Beautiful Eulogy – Symbols And Signs

Pump the brakes, stop sign
You saw the sign now you ace evase?
Preacher saw them dollar signs
He on that paper chase
Stuffing profits in his pockets
Oh wolf, with a sheep’s appearance
And the reason he’s making that scratch huh
Is cause those ears itch
Pimping out the Gospel
A prostitution of false doctrine
Lies whistle in the wind
But we listen
If there’s a little truth mixed in
Find a pastor that suits you
On your TV with a suit and tie
Hitch a ride in his private jet
And you’ll be lookin’ stupid fly
Materialism
And selfish ambition
Is a foolish religion
The riches of God’s mercy
Is worth more than your superstition
Tell me how does a Christian begin
To develop discernment and wisdom
First we submit every symbol and sign
To the authority of the scriptures

Signs
Symbols, Symbols, Symbols

Yep, are you the kind
That’s completely consumed
By symbols and signs?
If you are that’s fine
But don’t you find it interesting
How most of the time
Your self-interpreting seems to coincide
With what’s deep inside
Your heart’s desires
Seems rather convenient, doesn’t it?
I’m not saying that God can’t do it
Not saying that God won’t do it
That might very well be the case!
I’m simply making an observation of how much weight you place on it
What seems to be at stake and how much of your faith is actually banking on it
And how much of your mysticism is mixed with your religious philosophic system
Sometimes what we believe to be true from our supernatural pursuits is actually a fluke
A series of events that’s used to distract you from the truth
But, I’ll give you a sign that’s obvious
One of the most supernatural acts is that God through his Word has actually revealed everything pertaining to life in Godliness
There’s this idea that an individual
Is somehow more spiritual
If he sees these signs and symbols
And takes what’s normally invisible
And makes it simple
But I say the mark of a mature man
Is the one who reads God’s Word and understands
And allows that to govern his decisions and his perspective plans

Signs
Symbols, Symbols, Symbols

I like it when the wind shifts
They say it’s the movement of the Spirit
Still small voice, ya’ll hear it?
Remember that time I saw that leaf fall
I was positive it was God’s call
Wait for it, listen close
Ya’ll missed it?
I saw Gideon, Sampson, Paul
Elijah saw the clouds split
And know that God did it
And does it still
Still, his presence feels like chills
Right, and if I’m honest
It doesn’t happen often
Something must be wrong
It’s boring when my life is more like the book of Ruth than Exodus
I’ve never seen the partin’
Of an ocean
Or a cloud by day or pillar by night
Just a normal everyday working of life
Where things that suck royally
Is evidence of his royalty
Scratch your temple
So deep it’s simple
Silly us, ignore the plain
We prefer a riddle
Dying to see a miracle
While holding God’s diary
Looking for signs

Signs
Symbols, Symbols, Symbols

-Beautiful Eulogy from Instruments of Mercy by Humble Beast
Featuring Braille, Odd Thomas & Propaganda
Released 2013
http://www.humblebeast.com/

Pornographic Divination

“In a post last week, I pointed out that the preposterous claims, unhinged behavior, and spiritual quackery that are so prominent at the charismatic movement’s lunatic fringe are by no means limited to the outer edges. Goofiness and gullibility are necessary byproducts of a belief system that fails to take seriously the principle of sola Scriptura and its ramifications (i.e., the authority and sufficiency of Scripture).

Here’s a sample of the kind of thing I was referring to…

Phil Johnson’s full article here: http://teampyro.blogspot.com/2011/08/pornographic-divination.html

Paul Washer Quotes

Paul washer quotes as recorded by Jesse Johnson.

“There are very few people who are known for evangelism, and yet who fall into the trap of liberal theology. It is very hard to get influenced by liberalism when you are out trying to win souls for Jesus.”

“I believe in the sovereignty of God over salvation, because I know that the conversion of a man is an absolute impossibility.”

“The doctrine of the sovereignty of God affects preaching in this way: every time, before you get into the pulpit, you ask yourself, ‘Lord, can these bones live?’ The answer: ‘only if you make them alive.”

“Many seminaries turn out good preachers who do not lead godly lives. There are so many people out there who are concerned about the preparation of the sermon that they leave behind the preparation of the man.”

“To help yourself in your devotional life, ask this question over and over again, ‘how does the death of the son of God lead to my forgiveness, and how is that seen here in this passage?”

