6:04 PM - New Age Apostasy in Turkish Christians
Turkish religious authorities are concerned about the rise in numbers of those who claim to adhere to Jediism, which they say is most prominent among Christians.
One member of Jediism, Iraq War veteran Ally Thompson stated, "No, we don't worship Yoda. And telekinesis is not something that we necessarily do — at least not like in the movies. But I won't deny that the force is very present in our teachings. Some people call it magic. Some call it ashe. The scientific community calls it energy. But it's everywhere. You can find it in the Bible. When Moses parted the Red Sea — how did he do that? With energy. With the force," Thompson concluded.
10:10 PM - The Damnable Charismatic Heresy of Word of Faith Theology
Just days after reading his false teaching the movie Promised a Miracle was shown on one of the over the air digital networks here. It was based on the book We Let Our Son Die. I read the book long ago. Both are must haves for anyone involved with the word of faith healing movement. Though a Hollywood movie it was unusually well done for a religious movie. It was heart wrenching to watch but really exposed the terrible tragedy this couple endured for believing such flawed theology. And tonight as I type this I am listening to BBN's conference pulpit with J. Vernon McGee preaching on this very subject.
After this there will be no more article links from Kelley's website on this blog and his website will be deleted from my bookmarks. These are truly sad days for the end time church.
What Does The Bible Say About Healing?
Why Prayers For Healing Fail, Part 1
Prayer and Faith Healing
with J. Vernon McGee, August 26, 2015
There are a lot of Christians past and present that would take serious issue with the charismatic healing movement. It is a major disappointment to me from this otherwise good website. People like Fanny Crosby, Amy Carmichael, or Joni Eareckson Tada, and even me who in the 1980's got caught up in the heresy of the word faith movement. It is just another one of the many tentacles of the charismatic movement that is destroying the modern church. Where would Joni's wonderful worldwide ministry be had she not been paralyzed for life? She once sat in a Kathryn Kuhlman healing service and like me been anointed with oil with no results.
I remember many years ago reading the tragic story of the parents who let their son die by depriving him of vital insulin, insisting he would be healed. And when he died then insisting he would be raised from the dead. Those parents learned the truth about charismatic healing in a most tragic way. And to blame such Christians for lack of faith is the ultimate cop out and insult. This kind of teaching has no doubt destroyed the faith of some Christians. Thankfully God pulled me through my ordeal with this heresy and gave me discernment which made it all worthwhile.
If you know the Bible you must know that God sometimes inflicts suffering himself. Then God asked him, "Who gives a person a mouth? Who makes him unable to speak, or deaf, or able to see, or blind, or lame? Is it not I, the LORD?" Exodus 4:11. After Jacob's encounter wrestling with God he apparently had hip trouble the rest of his life. To say that Paul's thorn in the flesh was not a particular physical condition (an "it") is a completely erroneous interpretation of the text. Furthermore anointing with oil is more about medical advice for that time just as Paul advised Timothy to drink wine for his stomach and frequent ills. (1 Timothy 5:23) Why didn't Paul just heal him?
Obviously this is not the place for me to be teach but I urge folks to be very careful about following the faith healing movement. God has taught me lot in my trials of suffering most of my 64 years. Wisdom that I wouldn't trade perfect health for in this life. That day will come in time. If anything Christians suffer more than the unsaved because God uses it to make us grow unless we prevent him from doing so. I do believe in miraculous healing and yes it does happen. I wouldn't be alive today if God had not miraculously helped me numerous times but he called me to a life of suffering. I don't believe God appreciates it one bit when we think we know better than him and attempt to demand what we want in our limited view of things. When I see word faith proponents raising people from the dead in America, drinking deadly poison with no harm, and handling deadly serpents without concern maybe then I will change my views. (Mark 16:18)
10:16 PM - Pathway to Apostasy
Recently, I was contacted by a friend and colleague who also has a discernment ministry. He was surveying other discernment ministries in order to come up with a list of the top ten subtle ways the body of Christ is presently being led astray. As I was busy speaking at a conference at the time I received his e-mail, I wrote him back and told him I would get back to him in a few days.
While flying back to my home after the conference, I took out my computer and responded to my friend's request. The topics I had presented at the conference were still fresh in my mind. Following are the first ten trends I have personally encountered. While I am certain there are many more, the following ten trends provide a good overview of what is taking place in the church today:
· Ecumenical unity at any cost yet completely void of any connection to the message that Jesus died on the Cross.
