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The lighter side of Reformation Day

When I was just ein junger Mann I studied canon law; While Erfurt was a challenge, it was just to please my Pa. Then came the storm, the lightning struck, I called upon Saint Anne, I shaved my head, I took my vows, an Augustinian! Oh… Chorus: Papal bulls, indulgences, and transubstantiation Speak your mind […]

Happy Reformation Day!

Berry from Social Hazard posted the following piece on his blog. Great quotes Berry! Celebrating 491 years (with all due respect to such ‘pre-reformers’ Wycliffe and Hus) of freedom from the apostate church of Rome!! WHAT IS THE HEART OF THE REFORMATION? 5 Solas! Sola Scriptura! (Col 2:8, 1 Tim 3:16-17, Heb 4:12) Solus Christus! […]

On this day in history . . .

As most Americans celebrate Halloween today there is a smaller segment that will celebrate Martin Luther’s nailing of the 95 theses to the Wittenberg door in 1517 which sparked the Protestant reformation. But there’s an even smaller segment that will recognize a much-lesser known event that occurred on this day almost a hundred years ago. […]

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The Gospel contemplates every descendant of Adam as a fallen, polluted, Hell-deserving, and helpless sinner. The grace which the Gospel publishes is his only hope. – A.W. Pink 1886 – 1952

“Jesus reigns” the umbrella.

And the cheesy, shameful marketing of the name above all names continues. Will it ever end? HT: A Little Leaven

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Fundamentalism is the militant belief and proclamation of the basic doctrines of Christianity leading to a Scriptural separation from those who reject them. – John Ashbrook

Obama’s Muslim faith

Oops! Barry Hussein slips up in an interview and discloses just where his “faith” is–and it ain’t in the Christian God! Barry lets it slip that his “god” is the Muslim “god” Allah. And the most galling thing about this clip–he doesn’t even blink! When it comes to profesional liars, this guy make Bill Clinton […]

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  I do not so much have to pray up when I’m preaching under a tent in inner-city San Anton[io], but I have to pray up and know that I am walking with the Lord when I walk into an average Baptist church because of the way most people dress. And you say, “It’s legalism.” No […]

Pope puts the world in Mary’s hands.

Idolatrous paganism and rank heresy are two expressions that immediately came to mind as I read the following article on the Pope’s recent visit to Pompeii, Italy. Here are a few of the opening paragraphs from the article: POMPEII, Italy, OCT. 19, 2008 ( Benedict XVI placed the world in Mary’s hands during his one-day […]

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Growing churches are creating an atmosphere, an environment of fun. So fun has replaced holiness as the church’s goal. Having a good time has become the criterion of an excellent, growing church, since fun and entertainment is what consumers want. Yet Bible references encouraging churches to become havens of fun are, as one may suspect, […]

Sermon of the week: “Church Discipline” by Jeff Noblit.

We wrap up October’s theme of church discipline with Pastor Jeff Noblit’s sermon aptly entitled Church Discipline. I hope the Wednesday sermons of the week throughout of October have helped you better understand the mandate and purpose of discipline within the Church.

Which Bible translation do you prefer, and why?

I’ve asked this question in the past but since new readers have come on board here at DefCon, I thought I’d pose the question once more: Which Bible translation do you prefer and why? Please take our poll below and if you want to explain why you use a preferred translation, feel free to leave […]

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There is no imagination wherewith man is besotted, more foolish, none so pernicious, as this–that persons not purified, not sanctified, not made holy in their life, should afterwards be taken into that state of blessedness which consists in the enjoyment of God. Neither can such persons enjoy God, nor would God be a reward to […]

Public school holds surprise “Gay Day” for kindergartners.

World Net Daily is reporting that a California public school held a surprise “Gay Day” for kindergartners. Read the article here. I wonder what would have happened if they had a surprise “Bible Day.” This begs the question, “Should Christians take their children out of the public schools?“

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There is nothing wrong with charitable acts—but they are not to be confused with preaching the Gospel. Feeding programs can save a man dying from hunger. Medical aid can prolong life and fight disease. Housing projects can make this temporary life more comfortable—but only the Gospel of Jesus Christ can save a soul from a […]

Should Christians take their children out of the public schools?

