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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Wednesday, 25 January 2012 20:06

Elephant Room 2: may we now regard T.D. Jakes as Trinitarian and orthodox?

James MacDonald’s invitation to T.D. Jakes to participate in The Elephant Room 2 has been nothing if not controversial, as I outlined in my previous post. MacDonald’s invitation to Jakes was no doubt well intentioned, and part of the motivation was surely to help break down the racial...

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Wednesday, 25 January 2012 08:28

Running scared: why is The Elephant Room afraid of scrutiny?

James MacDonald of The Elephant Room has already taken more than one hit this week, having been pushed to resign from The Gospel Coalition for being unwilling to rescind his invitation to alleged modalist T.D. Jakes.

Dan Phillips of the Pyromaniacs immediately weighed-in with his article, Even...

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Monday, 23 January 2012 23:00

Keep Watch! - Witnessing and Life Boats

While most of Christianity sits in church week after week basking in the good news of the gospel, multitudes are drowning with no hope of rescue. Is not witnessing the gospel a rescue effort in which we all participate?

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Monday, 23 January 2012 23:00

Keep Watch! - Going to the Cross: The True Gospel Series Part 4

While the cross of Christ is a symbol of death and the resurrection of Jesus a symbol of life, how to these two symbols relate to living out the Christian life? What needs to be crucified in order to live?

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Sunday, 22 January 2012 09:57

A review of T.D. Jakes’ Code Orange Revival sermon

This article is a review of T.D. Jakes’ Code Orange Revival sermon, preached on 20 January 2012 at Elevation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina.

T.D. Jakes is the leader of The Potter’s House, a 30,000 member congregation located in southern Dallas, Texas. I had never heard a T.D. Jakes...

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Written by doulos
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 04:37

Why SOPA and PIPA are bad news in the battle for sound doctrine

You may have noticed Wikipedia’s unprecedented blackout today, in opposition to SOPA and PIPA. WordPress.com and other sites have also joined in the protest.

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SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Act) is a bill before the United States House of Representatives; PIPA (the Protect IP Act, where...

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Written by doulos
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 00:38

Code Orange Revival: To focus on Jesus, we cut the only sermon that pointed people to Him

If you’ve been following Fighting for the Faith’s coverage of Steven Furtick’s Code Orange Revival, you’ll know that, thus far, the so-called ‘preaching’ has been an irredeemably dire exhibition of narcigetical scripture twisting. With just one exception: Matt...

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Written by doulos
Friday, 13 January 2012 04:28

How to hear the voice of God

We all want to hear from God. Now you can share the secret closely guarded by our forebears in the faith. This simple yet ancient formula will enable you to experience the voice of God speaking directly into your life:

  1. Get hold of a reliable translation of the Bible, such as the NKJV or the ESV....

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Thursday, 12 January 2012 06:29

What’s Wrong with Wright: Justification and the New Perspectives on Paul

Bishop N.T. Wright (a.k.a. Tom Wright) has undertaken sterling and valuable work in defence of the historicity of the New Testament and the resurrection of Christ. Unfortunately, he is also a leading proponent of the New Perspectives on Paul.

Those, like Wright, who advocate the New Perspectives,...

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Written by doulos
Tuesday, 10 January 2012 02:03

Some preliminary musings on sanctification

In this post: Introduction; What is sanctification? The essential difference between justification and sanctification; The relation of justification to sanctification; Whose work is sanctification?; Through what means does God work sanctification in us?; Parting thoughts

In response to my post of...

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Friday, 06 January 2012 23:00

Keep Watch! - Continuing in the Word: True Gospel Series Part 3

Some evangelicals teach believers can become Jesus' disciples by making a one time commitment to Him as Lord and Savior. What does Jesus look for in a true disciple?

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Friday, 06 January 2012 23:00

Keep Watch! - Seven Churches: A Prophetic Warning in the Titanic?

The Book of Revelations sends letters of warning to the seven churches. What are these warnings and how do they affect you?

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Friday, 16 December 2011 09:57

The Gospel for Those Broken by the Church

My friend Jason Coyle reminded me in a recent comment of what he called ‘Dr. Rod Rosenbladt’s…brilliant address, “The Gospel for Those Broken by the Church”’.

In this superb talk, Dr. Rosenbladt explains why so many people end up leaving our churches not just...

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Friday, 18 November 2011 03:19

Why do so many Christians love C.S. Lewis?

C. Michael Patton of Credo House Ministries makes a thought-provoking case for why so many Christians appreciate C.S. Lewis – despite his decidedly questionable theology – but nevertheless castigate Rob Bell for superficially similar failings.