· The church-growth movement, which is focused on a market-driven seeker-friendly Christianity emphasizing a megachurch mentality.
· A Christianity focused on following men, their methods, and their movements.
· A Jesuit agenda promoted by publishers and pastors proclaiming the teachings and ideas of Roman Catholic church fathers and Roman Catholic mystics.
· The rejection of biblical creation and the acceptance of theistic evolution and progressive creation.
· The acceptance of New Age ancient Babylonian practices such as yoga and contemplative prayer as a means of "getting closer to Jesus."
· A false Christianity that substitutes the gospel according to the Scriptures with a social gospel.
· The "Purpose-driven P.E.A.C.E. Plan" that prepares the church for a global one-world religion.
· An experience-based "Christianity" that seeks after signs and wonders and rejects the biblical warnings of a Last Days spiritual deception found in the Bible.
· The compromising of the church in order to become "postmodern" and "progressive" in an attempt to reach the postmodern generation.
It was not my objective to place these various trends in their order of importance. The fact is, each one is occurring, and the vast majority of professing Christians are not even aware these trends are happening or even that there is a problem. Perhaps in the future, these ten points would make good chapter headings for a small book that would deal with each topic in more detail.
For now, let me say I believe biblical Christianity is under attack like it has never been before. We are not only on a "slippery slope"—Christianity is ready to fall off the cliff. As Jesus asked in Luke 18:18: When the son of man cometh, will he find faith?
Current events indicate the pathway to apostasy is leading exactly in the direction foretold by the Scriptures.
6:58 PM - Leave Fear to the Lost
We live in increasingly scary times, but we need not be fearful of anything or anyone.
If you are unsaved, you need to get saved, plain and simple. Nothing this world can do to you will come close to matching the tortures of eternal Hell. So get saved while the offer is still extended. If you are saved but not serving the Lord, why not? While it's true that you can never lose your salvation, you can lose your rewards at the Judgment Seat of Christ. What concerns you more, stockpiling food and water or witnessing to the lost to see them get saved? If God tells you to stockpile supplies then by all means do it, but can you give me a verse for it? Last time I checked this was still our doctrine:
"Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord." 2 Corinthians 5:6-8 (KJV)
Are you "willing to be absent from your body" so you can be with the Lord? Remember when churches used to sing "this world is not my home, I'm just a passing through…"? We need to get back to that type of Biblical thinking, I fear we have forgotten that we are only supposed to be "strangers and pilgrims" in this world. Not scared, little prepping hoarders living in safe houses as the world goes to Hell all around us. If you want to prep for something, start prepping for Heaven and do the work He has called you to do.
Some of the reader comments are also interesting such as this one: "The 'prepping' that Joseph did was solely for the saving of Israel during the famine and not for personal reasons."
6:16 PM - US Government's Hatred of Christians
Obama targets lawyer helping persecuted Christians
Living as a Christian in many parts of Iraq or Syria has become impossible – a one-way ticket to martyrdom at the hands of ISIS – yet it remains a near-impossible feat for these persecuted religious minorities to find refuge in America.
But if you can get to America and get your case in the hands of Robert DeKelaita, your chances are greatly improved.
As it turns out, this high-powered Chicago attorney may have been a little too successful. He's gained asylum for thousands of persecuted Christian from Iraq, Syria and Egypt, and that caught the attention of the Obama Justice Department, which is known to be no friend of Middle Eastern Christians.
DeKelaita, 52, grew up in Kirkuk in the heart of Assyria, a portion of northern Iraq that is home to one of the world's most ancient Christian communities. Legend has it that the Apostle Thomas evangelized the long-pagan area shortly after the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. The Christians there still speak Aramaic, the language of Jesus.
After Saddam Hussein took power, DeKelaita's family emigrated to the U.S. in 1973 and settled in the Chicago area. He was just shy of 11 years old at the time. He excelled in school, became a lawyer and vowed to use his legal skills to help his people escape religious persecution by the majority Muslims.
He's helped reunite hundreds of families in the U.S., most of them since 2003 when the U.S. invasion and overthrow of Saddam unleashed a wave of Islamic terror against Christians that far exceeded anything that was seen under the secular Baathist regime.
1:13 PM - What Can I Say?
Right now, God has a humble, chastened people, for they have come out of the world, and have put their hope and trust in Jesus, the new Ark of refuge from the coming wrath of God. We are under a different discipline than this world , we are separate and have a different worldview.
