Archive | June 2009

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George Barna poll shows Nazarene prophet’s popularity slipping

(IMAGINATION ALERT!!!!) After reading Pilgrim’s post below, as well as this post about George Barna’s recent “waffling” and his  growing fascination with ecumenicalism (and this follow-up), I decided to combine the two into one FICTIONAL story. From Jerusalem Post, c. 33 AD: ——————————————- By Mariam Zecharyahu Jerusalem (JP)–A new George Barna poll has found that […]

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If you are in a church that has resisted the temptation to professionalize worship, you are blessed. If not, my heart goes out to you. In any event, family worship will deepen your appreciation for biblical worship and make the corporate experience that much richer. However, I must caution you—family worship also has a tendency […]

Mormons who left the darkness

More from the Manti Evangalism training seminar. Another in the line of “why we do what we do.”

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Some of God’s dear people may suppose that it would be presumptuous to set themselves up as judges of what they hear or read—but that is a serious mistake, being both a false humility, and a shirking of duty. The Apostle rebuked the Hebrews because their senses (spiritual faculties) were not developed so as to […]

Dr. Steven J. Lawson: “The Dangers of Legalism” (Galatians 4:8-4:11)

Galatians 4:8-11 (NASB)–8 However at that time, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those which by nature are no gods. 9 But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how is it that you turn back again to the weak and worthless elemental […]

Book Review: “The Basket of Flowers” by Christoph von Schmid.

What can I say about this book other than I absolutely loved it. This was the very first book published in the Lamplighter series and was the Lamplighter series “book of the year” in 1996. This continues to be my favorite Lamplighter book (see all Lamplighter books here) and is easily one of my favorite […]

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Neither Paul nor any other legitimate church leader in 2000 years has ever found it necessary (or even helpful) to use streetwise sex education—not as an evangelistic strategy, and certainly not as a means to sanctification for people already overwhelmed with sex-talk from a corrupt culture. Adopting the world’s obsession with sex and filthy talk […]

Mark Driscoll and 1st Timothy 5:19-20

1st Timothy 5:19-20–Do not receive an accusation against an elder except from two or three witnesses. Those who are sinning rebuke in the presence of all, that the rest also may fear. For all those Driscollites who will come here from various search engines and come across posts like this or like this or like […]

I’ve had it with Mark Driscoll and his mouth. Now it’s personal!

The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart. – Luke 6:45 In the past DefCon has taken issue with Mark Driscoll on several […]

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Finally, it seriously overstates the involvement of John Piper and C. J. Mahaney to say they are “discipling” Mark Driscoll. In the first place, the idea that a grown man already in public ministry and constantly in the national spotlight needs space to be “mentored” before it’s fair to subject his public actions to biblical […]

Sermon of the week: “The Narrow Path to Heaven (Part 1 and 2)” by Don Green.

Yet another fantastic sermon by Don Green. This week DefCon presents both parts of his two-part message on the narrow path spoken of by Jesus in Matthew 7:13-14. This is one of those texts that I never tire of hearing because it is such an essential truth of the Bible so often overlooked and ignored […]

Why we do what we do (2)

The following video features Sandra Tanner who, with her late husband Jerald, founded Utah Lighthouse Ministries ( and has helped to bring many people out of the darkness of the LDS system. For anybody who still wonders why we do what we do at DefCon, and are still not convinced that we do any good […]

Don’t be decieved.

You can download the audio version of this video by right-clicking here.

Moroni struck by lightning.

As reported at KSL News: SOUTH JORDAN — There were some 6,000 to 8,000 lightning strikes in the Salt Lake Valley Saturday, and it appears one of them struck the new Oquirrh Mountain temple. Witnesses say the lightning blackened the arm, trumpet and face of the Moroni statue that sits on top of the temple’s […]

Dr. Steven J. Lawson: “From Slavery to Sonship” (Galatians 4:1-4:7)

Galatians 4:1-7 (NASB)–1 Now I say, as long as the heir is a child, he does not differ at all from a slave although he is owner of everything, 2 but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by the father. 3 So also we, while we were children, were held in bondage […]

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Would that we could see the wall of separation between the church and the world made broader and stronger. It makes one sad to hear Christians saying, “Well, there is no harm in this; there is no harm in that”, thus getting as near to the world as possible. Grace is at a low ebb […]

My local Christian bookstore: Leaping from one great heresy to another.

