Daily Archives: January 10, 2014

Top Five most important events in the Mideast in 2013.

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Middle-East-map>> To listen to a radio interview I did on these “Top Five” events, please click here and go to the podcast dated January 13, 2014.

This column — originally posted on December 31st — is getting a lot of response, so I’m reposting it for those who may have missed it.

(Washington, D.C.) — It was a dramatic year in the Middle East. Here is my list of the Top Five most important events in the epicenter in 2013:

  1. Syrian death toll keeps climbing amidst horrific civil war & chemical weapons use in Damascus.
  2. Iran beguiles West with “charm offense” as it moves closer to the Bomb.
  3. Saudis preparing to purchase Pakistani nuclear warheads.
  4. Egypt’s counter-revolution brings down the Muslim Brotherhood.
  5. Israeli leader declares Bible prophecies coming true in our lifetime.

What follows is a brief explanation of each development and why I believe they are so significant.


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Evaluating Holy Water Part 3 – Chapter 4

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(For those who have stumbled upon this post, this post is part of a series.  Here is part 1.  Here is part 2,  you’re reading part 3, here’s a modified part 3 on the Cripplegate, and part 4: an announcement of changes made to the book.)


***Update as of January 14th, 2014 – Mr. Viola has recognized that his opening of the fourth chapter was unclear and has agreed to re-write the section in question.  I’ll address more as time goes on.***


***Update as of January 31st, 2014 – Mr. Viola’s edited book is now up and online.  Make sure to check out this link***

So far, we’ve looked at chapters 1-2 of Pouring Holy Water on Strange Fire, as well as chapter 3.  Now we’re getting into the main course of the book, Frank Viola’s exploration of the New Testament…

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8 Signs You are a Victim of Spiritual Abuse

t’s time to start being on the lookout for spiritual abuse!

I have no doubt that you have heard of physical and emotional abuse. But a form of abuse that many people are unfamiliar with is spiritual abuse (specifically in a religious setting). While more attention has been given to this in recent years through the writing of books and articles, it is still ignored.

Unfortunately, it is very common in conservative Independent Fundamental Baptist Churches (IFB). It’s time to shed some light on this issue.

Let me make two precursory comments. First, I am sure this problem exists elsewhere outside of Independent Baptist circles, but I have no experience elsewhere. I speak to what I have seen. Second, not every Independent Baptist Church is guilty of this. Many are not. Many fight against this. Many are loving, biblical churches.  Not all of them deserve to be added to this pot.

Since you may be unfamiliar with what spiritual abuse is; here are 8 warning signs that you are being abused spiritually.

Read more: http://www.jeremywallace.net/8-signs-you-are-a-victim-of-spiritual-abuse/

“I’m Better Than You”: The Sin of Pride


Tim Challies writes with extreme personal candor when he acknowledges his sin of pride—specifically the pride of thinking, “I’m better than you.” Now, before we all gasp, and think, “We’re better than that prideful Challies,” perhaps we should read his post and read God’s Word and reflect on how we struggle with self-centered arrogance.

As counselors, we must address this issue. Tim insightfully shares why dealing with pride matters:

“It matters because while God calls us toward Christlikeness, we prefer to call others toward us-likeness. God calls us to hold all things up to the light of his Word, while we prefer to hold all things up to the light of our own judgments and our own determinations. Ultimately, we all long for conformity to us rather than to Christ.

This makes us useless counselors. We are useless counselors unless we can counsel from Scripture and toward holiness rather than from our own arrogance and toward conformity to us. This makes us miserable because we are always convinced life would be easier and better if only others were more like us.”

Read the rest of Tim’s arresting post at I’m Better Than You.

Why Do Christians Tolerate Such False Teachers?

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A South African preacher made his congregation eat grass to ‘be closer to God’ before stamping on them.  Under the instruction of Pastor Lesego Daniel of Rabboni Centre Ministries dozens of followers dropped to the floor to eat the grass at his ministry in Garankuwa, north of Pretoria after being told it will ‘bring them closer to God.’  His controversial methods have drawn criticism from thousands of people although members of his congregation swear by his methods – he is said to have claimed that humans can eat anything to feed their bodies and survive on whatever they choose to eat.

That’s insane.  It’s ridiculous.  And it has no foundation in either scripture or theology.  Why, oh why, do Christians tolerate such false teachers?  Are they really so ignorant that they’ll follow anyone who says anything, no matter how absurd?  If so, they need an intervention.  [HT to Michael Acidri for mentioning the…

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