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- "But there were false
prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false
teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies,
even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves
- And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by
reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And
through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise
of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and
their damnation slumbereth not. For if God spared not the angels
that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into
chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; And spared
not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher
of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the
- And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha
into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them
an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; And delivered
just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For
that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing,
vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful
deeds;) The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations,
and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:
- (2 Peter 2:1-9 KJV).
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this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall
those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth
up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God."
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The church as we knew it, is undergoing disintegration. This
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Catholic Church produced liberal Vatican II to replace Vatican
- The trend since then has been ecumenical which is truly what
the word 'Catholicism' means: a universal religion all
inclusive and multicultural. The Bible calls for a final church
and today's church doesn't resemble what Jesus taught. The Word
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trend, the so called democratizing what is left of the world.
This is a deception since the underlying new world global government
is developed by implementing sustainable development. The
Bible prophesies that there will be ten kings (ten horns), each
king (horn) will receive a region of the world as a reward for
work well done for the Antichrist. This is the reason for the
present development of NAU (The North American Union) as well
as the war in the Middle East. It again proves that we are moving
to closure of the times of the Gentiles prophesied in the Bible.
The end result will not be Democracy but a form of Fascist Communism
(Public/Private Corporations enslaving mankind).
- The third section compliments End Time
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1948 was the beginning of the figtree representing Israel, coming
back to life. Israel was allowed to return to its land. Israel
is the rock upon which the world stumbles and crumbles. We watch
and visit Israel for signs which point to the Tribulation to
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to be ready for the Lords coming. Are you sure that
you are born again? Are you living for Christ?
that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out
of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore
cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the
armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not
in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness,
not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ,
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- TAMING THE LION: 1st Peter 5:8
- "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil,
- as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may
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- To read this book requires love for the Gospel, if you don't
you might as well put it away because you'll simply think it
foolishness. The book proves that biblical truth is indeed truth
that sustains us. No matter what happens to us we land on our
feet and move on knowing we are only passing through. The world
is irrelevant. What is relevant is our eternal life, where we'll
spend it in heaven or hell. All human beings have eternal life
but where they will spend it is the question.
This book will reveal the resistance we are up against in our
enemy Satan who only works to undermine believers in Christ Jesus
because Satan knows where he is going and wants all of humanity
to join him. Those who already have sworn their allegiance to
Satan are no problem to him. Like Jesus Christ, who preached
only three years, was crucified because Satan hated Him, we become
the object of Satan's hatred as well. Had Jesus weakened and
let Satan tempt Him, He would have been King of this world for
a season and the whole world would have ended up in hell forever.
Every man, woman, and child's salvation hung on one man. To prove
to us that we can depend on Him forever, He weakened Himself
by fasting 40 days before He was confronted with the offer to
possess the whole world. If He was 100% human and 100% Spirit,
He experienced everything humans do, yet gave Himself to be humiliated,
be bled and died for our sakes who are completely undeserving
as you will see in this book.
God knows our lot, that we have no chance of making it to Heaven
on our own. We can try as hard as we want; Satan derails us at
every turn without God's intervention. Most of us believe that
we are good people and would not hurt anyone, go to church on
Sunday and earn our wages by the sweat of our brow. That is well
and good, but we tend to be rebels spiritually. We want to do
it our way instead of studying the Bible we read other books
and listen to evangelists in the hope that's going to get us
to heaven. Nothing could be further from the truth. Continued:
- SCRIPTURE STUDY -
- THE 70 -WEEK PROPHECY PAST AND FUTURE FULFILLMENT
- The mysterious 70-week prophecy recorded by the prophet Daniel
has baffled Bible scholars and theologians for centuries. Many
have attempted to identify the beginning and ending dates of
this prophecy using a continuous time-line from past benchmark
dates. However, the problem with this is that the time allotted
for the fulfillment of the 70-week prophecy has already passed
and the prophecy has still not been fulfilled. This means that
either the prophecy is false or the methods of calculation have
been invalid. Is it even possible to understand Daniel's 70-week
prophecy? In order to understand this prophecy one must use the
correct starting point and understand that this prophecy does
not have a continuous time-line; it contains two major events
separated by a vast amount of time. The 70-week prophecy begins
with a decree to allow the Jews who were first captives of the
Babylonian empire and then the Persian empire to return to Palestine
in order to restore and rebuild Jerusalem and the temple. The
issuance of this decree sets irreversible prophetic events into
motion. The issuance of this decree fixed the year for the Messiah's
death and resurrection and revealed the sequence of events and
the dates for the Messiah's return, which will bring an end to
human rule on earth and usher in the government of God that will
rule over the entire earth. Continued: http://www.bible-prophecy.net/articles/a3pws.htm
- "THY KINGDOM COME"
Hunt, Dave - January 1, 2000 - This phrase is contained in the
so-called "Lord's prayer," which, in fact, is not the
Lord's prayer (that is found in John
17) but the disciples' prayer. It would hardly have been
appropriate for our Lord to pray, "Forgive us our sins...And
lead us not into temptation" (Lk
11:4). Nor is it a prayer to be repeated over and over but
a pattern for prayer for the disciples: "After this manner
therefore pray ye" (Mat
6:9). When Jesus gave this pattern for prayer He told his
disciples, "use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do:
for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking"
(v7). Yet the "Lord's prayer" is generally used exactly
that way, repeated by rote with little thought to its deep meaning.
- Contrary to some who preach the "prosperity gospel,"
we are not to request earthly blessings for ourselves, much less
riches, but only sufficient provision for each day ("Give
us this day our daily bread...."); and to be kept from sin
in order to live to God's glory ("deliver us from evil...for
thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory"). Yet
how seldom we think of His glory, while bombarding Him continually
with endless requests to satisfy our own desires.
- "Thy kingdom come" is the heart of this pattern
for prayer, and it should be the passion of our lives. Yet for
how many of us is this true? Have we not largely forgotten God's
eternal kingdom in pursuit of our own temporal ambitions?
