Posted by: reformbama | December 2, 2013

30 Days of Thanks

November is the official month of thanks. Thirty days of it. Facebook and other social media sites were all afire last month with a shout out a day of thanks for something or someone.
Thankfully Christians give day one to Christ and or God. Then the rest of the days of the years you will rarely see someone thankful for anything, unless they get more STUFF, plus they are too busy getting their feelings hurt.

I say all that because …

Spurgeon wrote this:

Christian! here is all thou canst require. To make thee happy thou wantest something that shall satisfy thee; and is not this enough? If thou canst pour this promise into thy cup, wilt thou not say, with David, “My cup runneth over; I have more than heart can wish”? When this is fulfilled, “I am thy God”, art thou not possessor of all things? Desire is insatiable as death, but he who filleth all in all can fill it. The capacity of our wishes who can measure? But the immeasurable wealth of God can more than overflow it. I ask thee if thou art not complete when God is thine? Dost thou want anything but God? Is not his all-sufficiency enough to satisfy thee if all else should fail? …
[W]hat more canst thou hope for than the fulfillment of this great promise, “I will be their God”? This is the masterpiece of all the promises; its enjoyment makes a heaven below, and will make a heaven above.

So, with that said WE give the creator one day of the month/year to give him a shout out of thanks. Everything else pales in comparison and WE give all those a day of their own also.
Pretty much why I dislike theses special days to celebrate something that should be celebrated on a daily basis. WE should shout this out on social media on a daily basis.
These special days make it easy for us just to wait for that special day to be thankful, celebrate the birth of Christ, national day of prayer.
Don’t misunderstand me, we should be thankful for everything, trials included, but sometimes we act like we are more thankful for STUFF than we are for what Spurgeon told us.

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Posted by: reformbama | November 26, 2013

Open Letter To The Free Pitt Crowd.

(This has not been proof read)

The Free Pitt crowd really makes me shake my head from their continued worship of Matt Pitt.

Matt has plead guilty to impersonating a law enforcement officer one already. Been documented by police in Florida that he tried flashing his badge to get out of a ticket. Didn’t work.

During the first arrest and trial you did not hear one thing about a conspiracy or that it was an race issue. The judge was very lenient. Matt got two years of UNSUPERVISED probation,
with a stern warning from the judge to never do that again. He even apologized to the Calera PD.

His first basement appearance he did not show any repentance for his actions or that he was humbled by the experience.
Most SANE people would have learned something from that. Like NOT TO GET HOLD OF ANOTHER BADGE EVER AGAIN.

Did Matt learn from that? NO.

One day Matt was out riding his four wheeler. Was seen grabbing a rifle from the edge of the woods.
Again Matt shows his carelessness towards others.
First time speeding down the interstate flashing blue police lights making people pull over.
Second time driving at excessive speed in 30MPH zone putting others at risk.
Third time leaving a rifle or instructing someone to leave a rifle at the edge of the woods.

Back to day riding his four wheeler. Concerned citizen sees Matt out there, CC approaches Matt and Matt flashes badge, one he not supposed to have, to CC and tells
CC that he can call a deputy to confirm Matt’s official business there. Keep in mind that Matt did not say he was a deputy but he implied it with his statement as confirmed
by his lawyer in his probation hearing.

Concerned Citizen thinks about it for awhile and calls JeffCo to report it. Jeffco gets a positive ID that it is Matt and try to contact him to TALK to him.
Matt ducks the requests for days, go on a TV interview circuit. Meanwhile JeffCo has lost patience gets an arrest warrant and go to Pitt’s house where his wife has to deal with the
deputies. She was lucky they did not cuff her because of her interference.

Finally they catch Matt Pitt at Vulcan right after an interview and he then runs from the police.

Even if the conspiracy stuff is real, where was it the first time.
What SANE man pleads guilty if he is innocent? Especially a man in his position. You fight and fight to prove your innocence!
Let’s look at the evidence that we can see with our own eyes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2txrzRD770

1. We see Matt with another badge in TV interview. Evidently he did not care what the judge said or believed what he said.
2. He flashed badge to Concerned Citizen, Pitt’s lawyer did not argue that.
3. During booking Pitt kept saying he worked for Mike Hale, JeffCo Sheriff. Implying he is a deputy. At that point any SANE man would have cooperated. He should have cooperated from the beginning.

Those three things violate his probation. PERIOD!!

We have learned that Matt only cares about Matt by putting people in danger with his actions. He disregards authority said and thinks himself above the law.

Apparently he does not know what honorary means, and the Free Pitt people thinks he can teach the Scriptures.

