7:43 PM - Ten Signs of Genuine Salvation
Ten Signs of Salvation
Asking questions is one of the ways that we grow spiritually. But we have to ensure that we ask the right questions. "How can I lose five kilos" is a good question to ask for your body's sake; but it will not help your soul. From a spiritual point of view, the greatest question anyone can ask is: "What must I do to be saved?". Paul and Silas must have been overjoyed when they were asked that question by the surprised jailer in Philippi (Acts 16:29-31). The Apostle Peter must have also been overjoyed when he was asked a similar question by a crowd in Jerusalem after he preached a powerful sermon (Acts 2:37-41). The answer was always along the same lines: "Repent and believe with all your heart in the Lord Jesus Christ, and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit".
To "repent" means to be so profoundly sorry for all the wrong you have ever done that you want your life turned around. To "believe in the Lord Jesus Christ" means to accept as true what is said about Him in the Bible - especially that He came to save people from their guilt before God for their sins, by taking the punishment for them on the cross and by being raised from the dead after He had died. If they repent and believe this, crowds of 3000 can be saved. If they repent and believe this, whole households can be saved. From one little question, great things can happen!
I have been asked that question by confused people on a number of occasions. To be asked such a question is a great gift for a pastor. But there is another question that I have been asked on even more occasions. It is: "How do I know I am saved?". If I had a dollar for every time I have ever been asked that question, it would buy me a lot of hot dinners! Fortunately, there are many different signs that one is really a Christian. Here are just ten of them:
1) The very first sign that you are a believer is an ardent hatred of sin (Psa.119:104; Job 1:1; Psa.26:5; 84:10; Prov.8:13; Rom.7:22-24). It is only in the believer that there is a battle between the flesh and the Spirit (Gal.5:16-17). In the unbeliever, there is no such battle because he does not have the Holy Spirit. The presence of the Spirit in believers guarantees that you will make war against any sin. The very existence of that war is a sign that you are saved. Your own sin will be even more detestable than everyone else's in the world put together, and it will drive you to the foot of the Cross. When your heart is wholly inclined towards a hatred of sin, you can be certain you are a believer.
2) Another sign that you are a believer is that you will have a strong, lively and joyful love for the one in whom you have believed: the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Pet.1:8; 1 Jn.4:19). In fact, if a person claims to be a Christian and does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, this is such a contradiction in terms that it is a sign of pseudo-Christianity which will also lead to a terrible curse of judgement from God (1 Cor.16:22).
3) Another sign that you are a believer is that you will have a deep love for the Word of God - the Bible (Psa.119:97 & 103). It will be your only objective source of truth for morality, religious knowledge and day-to-day living. To hear it preached through, and read from, will be a joy to you. You will always want to understand more about it.
4) Another sign that you are a believer is that you will have a deep and lasting love for all true Christians (1 John 3:14). You will find that you now have a built-in instinct to detect real believers; and you will love them above all others too (Gal.6:10). By this you will know you have been saved.
5) Another sign that you are a believer is that you will have an intimate understanding that you have been adopted into God's family by receiving the Holy Spirit as a "deposit" and guarantee of the fullness of future glory in the age to come (Rom.8:15-17; Eph.1:13-14). You will really know that God is your Father and that you are His child.
6) Another sign that you are a believer is that you will experience the power of prayer and the continual desire to pray. You will live in great gratitude for the fact that you have "access" to Him (Rom.5:1-2) and for the precious promises in Psa.145:18 and Heb.4:16.
7) Another sign that you are a believer is that you will be able to detect real growth in your knowledge, faith and love (2 Thess.1:3; 1 Pet.2:2-3; 2 Pet.3:18; Eph.4:14-15). This will be something you can measure over a period of time. You will be able to say "Last year I was there. This year I am here". And you will notice the difference.
8) Another sign that you are a believer is that you will have an unshakeable love of truth. (Jn.14:17; Jn.8:32). The Fall involved exchanging the truth of God for the lie (Rom.1:25) and a moment-by-moment suppression of truth from that time forth by every human being born into this world (Rom.1:18). When you are saved, there is a total reversal of this process. Not being saved involves a rejection of truth and a hatred of it (2 Thess.2:10). Being saved involves a rejection of all falsehood and a passion for truth (Psa.119:29, 104). This is why true believers reject false teachings and love purity of doctrine.
