Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Health, Wealth, and Prosperity Non-Gospel (Part 1 of 4)




Word of Faith Crosses Heresy Line




Satan conquered Jesus on the cross.” “He died spiritually! …Jesus Christ understood that spiritual death is union with the satanic nature.” “Man was created on terms of equality with God, and he could stand in God’s presence without any consciousness of inferiority.” “He [God] doesn’t even draw a distinction between Himself and us. …I have His name. I’m one with Him…I am a little god! Critics, be gone!”

Shocked? You may have just read the above four quotes from four separate individuals and are wondering, “What blasphemy is this? Who teaches such heresy? Mormons? Jehovah’s Witnesses?” You would be correct in discerning such statements as heretical but, unfortunately, incorrect in assuming that they come from groups considered outside of orthodox Christianity; they come from within.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Nothing Created Everything?


This was just too good not to share. I’m ordering my copy today. It comes with a condemnation on the front by Atheist, Richard Dawkins.


"[Ray Comfort is] an ignorant fool."

Monday, September 28, 2009

Giveaway! Long Overdue

Win this book!


To enter: Please click the image of the book Tortured for Christ on the top of the left hand sidebar labled, "CLICK TO ENTER FREE BOOK DRAWING." As always there will also be a free goodie bag of stuff that I will send along with the book. Please put "Book Giveaway" in the subject heading of your email entry or your entry may end up in my spam folder. This drawing will remain open until I receive at least 25 entries or October 28th 2009. Whichever comes first. Hurry to be among the first!
*Note: Available to U.S. residents only.

From the back cover:

"Months of solitary confinement, years of peeriodic physical torture,
constand suffering from hunger and cold, the anguish of brainwashing and mental
cruelty--these are the expereiences of a Romanian pastor during his fourteen
years in Communist prisons.

His crime, like that of thousnds of others, was his fervent belief in Jesus
Christ and his public witness concerning that faith.

Meeting in homes, in basements, and in woods--sometimes daring to preach in
public on street corners--these faithfull lsould persisted in their Christian
witness knowing full well the ultimate cost of their actions.

This is their story--a classic account of courage, teneacious faith, and
unbelievable endu8rance. This history of the Underground Church reflects the
continuing struggle in many parts of the world today."






Sunday, September 27, 2009

Police Torture Pastor, Two Others



Local Muslim leaders prompt officers to arrest, abuse evangelistic team.

DHAKA, Bangladesh, August 4 (CDN) — At the urging of local Muslim leaders, police in western Bangladesh have tortured a pastor and two other Christians for legally proclaiming Christ.

Habibur Rahman, 45, pastor of Boalia Spiritual Church (Boalia Ruhani Jamat) in Boalia in Cuadanga district, 220 kilometers (136 miles) west of Dhaka, said he was about to meet with 11 others for a monthly meeting on evangelism at 8 p.m. on June 8 when local police stormed in and seized him and Zahid Hassan, 25, and a 40-year-old Christian identified only as Fazlur.

The first question the police commander asked him, Rahman said, was, “Why did you become Christian?”

“Using a lot of filthy words, he charged me that I was teaching the Bible and converting people to Christianity in this area,” the pastor told Compass.

n May, a police patrol chief had threatened to seize him at a church meeting but was misinformed about the time it would take place, Rahman said.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Turkish Christian Held Hostage at Knife Point





Prosecutors suspect he’s protecting ‘masterminds’ of slaying of three Christians in Malatya.



ISTANBUL, August 25 (CDN) — Turkish murder suspect Emre Gunaydin admitted in court last week that he had again committed perjury in the trial over the savage murders of three Christians in southeast Turkey.


Gunaydin, 21, faced off in Malatya’s Third Criminal Court on Friday (Aug. 21) with Varol Bulent Aral, whom he had named as one of the instigators of the attack at Zirve Publishing Co.’s Malatya office in a previous disposition before state prosecutors. Gunaydin, the alleged ringleader of the murderers, told the court that he had lied in a previous disposition before state prosecutors by implicating Aral.

“I named Varol Bulent Aral to reduce the sentence,” Gunaydin said under questioning.


