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Gamaliel's Desk
Friday, March 19, 2004
 
Issues Facing Pharisees Today (cont.)

This week I am continuing my offer of the most important sermons I have ever preached. You may order these in DVD, VHS and CD ROM format. This series of messages with over 900 minutes of my finest preach will help every Bible-believe Pharisee today be well informed on issues of the most vital importance. The remaining titles in the series are:


NEW EVANGELICALISM AND ITS DANGER TO THE LORD'S CHURCHES

This is my most important sermon dealing with the topic of the New Evangelicalism. In this 2-hour message you will get all the proof you need for why everyone else is doing it wrong. Some complain that I preach this entire message blasting heretics and exposing their false gospel but never once preach the True Gospel myself. These mindless critics are ignorant of the fact that my message is to those who are already saved, who know the gospel - not the lost. Why would I waste time telling the Gospel to those who already believe it? It is not the intent of my preaching to evangelize the lost myself, but to inform God's People as to why everyone else is doing it wrong.

Many of my fellow Pharisee brethren have said this is the best and most practical presentation they have seen on this subject. New Evangelicalism stands on a shaky middle ground between fundamental Bible-believing Christians and the wider apostasy of mainline, liberal Protestant denominations. This presentation traces the history of New Evangelicalism by examining the faulty philosophies of the men who have promoted it: Billy Graham, John Harold Ockenga, Harold Lindsell, John R. W. Stott, Max Lucado, Charles Stanley, Warren Wiersbe, Chuck Swindoll, Chuck Colson, Luis Palau, Franklin Graham, C. Peter Wagner, Bill McCartney, Bill Bright, Stephen Olford, Jack Van Impe, Joseph Stowell, and other soft-headed liberals. I also expose the schools which have passed this philosophy on to a generation of unsuspecting, gullible preachers and missionaries: Wheaton College, Fuller Theological Seminary, Dallas Theological Seminary; Westminster College, Gordon-Conwell, Biola, and others.

I also examine the vital questions of is God pleased with preachers who:
• refuse to separate from evil?
• refuse to name the names of false teachers?
• refuse to preach the negative things of the Bible?
• have earned the praise and acclamation of the world and its institutions?
• are willing to unite with those who preach a "different gospel' than the one which can save a soul?
This presentation gives clear, Bible answers to the many questions raised by New Evangelicalism, so that Christians can arm themselves against this dangerous and unbiblical philosophy and help them ease the guilt they feel for not sharing the Gospel themselves. If everyone else is doing it wrong, then we need to make sure we don't join their error by doing it wrong as well. The less we share of the Gospel ourselves, the less likely we are to make the same mistakes.

PHARISEE FUNDAMENTALISTS WHO DEFENDED THE KING JAMES BIBLE

Some recent publications have made the claim that Pharisees of old did not defend the King James Bible and have argued that the defense of the KJV is of recent origin. This high-quality one-hour message, refutes this claim altogether. It provides clear historical proof that Pharisees have ALWAYS defended the King James Bible as a sacred text from the earliest days of the 20th Century.

WHY WE HOLD TO THE KING JAMES BIBLE

The defenders of the King James Bible in general are being charged with being divisive and ignorant. It is the point of this two-and-a-half hour sermon to show that it is really those heretics who undermine reliance on the King James Bible as the Inspired Word of God who are being divisive and ignorant, not us. This high-quality video presents five of the most important reasons why we are convinced that English-speaking people need to hold to the King James Bible in spite of the onslaught of the modern versions. The main points of the message are:

1. THE KJV IS BASED ON THE PRESERVED GREEK NEW TESTAMENT.
In our estimation, the first and foremost reason why we need to hold to the KJV is that it is based on the right Greek New Testament, whereas the modern versions are based upon a corrupted Greek New Testament that was fashioned in the 19th century out of unbelieving, humanistic principles. In this video presentation we help the viewer understand this matter by examining Four Periods of Church History:
• The Apostolic period, which was the era of the giving of the Bible
• The 2nd and 3rd centuries, which was the era of the corruption of the Bible
• The Dark Ages, which was the era of the persecution against the Bible
• The Reformation, which was the era of the printing of the Bible. We show that throughout this long period up to the late 1800s, God's people had confidence in the preserved scriptures.
2. THE MODERN VERSIONS ARE BASED ON THE CORRUPT THEORIES OF MODERN TEXTUAL CRITICISM.
The modern Greek New Testament was founded upon the principle that the Scriptures were not divinely preserved by God but were corrupted. According to modern textual criticism, a corruption of the New Testament somehow became the Bible of God's people around the 3rd century and it was that corruption that was spread throughout the world and used by God's people for 15 and more centuries until the end of the 1800s, when (allegedly) the pure New Testament was finally recovered through the theories of textual criticism. We give three reasons for rejecting modern textual criticism even though this view falls right in line with our "Four Periods of Church History" mentioned above.
3. THE KJV IS DOCTRINALLY SUPERIOR TO THE MODERN VERSIONS.
This video presentation explodes the popular myth that no doctrine is affected by the various versions by careful proof-texting and selecting only those scriptures that support my point while ignoring those which don't.
4. THE MODERN VERSIONS ARE BUILT ON A FOUNDATION OF DECEPTION.
We see that the translators were instructed not to change the text, yet they secretly replaced the Greek Received Text with the Westcott-Hort Greek text created by the principles of modern textual criticism. How we discovered this secret is never explained.
5. THE KJV HAS AN UNMATCHED HERITAGE.
We look at the Tyndale Bible that became the foundation of the King James Bible and try not to contradict ourselves in explaining why the KJB is superior to Tyndale's even though it is built on his foundation.


THE ERRORS OF MODERN TEXTUAL CRITICISM

It is impossible to find the Word of God apart from faith; yet, modern textual criticism is founded not upon faith in God's promises but upon the cleverness of human scholarship. This, in itself, is a great error. We prove this error through judicious use of the cleverness of human scholarship on our own part.

SOUND CHRISTIAN MUSIC vs. CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC

This presentation examines the overt worldliness in lifestyle, appearance, and methods of the Contemporary Christian Music industry. Aside from exposing the worldly lifestyles of modern contemporary Christian I ask some vital questions:
• Should Christians rock?
• Is Contemporary Christian Music a good way to entice the world into the church?
• Where should we draw the line in Christian music?
• How does worldly music enter Bible-believing churches?
• What are the dangers of this new music?
• Isn't it legalistic to have specific standards for music?

For Bible answers to these and many other important questions on the issue of music, we highly recommend this video. This will be especially enlightening for those who can't figure out where the Bible addresses this issue even though it was written nearly 20 centuries ago.

Gamaliel/rjp

Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check.

James 4:1-2 (NIV)


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