Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Evil Tongues

Evil tongues are busy tongues, and never deal in truth.

~Spurgeon

Friday, September 08, 2017

The Darkness of the Mind

“The darkness of the mind is not only the root of all sin but the cause of most of the corruptions in men’s lives. Hence we find that Paul mentions “fleshly wisdom” as the antithesis of the principle of grace (2 Corinthians 1:12). For the same reason men are said to be “sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge” (Jeremiah 4:22). That this is the cause of the greatest part of the wickedness in the world is clear from Isaiah 47:10: “Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath perverted thee.” Corrupt reasoning and false judgment are the prime motivations of all our sinning. Pride has its chief place in the mind, as Colossians 2:18 shows.”


Taken from “Man’s Totaly Depravity” by Arthur W. Pink (1886–1952)


The Boaster

(John Colwell, "Little Foxes; The Little Sins That Mar the Christian Character" 1882)

"As it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil!" James 4:16

All that the boaster has to say revolves around one center, namely, SELF. The only really important part of speech in his grammar, is the first person singular. When he speaks of himself, which he too often does, it is always in such a way as to impress you with his virtues, his wisdom, or his greatness. And when he does not speak of himself — he elevates self, though it may be in a less direct manner. 

The boaster is full of little histories, in which the historian or narrator is always the chief actor. His stock phrases will be painfully familiar to us all:
  "When I was in such a place." 
  "When I was a young man."
  "I will tell you what I once did." 
Every one of these expressions is the introduction to a long glorification of self

Why should we employ ourselves in self-praise? "For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?" 1 Corinthians 4:7 

It is a hard and delicate subject for a man to speak of himself. 
Therefore, let him who aspires after wisdom take the advice of Scripture, "Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; someone else, and not your own lips!" Proverbs 27:2

Not All Who Quote Scripture Are God-Fearing

1Ti 1:6  For some men, straying from these things, have turned aside to fruitless discussion,
1Ti 1:7  wanting to be teachers of the Law, even though they do not understand either what they are saying or the matters about which they make confident assertions.

“Let us not be deceived then and conclude that every one who quotes Scripture to us must, necessarily, be a God-fearing man. Those who quote the Scriptures to condemn others are frequently the guiltiest of all. Those who are so solicitous to point to the mote in another’s eye, generally have a beam in their own.”  

Taken from “An Exposition of the Gospel of John” by A. W. Pink (1886-1952)


Mat 7:2  "For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. 

Most of those that use Scripture to beat the heads of the Lord's sheep are unskilled men, full of unbelief in His Word but mighty in faith of their own importance and intellect, mocking those who actually treat the Bible AS the Bible and who therefore believe that it is indeed living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword that can divide motives from thoughts. Instead such religionists use the ways and means of the flesh and the world to lord over those who hold them accountable.

Unpopular Message

“Where God works, he always does so consistently with his own Word. What I mean by that is this: when he raises up, equips, and sends forth one of his servants, that servant will necessarily preach the Word, and denounce all that is opposed to the Word: hence, his message is bound to be unpopular, in fact hated by all who are not regenerated. Was it not thus with the Old Testament prophets? Would even the Israelites of their day endure sound doctrine? Would they do so when the Lord Jesus preached it? Would they when the Apostles taught it? Would they in the time of Luther and Calvin? And poor, fallen human nature is the same now! Mark it well, my dear friend, that the people to whom the Old Testament prophets, Christ and the apostles preached were not irreligious! No, indeed far from it! They were very religious: but they were determined to have religion of their own, which suited them, and they would not tolerate anything which condemned them. So it is now.”

A. W. Pink (1886–1952)

Unsound Teacher or Preacher

“They are Arminians to a man; they deny the absolute sovereignty of God, his eternal choice of an elect people, and that Christ bore their sins only. They deny the total depravity of man, for they insist that he possesses a free will and can accept Christ and be saved by a decision of his own; thus directly repudiating God’s word, as found in John 1:13; 6;44; 8:36; Rom 9:16, and other passages. And where any teacher or preacher is unsound on these basic truths, no confidence must be placed on him on any other subject. If he is all wrong at the foundations, his superstructure is bound to be faulty.”


Taken from a “Letter to Lowell Green, August 19, 1934″ by A. W. Pink (1886-1952)

I would add that if any teacher or preacher denies the Creation account in Genesis that states God created all things in 6 literal 24 hour days, he cannot be trusted on any other subject. Genesis is foundational.

