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Being Careful About Being Given Into Fables and Guilt By Association in Apologetics

1 Timothy 1:4 says, "Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies which minister questions rather than godly edifying which is in the faith do so."  Truth is, Christians tend to spend more time reading books from a Christian bookstore rather than actually spending more time reading actual historical facts to verify the Bible. While it's good to know extra-Biblical events but make sure they come from a credible historian and not from some hodge podge history that you end up getting into nonsense.
I remembered reading "The Two Babylons" by Alexander Hislop as of recent after having read "Babylon Religion" by David W. Daniels and the now out-of-print "Babylon Mystery Religion" by Ralph Woodrow who later released the book "The Babylonian Connection?".  Though I am saddened by Woodrow's new book but I would like to admit that there are a lot of fallacies pointed out in "The Two Babylons" to which like the authors a…

Debunking the Jehovah's Witness By Exposing Errors From "The Watchtower" Magazine

It does get pretty annoying how I can run into members of The Watchtower who claim themselves to be witnesses of Jehovah hence their used name as "Jehovah's Witnesses" but one thing is certain, like the Iglesia ni Cristo movement by Felix Manalo, it does not deserve its name.  When I was newly saved, I thought they were a Christian group but don't be fooled, these guys aren't Christians.  The might be an anti-Catholic group but they are an anti-Catholic cult.  Anti-Catholic cults are no better than Roman Catholicism in itself.  From this Chick tract, "War Games" one can get prepared to actually know something is wrong with the Watchtower Society and why they are not witnesses for Jehovah.  Now let us see some of their biggest errors exposed:
1.) The Watchtower Society teaches its witnesses that Jesus was crucified on a stake not on a cross.  However even history can prove crucifixion happens on a cross, not a stake.  Matthew 27:37 and John 20:25 are fa…

Atheism and Mental Health

Although the sources I have read were pretty much from either Roman Catholic publications or Jehovah's Witness' "Awake", I just thought I might share about my thoughts on why atheism can affect mental health and which it really does.  One could consider these verses from the Bible in Romans 1:21-22, "Because that when they knew God they glorified Him not as God; neither were thankful but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools." 
To the atheist, they say that atheism is better for the mental health but not according to facts.  One could consider the mental state of people like Mao Zedong, Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin, Karl Marx, Pol Pot, Kim Jung Il, Margaret Sanger and Madalyn Murray O among a group of people who actually have been genocidal maniacs.  In fact here's some facts that prove atheism is not good for the mental health:
Atheist states like Communist China u…

Sometimes Some Christians Can Get Overboard!

One of the biggest problems in Christianity today are Christians who are getting overboard which Bro. Gerry Soliman had just raised.  So far I would admit I used to be in that category and another is in the list of bad theology by Phil Johnson, he had listed one particular site that I would describe as this, "Nasty, getting personal and just does poor research about certain matters and the website's content is mostly getting personal."  In fact, here's some ways Christians can get overboard to the point they can become paranoid and even starting to judge persons instead of the actions:
1.) Making a review of every blasphemous trash on the media that Satan has to offer.  
Here's one thing- blasphemy exposes itself.  I don't even need to make a step by step review of every last Hollywood movie that perverts the Scripture, it already exposes itself whenever I read the Bible or have a Bible lecture.  The fact that it's only for public entertainment, don'…

From Taoist to Born Again Christian

Below is a testimony I found here while Googling for the testimony of a former Taoist.  I would like to share this meaningful testimony to show just how futile any form of paganism is:
My name is Wilson Tang. I would like to thank God with all my heart for His unfailing love, grace and mercy in that He has given me a new life, a new hope, a new nature and a new beginning. Everything is new in the kingdom of God. Amen!
Before I came to know the Lord Jesus Christ, I live a life that was aimless, without direction or goal. It all happened in the year 1979. I dropped out from school when I was in Primary 6 and began my rebellious lifestyle when I befriended the wrong company. I got entrenched in all kinds of sinful activities such as smoking, gambling, theft, gang fights and human trafficking.
When I was around 18 years old, a friend brought me back to his house. His father was a Taoist medium. I witnessed him going into a trance and claimed that he was one of the Taoist gods. I got curi…

The Possible Connection Between Taoism, Greed and Gambling Habits

I have tried to notice among Taoists and other forms of Chinese paganism, they are actually having all this nonsense such as Feng Shui.  It's no surprise either the astrologer was a Buddhist or a Taoist though most Feng Shui practitioners are using Taoist mysticism.  In fact during Taoist festivals, divination is very widely practiced even non-Taoists.  The whole system of Feng Shui relies on lucky charms which actually invite and attract demons one after the other.  So how is it connected to gambling and greed?  Simple- these cuckoo astrologers or diviners say, "Well today's your lucky day in gambling." and give some very unsound advice to the listener.  Also for Taoism, the so-called "selflessness" however is nothing more than worldly merit.  Want a child?  Pray to the goddess of childbirth.  Want wealth?  Pray to the god of wealth.  
I did remember a Chinese gambler who frequently went to the Taoist temples.  In Taoism, there are many gods who are addre…

