About Marsha West

Marsha West is the owner and managing editor of Christian Research Network, Apprising Ministries (the late Ken Silva's blog) and On Solid Rock Resources. Marsha is also co-founder of Berean Research. For two decades she was the owner and managing editor of Email Brigade website as well as the EMB News Report, a bi-weekly email report for conservative people of faith. Marsha is a regular contributor for several blogs including CRN, RenewAmerica, News With Views, and Web Commentary. Her articles have been translated into many languages and distributed worldwide. Visit Marsha's other sites: http://onsolidrockresources.com http://bereanresearch.com http://apprising.org

Breaking: Mancow Announces ‘James MacDonald is No Longer a Part of Harvest Bible Chapel’

“Given our desire to be patient with the process, we elected not to publish last night.  However, this morning, Mancow Muller made the following announcement on his radio program.  And as has been our practice as of late, we are merely pointing to what another figure is now publicly reporting as fact.”

(The Elephant’s Debt)  Seven years ago, The Elephant’s Debt was launched amidst mounting concerns about the theological drift at Harvest Bible Chapel.  But what began with apprehensions over Trinitarian formulations and prosperity gospel inclinations quickly morphed into something much larger, and far more troubling.  Reports from former elders and pastors began to pour in.  Continue reading

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts Joins Court’s Liberals in Blocking Louisiana Regulation on Abortionists

“Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and John Roberts chose to grant the injunction against the law, which is identical to that in the case of Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, which the court struck down in 2016 as creating an “undue burden on abortion access.” Roberts had dissented in that case.”

(Heather Clark – Christian News Network)  U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts sided with his liberal colleagues on Thursday in blocking a Louisiana law from going into effect that would have required abortionists in the state to obtain admitting privileges at a local hospital. Continue reading

Leftism – Not Just Wrong, But Evil

“Nothing has demonstrated this evil stratagem quite as starkly recently as Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings last fall, which degenerated into a circus of demonic behavior by leftists gleefully determined to destroy Kavanaugh and his family over a single, decades-old, unsubstantiated accusation of sexual assault. The sick smears from even the mainstream media that Kavanaugh was a gang rapist, belligerent drunk, and pedophile helped wake up many people to the boundless cruelty in which the left revels.” Continue reading

Disney to Hold First Official LGBT Pride Event

“This is the latest new feature from Disney to celebrate and to support the LGBTQ community. In 2018, Disney started selling rainbow Mickey ears, the “Mickey Mouse Rainbow Love” hat, at its parks.”

(Amanda Casanova – Christian Headlines)  Disney’s first-ever official LGBTQ parade, “Magical Pride,” is set for June 1 at Disneyland Paris.

“Dress like a dream, feel fabulous and experience Walt Disney Studios Park like never before – loud, proud and alive with all the colours of the rainbow,” Disneyland Paris says on its website. Continue reading

The Five Tests of False Doctrine

“It is this simple: Sound teaching originates with God and false teaching originates with men or demons. When it comes to doctrine, if man made it, then we should not hold it. God is the Father of truth and Satan is the father of lies (John 8:44).”

(Tim Challies)  T.D. Jakes says that God eternally exists in three manifestations, not three persons. Greg Boyd says God knows some aspects of the future, but that other future events are outside of his knowledge. Creflo Dollar says because we are created in the image of God, we are little gods. Mormonism says God revealed new scripture to Joseph Smith that supersedes the Bible. Roman Catholicism says we are justified by faith, but not by faith alone. This world is a murky madness of true and false. For every doctrine we know to be true, there seems to be a hundred pretenders. Continue reading

How to Heal from Theological Abuse

“One of most common series of questions looks something like this: What can I do to heal and move on from the abusive theology and actions I have been a part of? What do you think my next step is? How to I get over this? How do I get stable after being so confused?”

(Costi Hinn – For the Gospel)  It’s not uncommon for me to receive communication from people who God has graciously saved out from extreme charismatic abuses, prosperity gospel exploiters, and cultish movements like the New Apostolic Reformation. … Continue reading

Cardinals endorse campaign to stop homosexual networks in Church

“I believe that this petition is legitimate; there are those who want to deny the statistical truth that the vast majority of abuses committed by priests are homosexual acts. One cannot escape this reality.”

