Wednesday, August 20, 2014

God not so longsuffering after all - Dr J Jacob, Bicester



Genesis 6: 3
And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.

We heard a preacher, Joshua Jacob,of the Bicester Brethren assembly, tell his audience that in the light of Genesis 6; 3, if they rejected the gospel, they might find “they have crossed the line” and God would no longer allow them to get saved. He taught that one could pass the point where it would be impossible to repent. He was not speaking of death and he was not speaking of dementia.
I inferred from his preaching that God’s longsuffering could run out while a man was still fit and well physically.
I do not know of a line that can be crossed because one has gone too long in unbelief.  This is not what Genesis 6: 3 teaches.
Note: Ch.6 v.1  adam is plural. Men are spoken of.  In v.3 adam is singular. The race is seen as one. What applies to one man in this context applies to all. The striving ceases for the whole human race. It is done because of his being flesh and therefore having limited time on this planet.
Note also: spirit is with a small s. The Holy Spirit is not mentioned in this verse. It is the breath God breathed in, as v.17 reveals. The breath of life.
The fact is we are born into disobedience and remain in it until we repent and trust Christ, or death takes us out of it. Only then does God’s grace cease towards the sinner. God’s pleading voice is heard through the gospel\ of Christ and not through emotional appeals or threats. a gospel preached on the wrong application of this verse leads to confusion and false professions of faith.
J Jacob appears not to understand the nature of the Gospel of Christ.  He uses Proverbs 29: 1,( He that being often reproved, hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed and that without remedy)  to teach that if a man errs too often, then God will summarily execute him. How many times will God allow the "hard-neck" to get away with it? 
This can be hearrd on the Hebron Hall, Bicester, website audio messages. 

The whole human race is opposed to God, each soul hard-necked from birth. Reproof in this dispensation is through the convicting of the Holy Spirit by means of Scripture.Judgment for the unrepentant sinner is reserved.
We assume there is none left at Bicester with any grasp of the truth of God. How is it that J Jacob is not reproved for his ignorance and abuse of Scripture?
RS

Friday, August 15, 2014

Pseudo medicine for pseudo brethren.

For those who think there is some value in Christian Counselling, I recommend "The Dark Side of Christian Counselling" by Dr E S Williams.
DR Williams is a Baptist and was Medical Officer for Health, Croydon.
It is a good read and should help wipe away any delusions held concerning the benefit of Christian Counselling, so-called. This "psycho" stuff is a direct satanic attack on Scripture.
Check it out.


Friday, July 25, 2014

Get yourself sorted out.

A few points to get your teeth into;

The term "Psychiatry" was invented in 1808 by J C Reil. Not to be confused with J C Ryle.
Reil was not a Christian, though his father was a Lutheran pastor.

Carl Jung wrote "the secret of life is found "at the mystical heart of all religions".  He has been described as "the Father of Neo-Gnosticism and the New Age Movement,"

Thomas Szasz argued that mental illness was a myth used to disguise moral conflicts, He has said, "serious persons ought not to take psychiatry seriously - except as threat to reason, responsibility and liberty".
Now note this! Szasz was professor emeritus 0f Psychiatry, State University, NY. He died in 2012.
 You may need to rethink things!
We do bear in mind that mental disorders can be produced by various causes. An imbalance of sodium levels can play havoc with one's thought processes and can take a long time to be resolved.

Case study still to come. Keep reading. Keep praying. sesSee comment below.e
RS

Read "Psychiatry.The Science of Lies." T Szasz 2008. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Mind the Shrink.



Should a believer visit a psychiatrist?

Answer this question first: Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? Jeremiah 8: 22


Your visit to the couch is an indication you have no confidence in the promises of God.
Will you let godless men into the recesses of your mind? Your renewed mind (assuming you really have been born again) is the citadel of Christ.  Otherwise you have a reprobate mind.

If you are troubled in the mind, here is your prescription. You need a Bible. (Make sure you have a God-given copy), and a concordance. Search out references to “mind”. Sort them into their two categories. Those relating to a sound mind (2 Tim.1: 7) and those relating to a defiled mind (Titus 1: 15). Meditiate on the sound group of verses. Go on your way rejoicing. If this does not work, seek an evangelist and heed the gospel.

I intend to write more on this subject showing that modern psychiatry is from hell. Also I shall include a case study of how a pair of cultists  sought to destroy a young woman through sectioning. They will be named. This is still being investigated. 12/08/14

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Home Grown Heresy?



"My principal method for defeating heresy is by establishing truth. One proposes to fill a bushel with tares; now if I can fill it first with wheat, I shall defy his attempts."

--John Newton, quoted on the Berean Call website

Sadly, this has never worked. The man with the tares (or leaven) simply pushes a fistful into the heart of the bushel.
What is the answer? 1  Timothy 6: 20 Keep that which is committed to thy trust. Guard it.

