23 November 2012

This 'n' That

Photo: The Blaze
Well, it's Black Friday, the high holy day of the religion of materialism. The day when otherwise (mostly) civilized people see fit to scream, scratch, claw and injure others all in an attempt to purchase a poorly manufactured item that likely will find a place in the next garage sale. What is so appalling to me is how many Christians fail to recognize the problems with this day. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for a good deal, but if you're that desperate for stuff, then you may need to reevaluate your priorities. Keep in mind that I say this as someone who likes nice things and who likes new things, but who nevertheless fails to see how the materialistic idolatry displayed on Black Friday and throughout the commercialized Christmas season can ever coexist with the Christian's command to not befriend the world.

Then again, who am I? After all, us professional bloggers really only need a cushy beanbag chair, a bag of Cheetos and a case of Mountain Dew to keep us happy. So carry on. And before you bundle up to venture out for Round 2 of your Black Friday shopping (because you know Round 1 began at 4 am), please pause for a moment to enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • Oh dear. Is Joel Osteen hearing voices? Because that would explain a lot.
  • Unborn babies yawn in the womb. Think of this next time you want to shout about a "woman's right to choose." She's choosing alright—she's choosing to murder her child.
  • CNN points out (with its own liberal bias of course) the significance of Israel's 'Operation Pillar of Cloud.' Elizabeth Prata chimes in with a Christian perspective on the Israel-Hamas conflict.
  • In honor of Black Friday, here are some toy commercials from years gone by. I'm hoping to find the Swing Wing under my Christmas tree, but the Belly Bongo sure does look like it provides a great workout.
  • I've heard a lot of good things about the new book, A Puritan Theology. For a short time, it's available for only $9.99 on Kindle. Hey, like I said, I do love a good deal. 
  • Face it, the world views Christianity as a cranky sect. Now keep calm and carry on.
  • Speaking of limited atonement, Spurgeon sums it up succinctly.
  • Sharia law is on the rise in the UK. How much longer till it hits America?
  • Convicted of manslaughter, and this teen is sentenced to ten years of church attendance. Is this a wise or effective punishment?
  • Good grief. Would somebody please tell the atheists that they aren't allowed to celebrate Christmas? And that they need to just leave Charlie Brown alone?
  • Phil Johnson reminds us that we are in a spiritual battle.

16 comments:

  1. Hey Erin,loved this post! I especially loved "To Him be the Glory". I will visit that many times. Also, oh my gosh! Phil Johnson crammed into 9 minutes what we all need to know!
    Thanks!

    pam

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  2. Excellent post Elizabeth Prata put up. All Christians should read it.

    The sad part is, if you talk about some of these prophecies that are beginning to come to pass right before our very eyes such as Isaiah 19 where Morsi is beginning to look like he's the cruel master spoken of in-vs 4, or that God is turning "Egyptian against Egyptian" or the fact that the river Nile is drying up over there NOW verse 5, many Christians have no clue what you're talking about.

    "Do not treat prophecies with contempt"-1 Thessalonians 5:20

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    1. That is so true, Linda. Most Reformed churches today are covenantalists and don't know what to do with prophecy. They don't even know that they are Replacement Theologians. I don't know how they make any sense out of the Scriptures. That is why they spiritualize or allegorize it. They are correct in matters concerning the sovreignty of God in salvation but as far as end time theology, they really miss it.

      Pam

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    2. Exactly Pam. I was brought up in a Presbyterian Church. My mom always believed in the catching away of the saints in 2 Thessalonians before the Trib begins. She always loved listening to Zola Levitt and would tell me over and over even before I was saved about how the Jewish Wedding parallels with the Church in heaven. She would always say the verse in John 14:1-3. In fact they cited those verses at her funeral and that just tore me up.

      Many Christians including one of my brothers is a replacement pastor. Thing is, he was not like this until he went off to seminary school and came back home changed. He and my mother would debate sometimes about it respectfully.

      My mother's side of the family were Jews (not by religion) and fled from Bavaria to the USA. So, I'm not fully Jewish but I love them as if they were my physical brothers and sisters. And whatever GOD loves -I love. I love them dearly and know that God has plans that are yet to be fulfilled for them according to His word.

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    3. Hey Linda, I was a Catholic for many years, from childhood, until I was born from above. When I was, I was extremely interested in Bible Prophecy and had a love for Israel that was unexplainable. And 25 years later, after a lot of studying, I know why. God put it there!
      I don't see how anyone can understand the Bible without understanding prophecy. One of my most favorite commentators is Charles Lee Feinberg. When he was alive, he was a Jewish Christian and the head of Talbot Seminary. His books are really great! David Baron is another one. He wrote "Israel in the Plan Of God". You can get them online.
      My aunt did some geneology search about 10 years ago and told us that we were Jewish on my mother's side. Maybe that is part of our love for them. Their future is everywhere in the Old Testament and they receive all the promises of God in the Mill.God is always faithful to His promises even when we are not.
      Covenentalists miss the blessing of looking for the return of the Lord Jesus Christ, our blessed Hope, in the Rapture. I don't know how they miss seeing it when they study Scripture in context, which I think is the only way to study.
      If you want some excellent study, go to salvationbygrace.org. Pastor Jim McClarty is great. Just go to listen and pick the Book of the Bible you want and grab a pen and your Bible. His Book of John study is awesome!
      By the way, Zola Levitt was one of the first that I listened to.
      Maranatha!

      Pam

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    4. Thank you Linda, and Pam.

