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Put on therefore, as the elect of God…

Justin Martyr

“Let it be understood that those who are not found living as He taught are not Christians even though they profess with the lips the teaching of Christ…” Justin Martyr

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December 30, 2011 Posted by | Quotes From Great Men of God | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Men, Check Your Skirts at the Door.

I was in a discussion with my brother concerning an article on a wonderful blog called notforitchingears.com. He made a couple of comments about the “in your face” posts in reference to Calvinism. The description he chose got my mind turning, or possibly more accurately; re-turning, as the subject is far from new with me.

I had to wonder, what did he mean by the phrase; in your face? I have to assume (and I know my brother’s intent and I’m just picking on him here) that he is referring to the direct manner in which the article is written. Where was the love? Where were the tears of compassion?

Sniff.

After all, if we’re not careful, someone’s precious little feelings might just get hurt.

Now, if you’ve been in church as long as I have you have heard statements such as; “that should have been said in love”, or “you win more flies with honey than with vinegar”. And other estrogen laced quips. The idea being that soft coddling and pandering is more Christ-like and effective than pithiness. The impetuous of such a belief comes directly out of Eph. 4:15, “But speaking the truth in love…” while fully ignoring the myriad of passages that bring clarity to the meaning of said, love.

But I am forced to ask, what is more loving? To brew a cup of cocoa, sit around the campfire, hold hands, and discuss our Scriptural differences along with intermittent verses of We Are the World sprinkled in for good measure? Or to be direct and passionate about the truth of God’s Word?

In reality, which is genuinely more effective? And what did Jesus and the Apostles do?

The Scriptural examples of the power of a strong manly response are pretty much endless and I will cover some in this article, but let me get to the point.

It is a disturbing but irrefutable fact that American pulpits are filled with skirts. Some are worn literally by those strictly forbidden to be in such a place and others worn figuratively by males who’ve either lost or possibly never had an inkling of the meaning of manhood. Arguably the most shameful dynamic we see in play in the modern church is: while Mrs. Usurper is standing behind the sacred desk and playing a part that she is neither qualified to fill nor anointed to perform, who is often sitting in the congregation?

Her father and/or husband.

I can’t think of a more disgraceful scene.

As my brother texted to me recently: “The problem has now become systemic. Men are actually becoming feminine and women, masculine. It is now spiritual and a result of judgment on our society. What strikes me as funny is; the only reason women rule as they do is because of the law. Remove man’s law and women would be conquered.”

Now before a number of false assumptions are drawn and erroneous statements made in reference to those sentences, consider what was actually being said. He’s not laying down a battle plan for conquering women nor even advocating such a thing. He is simply pointing out that it was not by woman’s strength, prowess, intelligence, or even her beauty that she has gained the upper hand in this generation. It is solely because of men and the laws that he created.

Women are treated as well as they are because men have allowed it to be so. A fact that is well worthy of praise. No real man desires for women to be maligned, abused, denigrated, or otherwise mistreated in any way. Equality in as it pertains to value and heavenly inheritance should be the goal of everyone: man and woman. But when equality extends to roles and position; God has been abandoned and misery becomes the rule.

The obvious goal of this post is to encourage men to overcome the trepidation brought about by the PC attack dogs and embrace your God given position as the leader. That authority and responsibility extends from the home all the way to the church. Sorry fellas, in this twisted world we are increasingly kicked out of genuine leadership throughout the rest of society. But in our family and in our church, we not only should rule but we’d better rule! As Capt. Kirk would say: “That’s an order.” And the command comes directly from the desk of the Great Admiral over all of heaven and earth.

I want to remind you; it’s okay to be a man! Let me reiterate; it’s perfectly fine and even admirable to be a man! Macho is still cool and girliness is still for girls.

When, from deep within the hen-pecked recesses of your soul you feel an unfamiliar urge; say, to shoot a gun. Here’s what you do: go buy one and shoot it. In fact, shoot it a lot! By golly, make a day of it and empty a few boxes of well placed rounds. It’s okay, honest. Well, unless you happen to be inside of a post office, school, or other location that might indicate a much deeper problem than we are addressing here.

