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What happened to His truth

What is happening to His truth?

Part 1

The more I read and study our enemy the more all this mess that is going on in the world makes sense to me. That is, scripture explains and gives in detail the when, why and how come of all the dysfunction and sin that is permeating our world. Scripture is where I found the answers and also the peace to be able to survive.

With this introduction out of the way I will go on to the question I posted at the beginning of this article “what is happening to His truth” and maybe I should add “why are some of us believing it, and why aren’t we verifying what we are being taught against scripture like we are told to do?” (Be like the Bereans Acts 17:11, Romans 12:2) Evidentially many of us are not following what we signed up for. We believe blindly, allow our emotions and feelings to get in the way of His truth, we desire comfort and don’t want to hear the scriptures that challenge our pride, personal convictions and need to conform to today’s cultural norms (these comments can all be backed up by scripture).

As I am in the world (not of the world) every day I come across people, the way they live and their comments that I feel called to share with others. Prayerfully this information will bring awareness of the reality of what is going on within our secular and religious culture, the depths in which man is falling, and the need to stand firm in our faith and resist (1 Cor. 16:13, 1 Peter 5:8-9).  

Deception, false beliefs, and just plain laziness are some of the many reasons that keep many from knowing the truth and believe lies.  You can call them reasons or excuses, no matter, those that are in that category will be held accountable for their actions.

You have already seen my articles in the past concerning false teachers and their drifting away from scripture that is leading many people astray from God’s truth. In this article I will bring you up to date on some of the things that are happening in the Christian community that shows how far many are falling away from His truth.

*   “GAY CHRISTIANS’ SEEKING TO HOOK UP? – THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT.”  It is described as “An LGBTQ+ Christian dating community” where you can “find connections, dates, and a life partner where your faith and sexuality meet in a space of inclusion and diversity. Gay Christianity” is being made increasingly popular by the acceptance and promotion of openly gay church leaders such as Sam Allberry of Living Out, who is currently being promoted by the popular Gospel Coalition and the ERLC of the Southern Baptist Convention. http://reformationcharlotte.org/2019/01/13/gay-christians-seeking-to-hook-up-theres-an-app-for-that/?fbclid=IwAR0Zal_jM5Ic4iKR34SWE59SFmHv3MrYF7ZE67UCHXDi7uDyQLd1NOcpLP0

The racist speech a Christian college doesn’t want you to hear.  By Ryan Bomberger

This is the tale of two lectures at Wheaton College, a Christian evangelical college in the suburbs of Chicago. The first speech was sponsored by Wheaton’s Philosophy department and held in the esteemed Billy Graham Center on campus. It was entitled: “A Post-Racial America? White Gazes and Black Bodies.” It can only be described as an expletive-laced, pornographic, racist, anti-biblical screed. His theme? “To be white is to be racist.” There was no backlash from Wheaton’s leadership. There were no letters sent out by any staff or student government leaders denouncing him or raising concerns about the hostile, f-bomb-laden speech. There was only internal praise by the school’s own Wheaton Record. 

Then there’s that second speech. Wheaton College Republicans courageously invited me to speak about abortion and race. My multimedia talk was entitled “Black Lives Matter In and Out of the Womb.” it was an expletive-free, fact-based, statistics-driven, Biblically-rooted, deeply personal and grace-filled discussion on the systemic racism of the abortion industry and the hypocrisy of the pro-abortion #BlackLivesMatter movement. As an adoptee and adoptive father who was conceived in rape, I challenged students to see the most vulnerable, the most marginalized, and the most powerless among us as having equal intrinsic worth and God-given Purpose.

