[Fire Away! Podcast] Episode 032 – Slaughtered Babies and Indifferent Christians

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  • On today’s show Landon welcomes abolitionist Alan Maricle to the program.  Alan discusses Abolish Human Abortion, the pro-life movement, the Church’s responsibility, and social justice churches.

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Discerners of the Discerning: Hypocrisy Cloaked in Piety

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Last week Dave Miller, of SBC Voices, published an article entitled Peas in a Pod: The Self-Appointed Prophet/Discernment Enforcer Playbook which attempted to summarize the folly of charismaniacs and discerners in one fell swoop.  Sadly, the piece was rife with hypocrisy, mischaracterizations, and broad-brush shaming all in the name of “God’s love”.  In fact, I hate to have to write this rejoinder as I’ve grown weary of the inter-Christian tit-for-tat pettiness now running rampant.  However, I’ve grown just as weary of brothers in the faith scoffing at even the slightest whiff of biblical discernment.

Before I address the issues, I want to first say that the article wasn’t all bad.  Mr. Miller made some cogent points regarding both the extreme charismatic and extreme discernment positions.  Further, he is spot on when he writes, “It is utter folly to abandon doctrinal discernment.”  It was also refreshing to read, “Please hear me – this is not about every charismatic or every person who attempts to exercise doctrinal discernment.”

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The Daily Discovery (April 25-26, 2015)

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Oceanic Dispersal Rafted Worm Lizards Around the World – “Worm lizards, burrowing reptiles native to continents and islands around the globe, appear at about the same place in the fossil record all over the world, just above the K-T (Cretaceous-Paleogene, aka Cretaceous-Tertiary) boundary. These creatures are not particularly mobile, so how did they get there? The solution to this biogeographical mystery is startling to evolutionists but supports an idea long held by many Bible-believing scientists.”

How Blue the Sky Was – “All right. I suppose I should explain to you all what was up with my near-week-long involuntary hiatus from blogging. There were various factors in play, but the central one was my misguided belief that I was somehow included in all that free speech business that Madison wrote about in the First Amendment. You see, say I were to write a ‘controversial’ post about the homo-jihad, and say this post went nuts on Facebook with people reading it and stuff, suppose something like that. One of the things that usually happens when I misbehave like this is a series of cyberhack attacks on my server, conducted by the Anarchist Brotherhood in their ongoing fight for the Free Exchange of Ideas.”

Gospel Irony: When the Gospel Prevails in Unlikely Places – “What better symbol of Roman strength and power than the awe-inspiring Praetorian Guard. These were the Navy Seals of their day. These were the renowned Seal Team Six. So powerful were they that the Caesars feared a military coupe by them at any time. Ironic, since the Praetorian Guard was established to serve as the personal protection team for the Caesars in the first place.”

Thank God for Life, and Ask for More – “As the earth screams through space, balanced exactly on the edge of everyone burning alive and everyone freezing solid, as we shriek through deadly obstacle courses of meteor showers and find them picturesque, as the nearest fiery star vomits eruptions hundreds of times bigger that our wee planet (giving chipper local weathermen northern lights to chatter about), as a giant reflective rock glides around us slopping the seas (and never falls down), and as we ride in our machines, darting past fools and drunks and texting teenagers, how many times do we thank God?”

Turretin On Merit In The Covenant Of Works – “The covenant of nature is that which God the Creator made with innocent man as his creature, concerning the giving of eternal happiness and life under the conditions of perfect and personal obedience. It is called “natural,” not from natural obligation (which God does not have towards man it is also called “legal” because the condition on man’s part was the observation of the law of nature engraved within him; and of works because it depended upon works or his proper obedience.”

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The Daily Discovery (April 24, 2015)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB:
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What Will Heaven Be Missing? – “‘Nathan Busenitz of The Cripplegate paints a picture of heaven as a place of: ‘vibrant color, good food, loud music, close friendships, as well as physical activity.'”

Should a pastor resign if his grown child backslides? – “Some Christians think this means that if a pastor’s adult son or daughter strays from the faith, he should resign the pastorate. Several problems with that inference.”

Review: The Daring Mission of William Tyndale by Dr. Steven J. Lawson – “I believe we have much to be grateful concerning the English Bible that we have in our hands. When it comes to church history, many times our thankfulness are centered upon preachers, theologians, and reformers, but often Bible translators are forgotten. Men such as Calvin, Luther, Edwards, and Whitefield are men we recognize and men that many have read about and men whose portrait is hung on the wall in many homes. But what about Bible translators? One person that we must have ingrained in our mind is William Tyndale. If you like to hang pictures of theologians in your home, I encourage you to get a frame for Tyndale.”

