Daily Archives: March 21, 2014

So Driscoll’s Publicity Company Paid to Have Charisma Magazine Publish a Puff Piece…

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Warren Throckmorton has unraveled a bit of the craziness which is the latest manifestation of Driscoll’s manipulative maneuverings.

Who really wrote this puff piece on how beleaguered Mark Driscoll is being attacked by “the enemy within” (AKA Janet Mefferd and the former members and leaders of Mars Hill Church).  Is it Bill Roberts or Russ Jones or did Lyall Mercer really write it? …

Whoever wrote it, it comes across as an advertisement for Lyall Mercer’s curious views on church PR. Remember pastors — who need to be pastors and not celebrities — that the first thing to do when people call you to accountability is to call the PR person to make sure your apologetic messaging will respond strategically to the nasty messengers who bring the facts.

Note to CharismaNews, it certainly isn’t news. A news story would have included commentary from Janet Mefferd and some of…

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Exclusive new poll: 72% of Americans see Putin as “clear and present danger” to U.S. and Israel.

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(Lynchburg, Virginia) — Who is Vladimir Putin, and what does he really want? Why exactly has he suddenly sent tens of thousands of heavily armed Russian troops into Crimea? Why did he invade Georgia in 2008? Why is he selling arms to bloodthirsty regimes like that of Bashar Assad in Syria? And why is selling both advanced arms and nuclear technology to a rogue terrorist state like Iran?

In the face of such questions, President Obama looks disoriented and confused. He and his national-security team have been painfully slow to understand the Putin threat. They’re now scrambling to develop a coherent and convincing policy to contain Putin, much less have a chance at rolling him back.

The American people now see Putin as a real and…

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85% of Americans concerned young people don’t know enough about Holocaust or learning lessons of how to confront evil, finds new poll.

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(Lynchburg, Virginia) — “To misunderstand the nature and threat of evil is to risk being blindsided by it.” As readers of this blog know, this has been a theme of many of my books over the years.

Now comes a fascinating piece of data. A surprisingly large majority of the U.S. population is deeply concerned that Americans are not being taught enough about the Holocaust or learning how to confront evil in our time. They especially concerned that young people aren’t being effectively taught what can happen when evil rises and we do not take decisive action to stop it.

These are among the findings of an exclusive new poll Tyndale House Publishers and I commissioned as we prepared to release The Auschwitz Escape.

McLaughlin & Associates, a nationally-respected polling firm, conducted the survey for us. We asked 1,000 likely U.S. voters the following question:…

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Video of the Day – Reporter Reveals White House Press Conferences are Entirely Scripted Nonsense

As readers of this site are already very much aware, the entire world around us is micro-managed with intense propaganda by what Professor C. Wright Mills called ”the power elite.” This culminates into an existence within a manufactured, nonsensical world that investment legend Seth Klarman referred to as The Truman Show.

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Christians swallow ‘big lie’ about Palestine

Leftist tyrants always lie to the people, the easily duped masses. It’s how they obtain and maintain control of the population. A hallmark of such a regime is the sheer magnitude of the lie. The tactic of using the “Big Lie” has been attributed to Hitler, or his propaganda chief, Joseph Goebbels, but whoever coined the term understood its implications.

And so it is that when a huge lie – a real whopper – is told loudly enough, often enough … people believe it.

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Duggar daughters reveal secret to happy home

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Many people find it challenging trying to get along with one or two brothers or sisters.

Imagine trying to cope with 18 siblings.

But the eldest Duggar daughters believe they have found the key to domestic success: humility.

Jinger Duggar told WND that the secret her parents taught their children about how to get along with each other is “to humble yourself.”

And, most importantly, “Admit when you’re wrong.”

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Free Grace and Lordship Salvation: Rival Hermeneutics for a Biblical Soteriology

“When you take commitment out of belief, you leave belief as merely intellectual”

For the sake of this one post, and since this is what I’ve written about the last three posts, I want to keep it to these two points of view that have disagreement coming from each side, those two being what some call Lordship salvation (LS) and another that some label free grace (FG).  We’ll leave “works salvation” or legalism and universalism, those types of extremes, out of it.  Relating to what I’ve recently written about, I take the side called “Lordship salvation.”  Someone here is wrong– both FG and LS cannot both be right.  Where we get the difference is an approach to scripture, the interpretation of the Bible, what is called “hermeneutics.”

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Ministry brings salvation to spring-break revelers

(ABC News) Once a year, hundreds of thousands of college students descend on the beaches of the Southern coast for spring break, but on a debauchery-fueled, booze-filled battleground in South Padre Island, one small group is going to parties to spread the word of God.

For the past 34 years, Buddy Young has led a Christian ministry called “Beach Reach” to the Texas island and notorious spring break hotspot to talk about Jesus.

“I’m not on the sin team anymore, I’m not on the party team, but I want to come back and help my party people get to the team they all want to be at,” Young said.

And he’s not alone. His ministry consists of college-age spring breakers with a much different purpose — to pray for the partiers.

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The Second Great Embarrassment (Protestants who treat leaders as mini-popes have fallen far from the Reformation)

Karl Marx was a mediocre writer, but his reference to a great philosopher has been quoted and re-quoted: “Hegel remarks somewhere that all great world-historic facts and personages appear, so to speak, twice. He forgot to add: the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.”

If we could laugh off current evangelical scandals, our situation would not be so dim—but we cannot. Historians lecture on the Great Awakening (1730s-1740s) and the Second Great Awakening (1800s), but in our time we could mutter about the Great Embarrassment (1987-1991) and the Second Great Embarrassment (2006-present).

