December 16, 2013

Calling Out The Blatant Hypocrisy In The War On Christmas



Chris Rosebrough has weighed in briefly and brilliantly on the so-called War on Christmas in this blog post "Calling Out The Blatant Hypocrisy In The War On Christmas." Now, I think there actually is a War on Christmas or anything that represents Christ and his church to the world.  However....
Why is it that so many church people threaten to punish non-Christians for allegedly removing Christ from Christmas, YET these same church people give their “pastor” a complete pass when he removes Christ from Christianity Sunday after Sunday?

Shouldn’t Christians instead clean house and boycott all the churches and mega churches that are guilty of removing Christ from Christianity week in and week out?
read more at Fighting For the Faith

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(note as of 2-24-2015: I am no longer a Pirate Christian supporter.  On 9-2013 there was an update on the Ingrid/ChrisR situation - please go here: http://www.purposedrivel.com/2013/09/a-great-announcement.html  Ingrid and Chris had reconciled.  This was a good thing.  We were all friends again.)

 Further update here:
http://www.purposedrivel.com/2015/02/tullian-and-nadia-birds-of-feather.html
I am no longer a Pirate Christian supporter.  Too much hypocrisy, too many double standards, too many false accusations. I apologize for all the confusion.  I pray it won't happen again.)

Why the White-Pinto Debate Matters (Fred Butler at Hip and Thigh)

Fred Butler weighs in with some great observations:
Why the White-Pinto Debate Matters
Now, in the preceding discussions leading up to the debate, those who defended Pinto’s Codex Sinaiticus conspiracy theory painted it as just a secondary issue among Christians. Sort of like amillennialist disagreeing with premillennialist as to how we are to interpret Revelation 20. In fact, in his opening statement, Pinto made the point to say the debate was an in-house disagreement between brothers in the Lord.

If we mean “secondary” in the sense that believing Pinto’s codex conspiracy is the same as teaching a false gospel, well of course I’d agree with him. But declaring the subject matter of this debate a “secondary” issue does not mean it is unimportant...
Read more at his Hip and Thigh blog post

December 13, 2013

Maybe Darryl Had A Point? Driscoll v. Catholic Creeds (R Scott Clark weighing in again)

Well.  This explains T D Jakes...

Maybe Darryl Had A Point? Driscoll v. Catholic Creeds 

(not even gonna provide an excerpt - IMO the whole thing needs to be seen in the context R Scott Clark provided.  SMH...)

December 12, 2013

The Ninth Commandment And The New Media (R Scott Clark)

The Ninth Commandment And The New Media

I disagree with some of what R. Scott Clark says here, but did find this bit amusing:
For example, in Death By Love (Wheaton: Crossway, 2008; p. 170) Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears wrote the following:
James Arminius was John Calvin’s son-in-law and greatly appreciated Calvin. He said that, after the Scriptures, he believed Calvin’s writings to be the most profitable study for God’s people. Therefore, the acrimony that sometimes flares up between Calvinists and Arminians need not be so if the examples of Calvin and Arminius are followed by their followers.
As a friend commented when I posted this on Facebook... "What the what??"

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain...

December 9, 2013

How we went from “Here I Stand” to “My Bad” (Pajama Pages)

How we went from “Here I Stand” to “My Bad” 
Almost 500 years ago, Martin Luther stood before his disputed writings and refused to renounce them.

Last week, Janet Mefferd, shortly after her writings had been criticized, apologized and deleted them.

Both had pointed out and criticized corruption in leading religious authorities. Both had truth on their side, yet their responses are worlds apart. How did we Protestants go from Here I stand to Oh, never mind?
read more at Pajama Pages

Christmas Is Not Pagan (4 part article - Our Redeemer Lutheran - LCMS)

Found another excellent four parter here By Dr. Richard P. Bucher

Christmas is Not Pagan - Part I  (excerpt:)
In fact, if the "Christmas is pagan" crowd merely presented their argument as "opinion," there would be no urgent need to respond. But it is the fact that they condemn Christmas observers as guilty of idolatry and, and in some cases, suggest that Christians who do Christmas are risking their salvation that is just too much. For in so doing they are binding Christian consciences and robbing Christians of their God-given freedom, making unnecessary matters necessary.
Christmas is Not Pagan - Part II

Christmas is Not Pagan - Part III

Christmas is Not Pagan - Part IV




December 8, 2013

Again with the Anti Christmas Pharisees

Since 'tis the season for the Scrooges and Grinches to come out of the woodwork and tell us all how holy they are for not having a live balsam air freshener in their living room, or harming the mother by wasting electricity on sparkly lights, and not giving anyone anything, I thought it'd be good to share some good information about the pagan lies trying to claim the origins of the church's Christmas celebration. I had the most amazing discussion the other day with a lady who started telling me about Christmas Carols being used as triggers. I didn't know what she was talking about at first so I googled and then about fell off my chair laughing. Here's why (scroll down to the section on "Songs and Nursery rhymes.") But then, that's probably because I'm a hopelessly lost member of the Illuminati because hey, I love hymns like "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God" and "O little town of Bethlehem." And they did read Nursery Rhymes to me when I was little. In fact my big Nursery Rhyme book was one of my favorite earliest memories. Now, I wonder if "Hooray for Pig" and "Cat in the Hat" are all coded messages for world domination? Hmmm....

Neo... the matrix has you...

Anyway, here they are:

Christmas/Pagan Solstice celebrations Part 1 (Steadfast Lutherans)

Christmas/Pagan Solstice celebrations Part 2 (Steadfast Lutherans)

Christmas/Pagan Solstice celebrations Part 3 (Steadfast Lutherans)

This brief article from Marcia Montenegro over at Sola Sisters links to quite a few more extensive and detailed articles exposing the hoax of a pagan origin to Christmas.

