Slipping Into Apostasy – A Warning From Church History

How did the church go from 1st century Apostolic teaching all the way to completely rejecting the Gospel? Let’s see where things went wrong and what we can learn from them today.

Hello, dear ones, I hope this post finds you all doing well! I’m very excited to be dropping a new episode on the podcast today. As Reformation Day fast approaches I thought it would be helpful to look back through Church History at the moments that led to the need for reform. How did the church go from 1st century Apostolic teaching all the way to completely rejecting the Gospel? Let’s see where things went wrong and what we can learn from them today.

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Don’t forget to stick around for the fun blooper real at the end, and check out the links I’ve added in the timestamped outline below. Also, if you didn’t get a chance to see last weeks MEGA list, I’m going to link to it here. Great news, y’all, Tulips & Honey Hub is now officially available on Amazon’s new Podcasting app! You can, of course, listen across all major podcasting platforms such as PodbeaniTunesSpotifyGoogle PlayiHeart RadioStitcher, and in video form on Youtube. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

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TS 00:04:15 – Patristic Fathers

TS 00:14:45 – Apologists

Links to the Early Church Heresies:

Part 1: https://biblicalbeginningsblog.wordpress.com/2019/05/10/historical-church-series-the-early-heretics-introduction/

Part 2: https://biblicalbeginningsblog.wordpress.com/2019/05/17/historical-church-series-the-early-heretics-judaizers/

Part 3: https://biblicalbeginningsblog.wordpress.com/2019/05/24/historical-church-series-the-early-heretics-christian-gnosticism/

Part 4: https://biblicalbeginningsblog.wordpress.com/2019/05/31/historical-church-series-early-church-heretics-marcion-of-sinope/

Part 5: https://biblicalbeginningsblog.wordpress.com/2019/06/07/historical-church-series-early-church-heretics-docetism-and-ebionism/

Part 6:https://biblicalbeginningsblog.wordpress.com/2019/06/21/historical-church-series-early-church-heretics-montanus-the-spiritual-drunkard/

Part 7: https://biblicalbeginningsblog.wordpress.com/2019/06/29/historical-church-series-early-church-herestics-arius-of-alexandria/

PART 8: https://biblicalbeginningsblog.wordpress.com/2019/07/12/historical-church-series-early-church-heretics-a-catch-up-course/

PART 9: https://biblicalbeginningsblog.wordpress.com/2019/07/19/historical-church-series-early-church-heretics-pelagius/

TS 00:21:00 – Constantine and the 3rd Century

TS 00:22:30 – Council of Nicaea

TS 00:24:45 – 4th and 5th Century

TS 00:36:00 – 6th and 7th Century

TS 00:40:30 – 8th and 9th Century

TS 00:42:00 –  The Great Schism

TS 00:43:00 – The Crusades

TS 00:48:00 – 12th and 13th Century Scholars

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Homeschooling Update: Reformation – Science – Birthdays

Hello dear ones, I hope this post finds you all doing well! I wanted to highlight a couple of different resources and talk a little about homeschooling during birthdays. That might seem random, unless you’ve watched Friday’s Not so Live MEGA List. At the end I shared some photos of Kayliegh growing up, and a silly video of her trying to get a gift open. It’s a tradition for us to make gifts difficult to open, it’s something fun she does when wrapping gifts for me or Justin as well.

Life can be full of distractions, but the great thing about homeschooling is that we can use every opportunity to learn. When holidays or birthdays come up, Kayliegh typically has a lot of trouble sleeping. I was the same way when I was little, often I would attempt to stay up all night so that I could still be awake when the big day dawned. All that ever came of that was that I’d fall asleep on accident and sleep in really late. Unfortunately, that’s not what happens with my darling daughter. She tosses and turns, then wakes up really early exhausted. frustrated, and even sometimes panicked about her inability to rest. That puts us in a bit of a bind with lessons, as she’s now distracted by the upcoming event and also quite grumpy. In those situations I pull out the easiest lessons I have, the ones that involve her favorite things like cooking or experimenting. We move slow when she needs to, take breaks when it seems to be overwhelming for her, and pick back up with the heavier lessons the next day. It’s important to remember, as homeschooling teachers, that our little ones will retain more understanding if they’ve rested well. Pushing through lessons on a few hours of sleep won’t accomplish as much as taking it easy for the day.

