I Disagree with Paul Flynn about John MacArthur

I recently listened to Paul Flynn’s Megiddo Radio August 14th podcast. His topic was on John MacArthur’s reopening his church in which Mr. Flynn reviewed a John MacArthur interview with Eric Metaxas. This podcast was an emotional response that was heavy on personal opinion. Mr. Flynn does reference Psalm 82 at one point but after reading the psalm I’m not sure how it relates to the topic other than how he said it does. In his podcast he had multiple points that he wanted to address but I will comment only on a few.

  1. Mr. Flynn’s statement that this is not a political issue, it should only be a spiritual issue. He believes that Dr. MacArthur is making it a political issue by quoting the First Amendment right of freedom of religion. The COVID-19 “pandemic” has been politicized in the U.S., especially by the political Left. Governor Newsom was using COVID-19 as a reason to shutdown churches, assessing fines for meeting, while allowing “peaceful protestors”, casinos and other non-essential meetings to continue without penalty. Newsom was overreaching his authority and it was tyrannical in nature. Dr. MacArthur had expressed his desire to open his church because he wanted to minister to the flock placed under his responsibility. It wasn’t to be defiant to the government. If that is being defiant then the churches in China should not be meeting in secret locations because it is in defiance of the government. In short, it is a spiritual matter because a shepherd wanted to minister to his flock. Politics happened to overlap into situation.
  2. Mr. Flynn’s issue with Dr. MacArthur’s quoting statistics related to COVID-19 and making an assessment by equating it with giving medical advice. Statistics are what they are. One doesn’t need a medical degree to analyze and comment on medical stats any more than one need to have a criminal justice degree to comment on crime stats. Dr. MacArthur was not giving medical advice because what I would consider medical advice is if he prescribed a regimen for dealing with a sickness. Commenting on available data and making a statement that COVID-19 is not as deadly as continuously asserted by government officials who are not medical experts is not medical advice, its discernment. By your standards, one should not be doing podcasts on theological issues unless one has a seminary degree, which means you would need to stop doing yours until you graduate. If people have flu-like symptoms, most people have enough common sense to refrain from visiting people who have weakened immune systems. Dr. MacArthur was not giving medical advice by quoting medical stats and drawing a conclusion.
  3. Mr. Flynn appealed to medical experts that he agrees with on the nature of COVID-19. I would contend that there are the same number of experts with the same amount of education and related experience who would state the opposite. There are plenty of doctors who are actively treating patients with COVID who would disagree. This is just a matter of with whom one would agree. This is not a pandemic by the standards put forth by the CDC.
    The last point I would like to make is on the sovereignty of God. He has preordained this virus to run its course. God has preordained how many will die from this virus. No amount of maskwearing, hand sanitizing, hand washing, shutdowns, social distancing or neglecting to meet with our brothers and sisters in Christ will stop this virus from reaching that number. I am NOT suggesting that we be cavalier and visit cancer patients while we have flu symptoms, common sense and decency needs to prevail in such instances. What I am saying is that COVID-19 appears not to be as deadly as once perceived so it should not stop churches from meeting for worship and fellowship. If one does not feel safe meeting or has a compromised immune system should stay home.
    Mr. Flynn, I appreciate your ministry and I believe you are correct on a lot of topics. I pray that you will be called by a church upon graduation and that you will be a blessing and be blessed by God in your service to your given flock. In this matter, however, in my opinion, you should’ve listened to your own advice by not using the podcast to address this issue.

A New Introduction

It has been some time since I posted anything on my blogsite.  Sometimes I wonder why I even keep it.  My life is currently in shambles and I wonder if it isn’t because I haven’t been active by posting blogs about the stuff that runs through my head. 

Full disclosure: I am twice divorced with four kids.  I am a failure at every turn in my personal life.  It is all because of me and my weakness to let my flesh dictate my actions at times.  I now have some time on my hands and am able to post more often, which I will.  It is entirely up to the reader if they want to discredit anything I write because of my past.  I would not count it against you if you did.  However, I just ask that you would pray for me and my children.

I will rant against the false teachers that pollute and corrupt those who do not hone their skills of discernment.  Some will say that with my past I have no right to say anything.  They may be correct but the question I have is who will suffer more, the one who fails as a husband or father, or the one who sells the Word of God for earthly gain, who twists scripture to tickle the ears of the spiritually deaf to buy housed in gated communities, send their kids to private schools and wear clothes sold in stores only found  on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills or Worth Avenue in Pam Beach. 

I will occasionally blog an opinionated post regarding politics.  It is my site so I can do that.  And they will be conservative in their element.

Also, I am paying for this out of my own pocket. This will be a bare-bones affair of a blogsite. I will not have fancy graphics or advertising links. It won’t be meant to impress with fancy typeface or photoshop stuff. I don’t have the time to do all that. Either the reader will like my content or not, I don’t more bells and whistles will change that.