Patton makes a good argument: that Lewis set...

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Monday, 14 November 2011 23:00

Keep Watch! - Acknowledging Sin and Law: True Gospel Series Part 2

Some evangelicals are teaching a false gospel that pays no attention to human sinfulness and the importance of the Ten Commandments in leading people to salvation in Christ.

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Monday, 14 November 2011 12:20

Thus dies freedom

Courtesy of Wretched Radio:

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Sunday, 13 November 2011 14:58

Should we mourn the Reformation?

Apposite commentary from Pastor Paul T. McCain over at cyberbrethren.com.

Update (12:00 GMT Tue 15 November 2011): Pastor McCain has reworked the article somewhat from its original form, but still makes the same salient points.

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Wednesday, 02 November 2011 01:00

Keep Watch! - Recognizing Depravity: True Gospel Series Part 1

When evangelicals sidestep the doctrine of repentance, they remove an essential step leading to the recognition of one's depravity before God.

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Monday, 17 October 2011 01:00

Keep Watch! - Apostasy in the Church Part 8: The Whole Gospel

When evangelicals encounter conflicting doctrine in the four gospels and epistles of Paul, they introduce doctrinal error by choosing one doctrine over another.

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Wednesday, 05 October 2011 01:00

Keep Watch! - Apostasy in the Church Part 7: The Partial Gospel

Evangelicals are teaching you can be saved by grace alone through faith in Christ alone without knowledge of the law. Is this even possible?

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Tuesday, 20 September 2011 05:58

We Can’t Find Anyone to Teach Us the Bible

SOUTHEAST ASIA—"We can't find anyone to teach us the Bible," Naraa emailed her sister Saraa. Saraa was a Christian who helped translate the Mongolian Bible, and our friends, Entners, knew Saraa but had never met Naraa. Naraa never had time for Bible study in the capital city of Outer...

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Wednesday, 14 September 2011 01:00

Keep Watch! - Apostasy in the Church Part 6: Signs and Wonders

During a charismatic experience, the possibility of becoming a "signs and wonders" addict grows because worshipers build up an unquenchable thirst for "something" they perceive to be from God.

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Tuesday, 06 September 2011 01:00

Keep Watch! - Apostasy in the Church Part 5: Angels of Light

Is self-esteem a gospel doctrine compatible with the Bible, becoming the best person you can be?

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Monday, 05 September 2011 12:33

Evangelistic Bible Study in a Ukrainian Village

UKRAINE—A car showed up at the clinic in New Kubanka from a village I had never heard of--Shamanovka. In Ukraine it is a big deal for villagers to travel between villages, having to hire a car. These people expressed such urgency in their request for me to go see some patients in their...

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Wednesday, 31 August 2011 07:39

Now I Understand What “Born Again” Means!

CAMEROON—Jeanne is a neighbor of mine who has a severely handicapped boy named David. She herself was also born with spina bifida. These conditions are difficult enough to deal with in the North American culture, but here in Africa these things are even more challenging.

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Friday, 26 August 2011 01:00

Keep Watch! - Apostasy in the Church Part 4: A Time to Refrain from Embracing

What on earth am I here for is a question asked by just about everyone at some time. However, when it comes to the message of the Gospel, false teachers are compromising the answer to the question with another gospel.

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Thursday, 18 August 2011 01:00

Keep Watch! - Apostasy in the Church Part 3: Their Greed, Your Seed

Although Proverbs 3:9-10 instructs believers to honor the Lord with their wealth, when does giving to honor the Lord become greed?

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Wednesday, 17 August 2011 01:00

Keep Watch! - Apostasy in the Church Part 2: "Under Cover" Lies

The idea that your pastor is your spiritual authority has popularized by the Under Cover book. Unfortunately, this concept is not from the Bible.

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Monday, 15 August 2011 01:00

Keep Watch! - Apostasy in the Church Part 1: Wolves in the Pulpit

Could believers lacking a solid, foundational view of the true gospel be vulnerable to satanic snares set up by false religious leaders?

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Monday, 25 July 2011 01:10

Global Warming and the Totalitarian Scientific Inquisition

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An enlightening July 20th blog on global warming by Melanie Phillips, a British journalist, reveals inadvertently what creationists are up against in the battle for truth over the question of origins. I’ve interspersed comments about creation and evolution into her indented remarks about...

