Movie Review: The American Gospel: Christ Alone


Producer: Brandon Kimber, Ralph McGreevy, Martin McGreevy, Shawn Rech, Greg Robb, Theresa Wylie
Director: Brandon Kimber
Writer: Brandon Kimber
Cast: Katherine Berger, Russell Berger, Marshall Brandon, Dan Burgoyne, Matt Chandler, Bryan Chapelle, R. Scott Clark, Ray Comfort, Kenneth Copeland, Sean Demars, Mark Fever, Michael Durham, Mike Gendron, J.D. Greear, Don Green, Jackie Hill-Perry Benny Hinn, Costi Hinn, Michael Horton, Phil Howell, Phil Johnson.

This documentary has been on my list of must see movies for quite some time now. I was finally able to watch the movie yesterday evening.

The plot of the documentary is simple: What is the core gospel of Christianity as defined by scripture and what does the American Gospel consist of and is it the same?

Here the American Gospel is defined broadly as the word-faith ministeries such as Joel Osteen’s ministry, Benny Hinn’s ministry, and others.

The documentary looks at the teachings of Christ and the apostles as found in the Bible and compares them to what the word-faith teachers regarding healing, suffering, and money. The contrast between scripture and them is obvious and radically different than what is espoused by the word-faith teachers.

I think this is an important film that needs to shown in every church to let church goers see exactly what is being fed to thousands of people everywhere that these programs are broadcasted. Whether you are in Mumbai, Abu Dhabi, or Billings Montana you can be bombarded by these heretical teaching. And the more people know what the real Gospel is and what it does and doesn’t do the better.

So go watch this movie, invite friends over and then talk with them about the Gospel.

Five stars

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Eighteen years.


Eighteen years ago some of you weren’t born. Eighteen years ago I was waiting for my ride when he came to the door asking if I had been watching the news. I never watch the news in the morning.

He told me that planes had flown into the trade center towers.

We spent the day at work with a TV going watching the news trying to find out what had happened. In some ways I think it was like what my father felt when he learned that the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor.

All of the sudden we knew that there was evil.

Now eighteen years later we don’t even know what gender we are.

So what are we remembering? The lives lost? Of course, and those who ran into that mess risking their lives. But what do those memories change? Anything? Or are they just a picture we drag out every September eleventh?

I have been a bad boy.


So this is a strange way to come back to blogging. But I will freely admit that I have violated a social media law committed a faux pas if you will to wit I used the term “learn to code”.

Now if you’re a Twitter newbie or eschew social media entirely, and bravo if you do, then you’re probably unaware of Twitter’s obscure rules that they use to define who gets to say what.

So it was interesting to see this in my morning email:

Hi keachfan,
Your account, @keachfan has been locked for violating the Twitter Rules.
Please note that repeated violations may lead to a permanent suspension of your account. Proceed to Twitter now to fix the issue with your account.

As I pondered what I might of posted and I freely admit that I can be a bit of a gadfly at times, I couldn’t imagine that the little circle of Reformed Tweeters that I stalk could have sent me to Twitter Purgatory.

Obviously the only way to find out was to click on the link provided and see what the offending post was which I did. And it turns out that it wasn’t the Reformed Tweeters rather it was a comment I posted on a Ben Shapiro tweet. That’s right I posted: “Or learn to code.” Now I halfway remembered this article from the daily caller: Twitter Restricts People Who Tweet Learn To Code but I thought me, they are going to block an obscure anonymous Twitter account? And the answer was you betcha! Twitter informed me that I was to be shut off from all posting for two weeks and that the most I could do was DM or I could delete the tweet. I thought about it and deleted the tweet. Well that wasn’t the end not at all I still had to stay in Twitter Purgatory for twelve hours to teach me a lesson.

So friends what lesson did I learn? Well it was a reminder that Twitter isn’t a place where you can say anything, no they reserve the right to restrict your speech (tweets) for any reason they want make no mistake even if I was using “learn to code” to some young person wanting to transition from one job to another I would have been convicted of harassment under their rules. And there is no telling what other phrase might become forbidden because they decide what is right or wrong based on a strictly subjective standard.

So keep in mind if your weltanschauung isn’t what Twitter has decided is in its best interests then locking, shadow banning, even deleting your account is all within their purview. They control the horizontal, they control the vertical, you don’t.

Christmas Rom Coms A Rant


It’s that time again. While there is still cranberry sauce left in the refrigerator, the manipulators of entertainment has thrown their switch marked Christmas and has released the winter rom-coms.