Sola Sisters - Myths From Hislop: A Call To Examine Facts

(added 12-9-2013) the first two articles linked at the bottom http://www.ukapologetics.net/1hislopbaby.html seem to be obsolete, so I tracked down some of them here:
THE TWO BABYLONS / THE BABYLON CONNECTION? A Book Review Copyright © 1999 Janice Moore

http://www.tektonics.org/guest/hislop01.html Critical Evaluation of "The Two Babylons", by Alexander Hislop by pastor Dustin Segers seems to be offline, but I think I tracked down a copy of it posted on a forum here
http://www.christianforums.com/t2846051-9/

Also note that the last article linked to on that page is from a Catholic source so please read with discernment.  There are certainly valid points made, even though Catholicism has added a lot of their own traditions and human teaching to the gospel, thereby corrupting it.

In particular the Catholic author references circumcision being practiced in pagan cultures and using Jeremiah 9:25-26:

I think the person was understanding it to mean “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will punish all those who are circumcised merely in the flesh— 26 Egypt, Judah, Edom, the sons of Ammon, Moab, and all who dwell in the desert who cut the corners of their hair," ... (meaning all of those are circumcised merely in the flesh)

"for all these nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel are uncircumcised in heart.” (meaning all of these are uncircumcised in heart)

Probably the traditional interpretation of that verse would be more reasonable, that God is saying he will punish the circumcised (Israel) using the uncircumcised (all those other nations).

However, the Reformation Study Bible note says this:
9:25, 26 circumcised merely in the flesh. See 4:4. Israel is outwardly circumcised, but inwardly uncircumcised. The surrounding nations practiced circumcision, but not as a covenant sign of belonging to the Lord. Because Israel and Judah are uncircumcised in their hearts, they are effectively in the same condition as the nations. See Rom. 2:25–29; 4:9–12; 9:8; Gal. 5:6; 6:15.
(click link or picture then click 'Show resources' and then the reference link under 'Reformation Study Bible')

It's also mentioned by Greg Koukl here as having originated with Egypt

Documenting the Problems with Mars Hill Pastor Mark Driscoll (Sola Sisters)

Christine Pack has done a great job of collecting a whole bunch of good links about the Driscoll saga, not just limited to the Mefferd incident, but many other problems with him as well. Sometimes we don't see what is wrong when the information comes at us piecemeal or incrementally. Sometimes we need to see it all in one place to understand that there is a debilitating problem going on.

Documenting the Problems with Mars Hill Pastor Mark Driscoll

I Told You This Was No Boating Accident! (Fighting for the Faith)

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(note as of 2-24-2015: I am no longer a Pirate Christian supporter.  On 9-2013 there was an update on the Ingrid/ChrisR situation - please go here: http://www.purposedrivel.com/2013/09/a-great-announcement.html  Ingrid and Chris had reconciled.  This was a good thing.  We were all friends again.)

 Further update here:
http://www.purposedrivel.com/2015/02/tullian-and-nadia-birds-of-feather.html
I am no longer a Pirate Christian supporter.  Too much hypocrisy, too many double standards, too many false accusations. I apologize for all the confusion.  I pray it won't happen again.)
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I Told You This Was No Boating Accident!

More astute analysis from Chris as he links to an article from Jonathan Merritt
Late yesterday the story hit the media like a thunder clap that Janet Mefferd was silenced by the Evangelical Industrial Complex.
The story written by Jonathan Merritt of the Religion News Service says it all. Wrote Merritt:
Religion writers at various outlets including Religion Dispatches, Patheos, and Urban Christian News, are reporting that Ingrid Schlueter, a part-time assistant producer for syndicated radio show host Janet Mefferd has resigned. According to these reports, Schlueter claims that the resignation is a result of the Mark Driscoll “situation”:
I was a part-time, topic producer for Janet Mefferd until yesterday when I resigned over this situation. All I can share is that there is an evangelical celebrity machine that is more powerful than anyone realizes. You may not go up against the machine. That is all. Mark Driscoll clearly plagiarized and those who could have underscored the seriousness of it and demanded accountability did not. That is the reality of the evangelical industrial complex.
Read more at Fighting For the Faith

Also, Amy Spreeman had Chris on Stand up for the Truth last Friday

On Plagiarism, Tone, and Tribalism

This program does contain a summary of what has been going on, so a decent one to bring you up to speed if you haven't been following.  His Dec 5th Fighting for the Faith ("This Was No Boating Accident!") is a longer version, also worth listening to.

December 7, 2013

What We've Learned Lately About Evangelical Ecclesiology (Luthermatic)

My friend Martin over in the UK just posted some astute observations:
What We've Learned Lately About Evangelical Ecclesiology (Luthermatic)
In the last few weeks we have witnessed another scandal upsetting the apple cart in mainstream evangelicalism. Without commenting on that directly, I thought I would highlight what this latest incident reveals about the kind of ecclesiology in vogue among modern evangelicals and their celebrity pastors:
He then has a list of observations, which he elaborates on.  But here for a teaser is the list itself:
1. It is virulently anti-democratic.
2. Silence.
3. Lack of accountability.
4. Higher standards.
Read more of this excellent article at Luthermatic.

December 6, 2013

Never Have I Seen the Righteous Forsaken

He Will Not Forsake His Saints

Of David.

Fret not yourself because of evildoers;
     be not envious of wrongdoers!
For they will soon fade like the grass
     and wither like the green herb.

Trust in the LORD, and do good;
     dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
Delight yourself in the LORD,
     and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the LORD;
     trust in him, and he will act.
He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,
     and your justice as the noonday.

Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him;
     fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way,
          over the man who carries out evil devices!

Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath!
     Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.
For the evildoers shall be cut off,
     but those who wait for the LORD shall inherit the land.

In just a little while, the wicked will be no more;
     though you look carefully at his place, he will not be there.
But the meek shall inherit the land
     and delight themselves in abundant peace.

The wicked plots against the righteous
     and gnashes his teeth at him,
but the Lord laughs at the wicked,
     for he sees that his day is coming.

The wicked draw the sword and bend their bows
     to bring down the poor and needy,
          to slay those whose way is upright;
their sword shall enter their own heart,
     and their bows shall be broken.

Better is the little that the righteous has
     than the abundance of many wicked.
For the arms of the wicked shall be broken,
     but the LORD upholds the righteous.

The LORD knows the days of the blameless,
     and their heritage will remain forever;
they are not put to shame in evil times;
     in the days of famine they have abundance.