Six days later, I was severely denounced by a campus-wide email sent out by two Wheaton staff members and signed by three student government leaders. My entire message was branded as “offensive rhetoric” that made “many students, staff, and faculty of color” feel “unsafe” on their campus. And now, the school has canceled the College Republicans’ next event, because leadership claims their speaker approval process needs to change so Wheaton students aren’t exposed to such factivism (aka truth) again. https://townhall.com/columnists/ryanbomberger/2019/01/11/racist-speech-christian-college-doesnt-want-public-to-hear-n2538881

* Hillsong church in Phoenix to hold Catholic mass. – https://reformationcharlotte.org/2019/02/01/hillsong-church-phoenix-conducting-a-catholic mass-and-hosting-Catholic-priest-at-alpha-conference-2019/

* “Catholic University defends drag show, transgender policies in defiance of Archbishop.”  http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2018/11/30/catholic-university-defends-drag-show-transgender-policies-in-defiance-of-archbishop/

* “11-Year-old Trailblazing Child Drag Queen Promoted on Good Morning America.” http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2018/11/20/11-year-old-trailblazing-child-drag-queen-promoted-on-good-morning-america/

*[Washington, DC] The Center for Security Policy, a Washington think tank comprised of former national security experts, has put out a dire warning about Christians engaging in Interfaith Dialogue. The report highlights the intentional use of Interfaith Dialogue by both Marxists and Islamic Extremists to weaken American resolve to protect its national sovereignty, culture and Judeo-Christian values. …

http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2018/11/24/national-security-group-puts-out-dire-warning-about-interfaith-dialogue/#more-83267

 ‘Pope Francis,’ Islamic Imam Sign Declaration Calling for World Peace, ‘Dialogue Among Believers’  http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2019/02/09/pope-francis-islamic-imam-sign-declaration-calling-for-world-peace-dialogue-among-believers/

*”Drag Queen Story Time for Kid at Philadelphia- Area Library Sparks Protest.”http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2019/02/06/drag-queen-story-time-for-kids-at-philadelphia-area-library-sparks-protest/

From these articles you can see that Christians are being attacked from all sides. Starting with changing the truths of the Gospel to trying to influence our children and even promoting small steps that will lead to a one world church. To fight this trend we must be educated as to what is going on and to know our enemy. We must also remember what Timothy tells us in 2 Timothy 4:3-4 and not fall into that trap; 3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.

 

 

 

 

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What Happened to His truth

What is happening to His truth?

Part 2

In Tucson, we have churches that seem to be more interested in social justice, inclusiveness and diversity than equipping the saints and sending out disciples. They promote (in their own words);

* The acceptance of equal rights for LGBTQ with membership and ordination as pastors and to authorize same-sex marriages.

*Unity, Unity honors the universal truths in all religions and respects each individual’s right to choose a spiritual path.”

* “A faith community that is willing to take risks for progress on social justice. We have embraced advocacy on behalf of the Sanctuary Movement, justice and safety for immigrants, and the full inclusion of LGBTQ people in the life of the church and society. Our commitment to justice is in our DNA.”

* Progressive Christianity churches “practicing a radical inclusivity that includes all, regardless of belief or disbelief, age, race, gender, class, or sexual orientation; working for justice and peace among all people, honoring other faith traditions as a viable path to God, and a commitment to practice the teachings of Jesus as the greatest witness of our faith and affiliate of The Center for Progressive Christianity.”

*And we also have the Unitarian Universalist churches. “The Unitarian Universalist Church has been a beacon of liberal religion and a place to pursue a free and responsible search for truth and meaning. Our community is bound together by our Seven Principles which include: the dignity and worthiness of all people, equity and compassion in human relations, and respect for the interdependent web of life. We take inspiration from multiple religions as well as humanist, secular, and scientific thought. Come join us to learn more!”

And in our Christian faith we have people abandoning His truth;

*  Lauren Daigle, a widely popular Christian singer, states she is no longer a Christian artist she is an artist that is a Christian. She recently stated while on the Ellen Degeneres program that she didn’t know enough about the Bible to say whether or not homosexuality was a sin (Andy Stanley is her pastor).