The Jonah Syndrome

The prophet Jonah and his resentment of the Ninevites.  He did not like the Ninevites.  He did not want to see God’s mercy given to them.  He did not want to preach to them, telling to repent of their sins or God will send judgment upon that city.  He tried to run away but God would not let him, so Jonah did what God had told him to do.  He preached repentance to the Ninevites, they believed and repented before God in sackcloth and ashes, and God showed them mercy.  Jonah was not pleased with this outcome and still was expecting judgment to fall upon Ninevah so he waited on a hill overlooking the city to watch it happen.  But it didn’t because God is merciful, and Jonah was angry.

If we are honest with ourselves there are times when we are not much different than Jonah but in a different context.  We call out false teachers like Joel Osteen, Steven Furtick, T.D. Jakes and others for their ear-tickling fodder.  We call them out because they are living fat off the “tithes” of their mesmerized and enthralled followers.  We hear them use and abuse the Word of God for selfish gain, saying what they ought not to teach for earthly gain.  We are sitting on that hilltop under the tree provided to us for shade and we are waiting for God’s judgment to rain down on them.

I am there now.  I bust my butt working 14 hours a day.  I give to the church and give extra when I can.  I am barely treading the financial water around me, barely keeping my chin above the waves.  I am floundering about looking for refuge but the waves just keep getting higher.  Every time I think I have made a step forward another bill or expense crashes over me and I am momentarily under the water.  Instead sowing generously so I can reap generously as 2 Corinthians 9:6 says, I sow bountifully and seem to reap more debt bountifully.

I am on the hilltop.  I am wondering why the wicked prosper, especially those who abuse the Word of God to reap earthly gain.  Those who spit on the bible so they can strip those who hang on the very words, their prophetic dreams, the promises of riches beyond imagination, only to be tossed aside when the well is dry, are living without worry, while I need to scrounge up what I can so I can buy food for my family.  I have heard the stories of people who promised God to give ten percent of their money and have been successful, and I don’t want to hear those stories any more.  I know all the promises and I know I need to rest in Him, but I am tired from treading water.

So, I am Jonah in chapter four. 

Seeker-driven culture, An Introduction

About a year ago I left a growing church in the town I currently reside. The church had just moved into a new building that used to be a jewelry manufacturing facility. The previous occupant actually stored gold bullion for the government. The three massive safes were still intact because it would be too expensive to remove them, but that is useless information that probably knocked something useful out of your active memory. I apologize.
This church is on its way to becoming a megachurch. When I left with my family they were approaching an average weekend attendance of 2,000 in three services. At the end of last year, they added two satellite sites, not church plants. They used everything a contemporary seeker-driven church uses to attract a crowd: loud rock concert worship music, laser light show and smoke machine, dark auditorium, hip young pastor, messages that were half stand-up comedy routine and life lessons with references to the bible, and lots of small groups. It was becoming the place to be if you wanted to be a part of something dynamic.
I plan on doing a series that will relate my three-year experience (get it? I am using their terminology) within the church. I got to know the a few of the elders and had minimal contact with the pastor. There are a lot things that are wrong with the seeker-driven format that I want to explore on my blog page. I believe it is important because what the structure was and the atmosphere they tried to create is endemic to all such churches. The search for relevancy to the culture, to claim to be different than your parents’ church, has really created a model that has become mostly redundant.
This is an introduction into the series I will do. This is a firsthand experience I am sharing. Although I did not become part of the leadership team I was a small group leader and I did have some interaction with the elders, both positive and mostly negative.

95 Theses against the modern church

The 95 Theses

Against the Modern Day Church

1.       Preach the whole counsel of the gospel.  Anything less is a disservice to the people in your audience, both the believer and unbeliever.

2.      Preach the Law.  The Law of God convicts sinners of their sin that is the purpose of the Law.  It is a standard set by God to demonstrate how far short man falls in regards to His holiness.

3.      Relationship evangelism is not true evangelism.  It is possibly effective but it is not the only means. 

4.      The apostles preached the gospel to mostly strangers.

5.      All of the human race is totally depraved before the Holy God.  Our sin is a gulf unfathomable gulf between us and Him.

6.      All that is wrong in the world is the consequences of our sin.  All sickness, disease, physical disabilities, natural disasters, etc., are a result of sin entering into the world because of Adam and Eve’s rebellion against God, and ultimately ours.

7.      Define sin.  Sin is an affront to the Holiness of God, a refusal to acknowledge His sovereignty, a rebellion against His Law and the failure to worship Him as we should and especially as He is due.

8.     Stop calling sin “mistakes”.  Sin is not similar to adding bleach to a non-whites load of laundry.  Jesus did not die for our mistakes, oopsies or any other misnomer used to describe sin.  Jesus Christ died for our sins.