Heb 11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Heb 11:2 For by it the men of old gained approval. Heb 11:3 By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.

Fighting The Good Fight of the Faith

1Co 1:20  Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?

“It is “the good fight of faith” to which we are called, but if we be regulated by our reason or feelings it soon becomes a fight of unbelief.” 

Taken from “Gleanings in Joshua” by A. W. Pink (1886-1952)

1Co 2:2  For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. 
1Co 2:3  I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, 
1Co 2:4  and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 
1Co 2:5  so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God. 
1Co 2:6  Yet we do speak wisdom among those who are mature; a wisdom, however, not of this age nor of the rulers of this age, who are passing away; 
1Co 2:7  but we speak God's wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God predestined before the ages to our glory; 

1Co 2:8  the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood it they would not have crucified the Lord of glory; 

Millions of Nominal Christians

“Never were there so many millions of nominal Christians on earth as there are today, and never was there such a small percentage of real ones... We seriously doubt whether there has ever been a time in the history of this Christian era when there were such multitudes of deceived souls within the churches, who verily believe that all is well with their souls when in fact the wrath of God abideth on them.”

—A. W. Pink (1886–1952)

Changing Views

“Why is it that so many professing Christians change their view so easily and quickly? What is the reason there are so many thousands of unstable souls who are “tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive” (Ephesians 4:14)? Why is it that this year they sit under a man who preaches the Truth and claim to believe and enjoy his messages; while next year they attend the ministry of a man of error and heartily embrace his opinions? It must be because they were never taught of the Spirit.” 

—A. W. Pink (1886–1952)

Politics

“One form of worldliness which has spoiled the life and testimony of many a Christian is politics. We will not now discuss the question whether or not the saint ought to take any interest in polities, but simply point out what should be evident to all with spiritual discernment, namely, that to take an eager and deep concern in politics must remove the edge from any spiritual appetite. Clearly, politics are concerned only with the affairs of this world, and therefore to become deeply absorbed in them and have the heart engaged in the pursuit thereof, will inevitably turn attention away from eternal things. Any worldly matter, no matter how lawful in itself, which engages our attention inordinately, becomes a snare and saps our spiritual vitality. We greatly fear that those saints who spent several hours a day in listening to the speeches of candidates, reading the newspapers on them, and discussing party politics with their fellows during the recent election, lost to a considerable extent their relish for the Bread of Life.”

Taken from “Spiritual Growth” by A. W. Pink (1886-1952)

Preachers In This Apostate Age

“The great majority of the preachers in this apostate age are only adding to the number of the deceived, by telling them that all God requires of them is to believe in the Gospel and receive Christ as their personal Savior.”

Taken from “The Sermon on the Mount” by A. W. Pink (1886–1952)

Paid Pulpiteers

“Many of those who are paid to stand in our pulpits and defend the Truth of God are now the very ones who are engaged in sowing the seeds of unbelief and destroying the faith of those to whom they minister.”

Taken from “The Divine Inspiration of Scripture” by A. W. Pink (1886–1952)

Dealing With the Accusation That Obedience to Scripture and It's Author Is "Legalism"

Here is the final word against those who decry godly obedience as “legalism.” The incarnate Son walked according to His Father’s commandments. He “pleased not himself” (Romans 15:3). His meat was to do the will of the One who had sent Him. And He has left us an example that we should follow His steps.

“He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk even
as he walked” (1 John 2:6).

The one who disregards God’s “commandments” is not walking as Christ walked; instead, he is walking as the world walks. Let no one heed the idle quibble that the “commandments” of Christ are opposed to or even different from the commandments of the Father. Christ and the Father are one — one in nature, one in character, one in authority.

“The commandments of Christ include the whole of the preceptive part of the inspired volume, with the exception of those ritual and political statutes which refer to the introductory dispensations which have passed away” (Dr. John Brown).

And let it be said again, that no Christian can abide in Christ’s love unless he is keeping Christ’s commandments!” —A. W. Pink (1886–1952)

Taken from “An Exposition of the Gospel of John” by A. W. Pink (1886-1952)

Some Experts Are Too Smart To Be Deceived, So They Think

Confirming what I've said: he and James White and their followers consider themselves too smart to ever be deceived, much less wrong. Scripture says something about such arrogance and unteachability:

1Co 10:12  Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.

