Did Paul change the gospel?

Many in the religious world, including “Christendom”, label the apostle Paul as a fraud guilty of changing the teachings of Jesus into something that better suited his own beliefs. Hence the phrase, “Pauline theology.”

But is such the case? Not according to the church of the first century.

Fact is, concerning his conversion, Paul acknowledged the amazement of the early church when he said, “And I was unknown by face to the churches of Judea which were in Christ. But they were hearing only, “He who formerly persecuted us now preaches the faith which he once tried to destroy.” And they glorified God in me.” (Galatians 1:22-24 NKJV)

Paul didn’t change the faith taught by Jesus, the faith taught by Jesus changed Paul!

For those who say defending someone by using a quote from that same individual is untrustworthy, all you have to do is read the book of Acts. Or is the entire book of Acts unreliable too?

Labeling someone as fraud because you do not what like what they teach (as is the case with Paul) is no different than what the Jewish leaders did to Jesus when they refused to hear what he said about his relationship with the Father (John 5:16-47).

For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ. But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (Galatians 1:10-12 NKJV)

#apostle-paul, #liberalism, #theology

One liberal tires of the emptiness

That leads me to . . . drum roll . . . the Christian Right. It is no small feat, switching tribes. It feels stressful and weird to abandon your tribe for the Detested Other Side.

Since November 8, my husband and I have been taking the kids to church. (He is politically conservative with a religious bent, so no argument there.) I have come this close to buying a giant poster of the American flag for the living room. I may do it still.

Right now, I am struggling to accept the basic Christian doctrines (virgin birth, resurrection, second coming) because I feel the Christian tribe may be the right tribe for my family.

via ‘My Fellow Liberals, I’m Tired Of You’ | The American Conservative

The entire letter this California lady wrote to a blogger can be read at the link above. It deserves a careful read, and an approach by faithful Christians that might help people like her to make the jump from the emptiness of a godless life to the abundant life in Christ.

Her language about “tribe” has been imported by progressives among us to make the church of our Lord into just another denomination. But she means something different by this.

Obviously, the writer has been attending some denomination. But nothing keeps those who hold to NT faith from making a strong appeal—in fact, ours is stronger than the so-called “Christian right”!

It’s a shame that we can’t get some WVBS videos and books like Dick Sztanyo’s book, Graceful Reason, on Christian apologetics, in her hands.

Though she doesn’t mention it in her letter, there’s no doubt her husband’s “religious bent” had some influence over her. Here is evidence for the power of example.

#atheism, #liberalism, #morality

God wants the law and the spirit

Some in the religious world are under the impression that God is fine with the spirit minus the law, but the law minus the spirit is unquestionably wrong when it comes to people who desire to please our creator in multiple venues of life.

I say the above math is bad.

If the law minus the spirit leads to the wrong answer, (and I believe it does because God’s law teaches this very thing) then the math necessitates that both constants must be present to get the right answer. Therefore if the law minus the spirit is incorrect, then the spirit minus the law results in the same answer.

Don’t throw the baby out with the bath-water when it comes to what God is looking for in us!

God is looking for people who look for him, and these people are made up of individuals who look to live a life in accordance to his will. This has always been the case, and it will always be the case. Hence, one would do well to earnestly seek God in worship, in life and in doctrine, all the while seeking to do these things in accordance to the letter that calls our spirit to seek him to begin with (John 6:44-45).

Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.” (1 Samuel 15:22)

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.” (Matthew 23:23)

#liberalism, #seeking-god, #true-worship

Hugh’s News & Views (Intolerance)

THE INTOLERANCE OF THE NEW TOLERANT

In order to function effectively in this world, most of us recognize both the importance and the necessity of a certain level of tolerance with reference to the views of other people and other cultures. While I do not find the word “tolerant” in any English version of the Bible that I consulted, a variation of the word “tolerable” appears in a few texts. However, the Scriptures speak often of such noble qualities as patience, endurance, longsuffering, and bearing with others. God’s word also exhorts His children to be thoughtful, kind, and respectful of others, and it urges us to seek to be understanding of others. Continue reading

#hughfulford, #intolerance, #liberalism, #usa

Hugh's News & Views (Sequel)

SEQUEL TO “THE DESCENT OF THE MODERNISTS”

Back on September 30 of last year, I ran a “News & Views” titled “The Descent Of The Modernists.” The following week, I received a note from my good friend and fellow preacher, Charles R. Williams, who preaches for the Nashville Road Church of Christ here in Gallatin, Tennessee. I filed the note away, and with Charles’ permission, I am running it as this week’s “Hugh’s News & Views.” It fits in perfectly not only with the September 30, 2014 edition of “News & Views,” but with what we wrote last week about Christ. Here is Charles’ message.

