Through the Narrow: What About the IF Gathering Part 2 – By Gina Cook

In my last article I warned about the 2021 IF:Gathering that was soon coming up.  I went off of what I already knew about the speakers.  Here is the link: https://biblicalbeginningsblog.wordpress.com/2021/03/02/through-the-narrow-what-about-the-ifgathering-part-i-by-gina-cook/ 

After the IF:Gathering concluded and while they had most of their videos free to watch I sat and listened to as much as I could. I’m going to share what I heard from most of the speakers and briefly explain why it’s good, bad or ugly. 

The speakers I’ll be covering to some degree or another are Jackie Hill Perry, Christine Caine, Joni Eareckson Tada, Francis Chan, Lysa Terkeurst, Rebekah Lyons, Mike Todd, Anne Voskamp, Bianca Olthoff, Dr. Anita Phillips, Dr. Curt Thompson, Isabella Garza, Latasha Morrison, David Platt, Jennie Allen, and Eugene Cho.   

Some of these speakers are not as well-known as the others but after watching them I can imagine the lesser-knowns could become more known and followed, sadly.  I want to warn about them just as equally as the others for this reason.  I want to also clarify that I’m not necessarily going to cover the speakers in the order they spoke.  Also, I was not able to watch the entire conference because the breakout sessions were not free to watch.  I also didn’t watch every minute that was available because I simply ran out of time before it was offline. I tried to focus on what seemed the most concerning and in need of explaning. 

I’ll warn you now, this will be longer than my other articles

That is because there is so much to address and I honestly will still only be scratching the surface.  If you are short on time, feel free to scroll down and find a specific teacher/speaker that you are particularly interested in knowing more on as far as their message at IF:Gathering.  I hope you find the time to read the whole thing only to help you better understand the larger and more dangerous picture of IF:Gathering.   

I believe what was the most disturbing for me was the fact that there were some very good things said, especially the first day (No coincidence I’m sure.  That’s all a part of the design).  This may sound strange to some.  Why is “good” disturbing to me?  It’s because I’d rather the poison be more unveiled.  I’d rather it not be masked with goodness and beauty.   I don’t want the less discerning lured into the spiritual woods to get beat half to death with hellish lies before they may or may not escape.  As we already know from Scripture, Satan loves to portray himself as an angel of light, just as his workers do.  Satan rarely starts off looking like a monster. 

“For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds.” 2 Corinthians 11:13-15 

The two speakers who seemed to display the most biblical accuracy, the best masks, were Jackie Hill Perry and Christine Caine. 

Jackie Hill Perry 

When most didn’t open their Bible and only flailed it around while expressing squishy opinions of the SJW types, Jackie opened it and read it.  Not only did she read it she went deeper than others with the Scripture.  She had some accurate things to say especially on God’s holiness, explaining it meant He is transcendent and separate from anything or anyone else.  She also accurately talks about how we are to be holy.  However, she focused on a few confusing ideas about God and how we come to know Him or want to know Him.  She states that when we see His beauty it’s “then we want to know Him, love Him, trust Him” and out of that comes the fruit.  It seems she has a different idea of what it means to know the Lord than what we are taught in Scripture. I can see where she could mean “knowing” as trusting Him more with everything in our walk yet there wasn’t enough clarity given. 

Even though she happened to mention repentance and taking up one’s cross earlier in her presentation, she landed the message on knowing Him because we first see His beauty and want to behold Him.   

To know God is to know Christ and to know Christ is to be saved.  “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”  John 17:3 

Only at salvation can we say we know the Lord and only with our new spiritual eyes and new birth can we behold Him and His beauty, His mercy, and loving-kindness towards us, knowing He has forgiven us through His atoning work on the cross and His resurrection.   

God doesn’t necessarily look beautiful to us at first or in our times of repentance. When a the repentant sinner is confronted with the Holy God there is not this mere observing of His beauty and all the more positive attributes but instead contriteness before the Great I AM. 

I was surprised she didn’t go more into the social justice talk being she is so vocal about it elsewhere.  From what I heard, she wasn’t entirely that bad.  Again, I wasn’t able to watch the entire conference.  There may have been other times she spoke that I couldn’t see.  If not, if she didn’t say anything way off in any other part of the conference then this is where it concerns me.  Again, that may sound strange but I say it’s a concern because people will listen to her message at IF and be convinced she’s safe enough to follow when in reality she is dancing with dangerous teachings/teachers often. 

Here is a video I found of her message at IF:Gathering 

Christine Caine 

Like Jackie, Christine gave some deep biblical truths.  She talked about the death and resurrection of Christ and repentance.  She talked on His return.  She gave a touching testimony of the time she was in another country where they were dying for their faith and she felt she had nothing to give to them as they already were living so devotedly for Christ, willing and expecting to die for His name’s sake.  She stressed how we also need to give our lives to Him.  I was sitting there thinking, wow this is going to sell to a lot of people, understandably so.  I can almost hear the masses of ladies saying, “Well there you go, she may have some differing views than us on some spiritual things but she loves Jesus so passionately, therefore she’s a Christian.”  The problem is, she mixed a whole lot of poison with that big healthy glass of Truth.  

For starters, she was sitting there with Jennie Allen talking about how she was the one who helped catapult the beginning of IF:Gathering.  When Jennie was having manifestations from “God” about “disciplining a nation”, apparently it was Christine that helped explain and encourage that message from “God” to Jennie and helped her understand that IF Gathering is “part of the preparation for an end-time harvest.”  Christine pointed to the audience and said, “You can thank me later.”  So very humble of her to say (insert sarcasm).   

Later there were comments about seeing signs, wonders, and miracles happening now.  The online conference, according to Caine, was a miracle.  She saw it as a miracle because it reached so many women for Jesus.  She said it’s a revival.  Sorry, but that is not the definition of a miracle or a picture of a revival.  Salvation in Christ is a miracle, yes, but the tool to supposedly bring the Gospel is not the miracle.  I’m not the miracle if I share the Gospel of Christ with someone and they become saved from that encounter with God’s Truth.   Also, these women have absolutely no idea of any revival that could come from this conference.  They are in the middle of it at the time this is said and do not know the majority of those watching and how they are responding.  It’s a classic trick from the old bag that holds no truth or fact yet makes many wondrous claims.   

Caine also says she believes healing/racial reconciliation will happen.  Being Jesus is coming back it makes her want to fight for racial reconciliation more than ever, as well as, human trafficking.  

There’s so much wrong to unpack there.  First off, there’s that expected dose of woke we thought would be there at IF:Gathering.  It’s the thing IF is best at- social justice rhetoric.  Instead of Christ’s return being fuel for reflecting on our own walk and for the furthering of the Gospel for all of the lost, somehow for Christine she mostly thinks of racial issues and human trafficking.  Those are not bad things to be concerned about yet it’s a very strange focus to have when talking about Christ’s return, especially when we consider the culture’s direction these days.  It’s interesting that she starts out sharing how those people in the other country were dying for Christ and wanting to know how to share the Gospel with their executioner, but then switches it to talking about racial issues.  She did later make a small reference to sharing the Gospel, but social issues were front and center. When the Gospel is heard and one repents and trusts in Christ, all sins are dealt with and forgiven.  We don’t pick out a few sins as the main focus in our preaching the Gospel or in our urgency before Christ’s return.  

More truth was sprinkled in, more focus on dying for Christ, His death, resurrection and ascension, and so forth, but the big ol’ plop of poison came at the end when she started talking about circles.  Yeah, that’s right, drawing a circle and getting in it to come before ‘Jesus”.  If you don’t already know, this is a pagan practice that has been practiced and taught by a few professing Christian teachers/authors.  Pricilla Shirer is one of them.  You can read more on the danger of this belief and practice here: Through the Narrow: People Honor Me with Their Lips – By Tami Dykes – Tulips & Honey (wordpress.com) 

There was such a lack of discernment and obvious contradictions with Caine and her message.  She was obviously trying to appease all ears but in the end revealed where her heart really is, which is more in herself than it is in the true Jesus. 

Joni Ereckson Tada 

Joni’s involvement with IF:Gathering was a surprise for many, including myself.  She has been an encouragement for many solid believers and preachers as she has shared her walk with Christ through severe disabilities.  She has expressed relatively solid doctrinal beliefs in prior years.  Yet, as with all the speakers at IF:Gathering, there was truth mixed with error, sadly. 

In a pre-recording Joni was talking with Katherine Wolf- another woman who is in a wheelchair and who has been disabled for a long time.   

They start off alright when speaking about the “wheelchairs” of life- the thorns in our sides.  They talk of stewarding our sufferings and not wasting them.  Joni talked about not kicking against the goads (Acts 26:14) which she explained as the sufferings and hardships (Not quite the context of that verse – it more so speaks on kicking against God and not wanting to submit to Him although I believe she was on the right track saying not to kick against what God wants to do in our lives).  She said to not grumble but rather give thanks (Philippians 2), and to “fake it till you make it.”  It wasn’t deep, exegetical teachings or too focused on Scripture, but it wasn’t necessarily false teaching or unhelpful.   

Then comes the part where Joni dropped the ball in my opinion.  Instead of focusing on the Lord’s written and more sure Word, we get instead a conversation Joni had with God while she was sick with COVID-19.  Joni said she kept hearing Jesus say, “Joni, would you trust me?  Whether it means calling you home or having you remain on earth to do my work would you believe that I am your ever-present help in this?  Would you believe I am not going to leave you or forsake you?  Would you please believe in even this – it is going to work for your good?  Would you trust me Joni?”   

She never clarified whether or not this was audible, a feeling, or just something she thought God was impressing on her heart as she pondered His Word.  It was made to sound like He was constantly telling her this.  We must be very careful assigning words to God.  When we put words in His mouth, even if it sounds biblical, we are in grave sin.  It’s best to say “God said” when we are reading God’s Word. 

She said her answer to God was “God I don’t think I can do this but You think I can.  Where else will I turn, you have the Words of Life so yes I’m going to believe you and I’m going to start mouthing that thankfulness and trust you’re going to give me courage and endurance and patience and perseverance,” 

She ended with, “And He did.”  She also quoted 2 Corinthians 4:17, “For our momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison.” 

