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Calling Christians to Biblical Christianity. Christians must have discernment in all areas of life in this end time of deception, realizing also that American leadership of both political parties are leading us into the New World Order of the coming antichrist. Do not be conformed to this world. Rom. 12:2. Expose the deeds of darkness. Eph. 5:11. "He that is not zealous against error, is not likely to be zealous for truth." J.C. Ryle ----- [NEW AND IMPROVED BLOG UNDER CONSTRUCTION] 

October 02, 2015

1:45 PM - Joe Schimmel and Good Fight Ministries

Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.
James 3:1

Recently somebody sent me a Youtube link featuring Joe Schimmel of Good Fight Ministries, with two like minded companions, denouncing the pre-trib rapture doctrine. So what else is new? These people are a dime a dozen. But out of curiosity I wanted to check the guy out and see how credible he was. What I found out led me to simply dismiss the video as a waste of my precious time, but I did watch a few minutes until problems started showing up. Not only is Pastor Schimmel against the pre-trib rapture, he is also against the security of the believer. What part of everlasting life does he fail to understand? (John 10:27-29) His belief in post-trib and the insecurity of believers go together.

The Catholic church has their own doctrine of salvation by works but so does much of protestantism today, even though it's proponents would deny it. Many have denied the eternal security of believers and also have turned the Great Tribulation into a protestant version of purgatory where one must work to purify themselves. I can't make any further judgement about Schimmel based on the little I know but I did find one commentary which seemed pretty balanced. Here are a few brief excerpts.

I hesitate to call this man an outright false teacher, but I have listened to a good number of his sermons, and just tonight I listened to a couple that left me feeling quite frustrated and not at all edified.

Moreover, his understanding of the Gospel seems to be basically right and Biblical. A lot of his material is helpful and edifying. So as I have said at the beginning, I don't like to call him a full-blown false teacher. But he nevertheless has some serious problems that I think we need to be wary of.

Firstly and most seriously, he teaches conditional security. I'm not sure whether it's Arminianism exactly, but he believes, as Arminians generally do, that it is possible to fall away and lose your salvation. Schimmel's basic teaching in this area is that you're saved by grace through faith in Christ, but you have to keep your faith and persevere in it to the end or else your name will be blotted out of the Book of Life.

Secondly, he believes in a post-Tribulation Rapture. He believes that the pre-Trib Rapture view is a great deception and that many Christians are going to fall away from their faith when the Tribulation starts and the pre-Trib Rapture hasn't happened.

Last but not least, Schimmel is not very discerning when it comes to music, which is surprising in a way given how good his exposé of secular rock music is. But while he knows what he's talking about with that, he seems to be completely ignorant of the problems with CCM, and so uses it in his church, along with Vineyard music. Admittedly, the Vineyard music he uses is very early stuff (a perennial favourite seems to be "It's Your Blood That Cleanses Me"), but he's dipping into some very dangerous spiritual water with that. People might research the song and then perhaps explore other Vineyard music, and then who knows where that might take them! Not once have I ever heard Schimmel preach against CCM.

You can read the entire commentary here.

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