Throwback Thursday: Does Scripture Support Abortion?

This article was first posted back in July of 2019, you can view the original here.

Today, dear friends, for Twisted Tuesday I’d like to address the verses many in the pro-abortion camp quote. To say that it is ironic to hear Scripture used out of context by those that claim Christians “cherry pick” the verses we like is an understatement. Regardless, these are all too often used to defend the needless murder of babies. Last month there was a popular meme on social media listing several verses claiming to support abortion. If you come across these arguments, my hope is to better equip you with proper context so that you can respond with truth, and love. The most loving thing we can do is tell the truth of God’s Word.

Exodus 21:22 is one of the verses that is used and is self contradictory to their point. Unfortunately, there is little to know teaching on how to think logically, or critically, today. Most who hear this and repeat it don’t realize what they’re saying is not what the verse is saying. The argument is that killing the baby in the womb only results in a fine, but killing the mother is the death penalty. Read it again, if any harm is done, to the mother or the baby, it’s the death penalty. Only if the baby lives, and comes out healthy, is there just a fine.

Leviticus 27:6, as seen above, is used to claim that the baby has no value to God until it’s one month old. This is the logical fallacy of Arguing from Silence. Not only are there many verses in Gods Word that proclaim God knew us while we were still being formed, but also about how we bare Gods image and thus are given specific dignity from conception. This verse does not say a new born, or not yet born, baby has no value.

From Numbers 3:15-16 it is argued that God does not count infants younger than a month to actually be human beings. As in the last verse we discussed, this is an argument from silence. It’s not stating that infants are less human, or not human at all, it’s not addressing that topic at all. To pull this out of its context is not arguing with honesty and integrity, nor does the argument follow logically.

Numbers 31:17 is used alongside a list of verses, none of which describe the murder of infants in the womb. However, the list includes the killing of enemy peoples during war. This particular verse is referring to the sons of those who fought against Israel, the killing of which we don’t understand today but was a common practice in war. Ironically, in any other circumstance, pro-abortion atheists would use such verses to accuse God of being evil. However, when they themselves want to take the throne and decide who lives and dies, these verses are cherry picked for their own purposes. Only God has the authority to give and to take life, He is the creator, the only true and living God.

I wanted to separate the verses in Hosea from that of Numbers because the context, and literary usage are completely different. Numbers is a historical narrative, Hosea includes prophetic judgment language. The idea of a barren womb was often used as judgement in the Old Testament. Likewise, being fruitful and multiplying was often used as a term for blessing on a people group. This is, yet again, not God approving of man murdering infants or the unborn. It’s judgement language is not outward, but inward to Israel. You can see the kindness of God in that, although Israel had forsaken God and worshipped idols, Hosea includes a promise of reconciliation.

This is the last one I want to deal with today. Numbers 5:27 is such a strange thing for the pro-aborts to use as a verse supporting abortion. There’s no indication that this is referring to a miscarriage, much less an abortion. The Hebrew root term translated thigh here, yarek, is most likely a euphemism for lady parts. There are other places where it’s translated loins. I’m really not sure how anyone could have taken this to mean abortion. What we do know is that the lost suppress the truth in unrighteousness. Using any of these verses to justify the pulling apart of an unborn image barer limb from limb, or poisoning them in ways more painful and cruel then we kill our worst criminals, simply adds one sin on top of another. Those that would misuse the Bible in this way need our prayers, and our steadfast, uncompromising stand of the truth of what Gods Word actually says. It’s not a mystery, beloved brethren, it’s a clear and inerrant Book. Share the Gospel with the lost, with those who promote death, with those who argue for the right to murder. Do not falter in this area, dear ones. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Book Review: God Doesn’t Whisper by Jim Osman

Hello dear ones, I hope this post finds you all doing well! As promised, I have another book review for you. This one was a joy to read, as the writer has a knack for Biblical truth and turning a phrase. It’s no wonder John MacArthur wrote the forward for God Doesn’t Whisper, published by Kootenai Community Church Publishing in August of this year. Rarely do we see this type of theologically sound rebuke to the popular belief in HVG or hearing the voice of God. In this 281 page book, pastor and author Jim Osman expounds upon his own journey from believing in HVG through the Scriptural reasons he no longer does so. While he explains this disastrous teaching, he boldly calls out those preachers and teachers that promote it.

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Coming from the Word of Faith movement I frequently heard it repeated, “God spoke to me, in that still, small voice…” Have you heard it? It’s a phrase that’s repeated so often one might begin to question if the canon ought not be re-opened. But does Gods Word ever tell us that we’ll hear Him speak audibly today? In dreams? Does God whisper? Osman doesn’t pull any punches, this book, from its title to the very last footnote, is a clear refutation of HVG. I love that he doesn’t stray from Scripture, but calls us to view this movement through a Biblical lens. I recommend this book to any age, and if you happen to be a homeschooling parent like I am then this book will be a fantastic primer to teach your preteens, teens, or young adults how to respond when someone says they’ve heard a word from God.

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Pastor Osman was also gracious enough to send me several copies of God Doesn’t Whisper which I’ll be giving away on social media. If you’ve liked or commented on this article then you’ve already been entered to win! But if you’d like a few extra chances you can zip over to any of my social media pages and find the posts about this giveaway. If you are too impatient to wait for any giveaway, and when it comes to this book I completely understand, then you can find your own paper copy here and the kindle version here. Of course, if you’ve somehow found yourself with a subscription to Kindle Unlimited like I have, then you’ll already have access to this book. I know it will be edifying and educational. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Through the Narrow: Are They in Your Hometown? – By Tami Dykes

These false teachers zone in on people in their hometowns and spread their unbiblical beliefs where they can such as women shelters, homeless shelters, jails, and one of the popular places they like to target is the colleges. They invite students to their churches or even to Bible studies on the campuses.

Are They in Your Hometown? 

Everyone knows there are well known false teachers everywhere such as Beth Moore, Priscilla Shirer, Christine Caine, Joel Osteen, Bill Johnson, Steven Furtick, etc. but we also need to be aware that there are small-time false teachers locally in our own hometowns.

It’s those preachers and teachers that teach the same kinds of stuff that we have heard from the well-known Bible teachers about prosperity, name it-claim it, mysticism, revelations outside Scriptures, on and on but live in the same town we do.

These false teachers zone in on people in their hometowns and spread their unbiblical beliefs where they can such as women shelters, homeless shelters, jails, and one of the popular places they like to target is the colleges. They invite students to their churches or even to Bible studies on the campuses. Many college students are from out of town and they leave their homes where they had friends and family to rely on for spiritual guidance and so they are looking to reconnect with new Christian friends, looking for a place to worship, and maybe find a church to go to. Some don’t know enough of how some preachers or teachers can deceive them and probably were never taught to test them by comparing what they are being told to God’s Word. Some never went to church and don’t know God at all. So, please, if you have a kid going to college, warn them. Have them do some research on wherever they go to church or for a bible study. They need to be discerning and not to just blindly start attending any Bible group without researching them first.

Just because a group calls themselves Christian doesn’t mean they are. Just because a place of worship calls themselves a church doesn’t mean they are a Biblical church. It’s important people do their homework! We need to be aware of all the unbiblical churches and ministries around our towns because they will work just as hard as any to convert your kid and as many as they can. I’ve seen many times local ministries or churches push the community to attend unbiblical events that many people in different denominations go to. 

These groups will not reveal themselves right off the bat. They normally start off with an introduction on enrollment day handing out pamphlets and drawing students by inviting them to cookouts on campus. Student get to know each other at the cookout and begin to become friends which draw them even more because they like who they are meeting, and they have fun.  After a few visits through the weeks, everything seemed good and students are enjoying meeting new people and learning about God and they feel comfortable there. 

It’s not long till they slowly introduce their teaching to the students by approaching one at a time, telling the student that God just spoke to them and they have a message for them. In some cases, it might be that God told the leader the student isn’t saved, or they don’t have faith in Jesus or that God told them their childhood was bad. 

I had learned that the ministry in our hometown told a young student that they needed to take the next step in becoming “no longer a sinner”. This leader told the student they could get to a place where they would no longer be a sinner ‘if’ they would live in faith with the Holy Spirit.  

Wow, there is so much wrong with this statement. To start with….None of those students could test what that leader said about hearing a message from God because it’s in their own mind. So those leaders were aware the students didn’t know much of what was Biblical or not. Tagging God’s name on such a message is wrong because God tells us we learn from His Word not from what other people think, feel, or hear in their own head.  They are false teachers claiming things about a young student that isn’t true, God didn’t tell them that. 

My thought is this: If they believe, “when you are saved and have the Holy Spirit, you are no longer a sinner” then why would the Scriptures teach us we still struggle with sin even though we are saved? Such as these Bible verses. 

1 John 1:7-10“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us”. 

Jesus tells Peter in Matthew 26:41~”Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 

Paul says in Romans 7:15-24~”I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?” 