Continue reading

#hughfulford, #liberalism, #modernism

Articles on Liberalism

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On my website, I have posted the first in a series of articles entitled, “The Implications of Liberalism.” Based on research I did several years ago, I examine the subject of liberalism and its ideas and presuppositions. I will not be naming brethren or congregations. My purposes are larger than personal attacks.

Liberalism is real despite the sloppy ways that the word is used today. The concept has a lengthy history and those who follow its tenets have fairly common beliefs and plans. The more we understand Satan’s attacks the better off we will be as we teach and preach (1 Peter 5:8).

“Despite the traditional use of Christian phraseology modern liberalism not only is a different religion from Christianity but belongs in a totally different class of religions.” [J. Gresham Machen].

I hope you will share your thoughts. People often have emotional responses to the word ‘liberal” and instead of reasoning through the ideas, they just start yelling. Satan is succeeding at destroying the Lord’s Church and the dangers are too serious for us to put feelings over truth.

We must ALWAYS “speak the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15) because hateful words, even if truth is taught, turn people away from God. God gave us brains, language and reasoning skills and we must use them to reach lost or confused souls.

#authority, #conservative, #liberalism, #liberals, #truth

Ask your ‘doctor’ about Progressivor today

Note: Hugh Fulford now posts his "news and views" on his blog, but since we have his permission to use his material, it was hard to resist posting this.

Are you tired of walking in "the strait and narrow way"? Are you finding that to "abide in the doctrine of Christ" is too restrictive? Does the mere mention of "the old paths" make you nauseated or send you into fits of rage against "antiquated thinking"? Are you finding it dull and boring to do all "in the name of the Lord Jesus"? Would you like to be able to enjoy greater freedom and more flexibility in your moral life . . . to loosen up and have more fun? Would you like to enjoy a more entertaining atmosphere in worship (whenever you may decide to attend worship)? Would you like to have a more broadminded and inclusive attitude toward the different religious beliefs and viewpoints that are out there in today’s world? Then ask your D.D. ("Doctor of Divinity"), pastor, preacher, or priest about Progressivor. This medication has been on the market for several years, and has helped many to a more carefree, less restrictive religious life. It also is available in a generic brand known as Liberaluce.

This drug has worked wonders in the lives of thousands. It has enabled people to throw off old fogy moral values and to enjoy a wide range of sexual pleasures, including sex before marriage, sex outside of marriage, sex with others although married, sex with those of the same gender, as well as a variety of other sexual activities (whatever floats your boat). It permits a person to divorce and remarry as often as he or she chooses to do so, and for whatever reason is convenient, or simply to live together without being married at all. In short, it allows a person to be religious without having to be righteous.

Regular doses of Progressivor have proven to broaden one’s tolerance of all kinds of religion, including Hinduism, Shintoism, Buddhism, Islam, Secularism, "New Age-ism," as well as the various "brands" of Christianity. Progressivor aids in the adoption of a "salad bar" type of religion which allows one to pick and choose bits and pieces from various religious traditions and to reject those parts that do not meet with one’s own wisdom and approval. Progressivor immunes one from strict adherence to the Bible because the developers of Progressivor have determined that the Bible is wrong about many things.

Progressivor allows for entertaining worship services that really resonate and "rock" in today’s culture. Guitars, banjos, fiddles, saxophones, trumpets, and percussions are all allowed. Just sit back and enjoy the show. There is no charge for admission. At some point a plate or basket may be passed through the audience and you will be invited to "pay," but you should feel free to "pay" only what you feel like "paying." ("Church" really can turn out to be a rather cheap way to enjoy some good entertainment). And the program is likely to feature a very entertaining speaker (either man or woman) who is able to deliver "one liners" as well as (or better than) any late night TV host you have ever heard. In short, Progressivor is a modern religious "wonder drug." Be sure to ask your "Doctor" about it today.

Potential harmful side effects of Progressivor include blurred vision, resulting in not being able to see at any distance. Total spiritual blindness has been known to occur in some cases. Progressivor is also known to result in deterioration of the backbone, weak knees, indistinct and misleading speech patterns, confused thinking, and ultimately eternal death (Romans 6:23). Be sure to check with your "Doctor" before taking Progressivor. Depending upon his view of God, the Scriptures, religion, and life in general, as well as his respect for the Great Physician, he may or may not recommend it. Progressivor is not for those who want to please God and live forever with Him in heaven. But for those who do not believe in either Heaven or Hell, or who believe in the former but not in the latter, Progressivor may be just the religious medication you have been looking for.

