Over 4 in 10 American Christians say Bible is ‘ambiguous’ on abortion

Many “Christians” claim there is little need for seminaries and proper studying of the Word of God. This is the result of such foolishness; a generation that has no clue what that Word really says.  – Mike

A pro-abortion activist yells at pro-life supporters (not pictured) in front of the Supreme Court during the National March for Life rally in Washington January 22, 2016. The rally marks the 43rd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 abortion ruling in Roe v. Wade. | Reuters/Gary Cameron

Over four in 10 American Christians believe the Bible is “ambiguous” on abortion, according to the Cultural Research Center of Arizona Christian University.

The findings, released Tuesday, are part of the CRC’s American Worldview Inventory 2020 survey.

Conducted by CRC Director of Research George Barna, a noted evangelical pollster, the report found that 44% of respondents said they believe the Bible “is ambiguous in its teaching about abortion,” while 34% said “abortion is morally acceptable if it spares the mother from financial or emotional discomfort or hardship.”

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Sunday’s Sermon Series – CORRUPT TEACHERS

With the false teachings and widespread corruption being spewed from many pulpitis and elected government officials I thought this an appropriate sermon for today. 


Study of 1 Timothy, Chapter 1 False Teachers

2 PETER 2:17-22 (AMP and RVR 1960)

 


SERMON:

Empty Words & False Liberty

A sermon from Dr. R.C. Sproul


 

APPLICATION:

The following (Bold Print) is taken from Tim Challies’ “The Five Tests of False Doctrine”  which I used to make application for lawmakers, judges, etc. 

  1. Sound doctrine originates with God; false doctrine originates with someone or something created by God. –  Sound Laws and Policy always originates in the Constitution; not someone attempting to change it.
  2. Sound doctrine grounds its authority within the Bible; false doctrine grounds its authority outside the BibleSound laws and policy rest solely in the Constitution and Bill of Rights. 
  3. Sound doctrine is consistent with the whole of Scripture; false doctrine is inconsistent with some parts of ScriptureSound laws and policy are Consistent with the original intent of the Founding Fathers who wrote the Constitution. 
  4. Sound doctrine is beneficial for spiritual health; false doctrine leads to spiritual weaknessSound laws and policy strengthen the original intent of the Constitution they NEVER weaken it.
  5. Sound doctrine has value for godly living, false doctrine leads to ungodly livingSound laws and policy have great value only if they have moral and ethical standards consistent with the original intent of the Constitution.

OTHER RESOURCES:

How do Politicians become Corrupt? “Love of power & the love of money” -Franklin; American Minute with Bill Federer

3 WAYS WE CORRUPT THE IDEA OF FREEDOM; Michael W Kelley

Beware the villains – 2 Peter 2; Hugh Palmer

 

Examining the “10 needs we must understand and live after choosing to serve the Lord” Part 5

Joshua 24:15 - ESV - Bible verse of the day - DailyVerses.net

One of my posts on 28 April, was entitled COVID-19 Is a Slow-Motion 9/11 in it Pastor Sam Rohrer of the American Pastors Network set forth 10 definitive needs every “Christian” must understand and live by after choosing to serve the Lord. I thought I would look at each one individually over the next two weeks.

{Note because of my deployments and the urge to write a typical devotional this is taking an extending time to complete 🙂 }

Be bold to identify and call out the false prophets in the wolves among us. 

(Christ warned of the false prophets and wolves—Matthew 7:15, Matthew 10:16, Matthew 24:24; Jesus warned of mass deception in the last days—Matthew 24:4-5)
Matthew 7:15,Matthew 10:16,John 10:12,Acts 20:29 (AMP and RVR 1960) 

CONTEXT: 

Definitions: 

Teacher:

Prophet:

False Prophet:

For this devotional I will interchange Prophet and Teacher purposefully as I do not believe there is anyone endowed with the specific gift of “prophecy” (Rev 22:18-19) today.  

A false prophets/teachers are anyone who claim to be speaking for God, but whose message is contrary to God. False prophets will not convict people of sin, for they themselves do not feel convicted. While true prophets/teachers speak according to God’s law and testimony, false prophets speak soft, easy things to make them more popular. These deceivers of God’s Word tell people what they want to hear. (modified from Forerunner Commentary)

Matthew 7:15, False prophets and teachers will come as calm seemingly harmless persons. Likable, knowledgeable and saying the “right” things without causing a stir. 

