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Hello and thank you for visiting Fire Breathing Christian. My name is Scott.

I’m a husband, father, speaker, author, blogger and member of Christ the King Church in Middle Tennessee. Through my writing here at Fire Breathing Christian, I hope to equip and encourage Christians to better understand, proclaim, and apply the lordship of Christ in every realm of His creation.

My hope is that in doing so, the children of today might inherit a more Christ-centered culture and civilization in which they will then be able to continue the Gospel-fueled work of the Great Commission.

The Lord has been pleased to lead (and often drag) me down a peculiar path, and I hope to share what I’ve learned in a manner that is helpful to others and glorifying to Him.

I lost my first wife, Kristi, in her twenties after a four-year struggle with metastasized breast cancer. By the grace of God, I was blessed to witness, encourage, and experience incredible beauty and growth in and through her struggles and challenges en route to perfect glorification through our King.

I am now blessed with the most amazing, precious, loving and supportive wife that any man could ever hope for (or dream of) in Holly (pictured above with our little Rosie and Wolfgang.

I’ve operated professionally out of Dutch harbor, Alaska, as a part of the Alaskan fishing industry and I’ve worked for a variety of well known tech companies (like Amazon.com and Nintendo of America). There have been a variety of other interesting gigs along the way as well, but I won’t bore you with those details here other than to say that it all started for me at the age of thirteen with my first part-time paying job at Kay’s Grocery & Gas in Henderson, Arkansas, and I’ve learned to be thankful for every step along the way (however much I may not have understood the need or purposes for those steps at the time).

While I write a lot about family, education, politics, economics, and culture from a Christian perspective, the idea here at Fire Breathing Christian is to try to tackle every issue and subject, leaving nothing untouchable and testing everything in the perfect light of Christ as revealed in His Word. For a more detailed introduction to the Fire Breathing Christian concept as it is intended here, please check out Intro to Fire: The Power and Purpose of the Common Believer. (You can also read my Statement of Faith by clicking here.)

For those wanting to get to the nitty-gritty details as to theology, soteriology, eschatology and the like, please check out What are you, some kind of [insert label here] or something?! And if you’re wondering about things like the design and use of the shark-fishie logo and why it is that I wear long hair (which you can’t really see in the above pic), then check out What’s with that shark-fishie graphic thing? and When the Bible gets hairy. (Or: Is it right for men to have long hair?).

I’ve had the honor of teaching or presenting to groups and at churches from California to Florida. (If you’d like for me to speak or help in some way at your church, with a group, or at a convention, please feel free to contact me.)

As a former wretch saved by grace and very much a work in progress, I make no claims to “know it all” or anything close. My goal here is to point toward the nature of Christ as the source of all truth. I am eternally thankful that He chooses to work through such flawed, weak vessels as yours truly, and appreciate the opportunity to share what I am able to with you here.

Lord (and technology) willing, I post something new on most days (up to six days a week).

The daily posts here at FBC began in August of 2014 and the hope is to one day build this into a useful (and popular) enough resource to support my family through writing. Your prayers and encouragement in this regard are much appreciated.

Once traffic and activity here proves able to provide a basic living for my family, I will be able to focus much more of my time on the FBC mission, significantly expanding the scope, frequency, and depth of posting at Fire Breathing Christian.

If you’d like to help in this mission, please spread the word, “like” FBC on Facebook, and signup to have new article updates sent directly to your email address (using the form in the top right corner of the FBC home page). If you’d like to learn more about making a much appreciated financial contribution to the FBC mission, please click here.

Thank you for your time and interest.

In His grip,

SAB
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52 COMMENTS

  1. Amazing, that is certain a ton of "I's" from somebody that is probably a Christian. Your 'About the Author' pages is putting on a show of being you being very charmed by yourself and all around arrogant…and just a banality. Insight gathering operations? Best snicker I've had throughout the day. You and I both realize that you just search out data that will go down the ideas/jumpy convictions that you have foreordained to be genuine with the goal that you can easily stay uninformed and have the capacity to legitimize your partialities.

