14 November 2014

This 'n' That

Well, it’s that time of year again. Time to start shopping for Christmas presents. Nothing extravagant, of course, but who doesn’t like to give and receive a token of affection this time of year? I like to ensure that all of the presents I give have a Christian theme. But you can’t just give everyone a Bible every year, can you? So what do you do? Where do you shop? Well, duh. Just find a store or catalog with the word ‘Christian’ in its name!

I was in the Family ‘Christian’ Store (FCS) for quite awhile last week. Actually, it’s kind of amazing that I wasn’t kicked out. Usually employees of FCS don’t appreciate the comments I make about their heretical and just-plain-dumb merchandise. I don’t know, maybe my sarcasm is still being sanctified, but what else am I supposed to do when I see this display?

It's difficult to read in this picture, but the display says: "Beth Moore she just gets it, doesn't she?"Really? Beth Moore 'gets it'? Gets what? Unbiblical, extrabiblical dreams, visions, and voices? Lots of money for the sale of her Scripture-twisting books and ‘Bible studies’? What exactly is she getting?

Or how about this?

Yeah…the Kirk Cameron shrine is almost as bad as the Duck Dynasty shrine.

Then there’s the Roman Catholic section of FCS, which, as far as I’m concerned, should be the #1 reason why this merchant should remove the word ‘Christian’ from its name. How about some Holy Water for that someone special in your life?

Or a Pope Francis Pill Box?

And for the kiddies:

Then there’s the inevitable sales pitch for FCS’s ‘iDisciple.’ No comment.

So yes, every trip to the Family ‘Christian’ Store is an adventure…an adventure in biting my tongue.
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. (2 Tim 4:3–4)
And that is why visits to such stores may exasperate me, but they do not surprise me. In fact, they only serve as confirmation that the perfect Word of our Lord is true.

You know what they should be selling? (Yes, I already have my copy.) Have you ordered yours yet? What are you waiting for? This would be a really great gift for someone who loves the Word and wants to study Romans:

So, are you going shopping this weekend? If so, I will pray that you receive the favor so that you are the recipient of an excellent parking space. But before you go, take some time to first enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • How can you tell?
  • I like that The Cripplegate has been sharing each contributor's personal testimony of how the Lord saved him.
  • Well that didn't take long. Some sources say Driscoll is considering a return to ministry…with the aid of false teacher Robert Morris. And yet I remain utterly unsurprised.
  • Word Faith teacher Myles Munroe, who once taught that "People don't wanna hear about no blood on no cross" because they "wanna hear how to make it through the day," has now met the Lamb of God who was slain, and who is also the Judge of all men, as he, his wife, and his daughter reportedly were killed in a plane crash earlier this week. This man who preached such damning lies now knows the truth.
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Roma Downey and Mark Burnett's latest inevitably-heretical Bible television series had to use a different actor to portray Jesus than was used in The Bible miniseries and in Son of God. Looks to me like this guy needs to take a trip to Vidal Sassoon to truly live up to the legacy.
  • Wish I could be in California next week for this conference.
  • Wait—Joseph Smith had more than one wife?! I'm shocked! Shocked, I tell you!
  • Well, okay, yeah, the world needs this.
  • John Piper has "no regrets" about befriending Mark Driscoll. If they are really friends, I hope Piper is warning Driscoll away from Robert Morris.
  • A Q&A with Justin Peters and Phil Johnson? Yes, please!


  1. You give the perfect example of why I rarely step foot in Family "Christian" store. At least at Barnes & Noble I know they don't pretend at Christianity so I'd rather spend my money there. FCS is a huge minefield of aberrations, apostasy, and heresy. But every "Christian" book store has become the same - as if they are trying to see which one can be worse.

  2. FCS...Xmass...I have the same reaction to both, and Kirk Cameron LOVES both. I know...Kirk has already called myself and others...wet blankets.

  3. For many years we had a local bookstore called Christian Publications; in fact, you may have some books that were published by them. It was a wonderful bookstore where one could find books, study guides, commentaries, solid curriculum for all ages. Books by A. W. Tozer and Spurgeon were displayed prominently. They went out of business several years ago and the people who took over the store transformed it into a "Jesus junk" marketplace. The curriculum selection dwindled to nothing, and the Tozer and Spurgeon displays were replaced by Beth Moore, Joyce Meyer, Joel Osteen, and other trendy authors. The book section of the store decreased to make room for overpriced "Christian" décor--candles, mugs, figurines, wallpaper borders, framed artwork, etc. What used to be an adventure to see what gems I could find turned into exactly what you described--an exercise in biting my tongue. This store has recently gone out of business, but I don't think it's because discerning Christians stayed away in droves. I think it's because their merchandise was overpriced and people can buy it cheaper online.

  4. I agree the stores are not Christian, but they do carry a few products that are I.e. Bibles, Concordances, etc. Though most of the Bibles are watered down, twisted versions of God's Word.

    What is of concern with Kirk Cameron, not the display, but the person and any products he is part of?



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