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When The Ends AND The Means Are Unjustifiable
by Sandy Simpson

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Way back in 1976 C. Peter Wagner had already expressed a foundation of sand upon which his entire "apostolic" kingdom is built.  To back up his notions, he and his friends such as John Wimber, Paul Cain and many others began to get the cart before the horse.  They tried to create revival where there was none with unbiblical and even heretical ideas.  They imported occult ideas from false religions into the churches, such as "slain in the spirit" and called the results "revival".  The means they used were the counterfeit  revivals of the Word Of Faith Movement, the Vineyard movement, the Toronto "Blessing", the Brownsville "Outpouring" and on down the line to latest Todd Bentley "Lakeland Revival".  The proof that the means have all been unjustifiable is in the unjustifiable ends.  Lakeland has now come to an apparent abrupt end due to false healing and dead raising claims, many false teachings, a false "transferable" anointing, and sexual misconduct.  You can read about these things in our Todd Bentley section. Yet the leadership of the New Apostolic Reformation has not even been slowed by yet another bad end brought about by the self-destruction of the means.  In the latest ElijahList the false prophets are prophesying even greater revivals to come.

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The Handkerchief Phenomenon
Addendum to “A Whole Lot Of Wishful Thinking These Days

by Sandy Simpson

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There is a new phenomenon especially among some island churches where handkerchiefs are being handed around a congregation claiming that they have an anointing that can cause people to be healed and other miraculous things happen to them. The problem with this idea is especially evident in two things: (1) that this can and is being considered by many to be Christian magic and (2) that it is being taught as being something that should be a normal part of the Christian experience.  It is taught that if you have faith you will believe in touching the handkerchief that you will be healed, freed from demons, or get a special anointing.  But faith is not proven by signs and wonders.

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Baha’i & YWAM's "Indigenous People's Movement" (IPM)
by Sandy Simpson

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This chart should be of grave interest to those in YWAM and those supporting YWAM and its agenda with the IPM or "First Nations" movement led by people like Daniel Kikawa (Perpetuated In Righteousness), Don Richardson (Eternity in Their Hearts:Startling Evidence of Belief in the One True God in Hundreds of Cultures Throughout the World), John Dawson (Taking Our Cities for God: How to Break Spiritual Strongholds), Richard Twiss (One Church, Many Tribes : Following Jesus the Way God Made You), Terry LeBlanc (Creating Christian Indians: Native Clergy in the Presbyterian Church) and many others.  You will notice a very close comparison in this chart between false religion and so-called "Christian" leaders.  Please read what YWAM, The Emerging Chuch, the WCGP and others are teaching that are almost exactly what the Baha'i teach.

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Three Fallacies Of Third Wave Spiritual Warfare Teachings 
by Sandy Simpson

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When so-called Christians employ Biblical pagan methods to rid themselves of demons, they end up giving the enemy an opportunity to deceive them and a foothold in their lives.  When Israel disobeyed the Lord's command to come down to Jerusalem and worship Him in the temple under the Law, and instead chose to set up altars in the high places, the result was that they ended up worshiping demons.  They thought they were worshiping God, but ended up worshiping Baal and Ashtoreth.  You cannot live a life glorifying to the Lord unless you obey Him.

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The Duties of Christian Leadership 
by Sandy Simpson

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Christians, and especially Christian leadership, are called to be salt and light in a dark world.

Matt. 5:13-16  "You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. "You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

When the Lord tells us to be salt and light, He states both the positive and the negative.  That is the way with all Scripture.  We can’t just take the positive and be done with the subject.  We have to consider all the ramifications of being salt and light.  Salt is used to season food and make it taste good.  It was and still is used as a preservative.  In the same way Christians are to be salt in the world.  Without the witness of Christ, without standing for the truth, life is ultimately tasteless and rotten.  Anyone here who was a sinner for any length of time without the Savior knows what I am talking about.  But the flip side is that salt can lose its saltiness.  Christians can lose their saltiness by diluting the Gospel message to the point where it is useless.  Let me give you an example of a washed out Gospel often preached in churches today. 

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Smack Dab in the Middle of the Apostasy 
by Sandy Simpson

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Christianity Today ran the following article:

'Antichrist' No More: Evangelicals Praise Pope
Most are unreserved in their praise on political, social,
and even theological matters, but critique of papacy remains.
Compiled by Ted Olsen, 04/05/2005 04:30 p.m.

Among the names mentioned, who praise the Pope in this article, were "Evangelical" leaders such as: Evangelical Episcopalian Fred Barnes; Wheaton College's Mark Noll; Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod President Gerald B. Kieschnick; National Association of Evangelicals President Ted Haggard; Focus on the Family President James Dobson; Charles Colson who organized the evangelical side of the Evangelicals and Catholics Together; Paige Patterson, President of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; Presbyterian Church in America Pastor-brothers David and Tim Bayly; Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Al Mohler; Dallas Theological Seminary President Mark Bailey; Credenda Agenda Editor Douglas Wilson; and Evangelical Alliance, the United Kingdom's version of the stateside National Association of Evangelicals.

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 A Biblical Illustration Of Our Faith Commitment To Jesus Christ For Salvation 
by Sandy Simpson

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Marriage as a metaphor for our relationship to Jesus Christ.

Marriage is used as a metaphor for our relationship to God many times in the Bible.  Let's look at the picture God wants His people to see about their relationship to Him, and His relationship to them.

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The New Powerless Gospel
by Sandy Simpson

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TI have been challenged lately to think again about what the Gospel message is all about.  This has come as a result of hearing what I considerto be, at the very least, "gospel lite" and at the most no gospel at all being presented by a number of neo-evangelicals, Third Wavers and outrightheretics.  The interesting thing is that many seem to be preaching the same message.  What is most intriguing is that false teachers like Benny Hinn, ecumenicals, and even some preachers I would considerto be orthodox in their theology are preaching a "gospel" that is very similar.The question is: Is this new gospel message really the Gospel at all?

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by Sandy Simpson

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This creature that existed, and may yet exist, is used as a description of the might and power of the enemy.


Isaiah 27:1 In that day the LORD will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent, With His fierce and great and mighty sword, Even Leviathan the twisted serpent; And He will kill the dragon who lives in the sea. (NASB)


Speaking of the “day of the Lord”, when the Lord comes back again to rule and judge the earth, Isaiah says that the Lord will punish Leviathan the dragon.  Satan is likened to leviathan, a serpent, and he is said to live in the sea.


Revelation 13:1 And the dragon stood on the sand of the seashore. Then I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having ten horns and seven heads, and on his horns were ten diadems, and on his heads were blasphemous names. (NASB)


Again the dragon comes out of the sea, which is symbolic of the nations of the world, but perhaps is also tied to a literal meaning.  He has multiple heads which are symbolic of the heads of the nations of the end times, but he is also said to have multiple heads before the symbolism of the nations of the revived Babylon come into being, as recorded in Ps. 74:14 and Job.

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Pre Millennial and Post Millennial Doctrines Do Not Mix 
by Sandy Simpson

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Many Christians today (having allowed themselves to be diapraxed by false teachers on TV, in books, in seminars and on tape) have begun to accept a mixture of Pre Mil and Post Mil doctrines.  Many claim they still hold to a Pre Trib Rapture (or another Pre Mil scenario) and at the same time would claim that Christians are in a great end times revival, that "Transformation" is taking place all over the world, and that our mandate is to retake dominion over the whole world including its businesses, social agendas and political arenas (a Post Mil scenario).  But what many "Christians" today do not realize is: the mixture they have accepted is oxymoronic.

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New Age & Eastern Mysticism in the Churches
by Sandy Simpson

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There are two kingdoms being taught in many churches today. Teaching about one of the kingdoms is on the decline while the other is being promoted all over the place.  I am warning Christians that they need to check out who is using the word "kingdom", the books they have been reading and recommend on building "the kingdom", the people they have been hanging out with at conferences, and what they mean by "the kingdom".

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"He Was A Murderer From The Beginning" 
by Sandy Simpson

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John 8:44  You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning,

not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

Revelation 21:8  But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters

 and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

Revelation 22:15  Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers,

the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

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Exposing the "I Am God" Blasphemers 
by Sandy Simpson

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There are so many people who claim to be Christians today, claiming that they are God.  Not just a “little god” but God Almighty.  I hate to tell them but there is only one God/man who could ever claim that and His name is Jesus Christ.

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Why False Teachers Have So Many Followers 
by Sandy Simpson

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1 John 4:4-6  You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit {Or spirit} of truth and the spirit of falsehood.
The reason why false teachers, who deny one or more of the core doctrines of the Faith, gain so many followers is that they are saying what the world wants to hear.  They organize their churches so that they cater to unbelievers, and once non Christians come in they are fed a diet devoid of the essential nutrition of the Gospel and sound doctrine.  False teachers conduct surveys to see what non-believers are looking for in a "church" and then provide those things.  False teachers claim they are bringing people into the Kingdom when in fact they are bringing them out of the world and back into the world, the only difference now being that they are spending their money in support of some apostate leader and/or group.

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False Apostles
  of the New Apostolic Reformation
by Sandy Simpson

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The NAR proponents claim to be foundational Apostles to the modern church.  This claim is exactly what Paul warned the Church about regarding false apostles.  The term "false apostles" is used only once in the Bible in 2 Cor. 11:13.  False apostles are identified as those who claim they are equal with the the foundational Apostles.  The NAR proponents go even further! They claim to be GREATER than the original Apostles.

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  Jude Study
6 DVD Series
(DVD 1) Jude Lesson 1 - Verses 1-4
 (DVD 2) Jude Lesson 2 - Verses 5-10
(DVD 3) Jude Lesson 3 - Verse 11
(DVD 4) Jude Lesson 4 - Verses 12-15
(DVD 5) Jude Lesson 5 - Verses 16-19
(DVD 6) Jude Lesson 6 - Verses 20-25

 by Sandy Simpson

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Jude 1:1-2 Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and a brother of James, To those who have been called, who are loved by God the Father and kept by Jesus Christ: Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance. Jude was the brother of Jesus Christ. But it is significant that he calls himself the brother of James. Jude wants everyone to know that, though he is a half-brother of Jesus Christ through his mother Mary, he considers himself to be a servant of Jesus. I’m sure there were those who tried to idolize him for being the brother of Jesus Christ. If he had the character of some of the current large crop of false teachers, he would have written “Jude, the brother of Jesus Christ.” I’m sure if some of these modern heretics could trace their roots back to Christ, they would use that information to get support for themselves and power over people. But Jude does just the opposite. He calls himself the servant of Jesus Christ. He is addressing this letter to those who have been called, and who are loved by God the Father and kept by Jesus Christ. So he is addressing this letter to Christians. God has called every true believer.

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A Word of Encouragement from Paul
Run the Race, Win the Prize

by Sandy Simpson

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But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.  Jesus Christ is coming again.  We are citizens of heaven, not this earth, and Jesus will come to take us to our homeland.  So true believers eagerly await His coming, unlike those who oppose the cross of Christ who think they must take dominion over the earth or laugh at the idea of the Rapture.  There are many of them today.  We know that when Jesus comes, by His power, He will bring everything under His control.  We are not called to do that as the Church.  Jesus will do that when He comes, and when He comes we will be changed and receive our everlasting bodies that will never wear out.

1 Cor. 15:51-57 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: "Death has been swallowed up in victory." "Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?" The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Entertainment-style Christianity
vs. Interactive-style Christianity
by Sandy Simpson

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Today, in a majority of churches, we see the result of the seeker-friendly,"purpose-driven", church  growth, Third Wave, New Apostolic Reformation methods and teachings and their product I am calling"Entertainment-style Christianity" (ESC).  But ESC churches are not only missing out on the cutting edge of true Christianity, but areheading down the road to apostasy.

True biblical Christianity is "interactive".  Those in ESC are taughtto be spectators at mega-church entertainment events.  They are not taught the Bible but rather to be enamored with the oratoricalskills of the preacher, and to not dare question anything that is shoved down the throats of the "laity" by the ruling "anointed"elite.  They are treated to a circus atmosphere including wild CCM music with people flailing around and acting like they are on drugs, topreachers who tell endless stories about themselves and joke about everything while actually making profundity mundane, to hula dancing,to banners and marching in the church and around it, to the blowing of shofars, to slain in the spirit and wild manifestations.  Theirsears are tickled by guest speakers who make up sermons out of their own imaginations instead of the written Word.  They are entertainedwith gold dust, gold fillings, "angel" feathers, "angel" footprints, drunk in the spirit antics, and during these displays they can go outand get a latte and a snack at the church snack bar.  They come into these mega churches and leave without being personally challengedother than with tired worldly psychology, and without anyone being able to find out what they are doing in their private lives.  A smallpercentage attend "cell groups" where they are diapraxed into consensus instead of challenged to be Bereans and think and act forthemselves.  They live like the world during the week, then come to church where the world is not only welcomed but accommodated.

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Saturate 2020 adherants are those who are drunk and think they can save the planet
by Sandy Simpson

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Commentators seem to think that this section of Habakkuk was addressing the Ceasars and their drunken desire for power.  Seems these two things often go together.


Those who love drunk in the spirit are no exception.  They are trying to get others to share in their debauchery and the false hope of an end-times worldwide revival, currently through the Saturate 2020 events.  Though these were two of the heretical distinctives of the New Order of the Latter Rain, these ideas are nothing new.  The righteous continue to live by faith, while the proud boast in their drunken state.

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A Warning about Saturate 2020
by Sandy Simpson & Marco Quintana

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Saturate 2020 is another in a long line of Latter Rain revivals which do not meet the criteria of a Biblical revival at all (Acts 3:19).  The Toronto “Blessing” and Brownsville “Revival” both came into towns all over the world with the promise that people were getting saved and nothing weird was going on at their meetings.  This was always a lie as the true Gospel was not preached but instead people were invited forward to have hands laid on them in order to transfer an impartation.  Meanwhile false doctrines were laid down in order to get people involved in churches like Bethel Church in Redding, CA.  We are warned in Scripture about this.
Galatians 2:4 But it was because of the false brethren secretly brought in, who had sneaked in to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, in order to bring us into bondage.

2 Peter 2:1 But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves.
The fact that some formerly Biblical churches have joined this circus is a testament to their lack of teaching discernment.  Some of these denominations were warned repeatedly about the Latter Rain, Word of Faith and the New Apostolic Reformation yet they apparently wanted to remain “willfully ignorant”.  The people advertised as being involved with this latest “revival” are almost all associated with Bethel in some way and promoters of what they teach.  This is not a true Biblical revival but rather a revival of the occult and New Age among Christians.  This meeting is actually hurting the cause of Christ and will not have any real beneficial effect on the culture of California, which has turned decidedly evil for decades.  These Dominionists
will not be saving the planet, but are rather setting people up for the coming antichrist.  Nor will they rid the world of coronavirus, but rather likely add to it.

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Should Biblical Churches Be Christocentric?
by Sandy Simpson

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Should biblical Christian churches be Christ-centered (Christocentric)?  Should the doctrines of the Father (Patriology) and the Holy Spirit (Pnematology) also be equally emphasized?  Can a church be Patriocentric or Pnemacentric and be biblical?

The answer to these questions are quite simple from a biblical perspective.  There have been charges leveled at some movements such as the Pietist Movement in Germany and other movements that they place too much emphasis on Christ to the exclusion of the Father and the Holy Spirit.  This may be true to a certain degree.  The doctrines of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit must be taught with equal emphasis so that Christians will know what they believe.

But should a church be Patriocentric or Pnemacentric?  No.  For instance, there are far too many churches today, having been influenced by hyper-Pentecostalism and the Latter Rain, that are Pnemacentric.  They spend most of their time focusing on the Holy Spirit to the exclusion of preaching the Gospel while, in fact, they don't even have a biblical doctrine of the Holy Spirit.  I believe that because classic Evangelicals, to a certain degree, dropped the ball in defining the Person and role of the Holy Spirit it gave an opening to Third Wavers to step in with their erroneous ideas of Pnematology.

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The Letter to Laodicea
Is a Warning to the TRUE Church Today
by Sandy Simpson
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Rev. 3:14-22  And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Much has been made of this passage, using it to point out what is happening today in the apostate churches around the world.  It is true that they believe they are rich in spiritual things when they are very poor.  It can be applied in one sense to the 
Word of Faith movement.  It is true that the "River" movement of Latter Rain teachings do think they are hot when actually they are cold.

But this letter to the end times church of Laodicea is actually talking to biblical Christians who are born again.  The apostate movements of the Latter Rain, Third Wave, Toronto "Blessing", Vineyard, Brownsville "Outpouring", Word of Faith, New Apostolic Reformation, World Gathering on Indigenous People, Manifest Sons of God, Seeker Friendly, Church Growth, Emerging Church and many others have already had their lampstands removed (Rev. 2:5) because of their apostasy and have already been spit out of the Lord's mouth (Rev. 3:16).  We can know this because of what the Bible says about those who teach false doctrines (1 Tim. 6:3-5, 2 Tim. 4:3) and make false prophecies (1 John 4:1). These false churches, false movements and false brethren (Gal. 2:4) are already under the judgment of the warnings of the seven letters, as all but two of the original first century churches are today (only the two who Jesus did not warn still survive today).  Therefore the letters to the churches apply to those churches who have not had their lampstands removed and been spit out of the mouth of God because of heresy and false prophesy.  So the warning to the true biblical churches today remains.  Why is this warning significant to us?

It is significant because, by in large, it is the true Church today that has allowed the movements mentioned above to infiltrate and take over the agenda for what is called "Christianity" today.

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The Overseer
A Study Of Titus 1:6-11

by Sandy Simpson

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In Titus 1:6-11 Paul tells Titus to appoint "overseers" in the churches.  The word "overseer" is episkopos in Greek and means bishop, curator, superintendent, guardian, watchman. Overseers are to be shepherds to the sheep, watchmen, guardians.

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Jesus Cares
Jesus Cares for You
by Sandy Simpson

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Read Passage: John 6:1-15

The story of the feeding of the 5000 is found in all the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John. When something is repeated in the Bible it means that it is important and is something we must try to understand. There is often a deeper meaning in sentences or stories that are repeated.

In this same story repeated in Mark 6:34 it says:

"When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things."

One of the main things that Jesus is... is compassionate. He cares for His people. He was compassionate then and He is still compassionate today. Jesus came and saw the needs of the people. So He did two things. He met their physical need of hunger for bread, and He also met their spiritual hunger for the bread of life. As Jesus told us in John ... He is the bread of life. The Bible, the Word of God, being the word of the Father and the Son, is also the bread of life.  Jesus is the living example of the Word as it also says in John "The Word was made flesh and lived among us".

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Boykin DVD

General Jerry Boykin and his ties to The Knights of Malta and Rick Joyner

compiled by Sandy Simpson

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This paper exposes what General Boykin has been doing in Calvary Chapels and his associations.

He is Grand Chancellor of the Vatican's Jesuitical "Knights of Malta", an ecumenical society under the leadership of Rome where Catholics, Protestants and a plethora of others unite in what cannot be a unity of the Faith.

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Two Lessons from Jonah
by Sandy Simpson

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We just finished as study in the book of Jonah in our Bible study groups.  As we studied through that true story I became aware of an application for Church leaders today.

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What Does The Bible Teach About "Synergy"?

by Sandy Simpson

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Synergy is also a concept being adapted and taught today as a major tenet of the Third Wave, New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) movement.  Dutch Sheets was one of the first to introduce this concept to that movement back in the National School of the Prophets - Mobilizing the Prophetic Office Conference at Ted Haggard's New Life Church in Colorado Springs, CO on May 12, 2002. 

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Uprade your Old Hymns
Upgrade Your Old Hymns For The New Paradigm!
by Sandy Simpson

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HUMOR: Time for a rewrite of the old hymns.  In this day and age of Third Wave revival movements and Word-Faith dominion, the old hymns just aren't cutting it anymore.  Not only are they old fashioned musically, but the lyrics are, for the most part, particularly depressing. They talk of sin, death, repentance, the cross, the blood of Jesus and a whole host of other disgusting subjects.  There are also too many lyrics in them, frankly, which takes away from the "worship" atmosphere. Repetitiveness is what we need, not dead doctrinal concepts. The old hymns are just too biblical. Give us a beat to move our feet, not concepts to move our hearts and minds!

Here is a list of some hymns that could be "upgraded" to meet the criteria of the Third Wave, Word-Faith, Latter Rain, Manifest Sons Of God, New Apostolic Reformation.  This list is by no means complete.  If you don't recognize the hymns mentioned perhaps it would be worth your time to go back and read them, then compare what they say to the new doctrines.

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Almost Saved
Almost Saved
by Sandy Simpson

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“To be almost saved is to be totally lost.” – Adrian Rogers

There are many so-called “Christians” today who are clearly “almost saved” by their testimonies and/or actions.But to be “almost saved” is to be completely lost.A person who is drowning and almost saved drowns.A woman who is almost pregnant is not pregnant.King Agrippa said, “You are almost persuading me to be a Christian (Acts 26:28)” but being almost persuaded is not enough to be saved.

The word “almost” means “very nearly”, “not quite.” In light of this we may conclude that to come close to the target, or “almost” hit it, means to completely miss the mark. (Shalem Evangelical Church Bush Hall Yard Gap, St. Michael)

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"Silence the noise of your songs"
by Sandy Simpson, 5/26/19

Amos 5:21-27 “I hate, I reject your festivals, nor do I delight in your solemn assemblies.  “Even though you offer up to Me burnt offerings and your grain offerings, I will not accept them; and I will not even look at the peace offerings of your fatlings. “Take away from Me the noise of your songs; I will not even listen to the sound of your harps. “But let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. Did you present Me with sacrifices and grain offerings in the wilderness for forty years, O house of Israel? You also carried along Sikkuth your king and Kiyyun, your images, the star of your gods which you made for yourselves. Therefore, I will make you go into exile beyond Damascus,” says the Lord, whose name is the God of hosts. When I first reread this passage in Amos, a few things struck me.  First of all the Lord is bringing judgment on Israel for carrying on religious ceremony without true dedication to the Lord.  They sing songs and present their offerings while harboring idols.  I was reminded of how the Lord must view the heretical apostate mega church celebrations of today.  There is a lot of pomp and circumstance, yet little or no obedience to the Word of God.  The Lord does not look favorably upon worship of that type, no matter the hype, no matter the noise, no matter the show.  He actually “hates” it.

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Good Church
How To Find A Good Church
by Sandy Simpson, 2003


Here’s how to find a good church.  What you need to find is a church that not only has orthodox doctrinal statements but teaches, both explicitly and implicitly, in line with the core doctrines of the Faith.  These are Bible-believing Christ-centered churches that are balanced in their theology.  Be sure to test all churches before you become involved.  It is acceptable to get involved with a house church or Bible study as long as there is someone who has the gift of teaching there to lead the study of God’s Word. 

Hebrews 10:25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.

The Christian life is not one to be lived alone.  Trust me; I have sympathy for those who have been spiritually injured by false churches, false prophets, false teachers and false apostles.  It is often a long road back from the diaprax of heresy.  But to undo the brainwashing you will need help, especially from those who are already ahead of you on your journey back.  The first century church was known for the following:

Acts 2:42 They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

This is a good gauge to tell if you are involved in an effective assembly of believers, no matter how small.  Remember that the first century churches were in homes.  In my experience smaller churches are much better at doing the above and more.  Avoid mega churches.

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Walking the Waves

This book was written by my mother and is about my family's experience as missionaries in Micronesia.  Juanita went to be with the Lord in August of 2018.  This book has been a blessing to many people around the world and I want to share it with you. - Sandy Simpson 

This is the story of a young woman who goes to the ends of the Earth with her pastor husband and two small children. While describing the hardships of living in a remote village on a remote Pacific Island in the 60's, it also gives us a vision of the joy the family experienced as well. The heart of the book is the story of how the author survives the death of her husband and goes on to serve God and the Micronesian people in her own right.This book reveals a woman of great faith and courage. In addition, the book is well written and a pleasure to read.Having met the author, I will add that there are thousands of people throughout Micronesia who love her and who have benefited by her faithfulness and commitment over the years. Read the book and get to know this wonderful woman. Review by Richard D. Shewman on Amazon.

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A Biblical Guide To Freedom from "Another Spirit" 
The Possible Consequence of the Unbiblical Practice of "Slain In the Spirit" 
by Sandy Simpson
This DVD is a message based on this article.

The cases are legion.  Let's look at John (a pseudonym) as one case in thousands that I read through the years in the emails sent to my site.

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A Short History of Dominionism
by Sandy Simpson

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In order to understand where the modern fusion called “Dominioism” comes from, I want to first give you definitions of Kingdom Now, Dominionism and Reconstructionism.

Dominionism is sparsely defined as follows: 

“Dominion Theology (also known as Dominionism) is a group of Christian political ideologies that seek to institute a nation governed by Christians based on their personal understandings of biblical law. Extents of rule and ways of achieving governing authority are varied. For example, Dominion Theology can include theonomy, but does not necessarily involve advocating Mosaic law as the basis of government. The label is applied primarily toward groups of Protestants in the United States.” [1]

It is more closely defined this way: 

Dominionism, or Christian Dominionism is a term coined by social scientists and popularized by journalists to refer to a subset of American Christianity that is conservative, politically active, and believes that Christians should, and eventually will, take control of the government. The term is sometimes used as a “catch-all” by bloggers to describe any politically active Christian, but not every conservative, politically minded Christian is a Dominionist. Christian Dominionists believe that God desires Christians to rise to power through civil systems so that His Word might then govern the nation. The belief that “America is a Christian nation” is sometimes called “soft dominionism”; the idea that God wants only Christians to hold government office and run the country according to biblical law is called “hard dominionism.” [2]

“Hard Dominioism” as it is called in the above definition, is what C. Peter Wagner (deceased) of the New Apostolic Reformation (a term he coined) have been advocating, following the teachings of the New Order of the Latter Rain and Reformed Theology “Reconstructionism”.

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Maturity Training
Maturity Training
by Sandy Simpson

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Heb. 5:14 But solid food is for the MATURE, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.

At the core of maturity in Christ is the issue of training to be able to distinguish between good and evil, right and wrong. But in today’s churches this issue has not only been downplayed, but actually swept aside.

I run a website and get hundreds of emails every week. Since the website deals with apologetics against false teachers and false prophets, about half the email I receive is blasting me for even bringing up the issue. These emails are from “Christians” who claim I am not “anointed”, don’t understand the work of the Holy Spirit, etc. I am forced to remind them of Hebrews 5 and Ephesians 4 and the biblical definition of maturity in Christ. Maturity is not defined as following dynamic speakers, running after people who claim the ability to perform signs and wonders, those with wealth, charismatic teachers with large numbers of followers, those with name recognition, and prophets who make wild prophecies. It is defined simply as training ourselves to know the difference between good and evil.

Where do Christians get solid food? From voices in their heads, intuition, imaginations, flights of fancy, signs, wonders? No. Solid food is consumed by feeding on the meat of the written Word of God.

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Bill Johnson Quotes
by Sandy Simpson

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In this article, I will detail some false ideas, especially from Johnson’s books.

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The Use of Invective
The Use of Invective
in Apologetics
by Sandy Simpson

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This article is about the use of invective while attempting to do apologetics or teaching discernment.  Invective is defined as a noun: insulting, abusive, or highly critical language ie. "he let out a stream of invective".  I admit to using invective at times in the past.  My goal is to stop that practice and focus on the facts, not attack an individual’s ability to comprehend. 

In the case of Christians, the first thing to consider when doing apologetics is our mandate to reconcile people to Christ, no matter who they are.

2 Cor. 5:18-21 Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

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10 Questions
Ten Questions
For those who Claim the "Supreme Beings" of the Nations are the True God
by Sandy Simpson

This booklet is taken from this article

I have some questions for those of the World Christian Gathering of Indigenous People (WCGIP) adherents such as Don Richardson, Daniel Kikawa, Richard Twiss (deceased), Terry LeBlanc, Danny Lehman, Aloha KeAkua, YWAM as well as many in the Emergent Church (EC) ... the questions arise from their claim that the "supreme beings" of the nations are all the True God, YHWH, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  You can read more on this subject in our book "Idolatry In Their Hearts" or in the WCGIP section of my site. 

My main question for them is this: When did ANY of the Patriarchs and Prophets in the Old Testament and the Apostles or Jesus Christ in the New Testament EVER claim that the "supreme beings" of the nations were Elohim/YHWH, the one True God?  Let's look at some examples in the form of questions and you can check out the source links as well.

10 Questions  is available is now available in booklet format.  You can order here or at Lighthouse Trails here.  $1.95 per copy, bulk orders get a discount.

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Real Revival DVD
Real Revival
by Sandy Simpson

This DVD is a message based on this article.

Acts 3:19 Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord;

There has been so much hype of "revival" in our modern day that it is easy to forget the true biblical criteria and definition of revival. Revival cannot be brought about by signs and wonders or "laying" on of hands to transfer apostolic or prophetic "anointings". In fact there is no such thing in the Bible.The Biblical criterion for revival has, as a precondition, repentance. The word "refreshing" is also defined as "revive".

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Peter Popoff
Peter Popoff
Back to his old tricks!
by Sandy Simpson

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I received a letter from Peter Popoff. This infamous televangelist, in the past, was found to be guilty of wearing an earpiece so that his accomplices in his sound booth could feed him personal information on people in his audience while he was claiming to get personal messages directly from God.  This letter proves that, not only is he back as a regular on TV, he is also back to his old tricks.

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Occulte DVD
Occult Practices in the Churches
How the occult has been fully integrated into many Christian lives and fellowships
by Sandy Simpson

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The Bible is quite clear about occult practices.Neither Israel nor the Church is to have anything to do with the way the world tries to gain secret knowledge.The Gnostics were and are known for promoting new revelation that is either loosely tied to Scripture taken out ofcontext or not at all.The Israelites seeking information from the dead or in omens were judged harshly by the Lord who had warned them numerous times to stay away from that stuff.

Yet due to the influences of heretical teachers in the New Apostolic Reformation, Word of Faith, Emergent Church, and the New Age many have been successful in getting lots of churches and denominations into occult practices that have been thinly disguised as “Christian�?.Many of those who follow these people, I’m sure, have no idea how far they have strayed into the occult.

First I want to give the dictionary definitions and then Biblical warnings against these practices.Then I will give examples in the churches taken mainly from the ElijahList e-newsletter.

List of Practices Detestable To God

Deuteronomy 18:9-12 “When you enter the land which the Lord your God gives you, you shall not learn to imitate the detestable things of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For whoever does these things is detestable to the Lord; and because of these detestable things the Lord your God will drive them out before you.

Isaiah 8:19When they say to you, “Consult the mediums and the spiritists who whisper and mutter,�? should not a peopleconsult their God?Should theyconsultthe dead on behalf of the living?

Using the above list from Deuteronomy and Isaiah, let’s take a look at each individual practice.

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New Important Book!
Dominion Book
How Unbiblical Action Can Change The Churches
by Dr. Orrel Steinkamp & Sandy Simpson

By Sandy Simpson

The title and cover art of this work are a play off of the book by C. Peter Wagner entitled “"Dominion! How Kingdom Action Can Change The World".  In contrast to this specious claim we have titled this book “Dominionism! How Unbiblical Action Can Change The Churches�?.  We think that is far more in keeping with what we will present in this series of articles and essays on the subject of Kingdom Now/Dominionism.

Indeed, many churches have already been changed by accepting the false teachings that constitute Dominionism.  This started decades ago under Reformed Reconstrucionism and Latter Rain theology, but even before that in the Roman Catholic Church (RCC).  The attempt of Constantine to protect Christians from being persecuted, since he claimed he had become one of them, turned out to begin a journey in syncretism and Dominion.  It wasn’t long before corrupt church officials began to try to seize power all over Europe and beyond as the “Holy Roman Empire�?.  The Reformation itself was a reaction to the lengths to which the RCC had gone to take control over the Scriptures, the nations, the kingdoms, and the people for financial gain.  They sold indulgences, promising those who came up with enough money a much shorter time in Purgatory.  Those same ploys are being used today on what has been loosely called “Christian television�? by the sale of trinkets and promises of healing, financial gain and even salvation.

These ideas all coalesce in Dominionism.  If it were true that the Church needs to take over the planet, then we would be seeing the unstoppable plans of God’s physical Kingdom unfolding.  But we do not.  All we see are failed prophecies, empty edicts and declarations coming from false apostles and false prophets.  They love to fool Christians with talk of the “kingdom�? when it is clear they are talking about a different “kingdom�?; a Kingdom Now not a Kingdom come.  Jesus taught us to pray: “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven�?.  The implication is that we are to be about building His spiritual Kingdom while praying for and expecting His physical Kingdom to come.  The only way we can do that is to continue in the Great Commission till He comes, not attempt to rule where God has not given the Church the authority to rule.  Jesus will do that when He returns. If we go off on the tangent the Dominionists want us to go, we will not only miss out on the blessings of His Kingdom to come, but may well be deserving of judgment.

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Seeds DVD
Seeds, Soil & Fruit
by Sandy Simpson

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Bad seeds from a bad tree yield bad fruit.

Matt. 13:38-39  The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.
Matthew 7:17  Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.

Original sin is the bad seed in everyone.  We all start with a bad seed.

Jer. 17:9  The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?
Rom. 3:23  for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Rom. 5:12  Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned

We need to have the bad seed destroyed and replaced with good seed.

Gal. 5:24  Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.
Rom. 6:6  For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin
1 Pet. 1:23  For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.

The good seed is the Word, the Gospel.

Luke 8:11  "This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God.
1 John 3:9  No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God's seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God.

Bad seeds are from the enemy and are full of false doctrine and a false gospel.

Matt. 13:38-39  The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.

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Will the Real Blasphemers Please Stand Up?
by Sandy Simpson
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This subject is one so serious that I do it with great fear and trepidation. Nonetheless, because I get so many e-mails accusing me and other Bereans of blasphemy, among other serious charges, I felt it was necessary to clear up some issues on this topic. Because of my stand for the truth of God's Word juxtaposed against all the false teaching that is going on today, I think it is important to do a quick study on what blasphemy is actually all about from a biblical standpoint.  There are many references to blasphemy in the Bible and from them we can find out how and why that term was used.

You will see that the word "blasphemy" in the Scriptures is the very definition of what the false teachers and false prophets are doing today!

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Glitter Christians
"Glitter Christians"
by Sandy Simpson

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Glitter Christians. 

This is a name I came up with for people attending and teaching at Oral Roberts University in the 70s.  Even back then I had come to realize that their way of representing Christianity was not in line with the Scriptures.  At that time I didn’t know that Oral Roberts was carrying on the Word of Faith traditions of New Thought practitioners such as Kenneth Hagin, Kenneth Copeland, Essex Kenyan, Norman Vincent Peale, Robert Schuler, and many other false teachers of the time.  Though I didn’t know anything about Word of Faith or New Thought then I knew that the way they were representing Christianity was just not right somehow.  Their desire to portray Christians as rich, beautiful, healthy, perfect, and virtually sinless (holiness) went directly against the example of Jesus, the Apostles and the early church. 

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"Transformed By The Renewing Of Your Mind" (Rom. 12:2)
Studies in worldview.
By Sandy Simpson

(1) "They Will Believe The Lie"
(2) Satan, The First Postmodernist
(3) A Tale Of Two Kingdoms
(4) One Of Satan's Final Masquerades
(5) Nightmarchers And UFOs On The Big Island
(6) The Missionaries Brought A Foreign God
(7) Monotheism In Ancient Cultures
(8) The History Of The Knowledge And Worship Of God
(9) Replacement Theology On Steroids
(10) Catholic Syncretism
(11) The Gospel Entrusted To The Saints
(12) The Responsibilities Of A Good Shepherd
(13) "... and all liars"
(14) Four Books That The Enemy Has Used To Corrupt Christianity
(15) Glitter Christians
(16) Is It Possible To Believe In Jesus ... And NOT Be Saved?
(17) Testing The Spirits

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Screwtape Legacy
by Sandy Simpson
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The book by C.S. Lewis called "Screwtape Letters" was a clever idea in exposing a number of tactics of the enemy.  Those principles are still at work today in many churches.  Following is a list of some of the things the enemy wants to see in churches and Christians in order to bring them down.

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Bradford Pear Christianity
by Sandy Simpson
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I was driving along and noticing that spring has sprung here in North Carolina. One of the first trees to bloom is the Bradford Pear. I began to notice how that tree has proliferated almost everywhere and then my wife looked up the information on this tree on the web. As she began to read the facts about this tree and its proliferation I began to see an allegorical parallel to what is going on in much of Christendom. But before I get into what the Bradford Pear can show us about the churches, I need to present the facts about the tree.

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The Lord's Prayer, Our Prayer
by Sandy Simpson
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Matt. 6:9-13  This, then, is how you should pray: "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one."

This model prayer that Jesus taught the disciples to pray contains many important precepts.  It should probably be called "The Disciple's Prayer".  It starts with a very important concept in the first verse.

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The Fallacious Arguments of Neo-Universalists
by Sandy Simpson
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The new Universalists are not as vocal about their Universalism ideas but are far more deadly to the Church as they are not rejected like classic Universalists were decades ago.  The new Universalists would include Emerging Church leaders like Brian McLaren, Leonard Sweet, Spencer Burke, Alan Jones and others like Wycliffe, Society of  Biblical Literature, World Christian Gathering of Indigenous Peoples, Richard Twiss, Daniel Kikawa, Terry LeBlanc, Rick Warren, Henry Nowen, YWAM, Tony Campolo, Robert Schuller, George Otis Jr., and even Billy Graham.

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The future of apologetics and discernment ministries
by Sandy Simpson
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I admit that I am very skeptical about the future of discernment and apologetics ministries. I don't see the next generation coming up to replace those who have stood for the truth for so long. Fortunately many apologists have gone to be with the Lord but who will replace them? I don't see replacements coming up who will take the place of those who have been fighting the fight the years. I run a web site where I collect articles and materials from all over the world and present them in a sort of Reader's Digest format so that people can come to one place to get the latest information on heresies in the churches as well as research past ones. What I've seen in the last couple of years is that the production of regular materials is declining to the point where it's becoming difficult to find one article for my site to post every day. Of course I write my own articles but don't have enough time to write an article on a daily basis. I am very concerned because of the tsunami of false ideas from the enemy in the churches. At the same time, unfortunately, I see a lot of younger people who don't even recognize anymore that something is wrong. 

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Church History & The Core Doctrines
by Sandy Simpson
This 4-DVD set is a combination of a condensed study on Church History and the Discernment Toolkit series which deals with the core doctrines of the Church and how to use them to discern error.  The Church History DVD takes a different approach to Church History in that it does not celebrate the Catholic Church but rather exposes it as false Christianity.  It covers World religions, false Christianity and finally a study of the true remnant Church through history following the story of the many martyrs who stood up for true Biblical faith. 

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Weight of Glory

The "Weight of Glory"
by Sandy Simpson
This DVD is a message based on this article.

2 Corinthians 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; (KJV)

This is both an incredible source of hope for Christians who are downtrodden, and a source of escalating heresy in many churches.It is critical that we understand what Paul was talking about when he wrote the phrase “weight of glory�?.Jacob Prasch has repeated this phrase in his teachings over the years … “A text, out of context, in isolation from co-text is always a pre-text."A huge problem today is that individuals and movements tend to yank verses out of their context and build a cult of heresy around them.This is called eisegesis or plugging your own ideas into the Scriptures instead of exegesis, gaining understanding and interpretation of the Bible by studying it in context and in the scope of the whole written Word.