Her answer to God troubled me.  “You think I can.”  Even though she later says she trusts God to give her courage, endurance, patience, and perseverance, which is good, she doesn’t correct her previous statement to clarify that it’s not actually God thinking we can do something as if He is cheering us on saying, “you can do it!”  He wants us to lean on Him in faith, to obey Him, and know He must increase while we decrease.  We are to exercise great humility.  Christ is everything, we are mere vessels. 

“And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 

People have asked where the proof is that Joni holds to a social justice mindset.  Being a speaker at IF:Gathering, something so bent on social justice, could be convincing enough but here is one of her quotes from another conversation she had: “God is truly on the side of those who work for social justice, especially when we accompany that work with the giving of the Gospel!” (Joni Eareckson Tada on Wilberforce Award, ‘Better Off Dead Than Disabled’ Mentality – The Christian Post

I believe she is focused on social justice regarding disabilities, such as the persecution, discrimination, and oppression of those disabled all over the world. The problem is we don’t define any justice as social justice and that’s because God doesn’t.  There is one justice in God’s eyes.  Although Joni will speak of it as simply “justice” she will at times call it “social justice.”  Her stand on social justice for the disabled, along with “hearing from God”, fits well in the narrative of IF:Gathering.  Although Joni has been used by God in giving attention to the horrors done to the weak and disabled and she has shared the truth of God, we must be careful not to possibly follow her into the deep bushes of social justice and personal revelation and therefore further away from the simplicity of the Gospel and biblical justice.  I pray for her discernment; to distance herself from those of IF:Gathering and the false justice they stand for. 

  

Francis Chan 

I didn’t need to see Francis speak at IF in order to know whether or not he was wading in the muck, but I was again reminded of his ill-directed focus as he talked with Jennie Allen at the conference.  He again discussed the so-called miracles he was a part of in Myanmar, in actual faith healer style.  He claims he had touched kids and they were healed.  You can check out his explanation of it here when it first came out: https://disrn.com/news/every-person-i-touched-was-healed-francis-chan-says-he-supernaturally-healed-numerous-people-in-myanmar 

In his discussion with Jennie, he again said that deaf kids were healed.  He also said that swollen eye pain was healed.  Interestingly enough, there was a sequence to this “healing” that we don’t see in Scripture.  He explained that the first time he prayed and touched those with swollen eyes the pain was healed but the eye was still swollen and red.  Then he decided to do it again.  After the second time, the swelling went down a little.  Third times the charm right?  Well, after the third time swelling went away further but still had red marks on the eye.  At that time he says, “I’m going to try and get rid of that too.”  Ahhh so HE is going to get rid of that?  The healing is from Francis?  He didn’t ever say the fourth time worked, instead, he became very vague, especially on all the other miracles that he supposedly did, saying “whatever they are.”  That is not what we read when reading about authentic miracles in Scripture.  They were complete and instant and definitely not clouded. There was no actual healing done with the sentiment, “ok, let me try again.” 

Chan said that he prayed to God He would authenticate His message (the Gospel that was supposedly shared during this time) with these miracles.   

God does not need these “miracles” to further authenticate the Word already authenticated, written, and canonized.  Being there is no longer anything to add to Scripture and there are no longer Apostles of Christ, authentication is not needed. It’s done.  Francis said the miracles caused these people to believe in the message.  That is not true.  First of all, if someone doesn’t believe the Word there is no other miracle that can convince him or her (Luke 16:28-31).  Secondly, Francis is not to be authenticated as a messenger of God when Francis believes that Catholicism is Christian and is simply a label for some believers (here are videos on Chan’s ecumenism and seeking false unity: Francis Chan: Keynote (pt1) // Catholic Ecumenical Track – Bing video Francis Chan: Foot washing (pt2) // Catholic Ecumenical Track – Bing video Is Francis Chan A Roman Catholic? – Bing video  ) and when he is partnering with and encouraging some of the most notorious false teachers there are (listen here: Too Wretched For Radio 08/19/2019 – Wretched ) 

I encourage you to read more on why modern faith healing and believing the need for modern miracles to authenticate Gospel preaching is wrong, here: https://www.gty.org/library/sermons-library/90-60/does-god-still-heal  

Again, no open Bible in Chan and Allen’s discussion, just Bible flailing. 

Lysa Terkeurst 

The time I heard Lysa speak was when she was in a group discussion.  It was alongside Rebekah Lyons and Annie F. Downs.  She talked about forgiveness. But before you think it must have been a good thing, she made sure to turn forgiveness upside down and inside out.  She talked about how the heart is too beautiful of a place for bitterness, anger, rage, slander, brawling.  She talked about coping mechanisms for pain and knowing how to “care well” for the intense emotion we feel.  She said we shouldn’t deny our feelings.  Yes, she actually said that. 

Her point in all of it is was as victims our feelings are not to be denied.  A victim’s heart is beautiful so keep it that way by forgiving those who hurt us- don’t fill it with anger, rage etc.  Yes, forgiveness is good but biblical forgiveness was not ever the focus with Lysa.  No Bible was opened and nothing biblically solid was taught.  Obviously, it’s unbiblical to say our hearts are beautiful and that we shouldn’t deny our intense emotions/feelings.   

“The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it?”  Jeremiah 17:9 

“And He summoned the crowd together with His disciples, and said to them, “If anyone wants to come after Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me. “ Mark 8:34 

Does God care about our suffering?  Yes.  Does He want us to turn the other cheek and forgive seventy times seven?  Yes. 

Forgiveness in her eyes was all about healing hurts and ending our own suffering.  Even though those things can come from forgiveness, we also must understand we forgive because God forgave us of far greater debt.  We are undeserving of forgiveness yet we received it anyway.  To not forgive someone who has sinned against us angers God.  Our impossible debt was paid by Him but us not forgiving others of far less, that is sin. See Matthew 18:21-35  

Rebekah Lyons 

Ah, rhythmic living.  “Daily rhythms” is something I was introduced to a few years back when our old church was studying material from one of the leaders/pastors of the Soma family of churches. It was explained to mean routines.  It was unclear to us at the time why we just couldn’t say routine and move on.  Yet as my husband and I looked into it further we noticed it is meant to change meanings and teachings.  For example, Rebekah Lyons (in a conversation with Lysa and Annie) at this years IF:Gathering spoke much about rhythms (as well as others).  Different rhythms were mentioned, such as “confession rhythms”, “restore rhythms” and “connect rhythms”.  She said, “Rhythmic living is inviting God into those secret places.”   

First off, do we invite God?  He can’t come in when He wants and He isn’t already aware of our secret places?  She also said we should have sustainable daily rhythms that help us to “be more in tune with our own heart.  Then we can release something to God that He can speak to.”  So, we need to be more in tune with our heart…. a heart that is more deceitful than all else and desperately sick?  I don’t think so.  We release things to God so that He then can speak to it? Hasn’t He already spoken in His Word?   

Most phrases coming out of her mouth were new age, nonsensical fluff.   

“Rhythms” was said so.many.times.  Scripture was mentioned once and not in the proper context of course. 

How about we read our Bible, Rebekah, and let God speak to our heart and reveal our sin?  How about looking to His Word, not our heart for truth?  No?  Too biblical? Okey dokey. 

Mike Todd 

Mike is someone I hadn’t heard of before but after watching him at the conference it was apparent to me he is a charismatic, fun-loving, and intelligent.  He has great speaking skills and is very engaging.  He is an author and lead pastor of Transformation Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma man who has gone through tough things in life.  I wish I could like what he said because it seemed he had a passion for living for God in a more meaningful way and tried to bring in a lot of Scripture.  Sadly, his presentation was riddled with personal revelations from God/prophetic claims and false teachings. 

He had talked of what God told him, claiming God said, “This is the year that we’re not drifting.  This is the year we are going deep.  I want you to write this point down because it’s not safer in the shallow.”   

This is New Age mysticism and is dangerous, false, and actually done in the occult/pagan circles.  God isn’t giving any more revelation that needs to be written down.  Sarah Young found great success and wealth doing this with her book, “Jesus Calling.”  It was NOT the true Jesus who was talking to her and it’s not God talking to Mike Todd.  See more on why here: 

Blog Post – That’s Not Jesus Calling (gty.org) 

10 Serious Problems with Jesus Calling | Tim Challies 

Mike also stated that as he was talking he sensed “someone’s heart is crying out like David’s heart- as I am speaking someone’s heart is ready to leap.”  Such a vague and worthless statement but meant to give his message relevance and importance.  This is a common tactic in many false teacher’s messages.  They hear from God, they claim they are given a revelation about particular listeners yet it’s always vague, no specifics, and no real proof it’s God.  I saw Mike’s book sitting there at Hobby Lobby the other day.  Bypass his book and just go straight to the décor, please. 

Ann Voskamp 

She made sure to tell us she is done with simply believing in Jesus.  She said, “I’m done with that life.” 

She explained that life turned out to be “cuttingly hollow and empty and frankly, not enough.”  After the last year of trials (2020), she lands on this: “I live in Jesus.”  She points to the closed Bible and says, “All I’ve got is this.”  Her bible remained closed. 

She said we need to be followers, not believers.  She said Jesus isn’t a belief to her, He is breath to her.  He isn’t some theory, He is gravity.  He isn’t a lens for her life but is her life.  He is not some sphere of a multi-dimensional life- He’s atmosphere, terra (means land), lung, and the way to not suffocate in self.   

Ugh, where do I start!?   

First of all, I agree that we do not want to only believe in Jesus but rather we should want to live as if He is our all in all; our life.  However, we would never say that simply believing in Him is wrong or that He/the Word isn’t the belief we have.  Yes, he’s more than just Whom we believe in but He is still Whom we believe in.  

“That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.”  Romans 10:9-10 

“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; the one who believes in Me will live, even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26 

Also, I agree that all we really have is His Word.  It’s the power of God for salvation.  It’s the lamp to our feet and light for our path.  Read Psalm 119 and it becomes clear real quick that The Word of God is all the Psalmist desires and holds to.  Instead of actually focusing on the Scripture, which Voskamp says is all she’s got, she goes into gobbledygook that does not sound like God’s Word at all.  

Christ said He was the Way, the Truth, and the Life, as well as, the bread of life and living water.  Voskamp says Jesus is atmosphere, gravity, land, lung/breath, and a way not to suffocate.   This type of mumbo jumbo is nothing new with Voskamp. She loves to use poetic and inappropriate language when talking about God, instead of using His own words about Himself.  Apparently, His Word is not “all” to her. 

