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Paul Washer, Lordship Salvation and Repentance

A very dear friend posted a link to an excerpt from a Paul Washer speech. She appreciated it but when I questioned Washer’s doctrine, she sincerely asked me for my understanding and explanation. This is an adaptation of my note to her.

I went to the link and listened to Washer. I found him to be a very appealing and charismatic speaker. But he confirmed my opinion from previous videos that he preaches a false repentance message and very obviously preaches Lordship Salvation.  Here is the link: Paul Washer Video

I transcribed these few excerpts from the video, and since I’m 3/4 blind and deaf there may be some slight difference between this and what you hear. I listened to it twice, stopping and starting it, doing the best I could typing with two-fingers. (But I thank the Lord for one almost good eye and two fingers).

Washer started the video by saying: (In Bold Red)
It is impossible to be embraced [???] by the Gospel of Jesus Christ and not to be changed at the very core of your being and it not be manifest to those around you.
He starts out with an un-Scriptural statement. He apparently either ignores or does not understand the two natures (old and new) of the believer and the free will we have to be obedient to the Lord or not. A believer will not necessarily automatically “manifest” that he has been “changed at the very core of his being.”

However, he nailed Billy Graham (not by name though) with his analysis of a false “come down an aisle method” and with psychological manipulation; I agreed with that. But Washer neglected to condemn the Graham “turn from sin” repentance message, but as I listened further it became abundantly clear that he agreed with Graham’s false repentance message.

Washer:
Those who have professed Christ and are living in continuous state of carnality without the least evidence of Holy Spirit convicting them of sin – it is because they are not saved…
Again Washer sets himself up as the Lord and judge, determining whether or not he can see a person is a believer by their actions, even after the person has professed his faith in Jesus Christ. He completely ignores the clear teaching of the carnality of the Corinthian believers,  contentious, etc.
“And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.” (1 Corinthians 3:1),
“What will ye? shall I come unto you with a rod, or in love, and in the spirit of meekness? 1 Corinthians 3:1
“It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife.” 1 Corinthians 4:21-5:1

Washer’s message is essentially preaching the Lordship salvation message of John MacArthur (and others), which is, if a believer does not turn from sin before and after he trusts Christ and does not live the “Christian life,” according to their rules then he cannot be a believer.

Washer says:
The Gospel is to repent of your sins and believe the Gospel.
Not true – God’s Word never says we must “repent of our sins” for salvation. Repent means to change one’s mind — and then we believe/trust Jesus Christ as our Savior, that He died for our sins, paid our debt, rose from the grave and will give us the FREE gift of eternal life!. That is God’s Grace.

Washer says, speaking of becoming a believer:
Evangelists say, it takes only 5 minutes. Washer says, NO my friends, it will take your life.
This is simply the exact Lordship/commitment salvation message, and is absolutely contrary to the message of God’s Grace.

Washer is critical of evangelists who would “share the Gospel in 2 minutes and go for the sale.”
Well, if I only have 2 minutes to share the Gospel, that is exactly what I will do. The Bible does not put a time clock on presentation of the Gospel nor on how short or long a period of time it takes a person to understand the Gospel and trust Christ as Savior. Washer’s  statement is ludicrous, ridiculous and wrong.

Washer on evidence of true conversion:
Profession will be continuing on.. Is God a reality in your life? It MUST be obvious (to others) that God is finishing a good work in you. If you have indeed repented of your sins [sic] and believed, the evidence is that you will continue repenting and believe.
What a mixed up Lordship Salvation statement! He is again setting himself up as the judge, by his standards, of who is a believer by demanding the “evidence” of having “repented of your sins.”
God is the only one Who can determine whether a person has trusted in Jesus Christ as their Savior. I must admit I could have heard this phrase incorrectly but I listened twice.. Again, “repenting of your sins” is not a Biblical salvation message.

Most discerning believers in Christ know the Christian life and Obedience is not automatic but are works which we as believers SHOULD do “walk,” “put on (clothe yourself )with the new man”., etc, not for salvation but because we ARE saved. (Ephesians 2:10) The Bible is full of instructions about how believers should behave. IF living the “Christian Life” were automatic, there would be no need for the plethora of Bible instructions detailing what we should do now that we are believers in Jesus Christ. We are told in:
Ephesians 5:15-16
“See then that ye WALK circumspectly (carefully), not as fools, but as wise, REDEEMING the time, because the days are evil.” [Not automatic but something we should do as believers]
Colossians 3:10
And have PUT ON (clothe yourself) the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him (the new man):” [Not automatic but something we should do as believers]

Now, as believers in Jesus Christ, we accomplish this by Bible Study, fellowship with solid Bible believers and being instant in prayer to the Lord and sharing our faith. If we ignore these things we can easily slip into being carnal believers and as such may incur the Lord’s chastening and discipline. (Hebrews 12:6)

Thanks for indulging me in this… but I have seen so many friends falling for the new age, emergent, Lordship message that I have to shout it out.

Washer is preaching a message that can very easily make folks doubt their salvation. He says, in effect, “You do this and that or you are not saved.” Tragic!!!

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Are We Under The Law?

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I recently had a very interesting and distressing back-and-forth commenting session with a “friend” and others on Facebook. The subject was “Are we under The Law”?

Most of the spelling, that my tired eyes could find, were corrected and I will use synonyms to protect my friends. I pray this format of reporting and what was said is clear.. And I apologize for the extreme verbosity, but I have cut some of  the less pertinent statements out.

== Begin the post and comments ==

“Charlie” the original poster wrote the following:

(Christ said) Matt.5:17-19 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
(Apostle Paul says) Roman 7:15-16 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.
(Paul says) 1 Timothy1:8 We know that the law is good,if a man use it lawfully.
So “Charlie” then concludes: Hmmmm. ……… Sounds like we are still under the Laws.

A reader then said: No, but many people act like they are above it…

I, Jack then quoted the following verses:
“For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” John 1:17
“Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in His sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” Romans 3:20
And by Him [Jesus Christ] all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.” Acts 13:39
Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.” Galatians 3:24-25
Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.” Romans 3:28
For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.” Romans 10:4
And many more!! Believers in Jesus Christ are not under the Law but Grace for salvation.

Then “Charlie” wrote: Jack, if you knowingly BREAK the commandments and are unrepentant, are you telling me you will be saved anyway? While you can do nothing to be saved, you can do a lot of things to NOT be saved, would be my poor understanding.

“Charlie” continued: To put a point on it, a friend of mine up north was a drinker and womanizer, as in he would go out partying and wake up the next morning with a new “friend”. When I suggested it was the wrong way to be he gave me understanding that he believed in JC so didn’t have to worry about the small stuff. So how does that work Jack??

Then I wrote: “Charlie”, we never know a person’s mind.. only what Jesus Christ says – that He gives us ETERNAL LIFE (without end) when we trust Him – and he guarantees discipline – not hell for disobedient believers. It is called eternally secure in Jesus Christ.

Then “Charlie” answered: Jack, any references for this??

Than I said in answer to “Charlie”: All the references above speak to that. What specifically do you mean, other than the verses I have quoted above? Jesus says in John 10:28″And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

Then a lady reader “Clara” wrote: To have eternal life you have to be saved and live a Christian life.

“Ginny” shouted: AMEN “Clara”!!

Then “Charlie” wrote: Jack, that doesn’t say that you can’t jump out of his hand. People apparently are getting the idea that the ten commandments and the Noaide [sic] laws are meaningless and they can do whatever they want once they have given themselves to Christ. What they don’t understand is that accepting these Laws IS part of giving themselves to Christ as that is accepting his teachings along with believing in him. How can you believe in someone and not accept their teachings?? I don’t know, but, some of this new wave [stuff] seems to teach that and my friend seemed to believe it.

