"We see, in many a land, the proudest dynasties and tyrannies still crushing, with their mountain weight, every free motion of the Consciences and hearts of men. We see, on the other hand, the truest heroism for the right and the greatest devotion to the Truth in hearts that God has touched. We have a work to do, as great as our forefathers and, perhaps, far greater. The enemies of Truth are more numerous and subtle than ever and the needs of the Church are greater than at any preceding time. If we are not debtors to the present, then men were never debtors to their age and their time. Brethren, we are debtors to the hour in which we live. Oh, that we might stamp it with Truth and that God might help us to impress upon its wings some proof that it has not flown by neglected and unheeded." -- C.H. Spurgeon . . . "If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:31, 32 . . . . .

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Saturday, December 31, 2011

JESUS IS GOD – The WORD Incarnate a.k.a. the MESSIAH of Israel – Part TWO






By James Fire

RIGHTEOUS BRANCH – DIVINE MESSIAH –

JEREMIAH 23:5-6
Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.
In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

In the Hebrew Bible it says it like this:

Behold the days are coming, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous shoot, and he shall reign as king and prosper, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely; and this is the name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.” (JER 23:6, JPS, 1917).
Note that this King that will come from David, who will reign and execute justice in the Earth, is called the LORD of RIGHTEOUSNESS. “LORD” here is the tetragrammaton or the YHWH (Yahweh), and always refers to God Himself.
Dr. Eastman rightly asks the question:

“How could the God of Abraham, Isaac and Moses be a descendent of David? Why is this person described as a physical being, born of the line of David, one who will reign as king ‘in his days’ and yet his name [would be] ‘the LORD (YHWH) our RIGHTEOUSNESS’?

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Saturday, December 24, 2011

JESUS IS GOD – The WORD Incarnate a.k.a. the MESSIAH of Israel - Part ONE

~~ By James Fire

A friend of mine has three words scribed on the back of his lap top, and displays this message boldly out in public; the same three words are painted on the back window of his van, and scores of people read this controversial message as he drives all over the city of Tucson daily.

What is this controversial message consisting of only these three words?

JESUS IS GOD” and only recently my friend received a little note attached to his van from a detractor:

“Jesus was only a guy, just so you know.”

On this singular issue and assertion, the world is divided with increasingly noticeable distancing. In days gone by, the most determining factor that revealed whether or not a religious group was a cult, was their view of Jesus Christ.
Every cult either takes away from, or adds something to, Jesus of Nazareth. Some cults take away His divinity, like the Jehovah’s Witnesses; others add to His atoning sacrifice He accomplished on the cross, saying that it’s necessary but insufficient for salvation, such as the Roman Catholic Institution.

Yet increasingly among so-called evangelical churches, gone ‘Emergent’ such dialogues have transpired in order to “seek common ground” not merely among denominations, but with world religions across the globe. In seeking that common ground, one of the first things that seem to be conceded by churches today, is the Divinity of Jesus Christ! More and more denominations are ‘voting away’ the Divinity of Jesus! Another one is the Resurrection of Jesus Christ!

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Monday, December 5, 2011

The CHRISTMAS GIFT of PEACE DECLINED


By James J. Fire


LUKE 2:1-5
And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:). To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

The Nativity of the Son of God

And so began this marvelous journey, a holy pilgrimage, not to a holy place, but rather accompanying the holy Child within the womb of the virgin, Mary the espoused to Joseph, both descendants of King David, of the House of Judah.
Look at a map and you will find Nazareth in northern Israel in far away Galilee; from here this blessed couple made their arduous and painfully slow voyage all the way to Bethlehem, just south of Jerusalem.

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Monday, November 28, 2011

A Study in Paul’s Epistle to the Romans – “On the Road of Righteousness” Chapter Seven:

~  By James Fire


Chapter Seven: An ‘Illegal’ Bride –In medieval courts and Roman Catholic tribunals of that day, sometimes the practice of exhuming a corpse would be enacted for the purpose of trying them in said courts and tribunals with the intent of convicting them of crimes post-mortem, and then sentencing punitive actions upon them. If such a practice wasn’t such a travesty, it would almost be comedic!

However, here in vs. 1 of this Chapter in Romans, we read Paul’s words about how the Law has no dominion over the dead; their life is over and the appointment with death is met and followed by the judgment (HEB 9:27):

ROMANS 7:1
Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?


At such a point, the Law no longer holds sway over the departed in the sense of enlightening a person to their own sinful state for the intent of revealing their need for repentance; rather it is used for the sake of prosecution and condemnation in judgment in the realm of eternity future’. Once dead, the remedial influence of the Law is no longer valid; likewise Paul uses the analogy of marriage to demonstrate this point:
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Saturday, November 19, 2011

THE GIVING of THANKS - HONORING GOD IN SUCH

~ By James J. Fire 

THANKSGIVING is the favorite holiday of choice among many Bible believers and disciples of Jesus Christ. It’s the one that has apparently been untainted by the customs and mythic beliefs of this world. 

Christmas (the observance of the birth of Christ at any rate) is tainted with Santa Claus, Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer, and materialism in the world of commerce to your home. 

Easter (barring the pagan name – I prefer to call it Blessed Resurrection Day myself) is about the resurrection of the LORD Jesus Christ from the dead, and yet here too we have such things as Easter Baskets, the Easter Bunny, etc. and so forth. 

Thanksgiving is at least in form, untouched; true, people partake of food in such quantities as to be considered gluttonous; but the idea of thankfulness is present. The world just doesn’t seem to know to Whom they’re to express their thanks (themselves and their own industry maybe?) – or if they offer thanks, it’s to some generic concept of ‘God’. 

For the believer however, thanksgiving is not just one day of the year to observe; rather it’s a heart attitude to maintain every day, and if one wills, to make a special observance of such on this last Thursday of November. 
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Monday, November 14, 2011

A Study in Paul’s Epistle to the Romans – “On the Road of Righteousness” Chapter Six:

 ~ By James Fire

Chapter Six: Dead Man Walking – Alive by God’s Spirit

In the closing verses of Chapter Five of this Pauline epistle, we read about how “sin reigned unto death” and how that “the law entered that the offence [of sin] might abound”. We also examined, and with great joy, that just as “sin reigned unto death” so would “grace reign through righteousness” and that “where sin abounded, grace did much more abound”.