- How many Christians were caught up in the Y2K hysteria and
spent needless time, money and effort to assure themselves of
food, warmth and protection? Sadly, the lives of many were all
but ruined, their Christian testimony spoiled and our Lord and
His Word ridiculed as a result of their irrational fears of a
mysterious "bug" which they believed had the power
to shut down the world! How much better to have heeded our Lord's
admonition not to be anxious, saying, "What shall we eat?
or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?...for
your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness;
and all these things shall be added unto you" (Mat
- WILL DECEMBER 21, 2012 BE THE
MIDPOINT OF THE 7 YEAR TRIBULATION?
- What is this strange and mysterious, Bible prophecy all about?
This web site has the answers to many of these and other questions.
- SIGNS OF THE END!
- PASTOR JOE SCHIMMEL'S BLOG
- GOOD FIGHT MINISTRIES - Lessons
from the Alabama Massacre
- In the wake of Alabamas
worst mass shooting in the states history, many Americans
have been left dumbfounded as the nation mourns and wonders how
a young man could murder 11 people in cold blood. Many are still
shocked that mass school shooting and murder sprees have become
common place in the United States, and I ask: Why?
- FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT
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- GAY ADVOCACY GROUP THANKFUL FOR SADDLEBACK CHURCH MEETING
- 'The Saddleback staff was very friendly, welcoming and very
attentive,' one attendee says.
Orange County Register - June 16, 2008 - by ALEJANDRA MOLINA
- LAKE FOREST The conversation dealt with transgendered
individuals, homosexuality, and theology. Representatives of
the gay community today shared their "coming out" stories
and discussed religious attitudes toward homosexuality with Saddleback
Church staff. "I feel the foundation is being built for
other dialogue between Saddleback and the gay community,"
said Richard Finch, a Lake Forest resident who participated in
the session. One person talked about being transgender and Christian,
attendees said. Another individual talked about being in the
brink of suicide because of his childhood church's views on homosexuality.
Pastor Rick Warren and his wife were unable to attend. It's part
of an effort to initiate dialogue with mega-church congregations
across the nation. Members of the project The American
Family Outing have now visited six such congregations
including Saddleback, which was their last stop in an effort
that began in May. Cont'd: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/church-saddleback-homosexuality-2070012-gay-goodman
- AT LUTHERAN CHURCH, GAY, PARTNERED AND PREACHING
By PATRICK CONDON (Associated Press Writer) - AP April 11, 2009
MINNEAPOLIS - Brad Froslee was installed as pastor of Calvary
Lutheran Church at a special Sunday service attended by dozens
of his fellow pastors, as well as Froslee's proud parents and
grandmother, all devoted lifelong Lutherans. But the Minneapolis
Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America officially
lists Calvary's ministry as vacant. That's because, sitting with
Froslee's family at his installation ceremony in February, was
his male partner of 5 1/2 years - living proof that Froslee has
flouted the ELCA's prohibition on non-celibate gay pastors.
- "What I heard from the members of the church's call
committee was that from the first meeting, they knew I was the
one meant to be their pastor," said Froslee, 35. "I've
always felt called to this process, and that in a sense God has
a guiding hand in this. So I always had a sense it would work
out." But to make it work, Froslee and the church and synod
leaders are operating on what church council member Brian Aust
called "the margins of the ELCA." It's an arrangement
that could be formalized this August, when leaders of the ELCA
- the nation's largest Lutheran denomination with 4.7 million
members - meet for their biannual convention in Minneapolis.
An ELCA task force has recommended a policy that would let congregations
decide whether to allow gays and lesbians in committed relationships
to serve as their clergy. The resolution has been criticized
from both directions, with liberals saying it doesn't go far
enough and conservatives saying it conflicts with Scripture.
"This isn't about sex," said the Rev. Mark Chavez of
Landisville, Pa., the director of Lutheran CORE, a coalition
of conservative groups in the ELCA. "It's finally about
the authority of God's word."
- But the approach envisioned by the task force is already
in practice at Calvary Lutheran, a modest 70-year-old brown brick
church in a racially diverse neighborhood four miles south of
downtown Minneapolis. The 120-member congregation is a mix of
young families and single people, middle-aged couples and older
established members, and is mostly white despite the surrounding
neighborhood. "In the City for Good," reads a banner
on the front of the church, a symbol of Calvary's mission of
social justice and outreach to distressed communities. When it
came time last year to replace the married couple who served
as co-pastors the last 13 years, Calvary's lay leaders wanted
someone who would help realize that mission. "We're a church
that's serious about being real about issues of crime and poverty
and racial and social injustice," said Josh Moberg, a stay-at-home
dad who's president of the church council. "And Brad had
experience working with diverse and poor communities. The identities
seemed like a good fit." Continued: http://enews.earthlink.net/article/us?guid=20090410/49e015c0_3ca6_1552620090411688445289
- THE COMING EVANGELICAL COLLAPSE
An anti-Christian chapter in Western
history is about to begin. But out of the ruins, a new vitality
and integrity will rise. The Christian Science Monitor - by Michael
Spencer - March 10, 2009 edition - Oneida, Ky. - We are on the
verge within 10 years of a major collapse of evangelical
Christianity. This breakdown will follow the deterioration of
the mainline Protestant world and it will fundamentally alter
the religious and cultural environment in the West. Within two
generations, evangelicalism will be a house deserted of half
its occupants. (Between 25 and 35 percent of Americans today
are Evangelicals.) In the "Protestant" 20th century,
Evangelicals flourished. But they will soon be living in a very
secular and religiously antagonistic 21st century. This collapse
will herald the arrival of an anti-Christian chapter of the post-Christian
West. Intolerance of Christianity will rise to levels many of
us have not believed possible in our lifetimes, and public policy
will become hostile toward evangelical Christianity, seeing it
as the opponent of the common good. Millions of Evangelicals
will quit. Thousands of ministries will end. Christian media
will be reduced, if not eliminated. Many Christian schools will
go into rapid decline. I'm convinced the grace and mission of
God will reach to the ends of the earth. But the end of evangelicalism
as we know it is close.
- WHY IS THIS GOING TO HAPPEN?
- 1. Evangelicals have identified their movement with the culture
war and with political conservatism. This will prove to be a
very costly mistake. Evangelicals will increasingly be seen as
a threat to cultural progress. Public leaders will consider us
bad for America, bad for education, bad for children, and bad
for society. The evangelical investment in moral, social, and
political issues has depleted our resources and exposed our weaknesses.