Now a rom-com for those who were still blissfully ignorant is short for romantic comedy. And while rom-coms can occur at any season the winter rom-coms, especially the Christmas ones, seem to have a particular style. Something my youngest girl remarked on and got me to thinking.

So let’s lay out the style.

  • You are introduced to the desired male. This can be a soldier, a prince, or just some likable Joe.
  • You get to meet the woman. She can be a small town girl, rich heiress, or just a business woman.
  • You meet the wrong man. This is the boyfriend/fiancée of the woman and is so obviously wrong for her.
  • The supporting cast. These are various parents, relatives, friends, and townsfolk that surround either the woman or the desired male.

Now the story typically goes like this: The desired male is traveling through or working in the town where the woman lives or comes to. There is some initial conflict usually involving something like accidentally mistaking his food order for hers and starting eating it. He steals her cab, or even more hilarious accidentally causing her luggage to open and her clothes to splay out over the ground.

This is followed by the desired male doing something that endears him to the parents/friends/townsfolk which of course puts them on his side.

The desired male then is thrown into contact with the woman either by working with her or by the parents/friends/relatives/townsfolk bringing them together. Usually this is when the boyfriend/fiancée appears and you see how wrong he is for the woman and how much he needs to be gone from her life.

And the wrap up the boyfriend/fiancée has been dropped and she now moves on with her new love.

So let’s think about this for a minute. What we have here basically is someone unknown to the parents who intrudes into their daughter’s life and then causes her to throw off the man to whom she’s committed to be in a covenant with God. So what does this say about commitment let alone marriage?

Not only that but what does this teach our daughters about what they should expect for mates? Isn’t this promoting the “some day my prince will come” view?

And yet we are fed this “entertainment” every Christmas. Peace on earth throw your fiancée to the side. Let’s go after the guy with the leather jacket and motorcycle. Hallelujah!

So do yourself a favor turn off the rom-coms this Christmas.

Frenetic Friday


Well it has been a while, and heat, wildfires, and an online class that I have been taking has consumed most of my time. However, it’s time once again for that favorite rant against culture Frenetic Friday! (void where prohibited by law)

Yes it is time once again for a feminist update. Point of fact here is Andrew Klavan with the leftese dictionary F is for feminism.

Oh that guy kills me. And now a word about masculinity from Allie Stucky:

And in a totally unrelated story CNN reports on the hiring of male dancers.

Well if that doesn’t increase viewership I don’t know what will.

And last but certainly not least is this article from the Art of Manliness:

Using principles similar to Angelo Siciliano, after he got sand kicked in his face at the beach, the prisoner, I mean the individual uses his own body weight and the available furniture to aid him to develop the form that is the envy of everyone in cell block B.

Well it’s been a while since I have come across a robot being used in such a unique manner, but to combat ophiods this town is turning to a robot that tests poop.

So have you read about that New Mexico Compound where eleven abused children were being trained to be school shooters?

According to an ABC News report:

The documents allege that 39-year-old Siraj Wahhaj was conducting weapons training at the property in Amalia, near the Colorado border. A foster parent of one of the 11 children allegedly stated to law enforcement that Wahhaj had “trained the child in the use of an assault rifle in preparation for future school shootings,” according to a criminal complain

The most important thing to remember about this report is the fact that not once is the man identified as a follower of Islam even though he is, and the question needs to be asked would this be true if the man in question has been a Christian?

And last a new comic by Adam Ford on hate speech:

Frenetic Friday a video


This is going to be short and sweet. First look at this:

Consider this, what is the ultimate source of issues in the church? Is it not ignorance of the scripture? If you are on social media you have seen exactly what has been shown in this video.

What is worse is when, and I speak from personal experience here, you confront the offender and get mobbed by the “social media christians” for being “unloving”, or and this is my favourite one ” too serious” about the posts. As if saying heretical statements about God or the Bible isn’t a serious matter.
The point is as the bible says:

my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge Hosea 4:6

Our lack of bible knowledge is killing the church.

Frenetic Friday


Well lets just jump into it.

So let me see if I can remember it. A scout must be trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. That is the scout law. That is what a Boy Scout must uphold.  Of course now that you don’t even have to be a boy to be in the boy scouts I wonder how much of the law still applies.  Take for instance the case of Logan Blythe.


