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

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Friday, 22 January 2016 11:08

Russell Moore, Prior, and the Sham of the Pro-Life Movement Featured

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Say it were 1937 in Germany and you had the opportunity to vote in an election that pitted a guy who wants to shove all the Jews in Europe into ovens against a guy who runs on a platform that, if the SS wants to shove Jews into ovens, they’ll at least have to do that on their own dime rather than using taxpayer money. So you vote for that

Friday, 22 January 2016 10:18

Podcast: This Rise of Soft Evangelicalism

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On this episode, JD answers several sincere emails dealing with a concerned church member whose worship team keeps reading Jesus calling, an Australian man who found Truth in JD’s book, Reason With Me, and a charismatic taking issue with his stance on tongues. Then, JD addresses Al Mohler’s support for Catholic, Marco Rubio, and why

Thursday, 21 January 2016 18:44

SBC Meltdown: Next, Al Mohler Capitulates To Catholic, Rubio Featured

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In a long stream of capitulation lately, especially in the Southern Baptist Convention, evangelicals have been salivating over the Roman Catholic presidential candidate, Marco Rubio. The ooze-fest, spearheaded by Russell Moore of the SBC’s Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission (ERLC), has led many into confusion over what Christianity is

The Southern Baptist Convention’s 2016 Pastors’ Conference will be held in St. Louis, MO on June 12-13. This year, the theme is a repeat from last year–a promotion of President Ronnie Floyd’s prophecy of a Great Awakening. Already announced is a plethora of dubious speakers, including James MacDonald and Jack Graham.

Last

Wednesday, 20 January 2016 22:48

Mohler and Gay-Affirming ERLC Fellow Talk #BlackLivesMatter Featured

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From the we should’ve written about this already department…

Christianity Today reached out to “evangelical leaders” to ask what the pro-life community can learn from the #BlackLivesMatter, and vice versa. One can only wonder if the Downgrade will go so far in evangelicalism that we’ll soon see similar articles about

Wednesday, 20 January 2016 14:18

Karen Swallow Prior Promotes Gay Black Lives Matter Activists Featured

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“Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14, ESV)

ERLC Research Fellow and Liberty University professor Karen Swallow-Prior has repeatedly shown a disregard for biblical holiness in her associations. Whether it

Wednesday, 20 January 2016 12:42

Podcast: Is a Border Wall a “Golden Calf”?

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On this episode of P&P, JD answers a couple sincere questions and then discusses Russell Moore’s claims that a border wall is a “golden calf.” Then, more about how much of the criticism about Trump at Liberty is hypocritical and some are likewise compromising the Gospel.

As always, you can listen above or download and listen

Tuesday, 19 January 2016 19:28

3,568,395 Reasons Why Russell Moore Matters Featured

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The average pew-sitting Southern Baptist knows next to nothing, if anything at all, about Russell Moore. Moore, the President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention (ERLC) is a relatively obscure figure among rank-and-file evangelicals. He and his organization operate quietly in the background of greater

Talk about mixing politics and religion. The SBC’s chief ethicist and director of a more than four million dollar budget ERLC, Russell Moore, has referred to a proposed border fence as a “golden calf.” For those unfamiliar, this is a reference to an idol crafted by Aaron at the behest of the Israelites, which solicited

Monday, 18 January 2016 21:47

Denny Burk, Others, Lose the Gospel in Politics

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Denny Burk, professor at Boyce College (SBC), posted an article today stating his indignant antipathy toward Liberty University’s hosting of Donald Trump at their convocation service. Burk thought it was perfectly appropriate that Liberty host pagans and cultists to “contribute to robust Christian thinking and conviction,”

Monday, 18 January 2016 17:18

The lady doth protest too much, methinks

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Today was the long-awaited day that Donald Trump spoke at the Liberty University convocation. Trump, the Southern Baptist Convention’s most hated man, is a favorite among many other evangelicals. In fact, so much so that he’s been likened to a golden calf by Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission president, Russell Moore. Moore

Monday, 18 January 2016 14:28

Podcast: Michael Browns Strange Fire

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 On today’s program, Tim and Len from Bible Thumping Wingnut guest-host Pulpit & Pen program. They discuss JD’s Open Letter to Michael Brown regarding his indefensible defense of Hillsong and his charismania. They also discuss online Christian ministries and a Reformed hip-hop artist. As always, you can listen above or download and listen from SermonAudio or iTunes by clicking the links below.