We have learned that Matt can’t learn.

It’s not all Matt’s fault. I put a lot of the blame on his fellow leaders, Vince (leave the scene of an accident) Lovell, Blake Bolden, and TJ Hursh.

Y’all feed his ego, let him think he is above the law, you did not discipline him. Make him take a sabbatical. You ignored it. Or maybe you didn’t know how to or about church discipline because
you sit under a guy with zero training in theology and does not know what honorary means.

Blake, you let him run around that night in that state of mind.
I’ll be damned if I ever let a friend get far off track. Or is he a friend or just a meal ticket for you.
So to make yourselves feel better you a created this wild conspiracy and bringing race into. Wrongly comparing him to those in the Bible that suffered for the FAITH. Let’s not forget all of the Scripture
twisting you are doing over the social networks.
Face it, he did something stupid and is paying for it.

Take this time while Matt is in jail to sit under a doctrinally sound pastor. Like David Platt.
Step back and take a look at your leader and leaders.

Only a fool would get another badge and carry it around …
And tell me it ain’t all about Pitt

pittidol

Posted by: reformbama | October 31, 2013

Halloween – How Should Christians Respond?

Copyright 2006. Grace to You. All rights reserved.
(From the Ministry of John MacArthur)

Halloween. It’s a time of year when the air gets crisper, the day gets shorter, and for many young Americans the excitement grows in anticipation of the darkest, spookiest holiday of the year. Retailers rejoice too as they warm up their cash registers to receive an average of $41.77 per household in decorations, costumes, candy, and greeting cards. Halloween will bring in approximately 3.3 billion dollars this year.

It’s a good bet retailers won’t entertain high expectations of getting $41.77 per household from the Christian market. Many Christians refuse to participate in Halloween. Some are wary of its pagan origins; others of its dark, ghoulish imagery; still others are concerned for the safety of their children. But other Christians choose to partake of the festivities, whether participating in school activities, neighborhood trick-or-treating, or a Halloween alternative at their church.

The question is, How should Christians respond to Halloween? Is it irresponsible for parents to let their children trick-or-treat? What about Christians who refuse any kind of celebration during the season—are they overreacting?

The Pagan Origin of Halloween
The name “Halloween” comes from the All Saints Day celebration of the early Christian church, a day set aside for the solemn remembrance of the martyrs. All Hallows Eve, the evening before All Saints Day, began the time of remembrance. “All Hallows Eve” was eventually contracted to “Hallow-e’en,” which became “Halloween.”

As Christianity moved through Europe it collided with indigenous pagan cultures and confronted established customs. Pagan holidays and festivals were so entrenched that new converts found them to be a stumbling block to their faith. To deal with the problem, the organized church would commonly move a distinctively Christian holiday to a spot on the calendar that would directly challenge a pagan holiday. The intent was to counter pagan influences and provide a Christian alternative. But most often the church only succeeded in “Christianizing” a pagan ritual—the ritual was still pagan, but mixed with Christian symbolism. That’s what happened to All Saints Eve—it was the original Halloween alternative!

The Celtic people of Europe and Britain were pagan Druids whose major celebrations were marked by the seasons. At the end of the year in northern Europe, people made preparations to ensure winter survival by harvesting the crops and culling the herds, slaughtering animals that wouldn’t make it. Life slowed down as winter brought darkness (shortened days and longer nights), fallow ground, and death. The imagery of death, symbolized by skeletons, skulls, and the color black, remains prominent in today’s Halloween celebrations.

The pagan Samhain festival (pronounced “sow” “en”) celebrated the final harvest, death, and the onset of winter, for three days—October 31 to November 2. The Celts believed the curtain dividing the living and the dead lifted during Samhain to allow the spirits of the dead to walk among the living—ghosts haunting the earth.

Some embraced the season of haunting by engaging in occult practices such as divination and communication with the dead. They sought “divine” spirits (demons) and the spirits of their ancestors regarding weather forecasts for the coming year, crop expectations, and even romantic prospects. Bobbing for apples was one practice the pagans used to divine the spiritual world’s “blessings” on a couple’s romance.

For others the focus on death, occultism, divination, and the thought of spirits returning to haunt the living, fueled ignorant superstitions and fears. They believed spirits were earthbound until they received a proper sendoff with treats—possessions, wealth, food, and drink. Spirits who were not suitably “treated” would “trick” those who had neglected them. The fear of haunting only multiplied if that spirit had been offended during its natural lifetime.