Then I wrote: Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Titus 3:5 “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;”
I continued: The very meaning of Grace is “undeserved.” If, as “Clara” says, “To have eternal life you have to be saved and live a Christian life” then we are depending on our works (Christian life) to be justified before God.
I continued: “Charlie” there is no scripture that says we can “jump out” of God’s hand. That statement would mean God would be lying when He said we have eternal life when we trust Jesus Christ as Savior.
Ephesians 2:10 says we should do good works — because we are saved — not to be saved.
We don’t give our life or anything else to God in exchange for eternal life.. it IS FREE! (Ephesians 2:8-9 above). We simply and honestly believe/trust in Jesus to be our Savior and then entrust our eternity to His care and then He does the keeping for all eternity. (1 Peter 1:5)
I am glad the Lord does not judge anyone’s salvation based on their Christian life, but only on their faith in the SAVIOR, Jesus Christ. HE alone saves — and we can never save ourselves (or even help save ourselves).
With your philosophy could a person ever say, “I have eternal life”? No. Because this person would be depending on their good works which will never suffice and never save.
I continued: Read my Blog from yesterday, “Am I Presumptuous?”:

Then “Julia” chimed in: I was saved at the tender age of 6 yrs. old. I was raised as a Baptist. All my life I believed, “Once saved always saved”. I do not believe that any more. So many times I saw and I joined in to a re-dedication of my life, at our church. What’s the difference in that and being saved again? I could never figure that one out. John 17:1-5 Says that Salvation includes gaining a relationship with GOD. and Acts 2:37-38 Is saying receiving salvation means, WE MUST TURN FROM OUR SINS [sic]. Also, there is a difference in believing there is a God and believing in God…Asking Jesus to forgive us of our sins and asking HIM into our hearts to be our “Personal” savior is believing IN God… From my own experience, I can not be saved and live in the world, or hang with people that do live in the world. Our salvation was obtained by Jesus’ blood. He rescued us from Satan’s dominion, which is the world. As Christians, we are suppose to serve HIM. Please HIM worship HIM.. If we can’t give up the thing of this world, we can’t do what God wants us to do. We are to be a witness for HIM. Living in the world, is a stumbling block. Our walk and talk lets others see what we really are. If we live for the Lord and do the Lords work, they shall know us by our fruits. If we live in the world and do as the world does, we are not gratifying our Lord and Savior, we are gratifying ourselves and Satan. BTW, the Old Testament Law was done away with when Jesus died on the cross for our sins. We are no longer under the old law. We are under the blood bought grace of Jesus Christ our Lord!

[Jack – I did not answer this because of so many doctrinal errors that it would require pages to explain].

Then “Charlie” retorted: Jack, you are confusing the idea of qualifying and disqualifying. I can’t qualify. There is nothing I can do that could save myself. I can still disqualify myself by ignoring his words. What you are stating, taken to an extreme, says that every individual no matter how much he rejects the Lord will be saved anyway. What then of the scripture telling us of those who will not be saved??

The I answer “Charlie”: “He that believeth on Him [Jesus Christ] is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:18 When we trust Jesus Christ, He saves us — not we ourselves. Everyone has the choice to believe in Jesus Christ or — reject Him. The difference between Heaven and Hell is whether or not we have put our trust in Him to SAVE us and thankfully it never depends upon our life or works.
If it were not for the Lord giving us the opportunity to trust The Savior to eternally SAVE us and give us His righteousness, we would all go to hell. A believer is one who has become a Child of God by faith, imbued with His righteousness. God will never send His child to hell or He would be sending his own indwelling Holy Spirit to hell.. A disobedient child of God may be chastened or taken home to the Lord because of disobedience, but never hell. If our performance or obedience to the law could get us to Heaven, then Christ died in vain. Galatians 2:21 “I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.”

“Willie” says: “Clara” It sounds like you mean limited Grace and perhaps that our righteousness before God is worth something as long as we live up to an unknowable standard. How do you reconcile “under the blood bought grace” with losing salvation. At what point is the” blood bought grace” worthless?

“Charlie” then says: Willie, you and everyone else are more than welcome to put in your beliefs or opinions,. This is an area that I am very confused about. I may argue this way or that but I do not know.

“Dinny” chimes in: In that case… I agree with “Charlie” here. I am confused by the once saved method. What about the possibility of being blotted out of the “lambs book of life”. It seems in order to be blotted out our name would have to be written in. Paul says to be vigilant, what reason would there be if our salvation can’t be stolen from us? Good thread, sorry to dissent, “Willie.”

“Clara” says: A former employer of mine said she was saved, however made it a routine to go out drinking, and living in the world. She believed in God and said she was saved. Jesus said,” IF YOU LOVE ME, FEED MY SHEEP” keep my commandments…How can we be saved and NOT serve HIM? I will reiterate, we are to restrain from the world and thing of the world. We can not serve God and man. If we are truly Saved, we will not go out into the world and do worldly things. Matt.7:21 (true disciples). Not all people who sound religious are really godly. They may refer to me as Lord, but they still won’t enter the Kingdom of Heaven. The decisive issue is whether they obey my Father in heaven. Colossians 3:5-8 So, put to death the sinful earthly things lurking within you. Have NOTHING to do with sexual sin, impurity, lust and shameful desires, Don’t be greedy for the good things of this life, for that is idolatry. 6. God’s terrible anger will come upon those who do such things. 7. You used to do them when your life was still part of this world, 8 But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander and dirty language. Vs. 16..Let the words of Christ, in all their richness, live in your hearts and make you wise, Use HIS words to teach and counsel each other. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs TO GOD with thankful hearets. 17..AND, whatever you do or say, let it be as a representative of the LORD JESUS, all the while giving thanks through HIM to GOD THE FATHER! If we say we are saved and live in the world, we will not see the kingdom of heaven. Not everyone that says Lord Lord, will enter the Kingdom of heaven. If we are truly saved, we will want to serve the Lord and HIM only will we serve! you cannot walk with the world and with God.. therefore, maybe you can lose your salvation, or perhaps, there was no real commitment to God to begin with…..????????????
==== End of discussion ====

At this point, sadly, I gave up, seeing I was approaching a dead end where most of these folks paid no attention to Scripture but their own preconceived ideas of their religion.

It is such a shame that so much of the “Christian” world believes that good works, etc will qualify them to have or keep eternal life. Obviously we need more Biblical, doctrinally sound missionaries to “Christian” churches here in the US.

Do you have an opinion??

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Am I Presumptuous to say, “I am IN Jesus Christ Eternally”?

Is a Christian being presumptuous to say that he or she is “In Jesus Christ eternally” or “I know for sure I am going to Heaven”?

Some of you, dear readers, may have noticed that I usually sign my emails and Blog comments with the statement, “In Jesus Christ eternally.” Some years ago I was challenged by a person with whom I was sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. During the conversation, I made the statement,”I know I have eternal life, because I am in Jesus Christ and know for sure I will go to Heaven when I die.”

“That is quite presumptuous,” said my friend.

The definition of presumptuous is “unwarrantedly or impertinently bold” (Dictionary.com)

My proclamation of assurance is neither unwarranted, impertinent nor am I “worthy,” but my statement is totally accurate and bold because I believe God’s Holy Word that through Jesus Christ alone am I assured..

The moment I made the decision to trust Jesus Christ as my Savior, believing that He is God, that He was crucified in the cross for my sin, that He was buried and rose from that grave (1 Corinthians 15: 1-4) I became a child of God for all eternity and am assured that nothing can sever that eternal bond, sealed by God’s Holy Spirit Himself. (Ephesians 1:13)

“And be found in Him [Jesus Christ], not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith;” Philippians 3:9 NKJV

Jesus Himself said (over and over):

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me hath [has right now] everlasting life.” John 6:47

“These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may KNOW that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” 1 John 5:13

There are some who will scoff at the idea that we who are Bible believing Christians dare make such a statement; that we are bragging. No! We are humbled and thankful that God loved us so much that He would offer us such a costly Gift absolutely free, which we take or accept by trusting Jesus Christ alone as our Savior.