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Did God Put "Eternity In Their Hearts"
or "The World In Their Hearts"?
by Sandy Simpson
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In the introduction to Mike Oppenheimer's and my book "Idolatry In Thier Hearts" I exposed the fact that Don Richardson pulled the phrase "Eternity In Thier Hearts" to use as his book title from it's context in Ecc. 3:11.  He did this to support his thesis, which actually contradicts the second part of that verse, where it states that man cannot fathom what God has done. Richardson, rather, sets forth what has become the foundation for the false teachings of the WCGIP, YWAM, a number of Bible translation societies and the Emerging Church ... the propostion that men from Gentile cultures have always been seeking God and that Gentile cultures were already worshipping the true God before missionaries came with the Gospel.

But as I further investigated this verse I found that Richardson even ignored the true meaning of the FIRST half of the verse in favor of a few translations that use the phrase "eternity in their hearts".

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Christians who “turn away�? 
by Sandy Simpson

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  Jeremiah 3:10-11 And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah hath not turned unto me with her whole heart, but feignedly, saith the LORD. And the LORD said unto me, “The backsliding Israel hath justified herself more than treacherous Judah.�? (KJV) Israel had turned away from the Lord and had gone after the gods of Canaan, namely Baal   and Asherah.  Because Israel had prostituted herself with false gods in worshipping the polytheistic gods that started at Babel, God had declared He was divorcing Israel and would send them into exile until they again returned to the true God. But Judah prided itself in doing what God had commended as they had Jerusalem and the Temple.  They disdained Israel for setting up altars to Baal and Asherah poles on high hills.  Yet God was not fooled by Judah’s pretence.  In the KJV it says they were not worshipping God with their whole heart but “feignedly�?. 

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Prophets for profit
by Sandy Simpson

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2 Cor. 2:17 Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, as those sent from God.

There are many false teachers on TV these days who peddle the word of God for profit.  They make promises of healing that do not come true by claiming if they are given a financial gift the person will receive healing and riches.  When what they promised does not happen the person is blamed that they did not have enough faith. This often destroys the faith of people who fall into the traps of these snake oil salesmen.  I have no problem with people charging for their materials if they cost to be produced, even though it is hoped that when a person cannot afford to pay for books and DVDs they will receive them free of charge.  But the charges levied on people for conferences and speaking engagements is often excessive.  A minister of God can ask for support and deserves it if they are being diligent in their study and proclamation of the Word.  But experiences and feelings often come with a price today and that is not right. 

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"Mistake" or "Sin"?
by Sandy Simpson

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Today we often hear the word "mistake" coming from pulpits, and especially in defense of false teaching and false prophesy.  "Cut him some slack!  He just made some mistakes".  "We all make mistakes, so don't judge lest you be judged."  We even hear the word "mistakes" being substituted for the word "sin" in many presentations of what I have termed "Gospel Lite" today. So is it proper to substitute the word "mistake" for the word "sin"?  We'll look at the problem of one word "mistakenly" being used for the other. 

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Holy Ghost IGNORED!
by Sandy Simpson

This 3-DVD set is a message based on this movie review.

"Holy Ghost Reborn" is the second film in the "Holy Ghost" series released by Bethel Church in Redding, CA.  Tim Wirth and I reviewed the first "Holy Ghost" film and that review is freely available on YouTube here:

Holy Ghost Movie Expos"
Reviewed by Tim Wirth & Sandy Simpson
A Simply Agape Project Production

I am sorry to say this but Bethel is clearly a cult of Christianity holding to most of the teachings of the Latter Rain and Word of Faith.  They have demonstrated repeatedly a manipulative atmosphere targeting young people in particular while preaching rank heresy.  This new film is a continuation of those false teachings and practices.  I pray for the young people in that church that they will come to know Jesus Christ as their Savior and thus come to know the true Holy Spirit. 

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Holy Ghost IGNORED! Part 4 - Addendum with Tim Wirth & Sandy Simpson
This "Holy Ghost IGNORED! Part 4 - Addendum is part of a 3-DVD series by Sandy Simpson reviewing the film "Holy Ghost Reborn". This addendum features a number of false teachings of Bethel Church in Redding, CA that I was not able to include in the 3-Part series. Get the whole thing! It is very important to see what has become the "new" Christianity. 

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Servant Authority
by Sandy Simpson

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The world system has always been a "top down" structure, starting at the apex of the pyramid and going down to the bottom. In kingdoms we have the king at the top, then the princes, common people, slaves. In a democracy we have the President at the top, the VP, the Sec. of State on down to the citizens. In business we have the CEO at the top, upper management, lower management, office workers and the janitors.  Unfortunately, sometime in the third century, the church started to have a top down structure. This is also when the church began to be in error. The church of Rome began to have a "top down" structure that started with the pope, then cardinals, then bishops, then priests, then the people. Well, what about that?  Eph 4:11  It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers,  This all sounds like a "top down" structure. But the problem is that people have not seen an important fact about these gifts of the Spirit -- man looks at function and title, God looks at aim and goal! Read on.  Eph. 4:12  to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up. These are not gifts given for title or to give people job descriptions. They are given because there are people out there who need our help! The church needed the Apostles. They were the ones who were the foundation of the church. They were the ones who saw Jesus in the flesh and were taught by Him personally. They wrote the New Testament Scriptures. Though the gifts of apostle and prophet are different today than in biblical times, the gift of evangelism, pastoring, teaching and others are still the same. A person who is an evangelist does not just have a title so he can rule over people. The reason that he has the gift to be an evangelist is so that he can tell others the good news. Why do we have pastors? Are they supposed to rule the church and get everyone to support them and bow to their demands? No. They are to serve the church by helping people to come to a fuller knowledge of Jesus Christ, to equip the saints to become more like Jesus every day.

The true structure of Christianity is symbolized as an inverted pyramid! 

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�Overtake you like a thief�
by Sandy Simpson

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1 Thessalonians 5:4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief; How serious will it be for a person to be overtaken in �that day� like a thief overtakes a household when he slips in and steals?  Will it just be a surprise for those who claim to be Christians who will get a slap on the wrist by the Lord but still proceed to heaven?  Will they simply lose rewards but still gain the ultimate reward?  What is this darkness that the brethren are not in?  1 Thessalonians 5:3-5 While they are saying, �Peace and safety!� then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief; for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night or of darkness; 

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Generic and Specific
by Sandy Simpson

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In my article �Blasphemizing the Bible� I give a number of examples of how a lot of modern Bible translation societies are putting the names of �supreme beings� in the Bible in the place of God or YHWH. In this article I'm going to examine two of the excuses they make for making those substitutions in the Bible in many hundreds of different languages today. 

(1) They claim that God has many different names and therefore they think they are justified in putting the names of various gods of various cultures in Bibles, as long as they are considered �supreme beings�.

(2) The second excuse they give is that the names of the �gods� they are placing in the Bible are generic terms for God, like the words �God�, �Theos�, �Dios� and �Elohim�. By generic I mean a word that can be used for any deity whether of the one true God or other false gods who claim to be God. 

I will go through both of these excuses and show that they are both unbiblical, therefore the Bibles they have translated with names of other gods in them, or names they claim are generic, prove that they have �blasphemized� those Bibles.

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The Ugly Side of Diaprax
by Sandy Simpson

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There has been a concerted effort by the false teachers from many movements inside the church such as Word of Faith, New Apostolic Reformation (NAR)/Latter Rain, World Gathering on Indigenous People and Emerging Church among others to diaprax people into thinking that the church has been ineffective until they came along with their new and improved ideas on how to take over the world.  This is always a feature of the Hegelian Dialectical process put into action by praxis, thus diaprax.  In order to form a new paradigm or worldview the leadership of these movements must vilify orthodox Biblical Christianity.

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by Sandy Simpson

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There are so many "Christian" leaders out there that teach delusional teachings.  These teaching are dangerous and can lead a person to shipwreck their faith.

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Heal Thyself!
by Sandy Simpson

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A good subtitle for this article might be "Practice What You Preach!"  There is no doubt that God can and does heal people today.  But the false doctrines of the Word-Faith Movement about "declaring" healing, "name-it-and-claim-it", etc. have been proven to be lies by the very people who sell this deceit.  If you don't know about where these famous "faith healers" go when they need healing, you may be surprised. Why couldn't they heal themselves when they purported to be able to heal others by virtue of their superior faith?  What happened to the extraordinary faith they claimed to have, enough faith to heal and be healed?  Since they are the ones who taught that all you have to do is claim the healing that is in the Atonement (Is. 53:5) why did they not do so?  Don't their deaths prove that what they were preaching was a lie and pragmatic witchcraft rather than biblical relality?

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God�s Attitude toward the �Supreme Beings� of the Nations
by Sandy Simpson

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It is quite clear from Scripture that YHWH does NOT consider the �supreme beings� of the nations to be Himself, the One True God.  This is in opposition to the teachings of Don Richardson, Daniel Kikawa, Richard Twiss and many others promoting the World Christian Gathering of Indigenous People movement, Emergent Church and Liberal theologies.  I have proven this time and time again in my articles on the subject but I am going to consolidate the information from the Bible in this article by studying the false gods named in the Bible.  I am sure I will not be able to cover every instance of supreme beings mentioned in the Bible but I (1) want to deal with some of the major ones (2) show you where they are found in the Word, and (3) prove that they were the �supreme beings� of those nations named by the patriarchs, prophets and Apostles and that they were not monotheistic gods but polytheistic in the tradition of Babel where the false religion of polytheism first took root through the worship of Nimrod and Semiramis.

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You need to "nip it in the bud"!
by Sandy Simpson

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I am writing this article to address a subject that I have often observed.  It is the fact that if you do not get the leaven out of your church the leaven will become the leadership.The Bible teaches quite clearly that if you let the leaven in you will leaven the whole lump.

 Galatians 5:9 A little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough.

 We see this often in the case of many �Christian� movements that have allowed a small error to exist in their churches and have not dealt with those issues.  It then ends up metastasizing into worse and worse problems as time goes by. 

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The New Panentheistic "God" Of Christendom
by Sandy Simpson

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Now, I bet you read the title of this article and thought I had misspelled the word "pantheism".  Just so that those of you who write to me advising me of words I have misspelled in articles (and I do often) I want to tell you that I am using the term "panentheism" as coined by Karl C. F. Krause.  You can read more about this word and concept in an excellent book called "A Time Of Departing" by Ray Yungen.

There is a new "God" being promoted in the Third Wave, New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) and Word of Faith movements whose teachers are regularly seen on TBN, Daystar, SkyAngel, CBN and other "Christian" TV networks.  Some of those teachers even have, what would be considered, a fairly typical statement of faith or doctrinal statement they endorse.  But by what they teach they end up promoting a false unbiblical view of God, especially through their actions and experiences.  The whole phenomenon of "slain in the spirit" and all the antics that go with it are brainwashing an entire generation of Christians to put their faith in another Jesus, another Spirit, another Gospel.  This new "Jesus" and "Holy Spirit" is clearly pantheistic or panentheistic in nature.  Though some of these teachers would claim to be believing in the God who is One God in Three Persons, by what they teach they deny the very revealed character of God from Scripture.

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What Should I Say?
by Sandy Simpson

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How do you answer an invitation to attend a meeting where you know nothing about the speaker or what will be done there? What happens if they want to announce the meeting at your church and invite everyone? What do you say to a person who tells you that you don�t have the Holy Spirit even though you are a Christian? What should you do if you think something is wrong, or your conscience is bothering you about something that was said or done?  The answer?

 Go to the Scriptures! 

The Bible has all the answers to your questions. This little booklet is an attempt to deal with a few of the typical statements you will hear from people who have become involved in the Third Wave revival movement. By �Third Wave� I am referring to teachers, �prophets� and any meeting associated with the Toronto �Blessing�, Brownsville Assemblies of God, Rodney Howard-Browne, Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland, Rod Parsley, Marilyn Hickey, Joyce Meyers, Bethel Church, Lakeland and many others who appear on the Trinity Broadcasting Network and the 700 Club on TV. 

Hopefully the statements and answers in this booklet will set you off on an investigation of your own in the Word. If you need help, and you have access to the Internet, you can visit my web site called �Deception In The Church� that deals with these issues and has the articles mentioned in this booklet.

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Luring People To Destruction
By The Unscrupulous Use Of The "Gospel" Message
by Sandy Simpson

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    Phil. 1:14-18   Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly.  It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill.  The latter do so in love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice,

If you see what I see in this passage, this argument cannot be used for people like Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland and the hundreds, even thousands of Third Wave ministers today who are not merely envious and self ambitious, but are also teaching outright false doctrine. Paul was not talking about heretics in this statement, but "brothers in the Lord" who preach the Gospel with wrong motives. Third Wave teachers not only have wrong motives, they also have the wrong message.  This argument cannot be used for people like Hinn, even if they manage to preach enough of the "Gospel" for people to come to a saving knowledge of the Lord, because they are also teaching and practicing heresy.

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One of Satan�s Final Masquerades
by Sandy Simpson

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   2 Corinthians 11:14 And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.

 Satan often disguises himself with the purpose of deceiving people.  One way in which I believe he is putting on a masquerade is by appearing as �Mary� to millions of people worldwide. 

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Attack Of The Enemy 
On The Churches
by Sandy Simpson

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So much heresy is entering the churches these days.  As you would suspect, sometimes it is due to a pastor attending a conference or reading a book and becoming diapraxed with unbiblical ideas.  He then starts to weave those ideas into his messages and begins to invite speakers to the church who expound on those ideas.  Then when confronted by someone in the church who has reservations about the new stuff being taught, they are told to not talk about it and just go along with the program.  If that person does not they are ostracized, slander behind their back, and often told to leave (which is what they should do in any case). 

But my observation is that it is not only the pastor who causes unbiblical changes to influence a church.  Often the pastor is blissfully unaware of influences coming into his church.  They often come in through (1) the worship team (2) women�s groups (3) bookstore (4) children�s programs (5) interdenominational prayer efforts and (6) relief and mission organizations.  If unchecked this type of infiltration is much more subtle and can become deeply rooted.

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Marks Of False Religion
by Sandy Simpson

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Colossians 2:8 See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.

In context Paul is especially addressing, though perhaps not to the exclusion of other false religion, what had become the false religion of the Pharisees and Jewish leadership.  There were many Jewish so-called �Christians� making the rounds among the fledgling early churches who were trying to get the Gentiles to come under the Law from which Christ had purchased their freedom.  John Gill states this case well in his commentary.

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Universalism in the World 
has Permeated the Church
by Sandy Simpson

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The current fad of interfaith solidarity and unity is simply a thin guise of inclusivism, Universalism and pluralism. 

Universalism is defined by as: The doctrine that emphasizes the universal fatherhood of God and the final salvation of all souls. (Source) Universalism is a religion and theology that generally holds all persons and creatures are related to God or the divine and will be reconciled to God. (Source)

Pluralism is defined as: The doctrine that reality is composed of many ultimate substances.  � The belief that no single explanatory system or view of reality can account for all the phenomena of life. (American Heritage Dictionary, (Source)

Inclusivism is: "Inclusivism posits that even though the work of Christ is the only means of salvation, it does not follow that explicit knowledge of Christ is necessary in order for one to be saved. In contrast to pluralism, inclusivism agrees with exclusivism in affirming the particularity of salvation in Jesus Christ. But unlike exclusivism, inclusivism holds that an implicit faith response to general revelation can be salvific. God expects from man a response proportional to the light given. Saving faith is not characterized so much by its cognitive content as it is by its reverent quality." (Ken Keathley, None Dare Call It Treason:  Is an Inclusivist a Paul Revere or a Benedict Arnold? (Ken Keathley, Assistant Professor of Theology and Philosophy New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, (Source)

We deal with these old heresies brought forward to modernity, these ideas that all men have have a relationship with God that will cause them to be able to avoid judgement in our book on the teachings of the World Gathering on Indigenous People movement called �Idolatry In Their Hearts�.  The idea that all men who worship a �god� are worshipping the true God, YHWH, has bubbled up to the very top of our societies and religions, and even Christendoom, and should sound a warning alarm to true Biblical Christianity.  Instead, as usual in our day, most Christians are asleep at the wheel while Universalists claim that you can pray to a �god� like Allah and be praying to the true Trinue God, YHWH. I also dealt with the fact that Allah is not YHWH, both in our book and in the article �Is Allah The Same As YHWH?�. 

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What We Need Is A Reverse Paradigm Shift!
by Sandy Simpson

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I'm going to warn you now.  I am going to let you in on some information tonight that is going to radically change your world view.  You are likely going to experience the beginnings of a reverse paradigm shift and after tonight there will be no way to go back the way you came.  You will be faced with choices that you may never have known you had.  You will be faced with a new way of looking at things that is going to cause you to rethink everything that is being taught in the Emerging Latter Rain churches.  It is going to be radical because the basis for this message doesn't come from Jesus Christ visiting my room last night bodily, but from His holy written Word.  So buckle down your seat belts, you're likely in for a bumpy ride!

    Matt. 7:15-23 "Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep�s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. "Not everyone who says to me, �Lord, Lord,� will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, �Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?� Then I will tell them plainly, �I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!�

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False Teachers Revisited
by Sandy Simpson

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I often receive requests to present updated false teachings and false prophecies by the myriad of heretics out there.  We do try to keep up with all the latest.  But I have to remind people that those we have exposed as false on our site have not repented of what they have already done in the past, which is why they are still on our site.  So what they are doing now has no relevance as to whether or not they are now to be considered a true Biblical teacher.  If and when they repent, that is renounce their false teachings and false prophecies, make restitution to those they have deceived, and begin to teach sound Biblical doctrine we will give you that information.  As of now NONE of the people we have exposed have repented of their Latter Rain, Word of Faith teachings, heretical practices or their false prophecies.  But in the interest of helping you to respond to a person who inquires by saying: "Those articles are old and you need newer materials" well, here is some newer stuff you can add to the pile.  For you and me this really makes no difference, but for those who are living in deception perhaps it might demolish one of their arguments against the truth. 

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Testing The Spirits 
by Sandy Simpson

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Sometimes I really wonder why someone who claims to be a Bible believing pastor, for instance, refuses to listen to the truth.  It frankly boggles my mind.  I don't know if it is as a result of the postmodern paradigm or just that they have no love of the truth left.  I don't know how that can happen in a truly regenerate person.  You would think that the Holy Spirit would confirm the truth to them, first in their conscience, and finally through the written Word.  But these days it is a miracle if it gets that far.  I don't know if their conscience has been so seared that they don't hear the Spirit or if they just don't want to know the truth because then they would be responsible for it.  I know that I cannot know their motives or the reasons why they reject truth and refuse to talk about false teaching, but I do know one thing: we are called as true believers to test the spirits.  We must do this even if the result is not to our liking or befuddles us as to the reasons.

    1 John 4:1 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

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Questions for Those Who Claim the "Supreme Beings"
Of the Nations Are the True God
by Sandy Simpson

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I have some questions for those of the World Christian Gathering of Indigenous People (WCGIP) adherents such as Don Richardson, Daniel Kikawa, Richard Twiss (deceased), Terry LeBlanc, Danny Lehman, Aloha Ke Akua, YWAM as well as many in the Emergent Church (EC) ... the questions arise from their claim that the "supreme beings" of the nations are all the True God, YHWH, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  You can read more on this subject in our book "Idolatry In Their Hearts" or in the WCGIP section of my site. My main question for them is this: When did ANY of the Patriarchs and Prophets in the Old Testament and the Apostles or Jesus Christ in the New Testament EVER claim that the "supreme beings" of the nations were Elohim/YHWH, the one True God?  Let's look at some examples in the form of questions and you can check out the source links as well.

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How To Discern, Test & Judge Rightly
by Sandy Simpson

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In running a web site with thousands of articles, 1-2 million hits per month from all over the world, and hundreds of e-mails per week, I have come to realize, with time, that there is a terrible problem in Christendom today. The problem stems from an existential subjective view of the world that has filtered into the church from secular society, but also from the teachings of heretical wolves who have taught an entire generation of churchgoers completely unbiblical methods of discernment or to get rid of any discernment altogether.

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We need a firm foundation to weather the storm of false ideas
by Sandy Simpson

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Matthew 22:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. (KJV)
Matthew 7:24 "Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock.
How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in His excellent word!
© 1787 Joseph Funk & Robert Keene

A house built on the rock will stand.  The Rock is God and in particular, Jesus Christ.  Therefore His written Word is the teachings of the His Holy Spirit and a Rock we can depend on.  Anyone who wants to prove anything theologically, historically, scientifically or anything else needs to start with correct information.  If you start with a faulty foundation, as you build your arguments, they begin to fall apart because they are not supported in God"s truth.  If you want to build on a firm foundation, you need to start the process by a careful study of God"s Word in context of the verse and according to the whole counsel of God"s Word.  The Bible is the best commentary on the Bible.

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Karma (by any other name)
by Sandy Simpson

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According to Wikipedia: 

"Karma means action, work or deed; it also refers to the principle of causality where intent and actions of an individual influence the future of that individual.  Good intent and good deed contribute to good karma and future happiness, while bad intent and bad deed contribute to bad karma and future suffering.  Karma is closely associated with the idea of rebirth in some schools of Asian religions.  In these schools, karma in the present affects one's future in the current life, as well as the nature and quality of future lives - or, one's samsara. With origins in ancient India, it is a key concept in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Taoism, Shintoism, Ching Hai and others."(emphasis mine)

Mirram-Webster defines it this way:

the force created by a person's actions that is believed in Hinduism and Buddhism to determine what that person's next life will be like: the force created by a person's actions that some people believe causes good or bad things to happen to that person

Given the definitions of "karma" above, this same idea, usually without the reincarnation aspect in Christian circles, has been taught for decades in New Thought movements such as the Positive Thinking/Positive Confession teachings of Norman Vincent Peale & Robert Schuller, the Word of Faith ideas of Essex Kenyan, Kenneth Hagin, Kenneth Copeland and Benny Hinn, the mixture of Eastern Mysticism and Christianity by Korean false teachers such as the "force of faith" Paul Yongii Cho, and newer renditions and fusions by people like Joel Osteen, Joseph Prince, T.D. Jakes (recently agreeing with Oprah Winfrey who teaches karma on her WHO network), and others such as Ernest Angley, John Bevere, Markus Bishop, Juanita Bynum, Morris Cerullo, Kim Clement, Paul Crouch, Creflo Dollar, Jesse Duplantis, Marilyn Hickey, Brian Houston, Rodney Howard-Browne, Larry Huch, Bishop Eddie L. Long, Clarence McClendon, Joyce Meyer, Myles Munroe, Steve Munsey, Mike Murdock, Rod Parsley, Peter Popoff, Fred Price, Oral Roberts, R.W. Shambach, Robert Schuller, Karl Strader, Robert Tilton, Paula White, Ed Young and many others.

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His Name, The Only Name
by Sandy Simpson

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Zechariah 14:9 NIV The LORD will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one LORD, and his name the only name.

 The reason I wrote this article based on Zech 14:9 is that I was reminded of how many so-called Christians, who are influential in the churches, are promoting the worship of God in the names of other gods.

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Replacement Theology On Steroids
by Sandy Simpson

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So, as you can see, the root of this teaching is that Israel no longer holds the distinction of being the tree from which the Root of David (Jesus-Rev. 5:5, 22:16) came.  They are no longer the "natural branches" (Israel-Rom. 11:21) on to which Gentile Christianity (the wild shoots-Rom. 11:17 or wild branches-Rom. 11:24) are grafted in (Rom. 11:17-24).  According to Replacement Theology, Christianity has now become its own branch apart from Israel (the natural branch) that produced the Root and all the promises of the Bible to Israel have been taken away from them and given to the Gentile Church.  This is why you hear so many false teachers taking verses out of context from the Old Testament and willy-nilly applying them to the Gentile Church.  This methodology has been going on for decades in liberal churches and has been popularized by many false teachers on TV. But the fact is that Replacement Theology is utter false doctrine.  It denies promises made to Israel, some of which have already been fulfilled and some which are yet to come to fruition. But when you add the fact that the Inclusivist WCGIP proponents are now saying that God planted hundreds of different trees, cultures all over the world, that are not connected to the natural branch, tree and Root, you have what can only be termed Replacement Theology on steroids!

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Those Who Do Not Lead Christians to Maturity
by Sandy Simpson

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The Scriptural definition of maturity is to learn to discern truth from error so that the Christian will no longer be double minded, blown about by every wind of teaching and by the schemes of crafty people.  But the problem today is that so few Christian teachers are feeding their flock's solid food.  They are serving up milk and, because of that, people are starving. Yet they often don't even know they have been on a starvation diet.  Amos 8:11 "The days are coming," declares the Sovereign Lord, "when I will send a famine through the land -  not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the Lord."

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"... and all liars"
by Sandy Simpson

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Lying is a problem for all people (Ps. 116:11).  We are all sinners (Rom. 3:23).  Those of us who are Christians are "sinners saved by grace" (Eph. 2:8) indwelt by the Holy Spirit in our "new self" (Col. 3:10). But we still live in our "old self" which we must "put off" (Eph. 4:20-25) by taking up our cross daily and following Christ (Luke 9:23).  The difference between unbelievers and those who are truly born again is that believers no longer "practice sin" (1 John 3:9, see my Bible study on 1 John!)  They have the indwelling Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:11) who convicts them when they lie (John 16:8). True believers then repent (1 John 1:9) and go on to "practice righteousness" (1 John 2:29) with the Lord's help.  The unregenerate, the false brothers, or those who have fallen away (Gal. 5:4, Mark 4:17), practice lying.  They practice a lifestyle of lying because their consciences are seared (1 Tim. 4:2) and the Holy Spirit, when convicting them, cannot break through the hardness of their unrepentant hearts (Eph. 4:17-19, Heb. 3:13). 

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Four Books That the Enemy Has Used To Corrupt Christianity
by Sandy Simpson

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The four books that have changed the church by giving an introduction to the false teachings of the New Apostolic/Latter Rain (NAR), the Emerging Church/Contemplative/Catholic Mysticism (EC), pragmatic Church Growth (CG) methodologies of C. Peter Wagner, Robert Schuller and Peter Drucker, and the teachings of the World Christian Gathering on Indigenous People (WCGIP) are as follows:

Surprised by the Power of the Spirit by Jack Deer, Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster, Purpose Driven Church by Rick Warren & Etnerity In Their Hearts by Don Richardson.

 These four books were widely read by Christians from virtually every denominational background before their ramifications and the movements they would spawn were known.  They lay error alongside truth so were considered not to be a threat to churches.  Therefore these books then became part of the consciousness of many Christians and churches, thereby laying the basis for the introduction of the modern day false teachings of the NAR, EC, CG and WCGIP that have become part of the landscape of Christendom today. 

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Night Marchers and UFOs on the Big Island 
by Sandy Simpson

This DVD is a message based on this article.

With the resurgence of the old religion of Hawaii and the continual invocation of Pelé and other "deities" for years in the secular culture and even in churches with regards to worshipping 'Io, is it any wonder that those beings are beginning to manifest again?  In a story called "Night Marchers" on the Kawaihae site and in a YouTube video on the same subject, eyewitnesses claim all kinds of sightings that they think are the warriors, ancestors and demi-gods of Hawaii coming back.  Interestingly the first book the Hawaiian Heritage site recommends in its "Suggested Reading" list is "Perpetuated in Righteousness" by Daniel Kikawa that we reviewed in our book "Idolatry In Their Hearts" by Sandy Simpson and Mike Oppenheimer. Since Kikawa claims that 'Io is the True God and one that the Hawaiians worshipped in secret, we have to wonder if Kikawa also thinks 'Io is showing up in these night marches? Since YWAM, Aloha Ke Akua and Hilo New Hope participated in worshipping 'Io at the "edge of Hale-ma'uma'u Crater" it sounds like they have all been inviting the old "gods" to return to Hawaii. 

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"They Will Believe 
The Lie"
by Sandy Simpson

This DVD is a message based on this article.

I am doing a Bible study right now on what I would call "renewing our minds".  It is based on this verse:

Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will.

The only way to renew our minds is to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, confess our sins, and be saved, then to study the written Word and allow the indwelling Holy Spirit to teach us.  Our minds are corrupted by virtue of the sin nature and what we have learned in life because our filters are off. I gave an illustration of straining coconut to make coconut milk.  If you use a 1 inch screen everything will pass through.  Even if you use a quarter inch screen you will get mostly coconut meat in your milk.  You have to use a fine screen in order to separate the milk from the leftover.  Our filters are off and the first thing God begins to do is correct our worldview, because if your worldview is off you will not understand God's reality.  We need to learn to see things from His perspective.  This is why I started this study by going back to an original problem.

2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.

This has always been an interesting passage to me for a few different reasons.  What is "the lie" that is talked about here in verse 9 and 11?  What are the ways that "wickedness deceives those who are perishing" and how long has this been going on or does this only begin to happen at the coming of the lawless one?  In what way does "the lie" cause those who do not believe the truth to "delight in wickedness"?

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The First Nations Movement
Deceiving The Nations!
4-DVD Series

Critical Missiological Issue!

The "Indigenous People's" (IPM) or "First Nations" movement is an unbiblical movement teaching heresies and doctrines of demons. It is being spread worldwide by YWAM, Don Richardson, John Dawson, Richard Twiss, Terry LeBlanc, Daniel Kikawa and many other adherents.  The IPM or World Christian Gathering On Indigenous People is full of the false teachings of the Third Wave, New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), Word-Faith, Dominionism, Latter Rain and many other false theological systems.  But it does have it's own distinctives that are driven by the works of Daniel Kikawa, Richard Twiss, and Don Richardson in particular.  They are teaching Christians to "redeem" their cultures by worshipping their former gods, pretending they are YHWH.

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The First Nations Movement 4-DVD Set

The First Nations Movement DVD 1
(1) Perpetuating Nations' Myths - Mike Oppenheimer
(2) 11 Reasons To Reject This Movement, Part 1 - Sandy Simpson
The First Nations Movement DVD 2
(1) The Fingerprints Of God? - Mike Oppenheimer
(2) 11 Reasons To Reject This Movement, Part 2 - Sandy Simpson
The First Nations Movement DVD 3
(1) The New Indigenous "Christian" Religion - Sandy Simpson
(2) Did God Put Eternity In Their Hearts? - Sandy Simpson
(3) The Missionaries Brought A Foreign God - Sandy Simpson
(4) Catholic Syncretism - Sandy Simpson
The First Nations Movement DVD 4
(1) "Monotheism" In Ancient Cultures - Sandy Simpson
(2) The History Of The Knowledge Of God - Sandy Simpson

"Christians" Who Try To Poke Holes In Sola Scriptura
by Sandy Simpson

This DVD is a message based on this article: "Christians" Who Try To Poke Holes In Sola Scriptura

There are a number of the leadership of the Emerging Church (EC) who do not believe that the Bible is the highest authority for the Christian faith.  Most do not believe that the Bible is inerrant in the original manuscripts and many do not acknowledge that the Bible is our highest revelation.  Yet this is a core doctrine over which true believers and false brethren must separate. Those who try to poke holes in Sola Scriptura make excuses like (1) we need to reinterpret the Bible through the lens of postmodern culture and religion (2) the Bible never uses the words "Sola Scriptura" therefore it is not a Biblical concept (3) there is new revelation for the church through the Holy Spirit apart from what is written and the precepts of the Bible and (4) the Bible just doesn't address our postmodern situation therefore we cannot rely on it for the truth and answers for our problems today.  I will prove that all the above arguments, and more, from EC leaders and others is exactly what they are teaching.  I will give you quotes from their teachings, videos and books. The postmodern church and its "movements" are abandoning Sola Scriptura in their rush to be like the Roman Catholic Church, which takes its authority from a mix of Scripture and tradition.

"As a result the Church, to whom the transmission and interpretation of Revelation is entrusted, "does not derive her certainty about all revealed truths from the holy Scriptures alone. Both Scripture and Tradition must be accepted and honored with EQUAL sentiments of devotion and reverence." (Roman Catholic Catechism, Given October 11, 1992, the thirtieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, in the fourteenth year of my Pontificate. Page 31).

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Updated DVD!
The Question Of Dominion
by Sandy Simpson

This DVD is a message based on this article: The Question Of Dominion.

I am writing this article as an apologetic against the Third Wave, Latter Rain, Word of Faith and Reformed Theology teachings that the Church is to rise up and take over the systems of government, businesses and every other aspect of life. "See, the problem is, is that Satan has had too much of his way in our society because he has a government!  And the only way to overthrow a government is with a government.  It won't happen otherwise.  So therefore the government of the church has to get into place in the extended church just like we do have it very well in place, we haven't reached our goal yet ..."  (Transcript of C. Peter Wagner, Arise Prophetic Conference, Gateway Church, San Jose, CA, 10-10-2004) Wagner has substituted the "government of the church" for the coming government of Jesus Christ in the Millennial Kingdom.  Wagner is "Kingdom Now" while the Bible teaches "Kingdom Come". What I wanted to do with this article is put the issue of dominion to rest by studying the definition the Bible gives to dominion and ruling authority.  When we look at the subject we can easily ascertain what is going on today and what God requires of the Church. 

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Shepherd Or Hireling?
by Sandy Simpson

This DVD is a message based on the article: "Shepherd Or Hireling?"

The Bible lays out the definitions of both an overseer (under shepherd) and a hireling.  John 10:11-13  I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. (KJV)  1 Tim. 3:1-3   Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task. Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. (NIV)  Titus 1:7-13  Since an overseer is entrusted with God's work, he must be blameless, not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. Rather he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it. For there are many rebellious people, mere talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision group. They must be silenced, because they are ruining whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach - and that for the sake of dishonest gain. Even one of their own prophets has said, "Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons." This testimony is true. Therefore, rebuke them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith. (NIV) A hireling does not really care about being a watchman, but is more concerned with protecting his reputation, position and income.  A true watchman will guard the flock against wolves from within (Acts 20:30) and without (Acts 20:29) no matter the cost to his reputation, position or income. Following is a little quiz you can take to see if you are a true Biblical under shepherd as a leader in your church, are becoming a hireling, or are one now. 

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Testing Music In The Church
by Sandy Simpson

This DVD is a message based on these articles: Testing Music In The Church, Testing Music In The Church-Part 2, and Worship Song Ratings.

Too many churches today are allowing music to be used in their services that is not glorifying to the Lord and can actually be a hindrance to the teaching of sound doctrine. Pastors and leaders should be using their leadership role to test what is being played and sung in their churches. Though some are quick to test preaching and teaching from their pulpits, many ignore the music being used in the same services. This is a tragic mistake. Music is a powerful medium. It is something that effects deeply the body, mind and emotions. It is a proven fact that music often stays with a person far longer than what is taught or preached. Songs roam around in our heads, especially if the melody appeals to us. What is often overlooked is the serious impression music makes on people, and the teaching they are getting over and over again as they allow the song to repeat in their minds and on their lips. Music teaches things much more subtly yet sometimes far more effectively. That's why the lyrical content of music in the church, as well as its effect on the spiritual lives of those who perform and listen, should be vigorously examined by the leaders of the church.  This is a 2-DVD set.

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Examine Yourselves & Hold On!
by Sandy Simpson

This DVD is a message based on the articles "Examine Yourself To See If You Are In The Faith" and "Hold On!"

2 Cor. 13:5  Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves.
Do you not realise that Christ Jesus is in you - unless, of course, you fail the test?

People who call themselves followers of Christ or "Christians" and claim they are born again must believe certain things.  If they do not then they fail the test of faith.  They can claim they are born again all they want and "once saved, always saved" but if they fail the test of faith there is no eternal security.  Only God knows who will be saved, from beginning to end, because of His foreknowledge and omniscience (Rom. 8:29, 1 Pet. 1:2).  God did not make an arbitrary judgment about who would be saved and who would not.  His Spirit is given to those He foreknew, when convicted of sin by His Holy Spirit, would choose to believe and commit themselves to Jesus Christ.  We are not God and we do not have His omniscience.  Therefore, according to Paul, we must be sure our belief system is in the right place once our eyes have been opened to the Truth.  I am not saying we do not have assurance of salvation, but our assurance comes not only because of His Atonement and promises of salvation but from our continuing in the Faith, which is always the Biblical criteria. Those who would be Bible teachers must teach according to the whole counsel of God's Word.  Let me be clear. There is only one way to salvation.  That is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.  I will deal with a few of those issues following, but it is important to recognize that being saved is not just a matter of believing that Jesus lived, or that He was a man, or simply giving mental ascent to His existence in whatever form.

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"Blasphemizing" The Bible
by Sandy Simpson

This DVD is a message based on this article.

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 did "not know God".

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Resources For Pastors
"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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Kingdom Now or Kingdom Come?
by Sandy Simpson

This DVD is a message based on this article.

There are two kingdoms being taught in many churches today. Teaching about one of the kingdoms is on the decline while the other is being promoted all over the place.  I am warning Christians that they need to check out who is using the word "kingdom", the books they have been reading and recommend on building "the kingdom", the people they have been hanging out with at conferences, and what they mean by "the kingdom".

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by Sandy Simpson

Bible studies in Galatians, Philippians, Ephesians, Colossians, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John and Jude with a focus on applying timeless discernment priciples to our modern times.

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Companion CD!
by Sandy Simpson
Contains the PDF text to the book BIBLE STUDIES IN DISCERNMENT plus extra studies by Sandy & Juanita Simpson covering many issues of apologetics and discernment.

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A Whole Lot Of Wishful Thinking These Days!
by Sandy Simpson

This DVD series is a teaching based on this article.

In this DVD series I want to detail a number of beliefs people have these days that have no basis in Scripture.  I am going to roam all over the map, so to speak, and try to give fairly short answers on a number of topics and also give you useful links to articles that will help you deal with any particular issue.  It is truly amazing how many false ideas people cling to without giving a thought to what the Bible has to say on the subject.

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Signs Of Apostasy In The Churches In The End Times
by Sandy Simpson

This 2-DVD series is a teaching based on this article.

There are many signs of the great Apostasy, or falling away (2 Thes. 2:3) indicating we are living in the end times (Mt. 24: 3-14)  I am going to go through some indications of the Apostasy in the churches as a follow up to the signs of the times in the world.

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The Responsibilities of a
Good Shepherd
by Sandy Simpson
This CD is a message based on this article.

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What's Up With Christian Bookstores?
by Sandy Simpson

This DVD is a message based on this article.

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The ElijahList
The biggest promoter of false prophecies in cyberspace!
by Sandy Simpson

This 2-DVD set is a message based on this article.

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The ElijahList
The biggest promoter of false prophecies in cyberspace!
by Sandy Simpson

This 2-DVD set is a message based on this article.

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The Extreme Prophetic
by Sandy Simpson

This DVD is a message based on this article.

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Emerging Church CD & Free DVD
All the links to resources and articles we have on the Emerging Church on one CD.
by Sandy Simpson

(The Emerging Church only is downloadable!)
When you purchase the "Resource Tools - Emerging Church" CD for $10. plus s/h you will also receive a brand new free DVD called "The Emerging Church" that features Gary Gilley, Ray Yungen, Joanna Michaelson, Mike Oppenheimer and Sandy Simpson.

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From Church To Emerging Church DVD Series
by Sandy Simpson
The issue of the Emerging Church and it's introduction into many churches and mission organizations has reached a critical point.  Many do not undersand what is being leavened into churches by the EC leadership.  Many would be shocked to know their belief systems involve Universalism, New Age, defense of postmodernism, Interfaithism, and many other false doctrines.  In order to reach out to this generation the EC leadership is proposing a whole new "map" to deal with what they perceive is a lack of understanding on the part of the churches on how to communicate.  EC proponants believe the "scripture" for today is evolving and must change in order to reach postmoderns.