Trick-bent spirits were believed to assume grotesque appearances. Some traditions developed, which believed wearing a costume to look like a spirit would fool the wandering spirits. Others believed the spirits could be warded off by carving a grotesque face into a gourd or root vegetable (the Scottish used turnips) and setting a candle inside it—the jack-o-lantern.

Into that dark, superstitious, pagan world, God mercifully shined the light of the gospel. Newly converted Christians armed themselves with the truth and no longer feared a haunting from departed spirits returning to earth. In fact, they denounced their former pagan spiritism in accord with Deuteronomy 18:

There shall not be found among you anyone…who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For whoever does these things is detestable to the Lord (vv. 10-13).

Nonetheless, Christian converts found family and cultural influence hard to withstand; they were tempted to rejoin the pagan festivals, especially Samhain. Pope Gregory IV reacted to the pagan challenge by moving the celebration of All Saints Day in the ninth century—he set the date at November 1, right in the middle of Samhain.

As the centuries passed, Samhain and All Hallows Eve mixed together. On the one hand, pagan superstitions gave way to “Christianized” superstitions and provided more fodder for fear. People began to understand that the pagan ancestral spirits were demons and the diviners were practicing witchcraft and necromancy. On the other hand, the festival time provided greater opportunity for revelry. Trick-or-treat became a time when roving bands of young hooligans would go house-to-house gathering food and drink for their parties. Stingy householders ran the risk of a “trick” being played on their property from drunken young people.

Halloween didn’t become an American holiday until the immigration of the working classes from the British Isles in the late nineteenth century. While early immigrants may have believed the superstitious traditions, it was the mischievous aspects of the holiday that attracted American young people. Younger generations borrowed or adapted many customs without reference to their pagan origins.

Hollywood has added to the “fun” a wide assortment of fictional characters—demons, monsters, vampires, werewolves, mummies, and psychopaths. That certainly isn’t improving the American mind, but it sure is making someone a lot of money.

The Christian Response to Halloween
Today Halloween is almost exclusively an American secular holiday, but many who celebrate have no concept of its religious origins or pagan heritage. That’s not to say Halloween has become more wholesome. Children dress up in entertaining costumes, wander the neighborhood in search of candy, and tell each other scary ghost stories; but adults often engage in shameful acts of drunkenness and debauchery.

So, how should Christians respond?

First, Christians should not respond to Halloween like superstitious pagans. Pagans are superstitious; Christians are enlightened by the truth of God’s Word. Evil spirits are no more active and sinister on Halloween than they are on any other day of the year; in fact, any day is a good day for Satan to prowl about seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8). But “greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). God has forever “disarmed principalities and powers” through the cross Christ and “made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them through [Christ]” (Colossians 2:15).

Second, Christians should respond to Halloween with cautionary wisdom. Some people fear the activity of Satanists or pagan witches, but the actual incidents of satanic-associated crime are very low. The real threat on Halloween is from the social problems that attend sinful behavior—drunk driving, pranksters and vandals, and unsupervised children.

Like any other day of the year, Christians should exercise caution as wise stewards of their possessions and protectors of their families. Christian young people should stay away from secular Halloween parties since those are breeding grounds for trouble. Christian parents can protect their children by keeping them well-supervised and restricting treat consumption to those goodies received from trusted sources.

Third, Christians should respond to Halloween with gospel compassion. The unbelieving, Christ-rejecting world lives in perpetual fear of death. It isn’t just the experience of death, but rather what the Bible calls “a certain terrifying expectation of judgment, and the fury of a fire which will consume [God’s] adversaries” (Hebrews 10:27). Witches, ghosts, and evil spirits are not terrifying; God’s wrath unleashed on the unforgiven sinner—now that is truly terrifying.

Christians should use Halloween and all that it brings to the imagination—death imagery, superstition, expressions of debauched revelry—as an opportunity to engage the unbelieving world with the gospel of Jesus Christ. God has given everyone a conscience that responds to His truth (Romans 2:14-16), and the conscience is the Christian’s ally in the evangelistic enterprise. Christians should take time to inform the consciences of friends and family with biblical truth regarding God, the Bible, sin, Christ, future judgment, and the hope of eternal life in Jesus Christ for the repentant sinner.

There are several different ways Christians will engage in Halloween evangelism. Some will adopt a “No Participation” policy. As Christian parents, they don’t want their kids participating in spiritually compromising activities—listening to ghost stories and coloring pictures of witches. They don’t want their kids to dress up in costumes for trick-or-treating or even attending Halloween alternatives.

That response naturally raises eyebrows and provides a good opportunity to share the gospel to those who ask. It’s also important that parents explain their stand to their children and prepare them to face the teasing or ridicule of their peers and the disapproval or scorn of their teachers.