1/3 Brannon Howse’s rocket scientist says I've taken a wrong turn and am headed for “heresy”: Starts @ 21:11
Scripture tells leaders to be careful of themselves:
To the Ephesian elders Paul warned:
Act 20:28  Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood. 
Act 20:29  I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; 
Act 20:30  and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them. 
Act 20:31  Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears. 

1Ti 5:19  Do not admit a charge against an elder except on the evidence of two or three witnesses. 
1Ti 5:20  As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear. 
1Ti 5:21  In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of the elect angels I charge you to keep these rules without prejudging, doing nothing from partiality. 

1Ti 4:16  Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in these things, for as you do this you will ensure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you. 

Jud 1:12  These are hidden reefs at your love feasts, as they feast with you without fear, shepherds feeding themselves; waterless clouds, swept along by winds; fruitless trees in late autumn, twice dead, uprooted; 

2Pe 2:1  But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. 
2Pe 2:2  And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. 
2Pe 2:3  And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep. 

Leaders can often be deceived and that is why they lead their churches into apostasy.

Also the unrepentant sin of favoritism is great among Johnson, White, Peters, MacArthur, etc and their cheerleaders. They fight for their man, friend,pastor, and get emotional and unreasonable about it instead of coming from a biblical stance without partiality. 

Rom 2:11  For there is no partiality with God. 

Gal 2:6 But from those who were of high reputation (what they were makes no difference to me; God shows no partiality)--well, those who were of reputation contributed nothing to me.

1Ti 5:21  I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of His chosen angels, to maintain these principles without bias, doing nothing in a spirit of partiality. 

Jas 2:9  But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. 
Jas 2:10  For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all. 

Moreover, consider where Johnson's Post-modern pragmatism & bombastic words end. He is creating a schism based on personality as he tries desperately to redefine inter-faith dialogue and then say Jesus did it all the time, all the while still holding to "our church and I wouldn't do it". If Jesus did it all the time, then you SHOULD do it. But HE didn't. Evangelism isn't an inter-faith dialogue. IFD's purpose is to find common ground and that can't happen with Christians and unbelievers.

2Co 6:14  Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? 
2Co 6:15  What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? 
2Co 6:16  What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, "I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 
2Co 6:17  Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you, 

Pragmatism is unbelief in Scripture. Post-Modern thinking makes so many "nuances" and qualifications that one can't make a dogmatic, absolute stand on anything except the one who tells him he's wrong. Truth and goodness is seen in wolves and in error ("after all, who's perfect?" they say). This thinking paralyzes people to not take a hard stand against false teachers that seem ok but are in reality in error--in fact many might agree the man is in error on certain doctrines but will still offer such hypocrites as sources to go to for truth. God never tells us to spit out the bones because He demands faithful preaching of His Word (the meat), not truth and error mixed and just hope the sheep can discern what is error and "spit" it out. What a very low view of the believer, the child of the Most High God!

Monday, September 04, 2017

Regeneration

"Regeneration is indispensably necessary before any soul can enter Heaven. In order to love spiritual things a man must be made spiritual. The natural man may hear about them, and have a correct idea of the doctrine of them, but he cannot love them (2 Thess. 2:10), nor find his joy in them. None can dwell with God and be eternally happy in His presence until a radical change has been wrought in him a change from sin to holiness; and this change must take place on earth."
~ Arthur Pink, "Regeneration or The New Birth"

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Flattery To Hide Disobedience

God demanded Saul: 1Sa 15:3  'Now go and strike Amalek and utterly destroy all that he has, and do not spare him; but put to death both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.'" 

1Sa 15:13  Samuel came to Saul, and Saul said to him, "Blessed are you of the LORD! I have carried out the command of the LORD."

This is flattery.
1Sa 15:14  But Samuel said, "What then is this bleating of the sheep in my ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?"
1Sa 15:15  Saul said, "They have brought them from the Amalekites, for the people spared the best of the sheep and oxen, to sacrifice to the LORD your God; but the rest we have utterly destroyed."


Claiming to honor God by disobeying Him. This too, is flattery, trying to fool God.

Psa 106:34  They did not destroy the peoples, As the LORD commanded them,
Psa 106:35  But they mingled with the nations And learned their practices,
Psa 106:36  And served their idols, Which became a snare to them.
Psa 106:37  They even sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons,
Psa 106:38  And shed innocent blood, The blood of their sons and their daughters, Whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan; And the land was polluted with the blood. 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Do You Realize It?

