Consumer-driven pastors are so predictable…

Appalling!

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With the release of the Pokemon GO! phenomena sweeping the globe, we anticipated that sooner or later there would be seeker-driven churches once again relying on worldly methods to try and draw a crowd of people to church. Rather than “contend earnestly for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3), their latest approach as usual, will be entirely man-centered rather than Christ-centered.

The Super Apostle of the Purpose-Driven Life movement is also stooping to rely on the foolishness of this world to “win souls” to Jesus. Yes. Rick Warren is using Pokemon GO! to get people to church. Rick  Warren doesn’t rely on the power of the Gospel and the Holy Spirit to draw people to be saved. He’s relying on the latest gimmick, exchanging the power of God for the latest popular fad?

We ask this question of you Rick Warren. Is “seeking and finding”…

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Foreknowledge

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

28 Οἴδαμεν δὲ ὅτι τοῖς ἀγαπῶσιν τὸν θεὸν πάντα συνεργεῖ εἰς ἀγαθόν, τοῖς κατὰ πρόθεσιν κλητοῖς οὖσιν. 29 ὅτι οὓς προέγνω, καὶ προώρισεν συμμόρφους τῆς εἰκόνος τοῦ υἱοῦ αὐτοῦ, εἰς τὸ εἶναι αὐτὸν πρωτότοκον ἐν πολλοῖς ἀδελφοῖς· 30 οὓς δὲ προώρισεν, τούτους καὶ ἐκάλεσεν· καὶ οὓς ἐκάλεσεν, τούτους καὶ ἐδικαίωσεν· οὓς δὲ ἐδικαίωσεν, τούτους καὶ ἐδόξασεν. (Romans 8:28-30 NA28)

28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. 29 For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; 30 and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified. (Romans 8:28-30 NASB)

Unfortunately, “foreknowledge” is a…

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Dallas cop shooter who wanted to “kill whites” was a follower of hate-group Nation of Islam

What a surprise…not!
He was Muslim.

The Muslim Issue

What we know about the Dallas gunman: Army veteran reportedly said he ‘wanted to kill white people’.

An undated photo posted on Facebook on April 30, 2016, shows Micah Johnson, suspected of the sniper slayings of five law enforcement officers in Dallas on July 7, 2016.

Micah Xavier Johnson, 25, is shown in this April photo from his Facebook page. He is suspected of the sniper slayings of five law enforcement officers in Dallas on Thursday and was killed by police after a standoff. (Facebook via AP)

Los Angeles Times
by Laura J. Nelson, Nigel Duara

The shooter, barricaded in a downtown Dallas parking garage, bantered with negotiators during an hours-long standoff.

He did not seem nervous and said he was not afraid to die.

He told the armed officers facing him that he had been preparing for the assault, vowing that he “wanted to kill white people, especially white…

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Why do you think Andy Stanley cares about truth?

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Carl Trueman offers a great critique exposing the arrogance and scriptural naivety of Andy Stanley.

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

We quote the ending of his critique here to point out the glaring sin of Andy Stanley:

“And that is ultimately the saddest aspect of the Andy Stanleys of this world. It is not their patronizing attitude to others. It is not their arrogant assumption that they represent the culture or that they have the right to tell the rest of us how we should think. It is not the sloppy way they bandy words like ‘culture’ and even ‘happiness’ around without ever offering a definition of what they think they mean. It is not their crass prioritization of raw numbers. It is not their complete lack of imagination regarding the moral possibilities of ‘culture.’ Rather, it is the fact that what they confidently present as radical insights are really…

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Wise as Serpents: Does the Christian Still Have an Evil Heart? (Part 24 of Sermon Series)

Question: Does the Christian, a regenerate person, a truly justified person, still have an evil heart?
Answer: NO!

A Cry For Justice

Question: Does the Christian, a regenerate person, a truly justified person, still have an evil heart?  Lots of professing Christians reply to that question is, “Oh yes! Absolutely! The Christian still has an evil heart.”

We want to show you how that erroneous idea is being taught, and the devastating effect on people’s lives because of getting the answer to that question wrong.

Let us give you an example of some fogginess in teaching regarding the nature of the heart of the Christian. This is an example of a person who still has not come to clarity about the nature of justification and sanctification and who the Christian really is in Jesus Christ as a new creation.

