Twisted Tuesday – Just Another Deity

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Twisted Tuesday’s – Saved From What?

I don’t know if any of you have seen, and I certainly would not recommend you watch, a show called ‘Lucifer’. I’ve only seen the commercials, which are blasphemous enough on their own to warrant a believer never watch the show.

I stopped watching cable TV when I got saved. I could sit here and tell you that there is a hyper-spiritual reason for shutting off the heretical, and often times blasphemous, cable shows, but there’s not. I stopped watching cable because tablets, phones, and now TV’s have access to YouTube and YouTube has access to all my favorite preachers and teachers. I have developed an intolerance for regular television programming over the past two years. *cough ten minutes of commercials cough*

Most of the time, if the cable is on, there is some type of baseball or football on. The other day the same commercial for Lucifer kept playing at each break, and it reminded me of a subject I meant to write about. What are we saved from? A while ago I addressed the confusion surrounding who was in charge. This is closely related and seems to be a misconception formed in the same way. Most people have a view of Satan and Hell created for them by media or cartoons.


This caricature theology gives the impression that Satan is king of Hell and God sent His Son to save us from Satan’s wrath. That is blasphemously incorrect. As we discussed in a previous post, God is sovereign over Heaven, Earth, and Hell. This is His creation. He writes the rules, like it or not. We are not saved from Satan’s wrath, God sent Christ Jesus to die in our place, as a guilt offering, to pay our sin debt…to rescue us from His own wrath. God is angry at sin every day, beloved. On Judgement Day Gods wrath will be poured out on the wicked, that includes Satan.


God is all His attributes all the time, He is not sometimes loving and sometimes just. He is always loving, and always just. Brother Paul Washer explains it like this “if you love the Jews, you hate the Holocaust. If you love children, you hate abortion.” It’s the same way with God, because He is a God of love, and He loves justice and righteousness, He hates sin.

It seems Hollywood constantly feels the need to redeem evil, whether it be a certain sin or Satan himself. They make evil good and good evil. This show, Lucifer, is a prime example but you can really see it in most shows and movies. This is happening because the church has allowed Hollywood to define these terms for decades. Why? Because most pastors just want to preach the feel-good stuff. They don’t want to lose members by being too controversial. This priority of church growth is utter nonsense, Christ Himself warned the lost about hell. Souls should be the priority!

You may not like Gods sovereignty, but that does not make Him any less sovereign. We have not sinned against man, or against an angel, but against the Most High. It is to Him we will answer for those sins, as the wages of sin is death, and the gift of God is eternal life. On judgment day, dear brethren, we will stand before His mighty throne, forgiven of our sins and washed clean by the blood of the Lamb. The lost will stand condemned, and because of this, we need to love them enough to warn them. We need to love them enough to speak truth to a darkened world, even if that truth is as hard to hear as it is to say. And as always, beloved, be good Bereans and study to show yourselves approved.

Twisted Tuesday – The Straight and Narrow Way

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


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

Today I give you Sola Scriptura! 

Scriptures alone. 

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


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

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


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

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

Twisted Tuesday’s – Universalism 

The twisted scripture for today is 1 Timothy 2:4


Beloved, today I’m going to address Christian Universalism, which is the belief that everyone will eventually be saved whether in this life or after it, through Christ’s work on the cross.

There is also Unitarian Universalism, which teaches all faiths are true and everyone will be saved regardless of what Christ did on the cross. This belief is not something true Christians can be deceived by as it is a rejection of Christ as our Lord and savior. My purpose on Tuesday’s is to review scriptures taken out of context or twisted to fit a certain viewpoint. Unitarian Universalism, while extremely dangerous, does not fall into this category. So-called ‘Christian’ Universalism, however, does.


Many others have done a far better job discussing this subject in detail than I ever could. Our brother in Christ over at Possessing the Treasure wrote extensively about this here. If you want more than the basic summary I write, I encourage you to read his post.

Essentially the idea is that God desires all to be saved, therefore God will save everyone even if they do not repent and place their trust in Christ in this lifetime. No one will end up in hell, isn’t that great? The issue with this belief is that it not only twists Paul’s words, but it ignores other passages in both the New and the Old Testament.


Brethren, the disciples of Christ didn’t just risk their lives to spread the Gospel, all but John lost their lives in the process. Why would this be necessary if salvation was afforded after death? In fact, if all are going to be saved, it seems like God could have thought of an easier way for Christ to redeem His bride, why the cross?

