Daily Archives: October 1, 2017

Self-Righteousness vs Inward Cleanliness

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

24 You blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel! Matthew 23:24 (NASB) 

A huge trap that Christians can fall into is self-righteousness. It is a form of idolatry and that always causes spiritual blindness (Romans 1:24-25). Self-righteousness puts all effort towards godliness in the wrong place. It creates a form of piety that is all about outward appearances while putting little or no priority on matters of the heart. It is all about being concerned about appearances and what others think rather than being totally committed to abiding in Christ from within first. The self-righteous are consciously holy. However, that is not what we are called to be. Christians must be consciously repentant and unconsciously holy. The difference is huge for these are totally opposite walks.

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Rick Warren Hopes His Partnership With Roman Catholic Leader Will Become ‘Model’ for World

A 2008 article in The Washington Post described Rick Warren, one of the most visible Southern Baptists in the world, as “a megachurch pastor and philanthropist who is courted by political leaders worldwide, says he thinks Christianity needs a ‘second Reformation’ that would steer the church away from divisive politics and be ‘about deeds, not creeds.’” (Source)  Clearly he has forgotten what the Protestant Reformation was about, as you will see in this piece over at Christian News:

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Megachurch leader Rick Warren, known for his best-selling book “The Purpose-Driven Life,” said in a recent interview that he hopes his partnership with a local Roman Catholic leader to collaboratively combat social ills becomes a “model” for others around the world. His remarks have drawn disagreement from those who believe that ecumenism with those who preach another gospel is unbiblical.

The Roman Catholic site Crux published the interview, which featured both Warren and friend Kevin Vann of the Diocese of Orange, on Sept. 14. They were asked by interviewer and diocese Chancellor Pia de Solenni to share about how their friendship formed and developed.

Vann recalled that Warren attended his installation as the bishop of Orange and also called to congratulate him. The two continued to communicate and soon also began praying together.

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Source: Rick Warren Hopes His Partnership With Roman Catholic Leader Will Become ‘Model’ for World

Flag Worship and the Idolatry of American Patriotic Christianity

“This nation is plagued with sin and needs the gospel and the Church is commissioned to take it to the world,” Jeff Maples reminds us. “Yet, we have men like Josh Feuerstein garnering support by the hundreds of thousands to boycott Starbucks because of the color of the cups they use at Christmas and Robert Jeffress running around with false teachers like Paula White and Kenneth Copeland to promote Donald Trump’s patriotic Christianity, virtue signaling, and idolatrous utopian American system of freedom while denying the power of the gospel to change the hearts of the lost (2 Timothy 3:5-7).”

Read more of Maples’ view of “Patriotic Christianity” over at Pulpit & Pen:

Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. –2 Timothy 2:23

I must admit it’s been fascinating to watch the hordes of professing Christians get fired up this past week after Donald Trump’s speech calling NFL players who kneeled during the pledge of allegiance or singing of the national anthem “sons of b**ches.” If you’ve been watching the brouhaha brewing over this debacle, it becomes apparent that Christians in America are willing to latch onto any cause that preserves their idols of freedom and entertainment.

On the one hand, you have the black community who, in many cases, believe they have been marginalized and mistreated by society under the American flag and on the other hand, you have the patriotic idolaters of this nation who, under no circumstances, can allow any apparent disrespect to happen to this nation.

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Source: Flag Worship and the Idolatry of American Patriotic Christianity

Friday’s Featured Sermon: “Is Jesus the Only Way?”

Romans 10:17

Code: B170929

Postmodernism is no longer an external threat, sequestered to the ivory towers of academia. Today it has infiltrated the local church. How often do we hear sentences that begin with the words, “To me God is like . . .”? And how many Bible studies posit the question, “What does this verse mean to you?” In the postmodern mindset, the only One who doesn’t have a say in how God is defined is God Himself.

But the subjectivity doesn’t end with who God is. It extends to how He relates to us and vice versa. Christ’s commands are now optional, His message ambiguous, and His salvation a path of our own choosing.

Over the last few weeks on the blog, John MacArthur has explored the nature of truth and its prospects of survival in a postmodern world. In his sermon “Is Jesus the Only Way?” he examines postmodernism’s assault on the gospel itself.

There is a widespread ambiguity about the gospel, and there are some very popular prominent evangelical leaders who are apostles of this ambiguity, who are content to leave the precision out and have a kind of gospel that is like soft clay and can be shaped into any form that satisfies you.

Now we can get some things wrong without severe eternal consequences, but we can’t get this wrong without severe eternal consequences. The heart of our faith, of course, is the gospel of salvation, and we must understand the gospel as the gospel truly is in its saving reality and its saving power. True Christians have always believed and taught that you can’t be saved from eternal hell unless you hear the gospel of Jesus Christ and believe that gospel.

