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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Vatican Calls For Central World Bank

By: Jimmy DeYoung

     The Vatican recently called for a global public authority and a central world bank to rule over the financial institutions that have been at the center of the global economic crisis because they have become outdated and ineffective in dealing with this financial crisis. There are those who say that this proposal by the Vatican is music to the ears of the demonstrators around the world who are calling for economic equality for all.

     The 18 page Vatican document says that if a central financial authority is not set up, the crisis at a social, political, and economic level could create a climate of growing hostility and even violence which will ultimately destroy the foundations of our world.

Jimmy's Prophetic Prospective on the News


     The recent call by the Vatican for a central world bank and a global economic authority fits the prophetic scenario that is found in Bible prophecy for the last days.

     In our world today there is a global economic crisis that does not seem to be going away. Both the European Union and the United States face major financial problems that no one can find a solution for at the present time. There have been calls by members of the G-20, the 20 leading economies of this world, for a worldwide financial structure to resolve this global economic crisis.

     Now the Vatican has released a plan that they believe will bring about the end of this financial crisis. In fact, the Vatican plan says if there is not a resolution to the financial crisis violence will break out across the world. The Vatican plan with a central authority and a world bank is a page out of Bible prophecy for the last days.

     The book of Revelation reveals that there will be a central authority to rule over a global economic structure and it will be headquartered in Babylon which is modern-day Iraq (Revelation 18). This economic system will cause all in the world to take an identification mark on their forehead or the back of their hand in order to be able to buy or sell any necessity of life (Revelation 13:16-17). The fulfillment of these prophecies will take place after the Rapture of the Church.

     However, our present world crisis is indeed setting the stage for Bible prophecy to be fulfilled.


Distributed by World View Weekend (article link) 

The Only Doorway - By: Fellowship Tract League

JESUS IS THE DOOR TO HEAVEN
     Jesus is the door…He said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” Jesus is the way… “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6).
JESUS IS THE ONLY DOORWAY TO HEAVEN
     My friend, let me ask you a most important question. Are you trying to enter Heaven some other way than through the way Jesus provided? If you are, Jesus said you are a thief and a robber. “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.” (John 10:1).
     There is no other way to get to Heaven. Religion is not the way! The preacher or priest is not the way! Water baptism is not the way! Church membership is not the way! Being a moral person is not the way! Doing good works is not the way!
     The Bible states in Acts 4:12, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” There is nothing you can do to earn salvation or your way into Heaven. “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags;” (Isaiah 64:6a) Only by receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour can you enter into the kingdom of God.
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     You enter the door by asking Jesus to come into your heart and save you. “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:” (John 1:12). The Bible states, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:9-10, 13).
     Don’t let the devil deceive you by making you believe there is some other way. The Bible says that the devil “…is a liar, and the father of it.” (John 8:44b).
Eternal salvation is a free gift to all who will simply receive Jesus Christ into their heart. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
     Jesus said in Mark 1:15, “…repent ye, and believe the gospel.” Believing the gospel is believing “…that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:” (1 Corinthians 15:3,4).
     Jesus died on the cross, was buried, and was resurrected by the power of God for our salvation. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16).
     My friend, if you want to be sure that you are saved and heaven will be your home, pray this prayer or one similar to it, meaning it with all your hear. Dear God, I admit I am a sinner, going to hell. I know that I cannot save myself. I repent of my sins and put my faith in the blood that you shed for me on the cross to pay for all my sins. I accept you as my Saviour and trust you to take me to heaven. Thank you for saving me. Amen.
     The Bible says in John 3:36, “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” Please don’t reject the Gospel! Trust Christ today!
--Fellowship Tract League, Tract 151

Mormonism Has Another Jesus _ By: Fellowship Tract League

           The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, or the Mormon church, claims to worship Jesus Christ.  It also claims to be a Christian church; however, it does not worship the Jesus of Biblical Christianity.  Mormon leaders have admitted that they believe in another Jesus.  One official of the Mormon church declared, “It is true that many of the Christian churches worship a different Jesus Christ than is worshipped by the Mormons.”  (Ensign, May 77, pg. 26).  In fact, Mormonism worships a false Christ.
            In Matthew 1:18-25 and Luke 1:26-35, the Bible says that Christ was begotten by the Holy Ghost and was born of a virgin.  The Mormon church denies this truth.  The second president of the Mormon church declared, “Jesus Christ was not begotten by the Holy Ghost.”  (Journal of Discourses, Vol. 1, pg. 51).  In fact, the Mormon Jesus was begotten by a sexual relationship  between Mary and God the Father.  One early Mormon leader wrote, “it was the personage of the Father who begat the body of Jesus.” (The Seer, pg. 158).  Present-day Mormon apostle Bruce McConkie says of Christ, “he was begotten, conceived and born in the normal and natural course of events, for he is the Son of God, and that designation means what it says.”  (Mormon Doctrine, pg. 742).