"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"

Partial Transcript of the Dialogue Between James White and Yasir Qadhi

Below is a partial transcript  of James White's dialogue with Yasir Qadhi that I made.

Emphasis of course is mine. I've included time stamps in parenthesis within the dialogue when the dialogue was long and one wanted to get to the particular sentence. On the rare occasion when a word was unclear, I noted in it in brackets.

White:

:15 It has been my desire to engage in a dialogue like this…

:36 I want you to understand what our motivations are this evening in coming together. This is not a debate.

:49 We are going to of necessity discuss differences that we have. Um the thing that makes this wonderful and the reason I sought out Dr. Qadhi, aside from the fact that I have learned so much from him over the years, uh that he’s been a primary influence in my study of Islam—I am a student of Islam and I’ve learned much from him—but the reason I specifically sought him out (1:13) is because I sense in him such a kindred spirit on the other side of the casm that divides us in regards to our theology and our beliefs. (1:22) He is a consistent Muslim. He is believes what he says. He wants to seek for consistency amongst his people and his own practice. And so when you have two believing people, one Christian, one Muslim, come together and say (1:37) we need to discuss not only what divides us but also where do we have similarities.(1:43) How can we live in the same community? And the most important thing is this: if we do what we—if we do what I hope happens this evening, we’re going to do something absolutely unique. It hardly ever happens. And that is, two communities where unfortunately there is a lot of fear on both sides. There’s a lot of misunderstanding on both sides. And as a Christian I want to see doors open. As a Christian I want you as—if you are a Christian here this evening—to not have fear of the Muslim people but to have love for the Muslim people. I want the Muslim people to understand that we care and that we want to have dialogue and that we’re not seeking this evening to sweep our differences under the rug and say they don’t matter.Dr. Qadhi cannot present an Islam that is simply one view amongst many. (2:24) I believe in divine revelation, he believes in divine revelation. So how do we get along?  How do our communities talk one another.

2:58 If you’re a praying person pray that we will have understanding. That as—if you’re a Christian I want you to hear what this man has to say. I want you to understand why he believes the things he does. What his life is like here in the States as a Muslim.

17:57 "And yet people will hold me accountable for the Westboro Baptist church people and things like that. And I’m like wait a minute. That’s not my life. That’s not how I approach people. That’s not my perspective. I do not want to be painted with that brush. I demand the right of self definition of what my faith is. We all demand that right. And yet for many Christians we refuse that right to Muslims."

1:10:37

White: Speaking of complicated, um,our worldviews—you, you mentioned to me that, that one of your frustrations is that, um, our worldviews share much more in common in regards to how they impact social issues, governmental issues, things like that, then many of the Christians that are willing to talk with you and yet they have a liberal, almost secular worldview when it comes to those things. And the very people that you should have the most in common with, there tends to be, the, the greatest amount of distrust.(1:11:08) Where do our worldviews intersect? I mean, for example, one of the things I mentioned to you and I just mentioned moments ago is, I’ve done a fair amount of written books, called “The Same Sex Controversy”, I’ve done a number of debates on the subject of homosexuality. I understand that homosexuality is considered to be a grave sin , uh within, uh, Islamic uh, theology. And from a Christian perspective, it is particularly grave because it is based on upon, uh, a, a rebellion against God’s right to define what is appropriate sexual behavior, what is a male, what is a female. The whole transgender movement is, uh, a rejection of God’s right to say this is male, this is female, this is what is good for male and female, etcetera. (1:11:57) So we have, where, where are the areas of intersection and does that mean there’s grounds for cooperation when people are trying to shove a particular worldview down our children’s throats basically?

