Daily Archives: July 25, 2018

July 25: The Difficult Issue of the Heretics

2 Samuel 14:1–15:37; 2 Peter 1:16–21; Psalm 141:1–142:7

Distinguishing between correct and false teaching has plagued nearly every church. We ask questions such as, “Are we venturing too far in that direction?” “Is this just my personal theological issue, or is this actually a big deal?” “Should I be concerned about that, or is it simply a matter of individual choice?” Thankfully, the nt clarifies many of these issues for us.

Throughout Peter’s second letter, he addresses the challenge of warding off false teachers; he aims to defend the gospel and explain why the false teachers’ claims are incorrect. To do so, Peter hinges his argument on his own experience—on what he witnessed. In his case, arguing from personal witness makes sense: Peter actually knew Jesus.

He writes, “For we did not make known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ by following ingeniously concocted myths, but by being eyewitnesses of that one’s majesty. For he received honor and glory from God the Father when a voice such as this was brought to him by the Majestic Glory, ‘This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased’ ” (2 Pet 1:16–17). For Peter, orthodoxy comes down to the foundation of the claims being made about Jesus and whether Christ is being proclaimed as Lord and as God’s Son.

Peter isn’t willing to put up with false prophecy, testimony, or teaching (see 2 Pet 2). To show how absurd the false teachers’ claims are, Peter proclaims, “every prophecy of scripture does not come about from one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men carried along by the Holy Spirit spoke of God” (2 Pet 1:20–21).

Correct and incorrect teaching can be distinguished based on the source of the words being spoken and whether they align with what was taught by eyewitnesses (like Peter). Although this isn’t a complete guide for distinguishing between what God approves and what He doesn’t, it gives us a good start to ward off basic false teachings and focus on the truth instead. Next time we come to the difficult question of “Is this heresy?” we can ask “What would Peter think?”

What issues is your church struggling with? How can you help investigate them in light of the claims made by nt eyewitnesses like Peter?

John D. Barry[1]


[1] Barry, J. D., & Kruyswijk, R. (2012). Connect the Testaments: A One-Year Daily Devotional with Bible Reading Plan. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

July 25 Your Incorruptible Inheritance

“… to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away” (1 Peter 1:4).

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Unlike earthly treasures, your eternal inheritance can never be taken away from you.

Despite the benefits of bank accounts, stocks, bonds, and a myriad of other investment opportunities, every earthly inheritance eventually is lost. If someone doesn’t steal it, or if it doesn’t lose its value in a stock market crash or recession, death will separate it from you. It’s inevitable! That’s why Jesus said, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal” (Matt. 6:19–20).

The influence of sin and corruption doesn’t apply only to finances—it affects everything. Paul said, “The creation was subjected to futility … in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now” (Rom. 8:20–22). Nothing on earth escapes sin’s corruption.

But your eternal inheritance is not like earthly treasures. It is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading (1 Peter 1:4). “Imperishable” means it is incorruptible and unable to decay. The Greek word used describes a land that had never been ravaged or plundered by an invading army. The idea is that your spiritual inheritance is secure and can never be violated by an intruder—not even Satan himself. “Undefiled” speaks of something unpolluted by sin. “Will not fade away” suggests a supernatural beauty that time cannot impair. Peter used the same word in 1 Peter 5:4 to speak of the unfading crown of glory faithful church leaders will receive when Christ returns.

Your inheritance is unique among treasures. No one can steal it, and nothing can corrupt or diminish it in any way. It’s yours to enjoy to its fullest throughout all eternity. Don’t let the pursuit of perishable things distract you from the joy of eternal riches.

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Ask the Lord to help you keep a proper perspective on what is of greatest value in His eyes.

For Further Study: Read Matthew 6:19–34. ✧ Why shouldn’t you worry about the necessities of life? ✧ What priorities should you have?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 219). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

HUGE NEWS! TRUMP Secures Concessions From EU to Avoid Trade War (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

On Wednesday the man Donald Trump labeled a” brutal killer,” the top dog in the European Union, Jean Claude Juncker, took his stuff to the White House.

European Commission spokesperson Margaritis Schinas said Wednesday’s talks between Juncker and Trump, would seek to “de-dramatize any potential tensions around trade.”

For background on this important economic meeting read Ted Malloch’s post from yesterday.

President Trump not only performed – He once again outperformed all expectations.

By Wednesday afternoon the two global leaders who together control over 50% of global commerce came to an agreement.

