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Irenaeus Said What?

October 8, 2012

Chapter I.—The apostles did not commence to preach the Gospel, or to place anything on record until they were endowed with the gifts and power of the Holy Spirit. They preached one God alone, Maker of heaven and earth.

We have learned from none others the plan of our salvation, than from those through whom the Gospel has come down to us, which they did at one time proclaim in public, and, at a later period, by the will of God, handed down to us in the Scriptures, to be the ground and pillar of our faith. For it is unlawful to assert that they preached before they possessed “perfect knowledge,” as some do even venture to say, boasting themselves as improvers of the apostles. For, after our Lord rose from the dead, [the apostles] were invested with power from on high when the Holy Spirit came down [upon them], were filled from all [His gifts], and had perfect knowledge: they departed to the ends of the earth, preaching the glad tidings of the good things [sent] from God to us, and proclaiming the peace of heaven to men, who indeed do all equally and individually possess the Gospel of God. Matthew also issued a written Gospel among the Hebrews in their own dialect, while Peter and Paul were preaching at Rome, and laying the foundations of the Church. After their departure, Mark, the disciple and interpreter of Peter, did also hand down to us in writing what had been preached by Peter. Luke also, the companion of Paul, recorded in a book the Gospel preached by him. Afterwards, John, the disciple of the Lord, who also had leaned upon His breast, did himself publish a Gospel during his residence at Ephesus in Asia.

2. These have all declared to us that there is one God, Creator of heaven and earth, announced by the law and the prophets; and one Christ the Son of God. If any one do not agree to these truths, he despises the companions of the Lord; nay more, he despises Christ Himself the Lord; yea, he despises the Father also, and stands self-condemned, resisting and opposing his own salvation, as is the case with all heretics.

Chapter II.—The heretics follow neither Scripture nor tradition.

 

When, however, they are confuted from the Scriptures, they turn round and accuse these same Scriptures, as if they were not correct, nor of authority, and [assert] that they are ambiguous, and that the truth cannot be extracted from them by those who are ignorant of tradition. For [they allege] that the truth was not delivered by means of written documents, but vivâ voce: wherefore also Paul declared, “But we speak wisdom among those that are perfect, but not the wisdom of this world.” And this wisdom each one of them alleges to be the fiction of his own inventing, forsooth; so that, according to their idea, the truth properly resides at one time in Valentinus, at another in Marcion, at another in Cerinthus, then afterwards in Basilides, or has even been indifferently in any other opponent, who could speak nothing pertaining to salvation. For every one of these men, being altogether of a perverse disposition, depraving the system of truth, is not ashamed to preach himself.” Irenaeus, Against Heresies, Book III: Chapter 1 & 2, 2nd Century.

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Carl Walther Said What?

October 4, 2012

“”The true distinguishing mark of false teachers is that they direct the attention of their listeners to themselves and their lives instead of to Christ. Pious Christian teachers direct the people away from themselves to Christ as St. John here does and testifies.”

Praise God, that is what we and others are doing. For all of our sermons have this goal: that you and we may know and believe that Christ alone is the one Savior and Comfort of the world. The Shepherd and Bishop of our souls [1 Peter 2:25], just as the Gospel everywhere directs people to Christ and as John does in his testimony.

This is why we never attempt to attract people to ourselves but instead lead them to Christ, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life [John 14:6]. On the other hand, all those who do not preach and testify about Christ but about themselves, they are false teachers.” Carl Ferdinand Wilhelm Walther [Quoting Martin Luther], “Duties of an Evangelical Lutheran Synod,” First Iowa District Convention, St Pauls Church, Fort Dodge, Iowa, August, 1879.

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Gary Lamb Said What? (II)

June 8, 2012

“Pastors, quit praying for God to send your church a millionaire and start praying he’d open doors for you to become a millionaire.” - Gary Lamb, Twitter, 07/06/2012.

 

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Chris Rosebrough Said What? (II)

June 4, 2012

“Its all about getting you to not automatically just say, ‘okay, whatever my pastor says is true. He’s the man of God. I’m not the man of God, and I’ve never studied theology, and who am I to challenge my pastor. So I’m just going to believe everything he says without questioning.’

Yeah, that’s a problem, because one of the most dangerous places to be nowadays, spiritually, is inside of a church. And I don’t care what brand its got on the outside of it; whether its Southern Baptist, whether its Methodist, whether its Lutheran, or Presbyterian, or Reformed or…’seeker driven’. Your allegiance is to Christ and to His word. When your pastor deviates from Scripture, you’re not to just blindly follow your pastor. As a result of this, we have the job that’s been praised in Scripture, and that’s the job of the Bereans, the work that they did.

