"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!).
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Monday, December 21, 2009


~~ 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: 

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:  MATT 24:30-31; MARK 8:38; LUKE 18:8; 2 THESS 1:7-10.

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Saturday, December 19, 2009


~~ 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 REV 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 society for about thirty years, the New Age Movement (more often today referred to as the New Spirituality).You will find that as you read the writings of New Age leaders and their Emergent Church counterparts, what they have to say on particular matters is virtually identical.

Some therefore conclude that the ECM is simply the New Age Movement dressed in 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 as 'cutting edge' spirituality).

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.
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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


by Anne Kisly

All roads do not  reach the same God, nor lead to heaven!

Since religious truth claims are objective, then the belief all roads lead to heaven is contradictory. Here is why. If all roads lead to heaven then all belief systems are true.

This has three major problems:

1. If all views are true then Christianity is true. The Christian belief Jesus is the only way to heaven and all other religions are false is therefore true. This contradicts the belief all roads lead to heaven. On the other hand if the statement Jesus is the only way is false, then Christianity doesn’t lead to heaven, contradicting all roads lead to heaven.

2. All roads cannot lead to heaven because the core beliefs or the central doctrines of all worldviews contradict each other. Let’s look at a few examples.
  • Christianity teaches you cannot get to heaven by doing good. Islam teaches you must do good to get to heaven. These views are contradictory and both cannot be true at the same time. 
  • God is personal or God is impersonal. Christianity and Hinduism cannot both be true. 
  • Christianity says Jesus bodily rose from the dead. All other religions deny this event. Both cannot be true. 
3. The “all roads lead to heaven” mantra is an exclusive belief system. It says if you believe your religion is the only way to heaven then you are wrong. That means exclusive religions like Christianity, Islam, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and Mormonism are wrong. In fact all worldviews (belief systems) think they are right and everyone else is wrong. Therefore, all roads don’t lead to heaven.

With that being clarified, the promotion of world unity is being religiously tested.  As Christians we realize in order for the globalists to create a world government, religion and economy, there must be some kind of united effort in order for people to embrace this united spirit.

We have heard world leaders, politicians, and the world's wealthiest elite talk about ushering in a “New World Order”.  The systems of world government are seemingly not working, and are no longer sustainable.  In order to save the world, there must be a New World Order.

This is nothing more than the repackaging of an old idea.  "The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun." Ecclesiastes 1:9.  Man since the beginning (Genesis 11) has strived to create a new way, a way where he tries to leave God out of it.

World Unity can never be achieved by the sinful heart of man....sorry, that is the plain truth of the matter.  Where ever fallen man's hand is involved, destruction follows.  That's because we were created for a purpose, God's purpose.  He is the Creator, we are the created.

IN THE NEWS:  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.”

It's interesting to note that 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?  By claiming that Muslims and Christians worship the same God, a blatant apostate lie.

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 uses language of a religious pluralist...not a biblical Christian. 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.   Purpose driven globalism that strives for unity at any cost, even at the cost of the gospel message, and the authority and purposes of God.

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.

Is the stage being set for the unified worship of the Antichrist?

It says in Revelation 13 that there is coming a one-world system of government, economy and religion. We identify this as the "New World Order” that so many world leaders talk about. Another term we hear frequently that means the same thing is “globalism”. Whatever you want to call it, various organizations are playing into Satan's hands. Leading the charge is the United Nations, the European Union, and NATO. Joining them are world trade organizations like the “North American Free Trade Association” (NAFTA), and many others.

Add to this the rising Ecumenical Movement - Ecumenicals and Evangelicals joining hands with Rome.

Nearly every day we read headlines that indicate the Ecumenical movement is sweeping the world. Churches and denominations that once took strong biblical positions, no longer believe what they once believed.  Rejecting the authority of God's Word has it's consequences.  When there are no absolutes, anything goes.  Joining hands with religions that contradict the teachings of scripture is the result.  This is the coming Apostacy that scripture talks about.  They don't want God.  They don't want His word.  They want a religion they make for themselves, one without the consequence of sin.

