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Saturday, September 17, 2016

"The Atheist Delusion" Critical Review

Well, I decided to watch Ray Comfort’s latest film, “The Atheist Delusion” to find out if it did what it claims to do — convert atheists to theism in a few minutes. What I found instead is an unbiblical and temporary change in these atheists to unsaved theists, the use of Satanic material, and the preaching of a false gospel.

Fools And Science

In this film, Ray attempts to give atheists scientific proof of God. He does this by going to the magnificent testimony of creation. He provides in the film certain statistics which make it impossible for a creator not to exist. But there’s a problem with this. The Bible teaches that atheists are fools, “(To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.) The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.” (Psalm 14:1). The Bible says of the fool, that he hates knowledge and wisdom, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Proverbs 1:7). “How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?” (Proverbs 1:22).

Atheists do not want scientific evidence for God (contrary to what they might claim). They are fools who don’t want to know the science for God. They are not atheists because they reasoned their way into atheism, but because they gave up reason altogether. Therefore, giving an atheist scientific evidence for God is not going to be effective because atheists don’t want evidence for God. Ray was flat out wrong for trying to convince atheists with science.

The Foolishness of God

But what else are we supposed to do? Preach the Lord Jesus Christ to these atheists? Won’t they find that as foolishness, since they don’t believe in God? What use would it do? The Bible gives a startling answer, “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:18). No matter how much scientific evidence you can throw at someone, a man being God in the flesh who rose from the dead will always seem foolish to unbelievers. But God wants us to do that anyways, “For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.” (1 Corinthians 1:21). Even if our gospel message seems foolish to an atheist, we should still preach it. Why? Because it has power in itself to convict a lost man to put His faith in Christ, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” (Romans 1:16). Instead of trying to convince a fool of wisdom, we should preach the gospel, which has power.

Temporary Theism

In the film, Ray uses a set of “stump questions”. These are questions posed against the impossibility of the big bang and atheism. They usually stump the average atheist, since he is not equipped with an excuse to dismiss these questions. As a result, in the film, some atheists “become” theists. But remember, atheists are fools according to scripture. Thus, the evidence didn’t really convince them, it merely stumped them. They will remain stumped until they go home to quickly Google up a good excuse to dismiss the stump question. In fact, when Ray interviewed a professional atheist (Lawrence Krauss), instead of being stumped, he came up with ridiculous answers. Why? Because he isn’t interested in facts, but in remaining in his foolishness. And it is those same excuses the average atheist will hold dearly to when he learns them after being stumped by a good question. The atheists in this film who changed their minds about atheism will certainly revert back to atheism, “As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.” (Proverbs 26:11).

Not Made In God’s Image

In the film, Ray Comfort told atheists that they were made in God’s image. That is simply a lie. Man was originally made in God’s own image, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” (Genesis 1:27). But after man sinned, all of mankind since then have been born in the image of sinful Adam, “And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth:” (Genesis 5:3). The sinful image of Adam is the image of God marred from sin. Atheists are not made in the image of God.

Satanic NKJV

In the film, Ray quoted from the Satanic New King James Version (1984). The New King James Version is a harborer of heresy, as seen in its translation of Jeremiah 8:8, “How can you say, ‘We are wise, And the law of the LORD is with us’? Look, the false pen of the scribe certainly works falsehood.” The subject of this verse is the copying of the scriptures by the scribes. The NKJV plainly teaches that the scribes worked “falsehood” by falsely copying the scriptures (“the law of the LORD”). In other words, the Bible was changed and is no longer the word of God, but the word of man. This is heresy. Why Ray would choose to preach from this Satanic Heretical Bible is anyone’s guess.

