July ’09 Blog

Thanks for visiting today! I realize time is at a premium with all of us, so I deeply appreciate your taking a few minutes to peruse these thoughts, quotes and other information contained herein. Cry a little, laugh a little.

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Theme Passage of the Month:Geneva Bible 1

I John 4:1- “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

2Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:

3And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

4Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

5They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.

6We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.”

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Muslims pick Rick

Friends-of-TerrorRick Warren is a keynoter at the upcoming Islamic Society of North America’s (ISNA) Fourth of July weekend annual convention. The conference theme, surprisingly, is Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. What a strange theme for Muslims. Would they use that for a theme if the conference was in Riyadh or Damascus or Gaza City?

Rick probably won’t anger them by telling them they are worshiping a false god and unless they repent and obey the gospel they will be lost. Go along to get along will likely be his underlying theme. The ISNA was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas terror funding case in 2007. Who cares? Evidently no one.

How many Baptists think Rick Warren is great? He gets mixed reviews among them. How many Charismatics? Lots. How many Apostolics? I wonder.

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Quotes Of The MonthQuotes

“The Holy Ghost carries on the whole Christian system in this earth.
Not a baptism, not a marriage, not a sacrament can be administered but
by the Holy Ghost. . . . There is no authority, civil or religious—there can be no legitimate government but what is administered by this Holy Ghost. There can be no salvation without it. All without it is rebellion and perdition, or in more orthodox words damnation.”  –  John Adams, 2nd President of the United States (1797-1801); 1809 Letter to Benjamin Rush

Shortly after the fall of European communism two decades ago, then Czech President Vaclav Havel addressed his nation and spoke words that apply to our nation today as we slip into moral oblivion:

“We live in a morally contaminated environment. We fell morally ill because we became used to saying something different from what we thought. We learned not to believe in anything, to ignore each other, to care only about ourselves…. We have to understand this legacy as a sin we committed against ourselves. If we realize this, hope will return to our hearts.”

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To what extent should we seek to emulate the ministry of Jesus?images

It is said our mission is to be a follower—a favorite term of the young “Emergents”—of Jesus (I Peter 2:21). “Follow me,” Jesus said (Matthew 4:19). Paul admonished us to follow him as he followed Christ (I Corinthians 11:1). However, being a “follower” of Christ may mean different things to some of the postmoderns, the religious liberals and radicals of the Jesus Seminar.

The Emergent ministers claim to be “radically Jesus-oriented.” Do what He did, they say. Think from His perspective. Have the priorities He had. Walk in His footsteps. Wow…who wants to argue with that? Once folks agree with that line of reasoning, the teachers pick out certain activities of Christ and push them to the forefront as examples of what the modern church and ministry should be doing. Sounds good on the surface, but what lies underneath? Where are they going with that approach?

That concept is used to justify their ongoing interaction with all sorts of quasi-religious folk outside the church and beyond their narrowing efforts of evangelism. For example, they like to point out how Jesus consorted with sinners and harlots, and how He was particularly concerned with the beggars, the indigent and the homeless. This puts them in a better light to visit the “tenderloin district” of their local community every Friday night to distribute bottles of water or some other free item, as one Pentecostal pastor confesses he does. If Jesus were here today, is that where He would be spending His Friday evenings? I trow not.

There is no biblical record of Jesus frequenting the Roman bathhouses that were proliferating in His day (there was one in His hometown). If women of ill repute came to Him in repentance and the hope of becoming one of His disciples, should we then project Him as possibly visiting local brothels or frequenting the red light districts of Judea and Galilee? As far as His visitation with “sinners” (a perjorative term for all Gentiles, but also included Jews who were thought to be unfaithful to strict moral codes of the law), to dine with a local businessman or government agent does not indicate His penchant for ungodly company. It would be like a pastor accepting an invitation to have lunch with the local mayor or judge. Should that be construed as consorting with sinners? How ridiculous. In truth, all who were around Jesus were sinners, even the Jewish priests. Doubtless Jesus chose His “traveling buddies” very carefully. He protected His reputation. A vulnerable bag holder did not compromise Him until the last.

