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Bringing Twilight out into the Son
Blockbuster books and hit movie confuse evil with good

By Eric Barger

 

 

By now most of you have heard about the bestselling Twilight saga series written by Stephenie Meyer. Thus far there are over 17 million books in print from the series. However, if you’ve been hanging around in a cave somewhere just waiting for a reason to flutter, let me sum up the storyline. Vampires are cool. Some may be bad, but in general Vampires are cool and Edward Cullen is the newest heart throb.

High school junior, Bella Swan, moves from Arizona to Forks on the Washington coast (the setting for the majority of the movie) and falls in love with Edward Cullen, who as it turns out, is a member of a family of vampires who have learned to survive from the blood of animals rather than that of humans.

Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan
and Robert
Pattinson
as Edward Cullen

Meyer, a thirty-something Mormon mother of three from Arizona is the author of the four book series (Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn), a novel called The Host and the soon-to-be-released book, Midnight Sun which, unlike the Twilight series, chronicles the saga from Edward’s viewpoint rather than Bella’s.

Last Friday [Nov. 21, 2008] the first movie (“Twilight”) debuted in 3419 theaters nationwide. It came in #1 for the weekend, grossing $70 million and crushing the nearest competitor by a three to one margin. The theater that my wife Melanie and I saw it in was a complex of fourteen screens with three of them playing “Twilight.”

Make no mistake this is a buzz among millions of teens right now. One fan website sub heading proudly proclaims it is “For the obsessed Twilight saga fan.”
There is a whole market industry based on the books. Twilight has induced a multi-million dollar cottage industry spawning everything from t-shirts and clothing to tattoos and pod casts. As we have noted with other such phenomena, books are being written about the books! Four days after the movie’s release I went to a local Walmart to find the store sold out of Twilight series books. Same with the Target across the street. It isn’t that they didn’t plan; it’s just that there is no way to keep up with the current demand.
 
 
 

 

Nikki Kinke of Deadline Hollywood Daily reported:

“Exit polling showed audiences were 75%/25% female to male, and 55%/25% under or over the age of 25. Fangirls — or should I say fang-girls — were buying 5 Twilight tickets per second as of early Friday morning, making it online ticket-seller Fandango’s fastest-selling film since The Dark Knight last July. Then the tween and teen females in store bought or homemade Twilight clothes (and even Twilight tattoos) flocked to the first Big Screen version of Stephenie Meyer’s bestselling series of Romeo & Juliet-style vampire romance books. Yet the movie adaptation by Melissa Rosenberg was made by start-up studio Summit for only $37M. This will be the start of a big new franchise since a sequel is already in the works — “New Moon,” based on Meyer’s second book in the series. The first box office records have already been broken by Twilight’s girl power. This is the biggest opening for a female director. Catherine Hardwicke is easily beating Mimi Leder’s $41.1M for 1998’s Deep Impact. (But with an asterisk since these figures aren’t adjusted for inflation, ticket prices, etc.) Twilight will have the 2nd best opening day for a November release behind Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire, and the 11th best Friday opening of all time, beating the first Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone, and the 15th best opening day ever. It also scored the 4th best November opening weekend of all time, and the 4th best opening weekend of 2008. It’s a defining moment for Summit’s start-up studio that had really struggled on its first few releases. On Saturday morning, Summit officially announced the greenlight for the New Moon sequel (I’m told to contain costs the studio is considering making sequels #2 and #3 back to back like other successful franchises have done), and Robert Pattinson (Edward Cullen) and Kristen Stewart (Bella Swan) formally thanked fans for their support of what is now a movie franchise. (http://www.deadlinehollywooddaily.com/2nd-update-for-the-twilight-zone)

Speaking of Harry Potter, make no mistake: Twilight is the next Harry Potter. In fact, many are saying, “who’s Harry Potter?” Many of the same Potter fans are now loyal to Meyer’s saga and it’s a logical move for a culture craving supernaturalism. From a school of witchcraft to a clan of vampires, readers and movie goers are again proving how broad the thirst is for mystical power whose source is decidedly not God.

Evil vs. Good or Evil vs. more Evil?

The storyline of Twilight is generally two faceted. It is first “boy vampire meets a mortal girl” and secondarily “‘good’ vampires fight ‘bad’ vampires.” Then there are the werewolves introduced in the second book, New Moon.

Many of the characters in the novel possess supernatural abilities such as:
– Mind reading
– Levitation
– Lycanthropy (shape shifting)
– Pre-cognitive knowledge of future events – mediumship
– Super strength, hearing and speed
– They also don’t eat, sleep or need to breath

A quick reading of Deuteronomy 18:9-12 clearly outline God’s final word on many of these vampire attributes. I covered these four verses for over 100 pages in my book Entertaining Spirits Unaware: The End-Time Occult Invasion.

Interestingly, Meyer begins Twilight with the words of Genesis 2:17.

But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

Even though Meyer says on her website that the cover of the book (the apple) symbolizes “forbidden fruit” and that the Genesis scripture reference is related to Bella’s eventual understanding of the knowledge of good and evil, the inference of this passage is much more. It is about the fall of mankind and about eternal life (something vampires claim to have). Even Mormon theology would be hard pressed to come up with less than this observation.

