Monday, September 18, 2017

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Jory Micah, a feminist theologian with deeply concerning theology, took to Twitter to promote another doctrine of hers that should give us concern. She Tweeted, “Jesus’ words are our primary source. Paul’s words are our secondary source. Secondary sources are great, but not as great as primary ones.” At first, this sounds like the heresy of Red Letter Christianity, which proclaims that the words not directly said by Jesus are less inspired than those that were. Karen Swallow-Prior rightly inquired about this ambiguous statement:

Though inspired – Jory says – Paul and his writings were not inerrant. One must question if she even understands what the word “inspired” means. It refers to the fact that God was writing through Paul (Or James, Jude, Luke, Moses, or any other Biblical human author). If inspiration doesn’t necessitate inerrancy, then the Spirit who inspired must not be infallible. As John Calvin said, “The highest proof of Scripture is uniformly taken from the character of him whose Word it is.” Any assault on the Bible is an attack on the character of He who inspired it.
Jory continued to cite Jesus on the Sermon at the Mount saying, “You have heard it has been said… but I say to you,” as evidence that the Scriptures aren’t inerrant. What Jesus was not correcting was the original meaning, but rather the distortion that had become the common tradition of the Pharisees. At no point did Jesus speak against something that the Holy Spirit inspired.
However, Jory did not stop at indirectly blaspheming God by attacking His word. She continued to embrace the heresy of Modalism, which confuses the persons of the Godhead by saying that they are all one person. She said:

It is likely because of her rejection of inerrancy that she was able to embrace many of the heresies she does in the first place, including this blatant apostasy.
This line of Tweets reveals Jory as an Errantist, a Red Letter Christian, and a Modalist. It puts her further at odds with the Christian faith and shows that she is not a sound teacher, but rather one who would attempt to secretly introduce destructive heresies.


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The largest religious group in the world–the one that claims to be the one true Church–the Roman Catholic Church, has historically stood in staunch opposition to abortion. However, according to a British Social Attitudes poll that was released, 61 percent of Roman Catholics now believe that a woman should be able to decide the fate of her unborn child. This is up from 39% in 2012. The report states,
Religious groups are less likely than people with no religion to say that a woman should be allowed by law to have an abortion if she does not wish to have the child. Nearly 4 out 5 (78%) of people with no religion say abortions should be allowed in this situation. One might expect Catholics to be most likely to disagree with abortions in this situation given the Vatican’s continued opposition. While this may be true historically, Catholics (61%) are now more likely than ‘other’ Christian groups (57%) to think these abortions should be allowed, and are not far behind Anglicans (67%). The increase in approval of this type of abortion by those of religion in general appears to have been driven in part by a change in views among Christian groups, in particular Catholics, among whom there has been a 22 percentage point increase in the view that abortions should be allowed if the woman does not wish to have the child (from 39% in 2012 to 61% in 2016). However, we need to treat these within-Christianity trends with some caution as the sample sizes are small.
Of course, an apostate religion that holds an incorrect view of God, man, and the gospel should not be expected to hold to any moral standard, especially when the only objective standard of morality as revealed in Scripture is rejected by the group as the only infallible standard. Morality in the Roman Catholic Church then becomes mere subjective opinions of men who influence the institutions official positions, and repeatedly change and evolve over time. Any church, including the liberal Protestant and Evangelical churches, that allow these views in the pews to go undisciplined should be, at the very least, apostate.