Being against gay marriage and being rhetorically pro-life will
not make up for the fact that massive majorities of Evangelicals
can't articulate the Gospel with any coherence. We fell for the
trap of believing in a cause more than a faith. Continued: http://www.csmonitor.com/2009/0310/p09s01-coop.html
- More than 100,000 people from Great Britain have gone online
and printed out for themselves "certificates of de-baptism."
This is apostasy in action folks! People wanting to openly sign
on the dotted line to renounce their faith in the Lord and all
for only $4.35! This initiative was instituted by a group calling
themselves the 'National Secular Society' (NSS) and is basically
a bunch of disgruntled atheists. They have invested in bus posters
that boldly proclaim, "There's probably no God." Now
I like that there is still a shadow of doubt with these folks,
note the word 'probably.'
- So far some 1500 parchment certificates have been sold. What
a nice thing to hang on your wall. I guess this is the latest
fad in British dÃ©cor! Most who buy these de-baptism
papers say they were baptized or christened as babies and it
was done either against their will as children, or without their
knowledge and understanding. Some have gone so far as to call
child baptisms child abuse! Well I do believe that everyone who
is buried with Christ in baptism should know what they are doing,
even if they are children.
- Some think this is so important that they have placed ads
in their community newspapers that are called, 'notices of Renouncement.'
How proud they must be for all their neighbors to see their bold
declaration! Jesus said either be hot or be cold- it is the lukewarm
in the middle that are dangerous to the Body of Christ. Some
are the wolves who fleece the flock and some like to play church
without ever really being a part of it. At least we know that
these folks are who they now say they are- apostates, atheists,
whatever- they aren't of us because they have gone out from among
us. De-baptism movements have already sprung up in other countries.
Open Seal Prophecy News.
- TEXAS VS. FLDS: 1 YEAR AFTER THE RAID
- ReligionNewsBlog.com - March 30, 2009 - Winning public opinion:
Letting news media in gave polygamous community a human face.
At the Yearning For Zion Ranch, life has regained a familiar
- Families awake at 5 a.m., gather for prayers, breakfast and
chores before the children head to the sects private school.
Days end much the same way: chores, a meal, prayer. There is
just one sign of the disruption that unfolded here last April:
The gleaming limestone temple, once illuminated and visible for
miles against the night sky, is shuttered and dark. A year ago
today, a local womens shelter received calls for help
- now believed a hoax that drew law enforcement to the
polygamous sects ranch in the remote Texas town of Eldorado
and triggered the largest abuse investigation in U.S. history.
Within days, 439 children had been taken from their parents;
a diaspora of FLDS families was under way. Some of them have
yet to recover. The fallout is still being calculated financially,
legally and psychologically, but the results are these: Just
one child remains in state custody. Twelve men face criminal
charges related to underage marriages; the first trial is set
for October. A new legislative committee is set to explore lessons
learned from the raid, which has cost upward of $15 million.
- THE MORMON CHURCH & BLACK PEOPLE
- by Darrick Evenson, former Mormon Elder and missionary.
Dear Reader, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,
commonly called "The Mormon Church", was founded in
1830 in the state of New York, USA, by Joseph Smith Jr, who claimed
to be a Prophet of God. Joseph Smith claimed that in 1820, as
a boy of 14 years, he prayed to God to know which of the many
Christian churches was true. Then he had a vision of God the
Father (a white man) and Jesus Christ, who told him that he must
not join any of the churches, and but they (God and Jesus) had
a special mission for him (Joseph) to perform.
- According to Smith, in 1823 the Angel Moroni appeared to
him in his room, and told him about a set of "gold plates"
(gold tablets) that had a history of an ancient colony of Jews
who lived in America from 600 B.C. to 400 A.D., called the Nephites
("nee-fights"). The Nephites were a white-skinned Jewish
people who were all killed, except for a handfull, by the Lamanites
("lay-man-nights"). The Lamanites were originally also
white-skinned like the Nephites, but God cursed them with a skin
of blackness because they were rebels against God. In The Book
of Mormon it reads: "And the LORD had caused the cursing
to come upon them, yea, even a sore cursing, because of their
iniquity. For behold, they had hardened their hearts against
him, that they had become like unto a flint; wherefore, as they
were white, and exceedingly fair and delightsome, that they not
be enticing unto my people [the Nephites], the LORD God did cause
a skin of blackness to come upon them." (2 Nephi 5:21)
- Continued: http://markofcain.angelfire.com/BLACKPEOPLE.html
- JOEL OSTEEN A FALSE TEACHER? COMPARE HIS TEACHINGS TO THE
- THE LEAVEN OF LAKEWOOD
dont want this to sound arrogant, but I believe one day
were going to have 100,000 a weekend, says Pastor
Joel Osteen of Lakewood Church in Houston .[Joel
- THE LEAVEN OF LAKEWOOD
- By Rev. Robert S. Liichow
- The Kudos - I want to begin this article by giving credit
where credit is due. When it comes to the Lakewood charismatic
mega-church there are aspects of this ministry which must be
cited as worthy. To begin with the church was originally started
by John Osteen, who was originally a Southern Baptist pastor
but after receiving the baptism in/with the Holy
Spirit he became enamored with the charismatic renewal movement
in its early stage and eventually became associated with the
Word of Faith (WOF) cult. The following commentary was taken
from the official web site of Lakewood Church : The late John
Osteen served the Lord Jesus Christ as pastor, evangelist, author,
and teacher for sixty years. Ordained as a Southern Baptist,
he received the baptism in the Holy Ghost in 1958, an experience
which revolutionized his ministry into a worldwide outreach
Osteen began Lakewood Church in a dusty, abandoned feed store
on Mother's Day 1959
John Osteen was driven by an amazing
love for people of all ages, races, nationalities and walks of
life. One thing is certain in a time of racial division John
Osteen opened wide the doors of his church to all people, and
all shades and classes of people came. John, even though he had
rejected his Baptist theology (he did actually earn a Masters
degree from Northern Baptist Seminary) he never lost sight of
the need for foreign missions and his congregation supported
and still supports a great deal of foreign mission work. At the
time of his death Lakewood Church had risen to 8,000 members.
