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Syncretism Stew

April 17, 2016

Stew…

In the comment section of this post,  I introduced several columns, including Berean Research: Evangelicals Divided, A Movement Fractured, Part 1 written by Marsha West. Upon further research, I found that West’s columns can also be found at Renew America.

I have only read about half a dozen of her essays, but they have all been absolutely on-target for those of us who hold to biblically-based Christianity!

Her column entitled Purpose Driven dismantling of Christianity, Part 1, written back in 2011 caught my eye this morning.

Excerpt:

The real danger to traditional Christianity is not from without, but from within its own ranks. Millions of professing Christians have conformed to the world and have been taken in “through philosophy” and “the tradition of men” and are “not after Christ.” (Col. 2:8) Not that this is anything new. The attempt to blend Christianity with paganism has been going on since the days of the early church. And here we are 2 millennia later, still fighting some of the same battles.

One of the major problems Christendom is combating is pagan spirituality. The pace at which unbiblical pagan beliefs are seeping into evangelical churches is dramatically quickening. Many of the orthodoxy have been sounding the alarm, but few have been listening.

Liberalism, with its false social justice gospel, has also reared its ugly head in the Church of Jesus Christ. The liberal “social justice Christian” sees traditionalists as out of touch with the times. Their clarion call is: The Church must change! The next generation of Purpose Driven pastor’s accuse traditionalists who speak out against change agents of being “haters.” Purpose Driven/charismatic pastor Steven Furtick rapped his disdain for outspoken traditionalists in Hey Haters. “Fall back! It’s a new day!” he rebuked. The orthodoxy’s “day is done.” They are “haters…nit-pickers…black and white…full of opinions, low on the Spirit.” Steven seemed angry, even, well, low on the Spirit. I saw no love emanating from this pastor’s eyes, what I saw was arrogance.

I have been sounding the alarm bells regarding the heresy of Rick Warren over the past several years, but Ms. West does a superb job in listing not only the wrongs of the “purpose driven” Warren in this piece, but also shares the mix of “syncretism stew” that is currently ravaging many local churches (especially, sadly, several mega churches) that were once biblically based!

West writes, “liberals were serving up platefuls of Christian stew” and lulling them into “la la land” through a “blend of Christianity with paganism.”

I know SO MANY PEOPLE that I would LOVE to share this with!  Especially, there is a great need to share this information with Millennials who have fallen for unbiblical pagan beliefs.  However, in today’s twitter and texting generation, an article like this would probably cause their eyes to glaze over and they would not even get past the 140 characters that they are used to reading at any given time.   Sad observation, isn’t it?  And, I know this is true because I have shared previous articles with some 25 to 30-something individuals.  But when I ask “did you read…” I get the usual, “no, didn’t read it yet.”  They probably read the first line or two and perhaps decided to reject what was being said?  Well, maybe some day they will come back to this blog and read the difference between biblical Christianity and the satanic stew being mixed in by the “change agents.”

Ms. West explains what she means by “syncretism.”

SYNCRETISM

False teaching has made inroads through the blending of religions. It’s called syncretism. Syncretism in Protestantism occurred when elements of other religious beliefs were integrated into mainstream denominations. As syncretism takes place fundamental beliefs change.

Those involved in syncretism have a name and a goal:

Grievous wolves (Acts 20:29) masquerading as evangelicals introduced false religious beliefs (abominations) into mainline churches. Many of them are forthcoming about what they’re doing, others not so much. Their main goal is as I stated above, change. The plan (yes, they have a plan) is to dismantle historic orthodox Christianity and usher in a “new paradigm,” a “new kind of Christianity.”

Ms. West lists the ingredients of syncretism stew:

SYNCRETISM STEW

Ingredients:

Darwinian evolution
Eastern religions
Neognosticism
Neopaganism
New Age
Theosophy
Transformation
Simmer for several decades, then gradually turn up the heat and add an abundance of ‘isms’:
Annihilationism
Communitarianism
Cultural Marxism
Ecumenism
Emotionalism
Environmentalism
Freudian naturalism
Globalism
Homoeroticism
Inclusivism
Liberalism/progressivism
Moral relativism
Multiculturalism
Pluralism
Postmodernism
Postmortem evangelism
Pragmatism
Secular humanism
Universalism
Bring to a rapid boil. (For added flavor sprinkle in gimmyism, meism and voyeurism.)