9.      Preach repentance.  Without repentance there is no forgiveness of sins.  Sinners must repent before the just God.

10.  Jesus did preach repentance.  Before Jesus began teaching about the kingdom of God He preached “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand.”  Repentance is taught throughout the Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles.

11.   God is not just a God of love.  He is a Holy God, just, righteous and light.  In Him darkness cannot dwell in which sin must be repented of and Christ’s righteousness has been imputed before one can enter His presence.

12.  Christianity is not inclusive, it is exclusive.  All must acknowledge their sin, repent of their sin and believe in the finished work of Jesus on the cross.  Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.  No one gets to the Father but through Me.”  (John 14:6)

13.  Cease and desist with the sinners’ prayer, the heads bowed and eyes closed.  This not biblical in any sense of the word.

14.  Law and Gospel must be preached together.  Neglecting one or the other is a false gospel.

15.  If a sinner is in one’s church and feels comfortable and not convicted, then there is something wrong with that church.

16.  Cease and desist with life-lesson and life-coaching messages (they cannot be called sermons).  Jesus is not Dr. Phil or Oprah and the Holy Spirit is not Tony Robbins.

17.   Cease and desist with the comedy routines during the preaching of the message.  Read the text, cite the text and cite related texts that enhance the central point of the message.

18.  The bible is not about you or anyone else, it is about Jesus.  We are not any of the bible heroes in the Old Testament.  We are not Davids who need to slay our Goliath problems.  Any message that deviates from Christ is either a pep-talk or a self-improvement message, not a sermon.

19.  Women are forbidden by scripture to speak from the pulpit.  This is not a man-made rule or tradition.  It is an edict from God.

20. The bible is not a collection of proof-text verses.  It is false teaching to preach a man-made and man-centered doctrine and then use bible verses out of context to buffer the false teaching.

21.  The social gospel is not gospel at all.  It will save no one.

22. The social gospel can only lead to anger or discontentment towards God for any perceived injustice, and self-righteousness and arrogant piety towards other Christians.

23. We cannot change culture by infiltrating culture as Christians.  Only the gospel can change a person’s heart.

24. Promising a blessing from God for a seed-faith offering is an abomination before God.

25. Speaking gibberish and baby talk is not a secret language of God.  It solely the machinations of a depraved mind to impress upon people their piety and spirituality.

26. People are not infused with an anointing from God to heal miraculously as Jesus and the Apostles did during their ministry.  These people are frauds, charlatans and false teachers, anti-Christs.

27.  God is not manipulated by anything that we do or say.  He will not act simply because we recite a certain prayer in a certain way. 

28. The Holy Spirit is not a genie in a bottle.  He is the third person on the Holy Trinity and is to be revered as such.

29. Grave soaking is an abomination from hell.  No one except Christ has been anointed by God.  No one.

30. No one is not called up into heaven and then sent back to earth to share a message about the existence of heaven.

31.  Cease and desist waiting for the still small voice of God to speak to you.  God does not whisper in the wind.

32. We are not “little gods”.  We do not have the same creative power as God as to speak into being our wants and desires.

33. A ten percent tithe is legalism.  God loves a cheerful giver.

34. Praying is not a lottery ticket or a pull-arm on a slot machine.

35. Jesus is not your romantic lover.  He will not leave a trail of rose petals that leads one into a secluded glade in an enchanted forest.

36. Emotional highs due to extended “worship” songs make people spiritual junkies.  The experience causes people to seek out more such experiences and leads them away from God, not towards Him as they are deceived to believe.

37.  Jesus did not die to make us rich, give us a better job, fix our problems and our relationships, and help us move into a dream house.

38. We do not have a dream destiny.

39. God does not have a special purpose for each and every one in His creation.  His love is for those who have been adopted into His family.

40. One is not the apple of God’s eye if one is still in their sin.

41.  Celebrity “pastors” do not need multi-million dollar mansions, private jets, exclusive hotels and fleets of cars to share the gospel. 

42. Good works are not proof that God is working in a ministry.  If that were true then secular corporations and agencies that do charity work could make the same claim.

43. A large church is not proof that God is blessing that church.  It is mostly evidence that people like that “pastor” and like giving their money to that “pastor”.

44. Volunteering in the church is not a sign of spiritual maturity.

45. Volunteering in the church is not a way to earn points with God.

46. Being involved in the church is not a means unto salvation.

47.  Performing good works in the community is not the same preaching the gospel.  Performing a good work in the community generally only produces warm feelings toward that particular church.  It is not a means of making disciples.

48. Church is not for the unchurched.  It is a place for believers to meet to be refreshed by and with other believers.

49. The gospel is not about a relationship with Jesus.  Without regeneration, repentance, faith and belief in the salvific work of Jesus Christ we cannot have a relationship with God.

