this topic (disregarding those who may be ignorant of Warren's failures), I believe the crux of the issue comes to this:  1)  Does the Gospel ultimately influence me? or 2) Do popular leaders with good resumes ultimately influence me in deciding what is right and wrong?  I know that's blunt, but for those who are aware of Warren's double-talk, his false Gospel presentations, and chameleon like way of telling pretty much any religion what they want to hear, this is where the line is drawn.  You can either ignore it or deal with it, and I can assure you that those struggling with accepting Warren v. accepting the evidence have also struggled with having popular preachers as their authority or the Bible as their authority for some time now.  On the other hand, for the rest who land on either end, the decision is easy.  If you hold fast to the Gospel, you can easily dismiss the interview.  If you hold fast to popular preachers' opinions, the subculture it brings, and how endorsing it can potentially benefit you in this temporal life, you can easily embrace Warren now that he has Piper's stamp of approval.  I said on Twitter the other day, " 'Influential' has replaced 'faithful' as a standard in the modern church." I can't think of a better illustration of that than this whole ordeal. Blunt, I know, but think it through.

      For a different perspective on The Purpose Driven Life and this interview, see the following links and weigh the evidence.

      Rick Warren and the Purpose Driven Life:  A Discussion (White Horse Inn)



      Phil Johnson and Chris Rosebrough on the Interview:
      Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3


      Tim Challies' Take:  Here


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      The Forgotten Trinity [Video] (Dr. James White)



      Dr. James White addresses and defends the importance of the Holy Trinity at Discern 09.

      You can get his book by the same title here (Kindle version is $9.99):

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      The Reliability of the New Testament Text (Dr. James White)

      Monday, June 13, 2011

      Is the New Testament reliable? What about all the different manuscripts with variants that we get our translations from? Dr. James White addresses the question, "Can we trust the New Testament documents?" in this event sponsored by Trinity Law School.




      http://www.tls.edu
      http://www.aomin.org

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      Two Ways to Support the Youtube Channel

      Monday, June 6, 2011

      I've come across a way for you to support my Youtube channel without changing your normal routine much. Do you shop at Amazon.com? If so, simply click the link below each time before you shop, and a small portion of what you buy will go back to me to support future Youtube productions like Rightly Divided. The same link will always be on the sidebar to the right of this post, as well, for convenience.  The link can also be found on the "channel page" of my Youtube channel.

      The second way you could help is by buying something directly from my ministry resource list.  I have one item on there now that I've realized is pretty much a necessity (especially after hearing the audio quality of the interview I did with Horton played on Fighting for the Faith).  You can see the list here.

      As always, thanks for your prayers and your kind words.  They are a constant source of encouragement.

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      "Justification and Racism" with guest Shai Linne | Rightly Divided Clips

      Thursday, June 2, 2011

      "Justification by faith is the key to eliminating racism." - Shai Linne


      Shai Linne and I talk about racism and how justification by faith affects it in this clips from Episode 8 of Rightly Divided.

      Episode 8 (Justification with guest Shai Linne)

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      Michael Horton on the Church Planting Movement | RIGHTLY DIVIDED CLIPS

      Tuesday, May 24, 2011

      Michael Horton shares his thoughts on the Church Planting Movement in this clip from Episode 7 of Rightly Divided.


      Rightly Divided Episode 7: The Gospel Driven Trilogy with guest Micheal Horton

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      QR Code for LaneCh Youtube Channel

      Monday, May 16, 2011

      There might be someone out there interested in this for whatever reason.

      If you're not sure what this is, you can learn more here.

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      The Gospel Commission (Dr. Michael Horton)

      Thursday, April 28, 2011


      Dr. Horton discusses his lastest book The Gospel Commission concerning a proper understanding of "The Great Commission" that Christ gave the church.

      For more information or to purchase go to: http://www.whitehorseinn.org/tgc

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      Do Roman Catholic Indulgences Really Forgive Sins? (DEBATE - James White v. Robert Fastiggi)

      Monday, April 25, 2011


      Christian Answers with Larry Wessels

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      Propitiation: (n) \prō-pi-shē-ˈā-shən\ ἱλαστήριον (Paul Washer)

      Saturday, April 23, 2011


      propitiation (n):

      pro·pi·ti·a·tion

      \prō-ˌpi-shē-ˈā-shən\

      This means the turning away of wrath by an offering. It is similar to expiation but expiation does not carry the nuances involving wrath.