While the isms boil, toss in a whole lotta movements, phenomena, and worldly practices:
Alternative medicine
Angelology
Charismatic
Church Growth
Contemplative
Emergent
Global Peace
Man-centered (self-esteem)
Metaphysical
New Apostolic Reformation/Kingdom Now/Dominionism
New Revelation
Pentecostal
Progressive (social justice)
Purpose Driven
Psychology
Reformed
Revolution
Signs & wonders
Televangelist
Twelve-steps
Universal Reconciliation
Word of Faith (health & wealth)
Turn down the heat and simmer until the flavor of historic biblical Christianity completely disappears.

Serve to the sheep.

Quite a long list…isn’t it?

No wonder there is so much confusion going on in the lives of Christians who do not, and have not, studied the Scriptures in order to recognize heresy, apostasy, and the satanic “stew” being fed to them via the wolves in sheep’s clothing!

I encourage all to read the entire article!

When Christians realize, study, understand, and finally see the following:

“The attempt to blend Christianity with paganism [which] has been going on since the days of the early church.  And here we are 2 millennia later, still fighting some of the same battles.”

…it means that they have taken the Berean road towards discovering the truth within God’s Word through diligent study of the Scriptures so that they can earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

One more excerpt:

Followers of Jesus Christ are commanded to contend for the faith! Listen to what Jude 1:3, 4 says:

Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ that was once for all entrusted to the saints.

According to Clark’s commentary:

The meaning of the apostle seems to be this: ‘Beloved brethren, when I saw it necessary to write to you concerning the common salvation, my mind being deeply affected with the dangers to which the Church is exposed from the false teachers that are gone out into the world, I found it extremely necessary to write and exhort you to hold fast the truth which you had received, and strenuously to contend for that only faith which, by our Lord and his apostles, has been delivered to the Christians.’

Hat tip: Marsha West at Renew America

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False Prophets and their “Doctrines of Demons”

January 20, 2015

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Dear Readers,

It is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT that Christians [who genuinely want to know and follow Jesus Christ and God’s Word, the Bible] be equipped with the TRUTH; as well as the ability to discern truth from error, which is currently raging within our culture today.  False prophets are wreaking havoc because they are presenting “doctrines of demons” – which is the warning given in the following Bible verse:

1Ti 4:1

Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,

Be sure to read the entire chapter: Blue Letter Bible: 1 Timothy 4:1-16 [Also posted at the end of this blog post.]

This is a post that has been created from a comment thread about the Paris attack by radical Islamic terrorists. I would like to encourage EVERYONE to read this post and view the two REALLY IMPORTANT TV video programs included so below, so that you will be more readily informed about what is happening today! It is essential to know the TRUTH that is in God’s Word, the Bible!  The truth is revealed and known through Jesus Christ, His Son!  The truth is protected within His flock by the Holy Spirit of God in order to reject the “doctrines of demons” being presented today!  The truth is revealed in the Bible and heresy and apostasy is thus avoided.  How can false doctrine be recognized when it is being perpetrated by some false prophets of the “Christian” left?  The evidence is obvious when they demonstrate that they have departed from the true faith of Jesus Christ and the true Gospel!  Individuals can only know the difference when they have read and studied the Word of God – otherwise, they can easily be “tossed to and fro” (as warned in Ephesians 4) in waves of false doctrine.

Comment thread conversation that led to this post:

Christine:

Let’s start with what we both can agree on.

You [GMPilot] wrote:

The chief difference is that Muslims have not learned to exist alongside a secular society. Neither their religion nor their culture has prepared them for this, because it can’t.

After the horrors of WWII, I had hoped we’d learned something from that. But we haven’t; we’ve just turned our antagonisms to another people, and to their beliefs.

