Biblical Scholarship and the Right to Know | The Humanist

This professor from UNC Chapel Hills seeks to destroy the faith in Christ that young freshman have in the New Testament. Hundreds of students take his New Testament survey class each semester and in this speech he outlines his objectives.

Educate yourself on the enemy. Read the speech he gave when he received an award for his work.

Biblical Scholarship and the Right to Know | The Humanist

Music Wars

The music war will plague the church until Jesus comes again. Every side and angle believes they are correct. Personal preference are superimposed on Scripture. Every side believes they know what God likes best.

Check out this article from USA Today.

And then my short audio commentary.

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Shepherds Must Shepherd

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Shepherds must shepherd is an examination of Ezekiel 34 in light of the New Testament. This is part 1 of a two part sermon on the entire chapter.

Learning from the Hebrew! I AM

Once again I discovered this morning why it is critical to use all the resources available to the post-modern Christian to study his Bible. (This includes other translations and websites like

I am writing to those who believe that the KJV is all they need to prepare sermons, etc. and also to those who want to understand the Word more.

I am writing to those who insist that the KJV has some special status above other diligent word for word translations like the NKJV or NASB or ESV. Look at Psalm 50:21 with me.

These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes.

The words “that I was altogether” are translated from one Hebrew word, the word hayah (Strong’s H1961). This Hebrew word can mean “to be,” “to exist,” and to “be in existence.”

What makes this word so special and what provides so much more depth of understanding concerning the truth in Psalm 50:21 is the fact that the same word is found twice in Exodus 3:14.

And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.

Hayah hayah is translated “I AM THAT I AM” in Exodus 3.14. Perhaps you will recall this is the name that God told Moses to tell Israel when they asked the name of the One who sent him. (This is when Israel was begging God to deliver them from Egypt.)

The English Standard Version (ESV) adds a footnote to Psalm 50:21 indicating that an alternate translation could read “you thought that I AM was one like yourself.”

This makes the pronoun “I” so much more specific. These Jews, who are described as wicked in verse 16, thought that I AM that I AM was like themselves. This is why their thinking was so upside down and why they were being judged so severely.

Thinking that the self-existing God of the Israel is altogether like thyself is disastrous. Having the wrong view of God sets the conditions for wickedness. You may ask, “How so?”

The answer is found in this people’s lack of fear of God. They are not concerned that I AM that I AM is going to "tear them apart," and there will not be anyone who can deliver them from his hand (vs. 22) because they think he is altogether like them (v. 21).

You will recall that I AM that I AM demonstrated His great power in the exodus of Israel from Egypt. Ten plagues all proved the power of God. The horse and rider drowning in the Red Sea while Israel walked over on dry ground were miracles designed to demonstrate God’s great power to execute judgment!

Establishing the Hebrew linkage between hayah (H1961) (found only once in all the Psalms) and Exodus 3:14 is only possible through the study of the original languages.

Fortunately, you don’t have to be a Hebrew scholar to gain this level of depth. Instead, you must be willing to read footnotes, use a reference like a Strong’s Concordance, or a website tool like

Peek A Boo Jesus Loves You

Peek A Boo Jesus Love You is the title to this tract especially designed for Halloween.

Look at the nonsense in the wording on the tract that was no doubt given out to 1000s upon 1000s of homes last night.

While I have no problem with giving out tracts. The tracts MUST be theologically correct.

This tract does provide a solid gospel centered verse--Romans 6:23. But then it completely ignores the fact that sinners are saved by grace through FAITH (Eph 2).

The tract says, "If you want to live with Jesus forever say a prayer like this:"

Here we go again.

Who writes these tracts? Who approves the final product? Who can defend such a statement? Who can promise to every boy and girl that says these words that they will live with Jesus forever? Will there not be accountability before God for teaching such heresy? Is God's mercy to be presumed upon, such that those who print tracts do not have to be concerned with getting it right.

Or are those who order and pass out such tracts not culpable for there failure to ensure only truth is communicated.

494 years ago Martin Luther nailed a Theses on church door to warn the body of Christ of the heresy of suggesting that one could buy their way out of purgatory.

Today we are not battling indulgences. Instead, we are battling an Evangelical community that teaches boys and girls that the mere articulation of words in the form of a sincere prayer is the same as repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 20:21).

How many will say in that day Lord, Lord I prayed that prayer and the piece of paper said if I pray this prayer I will live with Jesus forever.

God forbid that we not fight this heresy the same way Luther fought the Roman Catholic Church's heresy.