Daily Archives: 29 Sep 2018

The Cancer on the Body of Christ

‪The greatest error of modern Christianity was the abandonment of the serious practice of Church discipline. Had it been maintained, fraudulent believers wouldn’t be the cancer on the body of Christ that they presently are.‬

Fakes Are Easily Spotted

‪’You shall know them by their fruits’. – Jesus‬

‪Honestly, friends, if you can’t tell the difference between real Christians and wolves in sheep’s clothing like Falwell and Metaxas and Jeffress and Graham, you really don’t know anything about Christianity at all.‬

If you need help, read Matthew 25.   If that doesn’t clear it up for you, just email and I’ll lend a hand.

How to Know If You’re Attending a Personality Cult and not a Legitimate Church

1- The CEO calls the gathering ‘his’ ‘church’.

2- It has multiple locations, just like any egomaniacal pseudo Christian would require.

3- It hawks merchandise.

4- The worship of Almighty God is replaced by a talk about said merchandise.

If you attend such a personality cult, get out of Gomorrah!

False Teachers

  • Jerry Falwell Jr
  • Robert Jeffress
  • Eric Metaxas
  • Franklin Graham

How do I know they are false teachers?  Scripture teaches me so.  Which?

“It was not I who sent or commanded them, and they are of no benefit at all to these people “– this is the LORD ‘s declaration.  (Jer. 23:32)

There were indeed false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, and will bring swift destruction on themselves.  Many will follow their depraved ways, and the way of truth will be maligned because of them. They will exploit you in their greed with made-up stories. Their condemnation, pronounced long ago, is not idle, and their destruction does not sleep.  (2 Pet. 2:1-3)

If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, a curse be on him! (Gal. 1:9)

The only thing the 4 above proclaim is the message of Trump.  They are heretics.  And they are damned.

New in the Barth Gesamtausgabe

«Alte Anschauungsweisen, alte Verhältnisse und Ordnungen sind gefallen und fallen noch. […] Die Menschheit sucht auf neuen Wegen neue Werte. […] Nur zu oft sind wir Christen gegenwärtig ängstlich […]. Und doch sollten gerade wir jenen Ruf nach Leben zum unsern machen, wenn wir Jünger Jesu sein wollen. Stehen wir […] klagend am Wege, so handeln wir sicher nicht im Sinne dessen, der uns verheissen: Ich lebe, und ihr sollt auch leben!»

Schon Barths erste Predigten, die er während seines Studiums, in seinen Vikariaten und als Hilfsprediger in Genf hält, zeigen ihn als wachen Zeitgenossen mit feinem Gespür für gesellschaftliche wie kulturelle Brüche und Verwerfungen. Die Predigten, die eben darauf antworten, die Ängste und Unsicherheiten aufnehmen, stehen im Zentrum seines ersten Wirkens in der Gemeinde.

Karl Barth-Gesamtausgabe, Band 53 
2018, XVIII/748 Seiten, 12.5 x 20.0 cm, Leinen mit SU
ISBN 978-3-290-18146-8

Signs of the Times

The Next EABS Meeting

The next EABS Annual Conference will take place in Warsaw 11-14 August, 2019. If you wish to propose a new unit or to transform a one-year workshop into a research unit, now is the time to do it. The deadline for all new unit proposals is 31 October, 2018. The proposals should be sent to executive@eabs.net. For more details, check out “proposing and renewing units” from the website.

The call for papers for the Warsaw meeting will open on 15 January, 2019 and close at the end of February. More information about this and the new abstract submission system will be circulated later this year.

For Your Saturday

Fun Barthian Facts

After Charlotte von Kirschbaum moved into Barth’s house, Barth signed his notes to her in the following ways1:

  • ‘I am having such joy! And I love you so much!’,
  • ‘I just love you so much’,
  • ‘I am so happy! I l. you so much’

or, later, simply

  • ‘I l. y. s. m. (sure? sure!)’ or ‘Oh you…..’, ‘Oh you!’, ‘D. L. … you know’,

from 1931 occasionally:

  • ‘I am constantly thinking of you and I love you much more, even much more than…

for example, on 1 August.

  • Although already then I liked you quite a lot, after all. You!’.

In 1934, he writes from Rome:

  • ‘Be, dearest, a thousand greeting and kisses, by your d. Karl’,

and finally, in a language style of a modern text message, apart from ‘I l. y. s. m.’ once also

  • ‘L. d. L. I l. y. s. m.’.

1Biography and theology. On the connectedness of theological statements with life on the basis of the correspondence between Karl Barth and Charlotte von Kirschbaum (1925–1935), by Susanne Hennecke