Because of the Law, sin abounded, but because of the atonement of Jesus Christ on the cross, our sin-bearer not only provided His grace, but that this grace abounds even more so than the sin-revealing Law that would condemn us.

Chapter Eight expounds on how there is no longer any condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, and here in Chapter Six we will begin to examine how that salvation is not just positional, but practical. What do I mean by this?

Perpetual Practice vs. Perfect Position

Put simply, since the day that each of us has received the Gospel via repentance and received Jesus Christ as LORD and SAVIOR by faith, we have been washed clean of our sins and stand before our Holy God as pure and sinless as the LORD Jesus Himself, Who has granted to us His Holy Spirit as well as His flawless righteousness.

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Saturday, November 5, 2011

A Study in Paul’s Epistle to the Romans – “On the Road of Righteousness” Chapter Five:

~ By James Fire

Chapter Five: The FAITH, HOPE and LOVE in the REIGN of Grace as found in Romans Five

It’s long been said that when you encounter a “therefore” (or even a “wherefore”) in the Scriptures, you have to find out what it’s ‘there for’; in other words, these two words are transitive. They relate a previous thought with the one that follows and that is the case here in Romans chapter Five. Let’s back up a bit and review the last couple of verses in chapter Four:

ROMANS 4:22-25
And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness. Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; 
Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.

Because Abraham “staggered not at the promise of God” (vs. 20) it was “imputed to him for righteousness” (vs. 22). This imputed righteousness means that the LORD God, by propitiation by the blood of Christ Jesus (ROM 3:25) and His resurrection (ROM 4:25) has justified us, and because of this justification “therefore… we have peace with God through our LORD Jesus Christ”.

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Monday, October 17, 2011

A Study in Paul’s Epistle to the Romans – “On the Road of Righteousness” Chapter Four:

~  By James Fire

Chapter Four: Justifying the Ungodly and Imputing Righteousness by Faith

I’ve been most eager to begin this particular chapter, because, as you know (if you read the previous study) this is the portion of scripture (vs. 1-5) that the LORD used to lead me to salvation back in June of 1980. Obviously then, this passage is very dear to my heart.

If you have not yet had the opportunity to read my testimony, here is a link provided for you FROM the MIND of FIRE: CAN I GET A WITNESS?

Suffice it to say, in my ‘B.C.’ days, I was very much intent on learning what my purpose in life was, and at the same time ‘plagued’ with the question: How a person such as I, could ever possibly be considered righteous before the Holy and Awesome God?

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The Battle for the Bible – Does Inerrancy and Infallibility Really Matter?

 by A.M. Kisly

Part 1 – Inerrancy an Evangelical Problem

I recently purchased a copy of The Battle For The Bible by “Dr. Harold Lindsell. It is an old publication, originally published in 1976, yet its documentation is extremely important in this present church age as we are witnessing the abandonment of the essentially orthodox view of Scripture.

It is because I believe strongly that the Bible is the Foundation upon which we as Christian’s stand that I write the introduction to this next series of articles entitled, The Battle for the Bible – Does Inerrancy and Infallibility Really Matter? This series will be heavily based upon Dr. Lindsell’s expertise and research covered in this book, and of course upon the Scriptures themselves. Though many do not distinguish between the words Inerrancy and Infallibility…there is a slight difference. Dr. Lindsell uses the words interchangeably…while others tend to distinguish between them.

Paul Smith offers this explanation, and I hope that it will satisfy all:

“The Bible is infallible, meaning it does not deceive. It means the Bible will never deceive us in matters of faith. In spiritual matters it is trustworthy. It has absolute authority and will never lead us astray. However “infallible” as currently used, neglects to tell us something about the Bible. Is the Bible historically accurate? Did the events of the Bible really happen? This is where the word Inerrancy comes to play. This word means that the Bible does not make a statement contrary to fact…not only in matters of faith….but also in all other matters. Today while many of the matters under attack are the historical and scientific accuracy of the Bible, the terms used must be clarified.” I will use both so as not to confuse anyone.

A few months ago I posted a book review on, New Evangelicalism, by Paul Smith. In it, Paul recommended Dr. Lindsell’s book for further research into the question of Bible inerrancy. Before we get started on the subject matter though, for those not familiar with Dr. Lindsell, a brief biographical sketch of his life and work is as follows:

Dr. Harold Lindsell (1913-1998) began his career at Columbia Bible College, Columbia S.C. as professor of history of missions from 1942-44. He was ordained a Baptist minister in 1944 and served as professor of missions and church history, 1944-47 at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, Chicago, Ill. From 1947- 1964, he taught at Fuller Theological Seminary as professor of missions, Dean of the Faculty, and Vice President. He was Associate Editor of Christianity Today from 1964 -1967 and professor of Bible at Wheaton College from 1967-68. He returned to Christianity Today as Editor from 1968- 1978. He also taught at Simon Greenleaf School of Law. He wrote and edited more than twenty books including The Battle for the Bible, The Bible in Balance, Free Enterprise: A Judeo-Christian Defense, Armageddon Spectre, The New Paganism, and The Holy Spirit in the Latter Days. He also served as editor for the Harper Study Bible, Tyndale Words of God for Every Day, and The Everyday Pocket Bible.

Does what we believe about the Bible really matter? Is the Bible really Divinely Inspired, Inerrant, Infallible and the Absolute Authority in all truth? For me, the answer is YES! ABSOLUTELY! For others who are questioning or even denying, we shall endeavor to convince and assure them that God’s Word is absolutely trustworthy.

What we believe about the Bible matters immensely because Truth Really Matters. In today’s age truth is hard to come by, which is part of the problem. Multitudes have been accommodating lies for decades. It has unfortunately become a way of life in our culture, too many today believe it is "normal" to tell lies, and be deceived by lies. Sad, but true! When one becomes accustomed to lies, discernment is dulled and truth has been lost to all. Since God is the author of all truth, and Satan the Father of lies, shouldn’t we love truth, believe truth, and follow hard after truth? But how can we do that when we doubt even the source of all truth, and His written word to us?

After many debates with other believers, biblical scholars and leaders in the past couple of years over portions of scripture that are discarded as fictional stories, this issue has laid heavy on my heart.

In an article written by Albert Mohler, he discusses this battle over the inerrancy of Scripture. In fact, he claims (and I agree) that there seems to be a full blown effort to forge an evangelical identity apart from the claim that the Bible is totally truthful and without error.

