Homeschooling Update: Saturday, November 30th, 2019

Hello dear ones, I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend. I know it’s been a long time since I did an update on homeschooling. Hopefully I’ve been able to work my schedule around to where I’ll be able to do these posts more often. There’s been a lot of changes since the last update, so at least that will make for more interesting reading. I also have several links and resources for you all, that I’m very excited about. Let’s start with some updates, shall we?

As you all well know, we’ve moved again, taking a new assignment in ND. I found a successful way of homeschooling while packing and unpacking. We split lessons in half, making sure she was still learning, but not overwhelming her. Moves, even for a family that is always moving, can make little ones uneasy. While she’ll swear up and down that moving is her favorite part, there’s still a sense of excitable anxiety. She gets less sleep, which makes lessons more difficult for her to focus on. I also used this pattern, splitting one days worth of lessons into two days, upping the amount of art and play, during the lead of to the holidays.

For English we’re moving into a stage of more advanced sentence structure. I know most of her generation will rarely use handwriting, but I’d still like her to know the skill if need be. She’s already got such beautiful cursive, now she just needs to improve on putting together functioning, grammatically accurate, sentences. Spell check can only take us so far, after all. We’re still using Khan academy for math, so she happily made it through the unit on division. She’s officially better at math then her mom! For science, we’re going over the Periodic Table. After this we’ll be having some fun with chemistry. In history we’re covering both American history, and doing a global geographical review. For art class we’re using Paul Priestley’s YouTube lessons, now that she’s finished with his beginners drawing, we’re going to be doing his painting lessons.

Some great resources I’ve found helpful are Pastor Jims free lessons on dinosaurs which you can find here. These free lessons from Answers in Genesis Sunday School worksheets. And this great podcast episode from Semper Reformanda Radio explaining where we are legally with public schools, and why homeschooling is so needed. I hope these links, and the update, will be helpful for all my homeschooling readers, and encouraging for those of you whose little ones are not so little anymore. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

The MEGA List – Recommendations, Reviews, & Suggestions: Friday November 29th, 2019

Hello, dear ones, I hope this post finds you all well past your turkey daze. We had a great episode planned for yesterday, discussing the Reformed history of the pilgrims. As I went to edit it, the entire folder disappeared from my computer and backup drive. Have I mentioned that I’m not good with technology? I have no idea what happened, but I do know that it might be time to retire this old mac. I apologize for having nothing for posting or dropping yesterday, by the time I finished talking with the help desk guests were nearly on their way and I needed to finish food prep. I surely hope you all had a wonderful time yesterday, if you’re from the United States. Becca and I would love to see your photos of feasting, and to share them on the program. If you’ve got some new babies or grand babies you’d like to show off, send them our way and we’ll make sure they end up getting some spotlight. Whats coming next week? We’re going to be scrambling a bit, since my computer once again deleted so much content. However, for sure you can expect to see Justin Peter’s interview drop.

Recommendations:

I have three recommendations for you this week, dear friends. The first is a pastor who I have been particularly blessed by, which our good friend Tom from ExCatholicForChrist shared with me. As a bit of intrigue I’m not actually going to tell you who it is, but if you’ll follow this link, and you’ve followed this blog long enough, you’ll figure it out. Second I have a new blogger I’d like to recommend. Let’s give Melanie Brooke a big Word Press Welcome! Look for a guest post from her soon. Last recommendation was actually recommended to me by the hosts of The Aquila & Pricilla Hour, you know Emily from HeMadeUsAlive. They recommended a podcast entitled Church History Matters, and having listened to it, I can officially add it to my list of favorite podcasts.

Reviews:

Kayliegh and I finally had the chance to watch the new Pilgrims Progress movie together. It’s really great, although there are a few moments where it might be too frightening for younger kiddos. I also never appreciate the idea of making Satan look like a red horned devil, if I’m totally honest. He comes as an angel of light, giving children the wrong impression about him just gives parents a harder time Biblically addressing him. Other then that, it was very well done. I recommend this for families and kiddos over the age of 10, unless your little ones don’t scare easily. There were several points where Kayliegh, 9-years-old, had to leave the room while I fast-forwarded it. Granted, she’s read the book so many times she already new when the frightening moments were coming, so that made it much easier. You can rent, or buy, this movie on most online streaming websites including Amazon and YouTube.