      Greek word: ἱλαστήριον hilastērion

      defn:
      1) relating to an appeasing or expiating, having placating or expiating force, expiatory; a means of appeasing or expiating, a propitiation
      1a) 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
      1b) an expiatory sacrifice
      1c) a expiatory victim



      But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;... 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 3:21; 24-25)


      And he is the PROPITIATION for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
      (1Jn 2:2)

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

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      The Cross the Modern Preachers Put in the Back (Paul Washer)

      Friday, April 22, 2011


      It's what's been missing.

      "You see, this is the Cross that all these modern-day "preachers" put in the back of the store and not in the store front window because it's a shameful thing, it's a horrid thing, it's a terrible thing. Some of you are looking at each other as though, 'I've never heard anything like this before.' Absolutely! And that's the Cross has so little power in your life.

      This is a horrid thing, a vile thing, not the kind of thing you wear around your neck."

      - Paul Washer


      For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us who are saved it is the power of God.
      (1Co 1:18)

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      Petition to Redistribute GPA Scores

      Thursday, April 21, 2011

      I usually don't post much on political issues, but this is pretty hilarious.


      HT: Chris Rosebrough

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      RIGHTLY DIVIDED | Episode 9: Open Air Evangelism and the Local Church with guest Tony Miano

      Friday, April 15, 2011



      (*Note: Ironically, this show on Open Air Evangelism was shot in the open air so the sound quality does suffer sometimes. Hopefully it doesn't take away from the overall presentation of the the truths found in this video.)

      Is open air preaching supposed to be a nomadic tribe of people disassociated from everything or is it supposed to be done under the guidance of a local church? Can open air evangelism produce people who become a law unto themselves? Is everyone required to open air preach?

      The lawman, Tony Miano, joins me on this episode of Rightly Divided to discuss this and more.

      http://doulosiesouchristou.blogspot.com/

      http://rightlydividedpodcast.blogspot.com/

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      RIGHTLY DIVIDED | Episode 8: Justification with guest Shai Linne

      Monday, April 11, 2011

      Why does someone need justification? What exactly is justification? Why is it important to preach Jesus Christ and not moralism? How does justification affect one's marriage? How does it affect racism?

      Shai Linne joins me on this edition of Rightly Divided to discuss these topics and more.



      http://www.lampmode.com
      http://rightlydividedpodcast.blogspot.com

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      Faith and the Classroom (A Private Lecture Given to the Faculty of Trinity Law School by Dr. James White)

      Tuesday, April 5, 2011

      This is a private lecture Dr. James White gave to the faculty of Trinity Law School regarding "Faith and the Classroom."


      http://www.tls.edu
      http://www.aomin.org

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      RIGHTLY DIVIDED | Episode 7: The Gospel Driven Trilogy with guest Dr. Micheal Horton

      Sunday, March 27, 2011



      What exactly is "Christless Christianity?" What is the difference between an indicative and an imperative, and how does confusing the two affect our beliefs? What is the Missional Movement? Are there any pros and/or cons with it? Is the right question, "What Would Jesus Do? (WWJD?)" or is it "What Has Jesus Done?" What exactly is The Great Commission, and how should we as Christians understand our role in it?

      Dr. Michael Horton of the White Horse Inn joins me to discuss these topics and more in episode seven of Rightly Divided.

      http://www.whitehorseinn.org

      Where to get the books:
      Christless Christianity: http://amzn.to/hbw1az
      The Gospel Driven Life: http://amzn.to/h5H7at
      The Gospel Commission: http://amzn.to/hQlOab

      Rightly Divided's Blogspot: http://rightlydividedpodcast.blogspot.com

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      Conducting Debate to the Glory of God (Dr. James White) [sponsored by Tr...

