Who’s Not Loving?

July 25, 2016

My friend, Jeff, who I’ve been able to go witnessing with, is passionate about ending abortion. In this effort he sometimes seeks to persuade Christians to join him in the battle. That seems like a reasonable idea, and I’ve always known him to have a calm and loving demeanor.

As someone who attends a Calvary Chapel, I was extremely disappointed to see the video he posted where he goes to Rocky Mountain Calvary Chapel in Colorado Springs, Colorado and tries to pass out literature to Christians in the parking lot. You would think this would be a receptive audience, and he would meet with rousing success. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case. Their assistant pastor, Robert Beech, called the police on him to try to get rid of him. Robert acted very hostile–not loving at all.

Jeff went back to Rocky Mountain Calvary Chapel yesterday, and “pastor” Robert arranged to have vehicles parked in such a way as to prevent Jeff from standing in a safe, effective place to hand out literature.

As Jeff pointed out in the first video, it is biblically unacceptable for Christians to seek resolution of their problems by appealing to unbelieving government officials. 1 Corinthians 6:1-8 says:

When one of you has a grievance against another, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the saints? Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases? Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, then, matters pertaining to this life! So if you have such cases, why do you lay them before those who have no standing in the church? I say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to settle a dispute between the brothers, but brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers? To have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you. Why not rather suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded? But you yourselves wrong and defraud—even your own brothers!

Here’s the first video from July 17, 2016. The part that is most shocking is at the 15:30 mark.

Here’s a video from July 24, 2016 showing more of Robert’s sinful behavior.

Just to make clear what my thoughts are on the subject, Robert is in sin, and is the one who isn’t loving at all, but is acting hatefully towards Jeff. For Robert to condemn what Jeff does seems to indicate to me that he is more concerned what people think about Rocky Mountain Calvary Chapel than he is about 60 million dead babies.

I used to wonder what the Christians living in Nazi Germany were doing while millions of Jews and others were abused and murdered. I think they were doing exactly what Robert Beech is doing about the slaughter of American babies. There is a death camp within a few miles of this church and Rocky Mountain Calvary Chapel not only does nothing, but puts forth an effort to hinder Jeff in what he’s doing.

I love what my friend said about this:

That so-called pastor is suffering from delusions of grandeur. Jeff is a witness against him… By preaching the word, handing out information, and posters, Jeff is pointing out that man’s apathy and pride. We all know what happens to the proud.
Being a 501-c3 means that it won’t be long before the gov’t tells Rob directly what he can and cannot do. Already he’s under the influence of the beast system. He thinks he has authority- over the building, the land, and the people… That’s his delusion. It’s also part of that greater delusion some “pastors” have that they are the authority in the church, i.e., the parishioners, but they aren’t. Christ is the head of the church!

It’s obvious that the road is a public access road, so the “legalities” aren’t the issue (even if it wasn’t a public access road). The issue is that pastor… His pride and arrogance, his compromise, his dis-honoring of Christ, and his hatred for and violence toward the brethren who are Christ’s Church.

You’ve probably considered sending this to your pastor. I’m going to send it to mine. I know that I would not attend any church or convention, or whatever where this man was “speaking”, or anything that he endorsed. I’ll remember the name, Rocky Mountain Calvary, and I will always be quick to tell people to avoid it.

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The Way Things Ought To Be

July 5, 2016

In yesterday’s article, I demonstrated that America’s system of government has no basis in logic. Everyone cooperates because they believe in it by blind faith, or because they’re coerced. America’s system of government is based on power religion–might makes right.

Christianity is the opposite of man’s law and religion. God is perfectly righteous and just, and His law is a reflection of His character. His law is perfectly righteous and just. Christianity isn’t a power religion but an ethical/covenantal religion.13394163_971908306241409_2427123579007339431_n

American government is based on the blind leap of faith that the law applies because the law says it applies. As long as they can keep that scam going, they will, and they will use threats of force to do so.

If I were accused of a crime under a Christian government, that had a valid basis for its existence, and I asked why the law of the jurisdiction applies to me, they would be able to answer: Because Jesus Christ is Lord, and the Bible says that the civil magistrate is a terror to evildoers (Romans 13). That would not be a circular appeal to man’s law, but an appeal to God and His law. Jesus Christ is the only valid basis for civil government. He is the Rock we can build on.

Of course, a magistrate in America claiming authority from Jesus Christ is going to be kicked out of his job. That would be unconstitutional. The only valid basis for government has been ruled unconstitutional.