Christine:

However, I think that you are missing the point of my posts when it comes to sharing the dangers of radical Islam. It isn’t to unnecessarily “turn our antagonisms to another people and to their beliefs.” The situation is – what it is! People need to face the truth about what the Sunni and Shia brands of Islam believe – and what they want to accomplish. All of the terrorist groups with their different names take the writings of their Koran literally.   And, if you would read about what is written in their so-called “holy” book, it contains the “kill, steal, and destroy” mantra that you [GMPilot] brought up in the past that was hurled upon Jews by Catholicism.

Granted, anti-Semitism can exist amongst any group, including misled “Christians.” But born-again, Bible believing and Christ following Christians depart from such hatred and heretical thinking about the Jews. We know that the Israelites of the Old Testament were God’s chosen people, through which the Messiah – Yeshua (Hebrew name for Jesus)  –  would come into the world to save people from their sins. At the same time, true Christians know that Jesus will return one day on the Mount of Olives, thus we believe in spiritual Zionism.

It is today’s “Christian leftists” who rail against Zionism (there are two kinds – one political and one spiritual) because they blame the Jews for all of the problems around the world – especially when it comes to the made-up group known as “Palestinians.” But that’s another topic for another day.

To find out the Koran verses that promote jihad (includes to kill, steal and destroy), please view:

Jack Van Impe Program #1502 – 1/10/15

Knowing the Word of God and the Son of God, protects us from those who would apostate Christendom.  This is especially true of Islam – which is busy slaughtering Christians and destroying churches. [GM – I never hear anything from you about this – you choose to ignore the horrible atrocities being committed by radical Islam around the world.]

Also, the above video reveals the fact that there are some Bible translators who are “appeasing” Muslims by taking the words, “Son of God” out of their “new” Bible translation!

Also see: Now The End Begins: New Bible Versions REMOVE ‘Father’ and ‘Son Of God’ Because It Offends Muslims

Even the liberal leftist Huffington Post wrote about it! [Search that site with this title: “Wycliffe Bible Translation Criticized Over Trinity Word Substitution In Muslim Countries.”]  I do not want to link to them.

To find out about the leftist “Christians” who are attempting to change the truth of Biblical Christianity, and how the “Issa” of Islam (Islam’s version of Jesus) is NOT the Jesus Christ of the Bible, please view:

Jack Van Impe: Program #1503 – 1/17/2015

In the above broadcast, we find out how “the purpose driven church” written by Rick Warren has steered many Christians away from the truth of Biblical Christianity. Warren wants to “honor” the Muslims, thus he is creating “Chrislam.” That is apostacy and heresy! It has caused much havoc!

Warren doesn’t teach proper doctrine! And he isn’t the only one – there are many doing that in different ways.

2Ti 3:16

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,

2Ti 3:17

that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

2Ti 4:2

Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.

2Ti 4:3

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers;

2Ti 4:4

and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.

Jhn 14:6

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

Jhn 14:7

“If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.”

I know that you [GMPilot] don’t care about this, but perhaps readers here will need to know about it.

 

1Ti 4:1

Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,

1Ti 4:2

speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron,

1Ti 4:3

forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.

1Ti 4:4

For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving;

1Ti 4:5

for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

1Ti 4:6

If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which you have carefully followed.

1Ti 4:7

But reject profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise yourself toward godliness.

1Ti 4:8

For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.

1Ti 4:9

This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance.

1Ti 4:10

For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, [fn] because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe.

1Ti 4:11

These things command and teach.

1Ti 4:12

Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, [fn] in faith, in purity.

1Ti 4:13

Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.

1Ti 4:14

Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership.

1Ti 4:15

Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.

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Also see:

Why Christians and Muslims Don’t Worship the Same God

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Beware When Today’s Media Calls Someone, “America’s Pastor.”

January 14, 2014

H/T for graphic:  missionventureministries

When Bible truths are being distorted, it is important for Christian believers to speak up and point out such errors.  Recently, I caught a segment on the Fox and Friends show on The Fox News Channel where Rick Warren appeared with three co-authors of a new book called, “The Daniel Plan.”  I will get to what that “plan” is all about in a moment.