Other Christians will opt for Halloween alternatives called “Harvest Festivals” or “Reformation Festivals”—the kids dress up as farmers, Bible characters, or Reformation heroes. It’s ironic when you consider Halloween’s beginning as an alternative, but it can be an effective means of reaching out to neighborhood families with the gospel. Some churches leave the church building behind and take acts of mercy into their community, “treating” needy families with food baskets, gift cards, and the gospel message.

Those are good alternatives; there are others that are not so good. Some churches are using “Hell House” evangelism to shock young people and scare them into becoming Christians. They walk people through rooms patterned after carnival-style haunted houses and put sin on display—women undergoing abortions, people sacrificed in a satanic ritual, consequences of premarital sex, dangers of rave parties, demon possession, and other tragedies.

Here’s the problem with so-called Hell House evangelism: To shock an unshockable culture, you have to get pretty graphic. Graphic exhibits of sin and its consequences are unnecessary—unbelieving minds are already full of such images. What they need to see is a life truly transformed by the power of God, and what they need to hear is the truth of God in an accurate presentation of the gospel. Cheap gimmickry is unfitting for Christ’s ambassadors.

There’s another option open to Christians: limited, non-compromising participation in Halloween. There’s nothing inherently evil about candy, costumes, or trick-or-treating in the neighborhood. In fact, all of that can provide a unique gospel opportunity with neighbors. Even handing out candy to neighborhood children—provided you’re not stingy—can improve your reputation among the kids. As long as the costumes are innocent and the behavior does not dishonor Christ, trick-or-treating can be used to further gospel interests.

Ultimately, Christian participation in Halloween is a matter of conscience before God. Whatever level of Halloween participation you choose, you must honor God by keeping yourself separate from the world and by showing mercy to those who are perishing. Halloween provides the Christian with the opportunity to accomplish both of those things in the gospel of Jesus Christ. It’s a message that is holy, set apart from the world; it’s a message that is the very mercy of a forgiving God. What better time of the year is there to share such a message than Halloween?

Copyright 2006. Grace to You. All rights reserved.

Posted by: reformbama | September 19, 2013

Lordship of Christ Conference

12th Annual
Lordship of Christ Conference
2013

Dominion Baptist Church
Birmingham , Alabama
205 587 0925

Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Sept 27th – Sept 29th

Our Theme – The Means of Sanctification

The doctrine of Sanctification is a broad subject.
We are focusing on some of the means God uses in sanctifying His people.
Friday Evening will begin with an overview including wrong ideas of sanctification.

Friday Evening 7:00 pm
Types of Sanctification – Positional & Progressive and false ideas of Sanctification
Pastor Jim Gables of Vineland Park Baptist Church in Hueytown

Saturday Morning 9:00 – 10:15 am
Sanctification through Marriage
Pastor Jeff Robinson of Philadelphia Baptist Church in Birmingham

Saturday Morning 10:30 – 11:45 am
Sanctification by Union with Christ
Pastor Roger Salter of St Matthews Anglican Church in Birmingham

Potluck Dinner 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Provided in Fellowship Hall Downstairs

Saturday Afternoon 1:15 – 2:30 pm
Speaker and topic to be announced

Sunday Morning 9:00 am
The Necessity of a new nature for Sanctification
Pastor Derek Johnson of Grace Baptist Church in Woodstock

Sunday Morning 10:15 am
Sanctification by the Word of God
Pastor John Hunter

Sunday Night 5:00 pm
Sanctification by the Pastoral Ministry
Pastor Todd Wilson of Grace Covenant Baptist

**BOOKS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR SALE DOWNSTAIRS

Directions to Dominion Baptist Church
2333 Valleydale Rd
205 587 0925

Coming from Birmingham : Take 65 South to Valleydale Rd Exit – 247 ( first exit after the 459 interchange). Make a left off exit ramp. The Church is 1.3 miles on the right.

Coming from Montevallo : Take 65 North to Valleydale Rd Exit -247 . Make a left off exit ramp. The Church is 1 mile on the right.

Coming from the Western Area : Take 459 North to Interstate 65. Take 65 South to Valleydale Rd Exit – 247. Make a left off exit ramp. The Church is 1.3 miles on the right.

Coming from Trussville area: Take 459 South to Interstate 65. Take 65 South to Valleydale Rd. Exit – 247. Make a left off exit ramp. The Church is 1.3 miles on the right.

Coming from Rt 280: Turn West on Valleydale Rd. Go approx. 5 1/2 miles. The Church will be on the left.