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And as they were eating, he took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it. And he said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. Truly, I say to you, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” Mark 14:22-25
The Eucharist is a ritual loosely based on and bearing some outward resemblance to the Last Supper of Jesus and His Apostles in Scripture which has been perverted into an idolatrous form of worship and the object of worship becomes the bread and the wine itself. According to Roman Catholic doctrine, a Catholic priest has the power to summon Christ from his throne in Heaven, where he sits at the right hand of the Majesty on High (Hebrews 1:3), and change the bread and the wine into the literal body and blood of Jesus Himself.
In the Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 1376 and 1413 respectively state,
The Council of Trent summarizes the Catholic faith by declaring: “Because Christ our Redeemer said that it was truly his body that he was offering under the species of bread, it has always been the conviction of the Church of God, and this holy Council now declares again, that by the consecration of the bread and wine there takes place a change of the whole substance of the bread into the substance of the body of Christ our Lord and of the whole substance of the wine into the substance of his blood. This change the holy Catholic Church has fittingly and properly called transubstantiation.
By the consecration the transubstantiation of the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ is brought about. Under the consecrated species of bread and wine Christ himself, living and glorious, is present in a true, real, and substantial manner: his Body and his Blood, with his soul and his divinity [cf. Council of Trent: DS 1640; 1651.].
Of course, as with all traditions of men and doctrines of demons found within Romanism, this too finds its origins not in Christianity, but in Paganism. Theophagy, or the practice of eating the flesh and blood of one’s god through a sacramental meal, was a practice that was highly prevalent in the prominent religion known as Mithraism throughout Rome in the first few centuries A.D. and is interesting to note that the practice is nearly identical to the Roman Catholic doctrine of Transubstantiation. The meal was sacramental in that the god, Osiris, would grant salvation upon the ingestion of the transubstantiated bread that was believed to be a reborn presence of the Roman god.
This practice, upon the “Christianization” of Rome under Emperor Constantine then began to slowly work its way into the Roman Catholic Church and was contested by many bishops and priests. However, in 1215 at the Fourth Council of the Lateran, transubstantiation became official Roman Catholic doctrine and a mandatory practice of the Church. Today, the practice is largely unquestioned by Roman Catholics and accepted as dogmatic, and attempts have been made to validate the Pagan ritual eisegetically with Scripture.
No sane person without pre-conceived notions on the practice and supposed authority of the Roman Catholic Church could read any passage in Scripture in reference to the Last Supper, including the one above, and walk away with the doctrine of transubstantiation. It simply does not happen. The context of these passages is clear that Christ is speaking of this ordinance as symbolic of the true sacrifice He was making on the cross. 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 (ESV) sheds further light on the context, Paul states,
For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
Clearly, he was speaking of the Lord’s Supper as a way to remember the true sacrifice in a corporate setting and as a way to make a corporate proclamation of Christ’s death. Yet, the Roman Catholic Church does not view Christ’s sacrificial death as a historical event that happened and accomplished its purpose. It is viewed as perpetual and in need of perpetual offering to God for efficacy. Paragraph 1382 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church states,
The Mass is at the same time, and inseparably, the sacrificial memorial in which the sacrifice of the cross is perpetuated and the sacred banquet of communion with the Lord’s body and blood. But the celebration of the Eucharistic sacrifice is wholly directed toward the intimate union of the faithful with Christ through communion. To receive communion is to receive Christ himself who has offered himself for us.
This false doctrine clearly contradicts Scripture since Jesus has been raised from the dead and now sits at the right hand of the Father who is interceding for the saints (Romans 8:34). Jesus cannot be both dead in the Eucharist and alive in Heaven. John Wycliffe, the first to translate the Bible into English, writes regarding the doctrine of Transubstantiation in Patriot and Reformer, 1884, p. 162,
I maintain that among all the heresies which have ever appeared in the Church, there never was one which was more cunningly smuggled in by hypocrites than this, or which in more ways deceives the people; for it plunders the people, leads them astray into idolatry, denies the teaching of Scripture, and by this unbelief provokes the Truth Himself oftentimes to anger.
Finally, the Eucharist is to be worshiped and adored as Christ Himself. Literally, the wafer and the wine are to be bowed to and worshiped as if it were itself, Jesus. The Catechism of the Catholic Church in paragraph 1878 states,
Worship of the Eucharist. In the liturgy of the Mass we express our faith in the real presence of Christ under the species of bread and wine by, among other ways, genuflecting or bowing deeply as a sign of adoration of the Lord. “The Catholic Church has always offered and still offers to the sacrament of the Eucharist the cult of adoration, not only during Mass, but also outside of it, reserving the consecrated hosts with the utmost care, exposing them to the solemn veneration of the faithful, and carrying them in procession.”
