Monday, May 21, 2018

True Recognition of God's Sovereignty Quiets the Soul

“A true recognition of God's sovereignty will avow God’s perfect right to do with us as He wills. The one who bows to the pleasure of the Almighty will acknowledge His absolute right to do with us as seemeth Him good. If He chooses to send poverty, sickness, domestic bereavements, even while the heart is bleeding at every pore, it will say, Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right! Often there will be a struggle, for the carnal mind remains in the believer to the end of his earthly pilgrimage. But though there may be a conflict within his breast, nevertheless, to the one who has really yielded himself to this blessed truth there will presently be heard that Voice saying, as of old it said to the turbulent Gennesaret, "Peace be still"; and the tempestuous flood within will be quieted and the subdued soul will lift a tearful but confident eye to Heaven and say, “Thy will be done.”
~ Arthur Pink 1918

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Today's Christian

We are much too busy. We are activists. We are running to meetings or organizing them or busying ourselves in various organizations. We do not even read as our forefathers did. We must always be entertained; we must be looking at something, or somebody must be doing it for us.
The secret of the saints in the past was that they read the Word themselves and prayed and meditated and read good books. Not snippets, not mere devotional commentaries–they got down to doctrine, to the depths, and they lived in those depths and not merely in the shallows, producing glorious lives.


~ Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981)

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Andy Stanley Says:""Peter, James, Paul elected to unhitch the Christian faith from their Jewish scriptures"



Luke 24:27 And beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them
the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures. 2Ti 3:16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 2Ti 3:17 that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
Andy Stanley, son of Charles Stanley, is continuing to teach heresy. Now he's divorcing the majority of Scripture, the Old Testament, to the category of "not needed, but it's still part of Scripture". Below are excerpts from the report by "The Christian Post":
Quote:

In the final part of a recent sermon series, Stanley explained that while he believes that the Old Testament is "divinely inspired," it should not be "the go-to source regarding any behavior in the church."


Andy Stanley preached last month about Acts 15, which described how the early church decided that Gentile converts did not need to strictly observe Jewish law to become Christians.
"[First century] Church leaders unhitched the church from the worldview, value system, and regulations of the Jewish scriptures," said Stanley.
"Peter, James, Paul elected to unhitch the Christian faith from their Jewish scriptures, and my friends, we must as well."
Stanley argued that it had to be done for the same reason the church in Acts 15 did so, which was so that "we must not make it difficult for those Gentiles who are turning to God." 
For Stanley, the difficulty lay with the Old Testament and his concern that many Christians are turning away from the faith because of certain passages in the Hebrew Bible.
Stanley argued that the early church showed that there was a need to move past the Old Testament for the sake of gentile believers and that the resurrection of Jesus was enough.
"Jesus' new covenant, His covenant with the nations, His covenant with you, His covenant with us, can stand on its own two nail-scarred resurrection feet. It does not need propping up by the Jewish scriptures,noted Stanley.

End quote. (bold, my emphasis)

There's more --sadly more. Go here for the rest.
I'll contradict Stanley by using Scripture:

Jesus held high the OT and that is was foundational:

Luk 16:31  "But he said to him, 'If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone rises from the dead.'"
Jesus taught all about Himself using the OT:
Mat 5:17  "Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill. 18  "For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass away from the Law, until all is accomplished.

Luk 24:27  And beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures
The Bereans were noble for testing Paul against the Scriptures (the OT):

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. 
Paul taught from the OT:

Rom 3:4  May it never be! Rather, let God be found true, though every man be found a liar, as it is written, "THAT THOU MIGHTEST BE JUSTIFIED IN THY WORDS, AND MIGHTEST PREVAIL WHEN THOU ART JUDGED."
Paul said that the OT gives wisdom unto salvation AND tells believers how to live:
2Ti 3:15  and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16  All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17  that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. 
Peter taught from the Prophets:
Act 2:14  But Peter, taking his stand with the eleven, raised his voice and declared to them: "Men of Judea, and all you who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give heed to my words.

Act 4:11  "He is the STONE WHICH WAS REJECTED by you, THE BUILDERS, but WHICH BECAME THE VERY CORNER stone.

