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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

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: 

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

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 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

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)

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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

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


~~ 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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