50. Unbelievers have no expectation to have their prayers answered unless it is in relation to their salvation.

51.  Miracles do not happen every day.  A miracle is an occurrence where the natural laws are suspended and God intercedes in a supernatural way.  All matters that happen unexpectedly are due to the providence of God.

52. Ecumenism is not to be strived for.  Unity for the sake of unity is neither biblical nor profitable.

53. Mormons are not Christians.  They are a cult who preach a different Jesus and completely different doctrine.  Their good works and morals do not make them Christians.

54. The Roman Catholic Church has not changed its position regarding the tenets of the Reformation in the last 500 years.  The pope is an antichrist.

55.  The canon of the bible is closed.  God is not giving anyone anywhere at any time special revelation.  What we have, the sixty-six books of the bible is all we need to preach, teach, understand and know as much as we can about our Creator and Savior.

56. The bible is sufficient as is.  It is the perfect word of God to be used to disciple, rebuke and discern matters of false doctrine and teaching.

57.  The scriptures are the Holy writ of God and should be treated with reverence.  The Father chose to condescend and communicate to us in a way we could understand.

58. The bible is a historical document with historical facts and can be understood literally where the text dictates such an understanding.

59. The bible will always trump science.  If there is a conflict between the bible and science, always believe what the Word of God says.  The Word of God does not need to be reconciled with science.

60. Creation happened in six literal 24 hour days.  Theistic evolution, Gap Theory or any variation of the creation account is in conflict with the bible.

61.  It does not matter that Genesis chapter 1 is written in a poetic style of writing.  This was a unique occurrence in the history of the world, a magnificent display of the power of the Living God, it is appropriate that the Holy Spirit inspired Moses to use poetic form.

62. In the original text, Genesis was not separated into sections or chapters.  Chapter 1 flowed into chapter 2 and 3.  Chapters 2 and 3 provide definitive details of the creation account.

63. Belief in the literal interpretation of the creation account is an act of faith (Hebrews 11:1-3) and is a component and matter of belief in regards to the plan of salvation.

64. Salvation is a work of faith alone.  We have no part in our salvation save that our sins make it necessary.

65. Works are not necessary for our salvation.  Works are a product of our faith and salvation and are performed for the glory of God.

66. Not all people will be saved.  Some will go to hell.

67.  Hell is a real destination for some who choose not to believe in Christ.  The earth and heaven are both destined for destruction.

68. God speaks through His written word which the Holy Spirit uses to instruct Christ’s disciples.

69. Sola Scriptura, scripture alone.

70. Sola fidelis, faith alone.

71.   Sola gratia, grace alone.

72.  Sola Christus, in Christ alone.

73.  Sola Deo Gloria, for the glory of God alone.

74.  Jesus Christ is the sufficient sacrifice, the Lamb of God, whose shed blood was more than enough to pay for our sins.

75.  When Christ said “It is finished” the Father’s wrath was satisfied.  Nothing more is necessary for our salvation.

76.  Exposit and exegete the scripture one verse at a time.  Teach all that the bible has to be taught, in season and out of season.

77.  Our sins were imputed onto Christ on the cross.  He is our propitiation.  He who knew no sin became sin for our sake.

78. Christ’s righteousness was imputed onto believers at the moment of belief.  Those who believe in Christ are now right before God.  He is our Mediator and we need no other, no dead saints or Mary.

79.  The truth of the gospel will offend, and should offend, no matter nicely it is packaged.  We are proud in our rebellion against God and do not want to be told we are sinners and are accountable to God for our acts of sin and rebellion.

80.The pastor of the church is not the only person responsible for sharing the gospel and making disciples.  It is the responsibility of all believers.

81.  Christians are to be loving and charitable in all ways and means.  Christ died for us while were in rebellion against His Father to show His love for the Father and for us.  We are to live in humility and gratitude.

82. Forgiveness of grievances against us is a commandment.  We are to forgive anyone who sins against us.

83. Church attendance is a commandment.  We are to gather together to sing hymns and praises to God, hear instruction from pastor divined from the written word of God and minister to one another’s needs.

84. We must partake of the elements of communion.  It is a memorial and a commandment.

85. Truth matters as the Holy Spirit has laid it out in the bible.  God is the owner of all truth and it is never to be determined by what is relevant in the culture.

86. We are to expect pain, emotional hurt and persecution in this life on account of the name of Jesus Christ.

87. We are enemies with God, at enmity with Him.  Without becoming at peace with (Romans 5:1) we cannot expect to receive the peace of God.

88. God does not need to reason with us.  He is sovereign over all His creation and does not our input and He does not need to explain why bad things happen to us.

89. We cannot make a decision for Jesus.  We do not have free will.  We are free to choose and if not for the work of the Holy Spirit we would never choose God.  The Holy Spirit and the intervention of God on our behalf enable us to choose God.