Jesus certainly included His poor countrymen in His ministry, showing them compassion and love without discrimination. His example is suggested by those who are “radically Jesus oriented” to be a pattern for American ministers today. It is used to promote the social gospel with a view toward redeeming the culture, lifting all the unbelievers out of their misery, building them homes, feeding their poor, etc.—as though the nation of America is the church and all others are begging at our feet. America is not the church. Nor is the body of Christ called to pour its resources into curing the AIDS victims around the world. Or making sure that all the local irresponsible winos are housed and clothed and fed. Should individuals want to give to those causes outside the church, that is their prerogative. No problem. I shouldn’t have to say this, but I have ministered to skidrow bums and winos. I have preached in missions and soup kitchens. And I have met men who once were once in the gutter, covered with wine sores and their own filth, stand up and lead “Amazing Grace.” I understand the burden of those who feel specially called to minister in those settings and reach for their souls. Again, no problem. But to think we should dedicate the resources of the church to wiping out poverty and homelessness and sexually transmitted diseases is to be misguided.

We have to remind ourselves that His primary places of ministry were Galilee and Judea. These were Jewish areas. The poor widow with two mites came to the Temple to give. That is where Jesus saw her. Lazarus the beggar was laid at the gate of the same Temple. Jesus did not travel to minister to the poor citizens of Alexandria or Athens or Damascus to lift them out of the dunghills of poverty and wretchedness. He did not preach in the brothels and bathhouses of Rome. He did not neglect the poor of His native Israel, but neither did He direct His ministry to the homeless and indigent of the unbelieving world.

Jesus never filled anyone with the Spirit or commanded Christian baptism (Acts 2:38) to be done during His ministry (John 3:25,26; 4:1-3 notwithstanding). He never initiated religious dialogue with the political leaders positioned in Israel by Rome. He was never involved in foreign missions. He never left Israel during His ministry. He did not heal everyone in Israel. Nor did He raise all the dead, cleanse all the lepers, or feed all the hungry. Nor as a carpenter did He devote His time to providing housing for all the homeless folk. Those activities were not the reason He came into the world (I John 3:5-8).

Picking and choosing His activities that should be emulated reveals that it is being done based on the facets of Christ’s ministry they want to emulate—facets that fit their liberal agenda. If they really want to do everything like Jesus, they would only minister to one race. “He came unto his own…” (John 1:11). Jesus came to find and minister to the “lost sheep of the house of Israel” (Matthew 15:24). Is that the limit of their vision? His target was not the pagans and heathens. He assigned His disciples the responsibility to take the gospel to the world after they were converted and made aware that salvation was to be extended beyond the Jewish race.

When He sent out disciples as emissaries, they went two by two (Luke 10:1) without their wives. Must we do it that way? He gave them special powers and authority for their ministry missions (Luke 10:9,19). Are ministers today expected to perform exactly as they did? They were instructed not to take money or shoes with them (Luke 10:4). Anyone want to try that? No, the postmodern “followers” and the “do exactly like Jesus did” folks want to carefully select which parts of Jesus’ ministry they want to be involved imitate.

How did Jesus intend for the principles He taught to be lived? Can we deny the orthopraxy of the Apostolic church in the Book of Acts and the Epistles? Just how should Christian ministry be carried on today? You won’t find the definitive answer in the Gospels. You will find it in Acts and in the Epistles. Why do the Emergents want to stay in the Gospels? Because they can more easily manipulate the pre-Christian, Jewish-based stories and concepts and twist them to fit their agenda, which is quite different from the church life found in the Epistles.

Let’s stop taking our cues from the Rick Warrens, Rob Bells and Brian McLarens of the world. “And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you” (Mark 13:5).

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Six minutes of common sensethomas_paine

Common sense is so rarely displayed in our culture that you seldom get a glimpse of it. Now you have a chance.

