Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Help us Spread the Gospel!!

     So today I was presented with an awesome opportunity. A space, very cheap, on one of the busiest intersections in Matagorda county. A perfect place for a church plant.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Abolish Human Abortion (AHA): When Immature Christians Rebuke Others for Non-Sins

O.K. I confess. I'm not angry. Disappointed, yes. Heartbroken, probably. But not mad. It is hard to be angry at a blind man for refusing to see.
     Over at the Rhoblogy blog, I have officially been "called out" by Mr. +Rho Logy  himself, Alan Maricle of Berry Road Baptist Church, (and more importantly, AHA) for my grievous sins. I have erred, I have gone astray...broken with Mr. Maricle's confusing sense of orthodoxy. So great are my missteps, that he has officially issued me my scarlet letter....P.
     For "Pharisee."
     What have I done to deserve this label? Have I gone off on a tangent about women wearing pants? Decried the evils of rated "R" movies? Insisted that skirts be placed around the legs of tables, to assuage male lust, as the puritans were (erroneously) accused of doing? What sort of extra-biblical, fundamentalist, outlandish rule have I invented?
     Well, I will tell you. I dared to say that all Christians should be a part of a church, with a recognized membership, and at least one proper recognized and called pastor/elder. I have insisted that those who refuse the local church and its discipleship, fellowship and authority, are living in sin.
     Perhaps you are saying, "Gee, that doesn't sound that bad. Isn't that in the Bible?" If you are, then let me assure you that, yes, it is in the Bible. The apostles appointed elders in every church (Acts 14:23, 1 Timothy 5, Titus 1), and these were always appointed by other elders or apostles (see for example 1 Timothy 4:14 and Titus 1:5). Church discipline demands a recognized church membership; particularly in days when the church was visiting in various homes and fields, rather than an established building. Its hard to throw people out of a group (1 Corinthians 5, Matthew 18) that is just a bunch of people hanging out in a field. Hard to bring people "before the church" when there is just a big bunch of Christians and non-Christians standing in a field somewhere. How do you excommunicate a person from a loose gathering of Christians and non-Christians, without a recognition of who are and are not members?
     Such biblical reasoning is pushed to the side by Mr. Maricle and others at "Abolish Human Abortion." They justify those who refuse to submit to a local church by pointing to all those "lukewarm" congregations out there. Wielding the story of the Good Samaritan like a club, the leadership of AHA insist that they are right, others are wrong, and any church that does not do exactly what they say in regards to abortion are in sinful rebellion and in need of repentance.
     Let me restate that, in case I was unclear. Abolish Human Abortion calls out, pickets, and dare I say ATTACKS not just pro-abortion churches, but pro-life churches that are not involved in the way that AHA wants them to be. Encouraging pro-life voting? Not enough. Giving to pregnancy help centers? Nope. Decrying the evils of abortion from the pulpit? Still not enough (Just Click here to listen to the horse's mouth). No, according to AHA and the "Church Repent" project, none of these things are sufficient for a church to stay off their "apathetic" naughty list (Perhaps in order to stay in AHA's good graces, you need to purchase their materials? Just asking)
Please note, also: this is in spite of ANY other work that church might be doing. Smuggling bibles into China? Nursing home ministry? Children's ministry? Preaching the Gospel on the street (without an abortion emphasis)? According to AHA, none of these ministries are sufficient to remove the "apathy" label from a church. ONLY abortion ministry matters. It is the litmus test by which a Church's spiritual health is measured. According to +T. Russell Hunter  +Rhology , and the leaders of AHA, the story of the Good Samaritan (which they wield clumsily like a child swinging a sword), demands that every Christian get involved in the abortion fight.
     Only it doesn't. In fact, the story of the Good Samaritan, found in Luke chapter 10, is not about abortion at all. Its not about the necessity of spending all your time seeking out wounded people to help, or making sure you drive across town and spend enough time at the abortion clinic (or high school) doing abortion ministry. Its not about "making sure you do 'enough'" (whatever that is). It is about showing love to those who God puts in your path, without discrimination.
     Let me put it this way. The abolitionist who gets in his car and drives two hours, past stranded motorists, nursing homes full of elderly patients, and streets of people who need the gospel, and excuses himself by saying "I have to get to the clinic," while secretly despising those who are ministering to those people, sets himself up as the priest in the story. As the Levite. He is too busy for the ninety year old incontinent lady who needs to know of the Savior; for the homeless man on the corner. One wonders if, perhaps, he is scared to get his hands dirty emptying bed pans or changing tires, and simply likes the attention he gets standing on the box.
     Don't get me wrong. I am whole-heartedly behind bringing the gospel to the abortion issue, whether at the schools, the clinics, or the courthouse. What I am against is criticizing people who, while affirming abortion is sinful, are called to bring the gospel to OTHER areas of gross sin and need, like human trafficking and terminal hospital patients, food banks and teaching ministries. I am against making abortion ministry the litmus test for the health of a church. There is only one litmus test for the health of a church, and that is the Gospel.
     See, when you properly understand the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and what it does to the heart of a man when the Holy Spirit grabs that heart and takes it for His own, you understand that ANY proclamation of the Gospel is a blow against abortion. The Gospel is what will stop abortion. Not the Gospel plus abortion ministry done in accordance with AHA's extrabiblical requirements. Just the Gospel. The Gospel preached without any mention of abortion, is equally powerful for the pulling down of that particular stronghold. And the Gospel is to be ministered through the local Church.

