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This shift wasn't only affecting individual lives, but seemed to be steering the Church away from its firm foundation toward experiential faith. Sadly, with the advent of signs, wonders and personal prophecy on a unprecedented scale, the church was using intuitive reasoning as a basis for faith rather than the immutable authority of the Word of God - the Holy Bible. Their concerns led the van der Merwe's to publish a bi-monthly newsletter, DISCERNMENT, then write their first book, STRANGE FIRE, which dealt with the revival of a neo-gnosticism developing at a rapid speed within Christendom.  Today Jewel Grewe continues this ministry and organizes discernment conferences across the USA.

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Volume 28, Issue 5
Dear All,

Praying together for our leaders in the churches and government is a Biblical concept (1 Tim 2:1,2).  Praying together because we think the more people we have praying will cause God to answer our prayers the way we want is not.  Christians praying together on a specific day is fine.  Praying because the New Apostolic Reformation decrees it through their agencies of the National Prayer Committee and the World Prayer Center is not.  It is better to set aside your own time for prayer as a church than to pray together with false apostles, false prophets and false religions.  God decidedly does NOT hear the prayers of heretics and other false religions. I actually support Franklin Graham's statement about Islam being a false religion but then we see him promoting the National Prayer Day on TBN sitting with the pink haired heretic wife of it's founder.  This ought to be an embarrassment to true believers as it was to me.  I decided many years ago, knowing the people who organize the National Prayer Day, that I would not be joining them on that day.  Why?  Because God does not answer prayer based on the synergy of people but based on His criteria: that the prayer of one righteous person is more important to Him.

Jas 5:16  Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
1Pe 3:12  For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil." {Psalm 34:12-16}

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National Repentance - Praying by PROXY
by Pastor Anton Bosch, 5/10/10Discernment Ministries

It has become customary to speak of prayers of "national repentance". On May Day, this year - 2010, a large number of people met at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC to pray various prayers of repentance "on behalf of the American people."[2] I remember a number of times, when growing up in South Africa, that the Government called national days of prayer and repentance in the hope that God would send rain at times of drought. Shortly after the fall of Apartheid many churches, groups and individuals prayed prayers of repentance on behalf of the nation for the sins of the past.[3] Many have prayed prayers of repentance because of the Holocaust under Hitler. And the list goes on. But is this a Biblical idea? The short answer is no - there are a bunch of problems with this notion.

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Balaam
by Bill Randles, 4/28/10Believers In Grace

Perhaps the most misunderstood story in the Bible is that of Balaam, the pagan prophet. When it is told, it is usually related as a morality story, merely a caution against greed in ministry.  The love of money indeed is part of the story - as well as the danger of false prophets and corrupt ministers. But lately I have come to realize that there is an eschatological dimension to this story that too often is unappreciated. It is amazing how current and relevant the story of Balaam really is to today's geo-political situation.

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The New Prophets And Apostles and Superstition
by Sandy Simpson, 5/22/07ACT Logo 2
 
An old article to remind people of what the New Apostolic Reformation has promoted through the World Prayer Center.  This ought to give true believers pause about getting involved with prayer efforts by false apostles and false prophets. "False prophets have always been known and identified as using divination and augury to try to set dates for certain events.  The dates they set, though they hold festivals to celebrate them, never produce the results they predict.  Their superstitious behavior and their adherence to these mythologies are one way to identify them as false prophets."

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God's Opinion Of You Lasts Forever
by Marsha West, NewsWithViews, News With Views
May 9, 2010
 
A Christian friend of mine is reading one of Joyce Meyer's books. If you haven't heard of Meyer, she is a popular health and wealth author/radio & TV teacher/conference speaker who believes God is our sugar daddy. The evangelist has been criticized for her "conspicuously prosperous lifestyle." According to my friend, Joyce's books are "uplifting." She didn't like hearing that some of her favorite author's teaching is theological heresy. To my friend's way of thinking, if a book makes you feel good, doctrine isn't all that important.

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