Therefore when I say I KNOW I have Eternal Life and that I am “In Jesus Christ Eternally,” I am not at all presumptuous but thankfully confident and assured that what Christ has promised, He will deliver. Mine is not self confidence but confidence in Jesus Christ and His Word.

“…..I am not ashamed for I know Whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day.” 2 Timothy 1:12

What do you think? Are you confident and assured of your eternal destination?

If you do not have that assurance, please read, understand and believe this:
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Rick Warren, Tony Blair, John Piper – Togetherness?

Apostate Ecumenism at its worst?  Peace at any price, without the Prince of Peace? How long will the followers of these men continue to swallow the lies. Look at the amazing combination of Catholic dogma, New Age, Reformed/Calvinist drivel emerging from Rick Warren’s Mega Church in California. Will the sheep at Warren’s Southern Baptist Saddleback Church ever wake up or have they been so brain dirtied and blinded that they will never see Truth?

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Rick Warren believes the world can have peace without the Prince of Peace. He is awarding Tony Blair, a pro-abortion, Roman Catholic convert with a peace prize in a few days at Saddleback Church. Click here for Warren’s details. As we see Dr. John Piper’s open embrace of Warren at his Desiring God conferences, one of which will be held at Warren’s church in April, we are reminded of the emergence of a new spirituality that is without the cross of Jesus Christ (just ask Tony Blair about his plan to unite world religions), of “peace” without the author of peace, Jesus Christ, and of an apostate evangelicalism that has now linked arms with the United Nations to push Agenda 21 goals.

The followers of John Piper are in deep denial. They believe that because Piper has never written or spoken anything heterodox, that he must be trustworthy for all time. That is why I wrote my piece on evangelical bridgers. These are the most dangerous men of all. Blinded by pride and their own sense of importance in the scheme of things, (and ironically, often claiming newfound humility), they end up bridging the gap between false teachers like Rick Warren and biblical Christianity. John Piper has chosen to become a Bridger. My prayers are with those who will blindly cross that bridge while loyally carrying their Piper banners all the way.

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Lordship salvation, Calvinism and One Naturism: Do Christians Still Possess a Sin Nature?

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I would like to propose a question or two to my readers about One Naturism, so called. Thanks for the suggestion from reader JanH.

Having written extensively about the problems with Lordship Salvation and Reformed/Calvinist teaching, it appears to me that these two false doctrines spawn the further error of “One Naturism.” This teaching (to my best understanding) is that upon “coming to the knowledge of Christ” (whatever that might mean to some) the old sin nature is eradicated or destroyed thus leaving nothing remaining but the new nature provided by Christ which WILL automatically produce good works — or you are not “saved.”

My understanding says that this teaching, however surreptitiously hidden by modernist teachers, is patently and obviously false and totally contrary to God’s Word.

We have some excellent Biblical minds who frequent this Blog and I will appreciate your thoughts whether I have analyzed this teaching correctly.

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Beware Rick Warren’s New Age Daniel Plan. It sounds so good, but… POISON

Lighthouse Trails has a very interesting and disturbing article on Rick Warren’s New Age “Daniel Plan.” I have included some excerpts from the article along with my comments .

Do these names and terms sound familiar? Are they names and terms you would associate with a world wide Christian “evangelistic” movement?
Peter Drucker (friend and mentor to Rick Warren), Michelle Obama, Bill Gates (Warren friend and World wide Health Care Reform Advocate), New Age Physicians, Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Daniel Amen (New Agers all), the concept of Social Transformation, Wellness, Success Statistics, “Human Capital,” Church member’s personal, confidential health records kept in Rick Warren’s Daniel Plan Data Bank.

Quote from Rick Warren:
“The search for self becomes a search for health, for wholeness….”

My friends, this is, without any doubt, a primary New Age, Mystic Teaching.

Quote from the article:
“Rick Warren has now plunged into a role as Change Agent for health care reform in America. It is significant that he chose some genuine New Age gurus to be his partners.” (Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Daniel Amen)

If you ever wondered about the ultimate goal of Rick Warren, it is obviously NOT to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to unbelievers. Here is another ominous quote from the article:
“With Rick Warren at the helm, the CHURCH is now in the BUSINESS of health care REFORM. This is the 3-legged stool. It is the integration of church/state/corporate that business guru Peter Drucker (Rick Warren’s mentor) proposed as the method for restructuring Society.”
[…]

It appears that the premise for Warren’s wholesale sellout to the New Age movement was described in:
“Marilyn Ferguson’s The Aquarian Conspiracy, published in 1980. This book was ‘an important New Age manifesto [that attempted] to announce and popularize what the New Agers chose to publicly display in their Movement.'”
[…]
“Three decades after Ferguson’s book came out, the evangelical world has comfortably adopted the ‘body-mind-spirit’ worldview of the New Agers. Many eastern mystical ‘holistic health’ ideas were simply re-written into biblical terminology and passed off to evangelicals as higher forms of spirituality. Today, meditation, contemplation, drumming, etc. are becoming commonplace. This is the face of the seeker-sensitive church. By accommodating itself to the eastern worldview, the Church fools itself into thinking it is more ‘culturally relevant.’ So the next step in the seeker-sensitive journey is for the Church to become an ‘agent of ‘cultural renewal.'”
[…]
[Warren’s vision for the Church] “is acting as a Change Agent working in collaboration with the State and Corporate Business to facilitate transformation.”
[…]
“In [Obama advisor] Peter Drucker’s utopian world only those who possess “human capital” are deemed worthy citizens, and those assessed without it have no safe place in Society. Scary. . .”

Could this be the same as ObamaCare Death Panels?

Believers in Jesus Christ MUST be aware of the way Satan uses “pastors” for his devious ends.

Warren’s Video of the “Daniel Plan

Therefore, “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” Ephesians 6:11
“The Truth: ‘And Jesus said unto them, ‘I am the Bread of Life: he that cometh to Me shall never hunger’. . .” (John 6:35)

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Rick Warren and His Latest Apostate “Health” Efforts

Has anyone else noticed Rick Warren’s new health kick.. utilizing three “doctors” to minister to his church.
They are Dr. Daniel Amen, Dr. Mark Hyman, and Dr. Mehmet Oz, all three New age gurus, two of whom worked with Oprah’s religious efforts.
If they follow through with their books and prior teaching,  apparently they will be teaching Reiki, tantric sex, meditation and other abominations under the guise of helping Warren’s church to better health.
Their video explaining the “Daniel Plan” is here: Warren’s Video of the “Daniel Plan

[An update on Warren’s Plan here:

What a shame that so many folks will be taken in by this deception.

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John MacArthur’s New Apostate Book: Slave

This review by Bruce Bauer is from: Slave: The Hidden Truth About Your Identity in Christ (Hardcover), by John MacArthur
The back paper jacket to the book caught my attention: “A COVER-UP OF BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS: Centuries ago, English translators perpetrated a fraud in the New Testament, and it’s been purposely hidden and covered up ever since. Your own Bible is probably included in the cover-up!”

WHAT? Are we to understand that Bible translators for centuries, hundreds if not thousands of highly-trained knowledgeable men of God, have kept a well-guarded secret about the true meaning of the Bible that only NOW Dr. MacArthur will be the one scholar who will bring us the real scoop?