Not AHA.

P.S. If you have not already, I encourage you to read Justin Edwards EXCELLENT article over at Gospel Spam. He posted his article about halfway through my writing of this one, and he actually does a much better, more thoughtful job on his critique.

Soli Deo Gloria!

Friday, March 28, 2014

When Biblical Theology Gets Left Behind...with Nicolas Cage Starring

With the upcoming summer release of the Nicolas Cage remake of "Left Behind," I thought it would be good to do a sermon series on Biblical eschatology (more importantly, it was the next section of text in our study through the book of 1 Thessalonians). So for the past two weeks we have been looking at what the Bible says about Tim Lahaye and Jerry B. Jenkin's take on the end times. The conclusion so far? 


Not so great.

In fact, the basis of the "Left Behind" books, the so-called "Secret Rapture" has absolutely no basis in scripture. It....well, listen to the sermon, and comment below. 

From the Second Installment of "When Biblical Theology Gets Left Behind."




Soli Deo Gloria!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

"Hopeful" Postmillennialism? Why I'm not Impressed.

O.K. I confess. I am sick to death of hearing my postmillennial brothers criticize me for holding to a premillennial view of eschatology. I am tired of hearing how "pessimistic" it is, and how it is "defeatist." And if I get accused of being a dispensationalist one more time, or I am forced to field one more ridiculous question about my views on "Nicolae Carpathia" I am going to snap.
     No, really.
     Let me lay my cards out on the table. I am not impressed by Paradise Restored. I do not believe that postmillennialism is all that hopeful, nor do I believe that it is biblical. I believe the bible teaches, clearly, a hopeful, premillennial, covenantal view of eschatology. Further, despite postmillennial claims to the contrary, I believe that a postmillennial view of eschatology actually hurts causes like, say, stopping abortion. How you say? Well, let's answer that by looking at 1 Thessalonians.
     In 1 Thessalonians, Paul is writing to a church (the church in Thessaloniki) that is undergoing great affliction for their faithfulness to Christ (1 Thessalonians 1:6). The affliction that they were experiencing was bad; so bad in fact, that Paul sent Timothy to strengthen their faith, because he was worried about apostasy (3:2-3). Paul responds to this affliction, not by encouraging his hearers to try harder, nor by letting them know that they will eventually stifle opposition....no, Paul does the very thing that so many postmillennialists criticize;
     He tells them to endure suffering, and points to the second coming of Christ. He tells them to encourage one another with the truth that Christ will one day return, and fix everything (4:13-18). Paul was (and is) a futurist!
See, "pull up your bootstraps" theology (or "pull up your socks" as Alistair Begg likes to say) is not encouraging. Its not encouraging in soteriology, and it is no more encouraging in eschatology. There is nothing hopeful or encouraging about an eschatology that says ushering in the world's perfection is all up to us (even if it IS God putting the "gas in our tank"). An eschatology that says the reason the culture is the way it is, is because the church is not trying hard enough. That idea is infinitely frustrating, hopeless, and it does the very thing which is anathema to gospel lovers everywhere....it drags our eyes away from Christ, our Hope, and causes us to focus on OURSELVES. A person that preaches the Gospel week after week is not encouraged with the idea that they should be successful, when they see no little or no visible results. I daresay they may well resort to pragmatism, and try to find something that "works." However, what is encouraging is recognizing God's work in suffering, and understanding that we are called to be faithful...not necessarily successful in a worldly sense.
     Is the Gospel of Christ powerful? Absolutely. Can it conquer hearts, minds, and nations? Yes. Can we transform culture, Christianize societies, and make the world a better place? Yes we can! But that is not our hope. It is not the thing that Paul tells us repeatedly to look to...which is the return of Christ and the resurrection from the dead.
     So be faithful. Be optimistic about the power of the Gospel, and the spread of the church. Know that we can influence society for the better (and we should). But keep your hope firmly where it belongs.....look to Christ's return, not to your own (our) success.

