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Praise music like you’ve never heard before.

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when I say “I think I’m going to throw up?” If you said “kids praise music,” then you must have listened to the Crazy Praize Volume 3 CD. The back of this kids praise CD boasts: I think I’m gonna throw up. (I know what you’re thinking […]

Jesus Our High Priest – Part 1

We are pleased to begin the Saturday Sermon Series again. This is the first in a series of messages from John 17. It was sovereignly delivered by Akash Sant Singh, who is one of the elders at Community Bible Church in Reno, Nevada. May it bring conviction to each of us as we realize our […]

“Paul never quoted Jesus!” (Galatians)

Today, we look at the places where Paul told to the saints in Galatia of the things taught by our Lord Jesus Christ. Galatians 1:1–Paul, an apostle (not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised Him from the dead). Acts 22:15-18–“So I said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ […]

Sermon of the week:”The Authentic Christian” by Angelo Sanchez.

Your sermon of the week is The Authentic Christian by Angelo Sanchez of Community Bible Church ( In this sermon, Pastor Sanchez covers a subject most pastors won’t touch, and says things most pastors aren’t willing to say, yet is so vitally important to hear.

Progressive Creamy Theology Soup.

Sometimes the most scathing indictment of the current condition of the church in America comes to us on the wings  of clever sarcasm. HT: The Desert Pastor

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“Paul does not say, [in Philippians 2:12--Ed.] ‘Work out something that will tell for your salvation'; he says, ‘Work out in the expression of your life the salvation God has worked in.’ If we think for a moment we shall soon know how much we are saved—What does our tongue say? what kind of things […]

An attendee reports on the Cornerstone “Christian” music festival.

When you think of a summer-time Christian music festivals, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Well, if you said zombies, you hit the nail on the head (sadly). For those of you who would have never guessed zombies, and have no idea what zombies have to do with Christianity, then you evidently missed […]

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Worldly Christians, remember this. You and the world must part, or else assurance [of salvation] and your souls will never meet. – Thomas Brooks 1608 – 1680

The ten signs of a flesh-pleaser.

by Richard Baxter The signs of a flesh-pleaser or sensualist are these: 1. When a man in his desire to please his appetite, does not do it with a view to a higher end, that is to say to the preparing himself for the service of God; but does it only for the delight itself. […]

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The stream of professing Christianity is far wider than it formerly was, and I am afraid we must admit, at the same time, it is much less deep. – J. C. Ryle 1816 – 1900

What exactly DOES Hebrews 6:4-6 mean, anyway?

**I’ve said this before, but this time it will be enforced. Any and all further comments that do not deal DIRECTLY with the text of this post WILL BE DELETED. I will not give any thought to how long the comment is or how long it took to type it. And don’t try to post […]

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Christian homes look too much like the world around [them]: the same roles for parents, the same schools, the same entertainment, the same divorce statistics—is it any wonder that our nation is in decline? – Philip Lancaster

Sermon of the week: “Creation, Day 4″ by John MacArthur.

Your sermon of the week is Creation, Day 4 by John MacArthur from his series The Battle for the Beginning. We’ve been featuring this series every other week. The next installment will be in two weeks.

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“If a teacher fascinates with his doctrine, his teaching never came from God. The teacher sent from God is the one who clears the way to Jesus and keeps it clear; souls forget altogether about him because the vision of Jesus is the only abiding result. When people are attracted to Jesus Christ through you, […]

The roots Mormonism shares with Rome (Part 3)

Finishing up our look at how Mormonism and Roman Catholicism are, basically, theological cousins. Maybe not first cousins, more like third cousins twice removed. But they both spring from the same tree, and they both have the same father (small-‘f’). They both teach that the blood of Christ is not the only way to pay […]

“Paul never quoted Jesus!” (2nd Corinthians)

Part four of our series, enlightening the one who draws near to Jesus with their lips, while their hearts are far from Him. 2nd Corinthians 1:3-5–Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may […]

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I would not give a penny for your love of truth if it is not accompanied with a hearty hatred of error. – C.H. Spurgeon 1834 – 1892

Dangerous pragmatism.

I just read a great article on why a transformed life is not proof of salvation that I highly recommend to all DefCon readers. It is well thought-out, well-written, and can be found here at Better Than Sacrifice. Here’s an excerpt: The seed which fell upon stony ground appeared to burst into life – it […]

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That plain people should be confused and deluded is not surprising when we examine some of the statements made about the efficacy of baby baptism. Take for example the Reformers. Consider the familiar words of the Prayer Book Service for the Public Baptism of Infants: Seeing now, dearly beloved brethren, that this child is regenerate […]

El Costo de seguir a Jesús / The Cost of Following Jesus

Steve Lawson on the cost of following Jesus.  Have you counted the cost?

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No higher honor can be imagined than that of being Christ’s ambassadors, and proclaiming in Christ’s name the forgiveness of sins to a lost world. But let us ever beware of investing the ministerial office with one jot more of power and authority than Christ conferred upon it. To treat ministers as being in any […]

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“The ways of destroying the church are many and colorful. Raw factionalism will do it. Rank heresy will do it. Taking your eyes off the cross and letting other, more peripheral matters dominate the agenda will do it-admittedly more slowly than frank heresy, but just as effectively over the long haul. Building the church with […]

Sermon of the week: “Validating the Gospel in Modesty” by Albert Martin.

As a follow-up to Brother Michael’s post on modesty (found here) which was a follow-up to my post on modesty (found here), I present your sermon of the week by Albert Martin entitled  Validating the Gospel in Modesty. At the 40:45 mark, Pastor Martin does something startling with his congregation. Although he sticks his neck […]

The roots Mormonism shares with Rome (part 2)

While we here at DefCon stand in opposition to what the Romish church teaches, I find it rather ironic that the early leaders in the LDS church were even more venomous in their attacks on the Vatican than Rome could ever accuse Luther or Spurgeon of being. That said, Salt Lake City shares more with […]

“Paul never quoted Jesus!” (1st Corinthians)

Number three in the series, going through Paul’s epistles and showing the stiff-necked and ignorant that yes, Paul did quote Jesus, even if he didn’t do so word-for-word. 1st Corinthians 1:10–Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be […]

A Mormon explains the LDS gospel (or the lack thereof).

It was two years ago (July 2008) that a Mormon named Keith visited us on a post regarding Faith and Works. During this discussion I tried to get Keith to explain how I could be saved if I only had a few minutes to live. Keith did a lot of talking (including changing the conversation, […]

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Oh! had I words that I might this morning attempt to depict to you what eternal death is. The soul has come before its Maker; the book has been opened; the sentence has been uttered; “Depart ye cursed” has shaken the universe, and made the very spheres dim with the frown of the Creator; the […]

“Paul never quoted Jesus!” (Romans part 2)

The second installment of this series showing the ignorant and scoffer the many times when Paul did, in fact, quote the things said by our Lord–albeit, perhaps, not word-for-word. We continue in Romans. Romans 9:3-5–For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my countrymen according to the flesh, who […]

Sermon of the week: “Creation, Day 3″ by John MacArthur.

Your sermon of the week is Creation, Day 3 by John MacArthur from his series The Battle for the Beginning. We’ve been featuring this series every other week. The next installment will be in two weeks.

The roots Mormonism shares with Rome (Part 1)

When Satan wants to lead people away from God, he doesn’t necessarily put up a new building–he simply changes the name of the business and hangs a new sign out front. “She is termed, in other places, by the same prophet, “The whore of all the earth,” making the nations drink of the wine of […]