But wheat and tares are people, and not doctrines, and the wind blows the tares in through the window. Or it creeps in unawares. Shut it! Keep a padlock on your bushel.

If you attend a Gospel Hall you will know that “Kiddie Konversions” leave all doors and windows metaphorically wide open. 
Most tares arrive first in a pushchair..
RS

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

More Agnosticism from the Unbelievers Magazine (J Ritchie)




Quote: If we could be certain that [I John 5] v.7 was in the original text it would be a wonderful statement of the Trinitarian position. ̶  Jack Hay; Believers Magazine; July 2014; p.203

Paul warned that God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.                  2 Thess.2:3

Mr Hay swallowed this lie a long time ago. He Judges God to be unfaithful, unable to preserve His word. Mr Hay has no bible he can believe implicitly. His “uncertainty” declares it to be defective. He “uses” the Authorized Bible to supply his bread and butter but mocks it publicly, as do about all of his fellow “chief men among the Brethren.”   The agnostic Mr Hay claims that if he could find the document containing verse seven, he might then believe the Bible. He ignores the overwhelming evidence in favour of the reading in the AV Bible. 

Mr Hay attacks the Received Text in several places in his article. He prefers to follow the perverted text of Westcott and Hort. Themselves were seriously perverted men. Thus we read in his article “love rejoices with the truth. 1 Cor. 13: 6. RV. Exactly how does truth rejoice? The God given reading is Charity rejoices in the truth. 
Perhaps we should read concerning the wise men, that they “saw his star with the east”  

Mr Hay writes that he will not break bread with any unbaptized person. I no longer break bread with those who rubbish my Bible.

Final Quote from Mr Hay: The audacity of refusing to believe a record that God has given is obvious; it is to allege that the God “that cannot lie” (Titus 1.2) is a liar!
“Let God be true, but every man a liar” (Rom 3.4).

God has given us a record in 1 John 5. Mr Hay plainly does not believe it. 

comments on 1 John 5: 7 may be found at avbibleversesvindicated.blogspot.co.uk      scroll down to required verse

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The menace of Contemporary Worship Music



The Gettys  were featured in the BBC TV Songs of Praise programme on 15th June 2014.
The article below was published by David Cloud and can be read on his website, Wayoflife.org. 

The Gettys - The Pied Pipers of Contemporary Worship Music
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Keith and Kristyn Getty’s “contemporary hymns” are used widely among “traditional, non-contemporary” churches, because they are considered relatively safe.

At least eight of their songs are included in Majesty Music’s Rejoice Hymns.

Twenty-nine of their songs are featured in Hymns Modern and Ancient, published by Heart Publications, a ministry of Steve Pettit Evangelistic Association and compiled by Fred Coleman who heads up Bob Jones University’s Department of Church Music.

Both Crown Baptist College and West Coast Baptist College, the two largest independent Baptist Bible colleges, perform Getty material in their services.

The Getty’s popular songs include “Don’t Let Me Lose My Wonder,” “In Christ Alone” (penned by Keith and Stuart Townend), “Speak, Oh Lord,” and “The Power of the Cross.”

Typically, the lyrics are Scriptural and the tunes are not blaring rock & roll (though the Gettys can and do rock out in their concerts).

What could be wrong with this, then?

Among all of the contemporary worship musicians, I consider the Gettys perhaps the most dangerous, because what they are offering is wrapped in such an attractive package: From their Irish brogue to their physical attractiveness, conservative appearance, and effervescent cheerfulness to their foot tapping Emerald Island-tinged music -- even to the spiritual depth of their lyrics. They aren’t writing the typical CCM 7-11 music (7 words sung 11 times); their lyrics have scriptural substance.
But that attractive, “conservative-appearing” package is a bridge to truly great spiritual danger.

The Gettys represent the exceedingly dangerous world of contemporary worship music as definitely as does Graham Kendrick or Darlene Zschech, and any bridges that Bible-believing churches build to the Gettys are bridges built to the one-world church and even to secular rock.

We are living in the age of end-time technology, which means that one can no longer use songs and hymns without the listeners being able to come into communication with the authors with great ease. Whereas even 30 years ago, it was difficult to contact and be influenced by authors of Christian music, that has changed dramatically with the Internet.

Today if people in a Bible-believing church hear songs by Jack Hayford or MercyMe or Graham Kendrick or Stuart Townend or Darlene Zschech or Keith Getty, songs heard in “adapted form” in many Bible-believing churches, they can easily search for that group or individual on the web and come into intimate contact with these people -- not only in contact with their music (typically played in "real" rock & roll style as opposed to the watered-down soft-rock ballad versions performed in churches that are beginning to dabble with contemporary praise music), but also in contact with their ecumenical/charismatic/separatist hating/one-world church philosophy.

