Review: “The Bible Project–Brilliant but Flawed” by Pastor Richard Sweatman

In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (1 John 4:10)

whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; (Romans 3:25)

Excerpt from Pastor Sweatman’s article:

Tim Mackie explains earlier in the podcast (at about 35 minutes) that the idea of God killing Jesus instead of us or taking out his anger on Jesus instead of us is a distortion of the gospel. According to him that’s actually taking pagan notions of sacrifices made to gods such as Zeus and reading them into the story about Jesus. …continue reading article…

LA Times Op-Ed: Why America’s record godlessness is good news for the nation

Phil Zuckerman writes in the LA Times:

The secularization of U.S. society — the waning of religious faith, practice and affiliation — is continuing at a dramatic and historically unprecedented pace. While many may consider such a development as cause for concern, such a worry is not warranted. This increasing godlessness in America is actually a good thing, to be welcomed and embraced. Continue reading article…

And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, (Romans 1:28)

Crushed for our iniquities (Isaiah 53:3-5)

He was despised and forsaken of men,
A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief;
And like one from whom men hide their face
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.

Surely our griefs He Himself bore,
And our sorrows He carried;
Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten of God, and afflicted.

But He was pierced through for our transgressions,
He was crushed for our iniquities;
The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him,
And by His scourging we are healed.

A.A. Christian tells atheist anything can be his “god,” even a bedroom dresser

Would a Christian ever tell a hurting addict that it is okay to envision “god” as a doorknob, or a bedroom dresser, rather than sharing the Good News about Christ? Happens all the time in Alcoholics Anonymous, where anything and everything can be your “god.” Sadly, most Christians in A.A. bow to 12 Step theology.

The following is a comment from a reader who watched this occur. She writes:

A family member who had been in AA for bondage to alcohol was explaining the program to another family member in bondage to drugs. The drug abuser said they couldn’t do AA because they did not believe in God. The AA member said “Oh, no problem! Anything can be your higher power – even your bedroom dresser!” I am not kidding, this is an actual conversation. …the AA member is also a professing Christian yet had no problem explaining to the atheist that anything could be their higher power. It left me speechless and that isn’t easy to do! (emphasis mine)

“For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” (Mark 8:38)

Alcoholics Anonymous is tremendously successful. That success, however, is not in treatment effectiveness, but in pointing unsaved alcoholics away from Christ while watering down the faith of the Christians who do attend the 12 Step meetings.

Until the Body of Christ understands A.A. and other 12 Step groups promote an unholy theology, nothing will change.

When a doorknob could be your god

But twelve-step programs made one critical change in Christian ideas. They switched from God to a ‘Higher Power’ of each person’s understanding, which doesn’t necessarily mean any god anyone else has ever seen or thought of. This Higher Power, this made-up god, has healing force that had previously been reserved only for known gods. Sometimes twelve-step leaders, in trying to explain how loose this concept is, will say, ‘That doorknob could be your god.’ [1]

Source Notes:

1. Christine Wicker, The Fall of the Evangelical Nation, p.137 (Kindle version)

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. (1 John 4:1)

Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; (1 Tim 4:1)

This is what the LORD says:
“Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths,
Where the good way is, and walk in it;
Then you will find a resting place for your souls.
But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’ (Jeremiah 6:16)

What was the original title of ‘The Swiss Family Robinson’?

So, a few years ago, at a little before 2 a.m., I was at the table eating peanut butter and crackers, when I saw The Swiss Family Robinson on the bookshelf. As it turns out, this is not the original title of this wonderful classic. It was first published as The Shipwrecked Preacher and His Family: An Instructional Book for Children and Their Friends in City or Country.

The author, Johann David Wyss, was a pastor with four sons. One of them (Johann Rudolf Wyss, who also wrote the Swiss national anthem) got his father’s permission to edit the written stories that Pastor Wyss had shared with his children when they were young.

It may be that the sons also contributed to these stories; or it may be that his son Johann Rudolf Wyss not only edited but finished writing them–or actually wrote them based on his father’s oral stories.  There are competing versions of this on the internet and elsewhere. At any rate, the book was published in 1813. Pastor Wyss died in 1830, but already his book was popular in many countries.

If you have children, this is a good book to read as a family.

George Muller and the Word of God

“As the outward man is not fit for work for any length of time unless he eats, so is with the inner man. What is the food for the inner man? Not prayer, but the Word of God-not the simple reading of the Word of God, so that it only passes through our minds, just as water runs through a pipe. No, we must consider what we read, ponder over it, and apply it to our hearts.”
― George Muller, The Autobiography of George Muller

“The vigor of our spiritual life will be in exact proportion to the place held by the Bible in our life and thoughts.”
― George Müller

“It was at this time that God began to show me that his word alone is our standard of judgment in spiritual things; that it can be explained only by the Holy Spirit; and that in our day, as well as in former times, he is the teacher of his people.”
― George Müller, The Autobiography of George Müller

Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder “claimed some power over spiritualistic phenomena”

Spiritualism according to Merriam-Webster: a belief that spirits of the dead communicate with the living usually through a medium.

“[A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson] experimented with and eventually claimed some power over spiritualistic phenomena. So profound was Bill’s immersion in this area that he at times confused the terms ‘spiritualism’ and ‘spirituality.’” (Ernest Kurtz, NOT-GOD, pg. 136)

“There shall not be found among you…a medium or a spiritist or one who calls up the dead. For whoever does these things is detestable to the Lord.” (Deuteronomy 18:10, 11, 12)

In PASS IT ON, A.A.’s official biography of Bill Wilson, Lois Wilson recounts some of her husband’s experiences of 1941. Saturday was generally the scheduled day for these psychic adventures. “Bill would lie down on the couch. He would ‘get’ these things. He kept doing it every week or so. Each time, certain people would ‘come in.’ Sometimes, it would be new ones, and they’d carry on some story.” (PASS IT ON, pg. 278-79)

So, “every week or so,” Wilson would open himself to this entity (or entities), and “certain people would ‘come in.’” Today this is known as channeling.

Who or what is the force that drives the Left to cancel conservatives?

…so that no advantage would be taken of us by Satan, for we are not ignorant of his schemes. (2 Cor 2:11)

According to Marsha West of Christian Research Network:

It has become clear to discerning Christians that the Spiritual Forces of Darkness engineered America’s shift to the far left.  And anyone who chooses not to toe the line, anyone who won’t buy into the “woke” narrative or dares voice their disagreement with the totalitarian Left finds themselves “cancelled” (smeared, maligned, demeaned). This is especially true for followers of Jesus Christ. …continue reading article…