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Was Whitney Houston a Christian? Whitney Houston Sings “I Love the Lord”

With the sudden tragic death of Whitney Houston, Christians across the Christian magazines, TV programs and internet sites are asking the question, “Did Whitney Houston know the Lord?”  Of course, this is the most important question, one for which this commenter does not have the answer.  Speculations are swirling on the question.  What we do know, however, is that she was raised in a Christian church, and by many reports, she had a devoted Christian mother.  If she trusted Christ as her Savior in her youth by faith in him alone, then John 10:27-30 promises us that God will never let go of her.  She cut her artistic teeth singing gospel hymns in the church choir.  And, in spite of her oft-troubled life, she continued to sing gospel songs into her adulthood.

I trust that you find this song to be uplifting:   

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiCBOXOj9s0

MacArthur Type Lordship Faith Book with Amplified Ferocity: “Crazy Love”

From the Vintage Archives of Expreacherman we re-present this article (newly titled) which continues to garner substantial attention since its release in 2009.  As always, your thoughtful comments are welcome.

One of my readers who signs his comments “Stickin’ to the Bible” wrote a couple of comments which deserve more than just a cursory look.

He compared the doctrine of Francis Chan,  author of a new book, “Crazy Love,” to John MacArthur.

I have never read the book but did look up Chan and his ministries and find him to proclaim Calvinist doctrine (as does MacArthur).

My friend, Stickin’ then proceeded to offer another comment with details from the pages of Chan’s book. I will quote some below — so you may be forewarned about Francis Chan.

Stickin’ To The Bible said:

I have also heard that Chan is a graduate of Master’s College and Seminary, both are schools founded and presided over by John MacArthur.  In Chan’s book, “Crazy Love,” David Cook Pub., 2008, pp. 68-78, he creates a list of what he describes as his “Profile of the Lukewarm.”  His descriptions are along these lines:

1. People who say they love Jesus but only include him as a part of their lives; 2. People who are moved by stories about those who do what he calls, “radical things for Christ,” but they themselves do not do such things; 3. People who rarely share their faith with others for fear of rejection; 4. on page 78 he says, “Lukewarm People feel secure because they attend church, made a profession of faith at age twelve, were baptized, come from a Christian family, vote Republican, or live in America.”   After making his list of  what he calls “The Lukewarm,” he then discards them like matchsticks all in one fell swoop on pp. 83-84.  Chan says, “As I see it, a lukewarm Christian is an oxymoron; there’s no such thing.  To put it plainly, churchgoers who are “lukewarm” are not Christians.  We will not see them in heaven.”

Clearly, Stickin’ has pegged Francis Chan as a MacArthur type “Lordship Salvationist.” Chan’s statements above imply that one cannot be a Christian without good works — in direct opposition to multiple scriptures which state that salvation is free and complete apart from good works. Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 3:5, Romans 11:6.

Obviously Francis Chan has interpreted Scripture to suit himself or has never read the Book of First Corinthians about the carnal believers in Corinth.

Thanks to my reader Stickin’;… he has done a great job of research and reporting.

   

King James Bible: How it changed the way we speak

This is an amazing story from the BBC about the King James Bible (KJV) and its wonderful influence upon our English language. Yet with all the Bible’s documented power and authority, we see modern day “scholars” writing their newer versions and interpretations of what they think the Bible should say. Such is a tragedy. Many great authors have used (plagiarized) phrases from the Bible, some of whom may not understand or believe it.

These are some phrases we still use in everyday language, yet most users have no idea that the Holy Bible (KJV) is the source:

  • Turned the world upside down Acts 17:6
  • God forbid Romans 3:4
  • Take root 2 Kings 19:30
  • The powers that be Romans 13:1
  • Filthy lucre 1 Timothy 3:3
  • No peace for the wicked Isaiah 57: 21
  • A fly in the ointment Ecclesiastes 10:1
  • Wheels within wheels Ezekiel 10:10
  • The blind leading the blind Matthew 15:13
  • Feet of clay Daniel 2:33

The impact of the King James Bible, which was published 400 years ago, is still being felt in the way we speak and write, says Stephen Tomkins.