Quotes:


Psa 118:22  The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief corner stone.


Act 4:23  And when they had been released, they went to their own companions, and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them.
Act 4:24  And when they heard this, they lifted their voices to God with one accord and said, "O Lord, it is Thou who DIDST MAKE THE HEAVEN AND THE EARTH AND THE SEA, AND ALL THAT IS IN THEM,
Act 4:25  who by the Holy Spirit, through the mouth of our father David Thy servant, didst say, 'WHY DID THE GENTILES RAGE, AND THE PEOPLES DEVISE FUTILE THINGS?
Act 4:26  'THE KINGS OF THE EARTH TOOK THEIR STAND, AND THE RULERS WERE GATHERED TOGETHER AGAINST THE LORD, AND AGAINST HIS CHRIST.'
Act 4:27  "For truly in this city there were gathered together against Thy holy servant Jesus, whom Thou didst anoint, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel,
Act 4:28  to do whatever Thy hand and Thy purpose predestined to occur.

Quoted:

Gen 1:20  Then God said, "Let the waters teem with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth in the open expanse of the heavens."
Gen 1:25  And God made the beasts of the earth after their kind, and the cattle after their kind, and everything that creeps on the ground after its kind; and God saw that it was good.

Exo 20:11  "For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and made it holy.

Psa 2:1  Why are the nations in an uproar, And the peoples devising a vain thing?
Psa 2:2  The kings of the earth take their stand, And the rulers take counsel together Against the LORD and against His Anointed:

James taught from the OT—and that on how to behave (which is a heart issue):

Jas 2:8  If, however, you are fulfilling the royal law, according to the Scripture, "YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF," you are doing well.
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.
Jas 2:11  For He who said, "DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY," also said, "DO NOT COMMIT MURDER." Now if you do not commit adultery, but do commit murder, you have become a transgressor of the law.

Quoted:

Lev 19:18  'You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the LORD.
Deu 5:17  'You shall not murder.
Deu 5:18  'You shall not commit adultery.

James taught on the sound doctrine of faith and sanctification using the OT:

Jas 2:22  You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected;
Jas 2:23  and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, "AND ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS RECKONED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS," and he was called the friend of God.

Quotes:

Gen 15:6  Then he believed in the LORD; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness.

Peter taught on sanctification using the OT just as Jesus did:

1Pe 1:15  but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior;
1Pe 1:16  because it is written, "YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY."

Quoted:

Lev 11:44  'For I am the LORD your God. Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy; for I am holy. And you shall not make yourselves unclean with any of the swarming things that swarm on the earth.
Lev 11:45  'For I am the LORD, who brought you up from the land of Egypt, to be your God; thus you shall be holy for I am holy.'"

Mat 5:17  "Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill.

Mat 5:18  "For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass away from the Law, until all is accomplished.

Mat 5:48  "Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Deu 18:13  "You shall be blameless before the LORD your God.

Paul taught from the OT to teach proper behavior for believers:

Eph 6:1  Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.
Eph 6:2  HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER (which is the first commandment with a promise),
Eph 6:3  THAT IT MAY BE WELL WITH YOU, AND THAT YOU MAY LIVE LONG ON THE EARTH.

Quoted:

Exo 20:12  "Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD your God gives you.

Paul taught about the Gospel and earnestly contending for the faith from the OT:

Eph 6:14  Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS,
Eph 6:15  and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE;
Eph 6:16  in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one.
Eph 6:17  And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Quoted:

Isa 59:17  And He put on righteousness like a breastplate, And a helmet of salvation on His head; And He put on garments of vengeance for clothing, And wrapped Himself with zeal as a mantle.
Isa 52:7  How lovely on the mountains Are the feet of him who brings good news, Who announces peace And brings good news of happiness, Who announces salvation, And says to Zion, "Your God reigns!"

