Wednesday Testimony – Dying Well

There are many ways we can give a testimony, from the beginning of salvation to the beginning of eternity with Christ, we tell the world of Gods glory. If you have any experience with Foxes Book of Martyres then you know the power a testimony can have of a believer who dies well.

Philippians-1:20

John Calvin has became a controversial figure in church history, as you know I like to avoid controversial issues. Ok, jokes aside, if you want soft serve Christian posts you’ve probably landed on the wrong side of the blogosphere. Calvin’s life might have been controversial, but his death is extremely telling.

He wrote in his last will and testament that he did not want a marked grave. His family and friends were shocked when they found out, and still to this day no one knows where Calvin was buried. It’s interesting to note that John Calvin sought fame before becoming saved, he wanted to be well known. Once saved he wanted only to make known the Savior. In his death he made one final effort to point his followers to Christ, and away from his name. 

John-Calvin

We tend to look back at these impressively bearded men of church history in awe and wonder. Calvin’s death should serve as a reminder, as a testimony to where our awe and wonder should be placed. The vessel God uses is not to be the point of our worship, God Himself is worthy of all honor, praise, and glory. He took the heart of stone out of a man and replaced it with a heart of flesh. He used that man to change church history, then He brought that man home to eternal peace in His glorious presence. 

It’s not by Calvin’s might that he died well, but by the grace of God. Wednesday Testimony’s are not to deify man, but to glorify the one who saves man. If we put our faith in man we will consistently be disappointed.

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Place you faith in the God that saves, flee from the wrath to come! If you are unsure of your salvation, if you’ve never worked through it with fear and trembling, I encourage you to do so now. Cry out to God! If you have any questions feel free to ask, or find an elder or pastor in your church to talk to about this. 

As always, my beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

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Twisted Tuesday’s – Universalism 

The twisted scripture for today is 1 Timothy 2:4


Beloved, today I’m going to address Christian Universalism, which is the belief that everyone will eventually be saved whether in this life or after it, through Christ’s work on the cross.

There is also Unitarian Universalism, which teaches all faiths are true and everyone will be saved regardless of what Christ did on the cross. This belief is not something true Christians can be deceived by as it is a rejection of Christ as our Lord and savior. My purpose on Tuesday’s is to review scriptures taken out of context or twisted to fit a certain viewpoint. Unitarian Universalism, while extremely dangerous, does not fall into this category. So-called ‘Christian’ Universalism, however, does.


Many others have done a far better job discussing this subject in detail than I ever could. Our brother in Christ over at Possessing the Treasure wrote extensively about this here. If you want more than the basic summary I write, I encourage you to read his post.

Essentially the idea is that God desires all to be saved, therefore God will save everyone even if they do not repent and place their trust in Christ in this lifetime. No one will end up in hell, isn’t that great? The issue with this belief is that it not only twists Paul’s words, but it ignores other passages in both the New and the Old Testament.


Brethren, the disciples of Christ didn’t just risk their lives to spread the Gospel, all but John lost their lives in the process. Why would this be necessary if salvation was afforded after death? In fact, if all are going to be saved, it seems like God could have thought of an easier way for Christ to redeem His bride, why the cross?

This type of deception comes when believers fail to take into account the full counsel of Gods Word. Dear ones, I want to bring you back to what we discussed last Tuesday, the Law of Non-Contradiction. If a verse seems to contradict another verse in the Holy Spirit inspired scriptures then the flaw is with your understanding, not the verse. Look closer, don’t accept my word for it, or anyone else’s, in fact, the only word we should accept is the Word of God.


Beloved brethren, with a deep affection for you all I desire that none of you should fall into deception. This is why I plead with you day in and day out, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved. I pray for you all, I ask for your prayers as well, so that we can each grow in the grace and the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Intelligent Design – Miracle of Life Part III

Beloved, last week we looked at some of the misconceptions about a baby during the first month of the first trimester. This week we’re going to look at something truly miraculous that happens throughout the second month of the first trimester.