Let’s say someone hears the choir perform “In Christ Alone” or “The Power of the Cross” by the Gettys. He likes the music and decide to check them out on the web. He comes across the Gettys rocking out at their concerts and begins to question his church’s stand against rock music. He sees the Gettys associating with anyone and everyone and begins to question biblical separation. “The Gettys seem so sincere and Christ-loving; maybe I’ve been too hard-nosed in my Christianity; maybe the separatist stance is all wrong; perhaps I should lighten up.” He comes across Keith Getty’s July 2013 interview with Assist Ministries and decides to listen to what the man has to say. He hears Getty speak highly of Bono and C.S. Lewis, so he decides to take a look at these people, and by so doing he begins to question fundamental Bible doctrines. After time, through the influence of the Gettys, the soul who was once a content member of a Bible-believing church, raising his children in a Bible-believing path, is on the high road to the emerging church and his children and grandchildren will end up who knows where.

The same could be said for the influence of Townend or Kendrick or MercyMe or Zschech or hundreds of other prominent contemporary worship musicians, because they hold the same philosophy and represent the same bridge to spiritual danger.

Men such as Paul Chappell and Clarence Sexton and Ron Hamilton, who should know better but who are defending the use of contemporary praise music either in word or by example, will answer to God for the souls that cross the bridges they are building to the dangerous world that is represented by this music.

The Getty’s ecumenical, one-world-church goal is to “bring everyone together musically” (www.keithgetty.com). They want to “bridge the gap between the traditional and contemporary” (www.gettymusic.com/about.aspx).

In a July 2013 interview, Keith Getty mentioned vile rocker Sting and homosexual rocker Elton John in a positive light, with not a hint of warning. The interview was with Dan Wooding of Assist Ministries and was broadcast on Frontpage Radio from Nashville (audio found HERE).

The Gettys list the Beatles as a major musical influence, and I have never heard them warn God’s people to stay away from the Beatles.

Thus any bridge that Bible-believing churches build to the Gettys is a bridge beyond to the world of secular rock, because the Gettys speak in positive terms of that world instead of reproving the unfruitful works of darkness in accordance with Ephesians 5:11.

The Gettys are also a bridge to a wide variety of theological heresy.

In the same 2013 interview Keith Getty heaped praise on Bono of the Irish rock band U2, calling him a “brilliant theological thinker” and saying that Bono “cares for a lot of the things that Christ asks us to care about.” He also said, “I love his passion for life and his passion for learning.” Getty had absolutely nothing to say about Bono by word of warning. Bono rarely even attends church, and when he does it is often a viciously heretical “church” like Glide Memorial United Methodist in San Francisco (Bill Flanagan, U2 and the End of the World, p. 99). Bono’s biographer said that he has been a frequent worshiper at Glide. Cecil Williams, former pastor of the church, doesn’t believe in heaven; he began performing homosexual “marriages” in 1965; and church “celebrations” have included dancing with complete nudity.

This is Bono’s type of Christianity. Bono says that he believes that Jesus died on the cross for his sins and that “he is holding out for grace,” but Bono’s “grace” is a grace that does not result in radical conversion and a new way of life; it is a grace without repentance; it is a grace that does not produce holiness, in contrast with Titus 2:11-15. Nowhere does Bono warn his myriads of listeners to turn to Christ before it is too late and before they pass out of this life into eternal hell. In fact, he says that heaven and hell are on this earth (Bono on Bono: Conversations with Michka Assayas, 2005, p. 254). Bono says that the older he gets the more comfort he finds in Roman Catholicism (Bono on Bono, p. 201). But he has nothing good to say about biblical “fundamentalism,” falsely claiming that it is a denial that God is love (Bono on Bono, p. 167) and calling it vile names (p. 147). The problem is that Bono defines love by the rock & roll dictionary rather than by the Bible, which says, “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous” (1 John 5:3). Bill Flanagan, a U2 friend who has traveled extensively with the group, in his authorized biography describes them as heavy drinkers and constant visitors to bars, brothels, and nightclubs (Flanagan, U2 at the End of the World, p. 145). Bono admits that he lives “a fairly decadent kind of selfish-art-oriented lifestyle” (Flanagan, p. 79). Many of Bono’s statements cannot be printed in a Christian publication. Appearing on the Golden Globe Awards broadcast by NBC television in 2003, Bono shouted a vile curse word. Bono told the media that he and his bandmates planned to spend New Year’s Eve 2000 in Dublin, because “Dublin knows how to drink” (Bono, USA Today, Oct. 15, 1999, p. E1). In 2006 Bono said: “I recently read in one of St. Paul’s letters where it describes all of the fruits of the spirit, and I had none of them” (“Enough Rope with Andrew Denton,” March 13, 2006). In October 2008, Fox News reported that Bono and rocker friend Simon Carmody partied with teenage girls on a yacht in St. Tropez. The report, which was accompanied by a photo of Bono holding two bikini-clad teenagers on his lap at a bar (Fox News, Oct. 27, 2008).