Lordship Salvation

Ray Comfort then promoted his Satanic Lordship Salvation. This is the false message that in order for someone to be saved, they must first turn from all their sins (stop sinning) to be saved. This is distinctive in all his films and videos. Instead of salvation coming from stopping sin, it comes by faith alone in Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Conclusion

“The Atheist Delusion” is Ray’s delusion of convincing atheists of the truth with science, and the preaching of Satanic Bibles and a false gospel. Don’t share it or like it.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Calvinism's Strange Connections To Roman Catholicism | Part 4: Paul Washer

Paul Washer is a strong Calvinist who gives talks at various conferences. One of those conferences was in a Roman Catholic Monastery. Here’s the story:

Paul Washer came to speak at a Coram Deo Conference in 2013, with the topic, “The Gospel To The Center”. He apparently thought, “Holy Cross Monastery”, a Catholic pagan building was a good spot to discuss what he considers the true gospel. And he wasn’t there because he secretly infiltrated the conference to preach to lost Catholics. He was there as an invited guest speaker, showing that Coram Deo was okay to have him there. And the Holy Cross Monastery was apparently okay to have Coram Deo there. There can only be one conclusion to this: the Roman Catholics at that Monastery was just fine having Paul Washer as a speaker there. Strange, isn’t it?

But it gets weirder. Through this conference, Paul Washer helped to join Coram Deo with Heart Cry Ministries. Which means Heart Cry is working together with a group that is approved by Catholics to speak in their monasteries.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Calvinism's Strange Connections To Roman Catholicism | Part 3: State of Grace

The image below is a quote from one of Calvin’s sermons on Ephesians.


It was Calvin’s attempt to give an answer to, “how do we know if we are of the elect?” Of course, the Biblical answer that was the response here by Calvin is, “if we believe in Christ, we are the elect”. That is because we first come to Christ for salvation, and then we are placed into Christ as the elect.

But, elsewhere, John Calvin gave a surprisingly different answer — one that lines up with Roman Catholicism. Calvin states in his Institutes of the Christian Religion, Book 2, Chapter 5, Section 3, “...Therefore, while WE ALL LABOUR naturally under the same disease, THOSE ONLY RECOVER HEALTH to whom THE LORD IS PLEASED to put forth his healing hand. THE OTHERS whom, in just JUDGMENT, he passes over, pine and rot away TILL THEY ARE CONSUMED. And this is the only reason WHY SOME PERSEVERE TO THE END, and OTHERS, AFTER BEGINNING THEIR COURSE, FALL AWAY. Perseverance is the gift of God, which he does not lavish promiscuously on all, but imparts to whom he pleases. If it is asked how the difference arises—WHY SOME STEADILY PERSEVERE, and OTHERS PROVE DEFICIENT in steadfastness, we can give NO OTHER REASON than that THE LORD, by his mighty power, STRENGTHENS AND SUSTAINS THE FORMER, so that they perish not, WHILE HE DOES NOT FURNISH the same assistance to THE LATTER, but LEAVES THEM to be monuments of instability.”

This is summed up by Calvinist R.C. Sproul as, “So the old axiom in Reformed theology about the perseverance of the saints is this: If you have it—that is, if you have genuine faith and are in a state of saving grace—you will never lose it. If you lose it, you never had it.”

This means that the only consistent way to know if you are of the elect in Calvinism is not if you currently believe in Jesus Christ (since you can fall away, and thus prove yourself to have never been saved). The only consistent assurance of salvation in Calvinism is if you persevere in your faith in Christ till your death. If you persevere for 50 years, and then fall away in the last year of your life, Calvinism considers you lost and have never been saved. Thus, you must die with faith, before you can know you are saved.

The Roman Catholic Church teaches a very similar doctrine. The Catechism of the Catholic Church Part 1, Section 2, Chapter 3, Article 12, Number 1023 states, “Those who DIE IN GOD’S GRACE and friendship and are perfectly purified LIVE FOR EVER WITH CHRIST. They are like God for ever, for they “see him as he is,” face to face...” The Catholic Church teaches that you must die in a state of grace to receive salvation. This is very similar with the Calvinist doctrine that you must die in a state of grace to KNOW you have already received salvation. Thus, assurance is impossible for the consistent and living Calvinist.

What does scripture give of assurance? The moment we trust in Jesus Christ, we have absolute assurance of salvation. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH IN HIM should not perish, but HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE.” If we believe on Christ, we know we are saved. Of course, God grants us out of His mercy extra signs and proofs we can look to for assurance of salvation (e.g. fruit, 2 Cor. 5:17), but we don’t have to die in a state of grace to know we are saved.

