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Coming From The Lighthouse: 2007 Overview Lighthouse Trails (December 31, 2007) - This is our last issue of Coming from the Lighthouse newsletter for 2007. We have highlighted some of our most significant stories. Needless to say, contemplative/emerging spirituality has made some deep inroads in 2007 throughout the world. While this is sobering, and it saddens our hearts, we are also encouraged by the number of believers who have shared their stories with us about how they were able to help their families, friends, and sometimes pastors come to understand the truth about this anti-biblical belief system. We are honored and blessed to serve such courageous people, who have often lost relationships and been ridiculed and belittled for speaking up. As we remember many who have gone before us, throughout the centuries, who paid with their lives to stand for truth, may the Lord strengthen each one today who is willing to defend the precious Gospel message of Jesus Christ. more...
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Kingdom in 2007: Encouraging Historic Interfaith Dialogue Arab News (December 30, 2007) - Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah’s historic meeting with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican on Nov. 6 was one of the highlights of his two-week-long European tour in 2007. It opened a new era in Muslim-Christian relations as the two leaders called for dialogue between the followers of major religions in order to promote world peace. The Vatican meeting captured world attention. German Chancellor Angelo Merkel commended the king for his meeting with the pontiff. “We have been following up your meeting with the pope with great interest. It was a fruitful meeting and we know that you support interfaith dialogue to resolve all issues and problems,” she said. King Abdullah arrived in Rome on the second leg of his four-nation European tour, which also took him to the United Kingdom, Germany and Turkey. The visits were instrumental in strengthening relations with the four countries and mobilizing their support for Arab and Islamic causes. King Abdullah was the first Saudi monarch to have an audience with the pope. Benedict warmly greeted the king, grasping both his hands before leading him to a library for their brief private meeting, which lasted 60 minutes, with both leaders speaking through interpreters. The Vatican said the talks allowed a wide discussion on the need for religious and cultural dialogue among Christians, Muslims and Jews “for the promotion of peace, justice and spiritual and moral values, especially in support of the family.” Both sides emphasized the need for a “just solution” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. About a million Catholics, many of them migrant workers from the Philippines, live in Saudi Arabia, home of Islam’s two holiest mosques. The BBC’s Frances Harrison in Rome said the symbolism of the meeting was huge for those who believe there should be more dialogue between Islam and Christianity, especially after the pontiff’s controversial September 2006 speech at Regensburg University, denigrating the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Benedict’s speech sparked anger across the Muslim world. Later he said he was misunderstood and regretted offending Muslims. Since then, he has met a number of Islamic leaders and a year ago visited predominantly Muslim Turkey. The Vatican has said it wants to pursue a dialogue with moderate Muslims. Marco Politi, the Vatican correspondent for the Italian daily La Repubblica and a biographer of Pope John Paul II, said: “I think it is extraordinarily important that an official communiqué from the Vatican and an important Islamic state like Saudi Arabia mentions ‘cooperation’ between Christians Muslims and Jews — not dialogue but cooperation.” The meeting, presaged by an upbeat front-page article in L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican’s newspaper, was also a clear attempt by the Vatican to repair damage done by the pope’s statement on the Prophet, which the Islamic world had seen as insensitive if not incendiary. more...
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'Gospel of wealth' facing scrutiny Associated Press (December 27, 2007) - The message flickered into Cindy Fleenor's living room each night: Be faithful in how you live and how you give, the television preachers said, and God will shower you with material riches. And so the 53-year-old accountant from the Tampa, Fla., area pledged $500 a year to Joyce Meyer, the evangelist whose frank talk about recovering from childhood sexual abuse was so inspirational. She wrote checks to flamboyant faith healer Benny Hinn and a local preacher-made-good, Paula White. Only the blessings didn't come. Fleenor ended up borrowing money from friends and payday loan companies just to buy groceries. At first she believed the explanation given on television: Her faith wasn't strong enough. "I wanted to believe God wanted to do something great with me like he was doing with them," she said. "I'm angry and bitter about it. Right now, I don't watch anyone on TV hardly." All three of the groups Fleenor supported are among six major Christian television ministries under scrutiny by a senator who is asking questions about the evangelists' lavish spending and possible abuses of their tax-exempt status. The probe by Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, has brought new scrutiny to the underlying belief that brings in millions of dollars and fills churches from Atlanta to Los Angeles — the "Gospel of Prosperity," or the notion that God wants to bless the faithful with earthly riches. All six ministries under investigation preach the prosperity gospel to varying degrees. Proponents call it a biblically sound message of hope. Others say it is a distortion that makes evangelists rich and preys on the vulnerable. They say it has evolved from "it's all right to make money" to it's all right for the pastor to drive a Bentley, live in an oceanside home and travel by private jet. "More and more people are desperate and grasping at straws and want something that will alleviate their pain or financial crisis," said Michael Palmer, dean of the divinity school at Regent University, founded by Pat Robertson. "It's a growing problem." The modern-day prosperity movement can largely be traced back to evangelist Oral Roberts' teachings. Roberts' disciples have spread his theology and vocabulary (Roberts and other evangelists, such as Meyer, call their donors "partners.") And several popular prosperity preachers, including some now under investigation, have served on the Oral Roberts University board. One of the teaching's attractions is that it doesn't dwell on traditional Christian themes of heaven and hell but on answering pressing concerns of the here and now, said Brian McLaren, a liberal evangelical author and pastor. But the prosperity gospel, McLaren said, not only preys on the hope of the vulnerable, it puts too much emphasis on individual success and happiness. "We've pretty much ignored what the Bible says about systemic injustice," he said. The checks and balances central to Christian denominations are largely lacking in prosperity churches. One of the pastors in the Grassley probe, Bishop Eddie Long of suburban Atlanta, has written that God told him to get rid of the "ungodly governmental structure" of a deacon board. Some ministers hold up their own wealth as evidence that the teaching works. Atlanta-area pastor Creflo Dollar, who is fighting Grassley's inquiry, owns a Rolls Royce and multimillion-dollar homes and travels in a church-owned Learjet.  more...

Matthew 6:19-21
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Luke 12:29-40
And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately. Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through. Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.

Oprah Winfrey and Marianne Williamson: Reflections on their New Age Christ Discernment Group (December 15, 2007) - On 11/8/07 New Age leader and Oprah & Friends XM Satellite reporter Marianne Williamson put up a "Big News!" announcement on her website. Her announcement seemed quite confident and authoritative. She even had a link to Oprah & Friends XM Satellite Radio. She wrote:

Big News!
Beginning January 1, 2008, I will be teaching A Course in Miracles daily on
Oprah & Friends XM 156. For one year, we will go through the entire Course. If this is of interest to you, get your XM ready, take your Course off the shelf or order a copy. We're going to do the Course, and stay the course!

On 11/09/07 Herescope posted an article by former New Age follower Warren Smith entitled Oprah and Friends to Teach Course on New Age Christ. In that article Smith presented significant concerns about Oprah & Friends teaching this New Age Course in Miracles. Many years ago he was a devoted student of A Course in Miracles and he discovered that the teachings of the Course - supposedly "new revelation" channeled from "Jesus" - were diametrically opposed to the teachings of the true Jesus Christ of the Bible. He came to understand that the "Jesus" of A Course in Miracles was one of the false christs that the real Jesus warned His followers to watch out for:

And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in My name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. (Matthew 24:3-5)

Shortly after the posting of Smith's article and the two subsequent articles on Herescope, there was considerable concern - at least in Christian circles - that Oprah was using her radio program to teach this New Age Course. Many Internet sources cited what was happening. Amidst the uproar, Marianne Williamson's "Big News!" announcement suddenly disappeared from her website. All attempts to get information on why Williamson withdrew her announcement were to no avail. However, Marianne Williamson has just posted a new announcement on her website that seems to take the place of the "Big News!" announcement of several days ago:

"Starting January 1 on Oprah and Friends XM156, I will be discussing my daily reflections on A Course in Miracles. Watch this space for details.

"Send me any questions you have about A Course in Miracles and its application to your daily life. Some of these questions will be used on my radio show. (Be sure to include your phone number.)

According to this new announcement, Williamson is pulling back from "teaching" A Course in Miracles and is now offering her "daily reflections" on the Course. This subtle semantic change may indicate a change in strategy. However, this type of maneuvering around potentially controversial New Age agendas by Oprah and her staff has been noted previously. For example, bestselling author Neale Donald Walsch told colleagues at a New Age Humanity's Team conference in Portland, Oregon, in 2003, that Oprah had flown him to Chicago for a two-hour interview with him that never aired. Walsch explained what happened:

"…Oprah brought me to Chicago. She loves Conversations. In fact she says it is her favorite book. She says that on the air—'This is my favorite book'—and she holds up Conversations with God. So she brought me to Chicago and she said, 'Let’s do two hours.' I’m gonna do a two hour special. And she interviewed me on videotape for two hours and we had a fascinating conversation, the way only Oprah can, ‘cause she gets right into the interior of it. And I went back home, flying back home, and I thought, 'My God, they’re going to do a two-hour special. This is incredible… talk about zooming sales.'

"And I went home and… it stayed in the can for a year and a half. I did not call her, ‘cause I didn’t want to bother Oprah with, you know, 'Where is my program? When are you going to put it on?' …But finally the producer called us and said, 'You know, Neale, we just can’t use it. You are so incredibly provocative in what you’re saying about your relationship with God, humanity’s relationship with God, where religion currently stands in the world etc., etc.,… that we’ve looked at this thing, we’ve watched this program eight times and all of us agree it’s just too soon. You’re way ahead of the curve, we can’t put this on now.”*

In an April 5, 2007 Oprah & Friends radio interview with Esther Hicks - a woman who channels out-of-body entities that singularly refer to themselves as "Abraham" - Oprah confessed that her television viewers weren't ready for her to be talking to channeled out-of-body entities. She said:

"I am talking to Esther Hicks here, who is, I am saying today, the secret behind The Secret because she was a big, big, big part, she and her husband Jerry, of the creation of the DVD that Rhonda Byrne did. . . . But she is here in our studio and I am going to ask you to channel Abraham and let me just say before you do that, the reason why I wanted you do to this is on the radio because I really do think that the television audience isn't ready for it."

This radio interview, posted on the Spiritual website, is really difficult to listen to because it involves occult channeling, so the listener should beware. Sadly, one quickly realizes the depth of Oprah's New Age beliefs when listening to this interview. And the reader of Herescope is reminded to pray for these two women who are so deeply drawn into spiritual deception. The other issue here is not Oprah's right to present her New Age views -- but to be honest with her viewers and listeners about these beliefs. For over twenty years Oprah has been taking her viewers and listeners step-by-step deeper into the New Age teachings. It is time for her to stop pretending that her New Age "Jesus" is the same as the Jesus of her Baptist youth. The "Jesus" of A Course in Miracles and the "Jesus" of the New Age bear absolutely no resemblance to the Jesus found in the Holy Bible. It seems apparent that in early November someone calculated that the time was right for Marianne Williamson to teach the year-long, 365 lessons of A Course in Miracles on Oprah & Friends XM Satellite Radio. But one has to wonder if this situation, like the one described by Neale Donald Walsch above, was "just too soon" and too "way ahead of the curve" in teaching the year-long Course at this time. What difference does it make whether Marianne Williamson is "teaching" A Course in Miracles directly, or "teaching" it indirectly by providing "reflections" on it? Whatever the case, whether through "reflection" or "teaching," this year-long study of the Course, designed for listener participation, will lead many deeper into spiritual darkness.
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Gore: US blocking climate talks progress Associated Press (December 13, 2007) - Nobel laureate Al Gore accused the United States on Thursday of blocking progress at the U.N. climate conference, and European nations threatened to boycott U.S.-led climate talks next month unless Washington compromises on emissions reductions. The former vice president urged delegates to take urgent action to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases blamed for global warming, and told them that the next U.S. president will likely be more supportive of international caps on polluting gases. "My own country, the United States, is principally responsible for obstructing progress here in Bali," said Gore, who flew to Bali from Oslo, Norway, where he received the Nobel Peace Prize for helping alert the world to the danger of climate change. Asked about Gore's charge, Kristen Hellmer, a member of the American delegation in Bali, said: "The U.S. is being open and working very constructively with the other countries that are here. We are rolling our sleeves up and really working to come up with a global post-2012 framework." Earlier, the United Nations warned that time was running out for an agreement aimed at launching negotiations for a successor to the Kyoto Protocol when it expires in 2012 and the talks in Bali were in danger of "falling to pieces." The United States, Japan and several other governments are refusing to accept language in a draft document suggesting that industrialized nations consider cutting emissions by 25 percent to 40 percent by 2020, saying specific targets would limit the scope of future talks. European nations said they may boycott a U.S.-led climate meeting next month unless Washington compromises. "No result in Bali means no Major Economies Meeting," said Sigmar Gabriel, top EU environment official from Germany, referring to a series of separate climate talks initiated by President Bush in September. "This is the clear position of the EU. I do not know what we should talk about if there is no target." The European Union and others say the proposed emissions caps reflect the measures scientists say are needed to rein in global warming and head off predictions of rising sea levels, worsening floods and droughts, and the extinction of plant and animal species. The U.S. invited 16 other major economies, including European countries, Japan, China and India, to discuss a program of what are expected to be nationally determined, voluntary cutbacks in greenhouse gas emissions. more...
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Time Magazine Touts Rob Bell - Christians Should Be Warned Lighthouse Trails (December 12, 2007) - In a December 6th article by Time magazine titled "The Pastor's No Square," emerging church guru Rob Bell is described as "becoming a national brand." The article reminds readers of a previous Chicago Sun-Times article that suggests Rob Bell could be the next Billy Graham. But in a rebuttal article by Lighthouse Trails titled "Will the Next Billy Graham be a Mystic?" it is brought out that Bell's mystical proclivities would mark him more for a New Age Christian than a Billy Graham type evangelist. Still, secular and Christian media alike (like Time magazine this week) continue propagating the message and the movements of Bell. And it is no secret that his Nooma films and his book Velvet Elvis can be found on the bookshelves of Christian bookstores, Christian high schools and on pastor's shelves across North America in particular. While few could argue that Bell has "an appeal to the young" as the Time article states, what is so troubling is that it is being packaged as Christian appeal. Nothing could be further from the truth. Rob Bell is a New Age evangelist as he has so clearly shown on many occasions. For instance, and perhaps one of the most indicting statements from him, in his book Velvet Elvis he resonates with New Age Buddhist follower Ken Wilber. Bell tells readers to spend three months studying Wilber and promises them it will be a "mind-blowing introduction to emergence theory and divine creativity" (p. 192). Wilber's "emergence theory" incorporates everything from tantric sex (sexual experience mixed with mysticism), Yoga, Reiki, Zen, Kundalini Yoga, centering prayer, and magic.1In fact, studying Wilber for three months (as Bell suggests) in a favorable light would easily turn the student into a Buddhist practitioner! And yet Bell's book is being used by Christian high schools and churches as a resource for spirituality. How incredible! For those who may not understand what Bell and other emergents mean by "divine creativity," it is another way of saying that we, as humans, are co-creators with God (he clarifies this on page 157 of VE). That's quite a declaration by these New Age evangelists given the fact that a human can't even create a speck of dust. But that is what they believe - co-creators. Why? Because like all New Agers, they believe that divinity resides in all creation, including every human being - thus if we are divine we can also create. And if this is the case, as the New Age teaches, there can be no Hell, and of course no salvation needed by a Savior. New Ager Neale Donald Walsch (a favorite of Oprah's) goes so far as to say that even Hitler would be part of the kingdom of God. By the way, Walsch also says Hitler did the Jewish people a favor by killing them (see p. 166 FMSCN). This is the culmination of where all New Age thought ends. more...
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We are grateful to the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time Magazine and other publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected the promises of discretion for almost forty years. It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subject to the bright lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is now more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world-government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the National auto-determination practiced in past centuries| David Rockefeller in an address to Trilateral Commission meeting, 1991

Part of that New World Order is a one world religion that will point all to worship the man of sin and the dragon that gives him his power and authority.

Revelation 13:4,5
And they
[world] worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. [3½ years=great tribulation & war on the saints]

Nobel laureates propose global CO2 tax EU Observer (December 12, 2007) - While the international community struggles to reach agreement on how to further tackle climate change at a meeting in Bali, former US vice president Al Gore and the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have received the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to increase knowledge about the effects of human activities on global warming. "We have a window of nearly seven years, said IPCC chairman Rajendra Pachauri, who accepted the prize on behalf of the panel in the Norwegian capital of Oslo. "The time to doubt science is over", he said, adding that by 2015 at the latest green house gasses must start declining if the world is to escape a climate catastrophe. Thousands of scientific experts have worked on the panel since 1988 and brought forward more and more evidence of human activities causing climate change. Experts estimate that 20 percent of greenhouse gases alone comes from raising animals for human consumption. When asked what he does on a personal level to fight climate change, Mr Pachauri said he wears warm clothing, is a vegetarian and takes care to limit his use of electricity. Meanwhile, Mr Gore said that "the threat of climate crises is real, rising, imminent and universal" in his acceptance speech before over 400 prominent Norwegians and leading members of the climate panel. Mr Gore and Mr Pachauri, an Indian scientist, are going directly from the celebrations in Oslo to join the Bali conference. "We need to complete a bold mandate there next Friday [14 December] that calls for a visionary treaty to be completed, ratified and brought into effect everywhere in the world by the beginning of 2010 – more than two years sooner than presently contemplated" Mr Gore said. He said that world leaders must meet every three months until such a new treaty is completed. The 2007 Nobel laureates also suggested a price on CO2 pollution "so that the markets can help us make rational decisions about how to sharply reduce it". "The problem with CO2 is it is completely invisible to the economy", Mr Gore said. "I'm strong in favour of a CO2 tax - a large one, with the money raised given back in a progressive repay. If you want to cut your tax, you cut your pollution," he said. But he said he did not think the UN would be "capable" of managing such a tax. more...
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So I would like to know how taxing the population is going to cool the sun down and increase the magnetic field of the earth, which has been steadily degrading since first measured. If Mars is also heating up, do our emissions really cause that too? How is taking money from the population going to fix or change anything outside of our control? The facts are too obvious to be missed by those pushing the blame humanity agenda and so I smell a conspiracy. What can be accomplished in the long run is that by uniting the world to save the earth with the idea that we are the cause of global warming, a uniting consciousness can be developed based on fear and lack of understanding so that as the global "all worship the same God" plans progress, the combination of it all will lead to the acceptance of the antichrist as a god to be worshipped when he is revealed with lying signs and wonders. In the meantime, the wealth can be redistributed to whatever methods those controlling taxes decide. The facts of what is causing global warming on Earth, Mars and throughout the solar system cannot be fixed by more money because these factors are completely out of the control of humanity, even the self-glorifying scientific humanists can't fix what is about to happen. See History Repeating: Mankind's Fall of Pride There is another side to this as well from those who see the futility, but these scientists probably aren't in on the agenda. While I don't believe global warming is a "non-problem," I do believe there is nothing that can be done to change it. The globe IS warming, but the cause may not be our physical pollution - rather our spiritual pollution. Global Warming and the Day of the LordSkeptical Scientists Urge World To ‘Have the Courage to Do Nothing' At UN Conference excerpt:
"The UN conference is a complete waste of our time and your money and we should no longer pay the slightest attention to the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change,)" Monckton added. (LINK) Monckton also noted that the UN has not been overly welcoming to the group of skeptical scientists. "UN organizers refused my credentials and appeared desperate that I should not come to this conference. They have also made several attempts to interfere with our public meetings," Monckton explained. "It is a circus here," agreed Australian scientist Dr. David Evans. Evans is making scientific presentations to delegates and journalists at the conference revealing the latest peer-reviewed studies that refute the UN's climate claims. "This is the most lavish conference I have ever been to, but I am only a scientist and I actually only go to the science conferences," Evans said, noting the luxury of the tropical resort. (Note: An analysis by  Bloomberg News on December 6 found:  "Government officials and activists flying to Bali, Indonesia, for the United Nations meeting on climate change will cause as much pollution as 20,000 cars in a year." - LINK) Evans, a mathematician who did carbon accounting for the Australian government, recently converted to a skeptical scientist about man-made global warming after reviewing the new scientific studies. (LINK) "We now have quite a lot of evidence that carbon emissions definitely don't cause global warming.  We have the missing [human] signature [in the atmosphere], we have the IPCC models being wrong and we have the lack of a temperature going up the last 5 years," Evans said in an interview with the Inhofe EPW Press Blog.  Evans authored a November 28 2007 paper "Carbon Emissions Don't Cause Global Warming." (LINK) more...

