False gods and the Sacrifice of Children

Dr. Ab Abercrombie

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 After receiving God’s magnificent grace and abundant supply throughout the generations, the Jewish nation was quick to forget and ultimately reject the God of their salvation. Frequently following God’s rescue and provision, His people would attach themselves to foreign nations for support and protection. In doing so Israel would adopt the traditions, culture, and gods common to the nation upon which they depended.

An excellent account of this occurs in Ezekiel 16 where God, through the prophet, describes how He rescued a lost, despised, and hopeless people (Israel), giving them life and identity as His own children. Using the parable of an abandoned newborn, God illustrates how He rescued and raised the rejected infant to maturity, only to have the child devote its heart to a foreign god (Ezk 16:1-19). In their idolatry, God’s people turned even to the literal sacrifice of their children.

“Moreover, you took your sons and daughters whom you had borne to Me and sacrificed them to idols to be devoured. Were your harlotries so small a matter? You slaughtered My children and offered them up to idols by causing them to pass through the fire” (Ezk 16:20-21).

 When New Testament Christians read of such abominations in Scripture, we often have difficulty relating and fail to see its application. After all we no longer witness children placed in the sacrificial fire to honor Molech or Ashtoreth. But as a biblical counselor I would suggest that idolatry is alive and well and children are indeed offered on the altar of countless “high places.”

The worship of self is primary and has fragmented the biblical home into pockets of individual gratification, personal goals, rights and entitlements. Biblical order is often abandoned because God’s structure interrupts one’s selfish ambition (Phil 2:3-4), calling instead for the glory and magnification of God above all else (Mark 12:30). [Read more…]

Becoming Scriptural People

By: Dr. W.P. “Ab” Abercrombie

 

Follow Me

By Dr. Ab Abercrombie

Psychopathology or Sin?

By: Dr. W.P. “Ab” AbercrombieSnake and Apple

For decades, modern culture has struggled to define and categorize psychological and/or psychiatric conditions. Experts have created hundreds of diagnostic categories that attempt to isolate and classify specific conditions or illnesses so that they can be effectively treated. This has given rise to the term psychopathology, which refers to an illness or dysfunction in the psyche or mind of an individual.

Medical doctors tend to see the disturbance as organic; Behaviorists often describe the issue as a learned or conditioned dysfunction; Psychoanalysts believe psychological problems are due to parental failures, disappointments, and frustrated psychosexual development; Family Therapists view emotional disturbance as a consequence of unhealthy family structure. [Read more…]

My Unexpected New Heart

BCI is pleased to announce the long anticipated release of Dr. Ab’s newest book…

“Just as He demonstrated countless times throughout Scripture, God was about to utilize the challenge of a physical need to bring about spiritual transformation. Only a few weeks into the process it became abundantly clear, that while I awaited a new liver, God was already undertaking a heart transplant. What my body needed to survive physically paled in comparison to the new heart that was required.”

Life Interrupted…Life Restored

Dr. Ab Abercrombie, a nationally recognized biblical counselor, trainer, and author, spends his life teaching others to minister to the hurting. Little did he realize the personal trial of his lifetime was just around the corner.

Faced with the sudden diagnosis of liver failure in 2011, he encountered first hand, the sovereign glory and grace of God, which not only restored his health, but transformed his heart in the most unexpected way.

My Unexpected New Hear Paperback Edition  $16.99

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Advanced praise for My Unexpected New Heart…

“As a Biblical Counselor, Dr. Abercrombie has often called on those he counsels “to recognize and submit to God’s sovereignty in times of distress”.  My Unexpected New Heart is his candid account of how God took him “inside the crisis” of imminent death and allowed him to experience firsthand what that counsel really means.  Pastors and all Biblical Counselors who read it will gain tremendous insight into how God uses deep and agonizing trials in the lives of His children to produce spiritual transformation and reveal His great mercy, grace and love. The chapter “Lord Teach Us to Pray”, which deals with prayer during times of trial, alone makes this a volume you will want for your library.”

Paul Meredith, M.Div.
Ministry Director, Waterfront Rescue Mission
Pastor, Grand Bay, Alabama

“You will be blessed by reading this GOD-honoring book. May My Unexpected New Heart be a blessing in your life as JESUS speaks to you through the Scripture Dr. Abercrombie liberally points out. As he adeptly weaves the book around his experience, Ab humbly shows the power of the Holy Spirit within!”

“I am proud of Ab, my close brother and friend. I have witnessed his faith and learned much in my Christian life from him! Here in this book he has opened himself to intimately share about his near-death nightmare that became his CHRIST-honoring correction! Ab is what you read in the book – an open, regular man who humbly wants to be like JESUS! And that is the greatest goal we can have!”

Rev. Bruce K. Edwards
Pastor and Crusade Evangelist
Mansfield, Texas

“In his newest book, My Unexpected New Heart, Dr Ab allows us to join him on one of the most intensely personal journeys of his life.  In the context of this journey, God’s gracious activity to address the condition of the heart takes center stage. The Word of God springs to life amid harsh realities.”

“You will connect with the candid account of personal struggles. This book is messy in a good way. As the war between the flesh and the Spirit is recounted, the battles won and the battles lost find full disclosure. From the fog of suffering to the clarity of victory Dr. Ab does what he does best.  He teaches us how to live by the wisdom of God as He has revealed that wisdom in His Word.”

Larry Creamer
Senior Pastor, Valley Baptist Church,
Director, ValleyConneX Biblical Counseling Center
Appleton, Wisconsin


The Danger of Relying on Emotions…

 

By: Pastor Larry Creamer & Dr. Ab AbercrombieWoman dazed

In a recent seminar entitled, “The Dangers of Relying on Our Emotions,” two questions were posed to the group before the instruction began: “What was the emotion you experienced most strongly today” and “What emotion do you struggle with the most on a day-to-day basis?” Take into consideration the group was comprised of committed Christians, church leaders and staff, and most were either graduates or students within a biblical counseling program.

The result of this inquiry was interesting indeed, if not startling. Answers were submitted anonymously and totaled by the instructor. Out of the 31 responses, only eight conveyed a positive emotion as the dominant feeling of the day. Most reported included joy, peace, thankfulness, and happiness.

The 23 remaining answers were surprisingly negative. Frustration, anger, anxiety, fear, stress, shame, and regret were the dominant themes.  How, we asked, could the Body of Christ, be so miserable? How in the presence and provision of our Lord and Savior could these feelings become the central experiences of a routine day of living?

The apostle Paul wrote:

“It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery” (Gal 5:1). [Read more…]

Lord Teach Us To Pray

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By: Dr. W.P. “Ab” Abercrombie

The spiritual discipline of prayer is a wonderful and unique aspect of the Christian life in that, we are afforded access to the Throne of God. We have the scriptural mandate to pray. But more than that, we have the privilege of communicating with our Heavenly Father in a way that is personal, powerful, and promise-filled!

But as much as prayer is central to the spiritual life, the Body of Christ often struggles with misaligned expectations and misunderstanding about it’s potential and it’s purpose. In Luke, the disciples had the great opportunity to ask Jesus about prayer:

Luke 11:1-14

It happened that while Jesus was praying in a certain place, after He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.” And He said to them, “When you pray, say: ‘Father, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, For we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.'”

 

I know this is a passage familiar to most of us; one we have read many times. But in examining the text several riveting points are made evident:

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