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Idolatry In Their Hearts
Landmark Book!
by Sandy Simpson & Mike Oppenheimer
Does having eternity in your heart mean that you know God and are His child? Could Gentile cultures understand the Gospel from the stars? Did God create man's cultures? Has God always been in the process of redeeming cultures from the time of Babel by placing in them a true revelation of Himself? Is there the worship of YHWH in all cultures and religions through the names of supreme beings?  Have all cultures always had a way to make things right between them and God? These questions and many more are answered in this book that addresses the false teachings of The New Apostolic Reformation regarding missiological methods as being carried out by many agencies including the World Christian Gathering on Indigenous People, YWAM, and many Bible societies.

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The New Apostolic Reformation - What is it and where is it going?
Every Pastor Needs This!
by Bill Randles, Arnold Fruchtenbaum, Jacob Prasch, Mike Oppenheimer, Orrel Steinkamp, Gary Gilley, Dave Hunt, Sandy Simpson and others.
This is a 6-DVD expose of  the NAR and it's leadership of C. Peter Wagner, Cindy Jacobs, Chuck Peirce, Dutch Sheets, Bill Hamon, Jack Deere and others.

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Lessons In Forgiveness
Great Study!
by Sandy Simpson

Through the years I have been presented with many opportunities to forgive. Sometimes the situation was so severe that it took me some time to forgive and start the process of healing for myself, and eventually for others. I learned that a Christian needs to forgive other people even if they have not repented of their sins. That can be really hard if we let it be hard. But if we give our burdens over to the Lord, He will carry them and that frees us up to treat other people with love, compassion, and be in the right frame of mind and heart to set them up for reconciliation with Jesus Christ. That does not mean we tolerate their sin. We simply forgive them for what they have done to us, whether perceived or real, and move on to looking for ways to redeem them. We can then present to them the "truth in love" even when we have to rebuke them.

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Finish The Race!
Go On To Maturity!
by Sandy Simpson

was written to help believers to realize the absolute necessity of growing to maturity in Christ. Many churches are urging Christians to push aside discernment in favor of experience. 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).

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The New Apostolic Reformation - What is it and where is it going?
Companion Book!
by Sandy Simpson

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.

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Letters To The Church
by Sandy Simpson

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".

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Demolish Arguments!
by Sandy Simpson

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 book is for you!

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DVD Study Series!
by Sandy Simpson
is taken from the book but includes a lot of footage of false teachers and false prophets. It covers the core doctrines, how we can use them to test, and examples on the DVD that can be paused for discussion.  Also includes a teacher guide and links to resources on the web.  This 3-DVD series is available now!

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Important Video Information
On Benny Hinn!

by Sandy Simpson, Mike Oppenheimer & Jacob Prasch
features tons of video showing the teachings and prophecies of Benny Hinn.  This is a proven tool to keep people away from heresy.

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Discernment Conference
Featuring Bill Randles, Gary Gilley
& Ray Yungen
3-DVD Set

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Featuring Dave Hunt, Duane Magnani, Mike Oppenheimer, Jacob Prasch, Jewel Grewe & Bill Randles
6-DVD Set & 2-VHS Sets

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Highly Recommended!
by Mike Oppenheimer
What is Christianity? What significance does the cross have? Are there teachings that can wreck our faith? We live in an age unlike any other in the history of man. To follow the Lord among the unique challenges we must understand Scripture and live by it. Available for $20- includes shipping.  Apologetics Coordination Team HIGHLY recommends this book.  It deals with many crucial issues for the Church today.

Go here to order the book by Mike Oppenheimer, Let Us Reason Ministries, P.O. Box 860683, Wahiawa, HI 96786.

Other important articles that do not fit in any existing category.

(1) The Old Cross And The New by A. W. Tozer, Man: The Dwelling Place Of God, 1966 
"This article first appeared in The Alliance Witness in 1946.  It has been printed in virtually every English-speaking country in the world and has been put into tract form by various publishers, including Christian Publications, Inc.  It still appears now and then in the religious press."

(2) The "Left Behind" Series - Book Review by Pastor Kevin Beier, Bible Believer's Baptist Church of Custer, South Dakota, Updated 2/3/2000 
"These books boil down to good old-fashioned COMPROMISE! " DITC does not recommend this book series.  This review brings up some of our objections, so rather than do a seperate article, we give you this one instead.  Here is another review by a Fundamentalist Baptist. 

(4) Postribulationism Vs. The Latter Rain Doctrine by Ed Tarkowski, 2000 
"Rather than BEING the Manifest Sons earth-rulers, the Posttribber will be persecuted BY the Manifest Sons. As I said, the MSOGs believe in sinless perfection so that the glory of God will shine through them BEFORE Christ returns. But the Posttribulationist believes the believer is glorified by Christ WHEN He returns at the end of the Tribulation period, i.e., Daniel's 70th week. No Christian can be perfected from his sin nature until Christ raises him from the dead or changes him to be like Him when He returns after the Tribulation period because we will live in a sinful body until then. "New" revelations cannot, as the MSOGs believe, overcome this body of death before the return of Christ: (1 John 1:10 KJV) If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us."

(5) Authority And Responsibility by Dave Hunt, The Berean Call, April 2000 
"In seeking to understand any passage in Scripture, one rule must govern: whatever the Bible declares, the Bible itself (not some outside authority) must interpret. It is from the Bible that we learn the gospel, about the church Christ
established, about discipleship and the responsibilities, authority and power He has given to His own. Therefore, it is to the Bible that we must look to understand these things and the Bible is understandable."

(6) Once Dogs Under The Table, We Should Not Boast by Ed Tarkowski, May 2000 
"Some today say God is done with Israel. Others say all that Israel was promised is now in the possession of the Gentile Church. Others have applied the promises to Israel in the Old Testament to the Church, even raising up a "new" Abraham, a redefined Abrahamic Covenant, a "new" Isaac, etc. so it looks like Israel and talks like Israel, yet really usurps the place of Israel. Others make all the Gentiles of the world Jewish and do away with Israel. But Scriptures warns the Gentiles that they were made part of the olive tree and that we should not boast against Israel, yet the boasts continue through all kinds of "new" doctrines. Realizing our state before God in Jesus' time and our position in Christ now, how much more should we heed the warnings of Paul in Romans: 'Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in. Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.' (Romans 11:18-22 KJV)"

(7) A Very Close Look At "God Chasers" By Tommy Tenney by Rev. Bob Liichow, Truth Matters Newsletter, 2000 
"There is a book which is sweeping through many charismatic congregations and it is also making inroads into some mainline denominations and evangelical churches too, and that book is The God Chasers by Tommy Tenney. I purchased Mr. Tenney�s book and read it in a couple of hours and I am very concerned about the content of this popular book. I am going to take great pains to make you aware of why I am troubled about this book and I fear for those who blindly swallow the concepts Mr. Tenney sets forth in his writing."

(8) Getting To Know God by Juanita Simpson, 2000 
This excellent little tract was written by my mother and we still use it today in witnessing.  It explains the Gospel message from the beginning in short form.  You can download or print this online tract and use it for yourself.  It is sure to be a blessing to many people. 

(9) Christian: Who Is Your Covering?  A Christian Look At The Shepherding Movement by Steve Coleman, 1981 
"It should be apparent why the Shepherding Movement is in such error: it has applied to men what rightfully belongs to God. Instead of saying the Lord is the covering, it claims that shepherds are the covering. While the Bible says people can trust God for strength and guidance, the Shepherding Movement says that a man is necessary too. In short, the Shepherding Movement casts doubt on God's ability."

(10) Just Two Kinds Of Religion by Timothy Oliver, The Watchman Expositor, Vol. 15, No. 1, 1998 
"There is an ever-increasing cry in the religious world today, not just for tolerance, but for unity of all people and all religions. It is often stated � almost never with any attempt to prove the assertion � that all religions are alike in their fundamental doctrines. One must suspect that the lack of any serious attempt to prove the assertion is on account of the paucity of evidence. Indeed, it seems almost impossible to find even one standard to which all will willingly adhere."

(11) Trinkets Or Truth? by Lynn Vincent, © 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 WORLD Magazine, July 1, 2000 
"How bumper stickers, stuffed animals, and retail kitsch are squeezing the books out of Christian bookstores."

(12) Book Review Of The "God Chasers" By Tommy Tenney by Bill Randles, Believers In Grace Ministries, 2000 
"... Is the GODCHASERS really about the kind of hunger for God that perhaps Tozer wrote of, or Spurgeon, Wesley, Nee and the other giants of the Faith of days gone by? You be the judge. But lest there be any doubt that some other kind of hunger is at work here, consider that the last page of this Destiny Image book is an advertising page featuring the full line of GODCHASERS products, The GODCHASER hat is available for a mere $17.99 and the God chaser shirt is available in four sizes for a mere $16.99, and for those who truly want to attest to this new hunger, the GODCHASERS license plate is available for a mere $6.99!!!!! "

(13) Self Does Not Die Without Our Full Consent by A.W. Tozer, Renewed Day By Day, 1950, pg. July 11 
"A good rule is this: Nothing that comes from God will minister to my pride or self-congratulation.  If I am tempted to be complacent and to feel superior because of an advanced spiritual experience, I should go at once to my knees and repent of the whole thing.  I have fallen a victim to the enemy!"

(14) Lord, Make Us Like Philadelphia by Pastor Randy Elliott, from a tape transcript dated October 18, 1992 
"The Spirit today is speaking to those who will listen, but He doesn't speak to just individuals. Revelation 3:13 says, "He who has an ear to hear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches." Are you listening, Christian? Is your church listening? The Spirit is continually striving with us, prodding us toward truth and righteousness and away from attachment to this dying world."

(15) Time To Leave The Playpen by Andrew Gould, 10/00 "When I hear the phrase �that was so unloving�, sometimes I want to scream!"

(16) Testing Music In The Church by Sandy Simpson, 10/00 
"Music is a very powerful medium, perhaps even more powerful in terms of what and how much a person remembers than sermons. So it must be treated with the same kind of discernment. We need to be very much aware of the songs that are being used in the church."

(17) The Unknown Saints by A.W. Tozer, Man: The Dwelling Place Of God, pg. 95-99, (c)1966 Christian Publications 
"The wise Christian will be content to wait for that day.  In the meantime, he will serve his generation in the will of God.  If he should be overlooked in the religious popularity contests he will give it but small attention.  He knows whom he is trying to please and he is willing to let the world think what it will of him.  He will not be around much longer anyway, and where he is going men will be known not by their Hooper rating but by the holiness of their character."

(18) Walking With God by Sandy Simpson, Sermon Notes, 11/00 
"What would it be like if you have a friend but no contact, no walking with him?  (1) lose touch (2) lose track - lose understanding (3) no longer moving in the same direction (4) ultimately friendship grows cold - lose friendship."

(19) Rebuttal To The Defense Of The Term "Christian Hedonism" by Sandy Simpson, DITC, 1998 
This is a paper about the term "Christian hedonism" which author John Piper is trying to coin in books such as "Desiring God" and "Future Grace".  Though there is no doubt good material in the books, there is a danger here.  This danger flows into the gnostic revivals out of RHEMA, Toronto and Brownsville.  I believe these books and their message will be, and in fact are being, taken the wrong way.  The term "Christian hedonism" is an oxymoron using the standard dictionary definitions of both "Christianity" and "hedonism".  To be fair, we have posted an analysis of my rebuttal by Graham.  Then, go here for my second (and final) rebuttal.  Also, check out this e-mail for confirmation of what I have been trying get John Piper to understand. Also please read A Biblical Study of the Theological Foundation of "Christian Hedonism" by Craig W. Booth, 6/02 

(20) The Prayer of Jabez - A Review by Biblical Discernment Ministries, 4/01 
NOTE: This is a good article.  Please be aware, however, that we do not agree with some articles on the BDM web site that lump Chrsitians like Chuck Smith and Dave Hunt in with heretics like Benny Hinn and Kenneth Copeland. The author of BDM needs to learn to discern between heretics and true brothers in Christ. If you need help distiguishing the essentials of the Faith, refer to our artricle called "The Five Basic Doctrines". "The real tragedy of Bruce Wilkinson's book will be the carnage created as desperate souls follow his advice and pray Jabez's prayer for a month, and yet see no change or see things getting worse around them. The book has no discussion of what to do when the prayer seems to fail (e.g., a child dies, a marriage fails, a job is lost, or healing does not come, etc.). Many of them will turn to themselves seeking the reason. Yet Wilkinson has guaranteed that the prayer will work. The clear implication is that a failed prayer equals failed faith. Wilkinson teaches a shallow "results-oriented" faith that is supposed to guarantee success, as opposed to a deep, abiding, loving relationship with our Father that will sustain us through heartaches, failure, and success."

(21) Do You Jabez? - An Examination Of Dr. Bruce Wilkinson's The Prayer Of Jabez by John Miller, Chapel 42, March 25, 2001
"Many who fail to see the promised results will turn from God thinking that Christianity is a sham.  They will question God's existence or His faithfulness because, in my opinion, the book teaches a shallow 'results-oriented' faith that is supposed to guarantee success as a opposed to a deep, abiding, loving relationship with our Father that will sustain us through heartaches, failure and success.  So that there will be people there to pick up the pieces, please pray that God will use you when the time comes. Please don't spend the money to buy the book unless you're just curious about the depths of its error."

(22) The Prayer Of Jabez - A Review by Mike Oppenheimer, Let Us Reason Ministries, 4/01 
"A biblical look at the newest sensation on prayer that is sweeping America and other countries."

(23) The Prayer Of Jabez & The Prayer Of James by Sandy Simpson, 5/01 
"Do you want your rewards now or later?  Would you rather ask for abundance or wisdom?  Did Solomon ask for abundance or wisdom?  Would you rather lay up treasures in heaven or on earth?"

(24) More Magical "Jabez" Type Prayers - A Prayer For Every Occasion And For Everything You Want
by Sandy Simpson, 5/7/01 
Tongue in cheek commentary on the Prayer Of Jabez. 

(25) What Prayer Will And Will Not Do by Mike Oppenheimer, Let Us Reason Ministries, 5/00 
An exposition on biblical and unbiblical prayers. 

(26) Is That Really You, God? Hearing the Voice of God - A Review by Loren Cunningham with his sister, Janice Rogers, Chosen Books, 1984 -  Evaluation, quotes and comments by Rev. Greg Robertson, Jakarta, Indonesia. 
"Although Robertson had decided that his YWAM experience was something from the past which must be left at the foot of the cross, he soon found that the same false doctrines and spiritual misgivings which had so
negatively affected his life through his YWAM Daze, had progressed to new levels, moved further away from
Scripture and had become a poisonous leaven for other groups and movements."

(27) The Call By Rick Joyner - A Review by Kevin Reeves, 5/01 
"In my opinion, there are great problems with both of Joyner's books concerning this �vision�. He would have us accept that Jesus took him to the 3rd heaven, that he spoke face-to- face with Christ, that spirits of great Christian reformers and even people from his own time who had died spoke with him and revealed their hidden earthly lives, and that he was being guided by and having wisdom imparted to him from angels, and all this taking place in what he calls the highest level of revelation, and then he tells us in �The Call� that we have to sort through all this and decide which portions he is relating are true and which are not! When you say, "The Lord said," (as Joyner did repeatedly in both books), you are giving the weight of heaven to your testimony. But if in the next breath you deny the certainty of the revelations, you effectively dismantle your own testimony."

(28) Say a Little Prayer for Me - "The Prayer of Jabez": New Age Self-Help With Christian Trappings by Damon Linker, The Wall Street Journal, Editorial Page, Houses Of Worship Section, Friday, May 25, 2001 12:01 a.m. EDT 
"That Mr. Wilkinson and his legion of admirers apparently find nothing particularly inappropriate about treating God as a means to their worldly satisfaction teaches us something important about American Christianity today--and thus something essential about America itself." If you have trouble getting through to the link above, try this one

(29) The 'Prayer of Jabez': The New Christian Mantra by  Bill Koenig, Koenig's International News, Update / Commentary, WorldWatchDaily, June 14, 2001 
"Unfortunately, this book is one indicator of the condition of the church today; it reflects the desire for many to share in His glory, just like Adam and Eve did 6,000 years ago. Can it be said that today, we don't want to submit to God; we want to be God?  How many copies would a book on dying-to-self, repentance, brokenness, submission, obedience, and receiving, sell in today�s market? It would be very fortunate to hit 100,000."

(30) Sons Of Zadok by Jacob Prasch, Moriel Minsitries, 6/01 
"If your minister is a Zadokite -- if he is somebody who will kick the alien out, who will give the people what God says they need, who ministers to the Lord rather than to men, in whom there is no mixture in what he teaches, believes and does, who will rather rest in the Lord than strive in the flesh, who will teach people to discern, and who will take a stand in a dispute -- if that is your pastor, you stand by him. You pray for him, you support him financially, and you help him in any way you can. He may not be a perfect man, but he is a good man, and he is God�s man. You stand by him, you pray for him, you support him, you be loyal to him so long as he is loyal to the Word of God. He needs your prayers, he deserves your support, and he is entitled to your help. "

(31) All My Friends Pray The Prayer Of Jabez, And All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt by The Harpazo Network, 8/01 
"We are afraid that after carefully & prayerfully watching this stir that has developed.  Our conclusion is that: Jabez - by no fault of his own - has indeed brought pain & sorrow after all.  PRAYER is about RELATIONSHIP! This is what God desires from us - NOT RITUAL!  If you have already been "Jabezing" maybe your motives have been pure and sincere ... BUT you can put aside this daily ritual and still 'seize opportunities' to witness for the Lord - and despite ourselves - God takes care of His own.  We would like to urge you to instead appreciate Jabez for what he was: an honorable man in the line of Judah.  But there is another one who came out of this same genealogy who needs to be our ONLY focus and that is JESUS and He wants you to Pray from your heart - Not someone else�s! "

(32) Charismatics Use Jabez Prayer For Money, Salvation, And Healings by THE CALVARY CONTENDER, VOL. XVIII NO. 16 August 15, 2001 
"It had to happen. Wilkinson's The Prayer of Jabez book is tailor made for name-it-and-claim-it, health-and-wealth charismatic charlatans."

(33) Tommy Tenney And The God Chasers by Mike R. Taylor, 3/4/01 
"A person brought up in the Oneness tradition, which is blatant and utterly unapologetic about such psychological manipulation, yet still calling both his forbears and himself �Spirit-filled�, clearly accepts all such manifestations as true products of the Holy Spirit.  But unless such a person repents of all counterfeits which he has experienced or accepted, he will remain undiscerning in such matters.  His discernment will always be compromised until he stands in clear judgment against past false experiences." Read Part 1 , Part 2, Part 3, & Part 4.

(34) Upgrade Your Old Hymns For The New Paradigm! by Sandy Simpson, 9/01 
"Time for a rewrite of the old hymns.  In this day and age of Third Wave revival movements and Word-Faith dominion, the old hymns just aren't cutting it anymore.  Not only are they old fashioned musically, but the lyrics are, for the most part, particularly depressing. They talk of sin, death, repentanace, the cross, the blood of Jesus and a whole host of other disgusting subjects.  There are also too many lyrics in them, frankly, which takes away from the "worship" atmosphere. Repetitiveness is what we need, not dead doctrinal concepts. The old hymns are just too biblical. Give us a beat to move our feet, not concepts to move our hearts and minds!"

(35) The Prayer Of Jabez - Fadish Idolatry by Joseph Chambers, Paw Creek Ministries, 9/01 
"Religious fads are the most dangerous fads of all.  Any religious leader that will lower himself to create and perpetuate a religious idea that has the potential to promote a �faddish idolatry� is in serious trouble. 
Misplaced fads of a Christian nature cannot be called anything but idolatry.  Superstitious or soulish people
have no capacity to discern between a religious fad and the true faith of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Fads capture these types of people and carry them along on a false journey of imaginary faith.  It is impossible to prevent these dark souls from grabbing the next dream just as soon as some guru can create it."

(36) Is Allah The Same As YHWH? by Sandy Simpson, 9/16/01 
"Is the god of Islam, Allah, the same as the God of Israel and Christianity, YHWH?  Does Allah have a son?  Does YHWH have a Son?  What other teachings from the Koran show that Islam is a different religion than biblical Christianity?  Here is a side by side chart that might prove helpful in your research on this subject."

(37) The Towers Have Fallen - But We Missed The Message by David Wilkerson, World Challenge, Inc., 9/16/01 
"Six weeks prior to the disaster, the Holy Spirit forewarned our pastoral staff that a calamity was coming."

(38) More Quotes From The Koran by The Kingdom Alert #130, p.1, Weekly Update, 9/01 
"(These quotes) are taken from the Koran (translated by N.J. Danwood). By reading these quotes you will have a basic understanding of the Muslim religion, the wars and tension in the Middle East, and the terrorism on September 11..."

(39) GOD, PRAYER AND AMERICAN EVANGELICALISM - A review article on The Prayer of Jabez: Breaking Through to the Blessed Life, by Bruce H. Wilkinson by Mark Talbot, Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, 2001 
"It is distasteful to criticize a fellow Christian's book this thoroughly. Yet there is good reason to fear that Wilkinson's book is encouraging many to think about God and the Christian life in ways that are insufficiently biblical. May God himself keep his people from falling prey to this book's inadequate theology."

(40) The Qur'an's Jesus by Mike Oppenheimer, Let Us Reason Ministries, 10/01 
"What does the Qur'an teach about Jesus, the Son, begotten and the father?"

(41) Which Is The Real Islam? by Mike Oppenheimer, Let Us Reason Ministries, 10/01 
"Does the Qur'an teach peace or violence, and to whom?"

(42) Joy To The World by Dave Hunt, The Berean Call, 12/01 
"Let us pray that in the wake of the September 11 attacks the world will recognize the obvious dishonesty of Islamic countries suddenly claiming they are against terrorism,
whereas, the day before, they supported and praised it. Let us pray that millions of Muslims will have their minds and hearts opened to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Let us pray, too, that Islamic countries will at last allow their citizens�so long held in the bondage of fear�freedom of conscience and of faith, and that many will receive Christ. And let us do our part to bring this to pass."

(43) The Church Is Losing Her Salt by Mike Oppenheimer, Let Us Reason Ministries, 3/02 
"Looking at the newest report of the church and what is happening to Christianity."

(44) The Christian Message: Prophetic, Not Diplomatic by A.W. Tozer, Renewed Day By Day, March 7 
"WE WHO WITNESS AND PROCLAIM the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world."

(45) The Fruit Of The Spirit by Sandy Simpson, 3/02 
"A Bible study on the fruit of the Spirit.  I hope this will be a blessing and a challenge to all who read it!" 

(46) A Biblical Study of the Theological Foundation of "Christian Hedonism" by Craig W. Booth, 6/02 
This paper is a biblical examination of the modern philosophy entitled �Christian Hedonism�.No ill intent is willed upon any practitioner or author of this philosophy.It is acknowledged that many well-meaning and upright Christians have embraced this philosophy.It is also acknowledged that Dr. John Piper is well respected as an author on the Christian publishing circuit. These acknowledgements do not imply endorsement of these teachings.Equally important, these acknowledgements should never imply license for any to treat the Word of God with anything but the utmost honesty and integrity, faithfully quoting verses in context and fully so as not to change their meaning. 

(47) Tattoos & Body Mutilation by Joseph Chambers, Paw Creek Ministries, 7/02 
Tattooing, body marking, body piercing, and now body mutilation, where will it end?  Just like any trend or downward spiral, it goes deeper and deeper, lower and lower.  When any society or culture leaves the absolutes of Biblical truths, there is no bottom.  The �body� is the Lord�s.  The human life and body is a sacred trust.  There are holy things in our world and no Christian culture can survive when we forget to hold those things in reverence.

(48) The Baptist Bride by Sam Linton, Post Trib Network, 8/25/02 
The Baptist Bride doctrine of Landmark (Independant) Baptist Churches is an elitist false doctrine. The belief in a Baptist Bride evidently arose during the Landmark movement due to efforts of J. R. Graves. The book "The Baptist Bride" by O.B. Mink is primarily what this article is based on.  Check out this story "The Baptist Bride" and also this one called "But Let Us Not Be Baptist Briders". 

(49) Evangelical Nuisances by Ole Anthony and Skippy R., Door Magazine, The Last Word, Issue #186, March/April 2003 
This article shows what the world thinks of the new evangelicalism.  This ought to be a wake up call, but you can be sure few will listen. Please note that we do not agree with the tactic of the missionary who affirmed that "there is no God but Allah (which is what they actually say), and his prophet is Mohammed" to which the missionary replied "and Jesus is His Son".  Allah is not YHWH in any way shape or form, and Mohammed is a false prophet, and we do not use deceptive methods and hide the truth to win converts.  But we do applaud those who live out the gospel as well as preach it in every corner of the world, as opposed to those on TBN and 700 Club who are ruining the witness of what is loosely called Christianity. 

(50) Experiencing God by Gary Gilley, 10/97 
The general teaching of Experiencing God is wrapped around what Blackaby calls the "Seven Realities of Experiencing God." The discerning reading will quickly recognize that the last four of the "Seven Realities" either contradict or at best cannot be supported or proven by Scripture. Read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3

(51) Humor! The Pre-Politically Correct World - How Did We Survive It? by Anonymous 
If you lived as a child in the 40's, 50's or 60's, looking back, it's hard to believe that you have lived as long as you have. 

(52) The High Casualty Rate Among Christians by A. W. Tozer, Renewed Day By Day, Vol. 1, July 17 
Nowhere in the teachings of Christ do we find anything visionary or overoptimistic. He told His hearers the whole truth and let them make up their minds. He might grieve over the retreating form of an inquirer who could not face up to the truth, but He never ran after him to try to win him with rosy promises.

(53) The Prayer Of Jabez - A Critical Analysis Of The Fundamentals by Charles Marshall, Yochanan Ministries, 2003 
We, who are of the family of faith, should never be ashamed of the knowledge of the power of the gospel unto salvation, or be seduced by a teacher, book or leader into taking our eyes off Jesus, and focusing on self.

(54) Do Not Hope to Win the Lost by Being Agreeable
by A.W. Tozer, Renewed Day By Day, September 3 
The man who is going in a wrong direction will never be set right by the affable religionist who falls into step beside him and goes the same way. Someone must place himself across the path and insist that the straying man turn around and go in the right direction.

(55) A public address by Roane County High School Principal, Jody McLoud, before a football game last year. RCHS is in Kingston, Tennessee. 

(56) Contentment In The Time Of Adversity by Mike Oppenheimer, Let Us Reason Ministries, 10/03 
How are you holding up under pressure? 

(57) Internet Christian Bookstores: Haven for Non-Christian Materials - New Age and Pro-Homosexual Authors only one-click away (Part 1) by Bud Press, 2/8/04 
"I have been concerned about the types of materials being sold by Christian bookstores since they began stocking their shelves with Third Wave books in the 1990's. Christian bookstores had declining books sales for many years and were kept afloat financially by the sale of 'holy hardware' and CCM music. The leadership of the Third Wave began pumping out books by the bushel and brow beating their adherants to buy the books and pass them around. This rejuvinated book sales and many Christian book stores don't seem to care as much about content as they do about the bottom line. I know this because I have confronted bookstores personally about what authors they are promoting, giving them the facts that show the false teachings and false prophecies of the authors, but to very little success.  It is no wonder that these same bookstores have now branched out into the sale of books favorable to homosexuality, other religions and the occult" (Sandy Simpson, Deception in the Church Ministries). 

(58) The Passion by Mel Gibson by Cross + Word, 2/04 
Traditional doctrine and evangelism (having "failed" to produce the Global Harvest that these men predict) must be consigned to the scrap heap and replaced by exciting new methods - such as visual and aural stimulation - to achieve the desired result.  But the danger in abandoning the classic biblical truths, and seeking after a worldwide spiritual awakening, is that sooner or later God Himself will reach the limit of His patience and give men exactly what they have been looking for. It will become a snare both to the leaders and to those who follow in their footsteps.  Let's not crucify the Lord Jesus over and over again (as the Catholics do in their Mass, in an attempt to perpetuate his Sacrifice) but see Jesus the LORD in GLORY which is how he appears to us today - Risen, Glorified and Triumphant! No human being can possibly portray the reality of this:  I was in the Spirit on the Lord's Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet, saying, "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last," ... Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the seven lampstands one like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, "Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. (Rev 1:10-18)

(59) Non-Christian Materials Promoted on Pro-Family
Website by Bud Press, 3/29/04 
In an amazing turn of events, the nation's largest pro-family group, the American Family Association, continues to advertise and promote a wide variety of non-Christian materials within its two online Christian bookstores.

(60) Cross Over To The Otherside by Orrel Steincamp, The Plumbline, Volume 9, No. 2, March/April 

During the modem era, (since the 18th century) Truth was assumed to exist; it was just waiting to be discovered by rational and thinking persons.  People could debate and disagree about the Truth but there could be only one Truth.  But now "truth" is whatever the individual or community believes it is. 

(61) Whom Shall You Serve? by Jason Brown, 4/04 

Beware the snare set by money; it could cost a Christian their salvation.

(62) Master List Of Cult, New Age, Pro-Homosexual And Other Non-Christian Books Being Sold In Christian Bookstores compiled by Bud Press, 4/04 

(This) is a Master List of Heretical, Cultic, New Age Movement and Pro-Gay/Homosexual authors/books found advertised and promoted within numerous, major online Christian bookstores. While special care has been taken to provide current and accurate information, the reader is encouraged to check and verify the names prior to their removal. 

(63) PHILIP YANCEY - �Turning The Grace Of God Into Lasciviousness� Jude 4 by Cecil Andrews, Take Heed Ministries, 7/04
When you go into any modern �Christian� bookstore it will be virtually impossible not to be confronted at some point by books written by Philip Yancey. He is without doubt one of the best selling �Christian� authors of this age and some of his best known works include �What�s So amazing About Grace�, �Where Is God When It Hurts� and �Soul Survivor�. In March 2002 he was the Banquet Speaker at the Christian Booksellers Convention held in Doncaster. As a freelance �Christian� writer he serves as �Editor at Large� for the pseudo-evangelical publication �Christianity Today�. His writings have [rightly] attracted criticism and controversy from �conservative� Christians despite a claim by Yancey in an article published on 21 September 2002 by Alf McCreary [Religious affairs correspondent of the Belfast Telegraph] that �My calling is not to be successful but to be faithful to God�.  One of the areas where his �faithfulness to God� has been challenged has been in how he views homosexuality and lesbianism and its compatibility with the professed Christianity of those who pursue such life-styles. In relation to his book �What�s So Amazing About Grace� I have on file some comments made about it by two Christians. 

(64) Jesus Cares For All Your Needs by Sandy Simpson, 1998
One of the main things that Jesus is... is compassionate. He cares for His people. He was compassionate then and He is still compassionate today. Jesus came and saw the needs of the people. So He did two things. He met their physical need of hunger for bread, and He also met their spiritual hunger for the bread of life.

(65) Epistemologically Unaware by by Greg Apel, 2005
Should we trust our senses and believe the information our optic nerves send to our brains? Should  we believe our brains as trustworthy to process the information sent through the optic nerve? Do we interpret the information according to our conditioning, or are we capable of surveying the physical world and arriving at correct conclusions? Even if we scour the physical world for knowledge, information, and evidence to point us toward a "spiritual reality", we are setting ourselves up for failure: for perception of the world through epistemology alone has a false base.

(66) The Responsibilities Of A Good Shepherd by Sandy Simpson, 5/20/05 
Those who are called to be servant under shepherds in the body of Christ must take that responsibility seriously.  There are far too many who claim to be called to servant leadership, but demonstrate clearly that they are not qualified to be shepherds according to God's criteria.  We need to be 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.

(67) What Is Truth? by Kevin Reeves, 7/22/05 

It is a source of constant amazement to me what some people will believe.

(68) ALERT! - Rev. Moon gives free scholarships to his new high school in Hawaii by Mike Oppenheimer, 10/10/05 

Have you been approached for a free scholarship in high school education, if you accept it you may find that you are going to join Rev. Sun Myung Moon's enterprise, High School of the Pacific (HSP). Rev. Sun Myung Moon has built a private high school in Kona on a 32 - acre site makai of Mamalahoa Highway, adjacent to the Kona Ocean View Properties subdivision in Pu'ukala. Tully, president of the foundation, has been a member of the Unification Church since 1970. The proposed school would house up to 200 students from 12 independent Pacific island nations (even Micronesia Island of Chuuk) and Hawaii in a "shared - living experience. They would accept kids of all faiths, cultures, ethnic backgrounds.

(69) Warning�Beware Of �High School Of The Pacific� In Hawaii! by Sandy Simpson, 10/16/05 

High School of the Pacific (HSP) located in Kealukekua, HI is yet another in the many enterprises of the Unification Church whose �Messiah� is Sun Myung Moon. 

(70) Why the Mormon Church is NOT the TRUE church Jesus Christ started by Mike Oppenherimer, Let Us Reason Ministries, 12/28/05 
The whole Old Testament testifies that there is only one God who made everything that exists. The whole New Testament testifies that Jesus Christ is that God who came in human flesh. No matter how one tries to reform or adjust Mormon doctrine it does not make it Christian doctrine. Softening the Mormon position on these 3 points does not make it authentic and can only bring into question anyone�s honesty in their motives. If the concept of many gods is not abandoned, if the belief that Jesus is a spirit creature is not abandoned then the gospel that centers on Jesus Christ cannot be the true gospel. And if it is not the true authentic one, then it cannot save no matter how sincere a person is.

(71) Concerns About The Film "End Of The Spear" by Jason Janz, Shaper Iron, 2/05 
"The first area is the content of the film � the average believer should be embarrassed at the dumbing down of the Gospel or anything Christian for that matter. My second area of concern is the cast of the film � Every Tribe Entertainment chose Chad Allen, a gay activist, to play Nate Saint ... I have divided my article into five points: 1. The facts about Every Tribe Entertainment�s choice of Chad Allen 2. How the gay community views the choice of a gay man playing a Christian missionary 3. The response of Every Tribe Entertainment when confronted about this choice 4. Why Christians should be concerned 5. What Christians should do".  Transcript of Chad Allen on Larry King Live defending gay marriage. 

(72) Ken Blanchard's Inclusivism by Mike Oppenheimer, Let Us Reason Ministries, 1/20/06 
The merging of religious ideas in the marketplace.

(73) Articles On The Islamic Cartoon Mania by Various Authors 
The current worldwide riots and uproar over the cartoons published depicting Islam as a violent religion prove that the cartoons were accurate. You don't see Christians and Jews rioting and killing their own people because of many, many cartoons published by Muslim newspapers over the years blasting Christianity and Judaism!  What Muslims need to hear, understand and believe is that Jesus Christ is Almighty God and Allah is not YHWH.  This bloodthirsty, demonic business of trying to take over the world in the name of Allah cannot end for individual Muslims unless they are born again! Their bankrupt religion will end in utter chaos as predicted by the Bible, the ONLY Word of God.  Read these articles: 

(1) Some Insight on The 'Cartoon Riots' by Slice of Laodicea
(2) The Irony of Islam by Slice of Laodicea
(3) Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy by Wikipedia
(4) The Muslim Uproar Over the Muhammad Cartoons by Answering Islam
(75) The Calvary Chapel Distinctives - The Tale of Two Calvary Chapels by Scott MacIntyre, Wood & Steel, 05/15/06 
There seems to be a 'tale of two Calvary Chapels' emerging. I am convinced that Calvary Chapels are at a crossroads in their existence and effectiveness as a movement. Unlike Chuck Smith, Jr., I believe that the simple teaching of God's Word is what God has blessed in the past, and it will be what God blesses in the future. 

(76) Misquoting God�s Word - Open Season on the Bible by Mike Oppenheimer, Let Us Reason ministries, 5/3/06 
We are seeing an all out attack on what is true Christian teaching.

(77) Today's Christianity: Let Us Entertain You! by Michael C. Gaudiosi, The Berean Radio Network, THE NOBLE BEREAN: Volume Eleven - July 2006 
THERE�S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS! I had initially struggled to come up with a topic for this month�s newsletter, there really is a lot to talk about when it comes to the problems in mainstream Christianity today, I was not sure where I could begin! Then about two weekends ago it happened! On that Saturday I received an advertisement postcard in the mail for a church located not far from my hometown. On the front of this card was a picture of somebody�s feet with their socks being blown off, and the caption read �Church that will blow your socks off!� Of course, that captured my attention!

(78) Billy Graham's New Thinking on Salvation by Ingrid Schlueter, Slice Of Laodicea, 8/7/06 
This week Newsweek online is featuring a long article on Billy Graham and his "new thinking". So why was it that Billy Graham couldn't give a biblical response when asked whether he believes that heaven will be closed to those of other religions? He says he doesn't "want to speculate about all that..."

(79) Being True to my Church by Jackie Alnor, Apostasy Alert, 9/4/06 
I�m having church issues this week. As many of you know, I have attended Calvary Chapels since I was born-again back in 1981. My first Calvary was Costa Mesa and my first pastor was Chuck Smith. I still think of it as my home church since I�ve moved around this country a lot. Pastor Chuck and I would agree on all the essentials of the faith and even on many non-essentials. But, because he pastors a mega-church, I�ve never actually met him face to face. He doesn�t know me, though he knows of me, however I can finish his sentences, I�m that familiar with his teaching.  Since the late 1990s, I have had various run-ins with his son, Chuck Smith Jr., pastor of Capo Beach Calvary. Things came to a crescendo last year when Jr. took a sabbatical to a Catholic monastery and put some real new-agers in his pulpit. I reported these events to the Body of Christ and even leafleted CBC to warn the people about a particular guest speaker who has a ministry called "The Vortex." Out of my love for my fellow Calvary Chapel saints, I felt compelled in my spirit to put my neck on the chopping block to try and sound the warning to them.

(80) Beware Of �Christian� Bookstores! by Paul Proctor,, 9/06 
Want a shock? Go to your favorite Christian website, more specifically, to the page where they sell books. Type the names of known heretics and false teachers into the site's search engine; names of authors from the church growth movement, emerging church movement, Word Faith movement and even the New Age and see what pops up on the screen for sale. Brace yourself though, because you're probably going to be surprised. Believe it or not, some Christian bookstores are even selling the published works of homosexuals, pagans and occultists! But that's not all. 

(81) Non-Christian Authors, Books Continue to Haunt the Christian Bookstore Industry by Bud Press, Christian Research Service, 10/13/06 
Christian Research Service (CRS) has spent years researching and providing free information to the Christian bookstore industry concerning the non-Christian content in major online Christian bookstores worldwide.

(82) In Islam's Own Words by Mike Oppenheimer, Let Us Reason Ministries, 10/06 
A must read to be informed. Want to know what the current leaders of Islam say and plan for America, Israel and the world?  This will be added to weekly. 

(83) Healing of Memories or Cleansing of the Conscience? by Bob DeWaay, Critical Issues Commentary, Issue 96, 11/06 
In this article I will address the false premises of this movement, describe what the Bible teaches about sanctification and memories, describe the harm that false inner healing teachings inflict, and propose a Biblical alternative.

(84) Beware Of Christian Bookstore Hypocrisy by Paul Proctor,, January 26, 2007 
Now, there's this little pious piece from the Southern Baptist Convention's own Baptist Press, criticizing Wal-Mart for selling pro-homosexual books over the internet - informing their readers that entering words like "gay" into Wal-Mart's online bookstore search engine would reveal problematic authors and titles ... if you go to the website, click on the Master List, scroll down to the section subtitled, Homosexual/Lesbian/ Transgendered/Pro-gay, and enter each of the names listed there into the Southern Baptist Convention's search engine, (select keyword: "author,") you will find numerous examples of the double-standard that continues unabated in the online Christian bookstore industry. 

