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A friend who is a member of a ELCA Lutheran Church(might I add this church will soon to leave the ELCA) shared this link with me tonight. This takes feminism and liberalism to a new high of apostasy! This is the bastard child of mixing Christianity with Progressive Marxism. The question I ask is why even bother using the name of Christ? Why not just create a new religion and be done with it?

Here is a link if you want to dig deep into heresy: Ebenezer/herchurch Lutheran, San Francisco – ELCA

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Now as far as the verse I use as my basis for why the King James Bible is the only ENGLISH translated bible we should be using, is Ecclesiastes 8:4 “Where the word of a king is, there is power; and who may say unto him, what doest thou?” By this basis if a king says that this (KJV) is the Bible, then I will believe him. Besides if you do your study of the two bibles that were directly before it, one was very weak, the other was overly authoritative and gave too much power to the nobleman… -ChristsCombatant777

Every now and then KJVOist try to use Ecclesiastes 8:4 as proof the KJV is the only perfect English Bible. Over the years, I’ve been told various things about Ecclesiastes 8:4, but the above quote added a new spin to it. In their zeal to defend the false KJV only doctrine, some are willing to throw all reason and logic under the bus.

The one common denominator that all KJVOist share is a disregard for context and biblical time periods when dealing with the Scriptures. No matter if they are using Ecclesiastes 8:4 or Psalm 12:6-7 to defend their doctrine, when these passages were written and to whom it was written is irrelevant. KJVOism is one of the easiest false doctrines to debunk, but it is also one of the most frustrating because many who spew out this nonsense should know better. All one has to do is simply read Ecclesiastes 8 and Psalm 12 in context to see the errors pushed forth by many KJVOist.

I know a lot of discussion has surrounded the heresy of Modalism lately due to T.D. Jakes’s star appearance on the seeker-sensitive sitcom known as the Elephant Room 2. There is another rank heresy that challenges the very nature of God which is just as bad as Modalism. Those who teach that Jesus is not the eternal Son of God are also attacking the very core nature of our Lord. The truth is that God never changes and He has existed eternally as The Father, Son and Holy Spirit three but yet One(Hebrews 13:8).

It was deeply encouraging when John MacArthur repented of his error of denying the eternal Sonship. See: Reexamining the Eternal Sonship of Christ

I personally believe denying Christ’s eternal relationship within the Trinity is as deadly as what Modalism teaches. I would encourage all my readers to ponder what I have written today.

But Jesus, the eternal Son of God, “very God of very God,” who had been hymned through eternal ages by joyous angels, who had been the favourite of his Father’s court, exalted high above principalities and powers, and every name that is named, he himself condescended to become man; was born of the Virgin Mary; was cradled in a manger; lived a life of suffering, and at last died a death of agony.  [Charles H. Spurgeon, The New Park Street Pulpit (Pasadena, TX: Pilgrim, 1975) 5:243. Quote is from Spurgeon’s sermon, “Justice Satisfied,” delivered on May 29, 1859.]

Luke 18:9-14 (KJV) 

9And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:10Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.11The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.12I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.13And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.14I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

XCVII.

PARABLE OF THE PHARISEE AND PUBLICAN.

CLuke XVIII. 9–14.

c9 And he spake also this parable unto certain who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and set all others at nought [It is commonly said that this parable teaches humility in prayer, but the preface and conclusion (see verse 14) show that it is indeed to set forth generally the difference between self-righteousness and humility, and that an occasion of prayer is chosen because it best illustrates the point which the Lord desired to teach. The parable shows that the righteousness in which these parties trusted was devoid of that true charity or heart-love toward God and man without which our characters are worthless in the sight of God—Prov. xxx. 12, 13; Isa. lxv. 5; I. Cor. xiii. 1–3]: 10 Two men went up into the temple to pray [The temple was the appointed place for Jewish prayer. To it the Jew went if near at hand, and towards it he prayed it afar off. The stated hours of prayer were 9 A. M. and 3 P. M., but men went there to pray whenever they felt like it]; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. [The two represent the extremes of Jewish social and religious life—see p. 71 and 76.] 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself [This may mean that he stood alone, withdrawing from the contamination of others, but it seems rather to mean that he prayed having himself, rather than God, uppermost in his thoughts], God, I thank thee, that I am not as the rest of men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. [His prayer is more a boast as to himself than an expression of worship toward God (Rev. iii. 17, 18), and he makes the sinful record of the publican a dark background on which to display the bright contrast of his own character—a character for which he was thankful, and apparently with reason.] 12 I fast twice in the week [the law appointed one fast in the year, viz.: on the Day of Atonement (Lev. xvi. 29, 30), but the Pharisees fasted on Mondays and Thursdays of each week]; I give tithes of all that I get. [I give the tenth part of my income. The law required that tithes be given from the corn, wine, oil, and cattle (Deut. xiv. 22, 23), but the Pharisees took account of the humblest herbs of the garden, and gave a tenth of their mint, anise, and cummin (Matt. xxiii. 23). Thus he confessed his virtues rather than his sins.] 13 But the publican, standing afar off [remote from the Holy Place], would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven [Ps. cxxiii. 1, 2; xl. 12; Ez. ix. 6], but smote his breast [as if to remind himself of the stroke of God which he so richly deserved—Nah. ii. 7; Luke xxiii. 48], saying, God be thou merciful to me a sinner. [He makes full confession of his sin without excuse or justification, and without offset of righteousness. Moreover, he petitions for no temporal blessings, but simply asks for mercy—I. Tim. i. 15.] 14 I say unto you, This man went down to his house justified rather than the other [we are taught here, as in the parable of the prodigal son, that the penitent unrighteous are more acceptable to God than the righteous who make no confession of their sins]: for every one that exalteth himself shall be humbled; but he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. [Luke xiv. 11, see p. 494. The Pharisee was an example of the first, and the publican of the second.]

McGarvey, J. W., & Pendleton, P. Y. (1914). The Four-Fold Gospel (536–537). Cincinnati, OH: The Standard Publishing Company.

A seeker-sensitive life coach pastor is the ultimate cheerleader when it comes to uplifting those who promote his vision. He is there to push his people to volunteer, to invite people to church, and to encourage his people to be positive. He is there as the supreme spiritual leader and the example for his people to follow. He boasts constantly about the great works of his church and how lives are being changed; this is done as verbal rewards to those who faithfully $buy$ into his vision. He is completely sold out to make his vision a reality and eagerly thanks all those who have made it possible. As long as he is not questioned, he is the most positive man in the church.

When asked to use the Scriptures in context(2 Timothy 2:15) to backup his vision and methods(Acts 17:11), this same man who is so upbeat and willing to take extreme measures to reach the lost, will transform into the world’s biggest detractor of the very Word of God he proclaims to preach.