Sunday, April 22, 2018

In Christ We Are Being Conformed To The Image of Christ-social distinctions are of no value

Colossians 3:9-11 “Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices,
and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him—
a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all.”
Those who have been regenerated by the power of God unto salvation have put on the new self which is according to the same image- the image of the Lord Jesus Christ, and they all share in the same mind, the same doctrine, the same conduct, and the same persecutions, regardless of race or social standing.
So such social distinctions are of no regard for regenerated believers, because they all are being conformed to the same image. Those who would make much of fleshly distinctions do so because they themselves have not been joined to Christ nor do they conform to that One image.

~Matt Lawrence

Well put. We consider things according to Christ--that which is spiritual (which is real & true) versus that which is according to the flesh (which is merely appearance & temporal).

2Co 5:16  Therefore from now on we recognize no man according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. 
2Co 5:17  Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 

Saturday, April 07, 2018

S. Lewis Johnson: How To Deal With False Teachers

Tit 1:10  For there are many rebellious men, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision, 11  who must be silenced because they are upsetting whole families, teaching things they should not teach for the sake of sordid gain.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

The Fast Change of Doctrine At Grace Community Church


Link  to TGC's facebook page announcment.

***UPDATE at the bottom***

I'm so old that I remember when MacArthur taught & wrote against evolution and for Creation in 6 literal days by God's Word.
I'm so old that I remember when MacArthur spoke and wrote against looking to politics to change a culture.
I'm so old that I remember when MacArthur honored law enforcement at GCC & taught on the honor and respect needed toward our government as Scripture dictates.
I'm so old that I remember when MacArthur wrote that down through the ages in all of Scripture (Law, Prophets, the Gospels & Epistles) God condemns homosexuality.
I'm so old that I remember when MacArthur taught against the RCC.
I'm so old that I remember when MacArthur and GCC taught against the Charismatic Movement and had an entire conference and book against it.
Yet TGC promotes evolution, social justice, Marxism, Black Liberation theology, sodomy, Catholicism and more.


One of the scheduled TGC speakers is Jamin Groogin, co- author of "The Way of the Dragon or the Way of the Lamb". His book’s acknowledgements include two mystics Eugene Peterson (“The Message” book) and Dallas Willard (spiritual formation). Jean Vanier, who is a Roman Catholic philosopher and theologian. John Perkins is a social justice activist.  These men cannot be labeled as being faitihful to the King's way of biblical Christianity since they incorporate things of the world as well as demons (mysticism is demonic). 


GCC has since, removed the tweet from their Twitter account. Below is the update. John MacArthur is still speaking at TGC, which shows GCC is still approving of the ministry.  TGC is an entire unit and body.  It stands for something and against something. Perfect agreement is not the issue, but its foundation, founders, associations, content, over time reveals if the ministry or person is of Christ. Because of TGC's founder Tim Keller and because of it's doctrinal triage we're seeing the bad fruit. TGC is waxing worse because its root is wicked. 

Previously it was announced that The Gospel Coalition and Grace Community Church were partnering together on a TGC 2018 West Coast Conference this October 16–18.
While both of our organizations give thanks for the good work the other is doing for the cause of Christ, we have reached the mutual decision that it is best to host the conference at another venue.
Over the past two weeks, because of some administrative misunderstandings and some differences in ministry emphasis and approach, it has become clear that the best way forward for all involved is to move the conference to another location in the Los Angeles area. The conversations leading to this conclusion have been gracious and friendly. We gladly recognize the fruitfulness and faithfulness in each other’s ministries.
Finally, it should be noted that the conference is still happening during the original dates, and we are pleased to report that John MacArthur will still be a featured speaker. More information about a new location will be released as soon as plans are finalized.

~TGC's Facebook page

Piper Now Says That There Is No Christianity Without His "Christian Hedonism"

In other words, Christian Hedonism, which calls us to pursue this cherishing of Christ as our supreme satisfaction, is not a cute or clever slogan on the margins of Christianity, doing its verbal tricks to get people to look into something more central to the heart of Christianity. Christian Hedonism is at the heart of Christianity. Without it, there is no Christianity. I am not talking about the name but the reality.

~John Piper 2018

Actually that's exactly what it is: an unbiblical tagline that has been very lucrative for Piper. Scripture doesn't give us that self-serving, man-centered garbage. It's reminiscent of when Rick Warren said in his "Purpose Driven" book, "It's not about you" and then goes on to make it all about you. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

John MacArthur Hosting The "Gospel" Coalition.


Burn your "Strange Fire" book. It means nothing now.

John MacArthur will be hosting The "Gospel" Coalition at Grace Community Church this October. It's a pastors conference. Because I guess one pastors conference a year isn't enough.