The Mystical Science of the Golden Compass Berit Kjos (December 10, 2007) - The movie, "The Golden Compass," heralds a mysterious "compass," but this is no ordinary navigational guide. Instead, it's a divination device -- an alethiometer -- energized by tiny, conscious "Dust" particles. Though usually invisible, these Dust particles can be sensed by the story's more psychically attuned characters. So when 12-year-old heroine Lyra seeks guidance through her treasured "truth measure," she invokes swirling masses of shimmering Dust that communicate the "true" answers needed for the battles ahead. Naturally, those answers affirm the occult worldview that author Philip Pullman promotes. And unlike most of the mystical thrills that children learn to crave these days, this complex tale incorporates an enticing form of pseudo-science that is already being reinforced through public education from elementary through graduate school. But why worry? Everyone knows it's just fantasy, don't they? It doesn't matter. While they may know the difference between fact and fantasy, they are likely to respond to the message with feelings rather than intellect. Most viewers simply let their minds flow with the story. Bypassing any discernment, the movie then plants unforgettable images and suggestion in their hearts and minds. The results are devastating to Christian faith. Captivating glimpses of divination, magic, wise witches, and cute talking daemons (pronounced demons) make the occult world seem increasingly familiar and normal -- even acceptable and good. But God warns us: " not be conformed to this world.... Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good." Rom. 12:2,9 more...
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I decided to view the film to see what it was about and what stood out to me was how everyone had a daemon and when the evil villains tried to separate the child from the daemon, the children rebelled. If thought is the voice of the spirit realm, how many children desiring their own cute little animal daemon might make such a connection with a Biblical demon very willing to influence a young mind. The enemy uses pride and flattery to puff up and is often seductive in these tactics, usually preserving our naivety. People practice magic like that in the film and I'm sure there is some power there too. The Bible says that Satan's ways are with signs and lying wonders. 2 Thessalonians 2:9 The Egyptian magicians were able to turn their staffs into snakes as well.

Evangelical Leaders Reiterate Call for Two-State Solution for Israel and Palestine Christianity Today (December 3, 2007) - Over 80 educators and ministry heads affirm efforts to negotiate lasting peace, and warn of consequences of failure. This week the Bush State Department is devoting its full diplomatic efforts toward bringing a two-state resolution to the Israel-Palestine conflict. Over the past few months, they have put on a full-court press to gather a broad representation of Arab world leaders to join Israeli and Palestinian negotiators for a historic meeting in Annapolis, Maryland. Now, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas have agreed to a program of sustained and focused negotiations throughout 2008. With these cautious but hopeful beginnings, over 80 evangelical leaders have signed a statement indicating their belief "that the way forward is for the Israelis and Palestinians to negotiate a fair, two-state solution." These leaders—including Christian college and seminary presidents, denominational heads, and other ministry leaders—pledge their "ongoing support for the security of Israel," and state that "unless the situation between Israel and Palestine improves quickly, the consequences will be devastating" for Israel. Palestinians with little economic opportunity "are increasingly sympathetic to radical solutions." The full text of their statement and the list of signatories follow. more...
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I think this is one of the consequences of not understanding Bible prophecy and what it says about the future. These leaders aren't looking at what the Bible says will happen to those that come against Israel. God said He would put Israel in the land and Jeremiah 30:20 says, "Their children also shall be as aforetime, and their congregation shall be established before me, and I will punish all that oppress them." Read Ezekiel 36,37 as well. Remember it is when everyone says peace and safety that sudden destruction comes. Recognizing the Bible's prophesies is much different from actively participating in what it says will happen. These things will happen without our help and given the judgment for those that come against Israel and God's putting Israel in the land, I think it is an error for Christians to get involved. We should pray for the peace of Jerusalem and Israel knowing that will only happen when Christ returns and sets up His eternal kingdom. Who doesn't want peace and security? But be careful of who you are trusting to give it to you. The Bible says the end-times is anything but a time of peace and security and the men fomenting the chaos are doing so to implement their control of the world, not to bring peace. The spirit of antichrist destroys many with peace, Daniel 8:25, much like the loss of freedom because of terrorism and in the name of peace and security. It's all about control and power for these elite who are working with the spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:11-20 Israel's security is guaranteed by God and will be shown when Iran, Turkey, Russia, Libya and others are destroyed in the mountains of Israel. However, I do believe Israel will be divided, I just don't want to be involved with it happening.

Rockefeller and the New World Religion Old-Thinker News (December 2, 2007) 

"Internationalism must first be a state of mind, an ideal, a chivalry, a religion, before it can be a reality and a system." -- Samuel Zane Batten, The New World Order, 1919
The Rockefeller family, while they are by no means the only major players in world affairs, have contributed large amounts of resources to the creation of a world government. Utilizing vast monetary resources which were initially amassed by the oil empire of John D. Rockefeller Sr., their efforts have gone into nearly every area of significance. From politics, media, to education, the Rockefellers are a force to be reckoned with. [1] One vitally important and often overlooked method of influence that the Rockefellers have enjoyed is in the realm of the church and religion. It comes as little surprise, given their long term goal of world government, that the Rockefeller family would approve of and support a societal outlook favorable to globalism. The use of religion is one method that, in Rockefeller's eyes, looked to be a promising means of accomplishing this goal. Early programs such as the Interchurch World Movement focused on the maintenance of harmonious relations between people in America's growing industrial society. Later endeavors such as the World Council of Churches would trend towards being global in nature with goals moving beyond that of simply maintaining class stability in America to elimination of national sovereignty and world governance. While some methods have been changed over time, and names of organizations have been altered, the overarching agenda of Rockefeller has remained the same. As the documents will show, multiple attempts have been made to urge the Christian churches to get behind programs for world governance. If the attempts were not spearheaded by Rockefellers themselves, significant financial support was provided to organizations sharing their vision for the world. A discernable pattern emerges, with the ability to look back at history, that escalating world crises have served as convenient launching points for incrementally larger pieces of the world government agenda. If this pattern continues - and there is little doubt that it will - we will inevitably see greater pieces locked into place after future crises. On May 31, 2007, speaking in Istanbul Turkey at a conference organized by Akbank [2], Henry Kissinger alluded to this pattern of crises, stating that,

"...The outcome in Iraq will depend on something that a German philosopher, Immanuel Kant said... someday there will be universal peace. The only question is whether it comes about through human insight, or whether it comes about... through a series of catastrophes of such a magnitude that people are so exhausted that they have no other choice." [3]

Utopian ideals of a world civilization and a world government have always existed. No matter how well meaning and egalitarian they may sound, history has shown us that centralized systems almost always lead to corruption and abuse of power. Given the actions of the Rockefeller family in providing support to the Bolshevik revolution, [4] their instrumental role in the spread of eugenics policies to Nazi Germany, [5] and David Rockefeller's proud exclamation, "Some.. believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as 'internationalists' and of conspiring with others... to build a more integrated global political and economic structure - one world, if you will. If that is the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it," [6] it would seem that the solution of world government is rising out of crises that the proponents of such a system are fostering. It should be reiterated that while the Rockefeller family has been involved with promoting the ideas of world government and actively pursuing its formation, the idea did not originate with them. Utopians throughout history have promoted ideas of a world civilization and a world government, often with humanitarian aims. For example, as documented by Frederick Charles Hicks in his 1920 book "The New World Order", Royal Society member John Bellers presented in the year 1710,

" elaborate proposal to Parliament for a confederation of states to do away with war. It contained also a proposal for a convocation of all religions." [7]

The Interchurch World Movement (1919 - 1920)

In the aftermath of the bloody conflict of World War I, the League of Nations was presented as a solution to the horrendous problems that the world had witnessed. During the same time period that the League of Nations was formed, John D. Rockefeller Jr. launched the Interchurch World Movement (IWM) in 1919. [1] The Interchurch World Movement was the first attempt by Rockefeller to consolidate the churches into a corporate like structure which would exercise control over their activities. The "stability of government", and the promotion of "harmonious relations" between people in an industrial society that the Rockefeller family was already dominating was a driving force behind the IWM. Charles E. Harvey, professor of history at California State University, wrote a history of the Interchurch World Movement in a 1982 paper titled "John D. Rockefeller, Jr., and the Interchurch World Movement of 1919-1920: A Different Angle on the Ecumenical Movement". Harvey traces the roots of the "social gospel" and the resulting battle between fundamental Christians and liberalism back to Rockefeller's Interchurch World Movement. Upon investigating the IWM, Harvey found that the historical information that most historians and researchers were using to research the IWM had been directly prepared by the lawyer of John D. Rockefeller Jr., a man named Raymond B. Fosdick. The doctored information, writes Harvey, was "...compiled precisely to conceal the real role Rockefeller played in the organization." more...
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According to the Scriptures The Berean Call (December 1, 2007) - The Bible makes uncompromisingly clear to all mankind its claim to be the infallible, inerrant Word of the only true and living God. It denounces all other gods and scriptures as false, as well as the religions they represent. Of Jesus, God's Word declares, "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him" (John 3:36). Peter told Jewish religious leaders (and was beaten, imprisoned, and killed for testifying to Christ's resurrection): "There is none other name...given among men whereby we must be saved" (Acts 4:12). Such unequivocal statements cannot be misunderstood. Jews would not have been persecuted and killed had they presented Yahweh as just one more god to be added to the Roman Pantheon. Christians were considered an even greater threat because in obedience to Christ they preached the gospel everywhere and thereby "turned the world upside down" (Acts 17:6). Even they would not have been persecuted and killed had they presented Jesus Christ as merely one of many possible saviors. It was their firm proclamation of Christ's claim, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me" (John 14:6), that threatened Caesar and aroused such vicious hatred. Today, however, to avoid the objectionable exclusivity of their faith, "Christians" often compromise and many ecumenically deny the biblical gospel. Christianity is a biblical faith, and the Bible is not an "ecumenical" book. It makes no compromise with any of the world's religions. Those who support ecumenism to any extent, no matter how loudly they defend their orthodoxy, are not Bible-believing Christians. At worst they are deliberate frauds; at best they are confused into simultaneously professing two contradictory beliefs (syncretism). Which do they really believe? Speaking out of both sides of their mouths is a popular ploy today of both political and "Christian" leaders. Anyone is free to invent any new religion-but not free to call it Christianity. That faith is founded upon facts: Scripture, history, and prophecy, all of which are a matter of clear record and none of which can be changed. These facts cannot honestly be denied. What must we say of "Christian" leaders and even entire denominations that do not follow Christ and His Word? We have exposed many by name and have documented in these pages their inexcusable hypocrisy and deceit, which must be summarily rejected. Away with all duplicity! Whoever (Bush, Rice, et al.) insists that Islam is a "religion of peace" and that Allah is the God of the Bible is either deceived or lying. Islam has its founding prophet, Muhammad, who began his career with numerous murders, attacked peaceful villages and caravans, and beheaded hundreds who surrendered in exchange for his sworn promise of peace and safety. Islam has its scriptures (the Qur'an and Hadith) and 1,350 years of the bloodiest and most violent history of any religion ever known, including the merciless slaughter of millions (more millions in the take-over of India than Hitler killed in all of Eastern and Western Europe). We fully document the truth about Islam in Judgment Day , which every Berean ought to donate to his or her local public library. One can only say that all those (from Bush and Rice on down) who turn a blind eye to the indisputable truth about Islam and call this violent religion "peaceful" are engaged in a cover-up. It is indisputable that today's Islamic terrorism may not honestly be blamed upon "extremists." This is true Islam as it always has been from the beginning! Terrorists are sincere Muslims following both the teaching and example of Muhammad, the obedient example set by his loyal followers, and Islam's scriptures, which command the take-over of the entire world and death to all who will not convert. True, not every Muslim is a terrorist, but nearly every terrorist is a Muslim! more...
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 NewWorldOrder | America | Apostasy |

Christian leaders criticized for seeking 'common ground' with Muslim imams One News Now (November 30, 2007) - Last month, 138 Muslim scholars signed a letter addressed to Pope Benedict XVI, and other religious leaders, urging them to find common ground between Islam and Christianity. The letter declared that Islam and Christianity both believe in only one God, and the commandment to love one's neighbor. Some 200 Christian leaders have responded to the Muslim scholars with their own letter, which calls for an interfaith dialogue that will "reshape" the two communities to "genuinely reflect our common love for God and for one another." Signers of the response letter include Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, Jim Wallis of the liberal advocacy group Sojourners, and evangelical pastors Bill Hybels and Rick Warren. Brigitte Gabriel is founder of the American Congress for Truth and author of the book Because They Hate: A Survivor of Islamic Terror Warns America. She says the letter displays a disturbing lack of knowledge about the Koran. "Our terrorist enemies -- who have launched an attack against the West and against the infidels, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, atheists and everything else -- those terrorists repeated[ly] quote the Koran and many, many verses of the Koran and the Hadith," she points out. "…the accompanying books of the Koran [talk] about how Islam looks on unbelievers, or the Kafirs, as those who are condemned to go to hell." Gabriel says the Christian community would be wiser to call Muslim imams on the carpet by urging them to tell their fellow Muslims to "stop committing acts of barbarism in the name of their religion." She is also disturbed that Hybels and Warren are suggesting that God and Allah are one. "Islam is very different from Christianity, or Judaism, or Buddhism. The Allah of Islam is not the same God we worship," she argues. "Our God looks at all his people as equals; our God does not command us to kill anybody. I mean, our Ten Commandments, one of the top commandments, [says] 'thou shall not kill' -- regardless of if you believe with these people or not." In a recent column, WorldNetDaily editor Joseph Farah said the Christian theologians, ministry leaders, and pastors who signed the letter to Muslim scholars do not speak for him or for Christ.
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Ankara welcomes Pope's EU comments The Irish Times (November 29, 2006) - Turkish prime minister Tayyip Erdogan reacted positively today to comments made by Pope Benedict XVI on his visit to Turkey but there were more difficulties over the country's bid to join the European Union. The Pontiff began a 4-day visit yesterday with the aim of defusing Muslim anger over his recent comments implying Islam was violent religion that should not be allowed spread throughout the EU. Yesterday, the Pope made comments which gave apparent support to Turkey's controversial bid to join the EU and today he made conciliatory comments about Islam. Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan after a private meeting with the Pontiff that the Pope was in favour Turkey's membership bid. "He said 'we are not political but we wish for Turkey to join the EU'," Mr Erdogan told journalists. At the Nato summit in Riga, today Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi said Mr Erdogan had declared himself "very satisfied" with the start of the Pope's trip. Celebrating mass at a shrine in southwestern Turkey today, where believers say the Virgin Mary lived her last days, Pope Benedict stressed that Christians and Muslims share a common devotion to the mother of Jesus. Benedict said in his sermon: "From here in Ephesus, a city blessed by the presence of Mary Most Holy - who we know is loved and venerated also by Muslims - let us lift up to the Lord a special prayer for peace between peoples." The Koran describes Mary as the virgin mother of Jesus, whom Muslims consider the greatest prophet after Mohammed, and some Muslims - especially women - visit shrines to her. Benedict's comments on his first official visit to a Muslim country appeared to go a long way towards making up for a speech in Germany, which led to several attacks on churches in the Muslim world and the murder of an Italian nun in Somalia. A columnist in the Milliyet daily newspaper today said the Pope's comments were "a big warning for conservative politicians who think the EU is a Christian club." The EU has criticised Turkey for its treatment of non-Muslim religious minorities and today the European Commission put a further barrier to accession when it recommend the suspension of some strands of negotiations over Ankara's failure to open its ports to EU member Cyprus. more...
| Islam | RCC | Apostasy |

I'm learning a little more about the Vatican's place as the woman riding the beast of Revelation 17. I just read a good historic look at the Vatican and her history of "reigning over the kings of the earth." Revelation 17:18 It is by S.H. Venour and is called New World Order: The Counterfeit Kingdom. It was written in 1998 and so the more current news of Europe's rise to power and the 10 kingdoms is missing in the assessment, but the history of the Roman Catholic Church remains the same and as the Bible states is at the core of planning for a New World Order. But her judgment will come in one day and the 10 kings will maul her and burn her with fire according to God's judgment He has put in their heart to fulfill. Revelation 18
"It is very important that the visit of Pope Benedict XVI coincides with a period in which the final declaration of Alliance of Civilizations Initiative Istanbul Summit was released," said Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan who held a news conference regarding his meeting with Pope at Ankara's Esenboga Airport on Tuesday. Link
This brings me to this article brought to attention by Bjorn on his blog regarding the Alliance of Civilizations. If you have been reading my comments in past issues, you know that the Alliance of Civilizations is heading for a war on those with fundamentalist religious beliefs that claim sole ownership to the Truth. At the core of the Catholic Church is still the Bible and although this Bible is changed from its original, it still states that Yeshua is the only way to salvation. I think therefore that this is why the woman who has controlled and guided world politics over the millennia (riding the beast), will be hated by the 10 horns. In order for the plans for a One World Religion to come to fruition, the foundation of belief must be destroyed. In the case of Christianity, that is the Bible. The Vatican is working toward that end of a One World Religion through the method of accepting all belief and mixing them to dilute the Truth, a trademark of Babylon. In this way, if nobody reads the Bible for themselves and rather trust in the interpretations of men like the Pope for direction, when the great deception is unleashed with power, signs and lying wonders, the world without a firm foundation will have signs and wonders to deceive them from the Truth that has been written in the Bible from the beginning. I believe we may see the Pope at the time act as the 12th Mahdi for Islam and redirect worship of traditional means to the antichrist. It this is the case, then those who listen to the Pope over the Bible will be deceived and lost.
Another aspect of this plan is stated by Albert Pike in 1871 regarding the three world wars he saw as necessary to bring about the "pure doctrine of Lucifer," or as the Bible puts it, "...he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time." Daniel 7:25 This is the abomination of desolation we are foretold in scripture, "...that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God." But like I said, the Bible is still at the core of what many Catholics believe and so to bring forth this new god, the One True God must be eliminated. God will accomplish His wrath and her destruction for her wickedness through history in one day through the 10 horns.
Revelation 17:15-18
And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore [woman riding the beast] sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled. And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.

Pope invites senior Muslims to Vatican meeting (November 29, 2007) - Pope Benedict XVI invited a delegation of senior Muslim personalities, who signed an appeal for greater dialogue between religions, to a meeting at the Vatican, according to a letter released Thursday. The pope praised the "positive spirit" behind the October 11 message signed by 138 top Muslims from around the world and sent to Christian leaders, said Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone in the letter sent in Pope Benedict's name. The pope wanted to meet a representative group of the signatories at the Vatican, he added in the letter sent to Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad bin Talal, head of the Institute for Islamic Thought in Amman. "The Pope has asked me to convey his gratitude to Your Royal Highness and to all who signed the letter," Bertone wrote. "He also wishes to express his deep appreciation for this gesture, for the positive spirit which inspired the text and for the call for a common commitment to promoting peace in the world. "Without ignoring or downplaying our differences as Christians and Muslims, we can and therefore should look to what unites us, namely, belief in the one God, the provident Creator and universal Judge who at the end of time will deal with each person according to his or her actions. We are all called to commit ourselves totally to him and to obey his sacred will." The letter said the pope "was particularly impressed by the attention given in the letter to the twofold commandment to love God and one's neighbour." It recalled Pope Benedict's statement in August 2005 soon after he took office that "we must not yield to the negative pressures in our midst, but must affirm the values of mutual respect, solidarity and peace. "The life of every human being is sacred, both for Christians and for Muslims. There is plenty of scope for us to act together in the service of fundamental moral values." "Such common ground allows us to base dialogue on effective respect for the dignity of every human person, on objective knowledge of the religion of the other, on the sharing of religious experience and, finally, on common commitment to promoting mutual respect and acceptance among the younger generation," the letter went on. "The Pope is confident that, once this is achieved, it will be possible to cooperate in a productive way in the areas of culture and society, and for the promotion of justice and peace in society and throughout the world." more...
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Alaskans recall alleged abuse by Jesuits Associated Press (November 21, 2007) - Holding photos of themselves as children, Elsie Boudreau and James Niksik described what they said were years of sexual abuse by Jesuit priests that led to the announcement of a $50 million settlement. They said Tuesday that their abusers were venerated in the isolated western Alaska villages where they grew up. "This is a crime that our parents and our grandparents couldn't even conceive of," said Boudreau, who said her photo was taken for her first communion in the village of St. Mary's. The press conference was held two days after the announcement of the $50 million settlement with the Pacific Northwest branch of the Society of Jesus, which includes Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. The Jesuit organization's settlement covers 110 Alaska Natives who say they were abused by more than a dozen priests. "This is how big I was," said Niksik, from the village of St. Michael, pointing to a photo of himself and another child at what he said was age 7 or 8. "We put our trust in the people who taught us religion." When he told his father about the abuse, Niksik said, his father didn't believe him. The settlement does not include the Fairbanks Roman Catholic Diocese, which owned and managed churches in rural Alaska. The settlement doesn't require the Jesuits to acknowledge wrongdoing, but lawyers for the plaintiffs said the size of the settlement spoke for itself. John Manly, who has handled several abuse cases, said the plaintiffs believe that church officials knowingly sent "the worst of the worst" to isolated villages and that the Jesuits continue to care for abusers. He said he believes abusers are still in the ministry. The Very Rev. John Whitney, provincial superior of the society, has denied that Alaska was a dumping grounds for pedophile priests. more...
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I haven't posted some video documentaries here because I want to put more focused research into this before doing so. The implications have to do with ritualistic abuse of children, a method of traumatizing children young and destroying their lives. Yes there are wicked people out there, that's why God's wrath is coming to deal with them and those that align with them. I believe that the Vatican is the woman described in Revelation 17 riding the beast. Of course they don't advertise the real them because dark deeds are done in darkness. Don't be naive enough to believe that wicked men can't control the world. The Bible says that very thing will happen and bring about the greatest persecution in history. We are much closer than most believe and the Truth is getting harder to conceal in these days. It is entirely possible for wicked men to say one thing and do another, some are very good at it and have no problem doing it. This is the opposite of love.