What if the urge hits you to have a man day? You might even-tsk tsk tsk-feel the horribly macho desire arise within you to have a full-on tail-stomping, hard shooting, bar-fighting movie night. The idea of kicking back with some friends, popping the top on a couple of ice cold six-packs, and watching Lonesome Dove suddenly gets your juices flowing. Yep, a real man movie with Pepsi on the rocks. You don’t get much studlier than that. And, you know what? It’s okay! That’s what men do!

Uh oh, what happens when you’re all pumped and ready for your man-date, you head into the den, and it happens? There sits you’re precious pink-streaked-hair teenage daughter fully engrossed in her four-thousand-six-hundred-and fifty-third showing of A Walk to Remember. Surrounding her like warriors guarding an Indian Chief sits a band of deceptively innocent faced killers covered in pristine mascara.

What do you do now?

Hmmm….

You know from experience that there is a glass-breaking high pitched wail of torment poised and ready to be used if you so much as look toward the remote that is carefully resting on her glitter covered pant leg. Tiny red-finger-nailed hands wait like tiger’s claws to attack each and every intruder who may dare threaten the sacred space. (NOTE: If this more closely describes your son, please refer to the previous paragraphs concerning shooting a gun. AND PLEASE TAKE HIM WITH YOU…wink, wink).

So, what do you do? You have three Pepsi popping pals staring holes in your back. And you know what they’re thinking: Is he man enough? Can he do it? And can I stay and watch the fight?

Well then my friend, maybe its time you gave them an eyeful and a lesson in manhood. Here’s what you do gentlemen. First you must take a moment to recall that bulky old television from your youth. You know the one. The old monster loved to wait until your favorite shootem-up scene was on and then, like clockwork, it would blink out. The picture was replaced with a shower of snow accompanied by a nerve rattling growl that forced your fingers into your ears. Do you remember how you fixed it? That’s right; you walked right up to that screaming demon and gave it a well placed smack. Not just anyplace either, it had to be in just the right spot or it wouldn’t work. After said thump, normalcy would return and you and your chocolate covered pals could return to the Lone Ranger and Tonto.

So, how does that work with daughters? Actually pretty much the same way. When the joy of blistering six-guns are overridden by an overdose of Ms. Congeniality, you may find yourself in a position of having to act to bring back some normalcy. At times like that you simply walk right up to your daughter, snag the remote from her tiny razor taloned hands and find something on TV that isn’t dripping with sniveling and smooches. At that point the pampered Estrogenites will likely begin to circle looking for any sign of bloodletting on your part. Any sign of weakness that they can exploit. It will begin with an angry protest and, when that doesn’t work, quickly digress into an all out whine coupled with a heavy barrage of guilt baiting. From there it can only get worse. They next step is the earthquake inducing shriek that will crack concrete buildings and throw open closed tombs.

In such a case you must act quickly or the damage will be synonymous with a Mythbuster cannon ball gone awry (if you haven’t seen that news story, Google it). The damage will be devastating. It’s time to hearken back to that old television. So, just like the old fuss box, it’s time for a well aimed smack. And, just like the retired Sony, it has to be delivered in just the right place. Thankfully God provided just such targets.

You hand the remote to your nearest pal and replace it with the upper arm of your shrieking angel, with the other hand, preferably your strong side; you wind up like a pitcher preparing to throw the game winning toss and then deliver a much overdue swat directly on the area of greatest effect. But remember, many times that old TV didn’t straighten out with just one smack. In fact, it often took two, three, or even more before the picture cleared up. Daughters work the same way. That’s why God provided more than one bottom cheek (NOTE: If your daughter is equipped with three or more; see a doctor).

Oddly with daughters sometimes the shrieking actually gets louder after the first smack or two. Don’t despair; just keep delivering until the pain in your ears subsides. Stubbornness levels of Lifetime Network Groupies vary but in all cases the repair works the same. Eventually the agonizing auditory assault stops though it may be replaced with a much more tenable sob. That is acceptable. At least it won’t drown out the TV.

