There is a big debate raging among Christian reconstructionists over whether membership in a local church is mandatory for Christians. I’ve been thinking about the value of church attendance for a couple of years before this debate even started.
I love my pastor. He is a kind, generous, tough-as-nails guy and he’s a better man than I’ll probably ever be. That being said, I’ve been listening to him preach for about 50 minutes on Sundays about 40 weeks a year (he’s out of town sometimes and I’m out of town sometimes) for the last 11 years. I’ve also listened to him speak many times during Bible studies and Wednesdays. I’ve come to the conclusion that all of that has been a huge waste of time. I learn way more from reading a book or listening to an online sermon or podcast.
We are currently going through Genesis for the third time since I’ve been there, and I guess it’s a Calvary Chapel thing to go through a chapter per week. I’m sure he puts in a lot of time preparing the sermon, but we have these projectors in the sanctuary, and the ability to show videos, with thousands of sermons to choose from. Is my pastor the very best one to deliver a sermon on a certain chapter in Genesis, when there are many sermons to choose from on that very chapter? Like I said, he’s a great guy, but he isn’t a world-class teacher. Is his current rendition of Genesis so much better than his last rendition? Why does it have to be live? Why shouldn’t we just play a sermon from someone who is a world-class teacher?
Do you know all the fascinating topics there are to discuss in Genesis? There is so much stuff about creation, the flood, the tower of Babel. No one man can present that information, and even if he could, it would be a waste of his time to prepare a regurgitation of someone else’s content, and a waste of a perfectly good projector system.
When you’re in college, it’s the worst professors that lecture non-stop for the whole class. Not many people learn best that way. It is much better to have a professor who draws on the chalkboard or provides pictures, graphs and diagrams to illustrate the topic. Why has anyone ever thought that it would be a good idea for one guy to stand at the front of the church and drone on? Even the worst professors probably reference a textbook or something, but Christians don’t even have that luxury. But there are people who not only believe that it is a good idea for it to be done this way, and that anything else is a sin.
There are some who believe in the regulative principal of worship that think that anything out of order in the church service is a sin. But they have pulpits (not in the Bible) and they have one guy who preaches every Sunday (not in the Bible). I admit I don’t know all their arguments, but they ignore the clearest description of a worship service in the New Testament–1 Corinthians 14. There is little correlation between that chapter and their Sunday morning ritual.
I understand that the projector and access to thousands of sermons is a somewhat new phenomenon. But I don’t understand why it hasn’t dawned on anyone that we don’t have to reinvent the wheel every Sunday and Wednesday. Even before there was projectors and free content, there was VCRs and before that, cassettes and records for audio. To have access to the best teaching is a decades-old capability.
Sunday morning doesn’t have to be a waste of time, and it shouldn’t be Christianity 101 forever.
The lamest excuse ever for sending your kids to public school is that your school is different. It’s not.
You heard what he said, right? Connor mentioned Jesus, and the principal said, “This is a public school. We don’t believe in that here.” That is one of the few true things he said. Jesus said the same thing (Matthew 12:30).
On August 30, 2016, my pastor said that Christ will definitely return within 20 years. I just want to write it down somewhere so that we can all remember to check back to see whether he’s a false prophet. So mark your 2036 calendar, and we shall see.
Chuck Smith, who in Calvary Chapel fashion also set dates, like 1988, and said that he believed Jesus would return before his own death. He died in 2013.
Thank God, neither of them has lived a life consistent with their professed belief, and have endeavored to leave an inheritance for their children’s children (Proverbs 13:22).
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? 2 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? 3 Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, then, matters pertaining to this life! 4 So if you have such cases, why do you lay them before those who have no standing in the church? 5 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, 6 but brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers? 7 To have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you. Why not rather suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded? 8 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.