(85) An Open Rebuttal to Tim Wildmon's Response to His Critics - Is the American Family Association Purposely Promoting Heresy? by Bud Press, Director, Christian Research Service, 1/25/07 
Unfortunately, the revolving door of non-Christian authors and books continue to haunt AFA's bookstore. Thus, AFA's failure to monitor their own bookstores over the years is not due to their lack of knowledge. AFA has been informed over and over and over again, to the point of saturation. Consequently, if a grading system existed for online Christian bookstores, then CRS would grade AFA's Family Resource Center an "F".

(87) Can the SBC avoid the Samson Effect? by Watcher's Lamp, 1/31/07 
Having fought the flood of modernism of the early 20th century, has the SBC allowed itself to fall into the hands of the alluring, charming and successful? Is the Southern Baptist Convention on the edge of the Samson Effect?

(88) Should Christian Bookstores Offer Anything From Bibles to Porn? - Paul Proctor, Biblically Speaking, NewsWithViews, 2/07 
You would think that a Christian bookstore is a place where only biblically sound materials are sold. If you take the scriptures literally, like for instance: "Abstain from all appearance of evil." - 1st Thessalonians 5:22 - and in your heart, believe them to be the inspired and inerrant Word of God, then anything that contradicts it cannot legitimately be considered "Christian." But, that doesn't seem to matter anymore, does it? 

(90) Final Dissolution of CRI/Hanegraaff vs Alnor by Bill Alnor, June 20, 2007 
The final tally is in from my legal team.  In court documents just filed in Orange County, California my legal team has petitioned the court for a payment of $254,302.58 from CRI and Hank Hanegraaff personally to cover my expenses in their ill-advised defamation law suit they lost against me. It also turns out that my initial article about a criminal probe against Hanegraaff and CRI was entirely accurate at the time it was written. If the court approves this amount -- and they have already ordered Hanegraaff and CRI to pay my legal bills, Hank Hanegraaff and CRI will have to *immediately* pay this amount. This is a hefty sum indeed, especially when considering that the decision to file a law suit against me was apparently made: 1.) without the full CRI board's approval  2.) in direct defiance of Scripture, being that I am a professing Christian involved in evangelical causes for  more than three decades (1 Cor. 6).

(91) The Universe According To Oprah by Mike Oppenheimer, 7/07 - Read The Universe According To Oprah Part 1 The Secret�- Making the Universe Obey YOU Part 2 & The Real secret behind the Secret Part 3. 

(92) Neo-Evangelicalism Re-Packaged In A "Broadly Reformed" Parcel by Dr. Martin Erdmann, Herescope, 7/3/07 
The Gospel Coalition is the current attempt of "broadly reformed' pastors and theologians to enter into a more formal relationship by establishing an institutional base called "The Gospel Coalition" to propagate their neo-Evangelical "Confessional Statement." Tim Keller and D. A. Carson personally invited a core group of like-minded pastors to form a steering committee which formulated a doctrinal and policy document entitled "The Gospel for all of Life.� It is significant that Mark Driscoll, pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, has also participated in the initiative from the very start.

(93) 'Is Harry Potter the Son of God?' - Comments on Abigail BeauSeigneur's Editorial by Bud Press, Director, Christian Research Service, August 2, 2007 
Abigail BeauSeigneur is convinced that J.K. Rowling is a closet Christian, and that Rowling's fictional character, Harry Potter, is an archetype of none other than Jesus Christ. But can one be a Christian and promote occultism at the same time? Is Harry Potter an archetype of Jesus Christ? Is God's word, the Bible, sufficient for the believer, and to be used as the ultimate and final authority in faith and all matters of the Christian life?

(94) Excuses: Compromise in Disguise - There is nothing humorous about playing nicer than God by Bud Press, Director, Christian Research Service, August 16, 2007 
Compromise, deception, dishonesty, and hypocrisy are at an all-time high. And because Christians aren't immune to sin, it is imperative that they test and examine themselves daily to see if they are in the faith, and to see where their priorities are. If their first priority isn't Jesus Christ, then their priorities are misplaced, and repentance is in order.

(95) How To Find A Good Church by Todd Friel, Christian Worldview Network, 01/30/2007 
Looking for a good church? Join the club.  Church-shopping can be a long and painful process. To shorten your search, call the pastor of the church before you visit and ask the following questions. This might save you a lot of Sundays.

(96) Truth: The Remedy to So-Called Knowledge by Jackie Alnor, Apostasy Alert, 12/9/07 
The modern world poses modern problems when it comes to understanding spiritual truth. Everyone these days are claiming special knowledge with scientific sounding verbiage that impresses the simple minded and the scholar alike. As I have shared many times, I honestly believe that professing Christians are being conditioned to believe in a faith that sounds good but is in opposition to the truth and it�s all done in the name of truth. But is all truth God�s truth? God�s Word IS Truth and that is the ONLY Truth we should set our hope upon. 

(97) �The Number One Damnable Heresy of 2007� by Michael C. Gaudiosi, The Noble Berean, Volume Twenty Seven, December 2007 
SO MANY CHOICES but there can only be one who will be declared the �winner�. I had to carefully think this over, there were so many heresies spread over 2007, it was a very difficult task to choose only one for this article. But only one stood out in front. This one has it's roots in New Age theology, however it has gained more and more followers in recent years. I am speaking of the �inclusive� Gospel. This year, the �award� goes to a man who, is well known in mainstream Christianity, and at one time, had been a fire and brimstone preacher. but now with his �Inclusive Gospel/New Age� doctrine, he is doing incredible damage to the Church. This years recipient of �The Number One Damnable Heresy of 2007� goes to Carlton Pearson, pastor of New Dimensions Worship Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

(98) Selling Faith - Values and Ethics by Gary Gilley, Think On These Things, February 2008 - Volume 14, Issue 2 
While it is admirable that Christians may wish to advertise for their faith on their favorite coffee-cup or golf balls, it is important that Christians realize that they are called out from society, they are not simply a subset of a society, but as strangers and foreigners living among a people unlike themselves. 

(99) Who does Oprah think she is? GOD?! by Herescope, 3/5/08 
This question is not meant to be disrespectful. It is meant to illustrate a point. Most amazingly, Oprah Winfrey might be the first person to answer this question with a "yes." And, if you follow Oprah closely and participate in her new endeavors you may eventually answer this question in the affirmative also.

(100) The Secret unfolds further - The process of deceit -The Moses Code by Mike Oppenheimer, 3/7/08 
The New age movement has been anticipating a transformative shift that will affect consciousness on a global level, up until now it has been coming in small introductory steps.

(101) Cheatn' Hearts by Herescope, 3/10/08 
On Oprah�s first show last week with Eckhart Tolle, author of A New Earth, the first caller set the stage for a discussion of the New Spirituality of the New Age.

(102) Rethinking the New Age and Thought Reform by Russ Wise & Warren Smith, 12/5/2007 
Oprah Winfrey is back with her New Age guru Marianne Williamson promoting A Course in Miracles1 on her XM Radio program Oprah and Friends beginning January 1, 2008. Another event taking place in Southern California soon afterward is Robert Schuller�s Rethink Conference to be held January 17-19, 2008. 

(103) What is Oprah Teaching About EASTER? by Herescope, 3/18/08 
During this Easter week, it is important to understand what Oprah Winfrey, Marianne Williamson and Eckhart Tolle are teaching about Jesus Christ and Easter.

(104) Updated! The Great Heretical Idea: Oprah and Eckhart Do the New Age Shift by Warren Smith - Discernment Research Group, Herescope - Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 & Part 4.

(105) Updated! Islamic Teachings That Prove Their Religion Is False compiled by Sandy Simpson, 4/1/08 
This article presents documented proof that Mohammed was a false teacher and a false prophet ... thus the Qur'an and other Islamic holy writings by Mohammed and his followers are based are false.  More evidence that the "god" Allah they worship is a false god.  Their false religion is based on a false prophet, false scriptures and a false god.

(106) Here A "Christ," There A "Christ," Everywhere A "Christ-Christ"!  - What would Jesus think (WWJT) about "the shift" to christ-consciousness?by Pastor Larry DeBruyn, 4/4/08
Throughout this inter-advent age--the time between Jesus' Incarnation and Second Coming, or Parousia--Jesus and John warned that false prophets would arise preaching the doctrine of replacement christs (Matthew 24:5, 23-24; 1 John 2:18).

(107) Oprah And The Gospel Of Me by Paul Proctor, News With Views, 4/9/2008 
In a nutshell, the New Age and its New Spirituality promises to help you find God in everyone and everything, including yourself, with or without Jesus Christ.

(108) The False Imagining of the False Christ - Colossians and the coming of the cosmic-christ by Pastor Larry DeBruyn, Herescope, 4/18/08 
Concerning our relationship to all of the christ-imagining being advocated by the gurus and promoters of New Ageism and the New Spirituality, the apostle Paul warns: "See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ" (Colossians 2:8, NASB).

(109) The Oppression of Black Liberation Theology by Mike Oppenheimer, Let Us Reason Ministries, 5/9/08 
This theology was used by Marxist regimes to take over churches in Africa and Central America. They use �Christian� terminology they promote violence to overthrow governments and populations. It especially became popular in Nicaragua in the 1980�s with the pro-sandanista dictatorship. It used Marxist strategies to be an impetus for the people to rebel where violent revolution was used. In some churches Jesus was represented as Sandinista soldier identifying with the oppressed. In this theological framework Jesus becomes a liberator of the oppressed masses which are black. This is in contrast to the word faith prosperity message preached by numerous black pastors today. Black Liberation theology describes Jesus as a poor black man who lived in oppression under �rich white people� which makes this particular view racially based, accentuating the tensions of being Black. The notion of �Blackness� is not merely a reference to skin color, but rather is a symbol of oppression that can be applied to all persons of color who have a history of oppression (except Whites, of course).� [�Wright's Black Liberation Theology� By Anthony B. Bradley assistant professor of theology at covenant theological, March 25, 2008]

(110) Apostasy Gaining Speed by Randall J. Sortino, Evergreen Freedom Foundation, 6/24/08 
Only 11 out of 100 Evangelical church members believe that Jesus is the only way to eternal life.

(111) Meet the Millstones - How Child Molestation is Becoming Rampant in Apostate Evangelicalism by Dusty Peterson, 7/11/08 
�Troublemaker!�  Over the years, many readers will have been called this sort of thing by fellow believers they were simply trying to protect.  For a very long time now, Christians who have been warning churches against compromising on the Bible have been branded as troublemakers.  The opposite is the case, but this truth has now been made as plain as a pikestaff.  It is those who have ignored these warnings and have allowed the world�s ways into their fellowships who have been causing the real trouble � and their own children are paying the price, because a large number of these unscriptural trends are facilitating paedophile attacks.

(112) Evangelicals and New Agers by Herescope, 8/11/08 
In this new article, Cumbey links New Age leaders with evangelical leaders in ways which have heretofore have been undisclosed. Based on the groundbreaking research on the evangelical secret society called "The Family" (or "The Fellowship") made public by Jeff Sharlet in his recently released book The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power, Cumbey connects the dots to the Institute of Noetic Sciences. And she adds important pieces to the perplexing puzzle of interconnections between key evangelical leaders and ranking New Agers.

(113) Greg Johnson and Robert Millet Research Page compiled by Bud Press, Christian Research Service, 8/08 
Greg Johnson is a professing Christian and the founder and president of Standing Together in Lehi, Utah. Robert L. Millet is a dedicated, lifelong Mormon, a Professor of Ancient Scripture at Brigham Young University, and author of the book, A Different Jesus? The Christ of the Latter-Day Saints, which was endorsed by Greg Johnson.

(114) Keep the Faith and Your Faculties by Jackie Alnor, 9/21/08 
When I was saved back in 1981, a co-worker warned me that Christianity could make one crazy. He said that when his wife converted, she soon became detached from reality and had to be committed to a mental asylum. He soon divorced her. "I would hate to see that happen to you," he warned. "Stay away from that stuff." 

(115) Excuses: Compromise in Disguise by Bud Press, Christian Research Service, August 16, 2007 
A Christian walked into a crowded Christian bookstore. As he browsed the many shelves of books and materials, to his amazement he noticed a copy of The Book of Mormon resting on a shelf at the very back of the bookstore.

(116) Occultism in the Heartland by Carl Teichrib, Forcing Change, September 2008 
The response from Christian churches was strangely absent. One of the largest, and most potent occult rituals had been set up in the Midwest Bible Belt, and the silent majority held firm to their modus operandi � silence.

(117) Handel's "Messiah" by P.C. Johnson, 1/09 
MOST of us will have heard excerpts or whole performances of Handel�s Messiah at some time in our lives. Using text from the Authorized Version of the Bible, Handel set to work in 1741 to compose this magnificent oratorio obviously subject to intense divine inspiration. He completed the whole work in twenty-two days and remarked �I did think I did see all Heaven before me, and the Great God Himself�. So often, when listening to this exquisite music and singing, the actual words may not always be taken in and, the story as a whole, not fully comprehended. Accordingly, all the Biblical quotations Handel used have been written down hereafter in the order Handel chose, using only authentic Authorized Version text without any comment. Handel found it necessary to slightly alter some quotations, no doubt he had good reasons. The work is divided into three parts which cover fifty three separate Recitals or Choruses, two of which, No 1. The Overture and No 13. The Pastoral Symphony are purely orchestral with no singers. Biblical references have also been given to enable the reader to look up the context of each quotation.

(118) The New Athiesm by Gary Gilley, Think On These Things, February 2009 - Volume 15, Issue 2 
One of the mystifying things about the New Atheism is that its cheerleaders are eager to make converts.  We have to wonder why?  It is one thing to believe that we, and the whole universe, are products of billions of little accidents governed by the apparently omniscient but impersonal power of natural selection, but why be so enthusiastic to destroy theism and spread your own ideas devoid of God?  Could it be fear?

(119) The UK Assemblies Of God - A Different Movement With The Same Name by Philip L. Powell, Christian Witness Ministries, 1/23/08 
That a spiritual plague has broken out in the Church there can be little doubt. It is everywhere. The True Church is being decimated while the false Church multiplies through Church Growth, sensational appeal to the so called supernatural and by other means. The most recent demonic expression of The Plague is manifest through Todd Bentley and his so called Florida Healing Revival, the latest disclosures about which reveal it as a conception from hell to take the �ministry� into expressions of violence.

(120) True Love - Part 1 by Dave Hunt, The Berean Call, 3/1/09 
�Science falsely so called� (1 Tm 6:20) has lately decided to debunk human love under the guise of supporting it. �Science� claims to have identified a part of the brain where �lasting love� resides.

(121) Jehovah's Witness at Christian Research Service, 3/09 
A page of articles on JWs and the Watchtower. 

(122) Latest David Wilkerson Prophetic Prediction - Is It New? by Jacob Prasch, Moriel Ministries, 3/11/09 
Moriel Ministries and Jacob Prasch have received multiple inquiries regarding the issuance of a prophetic prediction by David Wilkerson dated March 7th, 2010. The complication is that although having some additions, it is not new but reiterates one made in 1992 when he said it would be �soon� 17 years ago, and is confusing in that it urges a 30 days emergency food supply be kept on hand, but stating he has no idea of when. 

(123) Testing Music In The Church - Part 2 by Sandy Simpson, 3/18/09 
For my previous article on testing music in the churches, go here.  Since the first article I wrote on testing music in the churches there have been developments in Christian music that are even more alarming. 

(124) Put Your Hand In My Side - Meditation on the Scars of Jesus by Pastor Bill Randles, Believers In Grace, 4/21/09 
When after his resurrection, Jesus appeared to his badly frightened, and dejected disciples, He showed them His scars. He ate fish with them, spoke to them and rolled up His sleeves and opened His robe to show them His actual scars in hands and side. One of the things this story illustrates is that Jesus truly �has come and remains in the flesh�. One of the heresies of the early church was the Docetic teaching. Docetism, from the Greek word Dokeo? def. �to seem�, is the teaching that Jesus only seemed to be Incarnate, He really wasn�t �in the flesh�...

(125) Hawaii says Aloha to Islam day by Mike Oppenheimer, Let Us Reason Ministries, 6/1/09 
The Hawaii Legislature makes decision to honor Islam. 

(126) The mindset of a cult leader by Mike Oppenheimer, Let Us Reason Ministries, 7/25/09 
How to identify a true shepherd from a false shepherd.

(127) A letter to the church from a member of a cult by Mike Oppenheimer, Let Us Reason Ministries, 7/25/09 
What would they say to us?

(128) Recognizing Spiritual Abuse, Deception Prevention, and more ... by Chris Lawson, Spiritual Research Network, 7/29/09 
A page witha series of articles on these subjects. 

(129) Christian Bookstores - Why compromise costs in the long run by Jim Fletcher, WorldNetDaily, July 26, 2009 
With attendance down significantly at the Christian Booksellers' Association trade show last week, I want to examine some reasons for the decline in Christian retail � without focusing on the much bemoaned economy. Discussing the real reasons for that decline, however, can't be done in polite company. 

(130) The Influential Nature of (Eastern) Orthodoxy Endangers Christians by Richard Bennett and Stuart Quint, 8/14/09 
The Orthodox Church makes a startlingly bold claim to preserve the �pure apostolic faith.� However, the light of God�s Holy Scripture exposes the core teachings of Eastern Orthodoxy as false. Eastern Orthodoxy merely preserves the tradition which men have developed within Orthodoxy, and not those things which God has explicitly revealed in His Word. Eastern Or-thodoxy in its sacramental system, its doctrine of salvation, and its understanding of Scripture falls short of God�s inerrant Word. 

(131) Would the Devil Do This? by Herescope, 8/27/09 
If I were the devil, I'd be real upset at churches. I'd spend a lot of time and effort trying to destroy them. My major efforts haven't yet worked, so I'd go to work on pesky things that can be cultivated to destroy a church from within itself.

(132) Do You Fear God? by Herescope, 9/9/09 
For several decades our society has brazenly displayed the slogan on T shirts to auto windows, "NO FEAR." David, in Psalm 36:1, makes it clear that this generation of sinners is not unique in their folly. "The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes." Perhaps this generation is even more brazen, for they have not only "said in their hearts," they have blazoned it in bold advertisement! 

(133) Meditating Upon AA by John Lanagan, Herescope, 9/17/09 
AA's 11th Step states: Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out. "Don't make a big deal about AA's 'prayer and meditation,'" writes pro-AA author Dick B. ... "It is nothing more than praying and studying or 'pondering' what you are reading." This is simply not so. As discussed in 'Alcoholics Anonymous and Contemplative Spirituality,' advocates of contemplative spirituality are using AA and other 12 Step groups as a launching pad for their meditative practices. Nor is AA's contemplative potential a new thing. As a treatment website notes, "AA and 12 Step Fellowship have known for years that spirituality or some form of contemplative meditation is an important part of treatment."

(134) Oprah Winfrey Promotes Pantheist Eckhart Tolle - How Biblically Illiterate America is Being Deceived by Bob DeWaay, 11/09 
What sort of god needs to read a book or go to a seminar to discover his own identity? According to Oprah Winfrey and Eckhart Tolle, millions of such deities find it necessary to act on that need to awaken to their own godhood. These are human beings who lack a sense of consciousness of their divinity, and Oprah and Tolle have set out to remedy that situation.

(135) Break Forth Update: Will Christian Leaders Cause More Confusion Than Good? by Lighthouse Trails, 11/16/09 
If your head is spinning, trying to keep up with the latest happenings of the leaders of the evangelical Christian church, it�s no wonder. For many, it�s becoming increasingly difficult to see clearly through the muddy waters of organized Christianity. More and more leaders, who have been considered orthodox and traditional, are ending up on speaking platforms with those from the emerging/contemplative/New Spirituality arena.

(136) Christ and Allah by Larry DeBruyn, Guarding the Flock Ministries, 11/30/09 
In contrast to orthodox Christians, no Muslim would ever confess "Jesus is Lord" (1 Corinthians 12:3) and worship Him (John 20:28). Therefore Muslims, as well as Jews, do not worship the same God as Christians. We worship the Lord Jesus Christ (Phillippians 2:9-11).

(137) A Permissible Deception by Mike Oppenheimer, 1/27/10 
It is 2010, what is the church like today and what to be aware of in the future. What the church has allowed has brought us to the state we are in.

(138) Are you a new ager? by Mike Oppenheimer, 1/27/10 
Questions to personally ask oneself about their spiritual state. 

(139) Replacement Theology by David Hocking, Hope For Today, 2/21/07 
Replacement Theology is the belief that the Church of today has replaced Israel in God�s prophetic program. It teaches that God judged the Nation of Israel for their sin and disobedience in the destruction of Jerusalem and the Second Temple (Herod�s restoration project) in 70 AD, and that Israel has forfeited the right to God�s �everlasting covenant�!

(140) Approximately 100 Million American Church Members Have Very Little to No Understanding of Bible Prophecy by Bill Koenig, World Watch Daily, 3/27/10 
Today there are approximately 100 million American church members who have very little to no understanding of Bible prophecy. These church members are from replacement theology churches that don't teach Bible prophecy and who look at prophetic scriptures as allegorical and not literal. Consequently, they do not understand the importance of Israel to the God of Israel or God's redemptive plan for Israel and the nations. 

(141) The Victory of the Cross by Berit Kjos, 4/7/10 
Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine! Fanny Crosby, who wrote that joyful hymn, was truly blessed with an unwavering confidence in God's loving grace! Born into a humble family in 1820, she became totally blind through a medical error six weeks later. But her overwhelming lifelong response was gratefulness, not bitterness or complaints.

(142) The School of Joyful Endurance Part 1: "O Love that will not let me go"by The Shepherd's Way, 4/18/10 
Over a century ago in Scotland, a blind preacher in "deep mental anguish" penned a hymn that would long outlive his own challenging life here on earth. 

(143) Who's Taking Our Liberty? by Paul Proctor, April 21, 2010 
For those who are just now waking up to the reality around us, our precious liberty is under siege here in America. But, will that loss of liberty be the end of he road? If Almighty God, the giver of liberty, permits it to be taken it away, for whatever reason, how then can we or anyone else take it back? �But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.� � Acts 5:39  Since we know persecution is coming and may not be avoidable, what should Christians do to prepare? Is there a divine purpose behind oppression � that what men intend for evil, God might intend for good � and isn�t the cross on which Jesus was crucified for our sin a perfect example of this?

(144) Balaam by Bill Randles, 4/28/10 
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. Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 & Part 5.

(145) The Situation Is Grave - Are You? by Paul Proctor, NewsWithViews, May 8, 2010 
My hope is that when crisis comes to America and to the world, which I believe is very near, Christians will once again embrace the duty and disposition we were called to and forego the foolishness and frivolity that has kept us from our spiritual rescue mission � recognizing with grave concern the urgency of the hour.

(146) Cultural Collapse in America � Christian Leaders Partly to Blame for Abandoning the Gospel by Lighthouse Trails, 6/16/10 
The following are excerpts from last week�s interview between VCY America Ingrid Schlueter and Herescope author and researcher Sarah Leslie (used with permission). Please refer to our article �CrossTalk on WorldNetDaily Article � Challenge to Dominionist Leaders � The Gospel Should Come First! where you can also listen to the full interview.� 

(147) Dr. John Piper and Unanswered Questions by Ken Silva, 6/17/10 
Apprising Ministries now brings you a follow up to Questions Concerning Dr. John Piper where I told you that when Dr. Piper made the ill-advised decision to invite Leadership Network�s propped-up Purpose Driven Pope Rick Warren to DG 2010 as a keynote speaker it set off a rippling effect where people, and not merely discernment ministries, have started to look a little closer at his theology, educational background, and associations; e.g. his charismatic bent, Fuller Theological Seminary, and the late Ralph Winter.

(148) Already Gone by Ken Ham, 9/6/10 
In this powerful book and DVD popular author Ken Ham and consumer behavior research/analyst C. Britt Beemer combine to reveal trends that must be dealt with now . . . before we lose another generation! The trends are frightening, but Already Gone shows how to win back our families, our churches, and our world!

(149) Knowing and Loving God by The Berean Call, 10/1/10 
The new theology denies us this path of victory. Its joy is selfish. To obey the first and great commandment is necessarily to deny self as Christ commanded (Mt 16:24). Nor can one deny self and at the same time love, esteem, and value self. Seeing God's love as a response to my significance and worth salvages just enough value for self to deny God's truth. Let us forget ourselves, our needs and hurts, and seek to know and love God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) because of who He is and His love and grace to us. His love will then flow through us to others, whom we will then esteem better than ourselves (Phil 2:3). Such is the path to true joy (Heb 12:2). 

(150) Is Your Denomination A Sinking Titanic? by �Nathan�, 10/1/10 
Now, think for a moment. Could a Christian denomination go the way of the Titanic? Could the process of sinking be avoided? Is it possible that the captain could foresee the inevitable but do nothing to prevent it? Over the years of history, many denominations and movements that were once sailing �smoothly� went down just like the Titanic. Apparently, given time, this is what happens, and it just cannot be avoided. Why is this so? The answer is simple. Christians are humans and human behavior can be predicted. 

(151) Are You A Contender Or A Pretender? by Paul Proctor, October 1, 2010 
But, here in the increasingly �tolerant� western world, churches are, for the most part, being destroyed from within, leaving a different kind of casualty for Christians to grieve over. It is truly a sad thing to see and an all too common sight � one this writer has not only commented on numerous times, but also witnessed firsthand.

(152) Occult Invasion into the Churches
Date: October 01, 2010 
Host: Vic Eliason, Crosstalk America 
Guest: Dave Benoit 
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Dave Benoit has served over 30 years as an evangelist. He will be the featured speaker at a VCY America rally October 2 at 7pm at the Waukesha, Wisconsin Exposition Center. The title of his presentation is, "Disarming the Powers of Darkness Part 2: The Spirit Gate". Dave�s main message on this Crosstalk broadcast was that the church is in a state of slumber; sleeping while the �ship� is sinking as was the case with Jonah. In the meantime our nation is going through a wholesale embracing of false doctrine. From werewolves to Islam to the lies perpetrated in the media, there is a spirit behind all false doctrine. Dave covers these problems and more as he exposes the spirit of the occult invading the church and society. 

Updated! (152) Dancing With the Stars - �The Vibrant Dance of Faith and Science,� A Cosmic Two-Step by Pastor Larry DeBruyn and Sarah Leslie, 11/10/10 - Read Part 1 & Part 2
Billed as �How Science Supports Christianity and Christianity Supports Science,� on October 26-28, in Austin, Texas, Christianity Today co-sponsored a symposium called �The Vibrant Dance of Faith and Science: Empowering the Church to Transform the Culture.�[2] This gathering of evangelical luminaries underscores the concerns addressed in the previous 6-part series on Herescope, �FROM COSMOS, TO CHAOS, TO CONSCIOUSNESS.� 

(153) The Second Great Evangelical Meltdown by Richard Nathan, M.A., Inheritance of the Saints, October 10, 2010 
This article is the first in a series about ongoing sea changes in Evangelicalism today. The series will utilize Scripture and church history in an attempt to clarify those issues that are tending to weaken, break down, and misdirect Evangelicalism. Even though the effects are obvious, the forces behind these changes are not.  Read Part 1 & Part 2

(154) Christ & Christmas by Dave Hunt, The Berean Call, December 1989 
This twenty-year old message from Dave has not lost any of its relevance for the church today. There is still much confusion about the mission of Jesus and the kingdom of God. Many diverse movements that profess to be Christian and biblical are coming together in an attempt to help establish Christ's physical kingdom on earth prior to His return.  Since the time that Dave first penned this article, the "kingdom here and now" proponents seem to be increasing in their influence exponentially, as we have been pointing out in our series "The Temporal Delusion." Part III is scheduled for January 2011. Although Dave has, for the most part, retired from ministry, we are thankful to be able to mine the treasury of what he has written over the years and present his material to our readers on an ongoing basis. The Lord has graciously given him tremendous insights as a watchman regarding trends and issues that continue to adversely affect the church today and in the days to come.

(155) PHILIP YANCEY � �turning the grace of God into lasciviousness� Jude 4 by Cecil Andrews, 12/15/10 
LTRP Note: Cecil Andrews of Take Heed wrote this article six years ago � perhaps it is more relevant today than when it was first written.

(156) The Incarnation: The lowly path of our heavenly King by Crossroad, 12/18/10 
Following Him, we have nothing of lasting significance to lose, and we have everything to gain! Walking with Jesus in His lowly path -- never ceasing to demonstrate His love, yet never compromising His truths to win approval -- we enjoy a peace and joy that far surpasses all earthly thrills. Our lives will be full of challenges, but He has promised to provide all the resources we need. �My grace is sufficient for you," he assures us, "for My strength is made perfect in weakness.� Hopefully, you and I will echo Paul's heartfelt response: "Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ�s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong." 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

(157) Warning: Energy �Healing� and Reiki May Be Offered to You at Your Hospital by Lighthouse Trails Editors, 12/20/10 
Rand says that the general public is �turning with ever-increasing interest to complementary health care, including Reiki,� and according to one study, one in every three Americans has used this type of �care.� Another survey showed that  �1.2 million adults and 161,000 children in the U.S. received one or more energy healing sessions such as Reiki.�

(159) Earthquakes & Destruction: The Wake-Up Call
by Paw Creek Ministries, 1/17/11 
Eight thousand turtle doves fall out of the sky in Italy. Two million fish die on the beaches of the Chesapeake Bay. One hundred thousand fish die in the Arkansas River. Forty thousand velvet swimming crabs dead on England�s beaches. Hundred of tons of fish dead and dying on the shores of Brazil. Flocks of birds falling out of the sky in Wilson County, Tennessee.

(160) Good Church Choices by Sandy Simpson, 2003 
This page is some recommendations on how to find a good church.  What you need to find is a church that not only has orthodox doctrinal statements but teaches, both explicitly and implicitly, in line with the core doctrines of the Faith.  These are Bible-believing Christ-centered churches that are balanced in their theology.  Be sure to test all churches before you become involved.  Here are some tips for finding a good church.

(161) Deception in Disguise by Heidi Swander, February 24, 2011 
"Mormon leaders call their empire the 'Kingdom of God.'  However, their 'God' is an extraterrestrial from [the planet] Kolob, definitely not the God of the Bible; and the 'Zion' to which their spirit-brother-of-Lucifer Jesus Christ will return to reign, is Independence, My kingdom comeMissouri." So writes author and former Mormon Ed Decker in his book My Kingdom Come.

(162) Surprising List of Speakers at �Rediscovering God in America� Conference Draws Strong Concerns by Roger Oakland, Understand the Times International, 3/26/11 
Are you familiar with these names: David Barton, Newt Gingrich, George Barna, Mike Huckabee? Do you know what Barna Group is? Do you know who David Barton is? What about Newt Gingrich? Do you know what role these names are playing? WHAT IS GOING ON? Looking at the list of speakers for the Rediscovering God in America reminds me of a book I once read called Who�s Who and What�s What?. Check out Barna and Barton and see for yourself their backgrounds and the things they are doing, then check out the Jesuit plan to establish the kingdom. 

(163) Teen Challenge Founder, David Wilkerson, Killed in TX Car Crash by LightHouse Trails, 4/28/11
Georgetown Times: David Wilkerson � founder of Teen Challenge which has its South Carolina headquarters in Georgetown County � has passed away. Wilkerson founded Times Square Church in New York City and was the focus of the book and movie The Cross and the Switchblade. Wilkerson founded Teen Challenge in 1960. The goal of Teen Challenge is to help troubled youth and adults, particularly those with life-controlling problems due to drugs or alcohol. Over five decades, the Christ-centered Teen Challenge program has consistently shown one of the world�s highest success rates, according to the organization�s website.

(164) David Barton Exposed by Roger Oakland, Understanding The Times, 5/12/11
Some new evidence has become available recently in what appears to be a "changing of information" coming from David Barton

(165) The Queering of America's Churches by Devvy Kidd, News With Views, 6/14/11 
Shame on the churches in this country who condone that which God has called an abomination. God's laws and what he commands us to do in our lives isn't a fad. God's laws and what he commands us to do has not changed over the millenniums, only people have by cultural influences. It's easier to embrace sin than to live as our Creator has commanded. For decades, the created have mocked God by willfully accepting a bastardized version of His word all in the name of political correctness and tolerance......

(166) 'God the Father' banished by mainline denomination - United Church of Christ prefers 'to leave that more open for different expressions of the Trinity' by Bob Unruh, WND, 7/8/11 
The United Church of Christ, the denomination whose Chicago pastor Jeremiah Wright blasted the United States and white people for years from the pulpit while Barack Obama sat in his pews, has decided to banish God "the Father" from its organizational documents.

(167) Offensive Music in the Church, Host: Vic Eliason, VCY America, 7/20/11 
Many people appreciate the preaching of their pastor but are put-off by the music.  Are you tired of standing for long periods while the worship leader has you singing the same chorus over and over and over again?  Do you arrive late just so you don�t have to endure the pounding beat of what some churches call, �worship�?  If the music of your church isn�t in harmony with the preaching, Vic understands.  That�s why he opened the phone lines to allow listeners to call and share their experiences to see how Christians around the nation are reacting to this phenomenon.

(168) From Oprah to Oz--And Beyond by T. A. McMahon, 8/1/11 
If you were asked to name America's most influential spiritual advisor for the past 25 years, what would your response be? Billy Graham? Robert Schuller? Perhaps Rick Warren or Joel Osteen? It may surprise you to learn that none of these men have been as successful numbers-wise as Oprah Winfrey! Her programs drew a daily audience as high as 12.4 million and averaged 7.4 million in 2007, diminishing only slightly when she touted Obama during the 2008 election year. Her closing program had its highest-ever rating, with 16.4 million viewers.

(169) Glenn Beck's "pure personal truth" by Marsha West, Worldview Weekend, 9/15/11 
Here Glenn Beck goes again, claiming he's a Christian, this time at Restoring Courage 2011 - Jerusalem.  Glenn gets upset when anyone questions his Christianity.  That's weird because he's a Mormon who affirms the official teaching of Mormonism aka the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS).  The LDS outright deny many of the essential doctrines of the Christian faith.  Moreover, LDS doctrine contradicts what Scripture teaches.   So of course there are Christians who feel Beck's not a true follower of Jesus Christ -- not the Jesus of the Bible anyway.  When his "I'm a Christian" claim is held up to scrutiny Glenn gets his knickers in a knot.  At the rally he choked up with emotion and said in an accusatory tone that only Christians question his salvation. (ACT Note: Glenn Beck was on TBN last night, so now people assume he is in line with the Bible.  He is not!) Read Part 1 & Part 2

(170) A �New� Dark Age � In Politics and in the Church by Mike Oppenheimer, 10/15/11 
Christians should be more aware than other people because we have the Word; we are told what will take place in the last days (1 Tim. 3:1), and we are instructed on how to resist it. The majority of people have been dumbed-down and made lazy by our culture. In this void, the government comes to the rescue. The church has the same problem at work; people rely on big church to come to the rescue when they should be doing the work. This is because of our lack of Bible knowledge and lack of being equipped to evangelize and fulfill Jesus� commission.

(171) Another Hijacker of Evangelicalism by Jan Markell, October 18, 2011 
Jim Wallis wants to re-define evangelicalism. I find that scary and will explain why. Over the decades, it has become more and more difficult to give evangelicalism a definition as it has been morphing. But Wallis insists that he is much more conservative than his friends who make up the "religious Left" when, in reality, he is their fearless leader. He is respected by the White House and even by many evangelicals who lean Left on social issues. Do a Google search on Wallis and you'll come up with 4,500,000 hits. He's been a busy guy!

(172) God's Plan for the Clueless: A personal testimony by T.A. McMahon, The Berean Call, 11/1/11 
When I speak to young Christian adults, whether they are in the workplace or in college, a message that I hope encourages them concerns God's willingness to guide their lives if that is their desire. I use His involvement in my own life throughout my 67 years as an example. The following is an abridged version of God's gracious guidance, much of it well before I came to know Him personally.

(173) Calvary Chapel Alert For Pastors and Church Leaders - Documenting the Progession of Compromise and Ecumenical Relations compiled by Spiritual Research Network, 11/4/11 
The ministry of SRN has chosen to have this page remain on this website due to the increasing Ecumenical relations that a number of very well known Calvary Chapel pastors are involved in, i.e.  Rick Warren working together with Greg Laurie (and Chuck Smith) at the Harvest Crusade; and now Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William "Jerry" Boykin speaking at numerous Calvary Chapel venues / churches.

(174) 2011 YEAR IN REVIEW Top 10 Out-of-House Articles by Like-Minded Ministries, 12/30/11 
Ten excellent articles on various topics. 

(175) Repent, While There is Still Time by Rick Frueh, 1/19/12 
I can no longer believe that many so called �evangelical� churches are even Christian. Churches by the tens of thousands, led by their pastors, have strayed so far from the New Testament directive that they are no longer Christian.

(176) Wisdom Cries out From a Sinking Ship by Pastor Bill Randles, 1/25/12 
God's wisdom is always crying out to every generation, whether it be through the Scriptures, the church, or Israel, there is always a Divine witness to truth trying to get people's attention as life pushes them on to their final destination. I believe that one of the ways God's wisdom cries out to this generation is in certain current events.

(177) Would the Son of God contradict the Father? by Marsha West, February 10, 2012 
Is it true that Jesus never mentioned anything about homosexuality? That He never brought it up, even once? Most of us have heard the line that in the Gospels there's no record of Jesus condemning homosexuality. There are individuals, especially from the militant homosexual rights movement, who utter this fabrication with all the raw hostility of liberals who think abortion is their God given right.

(178) Oprah Continues Forward With Her New Age Gurus by Warren Smith, Lighthouse Trails, 2/18/12 
LTRP Note: This month, New Ager Gary Zukav announced that Oprah would be joining him in a Super Soul Sunday (on 2/12/12) as part of his Awakening to Spiritual Partnership Course. Oprah has been a fan of Gary Zukav�s for many years. In fact, it was she who propelled Zukav into prominence after his first appearance on the Oprah show in 1998,  after which his book on spirit guides, The Seat of the Soul, soared to the top of the New York Times Best Seller list. As Ray Yungen points out,  �The book�s basic message is, �Dwell in the company of your nonphysical Teachers and guides [spirit guides]� (p. 39). Some have wondered what direction Oprah would go now that her daytime television show has ended. It is clear that she will be including the New Age/New Spirituality in her future (as she has in her past) and in the future of her millions of followers. Below we are reposting Warren Smith�s article on Oprah and New Ager Eckhart Tolle, another New Age guru who is embraced by Oprah Winfrey.

(179) Got meat? by Marsha West, 2/20/12 
Christians must come to understand that God made them and He owns them. The parameters He has set for His people to live by are for their ultimate good. God makes no bones about sorcery. It's a health hazard!

(180) Crying for Our Country and the Church by Ted Kyle, 3/23/12 
The question remains: How much do we, as God�s children, care? Does the already deplorable and rapidly worsening spiritual condition of our country grieve us? The answer may tell us much about our own spiritual condition!

(181) The Root of the Righteous by A.W. Tozer, The Root Of The Righteous, Chapter 1, 6/3/12 
One marked difference between the faith of our fathers as conceived by the fathers and the same faith as understood and lived by their children is that the fathers were concerned with the root of the matter, while their present-day descendants seem concerned only with the fruit. ... �The root of the righteous yieldeth fruit,� said the wise man in the Proverbs. ...

