Twisted Tuesday – Just Another Deity

Beloved brethren, this Twisted Tuesday might be better known as twisting history rather then twisting scripture. Although the idea I want to address here is a clear attack on God’s sovereign Word, it’s definitely refuted by historical facts as well as Biblical truth and good old fashion logic. We’ll take it in three parts.

There is this idea, usually proliferated within the atheistic community, that Jesus Christ was just another deity of legend. That his virgin birth was just like other legends, where virgins give birth to gods. Many will even claim that Jesus never lived, that he’s a myth. They’ll list all the legends and false gods with stories that are similar to Christ’s. Ordinarily these lists are filled with factual errors, and I know there are scholars out there who have done a tremendous job detailing those. I’m just going to write a basic overview to encourage you, beloved, in case you come across this attack.

Let’s deal with the Biblical truth first, as everything else makes more since when looked at through the lens of truth. Most of you know I am a young earth creationist, which means I believe in a literal 6 day creation somewhere from 6 thousand to 10 thousand years ago. I take what the Bible says very seriously, and believe when God says there was a morning and an evening on day one that He means just that. We don’t suggest that Israelites walked around Jericho for thousands of years, we know the word day means day. Those are the same Hebrew words, which means to twist Genesis to mean large periods of time, we would have to twist a lot of other portions of Gods Word just to be consistent. That’s a different Twisted Tuesday, sorry friends, all that is to say that I believe ‘In the beginning’ was the actual beginning.

Why is that important? In the garden, when Adam and Eve fell, God laid out His plan for a virgin birth. When God said ‘her seed’ He was letting them know He wouldn’t be a man born with an earthly father. This means that from the very start of humanity stories of a virgin birth would have been told, passed down, and yes eventually made their way into varies cultures after Babel.

Historically, the idea that Jesus was just a legend is laughable. There’s more evidence for Christ living than the Caesar who ruled while Christ died on the cross for our sins. The fact that Jesus of Nazareth really lived the life the Bible depicts is verified by all respected secular historians. I think this twist in history was really just a lie started and spread by folks who hate God, and don’t want to do their research. They want Christ to not exist, they see the light He brought into the world, but love the darkness more.

The last thing I want to say is that logic can really clear many twists up, whether they be in scripture or in history. Logically, the first lesson the first parents on earth would have taught their kiddos is that they were disobedient and all mankind fell. They would have told their children of Gods plan, of the seed of the woman that will bruise the head of the serpent. They would have told their kids and so forth and so on. We can follow the line of the Godly men and women who kept the truth, and we can see historically the ones who took that truth and twisted.

The most important thing, dear ones, for you to take from this post is that the issue for the nonbelievers is not whether or not Christ lived. It’s not whether or not Christ was the only virgin birth ‘legend’. The issue is that they love their sin, and they don’t want to be accountable to God. It’s so easy to get caught up in endless arguments with atheists about these types of things, I know, it happens to me all the time, but it’s important that we bring it back to the Gospel. If we can remember what it was like before we were saved by the grace of God, we might be able to look at the lost as they truly are, blind. I pray for you all, I hope that you will all be encouraged and emboldened today to share the Gospel with the lost. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

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Thursday Book Review – Love Wins

This month, in honor of the Reformations 500th Anniversary, I’ve been discussing books to stay away from on Thursday’s. Taking down every high and lofty thought that sets itself up against the Truth is just as needed today as it was 500 years ago.


I had a history teacher in Junior year that insisted on teaching through Forest Gump. Everyday before he would hit play on the movie he would play ‘we didn’t start the fire’ by Billy Joel. After a month or two the words will never leave my brain, I don’t remember anything else from that class but by golly I remember that song.

“We didn’t start the fire, it was always burning since the worlds been turning. We didn’t start the fire, no we didn’t light it but we tried to fight it.”

When we learn about the Reformation we realize that Luther, Knox, and Calvin didn’t begin the fight against false doctrine, they continued the work of previous generations. In fact, if you spend some time learning about ancient heresies you’ll see that the same fires they faught to put out in the 1500’s were around in the second century, and are still here today, although they often have their names changed.


Universalism is no different, Satan never comes up with anything new he just regurgitates what worked with previous generations. It may seem like I’ve picked Universalism this month on purpose, but actually it just seems like these are the most popular heretical, blasphemous books around today. Like ‘Love Wins’ by Rob Bell. This book was a best seller a few years ago, and we’re just now starting to see the fruit of the heresies he’s selling. Which is why it’s as important as ever that we warn our brothers and sisters about this wolf in sheeps clothing. 


Below is a few videos going into greater detail as to why this book is so dangerous. One of the reasons our fathers in the faith were so successful during the Reformation is because they were ready to give a defense for the faith they had. Beloved, we’re not going to win awards, no ones going to cheer for us, we’ll never have statues build in our honor, for warning about popular books and famous teachers. That’s ok. The things of this world will pass away. What use is acclaim, if my brothers and sisters are being led astray? Let us be bold in our love for one another, and our desire to see each grow in the grace and the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 


There are many lost who read, and adore, these books as well. Our stand against these unbiblical heresies are not only for our brethren, but also for those living in darkness. This is why we must continue to exercise discernment, many grevious wolves have entered the flock! Beloved friends, be good Berean’s therefore, and study to show yourselves approved.