The Roman Catholic Eucharist ritual is idolatrous in that worship is offered not to Christ Himself, but to the ordinance given to His people as an act of worship to remember Him by. In other words, the act of worship itself is being worshiped. These traditions of men and doctrines of demons are not products of the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, but of the fallible and errant wisdom of men. Romans 1 calls Roman Catholics and adherents to other false religions and forms of false worship fools, it says,
Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. Romans 1:22-25 (ESV)
 An Open Letter to the Roman Catholics
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To those who count themselves as Roman Catholics,
I fear for your eternities. Though you use the moniker “Roman Catholic”, I am concerned that you are all Roman and no catholic. Your rules of doctrine have made you susceptible to all kinds of destructive heresies by placing your own traditions and the Vatican above Scripture. In your denial of the Word of God, you have embraced the Papacy. This Papacy – which Christians have been calling the Antichrist since A.D. 1120 – blasphemes God by claiming to be the “Vicar of Christ“, which means “substitute for Christ”. By elevating the Pope to that level, you take part in that blasphemy. Though you appeal to history to defend this, even history is against you when you go as far back as the 6th Canon of Nicaea.
Your elevation of tradition is equally disturbing. Do you not know that Scripture is the only infallible rule of faith? Do you not know that by your traditions, you have made void the word of God? Did you not know that all Scripture is given so that man might be complete and trained for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17)? If you won’t trust me, trust Hippolytus, who your own religion venerates on August 13th. He is a part of your tradition and he proclaimed, “There is, brethren, one God, the knowledge of whom we gain from the Holy Scriptures, and from no other source.” (Against Heresies, emphasis added)
Furthermore, in your veneration of saints, you have actually begun to worship them. Though you distinguish between worship and veneration, that has truly become a distinction without a difference. You pray to them for mediation, even though there is but one mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5). Neither Mary nor the saints can mediate for you. Even if you see this as merely asking them to pray for you, how is this not necromancy? How are you not one who inquires of the dead (Deuteronomy 18:10-12)?
The Bible says that no one who blasphemes Him will be held guiltless (Exodus 20:7), all idolaters will have their portion in the Lake of Fire (Revelation 21:8) and that your necromancy is an abomination (Deuteronomy 18:12). These are not the only places in which you stand condemned. All liars will also have their part in the Lake of Fire (Revelation 21:8). If you are greedy, you will not inherit the Kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). Though you may not have committed murder, those who hate are murderers, and no murderer has eternal life abiding in him (1 John 3:15). You may not have committed adultery, but anyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery of the heart (Matthew 5:27-28).
Though you may appeal to penance, indulgences, purgatory, or confession, know that none of this is Biblical. You already stand condemned by your wicked works, and no good works can save you. All of your works are as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6), entirely unable to clean you and totally repulsive in the sight of God. By the works of the law, no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight (Romans 3:20). To one who works, his wages are not a gift but his due (Romans 4:4), and our due for sin is death (Romans 3:23). The law can only condemn, and trying to be justified by obeying the law through penance and confession will only further sever you from Christ (Galatians 5:4).
There is good news. We do not have to keep the law, as there was One who perfectly kept the law. God the Son came down to Earth in the person of Jesus Christ. He was fully God and fully man, and He lived a perfect life that never violated God’s law at any point. We are not able to perfectly keep even the smallest jot of the law, but Jesus perfectly obeyed the law for His entire life. At the end of this life, Jesus voluntarily went to the cross and died on our behalf. His righteousness was accredited to us and our sin was placed upon Him. He who knew no sin became sin that we might become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 2:51). He bore our sins upon that cross (1 Peter 2:24). Three days after He died, Jesus rose from the grave, being eternally victorious over sin and death.
It is by having faith in His accomplished work that we might be saved. For it is by grace we have been saved, through faith. It is not your own doing; it is the gift of God and not of works (Ephesians 2:8-9). A man will not be justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Christ (Galatians 2:16). We must be justified by faith apart from the works of the law (Romans 3:28). Just note what John Chrysostom, who your religion venerates on September 13th, has to say about Ephesians 2:10. He claimed, “What then is Paul saying? Not that God has forbidden works but that he has forbidden us to be justified by works. No one, Paul says, is justified by works, precisely in order that the grace and benevolence of God may become apparent.” Even your own tradition should steer you towards this idea of salvation by faith alone (as it should the idea of Sola Scriptura).
I do not write this to you out of anger or malice but sincerely hope that you will heed my words. I pray that you may repent and put your faith in Christ alone – not in your works – for your salvation. The Roman Catholic Church has no power to save, but if you turn from it and place your faith in Christ you will be pardoned, not because of your works but because of Christ’s works on your behalf.

