John Gill and the cause of God and Truth

Author: George M. Ella
Publisher: Go Publications
#_of_pages: 295 before references
rating: 6
Category: Biography
dewey: 286.1
ISBN: 0-9527074-0-3

Review: This book seemed that the reader needed a good knowledge about gill’s time to understand and keep tract of things.   He bounces around alot.
It appears the Mr. Ella is mostly concerned with showing John Gill as not being ‘hyper-Calvinist’.

Heroes of the Faith – Martin Luther

Author: Edwin Booth
#_of_pages: 206
rating: 6
Category: Biography
dewey: 280

Review: It is as good a book at the others in the Heroes of the Faith collection. It is favorable of Luther and makes known some of his beliefs. In this you see where he error. He was Catholic but didn’t like indulgences – there is so much more wrong with the Catholic Church then indulgences and Papacy Authority. He missed totally that the Church teaches another gospel – works! The book puts him as a reformer, not necessarily a defender of the faith. It ends even saying that Luther was guided by conscience more than by the Word of God. I don’t know much about Luther, and being an ex-catholic I am not impressed with Luther after reading this book. He missed so much and this book shows it. I don’t think they wanted to make Luther look bad, but the way the book goes, he wasn’t all that great, just the Catholic Church was just that bad so the comparison made him look great. All men have faults, no one is perfect that is living on this earth right now. This book does put Luther as a common persons preacher.
His heart was humble, gentle, and honestly searching for God’s direction. He as all of us though sometimes mess up.
It is a good book about Luther but I would not suggest it till the 9th grade or so because it puts forth some teachings that are contrary to the Word of God and younger children may not as easily see the errors since they are praised (per-say) in the book.

Heroes of the Faith – Charles Spurgeon

Author: J.C. Carlilie
#_of_pages: 205
rating: 8
Category: Biography
dewey: 286.1

Review:  Nice Starter book for Biographies. For Home education I would say at 5th grade this book would be good to read. It is not nearly as detailed as Spurgeon Prince of Preachers book but it is not suppose to be. It treated Spurgeon well, and I found no conflicting statements between this and other Spurgeon biographies I have read. Casual reading and enjoyable. If your not familiar with Spurgeon, you should read this to get a glimpse of the man.

Faith Promise Giving

Author: John Halsey
#_of_pages: 89
rating: 8
purchase: BIMI
Category: Evangelism
dewey: 266

Review: This book is divided up into 2 parts.
P. 1-36 explain Faith Promise Giving
P. 37-89 are for the Pastor to do Faith Promise Giving.
It is a well written book. There are different Faith Promise giving techniques out there. This book deals with giving for missions. He does a great job explaining the scriptures that he uses and sets forth his interpretation. I agree completely on his interpretation but his application we slightly disagree. I think that the Great Commission does not allow you the choice of supporting missions or not, it is commanded. He uses 2Cor. 8, 9, 10, and some other verses for the discussion. He keeps saying that it was a special offering. I agree totally – in 2Cor 8-10 this is a special offering not a regular missionary support. It was for a special need. I am not able to say it was a special need then apply it to regular month support of a missionary. I gave this book a rating of 8 yet I wrote all this to say I disagree. It boils down to this, I don’t think with this books application enough is giving to God’s work. If you would follow this book, your Church most likely would double or more their missionary giving, but that in and of it self is not necessarily all good. There is more to Church finances then just giving more to missions. If the Great Commission is a command, then perhaps our idea of the Church budget should change. There are only a few things that God has said to give to, but have we added something’s thereby taking money away from what the Word of God has said to give to. I have not spent a great deal of time on this subject and am sure not even a 10th of the time that He has given to this study, as well as the time my Pastor has spent studing this.  I highly recommend this book and my Pastor I think would say no Pastor should be without it. .

Church Planting Primer

Author: Grant G. Rice
Publisher: Tabernacle Press
#_of_pages: ?
rating: 8
Category: Church

Review: very good book to use in starting a new church. Even young churches could be benefited by this book. He does put to much emphasis on the church teaching. we are to study ourselves and the church is an equipter. The church teaching seemed to over shadow the personal study of the Word of God.  But this is for Church’s and not a complete study of Bible Studying or Personal Studying.  That needs to be kept in mind.    P64 + 65 very good intro into giving.

don’t have the book any more, and don’t remember how many pages where in it.