Bob Basso, our generation’s Thomas Paine, is calling us to action! According to WorldNetDaily et al., Mr. Basso’s short, six-minute speech has become so popular that President Obama called him personally. He said that he was very disturbed with his comments and invited him to the White House to discuss the matter. You go, Bob! Turn your volume up and click here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeYscnFpEyA

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Book Review:

Already Gone: Why your kids will quit church and what you can do to stop it

Already-GoneBy Ken Ham and Britt Beemer
New Leaf Press
190 pages; AM price 12.95

One of the most distressing factors in the lives of Apostolic adults is to see their children take another road in life. We often blame their departure from the faith on marrying wrong, or on strong temptations in the modern culture. But the author makes the case that those are not the primary reasons they leave the faith. And that they have grown up “under the pew” or in your church’s Sunday school makes little difference.

Ham, known for his Answers in Genesis creation-science ministry, says a major study he commissioned by a respected researcher, Britt Beemer, unveils for the first time in a scientific fashion the startling reasons behind statistics that show two-thirds of young people in evangelical churches will leave when they move into their 20s.

One of the main reasons: Young people begin to question the authority of the Scriptures. They lose faith in the Bible and in those who teach the Bible. They learn to put their faith and trust in the school teachers and college professors. Teachers are no longer able to freely teach the Genesis version of the beginning of the world. So where do they hear it? Seldom do our pastors teach the creation story from Genesis in a fashion to make it believable and understandable. While alluding to the absolutes of Scripture along the way, I recognized recently that I have failed to publicly present the facts about dinosaurs, which our youth are fascinated by. Public school teachers speak of them living millions of years in the past. Referring to an old earth in that manner, casts the Genesis record in a negative light.

What does the age of the Earth have to do with the exodus of young people from American churches? The Ham/Beemer study found that church youth already are “lost” in their hearts and minds in elementary, middle and high school, long before college, although that is where their theories are hardened.

This loss of trust and confidence in the Scriptures is why many youth are now getting “soft” on divorce/remarriage, abortion, premarital sex, homosexuality, same-sex marriage and other moral and ethical issues. Where there is not absolute moral authority, then who is qualified to set the standard? Ham believes that the real problem is in the home where there is little support for moral absolutes. Too much television. Too many video games. No family altars. Little or no Bible reading.

The book explores a number of reasons for the findings, but Ham sees one overarching problem that is related to how churches and parents have taught youth to understand the Genesis account of creation. He points out that today’s youth find it hard to see a connection between what they are taught in church and what they learn at school. “Because of the way in which they’ve been educated,” Ham said, teens come to believe “that what they are taught in school is reality, but the church teaches stories and morality and relationship. Bible teaching is not real in the sense of real history.” The Genesis issue matters, he contends, “because salvation does rise or fall on the authority of Scripture. The message of the gospel comes from the words of Scripture.” When the Bible is undermined, he explained, everything it teaches is in doubt.

Interestingly, Ham states that just adding certain loud instruments into the worship service “does not make the church relevant. Cultural forms do not make you relevant, they just make you ‘cool.’ Truth makes you relevant.”

This book is in its third printing in three weeks. Find out what else Ham discovered and how he suggests a practical remedy. This is a book you will value and learn from. Nothing matters more than the saving of our family.

AM price only 12.95. To order, just click here…

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Wasn’t Bill Clinton a faithful Southern Baptist who liked Pentecostal services?Bill Clinton

Clinton: America no longer dominated by Judeo/Christian influence
WASHINGTON – Former President Bill Clinton has told an Arab-American audience of 1,000 people that the U.S. is no longer just a black-white country, nor a country that is dominated by Christians and a powerful Jewish minority. [No one could disagree with that assessment, with special thanks to George Bush and Barack Obama.]

In a recent speech to the group, Clinton said that given the growing numbers of Muslims, Hindus and other religious groups here, Americans should be mindful of the nation’s changing demographics, which led to the election of Barack Obama as president. [Muslims and Hindus did not elect Obama—the youth and rock star worshipers did.] Clinton said by 2050 the U.S. will no longer have a majority of people with European heritage and that in an interdependent world “this is a very positive thing.” [For whom?]

