"Blasphemizing" The Bible
by Sandy Simpson
I am going to go over an article I wrote back in 2006 in preparation for the book I wrote with Mike Oppenheimer called "Idolatry in Their Hearts". This book is an apologetic against the false teachings of the World Christian Gathering on Indigenous People movement, the Emerging Church and the New Apostolic Reformation which got their ideas from the book "Eternity in Their Hearts" by Don Richardson. At the time that book came out no one really saw the dangerous ideas Richardson was promoting. All they would have had to do was look at the two subtitles of that book to understand the implications. The first subtitle in the 1981 edition read: The Untold Story of Christianity among Folk Religions of Ancient People. Those who read this book found some interesting cross-cultural ideas but apparently missed the false premise of the book starting with the subtitle. How could Christianity be "among folk religions" where the Gospel had not been preached (Rom. 10:14-15)? At that time Christians who read the book were apparently satisfied that, though there was some questionable material present, it made for an interesting discussion on how to do cross-cultural ministry. The subtitle it has today, which was first published in 1984, is as follows: Startling Evidence of Belief in the One True God in Hundreds of Cultures Throughout the World. This should have been a red flag for many Christians but then, who reads subtitles? But how could the "One True God" be known to Gentiles who, the Bible states, did "not know God".
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"Good English Bible Translations"
by Sandy Simpson
This DVD is a message based on this article.
I was talking with a pastor after a Wednesday night service and he mentioned that I said I had done an article comparing English Bible translations. He called me up later and asked me to come back and present the contents of that article I sent out in about 2002 to my mailing list for the Pacific Waves Newsletter which, unfortunately, I can no longer afford to publish and mail. However an archive of past issues of that newsletter can be found here. In that article I detailed a number of good and bad resources for pastors including Bible translations, concordances, commentaries, Bible dictionaries, etc. I present an edited version of part of that article on this DVD, particularly dealing with English Translations of the Bible. Translation is a very detailed endeavor and should only be undertaken by those with a proper education in that subject and a sound doctrinal background. I read a few books on that subject and it helped me understand the complexities involved. Hebrew is a rich language so it is hard to distill one Hebrew word down to one English word. Greek is a very technical language and it is also not easy to translate. This is why it is imperative to use the good English translations out there for comparison along with a good concordance and Bible dictionary.
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|Wide is the Gate: The Emerging New Christianity, Vol. 2|
|by Caryl Matrisciana, 6/25/12 |
This second volume in Caryl Matrisciana's series, Wide is the Gate, gives an urgent warning and calls for a return to the faith once-for-all delivered to the saints. A plethora of topics are discussed, including the decline of traditional Evangelicalism; Christian environmentalism; Emergent Christianity; Catholicism; Reformed Theology; unsound eschatology; contemplative/mystical influences on the Church; Dominion/Kingdom Now Theology; Rick Warren's PEACE Plan; the social gospel; Christian Palestinianism, and much, much more.
Caryl's guests in this DVD are widely known and include Jason Carlson, Mike Gendron, Jan Markell, Johanna Michaelsen, Warren Smith, Paul Wilkinson, Ray Yungen, Chris Quintana, Eric Barger and more.
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|Rick Warren Gives Hearty Endorsements on Covers of Two Books by Meditation-Promoting Authors|
|by Lighthouse Trails, 6/25/12 |
LT Note: As we prepared the news story below about Rick Warren's recent endorsement of Dr. Daniel Amen's new book, it came to our attention that Rick Warren has also this year placed his endorsement on the back cover of Dr. Mark Hyman's new book, The Blood Sugar Solution. Hyman, like Amen, is a proponent of eastern-style meditation practices. In his book, Hyman calls New Age meditation advocates such as Deepak Chopra, Dean Ornish, Dr. Oz, Daniel Goleman, and Christiane Northrup his "co-creators in medicine's transformation" (p. 374). Rick Warren's endorsement sits on the back cover along with the names listed above. His endorsements of these two books will have profound implications on untold numbers of people, including Christians.
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|True confessions of a word faith teacher - Joyce Meyer|
|by Mike Oppenheimer |
Let Us Reason Ministries, 6/22/12
The first thing I thought of when reading the reasons for this vile approach to Scripture is, "If they think they cannot use the familial terms for Father and Son, at the least haven't they heard of footnotes?" I was pleased to find that this is what Biblical Missiology appeals to for any possibility of misunderstanding. Yet why be afraid of misunderstanding in the first place? Is not the Gospel supposed to be an offense to those who refuse truth? Have these people become so enamored of their political and social agendas that they have forgotten that Jesus is a stumbling stone and a rock of offense? Would it not be better to risk some misunderstanding in order to be true to God's Word? Or have these people forgotten that understanding comes through the Holy Spirit? God is certainly capable of imparting understanding to the pure heart seeking truth. All others will find fault no matter how far translators may go in attempting to placate them. Better to die for the truth than to make points with a lie.
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