CHRIST OUR LIFE—SOON TO APPEAR

Before we get to the below sermon excerpt from Charles Spurgeon here at Apprising Ministries we wish to extend our gratitude for you keeping us in your prayers. I did see the neurologist yesterday. The tests are definitely not pleasant ones to go through.

Long story short, the doctor found that I don’t have MS. As far as ALS, it is a disease that mimics many of the symptoms of CMT.1 It’s now quite clear that I do have CMT, which I pretty much knew. However, it was good that he taught me more about it.

I actually learned that CMT can even affect more than lower legs. Leaving this aside, the doctor then told me that he could not see any real reason to believe that I have developed ALS; but because of my CMT, he really cannot be more definite than that.

So, that’s a bit of good news; as is the fact that, at this time, CMT doesn’t seem to be affecting more than my lower legs. I also want you to know that the desire to do this vital work at AM during this growing apostasy in Christendom  is still there.

As always, we covet your prayers; for the prayer of faithful saints is a most powerful weapon that God has given His Church, and we’ve little doubt that enemy forces would love to blow up Apprising Ministries. May we fight on together and not let that happen:

You must not expect, because you are a Christian, that unbelievers will begin to admire you and say, “What a mystery! This man has a new life in him! What an admirable thing, what a desirable possession! We wish we partook of the same.” Nothing of the kind. They do not know that you have such a life at all. They can see your outward actions, but your inward life is quite out of reach of their observation.

Christ is in Heaven today. He is full of joy. But the world does not know His joy. No worldly heart is boasting and rejoicing because Christ is glad in Heaven. Christ today is pleading before the Father’s Throne, but the world does not see Christ’s engagements. Christ’s occupations are all hidden from carnal eyes. Christ at this present moment reigns and has power in Heaven and earth and Hell—but what does the worldly man see of it? Jesus has fellowship with all His saints everywhere—but what does the ungodly discern? I might stand and preach until midnight concerning my Lord, but all that men who are unconverted would gain would be to hear what I have to tell and then to say, “Perhaps it is true.” But they could not possibly discern it—the thing is beyond the cognizance of sense.

So is our spiritual life. Beloved, you may reign over sin, but the sinner does not comprehend your being a king. You may officiate as a priest before God, but the ungodly man does not perceive your priesthood and your worship. Do not expect him to do so! Your labor is lost if you try by any way to introduce him to these mysteries except by the same door through which you came yourself. I never try to teach a horse astronomy—and to teach an unconverted man spiritual experience would be a folly of the same sort. The man who knows nothing of our inner life takes up “Pilgrim’s Progress,” and he says, “Yes, it is a very wonderful allegory.”

It is, Sir, but unrenewed minds know nothing about it. When we have sometimes read explanations of the Pilgrim’s Progress, we could not but detect that the writer of the explanation had need to have had it explained to himself. He could describe the shell, but the kernel of the nut was far beyond his reach! He had not learned to crack the shell and to feed upon the meat. Now it must be so, it must be so, if Christ is our life. Christ has gone away and cannot be seen. It must be so that the greater proportion of the spiritual life must be forever a secret to all but spiritual men.

But there is a part which men do see and that I may liken to Christ when He was on earth—Christ seen of men and angels. What did the world do with Christ as soon as they saw Him? Set Him in the chair of State and fall down and worship His absolute perfection? No, not they— “He was despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.”2 Outside of the camp was His place! Cross-bearing was for Him His occupation, not of one day, but of every day. Did the world yield Him solace and rest?

Foxes, you have your holes! Birds of the air, you have your nests! But the Son of Man had no where to lay His head!3 Earth could afford Him no bed, no house, no shelter! At last it cast Him out for death and crucified Him and then would have denied Him a tomb if one of His disciples had not begged His body! Such you must expect to be the lot of the part of your spiritual life which men can see. As soon as they see it to be spiritual life, they will treat it as they treated the Savior.

They will despise it. “Sure!” they say, “pretty fancies, fine airs, nice ideas.” You expect them to give you comfort, do you? Worldlings to give you comfort? Do you think that Christ will have anywhere to lay His head in this world today any more than He had 1800 years ago? You go about to find what God gives the foxes and the birds—but what He never meant to give to you in this world—a place to lay your head. Your place to lay your head is up yonder on your Savior’s bosom, but not here. You dream that men will admire you, that the more holy you are and the more Christ-like you are, the more peaceable people will be towards you. My dear Friends, you do not know what you are thinking!

“It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house, Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of His household?”4 I believe if we were more like Christ we should be much more loved by His friends and much more hated by His enemies. I do not believe the world would be half so lenient to the Church, today, if it were not that the Church has grown complacent to the world.

When any of us speak up boldly, mercenary motives are imputed to us! Our language is turned upside down and we are abhorred of men. We get smooth things, Brethren, because I am afraid we are too much like the false prophets who prophesied peace, peace, where there was no peace.5 Let us be true to our Master! Stand out and come out and be like He, and we must expect the same treatment which He had. And if we receive it we can only say, “This is what I expected.”—

” ‘ Tis, no surprising thing
That we should be unknown.
The Jewish world knew not their king,
God’s everlasting Son.” (source)

Charles Spurgeon

Further reading

Endnotes

  1. The interested reader can learn more about the disease known as Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) here: http://www.cmtausa.org, accessed 8/16/14.
  2. Isaiah 53:3
  3. Matthew 8:20
  4. Matthew 10:25
  5. Jeremiah 8:11

WHY DOES GOD ALLOW FALSE TEACHERS?

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I’m afraid the news concerning my ongoing health issues is still not good. As you might imagine, it’s taking a toll on us. Please know that, as always, we are very grateful for the continued prayer of faithful saints. This is a most powerful weapon God’s given us against enemy attacks.

We remain thankful for those who’ve been sending financial support. However, at the same time, because of the length of this trial we have lost more than a few supporters. As much as I dislike discussing finances, we need the Lord to raise up more people to help us with our funding.

For those who are praying, I do have an appointment Friday at Noon EST with a specialist in neurology. Unfortunately, these kinds of  tests are very expensive; but we really think that I now need to be tested for neuropathies in addition to Charcot-Marie-Tooth, as well as for things like ALS, MS, etc.

I continue to lose strength in my lower legs and ankles on a daily basis. It almost seems like the muscles in my calves are disappearing. That’s rather frightening because it would appear to be more than merely CMT degeneration. I saw a different doctor about this last Friday and he immediately referred me to the neurologist.

This is very discouraging for us because since I got out out of the hospital just over a year ago I’d been recovering well from the spinal osteomyelitis that had me bedridden for months. In fact, just a month ago I was almost walking without the aid of a cane at times.

