Daily Archives: April 23, 2013

Is it Good Works or is it Works Righteousness?

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

36 And there was a prophetess, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years and had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37 and then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple, serving night and day with fastings and prayers. 38 At that very moment she came up and began giving thanks to God, and continued to speak of Him to all those who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.  (Luke 2:36-38 NASB)

When I was a young man and even prior to that when I was a teenager, I was quite religious. I went to church with my family and tried to emulate what I saw my parents do in their devotion. I tried to reach a point in my own devotion where I could be fulfilled, wanting to serve God with the joy and fervor I saw in…

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The Glory of the Providence of God

for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. (Phil. 2:13)

It is not the vast bulk of an estate, but the vigilant care of divine providence that guards you from the stroke of ruin. The providence of God around us is the solid basis of all sanctified and durable prosperity. His providence enfolds all who bear his image in everlasting arms. He will advance you higher, and secure you better than any noble birth or estate could ever do.

The delight and pleasure resulting from the observation of divine providence is very great. It will doubtless be a part of our entertainment in heaven to view with transporting delight how the designs and methods were laid to bring us there. Providence not only brings you to heaven, it brings heaven to your soul now. God is providentially steering all to the port of his own praise and his people’s happiness, while the whole world is busily employed in managing the sails and tugging at the oars with a quite opposite design and purpose. They promote God’s design by opposing it, fulfill his will by resisting it, and enlarge his church by scattering it. They make the saint’s rest sweeter by making their condition so restless in the world.

What a history we might compile, as we trace the footsteps of providence along the way. Here it prevented, and there it delivered. Here it directed, and there it corrected. Here it grieved, and there it relieved. Here was the poison, and there, the antidote. This providence dispelled a dismal cloud. This one straitened, and that one enlarged. Here a want, and there a supply. Words cannot express the delight we may find in such an employment. O reader, what a life of pleasure you might live by noticing the ways of providence towards you! What a heaven upon earth you may have! Taste and see the glory of the study of providence.

– John Flavel


Mid-April 2013 Presuppositional apologetics round up

The Domain for Truth


I’ve been caught up with the week long series on Biblical counseling and concern for psychology so I didn’t have the chance to put up our regular round up of Presuppositional apologetics links until now.  These are links from April 8th-21st 2013.  Enjoy and share with others!  What other links have you read that we should know about?

1.) God: The Ground and Source of Knowledge

2.) Audio Lecture on Cornelius Van Til by Geoff Thomas

3.) Are You an Evangelical Apologist?

4.) Repent so you can understand

William Edgar’s Thoughts on Gay Rights

5.) Interviewing James White: What Every Christian Needs to Know About the Qur’an

5.) Misframing Adam and Evolution

6.) Answers in Genesis Research Journal: A Response to Peter Enns’s Attack on Biblical Creationism

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Mental Illness & Medication vs. Spiritual Struggles & Biblical Counseling

These past few weeks have been very trying. From deaths of people who inspired us to yet another reminder that we are not completely immune from the horrible acts of others, grief seems to be everywhere we turn. Earlier this month, we spent a lot of time talking about mental illness here at the blog, in light of the sad …

April 23   Tuesday –  http://www.edstetzer.com/2013/04/mental-illness-and-medication.html

America: #1 In Fear, Stress, Anger, Divorce, Obesity, Anti-Depressants, Etc.

The United States is a deeply unhappy place. We are a nation that is absolutely consumed by fear, stress, anger and depression. It isn’t just our economy that is falling apart – the very fabric of society is starting to come apart at the seams and it is because of what is happening to us on the inside. The facts and statistics that I am going to share with you in this article are quite startling. They are clear evidence that America is a nation that is an advanced state of decline. We are overwhelmed by fear, stress and anxiety, and much of the time the ways that we choose to deal with those emotions lead to some very self-destructive behaviors. Americans have experienced a standard of living far beyond the wildest dreams of most societies throughout human history, and yet we are an absolutely miserable people. Why is this? Why is America #1 in so many negative categories? Why are we constantly looking for ways to escape the pain of our own lives? Why are our families falling apart? There is vast material wealth all around us. So why can’t we be happy? (Read More….)