I’m going to add a short video at the bottom that really sums up everything I’m detailing here while showing you the baby itself growing. It’s done through a secular perspective so you’ll hear words like embryo and fetus. Other then that, it’s a great little clip about what’s happening during this month.

What is this miracle of life? Organs! Even in the video, you’ll hear the doctor say that the cells were ‘suddenly signaled’ to form the heart, lungs, ears, hands, and feet. How is this possible? The information for all these pieces to the baby puzzle are already found in the DNA. Without getting super technical, there are tiny machines within cells that read that DNA and pass on the needed information. If you’ve never seen the video of a motor protein at work then you’ve never lived, dear ones!

Everything you see in that extremely short clip is inside a cell. These are some of the ways a beautiful miracle can form in a mother’s womb. Although scientists are unsure what sparks the process for organs to begin, they do know for certain all the information needed is already there. As the doctor says in the video at the bottom, it’s precise, or as he puts it like an ‘orchestra’.


Brethren, I know what sparks the organs growing and it truly is a miracle. The God who upholds the universe, who maintains the vast distance of planets and stars simultaneously maintains the vast distance of protons, neutrons, and nuclei. God, the sovereign King of kings and Lord of lords, is involved in every moment of forming this baby into His image. If we can trust Him to uphold all these things, we can trust His Word to be accurate.

Beloved friends, I pray for you all that the glory and majesty of our God would become all the more evident to you throughout this series. I speak a lot about Gods justice, and He is a just God. That is for the losts sake, that they would repent and be saved from the wrath to come. This series is my opportunity to speak on the other attributes of God so that His people will rejoice! Rejoice! As always, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Hymns from the Past – A Mountain Fastness is our God


A Mountain Fastness is our God,

On which our souls are planted:

And though the fierce foe rage abroad,

Our hearts are nothing daunted.

What though he beset,

With weapon and net,

Array’d in death-strife?

In God are help and life:

He is our Sword and Armour.

2 By our own might we naught can do;

To trust it were sure losing;

For us must fight the right and True,

The Man of god’s own choosing.

Dost ask for His Name?

Christ Jesus we claim;

The Lord God of hosts;

The only God; vain boasts

Of others fall before Him.

3 What though the troops of Satan fill’d

The world with hostile forces?

E’en though our fears should all be still’d:

In God are our resources.

The world and its King

No terrors can bring;

Their threats are no worth:

Their doom is now gone forth:

A singe word can quell them.

4 God’s word through all shall have free sway,

And ask no man’s permission:

The Spirit and His gifts convey

Strength to defy perdition.

The body to kill,

Wife, children, at will,

The wicked have power:

Yet last it but an hour!

The kingdom’s ours for ever!

5 To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,

For ever be outpouring

One chorus from the heavenly host

And saints on earth adoring!

That chorus resound

To earth’s utmost bound,

And spread from shore to shore,

Like stormy ocean’s roar,

Through endless ages rolling.

By Martin Luther

Sorry I couldn’t find anyone singing this hymn, beloved, if you have a link please feel free to share it. I hope you all have a wonderful day of fellowship, praise and worship, growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. As always, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

It’s no Cake Walk

Are we running a race, or playing a game of Cake Walk? 


How many pastors will get up this Sunday and preach a sermon about self love, confidence, or even health and wealth? Probably a grand majority of the professional Ear Scratchers. How many will get up and preach a message that’s actually relevant to the sheep living in a fallen, cursed, world? Too few.

I think this is a contributing factor to the rapidly decreasing percentage of church attendance. If I want to get a pep talk I can turn on Joel Osteen without wasting gas money. I can get a great frap at McDonalds now for two bucks less then most ‘church coffee bars’ are making them. If I want great music I can book myself tickets to my favorite band. All the ‘church growth’ models are failing because they’re making the church like the world. Believers go to church to get away from worldliness, not to wallow in it.


