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Volume Thirteen, Issue Five
2/24/05



Volume 13, Issue 5
"DECEPTION IN THE CHURCH" e-Newsletter
2/24/05

Dear All,

Greetings from the islands!  This second email contains another chapter from my new book.  I want to remind you that I have some excellent new materials available.  Also check the "What's New!" page at DITC often for weekly new articles and other items added to the site.



New Book Available Now!
Finish The Race!
A Study On Christian Maturity
by Sandy Simpson & Juanita Simpson


This book was written to help believers to realize the absolute necessity of growing to maturity in Christ. It contains chapters on a variety of topics that apply to the subject of maturing from infancy to adulthood in the Lord. What many believers today do not realize is that the Bible teaches that growth in Christ is directly tied to learning to discern truth from error, good from evil. Since this is the emphasis the Word of God gives to the subject, Christians ought to be busy being Bereans (Acts 17:11). Yet many churches are urging Christians to push aside discernment in favor of experience. The trendy teaching these days is that matters of doctrine are not as important as how one feels. Jesus Christ and the foundational Apostles made it clear that a Christian must grow to maturity or be in danger of being deceived.  When carnal desires to sin, including following false teachers (James 1:13-16), has grown to full flower this can cause a Christian to shipwreck his faith (1 Tim. 1:19).
     It is our hope that this book will inspire many believers to fight the good fight, finish the race, and keep the faith (2 Tim. 4:7). 
 
 
Apologetics Coordination Team
P.O. Box 1759
Pearl City, HI 96782
Email: ditc@hotmail.com

Important Book!

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FEATURE ARTICLE

The feature article in this edition is a another chapter of the new book "Finish The Race! - A Study On Christian Maturity" by Sandy Simpson and Juanita Simpson.  The article is "Unity Of The Faith & Maturity" by Sandy Simpson, 1/05. Those who are mature in Christ are those who are reaching unity in the Faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God. Those who are not mature strive for ecumenical or interfaith unity thinking that they are growing in the Lord, and it is usually a point of pride to them. But they have mistaken what Paul was talking about. Unity in the Faith is talking about coming to a common understanding and practice of the core truths of the Faith as taught to us in the Bible through Jesus Christ and the Apostles.


Excellent ACT Resources!


New Companion Book!
THE NEW APOSTOLIC REFORMATION is now available in book form. This is the DVD script plus commentary by Sandy Simpson. The commentary of the DVD series is not in the book, but there are many more quotes available than in the video series.  Good reference material.  Also available on CD-ROM.
Go here for ordering details.
Extremely Important Series For Pastors!
THE NEW APOSTOLIC REFORMATION is a DVD /VHS expose of  the NAR and it's leadership of C. Peter Wagner, Cindy Jacobs, Chuck Peirce, Dutch Sheets, Bill Hamon, Jack Deere and others. It  features commentary by Bill Randles, Arnold Fruchtenbaum, Jacob Prasch, Mike Oppenheimer, Orrel Steinkamp, Gary Gilley, Dave Hunt, Sandy Simpson and others. 
Go here for ordering details!
Timely!
LETTERS TO THE CHURCH is a fitting manual for the Revelation Christian. All the precepts are in the seven letters in Revelation 1:9 - 3:22 to help us keep the faith, stay in sound doctrine, and reach out to those who are perishing. I hope and pray that this book will help the reader to be an “overcomer”.
Go here for more details and how to order!
Demolish Arguments!
Want to be able to see your way through to clear biblical discernment? Want a set of tools that will allow you to disciple your loved ones so they will stand firm in the Faith? Want to sort out many of the false arguments and teachings that have invaded the churches? Then DISCERNMENT TOOLKIT is for you!
Go here for more details and how to order!
Important Video Information 
On Benny Hinn!
SPIRIT OF TRUTH OR SPIRIT OF ERROR?
PART 1 - BENNY HINN 
features Jacob Prasch, Mike Oppenheimer & Sandy Simpson and tons of video showing the teachings and prophecies of Benny Hinn.  This is a proven tool to keep people away from heresy. 
Go here for more details and how to order!


We Still Have These On Special!

We have some special items in limited stock priced low to sell. Hurry because we are running out of these special sale items.  PayPal purchases for items that have run out will be refunded through PayPal.  Mail orders will not be accepted for these specials.


Mending The Nets
by Bill Randles

Go here for more details and how to order!

Weighed And Found Wanting
by Bill Randles

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The Legacy Of William Carey
by Vishal & Ruth Mangalwadi

Go here for more details and how to order!


Lord bless!