That being said, although this has literally never happened, Kayliegh slept well on the lead up to her birthday. This is due to the lingering fatigue from her having COVID, that gift that just won’t stop giving no matter how many times we try to return it. Still, she struggled to focus with all the excitement of her big double digit day, and with all the packing for our next move. What do I do when focus is waning? The same thing I do when she gets no sleep, except I can make the lessons more challenging. When you see that your kiddo is no longer picking up what your putting down, keep a few fun and education lessons hidden you your sleeve to bring them back down out of the clouds. For Kayliegh, this tends to revolve around Home Economics or Science. Slip in some hints about what’s coming up next, and suddenly you’ll have a little one ready to get through their math or piano class.

I haven’t had the chance to write a homeschooling update in such a long time! I wish I had compiled more links and resources. However, these two totally rock. The first one is free, and I mentioned it on that MEGA list I linked to up above. It’s Reformation worksheets, free to print and use to teach about why this month is so awesome! The owner of Theologia Gear also let me know that their shop is having a discount on all their products during Reformation month. That’s pretty exciting! The last resource I have for y’all is not free, but is incredible. Jasmin Davis from The_Clever_Decorator recommended Apologia’s (no connection to Jeff Durbin’s Church) science curriculum when she joined me on the program to discuss evolution. Kayliegh is officially at the point where there is far less free worksheets available, and the lessons are far more complex. So, I did it, I actually paid for a full years worth of curriculum. Yup, that’s right my friends, this is the first time I’ve had to do that. Why? Because there is an insane amount of free curriculums out there for elementary school ages. It gets less and less the older they get, right when the secular evolutionism begins to build. Apologia’s curriculums all follow a Biblical view of Creation. As we learn about anatomy, the end of each chapter brings it back to Gods Word! It’s wonderful! That’s it, that’s my update, hopefully it was a little helpful. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Quick Announcement & Hymns of the Past – A Tower of Strength our God is Still: by Martin Luther

***Quick Announcement***

I am absolutely thrilled to welcome a new podcast into the Tulips & Honey Hub family! The Chuck & Lo Show! Tomorrow, Lord willing, Chuck and Lo’s testimony will be sharing on Tulips & Honey and soon, you’ll be hearing from them on their very own podcast. I’ll keep you all updated, but until more news comes out you can follow them on Twitter. Please join me in praying for them as they begin their podcasting journey. Over and out.

As you’re all aware, dear friends, October is Reformation month! So, I thought I’d share a Luther hymn. In common slang, I believe we’d call Luther pretty salty. My own term for it is feisty. However you title it, it comes through beautifully in this hymn. I pray that it is a blessing to you, beloved, as it is to me. As always, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

A tow’r of strength our God is still!
A mighty shield and weapon;
He is our help from all the ill
That hath us now o’ertaken.
The old bitter foe
Now means deadly woe:
Deep guile and great might
Are his dread arms in fight,
On earth is not his equal.

With might of ours here naught is done,
Our loss were soon effected:
But for us fights the Valiant One,
Who God Himself elected.
Ask you: “Who is He?”
Christ Jesus: here see
Great Sabaoth’s Lord! 
There is no other God: 
His is the field forever.

Though devils all the world should fill,
All watching to devour us,
We tremble not, we fear no ill,
They cannot overpower us.
This world’s prince may still
Scowl fierce as he will,
He can harm us none,
For he is judged—undone;
One little Word o’erthrows him.

The Word of God they shall let stand
And not a thank have for it,
Here Christ Himself leads the command
With His great gifts and Spirit;
And take they our life,
Goods, fame, child and wife,
When their worst is done,
They yet have nothing won;
The kingdom ours remaineth.

Hymns from the Past – Dear Christians, One and All, Rejoice!

This hymn, dear ones, is a beautiful, clear, Gospel presentation and testimony, all while praising the Lord! It doesn’t get much better than this.