Dr. Mohler states the following, “Recently, Professor Peter Enns, formerly of Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, has argued that the biblical authors clearly erred. He has argued that Paul, for example, was clearly wrong in assuming the historicity of Adam. In Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament, published in 2005, he presented an argument for an “incarnational” model of biblical inspiration and authority. But in this rendering, incarnation — affirming the human dimension of Scripture — means accepting some necessary degree of error.”

(This is the same debate myself, my sister, a homeschool mom, and many others engaged in with Dr. Enns after a confrontation with Dr. Ken Ham from the Institute for Creation Research. Dr. Enns was one of the speakers for their annual Homeschool Convention.)
 
Dr. Mohler* goes on to say, “This argument is taken to the next step by Kenton L. Sparks in his 2008 book, God’s Word in Human Words: An Evangelical Appropriation of Critical Biblical Scholarship. Sparks, who teaches at Eastern University, argues that it is nothing less than intellectually disastrous for evangelicals to claim that the Bible is without error.
*Dr. Mohler has recently as of June of 2021 endorsed Critical Race Theory and was instrumental in getting Resolution 9 passed in the Southern Baptist Convention.
His arguments, also serialized and summarized in a series of articles, are amazingly candid. He asserts that Evangelicalism has “painted itself into an intellectual corner” by claiming the inerrancy of Scripture. The movement is now in an “intellectual cul-de-sac,” he laments, because we have “crossed an evidential threshold that makes it intellectually unsuitable to defend some of the standard dogmas of the conservative evangelical tradition.” And, make no mistake; inerrancy is the central dogma he would have us let go."

Of course there is no doubt that Sparks fully understands the evangelical doctrine of biblical inerrancy, but declares it “intellectually disastrous”.

Mohler reveals that the articles written by Sparks appear at the BioLogos Web site. If you have kept up on all the homeschool chatter this past year, it has been made clear that BioLogos would like to move evangelicals toward a full embrace of evolutionary theory….of course Biblical inerrancy presents a huge obstacle towards that end. Sparks claims, that the “evidential threshold” has been crossed, and the Bible has come up short. The biblical writers were simply trapped within the limits of their own ancient cosmology and observations.

Sparks further argues that the Bible presents immoral teachings, citing “biblical texts that strike us as down-right sinister or evil.” Sparks concludes that the Bible “exhibits all the telltale signs of having been written by finite, fallen human beings who erred in the ways that human beings usually err.”

Shocking, isn’t it? Sparks takes this deviancy once step further, he further suggests that Jesus “was a finite person who grew up in Palestine.” and proposes that Jesus made routine errors of fact.
 
The incarnational model of inspiration and biblical authority that both Peter Enns and Kenton Sparks argue for is not new among evangelicals, it's a battle that has been going on for years. However, Mr. Sparks, takes the argument much further, his model implicates Jesus. He suggests in an article called 'After Inerrancy', that  Jesus “was a finite person who grew up in Palestine...If Jesus as a finite human being erred from time to time, there is no reason at all to suppose that Moses, Paul, [and/or] John wrote Scripture without error."  What is outrageous to me is that Mr. Sparks affirms his belief in the historic Christian creeds and “traditional Christian orthodoxy,”  We will go into further detail about the confusion of those like Mr. Sparks who claim orthodoxy, yet deny inerrancy a bit later.

Dr. Mohler concludes with these comments, “That is a breath-taking assumption, to say the very least. But, even in its shocking audacity, it serves to reveal the clear logic of the new battle-lines over biblical inerrancy. We now confront open calls to accept and affirm that there are indeed errors in the Bible. It is demanded that we accept the fact that the human authors of the Bible often erred because of their limited knowledge and erroneous assumptions about reality. We must, it is argued, abandon the claim that the Bible is a consistent whole. Rather, we are told to accept the claims that the human authors of Scripture were just plain wrong in some texts — even in texts that define God and his ways. We are told that some texts are just “down-right sinister or evil. The rejection of biblical inerrancy is bound up with a view of God that is, in the end, fatal for Christian orthodoxy. We are entering a new phase in the battle over the Bible’s truthfulness and authority.”

The question of Infallibility and Inerrancy becomes more urgent. Can the Bible be trusted as the absolute infallible and inerrant Word of God? For me the matter is settled, but as you can see there is a battle going on, we must stand firmly upon God’s truth.

Dr. Lindsell supports the historic view of an infallible and inerrant Bible in his book which has been the longstanding tradition of fundamentalists and evangelicals for many years. Because of the more recent departure from this viewpoint from the new-evangelical revisionists, the change is now widespread in evangelical denominations, Christian colleges, theological seminaries, publishing houses and learned societies.

Before we go much further, Dr. Lindsell describes three schools of thought with regards to the Bible’s trustworthiness:

The first is that the Bible is not at all trustworthy. If this answer is correct, then Christianity stands upon a false foundation. Anyone who professes a faith founded on a source that cannot be trusted is a fool, is naïve, or is deluded. Certainly no thinking or honest person would embrace, recommend, or propagate a religion based on what he knows to be untrue.
 
The second is that the Bible can be trusted as truthful in all its parts. By this I mean that the Bible is infallible and inerrant. It communicates religious truth, not religious error. Further, whatever it communicates is to be trusted and can be relied upon as being true. The Bible is not a textbook on chemistry, astronomy, philosophy or medicine. But when it speaks on matters having to do with these or any other subjects, the Bible does not lie to us. It does not contain error of any kind. Thus, the Bible, if true in all its parts, cannot possibly teach that the earth is flat, that two and two make five, or that events happened at times other than we know they did. The Bible could not, if it is trustworthy, say the Julius Caesar was emperor when Jesus was crucified, or that Caesar Augustus perpetrated the sack of Jerusalem in A.D. 70. If it did these things, it then would be conveying information to us that is palpably false.

The Third and last possibility is that the Bible contains some truth and some error (this is the view of many of our new evangelicals). Part of what it says can be relied upon, and some of it must be regarded as false. In other words, the Bible is neither completely trustworthy, nor completely false. The proportion of the material that is truthful may be greater in volume than that which is untrue. But wholly apart from the proportion of that which is truthful and of that which is in error, the Bible is a mixture of both. It makes no difference whatever that the false information may have come about due to ignorance, carelessness, or any other reason. Indeed, no one need presume that any part containing error was introduced deliberately.