Hillary Clinton to Attend Saddleback Church AIDS Event Lighthouse Trails (November 15, 2007) - According to a CBS report Hillary Clinton will be attending the Global Summit on AIDS and the Church, to be held at Saddleback Church in California from November 28th to December 1st. The CBS news story states: "Presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., will attend a meeting on AIDS at the Saddleback Church hosted by pastor and "The Purpose Driven Life" author Rick Warren and his wife Kay, church officials announced Thursday." The article quotes Clinton as saying: "I commend Rick and Kay Warren for their work to fight HIV/AIDS ... Our churches have a powerful role to play in raising the consciousness of the nation and the world to this pandemic and urge compassion for the sick and the suffering." A PR News Wire press release issued on 11/15 from the Global Summit on AIDS and the Church office in Lake Forest, California states:

The Warrens have extended invitations to leading presidential candidates. Five invitees, including former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.), former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, have expressed a desire to participate and are currently working on scheduling issues....
The HIV/AIDS initiative of Saddleback Church is a key part of the P.E.A.C.E. plan, an overarching humanitarian strategy launched three years ago. This worldwide effort is to mobilize 1 billion church members to Promote Reconciliation, Equip servant leaders, Assist the poor, Care for the sick and Educate the next generation. One session of the Summit will feature a report about the P.E.A.C.E. plan progress and the lessons learned over the past three years as a result of sending out more than 7,500 members to test the plan in 69 countries.
Rick Warren has, on a number of public occasions, discussed his global peace plan and what he calls a new reformation which he says will include people from all faiths:
Who's the man of peace in any village - or it might be a woman of peace - who has the most respect, they're open and they're influential? They don't have to be a Christian. In fact, they could be a Muslim, but they're open and they're influential and you work with them to attack the five giants [of the P.E.A.C.E. Plan] And that's going to bring the second Reformation."-Rick Warren, May 2005, Pew Forum on Religion 
Under the recommended reading list for Saddleback's HIVAIDS Community are two books by mystic Henri Nouwen. 1 One of the books, In the Name of Jesus, is also recommended by Kay Warren on This is the book where Nouwen says Christian leaders must move from the moral to the mystical:
Through the discipline of contemplative prayer, Christian leaders have to learn to listen to the voice of love ... For Christian leadership to be truly fruitful in the future, a movement from the moral to the mystical is required" (pp. 6, 31,32).
After years of following the mystical way, this same Henri Nouwen, near the end of his life, stated:
Today I personally believe that while Jesus came to open the door to God's house, all human beings can walk through that door, whether they know about Jesus or not. Today I see it as my call to help every person claim his or her own way to God.-From Sabbatical Journey, Henri Nouwen's last book, page 51, 1998 Hardcover Edition
For more information on Warren's global peace plan and other related topics, see Speakers at this year's AIDS event at Saddleback.
Also related: A New Vision for God's Kingdom on Earth

| America | Apostasy |

Pat Robertson Backs Giuliani (November 7, 2007) - Televangelist Pat Robertson, founder of the Christian Coalition, endorsed Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani on Wednesday. "It is my pleasure to announce my support for America's Mayor, Rudy Giuliani, a proven leader who is not afraid of what lies ahead and who will cast a hopeful vision for all Americans," Robertson said during a news conference with Giuliani in Washington. The former New York mayor backs abortion rights and gay rights, positions that put him in conflict with conservative GOP orthodoxy, and has been trying to persuade evangelical conservatives like Robertson to overlook their differences on those issues. Evangelicals have split in their support for the leading Republican candidates. Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback, a favorite of Christian conservatives who dropped out of the race last month, endorsed fellow Sen. John McCain of Arizona on Wednesday. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney recently announced that Paul Weyrich and Bob Jones III were on board with his candidacy. Asked about the Robertson endorsement, McCain, at a news conference with Brownback in Dubuque, Iowa, said: "Every once in a while, I'm left speechless. This is one of those times." Giuliani is best known to voters for leading New York in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Shortly after 9/11, Robertson released a statement in which he said the attacks occurred because Americans had insulted God and lost the protection of heaven by allowing abortion and "rampant Internet pornography." Robertson made no mention of his differences with Giuliani on social issues in Wednesday's statement. "Rudy Giuliani took a city that was in decline and considered ungovernable and reduced its violent crime, revitalized its core, dramatically lowered its taxes, cut through a welter of bureaucratic regulations, and did so in the spirit of bipartisanship which is so urgently needed in Washington today," Robertson said. Robertson, who unsuccessfully ran for president in 1988, founded the Christian Broadcasting Network, the Christian Coalition and Regent University in Virginia Beach. Also Wednesday, Giuliani said he asked two GOP friends in Congress, Rep. Peter King of New York and Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, to introduce bills to keep states from giving licenses or similar identification to illegal immigrants. The Democratic front-runner, Hillary Clinton, was criticized after a televised debate last week when she hedged an answer on whether she supported New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer's effort to grant licenses to illegal immigrants. Her aides say she generally supports the idea in the absence of comprehensive immigration reform.
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More background on Giuliani and Robertson's apparent familiarity with the Vatican here. I don't know if Robertson is just naive, but Giuliani also has ties, through his law firm Bracewell & Giuliani, to Cintra owned by Juan Carlos, the king of Spain. The truth is that prophetically the world will come together for peace and security and end up giving their freedom and eternity to the man of sin and his master Lucifer. Even some Christians will fall into the New World Order in the name of unity at the price of Truth. Trust your own reading of the Word of God for the best education on God's plans for your future. Start the Bible studies now

Rabbis warn Bush: Annapolis will bring destruction to US YNet News (November 6, 2007) - Group of right-wing rabbis writes open letter to US president demanding he cancel Annapolis summit or risk provoking 'wrath of the almighty.' Rabbis assert Katrina disaster a result of America's support of 2005 disengagement, say California fires a warning. A fringe group of prominent ultranationalist rabbis issued a harshly-worded letter to United States President George W. Bush earlier this week, warning him that the upcoming Annapolis peace conference would bring destruction upon America. The rabbis evoke their previous prediction in 2005, when they published an open letter to Bush in the New York Times, demanding the US rescind its support of the disengagement plan. "We wrote to President Bush, a man who believes in the Bible, to warn him against the terrible danger to which he is exposing his country by hosting such a conference," said Rabbi Meir Druckman, one of signatories to the letter. "The land of Israel belongs to the people of Israel. God punishes anyone who coerces Israel to give up its land," he said. "There is no doubt the New Orleans flood from the Katrina hurricane was God's punishment for evicting the settlements," said Druckman, "with hundreds of thousands left homeless, hundreds killed or wounded and billions of dollars sent down the drain – can we really ignore God's hand collecting an eye for an eye?" The disengagement from Gaza and the northern West Bank was completed August 23rd, 2005 – which was also the date Hurricane Katrina formed over the Bahamas. "Despite those consequences, yet again we find ourselves facing an initiative to expel Jews from Judea and Samaria and cede their cities to terror organizations. And once again the patrons of the event are President Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. "This time the Almighty is warning the US in advance: if the plague of water was not enough now he shall send flames. While hundreds of thousands of families have already fled the terrible fires in California, and we ask you, will you really forge ahead with this malevolent plan?" added Druckman. The letter was authored by SOS Israel, a right-wing movement which earlier this year distributed citations to IDF soldiers who disobeyed orders and refused to take part in the disengagement. The rabbis urged Bush's administration to back down from the current direction of the peace process, saying that not an inch of Israeli land should be ceded. "Be merciful to yourselves and the beloved America and its citizens. Lay down the hand you have raised against the Creator in war. Help the people of Israel fight without compromise against the terrorists who rise against it, and then, with a pure heart, you will truly be able to pray: May God bless America," the rabbis said. Among the rabbis who signed the letter are several leading religious figures, including Rabbis Dov Wolfa, Yekutiel Rap, Gedalia Axelrod as well as the chief rabbi of Kiryat Arba and Hebron, Dov Lior and the son of former Chief Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, Yaakov Yosef.
| Dividing the Land | America | Apostasy |

If you have read Eye To Eye: Facing the Consequences of Dividing Israel by William Koenig, you may see the connection of America's trying to deal with bringing peace to the Middle East by dividing Israel. It reminds me of some scripture:

Zechariah 12:2-3
Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.

Jeremiah 30:20
Their children also shall be as aforetime, and their congregation shall be established before me, and I will punish all that oppress them.

Zechariah 12 speaks to those of Judah and Jerusalem besieged by the world, Gentiles. This is Israel in the land of Judea and Jerusalem. It is speaking to the conflict now that none can solve. America has tried and on the very days we take action, disaster befalls America. This proves Jeremiah 30:20 true as seen in how God's wrath is manifest in the natural world. It is the same way that much of His wrath will be poured out in the end.

What is Robert Schuller 'rethinking'? WorldNet Daily (October 30, 2007) - It's an all-star conference set for the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, Calif., Jan. 17-19. Former President George H.W. Bush will speak. Chuck Colson will make a presentation. Larry King will be there. Rupert Murdoch will address attendees. Ben Stein will appear. And Kay Warren, wife of Saddleback Church mega-pastor Rick Warren, will join Robert Schuller, the white-haired, bespectacled purveyor of "possibility thinking." What could such a diverse group have in common? What's the topic? Well, it's a little vague. It's called the "Rethink Conference," and Schuller promises 30 "Aha!" moments from the 30 different speakers confirmed for the event. Not everyone is thrilled about this meeting of the minds. Some, including Christian author and former New Age devotee Warren Smith, suspect an agenda to subvert the church – to take the focus off biblical truth and absolutes. "From my perspective as a former New Age follower, I believe that Robert Schuller's mission has always been to 'rethink' and 'change' biblical Christianity into something 'new' – as in New Age/New Spirituality," he says. Smith's "Deceived on Purpose: The New Age Implications of the Purpose-Driven Church" documents Schuller's contacts and endorsements of New Age stars such as Gerald Jampolsky, Neale Donald Walsch and Bernie Siegel. "As a former New Age follower I could hardly believe it," says Smith. "On October 17, 2004, more than 20 years after his first appearance on the 'Hour of Power,' New Age leader Gerald Jampolsky was once again Robert Schuller's featured guest. I was not surprised on one level, because I had always been aware of Schuller's affection for New Age teachings. What did surprise me was Schuller's willingness to still be so openly aligned with a veteran New Age leader like Jampolsky." Smith says it was Jampolsky who first introduced him to "A Course in Miracles," the best-selling book New Age bible that taught him "there is no sin," "a slain Christ has no meaning" and "the recognition of God is the recognition of yourself." All of Jampolsky's books, according to Smith, are based on "A Course in Miracles." But yet, there was Schuller on his TV show recommending all of Jampolsky's "fabulous" works. He even noted he sold some of them in the Crystal Cathedral bookstore. And, according to Smith, for awhile, Schuller even hosted "A Course in Miracles" study groups in his church. It's not a one-way street, either, says Smith. New Age leaders like Walsch, author of the best-selling "Conversations With God," and Jampolsky go out of their way to praise Schuller, too. "They know that Robert Schuller has always been open to spiritual compromise," he says. According to Smith, Schuller has always "done a good job of softening up the church" for what he sees as unbiblical New Age ideas. And that's just what he expects the "Rethink Conference" is all about. If indeed that's what the conference is all about, some other big names are going along for the ride. They include Christian pollster George Barna, former heavyweight champ George Foreman, American Center for Law and Justice founder Jay Sekulow, Gary Smalley and "The Case for Christ" author Lee Strobel. "Never before have we gathered such dynamic leaders who will challenge us to think outside the box as we grapple with a changing culture and our response to it," said Schuller. The conference will not only be attended by thousands at the Crystral Cathedral, but it will be telecast by satellite around the world by Church Communication Network, according to organizers. "These culture pioneers know what is center-stage in our culture right now and also what is breaking on the horizon," says Rethink Conference executive director Bill Dallas. "This conference will confront outdated and pre-conceived ideas, offer new perspectives and open our minds to all kinds of possibilities that connect us with out shifting culture without compromising our core values." Smith just wonders about those "outdated and pre-conceived ideas." "The church does not need to 'rethink' and 'compromise' its God-given biblical doctrines to accommodate the world," he says. "It needs to rethink its willingness to follow worldly leaders like Robert Schuller." Read the related commentary by Warren Smith
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The New Age is the spiritual-secular path leading to the all-inclusive belief system while this kind of attitude in the Christian church of pulling away from the Bible as the foundation of doctrine will also lead many Christians to the all-inclusive all-roads-lead-to-God view that removes the foundation of belief and substitutes a "believe what you want" approach. This mixing and matching to fit personal preference is exactly what the Bible said the last days would be like and is the apostasia that precedes the day of the Lord. Those who refuse to accept this all-inclusive personal reality will be ostracized in time. That's what the stories above regarding the coming war on the saints is about. Keep watching.
1 Timothy 4:1,2
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
2 Timothy 4:1-4
I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

A Shocking “Confession” from Willow Creek Community Church (October 30, 2007) - If you are older than 40 the name Benjamin Spock is more than familiar. It was Spock that told an entire generation of parents to take it easy, don’t discipline your children and allow them to express themselves. Discipline, he told us, would warp a child’s fragile ego. Millions followed this guru of child development and he remained unchallenged among child rearing professionals. However, before his death Dr. Spock made an amazing discovery: he was wrong. In fact, he said:

We have reared a generation of brats. Parents aren't firm enough with their children for fear of losing their love or incurring their resentment. This is a cruel deprivation that we professionals have imposed on mothers and fathers. Of course, we did it with the best of intentions. We didn't realize until it was too late how our know-it-all attitude was undermining the self assurance of parents.

Oops. Something just as momentous, in my opinion, just happened in the evangelical community. For most of a generation evangelicals have been romanced by the “seeker sensitive” movement spawned by Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago. The guru of this movement is Bill Hybels. He and others have been telling us for decades to throw out everything we have previously thought and been taught about church growth and replace it with a new paradigm, a new way to do ministry. Perhaps inadvertently, with this “new wave” of ministry came a de-emphasis on taking personal responsibility for Bible study combined with an emphasis on felt-needs based “programs” and slick marketing. The size of the crowd rather than the depth of the heart determined success. If the crowd was large then surely God was blessing the ministry. Churches were built by demographic studies, professional strategists, marketing research, meeting “felt needs” and sermons consistent with these techniques. We were told that preaching was out, relevance was in. Doctrine didn’t matter nearly as much as innovation. If it wasn’t “cutting edge” and consumer friendly it was doomed. The mention of sin, salvation and sanctification were taboo and replaced by Starbucks, strategy and sensitivity. Thousands of pastors hung on every word that emanated from the lips of the church growth experts. Satellite seminars were packed with hungry church leaders learning the latest way to “do church.” The promise was clear: thousands of people and millions of dollars couldn’t be wrong. Forget what people need, give them what they want. How can you argue with the numbers? If you dared to challenge the “experts” you were immediately labeled as a “traditionalist,” a throwback to the 50s, a stubborn dinosaur unwilling to change with the times. All that changed recently. Willow Creek has released the results of a multi-year study on the effectiveness of their programs and philosophy of ministry. The study’s findings are in a new book titled Reveal: Where Are You?, co-authored by Cally Parkinson and Greg Hawkins, executive pastor of Willow Creek Community Church. Hybels himself called the findings “earth shaking,” “ground breaking” and “mind blowing.” And no wonder: it seems that the “experts” were wrong. If you simply want a crowd, the “seeker sensitive” model produces results. If you want solid, sincere, mature followers of Christ, it’s a bust. In a shocking confession, Hybels states:

We made a mistake. What we should have done when people crossed the line of faith and become Christians, we should have started telling people and teaching people that they have to take responsibility to become ‘self feeders.’ We should have gotten people, taught people, how to read their bible between services, how to do the spiritual practices much more aggressively on their own.

Incredibly, the guru of church growth now tells us that people need to be reading their bibles and taking responsibility for their spiritual growth. Just as Spock’s “mistake” was no minor error, so the error of the seeker sensitive movement is monumental in its scope. The foundation of thousands of American churches is now discovered to be mere sand. The one individual who has had perhaps the greatest influence on the American church in our generation has now admitted his philosophy of ministry, in large part, was a “mistake.” The extent of this error defies measurement. more...
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Thanks to the diligent research of Lighthouse Trails Project in regards to all matters related to the current apostasy. Please read their coverage of this story here.

"Kent identifies Scot McKnight as part of this mystical shift. McKnight acknowledges the Catholic connection to contemplative practices, and amazingly, Kent brings into her article Catholic priest Richard Rohr. Why amazing? Rohr's spirituality would be in the same camp as someone like Matthew Fox who believes in pantheism and panentheism. For Willow Creek to include him in Willow speaks volumes about the level of spiritual deception that Willow Creek is now under. If Kent is right that spiritual formation is now mainstream, then this deception is mainstream as well. Incidentally, Richard Rohr wrote the foreword to a 2007 book called How Big is Your God? by Jesuit priest (from India) PaulCoutinho. In Coutinho's book, he describes an interspiritual community where people of all religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity) worship the same God. Is this where Willow Creek is heading?"

World Religious Leaders Meet For Peace Summit (October 22, 2007) - Leaders of the world's main religions kicked off an annual interfaith peace summit in Naples today with calls for a global organisation uniting their faiths. Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, Israel's chief rabbi Yona Metzger and the imam of the United Arab Emirates, Ibrahim Ezzeddin, were among those attending the gathering. "Civilisations don't dialogue directly, but through those who carry their traditions and cultural values. So we should not speak of a dialogue of civilisations, but a culture of dialogue," Bartholomew told the opening. In a similar vein, Rabbi Metzger proposed a "United Nations of Religions" that would "embrace the heads of religious communities that have a profound influence on their congregations". "If we sit down together around one table ... surely we could arrive at effective solutions," he said. Ibrahim Ezzedin, too, advocated a formal structure linking world religions, saying: "This important grouping of God-fearing people cannot and should not limit itself to processions, conferences and seminars." "We need to form a permanent and authorised executive machinery for ... executing any decisions we may make," he added. The Muslim leader however spoke harshly of "unjustified provocations in places such as Iraq and Afghanistan and ... unfair dealings in Palestine" that have prompted "some Muslim individuals and groups (to go) astray and wrong themselves by violent actions". He added: "We are dismayed by the behaviour of some great powers who continue to act aggressively against other countries, by means of military occupation under fabricated pretexts ... forced regime changes and blunt interference in other countries' affairs." The Sant'Egidio summits are meant to carry on the "spirit of Assisi" and were launched 21 years ago by John Paul II in the birthplace of Saint Francis. The first summit, dubbed a World Day of Prayer for Peace, was attended by the Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa and other religious leaders. The Pope, then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, stayed away, reportedly out of concern that it put all religions on an equal footing. Thus the timing of his pastoral visit to Naples has been billed as a "happy coincidence" by Sant'Egidio, a lay Catholic organisation that has mediated in several world conflicts. The theme of this year's peace summit is "A World Without Violence: Faiths and Cultures in Dialogue", with topics to include AIDS, immigration, the plight of Africa and the quest for peace in the Middle East. more...
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In the name of peace and security, some people are willing to drop their religious beliefs. Christians in particular will always be removed from these groups because Yeshua said that He is the only way to the Father. This is one reason we will be hated in the coming years and the Alliance of Civilizations being developed currently works against those who claim sole ownership to the Truth. Christ defined us as Christians in that way because we profess what He stated, that He is the only way to heaven. How many Christians would stick to that in the face of death? Would you?

