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Beating the Drums of War

Picking Fights Americans love to fight! We are fighters and we are good at it. This presents us with a special temptation. Good fighters rarely walk away from a fight, even when wisdom would require it. They are prone to take up quarrels not their own. They take a dog by the ears (Proverbs 26:17), because they can whip the dog. Americans are good fighters and our history proves it. We have won wars against the British, the Mexicans, the Spanish, the Germans, the Japanese, the Koreans, the Iraqis, and more. The only war we really lost was the one. . .
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Giving Good Gifts to the Ungrateful

Giving Good Gifts Instead of Acceptable Gifts Most of the residents had been living on the street before they came to our program, drug addicts and drunkards who had made a mess of their lives. They were not a happy crowd, sometimes they were rather wily, some were probably dangerous, but I never really thought about it. They were men who needed the gospel, and I was zealous to teach them, to offer them an amazing gift. I had been working at the rehab for about five weeks when I decided to deal with a false doctrine that was rampant. . .
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The Heart is Deceitful, What’s the Cure?

The Heart is Deceitful, and So are Movies and Chocolates… Disney has been telling us something for years. From Mulan to Tarzan, Disney songs have called us to trust our hearts. Recently my Dove chocolate told me to trust my heart! Consequently, we are quite prone to trust our hearts, and our hearts are quite willing to deceive us. The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; Who can know it? (Jeremiah 17:9) The heart is wily, always pretending to be good, yet desperately wicked. You thought your heart was good, but it fooled you. It also turns. . .
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Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth

Rightly Dividing or Wrongly Fighting? Some things are worth arguing about. You should fight for the truth. You should defend the faith. In a world gone mad, where lies, heresies, and worldliness surround us on every side, you do not have to look far to find a foe. So much is wrong with the church and the world, the feisty warrior has much to keep him busy. Some people, however, just like to argue, and they will argue about nothing and everything. They criticize people for what they say and for what they do not say. They pick specks out. . .
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Relativism — America’s Idol

Relativism in Narnia In C.S. Lewis’ The Last Battle, an ape named Shift tried to convince the free animals of Narnia to embrace Calormene culture and serve their king, the Tisroc. Pretending to be Aslan’s prophet, the Ape told the animals that Aslan had sold them into the service of the Tisroc in order to bring all the “benefits” of Calormene culture to the backward land of Narnia. “Please,” said the Lamb, “I can’t understand. What have we to do with the Calormenes? We belong to Aslan. They belong to Tash. They say Tash has four arms and the head. . .
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How Not to Gossip

Gossip Starts Here It all started with a comment from a friend: “The pastor seems a bit too friendly with Miss Rogers, doesn’t he? Did you see the way he looks at her?” “Not exactly,” I responded. “Well, it does not look healthy to me,” he said. We parted ways, and I began to watch. I did not see much, but the pastor was smiling a lot while they talked. Maybe there was something to this. This is where my evil began. “An evildoer gives heed to false lips; A liar listens eagerly to a spiteful tongue” (Proverbs 17:4). I. . .
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Join the Great Cloud of Witnesses & Run

Great Cloud of Witnesses “Timothy, a deacon of Mauritania, and Maura his wife, had not been united together by the bands of wedlock above three weeks, when they were separated from each other by the persecution. Timothy, being apprehended, as a Christian, was carried before Arrianus, the governor of Thebais, who, knowing that he had the keeping of the Holy Scriptures, commanded him to deliver them up to be burnt…[which he refused to do]. The governor being much incensed at this reply, ordered his eyes to be put out, with red-hot irons, saying, ‘The books shall at least be useless. . .
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Against All Enemies—Voting Your Conscience

Lying Politicians Year after year our senators and congressmen in Washington solemnly swear before God and men to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic,” but only a handful of these men pay any attention to their constitutional limits. Our leaders regularly violate their oaths of office and we do nothing about it. We expect politicians to break their promises, and we even vote for them the next time around. We may grunt and grumble about having no other choice, but in the end we pull the lever for a known liar. . .
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Religious Pluralism & Homeschooling Homeschooling is illegal in Germany and families that refuse to enroll their kids in state schools are fined, arrested, and threatened with losing custody of their children. Recently, German police invaded the home of the Wunderlich family and forcibly removed their children. There were no allegations of abuse or neglect or failure to provide an adequate education. Their crime, according to the Darmstadt family court, was the parents’ failure to cooperate “with the authorities to send the children to school.” The judge also authorized use of force “against the children” because the children had “adopted the. . .
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Is Socialism Heaven on Earth?

A Vision of Socialism In 1888 a socialist named Edward Bellamy published a book titled Looking Backward, 2000-1887. Though largely forgotten today, the book sold more copies in its time than any other book published in America except Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and launched a political movement that still haunts us today. In the novel, a 19th century man, Julian West, awakes from a trance in the year 2000, finding that America has been transformed into a socialist paradise. Through his conversations with Dr. Leete, who awakened him from his trance, Julian learns how socialism created this heaven on earth. Dr.. . .
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Is Church Membership Biblical?

What did Calvin Think about Church Membership? In the 20th century, it became common to dismiss the visible church as an unnecessary tradition of men. The modern said, “You don’t have to join a church to be a Christian.” We had become “wise” and discarded the outdated church. Contrary to this, stood Cyprian’s ancient claim, “You cannot have God for your Father unless you have the church for your Mother.” Calvin thought more like Cyprian than the modern individualist, saying, Because it is now our intention to discuss the visible church, let us learn even from the simple title ‘mother’. . .
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Rev. Steven Warhurst

Rev. Steven Warhurst.

Steve is the Associate Pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Kingsport, Tennessee. He is married to Susan and is a father to seven children. Steve attended Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida where he first met R.C. Sproul Jr, Laurence Windham and Eric Owens.
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