But the wicked will perish;
     the enemies of the LORD are like the glory of the pastures;
          they vanish—like smoke they vanish away.

The wicked borrows but does not pay back,
     but the righteous is generous and gives;
for those blessed by the LORDc shall inherit the land,
     but those cursed by him shall be cut off.

The steps of a man are established by the LORD,
     when he delights in his way;
though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong,
     for the LORD upholds his hand.

I have been young, and now am old,
     yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken
or his children begging for bread.
     He is ever lending generously,
          and his children become a blessing.

Turn away from evil and do good;
     so shall you dwell forever.
For the LORD loves justice;
     he will not forsake his saints.
They are preserved forever,
     but the children of the wicked shall be cut off.
The righteous shall inherit the land
     and dwell upon it forever.

The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom,
     and his tongue speaks justice.
The law of his God is in his heart;
     his steps do not slip.

The wicked watches for the righteous
     and seeks to put him to death.
The LORD will not abandon him to his power
     or let him be condemned when he is brought to trial.

Wait for the LORD and keep his way,
     and he will exalt you to inherit the land;
          you will look on when the wicked are cut off.

I have seen a wicked, ruthless man,
     spreading himself like a green laurel tree.
But he passed away, and behold, he was no more;
     though I sought him, he could not be found.

Mark the blameless and behold the upright,
     for there is a future for the man of peace.
But transgressors shall be altogether destroyed;
     the future of the wicked shall be cut off.

The salvation of the righteous is from the LORD;
     he is their stronghold in the time of trouble.
The LORD helps them and delivers them;
     he delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
          because they take refuge in him.

Driscoll Plagiarism documents have moved

You can find them here:

Mark Driscoll: Plagiarism – Thou Shalt Not Steal!

also here
Evidence of Plagiarism or Swatting at a Hornets Nest

December 5, 2013

Why The Christian Media Juggernaut Is Essentially Corrupt - Chris Rosebrough analyzes

(aside: for an update on the Ingrid/ChrisR situation please go here: http://www.purposedrivel.com/2013/09/a-great-announcement.html  Ingrid and Chris had reconciled.  This was a good thing.  We were all friends again.)

(2-25-2015 Further update here:
http://www.purposedrivel.com/2015/02/tullian-and-nadia-birds-of-feather.html
I am no longer a Pirate Christian supporter.  Too much hypocrisy, too many double standards, too many false accusations.)


This Was No Boating Accident!
If you haven't ever listened to another podcast, you really should listen to this one. In it Chris explains how the Christian Media Industry works.  It is really, seriously, no different than the secular media.  I've taken to calling it the Evangelical Christian Mafia because that is pretty much how they all behave. So Chris Rosebrough analyzes the Mefferd apology in this episode. He concludes that it "was no boating accident. This was a shark attack."  Follow the money... for the love of it is the root of all sorts of evil.

He makes some excellent observations. I would say he's probably spot-on.

Also analyzes the Glenn Beck interview of Mark Driscoll from yesterday. Mark Driscoll seemed very uncomfortable, like a deer in the headlights, meek and innocent.  Very unlike him.   Perhaps he's just getting to be a better con artist.  It was totally surreal to watch Driscoll, in a response to Glenn Beck, lamenting the lack of courage in evangelicalism, when he himself and his buddies are the ones responsible for intimidating and silencing a lot of them. But see, Driscoll wants us to only correct those pagans outside the church.  (Never mind those pesky verses from 1 Corinthians 5!)

And actually, he didn't even do THAT (correcting those outside the church) in front of the Mormon Glenn Beck who made it sound like we are all Christians.  As Chris noted in his analysis, he just let it slide...while not being afraid to contradict Beck regarding Gandhi.  I dunno, maybe he's been drinking too much theraflu.

We can't correct the big guys in evangelicalism.  They are untouchable. If you do you will feel the wrath of the machine. And so, no one wants to suffer a loss of income, market share, or ridicule, or getting flamed on a blog for rebuking false teachers.

But you know, I'm sure our brothers suffering in Iran and China will understand. Mark Driscoll is actually a coward, because he fears and serves the Evangelical Mafia Dons who subsidize his empire, more than he fears God and cares for those who actually have tried to love him with tough love.

A Couple More Zingers from Carl Trueman and Paul Levy

If you have followed the whole Driscoll/Mefferd debacle, and understand the dysfunctional and incestous relationship between popular Evangelical leaders and Christian media organizations, you'll find this string of posts (please read in order for best effect) and the articles they link to (please read those as well) over at Reformation 21 somewhat gratifying.

Money Talks by Carl Trueman

Tis The Season For Retractions by Paul Levy

Apology Accepted and Apology Offered by Carl Trueman


There Are Things Which Cannot Be Said - by Paul Levy (his comments regarding the previous "Truths" article by Trueman)

Calling All Untouchables by Carl Trueman

December 3, 2013

Brave Warrior Ergun Caner elected to "Christian" Brewton Parker College in Georgia

Dr. Ergun Caner unanimously elected as Brewton-Parker president
One trustee summarized the vote: “We didn’t consider Dr. Caner in spite of the attacks; we elected him because of them. He has endured relentless and pagan attacks like a warrior. We need a warrior as our next president.”
 I don't think my comment will get approved:

James White issues a challenge to the "Warrior" and his enablers - if he's such a warrior, then send him out to do battle with James White once and for all.

Listen here
Laughter in Medina/Ravaging Tischendorff/Radio Free Geneva on a Mega DL

(Incidentally, that episode has some good stuff about Chris Pinto too, cannot wait to hear that debate coming up this month.)

November 30, 2013

Heh, heh.... someone really needs to do something like this as a running update....

The Best Dumbest Excuses Made by Plagiarists (please excuse the crass language - it's a secular article.)

How many of those excuses were used on Janet's Nov 21 show by Mark Driscoll?

Posted by Chris Rosebrough

November 25, 2013

Carl Trueman Weighs In Briefly And Brilliantly Re Janet Mefferd and Mark Driscoll

I've been following the Mefferd interview of Driscoll and in some respects I can see why SOME people who haven't known the context might think Janet was badgering him.  However, keep in mind that Driscoll came right out of the starting gate in the interview lying and obfuscating about what actually happened at Strange Fire.  That doesn't score him any points with Janet or anyone who has bothered to analyze the facts from both sides.

Then throughout the rest of the interview he is rather dismissive about his own culpability in the plagiarism issue, playing Barak Obama "oh maybe it was changed during the editing process" and throwing maybe someone else under the bus for his own misdeeds. (Seems to be standard operating procedure for Driscoll.)

Carl Trueman has weighed in with this short article:

If the Top Men take over, who will ask the hard questions? 
The Mefferd-Driscoll controversy points to another aspect of celebrity culture: celebrities are routinely allowed to behave in ways which would not be tolerated in ordinary mortals. For example, being drunk on the job and hurling abuse at an employer would make one unemployable in the real world. Not for Charlie Sheen. A conviction for rape would be enough to have you characterized as a monster in the real world who had forfeited the right to sympathetic media exposure. Not for Mike Tyson or Roman Polanski (just ask that champion of women's rights, Whoopi Goldberg). In short, normal rules do not apply to celebrities in the same way as they do to others.

The same is true in the celebritydrome of the evangelical subculture. Driscoll is a classic case in point. For example, he has claimed that God gives him explicit images of the sexual sins of other people. He has embraced prosperity teacher and denier of the Trinity, T. D. Jakes, as a brother. He has written an explicit book on sex. Most recently, he engaged in a cringe-inducing publicity stunt unworthy of a spoiled teenager. For most of us, any one of these things would have ended in church discipline and (in the Jakes' case) removal from office. Yet in all of this, the fan base and those with a vested interest in capitalizing on his success grant him free pass after free pass.
Read more at Carl Trueman's blog post

I also noticed someone reminded Janet on twitter about a contentious interview and similar "they were MEAN to me" spin/fallout from 2012 with Justin Brierly on Unbelievable radio.

Here is the podcast
http://www.premierradio.org.uk/listen/ondemand.aspx?mediaid=%7BB568EE6E-C425-4285-BCE0-BE1CF6A6DF31%7D

and here is a decent summary

http://kinnon.tv/2012/01/the-interview-was-it-of-the-undisciplined-or-undiscipled.html

October 20, 2013

Still thinking Tullian is an antinomian? (same old tired whine)

(note 6-22-2015): I have since come to the conviction that even though I don't believe all the critiques of Tullian are fair, they do have some good points. Tullian's message has been going off the rails for a while and his associations and messages are getting more vague.  He seems to have gone from assuming the gospel to assuming the law.)

A couple people have posted some utterly bizarre alternate universe-like posts about Tullian Tchividjian not preaching enough law and being antinomian. 


And the first commenter wasn't satisfied to critique the content, but had to mock his choice of attire as well.  (I will grant that he doesn't dress up as much as I would prefer, but that is beside the point and only serves to make the commenter look petty and foolish, because he really can't make the substantive point he would like, credibly.)

Of course, the message he's critiquing is this one from Liberate 2013



He spends plenty of time talking about the law and before 15-16 minutes in he says this:
"I've seen a lot of lives RUINED by friends and parents and whatnot when people rush past God's first word (law) to get to God's final (second) word (gospel). Let me tell you something about the Christian faith. The Christian faith is not a one word faith it's a two word faith. It'sIt's not law OR gospel, it's law THEN gospel. That's what it is and it's when we rush past God's first word to get to God's second word and the Law has not yet had a chance to do it's wrecking work the gospel is not given a chance to do its restorative work. So I remind people of the father in Luke chapter 15. The father did not fall down and wrap his arms around the son when he was leaving but as he was coming home."
I think people who have a problem with Tullian Tchividjian and call him an antinomian must be listening in an alternate universe.  Or maybe they are just so out of touch with how their own sin nature taints every good thing they do that they don't even recognize when he is preaching the law (which is at least 50 percent of the time that he's speaking in a sermon, if not more.) They don't recognize it as law because they don't recognize their own guilt for all those 'respectable sins' that he is taking pains to explain.  He's not berating the people THEY see as sinners, but he's showing THEM their sin, which they can't see until the Lord opens their eyes to it.

Accordingly, they don't recognize when it's time to give someone the gospel because they don't recognize when the law has done its killing work.  They don't recognize real repentance, but may in some cases recognize a mechanical "hoop jumping" rote version of apology or repentance.  Tullian shows us the law's impossibility.  So they don't see it as a legitimate preaching of the law, because they're used to law light being what is considered legitimate.   (This is the only best construction I can put on why they are saying it.)

The one reason they don't recognize that, is because they themselves are still in full victory mode and the law is still serving as their stepladder to glory, not the rock which fell on them to crush them and make them desperately aware of their need for Jesus, every moment, every hour of every day...  that Savior who offers us forgiveness through his precious, innocent shed blood and freely dispensed grace won at the cross.

O let your soul now be filled with gladness,
Your heart redeemed, rejoice indeed!
O may the thought banish all your sadness,
That in His blood you have been freed,
That God's unfailing love is yours,
That you the only Son were given,
That by His death He has opened heaven,
That you are ransomed as you are.

If you seem empty of any feeling,
Rejoice, you are His ransomed bride!
If those you cherish seem not to love you,
And dark assails from every side;
Still yours the promise, come what may,
In loss and triumph, in laughter, crying;
In want and riches, in living dying,
That you are purchased as you are.

It is a good, every good transcending,
That Christ has died for you and me!
It is a gladness that has no ending
There in God's wondrous love to see!
Praise be to Him the spotless Lamb,
Who through the desert my soul is leading
To that fair city of joy exceeding,
For which He bought me as I am!

October 9, 2013

Boz Tchividjian on Janet Mefferd 10-7-2013 about Sexual Abuse in the Evangelical Church

Boz Tchividjian talks with Janet about sexual abuse in the evangelical church.
http://www.janetmefferdpremium.com/2013/10/07/janet-mefferd-radio-show-20131007-hr-2/

Fabulous interview.