Coming from Hwy. 31: Turn East on Valleydale Rd – Go approx. 2 miles – The Church will be on the right.

Posted by: reformbama | September 16, 2013

Words from a former Basement/Pitt follower.

There is always hope. This is the response when I asked this person why they left The Basement.

1) When Pitt first got into legal trouble of May 2012 for the Peace Officer impersonation. There was nothing said about it at all or addressed. The Basement continued as there was nothing that had happened. The first service after he was arrested, he spoke as well as every other leader of the Basement. There was NO word said about Jesus in the service. All was said about how The Basement did this and it did that. Talked about how Matt Pitt was this and how Matt Pitt was that. The Basement story video was played over and over throughout the service. All we were told was the Basement and Matt Pitt were being attacked by the enemy. Some reason, I took that and ran with it, exploding and ranting in a non loving way on various social media sites and the news site, al.com.

2)I was NOT on staff but in my eyes I was basically an intern. I found myself at The Basement office and warehouse for long hours making t-shirts which “benefitted” the ministry and reaching the lost. I would show up at 10 a.m and literally stay there until midnight or later. Editing videos, making shirts and calling people to invite them to The Basement. I found myself rather promoting the Basement than Jesus, I found myself living off of an emotional high rather than truly encountering God’s presence. It was more of a hype show and look what Matt Pitt has done.

3)During the summer of 2012, I got really involved and sometimes got to sit in on staff meetings and be backstage during the major events. Pitt was highly praised and he let that get to his head. Just there for the show and his praise. He would literally show up with security and a driver. Walk on stage, grab a mic, give the crowd an emotional high and leave after. Toward late months of the summer I began to see how I was praising the Basement and Pitt rather than Jesus.

4) I began to see that people were thinking Pitt was this great person and worshipping him. If Pitt was not there, there was little if any attention given to the speaker. Pitt became who these kids and even some adults worship, it blew my mind. I began to dive into other people’s views and thoughts of Matt Pitt and The Basement and how they attempted to shine the truth and light on the ministry but was ALWAYS told that it was the enemy and nothing could stop this movement.

5) My last event and breaking point. I attended the Basement conference in Myrtle Beach, SC and I unfortunately stayed the whole time because I drove others. If it were up to me, I would have left after the first night. Pitt went literally spoke for two hours the first night about the Basement story and what he has done and how he hoped to work with Tim Tebow in the future as well as a reality show with MTV. I became furious and felt God tug at my heart and tell me that this wasn’t of Him and that I needed to leave, that was my last major Basement event.

A portion was left out here to protect this person from the attacks I have received over the years.

I attended one Basement event in the spring of this year to see had anything had change for better and it honestly gotten worse. Pitt rambling on stage, I honestly thought he was on some type of drugs or under the influence of something. Something was just not right….

Under the radar, The Basement and UnAshamed split this year. Rumors from various sources and people that the Basement leaders besides Ike are not who they are. I’ve heard alot that many of the leaders indulge in excessive alcohol beverages during their conferences as well. That is the reason why they split.

UnAshamed has moved in a positive direction I must admit.

I am completely appalled at how The Basement leaders have violently responded to Pitt’s new legal actions and have shown no love to people who disagree. I believe that more will come out and I don’t believe Pitt will be the only one getting in trouble.

The t-shirt business and the news website that they made to cover up Pitt is honestly disturbing. It hurts to see because there are still a lot of followers , who happen to be youth, that are being deceived and misled. I just wonder how they respond to their “Pastor” and other mentors getting in trouble..

Posted by: reformbama | September 12, 2013

The Death of Christian Rebuke

 

Rebuke – the word itself just sounds bad.  An onomatopoeia of sorts.  Go ahead, say it slow.  Ree-buuke. If “rebuke” was a photo it would be one of those old ones where nobody smiles.  If “rebuke” was a food it would be tofu. If “rebuke” was a sport it would be soccer (I couldn’t resist).  Being part of a generation that prefers gray over black and white has instilled in me a craving to somehow speed up rebuke’s slow death.  After all, who doesn’t want a world that is free from those who cast the first stone.  Yet…

 

There is something biblically beautiful about it for the believer.  Sure, it calls us to lay our cards on the table.  Yes, it can feel like a cosmic killjoy and overlord. Absolutely, it demands our will and desires bow in submission to authority.  And oddly, the more I understand about the redemptive work of Christ, well, the more refreshing it becomes.

