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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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