(Maike Hickson – LifeSiteNews) – Cardinal Gerhard Müller – the former Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith – commented on a recently launched campaign to Stop homosexual networks in the Catholic Church as organized by the Swiss organization Pro Ecclesia and LifeSiteNews, calling it “legitimate.”  Continue reading

Almost Half of Practicing Christian Millennials Say Evangelism Is Wrong

“Sharing the gospel today is made harder than at any time in recent memory by an overall cultural resistance to conversations that highlight people’s differences.”

(Barna) Sharing one’s faith—evangelizing—is a core practice among many religions. For Christians, it’s viewed as a mandate from Jesus himself before he departed earth: commanding his disciples to “spread the good news.” Yet, today, a number of factors are curbing many Christians’ enthusiasm for faith-sharing, including the decline of religion in America, a spreading apathy toward spiritual matters and a growing cultural suspicion of people of faith. Continue reading

Drag Queen Story Time for Kids at Philadelphia-Area Library Sparks Protest

Drag queen “Annie Christ”

“The fact that we have even been forced to address such a matter as a storytime for children provided by men dressed in drag is a tragic commentary on our culture.”

(Melanie Arter – CNS News)  A story time event at a Lansdale, Pa., library that was organized by drag queens was the target of protests on Saturday. Counter-protesters also turned out in support of the story hour.

The event, called “Drag Queen Story Fun Time with Annie,” featured a drag queen named Annie Christ – which can be interpreted to mean the anti-Christ, a local Fox affiliate reportedContinue reading

Trump the Hero: ‘All children – born and unborn – are made in the holy image of God’

“The bulk of evangelicals have made the conscientious decision to enshrine in power a deeply flawed man who at least is not so flawed as to approve of societal evils like human abortion.”

(JD Hall – Pulpit & Pen)  Donald Trump is likely not a born-again Christian. Nonetheless, Trump is proving to be one of the most unlikely advocates of born-again Christians the political realm has seen in many years.

Claiming to have never asked forgiveness, with rumors circulating that his conversion experience was mediated by charismatic false-prophetess, Paula White, and demonstrating the personal sexual ethic of well, Paula White, Trump’s credentials as a practitioner of Christianity theologically or ethically are dubious. … Continue reading

Pope Francis confirms priests’ abuse of nuns included ‘sexual slavery’

“The Vatican’s new openness in discussing the abuse of nuns comes after years of revelations about clergy abusing children, mostly boys, in their congregations across the globe, and senior clergy members covering up those crimes.”

(Tucker Reals – CBS News)  Nuns have suffered and are still suffering sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic priests and bishops, and have even been held as sexual slaves, Pope Francis confirmed on Tuesday. The abuse was so severe in one case that an entire congregation of nuns was dissolved by former Pope Benedict. Continue reading

Gov. Northam and the guy who said: Kill people in mixed-race relationships

“Certain qualities help your cause, such as being non-white, female, non-Christian, “LGBTQ,” left-wing, and Democrat; the more of these qualities you possess, the more protected you are. You’re practically bulletproof if you have them all.”

(Selwyn Duke – Renew America)  It’s certainly a sign of the times that Governor Ralph Northam’s resignation has been demanded not because of an apparent endorsement of infanticide, but because of a 1984 yearbook photo. Yet another sign is how, while Virginia’s Northam is condemned for having appeared in blackface or a KKK costume, another man is being honored despite having actually appeared before a KKK rally and preaching strict racial separation. Continue reading

Nancy Pelosi Keeps Quoting Her Favorite Bible Verse. The Mystery: It’s Not Actually in the Bible

“Between 2002 and 2018, the quote appears 12 times in the Congressional Record, with Pelosi responsible for all but one of the entries. (The other time, Texas Republican Louie Gohmert was quoting Pelosi.)”

