Welcome to the MAY 2014 blog! I trust the April showers have brought May flowers to bloom where you live.
The Word for today
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (II Chronicles 7:14 KJV).
“Because they formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water. 21 Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ” (I Peter 3:20,21 ESV).
Another reason God sends preachers
There are some things a born again person will inherently know are unbiblical and wrong. However, few people come to the conclusion on their own that they are jealous, greedy, prejudiced, proud, envious or guilty of many other sins of the spirit unless a man of God points them out. David had killed men before, and he knew he was the ultimate cause of Uriah’s death, but blinded by his lust for Bathsheba, he did not fully recognize the insensitive nature of his sin until Nathan pointed his boney finger in his face and cried, “Thou art the man!” David might have just gone on and rationalized—“Well, it was really Uriah’s fault he died. He should have killed the man he was fighting before he was killed himself. He might have survived the battle.”
Such records were put into the Bible so preachers can use them to help people see themselves. Otherwise, they could march on into the future unrepentant, carrying baggage that will hinder their spiritual progress. “Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and show my people their transgression” (Isaiah 58:1).
Your new word: Communitarianism
Get used to it, you will be hearing it often in the future.
What is it? According to Wikipedia, “Communitarianism is a philosophy that emphasizes the connection between the individual and the community. While the ‘community’ may be a family unit, it is usually understood in the wider sense of interactions between a community of people in a geographical location, or who have a shared history or interest. Communitarian philosophy is derived from the assumption that individuality is a product of community relationships rather than only individual traits.” I invite you to go to that site and read more.
Van Jones, affiliated with Communist causes in the past, a CNN employee once appointed by Obama to head up the Green Jobs Program, says flatly in an interview with Breitbart News that “[Obama] is a communitarian. I think we’ve overbalanced the individualistic direction, and I think he’s trying to rebalance toward communitarianism.”
Choose whatever word works best for political purposes, it is all the same in the end—communism. Power is vested in the top few who manage and control the masses, the exact opposite of what our founding fathers envisioned and set up. The “middle class” is expiring as we change to power at the top with jaded “workers” at the bottom—a kind of tyranny our forefathers came from England to escape. Backwards and downwards—no one can doubt the path our nation is on. It is one planned long before the election in 2008.
Rick Warren and others promote a return to Catholicism
Warren’s revelations demonstrate again how we are not wise to jump and run after every new megapastor’s theories and methodologies. Thousands of ministers from every denomination plugged into Warren’s “Purpose Driven” ideology and made him a multi-millionaire by buying his books and literature. He, like the others, turned out to be little more than a pied piper, playing a cute, enticing theme song. When the masses fell in behind him, he began to show his true purpose—leading them into his own spiritual error.
He is a prime leader in the dash back to Catholicism, although he and his Saddleback Church is listed as Southern Baptist. His friend, Tom Peterson, founded the movement called “Catholics Come Home,” and has written a book by that title. Warren heartily endorses it: “The mission of Tom Peterson and Catholics Come Home to bring souls home to Jesus and the church is critically important during this challenging time in our history. I fully support this New Evangelization project.” (The “New Evangelization project” is a counter-reformation effort.)
Peter Kreeft, influential Christian apologist adds this: “Catholics Come Home is a powerful sacramental, a means of grace. It is a willing, waiting taxi to take us home, to our home away from home, the Catholic Church, the mystical body of Christ.”
Warren says that Pope Francis is a “perfect example of authenticity and humility. …He is doing everything right.” He calls him “our new Pope.” The pope sent a delegation of 30 bishops to Warren’s Saddleback Church for an interaction session. Warren appointed a “spiritual director” for the church and had him mentored by Jean Vanier, a Canadian Catholic philosopher who is a communitarian and subscriber to contemplative spirituality. Vanier wrote Community and Growth, a book about communal life and celibacy.
Sources: catholicscomehome.org; Brannon Howse @ http://media.worldviewweekend.com/sites/default/files_wvw.com/audio/wvwradio-04-16-14fixed.mp3; Amazon.com; Wikipedia
Let’s find out where someone is heading before we buy into whatever they are selling. That is not to say that others never have good ideas or adaptable methods. But Paul spent a good deal of time and space warning his protégés, Timothy and Titus, to steer clear of false teachers. God give us spiritual discernment and the courage to openly resist those who insist on propagating false doctrine. You may want to listen to Warren’s interview on the Catholic channel EWTN to see just how much he supports the Catholic Church. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVCY8pW-ACs
Kenneth Copeland, Tony Palmer, and the Pope
I and others have been saying for decades that the Charismatic movement would probably be the vehicle that would bring the Protestants back to the Roman Catholic Church. Recent developments are proving that prophecy to be accurate.
