Pilgrim

Thanksgiving Perspectives

This Thanksgiving Day, we are providing a post written by the Pilgrim from Thanksgiving 2009. So much has happened and changed in the world in the last 4 years, but there are also many things that have not. This is a reminder we should have in front of us every year. ********* As we in […]

Hanging up my hat.

After five years, one week, four days, and 2,567 posts, I have decided that it’s time to finally hang up my blogging hat. Each of our lives are filled with chapters, and this chapter in my life is coming to a close. Blogging has taken far too much of my time away from my family […]

Old Mormon vs New Mormon.

I created these videos and posted them on DefCon back in September of 2010. Since then, we’ve received many new readers to the blog that may have missed them. So I’ve decided to dust them off and re-post them here so that our new readers can see what happens when a 19th century Mormon meets […]

Free cult flyer and gospel tract download.

Back in 2008, I made a cult flyer/gospel tract combo available to the readers of this blog to download for free. Since then, this flyer/tract combo has undergone refinement and is now in its fifth printing. This flyer/tract combo was drafted as a way to inform the public about the truths of the Jehovah’s Witnesses […]

Losing a child (at any age) is never easy.

The following excerpt is from a blog called 1st Timothy 4:12. I sincerely hope it is a help and an encouragement to those who have gone (or are currently going) through such a loss. “No matter whether you have known about the baby only for a day, or if he or she has been born […]

How to stagnate the church: A dictator’s manual.

Dear atheistic, communistic dictator: Having trouble with that dastardly underground church spreading like wild fire? No matter how much you seize, imprison, torture, and execute those Christians, the church still keeps flourishing? Christians getting in the way of your nation’s “progressive” progress? Looking for a way to stamp out the spread of Christianity in your […]

Sermon of the week: “The Unique Love of the Christian” by Akash Sant Singh.

Loving other Christians and loving those who hate us; just a couple of the areas Pastor Akash Sant Singh covers in your sermon of the week, The Unique Love of the Christian.

Help and encouragement for those with critical spirits.

Below are links to parts one and two of Teri Maxwell’s article on how we can so easily become negative and critical, the ramifications of being negative and critical, and how we can overcome being negative and critical. I highly recommend these two articles, and especially part two for parents. Part One: Are you normally […]

James Boice on Election.

So many people think that election is useless and perhaps even pernicious. It is nothing of the sort. It is part of the Bible’s inspired teaching and is therefore “useful,” as Paul insisted all Scripture is (2 Tim. 3:16-17). Here’s a look at ways election impacts things like evangelism and worship: 1. Election is humbling. Those who do not […]

Of boycotts and buycotts.

Some much needed clarity on the whole Chick-Fil-A circus.

Voddie Baucham dismantles one of the most abused and misused verses in scripture.

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There will be no deception at the last day. The unerring eye of God will discern who are His own people, and who are not. Nothing but true faith shall abide the fire of His judgment. All spurious Christianity shall be weighed in the balance and found lacking. None but true believers shall sit down […]

DefCon on Wretched.

Last month Todd Friel read one of DefCon’s posts on Wretched Radio. You can listen to the five-minute segment of Wretched Radio here and you can view the blog post here.  

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How is it that the Gospel can move one man to wade through an army of opposition to publicly identify with Christ in a deadly winter baptism, and yet in another man who confesses the same Gospel, it has no power to make even the most insignificant changes in his life? When will the church […]

Book recommendation: “Escape from the World Trade Center” by Leslie Haskin.

I fully understand that this will be a very controversial post (perhaps the most controversial post in DefCon’s history) and I’ve even been reluctant to post it (opting to leave it sitting in pending drafts for quite awhile). But even if it causes some to cease their readership of this blog, the truth needs to […]

248 children found murdered.

I wonder if the murder of these 248 children will get as much attention (including around the clock news coverage) as the Colorado murders. Methinks the answer, sadly, is no. Why? Because murdering 12 people in a movie theater is a crime, but murdering 248 children in their mothers’ womb is a “choice.” It’s what […]

The Fall of the United States of Rome. (Repost)

Martin Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) offers a sobering warning from the grave: “If the West goes down and is defeated, it will be for one reason only: internal rot. . . . If we continue to spend our lives in jollification, doing less and less work, demanding more and more money, more and more pleasure and so-called […]

Homosexuality, Polyester, and Shellfish.

The following article, Homosexuality, Polyester, and Shellfish (found here), is a condensed version of a larger article of the same name (found here). I hope this helps to answer the false charges of “inconsistency” leveled against Christians based on ignorance of the scriptures (and poor hermeneutics) from those making the accusations. Jun 19, 2012 • […]

Men on modesty.

Five errors of pragmatic churches.

The following article is from A Twisted Crown of Thorns: Do they want bigger hot dogs? Flavored water or cushions for their ankles the customer is king. This is the approach to successful entrepreneurship. It is sometimes no different when it comes to modern day church marketing only that it is called being ‘purpose driven’. […]

Dear parents . . .

Book recommendation: “Under the Banner of Heaven” by Jon Krakauer.

I recently finished Jon Krakauer’s book, Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith. I found the book to be very revealing of early Mormon history (much of the stuff modern day Mormons prefer you didn’t know about). Namely this book tackled Mormonism’s twin doctrines of polygamy and Blood Atonement (and detailing the […]

The passing of blogging pioneer, Jim Bublitz.

Coming on the heels of Phil Johnson’s announcement of his retiring from blogging, it is with sadness that I report that I’ve been notified by Lyn of Saved by Grace (and confirmed by Lane Chaplin on his Facebook page), that retired blogger, Jim Bublitz, has passed away. Bublitz, who retired from blogging due to illness […]

Debate: Mariology – Who is Mary according to Scripture?

When you build a theology on pagan goddess worship, man’s traditions, a dead religion of works, and arguing from silence, you will always lose the debate when faced with God’s Word. See also: It’s All About Mary? HT: Cup of Joe

Is it just me?

Is it just me, or have you ever noticed that the Christians who sport NOTW (Not Of This World) on their clothing, cars, and flesh seem to be the ones in our churches who look and behave most like the world? What say you?

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God is weening us off ourselves with afflictions, suffering, and trials. – Akash Sant Singh      

Sermon of the week: “No Ordinary People” by Akash Sant Singh.

Your sermon of the week is No Ordinary People from Pastor Akash Sant Singh from his series on the church.

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God’s unblemished holiness is reflective of His unrelenting hatred of sin. His undeserving mercy is inconceivable in view of His unyielding justice. Yet His unconditional love is grounded in His unmerited grace. – Mike Gendron

Whose rules are we playing by?

Like a lamb to the slaughter? The final moments of Joseph Smith.

The following article from the Mormonism Research Ministry was written by Bill McKeever: “The events leading to the death of Mormon founder Joseph Smith are much like the events surrounding his life—full of contradiction. To hear Mormons tell the story, Smith did no wrong; for others, he did no right. Like most stories, the truth […]