Tuesday, May 10, 2016

WHY A PREACHER, Dan Mayfield

Like the Old Testament prophets and preachers, the closest modern equivalent to them is the preacher or evangelist. Ephesians 4 says the Evangelist is given by God for the building up of the body. Paul says that through men who are ambassadors, God is appealing for men to be saved, 2 Cor. 5. As "God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself", so God still appeal for men to be reconciled through the Preacher of the Gospel. How shall the sinful world hear and be saved by the Gospel? Through those who have the beautiful feet and carry the Gospel to the mountaintops, Rom 10:15; cf Isa 52:7. The Preacher who speaks so that everyone feels good about where they are has not done his job. Every spiritual person understands he is not perfect and needs perfecting which can only come through the convicting power of God's Word. The Preacher must lovingly show every Christian how to be happy for His salvation but also of the need to humbly see his faults and move to perfection. The Preacher is indispensable to God's plan of saving the world.


When I was 19 and 20, I was filled with too much of the hopeless life that the world said would satisfy me, and I believed I was going to be dead by the age of 30. I didn't know why or how it would happen, but the weight was great upon me and my sweet, god-fearing wife could only console me for so long. She didn't have the cure I needed which would come in like a flood when I learned of my Redeemer, Jesus Christ, Isa 59:20. Jesus Christ was the end of disappointment in my life.
Look at the last words: "will not be disappointed.' Peter is talking to a people who have been sorely troubled in this life for no greater crime than that they believed in Jesus. The Apostle reminds them that they are merely passing through this life and have a great reward and a reason to be hopeful.

"Let not your heart be troubled." Jn 14. A man can be in the darkest and gravest of situations in this life, and he can feel that hope is gone, but when he learns of Christ his despair is replaced with hope that cannot be silenced, 1 Pt 2:9. Paul and Silas sang and prayed even while the sting of the beating they received continued. Christ gave them joy when the world would see only hopelessness. There was disappointment, but now the stranger and alien is overflowing with joy and hope. God always lifts the countenance of a man. God has the secret of life that all of the self-help gurus offer in vain. A man who was ready to call it quits, after only an hour of hearing the sweet message of God's love and the salvation in Jesus His Son, this man now sits with tears of joy and is ready to follow Christ. Suddenly, there's light. Suddenly there is possibility. Suddenly there is clarity. He walks forward in that hour and calls on God to cleanse his soul in the waters of baptism, Acts 22:16; 1 Peter 3:21; Acts 2:38,21. Salvation in Jesus is the end of disappointment.
"Without hope and without God in this world", Eph 2:12.
The masses have been lied to to believe that life is about "living it up." Satan has promised the world what he can't give and the young people are responding in mass with the anthem, "let us eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die." 1 Cor 15:32. The "enlightened" world that thought It was doing good by throwing off the constraints of God, have replaced it all with a garment of meaningless existence. It is no wonder that young people feel let down after accepting the message that that pleasures of the moment are the highest good so that a bottle, a pill, a gun, a jump, or a bridge abutment seems a viable last resort.

Believing in Christ has a great hope, certain and sure, when fixed on the grace to be revealed when Jesus comes to gather His people. Jesus is the end of disappointment. If you believe in Him you will not be disappointed. So live. Rejoice, Tell the world of how excellent God is.

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"Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name." Acts 22:16
The thing about baptism is it is designed by God to be a once in a lifetime thing. Both in mode (what it looks like), subject (the person), and purpose (why or the reason for it), it is to be done right. If any of these three were not right when you were baptized, then you need to be baptized again.

There's no consolation in saying that nobody does everything right. Not true. It's true that maybe I didn't sing right or take the Lord's Supper right last week, but I have repented and this week and I get another chance to do it right. This is all accommodated by God's grace and patience. But baptism is only called for once in a lifetime. Therefore in every way that one time baptism must be informed by the Scriptures so that it is an adult (Acts 8:12) being immersed/buried (Rom 6:3-5; Col 2:12,13; Acts 8:38) for his/her sins to be washed away. Baptism is a calling on God for salvation and confession of sins (Acts 22:16; 2:38,21).

Was your baptism an immersion? Yes or No?
Was your baptism received as an adult? Yes or No?
Was your baptism to be cleansed in the blood? Yes or No?

If you did not answer Yes on all three questions, then you have not yet obeyed God fully and need to do this command of Jesus (Mt 28:19; Mk 16:16) right away to be saved. Private message me if I can help you to be baptized according to God's will.

I say this in love.