"Pastors expect to help others through times of suffering. But many do not realize how much they, too, will suffer. Caught off guard, many end up deeply hurt and quit the ministry, deciding that perhaps they misunderstood God’s call or that they simply do not have what it takes. Pastors and ministry leaders who work alongside them need encouragement to run the race with endurance.
In The Gospel Coalition’s first West Coast Conference—Enduring Faithfulness—veteran pastors from around the country will open 2 Timothy and consider the example of Paul, who fought the good fight and kept his faith in Jesus Christ. Dozens of other workshops will explore various aspects of gospel ministry, from appreciating the beauty of Christian sexual ethics to thinking creatively about faith and work. Several workshops will profile historical examples such as Jonathan Edwards and Augustine to show they instruct and challenge us today in ministry that lasts a lifetime and beyond.
We invite you to join us October 16 to 18, at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California."
This is the same TGC that blasphemed Christ recently when Rebecca McLaughlin mocked Christ saying he's like the new "Dr. Who" (the new Dr. Who is a lesbian). Yeah. That's this TGC . Go here for an explanation.

Among the speakers are some social justice warriors who tout their "good" deeds, charismatics, and a woman rapper. Of note is this guy:

What does his church believe? Would they be in line with the Strange Fire conference rhetoric? No.
It's a charismatic church:

We believe that all the gifts of the Holy Spirit at work in the church of the first century are operational today. This includes signs and wonders, as well as all the gifts described in the New Testament. Though neither essential for salvation nor an indication of spiritual maturity, these gifts are designed to testify to the presence of the kingdom and to empower and edify the church to fulfill its calling and mission and therefore are to be earnestly desired and practiced.(Acts 2:14-214:29-30Romans 12:3-81 Corinthians 12:7-1128-3114:1-33Galatians 3:1-5)" ~Refuge LA

One topic that will be discussed at the TGC conference at MacArthur's church is this:
Communicating the Beauty of Christian Sexual Ethics
Joshua Ryan Butler
Sex is everywhere in our culture, yet an intimidating subject for many Christians to talk about. We may be convinced God's vision for sex is true, but is it also good and beautiful? This workshop will explore some fresh language, imagery, and concepts from Scripture, to help us communicate biblical sexual ethics winsomely, narratively, and beautifully to a culture that is highly skeptical of the Christian vision.

End quote.
I don't know what is going on but it seems sex is a big topic with more and more Evangelicals like Driscoll, Voskamp, & Piper. And "ethics" is not the same as biblical doctrine. Ethics are optional views borne of pragmatism in a niche area. They change from profession to profession, culture to culture, religion to religion. It's a code of behavior, not absolute, objective Truth found only in Scripture. So a man is going to share his personal ethics and tell others how they should view Christian sex. And why do we need this? And why would we care what the world thinks, IF they even have a view on what they think is the Christian view on sex? This is a conference for mature men of the faith---elders---don't they already know this stuff? Come on. 
Scripture warns us of those with persuasive speech:
1Co 2:1  And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. 2  For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. 3  And I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling. 4  And my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5  that your faith should not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God
The foundation of TGC is corrupt. Tim Keller, it's co-founder is not a Christian. He's a Marxist New Calvinist  who denies the sound doctrine of Creation and contextualizes the Bible and its Gospel . For more info on him go here.
 Also, I wrote about TGC & T4G here.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Francis Chan: bash not the Lord's anointed (leaders)

In an article at the Christian Post, Chan, a Charismatic Emergent who promotes NAR leader Mike Bickle, misuses Scripture to try to silence criticism of church leaders, all the while criticizing his own old church. Interestingly he’s quite strong in his complaints against churches at large today (which he proceeds to touch on and specifically on his old church).
He says: "There are times to speak strongly," Chan said. "But let's remember the story of David with Saul. Where's that spirit in the church today? I just want to be careful with the Lord's anointed. We're surrounded by a culture that tries to reserve the strongest words to bash leadership.” ~Christian Post

David refrained killing King Saul, not from criticizing him:

1Sa 24:10  "Behold, this day your eyes have seen that the LORD had given you today into my hand in the cave, and some said to kill you, but my eye had pity on you; and I said, 'I will not stretch out my hand against my lord, for he is the LORD'S anointed.'
1Sa 24:11  "Now, my father, see! Indeed, see the edge of your robe in my hand! For in that I cut off the edge of your robe and did not kill you, know and perceive that there is no evil or rebellion in my hands, and I have not sinned against you, though you are lying in wait for my life to take it.

Besides that, elders aren't anointed--kings were. Elders aren't kings, although many act as if they are. We have no prophets today like in the OT times. Leaders aren’t prophets.