What happens then when a pastor stands up on Sundays and preaches the Cake Walk? The members are ill prepared for the race they’re running. How discouraging to go throughout the week facing temptation, mockery, exhaustion, and the general wear and tear of life, only to have the leader of your church pat you on the shoulder and tell you how great life is. Your best life now? 

What if my child just died? How do I have my best life now? What if my husband just left me? Is this as good as it gets? What if I got fired and I don’t know how I’m going to make rent? I’ve heard Jeremiah 29:11, got anything for how to pay rent? How about for the wretched sinner? Is there anything in the Bible for sinners? Or are you just going to stand there and tell me stories about how you climbed a mountain and saw a beautiful view?


Oh beloved, how do men who read the Bible stand and say such foolishness? They have to, because they began the false doctrine they teach with a lie. That lie is that if you come to Christ everything will get better. You’ll be healed, your marriage will be fixed, your income will be multiplied. If they’ve gotten you into their churches by convincing you that Christianity is all about the worldly gifts, they have to keep repeating that lie.

It becomes very dangerous when someone finally stands up and says ‘hey, I came here for a Cake Walk but all I’ve had in this life is trials and tribulations’. The danger isn’t in the question, it’s in the answer. ‘Friend’, the Joel Osteen wanna be will say ‘you just don’t have enough faith. You just need to sow a bigger seed.’ What heavy burdens they have placed on their flock, burdens they are unwilling to help carry!


Christianity is not a Cake Walk, it’s a race. You don’t run this race to get a bigger house, or more attention from your spouse, you run it for the glory of God. Why glory in God? He sent His only begotten Son that whosoever shall believe in Him shall not parish but have ever lasting life. He is worthy of all honor, praise, and glory! 

Beloved, there are scores of people, an entire harvest of them, who have been disenfranchised by the health and wealth false gospel. We only need to be courageous enough to share the true Gospel with them. I have a simple suggestion, brethren, Gospel tracks. Did you know that people are still finding, reading, and coming to saving grace through Gospel tracks? My daughter and I have a blast finding different places to leave them in hopes that the lost will be found. 

Run your race well, dear ones, as always be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Thursday Book Review – Jesus Calling

In continuing this month of Book Review warnings, I want to talk to you all today about Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling. This is a warning mostly to the women readers, but also to husbands who, as leaders of their families, need to be protecting their wives spiritual growth from heresy.


I’ve added a link to brother Justin Peters review of this book, as he is one of the most discerning, and well informed, brothers on heretical views. There’s not much I can add to what he has said, he covers the book, the writer, the background, and why it’s dangerous. I want to add just one thing, and it’s not the most popular viewpoint, but it is an accurate one. Wives need their husbands to be spiritually discerning.


The culture has so infected the church that men have taken a seat, they’re told not to lead, they’re told not to take a stand, and thus so many have listened to culture rather than Gods Word. The result is that heretical books like Jesus Calling can make it into your wives bookshelves without you being any more the wiser. This is deeply concerning, as men will be held accountable by God for how they shepherd the flock He has given them.

There, now that I’ve offended both men and women, I can get to the review. Jesus Calling, as brother Peter’s explains, is a book written in the first person as if Christ Himself is speaking. I like to use a chicken to explain why this is so dangerous. Let’s say you met a new friend and his name was Bob, Bob tells you he is a worshiper of Jesus. You get excited, you’ve met a fellow worker, a brother in Christ! Until he takes you home to introduce you to Jesus, his pet chicken which he worships.


That’s a silly example, but I hope it sticks with your beloved. There is only one Jesus which saves, and it’s not the one Sarah Young has made in her own image. It’s the Jesus Christ of Gods holy inspired Word, He is the only Jesus to ever take our sins upon Himself, bear our judgment, and wash us clean of our iniquities. If you place your trust in the Jesus of Sarah Young, or any other false doctrine including that of Bob’s chicken, then you will be found guilty on judgment day.

Please, dear brethren, pray for discernment before you pick up a new book to read. Pray for Sarah Young and all those who have been deceived by her into following a false Christ. As always, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.