Recap: Top Articles for March 2021

When the new year arrived, I did a recap of my most-viewed articles from 2020. It was not until late February that I found that WordPress has a “sticky” option (sad, right?). One uses this option to stick certain articles to the top of one’s blog. I did it last month for my most-viewed articles for February 2021. I’m doing it again this month. However, instead of just changing “sticky” articles every month without an explanation, I’ll both announce what they are via a “recap” post and, as an aside, provide any supplemental information/relevant updates on the subject matter. Think of this as a bit of an ICYMI (In Case You Missed It) that recaps the highlights for the relevant month.

Here we go:

Wild Card: Profile: Todd Smith

Date Published: 10/2/2020

Views for March 2021: 101

This article made it as a shocking wild card for March. 63 of the 101 views came the last four days of the month, making it one of four articles to get 101 or more views for the month (5th place article had 76 views). I tried to find out what caused the sudden rise in views for the post, and I could not find anything pertaining to this particular Todd Smith (there seems to be other popular folk named Todd Smith, though). I know I recently reviewed a book by Smith called Speaking In Tongues. I did update the Smith article on March 28 to include the review.

If you have seen Smith make the news recently (as in the author of the aforementioned book, not someone else named Todd Smith), feel free to pass along any relevant articles in the comments section.

3. Movie Review: The Submerging Church

Date Published: 7/21/2020

Views for March 2021: 203

This review got 288 views for the entire year of 2020. It has been a “Top 3” article every month since December 2020. I can’t explain why. Nevertheless, I can see why people would be interested in the movie, for Good Fight Ministries puts out some solid material (including arguably the most important documentary of the 21st century with its movie They Sold Their Souls For Rock And Roll).

Speaking of Good Fight Ministries, check out this excellent video that was released on February 12, 2021. It is titled Satan Performs At The Super Bowl.

2. Book Review: “Ten Words To Live By” by Jen Wilkin

Date Published: 3/21/2021

Views: 335

I was surprised that this book review got as many views as it did. I suppose Wilkin has a much bigger following that I ever could have anticipated. I do believe that she is a false teacher. I explain why in my review.

I think this tweet is also somewhat telling:

Beth Moore is an egregious false teacher who is in flagrant rebellion to God’s Word. If anything is owed to Beth Moore, it should be a massive amount of calls for her to repent and be forgiven for said false teachings and flagrant rebellion.

Think also about what Wilkin is saying. Beth Moore has essentially paved the way for female false teachers like Wilkin. One has to wonder who might be (or is) next in line. Perhaps that person is in this seemingly exhaustive lineup I showed from this book review here.

Pastor Chris Rosebrough of Fighting For The Faith did an excellent video on Moore almost two years ago. He exposes Moore as an autonomian (someone who is a law unto one’s self).

  1. Profile: Association of Related Churches

Date Published: 1/28/2021

Views: 1,032

In what will likely go down as my most viewed article of all-time, my profile post on ARC (Association of Related Churches) has seemed to help many. Berean Research featured it in a March article. My friend Steve Kozar at The Messed Up Church also gave it a mention on his “Hit The Bar” video on ARC founder and false teacher Chris Hodges. Finally, I was a guest on The Messed Up Church podcast. There is a video that goes with it. I did the video with Daniel Long. The video is titled Beware of the ARC! (same title as the podcast episode).

IN CLOSING

I hope you found this information helpful. As helpful or informative (or whatever adjective you wish to use) as this information may be, it all pales in comparison to knowing where you’ll spend eternity. Please understand that by default, we are all born dead in trespasses and sins.

Ephesians 2:1-10 explains:

2 And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

The Bible is clear that people are born dead in trespasses and sins (2:1-3). God’s being rich in mercy makes one alive in Christ (2:4). Furthermore, it is by grace through faith that one is saved (2:5-9). It is not based on works (2:9). 

If you do not believe what Ephesians 2:1-10 states, I would ask you please look at the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20:1-17. Have you ever told a lie? Have you ever stolen something, even if it was small? Have you ever used God’s name in vain? Jesus said that whoever looks upon a woman to lust after her has already committed adultery in the heart (Matthew 5:27-28). Jesus also said that if you ever get angry at someone, you’ve committed murder in the heart (Matthew 5:21-26). Just the mere thoughts of adultery and murder make you guilty of the very acts themselves.

Please understand that it only takes one murder to be a murderer, one lie to be a liar and so forth. David said in Psalm 51:5 that he was conceived in sin. Genesis 6:5 states that every intent of the thoughts of man’s heart is only evil continually. Clearly, man has a sin problem. Romans 3:23 states that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Man is in big trouble with God because of his sin. This is more amplified by the fact that perfection is the standard (Matthew 5:48). 

Now, some people try to justify their sin by trying to balance it out with the good deeds that they have done. However, if you were to try that in a court of law, the judge would throw the book at you. A good judge would not accept a bribe. He would cast you off into jail. God likewise will not accept a bribe, for there is no partiality with Him (Deuteronomy 10:17; Ephesians 6:9). Revelation 21:1-8 states the following (NASB):

21 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea.And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among the people, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”

And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He *said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” Then He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give water to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life, without cost. The one who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. But for the cowardly, and unbelieving, and abominable, and murderers, and sexually immoral persons, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

The Bible is clear that all liars will have their part in the lake of fire. No adulterer, no murderer, no idolater, no unbeliever (among others) will inherit the kingdom of God (see also 1 Corinthians 6:9-10). Sin has a very serious consequence.

Thankfully, Jesus Christ came to solve the sin problem over 2000 years ago (Isaiah 53:1-12). You and I broke the law. Jesus paid the fine (Matthew 26:14-28:20). This means that the judge can do what’s legally right in dismissing your case. He can say, “This person has broken the law, but someone has paid his fine. He’s out of here.” This is good news.

There are two things a person must do. He must repent. This means to turn from his sin (Mark 1:16; Luke 24:36-49; 2 Timothy 2:19-26; Acts 17:30-31). He must also put his trust in the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (Acts 16:31, 17:30-31; Romans 4:1-25, 10:1-17; Galatians 3:1-14; John 6:26-29). These gifts of repentance and faith are granted by God (Ephesians 2:8-9; 2 Timothy 2:22-26). If you repent and put your trust in the Savior Jesus Christ, He will forgive you of your sins and grant you everlasting life (John 6:47). Oh may you know His mercy and grace today if you have never repented and put your trust in Jesus Christ alone for salvation. 

I hope you found this post helpful. Thank you for your time.

Published by Clint Adams

My name is Clinton Adams. I am a born-again Christian. I used to have the blog "faithcontenderblog.wordpress.com." After taking it down, I have since rebooted as "The Earnest Layman" as I earnestly contend for the faith once for all entrusted to the saints (Jude 3). I also promote sound Christian doctrine and rebuke that which contradicts it (Titus 1:9). I mainly do book reviews. However, I also do other types of posts (normally extensive). Should you request a certain topic, I will most definitely consider it. :) If you ever have questions or comments on anything you read here, feel free to comment with your feedback on any of my posts. You can also email me at earnestlayman@outlook.com. If you really like what you read here, you can always follow my blog. Thank you so much for reading!

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