The “Carnal Christian” and Reality

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Ioften hear “Christians” say “God just wants us to enjoy life,” or “Christians don’t have to be so up tight all the time.” Not incidentally, this often comes from those who regularly indulge themselves in worldly things. But sometimes, even the most well-meaning, well behaving Christians will express this. But is this really what God wants? Some Christians, or people who claim to be Christians, may regularly attend church, study God’s word, and even participate in outreach programs or mission activities. They may be able to quote Bible verses, and often pray with other Christians, or ask for prayer. However, they only display these traits around other Christians.

Enter the two faces of “Carnal Christianity.”

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[Fire Away! Podcast] Episode 020 – Big Fat Spiritual Babies (The Downgrade Continues)

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  • On today’s show Landon discusses a relatively new phenomenon cropping up in seeker-sensitive megachurches which berates and belittles sheep who dare to crave more doctrine and more worship.  One such Pastor refers to these people as “Big, fat spiritual babies”.  We’ll discuss how this methodology is ridiculous, anti-biblical, and downright demonic.  Then, we’ll play a message from Pastor Jordan Hall entitled “Modern Day Downgrade” that addresses in great biblical depth the current state of American Evangelicalism.

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The Daily Discovery (January 24-25, 2015)

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Top 10 Biblically Sound Blogs and Podcasts for Christian Women – “False teachers. You can’t swing a cat these days without hitting one. But are there any ‘good guys’ out there who are getting it right? Who rightly divide God’s word? You bet. You might have to do a little digging and turn over a few rocks, but they are out there, most, sans ‘Christian Celebrity’ status, plugging away day after day, faithfully teaching God’s word. Here are ten blogs, podcasts, and resources for Christian women. No name it and claim it. No signs and wonders. No health, wealth, and prosperity. Just sound doctrine straight from God’s word.”

Evangelicalism, Inc., and the silencing of critics – “Jim Fletcher bristles at being dismissed for questioning theology.”

Election: Unconditional, Eternal, and Loving – “To understand election is to see it as the act of a sovereign, gracious, eternally loving God. It is a demonstration of His desire to be in a faithful covenantal relationship with a people. Though knowing these people to be disobedient, sinful, and wayward, He chooses to set His affection on them so as to show and exalt His love and mercy throughout eternity. Consequently, divine election has three important elements…”

5 books Christians should read on Church history – “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it, as the old saying goes. And while you might want to roll your eyes, here’s the rub: it’s absolutely true. I’ve outlined my reasons for encouraging Christians to read church history in greater detail previously, but it bears repeating: if we do not know the issues the church faced in the past—particularly our conflicts and controversies over doctrine—we will absolutely fall prey to those errors once again.”

The Moral Argument for God’s Existence (Reasonable Faith) – “Here’s an excellent short video by Reasonable Faith (William Lane Craig’s ministry) on the moral argument for the existence of God.”

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The Daily Discovery (January 23, 2015)

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Rob Bell Promotes “Mother God” and “Apophatic Meditation” in New “Liturgists” Show – “In addition to (or perhaps because of) his new The Rob Bell Show on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN channel, Rob Bell has been busy with his ZIMZUM of Love book promotions and now his new The Liturgists program, a podcast he has quietly launched with a dozen or so other theological partners who ‘do not actively promote our names and personal images’ for ego reasons.”

A.W. Pink on the God of Scripture – “How vastly different is the God of Scripture from the ‘god’ of the average pulpit! Nor is the testimony of the New Testament any different from that of the Old: how could it be, seeing that both have one and the same Author! There too we read, ‘Which in His times He shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords: Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting.'”

New Age False Teacher, David Wilcock, Twists Matthew 6:22 – “David Wilcock, a well known New Age lecturer who claims to be the reincarnation of Edgar Cayce, who has a huge following, regularly twists Scripture to make it sound like it means something that it has absolutely nothing to do with. In this video, Wilcock takes the passage out of Matthew Chapter 6, (apparently referencing the American King James Version, since it would be the easiest translation to twist into the meaning he is trying to portray of it), the parable of Laying Up Treasures in Heaven, and claims that Jesus’ hidden message in this passage is in reference to the Pineal gland, and using it to enlighten us.”