His admission came after Aral testified at length, painting an elaborate scenario of himself as a key player in the “Ergenekon” conspiracy – said to include top level political and security officials, among others – suspected of orchestrating the 2007 Malatya attack with Gunaydin and four other defendants.











Christian martyrs, Necati Aydin, Ugur Yuksel, Tilmann Geske

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Friday, September 25, 2009

Gaurds Up

By Mark Cahill

When I was speaking at a church in Mississippi last year, the pastor said a very interesting thing to me. I had spoken about not being deceived in the last days. Deception will be everywhere, and if you are not very careful, Satan will deceive you and pull you away from the truth. Afterwards, he made a very simple statement to me. He said one of our main problems as Christians is that when we get around religious folks, we put our guards down instead of up. We naturally trust religious people, because we don’t think they will steer us in the wrong direction. But when the Bible tells us about false christs and false prophets, those are religious folks that we need to careful of.

So let’s put our guards up and take a look at something that is happening right now that seems to be turning into a phenomenon. Remember your guard is your Bible, and we must filter things through that prism to see if something is true or not.


Thursday, September 24, 2009

Becoming Like A Child

This article is by Richard Gunther who not only does all of the illustrations for Ray Comfort's blog, but has a fairly long list of articles he's written. You can check them out here at his web site.


By Richard Gunther


“Unless you are converted and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven”. (Mat. 18:3)


Children are as precious to God as sparrows, lilies and hairs. They have QUALITIES which God wants us to have. The following is general only:

1. Transparency. This means freedom from duplicity, craftiness, deceit, double-dealing, and hypocrisy. Children are easy to ‘read’, that is, they wear their thoughts on their faces. They are not clever or sophisticated enough to hide their motives or plans. A good parent has look at his or her child’s face and tell immediately if the child is being honest or not.

2. Teachability. This means being trustful, genuine, sincere, and ready to believe the truth. Children are open to the truth. They tend to believe everything an adult tells them, because they don’t know any better. God wants us to be open to what He says, without questioning or criticising.

3. Humility. Children are pliable. They can be knocked back, forgive, and carry on very quickly. They are friendly, and willing to obey, in order to please someone they love.

4. Children have many wonderful qualities, which, if they were all expressed here, would fill several pages. As Words worth noted, children come into this world “trailing clouds of glory”. They bring, in their earliest years, the innocence and purity of their Creator, which is quickly marred and spoiled as they grow up. The child is the nearest thing we have as a representation of God, perhaps up to age five. But the sinful nature, which comes with every child, pulls their soul away from what is right, and draws them into what is wrong, encouraging them to feed on ignoble and immoral things . . . the innocence of the child is smothered, and the adult emerges, brain-washed by the mind-set, peer pressure and lifestyle of the world.


But God wants to wash away all the dirt of this world, and restore the image of the child in us. Christians do not need to commit intellectual suicide to be like children. It is the QUALITIES of childhood which God wants us to have. Innocence, love, joy, freedom, peace, living one day at a time, not worrying about bills or the future, resting in the security of God’s arms.

Was Jesus like a child? In every way yes, though he was also the perfect example of a mature Man. He knew all about sin, yet he never sinned. He knew every emotion, yet he never gave in to lust, temper, jealousy, envy, hate and so on. He had all wisdom available to him, yet he spoke with simple words, and told small, colourful stories. He drew people to himself because he was gentle and kind. This vast power was used not in violent acts, but in healing and restoring. He was the supreme Child.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Angry Atheists and Dirty Books


Monday was a good day of witnessing at Arizona State University. Otter, his wife and two children, also participated by handing out many tracts and engaging in several one on one encounters with students.


I decided to do the Project Ezra reading of Luke 17 as a springboard into sharing the law and the gospel. About four or five minutes into the reading, “Joe” decided to do some of his own reading…….from an explicit sex manual. I was later told that this was an actually a textbook for a class offered on campus.

It was definitely a challenge to stay on course with the reading as he pressed on with his mocking, but thankfully, God saw me through to the end of the reading without much stumbling. I was able to immediately proceeded sharing the gospel. Joe eventually gave up because he had to get to class, which was a relief as I was able to finish with some sense of clear communication.

