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Christianity Under Fire

Ivory Tower Theologians and more about me
Study In Acts
Jesus In Genesis
Behemoth, Leviathan And Dragons, Oh My!
The Foolish Man's Guide To Confounding The Wise
A Defense of Individual Election unto Salvation & Critique of Absolute Corporate Election?
Group Think Or Whosoever Will Pt. 3
Paul's Purpose At Athens: Becoming All Things To All People
Personhood And Free Will
Scriptures Calvinist's Misinterpret
Resistance Is Futile!
You're a Hopeless Replacement Theologian If You:
Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth
You Know You're a Preterist if: Part 2
Are You Thankful For What You Have?
Top Ten Signs You Are a Fundamentalist Christian?
Getting Involved With Coffeehouse Ministry
A Few of My Projects
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A Year in the Life
Maxwell's Musings
Is the Church, 'The Elect'?
Pope Apologizes For Telling the Truth
Catholic Catechism Paves the Way For Evolution
You Are A Hopeless Liberal If You:
Clean Slate
Three Column Chart
Ultra Dispensationalism: Scriptural or Not?
Group Think or Whosoever Will?
Chronological Chart of New Testament
You Might Be A Closet Dispie If:
Body of Christ versus Israel
The Mark of the Beast: Is it Literal?
You Know You're A Preterist If:
You Know You're a Preterist if: Part Three
The Comings of Christ: The How, When and Where
Groupthink and Cliques in the Church
Focus on the Family or on God
Cult Aware
Open Door Fellowship OR Come As We Are Ministries?
Transubstantiation or Unsubstantiated: If The Plain Sense Makes Sense...
DaVinci Code: Was Christ's Divinity and the Bible invented at the Council of Nicea?
Plain Sense Interpretation/P'shat: Christs Comings
Isaiah 53: Human Sacrifice?
Isaiah 53: Christ Has Risen!!
Who Hath Believed Our Report?
Isaiah 53: Christ Our Passover Lamb
Isaiah 53: Messianic Prophecies Refuted?
Chart comparing Israel to Messiah
Isaiah 53: The Suffering Messiah
Bible Chart: Does the Bible conflict on Salvation Messages?
Christs Coming and Time Gaps
Got Charts!
Are There Two Programs?
When Did the Church Begin?
When Did the Church Begin Pt. 2
Is America Cursed?
How and Why Christianity is Under Fire
Was Mary a Perpetual Virgin?
Tribulation or Jacob's Trouble?
Jewish Wannabes and the Holidays
Christmas Under Fire: When Christians Attack
Is Celebrating Christmas Scriptural?
Was Iraq a Just War?
Category 7: The End of the World
If It Believes, Then Waddles and Quacks like a Christian it is a....
Why Homosexuality Should Be Confronted and Exposed
The Doctrine Of Eternal Security-Can You Lose Your Salvation?
Does the Soul Sleep?
Did Jews Kill Jesus?...Hear What Some Jews Have to Say
Some Unscriptural Teachings of the Catholic Church
Arguments That Catholics Use
Pantribulationism: Are There Two Programs Going On?
Before and After
Pantribulationism: What A Day That Will Be!!!!
Definite Article Theology: The Way
Pantribulationism: Extrabiblical Nonsense
My Old Ship, the USS Shreveport Assisting Hurricane Victims
Pantribulationism: Should I Stay or Should I Go?
Trinity of God and Trichotomy of man: Definite Article Theology
Definite Article Theology
Pantribulationism: Blessed Hope and Glorious Appearing
Pantribulationism: The Departure
Pantribulationism: It will all pan out in the end
Straining Out Gnats, Majoring on the Minors
Jewish Wannabes and Eschaholics
When Jewish Wannabes Attack What They Don't Understand
How Jewish Wannabes Attack and How to Identify Them
Historical Method and Homosexuality
If the Plain Sense Makes Sense: Christ's Coming
If the Plain Sense Makes Sense: Evolution
The Silliness of Jack Chick
Inspirational and Patriotic Songs
Communism and Islam -vs- the Faith of America's Founding Fathers
Bridging the Generation Gap
Wrongly Dividing the Word of Truth
Let's Worship the Lord
Faith Under Fire Television Show and Website
Faith Under Fire/Do We Worship the Same God?
Arrogant or Convinced?
Warning Signs of Dispensationalism?
Good News: How To Fight Terrorism
Prophecies Yet To Be Fulfilled: Zechariah 12:10-14
Are You Happy?
