Daily Archives: March 12, 2019

March 12 A Messenger of Victory

Scripture Reading: Acts 18:9–11

Key Verse: Acts 18:9

Now the Lord spoke to Paul in the night by a vision, “Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not keep silent.”

Corinth was a difficult place to live, especially for a believer. It was a port city, one that embraced visitors and businessmen from all over the known world. Along with an atmosphere of open commerce, was a very liberal view of religion. Paganism and cult worship were common practices.

Warren Wiersbe writes, “Corinthians’ reputation for wickedness was known all over the Roman Empire.… Money and vice, along with strange philosophies and new religions, came to Corinth and found a home there.”

God is not afraid to send His messengers to places where evil abounds. These are the very places the gospel message is needed. Therefore, God sent Paul to Corinth, but the ministry was under tremendous attack. The conversion of Crispus, a well-known Jewish leader, was the evidence that Paul needed to continue preaching God’s message of truth. We must never abandon the post God has given us.

In Acts 18, the Lord spoke to Paul through a dream, encouraging him not to let fear hold him back from speaking (verses 9–10). This was just the encouragement that Paul needed, and it is the same encouragement He has for you.

God is aware of your situation. Take courage and be full of hope. His truth will be taught or spoken. You are His messenger to those who need it most, and you will be victorious in your labors.

Lord, let me be a light in darkness, bringing the message of the gospel to those who need it most.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 75). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Jesus was angry?

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

12 After this He went down to Capernaum, He and His mother and His brothers and His disciples; and they stayed there a few days.
13 The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 And He found in the temple those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. 15 And He made a scourge of cords, and drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen; and He poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables; 16 and to those who were selling the doves He said, “Take these things away; stop making My Father’s house a place of business.” John 2:12-16 (NASB) 

Some today have made a caricature of our Lord Jesus Christ. This man-made image is far from the truth we see…

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Forgive — People Do Stupid Stuff

The Outspoken TULIP

FortressA brother offended is more unyielding than a strong city, and quarreling is like the bars of a castle. ~~Proverbs 18:19 (ESV)

We offend each other. Sometimes we even do it in pubic forums, telling ourselves that we merely want to get to the truth. And I’ll admit that some situations actually do  necessitate stepping on toes in order to reprove sin or confront false teaching.Even in those instances, however, we should do our best to be as gentle and winsome as possible.

Regardless of our motives or intentions, the fact remains that we will do stupid stuff to offend our brothers and sisters in Christ. When that happens (as it inevitability will), we shouldn’t be surprised if the person withdraws from us. Haven’t we withdrawn from people who have offended us? Of course we have!

Proverbs 18:19 brilliantly describes the defensive posture of someone who has suffered an offense…

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March 12 The Cycle of Blessing

Scripture Reading: Psalm 145

Key Verse: Proverbs 10:22

The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it.

Nature’s cyclical pattern marks God’s scheme of blessing. All blessings come from above (Gen. 49:25; Eph. 1:3). As Creator of all, the Lord is the Giver of life along with what sustains us (Ps. 145:15–16).

Heat from the sun, moisture from the rains, and oxygen in the atmosphere originated in His mind and exist through His wisdom and power (Gen. 1:1–2:3). He is the Designer of our bodies—organs, bones, tissues, muscles, nerves.

Our Father is also the Originator of our spiritual blessings. We can know God only because He first chose to reveal Himself through His creation; His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ; and the Bible (1 John 4:19).

When we receive the blessings of God through faith, the cycle continues as we share His presence in our conversation and our deeds. God told Abraham: “I will bless you … and so you shall be a blessing” (Gen. 12:2 nasb).

The Lord favors us with His encouragement, hope, and joy. In turn we encourage the fainthearted, revive the sagging soul, and bring cheer to the afflicted.

Are you participating in God’s cycle of blessing? Look to Him as your Resource; then look to help others.

Precious heavenly Father, You are the Originator of all my spiritual blessings. Help me to plug into Your divine cycle of blessing. Let me look to You as my divine Resource in every situation, and then reveal ways I can bless others.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 75). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Trump Derangement Syndrome is now fastest growing disorder in America – are you a sufferer?

If anyone you know is suffering from symptoms below, offer emotional support now. 2020 may be too late. If in the presence of Alyssa Milano or CNN staff, don’t mention the word “collusion,” speak no Russian, don’t carry an orange.

