Thursday, July 27, 2006

Cell Phones

Good Evening. A Puritan’s Mind brings you the old time radio program The Wild Boar News Podcast from Sunny South Florida. Welcome, I’m Dr. Matthew McMahon.

Cell phones. More than 70% of the entire US population has one. That’s about 159 million people.

Mine does everything I’d want, except clean the kitchen, or wash the car; though I’d imagine there is a button on it somewhere that I haven’t found yet.

It plays MP3 files so you can download the Wild Boar into the cell phone and listen to your favorite podcast. It hold 500 addresses, phone numbers, names, email addresses, and everything else I’d need to know about anyone I’m calling. One click gets me in the media player that connects to live Television. I can listen to satellite Radio or sit down and watch previous episodes of the Tonight Show. It’s a camcorder and a camera all in one. I can send text messages to up to 20 people at once, picture mail in case I need to take a picture and send it to someone important, or even create a video email and send it to another compatible phone or someone’s email address. I can surf the internet, use on demand news, weather and sports, download music, and store my own personal ring tones. When my family members call, it rings the theme from “Everybody Loves Reymond.” When one of my producers call me from work, it rings “Seinfeld” because there is usually a problem I have to deal with. When my wife calls, it rings Mozart. Even with my Bluetooth earpiece, I don’t have to dial a number. I simply say “Call my wife at home” and the phone does the rest.

I wonder what would happen if we treated our Bible like we treat our cell phones.

What if we carried our bible around in our purses or pockets?

What if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it?

What if we flipped through it several times a day?

What if we used it to receive messages from the text?

What if we treated it as though we couldn’t live without it?

What if we gave it to our kids as a gift?

What if we used it wherever we traveled?

What if we used it in case of emergency?

I think if we treated our bibles half as much as we treat our cell phones the Christian world would be a better place. As it stands now, if all professing Christians took their bible off their shelves and blew the dust off them at the same time, there would be enough dust floating up into the ozone to cause global warming for the next ten years.

In contrast, the Psalmist says in Psalm 119:103, “How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”

This is Dr. Matthew McMahon signing off.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

The Modern Church and Money

Good Evening. A Puritan’s Mind brings you the old time radio program The Wild Boar News Podcast from Sunny South Florida. Welcome, I’m Dr. Matthew McMahon.

The modern church is money hungry. It’s unavoidable when trends picked up from heretics soar through the airwaves deceiving simple souls to turn from Christ to what Christ can give you. If God has golden garbage cans, you can too.

Word-Faith teachings can be traced E. W. Kenyon (1867-1948), a New England preacher who taught that health and finances were the right of every believer who would claim the promises of Scripture through faith. Claiming promises was done by believing and verbally confessing the relevant scriptures, and thus Kenyon coined the phrase, "What I confess, I possess." Pentecostal preacher Kenneth Hagin (1917-2003), of Tulsa, Oklahoma, was heavily influenced by Kenyon's writings, and began teaching the same doctrines as early as the 1930s. Hagin is often referred to as being the "father" of the modern Word-Faith movement. He elaborated on Kenyon's theology of confession, preaching a four-part formula for receiving God's promises: "Say it; do it; receive it; tell it." Other preachers in Tulsa were mentored by "Dad" Hagin, and began to preach the same doctrines. The most prominent of these is Kenneth Copeland. Men like Proponents of the doctrine in the United States include Creflo Dollar, Frederick K.C. Price, Benny Hinn, Joel Osteen, Marilyn Hickey, Rod Parsley, Jesse Duplantis, Oral Roberts, Joyce Meyer, John Avanzini and Keith Butler, among others. Many of these heretics appear regularly on Trinity Broadcasting Network, whose founders and directors Paul and Jan Crouch are also proponents of the Word-Faith doctrine.

Do these figures really affect that many people? Yes. Let me tell you a little story.

Among other things, I work for a living. At my job I have been interviewing candidates for a number of positions. One man by the name of Ken Spinder, made arrangements with my secretary to come in for an interview because he had seen my advertisement in the newspaper. He appeared dressed in clerical garb, and carried a disheveled notebook. He sat down, and took a poster concerning the Faith Farm and the Pastor there, a Mr. Locke by name, who was holding a rally in the next two weeks. Ken asked if we could put him on television, or donate to the cause of the rally. I was baffled. I asked, “Are you here for the interview?” He answered, yes, and continued his sales pitch. I stopped him again, and asked if he was here to apply for the position. He said, “No, I simply used that to get in here in order to speak with you about our rally because oftentimes people don’t want to let me in.” Well, of course they don’t. I’m a busy man. All day long at our television production house, I am working with many people on many different projects. I don’t have time for money moguls who lie and deceive me in order to take time and try to get my money for their schemes. I told Ken to repent. I told him he gave Christians a bad name, and I told him that unless he repented God would send him to hell. I told him he was a liar, and liars have no part in the kingdom of heaven.