      Saturday, March 19, 2011


      As Christians, how do we stand firm for truth while still maintaining integrity? Should we just capitulate to unbelievers and believers alike on disagreements, or should we stand strong for what we believe is true? Most importantly, does debate honor God?

      One of the most accomplished Christian debaters of our time, Dr. James White, address these questions and more in "Conducting Debate to the Glory of God."

      This is a Trinity Law School sponsored event. http://www.tls.edu


      Dr. James White: http://www.aomin.org

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      "Good for Goodness Sake" | History of the Modern Gospel (Session 6)

      Friday, March 18, 2011


      Real Truth Matters

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      The Biggest Problem with Apologists in the United States (Dr. James White)

      Wednesday, March 16, 2011



      Dr. James White explains the biggest problem with apologists in the United States in this clip from his two day lecture series sponsored by Trinity Law School. More video clips and the full presentations are coming soon!

      http://www.tls.edu
      http://www.aomin.org

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      Dr. James White Coming to Southern California March 11 & 12 Courtesy of ...

      Friday, March 4, 2011

      Feel free to share this video as much as you like. Even if you don't plan on coming, I'd appreciate it if you shared this video for others who might be in the area.


      Please RSVP at this number if you plan to attend. Space is limited.
      (800)922-4748

      More information: http://www.tiu.edu/law/speakers

      http://www.tls.edu

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      Jim McClarty's Salvation by Grace Now on Youtube!

      Wednesday, March 2, 2011

      Jim McClarty has been a blessing to me (and many of you) for a while now. Just recently, he decided to start a Youtube channel in which he answers questions and addresses topics! I asked him to make this video to post on my channel letting you know about it. I think you'd be wise to subscribe.


      Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/salvationbygraceorg
      Website: http://www.salvationbygrace.org/

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      Is it True that God is Not Willing that Any Should Perish? (Jim McClarty)

      Sunday, February 27, 2011

      Is it true that God is not willing that any should perish? I believe so. The question is really, though, "Any of whom?" Pastor Jim McClarty explains 2Peter 3:9 in this video.


      Salvation by Grace on Youtube

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      The Doctrine of Original Sin (Mark Kielar)

      Tuesday, February 22, 2011

      The doctrine of original sin has always been under attack. Here, Mark Kielar explains what the doctrine is and provides the biblical basis for it.


      CrossTV

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      Blogger Now Has an Android App

      Monday, February 21, 2011

      In fact, I'm using it right now.  Head to the Marketplace to pick it up if you're interested.  It seems to be a great little tool for thoughts you may have on the go.  It even has a picture posting option.


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      Is John 3:16 "The Gospel in a Single Verse"? (Jim McClarty)

      Wednesday, February 16, 2011

      "Is John 3:16 "the gospel in a single verse"? And does it effectively counteract the Reformed notion of God's sovereignty in salvation? That's what we discuss in this short video, with a bit of exegesis and word study." - Jim McClarty

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      Dr. James White Coming to Southern California in March 2011 for Trinity Law School Event

      Sunday, February 13, 2011

      I'm happy to announce that Dr. James White is coming to Southern California (Bellflower) March 11 and 12th in an event sponsored by Trinity Law School.  The two lectures will be "The Reliability of the New Testament Text" and "Conducting Debate to the Glory of God" (ie. how to stand strong and steadfast in debate without compromising integrity, your faith, etc.)  Please see the flyer below for more info, and, of course, feel free to comment with any questions.  If you are planning to attend, please call the school at (800)922-4748 to RSVP during normal business hours..  This is a free event.

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      Jim McClarty's Salvation By Grace Now on Youtube

      I've appreciated Pastor Jim McClarty's teaching for quite some time. Now, he's decided to take the journey to the Tube. I believe this is a channel you will appreciate. You can subscribe here.

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      Chuck Smith Encourages Woman to Have an Abortion

      Friday, February 11, 2011

      For those who haven't heard, recently on Chuck Smith's "Pastor's Perspective" radio show, he gave something other than a correct pastor's perspective when a young lady called in struggling with the pressure from doctors to have an abortion. You can read about the event and listen to the clips here: (LINK).

