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Political Correctness and the Church

This was written by Kay Hawthorne and was originally posted on Serving Grace Ministries

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The following was written by my mom, Kay Hawthorne

Political correctness runs rampant not only in secular society today, but sadly, also in the church of Jesus Christ.  Political correctness is neither new, nor is it the product of advanced knowledge and intellectual thought.  It has been around since the fall of man.  It is the product of sin!

As we study the Old Testament, we find it rearing its ugly head against the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  The children of Israel were to be God’s example of His love in the world.  By following His will for their lives, they were to be a shining light to that world (Deut. 28:1-14).  His mandate was, “No other gods, just Me” (Ex. 20:3).  Deut. 30:15-20 makes it very clear that this was to be their choice.  Verse 19 is particularly revealing: “I call heaven and earth to witness this day against you that I have set before you life and death, the blessings and the curses; therefore choose life that you and your descendants may live.”

Sadly, His chosen people made the wrong choices.  They wanted to be like everyone else.  They saw the way of the Lord as being stifling.  Being different from the rest of the world was confining.  The blessings were traded for the curses.  The world’s way had to be the right way.  Surely God’s Word was not the only way to live.  It must be arrogant for them to believe that the promises were for them and them alone.  There were so many other gods to follow!  Time and again they went away from God and followed the way of the world,   worshiping false gods.  Each time,  disaster came their way.  Yet, when they cried out to their one true God, He rescued them.  They would follow him for a while until that generation died out and the next didn’t remember their history.  Political correctness would once again rear its ugly head and the scenario would be repeated.

Jesus came to earth to rectify sin.  He died a horrible death on the cross so that our sin problem would once and for all be dealt with.  On the third day, He arose and now sits at the right hand of the Father interceding for us because He understands our frailties.  He was tempted according to the Word as we are, only He lived a sinless life.  That made Him the perfect sacrifice for our sins…… Read the rest of this post here: Political Correctness and the Church – Serving Grace Ministries

The Science of Creation: Delicate silk fossils point to Creation

Another Tuesday installment of a great post by Cindy at And If He Is? Cindy collects some great articles on scientific and archaeological evidences for the Biblical account. Head over there and read more!

Writer’s Summary:  Caddisflies are small winged insects closely related to moths and butterflies that are found today in and near various marine environments. They are known as “underwater architects” and use silk excreted from their salivary glands as building material. They can be loosely divided into three groups based on their use of the silk:  net-making, case-making and free-living. Case-making caddisflies, as their name implies, build cases using silk as well as foreign components and substrate such as plant fragments, sand, rock and mollusk shells. These cases provide a mechanical defense as well as serve to camouflage them from predators.

Previously, the earliest geologic evidence of case-making caddisflies dated to approximately 200 to 150 million years ago during the Jurassic period. But thanks to recent findings, the geologic record can now be pushed back another 100 million years. A total of 160 larval cases of case-making caddisflies were found in the Campáleo outcrop in southern Brazil and inspected in late 2015 by Brazilian and Polish researchers, and what researchers found was that these fossils actually date back to approximately 300 to 250 million years ago during the Permian period, making these fossils the oldest-known case-making caddisflies to date.

What makes this finding even more significant, however,  is the discovery and composition of silk found in these fossils. Silk is a natural protein, and proteins are basic components of and necessary for the chemical processes that take place in all living organisms. For hundreds of years it was a widely-held belief within the scientific community that proteins, possessing an inherent instability, could not survive for long periods of time, no longer than hundreds to thousands of years after an organism’s death, and, thus, when looking at the geologic record, they could not and would not be found. However, in the early 1970s, everything changed. Researchers examining fossil evidence began to find cellular structures containing ancient cells and proteins in dinosaurs dating back millions of years ago. But even so, research revealed only select proteins could be found, such as collagen, hemoglobin, melanin and even DNA, but not all proteins. In light of these caddisfly fossil findings, silk now needs to be added to that list.  …read the rest of the post here: The Science of Creation: Delicate silk fossils point to Creation – And if He is?

What if everyone treated their Bibles like their phones?

Great food for thought from James at the Isaiah 53:5 Project. Do you spend more time with your phone than in God’s Word?

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Put down your phones and pick up your Bibles.

You need less of this…

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…and more of this.

