But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Equip the Saint - Apologetic Report
Wednesday, 05 December 2018 08:26

New Book Releasing in 2019!

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Defining Deception continues to serve people all over the world. We have received weekly emails since its release in February and stories have poured in from people whose lives have been changed by the truth. One man, who was a published author and influencer in the New Apostolic...

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The New Testament provides historic examples of prophetic gifts and apostolic miracles. As such, there are many who contend that the early church model of revelatory gifts should continue on today. In response, we offer pertinent questions and answers. These aren’t exhaustive but trust...

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imageI grew up hearing the mantra, “Be known for what you’re for, not what you’re against!” Is this mantra always helpful? Biblical? Historical?

Anyone who dares to raise the charge of material or formal biblical heresy against another must do so with humility and biblical...

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Monday, 23 April 2018 09:32

Can You Define Deception?

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imageThe church’s greatest threat has never been from the outside, but rather, from deception within.

The Bible is clear. Satan doesn’t show up at the foot of your bed with red horns and a pitch-fork claiming, “Here I am to distract and deceive you!” Neither do his false prophets....

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Over the past 3 months our latest book, Defining Deception, has ended up in the hands of nearly 3000 people. Reviews are pouring in from people who claim a variety of denominational alliances and most (including Pentecostals and Charismatics) are calling the book a timely work with a...

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imageDefining Deception’s release went better than imagined, quickly becoming an Amazon best-selling new release. We are very grateful for the entire team at Southern California Seminary and to each of you, our readers, who supported the years of research and preparation behind the work. Thus far,...

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Thursday, 01 February 2018 05:34

Does Experience Make it True? Featured

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imageExperience is never a good excuse for ignoring the truth. In fact, when we choose to use our own experience as the ultimate evidence for our view of truth, we end up believing in things and defending things that may be set on sinking sand.

We’ve all heard someone say it. “I am an expert...

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Wednesday, 24 January 2018 07:28

Should Christians Seek a Baptism of the Spirit?

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A question that arises in many modern churches is, “Should I be seeking a Baptism of the image Holy Spirit?” In this excerpt from Defining Deception, we provide a brief answer.

The biblical answer is, “No, you should not be seeking a Baptism of the Holy Spirit subsequent to salvation,...

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image Across the world today, a surplus of names and categories bridge into historic Pentecostalism (i.e. Third Wave, Fourth Wave, New Apostolic Reformation, Neo-Pentecostalism, Dominionism, Kingdom Now etc). Sometimes, amidst the clutter, well-intended people get tainted by poor alliances. As part of...

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Tuesday, 09 January 2018 08:55

If You Can’t Heal ‘Em, Beat ‘Em?

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The following post is a modified portion of a chapter from “Defining Deception.”

Why in the world does church history matter? That’s a question more Christians should be able to answer – and a highly important one at that.

In his phenomenal work, Why Church History...

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Sunday, 17 December 2017 21:00

Did a False Teacher Heal You?

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A few years ago an excited woman in her 20’s ran up to me one Sunday at church – she was a newer attendee who had been kicking the tires on our church for a few weeks when my last name must have clicked. It’s not like we talk about it every Sunday at Mission Bible –...

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Tuesday, 19 July 2016 14:14

Cop Killers and Victims Need Christ

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Terrible tragedies are happening all around us and the church needs to be ready to love and ready to serve, but church leaders have to be ready to provide answers from the Bible. Empathy is not enough, catchy phraseology like “hope” and “love” are not enough, and protesting is not the answer. People need to know where hope...

Sunday, 17 July 2016 17:22

The Rejection of Jesus is Marvelous!

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      “‘The stone that the builders rejected

                 has become the cornerstone;

           this was the Lord’s doing,

          &...

Tuesday, 12 July 2016 16:25

5 Strategies For a Christ-Centered Home Featured

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How in the world are we going to raise godly kids in a sin-centered culture?

