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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Mayan region of Mexico launches Dec. 21, 2012, countdown

By Adriana Gomez Licon
Associated Press
          MEXICO CITY – Seize the day.  Only 52 weeks and a day are left before Dec. 21, 2012, when some believe the Maya predicted the end of the world. 
          Unlike enthusiasts of other doomsday theories who suggest putting together survival kits, southeastern Mexico, the heart of May territory, plans a yearlong celebration. 
          Mexico’s tourism agency expects to draw 52 million visitors by next year only to the regions of Chiapas, Yucatan, Quintana Roo, Tabasco and Campeche.  All of Mexico usually lures about 22 million foreigners in a year.
          It’s selling the date, the Winter Solstice in the coming year, as a time of renewal.  Many archeologists argue the 2012 reference on a 1,300 – year old stone tablet marks only the end of a cycle in the Mayan calendar.
          “The world will not end.  It is an era,” said Yeanet Zaldo, a tourism spokeswoman for the state of Quintana Roo, home to Cancun.  “For us, it is a message of hope.”
          Cities and towns in the Mayan region will start the yearlong countdown today.  In Chiapas the town of Tapachula on the Guatemalan border will start a countdown on an 8 – foot digital clock in the main park exactly a year before the mysterious date.
          In the nearby archaeological site of Izapa, Maya priests will burn incense, chant and offer prayers.
          “People who still live in Mayan villages will host rites and burn incense for us to go back in time and try to understand the Mayan wisdom,” Zaldo said.
Taken from the Wisconsin State Journal – Wedsnesday, December 21, 2011 – by the Associated Press.

          I find it not too surprising that a “new age” event such as this would already be planned and underway.  The “Age of Aquarius” has been spoken of for years by the gurus of the New Age Movement and many other occultic organizations. 
          Clearly Jesus said, “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.  But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.  For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.” (Matthew 24:36-39). 
          However, we should not be surprise (in our current political, religious, and financial turmoil), as we see the Bible speak of a time where a single political/religious leader will usher in a “New World Order” to bring the world’s religions and finances together under a new temporary era of false-peace and security by anti-Christ (2 Thessalonians 2: 1-12, Revelation 13:16-18, Revelation 14: 11).
          I believe this 2012 event may be a pre-cursor or culmination toward the fulfillment of Bible prophecy.
2 Peter 3:18

Tens of Thousands of People Petition Macy’s to “Protect our Women’s Fitting Rooms”


Tens of thousands of people have signed onto Liberty Counsel’s open letter asking Macy’s to change its policy that allows men to use the women’s fitting rooms. Liberty Counsel is delivering this letter today. Just last week, it came to light that a mother and her daughter were subjected to trying on clothes in Macy’s a dressing room run by a man presenting as a woman at the Galleria Mall in Dallas, Texas. This employee escorts women to the dressing rooms, entering the dressing rooms to clean out the clothes, and even providing different sized items to women while they are trying on their clothes.

Other reports are coming in from women around the country indicating that at various Macy’s stores men are routinely allowed to simply “hang out” in the women’s dressing rooms. In these situations, the men were identifying as men. One Macy’s employee said that mothers wanting to protect their young children have repeatedly asked store employees to tell the men to leave. In some situations employees refused to do so, claiming fear of a lawsuit.

Liberty Counsel’s open letter states, in part:
As an American who recognizes the crucial importance of cultural boundaries and same gender guidelines to the welfare of any society, I am appalled by your corporate decision to allow men to use whatever changing facilities they choose in Macy’s stores. This policy is both misguided and absurd. It creates an unnecessary threat to the comfort and safety of your customers and helps undermine the stability of our society! I am deeply concerned that pro-homosexual activism has brought your organization to enact such a poorly thought-out policy.
I applaud Natalie Johnson’s resolve to stand up for what she knew to be right and deny a man access to the women’s fitting room!  Macy's policy, which allows men to use the women's fitting room, is fraught with problems. This policy will cause significant issues and will alienate the majority of Macy's customers. I call on Macy’s to do the right thing by reinstating Natalie Johnson and reversing this absurd policy.   
Macy’s needs to protect women and change its policy that allows men to use the women’s fitting room. The current policy is a liability waiting to happen.
Read our News Release for more details.

Defending God’s Design for Marriage and Family
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Only One Mommy exposes the truth about the homosexual rights movement and its destructive consequences. Written from the vantage point of Lisa Miller's seven-year custody battle for her biological child against her former same-sex partner, Only One Mommy offers a first-hand account of how people are lured into believing that they are born "gay" and cannot change. As a result of that belief, they make life choices that have devastating consequences for our children, families, and freedoms.

This book offers truth to those struggling with homosexuality, encourages churches to minister to those caught in the lifestyle, and stirs freedom-loving Americans to get involved in the culture war that is raging all around them. Lisa Miller's story illustrates the clash between two radically different worldviews. One will win, and one will lose. No one will escape this impending storm. This book should be required reading.