Welcome to Amerika: No More Truth, Justice or American Way

“Of all the tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.”—C.S. Lewis

This is an all-out psy op at this point with bizarre claims of “double agents” and future attacks in the works. Having been caught with their pants down–where the younger Tsarnaev brother, Dzhokhar, was even photographed while leaving the scene with this backpack intact and spent his week as a normal college student–and and now they are throwing in everything but the kitchen sink, including fantastic stories of him and his brother, Tameran, as “double agents”, which is nearly as ludicrous as the original story.


Shopping on Amazon Could Soon Get Pricier as Sales-Tax Bill Advances

But it’s more likely than ever that those prices will rise for most Americans as the Senate prepares to vote on a nationwide internet sales tax bill.
Senators voted 74-20 late yesterday to let debate proceed on the so-called Marketplace Fairness Act, a measure that would require all online retailers with $1 million or more in annual out-of-state sales to collect sales taxes on behalf of every state where they sell. A final vote is expected shortly.

Currently only states in which online retailers have a physical presence can force those companies to collect sales tax. Otherwise, the burden falls to the customer to pay the required state sales tax on their online purchases, typically when they file their state income tax returns. Hardly anyone does, which has allowed Amazon, among others, to enjoy a huge price advantage over brick-and-mortar competitors.

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U.S. employees set to be forced to give bosses their Facebook PASSWORDS

An attempt to ban US bosses from asking employees to hand over their Facebook login details has been blocked by Congress.


That didn’t last long: networks completely ignoring Gosnell trial…again

After a month of ignoring the trial of Kermit Gosnell, the Philadelphia abortionist accused of murdering one woman and seven infants, it looked like the media had been shamed into covering the story. Barely. Even after the most gruesome detail in a trial full of them came out – a baby who survived an abortion “swimming” in a toilet and “trying to get out” – the silence resumed.


Bone appetit! Muslims go wild in ‘demonic’ ritual

The video shows a wedding celebration in which a group of men in a frenzy tear apart a live chicken by hand, then scrabble over its pieces to eat its raw flesh. “The video is a glimpse into the dark and incomprehensible spirit that has possessed the souls of Egypt,” claims Walid Shoebat, a former Palestinian Liberation Organization operative who has since renounced his terrorist ways. “Lawlessness has abounded, excesses have gone unrestricted and the full force of Islam has greatly dimmed the land with its dark clouds, thundering about and striking without discrimination.”


Boston Bombing Victim Was Involved With Christian Student Ministry

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, an inter-denominational student ministry that builds communities across campuses in the U.S., revealed that one of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing was involved with their organization.

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Wolves In Sheep’s Clothing

One reason I am not surprised is because the Scriptures tell us that in the latter days apostasy will be very prevalent, and I strongly believe we are in the last days of the Church age.

Only God knows the actual number or percentage of wolves behind the pulpits in America, but I’m sure there are many. I’ve heard too many of them.

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the urgency of breaking free

the urgency of breaking free cartoon by nakedpastor david hayward

“The Urgency of Breaking Free” by David Hayward You must break free! I say “break” because any freedom worth having means breaking away from slavery and bondage. It means leaving something behind, breaking away from it. Like this caterpillar and butterfly realize, true transformation is traumatic. But it is urgently necessary. I have friends who run a butterfly house. I’ve …

April 23   Tuesday –  http://www.patheos.com/blogs/nakedpastor/2013/04/the-urgency-of-breaking-free/

is God a great big bully?

god is a bully cartoon by nakedpastor david hayward

“Is God a Great Big Bully?” (cartoon drawn by David Hayward) Here are some characteristics of a bully: Lacks empathy for others. Needs to control others. Gets angry quickly. Constantly reminds others of their weaknesses. Picks on those who don’t comply to his expectations. Makes others afraid through threats. Uses physical aggression to intimidate and control. Defies any who would …

April 19   Friday –  http://www.patheos.com/blogs/nakedpastor/2013/04/is-god-a-great-big-bully/

when the bible interferes with the spirit of Jesus

jesus or the bible cartoon by nakedpastor david hayward

You know you’re in trouble when the bible actually interferes with the spirit of Jesus… you get annoyed when what’s real interferes with your devotion… you’ve lost sight of what Jesus is and means… you become rudely focused on your spirituality and miss the point.