Suggestions:

My suggestion for you, dear ones, this weekend is that you each try a new flavor of ice cream. This is something I never do, I get the exact same every time. It’s Kayliegh’s favorite, and since she often tries new kinds that she doesn’t like I have a backup plan already waiting to share with her. This weekend I think I’ll be brave, and really considering it’s going to be below freezing and snowing, not very smart, and try something new. What is your favorite ice cream, and what do you recommend I try? I can’t wait to hear it, and to see your photo’s! If you follow us on social media you can send them there, or via email at tulipshoneyhub@outlook.com. As always beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Out of Deception – How God led His Children our of Deception

Today, dear ones, with Emily’s permission, I’d like to share the testimony she’s written up on her page here. You can also listen to an interview of the couple with Doreen Virtue here. As many of you will remember if you followed my blog for long, Meyers was my favorite teacher before being saved. I’m so blessed to hear of Gods work in the lives of these two. False teachers are very good at deceiving, but nothing can stop our great God!

Paul and Emily Massey’s story began in 2008 at the church Paul was raised in since he was born, which happened to be a Word of Faith/Prosperity Gospel church, yet, their faith journey has taken many twists and turns since they were married in 2009.

For several years of their marriage, Paul and Emily were deeply involved in many areas of ministry leadership at their various churches such as worship ministry, prayer ministry, drama ministry, and young adult/student ministry. At one point in time, they both were employed at Joyce Meyer Ministries before Emily became a stay-at-home mom*.

But in 2015, everything they thought they believed in got completely turned upside down after watching the famous sermon, “Shocking Youth Message” by Paul Washer on YouTube. They began to question everything about their faith, and much like the Bereans, their passion for searching the scriptures for truth, led them to cling to solely the Bible (context is King!) and forsake the Word of Faith/Prosperity Gospel theology that Paul was raised to believe. He spent the first 25+ years of his life involved in that dangerous movement. It was completely the grace of God that his eyes were opened to truth and that their marriage (and family) was saved from utter deception of this false gospel message. 

In early 2019, they watched the film The American Gospel: In Christ Alone and the conviction to once and for all separate themselves from the Word of Faith/Prosperity Gospel movement was so strong that Paul knew he needed to leave his job at Joyce Meyer Ministries. After searching and applying for several jobs in his specialty, in just two short months, he was finally able to put in his resignation at JMM. All ties were finally cut, and they no longer had any association with the movement that is full of distorted and dangerous doctrines.

Now they have such a strong passion to boldly and graciously expose the error and false teachings found in that movement, so that many more eyes would be opened to the truth of the pure gospel. They are on a rescue mission to snatch as many as they can from the flames (Jude 1:23), especially from this extremely deceptive system. 

All for God’s glory, all for Jesus’ Holy name.

I’m so thankful that God continues to use American Gospel to reach the lost. Please join me in praying for Emily and her family as they continue to speak truth into the darkness of false teaching. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Through the Narrow: Priscilla Shirer Wants More – By Tami Dykes

This message is about, “Hearing the Voice of God”.

*See video below*

In this video, Priscilla makes a big deal about the presence of God and feeling the presence of God and the presence of God being here or there. She says that when the hair on the back of your neck stands up then that is the presence of God and we are to listen to him at that moment as if God is only present in certain moments. Ummm, Chapter and verse, please? Do we not understand that God is always present with those of us that are true believers, always! At the point of true salvation, the Holy Spirit is always there living inside us. It’s not like He leaves now and then and then returns.

In many different passages of the New Testament, we can see this. One would be in John 14:16 where it shows that Jesus explains that the Father will give another Helper “to be with you forever.” God said nothing in Scriptures regarding when He becomes present to a believer that the hair on their neck will stand up, nothing that could even hint to something like that. But here are more verses that tell us He is with us always (Matthew 28:20Romans 8:9). This verse is extremely clear that if someone does not have the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit, then they are not saved. Therefore, if the Holy Spirit or God gives us goosebumps or makes the hair on our neck stand up when present wouldn’t that mean God had to leave the believer at some point. If this happens then that person would have lost the saving relationship with Christ. Yet this is contrary to what the Bible teaches about the eternal security of Christians.

Got Questions answers this quite well in their write up, “Will the Holy Spirit ever leave a believer? They tell us it’s important to remember that, while the Holy Spirit will never leave a believer, in 1 Thessalonians 5:19 and Ephesians 4:30 tell us it is possible for our sin to “quench the Holy Spirit” or “grieve the Holy Spirit”. There is always a consequence when we sin and it does affect our relationship with God. While our relationship with God is, in fact, secure in Christ, unconfessed sin in our lives can hinder our fellowship with God and quench the Holy Spirit’s working in our lives. This is why we repent. It is so important to confess our sins because God is “faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). But God DOES NOT leave us true believers off and on and come back again and the only way we can know its Him is if the hair on the back of our neck stands up.

“People tend to experience goosebumps during emotional situations, such as walking down the aisle during their wedding, standing on a podium and listening to a national anthem after winning in sports, or even just watching horror movies on television,” Bubenik writes. “Quite often a person may get goosebumps many years after a significant event, just by thinking about the emotions she once experienced, perhaps while listening to the romantic song to which she danced many years ago with the love of her life.”