This is the man that Keith Getty publicly calls a brilliant theologian and praises for caring about things that Christ tells us to care about! Doesn’t Christ care about truth and holiness and a pure gospel and repentance and sound doctrine, Keith? Aren’t these absolute fundamentals? Doesn’t the Bible say, “He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him” (1 John 2:4)? Doesn’t the Bible say, “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God” (James 4:4)?

(For more about Bono see the report “The Rock Group U2” at www.wayoflife.org.

Any bridge that Bible-believing churches build to the Gettys is a bridge beyond the Gettys to people like Bono of U2.

In the same 2013 interview, Getty claimed C.S. Lewis as a major theological influence. Yet Lewis rejected the fundamental doctrines of the infallible inspiration of Scripture and “penal substitutionary atonement” and believed in purgatory and baptismal regeneration (“C.S. Lewis Superstar,” Christianity Today, Dec. 2005). Lewis rejected the historicity of Jonah and Job. He believed in prayers to the dead and confession to a priest. He held to theistic evolution, believing that “man is physically descended from animals” and calling the Genesis account of creation “a Hebrew folk tale” (Lewis, The Problem of Pain). He denied the eternal torment of hell and claimed that followers of pagan religions can be saved without acknowledging Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour (Lewis, Mere Christianity; The Chronicles of Narnia: The Last Battle). (For more about Lewis see the free eBook Evangelicals and C.S. Lewis at www.wayoflife.org)

This is a man that Getty honors as a major theological influence and about whom he has nothing negative to say. No warnings. No separation.

Any bridge that Bible-believing churches build to the Gettys is a bridge beyond the Gettys to heretics like C.S. Lewis.

The Gettys are called “modern hymn writers” but their music is syncretistic. They “fuse the music of their Irish heritage with the sounds of Nashville, their newly adopted home.” As we have noted, the Gettys list the Beatles as a major musical influence.

Keith arranged some of the songs on Michael W. Smith’s charismatic Healing Rain album.

The Gettys have a close working relationship with Stuart Townend, who is radically charismatic and ecumenical. Not only do they write and publish songs with Townend, but they also tour together, joining hands, for example, in the Celtic Islands Tour 2012.

In July 2012, the Gettys joined Townend and Roman Catholic Matt Maher on NewsongCafe on WorshipTogether.com. They played and discussed “The Power of the Cross,” which was co-written by Getty-Townend. The 10-minute program promoted ecumenical unity, with Maher/Townend/Getty entirely one in the spirit through the music. Fundamental doctrinal differences are so meaningless that they are not even mentioned. Spiritual abominations such as the papacy, the mass, infant baptism, baptismal regeneration, and Mariolatry were entirely ignored. Jude 3 was despised and Romans 16:17 completely disobeyed for the sake of building the one-world church through contemporary Christian music.

This is the Christianity of the Gettys.

(See also “Stuart Townend” and “Matt Maher” in this Directory.)

In October 2012, the Gettys joined hands with emerging heretic Leonard Sweet at the National Worship Leader Conference in San Diego. Sweet calls his universalist-tinged doctrine New Light and “quantum spirituality” and “the Christ consciousness” and describes it in terms of “the union of the human with the divine” which is the “center feature of all the world’s religions” (Quantum Spirituality, p. 235). He defines the New Light as “a structure of human becoming, a channeling of Christ energies through mindbody experience” (Quantum Spirituality, p. 70). Sweet says that “New Light pastors” hold the doctrine of “embodiment of God in the very substance of creation” (p. 124). In Carpe MaƱana, Sweet says that the earth is as much a part of the body of Christ as humans and that humanity and the earth constitutes “a cosmic body of Christ” (p. 124). Sweet lists some of the “New Light leaders” that have influenced his thinking as Matthew Fox, M. Scott Peck, Willis Harman, and Ken Wilber. These are prominent New Agers who believe in the divinity of man, as we have documented in the book The New Age Tower of Babel. Sweet has endorsed The Shack with its non-judgmental father-mother god, and he promotes Roman Catholic contemplative mysticism and dangerous mystics such as the Catholic-Buddhist Thomas Merton. (For documentation see the book Contemplative Mysticism, which is available in print and eBook editions from Way of Life Literature -- www.wayoflife.org.)

Any bridge that Bible-believing churches build to the Gettys is a bridge beyond the Gettys to heretics such as C.S. Lewis and Bono, to the Roman Catholic Church, to the Charismatic movement, to the filthy world of secular rock, to emergents and New Agers like Leonard Sweet, and to every element of the end-time one-world “church.”
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