Oh, and also unlike the television, often after this remedy is applied, it is seldom needed again.

And, don’t worry; it is fully legal in all fifty states!

At this point don’t be surprised to see the other She-warriors scrambling toward the door. And don’t worry about the telephones in their hands; they are simply Twittering about the scene they just witnessed while inwardly hoping that you don’t talk to their dads any time soon. Their minds are also playing around with the question; would granny-panties give more protection than the skimpy threads that they normally wear.

And while we’re on the subject I have a tid-bit of news for you; women often say the opposite of what they mean. Yes, imagine that; who knew.

That’s right, that soft smelling creature with perfect hair and manicured nails doesn’t want you to be the same as her, even if she says she does.

Turn it around for just a moment. If you’re like me, sometimes your sounds and aromas aren’t exactly fit for public consumption. A fact that your wife rails on continually. But you don’t feel bad about it in the least. Why? Because you’re a man. But would you want those same emissions coming from your woman? I hope not.

When your wife finagles you into a late night trip to Walmart because she forgot to pick up something indispensable item like vanilla extract or some other cursed thing, do you primp? Shower? Shave? Change clothes? (Lord I hope not.)

I bet she does. Well, minus the shaving, er…hopefully. Hmmm…does a woman shave her legs to go to Walmart? Never mind, a question for another day.

Anyway, the point being, how many times have you gone into a store and seen a guy with hair on end, mismatched clothes, and maybe even wearing a pair of slippers accompanied by a woman who looks to be ready to meet the day? That’s because we are different. And that’s okay. That is what attracts women to us and us to women. So am I saying that women are turned on by the rough smells, sounds, and the gravely manners of men?

Yes! Although they won’t normally admit it. They love us to be rough around the edges. Obviously within reason.

Just as you would never want to be married to a short haired, hard muscled, point on direct, somewhat dispassionate, pin-point focused macho woman (at least I pray that to be so); she also doesn’t want to be married to a sweet smelling, soft spoken, emotion driven, metro-sexual crybaby. Men love a lady while ladies love real men.

And again, it’s okay to be a man. Take charge. Lead. Dare I say; take control.

Oh, pity the fool who thinks he can control his woman, right?

Please! I don’t want to hear it. We’ve heard so much about servant leadership, to the point that genuine authority has been effectively neutered. Does the Bible teach servant leadership? Certainly. But it also teaches leadership; as in ruling. 1 Tim. 3:4-5 makes a man ruling his household a standard for holding a position in the church. A reiteration of Genesis 3 when man was first tasked with the authority that he now holds. And yes, those passages (and others) do mean rule, just as we would understand it.

Does a woman want a trophy buck head mounted on the wall? Probably not, but she loves a guy who’s man enough to shoot it and hang it there. Does she want a man to stand in front of her and tell her no about something she wants to do? No way, but she respects the man who loves her enough to stand up to her. Does she desire to be held accountable when her behavior is intolerable and/or destructive? Never, but she yearns for just such a man to look up to.

If she’s been brainwashed enough, she might even gristle when a man opens a door for her; open it anyway. And open it often. Teach her to stand by until you pull out her chair for her to sit. Lead her into a room with your hand at the small of her back. Expect her to remain silent in church while you set the example of prayer and leadership. Train her to look to you for biblical answers. Then have the answers!

Expect her to obey you while you become a man-of-God worthy of obedience.

Here’s an object lesson. Wait until the next time the restaurant dance takes place. You know the one; it goes something like this:

Wife: “Where do you want to eat?”

Husband: “I don’t care, anywhere is fine.”

Wife: “It doesn’t matter to me.”

Husband: “Mexican sound good?”

Wife: “No.”

Husband: “How about Chinese?”

Child: “Gross, no way. My friend on Facebook says they use real cats in their food. Gag me with a spoon!”

Wife: “Subway?”

Husband: “No, I could buy a steak at outback for less money.”