Keswick Theology: The Exhaustion Of Trying To Yield More, Surrender More, And Let Go-Let God (Matt Richards)

NOTE 3-14-2016

I have since come to realize that there are definitely problems with soft antinomianism going on in the church today. I wrote the original post here while still not seeing that problem. There certainly is a problem with hammering the law too heavily as well. But that isn't what I'm seeing in my circles at the moment.

I have since come to see that Pr Richards' messages often also lean toward the soft antinomian side of things, sadly.

Original post follows:

Keswick Theology: The Exhaustion Of Trying To Yield More, Surrender More, And Let Go-Let God

A fabulous article by Pastor Matt Richard
Have you heard of the Keswick Movement? No? I bet you have. You can tell that Keswick theology has impacted you and others when you hear a Christian ‘testimony’ like this:
I was saved when I was nine years old, and I yielded to Christ when I was nineteen.
Did you catch it? I was ‘saved’ when I was nine (step 1). I ‘yielded’ to Christ when I was nineteen (step 2). Jesus saved them, but then they surrendered, emptied, let go and let God when they were nineteen. Do you hear the two-tiered progression? Typically these testimonies end with how the person is apparently living in a completely different Christian dimension; higher and more victorious than they were before. Yes, indeed they were ‘saved’ but they also ‘surrendered.’

Keswick theology is commonly known as higher life theology. Keswick theology tries to answer the problem of sin with what is frequently called the second blessing but steers away from the perfectionism of the American Holiness teachings often found among old Methodism
read more at Steadfast Lutherans or Pastor Matt Richards' blog

related: Keswick Theology (Issues, Etc.)

October 8, 2013

In Case Anyone thinks Philip Stephen Stallings "Mr Paradox" of NC is Actually in Seminary... (ADDED EVIDENCE PHOTOS 4-6 and 4-7-2014) (UPDATE new profile for Stallings)

Google, please let me know before you remove something so that I can fix it.  The original post was removed by google, with no explanation. Another lady had hers removed from wordpress and they at least told her it was because one of the images contained a phone number.  So I censored that image and am trying again.  Hopefully it will stay up.  One of these days I need to go through and put it in chronological order.  Keep in mind every time he has been exposed and/or found a new guy to try and worm in with for credibility's sake, he has claimed repentance.

NOTE:  Tim Brown and Joel McDurmon may be mentioned in this post as giving quarter and credibility to Stallings, but since then they have publicly stated Philip is unrepentant and removed their associations with him (or else Philip did preemptively as usual).

The original publication date 10-8-2013 3:34pm central time. I made quite a few revisions and updates so this may as well be considered a whole new post. I tried to keep the added material in brackets. I ALSO want to say that I and quite a few others are very grateful for the evidence that people have provided. These are some of the incidents that we know of.  As far as we know, he only goes after Christian women.  It would seem like if he is this bent on exercising his lust and getting away with it, he may as well go pay for it with someone who isn't going to object.  And no, I am not advocating that he do this, but trying to make a rhetorical point.

[4-6-2014  There are quite a few people warning about him on Facebook these days. And whether or not you think us all gossips, at least we know that now you KNOW the truth. Now when you do see and understand it for yourself, you can remember that we who are concerned loved you enough, even though we don't know who you are, to warn you. And we love Philip enough to call him to repent of his sin, so that he might be saved. Allowing him to continue the coverup is not love, toward him or his targets, no matter what you think it is.]

There is also another UPDATED post calling for his repentance at Design of Providence: A Warning and a Call for Repentance: Philip Stallings UPDATED as of May 28-2014]

(6-13-2014) Design Of Providence took his post down because Tim Brown (site admin from www.freedomoutpost.com) told him Stallings was off Facebook and is seeking help. However, that was before the third profile showed up. Here is a pdf copy of Design of Providence's post which is the second on the page.

Design Of Providence PDF copy

ALSO, he has a third new profile:
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004772565692

Stallings blocked me from that third profile preemptively before I even knew about it. Sounds repentant doesn't it?  I'm not sure if he has a fourth or fifth yet.

(end 6-13-2014 addition)

UPDATE May 21, 2014
Stallings has changed his profile after Francis Turretin issued a warning to all his Facebook friends and Stallings' Facebook friends. TurretinFan has removed the post since,  (or else Facebook removed it) after Stallings deactivated his account. I am not sure why. In any case, it was there.


Stallings' new profile is now here: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000675274712 - note - when I clicked on the link with my phone it takes me to my own profile and I've had others say it takes them to theirs, too. But on my computer it works. I'm not sure why.

Here's a pdf copy as of right now. As you can see, Tim Brown, (site admin at www.freedomoutpost.com,) Stallings' staunch pro 2nd amendment defender, who my husband and I and a husband of one of Phillip's targets spent far too much time arguing with in gmail, is his only friend as of the creation of the pdf. He has since added a few others, and then hidden his friends list.)

main body of post:

...Or, "How Perverts and Sex Abusers Attempt to Gain Credibility and Rise to Positions of Power in the Visible Church." [Keep in mind many are more suave and less obvious than this guy.]



If you thought he was a seminary student as he claims, well...Nope. And still his twitter page claims so as of today. Well, MAYBE he just forgot to remove that... yeah, sure, THAT must be it.

EXPELLED FROM TNARS since SEPT 2012.

As of his latest tweet March 26, and I just took this screenshot today April 6, 2014

EXPELLED FROM TNARS since SEPT 2012.
EXPELLED FROM TNARS since SEPT 2012.

(note: it took him I think 2.5 to three years to remove the claim of being a seminary student)

And I have no idea what he [might be] claiming about himself on Facebook anymore but he keeps making the rounds, adding Christians to his friend list, grooming Christian women and teen girls, saying suggestive things and trying to ask for inappropriate photos. Heaven forbid anyone ever let this guy be in contact with women or children in church, but since he was in a seminary, one has to wonder if that was exactly his aim. We have plenty of perverts in evangelicalism molesting their fellow church members, thank you very much.


(today 4-6-2014)

There are a whole lot of women now who can testify to his perverse angry behavior in private messages after being told no you won't carry on a cyber-sex relationship with him or even give him your cell number. It's a crying shame that no one seems to be able to reach this man's heart with truth, enough for him to repent. If your wife or daughter has him as a friend, please be extremely careful. Don't harass the man. Just protect your family from him.

