Saturday, December 29, 2007

Should The Church Teach Tithing?

I believe the Biblical answer is no. The essay on the site below is excellent! Please read this in light of the Scriptures, not Baptist traditions. I believe an honest examination will agree.
http://www.tithing-russkelly.com/

Thursday, December 27, 2007

The Golden Calf of the Reformation

"The Golden Calf of the Reformation" is one of the best articles I have ever read. If you want to know what is wrong with "Reformed" Christianity, this is a must read, and I believe it will be spiritually helpful. The Reformation by itself, in my personal opinion, did not go nearly far enough.

(To read this article, please click on the following link, then click the link of the article itself on the resulting page, which is a Microsoft Word document):

The Golden Calf of the Reformation
Vol 24-3 October, 1998
http://graceandtruthenterprises.homestead.com/gatepost95to2001.html

Disclaimer: I am not in any way directly affiliated with this site or its author, and I am not responsible for its content.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Happy Birthday, Jesus?

I wonder...

How many Baptist churches sang the nonsense, "Happy Birthday, Jesus" yesterday?

How exactly do you sing such a ridiculous song?

Happy Birthday to you...
Happy Birthday to you...
Happy Birthday Dear Sovereign Lord Jesus...
Happy Birthday to you!

(I only inserted a little truth in the song above... I've noticed the more truth you add, the more ridiculous the song gets.)

How many true Baptist churches are left, unmixed with Roman Catholicism?

A friend just told me that Conrad Murrell, of Grace and Truth Enterprises (G.A.T.E.), calls this time the "hollow days." How true! (By the way, he has a great theological site. Highly recommended!)

www.graceandtruthenterprises.homestead.com

I have a friend who's been a sovereign grace believer for 25 years now. He was converted by God's grace at age 24. He was born and raised in the Roman Catholic church.

He told me that he lived in a mostly Catholic community, with the exception of a Seven Day Adventist family, a Baptist family, and a Pentecostal family. Everyone else in the general area was Catholic.

He very vividly remembers being laughed at by the non-Catholic children for celebrating Midnight Massacre on Christmas Eve and sunrise services on Ishtar Sunday Morning. Now most of the Baptist churches in the whole county where he lives just about fall over themselves to announce Christmas Eve candlelight services and sunrise services on Ishtar Sunday.

Are there any real Baptists left?

Or does it really even matter any more?

It seems like we have come full circle and have learned the way of the heathens, Jeremiah 10:2. (Please don't get mad at me; I'm just the messenger.)

Monday, December 24, 2007

Keep Christ Out Of Christmas

Christ was never in Christmas in the first place!

Christmas is nothing more than a Roman Catholic holiday, whitewashing many of its pagan origins with a more respectable "Christianized" veneer.

I believe you will find these links interesting:

http://users.aol.com/libcfl/xmas.htm
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualNLs/Xmas_ch1.htm
http://www.rapidnet.com/~jbeard/bdm/Psychology/xmas/celeb.htm

On Christmas hymns:

http://www.rapidnet.com/~jbeard/bdm/Psychology/xmas/xmas_car.htm

And on "Xmas":

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xmas
http://www.snopes.com/holidays/christmas/xmasabbr.asp
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/xmas

Disclaimers: I do not necessarily agree with everything at these sites (for example, Landmarkism and KJV-onlyism in the first one). Please consider these links within the context of the blog posting only for reference to my views.

Don't take my word for it. Research this for yourself (start with the Catholic encyclopedias!). And perhaps an honest investigation into the truth of the matter will free you from this unholy, grotesque creation known as Christmas.