At that time, I could walk quite a distance each day; but now, even taking just a few steps severely fatigues my ankles and calves to the point where they become very wobbly and then sore later. Right now that soreness is still in more of a “discomfort” stage.

Thus far, this doesn’t require any extra pain relieving medicine beyond the current dosage of ibuprofen I’m already taking. I also still plan to post here as I feel able. So, I’ll close this with a few thoughts that come to mind as I think about the state of Christendom.

Critics of online apologetics and discernment works such as Apprising Ministries are under the mistaken impression that someone like myself would go “looking for” these issues I’ve covered these past 10 years as Jesus has built this ministry of His Gospel.

They couldn’t be more wrong. What usually happened is I’d just be lead across these things that are being perpetrated. Jesus knows I tell the truth when I say that I don’t take pleasure in documenting this falling away of the mainstream evangelical community.

Yet I have warned you that there is a tsunami of apostasy—pushed along by 1 Peter 4:17 judgments—spreading throughout the church visible. Not a few of these judgments have come through evanjellyfish’s foolish embrace of the sinfully ecumenical Emerging Church,

This has served to metastasize their spiritual cancer throughout the younger sectors of the evangelical community. With this in mind, I want to point you to the following from my late friend Jim Bublitz. It comes from his article Why Does God Allow False Teachers?

Jim based his short message on A. W. Pink’s book The Sermon on the Mount, Writing more than half a decade ago Bublitz insightfully brings out:

Like many of you, I come from a church that is accustomed to “binding and loosening” the devil and evil spirits of various kinds. The first few chapters of Job however, give us a different depiction of who exactly is in charge.  We know it’s God, and the power of the devil does not even come close; in fact in Job we see the devil asking God’s permission to carry out his schemes.

So the question arises, if God is in charge – why does He allow so many false teachers today that are deceiving people by the bus load.  A quick glance at the Top 50 churches in America leaves one wondering how we’ve gotten to this point where so many suspect teachers have accumulated giant crowds and such positive critic acclaim.

A while ago however, I found this helpful excerpt from AW Pink that seemed to make some sense of the matter [of God allowing false teachers]:

This is a very solemn question, and we must restrict ourselves to what the Scriptures say by way of reply.

You shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams. For the Lord your God is testing you, to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul“. (Deuteronomy 13:3).

From those words it is clear that God allows teachers of error for the same reason as He does persecutors of His people: to test their love, to try their fidelity, to show that their loyalty to him is such that they will not give ear unto His enemies.

Error has always been more popular than the Truth, for it lets down the bars and fosters fleshly indulgence, but for that very reason it is obnoxious to the godly.

The one who by grace can say “I have chosen the way of Truth” will be able to add “I have stuck unto Thy testimonies” (Psalm 119:30, 31), none being able to move him therefrom.

For there must be factions among you in order that those who are genuine among you may be recognized.” (1 Corinthians 11:19).

Error serves as a flail, separating the chaff from the wheat. Let some plausible and popular preacher come forward with an old error decked out in new clothes and empty professors will at once flock to his standard; but not so with those who are established in the Faith. Thus, by means of the false prophets,

God makes it appear who are the ones who hold the Truth in sincerity: they are faithful to Him despite all temptations to turn away unto a “broader-minded” way. The genuine gold endures every test to which it is subjected. Thus too are the unregenerate “converts” revealed: the counterfeit gold will not withstand the fire.

Those who are attracted by a novelty do not endure but are soon carried away by some newer innovation.1

If you would like to help us out in this time of need, your prayer and financial support would be deeply appreciated. If you feel so led, you may donate via PayPal by clicking here.

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P.O. Box 340
Claremont, NH 03743

Further reading

Endnotes

  1. You will find Pink’s entire work The Sermon on the Mount online here: http://pbministries.org/books/pink/Sermon/index.ht, accessed 8/11/14.

*UPDATED* LATEST CONCERNING APPRISING MINISTRIES

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Let me first say that we really appreciate your faithful prayer for us during this very trying time. We also greatly appreciate those who are continuing to help financially support this online apologetics and discernment work in the Lord. We believe that you should know what’s going on with me. As before, I’m going to try and put posts on Apprising Ministries as I feel up to it. are

Unfortunately, right now I’m undergoing yet another trial as the Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease I inherited is currently getting worse. My ankles are growing weaker; and outside our house, I can only walk a very short distanceeven with lace up ankle supportsas I have to get off my feet after not too many steps. Almost immediately my calf muscles and ankles grow fatigued; and it’s even getting difficult to walk around our home itself.

The other day I did go to see a doctor who specializes in foot and ankle issues. I’ve gone to him before and he knows CMT pretty well, though I’m one of the few he’s seen who have it. He told me what is likely to happen as the various muscles in my ankles and feet deteriorate. There is no cure, only the faint hope that this deterioration will once again level off as it did at other times in my life.

However, if it doesn’t, I may end up losing the ability to walk. He described an operation that can be done, which would reconstruct my ankles enough that I would be able to use ankle braces to walk. The way it’s done is the doctor would fix one leg at a time. Then after the 10 weeks or so when that leg had recovered he would operate on the other. But we don’t have the funds to even think about having this surgery; however, we also know that with God all things are possible.

We’ve now been dealing with nearly two years of health problems, which is leaving me rather warn down and discouraged. There’s the back issues from the osteomyelitis of the spine that hospitalized me for months, and now an inguinal hernia is beginning to cause me problems as well. You may also remember that I’ve suffered a posterior vitreous detachment in both of my eyes as well.

So, this combined stress is causing my eyes to be even harder to focus, and these issues together makes it very difficult to research and write. As you might imagine, I’m currently having a hard time battling through all of this discouragement. I sincerely wish that I had better news for you concerning my health; but as of this writing anyway, we don’t. Perhaps the Lord in His mercy will answer prayer and intervene.

If you would like to help us out in this time of need, your prayer and financial support would be deeply appreciated. If you feel so led, you may donate via PayPal by clicking here.

Or, you can make your checks/money orders payable to Connecticut River Baptist Church with Apprising Ministries in the memo and send them to:

Connecticut River Baptist Church
P.O. Box 340
Claremont, NH 03743

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GOD’S LAW AND THE GRACE OF CHRIST

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Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you, (2 Corinthians 6:7)

The Law And The Cross Reveal Sin And Lead To God’s Grace

I begin by reminding you that one of the blessings of having to go through such a time of testing as God’s seen fit to be putting me through is that you get to spend a lot of time with the Lord. Undoubtedly, this is eventually going to have the effect of seeing some things a little clearer. Sadly, most professing evangelical Christians are under the impression that the church visible, which they often do not distinguish correctly, is in a time of refreshing just prior to some coming awakening. For example, the Future Outpouring “Prophecy” of SBC elder Beth Moore.