            The Jesus of the Bible is God.  He has always been God, according to John 1:1, Philippians 2:6, and Hebrews 1:8.  This is not true of the Mormon Jesus.  According to the Mormon church, Jesus became a god.  Joseph Smith said, “I have always declared God to be a distinct personage, Jesus Christ a separate and distinct personage from God the Father, and that the Holy Ghost was a distinct personage and a Spirit; and these three constitute… three Gods.”  (History of the Church, Vol. 6, pg. 474).  In October of 1984, one Mormon apostle stated, “Anyone who believes and teaches of God the Father, and accepts the divinity of Christ, and of the Holy Mormon apostle Bruce McConkie says, “the Lord Jesus worked out his own salvation.” (Our Relationship with the Lord, pg. 9).
            In the Bible, Jesus is worshipped.  (See Matthew 8:2, Mark 5:6, Luke 24:52, John 9:38, and Hebrews 1:6).   However, Mormonism says that Jesus is not to be worshipped.  Bruce McConkie declares, “We do not worship the Son.”  (Our Relationship with the Lord, pg. 5).  To a Mormon, Jesus is merely “an important member of the Godhead” (Ensign, Jan. 84, pg. 17).
            The Biblical Jesus was the most forgiving of men.  He declared, “the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.” (Luke 9:56).  He showed this in the events surrounding His crucifixion and resurrection.  He was mocked, spit upon, beaten, and whipped.  Pilate’s soldiers crowned Him with thorns.  Yet Jesus made no attempt to defend Himself, though the Bible states in Matthew 26:53 that He could have called upon thousands of angels to aid Him.  As the soldiers nailed Him to the cross, Christ prayed, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34).  At Christ’s death, there was an earthquake that tore the veil of the temple in half, yet it did no other damage. (Matthew 27:50-51).  Another earthquake which did no damage occurred at His resurrection.  Instead, “the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And come out of the graves…” (Matthew 27:52-53).
            This is not the Mormon Jesus.  The Book of Mormon contains an account of the events that supposedly took place in the western hemisphere at Christ’s death.  According to this account, 16 cities were destroyed with all their inhabitants, some being burned, some sinking into the sea, and some being buried under tons of earth and rock.  The Book of Mormon tells us in 3 Nephi 8:25 that those who “killed and stoned the prophets, and cast them out” were spared, while innocent women and children died.  When the destruction was complete, a voice was heard taking credit for the lives lost and the cities laid in ruins.  According to the Book of Mormon, the one responsible for this carnage was “Jesus Christ the Son of God.” (3 Nephi 9:15).  Rather than being a Saviour, the Mormon Jesus is a slaughterer and is responsible for the deaths of uncounted thousands.  However, the Christ of the Bible came “that they might have life” (John 10:10).
            There is no salvation in worshipping a false Christ.  Jesus Himself warned His disciples to beware of false Christs.  “Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.  For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets…” (Matthew 24:24).  Trusting in the Jesus of Mormonism can never lead to eternal life.  A Jesus who in not the real Jesus has no power to save.  Only the Jesus of the Bible can offer eternal life, “for the is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be save.” (Acts 4:12).
            How does one obtain eternal life?  The Bible states in Acts 16:31, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved…”  The word believe does not mean to simply acknowledge Jesus as the Saviour, or to merely say that one believes in Him.  Believe means to place total and complete trust in Christ, and to depend on Him alone for eternal life.  Don’t place your trust in a church, baptism, a prophet, or in a false Christ.  Put your faith solely in the Jesus of the Bible.  Romans 10:9 states, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”  God gives you the promise “…that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”  (John 316b).  If you will trust Him, He will keep His promise.
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The Quarterly Journal, January-March 2011 [Excerpts]:  For several decades the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been on a mission.  Its objective has been to shed the label of being a cult and to appear as just another Christian church down the street.
         Last summer, a new television ad campaign was launched in nine test market cities which presents Mormons as regular folks.  Billboards along Interstate highways and bus stop placards in the metropolitan test markets are also part of the massive blitz.
          Scott Swofford, the director of mormon.org says, “We hope the spots portray Mormons as diverse people who are united in their belief in Jesus Christ….We hope [Americans] see that Mormons are friendly, charitable, giving to others.”  Swofford said after the advertisements began airing, their Website experienced “huge traffic jumps.”
[TBC: Truth is being trumped by “good works” –which have become the ecumenical building blocks for the works salvation, one-world religion of the Antichrist.]