Matthew 10:16, But Jesus said the world is full of Wolves who are ready to eat alive naive immature believers who will listen to their smooth talking fluff. (See Sermon here

John 10:12, Many churches have pulpits filled with those who only see it as a job and not as a calling from God. The difference; one does enough to get by and get a check, the other does all and more to Glorify God, protect and edify the flock. 

Acts 20:29, Was this prophecy, maybe more reality, a simple declaration that false teachers will find a way to mingle among the flock. Try as we may to protect our congregations from them; they arrive and cause their damage. 


APPLICATION:

Why is it so important to be Be bold to identify and call out the false prophets in the wolves among us? I offer I John 2:18-19 (AMP) as a chilling reminder:

Children, it is the last hour [the end of this age]; and just as you heard that the antichrist is coming [the one who will oppose Christ and attempt to replace Him], even now many antichrists (false teachers) have appeared, which confirms our belief that it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us [seeming at first to be Christians], but they were not really of us [because they were not truly born again and spiritually transformed]; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out [teaching false doctrine], so that it would be clearly shown that none of them are of us

Where are the greatest of Antichrist (false teachers) those who will not only cause nominal believers to fall away but non-believers to further mock and reject Christ; from among the church!

That is why we MUST as John says here in 1 John 4:1-6 test EVERY spirit (teacher/prophet/pastor/evangelist, etc. etc.). For their twist and false doctrines will case havoc in the church. 

Here is my list of ways to ID a false teacher. It is not all inclusive but is helps guide me.

Is their teaching doctrinal sound? Does what they preach line up with the Words of Christ not man’s interpretation but solid biblical hermeneutics and exegesis.

Do they use the whole counsel of God? It is real easy to take one verse, or part of one and build a doctrine from it. Many use Ps 37:4 ‘the Lord will give you the desires of your heart’; to say we can all prosper, except that is not what it says. The whole verse is (KJV) Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. There is a stipulation there they never mention, just as they never mention God’s wrath, condemnation and the like. 

They are Prideful.  It may be most easily identified by a outward display of false humility. They appear to be humble in words but their outward appearance and acts give away their true intent. It is easy to see elders/pastors, etc. with overly expensive tailored suits, mansions for homes and they like. Are these trappings of excess really what God calls his servant to achieve? These folks are reading a different book. But they easily distract folks from this by seducing them with flattery. 

They are set in their ways and either avoid controversial issues or start them.  This statement may seem confusing, but maybe an example will help. Take for example Joel Osteen The Houston based mega-church preacher of the so called Name-it-Claim-it Prosperity Gospel, who refuses to preach or teach on Abortion, Same Sex-Union, and a host of other controversial Biblical truths. 

Their motive is always profit. Profit of in some form or another. Whether it is Jesse DePlantus asking for a 56 MILLION Dollar jet or Kenneth Copland trying to explain why he need 3 private jets personal gain is almost always easy to spot if you just look. Even if you do not do due diligence, those that claim you too can be RICH, forget to remind you to be a Berean (Acts 17:11) 

At the Core they reject Christ (Apostasy) At the heart of every TRUE CHRISTIAN should be the reformation slogan Sola Chritus or Christ Alone. Their false preaching and teaching is one for itchy ears, that preys upon the emotions and feelings of mankind. All along we are called to expound the Genuine Gospel one in which Christ is All!!!!

Here is some additional material on the subject for your edification: 

How do you define a false teacher?

How can I recognize a false teacher / false prophet?

7 Traits of False Teachers

False Teachers and Deadly Doctrines


 