That’s the foolish belief that supplies the root to the charismaniac compromise of TV Preachers Glowingly Describe Meeting with Pope to Tear Down ‘Walls of Division’, which featured Moore’s mentor James Robison. You need to understand that nothing good will come from it. However, this reversal of the Reformation is going to continue in spite of the tragic death of Robison’s friend Tony Palmer.1 The reason being, mainstream evangelicalism is now full of corrupt Contemplative Spirituality/Mysticism and charismaniacs lusting for peace with the world.

And you have the evil influence of the neoliberal cult openly operating within the Emerging Church aka the Emergent Church to thank for that. For years now young evangelicals have been bombarded by EC propaganda telling them they need to be more like the world to reach people. The tragic fact is, nothing could be further from the truth. All this false teaching has now spread throughout the Seeker Driven camp of evangelical megachurches leading to scores of false converts; many who have now grown up and are unconverted men and women standing behind pulpits.

It has been well-stated elsewhere that the visible Christian church has its mightiest influence to the direct degree that it stays separate from the given culture, i.e. the world, around it. God will always provide power when the church follows His directive in our opening Scripture. Frankly, church history—and most importantly the Bible—prove this and teaches us not to rely on our own ingenuity. Unfortunately, we live in the middle of a time where church leaders have turned their back on this. Instead, we’re told just the opposite; that we must be like the world.

What we need to see right now is a wholesale turning away from evangelical mythology and a return to Scripture. Just think of the devastating consequences of listening to people-pleasing preachers like Joel Osteen and Word Faith king Kenneth Copeland with their compromises. Osteen avoids the Cross while Copeland embraces sinful ecumenicism. I shudder to think of how many people following those fools will die dropping into hell. How sad when all their lives they would have been deluded into thinking they are Christians, but were never regenerated.

Never forget that the Cross of Christianity never compromises; in fact, it stands for separation. And remember, in Jesus’ time, a cross killed everyone who was ever placed upon it. It separated all from life and those who were condemned to be crucified knew they had a death sentence. You say, “This message is extreme.” I say, you’re right; it is. You need to realize that Jesus knew this when He said, “whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me” (Matthew 10:38). All those who heard Him say this knew exactly what our Lord meant.

They understood that the cross was extreme and it was final. No one who carried a cross was spared. As one minister put it, “The genuine message of Christ is a call across a gulf from death to life, from sin to righteousness and from Satan to God.” This is counter to today’s non-gospel. Without preaching the Law and the Cross the unbeliever never gets to see why they’re in such spiritual peril. Being like the world so as to comfort them in their sin keeps them from ever seeing just how amazing the grace of God really is. At best, today’s Christian message cheapens it.

I discussed this previously e.g. in Jay Bakker, Homosexuality, and Gospel Reductionism. You really need to come to grips with all of this before you read what is to follow from Martin Luther below There was an old Nazarene preacher who gave some advice to a young minister who was just starting out. Sound wisdom, which the young man never forgot. “Son,” he said, “I sure like the way you preach the Gospel, and I’d like to give you a little bit of advice.” The young minister eagerly told him that he would love to hear anything the more experienced man of God might wish to share.

And the old preacher really appreciated the attitude of that young man. So, he looked him in the eye and said, “When you go out, always preach the love of God, and the grace of God, in Jesus Christ. But, if they don’t want Jesus—then leave ’em with the Law according to Moses.” For you see, that is the other side of the Good News:

For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (John 1:17)

We need to learn how to clearly distinguish the law given through Moses from the grace that came through Christ. We must always keep the role of Christ separate from the role of Moses and make a clear distinction between the two.

We need to know precisely what purpose each one fulfills so that we don’t become confused. I was confused about this distinction myself for over thirty years. I just couldn’t believe that Christ wanted to show His kindness to me.

The first commandment teaches us that God wants us to sincerely trust him. Yet we also must fear him above everything else. In other words, Christians are like children who have been punished but who still love their father.

And they remain confident that their father still loves them. The good works required by the first commandment are far better than wearing special clothes, fasting, praying, and all other the other god works religious people have invented.

So the good works required by the first commandment are holy and must be obeyed. But who can live up to them? Certainly no one can completely obey the first commandment. Everyone is a sinner except Christ.

Christ, however, comes to us and says, “I have shed my blood for you. My blood cries out on your behalf.” Out of his grace and kindness, he brings us the forgiveness of our sins at no cost to us whatsoever.2

Further reading

Endnotes

  1. Palmer was killed the other day in a motorcycle accident: http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/blog/?p=23566, accessed 7/23/14.
  2. Martin Luther, Faith Alone [Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2005], July 23.

JESUS, THE GOD OF HOLY SCRIPTURE

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For who in the skies can be compared to the Lord? Who among the heavenly beings is like the Lord, a God greatly to be feared in the council of the holy ones, and awesome above all who are around him? (Psalm 8:”6-7)

As I begin this piece I remind you that the one true and living God has given us a most powerful weapon in this life, the fervent prayer of faithful saints. While there’s no power in the act of prayer itself, there most assuredly is power in the One Who answers our prayer in Christ.

With this in mind then, we wish to thank you for your continued prayer. Please know it is appreciated and I’ve no doubt that the Lord is using it for His glory. I’m still battling what seems like a flood of physical issues, which is what has been slowing me down right now.

Even so, we do feel glimmers here and there that this time of testing is going to come to an end one day “soon.” For now, I turn to a major reason why we are currently witnessing an accelerated apostasy within the mainstream of the professing Christian community.

It really began within more conservative evangelicalism when it made the fateful decision to embrace the enemy’s Church Growth Movement, which slithered out of Fuller Theological Seminary (FTS) in the mid-60′s. And it’s quite easy to see where FTS would derail.

They lost faith in the perspicuity (clarity) of Holy Scripturethe inerrant and infallible Word of Godas I outlined some time back here at Apprising Ministries, e.g in Teachings of Demons on Church Growth. FTS turned it’s back on how God revealed we should grow churches.

And in rushed men like Rick Warren who would teach scores of evangelical pastors to compromise Biblical doctrine in order to gain converts to what became a quasi-Christian Purpose Drive/Seeker Driven religion. Tragically, this ushered in many false concepts about God.

Here I offer that it should be obvious that the Christian faith is only as strong as it’s view concerning Who God really is. Sadly, what is passing for the Christian faith before the majority of the world right now is portraying things about God that simply aren’t true.