Jesus said to the paralytic, "your sins are forgiven". When Jesus did this, the Scribes began to balk so that Jesus said, "the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins " Mk 2:10. 

Let’s talk about forgiveness. Who can forgive sins? I'm the only one who can forgive the person who has sinned against me. If someone sins against me and then repents, I MUST forgive him or else I commit a sin against God, Mt 6:12-15; Lk 17:1-4. 

Now here's the thing. Only God can forgive the sins committed against Him. Since everyone has sinned against God, He is the only one who can forgive the soul who has sinned against Him. Everyone must repent of the sins they have personally committed against God if they wish to be forgiven. 

Why is this important? The paralytic was forgiven by Jesus for sins he committed against God. Therefore Jesus is God. Understand that this is what Jesus was saying. The Scribes understood the implication of Jesus' words as they said, "who can forgive sins but God alone?" (2:6-7). If they had thought Jesus was merely forgiving the man for a personal slight one man commits against another man, they would not have had a problem. 

The Scribes perfectly understood that Jesus was saying He forgave the man's sins committed against God. Only God forgives the sins committed against Himself. 

Therefore Jesus is God. Be encouraged to know that Jesus is your God.

Thursday, April 28, 2016


"Cognitive Dissonance is defined as: the mental stress or discomfort experienced by an individual who holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values at the same time, performs an action that is contradictory to one or more beliefs, ideas, or values, or is confronted by new information that conflicts with existing beliefs, ideas, or values."

I have often wrote and talked about how holding conflicting beliefs in the same mind is the cause of mental disorders. I wouldn't go so far as to say that it explains ALL of mental issues, but I belief it explains most.

The article cited below is talking about the problem in the Army where the rank and file are asked to believe things that directly contradict reality.

"5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, 8 being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways." Jas 1:5-8

"7 Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded." Jas 4:7-8.

For Christians, it's called being "two-souled" or "double-minded" and James mentions it twice in chapter 1:8 when a man prays to God while also doubting, and in chapter 4:8 when a Christian tries to be friends with God and with the world. James says, "friendship with the world is enmity with God." James says that such a person is "unstable" in all his ways, meaning inconstant and restless. There is always going to be a restlessness in a person who acts like he's two people in one body. The two are restless for fighting each other.

Cognitive Dissonance or being "two-souled" for a Christian is when the life being lived isn't matching the faith being professed. This represents a contradiction which is often times witnessed by others, but it is also obvious in the mind and soul of the individual. If I'm not living what I claim to believe, it means there is a war inside of my head. And that war will cause emotional breakdown until the good or the evil finally wins.

From the article, "Leon Festinger‘s theory of cognitive dissonance focuses on how humans strive for internal consistency. An individual who experiences inconsistency (dissonance) tends to become psychologically uncomfortable, and is motivated to try to reduce this dissonance—as well as actively avoid situations and information likely to increase it."

Leon may have coined the term, but Christians have always known that the inner belief must match reality. My thinking must be unified without conflict. My belief and lifestyle, if not matching up with the Scriptures, will lead to that "psychological" discomfort Leon speaks of. When we know the right thing to do, we must do it or else we sin, Jas. 4:17. When we say we believe in God, then trust God. If we claim to be a child of God, then don't be best buds with the carnal world. The inner dissonance will tear you up, Christian, until either you leave God or you leave the world.

"Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, "I WILL DWELL IN THEM AND WALK AMONG THEM; AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE." 2 Cor. 6:16.

The world being led by the Deceiver, the liar, who is Satan, will ask for you and me to believe things we know are not true. Planting and harvest will remain until the Lord returns, Gen 8:22. So don't believe the world's lie that we are going to destroy the earth. Men and women are created as perfect counterparts to one another, Gen 2:18. Don't believe the lie that women can do whatever men can do. She is the weaker vessel and is to be honored as such. "7 You husbands in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with someone weaker, since she is a woman; and show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered." 1 Pt 3:7. Both man and woman are beautifully designed for their role. God created them male and female and made marriage to be between a man and woman, Gen 2:24. Don't believe the lie that marriage can be between a man and a man, or a woman and a woman. The Bible says it is a perversion of nature. When we believe the lies of the world, cognitive dissonance happens. And when it does, you will find yourself in conflict with the God of the Bible. As there is no agreement between God and idols, so we must resolve the conflicts in our very being that cannot agree with God. That's not a good place to be.

So bring peace to your soul by living what you believe. The Army has become a dysfunctional mess, according to the article. Don't let that describe you, O Christian.