Yes, this is exactly what the book would have us to believe, that the common Greek term “doulos” has been mistranslated in every major version of the Bible since the earliest of printed Bible translations. According to MacArthur, “doulos” should be translated primarily if not exclusively as “slave.” Most modern translators (NASB, NIV, KJV, NKJV, ESV) as well as common Greek-English lexicons interpret the term in a variety of ways as, “servant,” “slave,” “bond servant,” “bondman,” or “attendant.” MacArthur also states on pp. 29-30 that the proper meaning of the Old Testament’s nearest equivalent term, “‘ebed” has also been hidden by modern translators:
“The King James Version, for example, never translates ‘ebed as ‘slave’—opting for ‘servant’ or ‘manservant’ the vast majority of the time. But contrast that with the Septuagint, a Greek translation of the Old Testament from before the time of Christ. It translates ‘ebed with forms of ‘doulos,’ or ‘slave’ more than 400 times!”
WHAT?? The LXX translated the Old Testament from Hebrew to Greek, NOT to English! So MacArthur is leaping to an inappropriate conclusion about the meaning of the Hebrew in this case.

My greatest problem with the book was that the author, MacArthur, took the ancient images of slavery and superimposed them onto modern Christianity with the intent to create the notion that our normative relationship with God and our service to God should be that of a slave to a master, instead of that of a child of God responding out of love and gratitude to an omnibenevolent (all loving) Father God. Romans 8:15 says, “For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba,” Father.”

With this slave-to-master representation set into place, the author proceeded to promote his standard lordship salvation doctrine dressed in new clothes, slave garb. He even used much of the same argumentation that he used in “The Gospel According to Jesus.” And, once again, he freely denigrated and caricaturized Free Grace theology, especially in chapter five.

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Lordship Salvation’s Hidden Secret: Grace Under Fire: The Fallout of Lordship Salvation Teaching

This is a wonderful expose’ of “Lordship Salvation,” by my friend Bruce Bauer. He  exposes the lie and strips the false teaching down to its barren roots. [Excerpt]: “Some Christians live in a constant state of tension and dread, always ill at ease, restless, uncertain, never knowing when they’ve done enough; they’re never quite able to get a grasp on assurance.” Read on and be enlightened.

 

By: Bruce Bauer,  Lancaster, CA

 

 

Introduction

 

Recently I attended the funeral of an elderly Mormon lady, a dear friend of mine and of my family’s for several decades.  I’ll refer to her as “Jane.”  In one of the eulogies given the speaker commented that in her dying days Jane had expressed fears that her church tithes might not have been paid up to date.  As I pondered what had just been said, I thought, how tragic, how sad that a person should have to live in such bondage, doubt and fear right up to the point of death.  I silently felt grateful to God that at least we, as evangelical Christians, don’t have to live our lives in such enslavement to duty shrouded by panic and uncertainty of salvation.  My thoughts raced to John 10:27-30:  “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.  I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.  My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.  I and the Father are one.” [NIV as are all refs.][i] I rejoiced in the warm snuggling grasp of our Lord’s hands, saving and preserving each and every person who comes to salvation by faith in Christ alone.  But, I reflected, don’t many Christians live out their lives under precisely the same cloud of insecurity, apprehension and angst experienced by Jane?  Do all evangelicals really act so differently than she?

What, then, is the defining distinctive hallmark that sets evangelical Christianity apart from Mormonism, the JWs, Roman Catholicism, and indeed, every other religious belief system?  Free Grace theology states it best:  “We are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone” (Ephesians 2:8-9).  Every other religious structure has a works-based salvation plan at its core.  But aren’t many evangelical writers and pastors guilty of promoting a similar type of works-for-salvation system of their own?  Certainly, proponents of Lordship Salvation have been accused of teaching just such a salvation plan despite their vehement denials. Much has been written on this debate.  I will not rehash it here; however, this paper will describe some of the pernicious fallout of Lordship Salvation teaching on the lives of believers especially and on some unbelievers as well.  For additional study of the Lordship debate, I refer the reader to some of the best works that I have read on the subject:  1. Charles C. Bing, Lordship Salvation:  A Biblical Evaluation and Response, GraceLife Edition (Burleson, TX:  GraceLife Ministries, 1992, 1997).  2. Fred Chay and John P. Correia, The Faith that Saves:  The Nature of Faith in the New Testament (Phoenix, AZ:  Grace Line, Inc., 2008).  3. Charles C. Ryrie, So Great Salvation (Chicago:  Moody Press, SP Publications, 1989, 1997).  4. Fred R. Lybrand, Back to Faith:  Reclaiming Gospel Clarity in an Age of Incongruence (San Antonio, TX:  Fred R. Lybrand, Xulon Press, 2009).  5. Thomas M. Cucuzza, Secure Forever!  God’s Promise or Our Perseverance? (St. Cloud, MN:  Thomas M. Cucuzza, Xulon Press, 2007).  6. Lou Martuneac, In Defense of the Gospel:  Biblical Answers to Lordship Salvation (LaVergne, TN:  Lou Martuneac, Xulon Press, 2006, 2010).

The Fallout of Lordship Faith Teaching

Battered! The Father Serra Syndrome

 

Father Junipero Serra was an 18th century Franciscan priest who is famous for founding the Roman Catholic mission system throughout western Mexico and California.  He is known to have been a flagelist, that is, one who would regularly pummel himself with a whip in order to exorcise his personal demons (sinful thoughts and attitudes).  In a California history course in college, I learned that on more than one occasion Father Serra had to be physically restrained by his assistants to prevent him from flogging himself to death.

Do some Christians today beat themselves up as Father Serra did?  Oh, maybe they don’t do so physically, but do they torment themselves mentally and emotionally over their struggles with sin?  Listen to the following composite of one who is caught up in such a pattern of conflicted self-deprecating thinking:  “James is a young man with a different set of problems, the greatest one being lust.  Though he has never actually committed fornication, James struggles continually with impure thoughts.  He lives in dread that his Christian friends will discover what is happening inside his brain.  Attached to this mental impurity is a sense of deep shame, a shame that permeates his feelings about himself and his position before God.”[ii] James desperately needs a regular healthy dosage of the preaching of God’s abundant awesome gift of grace in the believer’s life.  He also would benefit tremendously by the warm understanding embrace of fellow Christian brothers and sisters.

The teaching and preaching of Lordship Salvation can foster a tremendous state of anxiety and doubt for some believers because its precepts demand a high level of purity of thought and lifestyle undergirded by the constant threat of not having been blameless enough or virtuous enough to merit salvation.    Recently I witnessed a heart-wrenching testimony from a young Christian man whose assurance of salvation was decimated by the reading of a best-selling book which promulgates a very condemning form of Lordship Salvation doctrine.  Out of respect  for the young man I’ll share just a brief portion of what he said without giving his name:  “there is no hope for most of us to ever be like the one who is not lukewarm.  There is no hope for me anymore, for I thought I was a Christian for over 15 years, but I am according to the scriptures ‘lukewarm’ and will not be accepted into heaven . . . .  May God have mercy on us all . . . .”  Hearing a sad profession such as this reminds me of why it is so crucial for Free Grace teachers and writers to proclaim strongly the message of God’s grace and to counter the harmful repercussions of Lordship Faith preaching.  I wonder if any of these popular Lordship pastors and writers ever pause to consider the fallout, the damage and pain that they might potentially inflict through preaching and publishing their judgmental diatribes.  Who will pick up the broken pieces of shattered lives?

Driven! When is Enough Enough?

