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! 

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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.

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.

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.

Twisted Tuesday – Soul Sleep

Every evening I have the same conversation with myself, wagering over minutes. If I go to bed at such a such time I can get up this early and still get everything done. My alarm goes off and the pep talk begins. ‘If you wake up now you can get more done’ but ‘I don’t want to get up yet, it’s so comfortable here’ oh but ‘yet a little sleep, a little folding of the hands’…another little thought says ‘coffee coffee coffee’ that’s usually the thought that works, I love coffee.


I hate having to sleep, every night as I grudgingly make my way to bed I think of how many other things I’d rather be doing. When my alarm goes off at 4:30 am I have a change of heart, suddenly I can’t think of anything I’d rather do. Since becoming a mom I’ve seen sleep as a necessary evil. I don’t know if I’m in the minority or not, but I would be a much happier person if we didn’t need to sleep at all.

I assume for most people, rest is restful so I can understand the desire to create a doctrine around it. Today’s twisted scripture is John 11:11.


I’m going to address John 11:11 although many who hold to the doctrine of Soul Sleep also use verses from Ecclesiastes as support. Every scripture in the Bible is beneficial to believers, but not every part is there for doctrinal purposes. Such is the case with the book of Ecclesiastes, which begins by underlining the words written therein are ‘under the sun’. As with everything in the Bible, context is important.


So what is Soul Sleep? It’s the idea that when you die you sleep, and you’re completely unaware that you’re dead. This contradicts several other passages in the Bible, which brings us to an important point. How can you be sure that you’re not believing heresy? The Law of Non-Contradiction. Gods not going to contradict Himself, so if it appears there is a contradiction the error is with us, not Gods Word. That means we need to search the scriptures and see if it is so.


When we go to the scriptures, using our handy-dandy Strong’s Concordance, we find the word Christ uses figuratively meant deceased. When we match this up with other scriptures that inform us that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord, this doctrine falls apart. Which is why it is so imperative, beloved, that we take the full counsel of Gods Word.

It’s the glory of God to conceal a matter, so be good Berean’s, brethren, 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.