Istoria Ministries Blog Posts

  • America's Future Is Best Seen in History's Mirror

    Mar 23, 2019 | 08:25 am

    America's Future Is Best Seen in History's Mirror At some point in the not-too-near future, America as we know it will collapse.The loss of liberties has been gradual for over a century, but near the end of this Republic we call the United States, individual liberties shall disappear under the shadow of Caesarism.Caesarism is by definition "a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc."In 1957, historian and Americanist Amaury de Riencourt predicted America's eventual downfall as a Republic in his classic work The Coming Caesars. To read Riencourt's sixty-year-old book is like reading today's[…]

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  • Lake Nemi, Diana's Temple, and Corrupted Truth

    Mar 15, 2019 | 11:55 am

    Lake Nemi, Diana's Temple, and Corrupted Truth Lake Nemi, Italy Nestled in a volcano crater 26 kilometers (16 miles) south of Rome is a beautiful and placid lake called Nemi. Surrounded by a forest of trees, Lake Nemi was known by the ancient Romans as Diana's Mirror. When the moon is full, the shimmering surface of Nemi reflects brightly and beautifully the full moon. Diana, according to the ancient Romans (8th century BC) was the goddess of the Moon, wild beasts, and of the woods.The Romans believed Diana inhabited the forests around Nemi. They built the sacred Temple of Diana, called Diana Nemorensis, or Diana in Nemi's Woods, on the northern shore of Lake[…]

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  • Better the Balance, Better the World Is God's Way

    Mar 8, 2019 | 07:34 am

    Better the Balance, Better the World Is God's Way Yann Forget/Wikimedia CommonsToday is International Women's Day. The theme for this day is "Better the Balance, Better the World."  Sadly, many of my male evangelical friends who are pastors will either privately or publicly denigrate this day as another cultural sign that society is going "liberal" and the church will soon follow.That's just not so.Society is just now beginning to reflect what God's Word has always taught as truth. Better the balance, better the world is God's way of doing things. God created males and females with the equality of value, and God created males and females with the equality of vocation based[…]

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  • Giving Praise to the Enid Public School System

    Mar 1, 2019 | 08:35 am

    Giving Praise to the Enid Public School System The local newspaper printed the state report cards for Oklahoma state public secondary education schools. Many people outside of Oklahoma may be unaware that Enid is the hub for northwestern Oklahoma, and that there are multiple public school systems in what bigger cities would call "suburbs" of Enid.For example, there is the excellent Chisholm School District in North Enid, Pioneer School district in southwest Enid, Waukomis School District five miles south on Highway 81, and a handful of other school districts just outside the city limits of Enid, including Drummond, Garber, and Cimarron. There are also some stellar private Christian[…]

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  • The Southern Baptist Convention's Major Problem

    Feb 27, 2019 | 11:54 am

    The Southern Baptist Convention's Major Problem SBC Executive Committee (Morris Abernathy/Baptist Press)In 1840, five years before the creation of the Southern Baptist Convention, Baptists from across America met in New York City and listened to an Address to Southern Baptists by Elon Galusha, a lawyer by education and a Baptist minister by vocation.Mr. Galusha appealed to the Baptist ministers of the American South to give up the institution of slavery. The Southerners who listened to Mr. Galusha would five years later break away from the loose association of American Baptists called The Triennial Convention and form the Southern Baptist Convention (1845).It's obvious Southern Baptists didn't accept what Mr.[…]

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  • "Adam Greenway Is The Right Choice for SWBTS"

    Feb 25, 2019 | 21:12 pm

    "Adam Greenway Is The Right Choice for SWBTS" Guest Post by Lee Enochs, Alumnus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary._______Dr. Adam Greenway“Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially they who labor in the word and doctrine” (1 Timothy 5:17).As an alumnus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and as a Southern Baptist, I am grateful to God that Dr. Adam Greenway will be the next President of my beloved seminary Alma Mater. I learned many great things while I was a student preacher at Southwestern Seminary and my heart rejoices in Jesus Christ our savior that the trustees of that venerable Fort Worth institution will entrust[…]

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  • Ordination and 'Getting in Order' Church Disorder

    Feb 20, 2019 | 13:24 pm

    Ordination and 'Getting in Order' Church Disorder I've written for over a decade that the Southern Baptist Convention has made a massive biblical mistake by basing church "leadership" on gender and not gifting. In the New Covenant Kingdom of Christ, leaders are servants who've been gifted by the Spirit to guide others and are qualified for this service to the church by their humility, character, and personal relationships. Authoritarianism has no place in Christ's kingdom, but unfortunately, authoritarianism is the major problem faced in the Southern Baptist Convention and evangelical churches today. Is authoritarianism as big of a problem as sexual abuse in evangelical churches? Absolutely. It's even bigger. Abuse is the[…]

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  • Southern Baptist Convention, James MacDonald, Spiritual Authority, and the "Kiddie Porn" Threat

    Feb 13, 2019 | 14:02 pm

    Southern Baptist Convention, James MacDonald, Spiritual Authority, and the "Kiddie Porn" Threat James McDonald/FacebookIn 2014,  I wrote a lengthy article about the extreme authoritarianism of James MacDonald, an unchecked power that is based on MacDonald's unbiblical theology that he has been invested by God with "spiritual authority" over people.Toward the end of the article, I posted a PDF paper on what the Scripture teaches about Christian authority. Anyone who assumes "spiritual authority" over people, the kind of authority that James MacDonald believes in, is actually assuming a Fraudulent Authority acting completely contrary to the teachings of Jesus Christ and the New Testament.I have long pointed out that the problem in the Southern Baptist Convention is a prevalent view[…]

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  • Southern Baptists and Our Needed Transformation

    Feb 11, 2019 | 06:20 am

    Southern Baptists and Our Needed Transformation The Houston Chronicle delivered a punch to the gut for anyone who claims affiliation with the Southern Baptist Convention.In an article titled "Abuse of Faith," three investigative reporters uncovered over 700 documented cases of sexually predatory behavior by SBC pastors and leaders.I'm a Southern Baptist pastor. Though the word "Baptist" is not in the title of the church I pastor, we affiliate with other Southern Baptist churches for the purpose of global missions, disaster relief worldwide (the SBC has the best disaster relief ministry in the world), and a host of other reasons that all revolve around evangelical cooperation and[…]

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  • Churches that Meet Needs or a Social Government?

    Feb 6, 2019 | 07:35 am

    Churches that Meet Needs or a Social Government? Building a Women's Shelter and Community Center in Enid"Imagine," wrote John Lennon, "no need for greed or hunger, a brotherhood of man."Imagine. What a world that would be.Unfortunately, Lennon wrote in the first verse of his hit song, "Imagine...no religion, too." Sorry, John. You can't have it both ways. It's either God or government; His people or a nation's politics; voluntary charity or mandated socialism. The only way your imaginative dream turns into inspirational reality is through God's plan or the government's plan. What's the difference between the two?God empowers His people internally to voluntarily and sacrificially give of our resources to meet the social[…]

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