The following scientific taxonomy simply identifies those afflicted with Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS). Congress is currently investing in progressive research into a cure known as impeachment, but no permanent remedies are expected to be available for 18 months, at least.

Also on rt.com ‘I’m trans. I’m an immigrant. I’m gay’: Alyssa Milano identifies as everything at once, gets roasted

Grandiose delusions

TDS sufferers are not Democrat supporters in temporary political opposition, they are the Resistance.

– Build a wall, we’ll tear it down!
– Build a Dictatorship, we’ll tear it apart!
– Build a Lie, we’ll debunk it!
– Build a Cult, we’ll defuse it!
– Build an Environment of Hate, we’ll create an Environment of Love!

We are the Resistance!
We will REBUILD America!
We will RESIST!

— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) March 9, 2019

Some ask me why I wear my white coat during my YouTube videos. First of all, I earned it by graduating at the top of my medical school class with nearly all honors. Nobody can erase that. Secondly, it’s a symbol of protest that we live in a country where speaking out has a cost.

— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) March 1, 2019

Compulsive revenge fantasies

Trump is not going to be beaten in an election. He is going to be impeached. He is going to be spending his last years in a jumpsuit as orange as his face. His heart will explode.

Donald Trump’s day so far:

– His campaign manager Paul Manafort just got sent to prison
– The other judge will tack on an additional ten years
– Trump continues to be dismantled by the day
– We’re closer to ousting him than ever
– Trump is going to prison
– It’s still only 10pm

— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) March 8, 2019

Victim mentality

The sufferer may be a multi-millionaire celebrity with views endorsed by nearly all of the media establishment. But they are in anguish. Do not be afraid to tell a TDS sufferer that they are one – they will readily agree with you, and blame Donald Trump for a wide range of symptoms.

On Presidents Day, I’d like to thank the Trump family for my awakening. It drove me to see a psychiatrist, unwrap my own personal injuries, write a book, and film a documentary on white privilege. I am awake because of this presidency, and I choose to stay that way.

— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) February 18, 2019

If not at a personal disadvantage, the sufferer may appropriate pain of other victim groups.

I’m trans. I’m a person of color. I’m an immigrant. I’m a lesbian. I’m a gay man. I’m the disabled.

I’m everything. And so are you, Kirk.

Don’t be afraid of what you don’t know or understand. No one wants to hurt you. We are all just looking for our happily ever after. https://t.co/znkQizV37k

— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) March 9, 2019

Denial

Trump is #notmypresident and must not be “normalized.” Reality: Donald Trump has been the US president since January 2017, for over two years.

The word ‘president’ followed by the word ‘Trump’ has never left my mouth or been typed by my fingers and never ever fucking will.

— Ally Maynard (@missmayn) March 10, 2019

Black-and-white thinking

There is still good in Darth Vader, but Donald Trump has no redeeming qualities. On the other hand, anyone who has ever opposed him – from Stormy Daniels to John McCain – is a hero.

A FEW BOOKS ABOUT TRUMP

A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER
IT’S EVEN WORSE THAN YOU THINK
THE THREAT
HOUSE OF TRUMP HOUSE OF PUTIN
THE DANGEROUS CASE OF DONALD TRUMP
EVERYTHING TRUMP TOUCHES DIES
TEAM OF VIPERS
UNHINGED
TRUMP MUST GO

SEE WHERE I’M GOING WITH THIS? pic.twitter.com/Hn4mb8VJFW

— Ladyhawker (@ladyhawkerfinds) March 3, 2019

Donald Trump: “America first”
The KKK: “America first”

— Paul Solomon (@FrankTheDoorman) March 6, 2019

Impaired judgement

Is this a routine government policy I disagree with, or IS IT THE WORST THING EVER?

You can’t argue w/ Trump supporters. They’e racists, liars and hypocrites. Treat them as if they’re wearing a swastika or white hood. The way to deal w/ them is to ban them from your home and social life, if possible. Don’t do business with them, normalize or “tolerate” them.

— Cheri Jacobus (@CheriJacobus) March 8, 2019

For many children, school lunch is the only meal they eat all day. Trump’s budget would cut $1.7 billion from child nutrition and eliminate food assistance for millions—literally taking food out of kids’ mouths.

This is not humane. This budget isn’t humane. He is not humane.

— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) March 12, 2019

Lack of emotional control

This.

Bonus fact: Janna DeVylder did not live in the United States at the time of the 2016 election. Expats often suffer the wildest cases of TDS.

Threats

Mostly of leaving the country. Can be safely ignored.

Conspiratorial tendencies

Wikileaks, Internet Research Agency, Cambridge Analytica, tax returns, Michael Flynn, Michael Cohen, Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniels, Nastya Rybka, Oleg Deripaska, Paul Manafort’s ostrich jacket, Ivanka Trump spa in Moscow, the woman who owned the spa that Robert Kraft went to, who sold it six years ago, and was then photographed with Trump in 2019. Don’t you see how the puzzle fits?

Donald Trump’s press conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of “high crimes & misdemeanors.” It was nothing short of treasonous. Not only were Trump’s comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin. Republican Patriots: Where are you???

— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) July 16, 2018

2/ I’m seeing, on TV, a perceptible slide into some sort of resignation about a Paul Manafort pardon—even though it would be criminal Obstruction of Justice and one of the most obscene actions taken by any president in the history of the presidency. We *cannot* lie down on this.

— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) March 11, 2019

Loss of moral compass

Michael Cohen was a no-good liar for Trump, but against Trump he never lies. Insinuation, omission, unproven claims and outright fabrications, are ‘fake news’, unless they are about Trump, in which case they serve a purpose. Uncontrolled immigration is bad, but if Trump wants to stop it, let them all in. Peace talks with nuclear rogue states are good, but if Trump is leading them, they are worse than bomb tests.

Apocalypticism

The patient believes that the economy will collapse, lynchings will return, World War III will start, the Pope’s robes will alight with blinding fire. In fact, all these things might already be happening (see: Impaired judgement).

I was fond of the post World War II order. It was imperfect but it was better than the two world wars that preceded it &the global thermonuclear war it avoided & US leadership had its perks. Trump is aggressively dismantling it, unfortunately. Which is…really fucking dangerous.

— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) February 1, 2019

Igor Ogorodnev

Source: Trump Derangement Syndrome is now fastest growing disorder in America – are you a sufferer?

Right From the Horse’s Mouth: A Muslim Educator Explains Their Plans for America

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

First it was “The Religion of Peace.”  We soon understood that this was not a valid description of Islam.  The horrific terror attacks around the world was a wake up call for many countries.

But ironically, after the terror attack using our own airplanes in NY, which took the lives of over 3000 Americans; and the attack on the Pentagon, and of course the plane which was intentionally crashed by passengers who knew that their plane was being used as a missile – instead of anger at Islam, the Left dug in their heals and consoled the Muslims of America because they felt unfairly targeted.

This began the love affair between the Left and Islam, and it continues to this day.

ISIS

Do I really need to expand on the Islamic State?  These demonic terrorists decimated so many Christian communities in Iraq and Syria; the number of Christians used to…

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Violation of what? Users puzzled by Facebook’s ban on sharing Zero Hedge links

Users complained that Facebook blocked their attempts to share stories published by popular anti-establishment blog Zero Hedge, citing the violation of community standards, ‘abusive’ content, and ‘errors’ among the reasons.

“Over the weekend, we were surprised to learn that some readers were prevented by Facebook when attempting to share Zero Hedge articles,” the publication wrote on Monday, calling the practice an “arbitrary act of censorship.”

According to the blog, “virtually every attempt to share or merely mention an article, including in private messages, would be actively blocked” by Facebook with the explanation that the content breached the social network’s community standards.

Some users on social media reported experiencing problems while trying to share Zero Hedge’s stories on Facebook.

I can confirm. That really sucks.
These guys are really making a case for a decentralized social network nobody and everybody owns. Social network standard protocols are necessary to make this happen. pic.twitter.com/m4fQYmPwg8

— gubatron (@gubatron) 11 марта 2019 г.

“Facebook has outright banned all posting of Zero Hedge links,” right-wing commentator and host Paul Joseph Watson has tweeted.

Facebook has outright banned all posting of Zero Hedge links, one of the biggest non-corporate owned news websites on the Internet (and a frequent critic of Facebook’s power). pic.twitter.com/oMX8duQXnB

— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) 11 марта 2019 г.

