Evangelical Leaders Sort True Gospel From Gimmickry

I had someone recently compliment me on my “absolutely gorgeous diamond ring”.

“Thanks!” I said. My thumbnail absentmindedly flicked the band on the underside of my finger, and I smiled.

I figured when I bought it for $25 that I probably wouldn’t go around advertising to anyone that it was just a cubic zirconia set in sterling silver unless they asked me. It looked real, and those who didn’t know much about jewelry would never know the difference.

But if I were to list the same ring for sale, and I listed it as white gold and a real diamond and priced it for several hundred dollars, I could be charged with felony fraud depending on how much money was involved.

Unfortunately, many ignorant or unscrupulous people do try to pass off fakes for the real thing. There are facsimiles for almost everything – jewelry, furniture, clothing and accessories, paintings, etc. – and it’s really sad when the one who buys it thinking it’s one thing only to find out it’s not what they thought at all. We love when someone finds they’ve got a real treasure that they dug out of the trash, but we’ve also seen that infamous Antiques Road Show and the crestfallen look on the antique collector’s face (after they paid a few hundred or thousand dollars for what they thought was a steal) when the appraiser sucks the air in through his teeth, start off saying, “There are so many good fakes out there…” and they suddenly realize how much money they wasted on a fake.

The same can be said of Christianity. There are so many different ‘versions’ of Christianity out there sometimes it’s hard to tell what’s orthodox and what’s not. Doctrine DOES matter.

Can you tell the real thing from a fake? Well, not everyone is a theologian, but there are some trustworthy teachers out there that can point out the good ones and the bad ones based on the standard of the Word of God.

For more information on how they can help you make head or tails out of all the religious noise out there, check this out:

Evangelical Leaders Sort True Gospel From Gimmickry

And for those of you who are wondering about a message or requirement at a church that just doesn’t sit right and you want to ask, is that even in the Bible?? Check this great DVD resource out:

The Marks of a Cult: A Biblical Analysis with Eric Holmberg

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Featured Ministry – The Apologetics Group, A Ministry of Eric Holmberg

Many years ago when God first called me out of the darkness (with me very confused as to why he did that…) I saw a film in my church that changed the way I looked at the effects of music on my spiritual life forever. That film was Hell’s Bells, and it opened my eyes to the spiritual war going on that was right in front of me that I’d been totally unaware of. It revolutionized the way I looked at music and made me much more acutely aware of how music effected my life and the lives of my family.

The Apologetics Group, or TAG, once known to many as Reel to Real Ministries, was created by current CEO Eric Holmberg in 2003. Both TAG and Reel to Real have produced presentations such as Amazing Grace – The History and Theology of Calvinism, The Real Jesus: A Defense of the Historicity & Divinity of Christ, God’s Law and Society, and many more great ministry tools.

Eric’s nearly 30 dedicated years of ministry has produced relevant media which has touched many thousands of lives worldwide. He has worked with some of the Reformed world’s greatest theologians, such as the likes of Dr. George Grant, R.C. Sproul, Dr. Stephen Mansfield, Dr. Ted Baehr… and the list goes on.

Anyone who has ever been to one of Eric’s seminars has had the opportunity to experience Eric’s unique and discerning view of media and popular culture from a Christian worldview. Indeed, if you didn’t leave the seminar changed in some way then perhaps you weren’t really paying close attention…

The focus of Eric’s ministry is educating the Christian (and anyone else who has ears to hear) about the world around them – culture, media, church history, doctrinal issues, the abortion industry, etc. Any of the various DVDs produced by TAG can be utilized in such educational settings as a home school, Sunday school, small groups, and as evangelical presentations or outreaches in a church or on a local high school or college campus.

For more information about The Apologetics Group or Eric Holmberg, check out their official website – The Apologetics Group.

Please note: Eric Holmberg and The Apologetics Group (a subsidiary of Reel to Real Ministries) is located in Tennessee and is not affiliated with the website nicenecouncil.com or it’s DBA parent company, Apologetics Group, Inc., which is located in Virginia.

Hope this clears up any confusion.