The Cullen family is led by Edward’s “father” (through vampirism) the “best” vampire, Dr. Carlisle Cullen. The elder Cullen was raised centuries ago by a father who, as an Anglican pastor, hunted witches, destroyed werewolves – and vampires. (Speaking of this in the manuscript Meyer throws a direct barb towards supposedly intolerant, orthodox Christian ministers.) Some believe that due to this background, Dr. Cullen’s character seeks to rise above the nature of a vampire becoming a doctor in order to do good and save people. However, what is actually evident here are two disturbing points. First, Meyer has incorporated in Dr. Cullen’s makeup the Mormon edict that a person must accomplish their own good acts in order to be redeemed. I commonly refer to this as “works salvation” which is a mainstay taught in every Mormon seminary, church and home. In Mormonism the onus for salvation is all about what a person does for the Mormon Church – instead of what Jesus completely finished for us. (Concerning this, it is interesting that more than one Mormon blog entry has complained that Meyer integrates far too much Mormon doctrine into her books.) Second and most disturbing is the notion that the Cullen’s seem to view their state as generally hopeless. This shouts loudly against the omnipotent power of Jehovah God to accomplish deliverance. In a subtle and unspoken manner, the books assert that God is unable to rescue one from an incurable eternal ill such as vampirism is presented to be. Whether vampirism is but a mythical malady or not, this thinking may translate to the reader that Jesus’ sacrifice was not sufficient or that it is only by one’s own righteousness that freedom (or eternal life) can be attained. The truth is that God is indeed able to deliver anyone and everyone and such deliverance is only available through the power of the Cross! One can argue that vampires either do or do not exist. (I know personally of one very credible person whose testimony recounts actually participating in vampirism to gain supernatural satanic power. However, the point here is that no matter how deep the pit of evil and sin one may be trapped in, Jesus’ power is greater. Praise the Lord!

The fact is that the entire Twilight series is glamorizing and promoting vampirism. It is fueling the craving for eternal human life and for dominating super human abilities and strength. In the book and movie Bella powerfully begs her vampire love interest to make her one of his like (by biting her neck of course). Edward restrains himself but only for the sake of drawing out the suspense, for she indeed does join him in vampire status in later books (and in a future movie). Though Meyer is to be commended that Bella’s unwanted pregnancy later in the series does not end in abortion one has to wonder if the union of two vampires could produce a God-created human in the first place?

Twilight has been defended as a positive book because it contains no sex, seems to preach abstinence and includes only mild swearing. Whose version of morality is that I ask? This is simply a lesser-than-two-evils approach and while I readily admit that this romantic styled chick flick is far less ominous than a large number of the books and movies out there today, how can a biblically minded Christian endorse it as acceptable for a 12 year-old?

To revisit a theme I wrote and spoke of many times during the height of the Harry Potter fad, the heroes of today are much like the villains I grew up watching on TV. Gone are the likes of Roy Rogers, Ward Cleaver and Red Skelton. The people who we’re asked to root for at the movies today act more like the thugs portrayed in 1950’s Hollywood entertainment. The marker of truth and what is good and right has surely moved and it hasn’t been pretty.

I will admit that in comparison, the content of “Twilight” seems lightweight in the overall scheme of today’s motion picture industry. The trailers previewing other forthcoming features that were shown before the screening of the “Twilight” film were frankly shocking and full of occultism and gut wrenching violence. However, have we stooped so low as to say “‘Twilight,’ with its vampire heroes and PG-13 rating is somehow more acceptable than the more gruesome R rated jobs?” Is “not as bad as” somehow a prerequisite making something OK for our kids? Since when did the “lesser-of-two-evils” become a biblical principle? One needs to be aware that there are Satanists who in real life practice drinking the blood of humans. To many occultists, vampirism is not just a fairy tale but something coveted. No matter how dreamy Hollywood may present Edward Cullen to be or how obsessed some junior higher may become with him, Twilight is nothing short of Satan’s cloak of evil; appearing good. Remember, the most deceptive evil is not the most obvious. It is the most subtle. It also induces more people who may be repulsed by overt darkness to begin the journey from right to wrong.

Two Scriptures immediately come to mind here.

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! – Isaiah 5:20-21

And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. – II Corinthians 11:14

Four Life Principles

A friend of mine, Lia Carlile, who teaches at a solid Christian school in Washington State addressed this very issue last Friday. She knew, as I did, that even in this good and godly environment that the crazed idolatry brought on by the Twilight series and movie was thriving. My two oldest granddaughters heard Lia speak warning them and their classmates and for good reason. Several of my 12 year-old granddaughters friends had been trying to convince her to both read these 500+ page books and to then go to the movie with them. Thankfully, both my kiddos have voluntarily rejected Meyer’s books and shunned the movie with parental intervention.

I want to share with you a few of the points Lia brought up to the students last week. They are reminiscent of things I have said over the last two decades concerning what and who we give our time, mind, money and emotions to. More so, the following points speak as a check list to see if we have fallen into making something besides Jehovah our “god” or if we are on the road toward full blown idol worship.

Lia’s points here

Question 1 – Me and God
How is this thing building my relationship with the Lord?
How does my interest in this area compare with my time invested in my relationship with the Lord?
Question 2 – Me and the People Around Me
Is this creating conflict in my family or with others?

Does it offend other believers or is it confusing them in their faith?

What am I saying to my non-Christian friends or what example am I setting for others?

Question 3 – The Bible

What does the Bible have to say about this? Who does it glorify-God or Satan? Jesus or the things of the World?

Question 4 – Me and Twilight (or whatever applies)

How is this affecting what I think about; my attitude, heart, and mind?

Does it help me to do what is right according to God? Or, does it promote things of the World?

Does it distract me from the Lord and my relationships with others? Serving, praying, reading Bible, ministry, etc.

Does it cause me to say, think, or do things that are contrary to Jesus and his life?

Lia outlined many Scriptures in her notes. One passage that I have pointed out often is Colossians 2:8 which warns us to guard against being taken captive by the deceptiveness of the world. This is up to us to do or not do. What will your decision be?

 

 

 

 

(If you want all of Lia’s notes on Twilight click here.)

Why Blood?

Leviticus 17 tells us that life is in the blood. This Old Testament teaching from The Law finds unfathomable depths of meaning when one thinks of what Christ’s blood represents for all who will believe.

Satan is very interested in the mockery of God’s Word, His name and His Cross. Lucifer, as with vampires, is blood thirsty. He would love nothing more than to deceive young, impressionable people – whom God loves and Jesus died for – into somehow believing that eternal life can be attained some other way than through Jesus and His once-for-all sacrifice on Calvary.