And Chan’s reference to James 1:19 about being slow to speak, quick listen and slow to become angry is a classic misinterpretation/application of that verse to shut down scrutiny. If you notice, James 1:19 is sandwiched in between verses about Scripture. This isn’t about silencing critics nor for that matter, is it about communication skills with people, but it’s about trials, sin, God’s Word confronting it and how we are to submit to what it says.
Jas 1:18  In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we would be a kind of first fruits among His creatures.
Jas 1:19  This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger;
Jas 1:20  for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.
Jas 1:21  Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls.
Jas 1:22  But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.

Interestingly a few verses after that, in the next passage, James confronts us about the sin of partiality---probably the biggest unrepentant sin of nearly all of self-proclaimed Evangelical leaders today next to pride:
Jas 2:1  My brethren, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of personal favoritism.
But going back to James 1:19 I’d like to point out that it is akin to what John says:
1Jn 1:6  If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth;
1Jn 1:10  If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.
1Jn 2:4  The one who says, "I have come to know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him;
I supposed it hasn't occurred to Chan that his view has aided in a corrupt leadership within the Evangelical Machine, sometimes leaving concerned sheep with no other outlet. But I believe for the most part, it’s not as perhaps Chan is inferring, as a way to get back at a leader (although that’s true for some and you can see how embittered and personal they are in their attacks), but rather, a way to warn others of an unprincipled, unqualified man.

To be sure slander is obviously sin, but rightly criticizing unbiblical, unprincipled men who are in practice overlords instead of slaves who contain their authority to solely that which Scripture says, isn't unbiblical: it’s warranted. In fact 1John 4:1 demands we vigorously test all teachers and their teachings. The standard that a faithful Christian uses to vigorously test all teachers both in doctrine and in practice, is Scripture. Elder and teachers aren’t untouchable nor are they above criticism. Of all people, they are held to a stricter judgement (James 3:1).We see multiple warnings of names named in Scripture of unbiblical leaders or prominent people the local church (2 Tim. 2:16-18; 2Tim. 4:14-15; 3 John9-11).  

Contrary to biblical leaders, unqualified leaders don’t limit their authority to where and on what Scripture teaches but instead on personal preference, their flesh, traditions, personalities, good ole boy club; and they often do so by redefining of terms, misinterpret and misapply Scripture, and this often stems from the sin of partiality.  There is a reason why God has given a list of specific requirements of church leaders and none of them are suggestions. They define who is and is not qualified and they hold together as a unit. It is to say, the biblical requirements all rise or fall together. This sifts out men who want to be leaders but aren’t qualified (and yes, Chan believes women can teach and lead men, thus proving again that he is unqualified to teach much less lead Christians).

When a teacher teaches at a church or conference, he is open to public scrutiny. Because of their sin of partiality, they don’t heavily scrutinize themselves but rather, as Chan does, circle the wagon and declare “hands off!”. Redefining criticism as “bashing” is Chan’s way of deflecting accountability and therefore blaming people who see their hypocrisy and error. It’s his way of placing guilt upon the sheep instead of where it often is due: the leadership. God dealt with Israel’s leadership first, foremost, and harshly because they were grossly sinning in His name and leading the people into sin (Jer. 23, 32, Lam. 1-4, Is 30 for example). 

Mat 20:25  But Jesus called them to Himself and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them.
Mat 20:26  "It is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant,
Mat 20:27  and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave;
Mat 20:28  just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."
Act 17:11  Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.
1Pe 5:1  Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as your fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed,
1Pe 5:2  shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness;
1Pe 5:3  nor yet as lording it over those allotted to your charge, but proving to be examples to the flock.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Holy Scriptures & Why They Are Essential For The Christian

"To realize that the Holy Scriptures are a revelation from the Most High, communicating to us His mind and defining for us His will, is the first step toward practical godliness. To recognize that the Bible is God's Word, and that its precepts are the precepts of the Almighty, will lead us to see what an awful thing it is to despise and ignore them."
~ Arthur Pink, "The Sovereignty Of God"

Monday, March 19, 2018

Piper's Lucrative Tagline Destroyed by Scripture

This destroys false teacher John Piper's lucrative but unbiblicaltagline that "God is most glorified when we are most satisfied in Him":

Joh 13:21  When Jesus had said this, He became troubled in spirit, and testified and said, "Truly, truly, I say to you, that one of you will betray Me." 

Joh 13:27  After the morsel, Satan then entered into him. Therefore Jesus *said to him, "What you do, do quickly." 

Joh 13:31  Therefore when he had gone out, Jesus *said, "Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in Him; 32  if God is glorified in Him, God will also glorify Him in Himself, and will glorify Him immediately. 

Joh 17:4  "I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do. 5  "Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.