Remember, if you love Jesus, don't just call Him, 'Lord, Lord', but do what He says to do, Lk 6:46; Jn 14:15.




Do you think predestined means that God just arbitrarily hardens people to go to hell? Why then would God say, "7Therefore, just as the Holy Spirit says, 'TODAY IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE, 8DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS AS WHEN THEY PROVOKED ME, AS IN THE DAY OF TRIAL IN THE WILDERNESS,'" Hebrews 3:7-8

If a heart is hardened, it's not because God zapped it to be hard. It's because you are still carnal and refuse to embrace God's wisdom for your life. God doesn't want you friends with the world. But you want to be friends with the world. And so you harden your heart. Don't, stop, soften your heart and follow God while you still can.


"7 At one moment I might speak concerning a nation or concerning a kingdom to uproot, to pull down, or to destroy it; 8if that nation against which I have spoken turns from its evil, I will relent concerning the calamity I planned to bring on it. 9“Or at another moment I might speak concerning a nation or concerning a kingdom to build up or to plant it; 10if it does evil in My sight by not obeying My voice, then I will think better of the good with which I had promised to bless it." Jer. 18

James McDonald in pointing out the impact the open sexuality has had on our nation, he pointed to what sociologists refer to the 7 steps in the cycle of a nation. When you look at them, think of Rome. And ask where America is.

1. Technological advance
2. Growing military
3. Expansion of territory
4. Increased cultural influence
5. Multiplication of wealth
6. Moral decadence
7. Collapse

How long before God destroys this nation that encourages young children to experiment with sexuality? How long when children on Disney and children's programs are encouraged to inflame their passions? How long when 1/3 or children are born out of wedlock? How long when half of all couples are living together and not marrying? How long when the perversion of homosexuality and transgenderism are made a common thing? How long when every single television show celebrates this perversion? How long will this nation stand when it has already reached the point in the cycle of moral decadence?

Christian, you have to draw near to Jesus and be holy. Because He is coming and He's going to bring His wrath down on the godless nation. Be faithful and refuse to be a part of that deadly cycle of ruin.



It's always amazing to me to read of Old Testament people who themselves were pretty good people, like Eli the Priest and Josiah the King or David, but their children go off the tracks and do what is evil.

Of Josiah's son, it says, "31 Jehoahaz was twenty-three years old when he became king, and he reigned three months in Jerusalem; and his mother’s name was Hamutal the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah. 32 He did evil in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his fathers had done." 2 Kgs 23.

By the testimony of Scripture and from experience I know that good parenting is an elusive thing. Why this is the case is debatable. But it is a rare thing to see parents bring their children up, all of them, to walk with the Lord. Both of Josiah's sons did what was evil in the sight of the Lord. David's son practiced idolatry. Eli's sons practiced abominable things.  These and many more failed in the department of parenting.

I have seen plenty of good parents who consistently live their faith and they consistently discipline their children to follow the Lord. And these have been very successful. These give me more hope than Josiah, a great man of faith, does. Some parents might gain some consolation to see that even a Josiah failed to raise boys who loved the Lord. I do not. I have seen plenty of Christians, who I believe are genuinely saved, who are not consistent in the raising of their children. We all just need to try harder to bring our children to the Lord.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016


"17Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles; 18Or the LORD will see it and be displeased, And turn His anger away from him." - Pro 24
 As God does not "take delight in the death of the wicked", Christians do not take delight either, Ezek. 18:23,32; 33:11. Nevertheless, they who are wicked will be judged perfectly by God, Rom. 3:6. Some will go to eternal punishment and the faithful to eternal life. This is the "kindness and severity of God", Rom. 11:22.
Though Christians don't take delight in the troubles that have come on their enemies, still Christians can and should rejoice in the righteous judgment of God. This is a legitimate concern when people, even Christians, are questioning the justice of eternal damnation in hell. God will judge the world in righteousness.
Speaking on the wrath of God, John sees the congregation singing “great and marvelous are your works” and “righteous and true are your ways”, Rev. 15:3,4; 16:7. With the outpouring of the third bowl of wrath are the words, "5And I heard the angel of the waters saying, “Righteous are You, who are and who were, O Holy One, because You judged these things; 6 for they poured out the blood of saints and prophets, and You have given them blood to drink. They deserve it.” Rev 16. The martyred saints and the persecuted church would rejoice in God’s judgment against the wicked.
I point out these things so that lest we be influenced by the modern sentiment that is opposed to a wrathful God. Let us check our spirit and respect that God's judgment will be perfect for unbelievers because the spirit of faith says, "they deserve it!" And instead of taking delight in this truth, instead strive to bring to them the eternal Gospel that can deliver.


