Hey folks, please vote for Chi High QB Justin Czech for “Player of the Week” for leading his team to a 31-30 comeback win over Rice Lake and a share of the Big Rivers conference title. With his team down 30-17 with less than four minutes to go, Justin completed two TD passes and a two point conversion pass to propel the Cards to the win.
Dr. Everett Piper, President of Oklahoma Wesleyan University, and a guest on WWIB radio, had his open letter to Pres. Obama published on Fox News’ website. Hear him discuss this and other top issues of the week Friday morning at 10am CT on WWIB and WWIB.com.
Until this morning, I’d never heard of TheBrickBible.com. Thanks to my guest, Professor of Old Testament, David T. Lamb, of Biblical Theological Seminary in Philadelphia for mentioning it on “Front Page” as we discussed his new book, “Prostitutes and Polygamists: A Look at Love, Old Testament Style.”
Please join with me in asking the Lord to comfort our President, as he grieves the loss of his 34 year old technology policy advisor, Jake Brewer. Brewer was killed Saturday in a cycling accident, while taking part in a charity ride to raise money for cancer research.
Brewer is survived by his wife, journalist Mary Katherine Ham, their beautiful toddler, Georgia, and the child whom his Mary Katherine is due to deliver in a few weeks. An education fund has been set up in memory of Jake, and the initial post includes a note from Mary Katherine.
Like many people of faith I’m disappointed and disturbed by Friday’s SCOTUS decision legalizing same-sex marriage. I think the faith community has real and legitimate concerns about future implications for religious freedom and the tax-exempt status of non-profits, among other things.
However, what if we used this NOT as an opportunity to further dig in our heels in a real or imagined “culture war,” and instead viewed our nation first and foremost as a “mission field.” Michael Horton made this case very well in his 1994 book, “Beyond Culture Wars: Is America a Mission Field or a Battle Field?” And it seems to me that’s basically what David Brooks is getting at in his NYT column today, “The Next Culture War.”
How do we live this out practically? Scripture I find instructive is John 3:17, where Jesus says “For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” As believers in Christ we need to evaluate ourselves honestly and ask ‘Am I condemning others MORE than I’m pointing them to the one who died for their sins and rose from the dead?’
Let’s heed the encouragement of Joseph Aldrich in his wonderful book, “Gentle Persausion: Creative Ways to Introduce Your Friends to Christ,” where he wrote “Love them until they ask you why.” I think this is very much in keeping with 1Peter 3:15,16, which says, “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have, but do this with GENTLENESS and RESPECT, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.”
Dr. Richard Swenson and Julaine Appling of WI Family Action each joined me today to discuss Friday’s 5-4 same-sex marriage ruling by the Supreme Court. Beyond the decision, both acknowledge genuine and deep concerns about the future ramifications of this decision affecting religious freedom and more.
Leader-Telegram reporter, Eric Lindquist, brought tears to my eyes Father’s Day morning with his very personal, front page column discussing his dad’s battle with Parkinson’s disease. In the column, Lindquist bravely kicked off an effort to raise funds for Parkinson’s research through the #Parkinsong Challenge. When I interviewed him about it Monday morning on WOGO-AM680 and WOGO.com, I pledged to accept the challenge. Will you? Listen to my interview with him, and learn more about this great effort kicking off in Eau Claire–and don’t miss Eric singing a slice of Don Mc Lean’s “American Pie.”
On the May 7th “Front Page,” Pastor Mike Thompson of Faith Free Church in Stanley helped us wrap up five straight Thursday broadcasts on “Cults,” focusing today on Mormonism. While Mike provided the historical background and a doctrinal comparison for folks to consider, Carla Wehe(Way) offered her perspective as someone fresh out of Mormonism after mor
A Comparison Between Christian Doctrine and Mormon Doctrine
by Matt Slick
“Take up the Bible, compare the religion of the Latter-day Saints with it and see if it will stand the test,” (Brigham Young, May 18, 1873, Journal of Discourses, vol. 16, p. 46).
What does Mormonism Teach?
1.God came from another planet
2.God is a man with a body of flesh and bones
3.There is a mother goddess
4.God and his goddess wife are married
5.You can become gods
Following is a Comparison between Christian Doctrine and Mormon Doctrine:
There is only one God. (Isaiah 43:11;44:6, 8; 45:5)
“And they (the Gods) said: Let there be light: and there was light,” (Book of Abraham 4:3).
God has always been God. (Psalm 90:2; Isaiah 57:15)
“God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens!!! . . . We have imagined that God was God from all eternity. I will refute that idea and take away the veil, so that you may see,” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 345).