A note on the Bible Versions

Do you practice Bible Preservation?

A note of warning to pastor’s that don’t take a stand on the Bible.

In Sunday School this morning we were going over some of the differences between Modernism and Fundamentalism. It accrued to me that there are a lot of people that would say that they believe in the Inspired, Infallible, Unerring Word of God but be Modernist in regard to the Bible.

How can that be? They don’t believe in preservation of God’s Word. When Moses wrote Genesis it was inspired, unerring, infallible – but we have copies of copies of copies. So we aren’t sure what we have now – that’s modernism also. This is the thought process of some – but you say we teach the Bible has been preserved. Preaching that the Bible is preserved is great, that is part of the whole counsel of God, BUT do you live it? I have noticed that Churches don’t do congregational readings. Why is that? Is it because you would have a hodge-podge of readings. Some of your members would read “this” version, some this, some that, a few here, and a few there; get the idea! If an unsaved person would listen to that mess would he come away with the impression that the Church doesn’t know what / which is the Word of God. Knowing which one is, is important – very important. Why – because of the verses in Rev. 22:18+19. After that condemnation check out Acts 8:37. The KJV has that verse, the NIV doesn’t. It may be in the NIV Bible that you look at but the translation doesn’t. The publisher put it in, and it should be noted as such. The two Bibles, two set of translators, the ones that preach and promote their versions; one set falls under this condemnation. To me Rev. 22:18+19 is a great compliment to preservation. What a cruel God to say that and then not preserve His word in such a manor that we would know what it is. But God is loving, not cruel, and He has preserved His Word in a way that we may know what it is.

One more thought – those that refuse to take a stand on what is God’s Word should take a look at Rev. 3:14-16. I Don’t know if that would be a correct application of this text, but it would be a needed study if one is not taking a stand.

Doctrinal Outline study idea.

I love verse by verse study and preaching, but – It is hard to put together how all the aspects or parts of different doctrines fit together when you do it only in a verse by verse way. I also love reading good books that hit hard on the doctrines of the Bible. So I thought that I could do both at once. My verse by verse study and also a study of the doctrines. You can use a general outline form to keep tract of the verses and what they teach about the different scriptures. Below is the list that I have complied so far. It started out with about 15 topics and has grown to this and I am sure by the end of the year I should have even more topics to catalogue. You could look at this as a personal ** “Naves Topical” with your own notes. This goes well with the Bible Study method that I use. Note – as of right now I do not plan on putting any more of my outline as a hyper-link from here. Here just as an example to show how you can use this system to study the Scriptures in these ways. When I get them pretty much filled out in the next couple of years then maybe they will be put on, but not right now.

Link to Doctrinal Outline
1.       Heaven 2.       Hell  3.       Satan, angels, demons  4.       Salvation 5.       God - the Father 6.       God - Jesus Christ 7.       God - Holy Spirit 8.       Man 9.       the Church  - (Undershepherd, Deacons) 10.    Scriptures - (inspiration, preservation, KJV, Received Text) 11.  Last things (rapture, pre-tribulation) 12.    Redemption 13.    Predestination, election, and freewill 14.    Baptism 15.    Lord’s Supper - (wine) 16.    Atonement 17.    Separation 18.    Family – Husband, Wife, Children 19.     20.    Education / Wisdom / Knowledge 21.    Prayer 22.    Holy - what is Holy 23.    God’s anger / wrath 24.     Creation / Genesis 1-11 25.    Christian Life - money, giving, tithing 26. 27.    Misc. Words   A - F 28.    Misc. Words   G - L 29.    Misc. Words   M - R 30.    Misc. Words   S - Z 31.
God’s Promises List Shall not and Shall Do list

Bible Study idea.

Bible Study

In the course of time, I have come to the point where bible studies or devotional seem to be to restricted. There are some very good bible studies and devotional out there but in the end, you learn what they want you to learn. It seems that the ones that had the less amount of material but very good and pointed questions were the ones that seemed to help the most in getting the meaning of the scriptures. This made me start looking at what really would be a good set of questions to ask or use in the studying of each verse / paragraph of the Bible. So I have come up with a set of Questions to ask when studying the Bible. I first read the book that I am going to study once a day for 30 days then I go back and take a paragraph a day and study it and answer these questions.

1.      Date

2.      Book Chapter Verses

3.      what is the principal subject of the verses?