From Last Sunday: When Biblical Theology Gets Left Behind Part 1: "Premillennialism: An Eschatology of Hope."






Friday, February 21, 2014

Eugene Delgaudio, "Public Advocate" and the Dishonest Political Tactics that are Destroying the Republic

This one makes me really angry!
     Yesterday I received an email from "Eugene Delgaudio: Public Advocate," praising Steve Stockman, one of the many contenders for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination in the state of Texas. As you, oh reader, may be aware, we currently have here in the great state of Texas two very different U.S. Senators representing us in Washington. One, Ted Cruz, is a tireless, heroic constitutional conservative who fights for Texas, traditional (biblical) values, and the federalist (covenantal) blueprint our country was founded on; a.k.a. the Constitution.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Angry at . . . Me

There are many things in this world of darkness and sin that make me angry (hence, the "Angry Pastor"
blog), but nothing and no one can make me as angry as I make myself. I am constantly failing myself and God (thank God for the Cross!), remaining silent when I should speak, sitting idle when I should be diligent, and listening to my flesh, when I should be focused on God's work and purposes as described in His Word.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Gospel is Powerful Everywhere (Not Just at the Abortion Clinic)

A couple of weeks ago, I made a post where I called out evangelistic anti-church nomads (many of whom are affiliated with Abolish Human Abortion) and the pro-life movement, for splintering the Christian push back against the disgusting practice of abortion. I called AHA out for the information on their own website, which  encouraged the picketing of otherwise biblical churches, because they were not involved enough (according to who?) in the fight against abortion. I was quickly lambasted by members of AHA, both in public and private. One of them, +Rho Logy  wrote about my article on his blog. {Wow. "First Blood." A play on my last name. How clever....I have NEVER heard anything like that before...(insert eye-roll smiley here)}

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Judgment from the "Do not Judge" Crowd; Blatant Hypocrisy and Inconsistency

If you have engaged in biblical evangelism for any length of time, you have heard it. The dreaded phrase, ripped out of its proper context in Matthew chapter 7...the Laodicean Church's 'trump card' if you will. I am talking about the little phrase, "Judge not lest you be judged." 
     Although Jesus was speaking about judging on extra-biblical matters of preference and tradition (washing hands before meals) and not sinful behavior, modern fence-sitting, world loving 'Christians' apply this command to any evil activity they want to justify. The moment you call another person to repentance on socially acceptable sins like fornication, homosexuality, drug use, and so on, you can expect to be quoted this command of Jesus by a well-meaning but deluded self-professed Christian. "Don't judge people, just love them like Jesus!" is the quick reply.
     But oh, the inconsistency.