- FUROR OVER CHURCH FINANCES - STATE CRACKS DOWN ON RANDOLPH
TRIO AFTER PURCHASE OF HOME, YACHT
- April 02, 2009 - BY TANYA DROBNESS - Star-Ledger Staff -
Three pastors of a nondenominational church in Randolph used
members' donations and proceeds from selling the $5 million church
building to buy a $1.6 million mansion in Mendham Township, a
$450,000 schooner in Jersey City and life-coaching classes, state
officials said yesterday. Eric Simons, the pastor of Church Alive,
also paid himself an annual salary of between $70,000 and $90,000,
state officials said. Simons, his wife and the church's associate
pastor, Marianne Simons, and assistant pastor Philip DuPlessis,
also gave themselves a total of $150,000 in honorariums for personal
use, officials said.
- "It pretty clearly shows you that greed was at play,"
state Division of Consumer Affairs director David Szuchman said
yesterday at a news conference in front of the Mendham home.
In a settlement reached with the state, the Simonses and DuPlessis
will make restitution to the congregation and repay nearly $61,000
to the state for the cost of its investigation. The church's
books are undergoing a review, and the total restitution could
not be determined yesterday. The three also must immediately
resign as church board members, Szuchman said. They still serve
as church pastors. State officials additionally assigned a fiscal
monitor to take control of the church's finances and have referred
fraud allegations about the three pastors to the Morris County
Prosecutor's Office. Robert Bianchi, the county prosecutor, said
his office would consider charges. Half a dozen of the church's
75 members attended yesterday's news conference and were glad
the state had reached a settlement with the pastors. They said
they had donated the money for church improvements and to aid
the poor. All three pastors, they said, should be charged with
- "What breaks my heart is that children were going to
bed with no food, and he would live in a house like this,"
said Maria Palumbo of Wharton, who was a member of the church
for 13 years, and in that time, donated $90,000. "If I had
known that this was what my money was going toward, I wouldn't
have given a dime." In addition to the reimbursements, the
settlement requires the church to appoint a new board within
30 days, Szuchman said. The board will determine any sales prospects
for the Mendham mansion, where the Simonses still reside. DuPlessis
must turn over the title and registration of the schooner, where
he and his wife, Sharon, live, to the church. Sharon DuPlessis
was an assistant pastor at the church, but she is not part of
the settlement, state officials said.
- The church's board also must hire a financial adviser to
examine the books to uncover what happened to the rest of the
$5 million from the sale of the church building at 791 Route
10 East, officials said. Continued:
- COMING CHRISTIAN WEALTH TRANSFER OR AN ONGOING THIRD WAVE
Posted in Apostasy, Dominionism, aberrant/heretical teaching,
church movements, discernment at 8:05 pm
The whole idea that there will be a wealth transfer from the
world to the Church is preposterous. What do they think the world
will be doing while we take away their wealth and what in the
world would we do with the wealth of the world anyway? Get rid
of poverty? Where does it say the Church will do that in scripture?
Actually these people will take new found wealth to build more
and larger circus tents for their third wave freak
- There is no such concept of a wealth transfer to the Church
in scripture it is totally contrary to what the scripture teaches.
- These third wave self appointed, apostles, prophets
and healers are proud presumptuous deranged people or they are
greedy con artists and liars. The third wave apostles,
false prophets and healers appeal to peoples flesh and
that is the only reason they have a following. They certainly
do not hear the true gospel from these people and they do receive
any sound Christian teaching. These are the people Jesus was
talking about in Matthew chapter 7: 21-22. They tell Jesus did
we not prophecy in your name and cast out Devils in your name
and do great works? But, Jesus will say to them depart from me
you workers of inequity I never knew you.
- Most of these people are con men deceivers. I am not so gullible
as to believe that they actually believe the stuff they peddle.
I guess there could be a few simple minded exceptions in the
group but the rest are simply religious acting con artists. Continued:
- A NUMBER OF YOUTUBES ABOUT SCIENTOLOGY: I.E. GOOD FIGHT MINISTRY
- SCIENTOLOGY & SATANISM
- SPELLING ERROR TURNS MORMON LEADERS INTO APOSTATES
April 9, 2009 - PROVO, Utah (AP) Thousands of issues of
Brigham Young Universitys student newspaper were pulled
from newsstands because a front-page photo caption misidentified
leaders of the Mormon church as apostates instead of apostles.
- Source: Associated Press, April 7, 2009 Summarized by
Religion News Blog
An apostate is someone who abandons a previous loyalty (to a
faith, movement, politcal party, cause, etcetera).
- Many Christians most of whom consider the Mormon Church
to be, at best, a cult of Christianity, due to the many ways
in which LDS teachings deviate from historical, Biblical Christianity
would consider the mistake to be somewhat of a Freudian
slip. The newspaper staff retrieved as many of the 18,500 copies
of the paper as possible and reprinted them with the correction.
And it issued an apology to the apostles. The staff also explained
how it happened: an error in spell-checking. It started when
a student misspelled the word apostle when writing
the photo caption. When the caption was put through the editing
softwares spell checker, it was flagged, and the editor
accidentally clicked the first word that came up on the correct
list: apostate. The mistake made it past two proofreaders
before being sent off to the printing press. - Source: The Salt
Lake Tribune, April 7, 2009 Summarized by Religion News
Blog University spokeswoman Carri Jenkins said the typo, which
replaced the intended word with a virtual antonym, was an honest
mistake and that no university or church administrator
has sought to punish those responsible for the blunder. She said
the problem is being handled internally by newspaper and Department
of Communications staff. - Source: Daily Herald, April 7, 2009
Summarized by Religion News Blog http://www.religionnewsblog.com/23399/mormon-apostates
- LDS LEADERS AFFIRM CHURCH'S DEVOTION TO JESUS
They praised opposition to same-sex marriage and condemned excess
in second day of conference.
By Peggy Fletcher Stack - The Salt Lake Tribune - 04/06/2009
- LDS Conference Apr 4, 2009: - New LDS apostle brings international
experience: While protesters outside the LDS Conference Center
in downtown Salt Lake City condemned Mormonism as non-Christian,
nearly every speaker inside the giant building Sunday morning
emphasized the conviction that Jesus Christ is at the center
of Mormon faith, theologically, personally and intimately. They
spoke of the Easter season, of Christ's sacrifice for humanity,
crucifixion and resurrection, his call to discipleship and his
message of unconditional love on the second day of The Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' 179th Annual General Conference.