 

Some Christians live in a constant state of tension and dread, always ill at ease, restless, uncertain, never knowing when they’ve done enough; they’re never quite able to get a grasp on assurance. One of the consistent marks of Lordship Faith teaching is that it sets very lofty (some would say unattainable) standards of normative Christian achievement.  After all, their teachers might say, didn’t Jesus establish the ideals for us in the Sermon on the Mount?  Pity the average churchgoer who may not appear to be very dedicated to God or to be very active in serving him.  She might find herself listed among the ranks of the half-hearted or, dare I say, the “lukewarm”; if so, certain Lordship Faith leaders would almost certainly brand her as unsaved.  But who sets the criteria for Christian attainment and who gauges the hearts and motivations of the congregation?  How many years must one actively serve God?  Ten, twenty, thirty, fifty?  Must good works be obvious to men or can they be quietly noticeable before God?  Are any periods of failing allowed?  For how long?  Is working in a secular job acceptable or must one quit her job and go to the mission field?  Do true “on-fire” believers have to sell their fancy cars and houses and live like paupers?  The questions are endless and the answers are few.  And, one of the saddest questions of all is, how many unbelievers are put off by Lordship teachers’ unreasonable up-front demands of commitment, surrender and change of lifestyle in order for one to be allowed into the kingdom?  Rather, shouldn’t Christians be giving them the good news, the grace news of John 3:16, Acts 16:30-31 and Ephesians 2:8-9?

Listen to the story of a driven believer:  “Betty is as reliable as Mother Teresa, as dedicated to Christ as one can be.  . . .  But no matter how much Betty does, she always feels she’s not doing enough, because she also feels that somehow she isn’t quite pleasing God.  This haunting sense of God’s disapproval drives her from Bible study to prayer group, from buying each ‘New and Improved System for Personal Devotions’ at her local Christian bookstore and joining every church outreach program to standing at every opportunity to recommit her life to Christ.  In spite of her ‘gold-medal performance’ as a Christian, Betty continues to feel that God considers her a failure.”[iii] Is this really the way that God wants Christians to live?  Wouldn’t God want us to live lives characterized by confidence, freedom and grace?….

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Read the balance of this excellent free article in PDF format Click here: >> “ Driven ” at Free Grace Alliance web site.
 
 

Christmas Blessings to You and Yours

Here is a unique style and exceptional message from my wonderful friend, Shirley Spellerberg, the lady who tricked me into hearing the Gospel 46 years ago. Please read it completely for there is great truth here.
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My Christmas message this year comes in the form of excerpts from hymns of the faith which bring joy to our hearts and peace to our souls. Enjoy!  Shirley Spellerberg

‘I was sinking deep in sin far from the peaceful shore… sinking to rise no more, but the Master of the sea heard my despairing cry, from the waters lifted me, now safe am I… When nothing else could help, Love Lifted Me.’ I John 4:10

‘To God Be the Glory great things He has done, so loved He the world that He gave us his Son, who yielded His life an atonement for sin and opened the lifegate that all may go in. Oh perfect redemption the purchase of blood to every believer the promise of God. The vilest offender who truly believes, that moment from Jesus a pardon receives. Praise the Lord, let the earth hear his voice.’ John 3:16

‘Amazing Grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me, I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see.’ Ephesians 2:8-9

Thanks to God for my Redeemer...Thanks for storms that I have weathered…Thanks for joy and thanks for sorrow, thanks for heavenly peace with thee…Thanks for grace that none can measure, thanks for love beyond compare…Thanks for hope in the tomorrow, thanks for all eternity.’ Ephesians 5:20

‘Because He Lives I can face tomorrow, because He lives all fear is gone, because I know He holds the future and life is worth the living just because He lives.’ John 14:19

‘When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation, and take me home what joy shall fill my heart! Then I shall bow in humble adoration and there proclaim, my God How Great Thou art!’ John 14:2-3

‘My sin—oh, the bliss of this glorious thought—My sin—not in part, but the whole—is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more, Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul…it is well, It Is Well With My Soul.’ Rom. 6:23

‘When the Roll is Called Up Yonder I’ll be there!’ 0:-)  Hope to see you there!

<><“There is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.” I Timothy 2:5 ><>

“And this is the record that God has given to us (freely) eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.” I John 5:11-12

Jesus is the reason for the season. Without Christ’s birth there would be no Christmas!

Without Christ’s death, burial and resurrection, there would be no salvation. {Jack}

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A Real Christmas 2010

Christmas 2010

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Prophecy from the The Old Testament. Isaiah 9:6

“But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.” Prophecy from The Old Testament,  Micah 5:2

“ And the angel said unto them [the shepherds],  Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David [Bethlehem Ephratah] a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.” Fulfillment of those prophecies, 600 years later from The New Testament, Luke 2:10, 11

Thus was fulfilled prophecy of The Savior, Jesus Christ, who came to pay the death penalty for the sins of the world (everyone), He was buried, rose from the grave and is alive today.

Christ’s salvation is to “whosoever believeth” in Him alone for their salvation (John 3:16). Pray for us that we will have continuing opportunities to share this Good News.

We pray you will have a blessed Christmas season remembering and celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Rejoice with us this coming year in God’s gift of eternal life which is available to anyone who chooses to place their trust (belief) in Jesus Christ as their Savior.

Jack & Shirley

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46th Anniversary of My Second Birthday

This year, December 15 is the 46th anniversary of my spiritual birthday. In 1964 I was 35 years old when my good friend and political compatriot, Shirley Spellerberg, tricked my wife and me into going to a Christmas Concert. I heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ loud and clear, how that Jesus Christ died on the cross for me (an imperfect atheist), Even secular history records that Jesus was buried and rose again — thus proving Himself to be God in the Flesh. That very night I trusted Christ as my Savior and passed from death to eternal life, from an atheist to a believer in the Savior of the world, The Son of God, Jesus Christ. That was accomplished by my simple decision to trust Jesus as my Savior. The simplicity of the Gospel was amazing to me (still is) and contrary to the lie I had heard about the “Christian religion” all my life, that “Good people go to heaven and bad people go to Hell.” The Bible says there are no people good enough to go to Heaven on their own. Further we can never make ourselves good enough. It happens ONLY through our faith in Jesus Christ.

I constantly thank the Lord for His Grace and Mercy, that He would die on that cross for such a wretch as me.

I thank the Lord that Pastor Ray Stanford made the Gospel and the invitation to trust Christ so clear at that Christmas Concert that even I could understand the Gospel and believe in (put my faith in) Jesus Christ.

Right now, you too can pass from death to life by trusting Christ as YOUR Savior. He died for the imperfections (sins) that would keep you from Heaven. The Bible says “The wages of sin is death..” but Jesus paid your debt and offers Heaven to you absolutely FREE — no strings attached — and it is God’s eternal contract with you..

John 3:16
For God so loved the world (you), that He gave his only begotten Son (Jesus), that whosoever believeth (you) in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Trust Jesus Now, make this your greatest and most blessed Christmas season ever.

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Glenn Beck – Patriot and… False Prophet

This is a tough note to write since I have been a Glenn Beck admirer since he started on Fox. I have been an outspoken Conservative since the late 1950s and I see him expose the same Progressives we fought way back then. However now, in light of many thing he does and says, I must say I believe Beck is doing serious harm to unsuspecting Bible Believing Christians. While Beck’s serious and accurate expose’ of Obama, Progressivism, Leftist Czars, George Soros, Cloward-Piven, etc, is right on target, he inexorably promotes himself as some sort of a Conservative Biblical religious leader. Unbelievably, he is cheered on and supported by  Southern Baptist leader Richard Land and former Christian Pastor and historian David Barton. Beck abhors the concept of “Social Justice” yet he promotes two of the foremost radical Social Justice icons, Leftist ML King and noted anti-Christian Mahatma Gandhi.

His statements about his Salvation and Atonement sound close to Truth but he belies that fact by other statements which parallel his stated membership in the Mormon religion. Mormon’s policy is to twist the precious meanings of many Biblical words such as Salvation and The Atonement.  Some of Beck’s defenders say that he is really a Christian but is only posing as a Mormon to get their support. Examining him closely we see Beck trying to appear half in Christianity and then other times half out.  Listen carefully and discerningly, you will see him as totally OUT. He can’t be “in” Christianity some times and “out” another. Either he is a Biblical believer in Jesus Christ as his Savior or he is not. By his words and actions, he seems to prove he is not a Bible Believing Christian.