Speaking in a hotel ballroom to the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee during its annual convention, Clinton also praised Obama’s speech in Cairo, Egypt, that was focused on the Arab world. Clinton told the audience that it’s important that they push government leaders for a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He cited an experience in 1993 when he failed to persuade many Jewish-American and Arab-American business people to invest in the Palestinian areas because violence and bombings had deterred them.

“It just took one more bus bomb or one more rocket or one more incident and then people got scared of losing their money,” he said. [Let’s see…was it the Israelis who were blowing up buses?]

As the U.S. continues to push for peace in the area, “I think it’s really important to give the Palestinian people something to look forward to,” Clinton said to loud applause. [Like Obama’s spending $22 million to transport and house Hamas refugees from Gaza here in America? Why would any Muslim want to live in the heart of the Great Satan?]

Clinton, who wasn’t paid for his speech [Anyone believe that?], spoke in a wide-ranging 35-minute address that focused on people’s identity in an interdependent world. He said the U.S. can’t rely on its military might in global relations. “It has to begin by people accepting the fact that they can be proud of who they are without despising who someone else is,” he said. [Even if they have bomb belts strapped on their chests.]

Bracket comments mine. Source: http://www.onenewsnow.com/Politics/Default.aspx?id=566706

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The Engineering Marvel From The “New GM”

ObamobileIn a special news conference yesterday, Government Motors (formerly called General Motors) announced its ‘new concept car’ slated for production in the Fall.

The new GM proudly introduces the 2010 Obamobile!

This car runs on hot air and broken promises. It has three wheels that speed the vehicle through tight left turns. It comes complete with two teleprompters programmed to help the occupants talk their way out of any violations. The transparent canopy reveals the plastic smiles still on the faces of all the excited liberal owners.

HAPPY MOTORING!!!

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How many Czars does it take to make a Russia?Czars

We now have about 20 of them in the U.S. government who report directly to the President. Minnesota’s 6th District Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, speaking on the recent political interference in automobile dealerships by the government and the unprecedented use of “czars” by the Obama Administration, said: “We now have a ‘gangster government’ and an imperial presidency!”

Please listen to what this congresswoman has to say! Click on this link:

http://www.wikio.co.uk/video/1253334

What should we as American citizens do? Keep quiet simply because we are Christians? That is exactly what Obama hopes we will do!

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Submitted comments on Jefferson’s words (see last month’s blog):

JeffersonCommenting on Thomas Jefferson’s statement on banking institutions:

I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.

Scripture teaches us this same principle, at least to a degree, with regard to finances. Proverbs 22:7 states: “The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.” Also, God promised Israel that when they were right with God they would lend and not borrow (Deuteronomy 28:12).

The current state of the church, as I see it, is one that is mostly borrowed to the hilt or somewhere close to it. In our desire for the latest this and that we have left behind God’s plan for financial security namely being debt free. The simple solution to the current banking and financial crisis is no indebtedness.

Couple this with the fact that Jesus spoke more about money than he did heaven or hell and it gives one the feeling that we have neglected an important part of God’s plan for us as Apostolics. I saw this a few years ago when we started the church where I currently pastor. We worked very hard to pay the building off and remodel it. Since then my goal is to be completely debt free personally (and stay that way) within the next one and a half years. I know everyone is not able to do this, but are we trying?

The question I had to ask myself, and maybe the ministers reading your blog should also ask themselves: When was the last time you taught your people the Bible plan for finances and put a plan in action to see it through? What will be result of the current financial situation of trillion dollar interest payments on trillions of debt? Many churches going under and the saints finding themselves in a bankrupt place with no way to fund the work of God.

– Submitted by Pastor Greg Wirths of Augusta, KS

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Which is more important?silver & gold

About 900 years ago, a Catholic priest who was beginning a new order went to Rome to appeal to Pope Innocent III on behalf of the order. While he was there, the pope showed him the treasures of the Vatican. “No longer can the church say, ‘Silver and gold have I none,’” bragged the pope. The priest sadly nodded his head and replied, “Neither can it say, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk!’”

