Spurgeon Quotes

“If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go unwarned and unprayed for.” — Charles H. Spurgeon

“Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom.” — Charles H. Spurgeon

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Ravi Zacharias on Henri Nouwen – “I regret having said that” “Henri Nouwen Was One of the Greatest Saints In Our Time”


Please go to comments and read Ballerina’s observations and watch the brief video where Zacharias is asked about Roman Catholicism. Be sure to link to Lighthouse entire article (from DiscernIt) for more questions and concerns about Zacharias.

Originally posted on DiscernIt:

What a wonderful thing it is when a known leader retracts endorsements of false religious teachers. Lighthouse Trails reports that this has happened with Ravi Zacharias. It is important to also report the good news along with the distressing. Here is the article.


It is not often that Lighthouse Trails can report on a major Christian leader actually renouncing earlier endorsements of the contemplative mystics. Rick Warren, Beth Moore, Chuck Swindoll, David Jeremiah, and many others have written books that have promoted contemplative teachers, and Lighthouse Trails has documented many of these situations. And in every case, even though each of these leaders learned about our challenge, none of them has ever come forth and admitted they were wrong. But in a 2012 online interview by an independent blog, Ravi Zacharias was asked the following question:

If in your book, you wrote how Eastern mysticism is completely erroneous, why…

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A.A. higher power haiku

elastic god
who always agrees with me
higher power joy
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noun: haiku; plural noun: haikus; plural noun: haiku

a Japanese poem of seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five, traditionally evoking images of the natural world.

an English imitation of this.

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Review of The Physics of Heaven, Chapter Two, by Pastor Larry DeBruyn

The following is the first part of a review by Pastor Larry DeBruyn of Chapter 2 of The Physics of Heaven, a book with disturbing New Age implications. It is all the more disturbing because it is co-authored by Bethel of Redding Pastor Bill Johnson’s personal assistant, Judy Franklin. Bill Johnson and his wife, Beni, are also contributors to the book.

The review begins below:

Review of Chapter 2 (authored by Ellyn Davis):
“Extracting the Precious From the Worthless”[1]

“Therefore, thus says the Lord,
‘If you return, then I will restore you—
Before Me you will stand;
And if you extract the precious from the worthless,
You will become My spokesman.

They for their part may turn to you,
But as for you, you must not turn to them’.”
Emphasis added, Jeremiah 15:19[2]

In their searching for spiritual truth, Ellyn Davis proposes that Christians engage New Age Religion (NAR) to seek for and take back truths which originally belonged to citizens of the Kingdom of God. (TPOH, 15) In that counterfeits prove the existence of the genuine, Davis, a former hippie from the 60s, has decided to commence a search for truth amidst a spirituality of lies. By her admission, she views much in New Age Religion that is “worthless,” but also thinks that its spirituality possesses truths which are “precious.” This assumption derives from her observing and being intrigued by “healings and mystical experiences and revelations” in New Age Religion which rival anything she “had seen or experienced” in the charismatic church; hence the chapter’s title—Extracting the Precious From the Worthless.(TPOH, 14)

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Sinner You’d Better Get Ready by the Louvin Brothers

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Holy Ghost Movie exposed by Sandy Simpson, Tim With

The following is a video review of the new movie Holy Ghost. The review is done by Tim Wirth of Concerned Nazarenes Project and Sandy Simpson of Deception in the Church.

Deception in the Church http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/ is a great resource for people who really want to thoroughly investigate troubling trends and issues in the church.

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Pentagon: Military Losing Technological Superiority to China

Jerel Bier of the Weekly Standard writes:

During the first Gulf War in the early 1990s, the U.S. military used a new generation of technological weapons that left the rest of the world far behind. But according the Frank Kendall, the Pentagon’s undersecretary of defense for acquisitions, technology, and logistics, that advantage is evaporating. Speaking at a breakfast at the Navy League in Arlington, Virginia on Wednesday, Kendall said the deterioration has continued during his four and a half years on the job, “in large part because of our budget situation,” including sequestration. Claudette Roulo of DoD News reported on the under secretary’s breakfast remarks:

When I talk to people on the Hill and I mention that I’m concerned about technological superiority, … I get a reaction that is a sort of surprise, first of all, and disbelief. … I think we have gotten so accustomed to our technological superiority militarily that it’s just a given, and it’s one of the things I kind of fight against when I try to have these conversations,” Kendall said.

While the U.S. military’s budget is being cut, China’s budget has been growing at about 12 percent annually, Kendall said, and may soon be as large as the U.S.’s. China is of particular concern according to the under secretary because “no one’s studied us more — including immediately after the first Gulf War — than the Chinese.  click to read the rest of The Weekly Standard article

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Hillsong NYC’s “biblical” silence about homosexuality

Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment. (James 3:1)

Eugene Peterson’s The Message “bible” flat out deletes homosexuality as sin from two key New Testament passages, and gives a politically correct spin to a third. (1 Cor 6:9-11, 1 Tim 1:8-11, Romans 1:25-27)

For this reason The Message and other ungodly imitations of the Bible will be increasingly promoted by those who practice a “form of godliness” (2 Timothy 3:5-7) that includes acceptance of homosexuality. The removal of homosexual sin from New Testament passages also makes The Message very convenient for wavering, politically correct churches that value worldly popularity over biblical obedience.

Can we just say it? Homosexuality is going to be the dividing line between the true church and the rising apostate church.