4.      who are the principal characters?

5.      what does it teach about the Father?

6.      what does it teach about the Son?

7.      what does it teach about the Holy Spirit?

8.      is there an example for me to follow?

9.      is there any error for me to avoid?

10.  is there any duty for me to perform?

11.  is there any promises for me to claim?

12.  is there any prayer for me to echo?

13.  is the passage to the lost or saved?

14.  what is the key verse?

15.  explain the key verse and study word by word

16.  Any other observations?

17. what Life application comes out of this – Practical theology

(just what does all this mean to me)

18. What Doctrinal / topical areas does it cover or touch upon?

19. Is there a Shall not  and a Shall Do to document.

20. Now study it as though you will be teaching it!

NOTE: I do not suggest using a method like this if you don’t have already a working knowledge of at least each New Testament Books, and how they go together. Studying – Judge not; without knowing elsewhere God says Judge righteous judgments would be very dangerous.

An Idea on Keeping tract of Articles and such.

I have accumulated over the past few years a good number of Articles and such about all different topics. I am now getting about 12 different publications a month to keep tract of. I have various different medias also with information – Magazines, Newsletters, files, computer files, books, etc. I now had enough information that I need to keep track of it neatly. I was to the point where I would remember reading a review of such – and – such a book – well where was that in the 1,000’s of articles and 100’s of magazines? I was fortunate enough to run across David Clouds history on his web page (Way of Life Literature).

He used index cards to catogerize or keep tract of stuff, that was a great idea but I wanted a little different system, using the computer. What i did was make index cards on the computer with my database program. My database (Q+A) allows for different input forms with still the same database, but even using something like MS Works with only 1 form will work. What I did was make a database with these fields.

Title            Subject for on labels                       sub-subject
Scripture           date                     dewey #
Number of them                         ISBN#           have I read
Author                         checked out                   located
type of entry                       memo
general subjects covered

Then I made the different input forms – one for books, one for articles / magazines, sermon notes, videos, audio cassettes, file cabnit folders.

in the following the [ ] = the filed name in the data base. the other is just a label for on the form.


The one for articles from magazines and such looks like-
Magazine name or author - [author]
subjects addressed in articles - [general subjects covered]
related scripture - [ scripture]
date of pub / article - [date]
dewey # - [dewey#]
A = article - [type of entry]
checked out -[checked out]
located -[located]   (if you lend to someone you can put the date and who here.
comments - [memo]

I even do this with books. But with books this is where the 2 subject fields come in – the dewy subject is for on the label (like in libraries) but the other subject field is the same field as in the Magizenes. I do this for keeping tract of more specifics. It makes it easier to find things – like in Lewis Drummond’s book about Spurgeon, out of 830 pages wher is the one page with Spurgeons view on ordination. I put stuff like that in the general subjects filed.

the one for books looks like -
Title of the Book - [title]
Subject on label - [subject on label]            dewey # - [dewey #]
Subjects covered - [general subjects covered]
author - [author]
isbn # - [isbn#]            B = Book - [type of entry]
checked out - [checked out]    located - [located]
number of them - [# of them]  (incase multiple copies - like pamplets)
Info about book- [ memo]

the one for audio cassettes looks like -
Title of the Cassette - [title]
Author - [author]
dewey# - [dewey#]              # of cassettes in the set - [# of them]
date bought - [date]              C = Cassette - [type of entry]
Checked out - [checked out]      located - [located]
subjects covered - [general subjects covered]
scripture - [scripture]           comments - [memo]

the file cabnit listing looks like -
name of file - [general subjects coverd]
F = file -[type of file]
dewey# - [dewey#]
checked out - [checked out]     located - [located]
comments - [memo]

I keep tract of these because sometimes you forget that you have a file on a specific item, and this will remind you when you do your search.

the record of videos looks like -
Title of the video - [title]
Author - [author]
dewey - [dewey#]              # of videos in set - [#]
date bought - [date]                    V = video - [type of entry]
checked out - [checked out]   located - [located]
label subject - [subject for on label]
subjects covered - [general subjects covered]
scripture - [scripture]

The key is the field – [General subjects covered]. In each form that is where the topics are put in at. This way you just search that field for the topic and no matter what median it is on – you get it. search for Spurgeon and you get all the articles about or reference Spurgeon, the books about or by him, videos about him, audio cassettes about him, and so on. It works pretty nice.