“Scientists at the University of North Carolina have studied this phenomenon. In a report published in the journal Social Psychology and Personality Science, researchers examined the relationship between music-induced goosebumps and personality types.”

– EverydayHealth.com

I’d also just like to suggest to you that Satan can cause the hair on the back of your neck to stand up as well and much more. The book of Job comes to mind with this.


Then she says that she felt she must have been a little more mature one year because she did not feel good about her sister getting those gifts anymore (even though she knew she would get them herself someday). She said, she felt she was mature enough when she finally wanted a box specifically for her, with her name on it. I wonder, is thats mature? or selfish?

“There ought to come a time in our relationship with Jesus Christ, where hand me down revelation about God, spoon-fed to us from someone else, is no longer enough.”  – Priscilla Shirer

Hand me down? Spoon-fed to us? No longer enough? Does she mean the “Word” being read by pastors or bible study teachers? The Scriptures? Yeah, what else could she mean? Who else spoon-feeds us? Where else do we get hand me down revelation? Mainly from pastors that read the Scriptures and reveal the teachings to help us understand.

“Where we celebrate the fact that God has given us leaders, teachers, and speakers that help us rightly discern the Word of God. But there ought to be an unsettledness in your spirit where at some point you say, you know what? I appreciate God’s general Word, but what I WANT is a box to come with my name on it. I WANT a specific Word straight from God, for me.” – Priscilla Shirer

There are those words again: “I WANT”. Well, it’s good that she appreciates God’s general Word but folks, where does it say in the Scriptures that we should be unsettled in our Spirit about only having God’s general Word? Where does it say that God will give us “a specific Word”, just for us, straight from God??? She also sounds very demanding in this comment, “what I WANT is a box to come with MY NAME ON IT. I WANT a specific word straight from God, for me.”

“I want to know what job He wants me to take, I want to know what person He wants me to marry, I want to know what part of the city He wants me to live on. I want God’s Specific Word and Revelation for me.” – Priscilla Shirer

She’s being a little demanding here, like a little girl demanding her parents to give her what SHE WANTS. She also just taught everyone watching her that Scripture is secondary and it’s not as great as someone getting a personal revelation straight from God just for you. To her, Scriptures is just “hand me down” stuff, when taught in church. That’s not a good thing to say about God’s precious Word and the Creator of heaven and earth. As far as wanting to hear from God about who to marry, where to live and what job to take, God has left all of that up to us. If we read His Word and live according to it and pray for God’s Will to be done that’s what Christians should do. His Will becomes our will. We are to be wise Christians such as when we are trying to decide who to marry, we choose to be with those that are like-minded and not unbelievers. We don’t surround ourselves with people that would corrupt us as Scriptures say, “bad company corrupts good character.” When deciding on a job we need to make wise choices that wouldn’t cause us to compromise our beliefs. Don’t take a job that requires us to be dishonest or to lie to customers or whoever.


“The privilege that you and I have is to NOT be handicapped as believers to where we can only hear God’s Word when somebody else is spoon-feeding it to us.” – Priscilla Shirer

Ok, I have a ton of questions here; first, did she just say that when the pastor reads Scriptures to us we are handicapped because it is being spoon-fed to us? Is that what she meant? Did she just call Scriptures, “hand me down information” and make it a bad thing? Does that truly mean we are handicapped believers? Everyone, please take this back to Scripture and test it. This goes along with her saying she felt more mature when she wasn’t happy about her sister getting the clothes first and she got hand me downs. She is not more mature for wanting something other than Gods Word that people bled and died for, that God preserved for us. But she has dangerously communicated that. Saying Gods Word is all hand me down and we are handicapped if we let someone else spoon feed us but that we should want more from God.

“Understand that the people that you and I admire in the faith, the folks that I so love to listen to teach, I read the books or listen to them on the radio, they feed me because of their own relationship with the Lord.”

“We got this bad y’all all, that some kind of way, that we put them up on a pedestal and we feel like they’ve got this relationship with God that we’re not privy to. We feel like they’ve got this special hotline connection with God where they are able to get revelation and we’re not able to have access to, but do you understand that the same Holy Spirit that lives in them, is the exact same Holy Spirit that lives on the inside of you and I.” – Priscilla Shirer

We know now that she is talking about outside the Bible, to hear God audibly where people can hear from God a message apart from the Scriptures because she says, “they’ve got this relationship with God that we’re not privy to”. We all are privy to Scriptures. She then says, “We feel like they’ve got this special “hotline” connection with God where they are able to get revelation and we’re not able to have access.” She isn’t referring to Scriptures here either because Priscilla has always had access to the Scriptures. Most people have access to God’s Scriptures and most everyone has access to a church so I believe she is speaking of a special revelation, a special Word directly from God that goes out to individual believers for their purpose and no one else. This, my friends, is wrong. God doesn’t communicate this way anymore because we had God come down in the flesh (Jesus) to speaks to us and He left us the Holy Spirit which helps us, guides us, comforts us and goes to God on our behalf. Then we also have the New Testament. God has told us that God’s Final Word is His Son (Hebrews 1:1-2)


“God does not play favorites, my friend! In fact, YOU are His favorite.”  – Priscilla Shirer

Ok, this is funny! She’s very serious when she says this but it’s funny to me because she says God doesn’t play favorites and then the very next second says, You are His favorite?