April 21   Sunday –  http://www.patheos.com/blogs/nakedpastor/2013/04/when-the-bible-interferes-with-the-spirit-of-jesus/

does your God need a bigger bowl?

between us cartoon by nakedpastor david hayward

Here’s another one of my older devotional cartoons. So I’m going to speak here from a devotional Christian perspective. There are all kinds of intricate theologies created to explain why we feel distant from God. As a pastor, I’ve observed that this is one of the most prevalent problems Christians face. If they are willing. Some say God withdraws to …

April 22   Monday –  http://www.patheos.com/blogs/nakedpastor/2013/04/does-your-god-need-a-bigger-bowl/

No Scripture suggests that any portion of it is not for the Church

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Arthur PinkNot only is the assertion that though all Scripture be for us all is not to us meaningless, but it is also impertinent and impudent, for there is nothing whatever in the Word of Truth to support and substantiate it. Nowhere has the Spirit given the slightest warning that such a passage is “not to the Christian,” and still less that whole books belong to someone else. Moreover, such a principle is manifestly dishonest. What right have I to make any use of that which is the property of another? What would my neighbor think were I to take letters which were addressed to him and argue that they were meant for me? Furthermore, such a theory, when put to the test, is found to be unworkable. For example, to whom is the book of Proverbs addressed, or for that matter, the first Epistle of John? Personally, this writer, after…

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What Does It Mean to Be “Led by the Spirit”?

In preparation for the Strange Fire conference in October, we will post a new Strange Fire media blog every week. You can always catch up with the latest audio and video clips at the conference media site here, or sign up for the RSS feed and have them delivered to you.

Today we’re going to hear from John MacArthur as he answers questions about what it means to be “led by the Spirit,” and if that is a temporary spiritual state for believers.


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Is it Unloving to Call Out Fal$e Teacher$?

Shai Linne is no stranger to those who love Christian Hip-Hop music (he’s been my personal favorite for years).   He is not even a stranger to those who don’t love Christian Hip-Hop, although I’m convinced that Shai is on Phil Johnson’s playlist (see Phil Johnson’s GTY post here).   But now he is apparently no stranger to Paula White Ministries either.

Shai Linne’s new album “Lyrical Theology” features the pre-release single “Fal$e Teacher$”, which calls out 12 well known prosperity preachers.   So who made the list?  Joel Osteen, Creflo Dollar, Benny Hinn, TD Jakes, Joyce Meyer, Paula White, Fred Price, Kenneth Copland, Robert Tilton, Eddie Long, Juanita Bynum, and Paul Crouch are all identified as false teachers (each of whom we could spend an entire post on).

Wadeoradio.com made the bold move to request a response from each of the 12 preachers and received at least 1 response from Bradley Knight, the manager of Paula White’s ministry.  Not only is Mr. Knight the manager of Paula White’s ministry, he also happens to be her son.  In an effort to defend his mother, he calls Shai Linne’s song “pure cannibalization without Biblical precedence.

Of course, we know there is “biblical precedence” to call out false teachers.  Not only did our Lord Jesus call out false teachers (Matthew 7:13-36) but so did the Apostles Paul (1 Timothy 1:20; 2 Timothy 2:16-18) and John (3 John 1:9).  There is no question that there is “biblical precedence”.  But the question remains, is this the loving thing to do?

You can’t help but feel Knight’s pain.  After all, this is his mother.  If there ever was a reason to get into a fight in the school yard, this is it.  But I would contend that calling out false teachers is not only the most loving thing you can do for the sheep, it is also the most loving thing that you can do for the false teachers themselves.

Referring to false teachers in Titus 1:13 Paul says, “reprove them severely so that they may be sound in the faith”.  The “so that” indicates that part of the reason we are to reprove false teachers is for their own spiritual health! To be “sound in the faith” speaks of spiritual health and wholeness.  Far from being unloving, it is actually to the false teachers’ advantage that they be reproved.

As Shai Linne points out “today the only heresy is saying that there’s heresy”.  It might be strong medicine for false teachers to be “put on blast” but it’s the right biblical prescription.  There is no competition between love and truth.

If you are interested, see See Shai Linne’s response to Brad Knight.