For well over a decade, social media has evolved and exploded from days of primitive “My Space” accounts that had teens glued to the family computer (under some sort of supervision?), to the now ever-present Snapchat videos and pornography in the palm of their...

Thursday, 30 June 2016 14:31

ADORNING THE DOCTRINE OF GOD Featured

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Imagine that you live in a country in which Christianity is a minority religion. Most people you meet have never heard of it, or know very very little about it. Most people believe in a whole host of gods and goddesses. Imagine that the President doesn’t understand Christianity and has no way to learn about it. In fact, he thinks it’s...

Tuesday, 21 June 2016 16:00

95% of Churchgoers Headed to Hell Featured

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Revivalist preachers of the early 20th century used to say 95% of American churchgoers were on their way to hell. Not sure how they knew that. But, it does make me wonder what they would say about today’s churchgoing populace. Ninety six percent? Ninety seven?

Regardless of numbers, the book of Revelation gives crystal clear insight...

Tuesday, 14 June 2016 11:41

The Holy Spirit: Triumph or Tragedy? Featured

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There is a member of the Holy Trinity that is most neglected, misunderstood, and misrepresented, yet, He is an integral and equal part of the Godhead. Many of His works go unnoticed, while many foolish and outlandish practices are credited to Him. The feeble attempts to “reveal” Him by well-meaning believers, or preying...

Wednesday, 01 June 2016 17:01

The Blood Guts of Crucifixion

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I’ve never been a stellar student. However, one lecture from a guest professor early in college, Dr. Truman Davis, glued itself to my brain’s hippocampus, and has not disappeared. The professor was a former ophthalmologist who quietly and graphically explained the medical responses of Christ’s body under crucifixion. I’ll...

Wednesday, 18 May 2016 16:45

7 Secrets to Bible Study Success

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What are the odds of one library containing multiple books that speak to multiple readers, throughout history, equally and without contradiction? To answer that question is to assess the beautiful uniqueness of the Bible. Sadly, many refuse to open their Bible and leave it to grow dusty and forgotten.

However, there are many others who try to...

Friday, 13 May 2016 13:05

Don’t Ever Call Me a Baptist Featured

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I used to be a Baptist. I was saved in a Baptist church when I was five. I was baptized in that same Baptist church when I was seven. I went to a Baptist bible college and, after I graduated from that Baptist bible college, I went to a Baptist seminary. I was ordained in a Baptist church. My first sermon was to a Baptist congregation. I baptized...

Tuesday, 03 May 2016 15:17

Take Aim at God’s Glory Featured

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A group of theologians and divines came together in 1646 to pen the famed Westminster Shorter Catechism. When questioning man’s ultimate purpose, the men settled on the following statement, which has lived in Christian lore since: “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.”

Just a few years later,...

Thursday, 21 April 2016 13:35

LGBT Will Soon Put Christians on Trial Featured

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 I’ve a friend whose child (1st grade) brought church Easter invitations to school last month. At noon, my friend received a voicemail from the principal stating, “Children aren’t allowed to have religious items on campus.” Long story short, my friend was warned that his 1st grader was an, “Agent of a 501(c)(3)...

Tuesday, 19 April 2016 13:04

Raising a Generous Generation

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How do kids get their perspective on money? 

A mature Christian woman once shared with me how her wrong view of money, and her self-centered view of giving was shaped by her childhood. Her parents fought over money, her mother cried over money, and one day her dad took her and three siblings out to teach them a lesson about how much they were...

Tuesday, 05 April 2016 10:25

It’s An Owl! Answers to Tough Questions

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See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.  Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him...

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 13:06

7 Habits of The Wise

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In Part I of Wisdom from Proverbs, we looked at 7 Habits of a Fool. It’s easy to pick on fools because they’re so blatantly…well, foolish! But not playing the fool doesn’t necessarily prove that you’re wise either. In fact, Proverbs 17:28 says, “Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered...

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