Muslim scholars reach out to Pope BBC News (October 12, 2007) - More than 130 Muslim scholars have written to Pope Benedict XVI and other Christian leaders urging greater understanding between the two faiths. The letter says that world peace could depend on improved relations between Muslims and Christians. It identifies the principles of accepting only one god and living in peace with one's neighbours as common ground between the two religions. It also insists that Christians and Muslims worship the same god. The letter comes on the anniversary of an open letter issued to the Pope last year from 38 top Muslim clerics, after he made a controversial speech on Islam. Pope Benedict sparked an uproar in September last year by quoting a medieval text which linked Islam to violence. The letter coincides with the Eid al-Fitr celebrations to mark the end of Ramadan. It was also sent to the Archbishop of Canterbury, the heads of the Lutheran, Methodist and Baptist churches, the Orthodox Church's Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I and other Orthodox Patriarchs. The letter, entitled A Common Word Between Us and You, compares passages in the Koran and the Bible, concluding that both emphasise "the primacy of total love and devotion to God", and the love of the neighbour. With Muslims and Christians making up more than half the world's population, the letter goes on, the relationship between the two religious communities is "the most important factor in contributing to meaningful peace around the world". As Muslims, we say to Christians that we are not against them and that Islam is not against them - so long as they do not wage war against Muslims on account of their religion, oppress them and drive them out of their homes," the letter says. It adds: "To those who nevertheless relish conflict and destruction for their own sake or reckon that ultimately they stand to gain through them, we say our very eternal souls are all also at stake if we fail to sincerely make every effort to make peace and come together in harmony." One of the signatories, Dr Aref Ali Nayed, a senior adviser at the Cambridge Inter-faith Programme at Cambridge University, told the BBC that the document should be seen as a landmark.
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It is very clear that Christianity and Islam do not mingle, in fact they are mutually exclusive. If a belief is defined by its holy book, then true Islam and true Christianity can never claim to be the same. But then again, the Vatican does not represent the Christianity of the Bible, although they claim sole position as the Christian church. The truth of the matter is made clear once again by just reading what the Bible actually says in comparison to the fruits of the Vatican. I have nothing against Catholics, but if you profess faith in Yeshua, you must also be obedient. If practices of a "church" go against the Bible, God's Word, and if we love Yeshua then we obey Him, John 14:15-21, then it follows that what we are clinging to is not really Christianity because our foundation is the Word of God, not the word of men. I urge everyone to read the Bible for themselves and see how we are supposed to act if we are really Christians. That is the foundation, not tradition. This I say in love because there is Truth, let us align ourselves with Truth, wherever that leads us.

Bible prophecy on Trial Lighthouse Trails Research Project (September 27, 2007) - Because there is a growing connection between those who promote contemplative spirituality (i.e., mysticism) and those who reject the study of Bible prophecy regarding the second coming of Jesus Christ, the following information and documentation is crucial in understanding the nature of both the spiritual formation (contemplative) movement and the emerging church movement. In Faith Undone, Roger Oakland states that Bible prophecy is on trial. He explains:

"Many who were once looking for the return of Jesus have fallen asleep. We now live in a period of time where numerous prominent Christian leaders are telling the Christian masses that paying attention to the signs of our times in light of the Bible is a waste of time. And many of them take it a step further and accuse those who believe what Bible prophecy says about the end of the age of being negative and self-centered.

"In the Purpose Driven Life, Warren was actually laying ground work for the emerging church's new reformation, a reformation that rejects thinking about the return of Christ and works more at convincing the multitudes that Christ is already in them as a global christ-consciousness. As you will see in the following documentation, Warren has a low regard for Bible prophecy. Perhaps this helps explain why so many who once were anticipating the return of the Lord have become occupied with worldly ambitions. Warren writes:

When the disciples wanted to talk about prophecy, Jesus quickly switched the conversation to evangelism. He wanted them to concentrate on their mission in the world. He said in essence, "The details of my return are none of your business. What is your business is the mission I have given you. Focus on that!"
"I find it simply astounding that a statement of this sort would be in a New York Times best-seller in the present-day Christian book market. Jesus was telling the disciples they could not know the day or the hour, but nowhere does Jesus ever indicate that "the details of my return are none of your business." Rather than quickly changing the subject, we find in Matthew 24 and Luke 21 two of the longest passages in Scripture quoting Jesus' own words, and what's more, where He details the signs of His coming. In essence, Jesus was saying, because you cannot know the day and hour of my return, you need to educate yourself in Bible prophecy and take heed of my words about the end times. Later on, one of those disciples, John, was given an entire book to write on the details of Jesus' coming. Jesus continually said to be alert and ready for when He returns. In both parables and straightforward talk, he spoke of this. In Luke 12:35-40, Jesus emphasized that it is essential to be prepared for His return:
Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately. Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching:... And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through. Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.
"And Jesus frequently referred to the Old Testament prophecies. Those prophecies became the evidence that Jesus Christ was indeed whom He said He was--"Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace" (Isaiah 9:6). "But Warren tells readers to think about something other than Bible prophecy: "If you want Jesus to come back sooner, focus on fulfilling your mission, not figuring out prophecy." "Warren ends this section of his book by stating that Satan would have you "sidetracked from your mission" and by quoting Jesus out of context, saying, "Anyone who lets himself be distracted [by studying Bible prophecy] from the work I plan for him is not fit for the kingdom of God" (Living Bible). But Jesus was not referring to His return when He made that statement, which in the King James Version says: "No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God" (Luke 9:62). The Purpose Driven kingdom of God leaves no room for Bible prophecy, and in fact, condemns those who study it. The apostle Peter, inspired by the Holy Spirit, had a different view. He writes:

We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts. (II Peter 1:19)

"Christians are called to witness and be watchmen. No Scripture exists that tells us to ignore the events that have been pointed out as signposts indicating the return of Jesus. If we do, we might be like the foolish virgins who fell asleep waiting for the bridegroom (Matthew 25:1-13). "In light of Warren's end-time views, what does he think of the emerging church? This statement he made in the foreword of Dan Kimball's book answers that question. He notes:

Today seekers are hungry for symbols and metaphors and experiences and stories that reveal the greatness of God. Because seekers are constantly changing, we must be sensitive to them like Jesus was; we must be willing to meet them on their own turf and speak to them in ways they understand.

"Rick Warren is enthusiastic about the emerging church because he believes it is the church of the future. And ... the emerging church is equally fond of Warren's view of Bible prophecy, or the omission thereof, and of his plan to usher in the kingdom of God." (for references, see Faith Undone, Roger Oakland, 2007, pp. 154-157) more...
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Need of the Hour Fulfilled Prophecy (September 27, 2007) - You know the old saying, "The devil is in the details"? It couldn't be more true of the United Nations gathering taking place right now. For two weeks each year, world leaders swoop on the U.N. headquarters in New York, where they're given a platform to address their concerns. Media has aired sound bytes from their speeches -- mostly juicy ones about Iran's president -- yet much of the real news is happening on the sidelines, out of the spotlight. Yesterday, for example, the Alliance of Civilizations Group of Friends held its second ministerial meeting, attended by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and U.N. General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim. The presence of the U.N's top two leaders shows that this meeting was not viewed by them as peripheral. Quite the contrary, in his remarks to the Group of Friends, Ban called the AoC's task of healing the divide between Muslim and Western societies "the need of the hour." Ban went on to say that the AoC "can help reinforce the work of the United Nations system." For those who don't know what the AoC is -- let's just say it's "the U.N. meets religion." The U.N. realized it can't achieve world peace without getting religious people onboard -- those who are the source of so much conflict. So, in 2005, it launched this initiative -- co-sponsored by the prime ministers of Spain and Turkey -- which "hopes to contribute to a coalescing global movement" against religious extremism, according to its Web site. Unfortunately for Christians, it labels as "extremists" all those who claim sole ownership to the truth -- not just terrorists. (Learn how it may play into the end-times false religious system in league with the Antichrist.) During his speech yesterday, Sampaio enlisted the help of the Group of Friends -- made up of representatives from governments and multilateral organizations -- in fulfilling his vision for the AoC, as outlined in the "Implementation Plan 2007-2009." But, first, Sampaio pointed out how many nations have joined the Group of Friends since late April, from about 40 to over 70. See the list here. This means the AoC now has weight to throw around. Or, in Sampaio's words, "our ever-enlargening Group of Friends has now reached the critical mass of participation." Read his speech here. He said it's time to turn the AoC's momentum into concrete action in the form of commitments from governments. He urged the Group of Friends to go back to their countries and seek suggestions for projects and policies that can be implemented nationally, regionally and locally -- targeting the AoC's four areas of focus: education, youth, migration and media. According to the Implementation Plan, such projects should include programs to train journalists, major-motion films, AoC youth groups, advertisements at cultural and sporting events, and new curriculum on religion for schoolchildren. As Sampaio said yesterday, the AoC is much more than conferences and lectures: It "needs to be integrated in the domestic agendas of the countries, in the international agenda and indeed in all aspects of the work of the United Nations." In other words, the AoC is planning some big stuff. If the Implementation Plan is, indeed, implemented, then schools around the world may soon be required to use AoC-approved curriculum. Yes, even religious schools (don't believe me, read the Implementation Plan). Do you want your kids being taught that all religions are equally valid -- that Jesus was wrong and he isn't the only way? Of course, this excludes, for now, the United States, which hasn't yet joined the Group of Friends. But, oh, the difference one election can make! The participating government's suggestions will be presented at the AoC's first annual forum, Jan. 15-16, in Madrid Spain. Sampaio urged them to view this event as a golden opportunity for the AoC to go public. You think Hollywood's got a liberal agenda, wait until film directors catch the AoC vision. And don't forget the very real possibility of Super Bowls sponsored by the Alliance of Civilizations. The good thing is then the media will have to report on it.
EU/UN / 4th KingdomRCCNewWorldOrder | America | Apostasy |

Holy See's speech addresses a 'serene dialogue of civilizations'

The Rise of Atheist America WorldNet Daily (September 7, 2007) - The signs are everywhere. Many of America's top-selling books right now are angry, in-your-face, atheist manifestos. Judges try to outdo each other in banning references to God like the Ten Commandments and the "Under God" phrase in the Pledge of Allegiance. And nearly half of Americans, according to a recent Gallup poll, would be willing to vote for an atheist for president of the United States of America – a nation founded by devout Christians. In its groundbreaking September edition, titled "THE RISE OF ATHEIST AMERICA," WND's monthly Whistleblower magazine provides a powerfully eye-opening analysis of what's really behind the current atheist phenomenon. "This is atheism's moment," brags David Steinberger, CEO of Perseus Books, celebrating the tremendous success of anti-God bestsellers like "God is Not Great: Why Religion Poisons Everything" by journalist Christopher Hitchens and "The God Delusion" by Oxford evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins. "Mr. Hitchens has written the category killer," he says, "and we're excited about having the next book." That's right – this fall the publishing world will further cash in on the anti-God juggernaut with the release of "The Pocket Atheist," featuring the writings of famous atheists, edited by Hitchens. In earlier eras, atheists were on the fringes of society, mistrusted by the mainstream. Those few who dared to publicly push their beliefs on society, like Madalyn Murray O'Hair, were widely regarded as malevolent kooks. But today, Hitchens' No. 1 New York Times bestseller, which has dominated the nonfiction charts for months, boldly condemns religion – including Christianity – as "violent, irrational, intolerant, allied to racism, tribalism, and bigotry, invested in ignorance and hostile to free inquiry, contemptuous of women and coercive toward children." Indeed, arrogant denial of God and condemnation of religious people characterize today's popular atheist books, which besides Hitchens' and Dawkins' bestsellers include "Letter to a Christian Nation" by Sam Harris, sequel to his earlier bestseller "The End of Faith," as well as "God: The Failed Hypothesis: How Science Shows That God Does Not Exist" by Victor J. Stenger, "Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon" by Daniel C. Dennett, "Atheist Universe: The Thinking Person's Answer to Christian Fundamentalism" by David Mills and others. more...
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Adult psychiatric drug OK'd for kids Associated Press (August 22, 2007) - The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved a widely used adult psychiatric drug for the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in children and adolescents. The action permits use of Risperdal for schizophrenia in youths aged 13 to 17 and for bipolar disorder in those aged 10 to 17, FDA said. It was approved last fall for treatment of irritability in autism. Risperdal, manufactured by Janssen, L.P. of Titusville, N.J., is the No. 3 anti-psychotic drug, with $2.3 billion in sales in 2005, according to the pharmaceutical data company IMS Health. Janssen is a unit of Johnson & Johnson. Risperdal was approved for use in adults in 1993. Until now, FDA said, there has been no approved drug for the treatment of schizophrenia in youths and only lithium is approved for the treatment of bipolar disorder in adolescents. The dose approved for youths is slightly lower than the adult dose, FDA said. Drowsiness, fatigue, increase in appetite, anxiety, nausea, dizziness, dry mouth, tremor, and rash were among the most common side effects reported, the agency said. more...
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I bring you this story to point out something important that most Christians do not know or realize. The understanding of this begins to reveal how the pharmaceutical companies are assisting in the fall of America and the world. Many may not realize it, but through the attempts to adjust body chemistry through foreign drugs put into the system, we only cover up what is there to tell us something. And beyond that, it affects our minds and attitudes assisting in the lulling to complacency. The same works for vaccinations too, trust God for protection from disease and remain in Christ. Have you seen how vaccinations are produced? Do you really want to put that in your temple? 

Galatians 5:19-21
Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

That's pretty serious, but what does it have to do with the drug companies of today? Did you know that the word "witchcraft" used above is actually the Greek word pharmakeia G5331? It means, "the use or the administering of drugs, poisoning, sorcery, magical arts, often found in connection with idolatry and fostered by it." In researching the problems of today, much of it stems from the widespread use of drugs made by pharmaceutical companies who make billions of dollars selling these drugs, many of which are abused to dull the senses and mind. AP: Pain medicine use has nearly doubled This works perfectly with the New World Order, who want an ignorant population so they can go about their business of creating the global governance for their future leader of the world. Minn. law sheds light on drug companies This story is a perfect example, "A groundbreaking Minnesota law is shining a rare light into the big money that drug companies spend on members of state advisory panels who help select which drugs are used in Medicaid programs for the poor and disabled." This plague is working on children as well as adults as the parents who are ignorant to reality are feeding their children drugs that are probably the cause of much of the problems that stem from negative spiritual influences manifesting in the body. In researching the New Testament and the healing miracles that Yeshua did, much of the psychological diseases people had were resolved by the casting out of demons. But man has his own methods of "solving problems" medically. That's the main thrust of psychology today. If something's out of whack, drug up. That didn't work? Try this. And we tend to put our faith in man before turning to God. That's what I did for most of my life. I trusted the establishment because I figured they were working for the best interest of man. But the sooner that deceptive veil is lifted from your eyes, however difficult it may be to deal with, the better off you will be. Trust only in God. He alone has your best interest in mind and He can heal all illness. Maybe you have demonic influence from your past experiences that is still clinging to you and affecting you. Cry out to Yeshua, He is able and willing to save those who love and obey Him. I recommend reading Thought: Voice of the Spirit Realm to better begin to understand the spiritual battles we fight. Often we don't understand how things work so we have no idea how to approach things. I pray it helps. For more information about vaccine history and how that possibly plays into the future plans of the New World Order, watch Avian Flu: Killer of Millions? by Dr. Scott Johnson. You can listen to clips of it at the Prophecy Club podcast.

Roman Catholic Bishop Wants Everyone to Call God 'Allah' Fox News (August 16, 2007) - A proposal by a Roman Catholic bishop in the Netherlands that people of all faiths refer to God as "Allah" is not sitting well with the Catholic community. Tiny Muskens, an outgoing bishop who is retiring in a few weeks from the southern diocese of Breda, said God doesn't care what he is called. "Allah is a very beautiful word for God. Shouldn't we all say that from now on we will name God Allah? ... What does God care what we call him? It is our problem," Muskens told Dutch television. "I'm sure his intentions are good but his theology needs a little fine-tuning," said Father Jonathan Morris, a Roman Catholic priest based in Rome. Morris, a news analyst for FOX News Channel, also called the idea impractical. "Words and names mean things," Morris said. "Referring to God as Allah means something." Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Washington, D.C.-based Islamic civil liberties and advocacy group, backs the idea as a way to help interfaith understanding. "It reinforces the fact that Muslims, Christians and Jews all worship the same God," Hooper told "I don't think the name is as important as the belief in God and following God's moral principles. I think that's true for all faiths." Christians who are Arabic speakers speak of Allah when they speak of God, Hooper added. "There's not a theological leap to make on the part of Christians," Hooper said. The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago supports the idea. “I think it will open up doors,” said Janaan Hashim, a spokeswoman for the group representing more than 400,000 Muslim Americans in the Chicago area. “Language is a man-made limitation. I think what God cares about is how we fulfill our purpose in life.” The nation’s largest Catholic civil rights group says Catholics won't get behind the proposal. “Bishop Martinus “Tiny” Muskens can pray to “Allah” all he wants, but only addlepated Catholics will follow his lead,” Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, said in a statement. “It is not a good sign when members of the Catholic hierarchy indulge in a fawning exchange with Muslims, or those of any other religion.” more...
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'Conversion Code' Fulfilled Prophecy (August 8, 2007) - The World of Council of Churches and the Vatican have teamed up to create a code of conduct for Christians who seek to win converts from other religions and faiths. About 30 Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant theologians will attend a meeting in Toulouse, France -- today through Friday -- to draft a "rule-book." Read the WCC's press release here. The WCC said proselytizing is a "cause of friction and conflict between religions and among different branches of individual faiths." The reason for the Vatican's participation in the meeting becomes clear in this Washington Post article, which reports that evangelicals and Pentecostals -- "two strongly proselytizing sects" -- have won many converts from Catholicism in Latin America, Africa and Asia. So, the Roman Catholic Church is losing people to Protestantism. And it's found a way to stop this -- by getting evangelicals and Pentecostals to agree to a set of rules that, no doubt, will include a rule against sharing the gospel. This is the second meeting in the three-year study project -- and the first one attended by evangelical and Pentecostal representatives. The first meeting -- held in May 2006 -- concluded that the "obsession of converting others" needs to be cured. Read the full report here. The rule-book is scheduled to be completed by 2010. And if you've been following the news reported on FP, then you know that's just in time for the war against the saints to be launched -- if we're, indeed, in Daniel's 70th week. Coincidence? Staying tuned! | Apostasy |

