Authors of Confusion Pt. 8 – Mark Driscoll’s “Cultural Relevance”

The Christian World View – “Being “relevant” to your audience is the big buzzword in Evangelical and Emergent churches today.  Whether it’s dressing down to look like “one of them” or playing “edgy” music or using Hollywood movies as sermon examples or preaching “30 days of sex with your spouse”, being relevant and “contextualizing” your message is seen to be as important as sound doctrine (if that’s important anymore).

One of the more curious examples of this rush towards relevance is Mark Driscoll, popular author and preaching pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle that attracts 7500 attendees to seven church locations each week and who also has an enormous following world-wide.  Why Driscoll is a “curious case” is that he describes himself as “Emerging Reformed” which I would define as sort of merging Reformation theology with urban culturalism.  So what’s the big deal?” To find out, click on the provided link entitled “When Relevance Becomes Irreverence

Mark Driscoll is on the conservative side of the Emerging Church Movement. This movement is rooted in heresy, because of its ecumenical theology, which blurs the lines of orthodoxy and heterodoxy; thus placing its adherents on the slippery slope to Universalism – embracing all faiths as a means to salvation. This can be seen in Mark’s recent acceptance of T.D. Jakes, who teaches the false gospel of prosperity, as a true believer, and a biblically sound teacher of the faith. This acceptance also makes Mark Driscoll, not only a deceiver, but an author of confusion, since he publicly exposed the prosperity gospel for the heresy that it is, as seen in this link entitled “Driscoll and the Elephant Room“.

Driscoll is not only a heretic that causes confusion in Christ’ church, but he also promotes lewdness within his sermons, and has even posted a link to a “Christian” sex toy shop on his church’s website, as seen in the provided link entitled “Question #22: Can we use sex toys?“.

If all of this were not bad enough, Driscoll’s blasphemous view of Christ is expressed even further through his irreverent description of Jesus, as depicted in his book entitled Vintage Jesus. Below are excerpts from pages 43&44.

In the first chapter of Mark, Jesus starts off by yelling at complete strangers to repent of their sin, like the wingnuts with billboards who occasionally show up at shopping centers. Shortly thereafter, Jesus orders some guys to quit their jobs and follow him, and before long Jesus is telling a demon to shut up and healing a leper only to tell him to shut up too. In the second chapter, Jesus picks a fight with some well-mannered religious types and does the equivalent of breaking into a church on a Sunday morning to make a sandwich with the communion bread because he was hungry.

In the third chapter, Jesus gets angry and also grieves and apparently needs Praxil. Then he ignores his own mom, which threw Focus on the Hebrew Family into a tizzy, so they quickly issued a position paper renouncing his actions. In the fourth chapter, Jesus rebukes the wind, which caused an uproar with the local pantheists. In chapter 5, Jesus kills two thousand pigs, sending the animal rights activist blogosphere into a panic and creating a bacon famine only rivaled by the great Irish potato famine. In chapter 6, Jesus offends some people and apparently needs sensitivity training. In chapter 7, a few religious types have some questions for Jesus, and he cruelly calls them ‘hypocrites’ and goes on a lengthy tirade about them, which seemed very intolerant of their alternative theological lifestyle.’

What exactly does Scripture have to say about teachers like Driscoll???

Jude 1

3    Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
4    For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
8    Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.
10    But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.
11    Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.
12    These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;
13    Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.
16    These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.
17    But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;
18    How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.
19    These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.

Related links are listed below:

  1. Piper and Driscoll

  2. The Development of the Emergent Church

  3. The New Christianity Pt.1 – Aselgeia

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The Original Jews

The provided link entitled “ISRAELITES Biblical & Historical” is a video that was made for the purpose of building a case for the belief that blacks are the original Jews. Although a strong effort is made to build this case, the video has a few biblical and historical inaccuracies, which are listed below.