We happen to live in a time when the wicked are allowed to come to a pinnacle of their “Success”, and to Imagine that Utopia is almost here. From a worldly perspective the Christians and Jews lose, we are weak, and demoralized. But the pit the wicked are digging,(for us) will be the pit that they themselves will soon fall into. God has promised rest for his own.
I can only offer a Sincere, Desperate Plea to God
1:05 PM - Quote for Today
For some Christians this is their last day here. Nobody is guaranteed a tomorrow.
1:03 PM - I'll Meet You in the Morning
I will meet you in the morning by the bright riverside
When all sorrow has drifted away
I'll be standing at the portals when the gates open wide
At the close of life's long dreary day.
I'll meet you in the morning with a how do you do
And we'll sit down by the river and with rapture old acquaintance renew
You'll know me in the morning by the smile that I wear
When I meet you in the morning in the city that is built four square.
I will meet you in the morning in the sweet by and by
And exchange the old cross for a crown
There will be no disappointments and nobody shall die
In that land when life's sun goeth down.
I will meet you in the morning at the end of the way
On the streets of that city of gold
Where we all can be together and be happy for aye
While the years and the ages shall roll.
6:48 PM - Quote for Today
Kato Mivule, 11/9/2010
6:32 PM - Fear & Prophecy Mongering
World Affairs Brief, August 21, 2015 Commentary and Insights on a Troubled World.Copyright Joel Skousen. Partial quotations with attribution permitted. Cite source as Joel Skousen's World Affairs Brief (http://www.worldaffairsbrief.com).
ARE CENTRAL BANKS LOSING CONTROL?
(excerpts from long article)
This week the London Telegraph broadcast the headline, "Doomsday Clock for Global Crash Strikes One Minute to Midnight, as Central Banks Lose Control." The Telegraph joins Gerald Celente and many other pundits hyping imminent collapse—many basing their predictions off the relatively minor Chinese currency devaluation of 2%. Does it signal, as the Telegraph claims, the “endgame leaving equity markets free to collapse under the weight of impossible expectations”? Others, like Michael Snyder in his Economic Collapse blog, keep pointing to the end of the Shemitah year (Sept 13) and the last of the 4 Blood Moons on September 28 as dates for a financial collapse. This week I’ll analyze these declining economic factors to point out which may result in a recession but why none of them herald a collapse. I’ll also discuss why Blood Moons and other pseudo-religious types of prophecies should not be relied upon.
It is true that almost all global economic indicators are in decline.
The manipulation of derivative defaults (refusing to issue a declaration of default) is one of the most important ways in which the Powers That Be (PTB) keep staving off collapse. Without an official declaration of default, derivative Credit Default Swaps can’t be collected on. I see no signs of them letting up and allowing derivatives to come undone.
First, the global economy is NOT grinding to a halt. As I have pointed out before, a true collapse or halt in the economy means it goes to almost zero and trade stops. That NEVER happens except during the most severe dislocations of war when people are fleeing an enemy or in survival mode and no one has the liberty to engage safely in trade.
What is happening is that the speculative portion of the economy, based in large part upon unsustainable growth in commodities driven by the artificially boosted Chinese building boom, is indeed deflating as the Chinese bubble bursts. However, the base economies around the world are still filled with huge amounts of consumer demand, so the current decline is not headed for zero, but rather some more normal point where it will level off, far short of collapse.
The stock market’s irrational growth is in large part due to the artificial suppression of interest rates which allows insider banks and Wall Street brokerage houses to borrow at the FED for almost no cost and invest that money in the markets for double digit returns. The suppression of interest rates is only possible with the falsification of the Consumer Price index to a phony 1-2%. Real inflation is between 6-9% depending on the product.
Now let’s turn to newest rage in prophecy about Blood Moons and the Shemitah year popularized by Rabbi Jonathan Cahn’s book, The Harbinger and by other Christian promoters like Pastor John Hagee.
An entire cottage industry of books and films has sprung up around the blood moon claims, as exemplified by this site which gives some further definitions.
Michael Snyder, ever prone to presenting numbered lists to his readers, has 33 things that are going to happen in September—in line with his and other’s predictions about a collapse. Many of them are tied to various superstitions surrounding these blood moons and the Shemitah year.
Then Snyder hedges his final predictions about September. " I cannot prove that a stock market crash will happen next month."