Being Careful About the "Nobody Has Seen Jesus' Face" Statement

I have noticed how some born again Christian fundamentalists who have spent useless time debating with Catholic faith defenders (neither side wins most of the time actually and the CFDs win in their camp, the IFBs win in their camp so there's no real winner after all) are actually also having the face of Jesus argument.  In fact, when responding to why no graven images of Jesus were to be made for the purpose of worship, some have actually foolishly said, "Well nobody has seen the face of Jesus!" which is wrong for the following reasons: In the Old Testament, Jesus had appeared as the Angel of the Covenant and two as the Captain of the LORD's Host which they have seen His face.In the New Testament, the apostles have seen the face of Jesus and so do the people around Him during His earthly ministry.
So what would have been done to refute the idolatry of making images to portray Jesus?  Here's the much better approach to the argument that some Christians failed to …

What's Wrong with the Ang Dating Daan Movement?

The Ang Dating Daan movement is by the Members Church of God International spearheaded by its pastor (and so-called "prophet") Eliseo Soriano.  While claiming to be an expositor of the Scriptures with his "Itanong Mo Kay Soriano" or "Ask Soriano" In English, this religious group actually isn't Christian as some of the ignorant would want to believe.  Though the group claims the Bible is their only authority (as some cults do) but the problem is that they believe only Eli Soriano may interpret the Scriptures.  This is utter heresy!  Not even a great man in the Scriptures, Charles Spurgeon ever made such a preposterous claim!  This is no better than the "true church" movement by Darwin Fish which is exposed by Pastor Phil Johnson as a heretical movement.  In fact, I'm not going to waste my time debating with ADD members, they are a total waste of my time as every other debate.
Unlike John F. Macarthur of Grace to You that actually encoura…

So Atheists Deny God But Teaches Extraterrestrials Exist?!

It's absolutely funny when atheists say, "Well God doesn't exist but aliens do." They say, "Well I don't believe that God exists because I don't see Him." yet deep within their hearts is their hatred for God. They hate God so much that they will teach what lies they want to believe in. In fact, I wasn't surprised at what Chick Publications' articles on evolution wrote about pseudo-evidences created in an attempt to tell people that there is no God. Now the more disturbing fact is that instead of attributing the modernization of man to God's giving man the ability to think, they choose to believe aliens got involved during the stone age and their so-called "evidences" are in the Nazca plains or Easter island (the Moai heads) which are marks of ancient civilization but never proof of alien life.
What should practically disturb any Christian is how secular science teachers are considering aliens as a possibility rather than to Go…

If One Has to Be an Atheist to be a Scientist, Then Should Atheists Also Reject Scientific Contributions by Non-Atheists?

Isaac Newton one very important figure in the realm of scientific studies namely physics said, "Atheism is so senseless.  When I look at the solar system, I see the Earth at the right distance from the sun to receive the proper amounts of heat and light.  This did not happen by chance."  I was reading from some of the worst atheist blogs continue to rant on how unscientific Christianity is.  Just my thought, if atheists think that it takes one to be an atheist before they can become a scientist, I really challenge them to actually do without these stuff:
They should rewrite the laws of science and discover everything again.  Whether the person was a Christian or not, many scientists definitely were not atheists which can be found EVEN in secular sources.  I will name some of them which were big time scientists.
For Christian scientists, here are their contributions: Francis Bacon was a pioneer of the scientific method which is used today.Michael Faraday was famous for his wo…

All That Chaos During the Black Nazarene Processions!

I was thinking that when I was still a Catholic, I used to be excited about these feasts but at the same time, it disturbed me at how people just can't wait for their turns.  Now that I am a born again Christian, I would express the truth that ever since I got saved, it's no surprise that chaos happens because as Matthew 7:16-20 warns that by their fruits you will know them.  Remember in Exodus 32 when the golden calf incident broke out?  Okay it may not be as messy to the point it became a drunken orgy but the chaos is very real.  Just this 2014, over 50 got hurt during the procession or at least, known to be hurt.  In fact back when in the year 2000, one incident had it when an image of the Black Nazarene fell down, people rushed to pick up the broken parts to get the miraculous power the statue said holds.  In fact, people want to touch the graven image hoping to receive forgiveness and healing.  This was an issue that Bro. Gerry Soliman brought up three years ago.
Now her…

Verses Misused to Justify the Black Nazarene Procession

Well it's the idolatrous feast of the Black Nazarene and again, I would stress out that the Black Nazarene is NOT the Jesus Christ of the Bible.  Now I would like to share the verses that were misused namely Colossians 2:15 and Psalm 68:25.  Now it's time to finally time to analyze these verses and not cherry pick on them which I will quote from the Good News Bible:
Colossians 2:15- "And on that cross, Christ freed Himself from the power of the spiritual rulers or authorities that he made a public spectacle of them by leading them as captives in His victory procession."  Psalm 68:25- "Your procession comes into view o God, your procession into the holy place my God and King."
So one, the word procession is definitely not in a wrong word to use for the translation.  If we check the dictionary, a procession is a parade, an entrance.  The origin came from the Middle English from the Anglo-French processiun from the Latin procesio or act of proceeding.  Normal…

Reasons Why I Hate Conditional Security as Much as I Hate Antinomianism!

