In spite of its gross theological and historical inaccuracies, The History Channel’s miniseries, ‘The Bible,’ has become quite a sensation among professing Christians. Evangelical leaders can be seen and heard promoting the production across nearly every social media platform. Men such as Joel Osteen, Rick Warren and T.D. Jakes, all of whom also served on the Board of Advisors for ‘The Bible,’ are perhaps offering some of the loudest praise. To the dismay of many, the show also earned the endorsement of well-known creation ministries. This likely was because it accurately depicted a literal Adam and Eve and a global flood, though accuracy in these two points ought not cause one to overlook the vast number of other errors.
Few seem willing to retract their endorsement of ‘The Bible’ even after being confronted with its numerous errors. Evangelist Ray Comfort broke this pattern, however, when he retracted his own endorsement of the series upon learning of its many theological inaccuracies. Said Comfort on his Facebook page:
It’s been brought to my attention, by a reliable source who conducted thorough research, that there are a number of unbiblical and very questionable things in “The Bible” television series–about the deity of Christ, the character of God, and the reality of sin (among other things). In light of this recent revelation, I cannot endorse this series. If you choose to watch it, I would urge you to do so with a discerning heart, testing all things. Source
Yet, as noted, Comfort appears to be in the minority with his humble willingness to withdraw any praise or endorsement of ‘The Bible’ miniseries. Further, in the midst of the drama and special effects, it seems that another fact has been overlooked or ignored by many evangelicals who are promoting this program, and that is that executive producer Roma Downey proclaims herself to be a devout Roman Catholic. Continue reading →
In his 14 March 2013 podcast of The Briefing, Dr. Albert Mohler of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary shared his thoughts on the office of pope, especially in light of yesterday’s election of Pope Francis I. Associated Baptist Press reports on Mohler’s comments:
“Evangelical Christians simply cannot accept the legitimacy of the papacy and must resist and reject claims of papal authority,” Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, said in a podcast commentary March 14. “To do otherwise would be to compromise biblical truth and reverse the Reformation.”
To rapture or not to rapture? Premillennial, postmillennial or amillennial? While the spectrum of Christian eschatology is wide and varying depending upon one’s beliefs and traditions, one truth ought to unite all believers in spite of their eschatological timeline. What is that truth? That the Lord Jesus Christ will return and that He will return soon.
It is nearly impossible for the internet-savvy Christian to avoid some form of social media. Whether reading or writing, active or passive, few Christians who peruse the internet will refrain entirely from glancing at blogs, Twitter, Facebook, or any other number of social media platforms. In light of this reality, how should the believer approach engagement with social media? Writing at Reformation 21, Jeremy Walker introduces a forthcoming series of blog posts that will discuss how a Christian may seek to engage in the use of social media to the glory of God. View article →
Christine Pack of Sola Sisters shares her concern over the apparent endorsement of The History Channel’s miniseries, ‘The Bible.’ Both Creation Ministries International and Answers in Genesis have come out in support of the production. Pack speculates that this could be because the miniseries portrays Adam and Eve as historical figures and also depicts a global flood. View article →
Rob Bell’s forthcoming book, What We Talk About When We Talk About God, already has begun to cause a stir with the release of two trailers offering teasers of the book’s content. According to the publisher, in this book, Rob Bell “does for the concept of God what he did for heaven and hell in his book Love Wins.”
In the most recently released trailer, Bell compares God to Oldsmobiles, a car that, though once quite popular and reliable, no longer is being manufactured. Bell begins the video by describing the Oldsmobile he used to drive as a 20-year-old. He says it “served him well in those years,” and then continues,
But they don’t make Oldsmobiles anymore. They used to be popular, but the factories have shut down, and eventually the only ones left will be collector’s items, relics of an era that has passed. Oldsmobile couldn’t keep up with the times and has become more and more something of the past, not the future. For them, not us. For then, not now.
For a growing number of people in our modern world, God is a bit like Oldsmobiles.
Things have changed; we have more information and technology than ever. We’re interacting with a broader, more diverse range of people than ever, and the tribal God, the only one many people have ever heard of, appears more and more small, and narrow, and irrelevant, and in some cases just plain mean, and other times not that intelligent.