Rome Rules Calvary Chapel Churches

The first Calvary Chapel Church established was Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. The lead pastor was the late Chuck Smith. Chuck Smith was openly ecumenical, and stated, “Catholics are basically Christians too”.

Chuck Smith put an image of a down-left facing dove in his church building.

Source: http://www.calvarychapelcostamesa.com/visit/
It is this very image that Ex-Jesuit Alberto Rivera testified that is a Jesuit Catholic symbol (The Force, page 24).


This means that the ecumenical Chuck Smith was under the control of the Jesuit order. He was a mere puppet of the papacy in promoting ecumenical unity.

But here’s the interesting part: no church can just call themselves Calvary Chapel. The name “Calvary Chapel” is a trademarked name, owned by Chuck Smith’s Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. Just go here, and do a basic search for "Calvary Chapel" (without quotes). Click on the "LIVE" one (not the "DEAD" one).


This means that in order for a church to be called “Calvary Chapel”, it must have the permission of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. This means that if Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa wants a certain Calvary Chapel church to change its doctrines, either that church will change it’s doctrines to keep the name “Calvary Chapel”, or they will abandon the system altogether and be forced to adopt a different name. This means thus, that all churches that currently have the name “Calvary Chapel” are controlled by Chuck Smith’s church. In other words, all Calvary Chapel Churches are under the control of a church founded by a Jesuit puppet who promoted ecumenicism.

But what about the current pastor of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa? Did he change the ecumenical focus? Here’s a video of the current Senior Pastor Brian Brodersen, teaching the exact same ecumenical unity Chuck Smith taught.

Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa was founded by a Jesuit puppet who promoted ecumenicism, is continued to be controlled by an ecumenical pastor, and controls all Calvary Chapel churches. This means all Calvary Chapel churches belong to Rome. If you are in such a church, please confront the pastor about it. If he refuses to give up ecumenicism and break thus with the Calvary Chapel denomination, then leave.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Calvinism's Strange Connections To Roman Catholicism | Part 2: Modern Bible Versions And "Sovereign"

In the last post on Calvinism, I showed proof that all modern "Protestant" versions (i.e. those based on the Nestle-Aland Greek text) are basically Catholic Bibles without the Apocrypha (except the ESV -- it has an edition that includes it from Oxford Press). With that in mind, it's very interesting to note how the big Calvinist buzzword, "sovereign" is not found anywhere in the King James Bible. But it is found HUNDREDS of times in the modern Vatican Versions.



Question for my Calvinist friends: Will you side with the KJB, or with the Vatican promoted modern versions?

Btw, the above word search includes wildcards.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Calvinism's Strange Connections To Roman Catholicism | Part 1 - J.I. Packer

J.I. Packer is an author virtually all Calvinists have heard of. He wrote a famous treatise attempting to reconcile evangelism with Calvinism (well, he didn’t use those exact words, he actually instead portrayed it as an “antinomy”, but you get the point). His book is called “Evangelism And The Sovereignty Of God”.

But just who is J.I. Packer? In his book, he quotes not out of the King James Bible, but out of the Vatican’s own English Standard Version.



The ESV is, of course, based on the Nestle-Aland 27th Greek text. The same Greek text made under the approval and supervision of the Vatican.



That makes the ESV a Vatican Version. And J.I. Packer uses it to defend his Calvinism.

But to make matters worse, Packer describes himself openly as an “ecumenical” Anglican.

And to seal the deal, J.I. Packer signed his name in endorsement on a 1994 document called “Evangelicals & Catholics Together” outlining the heresy that Roman Catholics are our brothers and sisters in Christ.

This document was cosigned with names such as Pat Robertson, and openly Jesuit Bishop Carlos Sevilla.

