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Call To Discernment

Calling Christians to Biblical Christianity in lieu of watered-down, entertainment oriented churchianity. Christians must have discernment in all areas of life in this end time of deception, realizing also that American leadership of both political parties are leading us into the New World Order of the coming antichrist. Do not be conformed to this world. Rom. 12:2. Expose the deeds of darkness. Eph. 5:11. "He that is not zealous against error, is not likely to be zealous for truth." J.C. Ryle 

July 27, 2014

6:44 PM - I Don't Fit In

Normally I don't put up two separate music posts for the weekend but having discovered this wonderful new song I am making an exception. It fits in so nicely with many of my last posts.

Trevor Baker is a Canadian song writer, and Christian. New songs that honor God and the way He wants us to live are being written but finding them is not easy.


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6:37 PM - Why I Hate America

This essay was written before the Obama regime finished off America. There are a lot of good points here. I could add plenty more from a Christian viewpoint but what's the use? It would fall on mostly blind eyes. Anyway, aren't the cries of over 50 million murdered babies, and counting, enough reason to hate America? I am grateful for being born here, in what was once the greatest nation on earth, and enjoying some years before God was kicked out and the country destroyed from within.

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Among many reasons, I hate America for the near-extermination and subsequent oppression of its indigenous population. I hate it for its role in the African slave trade and for dropping atomic bombs on civilians. I hate its control of institutions like the United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund,  and World Trade Organization. I hate it for propping up brutal dictators like Suharto, Pinochet, Duvalier, Hussein, Marcos, and the Shah of Iran. I hate America for its unconditional support for Israel. I hate its bogus two-party system, its one-size-fits-all culture, and its income gap. I could go on for pages
but I'll sum up with this: I hate America for being a hypocritical white  supremacist capitalist patriarchy.

After a paragraph like that, you know what comes next: If you hate America so much, why don't you leave? Leave America? That would potentially put me on the other end of U.S. foreign policy. No thanks.

I like how Paul Robeson answered that question before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1956: "My father was a slave and my people died to build this country, and I'm going to stay right here and have a part of it, just like you. And no fascist-minded people like you will drive me from it. Is that clear?"

Full article
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2007/02/08/299767/-Why-I-hate-America

Why I'm Anti-American - by a military veteran, now deceased, killed by a drunk driver in 2008.
CAUTION: The GD word is used a couple or times or so.
3 minutes
http://youtu.be/TxR7ZRyL62s

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3:04 PM - Quotes for Today

All quotes by A. W. Tozer from 1960 or earlier.

"We believe that we are called to separation. We are called to separate from the world's follies and the world's pleasures and the world's ways and the world's values and the world's ambitions and the world's greed and the world's vices and the world's habits. There is a sharp moral antithesis which exists between the Church and the world and this can never be reconciled. It effects every Christian so that the Christian sins when he fraternizes with the world. He grieves the Holy Spirit bu worldly living and stunts his spiritual growth by imitating the world."

"We are against the unhappy and unholy importation into Christian circles of worship at any cost. We're against the strange fires which are being offered on the altars of the Lord. We are against the strange sacrifices which they are offering. We are against the strange gods in our sanctuaries and we're especially against the baptized foolery and sanctified frivolity that is taking over fundamentalism."

"I would rather die. I would rather walk out here on the sidewalk and drop over and be gathered up by the authorities and carried away tha to lose my receptivity and lose my hunger and lose my discontent with my present state. I grieve over the playboy preachers and happy back-slapping fellows who think Jesus Christ is simply wonderful. But there is no receptivity of God, no longing after God, no deep yearning for holiness, no inner hunger to be like Jesus."

"Evangelical Christianity, at least in the United States, is now tragically below the New Testament standard. Worldliness is an accepted part of our way of life. Our religious mood is social instead of spiritual. We have lost the art of worship. We are not producing saints...We carry on our religious activities after the methods of the modern advertiser. Our homes have been turned into theaters. Our literature is shallow and our hymnody borders on sacrilege. And scarcely anyone appears to care."

"Popular evangelicalism has been selling out to the worldly spirit and worldy methods to a point where Hollywood now has more influence than Jerusalem ever had. Youth take their examples not from the saints of old but the stars of today...Christians have fallen into the habit of accepting the noisiest and most notorious among them as the best and the greatest"

"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 7:21

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10:05 AM - America's Preachers are Gospel Ignorant

In this short clip with Paul Washer, he tells of one speaking engagement that was even cancelled by one so called Bible believing conservative "church" on the grounds of heresy. Labeled a heretic for speaking biblical truth! The day is coming when established evangelical Christendom will label all genuine Bible believing Christians as heretics like the Catholic Church did centuries ago and burned them at the stake.

Short clip with Paul Washer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWuH2Ni5WSY

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9:53 AM - The Wisdom of Archie Bunker

All in the Family was one of the most successful shows ever on TV. But Hollywood liberals used the self righteous, ignorant, bigoted character of Archie to ridicule everything and anything conservative or genuinely Christian.