    You don't look for data to develop however to stunt your very own development and the development of others.

    Later on have a go at leaving behind a couple reflects and get yourself back to concentrating on the best edict in the Bible as opposed to endeavoring to make yourself out to be a great deal more pertinent or potentially vital than you truly are. The well-known axiom truly is true…It isn't about you. Almost no is about you.

    What's more, on the off chance that you need to persuade somebody you are some kind of a scholarly or are well perused you might need to give additional time discussing the books you have read…instead of what football groups you pull for or what musical plays you loved. Somebody needs to state it-who cares on the off chance that you enjoyed Cats or not? What, did you duplicate and glue your advertisement from Match.com to this site?

    Individuals like you are of the best offense to me. You represent me but then speak to nothing of me. You claim to be one of mine and utilize my name for your own pomposity, numbness and absence of empathy. Three attributes I despise about all else. One gets the sense by what you compose that you don't have anything however hate…distrust and hatred for your kindred man. You think you were really picked by me? Who might picked such a poor agent to spread their pledge? Actually you have accomplished more to push individuals far from Christianity than bring them into the light….and for that you will get what you really ask for.

  2. Great Site Scott. I just came across it because your story "A nation that conscripts its daughters for its defense is a nation that no longer deserves a defense" was posted on Steve Quayle's Site today. It looks like your cover every sort of topic here. You do a great job, thank you. My question is, why aren't most Churches talking about any of this??? How can the Church be relevant and accountable to God and their congregation if they fail to discuss these topics and how they impact our lives. And if you bring up any of these subjects as serious spiritual matters, you're ignored and dismissed. I don't get it. Hopefully this site will may an impact. I know I will be a frequent visitor and recommend it to others.

    • Thank you so much for the kind and encouraging words, Michael!

      As for your question (and a great question at that) as to why churches aren't tackling these things, well…that's on my mind and I try to write on that very subject here from time to time. The silver (or perhaps gold) lining to that subject is that, despite the masses of professing churches who avoid biblical depth and maturity like the plague, there are some who, by God's grace, pursue it and strive to apply His Word to every realm of life. I am blessed to attend (and frequently preach) at such a church.

      Thank you again for the encouragement and have a great weekend!

      In His grip,

      Scott

        • The key is to define Israel as God defines Israel, as He has so clearly done in His perfect, sufficient Word:

          "But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel, and not all are children of Abraham because they are his offspring, but “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as offspring." (Romans 9:6-8)

          ". . . for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise." (Galatians 3:26-29)

          • I am not a believer in replacement theology. I submitted a question about whether or not you believe in it. I forgot to leave my scripture reference as to why I don't believe in repl/theol "For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery, lest you be wise in your own estimation, that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in; 26 and thus all Israel will be saved; just as it is written, 'The Deliverer will come from Zion, he will remove ungodliness from Jacob,'” (Rom. 11:25-26). God is not completely done with Israel even though right now the Christian church is being used of God to represent Him in the earth. Also, in your statement of beliefs you do not mention, nor does your church, anything about the 2nd coming or rapture of the church. The ambiguity is a little troubling.

  3. Scott thanks for saying, what I've been wanting to say for the last (whenever Mccain ran for POTUS) years. So because I did not vote for Mccain or Mitt, the folks at church thought I was for Obama. I tried to explain to them that my conscience would not let me vote for either one of these (and other) people running for public office. So here we are another election year and the same thing is happening, except now I have your blog to point them to. Thanks, keep up the work that you are doing, and thanks for giving me some wonderful things to ponder, and more ways to to use the Sword. May God Bless you and yours. Mike

    • Thank you for your encouragement, Mike. I know all too well the feeling of defensive attacks coming from those who have their political idols brought into the light. I used to be one o' those "Republican first" types myself, so grace, grace, grace…

      Your supportive words here mean more than you know. Lord willing, we will all continue to seek, submit, and grow in love of His Nature as Revealed in His Word. Perhaps He will even see fit to use that growth in a few dedicated, obedient followers to accomplish great, positive change in this dying culture…all by His grace and for His glory.