Christian Activism: Change Through Coercion? - By: Dave Hunt - thebereancall.org

               Increasing numbers of Christians are engaging in social and political “activism” for the astonishing purpose of attempting to coerce an ungodly society into adopting Christian standards of conduct. “Operation Rescue” is one example. Its founder, Randall Terry, explains that its purpose is to create social upheaval and thereby pressure government into changing the abortion laws. A typical brochure declares, “Rescues help produce the social tension necessary for political change....[W]hether for good or bad, political change comes after groups of Americans bring enough tension to the nation and pressure on politicians that the laws are changed.”
                No matter how commendable the goal of such tactics, there is not one example in the entire Bible of political or social “activism” ever being advocated or used by God’s people.  That fact must weigh heavily upon any consideration of this important topic. There are numerous cases of civil disobedience in Scripture, but it was never engaged in for the purpose of forcing an ungodly society to obey Biblical principles. The Hebrew midwives, for example, disobeyed Pharaoh’s edict and spared the lives of the male babies, even lying to cover up their “rescue operation.” God was so pleased with their obedience to Him that their names, Shiphrah and Puah, have been preserved for us (Exodus 1:15-22). This was, however, a matter of individual conscience before God, not an organized attempt to pressure the pagan Egyptians by mass demonstrations into adopting Israel’s God-given morals.
                The same is true of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego’s refusal to obey the king’s command to bow to an idol, and of Daniel’s defiance of the royal decree against prayer. Though boldly witnessing for God even to kings, Daniel never  used his high government position to attempt to pressure a pagan society into practicing a godly way of life. Nor did Joseph or Esther pressure the pagan societies, in which they held high positions, to adopt Biblical morals. So it was with Ezra and Nehemiah. They used their influence with kings to obtain permission to rebuild Jerusalem and the temple, but made no attempt to change the practices of those societies though they practiced abortion, homosexuality, and other evils.
Biblical Examples?
                There are no Biblical examples to support today’s “Christian activism.” Christ “suffered for us, leaving us an example that we should follow his steps.” He sternly and repeatedly rebuked Israel’s false religious leaders, yet He never spoke out—not even once—against the injustices of Roman civil authority! Nor did He advocate, organize, or engage in any public protests to pressure Rome into changing its corrupt system, or the society of His day its evil ways. He submitted to unjust authorities as Romans 13 tells us we should do today: “Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously” (1 Peter 2:21-25). No “activism” here! So it was with the apostles and the early church.
                Yes, Paul told the centurion, who was about to have him unlawfully scourged, that he was a Roman citizen; and he told the local officials at Philippi to come and apologize for beating him and Silas without trial. That was not, however, political/social “activism.” He was not attempting thereby to change society; he was simply standing up for his personal rights under the law—as we should do, which includes voting.
                Paul was determined to obey God rather than men and never held back from preaching the gospel, though it meant  his life. If “Christian activism” is God’s will, Paul would have been the first to pursue it fearlessly at whatever cost.                
                Scripture, then, from Genesis to Revelation, offers neither example nor doctrinal teaching to support the idea that Christians ought to engage in political/social activism, lobbying, takeover methods of Coalition on Revival—or that Christians in public office could or should influence society to adopt Biblical standards of conduct. Don’t forget, any change would have to be effected through a corrupt political system involving an ungodly majority above and below. Romans 13 tells us to obey rulers, and 1 Timothy 2 to pray for them—not to attempt to change them by coercion. It is not only foolish but counterproductive to attempt to persuade the unsaved to live like Christians. They can’t do it—and if they could it would only blind them the more to their sin and need of a Savior.
                Acts 19:23-41 tells how a large group of citizens in Ephesus staged a huge “demonstration” against Paul and the gospel he preached. A crowd of probably several thousand persons tore their clothes, threw dust in the air and for two hours vociferously chanted their praise to the locally manufactured god  that was their chief source of income.“Great is Diana of the Ephesians!” they cried. Should Paul have gathered a larger crowd of Christians to cry out yet more loudly and longer and thereby impose their will upon the local authorities? Of course not! Such unChristian conduct is demeaning of our Lord and His gospel and would have been unthinkable for the early church. Yet that is basically what “Christian activism” involves today—the well-meaning but foolish attempt to force “Christian principles” upon a godless society through more effective lobbying, larger demonstrations and greater “social upheaval”  than the homosexuals , abortionists, or pornographers can produce.
Won to Christ—Living for Christ
                Rather than to pressure the ungodly to live like saints, we must win them to Christ that they might live wholly for God. Our personal lives must be lived in obedience to God’s laws even if that brings us into conflict with civil laws. In addition to avoiding idolatry and immorality, Christians must preach the gospel to everyone everywhere, regardless of government edicts to the contrary. In so doing, the apostles made that historic declaration: “We ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29)! Their example has been followed by Christians down through the centuries, from the martyrs under pagan Rome and its successor, Roman Catholicism, to those who smuggle Bibles into Islamic or communist lands today.                
                Though forbidden by the authorities, the apostles persisted in preaching the gospel. Like their Lord, however, they made no attempt to lobby in Rome for an end to prostitution and abortions; nor did they stage public demonstrations for a change in unjust laws. There is a danger of being so caught up in the social aspect of good causes that one forgets and neglects the chief Christian calling. The Great Commission does not involve exerting a Christian influence upon society. We are not to “change society,” but to “convert individuals.” There is much talk today about “changing the world for Christ.” In fact there is no Biblical teaching or example to support that popular slogan. Rather than persuading sinners to live like saints, we must call them to heavenly citizenship through “repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21).
                But aren’t we supposed to be “salt and light” in the world (Matthew 5:13-16)? Yes, Christ said so. To understand what he meant, we must look to Him as our perfect example.Jesus, “the light of the world,” never advocated or tried to effect social/political change. His light reveals sin and leads men to salvation, fitting them for heaven (Ephesians 5:8- 13). Salt purifies the wound that light reveals and reproves.
                Significant changes in society have been effected by preaching and example. Nevertheless, the abolition of slavery, the enactment of child labor laws and greater rights for women, while they are improvements to be thankful for, have not made society any more godly. Nor is it any more likely under these better conditions that a higher percentage of mankind will end up in heaven than before. While such changes are worth working for, many who call themselves Christians have become so absorbed in good causes that they have lost their fervor for saving souls. They have ended up joining forces with non-Christians who also espouse “traditional values,” and in promoting a compromised “social gospel” that cannot save.
What Should We Do Then?
                Yet the good that social/political activism often produces is a strong motivation for engaging in it. Many Christians were involved in the civil rights movement that finally ended segregation. Surely it is not wrong for Christians to engage in such activities! Certainly the innocent babies who are being murdered in abortion clinics, just as the Jews were in Nazi extermination camps, ought to be rescued! Should Christians do nothing? Is there no basis in Scripture for helping those who are downtrodden?
                Yes, the Bible warns us, “If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain; if thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? And he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?” (Proverbs 24:11-12). The parable of the Good Samaritan, too, tells us that we ought to care for all those who are in need of help, even as Christ commands: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you (Matthew 7:12). These principles come under God’s law written in the consciences of all mankind: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
                 We ought to do all we can to rescue babies who are being aborted, just as we would seek to rescue anyone in danger. The Bible doesn’t tell us what individual saints may have done in this regard because it is not specifically a Christian task nor is it something which has been assigned to the church, but is the responsibility of every person. Moreover, “Rescues” should be engaged in to save lives—not for the purpose of creating “social upheaval” to coerce an evil society into adopting Biblical standards.
                When Gorbachev granted  freedom of worship and preaching in the Soviet Union comparable to what we have enjoyed in the West, what were his motives? Like Constantine in ancient Rome, he found this necessary for the good of the Empire—and may have even thought that freedom would destroy the church even more effectively than oppression. Indeed, such has been the case. Sadly, many Soviet Christians who have managed to bring their families out to the West and have initially thanked God for liberty, have lost their children to drugs, free sex, pride, lust, and worldliness— evils that seem to be a greater hazard for believers in the West’s “freedom” than under communist oppression.
The True Scale of the Rescue Operation
                Today’s “Christian activism” is far too narrow and selective. It addresses certain issues but ignores many others of equal or greater importance. We must not only rescue the unborn, but the children in public schools who are being perverted through the teaching of immorality, witchcraft, and occultism. We must  identify psychology as the major vehicle of so much of this evil, and root it out of our churches, seminaries and universities.
                We must denounce sin, call for national repentance, and preach the gospel in convicting power. Christians must call for repentance not only for homosexuality, child abuse, pornography and abortion, but for more subtle forms of rebellion against God and rejection of Christ. The church must be indicted not only for its lack of social concern, but for its heresies and failure to preach the truth. We must denounce the destructive false teachings that abound. It is hypocritical for the church to protest the world’s sins while tolerating within itself and honoring those who preach a false gospel and are the enemies of the cross of Christ.
                 Instead of protests we need prophets who call the world to repentance: Enochs who walk with God and warn of judgment (Genesis 5:22-24, Jude 14-15); Noahs, “preachers of righteousness” (2 Peter 2:5), who warn of judgment to come and invite sinners into an ark of safety. What if, instead of building the ark, Noah had tried to reform society! We need Daniels: “Mene, mene, tekel upharsin”—the handwriting is on the wall, America! You’ve been weighed in the balance and found wanting! Murdered babies, the abomination of homosexuality, and society’s flippant, deliberate rebellion against God have aroused His anger beyond any possibility of reprieve! We need Isaiahs and Jeremiahs, who had never heard of making a “positive confession” or of the “power of positive or possibility thinking,” but preached truth!
                “Christian activism” is not Christian. It represents a detour from the straight path the church is to walk before the world. It can confuse the real issues, lead to compromise and unholy alliances, and divert time and effort that would better be used in proclaiming the gospel. Weigh the demands upon your time and set priorities. Be fully engaged in rescuing souls for eternity.
—Dave Hunt
Updated excerpt from Whatever Happened to Heaven? (1988) pp. 84-86, by Dave Hunt  (thebereancall.org)
Tract #111 (PDF or for ordering)