Logan Blythe, 15, is a teenager with down syndrome who lives in Utah with his parents.  Logan is a passionate member of the local boy scouts.   Besides his Down Syndrome Logan also has Autism.  Because of this the local troop has accommodated him and as he earned his merit badges.  And all of this was well and good until Logan went for the highest award a scout can achieve and that was Eagle Scout.  When Logan started his project he was given an initial go ahead until it seems that the national office examined how Logan earned his badges and promptly put a stop to it and stripped him of his badges. (There goes that friendly, kind part of the law and I think the courteous also.)

The national office said that because Logan had assistance (Helpful, hello can anyone hear me?  Is this thing on?) that he didn’t actually earn the badges and since he didn’t earn them he couldn’t apply for his Eagle Scout.

Logan’s family has filed a lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America and the Utah National Parks  Council for “damages greater than one dollar” for “outrageous and reckless conduct and disregard of the emotional well-being of Logan.”

“The Boy Scouts have lost their way,” Ted McBride, the Blythe family attorney, told KSL-TV. “The local Utah people did not want to enforce this discriminatory policy, but regrettably that turned out to be a bad decision for them. The Boy Scouts have made accommodations for those who identify as transgender, they have even accepted girls into the boy scouts, and they are going to fight this? For what? To protect the prestigious Eagle Scout badge?”

Chad (Logan’s father) says the lawsuit is simply to restore Logan’s honor. “I want the Boy Scouts to change its policy,” he tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “They should reinstate Logan’s badges and acknowledge the fact that not all boys have the same capabilities.”<source>

Maybe we need to review the Scout Law again.

And in baby news the rise of the gender fluid baby names is on the rise according to Fox News.  According to  Linda Murray, global editor-in-chief of BabyCenter.com there has  been a rise in gender neutral names for children, such as Royal, Charlie, Skylar, Justice, and Oakley.

Here’s a few quotes from the article:

We chose a gender-neutral name, Riley, for my daughter,” said Lori Kinkler, a psychologist in San Antonio, Texas. “We knew her sex, but gender is fluid and yet to be determined. Of all the difficulties faced by those who live beyond, or across, the binary, we didn’t want name-changing to be one of them. … I like that she feels she has options and knows she’ll be accepted by us no matter what.” Riley is 3.

Kirsten Hammann, 45, in the San Francisco Bay area, and her husband named their daughters Teagan and Sigrid. She considers both names gender neutral.

“Sigrid is technically a girl’s name but because it’s so uncommon in the U.S. it reads as gender neutral to most people,” she said. “The gender neutrality was not something my husband and I discussed explicitly and I would say it was more in my mind knowing firsthand the hurdles women face across so many areas of life. Whether we like it or not, names that skew a little masculine, or less feminine, are perceived as stronger, and I wanted that for my girls.”

“We named our baby Avery Morgann. The intention was to give them more room to define themselves as they get older. Also, name changes are expensive and frustrating,” said Portland, Oregon, parent C.J. Alicandro, who strives for gender neutrality in all ways for the 2 1/2-year-old.

“We wanted to set up Avery with an opportunity to not be limited as much as possible by a name and be able to choose an identity as much as possible, given the confines that are forced upon them,” said Alicandro, a 31-year-old social worker.

Of course I am an old fuddy duddy I remember when we named our children after the names of saints.

Here’s an article from the Art of Manliness on how to survive a mugging.  Just click on the picture to be taken to the article.

And finally there is a new trend among the millennials. Instead of getting engagement rings the current trend is to embed the diamond into the finger of the person being engaged.

Frenetic Friday: Friendly Fire


So tonight’s Frenetic Friday is a rant.

Let me preface this by saying that when I was being discipled in the faith by a former marine he had a saying that as a young Christian I didn’t really understand at the time.  That saying was that Christians are the only army that shoot their own wounded.  As I have grown older in years and in the faith I have come to the conclusion that my dear brother was wrong.  We don’t just shoot the wounded we engage in “friendly fire”, case in point Dr. James White of Alpha Omega ministries.

Now I am a great admirer of Dr. White, I make no effort to hide that fact at all.  He and I are of a similar age, although I believe I am older by one or two years, and when he mentions things like “Modems” or “Bulletin Boards” I know exactly what he is talking about.  In fact I am fairly sure that I saw his nick on some of the BBS’s that I used to log into while reading the religious/theology debate section.  It was his passion for and logical use of the Word of God that impressed me the most and when he came out with the book against K.J.V. Only cult I picked the book up because I had met a few of them.  Later when he came on the internet I listened to him every chance I could  and when podcasting came about his was one of the first podcasts I subscribed to, not to mention buying his books and devouring them.