No other book, or indeed any piece of culture, seems to have influenced the English language as much as the King James Bible. Its turns of phrase have permeated the everyday language of English speakers, whether or not they’ve ever opened a copy.

The Sun says Aston Villa “refused to give up the ghost”. Wendy Richard calls her EastEnders character Pauline Fowler “the salt of the earth”. The England cricket coach tells reporters, “You can’t put words in my mouth.” Daily Mirror fashion pages call Tilda Swinton “a law unto herself”.

Though each of those phrases was begotten of the loins of the English Bible, it’s safe to say that none of those speakers was deliberately quoting the Bible to people they expected to be familiar with its contents.”

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Please read the entire article — you will be blessed.

BBC News – King James Bible: How it changed the way we speak.

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Lordship “Salvation” Teaches Confusion [Francis Chan]

We were blessed to have this wonderful email from one of our readers who had read Francis Chan’s book, Crazy Love. Her note is distressing yet encouraging  and I pray it will be a warning to all who have been told by their Pastor or Church leaders that Francis Chan is a “spiritual leader.” He is NOT.. he is a false prophet, teaching the lie of Lordship Salvation — which is no salvation at all.

Thank you for your blog on [Francis} Chan’s book Crazy Love. I just finished reading it and felt very disturbed and afraid. Something I don’t think God would want you to feel when trying to get closer to Him. I am struggling with some sins in my life but am making an effort to find fellowship and help from fellow Christians. I just thought it was wrong of Chan to say you aren’t saved if you aren’t doing certain things for God. I personally think God is the only one who knows about someones salvation and it’s not for any man to decide, even if he thinks it’s Biblical. What I am trying to say is you have helped me see what Chan was truly portraying, the whole Lordship Salvation belief. I feel so much better now and I truly do believe that Jesus died for us on the cross to save us from our sin and nothing we do or don’t do can change our salvation if we believe and accept that. So thank you again and God Bless you both 🙂

Bethany

Dear Readers, please pray for Bethany as she studies God’s Word and tries to find a good Bible fellowship of other discerning believers in Christ. Pray  she may gain more assurance of her salvation from God’s Word, in Jesus Christ alone.

God’s Word says: “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” James 1:5
“These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God [Jesus]; that ye may KNOW that ye have [right now] eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” 1 John 5:13

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Israel pleased with WikiLeaks revelations

Israel may be the last and only honest and honorable nation remaining in the world.

Read this interesting article from Israel:

Israel Today. Israel Pleased with WikiLeaks

“There was much apprehension and concern on Sunday evening as whistleblower website WikiLeaks began publishing nearly a quarter of a million classified US diplomatic cables. Washington had already phoned Israeli leaders to prepare them for any embarrassing information that would be revealed.

But by Monday morning, Israel appeared to be the one nation that had benefited from the stunt.

“If anything, the leaks were positive and did not damage Israel’s image at all,” former National Security Adviser Giora Eiland told Voice of Israel radio. “There was no contradiction between what Israel has said in public and in private.”

In fact, the documents reveal that Israeli officials, especially Meir Dagan, head of Israel’s Mossad spy agency, are regularly sought after by officials from all parts of the American government for their expertise and insight on various Middle East situations. In short, Israel is an enormously valuable resource for America and its interests in the region.”

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The Gospel — Video

My friend, Dr. Hank Lindstrom (now in Heaven with our Savior) shares the Gospel of Jesus Christ — simply and plainly.

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False Teachers and the True Gospel

This is a book everyone must read. The author offers it completely FREE and you may download it in PDF format. No tricks, no gimmicks, no need to leave an email address,, really FREE. It exposes the false gospel so prevalent in today’s churches — and compares each to the truth of God’s Word, the True Gospel of Salvation in Jesus Christ alone. I highly recommend it.
A description of the book follows:
“A controversial but extremely insightful and needful eye-opener to the false gospel which abounds in today’s “Christian” church. After an introductory chapter Bowen boldly and lovingly dedicates each of eleven more chapters to exposing the false gospel taught by eleven of America’s well known evangelists and Bible teachers. He ably compares their teaching with the truth of God’s word.” Michael’s Book:
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