When Jewish Wannabes Attack the Bible
Why Jewish Wannabes Attack
The Masters List
You're A Hopeless ....
Preterism Versus Dispensationalism
What's Love Got To Do With It?
When Jewish Wannabes Attack!
Preterism and Calvinism?
Who Do Men Say That I Am?
Signs You Are Doing Something Right
Ivory Tower Theologians and more about me
Satan the Counterfeiter
Saved By Race or By Grace?
Wanna Know Some Secrets?
Distortions of the Resurrection
Apostles Today?
Message and Ministry of Paul compared to the twelve
Maxwell House...Good For Your Desktop
The Feminization of Christianity
Absurd World Views
Religion versus Relationship
The Mysteries Revealed
Replacement Theology
How did the Tribes and Books get Lost?
Catholics, Cliques and Cults
New Age Movement
Should Christians Observe the Sabbath?
The Power of One
Be Thankful
Group Think and the Jew
You Must Be Born Again!!
Tribute to a Friend
Who's That Babe in the Manger: Does it matter
President Bush and the Movie: Unbreakable
Having a Form of Godliness
The Natural Supernatural Connection
Spiritually Challenged Skeptics
Speaking or Praying to the Dead
Eternally Insecure?
The Preterist's False Hope
Apostolic Succession Catholic Style
Predestination or Free Will
The Foolish Confounding the Wise
About Me
Scripture Twisting: Reading into the text
Scripture Twisting: The Figurative Fallacy
So Deep A Child Could Understand
The Apostle Paul
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Small Groups or the Purpose Driven Church?
Mile High Ministries or Miles Apart Ministries
The Omnipresence and Incarnation of God
Is Jesus the Messiah?
Extrabiblical Nonsense
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Is Baptism necessary for Salvation?
Focus on the Family?
Motherhood, Fatherhood or Discipleship?
The Watchtower and Jehovah's Witnesses
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Incarnational theology is about rubber meets the road theology and behaviour. 
God didn't pontificate from heaven without seeing the need to come and live among us. (John 1)

My experiences with Ivory Tower Theologians and armchair quarterbacks  is extensive.
An armchair quarterback is one that from his armchair and while
watching television speaks up only to critique the actual
quarterback making the plays and having to deal with the daily
reality of onrushing linemen and fickle coaches.

Like the Nobles of Tekoa, they critique Nehemiah while he actually built the wall. (Nehemiah 3:5;5:7ff)
An ivory tower theologian is one who formulates his or her theology from an ivory tower but never really tests it and his application of it in the real world.
An ivory tower theologian looks at life and God from the balcony. "The balconeers' can overhear the travellers' chat and talk with them; they may comment critically on the way that the travellers walk; or they may discuss questions about the road, how it can exist at all or lead somewhere, what might be seen from different points along it, and so forth; but they are onlookers and their problems are theoretical only. The travellers, by contrast, face problems which, though they have their theoretical angle, are essentially practical-problems-problems of the 'which-way-to-go' and 'how-to-make-it' type, problems which call not merely for comprehension but for decision and action too. ...Or take the problem of the Godhead; while the balconeer is asking how one God can conceivably be three, what sort of unity three could have, and how three who make one can be persons, the traveller wants to know how to show proper honour, love and trust toward the three persons who are now together at work to bring him out of sin to glory." (Knowing God, Packer, pg. 5,6)
I am of the persuasion that we need to spend some time on the balcony and time travelling.
It is about knowing God then knowing about God.
The balconeer might initially know God then about God but doesn't know how the rubber of his theology meets the road of reality.
Incarnational theology is about rubber meets the road theology and behaviour. 
God didn't pontificate from heaven without seeing the need to come and live among us. (John 1)
When Christ came down from heaven he was in all way ways tempted like we were yet without sin. (Hebrews 4:15)
"For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." (Hebrews 4)
This helps him to help those that are tempted.
Incarnational Theology is crucial in reaching others.
My first impacting experiences with Ivory Tower theologians and Christians came in my years of actually running a Christian Coffeehouse/Mission and living in a Christian communal environment.