Until the final battle has been fought and the Lord has come with His everlasting and perfect peace, Satan will attempt to prevail through manipulating those who he may. Stephenie Meyer is just one in a long line of those who, without any understanding of it, the Evil One has paid big money to for their services. Twilight is more than mere entertainment. To some it has become every bit as important and as captivating as a religion.

The most famous line from the book and movie is Edward Cullen’s statement to Bella “And so the lion fell in love with the lamb.” This is Meyer’s crafty, yet sick play upon biblical words. The truth is that when Satan is vanquished and evil is defeated, then and only then will the lion and the lamb live in harmony – not as a hundred year old vampire and his wanna-be girlfriend. While Meyer’s character Bella so flippantly decides that nothing is more important than spending eternity with Edward – regardless of the consequences, shouldn’t we be focused on our future eternity with God and on introducing as many to Him before it is too late?

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“Take Heed” Ministries

Cecil Andrews, PO BOX 13, Ballynahinch, BT24 8AL, Northern Ireland.

Telephone/Fax 028 9756 5511. E-MAIL – takeheed@aol.com

WEBSITE – http://www.takeheed.net

Rick Warren: The art of ‘politically-correct’ praying

Invocation at the Inauguration of President Barack Obama

20th January  2009

 

When the Apostle Paul came to the city of Athens we read “his spirit was stirred in him when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry” [Acts 17:16] and later in verse 22 we read of how he stood up on Mars Hill in that same city and to a people whom he described as “very religious” he proceeded to proclaim the Biblical God of creation and His appointed coming judge of all people, His crucified but resurrected Son, Jesus Christ. Yesterday, along with countless millions around the world I watched on television the inauguration of President Barack Obama and not surprisingly I was particularly interested to listen to the ‘Invocation’ delivered by Rick Warren. As I listened to him speak, like Paul of old, ‘my spirit was stirred within me’ for this was not a prayer offered to the One true God of Heaven, Father, Son and Spirit but rather it was a cunningly crafted idolatrous prayer designed to placate and please many of the false ‘gods’ worshipped in Washington DC, in America in general and around the whole world.

 

This was a supreme example of ‘the art of “politically-correct” praying’. I want now to set out the text of what Rick Warren ‘prayed’ as downloaded from his church website and I will intersperse it with my own comments in red in the hope that readers will realize that this was simply a further attempt to idolatrously unify people of ‘faith’ and not an attempt to “earnestly contend for THE faith” [Jude 3].

 

“Let us pray…

 

Almighty God, Our Father, [God is only ‘The Father’ of those who have been “born again” of His Spirit and are trusting alone in His Son, “Jesus Christ and Him crucified” for their eternal salvation – these opening phrases were designed to put everyone of every ‘faith’ or even none at ease] everything we see and everything we can’t see exists because of You alone. It all comes from You; it all belongs to You; it all exists for Your glory. History is Your story.

 

The Scripture tells us, ‘Hear O Israel, the Lord is our God.’ [In Deuteronomy 6:4 this verse in many versions begins “Hear O Israel, The Lord our God” – in a few other versions it does read as Rick Warren stated, ‘The Lord IS our God’. The full declaration of Deuteronomy 6:4, also repeated by the Lord Himself in Mark 12:29, actually tells us “Hear O Israel. The Lord our God is one Lord”. The Bible Knowledge Commentary states, ‘This verse has been called the SHEMA from the Hebrew word translated ‘Hear’. The statement in this verse is the basic confession of faith in Judaism. The verse means that the Lord (Yahweh) is totally unique. He alone is God’. The Commentary goes on to say, ‘This confession of monotheism does not preclude the biblical doctrine of the Trinity. “God” is plural (Elohim) possibly implying the Trinity and “one” (ehad) may suggest a unity of Persons in the Godhead (see Genesis 2:24 where the same word for “one” is used of Adam and Eve).  In the printed text of Rick Warren’s prayer, ‘Hear O Israel, the Lord is our God’ is in inverted commas/quotation marks indicating a direct biblical quote but the phrase that then follows is not in inverted commas/quotation marks suggesting that it is not meant to be a quote from Deuteronomy 6:4. What is Rick Warren up to by only partially quoting the basic confession of faith of Judaism and then following it with this statement ? The Lord is One [Having quoted an important portion of the basic confession of faith in Judaism Rick Warren now asserts that ‘The Lord is One’ – it seems to me that he is trying to tell ‘Israel’ that their ‘God’ is the same ‘One’ claimed by other monotheistic religions such as Islam and Christianity and his next words are the basis for my claim for this] and You are the compassionate and merciful One [EVERY Sura in the Koran except one begins with this dedication “In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful” – Rick Warren’s use of this terminology was I believe intended to ‘strike a chord’ with  the followers of Islam] and You are loving to everyone You have made [this was I believe Rick Warren’s ‘overture’ to Christians who are constantly but erroneously being told that God’s greatest attribute is ‘love’ whereas His greatest attribute actually is ‘holiness’. In these few phrases Rick Warren was I believe using terminology that, as I said earlier, would “placate and please” the followers of many ‘gods’].

 

Now, today we rejoice not only in America’s peaceful transfer of power for the 44th time, we celebrate a hinge point of history with the inauguration of our first African-American President of the United States. We are so grateful to live in this land, a land of unequalled possibility, where the son of an African immigrant can rise to the highest level of our leadership. And, we know today that Dr. King and a great cloud of witnesses are shouting in heaven! [Scripture does not indicate that those in heaven are aware of what is currently happening down here on planet earth and we are told that the focus of praise, rejoicing, singing etc in heaven is “the Lamb” who was crucified to save sinners – see Revelation 5: 5-14 and 7: 9-10. To suggest that the attention of the saints already in heaven would be directed away from their worship of the Lord Jesus Christ to the installation of an American President is very close to if not actually blasphemy].

