[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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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 18-19, 2015)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB:
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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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The Daily Discovery (April 17, 2015)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB:
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Discerners of the Discerning: Hypocrisy Cloaked in Piety – “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.”

How Compromise Happens – “Today we are talking about how compromise can happen so easily in this age of political correctness, even to those who are known for standing for God’s Word as truth. Could it happen to you?”

Faith Improves Our Sight – “I have a lot of pet peeves – you might say I am the Dr. Doolittle of Pet Peeves. It’s because I am an intransigent man, and you’ll get no apologies from me for it.”

Live Q&A on “Embers of a Dying Fire,” Wilderness Radio this Friday – “The Pulpit & Pen Program is teaming up with the Bible Thumping Wingnut for a live Q&A on Voice in the Wilderness Radio this Friday evening, 8PM CST. ALL theonomy questions regarding JD’s post-debate thoughts, “Embers of a Dying Fire” will be answered. We will address the lacking, far-reaching and desperate critiques of this work at American Vision and answer any and all other questions you may have. You can call in by dialing 720-789-BTWN.”

Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren – “The test of true faith is that which is revealed in how one lives and walks through this life. Right belief, that is, a faith that lives in a regenerate heart born from above, is exhibited in right living as James, the brother of our Lord Jesus Christ wrote in the passage above. Notice also that he began that passage in v16 with, “Do not be deceived,” or Μὴ πλανᾶσθε from the Greek.”

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The Daily Discovery (April 16, 2015)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB:
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Why Same-Sex Marriage Can’t Afford to Be Tolerant – “Mere Orthodoxy’s Matt Anderson explains why “an anti-liberal approach toward dissenting views is part of the DNA of the logic of the current gay rights argument…”

It’s All Demonic Fun and Games Until Someone Puts God In A Box – “There is nothing more irritating than when deceived Christians use platitudes and clichés to defend their unbiblical viewpoints. You can sense them coming – ‘Don’t be divisive!’,’Touch not God’s anointed!’ Lately, I’ve been hearing ‘Don’t put God in a box!’ in reference to debunking false prophecies and supernatural experiences. As mystical practices in the church rise in popularity, I don’t foresee this going away anytime soon. It’s not because I received a vision, or because God whispered it to me, it’s because the sufficiency of scripture is being questioned.”

Verifiability Is A Christian Distinctive – “Christianity is unique among theistic worldviews. Some religious systems are based purely on the doctrinal, proverbial statements of their founders. The wisdom statements of Buddha, for example, lay the foundation for Buddhism.”

Ed Young’s Swing and a Miss – “Ed Young delivers the epitome of the typical seeker-driven “felt needs” type sermon. His usual style is addressing only the surface issues that trigger sin.  Ed has his own ideas for fixing emotional issues, such as anger, but like every other pastor trying to meet the felt needs of their hearers, Ed completely misses the point. These guys simply put a band-aide over the real issue of sin. And they sure don’t like to talk about sin besides a few seconds at the end of their talks.”

Scoffers Have the Last Word? – “It seems that our society and our culture has shifted from respecting people’s rights to free speech and faith practices, to out and out mocking and silencing Christians. Joining us on air to discuss our freedom of speech is Elijah Abraham who travels around the world preaching the gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ alone. Elijah will also be joining us for our Watchman Conference on May 1st and 2nd.”

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Heaven Tourism: The Saga Continues

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In the wake of Alex Malarkey’s courageous confession that he lied about his trip to Heaven as a young boy in his book, The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven, it appeared as the whole Heaven Tourism issue was beginning to lose ground. The massive outcry by #The15 against Lifeway bookstores, in conjunction with Alex’s recantation of his story, prompted Lifeway to remove all Heaven Tourism books from the stores shelves, though they won’t admit that as the reason.

The recantation of Alex’s story also caused many to doubt Colton Burpo’s story as well, regarding his story of visiting Heaven in his book and upcoming movie Heaven is for Real. Burpo then felt he needed to come out and make a statement— one where he unabashedly claimed that he stands by his story. Just when it seems like all of this doubt being cast upon the subject was causing people to rethink their beliefs on these fictional stories, the publicity of a new miracle tale is refueling the old fire.

Enter Annabel.

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The Daily Discovery (April 15, 2015)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB:
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The Dangers of Performing Secular Music in Worship – “There is a disturbing trend in churches lately that seems to only be growing: that being the trend of secular music being performed in worship services. We don’t do this at First Baptist Moncks Corner (even though we certainly have the talent to do so) and there are very real reasons why we do not which I and our staff have thought through. In interest of full disclosure, I felt led, as a pastor who desperately wants his flock to know the difference between truth and error, to write this blog post about the dangers of performing secular music at a worship service…”

Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts: A Christianized Version of “Sexytime” with Ghosts? – “A Facebook friend recently tagged me with the article What’s Behind Reports of Ghost Sex?, an article in which it has been claimed by some people that they have had sexually intimate relations with, as the title of the article implies, ghosts. Yes, you read that right, and no, I’m not making this up. A few celebrities have even gotten into the mix, including actress Natasha Blasick and singer Kesha. In fact, Kesha revealed in an interview with Ryan Seacrest that her song Supernatural was about her own encounter with a supernatural being, an encounter she described as ‘sexy time with a ghost.'”

Stetzer Partners with Catholic Priest on Mental Illness – “Mental illness is one of those safe issues that the evangelical intelligentsia have decided to focus upon in the last year or so. Add that to racial reconciliation and sex-trafficking, and you have the talking points. The secular press loves it. It’s not controversial. Nobody could be crucified over it. It’s a win-win.”

Walking in the Spirit: a pre-response – “I’ve more or less promised to write specifically on what it (actually) means to walk in/be led by the Spirit. Aaaand I’ve not done it. Aaaand I’m not doing it today.”

Do You Have An Arrangement, or Commitment? – “If you’re trusting yourself today, you might want to read Romans 7. Today Dave Wager is with us to talk about the difference between arrangement, commitment, relationship, and fellowship.”

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Ann Voskamp’s Dangerous View of God’s Love

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People familiar with author Ann Voskamp know that she is a charismatic, melodramatic writer who writes in a tedious, semi-poetic style that you either love or hate. Her grammatical style of placing adjectives after the noun or using uncommon words for rhythm that the average person would have to look up to understand what she’s talking about, can be very exhausting or very captivating depending on one’s preference. However, there is no doubt that many women have fallen victim to her impressionistic linguistic style and have been captivated by her insights into her “Holy Experience,” or what she proclaims to be a life transforming experience from God.

But are the experiences she writes about Biblical?

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Life Is Best: End the Massacre of Abortion

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“No human being… is ever conceived outside God’s will or ever conceived apart from God’s image.  Life is a gift from God created in His own image.” – John MacArthur

There is no denying that the genocide of our time is the tragedy of abortion.  Since Roe v. Wade in 1973, and at the time of this writing, there have been 56,662,169 babies murdered under the guise of a “woman’s choice”.  Fifty-six and a half MILLION babies murdered because a woman decided that she wanted the pleasure of sex without the hassle of procreation.  Despicable.

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