I don't want to show any disrespect to the Godhead that's composed of the three persons of the Godhead. We are Baptized into the name of the three, Mt 28:18-20. I love the Father, the Son, and I love the Holy Spirit. These are the source of our blessings.
"The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all." 2 Cor. 13:14
I commented in the past and believe it still that I couldn't imagine going through this life without ever acknowledging the three persons of the Godhead. We pray to the Father and daily we talk to Him. And though we joyfully acknowledge that Jesus is seated at the right hand, helping us by mediating our prayers, and still we barely give him a glance for fear that we might get the order of prayer wrong. When Jesus is mediating for you, go ahead and greet Him and thank Him for the High Priestly help He's doing on your behalf. Do we really think the 2nd and 3rd persons of the Godhead are to be unmentioned or acknowledged? I don't believe that's what is meant by praying to the Father through Christ. Yes, that's the protocol and so don't get that wrong. But all three are somehow involved in the prayer communication, Romans 8:26,34.

Of the Holy Spirit, Paul says, "the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words" and of the Lord Jesus, Paul says, "Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us."

Now some might wish to argue about HOW the Holy Spirit does this or that, and I'm not interested in that discussion, at least not at this moment, but I'm only interested in giving the Holy Spirit that glory that He rightly deserves. Say it with me that "He intercedes for us". As Jesus intercedes for us, so the Holy Spirit is helping us in some way in our prayers. That's deserving of an amen and a word of praise to Him that is the 3rd person of the Godhead.

This kind of glory I don't give to angels or to Mary, the mother of Jesus, or to the apostles or to any other. But the Spirit of God who was there in the creation (Gen 1:2) has all of the attributes and nature and glory of the Father. The 139th Psalm reminds us that we can't ever hide from the presence of the Spirit of God. He's here and He's there.

The Holy Spirit with Jesus Christ and the Father be with you today.


"1Therefore leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, 2of instruction about washings and laying on of hands, and the resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment. 3And this we will do, if God permits." Hebrews 6:1ff.
There is a place for milk and there is a place for the meat. It is true that some Christians never grow and always suck on the milk. This is a grave problem, 1 Cor. 3:1; Heb. 5:12. When listening to much preaching, it seems that too often the milk of the word is the main focus. Now I'm not against preaching and teaching the milk, but the church will not grow to maturity and the fullness of Christ on a steady diet of milk, The primary focus of preaching in the church needs to be meat.

"Leaving the elementary teaching" does not mean forget it and never mention it again. But it means that you have to keep building upon these which are the foundation of the faith. A house can't be completed by using only the "elementary" things which are the first principles we share when making disciples and baptizing them. "Leaving" means that the Sunday sermons will primarily be the things of mature Christian living and teaching doctrine.

If you aren't yet a Christian, you need to know the things of the identity and nature of Jesus Christ. Unless you believe in the Son, you cannot have the Father, 1 Jn 5:12. The Gospel plan of salvation is to believe in Him and confess that you believe He's God's Son, and believing must lead you to penitent belief because He died for your sins so that you would turn to holy living, and upon penitent belief, like Acts 2 and Acts 22, allow yourself be baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit so that God by His grace might cleanse your conscience and blot out your every sin. Then live faithful and worship Him in spirit and truth. Now that's the elementary things which are the beginning of the Christian life. Now move on to maturity in a life of fervent prayer and serious study of God's Word so that what God has taught you will be put into practice every day.


"You shall remember all the way which the LORD your God has led you in the wilderness these forty years, that He might humble you, testing you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not." Deut 8:2
The children of the Israelites who left Egypt did suffer trials because their parents did not trust in the LORD. And so God said to them through Moses that the 40 years of wandering was a trial to see if this new generation would serve God with all its heart.

Even for God's children today, as with every generation, it is how we live during adversity that reveals the sincerity of our faith. Most Christians can believe and hope they would be faithful. And that's all fine and important to think. But a few have lived in the trial and they proved they were faithful.

When the years of wandering seem to go on and on, keep the faith. When the night is long and rest comes hard, keep faith. When the walk has become more difficult to do, keep faith. When it seems you are going it alone, keep faith. Faith, because our heavenly Father is never far from you whose heart is His.

God wants to know your heart is all for Him.