This is only good if you put all the info in the computer. Well, I don’t read my books and magazines at the computer. So then what? I made 5 x 8 paper forms to take with me to use a page markers, so I can write the stuff down that I need. For instance – I take my magazines to work with me and read them on break. I write down the article information that I want in the computer as I read the magazine. I write the pub. name, data, related scripture, subjects covered. When I’m done reading I file the magazine and when I get a chance put the info in the computer – about once a month I take the few minutes to update the computer.

This is just what I use to help keep track of my resources, I hope it is a help to you. Any questions on this, feel free to write and ask.


(c) copyright 2003 by Michael Litza

Against “Outcome Based “Christianity”

Outcome Based Christianity

So what does it mean? It means I am against looking at the results only, to see if something is right or not, neglecting the method and organization of the work. The ends justifies the means, that is not what I read in the Bible. God has put certain procedures and methods in place for which He has said He will work through. There are certain things that was given to the Church, and no one else, and etc. There are many “good works” being done today, by mostly people that I think are honest, truthful, and sincere but have neglected to see what God has said about this or that item.

Examples:

Building the number of people in the Church has become the base for how things are done. We want a lot of people at our church so we will change things to get to that point. No, No, No. These books written on marketing the Church and how to get them to come are not even fit for the local dump, much less as a guide for our Churches. Jesus will build HIS Church; not us – not even the pastor’s. We are to go and witness trying to be used to convert them. See most of these marketing books is how to get them to come, but Jesus said to GO. (Matt. 28:19; Acts 2:47)

Promise Keepers – There has been so much said and proven about how Promise Keepers violate God’s Word that I shall only say that I stand with God and His Word (For more info. check out the Fundamental Baptist Link).

Evangelicals and Catholics Together Document – Right after this came out the Evangelicals where taken to task on this – How can Salvation by Grace work next to ceremonalism Salvation – they can’t. some of the signers tried to back tract but they can’t. To my knowledge not a one of the signers has repented and denounced the letter. Unity is the issue here. First let me say that I grew up a Catholic, looked into the Priesthood, but God saved me instead and I had to leave Catholicism.
If one knew just a little of what Catholics teach about Jesus; Eucharist; Mass; Mary; etc. one will quickly see that those that hold Sola Scripture have NOTHING more in common with Catholics then with the Jehovah Witness (which has Jesus turning into God). Catholics deny justification by faith alone. They said God lied when He said ‘For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God’; for they teach Mary was sinless and never had ‘original sin’ (Immaculate Conception – p. 285 The Catholic Encyclopedia 3rd printing).
So here we are trying to get more numbers again, but we forgot, or turned purposefully away from God. God set up how unity happens and we can’t make it; it is a process of God; why didn’t Jesus ask us to be one instead of praying to His Father; because we can’t do this ourselves, true unity is in truth- which is an attribute of God. Our unity is in Christ Jesus, which means salvation is part of our unity – we are in Christ by (to put it simply) salvation. These proponents of this thinking also says that we don’t love enough by wanting to separate ourselves from error and unbelievers. I say they don’t have a clue as to what true love is. Matt. 18:15-20 is ultimate love. How can one say they love someone and leave them in their sin. One of the purposes of separation is for the restoration of the believer. 1John 1:5-2:2 is how to restore fellowship with the Father, Matt. 18:15-20 is how we can help one another to see our need of those verses. What a cruel person it is that sees a damaging sin in my life and under the mistaken cover of love doesn’t bring it to my attention in a Biblical way, but instead leaves me in the pit of sin. The same goes for witnessing – most would say that it is a cruel thing to know how to be saved and keep it to ourselves and not tell others the way out of the Lake of Fire. Paul loved God, His Church, and His children more than most anyone else, but he did this so-called un-loving thing in 1 Corinthians 5, but it was for both the Church’s and the individuals well being that separation must have taken place. The goal was fulfilled – 2 Corinthians 2. That man I would guess loved Paul, for loving him enough to obey God when it was hard to do, for now that man had a restored fellowship with God.

CCM – which isn’t called sacred music for obvious reasons. This also has been documented greatly. Our stand is listed in the Music Standards page. But again what God has said about the purpose, use, etc. has been disregarded.

I hope that these examples show what Against Outcome based “Christianity” means.

(c) copyright 1997 by Michael Litza