If those leaders claim to prophesy a Word from God, and hear personal messages from God, then they better be sure it was from God. Scriptures warn people about this type of practice. God does not speak audibly anymore because the cannon is closed (Hebrew 1:1-2). To tell people that God speaks to us today is adding to His Word (Proverbs30:5-6, Deuteronomy 4:2, 12:32). If people claim they hear a Word from God, then it’s to be treated Holy and that means the Bible isn’t closed and it also means that these new revelations are not written in the Bible because they were just spoken which means the Bible isn’t authoritative because they can’t be proven. However, a ministry like this has proven they are false because the teacher had tagged God to her own words and said, “God told me that you had a bad childhood”, do you believe God really said that? God didn’t say that in His Word to that student, they gave an untrue revelation that discredits them as Bible teachers. 

Justin Peters says: “God cannot speak less authoritatively on one occasion than He does on another. Friends, if God is speaking, God is speaking, and whatever He says carries the exact same authority as does John 3:16 or Romans 10:9 and 10.” So, when others claim, “God said”, it should be added to the Bible. 

Again, let me give you a word of warning, we also need to remember God tells us NOT to take anything away from Scripture or add anything to Scriptures because it has harsh consequences. (Deuteronomy 4:2; Revelation 22:18–19

When people claim new special revelations today, they are adding to God’s Words. Deuteronomy 18:20~But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name that I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.’ 


This ministry also teaches our local students that if you are saved, you can still lose your salvation. So, let’s think about this. 

If one can lose salvation, then WHY do they also teach you can become “no longer a sinner”??? How does that work? If you’re no longer a sinner then you are perfect, correct? So how can you have any chance of losing your salvation if you are perfect? The two cannot exist together because they contradict each other in every way. Scriptures say that salvation is God’s work, not ours. 

It says in John 10:28-29“I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.” 

Titus 3:5“He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit”. 

There is nothing we can do that’s good enough to get us to heaven and there is nothing we can do that can undo God’s salvation. If salvation is given to us as a free gift by faith in Christ which makes us a new creation, it’s sealed salvation. The old has gone, the new has come. If we were bought at a price with the blood of Christ how can we then lose the new creation? 

“For a Christian to lose salvation, God Himself would have to revoke His purchase of the individual for whom He paid with the precious blood of Christ.” (Taken from gotquestions.org

To lose salvation, the person that is a new creation would have to be turned back into the old self somehow. However, God told us at salvation the new has come and the “old is gone”. So, how would we be able to return to what God has said is gone? To lose salvation, the new creation would have to be destroyed 

Basically what they believe is when we lose our salvation the new us, that was “born” as a new creation, bought by God with the blood of Christ is….revoked by God and you become unborn? Or undone? Or destroyed? Or something like that. Then apparently we return to the old self that God tells us is gone or passed away. See the confusion?  

Christians I hope you know that this isn’t true. We can’t return to the old self because the old self died instantly in our salvation as said in the following verse.  

Colossians 3:2-3~“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God”. 

It’s important to also know that some Bible study teachers aren’t truly saved either. They can talk the talk and sound like they make great points at times, but God knows the truth. God even tells us that we can know when He says, “You will know them by their fruits” (Matthew 7:16). In other words, you’ll see they aren’t truly Christians by their lifestyle, how they talk, what they do, what they teach, etc. They never became that new creation. 

If we just look at how they approach the students they think are lost, they didn’t even share the gospel with them. All they do was tell them 

*they are not saved. 

*If they believed, they would no longer be a sinner. 

*They would pray for God to come into their life. 

So, how is any of that helpful to those students if any of them were truly lost???? Where’s the gospel? If a person is lost and doesn’t know Christ, did they even help them know who Christ was or why they need Him? All they did was say, “Let’s pray for God to come into your life” but would an unbeliever even understand that? Is that how God saves people? Is that the gospel? We are told in Scriptures to preach the gospel…Mark 16:15 And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. 

The unsaved person first needs to recognize they are a sinner not told they can get to where they are no longer a sinner. The unsaved person needs to know why they are a sinner. Maybe they don’t think they are a bad person. We have to tell them that no matter how great we think we are, we all sin and need Jesus. They need to see they are hopelessly lost without Christ. Why do they need Christ? Well, because they need forgiveness for their sins. Romans 3:23 tells us, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” The reality of a person’s sin needs to be acknowledged in order for them to realize they need to repent. Why do they need to repent and turn to Jesus? Because their sins have made a separation between them and God and they need to understand the consequence of their sin. They need to see that that consequence is death. (Romans 6:23). They need to understand the only way we get saved from Hell is through Jesus. They need to know that Jesus died for our sins otherwise we’d go to Hell because we can’t pay for our own sins. We aren’t perfect enough. Without this understanding of truth, it doesn’t make sense to just pray for God to come into their life. How would that save them? Sin against a perfect God requires a perfect sacrifice. Jesus was that perfect sacrifice and the only one that could pay for our sins and remove the sting of death. It cost Jesus His life to save us, but Jesus offers His salvation to us as a free gift (Romans 5:15; 6:23), (Ephesians 2:8–9). Does an unbeliever know it’s a free gift or do they think they have to work for it??? 

 (From: ‘Grace to You’) 

“Once people see Scripture as less than the final, complete, infallible authority for faith and practice, it has opened the doors to theological chaos. Anyone can claim to be speaking God’s revelation—and almost anything can be passed off as divinely revealed truth. And make no mistake; some of the best-known charismatic leaders have abused their people’s trust by claiming they are receiving new truth from God when what they are really teaching are lies and fabrications.” 


I just want to warn people with kids that just because your kid is a college student doesn’t mean they are smart enough to see through that stuff. As a parent, I did my own homework on our local ministries I found so many things that disturbed me. I ended up in an online conversation with two ladies in the ministry. 

This same ministry believes in being “slain in the spirit“. Now, if you don’t know what that is then you’re blessed, but I’ll explain just so you know how unbiblical it is.  

 When a person is slain in the spirit what you will see is a person will collapse to the floor, ‘supposedly’ overcome by the power of the Holy Spirit. 

If you study your Bible you will learn that being slain in the spirit is not biblical at all in any way. They say it’s the Holy Spirit, but it truly isn’t! Don’t believe it! The Holy Spirit lives within us at the point of true salvation and repentance of sin. The Holy Spirit glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ, it doesn’t throw people to the ground making them unaware of what is going on around them or making them behave like they are ‘OUT OF CONTROL’ to the point of shaking or mumbling on the ground. (Galatians 5:22-23). 

When we submit to the Bible as sufficient and as the final revelation of God’s Word, then there is no need for being “slain in the spirit”. If you are a discerning Christian, then you wouldn’t want anything to do with “being slain in the spirit”. No thanks! The whole scene of a person falling down on the ground, becoming stiff as a board, and some foam at the mouth or even shaking as if they are a fish flopping around is quite scary. Some people don’t speak and some just babble but most start doing very odd things. 

Now, I’m NOT saying that what a person experiences when they are supposedly “slain in the Spirit” is fake. I’ve heard how some people claim they feel energy or a feeling of some kind that overcomes them and cause them to fall back and do these very odd things. However, what I am saying, is it’s something else and not of God. I don’t believe it’s the result of the Holy Spirit. They probably are feeling something of some kind of force rushing through them but from reading the Scriptures it sounds more demonic to me. Such as when I read this verse : 

Mark 9:17-18A man in the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. 

And this one as well: Galatians 5:22–23“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Did you catch that?????? Self-control!!

If ‘self-control’ is a fruit of the Spirit of God, how can uncontrollable falling down or uncontrollable shaking or uncontrollable passing out also be a fruit of His Spirit? I think they should explain to those students what it is because some have never seen it before and that can be a little disturbing, to say the least, to see someone do that. 


This ministry also practices what they believe to be “speaking in tongues” for today. 

The purpose of tongues throughout the early church was indeed biblical and given as one of the gifts from God. However, true biblical tongues require each and every time an interpreter. The interpreter translates to everyone listening to what is being said. If someone is just speaking gibberish with no interpreter, then they are not truly speaking in tongues and defiantly not being biblically correct. 

Speaking in tongues also is a real language that is spoken somewhere in the world. Speaking in tongues means you speak a different language that you have never spoken before such as Arabic, Japanese, Russian, Navajo. It’s for the benefit of a person that doesn’t know your language and needs to know the Gospel. They can preach the Gospel to them or give a message from God through tongues (through the lost person’s own language). So, if someone is speaking anything that is not intelligible it’s not true tongues and is not biblical. 

1 Corinthians 14:9,16,17,19,229″So it is with you. Unless you speak intelligible words with your tongue, how will anyone know what you are saying? You will just be speaking into the air.” 

16 “Otherwise when you are praising God in the Spirit, how can someone else, who is now put in the position of an inquirer, say “Amen” to your thanksgiving, since they do not know what you are saying? 17 You are giving thanks well enough, but no one else is edified”. 

19 “But in the church I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue“. 

22 “Tongues, then, are a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers”. 

So it’s probably safe to say, no one needs to speak in tongues in the church of believers. If a church or ministries have people speaking in tongues and everyone speaks the same language then it’s unbiblical. 