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On thinking

There are two kinds of people:

Those who stop to think and
Those who stop thinking.

Laurence J. Peter once said, “My problem is I say what I’m thinking before I think what I’m saying.”

On Perseverance

“Push on, friend. You’re just one exciting step from the banquet hall of life.” – Zig Ziglar

“How long should you try? Until.” – Jim Rohn

“Don’t give up at half-time. Concentrate on winning the second half.” – Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant

“Make the second effort your second nature.” – Harvey Mackay

“As long as we are persistent in our pursuit of our deepest destiny, we will continue to grow. We cannot choose the day or time when we will fully bloom. It happens in its own time.” – Denis Waitley

“Persisting through lesser difficulties builds your capacity to persist through greater difficulties, and achieve even greater things.”  – Brian Tracy

On Greatness

Heart is what separates the good from the great. – Michael Jordan

The really great person is the person who makes every person feel great. – G. K. Chesterton

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Circus Churches

Circus tentWhy would anyone want to be a Christian when many of the most visible and well known churches of America have devolved into what some observers are calling “circuses”? There seems to be a competition for the church that can be the wildest, most ridiculous and nearest a carnival atmosphere.

On Easter Sunday, one church made headlines by featuring a 9,000 pound Indian elephant named Judy who performed while ushers handed out Hannah Montana tickets and gave away iPhones and Nintendo Wii’s.

Disturbed by the lack of men attending the church, one leader had the brilliant idea of handing out beer, bacon rolls and chocolate to lure in the males for Father’s Day. Chocolate eating, bacon chomping, and hooch drinking by once-a-year parishioners definitely herald a bright future for the church. Onward Christian soldiers.

Sermons with graphic sexual themes and church-wide sex challenges are merely symptoms of a much bigger problem. In short, the church is fornicating with the world and intoxicated with the spirit of the age. Some of neo-evangelicalism’s favorite jargon—missional, contextualization, authenticity—has been tortured and misappropriated in order to justify and institutionalize gross worldliness. One church advertised: “Come get naked with 5000 of your closest friends without taking off your clothes.” An opening “hymn” suggestion was the original MTV video of “Private Dancer” by Tina Turner. Doubtless that would set the mood rather nicely.

This worldliness and sensuality comes with a price tag, even for the pastors. Pastor Gary Lamb of Revolution Church did a series called “Creative Sex” using secular rock songs like, “Your Body is a Wonderland” by John Mayer and “Feel Like Makin’ Love” by Bad Company. Tragically, Gary Lamb recently resigned from the pastorate of Revolution Church (in Georgia), confessing to having an affair with his personal assistant. The spirit behind these R-rated churches is one of sensuality, disobedience and rebellion.

The megachurches and seeker churches are packing the pews by offering professional-level entertainment, while traditional churches struggle to drum up enough in the collection plate to pay expenses. Biblical Christians who want to remain sane in a world gone crazy are accused of being old fashioned and out of touch. Wouldn’t we rather be in touch with God than the culture?

Someone asked, “Why go to the old boring stale church down the street when you can drive 15 miles out to the suburbs and feel like you’re pulling up to Target? They’ve got music, lights, sound, things for the kids to do. It’s Disney World inside.” I agree…it’s make believe in fantasyland!

Most of these churches are built around music. They have bands that create a rock concert atmosphere. They often hand out earplugs to people when they enter. Tragically, many of us warned our Apostolic youth about involvement with rock music, but when prominent musicians, some associated with our Bible colleges, introduced the new sound it was difficult for pastors to oppose it. A few held out; other just surrendered the platform to the musicians. Look how far we have come. The sounds back then were tame compared to today. Are we closer to God today and inspired to deeper righteousness by our current music? Or are we looking for the next three-ring circus or rock star?

