February 2011

Ringing Rob's bell...

(Tim, w/thanks to Brandon) Yes, we're already sick of Rob Bell's perversions but here's a post that does the job well. In fact, it's what Justin Taylor should have written in the first place.

No mincing and prancing and "I wonder" and "don't you think?" and "Maybe it's just me, but..." here. Just straightforward exposure of Rob Bells' betrayal of the Gospel and it's been done surgically. Read it.

One of its merits is that the author, Pastor Kevin DeYoung, did us all the service of transcribing Bell's blather, and here's the centerpiece...

Teach us to number our days...

So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. (Psalms 90:12)

(Tim: from Dad's "Out of My Mind" column in June of 1964) Last week a church editor told several of us, "I had a colostomy a few years ago—the growth was malignant. Later I met an old warhorse who told me, 'Good. Thank God for it. You don’t begin to live until you know you’re going to die.'"

Dying men aren’t afraid of their reputations. And they throw everything into the battle. “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.”

Rob Bell's heresies...

(Tim, w/thanks to Random Thoughts) You could spend all day posting proofs of Rob Bell's wickedness. Without swallowing my time or yours, here's Rob on the extent of the Atonement and the nature of Hell:

Heaven is full of forgiven people. Hell is full of forgiven people. Heaven is full of people God loves, whom Jesus died for. Hell is full of forgiven people God loves, whom Jesus died for. The difference is how we choose to live, which story we choose to live in, which version of reality we trust. Ours or God's. (Rob Bell, Velvet Elvis, p.146)

For the record, where is Peggy Welch?

(Tim) By the way, would someone please tell us if our anti-abortion Democrat representative, Peggy Welch, is over in Illinois sitting in a hot tub? I hope not. Her constituents should know what our public servant's allegiances are.

(After this post, I found the answer to my question. Peggy's "traveling" and won't say where she is. If you're a constituent, send her an e-mail asking her to come home and do her job. I sent her one and she hasn't responded. If she responds to you, would you please post a comment indicating so and telling us if she's going to go to Indy and do her work?)

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Proud as punch of Governors Walker and Daniels...

(Tim) If anyone cares about my opinion on a political matter, I'm proud as punch of the governors of our former home state, Wisconsin, and our current state, Indiana, taking on our public servants' unions. I've been a dues-paying member of the Brotherhood of Railway Carmen and that was all I needed to know that unions have become corrupt. One day word came down from the men with the most seniority who worked the day shift that those of us working the swing shift--the new-timers--better slow down and cut our freight car repair production because we were making them look bad. -Chicago & Northwestern Railroad, Proviso Yards, car knocker and air brakeman, 1975

So bravo to Governor Daniels for this straight talk:

There may have been a time, a century ago, where public employees were mistreated and vulnerable and underpaid. If that was ever a problem, we have over-fixed it. Public employees in America--most decidedly federal employees, but everywhere--are better paid than the taxpayers that pay their salaries. -Gov. Mitch Daniels

Rob Bell's no servant of God; he's a peddler of postures hip and kool...

Jesus answered and said to them, “Do not grumble among yourselves. No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day" (John 6:43,44).

(Jesus said) "Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe to stumble, it would be better for him if, with a heavy millstone hung around his neck, he had been cast into the sea. If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life crippled, than, having your two hands, to go into hell, into the unquenchable fire, where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched" (Mark 9:42-44).

(Jesus said) "Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell" (Matthew 10:28).

(Tim) We've warned against Rob Bell before here and here. That second link is a post titled, "Just one more savage wolf..." alluding to this warning to the Ephesian elders by the Apostle Paul:

Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them. Therefore be on the alert, remembering that night and day for a period of three years I did not cease to admonish each one with tears. (Acts 20:28-31)

If possible, that savage wolf, Rob Bell, becomes bolder in his wickedness. Watch this video:

Said Musa released!

(Lucas) Our readers will remember this story about an Afghan Christian who was imprisoned for his conversion to Christianity. We praise God for the news that Said Musa has now been released from prison! We're very grateful to God for his kindness.

My mind the measure...

(David) The old saw that "the unclear in Scripture is to be understood in light of the clear" needs to be used very sparingly, or, better yet, discarded altogether. It's one of those little tricks of approach to the Word that has the potential to render every issue a matter of private interpretation. In fact, it tends to enshrine (often willful) ignorance as a hermeneutical principle.

Family baptisms? Baptized babies? We won't go there. What's clear in Scripture is that you're to believe and then be baptized.

Roman Catholic deacon renounces her ordination...

(Tim, w/thanks to Kamilla) Repentance is such a wonderful thing. When our church transferred from the PC(USA) to the PCA, during my transfer exam on the floor of Northern Illinois Presbytery I was asked what I believed about the ordination of women to the office of pastor and elder...

The jury's still out on cellphones...

(Tim) If you or especially your children regularly hold a cellphone to your ear, read this. Then, whenever possible, try to switch to the speakerphone or an earpiece.

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President himself declares Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional...

(Tim) Our President and his Attorney General have finally decided openly to oppose the Defense of Marriage Act passed by Congress. Congress says its constitutional but the President says it isn't. The New York Times reports the President has determined that...

And from the sea there blossoms red, life that shall endless be...

(Tim, w/thanks to David W.) Concerning the most recent case of Somali piracy, two of the four murdered were the owners of the yacht, Scott and Jean Adam. The BBC reports: "Friends have described the Adams as adventure-seekers who were also driven by their Christian faith, at times distributing Bibles at ports of call." The BBC reports further that Scott Adams had studied at Fuller Seminary. May every last Bible the Adams gave away produce fruit for the Kingdom of God.

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