Friday, October 21, 2011

THE PENTECOSTAL-CHARISMATIC MOVEMENTS: THE HISTORY AND THE ERROR - wayoflife.org

     I have been examining and re-examining the Pentecostal-Charismatic movements for more than three decades since I was led to Christ by a Pentecostal in 1973 and began to seek God’s will about tongues-speaking and the miraculous gifts of the early churches. I have built a large library of materials on this subject and have interviewed Pentecostals and Charismatics and attended their churches in many parts of the world. I have also attended large Charismatic conferences with press credentials. I have approached these studies with an open mind in the sense of having a commitment only to the truth and not to anyone’s tradition. I am a member of an independent Baptist church but Baptist doctrine and practice is not my authority; the Bible is. Each fresh evaluation of the Pentecostal-Charismatic movement has brought an increased conviction that it is unscriptural and dangerous. This book begins with my own experience with the Pentecostal movement. The next section deals with the history of the Pentecostal movement, beginning with a survey of miraculous signs from the second to the 18th centuries. We then examine the movements in the 19th century that led up to the creation of Pentecostalism and the outbreak of “tongues-speaking” at Charles Parham’s Bible school in Topeka, Kansas, in 1901, and at William Seymour’s Azusa Street Mission in Los Angeles in 1906. We examine some of the major Pentecostal denominations, the Latter Rain Covenent, the major Pentecostal healing evangelists, the Sharon Schools and the New Order of the Latter Rain, the Manifest Sons of God, the Word-Faith movement and its key leaders, the Charismatic Movement, the Roman Catholic Charismatic Renewal, the Pentecostal Prophets, the Third Wave, and the recent Pentecostal scandals. We conclude the historical section with a look at the Laughing Revival. In the last section of the book we deal with the theological errors of the Pentecostal-Charismatic movements (exalting experience over Scripture, emphasis on the miraculous, Messianic and apostolic miracles can be reproduced, the baptism of the Holy Spirit, the baptism of fire, exalting the Holy Spirit, tongues speaking is for today, sinless perfectionism, healing is guaranteed in the atonement, spirit slaying, spirit drunkenness, visions of Jesus, trips to heaven, women preachers, and ecumenism). The final section of the book answers the question: “Why are people deluded by Pentecostal-Charismatic error?” David and Tami Lee, former Pentecostals, after reviewing a section of the book said: “Very well done! We pray God will use it to open the eyes of many and to help keep many of His children out of such deception.” And Mary Keating, also a former Charismatic, said, “The book is excellent and I have no doubt whatever that the Lord is going to use it in a mighty way. Amen!!” 


317 pages. $9.95, available from Way of Life Literature, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061. 866-295-4143, fbns@wayoflife.org. 

Evangelicals Promote Unity with Roman Catholicism

        Sherwood Baptist Church, maker of the movies Flywheel, Facing the Giants, and Fireproof, promotes unity with Roman Catholicism for the purpose of bringing America back to God. Pastor Michael Catt doesn’t believe what the Bible says about separation from heresy (Rom. 16:17; 2 Cor. 6:14; 2 Tim. 3:5). The church is aggressively seeking Catholic participation in the promotion of its new movie Courageous by sending them to their site for Catholics. Pastor Catt said: “When we go across the country and do these screenings, we meet people from every denomination, and we instantly have a fellowship and a brotherhood because we have one thing in common: we’re family. 
We’re family members because we are brother and sisters in Christ, and it doesn’t matter what labels we put on.” This confused Southern Baptist pastor obviously doesn’t believe Jesus’ warning that many who profess Christ as “Lord, Lord” are actually lost (Mat. 7:21-23). To imply that Baptists and Catholics share a common faith is a gross error. They don’t share the same  gospel, which is certainly a fundamental aspect of Christian orthodoxy. The Bible teaches that salvation is by grace alone through faith in Christ alone without works or sacraments, whereas at the Council of Trent Rome curses those who believe this gospel. Sherwood Baptist is doubtless sincerely trying to help America with its movies, but it is blind to the fact that it represents the very type of shallow, lukewarm Christianity that has gotten the country into the mess that it is in.
(wayoflife.org, 7/8/11)