Dear Christians, one and all, rejoice,
With exultation springing,
And with united heart and voice
And holy rapture singing,
Proclaim the wonders God has done,
How his right arm the victory won.
What price our ransom cost him!

Fast bound in Satan’s chains I lay,
Death brooded darkly over me,
Sin was my torment night and day;
In sin my mother bore me.
But daily deeper still I fell;
My life became a living hell,
So firmly sin possessed me.

My own good works all came to naught,
No grace or merit gaining;
Free will against God’s judgment fought,
Dead to all good remaining.
My fears increased till sheer despair 
Left only death to my share;
The pangs of hell I suffered.

But God had seen my wretched state
Before the world’s foundation,
And mindful of his mercies great,
He planned for my salvation.
He turned to me a father’s heart;
He did not choose easy part
But gave his dearest treasure.

God said to his beloved Son:
“It’s time to have compassion.
Then go, bright jewel of my crown,
And bring to all salvation;
From sin and sorrow set them free;
Slay bitter death for them that they
May live with you forever.”

The Son obeyed his Father’s will,
Was born of virgin mother;
And God’s good pleasure to fulfill,
He came to be my brother.
His royal power disguised he bore,
A servant’s form, like mine, he wore
To lead the devil captive.

To me he said: “Stay close to me,
I am your rock and castle.
Your ransom I myself will be;
For you I strive and wrestle;
For I am yours, and you are mine,
And where I am you may remain;
The foe shall not divide us.

“Though he will shed my precious blood,
Of life me thus bereaving,
All this I suffer for your good;
Be steadfast and believing.
Life will from death the victory win;
My innocence shall bear your sin;
And you are blest forever.

“Now to my Father I depart,
From earth to heaven ascending,
And heavenly wisdom to impart,
The Holy spirit sending;
In trouble he will comfort your
And teach you always to be true
And into truth shall guide you.

What I on earth have done and taught
Guide all your life and teaching;
So shall the kingdom’s work be wrought
And honored in your preaching.
But watch lest foes with base alloy
The heavenly treasure should destroy;
This final word I leave you.

By Martin Luther

Sunday Hymn From the Past – Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands

It’s Reformation month again, dear ones! Can you believe it’s been a year since the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation? Wow that year went by fast. This month, like last year, I’m going to be sharing hymns written by reformers. We’ll start this month out strong, with a Martin Luther hymn. I hope it blesses you, as much as it blessed me, as always beloved brethren be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Christ Jesus lay in death’s strong bands,
for our offenses given;
but now at God’s right hand He stands
and brings us light from heaven.
Therefore let us joyful be
and sing to God right thankfully
loud songs of hallelujah.
Hallelujah!
It was a strange and dreadful strife
when life and death contended;
the victory remained with life,
the reign of death was ended.
Holy Scripture plainly saith
that death is swallowed up by death;
his sting is lost forever.
Hallelujah!

Here the true Paschal Lamb we see, 
whom God so freely gave us; 
He died on the accursed tree – 
so strong His love to save us. 
See, His blood doth mark our door; 
faith points to it, death passes o’er, 
and Satan cannot harm us. 
Hallelujah!
So let us keep the festival
whereto the Lord invites us;
Christ is Himself the Joy of all,
the Sun that warms and lights us.
By His grace He doth impart
eternal sunshine to the heart;
the night of sin is ended.
Hallelujah!

Wednesday Testimony – Luther’s Own Words

I wrote back during the 500th anniversary of the Reformation about Martin Luther’s testimony. I found this video to be such a blessing, I felt the need to share it with you all! The man reading Martin Luther’s words is actually quite funny. I love how he keeps it in context, reading Luther’s testimony while pointing to the differences and similarities of today, with a sort of dry sense of humor. Luther’s testimony is such a wonderful story of conversion that I think perhaps I can’t hear it enough. When I found salvation I was also steeped in a false religion, and it was a daily washing of realization as I saw what the Bible said and how it differed from what I had been taught.