“Do you belong to the Shepherd? If you want to hear the voice of God, you gotta be in a relationship with Him.” Priscilla Shirer

If we hear God’s voice it’s by reading and knowing God in the Word. The thing is, the true believer will not be deceived because they “READ Scriptures” and study it and learn from Biblical church leaders. That’s how we get to know God. Christians that read the Word themselves know how to put on the Armor. They will know the Word (which is God’s Voice) and that keeps us in the knowledge of God’s ways. We continue to follow our Shepherd because we know “His Voice” which is “His Word”. Those that don’t read His Word and study it and learn from Biblical church leaders will be lead astray. But she’s not talking about pastors reading the Word, is she?

“There is a secret language; there is an ability to hear the voice of God that comes when you’re a part of the family of God.”

Wait, is that Biblical? Do you think there’s a secret language? Again, I do believe she is talking about audibly hearing God’s voice in a secret language here because reading God’s Word (the Scriptures) is not a secret language. However, she just insulted so many people here because she is talking about hearing God outside the Bible, in an audible way, a secret language. If we don’t hear Him in this secret language audibly we are not in the family of God. Well, I know that I do not hear an audible voice so apparently, I’m not in the family of God, that’s really sad.


“When you place faith in Jesus you now have access to every single one of the rights and privileges that come with being a part of His family, it’s a good deal to be the family of God.” – Priscilla Shirer

Romans 1:20 tells us that general revelation is available for every human being on the face of the earth. Looking at the star, the moon, the sun, the mountains, the horizon, the oceans, the beauty of all that has been created, you have got to know there has got to be a God somewhere, just because the visible creation speaks of the glory of our invisible God. But if you’re anything like me, you WANT MORE than general revelation. You appreciate general revelation but what YOU WANT are some details. YOU WANT to know God’s will for your life. YOU WANT Him to give you direction. 1 Corinthians 2:14 says that folks who are not spiritual, in other words, folks who are not Christian, they can’t understand the truths from God’s Spirit because they are not in a relationship. It says that all that stuff will sound like complete foolishness to them. Hearing God’s voice is impossible for someone yet to be born of the spirit into the family of God.”

Isn’t she just saying that God’s general revelation which refers to the general truths that can be known about God through nature and His Word, is just ok but she WANTS MORE than the visible creation that points to the ‘GLORY’ of our invisible God? That’s not enough for her? She is saying SHE WANTS Special Revelation. Special Revelation, which is how God chose to reveal Himself through miraculous means like God physically appearing, dreams and visions. This is what Priscilla says she wants. So she ‘WANTS MORE’ than the Word, more than the reading of Jesus, more than knowledge of the miracles found in Scriptures, she wants her own special, personal, specific Word from God. Special Revelation, that no one else has. 2 Timothy 3:16–17 tells us that Scripture is all we need. God isn’t gonna give us any more new revelations. The phrase; “….the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped” means we need nothing more. It’s complete!

DICTIONARY for complete: the greatest extent or degree; total.

Make (something) whole or perfect.

The King James Version says; “That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished”. You can’t get better than perfect.

1 Corinthians 4:6 says, “Learn from us the meaning of the saying, “Do not go beyond what is written”‘. When people say they have new revelations from God (not in the Bible) they are going beyond what is written.


“All these channels had always been available to me, they were there, the frequency from those stations were all there. I just didn’t have the right hookups to pick up on them. The same thing is true with your relationship with the Lord. God is always speaking my friend. The fact that you can’t hear Him doesn’t mean He’s not speaking, it means you don’t have the right hookups. You’re not tapped into Devine frequency so that you’re not picking up on hearing the voice of God.”  Priscilla Shirer

Stop here, this is where every single Christian listening to her should go straight to Scripture and look this stuff up! Does the Word truly teach us that we all just need the right hookups so we can hear directly from God? If so, does the Scriptures teach us how to get those hookups? Do the Scriptures say we need to be tapped into a Divine frequency so we all can pick up on God’s Voice? Notice this is another place where she isn’t talking about the Scriptures. She is talking about more than just reading Scriptures; she’s talking about something supernatural outside the Bible, more than what God’s Word says and teaches for today. When we read God’s Word we don’t need hookups to do that. She keeps insulting every Christian that doesn’t audibly hear God’s voice directly. We are not tapped into God.