Corrupting God’s Created Order

DAILYMAIL.CO.UK, 7/25/2011: 150 HUMAN ANIMALS HYBRIDS GROWN IN UK LABS
Scientists have created more than 150 human-animal hybrid embryos in British laboratories.  The hybrids have been produced secretively over the past three years by researchers [allegedly] looking into possible cures for a wide range of diseases.
The revelation comes just a day after a committee of scientists warned of a nightmare ‘Planet of the Apes’ scenario in which work on human-animal creations goes too far.  [One] campaigner against the excesses of medical research said he was disgusted that scientists were ‘dabbling in the grotesque’.
Figures seen by the Daily Mail show that 155 ‘admixed’ embryos, containing both human and animal genetic material, have been created since the introduction of the 2008 Human Fertilization Embryology Act.
This legalized the creation of a variety of hybrids, including an animal egg fertilized by a human sperm; ‘cybrids’, in which a human nucleus is implanted into an animal cell; and ‘chimeras’, in which human cells are mixed with animal embryos…. Human-animal hybrids are also created in other countries, many of which have little or no regulation.
[TBC: The Chinese news agency, Xinhuanet, picked up this story, but omitted the reference to scientists being disgusted at institutions “dabbling in the grotesque.”  Instead, the Chinese media stated: “although the scientific sensation has drawn controversy…this kind of experiments [sic] are licensed in this country.”  The Chinese article included still images from the futuristic movie “Splice” depicting both seductive and horrific human-animal hybrids.  Admission of such experimentation also provides fuel for speculation by some Bible prophecy scholars concerning bizarre demonic “hybrids” described in Revelation.]
The Berean Call  (10-2011)

The Danger of Willful Sin

“Because he hath despised the word of the LORD, and hath broken his commandment, that soul shall utterly be cut off; his iniquity shall be upon him.” (Numbers 15:31)
Under the Mosaic law, there was ample provision for forgiveness of sins committed unintentionally. “If any soul sin through ignorance, then he shall bring a she goat of the first year for a sin offering. And the priest shall make an atonement for the soul that sinneth ignorantly . . . and it shall be forgiven him” (Numbers 15:27-28). However, as in our text, it was altogether different for one who deliberately disobeyed God’s law. One who would so despise God’s commandment was to be put to death.
In this Christian dispensation, many would say that this harshness of God’s law has been replaced by His love. There is abundant pardon for all, since Jesus died for all our sins. Now, all we need is to confess our sins, and He will forgive us (1 John 1:9). But “if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins . . . He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under food the Son of God?” (Hebrews 10:26, 28-29).
Even assuming this warning applies specifically only to those who have willfully renounced faith in Christ, the question still remains whether one with true saving faith will willfully sin against the known will of God, as revealed in His Word. “He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him” (1 John 2:4). Only God knows the heart, but those “Christians” who deliberately reject and disobey His Word should at least, “examine [them]selves, whether [they] be in the faith” (2 Corinthians 13:5).
Henry Morris
--Days of Praise, Tuesday, November 22, 2011