 

Give to our new President, Barack Obama, the wisdom to lead us with humility; the courage to lead us with integrity; the compassion to lead us with generosity. Bless and protect him [The One true God declares in 1st Samuel 2:30,  “them who honor me I will honor”- in his eulogy to Barack Obama and his ‘god’, the Religion Correspondent of the Belfast Telegraph, Alf McCreary wrote last Saturday (17th January 2009) ‘Obama appears to be a man who is not afraid to think beyond the narrow confines of one religious outlook…He said “I am a Christian so I have a deep faith. On the other hand…I believe that there are many paths to the same place and that there is a higher power, that we are connected as a people’. These are not God-honoring statements worthy and deserving of blessing from the One who said quite clearly in Matthew 7:14 “Strait is the gate and narrow is the way which leadeth unto life and few there be that find it” and who in John 14:6 declared Himself to be the ONLY way and path to His Father in heaven]. his family, Vice-President Biden, the cabinet and every one of our freely elected leaders.

 

Help us, oh God, to remember that we are Americans united not by race, or religion or blood, but to our commitment to freedom and justice for all. When we focus on ourselves, when we fight each other, when we forget You, forgive us. When we presume that our greatness and prosperity is ours alone, forgive us. When we fail to treat our fellow human beings and all the earth with the respect that they deserve, forgive us. And as we face these difficult days ahead, may we have a new birth of clarity in our aims [This I believe was a subtle plug for the global P E A C E initiative championed by Rick Warren and others that he is involved with such as the ‘Tony Blair Faith Foundation’ where he serves as a member of the ‘Advisory Council’], responsibility in our actions, humility in our approaches and civility in our attitudes, even when we differ. Help us to share, to serve and to seek the common good of all [Does the ‘all’ include the ‘common good’ of unborn babies that Barack Obama is content to see aborted (murdered) on an ongoing massive scale?].

 

May all people of goodwill today join together to work for a more just, a more healthy and a more prosperous nation and a peaceful planet. [Tolerant co-operation does not exalt a nation or even a planet – according to Proverbs 14:34 “Righteousness exalteth a nation” and righteousness is certainly not embodied in the ‘prayer’ offered by the actively ‘gay’ Bishop Gene Robinson who was invited by Barack Obama to pray at an event a couple of days before the inauguration – the following is a posting from the Christian blog of Ingrid Schlueter called ‘slice of Laodicea’] –

 

I [Ingrid Schlueter] just received this mailing from Bill Wilson at http://www.DailyJot.com and wanted to pass it on to Slice readers.

A big Amen to Mr. Wilson.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Greetings in the Name of Him Who Is Truth!

Sunday, January 18 marked the beginning of the U.S. presidential inauguration. Kicking off the ceremonies at the Lincoln Memorial was homosexual activist and false minister of the gospel “Vickie” Eugene Robinson, the apostate Episcopalian. Robinson was charged with opening the event with a prayer. He began his prayer for the new administration at the White House with these words, “O god of our many understandings. . .” From then on, Robinson called on this pagan god to “bless” America, but each “blessing” was actually a curse pronounced over the nation, a prophetic call from the abyss to the one world order and the encoding of the true gospel into words that tickle the ears, but destroy souls.

Robinson asked god to bless our nation with tears, anger and discomfort that we might not accept: poverty around the world; women being raped because they seek an education; the discrimination of homosexuals, transgender people, immigrants and people of color; simplistic answers rather than the truth about ourselves as a nation. Robinson then asked for the blessing of patience to understand that our problems will not be fixed anytime soon; with humility to embrace with respect our differences and to know that our national needs must be balanced with the needs of the world; and compassion, “remembering that every religion’s god judges us by the way we care for the most vulnerable.”

It is with these curses embraced by the new administration that our nation begins another chapter in its history, a chapter that when it is written will say that Americans stepped outside of its underpinnings as a Christian nation and its leadership fell apostate to a strange word. Even the man who claims to lead evangelical Christians served as an apologist for the apostate. Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life and pastor of SaddlebackChurch, praised the choice of Robinson to pray, saying that the president-elect “has again demonstrated his genuine commitment to bringing all Americans of goodwill together in search of common ground.” Warren could not be more incorrect. Robinson is not a man of goodwill. He is an apostate that mocks the word of God. And in lacking discernment by promoting common ground with such a man, Warren is deceived and is deceiving others. What has occurred is the cursing of our nation and its leadership with heresy. And it is a sad day that Christian leaders would embrace such compromise. Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Discern that you may not compromise.

Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Bill Wilson
Word of Life Ministry
www.dailyjot.com

 

 

And, may we never forget that one day all nations and all people will stand accountable before You. [This of course is the ‘One Lord’ conjured up by politically-correct interfaith activists such as Rick Warren]

 

We now commit our new President and his wife Michelle, and his daughters, Malia and Sasha, into Your loving care. I humbly ask this in the name of the one who changed my life [The only Saviour of sinners, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God and God The Son not only changes lives but He changes eternal destinies through the redemption He purchased for His people on Calvary’s Cross, even the forgiveness of their sins] – Yeshua (Hebrew), Isa (Arabic), Jesus (Spanish), Jesus (English) – [The use of these names for Jesus was designed to convey or imply a supposed ‘common bond’ between Judaism, Islam, (Hispanic) Roman Catholicism and Protestantism through some measure of common recognition of Jesus Christ – this was devious as of course Judaism rejects Jesus Christ as the Messiah, Islam rejects the deity and death of Jesus Christ and the Jesus Christ of Roman Catholicism is a ‘false christ’ embodied in a supposedly transubstantiated piece of bread – there is absolutely no common bond and recognition of Jesus Christ flowing through these differing religions] who taught us [The Lord Jesus Christ taught HIS disciples to pray this prayer] to pray, “‘Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.’”