The List
  1. Develop a healthy fear of God. (Have no other god before Me—Exodus 20:1-6; Obey God, serve Him and fear Him—Deuteronomy 13:4; Rehearse history and teach of God’s power so your children learn to fear God—Deuteronomy 31:13; It is whole duty of mankind—Ecclesiastes 12:13-14)
  2. Re-embrace the biblical authority of Scripture. (All Scripture is profitable for life and living—2 Timothy 3:16: Living it establishes a person’s path—Psalm 119:11)
  3. Know that the ‘Church’ is disobedient, lethargic and asleep. (Christ’s warnings to the seven churches and to Laodicea—Revelation 2-3; Revelation 3:14-22)
  4. Be aware that 70% of the pulpits in America are occupied by ‘hirelings.’ (Hirelings refuse to warn of spiritual danger and the wolvesJohn 10:12-13)
  5. Be bold to identify and call out the false prophets in the wolves among us. (Christ warned of the false prophets and wolves—Matthew 7:15, Matthew 10:16, Matthew 24:24; Jesus warned of mass deception in the last days—Matthew 24:4-5)
  6. Understand that national blessing or national judgment hinges on the actions of the remnant. (“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”—2 Chronicles 7:14)
  7. Accept the reality that persecution is coming and is normal for the believer and those still standing for truth. (All who live according to God commands will suffer persecution—2 Timothy 3:12; the enemies of truth will persecute you—Luke 21:12; John 15:20)
  8. Discover that the preparation for prayer and meeting God’s requirements for prayer is far more important than the act of praying. (God demands a broken spirit and obedience before sacrifice—Psalm 51:16-17; God demands we pray His way: No unconfessed sin—Psalm 66:18)
  9. Realize that the continuance of freedom is a result of God’s blessing, which hinges on obedience and conformity to God’s commands. (Don’t forget that all blessings came from God and if you forget and become ungrateful, God will replace blessings with bondage—Deuteronomy 8:1-20, 1:19-20; 30:1-20)
  10. Understand that the choice for president or other elected leaders, while critically important, is secondary to repentance toward God and the choice for God. (Obey, and I’ll make even your enemies to be at peace with you—Proverbs 16:7)

The Babblings and Contradictions of False Knowledge

The Babblings and Contradictions of False Knowledge

BY HENRY M. MORRIS III, D.MIN. *  | THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2019

O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge—by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith. (1 Timothy 6:20-21)

There are many warnings in Scripture of the power that deception can have. The manipulation and misrepresentation of factual truth and biblical insight can undermine our faith and confidence in God’s Word. The apostle Paul cautioned the church at Colossae: “Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ” (Colossians 2:8).

Paul challenged young Timothy to avoid the “falsely called knowledge” since it would cause some Christians to stray from their faith. We live in an age that could well be a candidate for the most deceptive age since the one before the great Flood of Noah’s day. The twisting and distortion of facts by evolutionary naturalism are brazen in their falsehood but extremely shrewd in their presentation.

Recently, Dr. Neal Frey carefully analyzed a potential series of biology textbooks that are recommended for acquisition by Texas schools.1 Because those recommendations affect the purchase of tens of thousands of textbooks, many other state schools across the nation are likely to acquire the same books. These textbooks will be required reading and the source for mandated instruction throughout public schools.

Christian parents must be prepared to cope with the sophisticated shaping of this “falsely called knowledge” foisted on their children and taught by gifted instructors and “expert” proponents of the open onslaught against the Bible’s message. The following insights, drawn from Dr. Frey’s analysis, will help you teach your children to become critical thinkers, enabling them to tell truth from error…

Continued at Source: The Babblings and Contradictions of False Knowledge

7 Traits of False Teachers

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Original Posting: Colin Smith:

“There were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you.” (2 Peter 2:1)

There are no “ifs, ands, or buts” in Peter’s words. It’s a clear and definite statement. There were false prophets among the people (of Israel in the Old Testament). That’s a matter of history. False prophets were a constant problem in the Old Testament, and those who falsely claimed to be prophets of God were to be stoned. The people rarely had the will to deal with them, so they multiplied, causing disaster to the spiritual life of God’s people.

In the same way Peter says, “There will be false teachers among you.” Notice the words “among you.” Peter is writing to the church and says, “There will be false prophets among you.” So he is not talking about New Age people on television. He is talking…

Continued via 7 Traits of False Teachers 

 

Did God Forbid Us to Critique or Criticize Church Leaders?

Another in the Frequently Abused Verses Series

In the lead-up to the Truth Matters conference in October, we will be focusing our attention on the sufficiency, authority, and clarity of Scripture. Of our previous blog series, none better embodies that emphasis than Frequently Abused VersesThe following entry from that series originally appeared on April 10, 2017.. -ed. (For other articles in this series just type Frequently Abused Verses into the search bar on the right)

by Cameron Buettel / Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Did God Forbid Us to Critique or Criticize Church Leaders?