No one stands exactly where I stand. I am where I am at this moment in time. And in this moment in time, there's no future and no past. So regardless the circumstances, this is the best time to serve God.

No one enjoys or suffers the exact conditions which I am under at this moment. We are all alike in this that our situation is different from everyone else's condition. We are alike that we all can and ought to serve God at this very time.

Wherever and whatever condition you find yourself in, this is where the Lord looks for your faithful service to Him. It's no good to Him if we say when conditions are better will I honor Him. It's a disappointment to Him if we don't pray in the lions den, or if we don't cry out in the belly of the great fish, or if we don't sing in the prison, or if we don't pray when the stones are crashing upon us. Waiting for a better season is waiting for what isn't promised. Job is the example of faithfulness in adversity. Only he could live the life of faith in exactly that time and circumstance. It's true of you and me today.
"For the LORD is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods." Ps 96:4.
The Lord does not change. He is to be praised today. He made us and we did not make ourselves. He made us in His image so that wherever we found ourselves in this life, there we would find God. In the bright sunshine or in the dark valley, the unchanging God is there both to be praised and trusted.

Augustine of Hippo said, "You arouse us so that praising you may bring us joy, because you have made us and drawn us to yourself, and our heart is unquiet until it rests in you." Confession, Book 1, Chapter 1. Do we know the unquiet spirit that has not yet found rest in God? The rest is not like the rest the world gives. The rest is the peace in our spirit that is calm through the worst of life's storms. We only find this in God. He is the calm.

If I'm young or old, God is waiting for me to trust Him. If I'm rich or poor, healthy or sick, God's glory beckons me to draw near. No matter my lot in life, the son of God inspires me to draw near.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016


John Piper is a Calvinist. He sets out to show how his Calvinist view of Romans 9 positively affects a person. Number 4, he says, it helps him to keep amazed at his salvation.

A Calvinist, first off, has no assurance that he's saved. He's only got a feeling. To a Calvinist, the saved person is specially elected by God. Calvinism distorts the doctrines of election, predestination, and the like, to mean that before the world was created, God specially selected the exact individuals who would be saved and all the rest, the ones He didn't elect, are doomed and there's not a thing they can do. The problem Piper has is that he's not seen the list God elected to save. He doesn't have a clue as to who is elect. And the most that he can do is compare his own life with that of others. It's works based. He thinks he is the elect based on his own feelings and estimations. He doesn't know if he's saved or whether he is persevering.

So Piper is amazed at his salvation that he can't know he has. What he means is that he sure is glad that he's one of God's elect. It's a marvel to him that by good fortune, God elected to save him when all of his neighbors are doomed to go to hell by virtue of God's decree. I don't know about you, but that's not amazing to me.

We aren't talking here about one guy getting lucky and winning the lottery while everyone else continues in their regular lives. No, we are talking about one guy winning the lottery, rejoicing in it, know that the rest are losers who are not merely staying in their regular lives, but are in fact going to hell. That takes a special kind of person who feels positive about that.

That's right, John Piper, you are amazed at being the elect. You weren't selected for salvation by God because you loved God and believed in the unseen over the material world. No, God didn't care about those things - not according to your doctrine. God just picked you for salvation for no good reason. "But isn't that what Romans 9 says, that before the boys did good or evil, God chose Jacob over Esau?" That's not talking about salvation. It doesn't say God saved Jacob and damned Esau to hell. The only thing involved in that choice was God's prerogative to determine who would be Israel and who would not be and the lineage through which Messiah would come.

"But it says, 'Jacob I loved, and Esau I hated" and "The older shall serve the younger." Genesis 25:23 shows that these judgments didn't apply to the two boys but to the nations that would spring from them. The descendants of Esau were the Edomites and they were evil. God hated them, Malachi 1:2-4. The descendants of Esau served Jacob. But Esau in his life never did. So it is a gross misrepresentation of the narrative to conclude that God doesn't decide who is elect on the basis of faith: who has it and who does not.

Calvinism is just about as wrong as any doctrine of man could be. There's nothing good to say about Calvinism. In so many ways does Calvinism distort the Bible. Piper wishes to pretend that only those who believe like him could be amazed at salvation. Wrong. A true disciple is one who hears the Gospel of Christ dying on the cross for his sins which makes him repent and be immersed for the forgiveness of sins. This person who comes to salvation by obedient faith is amazed at his salvation and he glorifies God that all sinners are offered the same chance. That's amazing.

I wouldn't say Calvinism is amazing. I would say it's so wrong that it's scary as hell.

God bless you. Dan Mayfield

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