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

Saturday, May 14, 2016

The Counterfeit

A counterfeit is the most sincere form of flattery for it copies something genuine, but then for the sake of gaining an advantage and deceiving it is passed off as the original.  For the past two thousand years the gospel has been attacked by many counterfeiters who have dreamed up something which might sound good to the ears, look good to the eyes, and even bring some form of temporary reward or satisfaction, but in the end when put to the test it ultimately fails and the poor soul who bought it is left in despair.  Which gospel and which Jesus have you received?  You may have been insulted by someone who presented the truth, or you may be embarrassed to endorse something that is so old fashion, but would you rather be deceived?  Think of all the religions in the past two thousand years that have dreamed up a new revelation, published a new book by a supposed prophet that claims to update or improve on the the original biblical stories.

Friday, January 29, 2016

How important is History?

It has been said that those who do not learn from history are destined to repeat it.  But is that biblical?
Several times in apostle Paul's writings he referred to things in history and claimed they were recorded as an example for us to learn from (1 Cor. 10:6, Rom. 15:4).  Many people scoff when we refer to history as though we are beyond ancient events therefore it is ridiculous to mention them, after all we are now enlightened with such modern technology etc.  Sometimes pointing out history makes people so mad they want to shut us up.  This was the case with Stephen when he summarized the history of the Jews leading up to Christ.  It touched them on the raw in such a way they had to cover their ears and therefore rushed upon him and killed him with stones (Acts 7:54-60).

Friday, January 15, 2016

The Days of Noah

When Jesus described the events leading up to his return in the last days he referred to the sixth chapter of Genesis.  This not only portrays a picture of corruption and violence but it confirms his belief in the reliability of the story of Noah and the flood.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

That Eastern Gate

Around 575 B.C. Ezekiel prophesied of the Jewish temple gate in  Jerusalem being closed.  The Eastern Gate of the temple in Jerusalem was first sealed in 810 by Muslims.  It was reopened in 1102 for a short time by the Crusaders.  It was walled up again by Ottoman leader Saladin 1187 when  he captured the city.  Later Suleiman the Magnificent rebuilt the walls and the gate remains closed to the present day.
Thinking the Messiah would not walk through a cemetery because he would be defiled the Muslims have placed a grave yard in front of the gate to stop any such thing.  Jesus is the resurrection however and he is not likely much  concerned with such trivia.

Augustine spiritualized Ezekiel 44:2 and applied it to the perpetual virginity of Mary to support Catholic tradition.  Some reformers have endorsed this questionable theory as well.

While the word Palestine does not appear in the New Testament it does appear four times in the Old Testament, but only in the King James.  It is actually a poor translation which is corrected in new versions.  The land of the Philistines, where the word originated, was always considered to be the enemy of the Jews.  In Isaiah 14:29-31 Philistia is judged by God.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Using the Devil's Sword

A common method of debate in Christian apologetics is to use a cultists own literature against them. It is akin to David taking Goliath's own sword and slaying him with it.  But the average Christian is limited to quoting the Bible because to learn the cultists material requires an extra step of study and discipline.

Apostle Paul, trained in the traditions of the Pharisees knew his tradition well, and when he became a follower of Christ his mind was illuminated beyond that tradition.  In Athens we see a further understanding revealed that would have taken study of a different kind, when he referred to some of the poets known to the locals, "For we also are His offspring" he was quoting Cleanthese, the "Hymn to Zeus" (Acts 17:28).  This would not have been literature read in Rabbic school or among Christians but Paul used his understanding of secular tradition to bridge a communication barrier.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

England tour 1988

Dale Brown distributing gospel literature at the Regent Park
 Mosque in London.  Some Muslims tore up the literature and 
threw it at us.  Not a very pleasant bunch of folks.
Peggy Brown at the St. James the Great parish Church
 at Radley built 1290.  Notice how one must pass by the
graves of the saints on your way to church.  Today churches are
sanitized from the thought of death and cemeteries are found
somewhere else.
 Peggy at the Abbey in Bath.

Friday, October 30, 2015

UNESCO Claims Jewish Tomb for Islam

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) decided in October of 2015 that Rachel's Tomb and the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron is now a Muslim site.  Never mind that the Bible clearly records Abraham bought the Cave in Hebron hundreds of years before Christ.  Author Tzi Ben Gedalyahu records that the UNESCO committee voted 26-2 (25 countries without a spine abstained from voting at all).
While tourists from around the world travel to Jerusalem to visit the site of the ancient Jewish temple where the Muslims have built a mosque and the Dome of the Rock few pay much attention to the large edifice in Hebron that stands as a reminder of the father of Judaism and the Christian faith.  When Sarah died Abraham bought the burial cave in Hebron (Gen 23:19).  The cave of Machpelah, about 19 miles south of Jerusalem, is where Herod built this grand monument to the patriarchs shortly before the time of Christ.  Unlike the temple site in Jerusalem it was not molested in the same way the Romans did to other ancient sites.  The huge stones laid by Herod are still intact with additional Muslim minaret and other construction which was added later.
Inside are cenotaphs marking the burial places of Isaac and Rebekah with classic Muslim red stripes.  In the 7th century what was then a church was converted into a Mosque then some time later Crusaders turned it back into a church.  In 1250 the Mamelukes conquered Israel and it once again became a mosque.
The Muslim prayer niche (mahrib) and pulpit (minbar) are very ornate and surrounded in Islamic green.