The truth is that Christianity and false religions are like oil and water....they do not mix.  The Bible has something to say about unity,  let's look:

Philippians 2:2 - Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, [being] of one accord, of one mind. 
Who is Paul addressing? 
To all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi.
Who are the "saints"? 
Scripturally speaking, the “saints” are the body of Christ, Christians, the church. All Christians are considered saints.
Who is a Christian?  
The word “Christian” is used three times in the New Testament (Acts 11:26; 26:28; 1 Peter 4:16). Followers of Jesus Christ were first called “Christians” in Antioch (Acts 11:26) because their behavior, activity, and speech were like Christ. The word “Christian” literally means, “belonging to the party of Christ” or a “follower of Christ.”
More examples:

1 Peter 3:8 - Finally, [be ye] all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, [be] pitiful, [be] courteous:

1 Corinthians 1:10 - Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and [that] there be no divisions among you; but [that] ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

2 Corinthians 13:11 - Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.

Ephesians 4:1-6 - I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, (Read More...)

Romans 15:6 - That ye may with one mind [and] one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 12:4-5 - For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: (Read More...)

More examples to read on your own:
Ephesians 4:3 ; Psalms 133:1 ; Philippians 1:27 ; Romans 12:16  ; Romans 15:5 ; Romans 14:19 ; Acts 4:32 ; John 17:11-23

The Unity the Bible teaches is the unity of Believers...the body of Christ, Born-again Christ Followers!

Does scripture call us to unity with the world? No it does not!

1 John 2:15-16 says, "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world."

In the Bible, the term world can refer to the earth and physical universe (Hebrews 1:2; John 13:1), but it most often refers to the humanistic system that is at odds with God (Matthew 18:7; John 15:19; 1 John 4:5).

Yes, we are to love people, and we do that by sharing with them the GOOD NEWS of the GOSPEL of JESUS CHRIST.  Not by compromising, joining forces with religious systems that are WORLDY, opposing God, opposing the gospel, opposing the Bible, opposing Jesus Christ as the only way of salvation.

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? Our answer is emphatically No, Not at all!

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 the spiritual deception that the Lord has warned us about.

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?

"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby 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 Jesus, then ALL other religious systems 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 Christ, 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 God and man, and the relationship between the two. Christianity claims that Jesus of Christ 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). "For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath 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 hold fast 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?  Put your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  Trust God's Word, and obey Him.

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 and TRUTH. Through Jesus alone we have an everlasting hope and home!

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Monday, December 7, 2009


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 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

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

Email: amrit_din@yahoo.com

Compassion Ministries (extension of Lahore Bible Institute)

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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


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


~~ 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 (emphasis mine). The early mystics added ideas to Christianity that cannot be found in the Bible—a recipe for spiritual detriment. Pg. 79

See JUDE :4

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Saturday, November 28, 2009


~~ By James Fire

In the previous segment of this article we examined how evangelical Christianity has allied itself with Roman Catholicism through such agreements as Evangelicals and Catholics Together (E.C.T.) and such movements as Promise Keepers; these were used to unite both in social and moral objectives such as commitment to marriage and family, pro-life, anti-pornography, Drug-free America, etc. To share the common bond of Christian religion for the purpose of evangelizing the lost, but not Roman Catholics (though the RCC has objectives to convert evangelicals, as we shall see).

In more recent times there has emerged another movement that is a bit more covert in its operations, but nonetheless is intent on compromising biblical Christians with the same fundamentals as found in Roman Catholicism; a melding if you will of that which was once faithful to the LORD Jesus Christ and His inerrant Word but has now become increasingly apostate with a consenting conglomeration of ecclesial authority for global religion. Of course the Roman Catholic Church will spear head such a world wide endeavor and consider herself its undisputed leader.

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Friday, November 27, 2009


~~ by James Fire

In this article we will look at a document that was established in March of ’94 called the E.C.T. (Evangelicals and Catholics Together) and associated organizations whose goals are the same. While this is a document over twenty years old, it still has profound implications for the future of our nation, and the world at large.

We will also consider how the Emergent Church Movement is likewise compromising evangelical, Bible-based Christianity to conform to ideas, thoughts and beliefs that are more in line with Roman Catholicism than they are with scripture.

Also, we’ll see how both elements are effectually working together to germinate that which is seen in scripture as The MOTHER of HARLOTS as found in REVELATION 17, will be addressed.

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Friday, November 20, 2009


~ by A.M. Kisly


There is a Hal Lindsey Report posted at the top of this website. I hope you will watch it in its entirety, because it deals with the issue of political correctness taking over every aspect of life. As believers, it is important to hold true to our Christian Worldview as opposed to the New World Views being pushed at us by those who have embraced "CHANGE".

is not white; red is not green; the sky is not orange and TRUTH cannot be changed to fit a political agenda.