In two articles appearing this week in the Christian Post (CP), Charles Stanley, pastor of First Baptist Church Atlanta, discusses the mystic concept of waiting in silence and listening for the voice of God, seemingly independent of hearing God speak through His written Word.
In a 5 March 2013 article entitled, “Listening to God,” Stanley discusses prayer by appealing to the Old Testament figure of David. Stanley offers that David approached prayer by reviewing the past, reflecting upon the Lord’s character, recalling God’s promises and finally by making requests of God. This article curiously concludes, however, with Charles Stanley stating the following:
Stop for a minute and think about how you typically interact with God. If prayer time is dominated by your own talking, some adjustments may be in order. Just as the Lord spoke to David, God also has many things to say to you, if you’ll simply let Him speak. Source
Stanley’s language here seems vague, though his instruction appears to allude to the idea of listening for outside guidance from the Almighty, whether via an audible voice or impression or some other subjective means. This mirrors the practice of Eastern meditation and is mystical in its origins and unbiblical in nature. Continue reading →
Last weekend, Yale University hosted “Sex Weekend,” an event organized by a board of seven students as a shortened, three-day version of Sex Week, an event that is held every other year. According to Yale Daily News, “Sex Weekend activities included six lectures and three small-group discussions on topics including sexual health and AIDS activism.”
A Saturday afternoon session with “sexologist” Jill McDevitt found a group of approximately 40 students reconsidering their definition of what is “normal” when it comes to sexual behavior. Continue reading →
Dr. Albert Mohler brings to light a study at the University of Texas that suggests that “regular exposure to diverse and graphic sex acts” may change a man’s moral worldview. According to the study “exposure to pornography may well influence views on the legalization of same-sex marriage. He suggested that viewing pornography leads men, in particular, to shift to more positive attitudes toward same-sex marriage. Regnerus cited the New Family Structures Survey and then reported that a majority of men who view pornographic material “every day or almost every day” agreed that same-sex marriage should be legal.” View article →
The Denver Post recently reported that the Colorado legislature is in the process of reviewing a proposal to repeal laws that make it a crime to commit adultery or “promote sexual immorality.”
Offering his commentary on the matter, Dr. Al Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, writes:
Missing from the legislative debate, at least as reported in the media, is any acknowledgment of how such statutes entered the law books in the first place. Throughout most of human history, morality and law were united and in agreement when it came to the reality of adultery and the larger context of sexual immorality. Laws criminalizing adultery were adopted because the society believed that marriage was central to its own existence and flourishing, and that adultery represented a dagger struck at the heart of the society, as well as the heart of marriage.
Those who viewed the first installment of The History Channel’s ‘The Bible’ miniseries know that far more than merely utilizing creative license, the producers of this series woefully and sinfully altered not simply the biblical text, but biblical truth. Among many grave and concerning alterations, one particular omission stood out, and it seems important to highlight it, especially considering the current moral state of society.
The producers of ‘The Bible’ appear to have taken it upon themselves to alter the story of Sodom and the reason for God’s destruction of this city. Perhaps they did not have access to a dictionary so that they could look up the term ‘sodomy,’ or perhaps they simply forgot to glance at the biblical narrative that clearly explains the sins of this city. Regardless of the reason, the unfortunate result is that the sin of homosexuality, and God’s righteous judgment and wrath upon those who were impenitently engaged in this sin, were ignored. Instead, ‘The Bible’ depicted the sins of Sodom as men behaving promiscuously with women, rather than with those of the same sex. Other significant discrepancies occurred in the telling of this narrative, but this element strikes one as the most notable in a time when many are seeking to normalize the sin of homosexuality. Continue reading →
In an article appearing in the latest issue of Answers magazine, Dr. Albert Mohler writes:
We are living in an era of moral revolution and seismic cultural change. Christians must remember that our ultimate authority is the Word of God. We are thankful for the recognition of civil rights, but we also understand that these rights will be confused in a sinful world. We must understand that the claim that same-sex marriage is a civil right reveals more than constitutional confusion—it reveals the need of every human being for nothing less than the forgiveness, healing, and redemption that can come only through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Many Christians are anticipating tomorrow’s premiere of The History Channel’s miniseries, “The Bible”. The website for the film boasts a list of advisors, many of whom are known for their concerning teachings, including such names as Rick Warren, Joel Osteen and T.D. Jakes, among others. In light of this, Do Not Be Surprised highlights some initial concerns that some Christians may have with this highly publicized production. View article →
From the blog of The Institute on Religion & Democracy:
Officials at Claremont School of Theology are considering removing the cross from the seminary’s chapel for the sake of making the space more appropriate for Jain, Buddhist, and Islamic religious services.