The example we’re going to give is Leslie Vernick’s article Indicators of an evil and wicked heart (22 Jan 2015). It is actually quite a good article in that Vernick is recognizing that (1) not all sinners are the same…

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James Dobson Reveals Who He Believes Led Donald Trump to Christ (If True, It Is Unsurprising)

By Marsha West
Donald Trump and Pala WhiteFor many months there has been a lot of speculation over whether or not Donald Trump is an evangelical Christian, as he claims. During a recent interview with Pastor Michael Anthony of GodFactor.com, Dr. James Dobson remarked that Donald Trump “did accept a relationship with Christ” and that he is a “baby Christian.” Moreover, Dobson said that he knows who the person is that led Trump to Christ.

Not surprisingly there was a big brouhaha over Dobson’s comments. Inquiring minds wanted to know who that person was. So to tamp things down a bit Dr. Dobson released the following statement on his website, Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk:
Only the Lord knows the condition of a person’s heart. I can only tell you what I’ve heard. First, Trump appears to be tender to things of the Spirit. I also hear that Paula White has known Trump for years and that she personally led him to Christ. Do I know that for sure? No. Do I know the details of that alleged conversion? I can’t say that I do. But there are many Christian leaders who are serving on a faith advisory committee for Trump in the future. I am among them. There are about 25 of us that include Jerry Falwell, Jr., Robert Jeffress, Jack Graham, Ben Carson, James Robison, Michele Bachmann, and many others whom you would probably know. We’ve all agreed to serve. How will that play out if Trump becomes president? I don’t know. It is a good start, I would think.
If anything, this man is a baby Christian who doesn’t have a clue about how believers think, talk and act. All I can tell you is that we have only two choices, Hillary or Donald. Hillary scares me to death. And, if Christians stay home because he isn’t a better candidate, Hillary will run the world for perhaps eight years. The very thought of that haunts my nights and days. One thing is sure: we need to be in prayer for our nation at this time of crisis.
Dr. James Dobson
The faith advisory board Dr. Dobson mentioned in his statement includes Southern Baptist leaders such as Ronnie Floyd, Richard Land, Robert Jeffress and David Jeremiah as well as Word of Faith (WoF) and New Apostolic Reformation heretics. (See the full list here.) Not surprisingly, pastrix Paula White is also on Trump’s board.
It is no secret that Paula White is a WoF prosperity preacher. Sad to say that any person that rejects the true Gospel of Christ and embraces WoF’s false health & wealth gospel, as she does, is not a regenerate (born again) Christian. In fact, those who have bought into WoF beliefs are caught up in a cult. WoF is not historic orthodox Christianity — not even close! Its teaching on faith is right out of the New Age playbook:
Faith is a tangible force. This force is released through the spoken word, thus name-it-and-claim-it. When we speak words of faith, power is discharged that will accomplish our desires. Through faith we can have health, wealth, success – anything we want!
Moreover…
Alleged laws of the universe can be manipulated independent of God. Does this mean God is subject to the laws He created? According to word-faith theology, yes. (Source)
In 2012 Ken Silva of Apprising Ministries reported the following on pastrix Paula:
White drives a Mercedes-Benz and flies around the country in a private jet. She lives in a $2.1 million mansion on Tampa’s Bayshore Boulevard and has a Fifth Avenue condo in Trump Tower in New York City. The ministries took in $39.9 million in 2006, according to an audit of Without Walls and Paula White Ministries released in June by an independent Clearwater accounting firm.
About $28.6 million helped promote the church’s programs, conferences and outreach efforts, the audit said. Other expenses covered management and fundraising… White’s salary was not detailed, but her publicist says she has multiple streams of income outside the ministry…
And for his 50th birthday in June, White sent [WoF modalist T.D.] Jakes a black convertible Bentley. It was intended to be a quiet gift, White said, but an overzealous member of Jakes’ ministry shouted out the news at the retail show.
“Some people thought ‘Why would you do that?’ ”White later explained, saying that Jakes is her spiritual father. “I thought, ‘Well, why wouldn’t I?’ That’s not even an option.” (Source)
Silva just described the person who allegedly led Donald Trump to faith in Christ. And if it’s true that it was Paula White, as Dr. Dobson seems to think, then we can surmise from what we know about this woman, that Donald Trump did not hear the true Gospel of Christ from her. Sadly, what he heard instead was the false prosperity gospel that saves no one.
I’ll close with a warning from the Apostle Paul:
But the Spirit saith expressly, that in later times some shall fall away from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils, through the hypocrisy of men that speak lies, branded in their own conscience as with a hot iron… 1 Tim. 4:1,2

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