In fact, no one can. That’s why dates in prophecy-type predictions are so enticing. But humans are here on earth to be tested as to their receptivity to the still small spiritual promptings of conscience, not easy revelation about the future from God. But because there is a history in the Bible of infrequent but direct revelation from God, people want to tap this as an easy way to know the future without having to think or sense by the Spirit.
God is very reluctant to break through the spiritual veil with open revelation, [apart from his finished revelations in the Bible] but Satan is all too willing. That’s why for every true prophecy there are dozens of deceptions and falsehoods. He knows that people are suckers for the easy answers, without any effort, let alone true spiritual perception.
Don’t ever accept any of these prophetic cycles theories (or even secular cycles theories) without examining the counters to these claims. There are enough Jewish calendars, moons, eclipses and holy days that you can easily find dozens of crises in the world that fall on those days—enough to claim there is a pattern or cycle. But those apparent patterns always break down given enough time, and their promoters are left to explain them away with some other interpretation.
I think God likes to work in unpredictable ways so that people can’t mechanically follow a certain path and gain truth, blessings or safety without spiritual decision making. He wants people to learn to sense when something is wrong—not simply divine a date so we don’t have to prepare until it is imminent.
There have been many other religious leaders who have debunked the blood moon craze but their own interpretations are just as speculative in another sense. Just search the internet for “debunking blood moons” and read some of the bewildering arguments—it is enough to make you want to reject them all. My point is, there is no need to be concerned about knowing the precise dates of any crisis, or relying on these highly interpretive prophecies.
Even if there is a stock market crash of 20-30% it won’t collapse the entire economy and it won’t cause massive social unrest. Count on it.
In the WAB I try to give you real life insights in Russia and China’s preparations for war, as well as the globalists’ intentions of obscuring real threats with the hype about phony terror which they create themselves. When dealing with multiple conspiring parties (Russia, China, the Anglo-American Globalists) no one can know the timing exactly but we can say with some surety that it won’t be until the Russians and Chinese are ready to go to war and after their propaganda displays (2018 World Cup in Russia and 2022 Winter Olympics in China) have had their effect.
9:01 AM - Has the Predicted 2015 Global Economic Meltdown Begun?
We Have Already Witnessed The First 1300 Points Of The Stock Market Crash Of 2015
What has been happening on Wall Street the past few days has been nothing short of stunning. On Thursday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted 358 points. It was the largest single day decline in a year and a half, and investors are starting to panic. Overall, the Dow is now down more than 1300 points from the peak of the market. Just yesterday, I wrote about all of the experts that are warning about a stock market crash in 2015, and after today I am sure that a lot more people will start jumping on the bandwagon. In particular, tech stocks are getting absolutely hammered lately. The Nasdaq has fallen close to 3.5% over the past two days alone, and it has dropped below its 200-day moving average. The Russell 2000 (a small-cap stock market index) is also now trading below its 200-day moving average. What all of this means is that the stock market crash of 2015 has already begun. The only question left to answer at this point is how bad it will ultimately turn out to be.
This year has been unprecedented in the amount of fear/prophecy mongering being disseminated since the 2000 Y2K scare. I'm sure a lot of people have bought it hook, line, and sinker. I've been through enough of these periods to know that predicting the future in detail, especially with dates, is a foolish endeavor. God has reserved that for himself. Very few false prophets admit it when proven wrong or twist the facts to make themselves appear to be right.
This week analyst Joel Skousen addressed the topic of predicted economic collapse once again and also the topic of prophecy mongering. Bible prophecy is important but there is a right way and a wrong way to engage in the study of Bible prophecy and most of it today is little more than sensationalist speculation. There is nothing wrong with speculation as long as it is clearly presented as such.
Skousen's article was long but I have selected some pertinent excerpts which will be posted separately. He is by no means an expert on Bible prophecy, is post trib, and furthermore is a Mormon, though he confesses Christ as his saviour and does have serious criticisms of the Mormon church. That such a person would have more rational sense about current events and prophecy than so many evangelical Christians is ironic to me.
Perhaps world economies will get very bad before the Antichrist comes on the scene but it cannot be a very long event if his appearance is within one or two decades at most as it appears, for the simple fact that when he sets up his world empire he will be seen as heralding in the most prosperous, peaceful time the world has ever seen. Some time after the events of the rapture have settled down things will look so optimistic that the world will think they are entering a new millennium of peace and prosperity. But it won't last long. A widespread "kill shot" solar flare, massive asteroid, or other worldwide catastrophe before then will render such a scenario impossible. Without modern technology the Antichrist with his minions could not rule worldwide. Most people seem to think the Antichrist will appear to be the evil that he is. But like Satan he will for a time appear to be an angel of light.