Since so many of our "so-called" leaders, teachers, and educated news media feed us a constant diet of "UNTRUTHS", I thought it would help us to look at the definitions of a couple of words. I am just fed up with the BRAIN WASHING of society.

According to: The Free Dictionary

adj. Abbr. PC
1. Of, relating to, or supporting broad social, political, and educational change, especially to redress historical injustices in matters such as race, class, gender, and sexual orientation.
2. Being or perceived as being over concerned with such change, often to the exclusion of other MORE IMPORTANT matters.

According to:Webster’s American Dictionary of the English Language 1828


1.Conformity to fact or reality; exact accordance with that which is, or has been, or shall be. The truth of history constitutes its whole value. We rely on the truth of the scriptural prophecies.

My mouth shall speak truth. Proverbs 8
Sanctify them through thy truth; thy word is truth. John 17

2.True state of facts or things. The duty of a court of justice is to discover the truth. Witnesses are sworn to declare the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

3.Conformity of words to thoughts, which is called moral truth. (Shall truth fail to keep her word? Milton)

4.Veracity; purity from falsehood; practice of speaking truth; habitual disposition to speak truth; as when we say, a man is a man of truth.

5.Correct opinion.

6.Fidelity; constancy.

7.Honesty; virtue.

8.Exactness; conformity to rule.

9.Real fact or just principle; real state of things. There are innumerable truths with which we are not acquainted.

10.Sincerity. (God is a spirit, and they that worship him must worship in spirit and in truth. John 4)

11.The truth of God, in his veracity and faithfulness. (Psalm 71) Or his revealed will. I have walked in thy truth. (Psalm 26)

12.Jesus Christ is called the truth. (John 14)

13.It is sometimes used by way of concession. (She said, truth, Lord; yet the dogs eat of the crumbs. Matthew 15) That is, it is a truth; what you have said, I admit to be true.

14.In truth, in reality; in fact.

15.Of a truth, in reality; certainly.

16.To do a truth, is to practice what God commands. John 3

There you have it in plain English! Let's not be duped into the NEW WORLD VIEW being imposed upon us. Stick to the TRUTH, especially where it concerns our Christian values.
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The Copenhagen Treaty Explained — Part I

~ by A.M. Kisly


In this month’s newsletter from Olive Tree Ministries, Jan Markell writes about Globalism and the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. For those who are not familiar with this upcoming disaster, this U.N. Treaty will trump our Constitution. Hard to believe, but America is rushing into Marxism with breathtaking speed.

She writes, “A few months ago Barack Obama said to the U.N. General Assembly, “We have learned to be citizens of the world, members of the human community.” Let’s clarify that statement as Obama is saying that America is just another country with no moral basis for world leadership. Further, in his America-bashing around the world in just less than a year, he has implied or stated firmly that America is flawed, so inherently sinful, that it cannot be trusted with, and does not merit the possession of overarching world power.”

“Furthering this road map to the one-world Socialist system be aware that in mid-December the “2009 United Nations’ Climate Change Conference will be held in Copenhagen.” Many who have read the treaty to be signed at that meeting suggest that the purpose of it is really global government. Global warming and climate change will just be the vehicles used and most every nation, including America is represented by Barack Obama will sign it. It advocates transferring the wealth from rich countries to the poor.”

I did some research into these claims, and will present you with the astonishing information I have found. Again, we must be aware of what is going on so that we can be effective in our actions as well as in our prayers.

As astounding as it may sound, this treaty will trump our Constitution! Because of that, if America is really to participate, the U.S. Senate must ratify it. The current Senate is a lackey to every left-wing cause in America and the world.

The "scheme for the new institutional arrangement under the Convention" that starts on page 18 contains the provision for a "government." The aim is to give a new as yet unnamed U.N. body the power to directly intervene in the financial, economic, tax and environmental affairs of all the nations that sign the Copenhagen treaty.

This treaty appears to have been subject to unusual attempts to conceal its convoluted contents. And apart from the difficulty of trying to decipher the U.N. verbiage, there are plenty of draft clauses described as "alternatives" and "options" that should raise the ire of free and democratic countries concerned about preserving their sovereignty.

