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.

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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.

Twisted Tuesday – Whose in Charge Here?

Today’s twisted scripture is Luke 12:4-5.

There are many that would love to twist Luke 12 to fit the bizarre view of Satan and his demons torturing non believers in hell. There are others who claim, like Joyce Meyers, that Jesus was tortured in hell by Satan and his cohorts. But it’s clear and obvious, in the text that Jesus is not referring to Satan, He’s talking about God the Father.


Why do people want to twist this scripture? Because it’s uncomfortable to tell sinners that God is sovereign. Many want their Christianity without having to seperate from the world. But friendship with the world is enmity with God. Do we so desire the approval of man that we’re willing to twist Gods Word to earn it? Please, friends, do not hide the truth from sinners. Don’t give them the impression that they need to be saved from Satan. Christ died to pay a sin debt we owed, we’re being saved from the judgement rightfully due us, by the Judge of all, God the Father. 

The cartoon view of Satan ruling hell, helped along by false teachers, is unbiblical and illogical. God created it, God is sovereign over it, God gave the keys of hell and death to His Son Jesus Christ. We need to seperate ourselves from the false teachers who refuse to tell sinners the truth. On the day of judgement no sinner will thank these people for lying to them. Love the sinner more then you love yourself, love them enough to warn them of the wrath to come. 


Sinner, your in the hands of an angry God full of justice. It is appointed once for man to die, and then judgement comes. On that day it will be too late to cry out, and the ‘hell of hell is that it’s forever’ as Spurgeon so rightly pointed out. Repent of your sins, today is the day of salvation, put your faith in Christ alone. 

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

Twisted Tuesday – The Saddest Wedding Part III

Over the past couple weeks, with regards to the wedding we attended, I’ve discussed a couple disturbing twists of scripture. This last one was the most concerning to me, as the implications go far deeper than a negative out look on marriage, or disobedience to Gods Word. This is the wrongful handling of Gods Word.

Our brothers over at Semper Reformanda wrote an excellent post about how to rightly handle Gods Word. Something they said struck me, that we don’t like having our words misinterpreted, we shouldn’t misinterpret Gods Word either. The ‘pastor’ at the wedding read from the gospel of John chapter 2. She suggested this was a good verse because there was drinking, Jesus disobeying His mother, and a wedding. 


Two of the three are correct, there was a wedding, and there was wine. However, had Christ disobeyed His mother it would have been a sin, and He would not have been able to die for our sins. Christ lived a sinless life, for someone claiming to be a leader of the body of Christ to suggest otherwise sent a chill down my back. James’ warning not to let many be leaders came to mind. 


The wedding at Cana is significant, there’s enough in those few short verses to write ten posts on. I just want to point out the twisted part from the wedding, that Jesus said ‘Woman, what does that have to do with us?’ Somehow said to the officiator of the wedding that He was somehow disobeying His mother. The worst part of having a lack of context is missing beautiful moments like this. When Christ says ‘woman’ to Mary it’s not like our culture says it. In the Greek it’s a title of honor, not an insult from a disobedient son. 


This is why I exhort you always, beloved, to be careful not to twist Gods Word. Do you see the damage done, in front of a couple hundred guests, by the twisting of one verse? All those in the audience who already had it in their minds now can say ‘see, I knew Jesus didn’t live a sinless life’. We have to handle Gods Word accurately, whether we’re pastors, elders, or layman. If God handed you a piece of treasure, a beautiful gem, and asked you to care for it, would you? Would you toss it in the corner? Would you lose it, sell it? (Don’t be silly, if God came to you in your human form you’d melt under the pressure of His majesty and glory.) God has given us a greater treasure then any gem, His Word. We need to handle it with care, purposing to make no misinterpretations. 


It’s easy to use verses to help you in your argument, but please brethren, take the time to make sure the verse your using is in the proper context. For example, did you know the Bible says there is no God? That’s right, plan as day, for all the world to see in Psalms 10:4, 14:1, and 53:1. Ok, that’s an extreme example, but I hope it’s one you’ll remember, friends. I implore you, be good Berean’s, and study to show yourselves approved. 

Twisted Tuesday – The Saddest Wedding Part Two

Last Tuesday I wrote about a wedding we attended where I saw three main points I wanted to discuss with you, beloved. The first was the worldly view of marriage, which we talked about last week. The second we’ll be talking about today, which is women pastors. The third we’ll talk about next week, and that’s the wedding of Cana.


I wrote a book review last Thursday on another book of John Bunyan’s. He was in jail when he wrote that book, he was preaching without a license. He was not allowed a license to preach because of his Puritan beliefs. Before Bunyan, there were even laws against mentioning the word ‘predestination’. During Zwinglys days you couldn’t preach against infant baptism. We’re blessed to live in a day and age where disagreement does not lead to imprisonment or worse. However, in today’s disagreements a different type of method is used, the shame and blame. If you disagree with someone, quick run to your high ground a belittle them. Call them intolerant or anti something, that’ll shut them down!


The tolerant masses do not like the scriptures which clearly lay out the role of pastors falling on men, not women. That is something they can not seem to tolerate. Like the many who have gone before us, we must stand firm (especially when it’s uncomfortable) on the whole counsel of Gods Word without compromise. Women pastors are in disobedience to Gods Word. If you’re a woman and you want to go evangelize, go evangelize. If you want to teach, teach. If you want to do missions, go do missions. If you want to work, work. There are only a few things that the Bible calls specifically for men to lead; they should lead the church, they should be the elders, and they should lead the family. When we reverse Gods plan for the church it places us in disobedience. This is true for any role the church should play.