(Ruth Graham – Slate)  Nancy Pelosi addressed a gathering of presidents of Christian colleges this week in Washington, where she thanked the evangelical community for its leadership on immigration and refugee policy reform. To this end, the speaker of the House quoted a favorite bit of biblical wisdom in her opening statement: “To minister to the needs of God’s creation is an act of worship. To ignore those needs is to dishonor the God who made us.” Continue reading

Lone Dem Senator Blocks Bill Banning Infanticide For Babies Who Survive Abortions

Sasse appealed to the conscience of the entire Senate, saying, “Just a few years ago, the abortion lobby was really clear in its talk about hoping abortion would be … safe, legal, and rare. Now we’re talking about keeping the baby comfortable while the doctors have a debate about infanticide. You’re either for babies, or you’re defending infanticide … please, don’t let Governor Northam define you.”

(Hank Berrien – Daily Wire)  On Monday, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), blocking a Senate bill that would require doctors to give aid to babies who survived abortions, objected to the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, and her one vote was enough to prevent the Senate from passing the bill in a unanimous consent vote, LifeSiteNews reports. Continue reading

The Murder of Discernment in Modern Christianity

The willingness to accept discernment when talking about cults, false religions, and well-known charlatans is one thing.  But when the lens of discernment is turned to the celebrity pastor, teacher, podcaster, or fellow, professing “brother,” the willingness for discretion is deleted, particularly when it’s pointed at “our” favorite celebrity. 

(Justin Pierce – Bible Thumping Wingnut)  The Christ-chosen, Spirit-inspired Apostle, Paul, told Timothy to warn “the brothers” of false teachers, the wolves, who bring false doctrines and demonic lies disguised as truth.

“If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus,being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed.”  1 Timothy 4:6

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Mark Driscoll to Host Biblical Church Governance Seminar — Not Satire!

“Why anyone would have Mark Driscoll host a conference on how to govern a church when he has utterly destroyed one and is covered in the blood of his former sheep. Was Ted Haggard unavailable? Rob Bell too busy? I pray anyone foolish enough to attend this can see they are being taught unbiblical principles by unprincipled men.”

(Anthony Wade – 8:28 Ministries) The truth is often stranger than fiction. When I saw the story about Mark Driscoll hosting a conference on biblical church governance I immediately thought it was another scathing satire from Babylon Bee but I was mistaken. Apparently Driscoll thinks enough time has passed since he destroyed Mars Hill Church in the most unbiblical manner possible and then fled church discipline by lying that God told Him to. … Continue reading

Cheerleading Infanticide Might Just Be The Tipping Point For Democrats

“Their position is that a baby can be killed anytime before it is born for any reason. Not just deformed or sick ones, and not just when mothers are in the essentially mythical danger of dying if that baby isn’t aborted stat. Anytime, for any reason.” 

(Kurt Schlichter – Townhall)  As a man, I feel very comfortable telling women that they can’t murder their babies.

I will never be impregnated, or carry a baby, nor give birth, and yet I am still going to demand that no one murder a child. Continue reading

Russell Moore Paints Conservatives as Idolaters of Power Because of ‘Racial Injustice’

“While conservative, Biblically astute Christians — which, unfortunately, aren’t very many any more — can see right through the smoke and mirrors of Moore’s words and actions, Moore continues to paint the right as “bigoted” in an effort to move more people to his side. Creating a false dichotomy, calling it the “idolatry of power,” he essentially claims that conservatives are pro-life but racist, and liberals are pro-choice but non-racist and he wants you to join him in the ‘middle.’”

(Jeff Maples – Reformation Charlotte)  Russell Moore is no stranger to leftist political games. Russell Moore is a pro-life Democrat who holds to nearly every liberal political position there is — to some varying degree or another — with the exception of abortion. Let me say, I’m glad he hates abortion, as any professing Christian should. But Russell Moore likes to play the moderate mediator good guy game, making his position appear more tenable to the masses. Continue reading

Demonizing White Men

“That is just a partial list of statements that would be viewed and condemned as racist simply by replacing “white men” with “black men,” “Mexican men” or “Asian men.” You can bet the rent money that university presidents and media executives would sanction any of their employees for making similar broad, sweeping statements about nonwhite men.”

