Steak and a Bible turns four today.
Now, for the big announcement before I get serious and sappy. Steak and a Bible finally has a Facebook page. If that’s a more convenient place for you to gather and respond to information (as I suspect it is for many people), please go like the page.
Also, please tell your friends! Please keep visiting the site, watching the FB page and/or following on Twitter because I plan to give away some great stuff in the next four weeks in celebration of the site’s anniversary.
Now for the reflecting …
Back in 2012, a conversation with two Christian women gave me the website name I’d been trying desperately to come up with … and failing to find.
In the years since that day, my love of God’s truth revealed in the Scriptures and my concern for the state of the body of Christ have only deepened. I created this website because I’d seen unbiblical fads take hold of churches, false teachers and heretics only growing in popularity and influence and the importance of scripture minimized by individuals, congregations and denominations alike.
All while people’s souls hung in the balance.
I knew my voice wouldn’t be the loudest or the most credentialed. I’m just a born-again Christian saved by the blood of Jesus who studies the Bible and had a few theology classes along the way. But I knew if I didn’t speak up and speak out I wouldn’t do justice to the burden God placed on my heart, or to the dangers he’d opened my eyes to see.
Some of those teachers and their teachings are still having a terrible effect on the church as a whole. New ones have gained prominence, and no doubt more false teachers will rise up and deceive many people.
Jesus himself warned (from Matthew 24 – emphasis added):
“See that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are but the beginning of the birth pains.
“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”
To my eyes, things appear to be getting worse. So I will continue my ministry here at Steak and a Bible as much as possible, for as long as the Lord allows.
Thank you to everyone who has read, commented or shared my posts over the years.
Thank you to the many individual and ministries doing discernment, apologetics or research and analysis concerning the church especially Amy Spreeman, and podcaster Pastor Chris Rosebrough who finds some of the best and worst messages of all time, authors Warren Smith, Pastor Gary Gilley and Dr. James White of Alpha and Omega Ministries. I have been so blessed and informed by all of you.
I also want to thank every pastor who is still preaching the word of God carefully, faithfully and trusting that God uses it without gimmicks, theatrics or a marketing plan and every pastor who doesn’t use polls or his own imagination to choose a sermon subject. Thank you pastors who don’t read yourself into every passage of the Bible. Your sermons are the ones we need to hear.
My goal is to encourage every faithful lay person clinging to the truth and doing their best to make sure their church does too. I know from personal experience that it isn’t easy, but it is essential. Never stop contending my brothers and sisters.