      Abortion is nothing more than the idolatry of convenience through the means of murder. It is one of the greatest evils of our time. Even though I don't comment on the issue as much as some, I can't understand how someone, much less a pastor, can condone such an action and then play politics when he's called out by others. Apparently pro-autonomous-choice theology can affect other areas of our thinking as well.

      If you're struggling with the idea of abortion, please take the time to watch the following video. Try to think unselfishly. It may just save a life (literally).


      The following two media items from the great Francis Schaeffer are very helpful resources as well.

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      A Conversation with Paul Washer

      Thursday, February 10, 2011


      HeartCry Missionary Society

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      New Age Bible Versions? (Dr. James White)

      Wednesday, February 9, 2011

      To put this video in context, a woman by the name of Gail Riplinger wrote a book called "New Age Bible Versions" where she argued just about everything imaginable in support of the KJV being the only translation that worth its salt. Dr. White had a debate with her and sometime later shot this video with Larry Wessels of Christian Answers. First, here's that video:



      I remember the first time I saw the following video. I was young in the faith and was looking for the best Bible translation I could find so, inevitably, I came across this episode of Gail Riplinger explaining the "perversions" of other translations on The Prophecy Club show. For me, the following goes down in history as one of the more irrational theological conversations I have ever had the privilege to hear (right along with one-half of the infamous debate Dr. White had with Lou Rugg; I'll let you guess which half). Here's the video, but be forewarned, you may come away from this worrying that the soap you use or the tea you drink could sink a Titanic. (If you watch it, you'll get the joke.)



      Finally, here's the book Dr. White wrote some time ago that deals with the entire King James Only Controversy.

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      The Christian Faith (Michael Horton)

      Tuesday, February 8, 2011


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      James White Debates Jack Moorman On Exclusive KJVOnlyism

      Sunday, February 6, 2011


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      The "What Does This Bible Verse Mean To You?" Game

      Friday, February 4, 2011


      CrossTV

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      Is it Wrong to Judge?

      Tuesday, February 1, 2011


      Way of the Master

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      Joel Osteen: Christless "Christianity" (White Horse Inn)

      Sunday, January 30, 2011


      White Horse Inn

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      Radio Free Geneva: Norman Geisler the First "Major" Scholar to Critique Calvinism? (Dr. James White)

      Wednesday, January 26, 2011


      Alpha and Omega Ministries

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      According to His Choice, Not Our Works... (R.C. Sproul)

      Tuesday, January 25, 2011


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      My Debate Presuppositions (Dr. James White)

      Sunday, January 23, 2011


      "On the day after my debate with Robert Sungenis in Newberg, Oregon, in October of 2010, we were asked to address the presuppositions we brought to the debate. Here is the presentation I made in answer to that question. It is more of a sermon than a lecture, as it turned out."
      - Dr. James White
      Alpha and Omega Ministries

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      The Devil's Mousetrap (Abortion)

      Saturday, January 22, 2011


      You can order the entire DVD here.

      An excerpt from the new production from The Apologetics Group "The Abortion Matrix: Defeating Child Sacrifice and the Culture of Death" -- specifically from Chapter 3, "The Devil's Mousetrap."

      Is there a connection between pagan religion and the abortion industry?

      This powerful presentation traces the biblical roots of child sacrifice and then explores the social, political and cultural fall-out this sin against God and crime against humanity has produced in our amoral, increasingly pagan society.

      Conceived as a sequel and update to the 1988 classic, The Massacre of Innocence, the new title, The Abortion Matrix, is entirely fitting. It not only references abortion's specific target ─ the sacred matrix where human beings are formed in the womb in the very image of God ─ but it also implies the existence of a conspiracy, a matrix of seemingly disparate forces that are driving this holocaust.
      The occult activity surrounding the abortion industry is exposed with numerous examples. But are these just aberrations, bizarre yet anomalous examples of abortionists who just happen to have ties to modern day witchcraft? Or is this representative of something deeper, more sinister and even endemic to the entire abortion movement?

