Monthly Archives: May 2014

Authentic Fire Review: Chapter 4


Authentic Fire is Dr. Michael Brown’s book-length response to John MacArthur’s Strange Fire conference. Because of the importance of this debate, TheCripplegate is using every Thursday to respond chapter-by-chapter to Authentic Fire. You can find an overview of this debate, as well as links to the reviews for each chapter by clicking here.

afThe Genetic Fallacy and the Error of Guilt by Association

In his fourth chapter of Authentic Fire, Dr. Michael Brown interacts with what he calls the “genetic fallacy” argument and errors of “guilt by association.”

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Do Not Be Surprised…This ‘n’ That (30 May 2014)


  • I’m beginning to wonder if Mars Hill Church thinks that it is THE Church. As in, the only true church. Driscoll would look odd in one of those pope hats, though. It would clash with the Mickey Mouse t-shirt.
  • “We sing best when that gospel is dwelling richly within us. God is not looking at the quality of our tone or the perfection of our pitch. He is looking at the heart.”
  • Free Kindle books are good, especially when they’re ‘bad’ books that I wouldn’t normally want to buy.
  • This looks like a good study.
  • Maya Angelou died this week. This was the last thing she posted on Twitter.
  • Now this is creative. And smart. I’m not opposed to replacing the lawn with sand.
  • I managed to make it through my years in Chicago without ever visiting the Sears (now Willis) Tower. If I had, I’m sure this would have happened during my visit.
  • Here’s C.J. Mahaney’s statement on the whole SGM debacle. Well, as much of a statement as he can offer at this time, anyway.
  • Students learn and retain more by taking handwritten notes? I believe it.
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Mike Riccardi writes at The Cripplegate about sanctification and the means of sanctification.
  • Please don’t stop praying for Meriam.
  • Fred Butler has compiled a helpful list of resources on this neo ‘antinomianism.’
  • Have you lost a child? Perhaps this will bring you some comfort.
  • If any of what is reported here is true, financial guru Dave Ramsey sounds a little like some megapastors we know.
  • Where do you think is the best place to evangelize?
  • I haven’t listened to this in its entirety yet, but here’s a debate between John MacArthur and R.C. Sproul on the issue of baptism:


Here’s your Willow Creek/Global Leadership Summit research

We’ve been getting a lot of calls and emails regarding our hard stance against the Willow Creek Association and the Global Leadership Summit spearheaded by Pastor Bill Hybels. Many church leaders are wondering why their congregants are knocking on the pastor’s door, wanting to know why their church is involved in such agenda-driven carnality. If that sounds harsh, then consider the following research links, articles and podcasts discussing the concerning problems associated with this movement:

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Does the Bible really say we’re not to judge others?

Some professing Christians become infuriated when a “watchblogger” has the chutzpah to report on a false teacher by name, as if naming names is unbiblical. High-profile leaders and bloggers who mention heretics by name are often accused of demonizing or judging them.

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The Prosperity Gospel vs. Taking Up Your Cross

“God has a big dream for your life. God is positive, there is nothing negative about him. God wants to increase you financially, by giving you promotions, fresh ideas, and creativity.” —Joel Osteen

“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart, I have overcome the world” —Jesus.

The two quotations above were both spoken by men who have preached the gospel. One section represents the true gospel, and the other a different gospel. One section contains the words of Jesus and the other contains the words of Joel Osteen. By reading the words above, you can identify which selection represents the true gospel and which one is false.

We are living in the days when feeling good about yourself is king.

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Real Transformation Happens When?

A debate has been raging in Reformed/Lutheran quarters about “sanctification”—our growth in holiness. Tullian Tchividjian of Liberate argues that the most important thing is “by grace you are saved.” Unless we are absolutely clear and certain about this, he says, we’ll never be properly motivated for a sustained Christian life. Tullian sees much legalism and spiritual oppression in church and society, and he’s anxious to announce this message of gospel freedom.

Various members of The Gospel Coalition don’t disagree; they just put the emphasis on another gospel syllable. They highlight that part of the gospel is the promise of the power to become holy. They see many lazy and lethargic Christians failing to strive for the holiness the Bible tells us to seek. They want people to realize—meaning, making it real in their lives—what we are saved for: “to be holy and blameless before him in love” (Eph. 1:4, NRSV).

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Voice of the Martyrs: The Persecution & Prayer Alert – May 29, 2014

Thursday, May 29, 2014 Committed to Serving You Better! For some of you, the Persecution & Prayer Alert has been a weekly staple for a number of years, and we very much appreciate your desire to keep informed about the needs of the persecuted church and your dedication to prayer. We are committed to continue providing you this valuable resource. In the past, we have provided emails in two formats: one consisting of only plain text and another that…[view article]

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