TRUTH

Error, indeed, is never set forth in its naked deformity, lest, being thus exposed, it should at once be detected. But it is craftily decked out in an attractive dress, so as, by its outward form, to make it appear to the inexperienced (ridiculous as the expression may seem) more true than the truth itself. - Irenaeus



Thursday, December 28, 2017

Praying for the World

Operation World
Back in 2001 I was introduced to an interesting book that has been a vast resource for understanding the world mission field.  Operation World the 21st Century Edition compiled by Patrick and Robyn Johnstone along with Jason Mandryk covers the spiritual nature, past and present, of every nation of the world.  Complete with maps, it explains the condition of various regions related to world missions, prayer needs, linguistic climate, as well as the politics.
It has been updated numerous times since the edition I was given in 2001.  It is a must for anyone interested in traveling as an evangelist as well as for those simply wanting to understand how the gospel has influenced the economy of countries of the world.  It includes information about Christian media, bible publication, literacy, race and language barriers that is so essential in broadcasting the message of the gospel.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

MODALISM Heresy

The Question of "Jesus Only"
by Dale Brown

In an effort to uphold the unity and monotheistic understanding of God, yet disassociate oneself from the words "Trinity" and "Catholic" we often find groups going into the age old heresy of Sabellianism, which is also know as modalistic MONARCHIANISM.  Sabellius held that God was one indivisible substance, but with three fundamental activities, or modes, appearing successively as the Father (the creator and lawgiver), as the Son (the redeemer), and as the Holy Spirit (the maker of life and the divine presence within men).  In some extreme cases there have seven been groups who have gone one step further in which the Holy Spirit becomes the church, thus man become "Christ".

Harold O.J. Brown, in his book "HERESIES", deals with this third century controversy.  By holding to the orthodox teaching of the deity of Christ yet making Him, the Son, a mode or aspect of the Father we are confronted with a few problems. As such, he is fully and truly God, but not a distinct Person.  Unfortunately, this suggestion makes it hard to see how Jesus can meaningfully pray to the Father if he is the Father in another mode.  Even more serious, it is impossible to conceive of him as our "advocate with the Father" (1 John 2:1) or to be said to "live forever to make intercession" (Heb. 7:25).

One might say that the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are one and the same yet leave the definition incomplete.  If he were to say, "same God", he would be correct.  But, if he were to say "same person", he would be incorrect.  It cannot be denied that the Father spoke to the Son (Matt. 3:17), the Son spoke to the Father (John 17:1), and the Son spoke of the Holy Spirit (John 16:7), thus identifying three separate persons who co-exist at the same time.  In John 1:1-2 we see the Word (who we see as being Christ in verse 14) existing right along side God, at the same time, in the beginning.

The late Dr. Walter Martin claimed that there are two major types of modalists.  There are the "logical" ones, who claim that God cannot be both Father and Son and Holy Spirit at the same time and who therefore say that God was first the Father, became the Son, and then became the Holy Spirit.  The illogical modalists try to say that the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit somehow exist at the same time and yet are each other.

Some who hold to the modalistic views are, the United Pentecostal Church (and other Oneness Pentecostals), Branhamism, and Witness Lee and his "Local Church".  (The Witness Lee followers have more recently begun to backpedal and teach a more Trinitarian model).

Some might justly object to using the word "cult" in reference to adherents of modalism.  Yet, one must still recognize the teaching as a heretical one.  So which shall we prefer, the term "cult", which is broad and subject to interpretation, or "heresy", which is possibly more direct and to the point.

Assuredly there are people within modalist groups who have had a legitimate experience with Jesus Christ.  It is not the people we have in question. It is the teaching.  I have met a number of people who tell me they had an experience with Jesus Christ while they yet attended a Mormon church.  They later came to see the error of the Mormon system.  God uses whatever is available.  Let us be reminded that God spoke through Balam's donkey (Num. 22) but that does not suggest that God would want us to seek counsel from a donkey or ordain one into the ministry.

For those who endorse modalism or any other deviant doctrine of the godhead, there are other serious theological problems that eventually occur.  Most vehemently reject the Trinitarian formula of baptism in the great commission, "Go therefore and make disciples in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit" (Matt. 28:19), and even suggest it necessary to be re-baptized in the name of Jesus as is seen used in the Book of Acts.  With the United Pentecostal Church comes the doctrine that says you cannot be saved unless you speak in tongues.  With Branhamism and Witness Lee there is a whole list of additional quirks of legalism etc.

Those who do not learn from history
are destined to repeat it.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Jerusalem

When President Trump made the public announcement that Jerusalem was Israel's capital in December of 2017 the Muslims world wide went crazy in protest.  While the foundation of ancient Jewish temple has been in Jerusalem for three thousand years the Muslims have tried to make claim to it by building a mosque there six hundred years after Christ.  Trump is the first President that has went so far as to announce this reality to the world.  This scriptural passage from Zechariah comes from about the fifth century BC.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Trump and Britain First

Trump cites "far right" Christian group Britain First in tweet in effort to right the listing British "Ship of Fools".
Though he is questioned by many for his methods he has done more to expose the lies of evil than most who claim to be Christian.  Paul and Jayda of Britain First have been harassed not only by Muslims in Britain but by the police and government authorities for simply shining the light on Muslim deception, murders and sex gangs in Britain.  For Trump to acknowledge them is a very bold move on his part.  CAIR and other Muslim groups are quick to attack him from very angle.  British politicians are having a melt down.
Better "far right" than "wrong"
Better an ass than a fool.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

God can be scary!