They have personally told me that God is NOT in control and they publicly teach this belief. They continued to tell me, “God wants to be in control but needs our permission first.” 

I was shocked they said that. Wow, if God’s not in control then I’M AFRAID and you should be too!! Because that means He is not sovereign. That comment makes God look very weak cuz if He WANTS to be in control but can’t…….UNLESS we let Him then he’s not God. Their words teach that because Gods not in control, we are. We are more powerful than Him because God can’t overpower our wants. So, does this mean God doesn’t have the ultimate authority? Where is His authority? Where is His power? That’s not the God of the Bible that I know, it’s a whole different god and it’s not my god. Here are just a few verses that say otherwise.  

Proverbs 19:21~Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.

Proverbs 16:9 ~The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. 

Jeremiah 29:11~For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. 

Psalm 115:3~Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases. 


This ministry is not biblical and it’s just wrong and gives empty harmful beliefs. Ministries talk to college students, addicts, people in jail, the homeless shelters, and women shelters but they are not leading them to God’s Word correctly but instead leading them astray with all this foolishness. If a lost person doesn’t understand salvation then they are only saying empty words that hold no water, it doesn’t mean anything. 

We are told in Scriptures to warn people about false teachers. Mark them and expose them. Ephesians 5:11~ ”Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.” Romans 16:17-18–Paul said, “I beseech you, brethren, mark them who cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ but their own body, and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the innocent.” 

These Ministries are dangerous because they claim to be from God and to speak for God.  

2 Corinthians 11:13-15~ ”For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.” 

I pray for those lost and want desperately to know the truth of God’s Word.


Above is an article written by Tami Dykes, Gina and Tami write Through the Narrow here at Tulips & Honey Hub. They’ll be posting articles every other Tuesday. Both are published authors, you can find Tami’s book here, and Gina’s book here. We’re blessed to have them apart of our team, and pray their writing will be as edifying to you as it is to us. – Lauren Hereford

Throwback Thursday – Christ the Messiah: God or Man?

Below is an article written back on November 27, 2018 as apart of our Twisted Tuesday series. You can view the original here.


Dear ones, a few days ago I heard a grievous statistic that 78% of ‘Christians’ believe Christ was created by God. 78? That means the mass majority of professing Christians have an errant view of Christ, the trinity, and the Gospel. The verse twisted to come up with this false doctrine is Revelation 3:14 which does seem to justify this belief. Here’s the problem, Scripture clearly states that Christ has always been, He is eternal, so either Scripture is contradicting itself or our understanding is flawed. Always, always, beloved, assume the issue is with our interpretation. Gods Word is inerrant, we are not.

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What’s happened in Revelation 3:14 is simply a misunderstanding of the Greek term arche. Arche is translated in most versions as beginning, which in modern speech would suggest the first created. In Greek, however, this is referencing the source, or origin, of created things. All things were made by Him, Christ is the source. A little Greek can go a long way, thankfully we have access to a tremendous amount of information online. But why is this so dangerous? And how did it come about that so many believe it?

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Friends, Gods Word is very clear, only a perfect sacrifice could remove the sins of believers. Only God is perfect. If Christ is created by God, He is not God, and can not save through His sacrifice. You can see then that multitudes of professing believers do not even understand this most basic doctrine of Christianity. If you put your faith in a false god, even if you name that false god Jesus, you are still lost. I liken it to this, suppose a new employee comes to you and processes to worship Christ. You’re overjoyed, another believer to fellowship! That employee invites you over to worship Jesus together, and you accept the invite. Unfortunately, when you arrive, you find that ‘Jesus’ is this new friends pet chicken to which he sacrifices to, adores, and worships. You see the different, beloved?

I was an idolater before God saved me in July of 2015. I had created an image of a god, he resembled Santa Clause. I called him Jesus, but he was a figment of my imagination. He was not the Biblical Messiah, who bore my sin and death on a Roman cross. I had no idea about the mystery of the Godhead, or the eternality of Christ. When I became a new creation understanding didn’t magically appear in my mind, I had to search the Scriptures. The very thing my new heart desired to do more than anything else. I wanted to know more about this Savior that had freed me from the chains of sin! In digging into God’s Word I could clearly see the difference between the true Christ, and the false god I had been worshipping.

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How is it then, with this being such obvious error, that the majority polled answered incorrectly? I believe the answer is twofold. Firstly, the foxes are watching the hen house. Over the past hundred years the Gospel has been slowly watered down, and churches have become so ‘inclusive’ and inoffensive, that they don’t dare give the Law to the proud and grace to the humble. Without Biblical preaching churches are filled with unsaved members that then go on to become unsaved pastors, leaders, and elders. Secondly, and owing to the first point, doctrine is despised in today’s churches. The very idea of tediously working through the Scriptures is laughable to the modern ‘Christian’. As proverbs say, to the starving every bitter thing tastes sweet. Those who have so very little teaching in the Word are more apt to accept whatever sounds best to their itching ears.

I doubt that I have to mention just how deeply troubling this statistic is. We must continue, dear brethren, to study and share the truth as many of your wonderful blogs to daily. Teach your children, and grandchildren, and encourage your pastors, elders, and leaders to teach meaty matters. Speak the truth in love, always bringing to remembrance that, if not for Gods grace, we would also be mislead. As always, beloved ones, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Throwback Thursday: Then Who Spoke to Me?

Back in October of 2018 I addressed the subject of “hearing from God”. I don’t have any updates to add, and I hope this is a blessing to anyone who missed the original, which you can find here.

Hello dear friends, I hope you are all doing well today! Recently I saw a post with a sentence which was quoted as written by – God. It wasn’t a Bible verse, so it was most certainly not God speaking to us. It was, instead, an inspirational statement either from her mind, or someone else’s. It reminded me of a Twisted Tuesday I had begun writing a while back, this one here, of course! The cannon is closed, God has spoken to us through His prophets and eventually His Son, no new revelation will be given. No new revelation is needed. We know this Scripturally, as my media between paragraphs will show, but if you want a helpful article here is one from GTY. It still begs the question, with so many professing Christians today claiming to hear from God, just who is speaking to them?

I couldn’t find a verse that folks use to give Scriptural credence to what they’re receiving actually coming from God. It seems perhaps they are either misunderstanding Scripture, or ignoring it. I think for many they’re actually referring to the Holy Spirit placing something on their hearts, guiding or leading them one way or another. That’s totally different than claiming to speak for God, or that God speaks through you. It’s also highly likely that, since it’s not being taught from our pulpits today, many believers do not understand that the Bible is God speaking through men by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. This means if God is still speaking in that way, we need to open the cannon and start adding to it. That’s a dangerous, and sinful, idea which we need to stand against strongly. So many of the cults we see today began with someone adding to Gods Word, whether through traditions or ‘revelations’ given to one person. It always accompanies an abandonment of salvation through grace alone, and faith in Christ alone. This is why it’s important we make clear that God is not giving new revelation today.

Before I was saved I thought God was always speaking to me. I constantly had a word, had a feeling, had a revelation, none of which were Biblical. I didn’t even understand the Bible, honestly, I read it and it went in one ear and out the other. So what was I hearing? Most of the time it was my conscious, which has even graciously been given to the lost to keep them from the wickedness our hearts are truly capable of. We see many so callous that they’ve shut down that conscious, and are thus able to commit horrible atrocities. Many other things influence our minds, like the entertainment we watch or listen to. Our friends and family can suggest things which lead to thoughts later on down the road. All this leads up to the need to test every thought against Scripture before acting on it. Somethings aren’t covered in the Word, like jobs and the like. It’s a great idea to take your thoughts to prayer, and to other believers that have been in the faith longer.

The most important thing to remember, beloved ones, is that God is not going to audibly speak today. As brother Justin Peters says “If you want to hear from God read your Bible. If you want to hear from Him audibly, read it out loud.” We should never put words in Gods mouth, not even to be inspiring or encouraging. Gods Word is the Bible, adding to it is as dangerous as taking away from it. If you’re hearing audible voices claiming to be God you need to go to your Pastor and Elders. Ask for prayer, and stay in prayer yourself. Study doctrine, friends, doctrine is a weapon against heretical and nonBiblical beliefs and attitudes. As always, dear brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Through The Narrow – The False & The Deceived: By Tami & Gina

Regarding the false and the deceived we could write books upon books and never be done covering all the kinds this world knows. Many have already written on and much has been talked about false teachers and teachings. The darkness won’t quit tweaking and twisting which is why we could never be done warning about all the ways satanic forces deceive. “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8. God has told us in 2 Corinthians 11:14 that Satan disguises himself as an angel of light, as well as his servants. They do this in countless ways. I want to talk about one of those ways that may not get as much attention but is just as dangerous.

I want to talk about some through-the-back-door approaches the occult is taking to invade many evangelical, Bible-preaching churches today — the teaching of empowerment and identity. 