9) Another sign that you are a believer is that your whole "worldview" will be different to both how it was before you believed and to that of the rest of the unbelieving world (2 Cor.5:17). You will have a brand-new spiritual and moral outlook on everything. No longer will you make yourself the sole judge of what is right or wrong (which is what Satan seduced our first parents into, Gen.3:5) but you will realise that you must follow God's judgements on all matters.
10) Another sign that you are a believer is that you will have an intense longing for the return of the Lord Jesus Christ (Rom.8:23-25; 2 Tim.4:8). This will not make you into an escapist; for you still have to live in this world in order to grow and as a witness to truth. But your greatest desire is to see an end to sin and corruption and for righteousness to be once more established in the universe. You know that this will come only through the return of the Lord Jesus Christ (Rev.21:1-5); and you long for this.
All these, and more, are the signs that you have really been saved. Do we see these evidences in ourselves? It is important to make your calling and election sure (2 Pet.1:10). As Thomas Brooks warns in his book "Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices", the enemy of souls is always trying to destabilise Christians by putting them in a "sad, doubting, questioning and uncomfortable condition". However, it is the Lord's desire to give us unshakable assurance (Heb.6:19-20; Jn.14:2; 1 Jn.5:10-12 & 13; Rom.8:16 & 28, etc.).
It is therefore my earnest prayer that we will be questioners of the right kind and see the fruit of the above signs of salvation growing in our lives daily. For that is the pastor's joy; and it is his joy because it is God's joy too.
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7:42 PM - CCM's Graham Kendrick and One World Apostate Church
One of his objectives is to break down denominational barriers and create ecumenical unity. He was the co-founder of the ecumenical March for Jesus, which has brought together every type of denomination and cult including Roman Catholic and Mormon. A biography at Kendrick's web site boasts: "Crossing international and denominational barriers, his songs, like the popular Shine Jesus Shine, have been used from countless small church events to major festivals--including Promise Keeper rallies, Billy Graham crusades and a four million-strong open air CATHOLIC MASS in the Philippines capital Manila, where THE POPE 'SWUNG HIS CANE IN TIME TO THE MUSIC.'"
9:52 AM - Is Ebola a Total Hoax?
Ebola hoax: the feared “bleeding” symptom
As I’ve demonstrated in several articles, the diagnostic tests for Ebola are unreliable and useless.
What does this mean?
It means that, for any patient labeled “Ebola,” there is no verification. No confirmation. None. Zero.
Asserting the patient “has Ebola” is meaningless, because there is no concrete evidence.
Once you remove the Ebola virus from the equation, all you have left is symptoms. Symptoms in West Africans, and in those few people in the US and Europe who are labeled with “Ebola.”
Symptoms like diarrhea, fever, cough, fatigue, vomiting, bleeding.
Obviously, these symptoms can result from a number of different causes, none of which needs to be a virus.
9:50 AM - Quote for Today
The Gathering Storm
As a former molecular biologist at the CDC, I've been sought out frequently of late and asked for my opinion on the current Ebola crisis. Here it is. Concern is warranted. Not panic. And if you want to know the truth, the apocalypse developing in Houston scares me a whole lot worse than the one in Dallas.
9:49 AM - What Do You Believe?
Soren Kirkegaard, philosopher and theologian
9:47 AM - Vote All You Want - You're Only Fooling Yourself
Vote all you want. The secret government won't change.
The people we elect aren't the ones calling the shots, says Tufts University's Michael Glennon
7:41 PM - False Prophets: You Will Know Them By Their Fruit
All Christians living in the will of God have a direct line with Him and He speaks back in many ordinary ways but primarily through His Word, which is finished!
by F. David Farnell
Christ's warning to His church must be heeded: "Beware of the false prophets . . . You will know them by their fruits" (Matt. 7:15-16a; cf. 24:11, 24; Mark 13:22; Acts 20:28-31).
Many today claim to be receiving visions, dreams, and revelations from God. The problem is that their "revelations" are not infallible. Some of them are flatly wrong. But a fallible revelation from God is a contradiction in terms. . . .
The problem with making testable prophecies in the name of the Lord is that they might prove to be false. This might not seem to be too significant until we remember that the test of a prophet is not whether he is sometimes right but whether he is ever wrong. Moses declared, "If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the Lord does not take place or come true, that is a message the Lord has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously" (Deuteronomy 18:22). The penalty for false prophecy under the Old Testament law was death (v. 20). If that law were still in effect today, there would undoubtedly be far fewer persons claiming prophetic powers.
Several other recent works have also cataloged false prophecies by modern-day charismatic proponents who assert that the gift of prophecy is still active.
Any one claiming the prophetic gift today must be scrutinized in light of the nature of the gift as revealed in the New Testament. Those who assert such activity must be subject to the regulations set forth in Scripture. By claiming the prophetic gift, they are asserting that they have direct contact with Jesus Christ, which is nonnormative and unique among the rest of the members of the body of Christ. Prophecy involves a miraculous impartation of revelatory information not known on a mere human basis. This is further substantiated by the fact that the New Testament prophetic gift involved much more than teaching, preaching, evangelism, or the possession of certain kinds of knowledge. While these latter activities may be accomplished on a purely human level, the New Testament prophetic gift was a miraculous and supernatural revelatory gift that differed antithetically from what may be accomplished by naturalistic means. Because of the miraculous nature of prophecy, current novel attempts at defining prophecy have also impugned the basic substance of prophecy. That is, nothing miraculous exists in a gift that is conceptualized to include the possibility of "mistaken" prophecy whereby the prophet is sometimes accurate and sometimes not. Even modern fortune-tellers can claim varying degrees of partial or intermittent accuracy. However, genuine biblical prophets and prophecy are qualitatively different from any such novel practices. Recent attempts at redefining prophecy are directly contrary to its essential nature as a miraculous gift. Grudem, whose book constitutes the mainstay of defense for the Vineyard movement's approach to "prophecy," directly admits that Vineyard prophets can be and are mistaken at times. "Prophecy in ordinary New Testament churches was not equal to Scripture in authority, but was simply a very human-sometimes partially mistaken-report of something the Holy Spirit brought to someone's mind."
Any prophetic pronouncements must stand the test of accuracy and uniqueness found in such places as Deuteronomy 13:1-5; 18:20-22; 1 Corinthians 14:28-32; and 1 John 4:1-3. The moment that a prophetic pronouncement demonstrates itself as being inaccurate or wrong, then such prophecy must be labeled as a false prophecy given by a false prophet. It would seem reasonable to contend that no person today who would presently claim the prophetic gift could ever make claims to such an absolutely perfect record of supernatural and miraculous accuracy which is required of true biblical prophets. Indeed, a close examination would reveal an overwhelming trend to a great level of inaccuracy. If persons claiming prophetic status are evaluated on the basis of a correct understanding of the biblical data and requirements for prophets, the light Scripture sheds on such activity demonstrates that the genuine gift of prophecy has ceased.
Is the Gift of Prophecy for Today?
Part 4 (of 4 parts):
"When Will the Gift of Prophecy Cease?"
7:14 PM - Population Reduction through Vaccines
India Holds Bill Gates Accountable For His Vaccine Crimes, "A recent report published by Health Impact News has reported that the Gates Foundation has found itself facing a pending lawsuit, due to an investigation that is being carried out by the Supreme Courts of India."
While fraud and corruption are revealed on almost a daily basis now in the vaccine industry, the U.S. mainstream media continues to largely ignore such stories. Outside the U.S., however, the vaccine empires are beginning to crumble, and English versions of the news in mainstream media outlets are available via the Internet.
7:14 PM - Bill Gates Found Guilty of Vaccine Crimes
A recent report published by Health Impact News has reported that the Gates Foundation has found itself facing a pending lawsuit, due to an investigation that is being carried out by the Supreme Courts of India.
6:39 PM - Obama's Ebola Czar Declares Overpopulation Biggest Problem
10:48 PM - False Prophets for Profit
In this latest nonsense Leal goes through a series of scare mongering conclusions of his alleged prophecy. Leal attempts to fit his alleged prophecy into today's news. It doesn't work very well. Look how many times he says "I do not know." And he repeats the hyped up myth that Ebola is a pandemic. This is so far removed from Bible prophecy it's nonsense. Much of what he says can be surmised just by using common sense. The last lines were the real revelation for this alleged prophecy. Leal's false prophesies have been well documented and I have previously posted such information.
"Again, folks please do not delay your survival plan. If you have been planning to get a backup store of food...DO IT NOW!!! Do not delay. Whether it is store bought, freeze dried, etc. Rearranged your priorities and do this."
Leal and Steve Quayle are good buddies. Quayle has a business in preparedness. Need I say more?
The Coming Crash and Collapse of America
Nathan Leal - October 13, 2014
Speaking Without the Authority – The Watchman’s Cry: Nathan Leal and the state of internet prophecy
Nathan Leal found on Recyling Old Visions.
(lots of revealing comments by readers here)
Labels: false prophets
7:50 PM - The Truth About DDT and Silent Spring
I despise man made pesticides. I refuse to use any. Many of our cancers come from their indiscriminate use and they have just about ruined our food supply. They can cause devastating environmental illness. But why should DDT be banned when just about everything else is allowed freely, including some of the most deadly pesticides imaginable?
When I once worked worked in a house plant nursery I had to use a respirator to apply one particularly deadly pesticide. In cotton country in the south in the 1960's the widespread use of defoliant was physically nauseating 24 hours a day for days on end. The sickening odor carried for miles. Cancer became almost epidemic.
Could it be that DDT is the safest pesticide ever invented? It worked such miracles it was a nightmare to globalists and their depopulation agenda. So they set out to change public opinion and it was banned. It can be produced so cheaply there is no money in it and it greatly advances the quality of life in third world countries allowing the population to greatly expand. Both opposite of what the globalists want.
My own doubts came when DDT was introduced for civilian use. In Guyana, within two years it had almost eliminated malaria, but at the same time the birth rate had doubled. So my chief quarrel with DDT in hindsight is that it has greatly added to the population problem. Alexander King, co-founder of the Club of Rome, 1990
How bad science opened door for malaria
7:40 PM - Ignored Global Killer Diseases
7:18 PM - Ebola Script Going as Planned
(excerpts from Cutting Edge news alert for Monday, Oct. 20, 2014)
As Mass Media and governments initiate a planned panic over Ebola, let us consider how Africa is being ravaged by far more destructive diseases.
NEWS BRIEF: "Diseases—Ignored Global Killers", Global Issues, 10/10/2010
"Many people, most of them in tropical countries of the Third World, die of preventable, curable diseases.… Malaria, tuberculosis, acute lower-respiratory infections—in 1998, these claimed 6.1 million lives. People died because the drugs to treat those illnesses are nonexistent or are no longer effective. They died because it doesn’t pay to keep them alive."
So many more people are dying each year through the ravages of preventable, curable diseases, why are Mass Media and Western governments panicking over a few hundred -- so far -- deaths to Ebola?
The answer is simple:
1) Panic allows governments to initiate an invasion of Central and Southern Africa, which is Supernation #8 of the Club of Rome Plan to reorganize the world into precisely the 10 foretold 2,500 years ago in Daniel 7:7-8.
2) Panic allows governments to begin an internal change to more restrictions over individual citizens and easier ability to eventually take away all rights and liberties guaranteed by our Constitution.
These next articles demonstrate that this process has already begun.
First, let us examine how the West is invading Central and Southern Africa in the guise of "helping fight Ebola"!
NEWS BRIEF: "Ebola Lockdown", UK Daily Mail, 18 October 2014
"Thousands of UK troops would be sent to Sierra Leone to enforce a military lockdown under radical plans to defeat ebola being considered by Britain’s most senior Army officer."
"General Sir Nick Carter is leading a review of the UK’s response to the virus, and could use 3,000 British soldiers to impose a blockade and restrict human movement in the African country."
Once British troops arrive in Sierra Leone, that country will suffer a dictatorship imposed upon its citizens, all in the name of "combating Ebola"!
American troops are on their way to Africa.
NEWS BRIEF: "101st Airborne Won’t Get Full Protective Hazmat Suits for Ebola Mission in West Africa", Gateway Pundit News, October 18, 2014
"Unbelievable. Troops from the 101st Airborne Division will not receive full protective Hazmat suits for their mission in West Africa. They’re being sent to West Africa – but won’t get full protective Hazmat suits."
The issue of these troops not being given Hazmat suits is another issue for another day. The point I want to make is that American troops are invading Western African nations under the guise of fighting Ebola.
Using Ebola as the excuse, the Obama Administration is creating a "rapid military response team" to battle a virtually non-existent Ebola threat!
NEWS BRIEF: "Military forming "quick strike team" that can treat Ebola patients in U.S.", CNN News, October 19, 2014
"The U.S. military is forming a 30-person "quick-strike team" equipped to provide direct treatment to Ebola patients inside the United States ... The team will be under orders to deploy within 72 hours at any time over the next month ... The team will include five doctors, 20 nurses and five trainers, Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a statement."
"Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered chief of the Northern Command, Gen. Chuck Jacoby, 'to prepare and train a 30-person expeditionary medical support team that could, if required, provide short-notice assistance to civilian medical professionals in the United States', Kirby said."
"Big Pharma" is also gearing up to start raking in huge profits from Ebola.
NEWS BRIEF: "Ebola Spreads: Drug companies race to develop treatments", Fortune News, 10/2/2014
In his DVD "Medical Murder", Bill Schnoebelen shows how a Big Pharma company steps right in with a new vaccine to "fight" an ailment just identified by the Federal Government. The collusion between Government and Pharma to create new diseases so a new vaccine can be sold is demonstrated without doubt.
The prospect of huge profits to Pharma from Ebola is so great and so tempting, someone would have had to create a new global disease had Ebola not already existed! There is a lot of money to be made on the way to the New World Order!
9:02 AM - Weaponized Ebola Developed in the 1980s
Operating out of South Africa during the Apartheid era in the early 1980's, Dr. Wouter Basson launched a secret bioweapons project called Project Coast. The goal of the project was to develop biological and chemical agents that would either kill or sterilize the black population and assassinate political enemies. Among the agents developed were Marburg and Ebola viruses.
Basson is surrounded by cloak and dagger intrigue, as he told Pretoria High court in South Africa that "The local CIA agent in Pretoria threatened me with death on the sidewalk of the American Embassy in Schoeman Street." According to a 2001 article in The New Yorker magazine, the American Embassy in Pretoria was "terribly concerned" that Basson would reveal deep connections between Project Coast and the United States.
9:01 AM - Idaho Threatens Ministers with Jail and Heavy Fines
City officials told Donald Knapp that he and his wife Evelyn, both ordained ministers who run Hitching Post Wedding Chapel, are required to perform such ceremonies or face months in jail and/or thousands of dollars in fines.
9:00 AM - Best Ad Blocker is Free
7:14 PM - You Could Be Immune to Ebola
All this current alternative media scare mongering is almost a verbatim repeat of the bird flu hype. Any Ebola vaccine hasn't even made it to human trials yet. Add even if they do come up with one it will be for emergency and medical responders first. It is true they are developing an Ebola vaccine with the rabies virus but supposedly with a dead virus. Nobody in their right mind would take it anyway.
Liberties will continue to be stolen but mostly a little at a time. It is a shame alternative media can't stick to the facts and leave it at that. But there's money and increased listenership to be had in fear. And nothing depresses the immune system more than fear and stress. Christians of all people should be at ease. If we do the best we can within reason do protect ourselves and leave the rest up to God what is there to fear? What's the worst that can happen? Is heaven so bad we must cling with all our might to this sin filled alien planet?
Experts say Ebola might be quietly inoculating a significant portion of the population—people who are exposed to the virus but never succumb to it or show symptoms of infection.
If those individuals have acquired an immunity to Ebola, the strategies for the intervention and treatment of the disease need to be reconsidered, according to the letter published online yesterday in The Lancet.
“If infection without disease protects people from future Ebola infections and illness, the epidemic should decline sooner than currently predicted and affect a smaller number of people,”
One shows that 71 percent of people who had close contact with Ebola patients and tested positive for the virus did not get sick.
10:59 AM - Quote for Today
from Pastors of America
10:58 AM - The Third Man
9:59 PM - The Truth about Ebola
Big pharma has an interest in rich people being sick
What profit is there in a healthy population? If everyone were healthy, it would be the job of the pharmaceutical companies to persuade us that we were not well
[And that is precisely what pharmaceuticals do. Persuade people that they are sick and need a pill. They spend millions on marketing campaigns. They even invent "diseases" to market their poisons. Follow the money trail. It's all about greed.]
9:39 PM - Never Forget this Quote
David Rockefeller, from Memoirs, published in 2003
9:48 AM - Where is the Ebola Epidemic?
It's incredible how WHO can keep on hyping the exponential growth of an Ebola epidemic when it's own figures show it has virtually been eradicated in Liberia. How much more Orwellian can WHO propaganda get?
The President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, is an ally of Obama who has tried to assume dictatorial powers on the pretext of Ebola, so she has no motive for fiddling the figures.
The same WHO figure 2 on page 3 reveals that Ebola deaths are being inflated: the footnote says 120 more probable Ebola deaths have been reported in Sierra Leone than there are probable cases.
with graph of Ebola cases
9:47 AM - Another Christ, Another Way
There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.
The Conversion of Protestants to Catholicism Through the Eucharist
More and more Protestants are testifying they are being drawn to the Catholic Church, especially through the Eucharist. Some say they have encountered the presence of Christ in a new and exciting way. One such person is Presbyterian pastor Steven Muse. Muse is one of the contributing authors of Mary the Mother of All: Protestant Perspectives and Experiences of Medjugorje.
According to Muse, his visit to Medjugorje was life changing, especially after he encountered the Eucharistic Christ. He states:
9:45 AM - Pope Francis Calls for Spiritual Ecumenism
History has separated us, be we are on the way to reconciliation and communion!
The Believer's Response to Ecumenism
6:57 PM - Quote for Today
10:38 AM - The Numbers Game in Faking Epidemics
For example, the agency in charge invents case numbers and death numbers—and then, after they introduce the vaccine or the drug, they change those numbers. They lower them. The cut them down. And they say, "We won. We beat the virus with the vaccine."
This certainly happened in the "Swine Flu crisis" of 2009. The CDC and WHO blew up the case numbers to absurd heights…and then shut the whole operation down by saying the numbers had dropped to negligible levels.
And they declared victory.
The CDC, the World Health Organization, the US Department of Homeland Security, the US National Institutes of Health, the DOD, and the suppliers and manufacturers of an Ebola vaccine…they're all thinking the same thing:
"How do we manage the numbers, so we can produce the greatest degree of fear and compliance, and then claim victory?"
10:37 AM - Ebola and the ‘Art of the Con’
10:36 AM - Ebola Hysteria
9:58 AM - Fearbola Much Worse than Ebola
When fear gains control of a family, a business and even a country, rationality is the first causality. If the plan of the globalists is to destroy America through inducing fear over Ebola, they are succeeding.
The loss of reason and rationality with regard to the present Ebola crisis, is looking more and more like the resulting fear will become our undoing as a nation. Americans are on the verge of completing the prime directive of the globalists, namely, the destruction of the nation's economy leading to a collapse of the country as a whole.
Scientists from the prestigious Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have determined that if just 10% of any given population holds to an unshakable idea, that the idea will become adopted by the majority of the country. However, the scientists who belong to the Social Cognitive Networks Academic Research Center (SCNARC) found that if the ideas are shared by less than 10% of the population, the idea will not progress and will eventually die out. [Which proves why tyrants such as Hitler, Lenin, George W. Bush, and others have said that they must keep repeating a particular lie over and over and over so it becomes accepted as truth. The same method has been used successfully by mass media, healthcare, and education for generations which is why most of what the masses believe today is false. - blog editor]
With regard to the present crisis, this means that a fear based response must only become a reality for a mere 10% of the population before the fear spreads like an pandemic throughout the country.
9:50 AM - Houston Pastors Respond to Sodomite Mayor
Executive Director of the Texas Pastor Council Dave Welch, one of five pastors who received the subpoena, said he would not be intimidated by Parker nor comply with the city’s demands.
The churches, and pastors, of Houston ought to respond to this sort of government order with the same kind of defiance the Apostle Paul showed the magistrates in Philippi. After an earthquake, sent by God, upturned the prison where Paul and Silas were held, Luke tells us that the officials sent the police to tell Paul and Silas they could go. Paul replied. “They have beaten us publicly, uncondemned men who are Roman citizens and have thrown us into prison; and do they now throw us out secretly. No! Let them come themselves and take us out” (Acts 16:37).
A government has no business using subpoena power to intimidate or bully the preaching and instruction of any church, any synagogue, any mosque, or any other place of worship. The pastors of Houston should tell the government that they will not trample over consciences, over the First Amendment and over God-given natural rights.
…the preaching of the church of God does not belong to Caesar, and we will not hand it over to him. Not now. Not ever.