First, I must share that I had noticed years ago that Pastor Warren’s teachings were leading towards error.   It all began when I (as well as two other Bible study leaders) noticed that Rick Warren’s prayer of salvation was missing something very crucial!   As the years went on, I noticed his wishy-washy attitude towards the CA Proposition 8 (marriage is the union of one man and one woman) debate, and his non-biblical stance on other issues, so I wrote about them.  IMHO, Warren REALLY went off the deep end, once again, by embracing Chrislam (a form of melding Christianity with Islam).

I must start off by saying that I was deeply saddened to learn of the Warren’s son (who battled depression most of his life) committing suicide last year.  In fact, his son’s suicide was so heartbreaking (as any loss of a child would be to his/her parents!!!) that Warren stated on the Fox and Friends show that he couldn’t sleep for six months and gained a lot of weight.  This was one of the reasons he and his co-authors wrote the new diet book, “The Daniel Plan.”

Well, I’ve got some bad news about that book and it’s co-authors.

Today, in my email inbox I got a notification about a post from a blog I follow called Muddy Streams. The link at the end of the post explains, in great detail, why these four men and their book should be avoided by Bible-based Christian followers of Jesus Christ.

Here is a copy of the post, in its entirety:

Question: Why are you and other “discernment” writers so critical of Rick Warren and his new Daniel Plan?

Question : Why are you and other “discernment” writers so critical of Rick Warren and his new Daniel Plan? What difference does it make that Rick Warren turns to some of the best secular doctors in the nation to help the church with its battle over obesity, physical fitness, and mental health? After all, Christians don’t have to ensure that their cars are repaired only by Christian mechanics, and their toilets unstopped only by Christian plumbers. If you’ve got a problem with your physical body, isn’t it far more important to have the very best doctor’s advice, regardless of their religious background?

Response:  As long as one’s mechanic or plumber isn’t incorporating un-biblical spiritual content in his service to a believer, his religious background shouldn’t be a problem. However, that is not the case with the eminent doctors that Rick Warren has selected to minister to his congregation and those hundreds of thousands who follow his ministry. All three of the medical doctors are practitioners of various forms of Eastern mystical meditation and occultism, which they promote in their well-being programs of body, mind, and spirit. No doubt their medical science education gives them valuable insights into the workings of their patients’ bodies, but what of mind and spirit? The mind is not the brain; it’s part of man’s nonphysical makeup. There is no objective science of mind. There is only the metaphysical kind. There is no objective science of the spirit. There are no scientific instruments for evaluating a person’s spirit. It’s purely a subjective religious matter.

Furthermore, your question reflects the religious pragmatism (“whatever works”) that leads many believers to abandon biblical authority, compromise their faith, supplant the gospel, and even endanger their very lives. The journey of departing from the Truth may not begin with such stark choices, but often ends with tragic spiritual consequences. “A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump” (Gal:5:9A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.).

In reality, however, your question presents a textbook-perfect “straw man” argument–defined as “creating the illusion of having refuted a proposition by substituting it with a superficially similar yet unequivalent proposition…without ever having actually refuted the original position.” In this case, you are comparing the evaluation and repair of a physical object, such as an automobile or toilet, to the diagnosis and prescription for human beings, with regard to their physical as well as mental and spiritual health. As followers of Christ, we should indeed be convinced (and convicted) of our need to care for our physical bodies, all the while recognizing that they are temples of the Spirit of God (1 Cor:3:  Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?). As Paul explained to Timothy, “Bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come” (1 Tm 4:8). Attempting to care for our bodies in ways that are antithetical  to God’s Word is sinning against our Creator.

An additional concern over Rick Warren’s latest church marketing campaign has nothing to do with helping believers improve their level of physical fitness (which is understandably connected to emotional health as well). Rather, it is Warren’s boastful claim that The Daniel Plan is nothing short of “God’s Prescription for Your Health,” a statement that must be thoroughly evaluated and challenged.

To begin with, the biblical Daniel wasn’t in need of a diet or program to help him get into top physical shape. To attempt to use him as a spiritual model to motivate Christians to healthy living demonstrates either an ignorance of the Scriptures or a dishonest marketing ploy.

The fact that the three doctors chosen by Warren to implement his church-wide regimen are widely recognized in their field of medical expertise is not in question. What every participant must ask is how the doctors’ personal religious worldviews shape their understanding of the human mind, body, and spirit–and whether or not these extra-biblical worldviews will infect the so-called Daniel Plan’s “prescription” with spiritually dangerous ideas and practices.