Before I get to that I believe it’s important to first clarify what the occult is, generally speaking. It can simply be defined as, “Hidden, secret and mysterious, chiefly pertaining to the supernatural” and is widely known to include practices such as witchcraft, fortune-telling, clairvoyance, magic, tarot card reading and the list goes on. A lot of us know many of the charismatic churches and obvious false churches that hold to a false gospel like the Catholic churches, Christian Science churches, Mormon churches (and several others) have long embraced some occult type practices to one degree or another. I’m not talking about those churches, although they are also concerning. I’m talking about your evangelical, Baptist, nondenominational churches; you’re straight as an arrow grandparent’s country church that preaches from the Bible and claims the sufficiency and inerrancy of Scripture.

I know personally and hear story after story of churches steadily abandoning their once biblically solid foundation and quickly falling into mysticism and strange doctrines. One wouldn’t think any true church or born again believer would dare touch anything of this nature with a 10-foot pole. Most don’t intend to I’m sure. From what I’m seeing and hearing, as a former Catholic medium who was seduced by the occult herself before the Lord graciously saved me, I’ve sat in some evangelical churches that preached the true Gospel and started to notice this stuff coming in, but as a very light-weight and agreeable version. It sneaks in under the radar to many unsuspecting, well-intentioned people and within the walls of trusted churches-many times entirely unhindered. And unless by God’s grace that it is seen, warned against and snuffed out, it doesn’t take long to spread.

All the practices that can be considered occult, as it is defined, can usually be put in either of these two categories; First, desiring secret knowledge and second, desiring supernatural power. This also goes for every false religion because all humanity, in some form or fashion, desire one or both of these two things. Satan knows that and it seems the lure has been specially designed with that in mind.

Although there are several ways the occult can sneakily enter in, such as through music, like that of Hillsong and Bethel, I don’t want to talk about the music aspect at this point. 

We have the full-blown heretics that fill TBN with their heretical teachings of Christ and mysticism. We have Sarah Young and her man-centered and heresy-laden book “Jesus Calling,” Beth Moore and her contemplative prayer practices and visions, Priscilla Shirer and her public proclamations of needing more than Scripture which leads her to teach we are to listen to personal communication from God that, “makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up”. I could go on and on.

Yet with that said, there are churches whose members mostly reject TBN preachers, Beth Moore, Shirer, Young and the like for their “off” teachings, and yet a person could sit in their women’s Bible group and hear the whispers of the occult still blowing through. You sit there long enough and you will hear women say they received a sign from God regarding a decision they had to make. Perhaps the lesson goes in the direction of “know who you are in Christ” but meant in a way that God never instructed on. The focus quickly becomes what God can do for us, but in a way that seems spiritually healthy and “in touch” with God. It gets unchallenged and met with “amens” as others share their experiences of God giving them personal experiences or pep talks. They may start praying to God to hear from Him instead of going to the Word to do so (this is contemplative prayer). They claim God is doing things that are nowhere taught or supported in the Word. 

These situations may not scream, “Occult” too many people but every single one connects to the general practices and definition of the occult. Again, the occult is about the hidden, secret and mysterious things of the supernatural. It’s about seeking out the supernatural in ways the Bible never condones.

Going back to what I said earlier about the teaching of empowerment and identity:

I have seen the focus of empowerment as a common thread. Certain teachers today have found a way to take the biblical teaching of the empowerment of the Holy Spirit in believers-meaning we are empowered to love Him and obey Him- and turn it into some sort of man-centered, identity crisis; some attempt to have spiritual encounters/proofs, personal messages, and (never promised) personal blessings from God. It usually starts by sounding very biblical, with a focus on knowing our empowered identity in Christ as believers. Yet, instead of staying on Biblical tracks with it, it slowly veers into dangerous territory.

Not long ago, I sat in a church somewhere in the Bible belt, a Scripture preaching, and Gospel loving church who let in one particular teacher. It was a teacher who persuaded them with such sincerity and convincing manipulation of Scripture that we are to understand all of what empowerment of the Holy Spirit means — and if we don’t, we will not honor God or enjoy the fullness of Christ or spiritual blessings. It started to sound as if we don’t know our identity and keep focusing on it, everything falls apart. They recite the well-known phrase that is based on Scripture, “We have the same Holy Spirit living in us that raised Jesus from the dead.” That is found in Romans 8:11, “But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.” What a beautiful passage, if we stay within the biblical context, but they don’t. 

Before people know it, they have been fed the idea, which is wrapped in some Scripture and Gospel talk, that our identity in Christ is more about expecting the cool stuff, opening our minds to what God might want to do or say to us personally, embracing the mysterious; the things the Bible never said for His Church to focus on. If we reject it and just want to know and obey and preach God’s Word, we have essentially “put God in a box” and have become automatic Pharisees in their eyes. 

It started out focusing a lot on Gospel spreading. It was agreeable. It was a community and missionary-minded. It seemed like the punchy evangelical remedy to a church that held sleeping men and seeking women. Soon after the lessons started my husband and I started seeing a shift into what we can do that Jesus did. We can be empowered like Jesus. We can do the same miracles that Jesus did. 

Wait, what?! 

Isn’t this some sort of crazy charismatic talk? We know some charismatic teachers, the well-known TBN ones especially, teach that Jesus was a mere man who was empowered by the Spirit while on earth, so, therefore, we are mere men who can be empowered by the Holy Spirit too, doing exactly what Christ did while on earth. That’s heretical. That’s not anything our church has ever condoned or taught before. So as soon as those words left the teacher’s mouth in our little evangelical, solid study group, a bomb just went off for me and my husband. Where did THIS come from? We can do all that Christ did? So, are we to start calming storms now? We were stunned this teaching was staring us in the face. We were even more stunned that all leadership and many others in the groups didn’t even question it and thought we were going to grow so much from it. Bringing up the concerns over and over didn’t help. This teacher’s teachings on Christ and Christianity, to them, are “simply said wrong, but he means this or that.” They were also quick to say, “Look at all he does and says over here and there. He cares about getting the Gospel to people and goes to a good church. He is friends with this trusted pastor and he speaks against false teachers, etc.” Truth is, leadership and many in the church liked his ideas and how he spoke. These people will speak against Joyce Meyers for her unbiblical teachings yet allow this, unfathomable.

I talked with a dear lady whose church studied under the same teacher years before. She said she was greatly concerned and would be praying for our church; she knew the destruction and the downgrade that can happen. In a few years, her church went from solid to completely unrecognizable and compromised. Our church was seemingly going in the same direction. 

Give it enough time and little rebuke, it becomes less about the Gospel and more about experiences and personal interpretations. Personal claims of what God has said or done can rarely be questioned, because “how dare we say God can’t do this or that.” People begin to think that focusing on their identity and empowerment, as taught, is spiritually enriching. People want more secret and special knowledge, they want to see more proofs of God’s approval and empowerment in their lives, in ways that are invigorating and unique. They claim to seek more of God but only invite the demonic and ungodly.

So one convincing “evangelical” teacher came in and that’s all it takes, step by step, chip by chip. It weakens and distracts so cleverly and so quickly especially when church leaders are lacking in discernment. Even when they are discerning and see this for what it is, they may hardly say a peep about it because of uncertainty or fear. “Pharisee,” “witch hunter,” “Bible-beater,” “limiting what God can do” cards are quickly pulled out. The church is left without protection from their shepherds.   

These teachers subtly and carefully introduce it in your most unsuspecting churches, to the immature in faith, the weak and lost. If we love the church, the truth; if we love the Lord we will prayerfully and carefully watch and warn.

I pray more and more people realize that the occult or pagan practices don’t stay in pagan churches, with the Wiccan or with the fringe. It doesn’t stay within the walls of the known heretical churches nor does it come from just the lips of the most heretical teachers. Demons want to bring it to the best church. It’s not innocent or secondary. 

Yes, believers and good churches can embrace these types of things as well and as a result will, stunt their growth, bring God’s discipline even judgment, stumble others and withhold honor due to God. Even after being enlightened to the truth, people have to unlearn and heal from the brainwashing of these abusive teachings. 

There is much more that can be said about this. Next time I’ll dive a little deeper into these specific teachings and why they are so attractive, who are the evangelical teachers peddling them and what other things they are teaching after you invest in their material.

“Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8.

By Gina Cook


Through The Narrow is written by Tami Dykes and Gina Cook, both are published authors. You can find Tami’s book here, and Gina’s book here.

Guest Post – More on Moore by Tami Dykes

Below, dear friends, is a post written by a listener of Tulips & Honey. She wrote this on FaceBook and gave me permission to publish it here on the blog. I hope this gives more clarity on why Beth Moore is such a dangerous teacher. You can find Tami on FB here. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.