President Trump secured concessions from the European Union leader to avoid a trade war.

President Trump discussed the new developments at a presser in the Rose Garden at the White House:

via HUGE NEWS! TRUMP Secures Concessions From EU to Avoid Trade War (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

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Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

45 Philip *found Nathanael and *said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the Law and also the Prophets wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” 46 Nathanael said to him, “Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?” Philip *said to him, “Come and see.” John 1:45-46 (NASB) 

In the passage above, John 1:45-46, we see two of our Lord’s future Apostles, Philip and Nathanael, conversing. Philip finds his friend Nathanael and tells him that he and other friends have has found “him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote.” This is, of course, the Messiah. Then he tells him who he is, “Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” What was Nathanael’s response? He asked a rhetorical question, “Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?” What was Philip’s answer? It was the one…

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The Power of “Unforgiveness” — Fallen Pastor Ministries

When we mess up and need forgiveness, one of the most frustrating things can be when people withhold that forgiveness. Forgiveness is one of those topics I write about a lot because it is one of those things fallen people think about often. Today I want to get into one of the really nasty things that can happen after someone grants a sort of half-hearted forgiveness.

You know what I’m talking about. You’ve sinned against someone and you ask their forgiveness, but when they grant it, the forgiveness only becomes a way to keep you down. They constantly remind you of your former sin, beating you over the head with it. Or, worse, they sarcastically or subtly bring it up at an opportune time to give them a perceived upper hand.

That’s not forgiveness.  I hope that goes without saying. If someone is holding that kind of “forgiveness” over you, it’s not love, grace or kindness. It’s a power trip. And the best thing you can do is simply say, “I realize you haven’t forgiven me for the sin I’ve committed. I’ve been forgiven by God. I hope one day we can talk again about this and you can forgive me. Please let me know when we can discuss it further.

Don’t let people hold sin that God has forgiven you for over your head. And don’t do it to yourself either. The sin is over with and done. Will consequences still be meted out in real life for it? Sure. But there does come a time for grace and understanding. Move on. If others can’t move along with you, be patient with them.

So why do people do this? In one of my most popular blog posts, I give several reasons people don’t forgive. So why do people act like they forgive then drag up our sin before us in a humiliating way?

For some, it seems like a way to exercise power over another. It’s like standing there and saying, “Remember what you did? I can keep you right where I want you because I know what you did.” Guess what kills that? Public confession. When everyone knows what you did, no one person has power over you.

For most of us, we feel better about our own sin when we can compare ourselves to others. When some one else commits a sin, we can always say, “Well, at least I didn’t do that.” I have a happy little theory that many people enjoy crime and reality TV because we like to know that there are people in the world worse than us. But guess what squashes this line of thinking? The ultimate righteousness of God. None of us is as good as Him. And the only one who can meet that standard is Christ.None of us is any better than the other. In fact, we are all great at sinning. Only by the grace of Christ are we all equal. All ground is level at the foot of the cross.

Forgiveness is so awesome. And it took a fall from ministry for me to grasp it fully. It’s so awesome because it brings us to a place where we don’t have to be ashamed. We don’t have to look down on another or feel beholden to anyone else in this world. We don’t have to walk through Wal-Mart with out head down. We don’t have to worry about what others say about us because our best friend, Jesus Christ, loves us no matter what.

And guess what? If Jesus is their best friend too, they shouldn’t care about it either. They’ll treat us like a brother or sister and we’ll eventually get it all figured out.

Forgiveness isn’t the easiest thing, but when it’s accomplished, it’s one of the greatest things.

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Ray Carroll is the author of “Fallen Pastor Crisis Manual: Help for All Those Affected by a Minister’s Fall” and “Fallen Pastor: Finding Restoration in a Broken World,” which answer many of the questions I get asked on a weekly basis.

If you are a fallen pastor who needs to talk or you are someone who has been affected by a fallen pastor and would like to contact us privately, please click here. You are the main reason this ministry exists. We are here to help you.

via The Power of “Unforgiveness” — Fallen Pastor Ministries

Congresswoman Maxine Waters Says She Has Been ‘Sent By God’ To Get President Donald Trump As Congregation Cheers — Now The End Begins

After acknowledging the children in the audience, California Congresswoman Maxine Waters ripped into President Trump during a Sunday appearance at First AME Church in Los Angeles

The line between having Trump Derangement Syndrome and actual mental illness is a fine one to be sure, but ‘Crazy Auntie’ Maxine Waters seems to have crossed it. And by a fairly wide margin I would have to say. Speaking at the First AME Church in Los Angeles this past Sunday, Maxine Waters went into a long, rambling and at times incoherent diatribe against Donald Trump, which wound up by saying that she was ‘sent here by God’ to take out President Trump.