The King of Heaven humbles those who walk in pride – “The deepest, widest blind spot that most professing Christians have is that they are convinced their religion pleases God. Pride disguises itself in many different ways. One that I have noticed in most professing Christians is a form of self-righteousness that sees their religion as making them so well-pleasing to God that anyone who is not part of their denomination or church could not possibly be right with God. Pragmatism springs from a desire by spiritually blind Christian leaders to mimic what other ‘successful’ preachers or pastors do to grow their congregations or baptize huge numbers of converts. When these manipulating processes seem to work the first result is deeper spiritual blindness.”

Bob Enyart Continues His Misrepresentation and Heretical Attacks Upon the Christian Faith – “Many of our readers will remember the debate that took place this past summer in Denver, Colorado, with Open Theist Bob Enyart. We had to do a series of responses to Enyart after he went into major ‘damage control mode’ after the debate, which did not go well for him and his very unique theology. We replied to most of his programs on the Dividing Line, and up to this past week, I had not heard anything more from he or his followers. As far as I know (and I have not bothered to monitor his program or website) he has not even attempted to respond to my rather full refutations of his radio programs. I assume someone would have informed me had he made the attempt.”

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The Daily Discovery (January 22, 2015)

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Stop Asking Jesus into Your Heart – “If there were a world record for the ‘number of times asking Jesus into your heart,’ I’m pretty sure I would hold it. I’ve probably ‘prayed the prayer’ more than five thousand times. Every time was sincere, but I was never quite sure I had gotten it right. Had I really been sorry enough for my sin that time around? Some wept rivers of tears when they got saved, but I hadn’t done that. Was I really sorry? Was that prayer a moment of total surrender? Did I really ‘get’ grace?”

Boy’s memoir about going to heaven debunked – My favorite thing about John MacArthur is his discernment. We need more men like him.

Your Average Life Now – “If we grossly underestimate our God-given talents and abilities, then it’s unlikely that we will fulfill our potential.  If we grossly underestimate God’s power and love, then it’s unlikely that we will pray much, expect much, or do much for the Lord.”

5 Scientific Problems with Current Theories of Biological and Chemical Evolution – “The Discovery Institute identifies five areas of science that pose serious problems for neo-Darwinianism…”

The Most Difficult Time to Lead – “I receive the emails often, the emails from the man who wonders how he, he of all people, could possibly lead his family. He has blown it. He has sinned too often, too flagrantly, too publicly. Usually it is the porn: She found the stash on his hard drive or the links in his browser. Hard-earned respect was demolished in a moment.”

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The Daily Discovery (January 21, 2015)

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30 Contemporary Christian Musical Artists Stand ‘United’ – “On January 21st, about 30 of contemporary Christian music’s most well-known singers from the last four decades will be joining New Age sympathizer and devout Roman Catholic Roma Downey for a special live online concert called ‘We Will Stand.’ The concert is being presented by CCM United and has a motto of ‘One Message, Many Voices.’ According to an article titled ‘We Are United: The Story Behind ‘The Greatest Night In Contemporary Christian Music,’ there could be over a million viewers with a potential reach globally of 40 million.”

Praying for a Loved One’s Salvation? – “Falsified Ministries has shared this video before, but it’s worth sharing again. There are many of us praying daily for our loved ones to be saved.  Don’t lose heart for your prayers are not in vain. You never know who the Lord is going to use in the path of your loved one to bring the glorious and precious words of the Gospel to them. This video is such an encouragement of that very hope and may it encourage you today to keep praying for them. When you hear that small voice speak out in the crowd from David in this video (below) may your heart break for the lost.”

“Dad, Look!”  When Your Kids Invite You Into Their World – “‘Dad, come see this!’  My son’s voice echoed down the hall. It was the day after Christmas, and he’d arranged all his legos from Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. For a few minutes, I plopped down in his room as he recounted every moment of the epic battle the legos had just finished.”

The Spirit Helps Us in Our Weakness – “These two verses are two of the hardest in Romans 8. John Piper asks two important questions to uncover how the Holy Spirit helps us in our weaknesses. He shows how God — all three persons — is active in helping and keeping us through the hardest things in life.”