This type of deception comes when believers fail to take into account the full counsel of Gods Word. Dear ones, I want to bring you back to what we discussed last Tuesday, the Law of Non-Contradiction. If a verse seems to contradict another verse in the Holy Spirit inspired scriptures then the flaw is with your understanding, not the verse. Look closer, don’t accept my word for it, or anyone else’s, in fact, the only word we should accept is the Word of God.


Beloved brethren, with a deep affection for you all I desire that none of you should fall into deception. This is why I plead with you day in and day out, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved. I pray for you all, I ask for your prayers as well, so that we can each grow in the grace and the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Thursday Book Review – Jesus Calling

In continuing this month of Book Review warnings, I want to talk to you all today about Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling. This is a warning mostly to the women readers, but also to husbands who, as leaders of their families, need to be protecting their wives spiritual growth from heresy.


I’ve added a link to brother Justin Peters review of this book, as he is one of the most discerning, and well informed, brothers on heretical views. There’s not much I can add to what he has said, he covers the book, the writer, the background, and why it’s dangerous. I want to add just one thing, and it’s not the most popular viewpoint, but it is an accurate one. Wives need their husbands to be spiritually discerning.


The culture has so infected the church that men have taken a seat, they’re told not to lead, they’re told not to take a stand, and thus so many have listened to culture rather than Gods Word. The result is that heretical books like Jesus Calling can make it into your wives bookshelves without you being any more the wiser. This is deeply concerning, as men will be held accountable by God for how they shepherd the flock He has given them.

There, now that I’ve offended both men and women, I can get to the review. Jesus Calling, as brother Peter’s explains, is a book written in the first person as if Christ Himself is speaking. I like to use a chicken to explain why this is so dangerous. Let’s say you met a new friend and his name was Bob, Bob tells you he is a worshiper of Jesus. You get excited, you’ve met a fellow worker, a brother in Christ! Until he takes you home to introduce you to Jesus, his pet chicken which he worships.


That’s a silly example, but I hope it sticks with your beloved. There is only one Jesus which saves, and it’s not the one Sarah Young has made in her own image. It’s the Jesus Christ of Gods holy inspired Word, He is the only Jesus to ever take our sins upon Himself, bear our judgment, and wash us clean of our iniquities. If you place your trust in the Jesus of Sarah Young, or any other false doctrine including that of Bob’s chicken, then you will be found guilty on judgment day.

Please, dear brethren, pray for discernment before you pick up a new book to read. Pray for Sarah Young and all those who have been deceived by her into following a false Christ. As always, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Twisted Tuesday – Soul Sleep

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


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

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


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


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


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

It’s the glory of God to conceal a matter, so be good Berean’s, brethren, and study to show yourselves approved.

Rebuked 

I love Gods Word, I love Gods people, I love going before His throne in prayer, and I love the beautiful way God can use each of these things to chasten me.


I know that we live in a Christian culture today that sees no value in rebuke. How unloving, they say, a rebuke is. Can’t you just love me where I’m at? Pray for me if you think I’m wrong! Why is this the case? Why do so many calling themselves Christians bristle at a rebuke of a beloved member of the body of Christ, or the chastening of God Himself?

There are only two reasons;

1. They’re false converts.

2. They’re true converts who have spent too much time listening to false converts.

If 1. is the case than we must not begin or end with a rebuke, we must begin and end with the Gospel. To an unbeliever playing church being rebuked will either give them the opportunity to cry victim, or it will give them a chance to prove themselves a Pharisee indeed.

If 2. is the case we must remember that once saved, discernment will follow. Do rebuke this beloved brethren, if you win them over it’s a wonderful thing! If they become angry, continue to pray for them that God would work in them from grace to grace.


In both of these cases there is no fear of God. Gods Word tells us repeatedly, fear God. It says the fear of God is the beginning of wisedom. Pastors don’t preach on this subject anymore, everyone wants God to be their buddy, no one wants to hear of the wrath to come. 

I was chastened by Gods Word this morning. This is why I stress starting your day in prayer and study. The beautiful thing about being chastened by God is that His Word doesn’t just show us what not to do, but it tells us why as well. Then when we take it before Gods throne in prayer, the Holy Spirit strengthens us. Don’t fear chastening, beloved brethren, pray for it! God chastens those He loves

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