* Prominent Pastor Sam Allberry (also has a large following in the US) who is a pastor in Maidenhead UK and identifies himself as a gay Christian. He is an apologist and writer for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and a consulting editor for The Gospel Coalition. He is also the founder of an organization that is fully devoted to the false teaching of so-called, “Gay Christianity.” Unfortunately, many evangelicals support Allberry and his ministry, including The Gospel Coalition and the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC). The most prominent supporter of Allberry’s gay ministry is Dr. Tim Keller (pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York, is a leading voice in American Christianity).

http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2018/09/28/gay-christian-event-planned-with-mark-devers-capitol-hill-baptist-church/#more-82270

* Christian” singer and megastar Carrie Underwood’s proclamation that she attends a gay-affirming church and supports gay marriage https://beginningandend.com/christian-star-carrie-underwood-supports-gay-marriage/).

* Contemporary Christian singer Jennifer Knapp, Who was once called “the next Amy Grant” took a more aggressive stance debating a pastor on Larry King Live to support her position that the Bible, in fact, does not call homosexuality a sin. May 12, 2011 By Beginning and End  https://beginningandend.com/christian-singer-jennifer-knapp-comes-out-is-it-ok-to-be-christian-and-gay/)

And as time goes by the teachings from the pulpit become more extreme as some of our so-called mainline conservative pastors succumb to worldly and culturally sensitive topics that may encourage non-believers to come to church and keep so-called believers there. Topics such as Hell is not permanent (Pastor Rob Bell), gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender is not a sin (Pastor John Pavlovitz), Jesus had no ability to heal the sick. He couldn’t cast out devils, and He had no ability to raise the dead (Pastor Bill Johnson), Church is more important than being theologically correct and “It is next to impossible to defend the entire Bible.” (Andy Stanley), and several years ago a pastor said his fourth conversion was moving from “evangelism” as the primary focus of his ministry to that of Social Justice, world hunger, et cetera (Billy Graham); https://mikeratliff.wordpress.com/2015/11/02/because-of-your-stubbornness-and-unrepentant-heart-you-are-storing-up-wrath-for-yourself-in-the-day-of-wrath-and-revelation-of-the-righteous-judgment-of-god/).

And we can’t forget about all the mega-church pastors and the like being involved in varieties of sexual scandals; Bill Hybels (his elders even ran interference to protect him for a while – then resigned in disgrace), Andy Savage having sex with a high school student while a youth pastor and Pope Francis knew his protege, took nude selfies, abused seminarians; and still promoted him to a top Vatican post.

This is just a sample of what is being taught, displayed as role models, and the falling away from the truth that is going on in our spiritual/religious community. These actions will greatly affect many of us now and in the future as the church and it’s pastors succumb to Satan and his strategies.

From scripture, we are told that we are in a spiritual battle (Eph. 6:10-12, 2 Cor. 10:3-4) and as Christians, we need to act like it.  Some of the things I have posted may offend some people but that is not my intention. I am just trying to share information with you that will help people to see what is going on and how serious these issues are that affect our faith, the salvation of many, and our DNA as Christ followers.

The sad but easy part of this article was gathering the information presented. Now comes the difficult part. Getting people to read the information, get fired up, make a recommitment to stand firm in the faith and speak up for what we believe and challenge (in a loving manner) those who are drifting away.

To answer those questions we only have to refer to scripture as Jesus has laid it all out for us and explain how to handle the situations if only we would have faith in Him.

To start off I will state a serious notice that the Apostle John gives us: 1  John 2:4 4Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. We need to take this scripture seriously

 

 

 

 

 

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What happened to His truth?

What is happening to His truth?

PART 3

Now comes the difficult part, are we willing to walk the walk? The answer, the way, the reasons, and the why and how are spelled out in scripture. They are as plain as the nose on our faces. Like our nose, the answers are right in front of us but for some reason, many of us can’t see them.

To fight the untruths we are being taught we must follow God’s guidelines. First and foremost we must love the Lord (Matthew 22:37) because without true love for Him we will fall short. We must believe in His word (2 Timothy 3:16), be alert and stand firm in the faith (1 Cor. 3:16).