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The Distrustful Generation

Who are the “Millennial generation”? New data from two of the country’s leading social research organizations provide an invaluable window into their thinking and experience. So far, the discussion of these findings has centered on the disastrous collapse of marriage, work, and religious practice among Millennials (ages 18 to 29). But the most dire social problem is that Millennials don’t trust their neighbors. The deepest question our culture will be facing in the coming generation is not what to do about jobs or single parenthood, but whether we are still capable of loving our neighbors.

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John MacArthur Responds to John Piper regarding Strange Fire

MacArthur and PiperSeveral months ago, shortly after the Strange Fire Conference, notable continuationist pastor, John Piper, responded to some of the claims of the conference via his question-and-answer program, Ask Pastor John. Over the last couple of weeks, John MacArthur has begun responding to Piper’s remarks over at the Grace To You blog. These posts represent valuable, rubber-meets-the-road exegetical discussion as it relates to the cessation of the miraculous gifts, and it’s happening between two lifelong students of Scripture who many in our generation consider to be fathers in the faith. It’s surely an exchange you don’t want to miss.

I want to devote today’s post to recapping what’s been said there so far.

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Authentic Fire Review – Part 7 – Review of Chapter 7

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So far, I’ve reviewed the preface, chapter 1, chapter 3 (more chapter 3), the first part of chapter 5 as well as the second part of chapter 5, and Fred has review chapter 2, chapter 4 and chapter 6.

Let’s get going…but first:

Kenny Loggins?

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Blue sash?

Blue Sash

Check.

Cute little lamb about to realize we’re not in the millennium?

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Okay.  Now that the atmosphere is properly set, we’re ready to speak the truth in love!

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Missions, Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God

So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it (Isaiah 55:11).

We do not know when God’s purposes will be accomplished. We do not always know whether the divine plan is to harden the heart or to soften it. We do not know the outcome of our work. But we should know that our work in the word is never in vain. No sermon from the word, no bible study, no time of prayer in the word with your children, no memorizing of scripture, none of it is wasted.

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Authentic Fire – Chapter 7 Review

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Lyndon and I are sloshing our way through the mire of Michael Brown’s Authentic Fire, the rebuttal book to John MacArthur and the Strange Fire conference. Let’s recap our reviews,

My general introduction
The Preface
The First Chapter
The Second Chapter
The Third Chapter
More Third Chapter
The Fourth Chapter
The Fifth Chapter – Part 1
The Fifth Chapter – Part 2
The Sixth Chapter
More Sixth Chapter

And now Lyndon just went live with the Seventh Chapter Review, and boy, is it a good one. This weekend, the good Lord willing and the creek don’t rise, I plan to put the final touches on my 8th chapter review and have it live by Monday morning, if not even earlier during the weekend.

I have already encountered a few folks on Facebook and elsewhere who think Brown’s book is some how unassailable and unanswerable and wondering if there…

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Thoughts on Theological Labels: “Futurist Premillennialism”

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For today, just some thoughts concerning the particular doctrinal ideas often associated with larger “doctrinal labels.”  A currently popular term is “futurist premillennialism,” often considered synonymous with “dispensationalism”:  a definition of premillennialism with several defining characteristics as “essentials of dispensationalism.”  This term and definition have especially gained popularity (and perhaps were developed/created) through the work of scholars associated with a well-known seminary that teaches dispensationalism.  Though likely it was not intended, it appears that at least some people now confuse terms, such that “futurist premillennialism” (to them) means dispensationalism — as though to suggest that only the dispensational form of premillennialism is futurist in its view including recognition of a future for national, ethnic Israel.   Such use of “futurist premillennial” often comes up in online group discussions, or in online articles such as this recent post, which notes in passing “the abundance of scholarship from notable Calvinists who ascribe to…

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It all comes together (podcast)

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Today as we look at news headlines and the dismal way the visible church is falling away, we all know what Jesus said about the time clock. Even those who don’t know Christ as their Lord and Savior are aware that the world just isn’t the same as it was five or ten years ago.  Today we’re going to talk about that, and why more and more churches are still seeing their ministry as a brand to be marketed, and the souls who need Jesus as “consumers.” That is the worldview of hundreds of thousands of Christians who ascribe to the seekermergent Catalyst paradigm.

First up in this segment we’re going to look at some developments you may not have heard of yet in the word, and why Christians need to be aware. Gary Kah is our guest. Gary has been following this globalization that is being shaped by trends, leaders and movements. He has been taking a stand and warning us about these things for several decades as a researcher who has written two best-selling books explaining the goals of the one-world/interfaith movement. His books, En Route to Global Occupation and The New World Religion, are fully documented and are critical in understanding today’s global developments – including the current financial crisis. Check out Gary’s website.


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After Several Near Misses, Experts Warn The Next Carrington Event Will Plunge Us Back Into The Dark Ages

Most people have absolutely no idea that the Earth barely missed being fried by a massive EMP burst from the sun in 2012, in 2013 and just last month. If any of those storms would have directly hit us, the result would have been catastrophic. Electrical transformers would have burst into flames, power grids would have gone down and much of our technology would have been fried. In essence, life as we know it would have ceased to exist – at least for a time. These kinds of solar storms have hit the Earth many times before, and experts tell us that it is inevitable that it will happen again. The most famous one happened in 1859, and was known as the Carrington Event. But other than the telegraph, humanity had very little dependence on technology at the time. If another Carrington Event happened today, it would be a complete and utter nightmare. A study by Lloyd’s of London has concluded that it would have taken a (Read More…)