Family Feud Fulfilled Prophecy (August 8, 2007) - An old friend called me two days ago. He's in a pickle. The problem he and his family are facing is, ashamedly, not rare: their church is on the brink of splitting. What do you do when you've invested years into relationships and ministry? Do you stick it out or do you cut loose and start anew? In this particular case, the rift that has opened up in my friend's non-denominational church is between two specific groups. To use common labels, one group is conservative and one group is charismatic. My friend, who is one of the church elders, comes from the conservative end of the spectrum. He's become concerned because in the leadership prayer meetings a growing number of the church leaders are relying less upon God's written Word and more upon spontaneous prophetic utterances and visions--all allegedly from the Holy Spirit--to shape the direction of the church. While some of the spoken prophecies seemed harmless, "God is going to bless our church," others seemed downright ludicrous to my friend, "I'm seeing a picture of a sofa--therefore, God is telling us to stay where we are and not do anything." One prophecy particularly disturbed him. During one of the meetings, someone brought the prophetic word that "Many great signs and wonders will be done here (at this church) and they will divide the church." If you were my friend, what would you do? My friend and I turned to the Bible and, at one point, came to 1 Thessalonians 5:19-22: "Do not put out the Spirit's fire; do not treat prophecies with contempt. Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil." In short: Paul's answer was not to place an outright ban on the prophetic in the Thessalonian church, but rather to have the church sort through what was spoken. The good stuff was to be kept, the bad stuff was to be thrown out. Was my friend's church testing the words that came out? No. But how the heck do you do something like that? You line things up with Scripture. Consider when the church in Berea had the apostle Paul teaching on their doorstep. They checked him out by Scripture to make sure his teaching was the real deal: "The Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians for . . .they . . . examined the scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true" (Acts 17:11). The Berean church was commended for testing his teaching. Beware of any teacher/leader or church who takes Psalm 105:15 out of context. The verse reads, "Do not touch my anointed ones; do my prophets no harm." This verse, in context, is speaking of God's protection over the Jewish people in the time of the Patriarchs. It's not a carte blanche for a leader to be held above the authority of Scripture. The apostle Paul himself was held under the authority of Scripture--and those little, nameless, "insignificant" Bereans were commended for double-checking to make sure his facts lined up. How does that last prophetic utterance at my friend's church (about the signs/miracles and impending church split) line up with Scripture? It doesn't pass the test. Here's why: the problem with that prophecy is not that it predicts signs and wonders (God can do signs and wonders whenever He chooses to), but that God would be sending signs and wonders to separate believers. (I'm working under the dual assumption that (1) God is allegedly the agent of the signs and miracles that will be done, and (2) that the division to be caused is within the church between believers--not between the saved and the unsaved.) Why would the Holy Spirit deliberately work in marvelous ways to divide brothers? In the Bible, there are places where signs separate people. When Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, that miracle divided the people. Many people put their faith in Jesus (John 11:45). Others plotted to murder Him (John 11:53). But the signs from God separated believers from unbelievers--not "Class-A Super Christians" from "Class-B Lesser Christians." There is only one body of Christ (Ephesians 4:4). You're either in or out. Is unity in the body of Christ important to God? Yes. In Jesus' prayer for the believers just prior to his crucifixion, He prays "May they (all future believers, per verse 20) be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you love me" (John 17:23). Unity is a bit more important to God than I'm comfortable with. If I were faced with my friend's situation, I'd rather just cut and run. But if unity is so important, how do we as a church get there? How does my friend work for unity in the very tangible situation in which he and his family stand? One wrong way to achieve unity is the "Burn, Baby, Burn!" approach. In this method, you come up with such a strict and overly precise statement of faith that it goes down even to the point of taking a position on whether dipping a corn dog in mustard is to be preferred over dipping it in ketchup. You'll get unity, but the problem is that no one will be left in your church to be unified with. There are a lot of minor issues of belief we are free to disagree on. "Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters" (Romans 14:1). "Burn, Baby, Burn!" excludes true believers in Christ. A second wrong way to achieve unity is the "Love Bomb" approach (a.k.a. The Lowest Common Denominator approach).  In this method, you give up any attempt of discernment. This will bring in harmful teachings and perhaps even allow unbelievers in the position of leading God's people. There is a dividing line between true and false doctrine. Some doctrines are so essential to our faith that we cannot abandon them, like salvation by grace alone or the authority of the Bible. There is a difference between biblical Christianity and the other world religions. Islam is not the same religion as Christianity. Mormonism is not the same religion. We need to discern the fruit of our leaders' lives (Matthew 7:15-20), and we need to test the spirits (1 John 4:1; 1 Corinthians 12:10). May God praise our generation like the church in Ephesus and say, "I know you cannot tolerate wicked men, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false" (Revelation 2:2). (Sidenote: It's true that Jesus says in Matthew 7:1, "Do not judge, or you too will be judged." Jesus is not saying to throw away all discernment, though. In the same chapter, he tells us to discern false prophets by their fruit (v. 15-20). He is not saying to avoid correcting a brother or sister in Christ because, in verse 5, we see that Jesus does expect us to correct our brothers and sisters, after we have examined ourselves. I believe that what Jesus means in 7:1 (considering the context) is to not be hypocritical or look down on your brothers when you see something wrong in their walk. Romans 14 is a great lens to make sense of what Jesus is talking about in Matthew 7:1.) So what's the answer? How do we achieve unity in the church? Paul gives the answer in Ephesians chapter 4. In short: recognize the unity in the body of Christ (verses 1-6), recognize that everyone has a different part to play (verses 7-13) and then "Speak the truth in love" (verse 15). In the context, speaking the truth means to hold on to biblical teaching (consider verse 14). Love means to do it in a kind and patient manner. We get church unity by lovingly correcting each other. That can be a hard row to hoe. It's a lot easier to run and start over. Some of us need to be more loving in how we deal with our Christian brothers and sisters. Some of us need to open up more to allowing our beliefs to be scrutinized by what the Bible actually says. We all need to be worked on, and we all have our role to play in helping our brothers and sisters. I don't know what my friend is going to do in his situation, but I hope he doesn't give up on the people of God. He's a godly man who knows the Bible well--they need what he's got. Though it will, no doubt, be hard to bring in loving correction, Christ's church is worth it.
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Christian Zionist Leader Denounces Evangelicals' Pro-Palestinian Letter The Christian Post (August 7, 2007) - A Christian Zionist leader has denounced the recent letter by some of America’s leading evangelicals voicing support for a Palestinian state, criticizing the signers for their “appalling ignorance.” Dr. Jim Hutchens, president of the Jerusalem Connection and the Washington-area director for Christian United for Israel, acknowledged the “deep chasm” growing among evangelicals regarding Israel. He contends, however, that the modern state of Israel is part of the fulfillment of God’s covenant of a homeland for the Jewish people. Evangelicals supporting a Palestinian state have an “appalling ignorance of both secular and biblical history,” said Hutchens, according to OneNewsNow. The Zionist leader noted that there has never been a sovereign state of “Palestine.” In July, 34 prominent evangelical leaders signed a letter voicing support for President Bush’s Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts, emphasizing their support for a two-state solution. The leaders also said they wanted to repair the “serious misconception” that all American evangelicals are against the two-state solution and the creation of a new Palestinian state. “Historical honesty compels us to recognize that both Israelis and Palestinians have legitimate rights stretching back for millennia to the lands of Israel/Palestine,” states the letter dated July 27 and published in the New York Times. Signers included Richard Mouw, president of Fuller Theological Seminary; David Neff, editor of Christianity Today; Richard Stearns, president of World Vision; Tony Campolo, president/founder of Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education; Stephen Hayner, former president InterVarsity Christian Fellowship; and Joel Hunter, senior pastor of Northland Church in Longwood, Fla., and member of the executive committee of the National Association of Evangelicals. Hutchens, however, disagrees and points to the Replacement Theory as the theological explanation for evangelical support of a Palestinian state. “I would suggest that the basic theological underpinning of this is super-cessionism,” he said, according to OneNewsNow, “and that is to say that the church is the new Israel, that Christians have replaced Jews as the covenant people of God … [and that] the covenants that God made with Israel and the Jews are now null and void because they have not accepted Jesus as the Messiah.” Yet Hutchens believes that the covenant between God and Israel still holds. He proposes as solution to the Israel-Palestinian problem that Israel annex the West Bank and Gaza and for the Israeli military to uproot terrorists in the region. The debate on Israel and Christian support for the biblical land has stirred tension among evangelicals – arguably the world’s most vocal supporters of the state; evangelicals make up 1/3 of American tourists that visit Israel, second only to American Jews. Among the critics are those against the “blind support” that some Christians give to Israel despite the fact that the Knesset – Israel’s legislative body – bans evangelism in the country and has proposed punishment including imprisonment and heavy fines for guilty parties. Megachurch pastor Joel Hunter, one of the signers supporting a Palestinian state, noted: “There is a part of the evangelical family which is what I call Christian Zionists, who are just so staunchly pro-Israel that Israel and their side can do no wrong, and it’s almost anti-biblical to criticize Israel for anything,” he said, according to the New York Times. “But there are many more evangelicals who are really open and seek justice for both parties.” more...
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It seems to me the blindness is on the side of those who have no clue what is happening in the world according to Bible prophecy. Peace sounds great, who doesn't want it? The peace that is coming will only arrive once Yeshua does.

Hebrews 5:11-14
Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing. For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

The difference between the milk and meat is discernment of both good and evil.

Ephesians 5:11-21
And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

Understanding the will of the Lord is paramount in determining our direction because His goals are our goals. The end He wrote about is the end we will experience. We can develop all kinds of our own plans, but His will always win out and are motivated by love. Sometimes the motives of men is selfish and absolute power corrupts absolutely. So let us guard our minds with the Word of God in all things, clinging to Truth and rejecting the lies and deceptions. God gave us His Book to guide us and light our path for us. Understanding the end helps determine direction for the present.

Blinding Teachings Fulfilled Prophecy (August 6, 2007) - Many amazing end-times prophecies appear to have been fulfilled in the past 15 years -- though a large segment of the church is oblivious. Lined up, they indicate that we may have entered Daniel's 70th week -- the final seven years of world history. I'm glad that -- among those who've been watching -- the news has gotten out. But my heart is burdened for other Christians who haven't been watching -- and may not be ready for the tribulation or their Lord's return. Many of them have attended evangelical churches or seminaries that have taught them one of two things -- (1) that the end-times events will happen one day, but it's not credible to focus on them, or (2) that there are no prophesied events to look for because they all took place in the first century. Neither teaching can be supported biblically, but they've successfully inoculated many Christians against recognizing the end times. We, at FP, need to help show these Christians that focusing on the end times is biblical and wise. This is my first post in a series that will address "Blinding Teachings." Of course, many students of prophecy already know the flaws in these teachings. But there are also many who aren't sure what these teachings are and how to respond to them. Blinding Teaching No. 1: Kingdom Now Theology If you've ever heard a Christian teacher talk about "taking back our cities for Christ" or "claiming the nations for God," then you've probably encountered a teaching known as "Kingdom Now" or "dominionism." I'm not talking about the spread of the gospel, resulting in the saving of souls. I'm talking about Christians who believe they're supposed to subdue and rule the nations before Christ's return. Read an in-depth overview of Kingdom Now theology here. Kingdom Now/dominionism is a core teaching of the "apostolic-prophetic movement" (a.k.a "New Apostolic Reformation") -- a fast-growing movement in charismatic churches. It teaches that all Christians must submit to "apostles" and "prophets" who have great authority and divine revelation to establish God's kingdom on earth. Of course, not all people in this movement view it the same way. But this is how it's viewed by many of the movement's leaders, like C. Peter Wagner. On my blog and in articles I've written for the Christian Research Journal, I've focused on the dangers of the movement's new doctrinal revelation and unquestioned authority. But the movement's Kingdom Now teachings are also harmful -- promoting an unbiblical view of the end times. Yet, many Christians have been influenced by Kingdom Now theology without knowing it. I believe many charismatics would be shocked to learn that its teachings on the end times differ radically from what charismatics have, historically, believed.  They've, historically, believed a view called "premillennialism" -- that the Bible prophesies a global rebellion against God that Christ will stop when He returns to earth to set up a 1,000-year (millennial) reign from Israel. During this time, He also will fulfill all God's other covenant promises to Israel. This explains why charismatics have, generally, been among the strongest supporters of the nation of Israel. "Kingdom Now" theology, on the other hand, is "postmillennial" -- meaning that the church will Christianize the world and bring in the Kingdom Age (millennium) before Christ returns. To defend this view, prophecies like the world's acceptance of the Antichrist must be spiritualized or said to have taken place in the first century. God's promises to Israel are often seen as having been transferred to the church. This view, called "replacement theology," is abhorrent to many charismatics. Yet, new apostolic leaders say Kingdom Now teachings are crucial to the movement's success. C. Peter Wagner, for example, is one of movement's most influential leaders. He coined the term "New Apostolic Reformation" and founded the International Coalition of Apostles, a group of about 450 "apostles" of which he is the "presiding apostle." In his book Changing Church (Regal Books, 2004), Wagner says that the premillennial view of the end times -- which sees the world as growing more wicked before Christ returns -- is being rejected by leaders in the New Apostolic Reformation. He says: "What seems to be much more compatible with the goal of expanding the kingdom of God through the transformation of society is a point of view called dominion theology, or Kingdom Now theology ... This theology helps point the way toward what the Spirit is currently saying to the churches" (pages 94, 96) And in his book Churchquake (Regal Books, 1999), Wagner calls the movement's view of the end times a "nonnegotiable value" (chapter three). Not all new apostolic leaders are as direct as Wagner. They know if they reveal what they really believe about the end times, they would turn off many of their followers. But mention of the Revelation prophecies are noticeably absent from their books, sermons and other teaching materials. This absence is especially curious given that they claim to be about the "prophetic." When they do talk about end-times prophecies, they select ones they think support their belief that "apostles" and "prophets" will turn the world to righteousness -- like those they think point to a great end-times revival. But they generally ignore the many prophecies about the Antichrist, False Prophet, persecution of Christians, apostasy of the church -- and any other ones that show the world will become more wicked. I will save a biblical examination of Kingdom Now/dominionist teachings for future posts. But, for now, I just want to point out its incompatibility with the things being reported on FP. If premillennialism is correct, then most of the world will reject God's Son and make war against His people and nation, Israel -- and current news in Europe and the Middle East (about a Revived Roman Empire and a "covenant with many" that includes Israel) becomes significant. But if Kingdom Now teachings are correct, then most of world will receive Christ and embrace His people -- and news in Europe and the Middle East has little, if any, prophetic significance.

The Great Apostasy Unsealed Prophecy (August 5, 2007) - In the early days of TBN, the idea of an immanent harpazo set the tone of TBN eschatology (the study of last things). In fact, Paul and Jan Crouch would get excited any time world events signaled a warning that trouble was escalating in the Holy Land. They would bring on their regular end-times experts. Besides Hal Lindsey, there was Doug Clark, Charles Taylor, Dr. Steuart McBirnie, Chuck Smith and a host of other experts who would analyze current events to see where we were on the Armageddon clock. It was always about one minute to midnight, according to their estimates. One particularly interesting Praise the Lord program featured Lindsey, Clark, and McBirnie hashing it out over whether the harpazo would take place ‘pre,’ ‘mid,’ or ‘post’ Tribulation. It was a friendly discussion, yet Crouch always took the pre-trib position with his friend, Lindsey. Up until around 1988, just about every Praise-a-Thon focused on the immanent harpazo of the Church as an incentive for people to call and get in on the final gathering of souls before it was too late. “I have asked you this question a hundred times or more,” Crouch wrote to his supporters in his January, 1987 newsletter. “WILL YOU GO WITH JAN AND ME another mile? Will you hold our hands up another year? This could be the final one you know. This could be our ‘ Battle of the Bulge!’” In fact, the following year, 1988, Crouch was so confident that Jesus would return during the coming Feast of Trumpets or Rosh Hashanah, that TBN altered their regular programming during that Jewish feast on September 11-13, 1988, and played re-runs of prerecorded shows that focused on the harpazo. “But to Christians curious about Bible prophecy, ” wrote William Alnor in his book, Soothsayers of the Second Advent, “It was also the target date on which Edgar C. Whisenant, a former NASA engineer, told the world that Christ would harpazo the church into heaven.” Whisenant’s book, “88 Reasons Why the harpazo Could Be in 1988,” had made an impression on the Crouches, which could also have contributed to Jan Crouch’s subsequent disenchantment with the pre-trib harpazo position. Although Paul Crouch always held onto his belief in the soon return of Jesus, his wife, Jan, appeared to be going in a post-millennial direction. In the early 1990s she began what looked like a boycott of programs that focused on the traditional end times views. Yet, when scandalized Pastor Earl Paulk and other anti-harpazo guests would show up, Jan would be there and share their enthusiasm. Any time the subject of “Kingdom Now” doctrine would arise Jan would show her excitement about that view that Jesus would not return until the church has ruled over the earth for a thousand years. On the other hand, Paul Crouch began expressing what is known as the “latter rain” or “manifest sons of God” doctrine that says that before Jesus returns, there would be a second Pentecost that would result in a final great revival that would herald the Lord’s soon return. The Crouch home seemed divided oh the subject of Bible prophecy. Since Paul Crouch claims that TBN fulfills Bible prophecy and is God’s end times tool to finish His Great Commission, it becomes imperative to examine his claims in obedience to Scripture. And that is the main objective of this book — examine TBN’s fruit, doctrine, and claims to see if they line up with the sure foundation of the historic Christian faith as revealed in God’s Word, the Bible. The Word of God is our only anchor and sure foundation in a time when spiritual fads blow in and out at such a rapid clip as we see today. Bible teacher John MacArthur put it well: “First Thessalonians 5:21-22 teaches that it is the responsibility of every Christian to be discerning: ‘But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil.’ The apostle John issues a similar warning when he says, ‘Do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world’ (1 John 4:1). According to the New Testament, discernment is not optional for the believer — it is required.” For the sake of discussion, we are going to limit ourselves to the two most popular views of what the church should look like just before the return of Christ. Is she a scattered remnant of true believers or a united army of victorious warriors? The letters to the churches addressed by Jesus in the book of Revelation best describes the visible church at the end of the age. Theologians have long pointed out that the seven churches not only reveal the churches that existed at the end of the first century when the apostle John wrote the book, but that they are a prophetic glimpse of church history from beginning to end. Listed there are two faithful churches, the persecuted church at Smyrna and the church of Philadelphia that will be kept from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. Jesus has a rebuke for four of the other churches that have a few faithful ones within, but as a whole these four churches hold false doctrines. Yet Jesus still counts them as the visible church as they name the name of Christ. The last of the seven is the one that has no redeemable value and is a peek at the last church age that names the name of Christ. For this “church” Jesus has nothing good to say. That is the church of Laodicea. more...
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There is a subtle line drawn for the "kingdom now" position. On one hand the Bible says to spread the Gospel to all the world. At the same time, it says in the end there will be a great falling away from God. Our understanding should come from the Word of God, not man. There may be a revival in the bride of Christ, an awakening to Yeshua's nearness, but according to Matthew 25:1-13, half of those waiting for the bridegroom are shut out. That is just those who call themselves Christians. Of the entire earth, they are a minority in the end according to the Bible. This fits with Matthew 7:12-20, "...Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it...". My issue coming from some of the teachings of this group is that they show a lack of understanding of Bible prophecy on much deeper levels than this. Not that I'm a great expert, but I've posted all my scriptural reasons for my beliefs within this website to show with the Bible what the Bible says and welcome any correction. In many cases, there seems to be one part of scripture that is focused on too much, giving a myopic viewpoint. Isaiah 28:9-14 says that precept must be upon precept, line upon line, here a little there a little. I asked the Holy Spirit to show me God's plans, not mans' and not my own vain desires. As I've been studying prophecy, I remember scriptures (I believe through the Holy Spirit, John 14:26, because my memory is bad), look them up, and assemble them here. What I'm discovering from the Word of God says something that many are missing because they are tripping on the stumblingblocks made by interspersing Bible prophecy throughout scripture, here a little and there a little. One point is seen, but it is taken alone without comparing it to other relevant scriptures. The scriptures the Lord is leading me to are very clear I'm finding. Bible prophecy is God's plans written before time, hidden in plain sight. We are to discern the Word of Truth understanding that in the last days there will come many who even speak in Christ's name that are not His. Even some who cast out devils in His name. Matthew 7:22 All because He didn't "know" them. We know God through a personal relationship, spending time dwelling on Him as He is dwelling upon us. We can affect those in our immediate area with our peace, love, joy, and other gifts being in a relationship and walking with God offer. We all stumble, but He is there always. And furthermore, He will not lose anyone that is His and only He knows the inward hearts of men. Trust in God regarding the salvation of the world, be a light in the darkness. But first we need the oil of the Holy Spirit, then we have the fuel needed to produce the light. God's Word, the Holy Bible, is the lamp to our feet and the light to our path. Psalm 119:105 We are the bride awaiting the coming of the bridegroom, who is Yeshua the Christ. We need to know His Word and walk His path to enter in through the door, which is Christ, when He comes to take His bride from the wicked earth before His wrath is poured out. I speak as much to myself as to you because I fail in this consistently myself. Let us stand for Him as He died for us for the sake of the lost who are without understanding of what is coming. Let us warn them in love and in confidence and faith in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

