Monday, March 30, 2015

The LORD bless you and keep you.....

Posted by Sola Sisters

Effective today, the Sola Sisters website and Facebook wall will no longer be active. While we will no longer be publishing articles, we are still available via private message through our Facebook wall if anyone has questions or is seeking counsel. To reach us, please feel free to message either Christine Pack or Cathy Mathews there.

Even though our Facebook wall will no longer be active, we will be leaving it up as a resource, as we have covered many, many topics in the past few years. To access the resources on the Facebook wall, or to search for a subject, use a Google search engine, type "sola sisters" with quote marks, and then put in the topic you are searching for (I've attached an example of this below). The Google search engine will often pull up articles we've written on the website here, as well as Facebook posts we've made where we have had more in-depth discussions.


Please also note that Marcia Montenegro, who has graciously and generously served as an administrator on the Sola Sisters Facebook wall, will still be active on her own Facebook page and website (both entitled "Christian Answers For The New Age"). We encourage you to avail yourself of the resources there. Marcia's Facebook wall is here and her website is here.

Our time here has been such a rich blessing to us. So many of our sisters (and brothers) who have interacted with us have sharpened and encouraged us. Thank you.
"The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace." (Numbers 6:24-26)

Saturday, March 28, 2015

What Does God Require of Me?

One of the most important questions in all of life is: What does God require of me?

First, let’s start with your nature, who you are.

A. You are sinful by nature.

Do you consider yourself to be a good person? Most people do. I have talked to many people one-on-one about their spiritual state, and almost everyone says ‘Yes, I am a good person.’

Unfortunately, the Scriptures do not say that about you. Let’s start with God’s Law as a standard of what’s truly good. If you believe you are a good person, I have a simple test for you to take. It’s called the ‘Good Person’s Test’, and it’s based on the Ten Commandments (from Exodus 20 or Deuteronomy 5):

1. I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall have no other gods before Me.

Have you always loved God above everything else? Without fail and without exception? Be honest.

2. You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.

Have you made a god in your mind that suits your? Have you truly known the biblical God? Or have you changed him to make him more suitable to your lifestyle?

3. You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.

Have you ever used the name of your Creator disrespectfully or as a filthy cussword? God is Holy, and His Name is glorious. Have you ever tossed his name around casually, used it as a swear word, or used it to express anger or disgust?

4. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

Have you kept one day a week aside for the Lord and for His worship? Have you done this every week and given God his proper worship?

5. Honor your father and your mother.

Ever since you were a child, have you always honored your father and your mother? Always? Did you ever disrespect them or their decisions, even once?

6. You shall not murder.

Jesus said: “You have heard that the ancients were told, ‘YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT MURDER’ and ‘Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.” (Matthew 5:21-22)

The Bible also says: “Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.” (1John 3:15)

God judges the thoughts and intentions of the heart, not just the outward actions. Ask yourself: have you ever hated?

7. You shall not commit adultery.

Jesus said: “You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY’; but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Matthew 5:27-28)

Again, this shows that God judges your heart. Be honest with yourself. Have you ever looked upon someone with a lustful heart?

8. You shall not steal.

Ask yourself, have you ever stolen anything, no matter how small? What do you call someone who steals? A thief.

9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. (You shall not lie).

This is a big one. Have you ever told even ONE lie? What do you call someone who lies? A liar.

10. You shall not covet.

Have you ever looked at something someone else owned with jealous desire?

If you’re a visual learner, here’s a video presentation from Way of the Master of this same concept:


The breaking of God’s Law is sin. Based on the Ten Commandments, if God were to judge you based on that standard alone, how would you fare? Would you still consider yourself to be a good person? If you try to answer 'yes' to that question, consider this Scripture:
“If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.”(1John 1:8)
Also consider:
“And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. (Ephesians 2:1-3)
Now that you’ve examined your own heart, let’s consider God:

B. God is a Holy, Just God. His Law is perfect, and it is He who exercises His Righteous Judgment.

Consider the following Scriptures:
“There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the One who is able to save and to destroy; but who are you who judge your neighbor?” (James 4:12)
“For the LORD is our judge, The LORD is our lawgiver, The LORD is our king; He will save us.” (Isaiah 33:22)
Not only is God our lawgiver, He is also perfect. Jesus said:
“Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48)
God as the perfect, holy Judge, will judge you one day. Consider this:
“And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment.”(Hebrews 9:27)
“You are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48).
C. Because you have broken God’s holy Law, you deserve death.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)
This is a hard one to swallow. Many people (maybe even you) object to the idea that you deserve death for your sins. I’d like to cover the two main objections people have.