 

A recent debacle occurred in my hometown involving a student minister whose followers literally numbered in the thousands.  Long story short, he was arrested for impersonating a police officer twice, running from the cops, and has since been ordered to undergo drug testing.  None of the aforementioned surprise me.  17 years of ministry has a way of desensitizing the “shock and awe” of co-laborer fall-out.  Matt Pitt wasn’t above it, I’m not above it, and you’re not above it.

 

What did catch my attention was how his disciples lit up social media with whole hearted support. #notperfectjustforgiven.  Post after post and tweet after tweet all touting the same type mantra:  No one has the right to judge!  Who can cast the first stone?  Stop condemning and start praying.

 

Our generation’s theology is frantically whittling the spear to pierce the side of Christian rebuke. Matthew 7:1 is lobbed in the air as careless as a toddler would toss a live grenade.  The cherry picking of verse 1, “Judge not, that you may be not judged” results in gross misinterpretation of Christ’s instruction. The context necessarily includes verse 2 through 5, which actually result in us “seeing clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”  Christians are indeed to stand for holiness when judgment of sinfulness is required.  Even an elementary reading of Scripture reveals rebuke not as a Biblical option but as a directive.

 

•  James 5:20 “whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.”

 

•  John 7:24 “Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.”

 

•  2 Tim 4:2 “…be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort”

 

•  Titus 1:13 “…rebuke them sharply that they may be sound in the faith”

 

•  1 Tim 5:20 “As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear.”

 

•  Luke 17:3 “Pay attention to yourselves!  If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him.”

 

•  1 Cor 5:12 “For what have I to do with judging outsiders?  Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge?  God judges those outside.  Purge the evil person from among you.”

 

•  2 Tim 2:24-26 “The Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil,correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.”

 

•  Matt 18:15-17 “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone…if he does not listen take one or two others with you…if he does not listen tell it to the church…if he does not listen let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.”

 

While salvation was always meant to be individual, growth was designed to occur in community.  To “bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ” is a GOOD thing.  At this point, my fingers want to type statements like:

• but rebuke quickly becomes a self-righteous act

• but the rebuke I see is largely non-redemptive in focus

• but rebuke appears largely graceless from pious a** holes

• but rebuke comes across as sharks teaming up on the injured swimmer

 

However, my heart reminds me of countless individuals who have rebuked me in genuine Christian love resulting in personal repentance over the years.  I am thankful for a wife who calls me to repentance over exasperating my son.  I am thankful for a UPS co-worker who called out my grotesque lifestyle when I claimed to be a believer.  I am thankful for a family friend who challenged me in the way I was married more to the church than my wife.  The list is endless.

 

The last thing someone caught in blatant sin needs is senseless, careless, ill-thought out, instantaneous embrace propagated as grace.  The result is a skewed view of both man and God.  It is void of the Gospel and even void of the Biblical grace it desires to promote.  Love with out truth is not love.  There are at least four benefits I can think of that occur with Biblical rebuke (and please let me know if you see more as I am sure this will one day be a sermonette).

 

1.  Rebuke helps us see ourselves with accuracy.  Getting knocked off our prideful pedestals renews our need for, and joy in, the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

2.  Rebuke shines the light on potential dangers.  Evil doesn’t masquerade itself with horns and a pitchfork.  It is beautiful, shiny, compelling.  We are drawn to it like a gnat to one of those blue zappers.

 

3.  Rebuke is an act of love motivated by truth.  We are so prone to overly grant ourselves grace that sometimes we need our Antinomian license revoked.

 

4.  Rebuke is ultimately after God’s glory.  The chief end of man is not to glorify man, as our American delusions of grandeur would insist.  Rather, the chief end of man is to glorify God and rebuke restores that perspective.

 

Rebuke – the word itself still sounds bad but so does”regorafenib”.  And if you find yourself diagnosed with colon cancer it is the EXACT thing you need in the battle for healing.  Perhaps we need examine Christian rebuke, clean it up, and come in line with Scripture but the last thing we need to do is bury it.

By Troy Nicholson

Posted by: reformbama | September 8, 2013

Unconditional love?

Unconditional love?

Do I believe that we should show unconditional love?

Probably, given texts like Matthew 5:43-48; 7:12; 22:35-40, and the like.

The problem is, when many people use this phrase, I think they really mean:

  • Unconditional approval
  • Unconditional enabling
  • Unconditional refraining from Biblical assessment
  • Unconditional refraining from Biblical warnings
  • Unconditional effective trivializing of God and His Word
  • Unconditional ignoring of God’s verdict
  • Unconditional shared residence in the Land O’ Denial
Those things, I do not believe.

From Dan Phillips at Biblical Christianity

Posted by: reformbama | September 7, 2013

Matt Pitt – The Uber Cult Leader

Let me throw out this quote from Matt Pitt before I get started. This is what got me looking into Matt Pitt’s ministry.