Dr. Mehmet Oz was born to first-generation Muslim parents in Cleveland, Ohio. His father’s side of the family embraces Sharia law. Dr. Oz claims to be influenced by Sufism (“whirling dervishes”), a mystical Islamic contemplative practice in which the “adept” spins himself into an altered state of consciousness in order to commune with Allah. Through the influence of his Protestant wife, he adopted some of the teachings of Emmanuel Swedenborg, the founder of a pseudo-Christian cult that denies the Trinity, believes the Last Judgment is past, and teaches that “all who do good from the truth of their own religion” will be accepted into heaven, since “doing good conjoins oneself to God” (http://www.religiousherald.org/index. php?option=com_content&task=view&id=650&Itemid=110). [Note:  Apologies to readers because the link no longer works.  I tried to do a search for the quote but was unable to find it.]

Oz believes hypnosis can and should be used to address emotional and addictive behaviors. One of his secrets to maintaining a calm presence, says Oz, is practicing Transcendental Meditation, of which he is a national spokesperson: “When I meditate, I go to that place where truth lives,” he said. “I can see what reality really is, and it is so much easier to form good relationships.” Oz’s wife, Lisa, is a Reiki Master, a very occult form of deep massage. He praised Reiki as his “favorite treatment that could change the future of medicine forever.” He explained, “It broadens dramatically the spectrum of where we might be able to go in our bodies, and this is the area of energy medicine.” Concluding one episode of his popular TV program, Oz ordered millions of viewers: “Try Reiki!”

Dr. Daniel Amen, another of Rick Warren’s “Daniel Plan” doctors, is founder of the famous Amen Clinic, which purports to diagnose brain-behavior disorders and prescribe dietary, chemical, and meditative treatments. Licensed in both child and adult psychiatry, Amen is an ADHD specialist who practices non-medical treatments, including hypnosis, meditation, relaxation, and eye-movement desensitization. Dr. Amen recommends that everyone should strive to meditate daily for 12 minutes and recommends “an active form of yoga meditation called Kriya Kirtan.” He explains that this Kundalini-based Hindu practice “is based on the five primal sounds: saa , taa , naa , maa , and aa .” (An interesting choice and order of syllables for Christians to “contemplate:” Sa ta na …).

In his bestselling book, Making a Good Brain Great , Amen instructs readers to “write a poem or love letter to your brain” (p. 240). He is also an enthusiastic activist for tantric sex, which is a Hindu practice that incorporates mysticism during intercourse to attain a higher state of pleasure–and divine consciousness. In reality, this ritual behavior invites demons into the marriage bed.

Dr. Mark Hyman is the third member of Rick Warren’s “Daniel Plan” triumvirate. He is the author of: UltraCalm: A Six-Step Plan to Reduce Stress and Eliminate Anxiety . The book presents his “simple, powerful method for generating a peaceful and harmonious state in the body-mind.” Hyman’s “prescription” to achieve this level of “natural healing intelligence” is not even camouflaged in pseudo-scientific language but expressed in outright New Age terminology. His “audio learning program” presents “breathing meditations and visualization exercises for feeling calm, confident, and in good spirits.” (Can you say “contemplative self-hypnosis and self-affirmation”?) On this, he certainly agrees with Dr. Oz and Dr. Amen: that “mind-body medicine…is now the most important medical frontier.” Dr. Hyman’s books are quite popular throughout the New Age and metaphysical community. Our great concern, however, is that they will be featured and promoted wherever The Daniel Plan is taught.

Rick Warren, as a shepherd of thousands of sheep and one who has been called “America’s pastor,” is responsible to the Lord for what he is feeding them. Tragically, he has brought in hirelings (and worse) who will lead his sheep into meditative techniques that are “doctrines of devils” and will open them to direct communication with “seducing spirits” (1 Tm 4:1).

