Istoria Ministries Blog Posts

  • Welcome to the Gender Ball Game Dr. Tom Nettles

    Feb 20, 2020 | 15:16 pm

    Welcome to the Gender Ball Game Dr. Tom Nettles Today, Founders Ministries published an article by my friend, Dr. Tom Nettles, where Tom takes me to task for writing that the Bible teaches leadership in the home, the church, and society is never gender-based.I think Founders Ministries brought out the big gun (Dr. Tom Nettles) because the article I wrote this week entitled The 2000 BFM and the Theological Triage Tragedy struck a chord.I learned a long time ago that when a big gun is fired, people are concerned. A writer only receives flak when flying over the target.I seem to be successful in convincing Christ-followers within the Southern[…]

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  • A Chilling Crisis of Power, Control, and Authority: An Open Letter to the Southern Baptist Convention

    Feb 19, 2020 | 08:06 am

    A Chilling Crisis of Power, Control, and Authority: An Open Letter to the Southern Baptist Convention Wade and Rachelle, Valentine's Day, 2020I am a third-generation Southern Baptist preacher. I have been pastor of the same Southern Baptist Church for the last 28 years and married to Rachelle for almost 40 years. I voted for Donald Trump in 2016, and I intend to vote for President Trump again this year. I was the driver for Paul Pressler during the early 1980s as we went from church to church, recruiting Southern Baptist pastors to show up for the Southern Baptist Convention.I was part of the platform security team for Paige Patterson. I believe in every word of the Bible! I have[…]

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  • "Take Wong Off, Or We'll Jerk the Venue from You"

    Feb 18, 2020 | 13:10 pm

    "Take Wong Off, Or We'll Jerk the Venue from You" "Take Hosanna Wong off the speakers list at the 2020 Southern Baptist Convention Pastors Conference or we will jerk the venue from you."2020 SBC Pastors Conference - MaleLovedThat's the ultimatum given by the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention to Dr. David Uth, President of the Southern Baptist Pastors Conference and Pastor of FBC Orlando.David Uth has so far resisted the pressure of the Power, Authority, and Control (PAC men) of the Southern Baptist Convention, and he has stood by his decision to invite Hosanna Wong, Teaching Pastor of Eastlake Church of San Diego.Forget that David Uth and his[…]

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  • The 2000 BFM and the Theological Triage Tragedy

    Feb 16, 2020 | 17:09 pm

    The 2000 BFM and the Theological Triage Tragedy SBC Women: Image by Melanie Grizzel, Christianity TodayAmerican Christians are impatient.Like American culture as a whole, we Christians want answers to complex problems in 140 characters. Especially Southern Baptists. But there are no quick solutions to the problems that Southern Baptists now face regarding resistance to gifted Christian women in ministry and church leadership. The clear teaching of Scripture is that Christ alone is the Head of His church (Colossians 1:18). Christ gifts all men and women in His church according to His pleasure (I Corinthians 12), and there are no "render by gender" spiritual gifts. That means, Christ never gives the gift of teaching,[…]

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  • Gifted Women in Leadership and the SBC in 2020

    Feb 13, 2020 | 07:08 am

    Gifted Women in Leadership and the SBC in 2020 Hosanna Wong,  Disinvited to the 2020 Pastor's ConferenceWhen a very sick patient goes to a doctor, the patient desires the truth. No mincing words. No hiding behind politeness. "Give it to me straight, Doc!" The Southern Baptist Convention is sick. Our problem is power, authority, and control. That's right. Power. Authority. Control. PAC. Political parties have "political action committees" (PACs) which are the real power behind the parties. Super-PACs are able to raise unlimited amounts of money and exert extraordinary power.The Southern Baptist Convention is controlled by males who seek to dominate females.That's sick.Jesus called His disciples around Him and said:"You know that the rulers[…]

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  • Tom Ascol Rattles the Cage of the Slumbering Bear; Wong Is Right and the Founders Eventually Leave

    Feb 12, 2020 | 07:21 am

    Tom Ascol Rattles the Cage of the Slumbering Bear; Wong Is Right and the Founders Eventually Leave Tom Ascol runs Founders Ministries.I consider Tom a friend, but like any true friend, there's no hesitation in speaking up when I believe Tom or his Calvinistic Southern Baptist brethren have crossed a line - a biblical line. Tom crossed that line in a Tweet from Monday, February 10, 2020.Hosanna WongHosanna Wong is an author, Bible teacher, and spoken-word artist who serves as a Teaching Pastor at EastLake Church in San Diego, Calfornia. She's recorded a couple of spoken word albums and published a couple of outstanding books. Hosanna has been asked by SBC Pastor's Conference President David Uth to speak at the[…]

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  • "Responsibility" -A Word Not Found in Your Bible

    Feb 11, 2020 | 13:30 pm

    "Responsibility" -A Word Not Found in Your Bible If I had a nickel for every time I heard someone say, "I just need my husband held accountable to the responsibilities he has as a husband, father, and spiritual leader in my home," I think I would be a rich man.For some reason "responsibility" is an oft-used word among evangelicals, particularly among those who seem disappointed with the state of affairs with others they love.Paul Tripp points out in his marriage series "What Did You Expect" that the problem within a marriage is a "problem within me." However, few people who seek my counsel for their marriage come with[…]

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  • Earth's Natural Catastrophes and the Ancient Sky

    Feb 7, 2020 | 07:07 am

    Earth's Natural Catastrophes and the Ancient Sky The electromagnetic plasma wheel of the ancient skyIn the book of Genesis, we read of a flood that encompassed the known world to the top of the mountains (Genesis 7). In every civilization of the world there are similar flood narratives.The Dead Sea in Israel did not exist in the days of Abraham. The patriarch and his nephew "looked around and saw the whole plain of the Jordan toward Zoar was well watered, like the garden of the LORD" (Genesis 13:10). After the Exodus, the people of Israel encountered a massive Salt Sea on their way back to Canaan.Catastrophes on earth[…]

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  • The World's Last Night & Christ's Eternal Kingdom

    Jan 29, 2020 | 09:58 am

    The World's Last Night & Christ's Eternal Kingdom I am a C.S. Lewis fan.But I believe Lewis is guilty of one massive theological mistake. In his essay, The World's Last Night, C.S. Lewis focuses on Jesus' words in Mark 13:30 where Jesus declares: "Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place." "All these things" to which Jesus refers include  "the return of the Son of Man in clouds with great power and glory" (Mark 13:26).The return of the Son of Man with great power and glory is the event that most evangelicals, including C.S. Lewis, identify as "The Second Coming of Jesus." That event,[…]

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  • Five Striking Similarities Between Same Sex Church Leadership and the Union of Homosexual Marriage

    Jan 25, 2020 | 09:47 am

    Five Striking Similarities Between Same Sex Church Leadership and the Union of Homosexual Marriage God designed the marriage union to be between a biological female and a biological male.God also designed churches to have shared leadership between men and women.When men seek to rule over women and to keep gifted Christian females from shared leadership in the church, then church practice, church accommodation, and church outcomes are similar to those of same-sex marital unions.In other words, there are striking similarities between same-sex leadership in churches and same-sex marriages in culture.  I'll share those similarities in a moment.Speaking the truth in love never means I can't be friends with those who disagree with the truth I speak. "Jesus was[…]

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