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Godly Discernment vs Hypocritical Judging

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

11 “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5:11-12 (NASB) 

Christian apologetics and discernment are very serious things. It is very easy to incorporate the ways of the world into method and focus in this. When this happens then attacks on professing Christians come from an impure motive. This then causes the ones making the accusations to use slander, speaking evil against their target falsely. They revile the Christian, persecuting him and his ministry using innuendo. They have no real evidence that their accusations are true. Guilt by association is their bludgeon and their usage is meant to deceive many into believing their false report. How are…

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The wonderful gift from God

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. Ephesians 2:8-10 (NASB) 

It wasn’t that long ago that I received a warning email from a friend that a firestorm had been started within the internet discernment blogs about what some were calling the “damnable heresy of Lordship Salvation.” I and many of my good friends responded with sound Biblical doctrine to the assault and I don’t think the enemy’s attack accomplished much of anything other than getting some of us to dig deeper into God’s Word then prayerfully respond in the power of the Holy Spirit. God’s people were…

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NAR Leader Uses the Term NAR: Says NAR Will Converge with Evangelical Churches (i.e. NAR Isn’t a Conspiracy Theory)

Chris Rice, author of ‘Is Not Satire’ blog, alerts us to this gentleman, Joseph Mattera, ‘an internationally known author, futurist, interpreter of culture and activist/theologian whose mission is to influence leaders who influence nations’ – and leader of US Coalition of Apostolic Leaders. In this article Mattera confirms the existence of the ‘so-called NAR’.

Chris writes:


Apostle Joseph Mattera leader of US Coalition of Apostolic Leaders just used the term NAR in an article he wrote. Not only did he use the term, he also said NAR is going to converge with evangelical bible confessing denominations, and apostles will replace pastors as leaders.

I believe that the present embrace of the five-fold ministry of the evangelical pastors in the USA is going to bring a convergence between the charismatic, independent apostolic networks, evangelical networks, and ultimately even evangelical bible confessing denominations.

Why is this important? First, because many people (Me…

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All Glory to the Groom

Unfathomable Grace

Exactly who are we seeking to glorify? How good are we at serving friends without needing them or others to know that which we have done? Are we OK with anonymity or with people not noticing our love for God, our labors for man, and our contributions for God’s kingdom? Are we happy to take the second chair? Do we need the focus, limelight, or praise of people? Are we concerned about someone plagiarizing our material, using it for God’s glory, and then getting some credit for our work? Would we still do our ministry deeds if no one noticed? Do we ever love being incognito? Will we give money when no one knows what our right hand is doing? And when all our ministry works are said and done, do we find people making a big deal about us, or do we find them forgetting us out of fascination for…

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Podcast Interview with Robert Bowman Jr. “The Word-Faith Controversy: A Fair Critique”.

Steve Kozar from the ‘Messed Up Church’ blog over at Pirate Christian Media, does an excellent interview with  Christian author & apologist, Robert M. Bowman Jr. about his book “The Word-Faith Controversy.”


In this podcast Steve talks to Christian author & apologist, Robert M. Bowman Jr. about his book “The Word-Faith Controversy.” Does the Word of Faith movement really have its origins in the New Thought movement, or is there a more accurate way to understand this gigantic movement?

Bowman clears up some misunderstandings and over-simplifications that other Christian discernment ministries have perpetuated, based on incomplete research. If you are trying to understand the New Apostolic Reformation, you need to hear this podcast.

Listen to the podcast here:

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Redemption and depravity

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

15 For this reason He is the mediator of a new covenant, so that, since a death has taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were committed under the first covenant, those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. Hebrews 9:15 (NASB) 

The Gospel is explained very well in the New Testament. The role of the Church in the World from the time of Christ’s Ascension until His return is very well defined for us there as well (to go and make disciples from all the earth, teaching them to observe all that He taught…) This Great Commission is not to ‘be the Gospel’ nor is it to ‘redeem the earth’ nor is it to ‘make the world a better place.’ No, it is to go and tell the Good News that we have a mediator of a new covenant and…

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A Few Observations on the #Exvangelical Movement — Zwinglius Redivivus

Having had fairly extensive discussions with members of this movement over a period of months, both on twitter, facebook, and privately via email I have observed the following: The movement is right to distrust ‘Evangelicalism’. Evangelicalism, as a term, has been emptied of all meaning and by rights everyone who adheres to an understanding of […]

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Needed Words that are needed Hard to Hear

Unfathomable Grace

The most urgent need of the Christian is to experience unceasing communion with God. His or her most urgent need is to learn to pray and to do so without ceasing.

That being said, the most urgent need of the Christian community — the local church — is to glorify and enjoy God by becoming a “House of Prayer.”

Therefore it follows that the most urgent need of ministers, elders, shepherds, and leaders is to practice, teach, and encourage God’s children to pray.

Sure, biblical education, systematic theology, church history, personal purity, leadership development, spiritual gift discernment, stewardship, personal evangelism, corporate fellowship, mercy ministry, global missions and many other practices are vital, but all of these activities are to be practiced by worshipers engaged in prayerful communion with God.

Preaching without prayer is just the giving of a good speech.

Theological study without prayer becomes the mere puffing up of…

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Brethren: Guard Yourselves From Deception – It is Everywhere!

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

As believers in Christ, having the Holy Spirit indwelling us; we should be able to discern spiritual matters.  Why is it then that so many of the church are easily deceived?  Later on in this piece, I will speak of the need for brothers and sisters in Christ to learn to discern the News presented to us as truth, but is not.

Spiritual Discernment

A case in point:  I met a woman who is a friend of my sister’s and the woman is a believer.  She talks about the Lord a lot, and about His Word. She attends a Baptist church near her home, and my sister has even gone to church with her.

One day she texted me that she was so excited because the women from church were beginning a study from a book written by Beth Moore.  I stared at the text for a minute and thought…

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These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

1 Πᾶς ὁ πιστεύων ὅτι Ἰησοῦς ἐστιν ὁ Χριστὸς, ἐκ τοῦ θεοῦ γεγέννηται, καὶ πᾶς ὁ ἀγαπῶν τὸν γεννήσαντα ἀγαπᾷ [καὶ] τὸν γεγεννημένον ἐξ αὐτοῦ. 2 ἐν τούτῳ γινώσκομεν ὅτι ἀγαπῶμεν τὰ τέκνα τοῦ θεοῦ, ὅταν τὸν θεὸν ἀγαπῶμεν καὶ τὰς ἐντολὰς αὐτοῦ ποιῶμεν. 3 αὕτη γάρ ἐστιν ἡ ἀγάπη τοῦ θεοῦ, ἵνα τὰς ἐντολὰς αὐτοῦ τηρῶμεν, καὶ αἱ ἐντολαὶ αὐτοῦ βαρεῖαι οὐκ εἰσίν. 4 ὅτι πᾶν τὸ γεγεννημένον ἐκ τοῦ θεοῦ νικᾷ τὸν κόσμον· καὶ αὕτη ἐστὶν ἡ νίκη ἡ νικήσασα τὸν κόσμον, ἡ πίστις ἡμῶν. 1 John 5:1-4 (NA28)

1 All who believe that Jesus is the Christ, born of God, and all who love the Father loves the one born of him. 2 In this we know that we love the children of God when we love God and we obey his commandments. 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his…

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