It’s obvious J.I. Packer is working to get Evangelicals and Catholics together, in preparation for the coming antichrist — the pope of Rome (Daniel 9:26 KJB). Could Calvinism play a part in his goal? Absolutely. Here’s why: Calvinism goes hand in hand with Lordship Salvation. Lordship Salvation is the teaching that we must turn from all of our sin (stop sinning) for everlasting life. That is obviously works for salvation (Jonah 3:10). But, Calvinism “solves” this problem by having someone be saved before they do those good works for salvation. Thus, the argument goes from the Lordship camp, we can do these good works for forgiveness because we are already saved by grace (Ephesians 2:8) before we do those works (which are unto salvation). Calvinism prepares the road for a works salvation message that can be easily molded into the works-based system of Roman Catholicism.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Bill Bright's Contrived Statistic

Over and over again, I've seen this statistic: Only 2% of Christians share their faith on a regular basis. And yet, I never have seen the actual data for such a statistic. Every website and book that makes that statistic refers to it being made by Dr. Bill Bright. But even then, most websites don't give any citation to where Dr. Bright said that. Although, I did find a book that did give a citation. It cites The Coming Revival for the support of this statistic. In that book, Dr. Bright made this statement on page 65:
"According to numerous surveys, 50 percent of the hundred million who attend church each Sunday have no assurance of their salvation. And 95 percent are not familiar with the person and ministry of the Holy Spirit. Only two percent of believers in America regularly share their faith in Christ with others." (emphasis added).
This is the origin of this commonly cited statistic. Yet, in the book, absolutely no footnotes or citations are given to back up any of these statements. Dr. Bright either made them up on the spot, or simply repeated rumors that he heard.

So what is the truth on this matter? The number of professing Christians who share their faith on a regular basis is more like 14%, not 2%, according to a LifeWay Poll. This is still, no doubt, a very low number of Christians who share their faith on a regular basis. But the contrived statistic by Dr. Bill Bright, and parroted by nearly everybody is simply flat out wrong with nothing to back it up.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

The Textus Receptus -- The True Majority Text

As a King James Bible Believer, I kept hearing the statistic that the Textus Receptus underlying the King James Bible was the Majority Text (i.e. the Majority of Greek manuscripts supported it), and that the Westcott-Hort text is a minority text. While I could see visible evidence of the latter, I couldn’t find any documentation for the former claim. It seemed to me to be just a rumor that nobody had looked into. Other KJB Believers agreed with me on that.

BUT, I recently found the evidence I was looking for. While browsing one of these websites promoting this claim, I decided to look over again the sources for it: The Four-Fold Superiority of the King James Bible by D.A. Waite. I found this webpage version of that book with the same statistics. It further directed me to Forever Settled by Dr. Jack Moorman. I found an online copy of that book and read it carefully. I finally found my answer: this is no rumor, this is fact. Dr. Moorman basically surveyed old and new books written against the Textus Receptus. These various books written by various authors and scholars, who certainly had access to all the Greek manuscripts and their readings, were specifically about the differences between the Alexandrian text and the Byzantine text (as expressed by the Textus Receptus). They were collations of non-Byzantine texts that read against the Textus Receptus. The rest presumably are pro-Byzantine texts lining up with the Textus Receptus. Dr. Moorman counted all the manuscripts these anti-KJB authors could find and published his results in his book. Then, D.A. Waite decided to make a statistics chart to see how much percentage wise of manuscripts lined up with the Textus Receptus. It turns out (as shown below), that over 99% of the Greek manuscripts in existence are pro-Byzantine and pro-Textus Receptus. The rest (less that 1%) lined up with the Alexandrian Westcott-Hort Greek text. Dr. Moorman in his book admitted that the exact numbers are not written in stone, and that there were undoubtably a few Alexandrian manuscripts not mentioned as being Alexandrian by all the scholars he researched, but those differences would be minor. They wouldn’t change the overall picture of 99% to 1% in favor of the Textus Receptus. The Textus Receptus being the majority text doesn’t mean that all it’s particular and unique readings are supported by the majority of manuscripts, but that the text type as a whole was supported by the majority of Greek manuscripts.