Hugh Fulford
December 6, 2011
hugh’s news & Views

#liberalism, #progressives

What the Iranians understand better than denominationalists

The title of the news article reads, “Troubled by Growth of Christianity, Iranian Regime Destroys Bibles.” Want to stop the growth of Christianity? Then get rid of the power behind the movement, the Bible. This is something that the Iranian mullahs seem to understand.

Would that people who claim to be Christians had such insight!

There is no limit to the liberal denials about the inspiration and infallibility of Scripture. Central doctrines, such as the incarnation, the miracles, and resurrection of Christ, are commonly and frequently denied. Liberals consider the Word of God as myths and stories stitched together that interpret, by no small stretch of the imagination, Jesus as the Son of God who died for the sins of the world.

One Episcopal bishop denies all these doctrines, a not atypical approach to sweeping away the Bible while pretending to hang on to some vestige of religion:

  • God as the creator distinct from the creation
  • Adam as a special creation and historical figure
  • The Devil as an actual entity
  • The historical fall of humanity from innocence into sin
  • Israel as ever having been God’s chosen people
  • The doctrine of the Trinity
  • Christ as preexisting in heaven before his human life
  • Christ as the incarnation of God, as the God-man
  • The virgin birth of Christ
  • Christ performed miracles
  • The bodily resurrection of Christ
  • The ascension of Christ
  • The Atonement — Christ’s death as delivering human beings from sin
  • Salvation through faith in Christ alone
  • Eternal punishment for the unbelieving or the wicked (cited by K. Boa)

With such a list, there’s nothing left to defend as distinctive about the Christian faith. The Christ-less bishop obviously doesn’t believe that the Bible is essential to Christianity.

Evangelicals today, however, are little better. While mouthing allegiance, they give the Bible less and less space as music and theater crowd out the sacred oracles. As well, their moral positions (not to mention doctrinal denials of biblical teaching) are little better than the liberals. Adultery, just to mention one, is rife among them.

Those outside of Christ know better than those who claim some allegiance to the Lord that the Bible is the heart and soul of the Way. Would to God that we know it, too.

#bible, #christian-scriptures, #iran, #liberalism, #word-of-god

Progressives leave anguish in wake – updated with file

I was reading Jen Stracener’s note on Facebook, “Heartbreaking… a long good read,” and it impressed upon me again how much pain the progressives generate by the division they cause.

To hear them tell it, only good comes from pushing their agenda. It’s not unlike the political and social progressives who push abortion and tout only the (supposed) advantages and positives. Don’t misunderstand me, there is nothing good in abortion, in any sense, but my point is that the pain and anguish caused by abortion are totally whitewashed so that these murderers can promote their cause.

In that sense do I compare it to religious liberals among us who spout love and grace and freedom and ignore yeah, disdain, purposefully the heartache they cause among many, many who refuse to go in their direction.

All this aside from the rightness or wrongness of their position, and the Fellows are on the same page as far as the error of the progressive movement among us.

Am I making sense?

Update: Some have said they can’t access Jen’s article. I’m posting it in PDF format here: heartbreaking jen stracener (WP doesn’t allow a text file — go figure!)

#anguish, #division, #liberalism, #progressives, #spiritual-harm

U of I and Intolerance

There is nothing like the University of Illinois – the bastion of liberal intolerance! Recently, a university professor (adjunct) was fired from his teaching position because he taught Catholic doctrine in a course on Catholicism! The name of the course was “Introduction to Catholicism and Modern Catholic Thought.” Evidently, a student went into this class for a singular purpose of malevolence. When inquiry was made into the church’s teaching on homosexuality and natural law, the student took exception that the audacity of the Catholic Church was that it could oppose homosexuality on the basis of natural law. This was conveniently and lovingly interpreted as “hate speech.”

The notion that “freedom of thought” can be expounded on a state run university that promotes the freedom of ideas is as ludicrous as atheist believing in God! Liberalism cannot win in the battle of ideas with contrary thoughts and, consequently, to solve this potential problem all contrary thoughts opined need to be oppressed. One professor said, “The e-mails sent by Dr. Howell violate university standards of inclusivity, which would then entitle us to have him discontinue his teaching arrangement with us” (Ann Mester, associate dean at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences).

Source: Mattoon Journal-Gazette, Saturday, July 10, section A-6

#catholic, #homosexuality, #liberalism