  1. The Egyptian art shown in the video only depicts the darker skin color of the multi-skin toned Egyptians. Many Egyptians were of the lighter skin completion as well; which can also be seen in their art.

  2. It is stated in the video that Joesph’s brothers didn’t notice a difference between Joseph and the other Egyptians because they all looked the same. That says nothing about Joseph’s skin color since Egypt consists of multi-skin toned people. If Joseph were in Nubia, that would be of some significance; not Egypt.

    That goes for Moses, Paul, and all the other Jews.

  3. It is stated that Israel is occupied by European Zionist Jews. This is true. But the video does not acknowledge the scattering of the Jews by Rome, and that many Jews migrated into Europe after Rome destroyed Jerusalem in 70 A.D. Therefore, the accusation made in the video, of “the Zionist Jews in Israel are not the original Jews who lived there”, has not been addressed. The burden of proof has yet to be satisfied.

  4. The Scriptures stated in the video were suggested, by the videographer, that they apply to the people of Africa who were taken into slavery over the last 400 years. Yet, it does not acknowledge the Jewish Babylonian captivity, the oppression of the Jews by Persia, Greece and Rome, or the persecution of the Jews in Europe and around the world to this day, which amounts to about 2600 years of oppression. In other words, the passages were taken out of context and applied to any oppressed African, as though all Africans were Jews, and not just specific African Jewish tribes.

This video does not prove its claims, but raises questions about it. This video is a sad attempt to give blacks a false sense of hope and self-worth – “black pride”. It is fleshly, and not spiritual.

Black self-worth should not come from an earthly nationality, but the knowledge that all humanity has been made in God’s image, and in the knowledge of the redemptive work of Christ Jesus. Christ’ church is the holy nation and royal priesthood (1Peter 2:9-11). Its righteousness is found in Christ’ perfect life, his payment for our sins, and his resurrection from the dead.

Our righteousness is not found in keeping the law of the Old Covenant. Instead, it is found in believing in Jesus Christ through obeying his teachings of the New Covenant. His New Covenant is different from the Old Covenant, because the Old Covenant only shows us our sinfulness and condemns us. The New Covenant changes people by giving them faith to believe and repent of their sins (1Peter 1:22-25). It empowers them to keep the commandments of Christ. It does not empower them to keep the Old Covenant law (Galatians 3:1-4 & Galatians 5:1-9).

This “black Jew” theory is a seducing spirit for blacks who are not satisfied with the gospel of Jesus Christ. They would rather put their trust in something earthly/carnal/sensual, such as the nationalism of “black pride”. They are no different than the Europeans who deceived the world into believing in a white Jesus. This is more of the same carnality; just promoted by a different race.

Flee from this heresy. At it’s heart is legalism and blasphemy, since it encourages people not to be satisfied and made complete in Christ, alone.

Colossians 3:
1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
6 For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:
7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.
8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.

Colossians 2
4 And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.
5 For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.
6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:
7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.

1Timothy 1
3 As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine,
4 Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.
5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:
6 From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling;
7 Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.
8 But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;
9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,
10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine.

“I sincerely denounce any action that depicts me as a King”

Credit must be given where credit is due.

Bishop Eddie Long apologizes to the Anti-Defamation League for being wrapped up in a “Holocaust Torah” and crowned king during a recent ceremony at his church in Atlanta Georgia.

  Bishop Long has also denounced all attempts to depict him as a king.

  For more information, click in the provided link entitled “Atlanta (CNN)“.

This, of course, doesn’t  mean that Bishop Eddie Long is now a follower of Christ, and an orthodox teaching of the gospel, since he has yet to turn away from his false gospel of greed. Nor has he turned away from the Gnostic teachings of the Word of Faith Movement. However, it is still refreshing to witness signs of humility from any televangelist. So let us all take in a breath of fresh air before the next onslaught of pseudo Christian media insanity.