      As the allusion to the film of over a decade ago suggests, the viewer may learn that things are not always as they appear to be. "The Abortion Matrix" reveals the reality of child-killing and strikes the proper moral chord to move hearts to fulfill the biblical responsibility to rescue those unjustly sentenced to death and to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves (Proverbs 24:11,12; 31:8,9).

      SPECIAL NOTE: This video is still in production and we are in the red trying to get it completed. As you might expect, the spiritual warfare surrounding this production ─ as well as with our other major new production "Is Gay OK?" Ten Things Every Christian Needs to Know ─ has been intense; our main audio recording system crashed, there has been sickness, financial attacks, we could go on. We would deeply appreciate your prayers: for wisdom, protection, provision and encouragement. And we would also ask you to consider partnering with us in the project financially. Any gift, large or small would be greatly appreciated. With any gift of $25.00 and above you will receive a pre-release copy of the DVD when it is complete; $100.00 and above and you will be listed in the credits as a partner who helped make the video possible; a gift of $1,000.00 or more and Eric Holmberg will come to your church, school or pro-life group (in the US) to speak, preach, and/or help lead a prayer vigil at your local abortuary using the new "Liturgy for Life" that he and his team has developed. You can give a gift online by clicking HERE -- or you can send your tax-deductible contribution to:
      The Apologetics Group
      5543 Edmonson Pike #88
      Nashville, TN 37211

      Product Details
      • Written by: Jay Rogers and Eric Holmberg
      • Produced and Directed by: Jay Rogers with James Gelet
      • Hosted by: Eric Holmberg
      • Interviewees Include: George Grant, Peter Hammond, RC Sproul Jr., Paul Jehle, Lou Engle, Rusty Thomas, Flip Benham, Janet Folger and many more.
      • Format: Color, DVD, NTSC, Full Screen
      • Language: English
      • Region: All Regions
      • Number of discs: 1
      • Rating: Not Rated
      • Studio: The Apologetics Group, Forerunner TV, R3VOLUTION MEDIA
      • DVD Release Date: 2011
      • Run Time: Approximately 165 minutes

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      The Calvinism of Elder DJ Ward

      Friday, January 21, 2011

      Elder DJ Ward was a true man of God. He is now in glory. I really enjoy listening to him.

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      Smooth Talk and Flattery (White Horse Inn)


      "I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive. For your obedience is known to all, so that I rejoice over you, but I want you to be wise as to what is good and innocent as to what is evil. The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you." (Romans 16:17-20)

      "Sometimes it really gets me down when I think about how many millions of people in America today watch TV preachers like Joel Osteen, Robert Schuller, or Joyce Meyer and read their best-selling books. Meanwhile, programs like the WHI and books about sound doctrine have a mere fraction of the audience. Then there are the mega-churches were people flock to feel better about themselves while churches that faithfully proclaim God's Word and administer the Sacraments each week often struggle and their ministers often find themselves under enormous pressure to change their emphasis. How many Christians today are bathed in the great truths that Paul considered essential basics for any church? But then I remember that the mega movements come and go, it is the church Christ founded, however small and unentertaining it is, that endures from generation to generation."

      - Michael Horton

      This edition of the White Horse Inn tackles the subject of "smooth talk and flattery" in the church.


      http://www.whitehorseinn.org

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      How Many Times Have You "Got Saved"? (Paul Washer)

      Thursday, January 20, 2011


      HeartCry Missionary Society

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      Drawn by the Father (Dr. James White)

      Wednesday, January 19, 2011

      Many of you saw this video when it was the June 2009 Resource of the Month, but I've been getting some questions about John 6:37-44 recently so I thought this might be timely for some others as well.


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      Justified (Dr. Michael Horton)

      Tuesday, January 18, 2011


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      Limited Atonement - The Reformed Position (James White on The Dividing Line)


      Alpha and Omega Ministries

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      "Repeat After Me..." | History of the Modern Gospel (Session 5)

      Monday, January 17, 2011


      Methods used at altar calls are causing great harm in the name of Christianity. The tactics used are mere psychology, and they are convincing sinners that they are saved when, in fact, they are still on their way to hell. This session of History of the Modern Gospel shows that these tactics are actually relatively new in church history, and the problem is a basic mis-understanding of what it means to be saved.

      http://www.realtruthmatters.com

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      The State of Evangelicalism Today and Christless "Christianity" (R.C. Sproul and Michael Horton)


      *This video is posted with expressed permission from the White Horse Inn. Go to http://www.whitehorseinn.org to learn more about this great show. You may also find past shows there.