Zero Hedge said that it didn’t receive any notice from the tech giant, and its attempts to reach out to Facebook “have so far remained unanswered.” The publication noted that some of its content may have been flagged by “triggered” readers. It also suggested that the Silicon Valley-based company may have decided to pull the plug on Zero Hedge as retribution for publishing stories critical of Facebook.

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‘Unlike CNN, we get to tell the truth!’ Now-unblocked Maffick hosts flip off censors

Bloomberg, which covered the story, said the social network didn’t immediately respond to a comment request.

Mark Zuckerberg’s company has come under fire from right-wing groups and public figures who accuse it of liberal bias and censoring conservatives. Last year, Facebook effectively banned controversial radio host Alex Jones and his show InfoWars, citing “hate speech.”

In a similar fashion, the company suspended several prominent left-leaning anti-establishment pages, including groups tracking police brutality in the US.

Last month, Facebook, without any prior notice, promptly blocked four pages with millions of subscribers, run by Maffick Media, including ‘In the Now’ – for supposedly concealing the fact that they were partially funded by Russia. The pages have since been unblocked.

Launched in 2009, Zero Hedge is an anonymous anti-establishment blog. Its authors publish articles under the pen name Tyler Durden – a reference to the character from the novel ‘Fight Club’ by Chuck Palahniuk. The image of Durden, portrayed by Brad Pitt in the 1999 Hollywood adaptation, serves as the blog’s logo on social media.

Source: Violation of what? Users puzzled by Facebook’s ban on sharing Zero Hedge links

March 12 Seeking God

Scripture reading: 1 Peter 1:13–19

Key verse: Matthew 6:33

Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Do you long to have a close relationship with God, but getting there seems a distant dream? In her book His Imprint, My Expression, Kay Arthur helps you over some common hurdles to intimacy with the Lord:

Seeking God—intimacy with God—must be your priority.

Maybe knowing God intimately has not been a priority … or maybe you’re so overwhelmed by simply trying to meet the demands of daily living that you don’t see how knowing God intimately at this stage in life could be a priority. That may be why you feel like you’re treading water. You’re not alone!…

Seeking God doesn’t mean that you are to stop earning your living, but it does mean that you may have to be satisfied with less, rather than working harder and longer hours in order to have more!

Seeking God may mean you will have to lay aside some of your time-consuming activities. Television, sports, hobbies … may have to go and maybe some of your ambitions. But not your work. God says that if you don’t work, you shouldn’t eat. Besides, He promises that if you seek His Kingdom and His righteousness, the basics of life will be provided (Matthew 6:33).

Of course you’ll never see the fulfillment of this promise until you do what God says. But when you begin seeking Him, God in His grace will move on your behalf … God keeps His promises!

Father, sometimes I’m overwhelmed by the daily demands of life, but I really do want to make seeking You in prayer a priority.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 75). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Why Socialism Fails Every Time | ZeroHedge News

Authored by Virginia Fidler via GoldTelegraph.com,

During the last 100 years, approximately 110 million people have died under the forces of socialist regimes. Today, in Venezuela, citizens who haven’t died of starvation or fled the socialist paradise are rising up en masse against President Maduro’s brutal dictatorship. Incidentally, Maduro himself most definitely is not starving.

Despite these numbers, it is considered chic and intellectually-forward these days in the U.S. to proclaim oneself a socialist. What is it about socialism that makes people hail it at the same time knowing that it eventually will do its best to destroy them?

First, every socialist country has risen on false promises. These promises include untold prosperity, equality for all, and security for its citizens – said security, of course, is provided by gun-toting soldiers of the regime. The promises sound good. Still, every country that has fallen for socialism’s rosy picture has been driven into abject poverty, starvation, despair, and a two-caste social system with a few masters on top and everyone down at heel at the bottom.

Like any Ponzi scheme, socialism must collapse under its own weight. Any initial signs of success under socialism seduce and enthrall, like an enchanting mistress. These successes, however, are quickly eradicated by economic and philosophic reality. Mistresses rarely live up to their initial allure. The record of socialist’s failure is 100 percent and remains unbroken. The result is 100 predictable – poverty, hunger, and a tyrannical government that rules by force instead of rule of law.