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16.33…..read the rest of the post here: What if everyone treated their Bibles like their phones? – The Isaiah 53:5 Project

Freedom from the Bible Police

This was a very good, well considered post on Bible translations by my blogging friend David over at Applied Faith.

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I was reminded yesterday in a group counseling session how problematic selecting a Bible can be. A young woman was discussing her difficult experience in a small Southern Baptist church that imposed teaching from the King James Version (KJV) Bible as the one acceptable for the church’s congregants. Yes, in the Bible Belt of 2016 there are still pastors and elders that strictly require use of the KJV only, and are actually called “KJV Only” churches. While I love reading the King James English, I can certainly see how 400-year-old English can be a barrier to delivering the Gospel. We have many great translations that serve many legitimate purposes, and KJV Only hurts far more than it helps………Read the original post here: Freedom from the Bible Police | The Isaiah 53:5 Project

The “Full” weight of the Sword

By: Art Olinger

From: Guitarist858 Blog

The foundation of our faith lies in how familiar we are with the Sword of Truth, how well we know and depend on God’s character and faithfulness.Romans 10:17 tells us that 17 Faith comes by hearing and hearing through the word of God, consequently, the more we seek to know the Lord, the greater our faith becomes. What is your confidence level in the sword right now in the midst of your conflict?

Hebrews 4:12 For the Word of the Lord is living and effective and sharper than a two-edged sword, penetrating the soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the ideas and thoughts of the hearts (HCSB)

Proper care and maintenance of swords is a personal responsibility. Sharpening, oiling, making certain that the grip is firmly attached was a routine task because their lives depended on it.

Consider this,

“Our swords” are crafted from the finest metals at the hands of the greatest Sword Smith, ever, then adorned like no other that clearly identifies Himself as its maker, there is no finer weapon. And yet, if we fail to remove our swords from the sheath, sharpen, oil, and inspect the grips, we couldn’t be sure how well it would perform in battle. Would we need to wield it harder to bring down our adversaries? No. What we need to do is to learn to lean more into it So he answered me, ”This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: Not by strength or might , but by My spirit , says the Lord of host ( Zach 4:6)The

“It is living, effective, sharper than any two-edged sword that cuts deeper than any other swords. How can we be sure?

Remove it from its sheath, and examine it often.2 Instead his delight is in the Lord’s instruction, and he meditates on it day and night (Psalm 1:2)
The battles we face are daily, Keep your sword sharp and forever at the ready.  As Iron sharpens iron one man sharpens another

(Proverbs 27:17)

That we may know the “Full weight”  that our sword, and know it has no equal.

2 but honor the Messiah as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give a defense to anyone who ask you for a reason for the hope that is in
you (1 Peter 1:2)

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Northern Hills Baptist Church-The Certainties That Keep Us Faithful-2 Timothy 2:11-13

It’s Sunday night and time for another great sermon from Brother Roger Copeland at Norther Hills Baptist Church. This is not my church or my pastor, but Brother Copeland is one of my stepson’s instructors at the Seminary.

“Not One Iote or One Title…”:A Plea for Original Spelling

This is a great post i found over at the Born To Battle blog by John Bookman. Please read it all before you start beating on me!


Just days ago, I realized that we have not gone far enough in insisting that the Bible be preserved unchanged “in the form God intended for us to have.” Of course, I speak of the infallible, inerrant, verbally-inspired and unalterably preserved English Bible, the Authorized Version (AV 1611), “the Bible God uses and Satan hates.” Sure, there are lots of zealous defenders who have shielded it from the corruptions of such heinous translations as the NIV, the NASB and that most sinister NKJB, and have kept us from returning to the now-completely-unnecessary Hebrew and Greek. But while they kept their watch on one front, the Enemy has come in unawares by another route and sown seeds of corruption that have, I fear, already yielded a corrupt harvest.