Anyhow, dear brethren, here is Martin Luther’s testimony read allowed, as always beloved, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Twisted Tuesday – The Straight and Narrow Way

It’s finally here, beloved brethren, it’s Reformation Day! Is that an official holiday yet? It should be! Instead of candy everyone could hand out tulips. I’ll admit, the ecumenical parties have tainted this anniversary for me. It’s frustrating to see the very thing the Reformers faught against, and in some cases died for, being imbraced and celebrated today. Compromise. 


What a beautiful thing that this day fell on Twisted Tuesday, the day I usually discuss a verse that’s being misused, misinterpreted, or twisted. Instead of giving you a specific verse today I’m going to do something special to mark this anniversary.

Today I give you Sola Scriptura! 

Scriptures alone. 

We’re warned throughout the Bible to stay on the straight and narrow path. The other path, the wide and winding path, leads to eternal damnation. How do we find the straight and narrow way? There’s only one map, one instruction manual, that is the Bible. Sola Scriptura.


I’m not saying that commentaries aren’t helpful, they certainly are! Church history, expository preaching, descriptive books, are all helpful, in so much as they line up with the Word. When we decide that Gods Word will not be our sole authority we open ourselves up to the wide way. Where can we find the narrow path, only in the scriptures.

What is the narrow path? Salvation by grace, through faith in Christ alone, for the glory of God! 


This is why the issue is so very important, this is no secondary discussion. This is the road to the Celestial City we’re talking about! If the Bible says stay straight, but your extra biblical, ‘prophetic’, follow your heart, book of advice says make a left turn, your in trouble. If you have a greater working knowledge of mans written word than Gods written Word you’re at risk to be led astray by every wind of doctrine.

So, my dear friends, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved. And have a happy Reformation Day! 

Sunday Hymns from the Past – Happy the Man Who Feareth God


Happy the man who feareth God,Whose feet His holy ways have trod;

Thine own good hand shall nourish thee,

And well and happy shalt thou be.

 Thy wife shall, like a fruitful vine,

Fill all thy house with clusters fine;

Thy children all be fresh and sound,

Like olive-plants thy table round.

 Lo! to the man these blessings cleave

Who in God’s holy fear doth live;

From him the ancient curse hath fled

By Adam’s race inherited.

Out of Mount Zion God shall send,

And crown with joy thy latter end;

That thou Jerusalem mayst see,

In favor and prosperity.

He shall be with thee in thy ways,

And give thee health and length of days;

Yea, thou shalt children’s children see,

And peace on Israel shall be.

Sunday Hymns from the Past – Come, Holy Ghost, Come, Lord our God

Reformation month isn’t long enough to exhaust all of Luther’s beautiful hymns. Good thing it comes back around next year. I feel like a D.J. rolling out the top 100 hits from last ye…no sorry…500 years ago. One of my favorite things about hymns from the past is that they usually contain some form of doctrinal truth. Today’s Christian music is even worse than the previous generation of 7/11 music, although neither have any doctrine. 

The Jewish culture has always known how music can teach, I can repeat a scripture to you a hundred times and you’ll eventually forget it. However, if I put that verse with a catchy tune you’ll have an easier time recalling it. These hymns from Luther are beautiful, elegant, well written, and full of Biblical truths. I hope you will be as blessed by this as I was. As always, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Come, Holy Ghost, come, Lord our God,And shed Thy heavenly gifts abroad
On us, and unto every heart

True faith and fervent love impart;

O Lord, Who by Thy heavnely light,

Hast called Thy Church from sinful night

Out of all nations, tribes, and places;

To thee we render thanks and praises:

Hallelujah. Hallelujah.

Thou Light Divine, most gracious Lord.

Revive us by Thy holy word,

And teach Thy flock in truth to call

On God, the Father of us all:

From all strange doctrines us preserve,

No other masters may we serve,

But Christ, Who is our only Saviour;

In Him we will confide for ever:

Hallelujah. Hallelujah

O Holy Ghost, kind Comforter,

Help us, with watchfulness and prayer,

‘Midst various trials Thee to obey,

And never from the truth to stray:

O Lord, by Thy almighty grace,

Prepare us so to run our race,

That we by Thy illuminations,

May gain heaven’s glorious habitation:

Hallelujah. Hallelujah

Martin Luther

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.