Lord Monckton said "this is the first time I've ever seen any transnational treaty referring to a new body to be set up under that treaty as a 'government.' But it's the powers that are going to be given to this entirely unelected government that are so frightening." He added: "The sheer ambition of this new world government is enormous right from the start—that's even before it starts accreting powers to itself in the way that these entities inevitably always do."

The Copenhagen Treaty Explained — Part I

Legal analysis John Charlton

(Nov. 9, 2009) — Last month Lord Christopher Monckton, former science adviser for the English Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, warned that the proposed text of the Copenhagen Treaty on Climate Change was the vehicle for international marxists to establish a one-world Marxist government. Interest in this dire warning has bloomed over the internet and remains a daily leader in those arriving at The Post & Email through search engines. For this reason The Post & Email will feature a detailed analysis of the treaty text.

Background to the Treaty

First it must be understood that presently there is no such treaty; but there are several proposals on a Climate protection treaty, which were unveiled at the recent Copenhagen Conference on Climate Change, which proposals would be for a treaty signed by the members states of the United Nations as a binding document on each of them. China and India have already indicated that they are not in favor of such world-wide strictures.

The actual conference in Copenhagen was held on September 15 at Copenhagen, Denmark. It was only one meeting in a series of meetings which have and will be held on Climate Change.

The working document is termed “The Framework Convention on Climate Change“, and the recent version was approved by the “Ad-Hoc working Group on Long-Term Cooperative Action” under the U.N. Convention, at Bonn, Germany, Aug. 10-14, 2009.

The current, 181-page document is only a draft, and is not binding. It is currently available from What’s Up with This Blog, in PDF format (2.4 MB). [I would suggest you save it to your hard drive before it is erased from the internet.]

A General Outline of the Working Document

First let’s merely take a quick look at the contents of the document, to get an idea of its “geography”. The table of contents contains the following headers:






A. Mitigation [commitments] by [developed country Parties]
B. Nationally appropriate mitigation actions by developing countries.
C. Policy approaches and positive incentives on issues relating to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries; and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries.
D. Cooperative sectoral approaches and sector-specific actions
E. Economic and social consequences of response measures





We shall see from a detailed analysis of the proposal that “enhanced” means “forced”, “shared” means “imposed”, and that “provision” and “transfer” means “forced tax” and “theft”.

Now let’s take a closer look at the structure of each section. Note that text in square brackets represents proposed alterations or versions of each sentence.
In this Part I, we will consider merely the presuppositions invoke to justify the Document’s existence.


Essential to this notion of cooperative action is the principles upon which the action is deemed necessary. However, the principles are based on historical revisionism of the first caliber, combined with pseudo-science, a result which ends up being a new religious creed.

Here are just some of the resolutions/principles upon which the “Shared Vision” is based.

First, the intention is to establish world-wide control of the human race at new levels.

PP.6. Intending to renew and strengthen the global partnership through the creation of new levels of cooperation among Parties, according to the principles of the Convention.

Second, requirement to accept the “Shared Vision” as governmental policy in all members states:

PP.7 Affirming a Shared Vision of a long-term goal to equitably, successfully and coherently integrate the ambitious efforts of all Parties.
Notice the words “equitably” and “successfully”, and how they will be used further down in the document.

Third, the aim of the proposed Treaty will be the imposition of the Sustainable Development world-view, one which Mr. DeWeese, in his interview with The Post & Email, clearly indicated was the intentional destruction of Western Civilization:

PP.8 [Recognizing that] sustainable development is the first priority for developing countries. Therefore, [that] our commitment to a low carbon society would have to be linked to our development priorities, in accordance with the provisions of the Convention.

Then, that the proposed Treaty will oblige member states “fully”; “fully” is clearly a word that can have dictatorial and tyrannical significance, since it implies without holding-back, or without limitations:

PP.10 [Emphasizing that] it is fundamental that Annex I countries comply fully with the provisions as set out in 4.3, 4.4, and 4.5 as well as additional commitments on technology transfer and capacity-building.

Then comes the point which belies the proposed Treaty as a political game, which is intended to hamper the leading economic powers (USA for example), in favor of the majority of member states:

PP.11 [Further emphasizing that] a shared vision does not include commitments for developing countries. It does, entitle technology transfer, capacity-building and financial resources for project implementation regarding mitigation national programs.

