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

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The Triune Nature of Man

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Zuckerberg Forbids Access

A flower shop gets in trouble for refusing to do business with those who trample biblical standards yet Zuckerberg refuses access to Facebook depending on ones political or religious convictions and gets away with it.  He is a classic bigot.
Though draining a swamp might reveal some scum, 
thou shall not call criminals scum!
(That will be another 30 days)

Miracles and Sodom

Then He began to reproach the cities in which most of His miracles were done, because they did not repent.
"Woe to you, Chorazin!  Woe to you Bethsaida! If the miracles had occurred in Tyre and Sidon which occurred in you they would have repented in sackcloth and ashes."
"And you Capernaum, will not be exalted to heaven, will you?  You shall descend to Hades; for if the miracles had occurred in Sodom which occurred in you, it would have remained to this day.  Nevertheless I say to you that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for you." (Matt.11:20-24)
Ruins of Capernaum

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Hidden Reefs

Stay Alert!
The book of Jude gives us a graphic warning regarding our spiritual walk as Christians.   In reference to those who mingle among us that can do us much harm he writes "But these men are hidden reefs in your love feasts when they feast with you without fear..." (Jude 12).
Keeping a look out for other boats and floating debris
Living aboard several different sailboats while cruising the coast of Alaska and Canada as missionaries we learned many valuable lessons, many of which are highlighted in the Bible.  For the most part the art of sailing depends on very basic and practical skills; how deep is the water, how fast are we moving, and where is land.  Charts show us the depth of the water and a picture of the coastline around us but if we don't know where we are on the chart we are lost.  Learning to read and understand these charts is much like read the scripture.  We have to learn where we are in relationship to our surroundings, failure to do so can put us in grave danger.  One must be aware of tide changes which can cause a change in the previously plotted coarse.  In our day of high technology however many get themselves in trouble by depending too much on electronic gadgets and throw caution to the wind.  When technology fails in stormy weather or compromised visibility we can find ourselves on the rocks if we have lost our basic skills of navigation.  Waiting until a storm hits is not a good time to be learning how to navigate.  When the storm comes things get very hectic and confusing.  Learn basic biblical principles before the spam hits the fan.

Over extending ourselves can cause us to make mistakes as well.  Some close friends of ours on a trip to Alaska once pushed themselves too far without sleep, and while their beautiful yacht was on autopilot they fell asleep, ran aground and tore the bottom out of the boat nearly costing their lives.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Nietzsche's Dead

Son of a Lutheran pastor, the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) made the statement "God is Dead" in his publication The Gay Science (The Joyful Wisdom).
He had high visions for mankind in his work "Ubermensch" a superhuman goal for humanity but in 1889 at age 44 he suffered a mental break down.  His mind eluded him until his death.
God always gets the last word.

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.