Of course we must understand that there is a wide diversity among those who believe in a fallible Bible. Some like Dr. Enns hold to errancy that does not go beyond science and history (which in my opinion is bad enough). However there are others like Prof. Sparks who are rejecting some of the basic doctrines of the Christian faith. Do you see the danger?

This is the main crux of the book, says Dr. Lindsell, to understand and to be made aware of what is happening, why it has happened, what the prospects are in the near future for further changes, and what history teaches us about the ultimate outcome when Christians cease to believe in an infallible, inerrant Bible.

We must remember that the Bible originated in the mind of God, not in the mind of man and thus means a great deal more. Its inspiration is not the same as the inspiration of a great novelist, artist or musician. Divine inspiration is not derived by “human genius” as many postmodernists suppose. The Bible's authority is not derived from reason. Though we believe the Bible to be reasonable, it is because it is the Word of Him Who is the source of all reason! Our reason needs to be approved by the Bible and not the Bible by our reason. Today it’s as if some study the Bible to prove to God and man that is full of error and cannot be trusted and by doing so they have completely missed the mark. Yet in 2 Timothy 2:15 we are exhorted to, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” Also, Romans 12:2 comes to mind, that we are transformed by the renewing of our minds.

The attitude that we have toward the trustworthiness of Scripture determines our later position, not only on faith, but also on practice. The evidence that those who surrender the doctrine of inerrancy inevitably move away from orthodoxy is indisputable.

2 Timothy 3:16 tells us, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”

The word inspiration here actually means “outbreathed” (By God). In Romans 3:2, Paul speaks of Scripture as “the very words of God”. Even more significant, the apostles and our Lord Himself quoted the Old Testament-not merely as the counsel of a particular patriarch or prophet, but as the counsel of God given through the writers.”

In these days when theological definitions are disfavored and human speculation has attempted to eclipse divine revelation it is essential that we define what we mean when we say the Bible is the Inspired Word of God.

So here goes, I believe the Inspired Word of God to be of divine authority, completely infallible, inerrant, and absolutely sufficient, not just some of it…BUT ALL OF IT!

You see, we can think whatever we want about a great number of things, as it really doesn’t matter much in the grand scheme of things. But when it comes to the Bible, what we believe about it affects our understanding of the fundamentals of the Christian faith, it also affects our eternal destiny, and that matters a great deal.

Does a poisoned well bring forth clean water? You may think this an absurd question, but how is that any different than suggesting that God's Word is full of errors, but we can still trust it enough to believe on Him.

As I have stated, in the past couple of years I have noticed an all out attack upon the authority and inerrancy of the Scriptures. Over and over again, I have been challenged by those who reject the Bible as the final authority in all matters that concern mankind. The most troubling fact of all is that the attacks are coming from among the evangelicals once counted on as those who hold to orthodox views. Unfortunately, in a vain attempt at making the church more relevant to this postmodern world, Church leaders have deviated from biblical inerrancy thus corrupting the word of God and the doctrines of the Church. It is in my opinion the biggest problem facing the modern evangelical church. When discussing this with James, co-writer for T.T.U.F., we both agree that being labeled anything other than Christian these days, can be challenging at best. Though I/we feel the need to distance ourselves from the new evangelicals today, perhaps the term ‘separatist’ fits us better. Separating from the world and its sinful proclivities, as well as the liberal theology of today, while maintaining orthodoxy is becoming extremely unpopular amongst those who consider themselves part of ‘mainstream’ Christianity. Yes, I think ‘separatist’ fits us better.

The Ethical Dilemma

Dr. Lindsell goes on to explore the ethical dilemma of holding an errant view, while at the same time continuing to claim orthodoxy. 

One of the many problems among those who have swung from an infallible to a fallible Bible face an ethical dilemma of subscribing to what they no longer believe. Integrity goes out the window. They operate within creeds or confessions of faith that affirm an infallible Scripture, yet deny it publicly through their teaching and practice. Add to this the institutions, publishing houses and denominations that insist that their theological stand remains with the infallibility and inerrancy of Scripture, but the fact remains that they are failing miserably in practice. Today, Publishing houses seem to be printing every wind of doctrine, heresy and newest perversion of the Bible…where is their stand for biblical inerrancy and truth? Why not clarify where they stand and publicly make it known? To give the impression that they stand on the old truths, when in fact the reality is, they really don’t, is dishonest.

A Watershed Question

Is the Bible fully or partially trustworthy is absolutely a watershed question. It is a critical point that draws a line in the sand. The marking of a division or a change of course; a turning point which at some point further down the road creates such a gap that cannot be closed.

For instance, Dr.  Lindsell explains, many that don’t believe in an infallible Scripture may still believe in the Trinity, the deity of Christ, the vicarious atonement, physical resurrection, and His second coming. These are essential doctrines of the Christian faith and many argue that this issue of infallibility a secondary issue. The same argument has been made over modern Bible versions. Here’s the problem, based on past history, what “seems” like a small difference of opinion at this point later becomes an enormous gulf later on. The differences will increase as we see other doctrines discarded with the doctrine of infallibility. You see, once infallibility is abandoned, it opens the door to further departures from the faith.

Dr. Lindsell states, “Once errancy enters an institution, it does not simply become one of several options. It quickly becomes the regnant view and infallibility loses its foothold until at last it is silenced effectively. When one surveys the current scene in places where errancy has gotten a grip, it soon becomes obvious that there are few champions of inerrancy ready or willing to challenge the new reality.” Without such a challenge to those opposing inerrancy, the case can be made in such a way that the unlearned and unsophisticated will absolutely fall for it…hook, line and sinker!

Does what we believe about the Bible matter? Absolutely! The terrible results of the dethronement of the absolute authority, infallibility, inerrancy, and sufficiency of the Bible can clearly be seen all around us today. How many institutions and denominations have gone astray? How many will follow them?

Are we not reaping the harvest of the sowing of modernism? In a postmodern world, we see the end result of those seeds. The heresies spread throughout the evangelical church, the compromise with new age, humanism, universalism, the emergent movement, the new apostolic reformation and the ecumenical nightmare can be plainly seen. A deviation from what the Bible truly is, it’s Author, its authority, sufficiency and infallibility has created for us an unrecognizable gospel with a perverted message, and a church that has lost its effectiveness in this lost world.

Embracing errancy has led to and will continue to lead to disaster. Dr. Lindsell describes that congregations have gone to sleep, it has produced spiritual sloth and decay…and by the looks of it has led many to apostasy. These are indeed some of the evil consequences of adhering to errancy.