God is a spirit without flesh and bones. (John 4:24; Luke 24:39)
“The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s,” (Doctrine and Covenants 130:22; Compare with Alma 18:26-27; 22:9-10).
“Therefore we know that both the Father and the Son are in form and stature perfect men; each of them possesses a tangible body . . . of flesh and bones,” (Articles of Faith, by James Talmage, p. 38).
The Trinity is the doctrine that there is only one God in all the universe, and that He exists in three eternal, simultaneous persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
The trinity is three separate Gods: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. “That these three are separate individuals, physically distinct from each other, is demonstrated by the accepted records of divine dealings with man,”(Articles of Faith, by James Talmage, p. 35).
Jesus was born of the virgin Mary. (Isaiah 7:14; Matt. 1:23)
“The birth of the Saviour was as natural as are the births of our children; it was the result of natural action. He partook of flesh and blood–was begotten of his Father, as we were of our fathers,” (Journal of Discourses, vol. 8, p. 115).
“Christ was begotten by an Immortal Father in the same way that mortal men are begotten by mortal fathers” (Mormon Doctrine, by Bruce McConkie, p. 547).
Jesus is the eternal Son. He is second person of the Trinity. He has two natures.He is God in flesh and man (John 1:1, 14;Col. 2;9) and the creator of all things (Col. 1:15-17).
Jesus is the literal spirit-brother of Lucifer, a creation (Gospel Through the Ages, p. 15).
4) THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. He is not a force. He is a person. (Acts 5:3-4; 13:2)
Mormonism distinguishes between the Holy Spirit (God’s presence via an essence) and the Holy Ghost (the third god in the Mormon doctrine of the trinity).
Salvation is the forgiveness of sin and deliverance of the sinner from damnation. It is a free gift received by God’s grace (Eph. 2:8; Rom. 6:23) and cannot be earned. (Rom. 11:6)
Salvation has a double meaning in Mormonism: universal resurrection and . . .”The first effect [of the atonement] is to secure to all mankind alike, exemption from the penalty of the fall, thus providing a plan of General Salvation. The second effect is to open a way for Individual Salvation whereby mankind may secure remission of personal sins,” (Articles of Faith, by James Talmage, p. 78-79).
Salvation (forgiveness of sins) is not by works. (Eph. 2:8;Rom. 4:5; Gal. 2:21)
“As these sins are the result of individual acts it is just that forgiveness for them should be conditioned on individual compliance with prescribed requirements–‘obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel,'” (Articles of Faith, p. 79).
The inspired inerrant word of God (2 Tim. 3:16). It is authoritative in all subjects it addresses.
“We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly. . .” (8th Article of Faith of the Mormon Church)
This is only a sample of many of the differences between Christianity and Mormonism. As you can see, they are quite different doctrines. God cannot be uncreated and created at the same time. There cannot be only one God and many gods at the same time. The Trinity cannot be one God in three persons and three gods in an office known as the Trinity, etc. These teachings are mutually exclusive.
This is important because faith is only as good as the object in which it is placed. Is the Mormon god the real one? Or, is the God of historic and Biblical Christianity the real one?
Mormonism is obviously not the Biblical version of Christianity. It is not Christian, and Mormons serve a different god from do the Christians–a god that does not exist. Paul talks about this in Gal. 4:8, “when you did not know God, you were slaves to those which by nature are no gods.” Only the God of the Bible exists. There are no others. Mormonism puts its faith in a non-existent god.
Eight Questions(and three scriptures) for Jehovah’s Witnesses
On the April 30th “Front Page” we continued our series on cults with Pastors Mike Thompson and Brian Cole of Faith Free Church(faithfreestanley.org) in Stanley, as we focused on Jehovah’s Witnesses. For a fuller discussion of these questions/verses adapted from Rose Publishing, check out our podcast of the April 30th FP.
1.Would you want a person translating a bible from Greek to English to be qualified in biblical languages? If so, how do you come to grips with the truth that the New World Translation was written by a team that was not qualified to translate the Greek text? Only one person on the translation team had ANY Greek training. And he had nothing more than the introduction class in college?
Food for thought: Could you translate a Spanish bible if you had only an introduction to Spanish class?
Question: Did you realize that in order to translate a bible from Greek to English it takes about 3 to 5 years of Greek training at minimum?
Question: Did you realize the watchtower translation team which had insufficient Greek training added words to your bible that do not exist in ANY Greek text?
Question: Did you realize that translating a bible from Greek to English is an exercise of linguistics and not an act of prophecy? God spoke in a language and he never changes the meaning of words or the rules of grammar. He spoke to us in known language and expects us to follow the normal rules of the language in which He gave us His word.