Friday, February 7, 2014

John Cornyn is an Establishment Goon: Why I Endorse Dwayne Stovall for Senate

A while back I lamented the cowardice among my fellow pastors, who seemed to be completely unwilling to stand up against lying from the pulpit, and plagiarism in the Church. I spoke about the evangelical industrial complex, and the "circle the wagons" mentality so prevalent in the reformed movement. Men today, on the whole, have become weak-willed, effeminate, self seeking, pleasure hunters, who refuse to confront sin and refuse to stand up for righteousness if it might hurt their own position.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Atheism: A Worldview of Absurdity (In honor of Bill Nye and Ken Ham's Debate)

As I sit down to write this blog post, I look forward eagerly to the debate tomorrow between Bill Nye, "The Science Guy" and Ken Ham, founder of Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum. I believe it will be a good debate, and I am thrilled any time that spiritual, biblical matters are brought to the attention of the general public. I am praying for Ken Ham, that he would have the opportunity to clearly explain the Gospel...and I hope you will be too. Because that is what this is all about.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Abolishing Abortion: How Rogue Evangelists and the Pro-Life Movement are Hurting the Cause

With the recent release of the Babies Are Murdered Here documentary (If you have not seen it, you NEED
to....just CLICK HERE), and in light of some personal discussions that I have been having with some activists lately, I thought it would be good to address, again, the topic of 'ministries' and activists who are not under the covering and authority of a local church. 
In recent years there has been a great rise in independent "pro-life" speakers and political activists, who speak out against abortion. These people typically work through politics, gradualist legislation, and quiet prayer, in hopes of ending abortion. They go to the clinics, at times, but almost never engage the mothers.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Sniveling Politicians and Activist Court Bullies

A few months ago, I started a video series entitled "A Moment of Sanity." In the first video of this series, I addressed the song "Same Love," by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, which is a song about marriage equality legalized sexual sin. In reality, "Same Love," like much of pop culture and television today, is little more than a propaganda piece meant to normalize perversion, and to make it "acceptable" to engage in a homosexual lifestyle. Sinful man is always trying to push the boundaries; to find new ways to defy their Creator, and physically gratify themselves. Romans 1 tells us this...homosexuality, like other sin, is idolatry and rebellion.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: Babies are Murdered Here....and THAT makes me Angry!

If there is one thing that makes me angry here in the greatest country on earth immoral cesspool that we live in, it is the abortion industry. Right under our  noses, down our streets, and in the midst of our cities, children are literally being put to death by their mothers. Mothers walk into clinics, killing places, assassination centers, cradling their babies in their wombs. They walk up to the person behind the counter, and hand the person money. Then a white robed doctor assassin takes them to a back room, where the mother watches as the man or woman KILLS their child.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Lights, Camera, ....Compromise?

The other day Joel Osteen, the pastor motivational speaker of Lakewood Church Feel Good club, stopped by Larry King Now, to discuss, once again, the topic of homosexuality and same sex marriage perversion. Once again, just like the last time he was pressed on this issue, it was time to break out the maple syrup, because Mr. Osteen started waffling all over the place.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Black: The Human Soul (A Pastor Wrote a Horror Novel!)

As some of you may have heard, I have written a new book, "Black: The Human Soul." It is a work of fiction in the Horror genre, that attempts to reveal the blackness and blindness of the unregenerate person, in a somewhat pithy, and hopefully entertaining format.


I will warn you from the beginning; the book is rough. If blood, fight scenes, and scary images bother you, don't read the book. If abrupt, twisted endings bother you, don't read the book. If your a sensitive person who is going to write me, and tell me all about how pastors should only write stories about love, flowers and kittens ...please, I implore you, don't read the book.

However, if you want something that just might scare the pants off you a little bit, while giving insight into the unsaved man or woman's soul, then I invite you to read it. Its available in multiple formats, now,(Paperback, Kindle, EPUB/Ebook) and should be available in your favorite online store by the end of the week.

