There is no question that Jen Hatmaker, “evangelical wunderkind who is a one-woman columnist, book-writing machine, conference speaker and all-around mom of five kids and pastor’s wife,” is trying to change minds about what the scriptures teach on hot button social issues. As we’ve pointed out before, she follows the same basic playbook as Progressive (Social Justice) “Christians” such as Rob Bell. We’ve posted numerous articles to show you that Jen has both feet firmly planted in Religious Left ideology. When she and husband, Brandon, came out in support of the LGBTQ+ community a few years ago, they were well aware that their statement would cause a big brouhaha in the evangelical community. Why? Because in so doing the couple chose to deny the biblical teaching on marriage, sexuality and family.
That was then.This is now. Today JD Hall reports that “Hatmaker posted a long-winded status on Facebook that claims Jesus came to affirm the LGBT community, as well as to accomplish other leftist agenda items.”
Which Bible has the pastor’s wife been reading?
Hall has more on Jen Hatmaker’s disturbing tweet over at Pulpit & Pen: Continue reading
“Without pointing out a single unbiblical thing about the Dallas Statement or referencing Holy Scripture, Keller denounced the Dallas Statement based upon a Marxist linguistic and philosophical tenet.”
(JD Hall – Pulpit & Pen) Tim Keller was recently asked about the Dallas Statement on Social Justice and Gospel, and his words weren’t very kind. According to Keller, the statement can’t be judged based upon whether or not the words are right, but by the consequences those words might eventually bring about. To summarize Keller another way, the words contained within the Dallas Statement may be true, but they are still bad because of their ramifications. Unable or unwilling to explain any theological deficiencies in the statement, Keller cites Marxist philosophical tenet called Speech Act Theory. Continue reading
“I know opponents of President Donald Trump roll their eyes in ridicule at the mere suggestion of a deep state committed to undermining Trump’s agenda. That’s the stuff of paranoid conspiracy theorists or unhinged Trumpublican tribalists, they say. Well, James O’Keefe, and his Project Veritas, has shown, again, that there is a “there” there.”
(David Limbaugh – Daily Wire) We’ve long known that unelected leftist bureaucrats embedded in the bowels of the federal government have been lawlessly targeting conservatives and abusing their power to thwart the agenda of duly elected Republican policymakers. The proof keeps pouring in. Continue reading
10 Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble; 11 for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you. 2 Peter 1:10-11 (NASB)
How can we know if we are truly in Christ? Or you may ask, “What is the fruit which genuine believers bear?” If true salvation is as impacting on a believers life as we contend then there should be verifiable evidence or fruit manifested in that life. The problem is in knowing what evidences really prove the presence of God in a person’s life and those that do not. I have noticed most of us look at the wrong things in our self-evaluations to determine if we are in Christ. …
I wish I’d had been there.
There are so many miracles in the Bible that would have been so remarkable to witness.
So recently, I’ve been wondering what is the most outstanding miracle in the Bible? If I could have seen one miracle which one would it be?
I’ve been conducting an informal survey of people asking them if they could have been there for any miracle in the Bible which one would it be?
Some were drawn to the miracles of Jesus. In particular the feeding of the five thousand.
He told Jones, who appeared alongside him at the news conference, that he was praying her “careful review and hard questions will help my good people renew their trust in the church they love and the leaders they want to believe.”
(Karen Matthews – AP) Hoping to restore the faith of those disillusioned by how the church has handled sexual abuse allegations, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York appointed a former federal judge Thursday to review its procedures and protocols. Continue reading
“Giving your money to the poor is not justice; it’s mercy. Taking other people’s money by force (whether through the government or any other means) and giving it to the poor is neither justice nor mercy; it’s injustice—it’s taking what someone else has earned, against his will, for either yourself or others. Does this mean giving to the poor is wrong? Of course not! Should the rich man give to the poor? Absolutely!”
(Amy K. Hall – Stand To Reason) Our ability to explain the gospel to people in our culture depends on our culture’s ability to understand the concept of justice. Because of this, over the years I’ve become concerned about a drift in the meaning of the word “justice”—even in Christian circles (see here for a recent example), among respected friends I usually agree with—as the term “social justice” is increasingly embraced and used. Continue reading
“A controversial cover story in The Atlantic this summer on transgenderism in young people gave accounts of a number of “detransitioners,” people who had identified as transgender and then returned to their biological gender after realizing other issues were at the root of their discomfort, and “desisters,” young people whose parents put the breaks on transition to work on other mental and emotional health issues only to find the gender dysphoria eventually dissipated.”