First, many people say that because God is good, He would not give them death for their sins. But this is bad logic. It is precisely BECAUSE God is so good and so just that He will give you what you justly deserve.

Think about it this way: Imagine a murderer killed your family, and was caught. The man is brought to court, and on the day of his trial, you sit in the front of the courtroom anxiously awaiting justice to be served. The judge enters, and he hears the case. The murderer admits that he killed your family, and along with the forensic evidence, it’s plain to all that he did it. However when it comes time for the sentence, the judge says, ‘I am a good judge. There’s no punishment needed for this man’s crimes. Case dismissed. You’re free to go.’ Do you see that this judge would not be a good judge at all, but would be a wicked, corrupt judge?

If that’s the case with a human judge, how can we consider our Holy, Just, Perfect God to be Good if we think He will sweep our sins away and not deal with them? It’s impossible.

The Scriptures tell us:
He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous, both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD.” (Proverbs 17:15)
It is God’s GOODNESS that will prevail, and that means that His justice will be satisfied.

The Scriptures tell us:
“The fool has said in his heart, 'There is no God.' They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds; there is no one who does good. The LORD has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek after God. They have all turned aside, together they have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.” (Psalm 14:1-3)
Therefore, because you have broken the laws of the very Creator who made you, you are deserving of death. His wrath (fierce and righteous anger) is upon you for your treachery and your evil acts committed against Him.

D. God Himself made a way for you to be right with Him.

If everything I’ve said so far is true, then what shall you do on Judgment Day, the day on which you are face to face with your sovereign, creator God, the One who made you and has a righteous claim on your life? When your day before the Lord comes, what will be your plea? In honesty, your answer must be that you are 'Guilty' of breaking the law of God.

If that’s true, then how does any man obtain peace with God? After all, God’s justice demands death.

Here then, is the Good News:
“For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:6-8)
Two thousand years ago, Jesus Christ was born. He is God the Son, and He condescended to come to this world. (Read Matthew 1-3). He lived a sinless, perfect life. He fulfilled the Law of God completely. After approximately 3 years of ministry, Jesus was crucified on a cross, and He died there.
“Surely our griefs He Himself bore, and our sorrows He carried; yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed. All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; but the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him. He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth; like a lamb that is led to slaughter, and like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, so He did not open His mouth. By oppression and judgment He was taken away; and as for His generation, who considered that He was cut off out of the land of the living for the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke was due? His grave was assigned with wicked men, yet He was with a rich man in His death, because He had done no violence, nor was there any deceit in His mouth. But the LORD was pleased to crush Him, putting Him to grief; if He would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days, and the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand. As a result of the anguish of His soul, He will see it and be satisfied; by His knowledge the Righteous One, My Servant, will justify the many, as He will bear their iniquities.” (Isaiah 53:4-11, my emphasis)
Jesus Christ bore your sins on the Cross! He DIED for you. He took your place. He drank up the wrath of God, and God’s justice is satisfied.

It doesn’t end there, though: Jesus rose from the grave! After the crucifixion, Jesus was laid in a tomb, and three days later He arose!

How could this be?

Why did He die? After all, He was, and is, God.

But since He did die, how then could He be raised from the dead?

Why He died. He died, or more accurately, He gave up his life willingly, as a ransom payment for sinners. He did this out of the great love with which He loves sinners. He lived a perfect, sinless life, a life that none of us, in our fallen and sinful condition, could ever live. Because of this, he would have never died, because the Bible tells us that “the penalty of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). All of us have sinned by breaking God's moral laws, and all of us are therefore under the penalty of death. But Jesus never sinned. He incurred no death penalty, and therefore had within his possession a life of perfect righteousness. Jesus took that sinless life and offered it up to God as a complete and perfect payment for our sins.
“No one takes my life from Me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.” (John 10:18)
Why He rose from the dead. Simply put, death couldn't hold him. Death had no claim on Him because He had broken no Law.
“God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.” (Acts 2:24)
After Jesus rose from the dead, He spent a brief time here on earth afterwards, teaching his Apostles, then He ascended to Heaven, where He sits at the right hand of God the Father.

With all this being said, what will YOU do? You cannot earn this salvation from God:
“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9, my emphasis)
You cannot strive to somehow may yourself appealing to God, who then saves you. No! Instead, listen to this:
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.” (Romans 5:8-10)
You don’t deserve salvation. You deserve death. Yet God offers salvation!
“As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”(John 3:14-18, my emphasis)
“Now after John had been taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, 'The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the gospel.'” (Mark 1:14-15, my emphasis)
“But what does it say? 'THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, IN YOUR MOUTH AND IN YOUR HEART'–that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says, 'WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.' For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; for 'WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.'” (Romans 10:8-13, my emphasis)
Friend, if you have read through all of this, you have read the Gospel (the word Gospel means the ‘Good News’). Indeed this news is VERY GOOD. It’s the best news you will ever hear.