2. Are you okay with the Watchtower making up rules that are not in the bible?
1.Blood transfusions = consuming blood (really?)
2.Discourages too much education: Does it seem like they are trying to keep you unlearned so you won’t find out something?
3.Don’t salute the flag or serve in the military (our real biblical call is to worship God and not the countries’ leaders as they did in Rome)
3. If the Watchtower Governing Body claims to be the only mediator between God and men. They would be equal to a prophet, but have they passed the test of a prophet? (see 1 Kings 17) One book by the grandson of Franz portrays the watchtower as a group of men who are biblically illiterate. Further, did you know that bible claims there is ONE mediator between God and men? It is the Lord Jesus Christ. And each person approaches God through Him alone.
4. Are you okay with the fact that the Watchtower had to use a occultist to justify their changing the text in John chapter one? An occultist was the only person in the world they could find who did not see Jesus as God in John 1. This occultist is the only one who agreed that they should add (all other things) to John 1 giving the idea that Jesus was not the God of Genesis 1 who created “EVERYTHING.”
Johannes Greber, a Roman Catholic priest became interested in communication with spirit beings. These “spirits” often spoke through his wife, a spirit medium, and told him the Bible was full of errors.
Greber authored the book: “Communication With The Spirit World of God.” In this book, Greber claims the spirits helped him in his translation of the New Testament. Greber saw translations coming not by scholarship but by the words passing before his eyes. This is the way an occultists writes as he or she communicates with demons.
Greber claims that “Jesus was not God but one of the first of God’s sons.”
In 1956 the Watchtower admitted Greber was a spiritist. But in 1962 they began quoting Greber as a theological source. Why would they quote Greber (a known occultist) in their literature? Because they could find no one else that would render John 1:1-3 the way their own translation did.
Word for Word Greek to English Translation
1 Inen the beginningarchē waseimi theho Wordlogos, andkai theho Wordlogos waseimi withpros ·ho Godtheos, andkai theho Wordlogos waseimi Godtheos. 2 Hehoutos waseimi inen the beginningarchē withpros ·ho Godtheos. 3 Allpas things were createdginomai bydia himautos, andkai apartchōris from himautos notoude a single thingheis was createdginomai thathos has been createdginomai.
Dr Mounce is one of the top Greek scholars in the world. If he and every other Greek scholar translated the bible passages as the JWs do I would be a JW. But I trust the Greek scholarship of those who have actually studied the language. Again, why is the ONLY person is the world that agrees with the John 1 rendering (Jesus created “all other” thing) a known occultist?
5. Why do you deny the Trinity and the Deity of Jesus when they are both clearly taught in scripture?
(Jesus called Himself “I AM” which is the tetragrammaton of Yahweh)
(Act 5 says to those who withheld money, you have lied to the Holy Spirit, you have lied to God and not man. Luke is calling the Holy Spirit God. This is further proof for a trinitarian God)
(At the baptism of Jesus you see the Father, Spirit and Son appear in the same moment and in the same text)
6. The bible calls for the ministry of benevolence among God’s people. Yet the ministry of benevolence does not exist in the JWs. Why is this important biblical practice ignored?
Matthew 5:42 42 Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.
Matthew 25:35-45 35 For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; …
Luke 3:11 11 And he would answer and say to them, “The man who has two tunics is to share with him who has none; and he who has food is to do likewise.”
7. Why would the JWs require 2 witnesses to child molestation. Are you okay with a denomination that make child molestation predictable? Romans 13 tells us that God uses governments to protect us. Why hide child molestation information from the government? There are NEVER 2 witness. Perverts molest children only when they are alone and when there are NO witnesses to the crime. This is what happens when you make up rules that are not in the bible. People get hurt!
8. Why do your leaders discourage you from hearing other perspectives or having friends of other faiths? If your doctrine was solid it could stand any test or examination including input from outside sources. It is because they do not want you to find out about their total lack of scholarship background and the truth that they used Greber an occultist to confirm their mistranslation of John 1. If you know too much you may find the truth.
3 Passages for Witnesses
Vs 28 In answer Thomas said to him: “My Lord and my God!” vs29 Jesus said to him: Because you have seen me have you believed? Happy are those who do not see and yet believe.
Vs 6 For there has been a child born to us, (Jesus) there has been a son given to us; and the princely rule will come to be upon his shoulder. And his name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace (Name for the eternal God are given to Jesus, the “child born to us”). 7 To the abundance of the princely rule and to peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and upon his kingdom in order to establish it firmly and to sustain it by means of justice and by means of righteousness, from now on and to time indefinite. The very zeal of Jehovah of armies will do this.
