22 November 2013

This 'n' That

photo credit: tlindenbaum via photopin cc
As I wander through day-to-day life, I'm always on the lookout for blog fodder. This week was no exception, though I gleaned my material early, on Sunday in fact. Here in the Midwest, some brutal storms swept through on Sunday afternoon and evening. Like many others, I found myself sitting in the basement, waiting for the tornado warning to expire as I prayed for God's protection. Several things crossed my mind in the time that I waited in the underground.

First, it occurred to me anew just how good and right and just it would be if God, in His perfect providence, decided not to spare my family and I or our possessions. I found that the thought, and the real possibility that such a thing could happen, tested my trust in Him. It thus urged me to alter my prayers, not just that evening, but from that point forward, to reflect a desire for Him to strengthen my confidence in His provision even more than He already has in recent months. For all of this, and for His ultimate protection through the literal storm, I am profoundly thankful.

My second thought was this: what is Gloria Copeland doing right now? I had this thought because in the past, Copeland has taught that it is man who controls the weather. Yes, that's right. Ken and Gloria Copeland rebuke tornadoes.

So where were the Copelands when at least six people were killed by multiple tornadoes this past Sunday? Where were the Copelands when Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the Philippines, killing what now is being reported as nearly 5,000 people? And where are the 'open-but-cautious' charismatics in rebuking and condemning this kind of nonsense in their own movement? Such a teaching reflects the idea of positive confession, that man's words have power to create, destroy and control. This doctrine is not only absurd, it is utterly dangerous.

God controls the weather. He controls the storms, the typhoons, the hurricanes, the droughts. He controls the climate and ultimately, He is in control of the final fate of this earth. That is why we place our faith and trust in Him. That is why we do not rely on ourselves or on our fleeting circumstances, but only God. How gracious He is and how blessed we are to have such a powerful and personal God.

Now, if you'll excuse me, there's some cold weather headed my way this weekend, and I'm going to go see if I can find a chill-rebuking spell to scare it away. If that doesn't work, maybe I'll just make a pot of chili instead. While I'm busy doing that, I hope you take some time to enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • Carl Trueman doesn't have people.
  • The pope does have people, though.
  • Speaking of the pope, he says he's a sinner, too. There is so much horrendous theology in this article that it actually makes me want to cry thinking about the millions of people who are deceived by Roman Catholicism.
  • Grace to You has run a series of articles about the New Apostolic Reformation's 'apostles who don't do anything.' Written by Jeremiah Johnson and my friend Cameron Buettel, these posts expose some of the atrocities being perpetuated by the modern charismatic movement. Start with that first link, then go here and here.
  • This holiday season, why not "talk to your loved ones about health insurance"? Oh, brother.
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Mark Dever shares five things often mistaken for evangelism.
  • I like this picture. Too bad Lake Shore Drive no longer looks anything like this.
  • Stop asking Jesus into your heart.
  • Lots of folks got pretty twitchy this week when a pastor tweeted out a picture of a Bible in Costco labeled as fiction. Personally, I was wondering what was worse: the label on the Bible, or the fact that the pastor was at Costco to buy a present for his wife. But I digress. Costco apologized and explained.
  • 'Selfie' is the Oxford Dictionary Word of the Year for 2013. Is anyone else really, really ashamed to have English as their first language? (By the way, other than this instance, I don't think I've ever used the word 'selfie.' By God's grace I'll be able to maintain that record until He calls me home.)
  • Here's the audio from the Q&A between Phil Johnson and John MacArthur regarding the Strange Fire conference.
  • Do you agree with MacArthur on this point? (I do.)
  • Five signs you need to stop blogging.
  • Good thoughts from the housewife theologian.
  • I'd like these for breakfast tomorrow. So if someone wants to go ahead and make them, just let me know what time I should be there.
  • Providence is remarkable:


  1. I'm glad that Mefferd took Driscoll to task yesterday. Driscoll submits himself to no one which is evident in this exchange. Notice how Driscoll's basic argument is that he is a "lover of Jesus" and preaching the gospel therefore she should back off. He painted himself as holy, humble and only good while painting Mefferd as divisive, nit-picky, and focused more on "tribal infighting" rather than "spreading the gospel". I find it very hypocritical that Driscoll takes this line when someone critiques him, but turns around and critiques others (think Strange Fire conference). The fact that he hung up on her, really drives the point home that Mark Driscoll doesn't submit himself to anyone. Don't be fooled by his quasi-humbleness about maybe overlooking it, because he was viewing it as "legal advice" from someone who is unqualified. Further he was going to ask Jones if it was ok? How is that intellectual honesty? Citing other's isn't about getting their permission, it's about letting the reader know that it isn't your original ideas.

  2. Hi Erin,

    Glad to hear you are ok after those awful midwest storms. I'm totally with you on the assessment of the Copelands. You'd think with all their "powers", they'd do more to spare humanity these horrific storms. Happily, I do know pentecostals who repudiate the wof (word of faith) movement, and also the NAR, and call them what they are: charlatans and wolves. I thank God for those discerning pentecostal brothers and sisters.