Even the Christian magazines seem to be supporting this outrageousness. Christian History magazine recently promoted Catherine of Siena, a Roman Catholic mystic who starved and beat herself daily with a chain to purge away her sins and who claimed that she had married Christ and wore an invisible ring made from the foreskin left from His circumcision. Put yourself in the unbelieving public. Would all this nonsense appeal to you to quit a life of sin and live for Jesus?

Todd Bentley, the evangelist who achieved notoriety by kicking a cancer patient in the stomach and boasting of kicking an elderly women in the face with his biker boots, left the center ring of the “Pentecostal” circus after refusing to reconcile with his wife because of his adultery and marrying his girlfriend. Now fellow prophet, Rick Joyner, is helping Bentley plot his return to the spotlight. After all, what the world needs now is more Todd Bentley, right? If we tolerate him, run after him, emulate him, we deserve whatever comes our way.

J. Lee Grady, editor of Charisma Magazine, commented, “Many Christians today have rejected biblical discipline and adopted a sweet, spineless love that cannot correct,” Grady said. “Our grace is greasy. No matter what an offending brother does, we stroke him and pet him and nurse his wounds while we ignore the people he wounded. No matter how heinous his sin, we offer comforting platitudes because, after all, who are we to judge?”

Todd Bentley’s 100-night freak show in Florida brought untold shame on all of Christianity, disillusioned countless ill and desperate people who believed Bentley’s lies, and demonstrated the total lack of spiritual discernment in millions of “Christians” today. One anonymous Pentecostal source in a Christianity Today article said: “I’m now convinced that a large segment of the Charismatic church will follow the Antichrist when he shows up because they have no discernment.” So, brace yourself for Todd Bentley’s soon return. The Big Top has already been erected, the popcorn is being popped, and the sawdust is already in the three rings.

Please…if you insist on being a ringmaster, keep “Pentecostal” or “Apostolic” out of your church name!

Sources: adapted from Slice of Laodicea and other web sites.

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Obama more than tolerant of homosexual lifestyleRainbow fist

President Obama promised LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) supporters recently at a White House “gay pride” celebration that he “will continue to be an ally and a champion” for their agenda, once again vowing he will repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

A leader in the Southern Baptist Convention says President Barack Obama’s recent proclamation designating a homosexual “pride” month goes beyond mere tolerance. Earlier this week, the White House released a proclamation recognizing June as “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month.” The proclamation was signed by President Obama and mentioned the record number of homosexuals he has nominated and chosen for positions in his administration. It also called for equal justice under the law for homosexuals and transgendered Americans. In his talk, Obama acknowledged that many Americans still disapprove of homosexuality. “There are still fellow citizens, perhaps neighbors or even family members and loved ones, who still hold fast to worn arguments and old attitudes,” he stated.

Dr. Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, says the proclamation advocates more than mere tolerance. “The United States federal government, now by executive order, signed by the President of the United States, is declaring national pride in these lifestyles,” he contends. “This is not mere toleration; it’s not calling for legalization, an end to criminal sanctions. It’s not calling even for something like civil unions…it’s calling for pride.” Scripture, Mohler points out, does not allow Christians to be proud of sin.

Another outspoken critic of the president’s homosexual policies, Ken Hutcherson, an African-American pastor in Washington state, says until conservative Christians make their small voice a dominating one, there is nothing that will stop President Obama from pushing for the legalization of same-sex “marriage.” Hutcherson says that what Obama is supporting is destroying the American family. “I think this president has a disdain for anyone who disagrees with anything about him—don’t just limit it to Christians and conservatives,” he remarks. “Brother, this man doesn’t like anyone who doesn’t think he’s the smartest man in the world.” Hutcherson says those comments demonstrate the president has contempt for more than just conservative Christians.

[I get rather frustrated with only quoting leaders from other religious movements regarding current issues. Where are our voices? Perhaps I am just not seeing their comments. If so, I apologize.]

