Alex Jones

Alex Jones, Candace Owens, Bill Hybels, Young Earth Theory!

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Hello friends and thank you for listening to the podcast! The main point of today’s podcast is the attack on Alex Jones and free speech. Candace Owens was also attacked by this movement as she was temporarily suspended from using Twitter. I do not necessarily agree with Alex Jones or some of his points, but he is still entitled to his voice to be heard equally. Notice that I say equally. If these tech companies would police both sides equally, then I believe it would be okay to eliminate Alex Jones from using their platforms. This is called the free market! But it is not about equal policing, is it?

Alex Jones and Candace Owens

Alex Jones is the biggest conspiracy theorist in the mainstream today. Out of Austin, Texas, Jones has become a mainstream personality during the Trump era. Finding footing during the 9/11 fallout under George Bush, Jones has consistently been a thorn in the establishments side.

He says a lot of outlandish things that allows him to get headlines on mainstream sites. He is talked about on the nightly news and was even spoken about from Hilary Clinton herself.

Candace Owens has become a mainstream conservative speaker as well. I would want to see her thoughts on Alex Jones. Candace recently appeared on his show. She was also attacked by the Twitter moderators for her attack on the new NYT Editorial Board member. I would highlight the tweets below on posting, but they are very profane. I read them on the podcast, and you can see them linked here.

https://www.businessinsider.com/apple-shuts-down-most-of-alex-jones-infowars-podcasts-2018-8

 

Willow Creek Church

Bill HybelsBill Hybels is the biggest pastor to fall during the #MeToo movement. The recent allegation against him will make 10 women that have came forth against the defamed pastor. The account that she tells is graphic to read and is disheartening to see more women come against him. To be fair to Hybels, he has sternly denied these recent allegations against him from this women.

The fallout has led the teaching pastor that took over for him to resign. This man was co-pastoring with another teaching pastor that is a women. He has decided to resign after these latest allegations while the woman has decided to stay on.

I go in on this pastor that decided to leave the church. I believe that a true shepherd would not leave his flock when the weather gets bad. A true shepherd would help the flock through the storm. A false or weak shepherd can only lead the flock when it is sunny and 75 degrees outside.

https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2018/august/bill-hybels-steve-carter-resigns-willow-creek-gls-summit.html

Young Earth Argument

young earth theoryThis section of the podcast was cut short due to my son waking up earlier than usual. If you have kids you know exactly what I mean!

I preface the argument by stating that this is a secondary argument that cannot keep you from an eternal salvation. However, believing the old earth theory is the wedge evolutionists are using to try and discredit the Bible and Genesis altogether. They are teaching our children this doctrine! This is the way that they can begin to lead young children into atheism and away from salvation.

God bless

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Art Azurdia

Art Azurdia Posts His Confession

Our Support for Art Azurdia Should be Pouring in

I have posted Art Azurdia’s full confession below. This was a very heartfelt letter that he typed on his WordPress blog page. I recently made the mistake of lumping Azurdia in with other pastors that have fallen during the #MeToo movement. I was terribly wrong in this judgement. The post has recently been deleted and I have greatly repented for it. Art is still a great Christian and his repenting heart bleeds through this open letter.

Art Azurdia at the Shepherd’s Conference

Art greatly sinned against his wife and family. This is no argument. From Wretched Radio’s Todd Friel, Azurdia is unqualified for ministry. I might actually disagree with this notion, but only time will tell. Art seems to be repenting for his sin and asked for our forgiveness. Of course we forgive him. We are commanded in scripture to forgive always. How many times has God forgiven you? He has forgiven me thousands and thousands of times and will continue to do so. To not honor that request from a fallen brother is hypocritical.

God bless Art and his family. I have been praying for them during this hardship. It is important that when a sound brother falls that we are there to help him through it. Art may not know who I am, but I have learned a lot from his teaching. This does not make me want to quit listening to his teachings, but it has tainted it for many.

We should also pray for Trinity Church through this difficult time. Our brothers and sisters are hurting. We should pray without ceasing.


Art Azurdia’s Public Confession

July 27, 2018

To my wife and family members, the elders and congregation of Trinity Church, the faculty of Western Seminary, and friends and colleagues both near and abroad . . .

Someone very wise once said: “Pastors must be the chief repenters in a congregation of repenters.” It is important that this proves to be the case now—not because I haven’t yet repented, but because my sin is of such a nature that I need to express my repentance to you.

Several years ago, prior to the inception of Trinity Church, I strayed from my wedding vows, breaking the covenantal bond I made to my dear wife thirty-six years ago. More recently, I again violated my marriage commitment. In both instances I engaged in adulterous relationships that were nothing less than acts of defiance to the will of my God and Father, as well as expressions of profound ingratitude for the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ that I prize so dearly.

I confess this sin and take full responsibility for it. There are no justifications, excuses, or rationalizations for my behavior. I, in acts of idolatry, chose sin over God. I am profoundly ashamed at the enormity of my rebellion, as well as the hypocrisy of exercising ministry while cloaking my sin in the shadows.

