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Spiritual Authority: The Word and the Testimony
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This audio CD is a message based on this article. There was a good reason why the illustration of a shepherd with his sheep was used so often in biblical times ... because it was an illustration people could easily identify with in their cultural context. The illustrations we use are most effective when they are understood easily by the culture to which God has sent us to minister.  Middle eastern cultures understood what shepherding was all about.  It was about feeding the lambs and the sheep, bringing them to good pasture lands and water, grooming and clipping them, delivering new lambs, leading them and teaching them to stay together, going off after the wandering lost ones, and protecting the sheep in the field and in the fold.  We are all under shepherds and Jesus Christ is the Good Shepherd.  We need to emulate what the Good Shepherd does for the sheep.

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The focus of Guarding His Flock Ministries, the ministry of Larry DeBruyn, is set not only against the Old Testament and its picture of shepherd leadership-which was found to be both derelict and responsible-but also upon Jesus' example as the Good Shepherd, and Paul's warning to the Ephesian congregation; that false teachers-wolves in sheep's clothing-would arise from within their own midst and spoil the flock.
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Volume 27, Issue 10
Dear All,

Apparently covenants are the order of the day in Evangelical Christianity.  The problem is that with covenants made with false religions, cults of Christianity, and unbiblical movements comes compromise.  A platform is then given to "strangers" and leaven begins to activate within the churches who sign these compromise documents.

John 10:3-5  The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger's voice."

The problem is that the voice of the Lord has become so muddled with other voices that many Christians no longer recognize the voice of Jesus.  They would if they actually considered God's Word the ultimate authority for the Christian in all matters of faith and practice.  Those who call themselves "watchmen" have actually invited the wolves into the sheepfold.  Can you recognize the voice of the Great Shepherd when He is calling you to get away from this mark of the Apostasy?

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A Covenant for Civility - A New Order of the Third Way
Discernment Ministriesby Herescope, 3/31/10

This is getting to be a regular event! Yet another broad ecumenical coalition has gathered together to sign yet another "covenant" for "common ground" and "civility." The Discernment Research Group warned over a year ago that this tactic would be increasing.

Be prepared for an onslaught of global "common ground" and global "civility" documents in the days to come. These carefully-worded manifestos always cite pressing crises, or a "momentous challenge" or a critical opportunity that requires a "clarification" or "unity" statement about "where we stand" on carefully delineated issues. This strategy of issuing declarations achieves several key aims: 1) it is always accompanied by an orchestrated public relations and media campaign to bring about public awareness; 2) it redefines issues, often creating or seizing upon a crisis; 3) it posits a pre-manufactured solution and calls for a new broad consensus to achieve its aims; and 4) it becomes a watershed event historically, collecting runoff from all of the nearby slippery slopes of compromise, so that thereafter the document is viewed as the definitive statement.

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Benny Hinn: That's Just the Way it is - for now
Let Us Reasonby Mike Oppenheimer, Let Us Reason Ministries, 4/1/10

If Hinn is so anointed, as he has portrayed himself to the church over these many years, how can he miss something of this magnitude in his own life (the estrangment and divorce from his wife, Suzanne Hinn)? Makes you wonder what else is coming that Hinn does not know. Maybe we will eventually learn some details of what has really been taking place all along. Won't we all be surprised!

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Leonard Sweet Quotes
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by Sandy Simpson. 3/10 

 
This is a page containing a number of quotes proving Leonard Sweet, probably the leading spokesman promoting Emergent Church, is a false teacher.  I will comment in blue about each quote.  The issue of Sweet being invited into many churches and Christian universities to speak has become even direr as recently he was invited to speak at a Calvary Chapel conference.

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Spiritual Authority: The Word and the Testimony
by A.W. Tozer, 1950
From "Renewed Day By Day - A Daily Devotional"
 
Whatever it may be in our Christian experience that originates outside of Scriptures should, for that very reason, be suspect until it can be shown to be in accord with them.

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