Another student told me that Joe made it a point to do this often whenever there were people preaching open air on campus. He also told me that he would be back—after class. I wasn’t thrilled with this prospect, but I committed it to prayer and trusted God would once again get me through it.
My second open air began with a reading of Isaiah 53 followed again with the law and the gospel. I explained how there was a great exchange that took place on the cross in how Jesus was wounded for our transgressions and crushed for our iniquities. Thankfully I finished just about the time Joe happened along.


I could tell that he was disappointed to have missed his chance to mock and heckle, so I offered him a bottle of water and assured him that there were no hard feelings, but that I was surprised that he would use such material to try and distract me.


He identified himself as a secular humanist and atheist. A lot was said, but the following was the most important part:


“Don’t you have anything better than that, Joe?”


“What do you mean?”

“Well, is that the best you can do. Don’t you have any real arguments or reasons that you hate the message I’m preaching?”


“I just hate what you guys do out here telling lies and forcing your beliefs on people. It’s judgmental”

I have to admit, I was somewhat pleased that he set this one up on a tee for me.

“Do you think I’m wrong for doing this Joe?”


“Yes!”

“Well….aren’t you judging me now?”


He paused and surprisingly became a little less irritated.

“I guess you’ve talked me into a corner”

“I think you kind of did that yourself”

We talked a bit more and he expressed that I was the first Christian that had ever really talked to him. I was both please and saddened by that. After sharing the gospel with him (he still rejected it) I encouraged him to come back with something of substance to talk or even debate about. “Your smarter than this, Joe” I said, “You can do better than a dirty magazine just so you can try to shock people.”

We talked a bit more and then he left for his next class somewhat deflated and looking more like a lost child than the mocking proud atheist.

I pray we meet up again and that we can further discuss things like the conscience, creation, God’s law and His forgiveness through Jesus. That would truly be a worthy discourse.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Woody Allen and Billy Graham

Something interesting from the past.

This is video from a TV special in 1969. Some reports say that Dr. Graham agreed to the interview provided Allen would attend one of his crusades.

Part 1



Part 2

Monday, September 21, 2009

Charo Washer's Testimony

Many of us have been introduced to the videos and teachings of Paul Washer on Youtube and elsewhere. His sermons are powerful and always leave an impression whether you like him or not. Below is the testimony of his wife Charo.

The video descriptions says this:

After serving for 12 years as a missionary the Lord shed His grace on Charo and saved her soul in 2004. She was hearing her husband, Paul Washer, preach on examining yourself. She came to realize, you either pass the tests in 1 John or you fail them, there is no middle ground.





Sunday, September 20, 2009

Alleged Murderer of Christian in Vietnam Strikes Again

Just a reminder that StreetFishing.org has dedicated the weekends to posting stories from persecuted brothers and sisters around the world in our special weekend edition entitled "Watchmen On The Wall" referred to in Isaiah 62:6-7 . There are so many atrocities being perpetrated that a new story isn't hard to find. But these stories do represent real suffering, torture, imprisonment and the death of Christians. Families are being torn apart, but greater is He that resides in the hearts of these faithful ones. Please remember to pray for them often. --Robert







Local authorities complicit or turn blind eye to assaults on Christians.



LOS ANGELES, May 11 (CDN) — A Hmong man in Vietnam’s Northwest Mountainous Region who murdered his mother in February because she had become a Christian has assaulted another Christian, leaving him critically wounded, according to area Christian sources.




Lao Lia Po on April 25 allegedly attacked Koua Lo of Meo Vac district, Ha Giang Province because he had become a Christian, according to a local church leader. Koua sustained severe head injuries; according to witnesses, his head was split open in two places with parts of his brain visible.




Koua was taken to a hospital, but after three days doctors said they could do nothing more for him and sent him home. As his injuries were life-threatening, those close to Koua did not expect him to recover.




The alleged attacker, Lao, is still at large and has not been charged. The assault took place in Sung Can Village, Sung Tra Commune, Meo Vac district, Ha Giang Province.




In the same area two years ago, a 74-year-old woman became the first Christian in the village. Today there are about 100 families who follow Christ, but the cost has been high. Stories of harassment and abuse of Christians in Meo Vac district have circulated for several months, with local Christians saying government officials are either complicit or look the other way.