I am broken by the magnitude of my offenses to God, the devastation I have inflicted upon my wife, the grief brought to bear upon my children, and the disappointment I have produced among the people with whom I have been privileged to share ministry. Though it is entirely undeserved, I humbly ask you to forgive me for my betrayal of your trust and friendship. With each passing day the fresh awareness of this betrayal breaks my heart in greater and deeper ways, leaving me with nothing but a hope in the accomplishments of the cross to which I desperately cling.

Despite the profound grief and shame, I am deeply thankful to my heavenly Father for graciously exposing this sin and forcing me to turn from it. The promise that He chastises those He loves so that His children might share in His holiness gives me hope and comfort. My present and painful circumstances have become, to both my wife and me, the gracious verifications of God’s Fatherhood and my spiritual paternity.

Because of my sin I have disqualified myself from the office of elder. Furthermore, I have no desire to pursue ministry of any kind. My focus is entirely directed at making right the very thing I have ignored for too long: the well-being of our marriage. This long-term process has already commenced in meetings with experienced counselors and, under their supervision, will be extended to include a team of qualified people who will also contribute to the reestablishment and strengthening of our relationship.

This reprioritized commitment will require us to relocate—in large part, as a response to my wife’s desires and needs, and also to make ourselves available to care fully for my wife’s elderly parents. Consequently, she and I now resign our membership at Trinity Church, freeing the elders to give their entire attention to carefully shepherding the congregation through this season of challenge. Likewise, we are choosing to relinquish the remaining balance of the severance package so kindly extended to us by the elders so as to free Trinity Church from the burden of caring for our financial responsibilities.

I am certain that my sin has brought about waves of divergent emotions in many of you: hurt, confusion, sorrow, anger. All of these are appropriate responses to my failures that your Heavenly Father understands. Moment by moment I feel the heavy weight of inflicting them upon you. If, however, I may appeal to your mercy in Jesus Christ, dear friends, allow me to ask four things of you:

1) Please direct your anger and frustration at me, while extending love and support to my children (who have responded to my repentance and confession with kindness and compassion), and especially to my wife, who has revealed the depth of the gospel’s influence in her life by extending undeserved grace and forgiveness to me. Lori continues to display the likeness of her Heavenly Father in real and palpable expressions that overwhelm me with tearful humility and contrition. Though I have failed her egregiously, I love her deeply and desperately. With God’s help, our family will survive this season and eventually thrive for God’s glory;

2) Please pray for the elders of Trinity Church. I have wounded these brothers deeply, and now a great and unexpected responsibility rests upon their shoulders. Owing to the gospel and the restorative power of the Holy Spirit, however, they can lead Trinity Church into a stronger and more vibrant congregational life that will bear a unique and powerful testimony to the gospel and what it can accomplish;

3) Please pray for the congregation of Trinity Church. This is an extraordinary gathering of diverse people who are consumed with the priorities of worshipping the Triune God and declaring the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ. My wife and I have been the consistent recipients of her great love, support, and generosity. Beyond all compare, these eight years at Trinity Church have been our most joyous days in thirty-six years of ministry;

4) Never doubt the gospel and our great Savior, Jesus Christ. I have failed you profoundly, my dear friends, and I do plead for your forgiveness. I love you—albeit with a love that has been marred by great failure. But the gospel of Jesus Christ will never fail you. The fact is, its greatest glory proves most obvious in the context of sin and failure—in this case, my own great sin and failure.

We, in our brokenness and humiliation, now need your prayers.

God bless you,

Art Azurdia

“Christians” and Game of Thrones

Watching Game of Thrones

I was recently at a family gathering and “the guys” were sitting at our own table. As we were discussing games that we play on xbox one they started talking about Game of Thrones. My cousin has watched the entire series – twice! That number staggered me. I have never turned on Game of Thrones and I never intend to. To go into a deeper dive into the state of Christian men, or Christian sissy boys, click on those links.

There is a certain standard we need to hold ourselves as Christians. When we say that we are “not of the world”, that saying goes for more than just believing in Christ. We are not supposed to be OF THE WORLD.

False Teachers

Pastors such as Carl Lentz and Steven Furtick will tell you otherwise. They say that we need to, “invade the culture, become one with the culture” to bring people to Jesus. That – of course – is gibberish.

‘”If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you. ‘ – John 15:18-19

furtick2These verses are a good gauge of our spirituality. If you are hated by the world, chances are that you are one with God. If the world accepts you as its own, then you are playing in muddy water.

Furtick and Lentz lead churches that are of the world. The world loves them because that brand of Christianity is “of the world”. It is watered down to the point to where coming to Christ is nothing more than a chance for Instagram likes.

Of the World

game of thronesIf you spend your free time watching Game of Thrones, Sons of Anarchy, Westworld, The Wire, etc., you are committing a great sin. We are not supposed to be of the world, but a representative of Jesus Christ. If we spend our time in the world we are representing a false Jesus and will lead people astray.

‘You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved. ‘ Matthew 10:22

The world hating you is a great responsibility. To endure this hatred to the end will save us.

God is great and His Promises are great. To stand against the world will take great sacrifice, but it is worth the eternal salvation we can look forward to.