Revelation 1:8 I am the Alpha and the Omega, says Jehovah God, “the One who is and who was and who is coming, the Almighty.”
Question: Who is speaking here? Who is Alpha and Omega?
Revelation 21:5-7 And the One seated on the throne said: “Look! I am making all things new.” Also he says: “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” 6 And he said to me: “They have come to pass! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To anyone thirsting I will give from the spring of the water of life free. 7 Anyone conquering will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be my son.
Question: Do we still see that Alpha and Omega is Jehovah God?
Revelation 22:13 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.
Question: Do we still see that Alpha and Omega is Jehovah God?
Revelation 1:17 When I saw him, I fell as dead at his feet. And he laid his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last,
Question: Who is the “First and The Last?”
Hint: They will answer; “Jehovah God”
….Let’s continue reading…
Revelation 1:17-18 I am the First and the Last, 18 and the living one, and I became dead, but look! I am living forever and ever, and I have the keys of death and of the Grave.
Question: When did Jehovah God die? If this is not Jesus, who could it possibly be?
Question: Can you go back to your Kingdom Hall and ask your overseer when Jehovah God died? If this is not Jesus who is this? When you get an answer can you bring it back to me?
On Thursday’s “Front Page,” Pastor Mike Thompson and Associate Pastor Brian Cole of Faith Free Church(faithfreestanley.org) in Stanley continued our series on “Cults, the Occult and False Teachers.” They began by dealing with the “Characteristics of Christian Cults”, and talked later about “Techniques Used to Control People in Cults or Abusive Churches.” The material they presented was adapted from Rose Publishing. The podcast provides a fuller discussion of lists below.
Christian Cult Characteristics
1.A leader who claims to hear from God like an Old Testament Prophet or an Apostle. Who can question a prophet? Who can check the prophet for errors unless the prophet is forced to compare his so called “word” with scripture.
2.This leader and the group rejects all other churches or minimizes that claiming that our church is more “pure” and “undefiled” than all others.
3.There is control over members activities and friendships. In some of the worst cases members are told to distance themselves from their families or those who disagree with the church / organization.
4.Special diets. Many churches make themselves stand out from others churches by claiming that they are holier because they abstain from certain foods. They are “serious” about their faith because they are willing to follow “the entire word.” This usually relates to following Jewish dietary laws that were a requirement of the temple system.
5. Special language is a common among churches that display cult like behavior. Their buzzwords are a summary of their special revelation that sets them apart as God’s only people. Words like; “full revelation,” “slave class,” or “truly chosen” are used to identify members. This special language functions like a secret handshake and tells you who is buying in and who is not.
6.Sleep deprivation is a technique used by many cults in induction phases. This cuts down peoples’ defenses so they will agree with just about anything. It is an interrogation technique used by some of the more dangerous cults.
7.No privacy. A false teacher does not want you to be apart from him and have time to think about what you are doing.
8.Overpowering demonstrations of love often directly follow abusive behavior. The craving some people have for love causes them to put up with the abusive indoctrination and systems corrections that immediately precede the outpourings of love. In addition love bombing is used to initiate or recruit people into a cult or false teaching.
9.Control over finances is typical of those who claim to be the only voice of God. They want you to “sew” into this exclusive ministry so that the only true teaching will grow. However, the money often goes directly into the pockets of the upper echelon of the organization.
10.Leadership of cults and false churches do not tolerate honest questions. They demean people often in public and force them to repent of questioning God’s prophet. Leaders must maintain the ruse that they alone hear from God. If this scam is broken their control over others may be broken. Thus all questioning must be met with extreme measures.
Techniques Used To Control People
In Cults or Abusive Churches
The following are psychological techniques used by many cults, codependent leaders, or control members (enforcers) to control others or protect themselves from exposure.
Spiritual abuse is the act of using God’s name or unbiblical rules to “get bigger” than people so as to eliminate their questions or force their ongoing compliance.
When a leader is threatened or a parishioner wants to exert unbiblical influence, he or she will contact many people and solicit them to be against the person that is being singled out. This is a form of systems correction that keeps an unhealthy system in tact.
3. Refuse to acknowledge ANY good deeds, actions or beliefs until that person comes to agree with the system enforcer about the issue in question.
4. Withholding love and approval no matter how good or bad a person performs until the “non-aligned” person agrees with the system enforcer about the issue in question.
5. Sabotage various aspects of the “non-aligned” person such as relationships, work or ministry until they agree with the system enforcer about the issue in question.
6. Lie about the person (slander) until they agree with the system enforcer about the issue in question.
7. Fault find until they agree with the system enforcer about the issue in question.
These techniques have been used by abusive leaders and abusive non-leaders in order to control the behavior of other others within a religious system.