Add to this the satanic syncretism that has also snaked its way into the very heart of Christendom, through its bowing before the altar of Contemplative Spirituality/Mysticismalong with its twin pillar of charismaniaand you have the recipe for spiritual disaster.

However, the Lord had already warned us in Scripture long ago — Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons (1 Timothy 4:1). Well, they’re now here.

Instead of preaching the God of the Bible, these Warrenites and their fellow postmodern liberals have settled for a mystic mush god who wouldn’t hurt a fly; essentially, he/she/it is simply just a bigger version of themselves. Yet God has also revealed that:

I am the LORD, and there is no other. I form light and create darkness, I make well-being and create calamity, I am the LORD, who does all these things. (Isaiah 45:6-7)

I’m afraid that the following words from Charles Spurgeon are as true now as when he spoke them concerning those who succumbed to the mythology of the original liberals:

At the present day, I am afraid that nine people out of ten do not believe in the God who is revealed to us in the Bible. “What?” you say. It is so, I grieve to say. I can point you to newspapers, to magazines, to periodicals, and also to pulpits by the score, in which there is a new god set up to be worshiped; not the God of the Old Testament, he is said to be too strict, too severe, too stern for our modern teachers.

They do not believe in him. The God of Abraham is dethroned by many nowadays; and in his place they have a molluscous god, like those of whom Moses spoke, “new gods that come newly up, whom your fathers feared not.” They shudder at the very mention of the God of the Puritans. If Jonathan Edwards were to rise from the dead, they would not listen to him for a minute, they would say that they had quite a new god since his day.

But brethren, I believe in the God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob; this God is my God—ay, the God that drowned Pharaoh and his host at the Red Sea, and moved his people to sing “Hallelujah” as he did it; the God that caused the earth to open, and swallow up Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, and all their company—a terrible God is the God whom I adore—he is the God and Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, full of mercy, compassion, and grace, tender and gentle, yet just and dreadful in his holiness, and terrible out of his holy places.

This is the God whom we worship, and he who come to him in Christ, and trusts in him, will take him to be his Instructor, and so shall he learn aright all that he needs to know. But woe unto the men of this day, we have made unto themselves a calf of their own devising, which has no power to bless or to save them! (source)

Tragically along this same line, as a consequence of the gospel of humanism perpetrated by these purveyors of the postmodern liberalism of CSM and their charismaniac compadres, the Lord of Glory has been reduced to A “Jesus Who’s Gandhi with a Beard. In closing this, for now, here’s something to contemplate.

While commenting on John 14:13, Martin Luther now explains to you just Who Christ Jesus of Nazareth truly is. The fact is, He’s the exact imprint (Hebrews 1:3) of the one true and living God in human flesh. In other words, Jesus is the very God just described by Spurgeon above.

Or, do you not remember that Jesus says — Whoever has seen me has seen the Father (John 14:9). So yes, you will often hear evangelical leaders affirm Jesus as the God of Holy Scripture, but too often today exactly what that means is largely lost upon the visible church:

What does Christ mean when He says, “I will do whatever you ask in my name”? I would think He should say, “What you ask the Father in my name, he will do.” But Christ is pointing to Himself in this passage.

These are peculiar words coming from a human being. How can a mere man make such lofty claims? With these simple words, Christ clearly states that He is the true and almighty God, equal with the Father.

For whoever says, “Whatever you ask, I will do,” is saying, “I am God, Who can and will give you everything.” Why else should Christians pray in Jesus’ Name? Who do people call on saints as helpers in times of need?

Some call for Saint George for protection in War, Saint Sebastian for protection from pestilence, and others for other circumstances; obviously, they believe that these saints will somehow answer their prayers.

But Christ claims this role for Himself. In other words, He is saying, “I won’t command others to do whatever you ask for, I will do it Myself.” So He is the One Who can help in every situation with what we need.

He is mightier than the devil, sin, death, the world, and all creation. No being—whether human or angelic—has ever had, or ever will have, such power. Christ possesses all of God’s power and strength.

Here Christ sums up what we can ask Him for in prayer, He doesn’t limit His promise by adding, “That is, only if you ask for gold and silver or for something that other people can give you.”

Rather, He says that He will do “whatever you ask.”

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A GOD OF FLESH

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His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor his pleasure in the legs of a man, but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love. 
(Psalm 147:10-11)

It is a good thing to be learned and wise, and the more you can cultivate your minds, the better, but remember the words of the Apostle—”Not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble are called.” And, oftentimes, the wisdom which is merely that of the mind may even prove like scales upon the spiritual eyes, hiding from the soul the blessed sight which alone can save it! It is true mentally as well as physically, that the Lord takes no pleasure in any of the faculties which a man possesses if he is destitute of Grace.

Another thing in which the Lord takes no pleasure is that self-reliance which is much cried up nowadays. This is only another form of “the strength of the horse” and “the legs of a man.” Some persons proudly say that they are self-made men—and I generally find that they worship their makers. Having made themselves, they are peculiarly devoted to themselves. But a man who is self-made is badly made! If God does not make him anew, it would have been better for him never to have been made!

That which comes of man is but a polluted stream from an impure source—out of evil comes evil, and from a depraved nature comes depravity. It is only when God makes us new creatures in Christ Jesus that it is any joy for us to be creatures at all! And all the praise must be given to Him. “It is He that has made us, and not we ourselves,” if this day, “we are His people and the sheep of His pasture.” Therefore, although you should exercise every faculty that you possess and push with might and main in the battle of life, do not rely on yourself.

It is foolish to worship a god of wood, or of stone. It is equally foolish to worship a god of flesh. And it is mostfool-ish when that god of flesh is yourself! Worship the Lord, trust in God—”Trust in Him at all times; you people, pour out your heart before Him.” “Cursed is the man that trusts in man, and makes flesh his arm, and whose heart departs from the Lord. For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good comes; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.

Blessed is the man that trusts in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreads out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat comes, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.” The Lord takes not pleasure in the boastful self-dependence wherein some glory. Nor, dear Friends, do I think that God takes pleasure in any mere capacity for service which exists in any of us, whoever we may be.

“The strength of the horse” and, “the legs of a man” do but set forth what I now intend to speak of. Suppose a man is a child of God and a preacher of the Word—and that he possesses peculiar gifts to set forth the Truth of God—let him not, therefore, exalt himself, for in mere capacity, even though it is the capacity to preach the Gospel, God takes no pleasure! A preacher has a talent which brings with it great responsibility—it will not be a blessing bringing a reward unless Grace is given to him to use it to his Lord’s Glory! (source)

KAY ARTHUR WITH ERRONEOUS CONTEMPLATIVE INTERPRETATION OF PSALM 46:10

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As I begin this piece, let me first touch upon what I brought up in Latest Concerning Apprising Ministries. We do greatly appreciate those of you who have been praying about my ongoing health issues. If He should sustain me, I have every intention to continue trying to trust God through this difficult time. My plan is to go ahead researching and writing as health allows on a given day.