Mormon Statement of Faith: From Mormon web site
We believe the Book of Mormon to be The Word of God.
We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.
We believe that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent;

Any student of God’s Word, the Bible knows these statements are untrue. God’s Word totally rejects
the Mormon teaching.. and vice versa.

A Blog friend Suze has an interesting observation on Beck. Go here and read it:  Glenn Beck Points to World Religion. 12/4/2010 Quoting her, she says:

Once again, Glenn Beck acts like the Mormon Pastor of the nation. […] (and then Suze discusses  Beck and Bonhoffer)

She continues: At any rate, after the book promotion, he [Beck] had on a  pastor in which he said they disagreed about many things but should “unite” under basic values. Once again, Beck is guiding the people to a one world religion, saying all Christians need to unite, despite doctrinal differences.  He did not say that Bonhoeffer was for ecumenism and yet his whole show screamed of this theme. He draws viewers in by manipulating their emotions and then at the end of show closes with new-age philosophy. If this isn’t brainwashing and propaganda, then I don’t know what is.

Suze’s Blog has a commenter who gave two links that are quite shocking and revealing about Beck. Visit them:

http://www.solasisters.blogspot.com/2010/09/im-sorry-glennits-over.html

http://www.saintsalive.com/newsletters/july-2010-update-report-

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Israel pleased with WikiLeaks revelations

Israel may be the last and only honest and honorable nation remaining in the world.

Read this interesting article from Israel:

Israel Today. Israel Pleased with WikiLeaks

“There was much apprehension and concern on Sunday evening as whistleblower website WikiLeaks began publishing nearly a quarter of a million classified US diplomatic cables. Washington had already phoned Israeli leaders to prepare them for any embarrassing information that would be revealed.

But by Monday morning, Israel appeared to be the one nation that had benefited from the stunt.

“If anything, the leaks were positive and did not damage Israel’s image at all,” former National Security Adviser Giora Eiland told Voice of Israel radio. “There was no contradiction between what Israel has said in public and in private.”

In fact, the documents reveal that Israeli officials, especially Meir Dagan, head of Israel’s Mossad spy agency, are regularly sought after by officials from all parts of the American government for their expertise and insight on various Middle East situations. In short, Israel is an enormously valuable resource for America and its interests in the region.”

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Vatican Catholic Synod: Christ’s Promises Not For Jews

For True Christians who believe the Bible, it is no surprise that the  a Vatican Synod has reverted to centuries old “Replacement Theology” in condemning the Jews and promoting the Arabs in Israel. This article from Israel Today is shocking.. because thus far, the Synod statement has not been condemned by the Roman Catholic hierarchy (the Pope, et al)..

Catholic Church: Christ nullified God’s promises to the Jews

Sunday, October 24, 2010 | Ryan Jones

A Catholic synod called at the Vatican to address the rising persecution of Christian in the Middle East wrapped up on Saturday with a joint statement that focused a lot of attention on demanding Israel end its “occupation” of Arab lands.

The gathering was meant to address the various acts of persecution, intimidation and discrimination that are resulting in a severe dwindling of Christian communities across the region.

But the bulk of the two-week meeting was spent discussing how Israel is the root cause of all the Middle East’s woes, including those faced by its Christians.

The final statement reflected that position. It listed the “occupation” of Arab lands, the building of Israel’s security barrier, military checkpoints, the jailing of terrorists (defined in the statement as “political prisoners”) and the general disruption of Palestinian life as some of the main reasons behind the exodus of Palestinian Christians and Muslim attacks on the Jewish state.

Cyril Salim Bustros, the Lebanon-born Greek archbishop of Our Lady of the Annunciation in Boston, Massachusetts was responsible for delivering the final statement.

In clarifying remarks, he stated that “the Holy Scriptures cannot be used to justify the return of Jews to Israel and the displacement of the Palestinians, to justify the occupation by Israel of Palestinian lands.”

He then escalated the situation by declaring that the original promises made by God to the children of Israel “were nullified by Christ. There is no longer a chosen people.”

Bustros rejected the idea of Israel as “the Jewish state,” and insisted that eventually all the so-called “Palestinian refugees” must return to the land, a sure recipe for the demographic destruction of the world’s only Jewish nation-state.

Mordechai Levi, Israel’s ambassador to the Vatican, decried Bustros’ comments and the damage they had done to strengthening ties between Israel and the Church.

The Catholic Church has for years been trying to repair its image as an institution steeped in anti-Semitism. But Bustros’ remarks make fairly clear that the Vatican remains as dedicated as ever to replacement theology – that teaching that says God has tossed aside the Jews, despite is irrevocable promises to them, and that “the Church” has instead inherited those promises.

From Israel Today:  http://www.israeltoday.co.il/default.aspx?tabid=178&nid=22093

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“Let There Be Stuff” — Heretical Teaching in Churches

This is another excellent article by my friend Michelle Horstman.. She details how the “Religious” Green Movement has infiltrated our churches with their Marxist propaganda — after having re-educated our school kids with Greenie video, “The Story of Stuff.” This is a must read article.

Let There Be Stuff” Annie, the Green “Prophet” Claims John the Baptist and Hosea Status

2010 October 19

Annie Leonard
It’s apparent that the crazed Green movement is a religion to many, but I don’t think we were aware that they are actually self proclaimed “prophets” now. Yes, prophets like in the Old Testament. The audacity is astounding.

We’re all too familiar with Greenpeace activist Annie Leonard, creator of the “Story of Stuff”, the anti-capitalist propaganda video that has been shown to our kids in schools nationwide. Just last week, Glenn Beck began to highlight their latest endeavor, “Let There Be Stuff”, a new twist on “The Story of Stuff” that is presented to appeal to Christian and Jewish youth groups as an act of obedience to God. Naturally, I was intrigued and wanted to see just how they would present this, so I downloaded the session materials they have made available online.

While browsing through the various sessions, I was surprised to discover that Annie Leonard and others promoting this Green Marxist message are the new prophets of our time. From their materials:

pg 2, Session 2

Often, God sends messengers to awaken our sense of the urgency of these challenges. These messengers are like prophets and we need to take their messages seriously.

pg 7, Session 2

In Biblical times, people who offered the kind of moral challenge The Story of Stuff provides were called prophets. They often weren’t popular, because they conveyed God’s judgment against society’s status quo and against deeply engrained habits. Our two Bible readings this week are selections about two prophets – Hosea and John the Baptist.

After a reading about these Biblical prophets and their message, our new prophets continue:

As these two examples show, the Bible is clear that the role of a prophet is a vital and dangerous one. Prophets represent the message of God to people and societies who are often unwilling to reckon with God’s high moral standards.

The message at this point is to let the kids know that being a prophet is tough business. They may not make it easy for us, but we are prophets, and wicked people often do not like to hear the truth from the prophets.

Later in the session, the facilitator is prepped on how to answer those pesky questions that the participants may come up with:

pg. 11, Session 2

Q: Who does she think she is? Why should I listen to her? She’s not a Christian?

A: This is the same kind of comment that people made about all the prophets in the Bible – when they didn’t like the prophet’s message, they attacked the prophet personally.

In other words, kids, just shut up and listen. Stop interrogating Annie the prophet.

At this point, the students will read the referenced passages and be able to make that important connection between the Biblical prophets and Annie:

pg. 12, Session 2

1. Read the passages Hosea 4:1-3 or Matthew 3:1-3, 7-10

2. Tell students: This passage is about John the Baptist, a powerful prophet who foretold the birth of Jesus and/or Hosea a prophet who criticized the people of Israel for their unfaithfulness. His message was a hard and challenging one.