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Barna strikes again

george_barna02_lIn his latest “survey” and report, George Barna profiled religious homosexuals, publishing some “surprising insights.” He contends that the differences between straight and gay Christians are less than previously thought. (http://www.barna.org/barna-update/article/13-culture/282-spiritual-profile-of-homosexual-adults-provides-surprising-insights)

A book by Barna Group president Dave Kinnaman titled UnChristian contends that “hostility toward gays has become virtually synonymous with the Christian faith.” Such statements feed those who are pushing for hate crimes legislation to protect gays from Christians. Have you seen any Christians with clubs, guns and torches combing the neighborhoods looking for gays? But we have seen mobs of gays attacking and destroying Christian churches. But that’s OK as long as Christians are the object of violence. Isn’t it amazing how they can say and do virtually anything against Christians, even to the point of violence, and it is portrayed as justifiable because they are posited as fighting for their “rights.” But if Christians even speak out against homosexual sin, we are classed as “haters.”

Kinnaman’s book lashes out at those who oppose the brash moves to legitimize homosexuality, even in the church, as manifesting “hostility.” That is the goal of those who are pushing the hate crimes legislation—to outlaw any kind of moral or ethical standards projected in the Scriptures.

The new Barna survey of homosexual adults finds that 27 percent qualify as born-again Christians and 43 percent have an “orthodox, biblical perception of God.” According to Barna, “People who portray gay adults as godless, hedonistic, Christian bashers are not working with the facts. A substantial majority of gays cite their faith as a central facet of their life, consider themselves to be Christian, and claim to have some type of meaningful personal commitment to Jesus Christ active in their life today.”

Projecting an image of “homosexual Christians”—an oxymoron—is the height of naïvete. How about incestuous Christians, or adulterous Christians, or murdering Christians? (Anyone but me burnt out on Barna?)

Peter LaBarbera, President of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, said, “I see the tactic of the Emergent Church and the Christian left is to start talking more about ‘gay Christians,’ and what they end up doing is demonizing the so-called ‘Religious Right’ and saying that the Religious Right is all wrong in the way it has talked about homosexuality.”

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Anti-smoking drugs to carry warnings about severe mental health problemspills

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Two popular anti-smoking drugs will now carry warnings about the risk of severe mental health problems, the Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday, July 1. “Smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability and death,” an FDA official said.

The FDA said Chantix and Zyban will carry the warnings to alert consumers to the risks of depression and suicidal thoughts when using the drugs. The drugs also have been reported to cause changes in behavior, hostility and agitation in users, whether users had a history of psychiatric illness or not. In many cases, side effects started shortly after use began and ended when the medication was stopped. The FDA does not know what is causing the changes and said people taking these products should be monitored by their doctor.

“The risk of serious adverse events while taking these products must be weighed against the significant health benefits of quitting smoking,” said Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.

When will folks wake up to realize that what we have been saying about psychotropic drugs for the past fifteen years is right on? No one, not even a doctor, knows what side effects will be produced in a given patient by psychotic drugs. The best thing for folks who are not taking these drugs is to avoid them. There are better answers.

Those who are already on them should read Dr. Peter Breggin’s book Your Drug May Be Your Problem to learn how to get off of them.

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ISC Training Conference

ISC-LogoThe Institute of Soteric Counseling will host its eighth annual training conference at the Radisson Airport Hotel in Indianapolis, IN on October 15-16, 2009. Those who have completed their requirements for certification during 2009 will receive final training and be awarded their certificates at this conference.

All who are interested in Bible-based counseling are invited to attend. For more information, please go to soteric.org.

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Just out! Fresh off the press!

A Hill To Die OnA-Hill-To-Die-On

By J. R. Ensey
Advance Ministries
203 pages; 12.95

Rev. David McLane, retired military intelligence officer, comments: “A GREAT BOOK to be read by all!  In my opinion, leadership, at all levels, would be remiss if they did not promote its reading and teaching to the church—to the elders to wake up, and to the young to beware.