Many think that in spite of the bad doctrine that Beth Moore teaches, that she is our sister in Christ and that we should not call her a false teacher or false prophet.
I will show you in this write up why I don’t believe she is a sister in Christ and why I do believe her to be a false teacher.
I believe women need to test any Bible study teacher they are considering.
The best example in Scriptures is the Bereans.
As most know, it’s not easy but necessary.
I am not throwing stones at her or trying to be mean or hateful, I’m trying to warn others that are caught up in her unbiblical doctrine.
As Ezekiel 3:16-21 explains why the warning is needed.
20 Again, if a righteous person turns from his righteousness and commits injustice, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die. Because you have not warned him, he shall die for his sin, and his righteous deeds that he has done shall not be remembered, but his blood I will require at your hand. 21 But if you warn the righteous person not to sin, and he does not sin, he shall surely live, because he took warning, and you will have delivered your soul.”
I can’t explain in just one sentence my take on Beth Moore because there is so much that she teaches that’s bad. People need to be warned.
I will post references and examples and my own comments will be in parenthesis.
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(The people that have woke up to her deception agree that much of her bad doctrine is “secretly introduce” into her studies just as this verse says and her followers just don’t see it.)
Scripture says in 2 Peter 2:1-3 of False Teachers and Their Destruction…
“But there were also false prophets
among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you.
They will “secretly introduce” destructive “heresies”, even “denying the sovereign Lord” who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed, these teachers will exploit you with “fabricated stories”.
Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.”
(Beth Moore definitely has fabricated stories because her preaching is based much on her own thoughts and voices in her head or what she feels in her heart.
She often says, “God told me in my heart” or “God laid it on my heart”, about a special revelation that she claims she has from God, which we are unable to test or find in Scriptures.
From the verse above, we see that heresy which is any belief contrary to biblical doctrine and anything that denies or rejects the teaching of Jesus is destructive.
Would you say that anyone that purposely changes, twists, adds or takes away from God’s Law, God’s Word, has denied and rejected truth? Have they denied Jesus’ teachings?
Yes! Because after they have done this they have made a new and different doctrine, a different Bible, a different God. The Truth has been denied, the Bible has been denied and God has been denied.
She is not a solid biblical teacher and as my friends from Tulips and Honey podcast even say, not only should she NOT teach men but she shouldn’t even be teaching women.
Lauren and Becca, I agree!)
podcast is here:

Deuteronomy 12:32~ “Whatever I command you, you shall be careful to do; you shall not add to nor take away from it.
(So, looking at this verse ask yourself, is Beth doing what God commands? No, she is completely rebelling by preaching and holding authority over men in churches along with so much more.
Is Beth adding and taking away from God’s commands? Yes. Every time she inserts herself into Scriptures or twist Scriptures to fit her message and every time she tells of a personal revelation.)
(This verse below speaks volumes concerning Beth.)
“If you love me, you will keep my commands,” He says, “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever” (John 14:15-16).
(Start with the very first sentence of that verse.
Does Beth love Him? Well, does she keep God’s commands?
I’d say no because God commands women to be submissive and not have the authority of men. God commands us to not add or take away from His Word but her extra-biblical teachings (revelations) add and takes away. God commands us to obey God’s Word but her refusal to obey God’s commands tells us she does not love Him.
It’s not like Beth had no idea she was teaching this way or she had no idea she was teaching people bad doctrine or she didn’t know she was in rebellion. She has been confronted on many things by many well known Bible teachers so she can’t act shocked and say, “Ooops I accidentally taught something wrong”.
So this is a clear indication she is in rebellion and does not love God’s Word.)
(The last part of that verse tells us Jesus knows that keeping His commands in this fallen world will require a divine source of power in the form of the Holy Spirit’s presence living within us.)
(My thought here is this if keeping His commands in this fallen world will require a divine source of power in the form of the Holy Spirit’s presence living within us.
With Beth not keeping His commands, what’s that say about the Holy Spirit in her?
What’s that say about Beth? Yeah, not good.)
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(Biblical doctrine teaches us the nature and the character of God.
Beth changes His character and makes God someone He is not.
A good example is when she tells everyone to have a “romance” with Him as she states in a simulcast of what she calls mighty makers.
You tell me if the following is Biblical doctrine)…
From Chapter 3 Ministries:
“According to Mrs. Moore, “mighty makers” (there are 6 of them) are things we can do to make sure we get on a list that will be in heaven of the mighty men and women who were willing to stand up and fight the good fight with the shield of faith and sword of the Spirit. No Bible verse was given for this list or for her claim that her “mighty makers” will get us on it. What was given was her belief that “There will be “chronicles of the wars that have taken place on the globe when we get to heaven”.
(Wow, I have never read in Scriptures of a list called “Mighty Makers” that will be in heaven.)
“Mrs. Moore has a lot of confidence in her “mighty makers,” She said this about them. “There is no way around any one of them.”
“She felt very strongly about the first one. She said this about it, “This is foremost, number one, and it’s the part of it that makes me want to sob my eyes out.”
“Again, no Bible verse was given for this list or for her claim that her “mighty makers” will get us on it.”
Her Mighty Maker #1 is this:
“The audacity to make an unseen Savior the supreme romance of your life.”
“According to Mrs. Moore, that is what we were created for.”
(Really? This is the reason God created us, men and women? To have a romance with Jesus?
Ask yourself here, is this Biblical doctrine?)
“Mrs. Moore said that when we get to heaven, in spite of all we’ve been through on earth, if Jesus became the driving desire of our lives, we will say to him, “You know what? You were a blast. You were a blast. My life wasn’t a blast; a whole lot of it wasn’t very fun. But I’m gonna tell You something, You romanced me and You wooed me and You pursued me and I think You are a blast.”
The lady taking notes at this simulcast says: “I am very confident that I will not say these words to Jesus, nor would I ever speak to him in a way I would deem disrespectful. In heaven, I will be overtaken by his awesomeness, not chatting with him like he was my high school boyfriend.
Additionally, during the simulcast, no verses were given that spoke about romance with Jesus.”

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(Beth also shows how she’s not worried about preaching in churches every time she preaches in churches. This comes across to many that God is probably more than fine with her breaking His commandments of women preaching to men.
Yes, I’m aware that women preaching in churches is only a secondary issue but it doesn’t mean it’s not an issue at all. What it means is, they are not obedient to God’s commands…and what did God say about those that keep His commands? That they love Him. Beth is not keeping to His commands every single time she preaches and hold authority over a man. What example is that to the body of believers that set in church and watch her do this?
As scriptures says, many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. Beth is teaching women all over the world that this is ok. Women are following their dangerous conduct.)
John MacArthur says “Titus 2:3 shows it’s ok for women to teach but they are to teach the young. He says mature women are to be reverent in their behavior.
“Reverent behavior would be obedience to the Word of God. Would you be a reverent woman if you were a woman preacher?”, “You can’t say you are a woman preacher preaching the Bible and be by virtue of that very roll dishonoring God and His Word.”, “All these women running around as preachers, supposedly teaching the Bible, are defying what the Bible says.” “The most popular woman preacher today (referring to Beth) says, “Well Paul’s not Jesus and Jesus told me to Preach”.
(Here’s a thought…How can God say in His own Law that He forbids a woman to teach or have authority over men and then Jesus decides to go against that and tells Beth she needs to preach to men and women in churches? Is this a sister in Christ? A woman that disobeys the Law and contradicts God’s own Word and puts words in God’s mouth is a sister in Christ? No. Sorry, she is not. ) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxtSRfNO5xo
When we accept the Bible as God’s Word to us (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20–21), we have a solid foundation for our doctrine.
Second Peter 1:20 says that “no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation.”
“There is a right interpretation of everything God says, and it is our job to discern that meaning, not create an interpretation to suit our tastes.” (And it shouldn’t be Beth’s interpretation either when she claims new prophecies for today’s time, making the Scriptures nonauthoritative.)
https://www.gotquestions.org/what-is-doctrine.html
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(She is a false Prophet. Why do I say that? Because she has publically stated for YEARS, probably over 10 years, that God gives her messages and she says God has even told her things that she says will come true in the future, just as Prophets do.
An example would be in these video several years back,
Where Beth Moore Predicts God Will soon Unite All Sectors of Christendom.)
Videos here:

(She says in one video, “God has placed it on my heart to tell you”….and continues saying God is telling her to get prepared for something that’s coming…….hmmm, what’s coming? Awakening and
downpour is coming. She tells the audience that it will be Christians that will be the ones arguing with them about it and others will say, “that’s not what it looks like”.)
(Basically, she means we are going to say, “No, that is not biblical.” She calls us bullies and mean spirited if we argue about it or disagree with her prophecy.
The words “Go Home” don’t seem so bad when you hear her say this about other Christians.
The other video she says, God tells her that He will unite every sector and every denomination.)
She says: “I believe that out of His great mercy, God is about to push this envelope with us.
She says: “As clearly as I know how to discern what He laid upon my heart, I feel like, I am bringing it to you, as I understand it. I think what we will see if not now, very, very soon is Him (God) pushing this point with us over and over”.
(We know many religions believe very differently from those that stand on the Word of God as the ultimate authority.
The Word of Faith, International House of Prayer, Mormons, Buddhists, Muslims, Jehovah’s Witness and lots more believe very differently and are unbiblical that we can not be yoked together with.
This verse below tells us God has no intention of uniting His Church with darkness.)
2 Corinthians 6:14-16~Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said:
“I will live with them
and walk among them,
and I will be their God,
and they will be my people.”
(If God walks among us how can we unite with churches that pray to the dead or even angel’s just because they bare the name church?
Why would God allow us to hold hands with other Christians that have idols and look to statues for answered prayers and those that have love of money just because they bare the name, Christian?
Would God be pleased that we have united with churches that don’t believe Jesus is the Son of God but instead a brother of Satan? What about uniting with churches that believe if you name it then you can claim it. Would God allow those churches just because they bare the name church? Will God allow them to be ok where they are and still unite us all?
Biblically, there should be no divisions between true believers of Christ. Don’t we need to be like-minded to be united and in agreement with the Word?
With those churches we are divided, we are not like-minded and we don’t have the same beliefs.)
1 Corinthians 5:11~But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one.
2 John 1:10-11~ If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works.
1 Corinthians 1:10~ I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.
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* (Another prophecy, where she talks about God telling Beth that He wants her to take money to a bus stop to give to a person that will show up later on, so she has to wait. She says God gave her the vision.
In the video, she sounds like a medium explaining the vision in certain detail as given to her from God. But, what if, God didn’t say it? She is crediting God with this prophecy.
But look at this warning God gives.)
Deuteronomy 13:1-3~”If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder comes true, concerning which he spoke to you, saying, ‘Let us go after other gods (whom you have not known) and let us serve them,’ you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams; for the LORD your God is testing you to find out if you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.”
(Satan masquerade as light remember. Every time someone speaks of a personal revelation they always say, “God told me”. Why don’t people say, “Satan told me?”
Because saying that doesn’t make anyone special.)
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From: The End Time
Romans 16:17~Final Instructions and Greetings
I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them.
Beth Moore’s Direct revelation from a voice in her heart that she says is God, is an “obstacle”. How? You will hear Moore deliver a “teaching” she received directly from Jesus, and then say “test it,” but we can’t … because it’s from her own mind and not from the Bible. We have to rely on her and her special relationship with Jesus for the “teaching”. In so doing, she has inserted herself between us and Jesus, creating an extra step and a barrier directly to Him that everyone else can get simply by reading His word. Without her teaching from a vision, you would not know about it, so the teaching depends on HER, not Jesus.
–the false teacher “takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit” (Colossians 2:8). They take you captive by the method above. Once you start buying into Moore’s or other false teachers’ vision-teachings, you HAVE to keep following them in order to hear it explained again, or to receive more teachings. It comes from them so you have to keep following them to see what they will say next. Pretty soon her philosophy and deceit have captured you.
—For certain people have crept in unnoticed (Jude 1:4). Easy enough- they creep, and they’re unnoticed.
So, sister, do not feel bad if you’ve been duped or feel that your discernment skills are slow to grow.
Info taken from this link…
Discernment Lesson: Deconstructing Beth Moore’s most popular story
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“Beth explains some of her revelations aren’t always right. She says, “God kept repeating a word over and over to my heart: unbelief. Unbelief! I kept sensing Him saying, “My people are suffering from unbelief!” At the time I felt that this word was a separate message from the material He was beginning to give me for Breaking Free… As clearly as a bell, God spoke to my heart through His Spirit and said, “The answer to your question is the sin of unbelief.”
She continues: … Suppose I heard God correctly. (I have certainly misread Him before!). Why do you think not believing God personally and lavishly loves us could be a sin? ”
(Moore, “Breaking Free,” p. 211-212).
**Take careful notice of the contradictions in her statement above. The message from God was as clear as a bell, but she has misread God before and is worried she may have misread Him again. How does she misread a statement that is as clear a bell? Simply put, if she has spoken a single statement that was declared to be from God but was not really from God, then she is a false prophet. This is extremely serious. Moore does not take seriously the danger of falsely proclaiming that she is speaking the words of God.”
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“In this next example of non-Biblical revelation, Moore relates the story of a woman who approached her during a speaking engagement in Louisiana:
Beth says: With obvious anointing, she told the story we’re about to study, then she said: “I don’t know you, Beth. I have no idea why God sent me with such a message to give you, but He told me clearly to say these words to you: ‘Tell her that her many sins have been forgiven—for she loved much’” (Moore, “Jesus the One and Only,” p. 91).
She later continues regarding this story with: He simply sent a woman to deliver His word—that I was forgiven. He whispered to my spirit, “Now, My child, be at peace.”
Oh, how I would love to be that woman to you today. Allow me to pull up my chair right in front of you, look you in the eye, and tell you what He told me to say: “Your many sins have been forgiven—for you love much.” Go in peace
(Moore, “Jesus the One and Only,” p. 95).
In this case, Moore has placed non-Biblical revelation above the written Word of God. The Bible was not sufficient to convince Moore that her sins were forgiven, but this stranger who claimed to get a word from God was able to. Now, Moore wants you to trust what she says about your forgiveness rather than point you to the God-breathed words of the Bible for that assurance. We should heed the warning of Scripture:
[For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light (NASB, 2 Corinthians 11:13-14).]
Trust the Bible, not messages from Beth Moore or anyone else no matter how spiritual or even Christ-like they may sound.”
https://thekingsdale.wordpress.com/2013/09/03/beth-moore-false-teacher/
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Link below discussed 3 things to look for with False teachers.
Quotes taken from this link:
//www.gotquestions.org/false-teachers.html
#1.) How do they treat the teachings of Christ? (She abuses it)
In 2 John 9, we read, “Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.”
(Beth doesn’t treat the teachings of Christ accurately. She has changed the teachings of Christ many times. Every time she changes the story in Scriptures to match an event in her life or to insert herself.
She changes it when she lessens the authority of Scriptures by teaching women that Scripture is not the final authority but that personal revelation is just as authoritative. God’s Word says…“Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God.” (Ouch)
Then there is this new one where
Beth changes Scriptures when she tweets out this.)
“I believe wholeheartedly that ALL Scripture is inspired by God. Authoritative. Truth. But the persons themselves – Paul and Jesus – are not equals. I know this is hard for some to swallow, but Paul is not our Savior. Paul would be horrified, I believe, by the way, he has been deified.” ~ Beth”
(The reason the whole Jesus/Paul came up was because it’s in the writings of Paul that women are said not to be in authority over a man. Several other women have used the same argument, “I’m not a follower of Paul, I’m a follower of Jesus” as if the red letters are all we are to obey. ALL of Scripture is God’s Word, not just the red letters. This is a contradiction because she is referring to Scriptures here. She says she believes Scriptures is authoritative but then turns around and says Paul’s and Jesus are not equal after that.
Two things here…First, if she truly believes “wholeheartedly that ALL Scripture is inspired by God. Authoritative. Truth.” Why did she see the need to distinguish the difference between Paul and Jesus? In her tweet, no one said anything about holding Paul above Jesus in any way. Why did she throw that out there?
Second, if she believes “wholeheartedly that ALL Scripture is inspired by God. Authoritative. Truth.”
why does she teach more from her own special Revaluations?
Beth holds more closely to her own personal revelation (the voice in her head that she believes is from God.) than she does to Scriptures.
As a result of this tweet, this brought into question both Paul’s person and his teachings. When you look at that tweet there are a lot of people very confused as to what she is meaning and why she said that.)
The link below states: “While it is true that “Paul and Jesus – do not equal” it is true that the words of Christ and the words of Paul ARE equal. Why? Because Jesus stated of himself “I and my Father are one” (John 10:30) meaning he was God in the flesh.
The Word of God, all of it from Genesis to Revelation is Christ’s Words.”
If You Are Not Following Paul, Then You Are Not Following Jesus
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#2) “Does this teacher preach the gospel?
The gospel is defined as the good news concerning Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection, according to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:1-4). As nice as they sound, the statements “God loves you,” “God wants us to feed the hungry,” and “God wants you to be wealthy” are not the complete message of the gospel.
As Paul warns in Galatians 1:7, “Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ.” No one, not even a great preacher, has the right to change the message that God gave us. “If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!” (Galatians 1:9)
…..(Beth does preach a different gospel when she changes her mind about homosexuality) and says, “I made people feel demonized. I overshot scripture by a mile” and says that she “exceeded Scripture.”
(This is lessening the sexual sin they live in.)
The sinner must be made to realize the seriousness of sin before the mercy of God will become precious.
The most loving thing we can do is to tell him the truth. And the truth is that through the Gospel, a homosexual can join the “such were some of you.”
#3.)Does this teacher exhibit character qualities that glorify the Lord?
(No, Beth regularly shows Pride and rebellion. She doesn’t turn away from her mishandling of Scriptures or repent from it.)
Gotquestions: Jude 11 says, “They have taken the way of Cain; they have rushed for profit into Balaam’s error; they have been destroyed in Korah’s “rebellion.” In other words, a false teacher can be known by his “pride” (Cain’s “rejection” of God’s plan), “greed” (Balaam’s prophesying for money), and “rebellion” (Korah’s promotion of himself over Moses).
(Beth is certainly in “rebellion” and known for her “pride”. Beth has pridefully “rejected” the authority of Scriptures and rebelled against God’s commands by ignoring what God has said about women preaching and so much more.)
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(Examples of her “fabricated stories” that can not be linked to Scriptures found below.)
*She tells a story in a video about her being on a porch and God gave her a vision.
Beth said, “And tonight I’m going to do my absolute best to illustrate to you something that God showed me out on that back porch. He put a picture…I’ve explained to you before I am a very visual person…so He speaks to me very often of putting a picture in my head. And it was as if I was raised up looking down on a community, as I saw the church in that particular dimension- certainly not all dimensions, not even in many, but in what we will discuss tonight, the church, as Jesus sees it, in a particular dimension.”
(People, Beth is telling everyone, that God gave her a vision and special revelation that is not in Scriptures. It’s so dangerous to tag God’s name on something like that. )
*Then there is another story when Beth Moore says: “(God) began to say to me, ‘I’m gonna tell you something right now, Beth, and boy you write this one down, and you say it as often as I give you utterance to say it….'”
*Another story where Beth says God told her to brush an old man’s hair at an airport and she actually argues with God about it.
Where is her fear of the Lord???
*Another story she says, “Recently God spoke to me about capturing what He and I are calling “Sabbath moments.”
Like many of yours, my schedule right now is particularly tough, and I see no time in the near future for a number of days off. “God spoke to my heart” one Saturday morning while I was preparing for Sunday school: “My child, in between more intense rests, I want to teach you to take Sabbath moments.”
* Then in another video (which I mentioned earlier), Beth Moore Predicts God Will Unite All Sectors of Christendom.
She says, “I believe, that out of his great mercy, God is about to push this envelope with us…Listen, test the spirits and pray about this to see if it is so, but as clearly as I know how to discern what he has laid upon my heart I feel like I am bringing it to you as I understand it. But I think what we will see, if not now, very very soon, is him pushing this point with us, over and over and over, because I think it is very possible that what has satisfied you before will no longer satisfy you now.”
Scripture instead says this,
Romans 16:17~I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles “contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them”.
(Does she have correct biblical doctrine???)
*In another one, Beth says God tells her a future prophecy. You will hear Beth Moore talk about scoffers who will come and speak out against the awakening and downpours; the outpouring that she believes God is telling her is coming.
Beth quote:
“What God began to show me, is that it would not just come from the…mean spirited. The scoffers…I believe that God put on my heart…please test the spirit, pray and see if this…is confirmed to you in prayer and in the study of the Word… I believe that He placed it on my heart that the scoffers will have an alternative answer for everything; an alternative for every single thing we see…there will be an alternative. They will not see it as the hand of God; an alternate answer. Unity will be called defection. Brokenness will be called instability. Grace will be called a compromise. And the genuinely prophetic will be called false teaching. You see if this does not happen.” ~Beth
(Beth Moore has claimed over and over that she is receiving words from the Lord that are not found in Scriptures and she is also receiving very specific prophecies of future events from the Lord.)
https://living4hisglory.wordpress.com/tag/beth-moore-future-outpouring-prophecy/
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From John MacArthur:
“False teaching denies the authenticity, inspiration, authority, or inerrancy of Scripture”.
(Beth disobeys when she preaches to men, her authority is not Scriptures, she puts words in God’s mouth that God did not say, such as, we were all created to have a supreme romance with God, then she injects herself into stories of the Bible. )
John MacArthur:
“False teachers are not committed to Scripture. They may speak of Jesus and the Father, but the heart of their ministry will not be the Word of God. They will either add to it, take away from it, interpret it in some heretical fashion, add other “revelations” to it, or deny it altogether.”
(Beth Moore isn’t committed to Scriptures when she rebels against God’s commands and adds to God’s Scriptures with her personal revelations.)
https://www.gty.org/library/blog/B140214/the-pathology-of-false-teachers
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(This quote below is one I already touched on earlier where she speaks of Beth changing her belief on homosexuality.
From Justin Peter’s site. Link below)
* Beth wrote this many years ago where she said, “I have wonderful news for anyone who has struggled with homosexual sin, God indeed can deliver you and anxiously awaits your full cooperation”.
(Yes, I agree with Beth on this….. the Gospel means Good News and she is sharing the gospel to the sinners but, then some years later she feels bad and changes her mind and even has it removed from her book.
When being questioned about her belief on homosexuality she makes this comment).
Beth explains, “I made people feel demonized. I overshot scripture by a mile” and adds that she “exceeded Scripture and singled out same-sex sin as particularly satanic.”
Why did she change her mind?? She said, “She did so because she worried about what it would do to a “13-year-old struggling with an onslaught of sexual feelings and temptations who has no idea what to do with them”.
She should have never removed that section! If she truly cares about that 13-year-old then she should want her to be confronted with her sin. Beth Moore should want her to realize she is a sinner who faces the wrath of God. And Beth Moore should want her to know that complete forgiveness and transformation are freely offered in the glorious Gospel of Christ. The sinner must be made to realize the seriousness of sin before the mercy of God will become precious.
One wonders if Beth Moore really does believe that homosexuality – not just the behavior, but the identity and desire – truly is a deadly sin.
One wonders if she truly does believe that homosexuals can be completely transformed and if she really does “know plenty of believers who have been set free from homosexuality.” If she has indeed witnessed it and does indeed know all of these many people set free from this sin, why, why why would she remove that section?
1 Corinthians 6:9–11 ~Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will …
People are not lost because they are homosexual. They are homosexual because they are lost. The most hateful thing we could do to anyone is to know the truth but not tell him. The most loving thing we can do is to tell him the truth. And the truth is that through the Gospel, a homosexual can join the “such were some of you.”
Justin Peter’s write up https://justinpeters.org/2019/07/my-thoughts-on-beth-moores-blog-post/
(Answer this? How does her earlier statement make homosexuals feel demonized when what she was saying was the Good News, the Gospel?
Here it is: “I have wonderful news for anyone who has struggled with homosexual sin, God indeed can deliver you and anxiously awaits your full cooperation”.
Did she truly “overshoot scripture by a mile there”? Is preaching the Gospel to the lost overshooting Scriptures? Do you believe she “exceeded Scripture and singled out same-sex sin as particularly satanic.”
Well, is sharing the Gospel with sinners meant to help the sinner see their sin as evil? Yes! That’s not wrong to show them they are indeed a sinner that is wretched and filthy. But she’s saying that’s wrong.
The Gospel saves people and more times than not it hurts the sinners to hear how they deserve hell but Jesus was punished for them. That’s what makes the gift of salvation precious to them.
When she recanted her older belief of sharing the Good News, THAT is when she exceeded Scriptures.
That is when she denied Jesus and the Gospel.
What she teaches today about homosexuality is silencing the truth which does them no favors and denies them forgiveness and hope in Jesus. They need to find salvation through the truth of the gospel, not ear tickles.
Here is a link that discusses the letter to Beth about her beliefs on homosexuality.
My friend Michelle Lesley shares this:
https://michellelesley.com/tag/beth-moore/
Here is another link where my dear friend Marsha West has shared
Beth calling an open homosexual a brother. Very concerning!