3. Have students reflect on the following questions:

How do you think the people of his time felt about his message?

How do you think this relates to Annie and her message?

What makes it possible to stay open when we hear challenging information about ourselves and our world?

“Let There Be Stuff” has much more provocative material to be sure, but the outrageous “prophet” angle alone should be more than enough to make it clear exactly what their intent is. Regardless of your views on how to go about being a good steward of the earth, how any church or synagogue could allow their youth to be led astray and propagandized in this way is inconceivable.

http://www.newsrealblog.com/2010/10/19/%E2%80%9Clet-there-be-stuff%E2%80%9D-annie-the-green-prophet-claims-john-the-baptist-status-to-children/

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New Age Movement and the Green Religion

Here is a great article by a friend Michelle Horstman who writes for David Horowitz’s web site NewsReal Blog. Well worth the read.

5 Reasons the Environmentalists’ 1010 Fantasy Film of Blowing Up Non-Conformists Is Bigger Than You Think

2010 October 10

Have you seen the new video from 1010Global.org ? The one where they push a red button and blow up anyone that questions their agenda for environmental change? Due to an outraged public reaction, they removed it themselves, but it is still readily available all over the internet.

On the surface, you might think this is just another bunch of green wackos using poor taste; so what? But there is much more to it than that. The “Green religion” and its thousands of devoted supporters are a lot closer to this little video than you might want to know.

To start with, who is behind the 1010 group and their upcoming 10-10 event? The 1010Global organization is promoting their big October 10 (10-10-10) event this weekend, a day of global work known as the “Global Work Party.” They have promoted it heavily, including promotion to community groups, schools, and universities. They have an interesting list online of their supporters which makes it clear that this is not just some crazy little Green group in the UK.

Behind the 1010Global group, are thousands of networked efforts, sharing the same ideologies of worldwide redistribution, global governance and disdain for the unenlightened who are not going along with the program. This disdain was made all too clear in the Red Button video.

The 1010Global parent site, 350.org, has much more on the “Global Work Party” day and lists many additional supporters including Greenpeace, Muslim Green Team, UN Foundation, Socialist Youthfront Denmark, Unitarian Universalists and the World Wildlife Fund.

1010Global.org is more of an annual activist day, but its organized under the 350.org group, and this is what they envision for the event this weekend:

We’re calling it “A Day to Celebrate Climate Solutions”–together we’ll get to work in our communities on projects that can cut carbon and build the clean energy future.
But we won’t stop there–we’ll be using the day to pressure our leaders to Get To Work themselves by passing strong climate policies promoting clean energy and reducing emissions.

They like to call their activists “messengers” and they have some distinguished messengers, indeed. Here are just a few of my favorite “messengers” from their list. Let me know if any of the names ring a bell:

Bill McKibben, 350.org Founder

The misanthropy at the heart of radical environmentalism is well expressed by biologist David M. Graber, who, in a glowing review of Bill McKibben’s The End of Nature, writes: “Human happiness [is] not as important as a wild and healthy planet…. Until such time as Homo sapiens should decide to rejoin nature, some of us can only hope for the right virus to come along.”

Van Jones– You’ll notice his involvement in just about every area of the Top Five list.

Vandana Shiva:

A shift from industrial agriculture to ecological, local food systems would be the biggest single step to move towards 350 and a safe climate, while simultaneously solving the food crisis.

Desmond Tutu:

Israel is like Hitler and apartheid

Dr. James Hansen- NASA Institute for Space Studies (and apparently NASA Institute for Enlightenment, too)

Rajendra Pachauri- IPCC

Barbara Kingsolver- Her wisdom continues to flow, as evidenced in this quote just after 9-11:

The last time I looked at a flag with unambiguous pride, I was 13. Right after that, Vietnam began teaching me lessons in ambiguity, and the lessons have kept coming. I’ve learned of things my government has done to the world that made me direly ashamed. I’ve been further alienated from my flag by people who waved it at me declaring I should love it or leave it. I search my soul and find I cannot love killing for any reason. When I look at the flag, I see it illuminated by the rocket’s red glare.

Now that you have a clear picture of the type of organizations and people that are supporting the makers of the Big Red Button video, let’s take a look at the top five contributors to the Green religion and the type of belief systems they have.n […]

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A True Story From Max

Here is a cute story with a great Biblical moral from long-time friend, Max Taylor.  The Bible verse that illustrates his story is:
“And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.” Luke 4:12
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I looked at a quote from a friend in which she said, “Sometimes you are the pigeon and sometimes you are the statue.”
That reminded me of something that happened to me many years ago in NC.
I was probably 5 years into the pool manufacturing business.  I had the worst day of my career.  We were pouring concrete on a commercial job and a had a form partially blow.  I was behind in time and over on money with the project.  I went to another job we were working and the concrete company had finished a job and had done an absolute nightmare job finishing the concrete.  I was next to throwing in the towel.  I jumped up on the side of the pool and sat down.  I exclaimed to my two workers, “This is the single worst day of my life.  Nothing else can go wrong.  Nothing can make it worse.  In fact, GOD couldn’t make things any worse for me right now.”
That is exactly what I said.
I sighed and less than five seconds later, a pigeon came out of nowhere, I mean nowhere, and dive bombed me and left a deposit on my head.
“I guess things could get worse, and I think I better not tempt God again.”  Moral:  Just what I said… things can get worse and don’t challenge God.
Max Taylor

Grace Baiting – an Article on Lordship Salvation by Bruce Bauer

This is a must read for all Christians.. it outlines the dangers of John MacArthur’s heretical theology.

Quoted from Bruce Bauer’s article about John MacArthur re his “Lordship Salvation” apostate theology:

As I read the introduction and the first few chapters of the book [John MacArthur’s The Gospel According to Jesus], I was reminded afresh of the way that Lordship Faith writers and bloggers frequently belittle and satirize all who refuse to hold to their stringent theological views.  A waft of arrogance often accompanies their words.  I have witnessed just a bit of such mean-spiritedness from the Free Grace camp, but it seems to come wholesale from the Lordship Faith side.  Perhaps the movement takes its lead from MacArthur, who certainly shows no restraint in disparaging his opposition (more on this later).             

Although there is no blue-print employed by Lordship Faith writers to trivialize or caricaturize opposing viewpoints, I have noticed the use of the following tactical tools.  This list may be thought of or entitled as:

“A Lordship Faith Guide for Denouncing Free Grace Theology” (Rejoinders to these allegations will follow the points being made.  …..).

Go here and read the entire article  — with footnotes from respected Conservative Grace theologians.

 Articles Grace Baiting.

How to know for sure you are going to Heaven.

Pep Rallies For Jesus??

I agree with this very timely note from a very dear friend, Max Taylor who, 40+ years ago, worked faithfully in our church here in South Florida. Max, now living in Spring, Texas, can be reached at his business, building water gardens! http://www.magnoliaponds.com

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I think one of the biggest problems in our churches today (I mean TRUE Bible churches) is they are falling into the trap of being PEP RALLIES FOR JESUS instead of teaching God’s word in a systematic fashion.  They claim trying to be ‘relevant’ in our modern world, but all it has done is make folk dependent on emotional activity instead of the Lord and His wonderful provision.  Emotion is not all bad, God gave it to us. But emotion in the Christian life is only sometimes a result, it should NEVER be the method. And it is not a result in all cases.  And it should NEVER be the goal.  The Apostle Paul said, “…teach things which beome sound doctrine.” Titus 2:1  He did not say ‘get everyone excited with up-beat songs’.  Emotion is appreciation of something and the true emotion that makes a difference in the Christian is the emotion from the appreciation of Bible truth, discovering something new about the greatness of God… the unsearchable riches of Christ.  Or the joy of someone coming to Christ or a believer expanding their faith and trust in the Lord’s provision.
We don’t need ‘Praise Teams’ to lead us to praise God.  Believers need doctrine, truth… so through the better understanding of who Our Lord is, we praise Him because of His majesty, because of His greatness, His justice, mercy, immutability, veracity… not because of the emotional high we get.  I have seen the same emotional response in football huddles, activist meetings on college campuses, and political rallies.
Please let our churches not substitute emotion for the reality of Jesus Christ.
Well said, Max, I agree — Jack

Hitchens Gets It — But Doesn’t Believe It.