I know what it is like to be subjected to a false religion’s mind-body metaphysical and meditative techniques. I once attended a yoga session with two non-Christians. The instructor actually made the claim that our yoga group was “inviting in the spirits” as she put her hands together in a traditional Christian prayer sign. Well, that is when I stopped participating. I opened my eyes and sat there until the session was over. I was NOT going to participate in something that I did not believe in, and I was certainly not going to follow her “command” to “invite the spirits” into my mind, body or soul!

I know. Many people would think this is harmless. Well, I don’t think so! ANYTHING that claims to “invite the spirits in” when you don’t know what kind or type of spirits they are referring to, is trouble.

The Bible instructs us:

1Jo 4:1

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

Read more about testing the spirits:

Blue Letter Bible search criteria: the spirits.

Dear readers…this isn’t an insignificant  matter!!!

Unfortunately, Rick Warren and his band of co-authors have fallen towards deceiving spirits.  Let this be a warning to all who read this post!

1Ti 4:1

Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,*

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1Ti 4:2
speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron,

1Ti 4:3
forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.


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Conversely, failing to believe the truth doesn't make it a lie. The gospel is true because Jesus is true, not simply because Christians believe in Him. His resurrection proved the truth of His claims and constitutes the objective basis of our faith (Rom. 1:4; 1 Pet. 1:3). Truth is our protection and strength (Eph. 6:14). Throughout history, people have tried everything imaginable to gain favor with God. Most turn to religion, but religion apart from Christ is merely a satanic counterfeit of the truth. At the heart of every false religion is the notion that man can come to God by any means he chooses--by meditating, doing good deeds, and so on. But Scripture says, "There is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12). That name is Jesus Christ, and we come to Him by confessing and repenting of our sin, trusting in His atoning death on the cross, and affirming His bodily resurrection from the grave (cf. Rom. 10:9-10). There is no other way to God. False religious leaders and teachers talk much about God’s love, but not His wrath and holiness; much about how deprived of good things people are, but not about their depravity; much about God’s universal fatherhood toward everyone, but not much about his unique fatherhood toward all who believe in His Son; much about what God wants to give to us, but nothing about the necessity of obedience to Him; much about health and happiness, but nothing about holiness and sacrifice. Their message is full of gaps, the greatest of which leaves out a biblical worldview of the saving gospel and replaces it with the worldview of postmodernism with its dominant ethical system of relativism. The Bible describes mankind in the end times: “always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth” (2 Tim. 3:7). Spiritual answers cannot be deduced by human reason alone (1 Cor. 2:14). It’s not that spiritual truth is irrational or illogical, but that human wisdom is defective, because it’s tainted by man’s sinfulness, and unable to perceive the things of God. That is why the Bible is so important. It gives us the answers we can’t find on our own. It is God’s Word to mankind. Scripture is divinely revealed truth that fills the vacuum of spiritual ignorance in all of us. Post-truth is the word of the year for 2016 and also the philosophy of the day, According to the dictionary, “post-truth” means, “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” Simply put, we now live in a culture that seems to value experience and emotion more than truth. In a “post-truth” world, people make choices based on emotion and experience rather than objective fact. So in a post-truth world, truth is irrelevant. What exactly is a post-truth culture? It’s a culture where truth is no longer an objective reality. It has become subjective. It’s what’s true for me—my beliefs, my opinions, determine my truth. So in our post-truth culture, man determines truth. Man makes himself the ultimate authority. This starting point, which rejects God’s Word and the idea of moral absolutes, makes truth subjective. Truth will never go away no matter how hard one might wish. Christianity is grounded in objective truth. “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). Objective truth exists because we have God’s Word. In the Gospel of John, Jesus says, “Sanctify them by Your truth. Thy word is truth” (John 17:17), and Paul and James describe the Bible as “the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15; James 1:18). The Psalmist says, “The entirety of your word is truth” (Psalm 119:160). Jesus Himself said, “For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice” (John 18:37). When Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except by me” (John 14:6), He wasn’t expressing His personal belief or opinion. He was speaking the truth, a fundamental reality that doesn’t change from person to person. It doesn’t matter if our culture thinks all roads lead to God. The truth of the matter is “no one comes to the Father but by [Jesus].” This blogs goal is to, in some small way, put a plug in the broken dam of truth and save as many as possible from the consequences—temporal and eternal. "The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it." - George Orwell

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