Russell Moore, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission
10:00 AM - Citizen Pulls Over Cop and Demands ID
Citizen Pulls Over Cop, Demands ID, Gets It. Lets Cop Off with Verbal Warning
Gavin Seim is a liberty activist, speaker and former US Congressional challenger from Washington state. He is a devoted activist who is not afraid to go toe to toe with would-be tyrants.
When Mr. Seim saw an unmarked police vehicle impersonating a citizen in his town, he felt it would be proper to educate this Grant County Sheriff's deputy on the Washington State Law, which states that it is unlawful for police officers to drive unmarked vehicles.
Continued, with video
9:59 AM - City of Houston Attempts to Silence Pastors
The city of Houston has issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city's first openly lesbian mayor. And those ministers who fail to comply could be held in contempt of court.
"The city's subpoena of sermons and other pastoral communications is both needless and unprecedented," Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Christina Holcomb said in a statement. "The city council and its attorneys are engaging in an inquisition designed to stifle any critique of its actions."
Houston’s new non-discrimination ordinance. The law, among other things, would allow men to use the ladies room and vice versa. The city council approved the law in June.
9:34 AM - New Left Behind Movie is Not Christian
No Plan of Salvation was offered Chloe Steele by her "Preacher Man" and the name, Jesus Christ, was not ever mentioned."Inspired by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins' bestselling novel of the same name, 'Left Behind' finds commercial airline pilot Ray Steele (Nicholas Cage) struggling to keep his passengers calm and his plane afloat after the Biblical Rapture strikes mid-flight. Meanwhile, GWN reporter Cameron "Buck" Williams (Chad Michael Murray) becomes Ray's reluctant co-pilot, and Ray's terrified daughter Chloe (Cassi Thompson) braves the chaos of the city streets in search of her brother and mother. "
No genuine Christian should even bother viewing this film. Why? Because it is not really Christian and most definitely not Biblical. Here are the problems I had with the film.
1) The name, Jesus Christ, is not mentioned, not once, not at all.
2) The Plan of Salvation was not given, even after Chloe Steele, the daughter of the pilot, Ray Steele, confronts the pastor of her mother's church as to why he was "left behind"! She asked him, "What am I to do now"?
At this point, the writers of this movie had a perfectly good opportunity to present the Gospel message; after all, a person will be raptured only if they have genuinely gone through the Plan of Salvation, which includes:
* An understanding of their own sinfulness;This Plan is not difficult, and is easily understood. Yet, Hollywood butchered this scene, and the entire movie, by not accurately describing the Biblical view of the Rapture of the Church. Early in the movie, the people who were later Raptured were presented as "nut cases" and "crazies".
* Their inability to save themselves;
* Their recognition that Jesus is the Savior whose blood sacrifice paid their sins;
* Expressing their grief over their sin and repenting of their sin
* Praying that Jesus will forgive them of their sin and rejoicing in being granted eternal life in Heaven
Hollywood has now conditioned us to the Rapture of the Church and other aspects of Christian belief, in several nonbiblical venues:
* Left Behind movies 1 and 2
* Left Behind books which presented the lie that a Christian can take the 'Mark of the Beast' and still go to Heaven.
* TV series, "Leftovers"
* TV movie, "Heaven Is For Real". This movie so upset us that we commissioned Dr. Gary Frazier to create a Biblical response, entitled, "Hell Is For Real". You see, 'Heaven Is For Real" does not present God's requirements for a person to gain Heaven, thus strongly implying that, in the end, everyone goes to Heaven.
"Heaven Is For Real" thus erases the very existence of Hell in the mind of the viewers. Dr. Frazier compassionately presents the Biblical teaching on Hell, without leaving out any "negative" details. He presents the Plan of Salvation at the end, thus making this DVD a genuine soul-winning documentary.
* "Noah' -- Truly horrific. Not Biblical in any way. 'Noah' even concludes that God wants him to kill his entire family!
* ‘God’s Not Dead’ - I have not seen this movie, but close friends who have say it is Biblical and heart-warming.
* The forthcoming ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’
In the end, "Left Behind" is just another movie about plane crashes, worldwide upheaval and physical disaster, and the near-death of the key figures. In my opinion, the movie "2012" is a much better disaster flick.
Don't waste your money on this film. Don't give Hollywood any Christian money. Stop rewarding the Hollywood barons with profits from movies and TV shows that do NOT present the truth of our Christian Faith!
(excerpted from Cutting Edge Newsletter for Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014)