Don’t Miss List: “Favorite” Heresies, Don’t Trust Your Heart, How to Reach the Suffering and More

This list has been a long time coming. Quite a bit of ground to cover, since I haven’t done this for awhile. I’ll start with the most timely subjects:

“This is the last spastic breath from the Religious Right before its overdue death” – Collin Hansen

I generally avoid political issues like the plague around here. I believe the gospel and the truth contained in God’s word matter more than politics ever could. However, this opinion piece by Collin Hansen of TGC speaks directly to Christians about the latest Trump scandal and, is, in my view an essential read. Read it even if you don’t love the headline (I didn’t like the headline) – a better one would have been from the end “Woe to the hypocrites.”

The passage I found most pertinent:

To the older evangelicals planning to vote for Trump: You can try to explain the difference in electing a president and hiring a 23-year-old college graduate to evangelize students. You can say we’re electing a commander in chief and not a Sunday school teacher. You can say that God often raises up pagan leaders to deliver his people from their enemies. But no one is fooled by your arguments.

They can see you will apparently excuse anything in a Republican nominee so long as the alternative is a manifestly unqualified Clinton. And they will conclude that they don’t really need to listen to you when it comes to “traditional, biblical ethics.”

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Don’t Miss List: Self-Evident Truths, Wisdom, PDC updates

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Happy Independence Day, to my fellow Americans. Here’s a quick, Don’t Miss List for you.

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness – Kevin DeYoung (via TGC)

DeYoung remains one of my favorite writers. This timely piece about the “self-evident” truths which the U.S. was founded upon, and the declaration that rights are endowed by God, not government is no exception. Continue reading

Six Terrible Tweets from PDChurch 2016

Today was the first day of Saddleback Pastor Rick Warren’s latest “Purpose Driven Church” conference. It’s been a few years since, he’s held one, but as far as I can tell from the tweets (#PDChurch) it’s all just more of the same he’s peddling.

Here’s the video teaser they made for the conference. I’m grateful to The Berean Examiner for the heads up on this conference. They also took Warren to task for unbiblical statements he made promoting the conference.

Since I had to work and was unwilling to pay the hefty price tag to livestream the event anyway, I had to get by just watching the live tweets today.

Here are just some of the worst and most ironic tweets from the #PDChurch conference I’ve seen today with a few of my thoughts:

https://twitter.com/JustinEmanuelNY/status/747891120206544896

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When Someone Claims God Will Make You Rich, or Happy …

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The next time someone like Joel Osteen (author of Your Best Life Now) claims God just wants to make you happy, or healthy or rich and try to claim that is what the Bible promises, ask them why Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 11:

“Are they servants of Christ? I am a better one — I am talking like a madman — with far greater labors, far more imprisonments, with countless beatings, and often near death. Five times I received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one. Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I was adrift at sea; on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger  from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brothers; in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure.”

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Don’t Miss List: Strong Women, Discernment Tips, Tough Questions and More

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This picture helps explain why posts around here have been a bit light lately. I traveled to New Mexico and Arizona for vacation recently and saw some incredible beauty created by our God, as well as some architectural marvels. The way this church in Sedona is built right into the rocks was pretty amazing. Also, I felt like a tiny ant with all the mountains out there.

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Don’t Miss List: Paula White Twists Scripture, Spiritual Growth, Embryo Adoption and a Book Review

Christian Post Reports Paula White’s Easter Sermon Offered ‘Resurrection’ for $$$$

Screen Shot 2016-04-21 at 9.13.00 PMI was not shocked, but I was absolutely infuriated to hear that this Easter Pastrix Paula White “offered her followers an Easter Sunday deliverance from a spiritual death sentence for a $1,144 ‘resurrection seed’ she says was set by God,” based a twisted rendering of the resurrection of Lazarus.

THIS is not Christianity! This is not true. Nowhere in the Bible does God say anyone can buy things from Him whether that is health, wealth, wisdom or more importantly than any of that — new life in Jesus Christ.

Repent of your sins, believe in Jesus and be saved. God will raise you to new life in Christ. You cannot buy that gift of God’s grace paid by the blood of Jesus.

Sadly, this is an utterly shameful, but all-too-common tactic of making big promises to people if they pour money into your church coffers. And sadly, plenty of people naively give and when nothing comes of it they think it was their weak faith at fault. I was just talking with someone about this yesterday and they pointed out the other problem: people who aren’t Christians see it and think that nonsense is Christianity and it repels them. For both of those reasons this sort of thing simultaneously infuriates and saddens me.

If you’re in a church that does this, run, do not walk to the nearest exit. And dig deep into the Scriptures for yourself so that you are not led astray by such people again.

Ultimately, God will hold people like White accountable. But true Christians need to do expose this for what it is. Thankfully, Fighting for the Faith often does.

UMC and Episcopals Grow Closer, Advocate Interfaith Cooperation Bordering on ‘Syncretism’

Both of these denominations have been compromising on Scripture for years, so it’s no surprise to see the United Methodist Church and Episcopal Church treading ever closer to universalism or full syncretism. Story by Joseph Rossell of IRD.

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A Helpful List of Common False Gospels

Sometime in the past week I found this helpful summary of several false gospels prevalent today, at Growing4Life. Leslie, the author, presents each with a critique, but in an unusually loving tone. I appreciated her concern for the true believers caught up in false doctrine and her analysis. The only thing I would add is that the social justice gospel also has a faulty eschatology (the Bible does not support the idea of bringing the kingdom to Earth).  Continue reading

Four.

Birthday4 (1 of 1)Steak and a Bible turns four today.

Now, for the big announcement before I get serious and sappy. Steak and a Bible finally has a Facebook page. If that’s a more convenient place for you to gather and respond to information (as I suspect it is for many people), please go like the page.

Also, please tell your friends! Please keep visiting the site, watching the FB page and/or following on Twitter because I plan to give away some great stuff in the next four weeks in celebration of the site’s anniversary.

Now for the reflecting …

Back in 2012, a conversation with two Christian women gave me the website name I’d been trying desperately to come up with … and failing to find.

In the years since that day, my love of God’s truth revealed in the Scriptures and my concern for the state of the body of Christ have only deepened. I created this website because I’d seen unbiblical fads take hold of churches, false teachers and heretics only growing in popularity and influence and the importance of scripture minimized by individuals, congregations and denominations alike.

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