We have always said that Donald Trump was put in power by God, and now ‘Crazy Auntie’ Maxine says she was sent by God to take Donald Trump out. Both sides can’t be right, let the games begin.

FROM THE AMERICAN MIRROR: Wanting to address what people are reading on the “social internet,” she said, “We never dreamed we’d have someone in the White House who was divisive, who could not tell the truth, and who was intent on not making America great again, but taking America down.”

She hammered Trump, telling the congregants, “I am in this fight.”  Maxine Waters said there is “an attempt to intimidate, an attempt to frighten, an attempt to make you go away and shut up and be quiet.

“I don’t know shut up!” she said to thunderous cheers. “I don’t know intimidation. I don’t know fear.”

Watch to see what a mental breakdown in progress looks like

She counseled her audience, “Don’t you worry about those who are threatening. Don’t you worry about those who are talking about they’re gonna shoot. I know some of you got a little worried when I said to them, ‘If you’re gonna shoot me you better shoot straight.’

“There’s nothing like a wounded animal.” Maxine Waters told the audience about the difficulties of the “housing crisis” in America. “Jesus! Lord!” on congregant exclaimed. She said she’s pushed back on Democrats who have said to leave Trump alone. “I’ve said that we can walk and chew gum at the same time,” Waters said, and a church goer yelled, “Say it!”

She went on a stem winder about Russia and Trump’s alleged intent to lift sanctions against the foe.

Waters ended her remarks by claiming God has sent her on her mission against Trump.

“You’ve gotta know that I’m here to do the work that I was sent to do, and as pastor said to me when I came in this morning, when God sends you to do something, you just do it!

“So I have a message I’m going back to Washington tomorrow morning, I’m going to tell them pastor told me to come here and just do it!” The pastor then embraced Maxine Waters amid wild applause. source

via Congresswoman Maxine Waters Says She Has Been ‘Sent By God’ To Get President Donald Trump As Congregation Cheers — Now The End Begins

Is the US a Third World country when it comes to infrastructure? RT’s Boom Bust investigates

American infrastructure, not ready for the future?

https://www.rt.com/shows/boom-bust/431873-infrastructure-economy-markets-spending/video/5b3f2b18fc7e9345788b4585

Infrastructure in America is one of the major issues and it affects the lives of millions of people and billions of dollars. Trump campaigned on a $1 trillion dollar infrastructure bill, but ended up asking for way less. So, what does this mean for things like roads and transit? Join us today as we begin a two-part special covering the various aspects of US infrastructure and the future it faces. All this and more on Boom Bust!

Source: Is the US a Third World country when it comes to infrastructure? RT’s Boom Bust investigates


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JULY 25 “UNFAIR! UNFAIR!”

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth…neither was any deceit in his mouth.

Isaiah 53:7, 9

Christians who understand the true meaning of Christ’s cross will never whine about being treated unfairly. Whether or not they are given fair treatment will never enter their heads. They know they have been called to follow Christ, and certainly the Savior did not receive anything approaching fair treatment from mankind.

In language the word unfair seems altogether innocent, but it indicates an inner attitude that has no place among Christians.

The man who cries “Unfair!” is not a victorious man. He is inwardly defeated and in self-defense appeals to the referee to note that he has been fouled. This gives him an alibi when they carry him out on a stretcher and saves his face while his bruises heal.

It is a certainty that Christians will suffer wrongs; but if they take them in good spirit and without complaint, they have conquered their enemy. They remember that Jesus was reviled—but any thought of His shouting for fair play simply cannot be entertained by the reverent heart!

Lord, remind me to think of Your example whenever I am tempted to complain that “life is unfair.” You suffered the greatest injustice of all; yet You remained silent.[1]


[1] Tozer, A. W. (2015). Mornings with tozer: daily devotional readings. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

In One Year, MSNBC Covered ‘Stormy Daniels’ 455 Times, ‘War In Yemen’ 0

Authored by Adam Johnson via FAIR.org,

Why is the No. 1 outlet of alleged anti-Trump #resistance completely ignoring his most devastating war?

