Published by Andy Neckar
P.O. Box J Hico, TX 76457
Vol. 8, Number 6. Nov.-Dec., 2002
Editor: Andy Neckar
INSIDE THIS NEWSLETTER -
1. PICK & CHOOSE BELIEF SYSTEMS
2. FUNDAMENTALISM-A 14 LETTER DIRTY WORD.
3. JEWISH ROMAN CATHOLIC SODOMITE?
4. THE 1ST COMING OF HUGGY JESUS
5. THE HELMET OF SALVATION & HALF NAKED CHRISTIANS
PICK & CHOOSE BELIEF SYSTEMS
Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of Billy Graham and "one of the nation's best preachers," is featured on the cover of Charisma (6/02). She has attracted huge crowds to her Just Give Me Jesus revivals, advertised for women but open to men. About half of her audiences are now men.
In an interview with Charisma, Lotz says that the Scripture does not prohibit women from teaching men. "I feel like it's a man-made rule that's sort of cultural."
[Editor] So—1 Timothy 2:11-12 is a MAN MADE RULE. Sort of CULTRAL, huh?
1 Tim 2:11-15 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.
Notice the apostle Paul finishes 1 Tim 2:11-12 with verses 13-15.
1 Tim 2:13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve.
Man Made? Adam was created first is a cultural “man made” teaching?
1 Tim 2:14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.
The serpent deceiving Eve is a “cultural” teaching?
1 Tim 2:15 Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.
THIS TOO, is a man made rule? Come on now! Looks like Anne Graham Lotz and women like her would use the Word of God in their studies. I do.
How can 1 Tim 2:11-12 be a man made cultural rule and 1 Tim 2:13-15 be the Word of God?
Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
The grace of God brings salvation to all men of that “certain time period” and of the “Greek and Roman culture”?
No? Why not? I mean Lotz is speaking “pick & choose” what one believes as the inspired Word of God.
Acts 28:28 Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it.
Hey! Maybe THIS is a “man made cultural rule too.” Okay? Maybe Anne’s God did not offer salvation to the Gentiles, and Anne is a Gentile you know. Poor thing. No salvation offered her at all? Oh, well!
FUNDAMENTALISM-A 14 LETTER DIRTY WORD.
Herbert H. Reynolds, president emeritus of Baylor University, is the driving force behind a move among Southern Baptists in Texas to start a new denomination, which he would like to name "Baptist Convention of the Americas."
But forming a new denomination is not his main concern, Reynolds says. "I am [more] concerned about my children and grandchildren and their children. I don’t want them to grow up in Fundamentalism. . . . That’s the real reason for my involvement" (Baptists Today, 5/02).
[Editor] FUNDAMENTALISM; A 14 letter “dirty word”. I am, and many of you are of the new breed. The “Fundamental Taliban” Oshamea (oh shame I ) Bin Believing God’s Word again. How terrible! The world buys us books and sends us to school, and what do we do? We STUDY God’s Word. We refuse to conform to its teachings. Yeah, the world must put a stop to this rebellious nonsense
John 16:2-3 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.
JEWISH ROMAN CATHOLIC SODOMITE?
"Fully half of Catholics (51 percent) say they would attend a church with an ‘openly gay’ priest," says a front-cover story in the May 6 issue of Newsweek. The magazine claims that "the best guess is that between 35 and 50 percent of Roman Catholic priests are homosexual." Mark D. Jordan, a homosexual Catholic and professor of religion at Emory University, says, "If there were no homosexuals in the priesthood, we would soon cease to have a functioning church."
[Editor] Yeah, take all the lost sinners out of the RC Church. Out of the pews and the pulpits and what do you have? A void.
Dan 11:37 Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.
All the Biblical references to “the God of his fathers” refer to the Jews. Could this be speaking of a Jewish Roman Catholic Sodomite?
THE 1ST COMING OF HUGGY JESUS
A little more news on the secular marketing of Jesus. You know, He’s gonna get mighty angry one of these days, and I can’t wait.