In this short clip Archie slams contemporary worship music, which means liberals were pushing it back in the 70's. They have been tremendously successful in accomplishing their goal.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfzhTqm7ut0

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9:10 AM - When Going to Church Becomes a Sin

The Lord has rejected His altar and abhorred His sanctuary. He has delivered into the hand of the enemy the walls of her palaces. They have made a noise in the house of the LORD a if it were a feast day.
Lamentations 2:7

"Churchgoing folk need to investigate their own lives. If you go to church, is that something God takes delight in? Or is it something that hurts his cause?...I think that it can even be sinful to go to church. Do you know where the most dangerous place was the night Jesus was arrested? Was it down with that bunch of rascals who were plotting His death? No, my friend, the most dangerous place that night was in the Upper Room where Jesus was! Do you know why? Satan was there. He put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot to betray Him, and he also got into the heart of Simon Peter to deny Him. Just because you are going to church doesn't mean you are pleasing God."
J. Vernon McGee, comments on Lamentations 2:7

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July 26, 2014

6:53 PM - It's Been Worth Every Mile

The lyrics to this song may not mean anything to most Christians but to those like me that have struggled through life with repeated hard trials it means so much. Especially when the spiritual blessings from God have been so great.


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6:48 PM - "Christian" Sheeple Eat Grass Like Sheep - Literally!

How much more unbelievable does apostasy have to get to convince people the devil is suckering the gullible, which today seems like almost everybody, hook, line, and sinker? This may be in Africa but we have apostasy just as bad right here in America, and oh so widespread. The Antichrist isn't even on the scene yet but it's clearly evident when his miracle working power, along with the False Prophet, are displayed members of most churches are going to be triipping over each other to get the mark of the beast. It's just unbelievable how dumb people can be. Blindness and delusion encompass the whole world now.

Pastor in Africa challenges his flock to eat grass. And many do it!
short clip
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYTcNfbUJ04

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July 25, 2014

7:52 PM - Comfort One Another

This is one of the best articles I have seen and oh so true. If you have no real fellowship in person do it long distance. It's a lot better than none at all.

by Camilla Smith

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Lately, I have found myself in very good company. Several other prophecy students and watchmen, along with yours truly have formed a little “coalition for comfort.” If you do not have a support group, find one. If you study Bible prophecy and find yourself longing for the Lord to call you to Heaven to be with Him, and those around you are not feeling it…get into a group of like-minded believers.

I cannot tell you how vital it is that believers in Jesus need to be banded and bonded together in these end times. How easy it is for Satan to get into our minds and try to discourage us and deter us from our witnessing and studying as the time nears for that wretched serpent to meet his final demise. So there can be power in numbers—a group who loves the Lord is a mighty fortress (albeit even a small one). Form a fortress people.

It is time to hunker down and hang together with other like-minded, Rapture-focused believers. As the apostle Paul told us in his letter to the church of Thessalonica, in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18:

“For the Lord Himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel and with the trump of God, and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with Him in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air, and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore, comfort one another with these words.”

Hands down, one of the best pieces of advice ever given by the apostle Paul.

Fellowship, whether direct, by phone, text, or e-mail is critical for all Christians in these last days. And when you find those similarly-believing people—well, you just know that God led you to them.  It is unexplainable.

Full article
http://www.raptureready.com/soap2/smith23.html

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5:47 PM - Music for God or Music for the Flesh?

I find this very interesting as sexual stimulation in religious worship was also a major part of the ancient Jews when they turned their backs on God for idol worship. One can't help but notice how scantily clad so many young Christian women are in public today, even in church!


THE ROCK RHYTHM and A CHRISTIAN RESPONSE
by Samuele Bacchiocchi

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The capacity of the rock beat to cause a sexual response is a most important factor to be considered by those who wish to transform rock music into a fitting medium to Christian worship and evangelism. Changing the lyrics does not eliminate the effect of the rock beat because its impact is physical, bypassing the master brain. Ultimately the question is: Should church music stimulate people physically or elevate them spiritually?

The answer to this question is largely dependant upon one's understanding of the nature of God and the worship to be rendered to Him. Those who envision God as a special friend, a kind of a lover, with whom they can have fun, see no problem in worshipping him by means of physically stimulating music. On the other hand, those who perceive God as a majestic, holy, and almighty Being to be approached with awe and reverence will only use the music that elevates them spiritually.

We live in a pleasure-oriented society and many have come to expect a pleasurable, self-satisfying experience from church music. Calvin Johansson, an authority on church music who has contributed Chapters 10 and 11 to this symposium, correctly observes that "when the main criterion for choosing the music used in worship is pleasure, then the music specifically crafted for that purpose becomes the logical choice. In our culture, that means the music of pop, with its melody, rhythm, and harmony has but one goal, easy self-gratification. Whether it be rock 'n' roll, rock, country, contemporary Christian music, heavy metal, new wave, gospel, country rock, swing, or rap, pop is the preferred music of most people."

As our culture has become increasingly preoccupied with fulfilling personal pleasurable desires, the church is seeking to supply the religious counterpart by providing Christianized forms of rock music. Johansson rightly warns that "the result of using religious rock in worship is dangerous: The church service becomes a make-believe fantasy-world used to satisfy the less noble traits of the adamic nature."

As Christians, we need to be aware of the fact that music is perceived through the portion of the brain that receives stimuli for sensations and feelings, without being first screened by the brain centers involving reason and intelligence.

Christians have an unprecedented opportunity to build upon their rich religious music heritage. At a time when the trend is to replace sacred hymns with secular songs that stimulate people physically rather than elevating them spiritually, it is well to remember that God summons us to worship Him in "the beauty of holiness" (1 Chron 16:20; cf. Psalm 29:2; 96:9).

Full article
http://www.biblicalperspectives.com/rockbook/CH_05_ROCK_RHYTHM.html

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5:45 PM - The Best Enemy Our Money Can Buy

For those interested in studying real history this factual book supplies much of the details of how the United States built up the Soviet Empire, with mostly taxpayer dollars. Ronald Reagan and Gorbachev didn't dissolve it. That was only a ruse for the sheeple. Russia is a bigger threat now than it ever was and will one day attack America with nuclear weapons which we supplied the technology for producing them. This is the illuminati plan and each day we grow closer to it's fulfillment though it's probably still several years away. You could fill several prisons with all the traitors in and out of government who have made all this possible and continue doing so. One day they will all give account to the Great Judge who cannot be bought.

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Antony Sutton, the author of this book, was persecuted but never prosecuted for his research and subsequent publishing of his findings. His mainstream career was shattered by his devotion towards uncovering the truth. In 1968, his Western Technology and Soviet Economic Development was published by The Hoover Institute at Stanford University. Sutton showed how the Soviet state's technological and manufacturing base, which was then engaged in supplying the North Vietnamese the armaments and supplies to kill and wound American soldiers, was built by US firms and mostly paid for by the US taxpayers. From their largest steel and iron plant, to automobile manufacturing equipment, to precision ball-bearings and computers, basically the majority of the Soviet's large industrial enterprises had been built with the United States help or technical assistance.

The story you are about to read is true. The names have not been changed, so as not to protect the guilty. In the mid-1970's, the original version of this book led to the destruction of Antony Sutton's career as a salaried academic researcher with the prestigious (and therefore, not quite ideologically tough enough) Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace. That was a high price for Sutton to pay, but not nearly so high as the price you and I are going to be asked to pay because of the activities that this book describes in painstaking detail.

This book is not really designed to be read word for word. It is a kind of lawyer's brief, filled with facts that none of us will remember in detail. But if the facts were not included, the book's thesis would be too far-fetched to accept. He therefore includes pages and pages of dull, dreary details — details that lead to an inescapable conclusion: that the West has been betrayed by its major corporate leaders, with the full compliance of its national political leaders. From this time forward, you can say in confidence to anyone: "The United States financed the economic and military development of the Soviet Union. Without this aid, financed by U.S. taxpayers, there would be no significant Soviet military threat, for there would be no Soviet economy to support the Soviet military machine, let alone sophisticated military equipment."

Should your listener scoff, you need only to hand him a copy of this book. it will stuff his mouth with footnotes. It probably will not change the scoffer's mind, however. Minds are seldom changed with facts, certainly not college-trained minds. Facts did not change Prof. Feinstein's mind, after all. The book will only shut up the scoffer when in your presence. But even that is worth a lot these days. From this day forward, you should never take seriously any State Department official (and certainly not the Secretary of State) who announces to the press that this nation is now, and has always been, engaged in a worldwide struggle against Communism and Soviet aggression. Once in a while, Secretaries of State feel pressured to give such speeches. They are nonsense. They are puffery for the folks out in middle America. You may note for future reference my observation that Secretaries of Commerce never feel this pressure to make anti-Communist speeches. They, unlike Secretaries of State, speak directly for American corporate interests. They know where their bread is buttered, and more important, who controls the knife.

When it comes to trading with the enemy, multinational corporate leaders act in terms of the political philosophy of the legendary George Washington Plunkett of Tammany Hall: "I seen my opportunities, and I took 'em." Plunkett was defending "honest graft"; our modern grafters have raised the stakes considerably. They are talking about bi-partisan treason.

Free download
http://www.vho.org/aaargh/fran/livres10/SUTTONbest.pdf

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5:42 PM - Why is the Sun So Quiet?

If this continues we are almost guaranteed to have an unusually cold winter once again, maybe even worse. Global warming dumbies will never admit the sun is the major component of warming/cooling.

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Our sun has gone quiet. Almost too quiet.

A few weeks ago it was teeming with sunspots, as you would expect since we are supposed to be in the middle of solar maximum -- the time in the sun's 11-year cycle when it is the most active.

But now, there is hardly a sunspot in sight. If you look closely at the image above, taken on July 18 by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, you will see a tiny smidge of brown just right of center where a small sunspot appears to be developing. But just one day before, there truly was nothing. It was a totally spotless day.

More
http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-the-sun-goes-eerily-quiet-20140718-story.html

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5:39 PM - US Government Involved in Almost All High-Profile US Terror Plots

Nearly all of the highest-profile domestic terrorism plots in the United States since 9/11 featured the "direct involvement" of government agents or informants, a new report says.

Some of the controversial "sting" operations "were proposed or led by informants", bordering on entrapment by law enforcement. Yet the courtroom obstacles to proving entrapment are significant, one of the reasons the stings persist.

The lengthy report, released on Monday by Human Rights Watch, raises questions about the US criminal justice system's ability to respect civil rights and due process in post-9/11 terrorism cases. It portrays a system that features not just the sting operations but secret evidence, anonymous juries, extensive pretrial detentions and convictions significantly removed from actual plots.

"In some cases the FBI may have created terrorists out of law-abiding individuals by suggesting the idea of taking terrorist action or encouraging the target to act," the report alleges.

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http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/21/government-agents-directly-involved-us-terror-plots-report

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9:32 AM - Ex-Homosexual Tells Truth About Sexual Perversion

Former Homosexual Reveals 'Unmitigated Disaster of Same Sex Marriage'

For over 10 years I lived the homosexual lifestyle, and for 34 years I have not. And there are very good reasons for that difference. To those who suggest that I never was homosexual, my response is, "Does sleeping with over 1,000 men count?"

Oh yes. I was homosexual, though like most, I never wanted to have such attractions. I saw the narcissism and arrested emotional development all around me, and in me. Guys flitting around like Peter Pan were sometimes cute and funny, and certainly nonthreatening, but I wanted to be a grown up. I wanted to be a man. I wanted to be strong, solid, stable and reliable.

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http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/44691-former-homosexual-reveals-unmitigated-disaster-of-gay-marriage?utm_medium=MostPopularArticles_RightColBottom

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8:39 AM - Quote for Today

“Failure to realize the true, awful nature of sin lies at the root of man’s denial of eternal punishment. Man revolts at the idea that a loving God will punish His creature in an eternal hell. Modern preachers love to tell us that God is love, and that He will do no such thing at all; but all such talk is silenced immediately when we get a true picture of these two things: God’s HOLINESS, and the AWFULNESS OF SIN. Sin is not a little thing. We repeat this without apology. It is the cause of every sorrow in the world. It blights lives, breaks homes, kills children, beclouds reason, slays the body, and damns the soul”
M.R. DeHaan, M.D., The Tabernacle, 1955

http://www.wayoflife.org/friday_church_news/15_30.php

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8:37 AM - The Illuminati Depopulation Agenda

This is a pretty comprehensive article covering several topics and the leading role America plays in world depopulation.

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While the global elite construct underground bunkers, eat organic and hoard seeds in Arctic vaults; the global poor are being slowly starved thanks to high commodity prices and poisoned with genetically modified (GMO) food. Austerity measures aimed largely at the poor are being imposed on all the nations of the world. Weather events grow more deadly and brushfire wars more frequent. An AK-47 can be obtained for $49 in the markets of West Africa. The depopulation campaign of the inbred Illuminati bankers is accelerating.

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http://hendersonlefthook.wordpress.com/2014/07/23/the-illuminati-depopulation-agenda/

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July 24, 2014

8:34 PM - Lip Service Christians

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Even those who say they are Christians are giving only lip service to God. The world apart from God has gone to hell in a hand basket, and many in the churches are standing in line with them.

Those who are truly of Christ should stand out like a sore thumb. It isn't that they are better or more important, but only because when we follow Jesus, we travel a different road.

Most people today don't want to stand out. They want to blend in. They want to be part of the "in-crowd." They want to be politically correct. They want to be liked by everyone. We have become so politically correct, we are spiritually worthless. Another saying is, "They could gag a maggot." I think Jesus had that in mind in Revelation 3:16 when speaking to the church of Laodicea.

Is our Lord's church in trouble? No, not His true followers. They are sprinkled here and there in various church groups and will stand firm until the Rapture when they are called home. However, the secular church, Laodicea, is leading millions away from God to judgment.

I know in my heart that Jesus is returning soon to retrieve His Church in what the Bible calls the Rapture. I don't know when and I may or may not even be alive at that time, but it can't be much longer now. How many of us are looking for Him? Just from listening to people, I feel that many true Christians are eagerly anticipating Jesus return.

"So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth." (NJKV)

Full article
http://grant-phillips.blogspot.com/2014/07/lip-service.html

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7:16 PM - Bible Verse for Today

...For we have made falsehood our refuge and we have concealed ourselves with deception...
From Isaiah 28:15

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7:15 PM - Quote for Today

"The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody had decided not to see."
Ayn Rand

America: a nation of mostly blind fools. See no truth, hear no truth, and speak no truth.

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7:14 PM - The Judgment of God and the Great White Throne

Very few people believe God will judge sin and sinners but it's coming. The Great White Throne is for the hordes of lost souls. Every knee shall bow before Jesus. From the least to the greatest.

It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
Hebrews 10:31

Full sermon with Paul Washer
http://youtu.be/XCgXOY5S62o

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7:05 PM - Religious But Lost

by John R. Rice

"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils ? and in thy name done many wonderful works ? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you, depart from me, ye that work iniquity." - Matthew 7:21-23.

Multitudes of people who expect to go to Heaven will go to a Hell of torment. Thousands of "good" people, "moral" people, church members, even church workers - yes, and, alas, even prophets, priests and preachers - will find themselves lost when they expected to be saved, condemned when they expected approval, cast out of Heaven when they expected to be received into eternal bliss. That is the explicit meaning of the words of our Lord quoted above.

Newspaper columns sometimes carry stories of "Life's Most Embarrassing Moment," but nothing in life could ever bring the horrible humiliation, disappointment and blame that is here described and awaiting multitudes who think they are safe but lost. They claim salvation; they shall receive damnation. They are self-satisfied under a delusion, a false refuge ; before Jesus Christ they will be horrified to hear that He never knew them.

Mark you, this is not a warning that people should beware lest they lose salvation. Jesus did not say He would turn against those He once knew, that He would reject those He once knew, that He would reject those He had once accepted. Rather, to multitudes of professing righteous people He solemnly warns that He will be compelled to say to them, "I never knew you. You never were saved; you never were born again."

Many of those who say, "Lord, Lord," will never enter the kingdom of Heaven. Many of those who have done wonderful deeds, even claiming to have done them in Jesus' name, will fail to be received in Heaven. They are professors without possession. They are church members, perhaps, but not Christians. They are reformed but not reborn. They have lamps but no oil. They are dwelling under the delusion that they are all right when really they have wicked hearts covered with sin and dwell under the wrath of Almighty God!

Continued
http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/Books,%20Tracts%20&%20Preaching/Printed%20Sermons/Dr%20John%20Rice/religious_but_lost.htm

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11:30 AM - The Coming Christian Revolt

Will there really be a revolt? Are there even enough real Christians left to make a revolt significant? Or will it simply be business as usual with the "Christian" culture in America compromising with an evil world as it has for many, many decades? Where was the revolt when the Bible was taken out of schools? Where was the revolt when murdering unborn babies was made legal? Where was the revolt against Obamacare? I hope I'm wrong but the past doesn't give much hope for any revolt against the tide of evil enveloping America.

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From behind a smoking sniper rifle high atop his ivory tower peers the secular-”progressive.” He surveys his many victims, strewn across the American landscape below and mockingly sneers, “War on Christianity? What war on Christianity?”

He then resumes shooting, all the while insisting that those uncooperative Christians who scatter for cover behind the word of God and the U.S. Constitution somehow suffer from a “persecution complex” (the baker, the photographer, the florist, the innkeeper, the Christian school administrator, etc.).

Though there are many, it is plain for all to see that abortion and “sexual liberation” remain the two principal theaters in the ongoing culture war battlefront.

To fully advance the causes of radical feminism, abortion-on-demand, unfettered sexual license, “gay marriage,” and the like, the pagan left must do away with religious free exercise altogether. Under the guise of “anti-discrimination,” Christians today face discrimination at unprecedented levels.

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http://www.westernjournalism.com/coming-christian-revolt/

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July 23, 2014

10:18 PM - Quotes for Today

These are some of the most powerful quotes I have seen and so appropriate for our time, especially the last one.

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"It is possible to worship God with our lips and not with our lives. But I want to tell you that if your life doesn't worship God, your lips don't worship God either."
A.W. Tozer, 1957

"Not all worship is acceptable with God. And there is a lot of worship in our cultured society that God will never receive in this world or the next. There is a religious experience God will never accept. There is the warm feelings of personal friendships with religious people. There is the sound of the organ and the beauty of the hymns. But apart from truth and the Holy Ghost there is no true worship.
A.W. Tozer, 1962

"You cannot worship just as you please. This is one of the tricks of the devil and a very favorite pet of unconverted poets and unconverted people with a bump of sublimity on their head but without the new birth. They teach that we just worship God any way we want to worship God and all will be well. Authentic religious experience is altogether possible apart from redemption. It's entirely possible to have authentic religious experience and not be a genuine Christian and not be converted and be on our way to hell. You remember that Cain had an experience--an authentic religious experience. He talked to God and God talked to him. It is possible to have an experience with God and yet not have a saving experience with God. It is possible to worship and yet not worship aright.
A.W. Tozer, 1962

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10:16 PM - The Music of Babylon in the Churches


AN OVERVIEW OF THE MUSIC DEBATE
by Samuele Bacchiocchi

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Rock Music and the Endtime Deception

Seventh-day Adventists believe that we live today in the final countdown to the great controversy between true and false worship, as described in book of Revelation through the imagery of a beast that promotes the false worship of Babylon. This apocalyptic prophecy envisions the antitypical Babylon leading all the nations into the false worship of God (Rev 13:16; 14:8; 18:3).

It is important to remember that the apocalyptic imagery of the false worship promoted by Babylon in Revelation derives from the historical chapter of Daniel 3, which describes an event of prophetic endtime significance. On the Plain of Dura, all the inhabitants of the Babylonian empire were called to worship the golden image of king Nebuchadnezzar. A fiery furnace was prepared for those who refused to do homage to the golden image. Daniel informs us that "every kind of music" (Dan 3:7, 10) was used to cause all classes of people from all the provinces of the empire to corporately worship the golden image (Dan 3:10).

Twice in Daniel 3 there is a long list of the different musical instruments used to produce "every kind of music" (Dan 3:7,10). This eclectic music was played to induce people to worship the golden image. Could it be that, as in ancient Babylon, Satan is using today "every kind of music" to lead the world into the endtime false worship of the "beast and its image" (Rev 14:9)? Could it be that a Satanic stroke of genius will write Gospel songs that will have the marking of every taste of music: folk music, jazz, rock, disco, country-western, rap, calypso? Could it be that many Christians will come to love this kind of Gospel songs because they sound very much like the music of Babylon?

Those who reason that there is nothing wrong with the music of Babylon may be conditioning themselves to accept the false worship promoted by Babylon. Satan has his own songs to promote the endtime false worship. Could it be that by adopting the music of Babylon, some will miss the chance to sing the New Song of Moses and of the Lamb? May this question resonate in our  consciousness and challenge us to stand for truth like the three Hebrew worthies.

Full article
http://www.biblicalperspectives.com/rockbook/CH_01_AN_OVERVIEW.html

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10:14 PM - Bill Gaither's Role in the Emerging One World Church

To most southern gospel music fans criticizing Bill Gaither is tantamount to sacrilege. I grew up listening to southern gospel music and witnessed the beginnings of it's degradation even before Gaither came on the scene publicly. However when I was saved in the late 60's I was a too young and immature Christian to recognize the significance of the changes that had already occurred since the beginnings of rock and roll in the 50's transitioning into the hard rock of the 60's.