In His hands,
Sandy Simpson
Apologetics Coordination Team (ACT)


Unity Of The Faith 
& Maturity
by Sandy Simpson
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Eph. 4:13 

until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become MATURE, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
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Those who are mature in Christ are those who are reaching unity in the Faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God. Those who are not mature strive for ecumenical or interfaith unity thinking that they are growing in the Lord, and it is usually a point of pride to them. But they have mistaken what Paul was talking about. Unity in the Faith is talking about coming to a common understanding and practice of the core truths of the Faith as taught to us in the Bible through Jesus Christ and the Apostles. We already have the unity of the Spirit when we believe and are born again of the Holy Spirit.

Rom. 6:5 If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection.

If we are united with Christ in His death and resurrection, we are also united together as the body of Christ.

1 Cor. 12:27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.

It is true that we must also make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through peace among the brethren.

Eph. 4:3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

But there is also a “unity of the Faith” that we as Christians must strive for in order for us to be in the Faith, and not in heresy. If we wander away from the truth, we wander away from the unity of the Faith.

There are many types of “wandering” explained in the Bible. There is a wandering from the Faith through greed.

1 Tim. 6:10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

There is also a “wandering” from the Faith by believing in false teaching.

2 Tim. 2:17-18 Their teaching will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus who have wandered away from the truth. They say that the resurrection has already taken place, and they destroy the faith of some

1 Tim. 6:20-21 Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, which some have professed and in so doing have wandered from the faith.

Those who are entrusted with overseeing the Church of Jesus Christ have a God-given responsibility to bring the flock into unity with the core doctrines of the Faith. If they are not doing that, but instead bringing winds of doctrine to bear on their flock, the Bible says this will cause disunity in the Faith. Those who do this are called “heretics” or the “divisive ones” in the Word. We are to reject men who cause disunity of the Faith over false doctrines after one or two admonitions. This is because if these people are left to operate freely in the body of Christ, it can cause the faith of many to be shipwrecked and even destroyed. This is what we are seeing happening today on Christian TV and in churches worldwide. This is all a result of Christians either not understanding the concept of “unity of the Faith” or ignoring it. To most Christians today the word “unity” has taken on a distinctly worldly New Age connotation. It has this sort of sickeningly sweet, cloying romantic aspect to it. Everything can just be solved by “tolerance” and, well, let’s all just have a group hug! But this is not at all what the Bible teaches. 

Today there is a push, both in the world and in the churches, to come to global unity. The UN is at the forefront of trying to unite the world under global governance. They are even trying to unite religions under their United Religions Initiative. At the same time, the false apostles of the New Apostolic Reformation under C. Peter Wagner are also pushing for a “global church”.

Father, I thank you for those who have the office of either a prophet or a prophetess or have a strong flow in the prophetic. And Lord Jesus, we as a group of pastors, many in this room apostolic pastors, we release, we bless, we confirm the calling of the prophet - the calling of the prophetess - the calling of the prophetic, and we welcome it into the global church of the world.  … And Lord God, we all love you so much and we thank you for the restoration of the apostolic and the prophetic in the local church congregation and in the global church so that we can do explosive ministry. In Jesus' name, Amen. (Ted Haggard, National School Of The Prophets, Mobilizing The Prophetic Office, New Life Church, Colorado Springs, CO, Sat. May 13, 2000 11:00 AM)

This theme was expressed by others such as false prophet Mike Bickle, who is heading the International House Of Prayer (IHOP) into a global “prayer movement”. The unity of the “woman that rides the beast” (Rev. 17:7) is coming together in our time much more quickly than many have dreamed possible.  I believe this is judgment from God on those who do not want to obey the Lord by fleeing from false teachers, and it is a test for those who do. How many Christians will be able to read the “signs of the times” (Matt. 16:3)?

True unity of the Faith can only be put into practice by understanding what the Bible is teaching, in context, and living that out in real life. Yet for most Christians today the word “doctrine” is immediately pushed to the sidelines in favor of experience. One wise man said “If your doctrine is not correct, your experience will not be correct either.” What Paul was telling the Ephesians was that “doctrine” is the MOST important thing. What you believe is the most important thing about you, because if you believe in the wrong thing you are believing in vain. Countless numbers of people who call themselves Christians today are believing in another Jesus, a different Spirit, a different Gospel. 

So it matters what you believe. When true believers come together in unity of the Spirit, they will always be working toward unity of the Faith. Anything that detracts from the pursuit of unity of the Faith is not a good thing. This is one tool you can use to test any church, organization or individual who claims to be following the Lord. Are they bringing Christians to unity of the Faith, or are their doctrines causing division.