Theonomy, Christian Reconstruction, and the 1689 – “Junior over at The Confessing Baptist posted an article a couple of years ago that has recently become incredibly pertinent. The primary question to be answered is…”

Christians are quickened together with Christ – “The more I deal with professing Christians, no matter how conservative they may be, it can be somewhat trying at times to encounter the growing nature of Christ in some of them. There are some who are so ruled by their flesh that the only fruit that I ever witness in them is of this world, full of bitterness, anger, resentment, and a complete disregard for the commands from own Savior to deny self, forgive, turn the other cheek, et cetera. I know that in my own case that my flesh must be continually kept reigned in and controlled or it will cause me to slide right back into those habitual sins it loves so much.”

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The Daily Discovery (April 23, 2015)

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Suicide Solution – “A group calling itself the Optimum Population Trust claims humanity is having way too many babies.  All the extra children are badly ruining the carbon offset of our planet and hence having an impact upon global warming.”

Dear New Seminarian . . . Sincerely, Your Baptist Brother – “I understand you intend to enroll in seminary this fall. You’ve asked if I might recommend a few books for you to read before beginning your studies. Of course, your appetite for reading will be sated—and then some—in your first year of study (interestingly, you will also find that your capacity will grow along with your appetite over the course of your degree program!).”

The Truth About Lies – “Isn’t it true that we all see lying as a harmless sin? Of all the sins we can commit, lying seems the smallest of all to us. Reaching for a lie is so natural to us like reaching for that second piece of bread at dinner. It seems so harmless, that only a few understand how grave a sin it is. Lying is not an insignificant matter before God, so much so that He lists it along with murder, adultery and sorcery, because it is as grave as those, and is used in each.”

When Ministry Success Becomes An Idol – “I remember exactly where I was when I lost interest in professional sports.  In 1998 the World Cup was in France, and the player to watch was Michael Owen, starting forward for England. He was that country’s youngest player ever to participate in a World Cup. I was 16. Michael Owen was 18. I was in my parent’s basement in mid-Missouri. He was in the Stade de Toulouse in France. I played JV soccer, defense specifically, because I couldn’t score. But Owen was scoring goals against the best players in the world. He was internationally famous. I was moderately popular in my high school.”

8 Lies Christians Believe About Success – “I have spent my whole life trying to be successful. I thought it was what we were supposed to do. Worse than that, I thought success was the mark of a blessed Christian.  If God loves you he’ll bless you, says the prayer of Jabez and North America’s favorite verse,Jeremiah 29:11. His desire is to prosper us, not to harm us—to give us hope and a future.”

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The Daily Discovery (April 22, 2015)

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Beware the Social Gospel – “People who think Christianity is just a moral system will believe a person can be good without God. When I asked my brother why he left the faith, that was the answer he gave me—he figured out that he could be a “good person” without God. But he can’t. No one can.”

Red Alert: “Bible Study Tools” is Non-Trinitarian – “A friend of mine sent me a Bible verse from a subscription to a daily Scripture from The Berean. I thought I might subscribe. Nothing better than a Bible verse and commentary sent to my inbox, right? Wrong.”

Earth Day—A Creationist Perspective – “The founder of ‪#‎EarthDay‬, Gaylord Nelson, believed: “The fate of the living planet is the most important issue facing mankind.” In reality, the most important issue facing mankind is that everybody needs to recognize their sin and need for salvation in Jesus Christ.”

Why I Don’t Celebrate Earth Day – “Today (April 22) is “Earth Day.” Since 1970, liberals and public school children across America have bowed to creation, celebrating mother earth, and dedicated themselves to protection of the environment through dubious means, scam science, and unBiblical perspectives.”

Project Frontlines, Norman High School, 21 April 2015 – “And people ask me why I homeschool…”

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The Daily Discovery (April 21, 2015)

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Some Honest Questions for Pastor Andy Stanley – “According to megachurch pastor Andy Stanley, if your religious convictions conflict with your ability to serve those you differ with, that’s your business, but you should ‘leave Jesus out of it.’  What exactly did he mean by this? And has he thought through the implications of his statement?”

Making Gay Okay: How Rationalizing Homosexual Behavior is Changing Everything – “On June 26, 2013, the United States Supreme Court ruled in a split 5-4 decision that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional and struck it down. That part had specifically barred same-sex couples from being considered spouses under federal law, effectively banning them from marriage and its accompanying benefits. In the two years since that decision, thirty-four states have legalized same-sex marriage, twenty-six through court orders and eight by state legislatures. For many Americans, such a radical and swift change in legislative and judicial actions at both the state and federal level have seemingly come out of nowhere, catching many off-guard. In addition, public sentiment has likewise undergone a seismic shift, as majority disapproval of same-sex marriage a few years ago has suddenly flipped and now a majority not only approve but advocate for its legalization.”

Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz Urges Pastors to Preach About Biblical Marriage – “Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz has sent a letter to tens of thousands of pastors nationwide, urging them to preach about biblical marriage the weekend before the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments over states’ rights regarding the definition of marriage.”

Let’s Pretend: Imagine an Even-Handed Media – “Suppose political reporters wanted to pretend to be anything vaguely approximating even-handed.  Hey, I said suppose. Stop laughing. Use your imagination, and work with me here.”

Answering the Skeptics – “Skeptics of the Bible often grasp at straws trying to find a contradiction in the Bible so that they can justify dismissing the Bible as what it claims to be—the Word of God. One place they often point to is Proverbs 26:4–5, “Do not answer a fool according to his folly, lest you also be like him. Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes.” A superficial reading of these verses suggests a contradiction but, ironically, these verses actually provide a profound strategy for answering the arguments of skeptics.”

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The Daily Discovery (April 20, 2015)

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‘They Are Satan’s Church’: Famed Pastor’s Tough Message for Christian Denominations Condoning Homosexuality – “Famed pastor John MacArthur of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, recently reacted to denominations that have taken more liberal approaches to gay marriage, among other issues, telling TheBlaze that ‘they have no allegiance to the Bible.'”

17 signs that your church is becoming secular – “What does a secular church look like? A good, Bible-based Christian church will always feed its sheep out of God’s Word, and seeks to align itself with what it says. The secular church, on the other hand, follows the ways of the world.”

The Cross and the World – “What is a Christian? Paul tells the Colossians that a Christian is a person who has been translated from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of God’s dear Son. I no longer belong to the world—I belong to the kingdom of Christ, the kingdom of light, the kingdom of glory, the kingdom of God. Here I am, and the world has nothing to do with me. I am not of it. I am in this other kingdom. Oh, I am still existing in this world, but I no longer belong to it. I have been translated.”

What is Self-Righteousness? – “A thorough study of our Lord’s earthly ministry reveals with certainty the following truth. Our Lord was merciful in every instance to those who were broken, humbled, and spiritually helpless before Him. On the other hand, the proud, the self-righteous, and the self-sufficient He rebuked and shunned, which is thematically summarized for us by James our Lord’s brother in his epistle.”

Behind the Curtain of Research… – “Well, it’s crunch time and I’m half done organizing my 200+ pages of research into outlines for my talks at the upcoming conference. I’ve got 2 done, and I’ve got 2 to go. It’s getting down to the wire, but I’m confident I’ll have something great when it’s all done. This afternoon I’m working on my synthesis of 4 centuries of history into a 45 minute talk. Oh boy!”

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The Daily Discovery (April 18-19, 2015)

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When truth tellers are no longer “on fire” – “A friend of mine recently stated, ‘if a Christian is unable or unwilling to exercise discernment, there is no way they can do apologetics.’ I am finding that in an increasing number of cases leaders who were once able are becoming unwilling. The ways of the world and the desire to be liked have all but doused and drenched the fire in the bellies of those who once contended strongly for Biblical truth.”

7 Unbiblical Statements Christians Believe – “We don’t often stop to consider the magnitude of what the Bible represents. It is literally God revealing Himself and communicating Himself to mankind in written word.  Orthodox Christianity teaches that the Bible was inspired and authored by the Holy Spirit of God using human instruments. And many Christians believe that—in its original languages of Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic—it is without error and fault.”

Rick Warren’s Imagination Doctrine – Another dangerous teaching from Rick Warren.

A Pledge of Convictional Civility – “An interesting commentary on modern-day debating.”

What is the difference between Justification and Sanctification? – “The theological climate in the “visible church” today has taken on the characteristics of a free-for-all. Most professing believers’ Bible knowledge is extremely shallow. On top of that we are also in a period of intellectual barbarianism which is marked by relativism. This causes the truth to be perceived as unknowable. Those holding this form of thinking refuse to believe that there is such a thing as absolute truth. In this intellectual climate it is little wonder that false prophets and false teachers can lead so many astray simply by saying what people want to hear. “

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[Fire Away! Podcast] Episode 031 – What Really Hurts The Church’s Witness

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  • On today’s show Landon discusses a number of topics including unbiblical statements Christians believe, Heaven tourism, what hurts the church’s witness, and, killing babies with poison shots in the heart.

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