God has provided the perfect sacrifice to make a way for you to be right with Him, if you will just repent (turn away from sin) and believe. Turn from your wickedness and throw yourself on Jesus Christ, the Savior. There is NO OTHER WAY.
“Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.'” (John 14:6, my emphasis)
There is no other way to have peace with God, forgiveness of your sins, and true joy except through the death of Jesus Christ on your behalf.

There is no “Sinner’s Prayer” in Scripture. Instead people have been born again for thousands of years the same way:

Repent from your sins. Turn AWAY from wickedness. Turn TOWARDS God. Throw yourself at His feet and beg God to be merciful to you, a sinner. Cry out to God. Plead with Him. Believe the Good News that Jesus Christ saves undeserving, wretched, miserable sinners, just like me, and just like you.

The amazing part of this is that all who humbly recognize their own sinfulness and need for a Savior, and who place their faith in Jesus' perfect payment made on their behalf, will not only be cleansed and forgiven, but will become sons and daughters of God. They will also be given new hearts and new desires, including the desire and the will to increasingly turn from sin. Glory to God for his great and unfathomable goodness and mercy.

Let me close with two passages of Scripture, which contain a warning, and an offer:
“Now on the same occasion there were some present who reported to Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. And Jesus said to them, 'Do you suppose that these Galileans were greater sinners than all other Galileans because they suffered this fate? I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. Or do you suppose that those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them were worse culprits than all the men who live in Jerusalem? I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.'” (Luke 13:1-5)
“The Spirit and the Bride say, 'Come.' And let the one who hears say, 'Come.' And let the one who is thirsty come; let him who thirsts come and take the water of life without charge.” (Revelation 22:17)
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Note from Sola Sisters: If you have any questions regarding anything you’ve just read, please feel free to contact us via email (christinepack@yahoo.com). We will be happy to answer any questions you have.




 Additional Resources 

The Only Road To Heaven (John MacArthur)

Friday, March 13, 2015

Problems With Bestselling Book "Jesus Calling"

Posted by Christine Pack


 Did Author Sarah Young Write Jesus Calling Using Occultic Practice of Automatic Writing? 

The bestselling book Jesus Calling was almost surely written through the occultic practice of "Automatic Writing." A shocking claim? All right, then, I will grant that some of the book could have come from the author's own imagination. However, I also believe it is entirely possible that the book is truly from the spiritual realm; only, it is not the Jesus of the Bible with whom the author got in touch, but rather a demon. And I'm saying this not as just a Christian researcher, but as a former New Ager who practiced Automatic Writing. I should also point out that Christians don't get to flip some switch somewhere and turn occultic practices into biblical practices just by adding biblical terminology to what they are doing.

Automatic Writing is an occultic practice that is a form of divination, a practice that is expressly forbidden by God (see Deut 18). Author Sarah Young recounts how she decided to write the book Jesus Calling:
"My journey began with a devotional book (God Calling) written in the 1930s by two women who practiced waiting in God’s Presence, writing the messages they received as they 'listened.' About a year after I started reading this book, I began to wonder if I too could receive messages during my times of communing with God. . . . So I decided to 'listen' to God with pen in hand, writing down whatever I sensed He was saying." (from a Question and Answer session with Sarah Young, CBN)
Now compare Young's description about how she decided to write Jesus Calling to the practice of Automatic Writing as written about in Wikipedia*
"Automatic writing or psychography is an alleged psychic ability allowing a person to produce written words without consciously writing. The words are claimed to arise from a subconscious, spiritual or supernatural source." (source)
* NOTE: Don't be hating on me for using Wikipedia. I didn't want to link to a New Age source, and sometimes Wiki actually does get things right, as they do in this instance.
Nowhere in Scripture are Christians told to do as Sarah Young did when writing her book, and that is to sit with pen in hand waiting for a form of channeled dictation from "Jesus." We are to read the Bible, seek to understand it in its proper context, believe it, accept it by faith as truth, and and pray for the enabling power of the Holy Spirit to walk in obedience where we are commanded to take action. But no zoned-out trance states seeking a "fresh" word from God, no. A thousand times no.