At a recent conference of Charismatic ministers hosted by Kenneth Copeland, Tony Palmer, an Anglican/Charismatic/Catholic priest who had been with the pope recently, brought a video from him to be played at the conference. In it the pope decried the separation of Catholics and Protestants that was the result of “misunderstanding through history…a long road of sins we all shared in. …We are all to blame. …I am yearning that this separation comes to an end and gives us our communion. I am yearning for that embrace. …The tears of love will unite us, will propel us to find each other, to embrace each other. Let us pray to the Lord that He unites us all. …Let’s give each other a spiritual hug and let God complete the miracle of unity. Bless me. I bless you.”
Following the video message, Copeland blessed the pope and thanked him for this message to his conference. “We agree with you…we bless you…we thank God for you. Be blessed!” Palmer added: “Diversity is divine; division is diabolic. …His glory is what makes us one and unites us, not doctrine. The Lord will iron out all our doctrinal differences upstairs. …If you are born again, you are Catholic!” Palmer’s wife was quoted by him as saying, “When my wife saw that she could be a Catholic, a charismatic, an Evangelical and a Pentecostal, and it was absolutely acceptable in the Catholic church, she said she wanted to reconnect her roots with the Catholic culture, so she did.”
“Just love and accept each other and sort out the doctrines later” is going to be the mantra that we will be hearing from now on. Pressure will be applied to all who reject that approach. Our “fear” is based on propaganda, Palmer said. No, Mr. Palmer, our fear is based on knowledge, on history, on fact. History does not lie. But those who are unfamiliar with history or the Bible will be deceived by this kind of rhetoric. And the media will shame us for not “loving” when we say, “No, thanks. We are Apostolic and have no desire to be united with the RCC in any way. Regardless, they wouldn’t have us unless we denounce the Oneness of God and accept Trinitarian baptism.
Palmer declared that Luther’s protest was over since the Lutherans signed a document in 1999 with the Catholics concerning the means of salvation. At that point, the Lutherans and the Methodists thought the Protestant Reformation was over. “If there is no protest,” said, Palmer, “how can there be a Protestant church?” My, how easily 500 years can be erased and all of the deaths of countless dissenters whitewashed.
Get ready for the pressure. We had better know where we stand.
Another resource about Catholicism: http://protestanttruth.com/articles/
The Old Cross vs. the New
“The cross of popular evangelicalism is not the cross of the New Testament. It is, rather, a new bright ornament upon the bosom of a self-assured and carnal Christianity whose hands are indeed the hands of Abel, but whose voice is the voice of Cain. The old cross slew men; the new cross entertains them. The old cross condemned; the new cross amuses. The old cross destroyed confidence in the flesh; the new cross encourages it. The old cross brought tears and blood; the new cross brings laughter. The flesh, smiling and confident, preaches and sings about the cross; before the cross it bows and toward the cross it points with carefully staged histrionics—but upon that cross it will not die, and the reproach of that cross it stubbornly refuses to bear.” – A. W. Tozer, The Divine Conquest
There goes the First Amendment
Boston (April 16, 2014) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, introduced legislation to examine the prevalence of hate crime and hate speech on the Internet, television, and radio to better address such crimes. The Hate Crime Reporting Act of 2014 (S.2219) would create an updated comprehensive report examining the role of the Internet and other telecommunications in encouraging hate crimes based on gender, race, religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation and create recommendations to address such crimes.
In 1992, then-Rep. Markey, through the Telecommunications Authorization Act, directed the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to examine the role of telecommunications in encouraging hate crimes. Senator Markey’s legislation will provide a comprehensive updated report on the current prevalence of hate crimes and hate speech in telecommunications, as the last report was conducted and submitted to Congress over two decades ago, in December 1993. Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) introduced a companion bill in the House of Representatives, H.R. 3878.
Source: The Blaze
One by one the Bill of Rights is being dismantled by this administration. This deserves a call and a letter from you to your Congressmen!
Whose “war on women”?