      Thank again, Mike, and have a great weekend!

  4. Bro. Scott,
    I want to encourage you to continue to speak out for the Truth of the Gospel of CHRIST! As you are well aware, the voices of Truth are dwindling today as many who once spoke the Truth have compromised to be accepted by the apostate church. The Voice of Truth, JESUS CHRIST, has NOT compromised and shall never compromise because He is the same yesterday, today, and the ages to come! I enjoy all of your articles and I am glad to see that you understand the lies within this government. As the LORD of Glory proclaimed in John 16:13, the Spirit of Truth guides us into ALL Truth! Knowledge of the Truth shall make and keep you free, John 8:31-36! I am a fellow watchman on the wall and I am familiar with all of the false doctrines of the apostate church. I have written extensively about such false doctrines which ensnares the deceived souls and only leads them to a devil's Hell. One such poem is entitled: "GOD Is NOT a Failure!"

    The LORD GOD Almighty is not a failure, regardless of what the Word of Faith sheep in wolves' clothing may say;
    Without repentance, all sinners and Antichrists, shall stand before this Almighty GOD at the White Throne Judgment Day!
    According to His precious Word, Matthew 7:15, GOD Almighty describes these wolves as "ravenous," meaning:
    Violent rapists and robbers, and more of mere material possessions, but also of the eternal soul through deception and misleading!
    Oh such arid arrogance of denigrating the Almighty GOD to the abase level of man!
    GOD Almighty is incomparable to the sons of Adam and has measured the earth in His Hand!
    Oh such haughty hubris of exalting fallen man to the lofty status of the Eternal GOD in any sort!
    GOD Almighty is intrinsic goodness, unfathomable love, and inimitable worth!
    Oh such poisonous pride to claim that the created can demand the Almighty Creator to fulfill their the carnal lusts and earthly passions; we are not co-creators, to declare so is ill!
    Oh such careful conceitedness to pervert faith into a force rather than an effect and a gift;
    GOD Almighty is not obligated to His creation, by His Grace alone, from depravity, man He lifts!
    Oh such blatant blasphemy to lie that the pure, sinless, guileless Son of David became sin
    Was tortured in hell, by subjected demons, was "born-again (?)" with only goodness within!
    Our Heavenly High Priest merely became a sin-offering, with His precious Blood, "so that whosoever will believe" may become "the Righteousness of GOD in Him!"
    Even "the prince of the power of the air," whom bows his knee, including his evil hordes, would NOT dare touch the LORD of Glory, Whom they in terror flee!
    The father of the Word of Faith proclaimed the Cross was a defeat, the misery of miseries;
    But Col 2:15 declares that the Son of the Almighty publicly shamed and stripped the enemy of all power: victory of victories!
    Let us examine this LORD GOD Almighty, pridefully described as a failure by the deceived.
    LORD: Yahweh, is all sufficient One, needing nothing from anyone, regardless is you agree!
    GOD means mighty, exceedingly strong, the only true GOD (Jn 17:3), the only true Hero!
    With a delusional, incurable heart, you may deify self, but this makes one a zero!
    Almighty, occurring 57 times in His Word, means: omnipotent, all strength, and all power;
    He is the only One Whom cannot fail, to be focused on, and is a mighty strong Tower!
    GOD is immutable, He never changes, pure in Righteousness, complete Holiness, He is the same!
    Any attempt to pervert, refute, or corrupt His Word, renders one insane!
    Once is sufficient, but 10 times His unfailing Word proclaims that He cannot fail!
    In Eternity past, from everlasting to everlasting He is GOD, against ALL powers He did prevail!
    Let us have the Mind of CHRIST in humility, Grace, Mercy, Gentleness, and Love
    To intercede for for these conscience-seared deceivers for Godly sorrow working repentance sent from Above!
    Let us join the great Apostle Paul to weep for the enemies of the Cross of CHRIST
    Whose end is destruction, god is their belly, glory is shame for they do mind this earthly heist.
    Until such time, obey the Word: mark, avoid, and turn away from liars at all cost;
    Lift high the Glorious Person of JESUS CHRIST and His Finished Work which is the power to save the lost!