She spoke of an apostate who lost his faith because he didn’t enjoy God.  She said a lack of joy or enthusiasm for God reveals a lack of belief in God.  At that point I’m like, wait, I thought we were trying to get away from the word “belief”?  Then instead of going on a good track with this train, she derailed and said, “There’s the hope only found in deeply inhaling the atmosphere of love Himself.  The overflowing reality of the Trinity.  And this is what it means to enjoy being alive.  Breathe Him in.”  No, that’s not it sister.  That’s closer to the language of mystics than the Word.  How in the world does a lady listen to this and know how to “deeply inhale the atmosphere of love” and then proceed to grow in Christ?  It’s not helpful and it’s not biblical. 

Our joy is found in the Lord of our salvation.  We were saved from His wrath and given new life and eternal hope.  I agree, if you have no joy in the Lord of your salvation you are probably not saved but joy isn’t going to come by breathing in some Atmospheric Gravity Terra God, whatever that means.  Repent and believe in Christ Jesus as Lord. 

David Platt 

How sad it is when someone seems to have a legit grasp and solid stand on the Gospel; to have a heart for Truth but then goes into the cultural clouds and loses their touch with reality.  That’s what David Platt did.   

Platt is another one of those who loves to talk about miracles and then drifts off into an awkward and vague place because there is really no proof or biblical alignment for the miraculous claims he loves to talk about. 

He starts off talking about village people praying over a dead man’s body shortly before the body coughed and sat up.  He says this “allowed” the whole Gospel- people came to faith then.  A little later on he admits the dead man may have not been really dead- no way to know for sure.  Ah, so an undocumented and uncertain miracle “allowed” the Gospel to be heard and only then could these people come to faith?  This is mysticism and worthless babble.  Give me the truth, give me the proven and written WORD of God, not this soppy wet mess. 

Don’t get me wrong, Platt mentions the Word but as others at IF had done, there was very little accurate explanation or application of Scripture.  Platt told his sisters in Christ that God put them where they are to bring light and save lives.  They are to share the great news because they are the light of the world.  Yet, he doesn’t explain the “great news.”  He says we are to rise up and be light and ask God’s light to come upon us, through His Word.  Any woman of any church background could listen to this type of message and say “amen.”  Sadly his message severely lacked what many really need to hear, solid and clear truth.   

Isabella Garza, Dr. Anita Phillips, and Dr. Curt Thompson 

All three were in a group discussion with Jennie Allen who was asking the questions.  They were at one point asked if they would sum up in one word the biggest problem we are facing now.  Curt said “shame”, Anita said “trauma” and Isabella said “identity.”   

Those are the biggest problems?  

To social justice warriors who are disconnected from Scripture or from the reality of what the world really needs, yeah I can see those being the biggest issues to them.  How about problems like the softening of sin, discernment, or lack of Gospel literacy?  Perhaps maybe the problem of preaching a different gospel such as the social gospel? 

Curt needs to remember verses like 2 Thessalonians 3:14 when talking against shame, “If anyone does not obey our instruction in this letter, take special note of that person so as not to associate with him, so that he will be put to shame. 

Or 1 Corinthians 15:44, “Sober up morally and stop sinning, for some have no knowledge of God. I say this to your shame. 

Shame isn’t the enemy, sin is.  Shame isn’t always bad.  It’s a tool God uses to restore us to a right relationship with Him. 

Isabella further explained the problem of “identity” being we need to know identity in Christ.  That’s great because it’s true but there was no clarification from the Word on what our identity is exactly.  In fact, “community” was the emphasis of her statements on identity.  Again socially-focused instead of biblically focused. 

Anita picked “trauma” saying, “Anything that has changed your view of yourself or God for the worse is trauma.”  So if someone was to tell me I’m a sinner or wrong and therefore making me look more negatively towards myself than before, have I just been a victim of trauma?  Can I consider myself traumatized?  I remember reading the Old Testament as an unbeliever and seeing God being worse than I did before.  The one Christian in my life refused to try and remedy that for me, thankfully.  Aren’t we supposed to see ourselves and God as He says and change our viewpoint to be more like His, even if it stings or makes us feel worse or see ourselves in a worse light?  The problem with modern “Christianese” is we are too focused on feeling loved and reassured instead of being holy and loving others more than ourselves.  Jesus said this regarding His disciples who may expect special honor or rewards for doing what they should do: “So you too, when you do all the things which were commanded you, say, ‘We are unworthy slaves; we have done only that which we ought to have done’” Luke 17:10.  We are unworthy. 

With her and the other speakers, things were kept so vague you could come up with literally anything you wanted out of what they said and rightfully not be challenged on it.   

In another segment, Anita really went deep in “Wokeville” when she talked of racial blindness and Christians persecuting other Christians (no examples given of this, just presented as being fact without facts).  She said white Christians can be blind to having the capacity to persecute.  She talked of “black woundedness.”  Sadly she doesn’t seem to understand that blacks are just as much a sinner as whites and just as capable of being a persecutor.   

Again, no facts were presented just an obscure and ever so popular narrative.    

Bianca Olthoff 

Oh this poor woman has so much energy and passion and so little discernment.  It was painful to watch. 

She starts off by saying, “I can only teach out of personal experiences.”  Yikes.  I don’t think that is the direction we want to go when we are at a “Christian” conference and supposedly trying to learn more about God and how to live for Him.  Yet in the charismatic/new age world of professing Christians, this makes perfect sense.  They must believe what someone said God said to them or what dream they had from God.  When speaking from a social justice perspective, they must believe personal injustices are happening without any facts to back it up.   It’s feelings before facts.  It’s a personal narrative before the Word of God. 

Bianca talked a lot on Scripture yet injected us into the biblical accounts.  Eisegesis was her distinctive talent.  For example, when talking about Daniel 3:18 she talked of “getting thrown into the fiery furnaces of life.”  She said we have all been in situations like this (fiery furnace).   

Really?  I’m pretty sure I haven’t experienced anything like that.  

She explained that when “fire” is mentioned in Scripture it means two things; lives are transformed radically and the presence of God is revealed.  Scripture verses were not mentioned in order to back these two ideas up.  If she knew Scripture and read about when “fire” is mentioned she would know that fire usually symbolizes judgment (Isaiah 66:15, Joel 2:30, Amos 1 & 2, Malachi 3, Luke 3:9, Luke 3:16, Luke 12:49)  It also symbolizes purging or purifying. Fire is purifying to believers and it’s consuming to unbelievers.  Those truths were never mentioned in her message on fire.  Instead, she focused on the furnace in Daniel and made it about “furnaces of life.” 

She asked, “Who are you listening to?”  Yeah, good question Bianca, who are you listening to?  She said that we shouldn’t let anyone rename us, especially the enemy.  She said, “I refuse to let the enemy call me, “Mrs. Doesn’t Have What It Takes” or “Mrs. Humiliation Awaits Her.”  She continued with, “I know who I am – I am a prophetic declarer over God’s people.”  No, Bianca.  You don’t have what it takes.  Christ is Who has what it takes. 

“And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in distresses, in persecutions, in difficulties, in behalf of Christ; for when I am weak, then I am strong.”  2 Corinthians 12:9-10 

Bianca needs to be reminded that we all need to be humble, to have humility in our hearts.  It sounds like the thing she would like to await her is pride.  Humility is not the enemy and if Bianca thinks the enemy wants her to experience humility then perhaps God is her enemy?  

“But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” James 4:6 

“Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled, and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.”  Matthew 23:12 

“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, so that He may exalt you at the proper time,” 1 Peter 5:6 

Bianca is no more a prophetic declarer over God’s people than Satan himself.  I don’t mean that to say she is Satan but what she is teaching and claiming is not of God and yet she most definitely claims it is.  She mixes truth with error, just as the real enemy does so well and desires her to do. 

Jennie Allen 

She is the founder of IF:Gathering.  Throughout this conference she was asking the questions in several discussions.  She would say the prayers many times and give the topics to discuss.  A few things I heard from her to add to our concerns about Jennie: 

She would mention repentance but then go into a direction about social justice.   She talked about how her inbox is flooded with hate mail asking “why are you doing this (regarding social injustice narratives)?”  She just didn’t understand why others would not think this to be a good thing. 

She was very vague, of course, and although at times seemed to be going in a more biblical direction with her speech, she would soon veer off into mystical and fluffy language or into the social justice narrative.  Most times she would just throw a morsel out there for others to go further with. 

Latasha Morrison 

She is known for radical woke directives, such as having a whole group of white students at Campus Crusade (CRU) stand up and lament their white privilege. (See here: CRU Speaker Has Stadium of White People Get Up and Lament Their Skin Color (reformationcharlotte.org)

For a while now she has called for reconciliation- not in Christ’s Name but in the name of the social justice “god”. 

During IF:Gathering she says, “Pray for them (racist whites)”.  Although she says blacks shouldn’t have hard-hearts and should have a posture of humility, she doesn’t address the sins of all colors and the forgiveness of all sins.  The Gospel is the answer for sinful hearts and lifestyles yet God’s truth is not allowed by her to take center stage.   

Matt Chandler  

During a group discussion with Jennie Allen, Dr. Anita Phillips and Latasha Morrison, Matt went on a delusional woke tantrum, talking about those who don’t want to listen (those against the social justice agenda), who create these categories such as “Marxist” and “Critical Race Theory” and are infested by worldly thinking. He called them fools and explained “if calling sin sin is Marxism to you then I will walk away from you because you aren’t trying to understand; you aren’t submitting to the word of God.  If you want to go “Ahhh he’s woke” as if that’s a bad thing then I don’t know how to have a conversation with you – you certainly don’t love me.”  He had more to say that was just awful and needless. 

This is some of the most twisted and emotional talk I had heard during this conference.  Leave it to Mr. Chandler.  

First off Chandler is endorsing a movement that needs no facts, that elevates bitterness, fails to talk about forgiveness, ignores personal responsibility and has nothing to show for it but more bitterness, labels and division.  And those against this “conversation” are the ones who don’t love him?  He’s making this about love and about him?  And he is the one that is understanding and not about categories?  Secondly, Marxism and Critical Race Theory are exactly what he is pushing; he knows it and those in his camp even admit it.  He can at least have the decency to reject the lukewarm cesspool he is wading in and just openly admit he is not for the Gospel truth- for the love and forgiveness of Christ but only for the saving of his own face as cultural pressures progressively force him to publically choose a side. 