(Kelly Crossland – World) The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released updated guidance on Monday recommending pediatricians support name, appearance, and sex changes for children who identify as transgender. But the recommendations ignore important research about underlying mental health issues, social contagion, and desistance in gender dysphoric children and teens. Continue reading
What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Romans 6:1-2
Notice three things about this question: Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? First, notice that the question is logical. This is a very good question. If your gospel does not arouse this question in somebody’s mind, there is likely something wrong with it, for it is the kind of question that ought to be asked at this point. There is something about the grace of God that immediately raises this issue. If sin is so completely taken care of by the forgiveness of Christ, then we don’t really need to worry about sins, do we? They are not going to separate us from Christ, so why not keep on doing them? It is a perfectly logical question.
A new report claims Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein offered to secretly tape President Donald Trump inside the Oval Office and wanted to “recruit” top administration officials to oust the president with a vote among Cabinet leaders.
(Joshua Kaplan – Breitbart) The New York Times writes that Rosenstein shared these plans with “other Justice Department and FBI officials,” all of whom relayed their accounts to the paper anonymously. Continue reading
Snochia Moseley – Facebook
‘She wasn’t a monster, wasn’t an angry person. I believe this was emotional distress. If she did this, it was her last straw’
(LifeZette) A friend of the woman who killed three people in a mass shooting at a Rite Aid distribution center in Maryland on Thursday (the scene is pictured above) said that she identified as a transgender male, The Daily Caller and other outlets are reporting.
The shooter, identified by authorities as 26-year-old Snochia Moseley, did not have any prior criminal record, according to the Harford County Sheriff’s Office, and the Glock 9mm she used in the shooting was registered to her. Continue reading
“The very first chapter of God’s revelation to us tells us that God intentionally made two sexes that are complementary. This wasn’t arbitrary; it was so we could fulfill His design for us to fill the earth with other people who would love and worship God.”
(Brian Seagraves – Stand To Reason) Recent studies indicate that only about 0.5% of the U.S. population identifies as transgender. Yet, every parent needs to be concerned about the effect transgenderism will have on their children. If the percentage of people who are transgender is so small, why do all parents need to be so concerned? Continue reading
“We have no problem with a drag queen story hour being held in a private facility. It can be held at the fraternity house. It can be held at the coffee shop. We draw the line by the fact we have government actors endorsing it.”
(Phillip Boudreaux – News 15)Two Religious Organizations are suing in an attempt to stop Drag Queen Story Time at the Lafayette Library.
The suit was filed in federal court in Lafayette by Warriors for Christ and Special Forces of Liberty. Continue reading
6 Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, 7 having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.
8 See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ. Colossians 2:6-8 (NASB)
When God saved us He justified us by imputing Christ’s righteousness to our account. He washed us clean through the miracle of regeneration that changed us so that we now have the spiritual ability to walk through our lives and not sin. He also sanctified us, but that was only positional. He did not remove our old nature. We are still in a death struggle with it to nullify our pride and cultivate humility as God’s Holiness becomes manifest in us more and more. This body of death is still with us, but we are no longer dead in our trespasses and sins (Romans 3:10-18) because we are now alive in Christ.
In the Southern Baptist Convention, you can’t question Russell Moore or the newly-woke coalition of pro-Social Gospel entity heads. In the new Fascist Regime of the New SBC, even meetings ostensibly designed to ask questions, seek clarifications, and voice opinions are for show only. Moderators of these meetings, the self-glorified hall monitors, perceive themselves as bouncers playing interference, putting questioners in their place and protecting the SBC elite from having to answer any inconvenient questions.
(JD Hall – Pulpit & Pen) Russell Moore is the head of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). He is, as Wikipedia points out, a Christian Democrat and Communitarian. He is also a former Democratic staffer, one of the most vociferous critics of President Donald Trump, works for George Soros on his Evangelical Immigration Table (EIT), and has led the ERLC to embrace animal rights, environmentalism, a softening tone on homosexuality, and Critical Race Theory. … Continue reading
In the end, [Trump] said, his goal was to let the public decide by seeing the documents that have been kept secret for more than two years. “All I want to do is be transparent.”
(John Solomon and Buck Sexton – The Hill) President Trump in an exclusive interview with Hill.TV [watch the video] said Tuesday he ordered the release of classified documents in the Russia collusion case to show the public the FBI probe started as a “hoax” and that exposing it could become one of the “crowning achievements” of his presidency. Continue reading
“We haven’t figured out what we are going to do together,” Bono said, “but we sort of have a crush on each other.”
(Paul Bois – Daily Wire) As Pope Francis remains silent regarding accusations that he covered up for an allegedly abusive cardinal, he has welcomed into his company none other than U2 frontman Bono, who most recently campaigned for the legalization of abortion in Ireland.