    I love you my dear Brother and know that GOD will Grace you to continue to fight the good fight of the Faith!

    In CHRIST,

    Scott Fisher

  5. I found your blog last week and love it. Even as a Christian, you stepped on my toes in one of your blogs….but that' okay, they needed stepping on. I love your fearless, no nonsense articles and have shared a few of them on facebook (if that's okay). In my opinion, a shallow, carnal Christian will not understand a lot of what you write and you may get negative feedback from them. It's time for Christians to take off our blinders and face the fact that today's society/political climate/P.C., is what it is, and take a stand for righteousness. We must put on the whole armor of God to deflect the darts the evil one will throw, as well as some from some well-meaning but miss-led Christians. Keep up the good work and God Bless!

    • Howdy Jane,

      Thank you so much for the encouragement!

      And just to be clear, I must confess that most of what I believe and write about now very much "steps on the toes" of the ideas that I held firmly to not that long ago. Most of the views that I critique most vigorously here are positions that I once held myself.

      God is good and gracious with His people, so I trust that He will continue molding me and that anyone reading anything written by me here will test those words in light of the perfect Word and filter accordingly.

      All o' that said, your call to "take a stand for righteousness" rings true and is jus what the Doctor ordered!

      Thank you again for the encouragement.

      Keep fighting the good fight!

      In His grip,

      Scott

  6. Thanks for encouraging us to be a little bit more dangerous as Christians. My own journey has led me to the place where I believe that if Christianity isn’t everything to us, it isn’t anything. Christianity by it’s very design must cost us. If it doesn’t it is more like a hobby than a relationship with our saviour who loves us passionately and ferociously.
    One of the great dangers in commenting on blog posts, is the temptation to say things that we wouldn’t dare say to the person’s face. We disagree with something and let our angst and rage spill over and become insults, cheap shots, exaggeration and abuse. Future commenters please remember that the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God. We all need to come at this from a place of humility and remember that we all have places in our lives where we are deceived or just plain wrong. We need each other’s wisdom, insights and experiences. That is how the body of Christ is supposed to work.

    For the cause of Christ
    J

    • Thanks for the encouragement and the insightful thoughts, J.

      I really appreciate them!

      In His grip and for His glory,

      S

  7. So…."At the age of 36, I whizzed directly onto the former Soviet Union, just as I’d sworn to do when I was nine." Are you saying that you urinated on a country's ground in an attempt to disrespect the country? And you claim to be a Christian? Do you think that this could be taken as an insult to Russians?

    We are called to make disciples of all nations, and you squander it by trying to prove a point? I understand that you have a following on your website, try not to mislead those who look to you for answers.

    What I see from your blog is a lot of cherry picking of the Bible, blatant disrespect for God's children and a general sense of self righteousness. We are supposed to love and accept those that seek him where they are. Do not mistake this for acceptance! It is possible to meet people where they are with their walk with Christ and love them for where they are without accepting what they do. It is through the love of Christ that we are all saved right?

    • Howdy Matthew and thank you for taking the time to chime in here.

      Before I address your thoughts in a more comprehensive manner (when time permits), I'd appreciate it if you could help me get a more accurate understanding of where you're coming from by answering a couple of clarifying questions:

      1. Are you familiar with Soviet history?

      The Most Ukrainians I know (and I have been blessed to know many) have a seething disdain for the murderous terror imposed upon their land and people in the Soviet era. Ironically, I believe that it was just this past week that I read a story of how the people of Kiev "defaced" a statue of Lenin by tearing it down as a way of expressing their contempt for what he stood for and what his worldview in action did to their country and its people. Many of the folks in many of these sorts of crowds are believers living in the various nations once trampled by the horrors of Communism during the Soviet era. These points are just added as a bit of hopefully useful clarification and I will be happy to add much more when I have the time to respond in more detail once you've had the opportunity to address this post. Thanks for your patience.