“It was getting about half time and God’s plan was not working. Moses didn’t work, Joshua didn’t work, nor did David. Then He sent Jesus in. It was a sure win”

Now listen up you little Basement Cult followers. You guys need to realize something. You are following a Bible  illiterate  self named “evangelist” narcissist.
It would take too much of my time to go thru all the half truths he has taught you guys.

I would hope that you cult followers would realize that you are allowing a “man” teach you the things of God that does not know what HONORARY means.
Here is part of an interview, I am pretty sure the interviewer is part of the Basement, with cult leader #2 Vince Lovell.

“Was he (Pitt) told that if he was ever pulled over to hold the badge out the window, that it would help him and present the badge if he was ever pulled over for speeding or anything like that? Absolutely. Are there many of us that were witness to this conversation when he was told to do that? Absolutely,” said Lovell.

Nowhere did they tell Pitt to show it and say he was a deputy. Yes, it may help you get out of a ticket like one of those ” I support the State Trooper” stickers on your car.

And then there is this from Pitt’s current lawyer.

“Boman said Pitt had received permission from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office to place blue lights inside his car for security reasons. Pitt, he explained, had received death threats.”

Nowhere does this say Pitt could run down the interstate like a immature teenager making people pull over. That is just plain irresponsible and dangerous. Just as dangerous as when Pitt got pulled over
in Florida doing 86 in a 55 zone. Pitt had his HONORARY badge sitting in his lap when the policeman came up to his car window. DID. NOT. WORK. He had to plead guilty and pay the fine.

So you cult followers have to ask yourselves this. Matt Pitt is either stupid and has a limited vocabulary and you are letting him “teach” you the things of God, You can’t teach the Bible if you are as dumb as Pitt seems. Or you have to realize you are following someone who thinks he is above the law and/or is so delusional that he thinks whatever he does just because he is Matt Pitt that he can’t be touched. Or he is someone that is really smart and is making a ton of money off of you, and if he says enough churchy stuff people will flock and throw money at him. Either way you are being used.

I would really love you guys to explain his actions in the 13 interview.

Also innocent men do not plead guilty and run. A real man would not have left his wife to deal with an arrest warrant and go off doing the interview circuit. A real humble man of God would have turned himself in.

Isn’t it amazing how these conspiracy accusations come out after he was arrested. He has had all these people out to get him and he decides to mention it now. If he thinks the locals were against him he could have gone to the
state, or went and did the interview circuits just to get it out there. If all this conspiracy stuff is true it should have come out before the arrest. Where was all this conspiracy stuff before during the first arrest. Innocent men do not cower.

More to come. I have been taking screen shots of the cult followers and will prove out my accusations and the bad theology Matt Pitt and his fellow cult leaders have ingrained in their cult followers.
Also try to explain to you guys that Matt Pitt is not in jail for Christ.  He is in jail for breaking the law and term of his probation, which also has his lawyers signature on it. You know, the lawyer that Pitt said was not there..
You guys are putting your idol above the law.

BTW, I am amazed by all the legal experts that follow Matt Pitt.

Posted by: reformbama | August 30, 2013

Why TRUTH deserves a place of prominence during worship

By Phil Johnson over at Pyromaniacs Blog

(The Basement crew and their cult following need to pay attention here.-RIB)

God is spiritual in His very essence, and therefore He must be worshiped with spiritual worship—worship in the energy of spirit; worship that engages and employs our entire spirit, not just the motions of our hands and the words we form with our lips; not bare ritual; but a true expression of the heart and soul. “Worship in spirit.”

“God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:24). Jesus is making a deliberate contrast between the worship God seeks and the typical kind of worship that is dominated by human tradition, obscured by empty ritual, and buried under meaningless layers of pomp and ceremony.

Listen to Christ’s criticism of the Pharisees’ religion (Matthew 15:3, 8): “Why do you break the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition? . . . You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said: ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.'”

They had all the ceremonies down. Many of these were rituals prescribed by Moses’ law, ordained by God, and therefore good things if used properly. They were fine if seen for what they really were: symbols of a greater reality, aids to worship; not the end-all and be-all of worship. But the Pharisees were more enamored with the rituals than they were with the truth the rituals signified. And so they added layers of their own man-made rituals on top of what the law prescribed: extra washings; more complicated ceremonies; more elaborate costumes—longer tassels on their robes and whatnot to exaggerate the liturgical impact of all the pageantry and spectacle.