I recently read on Twitter a quote by Thomas Sowell:  

“The word ‘racism’ is like ketchup. It can be put on practically anything – and demanding evidence makes you a ‘racist.’”  

Chandler is one of those slathering it on everything because the cool kids are too.  Mark and avoid them. 

  

Eugene Cho 

He starts of redefining what the whole Gospel is – it’s now evangelism AND justice.  He says we must pursue and embody both to be serious disciples of Christ.  It would seem evangelism to him is just focusing on the love of God and that evangelism hasn’t ever been about giving the whole truth of what God has done for sinners.   

He is a mighty Scripture twister.  He accuses the Church of extracting justice out of God’s character and called it an agenda (umm no, the true Church knows all about biblical justice and God’s hatred of all sin and destruction of sinners who don’t repent and trust in Christ alone.  Those speaking at IF:Gathering were the actual extractors who hold to an agenda).  He says he understands it to be “complex, messy and challenging” but Scripture is clear in Isaiah 61:8 and Micah 6:8.  Of course these passages are not saying what he and all the woke “church” want them to say. They aren’t about social justice, they are about what God loves and what are heart issues not social causes that divide.   

The twisting continued as he spoke on identity, racism, marginalizing, etc.  He had the audacity to say the Samaritan woman may have been a victim, regarding having too many relationships, due to the men’s sins.  

Seriously? Jesus didn’t think to blame the men in front of her, not even the woman said it was the men’s fault, so why is Cho blaming the men?  Jesus provided truth and salvation to HER.  He forgave HER sins.  She says in John 4:29, ““Come, see a man who told me all the things that I have done; this is not the Christ, is He?”” 

Cho avoided real biblical accountability for the supposed marginalized.  It was a horrible message through and through. 

To Wrap It Up 

I don’t know how this version of “Christianity”, the kind IF:Gathering founder and speakers peddle, survives much longer with how the world is going.  They talked a lot in this conference about how to survive difficult things and trials and to follow Christ even if things get bad… yet I’m thinking they won’t survive their own emotional twisting of Scripture, the “conversations” they believe are heart and life transforming, the men pleasing, face saving or the focus they put on societal troubles and sad things rather than on real repentance and forgiveness of all sins and the salvation of souls.  They won’t find refuge in this form of “Christianity” when real persecution comes.  No “conversation” will save the day then. That imaginary fence will disappear.  They will have to confess Jesus as Lord, claim His Word and suffer for it or denounce Him entirely.  God will reveal their hearts. 

The world doesn’t need the social gospel, they need the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Whites don’t need to be labeled white racists who must repent of things they are not personally guilty of.   The world doesn’t need to focus on “racism”, Critical Race Theory, or the past evils this country was supposedly founded on.  The world needs the Gospel.  The world needs to know about repentance of all sins, forgiveness of all sins and the saving of any soul in the name of Christ.   


Above is an article written by Gina Cook, Gina and Tami write Through the Narrow here at Tulips & Honey Hub. They’ll be posting articles every other Tuesday. Both are published authors, you can find Tami’s book here, and Gina’s book here. We’re blessed to have them apart of our team, and pray their writing will be as edifying to you as it is to us. – Lauren Hereford

Biblical Illiteracy with Dave Jenkins

Hello dear ones, I hope this post finds you all doing well! Recently I had the privilege of interviewing Dave Jenkins regarding his recent book The Word Explored: The Problem of Biblical Illiteracy & What to Do about It. Dave graciously spent time discussing the current trend of illiteracy within the professing church, as well as covering the importance of study, church history, his testimony, and a lot more! This book is a fantastic read, I enjoyed the style as well as the mixture of historical and theological points, and recommend it to all ages.

Below is a timestamped outline of today’s episode, as well as the links to find the book and the author. Also, if you didn’t get a chance to see last weeks MEGA list, I’m going to link to it here. Big news, y’all, Tulips & Honey Hub now officially has it’s own app! You can, of course, listen across all major podcasting platforms such as PodbeanAmazon MusiciTunesSpotifyGoogle PlayiHeart RadioStitcher, and in video form on YouTube. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

TS 00:01:30 – Dave Jenkin’s testimony

TS 00:08:20 – Why did you become an author?

TS 00:10:20 – How did you get to know Costi Hinn?

TS 00:13:45 – Why is it important for believers to understand Church history?

TS 00:16:40 – Who is your favorite theologian that you’ve quoted?

 – Spurgeon notes for your own: https://www.raredoctraders.com

TS 00:18:50 – How did we get to this state of Biblical Illiteracy? 

TS 00:25:00 – How is it that we should encourage folks to be in God’s Word without being legalistic?

TS 00:34:40 – Do you have any tips for memorization?

Episode with Susan Heck: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8J_r3O3jnXo&t=846s

Episode with Nate Pickowicz: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApP59bFaEJQ

TS 00:39:30 – What’s the difference between Sunday service, small groups, or Bible studies?

TS 00:51:10 – Do you have any future projects we can look forward to?

TS 54:30 – What about pineapple pizza?

The Word Explored: https://www.amazon.com/Word-Explored-Problem-Biblical-Illiteracy/dp/1989174868

Servants of Grace: https://servantsofgrace.org

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Through the Narrow: Life is Short, Eternity is Forever – By Tami Dykes

Life Is Short, Eternity Is Forever 

While waiting in the E.R. my youngest brother says to me, “Tami, I’m dying.” This was already understood by the whole family but he had never said those words before.  After a few seconds, I broke the silence with, “Well, we are all dying, none of us get out of this life alive.” I know that probably sounded insensitive but it was true. But I also desperately wanted my brother to think deep and hard about the statements we were both making. I then asked him if he got right with God and repented of his sins. Our conversation pretty much fizzled out after he said, “Yes, I did. “ I so needed him to understand that he did need to repent for the sin in his life, he wasn’t innocent, none of us are. The conversation was awkward, to say the least, but awkward was the word of the day it seemed. You could cut the air with a knife it was so obvious I was offending him. He was in constant pain and organs were failing, I had to try and wake him up before it was too late.   

You see, according to my brother he was saved and didn’t need to worry about his judgment day because just a few years earlier he was in a church that had an altar call in which the person next to him said, “Do you want to go to the front?” The look on his face said, no way, as he just stood there silently watching it all but the person was so persistent, they took him by the arm and lead him to the front of the church. He seemed to go reluctantly so as not to call attention to himself but they shouldn’t have done that to him, it needed to be his choice, not theirs. Besides, I didn’t agree with the whole alter call farce in the first place. https://www.gotquestions.org/altar-calls.html   

My brother followed through, repeated a sentence, and they said he was saved. He walked away that day believing that was all it took. My brother continued in the same old ways he did before and I never did see a change in him in the years that followed. He never expressed a desire to even talk about God or what the Scripture said. In fact, he hated it whenever I did, which was all the time. Many times, he would humor me and listen briefly until he became exhausted with it and changed the subject. He claimed he didn’t need to talk about Jesus anymore because he was saved. One time he said, “Tami, I know Jesus, stop worrying about me” but I replied, “Satan knows Jesus, but that means nothing.” Anyone can claim they know Jesus but do they really? Just because they go to church, just because they pray at a meal or talk about Him means nothing. It’s not just knowing of Jesus that makes someone a Christian but desiring to know about Jesus and living our lives for Him that brings about change in us and gives us hope for our eternity. My brother didn’t live a life that reflected Jesus or salvation. I say this because God says in Matthew 7:16-20~ “You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit.  Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.”      

This means we can know a person by how they live, what kind of character they have; do they live as a Christian and show evidence of salvation? This can give us an idea of their spiritual life and if they truly are living as a person that is saved. Any one of us could look at a friend or loved one and judge by how they live if they know ‘OF’ Jesus or really ‘KNOW’ and love Jesus. If your best friend never goes to church and has a record of cheating and lying, then just because they say they know Jesus and are a Christian means nothing. At the same time, this doesn’t mean that when that person dies, they can’t turn to Christ in the very last hour of their life and be forgiven and saved, as the thief on the cross did. Luke 23:39-43 talks of a thief nailed to a cross for his crimes and as he hung next to Jesus he repented and acknowledged Jesus as his Lord. Jesus tells us he went to paradise with Him. Remember salvation isn’t based on how perfect you are but on our faith in Jesus as the perfect sacrifice. The thief was lost one moment, found the next, what a celebration! 

Just as the thief got a chance to know Jesus, in John 9 a blind man also gets to know Jesus. When Jesus meets the blind man, He explains that the man was born blind so that God’s works might be displayed in him, and then Jesus heals him. The Pharisees brag to the blind man that God speaks to Moses and they are disciples of Moses but Jesus is a sinner and they don’t know where he comes from. The blind man says in John 9:31, 33, “You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” In John 9: 35-38 Jesus asks the blind man if he believes in the Son of Man and the man asks, “And who is he, sir, that I may believe in him? Jesus said to him, You have seen him, and it is he who is speaking to you. He said, Lord, I believe, and he worshiped him. The Pharisees ask Jesus, Are we also blind? But Jesus answers, If you were blind, you would have no guilt; but now that you say, ‘We see,’ your guilt remains.”    

It’s important to understand that the blind man comes to know who Jesus truly is because he was given the gift to understand and comprehend through his sight. After Jesus heals him, he realizes that Jesus was from God and proclaims his ignorance of who Jesus is and his need to see spiritually so he could worship Him. The Pharisees on the other hand had the gift of sight but were spiritually blind because they had the opportunity to see the truth. They claimed to know God yet wrongfully accuses Jesus of being a sinner and not from God. They willingly remained in sin and rejected the truth to not believe in Jesus, making them guilty.     

Now, I do not think Jesus is saying that blind people don’t have the ability to know Him, because they do. They can hear the stories of Jesus in the Scripture today and be presented with the Gospel but back then Jesus was making a point that the blind man didn’t have the same opportunities as the Pharisees. He couldn’t read, no one shared with him the knowledge of who Jesus was, he couldn’t ‘see’ the works of God’s creation to be without excuse as explained in Romans 1:19-20 but that people can be guilty of sin when they have opportunities to know the truth as the Pharisees did but then reject it.   

