Daily Archives: February 24, 2019

February 24 Hazard of a Hard Heart

Scripture Reading: Exodus 10

Key Verse: Exodus 8:19

The magicians said to Pharaoh, “This is the finger of God.” But Pharaoh’s heart grew hard, and he did not heed them, just as the Lord had said.

He had attended church since he was a small child. As an adult, he took careful notes on every sermon. When the pastor talked about specific sins, he recognized some of the problems in his own heart and said to himself, “That’s me. I need to deal with these things.” But like many, by the time he returned from church, he had forgotten about his plans to ask God to change his life.

The man has a hard heart. “How is that possible?” you may ask. “He’s hearing what God says.” When you hear God’s Word and refuse to put it into practice, your heart is hardened against His truth. Eventually, if you continue to ignore His leading, He lets you follow your own slippery course.

God allowed Pharaoh to tell Moses no again and again. Pharaoh knew what he was supposed to do—release God’s chosen people, the Israelites, from slavery and oppression. Because Pharaoh persisted in his disobedience, he learned painful lessons he could have avoided.

Ask God to sensitize your heart and make you aware of any tough spots of resistance. He will soften your spirit, renew your understanding, and set you on a course of true submission.

Precious Lord, sensitize my heart. Make me aware of any hard spots of resistance. Soften my spirit, renew my understanding, and set me on a course of true submission.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 57). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Why the NAR cult must be monitored by secular authorities.

The most concerning aspect of the New Apostolic Reformation is that their self-proclaimed ‘divine mandates’ appears to keep them outside of any local, national, global or biblical governing laws. NAR apologist, the late C. Peter Wagner who once led the movement stated:

“..whereas denominations are legal structures, the NAR is a relational structure. Everyone is related to, or aligned, with an apostle or apostles. This alignment is voluntary. There is no legal tie that binds it.” [Source]

However, Wagner had concluded,

“The question of how apostles are accountable is even more sensitive than the issue of the accountability of new apostolic pastors… To the degree that friendship and trust can develop from this process, there is realistic hope that many apostles will voluntarily and publicly submit themselves to an accountability structure of legitimate apostolic peers. On this one, the jury is still out.” [Source]

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Relax: Jim Bakker has Armageddon covered, with buckets of pizza in the Ozarks — Reformation Charlotte

KC STAR — In a town named Blue Eye near Branson, Mo., disgraced televangelist Jim Bakker continues his comeback, prepping souls for a nuclear apocalypse, one bucket of “Staying Alive” freeze-dried food at a time.

On Monday The Daily Mail published a behind-the-scenes look at Bakker’s ministry, which set up in Missouri 14 years ago. (Bakker himself did not speak to The Daily Mail for the story.)

Bakker’s ministry is getting buzz as of late. In May Buzzfeed published its own lengthy recounting of the Jim Bakker saga, detailing his current ministry in Missouri.

The Daily Mail, a British publication, equated Bakker’s Christian community, called Morningside, with a theme park, complete with a movie-set indoor town square guarded by a 15-foot statue of Jesus.

That’s where Bakker and his wife, Lori, film “The Jim Bakker Show,” a TV ministry with an end-of-days theme that sells “survival buckets.”

A bucket of freeze-dried buttermilk pancakes will set you back $70. (Sorry, it can’t be shipped to Canada.)

“It is astonishing that Bakker – forced out of his last ministry and imprisoned for defrauding his flock of $158 million – has managed to reinvent himself as a doomsday prophet,” the Daily Mail writes.

“Yet the Bible – something he confessed he’d only bothered to fully read during his five-year incarceration – teaches forgiveness. And his followers appear to have forgiven him – not only for his greed but also for the sex scandals that wrecked his holier-than-thou image carefully crafted by Bakker and then wife Tammy Faye via their vast Christian TV empire.”