Paul taught about total depravity of all men and thus our dire need for salvation, using the OT:

Rom 3:9  What then? Are we better than they? Not at all; for we have already charged that both Jews and Greeks are all under sin;
Rom 3:10  as it is written, "THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NOT EVEN ONE;
Rom 3:11  THERE IS NONE WHO UNDERSTANDS, THERE IS NONE WHO SEEKS FOR GOD;
Rom 3:12  ALL HAVE TURNED ASIDE, TOGETHER THEY HAVE BECOME USELESS; THERE IS NONE WHO DOES GOOD, THERE IS NOT EVEN ONE."
Rom 3:13  "THEIR THROAT IS AN OPEN GRAVE, WITH THEIR TONGUES THEY KEEP DECEIVING," "THE POISON OF ASPS IS UNDER THEIR LIPS";
Rom 3:14  "WHOSE MOUTH IS FULL OF CURSING AND BITTERNESS";
Rom 3:15  "THEIR FEET ARE SWIFT TO SHED BLOOD,
Rom 3:16  DESTRUCTION AND MISERY ARE IN THEIR PATHS,
Rom 3:17  AND THE PATH OF PEACE HAVE THEY NOT KNOWN."
Rom 3:18  "THERE IS NO FEAR OF GOD BEFORE THEIR EYES."
Rom 3:19  Now we know that whatever the Law says, it speaks to those who are under the Law, that every mouth may be closed, and all the world may become accountable to God;
Rom 3:20  because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin.

Quoted:

Psa 14:1  For the choir director. A Psalm of David. The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds; There is no one who does good.
Psa 14:2  The LORD has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men, To see if there are any who understand, Who seek after God.
Psa 14:3  They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt; There is no one who does good, not even one.

Psa 5:9  There is nothing reliable in what they say; Their inward part is destruction itself; Their throat is an open grave; They flatter with their tongue.

Psa 140:3  They sharpen their tongues as a serpent; Poison of a viper is under their lips. Selah.

Psa 10:7  His mouth is full of curses and deceit and oppression; Under his tongue is mischief and wickedness.

Isa 59:7  Their feet run to evil, And they hasten to shed innocent blood; Their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; Devastation and destruction are in their highways.
Isa 59:8  They do not know the way of peace, And there is no justice in their tracks; They have made their paths crooked; Whoever treads on them does not know peace.

There are far more examples than these, but you get the point. Every apostle taught from the OT because the NT was still being written and the OT is the authoritative Word of God that teaches about Christ, the covenants, including the New Covenant, and every sound doctrine from Creation, to the historic fall of Adam and Eve, to God’s standard of holiness (sanctification), to Justification by faith alone, to eschatology and God’s inflexible justice as well as all His perfections.
Stanley is not merely an ignoramus (he truly has no idea what the OT teaches nor it’s connection to the NT and being foundational), but he’s hostile toward it. Just like the ancient serpent in the Garden.
Stanley dares to sit in judgment of God's Word as if it's his right and as if Scripture can be divorced from itself. It can't. It's a whole unit of Truth, bound together by God Himself. This man is a child of the devil. He. Hates. God.


Friday, May 04, 2018

Beth Moore: me too!

Beth Moore tries jumping on the "Me Too" train

I'll respond to a few things she said. Her quotes will be italicized by me.

After all, I had no personal aspirations to preach nor was it my aim to teach men. If men showed up in my class, I did not throw them out. I taught. But my unwavering passion was to teach and to serve women.

That is what I have warned people about since 2009. She has in fact been teaching men since her early years at her church.

This is in direct violation of one of the clearest of all prohibitions in the Bible. That Moore, who fancies herself an expert Bible teacher, has never seen this as God has laid out in Scripture proves she's not only inept to teach the Bible (she massacres it, as I and others have noted, contrary to her claims below), she's proven to not be in Christ. She does not hear the Master's voice even when she claims "Lord, Lord, did I do miracles in Your name...."  The fact of the matter is that practice is the direct result of doctrine. 