Part of standing firm is speaking up and doing what is right according to His word. That means not being afraid to say things, in love, that might offend people. Jesus did not worry about offending people, He told them the truth, in love, but it still was sharper than a double edge sword to some (Hebrews 4:12). He spoke up openly and constantly about the coming of the lawless one, the drifting away of believers, the false teachers that would creep into our churches. He named names and told His followers to avoid such people (Romans 16:17). If those truths were to be followed then, then I ask why aren’t we following them now?

My personal opinion is that it is because we are afraid of offending people, strangers and friends alike. We worry about what people will think. We don’t want to get into a serious discussion about what scripture tells us to do because we are not doing it. Jesus tells us repeatedly to confront sin wherever it lies. Or we may think that if we challenge our friends it may ruin our relationship with them. That may be true but what does Jesus say about it? Matthew 10:34-35, Do not assume that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to turn ‘A man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And some pastors do not teach about sin, repentance, and consequences because they are afraid that non or new believers may be offended and not come back to their church. Taking a stand for Jesus will result in hardships and a true Christ follower will choose Jesus over a relationship no matter how painful.

According to the recent study, “The State of Theology” by Ligonier Ministries and Lifeway Research, 46 percent of self-identified evangelicals in America believe that “God accepts the worship of all religions, including Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.”

Statistics like these beg the question why does almost half of the Christian population believe that God accepts other religious beliefs as ways to salvation? Why? Could it be because pastors are teaching a false message, people are listening and believing them, people are not reading and studying scripture for themselves, people are scared and do not want to believe His truth because it can cause conviction or we are just plain lazy!

From what I have learned and understand is that we are part of the reason so many people believe false teachings, are blind to the truth, and we watch as people are lead to Hell because we don’t speak up. We keep silent even though Jesus has warned us of this fallen condition and gave us instructions on how to fight it. One way we backslide is our sin of silence. That sin can be corrected if we follow scripture and do what Jesus calls us to do. Such is listed in the following scriptures.

First we must know the seriousness of our commitment to Jesus and then how to break our silence; 1 John 2:4-6 Whoever says I know Him but does not keep His commandments is a liar and the truth is not in him, but if anyone obeys His word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in Him. Whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus did.

We need to make sure the person is a false teacher; do what 1 John 4:1 says: “test him to see if he’s from God.” And 1 Thes. 5:21, “test everything, hold on to what is good and resist evil.:

We can be separate from unbelievers and not let them seduce us into worldly living; 2 Corinthians chapter 6 verse 14. “Do not be bound together with unbelievers, for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness or what fellowship has light with darkness, or what harmony has Christ with Belial – ” or Satan.” Paul in Romans 16:17-18 tells us to “avoid them.”

We are to call out false teachers just as Jesus did in Matthew 7:13-36 and so did the Apostles Paul, 1 Timothy 1:20; 2 Timothy 2:16-18, Titus 1:13 and John (3 John 1:9). There is no question that there is “biblical precedence for calling out false teachers.

We need to be committed to our faith and “Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong.” 1Cor. 16:13.

The way to resist evil is to stand firm in the faith, don’t be afraid to speak up in love and call out false teachings, separate ourselves from the world and false teachers and by all means do not make excuses for our friends or favorite pastors if they are false teachers.

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A gift to Jesus

If you want to give Jesus a gift this Christmas, give Him the gift of obedience to His word.

Obedience is what God asks of us. To me, it is the greatest gift we could give Him and one that He requests.

 Exodus 19:5, Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine,

 John 15:14, you are my friends if you do what I command.

 John 14:15, If you love Me, you will obey what I command.

 2 John 1:6, and this is love, that we walk in obedience to His commands. As you have heard from the beginning, His command is that you walk in love.

 Luke 11:28, He replied, Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.

When we are obedient to God we bring glory to Him, how do we do that? When we; do what He requests, walk as mature Christians in our and understanding of Him, delight in His presence, trust God’s will, take up Jesus’ yoke, and when we walk in the Spirit and put our focus on God rather than in our flesh.