Yes I learned a lot from Dr. White and so when I learned that he was attempting to preach the gospel to the followers of Islam and debate them in their mosques I knew there couldn’t be a better person for the job than Dr. White.  Indeed I would say that for such a time as this God raised up and prepared Dr. White for this role to be the one to preach the Word of God, the Gospel, to the followers of Islam so that as many are appointed unto eternal life will have their hearts changed by this preaching.

Unfortunately like Alexander the coppersmith, there has risen certain so called brothers in Christ that want to do harm to Dr. White’s ministry to the followers of Islam.  Their agenda is one of fear, and hatred.  They appear to say and think that it is wrong to preach Christ to the followers of Islam.  Or that to dialog with Imams makes you a useful idiot.

Well all I know is this no one can be saved unless they are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and the means of this is the preaching of the Gospel.  And to deny that preaching is to be like the Pharisees who told the apostles not to preach  Christ.  And like the apostles we have to we must obey God rather than men.  And Dr. James White is obeying God as he preaches the Gospel to the followers of Islam.  And I and this blog stand with Dr. White and Alpha and Omega Ministries.

Frenetic Friday 


Frenetic Friday is rated M for mature.  And is brought to you by the entire alphabet else how would we write?

Speaking of letters if you want to see how far the influence of the cultural change is I would point you to this little graphic:

 

 

And that is all I have to say about that but you may draw your own conclusions regarding the spread of the culture wars.

And still staying with the theme of letters, wink, wink, nudge, nudge, you might or might not have seen this bit of flotsam where an Oregon judge grants a resident (man) the right to be genderless.  Now officially “agender” yes that is the word even if your spell check says it isn’t.  And just because I know your dying to find out here is the definition:

Agender is defined as the absence of gender. Not to be confused with transgender or genderqueer, agender people typically describe feeling that they have no gender identity whatsoever. While sex refers to biological features such as chromosomes, genitalia and hormones, gender is the expression of identity as male, female or somewhere in between. But agender people are not drawn to male or female identity — or any point along the spectrum.

Right.  I suppose that they will now claim the letter “A”  as their own personal letter.  I wonder if numbers are still an option?  Here is a great response by Dan J. Phillips about this decision:  “Oregon judge grants man ‘right’ to be genderless.  But did she … really?”

By the way Mike S. Adams had a great tweet that all those Gender Studies Professors should think about.

Of course that is logical and no doubt a micro-aggression so I probably should have issued a trigger warning and pointed to the current safe space, which is the Antarctic if you’re wondering.

And as we continue on this slip-n-slide of silliness comes an article from the Federalist which states that if you “Think breast-feeding is natural then you’re now a transphobe”  Folks I can’t make this stuff up.  At an on-line pediatric journal says that breastfeeding as a natural method feeding your baby instead of using formula is helping out the anti-vaccine crowd.  Which is patently false.  But the real agenda is revealed when the report states:

Coupling nature with motherhood, however, can inadvertently support biologically deterministic arguments about the roles of men and women in the family (for example, that women should be the primary caretakers of children). Referencing the “natural” in breastfeeding promotion, then, may inadvertently endorse a controversial set of values about family life and gender roles, which would be ethically inappropriate [Emphasis added.]

There you have it. You can’t call breast-feeding natural because some poor transgender person who can’t breast feed  may be called unnatural because they lack the natural equipment for nourishing children.  And we can’t have that can we?  You’ll pardon me now while I beat my head against that flat rock until the pain goes away.

So let’s top off this alphabet of horror with Bill Nye the Science Guy.  Bill Nye has a new show on Netflixs called Bill Nye Saves the World!  No I haven’t watched it.  Never been that impressed with Bill Nye but then again when it came to science this was the guy I looked toward:

Anyway in a controversial episode Bill Nye stated this:

Which contradicts what he originally said here:

Well so what some of you might be saying.  Science moves on it evolves it progresses when new data is found.  Yes but does science hide?  Consider this, on the Netflix collection of the original Bill Nye the Science Guy that episode has been excised.   So the question on my mind is this did they remove the episode because the science has changed or because they didn’t want the truth to get out?

And that is it for Frenetic Friday.  Tune in again when we ask that age-old question will the Robotic Over Lords stop the zombie apocalypse or just facilitate it?