As FAIR has noted before (1/8/18, 3/20/18), to MSNBC, the carnage and destruction the US and its Gulf Monarchy allies are leveling against the poorest country in the Arab world is simply a non-issue.

On July 2, a year had passed since the cable network’s last segment mentioning US participation in the war on Yemen, which has killed in excess of 15,000 people and resulted in over a million cases of cholera. The US is backing a Saudi-led bombing campaign with intelligence, refueling, political cover, military hardware and, as of March, ground troops. None of this matters at all to what Adweek (4/3/18) calls “the network of the Resistance,” which has since its last mention of the US’s role in the destruction of Yemen found time to run over a dozen segments highlighting war crimes committed by the Syrian and Russian governments in Syria.

By way of contrast, as MSNBC was marking a year without mentioning the US role in Yemen, the PBS NewsHour was running a three-part series on the war, with the second part (7/3/18) headlined, “American-Made Bombs in Yemen Are Killing Civilians, Destroying Infrastructure and Fueling Anger at the US.” The NewsHour’s Jane Ferguson reported:

PBS NewsHour (7/3/18) examining the remains of US-made cluster bombs in Yemen.

“The aerial bombing campaign has not managed to dislodge the rebels, but has hit weddings, hospitals and homes. The US military supports the Saudi coalition with logistics and intelligence. The United States it also sells the Saudis and coalition partners many of the bombs they drop on Yemen.”

MSNBC chat show/Starbucks commercial Morning Joe did run one segment (4/25/18) that vaguely mentioned the war on Yemen, but failed to note the US’s role in it at all, much less that Washington is arming and backing the conflict’s primary aggressor. Instead, they did the perverse inversion––previously mastered by Washington Post’s Jackson Diehl (FAIR.org, 6/27/17)—of not only ignoring the US’s major role in killing thousands, but painting the US as a noble haven for refugees. The schlocky segment, an interview with writer Mohammed Al Samawi, was a shallow mixture of “interfaith” pablum, poverty porn and self-congratulations to the US for taking in refugees (without, of course, acknowledging that they’re seeking refuge from a crisis the US has created).

For a bit more context, in the time period of July 3, 2017, to July 3, 2018, MSNBC dedicated zero segments to the US’s war in Yemen, but 455 segments to Stormy Daniels. This isn’t to suggest the Stormy Daniels matter isn’t newsworthy—presidential corruption is per se important. But one has to wonder if this particular thread of venality is 455 stories more important than Trump aggressively supporting a war that’s killing hundreds of people a month, injuring thousands, and subjecting millions to famine and cholera. Did MSNBC editors, poring over the latest academic foreign policy literature, really come to the conclusion Trump’s war in Yemen isn’t important? Or is MSNBC simply fueled by partisan Russia dot-connecting and stories that allow them to say “porn star” as much as possible?

What seems most likely is MSNBC has found that attacking Russia form the right on matters of foreign policy is the most elegant way to preserve its “progressive” image while still serving traditional centers of power – namely, the Democratic Party establishment, corporate sponsors, and their own revolving door of ex-spook and military contractor-funded talking heads (3/26/18). After all, Obama backed the war on Yemen – though not nearly as aggressively as Trump has – and it’s difficult to make a coherent left-wing, anti-war criticism when the current Republican in office is simply carrying out your guy’s policy, but on steroids.

In any event, it’s not like any Yemenis are going to pull ads, turn down appearances, or phone Comcast higher-ups complaining. So, who cares? To be poor and brown—to say nothing of not serving the immediate partisan interests of the Democratic party—is evidently to not matter much in the eyes of MSNBC producers and on-air talent.

Source: In One Year, MSNBC Covered ‘Stormy Daniels’ 455 Times, ‘War In Yemen’ 0

Maxine Waters Believes She is on a Mission From God

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

“Wanting to address what people are reading on the “social internet,” Waters  said,

“We never dreamed we’d have someone in the White House who was divisive, who could not tell the truth, and who was intent on not making America great again, but taking America down.” source

See Waters preaching her hatred in church:

Maxine!  You are finally speaking truth about Barack Obama!  

Oh wait– you were speaking of President Trump!  Your words summed up so brilliantly the 8 years of tyranny under our former Muslim President Obama!

Questions for Maxine Waters:

  • Just how is Trump being divisive?
  • Just how is he not telling the truth?
  • And just how is President Trump taking America down?

Whenever a liberal attacks President Trump – do you notice that they always speak in generalities?  But I don’t let it stop there. I ask for specifics.  What do I generally…

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