What am I getting at? Simply this: we have insisted on the verbal inspiration of the English, that is, that the very English words were divinely chosen and given to the Learned Men. But simply insisting on the perfection of the English words and preserving the words is not enough. A careful consideration of the true intent and meaning of the words of Matthew 5:18 is necessary: “Till heauen and earth passe, one iote or one title, shall in no wise passe from the law, till all be fulfilled.” (I have made no mistake in my spelling, as I shall shortly explain). Notice how Jesus insisted on the verbal inspiration, not just of the words, but also of the very letters of the words of Scripture. And since this verse is a specific promise of the preservation of Scripture in our infallible English Bible, we must insist on following, not just the original KJV words but also their very spelling. What other meaning can we draw out of the words “one iote or one title”? Every letter–the very spelling–is certainly inspired, and to alter the spelling of a single word, to alter even a single letter in a single word, is to deny and reject the inspiration of the AV 1611. If God had wanted us to spell the words in the AV 1611 different in our Bibles, He would have given them to us in that form originally. Modern spelling is as hideous and hateful a thing as modern translations. Its new age corruption, pure and simple. No one was ever authorized to corrupt, to “modernize” the infallible original spelling. There are eight spelling corruptions in John 3:16 alone!

I’m sure some “liberal” soul will say, “What difference does spelling make?” Argue it out with Jesus, brother! Didn’t He say that inspiration of the words included the very spelling, every iote, not just the words? Will you reject the teaching of Matthew 5:18 of letter/spelling inspiration of our preserved AV 1611? To stop at “word inspiration” and not insist on spelling inspiration is to be second cousin to mere “thought inspiration.” It is creeping apostasy, through and through. Next someone will deny the inspiration of the chapter and verse numberings in the AV 1611. Where will it stop?

And I think we must recognize that Jesus’ infallible English word was “title” and not the now-corrupted “tittle.” A tittle is part of the ornamentation of a Hebrew letter (at least that’s what I’ve heard at Fellowship meetings, so I have assurance that it’s right). But a title is something else. I have complete confidence that this promise of Jesus was a specific reference to the preservation of the chapter and page headings, the titles found in the original AV 1611. Sadly, those infallible titles, attached by the Learned Men under divine inspiration at the top of each page and at the beginning of each chapter have been removed from our modern editions. Without them, we cannot claim that we have a perfectly preserved Bible, and by allowing them to be removed, we have called God a liar, and denied that He is able to preserve the inspired English Bible He has given us.

It is no secret that none of the commonly used English Bibles published in our day have the original AV 1611 spelling, or punctuation (that, too, is part of our directly inspired, infallible English Bible) or titles of which Jesus spoke, so in reality, these Bibles, even though they say “King James Version” or “Authorized Version” are really not Bibles at all. Only the Nelson reprint of the original 1611 AV is a real Bible; all the others are sinister corruptions.

And there is growing upon me the deep conviction, as deep as anything I’ve written in this article, that no English-speaking person can be saved if he was not saved by an original, unaltered AV 1611, with original spelling, original punctuation, and original chapter and page titles. This simply means that anyone who thought he was saved by reading a revised “KJV” or by hearing a sermon from such a “Bible” or by reading a Gospel tract that quoted the words in a revised spelling form, even if it was labelled “KJV” is not really saved, has never been saved, and never will be saved until he gets a true, fully-preserved AV 1611. That will mean that virtually all those who thought they were saved–preachers, deacons and all–will have to go back and get truly saved through a real AV 1611, then get rebaptized. Verbal inspiration of the English requires inspiration of the very spelling as well. Anything less is rank modernism.

I will confess to one further worry: original type style. The real AV 1611 was printed in what printers call “black letter,” a very ornate type style much like Gothic script, which is still used many times for the banner at the top of the front page of newspapers. This original type style was replaced with “Roman” type sometime in the 18th century. Note that name: Roman. I fear that once again, the Jesuits have conspired to corrupt the pure word in English. They have taken away the original Gothic (and as everyone knows, the Gothic Bible used the textus receptus for its foundation which proves with certainty that the Gothic was the correct script for a real Bible), and have substituted the corrupt Roman script. In a real sense, even the KJV has become a Roman Bible, since its modern editions use Roman script and not the original black letter. As further proof that Roman type is a corruption, notice that all these apostate Bibles–the ERV, ASV, NASB, NIV, NKJB, and the rest, have always been printed in Roman type. That’s proof enough to me that any Bible in Roman type is no Bible at all, and that only a Bible with the original script, the black letter, given to us in the form we should have it by the Learned Men, is a true Bible. Perhaps even those saved by the true original spelling KJV are not saved at all, and must locate a black letter edition. The Roman script Nelson reprint may not be enough (it’s just like those Bible corrupters at Thomas Nelson to pass off a Roman script KJV as though it were a real Bible!). Fortunately for me, my brother has a facsimile reprint in the original black letter of the AV 1611, and I’m secure since I’ve studied out of it several times.