But no one person has done more to popularize the corruption of southern gospel with the contemporary/rock and roll beat than Gaither. It has now infested practically all Christian music in the south and it's churches. Much of the music of one local charismatic "Christian" radio station is more hard rock than any secular station on the dial. Of course not all of Gaither's music has been bad. But enough has so as to lure many fundamentalists into the contemporary mindset. Like mostly harmless marijuana it is the pathway, especially for the young, to accepting "harder" contemporary music along with it's ecumenical, non separatist, non judgemental philosophy.

This is not a popular view but popularity doesn't determine whether something is right or not. Ask yourself why CCM has become so popular that even unbelievers can love it, when the Bible says Christians and the way they are supposed to live will be hated by the world? Something is very wrong and it's not the Word of God.

Many professional unbelieving musicians recognize CCM music for being no different than their own secular music and have stated so. Why are Christians so blind to that fact?

Some debates among Christians may be trivial but not the music debate. Probably 95% of of it is based on emotion as few have made any effort at all to study the issue. Their minds are already made up and don't want to be bothered with facts. Those like me attempting to warn others of the dangers are extremely few. And the way CCM/Christian rock is storming the churches and ministries any debate is becoming useless. Like the religious people of Jeremiah's and the other prophet's time the religious people of our time are doing their own thing. I can guarantee you that when severe persecution comes to this land the sound of contemporary/rock and roll among real Christians will not be heard. The devil is on a roll now and nothing will stop him but the Second Coming of Christ.

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"By 1972, Bill Gaither, a member of the Nazarene Church who started his public music career in Southern gospel, was experimenting with a disco form of music, and because of the reaction from the more moderate element of the evangelical spectrum, he started the Bill Gaither Vocal Band in order to further his music in the strong contemporary vein. It has only been in the last few years that he has returned to his Southern gospel roots and conventional style, especially in his reminiscing Gospel-sing videos. He is the man who promulgated the 'praise' music which was at its height during the mid 1980s and early 1990s. ITS INFLUENCE IS NOW AFFECTING THE BORDERS OF THE FUNDAMENTALISTS' MUSIC WITH THE CHARISMATIC SOUND IN A NUMBER OF CHORUSES SUNG IN THE CHURCHES AND YOUTH CAMPS. No, we are not against praise, but such an emphasis with certain types of music can be a ploy to make us leave off taking a stand against the apostasy of our time. Gaither's song 'Get All Excited' was written to pull the people away from speaking against anything that would cause division among 'God's people,' specifically doctrine and biblical concepts of separation. It truly intimidates the child of God in taking a stand in his church that is drifting away from the Word of God. The Charismatic leaders are regularly reminding us that the Book of Psalms is truly a hymnbook dedicated to praise. But we must carefully read this precious book: praise is often in the context of battle themes, imprecatory prayers, overcoming those who are against God, and instruction of godly living in opposition to carnal living. THE BATTLE THEME IN PRESENT DAY FUNDAMENTALIST MUSIC COMPOSITIONS IS CONSPICUOUSLY ABSENT. The term apostasy is never mentioned. The melodies and arrangements are progressively lacking strength and literally CREATING THE 'SOFT SOUND' IN CHURCH MUSIC.
http://www.wayoflife.org/index_files/feminization_of_christian_music.html

(brief excerpts from David Cloud's The Transformational Power of Contemporary Worship Music taken from this website)

THE GAITHERS are very ecumenical and have a close, non-critical relationship with the Pentecostal-Charismatic movement.  hey provided the music one evening at Indianapolis I-90, another large ecumenical charismatic gathering. One-half of the 25,000 participants were Roman Catholics and the other half represented roughly 40 different denominations. A Catholic mass was held each morning during this conference, and a Catholic priest brought the closing message. The Gaithers were at home in this unscriptural gathering and entertained the mixed multitude with their jazzy music. The Gaithers frequently perform and record songs which present an ecumenical philosophy. “Songs that Answer Questions”

An ecumenical Gaither song is “Jesus Built This Church on Love” from their Back Home in Indiana album. The lead on the song is performed by Candy “Hemphill” Christmas, who travels with the Gaithers. The song is sung at many of the Gaither concerts. It is done in the style of a mid-tempo, jazzy black spiritual with heavy drums and bass guitar.

Do you ever just get to wonderin'
'bout the way things are today?
So many on board this gospel ship
Trying to row in a different way
If we'd all pull together
Like a family me and you
We'd come a lot closer to doin' What the Lord called us to do.

This song implies that the divisions within Christianity are largely if not entirely man-made and unnecessary. That if professing Christians would merely “pull together” and exercise love the divisions would be healed. It is a feel-good sentiment, a nice fairy tale which has wide appeal, but it is unreasonable and unscriptural.

The Lord Jesus Christ and the Apostles warned repeatedly that false teachers would lead many astray, that there would be false Christ's, false spirits, false gospels, false churches, doctrines of devils (Matt. 7:15-23; 24:3-5,11,24; Acts 20:28-30; 2 Cor. 1:1-4; Galatians 1; 1 Tim. 4:1; 2 Tim. 3:13; 4:3-4; 2 Pet. 2; 1 John 4:1; Jude; etc.). The book of Revelation predicts a one-world end-time harlot Christian religion (Rev. 17). Those who preach an ecumenical unity rarely even mention these Bible warnings and never focus on them.