And it goes on and on until finally out of desperation everyone settles on McDonalds and no one is happy.

Do you know what the wife and kids were looking for there?

LEADERSHIP!

Try this:

Husband: “Where do you want to eat?”

Wife: “I don’t care. Anywhere is fine.”

Husband: “Kids, what do you want?”

Chorus: “Doesn’t matter.”

Husband: “Okay, we’re going to Mexican.”

Chorus of wife and kids: “No, not Mexican, we had that last Tuesday. I hate their tortillas, they taste like moldy mouse guts. I don’t think my stomach can take that right now.”

Husband: “Sorry, I gave you the choice and you couldn’t make it so we are going to Mexican. And, how do you know what moldy mouse guts taste like?”

In the end, the man led the family and gained respect for himself and his position. And you can bet that next time they will be much more forthcoming with a suggestion!

In conclusion of part 1, I simply want to encourage men to be men. It’s alright, regardless of what the feminist loons may say. In fact, if you are pondering doing something that feminist hate; you may just be on the right track.

Stand up, make decisions, take charge, protect, guide, correct, lead, set the example, encourage, chastise, look a little rough now and then, smell a bit musty, love a lot, be gruff sometimes, tender other times, hunt, shoot, fish, race, wrestle, teach, rebuke, set standards, enforce standards, be one to be feared, assuage fears. In short, be the man that the whole family can line up behind and be proud of.

Put your children on your knee more than you put them over your knee but don’t hesitate to put them over your knee.

Say “yes” to your wife a lot and “no” a little. Protect her from herself if need be.

And don’t let anyone, especially Satan, touch your family.

So, was this article in your face enough for you?

Please look for part two; it will be concerning the church and Christianity.

December 8, 2011 Posted by | Biblical Manhood, Women in Ministry | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Kentucky Church Bans Interracial Couples From Joining Congregation.

This is what happens when personal sensibilities overpower the Word of God . Christians make fools of themselves and Christ is mocked.

Shameful!

NOTE: The church as since overturned this ruling. Thankfully!

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/11/30/kentucky-church-bans-interracial-couples-from-joining-congregation/?test=latestnews

December 1, 2011 Posted by | New and Current Happenings | , , , , | 4 Comments

Saint Irenaeus

By means of specious and plausible words, they cunningly allure the simple-minded to inquire into their system; but they nevertheless clumsily destroy them, while they initiate them into their blasphemous opinions….

Error, indeed, is never set forth in its naked deformity, lest, being thus exposed, it should at once be detected. But it is craftily decked out in an attractive dress, so as, by its outward form, to make it appear to the inexperienced (ridiculous as the expression may seem) more true than truth itself.

November 28, 2011 Posted by | Quotes From Great Men of God | | Leave a comment

Prophecy given during the Azusa street revival-dead on.

1. There will be an overemphasis on power, rather than on righteousnes

2. There will be an overemphasis on praise, to a God we no longer pray to.

3. There will be an overemphasis on the gifts of the Spirit rather than on the Lordship of Christ

November 16, 2011 Posted by | Snippets | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Malcolm Smith

Here is a staggering fact that can throw away everything you may have ever believed. The question, “What shall a man do to please God?” is now answered, not with rules and neat formulas, but with the amazing words, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! You are to reject all your efforts to improve and make yourself respectable before God and rest in the One who is the life within. Such a revelation is devastating because it shows that all you have called spiritual life was actually spiritual death, the dead struggles of self proving again and again its inability to live a life pleasing to God. True spiritual life is not what I am doing for God, but Christ being Himself in me.
– Malcolm Smith

November 16, 2011 Posted by | Quotes From Great Men of God | , , , | Leave a comment

Simple Approach to Biblical Interpretation-Unwinding the myth Part II

As I have repeatedly stated; one of the goals of this blog is to show those who may be a bit timid, that Biblical interpretation is normally quite simple. You don’t need a doctorate or even a theological degree. But what you do need is an obedient attitude. You must be willing to follow Scripture regardless of your own personal sensibilities and ideals. You must have the faith to believe that the Lord knows what is best and that His plan is better than yours.