The next point, rehashes Al Gore’s Big-Fib that sea levels will rise so significantly that entire nations and cities will disappear:

PP.12 [Recognizing that sustainable development that ensures capacity for] [A shared vision recognizes that] [adaptation to the adverse effects of climate change is the most important issue for] [the most vulnerable countries are] all developing countries, [particularly] low-lying and other small island countries, countries with low-lying coastal, arid and semi-arid areas or areas liable to floods, drought and desertification, and developing countries with fragile mountainous ecosystems are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change, [as stated in preambular text 19 of the UNFCCC].

The next point, openly says that the Treaty’s purpose will be to control the world economy by controlling how individuals and corporations and governments invest their monies:

PP.13 Recognizing that current and potential climate change impacts require a shift in the global investment patterns and that criteria for financing allocation shall clearly respond to the priorities identified by the international community, with climate change stabilization being one of these priorities.
You cannot have such control, without taxes, tariffs, subsidies, and the diminution of free market principles.

Next, we move into the pure realm of science-fantasy, where all CO2 has resulted from industrialization, and not biological processes:

PP.14 Acknowledging that current atmospheric concentrations are principally the result of historical emissions of greenhouse gases, the most significant share of which has originated in developed countries.

Then, we move into the pure realm of historical revisionism, in which all the alleged excess CO2 (no excess has been proven) has resulted from 150 years of activity, when it is a known fact that China and India have dumped considerable quantities of pollutants into the atmosphere in just the last 20 years:

PP.15 Further acknowledging, that developed countries have a historical responsibility for their disproportionate contribution to the causes and consequences of climate change, reflecting their disproportionate historical use of a shared global carbon space since 1850 as well as their proposed continuing disproportionate use of the remaining global carbon space.

To hold that some coal-gas plant that burnt coal in the 1890’s may have actually contributed to current levels of CO2 is patently laughable, since it could only be reasonably sustained by assuming there are no natural processes for removing 130 year old CO2 from the atmosphere — as if there are no green plants on land, or plankton in the oceans!

When you have to justify a document on mythological assertions, you really cannot defend yourself against the claim of your critics that you have no leg to stand on.
In the next 10+ pages the working document lists the proposed text of the items of the Shared Vision, as they are to be implemented.


When you see that the “Shared Vision” has nothing to do with “sharing” the responsibility, you will understand better what the Copenhagen conference was all about.

This is spelled out in the next 10+ pages, wherein the working document lists the proposed text and changes to the current accepted text.
While most of these regurgitate the principles just mentioned above, some flesh out the nastiness of what is being proposed:

Here is a collection of just a few paragraphs. From pp. 7-8:

Deep cuts [by developed countries] [by all Annex I country Parties] [by all developed countries] in global emissions by Parties in accordance with their historical responsibilities, as well as the principles of equity and common but differentiated responsibilities, and realistic changes in emission patterns [will be] [are urgently] required to prevent dangerous interference with the climate system and achieve the ultimate objective of the Convention.

Notice, there is a “Shared Vision” that “deep cuts” are not going to be “shared”, but based upon the unfounded claim that the industrialized nations are principally at fault, because of what they have been doing for a century.

Next, from p. 9, when have the threat, that if developed nations don’t act to implement deep cuts on themselves that they will be responsible for larger outlays of financing for developed nations in the future:

9. The shared vision for long-term cooperative action recognizes the strong link between adaptation and mitigation as well as the cross-cutting role played by financing, technology transfer and capacity building. Failure to implement ambitious and immediate mitigation actions by developed countries will increase the need for adaptation in developing countries and therefore for financial support. At the same time, increased financial support and technology transfer to developing countries will help these countries in their implementation

Note the implicit assumption that the activities of developed nations only harm developing nations; and that those of developing nations don’t harm developed nations. This is an essential, unwritten premise of the document, to justify world-government, and unilateral financial and technological transfers from rich to poor countries.

Then the not-so-veiled insistence, on p. 10, on One-World Government as the solution to the “climate problem”:

20. In order to fulfill this shared vision, Parties have agreed to establish a coherent, cohesive and integrated system of financial and technology transfer mechanisms under the Convention and a follow-up/compliance mechanism. These institutions are robust and effective.

“Robust” means “authoritative and powerful”, and “effective” means “obligatory and penal.” That is the description of a governmental body which has authority over the entire world and every aspect of human life.