The Pope did not address Bono’s support for abortion in the once-Catholic country during their half-hour session together, according to the rock singer. Instead, the Pope “let the conversation go where it wanted to go” and was “incredibly gracious with his time, his concentration.” Continue reading
The ramifications for this move is stunning if you think about it – they should be officially registered as a “cult” since they are accountable to no one. Historically denominations are formed over theological positions. Our readers should note that Hillsong will be the only denomination in existence that has not been openly upfront and honest about their theological positions – which means they already are a risk to themselves and their followers. — Churchwatch Central
(Leonardo Blair – The Christian Post) Citing the growing global nature of the church, Brian Houston, global senior pastor of the popular Hillsong Church, has announced a split from Australia’s largest Pentecostal denomination to become a denomination of its own. Continue reading
25 Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe; the works that I do in My Father’s name, these testify of Me. 26 But you do not believe because you are not of My sheep. 27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; John 10:25-30 (NASB) (Read verses 28-30 on the site)
God is Sovereign. That sovereignty is not partial. It is not subject to any conditions or forces outside of God. He has never nor will He ever relinquish any portion of His sovereignty. What He sets out to do, He does. What Men believe or refuse to believe about these truths changes nothing. Just because professing Christians cling to the fallacy that they are saved because they exercised their free will does not in any way diminish the truth from God’s Word that tells us the very opposite.
Society paints people as victims. But does the Bible do that? Do we learn from reading the scriptures that although believers suffer unjustly and experience various trials, that those who suffer injustice should view themselves as victims? Certainly not! What the Bible does teach is that we are all dirty rotten sinners; thus, we deserve God’s judgment. According to Justin Peters, who is a top tier signatory of The Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel (SJ&G), “Our sins have earned us nothing but holy wrath and to intimate otherwise is to have an elevated view of man and a diminished view of God.” Continue reading
Bishops who are accused should remain silent like Jesus on Good Friday when the crowds called out for his crucifixion, Pope Francis said Tuesday.
(Thomas D. Williams – Breitbart) When people insulted Jesus on Good Friday and shouted, “Crucify him,” the pope said in his morning homily at the chapel of the Santa Marta residence, “he remained silent because he had compassion for those people deceived by the powerful.”
“He was silent. He prayed,” Francis said. Continue reading
8 He came to Jerusalem in the fifth month, which was in the seventh year of the king. 9 For on the first of the first month he began to go up from Babylon; and on the first of the fifth month he came to Jerusalem, because the good hand of his God was upon him. 10 For Ezra had set his heart to study the law of the Lord and to practice it, and to teach His statutes and ordinances in Israel. Ezra 7:8-10 (NASB)
If we study God’s Word from cover to cover we will find that only God is perfect. He is Sovereign. He is Holy. He is complete and perfectly righteous. On the other hand, people are none of the above. We are a fallen race who, even after God’s gracious regeneration of our hearts, must continually work out our salvation with fear and trembling. That implies that we still sin. We still fall into temptation and become entangled. Even when God graciously allows us to walk in victory for awhile, we get our eyes off of Him and on ourselves and begin to believe that we are invulnerable to the worst our flesh can throw at us. That, of course, sets us up for a next stumble.
Something is true because it’s actually true-whether you like it or not. Something is false because it’s actually false-whether you like it or not.
Has the American Evangelical Church abandoned God’s Word? According to Steven Kozar of Messed Up Church, God’s Word has been abandoned. In a letter he wrote, Kozar addresses this along with other issues in the visible Church, plus he shares many things he wonders about that other Christians wonder about, too. And he asks some excellent questions. Here’s one example, “Isn’t it a strange coincidence that this pastor suddenly changed his view about an important issue and adopted the exact same viewpoint of the surrounding culture?”
Now to Steve’s letter, where you will learn what he believes is the most GIGANTIC problem in the Evangelical Church: Continue reading
“He warned that such agreements can sometimes be ‘profoundly evil,’ as they can tempt people with money to hide acts that are morally wrong, and even criminal.”
(Stoyan Zaimov – The Christian Post) Scot McKnight, a scholar and former member at Willow Creek Community Church, has asked why churches are making employees sign non-disparagement agreements.
The evangelical megachurch told The Christian Post that such agreements relate to financial care packages offered to staff. It’s an extension of compensation following a termination of employment so they don’t suffer financial hardship. And the former staff member is asked to “refrain from making disparaging or untrue statements about the church for the duration of the financial care agreement.” Continue reading
“Mohler is at the epicenter of an earth-shattering polar shift in evangelicalism that is driving religious leaders to the hard left. Virtually all of The Gospel Coalition board members – with some subtle reservation from Kevin DeYoung – are in the camp now espousing Rauschenbuschism or Social Gospel.”
(JD Hall – Pulpit & Pen) Anyone paying attention to wider evangelicalism – and especially that represented in the Southern Baptist Convention – is well aware of a dramatic shift in focus and tone on social issues. When Albert Mohler repented of the notion of reparative therapy (the idea that through Biblical counseling a homosexual could break their addiction to unnatural sexual affections) and his previous stance on sexual orientation at a meeting held in conjunction with homosexuals back in 2014, the Wall Street Journal noted the “shifting tone on homosexuality” in an article entitled, Southern Baptists, Gay Community Break Bread at Conference. … Continue reading