 

Rick Warren’s ‘witness’ on Capitol Hill, through this ‘prayer’, bore no resemblance to that of the Apostle Paul on Mars Hill and I do not believe for one minute that anyone in heaven would have been ‘shouting’ as this prayer was offered, and certainly not the Triune God, for we read in John 9:31 “Now we know that God heareth not sinners; but if any man be a worshipper of God, AND DOETH HIS WILL, him he heareth”. Being ‘politically-correct’ when it comes to praying is certainly not “doing God’s will”.

 

Cecil Andrews – ‘Take Heed’ Ministries – 21st January 2009

 

As I studied the entire book of Matthew last year, I was amazed at how much teaching there is about false teachers, false doctrine and false prophets.

Let’s start in Matthew 7 verses 15-21. “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….Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven…I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you.'”

The parable about the weeds in Matthew 13 explains that the weeds are among believers and that the kingdom of God will have yeast, and the yeast is worked through the dough.

Of course Matthew 24 is full of various end-time warnings to watch for deception. Verse 4 says “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.”

Verse 11 and 24. “and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people…For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect — if that were possible.”

There many verses in the New Testament, so here is a list…I implore you to take the time and look up every verse and prayerfully read through them. At one time we have all read these verses, but focusing a few minutes on a subject that was obviously very important in the Bible, will give you defense.

2 Corinthians 1:14

2 Corinthians 4:1-5

2 Corinthians 11:4,13-15

Galatians 1:8-9

Galatians 5:7-10

Ephesians 4:6-7

Colossians 2:8

2 Thessalonians 2:7-12

1 Timothy 1:3-4, 7

1 Timothy 4:1-2

1 Timothy 6:3-10

2 Timothy 2:17-18

2 Timothy 3:12-13

2 Timothy 4:14-15

2 Peter 2:1-3

2 Peter 3:17-18

1 John 2:18-23, 26

1 John 4:1-3

2 John 1:7-8

Jude 3-16

Paul, Peter, Jude, John. Are these men divisive? Yes they are. They are dividing truth from lies. They are warning us to divide ourselves, to stay away from the false prophets and to avoid and not listen to them. We are told to expose the fruitless deeds of darkness.

Ephesians 5:11 says “Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.

An interesting aspect to the end times is that good, will be called evil, and evil, good. There will be a reversal of thought. Those who are trying to point out and expose the heresies of today are the ones being accused of division. But in truth it is the false prophet who is being divisive by introducing false doctrine into the church.

Romans 16:17-18 says “I urge you brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching that you have learned. Keep away from them. For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people.”

This verse tell us something quite contrary to what many are saying today. Many are saying that we need unity in the church no matter what and doctrine is not an issue. Those who compare the new teachings against the Bible are called heresy hunters and dividers. But this verse tells us that the opposite is true. It is those who are teaching contrary to scripture, that are the dividers, not those bringing it to the attention of the church.

The Personal Testimony of Cathy Fowler.————-

I was a trueblue New Ager for 20 years. Over those years I
had many experiences with spiritual powers — or “forces,” as
they say. And I know they exist and are extremely powerful. If
someone had told me at that time that I was tampering with
Satan’s kingdom, I would have laughed in their face!

In fact, the reason I moved to Sedona, Arizona, was because
it is such a strong metaphysical area and community. Sedona is
advertised widely in metaphysical and occult circles as one of
the few “vortex areas” in the United States. (A “vortex area” is
an area where the veil between this world and the spiritual world
is allegedly very thin, so to speak. New Agers believe there is
a higher concentration of psychic or cosmic energy in such
areas.) I thought I could really find and experience “higher
consciousness” in Sedona. And guess what! I did. But through a
totally unexpected source — the Lord Jesus Christ!

The funny thing is that I grew up attending a Baptist church
and spent the first 18 years of my life going to church at least
three times a week. I was even baptized. But I never had a
personal relationship with Jesus. How do I know? Because I have
one now — and I know I’ve never had this before.

Many Christians ask me how I ever could have left the church
for “New Age” thinking. Didn’t I realize what I was mixed up in?
The answer to that is a big NO! I was always the curious sort and
even when I was very young, I sensed the spiritual side of life.
However, when I asked too many (or “wrong”) questions in Bible
studies or at home — or asked for genuine, credible reasons for
the Christian faith — I was always hushed with blanket answers
like, “Because the Bible says so, that’s why!”; no further
explanations were ever given. What all this really sounded like
to me was, “Shut up and don’t ask questions.”

So I started looking for answers elsewhere. And I thought I
had found answers too — in astrology, eastern religion, yoga,
reincarnation, crystals, channeled information, and meditation.
_I had arrived in the New Age._

As I look back over these years, I can say that channeling is
probably the most dangerous of the New Age practices from my
experience. New Agers take every word that comes out of the
channeler’s mouth as the “New Gospel.” I was no exception to
this.

It took me 20 years to build up a New Age belief system, with
new ideas being added all the time. Would you like to know how
long it took the Lord to knock this belief system down? Just
three months! I was led to books written by Christians about the
New Age movement, and I also had a very close Christian friend
who prayed for me on a regular basis. The books quoted Bible
verses and led me back to God’s Word which I hadn’t looked at a
single time in 20 years.

My Bible was on the bookshelf along with my more than 180 New
Age books. And guess what I found inside it when I opened it up
for the first time? A little daily devotional book opened to a
page entitled, “Test The Spirits.” All those 20 years, the
warning was there waiting for me to see it.

I could go on and on, but let me just wrap this up by saying
that I praise God every day for loving me enough to rescue me —
even though I had turned my back on Him by my involvement in the
occult. How gracious the Lord is! My life has totally changed
since a year ago last summer.

My daughter, who is now 16, was also interested in some of
the occult activities I was involved in and showed some genuine
ESP-type abilities. But now she’s deeply involved in a youth
ministry here which is an extension of the Bible church we now
attend. She has accepted Jesus Christ and can see the evil
deception going on under the guise of the New Age movement.

One last thing. Many church-going Christians either ignore or
are afraid of people involved in the New Age movement. Many
Christians are so wrapped up doing their church activities that
they rarely attempt to tackle the “outside world.” But New Agers
are easier to convert than most people might think. Why? Because
unlike the average person, they already have a strong belief in
the spiritual world; they just don’t realize exactly _what_
spiritual world they are mixed up in.

So please don’t ignore New Agers or laugh at them or give up
on them. Give them one of the many fine books on the New Age
movement written from a Christian perspective as well as a pocket
Bible. Miracles happen every hour of every day through Jesus.

 

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Understand The Times
Radio Commentary
 by Roger Oakland

www.understandthetimes.org

WHY WITNESS

When it comes to being a witness for Jesus Christ, the Bible gives us valuable principles and guidelines. It is also important to recognize that the keys to successful evangelism are not held in our human hands. A witness is someone who partners with God. What does it mean to be a partner?

……………………………………………………………

There are two major factors to consider when it comes to evangelism: one involves human effort, the other depends totally on the sovereignty of God. Do you recall what Jesus said? “No one can come to me, unless the Father which hath sent me draws him.” [1]

This statement that Jesus made does not require any explanation. The “how to” aspect of witnessing refers only to the human factor in Christian witnessing. The rest is up to God’s sovereign plan that unfolds according to His will. God uses human vessels to be messengers of the gospel, but the blinds of deception can only be lifted by Him.

When discussing the subject of how to be an effective witness it is important to note that the Bible teaches there are only two categories of people – those who are perishing and those who are not. The apostle Paul, when writing to the people of Corinth could not have made it clearer: “For the word of the cross is to those who are perishing foolishness, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God.” [2]

It is not a pleasant thought to think about friends, relatives and loved ones who belong to the category of the “perishing.” The decision they make about Jesus’ finished work on the cross, will determine where they spend eternity.

When writing to the believers in Thessalonica, Paul created a vivid description of what would happen to those who willingly rejected God’s plan of salvation for man. He wrote:

The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. And these will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power”.[3]

Perhaps we need to be reminded that there are people all around us that are perishing. Although they may think that their life is in order and that they are on their way to heaven, they are living in a world of deception. A witness is someone who is willing to make an effort to be a messenger of the good news so that people can hear about God’s saving grace.

Do you know someone who has never asked Jesus Christ to forgive them for their sins? If you do, then that person is perishing? Have you taken the time to consider the consequences they will eventually and inevitably face? Take a moment right now and ask God what you can do to share the “good news” of our Lord Jesus with them or with others like them. How wonderful it is to be a vehicle to share the message of salvation that will guide a lost soul into eternal life! 

I am Roger Oakland. This has been a biblical perspective to help understand the times.

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source:

http://understandthetimes.org/transcripts/jan2009/2660.shtml


[1]  John 6:44

[2]  1 Corinthians 1:18

[3]  2Thessalinians 1: 7-10

 

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People are desperate. They go to the doctors only to be given more medication upon medication. While there are worthwhile treatments people continue to feel exhausted, headachey, fuzzy-minded, anxious, and depressed.

If you are wondering what is going on and why you and others never feel good anymore there is some good news. This article is a departure from my usual Christian subjects, but I had an answer to prayer here and wanted share this information.  

First let me say that I noticed, really back in the early 90’s, when I was working with a group of women that half of us suffered from headaches and fatigue.  It is really epidemic now, but even back then I knew that our food and our environment was making us all sick.  But life goes on, so you try different medications, lifestyles, exercises, food regimes, supplements to try to find ease of symptoms.

After being prescribed a double dose of anti-depressants I was angry and still am with the pharmeucetical industry and the prescribers. I was coaxed by my doctor to try Celexa when starting menopause. Okay I thought, this wasn’t too bad and it actually worked for awhile. But when this caused pain in my stomach, I was given another drug. This also was another anti-depressant…given for PAIN.  These drugs caused many problems and I weaned myself of them, and my hormones. I am much improved.

But still there are problems. I noticed that when I ate dairy products I had extreme hot flashes. Milk? Cottage Cheese? The source of  menopausal symptoms? I began to really research dairy products and found that hormones and antibiotics inserted into cattle find there way into our systems. Not only by the dairy but the meat itself is tainted.

This only started a week of research into additives. Food, drinks, cosmetics, and toiletries.

Here is how that week went.

Additives? Huh? So what is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)? Hmmm…it seems it is a cleanser that is used for cleaning, WHAT?, engines, floors and cars.  This from wikipedia…..

Sodium lauryl sulfate is used in industrial products including engine degreasers, floor cleaners, and car wash soaps; as well as in household products such as toothpastes, shampoos, shaving foams, some dissolvable aspirins, fiber therapy caplets, and bubble baths for its thickening effect and its ability to create a lather.

I ran to my bathroom and opened the cabinets. Let’s look. My shampoo, oh yes, SLS. Great! I have been anointing my scalp every morning with engine degreaser. Okay, let’s look at my bath gel…..Oh no…here too. Full of the stuff. So not only am I washing my scalp with the stuff, I have rubbing it all over my body in the shower. Wonderful!

Toothpaste, yep its there. Hand soap….Uh huh…. So now I am totally discouraged at what my skin has been absorbing all this time. The skin is the bodies largest organ and I read that it easily absorbs the chemicals applied to it.

Next, back on the computer, I took a look at body lotions. Well!   It seems that mineral oil is  a “petroleum problem”.

Read this from:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2008-11/w-moc112408.php

From a quantitative standpoint, mineral oil is probably the largest contaminant of our body. That this contaminant can be tolerated without health concerns in humans has not been proven convincingly. The current Editorial of the European Journal of Lipid Science and Technology reflects on this and concludes that this proof either has to be provided or we have to take measures to reduce our exposure – from all sources, including cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and the environmental contamination.

So again I rush to the bathroom to check out my lotions. I couldn’t believe it!!! Not only was I applying SLS on my body in the shower, after drying myself, I was slathering on a petroleum product. Three of the bottles I had, and they are all well-known, had mineral oil.  And what made me so angry was that I thought I was taking care of myself.

I looked at a moisturizer I had purchased through Mary Kay. It was a heavy night cream. Mineral Oil. Now it made sense. I had used this product extensively during the summer and noticed how dry my skin was becoming and all of a sudden it was though I was aging overnight.   It was the cream. What was meant for good was actually harming my body and making me worse thinking that I indeed, needed even more of this putrid goo.

Actually, I had to just sit back, contemplate and wonder how this could happen. Is there no one out there in the industries watching out for the consumer? I guess the answer is  NO. We are on our own. Greed has taken over all the markets and we have to research everything for ourselves for safety.

Dare I go on?

I have known for 20 years that I am not able to eat corn products. Especially corn starch and corn syrup. These items are in everything of course. What I didn’t know was why I couldn’t eat these products. While researching high fructose corn syrup, I discovered how this product was making many people sick.

Read some of the comments here:

http://www.accidentalhedonist.com/index.php/2005/06/09/foods_and_products_containing_high_fruct

Most of the corn grown in the US is genetically modified and it is really is not food anymore. So is the soy crop. Stay away from these grains. Of course cattle and chickens are fed this altered corn, so when we eat these products….where will it end? In the US I guess. Most other countries have out-lawed GMO grains, but no, here in our great country, the almighty dollar is the determining factor.

We are switching to organic meats. This means that the cattle must be grass-fed and not be injected with hormones. Still you must check to make sure you are really getting the good stuff.

So there are poisons in everything. In our food, water (flouride was given to the prisoners during the holocaust), deodorant (aluminum) cosmetics, toothpaste and lotions. Oh and soft drinks. I haven’t gone there yet.

Please do not drink anything with the advertised sugar-free products. They will make you sick. They will make you fat. Sodas, chewing, candy, ice cream, all of it. Sugar is better for you if you use some it. Stevia is ok but you don’t hear about it because it does not harm you.

http://www.sweetpoison.com/aspartame-information.html

http://www.splendaexposed.com/

So, you can see where this is going…..

Not feeling well???? Let me ask….

Do you drink milk, eat meat, consume diet products, wash your hair, eat corn chips, corn cereals, take a shower or bath, use lotions, wash your hands, brush your teeth, shave,  use deodorants, polish your fingernails (toluene and formaldehyde), eat cheese, buy processed foods that have high-fructose corn syrup, like crackers, canned goods, cookies, candies, chocolate, cakes, pies, and fuit juices? All these common products are suspect and are harming you.

Please…take a few minutes to research these products and begin to eliminate whatever you can. I went to the health food store and the natural sections in the grocery store and found quite a few products without the additives. You still have to read the labels. For instance at the health food store, there were six different toothpastes but only one brand had neither flouride or the SLS. So check those labels.

You see, I prayed….”Lord help me. I don’t feel good anymore…my head hurts, my thinking is fuzzy, my legs are always weak and tired. What is wrong? Will you show me?”

What the Bible Says About Judging


  By Ben Rast

 Contender Ministries

 Posted January 18, 2009


It seems that no matter how ignorant of the Bible people are, there is one verse that everyone knows.  No, it’s not John 3:16. Some people still don’t know that one.  However, everyone seems to know Matthew 7:1, wherein Jesus says, “Judge not, that ye be not judged” (KJV). In fact, the less of the Bible people know, the more they’re prone to know and repeat this verse.  If we had a nickel for every time someone accused us of “intolerantly” violating this verse, we could pay our server costs and possibly quit our day jobs.  But are these people right? When we cover false religions and beliefs – when we even label a belief as false – are we guilty of violating Jesus’ directive in this verse?  Or is there a greater context that is missing?

If we’re going to speak of context, it’s important to look at the entire passage from which the verse is lifted.  This is the way to perform proper exegesis (getting out of a passage what the writer intended) instead of engaging in eisegesis (forcing one’s own preconceived notions into the text).  My Bible lists the first six verses of Matthew 7 together as part of a common theme.  Here is this fuller excerpt from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount:

1Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 3“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. 6“Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.”  (Matthew 7:1-6, NIV)

Two important points can be gleaned from this text.  First, it is clear that Jesus is addressing hypocrites – those who refuse to take responsibility for their own faults before judging the faults of others.  This is not an all-encompassing command to never judge.  Rather, it is a command against hypocrisy.  It is a directive to make sure our own house is in order before we judge others.  Not only is this clear by the explicit text in verses 3 through 5, but it is supported by the second noteworthy point – verse six calls on us to make judgments!  How are we to know whether we are giving dogs what is sacred, or throwing pearls before pigs unless we’ve judged a) what constitutes something sacred, and b) what constitutes the dogs and pigs described by this verse?  This verse is clearly symbolic.  It is not about literal dogs or pigs.  This metaphorical language refers to those who will not respect things that are sacred.  In order to know who fits this bill, we must make a judgment.  The context of this passage clearly indicates that we are not forbidden from passing judgment.  Indeed, we are required in this passage to make judgments.  We simply must not do so if we’re hiding from our own sins. 

While simply putting this passage in context puts the lie to the assertion that we are not to judge, I don’t want to stop here.  I want to look at the rest of the New Testament.  After all, if Jesus opposed people making judgments, then He and His Apostles who wrote the New Testament would certainly not suggest otherwise.  The message of Scripture is cohesive.  It is complementary rather than contradictory.  If Jesus did not think people should judge, then this message should never be contradicted in the New Testament. 