      2. Do you have any specific examples of "cherry picking from the Bible" to go along with your thus-far evidence-free presentation? I'd very much appreciate seeing specific examples and arguments for many reasons, not the least of which is that I am well aware of my imperfection and would be very thankful for a substantive argument made against any erroneous that I may currently hold, so that I might grow in truth. I hope not to defend a position just for the sake of defending a position, which would amount to simple, ego-driven selfishness. That said, I am eager to test and defend truth in light of Scripture and any worthy, coherent argument made by another.

      I look forward to reading your response. Take your time in its composition if need be. It may take me a while to get back here as well (busy, busy, busy).

      Thanks again and have a good one.

      Soli Deo Gloria!

      S

  8. Howdy Hi from Nashville Scott! Enjoy reading your blog…it is quite interesting; the comments made just on your bio page! It was a pleasure to meet you and thanks for assisting in Eric's class. My daughter has grown by leaps and bounds in her walk with Jesus! God Bless you and enjoy the adventure laid out before you!

    In Him,
    Jenny Lynn

  9. Scott,

    What I have seen of your website, I really like! I am adding you to my links page! I would love to send you a small gift if you would like. Feel free to email me at —(edited by Scott)— so that I could get your address. God bless and keep up the great work!

    Brother in Christ,
    Jeremy

  10. I recently discovered your site, and I have subscribed and share you on facebook with my alternately swelling and shrinking number of friends. New people come on, and others bail out as I continue to appall them with links like yours. 🙂

    • Thanks for signing up and taking that risk, Don!

      As for the healthy, steady flow of additions and subtractions to the online friend category, I know the feeling.

      I am honored to (hopefully) help you keep both trends going. The net result is usually for the best that way.

      Hang in there!

  11. FireBreathingChristian — I have a question for you. Is it, or is it not, bad form to promote yourself and your blog when making comments on BigGovernment.com?

    It seems somehow wrong to me, but I'm willing to be corrected if I'm in error. For example, there is a post on BigGovernment by Publius, entitled "NY Post: Acorn Still Stands to Make Millions." Your comment is about propaganda and promotes your article, "Sprechen Sie Propaganda…"

    One other point: I'm a politically conservative atheist, so, quite naturally, I'm not overly enthused by the "God" and "Christian" references. However, in the spirit of fairness, I will get back here and do some reading. I hope I can comment positively on your work after I check it out.

    Thanks for taking time to read and consider my comment, and, if possible, answer my question.

    • Hello and thanks for taking the time to head on over and post your thoughts.

      As for the BigGovernment.com story, I see ACORN as fundamentally associated with the concept of propaganda as practiced by the "progressive" left in America. I see a genuine link between the subject as covered in "Sprechen Sie Propaganda" and the NY Post article confirming that ACORN still stands to rake in scads of tax dollars in order to, among other things, promote Statist propaganda.

      With regard to my including links in many of my posts at other sites, I see nothing wrong with this, so long as it is topical and unique (not some cookie-cut SPAM plastered multiple times in multiple threads). I generally will limit myself to one post per thread, not counting replies to others' posts.

      To me, one of the great beauties of sites like BigGovernment.com is that they offer likeminded people a chance to gather, connect and exchange ideas while taking in the articles published there. I realize that different things hit different people in different ways, but generally I take a "live and let" live approach at places while browsing. I simply scroll past anything that doesn't interest me and stop at what does.

      As for comments left here at this site, so long as they are topical, if someone wants to link to another blog or site, they can feel free to do so. I only ask that posts and links be respectful and adhere to basic standards of decency. When it comes to the free exchange of ideas, I am a liberal guy (in the classical sense, of course).

      So do I think that it is bad form for a blog (or any other site) to be promoted within the context of a topically relevant post? No, I do not.

      I hope that these answers help to clarify and I really do appreciate your taking the time to drop by.

      Have a good one!