Interestingly enough, I see so much about her as she compares the “hand me downs” as well as her parents keeping her from watching too much television and then her later wanting her own stuff (not hand me downs), plus getting access to cable (as a wonderful thing) that she could finally have and then she ties that into when she felt she was “mature enough” to seek out God. So it sounds like she’s saying, her grandparents and her parents seem to have suppressed her and she didn’t have what she really wanted or needed because all she had was hand me downs and was denied certain things like cable and so later got to the point where she longed for more, and finally got it. Spiritually is sounds like she saying, You are suppressing me, You don’t give me what I want and need, I want more than Your written Words. In a way, she is showing her bitterness towards what her grandma and her parents did and in turn, her bitterness with God and what he has chosen to do which is give us all the same revelation.]


“Do you know you have spiritual senses as well? That you have spiritual eyes and spiritual ears? In fact, in Scriptures it says, he that has ears, let him hear what the Spirit says to the church, not referring to physical ears, it’s your spiritual ears. It’s the hook up you get, that connection that you get.”

I hope everyone went to Scripture to test this one too. Where do Scriptures say this? She makes it sound like it’s a supernatural power everyone receives when they become a Christian just so they can hear God. Everyone should be flocking to Jesus just for these hearing powers, huh? Could that verse she points out mean that God is speaking of hearing the Word of God preached? Could it mean we hear God through careful study of His Word? We read and study God’s Word to the point that we can discern and understand it.

“Discernment is the process of making careful distinctions in our thinking about truth. In other words, the ability to think with discernment is synonymous with an ability to think biblically.

First Thessalonians 5:21-22 teaches that it is the responsibility of every Christian to be discerning: “But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil.” The apostle John issues a similar warning when he says, “Do not believe every spirit but test the spirits to see whether they are from God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1). According to the New Testament, discernment is not optional for the believer it is required.

According to Peter, God “has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence” (2 Peter 1:3). You see, it is through the “true knowledge of Him,” that we have been given everything we need to live a Christian life in this fallen world. And how else do we have true knowledge of God but through the pages of His Word, the Bible?” – John MacArthur

So careful study of God’s Word helps us understand and discern how we hear God speak “IN” the Scriptures. It’s NOT getting the right hookups so we can have spiritual ears so we could hear him supernaturally. In the Bible, the phrase, “those who have ears to hear let him hear”, was said to stress particularly important statements for us believers.

“Whenever Jesus says, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear,” He is calling for people to pay careful heed. It’s another way of saying, “Listen up! Pay close attention!” – GotQuestions.org

“He that hath ears … – This expression is frequently used by Christ. It is a proverbial expression, implying that the highest attention should be given to what was spoken. The doctrine about John he regarded as of the greatest importance. He among you, says he, that has the faculty of understanding this, or that will believe that this is the Elijah spoken of, let him attend to it and remember it.”  – Barnes’ Notes

“Matthew 11:15. A request to give due attention to this important statement in Matthew” – Meyer’s NT Commentary

“He that hath ears to hear, let him hear,” was a form of commanding attention peculiar to our Lord, and indicates, that the other things which might be said more expressly, are contained in those which have just been uttered.” – Bengel’s Gnomen


Priscilla goes on to say:

“The Holy Spirit will speak to you and then He will turn your conscience, turn your mind, your will and emotions until it begins to line up with the voice, the Will of God for your life.”

This one seems a bit odd because if all that is true then why isn’t the Holy Spirit turning Priscilla’s conscience, mind, will and emotions to line up with the Will of God which is to not preach to men or teach things that contradict His Word? No, she didn’t say the will of your husband or your pastor, she’s talking about the Will of God. It is not the Will of God for her to preach in authority over a church no matter who gives her the ok.

She says:

“To hear the voice of God you have to be one of His sheep.”

So because I don’t hear God’s voice specifically to me, I’m not His sheep, I’m not saved? What does this say to those listening to her?

“A.W. Tozer is one of my favorites to read and to ponder some of his thoughts and he said, “The one who does not expect that God will speak, will discount every single time God does speak.” They will say it’s just their opinion or a coincidence or it was just their own idea.”  – Priscilla Shirer

Stop right here, she is talking about hearing God through our feelings, our idea, our opinion or just a coincidence. She isn’t speaking of hearing God through His written Word because we can’t say that the written Word is our idea or our opinion or even a coincidence. But if we believe we hear God audibly then yes, it can be our ideas or just a coincidence. See how she puts this? Very sneaky!

