Mars Hill Commands Us Not to Teach in Jesus’ Name

marshillRecently we went to Mars Hill Bible Church in Granville, Michigan near Grand Forks, where we were commanded not to teach in Jesus’ name. The video below shows some our interaction with the Leader AJ Sherrill and Mars Hill security.

What brings us to Mars Hill? In early September, my wife, five children and I embarked on a missionary journey across the United States of America. The primary objectives are to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and conduct video interviews for upcoming documentary films. Thus far we have preached at university campuses in Washington, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri, Indiana, North Dakota, Minnesota, and Michigan.

robbell Now a converted shopping mall, Mars Hill was established in 1999 by the Emerging Church leader Rob Bell. But Rob Bell forsook his flock to pursue a career in Hollywood. From Rob Bell’s official site:

Rob Bell is The New York Times bestselling author of Love Wins, What We Talk About When We Talk about God, The Zimzum of Love and his most recent book How To Be Here. iTunes named his podcast, The RobCast, Best of 2015. He’s been profiled in The New Yorker, he’s toured with Oprah on her Life You Want Tour, and in 2011 Time Magazine named him one of the 100 Most Influential People In The World. He has a regular show at Largo, the legendary music and comedy club in West Hollywood and is currently touring his How To Be Here Experience around the world.

As you are probably already aware, Rob Bell is also a leader in the Emerging Church movement which is founded upon a postmodern worldview. At the end of our meeting with the new Mars Hill Leader AJ Sherrill, I gave him a copy of my book Hath God Said? Emergent Church Theology  in which I demonstrate how postmodernism is incompatible with a biblical worldview of absolute truth and the authority of the Scriptures on various topics including feminism, homosexuality, hell, mysticism, eschatology, Jesus Christ and the Gospel.

A Christian brother named Jaime Rivera and I attended Mars Hill in order to pass out tracts, have conversations with those who were interested in the Gospel and leave them with the DVDs Church of Tares and Real Roots of the Emergent Church. The tract we were handing our is called “The Teachings of Jesus Christ” which is pure Scripture about the Gospel message and what Jesus taught.

We did not disrupt the service in any way, though I was considering doing so when the Mars Hill security apprehended us and brought us into the lobby. There were at least three security guards present. Jaime decided to capture a video on his phone of what took place. The video begins with a view of the sanctuary. Jaime proceeds into the lobby where I am having a discussion with one of the security guards. I was trying to get him to see the parallel of how Mars Hill resembled the Jewish Synagogues which withstood the preaching of the Gospel. I don’t claim to liken myself to an apostle in any way, but we were persecuted in the same way as the apostles were by the religious leaders simply for sharing the Gospel.

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On the Veiling of Christian Sisters

Head-CoveringThe purpose of this article will be to provide a thorough exposition of 1 Corinthians 11:2-16, on the veiling of Christian sisters, by concentrating on each verse, its meaning, the various words from the original Greek, and consulting the historical evidence.

There is no escaping the passage’s relevancy for Christians today. Paul addressed his epistle to “the church of God which is at Corinth” and with “all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours” (1 Corinthians 1:2, NKJV). Paul was perhaps foreseeing that his letters were going to be widely circulated. Paul’s apostolic teachings were not unique to Corinth but applied to every church. Paul taught his ways in Christ “everywhere in every church” (1 Corinthians 4:17, NKJV). Again, he wrote, “But as God has distributed to each one, as the Lord has called each one, so let him walk. And so I ordain in all the churches” (1 Corinthians 7:17, NKJV). Paul had a universally applicable message.

The Ordinances – 1 Corinthians 11:2

[2] Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you.

The Apostle Paul indicated that the following instruct-ions pertain to the ordinances which he gave to the churches like Corinth. The word “ordinances” is from the Greek word παράδοσις (paradosis) which is defined by Strong’s as transmission, i.e. a precept specifically the Jewish traditionary law:– ordinance, tradition. However, Paul was not here referring to the Mosaic traditions of the Law. Neither were these human-manufactured church traditions. Paul also wrote, [Read more…]

The Faith Once Delivered

Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saintsFor certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ. (Jude 1:3-4)

jesus-sermon-mountWhat is meant by “faith once delivered unto the saints”? This Christian faith has been once for all delivered to the saints, nothing to be added to it or taken from it. God’s supreme revelation through Jesus Christ concerning the teaching of the Christian faith is finished. In the context of Jude 1:3, faith is not referring to the belief, trust or confidence which Christians have in God, but to the embodiment of doctrine which was given to the church by Jesus and the apostles. There is a body of Christian doctrine that is called “the faith once delivered.”

Our only infallible source of authority is Jesus. Anyone who claims to have a new revelation from God in order to add to the faith once for all delivered to the saints is against Christ. Jesus also gave unique authority to the apostles. Jesus said to the apostles, “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth” (John 16:13). Jesus told the apostles that the Spirit would guide them into all truth. In other words, the apostles were guided into all truth through the Holy Spirit when they wrote Scripture.

John the Apostle wrote, “Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father” (1 John 2:24). Continuing in the Son and the Father is dependent upon the apostolic faith remaining in us. There was an established faith which was taught by the apostles “from the beginning.” Deviation from that apostolic faith to something new is a departure from the faith.

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