Saturday, September 19, 2009

Muslim Militants Slay Long-Time Christian in Somalia



Al Shabaab extremists shoot 69-year-old after finding Bibles on him at checkpoint.


NAIROBI, Kenya, September 18 (CDN) — The faith journey of a long-time underground Christian in Somalia ended in tragedy this week when Islamic militants controlling a security checkpoint killed him after finding Bibles in his possession.


Militants from the Muslim extremist al Shabaab killed 69-year-old Omar Khalafe on Tuesday (Sept. 15) at a checkpoint they controlled 10 kilometers from Merca, a Christian source told Compass. A port city on the Indian Ocean 70 kilometers (45 miles) from Mogadishu, Merca is the main city of the Lower Shabele region.


Leaving Mogadishu by bus at 7:30 a.m., Khalafe was carrying 25 Somali Bibles he hoped to deliver to an underground fellowship in Somalia. By 10:30 a.m. he had arrived at the checkpoint controlled by al Shabaab, a rebel group linked with al Qaeda that has taken over large parts of the war-torn country.


A source in Somalia who spoke on condition of anonymity told Compass that the passengers were ordered to disembark from the bus for inspection. The Islamic militants found 25 Somali Bibles in one of the passengers’ bags; when they asked to whom the Bibles belonged, the passengers responded with a chilled silence.


Friday, September 18, 2009

Cross Pollinating

This kind of pollinating is one of ideas and not actualy pollen. But there is a Cross involved.

This idea was made widely visible by Tony Miano of Living Waters and the Ambassadors' Academy through his blog and Youtube videos. By clicking here and doing a little navigating, you can learn all about why he has taken to carrying a Cross around on many of his evangelism outings.

A few others have adopted the idea and all have praise reports of God's work being done.

Recently, a brother in Christ from way up in Ottawa, Ontario Canada, decided not only to build his own cross, but to share a couple of great videos showing not only the impact this idea has on the streets, but how to make one of your own.

Brother Paul. Thank you so much for your support and encouragement.

Below, read Paul's own words from his blog, The Word Street Journal.:

"If you are foolish (pridefully challenged) enough to stand on a street corner with a questioning cross and you are 'prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have' (2 Tim 4:5), then you can let the cross do the work of bringing the inquiring hearts to you to ask the inevitable question and open the door to gospel conversations. Nothing could be easier!"

First: On the street.







Secondly: "The making of"









Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Myth of Tolerance


Gregory Koukl


This article first appeared in the Practical Apologetics column of the Christian Research Journal, volume 24, number 4 (2002). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org


One word can stop you in your tracks when you seek to “give an account for the hope that is in you” as an ambassador for Christ. That word is “tolerance.”


This idea is especially popular with postmodernists — that breed of radical skeptics whose ideas command unwarranted respect in the university today. Their rallying cry, “There is no truth,” is often followed by an appeal for tolerance.


The tolerant person allegedly occupies neutral ground, a place of complete impartiality where each individual is permitted to decide for him or herself. No judgments allowed. No “forcing” personal views. That all views are equally valid is one of the most entrenched assumptions of a society committed to relativism; but it’s a myth!

For all their confident bluster, the relativists’ appeal actually asserts two principles or “truths,” one rational and one moral. The first is the rational “truth” that there is no truth. The second is the moral “truth” that one ought to tolerate the viewpoints of others. Their stand, contradictory on at least two counts, serves as a warning that the modern notion of tolerance is seriously misguided.


The Tolerance Trick. As it turns out, by the modern definition of tolerance no one is tolerant, or ever can be. It’s what my friend Francis Beckwith calls the “passive-aggressive tolerance trick.” Returning to the classic understanding of tolerance is the only way to restore any useful meaning to the word. Allow me to give you a real-life example.


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Seeker Sensitive Apostle?

Yesterday was a blessed day of sharing the Gospel and distributing tracts at CGCC. My regular team couldn't’t make it but my new friend in Christ, Marcus, who I invited at the last minute was there for a couple of hours. His support and encouragement was much appreciated. Please take the time to visit his YouTube channel at repenttrust. The work he has done preaching the Gospel truly humbles me.


I had several conversations with students, and for as many times as we have frequented the campus, I don’t remember seeing anyone I recognized. This fishing hole is rich for the harvest and not even close to being “fished out.” Each time I turned around, Marcus was either engaged in conversation or handing out a tract. There was much work to be done.