Beth Moore, Sam Allberry Promote Gay Activists, Calls Them “Brothers”


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(The verse below addresses who are truly brothers and sisters on Christ.)
Matthew 12:48-50 ~
But he replied to the man who told him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”
The qualifier for being a brother or sister of Christ is “doing the will of the Father.” The ultimate will of the Father is that we love, trust, and obey His Son (John 3:36; 2 Thessalonians 1:8; Romans 2:7–8). When we believe in our hearts the gospel of Jesus Christ and surrender our lives to His lordship, God adopts us into His family and considers us “joint-heirs” with His Son, Jesus (Romans 8:17; 10:9–10).
* (So is Beth doing the will of the Father? No)
*(Is she loving, trusting and obeying the Son? The answer is from John 14:15-16~ “if you love me you will keep my commandments”. Think carefully about this.
She’s not keeping His commandments which means she is not “obeying” Him AND that means she must not “love” Him either-or “trust” God as the authority.)
*(Does she believe in the biblical gospel of Jesus Christ?
No!
If she did then she would be sharing the gospel to homosexuals and not remove the part of her book that shows her sharing the gospel. She would be more concerned about their souls then hurting their feelings with the truth.)
*(Has Beth surrendered her life to Jesus? Well, does she conform to what is written? No)
*(So answer yourself…looking at that verse, is she a sister in Christ? )
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Paul Washer says, “The Devil uses men to advance his cause against the Kingdom of Christ.”
There are two proclaimers, one is men of truth and the other side are proclaimers of lies.
“They are liars because they do not speak according to what is written.”
False teachers do the following:
* “Young man when you get up into the Pulpit, no one needs to hear from your heart, they need to hear from God’s Word.” (Beth talks all the time about what’s on her heart.)
* “They are hypocritical because they pretend to have a spirituality that is from God but in actuality at best their spirituality is carnal and at worst, it’s demonic”. (The voices Beth hears could be demonic because we know it’s not biblical. )
* “How do you know if one’s spirituality is from God? Because it conforms to what is written.”
(Beth has a hard time doing that.)
* They trivialize the gospel with material prosperity and self-realization.
* Deny the gospel by diminishing the uniqueness of Christ.
* People such as Beth want to unite all religions. Paul Washer says, “They would share in each others Gods and affirm one another”. (Sounds familiar when you see those videos)
* when a church uses anything but the gospel to draw people to the church. ( Beth drawing people by using personal revelations or visions from God…. a fabricated story of God speaking)

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(We do need to be praying for Beth that she would repent and obey God’s Word. I do not wish to hurt her, I don’t enjoy exposing her or the conflict that it causes.
However, God has commanded we warn of false teachings, mark those that deceive and expose them.
I’m trying to help people from being lead astray by her unbiblical teachings just as I was. If it wasn’t for Justin Peter’s sharing truth of false teachers I’d probably still be in it.)

