Category Archives: GOOOFY
I am absolutely “joy-filled” at the character,courage and integrity of the SBC leadership for holding Perry Noble publicly accountable for perverting the 10 commandments into promises in order to make them more palatable to unbelievers in his church.
The seriousness of the SBC rebuke came with the threat of excommunication from the convention should Noble refuse to correct his heretical teachings. Bam!
Perry Noble, pastor of a South Carolina megachurch, was rebuked by a Southern Baptist leader in South Carolina for calling the 10 Commandments “10 promises” and for other “problematic positions and statements.”
The rebuke came last week from the president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, Tommy Kelly, who said, “We as South Carolina Baptists must publicly state and remove ourselves from these positions and problematic statements and call for NewSpring to correct these positions if it chooses to say that it affiliates with South Carolina Baptist churches.”
..Hoping to bring more people to Jesus, Noble asked those at the worship service to view the 10 Commandments not as rules they have to keep in order to be Jesus followers but as promises that they can receive when they accept Christ.
He interpreted the first commandment (You shall have no other gods before me) as “Promise #1: You do not have to live in constant disappointment anymore.” The second commandment (You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything) was translated into this promise: “You can be free from rituals and religion and trust in a relationship.”
The “you shall not murder” command, he said, is actually a promise that “you do not have to live in a constant state of anger because you will be motivated by love and not hate.”
>Tell me what makes me feel better……………………..Sentimentalism
>Tell me what will work for me……………………………Pragmatistism
>Tell me what is the least costly …………………………Consumerism
>Tell me what is inoffensive………………………………..Permissivism
City officials of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho told Donald and Evelyn Knapp , both ordained ministers, they have to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies or be fined and face jail time.
The city passed a “non-discrimination” ordinance requiring “public accommodations” businesses to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies. The Knapps have been informed that their Hitching Post Wedding Chapel falls under such category and will be forced to abide by the “non discrimination” ordinance.
How can this happen? Think U.S. Circuit Court that overruled Idaho’s voter-approved constitutional amendment that affirmed marriage as the union of a man and a woman.
Elections are important since we may be nearing the time when one single Supreme Court ruling could legally force all churches and ministers to abide by a same-sex marriage non-discrimination law or be sentenced to jail time and pay huge fines.
This well crafted letter of appeal by Dr Michael Brown is especially timely in light of the robust attacks aimed at Victoria Osteen over her recent heretical statements made to their Houston congregation.
Please read the two portions I’ve extracted and then forward Dr Browns entire appeal to church leaders, family members and friends. Also, consider re-posting this on your FB page as well.
“…Joel, I appreciate the fact that you end every service by asking people to get right with God, having them pray a prayer where they say to Jesus, “I repent of my sins, come into my heart, I make you Lord and Savior.”
The big problem is that you haven’t told them what their sins are and you haven’t told them what real repentance is. And since you are speaking to people around the world, you can’t possibly assume that all of them understand the meaning of sin and redemption and repentance. (Most American Christians don’t even understand these things today.)
In short, you have not shared with them the whole counsel of God, and by telling them only part of the story, you have done what the false prophets of ancient Israel did: “You superficially treat the fracture of My people saying to them, ‘All is well, all is well,’ when nothing is well” (Jeremiah 6:14, my translation).”
“…Some Christians have referred to you and Victoria as outright heretics, others have said that you are fighting against the Holy Spirit (since the Spirit convicts the world of sin but your preaching does not), others have said that you are a pagan religionists, while others have said that your superficial message of material prosperity cannot bear the weight of the gospel.
These are very serious charges, but rather than just saying, “Hey, I’m just going to love everybody and stay in my lane,” perhaps you should ask if these leaders might be saying something you need to hear. Is there any truth at all in their words? Could it be that God’s lane for you is different than the lane you’re in?”
I am a firm believer in Al Mohlers Theological Triage. Simply put, there are three levels of theological urgency.
First level doctrines are absolutes that are non-negotiable such as inspiration of scripture, virgin birth, deity of Christ,justification by faith alone, the resurrection, and the gospel of Christ. Denial of one or all is clear denial of the Christian faith. This means we should never fellowship with,embrace, or sanction anyone who denies cardinal doctrines of the faith.
Second level beliefs are those that distinguish one church or denomination from another. These involve issues such as frequency of the Lord’s table, mode of baptism, continuationism, cessationistionism, complimentarian, egalitarian. These things may identify and distinguish but must never become grounds for close fellowship and certainly should never become the “litmus test” for whether one is viewed as being Christian.
Third level doctrines are non-essential beliefs. What time your church service starts, multisite video campuses, eschatological beliefs regarding pre-mid-post tribulation period, and views about the millennium.
John MacArthur has elevated second tier beliefs regarding charismatic gifts to first level essentials for defining who is and is not Christian. To borrow a friends term, that’s just Poppycock!
MacArthur is “off the gospel reservation” and is guilty of causing the very chaos he is supposedly warning others about. I say this as one who has throughly enjoyed his ministry over the years and have greatly benefited by his commitment to sound exegesis.
The arrogance of MacArthur leveling charges at all charismatic continuationist today as his means for rejecting us as “christian”, when the first century Corinthian church was guilty of the same fleshly chaos and even worse culpable behaviors and yet the Apostle Paul called them Redeemed Saints, the Temple of God, and brothers in Christ.
With that said, here are some of the best responses to the Strange fire conference.
Watch as this First Baptist Pastor comes”unglued” moving from pulpit to pew to angrily and arrogantly wake up a “sleeper.”
This leads to an even more serious attack as he spots an uncommitted member. “And where have you been, Mr. Underwood?”…I noticed on the calendar, I’m supposed to marry y’all. What makes you think I’d marry you? You’re one of the sorriest church members I have!”
Can’t make this stuff up.