1Ti 6:3  If anyone advocates a different doctrine, and does not agree with sound words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to godliness, 4  he is conceited and understands nothing; but he has a morbid interest in controversial questions and disputes about words, out of which arise envy, strife, abusive language, evil suspicions, 

Tit 1:1  Paul, a bond-servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the faith of those chosen of God and the knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness

She goes on to say:

As a woman leader in the conservative Evangelical world, I learned early to show constant pronounced deference – not just proper respect which I was glad to show – to male leaders and, when placed in situations to serve alongside them, to do so apologetically. I issued disclaimers ad nauseam. I wore flats instead of heels when I knew I’d be serving alongside a man of shorter stature so I wouldn’t be taller than he. I’ve ridden elevators in hotels packed with fellow leaders who were serving at the same event and not been spoken to and, even more awkwardly, in the same vehicles where I was never acknowledged. I’ve been in team meetings where I was either ignored or made fun of, the latter of which I was expected to understand was all in good fun. I am a laugher. I can take jokes and make jokes. I know good fun when I’m having it and I also know when I’m being dismissed and ridiculed. I was the elephant in the room with a skirt on. I’ve been talked down to by male seminary students and held my tongue when I wanted to say, “Brother, I was getting up before dawn to pray and to pore over the Scriptures when you were still in your pull ups.”

I'm sorry but this is just pure silliness. Claims to heel size so as not to be taller than a man is entirely fleshly and is not something Scripture talks about anywhere. This here is a purely Pharisacial standard she put upon herself as if it's the standard of submission in godliness. It's not at all. The only issue Scripture states about women physically is to not have shaved heads as the feminists of old did, and to dress modestly. So adding to what Scripture states as if it's proof of submission is not of Christ. Moreover, the Lord has always been concerned about the HEART issue. One can have a form of godliness and yet one's heart be that of a feminist rebel. The Pharisees had a look of dignity, yet inwardly they were entirely filthy, unclean, dead men, offensive to the Holy One of Israel. You just can't fool God nor His children.  Matt 5-7 is very clear on this. 

Mat 5:20  "For I say to you, that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven. 

Mat 5:48  "Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. 

Mat 6:1  "Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven. 

Where was a woman in my generation and denomination to get seminary training to actually teach the Scriptures? I hoped it would be an avenue for me and applied and was accepted to Southwestern Seminary in 1988. After a short time of making the trek across Houston while my kids were in school, of reading the environment and coming to the realization of what my opportunities would and would not be, I took a different route. I turned to doctrine classes and tutors, read stacks of books and did my best to learn how to use commentaries and other Bible research tools. My road was messy but it was the only reasonable avenue open to me. I turned to doctrine classes and tutors, read stacks of books and did my best to learn how to use commentaries and other Bible research tools. My road was messy but it was the only reasonable avenue open to me.

Why was she not being taught sound doctrine, study, and practice of Scripture by her pastor of thirty years? This is a problem in nearly every church today. Evangelicals have bought the Phariseeical mentality that only a select, elite few can really know the Bible by being taught by the elites at seminary (and of course it's always at a price--on multiple levels). Seminary is never required nor even heard of in Scripture for elders. It's the elders who should be teaching their flock to know how to correctly study the Bible as they teach soundly and faithfully from the Scriptures. Moore indicates she was not getting this and made up her way as she went.

Knowing how to study Scripture isn't messy. Why she paints it that way is further proof of her chaos. Studying the Bible isn't an academic exercise. It's a spiritual one that can only be done through the power and enlightenment of the Holy Spirit. To make it sound complicated and needing all these books, commentaries, and tutors shows yet again, the futility of the flesh. The Pharisees sure make everything complicated and multi-layered.


What is relevant to this discussion is that, several years ago when I got publically [sic] maligned for being a false teacher by a segment of hyper-fundamentalists based on snippets taken out of context and tied together, I inquired whether or not they’d researched any of my Bible studies to reach those conclusions over my doctrine, especially the studies in recent years. The answer was no. Why? They refused to study what a woman had taught

Well that's simply a lie. I know because I did my research. For example her message on Hebrews 10:35 "Don't Throw Away Your Confidence" was absolutely atrocious. She took it out of context and then read back into it (eisogesis) what wasn't there: psychology of self esteem. Others have noted her butchering on that particular passage but certainly not the only one.