In celebrating the move, Claremont President Jerry Campbell bizarrely declared that Christians who seek to obey Christ’s command to evangelize non-Christians have “an incorrect perception of what it means to follow Jesus.”
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Rom. 12:2, NASB
Back on February 14th my wife and I went to see a movie at a local theater. It was Lincoln, which I have wanted to see for some time since I have been reading Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book Team of Rivals upon which the movie is partially based. The book is history written based upon actual letters and diaries and records written by the people Goodwin wrote about in her book, however, in the movie, artistic license was obviously taken in order to dramatize certain things. Certain facts were made up and others were left out or changed in order “to fit the movie story line” and tell the story that Steven Spielberg wanted to tell. We arrived at the theater early, and we had to sit through nearly 30 minutes of previews and specials before our movie actually started. One of those specials that was previewed was The History Channel’s upcoming miniseries, “The Bible.” View article →
The doctrine of penal substitutionary atonement is made quite clear in Scripture and has been affirmed by Christians throughout church history. In a recent interview with Drew Sumrall of The Harvest Show, emerging church leader and author Tony Jones, in typical postmodern fashion, seeks to question and redefine this core tenet of the Christian faith. Continue reading →
Bethel Church in Redding, California, recently announced that it would be sending out its well-known worship band, Jesus Culture, to plant a new church in Sacramento. Do Not Be Surprised shares the announcement and reminds readers of some of the dangers of this popular music group, which calls itself a “global movement”. View article →
LifeNews (LN) reports that scientific evidence shows that unborn babies feel pain during abortion. Sadly, this fact makes no difference to many pro-aborts. “The way people respond to the scientific evidence that the unborn child feels pain speaks volumes,” says LN. “Some of us have taken what science shows and reacted by supporting laws protecting innocent unborn life. Others with exposure to the very same evidence have generated technology and an industry that literally destroys innocent human life–the abortion industry. View article →
In a time when popular Christian celebrities publish a new book with each new sermon series, Kevin DeYoung, author and Senior Pastor at University Reformed Church in Michigan, suggests that pastors not always gravitate to the latest bestseller, but rather seek to “regularly read over their heads.” His advice also may be quite helpful for the Christian desiring to grow in his or her own knowledge and faith. View article →
Apprising Ministries believe you need to know that a root reason why Seeker Driven and Word Faith churches are so worldly in their approach to church is they simply do not believe in the all-suffiency of Holy Scripture.
That’s why they use foolishness like you’ll see in this new piece to beg people to come to their social gatherings. View article →
The rather banal, supposedly non-fiction, book The Harbinger by “Prophet” Rabbi Jonathan Cahn never really made it too far out of the prophecy camp circles.
Even so, the real prophecies from Cahn couched behind so-called non-fiction severely divided online apologetics and discernment ministries such as this one.
The reason for that was because of a devastatingly accurate critique by Dave James, which completely blew up the faulty eisegesis underlying Cahn’s speculation/prophecies, which in my opinion, were designed to titillate and sell a book.
Apprising Ministries now brings you up to speed as to where things stand right now.
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When it comes to food, does “natural” automatically equal “better”? While it is true that eating food that is less processed is more healthy than eating food that is highly processed, it is important for the Christian to remember that Jesus declared all foods to be clean:
“Nothing outside a man can make him ‘unclean’ by going into him. Rather, it is what comes out of a man that makes him ‘unclean.’” After he had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about this parable. “Are you so dull?” he asked. “Don’t you see that nothing that enters a man from the outside can make him ‘unclean’? For it doesn’t go into his heart but into his stomach, and then out of his body.” (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods “clean.”) Mark 7:15–19
Further, when Adam and Eve sinned and brought about the Fall, all of the world was cursed, including the plants (Gen. 3:17; Rom. 8:22). Thus, “going back to nature” and esteeming natural, plant-based food, treatments, etc. as better or more pure may be faulty thinking.
Sola Sisters examines Scripture and ponders this “natural” trend. View article →