God is also glorified in our good works, when we learn His doctrine which will shed light into our darkness, and when we walk in love. We can also glorify God by being undefiled which means that we strive to abstain from sin and do what He commands.

In the book of Romans and Ephesians Paul tells us that we are save by grace thru faith and not by works (he also states we are created in Christ Jesus for good works; Eph. 2:10). And James tells us 2:18, But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. So to be obedient to God is to have faith and do good works (they come in a variety of ways) and this is pleasing to our Lord.

 Lastly, again I will say, God is glorified in us when we obey His commandments. 3 John 4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.  If we walk in disobedience we are walking in the flesh. If we walk in the truth, we are walking in obedience by the power of the Holy Spirit by walking in the Spirit, thus we glorify God bringing honor to Him. We also show love for our Lord by obeying Him.

If we do these things that will be evidence of our becoming Christ-like because we are taking on His character. We are growing, maturing into God’s beloved children. Then we will be in total submission and surrender to Christ as Lord and Savior bringing Him the utmost glory and if it is possible to give a gift to the Creator, an obedient treasured possession! (Exodus 19:5)

December 2018

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Truth does matter

TRUTH DOES MATTER

I am going to vent so if you don’t want to read what I am venting about you may as well delete this article now. I just have a need to vent concerning truth.

Here it goes. I am so tired of hearing and reading about people, both supposedly Christians, and secular, judging, choosing sides, making and stating opinions, stating guilt or innocence, deciding what is right and wrong, and protesting for or against something (and the list could go on) based solely on their feelings, emotions, desires, likes and dislikes. These characteristics have absolutely nothing to do with truth and determining what is truth.

I personally know there is truth, both spiritually and secularly.  During my life, I have promoted it, fought for it, believed in it, ignored it, lied about it, tried to twist it, made it look good when it was not, and refused to believe it. I also know the difference between what I want to be true and what actually is true except in the grey areas and then I call that a matter of opinion.

I hit the tipping point as I watched the circus unfold on national TV concerning the Kavanaugh/Ford debacle. “I believe her, she was so convincing/ what did she have to gain by opening up and coming forward?/ she must be believed because women in the past have not been believed/ you could see her true emotions coming out/ after listening to her I know he is guilty” and on and on. And “he was so convincing/ he showed so much emotion and I could feel his pain/ the cards were stacked against him/ he was believable” and on and on.

To me, as a former police officer, listening to all of this from everyone involved (and many who were not) it was sickening. I just kept talking to the people on the TV (and my poor wife had to sit and listen to me give advice) saying “TRUTH” “why aren’t you asking for and demanding the TRUTH?/ why aren’t you stating that all you want is the TRUTH?/ why aren’t you asking questions that will filter out the TRUTH instead of asking ‘how do you feel’ or ‘was it difficult for you to be here and testify’ and other questions regarding feelings, emotions, and beliefs?

It seemed that the truth did not matter and what was important was playing on the emotions and feelings of the people in the room and around the world as they watched. My truth tells me it was a sad day for our nation, our political system and the people running it. Facts and truth were irrelevant when they should have been the only thing that mattered. I pray I was not the only one who was frustrated in the lack of discovering what the truth was and what the facts were.

It may come as a shock to hear but, some women lie, are deceptive, ruthless, want paybacks, are willing to sacrifice to get even for the greater good JUST LIKE SOME MEN!

As a former police officer, I was taught that truth and facts were all that mattered. I (we)  HAD to put aside emotions, feelings, and personal preferences when doing our job. In court, when you were asked questions and were testifying truth and facts was all that mattered. Sometimes you could give an opinion but that was all it was, an opinion and everyone knew that. Viewing this circus made me wonder (again) if truth and facts had any place in our political system. I am also amazed how far from the truth in scripture some of our pastors and fellow believers have fallen away (as scripture states they will).