Countering False Claims… Again – “It seems like no matter how many times we set the record straight, the media is determined to misrepresent us. Well, Paul Farrell, a columnist writing for Market Watch has recently written a diatribe against creationists (among others), and he makes several false, but common, claims that we have addressed many times.”

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The Daily Discovery (January 20, 2015)

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Be Skeptical of Dr. Oz’s Remedies and Rick Warren’s “Plans” – “Dr. Mehmet Oz, who is a renowned cardiothoracic surgeon, author and host of a successful TV show, has involved himself in some, um, questionable cures for what ails you. According to a Fox News report, a recent study showed that ‘Half of Dr. Oz’s health advice is bad.’ Die-hard Oz fans will more than likely ignore the study results and continue tuning into his TV show for advice from him and the panel of doctors that appear regularly, even knowing that Oz and the other doctors often recommend products straight out of Quacksville.”

UCLA Broadcasting Muslim Call to Prayer Declaring ‘Allah is Great’ on Campus – “Less than a week after controversy erupted over an announcement that a Muslim call to prayer would be broadcast at North Carolina’s Duke University, it has come to light that students at UCLA in California have been doing so for some time.”

Franklin Graham, Muslims, “Secret Church”, Easy-Believeism – “The Apostle Paul, who was put to death as a result of (or at least partly as a result) his Christian evangelism, wrote to the Ephesian church saying ‘For to me, to live is Christ, to die is gain.’ Paul’s bold attitude, exhibited in the midst of intense persecution, is starkly contrasted by the one advocated by Franklin Graham, President of Billy Graham Ministries and Samaritan’s Purse, in a live panel interview with Sean Hannity that was broadcast on Fox News this week. When asked about his vociferous and public opposition to Islam, Graham responded with a short, token condemnation of Islam.”

Dave Miller Calls Critics of SBC Leaders “Social Media Terrorists” – “The New York Times. The London Telegraph. The UK Daily Mail. Fox News, CBS News, NBC News, ABC News. The Washington Post. The Los Angeles Times. The Christian Post. Christianity Today.  These are all media outlets that have covered Alex Malarkey’s open letter to Lifeway, admonishing Thom Rainer for selling Heaven Tourism. This story, according to at least one major newspaper editor, was the biggest story in the world the day it broke. Some outlets, like Salon Magazine and the Christian News Network, focused exclusively on Thom Rainer’s 8 month advance notice that the book was a sham and his choice to ignore the information and do nothing. Several national news outlets are planning not just one, but several more follow-ups that detail Lifeway’s culpability in great detail – meaning that if Southern Baptists think the story is going away any time soon, they are wrong. It’s just going to get worse in the coming days.”

Terminology Tuesday: Immanence – The idea that God is present in, close to and involved with creation. Unlike pantheism, which teaches that God and the world are one or that God is the “soul” (animating principle) of the world, Christian theology teaches that God is constantly involved with creation without actually becoming exhausted by creation or ceasing to be divine in any way.

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The Daily Discovery (January 19, 2015)

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Sufficient Fire Edition – “Our Lord might have overcome Satan by angelic force; He had only to pray to his Father, and he would presently have sent him twelve legions of angels, against whose mighty rush the arch-fiend could not have stood for a single moment. If our Lord had but exercised his godhead, a single word would have sent the tempter back to his infernal den.”

Sermon Recommendation: Phil Johnson-A MUST Listen – “The sermon called, The Glory of the Incarnation, was preached by Phil Johnson last month and if any of you missed it, please take some time to listen to it. Ever wondered if Jesus had full knowledge while He was here on earth and how could He grow in wisdom (Luke 2:52) with God if He has all knowledge?”

Equipping Eve: What Happens When We See Beth Moore Teach the Bible – “Dreams, visions, voices—are these the best ingredients for biblically sound teaching? A recent Christianity Today article upholds Beth Moore as a favorable example of a female Bible teacher. This leads us to ask in this latest episode of Equipping Eve: What happens when we see Beth Moore teach the Bible?”

Tyndale House Publishers Knew The Malarkey Book Was A Fraud – “In response to the revelation that Alex Malarkey has recanted of his claims to have visited heaven, and repudiated his book “The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven” and in light of Tyndale releasing this statement: which suggests they had JUST NOW learned about this fraud ‘We are saddened to learn that Alex Malarkey, co-author of ‘The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven,’ is now saying that he made up the story of dying and going to heaven. Given this information, we are taking the book out of print.'”