Once Marcus left for the day I began packing up my bibles and tracts when I was approached by a young woman identifying herself as a Christian. She had a few “pointers” for me.

She was a student taking psychology and thought that it might do me (and other Christians) well to avoid certain “trigger words” like “Hell” and “Sin.” She thought that it would be less offensive to use words that didn’t invoke harsh feelings. Words like “separation” and “mistakes” were less inflammatory and in her estimation, kinder and gentler-- less likely to turn someone away.

I asked her what she did to share her faith. She mentioned the friendship evangelism model that included waiting for someone to ask what was “different” about her. Then she would tell them about herself.
I asked her if she believed that the bible was infallible and inerrant. To my surprise, she did. Then I asked her if she thought the culture and popular psychology superseded the Word of God. She agreed that it did not. But she also brought up the all too common (and misunderstood) response that the apostle Paul became like his audiences to win them over. I gave her my less than perfect answer that while true that Paul became sensitive to the culture he was in, he did not compromise truth. Below is a commentary from Let us reason ministries that sums it up better than I can:
What did Paul mean when he said that he became all things to all men?

1 Corinthians 9:19: “For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more; 20 and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might win those who are under the law; 21 to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ), that I might win those who are without law; 22 to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. 23 Now this I do for the gospel's sake, that I may be partaker of it with you.”

What did Paul mean that he became all things to all men for evangelism? This is his summation after he describes his goal and those people whom he wanted to reach.

He adapted his teaching to their thought in their culture to reach them. He divides the world into the religious with the law, (Jews) and the Gentiles, without the law.

1 Corinthians 9:20 Not being myself under the law mee (NT:3319) oon (NT:5541) autos (NT:839) hupo (NT:5201) nomon (NT:3506). He was emancipated from the law as a means of salvation, yet he knew how to speak to them because of his former beliefs and life with them (Galatians 4:21). He knew how to put the gospel to them without compromise and without offence (from Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament.)

An example of this is recorded in Acts 17. He showed the philosophers they were wrong from logic, their own history and the Bible and explained to them what is right.

In 1 Corinthians 9:22 Paul said by inspiration of the Holy Spirit: “To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.” If this is isolated from the rest of Scripture one can assume that Paul was willing to do anything to reach the lost, including adopting their lifestyle and compromise his ethics, moral and beliefs. This is a doctrine that is popularized among the seeker friendly evangelism crowd today. If we use this logic then one cannot reach a drug addict unless they become one, one cannot reach a drunk unless they drink alcohol.

When we compare Scripture with Scripture, we find that Paul did not mean this. Paul taught that believers are to “abstain from any appearance of evil” (1 Thess. 5:22). Paul would not have done anything contrary to Christ and his ways in his own life and ministry. Remember he rebuked Peter for his compromise of the gospel to the Jewish brethren. Galatians 2:12-13 speaking of the Judaizers “for before certain men came from James, he would eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing those who were of the circumcision. “Saying to Peter Galatians 2:14 “If you, being a Jew, live in the manner of Gentiles and not as the Jews, why do you compel Gentiles to live as Jews?

So, here is the big question I have for Marie: Just how concerned do you think Paul was with “trigger words” and the offenses of the scriptures? The facts below shine a spotlight on what he endured for the uncompromised truth.

Five times I received from the Jews thirty-nine lashes.
Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, a night and a day I have spent in the deep. 26I have been on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my countrymen, dangers from the Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers on the sea, dangers among false brethren; I have been in labor and hardship, through many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. (2Corinthians 11:24-27).

However Paul adjusted to his audience, It still brought on the unrighteous anger of sinful man.

What do you think?




Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Origin in the Schools Promo video

Here's the promo video for "Origin in schools." Ray Comfort along with Tony Miano of Living Waters are putting together teams around the nation to get this book into the hands of Students and faculty alike.




HT: The Lawman Chronicles

Monday, September 14, 2009

Tammy on Mill

Saturday night was a great evening-- not only sharing the precious Gospel, but of fellowship and encouragement. Thank you to Rob-roy and his crew for welcoming me to join them on Mill Avenue in Tempe, Arizona. We had many opportunities to share God's Word with the lost and to distribute hundreds of tracts.