We also wish to thank those who have been sacrificing to send financial support as well; it has helped us with monthly expenses. However, at the same time, our prayer remains that the Lord will raise up a few people and/or churches whom He’s given the substantial financial resources, along with the gift of contributing in generosity (cf. Romans 12:6-8), to help us begin working on wiping out the $150,000 debt we’re currently under.

In any event, we still feel strongly led that God indeed has more plans for me to keep carrying on as I help pioneer this new mission field of online apologetics and discernment ministry here with Apprising Ministries. Sadly, we do live in a time where the heart of professing Christendom has degenerated into widespread apostasy.

A reason for this is the proliferation of Contemplative Spirituality/Mysticism (CSM)—along with its parallel track of hyper-charismatic excesses (i.e. charismania)that is currently slithering throughout the entire mainstream of evangelicalism, which I warned you about a while back in On Contemplative Spirituality and Charismania.

With this in mind, let me point you to Kay Arthur, who founded Precept Ministries International back in 1970 along with her husband Jack.1 The Arthur’s tells us that:

Precept Ministries International was raised up by God for the sole purpose of establishing people in God’s Word to produce reverence for Him. It serves as an arm of the church without respect to denomination. God has enabled Precept to reach across denominational lines without compromising the truths of His inerrant Word. (source)

You might also remember my earlier piece Kay Arthur of Precept Ministries International and the Unchanged and Unchanging Neil Anderson as well. What is of concern here is the contemplative language used as Arthur wants you to Become Who You Were Designed to BeBeing Still and Knowing God.2

Using an incorrect interpretation of Psalm 46:10 a la teachers of corrupt CSM she tells us to:

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It’s important for you to understand that Kay Arthur is firmly within the ostensibly conservative evangelical camp. However, phrases like learning “The Art of Being Still” sound like something we’d hear from gurus of CSM we first encountered in the postmodern liberal cult of the Emergent Church, now openly operating within evangelicalism through its foolish embrace of the Emerging Church.

From all of this by Kay Arthur’s PMI, we can see she’s appealing to — Be still, and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10), which is a classic verse misappropriated by instructors of CSM. The following is the language, originally gleaned from apostate Roman Catholic mystics, which is so often employed by gurus of the CSM:

Can you remember the last time you sat in total silence except for the sounds of nature – listening intently to hear the voice of God.   It is time to:

Be still and know that I am God. – Psalm 46:10
Be still (cease striving)
Rest, relax, chill out, stop fighting, drop your weapons
Know that I am God
Learn that I am God, or “see that I am God”, “Get to know me better”

God is telling His children who are living in a busy world to stop, get quiet so that they can listen and get to know Him. It is only in stillness, the quiet, that we can hear the voice of God. (source, bold theirs)

No, this passage isn’t about any kind of meditation; and it has absolutely nothing to do with sitting in some lotus position and subjectively trying to “hear” God’s voice in creeping crickets or inner burblings of bellies. Rather, this is a firm admonition and warning for all nations—particularly His people Israel—to stop worrying and to recognize God’s sovereignty. More on that in a moment.

You may recall my 2008 article Does Psalm 46:10 Teach Contemplative/Centering Prayer? In that piece I told you that it’s quite common for those who are teachers of spurious CSM, which is also known as so-called Spiritual Formation (SF), to appeal to verse 10 of Psalm 46 in an attempt to try and justify their unbiblical practice of Contemplative/Centering Prayer (CCP).

It’s important for you to realize that CCP, the crown jewel of CSM, is truly a type of meditation in an altered state of consciousness; i.e. transcendental meditation for the “Christian.” Let me point out here that you’ll definitely see this erroneous appeal to Psalm 46:10 to try and justify CSM and CCP in the spiritually bankrupt teaching of Living Spiritual Teacher and Quaker mystic Richard Foster.

Perhaps the best recent example would be the DVD Be Still And Know, which was an veritable ode to CCP. The “Bible Study Guide” that comes with it informs us:

Be Still is an interactive film that provides a contemplative look at the history, importance and power of prayer from a cross-denominational point of view… demonstrat[ing] contemplative reflection as a vital part of our everyday lives… featur[ing] some of today’s most highly respected Christian authors, educators, speakers and ministers including Dr. Henry Cloud, Richard Foster, Max Lucado, Beth Moore, Priscilla Shriver and Dallas Willard.3

Sure enough on page 9 under the subheading “Contemplative Prayer” we’re told that, “The Bible speaks specifically about being quiet and still before the Lord.” And the first verse used to support their contention that Scripture is speaking about being “quiet and still” in preparation for CCP meditation is Psalm 46:10. Now we’ll look at the aforementioned Richard Foster’s book Prayer: Finding The Heart’s True Home (PFTH).

This book literally teaches us how to practice CCP. In his PFTH Foster shares the following mystic mythology:

Contemplative Prayer immerses us into the silence of God. How desperately we in the modern world need this wordless baptism… Contemplative Prayer is the one discipline that can free us from our addiction to words. Progress in intimacy with God means progress toward silence… It is recreating silence to which we are called in Contemplative Prayer…

A Warning And A Precaution

At the outset I need to give a word of warning,… Contemplative Prayer is not for the novice. I do not say this about any other form of prayer… Contemplative prayer is for those who have exercised their spiritual muscles a bit and know something about the landscape of the spirit. In fact, those who work in the area of spiritual direction always look for signs of a maturing faith before encouraging individuals into Contemplative Prayer…

I also want to give a word of precaution. In the silent contemplation of God we are entering deeply into the spiritual realm, and there is such a thing as a supernatural guidance. While the Bible does not give us a lot of information on that, there are various orders of spiritual beings, and some of them are definitely not in cooperation with God and his way! … But for now I want to encourage you to learn and practice prayers of protection.4

Incidentally, you’ll even find that piece of spiritual skubalon from Richard Foster in the online library of Bethlehem Baptist Church (BBC) where new charismatic Calvinism mentor John Piper was pastor for some 33 years.5 Leaving that aside, concerning Psalm 46:10, Richard Foster tells us in PFTH:

So many passages of Scripture provide a touchstone for Meditative Prayer: “Be still and know that I am God”; “Abid in my love”; “I am the Good Shepherd”; “Rejoice in the Lord always.”6

As I close this out, for now, I’ll just point out to you that the mainstream of the professing Christian community has a serious problem as we’re witnessing more of this kind of CSMish teaching coming from supposed conservative evangelicals like Kay Arthur7 and her PMI. Remember, she’s reputed to be a great Bible teacher8  and yet she has totally missed what this verse of Psalm 46 is actually telling us.