When it comes to egalitarianism and the belief in women preachers/pastors, there really isn’t an alternative interpretation. Scripture says what Scripture says.

And it’s really just that simple.

Differing “interpretations” concerning women in ministry are really not that at all. They are twists, contortions, snubs, and slanders, of Scripture, but they most certainly are not interpretations. When you were a child and your mother ordered you to turn off the TV and do your homework. There simply was no possible alternate meaning of her words. She said it, you knew what she meant, and you likely knew the consequences for disobedience. Any argument you may have tried was nothing more than an excuse for defiance and hopefully your poor behavior was dealt with appropriately.

Allow me to show you just how hard egalitarians work in order to deny the truth of Scripture. I was perusing a web page called Circle of Christian Women at circleofchristianwomen.com here are some observations I made.

In one area of text at the site the statement is offered: “This is not about having dominance or power over you.”

Now it’s very easy to see what the purpose of that statement is; to infer that those who stand against women preachers simply wish to exercise dominion and power over women. But is that an accurate assumption? While it’s obvious that most  people could cite examples of just such men. Possibly quite a number of men down through history but in reality for a man to operate in such a spirit is diametrically opposite of what Scripture teaches on the subject. Just because
some individuals are apt to use the Bible as a club does not nullify the truth  of God’s Holy Word. So, in all reality, Circle of Christian Women and true biblical
traditionalists are in agreement on that subject; it isn’t about dominion or  power over women!

Even before that statement we find the following: “Christian women,  do not permit yourself to be silenced by gender prejudice in the Christian  church.”

By that phrase we see that the folks who accept the clear teaching of Scripture and are willing to obey it, are actually the ones who are flawed. In fact, if you abide  by what the Bible openly proclaims, then you are full of gender prejudice. Frankly, you are a bigot!

Artificially claiming the higher ground while, while at the same time, debasing an adversary who holds the superior argument, is a tactic straight out of the radical left. Pro-abortionists, race-baiters, and homosexual advocates have honed this tactic to perfection. It’s also a favorite battle plan of anti-spanking groups. For  example, from that corner you will often hear statements such as; “we just  don’t believe in hitting our child.” Well guess what: neither do parent who advocate  spanking. Every reasonable person, even small children, fully understand the vast  difference  between “hitting” and spanking. But in an attempt to villainize and debase those of the traditional and stronger argument, they artificially claim  the high ground.

“Knowledge of the scriptures is imperative so that no person can silence your anointing, gifts and talents given to you by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.” 

They make this statement despite the fact that the very same Scripture of which they speak, commands women to be silent in church and forbids them to lead or teach men? 1 Cor. 14:34, 1 Tim. 2:12

We see in this statement another example of reaching for artificial high ground. They might say: “Well since my anointing came from the Blood of Jesus Christ, how can you fight against it?”

Quite simply; it didn’t. A woman can be “anointed” or more accurately called  to do a great many things but God has never called or anointed a woman to be a pastor or a preacher. If he had, that fact would make him in conflict with his own commands. Therefore anyone claiming that the Holy Spirit has anointed a woman to preach is of necessity calling the Lord a hypocrite.

Women preachers have this odd idea that if they publically claim a calling to preach and demonstrate some ability or apparent success in that area, then they are validated. Scripture not withstanding, their calling must have come from God.

But they forget a simple fact: God never changes his commands to accommodate anyone. Even if the woman seems to be the best preacher that the world has ever seen, it is irrelevant; she is still in sin. There’s no way around that fact. A lowly seaman can excel in leadership ability above and beyond the Admiral under whom he serves but, until he legitimately ascends to the office and rank, he still has no authority.

On the subject of women in ministry, it boils down to obedience or rebellion. Those are the only options and there is no middle ground.

Next on the web site an article is referenced from the Trumpet Wind List at TrumpetWindList@TrumpetWind written by Pastor Keith A. Smith.