1:12:11
Qadhi 

Very good question. And this is really one of my main reasons for wanting to dialogue with uh, uh,uh Christians who are committed to the values of classical, mainstream Christianity. Because the fact of the matter is that yes, we have a lot of disagreements, but we have a lot in common with one another; in terms of morality, in terms of decency, in terms of family values. Committed Muslims and committed Christians really are seeing eye to eye. We both decry the, the, the liberalism, the secularization, the sexualization of our society; we both mourn over the loss of the family structure; we both want the man to be the man, the woman to be the woman, and one of the verses of the quran [unintelligible] God says, uh, the man is not like the woman, and yet in another verse, uh it mentions that, you know, uh you know, uh, God who created you from a man and a woman and from the two of them, he created multitudes of men and women. There is no third gender or [unintelligible] or transgender for us as Muslim and as many committed Christians, a man is a man, a woman is a woman, and there is no competition between the two genders. It’s not as if there’s any type of wrestling match going on and one has to prove the identity of other. God honors men and God honors women and for a man to be a man, and a woman to be a woman, is their honor. There is no competition in, against each other. A family unit is building block of society and when family is preserved, society is preserved. So in Islam, yes marriages are supposed to flourish and you’re supposed to have uh, a man and a woman, you know, have children together. We don’t uh, espouse or agree with these alternative ideologies and we do feel that, uh, they are simply not the norm that God created mankind upon. Uh, we also are very, you know, uh, sad at these changes that have taken place; the Supreme Court ruling, the what-not. I gave a sermon and lecture about this on line, I don’t know if you listened to it or not. In it we clearly said that even if it’s politically incorrect to say, as a Muslim I have to say this, that I don’t view this as being healthy for society; that these types of changes going on and are becoming normative and, and legal, and you know, (1:14:26) IF committed Christians and Muslims come had together; IF we had joined hands and forces, maybe we could have affected a stronger change?

1:14:32
White: I’ve never asked this question of Muslims before, so I never even thought of it, so here it goes. It could be dangerous, but from my perspective, I believe that God’s wrath abides upon a nation that flouts his law; that literally knowing what his law is, rejects that law and in essence spits in his face, from a Christian perspective, I think there’s plenty of evidence in the Old Testament that God’s wrath will come upon a people who consistently reject his way. What’s the Muslim perspective? Uh, your, your understanding?

Qadhi:
1:21:37 Muslims do not speak in terms of specifics, therefore I do not believe you are going to hell. That’s not my prerogative to say.

1:22:27 There may be people who will be saved who are not Muslim.

White  1:22:53 And of course from our perspective, un one of the things I think is probably ringing in people’s ears is the term “chances”, because, see, from, from the Christian perspective, the only reason that I can ever have peace with God or any confidence of entering into his presence is because I’m in possession of the of righteousness of Jesus Christ given to me.

White
1:23:36 The Christian understanding of why that only Christians go to heaven is because it’s not, we don’t view ourselves as a group that some, somehow is better than anybody else. We believe that a Christian is a person who has fled to God for his mercy and that, that recognize that he is the only that God has given to where his righteousness is perfect in God’s sight. That’s why it’s not just a chance, I’m not taking a chance, I have a rightness that is perfect in God’s sight and that’s why I can have peace with him, so…

1:24:07
Qadhi: And again this is one of the fundamental disagreements  that we agree to disagree (White: it is) from our perspective, from our perspective, it’s an element of arrogance to say I am going to enter heaven and I’m certain about it. Rather, I’m very hopeful that I’m optimistic…

 1:24:58 Qadhi:  Suppose you think I’m going to hell, that’s your perogotive and legal right to think, uh by the way I don’t think you’re going to hell unconditionally, as I said that’s not the way we talk. But suppose I say the path that you have chosen is a path that is not leading to heaven. Let’s put it that way, ok? Or ok, it’s a path leading to hell.  The question is very simple: do we have to make this world a living hell because of that? That’s the question. Let god judge on judgment day. I, I honestly am not insulted when you say this to me. I’m not. Because I’m so confident in my faith and god that your confidence doesn’t negate my confidence. I am not insulted. Quite the contrary. A part of me admires you for your faithfulness to your tradition and I hope you feel the same about me. So the question is then, if you feel this way about me and I feel that you are not correctly on guidance,  but I feel that there’s hope of forgiveness for you and I hope that god guides you in this world or forgives you in the next, I don’t have a problem saying that theologically,  (1:26:00)but suppose even that uh, you know, uh that I believe that your path is incorrect, can’t we be good neighbors together? Can’t we work together to better schools, to minimize crime, to fight against pornography and drugs, to, to, affirm family values? Why must we hate one another in a civil society where coming together will bring about so much potential good? Why can’t we look at what we have in common even as we understand and appreciate and are honest about our differences? That is my goal for conversations with you [unintelligible].