“The state Health Department is failing to inspect many of New York’s abortion clinics—with some facilities escaping scrutiny for more than a decade,” reports the New York Post. “Eight of the 25 clinics were never inspected over the 2000-2012 span, five were inspected just once, and eight were inspected only twice or three times—meaning once every four or six years.” Meanwhile, restaurants are inspected annually and tanning salons bi-annually. Recall that Pennsylvania neglected to inspect the clinic of Kermit Gosnell, which became a house of horrors for his patients. But it’s conservatives who are said to be waging the “war on women.” – Patriot Post
A gravestone in the Appalachian mountains?
A property line marker in Korea?
A tsunami indicator?
A Chinese stone marking a historic site?
A Philippine marker indicating where the WWII bomber carrying Admiral Yamamoto crashed?
Answer in the June blog.
Some sermons are like the sack dresses of the 1970s—they cover everything but touch nothing. – ?
‘Let us disappoint the men who are raising themselves on the ruin of this country.” – Samuel Adams
“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” – John Adams, in an address to the Military in 1798
Just 104 years ago…
Fuel for the car on the right was sold in drug stores only.
Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.
Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.
There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads.
The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.
The average US wage in 1910 was 22 cents per hour.
The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year.
A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year, a dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.
More than 95 percent of all births took place at HOME.
Ninety percent of all Doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION!
Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press AND the government as ‘substandard.’
Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.
Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.
Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
There was no such thing as underarm deodorant or tooth paste.
Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason.
The five leading causes of death were:
1. Pneumonia and influenza
4. Heart disease
There were only 46 states.
The population of Las Vegas Nevada was only 30!
Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn’t been invented yet.
There was no Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.
Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help.
There were about 230 reported murders in the entire U.S.A.
Yes, people have changed—almost everyone owned a gun!
Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years.
– Anonymous researcher
Out Of The Flames
By Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone
What famous European physician discovered and wrote the first description of pulmonary circulation, perhaps the single most important statement about the workings of the human body in fifteen hundred years?
Who was the most famous anti-trinitarian in the Reformation Age?
Who dared to write a book titled The Errors of the Trinity at a time when it could occasion his death?
Who challenged Luther, Calvin and all other Reformers on the Trinity?
The answer to all of the above: Michael Servetus.
This is probably the most moving book I have read in some time. It details the history of the Reformation Age with special emphasis on the writings of Servetus. He wrote two books that set forth the arguments against the Trinity doctrine. The books are described in Goldstone’s objective work, the history surrounding them, and details Servetus’ relationship with John Calvin. The book is extremely well-written.
Did you ever wonder exactly how Servetus died? His death is described in accurate, historical fashion. All that was required of him for Calvin to remove the death sentence was to recant his opposition to the Trinity. If he had been willing to say, “Jesus was the eternal Son of God,” he would have been spared. He refused. He knew it was an untenable false theory.
Out of the Flames is an extraordinary story providing testament to the power of ideas, the enduring legacy of books, and the triumph of individual courage.
If you love the Oneness truth, and if you love history, you will love this book. I have five used copies left. If you would like one, they are eight dollars each. Call 936-537-0250 to order your copy.
Sometimes I quote news or views from The Blaze, which is published by Glenn Beck’s organization. That does not mean, however, that I believe Beck is an Apostolic or even a Christian believer. Quoting someone is not an endorsement of his beliefs or lifestyle. He is a professed Mormon, and seems to believe all of their claims and doctrines. That is regrettable. He says he has thoroughly investigated that religion and sees no problem with their beliefs—“I tried every trick I could think of to find a contradiction…I couldn’t.” A contradiction with what? The Bible? If so, he hadn’t read much in the Bible. “Mormonism seemed to explain the world and my place in it better than any other faith I had looked at.” (Pages 149-150 in Seven Wonders That Will Change Your Life) Is that a foundation for one’s faith? Nay.
I believe many of us share some of Beck’s concerns about the direction America is headed and appreciate his activism. Therein is the reason for the quotes. But ignore his statements on religion and his faith.
“It’s a nasty truth, but those who seek to inflict harm are not fazed by gun control laws.” – Ronald Reagan
You can’t fix stupid, but you can vote it out of office. – Patriot Post
General Eisenhower warned us
It is a matter of history that when the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in WWII, General Dwight Eisenhower, found the victims of the German death camps, he ordered all possible photographs to be taken, and for the German people from surrounding villages to be ushered through the camps and even made to bury the dead.
He did this because he anticipated the future:
This week, the UK debated whether to remove the Holocaust from its school curriculum because it ‘offends’ the Muslim population who claim it never occurred. It is not removed as yet. However, this is a frightening portent of the fear that is gripping the world and how easily each country is giving into it. Muslims also are demanding that the World Trade Center Memorial Museum film be edited to remove references to Muslim involvement in the attack that took down the trade center buildings 13 years ago.