Albert Mohler visited the question Should Christians take their children out of the public schools? on this radio broadcast. This podcast also features a brief interview with Voddie Baucham on the issue.

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The wrath of God is a perfection of the divine character upon which we need to frequently meditate. . . . We are prone to regard sin lightly, to gloss over its hideousness, to make excuses for it. But the more we study and ponder God’s abhorrence of sin and His frightful vengeance upon it, […]

Zero church to perform a “demonstration seance.”

Zero church is making news on DefCon again (see the previous post here). This time they are holding a “Halloween fun” service on November 1st in which the following description is provided: “Ghost” . . . More than Halloween fun, although we will have plenty of that with illusions and a demonstration seance. We ask […]

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The Roman Catholic religion claims that the Bible does not contain all the truths which a Christian is bound to believe (The Faith of Our Fathers, p. 72). Catholicism also says the Bible does not contain everything God taught about salvation (A Catechism for Adults, p. 52); is not clear and intelligible (The Faith of […]

The shelf.

For those who enjoyed the previous post on the ten reasons Runtu can’t be a Mormon anymore (see here), I’ve found another great post from him that I’ve entitled “The Shelf.“ The “shelf” is where Mormons who can’t help but notice the huge errors of Mormonism are told to put their “questions.” They are instructed […]

Book Review: “Pilgrim’s Progress” a retelling by Gary D. Schmidt.

I recently read this retelling of Bunyan’s classic and loved it. It is written well and the story keeps you turning the pages even if you already know what happens to Christian and his companions. I would highly recommend this book for those who do not have the time to read the original novel by […]

The “My Nativity Sandbox.”

Christmas is exactly two months away and we already have this year’s wares being peddled by the den of thieves of Christian marketing. Here is their latest debacle: the Nativity Sandbox. “Reenact the birth of Jesus – with a fun sandbox twist. A 10″-square box holds ten figures plus a tiny stable and the appropriate […]

The St. Benedict home protection kit (seriously).

You’ve seen the St. Joseph home selling statue, you’ve seen the patron saint of television statue, now the ancient Roman Catholic art of submission through superstition has spawned yet another useless statue for you to put your trust in and make an idol of: The Saint Benedict home protection kit. So, are we supposed to […]

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We sometimes tend to think of the early church as pristine, pure, and untroubled by serious error. The truth is, it wasn’t always that way at all. From the the very beginning, the enemies of truth launched an effort to infiltrate and confuse the people of God by mangling the truth and by blending lies […]

Have you taken the LDS repentance quiz?

Dear Mormon, have you taken the LDS Repentance Quiz yet? If not, check it out here. Source: MRM

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There is nothing in a man that causes God to justify him, including his repentance and faith. Repentance does not pay for sin. A criminal’s remorse for his crime does not satisfy the just demands of the law. Neither does faith pay for sin! Only the blood of Jesus can pay for sin! Justification is […]

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Needless to say, the purpose-driven, seeker-friendly churches have produced a huge crop of false converts. Fifteen years ago, when I became director [of Genesis Pregnancy Care Center in Pottstown, PA], we rarely saw Christians coming through our doors, but now 65-75% of our clients say they are “Christians.” Some have had four or more abortions; […]

Sermon of the week: “Protecting Church Purity” by Jeff Purswell.

We continue our five-week series on Church discipline with week four’s sermon Protecting Church Purity by Jeff Purswell. The doctrine of Church discipline is one that most American Christians are unaware even exists and which many others choose to ignore. However, not only is it a reality, it is a biblical mandate for the Church […]

January 1973: Every injustice has a beginning.

Book review: “Shepherding a Child’s Heart” by Tedd Tripp.

There’s an old saying that many parents can be heard uttering: “I wish my children came with an instruction manual.” Well, children may not come equipped with an instruction manual, but I found the next best thing: Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp. I just completed this book and found it to be the […]