1:26:36
White: And obviously from a Christian perspective, any Christian in the room recognizes that when you have a relationship with someone based upon respect, recognizing  in them, we use the term “image of God”, I , I realize that’s not a, a Muslim concept, but it’s that we’re created by God, when you recognize in someone else a fellow image bearer, uh, obviously it is, it is far easier uh, to model the love of Jesus Christ and have the opportunity to modeling the gospel in front of someone, when you have a relationship with them that’s based upon respect and kindness and, and everything else rather than. I, I think the greatest barrier for Christians in reaching out to the Muslim people is fear. We have fear in our hearts that’s based upon ignorance, it’s bas upon other things, that’s one of the reasons I wanted to do this and so the final question before we go to questions …(1:27:35) um the last question we had on our, our little list what we want for each other and we sort of  just talked about that just a little bit but we’ll conclude with this. (1:27:51)Um, from a Christian perspective obviously and this is, this is why we can have these conversations, I would be very uncomfortable just talking about our similarities  if we weren’t honest about what we, what we really believe. That’s, that’s the kind of dialogue that, that I think a lot of people think we’re doing and it’s not. Obviously the greatest thing that I can hope for any person—if the greatest thing I can hope for my children, is that they have, is that they bow the knee in repentance and faith in Jesus Christ and they receive a new heart, and they have eternal life, they have his righteousness and they’re going to have eternal life because of what Christ has done—if that’s the greatest thing I can hope for my children then it’s the greatest thing I can hope for, for anybody else. And so I can have friendships with Muslim people as long as we’ve had that conversation, they know where I stand, they what I’m praying for, but I know what I’m going to be doing and have been doing for years and that is I pray for Yasir Qadhi. If I pray for Yasir Qadhi, I’m not changing God’s heart, God’s changing my heart. He is making me to be the type of person that is going to be concerned about  your welfare, concerned about your health, concerned about your safety, concerned about your family, he’s changing me.  That’s, you know, we’re not trying to convince God to be better; God’s already good. He’s changing us. (1:29:14) And so, what would it mean if the Muslim people in your neighborhood knew that you loved them, cared for them, prayed for them, and are willing to do anything for them? It would change everything.  But unfortunately that’s now how they view us. And so my desire, what I want, the final question was, what is our greatest desire for the other, and I know, that, that, obviously I want your health, and your, your happiness, and all these things , but the greatest thing a Christian wants for anyone is that they come to know Jesus Christ personally and bow the knee to Him and from a, and I would imagine from your perspective you would love to see nothing more than for me to embrace Islam and say the Shahada and the whole nine yards (Qadhi: That would make me very happy yes. I will not deny that.) And, and, I’m glad that you wouldn’t because there are some who would be afraid to say that, thinking that as long as that’s at the back of the mind, (1:30:15) then we can never truly  have a good relationship and that’s what we’ve got to get past.

1:30:16 Qadhi: But see let me just say this as well from an Islamic perspective. My desire to see you guided doesn’t at all infringe on my genuine, my genuine love and care and concern for you regardless of whether you’re guided or not, I am commanded with my Sharia, with my faith tradition to treat you with the utmost dignity and kindness and compassion and care. And I would say that faithful Christians should view me in the same way. What I found unfortunately was that one segment of them don’t do that. They have nothing but mistrust and fear and hatred and to me that’s not the image of Jesus Christ that I have amongst what it should be, you know, what should be happening. So let’s be honest with one another and let’s you know what, we have some serious theological disagreements. That’s fine. In the meantime until we meet our lord and our lord will decide between us, one of the verses of the quran literally says “you do your deeds, we will do our deeds and on judgment day god will judge between the both of us”. That is the attitude of the Muslim.

1:35:56
White: As I understand it one of the primary differences in the term that you all use is katir [spelling?], right? (Qadhi: yes) And uh, one of the primary differences between us as to the mechanism of predestination is that in the Christian perspective that includes the very thing that is the fundamental difference between us and that is the incarnation. That that is part of God’s decree and so God becomes—enters into his own creation in the person of his son and that would be something would not be contemplated whatsoever in the Islamic  (unintelligible). (Qadhi: yes).  
  