For more on the practice of Automatic Writing in Jesus Calling, please read this article by Marcia Montenegro. Like me, Marcia is a former New Ager (she was a professional astrologer). Marcia is now a born again believer who is seminary trained, and in full time apologetics ministry.

You can also read more about this in our article here - Sarah Young's Bestseller Jesus Calling: An Overactive Imagination or a Demon?
“When you enter the land which the Lord your God gives you, you shall not learn to imitate the detestable things of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For whoever does these things is detestable to the Lord; and because of these detestable things the Lord your God will drive them out before you. You shall be blameless before the Lord your God. For those nations, which you shall dispossess, listen to those who practice witchcraft and to diviners, but as for you, the Lord your God has not allowed you to do so.” (Deut 18:9-14)
 "Another Jesus" 
"The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name, and leads them out. Whenever he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. They will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him; for they don’t know the voice of strangers...... My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me." (John 10:3-5, 27, my emphasis)
The "voice" of the "Jesus" in Jesus Calling does not match the "voice" of the Jesus of the Bible. It just doesn't. And Christians who are very familiar with Scripture know this. If you're not sure about this, just pick up the Bible and read through any one of the gospel accounts. If you do so, you will realize that the "Jesus" of Jesus Calling is not the Jesus of the Bible.......he is "another Jesus," one that the Apostle Paul warned us about receiving and accepting in the second book of Corinthians:
"For if someone comes along and preaches another Jesus than the one we preached, or should you receive a different spirit from the one you received or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you are all too willing to listen." (2 Corinthians 11:4)
In fact, not only is the "voice" of the "Jesus" in Jesus Calling not the "voice" of the Bible's Jesus, but it speaks in a way that is remarkably similar to the demonic spirits I was in touch with while in the New Age. Satan is the father of lies, and has been from the beginning, which means that he, and his demonic legion, have no moral constraints about lying and deceiving those playing around in the supernatural realm, as I was. What this means is that when I was communicating with demons as a New Ager, they didn't identify themselves as demons. Spooky music didn't start playing, and green smoke didn't ooze under the door when they showed up, like we see in the movies. They had beautiful names, and they professed to me to care for me, and to desire to help me grow spiritually. They had a very smooth, soothing way of communicating. (The more Bibley term for that would be 'ear tickling.')

When these demons communicated to me, they would often say 'Trust me' or 'Trust us,' a phrase ('Trust me') that is also often used by the false 'Jesus' in Jesus Calling. If you read through the book, you will see that phrase used repeatedly, yet that is not something that Jesus uttered on a regular basis during his earthly ministry or elsewhere in the Bible, even though we are to trust in the Lord. I think the repetition of this phrase is used by demons to lull humans into, well, trusting them, since their obvious aim is to deceive us and confuse us as they are in the process of communicating to us things that are contrary to what the Bible teaches us about Jesus and God. Their ultimate goal, obviously, is to turn us away from the Jesus of the Bible. And to do this, they often masquerade, as we are told they would, as 'angels of light' (2 Cor 11:14)."

 What's Missing From Jesus Calling? 

Jesus's mission was not social justice, nor was it primarily to model to us how to live a good life (i.e., the social justice "Jesus," the emergent "Jesus," the liberal "Jesus," the Jen Hatmaker "Jesus").

Jesus's mission was not to give us our best life now, or to give us practical life skills in order to enhance and enrich our lives (i.e., the Word of Faith "Jesus," the seeker sensitive "Jesus").

Jesus's mission was not to give us ooey-gooey feelings about Him or about ourselves (the Ann Voskamp "Jesus," the Beth Moore "Jesus," the pop-psychology "Jesus").

Jesus's mission was not to lend his name to the vague New Age term "Christ consciousness," which in the New Age, is the term used to describe a person who is evolving spiritually on their own, through various New Age practices. (i.e., "Robert developed his 'Christ consciousness' through meditation, vegetarianism and learning to avoid bad relationships.")

The Jesus of the Bible is the eternally existent God-man who chose to leave his glory above and be born of a virgin into this sin-sick world in order to undertake a very particular mission, a mission for which "He set his face like flint" (Luke 9:51) in order to accomplish it. His mission was to fulfill all righteousness on the behalf of sinners, and then to offer up his perfect life, by dying on a Roman cross, as a sacrifice for sin. This was his mission, and it is anchored in history both by the historical accounts in the Bible and by extra-biblical accounts form historians living at the time of Jesus. Jesus was a real person, and he incarnated for a very specific purpose, and that was to save sinners.

Proclaiming God's holy, righteous wrath against sin and sinners, and calling sinners to repentance and saving faith in his finished work on the cross was the primary focus of Jesus's earthly ministry.