It is now more than 60 years after the Second World War in Europe ended. We must not forget the six million Jews, 20 million Russians, 10 million Christians, and 1,900 Catholic priests who were murdered, raped, burned, starved, beaten, experimented on and humiliated while many in the world looked the other way!
Now, more than ever, with Iran, among others, claiming the Holocaust to be “a myth,” it is imperative to make sure the world never forgets.
An unsolicited testimony
“Thank you for speaking out about the use of psychotropic medications and their effects. I personally no longer use the term ‘adverse side effects’ because they aren’t ‘side effects.’ They are the actual effects those medications bring upon the user. I have had much difficulty with nerve pain in my feet and legs for many years now. After two surgeries on each foot I wound up with inoperable neuromas in my feet. The nerve pain was terrible. I went to my primary care physician who prescribed Elavil for this pain. Elavil is an antidepressant medication. He told me it would cause me to sleep well and not be in pain. So, being desperate for relief from the pain, I tried it. I took it one night before bed and had extremely violent nightmares that included murder, suicide, violent rampages, being attacked by violent people, and terror. I woke up in the middle of the night and went directly to the kitchen and threw all the Elavil away. My doctor became upset when I told him I would no longer take it. He then sent me to a pain management specialist who prescribed Neurontin for the nerve pain. It was once used for the treatment of seizures. To my knowledge, it is not a psychotropic medication though they are now using it to treat bipolar disorder. Neurontin worked well for me for many years. Then, I began having blurred vision, hand tremors, confused thinking, disorientation as to time and place, incontinence of bowel and bladder, and constant debilitating fatigue. I became toxic. I went back to my doctor and told him I was detoxing from the Neurontin and wanted it taken off of the list of medications I take. He became upset and tried to keep me on it. I went off it all at once. I immediately began feeling better. My vision began to improve. I had more energy. I no longer had hand tremors. I was no longer experiencing disorientation. I am no longer incontinent of bowel and bladder. I took off work for six days so I could detox in the safety of my own home. I spent the majority of it repenting for allowing the doctors to prescribe these medications to me and not monitoring my health better. One last comment about Elavil and I will close. It is an antidepressant. Psychiatrists say depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. Not once was I given a blood test or a chemical panel work-up. Not once did they perform or even suggest a test that would identify what chemical was out of balance in my brain. I was not, and am not, depressed. I am a living breathing human being who is dealing with real pain. They took advantage of me by foisting their ideology upon me. I have repented of being deceived. I will no longer be deceived by those ‘practicing medicine.’
Brother Ensey, keep being a watchman on the wall regarding this issue. You may suffer persecution but you will be leading people out of the darkness of psychotropic medications and medications that are making people toxic. Our world desperately needs brave men who aren’t afraid to care enough about people to speak the truth to them.
ObamaCare and “Income Equality”
Not every Democrat constituency is happy about ObamaCare. Unite Here, a 300,000 member union of low-wage hospitality workers, says, “Without smart fixes, the ACA threatens the middle class with higher premiums, loss of hours, and a shift to part-time work and less comprehensive coverage.” In fact, one of Barack Obama’s central talking points—“income inequality”—will continue to increase due to his health care law. Union head Donald Taylor didn’t pull any punches, saying, “Unite Here was the first union to endorse then-Senator Obama. We support the addition of health care to millions of Americans. Yet facts are facts, and Obamacare will cost our members the equivalent of a significant pay cut to keep their hard-won benefits.” Not to worry though, as Obama says, “It is working the way it should.”
My question: Should everyone, regardless of their ability, motivation, creativity, and other factors that are normally rewarded financially, make the same income?
Apostolic History Outline
by Marvin Arnold
The late Brother Marvin Arnold left us a legacy of research that allows us to trace our Apostolic history from Pentecost until the present. Here is a nutshell version of the history and theology of Oneness Pentecostalism. No longer do we need to be handicapped by a lack of knowledge concerning many of those who have preceded us in the faith. Monotheistic Christianity is no longer shrouded in mystery. The author provides us with a parallel history of Catholicism and Pentecostalism. Names, dates and references provide the truth seeker with plenty of facts. Sixty 81/2X11 pages of interesting information.
AM Price #11.95. Order at advanceministries.org or call 936-537-0250.