The Deadly Virus of Celebrity Christianity Charisma Online (August 3, 2007) - Just when I thought we charismatics had finally taken enough abuse from the egomaniac ministers in our midst, I’ve learned that some of our leaders are taking things to a new extreme. We’ve moved beyond the red carpets, limousines and entourages of the 1990s. A new strain of the celebrity virus is spreading in large segments of the church. One friend of mine in Texas recently inquired to see if a prominent preacher could speak at her conference. The minister’s assistant faxed back a list of requirements that had to be met in order to book a speaking engagement. The demands included: a five-figure honorarium, a $10,000 gasoline deposit for the private plane, a manicurist and hairstylist for the speaker, a suite in a five-star hotel, a luxury car from the airport to the hotel (2004 model or newer), room-temperature Perrier. This really makes me wonder how the apostle Paul, Timothy or Priscilla managed ministering to so many people in Ephesus, Corinth and Thessalonica. How did they survive without a manicurist if they broke a nail while laying hands on the sick? It gets worse, if you can believe it. At a charismatic conference in an East Coast city recently, a pastor stood on a stage in front of a large crowd and smugly announced that the guest speaker was “more than an apostle.” Then the host asked everyone to bow down to the person, claiming that this posture was necessary to release God’s power. “This is the only way you can receive this kind of anointing!” the host declared, bowing in front of the speaker. Immediately, about 80 percent of the audience fell prostrate on the floor. The few who were uncomfortable with the weird spiritual control in the room either walked out or stood in silent protest. So today, I guess it’s not enough to feed a celebrity preacher’s ego by treating them like a rock star. We also are required to worship him. more...
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Christian Apologist Says Church is Producing Atheists The Christian Post (July 31, 2007) - Churches are producing atheists by not answering the questions of young people and explaining why they believe in the Bible, said a Christian apologist who works with young adults. Anthony Horvath, who was formerly an atheist himself after years of Christian education, pointed out that renowned atheists such as Richard Dawkins were raised in the Church but have become some of the fiercest attackers of God. He further noted, “Books like Richard Dawkins’ ‘The God Delusion’ and Dan Brown’s ‘The Da Vinci Code’ do not become best sellers in a society that understands what Christianity is all about.” Horvath, who has taught religion to middle school and high school students, explained that some of the recurring questions young adults struggle with but churches often fail to address include the formation and development of the Bible, the presence of evil and suffering in the world, and the question of inspiration and inerrancy. “In large part, it happens when the church leadership is completely unaware that their members – and not necessarily just the young members – have questions at all,” explained Horvath to The Christian Post. “And [they] continue merrily along thinking that to retain the youth they just need to be entertained.” Young people question whether they should trust the Bible since it “is so old,” and are not satisfied with the simple answer that they should trust it because God wrote it. Horvath explains that though they understand that to be the Christian position, they want to know how they can be sure of that. Furthermore, the younger generation continues to wrestle with the age-old question of why, if God is good, then there is evil and suffering in the world. “The evidence – which they can see with their own eyes on TV and in the newspaper – is that God is not good,” said Horvath. “It is only a matter of time before a young person begins to encounter pain and suffering in their own lives and has to grapple with the issue personally.” He added that these youth will be less likely to trust what the Church says as they continue to be fed easy answers which do not really explain why. more...
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Evangelical Leaders Betray Israel Fulfilled Prophecy (July 30, 2007) - I have no doubt that the evangelical leaders who signed this letter in Sunday's New York Times mean well. They really believe that other evangelicals who defend Israel's right to her land are mistaken -- and dangerously so. It makes me think of another Christian leader who meant well. When Jesus told his disciples that he must suffer and be killed, Peter said, "No way, Lord. This won't happen to you." To which Jesus replied, "Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God's interests, but man's." And what are God's interest in Israel? He's chosen to reveal Himself to the world through the continued existence of this nation and her land. He gave her the land (Genesis 15:18), he warned of judgment for those who divide it (Joel 3:2), and he's promised a day when she will possess it in peace (Ezekiel 36). But man's interests are Palestinians and Israelis co-existing peacefully now, through a two-state solution -- a solution that requires Israel to give up much of her land. This is a plan that has been embraced by evangelicals from some of our largest ministries, churches and seminaries. Certainly, God is concerned about justice and the rights of the oppressed, as the letter signers point out. And he loves the Palestinians, not just the Israelis. But it's a logical leap to assume that this requires supporting the Quartet's "Road Map for Peace," or the other initiatives being pushed on Israel. Actually, loving the Palestinians would include warning them about opposing God. Their mistake reminds me of another rebuke Jesus gave, this time to Israel's religious leadership -- the Sadducees. They mistakenly believed that the dead will not be resurrected. Jesus told them, "You are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures nor the power of God" (Matthew 22:29). The evangelical letter signers are also mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures about God's end-time plans for the nation of Israel that include a time of false peace made possible by the Antichrist. In fact, many Christians today don't know Bible prophecy and so, when they speak, they don't speak according to God's interests, but man's. And they, unknowingly, end up working with the enemy.
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This is why understanding what the Bible actually says about the future, Bible prophecy, is so important. Many people claim understanding of the future, but how many of them really understand what the Bible says before opening their mouths? I know I've learned myself in the past that just a scripture here or there doesn't cover the full understanding of God's plans written for our understanding. That is why the whole council of God must be taken into account. This is beneficial for us because it requires study of all of God's Word, not just cherry-picking the verses or using someone else's template of scripture references. We must each have an intimate understanding of God's Word revealed through the Holy Spirit in you. If these leaders understood what God's Word said about the future and Israel's place in it, they would not go against God's design of Israel being in the land in the name of peace and security. But the world today is ignorant of the Satanic influences manipulating and causing this chaos. They're trying to figure out what's going on and solve it politically. In reality, all that is happening is the consolidation of global governance in the name of peace and security, removing national sovereignty and personal freedom to bring the world under the bondage of Lucifer and separated from the One True God who created and loves us. As Christians, we should all understand what is coming because God promised we wouldn't be in darkness. Darkness brings confusion, confusion brings fear and errors in judgment. Let us dispel fear of the unknown with the knowledge of it given to us by God in His Word, that is what the Watchman Bible Study is about, shining the light of the Word in the darkness to encourage and lift up the bride of Christ in these last days. We need to stick to God's Word and follow His plans, not make errors in judgment based on our own plans.

US "Evangelicals"—Divide the Land of Israel Jerusalem Newswire (July 30, 2007) - The issue of where to take a stand concerning the Land and People of Israel continues to split Christians who choose to reinterpret the scriptures through liberal and socialist lenses from those who insist that the Bible is the unchanging Word of God. In a letter published in the Sunday edition of the New York Times, 34 self-described "evangelical leaders" wrote to US President George W. Bush, urging him to forge ahead with his plan to implement a "two state solution" to the "Palestinian"-Israeli conflict. The document appears to have been drawn up in reaction to the statements of high-profile evangelicals like John Hagee who have recently asserted anew that tens of millions of American evangelicals identify themselves as Christian Zionists and oppose the globally-supported effort to establish an Arab state on the biblical heartland and national cradle of the Jewish people. Twisting both the meaning of scripture and historic fact to support their position, the signatories to the letter - who claimed to speak on behalf of "large numbers of evangelicals throughout the US" - sought to "encourage" Bush with the assertion that not "all American evangelicals are opposed to a two-state solution and creation of a new Palestinian state that includes the vast majority of the West Bank [sic]." They had written "to thank [Bush] for [his] efforts (including the major address on July 16) to reinvigorate the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations to achieve a lasting peace in the region. "We affirm your clear call for a two-state solution. We urge that your administration not grow weary in the time it has left in office to utilize the vast influence of America to demonstrate creative, consistent and determined US leadership to create a new future for Israelis and Palestinians [sic]." more...
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Lack of understanding Bible prophecy is a main issue with this I believe. For those who don't believe Israel's right to the land, they come up against the Word of God. For those who think Israel isn't part of God's plan for the end-times, it shows a deep lack of understanding of the Hebrew Bible. It is the historical record of the children of Israel through which our Messiah was born. Romans 11 explains how God has not cast them off completely. And it is our Lord Yeshua Himself who connects Israel's existence to the end-times. On the mount of Olives, the disciples asked Yeshua, "when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?" According to Yeshua, "the end" comes at the abomination of desolation. Matthew 24:14-22 That is when the great tribulation begins, which is the antichrist's 3 1/2 year reign on the earth. Daniel 7:25 It begins with the time of Jacob's trouble in Judea, which is why Christ said for those in Judea to run to the mountains at the abomination of desolation. But I digress. Christ referred to Daniel, an Old Testament prophet, regarding what time was being referred to. Daniel 9:27 places that event in the middle of the final week of years (7 years) of the prophecy given to Daniel about the future of Israel! That means that Israel is the absolute center of Yeshua coming again! Here's what the prophecy began by stating, "Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy." If the 70 weeks are for Israel and the last one has "the end" in the middle of it, that must mean Israel is significant to end-time Bible prophecy. For those who don't believe there is any future aspect to Bible prophecy, you have a big surprise coming. The Bible lays out the future, trust in God's Word and it will be a light to your path leading straight to Christ. Psalm 119:105 The church needs to wake up to God's plans so their own don't counter His Will. Those who don't believe God has a plan don't know His Word or don't take Him at His Word. And if you don't believe in the Bible, you have bigger problems coming. Certainly not from me, but God is just and without believing in Christ and obeying God's Word, we show we have no love for Him (John 14:15-21) and He respects our desires. To be separated from God is hell, beyond the wildest imaginations. Nobody is tough enough to deal with it and it's forever. I don't want anyone to get their wish to be separated from God. Eventually reality will always overcome vain imaginings. May God reveal His Word in greater detail as you get to know Him better. Get alone in your prayer closet and just speak to Him. He is worthy of our praise! 2 Timothy 4:1-4

Survey: Christians Worldwide Too Busy for God The Christian Post (July 30, 2007) - Christians worldwide are simply becoming too busy for God, a newly released five-year study revealed. In data collected from over 20,000 Christians with ages ranging from 15 to 88 across 139 countries, The Obstacles to Growth Survey found that on average, more than 4 in 10 Christians around the world say they "often" or "always" rush from task to task. Busyness proved to be the greatest challenges in Japan, the Philippines, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Mexico and Indonesia. Christians in Uganda, Nigeria, Malaysia and Kenya were least likely to rush from task to task. But even in the less-hurried cultures, about one in three Christians report that they rush from task to task. In Japan, 57 percent agreed. The busy life was found to be a distraction from God among Christians around the globe. About 6 in 10 Christians say that it's "often" or "always" true that "the busyness of life gets in the way of developing my relationship with God." Christians most likely to agree were from North America, Africa and Europe. By country, Christians in South Africa, Nigeria, Canada, Singapore, Ireland, Philippines, the United States, and the United Kingdom, are more distracted from God, respectively, than those in other countries. While across gender lines, busyness afflicts both men and women, the distraction from God was more likely to afflict men than women in every surveyed continent except North America, where 62 percent of women reported busyness interfering with their relationship with God compared to 61 percent of men. By profession, pastors were most likely to say they rush from task to task (54 percent) which adversely also gets in the way of developing their relationship with God (65 percent). "It's tragic. And ironic. The very people who could best help us escape the bondage of busyness are themselves in chains," said Dr. Michael Zigarelli, associate professor of Management at the Charleston Southern University School of Business who conducted the study. Managers, business owners, teachers and salespeople were among Christians most likely to say they rush from task to task. And professionals whose busyness interferes with developing their relationship with God include lawyers (72 percent), managers (67 percent), nurses (66 percent), pastors (65 percent), teachers (64 percent), salespeople (61 percent), business owners (61 percent), and housewives (57 percent). "The accelerated pace and activity level of the modern day distracts us from God and separates us from the abundant, joyful, victorious life He desires for us," said Zigarelli. While the study does not explain why Christians are so busy and distracted, Zigarelli described the problem among Christians as "a vicious cycle" prompted by cultural conformity. more...
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UMC ripped for partnership with Muslim Aid One News Now (July 30, 2007) - The United Methodist Church is being blasted for partnering with a Muslim group that is blatant about its mission. The United Methodist Committee on Relief, or UMCOR, recently announced a partnership with Muslim Aid, a British-based relief organization. The Muslim group is very clear about its Islamic mission -- and on its website there are numerous references to the Koran and to Allah, says Mark Tooley with the Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD). "In its materials and on its website, it talks about the need to serve Allah," he continues, "and one of its programs is to help Muslims around the world fulfill their Islamic obligations, which include an annual animal sacrifice, which Muslim Aid will assist them with." Tooley expects the denomination to spend more than the $15 million dollars already proposed on joint relief projects worldwide. "Even prior to this recently announced partnership, they had been working together in Sri Lanka in relation to tsunami victims there," the IRD spokesman observes. Tooley points out that while Muslim Aid is vocal in its beliefs, UMCOR has virtually no mention of God, Jesus Christ, or the Bible on its website. "No wonder there is such easy agreement between them," he comments. UMCOR's operating budget last year was nearly $90 million, according to Tooley. He suggests that United Methodists and others might want to "ponder" why one of its denominational agencies appears hesitant to mention Jesus Christ, but seems to have no problem affiliating with a Muslim group that freely professes its service to Allah.
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Dominionism and the rise of Christian Imperialism Discernment-Ministries Inc. (July 26, 2007) - "Conspiracy theorizing about the Christian Right’s supposedly “secret” agenda involves highlighting the hate-mongering and bizarre ideas of a handful of Christian Right players while neglecting the broad popularity of dominion theology. - Sara Diamond, “Dominion Theology: The Truth About the Christian Right’s Bid for Power,”
American churches are to a large degree defined by what they choose to rebel against. The Christian right has set itself in opposition to liberal, secular government and, as a political consequence, declared itself a buddy of big business.” - Russ Rymer, Mother Jones, Dec. 2005
The ambassador's words seemed prophetic a couple of weeks later, when a Dream for Africa draft plan found its way into Swazi newspapers, turning public opinion sharply against Mr. Wilkinson. Under the headline “British Colony or Dr Bruce Colony?” one op-ed writer in the Swazi News wrote, “Why can't he simply tell us that he wants to be given the whole country so that he can gloat to his friends overseas that he owns a modern day colony in Africa called Swaziland?” - Michael M. Phillips, “Mr. Wilkinson Hits Wall Trying To Push 'Orphan Village'”, Wall Street Journal, 12/19/05
For the past several decades the political Left has focused attention on the Christian Right’s political activism in America. Particularly, the Left has been highly critical of a select group of dominionists called Reconstructionists, whose aggressive verbiage, extreme Calvinist theologies, and religious political agendas have made it an ideal target for outrage. But, as Leftist researcher Sara Diamond has astutely observed, “the Reconstructionists’ religion of Calvinism. . . makes them unlikely to appeal to most evangelicals.”4 Indeed, few Reconstructionists would consider themselves to be evangelicals. Nevertheless, their influence has been considerable over the much larger group of patriotic evangelicals. There are two other dominionist sects within evangelicalism that have escaped in-depth scrutiny from the Left. These dominionists have been able to function virtually incognito for several reasons: 1) They have been deeply embedded within the evangelical subculture; 2) They cloaked their dominionism with new terminologies and doctrines over a period of thirty years; and 3) They figured out how to package dominionism using sophisticated mass marketing techniques. Also noteworthy: these two other dominionist camps have been operating in a dialectical fashion – while one group appealed to the TBN charismatics with all of its emotional excesses, the other group carefully managed its more intellectual public image to conform to traditional evangelical standards. This paper is a brief overview of the three main dominionist movements operating inside evangelicaldom and examines how all three of these sects are now converging around a global “kingdom” agenda. This paper is not a treatise on doctrine, nor is it an historical record, nor is it a thorough analysis of the multifarious streams of evangelical dominionism. This paper does not cover the broader issue of dominionist sects within other world religions, except for a few brief noteworthy mentions. To examine the totality of the individuals, the organizations, and their cross-linkages would require an exhaustive study which is beyond the scope of this brief synopsis. Even so, every point made in this paper could be validated by dozens, sometimes hundreds, of pieces of documentation. The inquiring reader may check out the footnotes and references. Only a small handful of Christian discernment and apologetics ministries, of which this writer is a part, have been paying attention to the intersection of the dominionist streams. The apologetic ministries fulfill a Scriptural role to examine and expose false doctrines and teachers, and to warn other believers of heresies (Jude 3, 2 Peter 2:1). Increasingly, over the past two decades, many apologists have become seduced by dominionism, blunting their ability to critically examine the roots and fruits of this rapidly rising new church era. more...
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Breakdown Britain The Washington Times (July 25, 2007) - The release of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," the final book in the series, has momentarily diverted the public's attention from certain realities: The weather, which normally depresses during winter months when there is less sunlight, has been crying unmercifully on Britain, bringing what the Daily Telegraph calls "chaos and misery" as homes are flooded, flights are canceled or delayed, and train and subway service is disrupted. A government document obtained by the media reveals Britain has nearly "run out of troops" to defend the country or fight abroad. The Conservative Party, under leader David Cameron, failed to win the first by-election since Gordon Brown assumed the premiership, coming in third. The Tories appear to have gotten the message not to mimic the Labor Party. A Tory supplement recently published in the Daily Telegraph titled "Breakdown Britain: A Guide to Our Broken Society and How to Fix It" mainly emphasizes those issues — family breakdown, economic independence, personal responsibility, education choice — the Tories had downplayed in a failed attempt to cross-dress as "compassionate conservatives." Nowhere does Britain's breakdown and loss of direction appear clearer than in the inconsistent ways the courts treat faith. A nation that has had its ups and down with religion throughout its long history — and is now challenged over how to accommodate its growing Muslim population — appears openly hostile to anything that resembles Christianity and the dwindling number of churchgoers who still practice that faith. Three recent legal cases highlight the British establishment's growing anti-Christian animosity and spiritual confusion. An employment tribunal ruled that a Church of England bishop, the Right Rev. Anthony Priddis, discriminated against a homosexual man who applied for a position as a youth worker when Bishop Priddis questioned him about his sexual practices and a previous same-sex relationship. The bishop said he asked the man about his lifestyle because it "has the potential to impact on the spiritual, moral and ethical leadership within the diocese." The tribunal ruled the youth worker position falls outside the religious exemptions allowed in the country's Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003. The British media are full of stories about pedophiles, as they have been about Catholic priests, who have preyed upon young boys. In rational times, the sexual behavior of one applying for a youth worker position might seem a plausible line of questioning, but these are not rational times. The court is considering what damages to award the 42-year-old applicant. Another case adding to the sense of societal breakdown involves 16-year-old Lydia Playfoot. A court ruled Miss Playfoot's school was within its rights in prohibiting her from wearing a small "chastity ring" to demonstrate her commitment to remain a virgin until she marries. The court ruled the ring is not a "proper manifestation" of her faith. The Playfoot family must pay $24,699 in court costs for bringing the case against the school. The girl's father, the Rev. Phil Playfoot, said, "This country is tolerant of any views except those of Christians." more...
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"I am both Muslim and Christian" The Seattle Times (June 12, 2007) - Shortly after noon on Fridays, the Rev. Ann Holmes Redding ties on a black headscarf, preparing to pray with her Muslim group on First Hill. On Sunday mornings, Redding puts on the white collar of an Episcopal priest. She does both, she says, because she's Christian and Muslim. Redding, who until recently was director of faith formation at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, has been a priest for more than 20 years. Now she's ready to tell people that, for the last 15 months, she's also been a Muslim — drawn to the faith after an introduction to Islamic prayers left her profoundly moved. Her announcement has provoked surprise and bewilderment in many, raising an obvious question: How can someone be both a Christian and a Muslim? But it has drawn other reactions too. Friends generally say they support her, while religious scholars are mixed: Some say that, depending on how one interprets the tenets of the two faiths, it is, indeed, possible to be both. Others consider the two faiths mutually exclusive. "There are tenets of the faiths that are very, very different," said Kurt Fredrickson, director of the doctor of ministry program at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif. "The most basic would be: What do you do with Jesus?" Christianity has historically regarded Jesus as the son of God and God incarnate, both fully human and fully divine. Muslims, though they regard Jesus as a great prophet, do not see him as divine and do not consider him the son of God. more...
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The New Age Movement is Huge and Growing Constance Cumbey (July 9, 2007) WATCH PAUL HAWKEN'S BRAGGING VIDEO HERE "In The Magic of Findhorn, the story of the community by Paul Hawken, the author relates how Robert Ogilvie Crombie (Roc), an associate of the Findhorn Community met a spirit being whom he recognized as 'Pan'. This being, during the course of the ensuing conversation, asked him, 'Do you love my subjects?' "Yes'. In that case do you love me?' 'Why not?' 'DO YOU LOVE ME? "Yes' ...'You know of course that I am the Devil? You have just said that you love the devil.' 'No you are not the devil. You are the god of the woodlands and countryside. There is no evil in you' There are many other references in the book to contact with spirit beings. . . . "David Spangler, one of the leaders of the New Age movement states in Reflections on the Christ (p. 40-44), published by the Findhorn Foundation, 'Christ is the same force as Lucifer, .(who) is an agent of God's love acting through evolution - . . Lucifer prepares man . . for the experience of Christhood . . . The light that reveals to us the path to Christ comes from Lucifer . . . the great initiator . . . Lucifer works within each of us to bring us to wholeness as we move into the new age . . . each of us is brought to that point which I term the Luciferic initiation , . Lucifer comes to give us the final Luciferic initiation . . that many people in the days ahead will be facing, for it is an initiation into the New Age"* In Biblical times, there was never any shortage of false prophets to reassure Israel and its kings that "good times" were coming as God's judgment and disaster instead loomed. Today's times so painfully parallel those ones. I started sounding alarms about the New Age Movement in 1981. In 1982, my work was publicized by a converted Detroit Free Press reporter. Full page newspaper advertisements appeared on April 25, 1982. The proclaimed "THE CHRIST IS NOW HERE." The ads had been no surprise to me. The Detroit Free Press had authorized its reporter to begin working on the story that appeared on May 5, 1982 after learning in April 1982 that "Tara Center" would be spending upwards of half a million dollars to run such ads globally. Obviously, the spending of half a million dollars -- worth much more in that economy than now -- had a very serious purpose. Somebody was not doing it on a whim or a prank. The delusion to the New Age proponents of the scheme was that they were safe from premature detection. They honestly believed what Alice Bailey and other doctrinal adherents of the New Age Movement in its multitude of forms expressed: that nobody could understand their teachings but "an initiate." Planetary Citizens founder Donald Keys happily wrote in his 1982 EARTH AT OMEGA: PASSAGE TO PLANETIZATION that so far the New Age Movement had eluded detection "by alarmed forces and defenders of the status quo ante." Keys was in for a surprise as was his much wealthier and influential sponsoring mentor, Norman Cousins. They had been detected and alarms were sounded. The alarms were somewhat muted, however, by "Christian experts" who rushed in to say nothing was happening. There was no "New Age Movement," and if there was, which was doubtful, "they certainly were not networked politically." It has occurred to me more than once that the New Age Movement may have created its own "opposition." Spiritual Counterfeits Project is listed in many New Age directories from the early 1970's under its original name of "World Christian Liberation Front." The Spiritual Community Guide listed it as "a Community where people live together to get on with the aims listed under Center." In the key to New Age Centers, they cited that the purpose of the "New Age Centers" was to advance the spreading "New Age." more...
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Hindu appointed to run Christian religion studies WorldNetDaily (June 8, 2007) - A college affiliated with a Christian denomination has appointed to head its religion department a practicing Hindu who believes that some forms of Christian ministry produce violence. Anantanand Rambachan, who has taught religion and philosophy at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., since 1985, now will become the first non-Christian to head the religion department in the school's 133-year history. "It's a great honor," Rambachan, a leading figure in Minnesota's Hindu community, told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. But in an interview with Hinduism Today, he wrote of participating in the Pontifical Council in Rome in 2006. "Last year we met in Rome in a joint consultation with the World Council of Churches to discuss conversion. This was the first meeting of a three-year project to study the issue and to develop an acceptable code of conduct. Certain forms of Christian proselytization have given rise to tension and even violence between some religious communities," he said. "We gathered to share our perspectives on this matter and to consider acceptable and unacceptable ways of sharing our faiths in communities. "Our discussion was frank and at times difficult, but we agreed that while everyone has a right to invite others to an understanding of their faith, no one has the right to violate others' rights and religious sensibilities. At the same time, all should heal themselves from the obsession of converting others," he wrote. His writings also have been featured on the website of the Hindu-American Foundation, which earlier launched a diatribe against a variety of Christian organizations. As WND reported, the report from the Hindu American Foundation accused a long list of Christian organizations, including some providing aid in India, of promoting hatred. "The proliferation of websites promoting religious hatred is an unfortunate consequence of the universality of access to the Internet," said Vinay Vallabh, the lead author of the report. Among those criticized were the Southern Baptists' missions board, Gospel for Asia and Olive Tree Ministries, just down the road from St. Olaf, a ministry that aims at teaching Christians about their beliefs. "We must vigorously identify, condemn and counter those who use the Internet to espouse chauvinism and bigotry over the principles of pluralism and tolerance," Vallabh said. Jan Markell, who has been with the Olive Tree Ministries since 1977, has written eight books and hundreds of articles about Christians and their beliefs, at first wondered why she would be listed among ministries hated by a Hindu organization. Then she remembered a series of articles warning Christians against participating in yoga, a Hindu form of worship. "I'm big on [opposing yoga for Christians]," she told WND. "I talk about it on the radio, and I write about it. And the irony of it all is, like Hindus, we don't want Christians practicing yoga either. more...
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I find it interesting that the Christian is blamed for promoting violence when it is they who are attacked for sharing their beliefs. My how people are offended the Bible said it would be. Matthew 24:9,10, "Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another."