All of these things are important to bear in mind when evaluating any ministry, any website, any book or any teacher. How is Jesus talked about? What about the cross? What about the gospel message, of how it is that sinful man is reconciled to a high and holy God? Is this front and center in the ministry? Or is it barely mentioned, a sidenote, a cameo?

All that to say this: God's righteous wrath against sinners and the cross do have a cameo appearance here and there in the book Jesus Calling, but only in the way that, say, a movie studio might heavily advertise a well-known actor who has a cameo in a movie. Did you blink? You might have missed his screen time. Well, that's how much screen time sin, God's righteous wrath against sinners, the cross and the atonement get in Jesus Calling. Don't blink, or you'll miss it.

 Final Thoughts 
"And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light." (2 Cor 11:14)
We've written before about the fact that deception is, well, deceptive. Isn't that the whole point of deception? Deception doesn't announce itself, and give warning that something is afoot. Spooky music won't be playing in the background. Deception can take place anytime and anywhere. It can happen:
......while you are sitting in the cozy nook of your favorite Bible study area in your own home; 
.....through a book recommended by your best friend or Bible study teacher;
...... in Christian bookstores, because the same bookstores that carry Bibles and wonderfully edifying Bible commentaries and study guides also carry books by false teachers who preach "another Jesus" (2 Cor 11:4) and "another gospel" (Gal 1:8, 2 Cor 11:4).
Deception is tricky......cagey......clever.....beguiling: deceptive. We must remember that we are in a spiritual battle, and that Satan is a roaring lion, prowling the earth seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8). We must therefore study the Bible diligently in order to present ourselves approved unto God as those who are able to accurately handle the word of truth (2 Tim 2:15). This means that we must be prepared to hold up all things taught in the name of God to the actual word of God. And these biblical exhortations to test all things include even runaway bestsellers like Jesus Calling. Christian women, be on guard.



 Additional Resources 

Jesus Calling by Sarah Young: WUI (Writing Under the Influence) (Marcia Montenegro)

Toxic Devotion: A Review of Sarah Young's Jesus Calling
 (Critical Issues Commentary, Pastor Bob DeWaay)

Sarah Young's Bestseller Jesus Calling: An Overactive Imagination or a Demon? (Sola Sisters)

Warning About Bestseller Jesus Calling
 (Sola Sisters)

Tim Challies Reviews Jesus Calling (Challies)

Beth Moore Recommends Jesus Calling Book (Apprising)

Justin Peters on Jesus Calling (10 minute YouTube video)

What Is Automatic Writing? (Wikipedia)

What Does the Bible Say About Channeling? (Got Questions?)

What Does the Bible Say About Divination? (Got Questions?)

"Another Jesus" Calling (book by former New Ager Warren Smith)

Thomas Nelson Publishers Creatively Edit Jesus Calling (Stand Up For The Truth)

Is Jesus Calling A Wrong Number? A Book Review (Stand Up For The Truth)

Changing Jesus Calling: Damage Control For a False Christ (Stand Up For The Truth)

Jesus Calling: Whitewashing The Red Flags (Stand Up For The Truth)

Is Deception Calling? A review of Jesus Calling by Sarah Young (Stand Up For The Truth)

 Interviews With Sarah Young 


Question and Answer Session with Sarah Young (Christian Broadcasting Network-CBN) (more about God Calling here)

Meet Sarah Young (Christian Retailing, Aug 18, 2010) (Young cites the New Age book God Calling as influential)

Sarah Young: Amid Suffering, Devotion (Publishers Weekly, Nov 14, 2012)


 Sola Sisters Facebook Wall Discussion Threads 

False "Jesus" flatters in Jesus Calling - Dec 14, 2013


The demonic "voice" of Jesus Calling, friends don't let friends read Jesus Calling - Mar 11, 2015

Jesus Calling, occultic practice of Automatic Writing - Mar 11, 2015

Jesus's mission - Mar 12, 2015

The "voice" of the "Jesus" in Jesus Calling vs. the "voice" of the Jesus of the Bible  - Mar 13, 2015

Friday, March 6, 2015

Shepherds Conference 2015

Posted by Christine Pack

[UPDATE: The video sessions and audio sessions from ShepCon 2015 are linked here, helpfully compiled by the Domain For Truth blog.]


The 2015 Shepherds Conference (affectionately dubbed "ShepCon"), Grace To You's annual teaching conference for pastors, is wrapping up today, and theology nerds the world over are both thrilled and heartbroken. Thrilled, because this year's livestreamed conference which focused on the inerrancy of the Bible was brilliant. And heartbroken, because now it's almost over.