1:49:37  Qadhi: So religious and conservative Christians need to realize, and you all know this, you and us are both minorities in this land. If you’re going to give the government power to go after one minority you’re going to give them power to go after every minority. And that’s not what this country was founded on. That’s not the vision of our founding fathers. Our founding fathers, whatever you want to believe about their personal lives and their versions of Christianity, it’s very clear they understood the dangers of giving any one sect power over others. These days it’s not even Christian sects. It is people that don’t believe in any religion. You’re gonna give them powers.




56:11 Michael Brown, a friend of mine

56:37 From my perspective, this [homosexuality] is a hill to die on. It’s a hill to die on because in Matthew chapter 19 uh, the Lord Jesus Christ specifically taught God created—he quoted from Genesis 1—he quoted from what you and I would both agree—in the beginning God created man, uh, he made them male and female; it was good; uh, this was his creative purpose and from my perspective what we’re being, what Christians are being asked to do in our culture today is to deny the authority of Christ in his teaching and to adopt a different authority. And this is what the early church faced with the Caesars.

1:04:30 I don’t have a—I li…I don’t have a problem with it (hijab). Modesty happens to be a wonderful and great thing.

 Both in the first and second talk (mostly second) but in the first 1:47:36 for example, very anti-Trump. Very political. Very anti-Fox News.

1:48:14 to restrict religious liberty, as some Christians are advocating will end up restricting religious liberty on us.

I found that:

Perspective – 15x just in the ones I transcribed. There’s more but I didn’t have time or energy to write them all down.

Absolutely – 1x

Monday, August 21, 2017

Sitting In the Seat of Scoffers


Inter-faith dialogues in mosques or the LDS churches violate verse:

Psa 1:1  How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!

"Seat": môshâb  
4186
1) seat, assembly, dwelling-place, dwelling, dwellers
1a) seat, sitting, those sitting, sitting company or assembly
1b) dwelling place, dwelling
1c) situation, location
1d) time of dwelling
1e) those dwelling, dweller

More on how this word is used here.

Psa 26:4  I do not sit with deceitful men, Nor will I go with pretenders. 
Psa 26:5  I hate the assembly of evildoers, And I will not sit with the wicked. 

Here, sit:

H3427
ישׁב
yâshab
BDB Definition:
1) to dwell, remain, sit, abide
1a) (Qal)
1a1) to sit, sit down
1a2) to be set
1a3) to remain, stay
1a4) to dwell, have one’s abode
1b) (Niphal) to be inhabited
1c) (Piel) to set, place
1d) (Hiphil)
1d1) to cause to sit
1d2) to cause to abide, set
1d3) to cause to dwell
1d4) to cause (cities) to be inhabited
1d5) to marry (give an dwelling to)
1e) (Hophal)
1e1) to be inhabited
1e2) to make to dwell
Part of Speech: verb

NASB Translation
abide (5), abides (2), abode (1), convened (1), dwell (61), dweller (1), dwelling (20), dwells (12), dwelt (9), enthroned (9), had (1), inhabit (6), inhabitant (27), inhabitants (202), inhabitants of dwell (1), inhabited (25), inhabiting (1), inhabits (1), left (1), live (118), lived (137), lives (7), living (44), lurking (1), makes (1), married (6), marrying (1), occupants (1), occupied (1), passed (1), peaceful (1), placed (1), remain (21), remained (27), remaining (1), reposed (1), resettle (1), residents (1), retire (1), rule (1), sat (42), sat down (21), seat (2), seated (3), set (3), settle (6), settled (23), sit (68), sit down (7), sits (20), sits enthroned (1), sitting (48), sitting down (3), sitting still (1), situated (1), spent (1), stand (1), stay (29), stayed (25), staying (6), stays (2), take a seat (1), taken his seat (1), wait (2).

Translated once as "convened" Ezr_10:16  But the exiles did so. And Ezra the priest selected men who were heads of fathers' households for each of their father's households, all of them by name. So they convened on the first day of the tenth month to investigate the matter. 

2. a. remain, stay, tarry (for a limited or indefinite time), with אֶת person Genesis 24:55 (J), Judges 19:42 Samuel 16:8....