I know there are some popular women on TV today, like Joyce Meyers and Beth Moore, who twist 1 Timothy, or Titus. They’ll say those scriptures were just for that time period, it’s different now. (Those two in particular twist scripture in more ways than one. I highly recommend to all reading this that they pray sincerely for discernment before turning on so-called ‘Christian’ channels.) Others have said women can preach so long as they’re not abusive. Brethren, no Christian should be abusive, whether male or female, leader or follower. That’s also clearly not the meaning of the 1 Timothy 2:12, as can be demonstrated when the Greek text is expounded on.

We’re going to be pulled towards compromise and disobedience all our lives, friends. If not here, somewhere else. Make a stand on Gods Word, not on culturally accepted values or popular stances. Take the full counsel of Gods Word with all its context before forming an opinion. As always, beloved, be good Bereans and study to show yourselves approved.

Twisted Tuesday – The Saddest Wedding Part 1

Over the weekend we went to a wedding, which is honestly one of my favorite things to do. What is better then watching two people vowing before God and man to love one another until death do they part?

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I haven’t been to a wedding in a while, I hope this was an exception to the rule and not the norm. There’s much to discuss about the goings on of the event, but there are three main things I want to point out in reference to twisted scriptures. Next Tuesday I’ll discuss the ‘pastor’ officiating the wedding being a woman and the scriptures that are twisted to allow that type of disobedience. The Tuesday after I’ll discuss the wedding at Cana that was read during the vows, with the meaning butchered until it was almost unrecognizable. Today I want to discuss the saddest part of this wedding.


During the vows the pastor took the time to tell them how horrible marriage was going to be, and how in ten years they’re going to be fed up. She ended with suggesting they work through it, and that ‘all things are possible with Jesus’. My heart fell as I heard the mocking tone, and the laughter from all the family and friends. Is this how the world views marriage? What does the Bible say about marriage?


My husband and I got married young, so we’re coming up on our ten year anniversary. I would never pretend we have a perfect marriage, but our marriage is one of the greatest blessings in my life. We share love, joy, laughter, pain, sorrow, and frustration. We share scripture, we confess sins to one another, we rebuke one another when need be, we lift one another up as often as possible. My husband is my best friend. My marriage is a gift from God. I would never tell someone how horrible marriage was going to be, because marriage is a beautiful thing God has given to demonstrate the relationship between Christ and the church. But to do so at a wedding…during the vows? I couldn’t fathom it, and it made me a little heartbroken to imagine the dread that must have caused. 


No wonder so many are living in sin, and avoiding marriage like the plague. Of course, lust of the flesh is not the major issue, and marriage is not the answer. Sin is the major issue, and salvation by Gods grace through faith in Christ alone is the answer. So, for anyone reading this considering getting married, get married! Be fruitful, multiply! Godly marriage is the one true slice of heaven on earth we’ll get.


How long have you been married, brethren? Feel free to gush about it in the comments! And as always, beloved, be good Bereans and study to show yourselves approved.

Twisted Tuesday – What We Deserve

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There is a pervasive lie that is constantly, boldly proclaimed from pulpits all over America. You hear it every time you turn on Christian TV. You find it typed in a million different ways throughout social media. What is this lie? The lie is that what you, and I, really deserve…no…what God owes us…is happiness.

This lie is a falsehood of the worse kind. It plays on humanities most deprived instincts, at the same time refuting everything the Bible says about mankinds wickedness.

What is the truth? That you, and I, deserve to be judged by a righteous judge whom we have sinned against. You see, friends, we have turned what is good evil and what is evil we have made good. If God is a righteous judge full of justice then the only thing He can do to law breakers is to convict them. When we disregard the miraculous blessings God has given by believing the lie that all is owed us, all we’ve received is deserved, we steal the glory from God rather than freely handing it up to Him in awestruck wonder.

I’ve heard it put in this way as an example: How do you feel when a man kills another man? He should get retribution right? What if a man cruelty beats a woman to death? That’s worse, is it not? What if a man sexually abused a child, then buries her alive? This happened in Florida, I believe, several years ago. People didn’t cry for justice alone, they cried out for severe punishment against this man who sinned against an innocent, defenseless, child.

Do you see how the act of murder feels far worse when it is committed against innocence? However, when we sin against a perfect, righteous, God we think we deserve…happiness? What then, if we commit a life of sin against God, rejecting the very Son He sent to pay the debt we owed for that sin? Do we still deserve happiness?


No, brethren, we deserve eternal damnation. There is no such thing as a good person. We are all wretched, wicked human beings in the hands of a just God. When we tell the world that they deserve to be happy, and that saying a quick prayer will garner them that happiness, along with health and wealth, we have blasphemed the name of God. He is not a genie in a bottle, He is the righteous, sovereign, judge.

What good have we gained if we have the love of the whole world, but have damned them all to hell? Do we so desire the approval of man that we are unwilling to warn of the destruction to come?


This is not to say that we, who have heard the true gospel and have converted and been saved, are not happy. The joy, awe, and peace the Father gives is, on its own, more than we deserve. Add to this salvation, justification, sanctification, prayer, study, fellowship, and worship…why would the believer not be in a constant state of joy? From grace to grace, as our minds can comprehend what’s been done for us we also understand how wretched we are and how little we deserve it.

This is the difference between the spoiled child demanding blessings from their parents, and the servant who cherishes the kind words or thankful smiles they received from time to time.

How does this American Gospel of happiness, health and wealth play out in third world countries? How will you tell those who are starving, living in trash heaps, or eating dirt cookies that they deserve to be happy? They just need to be a little more positive, think happier thoughts, right? No, this lie only applies to those who are in wealthy countries. We need to seek the full counsel of God’s Word, so that the doctrines of demons do not become our doctrines. This is why I extol you, beloved, be good Bereans and study to show yourselves approved.