There’s no way to overstate the importance of Christ’s exclusive role as the Savior of sinners. Every other option leads to eternal damnation. That’s why the true church needs to be continually reminded of the clear dichotomy between the truth of the Christian gospel and the utter falsehood of every other religious system.

We must not be deceived by false gospels that redefine truth, nor by compromised gospels that dilute it. We are armed with the true gospel—the only means by which sinners can be reconciled to God. To that end, “Is Jesus the Only Way?” does a great service to the ultimate cause of every Christian.

John MacArthur’s sermon is a timely and necessary reminder that when we come to Christ, we have found the very personification of “the truth” (John 14:6).

Click here to listen to “Is Jesus the Only Way?”.


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Reformation Conference 2017 Videos

The Domain for Truth

The following are videos from the Reformation Conference 2017 at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School on September 14-15, 2017.

The conference include speakers from Kevin DeYoung, David S. Dockery, Timothy George, Michael Haykin, Michael Horton, Tom McCall, David Luy, Scott Manetsch, Ron Rittgers.

The webpage for the event stated the conference purpose: “Celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and revisit its message about the value of the Word.”

Here are the videos:

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‘Miracles really do happen,’ Scalise says to House

Baptist Press has the story:

Steve Scalise, the House’s majority whip and a leading conservative in the Republican Party, spoke today (Sept. 28) after walking into the packed chamber with the aid of crutches. He was shot June 14 at an Alexandria, Va., park as GOP members practiced for the annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity.

His ability to return to the House “starts with God,” Scalise said. “When I was laying out on that ball field, the first thing I did once I was down and I couldn’t move anymore was I just started to pray. And I tell you it gave me an unbelievable sense of calm, knowing at that point it was in God’s hands.

“But I prayed for very specific things,” he told his colleagues. “And I’ll tell you, pretty much every one of those prayers was answered, and there were some pretty challenging prayers I was putting in God’s hand. But He really did deliver for me and my family. And it just gives you that renewed faith and understanding that the power of prayer is something that you just cannot underestimate.”

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‘If You Obey God, You Will Never Be Broke,’ TD Jakes Says

The following news story from Christian Post is for informational and research purposes only. We do not endorse CP, as the publication is sorely lacking in discernment. Before we get to Leonardo Blair’s piece, you should know that T.D. Jakes is a Oneness Pentecostal (anti-trinitarian). As you’re about to see, Rev. Jakes shamelessly propagates the false prosperity gospel that distorts the true Gospel of Jesus Christ:

Popular megachurch pastor, Bishop T.D. Jakes of The Potter’s House in Dallas, Texas, sparked a furor online Sunday when he told his 2.8 million followers on Twitter that if they obey God, they will never be broke again.

“If you obey GOD you will never be broke another day in your life. #AndItCameToPass#tphonline,” a post on Jakes’ Twitter account said at 11:04 a.m. on Sunday.

The Christian Post reached out to The Potter’s House on Thursday to verify if the tweet was made by Jakes himself or an account administrator but no one was available.

On Monday, critics began questioning the biblical genesis of the statement and Jakes responded: “David said, ‘yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.’”

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Source: ‘If You Obey God, You Will Never Be Broke,’ TD Jakes Says

Taizé Worship – Growing in Popularity, But Roots Are in Mystical Monasticism

From Berean Research:

What could we find wrong with young people from all over the world gathering together to pray? Especially when those who participate say that during their prayer time they experience “peace, faith and trust.”

Taizé (prounced tuh-zay) is a tiny monastic community nestled in the French countryside. The community was founded in 1940 by Roger Louis Schütz-Marsauche, a Reformed Protestant. Although Brother Roger, as he was called, was stabbed to death by a mentally ill woman in 2005, his dream continues. According to Wikipedia “The community has become one of the world’s most important sites of Christian pilgrimage, with a focus on youth. Over 100,000 young people from around the world make pilgrimages to Taizé each year for prayer, Bible study, sharing, and communal work.” The community has become “an important site for Catholic–Lutheran ecumenism.” The thing that Bible believing Christians will find troubling is that Taizé music and prayers include chants and icons from the Eastern Orthodox tradition….and it is steeped in mystical monasticism.

In his book “Taizé: A Community and Worship: Ecumenical Reconciliation or an Interfaith Delusion?” Steve Lawson warns that Taizé prayer is running rampant in the Church throughout the world.  Lighthouse Trails has an excerpt from Lawson’s book. Find out what this growing movement is all about:

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Source: Taizé Worship – Growing in Popularity, But Roots Are in Mystical Monasticism

HBC Elders Remove MacDonald from Leadership; Retain Him for Teaching

The Elephant's Debt

Update (27 Sep 2017)On September 22, 2017, the HBC Elders released an Update stating that James MacDonald was relieved of leadership duty, and he is to remain on staff solely for purposes of teaching/preaching.

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