“Every single time God speaks unless you have an anticipation of eagerness, an expectation that you can hear the voice of God. Every single time God shows up in your life, you’re going to discount it or ignore it or neglect it as something else other than the voice of God.” – Priscilla Shirer

Again, I’m pretty sure she is talking about hearing God audibly and not through His written Word. When God speaks through His Word, how can anyone see it as something other than God? Also, she comments that every single time God “shows up in our life” we shouldn’t discount it. Well, truth is He is always here in our lives for believers! Like I mentioned earlier, He doesn’t leave and come back again and leave and come back again. She is talking about supernaturally hearing from God personally, outside the Bible. That is Him showing up. Again this is not Scriptural.


When she says, “the Word of God is in our own heart”, she mentions Deuteronomy 30:14 so let’s read what it says. “No, the Word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.” What does this mean? Does it mean what she says it means? Is the Word in our hearts? Yes. But she should have explained further and should have read the whole thing to help new believers understand because it sounds like she is saying the Word just shows up in our hearts out of the blue.

“But the word is very nigh unto thee, In the ministration of it…”by those who clearly, plainly, and faithfully preach it”, and in the application of it by the Spirit of God to the heart; and in the gracious experience converted persons have of the power and efficacy of it in them, and of the comfort they receive from it: in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it; in the mouth by confession, being not ashamed to own it, and profess it before men; and in the heart, where it comes with power, has a place, and works effectually, and is cordially believed, and comfortably experienced; and when this is the case, its ordinances will be faithfully kept as delivered, and cheerfully submitted to”. – Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible

The Word was given to us externally and we are to study it with our minds and apply it and have the Holy Spirit work in our heart to live it and obey it. But she makes it sound as if we just have the Word inside our hearts. Let’s make it clear, the actual Word of God is not found in our hearts. Yes, our hearts are directed by it and we store the Word there when we study it and receive it. Saying it as she did may make people believe they don’t need to read Scriptures because they will just supernaturally know it and feel it word for word.


“The people in the Old Testament wished they had what we have. The only reason that they needed the signs and wonders is because they did not have the closed canon of Scriptures and the indwelling Holy Spirit.”

Really? The people in the Old Testament wished they had what we have? Yet Priscilla tells us that she thinks what we have is “hand me down” stuff. She even says we are handicapped because we are spoon-fed with hand me down Scriptures and she wants more than God’s general Word. So my question is, how does she know the people in the Old Testament want what we have when she doesn’t even want it? She sounds like she wants what they had. But I’d also like to say that the people in the Old Testament may not have had the entire Bible (closed canon) as we do today but they had exactly what they needed at that time. We know this because that’s all God gave them so it stands to reason that it was all they needed. Same today, we have the whole Bible and no new revelations are being added as we have seen in the Old Testament days. That’s because we have all we need. We need nothing more. Anyway, then she says they didn’t have the closed canon of Scriptures? If she believes the canon is closed why does she talk like we can receive brand new revelations and hear new personal Words from God? And receive new visions and dreams? That would mean the canon is not closed because if God speaks to us personally in those ways then He is revealing to us NEW things. Anytime God speaks we should always treat it as authoritative so if we can get new revelations today then Scriptures isn’t complete, but she just said it was closed.

“In our day in age, we have the best possible way to hear the voice of God… We’ve got the best way, the Spirit of God and the Word of God to lead us and guide us. – Priscilla Shirer

Here she says we have the best possible way to hear from God (as she’s holding the bible up). Again, why does she still speak of getting a special personal revelation directly to her from God and audibly hearing God’s voice with NEW messages? What I hear is her preaching both sides, both angles. She talks of both beliefs almost like she’s trying to cover all her bases. She contradicts herself and God’s Word constantly in this video.

“Do you really think He loved you enough to die for you but doesn’t love you enough to talk to you?”  – Priscilla Shirer

She is speaking of getting a personal Word from God outside the Bible because if she was speaking of God talking to us from Scriptures (where He does indeed speak) then her comment doesn’t make sense. When we read Scriptures, God speaks. So how can she say that if she is referring to the Scriptures? She’s not referring to the Scriptures! That is dangerous for her to say. God does love us enough to speak to us, He gave us the Bible. She also pushes “immediate obedience” that we need to obey the voice of God when He speaks. I would agree, but only if she is speaking about obeying the teachings of Scriptures. However, if she is referring to God’s voice in our head, in our thoughts, in our feelings or our hearts, outside the Bible and Him speaking directly to you then that is a dangerous thing to teach. We shouldn’t be in obedience to the voices in our head or a shiver or a feeling that you believe is from God. We should not exercise immediate obedience to those so-called personal Words from God. She says to obey even if it doesn’t make sense. She says to do whatever you sense God is trying to tell you. That isn’t wise.

