June 22, 2015

An Open Letter to Tullian (The Reformed Arsenal)

An excellent response to the news of yesterday.

An Open Letter to Tullian
I recently read about the difficulties that you and your wife have brought upon your family, church, and by extension the Church catholic. I’m deeply sorry, and cannot imagine the hurt that you must have felt when you discovered your wife’s affair. The purpose of this letter is not to rehearse your sins, or to pummel you for them. There will be lots of that coming your way, and honestly I think it is justified. However, that is not the purpose of this letter. Instead I want to share with you some thoughts that I think you need to hear.
read more

May 11, 2015

If you are using or struggling with pornography and lust -

A good poem by a woman whose husband, unbeknownst to her, was using before they married:

I looked For Love In Your Eyes (Challies' website)

as a friend of mine said, men, God can forgive and heal even this. Repent and trust Christ.

more from Philip Stallings...

No explanation necessary.    Just recently happened (note the date - 5-7).  Joel McDurmon issued a second warning.  His first one (below) was removed by Facebook.

(bigger screen shots below)

So as I said previously on this blog, Facebook community standards are kinda dubious.  You can't get porno pages and pedophile pages removed, but you can get booted for warning anyone about predators.  Whatever.

Yes, as Philip says, he is a mess (though it still remains to be seen whether he actually means it).  He needs to get professional help and quit pretending to be a Christian apologist. Philip (or anyone else who struggles with this) if you read this, please look up the Sex Addicts Anonymous group in your area.  There are plenty of them.  They can't help you unless you go to them.  They will not chase you down.  You have to take the initiative and seek help, and be honest about what you are doing.  You claim to want the truth.  Hiding and lying will not set you free.

May 6, 2015

What is a pastor? And American Spirituality (an excellent article and audio)

Your Pastor: The under-shepherd of the Good Shepherd
What makes a pastor a pastor? Going to school for eight years, learning Greek and Hebrew, and having fancy diplomas written in Latin does not make someone a pastor. There is no extraordinary DNA or astonishing superpowers that makes someone a pastor. A pastor is no closer to God than you are. In fact, he is just as much a sinner as you are … if not more.

If we could summarize the office of pastor into a simple theme and job description, what would it look like?

Simply put, the pastor is to be the shepherd of the sheep. He shepherds, protects, and feed them with the Word of God. He is to be a servant in the Lord’s house. He is the under-shepherd of the Chief Shepherd. When you hear your pastor speaking in worship that is the voice of Jesus you hear through His called servant. Your pastor may be a great speaker or a stutterer; he may be charismatic or an introvert; he may be dynamic or dry – but it doesn’t matter. You are not following the under-shepherd, but the Good Shepherd.
read more at Bread For Beggars

Also, Mike Horton gave a lecture on American Spirituality which was featured in March on the White Horse Inn.
What is the nature of American spirituality, and how does it differ from classical Christian conceptions of God, redemption, and spiritual renewal? On this special edition of the program, Michael Horton walks through various popular approaches to spirituality in our time and contrasts them with the message of free grace in Jesus Christ.
listen at the White Horse Inn blog


April 16, 2015

I'll take "False repentance" for 800 Alex (NOTE - Joel McDurmon of American Vision and Tim Brown of Freedom Outpost have SEEN THE LIGHT!) :-)

Who is Philip Stallings?

NOTE - I am SO THANKFUL that both Joel McDurmon and Tim Brown have seen the light!! (link to Facebook post)  Praise the Lord!

For whatever reason, Joel has removed the post. (CORRECTION - Joel says Facebook says it violated their TOS so they removed it. I guess they're fine with people going around sexually harassing people on Facebook then.).  Screen cap here (NOTE as you can see, it had been public for all to see on or off of Facebook):

 Tim Brown of Freedom Outpost also weighed in on Stalling's non-repentant, non-apology blog post.

February 25, 2015

Breaking Bread with the Bad Guys (and gals)

JUSTIN PETERS: One of the things that makes…that makes it so hard to warn people about false teachers is when the good guys start associating with the bad guys. (Applause) And they give these people…now what we’ve seen in these clips is extreme, to be sure, but the same movement, this word of faith, Charismatic Movement, certainly the more as you drift toward the word of faith, one of the things that so confuses people, I cannot tell you how many times I’ve heard from people and they ask me, “Well what about So-and-So, I saw him with Paul Crouch, I saw him with Marcus Lamb, you know, on Daystar and on TBN, it makes it very hard for us to warn people about the wolves when the leaders of the sheep are associating with the wolves. And they give them…let me…Paul Crouch loves to have the good guys on his set, loves it because the good guys give him a level of credibility that he does not have on his own. And Paul Crouch, TBN, Daystar, Marcus Lamb, these guys are the tips of the spears that are exporting this theological poison to the rest of the world. And that is an offense to the gospel. And these guys should know better. It is a shame that prominent people, some of the supposed good guys are breaking metaphorical bread with the bad guys. It’s hard enough (Applause)

I guess that only applies to Charismatic heresy then.


(yes, I realize this isn't the first time Tullian has gone on with heretical disobedient leaders who call themselves Christians)

Tullian and Nadia birds of a feather?

Interesting twitter war:

Some of the exchange between @piratechristian and @p5eudepigrapha

So wait a minute...isn't Tullian Tchividjian (@PastorTullian) the one who is guilty of (essentially) saying his message isn't much different from Nadia Bolz Weber's (@SarcasticLuther) by publicly considering her his sister in Christ and she considering him her brother in Christ?

Since when is disagreeing with Chris = bearing false witness? Is Chris the arbiter of truth? Isn't he always asking for people to question him? I guess it's just a ruse to make him look interested in correction.

(Yes, Trent had a show on PCR until this exchange.  Now he has been kicked off . Isn't that what Brannon did to Chris over him questioning Chris Pinto?)(CLARIFICATION- this is what I was told, however the show did announce a hiatus shortly before that. I guess it remains to be seen then whether pseudopodcast resumes broadcasting on PCR later.)

It's 2011 all over again.  Then this came out:

Well, no one said Horton's theology was changed or going off the rails or anything like that.  I asked Chris why he made it sound like that was what it was about.  His reply was that he had to change the narrative to make it look like he wasn't trying to justify himself.  HUH?

I responded "I'm not sure why that would be necessary, but ok."

That was the last I talked to him.  My question is, why the truth needs to be 'rearranged' in order to do what the truth does (set people free)?  The truth is not powerful enough without our tinkering?

People seem to think that by being friends they have a better chance of influencing people.  Um... it actually gets HARDER to speak the truth when you get emotionally connected to someone.  You don't want to jeopardize the relationship.  Even worse when that someone has the potential to affect your income if your income is based on popularity.  And that's what a web these guys are entangled in.  And they don't even see it.  They act just like the Seeker Sensitive Evangelical Industrial Complex they rail against, when their comfort is threatened.  Impressive.

cue:  cries of "you're breaking the 8th commandment!  REPENT"  

No thanks. You first.  My conscience is clear.

I'm so done with this hypocritical bunch.  Never again.