Hurray and Alleluia. Our Iron Handed Ruler (Rev 19:15) is coming soon.
Now for the article. Read it and weep.
THE 1ST COMING OF HUGGY JESUS
A Joel Miller Commentary
(Posted: December 11, 2002 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2002 WorldNetDaily.com )
Running low on awful, possibly blasphemous Christmas gift ideas this year?
Fear not, for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great schlock; kitsch shall be to all the people.
For unto you is placed this day under the tree in your living room a doll, which is Huggy Jesus! http://www.huggyjesus.com!
Verily, for only $29.95, plus a mere $7.00 shipping and handling, your child can receive from you this "collectable, soft and cuddly, hypoallergenic" Jesus doll designed to let kids know how much the Lord loves them. By parting with a piddling 37 bucks, says HuggyJesus.com, "All can enjoy the warmth and comfort of Huggy Jesus."
And there is a lot of warmth and comfort to go around. A picture on the site shows little children sleeping with their Jesus, nestled tightly in their arms. Another shows a little girl praying at her bedside with Jesus propped up against a pillow next to her. The possibilities for communicating Christ's daily love are endless with this doll.
What if Jane or Johnny gets Jesus dirty? No sweat, just toss "machine washable" Huggy Jesus in the laundry and a spotless savior will rise again. Moms can really impart Gospel lessons to kids by having Christ emerge from the dryer on the third day.
The creator of the doll, Sean Pinkerton, claims he was down on his luck in the post-dot.com economy and wandered into a church, destitute and praying for the first time in his life. According to the HuggyJesus.com website:
As he was praying he looked up and saw a vision of Jesus on the altar, and Jesus seemed to be looking down to him. He seemed to beckon Sean to rise up and come in His direction.
Jesus' outstretched arms and loving gaze inspired Sean, who was so shaken by what he was experiencing, to cry openly. Tears were streaming down his face as he crawled onto the altar and gave Jesus a hug.
Powerful conversion story, true, but it only gets better from there: "That loving embrace inspired Sean to go out into the world and make a huggable doll in His image so the whole world could receive a hug from Jesus."
Pinkerton's motivation may be genuine and touching, but think of the disconnect between the experience he claims to have had and the one he offers: Pinkerton can't guarantee that the living, resurrected Christ will hug everyone, but by making a doll in Christ's image, he can sure guarantee that anyone willing to part with 37 smackers will get a hug from a cuddly Jesus knockoff. If readers share the opinion that such a deal is almost as good, then they and Huggy Jesus probably deserve each other. But what about the real Jesus? He's a little sweet and sappy, tender and touching, cute and cuddly, too, right?
The correct answer: No. The Scriptures give us an entirely different picture of Christ.
In the Gospel account, we see Christ running through the temple yard with a whip chasing out the money changers. Would Huggy Jesus do that?
Remember Christ's showdowns with the Pharisees, calling them a brood of vipers and sons of Satan? I can't really see Huggy Jesus raising his voice or calling names.
Then there's the passage from Revelation picturing Christ on a war steed, robes dipped in blood, coming to conquer the enemies of the Lord. I'll bet money Huggy Jesus prefers gumdrop ponies and valentines.
And what about the basic fact that Christ is the Lord and will someday judge the world? Huggy Jesus with pardons for all!
Which image of Jesus do we want our children to have?
In his classic, "Your God is Too Small," J.B. Phillips warns about such a sugary conception of Christ. Refuting the "nice," he questions why we think of Jesus as meek and mild:
This word "mild" is apparently deliberately used to describe a man who did not hesitate to challenge and expose hypocrisies of the religious people of His day; a man who had such "personality" that He walked unscathed through a murderous crowd; a man so far from being a nonentity that He was regarded by authorities as a public danger; a man who could be moved to violent anger by shameless exploitation or by smug complacent orthodoxy; a man of such courage that He deliberately walked to what He knew would mean death, despite earnest pleas of well-meaning friends! Mild! What a strange word to use for a personality whose challenge and strange attractiveness 19 centuries later have by no means exhausted.