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Archaic Words In The KJB (Part 6)

16. Assay
Hebrews 11:29 KJB says, “By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.” This is referring to Moses and the Israelites escaping the Egyptians in the Exodus. Exodus 14:23 describes the Egyptians in this event, “And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them to the midst of the sea, even all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen.” Of course, they “were drowned”. The clear implication of Hebrews 11:29 is that whereas Moses and the Israelites actually passed through the Red sea, the Egyptians tried to (in following after them) as well, but were drowned. Thus, the KJB’s definition of “assay” is to try or to attempt. This is exactly what it means in English. The 1828 Webster Dictionary defines “assay” as, “To attempt, try or endeavor.” This word is so archaic, it’s found even in The Message Bible (2002) in Proverbs 17:3.

17. Assupim
Actually, the Interactive Bible.ca spelled it wrong. It’s actually spelled “Asuppim” with one “s” and two “p”’s. 1 Chronicles 26:15 KJB reads, “To Obededom southward; and to his sons the house of Asuppim.” It’s pretty obvious “Asuppim” is a name. The house of Asuppim is the house that belongs to the man or family that went by the name “Asuppim”. It’s pretty hard to update a name, since names are not archaic. No dictionary is needed to define a name here. And it happens to be so archaic that it’s found in the modern Orthodox Jewish Bible (2011) in 1 Chronicles 26:15.

18. Asswage
Job 16:6 KJB tells us, “Though I speak, my grief is not asswaged: and though I forbear, what am I eased?” This verse has a parallel structure in it (the first part is like the last part) that defines “asswaged” as “eased”. The KJB thus defines “asswage” as to calm or to ease. This is confirmed by the 1828 Webster Dictionary which defines “asswage” as “assuage”, which itself is defined as, “To soften, in a figurative sense; to allay, mitigate, ease or lessen, as pain or grief; to appease or pacify, as passion or tumult. In strictness, it signifies rather to moderate, than to quiet, tranquilize or reduce to perfect peace or ease.” It’s not an old word, for even The Conservative Bible (2010) retains it in Job 16:6.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Archaic Words In The KJB (Part 5)

13. Ariel
Isaiah 21:9 KJB says, “Woe to Ariel, to Ariel, the city where David dwelt! add ye year to year; let them kill sacrifices.” Ariel is a name for a city. Elsewhere in the KJB, it’s a name for a person. News flash — names aren’t archaic. How do I know this? Because even the New International Version (2011) has it here! As of yet, there is no way to update a name. No dictionary is needed here.

14. Armhole
Jeremiah 38:11-13 KJB reads, “So Ebedmelech took the men with him, and went into the house of the king under the treasury, and took thence old cast clouts and old rotten rags, and let them down by cords into the dungeon to Jeremiah. And Ebedmelech the Ethiopian said unto Jeremiah, Put now these old cast clouts and rotten rags under thine armholes under the cords. And Jeremiah did so. So they drew up Jeremiah with cords, and took him up out of the dungeon: and Jeremiah remained in the court of the prison.” From reading this, it seems obvious of what happened. They let down two “cords” with clothes hanging on them. Then Jeremiah put his arms over the clothes (which themselves were over the cords), and was lifted up. By thinking about it, “armholes” would have to mean armpits (the only place Jeremiah could put his arms over the cords). And that’s exactly what it means. The 1828 Webster Dictionary defines “armhole” as, “1. The cavity under the shoulder, or the armpit.” In fact, even the more modern Amplified Bible (1987) uses this word in Ezekiel 13:18. This is in no way archaic.

15. Artificer
Genesis 4:22 KJB tells us, “And Zillah, she also bare Tubalcain, an instructer of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubalcain was Naamah.” 1 Chronicles 29:5 KJB reads, "The gold for things of gold, and the silver for things of silver, and for all manner of work to be made by the hands of artificers. And who then is willing to consecrate his service this day unto the LORD?" According to the KJB, an artificer is someone who works with metals (apparently to mold them into different shapes). Plus, the very name sounds like someone who crafts the metals into art (artificer). The KJB defines “artificer” as someone who works with and shapes metals into specific shapes for specific uses (e.g. art). The New English Dictionary confirms this by defining “artificer” as, “1. One who makes by art or skill; esp. one who follows an industrial handicraft, a craftsman.” And like the other “archaic” words, it’s so old, that The World English Bible (2000) has it in Jeremiah 10:9.