It’s an alluring comeback story – televangelist brought down by a sex scandal pitches tent in the Ozarks with a younger wife with help from a deep-pocketed Missouri supporter and begins preaching end of the days.


via Relax: Jim Bakker has Armageddon covered, with buckets of pizza in the Ozarks — Reformation Charlotte

February 24 Trusting Your Conscience

Scripture reading: John 16:7–15

Key verse: John 16:13

However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.

At the most fundamental level, your conscience gives you the capacity to distinguish between right and wrong. It is like a personal alarm system that works for your protection. You have probably had this experience: just as you were about to participate in or initiate something questionable, warning bells went off in your mind: Are you sure you should do this? If you went ahead and did it, you surely had a bad feeling in the pit of your stomach that did not go away until you made things right.

By itself, the conscience is a built-in monitor that signals you when a thought or action may violate your personal moral program, whatever that may be. The conscience cannot force you into a certain choice, and it does not necessarily point you to the option that is in line with God’s truth. This is a vital principle to understand in order to avoid misdirection.

Only when you accept Christ as your Savior does the conscience function as God planned. The Holy Spirit dwells within you the moment you place your faith in Jesus, and in His hands the conscience becomes a tool to assist you in making decisions according to God’s Word.

The Holy Spirit correctly interprets the messages your conscience sends. The Spirit then brings appropriate biblical principles to mind and urges you to live in line with their direction.

Father, I choose to trust Your Word rather than my conscience. Help me bring my life into alignment with the truths of Scripture.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 57). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

The Problem of Controlling and Manipulative Pastors is Real

The number of prominent pastors stepping down because they are very controlling and manipulating, and creating a culture of fear and intimidation, appears to have reached new heights these days. Although this type of behavior is unacceptable, I’m hoping to shed some light so that repentance can take place in the pulpit as well as the pew.

Regardless of the pastor, the comments are often the same: “The leadership is secretive, controlling, and manipulating. They retaliate against anyone opposed to them! There is a culture of fear among the staff. The pastor has a lot of ‘yes’ men surrounding him.” All these comments demand that pastors and elders look in the mirror, reassess our calling, and repent if warranted. That’s obvious. But on the flip side, these statements are sometimes unwarranted and unfounded when used by disgruntled members.

The problem: pastors are people: Why do they fall? They fall for the same reason that all Christians fall. Each of us is drawn away by our own evil desires and enticed. We need to abort sin when it’s conceived (see James 1:14–15). Sin has a life cycle—it either grows or withers depending on whether we feed or starve it. John Owen once said, “Be killing sin, or sin will be killing you.” Put Christ on the pedestal, not people. People will always let you down; Christ will not.

If a leader continues to ignore the warning signs of a hard heart, they will inevitably drift from God. Not all fallen pastors are wolves, false teachers, or unbelievers; they’ve been overcome by sin. They need to be lovingly confronted and lovingly encouraged. Have we drifted so far that we have forgotten to exhibit the same grace we so desperately need ourselves? I’m not talking about sweeping corruption under the rug; I’m speaking of the ultimate goal of restoration—not necessarily to ministry but to relationship. It’s just as heartbreaking to see Christians bash a fallen leader as it is to watch the leader fall. Hurt people hurt people.

A misunderstood calling: Leaders may appear controlling because they are called to lead. They may come across as unapproachable because they set boundaries. They may be viewed as hard because they are called to defend. They may appear secretive because they must choose their words carefully. If they are not available 24/7, we say that they are “not there for us.” If they can’t make every event or respond to every email, Tweet, and Facebook post, we label them as “unavailable.” Folks, we all need a lot more grace.

When it comes to money, churches need to handle finances like we handle explosives: very carefully. However, everyone will have different opinions on where the money should be spent; this cannot be avoided. When churches grow quickly, this becomes even more challenging. I’ve noticed that how money is spent will always be an issue. As long as the church is avoiding massive debt, building on integrity, and accomplishing the Great Commission, they are hopefully heading in a good direction.