When the apostle Paul breezed into the town of Berea he preached the Gospel to them. Now, the folks there in Berea didn’t have the New Testament, because large portions of the New Testament hadn’t been written up to that point. But what they did have was a translation of the Jewish Old Testament, in Greek, known as the Septuagint. And what we learn when we read the book of Acts, is that when the Bereans heard the Gospel they immediately went into God’s Word, into the Old Testament, to compare what the apostle Paul preached to them to what the Scriptures teach, to see if what he was saying was true.

Just because he was an apostle–he didn’t get a pass. Just because he was somebody…whom Christ appeared to directly–he didn’t get a pass. He didn’t try to pull the trump card, didn’t try to play the authority rank card, and say ‘how dare you Bereans question or challenge me! Don’t you know that I am God’s anointed, and the Scripture say you shall not touch God’s anointed!? What I said to you is true, and you will believe it or else, because I am the apostle Paul!’ No. That’s not what the Scriptures say at all. It says that the Bereans were of a more noble character than the Thessalonians, because they received the Word with joy and they compared the Gospel that Paul preached to God’s Word.

If the apostle Paul doesn’t even get a pass, and the Bereans are praised by God the Holy Spirit in His Word as having a noble character because they compared what was preached to them to the Word of God, its worth taking note, and saying, ‘you know what. My pastor, Chris Rosebrough, NOBODY gets a pass.’ God’s Word is true, and all human beings are sinful and capable of grievous error. Sometimes the errors that are committed in the church are done so, well, blindly, because the person doesn’t know any better. Sometimes the errors committed in a church are done maliciously. On purpose. Deceptively. The fact is, there are con-men, and women, who are in the church. There are false teachers, con-artists, and others. And as a result of it, we must always be on our guard, especially in the things that pertain to God. Even more so than we should be on our guard against people who engage in deceptive business practices. The Better Business Bureau exists, in part, to help create a way of self-policing businesses so that they can say they meet these Better Business Bureau standards.

“Well, here at Fighting For the Faith, what we do is we compare what people are saying in the name of God to the Word of God with this understanding: what happens in a church, what’s taught in a church is far more important in the grand, eternal scheme of things, than whether or not you were ripped off $50 by a Maytag repairman. Or maybe you didn’t get the best heath care from your doctor. You see, when it comes to doctors and lawyers and people who have specialized education like that, we are pretty much unified in the sense that we want the best. We wouldn’t put up with somebody who basically got their medical degree from a diploma mill. Or somebody who said, ‘you know, I just really like…I enjoy medicine. And so, I decided I’d just go, you know, teach myself how to perform surgery and things like that.’ Or an attorney who…well…didn’t study law, but really is fascinated by Law and Order on television, and therefore also feels that they’re qualified to be an attorney. Nobody would go to a doctor or an attorney if those were their credentials.

And yet when it comes to our eternal salvation, isn’t that the exact type of person that many are putting their eternal salvation, basically putting them into the hands of people who have that level of understanding and experience when it comes to God’s Word?: they haven’t studied, they don’t know their languages, they don’t know sound biblical theology and doctrine, they don’t know the proper distinction between law and Gospel. They couldn’t spell sound doctrine if it was given to them in the 1 Million Dollar Question on television. And yet, many people prefer those kinds of pastors because they’re entertaining. They can draw a crowd! Yet they can’t properly handle God’s Word, and they’re not qualified to teach even kindergarten, biblically, and yet they’re the head pastors in many, many, many churches. And these are the men who, when you challenge what they say on Biblical grounds, and say ‘wait a second…pastor. Or should I say CEO. That’s not what God’s word says,’ they malign and impugn you. They call you divisive, and put you out of the church. Think about it.

Those men are not pastors. And they’re not qualified to do so. And if we wouldn’t trust ourselves to a man who never went to medical school, or who flunked out of it, and wanted to practice medicine, why on earth would we trust our eternal salvation–of ourselves, our kids, our family, and our friends–to men who have the equivalent of a diploma mill degree that they sent away for for their ordination. I don’t care how many people they can attract to a building, or how good of marketers they are, or how savvy they are when it comes to the latest leadership principles. If they are miserable and unqualified to teach regarding truly handling God’s Word, you have no business listening to them, let alone tithing to them. We need pastors who will do the hard work of studying and understanding God’s Word, and really digging into it deep bringing out God’s Word in a way that highlights Christ and what He has done for us, that placards Him, and Him crucified for our sins, and that call sinners to repentance and the forgiveness of sins in Jesus name, and doesn’t cut corners in the name of–basically putting on a show that would be friendly to ‘seekers,’ cause there’s no such thing.