Saturday, 16 January 2016 14:26

An Open Letter to Dr. Michael Brown Featured

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 Dr. Brown, I am sincerely thankful for your work and scholarship in a number of areas. I am particularly thankful for your work propagating a Biblical worldview regarding human sexuality. The sincerity of your beliefs, I do not believe, can be questioned. I am also thankful for your approachable nature and accessibility, as you’ve been kind enough to personally correspond with me in email numerous times, as well as at least one phone conversation (if memory serves), as well as interactions in social media. You were even on my radio program back in October of 2014 and let me grill you ...

Friday, 15 January 2016 14:22

Trading Doctrines Like Pokemon Cards Featured

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There is a plague of young men who call themselves Christians and call themselves Reformed who can quote the greatest theologians and speak all the right lingo and call the Puritans their homeboys and who trade Bible doctrines back and forth like they were Pokemon cards. They believe that what makes them Reformed is the right catechism or believe that their doctrine has something to do with beards and beer and cigars but in spite of their facial hair and affinity for certain Christian liberties are nothing but little boys playing church! Listen to me, beloved, Christ did not call ...

 On this episode of Pulpit & Pen, JD answers some sincere questions dealing with ten words every Christian should know, why John Piper is sliding into Downgrade, and whether Jesus’ resurrected body was immediately glorified. Next, JD discusses an article by Professor Thomas Kidd, who serves on Rubio’s campaign advisory board, attacking Cruz for not being a good evangelical. Then, a few more articles from the Pulpit Bunker. As always, you can listen above or download and listen from SermonAudio or iTunes by clicking the links below.

 It’s not very often I agree with Russell Moore on something. Just do a search on this website for Russell Moore and you’ll see what I mean. But Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission posted an article yesterday that I would certainly agree with. The article basically lays out how many Christian leaders will abuse 2 Chronicles 7:14, and apply it to American politics. Moore says in the article, But the fact is 2 Chronicles 7:14 isn’t talking about America or national identity or some generic sense of “revival.” To apply the verse this way is, ...

Friday, 15 January 2016 14:15

Wayne Grudem Pronounces Roman Catholic Saved Featured

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 In a story Pulpit & Pen broke last week, Marco Rubio enlisted several prominent evangelicals to serve on Roman Catholic presidential candidate, Marco Rubio’s religious advisory board. These evangelicals are the well-known theologian Wayne Grudem, megachurch pastor at Saddleback, Rick Warren, and professor of history at Baylor University, Thomas Kidd. Grudem, Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies at Phoenix Seminary, said of Rubio, [Rubio is] a winsome, likable candidate who has the best chance of defeating Hillary Clinton, in my view. Grudem subsequently spoke to the Christian Post regarding his new alignment with Rubio. He stated, He does not come across as ...

Thursday, 14 January 2016 14:14

Another Baptist Church Votes to Approve Gay Marriage

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 First Baptist Church, Memphis, TN, has passed a resolution on Sunday, January 10, 2016, affirming gay marriage. The motion reads, As Christ’s church, First Baptist Memphis is called to minister equally to all persons, extending to them the privileges afforded to any follower of Christ, including, but not limited to, baptism, membership, leadership, ordination, and marriage, and will not discriminate based on race, gender, age, marital status, or sexual orientation. The CBF affiliated church, led by impastor David Beckonridge, has already voted to ordain gay deacons, and baptized an openly gay man 2001. According to their website, they are a ...