What would posses a man to come on behalf of another and lie in order to raise money? I’ll tell you – money.

He then rose, and blessed me by saying that he hoped I would make millions. I told him that was not what this company is about, and whether I am abased, or whether I am exalted, God would be glorified nonetheless. Then he began speaking like a Word Faith disciple. I asked him if he had heard of those on TBN, or those previously named. He named a few as well. I told him to run quickly from those men, for they will lead him to hell. He remained unphased. He seemed indifferent, and he went on his way. There you have a local Christian “so called pastor” peddling the word of God for profit, and trying to build a business. The business was for Mr. Locke, also a pastor, who ran the Faith Farm. The Faith Farm is a place where people donate their goods in order to sell them to gain funds for their ministry. But I’ll tell you, after meeting ”ken”, who claimed not only to be prospering, but also an Apostle, the Faith Farm is producing money hungry deceivers who have no faith whatsoever. The Farm is growing weeds, and faith is nowhere to be found. I’ll pray for Ken, and ask God to open his eyes, otherwise, he will meet with Dad Hagin and others in the fiery pit under God’s wrath for being akin to pushers, junkies looking for a greenback.

John Flavel said rightly, “Where there is no want, there is usually much wantonness.”

The Apostle said in 2 Corinthians 2:17, “For we are not, as so many, peddling the word of God for profit; but as of sincerity, but as from God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ.”

This is Dr. Matthew McMahon signing off.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Superman Evangelism

Good Evening. A Puritan’s Mind brings you the old time radio program The Wild Boar News Podcast from Sunny South Florida. Welcome, I’m Dr. Matthew McMahon.

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, its about time. This week the movie Superman Returns hits the movie theaters. The Man of Steel returns in much the same format as the previous first two movies in the 80’s, but with super special affects. The storyline was much like the initial Star Trek movie that, for its time, was about reuniting the actors, and housing some of the latest technology.
Superman Returns is much the same. It reunites the characters and wows the audience with cutting edge special affects that will leave you breathless. I’ts not intellectually deep, and does not have a super-compelling storyline. It really is simply bringing in to light a great superhero to a new generation that doesn’t want to watch campy special effects of the 80’s. I think compelling storylines on Superman will hold out for the next two movies they intend to make.

Enter, New Man Magazine. They boast that they are “America’s #1 Magazine for Christian Men.” Its May/June cover proudly displays a picture of none other than the Man of Steel. Why? Well, their main headline article is called, “The Gospel According to the Man of Steel” by Stephen Skelton, president of Entertainment Ministries. (No comment there at this time.) Its subtitle, “Look, up on the silver screen! It’s Superman in one of the biggest films of 2006. The Man of Steel reflects the real super man, Jesus. So why not use “Superman Returns” to witness to friends and family this summer?” (End Quote) I’ll tell you why – its not the Bible. The church has this compelling need to use special affects and trendy means to try and make the Gospel more appealing. It’s why Skelton is president of Entertainment ministries that goal is to use “today’s entertainment media to reveal spiritual truth.”

And I thought we were to use the Bible.

In any case, the article goes on to compare the various nuances that Superman and Super Jesus have in common. They both have El, in their name. Superman’s parents were modeled after Mary and Joseph. Superman’s arch enemy is named Lex Luthor, suspiciously sounding like Lucifer (I guess if you say it fast enough). Superman gets his power from the Sun (sun) where Jesus is the Son (Son). Okay… Both Superman and Christ possess superhuman strength (one physical one spiritual). Superman has X-ray vision, and nothing is hidden from Christ’s sight. Superman flies “up up and away”, and Christ ascended into heaven…do I need to continue?

Where do these people get his stuff? I guess from the homosexual director Bryan Singer who said, “Superman is the Jesus Christ of Superheroes.” No friends, Superman is not the Gospel, and there is no Gospel according to Superman. Jesus Christ does not need any help from America’s #1 Christian Men Magazine in order to make Himself more appealing to people who hate Him. What we don’t find in the article is anything about forgiveness, sin, repentance, hell, justification or any real Christian Gospel truth that matters to souls.

It is unfortunate, but true - the modern 21st century church is much like the movies today. Little substance, but with great special effects.

This is Dr. Matthew McMahon signing off.