(182) Coming Soon: The Tribulation Temple by Heidi Swander, 6/6/12 
"Anyone interested in end-time events has his eyes on the temple project." This statement stood out to me as I read a chapter in the updated-and-expanded edition of Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins' classic book, Are We Living in the End Times?  I remember reading the first edition of this book years ago and thinking what a riveting and easy-to-read commentary it was on prophecy and current events. And now it's been updated to address all that has transpired since 9/11!

(183) Survey Reveals Increase in Number of 'Worldly Christians' at Understanding The Times, 6/9/12 
An online quiz started a year ago that examines how consistently Christians are living out the teachings of Jesus Christ has found an increase in the number of believers who are "Christians in name only."

(184) Hazards Of The Occult And New Spirituality at Spiritual Research Ministries, 8/6/12 
Readers should be aware that the New Age Movement, Wicca/Witchcraft, Magick, etc., is steeped in occult influences. Many of the articles within the New Age and Occult categories contain information about or descriptions of occult practices and a Biblical perspective on it. Our purpose in giving this information is not to endorse occult practises but to alert you to the physical and spiritual dangers that one faces when practising what God clearly forbids. Our desire is to help you recognize and avoid these practices so that you do not incur the hazards that many have succumbed to.. Please be aware that for those of you who are especially sensitive readers, particularly those who have had previous occult contact, you may find this material disturbing.

(185) Babylonianism at the Gates - Christians and the Encircling World of the Occult by Pastor Larry DeBruyn, 8/24/12 
So, to which group do we belong? Motyer notes that in Isaiah there exists �a distinction between the secularized, politicized professing people of God and those, within that people, who turn to him in repentance and faith, who look to his word and obey it.� Are we part of a minority who serve as �signs and wonders,� or are we numbered amongst those who do not fear the Lord?

(186) How to Recognise a Good Church by Mike Lloyd, Truth Watch NZ, 8/27/12 
Within the Christian community there is a wide divergence of opinion, division, and even fierce competition among the different groups. Subsequently, many believers are confused about which church is the right one to belong to and which church being closest to the truth is therefore worthy of their support. Many today who are looking for a church home have the wrong priorities. Some are drawn to a church by the size and appearance of its buildings. Others are attracted by an outstanding musical programme or by the personality, appearance and oratory skills of the pastor. Some look for a church with an order of service that appeals to their particular liking. Others are simply denominationally loyal or have friends that attend a particular church. It is vitally important for believers to know exactly what to look for in a church. It is dangerous to simply rely on feelings and to make a hasty subjective decision based on personal preferences of style and physical appearance, as so many do today. A clear and objective decision, based on Scripture, is the only successful way to assess the church fellowship a person intends making a whole-hearted commitment to.

(187) The Zohar & Kabbalistic Mysticism by Berit Kjos, 8/27/12 
Below are notes and quotes, not an article. The information they contain provides valuable insights into Jonathan Cahn's mysterious theology. They may also help to explain some of the puzzles in his popular book, The Harbinger, with its guru-like �prophet�, so-called mysteries, and bewildering misapplication of Scripture. On the video in the box below, Cahn quotes from the Zohar [the mystical rabbinical writings behind the Kabbala] and presents his view of Golgatha [Gulgalta]. Notice in that partial transcript that the "god" who is credited with salvation, redemption, spiritual light and life is merely a place or object -- a skull or Gulgalta -- not Jesus Christ our Lord! Apparently, the rabbis behind the Zohar have borrowed from the actual Bible but twisted God's Word into their own esoteric message.

(188) The Loneliness of the Christian by A. W. Tozer From Man - The Dwelling Place of God, Chapter 39: "The Saint Must Walk Alone", 9/9/12 
The loneliness of the Christian results from his walk with God in an ungodly world, a walk that must often take him away from the fellowship of good Christians as well as from that of the unregenerate world. His God-given instincts cry out for companionship with others of his kind, others who can understand his longings, his aspirations, his absorption in the love of Christ; and because within his circle of friends there are so few who share his inner experiences he is forced to walk alone. 

(189) Cult Alert: The Christian Family Fellowship by The Berean Call, 10/1/12 
The Christian Family Fellowship is another non-Christian cult spreading in the already cult-saturated landscape of America. Unfortunately, the group is growing with fellowships in other states. I do not know how large the membership is but it appears to be in the thousands. This group appears to be an offshoot of The Way International, a decidedly non-Christian cult since it denies the deity of Jesus. The Christian Family Fellowship Ministry describes itself as a "studying, teaching, and fellowship ministry." It says, "Our purpose is to study and search the scriptures to understand their accuracy regarding Jesus Christ, who is 'the way, the truth, and the life.'" This sounds good on the surface. But, when you dig into the site, you discover some serious problems. The Christian Family Fellowship denies the doctrine of the Trinity.  On their website is an article written by a Rev. Jeff Rath (August 1998) titled, "The Historical background of the Trinity." In it Rev. Rath states, "The trinity originated with Babylon." He then goes on to attack the doctrine as an unbiblical teaching. He also states that "This polytheistic (believing in more than one god) trinitarianism was intertwined with Greek religion and philosophy." This is a misrepresentation of the Trinity doctrine which is decidedly not polytheistic. It is monotheistic.

(190) Sacred Cows and Stars  - The Cult of Evangelical Leadership by Herescope, 10/4/12 
Sacred Leaders are a temperamental puffed up lot, you know. They require faint-hearted Sheeple to think more highly of them, preferring them. They believe that the humble should not be exalted, especially if it threatens their own popularity. And any sheep with discernment should be treated as �offscouring.� They invoke one spirit, but believe only the Elite have many gifts. �Let all men glory in Leaders� is their slogan, contrary to I Cor. 3:21. Puffed-up Priests, all of them. And the sad fact is, despite all of this, the sheep continue their faddish worship of these Sacred Cows and Stars.

(191) Self-Elevated Little Popes by A.W. Pink, 10/8/12 
Biographer Iain Murray has said of evangelist and scholar A.W. Pink that �the widespread circulation of his writings after his death made him one of the most influential evangelical authors in the second half of the twentieth century.� The teachings of Pink led to an increase in expository preaching and appeals for holy living for those who have been saved by Christ. In an article entitled, �Private Judgment,� Pink warns against those ministers of the gospel who would seek to usurp the authority of Christ, imposing upon their congregations their own dictates rather than, or in addition to, the commands of Scripture. 

(192) Examining Freemasonry: The Question of Religion by Carl Teichrib, Crossroad, 10/11/12 
In the midst of today's spreading war against genuine Christianity, we must stand firm in faith, ready to share God's true Word with all who will hear!

(193) Billy Graham Offers Help To Mormon Mitt Romney Then Removes Section From Website Calling Mormonism A Cult! by SoulRefuge, 10/13/12 
The Washington Post reported that Evangelist Billy Graham offered his help to Mormon Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Here is an excerpt from that article from the �On Faith� section: Billy Graham offered to �do all I can to help� GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney in a Thursday (Oct. 11) meeting at the evangelist�s North Carolina home. Romney campaign spokesman Rick Gorka told reporters after the visit that Graham told Romney: �I�ll do all I can to help you. And you can quote me on that.� By Adelle M. Banks| Religion News Service, Published: October. Another article from a website entitled  �The New Civil Rights Movement� revealed that the Billy Graham website �scrubbed� a statement which labeled Mormonism as a cult, shortly after the meeting between Billy Graham and Mitt Romney. Evangelist Franklin Graham, the son of Billy Graham, was also present at that same meeting. Franklin Graham is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

Updated! (194) The Cult of Evangelical Leadership by Herescope, 10/17/12 
Sacred Leaders are a temperamental puffed up lot, you know. They require faint-hearted Sheeple to think more highly of them, preferring them. They believe that the humble should not be exalted, especially if it threatens their own popularity. And any sheep with discernment should be treated as �offscouring.� They invoke one spirit, but believe only the Elite have many gifts. �Let all men glory in Leaders� is their slogan, contrary to I Cor. 3:21. Puffed-up Priests, all of them. And the sad fact is, despite all of this, the sheep continue their faddish worship of these Sacred Cows and Stars. Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 & Part 4.

(195) Preparing For Perilous Times and Finding God�s Peace in the Midst of Them by David Dombrowski, 10/17/12 
Over the last ten years since Lighthouse Trails began, we have been contacted by many who love the Lord and were struggling with great challenges: Some were ostracized by their churches, which had gone Purpose Driven, contemplative, or emerging; some had division in their families; some had financial concerns; and others were worried about health issues � whether their own or that of loved ones. Beyond all of this, many have expressed a sense of uncertainty or foreboding of what the future will bring: The Bible indicates that in the last days perilous times shall come.

(196) Deceptions of the Occult by Carl Teichrib, Crossroads, 10/23/12 
Yes, the physical world is a marvelous wonder, filled with many transfixing and puzzling surprises. It still baffles man by its beauty and complexity. So too the non-physical universe, including mental and spiritual components, is a place of fascination. However, when dabbling and dealing with the supernatural � and the mind sciences that sometimes attempt to explain or exploit it�a mental, emotional, and spiritual minefield is encountered. And just as wandering into a physical minefield will destroy the body, so too will a spiritual minefield destroy the soul.

(197) The �gods� of Babylon by Pastor Larry DeBruyn, Guarding His Flock Ministries, 10/25/12 
Enter old-age Babylonism. Yahweh addresses them: �Now, then, hear this, you sensual one, / Who dwells securely, / Who says in your heart, �I am, and there is no one besides me� � (Emphasis mine, Isaiah 47:8). And again, �Your wisdom and your knowledge, they have deluded you; / For you have said in your heart, �I am, and there is no one besides me� � (Isaiah 47:10b). Who is this sensual and deluded one who dares to assume the divine name (i.e., �I am�) of Yahweh? Why, it�s the Babylonians! About Isaiah�s address to the Babylonians, one commentator observed, �There is even an assumption of divine supremacy in these words, when compared with the frequent use of the pronoun I, in the solemn declarations of Jehovah . . .� [3] Another notes that Babylon was, �frivolously deifying herself.� [4] Like devotees to Eastern-pantheist-mystical religion, and the Schucman-like spirituality being infused into the American consciousness by Marianne Williamson and Oprah Winfrey, the Babylonians thought they were gods. [5]

(198) The Gods Of Babylon by Larry DeBruyn, 10/29/12 
Though contemporary Mormons now disavow his statement, Lorenzo Snow (1814-1901), the fifth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, once said, �As man is, God once was; as God is, man may become.� Pretending to be within the pale of Christendom, some Word of Faith teachers boldly tell their followers, �You are gods.�

(199) Franklin Graham "shocked" his site called Mormonism a cult by Stand Up For The Truth, 11/16/12 
I think I am just as shocked as Franklin Graham. So to be clear, it is OK for him to call Jehovah�s Witnesses, the Unification Church, Unitarians, Spiritists, and Scientologists cult members, but Mormons? Nope. Either they are just a different flavor of orthodox Christianity, or they are somehow more deserving to be �won over to Christ� than the other cult members. Or does it depend on whom runs for the office of President of the United States?

(200) Thanksgiving Articles Links at Crossroad, 11/19/12 
May our wonderful Lord fill our hearts with thanks to Him this special day!

(201) Eastern Lightning / Lightning from the East at Apologetics Index, 12/18/12 
Read the four articles under this topic: 
1.Eastern Lightning / Lightning from the East
2.Eastern Lightning: Jesus Is Back, and She's Chinese
3.An Examination of the Eastern Lightning Cult
4.Eastern Lightning - research resources

(202) Testing the Genuineness of our Faith by Pastor Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) 
Untested faith may be true faith, but it is sure to be small faith, and it is likely to remain little as long as it is without trials. Faith never prospers so well as when all things are against her: Tempests are her trainers, and bolts of lightning are her illuminators. 

(203) The "new breed" of Christian fashion by Marsha West, Renew America, 1/3/13 
A couple of weeks ago, while I was surfing the net for articles to include in the Email Brigade News Report, I came across a piece entitled "Provocative Clothing Company Creates Tees to Help Christian Girls be 'Playful' for Jesus." For obvious reasons the headline grabbed my attention.  Featured in the article is a picture of an attractive young woman in a sexy pose seated on a bed wearing a tank top with the words "God knows my secrets."

(204) Texas: Curriculum Teaching Allah Is the "Almighty God" by The Berean Call, 1/5/13 
Texas: Curriculum Under Fire For Teaching �Allah Is The Almighty God�, Calls Boston Tea Party �A Terrorist Organization� [Excerpts] �In the 70 percent of Texas public schools where a private curriculum has been installed, students are learning the �fact� that �Allah is the Almighty God,� charge critics of a new online curriculum that already is facing condemnation for its secrecy and restrictions on oversight.

(205) Generational Sins & Blaming the Past by Martin & Deidre Bobgan, PsychoHeresy Awareness Ministries, 1/12/13 
Psychological counseling theories and therapies encourage individuals to look outside themselves to explain why they do what they do and why they feel the way they do. This blame game all started in the Garden of Eden and has continued throughout the centuries. The blame game gained status during the last century through Sigmund Freud and his followers, who placed the main source of adult problems back into one�s early childhood. The parents, especially the mothers, were the culprits, and of course the parents were simply passing along their own problems, which likewise had their source in their parents, going back generation after generation all the way back to Adam and Eve. Through Freud the blame game was dressed in medical garb and has now risen to great prominence in the present therapeutic culture of our psychological society.

(206) When Is Yoga, Yoga? by Roger Oakland, 1/25/13 
According to the American Civil Liberties Union, students in public schools cannot be indoctrinated with any specific religious belief. Education must be religiously neutral. However, it can be documented that when children are being introduced to yoga and witchcraft in public schools, parents are told not be alarmed.

(207) Threatened Lawsuit by The Harbinger Publisher & Author by David James, 1/31/13 
We have received letters threatening legal action related to the publication of my book The Harbinger: Fact or Fiction? These letters were from a lawyer with a firm which �serves as litigation counsel for Charisma Media, publisher of The Harbinger by Rabbi Jonathan Cahn and published by Charisma Media.�

(208) The Emerging Galactic Religion: Science Fiction and the Rise of Technocratic Posthumanism by Dr. Martin Erdmann, 2/28/13 
Medicine is no longer restricted to healing. Biotechnology�s popular uses constitute a long list, among them weight loss, hair growth, birth control, teeth straightening, and sex selection of children.[1] Transhumanism takes human enhancement further, in morphing the vision of perfect man into a human-machine complex properly called �posthuman�. This is an effort to break every human limitation and redefine personhood. 

(209) Noted Apologist Calls Out Evangelical Leaders Who 'Undermine the Word of God' by Russ Jones, Christian Press, 3/9/13 
A noted biblical apologist and expert on creationism is calling out several of his colleagues. An audience of some 300 people at the recent National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) convention in Nashville were shocked to learn of the number of evangelical leaders who don�t believe in a literal 6 days of creation narrative.

(210) Starbuck�s CEO telling Christians to take a hike (Video) at Focal Point, 3/25/13 
At the annual shareholder's meeting on Wednesday, Starbucks CEO, Howard Shultz, told Christians, and all who believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman for life, "we don't want your business".

(212) Seduction of the Hebrew Root Movement Part 1 of 2 by Jacob Prasch, 3/28/13 
There are various areas in which Satan is attempting these seductions of the trend back towards the Hebrew Root.

(213) In Loving Memory: Dave Hunt 1926-2013 by The Berean Call, 4/5/13 
Dave has left us a legacy of inestimable value. We are blessed to be able to see and hear and read what he has taught about the evidence for God in a breathtaking number of materials. From explaining about the history of Christianity, to exposing the deception that has crept into the church, to teaching about the prophecies that are being fulfilled even today, this humble, brilliant man will go on teaching us for a very long time. We look forward to the day when we will see him again.

(214) In Memory of Dave Hunt by Mike Oppenheimer, 4/8/13 
The time goes by so quickly and what we do for the Lord will last into eternity, nothing else. To me the real heroes of the faith are those who risk their reputation, ignoring what others may think of them to rescue those caught in spiritual bondage that can cause death. To help one escape from the clutches of the enemy of our soul takes confrontation and being readily equipped to answer the objections. For this we will be eternally grateful. We are just one of the many lives Dave had touched by his faithfulness to the truth. We will remember Dave as being an exemplary example in this.

(215) Be Watchful! by Pastor Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) 
Note: We, too, may be "hard-pressed" in the years ahead. The world is changing fast, and Christianity is increasingly mocked, banned, and despised.  History reminds us that persecution comes and goes; and now, after a long season of peace and freedom, we may again face hatred and cruelty.  But those who belong to Jesus have a place of peace and refuge.  He is our hiding place, our strength and our joy.  How blessed we are to belong to Him at such a time as now!

(216) Circling The Wagons: Pan Evangelicals Still Wield the Broken Sword of Political/Cultural Evangelism by Dr. Orrel Steinkamp, 4/16/13 
In biblical cultures as well as many cultures today fishing is done with a net. If the net is mended and has no holes it will bring in a catch. May our church repair the broken nets, deliver the Gospel message, and return to biblical fishing for men.

(217)  Calvary Chapel Pastors Respond to Our Lonnie Frisbee Commentary by Roger Oakland, 4/18/13 
We are grieved by the number of people who still will not think for themselves. For those who want to know the truth, please watch and listen to witnesses who were there during the days of Lonnie Frisbee and to Lonnie himself when he talks about who he was and what he believed.  Read the original commentary on Frisbee called "Another spirit or the Holy Spirit?". 

(218) UPDATED! Islamic Teachings That Prove Their Religion Is False compiled by Sandy Simpson, 4/1/08 
This article presents documented proof that Mohammed was a false teacher and a false prophet ... thus the Qur'an and other Islamic holy writings by Mohammed and his followers are based are false.  More evidence that the "god" Allah they worship is a false god.  Their false religion is based on a false prophet, false scriptures and a false god.  This update includes pictures in the article.  Stay tuned for this article to be released on DVD.

(219) The 10 Things You Need to Know About Islam by Ron Rhodes, 2013
One out of every five persons on the earth is a Muslim. In the past 16 years, the number of Muslim mosques in the United States has mushroomed from 30 to over 3,000. An Islamic leader recently inaugurated a session of the United States Senate, praying in the name of Allah. Chances are that if you don't currently have Muslim friends, you soon will. To understand and communicate with them, you need to know... Are all Muslims the same? Do Muslims and Christians worship the same God? Was Muhammad really a prophet of God? Do the Quran and the Christian Bible agree? What are the major doctrines of Islam? What are the five major obligations of Muslims? How is the basis of salvation in Muslim theology? Has the Bible been corrupted, as Muslims claim? Was Jesus a mere prophet, as Muslims claim? What do Muslims say about Judgment, heaven, and hell? What are the best strategies for dialoguing with Muslims? This concise, easy-to-understand guide answers these questions and others, and also provides a powerful Christian apologetic response. This book is engineered to guide Christians through the most important information with clear explanations and solid biblical reasoning. This is a must�have resource for individuals and churches trying to discern today�s news stories.

(220) Worldview and Islam at The Berean Call, 5/2/13
Today, there are cross-cultural church planters who are making catastrophic mistakes in accommodating Islamic theology and practices in their fledgling congregations. They are intentionally incorporating Islamic practices that they do not understand. Instead of allowing the converts to move away from Islam, they are encouraging them to stay within the socio-religious community and continue to participate in the practices, which are formational for Islamic theology and worldview. While it is hoped that these converts will continue to grow in Christian nurture and practice, it is difficult to conceive how this will happen as long as they are being directed back into Islam rather than out of it.

(221) Calvary Chapel Breached by Jim Fletcher, Prophecy Matters, 5/8/13
This week, Sami Awad, a Palestinian Christian from Bethlehem (and director of the Holy Land Trust), announced on Facebook that he will be speaking at several churches on the West Coast this month. The May 10th date caught my eye and leaves me dismayed: May 10 San Diego, CA. North Coast Calvary Church. 7-9 p.m.

(222) North Coast Calvary Chapel Breached Indeed! - What Will The North Coast Calvary Chapel Leaders Do? by Chris Lawson, 5/11/13
The current issue at North Coast Calvary Chapel (NCCC) in Carlsbad, California is rather bleak to say the least. The fact that yet another article had to be written exposing Calvary Chapel compromise goes to show that there is no slowing down of ecumenical compromise within the Calvary Chapel movement. There is plenty of documentation available on the Internet exposing years of Calvary Chapel compromise. Christian apologetics ministries have sought to address these things for a long time now, but shouldn't it be Calvary Chapel pastors keeping each other accountable? Of course it should be!

(223) Peter Enns Continues to Promote Heresy by Ken Ham, 5/16/13
Many of you may be familiar with Peter Enns, who is a former fellow with BioLogos, an organization dedicated to promoting a form of theistic evolution (or �evolutionary creation� as they call it). We both spoke at the same homeschool convention a few years ago. During my talk, I showed a few video clips of him, demonstrating in his own words that he doesn�t believe in a literal Adam or Eve or in a literal Fall. After we were told by conference organizers that I could critique Enns�s beliefs during the conference, we had informed them that we were considering it, and we were cleared to do so. Well, I was dropped from the next homeschool convention and Peter Enns was retained.

(224) Calvary Chapel Founder Chuck Smith Denounces North Coast Calvary Chapel Invitation of Palestinian Activist by Lighthouse Trails, 5/17/13
In a dramatic showdown last week within the Calvary Chapel movement, the leadership of the California-based association of churches rebuked an event held at North Coast Calvary Chapel that featured a presentation by Palestinian activists. Called �Hope for the Holy Land,� the seminar program aims to present the Palestinian narrative to church audiences. Observers are saying that what made the North Coast event such a flashpoint was the fact that since its inception, Calvary Chapel has been staunchly pro Israel.

(225) Shhh... It's a Secret God Told Me to Tell You! by Pastor Danny Isom, 5/19/13
The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this law. \(Deut. 29:29) As the Preacher has already told us, �There is nothing new under the sun.� (Ecc. 1:9) So why should we be surprised that yet another person has been the exclusive recipient of yet another �secret� from God and, for the first time in the history of the world, is making it known to us? For some reason, instead of writing it down in one of the original languages of the Bible and making it freely available to all like the original Prophets of old, this time around God chose to have it printed in English and sold for $16.99 ($9.00 on the Kindle). For a fee, the �prophet� will come and speak about it. False teaching disguised as �revelation� like Jonathan Cahn�s The Harbinger have been around since  handwriting was invented and such will, no doubt, persist until the Lord returns. Please do not buy it or even bother reading a friend�s copy; why should you take away time from your personal meditation in Scripture, the only true source of revelation?

(226) Muslim Cleric Invited to Pray over Fallen SEALs Damns Them to Hell During Service at The Berean Call, 5/20/13
TBC: The Muslim cleric's remarks during the memorial service were in Arabic. The families of the dead men obtained a translation of the cleric's remarks.] This is what the imam was quoting: "Not equal are the companions of the Fire and the companions of Paradise. The companions of Paradise - they are the attainers [of success]. If We had sent down this Qur'an upon a mountain, you would have seen it humbled and coming apart from fear of Allah. And these examples We present to the people that perhaps they will give thought." -- Qur'an 59:20-21

(227) 20 Completely Ridiculous College Courses Being Offered At U.S. Universities by Michael Snyder, June 5th, 2013
Would you like to know what America's young people are actually learning while they are away at college?  It isn't pretty.  Yes, there are some very highly technical fields where students are being taught some very important skills, but for the most part U.S. college students are learning very little that they will actually use out in the real world when they graduate.  Some of the college courses listed below are funny, others are truly bizarre, others are just plain outrageous, but all of them are a waste of money. 

(228) The Rise of Endtime Occultism by Herescope, 6/13/13
Many evangelicals now believe that God sent Noah�s Flood to stop the Nephilim corruption of human DNA. From the plain truth of Scripture it is very evident that the �wickedness of man� was very great on the face of the earth before the Flood ... ReadPart 1, Part 2, Part 3 & Part 4.

(229) England's "Christianity-centered" Pagan Church by The Berean Call, 6/26/13
The mother church of the worldwide Anglican Communion is seeking to create new forms of Anglicanism with which people of alternative beliefs should feel comfortable, according to The Telegraph.

(230) What does Islam and the Quran say about Jesus? by Matt Slick, CARM, 7/6/13
Following is a chart that lists the verses in the Quran that teach about Jesus.

(231) Exposing Christian Palestinianism - DVD by Caryl Productions, 7/11/13
A biblical perspective on the relationship between Israel, the church, and the Arab world. Some 2500 years ago, the Hebrew prophet Zechariah foretold, "Jerusalem will be a burdensome stone for all people: and, all the people of the earth shall be gathered together against it" (Zechariah:12:2-3). End time biblical prophecy is unfolding before our very eyes as the promised ingathering of a dispersed and diverse cross-section of Jews, including secular, atheist, agnostic, and Jewish believers in Jesus Christ, are returning, from all over the world, to their biblically covenanted homeland of Israel. Controversy about the existence of the nation of Israel is intensifying not only amongst the Arab world but within Christianity also. A political-religious campaign is gaining worldwide acceptance as church leaders, denominations, charities, missions, and humanitarian groups are uniting with Muslims and other world religions against Israel. Caryl Matrisciana narrates this informative three-part documentary featuring Dave Hunt and Paul Wilkinson. Each powerful program is approximately 35 minutes in length and features fast-moving, graphic footage that exposes the rising tide of apostasy gripping today's church regarding modern Israel.

(232) Christianity vs. Psychology (MP3) Host: Vic Eliason Guest: Dr. Ed Bulkley July 19, 2013
Ed Bulkley is the founding pastor of Life Fellowship in Westminster, Colorado.  He is also the President of the International Association of Biblical Counselors.  He is the author of 3 books including, �Why Christian�s Can�t Trust Psychology�, �Only God Can Heal a Wounded Heart�, and �How Big is Your God?�  He speaks extensively on Biblical counseling.  For several years he hosted, �Return to the Word� a program addressing Biblical counseling issues. Dr. Bulkley began by explaining that our world has moved away from Christ and is relying on the philosophies of this world as Paul describes in Colossians 2:8. Since people are moving away from the simple truth that God�s word is more than enough to deal with any life issue when we obey him, many adults are on anti-depressants or anti-psychotics.  Children as well are on drugs for maladies like Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.  In fact, Vic noted that 90% of school shootings are linked to medications yet as Dr. Bulkley noted earlier in the discussion, drugs often anesthetize the conscience and the mind itself. Sanity comes from obeying the Lord.  Unfortunately the world has things turned around and is communicating today that religious practice can be a sign of deeper mental health issues.  Find out why that�s false and discover why God�s word is mankind�s only true solution to issues of the heart when you review this edition of Crosstalk.

(233) Why millions of Muslims are seeing apparitions of the Mother Mary at Understamd The Times, 7/24/13
Comment from Understand The Times: One of the great signs that we are in the Last Days will be when Muslims embrace false appearances of a woman believed to be the mother of Jesus that will bring about peace and unity. As mentioned in the article below this happened at Zeitun, Egypt in 1968. One of the common denominators between Roman Catholics and Muslims is their reverence for "Mary." Current problems in Egypt may well bring about another round of apparitions, or as described in biblical terms, "lying signs and wonders" that will occur in a time of great deception. 

(234) Former Archbishop Desmond Tutu Says He Would Choose Hell Over 'Homophobic' Heaven at Understand The Times, 7/31/13
Speaking recently at the United Nation's launch of its "Free & Equal" campaign to promote fair treatment of LGBT persons, former archbishop and South African anti-apartheid activist Desmond Tutu declared that the issue was so close to his heart that he "would refuse to go to a homophobic heaven" and instead choose "the other place."  The 1984 Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former head of the South African Anglican Church and South African Council of Churches made the remarks last Friday, July 26, during the press event in his home country, where same-sex marriage is legal but where views remain antagonistic toward homosexuals.

(235) When Popular Music Becomes Obscene & Immoral excerpts from How to Protect your Child from New Age and Spiritual Deception by Crossroad, 8/5/13
May God enable us to train our children and grandchildren to take a stand and reject the world's corruptions and follow His way!

(236) Updated!An Evaluation of Muslim Dreams & Visions of Isa (Jesus) by Dennis McBride, Think On These Things, June/July 2013, Volume 19, Issue 3 - Read Part 1 & Part 2
Much confusion surrounds the numerous stories coming from Islamic people concerning their dreams and visions leading to conversions. �Think on These Things� published an article by Richard Fisher in 2008 entitled �Don�t You Believe It.� The next two issues will be composed of an article written by Pastor Dennis McBride. I believe Pastor McBride has done an excellent and thorough job of analyzing these experiences in the light of Scripture. 

(237) Muslims Angry over Virtual "Third Temple" at The Berean Call, 9/6/13
A website with a simulation of a Third Temple has been met with an angry backlash from the Arab and Muslim world.

(238) America's Bible Hypocrisy: Study Shows Disconnect Between Beliefs and Behavior at Understand The Times, 9/10/13
The American Bible Society's annual "State of the Bible" study shows most Americans believe society needs the Bible, but few are finding time to read it.  A majority of people in the United States believe the Bible contains the best advice for a meaningful life, but they also don't want to take it, and are too busy to read the scriptures.

(239) Four Books That the Enemy Has Used To Corrupt Christianity by Sandy Simpson, 9/9/13
Four men changed the world into their postmodern, communist, evolutionist, materialist, Narcissistic concept of reality.  There are also four books that have corrupted Christianity worldwide. 

(240) The New Age and the World of Occultism - Exposing the Philosophy, the Lies, and the Dangers by Chris Lawson, Spiritual Research Network, 9/24/13
The New Age Movement (NAM) is based on a belief system that is essentially a Western hybridization of pantheistic and pan-en-theistic Eastern occult philosophy and practices. The New Age movement encompasses countless thousands of autonomous (and sometimes contradictory) beliefs, organizations, and events. �New Age� beliefs also incorporate practices from 19th century Western occultism including teachings from �channeled spirits� or �universal energy� [in actuality they are fallen angels which the Bible refers to a lying spirits, or, demons]. The term �New Age� is also used by many to describe organizations, teachers and teachings, which exhibit at least one or more of the following beliefs:  �(1) All is one, all reality is part of the whole; (2) Everything is God and God is everything; (3) Man is God or a part of God; (4) Man never dies, but continues to live through reincarnation; (5) Man can create his own reality and/or values through transformed consciousness or altered states of consciousness.�

(241) Chuck Smith, 86, Dies After Cancer Battle by G. Jeffrey MacDonald, Christianity Today, 10/3/13
Chuck Smith, the evangelical pastor whose outreach to hippies in the 1960s helped transform worship styles in American Christianity and fueled the rise of the Calvary Chapel movement, died Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, after a battle with lung cancer. He was 86.

(242) Statement By Pastor Bill Randles Regarding The Charge That Jacob Prasch Is A Gnostic by Bill Randles, 10/4/13
I want to go on record as saying that I do not regard Jacob Prasch, our brother and gifted teacher as a gnostic. Neither do I see Midrash as anything but a biblical hermaneutical tool. ... I urge all involved to prayerfully work out any differences in the spirit of Christ with forbearance, humility and love. - Pas Bill Randles

(243) How the Mighty Have Fallen by James Jacob Prasch, 10/17/13
John MacArthur now teaches: �Those accepting the mark of the beast and worship the anti Christ can still be saved. Supported by Jimmy DeYoung, this is the exact teaching of John MacArthur on the clip below.

(244) Jesus-denial, Bible denial and other dangerous 'denialisms' of global anti-Semitism by Daniel Jonah Goldhagen, Fox News, 10/27/13
Holocaust denial is widely known and widely understood to be a form of anti-Semitism and a tool to delegitimize Israel. Anti-Semites do not want Jews to be recognized as victims because sympathy for Jews impedes spreading hatred of them. Anti-Semites also see the Holocaust as legitimizing the notion that Jews, like other peoples, need their own country with the political and military means to defend themselves. All right thinking people condemn Holocaust denial, which is not just a fringe belief but is extremely widespread especially in the Middle East, no less than they would condemn a movement that denied that American slavery existed � should anything so nutty ever come to be. Yet Holocaust denial is but one of the many kinds of widespread anti-Semitic denialisms that exist and powerfully grip peoples especially in the Middle East, but also in Europe, and even in the United States. 

(245) If I Were The Devil by Paul Harvey, 1964
If I were the Prince of Darkness I would want to engulf the whole earth in darkness. I'd have a third of its real estate and four-fifths of its population, but I would not be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree. So I should set about however necessary, to take over the United States.

(246) Calvary Chapel Concerns & Greg Laurie Endorses Steve Berger's 'Have Heart' (Listening to the dead?) Michael-Anthony Rene Chavez & Sergio Martinez of SAID Radio Interview Chris Lawson, reposted 11/3/13 
Listen to this podcast

(247) "Are We Fundamentalists?" by Dr. Peter Masters, 11/17/13 
THERE ARE NOW TWO KINDS OF EVANGELICAL.... The old is the authentic, biblical position.  The new is far off the track, not in its basic view of salvation, but in its readiness to compromise with doctrinal error and worldly ways. The new is selling the faith for earthly respect and recognition... and churches are being ruined.

(248) The Secret of Biblical Self-Improvement by T.A. McMahon, The Berean Call, 12/2/13 
The popularity of self-improvement, or self-help, books throughout the history of publishing is rather amazing. The reasons given for the wide acceptance of such books, historically, and especially in our day, are many, but they all boil down to man�s desire to improve his condition or situation, whether financially, socially, educationally, physically, psychologically, spiritually, or �all of the above.� Although the goals are improvement and the bettering of one�s circumstance, the primary method and motivation is by self and for self : how can I improve me? Read Part 1 and Part 2

(249) Lighthouse Trails 2013 Year in Review�PART 5 � Top 7 Articles in 2013 By Out-of-House Like-Minded Writers by Lighthouse Trails, 12/28/13 
The following are the Top 7 Articles By Out-of-House Like-Minded Writers that Lighthouse Trails posted in 2013. These were also used in our Lighthouse Trails Research Journal in 2013.
1) Four Men and Four Books That the Enemy Has Used To Corrupt Christianity  (Sandy Simpson � Deception in the Church)
2) Circling the Wagons (Orrel Steinkamp)
3) What would Jesus think (WWJT) about �the shift� to christ-consciousness?  (Larry DeBruyn � Guarding His Flock Ministries)
4) The Final Accommodation � The Mark . . . Revelation 14  (Bill Randles � Believers in Grace)
5) No Peace � No Messiah  (Tony Pearce � Light For the Last Days Ministry)
6) A Doctor�s Plea for His Hometown � �Why are the pulpits silent?� (Tom Baker, M.D.)
7) �Propaganda Wins� on Israel  (Jim Fletcher)

(250) Calvary Chapel Bookstore on Jesus Calling: Hush!! It�s Controversial � We Keep it in the Back Room by Lighthouse Trails, 1/11/14 
Yesterday, we verified that the Calvary Chapel store is still selling the book from the back room. A woman who is an acquaintance of Warren Smith and had heard from Warren about the �back room� copies has given us permission to relay this to our readers. She entered the store, searched for Jesus Calling in the devotional section, and when not finding it, she approached a store clerk and asked if the store was carrying Jesus Calling. The clerk told her it was being kept in a back room. The clerk then disappeared and returned a few moments later with a copy. The woman purchased the book and left (she�ll be using it for research purposes).

(251) Silken Traps at The Berean Call, 1/20/14 
�Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou inquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise� (Deuteronomy:12:30)

(252) �I Am Sorry You Were Offended� and Other Insincere Apologies by C. W. Booth, 1/25/14
When Adam took a bite from the fruit, following Eve into sin, he "apologized" to God by shifting the blame. He said something like, "Lord, this woman that You created and that You put here in this garden with me, she gave me the fruit, so I am sorry if You were offended" (see: Genesis 3:12). Sorrow and grief-driven sincere apologies always actively acknowledge that the sinner is the one making the apology. By active, I mean the sinner says, "I did this specific sin, and now I am sorry; please forgive me." Those words, "I did this" make all the difference. They say, "I actively committed this sin. I am culpable. With my own head, heart, and hands I have done this thing." By contrast, an insincere apology, a blame shifting approach, is the passive wording. It is generally characterized by the subtle implication that you are in the wrong for being the victim. "I am sorry if you were offended." Here the key words are "if" and "you were offended." Nothing is admitted by the sinner. In fact, his only sorrow is that he got caught because you took offense, and if you had not taken offense, there would be nothing for which to apologize. So it is all your fault, you easily offended person, you.

(253) A Word to Calvary Chapels (Video) by Jaocb Prasch, 1/28/14 

(254) What is Now on the Horizon in a Church World Without David Wilkerson, Dave Hunt, and Chuck Smith by Jacob Prasch, 1/28/14 
Collapse of the mega churches and beyond - In 2008, several months before the sub prime crisis, I publicly shared a teaching called �Everything That Can Be Shaken� which was promptly filmed and recorded in the USA ,and UK and placed in the public domain. I, of course, make no claim to being a prophet and I regard those who do make such claims concerning themselves to be are either false ones or just plain religious crackpots. I was not the only person to issue such a predictive warning and was probably not the first. I was just one voice among various others that I am now aware of (but was not at the time) who believed the Lord was warning us that a financial crash was coming that would impact the church, including major supposedly Evangelical churches.

(255) Ravi Zacharias Asks Faiths to Oppose 'Lost Morality' Together by The Berean Call, 1/29/14 
TBC: Mormonism has never changed its unbiblical �gospel.� Consequently, there is no �true brotherhood and sisterhood� between Mormonism and true Bible believers. �Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?� (2 Corinthians:6:14-15 �Shared love for the Lord Jesus Christ�? That would only be viable if the Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the biblical Jesus were one and the same. No, the former is the spiritual brother of Lucifer, i.e., Satan, according to Mormon doctrine. Zacharias, rather than looking to Mormons for �moral� help, needs to obey the Scriptures: II John:1:9-10 "Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed".

(256) From First to Last by Larry DeBruyn, 2/3/14 
In the aftermath of reflecting upon this incident, I thought to myself, �How I felt after the checker�s apology to me must somewhat mirror how God feels about us when we apologize to Him for not giving Him first place in the line of our lives. Now I know, my experience that evening was not exactly analogous to the Lord�s feelings about us. For example, He doesn�t offend or get impatient with us. He�s longsuffering. But how often do we serve ourselves and others before before Him in the business of life? Then there comes that clarifying moment when suddenly we realize the error that we�ve ignored serving Him first. So we tell Him we�re sorry. Does His heart melt toward us as mine did toward the checkout person that evening? I believe so, for that is God�s character. All He�s looking for from us is an acknowledgement on our part that we have offended Him, and when the repentance comes, that�s it! It�s over. His heart delights in our response of admitting we erred by ignoring Him, but now desire to serve Him first and others second (Matthew 22:37-40). Toward such repentant hearts, Micah tells us that the Lord does not retain �his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy� (Micah 7:18b, KJV).

(257) Creating Straw Men from Cognitive Dissonance by Crosswise, 2/4/14 
This article will address two separate yet sometimes related phenomena witnessed in various online exchanges (and elsewhere), namely the straw man fallacy and cognitive dissonance.  I�ll explain them one at a time, and then I shall illustrate how the two are at times combined.