We can read more on the meaning of that verse here, “Barnes’ Notes on the Bible~ “If ye were blind – If you were really blind and had no opportunities of learning the truth. If you were truly ignorant and were willing to confess it and to come to me for instruction. No sin – You would not be guilty. Sin is measured by the capacities or ability of people, and by their opportunities of knowing the truth. If people had no ability to do the will of God, they could incur no blame. If they have all proper ability, and no disposition, God holds them to be guilty. This passage teaches conclusively: 1) that people are not condemned for what they cannot do. 2) That the reason why they are condemned is that they are not disposed to receive the truth. 3) That pride and self-confidence are the sources of condemnation. 4) That if people are condemned, they, and not God, will be to blame. We see – We have knowledge of the law of God. This they had pretended when they professed to understand the law respecting the Sabbath better than Jesus, and had condemned him for healing on that day. Your sin remaineth – You are guilty, and your sin is unpardoned. People’s sins will always be unpardoned while they are proud and self-sufficient, and confident of their own wisdom. If they will come with humble hearts and confess their ignorance, God will forgive, enlighten, and guide them in the path to heaven.” 

Saying we know Jesus just doesn’t mean much if we turn from Him in our lives as the Pharisees did. The criminal and blind man came to faith but the ones that were seen as a religious sect that accepted the Old Testament as inspired by God didn’t. When I talk about the thief, the blind man, and the Pharisees these were men that didn’t know Jesus and when presented with the truth, they were all given the opportunity to believe in Jesus. So, what about people that don’t have the ability to understand the truth when presented to them such as babies and the mentally disabled? What happens to them at death. 

In 2 Samuel 12:22-23, we read about the death of David’s infant son, “He answered, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept. I thought, ‘Who knows? The Lord may be gracious to me and let the child live.’ But now that he is dead, why should I go on fasting? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me.”      

This shows that David had found comfort knowing he will see his child again but only by going to the same place his child went. We can only assume he believes the child is in heaven. He was in such sorrow while the child lay sick but after his child passed away David appears to have peace about where he believes his child to be and he stops fasting, cleans up, worships, and eats. David knows about God’s mercy and grace and believes the Lord will show his mercy and grace on his child and they will be together in heaven someday. 

It’s always heartbreaking when a baby passes but looking at the story of David can bring us comfort as well.  It’s common for people to wonder where babies go when they die or even the mentally disabled. How can we know for certain? Babies, and mentally disabled don’t know any better and don’t understand even what a sinner is, or why they need to repent, and even more so, know who Jesus is. You could explain the gospel to them a dozen times and they would never have the ability to understand it. That’s the difference, the blind man was given the opportunity to know the truth and he understood it yet with babies and mentally disabled they can’t comprehend the truth even if they were presented with the opportunity. Scriptures don’t specifically talk about where babies or the mentally disabled go after death. The only thing we have to go on to gain any knowledge from is within the Scripture’s accounts that speak of those that have died and by knowing the character of God such as in the story of the thief, the blind man, and David. Unfortunately, some faiths add to or take away from Scriptures to fit their own man-made beliefs such as infant baptism. Baptism is biblical but infant baptism is not. Some believe infants should be baptized so if they die, they go to heaven. Biblically, baptism doesn’t save babies or anyone, instead, it is a profession of faith, and a baby can’t profess faith in Jesus not to mention, Jesus wasn’t even baptized till he was an adult, which should tell us something. Baptism illustrates Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection and is done publicly of one’s own choice in a desire to express their love for Christ in the washing away of sins and believing the old life has died and a new life begins. It represents the dying of our flesh by fully being submerged in water (just as people that die are completely buried in the ground and not just sprinkled with a handful of dirt). Then when we rise from the water, we are a new person through Christ and have the hope of resurrection and eternal life. A new believer often shows evidence of their salvation by the desires for a biblical baptism. A lost person normally wouldn’t desire that at all. So, basically, baptism is pointless to a baby or someone that is mentally disabled because they are not capable of understanding the meaning behind it.      

Matthew 18:1–6, and Matthew 19:13–15, are comforting examples of how God loves children and says for believers to be like children. He speaks of them being the greatest in the kingdom and that the kingdom of heaven belongs to them. I think of all the small children and infants that have died through abuse, abortion, and sicknesses and are in heaven now. God’s character is shown through such gentle words that bring much peace.   

​The reality of how short life is becomes painfully clear when a child dies. Life is short no matter what because the moment we are born we start to die, some faster than others. Job 14:1~“Man who is born of a woman is few of days and full of trouble.” Compared to eternal life it is but a blink which is why God commands us to share the gospel to help people know the Lord and find salvation before they die. Once a person dies there are no more chances to get right with the Lord. Although God does the saving and ordained us before birth to be sealed for salvation, we are still called by God to point people back to Christ and His Word and share the gospel. We will never know the true outcome of anyone we share the gospel with but we just need to be obedient, reach out to the lost, and speak the truth. 

Unlike the thief on the cross spending his life as a criminal yet becoming heaven-bound in his last moments with Christ, there are people that live their whole life as Christians doing good works on a daily basis yet will be Hell-bound without Christ. The word ‘Christian’ is a title that anyone can claim and anyone can fake but one thing’s for certain, they can never deceive the Lord. Anyone can say they read the Bible and know Jesus, remember, Satan knows Jesus! The question we need to ask is, does the Lord know us? Well, of course, our Lord knows everyone, but that’s not what I’m getting at. If you don’t have faith in Jesus and desire to seek after truth, even though you defiantly have the opportunity to you won’t know the Father’s will and instead, you will believe in things not of God. Then He will declare to you He NEVER knew you. Matthew 7:21-23~“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’”      

This is stating that they are not identified as true believers. They believe in a different god, a different Jesus. They may seem like a good Christian when they brag about doing good deeds like prophesying, casting out demons, and doing many good works in the name of God but that will not get them into Heaven because God sees right through them and knows their hearts.  

When a person dies, no number of good deeds spoken at their funeral will get them into Heaven either. In fact, normally people speak about the deceased as a good person who’s in Heaven with Jesus now and suggest they are no longer suffering. I can only assume people say these things because they don’t know what else to say and they desire to comfort those in pain. There isn’t anything bad in what they say except biblically it’s misleading because we don’t know where they are. Sure, in some cases, there are people who do go to Heaven but not everyone. When people die, they ARE with Jesus but for the purpose of being judged, Hebrews 9:27~ ”And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after thatcomes judgment,”Revelation 20:11–15tells us that the dead stand before the throne and are judged according to what they had done and if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. Matthew 7:13–14 speaks of the difficulty in going to Heaven and says it’s a narrow gate and only a few will find it but many will go to the wide gate that will lead to Hell. Doesn’t seem like very good odds.  When anyone dies, they are judged; they stand face to face with God but will they remain in His presence or be cast out? I’d like to challenge you that for every funeral you go to, remember these verses. This should cause you great concern for the lost. It shouldn’t be easy to assume everyone you know is Heaven bound because the truth is more people will go to Hell. This is why the saying, they aren’t suffering anymore, isn’t true for everyone either. For those that are condemned to Hell, it is a place of torment and pain. In the Bible, even the rich man in Hell wanted to warn his family about it but couldn’t. One of the more disturbing phrases I’ve heard at funerals is, “they are looking down on you” or “they are watching over you.” For many, this also means the dead are active or invested in the lives of the living somehow. Unexplained activity is often blamed on dead loved ones suggesting the dead are ghosts. Ghosts are not real, but demons are and they are not to be messed with. Turn to the Lord, ask for forgiveness, and pray, for He is the only one they fear. Just as people believe the dead watch over them, some believe Saints in Heaven are a bit different because they are seen as holy and will come to watch over us if we pray to them. They have been credited with helping people find lost articles and even selling houses, none of which is biblical.  

After someone dies, they do not remain on earth or come back from Heaven or Hell because in 2 Corinthians 5:8, the Bible tells us that when we are absent from the body, we are present with the Lord. Hebrews 9:27 says man dies once then judged. Revelation 20:11–15 tells us the dead are judged and if they are not in the book of life they are thrown into the lake of fire.  

So, it’s apparent that the only one that watches over us is our Lord. Psalm 121:7-8The LORD keeps you from all harm and watches over your life. The LORD keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever. It is also written in 1 John 5:18 that Jesus holds us securely, and the evil one cannot touch us. Jeremiah 1:19 says the Lord rescues. Psalm 3:5 says the LORD was watching over His children. Psalm 31:23 says “the LORD preserves those who are true to him, but the proud he pays back in full.” If God is watching over us, then why would we want anyone else doing that? What makes us think our loved ones in Heaven want to watch over us when they are in a place that is so wonderful? I’m thinking I wouldn’t waste my time watching over anyone on Earth when I have all the wonders of Heaven to explore. Those in Hell wouldn’t be able to either or care because sadly they are suffering. Nowhere in Scriptures do we read the dead in Heaven or Hell are able or even unable to watch over us. But we can be sure that if they are watching us, they will be in complete agreement with the Lord’s dealings on earth. Those in Heaven are changed to have perfect understanding and complete peace with God’s will. There is a time where those in Heaven will follow Christ into battle and witness the wrath of God taking place as He kills and destroys everyone who’s evil. 

My heart ached so badly when my brother died because all I knew of him was his fruits and they were not good fruits. Sure, there were times he was kind and had ways of bringing laughter to people but again being nice doesn’t get you to Heaven, it’s having faith in Jesus and being transformed in the mind and heart through salvation. You hate sin and desire to live a righteous life. The only thing I can hope for is that my brother had a ‘thief on the cross’ moment that was truly genuine and humble just before he died. God shows us an act of love in giving us the ability to repent and be forgiven but only while we live.   

1 John 2:2~“He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.” God provides THE way to the Father through Jesus; we can’t find Him in any other way. God is also so merciful to forgive but we mustn’t forget that God is also just, which means our sins must be punished. In order for us to escape punishment, Jesus must cover us with His blood and if we deny that gift then we pay for our sins apart from Jesus. Someday God will come calling for us all and you will either stand guilty before the throne of God or you will stand covered by the blood of Jesus and forgiven. 