[4-6-2014 at least two women I know of have this warning on their Facebook profiles:

As mentioned above in the graphic, he has a criminal rap sheet a mile long. This is public information, and he claimed to have repented in order to get into that seminary the first time, but he keeps trying to seduce women anyway.

I started to become suspicious of him just about 2.5 almost 3 years ago. As of Fall 2013 he is 34 years old. [was almost 35, turned 35 Dec 2013] But his rap sheet goes back to the year he turned 18. It includes assault, false imprisonment and credit card fraud/theft and drunk driving. Lovely.

The North American Reformed Seminary has added a disclaimer to its site because of him:
ATTENTION : Those interested in confirming the degrees of person claiming a TNARS degree or the status of someone claiming to be a student with TNARS should contact us at info@tnars.net

So if you are wondering about him, please do contact TNARS. They will tell you Philip was expelled for ethical violations. The ethical violations include things that are (cyber) sexual in nature, whether or not they will tell you the details; he was expelled after several of us brought specific evidence of his sexually, abusive, vulgar and predatory womanizing behavior to the attention of the seminary. One of us was told that was why, specifically, after being thanked by Larry for providing (without any request from Larry) more evidence to back up the claims of others who had already spoken up. I still don't know who those people were or what they said.

Stallings responded in great venom toward those of us who dared to speak up, even reportedly threatening one person over the phone. We spoke up not to make his life miserable but, on the contrary, that he might repent and also to protect others from his sin. We spoke out of concern for those who might end up under his authority in a church if we did not speak up.

This expulsion happened in Fall 2012 but I first became aware of the weirdness in January 2011. I didn't say anything to anyone until I started being asked whether I'd ever seen anything weird, suggestive, or seductive from him. I hadn't, myself, but I had seen a case, as I said, in January 2011. The girl was 17, he was 32, [4-6-2014 -- I also mistakenly told some folks that when he tried to seduce the 17 yr old he was 34, but he wasn't. He is 35 now. He was approximately 32 when he tried to seduce her in Oct-January 2011. He was born end of Dec 1978 according to his public offender information.]

She blocked him immediately before it proceeded into more blatant territory, while I just kept my mouth shut and ears open for another year and a half to see if the suspicions had been correct. And boy, were they! I did not even see the rap sheet myself until a year and a half after that first incident when a young man asked me if they'd seen any strange behavior from him. Shortly after that I either found the rap sheet or was linked to it by someone else.

So please be careful. I am saying nothing more in all of this than do not trust this man. He needs to be treated with great caution. This man should never be in a position of leadership or responsibility over, or have access to, girls or women. Especially not in a church.

Not all claiming Christ actually belong to Christ. Philip Stephen Stallings clearly does not, but I pray some day he will be delivered from his sin.

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[added 4-6-2014 -In response to so many skeptics, here are some samples of the things he has sent to women. I originally refrained from posting the full bare torso selfies pictures he sent (which included his face) and the picture of his hand holding his privates, which obviously also didn't include his face. He has claimed he's not the one in the pictures that don't include his face, but when you're sending suggestive and sexual images from your account while verbally sexually harassing someone, does it really matter any more?

note the genitalia picture here was censored by author of the blog "Design of Providence," who did see the original:


Keep in mind that not all women saved their evidence and it is hard to find those who are not afraid of speaking out. Anyone who has been abused understands what that is like. They're usually so freaked out they don't know what to do, and hit delete and block, and the evidence is usually lost unless they want to unblock him. This is someone who seeks influence in Christian groups, where unfortunately predators are all too easily trusted if they say most of the right words; if this was just some nobody who wasn't seeking influence in a Christian church, I wouldn't be posting this.

I removed images and names of irrelevant people that appear in the pictures and did include names of people who were willing to allow them to be shown.


Note: European date format here (date, month, year):



Please note on this one the URL for the search term. This feisty lady had immediately posted on her wall (and tagged him) something like "Phillip Stallings why did you send me an email telling me I had beautiful breasts??" after which he claimed his drunk friend did it and hastily apologized but didn't admit he did it. He still treated everyone who questioned him abusively and had the nerve to be indignant that no one believed him after such a ridiculous track record.


This woman asked me to remove her church name so they wouldn't get hassled. You may have to click the image to enlarge it enough to read.

[Added 4-7-2014 The following is not sexual in nature, but just an example of how he treated a young lady when she expressed reservations about giving him her cell #. Keep in mind, this girl had NO idea who she was dealing with, his criminal history, or of the things that he had done to other women online. Notice the badgering, expressing hate and sarcasm, then trying to flirt and cajole, trying to keep her off balance, with the goal of wearing her down. Basically, behind the lame attempts at flirting, he wants what he wants and your concerns be damned. You should trust him because he says so. (there are 14 screen shots, sorry but it is long. I will keep them small, you will have to click on each to see the enlarged size version):



Now if that kind of wooing is attractive for you, have at it, I guess. But this kind of mindgame, especially when it's right off the bat, betrays a very dangerous undertow. [end 4-7-2014 section.]

Remember, this isn't an example of the worst he has done. At least once he has sent clear images of erect male genitalia, being fondled by the person's hand, to a woman he was hassling. I also have a copy-and-paste convo that is very similar in style to this last one, sent to a pastor's wife who TOLD him in the convo that she was married with three kids. It did not stop him. He talks with her about giving back massages and whatnot, turning the conversation suggestive repeatedly. At one point she rebukes him for sending the bare chested photo and he tells her "Look. It was just my shirt off. Chill out." Ask yourself, husbands, what you would think of a man who sent bare chested selfies to your wife?

Unfortunately that one is only in a word doc form. People don't always think of the best way to save these things in their context or don't know how to take and save a screenshot (thank you MacOS for making it so easy). But what I've posted should be plenty of evidence for anyone with the most rudimentary understanding of what it means to walk worthy of the calling to which we have been called. I've also just been informed by one lady that he was badgering her for financial help - to buy a pizza for him online when she's thousands of miles away and at best just an online acquaintance. Looking forward to receiving those screenshots hopefully soon.  He also did the same to two other men, one of whom refused, and another who did end up buying it for him (so I was told).