(258) Esoteric Evolution � An Overview by Sarah H. Leslie, 2/27/14 
This is an abstract of a thesis. This abstract provides an overview of evolution as a cosmological and metaphysical paradigm that seamlessly unites science with spirituality in a manner that corrupts the truth. Evolution is more than an alternative to the creation story. Evolution is not just a scientific concept; it is a spiritual worldview. This paper is not by any means complete, nor exhaustive. This is simply a broad overview of the topic of spiritual evolution, particularly its mysticism and esoteric applications to postmodern life in both the culture at large and also the church.

(259) Trends of our day - Body Piercing and Tattoos by Mike Oppenheimer, 2/27/14 
This is a difficult subject to write on, and I have pondered this for a number of years. But I have found it to be necessary to write on it now because of what is taking place. I have noticed people having more and more tattoos. It has become very �in,� to have body Piercing and Tattoos.  The popularity of Tattoo and body piercing has increased tremendously. A 2006 survey taken by the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology an estimated 36% of Americans aged 18-29 now have tattoos.  A Harris Interactive poll conducted in January 2008 concluded that 14% of all adults in the United States have a tattoo, with the highest incidence (25%) found among gays, lesbians and bisexuals. This article I would like to address both of these subjects, starting with body piercing. 

(260) Why is the Millennial Generation Not Receptive to the Christian Faith? by Gary F. Zeolla, 3/2/14 
The Christian Church has a lot of work to do to become relevant to the Millennial Generation. But it can be done. Deviating from the Bible's teachings to accommodate the modern world's viewpoints is one path, but I think it would be a misguided one. A watered down Christianity is no Christianity at all. Christians need to remain faithful to the Bible and all of its teachings. But we need to be prepared to reach out to those with contrary views with knowledge and compassion, not in a judgmental or self-righteous way. As Peter put it, "But sanctify [the] Lord God in your* hearts, and always [be] prepared with a defense to every[one] asking you* an account concerning the hope [or, confident expectation] in you*, with gentleness [or, considerateness] and respect" (1Peter 3:15)

(261) A culture of counterfeit Christians by Marsha West, 3/3/14 
Have you ever run over a dead skunk in the road? I have, during a heat wave. The smell got into my tires and permeated our garage for days! I'll go out on a limb and say that no one takes pleasure in the highly offensive smell of skunk spray, dead or alive. My point in telling you this is that to God the stench of sin is much worse than skunk. For an example of just how much the Lord hates sin, grab a cup of coffee and read First and Second Kings.

(262) My Church Journey- 30 Years of Lies at Truth Watch NZ, 3/21/14 
As our name suggests Truth Watch recognises a cardinal truth: Christians must at all times adhere to and follow what is biblically and therefore theologically true. This chronicle of one Christian�s experience in the contemporary Church underlines our assertion that the western Church has slipped away from the truth in all sorts of areas. The experience outlined here describes what happens when a person stands up for biblical inerrancy and truth in today�s Church. At first they are tolerated with some measure of grace. Over time that grace turns into disdain and then outright hostility and ostracism. The love for truth and one�s brother in Christ soon gives way to intolerance and graceless-ness. Anyone blessed with the gift of discernment, prophecy and a love for responsible biblical exegesis in todays �consumer church� is not welcome � see our article on �therapeutic Christians�.

(263) A Frank Exposure Of Freemasonry at Spiritual Research Network, March 2014 Newsletter 
A philanthropic organization? A "syncretistic" Interfaith spirituality? A brotherhood based on esoteric ceremonies, Secretism and occult oaths? Indeed, Freemasonry is all these things and much more, and their influence is most likely in your very own community!

(264) Church Of Wells by Matt Slick, CARM, 4/6/14 
The Church of Wells has been under a great deal of scrutiny nationally, even though it is a very small church in a very small town located in Wells, Texas, a city of fewer than 800 people.1  The Church is very tight nit, and exclusivistic. This makes sense since they teach that they are the only true church. Usually, when this kind of belief is held other beliefs are adopted such as 1) us against them, 2) a sense of being persecuted for their faith, 3) isolation, etc.  These kinds of things are apparently in the group. But these do not automatically make them a cult. Instead, we must be careful not to make harsh and quick judgments based on one or two points. Instead, it is the overall behavior of how the church (and its doctrinal teachings) that define a cult.

(265) The Church in Crisis! � Liberty University Hires Open Homosexual Advocate to Choreograph �Mary Poppins� Production by Heather Clark, 4/10/14 
LYNCHBURG, Va. � Liberty University, which is considered the world�s largest Christian university and whose motto is �training champions for Christ,� has hired an open homosexual advocate to choreograph its upcoming Broadway-style presentation of Mary Poppins.

(266) Deception: Christian Publisher Sells Soul for Mammon by The Berean Call, 4/18/14 
WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group is planning to release, through its liberal sister imprint Convergent Books, a manuscript paradoxically titled God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships.

(267) Liberty University fines students for not listening to cultist Glenn Beck by Pajama Pages, 4/30/14 
Liberty University invited Mormon Glenn Beck to preach to its students at its compulsory convocation last week, handing out $10 fines to residential students who didn�t have a suitable excuse for not attending. The Beck sermon continues a worrying trend that signals Liberty�s rapid retreat from Christian orthodoxy to an unapologetic embrace of false religions and heretics, starting with self-proclaimed messiah Rev. Moon in the 1990s, to Benny Hinn and the Mormon church today. Though it still markets itself as a Christian university, its definition as to what passes as Christian is not one shared by most of the churches that send their young people there for an education.

(268) Bill Gothard Resigns from Institute in Basic Life Principles Under Allegations of Sexual Abuse (And How to Spot the Signs of a Sexual Predator)by Lighthouse Trails, 5/13/14 
On March 7th, Bill Gothard, the founder and president of the Institute in Basic Life Principles resigned from his position in the organization after allegations from over thirty women were made public that Gothard sexually harassed, and in one case out right sexually abused, these women while they were teens or young women. 

(269) Pat Robertson: After the asteroid hit the earth and wiped out the dinosaurs�by My Word Like Fire, 5/15/14 
Pat Robertson believes that �after the asteroid hit and wiped out the dinosaurs� � �there was a particular human being that God touched and that was the human that started the race that we are now part of�� Here is the full quote: ��there was a point of time after the earth was created after these things were done, after the universe was formed, after the asteroid hit the earth and wiped out the dinosaurs, after all that, there was a point in time where there was a particular human being that God touched and that was the human that started the race that we are now part of and I think prior to that who knows what was here.� (start at 2:12 in video) �You�d have to be deaf, dumb, and blind to think that this earth that we live in only has 6000 years of existence. It just doesn�t.� (at 41 second mark in video) Ken Ham responded to Pat Robertson here: READ

(270) The End of Evangelical Support for Israel? The Jewish State�s International Standing at Lighthouse Trails, 5/29/14 
We have posted the article below to show that a paradigm shift is taking place within evangelical Christianity that will result in further apostasy among proclaiming Christians. When you couple the move toward anti-Israelism within the evangelical church with the flood of homosexual acceptance,  the overwhelming embracing of mysticism (i.e.,  contemplative) and welcoming of Catholicism, and a growing hostility toward biblical Christians, it becomes plain to see that the stage is being set to form a one-world harlot �church� of which the Bible speaks.

(271) World Vision Crys �Reform� � But What About Israel and the Emerging Church � The Story Behind the Story at Lighthouse Trails, 6/28/14 
So while World Vision is crying �reform� right now, and most likely this will be the story that the media, both secular and Christian, will pick up and run with, the real story behind the scene is that World Vision is part of the �new� spirituality/New Age �Christianity� that will help usher in the greatest deception this world has ever seen. And countless Christians� tax-deductible dollars will help finance it.

(272) Christ at the Checkpoint: The Dangers of Deception at The Berean Call, 6/30/14 
As for Fulfillment Theology it teaches that all the promises of the Abrahamic Covenant are fulfilled in the person and ministry of Jesus. For those subscribing to this nonsense, this includes the promise to Israel of the land of Canaan. The subsequent result of this teaching is that once again Israel�s present day restoration enjoys no biblical significance and that those, like Christian Zionists, who do happen to see biblical significance in Israel�s rebirth as a nation are deluded, in error and constitute an obstacle to peace.

(273) Kay Arthur With Erroneous Contemplative Interpretation Of Psalm 46:10 by Ken Silva, 7/8/14 
It�s important for you to understand that Kay Arthur is firmly within the ostensibly conservative evangelical camp. However, phrases like learning �The Art of Being Still� sound like something we�d hear from gurus of CSM we first encountered in the postmodern liberal cult of the Emergent Church, now openly operating within evangelicalism through its foolish embrace of the Emerging Church. From all of this by Kay Arthur�s PMI, we can see she�s appealing to � Be still, and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10), which is a classic verse misappropriated by instructors of CSM.

(274) California Church Disaffiliates With the Calvary Chapel Movement Over Heretical Connections by Lighthouse Trails, 7/9/14 
LTRP Note: As many of you know, Roger Oakland, of Understand the Times, International, and Chris Lawson, of Spiritual Research Network, are former Calvary Chapel pastors/teachers, who both left the movement when their warnings about the infiltration of serious false teachings fell on deaf ears for several years and when they felt they could no longer, in good conscience, remain associated with the movement. Last week, Lighthouse Trails was informed of another Calvary Chapel pastor, Steve Shively of Refuge Church in Atascadero, California, who has made the decision (along with his church elders) to disaffiliate from the Calvary Chapel movement. The following letter was sent to the Calvary Chapel Association on June 29th, 2014. We are posting it with permission.

(275) Roman Catholic Bishop Prays at Franklin Graham's Event by Galatians 4, 8/21/14 
Franklin Graham is following in his Catholic church loving father's footsteps. The bishop's name is David Zubik.

(276) Christian Musician Gungor Says Jesus Could Have Been Wrong About Creation Story or Lied About It; Calls Genesis 1 a 'Poem' by Christian Post, 9/3/14 
Award-winning Christian musician Michael Gungor of the musical collective Gungor, who recently rattled the Christian world when he argued that the Bible should not be read literally, took his arguments a little further last month when he said Jesus could have been wrong about the creation story, or might have lied about it to fit in with popular culture.

(277) How old is human DNA? at The Berean Call, 9/5/14 
Human mitochondrial DNA mutates at a known rate. Based on this known rate, the human genome is very young � much younger than evolutionary theory says it should be. It is only thousands of years old.

(278) The latest threat to Evangelical support for Israel at the Berean Call, 9/6/14 
Targeting young Evangelicals at top Christian universities has also been an extremely effective tool in the hands of those seeking to erode Evangelical support for Israel.  Read Part 1 & Part 2

(279) Gaza - The End Of Israel? by Al Dagar, Media Spotlight, Vol. 34-1, 9/10/14 
THE FIRESTORM THAT is Gaza continues to blaze out of control. In spite of the best efforts of politicians outside the  conflict  zone  known  as  Palestine,  peace  is  not  a viable option for either side despite the cease fires. The mass media fan the flames with biased reporting that champions the cause of either Israel or the Palestinian people (far more often the Palestinians), while the average world citizen remains ignorant of the true spiritual cause of the warfare that will never abate until either Israel is driven into the Mediterranean Sea as promised by her Islamic enemies, or the Lord returns to deliver the nation as He has promised in His Word.

(280) Blood Moons For The Second Time Proven To Be A Baseless Hoax - The Boy Cries Wolf Yet Again by James Jacob Prasch. 10/12/14 
I happened to be in Israel for Sukkoth, the second of the supposedly festal Blood Moons concocted  by Mark Blitz, whom given his abysmal track record - many now can only consider to be a religious con artist out to sell books about the 'Blood Moon'  hoax that he invented.

(281) Be Watchful! by Pastor Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) 
�We die daily,� said the apostle. This was the life of the early Christians; they went everywhere with their lives in their hands. [Most of us are not yet] called to pass through the same fearful persecutions. But if we were, the Lord would give us grace to bear the test. The tests of Christian life, at the present moment, though outwardly not so terrible, are yet more likely to overcome us than even those of the fiery age. 

(282) "Addressing the 'Positive Gospel' of the Metaphysical Movement" (an article from the Christian Research Journal, Fall 1988, page 7) by Dean C. Halverson. 
Before we can accept Jesus Christ as our Savior we must first acknowledge our need to be saved. When we do so, we are saying that we have become aware of our enslaving sinful nature, of the alienation that our sin has caused in our relationship with God, of God's impending wrath on that sin, and of our total inability to save ourselves. Try telling someone in the Metaphysical movement (Religious Science, Unity, "A Course in Miracles," etc.) about the wages of sin, though, and they will look at you as though you are an anachronism -- a throwback to a less-enlightened age. The ideas of an enslaving sinful nature, of being alienated from God, and of God's wrath are, to them, extremely offensive. 

(283) My brother's succession plan for Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa (Video)by Paul Smith, 10/20/14 
As Pastor Chuck Smith's brother I wanted to share with you some of the events that occurred and I personally witnessed. Thank you for all the prayers and encouragement. 

(284) Rowan Williams: How Buddhism Helps Me Pray [Excerpts] at The Berean Call, 10/27/14 
The former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Williams has disclosed that he spends up to 40 minutes a day squatting and repeating an Eastern Orthodox prayer while performing breathing exercises as part of a routine influenced by Buddhism.

(286) Mark Driscoll Kicked Out Of His Own Organization by Sandy Simpson, 8/18/14 
Driscoll was kicked out of the Acts 29 Network church planting group, his own organization, for his �ungodly behavior�.  �Seattle megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll has been removed from a church-planting network of more than 500 churches he helped found after a pattern of �ungodly and disqualifying behavior.� (Religion News Service, by Sarah Pulliam Balley, Huffington Post, 8/9/14)  His behavior is not the only problem with this guy.  Check out his false teachings and behavior over the years.

(287) Seattle megachurch dissolves after founder Mark Driscoll resigns at Understand The Times, 11/3/14 
Two weeks after lead Mars Hill Church pastor Mark Driscoll resigned amid questions about his leadership, the Seattle megachurch he founded announced Friday it was dissolving its network of branches across four states. The church said on its website that the best future for its branches would be for them to becoming "autonomous self-governed entities." "This means that each of our locations has an opportunity to become a new church, rooted in the best of what Mars Hill has been in the past, and independently led and run by its own local elder teams," Pastor Dave Bruskas wrote on the church's website. The existing Mars Hill Church organization will be dissolved. The megachurch's controversial founder resigned as elder and lead pastor on Oct. 14, following an investigation into formal charges brought against him.

(288) Calvary Chapel Alert For Pastors and Church Leaders - Documenting the Progression of Compromise and Ecumenical Relations by Chris Lawson, 11/5/14 
The previous introductory statement that was posted here was rewritten for publication as an article. There are numerous sources online now that are reporting on the imbalanced Calvary Chapel leadership issues as well as the growing ecumenical compromises. Many Calvary Chapel pastors as well as the Calvary Chapel Association Leadership Council (formerly CCOF Ministry, Inc.) are aware of many of the growing problems, but little is being done to publicly expose and correct them.

(289) Christians Losing Everything to Islam? at the Berean Call, 11/27/14 
�Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ � ( Philippians 3:8). When Paul wrote the above in his letter to the Christians of Philippi, he and the early church were being persecuted (Paul was eventually executed in Rome).  While today�s Western Christians still quote his words in the context of their daily struggles, an increasing number of Christians around the world, especially the Muslim world, are still literally losing absolutely everything for their faith.  (ACT Note: Be preparded, for the story of this Christian will become all too common when Islam takes over the world.) 

(299) Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa's Chapel Store Compromised Again - Wanderlust Productions' HOLY GHOST film documentary pulled two days after it makes it onto the Chapel Store 'New Arrivals' shelf by Chris Lawson, November 5, 2014 
Praise the Lord!  Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa's Chapel Store did the right thing - they pulled the Wanderlust Productions HOLY GHOST film documentary from the bookstore shelf, and they are no longer selling it. How do I know? I just got off the telephone (Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 11:51AM) with a Chapel Store employee. The Chapel Store employee kindly informed me that the movie was recently removed, two days after it was put on the shelf. Apparently the church overseers dealt with this one quickly, which is good! I appreciate the fact that the Chapel Store employee talked to me about this, and I am happy to see that a couple people have proactively dealt with this issue at Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa. Although the movie was pulled from the bookstore shelf, one wonders how and why it got there in the first place. Perhaps it was just a simple oversight. Or, perhaps it was just another blatant compromise. This not the first occurrence of this sort of thing happening at the Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa Chapel Store. Related articles can be found on the Internet, other documentation can be found at the bottom of this article, and I wrote about this sort of compromise in numerous Calvary Chapel's back in May of 2014. See my article here, Calvary Chapel Bookstores - Beyond Accountability?

(300) Self: Mankind's Number One Problem by T.A. McMahon, 3/4/15 
Views about �self� today are confusing at least. The world has a number of them. All teach the importance of one�s having a positive regard for one�s self. The Bible, on the other hand, has nothing good to say about self. Nevertheless, the church, particularly in the last one hundred years, has increasingly reflected what the world preaches rather than what the Scriptures teach. As Dave Hunt reminds us, �Although we cannot define self any more than we can define soul or being or beauty, we can clearly see where self was first manifested, how it happened, and the eternal result. We can also see that self not only defines one person as distinct from all others, but it also defines man as distinct from God. What the Bible seems to mean by self is man cut off from God, acting and possessing independently� (Hunt, Beyond Seduction [Eugene, Oregon: Harvest House Publishers] 153).

(301) Spiritual Warfare Part 6 - The Misguided Aims of the Counterfeit "Church"by Berit Kjos - January, 2012 
Almost two millennia ago, Jesus called His Church to follow Him, treasure His Word and spread His gospel. Countless thousands did. By faith, they faced torture and persecution, hatred and death. Yet they rejoiced, for they knew they were sharing the life and suffering of Jesus!  His eternal Kingdom was far more precious to them than any earthly treasure.

(302) Ex-Mars Hill pastor Mark Driscoll returns to evangelical orbit by Joel Connelly, 3/14/15 
Controversial ex-Mars Hill Church senior pastor Mark Driscoll will resurface at Hillsong 2015, two summer conferences in Sydney, Australia and London sponsored by an Australian-based, multi-city mega church. Joined by his wife, Grace, Driscoll will not be in the pulpit but in the interview chair before an audience expected to number in the thousands. Brian Houston, Hillsong Church senior pastor, delivered a statement Thursday night to Warren Throckmorton, a Pennsylvania college professor who followed Mars Hill�s 2014 meltdown for the Patheos website.  Said Houston: �Well in advance of his resignation as senior pastor at Seattle-based Mars Hill Church, we invited Mark Driscoll to be one of our speakers this summer. �Rather than having Mark preach or teach, I am excited about interviewing Mark and Grace from our main platform during our Hillsong Conference 2015.

(303) Beyond Seduction - Does a Positive Self-Image Make You a Better Person? by Dave Hunt & T.A. McMahon, 3/21/15 
Our topic for discussion in this segment of our program is, and has been for the last few weeks, what the Bible has to say about self in contrast to teachings about self promoted in the world, and, to a large degree, in professing Christianity. Self is the solution to all humanity�s problems according to the so-called wisdom of psychology. It is the key to fulfilling human potential - that without a good self-image or loving one�s self adequately, humans will never improve their status or situation in life. On the other hand, the Bible says that self is mankind�s problem, and gives a prophetic warning about it in 2 Timothy:3:1This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.,2: �This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves�.� That says it pretty clearly, doesn�t it, Dave? I think anybody could look around and see that�s where we are today. Dave: On the other hand, Tom, a person could say, �Well, haven�t human beings always been narcissistic lovers of self?� So, yes, that is true, but today it�s gone beyond that. It�s no longer looked upon as wrong, but it�s a virtue. 

(304) Letter to the Editor: David Jeremiah Brings Roma Downey and Mark Burnett to Shadow Mountain Community Church at Lighthouse Trails, 3/24/15 
A Lighthouse Trails reader who is on David Jeremiah�s mailing list received the following e-mail notice from David Jeremiah. The appearance took place earlier this month. Please read our new Booklet Tract/article by Gregory Reid, �Confused by an Angel: The Dilemma of Roma Downey�s New Age Beliefs.�

(305) Number of Americans Who Say They Have No Religion Hits Record High, Survey Findsat Understand The Times, 3/26/15 
New data analysis on the 2014 General Social Survey conducted by NORC and the University of Chicago has found that although Americans are abandoning specific religions at record high numbers, the rate of those who said they believe in God has remained steady. The Associated Press identified it as one of the major findings of the survey, which asked a number of wide-ranging questions of the American public. The data found that back in 1972, only 5 percent of respondents said that they have no religion, but by 2014, 21 percent said the same, which is a record high. 

(306) 1 in 4 Americans Don't Believe in God; Lack of Trust in Local Churches Cited as a Reason Why Adults Are Leaving the Faith at Understand The Times, 3/28/15 
Barna Group has released its 2015 study on the state of atheism in America, and has revealed that one in four unchurched adults in the country now identify as atheists or agnostics. The study also found that rejection of the Bible and lack of trust in the church are two main reasons why people are turning away from faith. The study was focused on those who have not attended church within the past six months, and found that the majority of such people identify as non-practicing Christians. One in four, or 25 percent, however, were classed as skeptics, which Barna defines as people who "either do not believe God exists (atheists) or are not sure God exists, but are open to the possibility (agnostics)." Of that number, nearly one-third said that they have never attended a Christian church service in their lives. Barna found that the three main reasons people decide not to believe in God stem from rejection of the Bible; lack of trust in the local church; and the "cultural reinforcement of a secular worldview."

(308) Most Americans now say Jesus actually a sinner at Understand The Times, 4/8/15 
Despite more than nine out of 10 Americans agreeing Jesus was a historical figure, what they believe about Him diverges widely, according to a newly released survey from the Barna Research Group, a nonprofit organization that has been analyzing cultural trends related to religious belief since 1984.

(309) Report: Christianity Most Persecuted Faith Worldwide at Crossroad, 4/10/15 
Christians continue to be the most persecuted faith, though the gap has dropped over time. In 2007 Christians were penalized or harassed in various ways in 107 countries. That peaked at 111 in 2010, dropped and then rose again to 110 in 2012, and dropped to 102 in 2013. Muslims were mistreated in the second most number of countries. They were at 96 in 2007, peaked at 109 in 2012, and dropped to 99 in 2013. Jews suffered in 51 nations in 2007 and have steadily increased, with a large jump from 71 in 2012 to 77 in 2013. Persecution of others stood at 38 in 2013; Buddhists were at 12 and Hindus at 9. The second group facing persecution in more countries in 2013 than 2012 was folk religions, rising from 26 to 34. What makes Jewish persecution numbers so striking and frightening is that Jews make up just .2 percent of the world�s population.

(310) "Positive Psychology" and the Army at The Berean Call, 4/23/15 
Army morale low despite 6-year, $287M optimism program [Excerpts] More than half of some 770,000 soldiers are pessimistic about their future in the military and nearly as many are unhappy in their jobs, despite a six-year, $287 million campaign to make troops more optimistic and resilient, findings obtained by USA TODAY show.  [TBC: Dave Hunt noted in the November 1992 newsletter, " Psychology seeks to 'understand' how and why we think and act as we do. Such an approach would help repair an engine but not a person. We are not programmed robots.....Self had its awful birth when Adam and Eve willfully acted independently of God. That self, said Christ, must be denied (Mat:16:24-26) It is not that man must cease to exist as an individual with emotions, intellect and will. No, he willingly allows God to fulfill through him the purpose for his existence. Jesus, the perfect Man, said, 'I can of mine own self do nothing...I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me' ( Jn:5:30I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.). Only through denying self can we enter into this relationship with the Father which Christ enjoyed and begin to experience the life He has for us. May this be our passion and joy. "] 

(311) Philip Powell of Christian Wintness Ministries has gone to be with the Lord by CWM, 4/26/15 
It is with blessed Hope I write this morning, to let you know that your friend and fellow pastor, Philip Lewis Powell has escaped his tent and has met with His Saviour over on the other Shore. At 3:42am Brisbane Australia, this Lord's Day, Sunday the 26th of April 2015, the call was given and Philip answered.

(312) Unrepentant Mark Driscoll back on speaking circuit - forgives those who 'attacked' him by Warren Throckmorton, 5/6/15 
UPDATE: For video of the end of Driscoll�s talk, scroll to the bottom. Here is an account from someone who was in attendance. So far, from the accounts I have seen, it appears that Driscoll focused on how he has forgiven those who he believes wronged him.

(313) Why Impostors Love the Church by Russell Moore, 5/8/15 
Recently I read a book that kept me awake a couple of nights. It was about �Clark Rockefeller,� and the scare quotes are important. The man was neither �Clark� nor �Rockefeller.� He was a German immigrant who crafted an identity as an heir of one of America�s wealthiest dynasties. He married, fathered a child, and was involved in fraud, theft, and maybe even murder. And no one ever knew, until the very end. What made me squirm was that fact that the fake Rockefeller�s inroad to all his deception were churches and relationships, particularly with women. He would make the connections he needed in local congregations, and he would charm the women there. At the same time, he would parasitically imitate the men, watching and mirroring back to them their convictions and opinions, even the inflections of their voices. But, behind all of that, there was nothing real but a predatory appetite.

(314) Biblical versus Cultural Christianity by Berit Kjos, 5/10/15 
This chart is an attempt to answer those who judge Christians by the atrocities committed in the name of "Christianity" through the ages -- including our own times. Those wars, persecutions, and cruelties had little to do with Biblical Christianity. They had everything to do with man's greedy, power-hungry human nature which seeks its own ways rather than God's. The ungodly expressions of our human nature may change from culture to culture, but the result is usually the same: the people imagine a god that fits their new cultural wants and values, and they learn to see this distortion of Christianity as the true church. Biblical Christianity means being joined to Jesus Christ through faith in what He did for us at the cross, then allowing Him to live His life through us, so that others might know Him and see His love. (That love may include sharing His warnings as well as His promises with those in need.) The established Church, like Old Testament Israel, has always tended to drift away from its devotion to God and become just other institutions, subject to the same human impulses and painful consequences as the rest of the world. Please don�t blame human evils on a "straw-man" or a convenient cultural distortion of Christianity. Consider some of the differences between Biblical faith and today's cultural deviations.

(315) The Gospel Of Self by Roger Oakland, 5/11/15 
A brief examination of the books available in the psychology section of any local book store will confirm the fact that "self-empowerment" is being promoted as a key to the future survival of mankind. There are countless books published centering on the "self." Books on "self-awareness," "self-determination," "self-care," "self-acceptance," and of course, "self-esteem". Without a doubt we have become the "self-generation". As well, there are also numerous "human potential" workshops, seminars and weekend retreats offering individuals a personal pathway to unfoldment, peace, power and prosperity: "You can be greater than you think," or "visualize your dreams into reality," or you can "name it and claim it." Also, therapies and techniques are being popularized that will help you discover how to create personal power and positive direction for your life. In general, the gospel of "self" proclaims: "You deserve it. Don't worry about what others think. If it feels good, it�s OK."

(316) WorldNetDaily Identifies Agenda by Evangelical Leaders to Marginalize Discerning Whistleblowers by Jim Fletcher, 5/11/15 
"The Internets� have given everyone a voice today. Obviously, that�s both good and bad. Computer technology has really leveled the playing field, so the classic �writer living in his parents� basement� can have a platform, mostly, like a high-profile New York writer. . . . One gets the feeling, though, that some of the high-profile folks resent the heck out of all this. Case in point would be many of what I�d call evangelical elites in America. These are the famous celebrity pastors, ministry heads and media types who have placed the mantle of leadership on themselves (for the most part). What they detest is anyone questioning them or their methods. . . . It�s well documented that Rick Warren has a burr under his saddleback over those pesky �discernment folks� who regularly point out the easily-documented flaws in his �purpose-driven� agenda. �Pastor Rick�s� association with New Age thinkers is part of the public record (although, let�s be honest, the majority of evangelicals in the pews will never care about any of this, only that they can participate in a PDL �bible study,� eat finger foods and go home feeling good about themselves). When a researcher/writer like Warren B. Smith exposes Rick Warren�s troubling network, the (still Southern Baptist) pastor sometimes lashes out. Who can forget his almost comical split response a few years ago on Twitter, when one day he offered that one should be gracious when dealing with those who disagree with one�s viewpoint. A few days later, he urged his many followers on Twitter to �un-follow negative twits.� It would be funny if it weren�t so grotesque.

(317) Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa Pastor, Brian Brodersen, Says Sometimes It�s OK to Attend a Homosexual Wedding at Lighthouse Trails, 5/31/15 
On Friday, a long-time Lighthouse Trails reader contacted our office regarding the following situation. The person who called had attended Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa for several years but has not been attending for some time. According to an article titled �Can I Attend My LGBT Friend�s Wedding?� written by Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa�s senior pastor Brian Brodersen, it is sometimes OK to attend a LTGB (Lesbian, Transgender, Gay, Bisexual) wedding. He says it�s not OK to attend the wedding if the two people getting �married� proclaim to be believers in Christ, but if they don�t claim to be believers then it may be OK.

(318) Christian Booksellers� Implosion by Jim Fletcher, 6/6/15 
What was once a fine idea � the first five minutes someone had it 60 years ago � has become one of those classic scenes you want to look away from, but can�t. I�m speaking of the slow destruction of the American Christian book industry. From scandalous books offered in Christian bookstores, to the recent bankruptcy of Family Christian Stores, the whole affair reeks of mismanagement and greed.

(319) From the Synagogue To the Saviour by Doctor Max L. Rossvally (1828-1892) 
Having been frequently asked whether all the details of this story are strictly true, I take this opportunity of stating that every incident occurred exactly as related.� MLR

(320) Government Crusade Against Churches Begins With Removal Of Non-Profit Status by Ben Shapiro, 7/7/15 
In the aftermath of the Supreme Court decision mandating that states reward same-sex marriages throughout the nation, churches across the country prepare for the inevitable assault on their tax-exempt statuses.

(321) Making God�s People Trust in a Lie� by Pastor Bill Randles, 7/24/15 
It is happening all over again. In the church, as in the last days of Judah, immediately preceding the devastation of the Babylonian captivity and the destruction of the temple, Christians are  being  inoculated  to conviction and preparedness by the soothing Words of false prophets like Hananiah. 

(322) The Road to Serfdom: Chapter 11: The End of Truth by F. A. Hayek (First published in 1944) 
"The most effective way of making everybody serve the single system of ends toward which the social plan is directed is to make everybody believe in those ends. To make a totalitarian system function efficiently, it is not enough that everybody should be forced to work for the same ends. It is essential that the people should come to regard them as their own ends."[p.171]

(323) The Persecution Of Christians Is Intensifying As Anti-Christian Hatred Sweeps The Entire World at Understand The Times, 8/5/15 
There is very little that the entire world seems to agree upon, but there is one very frightening trend that is now taking hold literally all over the globe. A passionate hatred of Christianity is sweeping across the planet, and very few global leaders have been willing to step forward and speak out against this rising persecution of Christians. In many parts of the Middle East, Africa and Asia, believers are being relentlessly attacked by extremists, churches are being destroyed, and laws are being passed to try to prevent the spread of the Christian faith. In some areas, the violence has become so extreme that Christians knowingly risk their own lives just to go to church services each week. Would you risk your life to go to church? In North America and Europe, the persecution is often more subtle. Even though violent attacks are still fairly rare, Christian beliefs are being undermined by new laws, comedians and television shows regularly mock the Christian faith, and many employers will immediately mentally disqualify a potential candidate for a job if they discover that an individual is a Bible-believing Christian. Sadly, this is just the beginning. In the years ahead, those that choose to be followers of Jesus Christ will face even greater persecution than we have seen already.

(324) Humans Pretending To Be God by Roger Oakland, 8/14/15 
Scientists worldwide are creating bizarre human-animal hybrids that could wreak havoc on society. In the past ten years alone, unforgettable advances in the field of genetic modifications have left researchers and on-lookers stunned. To give a concrete example, scientists have made mice with an artificial human chromosome �in every cell of their bodies�. Such an act is being praised as a �breakthrough� which may lead to different cures for a wide scope of disease. . . University of Wisconsin researchers have had much success by transferring cells from human embryos into the brains of mice. These very cells began to grow, and in time made the mice more intelligent. While this may sound bizarre to some, the fact mankind is tinkering with life comes as no surprise to those who have read the Bible. The Bible states that God is the creator of all life. In the beginning, all life was created perfect (Genesis 1:26). The Bible also clarifies that God has an adversary�Satan�who hates God and His creation. Satan�s goal from the beginning has been to destroy or contaminate the original creation.

(325) Former Southern Baptist Church to Allow Gay and Transgender Ordination, Same-Sex Marriage by The Gospel Herald, 8/16/15 
A historic, former Southern Baptist Church has adopted a new non-discrimination policy which will allow it to perform same-sex weddings and employ openly gay and transgender individuals without telling them their lifestyles violate Biblical mandates.

(326) Archaeologists Uncover Ancient City of Gath, Home to Goliath the Giant at The Berean Call, 8/17/15 
Archaeologists in a Palestinian city in Israel have uncovered the ruins of a city that was once home to Goliath the giant. The archaeologists have unearthed a huge gate and a fortified wall in the modern-day city of Tell es-Safi. They believe the gate and wall to be part of "the lower city of Gath,� a Philistine metropolis of the ancient world, according to Christian Today.

(327) The "I AM" Movement by Mike Oppenheimer, 8/24/15 
The �I AM� society was founded by Guy W. Ballard (1878-1939) and his wife, Edna W. Ballard (1886-1971). After his serving in the army during World War I, he superintended his uncle's lead mine in Tucson, Arizona. His wife Edna was an accomplished concert harpist, and like her husband also had an interest in metaphysics and the occult. After three years of marriage in 1916 their son Donald was born. Guy Ballard was an ardent reader of theosophical/occult literature, had heard the reports of strange occult events that had occurred at Mt. Shasta. Guy Ballard was a mining engineer in 1929. Upon completion of a job in the West had decided to visit Mt. Shasta, California. Occultists believed the mountain is the home of a lost race of mystic adepts from Atlantis who live inside. Ballard was a student of occult metaphysics and was captivated with the stories about Shasta. He decided to visit the mountain to investigate the rumor that a group of Divine Men called the Brotherhood of Mt. Shasta were to be found there. This became the turning point in the Ballard�s lives.  Read The "I AM" Movement - Part 1 The Occult ascended masters teaching to Guy Ballard & The �I AM� Movement - Part 2 history and teaching. 

(328) Can I Attend My LGBT Friend�s Wedding? with commentary by Jacob Prasch, 8/27/15 
Please read for yourself. Brian Broderson�s position on Same Sex Weddings. Need anyone say more? How convoluted, pseudo-scriptural, and compromised can someone�s twisted reasoning become; much less that of a supposed leader? Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa is spiritually, doctrinally, and morally dead. Somebody get a shovel and bury the corpse . Invite Rick Warren to deliver the graveside eulogy. Just bury it next to Chuck�s corpse. It died with him. Jacob Prasch.

(329) Do�s and Don�ts of Witnessing to Cults by Chris Lawson, 8/28/15 
Practical tips on sharing with the cultist at your door. Various topics covered or mentioned: �Sanctify the Lord God in your heart. �Humility, compassion, love and truth versus arrogance, pride and strife. �Which �Jesus� are you proclaiming - the biblical Jesus or a counterfeit Jesus/false Christ? �Understanding Christian apologetics and defending the Christian faith. �What is a cult and how do we define cultism? �Confronting bad theology versus attacking people and their character. �Defending the truth, speaking truth, and giving biblical answers. �Communicating who Jesus Christ really is. �Studying to �show yourself approved.� �What exactly is �another Jesus�? �Weapons of righteousness, Christian character, and individual giftedness in the Lord. �The Christian warfare - understanding the enemy and our victory in Christ. �The cultists "experience" and emotions versus true biblical signs and wonders. �Cultists have been trained and/or inoculated against the historic Christian faith. �Biblical terminology in contradistinction to destructive cultic redefinitions. �Sample definition (�atonement�) and sample heresy (�baptismal regeneration�). �Important things to remember when speaking with people. �Practical �do�s� and �don�ts� when sharing with cultists. Scriptures: 1 Peter 3:15; John 14:6-7; John 3:16; 2 2 Timothy 2:15; Corinthians 11:3-4; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Galatians 5:22; Revelation 20:2; Jude 3,17,20-23; Isaiah 59:1; Mark 4:1-20; Isaiah 55:10-11; Colossians 4:5; 1 Corinthians 9:3; Philippians 1:7; 2 Timothy 4:16; Zechariah 4:6. 

(330) Not with a bang, but a whimper�The Islamic Refugee Trojan Horse by Bill Randles, 9/11/15 
This is the way the world ends, This is the way the world ends, This is the way the world ends, Not with a bang but a whimper. TS Eliot, The Hollow Men To any thinking person, the spectacle of hundreds of thousands of �refugees� from Africa, and the horrors of the Syrian civil war, spilling out onto the shores of Italy, and forcing themselves over the barriers erected in Hungary is both heartbreaking and ominous. Who wouldn�t be moved at the plight of frightened women and children packed into rust ships, desperate to get away from the wanton slaughter occurring in their Syrian homeland? The apocalyptic warfare taking place in Syria spares neither the elderly, the weak, women nor children. Mind numbing atrocities are being committed on both �sides�of the conflict. (Ishmael cannot find peace, He even fights His brothers). Photos of precious children washed up on the shores, having drowned en-route to European shores tear at the western heart, which had once been softened by centuries of Christian teaching. But a closer examination reveals troubling details. Eyewitnesses report that the vast majority of those seeking asylum are single males of military age.  These �poor souls� are already rioting, and demanding their own food, upon arrival at their generous host countries . Whoever heard of a houseguest demanding his own food be served him at the expense of the host?

(331) Liberty University Welcomes Socialist Bernie Sanders to Address Student Body: �We Have Same Goals� by Heather Clark, Christian News Network, 9/16/15 
Liberty University is listed among the colleges in the Lighthouse Trails contemplative colleges list. It is said to be the largest Christian college in the world. As Lighthouse Trails has contended for many years, when a school starts going down the contemplative path, views on morality, politics, and spiritual matters begin to change, eventually drastically. 

(332) 'Mindfulness' meditation fad popular with celebrities can make you dream up false memories at The Berean Call, 9/21/15 
TBC: From the April 2006 newsletter: Psychotherapy is an exercise in futility unless innate goodness resides within man at his very core. Here�s why: if man has an evil nature, as the Bible teaches, then it�s impossible for him to change himself. In other words, if I�m innately evil, I will always be evil because there is nothing within me to enable me to change . But if I�m good within but am experiencing problems of living, then through various psychological methods or techniques, I should be able to tap into, utilize, or realize that goodness and thus remedy the adversities I experience. All the psychotherapeutic selfisms, from self-love to self-esteem to self-image to self-actualization to self-realization�and ultimately to self-deification�are predicated upon the innate goodness of one�s nature.]

(333) The Hebrew Prophets named in the Qur'an by Mike Oppenheimer, 10/6/15 
Most Muslims have not read the Bible carefully so they do not know what it actually says about God, Mankind, or the prophets. They know what their religion tells them, which is more often contradictory to the Bible.

(334) Obama: Christians Threaten Nation by Bryan Fischer, AFA, 10/18/15 
If you have ever wondered whether President Obama has an abiding hostility to people of Christian faith, wonder no more. He believes we are a threat to national security. If you are a sincerely devoted follower of Jesus Christ, your president believes you are a potential domestic terrorist. 