The flesh loves that. And the ceremonies themselves became what they thought of when they thought of “worship.” It was a flamboyant display for the benefit of the worshiper rather than an expression of praise and honor to God. They were worshiping Him with their lips, but their hearts were far from Him. They were indulging their flesh, not worshiping in spirit.

And let’s be honest: we all have a sinful tendency to do that. We go through the motions without really engaging our spirit in worship. We seize the opportunity during the pastoral prayer to look at our watch, or send a text message during the congregational hymn, or whatever. Jesus said that’s not authentic worship; It’s not worship at all unless we “worship in spirit and truth.”

This is a much abused and widely misunderstood principle today. Jesus is not calling for the kind of shallow passion that responds to the music and the atmosphere. He’s not saying we should aim at working ourselves into a frenzy of feeling and passion devoid of any rational content. (Exactly what the Basement does)

Authentic worship is concerned with truth, not bare passion.

It’s a common misconception today that worship in the spirit requires us to empty the mind of anything rational…We use music and atmosphere to build raw passion to a crescendo. And lots of people think that’s the purest form of worship—when you are basically so overwhelmed with emotion that your mind is unattached and unengaged in any kind of rational thought. In fact, music is so important to the process that when you use the word “worship” today, most Christians assume you are talking about music.

But notice that Jesus gave truth, not music, the place of prominence in worship: “God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”

Posted by: reformbama | August 29, 2013

What are you saved from?

When someone says they have been saved – now I’d never do this to a young Christian or, but if they are a seminary students or something they are going to get this, if they say “I’ve been saved” And I go “From what? From what have you been saved?” People usually say “Sin!” “Nope!… Nope!” They say: “What you mean “Nope”?” “Sin wasn’t after you. Sin wasn’t gonna throw you in hell. You have sinned, but the sin caused something else. Sin isn’t going to throw you in hell! Sin is not even a person! It’s not a living being that’s going to judge you, and grab you and throw you in hell. From what have you been saved? This is going to really rock your boat. I’ll tell you from what you have been saved. From what you have been saved is not ‘What,’ it is ‘Who.’ You have been saved from God ! You see here’s what you need to understand.
God is the judge of all the Universe. You have sinned, since you have sinned and made yourself an enemy of God before the just judge, when you stand before Him, He will throw you in hell!” Now I hear a lot of people say: “God doesn’t throw anybody in hell.”
Well that’s really nice if you write it on the back of a Christian T-shirt, sing it in a contemporary Christian song, but it is not in the Bible. Jesus said: “You do not be afraid of man who can kill your body, but be afraid of God who can kill your body and throw you in hell.” You see? Again this God of ours is not very politically correct. He is not a tamed lion. People, have you ever heard this statement, we see it in Romans 5, we also see it in Romans 1: “enemy of God,” and “hater of God.” Have you ever heard that word “enemy of God?” Do you know what the problem is? Contemporary Christianity interprets it differently from the historical Christianity. You will hear preachers say: “When the Bible says that we were an enemy of God, it means that WE were an enemy against God, that WE were rebellion against God, that we were against God. But it doesn’t mean that God was against us, that God was our enemy.” And than they will usually say something like this: “It’s like you are holding a gun against God, and God wants you to put that gun down, and then you’ll be friends.” That’s not true! All throughout historical Christianity when it says “enemies of God,” you know what it really means? Not only were you God’s enemy, holding your gun on Him, God was your enemy holding His gun on you. You put your gun down, fine! He still has His gun on you. You are a criminal, you broke the law, you deserve to die, you can put your gun down to surrender if you want, but you are still going to hell. Because not only you are his enemy, but He is yours.
God says things in the Bible like: “I will hate them.” “I will come against them.” “I will fight against them.” “I’ll raise up a standard.” Again this God of 21st century Christianity is a lot a different from the biblical one, and a lot different than one that has been preached throughout 2,000 years of Christian history. So you see, not only were you making yourself an enemy against God, God was your enemy. And then one from whom you need to be saved is God because He is coming, remember what Amos has said: “Be prepared to meet thy God.” Remember what Revelation says and talks about: “He is coming and the captains and the great man of the world will cry out for the rocks to fall upon them to hide them from the wrath of the lamb.” He is not coming back with his
hand like going: “Oh, I just want to save you but now you have to go to hell.” No! He is coming back, it says: “sword of the Spirit.” I mean everything else is going on here. He is coming back and He is gonna fight somebody. Because He is mad! Now, the problem that you have to see… there is punishment. We have broken God’s law, so now we deserve to be punished. From where does that punishment come? Ask yourself that question. From where does that punishment come?~Paul Washer

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