A few comments from our Facebook wall:
"Yep dishes getting left piled up."
"But the Lord answered her, 'Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.' (Luke 10:41,42)"
"No excuses lol. I painted a bedroom while listening to Lawson preach. I remember everything he said but I don't remember the painting much. How great was that!"
"I live in the UK I stayed up late last night to watch some of it won't be much work done today but its totally worth it!"
"I actually really enjoyed listening to the music as much as the conference. A breath of fresh air from all the contemporary stuff."
And a few posts on social media while the event was going on:

A conference for theology nerds - see the ear to ear grins?
GTY's Phil Johnson presenting J.D. Hall of Pulpit and Pen with a Spurgeon
manuscript in honor of Hall's modern day Downgrade Preaching.
(Spurgeon was the original Downgrade preacher.)
Shepherds attendee Gene G Clyatt's lighthearted reference
to a minor skirmish going on at the same time as ShepCon
involving a dispute over how the Inquisition is defined

As soon as the audio and video files have been uploaded, we'll post them here. And until then, enjoy the livestream, friends.

P.S. For those with eagle eyes who might have spotted that the eecard meme above looks suspiciously like our Strange Fire meme from a couple of years ago, yes, you're absolutely right. It's a shameless rip-off of the Strange Fire meme. And now I've got some laundry to go do. Heh.




 Additional Resources 

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Theonomy Debate Between Theonomist Joel McDurmon and Pastor J.D. Hall

Posted by Christine Pack

The long-awaited Theonomy debate between Theonomist Joel McDurmon of American Vision and Pastor J.D. Hall of Pulpit and Pen has taken place, and has been posted by American Vision. (To gain an understanding of what Theonomy is, please read this article first: The Fault Lines of Theonomy/Christian Reconstruction. You may also listen to J.D. Hall's pre-debate radio programs, in which he did a 2-part series on Theonomy: Part 1 here and Part 2 here.)

In the debate, Pastor Hall did an excellent job of biblically demonstrating the errant views of Theonomy, which flow out of the Dominionist view held by Theonomists.

The debate can be watched here, but don't miss the Q/A session, posted just below the debate.



Here is the Question and Answer session that took place immediately following the debate. And don't miss the part in this session where McDurmon casually discusses stoning for lawbreakers as if it were no big thing. Silly me, I thought the idea of stoning was the dirty little secret that Theonomists always wanted to keep under wraps, but boom, there it was.




 Additional Resources 

The Fault Lines of Christian Reconstructionism/Theonomy (Sola Sisters)

The Errors of Theonomy - Part 1 (J.D. Hall, Pulpit and Pen)

The Errors of Theonomy - Part 2 (J.D. Hall, Pulpit and Pen)

Post Debate Interview with J.D. Hall Part 1 (Red Grace Media)
Post Debate Fall-Out and Aftermath (Landon Chapman)

Kingdom Now? Cultures Being Redeemed? No and no. (The Problems With The Dominionist View) (Sola Sisters)

Beyond Fabrication: Putting The Vision Into Revision (Fred Butler, Hip and Thigh)

Brother's Keeper.....Some of the Problems With Theonomists (Fred Butler, Hip and Thigh)

Judicial Warfare: The Christian Reconstruction Movement and its Blueprints for Dominion (critique by former Christian Reconstructionist Greg Loren Durand)

Theonomy: A Reformed Baptist Assessment (Sam Waldron)

What Is Dominionism? (Derek Gilbert interviews Sarah Leslie of Herescope, beginning at 1:08:00 mark)
A Biblical Examination of the Dominion Mandate and the Christian Reconstruction Movement (Bob DeWaay)

Moses' Law for Modern Government: The Intellectual and Sociological Origins of the Christian Reconstructionist Movement (Ligon Duncan)

Christian Reconstructionist Leader Doug Phillips of Vision Forum Resigns, Cites Moral Failure [UPDATED]

Doug Phillips, Repentance and Justice (Sola Sisters)

Hall of Shame: Doug Phillips and Vision Forum (Mennoknight)

Rethinking Vision Forum

How God Saves Us In Christ (And Why Legalism Can't Help Us) (Pastor Jeff Crippen)

Why The Law Cannot Sanctify (Romans 7:5-6) (Pastor Kevin Williams)

 Bible Thumping Wingnut 


J.D. Hall's Discusses His Debate With Theonomist Joel McDurmon

Reflecting On The Theonomy Debate / Social Media Conduct

Previewing The Upcoming Theonomy Debate 

 Secular Articles About Patriarchy/Quiverfull 

When Having Kids Is A Religious Experience (ABC News)

Quiverfull: More Children For God's Army (Newsweek writer Kathryn Joyce)

Inside the Duggar Family's Conservative Ideology (Newsweek, Kathryn Joyce)


 Miscellaneous Resources / Dominionism In Other Ideologies and Movements 

What Is The New Apostolic Reformation? (And Why Should We Be Concerned About It?)