Our choice as individuals is Jesus Christ or absurdity. That applies to government as well. They’ve chosen absurdity, and Christians haven’t called them on it. We’ve played along with their scam and their idolatry.

American government is based on idolatry, and Christians should be resisting it wherever possible, and calling everyone involved in it to repentance.

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Presuppositional Apologetics Destroys America’s System of Government

July 4, 2016

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First off, when I speak of destroying America’s government, I mean rhetorically demonstrating the absurdity of it, not violently overthrowing it. Though, I’m about to demonstrate why it is antichrist and needs to go away. Happy Independence Day!

Presuppositional apologetics is a system of Christian apologetics where you don’t argue about evidence with unbelievers, but show how every sentence the unbeliever utters presupposes the God of the Bible. That is, you demonstrate the inconsistencies between their professed unbelief and how they behave, or their presuppositions.

If you get a ticket for speeding, the cop will cite a certain statute on your ticket. How does the cop know that the law he cites applies to you? He just assumes that because you’re within the range of his particular gun that his law applies to you. I’ll assume we’re talking about Colorado, but this is true of any state or municipality. Here’s what the cop’s argument boils down to:

1. The laws of Colorado apply within the territory of Colorado.
2. You’re within the geographical boundaries of Colorado.
Conclusion: The laws of Colorado apply to you.

What is the basis for premise 1? How does the cop know the laws of Colorado apply within Colorado? If you take the ticket to court, you can put the cop on the stand, ask him this question and watch him squirm. A smart cop might appeal to the state or U.S. Constitution, but the only possible reason he can give is that the law applies, because the law says it applies. That is an invalid answer, because it is circular reasoning. There is nothing else they can say.

To drive your point home, during your speeding ticket trial, you hold up a lovely bound volume, with a gold embossed title saying, “Bob’s Law for the State of Colorado”. You flip open to the first page, and it says, “1-1a. Bob’s laws apply to everyone inside the boundaries of the state of Colorado.” You tell the judge and the cop that Bob’s laws apply because Bob’s law says so. Bob’s law is every bit as valid (or invalid) as the laws of the state of Colorado.13423757_848101832001253_1489153994269602614_n

I don’t care whether Bob’s law was voted on by a legislature or by one person or a million. If the only reason the law applies is because the law says it applies, that is circular and not a valid answer. The fact that the state of Colorado uses force to enforce its law doesn’t make it right. Might does not make right. In fact, if Bob’s law submits to Christ as Lord, and lines up substantially closer to God’s law, it is more valid.

Of course, this is a cute way that people have successfully used to get out of minor tickets. But it is absolutely just as valid for any law including murder, rape and kidnapping. There is no true basis or argument for why any law in the U.S. applies to anyone. The American system of government is hereby refuted and destroyed. No cop or politician has any valid basis for any authority other than his willingness to employ deadly force.

When a cop, prosecutor, judge or whoever says the law applies because the law says it applies, they are revealing what their ultimate authority is–man’s law and the violence used to enforce it. The only proper ultimate authority is Jesus Christ. Everyone must choose an ultimate authority.

America has determined that for government to choose Christ as the ultimate authority is unconstitutional, so it is easy to refute that system, because when you reject Christ, you’re choosing absurdity. Jesus encouraged us to build our house on the rock, but American government is built on sand.

When the people accept man’s law as the ultimate authority, they accept it by blind faith; that is, it becomes their religion. It is an antichrist religious system–a religion built only on the power of the state. Christians have a duty to oppose an idolatrous government, and rebel against it whenever it is wise to do so.


Rush is Right

March 5, 2012

Rush Limbaugh is losing advertisers, and people are freaking out because he called Sandra Fluke a slut and prostitute.

Here is her testimony before the United States CONGRESS.

If she uses birth control to prevent unwanted pregnancy while she is unmarried, she is a slut. If she goes before CONGRESS and testifies that she’s having sex outside of marriage, the word is especially accurate. I realize it’s not the nicest way to describe it, but it is the truth.

The people who are freaking out over Limbaugh’s use of words aren’t freaking out because he used an impolite slang term. They’re freaking out because he is pricking their conscience, and they don’t like it. Some of us in America have become so proud of our fornication that we’re willing to go before CONGRESS and testify about it.

It is a sin to have sex outside of marriage. It is a sin to even think about having sex outside of marriage (Matthew 5:27-28). Those who commit sexual sin are deserving of eternity in hell (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).

That being said, Rush and I and every other Christian is a hypocrite on this topic. We have all sinned, and we need to be forgiven more than we need our next breath.