90. We are to submit to spiritual leadership God has set over us.  The only situation that dictates otherwise is if the leadership is on the road to false teaching and apostasy.

91.  We are to practice discernment.  We are to be Bereans and check that what is taught squares with what is written in the word of God.

92. Discernment is a necessary good for the church.  The church needs people who are able to expose and explain false teaching.

93. Polemics is a necessary good for the body of Christ.  Some sound teachers can at times be wrong about a doctrinal matter or a matter of Christian liberty or the role of the body in the culture.

94. Doctrine matters.

95. He is an awesome God who, for His glory and His glory alone, provided a means of salvation.  We are insignificant and worthless without His grace.  Teaching otherwise is an affront to His Holiness.

Jesus in the rearview

You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said: “‘This people honors me with their lips,  but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me,  teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’” Matthew 15:7-9

I Facebook on the interweb.  I post pictures of my kids, especially of my three month son, so my friends and family can see them.  Actually, my wife usually does most of the posting.  But I do post sometimes, too, and we get a lot of comments and likes on the posts of pictures of our kids.  I am introvert and prefer not to have many face-to-face interactions so posting pictures of our kids on Facebook is perfect for me.  More often than not we get a lot of likes for the pictures.

I also repost and share articles about national, well-known Evangelical teachers who teach questionable, dangerous and/or outright heretical things.  Recently, I resposted and shared all the articles related to Clayton Jennings and his propensity to sow his seed under the guise of sowing the seed of the Gospel.  I have also reposted some articles of other dangerous teachers, like Jen Hatmaker, Todd White and Joyce Meyers, because people should be aware of them.  Guess how many likes I received?  Well, at last count it was zero, which is to say there was nothing to count.  I didn’t even get negative comments.

I am not sure what to say.  Am I shocked? Not really.  Why? Not too many people in the seeker-driven purpose-friendly church today care about false teachers and their false teaching.  The more popular they are the more right they must be with God.  In fact, I’m sure a lot of them like what is being taught because it tickles their ears, which is why I am surprised I didn’t even get a negative response.  Please, someone repeat to their neighbor “lukewarm”.

My observation from reading their posts and listening to their conversations is that they like to keep Jesus close, but not too close.  They like to experience their sin vicariously through TV shows and movies, as Jeff Maples pointed out in his article about entertainment and the church on Pulpit and Pen.  They like the Beth Moore Jesus.  I picture the Beth Moore Jesus as Jesus sitting in the back seat of your car.  If you look just right in the rearview mirror then you can see him sitting there.  And when he notices you looking at him I picture him putting on a cheesy smile, cocking his head to one side with a wink, and his two hands in the form of guns pointing at you like he is saying, “S’up, Girlfriend!”.

On Sundays and small group days, they put their Christian suit.  They talk about Jesus, about how much they love Jesus and they should rely on Jesus more than they should.  They talk about how Jesus helps through financial crises and sickness and any other down turn in their life.  And while they are doing this they are probably DVRing some perverse program that they wouldn’t watch if Jesus came for a visit.  Can you imagine if Jesus did come over and asked to see what was on your DVR menu?  How many of us would blush and stutter embarrassingly and try to steer the conversation to something else, quick?

The tragic thing is that Jesus is in the rearview, it’s just that he is not in the back seat anymore.  He stepped out at the last traffic light and they didn’t even notice.  Then when they look to see if He is still there what they see in the rearview mirror is Jesus on the corner talking to someone else who wanted to listen.  He’s not even looking at your car.

The church in general has become lukewarm.  All this self-help, you’re the Old Testament hero, pizza-box sermonettes has watered down the Gospel and has sheathed the Sword of Truth.  Our material wealth has made the church soft and deaf to the truth of the gospel.  We want the worldly things and we want to say we honor Jesus but as John said in 1 John 1:5-10:

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

The church needs to remove the bushel that covers our light or Jesus will remove the lampstand from our midst, if He hasn’t already, and repent of our whoring with the world, seek His forgiveness in humility and with a contrite and broken heart.

An observation of Clayton Jennings

It appears that Clayton Jennings “ministry” may be at an end, at least for now.  With the way celebrity Christianity seems to work anyone can be “restored” back into ministry if they spend enough time in Purgatory.  If you haven’t been following what has been happening with Clayton Jennings, please read these articles here, here, and here,  written by JD Hall of Polemics Report, and these Polemics Report podcasts here and here.  Also read these accounts of victims of Clayton Jennings here and here.  This post is based on the work that had been already done by JD Hall.  This post is my observation as an outsider of the events that occurred.