In Christ with love, hope, and concern,
Brandon C. Hines


Dr. Russell Moore,8th President of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention

Dr. John M. Perkins,
Civil Rights Leader & Founder of the John and Vera Mae Perkins Foundation-Jackson, MS

Noel Castellanos,
CEO of the Christian Community Development Association

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The “Courageous Conversations Conference” will be held by the World Tabernacle Church in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, this weekend. Speaking along with Moore will be “civil rights leader,” John Perkins of the Perkins Foundation and Noel Castellanos of the Christian Community Development Association.
The Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) is – according to its website – committed to the “3 R’s” of the previously mentioned John Perkins, “Relocation, Reconciliation and Redistribution.” The “redistribution” that forms its commitment – you guessed it – wealth redistribution. And, clicking the hyperlinks above will allow you to quickly research the organizations and see that they are radical, Marxist (Cultural and Economic) organizations.
As the Tennessee Star reports, “The focus of the one-day conference is on race, but an emphasis on economic redistribution is interwoven with the activists’ teachings.” As published in the liberal “Christian” publication, Sojourners, Perkins first called for wealth redistribution as a means for Christian racial reconciliation in an article from 1976 (source link – but you will have to pay for the full article).
John Perkins writes…
The final result is [of our plan] is redistribution. If the blood of injustice is economics, we must as Christians seek justice by coming up with means of redistributing goods and wealth to those in need….It’s at the point of redistribution that I begin to see a possibility for structural change to take place. What we need is a change, created by Jesus Christ, in our institutional behavior equal to the change that can occur in the life of an individual. And as we commit ourselves to just redistribution in terms of creating a new economics in broken communities, we can see how Jesus, through us, offers himself. The body of Christ becomes the corporate model through which we can live out creative alternatives that can break the cycles of wealth and poverty that oppress people. When this happens, the quiet revolution is winning the battle for the community.
An Urban Church Planting network highlights the goal of the CCDA:
[Wayne] Gordon [the first president of the CCDA] and Perkins explain, “Redistribution means sharing talents and resources with the poor, but it also means observable changes in public policy and voting habits. Public policy would need to be accompanied by a Christ-shaped willingness to offer one’s skills and knowledge as gifts to others.” Gordon and Perkins go on to assert that the heart for justice is best expressed through redistribution (source link).
The CCDA is regularly promoted by liberal professed Christians like Tony Compolo.
One of these days, Southern Baptists will wake up and realize that they’re giving 4 million dollars a year to a former Democratic staffer to promote leftist identity politics and cultural Marxism throughout the country. May God help us all.