Christ was nice. He was gentle. But he was also assertive, commanding, powerful, even sometimes violent. We do our children a disservice if we make Him anything less – if, in Phillips' lingo, we make Him "small."
Children don't learn how to appreciate other men of history – George Washington, Patrick Henry, etc. – by looking solely at their sweet sides. That would be an erroneous, slanted picture. How much more careful should we be when the person pictured is the Lord Christ?
THE HELMET OF SALVATION & HALF NAKED CHRISTIANS
(If the shoe doesn’t fit, don’t get unto me--just don’t wear it.)
[If it fits. SHAME ON YOU]
Eph 6:10-18 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
You know what makes me sad and darn right angry? Tasteless, Sorry, and HALF NAKED Christians. (Ask for my sermon, “SALT-Spiritual Malnutrition and Sorry Christians”)
Take another look at the passages in Ephesians chapter 6 again. What does it say?
Put on the WHOLE armor of God; is what it says, but how many folks put on the Helmet of Salvation and LET IT GO AT THAT?
What about the rest of the clothing/armor of a Christian? The helmet of salvation is what God has done for you, but what about the “rest of the clothing”? That is what you should do for God.
Oh yeah, it’s so easy to don a helmet. Why it fits right on. Salvation is easy. Even a child can be saved, but the Christian “walk” is where the going gets tough. It isn’t so easy to grid the loins and put on that ole heavy breastplate is it? How about shodding your feet with the preparation/training of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ?
Hey, there is still the shield of faith yet to go. Ugh, another “heavy” piece of armor. Why does one need a shield unless one is prepared to FIGHT? Did somebody mention a SWORD.? Breastplate, shield, sword? Hey, I’m content to STAY AS I AM, you say? I’m going to heaven. I have on the helmet of salvation. Don’t go getting fanatical now. It that what you say?
How often do you pick up the Sword of the Spirit/Word of God? Too heavy for you?
Don’t give me that. I don’t want to hear about it and neither does the GIVER of the
Helmet you have on.
Oh, how many Christians, or “church people” I know that fit this category. Some will obey Heb 10:25 and some won’t. Do you think THAT is enough? Some do and some don’t. How about the command to earnestly contend for the faith? (Jude 1:3) Some will, “most” won’t.
How about Luke 22:19? How often? I was in an Independent Baptist Church; the last organized church service I ever attended outside of my home, where they held the Lord’s Supper service “one” Wednesday night a “year”. Not very fond of remembering the Saviour were they?
How many obey 2 Tim 2:15 or Acts 17:11?
When is the last time you supported someone working for the Lord? Well, that’s too long? (for some of you-NOT ALL) I know some that give purt near more than I make. You know who you are.
I’m in bad shape, aren’t I? There can possible be no love in my heart. Right? Well—I DO love MY enemies, but I DO NOT love those that claim to “Know Christ” but wouldn’t walk across the street for Him.
I was so angry/mad at a certain person one time, I wanted to do more than just “slap him silly”. I could have “wrung his neck”. I KNEW he was too ignorant to have any love in his conceited self-righteous heart. I mean, I KNEW. So what did I do? I just chewed him out with a good tongue lashing and run him off, that‘s what I did. I mean, nobody tells ME that I ain’t a good Christian.
I didn’t have to put up with him and that kind of talk, even if he was my son. (Read my on-line 1991 Testimony.)
And God; what about HIS love? (John 3:16; Rom 5:8) And Christ; What about HIS love which surpasses carnal knowledge? (Eph 3:19; 2 Cor 5:21)
I feel like the lovable Christ does towards pretenders. Matt 12:34 Matt chapter 23.
I fell like John the Baptist did way back then.
Matt 3:7-9 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
Refusing to obey Christ is not bringing fruits meet for repentance. And think not to say within yourselves…Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name and in thy name have cast out devils and in thy name done many wonderful works? for I say unto you, that God is able to raise up children unto Himself through repentance, and belief in the Person and Work of the Lord Jesus Christ
We Must Earnestly Contend For The Faith - Jude 1:3
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