A local pastor of a church I was attending at the time wrote a book about unleashing Christians into different ministries. His explanation of this strategy was quite exciting to me until I read a particular chapter in his book. This chapter spoke of a house ministry that I was living in at the time. When I read this I could tell that this pastor/author must have been taking the word of the man that allegedly ran the ministry. When preaching one Sunday this pastor/author gave the location of the house ministry that was completely inaccurate. When he asked the alleged leader of this ministry to come up front and describe this ministry to the congregation, it was also clear that even this leader did not really know and want to know what was going on in his own outreach. He spoke of a particular woman as his best example, we will call her Mary. A friend and I that actually lived at this house looked at each other in unbelief while he shared how this woman had changed so dramatically.
How can these leaders expect anything but confusion and rebellion if they do not teach accountability and communication through responsible example. The reason this pastor/author and the leader/loose cannon of this particular ministry did not want to talk too much about accountability is probably that they would then have to lead by example. The leader of this house ministry would minister ALONE with some of the unstable women from the house until the wee hours of the morning. This showed me that accountability was not in his so called strategy and avoiding the appearance of evil was not too important to him either.
The pastor/author he was allegedly accountable to was exposed several years later for having an adulterous affair with a woman for eight years and was defrocked with his picture and sad story in a local Christian Newspaper.
This pastor and his pastor really didn't know what was going on with the needy but they certainly felt they had the authority to critique every move the actual workers made.
They of course let others run the mission while they observed from their balconies and with their mistress.
This pastor would rather have others test his theories out in the real world while he critiqued the workers actually doing the work.
These kind of folks want to let you do all the dirty work, getting the accolades from men while at the same time, criticising the actual workers in the harvest field.
A recent experience I had was in an egroup where, a particular group had been inactive for quite a while.
While this man spoke of his knowledge as a scientist, pastor and theologian, he still didn't know how to get folks to talk in this group.
My involvement in the group activated the group and all kinds of interaction resulted, mainly because I am a person people love to hate. 
This ivory tower theologian would pop his head in every great once in a while only to say hello, or to say that one day he would actually participate in the discussion.
Well, in the meantime the presiding Preterist seemed to have the allegiance of most of the participants in the group, though that group was formed to expose Preterism for the lies that it propagated.
The moderator was an ivory tower dispie that made it clear in an article that he wrote that Preterists were deceivers, don't belong to God, have a spirit of error, are antichrists. and 'gangrenous'  .
He even pointed out that the apostle Paul singled out two individuals named Hymaenus and Philetus (Preterists) and called their teachings 'gangrenous' and 'subverting of somes faith.'
But yet he condemned those that made those same kind of statements in actual debates with Preterists.
During my discussions with the dominating Preterist of this group she decided to make my conversion an issue, calling me a 'Saul'.

She based this assumption on the backbiting and slander of a judaizer and another Preterist that follow me from group to group.
This went on for a time, all the while the moderator occassionally glancing from his ivory tower.
The moderator never acknowledged her initial taunting and slander. He may have been afraid of actually confronting this woman.
When I decided i had enough and that I would call her on her abusive behaviour and insulting of the messenger/me rather than critiquing my messages, the moderator finally stepped in saying that we were both wrong and that we should both apologize to the group.
And get this, in so many words he said that we should never single out individual Preterists as heretical but objectively and from our balconies critique Preterism.
This coming from a man that previously acknowledged that Paul singled out heretics.
When I singled out this particular Preterist and her teaching as heretical and dangerous, also pointing out her abusive behaviour I was condemned.
People get offended when one speaks as if they actually believe what they are saying.
People also get offended when someone thinks that there is such a thing as a right interpretation and an eternally wrong interpretation of scripture.
According to them, the only way you can humbly present the truth is if you act like it is only an opinion.
Absolute truth is not on the same level as deciding what flavor donut you prefer.
Funny isn't it that the apostle Paul spoke of things he was fully persuaded of and he didn't make any apologies about it.
Well, to be condemned for responding to insults and calling heresy heresy resulted in condemnation from the heretics (which is understandable), those only unified with heretics to oppose and gang bang me, and spineless ivory tower theologians that can only write lofty articles from their balconies.
Well, if it isn't clear by now, this treatment hurt me deeply and has made me ponder giving up this kind of ministry.
Since egroups typically are places for discussion and debate of doctrine I don't share my feelings and wounds.
Antagonists sometimes use that against you later on. 
My objectivity and conviction has been interpreted as arrogance or as a robotic understanding of scripture.
Even Elijah had times of feeling forsaken and alone.
I'm not an ivory tower theologian, and have been involved in some kind of rubber meets the road ministry for over twenty years and it is taking its toll on me.
I have both sat on the balcony and am a traveler.
I need your prayers and spiritual support.
                                              BJ Max