It may seem that JD Hall was targeting this person like a laser bomb with the intent to destroy his alleged ministry.  Quite the contrary.  JD Hall was protecting the flock.  JD Hall was trying to extract a wolf who had managed to gain entrance into the sheep fold.  This could not continue to happen.  Clayton Jennings had to be exposed for who and what he really is, which is a sexual predator not above exploiting his position with had spiritual authority in order to take advantage of smitten young women.

Clayton Jennings grew up in the church in which his father was a pastor.  He certainly had the opportunity to learn the vernacular and how to appear to be so in love with Jesus.  He could put on the passionate Christian costume and speak the language that would give him a level of credibility, at least enough to allow him to build a ministry that was geared towards millennials.  He is a very good looking young man so that did not hurt his ability to attract his main target, young women looking for a man who seemed to love Jesus so much and a man who only cared about sharing Jesus.  It turned out to be a useful weapon for a prowling sexual predator, the wolf in the sheepfold.

Clayton Jennings wrote all types of poems and did spoken word pieces that talked about his battles with lust, depression and other struggles with the flesh.  They were vague expositions that appeared to show him as a vulnerable man, one who was able to express his weakness with such an available openness and an apparent reliability on Jesus to help.  That expressed vulnerability is what attracted the young women combined with his attractive appearance and charismatic personality.  He portrayed himself as the man that some women really want with the added twist of claiming to be a disciple of Christ which was especially attractive to young Christian women who are more likely to trust those in ministerial positions preaching Jesus.  They want to trust him more because of his ministry and want to believe that he is on the up-and-up.

All of these were props designed to lure the young women for sexual encounters in his home.  He would seduce them with his poems and with his spoken word blabberings that tugged on the part of a person that discards all thought and discernment:  emotions.  Clayton lasered in on the emotional center of his female targets that followed his ministry, attacking the most vulnerable part and the one that is most easily manipulated.   In doing this he displayed what is the most vulnerable part of most men, lusting after a woman for a sexual encounter.

He would lower their ability to resist his sexual approaches through alcohol (while not drinking any himself) and with his apparent spiritual training.  He would smooth talk them into believing that what they had done or were about to do were do was perfectly fine because they were going to be married.  It wasn’t a sin.  Add this kind of talk to alcohol and watching endless videos of his “sermons” and spoken word blatherings and he was on his way to breaking down the defenses of his victim.  And then he would pounce on them, figuratively and literally.  The victims resisted but due to his tactics they found themselves succumbing to him.

All of which was staged and meticulously planned so he could sin and the victims were just collateral damage to him, an acceptable loss to him in his quest of his ultimate goal: sex.

It is a sad state that Christianity has fallen into.  Weak teaching on the doctrine of total depravity and man’s fatal desire to satisfy his carnal flesh has eaten away at the mortar of the church.  Wolves sneak through the cracks so as to take advantage of the sheep.  We are fighting a war against the flesh with a sword wrapped in bubble wrap, if we are even withdrawing it from the scabbard at all.  How can the church hope to fare in a battle against the flesh if the church is so ill-equipped to mount a defense?  How can we be effective if we are given life lesson sermons with self-centered concerns which Jesus can coach us through?  How can we be effective when our level of maturity is not measured by our understanding of essential fundamental doctrines of Christianity but by how much we are volunteering to serve in our churches?  How can we trust our teachers when the effectiveness of their ministry is measured by how large of a crowd they can attract and not by how well the teachers exegete the scriptures which separate bone from marrow when exposited correctly?

Wolves creep in with false teaching with the purpose to deceive the elect and bring the elect with them into their sinful pursuits.  Satan’s tools of deception are not meant to fall useless against the outside of the walls of the church.  Satan’s attacks are meant to expose weaknesses and get inside the church.  The less the church leans on sound biblical teaching the more effective the subtle attacks of Satan are on the church.  This does not remove responsibility of those who commit sin against the flock or lead the church astray with false teaching.  It is simply a tactic of the Enemy.

Clayton Jennings is one such wolf who needs the blood of Christ to change him into a sheep.  He needs to be taught the gospel, seek real repentance and make restitution with his victims.  The victims do not need another stylized video with his face hidden.  They need an in person reconciliation done out of the spotlight.  He’s done enough grandstanding on the ministry circuit.  He doesn’t need to exploit these young women again for his own personal gain.  May God grant true repentance, a contrite and broken heart, humility, and forgiveness sought out of the contriteness and humility.  And may he remain anonymous so as not to be tempted again.