For your convenience:

EPub/EBook: CLICK HERE

Paperback:




Kindle:



Soli Deo Gloria!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Neutered Christianity: A Complete Misunderstanding of Romans 13

We live in wicked times, here in the U.S.A., and it is seemingly (at least for
now) getting worse by the minute. Everyday men and women drive into abortion clinics across the United States, and pay a murderer in a white coat to kill their children. More and more states across this great country immoral cesspool are recognizing perversion as 'marriage.' We use dishonest monetary policies to essentially rob from producers and savers. Worst of all, there is an ongoing campaign to silence the church of Christ, and the true Gospel.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

When Good Men Do Nothing

Whether it is the Ergun Caner scandal ( +Ergun Caner Report  for more info), the +Mark Driscoll  controversy, or just the continuing shenanigans of TBN , American pastors as a whole seem unwilling, or unable to respond in a biblical fashion.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

I Am Not a Leper: Why Loving God’s Law is Good and Right

     In the last century, it has become popular within church circles to place a hard (false) dichotomy between God’s Law, and the Gospel of Christ. People say things like, “We no longer follow the old way of the law, but the new way of the Spirit.” Pastors will get up in the pulpit and rail against ‘legalism’ and assert the importance of ‘grace,’ as if God’s law has now become irrelevant at best, or morally wrong at worst (for an example, see +Bob Wilkin  over at the Grace Evangelical Society). Should an individual be brave enough to exalt God’s law, or point to it as a good, present guide for Christian and civil guidance, they are excoriated by evangelicals. “Legalist!” they cry, while they wave their burning torches and pitchforks in the air.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A Resolution that Matters: Living for Christ’s Glory in the New Year

During this time of year, people are busy making their New Year’s resolutions. Looking back at the year that they have squandered, and the opportunities that they have missed, they vow to do better in the upcoming year. 

“I’m going to lose that extra weight!” 
“I want to spend more time with my kids!” 
“This year, I am going to start my own business!” 

Generally speaking, most resolutions have at least a couple of things in common. #1 They are based in regret, and #2 They are forgotten within the first two weeks of the New Year. 

Opportunity Seeking Conmen

http://www.nndb.com/people/605/000022539/hinn-000105-MED.jpgOne of the things that really yanks my chain, is the slew of legalistic, anti-gospel ‘preachers’ (such as the dubious +Benny Hinn ) who come on T.V., and use the opportunity of the New Year, to renew the works righteous efforts among their followers. They manipulate the gullible, urging them to (among other things), send them (or their so-called ‘ministry’) more money. These money grubbing hucksters miss no opportunity to line their pockets, using their followers own regret and shame against them. If you want to see this in action, just turn on TBN tonight, and watch the show...but please, keep your money.

If You're Gonna do it...Make it Count

I have to say that I am not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions. However, if you would like to make one, I have the perfect, universal resolution for every Christian. 

Let us live for the Glory of Christ in the New Year. 


 From Sunday:

Soli Deo Gloria!

Friday, December 27, 2013

That Loving “Feeling?”


  There is little in the modern world that makes me more upset than the way that our culture throws around the word “love.” We treat that word so cheaply. In my book, “A Traitor Within,” I describe how this lessening of the word “love” affects our understanding of the biblical text:

Monday, December 23, 2013

Baby Killing, Niceness, and the Biblical Gospel


     It has become popular these days for Christians to criticize other Christians for confronting worldly behavior. It seems that every time a Christian publicly takes a biblical stand on an unpopular topic, a slew of writers, bloggers, and evangelical “big wigs” come out of the proverbial woodworks to analyze every nuance of the person’s words.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Hey Keller, Your Humanism is Showing…



About a week ago over at The Gospel Coalition blog Josh Blount published an interview with pastor and BioLogos guru Timothy Keller, where Keller made the assertion (to state it bluntly and succinctly) that only elderly pastors should write books.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

I Am Angry

I am an angry pastor.  
I am not angry with my congregation.
I am not angry at the world.
I am angry with my fellow pastors.