Typically, the folks on Mill Avenue always have something interesting to offer up. Saturday was no exception. I met a number of people that would consider themselves Christians but that had given very little thought about sharing their faith or really discussing God at all.

The following is a short audio clip of Tammy, a professing Christian who couldn't really articulate the Gospel. She came across a bit tipsy. What could it mean that she was more interested in keeping up with her friends than discussing the most important topic of all? God only knows.

Sunday, September 13, 2009


Imprisoned for his faith, 43-year-old dies in solitary confinement.


LOS ANGELES, July 27 (CDN) — Another Christian imprisoned for his faith in Eritrea has died from authorities denying him medical treatment, according to a Christian support organization.


Sources told Netherlands-based Open Doors that Yemane Kahasay Andom, 43, died Thursday (July 23) at Mitire Military Confinement Center. A member of the Kale-Hiwot church in Mendefera, Andom was said to be secretly buried in the camp.


Weakened by continuous torture, Andom was suffering from a severe case of malaria, Open Doors reported in a statement today.


Saturday, September 12, 2009

Mastermind of Church Bombing in Nepal Arrested



Christians’ fears little allayed; armed outfits mushrooming.

KATHMANDU, Nepal, September 10 (CDN) — Pastor John Vanlalhriata was reading the Bible at his home in Kathmandu valley Sunday afternoon (Sept. 6) when a friend called to give him the news that electrified the Christian community.

“Ram Prasad Mainali has been arrested by police along with three more accomplices,” the friend said. “Finally, our prayers have been answered.”

The 36-year-old Mainali, who claims to have worked in the national army, became a household name in May after the little-known underground organization he headed, the Nepal Defense Army (NDA), claimed responsibility for placing a bomb in one of Nepal’s oldest churches during mass, killing two women and a schoolgirl and injuring more than a dozen people.

Though police claimed a breakthrough in less than a fortnight, saying they had arrested a 27-year-old woman who planted the bomb in the prayer hall of the Catholic Assumption Church on May 23, the suspected mastermind remained elusive. Despite a red alert for Mainali’s arrest, he remained at large in the former Hindu kingdom, continuing to intimidate Christians by ordering them to leave the country or face further violence. He was arrested on Saturday (Sept. 5) in Biratnagar.

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Amputee - by Nate Pfeil

This guy has some powerful videos. I can't seem to find his Youtube channell, but if you type his name in the search, you'll find a wealth of compelling presentations.




Thursday, September 10, 2009

You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet! Salvation Army President Predicts Demise of Church

Part Two



by Todd Friel


Is it beneficial to question whether Christians should have Christmas trees? Sure. Is it necessary to question whether Christmas trees are green? The doctrine of justification has been long settled. To open up the doctrine for the sake of conversation screams of a hidden agenda. But that is precisely what Brian McLaren would like to do.


While Mr. McLaren's framing of the issue is under the guise of, "Let's just open up the issue for discussion," does Mr. McLaren know where he wants this conversation to go? It sure seems like it. He just seems to recognize that if he does not take a slow, meandering, deconstructionist path, he might be labeled for what he is.


The new bad theology is mangled justification. That means we have no further need for the Bible, Jesus or the cross. Christianity will be nothing more than a work righteous religion on the same level of Islam or Buddhism.




"Is getting individual souls into heaven the focal point of the Gospel? I'd have to say, 'No,'" states Mr. McLaren. Sure seems like the conversation is closed.


Mr. McLaren considers the classic understanding of penal substitution as "cosmic child abuse." Is it any wonder that Brian thought the manager in Hotel Rwanda was a better example of love than Jesus in The Passion of the Christ?


The new bad theology is mangled justification. That means we have no further need for the Bible, Jesus or the cross. Christianity will be nothing more than a work righteous religion on the same level of Islam or Buddhism.


Christianity will no longer be about forgiveness of sins for the glory of God. The cross is no longer about satisfying the wrath of God. Faith is no longer about being in a right relationship with the Creator and inheriting eternal life.


Now, let's put on our General Booth goggles and take a look into the future of Christianity. What will be the result of this bad theology?


Universalism.