Again, as I stated up above, her practice proves her true doctrine. Because her practice is not only Scripture-twisting, but rank feminism (besides teaching men on her stage and "Bible" studies, and conferences,  she also has taught in the pulpit at her church as well as Lou Giglio's church), as well as mysticism (visions and dreams--most notoriously her "sabbath play date with Jesus"), but also her fellowship with known false teachers like NAR's Christine Caine, WOF's Joyce Meyer, and NAR's Hillsong. When experiences and relationships trump clear biblical doctrine, it proves the invalidity of that teacher.



This is where I cry foul and not for my own sake

No feminist with an audience to maintain, wants to be left behind and so Moore, trying to hold on to relevancy, hopped onto the "MeToo" bandwagon as she played victim to mean men. Never mind that maybe some of those men saw her feminism a mile away and wanted nothing to do with her. No, in her mind, it was about gender. It was personal. Being "ignored" is now up there with sexual abuse I guess. 

Listen, it's no secret that men have historically been biased against women since the Fall. We see this even among the disciples who didn't believe the women's report of the resurrection of Jesus. We see it today. It's harder still when you combine being a woman with the gift of wisdom and discernment and no seminary degrees behind your name. But this merely causes the biblical woman to pray harder for power to honor Christ in ALL things and trust in HIS vindication of us. Never should it cause a woman to usurp an authority which is not her's. Violating Scripture because of the failure and sin of men is also sin and it dishonors Christ.

Beth Moore is no victim. She's risen to a high, international rank of celebrity that brings in millions of fans and millions of dollars. It's hard to say you aren't accepted by the men when you've got equally infamous celebrity John Piper promoting you.

1Co 14:35  And if they desire to learn anything, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is improper for a woman to speak in church. 
1Co 14:36  Was it from you that the word of God first went forth? Or has it come to you only? 
1Co 14:37  If anyone thinks he is a prophet or spiritual, let him recognize that the things which I write to you are the Lord's commandment. 
1Co 14:38  But if anyone does not recognize this, he is not recognized. 

Monday, April 30, 2018

God's Standard

"God is Holy, and He will not lower His standard of righteousness to the level of our ignorance. We have no excuse for our ignorance. God has clearly and fully revealed His will. The Bible is in our hands, and we cannot plead ignorance of its contents except to condemn our laziness. God has spoken, and by His Word we shall be judged." 

~ Arthur Pink, "The Seven Sayings of the Saviour on the Cross"

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

God Waits To Be Gracious

"Therefore will the Lord wait, that He may be gracious unto you, and therefore will He be exalted, that He may have mercy upon you: for the Lord is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for Him" (Isaiah 30:18)
"So often God allows things to get worse before there is any improvement. He "waits to be gracious." Why? To bring us to the end of ourselves and of our resources, till all seems lost and we are in despair: that we may more clearly discern His delivering hand."
~ Arthur Pink, “The Life Of Elijah”

This is like what Jesus did with Lazarus. He deliberately waited two days after hearing of his death, in order to glorify the Father and to teach others about the nature of death for the believer, total depravity of those dead spiritually (helpless and powerless), and about the resurrection. What was sad for Mary and Martha, was to OUR benefit. What was joyous for them in the temporal, was for the growth of their faith and our's>

Joh 11:4  But when Jesus heard it, He said, "This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified by it." 
Joh 11:5  Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. 
Joh 11:6  When therefore He heard that he was sick, He stayed then two days longer in the place where He was. 

Joh 11:39  Jesus *said, "Remove the stone." Martha, the sister of the deceased, *said to Him, "Lord, by this time there will be a stench, for he has been dead four days." 
Joh 11:40  Jesus *said to her, "Did I not say to you, if you believe, you will see the glory of God?" 
Joh 11:41  And so they removed the stone. And Jesus raised His eyes, and said, "Father, I thank Thee that Thou heardest Me. 
Joh 11:42  "And I knew that Thou hearest Me always; but because of the people standing around I said it, that they may believe that Thou didst send Me." 
Joh 11:43  And when He had said these things, He cried out with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come forth."