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, February 8, 2018

The Devil made me do it!

The Devil made me do it!
For someone who has experienced an exorcism first hand this is not a laughing matter.  While western science and skeptics try to explain away the possibility of a real Devil the fact remains we live in a world full of evil and deception.  Much of this evil comes wearing a beautiful mask and flowery words.  Even church folks who might believe in the Bible often endorse a powerless dispensational view that places us outside the time frame of such possibilities and adapt a politically correct picture in which all can be remedied with a pill or a visit with a counselor.

A quick study of the Gospel of Mark reveals that about a third of the ministry of Jesus had to do with casting out demons and the Devil. We see the pattern continue in the Book of Acts through the lives of the early church.  A gospel without a real Devil is not the gospel of the Bible.  And a gospel without the power to cast out demons is not the real gospel.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Speak no more in this name!

After apostle Peter healed a lame man he went on to preach the gospel calling them to turn from their wicked ways.  The response from the religious crowd was swift and to the point.  He and apostle John were thrown in jail and put on trial.   Their accusers could not deny that a miracle had taken place they warned them that it may not spread any further among the people, and they were forbidden to speak any more to anyone in the name of Jesus.  (Acts 4:16-18)  Little has change.  Today the same spirit that tried to silence the followers of Christ is at work doing the same.  Facebook is famous for locking people out of their accounts for simply exposing the lies of Islam and the insanity of the LGBTQwxyz movement.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Bring the mission field back to Amerika

We used to send missionaries to third world countries.  But now we bring them home where we educate them at secular institutions where we are forbidden to present Christian ethics or the gospel.  The head counselors and language interpreters in our public schools are members of the LGBTQ crowd, wiccans and other cultists.  If you say anything you will be isolated or fired for bigotry or some form of phobia.  You will be accused of racism or a hate crime.
So in the end, our country will turn into the countries that was once the third world mission field.  But we can no longer go home and get away from it.
Every culture produces its own fruit.  Jesus said we would know them by their fruit.


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Copper verses Plastic

Antimicrobial properties of copper
Anyone who has spent much time around boats in salt water will know that copper in bottom paint will keep barnacles and other forms of life from growing on the bottom of your boat.  At one time wood ships nailed sheets of copper to the hulls below the waterline for precisely that reason.  Hundreds of years ago it was known that water stored in copper pots would stay fresh longer than pots made of other items.  A few copper pennies made before 1982 used to be a remedy for ridding your fish aquarium of certain green slime and snails.  Also a copper flashing along the ridge line of your roof will protect your roof from growing moss.  A little copper sulfate in the toilet drain will stop the roots from clogging your sewer line.

It is a proven fact that door handles made of copper, bronze or brass will be free of most bacteria in just a few hours while stainless steel which has become a standard in medical institutions and kitchens has a neutral effect on bacteria.  You will notice copper listed in many multivitamins.  We need some degree of the stuff.  More and more plastics are being used as containers for water and food storage yet it takes only a few hours in the hot sun for bacteria to blossom and at the same time certain toxins from the plastic to find its way into the liquid stored.

The days of the lead pipes of Rome are long gone (and for good reason) but now many new homes no longer have copper pipes because of the expense, and remodels are tearing it out as well and replacing it with new cheaper plastic.  I wonder what the long term effects we will see, if any, in the future.

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.  From this you can see the fruit of the various colonies.  Compare the French colonies with those of Spain or England and see fruit that is visible to this day.  Those that presented the gospel in some form produced a culture with a Christian ethic.  Those that saw the colony as nothing more than a means for financial gain eventually produced corrupt fruit.

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.