More than 20,000 members listened in the Conference Center during
a morning and afternoon session, while millions more watched
the proceedings via satellite in LDS
- Visitors to downtown Salt Lake City for the Sunday morning
session of the LDS Church General Conference. (Stephen Holt /
Special to The Salt Lake Tribune)chapels across the world. They
heard counsel on temple worship, following the prophet's instructions,
the importance of missionary work, and avoiding pornography.
- Several speakers also alluded to current events such as the
church's support for California's Proposition 8, which defined
marriage as exclusively between a man and a woman. Since it passed,
thousands of gay rights activists have picketed outside LDS temples
and boycotted Mormon businesses. "The moral footings of
society continue to slip," LDS President Thomas S. Monson
said, "while those who attempt to safeguard those footings
are often ridiculed and, at times, picketed and persecuted."
In a speech on self-sacrifice, Apostle Dallin H. Oaks praised
Mormon opposition to same-sex marriage. Continued: http://www.sltrib.com/ci_12077869?source=most_viewed
- BAPTIST PASTOR BEATEN AND TAZED
- UTAH WASTING TAX-PAYER MONEY ON SCIENTOLOGY QUACKERY
More state funds quietly budgeted to help cops sweat to health
Methamphetamine » Study questions link between exposure
and illness, but cops swear by treatment By Nate Carlisle And
Robert Gehrke. The Salt Lake Tribune
- Updated: 04/06/2009 - The Utah Legislature continued funding
a Scientology-based treatment for police officers exposed to
methamphetamine, despite a state-funded study that was unable
to find a connection between the drug and officers' illnesses.
As lawmakers were slashing funds for other state programs, they
sidestepped public debate and appropriated $100,000 -- enough
cash for about 20 police officers to undergo the regimen of exercise,
sauna time and large doses of antioxidants. The funding was added
by Senate Republicans in the waning days of the session, with
the backing of Attorney General Mark Shurtleff. "It didn't
come directly through the committee," said Rep. Eric Hutchings,
R-Kearns, co-chair of a committee that would have reviewed the
appropriation. "It was just arranged, I guess, through leadership."
- Meanwhile, Shurtleff said plans are underway for two "Hollywood
stars" to hold fundraisers to treat more Utah cops. He declined
to identify the pair. The detoxification treatment was first
devised in 1977 by L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Church of Scientology.
Some of the best-known Scientologists include actors John Travolta,
Kirstie Alley and Jenna Elfman. Actor Tom Cruise, also a Scientologist,
raised money for New York City firefighters to undergo detoxification
after the Sept. 11 attacks. Purging poisons? The public and private
money is the latest effort to help officers who believe investigating
and dismantling meth laboratories damaged their health. Continued:
- OBAMA YOUTH BRIGADE: CHURCH ATTENDANCE FORBIDDEN
The House passed the Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and
Education Act http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h111-1388
on Monday. The bill includes language indicating young people
will be forced to participate in mandatory national service programs.
The bill also states that "service learning" will be
a mandatory part of the youth curriculum. That doesn't sound
much like "volunteerism" does it?
The Hitler Youth Plan was just passed by the US House this week.
The mandatory youth plan requires America's youth to participate
in mandatory service youth programs. But that's not all. The
mandatory youth plan also forbids members from attending religious
services and forbids youth from witnessing their religious beliefs.
See article below:
THE VOICE MAGAZINE
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Is this the change you really voted for? President Obama has
only been in office for two months. Now we have HR 1388. The
Bill was sponsored by Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) with 37 others.
The Bill was introduced to the floor of the House of Representatives
where both Republicans and Democrats voted321-105 in favor. Next
it goes to the Senate for a vote and then on to President Obama.
This bill's title is called "Generations Invigorating Volunteerism
and Education" (GIVE). It forms what some are calling "Obama's
Youth Brigade." Obama's plan is require anyone receiving
school loans and others to serve at least three months as part
of the brigade. His goal is one million youth! This has serious
Nazi Germany overtones to it.
The Bill would forbid any student in the brigade to participate
in "engaging in religious instruction, conducting worship
services, providing instruction as part of a program that includes
mandatory religious instruction or worship, constructing or operating
facilities devoted to religious instruction or worship, maintaining
facilities primarily or inherently devoted to religious instruction
or worship, or engaging in any form of religious proselytization."
That means no church attendance or witnessing.Again, is this
what America voted for? Here is part of the HR1388 Bill's wording:
SEC. 1304. PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES AND INELIGIBLE ORGANIZATIONS.
Section 125 (42 U.S.C. 12575) is amended to read as follows:
SEC. 125. PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES AND INELIGIBLE ORGANIZATIONS.
(a) Prohibited Activities- A participant in an approved national
service position under this subtitle may not engage in the following
(1) Attempting to influence legislation.
(2) Organizing or engaging in protests, petitions, boycotts,
or strikes. .
- (7) Engaging in religious instruction, conducting worship
services, providing instruction as part of a program that includes
mandatory religious instruction or worship, constructing or operating
facilities devoted to religious instruction or worship, maintaining
facilities primarily or inherently devoted to religious instruction
or worship, or engaging in any form of religious proselytization.
Per Tara O'Rourke: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-1388
- If none of those listed above are your representatives, click
the link below and it will help you locate your representative:
- 40 NH CHRISTIAN CENTER HOMES BURN ON EASTER SUNDAY
- A fire rages through the Christian Conference Center Sunday
April 12, 2009 in Alton Bay, N.H., 30 miles northeast of Concord.
The massive Easter fire damaged dozens of buildings. Roger AmsdenFrom
Associated Press - April 12, 2009
ALTON BAY, N.H. - A massive fire damaged or destroyed dozens
of wood-frame buildings, mostly unoccupied summer homes, at a
146-year-old Christian center on Easter.
- The fire erupted at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, when Christians were
celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. But the season
hadn't begun yet at the Alton Bay Christian Conference Center
on Lake Winnipesaukee, and state Fire Marshal William Degnan
said no injuries to civilians had been reported.