A perfect example of this is the Unitarian Universalist denomination. The underlying fact in their departure from orthodoxy was their disbelief in the infallibility of the Scripture. Fact is that in the early nineteenth century, the differences between the Unitarians and the orthodox didn’t appear to be so great…but today, there is a profound difference. Many Unitarians are atheists; humanists…even Buddhists….hello? The doctrines of sin and hell have disappeared. The doctrine of the trinity denied. The gospel is not preached to the lost, nor is the Bible taught in their pulpits. They are completely apostate.

I must caution that the departure from an infallible Scripture does not necessarily mean that all have fallen into some apostate religion. However, I honestly believe it is significant and dangerous to the church because it deviates from sound truth. If for instance one denies the biblical flood, the creation account, if Adam and Eve were real people or fictional characters, one begins to question all of the bible, the history, the prophetic scriptures and even the gospel of salvation. A denial of the creation account would endorse evolution, wherein death and dying was common place for hundreds of millions of years and thus trivialize the account of the fall of man into 'sin' and subsequently, death, and relegating such to mere 'fable' which would dismiss the need for the Gospel, for the Cross, for the atonement by Jesus Christ for the sins of the world! As we have seen from Dr. Mohler’s article that this mindset is coming out of today’s seminaries. Further, it is this mindset now teaching the next generation of seminary students and publishing curriculum for Christian homeschoolers.

Leaders who deny the inerrancy and infallibility of scripture fail to teach expositionally. By expositionally, I mean preaching in such a way that the meaning of the Bible passage is presented entirely and exactly as it was intended by God.

Walter Kaiser stated, “It is no secret that Christ's Church is not at all in good health in many places of the world. She has been languishing because she has been fed, as the current line has it, "junk food"; all kinds of artificial preservatives and all sorts of unnatural substitutes have been served up to her. As a result, theological and Biblical malnutrition has afflicted the very generation that has taken such giant steps to make sure its physical health is not damaged by using foods or products that are carcinogenic or otherwise harmful to their physical bodies. Simultaneously a worldwide spiritual famine resulting from the absence of any genuine publication of the Word of God (Amos 8:11) continues to run wild and almost unabated in most quarters of the Church.”

If we believe that "all Scripture is inspired by God" and inerrant, must we not be equally committed to the reality that it is "profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work"? Should not that magnificent truth determine how we preach?
 
Speaking Out

There is a a fierce battle raging today which centers on the Bible’s trustworthiness. Is the Bible infallible and inerrant? Many evangelicals say yes to varying degrees. Should we ignore the fact that so many are now falling into the camp which deny the infallibility and inerrancy of the Bible?  As Dr. Lindsell and others point out, when looking from a historical perspective it cannot be denied that the Christian church for over 2,000 years has unanimously agreed that the Word of God is completely trustworthy in its fullness. So the question is, what has changed? When did it change and why? We will seek out the answers to these questions in the continuation of this series of articles. Dr. Lindsell examines the evidences, puts forth the arguments, and illustrates the opinions by specific examples to make the case as impregnable as possible.

I will conclude with the following thoughts:

The writers of the Bible were men under the influence of the Holy Spirit and who were inspired by God to write the inerrant Word of God.
 
The apostle Paul wrote “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Peter wrote, “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” 2 Peter 1:19-21

God, our Creator, has revealed Himself, and proven Himself by His own influence to mankind, that we might believe! If His Word is questioned, His Authority is questioned, His messaged is then questioned…If everything is questionable, untrustworthy and unreliable, let me ask you, who will believe?
 
We read in the book of John, “And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.” John 20:30-31
 
God’s purpose for giving us the His Word, is so that we would believe, trust and coming to the saving knowledge of His Son Jesus. He reveals Himself to us, His great character, His ability, His power, grace, righteousness and a million other things. If this is indeed His purpose let me ask you this, would God communicate error to us?
 
Dr. Ian Paisley once said, “To reject the Bible is to reject the God of the Bible. To reject God is to reject the Commandments of God. To reject the Commandments of God is to reject the Authority of Heaven. To reject the authority of heaven is to accept the Anarchy of Hell.”

Certainly the hour is late, yet it is never too late to get back to the Bible. A rediscovery of the Word of God brought about the glorious Reformation of four-hundred years ago, men like Luther, Tyndale and many, many others who believed that the fight for the Bible and the gospel message was more valuable than their very lives. How much more do we need His Word in these final hours?

The power of the Bible is just as potent today in the hands of God’s faithful servants. "
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." Hebrews 4:12
 

It is my prayer that all of God’s Word will rule our hearts, and minds, and homes; and not the lofty thoughts of man.  May the Lord bless you and may His unfailing promises be yours and mine as we wait for His return.


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Saturday, October 8, 2011

The TRANSLATION HOME

THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH 1 THESSALONIANS 4:16-18


~~ By James Fire, 10/2011

The clarion call on silver trumps sound,
Saints asleep and quick rise from the ground.
Leaving a fallen world, their joy abounds,
Ascending high, angelic greetings found.

Freedom from sin aged flesh, and garbed anew,
Lo, pillars of peace in heavenly hue;
Hosts of winged glory, bright swords imbue;
the pilgrim’s blessed home, the Kingdom true.

Glorious joy erupts from awe-filled hearts,
Beholding saintly friends from finish to start;
Reunion of Father’s family, ne’er to part,
Only then to see fondest cry of our heart:

Forth He comes, regal in His Royal bearing,
Flanked by Cherubim, with wings a’ flaring.
The LORD, the LAMB, the LIGHT of GOD standing:
With Almighty, scarred arms extended and sharing –

Joy unspeakable, full of glory o’erflowing;
Holy Son’s Love enshrined in glorified frame,
Partaking of such, yet ever, ever growing:
in the worshipful Bride’s heart, born of His Name.

Scented in sacredness, Heavenly domain;
Rescued from tears, from scars, from fears and pain,
Delighting in rest, and abundance of peace;
Songs of deliverance which shall never cease.

Around the Throne shall the praises lavish be,
For ages long the grace of the LORD we’ll see,
Bounding e’er upwards, e’er worshipful ecstasy;
For Worthy, Worthy, O Worthy the LAMB is HE!