If the emergents have their way, Jesus Christ will no longer be the exclusive way to everlasting life, nobody will go to hell and everyone will go to Heaven.


Brian McLaren offers this oxymoronic defense. "I am not embracing a traditional universalist position, but I am trying to raise the question, 'When God created the universe, did he have two purposes in mind—one being to create some people who would forever enjoy blessing and mercy, and another to create a group who would forever suffer torment, torture, and punishment? What is our view of God? A God who plans torture? A God who has an essential, eternal quality of hatred? Is God love, or is God love and hate?'"


Straw man aside, that is like stating, "I am not saying I think everyone is going to go to heaven, I'm just saying that God is so loving He won't send anyone to hell."


In 1759, William Romaine presented, "The Doctrine of Imputed Righteousness Defended." This was an effort to fend off the advances of the Catholic merit system (infused righteousness) into Protestant circles. The doctrine of justification that Luther had rescued was under assault. Here is what William Romaine begged. I have taken the liberty of replacing "Catholicism" with "Emergent".


"A sinner made righteous by the righteousness of Christ is the doctrine upon which a church stands or falls. Upon it our church was established, and has long stood; but do we stand upon it now? Are we all champions for the protestant doctrine, or are we in general departed from it? Alas! Our enemies can tell, with triumph they tell of the increase of the emergent interest among us. And why does it increase? Whence is it that they make so many converts? Is it not because our people are not well established in the protestant doctrine? If it was taught and preached more, our churches would not be so empty as they are, nor the emergent houses so full. Many of our people know not what it is to be a protestant, and therefore they become an easy prey to the emergents, who are so busy and successful in making converts."


Our new bad theology is redefined justification. The result can only lead to universalism. Mr. McLaren might try to obfuscate his position by saying he does not believe in "traditional universalism", but universalism by any name (or with any adjective) is heresy. Heresy means people will go to hell.


Listen to William Romaine. "I fear this may be true; but is it not alarming, and ought it not to stir up the clergy, to try to put a stop to the spreading of the emergents? May the Lord raise up faithful and able men to defend His righteousness against them who have established a meritorious righteousness of their own, and will not submit to the righteousness of God."


If you choke on the squishy gospel of the seeker sensitive movement, you ain't seen nothing yet.






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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet! Salvation Army President Predicts Demise of The Church

by Todd Friel


Part One


Any Fifth Street Promenade tarot card reader would be thrilled to nail a prediction as accurately as William Booth did one hundred years ago. "I consider that the chief dangers which confront the coming century will be religion without the Holy Ghost, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God, and heaven without hell."


Was the founder of the Salvation Army accurate?


Is there religion without the Holy Ghost? With a red face I confess that we conservatives have veered from the zany antics of televangelism into a ditch with little recognition of the active work of the Holy Spirit.


Is there Christianity without Christ? Have you been to an Episcopal church lately?


Is there forgiveness without turning from sin? Ask Dallas Theological Seminary.


Is there salvation without regeneration? Google "Carnal Christianity."


Is there politics without God? http://www.aclu.com/


Is there heaven without hell? Paging Rob Bell.


How was General Booth able to make such an accurate prediction? He surveyed the doctrines that were under assault, and then forecasted where that errant theology would take us. What deficient theology did he see? He witnessed a forsaking of the preaching of the Law. While he did not know what the result would be named, he knew that anti-nomianism (no law, lots of grace) had to lead to what turned out to be watered down mainline Protestantism and the seeker sensitive movement.


Now that General Booth's predictions have been fulfilled, we would do well to survey the latest threat. "Isn't the seeker sensitive movement the latest threat?" you ask. I would suggest it is not.


The seeker sensitive movement is the result of the squishy, anti-nomianism that General Booth witnessed; it is not a new threat. Seeker Sensitive is the manifestation of bad theology. Seeker sensitive is merely a fad (a bad fad, but a fad, nonetheless), and it won't be long before it is replaced by another fad that is the result of new bad theology. What is the bad theology of our day?


Redefined justification.


Nearly 500 years ago, God used Martin Luther to recapture the foundational doctrine of justification by grace through faith alone. Every puritan who followed in his wake recognized that justification is the core doctrine of Protestantism.


