Sunday, April 4, 2010

Saturday, January 9, 2010

How to be Rejected, Afflicted, Plundered, and Cast Out by the LORD

We all love to read anything that may give us an edge with the Lord. However, we never want to upset our “Old Man” so we typically avoid the “Thou shalt not…” sections of His Word. Therefore, is it any wonder that many so-called Post-Modern Evangelicals have not seemingly read the First Commandment, "You shall have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3)?

Evangelicals and other gods…You must be not serious? I am seriously suggesting in the way as Moses warned, “But that's when you must be especially careful not to ask, ‘How did those nations worship their gods? Shouldn't we worship the LORD in the same way?’ No, you should not! The LORD hates the disgusting way those nations worship their gods, because they even burn their sons and daughters as sacrifices” (Deuteronomy 12:30-31).

But aren’t you begging the question…No Post-Modern Evangelical is saying these days to burn their sons and daughters as sacrifices! Maybe not, however going back to 2 Kings we notice they, “Had feared other gods and walked in the customs of the nations whom the LORD drove out before” (2 Kings 17:8). Are not many Emergents now suggesting that there are “Other paths to God?” Are not many Emergents now suggesting that there are many spiritual traditions that are “Authentic” or bring about better “Contemplation” or are legitimate “Meditation” customs? “Customs…practiced. And the people…did secretly against the LORD their God things that were not right” (2 Kings 17:8-9).

Secretly,” as in only the initiated may know or those who are more enlightened and beyond the “Meta-narratives” of the past. Are not many Emergents now suggesting that traditional Churches are hopelessly flawed? So what is the Emergent answer, “They built for themselves high places in all their towns, from watchtower to fortified city. They set up for themselves pillars…on every high hill and under every green tree, and there they made offerings on all the high places, as the nations did whom the LORD carried away before them…And they did wicked things, provoking the LORD to anger, and they served idols, of which the LORD had said to them, "You shall not do this!" (2 Kings 17:10-12).

So where are we to get the legitimate practices, customs, worship, beliefs, about the LORD? “Yet the LORD warned…by every prophet and every seer, saying, "Turn from your evil ways and keep my commandments and my statutes, in accordance with all the Law that I commanded your fathers, and that I sent to you by my servants the prophets" (2 Kings 17:13).

Emergents believe they are more enlightened and are the new “Third Wave” of Church history after Catholicism, and Protestantism. So, they usually do “not listen, but were stubborn, as their fathers had been, who did not believe in the LORD their God. They despised his statutes and his covenant that he made with their fathers and the warnings that he gave them” (2 Kings 17:13-14).

Notice the next retrogression, “They went after false idols and became false, and they followed the nations that were around them, concerning whom the LORD had commanded them that they should not do like themAnd they abandoned all the commandments of the LORD their God…and worshiped all the host of heaven” (2 Kings 17:16). How many Emergents today believe in the infallibility of the Scriptures these days? How many use astrology?

So what is the real problem then? It was in that they had, “Used divination and omens and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the LORD, provoking him to anger” (2 Kings 17:17). So what will happen to those Post Moderns who continue to follow this path? “Therefore, the LORD was very angry…and removed them out of his sight. None was left [who] did not keep the commandments of the LORD their God, but walked in the customs…introduced” (2 Kings 17:18-20).

What is the ultimate punishment then for Post-Modern Evangelicals or Emergents who continue in this path? “And the LORD rejected…and afflicted them and gave them into the hand of plunderers, until he had cast them out of his sight” (2 Kings 17:20). “He who has ears to hear, let him hear” (Matthew 11:15).

Sunday, January 3, 2010

The Voice John 1:5



"It's must not be real...his lips keep moving!"

Sola Scriptura Translations Scripture Quiz


Can you match the three “versions” specifically written against Sola Scriptura (or “The Bible Alone”) and the two translations that convey the timeless quality of God’s Word by remaining true to the original words breathed out by God as in John 1: 1-5?

A. This anonymous work of Jehovah’s Witnesses gives credit for the work to God but has the added benefit of keeping the translators from any accountability. This “version” was edited and revised for the specific purpose of making the Bible agree with Watchtower Society doctrine. When their beliefs contradicted Scripture, it was altered to agree with Jehovah’s Witness’ theology. 1961 New World Translation

B. This new literal Bible translation by the Standard Bible Society combined word-for-word precision and accuracy with literary excellence, beauty, and depth of meaning. It sought transparency to the original, letting readers see as directly as possible the structure and meaning of the original. 2001 English Standard Version

C. This politically correct “scripture project” by the Ecclesia Bible Society was a collaboration of scholars, pastors, writers, musicians, poets, and other artists for the specific purpose of making the Bible agree with Emergent Conversation theology. This “scripture product” translates words of “theological communities” such as “baptism,” “repentance,” and “salvation” into more common terminology. 2009 The Voice

D. This translation of the Bible grew out of King James I’s hatred for the Geneva Bible’s brief but potent Calvinistic Reformation doctrine in the margins. James authorized this new translation in order to remove these “seditious marginal notes.” 1611 King James Authorized Version

E. This was the primary Bible of the 16th Century English Protestant Reformation used by William Shakespeare, John Milton, John Knox, John Donne, and John Bunyan. It was the first English version in which all of the Old Testament was translated by English Reformers directly from the Hebrew. 1599 Geneva Bible

John 1: 1-5

1. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and that Word was God. This same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by it, and without it was made nothing that was made. In it was life, and the life was the light of men. And that light shineth in the darkness, and the darkness comprehended it not.

2. In [the] beginning the Word was, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a god. This one was in [the] beginning with God. All things came into existence through him, and apart from him not even one thing came into existence. What has come into existence by means of him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light is shining in the darkness, but the darkness has not overpowered it.

3. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

4. Before time itself was measured, the Voice was speaking. The Voice was and is God. This celestial Voice remained ever present with the Creator; His speech shaped the entire cosmos. Immersed in the practice of creating, all things that exist were birthed in Him. His breath filled all things with a living, breathing light.

5. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

© by Rafe Spraker Sunday, January 03, 2010

Answers: 1E; 2A; 3B; 4C; 5D