Signs and Wonders Training Camp for Kids? (Stand Up For The Truth)

A Tale of Two Kingdoms (Stand Up For The Truth)

Pastor Carl Trueman: Concerns With Quiverfull/Patriarchy (Sola Sisters)

In-Depth Discussions of Patriarchy with Author and Christian Researcher Karen Campbell:
⁃ Quiverfull/Patriarchy, Part I (9 radio programs) 
⁃ Quiverfull Patriarchy, Part II (14 radio programs) 
⁃ Militant Fecundity (Aggressively Raising Up A "Christian Army") vs. Seeing Children As A Blessing (4 radio programs) 
What Are The Quiverfull and Patriarchy Movements? (Got Questions?)

Monday, February 23, 2015

How Should A Christian Live In A Culture Given Over To A Depraved Mind?

Posted by Christine Pack

Screenshot of ABC interview with Bruce Jenner

Before I was born again, I had a number of homosexual friends, and for some reason, I often ended up being a sympathetic ear for them. This was before homosexuality was accepted as normal, as it is today, and many of them expressed to me that they wished they could do "normal life things" with their partners, such as openly hold hands, spend holidays with their families, be accepted by their families and friends, share medical benefits with their partners, etc. I had compassion for what I felt were great injustices that they had to endure.

Fast forward a number of years, and despite growing up in the Bible Belt, and despite my having attended church for years growing up, I finally heard the gospel message, the REAL gospel message, for the first time in a Baptist church as an adult. When I heard the gospel, I realized my sin against a high and holy God, and saw my need for a Savior. I repented in tears and believed on Christ's atonement made on behalf of repentant sinners. I was so grateful for God's loving-kindness, his mercy, and his compassion in making a way for sinners to be reconciled to Himself.

It wasn't until some months into my Christian walk that I came up against the issue of homosexuality. In fact, I was still gay-affirming until I sat down with a Christian friend, someone who was more mature in the faith, and we went through the Scriptures together, and I could plainly see for myself that unrepentant homosexuality is a sin in God's eyes. It is not one that is beyond his reach, as no sin is beyond his reach, but it IS a sin.

All that background means that I, and many other Christians like me, do not hate homosexuals. We have compassion for that sin in the same way that we have compassion for any other sin that ensnares a lost person (bitterness, anger, pride, etc.). It's just that we bend the knee to God's Word, and it says what it says, so I'm sorry if it's upsetting to any of the homosexuals I know that I uphold what God's Word says in this area, but I am constrained by my conscience to do so.


Now we're living in a time and a world in which every kind of sexual sin is being mainstreamed and normalized. I feel for those ensnared in sexual sins who are being relentlessly told by the culture and the media that what they are doing is good and right, when in fact, sexual sin, ALL sexual sin, is wrong and is a sin against God, because it is God alone who gave us the proper framework by which our sexual appetites are to be satisfied, and that is in a faithful marriage between one man and one woman. Those who reject this truth are believing a lie.
"God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done." (Romans 1:24-28)
"Woe to those who call evil 'good' and good 'evil'....." (Isaiah 5:20)
In closing, let me state that this article is not meant to comprehensively address how it is that Christians should respond to today's LGBT agenda. Rather, I've posted a few links below to resources by others who have raised excellent questions for Christians to think through as we go forward in this Isaiah 5:20 culture.

Bruce Jenner Believes A Lie - This first link is to a show from February 2015 by Dr James White of AOMinistries, in which he discusses former Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner, who has chosen to have surgery on himself in an attempt to turn himself into a woman. In short, Bruce Jenner is believing a lie. This will be sad to listen to, and my prayer is that those struggling with sexual orientation will first of all read what the Bible has to say about sin, and read about God's holy nature, and then will repent and believe on Christ's atoning sacrifice. When this happens, a person is given a NEW heart and NEW desires, to the great praise and glory of a merciful God who saves - and changes - lost sinners.
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, all things have become new." (2 Cor 5:17)
[UPDATED] James White On Same-Sex Marriage and the LGBT Agenda - This link is to another interview with Dr James White. This interview, which kicked off the (rebooted) Iron Sharpens Iron show, is a sobering look at same-sex marriage, the current climate and the relentless push by the LGBT to normalize all gender issues. Show host Chris Arnzen and Dr White also get into other general discussion about the LGBT agenda and how Christians should respond to it, and how we should also start thinking about the future.