How did they define it? Man=sin. God=holiness. Consequence=hell. But God chose to demonstrate His kindness by taking the punishment we deserve by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to live a sinless life and die on a cross, rise from the dead and defeat death. Therefore, if people will repent and trust the Savior, the righteousness of Jesus will be imputed (credited to our account) that we might be made the righteousness of God (see II Cor.5:21) so that God can be glorified for His kindness. That is justification.


But alas, today's "progressive" theologians have decided we need to take a fresh, new look at our cherished corner stone. Emergent leader, Brian McLaren says he simply wants to have a conversation and re-think long-held evangelical assumptions.


While he acts like he is taking us on a journey whose destination is unknown, Mr. McLaren seems to know exactly where this conversation is headed: a new definition of justification. From the article "Interview with Brian McLaren about 'A Letter to Friends of Emergent'"


Interviewer: I think with all the other change going on, one thing we've got to hold firm on is the Gospel.


McLaren: What do you mean when you say "the Gospel"?


Interviewer: You know, justification by grace through faith in the finished atoning work of Christ on the cross.


McLaren: Are you sure that's the Gospel?


Interviewer: Of course. Aren't you?


McLaren: I'm sure that's a facet of the Gospel, and it's the facet that modern evangelical Protestants have assumed is the whole Gospel, the heart of the Gospel. But what's the point of that Gospel?


In part two, we will put on our General William Booth predicting hats to predict where this conversation is headed. Trust me, you ain't seen nothin' yet.



Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Out: TNIV In: NIV Revisions

Let’s hope that the revisions to the NIV don’t create the kind of controversy that the creation of the TNIV caused. Below the article I have re-posted a couple of short videos from John MacArthur and Rob Bell that define the controversy in a nutshell.

By ERIC GORSKI, AP Religion Writer

The top-selling Bible in North America will undergo its first revision in 25 years, modernizing the language in some sections and promising to reopen a contentious debate about changing gender terms in the sacred text. The New International Version, the Bible of choice for conservative evangelicals, will be revised to reflect changes in English usage and advances in Biblical scholarship, it was announced Tuesday. The revision is scheduled to be completed late next year and published in 2011.

"We want to reach English speakers across the globe with a Bible that is accurate, accessible and that speaks to its readers in a language they can understand," said Keith Danby, global president and CEO of Biblica, a Colorado Springs, Colo.-based Christian ministry that holds the NIV copyright.

An effort earlier this decade to create a separate version of the NIV that used more gender-inclusive language in an attempt to reach a younger audience fell flat with groups that felt it crossed the line.

That edition, Today's New International Version, will cease publication once the new-look NIV is released, said Moe Girkins, president of Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Zondervan, its North American publisher.

"Whatever its strengths, the TNIV has become an emblem of division in the evangelical Christian world," Girkins said.

It was the TNIV that ushered in changes from "sons of God" to "children of God," or "brothers" to "brothers and sisters." In Genesis I, God created "human beings" in his own image instead of "man."

Many prominent pastors and scholars endorsed the changes. But critics said masculine terms in the original should not be tampered with. Some warned that changing singular gender references to plural ones alters what the Bible says about God's relationships with individuals.

The Southern Baptist Convention passed a resolution saying the edition "has gone beyond acceptable translation standards."

"We fell short of the trust that has been placed in us, We failed to make a clear case for the revisions." (Keith Danby, global president and CEO of Biblica, a Colorado Springs, Colo.-based Christian ministry that holds the NIV copyright.

Should culture tell us what the bible is allowed to say?

The first clip is an audio clip from John MacArthur's sermon entitled "Assorted attacks on the Bible." Clear warning is given to not only those who would adapt the bible to fit culture as well as those who would consider studying from such translations as the Today's New International Version.




This second clip is from what looks like an unscripted commentary from Rob Bell. Bell is an enthusiast on the TNIV and hands them out to everyone that comes to his church.



Now you be the judge.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Set Me Free

A friend shared this video on Facebook and I thought it was a great dramatic piece to share here.

While many churches are using a variety of skits, movie clips and many other gimmicks to attract the world, not enough of them are using poignant, solid dramas like this.

This is a performance from Victory World Outreach Centers Ignite Student Ministries.


May your week be truly God blessed,