Then comes a reiteration of the 4 points of the failed Bali Plan, which the Bush administration opposed.


Then the document proposes the attempt to control the world environment itself, as if man could even do this:

Alternative to paragraphs 26–27:

[The objective of this Agreement is to achieve an environmentally sound response to climate change through effective implementation of the Convention, with a view to achieving its ultimate objective as provided in its Article 2, by:

(a) stabilizing atmospheric greenhouse gases at 450 parts per million carbon dioxide equivalent or lower, through unified long-term action that sets the world on a path by which global GHG emissions peak by [X] and then global GHG emissions reduce by [X] per cent by [X] on [X] levels; and

(b) galvanizing greater attention and efforts towards adaptation at all levels to minimize the adverse impacts of climate change, to assist in

You know the authors of the document are insane and irrational and power-hungry, when they propose an arbitrary level (equivalent to some pre-historical levels) as a rule to be held to: as if man alone could control this.


But the real “meat” of the One-World Government proposals is found in paragraph, on pp. 18-19:

38. The scheme for the new institutional arrangement under the Convention will be based on three basic pillars: government; facilitative mechanism; and financial mechanism, and the basic organization of which will include the following:

(a) The government will be ruled by the COP with the support of a new subsidiary body on adaptation, and of an Executive Board responsible for the management of the new funds and the related facilitative processes and bodies. The current Convention secretariat will operate as such, as appropriate.

(b) The Convention’s financial mechanism will include a multilateral climate change fund including five windows: (a) an Adaptation window, (b) a Compensation window, to address loss and damage from climate change impacts, including insurance, rehabilitation and compensatory components, (c) a Technology window; (d) a Mitigation window; and (e) a REDD window, to support a multi-phases process for positive forest incentives relating to REDD actions.

(c) The Convention’s facilitative mechanism will include: (a) work programmes for adaptation and mitigation; (b) a long-term REDD process; (c) a short-term technology action plan; (d) an expert group on adaptation established by the subsidiary body on adaptation, and expert groups on mitigation, technologies and on monitoring, reporting and verification; and (e) an international registry for the monitoring, reporting and verification of compliance of emission reduction commitments, and the transfer of technical and financial resources from developed countries to developing countries. The secretariat will provide technical and administrative support, including a new centre for information exchange.

Liberals are claiming Lord Monckton lied, that the word “government” does not occur in the text of the proposal. As you can see from the above paragraphs, esp. (a), that it is the Liberals who have been caught lying on this one.

The "scheme for the new institutional arrangement under the Convention" that starts on page 18 contains the provision for a "government." The aim is to give a new as yet unnamed U.N. body the power to directly intervene in the financial, economic, tax and environmental affairs of all the nations that sign the Copenhagen treaty.

This treaty appears to have been subject to unusual attempts to conceal its convoluted contents. And apart from the difficulty of trying to decipher the U.N. verbiage, there are plenty of draft clauses described as "alternatives" and "options" that should raise the ire of free and democratic countries concerned about preserving their sovereignty.

Lord Monckton said "this is the first time I've ever seen any transnational treaty referring to a new body to be set up under that treaty as a 'government.' But it's the powers that are going to be given to this entirely unelected government that are so frightening." He added: "The sheer ambition of this new world government is enormous right from the start—that's even before it starts accreting powers to itself in the way that these entities inevitably always do."

Because of the length of this article, I will be posting a second article discussing the second half of this proposed “draft” of the U.N. Treaty.

We are reminded not to be ignorant of Satan’s many devices but to pray, and pray without ceasing. I bring you this information for the purpose of calling the elect to stand and to pray that Satan’s efforts be thwarted.

We are not ignorant of God’s prophetic word: A one-world government, religion, currency and leader are indeed coming, but in the meantime, we will pray. Our Nation has yet completely abandoned God and Christian values, and it is definitely worth fighting for.

“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16

We do not yet know how this will play out. As this is written, Obama says he may not go to Copenhagen at all. Whether he is there or not, the purpose of Copenhagen will remain: Rush global government. I can only encourage you to continue to pray without ceasing for our great nation. The powers of darkness are trying to consume America. Many on the Left are in favor of this. Only the righteous can turn things around – if there is yet time to do so. We must never give up hope, for without hope, the heart grows sick.

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Saturday, November 14, 2009

The WORD-FAITH MOVEMENT: Doctrines of Men or Doctrines of God?