Home we hope for, for home we weep and do pray,
Be of good cheer, for in this world we shall not stay!
We shine the Light of Gospel Call, to the lost we say:
Look to the Cross, the empty tomb and for that Day,

For the LORD shall come with a shout, and steal His Bride away!

1 THESS 4:16
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God . . .

REV 7:11-12
And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God,
Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.

Dedicated to the HOLY LORD JESUS CHRIST, HE Who is WORTHY of The HIGHEST WORSHIP ETERNALLY!

1 TIM 1:17
Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen
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Thursday, September 29, 2011

A Study in Paul’s Epistle to the Romans – “On the Road of Righteousness” Chapter Three

Chapter Three: The Deeds of the Law vs. the Righteousness of God.

~ By James Fire

PART ONE – Doomed By Deeds
In this third chapter of Romans, Paul completes his thoughts on the Jewish person whose trust is in the keeping of the Law (humanly speaking, an impossibility), and the conclusion of the matter regarding the whole of humanity and our abject poverty of spiritual virtue.

He then proceeds from this examination of human beings and our sinful condition and nature to the blessed hope of our justification (from vs. 21 to the end of the chapter).

From there he goes on in chapters Four and Five, establishing the basis for our justification, and then, in chapters Six, Seven and Eight he brings up the next phase of our salvation, that being sanctification (dying to self: mortification (ROM 8:13; COL 3:5; and becoming more and more yielded to the Spirit of Christ to transform and enliven us (vivification): ROM 5:17; 6:4,23; 8:2)

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Monday, September 19, 2011

A Study in Paul’s Epistle to the Romans – “On the Road of Righteousness” Chapter Two: Guilty as Charged.

 ~  By James Fire

In ROMANS 3:10 of this Pauline epistle we read:

As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one. This is the conclusion he is working towards in his examination of humanity and all of its various aspects: from the pagan idolaters (ROM 1:21-32), to the Gentile moralizers (ROM 2:1-16), to the Hebrew ‘Judaizers’ (ROM 2:17-24) – all of us are equally blameworthy of sin and have a sinful nature; there is no one, based upon their own merit or code of moral conduct (or lack thereof) that can stand righteous before the LORD God.

It states elsewhere in Scripture:

JAMES 2:10
For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

This sounds not only harsh, but unfair doesn’t it? Why would we be considered “guilty of all”, if we have kept ALL the Law . . . but fail only in one instance?~~ What I believe James is pointing out is that by committing a single, solitary sin during the course of a (theoretically) Law-abiding life, this reveals that we possess a sinful nature, which is a nature capable of sinning in any capacity.

The potential of committing each and every sin resides within the being of any sinful person – all that is necessary is time and availability for such a depraved nature to prove itself overtly “guilty of all”.

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Sunday, September 4, 2011

Old Testament Examples of SPIRITUAL WARFARE: Conduct in the Campaign & Implementing the Victory of Christ in our Lives – Part 2 of 2

~ By James J. Fire

Eyes to See, Ears to Hear, Hearts to Understand and Obey – Part Two of Two 

RECAP on GOD’s RIGHTEOUS PROPHET –

In part one of this article, we saw how the prophet of God was victorious over the overwhelming numbers of pagan prophets introduced to Israel by Jezebel; on Mount Carmel the fire of God came down in answer to the prayer of Elijah, consuming the sacrifices, the dust, the water that drenched everything, and even the rocks that comprised the altar! The people of Israel bowed down declaring that YHWH was indeed God, and at Elijah’s bidding, the false prophets were seized and brought down to the river where the prophet of the LORD then slew them, down to the very last one. He then bid King Ahab to depart for the “sound of the abundance of rain” was heard by the prophet. Soon thereafter “the heavens were black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain” (1 KINGS 18:45).

Ahab reported what had happened to his wife, the Queen Jezebel and she in her indignation and malice declared concerning Elijah:

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Saturday, September 3, 2011

A Study in Paul’s Epistle to the Romans – “On the Road of Righteousness” Concluding Chapter One

~  By James J. Fire


As we now pick up where we left off, I want to examine vs. 16 in Chapter One of this powerful epistle of the Apostle Paul a bit more closely:

ROMANS 1:16 
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek

I wonder if one could read the writings of pastors from a hundred years ago, and see which of these echoed the  sentiment that Paul here expressed, and then compare their convictions with those of pastors today and note the differences; how divergent those differences would be.

I fear that too many are losing, or have already lost such conviction in favor of ‘accommodation’, that is, being tolerant of extra-biblical views expressed even by those intellectual (and liberal!) Bible scholars who downplay, or even deny the inerrancy of God’s Holy Word and the Gospel message of Jesus Christ and Him crucified for the sins of the world (Follow the tracking of this downward spiral into apostasy in Paul Smith’s newest release New Evangelicalism: The New World Order.
Anne Kisly has posted a recent book report on this!

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Sunday, August 28, 2011

TWENTY FOUR SIGNS of The LORD’s RETURN - A ‘Snap Shot’ of The Last Days

~~ By James Fire

(The following article is composed from sermon notes delivered at church on Aug. 28th 2011; neither the sermon nor this article is comprehensive, but is a summary treatment of this vast biblical subject of eschatology. There is enough information here to provide a basic understanding of “the last days”, “the Last Day”, the time of “Jacob’s Trouble” and related issues. It is the hope of TTUF that this will spur Christians into deeper and further study in this crucial issue and make the necessary spiritual preparations to meet our LORD JESUS CHRIST Who Returns Soon!)

A RAPTURE Scenario

~Another RAPTURE Scenario

Two questions:
1) Are we living in the Last Days?
2) What is meant by the expression “the Last Days”?

Note the expression: it’s the last days, plural not singular. There is something called the Last Day as well, and we must understand that the references to such doesn’t refer to a single 24 hr period, but a specified time frame or period, or an age. The Last Day is different than the last days; it refers to the time spoken of by both Isaiah and also Peter: it's the last age of this Earth which is the Millennial Reign of Christ, prior to the Great White Throne Judgment and then the eternal kingdom in the New Heavens and New Earth and the New Jerusalem!


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Sunday, August 21, 2011

A Study in Paul’s Epistle to the Romans – “On the Road of Righteousness” Introduction and Beginning in Ch. 1

~ By James J. Fire


PART ONE of ROMANS CH. 1– 

This is an ongoing, expositional study in the book of Romans; it represents the second such series as found on TTUF and its associate site FROM the MIND of FIRE.