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Tuesday, 19 July 2011 06:31

‘Radical Reinterpretation,’ New Testament Priority, and the Hermeneutics of George Ladd

As I continue my discussion on Historic Premillennialism (HP), I want to focus my thoughts on the hermeneutics of HP’s #1 defender in the 20th century—George Ladd. Specifically, I want to address Ladd’s views on how the New Testament (NT) uses the Old Testament (OT). Since Ladd is...

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Written by Mike Vlach
Saturday, 16 July 2011 06:52

Dispensationalism, Historic Premillennialism, and the Restoration of Israel

As I continue with my thoughts on how Dispensational Premillennialism (DP) differs from Historic Premillennialism (HP) I want to make some additional comments regarding my earlier statement in another blog that DP differs from HP in that DP affirms a restoration of national Israel while HP does not...

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Written by Mike Vlach
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 11:25

Yes, George Ladd Believed that the Church is the New Israel

Recently a blogger called The Orange Mailman called me out for stating that George Ladd held that the church is the “new Israel.” Not only is he unhappy with my claim but he has rebuked me in a blog and has asked whether I will offer a retraction of my comments on this (as well as some...

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Written by Mike Vlach
Sunday, 10 July 2011 08:38

The Parable of the Minas and the Future Coming of the Kingdom of God (Luke 19:11-27)

Jesus’ parable of the minas reveals significant information about the kingdom program and is evidence that Christ’s kingdom was viewed as being in the future late in Jesus’ earthly ministry. Luke 19:11 states:
While they were listening to these things, Jesus went on to tell a...

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Written by Mike Vlach
Tuesday, 05 July 2011 01:00

Keep Watch! - Conversion Confusion Part 3: True Conversion

When born-again Christians talk about a true conversion, what do they mean? Is conversion to Christianity a one-time change or a change occurring over time?

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Saturday, 02 July 2011 05:24

How Does Historic Premillennialism Differ from Dispensational Premillennialism?

With this post I want to address how Historic Premillennialism differs from Dispensational Premillennialism. I have found that there is some confusion on this matter. Sometimes at the beginning of my eschatology classes I’ll ask the students, “What are the main issues that separate...

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Written by Mike Vlach
Thursday, 30 June 2011 12:08

Iranian pastor facing imminent execution for apostasy

Important update (18 November 2011):Since originally writing this post, it has come to my attention that the Mohabat News Agency describes Youcef Nadarkhani as ‘one of the non-Trinitarian Christians’. Upon further investigation, I managed to find the statement of faith of Youcef’s...

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Written by doulos
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 01:00

Keep Watch! - Conversion Confusion Part 2: False Conversion

The statistical reality for experiencing a false conversion is nearly ninety percent.

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Monday, 27 June 2011 01:00

Keep Watch! - Conversion Confusion Part 1: The Sinner's Prayer

The statistical reality for experiencing a false conversion is nearly ninety percent.

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Thursday, 23 June 2011 07:16

Why the Sheep/Goat Judgment and Great White Throne Judgment Are not the Same Event

Amillennialists, Postmillennialists, and even some Premillennialists view the Sheep/Goat judgment of Matthew 25:31-46 and the Great White Throne judgment of Revelation 20:11-15 as being the same event. But a close examination reveals that these two judgments are not the same judgment.
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Written by Mike Vlach
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:10

Man Created to Rule Over God's Creation

It may surprise some to know that God’s kingdom program for this earth goes back to the first chapter of the Bible—Genesis 1. God created man to represent God on Earth and rule over His wonderful creation. Genesis 1:26-28 states:...

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    Written by Mike Vlach
    Friday, 17 June 2011 01:00

    Keep Watch! - Freedom in the Law of Faith: Pharisees in the Pulpit Part 3

    The epistles of Paul clearly instruct the church to preach the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John in such a way that it will not confuse believers about the law of faith and override the gospel of grace.

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    Thursday, 16 June 2011 01:00

    Keep Watch! - Bondage to the Law of Works: Pharisees in the Pulpit Part 2

    Legalism is a monster because lives are ruined, churches fail, and websites expose the abusiveness of legalists who twist doctrine to suit their distorted view of God.

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    Monday, 13 June 2011 01:00

    Keep Watch! - Adding Legalism to Faith: Pharisees in the Pulpit Part 1

    When evangelicals teach saved by grace through faith alone and then adds legalism to the Christian experience, what happens to the believer's faith walk?

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    Friday, 20 May 2011 01:00

    Keep Watch! - Deception by Omission: The Reality of Sanctification

    What is the believer's role in the sanctification process? Can a believer resist the work of the Holy Spirit?

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