(Walter E. Williams – Daily Wire)  Rush Limbaugh’s December 2018 Limbaugh Letter has an article titled “Demonizing White Men.” It highlights — with actual quotations from people in the media, academia and the political and entertainment arenas — the attack on white men as a class. You can decide whether these statements are decent, moral or even sensible. Should we support their visions? Continue reading

Hillsong Church Phoenix Conducting a Catholic Mass and Hosting Catholic Priest at Alpha Conference 2019

“Get this, at a Hillsong Church — they are holding a Catholic Mass”.

(Jeff Maples – Reformation Charlotte)  Hillsong Church is a hotbed for heresy–a celebrity-minded prosperity gospel Sunday morning entertainment venue where you can go to have your week’s fill of self-adulation with — by any discernible standard — no Biblical teaching or exhortation.

Most people know Hillsong through their swaths of ear-tickling music that’s poured out of their multiple campuses and celebrity bands throughout the world — a money-making machine for sure. … Continue reading

Oprah’s Spiritual Guru Running for President: ‘Inviting the American People to Get Deep with Me’

She added that being “someone to articulate what’s really happening, the deeper levels of our moral dysfunction” is her “qualification for the presidency at this time.”

(Bridget Johnson – PJ Media)  Oprah’s spiritual adviser launched her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination in Iowa this evening, saying this morning that her aim is to fix the “amoral economic system” and prompt “a moral and spiritual awakening in the country.” Continue reading

Five Truths About the Holy Spirit

(Alistair Begg) Jesus said: “I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you” (John 16:7). Now, I don’t want to bring cold coals to Newcastle by giving you information with which you are already familiar, so let me just briefly give some background on this verse. You know that the Greek word translated here as “Helper” is parakletos. In its technical form, it has a legal dimension; it refers to one who would be an advocate. In its wider context, it speaks of comfort, of protection, of counsel, and of guidance. Jesus also spoke of the Spirit as the Helper in John 14 and introduced Him as “the Spirit of truth” (14:17; 16:13). Continue reading

Is Denying Hell [ECT] a Gospel Issue? A Response to the Anti-Hell Acolytes, and Their So Called Christian Supporters

“Denying Hell is a Gospel issue because the everlasting God will render everlasting salvation for His elect, and everlasting damnation for His enemies. This is constituted in His word.”

(Sonny Hernandez – Reforming America Ministries)  Is denying the biblical doctrine of Hell a Gospel issue? Well, that depends who you ask. If you ask an anti-Hell heretic, one who affirms either soul sleep, conditional immortality, or annihilationism, they will tell you that it is not. If you ask a so called Christian or hireling pastor who spends more time listening to their anti-Hell internet buddies, they will tell you the same argument that anti-Hell heretics use. But if you ask a Bible believing Christian, one who affirms the sufficiency and inerrancy of Scripture, you will undoubtedly hear that denying the biblical doctrine of Hell is not only a Gospel issue, it is heresy! Continue reading

The Left’s Comfort with Infanticide Is a Warning About ‘Medicare for All’

“Not only do the Democrats’ “Medicare for All” socialized-medicine pipe dreams have such staggering price tags that even Kamala Harris felt the stabbing pain in her wallet, but they would put profound and deeply personal medical decisions in the hands of authoritarian bureaucrats whose ideology is hostile to the very concept of individuality.”

(John Hayward – Breitbart)  It’s been a shocking few weeks for abortion extremism, from New York’s shocking late-term abortion law to Virginia’s mercifully unsuccessful attempt to legalize infanticide. It’s time to start talking about death panels again, because this casual attitude toward the destruction of human life is a grim omen of what “Medicare for All” would be like. Continue reading

The Christian and Tolerance

“People rise up in the church and begin teaching doctrine that does not accord with the pattern of sound words entrusted to us in Scripture. Others stand up against that error and criticize it for not aligning with biblical truth. Yet still other men push back against that and say, “Hey, let’s not be so rigid and dogmatic, OK? These folks are aiming to ground their teachings in Scripture; they just have a different interpretation than you do. Who’s to say that our interpretation is better than their interpretation? After all, the text isn’t all that clear anyway. We should hear them out. We should give them a platform. We ought to be tolerant of a diversity of views.”

This is what happened in the Corinthian church…” Continue reading