Rena Lindevaldsen has written this book based on her first-hand experience as an attorney with Liberty Counsel, defending marriage and family in courts throughout the nation.

False Teachers Among You - By: Paul Van Noy

But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you... And many will follow their destructive ways...They are spots and blemishes, carousing in their own deceptions while they feast with you... they speak great swelling words of emptiness.... (2 Peter 2:1-2, 13,18)

       To the world it might appear that all is well in the Christian realm. Much-beloved speakers hold forth from the pulpits of some of the largest churches in the world. Believers and nonbelievers alike buy their books, avail themselves of their programs, and utilize their methodologies. One might come to the conclusion that Peter must not have been referring to the church in our day regarding false teachers. Tolerance is the word of the day. We hear admonitions on a regular basis to "just get along" with those of opposing faiths. "Love" reigns supreme.

       But what is this "love" of which they speak? What about those who identify a false gospel or a false teacher among some of the popular speakers these days? Does this "love" still apply to those who expose the ones who are actually deceivers among the flock? We find that those who point out error and apostasy in the church are, in fact, considered divisive and judgmental. Some are told that their criticism will bring harm to the Christian church. They are perceived as arrogant and "negative." It is clear that the trend among evangelicals to embrace the "politically correct" thinking of the day will have egregious effects on the Body of Christ.

       This "state of the church" forces me to ask a few simple questions. If Peter said that there would be false teachers in the church, where are they? How can we identify them? Who will warn others? It stands to reason that if the Word of God warns us that false teachers will be present in the church, doesn't it follow that we are expected to expose them? How will we recognize them, and what are we to do about them?

       The Apostle Paul wrote, "Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves" (Acts 20:30). So we see that these false teachers will bring in things that are corrupt, contrary--opposed to biblical doctrine (teaching). Their purpose is to gather disciples to their own folds, separating them from the true Body of Christ. Paul's concern was not only that this would occur--but that the church would tolerate it: "For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted--you may well put up with it!" (2 Cor 11:4).

       The very thing that Paul warned about has come to pass! Most Christians not only tolerate those who speak "perverse things," but they ostracize believers who won't accept them. Do we think that we are wiser than Paul? Are we more mature than Jude? Are we really called to leave the evils of error alone and allow the church to be polluted by the lies? Not according to the Scriptures!

       Some may say, "But there are good men and women out there whose ministries have been damaged when others pointed out errors in their teachings." Couldn't the same have been said about Paul when he called Peter to account for his error and "withstood him to his face" (Gal 2:11-14)? Paul didn't intend to bring condemnation upon Peter but rather to move him to repent of his actions. Paul saw the need to keep the message of the gospel pure so that both Peter and those who heard him teach would know the truth--the truth that makes men free!

       In the early church, it was the elders of the church who were responsible to give correction and instruction through the Word of God. Today we are fortunate to have greater individual access to the Scriptures, which are every believer's authority. We know that "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work" (2 Tm 3:16-17).

       Every epistle in the New Testament was written to correct error in the church. Did Paul, Peter, James, John, and Jude not understand that to correct those who were in error was in truth a failure to love them? Did they believe that it was none of their business to bring correction to the false teaching? Do we consider them divisive for confronting error and holding fast to the truth? No! They boldly addressed the error and at times even named the offenders.

       Paul instructed Titus (an elder) regarding the standards by which other elders should be appointed--and function. He said, "For a bishop must...[hold] fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict. For there are many insubordinate, both idle talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision, whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole households, teaching things which they ought not....Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith, not giving heed to Jewish fables and commandments of men who turn from the truth... and [are] disqualified for every good work" (Ti 1:7-16). It is those in leadership who are called to the task of identifying error. Sadly, these are primarily the very ones who are promoting the error from the pulpits and publishing houses.

       Jude wrote, "Contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints" (Jude 3). Paul told the Romans, "Note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them" (Rom 16:17). This is what the Bible says, but the trend today is to "avoid those" who are pointing out the ones who are spreading error!

       Every God-called pastor is told, "Take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood" (Acts 20:28). Peter said, "Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers..." (1 Pt 5:2a). Along with the calling of God comes gifting and passion. One of the gifts given to every godly pastor is love for the church. If we truly love people, we don't want to see them fall into error. Error causes harm, and "love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law" (Rom 13:10).

Pastor Paul Van Noy
Candlelight Christian Fellowship
       Peter declared, "There were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you..." (2 Pt 2:1-2). Paul said, "Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly..."  (1 Thes 5:14a). We must by all means "contend earnestly for the faith" (Jude 3). However, we must always remember that, as servants to the Lord and to the Body of Christ, we are called to "comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all" (1 Thes 5:14b). And always keep in mind that: "A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth" (2 Tm 2:24-25).

       "Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted" (Gal 6:1).

Paul Van Noy is Pastor of Candlelight Christian Fellowship, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.