Epitaph

LOS ANGELES –  Whitney Houston, who reigned as pop music’s queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, died Saturday night. She was 48. For more information, click on the provided link entitled “Singer Whitney Houston dies at 48“.

Some of Houston’s accomplishments are listed below:

 And these are just a few of this great entertainer’s accomplishments. Whitney Houston is indeed the embodiment of the American dream, since her accomplishments are of high value to this world. But what are Houston’s accomplishments worth before Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead for their works? What does God say of this woman who has captured the hearts of many, thus gaining the world as yet another American Idol? What is the “epitaph” of Jesus Christ for Whitney Houston?

Mark 8

35    “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.
36    For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
37    Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
38    Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

Jesus said that Houston saved her life, and refused to obey his gospel that could have saved her soul. And instead, she gained the whole world and lost her soul. Jesus said that Houston was ashamed of him and his teachings, and would rather have the praise of the people of this world who are marked for destruction. Finally, Jesus said that he is ashamed of Whitney Houston and her accomplishments.

Why???

Because Jesus Christ calls everyone to turn from their sins, to stop loving this sinful world, to put their trust in him, and to obey all that he has taught us. Jesus calls mankind to holiness, without which no one will see the Lord and inherit the Kingdom of Heaven. So let this be a warning to you.

1John 2

1    My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
2    And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
3    And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
4    He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
5    But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.
15    Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16    For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
17    And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

Is the World Full of Evil?

Is the World Full of Evil?

According to Scripture…

Romans 5
12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned

Romans 1

18    For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
19    Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
20    For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
21    Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22    Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23    And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

24    Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:


25    Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.


26    For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:


27    And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another;

men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.


28    And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;


29    Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,


30    Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31    Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:


32    Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

Romans 3
10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:
14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:


15 Their feet are swift to shed blood:
16 Destruction and misery are in their ways:
17 And the way of peace have they not known:
18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.

John 8
12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

30 As he spake these words, many believed on him.
31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.
35 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.
36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

1John 2
2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.

For Your Health Pt. 1 – The True Face of Health Care

Behold the symbol of health care.

But why this symbol?

Does serpents inspire a sense of well-being?

What does the Bible say about the serpent?

Genesis 3

1 Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ” 4 Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

And what about the wings?

Isaiah 14

12 ” How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations! 13 For you have said in your heart: ‘ I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north; 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’ 15 Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, To the lowest depths of the Pit.

Ezekiel 28

14 ” You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; You were on the holy mountain of God; You walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones.

Revelation 12

7 And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, 8 but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. 9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Revelation 12

12 Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.”

Since Satan is now at work in the world with great wrath, don’t be surprised when modern medicine, in many cases, results in poor health and death.

The rulers of this world has never cared for the people they govern, and things haven’t changed.

This is because the dragon is still ruling over this world, though his time is almost up.

John 10

10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.

John 8

44 He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.

John 10

10 I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

Luke 19

10 for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

John 3

14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

John 11

25 I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.

1Corinthians 15

50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. 51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed — 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” 55 ” O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?” 56 The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Changing Laws Pt. 1 – Civilization Jihad

This article series is about the changing of America’s laws. Below is a link called,

“American Laws for American Courts”. This link is an article that addresses Islam’s invasion of America through it’s court system.

Any nation that rejects it’s Sovereign Creator, and the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, must suffer the curse of God’s law. Part of that curse is the plague of foreign invasion.

Deuteronomy 28

15    But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:
43    The stranger that is within thee shall get up above thee very high; and thou shalt come down very low.
44    He shall lend to thee, and thou shalt not lend to him: he shall be the head, and thou shalt be the tail.
45    Moreover all these curses shall come upon thee, and shall pursue thee, and overtake thee, till thou be destroyed; because thou hearkenedst not unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which he commanded thee:

And America does not honor God’s law. Instead, the nation desires freedom from God. Unfortunately, that can only result in tyranny and destruction.

Isaiah 1

15    And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.
16    Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;
17    Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.
18    Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
19    If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:
20    But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.