This doesn’t excuse financial mismanagement, but we must look at the whole picture. For example, I often hear this about churches in America: “The pastor is surrounded by ‘yes’ men.” Should we be surrounded by “no” men? God forbid. A healthy church is a unified church. This does not mean that it’s okay to control the board or manipulate decisions, but this topic deserves a closer look. Many times when people make this statement, it’s because they were denied a request. Instead of repenting of a wrong attitude, they use the “yes men” clause against the leadership. But sometimes their concern is very valid. So yes, some churches have passive board members who do not confront overbearing pastors, and I’m not defending that behavior. However, the answer is not a passive pastor. Within the leadership of the church, there ought to be unity, which is only found in prayerful submission to one another.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Shane Idleman

Source: The Problem of Controlling and Manipulative Pastors is Real

MSM Will Keep Russiagate Conspiracy Theory Alive Even After Mueller’s Report

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on his investigation into alleged Russian collusion with the Trump 2016 election campaign is anticipated as soon as next week. However, one former FBI special agent told Sputnik Thursday it’s unlikely to contain anything new – or to satiate a mainstream media obsessed with Russiagate.

Source: MSM Will Keep Russiagate Conspiracy Theory Alive Even After Mueller’s Report

Breaking: I Told You So. The SBC Executive Committee Slips Out a Saturday Night Special and Takes Greear to SBC School — The Wartburg Watch

7 of 10 churches in the Houston Chronicle/Greear list essentially exonerated and Greear gets slapped upside the head.

“Chiron said the word assist as if meant slap upside the head with extreme prejudice.” ― Rick Riordan,


Last night, after enjoying a wonderful service at my church, my husband and I stopped to bring home some food so we could watch a few shows together. It’s our favorite time of the week. While we were waiting for our order, I checked my cell phone and almost went ballistic in the sedate Village Deli. This needs to get out there ASAP. It fits under the *I told you so* category. This a rare Sunday post.

Saturday evening news dumps

Whenever a report gets released on a Saturday evening, you can be sure of one thing. The producers of the report hope that you are out enjoying your Saturday night and will go to church on Sunday and maybe not notice what just transpired. This happens in politics all the time and the SBC ranks amongst the most political organisms I know.

So, as soon as a saw this title in Baptist Press, SBC bylaws workgroup releases sexual abuse response, I knew it would be hot stuff. And it was. (It was 11 AM when I told this shot.)

You can be darn sure that they won’t be going after 2nd Baptist and some of the others (maybe all).

Here are excerpts:

Why the rush?

The Bylaws Workgroup requested on February 19 that the president provide information he referenced as a “dossier” containing the information upon which he based his naming of the churches, and he supplied that dossier to the workgroup on the afternoon of February 22.

What do they mean “exhibits an indifference?”

The Executive Committee is recommending to the Convention’s messengers this June an amendment to the Convention’s Constitution affirming that the Convention does not, and will not, cooperate with a church that clearly evidences indifference to addressing the crime of sexual abuse,

There will be no *presumption of guilt.”

It is also our opinion that the Executive Committee did not intend for every allegation that a church has demonstrated indifference to establish guilt which would then have to be disproved — in effect, a presumption of guilt which the Executive Committee should view as untenable and unscriptural.

The Matthew 18 *get out of jail free card* for pastors and churches

The committee says Matthew 18 wasn’t followed. (ROFL). They worked long and hard to see if those 10 churches that Greear had highlighted really were as bad as reported. You know the answer-of course not? Even better, Matthew 18 wasn’t followed!

Acting in accord with these principles, and biblical principles such as Matthew 18:15-20, Proverbs 18:17, and others, we applied such a test to the churches which, in the President’s opinion, had been publicly singled out because of allegations that employees or volunteers within each church had committed sexual abuse.

And the passage of time may mean that the new people running the church are absolutely beyond reproach.

We also considered whether the combination of such factors as the passage of time, changes in the church’s administration and membership, and the church’s adoption of policies to prevent abuse and properly respond to charges of abuse would make launching an inquiry of no value in addressing sexual abuse but only further harm a congregation recovering from the effects of crimes committed in its midst.

Greear gets his butt kicked for accusing the ten churches.

