The Seven (-1) 9.03.13

After a long Labor Day weekend  blissfully away from all forms of technology, I don’t have seven articles for you to read this week…however I have four interesting ones and two fantastic articles so let’s jump in shall we…that was a rhetorical question, of course we’ll start now.

seven1) First and foremost is this article by Pastor David Prince, it is by far and away one to THE best, if not best, article I’ve read on preaching Christ from the Scriptures in a while. It hits on so many levels, it’s fantastic…if you read no other articles on this list do NOT miss this one, it’s just that good. it’s called Preach Christ From The Gospels.

2) The second best article I read this week was by Pastor David Shrock. This article is about Creationism and four foundational truths found in one tiny verse, it’s called, The Goodness of Creation.

3) Speaking of creation,…the atheistic world of science, as i call it, struggles to find a good way to explain how we all got here. This past week came up with this crazy theory. Yes, you read that right, we’re all martians…while that does help explain Dennis Rodman, it just goes to show how far “science” will stoop to totally avoid any Biblical interpretation of our existence.

4) It’s a slippery slope when you stray from the clear teaching of scripture in anyway…but especially when you start bending it toward the prosperity Gospel. This video, a “teaching”? from Elevation church, shows how far down the path Steven Furtick has fallen…soon his transition to the dark side will be complete, actually he’s already there…just using any excuse to quote Star Wars because I’m that much of a geek. I have touched on the subject of the evils of teaching the prosperity gospel before, as well as having highlighted in past editions of ‘The Seven” that Jesus nowhere in the gospels mentions tithing.

5) So not to get too political, because, as Christians, our home is in heaven, and I really believe patriotism to be a distraction from the teaching of the gospel..nevertheless I do love this country, in spite of all it’s flaws…so I bring up the issue of the second amendment in a roundabout way by pointing that a Harvard study has now confirmed what any thinking person, or anyone who studies crime statistics (especially those in Chicago) could have already told you…There is absolutely no correlation between gun control laws and violent crime.

6) And to end on a lighter note…have you ever thought the phrase: “I am fond of potatoes” would make a good conversation starter? Me either…but this article in Mental Floss presents us with 5 ways to avoid being rude, according to 100 year old etiquette rules, suggests saying as much would be better than talking about the weather…which you have to admit, makes a good point.

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The Seven 04.09.13

Seven Great Blog Posts You Shouldn’t Miss

seven1) Shai Linne who has long been one of my favorite Christian rappers, (his tune High Priest does a fantastic job of explaining the ancient Jewish ceremony on the Day of Atonement, which is a type and shadow of Christ’s crucifixion.) has dropped a new tune, Fal$e Teacher$,  not only is it worth a listen, the artist also does some serious name dropping exposing these false teachers. For a more comprehensive understanding of why he dropped the names he did, this post over at Here I Blog should help.

2) Speaking of False Teachers, if Shai Linne were to release to release a Fal$e Teacher$ part two, I’m sure Steven Furtick would make the list. In the last week his muzzle order form, under threat of legal action, that Elevation Church Cult has you sign as a volunteer is appalling, you can read this excellent blog post about it over at  FBC Jax Watchdogs. Secondly, lets face it, Furtick slept through his classes at SBTS, as evidenced here by this bone-headed tweet he sent out. ( I didn’t see it in person, or else I may have blogged on it, but The Furtick has me blocked on twitter, go figure.) But Erin Benziger did see it, and she does an  excellent job of breaking down the damnable error of his theology.

3) Homosexuality in the church is an issue that’s not going to go away. How do we respond as Christians to someone going through this sin? This article over at Ligonier does a great job of breaking it down.

4) Part of our problem with homosexuality is our failure to see sexual sin as a corporate matter as this post over at Desiring God explains.

5) If we trust the Bible as authoritative, the one notion that we can’t escape is the reality that faces everyone not found in Christ in eternity. The question remains though, does it please God to send people to hell? This article by Chris Roberts does a good job of explaining this.

6) As Christians it is our privilege to share the gospel with unbelievers, and believers alike, one element that is important is that we realize one thing we need to be is holy, check out this article by Terry Ivy as he breaks down this thought for us.

7) After reading the above article, I am sure some of you are saying, but we can’t contribute to our salvation, and this is true, but we certainly aren’t given to lawlessness either, it is a tough dichotomy, this video by Ligonier may be helpful.

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It’s the end of the World as we Know It (and I feel fine)

But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,  holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these. For among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men of depraved mind, rejected in regard to the faith. But they will not make further progress; for their folly will be obvious to all, just as Jannes’s and Jambres’s folly was also.

EndThe last days…it always sounds kind of ominous doesn’t it? People everywhere are curious as to the matters concerning the end of times. According to the Mayans the world may or may not have been supposed to end on December 21…it didn’t. In 2011 according to Harold Camping the world was supposed to end on May 21 October 21. I remember when I was a kid seeing the book 88 Reasons why the Lord will Return in 1988, and then the ever popular sequel 89 Reasons why the Lord will Return in 1989, I always supposed the 89th reason was something like “because it didn’t happen in 1988”. Apocalyptic themes (and post-Apocalyptic for that matter) have always been major themes in movies.

The truth of the matter is we don’t know how soon the world will end (and I feel fine.) However the Bible does help paint a picture of what the last days will look like for us here. And the above verse is one of the ones we can look to.

But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,  holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power;

Notice the list of transgressions: lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, etc…Now you have to understand at this point that, because of peoples sinful nature, by and large, people have always been this way, they have always followed this list of transgressions. It’s not like people 2000 years ago had a more pleasant disposition, any quick study of world history should confirm this. What Paul is talking about here aren’t regular people you meet every day on the street, no, Paul is talking here about people IN the church…let me say that again with a more dramatic tone..

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The Five, December 11, 2012

Once again here are five blog post from this past week that you might have missed.

five1) One of my favorite new words is Narcigesis, Eisegesis is reading something into scripture that isn’t there, or strays from the authors original intent. Narcissism is egotism, vanity, conceit, or simply selfishness. Thusly Narcigesis is something that should be stayed away from at all costs…but if your interested or enjoy the preaching style of Steven Furtick here is a helpful article by Chris Rosebrough on “How to Narcigete Any Bible Story” it’s actually a lot more edifying an article than it sounds.

2) And speaking of Narcigesis….the king of Narcigesis, Steven Furtick, has been having quite a few spontaneous baptismal services over at Elevation church, well it turns out they aren’t so spontaneous after all. And if you read through the memo there’s a lot more going on than simply being prepared with a few extra towels.

3) And speaking of Narcigesis and Steven Furtick, have you ever heard someone say “Doctrine divides but Jesus unites.” or  “Jesus didn’t care about doctrine.” or some other such nonsense? Here is an excellent reminder from JC Ryle about the dangers of False Doctrine, that shows us that we must be diligent about guarding against false doctrine.

4) I’m combining two articles together here because they are essentially on the same subject, sanctification. One article is an excellent reminder from Tullian Tchividjian on who needs our good works. And the other is a short devotional from Ligonier Ministries called “Grace for the Weary”

5) I have been called to be a pastor, it’s a very nobel calling indeed, and in this article by Al Mohler we understand why.

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Purpose Driven, Seeker Sensitive, Church Growth & New World Order

I just wanted to pass this video along to let you know what my old “friend” Rick Warren has been up to. Please watch the whole thing and pass it along. Thanks.