Watch Your Language!

When we were children back in the stone age, it was not uncommon to hear a parent say, “Watch your language!” It was sometimes punctuated with “young man” or “young lady.” Our language reflected the cultural values of the time. Certain communications were expected, and others definitely frowned upon. When speaking to adults we were expected to say, “yes sir” or “yes ma’am.” We did not refer to adults by their first name, ever, because … Continue reading

In the Beginning – Heresy

Many seem surprised at how easily and quickly blatant false teaching is spreading today throughout the Evangelical church. But in fact, what we are seeing is not something new – heresy and deception have been with us since the beginning. The first deception is that of Satan himself, and that involved self-deception. Isaiah 14 recites the arrogant claims of the King of Babylon. According to the Faithlife Study Bible, verse 13: …serves to identify the … Continue reading

The Fad Driven Christian Life

From purpose driven lives to unscheduled visits to heaven, Christians and churches too often seem to be racing from fad to fad. Someone sent me a link to the above video last week with the question, “Is it really this bad?” My response? It may be worse. These days, with propaganda on the newest “Christian” fads readily available on “Christian television” and the internet, faithful pastors and church leaders who want to keep their flocks … Continue reading

Y2K: Genuine Crisis or Over-Hyped Circus?

(This originally appeared in the Spring 1999 edition of the MCOI Journal) For the last several years, many of us who are involved in discernment ministries have been wondering what type of doomsday cults would surface to herald the new millennium. There is something about the turn of a new century that feeds people’s fearful imaginations of the future. If a new century fosters such gloomy speculations, how much more hysteria will be ignited by … Continue reading