Christian Church History
Dr. Arnold spent the last thirty-three years of his life relentlessly researching and compiling Oneness Apostolic history. His literary works also include, Apostolic History Outline, The Origin and Spread of Man, Pentecost Before Azusa, The Bible, Trinity and Matthew 28:19, Nicaea and The Nicene Council of AD 325. He incessantly taught that the Upper Room Church of Saint Matthew 16:18 and Acts 2:1-38, had eternal longevity. He emphasized that the Church of Pentecost has been alive, extant, doctrinally intact throughout each day unto this moment. It never died; it never ceased to function; it never digressed to become something else. It’s Apostolic doctrinal structure never fell; it needed no so-called restoration. It did not suffer a torturous step-by-step restoration by inept European gentile reformers. Also, he documented that between ca. 1670 and 1901-1909, in America, there were many Jesus name people. He affirmed that Oneness Apostolic doctrine did not evolve out of Topeka or Azusa teachings, nor from 1916 phenomenon. Instead, the doctrine of Acts 2:38 has always been available to those who wanted it. Always, someone, somewhere, preached this biblical doctrine.
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Pentecost Before Azusa
by Marvin Arnold
We are all aware of the Pentecostal revival that began early in the 20th century and blossomed at Azusa Street. But we should not think that it was then, or in 1913, that truth was “revealed,” or even restored. Since the Day of Pentecost there has always been those who were baptized in the name of Jesus and filled with the Holy Ghost. It was then that the embers flared into flames, but long before Azusa the records show there were groups, families and individuals who were saved according to Acts 2:38. The author has provided ample proof in this, one of his last publications.
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Laugh while you can
Below: Two more reasons women live longer than men
Ten Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12
[All parents and pastors should read this!!!]
By Cris Rowan
Pediatric occupational therapist, biologist, speaker, author
Posted: 03/06/2014 3:35 pm EST Updated: 03/09/2014 3:59 pm EDT
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Society of Pediatrics state infants aged 0-2 years should not have any exposure to technology, 3-5 years be restricted to one hour per day, and 6-18 years restricted to 2 hours per day (AAP 2001/13, CPS 2010). Children and youth use 4-5 times the recommended amount of technology, with serious and often life threatening consequences (Kaiser Foundation 2010, Active Healthy Kids Canada 2012). Handheld devices (cell phones, tablets, electronic games) have dramatically increased the accessibility and usage of technology, especially by very young children (Common Sense Media, 2013). As a pediatric occupational therapist, I’m calling on parents, teachers and governments to ban the use of all handheld devices for children under the age of 12 years. Following are 10 research-based reasons for this ban. Please visit zonein.ca to view the Zone’in Fact Sheet for referenced research.
1. Rapid brain growth
Between 0 and 2 years, infant’s brains triple in size, and continue in a state of rapid development to 21 years of age (Christakis 2011). Early brain development is determined by environmental stimuli, or lack thereof. Stimulation to a developing brain caused by overexposure to technologies (cell phones, internet, iPads, TV), has been shown to be associated with executive functioning and attention deficit, cognitive delays, impaired learning, increased impulsivity and decreased ability to self-regulate, e.g. tantrums (Small 2008, Pagini 2010). [To continue reading this important article, click here.]
Houston Chronicle Editorial 4/29/14
During the settlement of the West, pioneers and their children were under threat due to many dangers including American Indians, wildfires, cougars, tornadoes, rattlesnakes and mountain lions.
Depending on their location, these pioneer families often weren’t safe when they locked their doors at night. We like to think of ourselves as having made progress. But is it so?
Through the Internet, our children are potentially under threat inside our homes even if our doors are locked tight, and our elaborate burglar alarms are set.
The latest tech bogeyman: A free mobile app called Yik Yak (“Yik Yak talks back – schools listen,” Page 1A, April 21). Chronicle reporter Lisa Gray described the app, which allows users within a 1.5-mile radius to post anything anonymously, as a kind of “cyber bathroom wall.”
Imagine what you might have posted if you were 12 to 14 years old and could have said anything you wanted under cloak of anonymity. And then ramp it up quite a bit.
“Let us not be swayed by the assumption that a thing ‘well said’ is actually a thing ‘well done.’ We will never fully know the Christian life until we know it in experience as well as theory.” – E. L. Holley, The Best of E. L. Holley
When God solves your problems, you have faith in His abilities; when God doesn’t solve your problems, He has faith in your abilities. – Anonymous
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