False teaching thrives in environments where it is unlikely to be questioned. Charlatans and heretics prey on uncritical minds, and work tirelessly to protect and preserve that gullibility. Their success depends on dismantling every challenge to their authority and accuracy.

John MacArthur describes why that problem is rampant in the modern church:

In a time like this of tolerance, listen, false teaching will always cry intolerance; it will always say you’re being divisive, you’re being unloving, you’re being ungracious, because it can only survive when it doesn’t get scrutinized. And so it cries against any intolerance. It cries against any examination, any scrutiny.

In recent decades, some of the most notorious charismatic church leaders have been doing just that. They continually warn their critics to back off or face the imminent danger of divine judgment. Claiming God’s stamp of approval, they wield Psalm 105:15 like a loaded gun: “Touch not [the Lord’s] anointed” (KJV).

And lest you think such a description to be hyperbole, the following clip from Benny Hinn is a spectacular example.

Hinn’s handling of Psalm 105:15, as well as the story of Saul and David, is hopelessly wrong on too many levels to address in one blog post.

For example we could discuss how Hinn utterly fails to understand Judas’s role in God’s sovereign plan for the crucifixion, while woefully underestimating the deity of Christ. We could invalidate Hinn’s warnings against criticism by pointing out the time Paul rebuked Peter—or when Hinn has publicly rebuked Joel Osteen, among others. Then there’s the problem of Hinn basing his threats upon the extra-biblical revelation of another false teacher (Kenneth Copeland).

 What does it mean to “touch”?

But there is one simple, glaring error that explains all the other problems and exposes Hinn as the incompetent and unqualified Bible teacher that he is. When David says, “I will not stretch out my hand against [Saul], for he is the Lord’s anointed” (1 Samuel 24:10), he is explaining why he didn’t kill Saul, not why he didn’t criticize Saul. In fact, David was openly critical of Saul on numerous occasions. Moreover, 1 Samuel 24:10 is part of a larger discourse where David rebukes Saul face-to-face over his murderous scheming: “I have not sinned against you, though you are lying in wait for my life to take it. May the Lord judge between you and me, and may the Lord avenge me on you; but my hand shall not be against you” (1 Samuel 24:11–13). Even if Benny Hinn was “the Lord’s anointed”—he’s not—none of his critics are attempting to “touch” him in the sense described in 1 Samuel 24:10 (or Psalm 105:15; or 1 Chronicles 16:22).

Who are the anointed?

There is another fatal flaw in Hinn’s interpretation. He—and all those who follow this teaching—assume that only certain persons are “anointed.” They claim that pastors and self-appointed prophets and apostles have a unique anointing from God that immunizes them from criticism. But such a concept is foreign to Scripture. In short, the Bible teaches that all believers have an anointing from God.

In his first epistle, the apostle John explained what it means to be anointed as a New Testament believer. After warning his readers about antichrists who were coming to deceive them, John reminded them of their security because of Christ’s anointing:

These things I have written to you concerning those who are trying to deceive you. As for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him. (1 John 2:26–27)

The anointing John refers to is the indwelling of the Holy Spirit—a reality for all true Christians. John MacArthur explains the context and meaning of “anointing” as it appears in 1 John:

The false teachers who threatened John’s readers employed the terms for knowledge and anointing to describe their religious experience. They arrogantly saw themselves as possessing an elevated and esoteric form of divine knowledge, and as the recipients of a special, secret, transcendent anointing. That led them to believe they were privy to truth that the uninitiated lacked. John’s response, which was both a rebuttal to the antichrists and a reassurance to the believers, was to assert that, in reality, all true Christians have an anointing from the Holy One.

Because believers have received that anointing, they have the true understanding of God that comes exclusively through Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 4:6), “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3). They do not need any secret, special, or transcendent understanding or esoteric insight. Anointing (chrisma) literally means “ointment” or “oil” (cf. Hebrews 1:9). In this text it refers figuratively to the Holy Spirit (cf. 2 Corinthians 1:21–22), who has taken up residency in believers at the behest of Jesus Christ, the Holy One (cf. Luke 4:34Acts 3:14), and reveals through Scripture all they need to know (John 14:2616:131 Corinthians 2:9–10). [1]

The anointing we have as believers reveals the truth and therefore exposes the lies of false teachers. How ironic that the “anointing” Benny Hinn evokes to extort and manipulate churchgoers is actually our warning system to expose the self-serving deception of wolves like him.