As the "Alliance Of Civilizations" Advances . . . Older New Age Alliances Join and Come to the Forefront of its Battle Constance Cumbey (June 1, 2007) - This blogspot article is prompted by some of my later disturbing discoveries of the Alliance of Civilizations. It is also fed by my intense research beginning in 1981 on the New Age Movement. Clearly, those involved sincerely believed something BIG would happen in 1982. They started much earlier in collaboration with many elements including but not limited to Lucis Trust, Rosicrucian, and Theosophical interests to put the pieces in place and build momentum for what they thought was coming. Alice Bailey had written that preparation for the “Reappearance of the Reappearance of the Christ” (one at least per the Alice Bailey writings neither Jesus nor Jewish) should go public on radio and television starting in 1975.1 Its been a little while since I have written about the Alliance of Civilizations, known to our British and Canadian friends as “Alliance of Civilisations.” Readers "Rich of Medford" and Dorothy Margraf have been valiantly keeping up with the subject as well. Lately, I started wondering about its connections with older efforts that started in the 60's. A bold New Age initiative was started by New York socialite Judith Hollister in 1960, 47 years ago.2 Rolland Gammon, a gossipy New Ager active in the days I was originally researching the New Age Movement in the early 1980s fortunately shared his then 20 year recollections in his 1980 book Nirvana Now: “In fact, the 20-year-old Temple of Understanding is such a bold New Age concept and its founder Judith Hollister is such an Aquarian enchantress that these interfaith gatherings of world religion leaders cannot fail to be peace-making and faith-heartening to the hundreds who attend and the millions who read, see and hear about them in international media. As I attended the first one in Calcutta, India in 1968 . . . missed the second one in Geneva Switzerland in 1970 . . . it was assured that I would participate in the third one in October, 1971 at Harvard University . . . All living religions today are trying to function as an integrated spiritual grid . . .”3 Back to today's Alliance of Civilizations, it has long than we have suspected been in a phase of not just planning, but indeed of “implementation.” It further seems that since these statements were made in early 2006, that the process was much further along than their public “christening” which happened in December 2006 would indicate. This is very typical of my experience of the New Agers over the years: they never brag, they never show all their cards. If they tell you they've got something, they've got all that and much more! Fortunately for us, they don't hold all the cards. That's their Achilles heel and one that frustrated their earlier efforts to advance their agenda starting in the 1960s for what they hoped would grandly culminate in a 1982 “Reappearance of the Christ.” If anybody thinks that the 1982 worldwide half a million dollar ad campaign featuring ads reading “The Christ is now here” was done for a mere prank, I have a bridge to sell them --Brooklyn or Chappaquiddick, take your pick! Obviously there were very serious purposes behind them. I remember experiencing cold chills in mid 1982 upon hearing Benjamin Creme publicly blame me on San Antonio, Texas “The Allen Dale Show” back in 1982 for “interfering with the Christ's Reappearance.” I have now donated those tapes to the University of Michigan for archival in their Bentley Historical Library, but I remember hearing those threats which then seemed to me very imminent of threats of ultimate evil coming to be directed my way. I heard Creme say “Constance Cumbey will pay for her interference with the Christ's reappearance.” I quipped to my friends, I suppose I might, but I suppose I'm going to get paid, too!” Looking at an aging Benjamin Creme these days, it doesn't appear that his “messiah” or the Lucifer that Creme has publicly espoused, has been particularly effective in maintaining his own New Age claimed “eternal youth.” But then, I suppose he expects "reincarnation" will rescue that. I would rather trust in "resurrection"! more...
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Chief rabbis, EU president discuss 'interfaith UN' Jerusalem Post (May 30, 2007) - European Parliament President Hans-Gert Pottering said Wednesday in a meeting with Israel's chief rabbis that he would support the establishment of an "interfaith United Nations" that would bring together religious leaders from all over the world to promote peace. Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Yona Metzger first proposed the idea at an interfaith meeting several months ago. But Metzger said that Wednesday's meeting with Pottering marked the first time a political figure had shown interest in concrete steps towards achieving that idea. "After our meeting, the president sent an envoy to discuss in more detail the creation of an international body made up of religious leaders who could foster peace," said Metzger. "I envision the body being based in the holy city of Jerusalem, which is sacred to the three monotheistic religious. But disputes over its location should not delay the establishment of the interfaith UN," Metzger added. In a press release, the Chief Rabbinate said an interfaith UN could help combat anti-Semitism. Metzger said that the controversy sparked by the Mughrabi bridge excavations near the Temple Mount was a perfect example of how dialogue between religious leaders assuaged religious extremist rancor sparked by misinformation. "After explaining in the international media that construction of the bridge did not endanger Al-Aksa Mosque, people calmed down," said Metzger. more...

Pentecost 2007 ... A Step Closer to Global Unity ... A Step Further From Gospel Truth Lighthouse Trails Research (May 28, 2007) - This year's Pentecost 2007 will take place on June 3rd - 6th in Washington DC. Invited speakers include emerging church leader, Brian McLaren, Bill Hybel's wife--Lynne Hybels (Willow Creek), and liberal mystic-proponent Jim Wallis. Last fall, we reported on Pentecost 2006, stating: This summer's Pentecost 2006 conference, titled "Building a Covenant for a New America," is another example of how a move towards interspirituality (the coming together of all religions) is quickly taking place.... According to a Wall Street Journal editorial article on the event, Pentecost speaker Howard Dean said, "We're about to enter into the '60s again ... Into the age of enlightenment, led by religious figures who want to greet Americans with a moral, uplifting vision." While the emphasis of the Pentecost 2006 event was said to be helping the poor, one cannot help wonder about the implications and the results of such a coming together of religious and political ideas, especially when we stop and realize that here too, mysticism plays a significant role. Pentecost 2006 speaker Tony Campolo states his views on the role of mysticism and uniting all together in his book, Speaking My Mind: Beyond these models of reconciliation, a theology of mysticism provides some hope for common ground between Christianity and Islam. Both religions have within their histories examples of ecstatic union with God ... I do not know what to make of the Muslim mystics, especially those who have come to be known as the Sufis. What do they experience in their mystical experiences? Could they have encountered the same God we do in our Christian mysticism? (pp. 149-150) Well, according to New Agers, there is indeed a common ground between Christianity and Islam, in fact between all religions. Mysticism is the glue that binds them all together. In Ron Miller's book, As Above, So Below, he states (quoting Aldous Huxley): "a highest common factor" links the world's religious traditions. He [Huxley] calls this unifying factor the Perennial Philosophy: "the metaphysical [mystical] that recognizes a divine reality ... each religion [provides] meditative disciplines that help us ... experience our rootedness in the divine ... the spiritual dimension of culture is ... a spectrum of contemplative practices, equivalent in essence, which lead toward experience rather than towards doctrinal assertion." (pp. 2-3) Will this expected "age of enlightenment" that Howard Dean spoke of at Pentecost 2006 intersect at some point with the evangelical's (e.g., Rick Warren) hoped for "great awakening" or "second reformation"? The gap between the two is narrowing, and mysticism is the bridge that will bring about the ultimate unity. Now this year, Pentecost will be more of the same agenda. Pentecost 2007 speakers will include Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and three presidential candidates: Hilary Clinton, Obama Barack, and former Senator John Edwards.

American Christianity -- Laodicean church in the making, says Barna OneNewsNow (May 23, 2007) - More than 20 years of research, says The Barna Group, has revealed a disturbing trend among Americans' spiritual beliefs and behavior: their commitment to orthodox biblical perspectives is "slipping." The director of a recent Barna study says the findings reflect a "spiritual profile" among Americans similar to that of the early church at Laodicea -- a church which Jesus admonished for being "neither hot nor cold" and called to repentance. Every year, The Barna Group explores the "state of America's faith," examining such factors as people's spiritual activity, faith identity, commitment, and religious perspective. This year's poll of more than 1,000 adults (conducted in January) indicates that while Americans are remaining spiritually active, the percentage of those who hold orthodox biblical views has fallen to its lowest level in decades. "They've actually become less orthodox, less traditional," Barna's David Kinnaman tells Associated Press. "[M]any of their core biblical perspectives have changed." A report released by Barna summarizes this year's findings. Among them -- two-thirds (66%) of Americans believe that God is best described as "the all-powerful, all-knowing creator of the universe who rules the world today." That is down five percent from one year ago and represents the lowest percentage in more than 20 years of similar surveys, notes the report. In addition, says Kinnaman, "they are less likely to reject the notion that Jesus sinned (37%), and they're less likely to believe that Satan is a real spiritual entity (24%)." Both of those percentages are lower than last year and are among the lowest during the two decades Barna has tracked Americans' views in those areas. The research organization observes that such revelations call into question the sincerity of people's commitment to orthodox biblical perspectives. Kinnaman puts it this way: while millions of Americans feel personally committed to God, they are apparently "renegotiating" the definition of God. "They lack a consistent and holistic understanding of their faith," he says in the Barna report. "[They] say they are personally committed to Jesus Christ, but they believe he sinned while on Earth. Many believers claim to trust what the Bible teaches, but they reject the notion of a real spiritual adversary ...." The survey director says most Americans seem to have one foot in the "biblical camp" and one foot outside it -- placing themselves in what Kinnaman refers to as a "squishy middle." "They say they are committed, but to what?" he asks. "They are spiritually active, but to what end? The spiritual profile of American Christianity is not unlike a lukewarm church that the Bible warns about." (Revelation 3:14-22) more...
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That they may be One (April 25, 2007) - The efforts of Pope Benedict XVI to restore Church unity in his two years as Vicar of Christ. From the first moments of his pontificate Pope Benedict XVI perceived God’s plans clearly. “The current Successor (of Peter) assumes as his primary commitment that of working tirelessly towards the reconstitution of the full and visible unity of all Christ's followers. This is his ambition, this is his compelling duty.” Now, on his second anniversary as Pope, his track record shows us the seriousness of his commitment. Few people expected Pope Benedict, now 80, to keep up the pace of world travel that the young Pope John Paul II had set. The consequent drop in worldwide media coverage of the Pope’s activities is understandable. However, the quiet insistence of the current Vicar of Christ merits more attention. His various apostolic visitations, numerous ecumenical gatherings and even his weekly Wednesday audiences demonstrate his focused goal of achieving unity. This mission takes place on three levels. First, there is the difficult task of achieving full Christian unity. Second, there is unity within and among increasingly secular societies that needs to be considered. Third, and this is something the Pope has particularly stressed, there is the issue of the unity between faith and reason. On his first apostolic visit to Germany for World Youth Day, Pope Benedict met with Christians of all denominations to express with clarity his great hope. “What does it mean to restore the unity of all Christians? … This unity subsists, we are convinced, in the Catholic Church, without the possibility of ever being lost. This does not, however, mean uniformity in all expressions of theology and spirituality, in liturgical forms and in discipline.” For some that may sound a bit too ambitious, but as Pope Benedict has repeated on various occasions, “We can only obtain unity as a gift of the Holy Spirit.” In that same World Youth Day address he stressed that “spiritual ecumenism -- prayer, conversion and the sanctification of life -- constitute the heart of the ecumenical movement. It could be said that the best form of ecumenism consists in living in accordance with the Gospel.” Given this firm interior preparation, the Pope expressed his sincere hope in the fulfilment of this mission given to him from on high. “I am convinced,” he said, “that if more and more people unite themselves to the Lord’s prayer ‘that all may be one’, then this prayer, made in the name of Jesus, will not go unheard.” The papal visit to Valencia, Spain, gave the Pontiff an opportunity to expound his deep concerns for the unity in secular society. He especially addressed the secularist trend causing Europe’s demographic suicide. This ongoing theme of the unity of faith and reason at the service of humanity also motivated his speech at the University of Regensburg. There, in his visit to Bavaria the Pope argued that reason without faith threatens the unity of Christians as well as unity among societies. “Secularized reason is unable to enter into a true dialogue with the religions. It remains closed to the question of God, and this will end by leading to the clash of cultures,” he recalled in his address to the Curia. Pope Benedict does not suggest that the clash of civilizations is inevitable, but sees a clear connection between this threat and Christian unity. He stressed that “religions must encounter one another in the common task of putting themselves at the service of the truth and thus, of the human being.” Contrary to the misinterpretations of his speech in Regensburg, the Pope’s visit to Turkey showed the world his respect for the Islamic religion. In the Blue Mosque in Istanbul he prayed “that all believers might recognize themselves as creatures and give witness of authentic fraternity.” Amidst a crowd of 400,000 gathered in the celebration of Pentecost, he called upon the various ecclesial movements present to “accept the active directives of the Successor of Peter, but also of the bishops of the various local Churches who, with the Pope, are custodians of truth and charity in unity.” He encouraged the enthusiasm and initiative of these new lay groups in the Church reminding them that their various activities should converge in a common end. “He wants your diversity and he wants you for the one body.” more...
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The desire for peace among those in the world is not lost on me, but not at the loss of Truth. The inter-religious connections do not attempt to share Truth, but fall under the false belief that we all just have different names for God and that all roads lead to God. This is not Truth according to the only Holy Book that tells the future from the beginning. Pandering to destructive belief systems in the name of compromise and peace is heading toward the Babylonian mixing of belief that dilutes the Truth and introduces lies that deceive. Kissing the Koran and having all the religious leaders from the world unite in prayer to their gods does not bring peace, it gives the false impression of it without changing reality.
I believe that the bride of Christ should be united as one mind and one body as God intended. However, that should be according to God's Word alone and not a modified version of it. The NIV and other modern translations, has over 200 verses missing with the verse numbers left printed and many changing of scripture also found in the Catholic Bible! Examples Then there's the subtle elimination of the 2nd commandment regarding idols in Catholic displays of the Commandments and the division of the 9th and 10th Commandments to make it 10 again. Also, something I missed on Rosh Hashanah, 2005 is the following story: Catholic Church no longer swears by truth of the Bible 
So my point is let those who accept the Bible as the infallible Word of God be united in that faith and in one accord, but one has to put aside what they hold as Truth to be accepted with those who reject Yeshua is not a place the true Church should be seeking acceptance, rather from God alone. People are welcome to believe what they want, God never takes away our free will and choice so neither would I, but I've seen too much proof sola scriptura to be deceived by those who wish to erase Christ from history. Just because the world does not like the Truth, doesn't mean that there is no longer only one Truth. Christ said we should be one, but He was speaking of those who accept Him, not of the world in general. When we compromise Truth to get along, we do everyone a disservice because reality will always catch up to us once we die. We are promised to be hated by the world for holding our faith in Christ alone that will lead to the war on the saints. My prayer is that Christians return to the Book of the origin of their beliefs for the answers and not men. In so doing myself, all has become clear and errors exposed in many places. God has not left us in darkness and will guide us personally through His Word if we only ask and do. Continued discussion here.
John 15:16-21
Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. These things I command you, that ye love one another. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me.
1 John 2:15-17
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in himFor all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
John 17:20-23
I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word[Bible]; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, {are} in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me. The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.