Christopher Hitchens (atheist) understands the Gospel — but does not believe it.. In this short excerpt from The Berean Call, he slams a Unitarian “Minister” for her unbelief. What a wonderful put-down.

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RENOWNED ATHEIST OFFERS GOOD THEOLOGY  [Excerpts]

[In] Portland, Oregon, noted atheist Christopher Hitchens laid down some seriously good theology. Most people recognize Hitchens as the author of the bestselling book God Is Not Great: Why Religion Poisons Everything….In Portland he was interviewed by Unitarian minister Marilyn Sewell….The following exchange took place near the start of the interview:

Sewell: The religion you cite in your book is generally the fundamentalist faith of various kinds. I’m a liberal Christian, and I don’t take the stories from the Scripture literally. I don’t believe in the doctrine of atonement (that Jesus died for our sins, for example). Do you make any distinction between fundamentalist faith and liberal religion?
Hitchens: I would say that if you don’t believe that Jesus of Nazareth was the Christ and Messiah, and that he rose again from the dead and by his sacrifice our sins are forgiven, you’re really not in any meaningful sense a Christian.


Sewell wanted no part of that discussion so her next words are, “Let me go someplace else.”

This little snippet demonstrates an important point about religious “God-talk.” You can call yourself anything you like, but if you don’t believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross for our sins and then rose from the dead, you are not “in any meaningful sense” a Christian.

In one of the delicious ironies of our time, an outspoken atheist grasps the central tenet of Christianity better than many Christians do. What you believe about Jesus Christ really does make a difference.

From Dr. Ray Pritchard, “Christopher Hitchens Gets it Exactly Right,” KeepBelieving.com (2-1-10)

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HEAVEN IS FREE TO ANYONE

Outlandish Quotes by “Religious” Leaders

If you ever suspected that the “Religious” Left is perverting the Gospel of Jesus Christ.. these quotes should convince you.See how many you know…

Unbelievable — and these are the “Leaders” of the modern Church. Pitiful.

Today there really aren’t that many Fundamentalists left; I don’t know if you know that or not, but they are such a minority; there aren’t that many Fundamentalists left in America … Now the word ‘fundamentalist’ actually comes from a document in the 1920s called the Five Fundamentals of the Faith. And it is a very legalistic, narrow view of Christianity.” Quote by Rick Warren, May 2005

[Fundamentalism is]”one of the big enemies of the 21st century.” “Muslim fundamentalism, Christian fundamentalism, Jewish fundamentalism, secular fundamentalism – they’re all motivated by fear. Fear of each other.” – Rick Warren, January 2006

Christianity IS an eastern religion. It has all its roots in the East! It’s a bit baffling to me that people lose sight of this, and insist on creating a false separation [see note below] between eastern religions and (apparently) western Christianity.” Mark Oestreicher, Youth Specialties

Emergent doesn’t have a position on absolute truth, or on anything for that matter. Do you show up at a dinner party with your neighbors and ask, ‘What’s this dinner party’s position on absolute truth?’ No, you don’t, because it’s a nonsensical question.” Tony Jones at the 2005 National Youth Workers Convention

My goal is to destroy Christianity as a world religion and be a catalyst for the movement of Jesus Christ,” McManus, author of a new book called The Barbarian Way, said in a telephone interview. “Some people are upset with me because it sounds like I’m anti-Christian. I think they might be right.”—Erwin McManus, from The Barbarian Way

With practice, you can develop the habit of praying silent ‘breath prayers‘” Rick Warren, from his book (p. 299)

“[U]se ‘breath prayers‘ throughout the day, as many Christians have done for centuries. You choose a brief sentence or a simple phrase that can be repeated to Jesus in one breath.”—Rick Warren,  The Purpose-Driven Life, p. 89

“Does Buddha have anything to offer non-Buddhists in the workplace? My answer is a wholehearted, ‘Yes.’Ken Blanchard, co-author of the One Minute Manager, from the foreword and front cover of What Would Buddha Do in the Workplace?

“Spiritual ecstasy. The third phase of contemplative prayer … a supernatural trance state …” Charisma magazine, Oct. 2004

Contemplative prayer is nothing other than coming into consciousness of what is already there.” Brennan Manning, The Signature of Jesus

“Brennan (Manning) is my friend, walking ahead of me on the path toward home. As I watch him from behind, I am drawn to more closely follow on the path…” Larry Crabb, endorsement of Abba’s Child

“I began practicing meditation, specifically breath prayer, once again. I integrated the use of Tai Chi and yoga” John Michael Talbot, Interview with Christianity Today 10/22/2001

“[Y]ou and I may have strong opinions on double predestination, supralapsarianism, and biblical inerrancy, but these should not be considered evangelical essentials.” Richard Foster

“We’re rediscovering Christianity as an Eastern religion, as a way of life.”– Rob Bell, Teaching Pastor Mars Hill Bible Church from The Emergent Mystique, Christianity Today

“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.” Henri Nouwen, Sabbatical Journey

“Isn’t it a pity that people are going into LSD to have spiritual experiences, when we have a tradition in the Church [contemplative prayer] which no one knows anything about?”source Thomas Merton

“My acquaintance with eastern methods of meditation has convinced me that … there are ways of calming the mind in the spiritual disciplines of both the east and the west [and] many serious seekers of truth study the eastern religions,…”
Thomas Keating

Lies, Lies and more lies.

DISCLAIMER: We have referenced and linked to Lighthouse Trails Research [LTR] for direct quotes from these teachers. We appreciate LYR’s research on New Age Emergent and Contemplative trends in religion — However we regret to say that they do not take a position opposing the lie of Lordship “salvation” or Calvinism.

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Christianity is a Useless, Empty Bucket — Unless:

Christianity is a useless, empty bucket — unless its message is — individual salvation through one’s personal decision (faith) to believe in Jesus Christ — that His death, burial and RESURRECTION was for you as the only Way for Eternal life.

You may have “heard” the Gospel and you may have “come to the knowledge of Christ” or “know” the Gospel but you alone must, at some time, make the decision to trust Jesus Christ, that He died as your substitute, in your place, for your sins, that He is your Savior. Then, He freely GIVES you the Gift of eternal Life (forever)..
Study John 3:16-18 “He that believeth is NOT condemned..”

Christ died, that’s history, Christ died for ME, that’s Salvation.

Christ IS RISEN and coming again!!!

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Dr. Charlie Bing Explains FREE Grace.

This will clarify God’s doctrine of Free Grace.

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VIEW : Free Grace Video – Charlie Bing wmv file

VISIT Free Grace Alliance Web site

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Moral Consumption Ends in Death?

Around 460 BC, Hippocrates identified consumption [tuberculous] , as the most widespread disease of his age. It was almost always fatal.  This, our former Free Republic, is suffering from fatal Moral Consumption.

Matthew 23:27 “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres [tombs], which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.”

Until our once-free America again becomes a nation of believers in Jesus Chris who practice and share Biblical Values, it will suffer Moral Consumption – to its death.

However, this latest ObamaCare shock to our values, morals and sensibilities may help. As often happens, out of tragedy, blind eyes may be opened to the Truth of Jesus Christ. It happened to me 44 years ago.

1 Corinthians 9:16 “For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!”

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