Everyone’s days are numbered and no one knows when God has appointed us to take our last breath. But think for a moment when we do, what is going to be the last thing we leave behind? What will be the last words from our lips? Are we going to leave something that honors God or will shame God? What will people say about you?  

I know I deserve hell because I’m a wretched person but I am also grateful and thankful that God called me to be saved and Jesus has covered my sins and I will someday be in the presence of God for eternity. Not because of any good deeds I did or because I’m a swell person-I’m not. I can only brag that Jesus was the reason I was saved, changed, and forgiven at all. I don’t deserve any credit or a “Well done good and faithful servant”. 

Do you have the assurance of salvation? “1 John 5:11–13, “And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life”. Who is it that has the Son? It is those who have believed in Him (John 1:12). If you have Jesus, you have life. Not temporary life, but eternal.”  

From, https://www.gotquestions.org/assurance-salvation.html 

For more on sharing the gospel click on this link https://biblicalbeginningsblog.wordpress.com/2021/02/02/through-the-narrow-casting-and-clutching-your-pearls-by-gina-cook/#respond    


Above is an article written by Tami Dykes, Gina and Tami write Through the Narrow here at Tulips & Honey Hub. They’ll be posting articles every other Tuesday. Both are published authors, you can find Tami’s book here, and Gina’s book here. We’re blessed to have them apart of our team, and pray their writing will be as edifying to you as it is to us. – Lauren Hereford

Learning to Eat Your Bible with Nate Pickowicz

Hello dear ones, I hope this post finds you all doing well! Reading God’s Word is so important, but it doesn’t always come naturally to us. In fact, sometimes it can be downright intimidating. Thankfully, we have a new resources to help with studying the Bible. Nate Pickowicz joined me for today’s program to discuss his newest book How to Eat Your Bible. Below is a timestamped outline of the interview, as well as links for the book.  Also, if you didn’t get a chance to see last weeks MEGA list, I’m going to link to it here. Big news, y’all, Tulips & Honey Hub now officially has it’s own app! You can, of course, listen across all major podcasting platforms such as PodbeanAmazon MusiciTunesSpotifyGoogle PlayiHeart RadioStitcher, and in video form on YouTube. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

TS 00:02:40 – Why is it important to study our Bibles rather than skim it?

TS 00:05:10 – How can leaders/husbands encourage their families to study the Word?

TS 00:08:50 – What book do you recommend we start with, and what is your 7 year plan?

TS 00:13:10 – What does it mean to read our Bibles in context?

TS 00:15:30 – Have you had seasons where you struggled with studying Scripture?

TS 00:18:50 – Is there a point where a dislike for reading Scripture is a concern over salvation?

TS 00:22:15 – Does the style of this book work for study groups?

TS 00:25:00 – What is your favorite helper for studying Scripture?

TS 00:27:50 – What is important about memorizing God’s Word and what has helped you with that?

TS 00:32:30 – Is God still speaking today?

TS 00:38:15 – Any new projects coming up?

TS 00:39:45 – Just one goofy question: What is the weirdest question any of your kiddo’s have asked you during studying Scripture?

Links for more information about How to Eat Your Bible: https://www.amazon.com/How-Eat-Your-Bible-Approach/dp/0802420397

Links to find Nate on Social Media:

Twitter:https://twitter.com/NatePickowicz

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Nate-Pickowicz-253992464943656

Church: https://www.hbc-nh.org/about-us/

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The Biblical Jesus VS the ARC’s Jesus with Kristin Everett

Hello, dear ones, I hope this post finds you all doing well. In today’s episode Kristin Everett joined me once again to discuss the differences between the theology taught in ARC churches and the Biblical truth. Below is a timestamped outline as well as a ridiculous amount of articles and research material.  Also, if you didn’t get a chance to see last weeks MEGA list, I’m going to link to it here. Big news, y’all, Tulips & Honey Hub now officially has it’s own app! You can, of course, listen across all major podcasting platforms such as PodbeanAmazon MusiciTunesSpotifyGoogle PlayiHeart RadioStitcher, and in video form on YouTube. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

TS 00:6:24 – What is the difference between the Biblical Jesus vs. the ARC’s Jesus?

TS 00:35:00 – What is the difference between Biblical expectations for Christians vs what ARC teaches?

Is your church in the ARC? Find out here: https://www.arcchurches.com/about/map

You can find Kristin on TikTok sharing the Gospel and the truth about Gods Word here:

https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMJVg6Vgo/​

If you’d like to check out the three part interview I did with Kristin you can find them all here:

Part I: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMqk2…

Part II: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b35IH…

Part III: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlopZELah4M&t=48s

If you’d like more information about Tulips & Honey check out my website: 5Solas.Online

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What’s Wrong With the IF Gathering

Hello, dear ones, I hope this post finds you all doing well! Each year there are several conferences covering a myriad of theological camps and topics. One of those conferences is the If Gathering founded by Jennie Allen. In this episode I discuss the issues with this particular conference and detail the difference between it and the upcoming Open Hearts Conference. Below is a timestamped outline as well as a ridiculous amount of articles and research material.

Also, if you didn’t get a chance to see last weeks MEGA list, I’m going to link to it here. Big news, y’all, Tulips & Honey Hub now officially has it’s own app! You can, of course, listen across all major podcasting platforms such as PodbeanAmazon MusiciTunesSpotifyGoogle PlayiHeart RadioStitcher, and in video form on YouTube. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-pastor-james

Petition to free: http://chng.it/MfTzVgNTQL

TS 00:04:45 – Seperation

06:30 Episode discussing the tiers: 

TS:00:12:45 – Articles from Tom from ExCatholic4Christ discussing Billy Graham: https://excatholic4christ.wordpress.com/2016/09/19/billy-graham-part-1/

https://excatholic4christ.wordpress.com/2016/09/21/billy-graham-part-2/

TS 00:15:30 – Law and Liberty: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIBnwrxi5dI

TS 00:19:00 – Big Announcement for upcoming Open Hearts conference. Check out our partners here: https://www.watchagtv.com

https://www.mediagratiae.org

Help support the conference here: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/OpenHeartsConference

Find more information about the upcoming Open Hearts in a Closed World Women’s Conference you can join the Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/526836121526587

Follow on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/openheartsinaclosedworld/

Subscribe on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6Djug27HA_Fp0eivQNXoGw

TS 00:24:20 – Articles about Francis Chan: https://the-end-time.org/2019/03/20/a-few-further-resources-on-francis-chan/

Articles about Jackie Hill Perry: https://michellelesley.com/2020/04/03/jackie-hill-perry/

Too Wretched For Radio 09/16/2019 – Wretched 

TS 00:34:10 – Trust the Bible: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeyLruvllOk

Articles from Through the Narrow:

https://biblicalbeginningsblog.wordpress.com/2021/03/02/through-the-narrow-what-about-the-ifgathering-part-i-by-gina-cook/

https://biblicalbeginningsblog.wordpress.com/2020/03/18/through-the-narrow-what-about-the-ifgathering-by-gina-cook/

https://biblicalbeginningsblog.wordpress.com/2019/12/31/through-the-narrow-ann-voskamp-seductive-romanticism-by-tami-dykes/

https://biblicalbeginningsblog.wordpress.com/2019/12/10/through-the-narrow-steven-furticks-heretical-views-on-satan-sovereignty-by-tami-gina/

Articles from Elizabeth Prata: Search Results for “IF Gathering” – The End Time (the-end-time.org)

Articles from Michelle Lesley: Jennie Allen and IF:Gathering – Michelle Lesley

The Mailbag: Do you recommend these teachers/authors? Volume 3 – Michelle Lesley

Leaving Lysa: Why You Shouldn’t Be Following Lysa TerKeurst or Proverbs 31 Ministries – Michelle Lesley

Christine Caine: Have No Regard for the Offerings of Caine

Articles from GotQuestions.Org: https://www.gotquestions.org/secondary-separation.html

https://www.gotquestions.org/ecumenism-ecumenical.html

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Through the Narrow: What About the IF:Gathering? Part I – by Gina Cook

In a few days, the IF:Gathering will be back at it again.  Sadly it seems terms such as “love”, “God”, “hope”, “messy”, “mission” and “gospel” will be made into a soppy salad served alongside a big ol’ meatless woke burger.  Nothing much good or true about it.  It saddens me that so many women are ingesting this mush without question.  What IF serves is not biblical, it’s not really beneficial and in many ways, it’s dangerously unhealthy.  I want to explain why.  

Last year I had written about the IF:Gathering and why we should avoid it.

(See here; https://biblicalbeginningsblog.wordpress.com/2020/03/18/through-the-narrow-what-about-the-ifgathering-by-gina-cook/hering )I want to shine additional light on the IF:Gathering, the topics and some of the speakers for this year. I’m not going to be able to do a deep dive on them but I will provide many helpful links to aid those who want to know more of why there are concerns.  

Changing the world

 “Changing the world” is the theme of this years IF:Gathering.  Jennie Allen, the founder, talks in her monologue about the message of changing the world and how she sees us changing it. 

“This is what I still believe can change the world.  I still believe you, in your places, loving your people, doing simple things well can change the world.”

 She ends with,

“Do not miss this. Join us live.  Gather your people.  Tell everyone you know and let’s go and imagine a world that is unified again and on mission for the glory of God.”

In just this short statement there are several things that concern me.  For the most part, it was very ambiguous.  Nothing in her statements was biblically clear.

There was absolutely no mention of Christ or Scripture.  There’s no hint of the Gospel.  Isn’t she talking about changing the world?  How does a Christian really do that?  We can’t see any meaningful or lasting change without proclaiming Him and His Gospel.  Ultimately we don’t change anyone in this world for the better- He does.

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, this person is a new creation; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”  2 Corinthians 5:17

“Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.”  Ezekiel 36:26.

Also, she says it’s “you in your places, loving your people and doing simple things well”

To say we must do things well in order to change the world is putting too much focus on us.  It is Christ Who saves, changes, and sanctifies.  We are simply the messengers and examples of what God does with a stone-cold dead sinner.  We are made alive because of Him.  He is the reason for any good.  Our deeds reflect who resides in us, so may our thoughts, words, and deeds be God-glorifying (Matthew 5:16). 