When God Abandons A Nation - The Iron Sharpens Iron interview with James White (linked above) also put me in mind of a very good sermon by John MacArthur from several years ago called "When God Abandons A Nation." In this sermon, Dr. MacArthur said (paraphrasing) that once you've gone past the sexual revolution, and you're into the homosexual revolution, the culture is basically gone. Thus, the question is no longer, "What should we do so that God won't abandon us as a nation?" but rather, "Now that God has abandoned the nation in which we live, how should we live?"

Gay Christianity Refuted - Here is a a link to a 2-part show by James White, and which addresses the claims made by a very attractive and articulate homosexual young man named Matthew Vines. (For those who don't know who he is, Vines claims to be both unrepentantly homosexual and Christian.)

■  Which Way, Evangelicals? There is Nowhere to Hide and New OSHA Regulations Christians Need To Be Aware Of - These are links to recent blogposts made by Dr. Al Mohler.

■ The Transgender Con? Many “Transgender” People Regret Switch - This link is to an article that exposes the high suicide rate among transgenders, a topic which is rarely mentioned in the liberal media, but is nonetheless true.

How to Survive A Cultural Crisis - This link is to an excellent blogpost by Mark Dever, pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist in Washington, DC. This is a great article for retraining our thinking to be more biblical, with subheadings such as: (1) Remember that churches exist to work for supernatural change, (2) Understand that persecution is normal, and (3) Eschew utopianism. And after all, if there's anyone who is aware of the dangers of trusting too heavily in Christian activism, it is Mark Dever, located as he is, in our nation's capitol.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A Caution About the Growing Essential Oils Trend

Posted by Sola Sisters


In additional to our general warnings about New Age concepts that are often transmitted through alternative supplements and/or treatments, we've also compiled here all the articles we've posted to date about another growing trend in the alternative treatment realm: essential oils. These articles also contain links to many other helpful resources.

 Warnings About Essential Oils 

The Christian and Essential Oils: A Few Thoughts [UPDATED] (Sola Sisters)

Essential Oils Revisited (Sola Sisters)

Aromatherapy: Biblical Path to Healing or Demonic Deception? (Chuck and Julie Cohen)

A Critique of David Stewart's Healing Oils of the Bible (Marcia Montenegro)

The FDA Warns Young Living, doTERRA Essential Oils Companies To Stop Making Unsubstantiated Claims That The Oils Cure Cancer, Protect Against Ebola (Food and Drug Administration, 9-22-2014)

The Founder of One of the Largest Essential Oils Companies Is A Fraud and a Charlatan

How To Use Essential Oils: A Step-By-Step Guide (satire, warning: some mild language)


 Warnings About Essential Oil Toxicity 

Essential Oil Safety: Documented Side Effects, Injuries, and Deaths from Essential Oil Ingestion (Hub Pages)

Essential Oil Claims - The Dangers Keep On Coming (Skeptoid)

Eucalyptus Oil and Essential Oils Poisoning (The Royal Children's Hospital - Melbourne, AU)

Can Aromatherapy Oils Poison You? How Tiny Particles 'May Damage Liver and Kidneys' (Daily Mail, UK)

Hidden Dangers of Essential Oils: The Frightening Truth About Natural Remedies Such as Olbas Oil Which Can Cause Heart Problems, Convulsions and Eye Ulcers (Daily Mail, UK)

Danger for Cats: Essential Oils (Articulate Animals Blog)

Warning About Peppermint Oil Overdose (New York Times)

Shannon: Haddad and Winchester's Clinical Management of Poisoning and Drug Overdose, 4th ed.

Toxic Effects of Essential Oils - Addresses Oils Taken Orally and Externally (The Research Pedia)


 Sola Sisters Facebook Wall Threads - Essential Oils 


Sola Sisters Facebook wall - February 23, 2014
Sola Sisters Facebook wall - April 24, 2014
Sola Sisters Facebook wall -April 26, 2014
Sola Sisters Facebook wall - June 28, 2014 (general warning about essential oils) 
Sola Sisters Facebook wall - June 30, 2014 (critique of essential oils/YL by Chuck and Julie Cohen)
Sola Sisters Facebook wall - July 11, 2014 (should Christians partner with companies who market their products with unbiblical spiritual concepts?)
Sola Sisters Facebook wall - July 28, 2014 (discussion re: Sola Sisters' concerns about YL/alternative)