JD is that *individual.*

While victims of sexual abuse should always be encouraged to report the crimes against them, we urge all members of the Executive Committee and messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention to avoid publicly calling the names of churches without having documentation of criminal convictions and giving prior notice to the church. No individual possesses the authority to declare a church to be under a Convention inquiry of any kind.

And leave SBC central out of this.

We think such untoward actions by a church will be first and best known to the local association and the state or regional convention. When questions arise as to whether a church is in friendly cooperation with our Convention, we believe it is preferable and fairer to all involved if the names of suspect churches come to the attention of the Executive Committee and the Southern Baptist Convention from those sources.

The committee goes on to exonerate many of the 10 churches.

Of course, 2nd Baptist Houston was exonerated. Fearing an outcry, SGC Louisville was left in that well-defined *we’ll see” club.

Those who are in the *no further inquiry needed* club are:

  1. Arapaho Baptist Church, Garland, Texas
  2. Brentwood Baptist Church, Houston, Texas
  3. Eastside Baptist Church, Marietta, Georgia
  4. First Baptist Church, Bedford, Texas
  5. Second Baptist Church, Houston, Texas
  6. Trinity Baptist Church, Ashburn, Georgia
  7. Turner Street Baptist Church, Springdale, ArkansasThis church is not a Southern Baptist church.

Further *inquiry warranted*

(Don’t get excited here, folks. It is rather simple to get into the *no further inquiry* club.)

  1. Bolivar Baptist Church, Sanger, Texas Read this one. It is doubtful anything will happen.)
  2. Cathedral of Faith, Houston, Texas. (The pastor is a registered sex offender.)
  3. Sovereign Grace Church, Louisville, Kentucky  (I assure you, friends, this one is here because of Papa Bear Mohler’s apology and the committee knows a blog storm would occur. This is a *throw CJ under the bus* for the moment. The question remains if other Sovereign Grace Churches churches are members of the SBC. I think there are some but I don’t have time to go through the list right now. Maybe readers can help me out here?)

Previous letters were sent from SBC central?

OK-all you SBC gurus, help me out here. Through the years I’ve been assured that the SBC central doesn’t kick out churches? That glorious task was left to regional SBC groups. So what previous letters were sent from central SBC? Are these churches truly autonomous?

Is pressure being brought to bear on the Houston Chronicle/Robert Downen?

Keep an eye on this situation. 2nd Baptist is in Houston, along with 2 other *executive committee* exonerated churches.

Let me remind you of these statements I made in my last two posts.

  1. “I’ve been suspicious about this process since Greear first announced the ten churches they were considering being given the title “not in friendly cooperation* with the SBC. In my previous post, I expressed concerns that Ed Young at 2nd Baptist and CJ Mahaney at SGC Louisville know where the bodies are buried. I believe this could possibly lead to a path in which they would be reinstated.
  2. Prediction: Given that the SBC is going after Mahaney and Ed Young of 2nd Baptist Houston, fireworks are sure to be on the horizon. Prepare for mudslinging. Some of these folks know where the bodies are buried…

New prediction:

The two churches on the *further inquiry* list will fall on their swords, do *something* and be exonerated. The wild card is SGC Louisville. Will they throw them under the bus to appease the lookers on?  I give it 3:1 odds of getting the boot. However, before that happens, CJ Mahaney may quietly remove their churches from the SBC. Keep an eye in the SBC directory of churches. As of today, they are on the list.

I’m sure SBC phones were ringing off the hooks. I wonder how many lawyers were involved? The new and improved SBC is still the same old SBC. They’ll just get some SBC sanctioned child protection rules in place. And then they will figure out how to exonerate any church which screws up.

via Breaking: I Told You So. The SBC Executive Committee Slips Out a Saturday Night Special and Takes Greear to SBC School —

SCHIFF: “Absolutely” Prepared to Subpoena Mueller’s Final Report, Call Mueller to Testify if Report Not Made Public (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

House Intel Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos on Sunday that his Committee is “absolutely” prepared to sue the Trump administration if Mueller’s final report is not made public.