      On this edition of the White Horse Inn, Michael Horton talks with R.C. Sproul, Chairman of Ligonier Ministries and author of numerous books including The Holiness of God, The Truth of the Cross, and Knowing Scripture. Mike & R.C. discuss many of the themes relating to the year-long WHI theme, "Christless Christianity," and evaluate the overall health of Evangelical Christianity.

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      ALMOST (saved) by Official P4CM Poet Ezekiel Azonwu

      Sunday, January 16, 2011



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      A Place for Weakness (Dr. Michael Horton)

      Friday, January 14, 2011

      I bought this for several people this Christmas.


      White Horse Inn

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      Always Be Ready | Week 2 (Mark Kielar)

      Thursday, January 13, 2011


      Cross TV

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      Always Be Ready | Week 1 (Mark Kielar)

      Wednesday, January 12, 2011


      Cross TV

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      Too Good to Be True (Michael Horton)

      Tuesday, January 11, 2011


      White Horse Inn

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      Want a lifetime marriage? Biblical Marriage Part 2 (Paul Washer)

      Monday, January 10, 2011



      HeartCry Missionary Society

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      Want a lifetime marriage? Biblical Marriage Part 1 (Paul Washer)

      Sunday, January 9, 2011

      Part Two will come tomorrow.



      HeartCry Missionary Society

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      The "Purpose Driven" Prodigal?

      Saturday, January 8, 2011



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      Holiness of God (Dr. James White)

      Friday, January 7, 2011


      From Go Stand Speak:
      "This sermon deals with the holiness of God in relation to publicly proclaiming the gospel.

      This is session 6 from the 2nd Annual JeremiahCry "Go Stand Speak" Evangelism Summit. The sermon is entitled "The Holiness of God" by Dr. James White from Alpha & Omega Ministries.

      To view the complete video in it's entirety, go to GoStandSpeak.com"

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      An Introduction to Islam (Dr. James White)

      Thursday, January 6, 2011



      Alpha and Omega Ministries

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      The Danger of Altar Calls (Paul Washer - Legacy Conference 2010)

      Wednesday, January 5, 2011



      HeartCry Missionary Society

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      The Altar Call's Greatest Hits



      (Hopefully it's obvious that this video is satire.)

      "Do you love the altar call, but can't stand all the work it takes to get to one? Now you can save gas, time, and those countless hours of boring sermons with Phony Music's new collection, Altar Call's Greatest Hits."

      - http://www.realtruthmatters.com

      Please check out Real Truth Matters. They have some great stuff.

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      John MacArthur on Charles Spurgeon & Worldly Preaching

      Tuesday, January 4, 2011

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      Leonard Ravenhill's Biography Released (Paul Washer Recommends)



      Leonard Ravenhill was one of the great voices of our time. Now, his biography written by Mack Tomlinson has been released. It gives us more of a glimpse into the life of a man who was definitely not a reason why revival tarries. Paul Washer told me the story once of the way Ravenhill handled a situation with an arrogant young lady who decided she wanted to make a scene in a church service. The man has my respect for the simple fact that he pulled no punches.

      http://www.ravenhillbiography.com/ - Order The Biography of Leonard Ravenhill by Mack Tomlinson.

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      Clothed in Christ (Paul Washer)

      Monday, January 3, 2011



      http://www.heartcrymissionary.com

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      Churches are Using Carnal Means to Attract Visitors (Paul Washer)

      Sunday, January 2, 2011



      Some churches today are using carnal means to attract members, but this is not only dangerous; it is also unbiblical. Paul Washer explains.

      Please visit HeartCry Missionary Society:
      http://www.heartcrymissionary.com

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      The Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards (Mark Kielar)

      Saturday, January 1, 2011

      This is probably an appropriate video for the day. Happy new year!

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