She makes a comment that God speaks to be obeyed but where is her obedience to Him? She’s not obeying Him when she teaches and preaches in churches. The Canon is closed; there is no more to be written in the Scriptures. God says do not add or take away from His Word. Anytime someone presents a new revelation, they are indeed adding to God’s Word. How can I say that? Because Scriptures is God’s Word, it’s His authoritative Word (Jude 1:3). Scriptures say, “once delivered”, for a reason. It’s done! There are no changes to make in Scriptures, definitely, no new revelations are to be expected, it has been delivered all at once. Do not add or take away.

Justin Peter’s makes a great point when he says, “God can’t speak less authoritative in one area than He does in another”. It’s all authoritative. It’s all from God so when He speaks in the Bible it’s just as authoritative as if He were to speak audibly and give revelations to us. When people teach that God tells us new personal messages today, they are adding to God’s teachings, to God’s revelations and putting words in God’s mouth and tagging God’s name on everything (Deuteronomy 4:2, Deuteronomy 12:32, Revelation 22:18). In the end she does an altar call and the whole raise your hand if you want to have a relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior”, “If you want to be in the family of God”. Her whole focus is convincing them that if they want to “hear the voice of God” then come up and be saved kinda tactic. She tries to draw them in by enticing them with something wonderful (hearing the voice of God) but she lets them know real quickly that if that’s what they want then they have to get saved first.


“To HEAR THE VOICE OF GOD, you got to be one of His sheep”, “You want more than anything to HEAR THE VOICE OF GOD in your existence but you’re not in a relationship with Him and you want to fix that right now. You don’t wanna go one more day without being able to have the Holy Spirit so that you can HEAR GOD’S VOICE .” – Priscilla Shirer

It’s interesting how she has them run down to the altar and you can tell they are excited cuz you can hear the audience hooping and cheering and she is clapping and smiling which isn’t a bad thing just pointing out how happy everyone seems and then she has them all repeat her prayer.

“Let’s just all pray this prayer together.

“Lord Jesus Christ, I’m a sinner in need of a Savior. So today, I place faith in Jesus Christ as my Savior. Take up residence in me, in the person of the Holy Spirit, right now. In Jesus name.” Priscilla Shirer

Now, that sounds great to most BUT in all that, the only thing she did was promise them they would become the family of God so they could hear the voice of God. The only thing she had them do was run to the front and repeat a prayer. That doesn’t make them saved. The prayer, in a nutshell, was acknowledging they were a sinner (which I’m sure most of them know already but there was nothing about repenting). Them doing something to get something. “Placing their faith in Jesus so God would take up residence in them. I’m not saying some people weren’t broken, humbled or saved (God can use any situation) but what I’m pointing out is it was more focused on what they could get from God than what God already did for them. They only learned that spoken/repeated words are all that matters, not a contrite Spirit. They were told what to do, not help them understand why they needed to do it. They were told to place their faith in Jesus instead of understanding why placing their faith in Him is important in the first place.

It was all a feel-good moment and a “celebration” as Priscilla mentioned at the altar call. There is no mention of the gospel. Nothing was said about how they need to repent of their sins or asking for forgiveness? Where is the cost pointed out? Do they know why they need Jesus? Nothing about humbling yourself or dying to sinful self? How about escaping His wrath? Salvation is a very serious thing and we all should understand how deep it goes and what the cost was. She skipped over Jesus’ sacrifice completely. That makes me very sad. It was all done to get something. Her message was: If you want to hear His voice, to get His will for your lives, to get the divine frequency, to get the right hookups, to be in the family of God, to get special treatment, to feel the hair stand up on the back of your neck, to get a hotline connection, to get special powers of the senses that are spiritual eyes and spiritual ears, to hear that secret language, then you need to place your faith in Jesus.

She makes it about us getting something as if its, Raise your hand if you want a new car, “Raise your hand if you want to hear personally from God?” It’s as if she says if you place your faith in Jesus then God will give you amazing things. So are they placing their faith in Jesus because they know they NEED HIM to save them from Hell or to get something? God doesn’t strike a deal with us and say, “Well, if you place faith in me I’ll give you some pretty awesome powers.” Praying is always good, but we shouldn’t tell people to just repeat a prayer but instead point them too Scripture and share the gospel with them and pray with them. Helping them understand the gospel so they can understand why salvation is so important. It’s nothing we can do to save others or ourselves, God does that. All we can do is point them to Scripture (John 6:44)

(https://youtu.be/Ewi2iTi3Ec8)

Cross-Over with Michelle Lesley and Amy Spreeman from A Word Fitly Spoken

Hello dear ones, I hope this post finds you all doing well. Today we drop our 19th episode of Tulips & Honey, and it’s a very special episode. Another Cross-Over! Who doesn’t love a good cross over? Three different podcasts come together for one giant cross over! Amy and Michelle from A Word Fitly Spoken, as well as Emily from The Aquila & Pricilla Hour, joined me on the program. Together we make up four different generations joining one another to discuss Biblical discipleship from a woman’s stand point. It wouldn’t be Tulips & Honey without some fun at the end! We hope this conversation is fruitful and edifying.