Here’s some critical thought for you concerning all of this evangelical CSMish practice. It’s beyond question that CSM originated with Roman Catholic mystics.9 The fruit of their “being still and knowing God” would eventually so corrupt the Roman Catholic Church that it would become apostate; which would then lead to the Protestant Reformation and the Church of Rome condemning the very Gospel of Jesus Christ itself.10

Why in the world would Protestants wish to reject the proper Christian spirituality of sola Scriptura and return to these occult “disciplines” of CSM?11 God hated this attempt to approach Him outside His means of grace then, and He hates it even more now. If you don’t believe me, then make some time to be still and meditate upon the spiritual principles the Lord shows us in Jeremiah 3. God was angry when Israel engaged in idolatry.

However, He was even more angry with Judah because:

“She saw that for all the adulteries of that faithless one, Israel, I had sent her away with a decree of divorce. Yet her treacherous sister Judah did not fear, but she too wentand played the whore. Because she took her whoredom lightly, she polluted the land, committing adultery with stone and tree.” 

“Yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah did not return to me with her whole heart, but in pretense, declares the Lord.” And the Lord said to me, “Faithless Israel has shown herself more righteous than treacherous Judah.” (Jeremiah 3:8-12)

I would suggest that if Kay Arthur et al wish to near the Voice of the Lord about this, then they should go ahead and read Jeremiah 3 out loud. Now, as it concerns a proper view of this oft-misused verse Psalm 46:10, in The Expositor’s Bible Commentary series, Dr. Willem A. VanGemeren is right when he points out that:

the psalmist encourages the godly to “know” that the Lord is God. Though it was tempting to ally themselves with foreign powers, to rely on military strength, or to give themselves over to idolatry and pagan ways, the godly must learn to persevere to the end. The exhortation “be still” calls on them to stop doing one thing in favor of something else. What their temptation was may be implied from v.2: “Therefore we will not fear.”

Throughout the history of Israel and Judah, severe national distress brought the temptation to abandon true religion for the ephemeral security of political alliances, military strength, and worldly paganism (Realpolitik). Instead of choosing a negative option, the people of God distinguish themselves by the pursuit of godliness: “Know that I am God.” The “knowledge” of God includes a factual knowledge about him, his past acts, and his promises. But in this context the psalmist calls on them to commit themselves to the Lord and to seek his “refuge,” “strength,” and “fortress” (vv.1, 7, 11).12

Then in his own classic The Treasury of David Charles Spurgeon quotes Jonathan Edwards as teaching the following concerning Psalm 46:10 :

Verse 10Be still, and know that I am God. The great works of God, wherein his sovereignty appeared, had been described in the foregoing verses. In the awful desolations that he made, and by delivering his people by terrible things, he showed his greatness and dominion. Herein he manifested his power and sovereignty, and so commands all to be still, and know that he is God. For says he, I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. In the words may be observed,

A duty described, to be still before God, and under the dispensations of his providence; which implies that we must be still as to words; not speaking against the sovereign dispensations of Providence, or complaining of them; not darkening counsel by words without knowledge, or justifying ourselves and speaking great swelling words of vanity. We must be still as to actions and outward behaviour, so as not to oppose God in his dispensations; and as to the inward frame of our hearts, cultivating a calm and quiet submission of soul to the sovereign pleasure of God, whatever it may be. (source)

I'll now leave you with the following from Be Still: Contemplative, or Listening Prayer and Psalm 46:10 by pastor Larry Debruyn as he further instructs you what this verse, in its proper context, is actually talking about:

So as advocated by some of today’s most notable Christian communicators, what should Bible believers think about using Psalm 46:10 to promote contemplative prayer as a practice the Bible endorses? Bible Interpretation 101 teaches that every text without a context is pretext. Extracting Psalm 46:10 to be an endorsement of meditative-listening prayer is just such a pretext. Here’s why.

First, the injunction to “Be still” must be understood in the milieu it was uttered. The Psalmist addressed a cosmos in crisis. The crisis imperiled the creation (vv. 1-3); threatened the city (vv. 4-7); and besieged the country (vv. 8-11). In the crisis with their world falling apart, the people were afraid (v. 2).

Second, the verb “Be still” (Hebrew, rapah) is used 46 times in the Old Testament with meanings everywhere from describing laziness to ordering relaxation. Though the majority of versions translate the injunction “Be still”, other meanings are “Cease striving ” (NASB), “Be quiet” (NCV), “Desist” (Young’s), or “Calm down” (CEV). In no biblical usage or context does the Hebrew verb enjoin God’s people to meditate or practice contemplative or listening prayer. Rather, believers are to rest and trust in God.

Third, verse 10 contains two co-ordinate imperatives, with the emphasis being on the second command, to “know that I am God,” not the first, to “Be still.” With the first imperative functioning as an adverb, the verse might read, “Calmly (or quietly) know that I am God . . .” [6]Thus by their focusing upon the initial command, to be still, comtemplative spiritualists ignore the greater command, and that is, to know that I am God.

The command “know” primarily means, “to know by observing and reflecting (thinking) . . .” [7]As such, believers are encouraged to find comfort of soul by reflecting upon the saving works that God has both performed and promised. The meditation the psalm envisions is therefore objective, not subjective. “Be still” does not call persons to induce within their consciousness a wordless void or incubator in which state a mystical word from Jesus can be hatched. The cognitive command to “know” cancels that notion. In the light of God’s mighty works and providence, the psalm exhorts believers to reverence Him. As the prophet Habakkuk wrote, “. . . the Lord is in His holy temple. Let all the earth be silent before Him” (Habakkuk 2:20).

Fourth, the command to “Be still” (v. 10) is specifically addressed to the survivors of a war torn nation, people that on all sides continued to feel threatened. To those scared to death by what was going on all around them (v. 2), the sovereign Lord encourages them to stop their trembling. As one commentator observed, “In this explosive context, ‘be still’ is not an invitation to tranquil meditation but a command to allow God to be God, to do his work of abolishing the weapons of war.”[8]

And finally, in the third section the Psalmist looks forward to a new order when God will impose his peace plan upon the world (See Isaiah 2:4.). As He will have ended conflicts and destroyed the weapons of war (vv. 8-9), the Lord affirms that in the coming kingdom age he “will be exalted among the nations” (v. 10). In view of this prospect, the sovereign Lord encourages his covenant people to, “Be still, and know that I am God . . ..” In the end, the sovereign God will defeat war and end terrorism.