- "Fortunately, it was at this time of year," he
said. "During the summer, it's full." It was cold and
windy Sunday, and Degnan said the strong winds off the lake,
the state's biggest, helped spread the flames through the many
cottage-style homes at the center, about 30 miles northeast of
Concord. [Ednote: in case the links do not work, nothing was
mentioned about how it happened.] Alton Bay Christian Conference
- BAPTIST PREACHER RUNS AGAIN FOR OFFICE HE BILKED
- By ROSE FRENCH, Associated Press Writer Rose French, Associated
- NASHVILLE, Tenn. The ousted former president of a
national organization of black Baptist churches is running for
the position again, a decade after he was sent to prison for
stealing millions of dollars from the group. The Rev. Henry J.
Lyons was forced out as leader of the National Baptist Convention
USA in 1999 after an investigation revealed he abused his power
in the convention to steal about $4 million. He used the money
to buy luxury homes and jewelry, and to support his mistresses.
Lyons currently serves as pastor of New Salem Missionary Baptist
Church in Tampa, Fla., and lost a bid to become president of
the convention's Florida chapter in 2007.
- Lyons is running against one other candidate, the Rev. Julius
R. Scruggs, pastor of First Missionary Baptist Church, in Huntsville,
Ala., who also serves as vice president at large for the convention.
The election takes place in September. Aldon Morris, a professor
of sociology at Northwestern University, who's written extensively
about the convention, says Lyons faces an uphill battle and he
doesn't expect him to win.
- "I think there's significant numbers of leaders in the
group across the county who feel it's fine to forgive, but why
have a leader with this sort of baggage?" Morris said. "The
organization was very embarrassed by the charges against him.
He certainly left it in bad shape." But Lyons isn't without
supporters. The Rev. Darin Freeman, pastor of Metropolitan Baptist
Church in Charleston, W.Va., praised Lyons for reducing the convention's
debt by two-thirds in four years and skillfully handling divisions
between churches of different sizes.
- MUST READ Dr. Henry Lyons or Rev. Hanky-Panky http://www.christiannews.0catch.com/lyons.htm
- ARE YOU READY FOR A HOLY GHOST BUILDING INSPECTION?
March 24, 2009 - J. Lee Grady Newsletters - Fire In My Bones
We must use the right building materials if we want our ministries
to stand in the day of His visitation... "
- That creaking sound you hear is the sagging of rafters. The
Lord has entered our crooked house with His holy plumb line and
a clipboardand He is not pleased. Did you know that God
has a building code? I prefer the way The Message Bible translates
the apostle Paul's words in 1 Corinthians 3:10-15: "Take
particular care in picking out your building materials. Eventually
there is going to be an inspection. If you use cheap or inferior
materials, you'll be found out. The inspection will be thorough
and rigorous. You won't get by with a thing. If your work passes
inspection, fine; if it doesn't, your part of the building will
be torn out and started over. But you won't be torn out; you'll
survivebut just barely." Paul says Jesus will inspect
our buildings using the ultimate testthe fire of His holiness.
The New American Standard Bible translation says: "Now if
any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious
stones, wood, hay, straw, each man's work will become evident
... for the fire itself will test the quality of each man's work"
(v.12-13). I am challenging Christians today to prepare for a
building inspection. If we ignore God's codes our churches and
ministries will not stand in the day of visitation. We must especially
return to four basic building materials that have been ignored
in this current season: Continued: (Use Firefox)
- CATHOLICS AND MUSLIMS OPEN LANDMARK TALKS
- MIDNIGHT CALL March 9, 2009 - Vatican and Islamic scholars
launched their first Catholic-Muslim Forum to improve relations
between the world's two largest faiths by discussing what unites
and divides them.
- The three-day meeting comes two years after Pope Benedict
angered the Muslim world with a speech implying Islam was violent
and irrational. In response, 138 Muslim scholars invited Christian
churches to a new dialogue to foster mutual respect through a
better understanding of each other's beliefs. In their manifesto,
A Common Word, the Muslims argued that both faiths
shared the core principles of love of God and neighbor. The talks
focus on what this means for the religions and how it can foster
harmony between them.
- Continued: http://www.midnightcall.com/news/article-1236205366.html
- GUNMAN BOASTED OF FOLLOWING 'WICKEDEST MAN IN THE WORLD'
Weeks before Matthew
Murray armed himself with enough weaponry and ammunition to kill
hundreds, attacking both a Christian missions training center
and a Colorado Springs church, he apparently boasted in an e-mail
that he had discovered and practiced the teachings of controversial
British occultist Aleister Crowley, called during his lifetime
the wickedest man in the world. Murray, 24, of suburban
Denver, is believed to have been the gunman who shot and killed
Tiffany Johnson, 26, and Philip Crouse, 24, at the Youth With
A Mission campus in Arvada, Colo., early last Sunday morning.
Then, about 12 hours later, Murray died when confronted by an
armed security officer at New Life Church after he shot and killed
sisters Stephanie Works, 18, and Rachael Works, 16, in the church
parking lot. Half a dozen others were wounded in his attacks.
Philip Crouse, 24, from Alaska, was killed by an armed attacker
while responding to a request for help by a lone individual at
the Arvada, Colo., base of Youth With A Mission
- Continued: http://www.goodfight.org/a_p_murray_matthew.html
- THE BIG BURN OF GAY MARRIAGE
- Gay Marriage in Bible Prophecy
By Pastor Joe Schimmel - California is flaming in more ways than
one! Some California residents thought is was interesting timing
that immediately after the California supreme court overthrew
the will of the people, who a few years earlier had voted to
define marriage as an exclusive union between one man and one
women by a majority vote of 61%, a bizarre and lethal tornado
hit California. For those who don't know, California is not tornado
territory, at least it wasn't before the ruling! San Francisco
Mayor Gavin Newsom, a staunch proponent of gay marriage, says
the court's decision will spark a nationwide trend. As
California goes, so goes the rest of the nation. It's inevitable,
he said. This door is wide open now. It's going to happen
whether you like it or not. This is the future, and it's now.