 This is not a satire. I repeat, this is not a satire. You can see the news reports for yourself. Where does it stop? When will the gimmicks end? Bread. Wine. Water. Word. These things amount to a church, and are enough to attract true worshippers. [Editor’s Note: HT Charisma News]

Thursday, 14 January 2016 14:09

Lotz, Jeffress, Barton, Beck & WVW Covers It

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Recently, Pulpit & Pen broke two stories covering Anne Graham Lotz, and her promotion of a Jewish mystic as an example of how Christians should pray, and the new TBN television series with David Barton and Glenn Beck starting this month. Our popular guest poster, Brandon Hines’ article gets plenty of airtime. See the articles here: Anne Graham Lotz Promotes Jewish Mystic – Brandon Hines David Barton, Glenn Beck Start New TBN Show – Jeff Maples   Our friend, Brannon Howse, has also covered these topics on his radio program. We would admonish you to listen to it in the next 72 ...

Wednesday, 13 January 2016 15:22

John Piper Promotes #BlackLivesMatter Featured

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 John Piper, who dug-in yesterday with another anti-gun tweet, also surprised many in evangelicalism with a tweet in seeming support of Black Lives Matter. Black Lives Matter is an international organization advocating against violence done toward blacks by non-blacks (they’ve been virtually silent on black-on-black violence, which constitues 93% of homicides in the black community). The movement grew out of a #blacklivesmatter hashtag during the controversy surrounding George Zimmerman’s legal self-defense shooting while being assaulted by Trayvon Martin. The organization then organized riotous behavior surrounding the deaths of Michael Brown at the hands of a police officer, whom he was ...

Wednesday, 13 January 2016 15:20

Podcast: John Piper and Pacificsm

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On this episode of the Pulpit & Pen, JD answers a sincere question about John Piper’s pacifism and a tweet from yesterday of Piper’s regarding terrorists killing fewer people than the “love of self-preservation” (IE gun owners). Next, JD addresses several news articles including FBC Memphis approving of gay marriage and ordination and a few others. Then, a crazy prophet update about 2016 being “The Year of Everything.” As always, you can listen above or download and listen from SermonAudio or iTunes by clicking the links below. **NOTE** iTunes has had a problem posting the last several episodes in a ...

Wednesday, 13 January 2016 05:16

Village Church Says Jesus a Refugee

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Village Church posted a blog article today informing us that Jesus was a refugee, and that fact should “help us form a Christian posture in the [refugee] crisis.” The article, written by JT English, stops short of Russell Moore’s assertion that Jesus was an illegal immigrant. And while asserting a historical truism – that Jesus and his family left their country fleeing for his life, the article paints those insisting that the government is obligated to enforce the rule of law in a Romans 13 imperative as “driven by a fear and a desire of their self-protection.” The article says ...

 

The GC2 Summit is a conference being held January 20, 2016, featuring a number of speakers from the broad spectrum of evangelicalism. One of the event sponsors is Lifeway Research. From the conference website: We are currently in the midst of a refugee crisis. The church has the opportunity to show and share the love of Jesus Christ to these refugees. However, we recognize and understand that we need to know how to most effectively do this…We will focus on equipping Christians and churches to connect with and serve refugees and refugee communities both domestically and internationally. This event will ...

 Widely discredited faux historian and seductive propagandist, David Barton, of Wallbuilders, along with his co-conspirator, Glenn Beck, are now joining TBN for a weekly series titled “Foundations of Freedom.” Barton, who pushes a politically right-wing form of Christianity at the expense of historical truthfulness, is widely known for his disproven book, Jefferson Lies, which was subsequently withdrawn from publication after being voted the “least credible history book in print.” The TBN press release states, With the help of special guests like conservative television host Glenn Beck, former Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, law professor Dr. Carol Swain, and others, David Barton explores America’s ...