Schiff also said he will use subpoena power to obtain Mueller’s final report if Attorney General Bill Barr were to keep the report under wraps.

“We will obviously subpoena the report. We will bring Bob Mueller in to testify before Congress. We will take it to court if necessary,” Schiff said.

“In the end I think the [Justice] Department understands they’re going to have to make this public. I think Barr will ultimately understand that as well.”

Stephanopoulos then asked Schiff, “Are you prepared to take the administration to court?”

“Absolutely. We are going to get to the bottom of this. We are going to share this information with the public,” Schiff said. “And if the president is serious about all his claims of exoneration, then he should welcome the publication of this report,” Schiff responded.


According to the special counsel rules, Robert Mueller has to submit a “confidential” report to the attorney general. The rules do not require the attorney general to share the report with Congress or even make it public which is why the Democrats are prepared to fight like hell to get their hands on the report — even if it means using subpoena power.

Not only is House Intel Chairman Adam Schiff gunning for Mueller’s final report, House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler and chairs of four other House Committees said in a letter to AG Bill Barr on Friday that they expect “in the strongest possible terms” that Mueller’s report be made public.

Bill Barr said during his confirmation hearings that he wants to be as transparent as possible “consistent with the rules and the law.”

Democrats also fear that Mueller’s report will be anticlimactic so they are ramping up additional ‘Trump-Russia’ investigations to harass President Trump.

House Intel Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) just announced a massive investigation into Trump’s personal life and finances.

via SCHIFF: “Absolutely” Prepared to Subpoena Mueller’s Final Report, Call Mueller to Testify if Report Not Made Public (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

‘This is America, 2019’ Where Justice for Unproven Allegations is Determined by a Violent Mobocracy

The newscasters were glum and their tone was dark. “This is America, 2019.” An America where a gay black man could be beaten and almost lynched by Trump-loving, white-supremacist, homophobic thugs. What has become of our country?

Well, their words were quite on point. This is America in 2019.

Except it was the opposite of what they meant.

There was no “modern-day lynching.”

There was no crazed, MAGA attack.

The Vice President was not somehow complicit (as per Ellen Page).

This did not reveal the violent state of our nation.

Instead, the response to the alleged attack on Jussie Smollett revealed another dark side of America.

A dark side just as ugly and potentially even more dangerous.

This is America, 2019.

It is an America in which we rush to judgment before having the facts at hand. And it is an America in which we also function as judge and jury, taking the law into our own hands.

It is an America in which soundbites educate and in which edited video clips inform.

It is an America which could easily lead to a volatile mobocracy.

Do you think I’m exaggerating?

Do you think there would not be a violent attack on the home of an alleged racist homophobe, simply based on an allegation? Do you think there would not be a physical assault on the person himself? Do you think that if Jussie Smollett had identified an alleged attacker by name that his life would not be endangered?

“There he is! Get him!”

And get him they would – without facts, without verification, without justification.

It’s bad enough that menacing protesters showed up at the home of Tucker Carlson.

It’s bad enough that a disruptive little gang could drive Senator Ted Cruz and his family from a restaurant.

It’s bad enough that the Covington Catholic School had to shut down temporarily because of threats. (And may I point out that all these acts of mobocracy have come from the left?)

But it’s even worse when the media are complicit in fanning the flames.

It’s even worse when reporters report irresponsibly, just because the story fits their narrative. (In Joy Behar’s candid admission, it’s “because we’re desperate to get Trump out.”) Have they forgotten the word “alleged”? (In this context, a New York Times op-ed by Noah Rothman is relevant, addressing, “An object lesson in what happens when people in positions of political and cultural authority indulge their biases by suspending disbelief.”)

And what happens when political leaders join in the frenzy, also suspending critical judgment because the report so perfectly supports their biases? What happens when they’re joined by outspoken celebrities?

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Brown

Source: ‘This is America, 2019’ Where Justice for Unproven Allegations is Determined by a Violent Mobocracy