A couple of weeks after the California Supreme Court decision,
the state began marrying same sex couples, many wondered what
might befall the state next...and just a few days later, California
was bombarded and burnt by nearly a thousand different fires
that were determined to be unprecedented in the states
history. Almost every one of these fires was ignited by fierce
dry lightning strikes causing fires that are still burning and
ravishing a state that is quite literally going up in flames.
- IS THE GOLDEN COMPASS MISDIRECTED?
author Philip Pullman's trilogy appropriately entitled, His Dark
Materials, has already been read by millions of children. It
is more popular in Great Britain than Harry Potter and is quickly
gaining momentum in the USA. Pullman admitted in 2003, My
books are about killing God, and further stated that his
objective is to get our children to decide against God
and the kingdom of heaven. The trilogy is now being made
into a movie series like Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings,
with the first installment, The Golden Compass, due out on December
7. This will be just in time for children who see the movie to
beg their parents to stuff their stockings with Pullman's entire
trilogy or video game for Christmas morning. Is this really a
movie that sensible and loving parents want their children to
see this Christmas season? Or, is The Golden Compass, seriously
- HOLLYWOOD'S WAR ON THE GOSPEL
- POLYGAMOUS RELIGIOUS CULT TRIES TO SUPPRESS EVIDENCE IN CRIMINAL
- April 16, 2009 FLDS motion challenges Texas reasons
for raiding polygamous ranch
Texas Rangers knowingly used sketchy information to secure the
search warrant used to enter a polygamous sects ranch last
spring, new court documents state.
- A motion filed Wednesday on behalf of 10 men facing criminal
charges related to last years investigation at the Yearning
For Zion Ranch says that in a Texas Rangers affidavit seeking
the search warrant, he omitted the fact that the name of the
man being sought was provided by a worker at a domestic violence
shelter who had found the mans name through an Internet
search. The Texas Attorney Generals Office, which is handling
the prosecutions, issued a statement Wednesday that called the
FLDS motion baseless and without merit.
- The state of Texas will vigorously oppose these attempts
to exclude evidence about the multiple defendants who have been
indicted for sexually abusing children, among other offenses,
the statement said...... Attorneys for indicted members of the
FLDS dropped a 7,000-page bombshell Wednesday on the 51st District
Court, alleging that Texas Rangers misled Judge Barbara Walther
into issuing a pair of search warrants that authorized last years
raid on the polygamous sects Schleicher County compound.
- US RELIGIOUS RIGHT CONCEDES DEFEAT
America's religious Right has conceded that the election of US
President Barack Obama has sealed its defeat in the cultural
war with permissiveness and secularism. By Alex Spillius in Washington
- April 10, 2009 - Leading evangelicals have admitted that their
association with George W. Bush has not only hurt the cause of
social conservatives but contributed to the failure of the key
objectives of their 30-year struggle. James Dobson, 72, who resigned
recently as head of Focus on the Family - one of the largest
Christian groups in the country - and once denounced the Harry
Potter books as witchcraft, acknowledged the dramatic reverse
for the religious Right in a farewell speech to staff.
- G20 summit: US media praises Barack Obama's performance -
but Gordon Brown is just a bit player
One in six therapists 'has tried to cure homosexuals'We
tried to defend the unborn child, the dignity of the family,
but it was a holding action, he said. We are awash
in evil and the battle is still to be waged. We are right now
in the most discouraging period of that long conflict. Humanly
speaking, we can say we have lost all those battles.
- FEAR THE RAINBOW!
A storm is gathering. Are you afraid, Christian? Are you afraid
*enough*? By Mark Morford, SF Gate Columnist
- April 10, 2009 - http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2009/04/10/notes041009.DTL
- COMMON TREND OF ISLAMIZATION OF EUROPE
- Sweden today is being rocked by a large influx of Muslim
immigrants and the growth of radical Islam. Malmo is Sweden's
3rd largest city and a major epicentre of the Islamization of
Europe. Wide-open immigration policies have changed Sweden and
have made Malmo, which is now one-quarter Muslim, one of the
most racially divided cities in Europe. Most Muslim immigrants
are concentrated in one district, where the male unemployment
rate is 82 percent. Crime affects one of three families in the
city and rape has tripled in 20 years. In one housing project
in the district, fire and emergency workers will no longer enter
without police protection.
- Good and Respectful Neighbour? The chief judge of the Palestinian
Authority has reminded Arabs that they face death if caught selling
homes to Jews. The offence is considered "high treason".
Several Arabs have been executed, often without trial, for selling
their homes to Jews. Many homes and property have been sold but
remain occupied by Arabs, waiting for an advantageous time to
- TODD BENTLEY - THE NEW SIMON MAGUS
- By: Pastor Bill Randles - May 25, 2008 But there
was a certain man called Simon
claiming that he was someone
great, to whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest,
saying,this man is the great power of God. And they
heeded him because he had astonished them with his sorceries
for a long time. Acts 8:9-11
- Todd Bentley is great! If you dont believe me just
ask the multitudes who have been astonished by the miraculous
revival in Lakeland Florida! Or just check out the Christian
television show Xtreme Prophetic featuring Host Patricia
King, which I saw on YouTube. Bentley was featured on the show
as one of the new prophets of the younger generation. Patricia
King the host spoke for many when she proclaimed Todd as an awesome
man of power who is a Seer. She also announced that Todd
has brought a million people into the Kingdom of God in
the last eight years. Todd was guest on the show with his
mentor, another great prophet - Bob Jones. His resume was equally
impressive- King described Him as a champion of the Seer
realm, and one of the most accurate of prophets of
our generation, and she thanked him for being a father
of the faith, as well as a seer-prophet. Continued: http://www.christian-witness.org/blog/?p=13
- ISLAM, RELIGIOUS INSANITY:
One Muslim father starves his children; Another hires a gunman
to kill his daughter for wearing a short skirt
- Telegraph UK April 16, 2009 Deluded French Muslim
charged with starving children - A delusional French father has
been charged with starving and beating his eight children in
the belief that it would make them good Muslims. Police were
alerted after a neighbour spotted one of the children, a boy
of 13 who weighed just 70lbs, foraging in bins for food in the
Mediterranean town of Banyuls-sur-Mer. The teenager was
painfully thin, shivering, with bloody marks on his face, bare
feet and sores. He said he had been beaten for stealing a handful
of sugar, said local prosecutor Jean-Pierre Dreno. Searching
the family apartment on Saturday police found seven other children,
aged seven to 17, in a state of hunger and neglect, including
two girls, aged 13 and 15, who each weighed just 22kg. [...]