There's really no secret I hate Antinomianism but I also hate conditional security doctrine at the same time because both are heretical and dangerous leading to false conversions.  It's the frequent argument of conditional security proponents that eternal security is a dangerous gospel.  Now it does become dangerous if taught in the way of the Antinominian but the real doctrine of once saved, always saved is rooted in the doctrine of Lordship doctrine- either you are saved or not saved, either you are saint or an ain't, either you are in Christ or not in Christ.  In fact, I have read various badmouthing of pastors like Ray Comfort, John F. Macarthur, Paul Washer, Robert Charles Sproul, Charles Stanley, Harry Allen Ironside, Vernon McGee, David W. Cloud and even Charles Spurgeon or the Baptist groups as a whole. Now for my reasons:
1.) Despite their accusation that teaching eternal security makes Christians the worst of sinners, I've seen more conditional security preac…

John F. Macarthur's Exposition on Galatians 5:4

An excerpt from Pastor John F. Macarthur's message "The Security of Salvation Part 2" (which was taken from Pastor Brett's blog) writes:
Galatians 5:4…Galatians 5:4. And it says there, "Christ is become of no effect unto you whosoever of you are justified by the law, ye are fallen from grace." And people say – You see, right there it proves that you can fall from grace.  That’s right, it does say that. But would you notice to whom it says that?  It says it to people who try to get saved by…what?…by law. You go back to verse 2: "Behold, I Paul say unto you that if you be circumcised," in other words, if you believe you can be saved by surgery, if you believe you can be right with God by some kind of physical operation, "then Christ means nothing to you." Christ is of no use to you. You don’t need Him. He’s profitless because you can be saved by your surgery.  And then in verse 4 he says: "Christ is also of no effect to you if you ar…

Why It's Important to Study the Bible Verse By Verse, Chapter by Chapter, Book by Book

After learning more about expository preaching, I would like to tackle on three steps of studying the Bible which is going first by verse, then by chapter and they by book.  In studying anything, one does not just slap dash, speed read and everything.  A real study means you actually treat it like a major exam is coming.  You make notes, you memorize but this more than just a major exam, this is the exam of life.  Most people must find time to study the Word of God.  
In the Christian life, one must remember the long journey must start with small steps.  Without the small foundation, the house cannot be built.  A house needs its structural foundation first before it can stand still and likewise, that is how you study the Bible.  You don't jump one after the other, ignore some verses and delete it, no you go after the Bible verse by verse.  Then after verse by verse, it's chapter by chapter and they book by book!  Every step must start as it is and not attempt to understand th…

Not All Mariologists Think Born Again Christians Hate Mary

While I won't be doing any inter-blog debates and I'll just focus on the Scriptural truth but let me show this truth that not all Mariologists think that born again Christians hate Mary.  In dealing with unbelievers, it's very important to stick to the truth.  Now I'd like to deal with the two types of stand I've seen from Roman Catholic apologists about the born again Christian view on Mary.
I remembered the time I became a born again Christian, I remembered how some fanatical Marian devotees have actually misrepresented the whole born again Christian stand on Mary.  They say that because born again Christians are opposed to rites like the Rosary, Novenas, pilgrimages to Mary, praying to Mary (and some deny they pray to Mary), get rid of Marian images, refuse to believe Mary remained a virgin and say that Mary has no part in salvation, they immediately misrepresent them as Mary haters.  In fact, that is quite the Marian fanaticism that I am not surprised in seein…

Post-Christmas Vacation Woes

Well Christmas season is over and it's already the new year and every new year is a year coming closer to the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Truth is, I have been looking at the times, I really think that everything is set at hand for the Rapture but then again, I could be wrong.  I just thought of these post-Christmas vacation woes for kids:
1.) Children will probably start talking about Santa Claus again.  Well some will say they finally discovered there is no Santa Claus and while there are still some who believe who exist, we can expect to see another fight again because as said, children take their Santa Claus very seriously.  I remembered after Christmas vacation woes involved children talking about what they got from Santa Claus and others who finally discover the plain, bitter truth that there is no Santa Claus.  In fact, it really hurt me when I realized that Santa Claus was just a myth and almost chose to stop believing in God because of that!
2.) Somebody actually g…