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Beyond a Doubt: Contemplative Spirituality = New Age Movement
The New Apostolic Reformation
Crazy Love - Book Review
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Media Spotlight Ministries

When Media Spotlight began in 1977, we were the first ministry on a national scale to specifically address the ungodly nature of the secular media, particularly in motion pictures, television, toys, games, and myriad other problems that contribute to Christians living no differently than the rest of the world. The mass media have impacted the Body of Christ as much as they have society. Many Christians are so dependent upon the media that they aren't aware of how lukewarm they have become. We have many testimonies from readers who tell us that, because of Media Spotlight, they have become aware of the effect the media have on their thinking, and are now more selective in their choices. But the problem of ungodliness is not exclusive to the secular media. One of our major concerns is the religious media which present messages contrary to God's Word. Media Spotlight addresses the impact that religious teachers have upon the believer, for good as well as for evil. It has escaped the understanding of many Christians that what they believe is more often shaped by the teachings and traditions of religious men than by Scripture. Yet the wisdom of the world is no substitute for God's Word, even if offered from the pulpit or in the Christian media. Jesus warns us in Matthew 24:12 that in the last days the love of many toward Him would grow cold because evil would increase in the world. There is little time to waste in the short span of life granted us by God. We must choose today whom we will serve.
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Volume 28, Issue 6
Dear All,

In so many ways many churches and Christian organizations are unfortunately facilitating a departing from the faith by letting false brethren in.  Timothy was instructed by Paul to turn away from false ideas.

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. Grace be with you.

Yet many believers today think they can listen to a false teacher and separate the meat from the bones.  That is not Biblical.  Unless you have been taught how to discern you are not equipped to eat at a heretic's table because you will likely ingest the good and the bad.  False teaching is identified in the Bible not as something that is entirely false, but as error laid alongside truth.  That is the mark of the enemy and those who willingly or unwillingly serve him.

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Beyond a Doubt: Contemplative Spirituality = New Age Movement
by Ray Yungen, 5/18/10A Time Of Departing

Before writing my book, A Time of Departing, I made sure I could prove, beyond a doubt, that contemplative prayer had not only slipped into the Christian faith, but also prove it is an integral part of the New Age movement.


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The New Apostolic Reformation
CrossTalk, Host: Ingrid Schlueter,Crosstalk
Guest: Sarah Leslie, 5/3/10


Sarah Leslie is an author and researcher, a member of the board of directors of Discernment Ministries and also a member of the Discernment Research Group. In response to the May Day event held this past Saturday at the Lincoln Memorial, Ingrid and Sarah brought to listener attention a movement known as the New Apostolic Reformation. This title was coined by C. Peter Wagner during the 1990's. Featuring teachers such as Dutch Sheets, Cindy Jacobs and false prophetess Stacy Campbell, the New Apostolic Reformation is centered around a theology of dominionism. It teaches that Christians can take down demonic spirits in order to take back territories and institutions for Christ. The movement is post-millennial believing that Jesus will not return until Christians take over the 7 Mountains. These "mountains" are institutions like the media, entertainment, the economy, etc. In other words, their eschatology requires that instead of reaching people with the gospel one heart at a time, they believe they are to conquer the earth one demonic spirit at a time and make the earth perfect so that Jesus can return.

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Crazy Love - Book Review
by Francis ChanThink On These Things
Reviewed by Gary Gilley

In Crazy Love Francis Chan attempts to motivate Christians to action.  This is great but surely we are to be motivated by biblical instructions rather than random diatribes.  If you need a challenge I recommend David Well's Dare to Be Protestant or Michael Horton's The Gospel-Driven Life, and leave Crazy Love on the shelf.

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On Emergent Church leaders calling apologetics and discernment ministries "Online Discernment Ministries" (ODM)
by Sandy Simpson, 5/14/10ACT Logo 2
 
It does not surprise me at all that prominent Emergent Church (EC) leadership and others associated with that movement would use name calling as a way to try to shut up opposition to their false teachings.  This is typical for Christian liberals.  Rather than answer to what they have been writing in their books and teaching on in public for years, they resort to name calling.  The term they are using lately is ODM meaning online discernment ministries.  They use that term in a disparaging way but the term itself shows that they do not know how to do research and are not interested in the facts about many apologetics ministries.

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