It's just fine, if it's done in the name of Jesus I guess! Christians are so sadly gullible.

As of an hour or so ago, Philip had posts self righteously whining about 'gossip' on his Facebook wall.  Yeah. The card every hypocrite and false teacher plays so freely when people start to catch on.


People ought to wake up to the fact that MUCH of the NT is Paul rebuking and correcting people based on reports sent to him by others. Just sayin.' No. I am not condoning gossiping. I'm condoning telling the truth about sin that needs to be dealt with, which occurs (figuratively) "behind closed doors."

So yes, I am exasperated and angry because of the sin he repeatedly commits against Christian women, and the women and men who keep blindly and emotionally defending him. If you have a problem with me showing a little bit of anger over such sick and twisted sin, you will have a lot of trouble over much of the Bible. But, I hope you have a lot more anger over the sin he is committing against your Christian sisters in secret. Those Christian sisters are part of the body of Christ, those sisters you are supposed to be caring for in Christian love.

The sad irony is, every time he claims he's being slandered, he is tacitly ADMITTING (at least to himself) that the actual deeds that are being attributed to him are very wrong, and more, he fears they may not be paid for and covered by the blood of Christ. If he believed these sins were paid for, he would have no trouble admitting to them, because Christ's perfect love casts out fear. He would admit to them and actually repent of them instead of pretending to repent, while just moving his sin to a different, still-naïve target. So, he knows full well he is sinning. He just keeps lying about it, attacking those who call him to repentance just like Ergun Caner (but with a different set of pet sins) -- multiplying the sin of bearing false witness on top of the sins of lust, anger, adultery, abuse...refusing to get help, refusing to believe there's a problem, despite the ever-widening ocean of evidence.

The evidence is plain to see for anyone who will open their eyes and quit walking by on the other side of the road lest they be stained with any hint of "gossip."

If he really has faith that his sins are covered in Christ, he won't have to hide them from everyone else, and he will confess them and get the help he needs instead of fleeing and hiding from elders who tried to bring biblical discipline. I pray some day he will.

Sadly, too many deceived people keep enabling abusers for fear of being labeled a "gossip" in the way that they have freely and ignorantly labeled everyone else. You cannot know if it's "just gossip" if you do not look into the facts. You cannot just go by your gut feeling and emotion about a person because he/she showed you his good side. He/she is not perfect, neither are you and your intuition about him, and neither is the accuser.

"And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God." John 3:19-21

Truth has nothing to fear from honest inquiry. Lovers of truth will seek the truth and not close their eyes to it.

If your friend's daughter claimed to have been sexually harassed, would you immediately tell her she's gossiping because you like the guy she claims did it? Even if she's mistaken...how would you know unless you listened and examined the evidence? If several more girls came up with the same kind of story about a man, would you be so quick to label them all gossips? (Sadly I'm afraid many would. How many stories do we see of 'family friends' who the parents trusted, who was abusing their children when they were not around? The very suggestion of gossip is apparently more dangerous to the body of Christ than sexual sin and abuse! We hear sermons about gossip all the time, but never about secret abuse or how to deal with it! Young people need to know about this subject far more than they need to be threatened about the dangers of gossip!)

There is a verse somewhere about choking on gnats and swallowing camels. Make at least a small effort to be sure it doesn't apply to you.

God, please save this man's soul and open the blind eyes that keep covering for him.]

UPDATE May 21, 2014 Stallings has changed his profile after Francis Turretin issued a warning to all his Facebook friends and Stallings' Facebook friends.

Stallings' new profile is now here:
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000675274712

Here's a pdf copy as of right now. As you can see, Tim Brown, his staunch pro 2nd amendment defender, who my husband and I and a husband of one of Phillip's targets spent far too much time arguing with in gmail, is his only friend as of the creation of the pdf.)

UPDATE added 8-11-2014 Latest incident mid June of this year, has him trying to flirt with a young lady, who (I think possibly already knew about his reputation) rebuffed him repeatedly. After going around and around in circles with her he finally let loose with a couple final insults (profanity ahead, sorry):

Previous warning from Joel McDurmon:



new info as of May 7, 2015 and a warning from Joel McDurmon:




Janet Mefferd "speaking the truth in love" response to the absurd Joe Carter part 2

Janet has had to respond again because of Joe's ridiculous twitter war with her:
Why speaking the truth in love isn’t ‘slandering Christ’s Bride’ (Part 2) 

And Peter Lumpkins has weighed in brilliantly (even though he is not a Calvinist... ;-)
Janet Mefferd on Joe Carter: Round 2--'Carter's message to Christians is SHUT UP'

Here's my message to Joe Carter:

I'm not even going to excerpt them, because I'm too busy right now. But they are definitely SPOT ON. Joe Carter is being absurd. Patently absurd. Figures of speech apparently go right over his head. Maybe he's got Aspergers or something. My in-laws remember when my husband was little, telling him to put the soda in the ice box. So he did. The ICE box. Yes, the soda exploded. Thankfully my husband has grown up and now understands how to use and interpret figures of speech in common language. Perhaps Joe never took English composition, or read a book.

I have to wonder what it's like for Carter's family and friends to try and communicate with him.  It must be exceedingly endearing to have to communicate in the extremely personal manner of Chilton manual all the time. Oy.

October 6, 2013

Janet Mefferd "Why Speaking the Truth In Love is not Slandering Christ's Bride" (a response to Joe Carter of TGC)

Janet Mefferd has a great response to yet another nameless, broad brush, useless whine about slander by Joe Carter of the Gospel Coalition:

Why Speaking The Truth in Love Is Not ‘Slandering Christ’s Bride’

What’s more troubling, however, is how nonspecific Carter is in making his accusations. What’s the purpose of the article? Who, exactly, is out there “slandering Christ’s Bride” by saying that “no one” in the church is talking about a particular issue? “Slandering Christ’s Bride” is a very serious charge, one that shouldn’t be leveled carelessly. So if Carter believes that a Christian out there is actually slandering other Christians — that is, intentionally making damaging remarks against their character for the purpose of defaming them — doesn’t he have the biblical and journalistic responsibility to name names and cite issues?