THE FEAR OF GOD REVEALS LOVE Apprising Ministries (November 2006) - Tim Brown over at Reformed Gadfly has weighed in on the sad situation with Ted Haggard. In his insightful post Ted Haggard: The Symptom Tim makes an excellent point and is telling tragic truth when he says that, “I’m sick and tired of being associated with a ‘Christianity’ that does not seem to care one whit about holiness or obedience to God's Word. Let me say this as perfectly clear as I can: I believe that ‘Christianity’ in America is nearly totally apostate. Why? We have abandoned the vision of the Holiness and Fear of God.” With this in mind I repost an earlier work of mine on the critical forgotten subject: the fear of God. Fear the LORD your God, serve him only… [but] “there is no fear of God before their eyes.” (Deuteronomy 6:13, Romans 3:18) Enemies of God In The Falling Away Of The Evangelical Church I covered the subject of self-esteem in quite some depth. For those who may have seen that article, it should now be much more evident to you why the wrong idea of mankind’s true condition before God is so eternally fatal. Years ago a grossly misguided “theology” was injected as a spiritual poison into the evangelical community through heretical teachers like the twin saints of sappy sentimentality – “positive thinkers” Norman Vincent Peale and his placid protégé Robert Schuller. And here we find the root of just how Satan was able to penetrate his puppet pulpiteers into the evangelical camp of our Lord's Church in the first place. For the enemy of men’s souls himself, has held such men as these as his very syringes. And sadly, the evangelical community is now beginning to fill with sallow preachers of weak-kneed stature who are all too willing to defend the so-called honor and “dignity” of man in order to win favor with the world. Now, whether they themselves realize this is absolutely irrelevant. The question professing Christians today must begin asking themselves is: Why aren’t these so-called “ministers” of Jesus Christ as ready to defend God’s honor and to protect the glory that is due to His Christ alone? You may recall that the Bible does say – For if, when we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! (Romans 5:10). In the above verse of Holy Scripture we learn the incredible truth that all the time it has not been that God considers mankind as His enemies–but rather it is actually us–who in our basic unregenerate sinful human nature believe that the Creator is our enemy! We turn now to Paul’s letter originally written to the churches in Rome (there was not only one church there) and let us look further at this critical subject, the growing absence of the fear of our Lord in His Church, from the Bible. As a matter of fact the verses prior to the one I just quoted couldn’t be any clearer as to why the fear of God, which is so glaringly missing in our so-called postmodern churches, is proving to be such a tragic and ominous reality for this generation. You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God's wrath through him! 10 For if, when we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! (Romans 5:6-10) I draw your attention again to verse 6 – You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. It readily becomes obvious to everyone with eyes to see that mankind didn’t do anything for this to happen. And, if the truth be told, we actually did everything we could in our power as creatures to give our loving God every reason not to come in the Person of Christ to die for us. You’ll also notice in the b part of verse 6 – [that] Christ died for the – “preservation of the dignity of mankind–who actually have many ‘redeeming’ qualities.” No! – Christ died for the ungodly. How could God the Holy Spirit have made this point any more lucid? The late Dr. Walter Wessel–who taught New Testament at Bethel Seminary–puts it very well when he says about this verse of Romans 5 – “God’s free grace…is not the result of any inherent worthiness found in [mankind]. In fact, it is lavished on us in spite of our undesirable character” (NIV Study Bible, 1985 ed., p.1712)... As you read on, and as you think about what we have already seen, you should come to see that the world-loving “worship” in these sinner-friendly PDL/CGM churches (see–2 Timothy 4:3-4) does bear an alarmingly striking resemblance to this very description from the lips of our Lord, Christ Jesus Himself. [Jesus] replied, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: “ ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. 7 They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.’ 8 You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men.” 9 And he said to them: “You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions!” It sure would seem as if this is relatively self-explanatory. For if Jesus said these kinds of things to people who perverted God’s Word, and worshipped Him in a centered on self way, in order to hold to their on to their own traditions while He was still physically present upon His earth–then would He not then continue to hold this same view today? Remember now–it is written: Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). As such then, what else could these verses of Holy Scripture here possibly mean to us today? After all, we do say that we believe that God still speaks to us today in the Bible–do we not? By the way, this is Hebrews 13:8 from the English Standard Version of the Bible. But you know what? I have also searched out this verse in a number of different translations of the Bible–and they all say the very same thing! I have examined this Scripture in the literal Greek of the Nestle text, and even in the Textus Receptus as well–for our friends in the KJV Only camp. And this Scripture always reads the very same way! Which forces us now to a crucial question: If Jesus Christ is the same today–and–if unregenerate mankind is also the same–as he has always been since the fall–then why are we now attempting to change Christ’s Gospel? To the one who has been given a love for the Holy Scriptures the answer is as obvious as light and night. The Christian Church in America has gradually and steadily been succumbing to the Devil’s clarion call to compromise through relentless indoctrination of liberal humanistic man-centered “philoso-theolog-ophies” as championed by Satan’s own hypocritical liars (1 Timothy 4:2). Sadly, these sell-out pulpiteers are but pawns for the Devil–who willingly do their master’s evil bidding and faithfully preach their heretical doctrines of demons and tolerance in order to protect themselves from conflict with the world. more...
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This article mentions Dispensationalism and associates it with Darby/Schofield/Chafer, "leading many into a dead letterism" which is misdirected in my opinion. Dispensation as related to theology is the recognition of the divine ordering of earthly affairs. This clear fact is implied throughout scripture in that Israel was the nation chosen from the earth through which to bring the Messiah and document Israel's history and her future. One need look no further than the 70 Weeks of Daniel to realize that those 70 weeks are determined for Israel and Jerusalem, Daniel 9:24. If that isn't God ordering earthly affairs through the nation of Israel and dictating the earth's future through that nation, I don't know what is. Not only that, but God chooses the nation of Israel and the writings through Jewish prophets led by the Holy Spirit to document Israel's future in the world and so too all of our futures leading up to the coming of the Lord. The beginning of the great tribulation, focused on Israel initially, is centered around the midst of the 70th week of Daniel. Israel is God's prophetic time-piece. Just because some people holding the dispensational view also believe other false ideas, doesn't mean Dispensationalism is wrong, it's clearly written in the Bible. The fact that the Bible is of Jewish origins and promises were made to that nation as opposed to the Gentile nations shows that God sees a distinction between Jews and Gentiles in His prophetic plans and this plays directly to our understanding Bible prophecy and our immediate future. Without recognition of the reality of Dispensationalism, Bible prophecy doesn't make sense.

World Peace Religion Lambastes U.N. Report of Alliance of Civilizations TransWorldNews (November 13, 2006) - The Alliance of Civilizations was formed 1 year ago by Koffi Annan to ease tensions between Western and Muslim societies. The Secretary Generalof the United Nations appointed a group of world leaders called the High-level Group to prepare a report which was released today, November 13, 2006. The U.N. Report states, “Notwithstanding the critical state of relations between Muslim and Western societies described in the report, the High-level group firmly asserts that there is nothing inevitable or insurmountable in these conditions. Indeed because the causes of current tensions are political – and not religious or cultural – they are also solvable.” The report concludes with a list of recommendations. Here is the response of Karen Fish of The Temple of Love – The World Peace Religion: “To put it mildly, I am stunned. Jesus Christ was the Jewish born Rabbi and Messiah of Christianity and Islam. Jesus said to the leaders of his day, ‘Blind guides! You blind fools! Hypocrites! You snakes, you brood of vipers! How can you escape being sentenced to burn alive on the fire altars of Gehenna?!’ (Matt. 23). It is clear that our world leaders today are leading us all into the real live fire of Nuclear World War 3, the Apocalypse, the sudden violent extinction of life on Earth forever. It boggles the mind that the top minds on Earth have concluded that the problems between the Jews, Muslims and Christians do not have a religious cause. Surely they cannot believe that. They must be so frightened to offend anyone involved in these religions that they have washed these religions’ hands of all blame, even if it leads us all into the Apocalypse. The Temple of Love – The World Peace Religion has a 10 page website. On these 10 pages we tie every religion together with their common threads. Then we shine the light on our differences, with Biblical citations, and resolve them once and for all through the mouth of God of Mount Sinai aka Jesus Christ, God the Father, The Holy Spirit, Allah, Yehovah, Elohim, etc. through every Biblical Prophet in the Old Testament, New Testament and Koran. Here is our letter to the authors of the report:
 ‘Dear Alliance of Civilizations, Only The Temple of Love - The World Peace Religion makes peace among and unites Christianity Islam Judaism and Everyone else and the Countries they all live in as the first step towards World Peace. Only The Temple of Love - The World Peace Religion stands between mankind and the Apocalypse. Search "unites Christianity Islam Judaism". There are 1000 results all ours. Please promote The Temple of Love - The World Peace Religion by placing our link on every website, in every newspaper, on every TV station, in every classroom, and to all of your contacts in every Country on Earth by forwarding to them this email. Yours truly, John Fish’ We also recommend that today every Church, every Mosque, and every Synagogue replace their sign with “The Temple of Love – The World Peace Religion.” This is the exit strategy of our God of Mount Sinai from the Middle East Crisis, Iraq, and the coming Apocalypse. It is time that we use our own minds, our own common sense, to save ourselves from the onrushing flames of Armageddon. Staying the course and listening to reports like the report of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations will soon result in the end of life on Earth forever, at our hands. Nuclear World War 3 will be the ultimate murder suicide. Run for your lives and the lives of your children to The Temple of Love – The World Peace Religion while there is still time. Many people believe that we have already passed the point of no return. Let’s prove them wrong. The continued existence of life on Earth is in our hands. Don’t drop the crystal ball onto the concrete floor like the Alliance of Civilizations just did.”

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The Temple of Love concept is exactly what the one world religion movement is about. They think that by dropping what the religions actually say, we can prevent the inevitable fulfillment of prophecy. Many people are scared because they see it coming and don't want it. As they will see however, what will happen must be. It is the result of the sins of man catching up with them. There always has been consequences to doing things apart from God. He gave us rules because it is the best way to live in peace and love. Going counter to and ignoring them results in the opposite of peace and love. It is important to obey God's ways to attain His salvation from our sins. We all fall short, but grace is unmerited favor given to us by faith in Christ. There is only one reality, one Truth. Ignoring that to create an all-inclusive belief system that removes the central nature of Christ to eternal salvation is a direct attack on the fundamental foundation of what the Bible says is reality in favor of a fable. Many people have itching ears for a man-made faith, believing that by accepting all beliefs, all conflict is removed. Ultimately, this seed of an idea destroys the fabric of the original in the mind of the believer. Ultimately, when the antichrist rises with signs and lying wonders, they will more easily wonder at the beast because in order to accept the all-inclusive doctrine, the Bible cannot be part of the research as it directly counters the all-inclusive beliefs. The Bible is what tells us our future and those without an understanding of what is coming will be more susceptible to the coming deceptions that are part of the future. God didn't leave us in the dark about the future, but it requires taking Him at His Word, the Bible. And not just the little pieces we like, but the whole thing in its entirety. Less and less people today are willing to accept that, hence the falling away from the Truth, apostasy.

Catholic Church no longer swears by truth of the Bible Times Online (October 5, 2005) - The hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church has published a teaching document instructing the faithful that some parts of the Bible are not actually true. The Catholic bishops of England, Wales and Scotland are warning their five million worshippers, as well as any others drawn to the study of scripture, that they should not expect “total accuracy” from the Bible. “We should not expect to find in Scripture full scientific accuracy or complete historical precision,” they say in The Gift of Scripture. The document is timely, coming as it does amid the rise of the religious Right, in particular in the US. Some Christians want a literal interpretation of the story of creation, as told in Genesis, taught alongside Darwin’s theory of evolution in schools, believing “intelligent design” to be an equally plausible theory of how the world began. But the first 11 chapters of Genesis, in which two different and at times conflicting stories of creation are told, are among those that this country’s Catholic bishops insist cannot be “historical”. At most, they say, they may contain “historical traces”. The document shows how far the Catholic Church has come since the 17th century, when Galileo was condemned as a heretic for flouting a near-universal belief in the divine inspiration of the Bible by advocating the Copernican view of the solar system. Only a century ago, Pope Pius X condemned Modernist Catholic scholars who adapted historical-critical methods of analysing ancient literature to the Bible. In the document, the bishops acknowledge their debt to biblical scholars. They say the Bible must be approached in the knowledge that it is “God’s word expressed in human language” and that proper acknowledgement should be given both to the word of God and its human dimensions. They say the Church must offer the gospel in ways “appropriate to changing times, intelligible and attractive to our contemporaries”. The Bible is true in passages relating to human salvation, they say, but continue: “We should not expect total accuracy from the Bible in other, secular matters.” They go on to condemn fundamentalism for its “intransigent intolerance” and to warn of “significant dangers” involved in a fundamentalist approach. “Such an approach is dangerous, for example, when people of one nation or group see in the Bible a mandate for their own superiority, and even consider themselves permitted by the Bible to use violence against others.” more...
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From Tradition To Truth: A Priest’s Story .pdf by Richard Peter Bennett

"The Inquisition"

Because of the continued interest and requests for our Inquisition video, we again post it as our main streaming video. We have had constant questions regarding the number of people who suffered under the Inquisition, so we give here some historical sources. Firstly, from John Dowling's The History of Romanism, Book 8, Ch. 1, pp. 542, 543, "From the birth of Popery in 600, to the present time, it is estimated by careful and credible historians, that more than FIFTY MILLION of the human family have been slaughtered for the crime of heresy by popish persecutors, an average of more than forty thousand religious murders for every year of the existence of Popery." The main credible historians on the Inquisition, besides Dowling himself are Lea, Vancandard, Maycock, Coulton, and Turberville. Secondly, Scott's Church History gives a few sets of numbers, with the qualification, "No computation can reach the numbers who have been put to death, in different ways, on account of their maintaining the profession of the Gospel, and opposing the corruption of the Church of Rome. A MILLION of poor Waldenses perished in France; NINE HUNDRED THOUSAND orthodox Christians were slain in less than thirty years after the institution of the order of the Jesuits. The Duke of Alva boasted of having put to death in the Netherlands, THIRTY-SIX THOUSAND by the hand of the common executioner during the space of a few years. The Inquisition destroyed, by various tortures, ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND within thirty years. These are a few specimens, and but a few, of those which history has recorded; but the total amount will never be known till the earth shall disclose her blood, and no more cover her slain." The torture chambers of the Inquisition lasted 605 years and were found throughout the nations controlled by Rome. They had their beginning under Pope Innocent III in 1203 until the Inquisition's final dissolution in Spain and Portugal in 1808. As we repost our video, we do so linked to a site where you may post your own comments. Please, feel free to do so. On this same site, we have had 12,150 viewings to date.


Falling Away of the Church

As I'm kind of new to looking at the different churches and schemes out there, but this is the beginning of the information I'm beginning to track. If you have anything you feel is important for this page, please e-mail it to me.

  • Spirit of Error Blog - This blog examines the apostolic-prophetic movement (also known as the “New Apostolic Reformation”) — a fast-growing, evangelical movement that promotes modern-day apostles and prophets with great authority, supernatural powers, and the ability to give new doctrinal revelation. Advocates of this movement believe that all people, nations, and demonic principalities must submit to these apostles and prophets, who will lead God’s end-times army in establishing His kingdom on earth. This once-fringe movement has entered many charismatic churches (which are the fastest-growing churches in nearly every region of the world, according to church growth experts, like David B. Barrett), and the movement is being promoted by prominent evangelical leaders, like C. Peter Wagner and Jack Hayford. Amazingly, many Christians aren’t aware that this movement exists. Even many Christians who attend apostolic-prophetic churches are unaware of the movement’s aberrant teachings, which are often introduced through the “back door” of churches that claim to have standard evangelical statements of faith. My goal is to provide information about this movement, so Christians won’t be misled into its unbiblical teachings and practices.

Publishing companies like the one Joel Osteen writes for are ultimately owned by the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company and the MoD, the EU minister of defense ultimately pulls the purse strings.

You may find this part very interesting. The Āgā Khān IV, I just learned is the 49th Imam of a main stream Shiite line and considered a descendent of Fatima Muhammad’s wife. This guy is very rich and very powerful and he lives I France. As we know Fatima is also the place in Portugal where the Virgin Mary appeared to the three young girls. Mary has a different title to fit every situation, religion or aberration. In short I think the RCC and Islam are being meld together in this way. Note also the Wikipedia link I showed you was another Mary, that is the Mary of the Jesuits. I linked the Jesuits to John Eldredge, they share the same type of bogus theology.

OKAY Here is a biggy, I found documents for a strategic Trans-Atlantic military partnership. I found an Annual Review of the EADS , the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company. It’s All Connected the Apostasy and the Beast. The apostasy or the falling away is something that I never particularly paid much attention too. That was until recently when I visited a neighboring town’s church, Vineyard a Pentecostal Church. Now I never held any reservations to this church prior to my visit, but OH MAN what an eye opener! The picture of the apostate church is much worse today than I ever imagined. I have discovered connections from the heart mainstream Christianity all the way to the realm of the EU beast. If you heard information about Joel Osteen from others and think you know where I’m going with this; well I’ll bet you don’t. So please stay tuned in to what I’m saying.

If you’re like me you never paid much attention to how a global religion could ever take root; I could never imagine how this could be possible given all the different religions cultures and politics. I figured that some how prophecy would be fulfilled in some way I just was not sure how. Have you ever followed a path starting on what you think will be a quick walk but you keep going because you keep discovering new things as you go. And then by the end of your adventure you discovered you traveled a very long distance having seen some very cool things. And then you wonder if you will ever get back before it gets dark. Well it’s kind of like that for me right now as I wrote this.

Now back to my church visit/encounter:

We visited this church because my daughter once went there a few years back. She needs to come back into a relationship with Christ and we went to help support her. There were partial truths spoken quoting the Word to support a book written by Joel Osteen. Now I never knew much about Joel that was until I got home and researched him. I am composing a letter to this church to confront them, please pray it will be received as truth.

The main point of the speakers message was “there is power in your words”’ that by your words you can control your present environment to have an abundant life hear and now. The speaker also combined this message along with visual overhead images from a new age following of “The project of love and thanks to water”. Images of ice crystals where used to illustrate positive or negative effects of sound via, words, prayer or music subjected to water, before its frozen. The claim is positive words or prayers spoken even by non-believers can have a positive influence on water and our environment.

Here are some of my findings about DR EMOTO:

  1. Scientifically these claims are false.
      a. The same results can be produced using magnets or other sources for structure water.
      b. His results were biased.
  2. Dr. Emoto performs collective prayer to water ceremonies with people that participate all over the world at the same time in Liechtenstein just north of Italy, in the heart of the EU beast.
  3. This is New Age Apostasy being mixed with the Word of God in our churches.

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Joel Osteen

Publishing connection to Europe From David at FulfilledProphecy:

As for Joel Osteen I found some alarming connections by following the money trail via the publishers. Joel can tell you how to have an abundant life now ; but I show you how to get from Joel to Mr. Europe in six steps.
  1. Joel signed with Faithwords, for an estimated 13 million for “Your Best Life Now”. (Note: Faithwords was formerly owned by Warner Publishing)
  2. Hachette Book Group USA owns Faithwords.
  3. Lagardère owns Hachette Book Group USA
  4. Lagardère is owned by the French government and is a military contract company.
  5. Lagardère is a major share holder in the European Defense Agency (EDA). The EDA appears to be a hi-breed of corporate parts that supply military services primarily to the EU and across the globe. Between Daimler-Chrysler a German company and Lagardère a French company they own controlling shares of stock at 52%. Note: The Lagardère family apparently sold their famous horse racing operation to very special person the Āgā Khān IV. But I’ll save this part about the Aga Khan and Fatima for another time.
  6. European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company (EADS) is now a large global military contractor primarily serving the EDA, European Defense Agency. 
  7. The EADS is connected to the hip of the EDA.
  8. The EDA reports to Solana. Here is a quote from a report written in 2005 by Solana concerning the EDA.

A little About the EADS controversy from Cluster bombs to Nuclear missiles:

This from Wikipedia: As a result of criticisms, the Norwegian Government Pension Fund - Global’s Advisory Council on Ethics recommended, in 2005, that the Ministry of Finance should exclude this company from the Pension Fund, arguing that EADS manufactures “key components for cluster bombs.” As a result, since 2 September 2005, EADS and its sister company EADS Finance BV have been excluded from the investment portfolios of the Norwegian Government Pension Fund.[9]Although frequently clarified by EADS, some groupings continue to claim that EADS is engaged in the production of antipersonnel mines or other internationally outlawed weapons or munitions. This was the case.

EADS owned the company TDA in a joint venture with the company Thales S.A. and TDA produced the mortar ammunition PR Cargo, which can be considered cluster ammunition. Even though EADS no longer owns TDA, it still owns MBDA, which is involved in the development of the nuclear missile M51. Because of this the Norwegian policy towards EADS hasn't changed. [10]

Mr. Europe (aka Javier Solana) reported his thoughts on the support for the EDA.

In the end, this transformation can only be done by national governments,” said Solana. “The EDA will do everything it can to help, but the Agency does not deliver capabilities itself. Its participating Member States will have to. But they can now use the EDA instrument to support their efforts to improve Europe’s defense performance.

Solana made his comments back in 2005, and today I suspect the EDA is getting the support from its member states via the corporations that resided in each member states. Just as Solana asked for. Companies such as Daimler-Chrysler the German company and Lagardère are the source of capitol to help make it happen. And of coarse those insightful books written by Joel Osteen. Solana’s Report commenting on the strategic needs to support the European Defense Agency (pdf).

Many analysts believe that the politicians who control EADS are more interested in securing jobs in their country than operating the company at maximum efficiency. Lord Drayson echoed those concerns yesterday: “We do see a real need for a global aerospace and defence company with its heart in Europe, but it needs to develop normal corporate governance. This is the challenge EADS faces. As a customer we see a need for change.”