There resides a potential danger in mystical practices. It is this: In their attempt to journey into an altered state of consciousness, contemplative meditators may forget that God is the object and they are the subjects. As the theologian Warfield noted almost a century ago, “The history of mysticism only too clearly shows that he who begins by seeking God within himself may end by confusing himself with God.” [9] (source, bold his)

Further reading

Endnotes

  1. http://precept.org/who_we_are, accessed 7/5/14.
  2. http://store.precept.org/Being-Still-and-Knowing-God.html, accessed 7/5/14.
  3. Copy on file at AM
  4. Richard Foster, Prayer: Finding The Heart’s True Home [New York: Harper Collins, 1997], 155, 156, 157.
  5. You’ll find Foster’s book here: http://bit.ly/1seZ2Nc, accessed 7/5/14.
  6. Foster, op cit. 149.
  7. She even claims that God Himself gave her this interpretation: http://www.oneplace.com/ministries/precept/read/articles/resting-in-him-9547.html, accessed 7/5/14.
  8. For example, Arthur’s been promoted by the SBC appearing alongside quasi-elder Beth Moore, whom they promote heavily: http://www.lifeway.com/Article/Christian-conference-deeper-still-ends-as-began-Arthur-Moore-Shirer-Cottrell, accessed 7/5/14.
  9. Though as I showed you previously in Dangers of Contemplative Spirituality/Mysticism: Lectio Divina, these practices of CSM can actually be traced to heretical hermits in the desert of Egypt circa third century; and then, this antibiblical ascetism of so-called disciplines would go on to flower in the monastic traditions of apostate Roman Catholicism.
  10. And I already showed you year ago from the Vatican library that The Roman Catholic Church Hasn’t Changed Its Condemnation of the Gospel; the Gospel being that salvation is by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, in the finished work of Jesus Christ alone on the Cross. This is not negotiable (cf. Galatians 1:6-9) no matter how devoutly religious someone may appear to be.
  11. God the Holy Spirit already warned us not to return to religious bondage, e.g. Galatians 5:1.
  12. Frank E. Gaebelein, ed., Expositor’s Bible Commentary: With the New International Version of the Bible [Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1976-92), Psalm 46, CD-ROM.

LATEST CONCERNING APPRISING MINISTRIES

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We think it’s important that you know, unfortunately, I’ve been having some rough days again health-wise. My hospital/doctor debt is just north of $150,000 and that’s weighing very heavily upon us.

This has affected my sleep and I’m not getting rest, which is serving to wear me down. This then causes my eyes to be even more difficult to focus; and it’s also hard to focus on writing.

In addition, both eyes have a partial vitreous detachment (PVD). With this comes an increase in what is known as floaters. Briefly, virtually everyone has some of these spots in their vision.

With my PVD the floaters are more serious than usual appearing as cloudy gel-like gobs that float through my line of sight and then serve to further blur my vision. The doctor believes they should clear in time.

As silly as it may sound, it almost makes me think I’m in a mini-Job kind of thing. It seems as if God is allowing Satan to keep afflicting me as now my Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease is worse.

CMT causes ankles to lose strength, which leads to foot deformity and pain. My ankles have weakened more. The bottom line is: Nearly two years of health issues have strained my nerves and I get anxiety at times now.

This is why I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to write until the Lord starts restoring me. I’m frequently praying through James 4:6-8a and the Lord’s Prayer. Yet at times it all gets very bad for me right now.

During those times it almost gets unbearable with anxiety bordering on full-on panic attacks. So far, it does seem the Lord does just enough to help us keep trusting Him; however, you should know I’m growing weary.

Our plan is for me to still try and battle through all of this because it truly does seem like, at its root, it’s a spiritual thing. Unfortunately though, I’m certainly not Job. We really need much prayer support to weather this.

As always we are very grateful for those of you who have been praying for, and financially supporting, AM these past nine years. That said, I must tell you that we are currently in the worst financial slump we’ve yet faced.

If you would like to help us out in this time of need, your prayer and financial support would be deeply appreciated. If you feel so led, you may donate via PayPal by clicking here.

Or, you can make your checks/money orders payable to Connecticut River Baptist Church with Apprising Ministries in the memo and send them to:

Connecticut River Baptist Church
P.O. Box 340
Claremont, NH 03743

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HUMAN NATURE WON’T SUBMIT TO CHRIST

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Pilate also wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. It read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” (John 19:19)

Thirdly, I see here that man’s chief objection to Christ is His authority, for the pith of that inscription was, “Jesus the King.” Pilate did not write, “This is Jesus the Teacher,” or many might have said, “Let Him teach what He pleases, it is no concern of ours. We do not care what the Seers see, or what they say.” Pilate did not put up, “This is Jesus the Priest.” Many would be quite content to let Him be the great High Priest if they also might be priests. But Pilate wrote, “This is Jesus the King,” and that is the target at which they shoot all their arrows!

You remember that the writer of the Second Psalm says, “The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against His Anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.” The resolve of human nature until it is renewed is always this, “We will not have this Man to reign over us.” Men might be willing for Christ to save them, but not for Him to reign over them. Such laws as these—“You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” “You shall forgive till seventy times seven,” the law of love, the law of gentleness, the law of kindness—man says that he admires them, but when these laws come home to him, and lay hold of the reins of his ambition, cramp his covetousness and condemn his self-righteousness, straightway he is offended!

And when Christ says, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My words shall not pass away.” When He begins so teach the necessity of absolute purity and to say that even a lascivious glance of the eye is a sin, then men reply, “His rule will never do for us!” And they hang Him up to die because they will not submit to His authority. Once more, we learn from this narrative that man ridicules Christ’s Kingdom. Pilate did not hate Christ. He probably did not think enough of Him to expend any of His hatred upon Him. I have no doubt that he thought that Jesus was a poor enthusiast who had been living alone so long that He had addled His brains. He was well meaning and perhaps clever, but at the same time, not the sort of man for a Roman governor to dispute with.

He was very sorry to have to put Him to death, for there were so many good points about the poor Creature that he did not wish to let His enemies destroy Him. When the question of Christ’s Kingdom came up, I can imagine how scornfully Pilate asked Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?” How contemptuously he must have looked down upon such a poor emaciated Creature who seemed to be despised by everybody, as Christ said, “My Kingdom is not of this world,” and Pilate asked, “Are You a king, then?” half laughing as he spoke. He must have felt as if he could fairly laugh Him to scorn and I have no doubt that it was in that spirit that he wrote, “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews,” doing it in a vein of grim sardonic humor, first, towards the Jews and secondly, towards Christ Himself, as much as to say, “This is the great King that the Jews have been looking for.They are going to fight Caesar and get free—and this is the ringleader who is to help them to defeat all the legions of haughty Rome.”