      Romans 11:1 I say then, God has not rejected His people, has He? May it never be! For I too am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. 2 God has not rejected His people whom He foreknew... 11 I say then, they did not stumble so as to fall, did they? May it never be! But by their transgression salvation has come to the Gentiles, to make them jealous. 12 Now if their transgression is riches for the world and their failure is riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their fulfillment be! ... 15 For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?

      Then comes the warning that Gentile believers should not boast against the Jewish branches... because:

      25 For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery -so that you will not be wise in your own estimation -that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in; 26 and so all Israel will be saved; just as it is written, "THE DELIVERER WILL COME FROM ZION, HE WILL REMOVE UNGODLINESS FROM JACOB."

      AMEN!

      Speaking of seminary training - I read an interesting article on Worldview Weekend about ministry in a closed nation, by Jesse Johnson. In it, he says,

      "Nevertheless, this nation's believers have been protected from much of what has damaged evangelicalism in the West. There are no Catholics in the country (that we know of), and the charismatic movement is only beginning to creep in. All of the believers are baptistic, premillenial, and evangelical-and they arrived at those positions without any real influence other than the Scriptures."

      http://www.worldviewweekend.com/worldview-times/article.php?articleid=9084

      Notice how the believers were all premillennial based on reading the Scriptures. Earlier he says that the church in that nation has some challenges, one being "zero seminary trained pastors". I'd have to gently disagree with him - I don't see a lack of seminary trained pastors as a challenge. With rare exception, I fear it's the seminary training which causes more problems in the church by introducing errant theology (ie: Linda's brother, very sad for me to hear that a half-Jewish believer is a replacement pastor???!!!).

      Praying for the peace of Jerusalem,
      carolyn

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    5. Hey Carolyn, where is that nation? I am going to be sure and read that article.
      I live in the middle of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary territory and I can tell you that a lot of the pastors that are coming out of there are amill. I like the Reformed churches for their position on the sovreignty of God but their eschatology is sorely lacking.Needless to say, I am so unhappy with the church I attend. I would best describe it the way John MacArthur does, Young, Restless and Reformed.
      But we can rest assured that the True Body of Christ, the Born from Above Believer's are going to be just fine! The Lord perseveres those that are His in the midst of it all!
      I'm praying for the peace of Jerusalem as well,one, because the Bible says too, and two, because it will experience true peace only when Jesus Christ is ruling and reigning there and we know what that means for us!
      Keep looking up!
      Pam

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    6. I found the article over at Cripplegate.com. that Carolyn mentioned if anyone is intersted.

      Pam

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    7. Pam, thanks for finding the original source. I went to Cripplegate and they said in another article (Mission Accomplished = title) that they were in the Himalayas.

      Regarding SBTS, that's my exact fear. It seems that many seminaries are churning out pastors who believe, teach and then propagate much error, including wrong eschatology (and wrong teaching on creation, too, but that's another issue for another day). Anyhow, my husband and I don't go to a reformed church due to those and some other issues, though we do love our truly born again reformed brothers and sisters in Christ. We go to a baptist church, different heartaches and problems there of equally distressing sorts. But like you, I rejoice, the true church who is born from above will persevere despite all the foolishness around us and even in the 4-walls of our brick and mortar buildings in which we gather. Of which there is unfortunately much (foolishness, that is).

      And when you see these things come to pass... :)
      -carolyn

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  3. EBenz, Thank you so much for the mention and the link. I really appreciate it. And thank you as well Linda!

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  4. "This might be the unforgivable sin."

    this hooey -strange fire is called "excited ignorance". He has a zeal for God but it's not a zeal based on knowledge

    At first before the guy turned around I actually thought it was Ed Young Jr..

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  5. There are two false doctrines that float to the surface all too often and are maintained by those who are ignorant of the Person of our Savior and the Scriptures He has given us. One is the idea that man has an indispensible role in his own salvation (Erin treated us to two sermons by Bro. Don Green a few weeks ago that totally destroyed such a notion) and the other is the A-mill position taken up by those who claim some sort of "Reformation" in their "theology". It has become fashionable for many of those of the current "reformation" crowd to demand that one also hold to a no-rapture/a-mill belief despite the fact that no proof of such things is to be found in Scripture without maximum effort to twist, remove from context and destroy sound interpretation of the Bible. Their mantra dictates that all of the prophecies concerning the blessing of God on Israel during the millennium have already been fulfilled (thank you Mr. Riddleberg---sp?). What an insult to our glorious Lord!!!

    If I may add one more book to the reading list on this matter it would be "The Footsteps of the Messiah" by Dr. A G Fruchtenbaum-a Messianic Jew. He goes to great lengths to examine each of the prophesies concerning the mill and other topics. I'm a little over half way through (800+ pages) and can come to only one conclusion concerning those who hold to the a-mill theory and that is that they must, of necessity, call God a liar in order to make their beliefs tenable.

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  6. Darrel,

    Yay on Fruchtenbaum, his work Messianic Christology is excellent. Haven't read Footsteps myself, but heard good reports. Yes covenantialist/a-mill is insulting to God, first by ascribing to Him covenants He didn't make, and second by denying ones He did make.

    -carolyn

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  7. This has been a great conversation!! Thanks to Erin for posting! One more suggestion, Dr.Cone's website. He is the president of Tyndale Seminary. Let's hope their enrollment is full. Pre-mill, pre-trib!

    Pam

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  8. Erin, Pam, Linda, Elizabeth, Darrel - you've all encouraged me tremendously, with this post and your comments! I thank God for that!

    -carolyn

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  9. Well, praise the Lord from whom all blessings flow! Thank you just the same for blessing me! I've had such peace with all of you.

    6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: 7"May those who love you be secure. May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels." -Psalm 122:6-7

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