Also, what “simple things” is she referring to?  All I know is carrying our cross (Luke 14:27), counting the cost (Luke 14:27-33), enduring various trials (1 Peter 1:6), and being hated (John 15:18) are probably not best described as “simple things”.  But then I’m thinking she isn’t talking about any of those things. 

Did she actually say “unified again?”  When was the world unified in the first place?  I suppose that brief time before Adam and Eve sinned, the world (two people) was perfectly unified.  Since then, world-wide unity hasn’t been possible or even wise.

God says, “Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I came to turn a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a person’s enemies will be the members of his household.”  Matthew 10:34.

“If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.” John 15:19

We are NOT going to usher in any world-wide unity, especially with our good deeds and PC talks.  We won’t and can’t see world-wide unity until the Millennial kingdom (Revelation 10:1-7) and even then, Christ is the reason for it.  Things get much worse before then (Matthew 24:7-9). 

As I explained in my previous article, the true Gospel, repentance, and faith in Christ alone, are not the focus of any of their messages at the IF:Gathering.  Those were never explained or presented biblically.  The social gospel and easy-believism are central to what most of the speakers teach. 

Jennie Allen uses the term “on mission”.  I have found in my own experiences in churches who use this term frequently it’s less about what God actually defines the mission to be for Christians and it’s more about friendship evangelism.  It’s ALL relationship building and zero fidelity to preaching the Gospel no matter the cost.  All zealous fluff and no sustenance.

After looking into the guest speakers this year and what topics they are going to be covering it’s clear, social justice is still going to be a major focus in their teachings once again and what else would we expect, especially in 2021.

The Speakers

Latasha Morrison and David Bailey – They are going to talk about the Church’s next steps for racial reconciliation.  On the IF:Gathering site, it says, “Join Be the Bridge founder, Latasha Morrison, and Arrabon Executive Director, David Bailey, for this conversation on racial justice and the Church.

Latasha Morrison, founder of “Be the Bridge”, who is a “diversity expert” and “unity champion” says on her website she is “committed to educating people on cultural intelligence and racial literacy” and is “Certified Trainer in Cultural Intelligence and Unconscious Bias.  No surprise she is strongly supportive of Black Lives Matter.  Critical Race Theory seems to be her passion.

And just a real quick note on CRT- it’s is an absolute evil.  It’s racism packaged in “justice” and “healing.”  It’s devoid of any godliness.   It has no room for forgiveness, impartiality, grace, or hope.  It’s a factory of bitterness, hate, and perpetual victimhood that can never really be remedied.  It’s a destructive religion.  Social justice is not biblical.  There is only one justice, biblical justice.  What Critical race theory actually does is demonize being white, eradicates the hope of redemption or forgiveness, keep victims as victims, and ironically resuscitates white supremacy from its near-death into a revised and strengthened form.  That’s because it is about poor blacks needing help and handouts from whites.  Blacks have no power until the whites, and all that is supposedly created by whites, are out of the picture in some way.  CRT ironically keeps blacks in perpetual need of the white man’s lowered hand and has whites viewed as all-powerful and superior in a way that most whites would never think of or want, especially true Christians. 

To hear an EXCELLENT and clear cut discussion on CRT, check this out, it is well worth your time:  EP # 108 | Critical Race Theory – Just Thinking Ministries)

Dr. Anita Phillips – the site states:

Trauma therapist and life coach, Dr. Anita Phillips is an expert at unraveling the human experience. Known for her paradigm-shifting insights at the intersection of mental health, spirituality, and culture, her work is guided by one simple idea: most things that seem complicated are actually just hard. From overthrowing anxiety to re-imagining the path to equity, Dr. Anita helps people, groups, and organizations accomplish hard things.

Ahh, “paradigm-shifting insights at the intersection of mental health, spirituality, and culture “ and “re-imagining the path to equity”.  Smells familiar, like a woke burger deluxe.  When someone starts using spirituality and culture in the same sentence, and on top of that, says they can bring insights on the subjects, run!Also, I noticed now we are talking about hard things.  Simple things, hard things.  Clear as mud.

Jackie Hill Perry – She is actually well known but perhaps some of the more recent and most concerning endorsements and associations are not as known to most. 

Sadly she was once a seemingly solid believer, being saved from a life of homosexuality and false religion but has now fully embraced dangerous teachings, especially in the social justice arena.  She has partnered with false teachers in various events for a few years now.  After being called out for her close ties to false teachers and false churches she vehemently defended it, not showing any concern for what they teach as being wrong, saying “I don’t define false teachers as others do.”

She also preaches to men.

You can find out more about her here:

https://michellelesley.com/2020/04/03/jackie-hill-perry/Too Wretched For Radio 09/16/2019 – Wretched (16:00)

Christine Caine  – Although she is likable and has done a lot for important causes, such as human trafficking, she should be avoided for several reasons.  She is known to preach to men, to have strong ties to the prosperity “gospel”, mishandle Scripture, and to closely associate with false teachers.  That’s enough to know she can’t be a trusted teacher of the Lord’s Word.

You can read more on her here:

Francis Chan – It’s heartbreaking to witness a man who had a strong start only to embrace a soft, ecumenical, and extra-biblical mystical belief system.  He supports Catholicism, prosperity gospel, and false prophets for starters.  Francis Chan has written and taught some good things, some very biblical things, but that’s why he’s so dangerous.  When you have truth mixed with poison, when you embrace and endorse wolves, people will be more easily stumbled and wounded. 

To learn more about the concerns regarding Francis, check out these links:

Too Wretched For Radio 08/19/2019 – Wretched

Francis Chan: Q&A (pt3) // Catholic Ecumenical Track – YouTube

A few further resources on Francis Chan – The End Time (the-end-time.org)

David Platt – Again, another man who seemingly started out solid, who was even warning against false teachings, and unbiblical practices such as  “asking Jesus into your heart”.  Sadly he is now taking off in dangerous directions.  David, like others, has taught biblically solid material.  However, he is now embracing Critical Race Theory/Social justice gospel.  He openly supports false teachers, such as Beth Moore and Louie Giglio.

David Platt Promotes False Teacher, Louie Giglio (reformationcharlotte.org)

David Platt Preaches Jesse Jackson-like Sermon on Racism, Turns Out to Be Racist and Unjust (reformationcharlotte.org)

Ann Voskamp and Lysa Terkeurst – I wrote about these two ladies in my first article.  Nothing has seemed to change. No repenting of extra-biblical, gross emotionalism and nonsensical teachings.  The concerns are very serious with these two ladies.  The partnering with false teachers and the embracing of false teachings should not be downplayed.  These two women are very good at making false teachings funny, heart-warming, and seemingly needed for your spiritual growth.

https://biblicalbeginningsblog.wordpress.com/2019/12/31/through-the-narrow-ann-voskamp-seductive-romanticism-by-tami-dykes/

Leaving Lysa: Why You Shouldn’t Be Following Lysa TerKeurst or Proverbs 31 Ministries – Michelle Lesley

Bianca Olthoff – She preaches to men, dabbles with extra-biblical revelation, has close associations with false teachers such as Steven Furtick.

On her website, it states a few ways she wants to “transform lives through the saving power of Jesus Christ”.  Here is one of them:

“Social Justice.  We are made in the image of God to do good and act good. Our initiatives are created to catalyze others to be socially responsible and care for others.”

Again, social justice is not real justice/biblical justice and has nothing to do with Jesus, with caring or with being responsible. Yes, we are to “Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor, Obtain justice for the orphan, Plead for the widow’s case.” (Isaiah 1:17)  Social justice in its true form is not any of that.

https://biblicalbeginningsblog.wordpress.com/2019/12/10/through-the-narrow-steven-furticks-heretical-views-on-satan-sovereignty-by-tami-gina/

Rebekah Lyons – She preaches to men, believes false religions can have unity with Christianity, seeks to be culturally relative, has close connections and praise for false teachers such as Rachel Held Evans.

Lauren Chandler – She is the wife of Matt Chandler, pastor of The Village Church, another one of those whose discernment has seemingly bit the dust.  His endorsements of false teachers such as Anne Voskamp, his embrace of extra-biblical revelation, and very sloppy handling of Scripture is not good at all.  Does his wife embrace the same?  Although not sure how far she shares the exact same convictions, she has no doubt embraced some troubling teachers, practices, and beliefs.

Matt Chandler saw a pirate ship, cannons, and a shark. Oh my! – YouTube

The Mailbag: Do you recommend these teachers/authors? Volume 3 – Michelle LesleyI have not mentioned all the speakers for this year.  There are several more.  I wouldn’t put them all in one class.  There are a few that are respectable for the most part.  There are a few others who are questionable but not enough evidence yet to determine which side of the fence they are really on. Overall it’s not wise to try and “eat the meat and just spit out the bones” here.   I strongly suggest avoiding IF:Gathering, doing your homework, and warning your sisters in Christ.  The salvation of souls and the health of the church depend on it.

Remember, the only hope for anyone is the whole Gospel.  The only way to redemption and righteousness is THE Way, our Lord Jesus Christ – not the dumbed-down, fluffy soft version of “jesus” topped with all of our sugary “good” works.  He is the righteous King, Almighty Savior, and the great I AM. Let Him be heard by proclaiming what is God-breathed.  Only through Him will good and everlasting change come!

Additonal notes:  Michelle Lesly and Elizabeth Prada’s older articles on IF:Gathering are a great help in outlining some of the concerns that have seemingly not changed over the years. 

Michelle Lesley: Jennie Allen and IF:Gathering – Michelle Lesley

Elizabeth Prada: Search Results for “IF Gathering” – The End Time (the-end-time.org)

The official website of IF:Gathering:

IF:Gathering 2021 – IF:Gathering

Free Pastor Coates: How Do We Handle Persecution?