Notice how far Scripture must be stretched in order to advocate the egalitarian viewpoint. Space does not permit a complete rendering of the errors made in the article but I will work on a few in the list to help you see the tactics used:


“There is not one Scripture in the Bible that forbids women from preaching, but on the contrary, there are many verses that encourage both men and women to preach the Gospel.”

Response:  Really? How about: 1 Cor. 14:34: “Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak: but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law.

Or maybe 1 Tim. 2:12 “But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.”

There are two examples which are very clear concerning the matter. Now, when someone decides to debate this, please read closely what they say. You will find that the argument won’t be clear and honest interpretation of Scripture but rather a shaky attempt to explain it away. Expect statements such as: “The chauvinistic bigots always repeat the same arguments and harp on the same passages.”

Yes we do. Because they happen to be the correct arguments!

Isn’t it funny that Pastor Smith stated; but on the contrary, there are many verses that encourage both men and women to preach the Gospel.”  Yet oddly, he failed to mention one. Here’s the facts: there is not even a single example of a women preacher, pastor, Scriptural writer, or apostle anywhere in the Bible. Neither did any women hold the office of a Prophet. Some prophesied, meaning they told people about the Lord or as the Strong’s Concordance brings out:

1)
to prophesy, to be a prophet, speak forth by divine inspirations, to predict

a)
to prophesy

b)
with the idea of foretelling future events pertaining esp. to the kingdom of
God

c)
to utter forth, declare, a thing which can only be known by divine revelation

d)
to break forth under sudden impulse in lofty discourse or praise of the divine
counsels

1)
under like prompting, to teach, refute, reprove, admonish, comfort others

e)
to act as a prophet, discharge the prophetic office

As we can see, preach is not in the definition anywhere.

So, is there a problem with Strong’s definition of prophesy? Of course not. God’s Word clearly states that women will prophecy. According to Acts 2:17-18 God  promises that in the last days both men and women will prophecy. Yes, they will  be used of God to speak of the kingdom of God. In Luke chapter 2 we learn of a  wonderful woman of God named Anna. She was a widow who lived in and never  left the temple. The text tells us that she served God with fasting and prayer.  nowhere does it mention her preaching.

Verse 38 even tells us that she: spake of him to all them that looked for  redemption in Jerusalem.  What that means is simple; she told people  about Jesus. That’s it. Noteworthy is the fact that in verses 34-35, Simon, prophesied  over the Christ child. Yet Anna remained in subjection and gave thanks. Why  didn’t the prophesy come from Anna? The answer is simple: it was the man’s role, not hers.

In fact there is nothing in the Strong’s definition that conflicts with the  traditional view against women preachers. An amazing fact is that Scripture  explains Scripture. We know that 1 Cor. 14:34 commands women to be silent in church while 1 Tim. 2:12 forbids them to teach or exercise authority over men.  Of course teaching and preaching is inherently leadership/authority roles.  Therefore women cannot perform those actions when men are among the hearers. So, how do we reconcile the fact that the  Bible says that women will prophesy but at the same time they must remain in subjection, be in silence, and not be in authority over men. It’s really  quite simple and is explained in Titus 2:3-5

3The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;

4That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,

5To be  discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own  husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

“2. The Bible teaches that God is not a respecter of persons, and He will use any and all who will yield to Him, regardless of race, age, or sex.”

“Galatians 3:28 – “…neither male nor female…for ye are all one in  Christ Jesus.”

“Acts 10:34 – “…God is no respecter of persons….”

“Moses said in Numbers 11:29, “Would God that all the Lord’s people were  prophets, and that the Lord would put His spirit upon them!”

The crying need of the hour is for more laborers. It is a trick of the enemy to  try to down rate thousands of our faithful laborers just because they were born females.”

Did you catch the myriad of glaring errors? Let’s look at what Scripture actually says in Gal. 3:26-29 (I have included the passages before and after in order to provide context).