After seeking the LORD about which book to study and post articles on, I came down to two choices, either Romans or Hebrews (both are among my very favorite), and after some consideration and reflection, I decided on Romans (yet with the intention of getting into Hebrews, LORD willing, later on down the line).

Romans holds a very special place in my heart as this is the book that the LORD used to bring me into the Kingdom of God via the revelation of the true Gospel of Jesus Christ (ROM 4:1-5) was the specific passage that the LORD used to ‘turn on the Light’ for me!).

The book of Romans is considered the best and most thorough treatment of Christian doctrine in the entire New Testament. It logically, accurately, and with absolute biblical authority explains (1) how all are sinners and unrighteous before a Holy God, (2) how we may obtain righteousness via justification by grace and faith in the LORD Jesus Christ and His work of atonement on the cross, (3) how as Christians we may grow in Christ and Christ-likeness via that second aspect of salvation, sanctification, (4) the distinction between the church founded upon Jesus Christ and the nation of Israel, whose covenant with God has not been abolished or transferred to the church but will be fulfilled upon the return of the Messiah of Israel to Earth, (5) the service to and glorification of God in the life of the Christian, and (6) the primary motivation of such: the love for Jesus our LORD and SAVIOR.

Key verses are as follows:

ROMANS 1:16 
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

ROMANS 5:1 
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:


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Monday, August 15, 2011

New Evangelicalism: The New World Order


by A.M. Kisly


A Book Review

Paul Richard Smith is the author of a new book entitled, "New Evangelicalism: The New World Order". His many years as a pastor, teacher, and staunch defender of the inerrancy of the scriptures have respectfully earned him the title of a pastor's pastor. He is a true Watchman on the wall, a faithful servant, and committed purveyor of Biblical Truth.

This book provides an amazing historical account of the influence of "the seminal seeds that corrupted not only the major denominational churches, but specifically the conservative believing folks in these churches."

The postmodern movement has made its way into the Church through many anti-Christian thinkers over the years by the accommodation and compromise of those who have departed from the inerrancy of Scripture.

Postmodern thought creates serious consequences within society as a whole. It carries with it no moral boundaries, and a denial of absolute truth. It rejects the foundation for objective beliefs, and the Christian faith.

Today, there are many groups who identify with Christianity yet promote false doctrines. The Emergent groups spreading throughout the Church are wolves in sheep's clothing. Their deception is reaching the masses and they are conforming to the spirit of this age. The spirit of the anti-Christ in this postmodern world is radically reshaping Christianity and perverting biblical truth.

Romans 12:2

"Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."

"LIKE CASCADING DOMINOES the intentional departure from believing the Bible is inerrant has plunged the church of the 21st century down the treacherous slippery slope of accommodation and compromise."

Paul takes us back to the roots of a 1905 meeting in Manhattan, NY by a group of strategic individuals who were committed to the writings of Karl Marx. These individuals planned and implemented the infiltration of these ideologies into the learning centers, media, government structures and churches of American society.

Living in the twenty-first century in America, we have watched a major Paradigm Shift affecting the mindset of many evangelical pastors. This shift includes the "New Evangelical" push for the church to become postmodern in order to "reach" a secular America, a reach of compromise and denial of biblical truths.

The birth of the Emergent Church began with key players such as Peter Drucker, Rick Warren, Bob Buford, and C. Peter Wagoner, with a vision for an "optimum community"…a “focusing on unity and a worldwide oneness reflected in the growing union between Eastern and Western cultures and thinking.” (p. 168) Rick Warren has modeled this postmodern Church at his “purpose driven” Saddleback Church.

"The rise and development of the Emerging Church Movement became both a significant collaborator and delivery system for the major paradigm shift that has affected and infiltrated the mindset of many evangelical pastors."

Paul’s research for this book provides solid documentation of the plunge towards apostasy, the deep compromise of foundational truth made by once solid Christian Institutions, and the men who made them.

Incredibly, there are more than forty boxes of files and records collected by Dr. Harold Lindsell covering his days at Fuller Seminary. These records include correspondence between Charles Fuller and Dr. Lindsell which document Fuller's historical drift away from the authority of the Scriptures. He traces the influence of Karl Barth’s neo-orthodox beliefs that some portions of Scripture are revelatory and some portions are not. He exposes the further erosion of Fuller after embracing heretical neo-orthodox views by way of applying the Bible to sociological, political and economical issues.

It was Fuller, himself, who played a key role in abandoning the doctrine of biblical inerrancy. The chaos this departure has made within the church is so evident today through the rise of a Social Gospel, Mysticism, Feminism, the Emergent Church and Church Growth movements, the New Missiology, the New Apostolic Reformation and their leaders. “The downhill ride on the slippery slope picked up more influential people in America and evolved into a most ominous unbiblical Emerging movement.”

“Emergent church leaders are focused on unity and a worldwide oneness reflected in the growing union between Eastern and Western cultures and thinking.” (p. 168)

These groups delight in naming their perversions “NEW”, yet the Bible clearly states in Ecclesiastes 1:9 that, “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.”

Satan has been twisting God’s truth since the beginning, and it will continue until the Lord deals with him at the end of the age.

These leaders of lies have sold their souls for success and the praise of men. They will establish their New World Order, prostitute the church, and bring judgment upon the earth.

There is a Kingdom of Light and a Kingdom of Darkness. While these pied pipers lead the way, the apostate heart will gladly follow the unfortunate path to hell.

The church needs to wake up and heed the warnings to come out from among them and be ye separate..."
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." Matthew 7:13

Paul ends this book with a clear Gospel message, the hope of our promise and the comfort of these words:

“How glorious it will be when we hear a loud voice from heaven saying,

“Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:3-4

“Therefore, comfort on another with these words.” (1 Thessalonians 4:18)

Obviously, what is happening in the world today is the dark work of Satan, the god of this world, who is nearing his day of judgment. “But thanks be to God, which gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 15:57-58”

This book is my number one pick of "must reads" for the year. It should be read by every pastor called of God. I would encourage you to buy a copy and give it to your pastor to read. Many true men of God are crying out warnings that the believer in Christ not to be deceived in these last days. My Christian friend, I pray that you will heed the warning.
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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Old Testament Examples of SPIRITUAL WARFARE: Conduct in the Campaign & Implementing the Victory of Christ in our Lives –

~ by James J. Fire

Eyes to See, Ears to Hear, Hearts to Understand and Obey – Part One of Two

In the John Wayne film, McClintock, George Washington McClintock (Wayne) saw Mrs. Warren, the housekeeper and cook (Yvonne DeCarlo) going up the stairs of the McClintock residence and offered a hand in ‘helping’ her up in his somewhat inebriated state. As they near the top, they lose their balance and tumble back down the stairs, with Mrs. Warren landing on top of him. The commotion brings out Katherine McClintock (Maureen O’Hara), estranged wife of G.W. and when she sees the situation at the base of the stairs, her eyes blaze with indignation.