Despite the current love affair U.S. millennials have with Venezuela, the country is following in the wake of all other failed socialist dictatorships. At one time, Venezuela was an oil-rich, prosperous and thriving country. Former President Hugo Chavez nationalized many industries, including the oil industry. There were small, initials sign of success when Chavez distributed some of the nationalized – or stolen – property among the happy citizenry. But stolen property can support a nation for only so long. Venezuela’s oil industry collapsed and is currently drawing its last breath. As is Venezuela itself.

Inefficiency and fraud are only part of the reasons no socialist country can survive. The principles of socialism themselves work toward its destruction. There are no incentives under socialism. Under capitalism, incentives are the driving force. Offer a service or product at the best price, and you will prosper. Market forces rule. Under socialism, government imperative rules, so profit and loss and pricing take a back seat. In Venezuela, two week’s wages may buy you a bit of bread, if you are fortunate enough to find any.

Other countries that are still attempting to “perfect” socialism include Cuba, Cambodia, China, and North Korea. Only China’s current efforts at some free enterprise is allowing it to grow economically. Cuba, Cambodia, and North Korea are struggling to survive, with its citizens living under the complete control of its masters.

In the U.S., Bernie Sanders and his somewhat more attractive, newly-elected partisans are preaching a “perfect” version of socialism while living in luxurious homes and enjoying all of the offerings of capitalism. They are calling for 70 percent taxation on the evil rich.

U.S. socialism advocates point a finger of praise at countries such as Sweden and Denmark as “real socialism” while ignoring the misery in Venezuela, Cuba, North Korea, and others. They also ignore the fact Sweden and Denmark are very business and entrepreneur-friendly. They merely have a huge social safety net. Marx would not approve of them.

The problem is, money, consumer products, and services are finite. As former Prime Minister Thatcher famously stated, “Sooner or later, you run out of other people’s money.” That sums up the inherent flaw with the socialist theory. What happens when you run out of stolen goods? That is a question Sanders and his acolytes have yet to answer.

We live in an imperfect world. Capitalism does not guarantee riches. It only promises the opportunity to pursue a better life. Wealth is created through hard work and incentives. By its nature, some people will pursue success more ardently than others, thus creating income inequality. But individuals still have a choice. Under socialism, any pretense of choice is removed. Misery and poverty will be distributed equally. Wealth is destroyed instead of created.

Imperfect though it may be, capitalism is the only economic system to offer the incentives to pursue success through market forces. By contrast, socialism everywhere has destroyed its wealth and financial markets.

Source: Why Socialism Fails Every Time

James White and ‘Farewell Francis’ — Pulpit & Pen

Years ahead of our time (again) polemics ministries warned you about Francis Chan many Blood Moons ago. Now, after everybody and their uncle knew that Francis Chan has been off in a different pasture for nearly a decade, Cripplegate has finally ‘farewelled’ him (by the way, Cripplegate is a fine blog). To ‘farewell’ someone is a term taken from John Piper’s famous ‘Farewell, Rob Bell’ tweet, which signified a twitter-version of anathematization (Bell had published Love Wins, which teaches Universalism, a doctrine rightfully considered heretical). Piper’s twitter anathema was a good decade late to the party, but caused still caused no shortage of publicity.

This time the ‘Farewells’ are coming for Francis Chan, a Masters Seminary graduate who seemed to have started on sure footing but who has been repeatedly dragged along to the charismatic fringe. While Francis’ audience is growing wildly among his huge charismatic circles, the relatively small number of orthodox evangelicals who propelled his career are glaring, with arms folded, at what he has become. Jordan Standridge expressed this sentiment in his post at Cripplegate, Farewell Francis.

He went off on a journey searching for the best way to do church that took him to the other side of the world. The journey culminated, for now, with him moving back to America to start a house church movement he learned overseas. His dissatisfaction with two thousand years of church history has led him on a path of searching that sadly has caused him to partner with increasingly questionable folks. Now, in March 2019, he is sharing the stage with false teachers who will spend eternity in Hell. And, while part of me is thankful that the thousands who attended this evil event got to hear Francis preach, it wasn’t his preaching that was of greatest concern…My greatest concern was the fact that Francis not only joined these men on stage, but he openly embraced them as brothers in Christ and commended them on their godliness (2 Cor. 6:14-17

And, while part of me is thankful that the thousands who attended this evil event got to hear Francis preach, it wasn’t his preaching that was of greatest concern. Some may argue that in the same vein of 13 years ago (when he came to the conference I attended and stood out like a sore thumb) he heroically brought the Gospel to a dark place. And while that may be true, there was a big difference between these two conferences. There were no false teachers at the other conference, there were only false teachers at this one. But that isn’t even my greatest concern. My greatest concern was the fact that Francis not only joined these men on stage, but he openly embraced them as brothers in Christ and commended them on their godliness (2 Cor. 6:14-17

Truncated…read the original post, linked above, for the full context and wording

Standridge’s “Farewell” sentiment has been echoed and repeated frequently since his appearance with a few of the more notorious charismatic charlatans. Of course, Francis has been doing this type of thing for a very, very long time. What has perhaps got the attention of so many are recent photos like the ones below.