They do not tell us where these false Christs, false gospels, false spirits, false teachers, and false churches are in Christianity today. They imply, rather, that the denominational divisions are largely unnecessary and petty which could be overcome by a little ecumenical love.

Contemporary Southern Gospel is probably as dangerous as Contemporary Worship Music, and its popularity is growing by leaps and bounds among fundamental Baptists. My warnings about Bill Gaither and his crowd have, for the most part, either fallen on deaf ears or stirred up anger toward me and bitter rejection of my ministry.

Contemporary Southern Gospel tends to bring the same type of broadminded tolerance and ecumenical thinking and rejection of “strict separatism” as Contemporary Worship Music brings to a church.

A church will not long maintain a biblical separatist stance if it embraces either contemporary Southern Gospel or contemporary worship music. Within a decade or two such churches will have adopted a different stance, a New Evangelical-contemporary-emerging one.

CCM is not just a different type of Christian music. It is the soundtrack of an entire philosophy of Christian faith and life. It is the piper’s tune for a worldview, and it is very enticing because it preaches a doctrine of license under the guise of a more relaxed, grace-based approach to Christian living (and usually this relaxed attitude affect’s one’s approach to doctrine as well).

It brazenly renounces the “old” way of separatism as “legalistic” and “Pharisaical.” It is a brash rejection of “your grandmother’s Christianity,” referring to a time before the 1970s before Christian rock fought its way into the churches.

In the popular book Blue Like Jazz, Donald Miller tells how that he refused to be restricted by the teaching of traditional-type churches. He wanted to drink beer and watch raunchy movies and talk trashy and run around with atheists and other rebels. Now, with his emerging CCM stance, he can do that.

At a book signing for Blue Like Jazz, a young woman who had purchased multiple copies said, “I’m a Jesus girl, but I also like to go out and do tequila shots with my friends. This is a book I can give to them.”

CCM is an end-time movement of apostasy. It is characterized by the desire on the part of professing Christians for new (contemporary) things and the intention to live according to their own lusts rather than obey the path of Biblical separation, and it features heaps of teachers who are willing to tickle itching ears with a new type of Christianity that is not solidly Bible based.

This is the Christianity of Contemporary Christian Music.

http://www.raptureforums.com/forum/apostasy-local-church/57310-moral-dangers-popular-contemporary-christian-music.html

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9:38 PM - Preparing for Persecution

Our political, legal and education systems have been infiltrated by leaders who have betrayed America for a hollow vision of a global village. Hollywood has taught our children to laugh at evil, while schools immerse them in "fun" pagan rituals to other gods. Meanwhile, many church leaders are ashamed to even mention sin and the cross, and casual "Christians" are drifting with the trends -- too distracted to know or care.

We shouldn't be surprised. Again and again, the Old Testament shows our natural inclination to drift toward apathy, compromise, rebellion, and paganism -- anything but God Himself. It's happening in America, and 1 Corinthians 10:1-11 tells us that we are not immune to consequences like those that destroyed ancient Israel. Did we forget?

Full article
http://www.crossroad.to/Persecution/persecution.htm

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10:06 AM - The Marking of Christians For Persecution Has Begun

Once this gets started strong it's going to snowball globally, coming here. Just today I was listening to a local program on the end times and prophecy and the moderator was asking the audience. What will we do when persecution and possible death for Christians comes here and they come to take us to FEMA camps? Will we be strong in the face of martyrdom?

Will we go passively like the German Jews or resist evil to the point of death? Though dead in reality and under rule of criminals we still have our Constitution as the uppermost authority in our government.

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The Marking of Christians For Persecution Has Begun and is a Prelude to the Coming Antichrist. The situation for Christians in Iraq is dire and has become a prelude to what happened in Nazi Germany and today who in the West is talking about the marking of Christian homes in Iraq? No one. The photos below are of Christian homes in the Arab district of Mosul Iraq that belongs to the Assyrian Christian community. The Islamic Caliphate placed boards on every Christian home with specific markings to identify Christians for the coming holocaust.

More
http://shoebat.com/2014/07/18/antichrist-islamic-caliphate-puts-mark-christian-homes/

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9:51 AM - Muslim Doctor Now Wants to Kill Christians

"We are going to behead Catholics," and even the "Armenians," so says Bidayyat asking in a way "whats next after the Shiites".

Details
http://shoebat.com/2014/07/22/muslim-doctor-takes-knife-now-wants-kill-christians/

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9:51 AM - Michigan Government Destroys Organic Farmer's Produce

While Americans in the nearby city of Detroit face life in third world conditions, unable to even afford running water, the state of Michigan decided to direct its resources towards cracking down on a small food co-op in Standish for having the utter audacity to provide milk, butter, cream and eggs to people who bought shares in the organic dairy.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture must be so proud of their deeds, after they forced Joe and Brenda Golimbieski, the owners of Hill High Dairy and Jenny Samuelson, the owner of My Family Co-op, to dump out 248 gallons of milk, to break 100 dozen eggs, and to destroy an undisclosed amount of fresh cream, butter and cheese.