    Did Jesus become a sinner at Calvary? No. (Not shocked at the lineup of names who teach that false doctrine.) Christ also didn't get "born again" in hell as those same people in the wof movement also teach.

    Hm, I just noticed there's only 1 letter "l" difference between wof and wolf.

    Re: "selfie" - yes I am as ashamed as you of the degradation of our language.

    Thanks for linking to the gluten free gingerbread pancake recipe - which came with some humorous providential timing. Just this morning, I said to my husband that I'd like to have pancakes for breakfast on Saturday. :) The recipe sounds delicious! It will also be a huge blessing to my cousin (also saved), who must eat GF. So thank you so very much for posting it!


  3. As far as popery fraud and fabrication. Let us rebuke it with the sure source of God's Word and with the testimony of the alleged first pope who surely knew his true role and position in the true church of Christ:

    "So as your fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings and as one who shares in the glory that will be revealed, I urge the elders among you"
    ~ 1 Peter 5:1 NET

    This is why we can and should say with John Calvin:

    "To some we seem slanderous and petulant, when we call the Roman Pontiff Antichrist. But those who think so perceive not that they are bringing a charge of intemperance against Paul, after whom we speak, nay, in whose very words we speak. But lest any one object that Paul’s words have a different meaning, and are wrested by us against the Roman Pontiff, I will briefly show that they can only be understood of the Papacy. Paul says that Antichrist would sit in the temple of God (2 Thess. 2:4). In another passage, the Spirit, portraying him in the person of Antiochus, says that his reign would be with great swelling words of vanity (Dan. 7:25). Hence we infer that his tyranny is more over souls than bodies, a tyranny set up in opposition to the spiritual kingdom of Christ. Then his nature is such, that he abolishes not the name either of Christ or the Church, but rather uses the name of Christ as a pretext, and lurks under the name of Church as under a mask."

    ~ John Calvin. Institutes of Christian Religion, Book IV, Chapter VII, paragraph XXV


  4. A agree 100% with John MacArthur in that example.

    Driscoll just proved what a complete jerk he is. He suddenly pulled out the victim card. And, having seen the video of what took place at the Strange Fire conference, I'd say he again is not being truthful about what happened.

  5. EB, So glad you're okay. Usually your Friday posts bring a chuckle, but this Friday, a tear.

    love from a sister in Christ Jesus,
    Cherie c.

  6. Hi Erin, I wanted to let you know my husband and I made the gingerbread pancakes this morning - not the recipe as written, as we didn't have all those specific ingredients on hand. But we took our usual pancake recipe and modified it - used molasses and maple syrup instead of sugar, and added the cinnamon, ginger and cloves. We were light handed on the molasses (we have blackstrap, which is strong) and cloves. The recipe turned out delicious! It's definitely worth making. Thanks again for posting it - and I hope you give it a try!

    Regarding Driscoll and Janet Mefferd - sad to hear Roy's report of how the interview went. I didn't listen myself, because hearing Driscoll makes me uneasy. Sad to hear how utterly inappropriate his behavior continues to be. He definitely is not qualified to be a pastor.


  7. I agree with John MacArthur about the music. I've often thought it would be interesting to see a large/high profile church (it doesn't matter what denomination, conservative or charismatic) eliminate all music in their services for a month and just focus on Bible preaching, and see who sticks around. I don't believe that it's just the charismatics that attract people to their services because of the music, and I'd love John MacArthur to be the first to try this!

    1. Hi Jessica! You had an interesting idea. If more churched preached expoitorily and stuck to music that was worshipful and biblical, I wonder how many would stick around, as you asked.

      Here is a link to John MacArthur's stance on music. Not contemporary vs traditional, because as he said, every generation has had music that's consistent with their generation, including ours. LOL, he said we're not singing chants now, are we? Music is important and appropriate. He redefined the music war in another way: content as the dominating issue. And second, will people properly worship thru music, even if it has wonderful content, if they can't disconnect it from the style of sex and drugs? Here it is, a Q&A with Phil Johnson. He also has spoken about his stance on music several other times as well. The Grace To You church uses organ and hymns from many generations that exalt Christ.


  8. Here's hoping that the "music pendulum" will not swing too far away from center by the discarding of all music. Most modern "Christian music" is not based in Scripture, relies on repetition, and a strong "beat" to convey whatever the "message" may be. A good 90% of today's music is junk and should find it's way to the shredder before it goes to public performance (that includes 100% of everything from Hillsong and Vinyard). It would be a shock to many to know the percentage of "gay Christian" artists that plague the church today, but no one wants to talk about that.

    Nevertheless, music of the God honoring kind will play an indispensable role in the Church and in eternity. It is one of His chosen methods by which we offer praise to our Lord and King. Stopping all music in the church is no answer to the problem that has received little or no attention up till now. If praising the Lord is top priority then earnest prayer should be offered up and the wisdom of the Lord sought concerning music and whatever other form of worship is practiced---James 1:5. Today's "pep-rally" style does more to defame our Lord than to praise Him. Some of it is a mockery of the Lord Jesus.

  9. The Copelands must have overlooked Job38-39. Geez........



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