26For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

 27For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 

 28There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

 29And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Now the subject with which we are dealing is authority structure in the church, gender roles in ministry, calling, and ministerial office. Honestly, do those  Galatian passages deal with any of those matters? No, obviously not. We clearly see that the subject of the Apostle Paul was summed up in verse 29; our (male and female) position in the body of Christ as it pertains to our eternal reward (as joint heirs 1 Peter 3:7). This passage simply has absolutely nothing to do with the subject of women preachers or pastors.

Acts 10:34 is equally apparent. Again I will include the context; “34, Then Peter
opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: 35, But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.
Emphasis added.

Again, is that passage dealing at all with authority in the church or home, roles in
ministry, or any other matter of the subject at hand? No, it is speaking clearly of our acceptance by Christ and thereby our salvation.

Here’s the problem with the egalitarian’s logic. If you twist passages such as these to make them about authority, roles, and position, then anyone who is under any type of authority could freely do the same. In that case there would be no authority anywhere. A child could just as easily quote Acts 10:34 whenever a parent told him to do something. How well do you think it would work out to quote the Scriptures to your boss at work when he gives you a command? And what about all the passages in the Bible that deal directly with authority and submission?

Why didn’t Paul instruct Onesimus to tell Philemon to go take a hike, after all, there is no bond or free…right? But instead we see Paul sending Onesimus back to his slave master and requesting Philemon to receive him as more than just a slave but also as a brother. In fact in verse 16 of Philemon he says: “…but  how much more to you, both in the flesh (as a servant) and in the Lord (as a fellow believer).”(Amplified)

Basically Paul is acknowledging Philemon’s authority over Onesimus while requesting that he be freed of that slavery.

This same Bible says in Hebrews 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls…” and Col. 3:22, Servants obey in all things your masters according to the flesh…” 1 Peter 3:6, “Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord…” And the list could go on and on. Question: why didn’t Sarah simply remind Abraham that in the Lord there is no male or female?

The answer is obvious.

Is there authority roles in Christ? Yes. Are they to be obeyed? Again, yes. Do the passages quoted by Pastor Smith negate that authority? No, they deal with an entirely different subject.

How about the passage in Numbers 11:29 referred to by Pastor Smith. Let’s look at the context:

24And Moses went out, and told the people the words of the LORD, and gathered the seventy men of the elders of the people, and set them round about
the tabernacle.

25And the LORD came down in a cloud, and spake unto him, and took of the spirit that was upon him, and gave it unto the seventy elders: and it came to pass, that, when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, and did not cease.

26But there remained two of the men in the camp, the name of the one was Eldad, and the name of the other Medad: and the spirit rested upon them; and they were of them that were written, but went not out unto the tabernacle: and they prophesied in the camp.

27And there ran a young man, and told Moses, and said, Eldad and Medad do prophesy in the camp.

28And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of Moses, one of his young men, answered and said, My lord Moses, forbid them.

29And Moses said unto him, Enviest thou for my sake? would God that all the LORD’S people were prophets, and that the LORD would put his spirit upon them!

30And Moses gat him into the camp, he and the elders of Israel.

Notice the subject of the context? Moses wasn’t speaking of women anywhere in the text. He referred to the elders who were men, Eldad and Medad who were also men, Joshua-a man, and the young man. The obvious context of Moses’ statement was that he wished that all MEN were prophets.

But then again, this story is thousands of years before the church while the subject at hand is the church. Although a study of the Old Testament temple and office of Prophet perfectly lines up with the commands of the New Testament concerning the subject.

More to come:

November 14, 2011 Posted by | Biblical Truths Made Easy, Women in Ministry | , , , , | 1 Comment

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Before we talk to people about God, we must first talk to God about people.

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John Macarthur-The Modern Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit

A must hear message concerning the dangerous heresy of some modern Pentecostals. Keep in mind, I am ordained in a Pentecostal organization.

http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/90-415/the-modern-blasphemy-of-the-holy-spirit

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Joel Osteen on Mormonism.

What does Joel Osteen believe concerning whether Mormons are Christians?

http://www.worldviewweekend.com/worldview-times/article.php?articleid=7678

November 7, 2011 Posted by | Dangerous Preachers | , , , , | 1 Comment