I have never been to law school but as a police officer, I did have training in the knowledge of city, state and federal laws and how to ask and answer questions to get at the facts both on the street and in court. With that said I think I could have done a good job (as many other police officers could have done) by asking questions of both parties that would draw out the facts that MATTERED in this situation. That was not done. Instead, the questions asked were of the sensational, emotional, opinionated vein that would obtain the goals of the person asking them.

Christians (true Christians) involved in this mess should have stood out among the crowd and been the light that everyone could see even if they did not want to. Sadly, many times this did not happen. I hope that now this circus is over, we Christians that were vocal and had opinions, can step back and reflect on how we acted, reacted, and voiced our opinions and then learn from the mistakes (sins) we made. And we would go to Jesus, ask for forgiveness for the dim light we showed the world and ask the Holy Spirit to help keep us from repeating those sins that we thought were righteous anger but were not.

And in the future we would follow what James said in James 1:19-20, My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.

Dennis

10/8/2018

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Appreciation

Maybe it’s the heat, or the sad rhetoric​​ coming from politicians, or the immigrants that are in our county and want more without thanking the USA for what they have been given. Or maybe it’s the condition of many of our youth that take and take from adults, the government and their friends and family and choose not to say thank you to those ​from whom they ​have benefitted. And maybe it’s that some adults don’t appreciate the benefits they receive from our country (really ​ from​ the taxpayers). And finally, maybe it’s seeing the lethargic, lukewarm persons who claim to be Christians who go through the motions but don’t really desire to follow the true Gospel who have frustrated me so in the past few months. But right now I am challenged with the feeling of frustration and I know it is not healthy and Jesus does not want me to go there, but there I am!

With that said and the feelings I have, the only and best thing for me to do is to go to scripture for clarity and comfort. I know the scriptures. I have even quoted many of them to people that were in the same position I am in now, but heaven only knows why I have let myself get to this point.

I need the reminders of John 16:33 “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” I guess the stress of our student Riscilla being dropped from​ NAU because of a low-grade average when I had such high hopes for her has got me down.  

And then I remembered Galatians 6:9 “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” That takes care of my selfish idea that for the past six years we have been pouring into our Apache students to see that they get a good education in an environment that is safe and healthy, and they don’t say thank you (enough)! Another thing getting me down.

​M​y frustration grows as I see some of my friends and others fall under the spell of false teachers and not being willing to ​listen to the Truth in Scripture. Then,​ I am reminded of 2 Timothy 4:3-4​.​ “A time will come when people will not listen to accurate teachings. Instead, they will follow their own desires and surround themselves with teachers who tell them what they want to hear.​”​

The frustrations could go on and on if I would let them but I have a Champion, a Savior that comes to my rescue (and very often I may say) who reminds me as in Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” He will do it, not me.

Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” I have to put my trust and faith In Jesus for the strength I need and can’t get on my own.

And then Matthew 11:28-29 tells me where to go when I feel lost and tired. “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

And when others seem to be thankless, unappreciative, selfish, and ungrateful I am to ignore them and concentrate on me, myself and I in respect to actions or inactions of gratefulness. I am to remember I should …​

​”​Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.​” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

 ​”​Give thanks to the LORD, for ​He is good; His love endures forever.​” 1 Chronicles 16:34

 ​”​Give thanks to the LORD, call on ​His name; make known among the nations what ​He has done.​”  1 Chronicles 16:8

 ​“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in ​Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.​” Colossians 2:6-7

 ​”​And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through ​Him​” Colossians 3:17

 Wow, I feel better; a new perspective has just jumped out in front of me! Who would have thought?

How about you?

 

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Church, what is it like today. Part 1c

Universalism within the church is coming.

Many pastors are preaching universalism is the future of our church. They say all roads (beliefs) lead to the same God, if you believe in God that’s all that matters, or in Christ we are all brothers. Years ago even Billy Graham told Pastor Robert Schuller (while being interviewed) that “he believed that everybody that knows Christ or loves Christ whether they are conscious of it or not are members of the body of Christ” even if they don’t know it.”  Several Scriptures tell us that in the end times there will be many false teachers such as in Matthew 24:24, “for false Christ’s and false prophets will rise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.”