Thank God that He provided a way for us to receive that forgiveness, found in Christ alone. I pray that those who are outraged at Rush will take this as an opportunity for self-examination. Woe to those who call evil good and good evil.

 


Witnessing Turns Ugly

August 2, 2008

There are limited places to share the Good News with strangers in my small hometown. But the streets of downtown afford a friend and me many opportunities to talk about our faith as people have to stand on the sidewalk outside the bars to smoke. One recent summer weekend outing was more memorable than most.

The weekend before, a guy exiting an establishment handed us an advertisement for the bar’s first annual wet T-shirt contest inside the bar the following Saturday. To the best of my knowledge, no similar event had taken place in this town, and certainly not in the last two years I’d been witnessing downtown. I felt very strongly that if the business owners downtown were stepping up their level of wickedness, we Christians should do something.

I spoke to my pastor about getting some people together to go downtown that evening to witness or sing worship songs. He said he wanted to help, and he made some phone calls. I found out at the last hour, however, that he wasn’t available and no one else was willing to help. By that time, I couldn’t even get my friend on the phone. I decided I had to go alone—with the 8-foot-tall cross we often take downtown to help lure people into talking about the gospel.

Because I knew I didn’t have any backup, I thought it would be wisest to stand with the cross in front of the place quietly and wait for God to bring people to me. Several people did talk to me. I had two very heartbreaking conversations with some people who said they were Christians. One was a woman who planned to enter the contest, and the other was an older man who was serving as a contest judge. Reasoning with them about the Bible was like talking to a brick wall.

I’d been standing there for more than an hour when a man, about 60 years old, came over from across the street. We’d never met before, and he introduced himself with a threat: Either I would move on—or he’d knock me into the gutter. I calmly told him I was standing on a public sidewalk and tried to ignore him, hoping he would realize I wouldn’t be moved, and walk away. I was wrong. Before I could react, he hit me above the left eye with his wooden cane. While the pain wasn’t great, a goose egg appeared almost immediately. I pulled out my phone to call the police. The guy tried to knock the phone out of my hand. Thankfully, some other people got him under control, and I called 911.

When the police arrived, they asked me some questions and then arrested the man, who was still sitting on a nearby bench. After the police left, I returned to my place on the sidewalk and the once-calm group seemed to turn against me. Soon, my friend showed up, and we decided to move on to the next bar. As soon as we left, we heard cheering as the contest, which was supposed to start at 7 p.m., started at about 8:30.

The police recommended the guy be charged with 2nd degree assault (two to eight years in the state penitentiary); the district attorney called me and said they were lowering the charges to 3rd degree assault (up to two years in the county jail). That’s fine with me—all I got was a goose egg (which later turned into a black eye). I also found out that his name is Melvin.

The cross, a rich symbol of God’s grace and mercy, seems to be offensive to many. I’ve asked myself why people like Melvin care what I think, and why they bother to ridicule me or my faith. While I know that many of these individuals are under alcohol’s influence, I firmly believe the Holy Spirit’s power is at work, convicting of sin and prompting people to think about their eternal future and examine the Bible.

I struggle with whether my decision that night to witness alone downtown was wise. But I do believe God’s power was at work that evening, and I hope He will use my efforts to plant seeds that lead to salvation in the hearts of Melvin and the others with whom my path crossed that night.


Lordship Salvation

August 30, 2007

I had never heard of the term lordship salvation until a couple months ago, when a blogger wrote a post disagreeing with Way of the Master Radio. Todd and Ray, the hosts, told a caller struggling with pornography that even though he believed in Jesus they couldn’t guarantee he was saved. They said that one of the signs of being a Christian is hating sin and growing in holiness. The blogger was frustrated with Way of the Master supporting the idea of lordship salvation. He remarked that the hosts totally mishandled the caller; his view is that all who say they believe in Jesus are guaranteed a spot in heaven.

Those who dislike lordship salvation say that all that is required to become a Christian is to make some sort of profession of faith in Jesus, without submitting to Jesus as Lord or turning from sin. They agree that repentance is required for salvation, but redefine repentance as a change of mind about who Jesus is. Technically, if someone professes a belief in Jesus at one point in his or her life, that person can go on to become an atheist, Muslim, Buddhist, or murderer and still end up in heaven.

Those who agree with lordship salvation say that repentance is defined as turning from sin. Repentance is a gift from God (Acts 11:18, 2 Timothy 2:25), and isn’t something you do to earn salvation. If a guy is sorry for having an affair on his wife, and apologizes and commits to never doing it again (repents), would anyone say that he earned her forgiveness?

