There is a lot of fearmongering going on over at Brannon Howse’s “Worldview Weekend” ministry in recent times.
Mr. Howse has been consumed by an unchristian fear, including his guilty-by-association conspiracy mind-set. The Gospel has been neglected and tarnished by Howse’s misguided, personal attack against James White and Alpha & Omega ministries. His thin-skinned, protracted assaults are only hurting Howse and his ministry—and of course the Gospel. Sadly, he does not see this. It is unbecoming of a Christian ministry.
As Christians we should not be so consumed by the intentions of the unregenerate (e.g. “Does this Muslim really intend to hurt me?”). Instead, our duty is to faithfully proclaim the Gospel of Christ. We proclaim and pray that God’s glory will be revealed.
Fear will paralyze us, but faith will express the sorts of things that Paul did not fear:
“Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will trouble, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we encounter death all day long; we were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we have complete victory through him who loved us! For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor heavenly rulers, nor things that are present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom 8:35–39)
Christian, there is a day coming in this country when we will have no legal recourse.
As a Christian do you really want to go out of this world fearfully exclaiming, “My rights have been violated!”?
Or do you want to confidently in faith take that one, and last, opportunity to stand firm and give God glory in your persecution or even martyrdom?
“If anyone is meant for captivity, into captivity he will go. If anyone is to be killed by the sword, then by the sword he must be killed. This requires steadfast endurance and faith from the saints.” (Rev 13:10)
Dear friends (Jeff Downs here) I want to inform you of some things that I’ve been involved in. First, and foremost is a new podcast called Christianity And…. An Apologetics Podcast. We recorded our first episode a few weeks ago (hope to work out the sound issues). Lord willing, future episodes will include a discussion on confutation in the pulpit, as well as working through Machen’s book Christianity and Liberalism.
Please like our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/ChristianityAnd/
Podcast #1 is located here: http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=62171633352
In connection with the podcast, we’re also putting together some T-shirts with various quotations, etc. Check out and like the FB page here: http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=62171633352
Finally (James will love this one), our family has been roasting coffee since 2005. We’ve decided that we’re going to roast and sell. If you’re interested, please check out and like our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/DownHomeRoasters/
Some of may be wondering about a journal I announced with a similar name as the podcast. That is not going to happen. Sorry.
Did a follow up on the INC debate and its aftermath today, responding to the posting of a Facebook article likening me to Simon Magus in my seeking to obtain the book, Fundamental Beliefs of the Iglesia Ni Christo (Erano G. Manalo). Went in-depth into John 1:1, 17:3 (didn’t even go on to 17:5!), and discussed the Holy Spirit as well. Toward the end we covered a few other topics, such as a tweet from a hyper-Traditionalist accusing me of “having no Gospel.” We will do another program tomorrow afternoon, looking at a response offered by the Ecclesiastical Text advocates to some comments I made last week.
Here is the YouTube link:
A few years back I posted an article explaining the weak textual evidence of Luke 23:34a, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”
This week is Good Friday and many sermons will be using this verse, so I think it is appropriate to bring awareness of its textual nature.
Whether you agree with me or not, pastors and Christians should still be aware of this textual issue and its larger theological implications, especially the important question of whether forgiveness is conditional or unconditional.
Here is the article: