"We see, in many a land, the proudest dynasties and tyrannies still crushing, with their mountain weight, every free motion of the Consciences and hearts of men. We see, on the other hand, the truest heroism for the right and the greatest devotion to the Truth in hearts that God has touched. We have a work to do, as great as our forefathers and, perhaps, far greater. The enemies of Truth are more numerous and subtle than ever and the needs of the Church are greater than at any preceding time. If we are not debtors to the present, then men were never debtors to their age and their time. Brethren, we are debtors to the hour in which we live. Oh, that we might stamp it with Truth and that God might help us to impress upon its wings some proof that it has not flown by neglected and unheeded." -- C.H. Spurgeon . . . "If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:31, 32

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

The Humble King & The Little Drummer Boy

~~By James Fire

Some of you may recall after reading an article from FROM The MIND of FIRE that one of my favorite Christmas Carols is JOY to the WORLD. Well, another favorite of mine is The LITTLE DRUMMER Boy. “Why?” you ask.Well let’s set the stage first: Can we know that this carol is in any way factual? Perhaps not, although caravans, like the one that those Wise Man had, often used ‘drummer boys’ to lead them, beating on their drums in order to keep time in the march. Journeys were often arduous and most difficult, and it was easy in fatigue to lose one’s step. So these little guys were employed, sometimes for a mere pittance or a free meal, to lead caravans.
Whether or not there actually was a little drummer boy at the scene, it really doesn’t matter as the story itself illustrates some significant truths (although I harbor a belief that there really was; so call me a romantic already!).

The timing of the Wise Men’s visitation according to tradition is a little bit off as well; they didn’t arrive at the LORD’s birth, for since the time they first saw the star that led them, to the time when they actually began the journey and then found the child, it was nearly two years (which is why Herod, in an attempt to eliminate the competition for the position of ‘King of the Jews’, and ‘King of Israel’, ordered the death of all male children, two years old and younger).

These Wise Men, or ‘Magi’ were known among their own culture as ‘King Makers’. These Wise Men, or ‘Magi’ were known among their own culture as ‘King Makers’; it was they that decided on who would become the next King of Patria; these aristocratic and knowledgeable men (in fact the word ‘magistrate’ comes from ‘Magi) were schooled by none other than Daniel himself when he was made leader of these ‘magicians’ in Persia, from which derived the same oral traditions of this ancient biblical prophecy of a star that would announce the arrival of the Messiah - -

Num 24:16-17
He hath said, which heard the words of God, and knew the knowledge of the most High, which saw the vision of the Almighty, falling into a trance, but having his eyes open:
I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel. . .


It’s been recorded that these Magi brought gifts for the Messiah-child; gifts well suited for such a One, for these were kingly presents, namely gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Now let’s look at the lyrics for this Christmas Carol –

Little Drummer Boy
Come they told me
Pa rum pum pum pum
A new born King to see,
Pa rum pum pum pum
Our finest gifts we bring
Pa rum pum pum pum
To lay before the King
Pa rum pum pum pum
Rum pum pum pum
Rum pum pum pum
So to honor Him
Pa rum pum pum pum,
When we come.

Baby Jesus
Pa rum pum pum pum
I am a poor boy too,
Pa rum pum pum pum
I have no gift to bring
Pa rum pum pum pum
That's fit to give our King
Pa rum pum pum pum
Rum pum pum pum
Rum pum pum pum
Shall I play for you?
Pa rum pum pum
On my drum.

Mary nodded
Pa rum pum pum pum
The ox and lamb kept time
Pa rum pum pum pum
I played my drum for Him
Pa rum pum pum
I played my best for Him
Pa rum pum pum pum
Rum pum pum pum
Rum pum pum pum
Then He smiled at me
Pa rum pum pum pum
Me and my drum.


Now let's listen to this treasured carol performed magnificently, just as I remember it as a child:


The Little Drummer Boy a.k.a. The Carol of the Drum

I can well imagine that after that enormously long voyage, these Parthians were travel-weary to the point of exhaustion and yet there they were, approaching the humble home of Joseph and Mary, by the Star light that led them there.

They clap their hands, (which in that culture was the way they solicited entry into a dwelling whereas we would knock on the door) and in moments Mary answers, and finds to her astonishment, these regally garbed foreigners standing at her door! They declare their business: they have come to pay homage to the King of Israel, and brought gifts for the purpose of worshipping Him.

They are brought inside and now Joseph’s face is an expression of wonderment, and the little boy Jesus stands before them, gazing at them, each in turn, and offers them a smile.

Instantly they bend the knee, and bow before Him, and then break out the gifts: gold representing the gift given to Kings; frankincense for the purpose of priestly prayers and intercessions for Him who is our High Priest; myrrh, a precious spice that was used in many different ways, but primarily for the purpose of embalming, and thus represented His sacrificial death.
In the midst of all this, one shy drummer boy kneels, off to the side, studying his surroundings mutely, and observing to his great surprise how this Messiah-boy was a poor boy, much like himself, and not at all like his own masters who brought him to this foreign land of Israel. As he eyes these gifts of such vast wealth as he could never accumulate in a hundred life times, he is pierced through the heart with great sorrow.

What could a lowly drummer boy possibly offer to the Messiah? What gift could he bring that would be worthy of this One? He had no gift to bring: nothing at all.
I imagine at that realization, a tear formed in his eye, and slowly slid down his smooth cheek, and then fell onto the skin of his drum. Perhaps it made the slightest of sound, enough to draw his attention, and then an idea struck him.

He offered, as his gift, to play his drum for the Messiah. Stunned by such a ridiculous notion, perhaps the Magi were about to rebuke the lad for his impertinence, but Mary nods her consent, and licking his lips nervously, the little drummer boy begins to play, keenly aware of the eyes of all in that place, staring at him; including the One for Whom he was playing.

Another King would no doubt be offended by such a mean gift, such a frivolous offering. Perhaps he would have a scathing word of rapprochement for one who would offer a ludicrous means of homage.

Yet those of us who know the LORD Jesus, know how differently He sees things. Indeed, this is the very KING of Kings, before Whom all other monarchs in all their power and glory pale into utter insignificance, and if they would mock such an offer, one might suppose that the King of greatest glory would be right to do so, and even more so. Yet He received such being the Humble King of Glory that He is; the same One who, observing the widow who offered her two mites to the LORD and declared that she gave more than all the others, who contributed thousands of times more in monetary value than her!

He did not despise this mean offering, but on the contrary, was honored by it, for what this lad had, it was all that he had, and it came straight from his worshipful, warm heart, not from cold treasuries of wealthy noblemen, who had more treasures besides awaiting them at home.

He who made the ear, heard this sound of drums offered for Him, He who made the hand, watched as this boy used his to create this rhythm, He who formed the mind, observed as this lad focused his in this, his rendering. He played his best for Him, and He was honored.

It’s the same with you and I: at this Christmas season, we exchange gifts among ourselves, and we celebrate the incredible Gift that was granted to us by God the Father, in the giving of His own beloved Son, who would die for our sins, and grant us eternal life in His Name.

Yet on that first Christmas, it was Jesus who received the gifts.

What gift could we give the KING of the Universe? What would be suitable for the KING of Kings? What fitting glory that we could contrive would be equal to His MAJESTY and GLORY and HOLINESS?

Any such gifts we could bring to Him, no matter how costly in monetary value, would be a trifle equal to those of the Wise Men; that which is esteemed by Divinity are gifts from the heart, and the greatest gift we can bring to the Messiah, whose birth we now celebrate, is our hearts themselves.

Bless the LORD Jesus this Christmas, and offer Him your heart, either for the first time, or in an act of renewal. Our Humble King will receive such as a beautiful, highly valued gift that it is!

To learn more about what it means to give your heart to the LORD, please visit this site:

Giving Your Heart To The LORD Jesus


Luk 2:10-11
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.


May the LORD Jesus bless you this Christmas season . . . quite literally: WAY TOO MUCH!!

brother James

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Monday, December 21, 2009

The MOTHER of HARLOTS EMERGES – Part 4b


~~ by James Fire

We now pick up where we left off in the previous article in this series, and will wrap it up. To recap what was covered in The MOTHER of HARLOTS EMERGES - Part 4a, let's address an issue discussed by Emergent Church leader, Brian McLaren on the subject of the kingdom of heaven, and what Jesus meant by this term.

Mr. McLaren claims that Jesus’ mission was NOT to show us the way to heaven after we die, but to show us how we can live the kingdom of heaven right now on this Earth: us, our children, our grandchildren, etc

View this assertion he made here:
Brian McLaren's Take on the Kingdom of God



Jesus emphatically stated that the way to heaven and our Father who dwells there, is through Him and Him alone (John 14:6); everywhere in the New Testament, which Mr. McLaren claims he’s based his assertions on, we see that the Kingdom of heaven is inaugurated, NOT by His church, or through the actions and plans of Christians, or by a global religious movement, but by the LORD Christ Jesus Himself: Matthew 24:30-31; Mark 8:38; Luke 18:8; 2 Thess. 1:7-10.

The apostle Paul likewise declared where our affections must reside:

Col 3:1-4
If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

And also –

Phl 3:18-20
(For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.) For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:



In both portions of scripture posted above the words “affection” and “mind” respectively comes from the Greek word phroneo and it means, “to exercise the mind, i.e. entertain or have a sentiment or opinion; by implication to be (mentally) disposed (more or less earnestly in a certain direction); intensely to interest oneself in (with concern or obedience).

Phroneo “to be minded in a certain way”; “to think . . . to set the mind on, implying moral interest and reflection, to regard, to think to be minded in a certain way, rendered as a verb it means ‘to mind’ as in Romans 8:5: “they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh”. Romans 15:5: “to be like minded” 1 Cor. 13:11: “be of one mind” and those who mind earthly things as in the above passage in Philippians, and who set their affections as in Colossians cited above.

Christians are contrasted with the world as having their minds on heaven, and the kingdom which Christ Himself shall inaugurate, rather than the world who mind earthly things; yet the Emergent Church admonishes Christians contrary to scripture, and one must therefore ask oneself:

”Whom will I serve? If the LORD is GOD, then I will serve Him . . .” Otherwise we are serving ourselves, possibly others (but certainly not God!), which is a worldly philosophy that we as followers of Christ Jesus must shun:

Col 2:8
Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

Back to Greg’s criteria for Emergent traits:

- Scriptures are being watered down and presented as “our shared stories”. Scripture study is being replaced with power-point references on Sunday, and sensual, flesh-pleasing experiences, music and activities are being promoted as the key to experiencing God.

- A growing trend towards ecumenical unity for the cause of world peace, eradicating hunger, curing AIDS, etc. The Emergent Church is a social and political movement rather than a genuine spiritual move of God. [ECM wants to portray itself as a new ‘Jesus Movement’ like that of the late 60s and early 70s, but while the Jesus Movement was born of the Spirit of God, the ECM is born of the spirit of humanism].

- The church will begin to find that unity around the Lausanne Covenant which just recently presented the Holistic Gospel of Christ” which emphasizes the “redemption of cultures” not people.
P. 35-37

I retrieved from Greg Reid’s footnotes this web site article from Crossroad Ministries regarding Lausanne Covenant and involvement from an organization known as Evangelical Christian Ministries to New Religionists or EMNR:

In 1982, EMNR was formed to become "a consortium of Christians in North America, seeking to help people distinguish authentic from in-authentic Christianity and strengthen evangelical Christian ministries to new religionists and cultists."
[Source: www.emnr.org]

Dr. Walter Martin was a founding member of Evangelical Ministries to New Religions (EMNR). The organization was formed as a think tank for apologists, with a focus on reaching people involved in cults. The EMNR web site claims to adhere to the same purpose today, as they are recruiting new ministries and apologists for membership.

However E.M.N.R. has allied itself with the Lausanne Covenant, which had adulterated E.M.N.R.’s original purpose, as you can read below:EMNR has a page on its web site for the Lausanne Covenant.
What is the Lausanne Covenant?

Lausanne was drafted as a plan for globalization.

“…The holistic gospel of Christ shall bring about renewal of individual life, church, society, as well as a throughout cultural renewal. Ultimately, the gospel will be spread unto the ends of the earth, leading to the restoration of all nations…”

To read more about this 'holistic gospel' read the following:
Holistic Gospel in the Lausanne Covenant

For more on globalization (Please note that while the following link brings you to an article extensive in length, its important that we as Christians understand what's being done to manipulate our thinking and belief system contrary to what the scriptures instruct us.):

The Plan That Is Globalization

"Considering Jesus' words that few would enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, and that we are destined for tribulation from the world system because it hates Him, where in His Word do we find the "whole task" of solving the world's problems? On the contrary, Jesus said that the poor would always be with us (Matthew 26:11).

"Does this mean that we should turn away from those in true need? Of course not. But while we may help individuals in need, we have not received a mandate to eradicate poverty from the earth, any more than we have received a mandate to solve the problem of overpopulation or the proliferation of nuclear weapons. These are personal agendas being foisted upon the Church as a whole by social activists. They are not part of the Great Commission.

"There are enough causes to go around many times over. To require socio-political action as a mandate is to steer the Church in a direction not intended by Christ. So pervasive has the Lausanne Covenant become among the vast majority of Evangelical churches that a Christianity Today article has stated, 'The unifying question has quickly become: 'Do you subscribe to the Lausanne Covenant?"

Our question is, "Are we to be united in Christ, or united in the Lausanne Covenant that forms the basis for the World Christian Movement?"

Directly quoted from: Al Dager's Article on Lausanne and Emergent Philosophy

Evangelical Ministries to New Religions adheres to the doctrinal standards and practices as set forth in the Lausanne Covenant”

What the Lausanne Covenant Says

To read this article in its entirety, please follow this link (the three links above were derived from this article):
EMNR-Keeping the Cults Comfortable

Back to Trojan Church by Greg Reid:




Many of the terms used by New Age proponents are likewise being used by those at the forefront of Emergent Church teachings – such terms and phrases like:

“Actualize, actualization, aligning, alignment, at-one-ment, be still, center, centering, change agent, (the) Christ spirit, Christ consciousness, [also Christ-follower], coach, common ground, consciousness shift, contemplative, convergence, consensus (building), deconstruction, destiny, dialogue, diversity, (the) divine within, doomsday preaching, doomsday theology, enlightenment, evolutionary shift, getting centered, global shift, God is in all (pantheism), guided visualization, new reformation, paradigm, Planetary Pentecost, quantum leap/shift, re-imagining, self realization/actualization, unity in diversity, universal reality, vision casting/quest.” P. 34

Note: Because speakers and leaders may use one or more of these phrases doesn’t mean of course they are endorsing Emergent/New Age theology and philosophy, but if used in conjunction with other phrases on a consistent basis, it could implicate the harboring of such views on the part of such leaders and speakers, and they should be questioned about such word usage and, or beliefs in a spirit of humility and a love for the truth.

The following quotes are all made by various leaders and writers that I’m not identifying immediately: read each of the four quotes carefully; I will explain why I want you to examine them with such care afterwards:

“In your wholeness all of you will heal the world and make it ready to participate in the building of the New Jerusalem.” 1

“We can reorient our great social and scientific capacities in alignment with Christ consciousness to transform this Earth from a place of pain and sorrow to a Kingdom of Heaven.” 2

“It is time that the church woke up to its true mission, which is to materialize the Kingdom of God on earth, today, here and now . . . People are no longer interested in a possibly heavenly state or probable hell. They need to learn that the kingdom is here, and must express itself on earth . . . The way into that Kingdom is the way that Christ trod. It involves the sacrifice of the personal self for the good of the world, and the service of humanity.” 3

“. . . a new world order was possible and coming. The prophets used many images to convey this new world order. They spoke of new heavens, a new earth and a new heart. A new day is coming – a new earth, a new world order, [and] a new realm – in short, a new kingdom.” 4 P. 111,112

Which of the above were written by Christian authors? New Age authors? Any Emergent Church Movement authors?

To answer, none were written by Christians. Quotes 1, 2 and 3 were written by the New Age/Theosophical writers Barbara Marx Hubbard (1,2) and Alice Bailey* (3); quote 4 was written by a man who claims to be a Christian or as he prefers it, ‘a Christ follower’ but is in fact an Emergent Church leader, Brian McLaren. Can you detect any fundamental difference between his sentiment and the others?

*We haven't yet, however, examined the occult teachings of Bailey as they were related by her Master Djwhal Khul (a spiritual ‘ascended master’ which the Bible calls ‘fallen angel’ or perhaps ‘demon’). Her 24 books, combined with the Beacon magazine, Triangles, and the Arcane School indoctrinate students into what Bailey describes as the "Ageless Wisdom" teachings. The Arcane School, founded in 1922, boasted 20,000 graduates by 1954. This occult university is more active than ever and continues to be the main training ground for New Age disciples.

The bulk of these occult teachings, in Bailey's books, are from her channeled Tibetan master Djwhal Khul (DK); the "Plan" according to the Hierarchy of Ascended Masters. Through a series of group-initiations and group-meditative techniques the Hierarchy directs the "New Group of World Servers" to implement a "New World Religion" of which humanity as a whole can aid the "will of the planetary logos".

"Emphasis should be laid on the evolution of humanity," so says Master DK through Bailey, "with particular attention to its goal, perfection. (THE EXTERNALIZATION OF THE HIERARCHY, p. 588)" The objective is "the helping of the Great Ones and the rendering to Them of that intelligent assistance which will make Their plans for humanity materialize." (Ibid., p. 516)


Here is a youtube presentation about another Emergent leader, Rob Bell and his views regarding heaven, hell and the world now in which we live (the first 3 minutes of this clip). Note that he also endorses the idea that as Christians we are to bring “heaven to Earth” and that heaven is not a reality in its own right, a place believers in Jesus will one day go to:


Rob Rings the Bell of Emergenct Dogma

Here are some other quotes by New Agers and Emergent Leaders:

“Christ-consciousness and Christ-abilities are the natural inheritance of every human being on Earth. When the word of this hope has reached the nations, the end of this phase of evolution shall come. All will know their choice. All will be required to choose . . . All who choose not to evolve will die off.” Barbara Marx Hubbard, from Happy Birth Day, Planet Earth.

“. . . I’m saying some people [from your church] are going to have to die or leave. Moses had to wander around the desert for 40 years while God killed off a million people before he let them go into the Promised Land. That may be brutally blunt, but it’s true. There may be people in your church who love God sincerely, but who will never, ever change.” Rick Warren, from Pastors.com

“Reinvent yourself for the 21st century or die. Some would rather die than change.” Leonard Sweet, Emergent Church leader from Soul Tsunami, Pp. 17, 75

“Evolve or die.” Eckhart Tolle, New Age writer, from A New Earth, Pp. 21-22

What Rick Warren, Rob Bell, Tony Campolo and Brian McLaren are all proposing is a kind of Christian Socialism, that is, the church’s primary function is to feed the poor, clean up the environment, work to comfort or cure those with diseases and a host of other earthly projects to make ‘heaven on earth’.

NOT SO! The church’s primary function is to preach the Gospel to every one in this world, to seek out the lost and invite them into God’s kingdom by means of salvation through Jesus Christ. All other concerns, while they are important and perhaps worthy of some of our time are entirely secondary because they only have temporary benefits, and provide no eternal salvation from sin, death and hell.

Yet Rick Warren and his cohorts and colleagues are determined to re-shape the nature of the church into this Socialist mind set. For proof, review this article found here:

Trading Truth For A "Social Gospel"

Here are some excerpts you might find interesting from the above site:

“Infiltration and deception have been tools of conspirators through the ages, and the Church has been a primary target! After all, God warns us that "the whole world is under the sway of the evil one." (1 John 5:19) One of his most effective schemes is to redefine God's Word and divert Christians from His unchanging Truth to man's shifting ideals.


“For example, God calls us to serve the poor and fills our hearts with love for the needy. That's why His true followers around the world have willingly given their lives to share His truth and love in perilous places. But today's world-centered church illustrates a different kind of service. Designed to please man rather than God, it trains its servers to hide the "offensive" truths of the gospel.”


“Like Rick Warren, it uses the Bible to validate its purposes but emphasizes organizational behavior rather than Biblical beliefs -- in short, deeds instead of creeds. Behind its noble appearance hides a postmodern version of the century-old "Christian Socialism."


“Called ‘Father of the Social Gospel,’ Walter Rauschenbusch (1861-1918), grew up in a German Lutheran immigrant family in New York. He studied theology at the University of Rochester, one of hundreds of educational and "Christian" institutions funded by John D. Rockefeller. After pastoring a Baptist Church among poor immigrants in New York City for a few years, he joined the faculty at Rochester Theological Seminary -- also funded by Rockefeller. In 1902 he became its Professor of Church History.”


“From this prominent platform, he wrote books such as ‘Christianizing the Social Order’ and ‘A Theology for the Social Gospel.’ Steeped in "higher criticism" and socialist ideology, he taught what many considered a more relevant and compassionate gospel. As a result, he "changed both the emphases and the direction of American Protestantism."


“Rauschenbusch introduced Jesus "not as one who would come to save sinners from their sins but as one who had a 'social passion' for society." He and his comrades established the "Brotherhood of the Kingdom," which unified like-minded church leaders under a common socialist quest for an earthly "Kingdom of God."


“Popular church leaders use the same strategy today! Pastor Brian McLaren's recent book, The Secret Message of Jesus, twists God's Word into an endorsement of an earthly, interfaith Kingdom. Likewise, Tony Campolo's hope of earthly perfection mocks the Biblical promise of eternal life:


"The gospel is not about... pie-in-the-sky when they die.... It is imperative that the up and coming generation recognize that the biblical Jesus was committed to the realization of a new social order in this world.... Becoming a Christian, therefore, is a call to social action."


“In 1907, Rauschenbusch met with the leaders of Fabian socialism in England, Sidney Webb and Beatrice Potter Webb. Unlike impatient Marxist revolutionaries, the methodical Fabians emphasized peaceful transformation through propaganda and infiltration of universities, seminaries and churches.




Such ideals and objectives early in the 20th century would have been well met by Emergent Church proponents in these early years of the 21st century, and indeed, I believe the roots of this present day movement were in fact those days of Rauschenbusch and his associates!

The days of the apostasy of the church have arrived already; it’s not something yet future! It began as early as the days of Paul and John, two apostles who confronted heretics with the Word, and it’s grown exponentially into the monstrous Mother of Harlots that it is today. She’s only going to get stronger and more belligerent as time marches on, and things are going to get far worse, especially once the chaste bride of Christ is taken out of this world to join her LORD in heaven.

Once that Holy Hindrance is removed, it will certainly be a kind of ‘hell on earth’. How much of this tribulation (NOT in reference to Daniel’s 70th week, i.e. the Great Tribulation) we the saints of God will have to endure remains to be seen.

As Greg says regarding our current situation:

"We are entering into a time when Christianity is being completely redefined according to culture and personal preferences. The lines between the Way that Jesus truly gave us and the many other ‘ways to God’ are becoming so vague as to leave an entire generation swimming in a sea of doubt and spiritual insecurity, doing a lot of nice things and hoping somehow it is enough.

“It breaks my heart. This is the hour when we need to lift up the banner of truth that can give a kind of spiritual backbone and bravery to a generation that has suffered from two previous generations of spiritual recklessness, laziness, excess and ‘easy believe-ism’ that has led them to know there is more – but turning to leaders who are as lost as they are and coming out with a confused mix of philosophy and theology that has neither certainty or backbone. We need to lift up the certain WORD OF TRUTH (emphasis mine) that is plainly outlined in God’s Word.” P. 57

This concludes this article, but not the realization of this movement (which has yet to be seen in all of its potency in our every day life, both socially and spiritually), yet it is coming nonetheless. The questions we must ask ourselves are: Are we adequately forewarned of these dangers, and are we spiritually equipped and ready to take on these not-too-future challenges in a way that is honoring to our LORD Jesus Christ?

You can only answer those questions for yourself.

May the LORD bless and encourage you in His Love and Light in these days of growing darkness.

~~brother James
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Saturday, December 19, 2009

The MOTHER of HARLOTS EMERGES – Part 4-a


~~ by James Fire

In the previous articles (parts 1-3) we delved into various aspects of the “Mother of Harlots” that is, the one world religious body as prophesied in Revelation Ch. 17, and how different ecclesial forces are melding together. Two of the primary forces that are acting as catalysts for the emergence of the Mother are the Roman Catholic Church and the Emergent Church Movement.

There is a third force as well, one that has been a part of our societal awareness for about thirty years, the New Age Movement. You will find that as you read the writings of New Age leaders and their Emergent Church counterparts, what they have to say is virtually identical.

Some therefore conclude that the ECM is simply the New Age Movement dressed in more evangelical clothes, while still denying the fundamentals of the faith (The New Age Movement is likewise old ‘Babylon-ish’ occult technique dressed up as well). The difference is that New Age dogma used to be a fringe element in our society; today Emergent church beliefs and practices are quickly becoming a majority voice: a kind of spiritual tsunami sweeping over the landscape, and it will wreak ruin and destruction for fundamental, biblical Christianity as far as its overt presence and viability where this nation is concerned.


The term ‘fundamentalist’ has become hugely unpopular in today’s world, which perceives that they ‘hate gays’, promote ‘anti-abortion’ and thump the Bible over everyone’s heads with a message that somehow portrays God as a hateful Deity who yearns to mete out death and judgment; on the other hand there are other evangelicals who present a mealy-mouthed, wishy-washy gospel who want nothing more than to placate the world and show people that all the church wants is to be ‘friends’.

While my beliefs in regards to the Bible are fundamental, I don’t consider myself a ‘fundamentalist’ for the above reasons; or at the very least I would assert that what these types believe is hardly fundamentalist in its truest sense.

When people ask me if I am religious, I usually respond with “No, I’m just a Christian.” When they then ask me what do I believe, I lift my Bible up and simply say, “This, and nothing else: no church tradition, no dogmas, nor rituals, or lists of do’s and don’ts in order to substantiate my faith. I believe in the fundamentals, that is, the central core beliefs that are essential to Christianity, without which it cannot exist”

A growing number of Christians won’t lift their Bibles up to show the world that this Book, and this Book alone contains the fullness of their beliefs. More Christians even question the idea of ‘truth’ in general and even the truth as it pertains to God’s Word, or that the Bible is the exclusive source of absolute truth. The Modernist scoffers of God’s Holy Word have done their work well in corrupting the younger generations, and primed them to receive gladly the Emergent Dogmas that will comprise the global religion of the Mother of Harlots, the veritable Whore of Babylon.


For this reason, these sort of ‘pseudo-Christians’ (who have had no genuine encounter with God through the LORD Jesus Christ and being born again by His Atonement and His Spirit) are finding Emergent churches far more comfortable than churches that stick to teaching and practicing the Word of God, and nothing else!

To further demonstrate that the Emergent Church Movement is not merely extra-biblical in their beliefs (on that basis alone it should be REJECTED), but downright heretical, and virtually synonymous with the New Age Movement we shall now review information from Greg Reid’s book, Trojan Church.

YOUTH FIRE Ministries

Prominently on page “ix” Greg has a quote by Amy Carmichael:

“The truth is a lighted stronghold. We must dwell therein or perish.”
I pray that this becomes the uncompromising declaration of the church of the LORD Jesus Christ, those founded on the ROCK of our salvation, in these last days!

“In the not too distant future, the church will undergo a transformation that will change its heart and soul and foundation completely.

“The ‘Futurechurch’ (his term) is the deliberately designed dream of those moving the world toward globalism, “One World – One Religion”.

“Two or three decades ago, the obstacles of such a transformation were so many, as to make the task almost impossible. But, said the tortoise to the hare, slow and steady wins the race. And while the church has run hare-like into trends, mega-church programs and media-driven movements, the New Age tortoise has come into the back door and planted within our walls the tares of deception and illusion that are transforming the church into a New Age apparatus and puppet from within.” P. xiii

In dealing with the New Age Movement and how it formed, progressed, and emerged into 20th century awareness, the name of Madame Helena Blavatsky is inevitably going to come up. She was the founder of the 19th century Theosophical Society.

Note to readers: In the very near future we here at The TRUTH Under FIRE will be doing some in-depth articles on the Theosophical Society and its founders and leaders. Any who would discount this organization as a fringe element in society that has little, if any bearing on our world today would be gravely mistaken! As we research this organization more, we are finding insidious, genuinely diabolical (in the truest sense of the word) practices and objectives that will quite literally shape the world-view of Earth’s population and is integral to the formation of the one world religion/government.

In regards to the Theosophical Society, Dr. Reid says this:

“Over a century ago, the [P]lan took a written form, most notably through a Russian Occultist named Madame Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831-1891). The foundational theology for the occult and New Age world were written down by her in her two books Isis Unveiled and The Secret Doctrine, as well as through the magazine she founded in Sept. of 1887, Lucifer, a monthly magazine designed as stated on its title page, ‘to bring to light the hidden things of darkness.’


Blavatsky put forth the teaching of the ‘Ascended Masters’ (read that ‘fallen angels and demons’) and the Root Races – races she claimed explained each era of man – the Polarian, Hyperborean, Lemurian, Atlantean and during her time, the Aryan (Alice Bailey, the spiritual heir-apparent to Theosophy, further elucidated the Luciferian doctrines that would later be the grid for the modern New Age movement).” P. 24

(A reminder to our readers, if you haven’t read much about the Theosophical Society and Blavatsky, I have some superficial articles on The RED PILL Consortium [linked to T.T.U.F.] you could review at your convenience.)

“A young man later took these teachings very much to heart. The result was the Third Reich and the slaughter of millions of Jews and others under the demonic hand of a trained occult master named ADOLF HITLER. The ‘Ascended Masters’ (in Christian and Jewish theology, the fallen angels [Satan’s rebel angels that opposed God]) had their first New World taste of world dominance.” P. 25

And I might add, having tasted the appetizers in the Third Reich, these Luciferian forces are about to indulge in the main course of 21st century fare!

“Many [New Age] players stepped onto the stage to provide meaning, cohesion and direction to this ‘brave new world’ of mystic spirituality and drug induced occult experiences.”

As has already been discussed, the so-called early Church Fathers practiced mysticism and contemplative spirituality, and this has been emphatically endorsed by much of today’s Emergent Church Movement; it’s no small coincidence that the New Age leaders endorsed these things first! As far as drug induced occult experiences go, while the likes of Brian McLaren and Rob Bell may not advocate the use of drugs, both look favorably on contemplative spirituality, and this can lead to occult-related oppression, even demonic possession even more powerfully than can drugs!

Dr. Reid continues . . .
“Most notable have been Marilyn Ferguson, author of The Aquarian Conspiracy, Barbara Marx Hubbard, author of The Revelation, Marianne Williamson, author of A Return to Love and a recent favorite New Age teacher of Oprah Winfrey, Neale Donald Walsh, author of Conversations With God books, which absolves Hitler of guilt for slaughtering millions of Jews. . .” P. 25

“Other big names in the New Age movement are “. . . Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, authors of the wildly successful Chicken Soup for the Soul series; Benjamin Crème, a forerunner for ‘Maitreya’, an entity that claims to be the Christ; Oprah Winfrey, the media central go-to person for all things New Age; Esther Hicks who trans-channels the ‘Abraham Group’ whose ‘message’ became the basis for the book and DVD The Secret by Rhonda Byrne; Eckhart Tolle, author of A New Earth and many others, too numerous to name.” P. 33

Dr. Reid lays out a frame work to more readily identify the decade-old movement known as the Emergent Church Movement, and while defining such a movement as this is somewhat challenging due to its (at times) ambiguous nature, he does a fine job at pointing out its more demonstrable traits:

- Scripture is no longer the ultimate authority for many well known “Emergent Church” leaders. They rely heavily on new and exotic Bible “translations” and “paraphrases” such as The Message.

- Emergent thought leans increasingly, and heavily, on contemplative prayer concepts that closely mirror eastern occult meditation techniques (see previous article in this series “The MOTHER of HARLOTS EMERGES - Part Three), as well as labyrinths, guided visualization, etc. The result is a moving away from evangelism and the true work of the Gospel and toward esoteric practices like inner silence, breath prayers and eastern-style meditation.

- The Gospel of Jesus is being replaced with “serving the world” activities and methods that promote church growth and a social gospel at the expense of making true disciples through the teaching and preaching of the Word of God and reaching lost humanity for Jesus (more on this a bit later).

- Emphasis on the “here and now”, fixing your life and little or no emphasis on the return of Jesus and coming judgment.

- Increasing emphasis on “repairing the world” and establishing the “kingdom now” rather than expecting judgment and Jesus’ return, the creating of a new heaven and a new Earth, and the thousand year reign of Christ.

- Experiential, mystical Christianity is promoted to attract the postmodern generation. This includes changing the language of faith – i.e., not sin, but “mistakes” – not repentance, but “changing your mind” – not the Lord Jesus, but “leader and friend.”

- . . . cults, occult groups and Pagan religions . . . are called Sacred tribes, and Emergent leaders seek dialogue with them to see “what we share in common.” Evangelism to them is considered an insult to the “sacred beliefs” of these “sacred tribes” (a common social engineering and dialectic consensus-building technique is commonly implemented. . .). “Let’s see what we have in common, not what makes us different from one another, and let’s find a common ground to dialogue”

Greg comments: “It is spiritually dangerous for the church to adapt this method of ‘dialoguing with the world.’ It always ends in us compromising Biblical truth in order to be acceptable to the world (emphasis mine).

- . . . Emergent Thought continually down plays, disregards or reinterprets the Biblical concept of the literal second coming of Jesus in the clouds and appears to be implying that we – corporately- are the coming of Jesus. When they do, they are modeling their new theology after New Age leader Barbara Marx Hubbard, whose book The Revelation is a complete reinterpretation of the book of Revelation and presents the idea that the judgments of Revelation don’t have to happen, if we all come together as one and embrace our divine destiny. I frankly find little or no different between what Hubbbard’s “Christ spirit” laid forth and the re-thinking of the Gospel as presented by Emergent Church leaders such as Brian McLaren.”

To view Mr. McLaren’s views on the gospel, look at this interview he had: He seems to equate the Self-sacrifice of Jesus on the cross as somehow synonymous to those of Gandhi and Martin Luther King’s sacrifices and in no way unique as the substitutionary death of God the Son, the Lamb of God, slain for our sins!

McLaren Defies the Uniqueness of Jesus Christ

To view Mr. McLaren’s views on the kingdom of God and the ‘central, core message of Jesus, click on this link –

Kingdom Here and Now?

Mr. McLaren stated that Jesus didn’t give us a straight answer regarding the definition of the Kingdom of God . . . And yet, we read the Gospel accounts concerning the Kingdom, Jesus Himself stated that you must be born again, that is, born of God’s Spirit in order to see, and enter into God’s Kingdom (John 3:3-5). When speaking of the Kingdom, He told us about “a sower” of seed, and when His disciples asked Him about it, He certainly gave them a straight answer (see Luke 8:5-15)! These parables were given so that those who seek Truth would be granted understanding, and those who would reject Truth, would not understand. The LORD also stated that “My kingdom is not of (from, derivative) this world” John 18:36. Those all seem pretty straight forward answers to me! Mr. McLaren seems intent on obfuscating clear biblical text for his own agenda of muddying up the water of the Word of Truth!

For an excellent rebuttal and refutation of this Emergent philosophy read the following:

Who Defines The Kingdom of God?

And this rebuttal of McLaren's tenets and emergent dogma is handled with great insight, biblical accuracy and compassion by this godly Christian lady we have come to know on youtube as 'KarensFaith':

Exposing Emergent Leader-Brian McLaren

Mr. McLaren claims that Jesus’ mission was NOT to show us the way to heaven after we die, but to show us how we can live the kingdom of heaven right now on this Earth: us, our children, our grandchildren, etc.

Jesus emphatically stated that the way to heaven and our Father who dwells there, is through Him and Him alone (John 14:6); everywhere in the New Testament, which Mr. McLaren claims he’s based his assertions on, we see that the Kingdom of heaven is inaugurated, NOT by His church, or through the actions and plans of Christians, or by a global religious movement, but by the LORD Christ Jesus Himself: Matthew 24:30-31; Mark 8:38; Luke 18:8; 2 Thess. 1:7-10.

Here we end the first half of the final segment to this article "The MOTHER of HARLOTS EMERGES". We will conclude this article next week and until then Saints,

Keep your eyes on the skies and don't believe the lies! JESUS CHRIST is RETURNING SOON! Maranatha!

Nikaeo Aionios A.V.R.A.S.!
Brother James FIRE

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Monday, December 14, 2009

What does Israel really think of Obama Policies?



by A.M. Kisly

I received some very interesting news today regarding an enormous protest rally that took place in the streets of Jerusalem. I don’t know about you, but I didn’t here about this through our national news media. I think it’s important enough to post.

According to Israel News Network, there was a large scale rally against the United States Polices with regards to Israel.

The protest was held in downtown Jerusalem organized by various residents and committees of Binyamin and Samaria and others.

Watch: Thousands Attend Anti-Freeze Rally

According to this report, “Not since the days of [U.S. Secretary of State Henry] Kissinger has there been such a protest against American policies,” said MK Yaakov Katz (Ketzaleh), chairman of the National Union party. “The pressure that Barack Hussein Obama is exerting against us to simply stop growing, and stop living will not work.”

The Obama administration has made it clear that Israel must stop building of all types throughout Judea and Samaria, as well as in parts of Israel’s capital city that were liberated during the Six Day War of 1967.

In foreign policy, President Barack Obama has demonstrated a disturbing propensity to curry favor with Israel’s adversaries at the expense of her friends.

The Czechs and Poles are rightly concerned that they will be sacrificed on the altar of better U.S. relations with Russia. And the Israelis fear that the Obama administration’s desired opening to the Muslim world will be achieved at their expense. Mr. Obama’s attempted bullying of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is a case in point.

Mr. Netanyahu was sworn in as Israel’s prime minister on March 31. Shortly thereafter, the Obama administration confronted Israel’s new leader in a very public way regarding Israeli settlements in the West Bank, an area partially controlled by the Palestinian National Authority. This was an extremely unusual way for an American president to greet the new leader of a liberal democracy that’s a close ally of the U.S.

The Obama administration was not satisfied with a series of understandings crafted by the Bush administration that, while not freezing settlements, had nonetheless achieved a significant reduction in settlement construction. During a May press conference with the Egyptian foreign minister, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced that Mr. Obama “wants to see a stop to settlements-not some settlements, not outposts, not natural-growth exceptions.”

Subsequently, Mr. Obama demanded that Israel freeze construction in east Jerusalem. Of course, Mr. Netanyahu rejected Mr. Obama’s demand. He declared that Jerusalem is an open, undivided city “that has no separation according to religion or national affiliation.” Mr. Netanyahu added that “we cannot accept the idea that Jews will not have the right to live and purchase in all parts of Jerusalem.”

If Jews were prohibited from buying property in New York, London, Paris or Rome, there would be an international outcry. Why, Mr. Netanyahu wondered, should the standard be different for Jerusalem?

Mr. Obama is woefully wrong if he believes that his confrontational style will provide an incentive for the Palestinians and the members of the Arab League to resolve the Arab-Israeli dispute. It will simply reinforce the long-standing Arab belief that the U.S. can “deliver” Israel if it only has the will to do so, thereby reducing Arab incentives to make concessions in direct negotiations with Israel.
As if on cue, Mahmoud Abbas, the leader of the Palestinian National Authority, announced that he would not negotiate on any issue with the new Israeli government until Mr. Obama’s settlement conditions are met.

In addition to the building freeze in Jerusalem and the West Bank, Mr. Abbas insisted on four other unilateral, non-negotiable concessions: First, an independent Palestinian state; second, that Israel pulls back to its pre-June 1967 borders, minus a Palestinian land bridge between the West Bank and the Gaza Strip; third, a Palestinian “right of return” to Israel; and fourth, resolution of all permanent status issues on the basis of the 2002 Abdullah plan calling on Arabs to normalize relations with Israel in return for Israel’s withdrawal to its pre-1967 borders. The “right of return,” in particular, is a non-starter.

If Mr. Obama seeks a Palestinian Arab state, he is going about it the wrong way. The fact is that Mr. Netanyahu has endorsed a two-state solution and an end to the expansion of settlements in the West Bank—as long as the Palestinians accept Israel as a legitimate Jewish state and cannot militarily threaten it. Israel has been willing to accept a two-state solution since the United Nations partition resolution for Palestine in 1947, but the Arabs have refused. They are not interested in creating a separate Palestinian Arab state but in destroying Israel as a Jewish state.

The Obama approach in the Middle East is predicated on what might be called the Arab “grievance narrative,” which holds that Israel was created as a result of Western guilt about the Holocaust. It is also based on the idea that, as the president suggested in his Cairo speech, there is moral equivalence between the Holocaust and Palestinian “dislocation.”

Such language illustrates an inability to make distinctions. Arabs launched a war against Jewish self-determination and the state of Israel long before any Israeli “occupation” of their lands. When Israel seized land in a defensive war, it was the Arabs, not the Israelis, who kept Palestinian “refugees” in limbo for three generations to await Israel’s destruction.

As Mr. Netanyahu reminded Mr. Obama after the latter’s Cairo speech, the Arab claim that Israel was a land grab by the great powers to salve the collective conscience of the West after the Holocaust is a slander. On the contrary, he observed, Israel’s right to its homeland rests on the longstanding historical connection of the Jewish people to the land of Israel. This right was ratified by the unanimous and legitimizing votes of the League of Nations and the U.N. Security Council’s permanent members, and validated by over 60 years of Israel’s successful, democratic statehood.

Israel’s “right to exist” was expressed best by Israeli diplomat Abba Eban in 1981. He wrote, “Israel’s right to exist, like that of the United States, Saudi Arabia, and 152 other states, is axiomatic and unreserved. Israel’s legitimacy is not suspended in midair, awaiting acknowledgment. . . . There is certainly no other state, big or small, young or old, that would consider mere recognition of its ‘right to exist’ a favor, or a negotiable concession.”

Mr. Netanyahu might also have added that Israel’s control of the West Bank (territory that should properly be called “disputed” rather than “occupied”), was the result of defeating the Arab powers who initiated the Six Day War of 1967. The status of aggressors and defenders is not interchangeable. Neither is the status of victorious powers and defeated ones.

Nonetheless, Israel has taken unilateral steps toward peace, steps not reciprocated by the Palestinians. When Israel unilaterally disengaged from the Gaza Strip, dismantling 21 settlements and displacing over 9,000 residents, it conducted the most comprehensive test of the “land for peace” concept in the history of Israeli-Palestinian relations. Yet Israel was rewarded with the creation of a terrorist enclave governed by Hamas, rather than the peaceful, responsible neighbor Israel would need in order to accept a Palestinian Arab state.

Unlike Hamas, the corrupt Palestinian National Authority that holds sway in the West Bank has nominally accepted Israel’s right to exist but has never given up the “right of return” for Palestinian “refugees.” That right, if implemented, would mean the end of Israel’s existence.

Peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians requires compromises on both sides. U.S. pressure on Israel, without any on the Palestinians, will not achieve the desired outcome.

Earlier this summer, the president justified his decision to downplay even rhetorical support for the Iranian protesters who rose up against their government and its fraudulent election. He did not wish the U.S. to appear to be “meddling” in Iranian affairs. He apparently feels no similar constraint when it comes to Israel.
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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

DO ALL RELIGIONS OF THE WORLD REACH THE SAME GOD?


by A.M. Kisly

Many would have you to believe that all roads lead to God. Is this true?

The answer is NO, ABSOLUTELY NOT!


There is a great promotion of WORLD UNITY, WORLD GOVERNMENT AND WORLD RELIGION. CHRISTIAN BEWARE!

NEW WORLD ORDER

It says in Revelation 13 that there will some day be a one-world system; a one-world government. Some have termed this “the new world order”. Another term heard frequently that means the same thing is “globalism”. Various organizations are playing into this. The leading ones include the United Nations, the European Union, and NATO, but more minor players would be world trade organizations like the “North American Free Trade Association” (NAFTA). The Antichrist will be the chief globalist and will head up this one-world system during the Tribulation.

The stage is being set!

Copenhagen and Melbourne: World Religion

Christian Newswire and USA Today have both reported that there will be “Big” events happening simultaneously this week. The UN Climate Conference at Copenhagen is taking place as well as the Parliament of the World Religions in Melbourne, Australia.

According to the December 7th article from Christian Newswire -- “Interfaith meetings continue at a great rate all over the world. Many religious leaders will descend at the UN Copenhagen Climate Conference this week. Plus, the Parliament of the World Religions is occurring at the same time in Melbourne, Australia.

The underlying desire of government leaders at the Copenhagen conference is to form a world government. A treaty will most likely not be signed at this current conference; however, Christians need to wake-up to the fact that eventually this could happen.

Despite questionable climate change research, religious leaders are using the Copenhagen meeting to further their cause of promoting an eventual world religion to go along with a world government.

According to USA Today, 100 "religiously affiliated representatives" from the USA will attend the Copenhagen summit according to Tyler Edgar, assistant director for the environmental arm of the National Council of Churches. Hundreds of religious leaders are projected to attend from different parts of the world.”

Read full article here: Copenhagen and Melbourne: World Religion

By the way, the newly elected leader of the Parliament for World Religions is a Muslim. At its recent biannual meeting, the Board of Trustees of the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions elected as its chair Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid. The new leader's term of office begins on 1 January 2010.

Abdul Malik Mujahid is an imam in the Chicago Muslim community and president of Sound Vision Foundation, which produces Radio Islam, America's only daily Muslim call-in talk show.

Dr Lesher said he considers Imam Mujahid "marvellously equipped" to serve as the board's highest elected officer. "He brings to the chair a deep commitment to his own faith tradition," he said. "The Imam has an understanding of how religion is a force in American society and also in societies throughout the world."

However, there are also “Christian” leaders who are promoting interfaith goals. Those like Rick Warren who after speaking at the July 4th Islamic Society of North America’s annual convention, simply left out telling anyone that Jesus Christ is the only way to God, yet boasts that he is reaching Muslims with the Gospel. How?

This is not the only grievance I have with him, in a Washington Post interview; Warren was asked how "the church" could help to solve poverty. His response was to rattle off the numbers of Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and Christians in the world - in that order - and make a plea that the public and private sectors take seriously "the faith sector as the third leg of the stool of successful development".

Warren consistently used the language of a religious pluralist. He spoke of "mosques, temples and churches" as central to the life of villages in the developing world. He underscored the fact that there are huge numbers of people of faith in the world, and huge numbers of houses of worship in places where clinics, banks and schools don't exist. Those people of faith can be trained to be the arms and legs of any development plan, and those houses of worship can double as clinics, banks and schools.

This is a big deal, because it signals an important turn in the American Evangelical tradition - from viewing people of other faiths primarily as lost souls requiring conversion to viewing them as partners in the plan to make earth more humane and just. "Progressive Evangelicals" like Jim Wallis, Brian McLaren and Tony, have long been involved in interfaith efforts.

There is also the issue of the rising Ecumenical Movement. Ecumenical's and Pentecostals joining hands with Rome.

Nearly every day we read headlines that indicate the ecumenical movement is sweeping the world. It seems churches and denominations that once took strong biblical positions no longer believe what they once believed. It is common to hear about unity at any cost, however, NOT AT THE FOOT OF THE CROSS.

Can Unity Be at Any Cost?

There are many different groups, denominations and sects that profess to be “Christian.” Ecumenism, by definition is a human program to bring unity in the name of Christ. However, how realistic is ecumenism in light of the Bible? What if a certain group embraces teachings or beliefs that contradict what Jesus said? Can we join hands in Christian unity then?

Certainly true Christian unity is a good thing – that is if the unity is based on biblical truth. However, the ecumenical movement allows for beliefs and ideas that are not scriptural. A Christianity that is not based on the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ is not biblical Christianity.

Bible prophecy reveals the last days will be characterized by a time when a counterfeit bride will be prepared for a counterfeit Christ. Deception will take place in the name of Jesus because the truth of God’s Word will be ignored.

This is precisely the spiritual deception that the Lord has warned against in His Word.

Jesus said on the Mount of Olives (Matt. 24) that deception would be the primary cultural sign of the last days. Even some of God’s “elect” might be deceived by false theologies. “Good would be called evil and evil good” (Isaiah 5:20). Men would substitute light for darkness and darkness for light. Apostasy would consume churches and denominations that were once solid.

If all roads lead to God, then why would God send His Son to be the Savior of the world. Why would Jesus have to die on a cross for the redemption of sin laden men? Why would Jesus make the following claims?

Jesus of Nazareth’s truth claims exclude all other claims.

“And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” {Acts 4:12}

“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” {Romans 3:23-24}

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” {John 14:6}

If no one can come to the Father except through the Messiah Jesus, then other religious systems necessarily fall short. For a non Christian, the authenticity of Christ’s claims are a legitimate issue, however, any attempt to reconcile them with other truth claims is dishonest and logically impossible. The truth claims of Christianity can not be reconciled with other religions or philosophies which do not place Jesus of Nazareth, and specifically his life, death and resurrection as the chief cornerstone of their belief system. Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism and Sikhism, to name a few world religions, all provide competing truth statements regarding people and God and the relationship between the two. Christianity claims that Jesus of Nazareth is the exclusive bridge to God: “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” {1 Timothy 2:5}

The Bible says, “without the shedding of blood is no remission” (Hebrews 9:22), and also, “He appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself” (Hebrews 9:26).

Scripture tells us that the carnal mind is at enmity against God. We need to recognize that the Bible is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is our final authority, and we must adhere to the truth of its teachings:

Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.… And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. (I John 4:10, 14)

It’s time to ask the question: Whose report will you believe? Whose voice are you listening to? Who will you trust?

Dear friends, do not be deceived by the WORLD’S SYSTEMS OF GOVERNMENT AND RELIGIONS; or the False Unity and Peace that they promise.

Cleave to the Word of God, for in it you will find the LIGHT and LIFE of TRUTH that is the LORD, JESUS CHRIST. Through Him we have an everlasting hope and home!

We shall believe the report of the LORD!
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Monday, December 7, 2009

CHRISTIANITY SPREADING IN MUSLIM COUNTRIES



by A.M. Kisly

There are two ministries that I would like to introduce to our readers this week: The Lehore Bible Institute; and Compassion Ministries. The reasons I have for sharing these ministries with you are many, but I will narrow them to just a few.

First and foremost, I am sharing this with you because the Lord has laid this upon my heart and it is my honor and privilege to do so.

Secondly, I hope to encourage you in the work of the LORD. As we peruse the website links and watch the video that I have posted, we will be able to see the fruit of these ministries through the lives of those who have so sacrificially laid them down for others. It is miraculous, amazing, inspiring and well worth sharing. Also just seeing the joy of the Lord on the faces of those who are receiving salvation and the love of Jesus Christ not only encourages us, but is a wonderful look at the power of God to change lives.

Third, I would ask that you pray for all of your brothers and sisters serving and living in Pakistan. As you know, Pakistan is a Muslim country and home to Islamic Terrorist groups, such as the Taliban. Christian persecution is common and widespread. Those who are spreading the Gospel message are literally risking there lives and the lives of their family members. THEY NEED OUR PRAYER AND SUPPORT.

Last, but not least, I have known Pastor Amrit and his wife Mercy Din for over 25 years. They are faithful believers and ministers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. No matter what times we are living in, whether really good or really difficult, I have never seen them flinch in their complete assurance in the Great Faithfulness of God our Father. I still hear Pastor Amrit in the back of my mind (with a strong Pakistani accent) saying, “We serve a Great and Faithful God!” And he is absolutely right!

If you would like to take a look at these ministries, the following links will provide you with more information

The Lehore Bible Institute

Lahore Bible Institute

PLEASE PRAY:

Please pray for the people who have lost their homes and loved ones. If the Lord leads you to help, please send special help for persecuted Christians.

Because of the economic situation our utility bills have gone way up. Our security people want to have more money, also. Please pray.


The president of our Board of Directors, Mr. Gordon Morris, needs prayers for his health. He has served this board for forty some years.

Please pray that the LORD may open many hearts in Pakistan for the Lord Jesus Christ. It is an urgent necessity to reach out for Christ Jesus our Lord now.

Lahore Bible Institute, Inc.
Sheikhupura, Pakistan

Letters / donations:
Lahore Bible Institute, Inc.
P.O. Box 76
Tioga Center, NY 13845-0076

Phone:
Amrit Din, field director for the Institute
(315) 637-1111

Email: amrit_din@yahoo.com


Compassion Ministries (extension of Lahore Bible Institute)

Watch Video:




Compassion Ministries has a new location on Facebook. If you have a Facebook account, the following link will provide you with more information.

Compassion Ministries

Compassion Ministries is a non-profit organization with a mission in serving Christian women and children Pakistan. It is an extension of the Lehore Bible Institute. This mission began in an effort to end child labor and illiteracy, and open the door to education and only the memory of poverty.

Pakistan is a poverty stricken nation which has forced uneducated women into jobs with very low compensation as well as their children into child labor. Through Compassion Ministries, women have been taught new skills in an effort to bring in more financial support for their families making it possible for their children to have an education instead of having to work.

Currently, these children have a two room school house that was built last year through supporters of Compassion Ministries. This space, however, is very limited for the age groups and there remains a need for more classrooms, especially this time of year when classes are being held outside in the bitter cold. These children are also in need of educational supplies such as writing utensils, books, chalkboards etc. Compassion Ministries exists to meet all these needs.

Compassion Ministries also provides aid to women and children in need of critical heathcare secondary to life threatening diseases. Supporters of Compassion Ministries have made it possible to supply antibiotics, hepatitis treatments, and surgeries to individuals and have saved their lives as a result. We would like to thank all who have supported Compassion Ministries through prayer and donations. You have made a dramatic difference in the lives and future of the women and children at Lahore Bible Institute.

In this season of giving, please keep the needs of these women and children in your prayers. If you feel led to donate towards their needs you can do so by making checks out to "Compassion Ministries" and mailing to:

Compassion Ministries
P.O. Box 172
Fayetteville, NY 13066

For more information, please contact: Compassion Ministries or send and email to

nasreen_mercy_din@yahoo.com

Any amount large or small is a huge blessing to these individuals. Thank you.
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Saturday, December 5, 2009

The MOTHER of HARLOTS EMERGES – Part Three


The MOTHER of HARLOTS EMERGES – Part Three

~~ By James Fire

We now pick up where we left off from Part Two of the article, The MOTHER of HARLOTS EMERGES . . .

Where we left off previously Roger Oakland was dealing with the subject of the mystical fathers of the Catholic church and the credence given to such authorities, versus the authority of scripture alone.

Roger Oakland documents many cases in which those who were formerly Protestant, had since become Roman Catholic after reading and studying from the church fathers and mystics – Catholics all.

As he himself stated in regards to the so-called wisdom of these men:

“We know that God’s Word is light. When we replace the Word of God with the words of man, which are considered to bring enlightenment, we have a perfect formula for returning to darkness. The early mystics added ideas to Christianity that cannot be found in the Bible—a recipe for spiritual detriment. Pg. 79

See Jude :4

-The PERGAMOS PARADOX

In February of 2008 Christianity Today released a story titled The Future Lies in the Past by Chris Armstrong, and declared the Ancient Future Church is now a reality, and that “evangelicals are looking back in order to move forward”. This event occurred at the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College, and had people filling the Barrows Auditorium, singing of the “mystic communion with those whose rest is won”. One of the participants “gleefully passed on the news that Liberty University had observed the liturgical season of Lent”


D. H. Williams of Baylor University said, “Who would have thought, a decade ago, that one of the most vibrant and serious fields of Christian study at the beginning of the 21st century would be the ancient church fathers?” Pg. 97

The birth of this “ancient-future movement” is accredited to Richard Foster who introduced such practices as ‘contemplative prayer’ and ‘spiritual formation’ to the church and since young evangelicals are looking for a renewed encounter with God, their course of action is as follows:

“Stop endlessly debating and advertising Christianity and just embody it . . . embrace symbols and sacraments. Dialogue with the “other two” historic confessions: Catholicism and Orthodoxy. Recognize that the church’s future is through its past. Break out the candles and incense. Pray using the lectio divina (a form of contemplative prayer). Tap into all the riches of Christian tradition you can find.” Pg. 98

-from Christianity Today, Feb. 2008; online edition-

The Future Lies in the Past

Such practices as ‘contemplative prayer’ and ‘spiritual formation’ are alien to most of us who are biblical Christians, and it would be useful to understand what precisely these practices entail. The following is provided for the consideration of any who wants to know, in detail, these concepts.

What Is Contemplative Prayer?

Due to the exhaustive length of the above article, let me say that, bottom line, contemplative and centering prayer, and spiritual formation are disciplines that are basically Hindu and Buddhist in concept and practice. These same practices were engaged by so-called early church fathers and mystics under different terms, but by the same techniques and with the same effects.

-MYSTICAL vs. METHODICAL MEDITATION

The idea of meditation is found both in Christian and Easter religions, but there is a fundamental difference between the two.

In Eastern meditation, the participant empties their minds, typically by focusing on something to ‘blank out’ the mind of distractive thoughts such as a mantra (a Sanskrit word of a Hindu deity, chanted over and over again) or gazing into a symbol, candle flame, etc. Once the mind is effectively ‘blanked out’ one is then receptive to whatever influence may impress itself upon the participant, such as various gods, spirits, angels, etc.

According to Dave Hunt, an expert on occult teachings, religions, and cultic practices, this is the fastest and easiest way for a person to become demon possessed! Certainly this is not a practice for Christians to participate in (this writer does not endorse the idea of demon possession of born again Christians sealed with the Holy Spirit, however if a Christian is involved in occultic practices of any kind, whether meditation, horoscopes, ouija boards, etc. its entirely possible, and likely that they will suffer demonic oppression, that is, evil influences of Satan’s agencies acting on them externally)!

The idea of biblical meditation is not at all to empty one’s mind, but rather the opposite: to fill it with the Word of God. Rather than creating a passive state of mind, the mind of the saint is in an active state of thinking on, pondering, studying and prayerfully seeking God’s revelation of truth. The Hebrew word for “meditate” means “to chew the cud” which any rancher will tell you, involves a process that cattle engage in, the means to repeatedly chew, swallow, regurgitate, and re-chew and re-swallow into a four chambered stomach. This process continues until each chamber digests and breaks down the food thoroughly.

This is the method of biblical meditation, which, as you can see is practically antithetical to the Eastern brand.

Such men that endorse ‘ascetic practices’ as contemplative spirituality are Dallas Willard, Richard Foster, Brennan Manning, Tony Campollo, Father Thomas Keating, Henri Nouwen, Ruth Haley Barton and others.

In all the comments re: eastern style meditation I have found none more honest and alarming, even appalling than the following by this man:

Thomas Keating, Roman Catholic priest has stated in his book, Finding Grace at the Center, pages 5-6:

“We should not hesitate to take the fruit of the age old wisdom of the East and capture it for Christ. Indeed those of us in ministry should make the necessary effort to acquaint ourselves with as many of these Eastern techniques as possible . . . many Christians who take their prayer lives seriously have been greatly helped by Yoga, Zen, TM, and similar practices.”

This is a blatant acknowledgement of the whoredoms committed by those supposedly Christian, but who endorse pagan practices and occult techniques that should rightly be vehemently shunned by every disciple of Christ Jesus and a lover of His Word!!!

Richard Foster has stated that “we are entering into a spiritual realm” where there are spiritual beings and that a prayer of protection should be said beforehand—something to the effect of ‘All dark and evil spirits must now leave.’

I wonder why our LORD Jesus Himself didn’t address this subject when His disciples came to Him and asked Him to teach them to pray. In addition to showing them the manner in which they were to pray to the Father, He should have told them that they are entering a spiritual realm and before one ventures therein, a prayer of protection should be uttered.

Some might claim that the LORD did that very thing, when He said “and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one.” But in context, our LORD was encouraging us to pray to the Father for protection against temptations to sin, and for the snare of the devil in trapping us in such, not in protecting us from spiritual attacks.

-ECM LEADERS WHO ARE KEEPING UP WITH THE JONES’

Tony Jones, another big name in the Emergent Church Movement chronicles his journeys, both physical and spiritual in his book, The Sacred Way: Spiritual Practices for Everyday Life.

He grew up in a traditional Midwestern church-going family, but became disillusioned and so took a three month sabbatical, going to Europe where he visited a prayer center for young people known as The Reader Boiler Room; an always-open prayer vigil that referred to itself as a “Generation X monastery”. Jones traveled to Dublin, Ireland where he met with Catholic priest Alan McGuckian, and the staff at the Jesuit Communication Center.

I find this particularly provocative, as the Jesuit order has traditionally been known as an Order developed by the Popes to corral rebellious Catholics, Protestants, and infidels into the Roman Church. Could Alan McGuckian and his brethren been instrumental in leading and persuading Tony Jones into their ‘more perfect way’ of spirituality? Could they have in fact recruited him to promote such practices as would mirror those as found in the Roman Catholic Church? Whether that is the case or not, Mr. Jones is in fact an Emergent Church leader that promotes and demotes the same sort of beliefs, dogmas and doctrines that the RCC does.

He spent time in a contemplative ecumenical community in southern France and read “voraciously” books by such church fathers/mystics as already mentioned in this article. He also spent time in the Red Mountains, Utah, hiking with a shaman (a Native American Indian in this case, who practiced occult techniques and altered states of consciousness). Pgs.104-105

-from Relevant Magazine- “24-7 Prayer” by Anne McCarthy for background on The Reader Boiler Room.

See also-

What Is The Reader Boiler Room All About?

“In Doug Pagitt’s 2003 book Church Re-imagined, he describes his initial attraction to rituals associated with the Eucharist:

The first day of Lent this year brought the first Ash Wednesday gathering in our church’s history and in mine . . . Until this point, Ash Wednesday had not been part of my Christian faith experience. Not only had I never applied ashes to anyone’s forehead, but I had also never had them applied to mine. After this experience I wondered how I could have celebrated 19 Easters as a Christian without this tremendous experience.” Pg. 134
-from Doug Pagitt’s book Church Re-imagined, p. 103

Scot McKnight is an emergent church leader; Professor of Religious Studies at North Park University and on the Coordinating Group for Emergent Village and states that he “happily considers [him]self part of this movement . . . what emerging Christians bring to the table is vital to the overall health of the church.”


McKnight endorses the Eucharist as he comments on its function at an Anglican service and says, “The Eucharist profoundly enables the grace of God to be received with all its glories and blessings”.
-from Turning to Jesus, by Scot McKnight (Louisville, KY; Westminister John Knox Press, 2002 ed.) p. 7

“He is a popular speaker at many events including Willow Creek’s Small Group Conference and the National Pastors Convention.

Comments made by other Emergent Church leaders –

Rick Warren’s address before the 2005 UN Interfaith Prayer Breakfast:

“I’m not talking about religion this morning. You may be Catholic or Protestant or Buddhist or Baptist, or Muslim or Mormon, or Jewish, or you may have no religion at all. I’m not interested in your religious background. Because God did not create the universe for us to have religion.”

Donald Miller, in his book Blue Like Jazz:

“For me, the beginning of sharing my faith with people began by throwing out Christianity and embracing Christian spirituality, a nonpolitical mysterious system that can be experienced but not explained.”

Erwin McManus, in his book The Barbarian Way:

“They [Barbarians] see Christianity as a world religion, in many ways no different than any other religious system. Whether Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam or Christianity, they’re not about religion; they’re about advancing the revolution Jesus started two thousand years ago.”

“The Charisma article, in which Watchmen’s Trumpet reports elaborates: ‘Messianic Muslims’ who continue to read the Koran, visit the Mosque and say their daily prayers but accept Christ as their Savior, are the products of the strategy, which is being tried in several countries, according to Youth With a Mission (YWAM), one of the organizations involved.” Andy Butcher, “Radical Missionary Approach Produces ‘Messianic Muslims’ Retaining Islamic Identity (Charisma News Service, March 24, 2000

While the missionaries intention in this strategy may very well be commendable in his endeavor to reach Muslims for Christ Jesus, it should certainly send up ‘red flags’ as to a breach in the Gospel message to leave behind the ‘old man’ and its unregenerate life, and embrace the ‘new man’ created in Christ Jesus unto righteousness; it’s indicative of the same sort of mentality promoted by ECM leaders to amalgamate religions into a globally unified whole.

Messianic Muslims?

This concludes this treatment of Faith Undone and how its author reveals, among other things, how the Roman Catholic Church and Evangelical Christians are finding common ground (on heresies) as promoted by the Emergent Church Movement.

Yet we are far from done in concluding this article! In on going segments we are going to glean from Dr. Greg Reid’s book Trojan Church, and see how the Emergent Church and New Age movements are virtually identical in much of their beliefs, practices, statements and goals.

-LAMENTATIONS OVER LAODICEAN LETTERS

For now I would like to direct you to some letters and responses sent to Eric Barger from Eric Barger's TAKE A STAND Ministries

Here are personal accounts of Christians who are coming face to face with Emergent doctrines that are infesting their own churches (emails used by permission by Eric Barger):


Emergent Nazarenes

Eric,

(I am) Desperately fighting the Emergent issue in xxxxxxxx, Ohio, Nazarene Church. Seemingly I am the only one who thinks anything is going on. I have confronted my pastor, talked to the gal who is his "right hand" and no one thinks anything is wrong. I haven't talked to anyone else really in the church except a couple of girlfriends when I decided I was going to leave, but then God said "no" so I didn't. It’s really hard and not getting fed. What do I do? I feel like I'm to FIGHT, like Nehemiah, also like Deborah, but I don't have any resources or knowledge here AT ALL!!! The Lord is enough, but if you have any insight, it'd help greatly. I serve our women, though not officially -stepped down due to statement by our pastor. Told him I felt "unprotected" and he said his job is "to provide fertile ground". I feel like there is "another spirit" at work and I've done tons of research but really feel alone. Any thoughts?
I so appreciate your work in this area, I do understand the persecution and the "alienation". My husband isn't saved yet, so that requires me even more to rely on God!
I'm in full time ministry, unpaid, so I can't support you that way, but I will certainly pray for you. Thanks and keep fighting the good fight. Heb. 12:1-2 Run well, finish well! Thanks!!
~Wendy (Ohio)


Eric's Note: We sent Wendy a set of two DVDs, two CDs and a package of "How to Spot the Emergent Church" brochures to help her warn and minister to those in her church and community.

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Rob Bell "Nooma" DVDs and other heresies...

Eric -

We have just found out that one of our youth pastor's favorite authors is Rob Bell. Ahhhh! We are going to confront this issue and have researched your site and others. Do you have any suggestions for hard-hitting information that we can share with our youth pastor? We also found out that Rob Bell endorses Kabbalist, Lawrence Kushner. However, we have been unable to find any hard evidence that we could pass on.

Thanks for any info. Keep up the good fight.

(Name withheld by request)

Eric's Note: I sent several resources and quotes from Bell detailing how far outside orthodox Christianity his views, teaching and recommendations are.
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More "Nooma" Deception

I am just learning about the emerging church movement. My church has started to show the Nooma videos and use some of the names you have mentioned. I have 3 sons in a Christian college close to home and found out just a few days ago that the Nooma videos are huge on campus and in fact some of the names mentioned in your article have been speakers there.

I am very overwhelmed by everything. I watch people in church and EVERYONE seems to be accepting everything.... giving testimonies how everything being taught is making them grow so strong and there are so many very strong Christians in our church. The pastor makes comments that if anyone is not on board with all--- then we are the ones that are in denial and so-forth. I am confused...not about what is truth but how can I be the only one in a church that can see the untruths in it all, and how do I tell my 19, 20. year old sons that the university is teaching a false gospel. It is like "mom is crazy" or something. I will be searching more and studying more on this.

Sincerely,
Name withheld

Eric's Answers:

Kelly,
I can't tell you just how many letters like yours I am receiving each month. It is stunning.

We are watching a complete redefinition of biblical, historic Christianity take place. People are acting like lambs on the way to slaughter - which is
just about the best way to describe it.

I am attaching to this email a simple 2 sided 8.5x11 tri-fold pamphlet called "How to spot the Emergent Church"

Rob Bell, Brian McLaren, Tony Jones and other Emergents fit perfectly the biblical description of a false prophet. It is our obligation to warn people. This is EXACTLY as Paul warned Timothy it would be in the end days. We can expect people to laugh, ridicule and reject us for standing by the Bible, but we MUST warn them.

God bless you...Psalm 37:23 to you.

Eric

Eric's note: I have documented Rob Bell and the "Nooma" series in writing and also in the DVD "The Errors of the Emergent Church." Rob Bell preaches against repentance, endorses books written by Mayan Buddhists (such New Age guru Ken Wilbur), and insists that one of the main problems with Christianity is that so many Christians hold to what he believes to be the antiquated idea that the Bible alone is enough to guide us! Run from Rob Bell and warn everyone you know to do the same.


-LAST WORDS FROM HUNT’s VIDEO’S

Here are a couple of youtube videos with Dave Hunt and Tom McMahon regarding the question: Why is the Emergent Church Movement so attractive, especially to young evangelicals?

What's the Attraction About Emergent Churches?

And here is a related video that asks the question: Why are biblical Christians so intolerant? This is a crucial issue, as many see those who warn about the ECM as being unloving, divisive, negative and harmful to the church and her unity. Dave and Tom address this question quite capably.

Why Are Christians So Intolerant?

May the LORD Jesus bless all of us who love the Truth, and remain faithful to His Word both in doctrine and in deed by expressing His Love and Grace to one and all.

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