Never make peace with death – “Sixty-one nations—including Australia, Canada, and the United States—have no no restrictions on abortion.  Sixty-one.”

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The Daily Discovery (January 17-18, 2015)

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An Open Response to Ellen DeGeneres Who Addressed Me on National TV – “Dear Ellen, yesterday morning I awoke to discover you spoke to me directly on your nationally syndicated, award-winning talk show. I was stunned and humbled because I believe you are such an incredibly gifted comedian with a God-given gift to entertain and make people feel genuinely valued. You also have a megawatt smile that simply makes people feel happy.”

Fishing With Trish… – “Wednesday’s mall evangelism was very encouraging. Two of us were in the food court ‘printing’ 180 Movie tracts from our iPhone, and were pleased to meet three people that know and love Ray Comfort’s ministry, a lady that has 180 Movie but hasn’t watched it yet…I think she will now though…and other nice Christians that encouraged us. We also handed out copies of The Biggest Question to some Spanish speakers (I love how they’ve included both Spanish and English on one DVD.)”

Ex-Muslim Pens Open ‘Wake-Up Call’ Letter to America – “Mark Christian, president and executive director of the Global Faith Institute—and the son and nephew of high-ranking Muslim Brotherhood leaders in Egypt—is a champion of the Christian faith. And this champion, who converted to Christianity about a decade ago, is calling on Americans to wake up to Islamic extremism.”

Kurt Eichenwald: Unrepentingly Ignorant, and Proud of it! – “Last evening, just prior to my speaking (ironically) on New Testament Reliability, and, in particular, the portion where I work through some of the earliest papyri and their relevance to the field, such as P52, P72, P75, P66, etc., I had a brief exchange once again with Kurt Eichenwald, the author of the Christmas hit-piece on the Bible whose article I thoroughly dissected on two consecutive Dividing Line programs. As in our previous encounter, Eichenwald defaulted to the “you are arrogant, it is all about you” meme, even when I was very focused on asking him when he was going to apologize for the many documented errors in his piece, and in particular, when he was going to admit the error of stating that Jesus was declared to be Father, Son, and Holy Spirit at the Council of Constantinople.”

Supreme Court to Hear Marriage Challenge: How Should Christians Respond? – “This afternoon the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal in a same-sex marriage case out of the Sixth Circuit. This means, with all likelihood, that the Court is destined to answer once and for all whether there’s a constitutional right to same-sex marriage.”

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The Daily Discovery (January 16, 2015)

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After Retraction, Lifeway Books Returning Boy Who Came Back From Heaven to Publisher (UPDATE: Tyndale Pulls Book) – “On January 13, Alex Malarkey released a retraction of his claims in the book Boy Who Came Back from Heaven. The retraction was issued to the Pulpit and Pen blog.  In response to my question about the book, Martin King, Director of Communications at Lifeway issued a statement saying the stores are pulling the book…”

Newsweek publishes response by Dr. Michael Brown to its Christmas hit-piece on the Bible, but says ‘we stand by our story’ – “Newsweek and Kurt Eichenwald’s ignorant Christmas polemic against the Bible and historic Christianity prompted a number of cogent rebuttals. Newsweek has now published a lengthy response by Dr. Michael Brown. Nevertheless, Newsweek editorial staff insist in the introduction to the piece that they ‘stand by’ their story and ‘disagree with some of Dr. Brown’s points’…”

Duke University to Broadcast Muslim Call to Prayer Declaring ‘Allah Is Great’ – “Concerns are being raised after Duke University’s student paper announced this week that the Muslim call to prayer will be broadcast from university’s bell tower each Friday.”

9 Things You Should Know About Boko Haram – “While the world’s attention has been focused on terrorist attacks by radical Islamist groups in Europe, Iraq, and Syria, another series of attacks in Africa has largely gone unnoticed. Here are nine things you should know about Boko Haram, the militant group waging a campaign of terror while attempting to establish an Islamic caliphate in Nigeria.”

New Episode of Falsified Radio – “What is false conversion? What does a false convert look like? What types of things do false converts do and say?”

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