One expects to see Osteen, Warren, Jakes, Meyers, Bell, Driscoll, and Schuller on the shelves of their local Christian bookstore because they will sell whatever people will buy (regardless if it’s damaging to the soul, detrimental to the Christian’s walk or out right heretical). But I was shocked to discover what my local “Christian” bookstore […]

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Most people will agree that they are sinners. However, few will readily admit that they are helpless sinners. There is a big difference. – John R. Cross

Why we do what we do

Many people who visit DefCon come here seeking truth. They have heard lies and stories told by those who claim to be shepherds and pastors, only to find they have been lied to and misled. Others are new Christians who are looking for help to understand what is truth, where to find it, who can […]

50 Answers to 50 Mormon Answers to 50 Anti-Mormon Questions (Answers 25, 26, and 27)

Because of the repetitive nature of the next three questions, I have decided to lump them into one post. Tower To Truth Question: 25. Why does the Book of Mormon contain extensive, word-for-word quotes from the Bible if the LDS Church is correct in teaching that the Bible has been corrupted? FAIR Answer: It would […]

Sermon of the week: “Biblical Manhood” by Paul Washer.

Your sermon of the week is part one and part two of Paul Washer’s message entitled Biblical Manhood. This concludes our four-week series on manhood leading up to Father’s Day. If you only listen to one message on fatherhood this year, make it this one. I think I’ve certainly saved the best two sermons on […]

Gaithers enter “The Shack”

  Sadly, Bill and Gloria Gaither–names almost synonymous with Southern Gospel music–have joined the apostasy that is “The Outhouse” “The Shack.” A couple weeks ago, they held a “Family Fest” (hat tip: Apprising Ministries) in Gatlinburg, TN (pop: 3800. pop during tourist season: 2,500,000), right near my back yard. And who were two of their […]

Africa desperately needs help with combating cults.

I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock . . . – Acts 20:29 Source: Africa Center for Apologetics Research ____________________________________________________________ See related posts: Charismania unrestrained: Africa’s witch children The Hell-bound false prophetess Helen Ukpabio of Liberty Gospel Church in Nigeria Sam and Esther: The least […]

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Take notice, that it stands as a blot in the reputation of the Corinthians, that they were altogether for a gospel that should cost them nothing. Corinth was the most convenient, and so the most frequented, port of trade in all Greece. The inhabitants are said to have been very wealthy, proud, and voluptuous. They […]

CrossTalk: Death of the grown-up.

Ingrid covers the arrested development plaguing many Westerners in this CrossTalk episode: Death of the Grown-up. This edition of Crosstalk begins with Ingrid’s review of Diana West’s book, The Death of the Grown-Up: How America’s Arrested Development is Bringing Down Western Civilization. Do you remember a time when kids wanted to grow up to be […]

“You need to come in tomorrow for your abortion”

Eccelsiastes 11:5–As you do not know what is the way of the wind, or how the bones grow in the womb of her who is with child, so you do not know the works of God who makes everything. Imagine if your young child was involved in a car wreck, suffered some brain damage. Her […]

Another clap of thunder.

The storm is coming folks. You simply can’t ignore the sounds of thunder on the horizon. HT: Slice of Laodicea

MacArthur: A Nation Abandoned by God (sermon jam).

You can download the audio version of this video by right-clicking here, and you can download and listen to this entire sermon by visiting this post.

The Persecuted Church: China

1 Peter 4:12-19, “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. If you are reproached […]

Jesus Was a Young Earth Creationist

Some Christians believe that Genesis 1–11—the story of the creation, flood and tower of Babel— are symbolic, and the events didn’t really happen the way the Bible plainly describes them. No doubt many of these individuals are sincere and searching for the truth, while others have just gone along with what they’ve learned in school […]