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Theoerosism is a heresy named from two words in Greek, θεός and ἔρως, meaning God and love. ἔρως, however, is often used to describe an erotic type of love, and so Theoerosism is mean to mean “erotic love for God.”
Although Theoerosism is not new in terms of world religion and was common place among the Greeks and other pagan traditions, Theoerosism is relatively new among purported Christians. Theoerosists view or speak of God in terms of sensuality or eroticism, and is contained historically to the 20th and 21st Century.
Theoerosism is popularized in much of sub-Christian media, in worship songs that speak of God romantically or in literature that discusses God with erotic styling.
Modern adherents of Theoerosism include most prominently Ann Voskamp, whose book One Thousand Gifts speaks repeatedly of God in a sensual fashion, including repeatedly using the term (or variant of the term) “make love to God.” Books like Making Love to God by Tina Louise Spalding and Making Love with God by Aubrey Craft Davis (and many other less-sensationally named books) explore and promote the heresy of Theoerosism.
Hillsong takes the gross, self-infatuated, romantic love for God to a new level in a recently released single, “Where You Are.” You can watch the video below, or if you want to avoid having to floss your brain afterward and risk a potentially blasphemous ear-worm, the lyrics are also provided below.

I lived
Heart on a wire
Hand in the fire for so long
But You’ve shown me better
A new kind of love
It’s ever the one I want…
I never knew a love like this before
The kind of life that I cannot find on my own
I’ve seen the world but I have never been so sure
That I want Your heart
God, I just want to be where You are
Where You are
I just want to be where You are
Your love, like nothing I’ve seen
My wildest of dreams don’t come close
Life never no better than living like this
I cannot resist You Lord
Charisma Mag describes the song as “A love song to God.” Gross.
Those confused with a “romantic” song to God is not a good thing, probably misunderstand the bride-groom relationship metaphor provided us in the Scripture in places like John 3:29, Matthew 9:15, and Revelation 22:17. While there certainly is a God-designed correlation between the Church and Jesus (this is also seen in Ephesians 5), there are several problems with getting romantic with God, as follows:
  1. It is gross. Stop it. Jesus is not your boyfriend. And if you’re a guy, Jesus is not gay.
  2. The marriage metaphor does not imply “romance,” as that kind of love is the invention of Greco-Roman culture, foreign to the understanding of marriage in Hebrew-Jewish culture. This is not the “agape” as spoken of in the Holy Scriptures.
  3. The Church (as a whole and collectively) is the singular Bride of Christ. You are not individually a bride of Christ. Jesus is not a polygamist. He has one bride (the church), not a bunch of girlfriends.


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500 years ago, Martin Luther famously nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the church in Wittenberg. This was the spark that led to the Reformation of the 1500-year-old visible church. The Roman Catholic Church, which (falsely) claims Apostolic succession beginning with the Apostle Peter, slowly began to apostatize from the true apostolic faith in the first few centuries A.D.
One of the prevailing reasons (among many) that Luther began his protest against the Roman Catholic Church was the idea that one could work or earn their salvation, namely through the sale of indulgences.  This protest has been at the core of the Protestant faith ever since, leading to the core doctrines, known as the “Five Solas,” of salvation by Grace Alone through Faith Alone in Christ Alone according to the Scriptures Alone to the Glory of God Alone.
Of course, this reformation didn’t go over well with the Vatican and a massive counter-reformation effort was launched. In 1545, the Council of Trent was launched which affirmed and made dogmatic several key doctrines that opposed the Reformed biblical faith, including salvation by grace plus works. Carefully worded doctrines were outlined which made it clear that any who opposed the Roman Catholic idea of grace plus works soteriology was not only in error but in danger of excommunication and eternal damnation.
According to a recent Pew Research study, however, it appears that the Roman Catholic counter-reformation has made massive inroads into the Protestant faith. Through the softening stance of Protestant and Evangelical leaders against Roman Catholicism and the ecumenical movement which is intent on reversing the doctrinal divide between Protestants and gospel-deficient Roman Catholics, many Christians now see Roman Catholicism as just merely another “denomination” of the Christian faith.
The study shows that 52 percent of U.S. Protestants affirm that good deeds are required for salvation as opposed to 46 percent who affirm the biblical doctrine of salvation by grace alone. Other troubling statistics show that 52 percent of Protestants also believe that the Church is on equal authority with Scripture when it comes to official teachings of the Christian faith.