When God scares the Devil out of you.
We hear a lot these days about a gracious loving God who wants to fix all of our problems.  What happen to the God who struck a doubting Zacharias mute as a sign that his wife would bear a son who came to be known as John the baptist? (Luke 1:20)
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction.  Proverbs 1:7

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
Proverbs 9:10
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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

FATWA Hunted in America

FATWA Hunted in America by Pamela Geller
review by Dale Brown

For those unfamiliar with Muslim terminology the word Fatwa might be a puzzling title for a book.   Before 9/11 I would guess the term would have been equally puzzling for the author Pamela Geller. Geller, a Jewish gal growing up in New York, was soon to realize 9/11 was a wake up call to the naive west, yet the media as well as most political leaders in the U.S. Government kept pushing the snooze button on the alarm.

This book chronicles Pamela's search for answers midst all the spin and deception this topic entails.   With a forward by Dutch politician Geert Wilders one can see immediately that she has connections with some of the most influential voices in the field of critical thinking.  Most in the west will find it a concerted effort to make sense of Muslim theology but Geller was quick to find other experts in the field such as Robert Spencer who were able to help her connect the dots.  While Muslim history has been whitewashed and at times glorified Pamela soon found that shining the light of truth on the subject makes one a target of not only ridicule by leftist liberals but of jihadis who are willing to carry out the FATWA, or murder of those critical of the Muslim religion.  Both jihad and fatwa are terms of war.   When an influential Muslim Imam or Sheikh proclaims a “fatwa” against someone that means they are to be silenced by whatever means Allah's little helper may find suitable.

Those of us old enough to remember 9/11 was followed by Muslims attempting to build a mosque overlooking the site of what was once the twin towers. Following the pattern of history they had chosen the name “Cordoba” which smacked of the invasion and occupation of Spain from year 711 until they were driven out in 1492. Geller was quick to connect the dots. When Muslims invade a country it has been a common practice to build a large mosque or convert prior religious sites or churches as a statement of superiority as they did in Jerusalem and Constantinople. Pamela was one of those voices sounding the alarm at ground zero. Of course with this comes accusations of racism, hatred and intolerance.

In January of 2015 in the wake of the massacre of the Muhammad cartoonists of Charlie Hebdo in Paris Pamela Geller organized a draw Muhammad contest in Garland, Texas to let the world know that we are not going to bow to the pressure of Muslim thugs who threaten our free speech and freedom of expression. When two Muslim jihadis showed up at the art contest with guns loaded for infidels the seriousness of the ordeal became obvious. They wounded one security officer before being killed. About a month later Boston police had to kill a Muslim man who was planning to assassinate Geller. Get the picture? This is war!

Leading up to all of this Geller was able to make the connection that the OIC (The Organization of Islamic Cooperation) is a group of fifty-seven Muslim nations whose main focus is to neutralize criticism of Islam on the global stage. They happen to be the loudest voice at the United Nations and are quick to target anyone who makes fun of the prophet Muhammad in a cartoon.  The OIC is the Muslim effort to resurrect the world Caliphate which collapsed when the Ottoman Empire died after the first world war.  Their reach is far and wide and connected to many Muslim groups in the west such as CAIR, the Council on American Relations.   Criticize Islam publicly in American and you will get CAIR's attention immediately.

What started as a simple blog called Atlas Shrugs from which Geller would comment on jihad activity in the news grew into a global platform for those sharing information about Muslim history and ideology and how to combat it.  When the practice of honor killings of young women in Canada and America began to show up in the news Geller and her connections began speaking out.   While the Muslim world turns a blind eye to fathers who murder their daughters for not wearing the hijab or leaving the faith Geller and her friends plotted an effort to give honor to those poor girls and provide an underground means of escape.  Read about the battle for a headstone.

Pamela's experience should be a lesson to us all. Knowledge is power but knowledge is nothing if it remains hidden.  While lapdog liberals in the media and Muslims have attacked her character, she has learned to not be intimidated. Because of being outspoken about Islam she has been added to the list of those forbidden entry to Britain and labeled “The Most Dangerous Woman in America”. And while education is supposed to be the motive of Colleges and Universities she has found that educating people about Islam is not at the top of the list.  The reason is many have been bought by powerful oil rich countries. Free speech is a dangerous thing for Islam. When she began the effort of running ads exposing the evils of Islam on public transit buses in several American cities she found herself fighting it out in court.  The San Francisco Municipal Transportation forbid free speech on their buses in 2017.  Advertising “political” and “cause-related” issues are now rejected in New York; Washington D.C.; Boston; Miami; and Chicago.

My suggestion for anyone concerned about American values or our Judaeo/Christian heritage is to read Fatwa and get the facts straight about who our real enemy is.   Islam is not your friend.



Sunday, October 29, 2017

Good Cop, Bad Cop?

But what I am doing, I will continue to do, that I might cut off opportunity from those who desire an opportunity to be regarded just as we are in the matter about which they are boasting.  For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.  And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.  Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their deeds.  Apostle Paul (2 Cor. 11:12-15)
Building relationships
You who are full of all deceit and fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease to make crooked the straight ways of the Lord?  And now, you will be blind and not see the sun for a time."  And immediately a mist and darkness fell upon him, and he went about seeking those who would lead him by the hand.  (Acts 13:10&11)
By the words of Apostle Peter, Ananias and his wife Sapphira were struck dead for lying.  (Acts 5:3-10)
The words of Jesus

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