“The content of Chapter One is fittingly first since it is the foundation to resist and be aware of the pitfalls addressed in the following chapters. Knowing the ‘hills’ that must be taken or held make it easy to evaluate teachings that do not line up to truth. Parallel comparisons can be made with this ‘untoward generation’ that we live in. As a prison chaplain since 1992, I note that most offenders that attend church claim or think they are a ‘chapter one offender’!

“One writer of truth noted that Jesus ‘went up into a mountain…his disciples came unto him” Anything going upwards always requires more energy, and as you wrote we must go to Calvary.”

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Rightly Dividing the Word

Rightly-Dividing-The-WordBy Nathaniel Wilson
Insignia Publications
Hardcover with dust jacket; 160 pages; 19.95

Here is a candid and forthright presentation that draws the many parts of the Bible into one magnificent whole. The author lays out the epochal shifts of history, incorporating the pre-Mosaic government, the Law of Moses, the times of the Gentiles and future eras. He walks with familiarity through the covenants God made with men, then sets the reader’s sights on the dim future, bringing it all into sharp focus. A chart outlining the ages and covenants in both testaments is included.

You will want to have this book within reach of your study desk. Order your copy today!

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Evidential Tongues

Tongues-Book-Cover

By J. R. Ensey

Advance Ministries
68 pages; 7.95

Those organizations that once held firmly to the doctrine of tongues as the initial evidence of the baptism in the Holy Spirit are gradually letting go. One A/G pastor said he received a letter, apparently sent from Springfield to all A/G ministers, saying that no longer should one speak in tongues unless there is an interpreter present. They are evidently falling into lockstep with the mainline denominations who oppose speaking in tongues when filled with the Spirit.

Was speaking in tongues viewed as the evidence of the Spirit in the New Testament church? Did tongues cease when the last of the apostles died? How did the practice fare during the Middle Ages? Its renewal in the outpourings of the early twentieth century is examined.

Strengthen your faith and the faith of others in this biblical phenomenon.

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Journals of the Apostolic Theological Forum

ATF-Journal

Volume 1

What Pentecostals Brought To The Theological Table by J. R. Ensey

An Apostolic View of Grace by E. W. Wheeler

God’s Truth by R. Todd Nance

Aspects of Preterism: A Brief Survey of It’s Definition, Origin and History  by William B. Chalfant

Baptism in Jesus’ Name and The New Testament Greek: Preliminary Considerations for the Defense of Baptism in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ          by Talmadge L. French

Messiah in the Tanakh: Shadows of Divinity in Rabbinical Interpretation of the Hebrew Scriptures  by G. Jorge Medina

Ministry and Mission: An Overview of New Testament Church Government by Steve Pixler


ATF-Journal-2Volume 2

William Druham’s “Finished Work” Theology and the Apostolic Movement by William B. Chalfant

The Lord is One: A Brief Examination of the Great Shema in the Light of Traditional Jewish Scholarship  by Peter F. Connell

Is The Baptism of the Holy Spirit Essential To Salvation? by J. R. Ensey

The Physical Resurrection of Jesus and It’s Denials: An Apologetic by G. Jorge Medina

Praying Beyond Our Mind: The Importance of Speaking with Tongues in Prayer   by Steve Pixler

These Journals contain selected theological papers presented at ATF over the last few years. You will find they are doctrinally sound and faith inspiring.

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Parting Shotcannon_shot

Will the real progressives please stand up?

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Stay cool…

JREnsey

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3 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. I really enjoyed the article on “Circus Churches”. I will be using some of the info at my next midweek service. God bless you for a great blog.

  2. Dear Pastor Ensey, I ordered and read your newest book “A Hill to die on.” Very powerful. We may lose a few battles but we will win the war! Thank you for all you do to keep the message of Pentecost on the front pages…Dr.Robert Bartlett, pastor, Living Water of the Valley church PENTECOSTAL IN WORSHIP-APOSTOLIC IN DOCTRINE

  3. I enjoy your blog. It is nice to see a well thought out blog with facts. Thank you so much for your contibutions throughout the years. We need more outspoken, educated, and wise men in our movement. Keep it comin.


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