(335) Calvary Chapel Pastor Greg Laurie Posts Photo Standing with New Age Advocate Roma Downey by Lighthouse Trails, 10/29/15 
A Lighthouse Trails reader sent this photo (see below) to us today. It is a picture of Calvary Chapel pastor Greg Laurie, standing with Roma Downey and Mark Burnett and was posted on Greg Laurie�s Facebook page along with this caption by Downey: "So nice spending time with friends. Mark and I had a lovely lunch today with Greg and Cathe Laurie #harvestoc" Such a photo only heightens concerns as to the direction Greg Laurie (one of Calvary Chapel�s most popular pastors)  is taking the church.

(336) Oprah�s Latest Attempt to Introduce New Age Spirituality to Evangelical Church at Lighthouse Trails, 10/30/15 
In light of your coverage regarding the Parliament of the World�s Religions, which took place Oct.15-19 in Salt Lake City, UT, it has been brought to my attention that Oprah�s �Belief� (her 7-episode television series) was shown some time during the conference, according to a post-conference e-mail from Imam Abdul Majik Mujahid, Board Chair of the Parliament of the World Religions. Oprah�s �Belief� television series (7 episodes) premiered Oct.18 on OWN Network and is Oprah�s latest attempt to introduce New Age Spirituality and interfaith spirituality to the evangelical church.

(337) United Methodist and Episcopalian Church Clergy Lead Prayer Rally to �Bless� Abortion Clinic at The Berean Call, 11/3/15 
In Ohio, United Methodist Church pastor, Reverend Laura Young, says she believes pro-life protesters in front of Planned Parenthood and other abortion facilities have �misguided faith.� In fact, she thinks these clinics should be blessed, which is why she went out to an abortion facility called Preterm on October 8th in Cleveland. In 2014, Preterm was involved in the abortion-related death of Lakisha Wilson. Young explained her acceptance of abortion like this: �Christianity, like most faiths, is founded on love. Watching protesters shouting judgment and hate based on what they call religion is horrible. Is that loving God? Is that loving your neighbor as yourself?�

(338) Godlessness is Reaching Epidemic Proportions by Howard Green, 11/23/15 
Imagine the world with no rules, accountability, or consequences for evil actions? This image is one where people take a life with no remorse. It is a place where life savings are greedily stolen, women and children are abandoned, and even basic respect that was afforded to a mother and father is absent. This place of our worst imaginings is one fraught with lawless, heartless, and treacherous people who are concerned with no one but themselves. That would be a world where the concept of love is foreign, while brutality, slander, and darkness become the norm. This is not a description of total societal, economic, or geopolitical breakdown sometime in the distant future. It is an accurate analysis of condition of our world at this moment. This is how a majority of people are living life. These are the direct results of one fact: Godlessness is reaching epidemic proportions.

(339) Praising God Through it All by Warren B. Smith, 11/26/15 
Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations. (Psalm 100:1-5)

(340) A Difficult Response to Paul Wilkinson by Jacob Prasch, 11/27/15 
It has been a painful ordeal for Moriel and for myself (Jacob Prasch) personally to have, without warning, been publicly slandered and defamed on YouTube and elsewhere on the Internet by Paul Wilkinson as "not loving Jesus Christ", as "teaching heresy", and even as having gone into some brand of replacement theology simply because I and others do not agree with his particular view of the timing of the rapture. 

(341) The Fall and Rise of Human Violence: Why crime plunged in the 17th century but is rising again in the 21st by Berit Kjos - Updated December 17, 2012 
As history repeats itself, the civilized world is regressing. Paganism, promiscuity, deception and violent crime are on the rise, while the growing hatred for Biblical Christianity is fanned by a global media and entertainment industry that wants nothing more than the death of Biblical Truth and morality. 

(342) Archaeologists uncover King Hezekiah seal by Biblical Archeology, 12/6/15 
Archaeologists discovered the impression of a seal that bears the name of King Hezekiah and was found during recent excavations by Jerusalem.

(343) Syrian Refugees: Is There A Biblical Response? by Albert James Dager, 12/17/15 
God has blinded the eyes and dulled the minds of the leaders in the West.  Even those who wish to resist the possibility of violent jihadists coming into the U.S. by imbedding themselves among the refugees are blind. While proclaiming that most Muslims are peaceful, they are ignoring the fact that virtually all Muslims believe their destiny is to conquer the world. Violent jihad is merely one means; peaceful jihad through immigration and procreation is as much, or more, a threat to our culture than violent jihad.
This invasion of the West is part of God�s judgment upon the nations that have had the advantage of the Gospel for the past millennium and beyond, yet have rejected God�s righteousness. But God�s will shall be done, regardless of who wins the next election. It may be just a matter of how soon He completes His judgment.

(344) Undertaker, Come Quickly: Neo Evan Christianis Has Died by Orell Steinkamp, 12/17/15 
The Neo (New) Evangelical Christian experiment has failed. It reminds me of the Titanic. This unsinkable ship left England amid cheers and high festivity. For many it represented the latest in human achievement. But, alas! It was not to be. On the high seas amid the turbulence of the seas and surrounding icebergs its underwater hull was ripped open and seawater was pouring in. But on board gala and gaity was in full swing. Only a few noticed a minor listing of the mighty ship. But the band played on even while the water compartments were taking on water from the sea. The Neo-Evangelical Gospel ship was also launched with great promise. This was to be the beginning of prominence for the American and International Evangelical movement. They openly wanted a recognition by the religious academia and to dialogue with culture. In no time Neo-Evangelicalism was birthed, led by Harold Ockenga, Carl Henry, Billy Graham and the Fuller Seminary personnel. In due time Christianity Today became its publishing oracle and Carl Henry its editor. The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) became its constituency and Fuller seminary its training ground.[2]

(345) Walking in His Footsteps: A Special Christmas Message by Author uknown 1881 
�My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand." John 10:27-28

(346)  Preparing for Persecution by Berit Kjos, 1/2/16 
Jesus described the normal Christian life: "If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you..." He told His disciples, "because they know not Him that sent me." John 15:20-21 We need to take His warning to heart, count the cost of discipleship, and pray that our Shepherd prepare us for inevitable battles ahead. Prayerfully consider these steps -- as a family or as an individual believer:

  • Pray for His guidance.
  • Learn from those who suffered persecution because of their faith. (See "victory") 
  • Memorize His Word, the victorious "Sword of the Spirit" in every battle we face. (See Clothed with Truth)
  • Memorize hymns and songs that enable you to keep praising Him and affirming His victory.
  • Silently practice singing to Him in the midst of all kinds of distractions.
  • Practice giving thanks in all circumstances.
  • By His wonderful grace, "love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you." Matthew 5:44-45
(347) The Five Pillars of Islam: A Christian�s Perspective by Gary F. Zeolla, 1/3/16 
The Five Pillars of Islam bring out many differences between the god of Islam and the God of the Bible and the means of approach thereto. The Five Pillars also bring out differences between Islamic and Christian attitudes toward religious practices.

(348) The Fall and Rise of Human Violence: Why crime plunged in the 17th century but is rising again in the 21st by Berit Kjos, 1/13/16 
As history repeats itself, the civilized world is regressing. Paganism, promiscuity, deception and violent crime are on the rise, while the growing hatred for Biblical Christianity is fanned by a global media and entertainment industry that wants nothing more than the death of Biblical Truth and morality. 

(349) Secret Societies Exposed: Inside the Hidden World of  Secret Societies at Spiritual Research Network, 1/19/16 
The following quotes and content on this webpage come directly from Evangelical Truth, a ministry committed to exposing the lies and deception of secret societies, regardless of the consequences: "This site provides an unprecedented insight into the mystical domain of secret societies throughout the world. It looks at their hidden secret society degrees, rituals, secrets and esoteric teaching. It examines, in detail, Freemasonry, which is widely accepted as the mother of most of our modern-day secret society organizations. The site looks at the many so-called Protestant secret societies, which have been birthed by Freemasonry, like the Orange Order, the Independent Loyal Orange Institution and the Royal Black Institution and compares, contrasts and examines the similarities between these neo-Masonic structures and their ritualistic degrees. For anyone interested in the various Secret societies of the world this site will be a valuable resource. It essentially exposes the secret societies inside secrets. This site creates a unique facility for those both on the inside and outside of the many secret societies of the world who desire to examine otherwise hard-to-obtain internal material relating to the many esoteric secret societies throughout the world. This informative in-depth resource centre discloses startling evidence about the origins, structures, secrets, degrees and rituals of bodies which have hitherto been concealed from the public gaze. This website will endeavour to examine in an open objective manner the internal workings of these secret societies, and establish their status in relation to the Christian faith and the teaching of the Bible (a book these secret societies so frequently employ)."

(350) Discernment as Free Speech: A Brief Study by Sarah Leslie, 1/28/16 
Peggy Noonan wrote in her weekly Wall Street Journal column this past December 4th her concerns that "The censorship movement is radical. It is starting to make everyone in the country feel harassed and anxious. It is odd to see candidates miss a rising issue that is giving pause to so many Americans. I pray someone will address it. Literally, I just did. This Herescope post is an answer to her prayers. It may be an unexpected answer and a politically incorrect answer, but nevertheless it is a response. It represents an exercise in the right of free speech and freedom of religion. 

(351) Once in Cult, Student Sees Importance of Knowing Theology at The Berean Call, 2/4/16 
Is it important for a Christian to study biblical doctrine or should all Christians merely love Jesus and leave theology to trained theologians? Ask David Bell, who may be Exhibit A in the case for the doctrinal training of all Christians....less than a decade ago he was a pastor in the Church of God International, which branched off from the Worldwide Church of God in 1978.

(352) Israel: Archaeologists Uncover Inscriptions in Jesus� Language at The Berean Call, 2/8/16 
Archaeologists in Israel have uncovered ancient epitaphs in both Greek and Aramaic that date back to the first century. [It was reported] that the inscriptions were found in a cemetery that is located in the ancient Galilean capital city of Zippori. "Zippori was the first capital of Galilee from the time of the Hasmonean dynasty until the establishment of Tiberias in the first century CE. The city continued to be central and important later on," researchers explained in a press release announcing the discovery. Four words which are part of the inscriptions were thus far able to be decoded. One word, in Greek, means �Jose,� a common Jewish name during the period, the three other words are Aramaic for �the Tiberian,� �forever,� and �rabbi.� Motti Aviam of the Kinneret Institute for Galilean Archaeology stated that �the Tiberian� could refer to the hometown of the deceased, Tiberias. The word �forever� denotes that the deceased�s burial place will always belong to him. Scholars are unsure precisely what the word �rabbi� meant at the time of its inscription. This discovery is important because it proves the existence of a Jewish community in the region from ancient times--something which the Palestinian Authority continually denies. �The Jewish life in the city was rich and diverse as indicated by the numerous ritual baths (miqwe'ot) discovered in the excavation; while at the same time the influence of Roman culture was also quite evident as reflected in the design of the town with its paved streets, colonnaded main roads, theater and bathhouses. The wealth of inscriptions from the cemeteries attests to the strong Jewish presence and the city's social elite in the late Roman period," researchers concluded. (Veronica Neffinger, �Israel: Archaeologists Uncover Inscriptions in Jesus� Language,� Christian , January 29, 2016)

(353) Chronology of Persecution: Plots to kill Jews & Christians & Rule an Islamic World by Crossroads, 2/9/16 
Since the beginning of time, ambitious change-agents have plotted together to fuel revolutions and transform their world. Minor or major conspiracies have usually played an important part in fueling radical social change. Dismissing such secret plots as mere "conspiracy theories" has served powerful leaders well -- at least for a while. But those who know God see a larger picture. While human nature doesn't change, our God still reigns! That's why the author of Psalm 2 wondered why power-hungry rulers would even try to plot against God and His sovereign ways: "Why do the nations rage, and the people plot [conspire] a vain thing? ... the rulers take counsel together... saying, 'Let us break Their bonds in pieces...'" Psalm 2:1-3 Like many leaders today, Hitler knew how to use every crisis as an opportunity to grab more power. So did his anti-Semitic Muslim partners during Word War 2: Mohammad Haj min al-Husseini, (the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem) and the rising Muslim Brotherhood. Both aimed to eradicate Israel and radicalize the Middle East and North Africa. Their followers have come a long way! Today, their grand target is America. As we are told in a Muslim Brotherhood document titled, 'An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America,' "The Ikhwan [Muslim Brotherhood] must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and �sabotaging� its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God�s religion is made victorious over all other religions.�'  (Soros-funded "expert" defends Muslim Brotherhood) For those who trust God, this should be a time of prayer and preparation for the challenging times ahead. As the West becomes increasingly hostile toward Christianity, it's fast forgetting the truths and moral standards that laid the foundation for Western freedom and order. Yet, we need not fear, for--"The Lord... will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And those who know Your name will put their trust in You." Psalm 9:9-10

(354) Upper or Supper Room excerpt from Illustrations for Church Service by Walter B. Knight, 3/3/16 
The early Church prayed in the upper room, the twentieth century Church cooks in the supper room.

(355) 70% of Americans are Christians? Seriously? by Marsha West, 8/28/15 
A recent report indicates that 70% of Americans are Christians. If this is true, what it says to this writer is that a whole host of people who profess faith in Jesus Christ neglect to read the instruction manual that reveals everything we need to know about the object of our faith. I'm referring to the Bible. Anyone who takes the time to read it knows what Jesus taught and how those who claim to believe in Him must live their lives. Clearly Christians are not reading the Book. So, isn't it a bit odd that people who say they believe Christ died for their sins aren't the least bit curious about who He is and what He taught while He was here? Jesus spent the better part of three years teaching his disciples all sorts of things such as what His mission was (John 1:14-18) and how they were to conduct themselves. The Lord gave commands, not suggestions. He never said: "It's not a good idea to murder someone...lie...cheat...steal...sleep around...commit adultery...practice homosexual sex...get drunk...use drugs...have a slew of idols, or anything like that." Nor did He say: "It would be nice if you'd consider forgiving those who do you wrong." He never tossed them the "Good job!" compliment when they exercised discernment. Neither was Jesus into high-fiving and "atta boys." Whenever these sorts of things came up in conversation, He said unequivocally, "Do not"..."You must!" Moreover, He was clear that in order to be saved people must repent of their sins and turn away from the sinful life. "If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us" (1 John 1:10).

(356) Muslims Slaughter Over 10,000 Christians and Destroy 13,000 Churches in Nigeria by Raymond Ibrahim, 3/29/16 
"Over 500 Christian villagers were slain in one night." � Emmanuel Ogebe, Nigerian human rights lawyer, March 2, 2016. What Christians in Nigeria are experiencing is a live snapshot of what millions of Christians and other non-Muslims have experienced since the seventh century, when Islam "migrated" to their borders: violence, persecution, enslavement, and the destruction of churches. The Obama Administration refuses to associate Boko Haram � an organization that defines itself in purely Islamic terms � with Islam, just as it refuses to associate the ISIS with Islam. In all cases, the Obama Administration looks the other way, while insisting that the jihad is a product of "inequality," "poverty" and "a lack of opportunity for jobs" � never of Islamic teaching. Boko Haram, the Nigerian Islamic extremist group, has killed more people in the name of jihad than the Islamic State (ISIS), according to the findings of a new report. Since 2000, when twelve Northern Nigerian states began implementing or more fully enforcing Islamic sharia law, "between 9,000 to 11,500 Christians" have been killed. This is "a conservative estimate."

(357) The Beckism of Mormonism by Mike Oppenheimer, 3/31/16 
Recently Glenn Beck in response to Breitbart addressed what he says is another Smear Campaign (Mar.25, 2016). Putting aside the politics and accusations flung from either side I wanted to address the Mormonism that Beck himself brought up and his continual denial of the facts of history of his own religion.

(358) Will A Gateway Be Opened When The Arch From The Temple Of Baal Is Reconstructed In Times Square? at Understand The Times, 3/31/16 
In April, part of the Temple of Baal that stood in Palmyra, Syria will be reconstructed in Times Square in New York City and in Trafalgar Square in London.  The specific portion that is being erected in both cases is the 48-foot-tall arch that stood at the entrance to the temple.  The Institute of Digital Archaeology is the organization behind this effort, and the display of these two arches is intended to be the highlight of UNESCO�s World Heritage Week late next month.  After seeing my initial story, one of my readers observed that an arch is really just a gateway or a portal.  In other words, it can serve as both an entrance and an exit.  So could it be possible that we will be unknowingly setting up a gate or a portal of some sort in Times Square?

(359) 10 Practical Things You Might Not Know About Lighthouse Trails Publishing & Research by Lighthouse Trails, 4/2/16 
Here are 10 things you might find useful about the practical aspects of Lighthouse Trails Publishing & Research Project.

(360) When God Calls a Man by Roger Oakland, 4/9/16 
When God places a vision in a man�s heart, events happen God�s way according to God�s will. When man plans things man�s way without God, events may unfold but they are the product of manipulation. I have learned this principal the hard way and it took me many years. Sometimes it takes a few hard knocks to get a person�s attention. When the truth finally sinks it is obvious that God can use anyone, anytime, anywhere.

(361) Victory! The Arch From The Temple Of Baal Planned For New York City Has Been CANCELED at Understand The Times, 4/14/16 
The Temple of Baal is NOT coming to Times Square in New York City next month.  This is great news, and it represents an incredible victory for Christians in the United States.  As you will see below, the New York Times, Snopes and a whole host of other mainstream news sources reported last month that everything was on track for reproductions of the giant 48-foot-tall arch that stood in front of the Temple of Baal in Palmyra, Syria to be put up simultaneously in Times Square in New York City and Trafalgar Square in London during the month of April.  But now that will not be happening.  The only arch that will be going up will be in Trafalgar Square, and it won�t be the one from the Temple of Baal.  Instead, the Institute for Digital Archaeology has changed plans and will be putting up a reproduction of the Arch of Triumph which the Romans originally built in Palmyra and that has nothing to do with Baal.  So why has there been such a dramatic change in plans?

(362) Do you know why Earth Day is April 22? by Kevin DeAnna, 4/22/16 
School children, businesses, clergy, politicians and even the United States military soon will honor the birthday of Vladimir Lenin, founder of the Soviet Union. Of course, they will call it Earth Day. Brian Sussman points out in his explosive new book, �Eco-Tyranny: How the Left�s Green Agenda will Dismantle America,� that the first nationwide Earth Day was held April 22, 1970, the 100th anniversary of the birth of the communist Bolshevik leader. 

(363) THE RISING STORM and A CLARION CALL for HUMILITY, TRUTH and REPENTANCE: Observations for Calvary Chapel Leaders to Consider (Video) by Chris Lawson, 4/23/16 
As a Christian missionary and as a former Calvary Chapel pastor for many years, I have been observing a growing trend of too many people remaining silent on far too many major ecumenical compromises. A host of other issues are also of concern.

(364) �I Never Knew You� - Jesus by Roger Oakland, 4/25/16 
There is a very sobering portion of the Bible that should be read by every person who believes they are a faithful follower of Jesus Christ. Following are the words Jesus proclaimed on Judgment Day to those who stood before Him. They had been deceived in the Name of Jesus.

(365) Atheist Activist Group Objects to Public School Visits to Ken Ham�s Creation Museum by Heather Clark, Christian News Network, 5/3/16 
MADISON, Wisc. � A professing atheist activist organization is expressing its objection to three public schools that either have already or plan to visit Ken Ham�s Creation Museum in Kentucky.
The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) recently sent letters to officials with Brookville High School in Dayton, Ohio, Jackson Independent School District in Kentucky, and the Big Beaver Falls School District in Pennsylvania to urge the cancellation of the trips to Petersburg. �It is unconstitutional for a public school to take students on a field trip to a religious venue such as the Creation Museum, a Christian museum which promotes the religious doctrine of creationism and lists is mission as �to point today�s culture back to the authority of Scripture and proclaim the gospel message,'� the letters read.

(366) Violence, War, Deception & Chaos by Crossroad, 5/10/16 
Like nature with its storms and seasons, the world around us keeps changing. In the midst of the spreading corruption, are we prepared to stand firm in Christ no matter what happens?

(367) Oswald Chambers: Personal Piety Combined With Flawed Theology by Bob DeWaay, 5/17/16 
We need to get back to the type of devotion described in Acts 2:42 and leave the mystical approach behind, once for all. We need to believe the promises of God all the while remembering His mighty acts in history described in the Bible. The gospel is expressed by objective truth grounded in history such as described in 1Corinthians 15:1-11. The Bible means what it says. The Holy Spirit inspired the writers of the Bible. The readers need to believe what they said and thus the Holy Spirit speaks.

(368) Study on Church History compiled by Sandy Simpson, 5/18/16 
I want to preface this study of church history by telling you how I am going to do it.  I am going to cover three areas.  First are the dates and brief descriptions of the genesis of world religions not related to Christianity.  Second are the dates and brief descriptions of the beginnings of movements that call themselves �Christian� but are really false Christianity because they teach against one or more of the core doctrines of the Church.  Lastly I will deal with the dates and descriptions of the True Church through history to show that God has always had a faithful remnant. 

(369) When challenges come, what�s Your �Christianity� all about? by Mike Oppenheimer, 6/17/16 
As believers in Jesus we are called to be ministers, to reconcile people to the Lord bY the Gospel. This can take time, patience, long suffering. It can be easy to forget what has initially happened to us when we first believed. The world can swallow us up in its ways to make us ineffective. On the other hand, we can be so zealous that pride can find a place and taint what we do and also make us ineffective. Not only are we to disciple others but we are to try and keep each other accountable.

(370) The School of Joyful Endurance by Berit Kjos, 6/19/16 
Our struggles differ, but God's school of endurance fits all our needs. And each time we pass its tests, our faith grows ever stronger and His light of Truth shines brighter on His pathway for our lives. 

(371) Moralistic, Mythical and Mysticism Religions at VCY America, Host: Jim Schneider Guest: Bodie Hodge of Answers in Genesis, 6/23/16 
Bodie Hodge is a speaker, author and researcher at Answers in Genesis and is a member of the editorial review board. He's been involved with many books and DVD's and is a regular speaker in the Creation Museum Speaker Series. This Crosstalk looks at Bodie's book, 'World Religions and Cults: Moralistic, Mythical and Mysticism Religions' Volume 2. As Bodie made clear, there's only 2 religions in the world�God's and not God's. All other religions take man's ideas to supersede God and his word. So did Bodie appear on Crosstalk to spew hate against other religions? After all, 'hate' is the word that seems to get thrown around these days if you even question any other religion. Bodie responded by saying he wanted to defend God and the authority of his word. In fact, he believes that when someone says not to attack other religions, that's an attack on Christianity. Why? It's because God tells us to demolish false arguments always keeping in mind that people are not the enemy. In the first volume, Bodie hit the counterfeits of Christianity; those belief systems that look, act or are very similar to Christianity. This would include groups like the Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormons. This new volume looks at Eastern mysticism religions like Hinduism and Taoism, where the adherents see everything as being an illusion; all is spiritual and there's nothing material. Discussion also included the New Age Movement, paganism, vitality cults, meditation and Yoga and Sikhism. An interesting element to the program included mention of the resurgence of Mythology. This included Germanic/Norse Mythology, Greek Mythology and Latin American Mythology (sometimes blended with Roman Catholicism). Bodie noted that for each one of these philosophies, their ultimate 'god' or creator is impersonal. God communicated to mankind because we're made in his image and he is a personal God. That's why we can read a revelation from God and understand it. Since the god of Eastern religions is impersonal, communication is impossible. This means that any of their supposed ultimate gods cannot reveal anything about that religion to mankind. So anything that any Eastern religion claims to know about their religion is purely arbitrary and is simply from the mind of man.

(372) A Final Wake Up Call at Understand The Times, 6/25/16 
We were musing in a conversation the other day about some of the issues associated with the difficulties of doctrinal divergence. Our discussion focused on a certain fellowship of churches.  Like countless others, we were greatly disturbed by the seemingly steady shift to the slippery slope of doctrinal relativism that seems to be plaguing many within this movement at the moment. 

(373) Homosexuality, The Most Pressing Issue of Our Times by Gary Gilley, Think On These Things, Volume 21, Issue 6, Nov/Dec 2015 
The LGBT agenda has made rapid progress in Western civilization in the last few decades. In just a few short years, homosexuality has gone from a disgraceful, sinful lifestyle which most made every effort to hide, to a psychological disorder that needed to be cured to a normal alternative lifestyle, flaunted in public and defiantly daring any to oppose it. When Bruce Jenner became Caitlyn and shortly thereafter won the Entertainment and Sports Programing (ESPN)�s Arthur Ashe Courage Award, it was noted by some that very little courage was needed at all. Seemingly, the majority within the sports world and the American public in general, rallied in support around Jenner. Those needing courage are the ones who, even in the most gracious of ways, oppose the LGBT lifestyle and/or disagree with same-sex marriage. The world has changed so rapidly that many of us are getting whiplash. The church has been put in a unique and difficult position by standing for the truth which has been thoroughly rejected by the majority. But in darkness light shines best. May the church not cave to the demands of the many but honor the Lord who has set them free from the bondage of darkness

(374) "GOD CALLS THIS "ICHABOD" California Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Word for Today Against Calvary Chapel, Costa Mesa & Brian Broderson by James Jacob Prasch, 7/3/16 
On the basis of 1 Corinthians 6:4-8  where it states "it is better to be defrauded" than to take brother to court and hang the church's soiled linen out in public, it is good this phony law suit by Brian Broderson & Co. was thrown out. It is doubly sad, however, that Calvary Chapel could not have held Brian Broderson and CCCM to account within its own ranks. Paul Smith and Chuck's family are plainly the victims. It is a very sad day when a corrupt civil court system has more moral and ethical integrity than what is supposed to be The Body of Christ. Had the senior Calvary pastors stood up and taken responsibility as God's Word commands (1 Cor. 6:5)  and not in so cowardly a fashion deferred to ecclesiastical politics with its play for money and power, it would not have come to public scandal like this.

(375) What if we are proven wrong on this issue? by Sandy Simpson, 7/5/16 
What issue am I talking about?  Most Bible scholars today teach that God does not create homosexuals, that there cannot be a correlation between genetics and homosexuality and that it is clearly only a choice of lifestyle. I have believed for many years that they are only partly correct.  Although it is true that God did not create certain people to be homosexuals and lesbians and that lifestyle is a choice, I also believe it will be found after more testing that there IS a genetic predisposition to homosexuality.  What if homosexuality is proven at a later time to have a foundation in the genetic makeup of a person? Does that make God responsible to creating homosexuality? 

(376) Answers in Genesis Noah�s Ark Replica Opens This Week in Kentucky by Stoyan Zaimov, Christian Post, 7/7/16 
The Ark Encounter, the life-sized Noah�s Ark theme-park attraction, held its official ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday in Grant County, Kentucky, ahead of its grand opening on Thursday, July 7th, gathering a crowd of 7,000 to witness the historic event. Ken Ham, president and CEO of Answers in Genesis and The Creation Museum, told The Christian Post: �In a world that is becoming increasingly secularized and biased, it�s time for Christians to do something of this size and this magnitude.� He told CP that the Ark stands as a reminder. �To remind the coming generations of the truth of God�s word. It�s our way of presenting the truth of God�s Word to the world,� Ham said. 

(377) Guideposts: Teaching Little Children to Blaspheme at Lighthouse Trails, 7/15/16 
Recently, I was in a hospital waiting room and reluctantly picked up an issue of Guidepost Magazine. I very seldom read Guidepost because the long-time publisher, Norman Vincent Peale, promotes heresy and diabolical religions. He has also denied the virgin birth and the necessity of being born again. As I perused the magazine, I landed on an article by Anna Gentile, a hospital chaplain. The article was about Guideposts and Gentile�s work with sick children. In the first paragraph she wrote: �Put your hand on your chest,� I tell the young patients in the hospital where I work. �Can you feel your heartbeat?� They nod. �Now, with each beat, you can say, �I am, I am, I am.�� That prayer, addressed to the great �I Am,� is at the beginning of the journal in each Guideposts for Kids Comfort Kit I give out, and I can�t begin to tell you how much comfort it gives.� � Happy Birthday, Sparkle, Anna Gentile, Guideposts, July 2016.

(378) See the end is getting closer� by Jacob Prasch, 7/21/16 
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an anti-terrorism law, but for the country�s many churches, the signature sparked a demand for prayer and fasting. The bill toughens punishment for acts deemed to be terrorism and for the organization of �mass unrest,� according to the Los Angeles Times. It would also introduce prison sentences of up to a year for those who fail to report such crimes.

(379) 'Queer Kids Stuff' Videos Indoctrinate Preschoolers at The Berean Call, 7/27/16 
A new video series is aimed at indoctrinating preschoolers with the LGBT message - a strategy that one pro-family activist says is far from new. The series, titled "Queer Kids Stuff" teaches preschoolers what the terms "gay," "bisexual" and "transgender" mean in an attempt to normalize the LGBT lifestyle with youth at an early age - a tactic that has repeatedly been used over the years to influence impressionable children. Advocates of homosexual behavior admit that they are trying to get to the youngsters before they hear anything negative about homosexuality. MassResistance founder and director Brian Camenker expresses concern that homosexual activists are successfully manipulating youth at an extremely influential age. "It's painful to watch what they do because these are such young kids,� Camenker shared, according to Fox News. �And they are using such very sophisticated propaganda techniques on these innocent kids - who are very vulnerable - to get them to believe all this stuff." He says conservatives and Christians tend to underestimate just how treacherous the promoters of these tactics are. "Evil, I think, is not too strong a word because anybody that would do this with kids - particularly without parents� knowledge or permission - but just anybody that would do that to them there's just something wrong � something very, very wrong," Camenker contends. Even though no preschool programs have indicated yet that they will utilize this �queer� series, Camenker says that it will very difficult to determine when they actually do. (Kellogg, �'Queer Kids Stuff' videos indoctrinate preschoolers,� OneNewNow Online, 7/6/16)

(380) Fed Up With False Teaching: Calvary Chapel Church Says �So Long� to the CC Association at Lighthouse Trails, 7/28/16 
A Calvary Chapel pastor who warned of false teachings and apostate movements seeping into the Calvary Chapel organization has been removed from his regional leadership position, and is now removing his local congregation out of the Calvary Chapel Association altogether.Pastor Dwight Douville of Calvary Chapel Appleton Wisconsin was informed last month that he was being removed from his position as a regional leader, a position he�s held for many years. Why? He says because personal friendships have been put above doctrinal truth, muddying the waters of what Calvary Chapels are all about. And because he advocated for maintaining and staying the course while calling out wolves and yeast seeping into Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa and the organization as a whole since the death of founder Chuck Smith.

(381) Thousands Fasting after Russian President Putin Signs Law Banning Evangelism at The Berean Call, 8/3/16 
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law [the week of July 3] a measure punishing any kind of religious evangelization outside of churches, which some observers have called one of the most restrictive move in "post-Soviet history."

(382) Would You Be Willing to Lose All for the Sake of Christ? at Lighthouse Trails, 8/4/16 
LTRP Note: Earlier this month Putin, the leader of Russia, brought into existence a law which prohibits the free preaching and sharing of the Gospel. Those in violation of this new law will be issued severe fines. In the 1960s and 1970s, Georgi Vins, a young Baptist pastor in the Soviet Union, was in a similar situation. By the time it was over, he spent eight years (starting at the age of 32) in Soviet prisons. Below is an account of his father�s own persecution and the years leading up to Georgi�s persecution and imprisonment for his faith. Christians today in the Western world should realize that persecution and martyrdom have been the norm for countless believers in the past centuries of Christianity and even in much of today�s non-Western world. The question we have hanging over our heads lately is, will Western Christians have what it takes to stand for their faith and even die for their faith? With all the comforts and freedom Western believers have enjoyed, will this ease of being a Christian believer help or hinder our ability to live (or die) for our faith. Suppose a government threatens to take away your home, your job, and your comforts if you do not stop standing for the truth of the Gospel and share it with others, would you be willing to lose all for the sake of Christ? Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ. (Philippians 3:8)

(383) Twelve Steps In The Wrong Direction - A Biblical View of Codependency and Alcoholics Anonymous by Gary E. Gilley and M. Kurt Goedelman, 8/7/16 
A number of years ago I wrote a TOTT article dealing with twelve-step programs as well as codependency.  Recently that article was revised by myself and Kurt Goedelman, the director of Personal Freedom Outreach, and published in the PFO�s Quarterly Journal (January-March 2016). Those who consume a steady diet of syndicated television talk shows or digest the writings of Christian psychologists such as Frank Minirth, [1] Paul Meier, and Henry Cloud will be surprised to learn that there is neither scientific nor biblical evidence to support the theories of codependency. Codependency is a hot topic within current psychology. Before the late 20th century the word � and even the concept � was virtually unknown. Now, nearly everyone in one fashion or another seems to be codependent.

(384) Contending or contentious? by Jim Jenkins, 8/8/16 
Here is what I gleaned from this brief study. To contend for the faith once for all delivered to the saints is arduous, and frankly agonizing at times. What I/we need to guard against, however, is the tendency to adopt an attitude of combativeness with others in order to arrive at the truth. I don't want to be a brawler. I don't want to be 'that guy.' I don't intend to ever back down, but I can pray, even agonize in prayer... that I contend for something rather than against someone.

(385) Gender Unicorn Teaches Transgender Issues at The Berean Call, 8/10/16 
A North Carolina school district's pro-LGBT character the "gender unicorn" is being used for a training session in which faculty are told parental involvement may not be required for students struggling with gender identity issues. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools had recently approved measures to allow transgender students access to the public facilities of their choice, in defiance of state law, before backing off for now. Included in their plans for the new measures was a recently released training presentation for faculty that featured the "gender unicorn" character.

(386) World Vision's Gaza Manager Funneled Millions to Hamas: Israel at Understand The Times, 8/12/16 
Israel has accused a manager working for U.S.-headquartered Christian charity World Vision of funneling millions of dollars to Islamist militant group Hamas. Mohammad El Halabi was arrested by Israel on June 15 while crossing the border into Gaza, World Vision said in a statement. He was charged by Israeli authorities on Thursday. He had run the organization's Gaza operations since 2010. According to Israel's Shin Bet security service, El Halabi diverted around $7.2 million of World Vision money to Hamas each year. That is the equivalent of 60 percent of the charity's total annual funding for Gaza. 

(387) Letter to the Editor: �Booted Out Harshly� From My Church at Lighthouse Trails, 8/13/16 
Dear Lighthouse Trails: I really appreciate all of you at LHTs. Thank you and God bless each one of you.  I went through a very difficult period  when attending  Calvary Chapel __________.  I was very uncomfortable with what they were permitting and promoting. I was very distressed. I had concerns about The Message bible, Billy Graham, Anne Graham Lotz�s Circle Prayer, Greg Laurie and a few other things. I was told to spit out the bones. I asked them to show me that approach in Scripture�they ignored me. I raised concerns again and was booted out harshly. It was mean. It hurt. LHT helped me to understand the concerns were reasonable. I am still sad for the way things ended�but God comforts me�I am  okay. I think  this is what happens sometimes, and what happened to me is mild in comparison to other situations.This has encouraged me to read and study God�s Word.  I really appreciate all that you do- will keep you all in prayer. June (not real name)

(388) An Olympic Challenge by Dr. Jim Jenkins, 8/14/16 
Those entering the stadium in Rio were aptly called contenders. For some who read this� it is time to get up and get back into the race. For others, it is time to find your help in the Name of the Lord. For us all, it is time to �contend for the faith once for all delivered to the saints.� �But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.... For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end.� (Hebrews 3:6;14) �I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.� (2 Tim. 4:7)

(389) What Did the First Living Cell Eat? at The Berean Call, 8/18/16 
"For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him" (Colossians:1:16For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:). Not long ago, I was talking with another creationist about the impossibility of the first living cell coming into being through natural causes from non-living chemicals. I asked him, "Even if such a thing were possible, what would the first living cell eat?" Without missing a beat, my friend said: "Cellery?" The two of us shared a good laugh together, but I can assure you that the origin of life is no laughing matter to evolutionists. Many evolutionists, in fact, prefer to sidestep the issue completely, asserting that evolution deals only with the origin of different species after that first living cell has somehow come into being. But have you ever stopped to think about how that first living cell could have survived for even a millisecond? Unless its environment was perfectly suited to sustain that cell's life, it would have died in an instant. Unless the cell had necessary nutrients, it would likewise quickly perish. And unless it had the means to reproduce itself, that first living cell would be the last. Or, perhaps, hundreds of millions of years later, the second living cell would ooze out of a primordial soup of non-living chemicals � and once again die a millisecond later! No, as the great scientist Louis Pasteur demonstrated in 1859, life comes only from life. Pasteur confirmed what the Bible tells us � that life on Earth came from the living God.

(390) Eusebius, the author of traditions and legends of Christianity by Mike Oppenheimer, 8/26/16 
In 312 The Roman Emperor Constantine accepted his own version of the Christian faith While he was preparing for another military campaign.  The story claims he had a vision of the cross against the sun, accompanied by the words, "In this sign, conquer."

(391) The Meltdown of Christianity by Roger Oakland, 8/31/16 
Since the turn of the millennium, the world has witnessed a virtual meltdown of biblical Christianity. While many are saying Christianity is experiencing a great revival and even a �new reformation,� this commentary will document the demise of Christianity by showing we are experiencing the greatest apostasy in modern-day history.

(392) Barna: Only 3 percent of teens read Bible daily at Understand the Times, 9/9/16

Comment from UTT: This survey reflects the reality of the day. The younger generation is no longer biblically literate. The same is true of the adult population and even those who attend church in most places. Their is a famine in the land. Those who are still following the Lord are calling out for men and women to be raised up to form a remnant. A recent nationwide study revealed on Friday 10 major findings about the influence of the Bible on American teens and their interaction with God�s Word � including the fact that just 3 percent of teens read the Bible every day.According to the 2016 Teen State of the Bible research, a majority of teenagers in the United still have a reverence for the Bible, but their views about what it actually means to them has evidently been influenced by many of today�s secular influences that they have been subjected to via the public schools, the media and the entertainment industry.

(393) Calvary Chapel Another Wave of the Spirit or a Wave of Deception? by Roger Oakland, 9/11/16 

There is a lot of talk these days in Christian circles about the great outpouring of the �Holy Spirit� that is just around the corner. This �outpouring� will supposedly bring �another Jesus Movement�. [1] While this would be a wonderful thing if the �spirit� was the Holy Spirit, there is reason to believe we are living at a time when �another spirit� [2] may be the spirit that is in the forefront.Not long ago, I came across a page on the Internet posting an interview done at the 2016 Calvary Chapel annual pastor�s conference held in Costa Mesa, California. The person doing the interview was Josh Turansky. The two being interviewed were Raul Ries of CC Diamond Bar and his son Ryan Ries of the Whoesoevers, a heavy rock band that promotes satanic symbolism as a means of attracting the youth to biblical Christianity.
(394) Georgia ACLU Leader Quits Over Young Daughters� Encounter With Men in Women�s Restroom at Lighthouse Trails, 9/16/16 
ATLANTA � The head of the Georgia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has resigned from her position over her disagreement on transgender restroom use following an experience where her own young daughters became frightened in encountering three large men in the women�s restroom. Maya Dillard Smith says that she realized that her values were different from those of the ACLU, which has backed the Obama administration�s controversial transgender restroom mandate for schools and has expressed opposition against North Carolina�s restroom law. �It became very evident to me that the ACLU and myself were simply principally and philosophically unaligned on a number of issues,� she told Fox�s Megyn Kelly this week. �And I found myself and at the crux of the transgender rights and transgender restroom controversy.�

(395) Sanhedrin Demand for End to Muslim Rule on Temple Mount Draws UNESCO Response at Understand the Times, 9/22/16 
Comment from UTT: This article could be classified on the lunatic fringe. To hint that Israel has no right to declare the Temple Mount as a Jewish Holy site is like saying that Mecca is a Jewish Holy site. Does the United Nations have any common sense or are they given over to a delusional spirit? Don't ask the Pope in Rome that question. He says that the god of Islam is his god.