A written word for Clayton Jennings

A written word for Clayton Jennings

Spiritual malnutrition plagues the church

Starving sheep are out on a search

Here there anywhere for spiritual food

Caring little that it is somewhat crude

Wolves seeking to ravage and devour

Some to crush a young woman’s flower

The wolf is all pomp and primp

Playing the role of an abusive pimp

A narcissist who loves the glamour

With his mirrored image he is enamored

Using all his buttery speech and guile

Evil intent hidden behind a winsome smile

Lure them in with talk of marriage

Then dumps them in the waiting carriage

“Please be sure to take the pill”

As he hands her a $20 bill


She succumbs to his dogged persistence

She imbibes wine at his insistence

The woman, fooled by flattery, style and fame

Is left feeling dirty, worthless and full of shame

She becomes an emotional wreck

Tossed aside like an annoying insect

Turns to her pastor, a man of God

He says “Not sure that he’s a fraud

He is well spoken and well known

I’m not the one to have the whistle blown”

With nowhere to turn with her case

She remembers a man from cyberspace


She calls this man she doesn’t even know

Because she has nowhere else to go

He listens because no one else would

He prays for her as a disciple of Christ should

He wrote a blog to sound the alarm

Clayton said he would do no harm

To the warning pay no heed

Clayton assured there would be no need

To worry about him and his mission

All he was doing was Christ-like fishin’


The man relented took him off the block

Less than a year later Clayton ravaged the flock

More than one sheep fell to his charms

Abused and broken in his arms

The man calls out this man of prey

Clayton’s only mission was women to lay

Down with him in his bed on iniquity

So he could satisfy his sexual promiscuity


The articles are written Clayton exposed

Of all the women he disdainly disposed

Clayton shrugs it off as nothing to see

As he continues to tour with his ministry

The pressure on him continues to mount

As more victims are added to his count

He says he recently made good

To a woman from his childhood

They secretly went away and eloped

That changed nothing as he had hoped


He releases a Facebook post

About sins he claims to regret the most

Nothing about the women he abused

Nothing about how they were used

To satisfy a sexual sinful desire

To use them as women for hire

He postpones his upcoming agenda

Claiming he needs to be with his mentor

He makes a video of a Hollywood style

Decrying his past sins all the while


Clayton claims to having repented

Of all the sins he has lamented

He is on the path of restoration

Another caveat in his lamentation

Behind hat and shadow he cowered

His sycophants praise upon him showered

For being so forthright and strong

But only after he was shown in the wrong

Accusing the man of wanting him crucified

But no, the man wanted to admit he lied

To those women he left in tatters

But his restoration is what truly matters


The image in my head that stuck

Was that of Bug in Uncle Buck

The time comes for his true repentance

Not this fluff that lacks substance

Time to make restitution

With those who seek retribution

May his repentance bear true lasting fruit

And bring him to begin his pursuit

Of a life striving towards holiness

And not one full of celebrity emptiness

Fame brings pride

Which cannot in Christ abide


However the end of the story may come

Answers and confession are needed by some

He abused his place of spiritual authority

To feed his sin of perversity

For Clayton the time is now to never turn back

Confess his sins, repent, and fade to black

a structural analysis of AHA

Abolish Human Abortion (AHA) is a website put together by some people whose main purpose is what their name states, abolishing human abortion.  They self-identify as abolitionists.  The website gives a description of Five Tenets and Two Modes that a person should adhere to if they want to be identified as an abolitionist.  They have chapters in several cities, they sell signs and apparel with slogans and a logo that can be purchased, and they will send a representative to a church to try to recruit people to their cause.  They do not accept donations directly but one of their modes is crisis pregnancy center, Hand of Hope.  They also say that a local AHA adherent can be supported directly.  They have an unofficial official spokesperson, T. Russell Hunter, who is also their de facto leader since he had founded the ideology and designed the logo.  This is all on their website.  I commend their passion in their fight to end abortion, all abortion, and support them with my prayers.

However, they are not an organization, at least that is what they claim.  They are only a group, for lack of a better term, who all adhere and practice the Five Tenets and Two Modes of abolitionism.  They are almost as passionate at defending that sentiment as they are in abolitionism.  This post is not about going into legal and official government documents.  There is an article that already did that here.  This is about definitions of words and how those definitions apply to AHA because AHA likes to redefine words to suit their own agenda.

Here is the definition of an organization from Dictionary.com, the fifth possible understanding of the word:

5: a group of persons organized for some end or work; association: a nonprofit organization.

That seems pretty straight forward.  AHA has a central ideology that a widespread group of people adhere to and practice, and the ideology is to end abortion.  They have signs and apparel with the AHA logo.  I don’t about you but that definition seems to fit AHA.  I mean, they help people set up chapters in their local cities.  They send people out to churches to recruit the people of the church to their cause.  Stuff that organizations are usually involved in doing to further their cause.  But tell them that they fit the definition of an organization and they get defensive.  They give their own qualifiers, such as no one is paid or draws a salary as part of AHA.  In that definition I gave that is not listed as a qualification in order to be called an organization.  They have no overarching leader or board of directors yet they seem to have the same person speak for them every time AHA needs a representative.