Francis with Benny Hinn.
Francis with Todd White.

Watching the ‘Farewell Francis’ sentiment grow exponentially in recent days, I had to wonder (genuinely) where Dr. James White would stand on the issue and more importantly, why?

And so, I ask these questions respectfully of James White, obviously in regard to his good friend, Michael Brown (a charismatic prophet who in the minds of most discerning people is every bit as radical as Benny Hinn or Todd White theologically, although certainly more respectable morally).

First, I cede the point (mentioned above) that Michael Brown is not morally reprehensible as is Benny Hinn and Todd White (although White has not had public affairs revealed, as Hinn did with Paula White, I think it’s safe to say the obvious parlor trickery of his ‘miracles’ squarely put him in the immoral category). Brown also seems more intellectually astute than Hinn or White, but I’m pretty sure that damns him more than redeems him in this case.

That said, the following questions are for James White. They are asked with no contentiousness or malice. I would genuinely like his honest opinions (which are the only kind I’ve known Dr. White to give).

First, what does Dr. White think about the ‘Farewell Francis’ mentality of so many likeminded brethren? Simply put, is it wrong or unreasonable to farewell (I’m using that as a verb) Francis Chan over his ministry partnership with Benny Hinn and Todd White? Does Dr. White feel that the farewell is valid, over-due, or overdone? Or is it unnecessary?

Secondly, if Francis Chan should not be farewelled for his associations with Todd White and Benny Hinn, why not? Why are so many – like Standridge in his Cripplegate post – wrong? Is it because his preaching is still good? Is it because Chan’s attempt to reach the charismatic crowd? What would be the reason he should not be farewelled?

Third, if Francis Chan should be farewelled for his associations with Todd White and Benny Hinn, why should Michael Brown not be farewelled? Surely we should all be in agreement that Chan’s theology, even now and as messed up as it may be, is not as bad as Michael Browns…right? I don’t think it’s really a contest as to who has better theology between Brown and Chan, although to be honest, it’s like picking the better kinds of cancer to have. So if Chan receives a farewell rightly, why would Brown not rightly receive a farewell? Is it because he’s been ‘farewelled’ from the get-go and his departure from orthodoxy isn’t new?

Standridge writes…

I think it is time to say that Francis has shifted so far that he has embraced false teachers and has disqualified himself from the benefit of the doubt. That does not mean that he is a false teacher, nor that he is beyond repentance. But it does mean that, as for me and my house, we will not only not recommend Francis Chan as a trusted resource, but I also encourage you to stay away from him. I have never written a post like this (unless you count my posts against the pope), but I felt it necessary since Francis holds a lot of sway among young people in the church.

I feel great sadness writing a post like this; I may never write one like this again, but feel like it had to be said. Benny Hinn and Todd White are some of the most despicable people on earth (2 Peter 2:1-3) as they prey upon the poor, hate upon the sick, and take your eyes off of the Creator and tell you to place it upon the creation, fully embracing the pagan mentality Paul damns in Romans 1. They hate the true Gospel and we must not only never embrace them, but fight against their lies with all our might (Jude 3-4).

I’m not baiting Dr. White in any way. I’m legitimately curious as to how he can agree with the ‘Farewell Francis’ sentiment sweeping our Reformed evangelical circles but defend Michael Brown. Or perhaps, he doesn’t agree with Farwell Francisisms out there, which I think Reformed evangelicalism should know.

My hunch is that Dr. White could provide a lot of distinctions between the two situations, but very little meaningful differences. It would be wonderful if White would discuss the topic, state his position on ‘farewelling’ people for Chan-level and Brown-level theological error, and then defend his position with gentleness and respect.

via James White and ‘Farewell Francis’ — Pulpit & Pen