More on this word here.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Immanuel Bible Church In The D.C. Area Says It's Ok For Women "Missionaries" To Lead & Start New Churches




My response is in the brackets. 
From the first page, an introduction:

Quote:
We, the elders of Immanuel Bible Church, believe
that the Scriptures address every area of our lives,
including the roles of men and women. Although
God has made these issues clear in His Word, our
culture has rejected the biblical view, causing
much confusion. 
[Thou art the men! YOU are confusing people by your pragmatic and rebellious approval of women creating and leading churches as "missionaries"]

Our purpose is to understand God’s design and
resist the pressure to conform to the standards
and structures of our culture.
What follows is a
summary of the biblical principles relating to this
issue and the practice of Immanuel Bible Church.... [No, what follows is doing exactly what we just said we're to resis: conform to the standards and structures of our culture, namely women leading men in spiritual enterprises and starting churches--which by the way, is the feminist Charismatic justification-if there are no men, then God will raise up women.]

Then later they state:
Missionaries
We believe that men and women in missionary service should follow the
mandates of the Scriptures as churches are established.
Missionaries receiving support from Immanuel Bible Church
shall be guided by the Scriptures concerning the roles of men
and women in the church as they respond to diverse cultural
and ethnic differences.

Women in missionary service may find themselves in
situations requiring them to assume teaching and leadership
roles normally reserved for men. This typically occurs where
no qualified men are available.
Once a church has been

established and qualified men become available, they shall
assume leadership roles. 
[Why are they sending women without men?Anyway this stance denies that IF God wants to raise up a church HE will supply the men to evangelize, teach, lead, and start a new church. It denies His absolute and sole sovereign power and instead has a God less powerful who has to break His own Word because He just can't find any qualified men around. Do they understand that they put the cart before the horse? That they make Man the determiner of creating a church, not God? That they make Him dependent on women if HE can't find qualified men available? That they deny it's God alone who qualifies men?]
End quote.


Where Jesse Johnson (formerly at GCC where John MacArthur teaches) is lead teaching pastor and The Master's Seminary's Long Distance provider. This is what the seminary students (soon to be elders among you (as if going to seminary qualifies a man to be an elder in the first place) is bringing to their churches. 
So it's ok to violate clear commands of God? Pragmatism not biblical practice rules these seminaries and churches and THAT'S why we end up with Inter-Faith Dialogues like what James White, Driscoll, and Rick Warren do. This is a rejection of that God's Word is absolute in it's authority, that there are definite biblical roles for men and women in the church/ministry, and that God will provide men IF He wants a work to be done. Such abject hypocrites. Religious empty words. Haven't people learned from the past? Trying to help out God is blasphemous (He doesn't need you) and thinking His way is not all that important is also blasphemous.
The Phillistines had stolen the Ark of the Covenant and placed it on a cart to move. The Israelites improved things by getting a "new" cart.  But God had already said that the Ark is not to be moved but only by using the poles. But then something happened and it was the result of the original issue: their irreverence toward God and HIS Word:

2Sa 6:3  They placed the ark of God on a new cart that they might bring it from the house of Abinadab which was on the hill; and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, were leading the new cart. 
2Sa 6:4  So they brought it with the ark of God from the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill; and Ahio was walking ahead of the ark. 
2Sa 6:5  Meanwhile, David and all the house of Israel were celebrating before the LORD with all kinds of instruments made of fir wood, and with lyres, harps, tambourines, castanets and cymbals. 
2Sa 6:6  But when they came to the threshing floor of Nacon, Uzzah reached out toward the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen nearly upset it. 
2Sa 6:7  And the anger of the LORD burned against Uzzah, and God struck him down there for his irreverence; and he died there by the ark of God. 

Gen 16:2  So Sarai said to Abram, "Now behold, the LORD has prevented me from bearing children. Please go in to my maid; perhaps I will obtain children through her." And Abram listened to the voice of Sarai. 
Gen 16:3  After Abram had lived ten years in the land of Canaan, Abram's wife Sarai took Hagar the Egyptian, her maid, and gave her to her husband Abram as his wife. 
Gen 16:4  He went in to Hagar, and she conceived; and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her sight. 

That didn't turn out well for Sarah, Hagar, or the children, for Ishmael would be set against his younger brother Isaac through whom the promise of God would come. But Sarah wanted to help out God and so she sinned.

Then there's the event of Aaron's sons who offered strange fire to God in worship, not the fire God required. God struck them dead.

The point is that to violate God's command is sinful. To justify the sin is also sinful. It's also a heart of unbelief  and irreverence toward God and His Word. It is to say with the ancient Serpent, "Hath God said? Surely you won't die!" It's to attack HIS authority and raise up man's instead. It's treason.
For a biblical response regarding women's roles I dealt with it here.