Before posting the Skousen article I have included some pertinent links below on the subject of sesationalizing prophecy and why it is bad for Christians.
Prophecy Run Amok 2: Fearmongering
The latest to conjure up forthcoming dark clouds on the horizon are those who promote the teaching that there may well be a combination of two prophetic events taking place in the year 2015 that could result in unprecedented physical cataclysms and financial crashes. The use of italics for “may well be” and “could” is given to note that those purveyors of disasters have used such language in order to cover themselves from being accused of false prophecy. Even so, those “disclaimer” terms are lost in the hyperbole of their fearmongering.
full article - I have previously posted this but it bears repeating at this time
by Lamb and Lion editor David Reagan
A Brief History Of Failed End Time Predictions
This article by a non-Christian is a perfect example of how prophetic craziness discredits Jesus Christ and the gospel message. This website appears to be for new age religionists, and ironically with their own new age "prophecies."
6:22 PM - Jade Helm Operatives Micro-Chipping Citizens?
Several eye witness reports state that residents in the small town were rounded up and brought to an abandoned shopping mall in the area. There they were given the choice between RFID implantation, or imprisonment in the makeshift military base.
Tweets from witnesses have surfaced on the net.
United Media Publishing contacted one witness who had been microchipped and released. They told us the following.
“Military personnel rounded up everyone on our street. They forced their way into the homes of people who wouldn’t open their doors. We were put on military trucks and drove to the old Hartwell Mall about ten miles from here. We were separated and put in holding cells based on our age and gender. We were then called 3 at a time to another room and given the option to have an RFID implant, or be imprisoned in the base for an unspecified amount of time. Some of the soldiers were arguing amongst themselves.. I could hear one of them saying, “this isn’t what I signed up for. I wanted to protect Americans, not imprison them…”, but the officer in charge reminded them that they have their orders, and if they’re not carried out then they would be thrown into prison themselves.”
As of yet no major news outlets have covered the unfolding events in Clint, Texas, leaving residents to wonder who will speak up about the human rights violations that they have suffered.
The mayor of Clint, Texas declined to comment as did military officials. United Media Publishing will be bringing the public up to date information on this event as it unfolds.
Reader comment on story
Donald Wilder // August 15, 2015 at 2:19 pm
I was one of the families who was illegal detained and microchipped by these monsters. as soon as my family was released we abandoned our home, and went to my wifes parents home 200 miles away. we had to remove the chips ourselves with rubbing alcohol and a bx cutter, but its better than being tracked. absolutely disgusting what these monsters are doing to american citizens…
Okay, now that you are allegedly more informed by alternative news here is the real story. First this report from Joel Skousen's 8/21/15 WAB.
(includes pertinent excerpts)
JADE HELM DISINFORMATION ON FORCED CHIP IMPLANTING
Priscilla Mason, a young alternative media writer, got snookered on this one. She reported that groups of citizens from Clint Texas were rounded up by force during the Jade Helm exercise and forcibly required to have a micro chip injected into their arm.
I thought, “this is ridiculous.” The military simply couldn’t get away with this. There would be multiple lawsuits. I did a quick internet listing for those two names in Clint, Texas. Neither name shows up anywhere—no phone listings, no address, nothing. Mason should have checked that out as a start. This is disinformation just to get the right wing excited. You can bet the NSA is tracking who passes this along and who believes it—to determine which dissidents are to be incarcerated for real someday.
And now some more realistic comments from that same story.
Greg Caton // August 19, 2015 at 4:32 pm
We have friends who live in and around Clint, which has a population of no more than 1,000 people. Mysteriously, no one in Clint that we spoke with is aware of this development. But people are getting calls from the OUTSIDE world who are tracking down Clint residents for comments.
Greg Caton // August 19, 2015 at 4:44 pm
Update — and not of minor importance —
( 1 ) Clint is a small community and it doesn’t have a mayor.
( 2 ) There is no Hartwell Mall
( 3 ) No one has even seen soldiers or military equipment (yet) in this small town.
The lesson is; don't believe anything on the internet unless you can trust the source or check it out first. The garbage in alternative media is getting worse and worse. We can still be deceived but that will eliminate almost all disinformation.