But instead, soberly, diligently, faithfully, patiently does the hard work of one who rightly handles the Word of Truth, and teaches people sound Biblical doctrine, doesn’t twist it, doesn’t add to it, doesn’t take away from it, isn’t ashamed of the Gospel–those men are worth their weight in gold, even if they’re not capable or interested in putting on a glitzy rock-and-roll show.

Something to consider.” - Chris Rosebrough, “Cash For Converts?”, Fighting For The Faith, 22/07/2010.

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Benny Hinn Said What? (II)

February 26, 2012

Three Keys to Prepare You for the Coming Wealth Transfer!

Why is God causing me to focus so much on Proverbs 13:22 and the three keys that will prepare us for the coming wealth transfer?

I believe that we are going to see an anointing soon that will amaze believers. As we grasp what God wants to do through His children, this can literally sweep around the world.

And it is time to get ready right now!

I believe to the core of my being that 2012 is our year of answered prayer. God has directed me again and again to proclaim from His Word, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not” (Jeremiah 33:3).

What are those “great and mighty things”?
We have only seen a foretaste of what is to come!

God is about to pour extraordinary abundance into your hands, just as He did with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Israel, and Solomon. And you are next!

God is looking for people He can trust with the wealth of the sinner!

I urge you to be part of this unprecedented anointing and outpouring.

Your Step of Faith
At the end of this message is a special reply box for you write what you believe God wants to do for you and through as the supernatural wealth transfer begins for you and your loved ones. I know this is a major step of faith, daring to type out what you believe God is revealing to you, but I want you to reply to me so I can agree in faith with you.

Every single wealth transfer in the Bible was preceded by giving.

It is up to you to plant the seed which determines the harvest. What a wonderful, eternal opportunity! In fact, Jesus described the measure of harvest that is in store for you when He said, “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again” (Luke 6:38).

Wrap your faith around your financial seed and sow it with excitement and expectation! Do not negotiate with the Lord, but obey Him today. Be faithful to God, and He will never let you down.

When a seed meets the right soil, it will produce abundantly. This ministry has proven again and again to be fertile soil for the spreading of the Gospel! And you are about to be overwhelmed by what takes place next.

Sow your seed. Prove your faithfulness to God, and watch what God will do with you in this glorious day as the great wealth transfer continues for the righteous!

For we know it is “not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts” (Zechariah 4:6)…

Preaching the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ,
teaching the unchanging Word of God, and
expecting the mighty and miraculous
power of the Holy Spirit,


Benny Hinn” - Benny Hinn, Three Keys to Prepare You for the Coming Wealth Transfer!, http://www.bennyhinn.org/emailletters/8648/three-keys-to-prepare-you-for-the-coming-wealth-transfer, (Accessed 25/02/2012.)

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Joel Osteen Said What?

February 15, 2012

“Faith activates God – Fear activates the Enemy.” ― Joel Osteen

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“Don’t just accept whatever comes your way in life. You were born to win; you were born for greatness; you were created to be a champion in life.” ― Joel Osteen, Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential

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“The secret is to enlarge your vision. Are you satisfied with that little house you’re in? You shouldn’t be. You should want the sort of mansion the Osteens live in (his example). You should expect people to go out of their way to help you—then they will.

You must also “discover the power of your thoughts and words.” If you beat yourself up all the time, if you don’t think yourself worthy of divine abundance, God won’t give it. God helps us, to be sure, but we must help ourselves first. You must “let go of the past.” Rather than being consumed with bitterness, you have to forgive and move on.

Finally, you must “choose to be happy.” You can’t put it off till tomorrow or till that next financial milestone is reached. You should smile a lot, and good things will come your way. You also must work hard, for God won’t bless someone who’s slothful. You have to be a person of excellence. Arrive at work early, leave late, respect your boss, don’t waste time on the job—then you’ll be promoted and then you’ll be happier.” ― Joel Osteen, Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential

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“You may be thinking, ‘this sounds too good to be true, Joel.’ I know it’s true! I saw the power of our thoughts and words turn an impossible situation in my own family into a modern-day medical miracle.” His mother was diagnosed with cancer and given only weeks to live. She overcame the disease by claiming victory over it, firing scripture verses at adversity and thumbing her nose at death. She is still living, decades later.” ― Joel Osteen, Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential

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“Start calling yourself healed, happy, whole, blessed, and prosperous. Stop talking to God about how big
your mountains are, and start talking to your mountains about how big your God is!” ― Joel Osteen, Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential

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“You have to learn to follow your heart. You can’t let other people pressure you into being something that you’re not. If you want God’s favor in your life, you must be the person He made you to be, not the person your boss wants you to be, not even the person your parents or your husband wants you to be. You can’t let outside expectations keep you from following your own heart.” ― Joel Osteen, Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential

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“When you are tempted to get discouraged, remind yourself that according to God’s word, your future is getting brighter; you are on your way to a new level of glory. You may think you’ve got a long way to go, but you need to look back at how far you’ve already come. You may not be everything you want to be but atleast you can thank God that you’re not what you used to be.” ― Joel Osteen, Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential

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“God knows your value; He sees your potential. You may not understand everything you are going through right now. But hold your head up high, knowing that God is in control and he has a great plan and purpose for your life. Your dreams may not have turned out exactly as you’d hoped, but the bible says that God’s ways are better and higher than our ways, even when everybody else rejects you, remember, God stands before you with His arms open wide. He always accepts you. He always confirms your value. God sees your two good moves! You are His prized possession. No matter what you go through in life, no matter how many disappointments you suffer, your value in God’s eyes always remains the same. You will always be the apple of His eye. He will never give up on you, so don’t give up on yourself.” ― Joel Osteen, Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential

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“To live your best life now, you must learn to trust God’s timing, you may not think He’s working, but you can be sure that right now, behind the scenes, God is arranging all the pieces to come together to work out His plan for your life.” ― Joel Osteen, Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential

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“Maybe you’ve invested a lot of time, effort, money, emotion, and energy in a relationship; you did your best to make it work out. But for some reason, things got off course. And now you feel as though you have been robbed. When we focus on or disappointments, we stop God from ringing fresh new blessing into our lives.” ― Joel Osteen, Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential

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“It’s our faith that activates the power of God.” ― Joel Osteen, Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential

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“You can take pride in yourself without comparing yourself to anybody else. If you run your race and be the best that you can be, then you can feel good about yourself.” ― Joel Osteen, Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential

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“God will not pour fresh, creative ideas and blessing into old attitudes.” ― Joel Osteen, Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential

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“Many people are unhappy and are not experiencing life to its fullest because they’ve closed their hearts to compassion, they are motivated by only what they want and what they think they need. They rarely do anything for anybody else unless they have an ulterior goal in mind. They are self-involved and self-centered.” ― Joel Osteen, Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential

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“You may be sitting around waiting for God to change your circumstances. Then you’re going to be happy, then your’re going to have a good attitude, then you’re going to give God praise. But God is waiting on you to get up on the inside. When you do your part, He’ll begin to change things and work supernaturally in your life.” ― Joel Osteen, Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential

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“God is a good God, and He gives good things to his children. No matter who has denigrated you or how much pain you’ve experienced in life, no matter how many setbacks you have suffered, you cannot allow yourself to accept that as the way life is supposed to be. No, God has better things in store for you. You must reprogram your mind with God’s word; change that negative, defeated self-image, and start seeing yourself as winning, coming out on top. Start seeing that marriage as restored. See your business as flourishing. See your children as enjoying the good things of God. You must see it through your eyes of faith, and then it will begin to happen.” ― Joel Osteen, Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential

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“Don’t simply settle for what your parents had. You can go further than that. You can do more, have more, be more.” ― Joel Osteen, Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential

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“You need to follow your own heart in light of God’s word and do what you feel is right and good for you.” ― Joel Osteen, Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential

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“If you’re not seeing God move in your life right now, one of two possibilities must be considered. Either your requests are not God’s best and will probably not be answered the way you’d like or it must not be the right time. If God were to answer that prayer the way you are hoping, it could interfere with his ideal plan for you.” ― Joel Osteen, Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential

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“The marriage partner is not really the problem. No other person can ultimately make you happy. You must learn how to be happy within yourself.” ― Joel Osteen, Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential

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“You need to take pride in what God has given you.” Joel Osteen, Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential

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“What you keep before your eyes will affect you.” Joel Osteen, Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential

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“What you receive is directly connected to what you believe.” Joel Osteen, Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential

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“Hold on to that new, enlarged vision of victory that God has given you. Start expecting things to change in your favor. Dare to boldly declare that you are standing strong against the forces of darkness.” Joel Osteen, Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential

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“Don’t think small when you pray. God has a way to bring your dreams to pass if you’ll dare to be bold enough to ask.”
― Joel Osteen

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