Pastor Carl Lentz oversees Hillsong Church in New York City. Like its parent church in Australia, founded by Brian Houston, Hillsong NYC is enormously popular. Celebrities flock there, younger people rave about Hillsong, and secular media give it a free pass.

Such popularity and acceptance would cease if Carl Lentz treated homosexuality like any other sin, i.e., biblically. But Lentz refuses to do so from the pulpit, during interviews, or in any public forum. Among other excuses, he claims he does not deal with homosexual sin publically because “Jesus rarely dealt with morality or social issues” but with “the deeper things of the heart.” [1]


During one of his sermons, Lentz used The Message version of 1 Thessalonians 5:14 to assert that Hillsong is biblically obedient in refusing to “make polarizing statements about certain things in our Christian community…” [2]

According to 1 Thessalonians 5:14 from The Message:
Get along among yourselves, each of you doing your part. Our counsel is that you warn the freeloaders to get a move on. Gently encourage the stragglers, and reach out for the exhausted, pulling them to their feet. Be patient with each person, attentive to individual needs. (emphasis mine)

Lentz waxed eloquent over one particular phrase from the passage. He repeated, “Be ‘attentive to individual needs.’ That’s interesting. Isn’t that cool? That’s why [when] some churches want us to give blanket answers on huge issues, well, my Bible says be ‘attentive to individual needs.’ So we’re not gonna make polarizing statements about certain things in our Christian community right now. No matter who says what we won’t be pressured into giving blanket statements to individual needs. Never!” [3] (emphasis mine)

That sounds kind of heroic, doesn’t it? There is one slight problem: The phrase ‘attentive to individual needs’ is not in any reputable translation of the Bible. It is not in the original Greek. It can only be found in The Message.

In other words, as James White makes clear in the above video, Carl Lentz used a non-existent verse to justify Hillsong’s politically correct silence about homosexual marriage and homosexual sin!

In another sermon Lentz lamented about biblical illiteracy—and then, ironically, proceeded to teach from The Message. He said:

“If you don’t know the Bible it’s okay. Get to know it. We have a biblically illiterate generation coming up right now where you’re gettin’ second hand information, second hand revelation, second hand stuff that don’t get you through the first hand battle, so make sure you know it for yourself…” [4]

Lentz then told his audience to go to, “James, Chapter Three. … I’m gonna read from The Message…” [5] This is further irony, because Chapter Three of James begins by warning that teachers will be more strictly judged.

On more than one occasion Lentz has assured his audience that The Message is a valid text. Speaking at Judah Smith’s City Church, Lentz stated, “And this morning I’m reading from The Message paraphrase. It’s not a literal translation, but I believe you check it with all the other translations, it’s right on the money.” [6]

A generation has been raised on The Message, and perhaps this blindness applies to Carl Lentz. The Message is a parody of the Bible. It should not be used at all.

For those of us who have repented of homosexual sin, Hillsong is a house of sorrows. Rather than having the courage to tell people the truth, so that they may be saved from the fires of hell, Hillsong leadership continues to pander to the world.

…just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them, since they in the same way as these indulged in gross immorality and went after strange flesh, are exhibited as an example in undergoing the punishment of eternal fire. (Jude 1:7)

Source Notes:
1. Carl Lentz interviewed by Katie Couric http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3wLm6pPvRY
2. Dr. James White analysis of Carl Lentz use of The Message http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqtkcFE5Ta
3. Ibid.
4. LOVE IS RED Conference (go from 14:08 to 15:20 in video) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wqXIAS9B0A
6 There Goes The Neighborhood (go to 6:19 in video) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wqXIAS9B0A

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Top two My Word Like Fire posts/links of all time

Here are the two links/posts that have received the most visits:

Numero Uno: click here

And, in second place by less than 200 views: click here

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Sinners in the hands of an Angry God (Jonathan Edwards)

O sinner! Consider the fearful danger you are in: it is a great furnace of wrath, a wide and bottomless pit, full of the fire of wrath, that you are held over in the hand of that God, whose wrath is provoked and incensed as much against you, as against many of the damned in hell. You hang by a slender thread, with the flames of divine wrath flashing about it, and ready every moment to singe it, and burn it asunder; and you have no interest in any Mediator, and nothing to lay hold of to save yourself, nothing to keep off the flames of wrath, nothing of your own, nothing that you ever have done, nothing that you can do, to induce God to spare you one moment. — And consider here more particularly,
Whose wrath it is: it is the wrath of the infinite God. If it were only the wrath of man, though it were of the most potent prince, it would be comparatively little to be regarded. The wrath of kings is very much dreaded, especially of absolute monarchs, who have the possessions and lives of their subjects wholly in their power, to be disposed of at their mere will. Prov. 20:2. “The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: Whoso provoketh him to anger, sinneth against his own soul.” The subject that very much enrages an arbitrary prince, is liable to suffer the most extreme torments that human art can invent, or human power can inflict. But the greatest earthly potentates in their greatest majesty and strength, and when clothed in their greatest terrors, are but feeble, despicable worms of the dust, in comparison of the great and almighty Creator and King of heaven and earth. It is but little that they can do, when most enraged, and when they have exerted the utmost of their fury. All the kings of the earth, before God, are as grasshoppers; they are nothing, and less than nothing: both their love and their hatred is to be despised. The wrath of the great King of kings, is as much more terrible than theirs, as his majesty is greater. Luke 12:4,5. “And I say unto you, my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that, have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom you shall fear: fear him, which after he hath killed, hath power to cast into hell: yea, I say unto you, Fear him.” —Jonathan Edwards


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