  12. It's great that another person has the guts to speak out. Bravo. Two things,,,,first to the person who "pretended" to be God. You've got the nerve to impersonate the Most High. How audacious and ballsy of you. Not a smart thing to do. Second, it's been almost a year now since this president was elected,,,yet I believe he and his family have still not selected a church to "worship" in? A Christian? Hum-m. It seems he has only one agenda on his mind,,,,certainly not the Lord's.

    jd

    • I don't think it is yours or anybodies place to question Obamas faith in God. It's what's in the believers heart that says enough about their faith in Jesus the Lord, not how loud or obnoxious they show their believes. Since so many people these days have turned away from our loving Lord, I think we need more Christians like Obama who know how to spread the word in a more humble manner and with humility. It's not up to us to judge, that's for the Lord.

      • That's an interesting set of scathing judgments you've pronounced against others…all while telling them not to judge.

        Hmmm…

        The Christ of biblical Christianity charges us with the responsibility to use good and right judgment in all things. We are to "test all things" and "hold fast to that which is true". We are commanded to seek the counsel of godly leaders and oppose those who would advance an anti-Christian agenda. This is why true Christians are hated, of course.

        That's why they tend to be crucified.

        The Gospel of Christ – utterly rejected by Obama – inspired that sort of hatred by those who oppose it.

        Barack Obama's own words – words spoken with detail and frequency – make clear that he absolutely rejects the Bible as authoritative and knows not the Jesus of biblical Christianity.

        He openly embraces the legal targeting of innocent children for murder and is an advocate of legitimizing homosexuality. These truths alone tell any biblically submissive Christian enough to identify Obama as an enemy of Christ, His Gospel and His people.

  13. Cheers Scott –

    I for one found your "About The Author" to be refreshing. My hope is your website will quickly gain recognition and awareness.

    One man can make a difference.

    Tapadh leat, Mairi

  14. There is but one Christ and if you choose your own earthly conditions for denial of an invitation to pray with another Christian, then I urge you to pray more and ask Christ to enlighten you.

    • At this time, Barack will not submit to the Christ I worship. I do hope and pray that God will see fit to change that though.

        • My friend, what a deluded image you have of the god of Obama, and yourself, I might add. Brother Scott exalts, promulgates, and promotes the JESUS CHRIST of the Bible. President Obama, is mostly silent about gods (because he adapts the humanist view of this nation), but in truth is a Muslim, promoting Allah (who is NOT JESUS CHRIST), Buddha, the polytheistic religion of Hindu, and any other religion involved in this modern day ecumenism. I truly pray that you come to the saving knowledge of the One true GOD and JESUS CHRIST Whom He sent; that you may know Him and the power of His Resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, that you may be made conformable unto His Death.

  15. Wow, that's sure a lot of "I's" from someone that is supposedly a Christian. Your 'About the Author' pages is coming off as you being quite infatuated with yourself and more than a little arrogant…and nothing more than a cliche. Intelligence gathering operations? Best laugh I've had all day. You and I both know that you only seek out information that will back up the concepts/paranoid beliefs that you have predetermined to be true so that you can comfortably remain ignorant and be able to justify your prejudices.
    You don't seek information to grow but to stunt your own personal growth and the growth of others.
    In the future-try passing up a few mirrors and get yourself back to focusing on the greatest commandment in the Bible instead of striving to make yourself out to be much more relevant and/or important than you really are. The old saying really is true…It isn't all about you. Very little is about you.
    And if you want to convince someone you are some sort of an intellectual or are well read-you might want to devote more time talking about the the books you have read…instead of what football teams you root for or what musical plays you liked. Someone needs to say it- who cares if you liked Cats or not? What, did you copy and paste your ad from Match.com to this website?
    People like you are of the greatest offense to me. You speak for me and yet represent nothing of me. You pretend to be one of mine and use my name for your own arrogance, ignorance and lack of compassion. Three traits I hate about all else. One gets the sense by what you write that you have nothing but hate…distrust and contempt for your fellow man. You think you were actually chosen by me? Who would chose such a poor representative to spread their word? The reality is-you have done more to push people away from Christianity than bring them into the light….and for that you will reap what you sow.

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