Hello again, dear ones, I hope this post finds you all doing well! Today’s episode is more serious than my usual topics, but it’s very important. Most of you know about Pastor James Coates arrest back in February. In this show I walked through a few historical events that are similar, as well as discussing the current situation, and finally going through what we do from here. Below is a timestamped outline for today’s episode, and I have to mention quickly that the bloopers in today’s episode is the absolute best I’ve ever gotten. I hope you’ll all check it out at the end of the episode, and laugh along…or don’t depending on how competitive you want to be. Also…big news, y’all, Tulips & Honey Hub now officially has it’s own app! You can, of course, listen across all major podcasting platforms such as PodbeanAmazon MusiciTunesSpotifyGoogle PlayiHeart RadioStitcher, and in video form on YouTube. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

04:15  – Censorship episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1SvaQ6qhzM&t=585s

05:45 – Athanasius Against the World

06:25 – Article on Arius and Athanasius: https://wordpress.com/posts/biblicalbeginningsblog.wordpress.com?s=athanasius

12:02 – Article on book by Athanasius: https://wordpress.com/posts/biblicalbeginningsblog.wordpress.com?s=athanasius

14:00 – John Bunyan

23:55 – John Bunyan’s books reviewed: https://biblicalbeginningsblog.wordpress.com/2017/09/14/thursday-book-review-grace-abounding/

https://biblicalbeginningsblog.wordpress.com/2018/07/19/thursday-book-review-the-holy-life-the-beauty-of-christianity/

https://biblicalbeginningsblog.wordpress.com/2017/04/13/a-review-of-the-pilgrims-progress/

29:00 – The Truth Chronicles book series review: https://wordpress.com/posts/biblicalbeginningsblog.wordpress.com?s=The+Truth+Chronicles

34:00 – If you need to reach out to me about what you’re currently reading you can find me on 

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35:30 – John MacArthur

41:25 – Erin Coates speaking in the Open Hearts 2020 Conference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYfM3qy5izU&t=1799s

Erin Coates on my program: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dMLdkWzvio&t=119s

Erin Coates on Doreen Virtue’s Program: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPhRsZGHlkk&t=650s

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The First EVER Dad Joke-Off

Hello dear ones! I hope this post finds you all doing well, I know I’ve had some very difficult couple of weeks. Hopefully I’ll get the chance to detail them further in a later post, but for today I have a really exciting episode! Today is the day, the first ever, hopefully not the last, dad joke off. My wonderful husband joined me in this challenge as we discuss the confusion that surrounds being joyful before delving into a very tight race to the top of the dad joke mountain. Don’t laugh, but please play along and root for #teamLauren (not J all the Way obviously) and make sure to let me know in the comments below how you did.

Below is a very short outline for today’s episode, and I have to mention quickly that the bloopers in today’s episode is the absolute best I’ve ever gotten. I hope you’ll all check it out at the end of the episode, and laugh along…or don’t depending on how competitive you want to be. Also…big news, y’all, Tulips & Honey Hub now officially has it’s own app! You can, of course, listen across all major podcasting platforms such as PodbeanAmazon MusiciTunesSpotifyGoogle PlayiHeart RadioStitcher, and in video form on YouTube. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

TS 00:14:15 – Round 1

TS 00:23:43 – Round 2

TS 00:37:30 – Round 3

TS 00:47:45 – Honorable Mentions

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Through the Narrow: Casting and Clutching your Pearls – By Gina Cook

Casting and Clutching your Pearls

Sharing the Gospel is the command of the Lord, the joy and duty of a Christian and often times where believers struggle most in their walk with Christ.  Either we labor too long in trying to reach the obstinate mockers and become gravely discouraged or we find ourselves around the rankest of sinners and immediately tuck and run for the nearest exit.  Mission abort.  

It’s the undiscerning pearl “casters” vs. the fainting pearl “clutchers”.  

We can be either one at any given time.  I know I have!  These are not identities I believe a Christian has continually.  There are moments, maybe many, where we tend to fall in one or the other category depending on the situation.  

Why am I talking about pearls?

Pearls are mentioned a few times in Scripture, usually used metaphorically in communicating the value of the Word and Kingdom of God (see Job 28:18, Matthew 7:6, 13:45-46.)  

Pearls were the most valuable gem obtainable at that time.  If you had pearls, you had a fortune. They were THE symbol of great wealth.  They were the rare diamonds of the time.  Their beauty and, most importantly, what it took to acquire them attributed to their high value.

A pearl diver in ancient times would risk a lot to get them.  Dr. John MacArthur explains, 

“Basically, what they did was tie rocks to their body and then jump off the side of the little boat and go to the bottom amidst all the monsters of the deep that they would know little about, and the sharks and whatever else, and they would scour the bottom in the mud trying to come up with those oysters, holding one long deep-drawn breath, and fearing lest they go too deep and burst and die.  And they would come up with these treasures. 

And when once discovered, a pearl that was of perfection and beauty would be worth literally an unnamed price, incredibly valuable.  So valuable are they that the Talmud says, “Pearls are beyond price.””

 (taken from: Entering the Kingdom (gty.org) )

Once a fine pearl was found and brought to surface a sensible diver would never think of chucking it into the most obviously filthy and useless place.    No way.  How senseless that would be.  

Even more so for Christians to do so regarding the holy things of God.

Casting Your Pearls

“Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.” Matthew 7:6

This is talking about the precious Truth of God, the pearls beyond price. 

(To clarify, the Mormon’s “The Pearl of Great Price” is not to be viewed as biblically sound.  To know why you can check out this link: What is The Pearl of Great Price in Mormonism? | GotQuestions.org.)  
No one would think to give their most precious possession to a filthy, wild animal for it to trample underfoot. 

So who are the spiritual swine this verse is talking about exactly and why not share the Gospel with them?  Aren’t we to share Christ with all the world? (Mark 16:15, John 17:18)

“Swine” doesn’t refer to all unbelievers but only to unbelievers who are particularly disrespectful, resistant to and hostile towards the Gospel.  These are pig-headed people; existing proudly in their muck and having no concern over what is truly valuable.  They will treat it with contempt and attack.  

Remember the command for the disciples in Matthew 10:14 to “shake the dust off your feet”?  

“And whoever does not receive you nor listen to your words, as you leave that house or city, shake the dust off your feet.”

It was the swine-like unbelievers had to leave behind.  These people did not see any value in the truth nor would they pay any cost for it (Luke 14:28).  They were the spiritual “swine” that mock and reject the truth of God.

We even read about Jesus Himself refusing to “cast pearls to the swine”.  In Matthew 21:27 when the chief priests and elders questioned Christ’s authority it ended with Him saying, “Neither am I telling you by what authority I do these things.”

Matthew 27:12-14 says, “And while He was being accused by the chief priests and elders, He did not offer any answer. Then Pilate *said to Him, “Do You not hear how many things they are testifying against You?” And still He did not answer him in regard to even a single charge, so the governor was greatly amazed.

“And the disciples came up and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” And Jesus answered them, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted.”  Matthew 13:10-11

Sadly for them, the conversation was over and the door was shut.  There was nothing more to say.  Their rejection of what was most precious brought upon His rejection of them.  

This doesn’t mean we know for sure one who seems to be a swine will never become a sheep.  We don’t have the ability to see as God sees.  Yet, if they are being swine at the time we must dust off and move on.  We must trust God to use any seeds already planted and prayerfully walk on as we leave them with His warning for their soul.  We take our pearls elsewhere and trust the Lord with it all.  Our hands are clean and He is glorified.  

We admire the passion of the pearl caster to share Truth.  The Gospel is paramount in our Christian life.  It is the power of God for salvation.  We are to go into the world and give the Good News.  After all, how can one know Jesus without hearing about Him?  As Romans 10:14 says, “How then are they to call on Him in whom they have not believed? How are they to believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how are they to hear without a preacher?”  

This is true.  However, God wants us to know caution must be exercised regarding the pointless and exhausting chucking of what is most valuable to those who refuse to receive it.  The Kingdom is a priceless treasure, never to be treated with contempt.  The value of this “pearl” is incomprehensible.

God says in Matthew 13:45, “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold everything that he had and bought it.”

The wise understand and appreciate the value of it.  They know it’s worth their livelihood, even their own life.  Some who look like possible swine from a glance may be the very ones who appreciate the Truth the most.Clutching Your Pearls

Jesus did not keep priceless pearls from the lepers, prostitutes, swindlers, and the like.  He was ridiculed for His compassion for the drudge of society.  He saw them, He called them out of their filth and they responded in faith.  He is the Healer of those who know they need healing.  When the Good News was cast to them they received it with great joy.  

Pearl “clutchers”, or perhaps one could refer to them as “Jonah-ites”, can have the tendency to cling tightly to their precious pearls as they look upon the sinfulness of this world in horror.  Perhaps a particular sinner, the most repulsive and intimidating kind, has the Christian clutching and running rather than sharing and trusting.  They quickly retreat in the opposite direction without allowing the Word of God to be cast at all.  

The “clutchers” do well to hang on to the Word of God.  They cling to it with love, especially during times of distress and difficulty.  To them it is precious but at times forget it’s not just for them.  Again we are to go into the world to reach the lost for Christ (John 17:18).  We can’t be picking and choosing who gets to hear it according to outward appearance, biases or fears.  

“But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God does not see as man sees, since man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7

We don’t want to be like Jonah, running away from the people who need to hear it and are actually willing to receive it.  We don’t want to be more concerned about our earthly comfort than one’s eternal torment.  Don’t be Jonah in the sense of retreating to your shelter without a care for the souls of your least favorite sinners.  Jonah was more concerned about a withered shade plant for himself than the possible torment of a large group of people.  

“Then the Lord said, “You had compassion on the plant, for which you did not work and which you did not cause to grow, which came up overnight and perished overnight. Should I not also have compassion on Nineveh, the great city in which there are more than 120,000 people, who do not know the difference between their right hand and their left, as well as many animals?”  Jonah 4:10-11

As Christ has compassion, so should we.  And not only compassion but courage and confidence in the Word and work of God.

 “Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life.” John 6:68

The priceless pearl of the eternal kingdom of God is worth whatever cost we may need to pay here.  There is a sacrifice to having the finest of pearls and perhaps great cost in our attempts to share them with the world.  One thing is for sure, we have nothing without what is most precious.  No one does.

“More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them mere rubbish, so that I may gain Christ,” Philippians 3:8

Let us strive to not mishandle, dishonor, or hoard the Pearl of great value! 


Above is an article written by Gina Cook, Gina and Tami write Through the Narrow here at Tulips & Honey Hub. They’ll be posting articles every other Tuesday. Both are published authors, you can find Tami’s book here, and Gina’s book here. We’re blessed to have them apart of our team, and pray their writing will be as edifying to you as it is to us. – Lauren Hereford