“Pastors need to recover the lost practice of staying up late and getting up early for the purpose of prayer. There is a sense that in the evangelical culture we have let the charismatics steal our heritage. We get to those powerful passages on prayer and go into defense mode against the wrong teachings of the charismatics, rather than into extolling the virtues of all-night prayer.”

“A structured sermon is good, but don’t ever turn God into a propositional statement. Someone should write a book on the idolatry of expository preaching.”

[On the role of parents vs. the youth pastor in training children]: “God did not give you a child to turn his spiritual development over to a 21-year-old with mousse in his hair who thinks he is cool.”

“As a pastor, always do theology in the context of the local church.”

“Preaching should never grow dull. There is never a time where truths have already been explained, so the pastor runs out of things to say. Semper reformanda, so the truths need to be rediscovered every generation.”

“If a pastor studies a passage to figure out how to preach it, it will be a powerless sermon. If you labor over something to be preached, all that will happen is it will be heard. Instead, you have to ask: ‘What has this passage done to me?”

“Charismatics repeat the errors of the mystics. The problem with the mystics is that they were looking for the word of God in every place but the Bible.”

“Evangelism is why I exist. If everyone in the world was saved, you would never see me again. I’d move out to the mountains and be with my family.”

http://thecripplegate.com/paul-washer-on-homiletics/#more-1114

Thoughts on the CJ Fiasco

Jesse Johnson brings discernment and wisdom to the fiasco plaguing Sovereign Grace Ministries.

“Let me just come right out and say it: this CJ Mahaney thing is a train wreck, is exhibit #42 for why I believe in elder lead churches, and exhibit #476 in defense of cessationism….”

http://thecripplegate.com/my-thoughts-on-the-cj-fiasco/#more-766

-Jesse Johnson, Elder and Outreach Pastor at Grace Community Church, Los Angeles, CA

Not A Charismatic

Nate Busenitz, pastor at Grace Community Church and professor at The Master’s Seminary explains in 100 words why Charismatic teaching is un-Biblical.

http://thecripplegate.com/why-im-not-a-charismatic/

“If someone were to ask me, “Are you a Charismatic/Continuationist?” I would answer, “No.” If I was then asked to explain why, in 100 words or less, my response would look something like the following:

I am convinced that the biblical gift of tongues was the supernatural ability to speak in authentic foreign languages that the speaker had not previously learned; AND that the gift of prophecy was the accurate proclamation of authoritative, inerrant revelation that the prophet received directly from the Holy Spirit; AND that the gift (or gifts) of healing resulted in the immediate, undeniable, and complete recovery of a sick or injured person at the hands of the healer.

I am equally convinced that those things are not currently happening in church history today.

Therefore, I am not a Charismatic.

 

If I were then given an additional 100 words to clarify, I would probably add these subsequent thoughts:

When Charismatics/Continuationists redefine tongues as a “spiritual language” which, in fact, is not an authentic foreign language; OR when they admit that their definition of prophecy allows for numerous errors and inaccuracies; OR when they excuse their inability to heal as a lack of faith on the part of the sick person; OR when they redefine the gift(s) of healing as an extension of James 5:13–18 . . .

I am convinced that, though they are using biblical terminology to describe their experiences, there is no true equivalence between their present practice and the authentic New Testament sign gifts.

My guess is that this would spark a much larger conversation. But I am purposefully aiming at brevity in today’s post.

And, besides, that’s why we have a comments section.”

Charismatic Chaos

Ian Murray speaking of John MacArthur’s concerns about the charismatic movement “…the enthusiasm for revelatory prophecies, and for apostles today, ignored the uniqueness and sufficiency of Scripture.”

-Murray, Ian, John MacArthur: Servant of the Word and Flock, p. 121

“Genuine experience must grow out of sound doctrine. We are not to base what we believe on what we have experienced The reverse is true. Our experiences will grow out of what we believe.”

-MacArthur, John, Charismatic Chaos, p. 65

“No genuine revival or orthodox movement has ever been led by people whose authority is based in any way on private revelations from God…A longing for something new and eoteric has replaced historic Christianity’s settled confidence in the Word of God–and that is an invitation to Satan’s counterfeit.”

-MacArthur, John, Charismatic Chaos, pp. 58, 73

God’s Word is the only lamp to our feet and light unto our path (Ps. 119:105). It alone is settled in heaven (Ps. 199:89). Galatians 1:6-9 even pronounces curses on those who alter or add to the revelation that God has already given in canonical Scripture.