Those who have repented will produce the fruit of repentance (Matthew 3:8), and will prove their repentance by their deeds (Acts 26:20), because they are changed on the inside by God (2 Corinthians 5:17), and are slaves to righteousness (Romans 6:18), rather than sin. If someone says he or she is a Christian, but later becomes an atheist, he or she doesn’t lose salvation. Rather, the individual was never really saved.

The book of 1 John provides several tests to tell whether someone is a Christian. Among the indicators of true believers are love for brothers (1 John 3:14) and obedience to God’s commandments (1 John 2:3-4). In other words, while Christians certainly sin and even have significant struggles with it from time to time, they don’t live a lifestyle of sin.

This discussion isn’t just an interesting debate. This is very important. The Bible commands us to examine ourselves to see if we’re in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5). What standard do we examine ourselves with? What are the ramifications if we’re not in the faith?

When we share our faith, our job isn’t to make getting saved more of a one-step process, or to get as many people saved as possible. (Jesus made it clear in several instances that following Him would cost us something.) Our job is to tell the truth contained in the Bible, and to not give people a false sense of security about their eternity.

Phil Johnson of the Pyromaniac Blog preached an interesting sermon on this topic. To listen, right click on it, click on “Save Target As,” save it, and then open it with your audio player.
http://www.thegracelifepulpit.org/audio/GL-064-000-PJ.mp3


Gay Christians?

August 20, 2007

I went to the gay pride parade in Pueblo, Colorado, to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to anyone who would listen. There weren’t too many in attendance, and the 10 or 12 Christians I was with ran out of people to talk to within a couple of hours, but I noticed some interesting things.

I had a few conversations where people had little or no religious convictions and seemed to respond humbly to the gospel. A few times, after I struck up a conversation and then moved to spiritual topics, they would just walk away. But the conversations that were most frustrating and sad were the ones with people who claimed to be Christians.

I talked to a couple of teenagers standing near a family; I later found out it was the family of one of the teens. The teens and the family all claimed to be Christians who attend church every week. When I tried to explain the gospel to them, I found they didn’t have a very good understanding of it. As I talked to the father, the teens walked away before I was able to explain the gospel. After I said goodbye to the family, I walked toward the teens and started talking to them again. That’s when the mom interjected: “I don’t want you to make my son feel bad about being gay.” She told her son that he didn’t have to talk to me if he didn’t want to, but they were nice and let me finish explaining what Jesus did for us.

Later, I had a confusing conversation with a guy named Rob. He attended church, understood the gospel very well, and gave me a very good explanation of repentance. The odd part was that he kept joking that he was going to hell. I asked him if he was born again, and he said that he wasn’t interested in what modern Christianity has become. I quoted John 3:3 and tried to explain the whole born-again process, and left him saying that it didn’t matter what he thinks or what I think about born-again people. He needs to figure out what Jesus meant by born again, and make sure he is truly born again.

Matthew, who also claimed to be a Christian, was very talkative and honest about his experiences. He was also very self-righteous, and thought that he hadn’t sinned in a long time. He was a less conventional Christian than most. He believed that everyone was going to heaven—no matter what. I listened to him explain his ideas for quite a while, and then he, too, admitted he wasn’t born again. He didn’t have a Bible at home, so I gave him the gospel of John. I pointed John 3 out to him, and encouraged him to understand what Jesus meant by being born again.

There was also a church with a booth at the event. One of the other people I went with talked to the lesbian pastor. She believed that all people must do for salvation is ask Jesus into your heart. This church (apparently made up mostly of lesbians) later went up on stage and did a flag waving/tambourine routine accompanied by praise music.

I felt like I was mostly there to correct what some pastor has taught or is teaching to these people. Still, I believe I fell short in not telling those who claim the name of Jesus yet readily admit to being homosexual, and who could not be humbled by any of the other nine commandments to repent of their homosexuality. I was more concerned with not making a scene or offending them than I was with the truth.
 
I think that whatever we’ve been doing as American Christians to let people living a lifestyle of blatant sin (whether it’s homosexual sin, heterosexual sin, or anything else) to go on believing that they’re Christians and they’re OK with God must come to an end. Our silly, trite, modern gospel messages are giving people a false sense of security, and they have to stop. We’ve reduced the idea of God saving us down to praying a quick prayer (but really, really meaning it) and encouraging them to never question their salvation (which is very unbiblical advice; see 2 Corinthians 13:5).