Among the ungodly, at the present day, the idea of a spiritual kingdom is quite beyond their comprehension—they cannot make out what it is. The relation between Church and State will not be settled by the statesmen of any political party. There is a very singular relation between the two, though they are as dissimilar as materialism is from spirit. The realms of the two often overlap one another—you cannot draw a line and say, “So far is the State, and so far is the Church.” The fact is the true Church of God is never subordinate to the State— it moves in another sphere altogether and rules after another fashion! A spiritual kingdom, according to some people, means certain laws and regulations that are drawn up by the bishops and synods and councils, but that kind of kingdom is no more spiritual than an Act passed by the House of Commons and the House of Lords!

It is only another kingdom of the flesh, an ecclesiastical State of a similar kind to the secular State, but as for the spiritual Kingdom of Jesus Christ, it is not a thing that you can see with your eyes or understand after the manner of men. “You must be born-again” in order to get into it, or even to see it! [See Sermon #3121, Volume 54—THE NECESSITY OF REGENERATION] It is too ethereal to be checked by human legislation. It is a mighty power which Christ has set up in this world—a power mightier than all secular states combined—a Kingdom like the stone cut out of the mountain without hands which will break in pieces every other power and fill the whole earth in God’s appointed time! Oh, that we saw its power more manifest nowadays in the hearts of men—the power of that Kingdom of which Christ is the King, this blessed Book is the Law, the Holy Spirit is the great Executive and each of us is a servant in the courts of the great King living and acting according to His will!

“Oh,” you say, “this is ridiculous!” Yes, I thought you would say that. That is what the world always says of the Kingdom of Christ—that it is ridiculous. They can understand a kingdom in which there is a head like the Pope, and in which there are cardinals, bishops and priests. They can understand the Archbishop of Canterbury, and the Archbishop of York, and all that appertains to Episcopalians, but to know that we are one with Christ, that He has made us kings and priests unto God and His Father, that His saints are to reign with Him forever and that the weapons of our warfare, though not eternal, are “mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds”—they do not understand it, nor do they want to understand it!

This is why they still hang up Christ the King and say, “If this is His Kingdom, we do not want to belong to it and we do not believe in it. Away with it! It is not worthy of our consideration, it is only a few low- minded fellows who will always be the subjects of such a Kingdom as that.” This is “as it was in the beginning” and “is now”—but not as it “ever shall be, world without end,” for the King is coming, a second time, in all the splendor of His Glory and He will let the world know that although His Kingdom is not like others, and is not to be kept up by gold, pomp, rank, dignity and physical force, yet it is a Kingdom which shall last when earthly princes and thrones shall all have passed away! And everyone who belongs to that Kingdom shall possess a crown and a glory before which all the pomp of this world shall pale forever! (source)

Charles Spurgeon 

T.D. JAKES HOSTS CHRISTINE CAINE ON TBN’S PTL TONIGHT

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As I continue to battle through lingering health issues here at the online apologetics and discernment work Apprising Ministries, I’m doing my best to carry on and document for you the sheer rapidity with which doctrinal distinctives are now being obliterated.

You may recall I explained to you that James MacDonald Was A Bit Late In Mainstreaming T.D. Jakes. For you see, e.g. modalist and Word Faith mogul “Bishop” T.D. Jakes has already been preaching for Southern Baptist pastor Ed Young, Jr for nearly ten years now.

Not a peep out of milquetoast SBC leadership.1 Jakes also appeared along with Ed Young, Jr2 and Andy Stanley3 at the Hillsong Conference 2010,4  put on by the heretical Word Faith outfit Hillsong Church (HC), Australia. As HC pastrix Christine Caine informs us:

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Jakes was also a featured speaker for Bill Hybels and Willow Creek Church in the summer of 2010 as well. Despite his denial of the Trinity, i.e. the very nature of God, there right alongside Hybels, Christine Caine, and some others, T. D. Jakes spoke at The Global Leadership Summit 2010.5

And then there was Jakes speaking the mainstream evangelical The Tension Is Good Catalyst Conference Atlanta back on October 6-8 of 20106 along with Andy Stanley once again, Francis Chan, and SBC-sponsored quasi-elder Beth Moore:

Notice how the same names keep cropping up like interlocking concentric circles of syncretism. If you think this is all by coincidence then I’d avoid anyone claiming to sell a large bridge in England. As far as pastrix Christine Caine, she is tip-of-the-spear for the advance of Word faith mythology of HC’s Brian Houston.

Yet recently we saw Word Faith Pastrix Fills In For Beth Moore during her Wednesday’s with Beth on Life Today TV of leading charismaniac ecumenicist James Robison.7 Caine’s become quite the evangelical darling because we’ve also witnessed John Piper Preaching With Hillsong Pastrix Christine Caine At Pssion 2014.

Evangelical Ecumenical Magisterium8 leader James MacDonald would have us believe that T.D. Jakes Has Repented Of Word Faith Heresy. The lineup tonight for tonight’s Praise the Lord (PtL) program on Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), hosted by T.D. Jakes, says otherwise.

As I explained the other day in Tullian Tchividjian On TBN’s Praise The Lord TonightPtL is the main vehicle used by TBN for fleecing the gullible within the Christian flock:

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I’ll repeat again what I said in Franklin Graham Hosting TBN’s Praise the LordChristians faithful to Jesus send a better message by having nothing to do with TBN. As it is written:

I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. 

For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive. (Romans 16:17-18)

Further reading

Endnotes

  1. You can see that back in 2007 I made then SBC president aware of Jakes preaching in an SBC church in Dr. Frank Page Responds Concerning “Dr. Ed Young To Share The Pulpit With T.D. Jakes”.
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZLxpkZtMtc, accessed 6/20/14.
  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZLxpkZtMtc, accessed 6/20/14.
  4. https://www.facebook.com/events/115756188451785/, accessed 6/20/14.
  5. http://www.willowcreek.com/ProdInfo.asp?invtid=PR34744, accessed 6/20/14.
  6. http://www.rochestermedia.com/catalyst-2010-the-tension-is-good/, accessed 6/20/14.
  7. For example, see this lunacy in the Lord’s Name: James Robison To Pope Francis “In Christ We Are Brothers”.
  8. I explained e.g. in Steven Furtick Debuts on Trinity Broadcasting Network amid Financial Concerns that the EEM comprised of notable multi-site megachurch pastors seems to have sprung from the Elephant Room conferences of James MacDonald and his co-host  Mark Driscoll.