~ by A.M. Kisly

When did the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ come to mean the promotion of the self-life? I call this, “It’s All About Me” gospel.

Where did Jesus ever say that if any man comes after me, I will fulfill all of your dreams and ambitions? Where does it say in scripture that there will be no pain, no suffering and no poverty? What chapter and verse talks about cashing in our spiritual lottery ticket for heaven on earth, and all of life’s problems simply disappear? Can you quote one passage in Scripture where Jesus, Paul or anyone else used techniques such as imaging and visualization for prayer, or for healing?

I was asked if I would consider writing an article or several articles on the subject of the Word-Faith Movement, by my dear friend and co-author, James Fire. I must confess I haven’t thought much about this Movement, or some of the doctrines they teach for quite a while, but I agreed to doing the research and presenting the information in written articles because of the growing concern I have over what has become of the true disciple of Jesus Christ, and the truth of the GOSPEL MESSAGE.

No doubt many believers will contend that in writing about this subject, I am doing nothing more than splitting theological hairs. Yet the extent of the controversy is not merely an honest doctrinal difference among orthodox believers; it rather entails a confrontation between the gospel preached by the Lord Jesus Christ and another gospel.

In fact, many of the word-faith doctrines and practices are rooted deeply into the meta-physical sciences or more specifically the occult. These teachings and practices have led many astray and this is precisely the issue.

I would like to clarify to the reader that it is not my desire to attack or divide the body of Christ, but rather to challenge any and all doctrines against the pure and irrefutable truth of GOD’S WORD.

We are all called to defend the Faith, but if I were to ask 10 people what this means, I’d be willing to bet that I’d get 10 different answers.

With that said, in this first article, we will explore and study exactly what the scripture says about Faith, it’s very definition and the examples that God himself laid out for us in His Word. In upcoming articles, get ready to really uncover what the Word-Faith doctrines are, if they are Biblically sound, their origins and the founders of such teachings, its links to the New Age movement and much more.

Let’s get started:

What is faith by definition?

I thought it was interesting to note that the definition given by Webster closely follows God’s own definition. The dictionary defines faith as:

The assent of the mind to the truth of divine revelation, on the authority of god’s testimony, accompanied by a cordial assent of the will or approbation of the heart; and entire confidence or trust in God’s character and declarations, and in the character and doctrines of Christ, with an unreserved surrender of the will to His guidance, and dependence on His merits for salvation, also called evangelical, justifying or saving faith.”

[Note: This is from Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary of the English Language. If you don’t have this, I would encourage you to get a copy.]

Now let’s take a look at a very familiar passage in Scripture from Hebrews chapter 11, faith is defined as follows:

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."

While reading this definition of faith, I think it is impossible to have a balanced understanding of this scripture and the scriptures that follow in Hebrews chapter 11, without reading the whole epistle. Even if we back up to the last couple of verses in the previous chapter, Paul states,

“Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition [spiritual, physical or eternal ruin]; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.” (chapter 10:38, 39)

The apostle having, in the close of the foregoing chapter, recommended the grace of faith and a life of faith as the best preservative against apostasy. It is a solemn lesson in chapter 10 that there is no alternative, no safety or no way of pleasing God or abiding in His presence and favor, but by faith.

Faith is much more than trust, though trust is of extreme importance as its initial exercise. Also, we don’t want to narrow its purpose by intellectually defining the word lest it lead to a faith more intellectual than spiritual, which rests more in the wisdom of men and in the power of reason, than in the power of God.

In a brief synopsis of this epistle, what we can clearly see is God’s most perfect revelation of Himself through Jesus Christ. It is God revealed; God at work; and God triumphing. Notice that our eye is not fixed upon physical need or pleasures, but fixed upon Jesus, who is the “author and finisher of our faith”. [I will be going into further depth with this point as we get into some of the techniques being taught by prominent Word-Faith teachers.]

He, Jesus, is set before us “crowned with glory and honour” in the heavens. In fact, it is important to note that Jesus Christ is prominent on every page throughout the book of Hebrews.

Maybe this should be our first insight into a truthful definition of Faith, and not the more modern “magic genie” version to fulfill all of our wants and desires.