It is a desperate situation. The shortage of black letter, original spelling AV 1611 Bibles is severe. There is truly a famine of the preserved word of God in the land. And all our efforts at preaching, teaching, Bible study, and soul winning are completely futile until we return to the real, unaltered, perfectly preserved bonafide AV 1611. Perhaps the best thing to do for the present is to send off and buy one of those pages from an original KJV, and if you can get a page that has a salvation verse, or part of the “Romans road,” perhaps there will be enough of the Gospel in the true preserved English to rescue your soul.

[As a service to the reader, so he can be saved through a real AV 1611, I will quote John 3:16; unfortunately, I have no capacity to reproduce the original black letter script, so even believing the unrevised spelling may not be enough, but we can hope for the best:

For God so loued ye world, that he gaue his only begotten Sonne: that whosoeuer beleeueth in him, should not perish, but haue euerlasting life.

And just today, I came to understand that the only proper format for any Bible is in scroll form (or at least loose-leaf), since the Apostle assures us that “the word of God is not bound.” Therefore any book that is bound, regardless of its printed contents, cannot honestly be said to be the word of God. I’m sure the inspired 1611 translators never intended for their translation to come sown and within leather covers. Such would be a travesty, in light of the Apostle’s clear and plain teaching.

I’ve begun the systematic unstitching of all my sewn Bibles so that they can qualify, according to Paul’s definition, as the word of God. I urge you to do the same.


If you haven’t already figured it out, the above piece is satire. It was written by Doug Kutilek. I found it at an excellent site devoted to the KJV only controversy.

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20 Bible Verses for When You Need God’s Light

Here is another fine set of scripture verses by one of my favorite bloggers, Heather C. King


Psalm 27:1 ESV

The Lord is my light and my salvation;

whom shall I fear?

The Lord is the stronghold of my life;

of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 119:105 ESV

Your word is a lamp to my feet

and a light to my path.

Psalm 119:130 ESV

The unfolding of your words gives light;

it imparts understanding to the simple.

Ecclesiastes 2:13 ESV

Then I saw that there is more gain in wisdom than in folly, as there is more gain in light than in darkness.

Isaiah 60:1 ESV

Arise, shine, for your light has come,

and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.

Matthew 4:16 ESV

the people dwelling in darkness

have seen a great light,

and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death,

on them a light has dawned.”

Matthew 5:14 ESV

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.

Matthew 5:16 ESV

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that[a] they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Luke 11:34-35 ESV

Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light, but when it is bad, your body is full of darkness.35 Therefore be careful lest the light in you be darkness.

John 1:5 ESV

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

John 8:12 ESV

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

John 9:5 ESV

As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

John 12:35

So Jesus said to them, “The light is among you for a little while longer.Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going.

Romans 13:12 ESV

The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.

2 Corinthians 4:3-6 ESV

And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4 In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 5:13-14 ESV

But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible,14 for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,

“Awake, O sleeper,

and arise from the dead,

and Christ will shine on you.”

James 1:7 ESV

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

1 Peter 2:9 ESV

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

1 John 1:7 ESV

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

Revelation 21:23 ESV

And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb.

via 20 Bible Verses for When You Need God’s Light – Room to Breathe.

Common Interpretive Pitfalls

Great article by one of my favorite preachers. Too many preachers have gotten away from allowing Scripture to be the driving force behind their sermons. Too many decide what the point is they wish to make and then poke around in The Bible trying to support it.

Already Not Yet

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by John MacArthur

Every paratrooper knows precisely where he is supposed to land, but no paratrooper will jump without also knowing the surrounding territory. To do otherwise can leave one disoriented and lost, which can have disastrous consequences. In the same way, to randomly parachute into Bible passages, trying to glean spiritual gems devoid of context, can lead to wasted time and stunted spiritual growth.

Regular Bible reading according to a strategic plan is the right foundation for successful Bible study. And the principles of accurate interpretation will take that Bible study to the next level of spiritual blessing and benefit.

Reading God’s Word answers the question: What does the Bible say? But interpreting it answers the question: What does the Bible mean by what it says? Proper Bible interpretation is a critical element of successful Bible study. The reader does not have license to decide what it means. He…

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