I want to thank Michelle, Amy, and Emily for coming on the program to talk about such an important conversation. You can find Tulips & Honey on Podbean, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and YouTube. Don’t forget to check out the YouTube video, which is equipped with video. Within the episode we mentioned several different resources so I’ve included a list of links below. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Amy and Michelles website: https://awordfitlyspoken.life

Michelles Blog:https://michellelesley.com

Rock your Role Articles: https://michellelesley.com/category/rock-your-role/

Amy’s Blogs:https://bereanresearch.org

https://naomistable.com

Michelle and Amy’s Podcast: https://awordfitlyspoken.life/podcast/

Emily’s Blog: https://hemadeusalive.wordpress.com

Emily’s Podcast: Aquila & Priscilla Hour

Lord, it Belongs Not to my Care – by Richard Baxter

Hello, dear ones, I hope you’re fellowship today is sweet. The hymn I want to share with you this morning was written by Richard Baxter. The Puritans hold a special place in our hearts and bookshelves. The way they wrote is convicting, and yet beautifully designed to glorify God. I’m reading David Brainerd’s Life and Journal again this week. I saw a quote from him the other day and it gave me the strangest feeling! I missed the writing of him and Jonathan Edwards as if I had been away from dear friends for too long. God’s children are a body of believers, connected throughout history by our adoption. I’m very thankful that Edwards stopped David from burning his journal. I’m very thankful that in God’s providence Baxter wrote such wonderful hymns. I’m thankful for the historical Church that Christ has built, that the gates of hell will not prevail against.  


Lord, it belongs not to my care
whether I die or live:
to love and serve thee is my share,
and this thy grace must give.

Christ leads me through no darker rooms
than he went through before;
he that into God’s kingdom comes
must enter by this door.

Come, Lord, when grace hath made me meet
thy blessed face to see;
for if thy work on earth be sweet,
what will thy glory be!

Then shall I end my sad complaints
and weary, sinful days,
and join with the triumphant saints
that sing my Saviour’s praise.

My knowledge of that life is small,
the eye of faith is dim;
but ’tis enough that Christ knows all,
and I shall be with him.


Wow, where is the writing like this today? Has anyone else had to completely shut off the modern Christian radio channels? Man centered music can never be considered worship music, even if those who push it label it as such. Worship music must be glorifying to God, or else we are worshipping something else. What is your favorite hymn, dear ones, and did you grow up hearing them? As always, beloved brethren, be good Bereans and study to show yourselves approved.

Friday MEGA list – Recommendations, Announcements, and Suggestions: Friday

***Big Announcement at the End***

Well, dear ones, as I write this there are only 6 more Fridays in 2019, including today. Time seems to speed up when you watch your beautiful child grow into a lovely young lady, right when you want to slow it down the most. It also means that our first year podcasting is coming to an end. Next week on Tulips&Honey we’ve got two very exciting episodes. Monday, Lord willing, we’ll be dropping our interview with Justin Peters. As many of you will remember, it was through his teaching that my co-host Becca was brought to a realization of her need of repentance and faith. On Thursday, Turkey Day itself, we’ll be dropping our cross-over episode with Michelle and Amy from A Word Fitly Spoken. In that episode we discussed discipleship, how older women of faith can and should be training up younger women.

Recommendations:

Over at The Christian Home our sister-in-Christ as given a special code to receive some free resources to teach catechism to our young ones. Who doesn’t love free? I love free. I love going through the catechism with Kayliegh. I also love this blog, where each week we get to see new ways of glorifying God through the decorations in our home.

Reviews will be skipped this week due to the big announcement below…

Last Tuesday a dear sister-in-Christ wrote an article for me detailing why Beth Moore was not a sister, but a wolf in sheep’s clothing, that needs to be warned about. I was so blessed by the points she made, and the links she added, some of which I was even unaware of. I appreciated her coming alongside our podcast episode on Moore and women teaching to add more context to the discussion. I’m thrilled to tell you that Tami, joined by her niece Gina, who volunteers for GotQuestions.org, will be writing for the blog weekly! I can’t wait for you to read their coming article this Tuesday. After such a discouraging week last week, their willingness to help me, to pray for me, and to encourage me, got me through some very difficult days. Thank you ladies! Both Tami and Gina are authors of children’s books, which you can find by clicking the links on their name.

Suggestion:

I want to suggest that you each attempt a new recipe this weekend. I posted a photo on FB of a pie I was practicing, since we’ll be having guests over for Thanksgiving this year I thought I had better practice a bit. I got so many recipes and recommendations for pies I had never heard of! That’s pretty exciting, but it surprised me that there were so many choices that I was unaware of. So, try something new, and let me know how it goes. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.