The one world religion is described in Revelation 17:1-18 as “the great harlot” and will be part of the end times scenario. The term harlot is used as a metaphor for false religion. There is no doubt that some sort of one world religion under the false prophet will be part of the end times, perhaps made up of a number of different religions, sects, and isms that are around today. And we are told to stay away from them and their teachings (“for you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consist in all goodness, righteousness and truth and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.” Ephesians 5:11.)

With that in mind let’s look at who is slipping into the idea that we all believe in the same God and we all will be saved.

Denominations and individual pastors are increasingly accepting the notion that we all love and serve the same God and that we could all belong to a central church. Note the following;

James Robison (American televangelist and the founder and President of the Christian relief organization Life Outreach International) tells pope Frances “In Christ we are all brothers.”

Evangelical mmega-pastorRick Warren is on record embracing Roman Catholicism as a viable form of the historic orthodox Christian faith.  In an in  interview conducted by Roman Catholic apologist Raymond Arroyo, Warren refers to Rome’s current Pope Francis as “our new pope.

The unity Warren is proposing fits perfectly in the New World Order paradigm of the Papacy and the United Nations. Ecumenism among Christians and across religions is one small part of a huge initiative towards a global government and global religion that satisfies them all. Source; Apprising Ministries (Source for above; http://apprising.org/2014/05/06/james-robison-to-pope-francis-in-christ-we-are-brothers/.

In June of 2014 Pope Francis was the host of two special interfaith gatherings at the Vatican. It incorporated Jewish, Christian and Muslim prayers (the Koran distinguishes itself from Christianity as it proclaims that Allah has no son: and it denies the crucifixion) source; Source; Beginning and End, http://beginningandend.com/

A new video has just been released in which Pope Francis very clearly expresses his belief that all of the major religions are on different paths to the same God.  Source; Michael Snyder  End Of The American Dream – Jan. 11, 2015.    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6FfTxwTX34&feature=youtu.be

In June, 2014 not only did Pope Francis hold ecumenical services in the Vatican where he prayed to the moon god of Islam, Allah, he also held high level meetings with mega church pastor, Joel Osteen (false teacher) and U.S. Senator Mike Lee who was there to represent the Mormon Church. Source; https://www.raptureready.com

The NAR-affiliated false teacher Lou Engle, founder of the “Azusa Now: The Call”  exchanged foot kisses with a Roman Catholic leader live on stage in front of a cheering audience of 100,000+ packed into the LA Coliseum this past weekend.

Matteo Calisi, the Roman Catholic leader appointed by Pope Benedict, who founded United in Christ, an organization that strives for ecumenism between Christians and Catholics. He tells the audience that division between Christians and Catholics is a “diabolical sin,” and that Jesus “doesn’t care” that Christians and Catholics disagree on biblical doctrine. Source; The Berean Call, 04/11/2016. www.thebereancall.org

We can also learn from Wikipedia where it has 6 steps on how to become more accepting of other religions. Source; http://www.wikihow.com/Be-More-Accepting-of-Other-Religions

What we have today are churches and pastors that teach God’s word (the Gospel) as Jesus called us to in a manner He prescribed competing with an unbelievable number of denominations, cults, radical, social justice and experience oriented churches for members.

In Acts 2 Peter gave the people that were gathered together a message, words from the Prophet Joel, David and the resurrection of Christ and they listened. Peter gave them God’s words as they were written (and verbally handed down) and they responded.  Acts 2:40-47 states: “40 And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation.” 41 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. 42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43 Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. 44 Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, 45 and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. 46 So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.

The Apostles were not worried about offending people by teaching God’s word in its original context, or if people would come back next week. They were not worried about numbers, keeping people happy, providing them with all types of social activities or fulfilling their social needs. And they were not interested in entertaining the crowd. They preached His word and allowed God to do the rest.

A far cry from what is going on today in many buildings called church!

And I say Amen,

Dennis

05/18/2018

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