I Am A Witness

AS ONE OF JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES, I KNEW I HAD THE “TRUTH.”
I was baptized as a Jehovah’s Witness in 1960 at age 26 with my wife, Marjorie. We had studied together with the Witnesses and were converts. As a member in good standing I served as an appointed congregation Elder since the mid-1970’s. I was regular in the door-to-door field service, conducted home Bible studies, and did all that the Watchtower Society requires. Marjorie and I even raised our child as a Witness and looked forward to surviving Armageddon into endless life on paradise earth.
SURVIVING ARMAGEDDON
From the mid-1960’s the Society had pointed to 1975 as the time for the conclusion of the present world system. The publications of that time were very clear about this, and we were also taught the same predictions in our meetings and book studies. Because we were taught that the only Witnesses in good standing would survive Armageddon, we even sold a prosperous business in 1972 and our home in 1974 so that we could more fully serve Jehovah in the short time remaining.
Understandably, many Witnesses were disappointed and disillusioned when 1975 came and went. I became suspicious when the Watchtower denied responsibility for the predictions both preached and printed in the prior decade. Instead, they laid the blame for the unfulfilled prophecy on what they called “overenthusiastic members”!
LOOKING DEEPER
As I considered other times when the organization had supposedly prophesied the end of the world, I decided to examine those predictions for myself. The Watchtower, of course, doesn’t tolerate a critical analysis of its history or teaching, severely censoring anyone who tires. Since my life as an Elder would not allow the time I needed for research, I resigned as Presiding Overseer of my congregation. It was a serious and far-reaching decision.
So began an odyssey of research and scrutiny of past Watchtower prophecies and teachings. My wife and I developed an extensive library of old Watchtower literature and discovered some incredible claims made by the Society.
The Society had taught that the world would end in 1914. When 1914 came and went, President C. T. Russell changed the date to 1915, then 1918. Later, second President J. F. Rutherford chose 1925 for the end of the world and claimed that Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and other “ancient worthies” would be resurrected in 1925 to usher in the new world!
By 1929 Rutherford, still convinced of that resurrection of “ancient worthies,” built a mansion for them in San Diego, calling the house Beth Sarim, “House of the Princes.” He finally died in the house in 1942 shortly after proclaiming that the end of the world was only months away. The Watchtower now teaches that the world only entered its time of the end in 1914, taking attention away from the failed prophecy of that year. The current teaching is that the generation that saw the events of 1914 will see the end of the world.
All of this and more made Marjorie and me realize that the Watchtower Society is a “false prophet” organization, perfectly fitting in the biblical definition of a false prophet in Deuteronomy 18:21-22:
            You may say to yourselves, “How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the Lord?” 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. Do not be afraid of him.
As a result, we turned in our formal letter of disassociation from the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society. Of course, we were totally shunned by our Witness friends whom we had known for years.
FINDING PEACE
After sending our letter of disassociation, a peace of mind and a freedom that I had never known in my 22 years as a Jehovah’s Witness came over me. Jesus Christ had personally come into my life, and I knew for certain that my salvation did not rest on worthless works, but had been given to me as a free gift, and outpouring of grace.
We had been taught that we had to go through the Watchtower organization to get to the Father, but we are witnesses to the truth in Jesus Christ when He said “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). You do not need the so-called “144,000 mediator class” to help you work out your salvation. “For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all men” (1 Timothy 2:5-6).
Jehovah loves you with a greater love than the Society has told you about, and Marjorie and I are witnesses of the marvelous salvation He freely offers in Christ. I invite you to accept the Lord Jesus as your Savior and renounce the errors of the Watchtower Society. Stop trusting in your good works, and ask the Lord Jesus to save you. “Whoever believes in the Son [Jesus Christ] has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him” (John 3:36).
Yes, the living Lord extends this invitation to Jehovah’s Witnesses today: “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).
--Leonard A. Chretien
American Tract Society
3 Truths Every Jehovah’s Witness Should Know:
The Bible is God’s Holy Word, and It is the final authority on every question that mankind faces.  The Bible tells of God’s goodness and love for you.  It also tells how you can have eternal life in heaven when you die.  The Bible states, “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life…” (1 John 5:13).  In this…we will examine three vital truths from the Bible that you should know so you can spend eternity in heaven.
The first is that the Bible clearly teaches that there is a place of eternal punishment, torment, and destruction for those who reject God.  This place is called the lake of fie.  The Bible says, “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.” (Matthew 25:41), the lake of fire is a place of eternal punishment for sinners.  The Bible teaches, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” (Romans 3:23 “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned (Romans 5:12).
The truth of the existence of eternal punishment brings us to the second truth found in the Bible.  This truth is that God has provided a substitute to take your punishment that you, as a sinner deserve.  “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8). Jesus Christ “…being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” (Philippians 2:6-8) “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16).  God the Son took your punishment if you will only accept Him as your Saviour.
The third vital truth found in God’s Word is that when Jesus Christ arose from the dead in bodily form, He proved His deity.  After the resurrection, Jesus appeared to His disciples and told them, “Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.” (Luke 24:39).  In fact, it is recorded in the Bible that more than five hundred people saw Jesus in His physical, glorified body after the resurrection.  “For I delivered unto your first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once…” (1 Corinthians 15:3-6).
Believing that Jesus rose from the dead is necessary for your salvation.  God promises in His Word, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” (Romans 10:9).  God gives you this promise, “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” (John 3:36).
If you add anything to God’s Holy Word, you have failed to trust Him.  “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, if any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any may shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” (Revelation 22:18-19).
Salvation is so simple!  All it requires is to believe what God said in the Bible. “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:10, 13).
If you will accept Jesus Christ as your Saviour, please pray this prayer or one similar to it: Dear God, I admit I am a sinner, going to hell.  I know that I cannot save myself.  I repent of my sins and put my faith in the blood that you shed for me on the cross to pay for all my sins.  I now accept you as my Saviour, submit to you as Lord, and trust you to take me to heaven.  Thank you for saving me.  Amen.
Fellowship Tract League