It’s all very confusing.  They do everything that qualifies them as an organization even in the logical sense.  They have a core set of ideals that is central to their cause and people and groups of people organize around those ideals.  That’s the best way to describe it because the gather at abortion clinics with their signs and t-shirts, together.  They send representatives around the country to churches to recruit people but they are not an organization because that is what organizations do.  They have chapters in different cities like an organization would but they are not an organization.

So what do they want to be identified as?  After a lengthy conversation the answer given is that AHA wants to be considered a “movement”.  So what is the definition of a movement?  Let’s see:

a diffusely organized or heterogeneous group of people or organizations tending toward or favoring a generalized common goal

Well, there it is.  Even under their preferred description the definition still incorporates the idea of being organized.  So why is AHA so adamant about not being considered organized?

There can be only two reasons that are really one, accountability and responsibility.  AHA wants to be able to take credit for and boast about, while pretending to defer to God, any success they have in abolishing abortion.  What they don’t want to do is hold anyone who adheres to their tenets and wears their gear accountable for their actions or take responsibility for questionable actions while acting on behalf of AHA.  Whether AHA likes it or not, when someone wears their gear and uses their signs they are representing AHA, good or bad.  And AHA wants to be able to wipe their hands if someone goes off the rails while representing them.  Unfortunately, AHA cannot have it both ways.

So while AHA continues to vehemently deny that they are an organization but are a movement it still cannot be denied by official definitions that they are organized around a shared core of ideology and actions.  They are organized and organization.  No official documents are needed to be identified as such.  If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, its probably a duck.

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Is abortion the only sin that is legal?

This article was posted on the polemics website Pulpit and Pen (link).  It is a very good article from a proponent for abolishing human abortion but has decided that the polemics website he administers would sever ties with an organization with the same name, Abolish Human Abortion (AHA).  The point of this blog post is to address something in that post that may have been directed towards some of my posts on their FB group.  I want to say now that I am all for abolishing abortion in all stages and in all ways, period.  In fact, during this whole situation with AHA I have been convicted to become more involved in the abolishing abortion.

That being said, my original comments were meant to challenge their assumptions about how abortion should be the one ministry that is highest on the list of all Christians.  I tried to show that their assumptions could be applied to sex trafficking and pornography specifically.  While I was making my point I repeatedly stated that I am against abortion and that it should be stopped.  The unfortunate part is that the two people who commented completely ignored those statements and assumed that I believe that the sex trade should be raised to a higher status than abortion, which seems to be how they react to people who question the a priori status of their position.  This is how they react to anyone who even raises concerns about the level of focus attributed to opposing abortion.

To repeat, I am not against abolishing abortion.  Abortion should be abolished

In his article, the author states the three reasons why abortion should be of the highest concern:

I’m not opposed to calling the Church, or churches to repent of apathy–I believe the church is largely apathetic to this greatest sin. I also disagree with the argument by AHA opponents that other sins or social justice issues are equally as grave and important. Not to write off other issues as unimportant, but I do strongly believe that abortion is a top priority over other issues. It is the only sin in the world that is a.) legal, b.) celebrated in our culture, and c.) directly and immediately takes the lives of innocent children. (emphasis mine)

Abortion is murder, the taking of a life, is what I believe to be true.

Now I will only apply this criteria to pornography because I believe his assertions are incorrect.

  • Pornography is legal and has been legal and a protected First Amendment right longer than Roe v. Wade. Worldwide, a lot of countries have “Red Light Districts”, with Amsterdam having the most infamous.  India has sections of their major cities set aside for the purpose of the sex trade with sex slaves.  In Thailand, children are sold or rented to local sex merchants by parents.  All legal.
  • Pornography is definitely celebrated in our culture. It is a rite of passage for young men to view pornography and even to hire a prostitute.  Pornography and internet porn are a regular punchline in movies and TV shows.  I don’t see abortion as a punchline in movies or TV.  Abortion is usually treated seriously and soberly if mentioned at all.
  • While pornography may not result in the direct and immediate death of a person (but it can), it can indirectly result in the death of the person, mostly women, who are in the sex trade by being kidnapped and forced into performing sex. One could argue they may not suffer a physical death but they are certainly being killed emotionally and psychologically.  The other side of that coin is the effect pornography has on the increase of violent sex crimes (sourcesource).

Abolish abortion, it needs to be stopped because it is murder.

I do not believe that murder of unborn babies is the runaway frontrunner of sins wreaking havoc.  The sin of sexual immorality via pornography is a sin that happens within the church.  It is a dirty little secret that has some seem helpless while under its spell.  I’m sure one could ask a pastor friend how many marriages and families have been destroyed because of pornography.  It may be they could tell stories of pastor friends who lost their flock and family because they could not resist the temptation of indulging in pornography.  Pornography mocks and blasphemes against the very symbol of the relationship between Christ and the church, His bride.

Abortion is evil but all sin is evil.