The father, a market worker of Moroccan origin, and his wife,
an east European Muslim convert, told police they sought to raise
their family in strict obedience to Islam, which they said included
going without food.
- There were no food supplies in the flat and the eldest girls
had been taken out of class because of a French law banning headscarfs
in public schools. [...] The 49-year-old father told investigators
he had beaten his son to cure him because he was possessed
by lies. [...] Commenting on the case, the Paris Mosque
said the father was clearly deluded in his interpretation of
Islam, stressing that even during the fasting month of Ramadan,
children are exempt, along with pregnant women and the elderly.
- MUSLIM FATHER ORDERS DAUGHTER KILLED OVER SHORT SKIRT
- A Muslim resident
of Russias St. Petersburg has hired killers to rid him
of a daughter who disrespected Islamic laws by wearing short
skirts. [...] The fathers Muslim friends again started
reproaching him for being negligent and allowing his daughter
to walk around dressed like a fallen woman. They said the insult
could only be washed away by blood, and introduced Gafar to a
killer, who agreed to help him for around $3000. The killer,
Kadyr Suleymanov, seized the girl on April 8th as she was hurrying
to classes. He and two accomplices drove her out of the city
to a suburban dump, shot her dead and covered her body with garbage.[...]
- TALEBAN 'SHOOT ELOPING COUPLE DEAD' OUTSIDE MOSQUE IN AFGHANISTAN
- By Tom Coghlan - April 14, 2009 - Taleban militants murdered
a young couple trying to elope in southwestern Afghanistan after
accusing them of immoral acts, local Afghan officials reported
today. The incident occurred in Nimroz Province, a bleak desert
region on the Iranian border. The governor of the province, Ghulam
Dastagir Azad, said that the couple, an unnamed girl of 19 and
a man of 21, were condemned by a council of clerics and shot
by firing squad. He called the killing an "insult to Islam".
"An unmarried young boy and an unmarried girl who loved
each other and wanted to get married had eloped because their
families would not approve the marriage," he said. Nimroz
lies largely outside government control, and officials offered
limited and sometimes varying details of the couples last
hours. Sadiq Chakhansori, the chief of Nimrozs provincial
council, said that the pair attempted to flee to Iran, where
several million Afghan refugees take up low-paid jobs. However,
their families were reported to have dispatched gunmen to pursue
them, said Mr Chakhansori, and they were caught. Reports differ
over whether the families turned them over to local Taleban voluntarily
or the Taleban took them by force. "Three Taleban mullahs
brought them to the local mosque and they passed a fatwa that
they must be killed. They were shot and killed in front of the
mosque in public," the governor said. The couple were shot
in the remote district of Khash Rod yesterday, said the provincial
council chief. The Nimroz police chief, Jabar Pardeli, said that
the Government had no access to the area. Continued: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article6092631.ece
- THIRTEEN HERESIES IN THE SHACK
- 1. God the Father was crucified with Jesus.
- Because God's eyes are pure and cannot look upon sin, the
Bible says that God would not look upon His own beloved Son as
He hung on the Cross, carrying our sins (Habakkuk 1:13; Matthew
- 2. God is limited by His love and cannot practice justice.
- The Bible declares that God's love and His justice are two
sides of the same coin equally a part of the personality
and the character of God (Isaiah 61:8; Hosea 2:19).
- 3. On the Cross, God forgave all of humanity, whether they
repent or not. Some choose a relationship with Him, but He forgives
them all regardless.
- Jesus explained that only those who come to Him will be saved
- 4. Hierarchical structures, whether they are in the Church
or in the government, are evil.
- Our God is a God of order (Job 25:2).
- 5. God will never judge people for their sins.
- The Word of God repeatedly invites people to escape from
the judgment of God by believing in Jesus Christ, His Son (Romans
2:16; 2 Timothy 4:1-3).
- 6. There is not a hierarchical structure in the Godhead,
just a circle of unity.
- The Bible says that Jesus submitted to the will of the Father.
This doesn't mean that one Person is higher or better than the
other; just unique. Jesus said, "I came to do the will of
Him who sent me. I am here to obey my Father." Jesus also
said, "I will send you the Holy Spirit" (John 4:34,
6:44, 14:26, 15:26).
7. God submits to human wishes and choices.
- Far from God submitting to us, Jesus said, "Narrow is
the way that leads to eternal life." We are to submit to
Him in all things, for His glory and because of what He has accomplished
for us (Matthew 7:13-15).
- 8. Justice will never take place because of love.
- The Bible teaches that when God's love is rejected, and when
the offer of salvation and forgiveness is rejected, justice must
take place or God has sent Jesus Christ to die on the cross for
nothing (Matthew 12:20; Romans 3:25-26).
- 9. There is no such a thing as eternal judgment or torment
- Jesus' own description of hell is vivid ... it cannot be
denied (Luke 12:5, 16:23).
- 10. Jesus is walking with all people in their different journeys
to God, and it doesn't matter which way you get to Him.
- Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life,
and no one will come to the Father but by me" (John 14:6).
- 11. Jesus is constantly being transformed along with us.
- Jesus, who dwells in the splendor of heaven, sits at the
right hand of God, reigning and ruling the universe. The Bible
says, "In Him there is no change, for He is yesterday, today,
and forever" (Hebrews 11:12, 13:8; James 1:17).
- 12. There is no need for faith or reconciliation with God
because everyone will make it to heaven.
- Jesus said, "Only those who believe in me will have
eternal life" (John 3:15, 3:36, 5:24, 6:40).
- 13. The Bible is not true because it reduces God to paper.
- The Bible is God-breathed. Sure, there were many men through
1,800 years who put pen to paper (so to speak), each from different
professions and different backgrounds, but the Holy Spirit infused
their work with God's words. These men were writing the same
message from Genesis to Revelation. If you want to read more
about the place of Christ in the Scripture, read "We Preach
Christ" (2 Timothy 3:16).
- MICHAEL YOUSSEF ON THE HERESIES OF THE SHACK