In case you’d like to read a very clear, and accurate rebuttal of this book Pastor Jim did an excellent job here… https://veritasdomain.wordpress.com/2011/05/03/critique-of-rob-bells-theological-method-behind-his-soteriology/

The Unity of Heretics

Unity is the Christianese version of the secular ‘tolerance’. We’re consistently told to maintain unity, the church must unite. I was even told, before becoming a believer, that the reason we weren’t seeing the dead raised, the blind seeing, the mute speaking, and the lame walking was because the church had become disunified. Rather than the obvious answer from 2 Corinthians 12:12, that those are the signs of an Apostle, to give credence to the inspired nature of their writing.


Perhaps we’ve gotten too good, here in America, at twisted things to fit our own agendas. Perhaps too many have become lazy, people pleasing, fools ready to accept every wind of doctrine. Most likely it’s that Biblical knowledge is so lacking, and when there is no sound doctrine Biblical understanding decays. In other words, we’re a herd of starving sheep. 

Let’s go back to the original meaning of heretic, found in our twisted scripture for today, Titus 3:10. Here Paul is exhorting Titus, and us as we read this verse, to reject a divisive man after the first and second warning. Heretic derives it’s meaning from the word in this verse, factious, translated divisive in other texts. A heretic, then, began with the meaning of one who divides.


I find the logic behind twisting unity in the Bible to be very unreasonable. On the one hand we’re told by the ecumenical, universalistic, crowd that this verse means we should reject anyone causing disunity. On the other hand, within the verse there is clear disunity between Paul and the man causing the problems. If we were supposed to be unified with all false versions of Christianity wouldn’t it make since for Paul here to say instead ‘warn your brother, unless it offends him. In which case, say nothing and continue in unity’. 

The body of Christ should be unified, and I would certainly never turn away from a brother or sister over secondary issues. However, and this is the key, when someone comes with a different gospel we must seperate ourselves after rebuking this person. Hopefully this rebuke will win the person back to the true Gospel of grace by faith in Christ alone. If not, we can not have unity with them. For what does light have to do with darkness? 


My heart has been truly grieved to see the lack of concern for the lost within the body of Christ. There seems to be two extremes, the first where the saved relish the lostness of the lost and enjoy wagging fingers in their direction. The second is where the saved ignore the lostness of the lost, preferring to be liked by them than to share the light within them. 

Neither of these is love for others, both is love for self. How is this possible? Perhaps I was just such a wretched sinner when God saved me, all I can see that is good in me is Christ. If not for Him, there would not be a single redeeming quality for me to boast in. I’ve always been good at serving others, but I’ve always been even better at bragging and boasting of my service. The wretchedness of my sin threatening to ruin my marriage, destroy my family, and kill my soul. Self love? No thanks. Christ in me, that is all there is to love. I praise God that He rescued me, wholly apart from anything in me that was deserving. For His glory alone! SDG


Sorry for that little tirade, it’s free of charge. Why is unity dangerous within Christianity today? There are many false doctrines being taught, whether it’s the works faith of Catholicism, Mormonism, and Jahovahs Witnesses, the Universalism taught in the NAR and mainline liberal churches, or the prosperity gospel which has found its way into almost every denomination. All of these teach a gospel that can not save. 

Have we become so cold, so calluse, or so fearful, that our heart doesn’t ache for these lost living in darkness? Do we have no desire for them to hear the true Gospel? If unity comes at the cost of a single soul, then the price is too high. This, beloved, is what happens when we fail to take the full counsel of Gods Word. It’s Reformation month, let us remember that men and women gave their lives to seperate from false doctrine, false teachers, and a false gospel. As always, brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Thursday Book Review – Discernment Needed

Beloved, this month, during the Reformations 500th anniversary, I’ve been talking about different books not to read. I’m going to do that in a different way today. I’m going to suggest a couple writers with whom I would highly suggest you stay away from.


A little leaven, leavens the whole lump. A glass filled with pure beautifully clean water, with a tiny drop of poison will still kill you. These two people may be encouraging, or uplifting, but they’re both preaching a different gospel then the one which saves. There are other ways to get encouraged and uplifted than handing our money over to those who propagate a damning message leading millions of confused and blinded sinners to hell.


Joel Osteen, and Joyce Meyers. I pick these two because they really represent two groups of main stream liberalism in the church. New Age WoF and Universalism.

Joyce Meyers, whether you realize it or not, has mixed a massive amount of New Age theology into her beliefs. The idea that we can ‘Change our mind to change our life’ is not a Biblically based belief. That is New Age, it’s mystisism, not Christianity. Your thoughts do not send out messages to the cosmos, positive thinking might be better for your health, but the universe doesn’t react to it. I know this is hard, I was actually a really big fan of hers before becoming saved. I had a lot of her books, and loved to watch her program on TBN. She is a false teacher, her gospel is not the Gospel of the Bible.


Joel Osteen is probably more obvious, he has literally denied Christ on national television several times. We need to avoid his books, beloved, like the plague. The only time we should give him is to pray for him, and his wife. Just like Meyers, I was also a huge fan of Osteen before getting saved. I praise God for the discernment He gives, and for the respectable men He has raised up today to speak out against these false prophets.


I added a few video clips at the bottom in case you want to hear more on this matter. I pray God will give us all a greater portion of discernment, beloved. As always, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved. 

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.

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.