Guest Post – Twisted Tuesday Isaiah 53:5 by Becca Barner

Twisted Tuesday; Isaiah 53:5

By: Becca Barner

Welcome to Twisted Tuesday, Dear Ones. I have the privilege of writing an article about a scripture that is often taken out of context and twisted to fit into a faith-plus-works salvation narrative. The scripture that we are going over today is:

Isaiah 53:5 ESV (English Standard Version)

“5 But he was pierced for our transgressions;

    he was crushed for our iniquities;

upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,

    and with his wounds we are healed.”

I cannot honestly tell you how many times I “spoke this scripture over myself” and others- as though I carried the same power that Christ has. Speaking things into existence is the name of that game; and a very dangerous one at that. It’s a doctrine teaching that the believer carries the same power and authority as Christ; as though our very words carry power. This wades into the pool of “little god” theology, which will drown you if you stay in it. We’ll talk more about this in the future, but for now let’s just say that this doctrine is extremely dangerous/blasphemous.

Graphic-by-Becca-Berean

I remember many years ago when I was heavily blinded by the “Word of Faith” doctrine. I once had a Joyce Meyer book with instructions to read many scriptures like this one aloud to make God do as I wished, like a spiritual genie. This beautiful passage of scripture is not a positive affirmation that we can say aloud to make anything happen. Here is the big theological breakdown of Isaiah 53:3… He was killed for our sins, and by his wounds or “stripes” we now have salvation. It’s that simple folks. 

Now, you’ll still find many of the Word of Faith and Prosperity Gospel teachers trying to twist this scripture. My questions to them are many:

Why do people suffer? Why are we still aging? Why does it hurt to give birth? Etc.

“Faith healers” and false teachers will be held accountable to their misinterpretation of this scripture; false promises, false hope, and above all, a false Gospel. They are lying to many who are possibly in their most dire of circumstances- desperate for a miracle, and so they latch on to anything that gives them hope. My heart goes out to these people, because I happen to struggle with a chronic illness. I also know what it’s like when family and friends tell me that I “need more faith” to be healed, or that there’s some secret sin keeping God from healing me. These are just two examples of the lies I believed a few years ago. 

Christ’s sacrifice is so much more than deliverance from physical suffering. It is the gift of Eternal Salvation. Reading Isaiah 53:5 now should give us so much hope of His Blessed Assurance, for it brings such hope and joy to me. 

Blessings

Twisted Tuesday – Justice Socialized: Reparations

Last week, dear ones, we began a new series on the Social Justice movement. In the introduction, which you can read here, I listed some imperative definitions for this discussion. If you’ve not yet read it, I would suggest you start there first. Today we’re going to be talking about the roots of this movement as it pertains to the church. While the political end of this movement is concerning, it’s not my main concern. My deepening fear is that this movement has so well branded itself as one seeking to right wrongs that believers jump on the band wagon and sign the dotted line before reading the fine print. This is still a Twisted Tuesday, so we’re going to address this as we work through verses they use out of context. Today, it’s Isaiah 1:17.

Isaiah 1:17
Isaiah-1-17

I’m actually surprised that this would be a verse used by the self labeled Social Justice Warriors, as they in no way intend on aiding orphans or widows. They just enjoy the word justice being involved in this text. In Isaiah 1:17 the noun translated as justice here, and translated as judgement in other translations, is mishpat. Mishpat is a masculine noun meaning to pronounce a verdict judicially. What we need to decide here is whether or not the meaning of injustice to God is the same as it is to the SJW’s. Likewise, is the means of justice the same? If these two are not the same, then this verse is not being used in proper context when quoted by those in the SJ movement.

Paul Washer Quote
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Throughout the next few weeks I’m going to show why these two points are not in agreement with Scripture, using the verses they take out of context. Today I offer you, as evidence that Gods idea of injustice and justice are not the same, the idea of reparations. Reparations, in and of itself, is not bad. If I take your hat, it’s appropriate for me to be forced to give you back your hat and make amends for the time and effort you spent searching for the hat. If that was what SJW’s were asking, they’d be inline with Scripture. Instead, they are asking individuals to pay other individuals for acts that may or may not have taken place within their ancestral lineage. Reparations are not only considered financially, but also emotionally. You must feel bad for having been born a different color then someone else.

Charles-Spurgeon-Quote

Not only does this unbiblically separate us from one another based on the amount of melanin in our skin, it also requires certain believers to pay for something they did not do. That is, in and of itself, injustice in Gods eyes, not justice (Duet. 24:16, Ezekiel 18:19-20). This shows, clearly, that the SJ movement is misusing Gods Word, calling what is good, evil, and what is evil, good. Unfortunately, the church often desires the adoration of the world, and jumps at opportunities to join worldly pursuits guised as morally good.

This is a dangerous movement taking over churches of both liberal and conservative persuasion. Once in, it breeds disunity between brothers in Christ by separating them into groups of with differing victim status. They use Critical Race Theory to do so, which we will be discussing next week. I ask that you would please pray for me, beloved, as I write about this topic. The reading material for this series is deeply troubling. I also ask, friends, that you would pray for the leadership in your churches so that they will stand firm against this infiltration. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Twisted Tuesday – Justice Socialized: Introduction

While the title of this new series, beloved, is meant as a play-on-words the topic is very serious. The infiltration of Social Justice within doctrinally sound churches has been as shocking as it is sobering. While it’s long been preached from liberal pulpits, and many pragmatic teachers had adopted the language, it was those whose Biblical stands in the past had been uncompromising, which I was surprised to see using this language. Due to this, and the sinfully hate-filled push back on social media from those who call themselves Social Justice Warriors as well as professing Christians, I’m going to spend a few Twisted Tuesday’s talking about the subject. Unfortunately, this movement does indeed twist Scripture.

This is not surprising, as socialists throughout the 20th century often used Gods Word to justify themselves. Never in proper context, of course, but frequently mingled in with other quotes you’d hear varies Verses twisted in. I’ve discussed Social Justice in the past, warning about the dangers therein. However, it was brief, as I had assumed the movement would be utterly rejected by believers. Since then, it has been accepted by many hook, line, and sinker. It brought along all of its friends, as well, and now troubles the youth of our churches, who already face a myriad of evolutionary, and societal push back at school.

This is, per my usual series style, just an introduction. However, I wanted to, in the very least, give some definitions and an urgent warning. First, the latter. Beloved, do not ignore this. Address it. Even if it’s never been mentioned in your church, address it. Refute it, before it can even make headway. You might not, yet, hear it taught in the pulpit, in group meetings, or Sunday school, but those brothers and sisters your sitting next to are hearing it everywhere. They may not even realize what they’re hearing is Social Justice jargon. Perhaps some of their favorite preachers and teachers to listen to during the week are slipping, or down right diving, into this ditch. It might be subtle, but once the dam breaks rerouting the flood is very difficult. If you’ve not already done so, discuss this with your teens, and preteens, and youth groups.

What is Social Justice? The dictionary defines it in this way “justice in terms of the distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges within a society.” Currently, this is viewed through the lenses of Critical Race Theory. The definition of CRT, or Critical Race Theory, is “the view that race, instead of being biologically grounded and natural, is socially constructed and that race, as a socially constructed concept, functions as a means to maintain the interests of the white population that constructed it.” Along side SJ, or Social Justice, and CRT, is the idea of reparations. This is defines as “the making of amends for a wrong one has done, by paying money to or otherwise helping those who have been wronged.” When you put these three points together, you end up with groups, or sections, which brings us to the last definition I want to give, intersectionality. Webster’s defines this term like this “the complex, cumulative way in which the effects of multiple forms of discrimination (such as racism, sexism, and classism) combine, overlap, or intersect especially in the experiences of marginalized individuals or groups“.

I know that’s a lot of information to take in, and that this is going to be a very difficult, and frustrating topic to address. Please, bare with me over the next few weeks as we flesh this out together. It’s imperative that we are all aware of this movement, which is no longer creeping its way into churches, but making a full on attack. It’s a dangerously divisive movement, which purposefully sets groups against one another. If the left and right leg won’t go in the same direction, the body goes nowhere. We must hold to unity with believers, regardless of race, sex, or class. We are one body, in Christ. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.