In Hebrews we are to consider first and foremost, Jesus, it is our Lord himself revealed to us as greater or superior than the prophets, than the angels, than Moses, Joshua and Aaron. It is Paul’s argument that Christ is superior over all others. Through Jesus, we have been given a New Covenant which is a better covenant and an everlasting covenant, and this is the establishment and the very foundation and source of all of our adoration, our praise and our worship…AND OUR FAITH!
"But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." (chapter 11:6)

Obviously we won’t be studying the book of Hebrews here, but even in these few lines we can see that our faith is in and through Jesus Christ, for forgiveness, for redemption and salvation, for reconciliation to God and so forth.

Going back to chapter 11 we can now look upon faith, or the enjoyment of its power and blessing through the fullness of faith. Here Paul proceeds to demonstrate the “power” of faith, not only to save but to give us victory.
In a war, victory means a battle. A battle means wounds and scars, disappointments and sacrifice, BUT IN THE END THE GLORIOUS CROWN OF VICTORY IS OURS. Are we not engaged in a spiritual battle, dear friend? Those engaged are not worried about gaining fame and fortune, visualizing material riches, multiplying our 401K plans, building bigger mansions, a prominent position and the praise of man, they are thinking of salvation and victory!

In Hebrews 11, often referred to as the "Faith Hall of Fame," we read of those who were commended for their faith, yet were destitute, persecuted, imprisoned, and suffered torturous deaths. These men and women set examples for us, and yet their lives were characterized by perseverance not by prosperity.

He refers to some sixteen Old Testament saints by name, and a number of others by inference. They are all men and women with the same faults and weaknesses that we ourselves are familiar with. They stumbled and fell, yet they got back up, conquered and gained victory. Yes they were all saved by simple faith, but the victory of faith was won only through sacrifice, that’s right, SACRIFICE!

In the following examples written by Paul, it is important to note that victory did not come the easy way, but in every example it cost a great deal, that cost was the sacrifice of self. Let’s take a look at those examples:
Abel’s faith cost him his life.
Enoch’s faith cost him the plaudits of the world as he walked alone with God in a desperately evil age.
Noah’s faith cost him disappointment. After all of his preaching, only seven entered the ark.
Abraham’s faith cost him the sacrifice of Isaac, whom God demanded but graciously spared.
Isaac’s faith was surrendering his will and desire to favor Esau, and give to Jacob (who deceived him) the blessing he intended for Esau.
Jacob’s faith came at the price of paralysis. He wrestled at Peniel and came out a victor but a cripple for life.
Joseph faith caused him to be despised by his brethren.
Moses paid the price of victory by renouncing his claim to the wealth of Egypt.

And so it goes on and on…..

To follow Jesus means Gethsemane and Calvary, but it leads to resurrection, glory and reward, the things hoped for.

You see the faith that is described in the scriptures is a saving faith, an uncompromising faith that separates the believer from this world, thus making him a disciple of Jesus Christ.

Maybe God has not asked us to make these types of sacrifices, yet he does ask us to surrender our bodies to His service, separate ourselves from this world, abstain from sinful pleasures, and to refuse to compromise with evil. He asks us to be a witness for him, to study His Word because, “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” ROMANS 10:17

Have we counted the cost?

The Bible says, be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12).

This faith that we are defining and studying is also a faith that is to grow, where babes grow into maturity, no longer desiring milk but meat; growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Be not deceived by the empty promises of man, have faith in God, in the promises that He made, and kept, and fulfilled through Jesus Christ. Develop your faith and grow in the knowledge of Jesus Christ so that as mature believers, we are able to discern what is of God and what pleases Him.

This faith that brought us salvation through Jesus Christ, wherein we worship in spirit and in truth now causes us to walk by faith. It is a walk with God, in communion with Him, a life of separation from this world and our learning at His feet, as we wait for the promise of His coming. It is where we will continue to grow and mature in the fear and admonition of the Lord, which eventually leads us to a working faith.

A working faith, is a faith in action. Noah built the ark as God instructed him to do. It wasn't obedience alone, but a faith driven action. Did it sound crazy? Yes, but even so, he had developed a deep faith in God, a complete trust and surrender to His will fulfilling God's plans and purposes.

The will of God, knowing Him and His will; isn’t that what it is all about?

In the next article, we will begin a list of important rules when comparing certain teachings or man’s words, against the Word of God. In the meantime, I would encourage you to read through the book of Hebrews, studying for yourselves this word Faith and it's fuller meaning.
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