(396) Islamic Movement in U.S. Preparing for Battle at VCY America, Host: Jim Schneider, Guest: John Guandolo, 9/23/16 
While life certainly appears to be going on normally in most sectors of American society, preparations are being made for war against us; a war that a particular enemy wants to fight on our own soil. Sadly, our government has known about the preparations for this war since the early '90's. Our government speaks as though there's nothing to worry about and describe those who've given us a taste of what may come via their terrorist acts as nothing more than mentally deranged individuals.

(397) ReThink Apologetics Conferences teach Christian youth to think clearly at Spirit of Error, 9/24/16 
If you live near Southern California and you have a junior high, high school or college-aged student, I urge you to take them to Stand to Reason�s �ReThink Apologetics Student Conference,� tonight and tomorrow in Costa Mesa, California. Upcoming ReThink conferences will be held in Dallas, Texas, and Birmingham, Alabama. These conferences�featuring some of today�s top Christian apologists�prepare students to defend their faith against intellectual attacks from skeptics and to learn to share their faith in an intelligent and gracious manner. In short, they will help develop them into clear-thinking, winsome Christians. And there�s a bonus: when your children learn to think clearly about their faith, they�ll be inoculated against the unclear thinking that clouds the minds of so many who�ve bought into the harmful teachings and practices of the New Apostolic Reformation. If you don�t live near one of the conferences, then consider checking out the other resources offered by Stand to Reason. This organization is doing excellent work helping Christians�young and old�learn to think more clearly about issues of Christianity and the surrounding culture. Greg Koukl�s weekly podcast is something I wish every Christian listened to.

(398) Remembering The Persecuted Christians (Audio) at VCY America, Host: Jim Schneider, Guest: Paul Popov, 10/1/16 
Paul Popov is the CEO of Door of Hope International. They are a voice and a helping hand to persecuted Christians worldwide. When he was five years old (in 1948), his father, Haralan Popov, a prominent Protestant minister, was brutally taken from his family by the KGB and arrested on false charges of being a 'spy for America'. Paul, with his family, were branded as 'enemies of the state'.

(399) The American Media, the Change in Control of the Internet, and the Threat to Freedom & Truth by Bill Randles, 10/5/16 
If they shut down the Internet, a light goes out. I will then be relieved of the responsibility to write as copiously as I have (1000 articles, several books). I will know the darkness is descending and that soon the Lord will return . . . we must work while it is light . . . Maranatha!

(400) Author Ray Yungen has gone to be with the Lord by Moriel, 10/17/16 
It is with a combination of rejoicing and deep sadness that Moriel & Jacob Prasch learned that Christian author and apologist Ray Yungen has gone home to be with Jesus. In heaven there is indeed rejoicing. For we who remain to carry on the battle that Ray fought with such Christ centred integrity and dedication however, it is a day of deep sadness. Although the separation is but temporary, until we are reunited with Ray again in the day Jesus returns , we shall certainly miss him dearly. Yet, as with Dave Hunt, though Ray is absent from the body but present with The Lord, we meanwhile, shall continue to be inspired by his fervency, fortitude, and dedication to Christ. 

(401) Praying for the Persecuted Church (Audio) at Crosstalk, Host: Jim Schneider, Guest: David Curry, 10/20/16 
Outside of their day-to-day comings and goings, people are far too often oblivious to what's taking place in the world. Sadly, many Christians are like this as well with some attending church, coming home and not paying any attention to the things of God or even their own faith until the following Sunday. While America carries on that routine, there are many people who are being killed each month due to their faith in Christ. Christian churches and properties are destroyed. Others are arrested with some put in prison and even beaten or raped due to their faith. Joining Crosstalk to discuss this issue was David Curry. David is the president and CEO of Open Doors, a nonprofit organization focused on serving persecuted Christians in over 60 countries. Not only does David think that most Americans don't know about persecution happening to Christians worldwide, he also believes most Christians in America don't even know. He feels that people don't want to know because if they don't know, their senses won't be assaulted. Adding to this is the fact that the media pays little attention to it. From a media perspective it can seem episodic, with an incident here and there, so people think if they're not hearing about it on CNN, then it's not happening. Unfortunately it is occurring and in pernicious ways throughout the world. Government may be at the heart of the problem while at other times it may be due to extremist groups. Whatever the cause, David believes there are about five or six major factors driving persecution. Open Doors ranks about 60 nations as the most difficult places on earth to be a Christian. One is North Korea where people worship the current leader as well as those of the past. They imprison people for owning Bibles, they've killed people for talking about Jesus and there are no open and free churches in the entire nation. The good news, according to David, is that there are 400,000 followers of Jesus in North Korea. The church of Jesus Christ is there and still surviving although we also know there's at least 70,000 that are in labor camps because of their faith. In China, David noted that there are elements of the government that understand the importance of the Christian church due to its moral component. Also, in the northwest part of the country they're facing the problem of controlling radical Islamic elements. David went on to comment about the vigilante-style 'justice' of Islamic extremism showing up in Germany and Pakistan, the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church on November 6th, the numbness of modern Christians to the persecuted church, comments from Crosstalk listeners and more.

(402) A Celebration of a Servant�s Promotion by Mike Oppenheimer, 10/23/16 
In life, we come across certain people who are extraordinary in character. Ray Yungen was just such a person. It was Ray who first made us aware of the Catholic contemplative mysticism and certain New Age practices becoming popular and entering the church. He did more than point them out, he explained what they were and why a Christian should not participate in this kind of spirituality. As he explained about centering prayer, also: contemplative prayer was a means for all to find the God within by attaining oneness with self. This is the basis for Eastern religions from which mystical traditions originate. Ray did not parse the truth, but he was considerate in the way he presented it to those caught in deceptions. A ministry is validated by a person�s example of being a servant, willing to help others, and not just by what they know. His knowledge did not surpass his caring, and his passion was genuine in helping others who were deceived by contemplative and New Age practices. Ray was always pleasant to speak with and be with.

(403) Muslim Dreams and Visions by Gary Gilley, 10/28/16 
Again, I understand the assertion that Isa isn�t sharing the gospel but is merely preparing dreamers for the gospel that is to come in greater fullness via a human evangelist. But I still question the inconsistencies between Jesus� preparation of unbelievers while on earth and Isa�s preparation via dreams. Also, in some of the accounts I�ve read, Isa does, in fact, call on the dreamers to believe in him. So the claim that he merely prepares them to receive the gospel isn�t always consistent with the testimony record. Additionally, I have to wonder why Jesus wouldn�t share the gospel with Muslims if He were appearing to them. He�s the most capable and powerful evangelist the world has ever known. Yes, Rom. 10:13-15 says salvation comes by hearing the gospel preached by a human, and that is part of the divine decree I mentioned above. But those who affirm that Jesus is appearing to Muslims also affirm by implication that God isn�t confined to His own decree in these instances, so why would the human evangelist be necessary at all except in a follow-up capacity?

(404) Millennials Agree With Marx More Than the Bible, Study Finds at Understand the Times, 11/5/16 
Comment from UTT: Postmodernism did not happen by chance. Behind thie Marxist agenda there is a wide spectrum of educators with an agenda to brainwash the world into believing that there is no God and there are no values. As Marxism provided the basis for the communist ideology throughout the world, postmodernism is the current version that has had a huge impact on the world and the church. The education of the younger generation is the key to advancing the program. This world view is now fully entrenched in the church and the majority of young people have no concept what biblical values are let alone the crux of the Christian faith which is acknowledging Jesus Christ as Creator and Savior.

(405) The Calvary Chapel Movement and the Sinking of the Titanic by Roger Oakland, 11/8/16 
I expect there will be some open discussion now by various spokespersons of the Old Calvary and a lot of dirt thrown around. I expect to see the whole movement shattered into various directions. I am reminded of how God allowed confusion to come at the Tower of Babel when he saw the wrong in what man was trying to do. As for Calvary Chapel, some will form alliances believing they are reconstructing the Titanic. But that will not stop the sinking, and perhaps that is exactly what God intended should happen. Just as Chuck Smith himself said in the video, pastors need to follow Jesus, the Good Shepherd, and His Word and forget about political alliances and following men and their movements. Time will tell, won�t it?

(406) Around the Oval Table by Corrie Ten Boom, 11/13/16 
Can a piece of furniture be important? The oval table in our dining room was the gathering place for hopes and dreams, the listening place for prayers and petitions, and the loving place for joy and laughter. But Sunday, it was something more�it was the special place for family and friends.

(407) Ironside: “Substitution�?—He Took Our Place by Harry Ironside, 11/21/16 
Although the word substitution is not in the Bible, it stands for a great truth that runs through the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation. That is, the fact that the Lord Jesus Christ, in infinite grace, took the place of poor, lost, guilty sinners, and made it possible for a holy God to reach out in mercy and save all who would come to Him in the name of His beloved Son.

(408) Commentary: What Do Hitler, Alice Bailey, and Replacement Theology Adherents Have in Common? by Philip Gray, 11/22/16 
What Do Hitler, Alice Bailey, and Replacement Theology Adherents Have in Common? Basically, the answer to that question is that in all three cases, they reject the Jews as God’s chosen people. Those who embrace Replacement Theology probably don’t realize that the thinking behind Replacement Theology is some of the thinking behind occultist Alice Bailey as well as Hitler when it comes to the Jews. Now we are not saying that people who adhere to Replacement Theology would want to kill the Jews as Hitler did; but Replacement Theology adherents need to understand that behind this view of the Jews lies a far more sinister aspect. Satan hates the Jews (partly because he knows God will use them in the culmination of things in the last days to end Satan’s days). That view of the Jews can start “innocently�? by saying the Jews and Israel are no longer significant with regard to Bible prophecy. But it is not a far step from that thinking to anti-Semitism.

(409) Almost Saved by Sandy Simpson, 11/29/16 
There are many so-called “Christians�? today who are clearly “almost saved�? by their testimonies and/or actions.  But to be “almost saved�? is to be completely lost.  A person who is drowning and almost saved drowns.  A woman who is almost pregnant is not pregnant.  King Agrippa said, “You are almost persuading me to be a Christian (Acts 26:28)�? but being almost persuaded is not enough to be saved.

(410) The Calvary Chapel Association Announces Complete Separation from Brian and Cheryl Brodersen, Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, and the Calvary Chapel Global Network at Lighthouse Trails, 11/30/16 
Understand the Times, International posted the following letter yesterday (November 28th) that was sent out worldwide to  Calvary Chapel Pastors by the Calvary Chapel Association. November 28, 2016 Calvary Chapel Pastors, Pastor Chuck Smith chose a group of men to lead the Calvary Chapel movement after his passing. The Calvary Chapel Association Council was a plan he reiterated on numerous occasions. A Council provides checks and balances, and a collective wisdom to help steer us in the right direction. The CCA Council consists of men from across the country who are committed to the core values that have made us Calvary Chapel. Like many of you, we have given our lives to build Calvary Chapel churches. What makes the 1700 churches “Calvary Chapel�? are the values Pastor Chuck instilled in us – our doctrine and philosophy of ministry. The principles we were taught and the transformative power of God’s Spirit have proven to be more than sufficient. The CCA Council’s primary goal is to maintain what has been our Calvary Chapel identity for fifty years, while seeking the Holy Spirit for fresh power and wisdom to advance God’s Kingdom. We believe Calvary Chapel has a unique and important role in the Body of Christ. Pastor Chuck left us a glorious legacy. Yet the new Calvary Chapel Global Network, established by Brian Brodersen, now threatens that legacy. This network goes by the name “Calvary Chapel,�? but has no framework for affiliation or required commitment to the Calvary Chapel core values. Such a network will ultimately de-emphasize our Calvary Chapel distinctives. The CCGN establishes a different version of Calvary Chapel, and will cause confusion. Brian claims the authority to represent, and even more critically, to define, what Calvary Chapel is and is not. In a recent letter to the movement, Brian quoted Amos 3:3, “Can two walk together unless they are agreed?�? Brian’s resignation from the Council, acknowledges he disagrees with the way the CCA Council would lead and define Calvary Chapel. This has created a crossroads that none of us on the Council wanted.

(411) The future of discernment and apologetics ministries by Sandy Simpson, 12/3/16 
I admit that I am very skeptical about the future of discernment and apologetics ministries. I don't see the next generation coming up to replace those who have stood for the truth for so long. Fortunately many apologists have gone to be with the Lord but who will replace them? I don't see replacements coming up who will take the place of those who have been fighting the fight the years. 

(412) Caryl Matrisciana Has Gone to Be With the Lord at Lighthouse Trails, 12/4/16 
Dear friends: Around midnight on December 2nd, Caryl Matrisciana passed away peacefully at her home. She had been battling cancer for over a year. Caryl was a devoted mother and grandmother as well as a film maker, author, speaker, and a valiant defender of the Christian faith. She has left a legacy that many will draw from for many years to come. Please pray especially for her family during this time. There will be a memorial service at a later date that we will announce when we have that information. For those not familiar with Caryl and her work, you can visit her site at

(413) Children at Risk: “Ruling Soon on Obama’s Forced Transgender Treatment For Youth�? by Michael F. Haverluck, 12/23/16 
A Texas judge is expected to decide the fate of President Barack Obama’s new rule that would take effect on New Year’s Day and force doctors to provide transgender medical treatment for children who desire it.The ruling will determine whether the Obama administration will be able to give the LGBT community yet another victory before the outgoing president leaves office to let the current President-elect Donald Trump take over next month. “[The transgender] treatment would be required under Obama’s federal rule – even if the physician is convinced it would harm the child,�? WND reports.

(414) Christmas Articles at Crossroads, 12/25/16 

(415) The New York Times and the State of Religion in America (Video) by Jacob Prasch, 12/26/16 

(416) A Nation Divided - The United States of America by James Dager, Media Spotlight Vol. 39, No. 4 (Winter 2016) 
Darkness is enveloping the United States of America. It is a festering cancer that has been growing for decades, but metastasized exponentially over the past eight years. The darkness is that which unfolds from the dark souls of a great number of American citizens who have been deluded by Satan to believe that the blessings bestowed upon them by our gracious God are to be despised. In place of those blessings, they desire anti-Christ, perverse, and satanic “blessings�? that allow them to vent all their hatred and animosity toward everything decent in human society.

(417) 2016 Year in Review at Lighthouse Trails, 12/31/16 
Every year around this time, Lighthouse Trails presents its Year in Review. Over the next few days, we will be posting our top stories from different categories from 2016. This is an opportunity to read stories you may have missed and also to get a wide-lens glance at important things happening in the church and the world from a discernment and biblical point of view. As always, our primary focus at Lighthouse Trails is the Gospel. We hope this Year in Review will point readers to that very message. Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, & Part 4

(418) Celebrity Culture and Social Media by Dr. David Gooding, 1/14/17 
We can easily become caught up in the maelstrom of the media circus. Deluged each day by the media with scandal, gossip, immorality, and the details of their private lives, we cannot help but be influenced…and defiled. Centuries ago, James asked one of the most searching questions found in the Scriptures: “What is your life?�? (Jas 4:14). It was asked in the context of the mass pursuit of material treasures, and movement without a sense of the sovereign hand of God in one’s life. How much more applicable it is when it comes to the pursuit of entertainment. James teaches us that life outside the will of God is only a vapour which vanishes away. It has little staying power, little substance and little influence. In contrast to all the vicarious living which marks the society around us, Paul could speak of his life: “For to me to live, Christ!�? (Phil 1:21). Elsewhere he could say, “Nevertheless I live; yet not I but Christ liveth in me. And the life that I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God Who loved me and gave Himself for me�? (Gal 2:20). Paul lived Christ before the world. It brought him none of the fame men crave; it was seemingly marked by sorrow, burden and hardship, rather than happiness. But it was a life which brought pleasure to God, blessing to the world, profit to the assemblies and future honour at the Bema. It was, as well, a life which was supremely satisfying and fulfilling to him. Listen to his words on the eve of his departure: “I have finished my course�? (2 Tim 4:7). Another, John the Baptist, on seeing Christ honoured, could say, “This my joy, therefore, is fulfilled�? (John 3:29). Paul, John and a long line of saints have found their joy and fulfillment in living for the Lord Jesus Christ. We follow Him, feed upon Him, and remain faithful to Him and to His Word. Life is too short not to invest it in an eternity which is exceedingly long!

(419) Preliminary to Armageddon . . . Paris Jan 15 by Bill Randles, 1/15/17 
An event is occurring today which portends to be one of the last preliminaries to the shattering events outlined in the book of Revelation, and the end of the world as we know it. The event is the opening of a new Embassy, the Palestinian Embassy in Vatican City. This will be the opening of the first Palestinian Embassy in the European Union. The main characters in this scenario are Pope Francis and Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian State and the Vatican. Mahmoud Abbas is the recognized president of the Palestinian State. The State has been designated by the U.N. and is to be located in the place in which the God of the Bible gave land to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—notably Judea and the Gaza strip.

(420) Israel Watches Unimpressed as Nations Gather to Decide Fate of Holy Land by Ryan Jones, Israel Today, 1/16/17 
The nations of the world gathering in Paris on Sunday to determine the fate of the Holy Land. Israel was not among them, and watched wholly unimpressed as the international diplomats engaged in “pointless�? dialogue. Trying to sound a note of balance, French President Francois Hollande said that both Palestinian terrorism and Jewish settlements are holding up peace in the Middle East. Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was dismissive. “The conference that is convening today in Paris is a pointless conference,�? he said at the start of Sunday’s cabinet meeting. “It was coordinated by the French and the Palestinians and aims to force conditions on Israel that conflict with our national interests.�?

(421) Does the world have a problem with Islam or does Islam have a problem with the world? by Mike Oppenheimer, 1/27/17 
The Messiah - Our messiah returns to save Israel and the saints. The Muslim messiah (Isa) Jesus, comes to destroy Israel, the churches and convert the Christians to Islam.  Why do they hate Jesus? Because he tells them the truth of their condition which is only found in the Bible. The words of Muhammad cannot be compared to the words of love Jesus told his followers: “Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you�? (Matthew 5:44). As you want people to treat you, so treat them�? (Matthew 7:12). “You shall love your neighbor as yourself�? (Matthew 22:39). “This is my commandment that you love one another�? (John 15:12, 17). You cannot find anything of equal value in Islam or any philosophy or religion on earth.  In fact, as Muhammad was dying, he asked Allah, to curse the Jews and Christians (Bukhari, Vol. 1, #427). Contrast this with Jesus asking the Father to forgive while he was dying- FOR them. This is God’s heavenly love that is supernatural, eternal and melts the heart of anyone who takes the time to see who Jesus really is.

(422) Pastor Resigns From David Platt’s Southern Baptist Mission Board Over Legal Brief Supporting New Jersey Mosque by Heather Clark, Christian News Network, 1/31/17 
A pastor who had served as a trustee of the Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) International Mission Board, led by “Radical�? author and former Alabama pastor David Platt [see the LT articles on Platt below], has resigned out of his concerns over the board’s participation in an amicus brief supporting the construction of a New Jersey mosque. Dean Haun, the pastor of First Baptist Church of Morristown, Tennessee, told the Baptist and Reflector this week that he wasn’t aware that the Board had joined in the brief until he started receiving email and phone calls from other pastors who were troubled about the matter. The Mission Board, the SBC Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, and the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty were among 20 groups that had joined the legal filing, including the American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, the Sikh Coalition, the Interfaith Coalition on Mosques and many others. The matter centered around the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge, which had sought to build a mosque in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, but was denied following community opposition. It sued in March of last year, and the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty assembled a coalition of faith groups supportive of the Society’s rights for an amicus brief to be filed with the court.

(423) Five Reasons to Say No to a Church Covenant in Fraudulent Authority: Pastors Who Seek To Rule Over Others, Chapter 10, by Wade Burleson, 2/8/17 
Jesus, in his sermon on the mount, had this to say about oaths: But I tell you, don’t take an oath at all: either by heaven, because it is God’s throne; or by the earth, because it is His footstool; or by Jerusalem, because it is the city of the great King. Neither should you swear by your head, because you cannot make a single hair white or black. But let your word ‘yes’ be ‘yes,’ and your ‘no’ be ‘no.’ Anything more than this is from the evil one. – Source: Matthew 5:34-37, Holman Christian Standard Bible Nowadays many churches require that prospective members sign a ‘membership contract’ or ‘church membership covenant.

(424) British Anti-Semitism rises to record levels at Understand The Times, 2/10/17 
Comment from UTT: It should be no surprise that anti-Semitic incidents are rising in England. Statistically this can be related to the number of Muslims that have immigrated to England. The number of anti-Semitic incidents in Britain rose by more than a third to record levels in 2016, according to data released Wednesday by the Community Security Trust (CST), which monitors anti-Semitic incidents and provides security to Jewish communities. The group recorded 1,309 incidents of anti-Jewish hate last year, compared with 960 in 2015, a rise of 36%, according to a report in the Guardian. The previous record number of incidents was in 2014, when 1,182 were recorded.

(425) The Punishment for reading a Bible in Saudi Arabia by Admin, The Muslim Issue, 2/11/17 
This is the new form of punishment in one of the Saudi nations. According to reports sent to us from Arabia, this is a new punishment used on at least one person found to possess a bible. Since then, four more people have come forth and confirmed that they have seen people with similar punishments. Saudi Arabia refuses to recognize the religion of immigrants, and allows any non-Muslim within a certain distance of Mecca to be killed.

(426) U.S. Preschool Teacher Urges: ‘Kill Some Jews’ by Chelsea Schilling, WorldNetDaily, 2/23/17 
A Jew-hating Muslim preschool teacher in South Arlington, Texas, was fired Wednesday after she urged her social media followers to “kill some Jews�? and tweeted: “How many Jews died in the Holocaust? Not enough…HAHAHAHA.�? Nancy Salem taught preschoolers at the Children’s Courtyard in South Arlington. She is also an activist with Students for Justice in Palestine at the University of Texas, Arlington, according to campus watchdog group Canary Mission. Salem also supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, or BDS, an anti-Israel movement that advocates severing global economic relations with the Jewish state.

(427) Who’s to Blame for Bookstore Closures? by Jim Fletcher, 2/26/17 
News came this week that Family Christian Stores is finally shuttering all 240 locations. The 85-year-old chain filed for bankruptcy protection in 2015, and now the end has come for the Christian retail giant that employed 3,000 and stretched across 36 states. As one writer put it, Amazon warlord Jeff Bezos deserves much of the credit for turning most independent bookstores into karate schools or bakeries. But there is another, more specific reason Family Christian Stores is gone. They did it to themselves. The explosion came from within, as decades of pandering to the lowest-common denominator within evangelicalism resulted in poorly educated Christians who have read more about Jesus in “Jesus Calling�? than from the Bible.

(428) This is Not a Review of “The Shack�? by Cedric Fisher, 3/7/17 
I’m not going to write a review or detailed critique of William P. Young’s book or movie both titled The Shack. The reason is because there are already a number of good reviews available. You can access plenty of information on Lighthouse Trails Research. What I will do is present a warning. First, I want to point out that there are some heresies and deceptions that one should not need a review to recognize and reject. The televangelist selling God’s favor, which increases with the size of the donation, is one. Another one is a preacher smoking pot or getting drunk on video while claiming that it is the way to get closer to God. One more is the preacher that declares that God has entrusted only him with new revelation essential to understanding the Bible. Likewise, does anyone really need to inform a true Christian about what is wrong with The Shack? Now for the warning. God’s word declares that the end times will be very dangerous for Christians. There will be many spiritually wicked individuals masquerading as servants of God. They will present heresies and other lies for the purpose of deceiving God’s people. However, some professing Christians declare that it is impossible for Christians to be deceived and apostatize. If that is true, then who is Satan deceiving and who is apostatizing? The lost are already deceived and cannot apostatize from faith that they do not have. Obviously, the deception has to be very clever. If it were disguised as an orange, it would appear exactly as a genuine orange. Therefore, we can expect lies disguised exactly as truth. However, if people accept enough false oranges loaded with a mind-numbing drug, it stands to reason that false oranges will no longer be needed. Then whatever is being disguised by the falseness will be offered without pretense.

(429) Ask Seek Knock - Luke 11 (Video) by Bill Randles, 2/19/17 

(430) They Love Error More Than Truth by Cedric Fisher, 3/20/17 
Professing Christians are fawning over every heretic, heresy, heretical book, and blasphemous movie. They will race off to conferences with a speaker lineup that reads like a “Who’s Who�? in false “ministers of righteousness.�? The truth floats on by them, but they eagerly reach out, grab, and gush over every falsehood.  But they will not rejoice over or promote truth. Further, they refuse to invest any time and energy defending anyone who presents truth when they are under attack. So God sends His messengers to warn them just as He sent prophets to apostate Israel. But will they listen? They will not listen. We are in the last of the last days before this earth is shaken by the consequences of its rebellion. God knows their hearts are hard, their ears are dull, and their eyes refuse to see, but He sends His messengers anyway. Why? He sends them because God is just, He is merciful, and God is love.  He is not willing that the wicked should perish.  He sends His messengers because He wants people to heed, return to Him, surrender, reject wickedness and accept righteousness, and be spared the consequences of their sinfulness. But they reject God’s messengers. They call them mean-spirited, hateful, ignorant, self-righteous, and even diabolical, for the sole reason that His messengers pierce their fickle and carnal hearts with anointed truth. When they speak harsh rebukes to God’s messengers, they are speaking against Him. Condemning God’s messengers is as condemning the message and the One who sent it. It is as rejecting His righteous authority.

(431) Screwtape Legacy by Sandy Simpson, 3/22/17 
The book by C.S. Lewis called “Screwtape Letters�? was a clever idea in exposing a number of tactics of the enemy.  Those principles are still at work today in many churches.  Following is a list of some of the things the enemy wants to see in churches and Christians in order to bring them down.

(432) IRS Fast Tracked Tax Exemption For Satanic Group At Elementary School at Christian Daily Media, 3/24/17 
Documents obtained by Judicial Watch show the IRS fast-tracked tax-exempt status for an After School Satan Club in Tacoma, Washington, while the federal agency was discovered to be either denying conservative and Christian groups the same status or making them wait for years. According to the watchdog group that uncovered the IRS scandal during the Obama administration, the After School Satan Club at Point Defiance Elementary in Tacoma for its tax-exempt status designation on October 21, 2014 and received it only 10 days later on October 31, 2014. Breitbart News reported in October of 2016 the announcement by the Satanic Temple of Seattle for its proposal of the After School Satan Club in the Point Defiance Elementary school. "After School Satan Clubs will focus on free inquiry, rationalism, science, and character building", the temple's website says, and continues: All After School Satan Clubs are based upon a uniform syllabus that emphasizes a scientific, rationalist, non-superstitious world view. While they claim the twisted Evangelical teachings of The Good News Clubs "robs children of the innocence and enjoyment of childhood, replacing them with a negative self image, preoccupation with sin, fear of Hell, and aversion to critical thinking." After School Satan Clubs incorporate games, projects, and thinking exercises that help children understand how we know what we know about our world and our universe. Judicial Watch reports Reason Alliance, based in Somerville, Massachusetts, operates as the Satanic Temple of Seattle with Lilith X. Starr as the director. The group's documents show the parent permission form used for children to join the club asks for the name of the child's church and pastor. Records also indicate that Starr told Carla Santorno, superintendent of the Tacoma school district, that After School Satan Clubs are led by caring Satanists. In October of 2015, the Obama Department of Justice anounced that Lois Lerner and other IRS officials involved in the targeting of conservative groups tax-exempt applications would not have criminal charges filed against them. Our investigation uncovered substantial evidence of mismanagement, poor judgment and institutional inertia, leading to the belief by many tax-exempt applicants that the IRS targeted them based on their political viewpoints." Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs Peter J. Kadzik wrote in a letter to House Judiciary officials. "Poor management is not a crime" Kadzik continued, "We found no evidence that any IRS official acted on political, discriminatory, corrupt, or other inappropriate motives that would support a criminal prosecution."

(433) The Foe We Prefer to Ignore by Berit Kjos, January 2010 
Notice the VISIBLE foes in this North Korean drama. They were the blinded puppets of Communism -- indoctrinated in atheism and trained to hate God and His people. Meanwhile, the INVISIBLE foes were the "spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms" (Ephesians 6:12). Dedicated to the destruction of Biblical faith, they are now generally ignored in our post-modern culture. But their deadly schemes were all too familiar to the persecuted Christians in Marxist and other anti-Christian nations. As Pastor Richard Wurmbrand wrote in Tortured For Christ (1967), “...there are no nominal, halfhearted, lukewarm Christians in Russia or China. The price Christians pay is far too great.... Communist persecution has backfired and produced serious, dedicated Christians such as are rarely seen in free lands.�?

(434) ‘Bible Answer Man’ Hank Hanegraaff Leaves Evangelicalism, Joins Eastern Orthodox Church at Lighthouse Trails, 4/15/17 
LTRP Note: The following news article is posted for informational and research purposes and not as an endorsement of either the content or the source. It is no surprise to Lighthouse Trails that Walter Martin’s successor Hank Hanegraaff (host of the Bible Answer Man) has converted to the Orthodox Church (which is a bridge between Protestantism and Roman Catholicism). Several years ago, we saw something like this coming because of Hanegraaff’s embracing of Rick Warren, Richard Foster, and other ecumenical contemplative figures.

(435) Israel: Replacing What God Has Not (Booklet) by Mike Oppenheimer, 4/20/17 
LTRP Note: As we approach this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day (April 24th) and in view of a recent article we posted where we referred to God’s view of Israel, we are reposting Mike Oppenheimer’s article/booklet titled Israel: Replacing What God Has Not, which we originally released four years ago. And if you have never watched Caryl Productions documentary film Christian Palestinianism, we highly recommend it. In view of secular media’s bias against Israel and much of the Protestant and evangelical church turning against Israel as well, this is an issue that Christians need to understand. We hope the DVD as well as Mike Oppenheimer’s report will help with that. Both are from a scriptural perspective.

(436) Did Paul teach Universalism? (Video) by Jmes Jacob Prasch, 4/24/27 

(437) How to Find a Bible-Believing Church by Lighthouse Trails, 5/6/17 
We have often been asked, “How do I find a good Bible-believing church?�? There are many believers who are struggling to find one in their own communities. To start with, we usually recommend they make phone calls to potential churches and ask a few concise questions such as: “Do you have a Spiritual Formation program at your church?�? or “Has your church implemented aspects of the Purpose Driven Movement anytime in the past 10 years?.�? Since thousands of churches would answer yes to both or at least one of these questions, they are worthwhile to ask, and it would certainly narrow down the scope of one’s search. Here are a few other questions that could be asked:

(438) Cry for Discernment! -- God's Forgotten Promise by C. W. Booth, 5/24/17 
In recent years the church universal has witnessed false messiahs lead groups of people into the jungle and into urban communes to commit mass suicide, the banning of prayer in public school, mass public marriages of strangers to each other by self-appointed earthbound-gods, the word "hedonism" change from an evil philosophy of worldly living to supposedly being the key to salvation, the rise of the "unity over doctrine" movement, the advancement of the "partially mistaken New Testament prophets" theory in fundamentalist circles, and laughter replacing Bible teaching in many churches. In all this, where has the discernment of the righteous ones gone?

(439) Eastern Orthodox Church Articles compiled by Sandy Simpson, 5/25/17 
In view of Hank Hanegraff's declaration that he has now joined the Eastern Orthodox, here are some important articles to read showing it to be closly aligned with some of the heresies of the Catholic Church.  Read Orthodox Church, Statues of Saints-God Ordained of Idolatry?, Greek Eastern Orthodox Church Exposed!, "God's Word vs. Vain Tradition" (Orthodox & Roman Catholic Church Exposed), and What is the Greek Orthodox Church?

(440) Buried in Unmarked Graves by Roger Oakland, 5/31/17 
Vast are the burial grounds resulting from man-centered Christianity. When men follow men rather than the Good Shepherd, they seek after wealth, kingdoms, power, and illicit sexual relationships—anything to feed the flesh, which we know is never satisfied. When this happens, it is no longer Christianity but rather another “Christianity,�? a dead and harmful religion (which is man’s invention) promoting another Jesus. Religion robs the innocent from true freedom in Jesus. The temples, the cathedrals, the shrines, and the modern day megachurches often testify to the accomplishments of man more than they speak of the wonders of God, who sent His Son to redeem us from our sins.

(441) Fighting Fear in a Fearful Day (Booklet) by Maria Kneas, 6/6/17 
The Bible tells us to “cast�? our cares (fears, anxieties, worries, and concerns) on God because He cares for us (loves us and takes good care of us). That means giving our cares to God, and leaving them with Him—not taking them back again: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. (1 Peter 5:7) This is easier said than done. We have to learn how to do it. Like many things in life, it takes practice. We can ask God to enable us to do it, to give us the grace for it, and to help us appropriate and work with the grace He gives us.

(442) Baptist Prof To LGBT Group: Our Kids Are Not Your Kids by Robert Oscar Lopez, The Daily Caller, 6/7/17 
In a recent press release, a group called Faith in America has announced they will intrude into multiple public spaces of Phoenix during the yearly convention of the Southern Baptist Convention. Their goal is to demand that Baptists remove homosexuality from their list of sins and give Faith in America’s advocates bargaining power for a long-term conversation with the SBC. The conversation would hinge on what Baptists can do to make LGBT youth—which Faith in America calls “yOur youth�?—happier and more affirmed within Baptist churches.  Given the frightening extent of LGBT efforts to force sexually suggestive curriculum to students as young as four, and given the efforts by grassroots Baptists to counter many unscrupulous tactics by people behind these efforts, the SBC should not give any appearance of agreement with Faith in America’s claims.

(443) Welcome to Rome! by Judson Casjens, 6/11/17 
Gallup’s annual Values and Beliefs poll, conducted May 3-7, 2017, found that a “leftward movement in perceptions of what is morally acceptable has been ongoing,�? with a shift in 13 of 19 issues over time (since 2001). In another section of the same poll, Gallup found that just 24 percent believe the Bible is the literal word of God—the lowest in Gallup’s 40 years of asking Americans about their biblical beliefs. On several key social issues Americans responded in the most recent survey that it is morally acceptable to use birth control (91%), get divorced (73%), engage in opposite-sex sexual acts outside marriage (69%), engage in same-sex sexual acts (63%), have a baby outside of marriage (62%), commit physician-assisted suicide (57%), view pornography (36%) and practice polygamy (17%). Southern Evangelical Seminary President and Evangelical leader Dr. Richard Land said the Gallup findings on social issues and faith in the Bible’s validity are certainly linked: “There’s been a marked movement left in everything except adultery,�? Land said of the surveys. “Cheating on one’s husband or wife still remains taboo. But as more and more people view the Bible as a book of fables, we can see an increasing level of paganism of the United States. The apostle Paul would recognize contemporary America because it looks a lot like ancient Rome and Corinth—except with modern conveniences.�?

(444) Discernment Ministries Not Needed? Would the Apostle Paul Agree? by Lighthouse Trails, 6/15/17 
This week, someone sent us an online article, written by a pastor who said that the church does not need discernment ministries  anymore. While the pastor’s comments that such ministries are making great money by doing this kind of work were erroneous, it was the pastor’s rationale and conclusions about discernment ministries as a whole that were most troubling. His rationale was that discernment ministries should not be criticizing and challenging leaders and teachers within the church (but rather outside the church; e.g cults, Mormonism); his conclusion was the church does not need discernment ministries and people should stop listening to them. He lumped all discernment ministries together, suggesting that they are all jealous of each other and spend a lot of time fighting amongst themselves. He suggested that many of these discernment people will end up dying early anyway because of the high level of stress involved. Needless to say, we found such an article very sad because we knew there would be people who would read it and would be persuaded by the pastor’s words.

(445) Southern Baptists go 'gender-inclusive' on Bible at Understand the Times, 6/23/17 
The Southern Baptists have now adopted a “gender-inclusive�? translation of the Bible. And Gallups warns the denomination seems to be trying too hard to appeal to a secular, anti-Christian culture rather than simply standing for truth.

(446) Heaven Would Not Be Heaven If You Went There by Gary F. Zeolla, 7/1/17 
“I’m a good person. I am sure I will go to heaven.�? Are you really a good person? Let’s see what the Bible has to say about that.

(447) Prophecy Update From Bulgaria-6/30/2017 (Video) by James Jacob Prasch-Live Via Skype, 7/3/17 
Deaths reach 1,627 marking one of the bloodiest Islamic holy months in recent memory.

(448) Some Red Flags When Evaluating a Ministry by David Kowalski, 7/4/17 
Anytime we are just getting acquainted with a ministry, we look for ways to evaluate it. Sometimes problematic elements are obvious from the beginning but at others the problems are not so evident at first. Cults and heretics often do not promote their unique, false teachings or aberrant practices to strangers and newcomers. The Unification Church and Scientology are two groups that are particularly noted for this. Still, we can look for red flags that may indicate a need for closer inspection. A red flag differs from a false teaching or bad practice in that the red flag is a sign that something might be wrong. Upon seeing a red flag, we should never form any kind of conclusion without further information. The group or person may just be imprudent or in some sense unusual without being unorthodox or wrong in what they do. It is nevertheless useful to know the signs of possible problems with a minister or ministry. I have given below twelve such signs.

(449) A Rebellious Generation: Youth Out of Control by Jim Schneider, VCY America, 7/20/17 
Jim began this broadcast by quoting from 2 Timothy 3:1-5. This description is indicative of the very society we're living in today, and the participants are often young people. He presented numerous news stories from this year alone that prove the point. 

(450) Rick Warren, Mark Batterson & Priscilla Shirer: Keynote Speakers at AOG General Council by Barbara Wilhelm, 7/26/17 
Currently there are several names on the bestseller list among Christian leadership who have gained incredible popularity. But not everything is as it appears. The Bible calls us to prove all things (I Thess 5:21) and upon further investigation it can be seen that three of these names have become involved in some deeply erroneous teaching. The Assemblies of God host an event every two years called General Council where they bring all pastors and leaders from across the globe together for a time of encouragement and instruction. Unfortunately, Rick Warren, Mark Batterson, and Priscilla Shirer, the three leaders referred to above, have been chosen as the keynote speakers this year when General Council meets in Anaheim at the beginning of August. Each AG church has the authority to act independently on their own behalf but the fact that those in authority in the AG have chosen these three individuals is reason for great concern. 

(451) Dr. George Wood Responds to Lighthouse Trails Article on AoG Resolution 3 and Israel by the Editors at Lighthouse Trails, 8/2/17 
On July 28th, Lighthouse Trails posted a commentary by Lighthouse Trails author Cedric Fisher titled “Assembly of God (AOG) General Council to Vote on Resolution Against Israel.�? This commentary set off a fire storm on the Internet, and on Saturday July 29th, Lighthouse Trails editors received an e-mail from Dr. George Wood (General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God). Dr. Wood is familiar with Lighthouse Trails because of a controversy in 2013 where Dr. Wood gave his blessing and permission for contemplative emergent Ruth Haley Barton to speak at the 2013 AoG General Council Conference resulting in some Lighthouse Trails articles addressing the seriousness of such promotion. Shortly after Lighthouse Trails editors received the e-mail from Dr. Wood on the 29th regarding our recent posting of Cedric Fisher’s commentary, we learned that the e-mail was being distributed on the Internet. Because Dr. Wood has made his e-mail public, we are