But let’s take an example of an issue that a few Christians actually have claimed isn’t being discussed enough in the church today: the problem of rampant sexual abuse in evangelical churches. Who has made this claim, and what has he said?

I can think of one Christian who has made this claim: Boz Tchividjian. He is a Liberty University law professor and executive director of Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment (G.R.A.C.E.), and he has been a stalwart voice on the silence of evangelical pastors and leaders on the subject of sexual abuse in evangelicalism.
Sounds to me like Carter is the one slandering Christ's bride by criticizing... someone?  Who?  Who exactly does this article benefit?  His article (like so many other generalized whines about things that were said which he thinks ought not to be said) is written so pointlessly and ambiguously that ANYONE can use them to attack ANYONE that has said something they don't like.  Where's the courage in that?  That's how preachers like Rick Warren and Joel Osteen speak, along with every politician trying to gather as many votes as possible.

One has to wonder why these men are so keen on not believing victims of sex abuse and believing those who have worked extensively with them.

It astonishes me that in this case, you can't even get a popular pastor (including Boz's own brother) to say IF the charges against Mahaney are true THEN Mahaney is totally guilty as a pastor of enabling abuse in his congregations, and throwing his lambs to the wolves. I would even go for THAT! But all you can get is a defense of Mahaney while accusing the rest of us of not knowing whether the accusations are true or false (because apparently no one does except those who were in the courtrooms where the abusers under Mahaney's leadership were tried).

October 2, 2013

James Macdonald playing Spin Doctor

Harvest Bible Church is at it again, taking cues from Benny Hinn and Ergun Caner
I received an e-mail from Paul Dohse this morning alerting me to an ongoing situation he has been dealing with regarding a specific YouTube video he posted, the same video in which I posted the transcript on my blog post here.

Harvest Bible Chapel has filed a complaint against PPT with YouTube claiming copyright infringement. The complaint concerns the infamous, and haughty video by James MacDonald and four of his elders.

The video was originally posted at the Harvest Bible Chapel website.  It is important to note that HBC is currently on a scrubbing mission which we call “damage control,” in spiritual abuse vocabulary.  This is a common control tactic we see by spiritual abusers. It is to be expected, sadly.



Boy all these guys play from the same playbook don't they? It used to be that only TBN and company could be counted on to bully and threaten other believers who disagree with them. Now it's "mainstream conservative evangelicals" like James Macdonald, Ergun caner, Brannon Howse, and who knows how many others who have muttered "legal action" or filed frivolous harassing complaints just to shut down dissent.

Unity! Unity!" is the hue and cry when valid Biblical criticisms are aimed at them. But we all know what they mean:


NOTE: Someone (not me) uploaded the original video which they are trying to hide to archive.org http://archive.org/details/JamesMacDonaldHarvastBibleChapel

September 16, 2013

James Macdonald and his elder board's version of Sacerdotalism

Harvest Bible Chapel's "elder update" for September  (note 10-1-2013:  they have since pulled the video because they 1. don't have any idea what they're doing and as such 2. don't have the kohones to stand behind it)

The hubris there is just jaw dropping.

"When the elders speak collectively they speak FOR GOD to our church."

(Apparently what that really means is if they can't get unanimity, they just boot the dissenters, discipline them, and call it unanimous.)

This is no surprise to anyone who's watched anything of the James Macdonald conflict over his money handling and decisions regarding the Elephant Room conferences. It's becoming sadly typical of Evangelicalism. They are returning to embracing Popery in everything but the most blatant ways.

The spiritual brothers of James Macdonald who did not rebuke him in the strongest of terms (HELLO Gospel Coalition) when he started straying showed him no Christian love. The ones showing him love are the very ones he is disciplining now for doing so. May God have mercy on James Macdonald and his yes-men.

related: http://theelephantsdebt.com/2013/09/15/former-elders-scott-phelps-and-barry-slabaugh-release-a-statement-and-are-publicly-labeled-as-satantic-and-ex-communicated-by-hbc/

http://theelephantsdebt.com/2013/06/22/recent-update-22-june-2013/

NOTE: Someone (not me) uploaded the original video which they are trying to hide to archive.org http://archive.org/details/JamesMacDonaldHarvastBibleChapel

September 12, 2013

Chris Pinto's accusations against Christine Pack, transcribed.



Chris Pinto's words against Christine Pack,  transcribed.  Not much commentary except to explain when I skip portions because he is just reading Scripture and then explaining what he read.  I can do that later. I may go through later and add bold to parts I think worthy of note.  But I don't have time right now.  I've taken too much time already to transcribe these.  The words are plain in themselves.

Confronting the tale bearers 8-19-13 Noise of Thunder Radio

or
http://www.noiseofthunder.com/show-downloads-two/2013/8/19/noise-of-thunder-confronting-the-talebearers-81913.html

0:44 Today on the show we are going to talk about the issue of being a talebearer.
A tale bearer and a gossip. What does it mean to be a talebearer and a gossip?

Now obviously the show is not going to be a huge surprise to people who have been following things that have been going on with our ministry over the past few weeks and in the past few days in particular.

As some of  you know I'm sure, many of you probably,  there has been a brouhaha over a website called SolaSisters that has published all kinds of information, insidious comments and innuendos and things like that, where our ministry is concerned and made a number of statements, of course I posted a response under our articles page.   (revised version 8-19, haven't compared, the document has since been pulled from WVW and NOTR's sites) And Brannon Howse sent out the response last night through the worldview weekend newsletter, and it's posted at worldviewweekend.com Because a lot of the attacks were not just aimed against me, But also against Brannon and worldview weekend as well.

2:04 And so it's just created a whole big mess that has gone on for several weeks from what I understand. It really even goes back several months from what I've been told about it.

But I really, when things like this happen, I try to avoid them. Because I prefer not to get involved with gossip and that's what really most of the stuff was. It was just gossip level information Or assertions, murmurings, Whisperings, I mean, it's all, it's why we're going to do the show on this Today because, as I go through the scripture And I read all of these scriptures about this, It just becomes clearer to me That that's what all of the stuff amounted to.