Immediately G.W. understands her suspicion of foul play with the household help and speaks up before his wife has a chance to lay an accusation and says in typical ‘Wayne-ian’ fashion,

“Now Katherine, are ya gunna believe what ya see, or what I tell ya?”

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Sunday, August 7, 2011

TTUF Profile on Charles Darwin & His Theory: The Evaluation of Evolution

~ By James Fire

We continue now with our series of TTUF Profiles based (in part) on Brannon Howse’s book GRAVE INFLUENCES – 21 Radicals and Their Worldview Rule America from the Grave.

UPDATE: 12/12/11 From The FUEL PROJECT SERIES: KNOW YOUR ENEMY - EVOLUTION
Where did the theory of evolution initially come from? Charles Darwin or perhaps someone else? You may be surprised! Watch this 10 minute clip!
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UPDATE: 10/17/11 From the book: Hitler's Ethic: The Nazi Pursuit of Evolutionary Progress we have an article from Evolution News (http://www.evolutionnews.org/):
Richard Weikart on Darwinism and Hitlerism
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First a brief biography on the man himself, as taken from Wikipedia:

"Charles Robert Darwin FRS (12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882) was an English naturalist. He established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestry, and proposed the scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection.
"He published his theory with compelling evidence for evolution in his 1859 book On the Origin of Species, overcoming scientific rejection of earlier concepts of transmutation of species. By the 1870s the scientific community and much of the general public accepted evolution as a fact. However, many favoured competing explanations and it was not until the emergence of the modern evolutionary synthesis from the 1930s to the 1950s that a broad consensus developed that natural selection was the basic mechanism of evolution. In modified form, Darwin's scientific discovery is the unifying theory of the life sciences, explaining the diversity of life."
 "Charles Robert Darwin was born in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England on 12 February 1809 at his family home, the Mount. He was the fifth of six children of wealthy society doctor and financier Robert Darwin, and Susannah Darwin (née Wedgwood). He was the grandson of Erasmus Darwin on his father's side, and of Josiah Wedgwood on his mother's side.
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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Old Testament Examples of SPIRITUAL WARFARE: Conduct in the Campaign & Implementing the Victory of Christ in our Lives – Part 4

~~ By James J. Fire

The Battle of Life Continues – From Vanquishment to Victory

Once the study of this chapter from the book of Joshua is completed, we will move onward in our Old Testament Tour of Triumph and examine other passages that speak of the spiritual warfare that is our present (but not eternal) reality. One day, we will lay down our ‘sword’ for the grand conflict of the ages of this world will have ended. Satan and the entirety of his kingdom will be expunged from the world which God created, forever bound in Gehenna and the parenthetical evil that was let loose by Luciferian design will finally be over with!

Until then however, we have much to contend against our chief adversary, and we must learn our battle tactics well, and execute them in militant fashion, standing firmly in the strength “of the LORD and in the power of HIS Might”.

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Friday, July 29, 2011

TTUF Profiles On: Robert Muller "FORTH COMES The GLOBAL EDUCRATS – Part Three of Three"

~ James Fire

And now the third part of this article in the continuing series of TTUF Profiles on various “Radicals and their worldviews that rule America from the grave” based primarily on Brannon Howse’s book of the same name, is here for your review.


Imagine if a General was about to receive some military Intel on positions and strengths of his enemy, but declined it as being “unnecessary, negative, non-productive and 'hurtful to the cause'." And rather, wanted to focus on the positive, the relevant, and “that which builds up”. How long do you think it would be before that General was replaced with another that rightly perceived such information as needful in order to wage a successful campaign against the enemy?

In our supreme struggle against the subtle enemy of the church, we are not to be “ignorant of his devices” 2 COR 2:10-11 whether he chooses to use unforgiveness and bitterness or spiritual leaven (unbiblical teaching – such as the sort our children and students here in America are inundated with in our public indoctrination centers (and yes, it is spiritual!) or public schools as they are more commonly known) to cause division in the body of Christ.
Certainly there can be no greater division or more accurately, departure from the Word of God (2 TIM 3:1-7; 1 TIM 4:1) than when scores of students numbering in the hundreds of thousands across our nation leave the faith in favor of a global Humanist, Evolutionary worldview!
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Saturday, July 16, 2011

TTUF Profiles On: Benjamin Bloom - FORTH COMES The GLOBAL EDUCRATS – Part Two of Three

~~By James J. Fire

In this second part of this article we will now turn our attention to another Global ‘Educrat’, one Benjamin Bloom who has made some comparable contributions towards the ideals of Humanist philosophies and global unity, while at the same time teaching students to be critical in their thinking – towards the ideas of family, parents, traditional Judeo-Christian ethics, pastors and churches, a biblical worldview, etc.

A primary vehicle that Mr. Bloom utilized was something that we have heard of before, and was exposed in the ‘80’s by various (Christian) authors such as Berit Kjos from Crossroads ministries (we will hear from her shortly), called O.B.E. or Outcome Based Education. Yet this same godless philosophy has run rampant and reigns in today's halls of learning: the terms, names and phrases of this system has simply been changed to protect the guilty!

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Saturday, July 9, 2011

TTUF Profiles On: John Dewey - FORTH COMES The GLOBAL EDUCRATS – Part One of Three

~~By James Fire

The following TTUF Profile articles are based in part on Brannon Howse’s book, GRAVE INFLUENCES: 21 Radicals and Their Worldviews that Rule America from the Grave.
Having nearly completed this outstanding book, I have decided to re-commence a series of TTUF Profiles based on this resource; however we will also employ information from other printed and Internet resources.

QUESTION: WHY CONCERN OURSELVES?
Why would we want to even address these particular people and not rather focus entirely on the Gospel, and other crucial biblical matters? The Gospel is a non-negotiable for all believers, and something we must all do our part to proclaim in obedience to the Great Commission as mandated by our LORD Jesus Christ.

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