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Crucial Theology for Critical Times

Excerpts from Millennial Eschatology  by: Ron Merryman
The economic apocalypse in 2008 that collapsed banking systems and markets worldwide also prompted Americans to elect an administration that instituted a New Era of centralized power and big government.  After the election, the headline on Newsweek’s front cover (Feb. 26, 2009) read in 72-point Roman bold, WE ARE ALL SOCIALISTS NOW: The Perils & Promises of the New Era of Big Government!
        Western Civilization is moving toward a new world order.  Samuel P. Huntington, famous Harvard scholar with a remarkable grasp of contemporary global politics, wrote a classic on the subject in 1996 titled: The Clash of Civilizations & the Remaking of World Order.  What secularists like Huntington fail to recognize is that all such movements are simply preludes to that one world government of the Antichrist predicted in God’s Word.  But there is that which triumphs over the pseudo-kingdom promises of the Antichrist: indeed, it is the triumphant Mediatorial-Millennial Kingdom of our Lord, and is the subject of this book.
        It is time for Christians to wake up to biblical eschatology!  Christ’s Kingdom has too long been spiritualized and/or ignored.  The church has too long ignored or spiritualized the multitude of scriptural emphases on this subject.  There is more in prophetic Scripture on the triumphant mediatorial kingdom of Messiah than on any other subject!  We can thank Augustine of Hippo for spiritualizing Messiah’s Millennial Kingdom, the medieval Romanism for popularizing Augustine’s amillennialism, and the Reformers for not correcting the error; but dispensationalists are partially responsible for the current ignorance.
        Our emphasis is on the church and its eschatology, despite the fact that the predominance of eschatological Scripture is upon Messiah’s triumphant Kingdom as it relates to Himself and to Israel.  Perhaps, the stresses engulfing each of us in these perilous economic times will stimulate our appetites for these truths.
        The church is not the Mediatorial Kingdom of God; nor is the Kingdom the church.  The age of one is not the age of the other.  To confuse these distinctions is to confuse and misapply scriptures that lead to such disasters as the Inquisition of the Middle Ages,..…the witch hunts of Salem, Massachusetts, and more recent utopian schemes under the guise of “Christianity.”
        The church age is the period of time when God is calling out a people for His name; it is after this time that Jesus Christ will return and establish the Davidic-Mediatorial Kingdom.  In the meantime, the Mediatorial Kingdom is in abeyance.  This suspension was not revealed to the O.T. prophets, hence it is called a “mystery” by our Lord Jesus in Matthew 13 (and, in His own words, “kept secret from the foundations of the world,” Mt. 13:35).  But “delay” does not mean “cessation”: the kingdom is coming!
Ron Merryman
FOUR KEY DISTICTIONS BETWEEN THE CHURCH AND THE KINGDOM:
1.  The Mediatorial Kingdom has Jesus Christ as King; e.g., rule through legal government (external), (Psalm 2:8, 9; Revelation 19:15; Daniel 7:14; Isaiah 9: 6,7; Luke 1:32,33; Matthew 2:2, 6).
The Church has Jesus Christ as head; e.g., rule through common life (internal), (Ephesians 1:22, 23; 5: 23, 24).

2.   The Mediatorial Kingdom is universalRevelation 11:15: The kingdoms of this world (cosmos) become the Kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ and He shall reign forever and ever; (Revelation 12:5; Daniel 7:14, 22, 27).
The Church is limited as ecclesia, called out ones, implies: Called out from whom?...from other members of the human race to form a spiritual body.

3.  The Mediatorial Kingdom is to be established in and through the land of Palestine (geographical), (Joel 3:17-21; Isaiah 14:1, 2; 49:22, 23; 60:12-15; Jeremiah 23:5, 6; Micah 5:2; Zechariah 2:10-14; 14:9, 10, 16-17). Emphasis: Gentiles have a subordinate role to Israel in the Millennial-Mediatorial Kingdom.
The Church is seated and blessed with Christ in the heavenlies (heavenly), (Ephesians 1:3; 2:6).  The Church is never identified as a particular national ethnic group: it transcends nationalities, (Galatians 3:28; Colossians 3:11).

4.  The Mediatorial Kingdom is set up or inaugurated by war and violence at the coming of the Lord, (Zechariah 14: 1-5; Joel 3:1, 2, 9, 10-16; Revelation 19:11-21).
The Church is never to use violence or arms in the propagation of its message nor is it to depend upon government assistance in that propagation, (Matthew 26:52; Romans 12: 17-21).  We are speaking here of Church responsibility, not the responsibility of members of Christ to their national governments.

Millennial Eschatology  – By: Ron Merryman