Continued
http://www.theorganicprepper.ca/michigan-dept-of-agri-forces-farmer-to-dump-248-gallons-of-organic-milk-and-break-1200-free-range-eggs-07222014

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9:50 AM - Apple Computer's Backdoor for the Government

Apple denies creating an iOS 'backdoor' for the government: Hidden files discovered in iPhones leave devices open to surveillance.

A backdoor is a hidden remote access from an outside source to a device Jonathan Zdziarski made claim after reports of NSA spying on Apple He found iOS devices have data tools separate from those used by Apple Tools include a file-relay service that can collect details such as the user's address book, stored photos, voicemail and accounts on the cloud.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2702589/Apple-denies-creating-iOS-backdoor-government-Hidden-files-discovered-iPhones-leave-devices-open-surveillance.html

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July 22, 2014

6:28 PM - Cotton Candy Religion Flourishing

Hardly anybody will admit it, or even acknowledge it, but this is the number one unsaid goal of CCM and rock music in the churches--to obliterate the separation of the church and the world so the Laodicean end time church system is one with Satan's NWO.

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"The devil has seldom done a cleverer thing than hinting to the Church that part of their mission is to provide entertainment for the people, with a view to winning them. From speaking out as the Puritans did, the Church has gradually toned down her testimony, then winked at and excused the frivolities of the day. Then she tolerated them in her borders. Now she has adopted them under the plea of reaching the masses...That very church which the world likes best is sure to be that which God abhors."
Charles H. Spurgeon

The separating line between the Church and the world has been all but obliterated."
A.W. Tozer

Full article
http://www.calltodecision.com/ccr.htm

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6:20 PM - ISIS on a Rampage Agianst Christians

ISIS torches 1,200 yr-old Mosul church, ethnically cleanses Christians
Christians face death, rape, confiscation of property
http://www.infowars.com/isis-torches-1200-yr-old-mosul-church-ethnically-cleanses-christians/

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6:19 PM - Homosexuals Attack and Beat Up Street Preacher

If Jesus came to America as he did to Israel he wouldn't last long here.
3 minute clip
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEcilTcjk9g

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July 21, 2014

9:11 AM - Divergent Doctrines

The following is a don't miss three part series of articles by Pete Garcia on divisions within the Church and it's relevance for our end time.

Part 1
http://www.omegaletter.com/articles/articles.asp?ArticleID=7841

Part 2
http://www.omegaletter.com/articles/articles.asp?ArticleID=7845

Part 3
http://www.omegaletter.com/articles/articles.asp?ArticleID=7849

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9:09 AM - The Christian and Rock Music

This is the best short history of rock music I have ever seen. Only by knowing our past can we know where we are and how we got here. One can see clearly how the devil infiltrated the churches to corrupt the musical likes of their members. I will be posting more information by this author this week as he has done extensive research on rock music, and it's various tentacles, and it's effect upon Christians. This is not a trivial issue based on personal preferences. It's significance is great in these end times of the emerging church of the New World Order. I don't believe God's true Church is shrinking. He is merely in the process of separating his true followers from the tares within Christendom.

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It is estimated that between 80 to 90 percent of Contemporary Christian Music comes in a wide variety of rock styles.
David W. Gould, Contemporary Christian Music Under the Spotlight (Oak Harbor, WA, 1998), p. 16.


The Nature Of Rock Music From A Historical Perspective
by Samuele Bacchiocchi, Ph. D.
Professor of Theology, Andrews University
1999

I am pleased to be able to email you with this newsletter chapter 3 of the symposium on THE CHRISTIAN AND ROCK MUSIC. I worked hard on this chapter for the past three weeks an average of 15 hours a day. I feel that this is a very important chapter because it unmasks the fallacies of the popular assumption that there is nothing immoral about rock music per se. It is alleged that rock music is just another musical genre that Christians can legitimately adopt to worship God and proclaim the Gospel, after changing its lyrics.

This chapter shows that this popular assumption is based on a gross misconception of the intrinsic nature of rock music. A careful analysis of the historical development and ideological characteristics of rock music shows that rock is not a generic musical genre, but a revolutionary music of rebellion. It is a revolutionary "religious" countercultural and anti-Christian movement which uses its rhythm, melodies, and lyrics to promote, among other things, a pantheistic/hedonistic worldview, an open rejection of the Christian faith and values, sexual perversion, civil disobedience, violence, satanism, occultism, homosexuality, and masochism.

The findings of this historical investigations make it abundantly clear that rock music cannot be legitimately transformed into Christian music simply by changing its lyrics. Such a split is not feasible because "Christian" rock of whatever category, is still rock music–a music that embodies a spirit of rebellion against God and the moral principles He has revealed for our lives. If you do not have time to read the whole chapter, please read the conclusion where I submit four basic reasons why any attempt to sanitize secular rock music by changing its lyrics will ultimately result in the prostitution of the Christian faith and worship.

Continued
http://www.biblicalperspectives.com/endtimeissues/eti_34.html

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9:08 AM - Quote for Today

"There's a steadily growing movement within the church against relying solely on Scripture...Personally, I call it apostasy and rebellion. The Apostle Paul had a few things to say about these matters in Acts 20:29; Gal 1:8-9 and 2 Tim 4:1-4. James 3:1 is another favorite. Then there's Matthew 7:21-23. Of course, that was way back then. We're more informed now, aren't we?"
Alf Cengia

http://www.omegaletter.com/articles/articles.asp?ArticleID=7848

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