In John 7:24, we find Jesus talking again when he says, “Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgment.”  Notice that Jesus didn’t stop speaking after his first two words.  If He had, that would have bolstered the contention that we shouldn’t judge.  But Jesus continues, and his entire sentence actually gives us some guidelines for judging.  He wouldn’t instruct us on how to judge if He didn’t want us to judge!  Jesus tells us something that we’ve often heard in other forms – don’t judge by appearances.  Growing up I remember hearing, “don’t judge a book by its cover” and “appearances can be deceiving.”  Well, Jesus said it first.  He tells us to not judge by mere appearances, and make our judgments right.  Some other translations read “righteous judgment.”  In other words, we should exercise caution when judging that we pierce the cover of what things appear to be, to make sure we’re judging what really is. 

Some people are convinced that Jesus never judged others.  These are usually the same people that know nothing from the Bible beyond the words “judge not”.  Yet Jesus did not only tell us how to judge, He also gave us a plethora of examples.  Jesus’ first recorded words of His ministry are “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near” (Matthew 4:17).  How intolerant (by today’s standards) for Jesus to presume that his audience was sinful and needed to repent!  By this presumption, He judged them as sinful and in need of repentance.  In Matthew 5:22 (part of the Sermon on the Mount), Jesus said, “But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.”  It doesn’t get much more judgmental than bringing up H-E-double hockey sticks! If you continue in the Sermon on the Mount, you’ll find several more instances of Jesus discussing sinful thoughts and behaviors, proposing amputation as a preferable alternative to sin, and then more references to hell.  As we near the end of Jesus’ sermon, we find some boldly judgmental statements that call for us to make judgments:  “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. 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!’” (Matthew 7:13-23).  To those who don’t think judging is the right thing to do, imagine if the words in this passage were ours instead of Jesus’.  I’d bet you’d be writing us a nasty-gram as fast as you can type.  Also, when Jesus warns us about false prophets, He is indicating to us that we will need to judge whether someone is a false prophet or whether they truly represent God.  We can’t simply take someone’s word for it.  We must judge. The gospels are replete with examples of Jesus being very judgmental.  He calls people names, kicks over tables, calls out evil and demands that we recognize it for what it is.  Read through from the beginning of Matthew to the end of John.  You’ll find these four books can be quite judgmental. 

Moving beyond the gospels, we find the epistles to be just as judgmental.  1 Corinthians 5 is a good example.  In this letter to the church at Corinth, the Apostle Paul excoriates the church members for tolerating an immoral church member. Paul says that he has already passed judgment (v. 3) and instructs the congregation to do the same.  In fact, he tells them to expel the immoral man and to stop associating with him!  In his next letter to the Corinthian church, Paul says, “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God” (2 Corinthians 6:14-16).  Definitely judgmental!

One of our favorite passages defining why Contender Ministries exists is Galatians 1:6-10 wherein Paul says, “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel – which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned! Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.”  Paul not only judges those who spread a false gospel, but he also makes it clear that we are to judge religious teachings to determine if they are in line with the truth of Scripture or not.  Paul goes so far as to call the Galatians “foolish” (Galatians 3:1) for not exercising sound judgment in matters of doctrine. 

The Bible is our guide – our rulebook.  It gives us warnings to avoid false doctrines and be wary of false prophets.  In order to do so, we must make judgments. There’s no other way to know right from wrong if we resist judging.  Indeed, Paul makes it clear that judging is part of the believer’s job description: “Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases? Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life!” (1 Corinthians 6:2-3). The cohesive message of the New Testament is that we are to make judgments, but we do so with love and wisdom, and not hypocritically.  Now that you’ve finished reading this article, some of you will disagree and others will agree.  And all of you will have made a judgment in the process.

 

Source:

http://www.contenderministries.org/articles/christianliving/judging.php

A Story of God’s Love, Mercy, and Grace 

 

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Paul and Danny have been best friends since high

school. Both are Christian and attend the same

church. They live in the same neighborhood and

get together often for fellowship and Bible study.

But their friendship and fellowship is about to be

tested, in ways they could never imagine.

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Riiiing…Riiiing…Riiiing…

Hello?

Paul, this is Danny. You need to come over to my house as soon as possible! You won’t believe this!

Paul: What’s going on, Danny? Are you okay?

Danny: I’m fine. I visited a new church last night and, and…

Paul: Danny, calm down for a minute. You’re talking so fast I can hardly understand what you’re saying.

Danny: I can’t help it! I’m so excited! You’ve got to come over as soon as you can!

Paul: Okay. Okay. I’ll be there in a few minutes.

Danny: Please hurry!

No sooner than Paul pulled into Danny’s driveway, Danny ran outside, jumping up and down, and met Paul as he exited his car.

Danny: Paul, you’re not gonna believe this! You’ll have to see it with your own eyes! Praise the Lord! This is fantastic!

Paul: Okay. I’m here. What’s going on? What is it you want me to see?

“Paul, you’re not going to believe this!” Danny exclaimed, as he hurried Paul to the front door. Inside, Danny ushered Paul to a chair and said, “You need to sit down.”

Read Full Story Here:

http://www.christianresearchservice.com/DiamondsFromHeaven.htm

Analyzed, Examined, and Found Wanting

by Bud Press, Director

Christian Research Service

www.christianresearchservice.com

January 19, 2009 

 

 

 

‘Angel feathers’ in their caps 

 

Question: Who made the following statement? Patricia King? Benny Hinn? Todd Bentley? Pastor David Jones? Joshua Mills? Bill Johnson?

Angels often send us little reminders of their presence as angel feathers, which are small white feathers. These seem to appear from nowhere when we are down and in need of comfort. I remember sitting in a café, watching the rain falling on the pavement outside and feeling blue. Suddenly, a small white feather floated down in front of me and landed on my table. I smiled, knowing the angels were around me, with their comforting presence. [emp. theirs]

 

 

For the answer to this question read the extensive research done by Bud Press

HERE

 

This is a great talk I just found on another site. Please take a few minutes to listen. How does your church compare? time (10:59)

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