God bless

The Case for Biblical Judgement

Judgement while having your own plank

highway GIFBefore I was truly saved I spent my time focusing on judgement on others un-Biblically. I would judge without removing the plank from my own eye. I was a hypocrite and even worse, I was a false convert. The issue with modern Christianity is that we are able to call ourselves Christian without being one. I was living in an un repentant lifestyle, which was putting me on the “Highway to Hell”.

The first passage in Matthew 7 discusses Biblical judgement. This passage is probably one of the most overused and misunderstood passages in the Bible today. Atheists and liberal “Christians” often use this text to argue that you should not worry about their lifestyle. We should not judge because we sin as well and if we all sin then we should not be judging each other.

Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

Matthew 7:3-5

Removing my plank

Before Christ saving me in a true salvation, I enjoyed judging others without removing the plank in my own eye. As a young “Christian” man it was often easy to judge those that are living in homosexuality, alcoholism, pride-filled, etc. The problem with me, however, is that I was living in the lust of the flesh and was not repenting. That made me a hypocrite! A false convert! A lost sheep of God. And worse, I was claiming that I was representing Jesus Christ.

But what was worse was that I would have been unable to properly witness to someone that is living in sin. Even the slightest educated non Christian could have exposed me for being just like them. I knew enough about the Bible and Jesus Christ that at the end of my life I would have heard, “Depart from me”.

The importance of walking with Christ

If the church is continued to be filled with non Christian, luke-warm believers, then we will see more sin in the church. This view will lead the church to be of the world instead of not of the world. The Bride of Christ will continue to shrink and become a smaller minority of the world. Christ died and rose for our sins and most importantly, bore the wrath of God on the cross that was aimed at us. He took our punishment so we could live in repentance.

I am now living in repentance. This gives me a clear conscience to judge others in a Biblical sense. I can now lead my family in our faith in Christ and live for the great commission. It is the call for all of us who are truly saved. Biblical witnessing is the way to lead the lost to Christ. This witnessing includes showing them that they are sinners in need of a savior. There is NO sin that is too strong to not be saved from. Take Saul, who was persecuting and hunting down those who believed in God. He hated us. But God saved him and led him to do great, amazing things in his new life as Paul. Paul went on to write 13 books in the NT. Christ can take anyone and make them a new person for His Will.

God bless

Christian Persecution in Superpower Nations. Should we Prepare?

We often assume that persecution is only in the developing or third world nations. We also think that the world does not exist outside of our bubble here in the western hemisphere. While we focus on our social media likes, our blog post stats, our utility bills, we are allowing the secular world to bully and push us into submission.

Should we be preparing for this to occur here in the United States? Read the social media comments or editorial pages of major newspapers: The writing is on the wall. Once the Christian population is squandered to such a minute level, the flood gates of hatred towards us will fly wide open.

The United Kingdon

dr davidHey… at least this isn’t the “western western” hemisphere… right?

Dr. David Mackereth was recently let go while training for his new position as a health and disability assessor for the government. The 55 year old medical doctor had 26 years experience working for the NHS.

Why exactly was he terminated?

He had the audacity to identify patients by their biological sex. He told his trainer about his discomfort with this rule, to which the trainer reported him and he was later let go for his stating that he did not feel right identifying patients by the gender they chose.

I had not yet pointed out that Mackereth is a strong Christian simply because I would think even a level headed atheist should be able to identify what is a male or female.

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Mother Russia

bootRussia is such a great Christian nation… right? Vladimir Putin is such a great Russian Orthodox Christian… right?

The newest anti-Christian law has many Russians fearing that the KGB style policing is slowly coming back to the communist nation.

The law, which is supposed to be aimed against the spread of terrorism and extremism, has also been approved by the Russian Parliament’s upper chamber. The move blocks the sharing of faith in any place that is not a government-sanctioned house of worship. [The Christian Post]

The law, which was approved by Putin, bans any evangelical from evangelizing to atheists or people of other faith. This law even trickles down to the home, where evangelizing to people inside of your own residence is strictly forbidden.

What is even more scary is that if you see this occurring and do not report it yourself, you can also face prosecution!

NRB President Jerry A. Johnson further called on the United States government to pressure Russia to repeal what he described as an “unjust law.”

“Let’s pray this new iron curtain of Christian persecution in Russia will be lifted quickly and without harm to our brothers and sisters in Christ,” Johnson said. [The Christian Post]

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Conclusion

Not only do we need to pray for our brothers and sisters in these nations, but for all Christians worldwide. If these are truly the end times, these types of persecution will only get worse. The sickest forms of persecution have been hitting the developing world since the beginning of time but we have been blessed enough to not face this in the first world… but this is quickly changing.

I remember when gay marriage was legalized. I was one of those college kids that was all for the legalization, but when I saw what people were saying I quickly realized that I was wrong. On social media people were not excited about the legalization, but the problems that Christians were going to face. I soon realized that this was the straw that broke the camel’s back.

ropeWe will face persecution in our lives. So far in the western world it has only hit us in our jobs and professional lives. Sure, maybe we have even lost loved ones or friends because we refuse to hide our faith.

What should we do?

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:19-20

I am not afraid of persecution.. are you?